Sep 20, 2011

UNDER 350 POUNDS: Why it matters to me

"Yo mamma is so fat she stepped on the scale and it said one at a time please." This was one of my go to yo-mamma jokes when I was in middle school. The part that wasn't funny is that even in high school a normal scale really could not weigh me.

A few reasons I am uber stoked that I weigh in under 350 pounds?
  • It means I have lost 175 pounds so far
  • When I go to the doctor's office I can weigh in.
    (Don't get me started on how I feel about doctor's offices not going above 350 pounds)
  • When I am entering my weight on the elliptical at the gym, I can enter my true weight instead of just holding down the up arrow until it hits 350.
  • I won't be tempted by the free burgers my previous weight entitled me to at the Heart Attack Grill.
  • It's the lowest weight I was since high school. Let me expand on this one.
After I graduated high school, I decided to serve a mission for my church. I had know for some time this was something that I wanted to do so I had been planning on it. After school I worked many hours to save up money so I could go. I worked long hours at a Country Club working the banquets and odd jobs for tips and extra money.

After I had enough money I turned in my papers. As is typical for a Mormon kid waiting his mission papers, I would check the mailbox daily. It is common knowledge that the proses of submitting your papers and receiving a mission call is about 6 weeks. 6 weeks came and went and no papers. Then came the phone call.

I remember we were out doing yard work and my Dad said the Steak President (a local church leader) wanted to meet with me. I went with my parents and received the news. "Mike, they want you to try and lose some weight before they issue you a mission call."

My outward reaction was calm. I think I just did a lot of  nodding. But inside I was ... "WHAT! How can anyone be to fat, skinny, tall, short, ugly... to serve God?!"


After the initial shock at the request I came to the conclusion that if I really believed what I professed to believe, why would I doubt that I could do what was asked of me. I went to work, lost the weight and was given a call to serve. At the time I left for my mission, I was just under 350 pounds. It was the most fit I ever remember being ... until now.

I am encouraged to keep going and my new short term goal is to have lost 200 pounds by the end of the year. that will put me at 325 pounds. I feel good about this goal as it will keep me accountable and help me push through the tradition I used to follow of packing on the pounds.

17 comments:

  1. Congrats on your amazing loss so far! Incredible job!

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  2. Keep up the great work Mike! I do have a question though, was Steak President instead of Stake a Freudian slip? :)

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  3. I have that same scale!!! You ROCK!!! Congratulations and I hope that I'll join you soon.

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  4. Bruce ... mmmmmmm Steak. I wrote this before lunch:)

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  5. Thanks Sarah. My wife love reading your progress too.

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  6. Congratulations......175........woohoo!

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  7. Thanks. I am gonna hit 325 by 2011. (I have to keep telling people so when I reach for some food I don't need I remember)

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  8. I was looking at pictures from our wedding album and realized the size difference. The Mike I married 6 years ago is still the same Mike. Just healthy and lookin good.

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  9. Wow, congratulations! I remember being at a weight that would not register on any of the scales I owned - I have to estimate I peaked around 400 lbs, but I honestly don't know for sure because I didn't have access to a scale that went high enough. I was probably higher.
    In any case, 175 pounds is unbelievably awesome! Congrats and keep it up!

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  10. That's some awesome work, Mike! I've had the same problem with scales and eventually got frustrated enough with not being able to weigh myself that I bought a fancy medical scale that works up to 1000 lbs.

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  11. Congrats man!!! I so hate not being able to weigh on normal scales, especially at the doctor. They have to attach this little extra do dad to the bar in order to get a reading. My doctor says that when I hit 350 he will give me the the counterweight as a souvenir. Little does he know, my plan is to throw that damn thing right into the ocean. Way to go and keep at it man. You Are Awesome!

    I wait to get to where you are, just so I can buy t

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  12. That is a crazy story about the mission trip, but way to go on losing 175! You are totally awesome!

    Sarah
    notaneffingdiet.blogspot.com

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  13. Great job bud. Keep up the good work. My husband and I were just talking and said we hadn't felt this good in yars...feels good don't it..

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  14. About the mission trip, it was a big blessing in my having been asks to lose the weight. The things I learned in those 3 Months helped me more than I could have imagined. It taught me about sacrifice, discipline and self worth. All of these things were invaluable to me and the people I served on my mission. How dos the song go? Thanks God for unanswered prayers.

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  15. Congrats Mike! That is an awesome accomplishment! I'm patiently waiting to get under 300! Keep up the great work!

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  16. HI, Mike,
    I am always impressed by the honesty, inspiration and just "with it" nature of your journey. That is why I am spreading some bloggy love your way. It is an "award," but different than most. Easy and well, your blog is inspirational in my book. Hope others see it that way too. Michele
    http://ruminationsasiuncoverthewomanwithin.blogspot.com/2011/09/blogger-love-biking-and-minnesota.html

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