New Me Journey — From a challenge to a lifestyle; the ultimate milestone

It started with a challenge.

It continues as a lifestyle.

As of this afternoon, 349 days after I weighed 282.4 pounds, 646 days since I weighed 301 pounds, I have reached the ultimate milestone.

My weight begins with the number 1.

In less than a year’s time, the New Me Journey is complete.

When I stepped on the scale today and saw what it said, I had to take a step back for a second. There’s no way it was right.

So I stepped on it once more. The number stayed the same.

I gave it another try, just to make sure it was accurate.

Third reading … no change at 199.2 pounds.

I’ve done it.

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New Me Journey — One more step

pic“Running from the past, toward a better future … one step at a time.” – me

On the last day of August, I wrote that I had reached a milestone of hitting the 60-pound mark for total weight lost.

Here I am, with 30 days later, with more good news:

Chalk up another 10 pounds.

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New Me Journey — I will not be defined by a number

It’s kind of funny how we change as we get older; hold on to some insecurities and let go of others.

I used to be insecure about my weight — more specifically, talking about my weight.

Now, it is no big deal.

More than four months into this New Me Journey version 2.0, I have indeed become a “new me.” I’ve lost more than 30 pounds (that number almost reached 40, but I will touch on that later) and I fit into clothes I never thought I’d be able to wear again. I guess it’s a good I hang on to things.

I once weighed 301 pounds. At this moment, I’m 246.4.

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New Me Journey — When the good outnumbers the bad

(note: I started writing this on April 19, but had gotten busy with work, then I got sick and it took a back-burner. Later in the post you’ll see where I pick up to present day.)

Raise your hand if you’ve heard this phrase before:

“Losing weight is not easy.”

You may put your hand down now.

For those who are oblivious, I have been on a journey to create a new me. It was widely publicized about a seven weeks ago that I had been making pretty good process. It started with me losing 40 pounds in a year, then on April 10 that total weight loss hit 50 pounds.

April 10 I stepped on the scale and weighted 251 pounds, a far cry (and seemingly a different person) from March 2015 when I was 301. At that moment (April 10) I had weighed less than I had at any previous point in my adult life.

Man, I was feeling good.

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New Me Journey — What a year it’s been

On March 8, 2015, I had to go to the doctor to get a couple prescriptions updated.

As part of the normal check-up, as is with every visit to the doctor’s office, I had to step on the scale.

It was a number I didn’t like. (honestly, is there anyone who really does like the number they see when they step on a scale?)

But I didn’t do much to change the number I saw.

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Column: Line Drives — New Me Journey will be difficult

[This is my column in the March 26 issue of The Commercial Review. Note: This may be nothing new to the normal readers of my blog — especially this week — but it wasn’t for the readers at my newspaper.]

I’ve been relatively private about some of the goings on in the last few weeks.

But I feel it’s time to shed some light on a relatively big life decision.

Have no fear; I’m not leaving the Jay County area. I have no plans of going elsewhere in the foreseeable future.

Three years ago, I did something similar to “The Biggest Loser” at a local gym in my hometown. A friend of mine had lost more than 50 pounds doing the “Body Challenge,” so I thought I would give it a shot.

If he could do it, why couldn’t I?

It was going to be fun. I had joined with a dozen or so of my friends, that way we could hold each other accountable and attend the class sessions with one another. None of us had to go at it alone, because everyone knows we are more likely to go to the gym and work out if we have someone to go with us.

Good in theory, right?

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New Me Journey — Week one, day two

I’m exhausted.

I’m a little sore from Monday’s workout, but as I mentioned in that post, the hurt after a good workout is a great feeling.

My legs were a little more sore than I anticipated and there were muscles on the inside of my legs I didn’t know were able to hurt (no, not the groin area).

Also, worth noting, under no circumstances am I complaining about being sore, I’m merely just trying to document how each day goes.

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