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My Weight Journey: From Morbid Obesity to Ironman Triathlete and Back Again

Read about one man's journey from morbid obesity to athletic success and back again. Discover the challenges of maintaining weight loss and his new commitment to trying again.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A photo of a 6'1" man showing a weight cut from 406 pounds to 219 pounds. A net loss of 187 pounds.
M/29/6'1 406 --> 219 --> 345 morbidly obese to ironman triathlete back to morbidly obese and starting again.
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


Bobaddy65's weight journey has been one of massive highs and lows. From a starting weight of 406 pounds, he worked hard to drop nearly 200 pounds and become an Ironman triathlete. Unfortunately, he fell back into his old habits and regained a lot of the weight. Now, he's committed to trying again and sharing his journey with others.

The Challenge of Keeping it Off

While it's never easy to lose a lot of weight, many people find the challenge isn't in the initial stages of weight loss but rather in maintaining that loss over time. Bobaddy65 is living proof of that fact. Despite achieving great success in the form of his Ironman title, he ultimately struggled to maintain his weight loss and fell back into old habits.

Finding Motivation Once Again

Despite his setbacks, Bobaddy65 is determined to try again. He's committed to a half marathon in April and has started a Biggest Loser competition. He's also sharing his journey with others to help hold himself accountable and motivate others who may be struggling with similar challenges.

The Importance of Support

Bobaddy65's thread on Reddit is full of supportive comments and words of encouragement. It's a testament to the power of support when it comes to making difficult changes in our lives. Whether it's through online communities or in-person support groups, finding others who understand our challenges and can offer support can be a key factor in achieving success.

Closing Thoughts

Bobaddy65's weight journey may be a rollercoaster ride, but it's a familiar one that many of us can relate to. Losing weight and keeping it off is hard, but it's not impossible. By finding motivation, seeking out support, and being committed to making lasting changes, anyone can make progress towards a healthier life. If you're struggling with your own weight journey, take heart in Bobaddy65's story and try to find inspiration in his determination to keep trying again.

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Madeleine Smith

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Madeleine is passionate about empowering individuals with the information and tools they need to transform their bodies and lives.