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70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 12:42 am

Well, I finally reached my appropriate weight. I guess this is self-gloss, but damn, I've been working my butt off to lose the weight. I was put on some meds that made me gain weight, I'm still on them, but nothing beats hard exercise and eating healthy. I started on the Atkins diet, but quit after a short time because I couldn't stand just eating greasy meat, cheese, and eggs. Then I started South Beach, which was better, but not great. So I started working out every other day and eating VERY healthy, low-fat foods.


Here's me a year and a half ago at 250 pounds:



And here's me today at 180 pounds:



I feel like a million dollars, though I need to do a little more toning in the gym. But god, you don't realize how big you were until you lose the weight.

Anyway, thought some of you might get a laugh at this.

UAL
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 12:44 am

Quoting Ual747 (Thread starter):
I guess this is self-gloss, but damn, I've been working my butt off to lose the weight

Phil - could you point to a post of yours that WASN'T self-gloss?  box .

Congratulations nonetheless. I've been working on getting rid of a few myself.

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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 12:48 am

You look great UAL747, keep up the good work  Smile

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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 12:49 am

Quoting Ual747 (Thread starter):
I was put on some meds that made me gain weight, I'm still on them, but nothing beats hard exercise and eating healthy.

Can you say which meds?
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 1:07 am

Well done dude! You have a lot to be proud of.
 
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 1:09 am

Wow! The difference is amazing. Good job Phil!  thumbsup 
 
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 1:15 am

Congratulations !

I had no idea you were ever fat !
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 1:16 am

Hey that is GREAT and self gloss away after something like this/that......
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:45 am

Quoting Diamond (Reply 3):
Can you say which meds?

Seroquel 400mg @ night. Stuff makes you hungry and eat like crazy. Still take it, but don't let myself eat afterward. It's waaaay hard not to, but I do.

UAL

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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:51 am

That's great. I've found that drinking lots of water helps too. Actually getting the recommended 8 glasses a day takes up a lot of room in your stomach.
 
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:52 am

Looks good.  bigthumbsup 
Congrats.
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 3:43 am

Congratulations, you look great biggrin 

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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 4:05 am

Quoting Ual747 (Thread starter):
Anyway, thought some of you might get a laugh at this.

First off, I don't laugh at anybody.

Second: Who could think about laughing at the second pic  eyepopping 

Congratulations Big grin

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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 4:15 am

If you feel better about yourself, then thats all that matters.

My weight fluctuates by about 45 lbs (between 180-225lbs) during different times of the year - my partner can't stand it when I'm skinny though  Smile
 
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 4:18 am

Well done! You look fabulous and should definitely be congratulated. I had a similar (though not so significant) weight loss myself of about 55lb. In the end all I found worked for me was controlling my calorie intake and exercising on a regular basis. My weight was an emotional rather than physical facet and I just had to deal with it as such.


At around 200lbs - Sorry about the size (of the picture) Wink


( - not the best!)

Now around 145lbs

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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 4:42 am

You look like you have a Billy Idol/Billy Joe Armstrong thing going.  Wink

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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 4:59 am

Nice job, UAL747. Give KROC some pointers.
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 5:26 am

UAL747,

It's encouraging to see your commitment and success. I know you are feeling great about yourself. Hold onto that and keep going!

The self-gloss is fine - you worked hard and I think it's perfectly fine that you are sharing it.


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Mon Sep 12, 2005 7:40 am

Speechless!!I'm on diet right know, gotta loose 30 pounds, and it's hell hard.Thanks for the motivation!!!  Smile


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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 7:50 am

Good job Phil!

You look great Big grin

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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 7:55 am

Self gloss all you wish - what an outstanding effort!

Well done.

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Mon Sep 12, 2005 1:00 pm

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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 1:06 pm

Congrats!!! Looks like you really worked hard for that! Keep up the great work!!
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 1:17 pm

COngrats man.. I need to lose weight as well, it's really tough..

This self-gloss was well worth it, for sure  Smile

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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 1:30 pm

Congrats, UAL747.

Now the trick is KEEPING the weight off!

