Wow! You look amazing, and like you've worked incredibly hard! I'd love arms like that!
thank you. i like your username btw haha. not to get too too personal i'll just say i got fed up with being so unhealthy and binge eating for about 2 yrs straight, learned about intermittent fasting and plant based diet (been about 1 month on wfpb diet) while working out 3x a week. my job is also physical so that helped me get back on the wagon again. (i left college early in 2014 and gained 100+ pounds all over again after losing it in high school)
I'm 5'7" with a goal of 150!!
You look hella good. Congrats! And those guns!
You are in incredible shape. Super inspirational! How did you do it?
You look great! Awesome job!
You look amazing! And the dress on the right is gorgeous!
Thanks!! It's from Rent the Runway - didn't want to buy any dresses until I lost all the weight (the "after" pic is about 5 pounds above my final weight.)
I was eating about 1,500 a day at the end with about 60 minutes a day of exercise. On days I wasn't as active, I ate 1,200. I was pretty motivated to be done losing weight. 😊
Calorie counting, lifting/CrossFit, and jogging. Lots of walks as well. Now I'm working on shifting into a more natural eating pattern in the hopes of regulating myself without obsessively counting for the rest of my life. So far, so good!
You look incredible. Nicely done!
Thanks so much! I don't think I've ever been more proud of an accomplishment.
That second part of your statement is what I am wondering about while I'm progressing. How to transition to being able to sustain and not rebound, but also freedom. Slowly but surely, I believe!
Wow, you look incredible! I think that haircut is absolutely perfect for you too
Oh hello Jennifer Lawrence
you are crushing it
Thank you for the amazing inspiration! I'm 5'2 at 145 down from 210 and can't wait to get to 130. Hope I look.as.gorgeous as you do!
At 21, I was 5 2" and 190lbs. I dropped down to 115 through weight watchers and cardio and looked super cute while dressed... but naked? I still looked skinny fat, flabby, and not at all the shapely bombshell I had anticipated. I hadn't lifted during the loss and I had no shape to cut down to- don't make the mistake that I did! A muscular me at 135lbs wears the same size as a skinnyfat me at 115, but I look so much more shapely and firm with the muscle mass. I don't want to tell you how to live your life, but based on my experience I really urge you to try some hypertrophy lifting and see what it can do without you having to cut more weight!
Woah, similar stats here! Also a PCOS'r. You look fantastic!! And you've given me hope that in due time, I'll finally get down to a healthy weight as well! Great work!
Thank you! I wanted to show that it is possible for women with PCOS to lose weight.
When I was diagnosed, I was prescribed Metformin and that helped me drop 40 pounds in a few months just from not overeating. Then I started to incorporate cardio workouts which helped me drop about 20 lbs more, but once I hit my first plateau I started counting calories which helped me lose the rest! I also started strength training two months ago to tone up the remaining "jiggly" areas like my stomach, thighs, and upper arms.
Wow you look stunning!
Thank you! After many successful, then unsuccessful tries to lose the weight (the older you get the harder it is. Truly. All the things I had done in the past to lose weight just stopped working), I opted for surgery. After a yr long weightloss management process I chose to get the VSG (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy).
There's a lot of stigma surrounding WLS, but it's truly only a tool to help with portion sizes. It's still up to me to eat all the right foods and work my ass off at the gym.
Best advice: Watch the portion sizes. Seriously, like, a fistful or two of food is plenty for a meal as long as you're getting the right food. High protein, workout like a beast (check out bodybuilding.com, download their app BodySpace, choose a routine and get to it), and drink lotsa water. In fact, don't drink anything BUT water; Do not drink your calories - unless it's a protein shake ;)
Good luck, and don't hesitate to PM me if you need any encouragement! You got this.
Wow! Amazing transformation.
We are nearly stat twins (at our original stats). How did you do it? Any advice? Your post is so motivational to me!
I'm pretty good with faces and have been on this sub for a while. This is the first time I'm completely unable to tell whether the person on the left is also the person on the right.
Also, nice eyes.
Nice eyebrow progress as well as the weight progress ;)
Wow super inspiring! I'm the same height and weigh right now as your starting weight but I started at 272 and I needed some more motivation today thank you and you look hot!
Thank you so much !! I did a lot of cardio initially (running, spin classes, high intensity interval training) and once I got a bit fitter I started adding resistance training and more weights !! In terms of eating, I track my calories using MyFitnessPal (an app) and east 1,200 calories per day. I eat oats for breakfast, vegetables and protein for lunch (tofu), and then usually soup or a salad for dinner! Snacks I eat nuts and fruit or yoghurt 😊 Mostly the key is portions and still remembering to treat yourself or else you binge and go backwards!!!
That's INCREDIBLE! Congratulations!!! Keep going girl 😘😘💪🏼💪🏼
You look incredible
Wow you look incredible!! You look so much happier too. Well done you, you must be so proud!
The pictures are 3 years apart but it's been roughly 2 years since my gf dragged me to a spin class and got me motivated.
