Jamie-100 Pounds Lighter!

545931_10151546172509769_938364056_n-1 I had decided awhile ago that when Jamie lost 100 pounds I wanted to write about it.  Why, you ask? What is so special about that?  If you know anyone with a disability like his, you might know how extremely hard that is!  Many like him tend to not be very active and have a very limited amount of foods that they will eat, most likely not the healthiest of choices. When he had the last health scare a couple years ago, that I knew was NOT a seizure, I knew we had to do something. He had asked for water like he did every night at about the same time.  But this night, was different. He could not say the word.  He knew what he wanted to say.  He was unable to.  Daniel still lived here at the time and he heard just as I did, that something was wrong. My heart was beating so fast. I was so scared.  He could not say Daniel’s name. So we took him to the ER. Unfortunately, since he had had 2 seizures before they blamed that.  I suspected a small stroke. Fortunately, he had a follow up with his neurologist, who agreed with me. No seizures. He ordered a heart test. As many tests and things go for him, this was an ordeal.  It is so hard to sit and watch him endure these things. This test did find diminished capacity when his heart contracted. It was working too hard. It terrified me. At this weight, he was very unhealthy and I knew we could lose him and most likely would if we couldn’t figure this out! His doctor suggested going to the weight loss clinic as he was very very overweight.  People would be shocked to know what he weighed.  Being very tall he didn’t look it. Now we were on a mission to figure this out.  The dietician agreed with me, that it would be a waste of his money and time to go there, after I told her what he would eat. Not much. She simply said what we all know, it is more calories out than in!  We got a recumbent bike for him, as suggested by his neurologist. And we began.  Proportions were watched, serving sizes, no extra goodies. The weight came off.  Sometimes slowly.  He has hit plateaus and gone up some times. Finally, he has lost 100 pounds!  I finally had to hide his favorite pair of pants, as the only way he could still wear them is to hang on to the waistband so they didn’t fall down! He had taken a selfie awhile ago and I am shocked to see it-he had no visible neck. Now, he looks like Jamie again! He walks with a spring in his step. He can do anything without the perpetual sweat on his brow, always wiping it away. It is a continuous journey that is not done yet! But it has been a great one to take with him! He looks amazing and HE is as proud of himself as we are of him! He inspires me! Always.

11 comments

  1. Congrats to Jamie! My grandson who is autistic has lost a tremendous amount of weight in the past two years. He goes swimming every day and eats so much better. I can totally relate to seeing pictures of him then and now.

  2. Congrats to Jamie! Our grandson, you’ve heard me talk about him before, Joy, is also a big boy. He has autism and also has limited foods that he will eat – and mostly carbs and high calorie foods. At this point he isn’t real big; he’s almost 14 and maybe close to 5’6″. I’m not sure of his weight; he’s not “fat” but he is a big boy. I worry about his eating habits and his weight getting out of control because he is not very active and he continues to pile on the food. His dad is extremely overweight. Hearing of Jamie’s success is encouraging. I’d like to get Braden more active now before it’s an absolute necessity for his health but he’s very stubborn. I will cling to Jamie’s success and pray for the best with Braden. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sounds exactly like Jamie was…all through school. He is probably 6’5″, so of course he always weighed a bit more. Never was ‘fat’. once he graduated and was much less active, it just started to creep on. Until suddenly, wow…we got to that scary turning point. The carbs and high calorie food is very common. And it can be done, by serving since, portion control. Jamie also drinks LOTS of water in a day. After each meal he has a full glass and several other times during the day. Oh and let me tell you…Jamie is one of the most stubborn people there is! Contact me anytime if you want to know more! or anything!

  3. That is awesome! Of course he had the love and support from you and the rest of the family and that was vital to his weight loss. I am sure he feels much better and I know you are thrilled with the results. Way to go!!!!

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