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Overweight? How to lose eighty pounds in 6 months.

Updated on June 24, 2013
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Can hardly see my eyes.
Can hardly see my eyes.

Buoyant!

Ever been so fat you've been compared to a boat? Well I have! I had a friend of mine tell me that I looked like a flotation device that could carry him and 3 others down a river.

Now I had two choices that faced me in this moment:

  1. Stove my friend's head in. (Yeah, i had some anger issues then.)
  2. Listen and take it as constructive criticism.

Thankfully, I chose the second path. What he said helped me realize how big I'd gotten. I always say that sometimes a person needs blunt, honest, truth to get up and do the right thing! At this point in my life, I was weighing in at around 290 pounds. Yes, you read that right. 290! Yikes!



I was about 18 in this picture. I went from this, playing football to the fat boy down below.
I was about 18 in this picture. I went from this, playing football to the fat boy down below. | Source
My sister and her Life Raft.
My sister and her Life Raft.

From Football to Fatboy!

I've always been a stocky guy.

I wrestled in high school. I was big enough to be in the heavy weight class. I loved playing football as well. To my football buddies, I was known as "The Ox", because of my ability to plow guys down twice my size on the field. I was built but never buoyant!

My weight hovered between the 200 to 210 range. Around the age of 20 was when I'd hit the 290 mark. I was working and in college; I'd stopped making time to go to the gym like I used to. I eventually developed horrible eating habits. Then one day I woke up and THE BLOB was looking back at me in the mirror.

After what my "friend" said to me, I knew that I had to walk the line and break the cycle of abuse I'd put my body through. This was a health issue that needed to be fixed pronto!

If you struggle with being overweight, my heart is to see you get healthy again. I want you to learn from my failures and successes, and feel great about yourself!

The scale.

Have you ever gained so much weight that you've been depressed?

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I was partying it up a lot with friends.
I was partying it up a lot with friends. | Source
This picture was taken around my waist. I just took it today. The stretch marks of my abuse. I will live with these reminders of my health issues forever.
This picture was taken around my waist. I just took it today. The stretch marks of my abuse. I will live with these reminders of my health issues forever. | Source

What caused my weight gain?

  • I had a very nonchalant attitude towards my weight. No sense of urgency to lose any.
  • TV was a friend who always kept me company.
  • Too busy partying. Beer with no movement equals weight gain!
  • My priorities were skewed. I wasn't making time to hit the gym or work out.
  • Fast food should just be called FAT FOOD.
  • I became lazy! And there are heavy consequences to laziness.

Everything you see here revolved around comfort. You've got to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to lose weight.

Let's look at the 4 main steps I took to change things:


Step 1: ATTITUDE.

Your attitude is like the aroma of your heart, if your attitude stinks, it means your heart's not right. And you can't commit to change if your heart's not in it.

  • When setbacks happen, don't give up.
  • Stop complaining. Walk in the opposite spirit to negativity. Find the things in your life to be thankful for and focus on these.
  • Stay joyful even when you don't want to. Happiness is fleeting, it can come and go with your mood. Joy is not dependent on the external stuff going on. Example: Receiving a gift makes me happy. Knowing that God loves me makes me joyful.


A suggestion on how to treat yourself when you hit a goal.

Get yourself a jar and put a dollar into it every time you work out. Once you hit 100 workouts, go and spend the money on yourself for anything you've been wanting. You could wait longer if you want but this will help you keep track of how many times you work out.

Step 2: GOALS

Your goal should be the roadmap of your success.

A person without goals is like a car without gas. Not going to get very far on wishing.

If you try to do this without a goal in mind, you will fail. You'll be frustrated and want to give up that much more, so plan ahead.

A few tips on setting goals:

  • Set a goal of how much weight you want to lose in a given time frame.
  • Don't set a huge goal right away, make smaller goals to hit on your way to the ultimate goal. Like say, 10 pounds within 2 weeks.
  • Treat yourself to something special after you hit each smaller goal.

Step 3: COMMIT.

Take your goals and commit to them.

Have someone keep you accountable to your goals. (I call this a "life coach")

This will be the person you call when you're tempted to give in to your food cravings. You're also giving them permission to tell you when you're screwing up.

