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~45 pounds and counting

~45 pounds and counting

Sometime around this last New Years, I looked at myself and the mirror and knew I wasn't where I wanted to be. I was technically obese and getting worse with every day. I didn't know the extent of my bad habits until I took the before picture displayed. I felt gross, and that negativity was probably my biggest motivator. I started counting calories, looking further into macronutrients, and hitting the gym every weekday. By summer, I was 40 pounds lighter. I get plenty of compliments on my changes and I'm finally becoming happy with my body, but my main motivation is probably the fear of becoming what I once was. I'm proud of myself. I have 20-30 pounds before my goal (staying within the healthy weight range), as I don't want all this hard work going towards an "okay" body. Wish me luck :)weight loss

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I'm currently hiding in my shower until the grocery store closes

I'm currently hiding in my shower until the grocery store closes

I just walked halfway to the grocery store but somehow miraculously turned around before I had to cross the street, so now I'm taking a hot shower to kill time until the store closes. That's the closest I've come to a binge in a couple months. I feel like I'm having a breakdown right now. I've done SO WELL. I've lost nearly 37 pounds since I started, 2 pounds more than my original goal weight, but I'm STILL FAT. I'm looking down at my body now and I have tears coming to my eyes. I just can't believe that after nine months of this grueling effort I still won't be ready for my vacation. I still won't be ready to take my shirt off in front of people and I still won't be ready to have sex. There will be so many cute guys there- I wanted to flirt and have fun like normal young adults do. Since I missed all that in college because I was always too fat I was sooo looking forward to this trip. All I wanted for the first time in my life was to NOT have to be self conscious about my body and I failed!!! My trip is one week away and I feel like since I won't have the body I want when I get down there I may as well binge anway. I haven't even had sex yet and I'm 24 and I was determined next week was when it was going to happen. I'm a gay guy with boobs for crying out loud... no gay guy wants boobs in their life!!! I can even see my abs now in the morning when I wake up but I still have boobs. I wanted to go shopping for new clothes before I went down there and today at the mall all I could see was how big my chest was so I didn't buy anything. It just sucks that I did all this work for one thing and if I had a little more time maybe I would have succeeded...

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What's up with clothing sizes?

What's up with clothing sizes?

So I've recently lost 100 pounds (60-80 more to go!). And I've dropped from a 24 (US) in women's jeans down to a 14...kind of.

Because the kicker is, while I can wear a 14 comfortably, I can still wear up to an 18. Yeah, the 18's are a little loose and slide a bit more, but they don't look bad. I don't get it.

And the same with shirts. I can still wear my 2xls, but I can fit into some mediums really well. I just...I just don't get it. I want to shake whoever comes up with these things.

Are sizes just arbitrary? Am I actually dropping sizes? Because when I put on my 18's and they still fit, I get crazy bummed. Lol. Does this make sense? Anyone else struggle with clothing sizes.

I need to really lose some weight

I need to really lose some weight

Info / I'm 6'2 and 20 stone the weight is spread evenly so some say I look 16-17 stone instead which is kind of nice. I'm 16 and my weight has been fucking me over loads.

I want to lose weight for several reasons

-so I can actually go out and do stuff with friends (party's, get a gf, lose my virginity before 20) - get fit enough to join cricket again to make my dad proud (we are a cricket heavy family passed down through 4 generations) -be able to wear nice cloths -confident -look better (I think my face is like 6/10 but would be better without a quad chin - bigger wang

I don't think I've ever been particularly fit in my life. I've always been slightly over weight, and ever since exam season (GCSES, Alevel) I've sky rocketed up. I've never had a girlfriend because of my weight and I always look VERY unflattering in photos. I did cricket for a few years with my family and really enjoyed it. I'm not able to play now because I'm hugely overweight and my gear doesn't fit.

Whenever I've tried to lose weight I've always made it for a week or 2 but don't have the discipline to carry on, and each time I fail it demotivates me more. As I said before I'm 16, so I think I can lose 5-6 stone in less than 2-3 years as I'm young.

