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billho last won the day on May 25

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  1. billho

    Looking for a good Protein Bar

    I'm a fan of the Costco/Kirkland Protein bars. They are 190 Calories with 21 g protein, 2 g sugar (slight variation from flavor to flavor). I like the Cookie Dough & Brownie flavors. I can't stand the Cookies & Cream. As a backup, Luna, Atkins, or Pure Protein bars are OK. I'll eat them if I am out of Costco bars.
  2. billho

    Ahem... 100 lbs down.

    Progress photos: First pic at 273 lbs (I had lost about 10 lbs before I took a photo), and second pic at 184 lbs.
  3. billho

    Hit goal

    That was really fast! You've completely changed in half a year.
  4. Goaaaaaal! I set out last July to lose 100 lbs. and I picked a random date at the end of May to get there. Today, May 25th, I'm down 100 lbs. and am lighter than I have been since college (30+ years ago).
  5. 184.4 (goal of 184.0) so I'm .4 away. Almost there. Got a little more work to do this week.
  6. I've been at the beach with my family this week and for the first time in a very long time, I'm comfortable walking around without a shirt on. Also, I'm really close to losing 100 lbs, so I thought I'd take this chance to kick up my walking routing up a notch. I've been walking about 25k steps a day, and after 4 days of this, I woke up this morning feeling my abs when I touched my belly. I'm eager to weigh when I get back home- I think I'm close.
  7. billho

    Hospital Bag

    I'd probably recommend not bringing bacon.
  8. I had one a few months ago- I recently joined my local volunteer fire department and when they went to find turnout gear for me, they had to really hunt for some that was small enough. And my daughter (who is also a firefighter) wears the same size as me.
  9. another NSV: I have a large hill on the vacant lot next to mine that I mow every week (because the owner doesn't take care of it and I don't want his weeds spreading to my yard). Last summer, I had difficulty getting up the hill on my riding mower and couldn't even attempt to go horizontally because of the risk of rollover. Now that I'm almost 100 lbs lighter, I can go horizontally with ease and my mower has no trouble getting up the hill.
  10. I have many I could mention, but one that has been important lately is that pre-surgery, I needed EE width stability shoes. About 4 months ago, I moved to D width stability running shoes. Now those aren't comfortable anymore, especially now that I'm running more, I just bought D width, neutral shoes. I'm looking forward to being able to do more running.
  11. I have no regrets and glad I made the decision to do this. I can eat anything I want, but I do have to make choices about what I eat and be prepared for the consequences. I eat some red meat and some other meats in small portions, but it sits heavy in my stomach and causes discomfort if I over-do it. But, that small negative is far outweighed by the fact that I am a completely new person, almost 100 lbs lighter, and doing things that I haven't been able to do in 30 years. I enjoy a Coke Zero from time to time, but not every day. I eat a hamburger once in a while (but maybe only half), but not often. As long as you keep the mindset to put down the food whenever it is time to stop, even if you aren't done, you should be fine. But, if sheer willpower was enough, all of us here wouldn't need this. The fact is that that wasn't working. I'm only 7 months out, so time will tell how successful I'll be. We'll see, but I'm happy with it so far.
  12. billho

    Any Regrets?

    1. No. I feel like a new person- in a good way. 2. Absolutely 3. that I didn't do this a long time ago 4. What are you still doing thinking about it? just get it over with and say hello to the rest of your life!
  13. after a stall around 190 that lasted about six weeks, I have finally broken through. I'm feeling good and 100 lbs lost is getting closer.
  14. billho

    A Motorcyclist NSV

    I took my first weekend trip on a motorcycle this past weekend. Since the Honda Shadow is still in the shop (needs a new fuel pump and back tire), I rode the CB250 Nighthawk about 1 1/2 hours away to a weekend retreat with a bunch of guys from my church. The trip there was 40 degrees and windy, so by the time I got there, I was a popsicle. But, the ride back was 65 degrees and sunny, and perfect for riding. One thing I have to mention- the guys I was with I hadn't seen since before the pandemic, so they only knew me as the fat nerdy guy that I've always been. So when I showed up 95 lbs lighter with a full beard, wearing a leather jacket (and a COVID mask) and riding a motorcycle, some didn't even recognize me. And the most important thing was that I had a group of guys that I was working with in a small group all weekend and a 23-year-old kid said I was "cool". I don't think that's anything I have ever heard in my adult life as a fat guy.
  15. Sounds familiar. It was frustrating having to see the dietician as part of the process, especially since it was the one thing that wasn't covered by insurance. So I got to spend $179 (twice) to hear the same thing I read in my WLS workbook. The dietician was very nice but didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. But it was part of the process and I was willing to do whatever was required... which I'm so glad I did.

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