I Did It

2008/09/27 at 12:01 am | Posted in Discipline, Exercise, Food, Health, Inspiration, Life, lifestyle change, Milestone, Motivation, Victory, weight loss, weight loss blog | 14 Comments
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The finally tally:

  • Starting weight: 297.1 lbs.
  • Today’s weight: 199.9 lbs.
  • Total weight lost: 97.2 lbs.
  • Total time: 2 years, 9 months, 27 days

So what’s next? I’m going to Disneyland. No seriously, I am! The family and I are heading out not to celebrate my victory but to just have some fun. Lots of walking to be had.

But I thought I’d leave you with this before I go out for the day. The video below is for the song “Limelight” by The Alan Parsons Project. While it may seem cheesy, almost akin to Michael Bolton’s “When I’m Back on My Feet Again,” the songs lyrics are what often carried me through this journey. I swear, if it were a record I would have worn it or the needle out. (Kids, go ask your parents.)

So meaningful were they that I quoted a portion of them on my banner. But please, don’t let me tell you what to think. Check out the video and lyrics below to see what I mean.

I can see the glow of a distant sun
I can feel it inside
Maybe this day could be the one

I can hear the roar of a distant crowd
They are waiting for me
Calling my name
Shouting out loud

Holding on isn’t always easy
I ain’t gonna change my mind

Limelight, you were all I ever wanted since it all began
Limelight, shining on me, telling the world who I am
Limelight, don’t let me slip right through your fingers
There’s a long way to fall
After the years of waiting
I’m gonna show them all

I can see the world in a different light
Now it’s easy to say
Where I went wrong
What I did right

I can hear the beat of a different drum
Take it all in my stride
Hold my head high
Second to none

Holding on wasn’t always easy
Nothing can change my mind

Limelight, you were all I ever wanted since it all began
Limelight, shining on me, telling the world who I am
Limelight, don’t let it slip right through your fingers
There’s a long way to fall
After all the years of waiting, I’m gonna show them all

Maybe the role’s not easy, maybe the prize is small
After all the years of waiting, I’m gonna show them all

My next post or update will be my acceptance speech, if you will, in which I thank everybody who played a part in this. And if you’re reading this, what else is there to say?

I thank you very much for the support. It is most appreciated. I hope this blog has served as an inspiration to you in your quest to lose either 5 lbs. or 95 lbs. Whatever your goal, keep in mind that you can do it with some hard work, sacrifice, patience, exercise and an education on eating right. You have to want it–simple as that.

I’ve said this a million times here but I’ll say it again: if someone like me can do it, I have no doubt that ANYBODY can.

Comments as usual are welcome but since I will be out today they will not be moderated, so don’t be surprised if you see lots of spam or otherwise. I will weed through it all when I get home are now being moderated as usual!

More later, and definitely in the future. I’m not done yet πŸ™‚

Your friend,

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  1. Great news!

  2. Congratulations!! Woo hoo. Have fun at Disney. I am so jealous!

  3. Congratulations to you! You’re an inspiration!

  4. Thank you, thank you and thank you πŸ™‚ I’m just glad to see actual comments and not bucketfuls of crap! I appreciate everybody’s comments; they do mean a lot after years of following my program. Time to take it easy for a bit.

    Disneyland was fun but tiring: arrived @ 8:30 am, home @ 10:30 pm. How in the world did I go there from opening to closing when I was a kid and still want more?

    More posts coming so stay tuned. Again, thanks to everybody!

  5. Congratulations!!

    Thanks! Now the fun part begins–maintenance πŸ™‚ I don’t think it’ll be so hard since I’m so used to eating a certain way. I’ve been doing it for so long that it should be alright!

  6. Congratulations!!! That is fantastic!

    Thanks! It’s been a long road but worth the effort. And I dig your blog! So many good things there…losing weight shouldn’t taste that good πŸ™‚

  7. Congrats on meeting your goal!!

    I LOVE that song!


    Thanks πŸ™‚ Yes, that song is pretty amazing and I’m glad I discovered it. And as of now, I’ve kept it off. We’re heading to Disneyland again today so more walking it ahead of me–great exercise! Keep your blog going; I really dig it!

  8. You’re a huge inspiration to me. That makes my 15lbs seem like a breeze. Thank you for staying dedicated and accomplishing your goal so I could read about it along the way and find the added inspiration I need.

    Thanks. I’m glad that you found some motivation by visiting, which was part of the reason I started this blog. My only regret is that I didn’t start it at the beginning of my program; by the time it occurred to me I was already down 40+ lbs. But at least my visitors got to see the results of losing the last 50+ lbs.

    Whether you’re choosing to lose either 5 or 105 lbs., I know for a fact that it’s tough. This is the second time I’ve lost nearly 100 lbs., the first being when I was in high school and being I was so naive, it took no time at all to fall into bad habits. By taking going slow this time I changed my eating habits and have no intention of ever going back. In fact, I refuse to gain 10 or even 5 lbs. back!

    Glad you checked in on things. My next goal is to be at 190 but that’ll happen when it happens. I’m taking it easy for the time being πŸ™‚

    Best of luck to you. It looks like you’re doing fine so far!

  9. Very inspiring. Virtual high five.

    Thanks, and right back at you. It’s amazing how your outlook on life changes when you drop some pounds and know you’ve inspired others. I’m glad I had the chance to do it!

  10. CONGRATS!!! wow that is an amazing accomplishment! i can only imagine that feeling! i hope your trip is amazing! just think about the difference those rides are going to feel like 100 pounds lighter!!!

    Thank you so much πŸ™‚ I’m already beginning to feel the difference in being a lot lighter–I get colder easier. No, I do! But on the plus side I do fit in the rides easier, including the kiddie rides that I couldn’t have fit in before. Needless to say, my son is thankful!

  11. Oh my goodness! I haven’t thought of Alan Parsons project in ages!

    Congrats! Slow and steady always wins the race!

    Thanks. Slow and steady indeed wins the race! I’ve done it quickly and uh…that explains why I had to do it all over again!

    APP is some great music. I’ve been stuck on “Turn of a Friendly Card” for at least a week!

  12. You are truly, truly, truly, truly amazing. Stumbling across your blog by chance has motivated me to continue with my weight loss again. I just played Wii Fit for 30 minutes for the first time in over 90 days. xD Thank you for the motivation. πŸ™‚

    Wow, wow, and wow. I’m trying not to blush here πŸ™‚ Thanks for the words and I’m glad my progress has motivated you to do more. That was part of my intention with this blog and I’m humbled by those that it has encouraged.

    I’m back to doing Wii Fit 30 minutes a night and now my wife has started so we have to fight for it!

    I know I don’t post much here anymore but please, if you ever need that extra push, feel free to come back and take a look at where I started and where I ended up. More importantly, read what was on my mind throughout my journey. I’m just some guy that was tired of being fat–plain and simple. And I chose to do something about it. Glad I could “help”!

  13. Came over from the “fatty” thread at Fark. No snark from me, you have accomplished one heck of a goal, one that I hope to emulate someday. Good job.

    And thanks for the refresher on the APP. I had forgotten how good that band was. The 80s were awesome.


  14. Thanks! And all the best. It’s not easy but hey, it is achievable. I’m living, breathing proof of that.

    I’ve been stuck on APP for some time now. What a fantastic band. Music these days isn’t quite what it used to be…sadly.

    Again, good luck. You can do it! πŸ™‚

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