My friends are supportive of me and they have offered to take me to the gym as part of an induction for 2 hours a week as part of a level fitness.

My mum is a veggie so she cooks a lot of fresh goods. We have a veggie patch full of tomatoes and courgettes and stuff. We also have chickens and get maybe 360+ eggs a year.

I walk to school and over the day I get 10000 steps. I have a MFP account but don't really use it much because I always give up.

I guess what pisses me off the most is that I have everything I need to lose weight and I'm at a great age to start doing so. But I can also see what I'm missing out on (party's, gf) and it infuriates me that I'm doing nothing else.

I'm sorry for the rant but it's actually killing me. Ive read the side bar and I'm going to start jotting down my food in MFP and keep my steps up. Any other advice for ways to cope without junk food is appreciated.

FYI my willpower and emotions are a wreck. I literally get up in the morning to eat breakfast. As soon as I get pocket money I buy food. I exist for junk food ATM.

It's ruining my life

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100 pounds today! Woot! 42 pounds to goal.

100 pounds today! Woot! 42 pounds to goal.

This morning I hit an amazing milestone. I've lost 100 pounds!

At a doctor's appointment on July 21, 2016, I weighed in at 303 pounds according to the scale. The med tech taking my vitals was "nice" and wrote down 302. This morning I got on the scale and it read 202!

I've gone from a size 26-28/XXL to a size 16/L.

So, what does 100 pounds look like?

It looks like: a Hellfire missile or three cinder blocks or a semi-truck tire or a 2 month old foal.

Yep, that's what I've lost. A fricking Hellfire missile.

How did I do it?

At that appointment last year I got new meds for my thyroid, soon followed by two other prescriptions to manage other ongoing minor health issues. At my next appointment (Sept 1) I weighed 294 pounds, and on October 17 I weighed 285. I figured hell, if I'm on this weight loss train, might as well buy a ticket and ride, as long as I didn't have to do much to keep it going.

I started off purely cutting calories. I didn't change what I ate at all, just less of it. It was very casual and unofficial. By January I was down to 270. I decided I wanted more, faster. I joined a gym and took a Zumba class three days per week. More recently, Mike and I have begun hiking in the Olympic National Park, three days a week when we can, weekly if we can't. And a couple of weeks ago I started weight training, because so far I've had almost zero upper body exercise. The muscle gains offset a lot of my fat loss, or I probably would have reached 100 pounds weight loss a month or two ago.

At about the same time I joined the gym, I discovered CICO. Yes, it's a lot of work. I have a small kitchen scale, and everything gets weighed, even the little handful of Cheerios I want as a quick snack. Once I hit my 1500 calorie daily limit, that's it, no more food. I've done pretty well, with occasional "sanity days" when I just eat what I want. Maybe once a month.

I've learned to manage my food so that I don't go hungry. I avoid calorie dense foods (mostly carbs) that will leave my stomach still growling after I've had my 500 calorie meal, and go for protein and fat rich foods that will fill me up comfortably and stick with me for a while, like bacon-wrapped chicken breasts, lots of stir-fry veggies in butter, and similar foods. I do allow myself small, nearly daily treats, like a Hershey's kiss or two, or I budget in a giant piece of cheesecake for my entire breakfast - which actually fits rather well into my diet, it's mostly fat and protein!

I've mostly cut out all breads, pastas, grains (including rice and corn) and potatoes. I still have treats sometimes, like I'll budget myself a bagel with butter, but that's more than half a meal for me, and pretty empty calories. When I order a burger at Jack in the Box, I get it "naked" (wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun) or I get a taco salad instead of a taco.

Today I'm celebrating my achievement by keeping my head down and my eyes on the prize. I have 45 more pounds to go to reach my final goal.

Oh, and for anyone who is just starting, it gets expensive! I don't have a stitch of clothing older than four months old, and I'm about ready to go on to another generation of clothes as some of these are starting to get baggy and soon will head to Goodwill. My "new" exercise skorts (which were goal clothes when I bought them!) are starting to fall off! I don't even have a winter jacket that fits! Yikes!

