Another eMail… I NEVER get tired of getting emails like these:
From: Doug Murray
Date: June 10, 2011 2:23:37 PM CDT
I’ve been following you on Twitter for a while — after Tim Ferriss re-tweeted you a while back. Today I took a look at your blog: Bravo!
I too have struggled with girthiness. The short story: I went from 365 to about 200 when I was in my early 20s. But college and beer did me in, and before I knew it, I was north of 300 pounds again. Then I moved to Canada’s east coast and fell in with a bunch of mountain bikers. Without dieting at all, I dropped to 180 pounds and rode across Spain and Portugal. Who woulda thought — the fat kid could ride like that?
Over time, my lifestyle changed significantly. I moved to Vancouver and slowed down. I blame age. The pounds started to creep back, but I was able to slow the process.
In 2007 I moved to Ghana, West Africa for a year (to work as a journalism trainer). Did I ever pork up! Blame super fattening (palm nut oil) and super carby (pasta, cassava, potatoes) food. Worse, it was hot — so I didn’t really exercise much. And beer was the most refreshing thing you could drink. Not surprisingly, I packed it on.
Between 2008 and now, I’ve traveled a lot. I moved to Guatemala for a year, then back to Canada, then back to Guatemala, and back to Canada — where I am now.
I’ve rented a house in Nova Scotia through November. I work from home, so I can be anywhere. Since leaving Guatemala (late April) I’ve been trying to follow the 4-Hour diet. When I finally moved into the house, I was able to weigh myself: 272. Crap. So I’ve adopted a much stricter 4-Hour diet, bought a bike (although I have hip pain) and started using the treadmill here (cause it rains A LOT here). In three weeks I’m down about 5 pounds… and at the head end of big weight loss #3. Hopefully it’s the last time.
The best thing about all the yo-yoing I’ve done is that my personality didn’t switch back to the old me. Before I lost the weight the first time, I was shy and I’m sure I was agoraphobic. After I lost the weight, I was a whole new person. Outgoing, approachable, etc. At least that hasn’t changed — it was the best part.
Well, that and suddenly being interesting to girls!
Anyway, love the before/after pix. Love the stories. Keep ’em coming. And maybe, if I can stick to it, I’ll have some of my own to share.
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