Mar 12, 2011

I lost 100 pounds!

When I started out today I had no idea what a momentous day it would prove to be. One year ago, I arrived at the KSL studios to try out for "The Biggest Loser". I had made the decision that if I didn't get on the show, it was time for weight loss surgery. Long story short, I didn't even get a callback. Their loss. After the disappointment of that lofty but unlikely dream, I was forced with the reality of going under the knife or going under the dirt.

I started on the long, and expensive process of gastric bypass. Just to get the ball rolling with doctors I ended up coming out of pocket $2,300 after the consultations, Lymphedema therapies and medications. Without the donations of loving friends, family and perfect strangers, I never could have made that happen. 1 thing stood between me, and my surgery. Insurance required a 6 month evaluation before committing to pay for the procedure. My doctors, dietitian and psychologist told me to prep in the next six months to be healthy for the operation and then something even MORE amazing happened.

I went through the toughest psychological change in my life. I decided to be fit. Yes, it was that simple. Not to be confused with easy. Digging ditches is the simplest job on the planet but if you have ever been in a ditch with a shovel, you know there is nothing easy about it. Am I still tortured by food everyday? Yes. Do I want to go to the gym all the time? No. But because of the choice I made, becoming fit just became more important than all of the excuses.

Today, "The Biggest Loser" was in town for another season of tryouts. Didn't make it. Don't care. Went up town with the kids to the Children's Museum after a killer workout burning over 1000 calories. Life was good. I usually weigh in on Sunday but pulled the scale out when we got home. 7 pounds lost this week. As the number sunk in I realized I had hit my 100 pounds lost mark ! Needless to say my good day, was significantly upgraded to one of the best days in my life.

I believe God often answers our prayers through others. This journey has confirmed that to me over and over. I decided the easiest way to stop hiding behind lies and shame would be to proclaim my commitment to the world, and guess who I found? YOU! My readers. Never have I felt more support from family, friends and this community of bloggers. You have given your encouragement, financial support and even a good swift kick in the pants when I needed it. My greatest advocate and my best friend, my wife has been unreal in what she does for me. She has prepared meals, encouraged me and most of all, walked right along side me in losing the weight. She is doing pretty awesome herself.

As you have seen, the donation button and tracker for the weight loss surgery are gone. For those of you that were so generous to donate, thank you. Your financial support was monumental with all the medical expenses that helped get me to where I am. There is a lot more ground to cover before I reach the summit of this journey but I will no longer be looking to surgery as the vehicle to get me there. In other words... Yay! No one is going to stab me with a scalpel.

I stop and look back, only to see how far I have come, but never to return where I once was. Then face the path before me with all the more drive to reach my destination.

36 comments:

  1. Nothing but love and respect !!! Awesome and do not stop !!!

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  2. Congratulations on your fantastic accomplishment!

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  3. Mike..Just read about your fabulous success from Allan! I just passed the 100 lb mark myself and the road to health has never felt better. Keep your eyes on the prize and never look back..You are doing what you never thought you could, and day by day you will reach that goal. Aren't we so lucky? Congratulations from another friend along the road...

    Pam S.

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  4. Congrats on the wonderful loss, Mike. I'm so proud of you and know you are going to continue with great success. Hang in there and I'll be here cheering you on.
    Hugs. :)

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  5. This is incredible! You opted out of surgery for hard work and perseverance. I love this! You're doing it the right way and you'll be so much happier and prouder of yourself when you're all done!

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  6. Thanks for the love. It's been therapy to have this blog and to have all of you chiming in. Like an OEA (Over Eaters Anonymous). Sending love right back to ya.

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  7. wow!!! so amazing. I only read your latest entry and I am loving it!! 100 pounds!! OMG!! good for you! keep going :)

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  8. Congratulations Mike! This is absolutely awesome!! Well Done!!!
    Michelle M.

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  9. What a fantastic accomplishment! Congratulations!

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  10. Mike, how did I miss your blog? 100 Pounds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Celebrating with you. This is great. One huge step, milestone, toward your goal. Inspiring. Keep going! We wanna celebrate 200 pounds lost with ya!!!!!

