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One year! Fit-aversary!

Hello fellow slow-carbers!

It is official! I have completed one year on SCD! boy what changes I've gone through! 2012 was one of the roughest years I've had and somewhere along the month of May I hit rock-bottom. I took a trip and felt horrendous and embarrassed that I could barely walk through an airport. I felt terrible when I could barely fit into a plane seat. The worst embarrassment was during my two flights in that trip when two different people asked to be moved because they were uncomfortable next to me because of my weight. I couldn't hold it and wept on a plane. I had read the 4HB before and I made the decision that changes would start then. When I got home I spent a few days re-reading the book and getting ready. June 4th my journey began! First few days were rough but I learned to adapt and at times tough it out. Many times I found solace in these forums. You all have been an incredibly comforting family. I've spent countless hours doing research, reading this forum, sharing experiences, and now I can share with you a year of success and many new-found joys.

Let's get to some numbers first should we?

Total Changes since starting 6/4/2012

Total Lbs lost: 104.2 Currently at 187.6! One-derland and the lowest I have been since early high school

Fat Lbs lost: 87.98(hooray for body fat monitoring!)

Body fat % lost: 23.9% (at 17.5% currently!)

Inches lost off my chest: 11"

Inches lost off my stomach: 15.85" (this to me is the most mind-blowing stat overall!)

Pant size: gone from barely closing a 42" to 34"

Other changes? COUNTLESS. Here are just a few great side effects:

-Less Headaches

-Allergies reduced. I used to have a lot of allergy problems, since starting on SCD, incidences have dropped dramatically. I see no real reason why this is happening but it is a NOTICEABLE difference

-Comfortably walking around

-More clothing choices

-Not worrying about fitting in a seat

-Definitely a big difference in how people treat me in the street. It is a little sad that this happens but it is true. People are much nicer and kinder.

-More energy

-Better sleep

-Fitting into old clothes! and not worrying if something fits

-I can walk around without profusely sweating.

-Tons more confidence

What is next for me? not many changes. This is my lifestyle now and I'm gonna keep going. I've taken this week off from work and giving myself a vacation to enjoy and relax and spend time with family and friends. I still have some weight to lose and tons of saggy skin to pull back but that will come with time. So, now on to some pictures! sorry some of these are repeats from previous posts.

This was me the weekend before I started:

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This was me on TV, I couldnt believe it was me and part of what made me want to change

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Kind of a body shot but good reference for later

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My license had been rejected 4 times already! people saying I don't look like the person on my license so I had to get a new one. Got a picture of my old and new:

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Front/side View from today:

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Picture from today!

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Again, gigantic super duper awesome thanks to all of you. You've all been my rock and I could not have done this at all without your help. Cheers with all of you and continued success to us all.

My biggest pieces of advice if you are doing this:

1. Stick with it. It takes time. There is no magic pill. Just stay disciplined and work through all your stalls

2. Stay informed. Read, study, share, ask questions, answer questions. Share your stories. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. We are all here for you

3. Communicate with your friends and family. If people really care for you, they will support you. Let them know you are doing this to make your life and health better.

4. Keep track of everything. I keep spreadsheets with every type of information I can think of. Even on weeks where I think I'm not making progress certain small things will change. It will help keep you motivated. It will also be helpful in noticing trends or things which might be slowing you down.

5. Stick to certain foods if you like them and make sure you eat enough

6. Be prepared and have backup plans. I'm in IT and I carry a backpack with tools. I also carry tins of tuna/sardines, hot sauce and water bottles. You never know when you'll need a healthy meal or you might be trapped with less healthy options

That is it for this post! Love you all, and lets enjoy our lives, we are all better every day and every week for doing this.

Allons-y!

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A HUGE CONGRATS! Thanks also for sharing your story. It's very encouraging and heartwarming. You welcomed me on the forum less than 2 months ago and it has led me to following your informative posts. Not only have you found a way to love yourself better, treat yourself better, but you've been courageous enough to share the love by helping others. Keep on doing what you're doing!

