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Thanks! I’m still hard at it...and a long way yet to go. But I WILL get there!
I believe it!
I got on the scale this morning and didn’t believe the reading. So I got off and back on again. Still the same. I then went to the scale in the other bathroom to double check. Yep, now at 242.0 lbs. Since it is only half way through the month, I have a real shot at being under 241 lbs by the end of the month! Still going!
Well, it is St. Patrick’s Day and as good a reason as any for a new photo of myself...wearing the green of course! It’s been 29 months and 73 lbs since I was this version of myself. Seems like light years ago...
Congrats my friend. Great accomplishment no doubt. And doing something that is so easy to get derailed. And, did it in a way where you were still enjoying beer and whatnot. More would be successful doing it your way.
With about a week to go in the month, I got on the scale today and saw the number 241 lbs for the first time. It was 241.8, but still...a good sign that I can hit 241.0 by the end of the month. Today is exactly 30 months from when I woke up one morning and decided to go down this path. What a difference 30 months makes, and I see it every time I look in the mirror. The image below is one month before I started and just yesterday. Comparison images like these continually re-inspire me to keep going!
Good for you Dave, keep on Trucking good buddy.
Congrats brother! I had a weight loss journey myself a few years back when I went into the military - was 320lbs on the nose at 25 years old. I'm obviously the heavy guy on the right - this was 2012 and 320lbs This was a year later in 2013 right before I joined the USAF - at 178lbs Went from a 44x32 relaxed fit to 32x32 and need to wear a belt to keep those up Not stealing your thread - just saying I know how much discipline it takes - Keep it up man
Wow @Ddaddy and @Rolling_Thunder you both look great.
Fat on the face makes you 'look' younger. Smoothes the wrinkles but not worth it of course. When I got sepsis, I swelled up to 260 lbs. Doctors rarely joke around, but the doc referred to me as the Michelin man. Guess he can get away with that remark since he saved my life. Then I dropped 60lbs quickly. I was 57 and looked about 72. I turned into an old man in a matter of weeks. People that visited me at the hospital would take a second look because they hardly recognized me.
Well, it’s the last weekend of the month and since my weight has been steady for the last 3 days at 240.8-241.2 lbs...I’m calling it as 241 lbs. I am now down 74 lbs. Now onto the next month so I can see numbers in the 230s! Woohoo!
Way to go, Dave. That is awesome. It'[s just too hard for me. Screw it. I'll just die early.
Thanks...but you can do it too! Start small and just reduce a few calories each day. Just take one less bite at every meal. You won’t notice it. Hell if you just cut out 2 saltine crackers worth every day you will lose 5 lbs every year. 10 years from now you will weigh 50 lbs less. One less bite at every meal and you can triple that. You just have to want to...and be persistent.
I hit a new milestone today. For the first time since 1996, I weigh under 240 lbs! I am now at 75 lbs lost!
AND you can see the numbers .. great job man I know how difficult it is .. I've battled it for last 30 years .. go get it ..
Last weigh-in Sunday if the month. It’s been a struggle this month with being isolated at home and not as active as I usually am. The weather being cooler than normal didn’t help either (along with a mild case of Covid-19). But, still not bad. My weight is now just under 239 lbs making it a total of 76 lbs lost. Still going...and looking forward to warmer weather ahead and increased activity. Maybe by the end of May, I will fit into those new pants hanging in my closet!
Great job! ,I know you will get into those pants! I thought I would have gained weight with the isolation and all, but for some strange reason I've lost 14 pounds in the last month and don't really know why, I've been less active and haven't changed my eating habits. I hope there's nothing wrong like diabetes setting in on me or something.
If I had to guess, you have probably lost some muscle weight along with a fair bit of water weight. It happens. By the end of next month you will know for sure. I won’t be at all surprised if you gain half of it back...or more. Still, if weight loss is a goal, then build on it and turn it into a positive beginning!
The muscle loss is the bad part. Finally broke 200(198) But I can see an older mans bicep, the skin being "not as tight." 39 pounds leaving your frame will do it.
I completely understand loose skin...try seeing what you look like after losing 76 lbs! Honestly though, my weight loss has been slow enough that the loose skin isn’t as bad as I thought it might be. Most of what is loose still has a substantial layer of fat under it making it sag. In places like my neck, forearms and lower legs it has been tightening up quite well and is pretty much like I had never had the extra weight at all. Like everything else on this journey, shrinking the skin is just a matter of time and perseverance. I figured by now that my belly skin would be hanging at my knees...but it isn’t. It is still loose and sagging, but it is tightening up as I go and is now a good 8” above where it was before I started.
The best part was buying new clothes.
Still is! Looking forward to replacing my entire wardrobe at least 3 more times by the time I reach my target! The one I look forward to most is buying a new business suit. I shrunk out of all that I had and won’t buy a new one until I know it will last me a good long time. It was painful disposing of over $3k in suits I bought over the years and only wore a few times. But at least I donated them for others to have.
I found a good home for lots of lightly used clothing at my church.
Well, today was the first day of the season nice enough to wear a t-shirt while working in the yard. My wife took a pic of me so I could compare to the same time last year. This was last year after having lost 43 lbs. This was today after now having lost 76 lbs. I am still carving myself out of the fat suit I spent decades building. I’m not out of it yet, but I am getting closer!
And just because... Tonight’s dinner in progress. Pulled boneless-skinless pan seared teriyaki chicken thighs, mushrooms and chopped spinach in an Alfredo sauce. Served over Hawaiian style sticky rice. Only 650 calories per serving and oh so good. Keeps the tummy happy all night long. Eating well and losing weight are NOT mutually incompatible!