I am really excited to share this guest post with you. I’ve begged him to do it forever but he’s really private, so he doesn’t talk about this a lot. Today, I bring you the weight loss success story of my husband, David! I’ll share his words, and then explain a little more.
I have always been a big guy. Even when I was little I was always taller and bigger than all of the kids. When I was in my early twenties I went up over 300 pounds and stayed there until I was 34. I worked in a restaurant and food was always plentiful. Even if I wasn’t hungry, if there was food laying around, I would eat it because I could not resist. It is almost like I had some kind of magnetic pull to food that I couldn’t break. Even to this day, if there are chips, sweets, or any junk food laying around, I cannot resist it. When I go to the store I rarely buy it, and don’t really even think about buying it. Even if I am somewhere where it is lying around, I won’t open the bag. If someone else does, however, then I will help myself to it.
At 34, my highest weight ever was 335 pounds. At this time, I started my new career as a nurse for a psychiatric hospital and started to feel better about myself.
In 2008 I had surgery [Emmie note: it was to fix a fistula - not weight loss surgery] and lost an additional 15 pounds. From then until the spring of 2011 I got down to 285 pounds. At this point, I got medication to help control my OCD and anxiety and as a result, now have much more energy and sleep much better.
Now, I get up around 7:30am and have more time to exercise when I’m not working. I ride my exercise bike for 20-25 miles and walk Lilly [our pup] 2.2 miles everyday I’m off work. I continue to try and eat better, although I still don’t eat as healthy as I should. I am now down to 269 pounds [66 pounds lost] and will try to get down to 245 pounds as my goal.
I have always liked being a big [tall] person. People I meet always ask me how tall I am [6'5"] and this has always made me feel proud. Now people at the hospital are always telling me that I am really starting to look better and that gives me the same feeling of pride in myself.
Many people ask if hubs and I eat the same foods or workout together. Even though we’ve both lost weight, we have done it in different ways. He cut back on soda, eating out, and junk food, and slowly started incorporating more exercise into his system. He’s never been to the gym with me because he would rather spend time doing something outside or riding his recumbent bike (he plays video games while he rides – no idea how he does it). I completely respect that the gym isn’t his thing, and he respects that it is my thing. I have to be much stricter with food than he does, but that’s just my body makeup (yay me). We each prepare our own meals to meet whatever requirements we have. He doesn’t measure or count calories, he just cut out the extra junk he was eating and can now easily regulate his weight with his food. I’m totes jealous.
Anyway, he’s a fantastic support, and I wanted to take a moment to give him the spotlight!