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MDG-Before-1On January 20, 2022 I embarked on a weight loss journey, with the hope of losing an enormous amount of weight. My name is Mitch, and I am morbidly obese. I hope before this year is out that I will no longer be able to say that.

The evening before I started the program, I had a friend take a couple of pictures of me. For the entire world to see, the picture of me in jeans and the purple shirt is my before picture.

August 7 marked the 200th day of my journey, as well as of this blog. I had lost by then seventy pounds, no small feet by any measure! I had my son the elder take a picture of me in nearly the same spot, and it is easy to see the progress… and that I still have a long way to go before I am done.

This is now the third time in the last six years that I am starting this (or a similar) weight loss program. Both previous times I lost nearly or over 100lbs. Both times, within a year or two, I had gained it all back. My goal this time therefore has been twofold:

  1. Lose the weight; and
  2. Keep it off!

So far I have done a pretty good job. While I have not lost weight with the same speed as on my previous attempts, I have also not stuck so religiously to so extreme a weight loss program as I did those times. I am hoping that the moderation will allow me the time to form better eating habits, and thus help me to maintain a healthier weight for the long term.

Obesity is a dragon that I know I will be wrestling for the rest of my life. That I might defeat it on one day (or one year) cannot make me complacent and believe that it is dead. My addiction to food (and the wrong foods) is something I can never forget and can never allow myself to ignore. If I do, I will find myself back where I started… or likely worse.

I hope my writing can inspire or educate or enlighten someone who might be facing the same struggles. To read the slow but steady pace of progress is not a story of numbers on a scale, but of the difference in attitude, and in dropping sizes, and in feeling better over time.

Thank you for reading!

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