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Post by peeptoad » July 9th, 2019, 7:53 pm

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My hair has always driven me mad as well, to the point that I pretty much gave up on trying, but this new approach seems to be working now (comparatively, at least.) There's a subreddit for curly hair and they give some great advice, the outline of which is here. I haven't tried the specific product stuff they recommend, but once I've finished my current shampoo/conditioner I think I'll give it a go.
Sound advice.
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Post by mightysparks » July 10th, 2019, 2:21 am

I’ve been at 63.2kg the last few days which is fine with me since I was eating terribly last week and I’m pretty happy to have not put on weight. I get annoyed when it doesn’t budge for a few days though lol. At 33.5kg lost now. Still waiting to get over this flu before I start working out again though.

Boyfriend had his weekly weigh-in today and is 11kg down now. We’re doing his monthly measurements later today but his stomach is definitely looking flatter. He has quite a bit to lose but he’s still doing well (started at 135, needs to hit 90 to be a healthy weight. He wants to get to about 80). He’s not strictly counting calories like me, but keeps an estimate in his head. He’s also followed my way of thinking as food as value so thinks more about his choices. It’s sad watching him eat though coz he gets to eat twice as much as me and I want all his food.
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Post by mightysparks » July 22nd, 2019, 12:39 am

Well since last time, I've been eating terribly, like really bad, like 2000 calories every day and have gone back up to 64kg. I'm trying to stop myself, but I'm either ravenous or drooling with cravings and have no self control right now. Idk why. I'm trying to tempt myself back into activity, particularly running as every time I see someone running outside I get an urge to run but then I get home and I'm like nup potato. But I downloaded the Zombies Run app again and forgot about the base building stuff so now I must collect. I also thought of using Pokemon Go and Geocaching at the same time and just going out and exploring stuff even if I'm just walking mostly. Collecting stuff, even when it's virtual, motivates me to do just about anything.
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Post by Lammetje » July 22nd, 2019, 8:30 pm

mightysparks wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 12:39 am
Well since last time, I've been eating terribly, like really bad, like 2000 calories every day and have gone back up to 64kg. I'm trying to stop myself, but I'm either ravenous or drooling with cravings and have no self control right now. Idk why. I'm trying to tempt myself back into activity, particularly running as every time I see someone running outside I get an urge to run but then I get home and I'm like nup potato. But I downloaded the Zombies Run app again and forgot about the base building stuff so now I must collect. I also thought of using Pokemon Go and Geocaching at the same time and just going out and exploring stuff even if I'm just walking mostly. Collecting stuff, even when it's virtual, motivates me to do just about anything.
Tip: create a spreadsheet to record your Pokémon Go progress. :P Whatever you do, don't you dare go back up to 70+ kg! :angry:
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Post by mightysparks » July 23rd, 2019, 1:26 am

Yea don’t worry, I don’t even want to go past 65kg and I’ve been thinking making a new goal of 57/58 just to give me a buffer but depends how I feel when I get 60. I think it might be the cold weather making me so hungry but idk why I’ve lost all self control. I’m trying again this week to stop gobbling all the chocolate. And if it doesn’t rain I’m going to give the exploring stuff a shot this weekend. I play Pokémon go occasionally since the place I live now actually has a lot of stuff nearby, unlike before when I was in the middle of suburbia, but I don’t take full advantage of it.

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It’s weird how when I see myself in a mirror I still think I look the same but when I put the pics next to each other it’s insane how much I’ve changed. I love not having a double chin anymore, I can barely make one even if I try.
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Post by Tim2460 » July 23rd, 2019, 8:57 am

Mighty : it's the same kind of feeling when you don't really see yourself aging...

But then some white hair appears ,)

If that helps : you do look better on the face comparaison ,)

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Post by mightysparks » July 24th, 2019, 1:48 am

Yea, I haven't got any grey yet but I didn't notice all the wrinkles sneaking up on me lol.

