Hi, my name is Mircea and I used to be very fat overweight.\nAlways loved to eat but, actually, as a kid I was thin, because I was very active playing a lot of basketball, soccer and a bunch of other sports.When I graduated from high school, at age 18 I had about 70 to 75 kg (155-165 lbs), which was quite good for my height of 1.86 (6ft1).Then, I left my small town and went to college.\nIt was a new environment for me, had a lot to study and I confess it was very stressful.\nAnd also have to admit that my life wasn’t too organized. Student life, you know 😊That’s when things began to change in terms of weight.After the first year, I reached 90 kg (200 lbs).\nBut was ok with it, as I always had this idea that I was a bit too thin.\nMy family and the people around me were ok with it as well, because men need to gain some weight and be strong, isn’t it? 😊At graduation time, after 4 years, having finally surpassed the 100 kg (220 lbs) limit, I was very proud of this small act of bravery. \nI kind of felt good, because I was finally pretty strong, even though there was no muscle gain at all.It was 2002 and afterwards life happened, and things really started to speed up.Long story short, in another 5 years I got to 115-120 kg (250-265 lbs) and was very strong. I felt miserable though, but strong. 😊\nThat’s me around the time of my weight record:\n\nMeanwhile, I kept playing sports, but as you may guess, my performance was not very good. It was hard to run and breath properly.\nPlus, I started developing some back and knees problems. My body was trying to tell me something.Then, one day, I had serious back pains that brought me to the doctor.\nWas expecting a prescription for some medication or something, but instead the guy put me on a table and with some (harsh) chiropractic exercises he managed to fix my back. Was very happy with this unexpected surprise and quick relief, but just before leaving he said: \nHey, you know, your back problems are related to your weight. It’s like carrying a backpack full of stones weighting 30 kg (65 lbs) all the time.\nAnd you don’t need to do this.I laughed and said to myself - what does he know? – and after thanking him because he really did a great job, I got out of there, ready to return to my normal life.\nBut little did I know back then, he had just planted a small seed in my brain.Later on, after some months, I went to take some blood tests and – obviously – they weren’t perfect.\nI had elevated triglycerides levels and some other stuff that I don’t remember right now. \nAnd the doctor warned me that given my family history I am at high risk to develop diabetes. Well, let me tell you that at that moment something happened in my head and it was like a bucket of water was thrown over the previously planted seed, which started to grow more and more 😊So, in the next months, I started to research and read as much as I could about diabetes and the associated risks.\nI got pretty scared and it was very clear to me that I needed to do something to change my life as soon as possible. \nHowever, the problem was that I loved to eat anything, anywhere, being what people would call a gourmand.\nIt was a pretty common thing for me to go out with my friends and have Gargantuan feasts pretty damn often.\nMoreover, around that time I was just starting to travel more around Europe and kept discovering new places.\nAnd new, fantastic new kind of foods too! You know what I mean. \nIt was pretty difficult to change this lifestyle and I had to carry fierce battles against myself and the cravings I had all the time. \nBut fear seems to have been a very good ally and somehow I started to win some of the battles.\nTherefore, I began eating healthier foods, more fruits and vegetables while I continued to do sports. \nAlso, I began to walk A LOT and to take the stairs whenever I could instead of choosing the elevator.\nAnd most importantly, gave up sugary soft drinks (my greatest addiction) entirely.\nThankfully, in a few months, results showed up.\nAt first it was pretty easy to lose about 10-15 kg (20-30 lbs) and to get down to 105 kg (230 lbs). \nAfter some more time passed, maybe 6 months or so, I plateaued at 95-97 kg (210-213 lbs) and for quite a while I was unable to go below this threshold. \nAnd then I met Ana and it was the missing link in my life, a trusted partner in my healthy journey 😊\nBut more about this and the rest of the story soon in part 2.Stay curious, healthy and happy!M.