Sunday, January 10, 2010

Onederland

Weekly weigh-in: 199.5
Loss: -1.8
Total loss: 92.0 lbs.
Emotion: A sense of wonder

Some people are trying to get to their “college days” weight, some are trying to get back to their “day I got married” weight. Some may even be shooting for their “high school prom” weight.

Me? I literally cannot remember ever weighing less than 200 lbs. I’m sure I did at one point, but I think I never stood on a scale in those days. I was too busy playing with Hot Wheels on my Sizzlers Fat Track.

My wife Anita was out of town all week, so I took the opportunity to do two things that generally help me lose weight: double up my workouts and eat my own cooking. I kept an “Assault on Onederland” mindset all week, pushing myself harder on workouts and pushing myself away from the table.

My mother Shirley has been on my case to not lose any more weight, but my medically approved, scientifically calculated weight range is 156-204 lbs (yikes… I’m pretty sure I couldn’t get to 156 even if I scooped out all my internal organs).

They say that men tend to allow their ideal weight to be higher than medically recommended. The funny thing is that women tend to imagine their ideal weight is unrealistically low, so they diet unnecessarily. Apparently, men and women should learn take a lesson from one another and meet somewhere in the middle.

For me, this journey will definitely transition from a weight-loss mode to more of a focus on fitness and keeping the pounds off. My yo-yo history means that I can’t take my eyes completely off the scale, but I’m not going to kill myself trying to get down much more.

But for now, I’m going to celebrate a bigger accomplishment than I ever imagined I could achieve.

How does it feel now that I’ve finally made it?

1-derful.

144 comments:

  1. Congrats Jack! Onederland is such a big deal. I'm proud of you. Now go celebrate! :)

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  2. Awesome! The way to maintain your weight is to stick to lifting weights at least two times a week, cardio at least 4x a week, & eating clean with one cheat meal a week.

    You Rock!

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  3. so proud of you Jack, way to go!

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  4. oh wow! I'm glad to be on this journey with you dude! don't stop believing!

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  5. Well done Kack - never doubted you could do it - but congratulations none the less! :o)

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  6. Jack even - sorry - not really awake yet! lol

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  7. CONGRATS!!! I can only imagine how great you're feeling!

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  8. Wow! That's an impressive amount of weight lost!

    And you're right about the "goal weight" thing. Women try so hard to reach the lower end of the suggested weight category. I'm like you, I would have to cut off a leg to get to the lower end of the weight range recommended for my height.

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  9. FABULOUS!!!!! Congrats Jack! I just hit the 200's this week, so I am on my way to onederland......or atleast closer than I was 59 lbs ago! lol You are such an inspiration!

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  10. I really enjoyed this heart felt post. I love your comments regarding goal weights - I need to listen to that. My 15 yr. old daughter just asked me the other day why I want to weigh what her friends weigh!?! Something to think about...thanks Jack, I think! Congrats on walkin' in Onderland.

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  11. Congratulations, job well done, I have been hovering for what seems like foreever in the low 200's. Hope to join you some day soon in Onederland :o)

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  12. Congratulations Jack! And stop by my site today. I had a splash award for you, but I missed the boat by being overwhelmed and well, missed the code....Kinda like my weight loss efforts...

    But you are at the top of my list for inspiration and today's Onederland accomplishment just firms that up! THANK YOU!

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  13. That's awesome! I never even thought about where i'd like to be. At the Queen Latifa weight i think :o)

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  14. Such an inspiration...well done on the weight lost this weel

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  15. Congrats on reaching Onderland!!!

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  16. Way to go! It seems like just yesterday when you were a new blogger I was starting to read. Amazing accomplishment and done lickety-split too!

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  17. Freaking faaaaaaantastic dude!! That's so awesme. :)

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  18. You are soooo close!! And now you're in Onederland, awesome :)

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  19. Congratulations, Mr. Sh*t. We've been expecting you. :)

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  20. Look at you in the skinny jeans and weighing less than 200 lbs!! :) You've nearly lost ONE HUNDRED POUNDS, Jack! You're an inspiration in keeping at it and setting your mind on the prize and achieving it! Congrats!!:)

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  21. Welcome to 1derland! It's a great place to be and it's actually a lot of fun trying to stay here! Congratulations on your success!

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  22. what can I say? I knew you would do it! GREAT JOB!!

    and you are so right! Men seem to think on the "high" side of the range (except my husband who is a bit twisted godlovehim) and women always want to reach that unbelievable low level. I am always shocked when a 5'9" woman thinks she needs to go to 130 because that's the start of her range...

    Me, I'll take the curves at 150 :) but it's not about me, it's about YOU! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Renee (@PinkyPie)

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  23. Congratulations Jack! How tall are ya'? I only ask because I'm 6' and I too struggle with a realistic goal weight. I'm 6 lbs away from Onederland too.

