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Weight Gain – Weight Loss Journey

Weight Gain – Weight Loss Journey

Weight Loss Journey – How did all this Weight Gain happen?

I pull out these pictures every once in a while and think of the years that have passed and when did all this change happen? This blog is not about getting old but feeling fat and needing some weight loss. The first 2 pictures show me at my ideal weight of 120 lb. At only 5’2 when you put on 35 lbs it makes a drastic difference to how you feel about yourself.

I have tried to loose these pounds for the last 15 years. I tried everything for weight loss under the sun.

Back in 2000 I suffered a stoke. Thank God I got over it pretty much intact. The doctor was very concerned because I had high blood pressure and he’s been feeding me medication ever since. I hate taking pills. I refused to take the stuff for high cholesterol and have managed over the years to control it with natural products instead of Statins.

He said that I had to exercise, so I joined a gym and hired a personal trainer. I followed the program “The 90 Day Challenge”. I gained some muscle but no weight loss. All that belly fat was now sitting over top of some fit muscles. I was really disappointed.

I never has a weight problem all my life. Was active. Stayed in shape naturally. Everyone envied me.

Next I tried The Atkins diet. That actually worked for a while, but I couldn’t stay on that indefinitely. As soon as I touched carbs I gained all the weight back and then some.

Another disappointment. I was getting desperate, but I guess I wasn’t the only one.

I found this on a 2012 ABC News Article

100 Million Dieters, $20 Billion: The Weight-Loss Industry by the Numbers

ABC News Staff
May 8, 2012

When you’re trying to lose weight, the number that seems to matter most is the one you see on the scale. But there are plenty of other compelling numbers coming out of the growing weight-loss industry. Check out a few below and watch the full story on the “Losing It: The Big Fat Trap” on “20/20” online.

$20 Billion

The annual revenue of the U.S. weight-loss industry, including diet books, diet drugs and weight-loss surgeries.

108 Million

The number of people on diets in the United States. Dieters typically make four to five attempts per year.

85 Percent

The percentage of customers consuming weight-loss products and services who are female.

1 Hour

The amount of time spent on daily exercise by people who lost and kept off at least 30 pounds of excess weight for five years.

The number of people with morbid obesity in the United States who had bariatric surgery in 2009.

$11,500 to $26,000
The average cost of bariatric surgery, which reduces the size of the stomach.

$500,000 to $3 Million
The average salaries paid to celebrity endorsers of major weight-loss programs.
The amount of money celebrity endorsers, on average, earn per pound lost.

Cost for a week-long (six night) weight-loss program at Beau Rivage Palace, a luxury hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland. The program includes massages and personal training sessions and discourages deprivation.

The number of glasses of wine per day allowed to guests of the Beau Rivage Palace weight-loss program.

Sources: John LaRosa of MarketData; National Weight Control Registry; American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery; Jo Piazza, author of “Celebrity Inc.: How Famous People Make Money.”

My Story in Pictures

No weight loss needed
1971 picture at my ideal weight. 123 lbs


staying trim and no weight loss needed
1983 picture of me 1 year after my son was born. I had actually dropped down to 113 lbs after breast feeding for 9 months. I weight about 120 lbs in this picture.

I pretty much stayed at this weight until the mid 1990’s

I had a graphic design business for a little over 12 years. Working 10 to 12 hours a day took its toll on my health.

By the time 2000 came around and I had my stroke, my weight was more than what it was at 9 months pregnant.

I weighed in at 155 lbs.

As I was saying, I tried many different strategies to get back to 120 lbs. I won’t bore you with the details. Just believe that I was committed.

Below are a couple of later pictures. That is pretty much what I look like now.

horse looks great but I could sure use some weight loss
February 2010 in Ecuador at 153 lbs


weight loss needed
October 2010 in Jamaica. Not much change in weight. Still above 145 lbs


no more pictures until I see some weight loss
I stopped having my picture taken after this one. Still in Jamaica in 2010.