Keep them in the loop at least twice a week to let them know how you're doing. Ask them to commit to calling you randomly during the week to check up on your progress.

For this step, Ecclesiastes 4:9 -10 in the bible is a great passage on showing the need for strength from friends. “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!



Step 4: DISCIPLINE.

I initially didn't like the word discipline. It reminded me of punishment. Webster's definition of discipline for this context:

Discipline - training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.

I had to train myself to correct my thinking about my weight and the attitude towards it. This means training mind, body, spirit, everything of myself to make me better. This includes eating right, working out, etc.

Talk is cheap. TAKE ACTION!

Discipline in hitting the weights!
Discipline in hitting the weights! | Source

Did you know?

  • Aspartame, the chemical substitute for sugar in diet drinks, accounts for 75 percent of all cases reported to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for serious health problems related to food addiditives.
  • Chewing a single bite of food at least 20 times helps to support digestion and prevent Diverticulitis, a common digestive disease.
  • According to a Florida Dept. of Health study, 1 cup of whole milk contains as much saturated fat as 5 strips of bacon.
  • The belly pudge you hate so much is probably excess waste being stored in your system. Eating a lot of fiber daily will help you to pass that on to your friendly neighborhood sewage system where it belongs.
  • Eating at least 3 hours before you go to bed helps your body to digest the food you eat at dinner and not store it as fat overnight,

EATING RIGHT.

Most of the things I mention here will not be comfortable overnight. It will be a difficult transition, but your health is worth it. I did all of these things and got used to it within a month or so.

  1. Get rid of sodas. This includes diet drinks. I used to drink 3 or more sodas a day. They are jam-packed with sugar. Diet drinks contain a sugar substitute called aspartame. Not good.
  2. If you use milk, use either 1 percent or skim . I used to think skim milk was water with some white food coloring in it. I use it all the time now because it's far less fattening.
  3. Eat plenty of fiber filled foods like oatmeal. Fiber helps clean your system out.
  4. If you drink sweet tea, drink it half and half style. This is essentially cutting your sugar intake in half. Pour in half sweet, half unsweet, and stir.
  5. Cut back on the fried foods. If you want to stop heart disease, you've got to cut back on this. I try to stick to grilled and baked.
  6. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Your body needs serious hydration to work properly, but more importantly, to burn fat. I have a camelback water bottle that I carry everywhere.
  7. Cut back on the butter. Do you realize how much you're clogging your arteries with this? Substitute olive oil whenever you can. It's much healthier.
  8. Cut wayyy back on the cheese . Cheese is a huge reason many people are overweight.
  9. Stop eating white bread and pastas. Switch to 100% whole grain wheat as much as possible.
  10. Eat fresh vegetables . Even in my vegetable choices, I'm very picky. For example, Instead of iceberg lettuce, which has little nutritional value, I use spinach leaves for my salads. They're jam-packed with nutrients!
  11. Eat something small in between meals. If you get hungry, munch on a small amount of peanuts or crackers. It will keep your metabolism burning while helping your cravings.
  12. Yes, count your calories! Check the nutrition labels and take in less than your daily allotment to see the pounds slide off.
  13. Cut your portions down to half. Most Americans eat double to triple what they need to for any given meal. This includes getting seconds. Don't Do It.
  14. Eat a ton of fruit daily! I do this to replace my cravings for candy. If you get canned fruit, don't get heavy syrup. That's loaded with sugar.
  15. Stop eating out so much . Learn to cook at home. You have more control over what goes in your body.

How I started looking after.
How I started looking after. | Source
Happily less "buoyant" playing guitar.
Happily less "buoyant" playing guitar. | Source

Couch Exercises!

LET'S SWEAT BABY!

Joining a gym would be a great start, but isn't necessary to get results. Most of these are things I've done to lose weight.

  • Buy a weight bench. Nothing fancy, just enough to get a full range of workouts.
  • Walk or run as much as possible. This includes to the grocery store or just around the neighborhood.
  • Get a friend to work out with. My friend Bryan and I worked out together about 3 days a week.
  • Do at least 200 jumping jacks a day. Do this 6 days a week. It burns excess calories.
  • Join a local softball league. This one will help keep you active.
  • Use your couch to work your abs. There are several ab exercises you can do with your couch.
  • Get enough sleep. Some people struggle to lose weight because their body isn't getting enough rest. Shoot for 8 - 9 hours a night.
  • Take vitamins. Wal-mart brands aren't the best way to go because they don't always have the best potency. Companies like ADVOCARE are great for this. Don't go into debt over it, but your body needs the extra nutrients.