    You rock!

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  24. Congratulations, Jack. SO happy for you.

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  25. Yippee Yahoo! Congratulations! You rock!

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  26. Congrats Jack ... you look great.

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  27. Welcome Home Jack! You are awesome. Nice feet too.

    I'm with Shirley. Don't get too skinny!

    Your next milestone with a "1" in front of it should be 1000 followers! Wow.

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  28. i didnt even notice the 1-derful number but kept on staring at those hot legs!!

    damn jack....so glad you've made it!

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  29. Mrs. FatAss sent me. :-) That's wonderful! Congratulations!

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  30. Congratulations, Jack.

    Just one question: when you say "medically approved, scientifically calculated", does that mean for a generic man of your height and age or does it mean for YOU, Jack Sh*t? There's a huge difference and there's probably a good reason for you not to strive to weigh 156 pounds (not that you said you were going that far).

    Send me an e-mail, Jack. Enquiring minds want to know.

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  31. Sayonara 200's!!! Congratulations!

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  32. hells yeah! way to rock that shit

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  33. Yeah!!!! Congrats Jack! For now I can only imagine how Onederful that feels! Your success makes me almost excited to step on the scale this coming Saturday. First weigh in. I'll be sure to post how I'm feeling too!

    -B
    http://diaryofasoontobeskinnygirl.blogspot.com/

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  34. Welcome to ONEDERLAND Jack! Whoo hooo!

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  35. That is absolutely fantastic my friend!
    So uh, you think you'll update the back of the blog anytime soon? That 210 picture is great, but you've lost another 5% of your body weight since. Oh by the way...in that 210 picture, were you shooting a cleaning product infomercial?
    You look great Jack!

    Your mom is like my grandmother--- "don't lose another pound," they're so sweet, huh?

    My best always
    Sean

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  36. Jack, I am so happy for you and, better yet, so proud of you. Congrats.

    You are really an inspiration to me and I hope that, in not too long, I can join you in Onederland as well.

    :)

    Julia
    http://jewliagoulia.blogspot.com

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  37. That is really awesome. It's very inspiring to see someone else's hard work pay off like this!

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  38. Congratulations! What an inspiration you are!

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  39. Gratz, Jack. That truly is an achievement.

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  40. Awesome!!! congrats!! I love it.."onederland!" LOL

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  41. That is awesome. Break your own arm patting yourself on the back. You did this. You.

    I knew you could do this. I felt the disturbance in the force.

    Congratulations Jedi master.

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  42. Congratulations!!! You are SUCH an inspiration! Good luck with the maintaining :)

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  43. Congratulations Jack! It's a great feeling, isn't it?

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  44. Fan.friggin.tastic!!!! You are such an inspiration! Way to keep your eye on the prize! Congrats!!!!

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  45. Awesome effort Jack! Well done. Savour it as it is all due to your hard work.

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  46. Jack, I am SO happy for you!!! We are very much in the exact same place as far as weighing our lowest goes... I am about to post about this right now, but had to come and check in with your weigh-in first. I completely undertand where you are coming from on this. Seriously, I am just thrilled to pieces for you and for all that you have accomplished. You really are an inspiration to a lot of people, Jack, and I hope that the sense of pride and wonder you are undoubtedly feeling right now never goes away! Congratulations!!!

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  47. Congratulations for reaching Onederland :)

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  48. Congratulations! When I hit 175lbs about 6 years ago, my own doctor told me not to lose any more weight. In fact, he wanted me to gain a little back again! My (interim) goal this time is 200lbs, but I'd happily settle for 180... ;o)

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  49. Congrats Jack, that's awesome!

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  50. Un-be-freakin-lievable! Fantastic Jack - you are an inspiration and a fantastic guy. You deserve you amazing results for all your hard work on yourself and on keeping us all entertained and motivated.

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  51. CONGRATS! What a huge accomplishment :D

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  52. You've come such a long way since last Easter - Congratulations!!
    Looking forward to hearing about how you keep on track with your fitness - it's what I find the hardest.
    Good luck!

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  53. I just came over from LIB and I love this. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  54. High five, Buddy! I'm so happy for you. This is a great accomplishment. :) Hey, save room in Onederland for me. I'll be joining you soon. I moved away for a while but I'm ready to relocate.

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  55. Whoo Hoo!!!! Here's to the one's...I think I was in one-der land back when I was 12!

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  56. Congrats! That is awesome! Onederland is wonderful isn't it? I got here on Friday and am having a good time :)

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  57. Congrats on the weight loss!!! Onederland is a wonderful thing!!!

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  58. You did it!! Way to go!!

