Monday, January 10, 2011

My Bio

I decided to write a bio.  If somebody were reading my blog for the first time, they might wonder who I was, where I came from, what this was all about.

So this is the bio.

I was born in 1972.  Growing up, I was always a heavy kid.  This came with the usual baggage of taunts, bullying, etc.  I remember always having to buy big clothes to wear and not always having them fit right.

When I graduated high school in 1991, I was huge.  400+ pounds for sure.

For most of the 90's, I yo-yo'd up and down between probably 350 and 450.

Then, toward the end of 1997, I decided I'd had enough. I went on a 14-month tear...losing 240 pounds and becoming skinny.

Except I did it the wrong way. I accomplished this goal in a relatively short period of time through extreme exercise, a very strict diet and almost starvation levels of nutrition.  What happened next was what always happens when somebody does what I did....I gained it all back.

By the year 2000, I was over 400 pounds again. So much for that. I tried over the next ten years or so to lose weight, but always failed.

By June of 2010, I was at 577 pounds. And that wasn't my heaviest....there were times I am sure I got to 600, but with no scale to weigh on, there was no way of knowing.

On June 20, 2010, I was stricken with a Pulmonary Embolism and was taken to the emergency room. After a week in the hospital, I decided enough was enough and I was going to lose weight once and for all. But this time, I was determined to adopt a more moderate approach. 

And "The Ganey Bypass" was born!

5 comments:

  1. You have my very best wishes for continued success Bryan.
    I think you are doing this the smart way. You are looking really good...keep on keepin' on!!!
    Gloria Connon..happy to be your FB friend.

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  2. Amazing! Incredible! Inspirational!

    You seriously should write a book or something, or make the talk-show circuit. You definitely have a story to tell, especially when you reach your goal...which you will.

    Mike F, Dayton OH

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  3. You look great. I have been trying to lose weight for over two years, but everytime i feel im going somewhere i give in to temptation thats staring me in my face. Have n e tips on that? Great job on ure hard work n dedication, to ureself!!!!

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  4. you have an amazing story -- so glad it's reached me. I've felt helpless and hopeless and you've helped me find HOPE! and reassurance that I can continue the journey I started.

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  5. Listening to Dave Ramsey encouraged me to get my finances in order. I was telling my family and friends how he is such a motivator but he keeps it simple, easy to understand, easy to follow, and you know he believes what he preaches. I said "we" need someone like that to be on the radio encouraging people to lose weight. I think you are our guy!

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