Meet Dave

Yes, it’s Monday and yes, I do have a motivating story to share with you. Β πŸ™‚

A little over a month or so I received a text from a friend of mine that went something like this, “I know he doesn’t really want the attention, but I just have to brag..Dave has lost 100 pounds as of today!”Β 

I knew my friend’s husband had been trying to lose some weight, but since we don’t live near each other I had no idea just how much he’d been losing. Β It was such good news to hear. Β My friend has been on weight loss journeys with me in the past and we’ve both talked about how it would be a little easier if our husbands would get on board with regards to eating better. Β 

And he did.Β 

Plus, Β he finally agreed to let me interview him for my blog. Β We did this email style and his wife sent the pictures.

So, without further ado, please meet Dave ...Β 

How much weight have you lost?
I have lost a total of 100lbs. I started out at 347 and am now 247
How long did it take (is taking, if applicable)?
It has taken me a year
When did you first feel, or realize, you had a weight problem?
I have always been a big guy but got real serious about losing weight in July 2011
What made you want to do something about your weight?
Β I was feeling more and more lethargic and went to the doctor. My blood pressure was way to high due to the excess weight and lack of exercise. I was put on high blood pressure medication. I went to the doctor for monthly check ups and after 2 months of medication and losing some weight I was taken off the medication. Once I lost some weight I started to have more energy and feel better.

How did you decide to get healthier? A diet? Exercise only?

Eliminating the 2 or 3 44oz sodas that I drank every day. As well as diet and exercise. Changing what I ate. Not really a diet. But changing my eating habits. And exercising. At first I could only ride the bike for 15 mins and each time it started to get easier. I ride now every other day for an hour.
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Was it easy or hard to begin making the changes necessary to be healthy?
Once I had it set in my mind it was fairly easy. There is always some temptations to eating things you shouldn’t but once my mind was made up it was easier.
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Did you have a support? Wife? Kids? Peers?
It was something that I really decided to tackle alone but I certainly had support from my wife with meals and playing games with me while I exercised. But having it in my mind that this was something I wanted to do it was what I wanted to do.
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What has been the hardest thing about losing weight?
Patience. It something that takes time to see results.
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Has there been an easy part of losing weight?
Once you find a exercise that fits your needs it soon becomes easy. I found that the exercise bike was something that was somewhat easy for me. Something that didn’t hurt my knees. I have had 2 knee surgerys.
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Do you see any difference in attempting to lose weight as a man, versus women working on weight loss?Β 
Β I think for men it’s a much easier thing to do alone. I necessarly don’t want or need to talk about it. But for women they feel they need a friend to go through it with. To have that support. Women need to talk, men don’t.
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Please share a tip or two with us that you’ve learned, or a tip that has made the most impact on your weight loss.
I’m sure that everyone is different but for me embrace the scale. Most people weigh once a week. But for me I weigh myself 4 times a day. When I got up, before I exercised, after I exercise, and before I go to bed. For me it helps me keep myself on track. Find a exercise that works for you, something that you enjoy. You shouldn’t hate your exercise.
Dave, thank you for allowing me to share your story on my blog, and a big CONGRATULATIONS on your weight loss!!!Β 
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2 Responses to Meet Dave

  1. Lori says:

    Thanks for sharing – congratulations Dave!

    Like

  2. Keri Jo says:

    great story. That's a huge accomplishment to be proud of.

    Like

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