    FWIW, I totally agree with your mother. ;)

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  59. woah look at all the comment love, dude! respect!
    Love the pic and *high fives* on making it....

    i can't say i am not jealous!

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  60. WOO-HOO!!!!! Way to go!!!!!!!!

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  61. Welcome to Onederland! Congratulations!

    I've always heard that you're supposed to aim for the low end of your approved weight range, but I agree that for some people, that seems unrealistically low.

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  62. Congratulations Jack!!! This is onederful news indeed!!!

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  63. Congratulations, Jack! What a neat accomplishment! Your weight loss journey has been really fun and inspiring to watch. I can't wait to see what's next for you!

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  64. that is awesome.
    congrats to you!
    im just at the beginning of my journey & i hope to have the same sucess!!!

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  65. Those some sexy stems man!

    Congrats on the goal achievements!

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  66. Congrats! I am with Shirley, I don't think you need to loose any more.

    Your awesome!!!

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  67. Congrats on getting under 200.

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  68. Just tickled to death over this Jack. So proud of your accomplishments and very grateful that you're still out here blogging. I hope you never leave. I'm only 27 lbs away from Onederland, so keep a lookout for me. I want you to greet me with a handful of celery when I get there...we're gonna' PARTY!!!! :)

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  69. Way to go Jack!!!!!! - You are a weight loss super star!!!! - Now, put some clothes on :)

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  70. I used to be a cheerleader...how bout a victory cheer.

    Jack is what...DYNAMITE!
    jACK is what...DYNAMITE!
    JACK is...tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, TICK, TICK...BOOM...DYNAMITE!!!

    Making it to ONEderland is dynamite!

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  71. Awesome!! Congratulations!

    I'm going to be in Onederland TOMORROW!!

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  72. Yay!!! Good job, good job, good job! :-D

    You are awesome!

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  73. Fantastic Jack!! Just frigging fantastic!

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  74. "ONEDERBAR" to you Jack!!! You so deserve this!!!! I do agree with you though.. never take your eye off the ball! We due have certain tendencies & we know ourselves well enough to realize that. Also, as we age... bodies change.. & I know about that!

    HUGE HUGE CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS: On those weight charts, muscle weighs more than fat SO, I always weigh more than people think I do!

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  75. One for the record books! Congrats, Jack.

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  76. YAY! I'm so happy for you. You have done an amazing job. Very consistent, very steady, very successful!

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  77. Congratulations! I cannot wait to get there myself. Keep on going until you get to where you feel comfortable:o)

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  78. That is absolutely AMAZING! Your weight loss journey is very similar to mine - I started last March at 286 Lbs. I am now at about 222. My goal is also to crash trough the 200 Lb barrier (or at least sputter past it, I will let out a real victory cry if I see the number you posted today). I am also in training to run the Paris Marathon in April. Should you be interested, I have started blogging about my training (http://runningtoparismarathon.blogspot.com/).
    You are a great inspiration. CONGRATULATIONS!

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  79. Super job! Now to get there myself... THIS YEAR!

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  80. well done hun thats amazing i,ll be there in 10lbs time cant wait!!!!

    u have done amazinly keep it up!!

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  81. Most Excellent Jack! You have done a great job and motivated a ton of people at the same time. Good work!

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  82. You got 100 comments! How perfect is that! I am honored to be #101 to welcome you to Onederland, to congratulate you, heap laurels on your head and rosepetals at your feet and and and...

    you're just awesome, dude. I wiped a tear from my eye myself when I saw your announcement. I am uber proud of you.

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  83. Awesome job, dude -- maybe I'll get to join you one day! Congratulations on all of the hard work!!

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  84. YOU DID IT! YOU ARE AMAZING! I am doing a really goofy and stupid looking happy dance for you around my office! Well damn done, dear Jack! What an inspiration. Nice legs, by the way. woo woo. :)

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  85. Congrats on reaching onederland. Consider yourself lucky you don't remember being this weight before, I only remember because they used to put us in line and weigh us in gym. I weighed just a pound or two more than I do now when they traumatized me in high school with this.

    BTW, people are starting to tell me to stop losing weight. What's up with that? Today's weighing is the first day I came up at "normal BMI weight", but I'm still chubby, and it's not muscle. It's not like I can't tell the difference. Your mom is concerned for your health, not sure what is the problem for my friends.

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  86. Holy comments, Batman! Just goes to show how much support we all have.

    Super congrats, Jack. YAY!!!!

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  87. I think you also just set a record for the number or comments too. Way to go Jack!!! That is a remarkable accomplishment. You kick *SS.

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  88. Congrats, Jack. Let's celebrate! Who's calling Domino's?

    ...oh, wait.

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  89. BIG HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I remember my decent into onderland very well...it's a milestone for sure!!