My beautiful wife and I. I feel great and a lot more healthy! This is about 195 lbs.
My beautiful wife and I. I feel great and a lot more healthy! This is about 195 lbs. | Source

Final thoughts.

Guys, if you take this seriously, you will lose the weight.

After doing this for 6 months, I dropped down from 290 to 210!

80 beautiful pounds gone!

In more recent years, I've been as low as 184 pounds. (10 pounds of which was because I caught a parasite in Argentina which put me on my back for a week, but I digress.)

I want to see a healthier, lighter "You".

Thanks for reading!

Kasman will return with another hub soon!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So good to see you happy and healthy in that last picture. Wonderful hub by a man who walks his talk. Well done, Kas!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks so much Bill. I'n definitely feeling much better these days. My goal is to share hope with people that it can be done. I'm no better than they are. Thanks a lot for the comment and much appreciate your stopping by.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Kasman,

      This is a very useful hub and I applaud you for your efforts in losing so much weight over such a relatively short period of time. I myself need to lose some weight, and I will be applying your tips in my effort. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning.

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      sweetie1 4 years ago from India

      Hi Kasman,

      You have shown the right way to lose weight. Infact it is very important to have goals for each and everything in life not in just losing weight. Very excellent hub..voting it up

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      Kay Comer 4 years ago from Metropolis, Illinois

      WOW Kasman, this is just SUPER great advice and you did a fantastic job of telling your story!!! You've even motivated ME and I only have 20 pounds that I need to lose...so I am ON IT!!! Thanks so SO much for your story!!!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks Paul. I'm glad you're making the decision to do it now. I still deal with a few of the effects of being so big for that amount of time. But my health is superb now because I forced myself to make the right decision. I pray you'll do we'll and don't lose hope brother!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Absolutely sweetie, you could definitely use these for anything in life for sure. I've used those steps for most things I do in life, thanks so much for the comments and votes!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Yep, doesn't matter how much you need to lose, this will help you get there quick and to keep it off. I'm blessed that the story touched you, thanks so much for your comment

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      Doodlehead 4 years ago from Northern California

      This is an inspiring article and the things you mention could be used to achieve goals other than weight loss as far as discipline commitment, goals, and attitude. Lookin' good!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks a lot Doodle. I try to be a self starter but also surround myself with people of extraordinary wisdom. The best way to learn is to make the mistakes sometimes and do the opposite. Well I've been fat, now I learned how to be built and keep the weight off. Thanks for your comment!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Good for you! This is very motivational. I never had to struggle with weight until I hit middle age. I will definatley use some of your tips. The dollar jar is a great idea!

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      Laura Tykarski 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Great hub. I never had a weight problem until I lost my mother 2 years ago. Comfort eating led into over-eating and now I find myself 60 lbs over-weight. My biggest problem is night eating (I've worked 11-7 shifts almost my entire life) I literally wake up at 3 a.m. starving-eat-then go back to sleep this has been going on for months. I love your tips especially the dollar jar because it seems I have an allergy to exercise going on as well. I never had to work-out as my job was physical so the discipline and commitment portion of your hub really struck home. You and your spouse look great I hope I can incorporate some of your advice into my life...and soon.

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      Congratulations on your weight loss. It takes a lot of discipline to stay on course. Proud of you. Working on it now myself, one step at a time. This is truly inspirational. Thanks for sharing & keep on hubbing.

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      AliceFSpencer 4 years ago from Texas

      Great hub and success story ! Thanks for sharing

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      pedrn44 4 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin

      congratulations! you look great after lots of work and dedication. You can inspire many with this hub.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks a lot Tammy, you've gotta do so much to motivate yourself into working out sometime. This is just a small way of blessing yourself for your hard work. Thanks for the visit and the comment!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Laura, I get that completely. Depression or sorrow is a huge reason so many people gain. Lost two grandmothers That I helped care for when i could, hard stuff. But It's asking yourself what your source of joy is and focusing on that. For me, it's The Lord. That keeps me energized to keep on pleasing him with a healthy body. Am I an expert at it, no. But I do my best to stand on these steps to keep my weight where I want it.

