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The Beginning of a Journey By Cecil Buffington

This past winter was extremely brutal in that almost two months ( December and January ) were below freezing at night and during the course of most days. It didn’t leave much of an opportunity for the cold-natured to venture outside for needed exercise such as walking, jogging or playing golf.    I, being one of those cold natured individuals, found myself lacking in all areas of exercise.  My weight began to go up.  I told myself that it was not a problem.  I almost convinced myself that a 65 year-old man in the midst of his highest heart-attack prone years was not negatively effected by a ballooning weight problem.  I couldn't see the forest for the tree's.

On March 12, 2011, I had several photo’s taken during the Jefferson Mill Village Reunion. As I viewed those photo's, they got me to thinking.  I had let my weight get away from me and had ballooned to 253 pounds. On that day I set a goal to reduce my weight to 200 pounds. My wife, Betty, offered me solid support by commenting something like, “It’ll be a cold day, etc;” if you get my drift.  Nevertheless, I started my weight-loss project with a firm determination to reach my goal or literally die trying.  As my wife, who has never had a weight problem on her 110 pound frame  saw that I was most serious about it, she jumped on board as a partner in helping me lose the weight.

Today ( July 1, 2011 ) when I stepped on the scales for my daily weigh-in at 8:00 a.m., the goal was met as I came in at 198 pounds.  I have lost 55 pounds since March 12, 2011.

This is the first time I have been below 200 pounds since the early-seventies.

How many times had I heard that a 65 year-old man simply could not lose weight? Too many! I think I had started to believe it!  Now that has proven to be a false statement. It can be done. I am living proof of it.   I have placed a “before” photo of me taken at the Mill reunion at 253 pounds and one taken of me just an hour ago.

How does it feel to lose 55 pounds? Very. very good.  I know the work has just begun.  Now I know that I have to work just as hard to keep it off as I did to lose it.

I’ll provide updates along the way as I expect to lose several more pounds before leveling off at around 175-180 pounds.  That would be my ideal weight at my age. One can only dream.

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Kay Carnes, Cecil Buffington and Deborah Stewart at the February Facebook reunion event at the Jefferson Clubhouse. My weight was slightly over 250 pounds.

This is me with my  good friend Martha Whitlock Tullis at the Jefferson Mill Reunion on March 12, 2011.  My weight was at an all-time high 253 pounds.

By April 15 of 2011, I had reduced my weight to 238 pounds. Here I golf with with Fred Tolbert, Barbara and Jim Shemwell at Double Oaks Country Club in Commerce.

By 1977, My weight had increased  to 215 pounds.

On July 1, 2011  . . . I reached a goal that had been set back on March 12 to reduce my weight to 200 pounds.  I weighed in at 198 pounds on my every morning 8:00 a.m. weigh-in.

The Orange arrow shows where my journey began at 253 pounds.  The Red arrow was my target goal.  The Green arrow is my actual weight at the time.  Finally, I have the black arrow set on my new goal of 190 pounds.

Just after the morning weigh-in at 198 pounds.  I had been at 201 the previous day and had been around 204 for the last week.  I knew a weight loss was due and I hoped it would get me below 200 pounds.  It did!

Some more fun with my old high school senior basketball sweater.  How many people can still get into clothes they wore in high school?  I bet the figure is relatively low.

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I didn't know at the time, but a great change was in the process of becoming a reality? ? ?

I'm chatting with old friend and former football, basketball and track team-mate Ralph Kinsey at the Jefferson Mills reunion on March 12.  After a fabulous meal that day I probably weighed around 260 pounds?  It wasn't rocket science to see that I needed to do something about my escalating weight situation.  The decision was made . . . I set a goal to lose down to 200 pounds and keep the weight off.

I planned to do it by excercise, proper diet and portion control along with total elimination of sweets, almost all bread and careful preparation of all food as to salt, sugar, fat and protein content.  My wife, Betty, became my dietician.  She carefully planned my meals and prepared them.  I started to see the weight come off at a fairly rapid rate.

As a 6'2" senior in 1964 at Jefferson High School, I weighed 157 pounds soaking wet.  Coach Fred Herren of Jefferson High had hung the nickname "Crane" on me due to my long legs and gangly thin body. I never could foresee the potential of my weight ever becoming a problem as a high school kid. Most people never do!

This is me  at 215 pounds in 2011.

 I'm still not satisfied as I still have some additional weight that needs to come off. A new goal is 190 pounds and then full dedication to the maintenance to keep it off. 

Just a little fun with my old Jefferson football letterman jacket.  A medium-sized jacket that fit me well at 160 pounds, but is far too tight at 200 pounds.  But I never thought I'd ever get it on again, much less button it up.

One thing is for sure.  I've been a golf nut for many years.  You can bet the excercise from the game will play a big part in my final weight level retention plan.

My clubs are always ready!

I've already had some friends ask me if I plan on writing a book about weight loss.  I don't think I'm qualified to speak as any kind of expert on weight loss.  I simply bit the bullet and pulled from the discipline I had developed over the years to do what I had to do to lose the weight.  I can truthfully say I ate what I wanted, just far less portions,  and never really looked hunger in the eye.  I stayed busy with various interests and had the full support of my family and friends that knew I was committed to achieving my weight reduction goal.  It has been quite a ride.  Now I guess the rest of my life as a thinner, better feeling and while at my age there is not much we can do about my looks, I still think I look considerably better at 200 pounds than 253 pounds.  If any of my friends are looking at losing weight, use me as an example.  It can be done.  Take care and God Bless!

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