This will probably get buried, but here goes. My top weight was 481 lbs and I had never at any point in my life been remotely thin. I was always the big kid..the much bigger kid. When your fat and in school you always hope their is someone atleast fatter than you to not feel so bad..nope. I was constantly picked on, I even had to change middle schools in 8th grade because of it. High School was not so bad, I just played the part of the funny fat guy. I never thought I was that fat until my friend bought me a 4 xl shirt that said “I Beat Anorexia” on it; it did0'nt fit. I was probably wearing a 6x at the time, and eventually I got up to an 9xl shirt. When you see people that fat there are only a few shirts they can wear, I always either wore flannel shirts or sweatshirts, never just a t-shirt. Funny enough, that “I Beat Anorexia” shirt was my first “goal shirt” and I still have it.
3 years before I decided to lose weight I got a work study job at my college..working at a gym. So everytime I worked I would see buff healthy people come in, but at no point was any persone ever critical of my weight, in fact I still work there and my best friends ever have been and are currently co-workers. In 2010 I was invited to a friends wedding and heard a girl I liked in High School would be there, I loved this girl, and she knew…in fact i'm sure the whole damn school knew. But had a boyfriend, and lets face it she was thing and pretty while I was proably 400lbs at the time.
My family had always been overweight, always ate more and did little to no exercise, after failed diets my mom was finally losing weight on Weight Watchers, however I decided to go my own route and just eat healthy-fruits, vegetables, lean meats, etc. and exercise. The first time I stepped foot on treadmill as part of this new exercise routine I will never forget. I was wearing some burning orange colored shorts, a black sweatshirt, and just my normal street shoes, I walked on the treadmill for 20 mins and after getting off it was the weirdest feeling ever to walk. I began to work-out more and more creating a tradition which has now lead to my toy obessesion with Super Senta/Power Rangers. Everytime I work out I watch Super Sentai…so i'm essentially losing weight to a Japanese kids show. The wedding came around and I was down to a 6xl, sporting my purple dress up shirt and black dress pants I went to the wedding..ready to see my crush. However, she wasn't there.
After the wedding and the compliments it became apparent, at first I was doing this for her, but now it's for me. I have so far lost about 253lbs and now need to get surgery on my loose skin. So far my insurance will not cover it and I am having to suffer from back pain, loose skin soreness etc. However I am hoepful I will get it some day. Now at work pretty much every day someone will ask me about my weight loss, or dieting and exercise. If you would have told me 3 years ago while I was eating a whole pizza by myself, or eating a classic triple burger from Wendy's, or even a six pack and a pound by myself from Taco Johns that people would want my advice for weight loss, I would laughed in your face. However even with the weight lost I have lower self esteem now than I did when I weighed more and find it incredibly hard to approach women due to the fact that before..well, I pretty much accpeted I would probably be single forever, but I guess that is just a new adventure. However I now atleast get some good stares, and people just want to know more about what I did…so I guess becoming this has made me more genuine to others.
TL;DR Decide to lose weight while watching Japanese Power Rangers, and went from 481lbs to 227lbs. Now everyone is nice!! Before/After Pic: (http://i.imgur.com/Uqz6O.jpg.jpg)
I get treated so much better now, by others. Strangers will no longer look at me funny, not try to avoid eye contact and I do not have to avoid walking though aisles in department stores to avoid being pointed at by children. I do have quite a few stories involving children in public making fun of me that are upsetting however now I guess im “normal” or something like that. A few months ago I was walking around in the mall and found it so weird how now I “blended in”. I even texted my friend about it. Also as for the surgery questions it would be expensive without insurance. I have seen two plastic surgeons and was shot down by insurance twice. They both agree, as well as my doctor who I am seeing now in hopes of trying a third time to get them to cover it that I need the surgery. I am also trying to respond to replies too…I know it's not an IAMA but i'm not gonna leave you hanging.
I forgot to mention that the girl who I lost weight for to see has actually in that two years time I was losing weight started to date a guy and they recently got married. I really have not had feelings for her since the whole wedding thing. But last year we did meet up for drinks and I met her husband (then boyfriend). Nice guy too, i'm happy for her.
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