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Day 14 - Past Success

You may be thinking that for someone fat I'm speaking with a great deal of authority about weight loss.  This is true.  That's why this blog is about weight loss, and not weight maintenance.  I do have some experience losing weight.  In July of 2015 my sister asked me if I could be an usher at her wedding and said the five most hated words for fat dudes every where: "Just use your own suit." 

So a little context, here.  Pretty much every guy has a suit.  For funerals, weddings, interviews, etc.  They're expensive, and unless you have to wear one for work your probably don't have more than one.  Except fat guys.  Fat guys don't have suits, they have fabric reminders of the last time that suit fit. And because most of us don't have a lot of opportunity to wear a suit, we have to rent or buy a new one every time we need one, because we've put on a few pounds since the last time we wore one.

Anyway.  I needed a suit for my sisters wedding.  I didn't want to buy a new one again.  So I decided I needed to lose some weight.  And I did. about 25 lbs by the wedding, which was enough to sort of fit in one of my suits.  After the wedding, though I kept going.  By April of 2016 I had lost about 70 lbs, was training to run a 5k and feeling really good.  Until I wasn't.

April 18, 2018 my back went out. I spent a good thirty minutes laying on the stairs of my house literally crying in pain.  I spent that summer in physical therapy and really maintained it pretty well until September, when a few things happened: I started a new job where I was working from home.  I went to Hawaii on an expense account.  I had a 14 day migraine that, incidentally would be one of the things that lead to me getting the aforementioned MRI last month.

These two breaks from my normal routine was enough to send me back to my old habits.  Eating all the food and skipping trips to the gym. Pretty soon McDonald's fries were a regular part of my 'balanced diet.' Which pretty much brings us to two weeks ago, when I started this blog. 

So, yeah. I kind of know what to expect of myself when I'm trying to lose weight.  Hopefully it stays roughly the same for me this time. 

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