It's been a couple of days now and I feel secure that I am safely below the 300# mark!
As of today, 8/20 I am at 295.6 lbs. and I feel pretty darn good about that. I honestly can't remember the last time in my life that my weight was below 300 something. I am lighter now than when a lot of my friends met me, and I did it all without pills, a fad diet or surgery.
I've been exercising for 10 months and dieting for about 8 months. In that time I have lost 129.4 pounds and about 8 inches around my waist. But more importantly, I've gotten my life back. All my life I've been a big guy, but I played sports and was very active. About two years ago I noticed that I had not only stopped participating in sports (because I couldn't keep up) but that I was having a hard time walking long distances or going up steps. At 425 pounds, I was pre-diabetic and I also developed severe obstructive sleep apnea, asthma and decreased lung capacity.
Today I am no longer medicated for any of these things. I also have no problems getting around. In fact, when I started, my exercise program consisted of walking. That's it. It was really all I could handle at the time. As I started to lose, I transitioned into cycling and water aerobics and eventually running. Last night I completed my 10th 5k race by setting a new personal best time, beating my first finishing time by more than 20 minutes!
Enough gushing about me an my accomplishments. I want to say "thank you" to everyone on here who has encouraged me since my very first day on the forums. I know it takes one's self to actually do the work, but having the support and well wishes of your peers makes motivation that much easier to come by. There have been days where I (just like everyone else at one point or another) did not want to get out and ride. But I think of all the great people on here who have offered their support over the past months and I feel like I'd be letting all of you down in addition to myself.
In closing - "hooray for me" and if you're one of the other countless members of the herd, hang in there. Keep doing what you're doing. Don't be afraid to ask questions of the others here who are going through or have gone through the same things. You'd be surprised how much you can learn. If nothing else, I'll always be able to take that away from this experience. And don't worry kids, I'm not done yet. I was classified as "Super Obese" when I started this journey. Now I'm not even "Morbidly Obese" anymore - which is great because I'll be damned if I'm going to die from being fat.