Kevin Algeo wrote this fitness story, "buying bigger size clothes for summer vacation triggers change I have been overweight most of my life. Back in the 80's I lost over 100lbs counting calories and exercising. There were no calorie-counting apps back then, so I kept a notebook to log my calories. Once I lost the weight, I quit counting calories and eventually the weight all came back... and then some.
Going on vacation the summer of 2012, I had to buy all new clothes (size 4XL), because none of my summer clothes fit any more.
When I got back from vacation, I figured I better step on the scale and see where I was at. My scale goes up to 350lbs, and I maxed it out!
Once I got over my panic attack, I made a commitment to myself that I was going to lose this weight, or die trying. That day, I downloaded a calorie counting app for my phone (MyFitnessPal) and started logging everything I put in my mouth (so much easier than pad & pen!).
I began going for walks a couple times a week for exercise. After about 5 months, during one of my walks, I decided to try jogging for 30 seconds. I thought for sure I was going to keel over right there on the trail from a heart attack!
I kept upping my jogging a little bit at a time. Now, I'm running 3 miles, 3-4 times a week! I also mix up my exercise routine with bicycling, hiking, kayaking, and weights. I've run 3 5K's now, and would like to do a half marathon some day. I've also got my sights set on completing the MS 150 bike ride this year.
There is no secret to weight loss, and if I can do it, anyone can do it. It's simply a matter of burning more calories than you consume. You just have to make up your mind that you are going to do it, and that failure is not an option. I think that mindset is key.
There are a lot of ups and downs during this process, and convincing yourself that you will prevail no matter what, will help keep you from getting derailed when you have a bad day, or when the weight doesn't seem to be coming off fast enough."