My name is Jon. I am 32 years old, 6 feet tall, and on April 10, 2010, I weighed 355 pounds. Likely that is the biggest I have ever been. Twice in my life I have lost large amounts of weight, and twice in my life I have gained more weight back within a year. I have tried many diets, many rounds of exercise, seen a psychiatrist, gone to dietitian, and struggled with my weight for years. Most of my adult life, and the large majority of my memories, I have been overweight. I really have never known life another way.
I started this blog as a way to journal my weight loss, and as a way to force myself to examine why I am the way I am. In the past when I have lost weight I never took the time or really cared to figure out how I got so big in the first place, and I knew if I wanted this time to work I needed to do that. I thought in the past that once I was a "normal" weight I would just naturally stay that way. I was wrong.
I am currently on the VLCD program through UW Health of Madison. This diet consists of shakes and bars for food and a weekly class about how to live once off the program. I have never done a diet that talked about how to live once off the program. That is why this time it will be different. This time I have to succeed, after all this time I am not just doing it for myself, I am doing this for my family. I can do this.