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My Miracle Journey of 67kg...

Postby mojo247 » Thu Dec 14, 2006 3:40 am

Hi everyone, my name is Joe and i'm 27years old and i live in Adelaide. I was just surfing the net and i came across this website... so i thought i'd come in and have a read. i wasn't going to write anything until i started reading some of the posts in the forums...

whilst i read some great stories of successes (congratulations to all), i also read some stories of daily struggles, and i felt as if i was reading excerpts from my own personal journal... the truth is i've lost the weight, i guess you could say i was one of the few lucky ones... but the pain shared by some of the members on here is too close to my own for me to keep my mouth shut any longer... so here is my story: i hope you can relate, read, be inspired and enjoy!

In june of 2005 i weighed a whopping 153kg and i thought my world was falling apart. to get on a set of scales and read a figure like that tore me up completely. In the past i'd get on the scales (once every 2 years or so) read the figure, cringe, and get over it... but this time my world was shattered. i'd been to an obesity clinic months earlier and they said to me plain and simple... either put your name down for surgery or do it the hard way with diet and exercise... i remember sitting there at my wits end, telling the doctor "look you just don't get it, i cannot lose a kilo, i've tried and it's impossible!" i don't know what i was trying to accomplish that day, maybe a free gym membership/ personal trainer/ liposuction/ genie in a bottle... i don't know but i was desperate for a handout and on this day there was no such thing. he did suggest something like modifast, which i completely scoffed at! fancy that paying an exorbitant amount of money to give yourself diorrhea! censored that! I was on my own, back to square one and i felt like absolute censored.

to fill you in, i'm a typical australian, born of ethnic parents (lebanese) who grew up with a family who owned a snackbar. We loved our food, we loved to cook and we loved to eat, infact I lived to eat. given this, from an early age, my parents tried hard to keep my weight in check. infact they tried too hard... i don't think there was a person i knew who didn't know that i was put on my first diet at age 6. my parents owned a deli and snackbar and i was always told "no, put it back, you can't have that!" i remember i was once at a birthday party and my little brother saw someone serving me a piece of cake, and he ran up to the the person serving me the cake and announced proudly " joe can't have that, he's on a diet!" i could have died there and then, i just remember crying unabashedly...

Fast forward 12 years and i'd finished high school at 104kg. to say that high school was bad to me would be a monumental understatment... i was the brunt of every fat joke, i'd had caricatures drawn of me in class gorging down food, and basically been called every fat name under the sun. my self esteem didn't exist and things hadn't improved at home with my parents. i joined my first gym at uni, and i even had a personal trainer... but i was never one to really exercise so working up a sweat was only something that happened when running after a bus, etc... needless to say the gym went nowhere and i soon quit.

in 2nd year of uni, (1999) i started working as a dj, a bit of a hobby of mine, since all of my money was spent on music and food; well out of the the watchful eyes of my parents who were always arguing with me about my weight. i guess uni gave me the freedom and the expendable income to eat whatever i wanted, whenever i wanted. the djing started to take on a life of it's own, and i found myself working in clubs around town till all hours of the morning. i would be tired and hungry and the fast food joints would provide the ultimate midnight top up to my already huge waist line. by my 21st birthday (2000) i weighed around 110 - 115kg

in 2002 i met my first girlfriend weighing in at 123kg, she weighed 53kg! over the next 3 years i joined a gym which i visited spasmodically and ended up piling on another 30 kg resulting in the
huge 153kg figure. my mum and i had gotten to the stage of screaming down the house over my weight which would end up with her in tears on a daily basis, crying how she had failed as a mother. She booked me into the obesity clinic at the queen elizabeth hospital and in an effort to keep the peace i decided to go along. As you know however, i walked away feeling utterly helpless and dejected.

the solution rested in my hands. either i would place my power in someone elses hands with this operation, the way i had continued to do so looking for the easy way out all my life or i would take matters into my own hands and for once be in control of my own destiny. between june of 2005 and december of 2005 i tightened up my eating habits, not very much i might add, but i guess the big change i implemented was the cutting down of the junkfood and not so many huge meals. whilst my diet still wasn't crash hot and i hadn't done any real exercise in months, i guess by god's own grace i found myself weighing in at 140kg. i guess that was the handout i was looking for from the big man upstairs himself!

