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Adam - Saturday Jan 23, 2021
(Cutting Back)
Weight: 330.0

Wow, kind of depressing -- the last time I posted here I weighed 284 pounds, and now I'm at 330.

The "good" news is that my high between then and now was 417.

That's right, my high used to be 372 and I lost all the way down to the 280s... and then, even though I SAID I'd have to stay vigilant to keep it off, I didn't. And about 3 years later I ballooned up to 417 pounds. 

I hung out in the 390s for a few years and then gradually got it down to the 360s for a few more. Then I escaped from Alaska and lost 20 pounds the first year in Arizona, and 15 pounds the second year to get me where I am now. I seem to have plateaued at the 330 level for the last six months, so I need to do something "different" to get things moving down again. 


Progress as of today: 87 lbs lost so far, only 110 lbs to go!

Jacky82020 on 01/23/2021:
You’re way down from your all time high. Excellent. You can do it! I am pretty much on a plant based diet, some salmon and some dairy. My latest find is soy powder from a place called True Nutrition. Wonderful flavors. They also sell on Amazon, but MUCH cheaper going directly to them. Also cooking soy beans in my Instapot. Eat with stir fried cabbage and onions, almost everyday.

Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2021:
Welcome back! i just read your previous entry and see that you've been here before indeed!

life is about experiences and learning how to moderate our weight. all your "ballooning" as you call it and weight gain and loss will help you realize how to be more moderate now and in the future!

it's a learning process so there's no need to be angry at yourself or upset...just take it, learn from it, and do better going forward. i'm sure you learned some things on what to do now so it doesn't happen exactly the same way again!

Donkey on 01/24/2021:
Welcome back! I don't know if I was a member of DD while you were actively posting.

I agree with Horn's reflections. Learn from the past and do better for yourself in the future. :-)

I've found that the easiest step to take is to start drinking more water. For some reason, drinking more water lays down a foundation for other weight-loss factors to fall into place easier. That is to say, when I don't drink enough water, everything seems to fall apart, LOL.

innerpeace on 01/24/2021:
Welcome..I hope you can find the tools to get you back on track!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/24/2021:
haha...and I agree with donkey and the others' suggestions and support above too! donkey gives good advice to drink more water, helps me also at work!, and jacky says some good things including increasing plants / veggies in diet!

Horn_of_plenty on 01/25/2021:
i like how you are calling your diet "cutting back!"...very thoughtful and it makes 100% sense! that is what i have been doing too, for years!

Maria7 on 01/26/2021:
Welcome back. Wow, you have come a long way. Congratulations to you. Happy to have you with us and thank you so much for your dedication in keeping this site going when you were keeping it going. Have a blessed day.

legcramps on 01/26/2021:
welcome back!

Adam - Friday Jul 27, 2007
Weight: 284.0

A couple days ago my wife and I heard that we're Top 10 Finalists in the IsaBody Challenge -- that's a contest that just finished up a few weeks ago. Not sure when we'll hear if we made one of the top 3 "money" positions, but it's kind of cool anyway. =;)

So far I've beat my wife in pounds (although she's *right* behind me), but she's annihilated me in inches lost. She's lost 70 pounds and 72.5 inches since the beginning of February.

Here's a picture showing some of the transformation:


Since that pic was taken 3 weeks ago we've now lost a combined total of 151 pounds. Our queen-sized bed has turned into a king-sized bed!

Progress as of today: 88 lbs lost so far, only 74 lbs to go!

mcwoo40 on 07/28/2007:
Hi,i have just seen your picture WOW!!Good for you, and your wife,you must feel a whole lot better.Keep up the good work

Horn_Of_Plenty on 07/29/2007:
you both are doing soooooo well!!!! congrats! even if you don't make it to the top 10, i'm sure you and your wife can consider yourselves at the very top of success in weight loss!!! i'm glad the bedroom is now even more comfortable! haha!

hollybelle on 08/02/2007:
Going to look at your pic. I really loved the comment on queen size seems like king size bed! Very cool. Congratulations.

Adam - Thursday Jun 28, 2007
(Fitness Cleanse)
Weight: 291.0

Just finished the last 2-day cleanse and my morning shake tastes SO good after that. =:)

Yesterday my Mom called and said since it was her birthday would we like to join them at iHop. Man, the thought of an omelet was *really* tempting, but we said "no thanks" and were glad we did (well the kids weren't glad, but they didn't get a vote). Since the beginning of February, other than Subway which we do about once a week, we've been out to eat about half a dozen times -- and gone through a place like McD's once, I think (for the kids).

