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Since January 5th, I have been using Myfitnesspal to attempt losing weight. It amazes me how many calories somethings have like frozen pizza... one Totino's pizza has almost 700 calories!!! I could down one of them with a deep breath.

Well, I am happy as hell to report... I have lost 10 pounds since!! :D :thumbsup:

I am down to 210 from my high of 220. I still have my gigantic belly (my dads side of the family only gains weight in the stomach, not anywhere else). But, there is 10 pounds less of it! 8)


Anyone else dieting or trying to lose weight? How are your diets going?

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I realized after 8 months of heavy heavy drinking, I had ballooned from 180 to 220. I realized this in November, and by doing nothing but changing my diet I've dropped 15 pounds. I plan on working out soon, but I had a roommate in the room that had my workout stuff before, and now I'm about to move. I'll have a workout room for 4 months until my baby steals it for a nursery, so it's time to hit it hard I suppose! :)


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Congratulations!

I actually used to weigh 660lbs. I have lost 300lbs since about 2008. Though I've just recently really started upping my exercise regimen to 50 minutes 5 times a week (3 days a week of weight training/cardio mix, 2 days a week of straight cardio). At this point it's definitely more a way of life than a diet.

I am also a MyfitnessPal user and advocate and was astounded at the content of various things when I originally started tracking calories as well. I don't use it every day now that I'm more comfortable with my knowledge of calorie content overall but if I eat something new I'll do a check. I keep my weight updated so my intake adjusts. If I find myself plateauing a bit I'll start tracking more rigorously and that generally helps.

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I still splurge on Totino's but I'll eat one as an entire dinner if I'm pressed for time. At this point my wife and I rarely eat at restaurants. We'll go maybe a month without going anywhere and then eat something on the nicer side when we do.

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I realized after 8 months of heavy heavy drinking, I had ballooned from 180 to 220.


This reminds me of my favorite t-shirt, and I'm actually wearing it right now!

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And I can't tell if you're serious or not, Cliff, but good job and good luck, guys. Great idea for a thread, PMR! Glad I stopped in!

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I have trouble gaining weight actually.....but I am on a specific diet also.

No sugar, natural or processed and avoiding starches and nuts and seeds. I'm really cutting out foods that are high in phytic acid which plays a big role in blocking mineral absorption.

Basically a meat and dark green diet with lots of micronutirent supplements. Lots of fish and coconut oil. Bone broths is another thing I'm getting into. They take a while to make but are super important for overall health. Cultured butter is another little goodie.

With all the processed food these days we don't get enough essential fatty acids and oils in our system that are vital to overall health and metabolic balance.

Basically we seem to eat more because there is less nutrition in our food.

Anyway, diets take discipline and commitment. Good job on all of you who are getting on track.


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I realized after 8 months of heavy heavy drinking, I had ballooned from 180 to 220.


This reminds me of my favorite t-shirt, and I'm actually wearing it right now!

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And I can't tell if you're serious or not, Cliff, but good job and good luck, guys. Great idea for a thread, PMR! Glad I stopped in!


I am serious, yes. I was 450lbs by the time I graduated high school and ballooned up to 660lbs once I moved out on my own and was doing my own food shopping. Finally decided to do something about it after a medical scare and haven't really looked back.

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Good for you Cliff! Im impressed!

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I am serious, yes. I was 450lbs by the time I graduated high school and ballooned up to 660lbs once I moved out on my own and was doing my own food shopping. Finally decided to do something about it after a medical scare and haven't really looked back.


Excellent. I'm obsessed with weight-loss shows. Are you familiar with "My 600-lb Life" on TLC? That's my jam right there. So is The Biggest Loser. I love all of the success stories, people becoming healthy and happy...some for the first time in their lives. Yes, it makes me cry...a lot. Don't judge me. lol. :oops:

Did you get surgery to help? None of my business, I guess, so you don't have to answer. I just know a lot of people choose that route to help them along. Surgery or no surgery, I know from many years of TV research, :), that it is incredibly challenging to lose the weight and keep it off. It's always way more than a weight issue, not to mention the challenges that follow the actual weight loss. ...but I won't talk all day about it, I just want to say that I understand and wish you the best.

