Four Years

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    Mar 27, 2008 9:37 PM GMT
    Okay so I'm gonna post this here and it might seem like I'm showing off, but I'm just very proud. I realized that yesterday it was four years to the date since I started to work really hard to change my life and lose weight/get in the best shape I could. I had always, always been extremely overweight since I was young (I was known as "the fat kid" in every group I was in, LOL). Four years ago I decided to change that.

    March 2004 (at Universal Studios in Orlando):
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    March 2008:
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    I learned a lot. Specially the meaning of hard work and that life only gives you as much as you're willing to put into it.
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    Mar 27, 2008 9:41 PM GMT
    That is awesome! Be proud! Congratulations!!!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 27, 2008 10:16 PM GMT
    Thats TOTALLY awesome Kharlo... congratulations! Definitely an inspiration to many here...
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    Mar 27, 2008 10:27 PM GMT
    I totally agree with the above. Awesome, man!
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    Mar 27, 2008 10:28 PM GMT
    That rocks, Kharlo! Congratulations on the weight loss, and kudos on the perseverance and determination to make it happen. icon_cool.gif
  • drakutis

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    Mar 27, 2008 10:38 PM GMT
    That is wonderful!! You have a right to be proud!!! Great job!!! Are you now known as the HOT KID?
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Mar 27, 2008 10:40 PM GMT
    Well done Kharlo. You should be proud of yourself.

    We need more of those kind of posts here.

    Mike
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    Mar 27, 2008 10:44 PM GMT
    INSPIRATIONAL! great work. you look fantastic - i bet you feel even better!
  • olden

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    Mar 27, 2008 10:44 PM GMT
    Kharlo,
    They say the first five pounds and the last five pounds are the hardest to lose. You have conquered both. Stand tall and be proud.
  • MattyC0709

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    Mar 27, 2008 10:46 PM GMT
    Keep it up! Hope I won't give up at any point too. Stay strong! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif
  • EricLA

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    Mar 27, 2008 10:46 PM GMT
    You deserve a pat on your back. It's not easy making such a radical change in your life, but you've done it through persistence. You set a goal and achieved it. A big congrats to you.
  • eckilegs

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    Mar 27, 2008 10:47 PM GMT
    Awesome job man! That's great that you made the decision to take control of the situation.

    You should take a few pictures of you smiling! For all your accomplishments, you don't seem look that happy about it! (j/k, I'm only jealous because I can't pull off the sexy serious mirror pose like you. icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 27, 2008 10:54 PM GMT
    Excellent job Kharlo! I think it's great when people can share stories like that because it inspires other people who want to do the same thing. My partner and I love watching "The Biggest Loser" and seeing how much weight people have lost and how it's changed their lives.

    Being healthy is one of the best things you can do in your life. It's preventative medicine for so many health issues. You will literally save money as well by not having to deal with health problems that you would otherwise had to have dealt with. Plus you look and feel great too!

    Keep up the good work!
  • Squarejaw

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    Mar 27, 2008 10:58 PM GMT
    That's great. Genuinely inspirational. Especially since it took 4 years -- long term goals are so hard to achieve, and require true discipline.
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    Mar 28, 2008 12:00 AM GMT
    Absolutely amazing and worth every minute you spent in the gym and every minute you deliberated over what to eat.

    Your transformation is nothing less than stunning. You have a hell of a body now, one you deservedly can be proud to show off!
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    Mar 28, 2008 1:26 AM GMT
    wow, that's awesome. great job!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 28, 2008 1:30 AM GMT
    I am with everyone else. Congratulations and good job. That is awesome.

    I do have to ask though. What does that person in the first picture have on there head?
  • nv7_

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    Mar 28, 2008 2:12 AM GMT
    Congrats. You look amazing. icon_biggrin.gif
  • GQjock

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    Mar 28, 2008 6:07 AM GMT
    Great transformation....

    ya did yourself proud icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 28, 2008 6:29 AM GMT
    Congrats! You did it - and you look great. I'm sure you are really pleased with your progress - well done!
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    Mar 28, 2008 6:55 AM GMT
    Awesome progress! Keep up the great work icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 28, 2008 2:04 PM GMT
    Thats amazing! Congrats. I'm sure that took a lot of hard work and dedication. You should be so proud of yourself!
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    Mar 28, 2008 2:07 PM GMT
    From one former fatty to another...

    YOU ROCK!!!

    Great job!!!
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    Mar 28, 2008 2:13 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the AWESOME words you guys! They make me feel all warm inside, heh, heh!

    I feel great. The best part is I sometimes run into people who I went to High School with and they're like: "ddddaaaammmnnnn what happened to you? You look COMPLETELY different." I just smile about it icon_biggrin.gif.

    *HUGS* for all.

    P.S. As for the hat she's wearing (that's my mom) it was at Universal Studios and she just wore it for fun (I think it's Woody Wood Pecker).
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    Mar 28, 2008 2:21 PM GMT
    AAAAWWEESOOOMMMMEEE

    Dude, VERY proud of you. Success story for sure!