Honestly, these are the standard faces for shitfaced drunk vs just won a medal.
How'd you know? I quit drinking somewhere in the interim, but I made sure to slam an NA beer and smoke a cig before I ran, Never forget your roots.
You've done something incredible. You should be very proud of yourself!
I train Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai 6 days a week and crossfit 6 days a week. I follow a modified paleo diet and intermittent fasting. Skin has been pretty resilient but stretch marks are there, as pictured. Thank you so much for the support!
Hot damn! What a great difference 22 months make!
You must feel like you are floating everywhere these days!
I really fell in love with fitness and wellness. That was the key for me.I've had my setbacks. It's not easy but it's always worth it. I love my life.
I wanted to add a little background, in hopes that it will reach someone lurking who wants to undergo weight loss transformation, but might be intimidated by the process. So get ready for a novel lol.
I had been a fat little kid most of my life. My mom loved feeding me, and I LOOOOVED food (okay, tbf I still do; especially buffets. Buffets are life). I started getting plumper around 5-6 years old, and by 10, I was sitting at around 140lbs. At 11, I was at 180lbs. I was always made fun of by boys in my class; they would call me all sorts of names, but it never brought me down. I always fought back.
My first diet was at 11 years old. Lol that didn't last.
It wasn't until I was 13 going on 14 that I took weight loss a little more seriously. I started doing 23/1 IF (please don't let your kid do this), and because that was automatic CICO, I lost weight. I don't know how much I weighed when I started, but it was probably around 220-250.
I moved to the US when I was 14 (smack dead in the middle of my weight loss progress) and lived with my grandparents whilst my parents tried to find work. Because there was just so much food readily available, I developed a really bad habit: I would eat all the foods, then purge it.
I was 14. That was the beginning of an extremely complicated relationship with food.
By high school, I weight around 150 (freshman year), and graduated around 180lbs. My binging and purging habits increased steadily over the years from once a day to multiple times a day. The most I did was probably 5 times in a day. When I was a freshman, I sought counseling for it, but I wasn't ready. I learned how to lie and hide the fact that I still binged and purged. It was terrible. After I ate, I literally felt the fat collecting in my midsection (it wasn't). Guilt-ridden, I'd go into the bathroom to purge. When I was 16, I started feeling chest pains, and would constantly have terrible dizzy spells whenever I'd get up. My bp was 90/50, but my doctor said that was super healthy.
Lol okay. I mean, it is...but not on someone who rarely drank water and binged and purged constantly.
It took 8 years before I was done binging and purging. I couldn't enjoy my life. Whenever I went to eat out with friends, I needed to get home to purge. It took over my life, and I was sick of it. And even then, I still relapsed years after. Even after I stopped the purging, I still binged. As the years progressed, my relationship with food became even worse. I kept seeing it as the enemy, but it tasted so. Damn. Good. I couldn't stay away.
I finally got my head out of my ass last October. I was pre-diabetic, my bp was creeping up, and I was suffering from weird gastrointestinal distress. Not to mention, my migraines progressively got worse as time went on.
Last October I was 31, living at home, with no job, I felt awful and hopeless, I hated myself and how I looked, and a bf who couldn't stop flirting with women online. Suffice it to say, I was not in the best place. So I decided I needed to get control of my life. I enrolled myself in school, and focused on what I could change:
As the weight fell off, I realized I could do anything I set my mind to. Now, I've lost close to 100lbs (11 to go!), I have a 3.9 GPA in college, my bf and I are working on our relationship, and I am in a much better place. I'm more forgiving of myself and I understand that food is not some enemy that's out to get me and make me fat. I am more than capable of change; it's just extremely frightening. But change is good!
I still have moments where I think about where I would be if I hadn't made changes that October. I would still be in a very dark place and think that life wasn't worth living. I've still got approximately 104lbs left to lose, but I know I'll get there. Hell, I thought getting to 200lbs (initial goal weight) was super daunting, but here I am, 19lbs away from it. You can do it! Don't lose hope. Trust the process, and love yourself. Like Maybelline said: "You're worth it."
ETA: I still love food. I love trying new foods and new flavor combinations. I FUCKING LOVE buffets haha! But I've learned to fit it in my daily/weekly calorie allotment. It allows me to enjoy flavors and tastes with my loved ones without stressing whether the food is going to go to my belly and arms haha.
Oh no, thank you for taking the time to read it. Our journey is hard and long and will take the rest of our lives, but it's worth every single pound and inch lost. Just to feel freedom from the prison that used to be our bodies...I can't even describe the elation I feel on a day-to-day basis. And it's always the little things, like being able to cross your legs while sitting, or being able to lay in a fetal position. Or walking a block without feeling winded.
It's those tiny but magnanimous NSVs that make this the best. 💖
I hope you enjoy every little bit of your journey, and not obsess over the little things. I know the end will taste even sweeter than any gummy candy ever created.
But for real...buffets are my weakness hahaha!
That is very inspirational, thank you for sharing. I am on my own journey and it really helps to know that there are others.
Wow! Great work! Keep it up!