Thanks Andy. Yes, the remaking of my wardrobe was definitely a perk. It did take courage to post that pic. Part of me wants others to forget that image of me. However, I thought posting it might be some small encouragement to lurkers or some SF members who might desire to go through journey.
@TheoProf well done sir
Many thanks Cleav!
Thanks for the correction CM! :)
Thanks so much pravda!!!
@TheoProf, congratulations on your personal transformation.
Not that there's anything wrong with being chubby, as long as that's your choice and you carry your body shape with pride.
It's more to do with the process of undertaking something extremely difficult which requires a great deal of willpower, and carrying it through. Like learning a new language or musical instrument as an adult, or drastically changing one's career, or reforming one's behavioural weaknesses.
As R L Stevenson pointed out - it's the journey that's interesting.
Thanks Coxsakie! I agree with all of the above. It's funny, during the 10 or so months it took for the weight to come off I spent a lot of time thinking about how to continue the journey once I met my goals. In that sense, the ensuing 19+ months and beyond have been a continuation of that journey. I determined at the outset not to make any change that I wasn't willing to live with for the rest of my life, so it has been a lifestyle change for me. I know how many calories I burn per day on workout days and off days and simply don't eat more than I burn, and I continue to exercise because it's become a part of who I am.
Also, thanks to all for the thumbs. Again, I've considered posting this before but hadn't been brave enough until now. Thanks for all the kind responses. Cheers.