Being overweight is one of the worst things in the world. Now you look great, feel great, and (hopefully) act great! Do not ever let your body get like that again.
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 1:44 pm

It seemed to me, the first 3 months were hell. I had to cut WAAAY back on portion size and count my carb intake, as well as get my ass motivated to go to the gym, now I just want to bulk up with some muscle and I will be a changed person. I can't believe that fat pic is really me!

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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:42 pm

UAL747,

You have given me the boost I need to start losing weight. After a weekend of flying, I really want to work as cabin crew, and desperately need to loose so much weight before they'll even consider me. You look fantastic, i just hope I look as half as good when I'm a decent size, then I can self-gloss too  Silly Well done  bigthumbsup 
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 3:39 pm

Thanks for sharing! Congrats on your achievement.

Quoting AR1300 (Reply 18):
Speechless!!I'm on diet right know, gotta loose 30 pounds, and it's hell hard.Thanks for the motivation!!!

Also on diet, also 25-30 pounds. F*cking hard!

RM  Smile
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 4:01 pm

Holy crap, thats a massive difference. Well done. I'm now doing what you have done, but in a different way...getting fit, on weekdays running upto twice a day and weekends once a day.
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 4:09 pm

It's good to see that someone actually started Atkins and began to see the light for himself.

Trust me: Exercising AND lowfat is the way to go...and NOT a glossy diet by some even glossier Hollywood doctor!!

Congrats!

Now for the second after-pic Big grin Big grin Big grin...ahem...ok...you shouldn't TRY THAT hard to look cool...it gets better after a while  Wink Big grin
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Mon Sep 12, 2005 7:11 pm

Quoting LHMark (Reply 16):
Nice job, UAL747. Give KROC some pointers.

I bet Ual didn't need some guy to tell him how to ride a stationary bike...then gain weight while doing it...like some Crapchestarian (not me) who goes to the 'Y' for such expert advice.
 
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Tue Sep 13, 2005 7:01 am

Quoting KROC (Reply 30):
like some Crapchestarian (not me) who goes to the 'Y' for such expert advice.

Thats not all you go to the Y for.  stirthepot 
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Tue Sep 13, 2005 12:16 pm

Umm... a friend of mine told me he lost around 100 pounds .. I did not meet him when he weighed 100 pounds more -- I do not think he would have showed me his "before/after pics" - it is my bet that he destroyed all of his old pictures. I think he just stop excessive eating, work harder, and so on.. Anyway, he tells (and is still telling) everyone proudly of his weigh loss accomplishment. I am sure some people would copy his idea.
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Tue Sep 13, 2005 1:42 pm



You look like a Vampire here... LOL!! Congrats on the weightloss... when I first moved to Kenosha, I dropped 20 pounds but that was because I was barely eating.
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Wed Sep 14, 2005 1:04 am

congratulations!

losing weight is really hard.
i can't stand looking at pictures of myself when i was bigger. it just makes me sick to think that i let myself get so big.

last september: 230lbs

this september: 195lbs


my ultimate goal is like UAL 747...to be at 180. i think with some more hard work that i can ultimately achieve it, but as of lately the weight hasn't been coming off, but i realize that's because i am building muscle tone. anyways, hitting the gym almost everyday and changing my eating habits has definately helped.

so anyways UAL 747 .... again, congratulations ... 70lbs is a huge achievement!


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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Wed Sep 14, 2005 1:20 am

Congratulations UAL747 - I am really jealous. My weight goes up and down like a yo-yo. I far too overweight now, and looking at your pictures before and after has finally given me some inspiration to loose weight fast, so could you please, please give some pointers?

Many thanks.
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Wed Sep 14, 2005 1:27 am

Wow... 70lbs is such an impressive achievement! I admire your will power - I know I should lose some weight myself, but haven't done so because of "tomorrowitis" (I'll do exercise tomorrow, I'll start on a diet tomorrow, I'll eat less junk food tomorrow...)

BTW, nice pics  bigthumbsup 
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Wed Sep 14, 2005 6:34 am

Congrats to your achievement, but I have to second Andreas: The sole attempt to look cool ruins it all. That goes for everyone who tries to look like a new U2 band member.