Day 1? Starting your weight loss journey on Tuesday, 12 September 2017? Start here!

Day 1? Starting your weight loss journey on Tuesday, 12 September 2017? Start here!
Day 1? Starting your weight loss journey on Tuesday, 12 September 2017? Start here!

Today is your Day 1?

Welcome to /sub/loseit!

So you aren’t sure of how to start? Don’t worry! “How do I get started?” is our most asked question. /sub/loseit has helped our users lose over 1,000,000 recorded pounds and these are the steps that we’ve found most useful for getting started.

Why you’re overweight

Our bodies are amazing (yes, yours too!). In order to survive before supermarkets, we had to be able to store energy to get us through lean times, we store this energy as adipose fat tissue. If you put more energy into your body than it needs, it stores it, for (potential) later use. When you put in less than it needs, it uses the stored energy. The more energy you have stored, the more overweight you are. The trick is to get your body to use the stored energy, which can only be done if you give it less energy than it needs, consistently.

Before You Start

The very first step is calculating your calorie needs. You can do that HERE. This will give you an approximation of your calorie needs for the day. The next step is to figure how quickly you want to lose the fat. One pound of fat is equal to 3500 calories. So to lose 1 pound of fat per week you will need to consume 500 calories less than your TDEE (daily calorie needs from the link above). 750 calories less will result in 1.5 pounds and 1000 calories is an aggressive 2 pounds per week.

Tracking

Here is where it begins to resemble work. The most efficient way to lose the weight you desire is to track your calorie intake. This has gotten much simpler over the years and today it can be done right from your smartphone or computer. /sub/loseit recommends an app like MyFitnessPal, Loseit! (unaffiliated), or Cronometer. Create an account and be honest with it about your current stats, activities, and goals. This is your tracker and no one else needs to see it so don’t cheat the numbers. You’ll find large user created databases that make logging and tracking your food and drinks easy with just the tap of the screen or the push of a button. We also highly recommend the use of a digital kitchen scale for accuracy. Knowing how much of what you're eating is more important than what you're eating. Why?

Creating Your Deficit

How do you create a deficit? This is up to you. /sub/loseit has a few recommendations but ultimately that decision is yours. There is no perfect diet for everyone. There is a perfect diet for you and you can create it. You can eat less of exactly what you eat now. If you like pizza you can have pizza. Have 2 slices instead of 4. You can try lower calorie replacements for calorie dense foods. Some of the communities favorites are cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash in place of their more calorie rich cousins. If it appeals to you an entire dietary change like Keto, Paleo, Vegetarian.

The most important thing to remember is that this selection of foods works for you. Sustainability is the key to long term weight management success. If you hate what you’re eating you won’t stick to it.

Exercise

Is NOT mandatory. You can lose fat and create a deficit through diet alone. There is no requirement of exercise to lose weight.

It has it’s own benefits though. You will burn extra calories. Exercise is shown to be beneficial to mental health and creates an endorphin rush as well. It makes people feel awesome and has been linked to higher rates of long term success when physical activity is included in lifestyle changes.

Crawl, Walk, Run

It can seem like one needs to make a 180 degree course correction to find success. That isn’t necessarily true. Many of our users find that creating small initial changes that build a foundation allows them to progress forward in even, sustained, increments.

Acceptance

You will struggle. We have all struggled. This is natural. There is no tip or trick to get through this though. We encourage you to recognize why you are struggling and forgive yourself for whatever reason that may be. If you overindulged at your last meal that is ok. You can resolve to make the next meal better.

Do not let the pursuit of perfect get in the way of progress. We don’t need perfect. We just want better.

Additional resources

Now you’re ready to do this. Here are more details, that may help you refine your plan.

Quick Start Guide - Build your foundation! Loseit Compendium - Frame it out! FAQ - Answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions!

The difference "only ten pounds" can make

The difference "only ten pounds" can makehttp://imgur.com/a/IaeY7

The left side is 27 days ago and the right is today, in the same pair of shorts.