      The best part is that you have the power to determine your how you want your body to be. And that's encouraging! Thanks so much for the visit and your comment.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Glad to hear you're making the change Kelly. Some people want to rush things and jump on board as quickly as possible, but they tend to forget every BODY is different. Some people may not lose weight as fast as I did; some people may lose weight quicker. All that matter in the end is that you follow the steps and pace yourself. Don't burn out in the process and you will be pleasantly surprised at how healthy you'll feel! Thanks a lot for the visit and the comments!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks so much for stopping by Alice, I appreciate your comment!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      And that's absolutely my heart. I see people walking around me all the team who are overweight and depressed. I just want to run up and inspire them to not give up, that its possible to lose the pounds. It's not easy, but worth it! I appreciate you stopping by pedrn44, thanks for your comments!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Kas, this hub will surely motivate a lot of guys who'd like to lose weight. Awesome ideas and you practically showed the way. You look so much better and surely must be feeling much fitter as well.

      Voted up, awesome and sharing for benefit of others.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Kasman, this is truly inspirational. I am focused on shedding some pounds, and your advice is spot on. Until I started actually counting calories, I always thought I "didn't eat that much." I was very wrong. The numbers don't lie, and the calories can add up if we don't pay attention. Thank you for sharing your story. :)

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I am feeling better my friend. And I tell ya, you need all the motivation in the world to keep going! If I ever revise this hub, I may add a few links to some of your hubs because yours are great motivators to eat properly as well. I appreciate the comment, the share, and as always, thanks for stopping by.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Oh I understand that donnah. I used to think the calorie counting thing was totally overboard, but when I started doing it, I came to the same conclusion! In fact, not that I subscribe to this, but there was a gentleman who did a study on how calories affect your weight. His diet for 30 days subsisted on nothing but twinkies! He actually lost weight because his calorie intake was under the line the entire time. Thanks so much for the comment and the visit!

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      Corey 4 years ago from Northfield, MA

      Kudos on the weight loss. It is no easy feat and your tips are fantastic and great motivators.

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      Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      I think so many people will be inspired by your sharing your experience. You should really be so proud of yourself because it was your decision to make changes. That's a big piece of it, it had to be your decision and you did it. We all have to eat better, exercise and take care of ourselves to promote longevity and a healthier lifestyle. Congratulations to you!

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Kasman...many thanks for sharing this one......i was on same path some time earlier in my life but now I am happy the way I am and I am trying to maintain that. An important aspect of weight loss is the maintenance of the goal you have so attained after much effort put in when many tend to lighten up and very swiftly gone back to where they have started with. Shared and votes +++++++++++

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks a lot cabmgmnt, I'm hoping they motivate a lot of people to do what needs to be done in their lives.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I think we all have the ability to be the master of procrastination in some area of our lives. It does take choice but also will. It reminds me of the movie "Batman Begins", where Ras Al Ghul is training Bruce Wayne how to fight and he says, "your parents death is your father's fault." Bruce gets angry, comes at him and gets thrown down to the ground. Ras says, "anger does not change the fact that your father failed to act!" Bruce replies, "the man had a gun." Ras looks at him intently and says, "would that stop you?"

      Bruce: "I've had training."

      Ras: "Your training is nothing! Will is everything!.............the will to act."

      Thanks so much for the comment and the visit.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      You're so right dghbrh, many people do turn back. I'm glad to hear that you haven't. Keep walking that straight line, not deviating to the right or the left. I appreciate your comment, sharing and votes!

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Its my pleasure indeed. Sure i will walk ahead and best wishes. Thanks again.

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      Ken 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Congrats on the weight loss. Good hub!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks a lot Fittest Dad! I appreciate the comment brother.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Congratulations. Having lost weight myself, I know how difficult the process can be. The key here is that whatever you decide to do, you need to commit to it long term. I've been doing Crossfit now for three years and every January, hopefuls come in for their New Years Resolutions. Unfortunately, most disappear by February because they don't commit. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks alocsin. I'm glad to hear you lost weight too. It's an amazing thing to feel fit and healthy. You also feel more disciplined in every area of your life because if you can master your health, most of the time everything else follows suit! I haven't tried crossfit but i hear its quite popular, might be worth looking into. Thanks a lot for the votes and comment!