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  90. I think everyone should base their goal weight on medicine and on what makes them feel good. Their happy weight. It's not just what they say you can achieve. It's about what you realistically feel is good for your body.

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  91. Yeeeeeeehhhhaaawwww!!!!!!!!!!! That's awesome!!!! What a great accomplishment!!! Welcome to ONEderland! Please stay & enjoy!!

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  92. Just popped in for the first time. Seems I may be a little late to see you travel along the weight loss path. Much congrats on your awesome loss. Can't wait to keep following.

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  93. Yeah Jack!
    That is wonderful!
    Welcome to onederland....
    home of flying monkeys and never ending adventure.
    You don't look like you need to drop anymore...don't want you going all manorexic on me.
    Keep it tough and buff Jack.
    congratulations on all your hard work.
    enjoy.

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  94. Welcome to One-derland! Here's to a long, healthy life in the land of one!

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  95. Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment!

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  96. wow Jack! you did it. Congratulations!!!

    you know you're going to have to work just as hard this week to keep it, eh? You worked your @ss off this week. You deserve it. you've been very consistent this journey (unlike some of us.. cough cough..)

    So proud of you!!!

    just for interest sake.. my 6'3" Hubs weighs between 145 - 150 lbs soaking wet with his winter boots on. He is very comfortable there.. he's never been overweight in his life. He lost about 25 lbs of that 25 yrs ago due to cancer.. but that was the only time he was underweight. Some people think he looks unhealthy, but I know, with him, that this is his ideal weight. It's where he functions best.. feels healthiest.. feels good. right.

    Only you and your doctor with you, know what yours is. Don't listen to the interweb, or any lists. Do what's right for YOU.

    I know you want to see 100 lbs lost.. so I'm rooting for you. :) I know you can do it.

    You Rock, Jack.. as per always.. you rock. :)

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  97. Well done Jack, I'm so happy for you

    xx

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  98. That is beyond awesome! Congratulations, Jack!

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  99. Congrats!! That's so awesome. You are such an inspiration to the rest of us!

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  100. YOU DID IT!!! WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

    YOU YOU YOU did it!!

    I hope you are floating a bit lighter and walking damn proud today Jack!

    Thanks for keeping it real, and real funny through it all!

    I'm grinning for you from ear to ear!

    xo

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  101. YAY! Happy Jack Sh*t Dance time!! You totally rock!! Give yourself a big pat on the back, you deserve it!

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  102. Late to the party as always but congrats Jack, you definitely deserve a party!!!! Glad to be here with you during this wonderful journey of yours. You make this place a whole lot of fun.

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  103. One is NOT the loneliest number! You've been talking about Onederland for a while now, I'm so happy that you made it!
    Great work, Jack.

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  104. Yay for Jack!!!!! You must be feeling LOVED. Who gets 129 comments on a post man! Dayummm! I am soooo happy for you! XOXOXO

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  105. Hot DAMN! I can't wait to get there myself.....turn on the music and dance. You are such an inspiration.

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  106. Holy crap, congrats!!! I remember the day I finally left 200-town and here's hoping neither of us ever have to see a 2 on the first position of the scale ever again! :)

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  107. Dang! Look at all these people who love your blog. I just love looking at those sexy legs! Woo Hoo! Congrats on an amazing acomplishment, I'm proud of u kid.
    Cindie

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  108. OMG! YAY Jack! Congratulations on making it to 1-derland! :D I'm so very happy for you. I remember when I first made it there. Like you, I didn't remember the last time that I weighed under 200 lbs. either, and it was such a huge milestone. So congrats again! :)

    Hope @ Hope's Journey

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  109. Just catching up from being on vacation and although I'm a little late on commenting, you still deserve even more congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment! Despite everything - all the temptations, the frustrations, the ups and downs, you have continued to push through and fight for it. And now, you are on cloud 9. AMAZING!

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  110. Ahh, Jack, seriously - i am beaming for you. And I'm so happy you're here to share all of the knowledge, goodies, and other sh*t :) You go, boy.

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  111. I am a little late in the reading up...but OH MY GOODNESS!!! I am so so so happy for you. I am jumping up and down (inside due to recent injury) for you! It must feel amazing. I love reading the silliness and the antics that you put into your blog...always a reason to smile :)

    As us kids would say... Boy, You the Sh*t! :)

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  112. That's awesome - congrats Jack! You have really been pushing yourself so hard and I know how proud you must be!

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  113. Jack!!! I'm so excited for you! I remember that feeling myself. It's amazing.

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  114. "Apparently, men and women should learn take a lesson from one another and meet somewhere in the middle."

    This is true in oh so many ways.

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  115. Hip-Hip Hooray! Congratulations!!!

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  116. Holy sh*t! Good job, man!

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