We have saved SO much money by doing this -- especially taking into account that we quit caffeine, too, which means we don't drop several bucks each time we go out on one or more coffee drinks.

So, we save money, we lose a bunch of weight, we have healthier kids -- what's not to like? =;)

I'm wearing shirts that I've NEVER worn before (bought them, then got home and realized I couldn't really sit in them, etc., and so put them away), and my wife is driving me batty at times with her "look at what I can fit into!" dashes into my office (although she's looking VERY hot so I don't really mind the interruptions). =;)

She's about 10-15 pounds behind me at 65 pounds lost since the beginning of February. So between the two of us there are 146 fewer pounds. And not to get explicit, but there are circumstances where that 146 pound loss makes a really NICE difference. (insert innocent look here)

We're done with our contest on Saturday, but will continue losing weight until we hit our goal weights -- should be sometime this year. Saturday we do full pictures, weighing, and measuring -- so I'll post how many inches I've lost, too.

Progress as of today: 81 lbs lost so far, only 81 lbs to go!

greengirl on 06/28/2007:
WOW!! You are doing so well. Congrats to your wife too. Sounds like there are all sorts of fringe benefits for you two LOL!!! Keep up the good work :o)

ktallamigo on 06/29/2007:
Congratulations! That is so inspiring!

Donkey on 06/29/2007:
Wow that is wonderful! For both you and your wife!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/29/2007:
congrats on your progress. eating in definitely saves money...unless you are me! I think i buy the most exotic, expensive food out there on the market! just a bad, addictive habit! lol. i go out of my way to find strange, obviously tasty, food i like.

hollybelle on 07/03/2007:
WOW - I totally loved reading your post. I hear you about the $$ saved. Especially on the coffees. I do make a "lower" fat/sugar version of iced coffeeat home these days, though, as a treat. Your post made me think about the times I have exclaimed to my husband "look what I can wear again"! Big he (also) doesn't seem to mind much! Keep up the good work. Give a big WTG from me to your wife, too!

sweetpea1977 on 07/11/2007:
Congratulations to and your wife! Like you guys, my husband and I did our weightloss journey together too. We managed to lose a little over 100 pounds together, but I think I actually won the percent of body weight lost contest! :o)

Adam - Monday Jun 18, 2007
(Fitness Cleanse)
Weight: 297.0

So, the "secret" that I know now that I didn't know seven years ago is...

...no matter how *positive* I am that I will not gain all the weight back, no matter how *great* I feel being so much lighter...

...it's all a hill of beans if I don't ACTIVELY do the things to keep me lighter.

I had kind of figured that with what I *knew* that I would just automatically eat the way I should, etc. But now I know -- and this can sound really depressing if you let it -- that to maintain my weight when I hit my goal will require that I *constantly* monitor what I eat and do.

My thinking at the time was that I will lose weight and then just coast, but there is no such thing as coasting -- if I take a passive approach to my health I will let the weight creep back on.

When I hit my goal weight I will continue to be on a "diet plan" -- basically for the rest of my life. I know that if I don't I will end up as a big fat guy again -- I can't fool myself about that this time.

So my wife and I don't talk about "when we're done with the diet" -- we talk about "when we're on maintenance." There will be some things we'll do then that we don't do now, but we'll still be "on a diet" for the rest of our lives.

So that's my "secret" -- your diet never ends, because if it does, you will lose the progress you made. But that's really not a bad way to look at things, because a maintenance plan is SO much easier than a diet to lose weight. We'll have pizza again every once in a while, we'll have an ice cream again every once in a while...

...but we'll work it into our healthy lifestyle, instead of living FOR those kinds of things.

Progress as of today: 75 lbs lost so far, only 87 lbs to go!

maria777 on 06/22/2007:
Adam, can you tell me what my password was to Maria7? I lost it years ago. Please send it to my email if you still have that address. Thanks and have a nice day!

BTW, congratulations to you on how much work you've done on getting to your goal!

Adam on 06/22/2007:
Maria - The DD site isn't mine anymore, I'm just a "user" here now. =:) Send an email to webmaster@dietdiaries.com and see what he can do for you.

Adam - Friday May 04, 2007
(Fitness Cleanse)
Weight: 307.0

Okay, it looks like I'm about two weeks away from ducking under the 300-pound mark for the first time in YEARS! It's getting so close I can smell it (and it smells like pizza! rats!).

Today is the 3-month mark on the fitness cleanse my wife and I are doing, so we did "official" weighing and measuring. She's lost 48 pounds so far and I've lost 58 pounds -- or, 106 pounds combined!

