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More than 100 pounds down, the battle continues

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Posted: Sunday, July 22, 2012 11:35 am | Updated: 11:47 am, Fri Nov 23, 2012.

Used to be when I complained that my clothes didn’t fit, it was because the shirts were snug or I couldn’t button my pants. These days when I make that complaint, it’s because my Dockers are too baggy or my shirt’s too loose.

There are worse problems I could be having.

For those who follow my Fatboy blog each week, you are already aware of the journey I’ve been on to lose weight. I’m not talking 20 pounds or so; we are talking about getting to the point that by year’s end, I will have lost 141 pounds.

When I started, I weighed 421 pounds. Actually, it was much more than that, but I lost weight before I started the program.

As of my weigh-in last week, I am down to 318 pounds.

The Program

To accomplish that, I went under the knife at the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery with a gastric sleeve procedure. I also changed my eating habits, increased my workout and, in general, living a healthier life.

It’s so far been a fantastic journey, thanks in large part to my friends and the hundreds of readers who have posted comments, emailed me or come up to me when they see me out and about to say “way to go” or tell me their own story of battles against the bulge.

I’ve had many people tell me my weekly posts have been an inspiration.

When I started this effort, I knew that it would have an impact on some people. That’s the reason to write about my personal experiences and those of others in the first place.

Still, the response has been greater than I expected, and it’s reached beyond the borders of Galveston County.

Why Am I Still Fat?

I’m usually a “glass is two-thirds full” kind of guy, but I’m also impatient. Not a good combination when you are trying to lose weight.

There’s recognizable progress to be sure, but I still have self-inflicted, “Why ain’t I skinny?” syndrome. I wrote about this in my June 28 Fatboy blog, “Not believing in my own hype.”

The scale tells me I’ve been losing weight. The smaller clothing sizes tell me I’m losing weight. All the comments on my Facebook page when I post a recent photo tell me I look great and am losing weight.

Then why don’t I think I’m doing all that well in my weight loss battle?

I recognize I’ve come a long way, but I am not yet to where I want to be. I’m working on it, but I’m not there yet.

I guess I had in my mind that I’d have a six-pack like actor Channing Tatum five months after my surgery. Instead, well, I’m still fat.

In fact, according to my Body Mass Index calculations, I’m still classified as obese. Even when I hit my one-year weight loss goal, I’ll still be classified as obese.

Something in my mind tells me I should be closer to the body image I pictured — some could say fantasized — about when I went in for surgery. This is not a simple process, and it takes work. I’m putting the work in and kicked it up a notch by joining a local boot camp.

Giving me the boot

Earlier this month, I entered the next phase of my transformation. I joined a boot camp class that meets three days a week.

I chose the TransforME/Body by Frances studio at the suggestion of readers and my Facebook friends.

Shellie Long and Frances Field came highly recommended. So, fittingly, on Independence Day, I started my boot camp adventure.

Within 15 minutes of that first class, I was wondering, “What the hell have I gotten myself into?”

It sucked. And for a day after, my body was very, very, very sore.

Then I returned for more torture. And I keep going back for more.

Now I love it. I have far more energy after the classes than on days when I don’t work out.

I’m still not in shape and struggle to do all the workout routines, but thanks to support of the trainers and my classmates — including my pal Lori Carnes, Teri Tillotson (wife of our former Publisher Dolph Tillotson) and Dolph’s daughter Katherine Rearick as well as trainers Frances Field, Shellie Long and Monica Genarie, I am making steady progress.

I’ve met some very interesting people in the class as well and all with their own stories to tell. I hope to bring their stories to you as well.

Give Me 400, I’ll Give You 5K

I must be feeling cocky about my workouts because I have committed to running in The Daily News’ inaugural Press Run 1K and 5K on Sept. 29.

Actually, I announced I would enter if we get at least 400 entries in the event, which raises funds for the Newspapers in Education program.

So far, I have about 40 people committed to be on Team Fatboy.

I started my training Saturday and hope to be able to run the entire 5K when the time comes.

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or tjaulds(at)galvnews.com.


At left, T.J. Aulds works out during a boot camp at TransforME/Body by Frances studio in La Marque. Above: Aulds shows off a pair of jeans he wore in February.

Photos by Jennifer Reynolds