I never was overweight but I notice that - being well above 30 (next month I will be 38 *sigh*) now - it is somewhat more complicated to stay in good shape. When I was a teen or twen, I could eat whatever crossed my way without gaining weight. Healthy food (not only low fat) and exercising helps.
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Wed Sep 14, 2005 10:37 am

Quoting BCAL (Reply 35):
Congratulations UAL747 - I am really jealous. My weight goes up and down like a yo-yo. I far too overweight now, and looking at your pictures before and after has finally given me some inspiration to loose weight fast, so could you please, please give some pointers?

Well, at first you try EVERTHING you've heard of for a quick fix. It doesn't happen that way. You can vomit, take laxitives, do all the fad diets that you want, and yes, initially it may make you lose some weight, but in all reality, it does nothing for you but make you more unhealthy.

Now one thing that most of you will bash me for is the fact that I DO take Xantrex-3, which is an over the counter dietary supplement for increased energy and motabolism. But I have to be careful with it, because even though there's no ephedra, (which is back on the market BTW), there are massive amounts of caffine in each pill. The recommended dosage is 2 pills 3 times a day with food. I can in NO WAY take 6 pills of that stuff, I usually take one in the morning, and at times, one at noon. Anything after that, and I become a nervous wreck. Some people can take massive amounts of caffine, but I can't, which is a good thing because those pills are EXPENSIVE!

Anyway, back to the weightloss and what I found out. The first 3 months are horrid. You still crave to over-eat, and you're pissed because you aren't losing weight very fast, but if you get into a good exercise routine, that's when you REALLY start to notice a difference. But my advice is, don't go to the gym and run on a treadmill for 45 min. It's boring, and everyone hates it. Do an activity or sport that you love doing, and something that keeps your mind active, that way you don't start getting that "I can't take this anymore" mentality that you so often get on a treadmill.

You also HAVE to revolutionize your eating habits. Think healthy foods, and you will have healthy reactions going on in your body. When I was around 200 pounds, more than halfway through my weightloss, I was frustrated because I couldn't lose the weight as fast. My doctor said, "Buddy, diet ain't gonna do it anymore." So I had to start busting my ass more working out. and I lost another 20 pounds, where I am at 180 at the moment. According to doctors diagrams, I should typically weigh between 170-177lbs, so I'm really working on it. But then again, you have to take in account that weight numbers are liars. Because with increased exercise, you have increased muscle mass, even though you may not see it, and muscle weighs more than fat.

Anyway, in talking with Diamond, he also said protein and fiber are really important for me at the weigh that I am, and what I'm trying to do with my body. For men he says, you have to lose all the fat, then try and gain lean muscle. For women, it's increase muscle and decrease weight at the same time. But basically for us men, we have to lose the fat, THEN put on the muscle. But there are different variations to weightloss/muscle gain theories.

And good new for us men. We can lose weight so much faster than women. We see results much faster. I'm not sure as to why that is, but we do. But, my weight also fluctuates during the day about 5 pounds higher and lower. I just bought really nice scale and have noticed this. So don't be frustrated if you weigh 5 higher on Monday, and wake up on Tuesday weighing 5 pounds less.

As far as the emotional side and stamina goes, it's hard at first, and gradually increases. There is a lot of intimidation for people who are overweight to go into a gym and get straight to work. They feel they have to OVERdo it to stay on par with people who have been doing it for years, and there are body image issues that one has to get over. Hell, 70 pounds lighter and I'm still uber concerned about what I look like. But, that's evening out. Secondly, I find that if you find a really good/nice trainer, they try to take that fear and shyness out of you because they understand, or should understand, and they should not be intimidating, but encouraging. As for getting or not getting a trainer, for my personal self, in order to get motivated and stay rigorous, I needed to get one. But don't have one currently, though I'm ready to start beefing up some muscle and may get one to get me motivated and guide me through what I need to do.

But let me tell you this, you can't imagine what losing weight does for your self-confidence. AA777 can atest to this when I say, I was seriously contemplating a while back on having liposuction around my love handle/stomach area, but no longer feel that way. I can walk into a room now and be noticed. More and more men are winking at me at the bars, giving me a pat on the ass, or just coming out and saying, damn you look good! It has really changed my personality from being dark and introverted, to more and more extroverted and happy.