That's more than our 13-year old son weighs. We lost a whole kid! =:)

The last time I weighed under 300 pounds was somewhere around the year 2000 -- I was 332 pounds and lost 72 pounds. And at that time I remember feeling so good that I KNEW without a shadow of a doubt that I would never be a big fat guy again.

Yet, a year later I had gained it all back plus more!

So why, now, when I haven't even lost as much weight (yet), do I think this is going to be any different?

Because I found the secret! I found the missing ingredient that I didn't know about seven years ago! If I had known and understood what I know now, I would have NOT gained the weight back.

The missing piece that I now know is...

Oh crud, look at the time. I'll have to finish this tomorrow. (insert innocent look here)

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 97 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 05/04/2007:
hey! next time tell us your secret, lol!!!!!! you definitely left me with a cliffhanger! lol! have a great day, keep up the fine progress you're making! go you, go you, go you!

borntocry on 05/04/2007:
Ack! What is the missing piece?!?!

Soon2BThin on 05/05/2007:
Wow, you and your wife are doing fantastic!! Can't wait to see those 300's gone for good! You will do it! Oh, and that "missing piece", well, we all want to find out what that is. You'd better get right back here with that before we all go nuts!

babyred811 on 05/05/2007:
Congrats to you and your wife. Combined you two almost lost 100 pds. I know after I got diabetes and started taking insulin, my weight has gone up. Writing on this site makes me work harder, and gives me guilt if I dont write on it, and do what I am suppose to do.

Adam - Wednesday Apr 18, 2007
(Fitness Cleanse)
Weight: 316.0

No time to write much, but today was the official weigh day and I clocked in at 316. I've slowed down, but still feel pretty good about how things are going in general.

Still haven't started doing ANY exercise and only walking about 1 time per week, so I feel pretty BAD about how that's going. I really need to kick it up a gear if I want to make significant headway.

Back to work now, more later!

Progress as of today: 56 lbs lost so far, only 106 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 04/19/2007:
56 lbs loss is quite an accomplishment! It sound like you are READY to stop feeling BAD about how the exercise is going. What can you do to get started? I am a big believer in ANY exercvise AT ALL is better than NO exercise. And I mean ANY AT ALL - like EVEN 10 minutes of walking a day. It adds up and establishes a habit. Set your beginning goals at a VERY reasonable level so that you can have some success and don't increase your goals too fast. One day at a time! Try not to let today go by without doing a little something extra. Hang in there! You are doing GREAT!

Moody on 04/19/2007:
I have to second what Holly said...ANY exercise is better than none, like 10 minutes when you have it..seriously, it does add up and as you do a little bit each day you will find that you want to do a little bit more, then a little bit more..no need to start off all gang busters and hating it and not wanting to do any exercise at all. I have a tendency to do that and it always bites me in the butt...slow and steady wins the race..You can do this, look at what you have accomplished so far!!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/21/2007:
well, 316 is a lot lower than where you started and your really close to the 200s. i like moody's 10 minute exercise plan. really, if you tell yourself "i will ONLY exercise 10 minutes today," it will still make a difference from your current exercise routine! its worth it!

noslot on 04/30/2007:
Everyone keeps telling me to walk too, but I fear my feet will fall off. At 282 I'm just working-out using VERY low impact aerobics. I'm embarrassed to say, but I ordered Richard Simmons workout for seniors, and I'm only 38!

Adam - Thursday Apr 05, 2007
(The Unnamed Diet)
Weight: 321.0

Today was the 60-day mark in my new diet and I'd hoped to get into the teens, but I'll get there next week.

Total loss in the last two months: 44 pounds and 38 3/4 inches! Woohoo!

My wife has lost 36 pounds and 34 inches, so we're both very happy.

This evening my wife came home from the store and my son brought in a bag of dog food over his shoulder. I could tell it was heavy, so I asked how much it was -- and the bag said 44 pounds! Exactly what I've lost in the last two months. So I picked up the bag and I couldn't freaking believe it!

I'd been carrying that much weight around every minute of every day, week after week, month after month... No wonder my knees hurt, my back hurt -- no wonder I could barely make it up a flight of stairs!

I am still a BIG guy, but seeing and feeling 44-pounds like that was a real mind-bender. While I might have a long way to go, getting that much weight off is a VERY good thing!

