Breaking Through The Wall

31 Oct

As many of you know, I have been losing weight since January 2007. I was morbidly obese (5′ 11″, 350 pounds) and I needed to lose lots of weight. My first goal was to be able to lose enough weight to be able to fit on the roller coasters at Silver Dollar City when my family went on vacation in June. I achieved that goal and was able to ride every ride that I wanted. The girls had a blast riding with their Dad.

Next, I set my goal at losing 100 lbs. That was the next logical step in my weight loss. Finally, after 10 months, I broke through that wall! As of my official weigh-in last night, I have lost a total of 104.2 pounds! I was really stressing this week prior to the weigh-in. I knew I was close but was afraid I would miss it. I blew right past it!

So, what is my next goal? I’m currently at 244.8 lbs. so my next goal will be to get down to 200 pounds. I haven’t been there since I was in the Marine Corps! I would eventually like to be able to fit into my Marine Corps dress blue uniform again.

10 Replies to “Breaking Through The Wall

  1. That is great news. Now I will have to start my weight loss in fear of you passing me up! Keep it up ( or should I say down!!!). I should have read this posting before my trip to BK for the Whopper w/ cheese.

  2. That’s awesome!! Silver Dollar City is honored that you would include our park and rides as a part of your goals. Keep up the good work!!!

  3. Thanks Scout!

    We have been enjoying SDC twice a year for well over 10 years. This year we’ll be back down there over Thanksgiving! We love the lights and Christmas shows. It gets us ready for the Christmas season. Thankfully, the rides will still be open so Dad and the girls will be riding the rides even more!

    Hope to see you later this month!


  4. That is FANTASTIC!!! What a wonderful accomplishment. Your family must be so proud of you. I would love to hear some of your tips and advice. I’m trying to lose a total of 50 pounds to battle my diabetes (I’ve lost 10 so far.)

    Great job!

  5. Thanks Cindy!

    It has been a long journey but one I’m committed to.

    Some of my tips:

    1. Weight Watchers – the accountability is immeasurable and the plan is simple to follow.

    2. Discipline – to completely change your lifestyle, you have to have discipline. Eventually, the changes you make will become your lifestyle but there are always those temptations.

    3. Persistence – to always continue when you mess up. To work through the hard days. To stay on the program even if you gain a pound.

    4. Attitude – Maybe this should be first, but you have to have an attitude that you want to lose weight. If I didn’t want to lose weight, it would be harder to have discipline and persistence.

    5. Goals – Set short-range attainable goals. My weekly goal is to average 2lbs per week. I use to help me manage my short-term goals. Then I have medium range goals – with rewards. The roller coaster, the uniform all come with rewards. For hitting my 100 lbs, I rewarded myself with a fillet mignon steak. Still within my diet but something I rarely splurge on.

    6. A good program – These are definitely not in order but Weight Watchers has been an easy and do-able program to follow. Their online tools are very helpful and make the program workable for someone like me.

    Looking at this list, I just realized that I should just make this a full post. You got a preview here!

    Keep up the good work and thanks again for the comment!


  6. Hi Dave, I am visiting you from Cindy’s blog.You have done very well with WW….I am a lifetime member and fight temptations everyday with my sweet tooth!!!I have lost 56 pounds and have gained back 7 pounds and I beat myself up daily..I need to take control and buckle down again… Keep up your good work on your program.. Baba

  7. Thanks Baba!

    I have a ways to go to Lifetime but I know it’s achievable!

    Congrats on your achievement!


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