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Caseys Story

Obesity is a growing problem in America.  Many know they need to shed extra weight in order to live a healthier active lifestyle.  It is not just those who go through The Fit Challenge or weight loss shows like Biggest Loser, My 600 Pound Life or Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition who are on a mission to lose weight to extend their lives.  Most chose to do so in a much more private way. 
Casey Smith, is one of those people, who decided to take control of his weight towards the end of his college career. At his heaviest, he weighed 312 pounds.   Casey said he was always a "big boy."  His mom was buying him 28-30 inch waist pants when he was in first grade, and his mom would have to hem them.  At his heaviest, he was wearing 40-42 on his six foot tall frame.

With growing concern for Casey's weight, his mom Rebecca, made him an offer he could not refuse, if he lost fifty pounds.  The bet was doubled if he lost one-hundred pounds.  On a mission to take his momma up on …
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Start Healthy Habits Early

I started practicing healthy habits late in life. Much later than I should have. Tonight at dinner with some of the ladies who attend boot camp, I showed them photos of my extra skin on my thighs. I showed it after I made the comment I was more comfortable in a swimsuit at 350 pounds than I was now because of the skin that hangs.

Starting healthy eating early will prevent problems later in life, like what I am dealing with.  Time off  work for hernia and skin removal from years of obesity. Several doctors appointments with a chiropractor to adjust my back after decades of carrying around two hundred extra pounds. Social anxiety because your scared others are making fun of you because it's all your used to. Not knowing of guys are being sinwhen they say that twangs to see you again.

The extra weight also gave others the perception I was lazy since I was obese. I didn't get a promotion at one job until long after I lost my weight. I'd been There most of my adult life. I acc…

What Do I Fear in This Moment?

One day when I was still working in Sandusky, a couple co-workers asked me what my biggest fear was.  I was not willing to share with them, because I did not want them use it against me at work.  For most, ladies its snakes and spiders or some creature. 

My greatest fear is slowly coming true right now.  For three years, while living in Sandusky, I worked really hard at losing weight, and taking steps to get my life in order.  To start making better choices for myself.  Choices that will make me function better as an adult and to be more confident and live life more independently and not be scared of living my own life on my terms.

My fear was that once I left my bubble and support system and comfort zone in Sandusky, leaving my friends I called family, I would gain all my weigh back.  That I would lose friendships along the way and be completely lost with out those people.  That if I were to gain weight back for what ever reason, I would lose friends and be deemed a failure. 

When …

What Am I Willing To Sacrafice?

"If it does not challenge you, it won't change you."

Every challenge that I have ever faced in my life, has made me a much better person.  It has made me get rid of excess baggage in my life.  I have had to let go out people in my life, or remove myself from toxic situations.  It was in these moments that I had to determine what I was willing to sacrifice in order to do what was necessary in order for me to become a better version of myself.  No matter what our goals are in life, we have to sacrifice something in order to gain another.

When I ultimately made the decision to get healthy, there were a lot of things I knew up front that I was going to have to give up.  Bad food choices were obviously one of the biggest things I was going to have to give up.  However, looking back on it now, I can say there were a lot of other things I had to give up as well in order to take care of me. 

Getting honest with myself now, I realize that I was very much a people pleaser. I was …

Finding Love

Long before I started my fitness journey, seriously anyway, I had always wanted to know what it was like to experience love. Not just the romantic love. Love between friends, and for myself. Love for life, community, nature and being part of something greater than myself and the negative energy around me. Often times I would pray to God asking for a miracle. That I would learn to open up and experience this love that I saw so many people enjoying, and being genuinely happy. These people giving and receiving love. One day, before work, I went to donate blood. Met a guy in the process. He and I spoke the entire time, and for once, actually enjoyed the company of somebody and did not fill judged by him because of my size. Several months later, this man would re-enter my life again. Only this time, I did not remember him from the blood drive. However, it was this time that we met, that I felt almost an immediate connection with him. He obviously remembered me from the look on…

At A Crossroads

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life.  It goes on. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.  These woods are lovely, dark and deep.  But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. " Robert Frost

Change is hard for me.  I like to keep to a system and routine.  I prefer making plans and knowing ahead of time what I am doing.  I am not good at adjusting when things get changed unexpectedly.  I do my best to pretend to be okay with the changes, and in some cases, it ends up working out for the best.  However, deep down, it makes me question things in certain situations. 

In February, I left my job and residence in Sandusky, and moved back to my childhood home to start over.  Though it was something I had been contemplating for awhile, and had been taking necessary steps to leave,  the timing of my departure came much sooner than I had …

How My Food Choices Affect My Body and Mood

When I was at my heaviest, I ate a lot of different foods.  It did not matter if I was hungry or not, I just ate.  If it was in front of me, it was gone, there was not hope at all.  So often, I did not stop to think about if I was actually hungry, thirsty, or if it was an emotional charged moment, or done under peer pressure.  Food was a constant part of my life. 
Though I knew that over eating food consumption would cause an expanding waist line, I did not care or stop to think about the price I would have to pay later in life in order to fix my body and over all health.  Its been almost three years now since I have lost the vast majority of my weight.  However, I am still recovering from the years of damage I had done to my body. 

I still have excess skin on my thighs, abs and need a breast lift. I had been seeing a chiropractor to help correct my back from years of slouching over because I was bending over with the excess weight and caused poor posture.  I also suffer from arthr…