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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Wed Sep 14, 2005 10:54 am

What is your typical work out routine??
 
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Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:20 am

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 38):
Anyway, in talking with Diamond, he also said protein and fiber are really important for me at the weigh that I am, and what I'm trying to do with my body. For men he says, you have to lose all the fat, then try and gain lean muscle. For women, it's increase muscle and decrease weight at the same time. But basically for us men, we have to lose the fat, THEN put on the muscle. But there are different variations to weightloss/muscle gain theories.

Actually what I meant to convey was this: With men, getting a 'cut' look is all about how much fat you remove from your body. With women, the object is to be more selective in removing fat so that certain curves remain and the lines of the body flow in a way that makes sense.

There are some really muscular guys out there that have 15-20% body fat, and they look soft because their strong mass is covered in lard.
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Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:24 am

I ride horses, and I lift weights......45 min on an American Saddlebred SHOW HORSE, gives me a great cardio work out, as well as isometric exercise, much like that of gymnastics. I ride english style, and it's like a ballet between the horse and rider, but it uses great strength of the rider to make the horse perform. Most people say when I tell them this is part of my exercise routine, "All you do is sit on top of the horse!" WRONG! I come off that horse drenched in sweat, breathing like I was gasping for my last breath. This isn't your typical mountain nose to ass trail riding. These are high performance horses, and they require high performance riders. I started back riding at the end of May this year. My first lesson lasted for like 30 min, and I felt like I was going to die. But the thing is, I love it. You have to stay mentally in tune with EVERYTHING in order for the horse to have the correct position, and make the horse use every bit of its athleticism.

I also lift weights, mainl focusing on my upper body, my legs are pretty rock solid at the moment, Not really muscular, but solid, no fat. I don't want to be buff, I want to be lean, but sometimes that takes weights to do that as well. But the thing is with any kind of resistance traning, you can't just focus on one area of muscle without working the opposing force muscle. There has to be a balance, otherwise you will be disproportional in some sense. Some of the more athletic people on the site might be able to go into more detail, but that is my routine.

Secondly, I only eat from what is "of the earth." If that makes any sense. The thing is, raw vegetables, fruits, lean meats, etc., are good for your body. For centuries humans existed on these fresh items. But today, so many chemicals are added to "fast food" (Restaurants, Drive Throughs, you name it), and so much grease and saturated fats and sugars are in these foods, it's just so unhealthy. Also, if you are a regular drinker, (okay, I have to admit, I did a little more than my fair share of drinking this week), there's nothing more in my view that can be damaging your body. First of all, it's pure sugar, and secondly, it slows your metabolism approx. 30%. Watch your carb intake as well. But in my opinion there are "healthy carbs" and "unhealthy carbs." Healthy ones are found in ffruits and vegetabls, nuts, etc., unhealthy would be things like you'd find in a chocolate chip cookie, or some fries at McDonald's.

Also, cut way down on your portion size. (They say portion sizes should be about the size of your clench fist). At first it is hard, because your stomach is stretched out from over eating, but eventually it starts to shrink and you feel less and less hungry, or rather, it takes a lesser amount of ffood to make you feel full.

Also, eat small HEALTHY snacks several times during the day. Don't pop open a bag of Doritos. And drinking LOTS of water is important. Cut out the Coke, Diet Coke, etc., I never drink anything but water and fruit/vegetable juice.

And one thing, I ALWAYS allow one evening and morning to eat and drink whatever I want. It's my treat at the end of the week on Friday night to have a nice but sensible dinner, and go out drinking and clubbing, and be able the next morning to have some good hangover food. Then when that day is over, it's back to being strictly on my diet.

And basically, this all boils to determination. I'm telling you, you always want to quit during the first 3 months, but when you get to the point where you look in the mirror and say, damn, I'm losing weight, you get more motivated and work harder, it's like a snowball effect.

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Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:25 am

You do look really good in those pics. Congratulations.  thumbsup 
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RE: 70 Pounds Later: My Weightloss (Before/After Pics)

Wed Sep 14, 2005 11:29 am

Good job Phil, I am doing the opposite to you though, I am trying to bulk up and gain muscle mass, 198 and going to 215 and I am 5' 10".
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