at the end of december me and my girfriend broke up and i was devastated. thats when my weight became a primary focus in my life. at the time i was trying to get her back. i started walking a half hour a day and by the end of january i'd increased that to 2hrs a day. by the beginning of march she wrote me a letter basically explaining that she wasn't coming back and not to contact her and to respect her wishes for solitude and space. whilst i was completely gutted, i knew that i had to stop losing the weight for her and i had to start losing it for me. at that stage i weighed 128kg. i would walk 2 hrs a day (10km) and my diet was what dreams were made of. no sweets/ junkfood whatsoever, no eating late at night, i cut out tea and coffee, and my carbs were down to an all time low where by which i was eating a little bit of bread per day equivalent to two slices, and pasta and rice did not exist in my vocabulary.

One of my habits i started this year was weighing my self everyday. i was a self made success and i wanted to taste that success every day. even on days when my weight would fluctuate i would go and write the figure albeit good or bad and the one thing i stopped doing was beating myself up if i had a bad day on the food. lord knows i have slipped up (i'm no angel) i've had my pizza, the odd chocolate biscuit, handfuls of chips and nuts etc, but i've learned moderation and my overall effort has been positive so who cares right?

june 06, 117kg, by this stage winter had hit and i was working full time, so i was waking up at 5am every day to walk and it is impossible to walk on the beach in glenelg and not freeze to death at 5am in june, and my walking was probably not doing what i needed it to do, so i started jogging. at first it felt worse than hell.
at least hell is warm right? but i persevered, as the one thing i wanted not to happen was to gain weight during winter as i had done in the past. i wanted to lose weight all through winter and by the beginning of spring i weighed 104kg the same weight i weighed at the end of high school!

in the last few months i've continued to drop the weight through jogging that same 10km distance only where before i used to walk it in two hours i now jog it in just over an hour. i still weigh myself everyday and alot of people question me over it. to me its simple: if you ran a business let's say a cafe, wouldn't you want to know what you had made that day? so that you could at least notice any patterns in trade, or productivity? well the same goes for me and my body. i want to know if i'm doing the right thing or headed for disaster. for the first time in my life i'm completely in the driver's seat and i love it! as for exercise, i do it every day, and i've started incorproating weights into my routine in addition to my 10km a day jog/run. my aim is not to put on muscle and be huge, but to be lean and toned.

today i weighed in at 86kg, i've never felt better. i still visit the obesity clinic, i had an appointment today infact, my doctor and i just sat there chatting and he congratulated me on my continued success and we set a goal of 75kg by june 2007, which i am so looking forward to reaching. i also realised that my bmi has gone from 50 down to 28, technically i'm still overweight for my height but i'm not obese and thats a blessing. the challenge for me is to continue my journey, everyday with the same enthusiasm as the day before and believe it or not it gets easier every day as you move forward.

So please do yourself a favour, if you relate to any of the above:
- start today
- love yourself enough to accept this as a challenge worthy of your time, effort and energy
- understand that you can do this and lose weight the right way
- don't beat yourself up if things go bad just get back on track tomorrow and be quick to forgive yourself
- acknowledge, love and appreciate where your weight is today, you put yourself there and it is you for today not forever
- and finally don't let any negative thoughts of your self image contaminate your thoughts of your self worth
- you are of great worth, you deserve this and i believe in you.

all my love,

Joe Kamleh

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(feel free to email me with any questions)

p.s. I'm still single and my ex saw me in july and she said i looked great at 112kg. if only she could see me now...
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Postby Ally » Thu Dec 14, 2006 5:24 am

Firstly a warm welcome to the forum. It is lovely to have another male on board. We have a few now which is great!!

Wow Joe, what an inspirational story you have there!! Thankyou so much for sharing that with us. I can relate to a lot of the battles you have with the weight...I started out at 165.3kgs and I have lost 10kgs so far, slowly but surely the weightis coming off!!

You have done so well and you should be so proud of yourself. I hope that you keep us updated on your progress of reaching your new goal by 2007!!!

