I was going to include this in a link roundup I'm doing but then I thought nope, this really deserves it's own entry, the roundup can wait a bit.
You remember Chris, right? A mere shadow of his former self at 106 pounds lost in 7 months. He's not done, yet. Via email.
It's been awhile since I checked in. Last week I weighed in at 253 - 121 lbs lost now. This is officially the lowest weight I've been at since my 20's (I'm now 51). At 6'3", I'd like to get down to at least 210. Frankly, I'm not sure what my "mature adult weight" really should be. But the mirror is telling me I've got a way to go yet. Nevertheless, I'm thrilled with the results. To say the least, life is much better these days.
I asked what sorts of reactions he's been getting from family & friends.
Well, you can imagine the reactions are one of the best parts. One of my quartet mates has taken to calling me "the incredible shrinking man". And there's nothing quite like running into someone who hasn't seen you for a good while. It's often: "I almost didn't recognize you!" or "HOLY CRAP! You look great!" One of my favorite comments was - "Who invited Chris' younger brother?" I've been reluctant to spend much money on clothes, because I'm changing sizes so fast. Recently, we invaded the closet in my son's old room & I grabbed some shirts he wore in high school, much to his chagrin.... I've gone from 4-5XL down to XL shirts & 2XL on the bottom (unfortunately, I've always been pear-shaped). I've got to take some shots of me in my old clothes - hilarious!
Lots of people ask me what I'm doing, but I've learned to just say - "Oh, you know.....good old diet & exercise." Because, frankly, most people don't really want to know (unless you tell them about a secret pill or something). Once you say they have to make changes, their eyes glaze over......oh well. I've frequently referred people to your site & MDA, though. I figure the results speak for themselves & if they're really interested, they'll check it out.
As you can tell, I'm not much of a writer, but I can respond to promptings just fine. Let me know if there's anything else you're looking for.
Be so kind as to drop in a word of encouragement for Chris in comments and let him know if you want to know more and what. Yea, I love how this only solidifies the Palo way, but most importantly, Chris has gained a lot of health and I would imagine: self love. That's the healthiest place to be in life.