I "only" lost ten pounds according to the scale. 😎

F 5'8" 203lbs > 193lbs
The difference "only ten pounds" can make

http://imgur.com/a/IaeY7

The left side is 27 days ago and the right is today, in the same pair of shorts.

I "only" lost ten pounds according to the scale. 😎

F 5'8" 203lbs > 193lbs

That's awesome. I love it when clothes start to fit better, and eventually become too big. It's such a great feeling.

I've been going through that, myself. The jeans I have been wearing are simply too baggy now. I was able to dig out a pair that were donated from a friend. They were too tight before, but look perfect now. It's times like that when you know you're making progress.

Even if other people tell me stuff like, "I didn't think you needed to lose weight." I know that I look better now, and I feel like that matters. :)

I was seriously on my way up from the couch to grab a rice krispies treat when I saw this post on my main page. Sat back down and clicked on the post instead. Thanks for helping me win this little battle

omg, this is inspiring seeing as how I'm about 203 right now.

I love it when clothes start to fit better, and eventually become too big.

I just bought a $400 suit for my career fair so hopefully that doesn't happen until the spring!

Reminder: You are allowed to love yourself as you are and still work towards becoming thinner or healthier. Do not reserve your happiness for a later date or a later weight.

Reminder: You are allowed to love yourself as you are and still work towards becoming thinner or healthier. Do not reserve your happiness for a later date or a later weight.

Was just watching a YouTube video and heard this. I think someone might need this, so I wanted to put it out there. Dress for the body you have, not the body you want. Because that body make take months or years to achieve and you do not deserve to look and feel miserable until that happens.

Edit: To all who think loving yourself is a bad thing because it's enabling or because you think fat people are disgusting, loving yourself has very little to do with others. You are lovely as you are. That doesn't mean to stay the way you are, but it means that you are allowed to love yourself and still say, "there are things I need to work on." You as a human being are more complex and wonderful and interesting than the flesh suit that contains you. Losing weight will not make you more or less funny or good at singing or art or any less manager at your company. It will not make you a better parent, only a more capable one. It will not make you a better person, only a different looking one.

On a related note - losing weight will not solve all your problems in life. I see so many people on here talking about how miserable they are and thinking everything will somehow be "different" when they're at their goal weight, and it makes me really sad. You're still the same person on the inside - if you're suffering from depression, don't have friends/a support system, whatever your issues are - get help and work on that in addition to the weight loss.

It does help, though. I feel much more attractive and healthy now. This has helped me make friends. I felt like I couldn't like shopping before because I was fat and would look stupid. Now I really like shopping because I like the way I look.

Yeah. I'm one who needs to hear it.

I've internalized a lot of self-loathing from my mother and her anti-fat attitude. It's not that she wants me to be healthy, because she criticizes complete strangers to me. I'm trying to address it in therapy, but being able to think something and knowing it in your soul are two different things.

I absolutely agree with this. I, personally, can't hate the weight off my body, I have to love myself enough to take good care of me, and feed myself nutritious foods and exercise my body to make it fit and healthy. I see so many posts on here that are despondent or full of self-hatred and it makes me so sad for people who are suffering so much. Forgive yourself and forget regret. Make a good choice today to nourish yourself. Dress in a way that makes you feel good and comfortable about the body you have right now. Wear clothes that fit this body, today.

I reached 100% of my goal weight on my 500th day of MyFitnessPal!

I reached 100% of my goal weight on my 500th day of MyFitnessPal!Progress and celebration!


I was thrilled this morning when I woke up on my 500 day streak of MyFitnessPal to see that I reached my goal weight! Slow and steady, but couldn't be more proud.

The above link is a before and after shot and a victory screenshot of MyFitnessPal today. I could not have done it without this subreddit. I feel so much better than I ever thought possible. I mostly lurked on this sub, but reading everyone's journeys and experiences encouraged me every day. Thank you, loseit!
I reached 100% of my goal weight on my 500th day of MyFitnessPal!