  • Juan Pinillos commented Jun 5th 2013:

    thank you man, I hope I can be as helpful to you as others have been to me on my journey

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YOU RULE!!!!! You are an inspiration!!!!!

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YAY! HAPPY ONE YEAR FITVERSARY TO YOU, Juan!

I have several "fit-versaries" But the first one is the 4/18/11 one :) My next AND most important one is my maintenance fitversary. :) That's on 9/1/13 :)

Here is to many more years of the SCD lifestyle! Keep it up!

  • Nancy Howat commented Jun 7th 2013:

    You have done amazingly well - congratulations!

    I see your comments above about the allergies - I've noticed the same thing this year with my hayfever, along with the news saying that this is predicted to be a really bad year for it in the UK. Can't say I'm complaining though as antihistamines send me to sleep. I've seen a few articles linking the paleo diet to improvement in allergies and as the SCD is a fairly close cousin of paleo it is probably the same thing going on. It is interesting though.

  • Gretchen Linden commented Jun 7th 2013:

    I have to chime in on the allergies topic -- I am CERTAIN it's because of the (mostly) absence of processed foods that contain wheat (or any regular white flour). See Wheat Belly by Dr Wm Davis. EYE-OPENING and all true! My body has changed immensely from giving up this awful stuff that can cause a host of problems depending on what one's history/physical "predispostion" might be...asthma, allergies, IBS, weight gain of course, cravings, even ADHD and other cognitive challenges. I have RA and used to use a cane -- for 2 years! After about 3-4 months on SCD, I could ditch the cane. WHAT?! YES. Who would've thought??! But it's so very true.

    :-D

  • Gretchen Linden commented Jun 7th 2013:

    I even tested the bread / flour thing one cheat day....see my story here.....http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2011/12/gretchens-cheat-day/

  • Juan Pinillos commented Jun 8th 2013:

    Gretchen, I have to agree. Looking back on it, my post cheat days are usually days where I find myself with seasonal allergy problems. This week I went into maintenance mode as a treat (going back today to SCD) and guess what? allergies are full-on back the way they were before SCD. This is all the proof I need. Wheat creates allergy problems in me :/

  • Laura Nelson commented Jun 11th 2013:

    My husband has really bad acid reflux when he eats wheat. When he stopped he could go without meds until he ate something that had wheat in it. It is kind of scary to me.

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Sweet jebus man, this is fantastic! I am *exactly* where you started, and this is giving me great hope (I used to be 380, but dropped 150 pounds thanks to gastric bypass and then slowly crept back up to 285). I keep going back and forth on this diet, but it's been the only thing that consistently helps me lose weight. This is exactly the type of thing that's motivating to myself to keep the eff going! Thank you :)

  • Juan Pinillos commented Jun 8th 2013:

    Hey Gary, when I started losing 100lbs seemed impossible. All I wanted was 20lbs. Then I dropped those and moved my goals, and I'm still moving them now. You can stick to it if you want to. You just have to be honest with yourself and with what you want. You have to accept this not as a diet but as a life style change. Sounds cliche but it is the only mentality which will help you stick to it

  • Brenda 7 commented Jun 9th 2013:

    so true Juan!!

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I'm one week in and hopefully starting the same journey, I'm only 10 pounds heavier than you were when you started so yours is a great story to read and a great reference point for me. Awesome work, I hope I can post something similar a year from today!

  • Juan Pinillos commented Jun 8th 2013:

    Joel! welcome to the lifestyle man. Take it one week at a time. A lot of weight seems like an insurmountable thing but it is doable. Work through it week by week, you will have hard weeks, you will have cravings, you will struggle at certain situations, you will stall, but just STICK with it. One year and weight dropping is only one of the benefits of this diet. My life has completely changed.

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Juan, not only are you an inspiration for us all, but you have so much positive charisma, that is impossible to not follow you. :)

Also got to tell you, your jeans are looking baggy, so if those are a 34", you may want to double check, because I think you need a smaller size. :D

Thanks for all you do to help all of us.