Also, it's pretty admirable that you shared your story. Thank you. Great job so far and...good luck, really.

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Excellent. I'm obsessed with weight-loss shows. Are you familiar with "My 600-lb Life" on TLC? That's my jam right there. So is The Biggest Loser. I love all of the success stories, people becoming healthy and happy...some for the first time in their lives. Yes, it makes me cry...a lot. Don't judge me. lol. :oops:

Did you get surgery to help? None of my business, I guess, so you don't have to answer. I just know a lot of people choose that route to help them along. Surgery or no surgery, I know from many years of TV research, :), that it is incredibly challenging to lose the weight and keep it off. It's always way more than a weight issue, not to mention the challenges that follow the actual weight loss. ...but I won't talk all day about it, I just want to say that I understand and wish you the best.

Also, it's pretty admirable that you shared your story. Thank you. Great job so far and...good luck, really.


You're welcome and thank you too!

I've seen a show or two but it's not really the same for me. Even though I was 660lbs I have a pretty big frame and I've always been able to get around pretty well even at my largest. Obviously not running and doing sports but I was far from bedridden. I was likely pretty lucky, actually. No diabetes, no heart problems, no knee trouble (yet) ... I started turning it around in my mid-20s so perhaps that has to do with it.

No weight loss surgery. I don't frown on people who choose to get the surgery, but it never made sense to me. Of course I did consider it, but it seemed like forced bulimia. It doesn't necessarily make you eat properly ... it just forces you to throw up if you go overboard, basically. I figured it made more sense to just eat less, move more, and avoid surgery.

Calorie counting and exercise is what I've been doing. I lost my first 50lbs just stopping drinking soda without any other modification to my diet. I can drink *a lot* in one sitting.

I'm just now starting to look at nutrition beyond how many calories I take in, really. For a while it was just about losing the weight and I wasn't willing to completely give up all the stuff that led to me being that large in the first place. I kind of had to ween off. I'd basically eat whatever I wanted as long as it was within my calories. I know that's not the best weight loss for most people, but when you weigh that much you just have to start somewhere.

Sharing the story is pretty easy for me these days. My wife has lost 190lbs and she started a blog centered on our weight loss and before/after picture kind of stuff. I probably never would have shared my story on my own. I just felt like it was kind of a 'who cares' sort of situation. Sure, I've lost 300lbs so far but I had to actually gain it in the first place ... I don't know, it just always seemed like celebrating someone who stopped doing drugs. Sure, it's good that they stopped, but don't do crack in the first place. I don't know lol

Anyway, she started doing it and people seem to identify with the struggle ... the fact that I didn't do surgery and was pretty bad off seems and have still lost so much seems to be helpful to some ... I'm all for encouraging people if my story helps.

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I'm unfortunately a type 1 diabetic..so while I've never been able to gain any weight (really fast metabolism, eat very clean, the heaviest I have ever been was 185 pounds), I have to deal w. a different kind of diet :( and having to give yourself a shot into your stomach every time you eat anything with carbohydrates tends to curb the appetite a bit haha.


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Funkytown wrote:
DKSweets wrote:
I realized after 8 months of heavy heavy drinking, I had ballooned from 180 to 220.


This reminds me of my favorite t-shirt, and I'm actually wearing it right now!

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lol. Miss you! :D
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Haha nice. It's great to hear from you!


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Cliff wrote:
You're welcome and thank you too!

I've seen a show or two but it's not really the same for me. Even though I was 660lbs I have a pretty big frame and I've always been able to get around pretty well even at my largest. Obviously not running and doing sports but I was far from bedridden. I was likely pretty lucky, actually. No diabetes, no heart problems, no knee trouble (yet) ... I started turning it around in my mid-20s so perhaps that has to do with it.

