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Postby Donk » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:16 pm

Hi all,

Just discovered your forum last night when I did a search to see if there was something around regarding weight loss, so thought I'd share my story for inspiration to others.

It all started about a year ago, I started a new job about 10-15 minutes walk down the road from where I live, a bit of a change from my two hours of driving that would leave me tired and lethargic.

At this stage I was weighing in around the 120kg mark. I never really thought I was a bad eater, but I just didn't excercise much. So I began to walk to work every day, about 20-30 mins of walking every day, now I hadn't really thought to myself "this is it, I'm going to lose lots of weight" I just started to noticed that my belt starting getting looser... down another notch... looser.

I didn't actually have any scales around the home so didn't know what weight I was at, but I eventually did go out and buy some and to my amazement, I was down to 100kgs, now from what I recall this was about two months of walking. I think by this time I had also started walking home at lunch time and back again, so about 45-60 mins of walking each day.

I kept this up and got down to 95kgs. Then winter hit and I was struggling to lose any more weight, I started walking for an hour at lunch time so had my walking up to about 90 mins per day, I went out and purchased a treadmill and even started running, I couldn't believe that I could now actually run 5km without stopping, I would have stopped after about 5 mins in the past.

December came around and while everyone was dreading the Christmas weight gain I started to lose weight again, I received some good advice through a program at work about chewing your food more and thinking about what you are eating. I now finish dinner after my girlfriend, whereas in the past I would have been finished while she still had half of hers left. With this new eating I found that I was eating heaps less than I used to eat at lunch and dinner and when I dish up food now I put barely anything compared to what I used to eat, I just look at the serving and think "wow I don't know how I used to eat more than that"

Anyway, summer continued, and I was fairly happy with myself over Christmas, as I kept at a steady weight and didn't gain any.

This weight loss has continued since and now I find myself at 87kgs. My goal has always been 80kgs, my BMI sees my finally in a good weight range at anything under 84kg, I like to set myself a goal each week, hopefully to lose about 1kg.

Two weeks ago I decided it was time for a new wardrobe, with my work pants getting way too baggy and my belt barely hanging onto me. It's GREAT! I haven't worn clothes this size for as long as I can remember, I was always a big kid through school, I remember being weighed in Yr. 8 and registering 108kgs!

It feels great to be walking around in size 87 pants and medium - large shirts, I just can't wait to reach my goal weight of 80kgs.

A lot of it is just mind over matter, there are temptations and sometimes we do fall, but one thing I have always told myself is if I slip up it is only one slip up, it's no use giving up over one small incident, just put it behind you and focus back on your goals.
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:28 pm

oh i wish we were all so fortunate as to get through xmas without putting on weight! thanks for sharing with us donk
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Postby Justjudy » Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:34 pm

What an inspiration :!: Thankyou for sharing your story.

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Postby milkyway » Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:55 pm

What a great, inspirational story, Donk. Thanks for sharing :D
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Postby A_Corner_Of_The_Earth » Thu Mar 01, 2007 3:20 pm

Wow, congrats on the great work thus far.

It just shows that weight loss is not hard. Just by making a few simple small changes like you did, will result in weight loss.

Thanks for sharing with us, very inspirational.

Good luck getting to goal.
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Postby KimE » Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:32 pm

Thanks for sharing your story with us Donk, it is appreciated.

You have done so very well a big congrats there. Also you have learned some great habits and all started out with some simple walking. Anytime anyone asks me about exercise and weightloss I always come back to walking, although I now go to the gym and do weights I still think walking is great for you and should never be underestimated.

What an inspiration and all the best on your continued journey.
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Postby Chelle » Fri Mar 02, 2007 2:02 am

Thankyou for sharing your story That's awsome on the weight loss goodluck for the future
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Postby Donk » Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:55 am

Thanks guys... err I mean girls :D Got to see my brother in Canada on the webcam this morning, haven't seen him for a few months now and he's amazed at how I look.
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Postby KimE » Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:14 pm

That's cool Donk. It is always good to catch up with people who haven't seen you in some time and see their jaw drop. Still gives me a thrill when this happens.
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Postby Ally » Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:05 am

Thankyou for sharing such and inspirational story with us Donk....it is ok you can call us guys!!! LOL!! :P

Your story reinforces the issue of exercise and you have had some truly amazing results!! Congratulations on your loss so far and I wish you every success in losing those last few kgs......

I bet you were really chuft when your brother passed comment on your new appearance!! :D

If you feel so inclined, it would be great to see some pics in the Before During and After Photos section, but no pressure, only if feel comfortable to do so!! 8)
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Postby Donk » Sat Mar 03, 2007 11:33 am

Yeah I'll have to sift through my photos on my computer and post them up.

Going to a party tonight with some uni mates that I haven't seen for a few years, so I can't wait!
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:21 pm

im going to dinner with a girl i went to school with tonight too donk! gotta love these mini reunions :P
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Postby KimE » Sat Mar 03, 2007 2:39 pm

Have a great night out to you both.
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Postby Donk » Sat Mar 03, 2007 5:13 pm

hehe, have a great night kate, I know I will!
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Postby milkyway » Sat Mar 03, 2007 5:35 pm

Be sure to let us know how it goes, Donk. I would love to hear about the reactions you get from everyone :D
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