  • Juan Pinillos commented Jun 11th 2013:

    thank you! haha those are actually a 36" relaxed fit so they look super baggy now, I do need new ones so I'll go shopping soon

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Incredible man! so inspiring. You've done great!

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Great post, thanks for sharing your experiences and the HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! :D

This is very motivating to read :)

You really look very different in the before and after pictures!

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THANK YOU SO MUCH for this post. I don't know you, but just looking at the pictures I feel so proud of how far you have come. I am in my 6th week, and I was starting to feel a bit discouraged. It's no longer "new" and I'm in a plateau. I even had a small bit of non-compliance last night due to not eating enough. Reading this really re-inspires me to keep going and to remember all the non-fat-related benefits that we all get from living and eating this way. You are a very handsome dude. Kudos on all your success! Keep living the SC life :-).

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I needed this today, Juan. Thank you for being an inspiration!

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“Definitely a big difference in how people treat me in the street. It is a little sad that this happens but it is true. People are much nicer and kinder.

And all the girls around you changed from “hi sweet pumpkin ” to ” “heellllllllloooo hottie” heee hee Am i right?


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Awesome Juan! I would love to have an SCD convention somewhere and meet all the nice folks on here. By far the most helpful and friendly group of internet folks I have had the pleasure of being a part of.

  • Juan Pinillos commented Jun 6th 2013:

    Thank you Tom! I agree, it would be fantastic to have a convention to have people share stories, tips, recipes, all the good stuff!

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Congrats Juan! You are always so encouraging to everyone - your positivity is appreciated and it is definitely paying off in your results.

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congratulations Juan!

you're a big inspiration to me :)

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Fantastic! You are the man.

B-)

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Happy Fit-aversary! You look amazing! (and may need a smaller size in jeans) Such an inspiration!!!

  • Juan Pinillos commented Jun 5th 2013:

    haha I do! those are 36, my waist is still much bigger than my legs are so it leads to awkward pant fits

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I'm bummed I put a post on here first thing this morning and it's not showing up. Anywho, congrats on your one year versary!! Juan, you are a STAR! You are my hero on here too!!

My other post suggested you can now buy you some new levis and show off your new BOD!!!!

hehe........

  • Juan Pinillos commented Jun 5th 2013:

    Haha! I do need new jeans, I bought those not too long ago and they're already a bit big. Need new clothes yet again and I won't complain. Thank you for everything, you've always been such a great help

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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! :D

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Congrats, Juan!!! So happy for you! You have worked so hard and it shows. I hope that today is a treat day so that you could have some cake and bubbly to celebrate. What a difference SCD has made for you and what a difference you have made for us here on this forum. Thank you for all of your support. As luck would have it, you posted this type of update last month when I first joined and it motivated me so much. I said, "if he could do it, so can I." I have lost 16 lbs and still going. Continued success! :-D :D :-D

  • Juan Pinillos commented Jun 5th 2013:

    Congrats Merri! keep on going. Your life will get better each week, you're on the way to success!

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Congrats man! This is HUGE! Looks like you're a real master of your life! :)

  • Juan Pinillos commented Jun 5th 2013:

    that is a big part of it. For me it was more about taking control of what was going on in my life. That is what made all the difference

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Out fucking standing!

I am proud for you and of you!

My own 1 year journey is on the 9th of June.

  • Juan Pinillos commented Jun 5th 2013:

    Saberhack! congrats on nearing that 1 year mark! wish you continued success

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Outstanding my friend and thank you for sharing!!

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I don't know you but I am proud of you. You are a inspiring me- like with many others.

By the way, get yourself a new jean.This one looks pretty big. I think it is time for skinny jeans for you.

  • Juan Pinillos commented Jun 5th 2013:

    haha that seems to be the number one comment, I do need new jeans. thank you for everything

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Congrats man! you are a GREAT inspiration. I just started again and this time I have no plans of quitting! :D


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