No weight loss surgery. I don't frown on people who choose to get the surgery, but it never made sense to me. Of course I did consider it, but it seemed like forced bulimia. It doesn't necessarily make you eat properly ... it just forces you to throw up if you go overboard, basically. I figured it made more sense to just eat less, move more, and avoid surgery.

Calorie counting and exercise is what I've been doing. I lost my first 50lbs just stopping drinking soda without any other modification to my diet. I can drink *a lot* in one sitting.

I'm just now starting to look at nutrition beyond how many calories I take in, really. For a while it was just about losing the weight and I wasn't willing to completely give up all the stuff that led to me being that large in the first place. I kind of had to ween off. I'd basically eat whatever I wanted as long as it was within my calories. I know that's not the best weight loss for most people, but when you weigh that much you just have to start somewhere.

Sharing the story is pretty easy for me these days. My wife has lost 190lbs and she started a blog centered on our weight loss and before/after picture kind of stuff. I probably never would have shared my story on my own. I just felt like it was kind of a 'who cares' sort of situation. Sure, I've lost 300lbs so far but I had to actually gain it in the first place ... I don't know, it just always seemed like celebrating someone who stopped doing drugs. Sure, it's good that they stopped, but don't do crack in the first place. I don't know lol

Anyway, she started doing it and people seem to identify with the struggle ... the fact that I didn't do surgery and was pretty bad off seems and have still lost so much seems to be helpful to some ... I'm all for encouraging people if my story helps.


Cliff! Your story is really inspiring. :thumbsup:

Have you seen this movie? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1227378/

I guess there is a sequel now also. Very cool flick and the guy who made it is a great resource for nutritional info and motivation.


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Cliff! Your story is really inspiring. :thumbsup:

Have you seen this movie? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1227378/

I guess there is a sequel now also. Very cool flick and the guy who made it is a great resource for nutritional info and motivation.


I have seen the movie and it was pretty good. I'll have to check him out in regards to nutritional info. Obviously there was a lot in the movie but I hadn't checked him out otherwise.

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Figure since I've gone this far might as well show some pics. The first one is us before ... about 2008 some time. The second is us a couple months ago after seeing Mathew Morrison (my wife is a huge Glee fan). I've still got a good 100-130lbs that I'm looking to lose and she's losing about another 60.

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Amazing! What a transformation.....keep it up man :thumbsup:


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Congrats Cliff. Amazing. I struggle losing 10lbs.

Inspiring for sure.

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Nice pics Cliff!! You look so much better now!!


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Awesome for you, Cliff!


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Congrats Cliff. Amazing. I struggle losing 10lbs.


Ditto.

Cliff, I'm blown away by what you've accomplished. Keep up the good work, my friend!

Ditto for Josh and anyone else who's working to lose weight. I'm trying to do so myself. I took off 5 lbs before the holidays then gained it all back. I need to make a more serious commitment to it this year.


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Thanks, everyone. It means a lot.

Weight loss (and maintaining it!) is difficult but it's certainly worth it. I look forward to struggling to lose 10lbs, hopefully that'll mean I'm close to my goal weight. Even getting as close as 100lbs from it the struggle is much greater than it used to be.

I hope everyone is successful in their weight loss. The health benefits are definitely worth it.

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Thanks, everyone. It means a lot.

Weight loss (and maintaining it!) is difficult but it's certainly worth it. I look forward to struggling to lose 10lbs, hopefully that'll mean I'm close to my goal weight. Even getting as close as 100lbs from it the struggle is much greater than it used to be.

I hope everyone is successful in their weight loss. The health benefits are definitely worth it.


I'll bet! Great job and good for you!


