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graindart - public bio

Location: Northwest

Family Info (spouse, kids, pets): I have a wife of 17 years and 2 daughters, ages 14 and 12.

How do you feel about yourself, your weight, your decision to change? I don't think about it much, and don't see myself as being all that fat until I'm around other people especially if they're exercising. I'm running out of normal clothes sizes at the regular big box stores, so would prefer to drop some weight.

How long have you been overweight? Since beginning school (1st grade+) I've always been a little overweight. In high school I thought I was quite overweight, and I weighed around 195. Since graduating from high school in 1991, it's been a constant weight gain every year.

What things have you tried before to lose the weight? Most of my attempts have centered around the food / liquid side of the equation, with very few attempts involving any type of exercise.

What is the number one reason you want to lose weight? I don't want to pay the extra $2 for the plus size clothing at Walmart. Just kidding. The actual reason is so that I can be more active with my kids. I also don't want to set the wrong example for my daughters.

What are some other reasons? I'm becoming aware of problems, like trouble swallowing food or feeling "heavy" when trying to breath comfortable while laying down, which I'm guessing has to do with the extra weight. In recent years I've been having back problems that I know would be lessened if I dropped below 200lbs.

What is your goal weight? 165

What is the first thing you want to do when you reach your goal? I don't have any real plans. I'm not holding back on doing things now that I plan to do when I'm lighter. Although I'm expecting to notice quite a difference in many of the activities when I'm lighter. Actually now that I've been typing this I just realized one thing that I won't do at my present weight that I'd love to do when I shed some pounds, taking my daughters swimming more often. Since I'm a guy, the traditional swimming pool attire is swim shorts with no shirt, and that's just not going to happen while weighing 200+ lbs with a large percentage of bodyfat.

Are the people closest to you supportive? If not, why? They don't say much one way or the other, basically because I'm the type of person who wants to take care of his own problems and would rather not get any help.

What is the worst thing about being overweight? Having problems finding the right size clothes and not having the energy to try new things. Also, I have to be careful when standing / climbing on things, because I realize that most cheap consumer items weren't built with someone weighing 260+ lbs in mind.

How will losing weight affect those around you? It will open up more options for things to do with my wife and kids.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (low to high) how determined are you to reach your goal? 5