Reflections of 1 year and 158 pounds lost

It has been one year.  365 days and 158 pounds later I’m well on the way to living healthy again.  There is so much I can do now that wasn’t even a possibility last August.  I have much more work to do and the great news is as I continue to lose weight I will gain so much more in the quality of my life.  I have wasted half my life being unhealthy and limited in what I could do.  In 28 days I will be 50 years old.  God willing the next 25 years will be the best of my life.  I am going to make up for lost time and opportunities.  The question will no longer be why but why not.  I have many things that I want to experience and as I get healthier my bucket list overflows with possibilities.

Simple Things

There are many things I couldn’t do that I can do now.  Some are simple things that you take for granted such as:

  • Walking

I never enjoyed walking.  I actually like to walk now and consider it a great way to release the stress from the day or week.  I can listen to music and enjoy nature while working toward good health.  It is the best of both worlds.  I don’t have to worry about finding a place to sit down after 10 minutes and can enjoy things like flea markets and museums.  I don’t have to spend hours dreading the walk into the Arena for a hockey game.  It is a release from the bindings of bad health.

When I started I couldn’t walk 25 yards without sweating and breathing heavy.  Now I can walk 3 miles several days a week and actually walked almost 140 miles in one month.  It is not easy.  I have had setbacks and some health issues as I fight my body for control.  The setbacks only make the success better.  To quote the movie” A League Of Their Own”, it’s supposed to be hard; the hard is what makes it great.

  • Chairs

I don’t have to worry about seating at the arena now and can even sit in some booths at restaurants.  Not a thought for most people but a source of stress for me.  I didn’t say it was real comfortable but every week it gets better and better.  Sooner than later it will only be an afterthought.  I can’t wait for that.

  • Swimming

The trips to the pool were not a fun experience but today it is much better.  I’ve spent more time at the pool this year than probably the last 15 years combined.  Go figure being Italian means I tan pretty easily.

  • Clothes

I actually purchased a couple of items from a regular store.  For 15 years I was limited to online shopping and 2 clothing stores.  I got to pay 3 times normal retail to look presentable.  It feels great to buy clothes and feel good wearing them as well/


I can’t go further without thanking my wife Renae for her support during this as she is the captain of #teamgrinding as I like to call it.  She has been very supportive and started me on this road to health.  We have worked together to make our family more healthy in general.  We have a great future ahead and quite honestly it has probably saved our relationship.  Next, I had the great fortune of winning a contest on twitter & facebook through I won a year program with  I have 4 talented individuals who have given me the tools and equipment and more importantly made me accountable for what I do.  Thank you Deborah, Lindsey, Jade, and Cathy.  You are a great team!

I have found that you alone have to make the commitment to the work, but you need people to help you along the way.  I thank all of my friends, family, co-workers, blog readers for all the encouragement.  It is a major component of realizing success.


Tomorrow begins year 2.  What success and failures will I face?  July hasn’t been a great month.  My feet finally gave up after the pounding I subjected them too for the last 10 months.  In the past I would have shut it down for good.  This is not the past.  I rested them and purchased orthotics for my new shoes.  Today my legs feel better than they have in months.  The exercise regiment returns.  This is how a so called normal healthy person reacts.  They can have a bad week or even month but it doesn’t turn into six months or six years.  It is very easy to fall back into the bad habits and there have been times that I have backslid.  I am not perfect.  I had a large goal that I wanted to reach by my birthday and I’m going to come up well short of that.  How can I complain about losing 158 pounds in a year?  I can’t!  I can only look forward to the next 10, the next 20, the next 50.  I will have setbacks. That is a given.  I will also have great successes and I choose to focus on those.  Take the punch and keep on coming.  I will keep grinding and reach the next level.  I can’t wait.  I hope you come along for the ride with me.  I’m going to leave you with some pictures of my first year.  Thank you again.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Becky on August 1, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Your blog is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing! Keep up the great work!


  2. Dear Victor,

    What a beautiful story and I can’t tell you how honored and privileged I feel to be part of this powerful journey. It gives me goosebumps. (I call them godbumps!) Your transformation has been miraculous but YOU did this! Congrats and I look forward to watching you continue to succeed in this next year! Many blessings, Debbie


  3. Posted by June on July 31, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    So proud for you. What an inspiration for us all!


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