I started this month with about 5 lbs to go to hit my 1 year 100 lb goal. I weighed in July 2nd at 245.2 and on July 4th I had my first 5K. (check race reports for info) Just starting that race was a victory for me. I am not a runner and its hard for me to think I was about to do an actual race. My guess the race really motivated me since I ended up losing 4.4 lbs that week. I need .8 lbs now to hit the 100 lb mark which I did in week 49. To see 239 on the scale was hard to imagine. I was excited but then again I should have never let myself get that big. When I joined Jones Brothers Racing I was probably around 290-300 lbs. I have a chunk of friends that have never seen me like this. Last time in the 230's was probably 1994 or 1995. Now that I didn't have to worry about that goal, next item to tackle was another 5K. Luck have it, there was one August 4th at the school where my brothers kids go. My nephew wanted to run cross country this year, so I figured this would be a great way for him to find out if he had it in him. This race we had a cheering section! (check race reports for info) Another race, another PR crushed. July 4th race was 41:26 with a goal of under 44 mins. August 4th race was 36:58 with a goal of under 40 mins. I finished the last 100 yards running with my oldest boy (it's hard to look at that pic without that proud papa tear forming). I'm not going to mention that my 13 yr old nephew finished 1 min behind his uncle. Nor do I ever remind him of that. I will take the victories while I still can get them. :) To me this month reminded me of the saying, "Good things happen to those who wait." August 6th rolled around with my 1 year weigh in. Tipped the scales at 231.8 for a total loss of 108.2 lbs. That week I also logged into My Fitness Pal for 370 days in a row. Year 1 done and what a wild year it was. I went from 340 lbs to 231.8 with a diet I thought I would only stick to for a few months. Year 2 will have to be a damn good one to top Year 1.
I want to thank my family and friends for their help this past year. Without it and their not so kind words (they know what I mean lol) I wouldn't be where I am today. What made this year even better, was other friends and family members joining me in this journey with their own. I can't wait to see what Year 2 has in store.