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:
-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.
-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:
notice how I'm profusely sweating
This was me on TV, I couldnt believe it was me and part of what made me want to change
Kind of a body shot but good reference for later
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:
Front/side View from today:
Picture from today!
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.
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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!
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, 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.
Thanks for all you do to help all of us.
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 .
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!
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