Losin' The Pounds

In May of 2010 I was sitting in my office, staring at my computer and thinking about how unhappy I was. I think we all get there sometimes, wondering "where did I go wrong?" "How did it get this bad?" "Is there anything I can do to be what I want to be?" 

Like many Americans, I found myself morbidly obese. I didn't have the courage to weigh myself until 3 months later in July, but I knew I weighed more than 250 pounds. I was 24 years old and I felt like I hadn't lived up to the promise of my life, the promise of who I wanted to be in my 20's.

I decided I didn't want to be the person I was and embarked on a journey to be better. How did I start? I logically turned to Google.

Through Google I discovered Sparkpeople, a free website where people can join an online community for support, track their food and learn more about crafting a healthy lifestyle. I was pretty skeptical at first but started the slow process of thinking about what I was putting into my body and some of my habits.

Slowly I begin to lose a few pounds and felt the need to become more active. Eventually I became a runner.

This is my first hike that I wanted to go on. In fact, I arranged it. I asked a few friends if they would like to go on a new trail and discovered it was something I could do. What I was very aware of was how difficult it was for me to hike. I was out of breath, tired, my feet hurt, I was sweating and I needed to take a lot of breaks. It was really embarressing, but I finished and got to see this amazing view.

On my 25th birthday I got the courage to weigh myself. I weighed exactly 250 pounds. On that day I set the goal to lose 100 pounds.

My before pictures:

I look at these pictures and hardly recognize myself.

I'm not finished, I still have 20 pounds to go before I reach my goal but I've made a lot of progress:

This is me at 250, 220, 200 and 170 (my current weight).

I am currently using MyFitnessPal and exercise to work on my last 20 pounds.

Remember, you have the power to change your life and change your body. Food does not control you, and it doesn't control me anymore.

If you have questions pleast contact me by email or twitter at: bailey (dot) borman@gmail.com or @baileyborman

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