    God bless. I , too, believe God answers prayers mostly through bringing people into our lives with the gifts, wisdom, talents, words we need at the right time. Today, I bet your blog is an answer to someone's prayer.

    Happy Sunday!

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  11. Way to go on the 100lb mark! Keep up with the amazing work! Congrats!

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  12. Congratulations Mike! A big high five and hug to you and your wife for making this happen. Stay strong, keep doing those laps that include stairs at the office and we'll be celebrating 200 lbs lost in no time. I am so happy for you. Great work Mike!

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  13. Congrats Mike!!!! I'm so happy for you that you realized YOU CAN DO ANYTHING!!! It really is all in your hands. Way to go on those 100 lbs gone forever. Way to go to your wife too for being your support and also doing it for herself. I healthy family really is a wonderful thing.

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  14. Mike...what a great accomplishment....I've been reading your blog from Allans link...you're doing great and I'm sure you will make it and be healthier.

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  15. Wonderful job, Mike!! That is awesome!!

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  16. CONGRATULATIONS MIKE!!! One very amazing goal met and so much more to come. Keep it up Mike.
    Take care and God Bless!!

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  17. Bask in the glow of your accomplishment, Mike. You earned it. What an inspiration you are to people like me. With hard work and dedication -anything is possible! CAN'T is no longer in my vocabulary!

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  18. Nothing makes me happier than to reflect the inspiration so many others instilled in me. I appreciate all the love. next 100 pounds, here I come!

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  19. Awesome!!! congratulations on 100 lbs.
    What an inspiration!!!
    I am a new follower and I just commented on you Cutting Costs and Counting Pennies post.
    I am enjoying your blog so far.
    ~RustiAnn
    www.rustiann.blogspot.com

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  20. Mike - I am passing the Versatile Blogger award on to you. For details, hop over to my blog and see the entry on 3/8/11.

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  21. Congratulations, Mike! I knew you could do it all along!

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  22. Mike,
    How wonderful for you and your family! It is a true commitment you have made to loose the weight, even more monumental to change your thought process. Neither are easy, so I am proud of you and hope you can reach all your goals with the same great attitude you have to this point. And God bless a great wife :)
    My husband committed a year and a half a ago to go to the gym. He leaves the house at 4:30am every week day to work out before work. He has lost 30 pounds( he wasn't overweight to begin with) sleeps better, and hasn't been sick in years (he used to get sick all the time), and he says he thinks much clearer now. His health has truly blessed our family. So here is to all the healthy husbands who take care of themselves, so they can take care of their families.
    Keep up the great work!
    Love,
    Your cousin, Alli Badger everman

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  23. Carrie Ross- That is so great! Its awesome that your hard work is paying off!

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  24. What a great accomplishment! -Shayna Devey-

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  25. Amazing and what an inspiration. Thanks for sharing! -Susie Bailey-

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  26. That's a huge accomplishment, how awesome! -Mandy Brown-

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  27. Way to go Mike. That is great. -Patty Cowley-

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  28. Way to go!!! -Amanda Kauffmann Sharp-

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  29. That is amazing! Congrats Mike! You're an inspiration to all of us!!! -Shannon Cann-Crawford

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  30. That is so great! Weight-loss is such a psychological and physical accomplishment! Congratulations! -Tara Carpenter-

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  31. I am so proud! And what is so cool. Is that I KNOW he won't stop here, in fact he's even pushing harder to get to the next 100. He is amazingly strong.

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  32. "Awesome " -Ken Newland-

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  33. You are amazing! You must lie awake at night and think "I actually can do anything ... I have changed my life ... nothing can stop me". I love reading your blog.

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  34. In the last day I think I have told at least 4 people randomly "that my cousin lost 100 pounds". I haven't been able to stop being impressed by your success so far and can't help by sharing it with others.

    You are very impressive and even more so because you are doing this by making good choices and pushing your self constantly and consistently.

    Congrats! You deserve every bit of the happiness and satisfaction this brings you.

    - Stephanie

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  35. Kimberly Babel wrote: "mike your such a determined strong guy!!! We just love ya Congrats and keep it up!!!!!"

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