Tony Bearden

Lost 41 lb (18%) and maintained after 942 days

You must know exactly what you're consuming in order to understand what you need to change

What made you decide to lose weight? What was the moment that made it "real"?

The health fair at my job recorded my weight at 235, blood pressure at 144/90, and my cholesterol at 220 in the fall of 2009. As the father of nine children, I wanted to be able to keep up with them and be there when they grew older.

What diets or programs have you tried in the past? What results did you see with those?

Typically low fat. I also tried Akins/low-carb diet for about 2 months in 2003. I lost a bit of weight, but couldn't stick to them.

Tell us how you have made progress so far. What specific changes did you make to your daily routine and lifestyle to achieve success? What strategies did you employ to make calorie tracking work for you?

I'm actually around 185, as my running has decreased during the heat of a Texas summer. I am starting a new training regimen for a half-marathon in December. I expect to get my weight back to the 175 range.

I basically stopped eating out, specifically fast food, unless it was a healthy sandwich from Subway (turkey and veggie, veggie, etc.). I started eating breakfast (mainly oatmeal), cut my caloric intake and started exercising. I started walking a mile or two daily, then worked up to running/walking on a treadmill and switched to running outside when I wore out my treadmill. I use MyNetDiary app on my iPhone to track my caloric intake. You have to do this to be successful.

How has MyNetDiary been instrumental in your achievements so far?

It gave me a robust, easy to use application on my iPhone to track my caloric intake, exercise, etc., that made it easy to stick to a plan.

What roadblocks did you face while losing weight?

I love to eat, especially bad stuff (sweets, breads, etc.). Giving up soft drinks was another one that was difficult.

When did you start seeing results? What will be your definition of success?

Pretty much within the first few weeks. I was really dedicated and when I lost about 10 pounds; it really motivated me to continue. My definition would be the way I feel, the ability to keep up with kids, the ability to wear clothing sizes I hadn't be able to in years, and the compliments from friends and family, as well as their encouragement.

What do you do when you start feeling yourself slipping?

Refocus and examine where I need to make changes. Currently, with the extra 10 pounds or so I've gained, I know I've been slacking in the food area, so I need to be more diligent in what I'm consuming. Plus, refocus my exercise plans. I don't panic, I just remind myself what I felt and looked like when I wasn't healthy and that motivates me enough to get back on track.

What have been the biggest improvements in your life since losing weight?

The ability to do activities with my family, like hiking, working around the house, without getting exhausted. Just having the thrill of finishing a half-marathon.

How long have you kept off your lost weight?

Right at 2 years now.

Please share with the MyNetDiary Community your top three tips to help them on their journeys!

  1. Track EVERYTHING you put in your mouth. You must know exactly what you're consuming in order to understand what you need to change in terms of caloric consumption.
  2. Get active, walk, swim, something every day to burn calories and get your body moving. Start slow and set incremental goals. Can't walk a mile, start with a half mile and then start adding slowly.
  3. Don't beat yourself up if you have a bad day or slip up. You can start fresh tomorrow or the next meal. Focus on the long term goals and what you want to be like long term.

Live Success Story of Holy_Cow: 23 lb lost

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Weight chart

Weight Plan

  • Start weight: 233lbs on 02/25/10
  • Current weight: 210.1lbs
  • Weight loss wanted: about 35.1lb
  • Timeframe:
  • Lost so far: about 22.9lb

Personal details

  • Gender: male
  • Age: 52
  • Height: 5ft 10in
  • Activity level: Sedentary

About me

Current goal: 170 lbs.
Favorite activities: Running, Coaching Youth Baseball, and Softball
Geographic area: Texas
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