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Joe Walston - 135lbs

Joe Walston I will try to make this short and sweet. I am a male aged 48. I was as skinny as a rail and very athletic growing up. I grew to 6'5” by age 16 and couldn't put on weight if I tried... and I tried. As I matured, I filled out and continued to be very active through college and beyond. I grew to a comfortable weight of 225 lbs and was lean and fit. By age 30, I had slowed down and put on about 30 extra pounds. I wasn't lean, but nearly no one commented about any weight problem. 5 years later, it was apparent; I liked to eat and had overdone it. I was up to 305 pounds.

I used a low carb diet to get back to about 245 pounds. I felt great, but craved the foods I was missing. The weight loss allowed me to exercise again and I was pleased with where I was. As I added carbs back in and enjoyed some of the foods that I had deprived myself of, I slowly regained my weight....and then some.

At age 45, I found myself peaking somewhere between 350 and 375 pounds. It was difficult to find a scale that would go that high (as if I really wanted to know). I was big. And at this time, I was a real mess. I drank too much, I was on anti-depressants and sleeping medications. I smoked 2-3 packs of cigarettes a day. I slept with a CPAP for my sleep apnea. My bones ached and the doctor told me that I was borderline diabetic. Then, I lost my job. As my life unraveled, I lost everything I valued. But as I hit rock bottom, I was blessed to be invited to live with my sister and brother-in-law in Brentwood, Tennessee. My sister introduced me to the Weigh Down Diet by Gwen Shamblin. Change came fast.

Over the coming months, I embraced the principles taught in this book. I got into a class and the weight fell off quickly. I found the will to quit smoking and over-drinking. I found that as I lost the weight and embraced the principles fully, joy and happiness were some the many incredible side effects. I was able to give up the sleeping medications and anti-depressants. As I lost over 75 pounds in the first 5 months, I also was able to sleep without the CPAP. Over about a 14 month period, I got down to my college weight of 225 pounds! (somewhere between 130 and 150 pounds) After getting a physical, my doctor told me that my blood work came back in the excellent range for my age.

It has been about 18 months since I returned to my college weight and I believe that I will maintain this body throughout my life. It is not difficult. I eat any food that I like or that my body seems to call for. I exercise for fun and to keep tone...not for weight control. I am able to play competitive softball and tennis again. The pain is gone. Life is way better than good...Life is AWESOME. Credit all to God, The Weigh Down Diet and Gwen Shamblin!


Joe Walston