About Me

My name is Hank.

Being the fat guy has been my identity for quite some time.

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I didn’t like being the fat guy. There have been times in the past where I hated myself. There were days when I literally thought that I would be fat until the day I died. And I also thought that, at the rate I was going, that day would come sooner than later. I feared that my wife would find me disgusting. I didn’t want my kids to grow up and become obese like me. I wanted to change. For their sake. For my own sake.

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At my heaviest, I weighed 360 pounds. No one ever thought I actually weighed that much because I “carried it well.”  But no one carries 360 pounds well.

I had tried all of the crash diets, the miracle weight loss pills, the thing where you cut your leg off to lose weight (ok, not really) and I even thought about having bariatric surgery.

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And then it happened. The epiphany that changed it all.

I woke one morning knowing what it was going to take to change my life in a way that I never thought possible. I was going to have to run my weight loss like it was a business.

I started counting calories.

I started exercising like it was my job.

I started making better food choices.

I started running.

I did my first triathlon.

I lost 100 pounds.

I became a triathlete and I even won the 2013 South Carolina Triathlon Series Rookie of the Year

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I started reaching goals that I never thought were possible and I started doing things that were so far removed from my scope of capabilities that I am still shocked.  I am not finished with this journey yet. It is ever changing. But for the sake of my family and myself, I will never EVER go back to the way things used to be.

Even though the biggest part of my weight loss has happened, I hope that my story and these posts can be inspiration to you and can help spark the flame to make better decisions in you.

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Below is part of my original “About Me” page when I first started this website. I leave it unaltered so that you might view it and understand just how far I have come.  I want anyone who reads it to know that it IS possible.

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STATS:
As of 5/5/2011

Age: 33
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 334.6
BMI: 41.7

Shirt Size: XXXL
Pants Size: 48

Health Issues:
– Acid Reflux
– High LDL Cholesterol (100)
– Low HDL Cholesterol (34)
– Possible Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea

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GOALS:

  • Lose 100 lbs. or more
  • Become healthier
  • Sleep better
  • Buy clothes in a regular store
  • Fit in the booths at restaurants
  • Start surfing again
  • Be here for my wife and kids

 

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FAT ME

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