Since 2010 I’ve been spending my winters in Jamaica. In May 2015, on returning to Kelowna I weighed myself (I don’t have a scale in Jamaica) and I was in shock. I weighed 135 lbs.

The Jamaican diet, and just refusing to eat more than 1/2 a plate of food must have contributed to this weight loss. Besides that, it’s so hot in Jamaica that one sweats a lot.

I kept my weight down for most of that summer. About in August my doctor adjusted my thyroid medication, and by October my weight was back up to 155 lbs.

So, what am I doing now and what is all this leading up to?

My latest attempt to loose weight. I tried the Skinny Body Care Weight loss products for the last 3 months and have to say, that they did not work for me so I am sending back some of the product.

I had signed up my girlfriend Brenda from Kelowna and she didn’t have any weight loss either.

Then someone told her about the weight loss coffee.

In October she joined Valentus a MLM company.

She started drinking the coffee in October and has lost 6 pounds and a number of inches. Now she is able to get into some of her skinnier pants.

Her weight loss sounded very encouraging to me and she convinced me to try out Valentus Healthy Coffee.

I attended a meeting in Kelowna last night to check out the Company. I’m not new to Network marketing. In fact have been liking that form of marketing for the last 31 years.

What I saw and heard about Valentus I liked.

I need to make some extra money so that I can continue going on my trips south. Everything is going up in price and Jamaica has gotten very expensive.

I signed up this morning November 10, 2016

Brenda generously advanced me a box of the Valentus SlimROAST until my order arrives in about a week.

It’s a Delicious Healthy Weight Management Coffee. The company also has 3 other products.

After signing up I looked at the Diamonds Leaderboard on my site and couldn’t believe how many Canadians are on it.  Some have never done any marketing and are doing extremely well.

One lady I talked to yesterday at the local meeting didn’t know last year where her next $$ were coming from and she is now on the Diamond Leaderboard after 6 short months.

You probably don’t know what any of this means. That’s OK.

Keep coming back to this Blogpost.

I’m doing to be keeping a record of my weekly weight loss progress.

Friday November 11, 2016  1:29 AM

Weight 147 lbs

No Picture

Saturday November 19, 2016  11:12 AM

Weight 142.5 lbs


Saturday November 26, 2016  8:12 PM

Weight 140.0 lbs


Saturday December 3, 2016  6:38 PM

Weight 140.0 lbs

No weight loss this week but my clothes fit better


Saturday December 10, 2016  5:45 PM

Weight 134.0 lbs

WooHoo – 6 lb weight loss this week


Sunday December 18, 2016  5:51 PM

Weight 132.5 lbs

Not as good as last week but better loosing that gaining

1.5 lb weight loss this week

Sunday December 25, 2016  1:24PM

Weight 131.0 lbs

1.5 lb weight loss this week

Recap – from 147 lbs to 131 lbs

16 lb loss from November 11/2016 to December 25/2016

My goal 123 lbs – 8 lbs to go

I started doing sit-ups last week.

Sunday January 1, 2017  8:57PM

Weight 129.0 lbs

2.0 lb weight loss this week

Recap – from 147 lbs to 129 lbs

18 lb loss from November 11/2016 to January 1/2017

I’m still loosing weight even though my coffee shipment is late arriving. I’ve been out of weight loss coffee for nearly 2 weeks. The shipment got lost and the company is re-shipping. Normal shipping is 1 week. I am now in Jamaica and the international shipment from Salt Lake City, UT (according to the tracking) got lost on the Ivory Coast.

You’ll notice that the weight loss is still around 1.5 to 2.0 lbs per week.

Sunday January 8, 2017  12:16PM

Weight 128.0 lbs

1.0 lb weight loss this week

Recap – from 147 lbs to 129 lbs

19 lb loss from November 11/2016 to January 8/2017

Valentus reshipped a new package of Coffee. In transit.  Slim Roast Diet Coffee scheduled to arrive this coming week.

At this point I know the coffee works. (Jan 1/2017)

Check it out yourself like I did.

Here is my website to have a look.

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