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I'm unfortunately a type 1 diabetic..so while I've never been able to gain any weight (really fast metabolism, eat very clean, the heaviest I have ever been was 185 pounds), I have to deal w. a different kind of diet :( and having to give yourself a shot into your stomach every time you eat anything with carbohydrates tends to curb the appetite a bit haha.


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I am as well. I don't eat the cleanest and was in pretty decent shape and active most of my younger years. Now that I'm older I could stand to lose a bit(like 15 lbs as I've gained some back over the last 6 months or so after losing a decent amount).

I really don't like counting calories and being a Type 1, you pay far more attention to carbs anyways. Some people may not agree with it, but have you other guys looked at things like Paleo or Keto style diets? I dropped about 20 lbs fairly easily which is what I was looking to do last year on a keto style diet. I tried using myfitenesspal and counting calories and I really didn't lose anything more than a pound or two in the few weeks I did it last year. Switched to a keto diet and I dropped the weight I was looking to really quick.

Sites I like: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/ and http://eatingacademy.com/start-here is what got me started trying something different.


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I'm unfortunately a type 1 diabetic..so while I've never been able to gain any weight (really fast metabolism, eat very clean, the heaviest I have ever been was 185 pounds), I have to deal w. a different kind of diet :( and having to give yourself a shot into your stomach every time you eat anything with carbohydrates tends to curb the appetite a bit haha.


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I am as well. I don't eat the cleanest and was in pretty decent shape and active most of my younger years. Now that I'm older I could stand to lose a bit(like 15 lbs as I've gained some back over the last 6 months or so after losing a decent amount).

I really don't like counting calories and being a Type 1, you pay far more attention to carbs anyways. Some people may not agree with it, but have you other guys looked at things like Paleo or Keto style diets? I dropped about 20 lbs fairly easily which is what I was looking to do last year on a keto style diet. I tried using myfitenesspal and counting calories and I really didn't lose anything more than a pound or two in the few weeks I did it last year. Switched to a keto diet and I dropped the weight I was looking to really quick.

Sites I like: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/ and http://eatingacademy.com/start-here is what got me started trying something different.


We share a bond of sorts then, Crax, haha. Cheers!

I haven't ever had to take any weight off, but I know people who have had a lot of success doing so on Paleo diets. It makes sense, you're prohibiting the body from its main energy source (carbs), so it has to kick down to burning other macros and body fat.

Changing speeds, Crax, were you diagnosed as a Type 1 from the time you were a young child? I got hit with it at age 21, - I was down to 145 pounds (from roughly 180/85) and ended up in the ICU for four days in diabetic coma when my stubborn #### finally went it. Couldn't have been more shocked when they told me. I wasn't aware of the different (type 1 vs. type 2) types of diabetes when I was diagnosed, so my initial thought was how do I have this? I'd always been in fantastic shape, very active, involved in sports...obviously Type 1 is very different from Type 2, but I don't have to tell you that, haha.

Luckily, life goes on, and I have a background in Exercise Science, so I have a good grasp of how the body works. I've been able to control my type 1 very well - my last two A1C numbers have been 5.5 and 5.9. I just feel fortunate to live in a time when we know so much about it. Still don't like giving myself shots in the stomach all the time, but it does beat dying haha.

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Changing speeds, Crax, were you diagnosed as a Type 1 from the time you were a young child? I got hit with it at age 21, - I was down to 145 pounds (from roughly 180/85) and ended up in the ICU for four days in diabetic coma when my stubborn #### finally went it. Couldn't have been more shocked when they told me. I wasn't aware of the different (type 1 vs. type 2) types of diabetes when I was diagnosed, so my initial thought was how do I have this? I'd always been in fantastic shape, very active, involved in sports...obviously Type 1 is very different from Type 2, but I don't have to tell you that, haha.

Luckily, life goes on, and I have a background in Exercise Science, so I have a good grasp of how the body works. I've been able to control my type 1 very well - my last two A1C numbers have been 5.5 and 5.9. I just feel fortunate to live in a time when we know so much about it. Still don't like giving myself shots in the stomach all the time, but it does beat dying haha.