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      Olly 4 years ago from London, UK

      Thought I'd check out one of your hubs mate and this one intrigued me! Very pleased you managed to lose the weight and become happier. It's definitely a hard thing to do in a society that is full of misinformation on health related issues. One thing that is 'bad' for you is 'good' for you the week after - the media are to blame in part for this. For me personally I find HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) a great fat shredder but it has to be combined with a decent diet - you're right...beer and partying is a killer! Voted up and Useful:-)

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you so much Southern29 for stopping by! Yeah, I hear ya on the misinformation from the media on things.....that goes without saying. Misinformation on anything from health to politics! I tend to do my own research on health or anything else for that matter because I'd just rather not take someone's word on it all the time!

      I am lately learning to use Dorian Yates workout routine and some parts of his nutritional regimen. I don't want to get as big as him, but I do want to shred the fat and gain muscle. Thanks for the advice, comments, and votes!

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      Ken Kline 4 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Kasman,

      You are truly awesome! This hub is awesome! I will even share out on my Facebook Page. Off to send out a tweet about it. Exceptionally well done! Thank you so much for sharing. I really like your writing style. Voted up and shared - the ultimate in compliments!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks so much chyy2901, anytime my story can motivate others, I'm all ears!

      I appreciate the kind words celebrateusa! I try to keep things interesting enough for people to get what they need out of it. If its not intriguing, why read it? Thanks for the stopby, the comments, and the shares!

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      This is an amazing hub my man. Easily one of the best that I've read on here. I can definitely relate to much of what you mentioned. When I was in high school, I played basketball for 4 years. I was always slim, and was never over 185 pounds. Then I graduated from high school, and my level of physical activity stopped. I got all the way up to 250 pounds ouch!

      Then in 06, I started jogging and watching what I ate. Before I knew it, I was 40 lbs lighter. I still don't eat entirely the way that I should, but I run weekly, and have run in several 5K races. It's always great to see others progress when it comes to weight loss, and your pictures along with your article document it well.

      Also, yout positive attitude and disciplined spirit is a motivation for many people. I didn't even plan on working out today, but I'm going to workout for a bit after reading this. Great job on the weight loss my friend, and awesome job on the hub. Voted up, rated awesome, and shared. Keep on writing the good fight!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      That is awesome!!! Congrats!!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Awesome awesome awesome prospect! Get out there and get your strength training on! I'm glad to hear that you also have a great story of weight loss to tell. You should write your own hub.

      Even to this day, it's sometimes a struggle to stay away from certain things but then my waistline reminds me that it's worth it. I'm very thankful to done with all the flab and walking in very happy muscles.

      I appreciate all your comments, sharing, and voting! Thanks a lot for stopping by brother!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks so much Audrey for dropping by. I appreciate your kind comments!

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      Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

      This is awesome and I can relate. I have struggled with weight. At one time though I was down to 180 which is good; at that time I did nothing but work and work out, and I didn't eat very much. I was busy in those days. This advice you give is solid and straight-forward, very useful. Congrats to you, too, for doing what you did. Thanks for sharing.

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      khmohsin 4 years ago

      Hey Kasman, first of all I want to congratulate you for your great effort. You simply prove the amazing courage about your goal. I really appreciate your hard work. Let me little about my health, I m not too much fat but I think I am getting fat now. Right now, my weight is 194 pounds but I want to sent it back to 145 to 150 pounds.

      I found your hub very useful and helpful for everyone because you also mentioned the motivation methods while doing all this stuff. Thanks for sharing the great ideas, suggestions and tips to lose the weight. After studing your hub, I know now how and where to start and what is my goal. I am going to save your hub to get motivation when will doing all this.

