This morning I checked my Facebook and there was a photo of Pete tagged. I stared at it for a good long while because it's so amazing to see how far he's come. This is the photo:
This is Pete now:
2 years out, he's kept his weight within about 10 pounds of where he wants to be. He feels best at about 180-185. But at that weight, he looks somewhat thin, but that may be because we were all so used to how "full" he looked when he was overweight. He goes through periods of exercising 6 days a week and then will burn out and stop for a couple of weeks and then go back to exercising, but in a different way. The difference between before and now is that with the band, he's reminded not to over eat when he take a break form working out. He also doesn't let himself get above a certain weight and starts working out again when it gets close to it.
Bottom line is that he no longer snores, he doesn't need blood pressure meds and his blood sugars aren't high. He will likely always struggle with consistent exercise (as will I) and cycle on and off the gym to take breaks. But he's healthy, he's happy and he looks awesome!