- Posted October 21, 2011 by
Moncks Corner, South Carolina
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments
Charleston, SC man loses 270 pounds without surgery
Watch my YouTube video here: S.C. Man loses 270 pounds on his own: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxb5IkLeW5k
On 6/20/2010, I was hospitalized for 6 days for a pulmonary embolism (blood clots in my lungs) and I very nearly lost my life. I weighed 577 pounds.
Enough was enough. I was ready to take my life back. Doctor after Doctor pushed weight-loss surgery, but I refused. I knew after being in the hospital for 6 days that I didn't want to go back. I knew what I had to do and I knew the only way to do it right was the hard way.
For the last 18 months, I have embraced a total lifestyle change through diet and exercise. No gimmicks, no pills, no special foods. Just good old-fashioned common sense. It turns out it really is true: if you use more energy than you take in, you will lose weight.
I started out pushing a grocery cart around the store, since I wasn't able to walk on my own. After a time, I graduated to walking back and forth to the mailbox at the end of my driveway. Soon I was going on long distance walks several miles long.
I joined the gym at my job and with the help of a personal trainer, work out 3 times a week. I measure my portions. I eat about 5 or 6 meals a day totalling 2,500 calories. I write everything down. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lowfat dairy and lean meats. And all I drink is water. Lots and lots of water.
And here I am, 270 pounds later. I still have more to lose, but I am sharing my story to give other people hope. You might choose to, but you don't really need to have life-threatening surgery to lose large amounts of weight.
I maintain a blog about my weight loss experiences at http://www.ganey.com.