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This is one of the most difficult yet happy things to write. I told those who ask me that I would post when I hit the goal and I would tell my story… Buckle up people! You’re about to endure 365lbs down to 265lbs.

I have struggled with my weight since I was a teenager. In one summer, I gained a tremendous amount of weight. I ended up taking that weight off by numerous unhealthy ways including making myself puke after meals. My parents caught me numerous times. I have since paid for those unhealthy ways the past few years. I graduated in 2008 at a nice 210lbs… I gained a little after high school but it wasn’t much to be concerned about. 2010 and 2012 were tough for myself and my family. I had my heart broken. I also lost my dad, two aunts and a friend in 2011 in a matter of 7 months. Through all of that I shut myself out from friends. I’d go to work or college and I’d come home and eat and lay around. I stood strong for my family and made my usual sarcastic jokes to keep them smiling. Deep down, I wasn’t happy with myself. Little did I know how much it would affect me.

In 2012 I got a good job. I had my work physical and I was about 325lbs. It occurred that I should lose weight but clearly I didn’t. The unhappiness built up more through the following years. The more I shut people out, the more I ate. I would pack my lunch for work and sometimes I would stop on my way to work for a snack wrap and a small fry thinking it wouldn’t hurt. Eventually the pizza places knew my order when they heard my voice. I knew I had a real problem when I had a stack of empty pizza boxes in the garage. I still didn’t do anything about it. It finally hit me when I caught myself going to work and not only did I stop at one place, I would stop at two places. McDonald’s has good snack wraps but Wendy’s has better fries, right? I caught myself hiding in parking lots eating junk food before work. Then after work I’d still pick a pizza or some other junk up and take home.

In 2015 I clearly thought I was going to die. It ended up just being an umbilical hernia. I let it go for a while thinking it was a tumor or something deadly. I was just hoping that one day I wouldn’t wake up. I finally got the courage to get it taken care of in the summer of 2016.

After the surgery I made a promise I was going to get in shape. In September of 2016, I obtained a membership with Anytime Fitness Bowling Green . I went probably 12 or so times in 4 months. In March 2017, I decided I needed a personal trainer. Now weighing 365lbs, l knew it was time to do something about it especially since the doctor told me I should do weight loss surgery!!! I don’t think so guy!!! I can do this one my own……. I think… March 2017: starting my personal training with Maggie Klenow. All I have to do is meet with this trainer once a week? Perfect I can do that! It was not just a once a week thing. I had to change my whole life. I cut out fast food for the most part and I had to be at the gym numerous times during the week. Technically I didn’t have to but if I wanted to see progress I needed to go. We had our ups and downs but she never gave up on me. It’s now December 2017 and I have a new trainer as Maggie has moved on to other great opportunities. I have still been pushing myself. Focusing on building more strength and toning my body. I’m nowhere near done! Can’t stop now!

I started at 365lbs and as of today I am 265lbs!! I LOST 100 LBS!!!!

How is this possible you ask? Motivate yourself! Push yourself! Change your diet! Change your lifestyle! I feel so much better. I didn’t realize how unhappy I was with my life! I am now feeling better than ever and am much happier. Finally feeling like the old Trent used to.

I know how difficult it is. I still struggle daily. I was a junk food ADDICT! I still have cravings. I’m weak and I still break down sometimes and that’s okay. But if you change your habits for the most part it’s okay to indulge every once in a while.

I understand this post may have been all over the place with my life the past 8 years. But it goes to show you the struggle I endured and the types of struggle people are enduring daily. Reach out to someone! Be a friend! Listen. Help others.

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TRENT TATHAM
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Trent is a semi-pro stick horse cowboy, ultimate Frisbee water boy, and 2003 Finger Board X-Games 5th place winner.

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