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I've been type 1 since I was 2, so over 30 years now. I don't really remember not having it. I do have 2 cousins that were diagnosed later, one in his 20's. Any reason you aren't on the pump? I've been on a pump for about 10 years now and do like it much better than shots as I was doing 4/5 a day pre pump. It was so much different back in the 80's with how they treat and watch things now.


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Just not crazy about the idea of having something on my body all the time - I use flex pens with small needles so it's not terrible - I have a cousin with type 1 and she is pretty happy with her pump though.


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Yeah, I get that. It can be annoying a little bit of the time, but less annoying than shots and/or forgetting your shot. I pretty much never forget my pump, plus the reminders can be nice. I take it off when I'm playing sports or working out, but most of my day is sitting at a desk, so it's no big deal there.


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Cliff - wow. That is amazing. Keep it up man. You probably don't realize it yet, but you can/will inspire others to do the same one day.


I myself had a vigorous weight-loss transformation. About four years ago I was 250 at 5'11". I gained a lot of weight from athletic injuries leading to inactivity and over eating to 'cope.' A lot of my weight was bad weight, but I had muscle too since I was a football player. However, one day, I just couldn't watch myself get any larger. I proceeded to cut 60 pounds from January 2011 until May 2012. I dropped down to 190.

My weight has increased slightly- but most of it is muscle mass. I am back up to a sturdy 200. I workout six days a week. I mostly incorporate old football workouts, but geared them to higher rep/intensity. Having access to a gym for 'free' (not really because it comes with student tuition lol) helps a lot with maintaining my weight. Walking to class helps a lot. My diet is pretty solid, but hasn't been strict these past six months, so I am trying to get back to eating a bit more healthy haha.

I just felt like sharing my story - I am not trying to brag/boast. My profession in which I am going into encourages healthily lifestyle as well as other health aspects - so I try my best to help others achieve their goals. Anyone has the power to change. They just need to be willing to take that first step.

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Wow some incredible stuff in this thread. Congrats to all of you for putting in all the hard work.


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I was 350 (in 2010) and the doctor old me lose weight or suffer greatly and probably die in 10 years or less

I walked 20 miles a week mostly in mall with old folks in morning

i drank a lot of water .. my diet was kidney beans (i liked them) salads and green beans, chicken
about 12-16 hundred calories a day

I lost 100 pounds but have not gone further.. i crept a few times to 270 ...

I wanna get below 200 but lack the motivation honestly .. I know its holding me back in job search
people assume your lazy when your out of shape..

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Sharing the story is pretty easy for me these days. My wife has lost 190lbs and she started a blog centered on our weight loss and before/after picture kind of stuff. I probably never would have shared my story on my own. I just felt like it was kind of a 'who cares' sort of situation. Sure, I've lost 300lbs so far but I had to actually gain it in the first place ... I don't know, it just always seemed like celebrating someone who stopped doing drugs. Sure, it's good that they stopped, but don't do crack in the first place. I don't know lol

Anyway, she started doing it and people seem to identify with the struggle ... the fact that I didn't do surgery and was pretty bad off seems and have still lost so much seems to be helpful to some ... I'm all for encouraging people if my story helps.


:lol:

I get what you're saying, but you DO have a lot to be proud of. Most people at that size lose the battle, ya know? At the beginning of "My 600-lb Life" it shares that those people have less than a 5% chance of having long-term success. Because every one of those people get surgery, I'm assuming they mean even with surgery, people that large are most likely to lose the battle. The fact that you were at that point and chose to change on your own is really, really inspiring. Look at you defying those odds!

Seriously, congrats on that.

Thanks for sharing the pics. You both look healthier and...happier. And because none of these jerks said it, your wife looks great!

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I wanna get below 200 but lack the motivation honestly .. I know its holding me back in job search
people assume your lazy when your out of shape..


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