SUMMARY OF THE PAST AND THE PRESENT
When Andrew, my husband, was a teenager, he ate a lot. After a soccer game with friends, he stopped at Subway to feed himself 2 foot long subs as snack. Then, on the way home, he stopped at gas station to get some candies / soda. When he arrived home, a nice Southern style dinner with a lot of carb is waiting for him and he enjoyed. Back in that time, Andrew’s metabolism is still in good condition so he does see why not keep enjoying all the good food.
Until he graduated his college and got a job, things change. Stay in the office all day, lack of outdoor activities and keep eating a lot of food starting causing him to overweight. Year 2003, when he was 29-30 years old, he reached over 420 pounds (or 190 kg). Unfortunately, there is no photo of him at that time (420 pounds plus, maximum weight he was embarrassed and would not weigh; so do not know maximum weight he got to ) but this photo can tell you that he was a big and tall guy.
Year 2008, Andrew decided to change his eating habit then he started dropping weight; below is him at 410 pounds:
Andrew decided to change after the doctor told him that he may have to take diabetes pills and the body started being weak (allergy) which caused him to take allergy pills every day. For Andrew, he does not care how he looks but there are many hidden problems causing by his overweight issue: potential diabetes, allergy, snoring, hair loss… so changing the weight is his top priority.
The losing weight journey is not over yet. Andrew is still working on it. However, Andrew is willing to share his experience, tips and any secret of his losing weight journey if it can motivate somebody to lose weight. “No pain, no gain”, this is so true. Andrew chose the slow way to reduce his weight which took long time but he knows the body needs time to adapt any change. For his case, it has been 7 years on this journey. There are a lot of weight loss pills, hardcore workout to burn fat,… out there but shocking the body with extreme medication and hardcore workout are not good for the body in a long term progress so Andrew chose to go with the natural way.
Andrew in the past (2007): Height 6ft4, 420 pounds, pants size 54, potential diabetes, gout, pills daily, snoring, hair loss, got rejected by all insurance companies for life insurance.
Update of Andrew (2014): Still same height 6ft4, 230 pounds.Pants size 38. No diabetes, no pills, no snoring. Got accepted by all life insurance companies. Still having hair loss. and gout. And of course, many people could not recognize him.
Picture 3 – Andrew year 2014, 230 pounds (or 104 kg)
It is a long way but Andrew makes it to this point by working on it slowly and surely. Exercises and natural food are his secret, not fancy at all, but it works.
I was with Andrew during his journey as a coach, a care giver and a strict wife. And I will write more about how he made it in other post.
If you have any question, please write a comment and I will be glad to answer.