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A Huge Announcement !
wow! I thought you were looking a bit svelte- even though you will always be a swell person to me! Good for you and keep up that hard work!
By: Kathe W. on June 20, 2016
Congratulations! Your healthier lifestyle and positive diabetic results is awesome!
By: Daniel LaFrance on June 20, 2016
Outstanding news! Well done. As the old CBS promo campaign used to say, "Looking good!"
By: Tom Cochrun on June 20, 2016
Congratulations at losing the weight. I dropped 165 pounds about ten years ago and maintained it for about 3 years and then put it back on over the course of the last seven years. I figure it crept on about a pound or so a month. Before I knew it, all the weight was back. Boy, seven years goes by in a flash. Now I'm trying to shrink myself again. There's a New York Times article aobut a scientific study of the Biggest Loser contestants and I guess that the body wants to return to its former weight. And when you diet, you actually "permanently and irrevocably" destroy your metabolism.
By: Michael Offutt on June 20, 2016
Congratulations! What a difference. (A big difference.) Yes, so many health issues can be eliminated by losing weight. I gained some after turning thirty, but I've worked hard to hold fast around 170-175 for fifteen years now. You can do it!
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on June 20, 2016
OMG...Way to go!!!! I totally relate. 25 years or so ago I had put on a lot of unhealthy weight. After running through the Atlanta airport trying to make my flight, I thought I was going to die. Your right about the taking it off wasn't so bad but coming up with a lifestyle that works for me and keeps my weight off took a couple of tries. I now am at my ideal weight and have been for 17 years. You look awesome and I wish you the best in meeting any goals you are still trying to meet.
By: Cheryl P. on June 20, 2016
Wow, way to go Stephen!!!. Sometimes health is the greatest motivator. Far more powerful than just wanting smaller sizes in the clothing store. When I had my heart scare, I started making good choices and have lost 40 pounds in a year. It can be done and the slower the better. You are doing everythingl right and I know you will someday be able to throw away all those pills. Keep up the great work. It shows. .
By: Arkansas Patti on June 20, 2016
You could call your blog "The (Formerly Chubby) Chatterbox"!!
By: fishducky on June 20, 2016
Holy mackerel! Stephen, that is a great accomplishment. Congratulations on making the decision and following through on it. But (don't tell your wife this) be careful, you may turn into a chick magnet!
By: Catalyst on June 20, 2016
that is just fabulous. good for you in every way.
By: TexWisGirl on June 20, 2016
I was one of the bloggers that noticed! You look great and well done that's an amazing amount to lose! I need to lose about 14 pounds and am finding that really hard so I admire you for losing so much!
By: LL Cool Joe on June 20, 2016
Wow! Way to go! I need to follow your example...
By: The Bug on June 20, 2016
Congratulations! After bouncing up and down the scale like a yoyo for 30 years, i also decided to tackle the unhealthy habits. That was 11 years ago, and i've never looked back. You are doing great!
By: messymimi on June 20, 2016
My friend, that is no small task (pun intended) and I am in awe of your sensible attack on the problem. I need to follow your example. Great job!! Keep up the good work and I'm thrilled at the prospect of improved health for one of my favoritie bloggers.
By: Cherdo on June 20, 2016
Congratulations on you loss! You look great. And I don't mean that in a stalkery kind of way.
By: Val on June 20, 2016
So now you're the Not-So-Chubby Chatterbox. I really need the gumption to get my weight under control.
By: PT Dilloway on June 20, 2016
That is seriously wonderful news. I have learned that if we find an approach that works for us we are so much more likely to stick with it. Congrats!
By: Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma on June 20, 2016
Awesome! Congratulations on your new lifestyle, which I'm sure you will enjoy more and more as times goes on. I lost about 15 pounds a few years ago, and my knees and ankles have been thanking me ever since.
By: Tom Sightings on June 20, 2016
Congratulations! I have noticed the change but didn't want to say anything until you were ready to say something. It is hard to lose weight and I am one who would love to. I haven't really changed how I eat but menopause is one thing that has made me gain weight plus I have not done much exercising. I plan to go walking, when I can, when I am feeling better. I have been quite ill and can't walk now until I'm healthier. You have helped me try to be motivated. I think you could motivate others because now you don't have to take as many pills and have stopped taking future meds as well
By: Birgit on June 20, 2016
Fishducky stole my idea. Diets do not work, a forever change in eating habits is what is needed. I believe sugar, bread and pasta is as addictive as any drug. Once you break that addiction weight loss can be permanent. Sounds like you have broken the addiction, Congrats. I'm down 25 pounds. It has taken over a year, 10 to go and I'm not going back either!
By: cranky on June 20, 2016
You look fantastic, and your story is very motivational! I need to lose about 25 pounds or so. I do exercise, my downfall is too much food of the dessert kind. I was just getting ready for my bowl of ice cream when I read your blog post for today. Maybe I'll have a little yogurt of some fruit instead. Great job, not-so-chubby Chatterbox!
By: Pixel Peeper on June 20, 2016
As you say, weight loss starts in your head. I wish you success in your journey.
By: red Kline on June 20, 2016
Good for you! I weighed 120 pounds for most of my adult life until I took a medication that made me crave carbs. I gained one hundred pounds in a matter of months. I'm still struggling against it. I don't want to trumpet losses very often because it is hard to keep the pounds off. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on June 20, 2016
That's excellent news! I've been working to get more steps in every day. I haven't lost a lot of weight, but my clothes are fitting better. I think when I lose a few pounds my knees will rejoice. R
By: Rick Watson on June 20, 2016
You look like a different person. I'm sure you feel great too. I'm proud of you, Stephen.
By: Robyn Engel on June 20, 2016
excellent results Stephen. well done you. it's not easy is it and keeping the weight off is the key. you look fab
By: Fran on June 21, 2016
Good for you, Steve! I am proud of you! ,I am currently on the roller coaster of ups and downs. I know it is a mindset which you have conquered!
By: Linda on June 21, 2016
I am elated for you. To be able to take control of your diabetes and blood pressure is incredible and admirable. I HAD noticed in the recent Key West photo that you looked a lot slimmer. Yes, you look great, but you looked great before, too, you handsome devil. What's especially rewarding is your drastic health improvements. Congratulations.
By: Mitchell is Moving on June 21, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS!! Losing weight is so hard, and I know from experience how easy it is to put back on. My husband has diabetes and his whole way of life has changed. Our bodies definitely start to get back at us for our poor choices when we were younger. I am so happy for you. I bet you feel 100% better losing weight. I know I do...but I still have a ways to go!
By: Terri@ Coloring Outside the Lines on June 21, 2016
What a handsome fellow! Well met and well done!
By: The Broad on June 21, 2016
Good for you, Stephen! I think you've got a good approach there - get the mind into the right frame first and the rest will follow. And you really don't want to end up gaunt, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
By: Botanist on June 21, 2016
I grew up thin but I'm not thin now ... so I know about the struggle to lose weight and keep it off. Huge kudos to you for your results - keep up the great work. Awesome that you're reversing your medical issues and this will only improve as you keep going. Yay!
By: jenny_o on June 21, 2016
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