I don't know how long I can keep my 22-pounds per month average going, but even if I drop to 18.5 pounds average, I can be at my goal weight the first of October. And even before I get there, I'll be enjoying the benefits of being lighter. I already AM enjoying that! =;)

Oh, I took my CPAP machine back -- I've lost enough weight that I don't have sleep apnea anymore. I don't have to sleep in a space mask anymore! Woohoo! =;)

Progress as of today: 51 lbs lost so far, only 111 lbs to go!

denashope on 04/05/2007:
Woo! Congrats on the weight loss! 22 lbs a month?!? That's not fair! lol ;)

jon'smom on 04/05/2007:
Wow! 22 pounds amonth? Way to go! I'm reaaly proud of your accomplishments. Keep up the great work!!!

hollybelle on 04/05/2007:
Awesome. I loved the story about the dog food. Very telling, isn't it. Don't worry about keeping up an average lbs lost per month. Just keep on keeping on and you will succeed. Congratulations to your wife, too. Does she post on this site?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 04/05/2007:
haha "the crap machine!" you're doing awesome, just don't get unmotivated when you loose less weight per month than when you started!!! i'm sure your health bills are less now and just think what a good thing you are doing for yourself and your family! awesome!

WorkingIt2 on 04/06/2007:
congratulations! What fantastic success you have worked so hard to enjoy! You AND your lovely wife! Have a great day!

borntocry on 04/10/2007:
You are doing SO WELL!!! Congratulations!

Adam - Wednesday Mar 28, 2007
(The Unnamed Diet)
Weight: 326.0

Things are still going well -- and last week my wife and I had some *awesome* walking sessions! Real sweat-inducing walks that made us feel like we had actually DONE something! Today at lunch we talked about looking at doing some weight-lifting type of stuff a couple days a week to try and build some muscle while losing the fat.

It felt like I had really slowed down in losing weight, but when I look back over the last few weeks I can see the downward progression. I think part of the problem was my stinking bathroom scales -- I need to take and throw it into the trees behind the house. If I close one eye it weighs different, if there's a cloud in the sky it weighs different. It's maddening. So I decided (again) to just go to the Dr office every couple weeks and get an "official" weight (that's what I did today).

I thought of another present I want to get for myself when I hit a certain weight -- maybe 285 since that's what I was when I got married -- a set of those Bowflex dumbbells. Have you seen them? They're really cool, you just dial in a weight and lift them up and that much weight stays attached to the bar. The only problem is they cost something like $400-$500 -- ouch!

Oh, maybe as a cool halfway celebration -- that's about the 291 mark. Close enough to wedding weight. =:)

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 116 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 03/29/2007:
Way to go on the walks! I love working up a sweat when I workout, especially when walking!!

I definitely recommend working on muscle definition while losing fat. The more defined your muscles are, the higher your overall metabolism rate will be, which means you may lose the fat pounds even easier than before! In addition to weighing yourself (try a digital scale), you may want to take measurements in key areas (arms, thighs, calves waist, chest,etc) to notate your progress every month.

I love those Bowflex dumbbells!! Please do reward yourself with those once you reach your halfway/wedding weight. What an awesome gift! Im jealous! :o)

sugarmama on 03/29/2007:
I love that you have a reward for yourself when you hit a certain weight. That's great! Something to serve as motivation, a reward, and will also help you on your journey! After working that hard to achieve the weight to recieve the reward, you totally deserve it.

greengirl on 03/29/2007:
Congratulations on sustaining your weightloss and on your exercise. You are doing so well. Good for you!! Keep up the good work :0) Oh , and you deserve to treat yourself now and then.

Adam - Monday Mar 19, 2007
(The Unnamed Diet)
Weight: 331.0

Okay, I'll admit, my declaration that I'd commit to at least 20 minutes of exercise per day meant squat. Since then I've been so busy with work that I don't think I did ONE DAY of exercise, except for yesterday.

As we were leaving the church parking lot, my wife said, why don't we go walking? I turned left instead of right and we went to the sports complex. We only walked for 30 minutes, but it was the best freaking walk I've had in a looong time! I actually even (carefully) jogged for one length of the track a couple times. Most of the rest of the time I walked much faster than usual.

Later in the day I told my wife I was glad she made the suggestion, because I wouldn't have gone ottherwise. She told me she was surprised I took everyone -- and said when I turned that direction she mutterd to herself, "No, not really, I don't feel like walking!" But we both agreed it turned out to be REALLY good for both of us.

In fact, as soon as my thyroid pill kicks in and I can have my morning shake, we're going to grab our daughter (and leave our son snoozing) and go again.

A couple weeks ago my wife and I entered a "fitness challenge" where 50% of your score is from your before and after pictures, and 50% is from an essay you write about how your weight-loss has changed your life. We have 3.5 months until the end of the contest and if we can keep going the way we have, we should have some dramatic results. In the last six weeks we've lost over 70 pounds together -- which is what our daughter weighs. We've lost a whole kid! =:)

Oh, my mother saw how good we were doing and decided to give this a shot -- she's now lost 27 pounds in 3 weeks. Pretty good for a 71-year old woman, wheelchair-bound, whose Dr. told her to "give up on the idea that you can lose significant weight" eh? She's so enthused now - she says she finally feels like she has some hope.

