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Day 373 - Revealing Myself, Finale

Monday, December 07, 2015

A year ago yesterday, I posted a blog that, to be honest, took a lot of guts. I didn't like myself or my body, but felt it was important to start this journey on the right foot, so to speak. For anyone who didn't see it the first time, here's a link: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa

A year later, I am now 7 months past my original goal weight and have been maintaining successfully since then. The transformation is more internal than external - not that the physical transformation isn't amazing, but the mental transformation is COSMIC. (Sorry, I couldn't think of a better word to really capture how I feel about myself.)

Needless to say, I am incredibly happy and am committed to being in this program for the rest of my life. I can't imagine living life otherwise. I took some photos today. These will be the last I post in this "revealing myself" series. I may not ever be a model in a men's fitness magazine, but I have never felt so good about posting photos of myself shirtless.

I am so grateful for SparkPeople showing me the way to health, fitness, and a body that I could be proud of. It was hard work, but it was totally worth it.

A little over a year ago, I made the decision to try a different approach, to change my life, to change myself. I found SparkPeople, and the rest, as they say, is history. I made the decision to try, and the result was a tremendous accomplishment.

What will you accomplish when you really try to reach your goals?
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    You. Look. Amazing.

    You are actually doing it, Steve. Cosmic, for sure! It is as though the you inside has been set free.

    What a gift! ... to yourself, to the world, and to your affectionate cousin.

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    1907 days ago

    and that smile in the last photo says it all

    1908 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/9/2015 12:27:32 AM
  • no profile photo CD15118206
    Your Steve better be prepared to fight people off with a stick! I think Spark people also gave you the confidence to land the incredible job you have today! So proud of you!

    Much love!
    1908 days ago
    I see someone who is genuinely happy.
    1908 days ago
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    1908 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    I like your new profile picture. Looks good. You have much more nerve than I do. If I posted pics like that, I would turn quite a few stomachs. But good for you!
    1908 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Well, the first thing I noticed , the biggest difference in the two sets of photos, is in the pics you took today, you show your big, FAT DIMPLES!!!!!!!
    You are so cute with them! I actually expected to see a morbidly obese man in the original set of pics. You were built about like my Dad was until he got Alzheimer's, then he lost weight and drooped very low with the disease progressing. You are very handsome and you DO have a nice body,, I would strut it if I was Steve Wylie!

    As far as your mammaries, I really did not notice that.. I look at a persons' eys first anyway,, not their hair or body..
    Great job, great shape and really great person!
    1908 days ago
    emoticon I take a similar picture, but I have some much hair, you can tell what I look like underneath - lol
    1908 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Totally emoticon

    What an amazing journey you have been on Steve. Thanks for taking us alone!

    Live, laugh, love and keep emoticon

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    1908 days ago
  • CRACKERS4554
    Wow! I am inspired to keep going!
    1908 days ago
    You look great and I love the new profile pic!!! You should be so proud of yourself!!!! Spark on.
    1908 days ago
    You are looking so positive and happy to be where you are today - that is a brilliant accomplishment, Steve!
    1908 days ago
    You look happy and proud - and very deservedly so! It took tremendous courage to start your journey in such a revealing way. But it was clearly the wisest approach because look at you now!
    1909 days ago
    Look at you handsome sexy hunk! These are great transformation shots and I think it is very generous of you to have shared all or them...this is what is hands on tangible proof to yourself and others what an awesome thing it is that you accomplished and others can also accomplish! Thank you! It's hard to imagine your not liking yourself!
    I am so happy you found Spark and reached your goals!
    . Love your new "success" picture!
    1909 days ago
    What a transformation! You look like a new man and I bet you feel like one as well. Very well done. You are proof that hard work, dedication and a healthy lifestyle truly pay off. I'm glad that you have been able to accomplish these goals and I'm sure they'll carry you forward and continue to reward for many years to come.
    You should be very proud!
    1909 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    Excellent ...and your efforts show. And without photoshop. You have every reason to be proud. Once again, Bravo. You are an inspiration.
    1909 days ago
    1909 days ago
    Gosh Steve, YOU are quite the handsome gentleman!!!!! You look fantastic!
    1909 days ago
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