Happy Birthday…To Me!

That’s right…today I turn 29 – just one more year to 30! My 28th year was by far my best year yet, and this one is already shaping up to be even better. This time last year, I had only recently started on my weight loss journey, weighing in at 262 pounds on my 28th birthday. This morning I weighed in right at 203, for a total loss 87 pounds so far!

On my 28th birthday, I wrote about giving myself the gift of good health, and so far I’d say it’s been a raging success! I’m healthier and happier (by far) than I’ve ever been before, and I’m doing things that I never would have thought possible just 1 year ago.

But you know what they say…talk is cheap, and a picture is worth a thousand words. So for a good visual comparison, here’s a photo of me just a few days before my birthday last year:

Now compare that with this photo taken the day before Christmas, 11 months later:

This year has been off to a somewhat slow start because my ITBS injury has kept me from running. In fact, my last “real” run was on December 26th for the Operation Jack satellite marathon. But I’ve been feeling really good the last few days, so I feel pretty confident that I’m nearly back to normal running. I’m still going to be cautiously optimistic, and take things slowly, because I definitely don’t want to drag this out any longer than necessary.

Even for how great my 28th year was, I’m determined to make my 29th even better, so that next year I can start my 30’s ready to rock! I’m ready to take on some exciting new challenges this year, and will do my best to keep pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone.

10 thoughts on “Happy Birthday…To Me!

  1. Happy birthday Brandon! You’ve got your family and your health; sounds like a great start to a great year to me.

  2. Happy Birthday Brandon!

  3. Holy cow! Who’s the guy in the first picture? Have a Happy Birthday. And don’t worry about next year, 30’s ain’t so bad…

  4. Looking good with monumental weight loss there! I like the beard though.
    ITBS SUCKS! That is all I have to say about that. No I don’t. I have more to say. IT REALLY SUCKS! Ok, now I’m done.

    Rock on with your healthy lifestyle, you youngster you! I didn’t get smart until I was 40.

  5. Congrats on a successful year. My own progress at losing weight and running sort of mirrors yours although you are faster and are already running marathons. I’m taking the slow approach on the advice of some people from my local running club. Good job on maintaining your focus, especially in light of your growing family and injuries. Good luck in the coming year!

  6. Happy Birthday! Wow and your kids got soo big while you got so small 🙂

  7. Happy birthday! Glad you’re ending your 20s strong. As I creep into my 30s, I’m realizing how much of a gift it was to myself to lose weight and start running in my mid- to late 20s.

  8. Happy belated birthday!!

  9. Great job on the incredible changes!

  10. […] weeks, my eating has been mostly right on track – other than a bit of a splurge last weekend on my birthday I’ve also been slowly getting back into running, though I’d still very much consider […]

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