A Happy Weigh-In, 200 Pounds Gone Forever: I certainly didn’t expect to end this week with the emotions I’ve been feeling in the past 12 hours. From the run last night to this morning it’s been crazy. This day has been 11 years, 5 months, and 27 days in the making and after a great deal of time and a great many challenges I can finally say to the world … I’ve lost 200 pounds.
I started this journey in January of 2007 at 400 pounds with Nutrisystem, later ditched it for Weight Watchers, and today I stand before you weighing in at 199.6 pounds. I stand before you a very happy, humble, energized, and motivated husband, father, and son.
My Scale Is Finally Below 200
It’s like a stage of Le Tour de France … I mean, check out all those hors catégorie climbs. Fortunately though, this stage ends on a decent so the sprinters will have a chance at this one 😉 … if you’re not a cyclist then that won’t be funny at all sorry.
I was going to start this post with all of the cool meanings behind the number 200, things like:
200 — The sum of dollars given in the classical Monopoly game to a player passing Go
200 — An HTTP status code indicating a successful connection (yes, I’m a web nerd)
200 — The smallest unprimeable number, it can not be turned into a prime number by changing just one of its digits to any other digit
200 — Roman Numeral CC
I’m sure I could have went on and on … but then I realized something. This event isn’t about the quirky oddities of a number to me, this isn’t that kind of posting. To me …
- Losing 200 pounds is about being able to run instead of walk.
- Losing 200 pounds is about being able to cycle instead of drive.
- Losing 200 pounds is about chasing my son once he learns to walk.
- Losing 200 pounds is about seeing sights I never thought I’d live to see.
- Losing 200 pounds is about doing things I thought I’d never be capable of.
- Losing 200 pounds is about regaining confidence in every aspect of my life.
- Losing 200 pounds is about regaining my true inner voice and learning to share it.
- Losing 200 pounds is about being alive to dance at my daughter’s wedding some day.
- Losing 200 pounds is about actually retiring with my wife and enjoying the journey toward it.
- Losing 200 pounds is about waking up with a skip and a smile instead of a new pain and a moan.
It’s not about 200 being binary 11001000, it’s about life …
It’s about a new chance at life and really striving to make it happier, interesting, fun, challenging, loving, exciting, and most of all it’s about living it.
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