My rented CPAP machine goes back to the pharmacy in just under 2 weeks. I *think* I'll be down low enough that my sleep apnea should be gone -- or gone enough not to need the machine anymore. It was, honestly, a life-saver when I got it, but I'll be glad to see it go.

My biggest goal right now is to lose enough weight so that I can wear my black leather jacket again. =:) I think it'll start fitting again in about 40 pounds, so this summer I should be able to be "cool" again! Of course, one reward when I hit my goal weight is going to be buying myself a NEW black leather jacket since this one will be too big! =;)

Progress as of today: 39 lbs lost so far, only 131 lbs to go!

Soon2BThin on 03/19/2007:
Wow, you're doing great!! It looks like you've got that fitness challenge wrapped up. And I'm sure it makes it more fun to have your wife in it with you. And your mother too! I wish you good luck with getting along without the CPAP machine, you're going to feel great! What great incentive! Keep up the good work!

geevee on 03/19/2007:
You're really thinking the right way! That's great that your wife is in this project with you. It makes it so much easier. My husband and I also managed to be in opposing modes which made losing weight so difficult.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/19/2007:
a leather jacket in the summer! you may have to wait till fall to wear it! but, that's a fantastic reward....and best yet, it's not food!

Adam on 03/19/2007:
Well, summer up here in Alaska is usually a nice 75 degrees or so, but the last couple years I've taken my son to football practice (starting about Aug 1) it's been jacket weather most evenings. That's what I'm thinking. =:)

WorkingIt2 on 03/19/2007:
What a great journal entry! Congratulations all the way around! Keep up the fantastic work!

sasyredneckgirl on 03/19/2007:
Adam sounds like you and your whole family are doing GREAT!!! You know losing weight will help with the apnea im sure.. a couple of years ago i had to have tonsils and adnoids taken out and they were like ohh h you wont snore anymore you will sleep good welllll were they wrong i snoored even more was restless and hubby moved out of da bed lol .. well the other night he did comment and was suprised he said ya know.. the windows didnt rattle last night in fact i didnt hear you snore at all.. i have notice that i have lost a lot of weight in my before and after pic ( iave it on a post if u wanna see ) in my neck area and i didnt really realize that you could lose a lot of weight there but that would make sense the fat pushing down on your neck as your sleeping.. hope that makes sense.. keep up the good work and congratulations to all your family!!!

sweetpea1977 on 03/21/2007:
Wow, congratulations to the whole family for changing their lives for the better!

A leather jacket sounds like a wonderful goal gift!!

Adam - Sunday Mar 04, 2007
(The Unnamed Diet)
Weight: 339.6

Okay, only a 1-pound loss since a couple days ago, but the big thing is, I'm down into the 330s! I always like it when I go down into another bracket. =;)

Yesterday was the end of my first 30-day program and my totals were 25 pounds lost and 22 inches lost (almost 2 feet!) -- including enough in my hands, believe it or not, that I can once again wear my wedding ring! It had been living on my keyring for about the last two years, but it's back on my finger now where it belongs.

Another big thing is that I'm wearing jeans today for the first time in YEARS! Okay, they're the "Long Haul" jeans made for truckers with big bellies, but I'd put them away a long time ago because even those were too tight.

I came out of the bedroom wearing black jeans and black t-shirt and one of my kids said, "Dad, you look cool!"

Yeah, baby, that's me. =;)

Progress as of today: 30.4 lbs lost so far, only 139.6 lbs to go!

borntocry on 03/04/2007:
Ohh, how sweet!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/04/2007:
congrats on all the weight you lost...thats like almost one pound per day!

sharklover on 03/04/2007:
Congradulations on all the success! You are doing great!!

girliegirl6486 on 03/04/2007:
Congratulations on the weight loss! Keep it up! : )

leeumom on 03/05/2007:
GREAT JOB! Getting your wedding ring on is awesome. Wearing jeans again all all the steps towards the goal you've set. Keep up the good work!

geevee on 03/05/2007:
That's something when your child compliments you on how good you look! When those jeans become too loose to wear you'll feel even better than you do now that you are able to get back in them. Then, you MUST give them away. You don't want that crutch in the house. Hey! At the rate you're going, it won't be long at all until you're in the 200's! Wowee!

WorkingIt2 on 03/05/2007:
Congratulations! Great job!!

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