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    Posted February 20, 2013 by
    San Diego, California
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments

    2 Years Later...

    As I'm coming up on my 2 year anniversary I thought it would be interesting to post this quip, especially with men, women and children fighting weight loss today I hope maybe it can inspire someone to change their life for the better. It all started back in Costa Rica in 2011 when me and my girlfriend took the vacation of a lifetime. It was an amazing trip and an amazing wake up call. I have struggled all my life with diet and exercise and I have lost and gained weight more times than the Lakers have won a championship... well almost. I hit rock bottom in 2011 when I weighed in at 275 pounds and I was only 5 foot ten. But I didn't realize how bad I had gotten until I was zip-lining in Costa Rica and I couldn't hike up the trails to get from one zip to the other. I was coughing and wheezing as other patrons, some as old as 70 years old, ran past me looking at me in disgust. I'm not religious but I prayed to whomever was listening, if I make it out of this country alive I will change my life. I love comedy and I am a huge fan of Chris Farley, but I don't want to be him. One week later I was home in San Diego and in the pool at my local gym. I was scared to begin a weight loss trek once again because I had failed so many times before and I was getting used to eating anything and everything I wanted every single day. So I did what I knew to work, I went on the Atkins diet and I swam three times a week and nothing else- I was scared to lift weights or have anyone judge me in the gym. A few months later I had lost 50 pounds and was cruising until I hit 215 pounds and smack into a wall; time to switch diets. I moved onto counting calories and lifting weights as best as I knew, I was starting to really enjoy being at the gym and my confidence was growing. I struggled for months to get down to 210 pounds and I was about to give up. I was eating whatever I wanted again but I was counting calories so I still was still on track... barely. In January of 2012 I met a former bodybuilder and he became my trainer and ultimately my best friend. With his help I went from 210/215 pounds and 25% body fat to 185 pounds and about 12% body fat today. I am celebrating my 2 year anniversary of being on the "healthy" side of the coin this April and I am pleased to say that not only have I made weight loss a new friend but I have made the word healthy the biggest word in my life. Come this April 2013 I will be celebrating a new number, a number that I can be proud of and a number that I hope can inspire others. 90 pounds in 2 years and It's all because of 2 key ingredients: Leg Day and "Patientia". Thank you to everyone for their support over the years, it's only just the beginning.
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