      Once again, congratulation and thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks a lot nateB11. I can understand completely about doing nothing but working for the longest. I used to work a 3 job schedule.....one job, just twice a month. I prefer a few more days off these days. You just have to make the time to work out and really stand on it. My wife and I have an agreement, if I'm going to be promoting health and wellness (which is a side business I run) then I have to be a walking advertisement. I do my best to stay at that. I work out heavily 4 days a week in the gym or out of it and its very helpful!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Absolutely khmohsin! First off, I pray that your weight loss happens the way you want it to. I encourage you to stay with it, even when you sometimes don't feel like doing it. Make those hard choices to eat healthy....even when your body is saying noooooooooooo! If you don't have the motivational factors in your life, then how can you stand firm on your goals? I would also recommend that if you're still struggling that you look up the low G.I. Diet. I hate the term diet, it's just a lifestyle change. It will help you eat well but at the same time, eat what is satisfying in the long term. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Bill Russo 4 years ago from Cape Cod

      Kas this is a great motivational piece and it has made me revisit a promise I made to myself two winters ago - to lose ten pounds. I am 5' 8" and weight 195. I don't look roly poly though I certainly do have what some would call a beer belly (I don't drink beer or any alcohol). So two winters ago I began walking a few miles every day. By Spring I had lost fifteen pounds but my feet gave out as the bones actually crashed through the heel. My doctor said I could not exercise by walking any more. Depressed, I pulled back into my shell. Your article convinced me to bring out my bike and pedal a few miles per day. I don't drink soda and don't use sugar but I INHALE butter and cheese. I am going to cut back. I don't want to lose much but I want to tighten up. I think I will get there. Thanks man.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Really great Hub, and very motivational, as your comments show! I notice there was no mention of hours spent on the computer and video games as being contributing factors? Young males apparently have the greatest obsession for this, and it shows!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks so much Billr for your comments. I think as long as you stay motivated and have your goals in place, you will see significant change! I'm glad to hear this article helped you in some ways. I appreciate you stopping by!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I agree with you on the videogames and computers thing. I have played video games on an off when I was young. That hasn't happened nearly as much in the last 10 years or so because you have to deal with real world issues that have nothing to do with videogames. I'm glad to hear you saw some benefit in this hub and I appreciate you stopping by Vickiw!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      You don't look like 290 lbs. to me in any of these photos, not even the first one, which I guess is the 'before' picture. You must be fairly tall . .

      Anyway, this is a great inspirational article with some very good advice to people who seriously want to lose weight -- and having a serious desire to do that is very important in order to succeed.

      Yes, I have had to lose a lot of weight at one time, and like you, I got on it and got it done. The results were better than I ever hoped for or imagined. Determination and discipline along with a good plan is the secret.

      Voted up, awesome!, and will share.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Lol, I'm tall compared to some I would say au fait. Funnily enough, I still had some muscle and was rather strong but quite a lot of fat at the same time. I honestly didn't think I looked that weight either but when I finally got myself back to the gym, they weighed me and I was pushing that weight for sure. I was honestly surprised by this because I held it well. Everyone's body is different I suppose.

      Glad to hear you conquered some serious weight loss yourself. I don't wish that on anyone. It's not easy but it's worth it. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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      Pamela Sarzana 3 years ago from northern Indiana

      Very cool article, I've been there and you look great!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you so much Pamela, it took some doing but I'm grateful to God that he taught me self control. I appreciate your comment!

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      eric.d 3 years ago

      Welp..im inspired..lol

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I'm glad to hear it. I hope it inspires many more to come. Work at it, it can be done!

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      lucyjava 2 years ago

      Wow, great stuff here. I Goggled on losing 80 lbs as that is exactly what I need to lose. I am 5'1" and want to get my weight down from 184.2 to around 105 at 50 years of age. I do know I have a long, tough journey ahead. You are right, it takes commitment. I've never had so much to lose before so reading this was very inspiring. I started out by doing the Master Cleanse and plan to for as long as I can stand it; today is day 4. Then I thought I would try MediFast, with which I have had success in the past. I have been a vegetarian in the past and feel that is the best route for maintaining once I reach my goal but must eat fish occasionally; can't imagine giving up salmon.

      Thank you for taking the time to post your success as it is inspiration to all who read it.

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      Kas 2 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you so much for your kind words lucyjava, I am grateful that my own journey can have a positive impact on yours. It does take time, commitment, and a lot of discipline but you will get where you want! I pray that your goals will be reached quickly and that you'll live a very healthy life from now on. God bless.

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      Arnie 2 years ago

      You've hit the ball out the park! Inebidcrle!

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      Kas 2 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks so much for your comment Arnie.

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