Progress and celebration!

I was thrilled this morning when I woke up on my 500 day streak of MyFitnessPal to see that I reached my goal weight! Slow and steady, but couldn't be more proud.

The above link is a before and after shot and a victory screenshot of MyFitnessPal today. I could not have done it without this subreddit. I feel so much better than I ever thought possible. I mostly lurked on this sub, but reading everyone's journeys and experiences encouraged me every day. Thank you, loseit!

Fantastic. Great progresspic, too! Wonderful and congratulations!

Congrats, fellow F26 5' 7"! You are rocking the hell outta that outfit by the way!

I am shooting for 150 and then 135 (I'm at 171 now). Seeing people of similar stats reach their goals is very inspiring :)

Thank you! Your posts and encouragement have always been a huge source of inspiration to me! :)

As someone who is 5'7" who was once 185, my goal weight was 135 for a long time. I got down to 130 at one point and felt really skinny. I started weightlifting, biking a lot more, and doing a ton of yoga and I look fantastic at 145. Much better and happier than at 130 or 135. The thing is, it took me a while to realize it. I kept having the 135 number in my head and was trying so hard to get back there. Finally I saw some photos of myself and realized how good I looked. Visible abs, muscle definition in my legs and arms, and tons of energy. And I can eat a ton. So, don't get too caught up in a number!

135lbs Lost! Official 1 year weigh-in. Pics Inside

135lbs Lost! Official 1 year weigh-in. Pics InsideHey Everyone, it's been awhile since I have posted, but what better time than my 1 year weight loss journey anniversary?  I can't believe it has been an entire year since I started this, but with the help of this community and my VLOG/Website I have been able to create an atmosphere of accountability that has been invaluable to my weight loss.  I began this journey at 412lbs and as of this morning I weigh 276.2lbs, for a total loss of 135.8lbs!  That is absolutely amazing to me, I never thought I would be able to pull it off, and it certainly hasn't been easy, but with perseverance and accountability I have made it to this point.  Below is my side-by-side:

Side-by-Side

I have had a ton of NSVs as well.  I started this wearing 60 inch pants and 5XL shirts.  I now wear 42 inch pants and 2XL shirts.  That's a freakin foot and half (18 inches) lost off my waist and 3 shirt size down.  Everything has gotten much easier and I have been back in the gym for the last 10 months.

I have about 64lbs to lose to my first goal of 212lbs and about 86-76 to lose until I hit my final goal.  I couldn't be happier with the progress to this point and I am optimistic for year 2.  Thanks to you all for checking this out.
135lbs Lost! Official 1 year weigh-in. Pics Inside

Hey Everyone, it's been awhile since I have posted, but what better time than my 1 year weight loss journey anniversary? I can't believe it has been an entire year since I started this, but with the help of this community and my VLOG/Website I have been able to create an atmosphere of accountability that has been invaluable to my weight loss. I began this journey at 412lbs and as of this morning I weigh 276.2lbs, for a total loss of 135.8lbs! That is absolutely amazing to me, I never thought I would be able to pull it off, and it certainly hasn't been easy, but with perseverance and accountability I have made it to this point. Below is my side-by-side:

I have had a ton of NSVs as well. I started this wearing 60 inch pants and 5XL shirts. I now wear 42 inch pants and 2XL shirts. That's a freakin foot and half (18 inches) lost off my waist and 3 shirt size down. Everything has gotten much easier and I have been back in the gym for the last 10 months.

I have about 64lbs to lose to my first goal of 212lbs and about 86-76 to lose until I hit my final goal. I couldn't be happier with the progress to this point and I am optimistic for year 2. Thanks to you all for checking this out.

Holy smokes -- your progress is astounding! Good for you, brother -- you are AMAZING!

It's always great to see fellow people who started in the 400's have such great success. Way to go man you've saved your life. Best of luck on the rest of your journey.

Thank you, and thanks for checking it out.

Looking good brother! Kick year 2's ass just the same!

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