How did you lose weight and get fit? Feel free to post before & after pictures!!!
I owned a 1/4 ton pick up truck. One day i realized 500 pounds was a quarter ton, and i weighed 440. I was about to exceed the weight limit of my truck. I lost 150 pounds in 3 years. I stopped watching TV. Mainly commercisls. Media. Advertising. No more eating out. No fast food. No dish washers. Anywhere i went locally, i walked, or biked. More trips to grocery store yo buy less. It's a long story. I have 100 pounds to go. I do eat out on ocassion. I calorie count. Lots of factors.
About 10 years ago I was 25 lbs. heavier than I am now. When I was at the store buying my first pair of size 34 pants, I realized I was just going to keep getting bigger if I didn’t start doing something about it. I gave up cookies, cereal, and bread and got a little trampoline (rebounder). I joined a gym for a while. It was a kick when I was able to fit into my 32s again. Exercise doesn’t come naturally to me. I don’t like exercising, but I’ve been doing it regularly for several years.
I don’t have any before and after photos, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
It was unintentional, but it was a journey, as I went to Guineau in West Africa for five weeks. The food was wholesome and nutritious. But, it had virtually no fat and no sugar. I only drank water and the occasional coffee while I was there. I came home 20 lbs lighter!
I just returned from 2.5 weeks watching my 2 grandsons in another state. I was surprised to find that I lost 7 pounds during that trip. Besides the extra activity of doing 3 times as much laundry and dishes as I usually do, and being dead tired by the end of the day from interacting with the little ones, the only other difference was that I didn't have my usual beer with dinner.
So, now that I'm home, I'm going to see if I can keep the 7 pounds off by cutting out that dinner time beer and ramping up my exercise routine, by adding a little more swimming. I plan to swim 30 minutes, bike 75 minutes, and walk anywhere else I need to go for a while. My car is in the shop, so that helps me keep to the walking part.
A combination of weightlifting and cardio (mostly weightlifting) with a focus on progressing. Minimal supplements, creatine and 1-2 scoop of protein powder per day (only to make sure I hit my protein goal, about 0.8-0.9g per pound of body weight). I tracked all my nutrition with MyFitnessPal, and after losing some initial fat I upped my calories to support my muscle retention (I always stayed in a calorie deficit to promote fat loss).
I could go into more detail but that is it in a nutshell. If you want to see my progress in this journey check out my instagram page:
I was an obese kid. I would eat all the food left on my family's plates before washing the dishes. And my father enjoyed having an eating partner. My first job was as a baby sitter which was during the summer after 8th grade. I didn't understand the foods that the mother had prepared for me to give her children. All I knew was my family's foods(my ethnic foods). So I skipped eating at work, which was the elimination of dinner for me. Even at the age of 14, I felt very guilty feeding her kids what I knew was goy crap. So just in time for high school, I had a slammin' body. I had lost ALL my fat and three chins. Back then girls could not wear pants to school. I made my clothes and loved that I had shrunk/shrank(sp?) my stomach's capacity. Since then, I have lived on natural foods only..nothing processed. So 50 years later, I still weigh what I weighed then. That is to say: I had stopped living to eat. ps. I would like to see a trend eliminating cake as the food to celebrate occasions .
Yes, i had to cut down on the things i was originally eating due to IB problems. At the time i was eighteen stone and since then without even realising i shot from eighteen to sixteen in a month and a half. Now I'm going to begin very soon losing the rest at the gym.
Tips: This worked for me anyway, i stuck to a strict three meal a day routine which is still going on now. If anything i'd say its just a case of changing my foods and maybe portion sizing a bit more
The most difficult, but profound thing I did was change from feeling uncomfortable when not full (of food), to feeling uncomfortable feeling full, and comfortable feeling empty. And while feeling empty and thinking I was hungry, knowing it was then I was loosing weight. Then only eat very small amounts. Like a mouthful. We eat way too much. In a way we waste food by eating too much.
I signed up for a 5k. I was slow and puked at the end but signed up for a second one. Then, a buddy talked me into running a half marathon. Then, the same buddy talked me into running a full marathon. This was within a 3 year period but I lost 50+ lbs training for them. My marathon days are over but I still enjoy running 5ks and half marathons.
I'm down 73# in 3-years by removing red meats and processed foods from my diet. That pretty much includes 95% of what most (fat) people eat. I eat chicken breast, wild-caught salmon, fat-free dairy, egg-whites, farm-fresh fruits and veggies, minimal nuts and grains and drink only tea and coffee with stevia, or water. But I can eat pretty much all I want on this list and still lose weight. I've never been hungry. Still losing. 10-15# to go to get to a BMI of 23-24. This was so easy!
I went on many journeys through the years. I was super fit a few years ago when i was still teaching martial arts. Since then I do a lot less but i like to stay healthy - i just don't work myself to death like I did for my Black Belts.
I did go on a small journey last year and lost 10kg through just exercise, healthy eating and good sleep habits. It can be done
I lost ten pounds over the winter. I quit drinking alcohol, I avoid soft drinks, I stick to coffee, tea, and water, my diet revolves around rice and potatoes (made various ways) with a source of protein, fruits, and veggies. I rarely eat a traditional breakfast. I tend to wait until about 3pm or so to eat anything--though I do work nights--and I have a meal once I get home from work. Grain of salt, I have an outdoor job that requires a lot of physical labor. Also, I wasn't really trying to lose weight, it was just a variety of things that lead to this way. Also, cigarettes remain a pleasure as well as a vice, and I suppose there's nothing apologetic I can say about that, so no doubt that helps me delay feeling the need for food till later in the day.