Saturday, February 5, 2011

Cameras don't lie.

Hello one and all. I am Jim, and as I am the new guy around here, I feel it important that I introduce myself. I have been friends with Katie for a few years now, and I was happy when she agreed to let me join the blogging community here at Welcoming Weight Loss. I have been fighting the battle of the bulge my entire adult life. I don't really have a support mechanism here, so joining the blog is a way for me to gain that support mechanism and maybe offer others support as well.

I entitled this entry Cameras don't lie, because of something that happened a couple weeks ago. I was going through my mom's photo albums, and I found a picture of myself. I was *gasp* skinny! I don't ever remember a time when I wasn't heavy, but there I was .... skinny! I couldn't believe it!
I joke around alot about being overweight. I often say "Inside every fat person, there is a skinny person eating like their life depends on it." However, there is the photographic proof. There is a skinny person in there somewhere, and now I am on a quest to find him. I need to find him. He is the key to my survival.
I have a whole boatload of health issues that relate to my weight. Back spasms, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes is my reality right now. The Back Spasms happen rarely these days, but the others, well, they are here for the duration. My heath care team believes that if I manage to get down close to my ideal weight, most of these health issues will resolve themselves. So, to improve my health and extend my mortal existence, the quest begins.
At my heaviest, my doctor estimates that I was at 350 pounds easily based on pictures that were taken of me at that time. I'll post a picture or two some day of that. Yesterday I weighed in for my official blogging start weight, and was 277 pounds. I could probably post a bunch of other stats, but I will let that go. Suffice it to say, I have a goal. Slow and steady weight loss. My plan: portion control and not eating everything in site, and moderate exercise.
It will be a long journey, and I am glad you are on it with me.



Welcome to the blog! I'm so glad you're here.


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