Well done mate and keep up the great work. If you feel so inclined we have a before, during and after progress photo section if you would like to share you life in pictures with us as well.
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Thu Dec 14, 2006 6:15 am

hi there joe

i really enjoyed reading your story. it was very touching and nice to get some background on a member :) a lot of things really hit home in what you said. firstly with the high school thing. i wasnt one of the thin popular girls but i wasnt the most heaviest. i hated wearing the school skirt for the uniform and hated it even more at P.E time each week when we had to get change dinfront of all the other girls into bike pants! talk about embarrassing. secondly i was told by my specialist that i needed to lsoe weight to help my polycystic ovarian syndrome otherwise i wouldnt be able to have kids. mate, if losing weight was so easy there wouldnt be so many obese people in this world. i ended up falling pregnant but i think i lost 05kg in 2 months. pretty crappy! so ive bared the brunt of those two experiences- not the same as yours of course but i know where you are coming from.

well done on your weightloss so far joe and forget the ex girlfriend, she has her own insecruities to deal with and she was bringing you down when you were with her. im sure you are happier on your own - and half the size!
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Postby Hayley » Thu Dec 14, 2006 9:20 am

Wow, what an amazing journey! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Yes, many of the things you said, I could relate to aswell.

You have done a fabulous job so far and have a wonderful attitude towards life. You're an inspiration to us all for sure.

Best wishes for reaching your goal of 75kg by June 2007.
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Postby bluebox451 » Thu Dec 14, 2006 11:37 am

Yes, that was such an inspiring story. It almost brought me to tears when I remembered how much I used to suffer because of my weight :cry:
It is so easy just to sit back and say "Its just too hard" like many people do but you have fought through it and come out on top - congratulations! Your parents must be so proud of you :D
Its so motivational to hear people's stories and if you've inspired even just one person to do something, that's fantastic! Your ex wouldnt even recognise you if she saw you now :o :shock:
Your story actually reminded me of a book I read ages ago which really helped me. Its called The Clothesline Diet Club and its a collection of people's stories about their struggles with losing weight and how they succeeded. Has anyone else read it?
Anyway, good luck with your goal and keep posting your progress on here - everyone is so friendly :D
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Postby hushpuppy » Thu Dec 14, 2006 12:01 pm

Wow Joe what an inspring Journey . Well done on your loss and im sure you will reach your goal . I can realate to alot of your story . Welcome to the forum and hope u keep us up to date on your progress
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Postby Jisgone » Thu Dec 14, 2006 1:19 pm

Well done joe :) youve done an awesome job of losing the weight! Im 21 and was always the big kid at both primary and high school, now i cant wait to get to my goal and run into them again!
I tried losing and weight for an ex once but decided it simply wasnt worth it, you should never be with someone who makes you feel like your arent perfect just the way you are. Im sure you wont be single for long and girls will be climbing over each other to get a hold of you hehe, good luck reaching your 75kg goal, youve already come this far im sure you can make it!
and post some before and after pics too, were a nosey bunch around here :)

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Postby KimE » Thu Dec 14, 2006 6:06 pm

Hello Joe and welcome to the forum.

Thanks so much for sharing your life with us it appreciated and your story certainly is very inspirational. Made me want to get up and go for a jog! :D

Congratulations on your fantastic effort and for the weight you have lost so far. You're right you can do it when you put in the effort, eat right and get plenty of exercise and of course doing it for yourself is always the best reason I feel.

Keep up the great work and keep us posted on your progress.

I wish you every success on your weight loss journey. :D
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Postby Groovychic » Fri Dec 15, 2006 8:53 am

Wow Joe you have done an amazing job mate! You should so proud of yourself. It is such a huge difficult task to lose the weight and you have acheived it. Good luck with your next goal.

Keep Smiling!!!
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Postby evanlily » Thu Dec 21, 2006 2:53 pm

thank you for your story it was beatiful, and your mother must be proud
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Postby schnuckess » Fri Mar 23, 2007 2:56 am

What an inspiring story!!! And so well written. Maybe it will give you the confidence to get to know another girl, I'm sure you won't be single for long.

Keep up the good work,
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Postby Donk » Fri Mar 23, 2007 7:50 am

Wow, what a story, to just tell yourself this is enough and turn your life around is the amazing part. As you haven't suggested it I'm guessing you didn't go on any diets at all. To be at the weight you were and make your own exercise and healthy eating choices just shows that we all can make the change.
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Postby Chelle » Sun Mar 25, 2007 1:47 am

Thankyou for sharing you story Joe. What an inspirational story you must be proud of yourself of what you have accomplished over the last few years. Welcome to the forum good to see another guy join & good luck with getting to your goals
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Postby Dee » Sun Mar 25, 2007 2:58 pm

Thank you so much for sharing Joe. It's really great to have someone tell their success story, being honest about the fact that this wasn't an overnight change, that the weightloss was slow and continuous rather than a quick easy fix. I think that's what I most struggle with; the fact that I've been working on this for a few months now and the weight hasn't just dropped off; but rather has been consistently decreasing.

