One year ago today, I made changes that worked.

Returning to work after Christmas, there was a coworker that had been on maternity leave for a year and after a couple days, she said, “Nigel…there’s something different about you but I haven’t quite figured it out yet.” I laughed and told her I knew exactly what it was….

I was 120 pounds lighter than the last time she saw me.

Last year on January 13, 2017, I realized that I had begun to slowly gain weight back from what I had lost a couple years before, and I once again had that moment where I stared at myself and the scale and made a firm resolution to change. (Read about the first moment here.) I knew that I needed to be strict with myself and truly make a hardcore effort to lose weight. I’ve found myself extremely successful in the past 365 days. I’ve consistently lost weight each and every week for this entire year. Although this final week was the hardest of all it seemed. My weight was hovering around the same average as last week, and all I could think was “Nooooo, I’m so close to 52 straight weeks, damn it!!” But thankfully, it dropped towards the end of the week again. I’m very proud of myself for this achievement, and I’m also really proud to show off this chart from my tracking app:

Over the past year, I have made many many lifestyle changes, adjusted how I eat and figured out what works for me. I’ve also had to purchase a lot of smaller clothes, many times over. While expensive, it’s actually pretty cool. Seeing the number on the scale consistently go down week after week has been very energizing and validating to know that what I have been doing is working, and working well.

Now people have obviously been noticing my weight loss and commenting on it. Everyone is constantly asking me what my secret is and how I’ve lost this much weight consistently. Now I don’t know if you know this, but it’s just not possible to explain a years worth of lifestyle changes in a 10 minute or less interaction. There’s really no way to explain everything to everyone, so I’ve started this blog to try and give everyone something to read and help answer all the questions that you may have.

I want to help people be successful, and even more than that, I want to continue to be successful myself. I think writing everything that I do will continue to provide motivation as I continue my journey towards my ultimate goal.

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Ultimately at this point, I have lost 210 pounds overall from my highest weight. I may not have training in nutrition or anything like that, but I can tell you that I’ve certainly learned a thing or two about what works, and what doesn’t. I’m going to be focusing a lot on the things that I do in my daily life, as well as highlight issues and thoughts from my past. I have no interest in going backwards at this point, and I want to be open and available to anyone. I want to be able to point people to a place with all of my thoughts and opinions on weight loss, health, and everything related to it.

I hope that I am able to answer questions and provide relatable advice. I’m an open book, willing to share anything with anyone. I love to talk and share my life, thoughts, and opinions. Anyone who knows me knows that I am an open, honest, and generally positive person. I also have quite the sarcastic humour, so watch out for that! I’m the kind of person who just loves others, and I know how much life sucked in many ways with being so overweight. If I can help anyone in any small way by writing down my experiences, then this will be a wonderful success.

Thank you all for reading this on my official blog launch day.
I hope you come visit again!

Nigel

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