I think every one of us can relate to SOME part of your story. That's the wonderful thing about this forum; the people here can relate to our struggles, something that people who have been thin their whole lives just don't understand. Thanks for joining us, hope to see plenty more of you. (Or less as the case may be)

Congratulations on your success. You should be very proud of what you have accomplished, not for your Mum, or your ex, but for you!

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Postby mojo247 » Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:47 pm

Wow... its so great to be back after so many months... but firstly i must say THANKYOU to each and every person who posted a reply and or word of encouragement, you guys are my inspiration, and i am here for you.

i've been meaning to post something in the last few months, but life got in the way as well as a minibout of weight related stress. that's right stress! the truth is this: weightloss may be something you put on project status with a start and finish date, but permanent weight management is forever, and at times you just want that break, but the fear of your old self returning is all too prevalent in your every day thoughts that you're compelled to keep going, also i've managed to lose another 5-6kg bringing me down to 80-81kg but my weight has plateaued for the last 3 months which has driven me to change a few things, to be honest!

(having said all that, in a side note, i'm doing great! the one thing i'll say about stress is that is that firstly its manageable and you need it to some extent to stay grounded and keep focused. )

what have i changed? i've increased my daily jogging amount from 10km to 17km, its a little extreme but i like it, it means that i jog just under 120km/week and thats not a bad achievement in my humble opinion. the way it works is this: i do 10km when i wake up and i do another 7km at night before bed. the next thing i am working on is trying to balance out my diet and tighten up my eating habits as well. my diet is pretty healthy but its not perfect, and i struggle to sometimes refuse things... but i try to keep guilt free at the same time and implement some form of positive behaviour like exercise rather than coming down on my self...

i had a thought today when i was running, as i remembered someone asking me recently whether i was close to burning out or not. i remembered saying no and that i was great, but the thought came to me today as to why i'm still motivated. the truth is i find that we are driven by direct payoffs in our lives and we will endure all kinds of challenges as long as we can continue to reap those payoffs.

my payoff today? looking and feeling good in clothes! not surprisingly i was always the worst dressed person i knew at my heaviest weight. these days i have a 32" waist which i'm proud of and i've realised that i don't scrub up too badly in a pair of diesel jeans either! (i bought my first pair today) This payoff can and probably will change tomorrow with the weather, who knows i could fall in love... the thing is that there are so many payoffs to start losing weight and many more to keeping the weight off, for what it's worth, typing this message is a payoff as well.

i stumbled across my old journal on sunday, (25/3/07) and i looked at the cover which says "my daily renewal: march 1997 -" and out of curiosity i opened it to see the actual date that i started it on, and there it was as if god himself had written it for me: tuesday march 25th 1997! 10 years to the very day, since my weight really started taking over my life. little did i know the day i wrote that journal entry in year 12, that there would be so many false starts, so many failed attempts, so many tears and so many kilos gained before i would taste success...

but to be honest i wouldn't have it any other way, sure the weight came off in a year, but there was 9 years of mental agony which preceded it which i look back on thinking, that going back to that weight is not an option ever... i love my life, where i've come from, where i'm at, and what the future holds, from my proudest of achievements, down to the craziest of my quirks, it's all me, and i am finally at last finding peace within myself which is undoubtedy the greatest payoff of all.

if you haven't started, start today!
if you have, keep it up and stay focused!

i'm proud of you, keep the emails coming, [email protected]

all my love,


just a few tips before i go:
(for the record "My daily renewal" is part of the last weight loss step from Oprah's 10 step weight loss book "make the connection" which i bought when i was 17 which taught me the fundamentals of weight gain and loss in a simple straightforward way) (for the record again, if you want to get into walking/running but can't due to your knees/ pain in shins etc. look at your running shoe itself. i wear the Brooks Beast and i've just bought my 4th pair and i swear by them. most shoes are made for a skinny, long slender foot, and for people who are not that heavy. not these though, they are very comfortable for a wide foot, and at my heaviest weight they gave my knees the best support, and they're an incredibly robust running shoe)
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