Also flaiky, thanks for the link to the curly hair sub. I've just bought some new hair products based on the guide they had. My boyfriend has curly hair too (but his hair always looks cute) so we're both gonna give them a try and see if they help. I looked at the products the hairdressers gave me last time I got my hair done and they all had the ingredients the guide says NOT to use so thanks hairdressers <_<
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Post by mightysparks » August 10th, 2019, 6:25 am

Starting to get a handle on my recent binging but it's a bit of a slow effort. I've been playing Pokemon Go for about 2-3 hours every morning for the last 2 weeks. It gets addictive. I live at a beach resort so there are tons of Pokestops and gyms around here, so I walk around the harbour, a park, then to a lighthouse and then along the coast, and repeat the loop if I still feel like it. My boyfriend and I were doing it together for most of that time, but he's back at work now and I'm doing it alone. Both of us have noticed less anxiety since we started. I'm always super excited to get out for my walk, see what I'm going to hatch and catch. Sometimes I go out for another walk in the evenings. Our necks are killing us from looking at the phone all the time though. I'm considering using the Zombies Run app again (which I haven't used in 6 years) so I can add some running to my routine as well, but I haven't been in the mood for running. It's also so fecking cold and windy on the coast, and my hands are like stiff ice blocks the entire time, I really need some good gloves.

Also had a weird moment. I was sitting down doing some Pokemon stuff, when my phone slipped. I tried to catch it with my thighs but, well:
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It just slipped right through and hit the ground. I never realised catching stuff with your thighs was a fat person thing :/
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Post by Coryn » August 10th, 2019, 7:01 am

mightysparks wrote:
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I never realised catching stuff with your thighs was a fat person thing :/
I tried catching it and now I feel personally attacked.
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Post by mightysparks » August 10th, 2019, 7:29 am

Coryn wrote:
August 10th, 2019, 7:01 am
mightysparks wrote:
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I never realised catching stuff with your thighs was a fat person thing :/
I tried catching it and now I feel personally attacked.
I've never not been able to catch something with my thighs, so it was really confusing for a few seconds. I think the type of pants probably didn't help the situation, coz those are pretty skintight and keep the fat tucked away lol. I can still catch it wearing my jeans, but it just made me realise how much fat I've lost from there, I'd never even considered someone not being able to catch something with their thighs.
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Post by Coryn » August 10th, 2019, 8:26 am

mightysparks wrote:
August 10th, 2019, 7:29 am
Coryn wrote:
August 10th, 2019, 7:01 am
mightysparks wrote:
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I never realised catching stuff with your thighs was a fat person thing :/
I tried catching it and now I feel personally attacked.
I've never not been able to catch something with my thighs, so it was really confusing for a few seconds. I think the type of pants probably didn't help the situation, coz those are pretty skintight and keep the fat tucked away lol. I can still catch it wearing my jeans, but it just made me realise how much fat I've lost from there, I'd never even considered someone not being able to catch something with their thighs.
:D I was just kidding though, it's impossible for an average build male to have a gap between his thighs.

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Post by mightysparks » September 7th, 2019, 4:01 am

Well, my weight ended up creeping back up into the 66.x region before I was like nup definitely not happening. After a real struggle to stop over snacking, I’m back down to 63.7kg this morning and less than a kg away from my previous lowest. I still go out every morning and do about 2 hours of Pokémon Go, but I’m planning to start running more regularly soon as I keep getting more excited about running it’s just actually doing it is a bit more difficult lol.

I went to the hairdressers yesterday (a curly hair place which I found thanks to flaiky’s post, and I’m pretty happy with my cut), and she said ‘you have a nice small oval face’. It’s crazy I thought I had a round face my whole life but I actually just had a fat face.
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Post by mightysparks » September 16th, 2019, 3:57 am

A year ago today I started doing my 10k steps... I haven't missed a single day. I averaged 1500-4000 a day before this. It was a struggle to fit them in at first, but now it's just part of my day. If I'm at a family member's house they all make fun of me for "just getting my steps" while I pace around.

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Post by Lammetje » September 16th, 2019, 5:47 am

YOU GO GURL!!1!1

Seriously, that's pretty impressive. It must have been difficult at times, but the graph makes it all worth it.
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Post by mightysparks » September 16th, 2019, 7:30 am

There were at least 2 days where I was vomiting every few hours and felt woozy to stand.. they were definitely the most difficult ones. Just gonna keep this up for as long as I can, sometimes I think of like 'omg what if I'm on a plane for 24 hours and can't get my steps in' or 'if I get into an accident/have surgery and have to stay in hospital I won't be able to get my stepppsss', but I'll think I'll just have to chill out if those things happen. I was thinking of increasing it to 15000 when I got to a year, but it still takes a lot of my day just to get to 10k so I don't think that'll happen until I start running regularly again and can run long distances quickly lol.

In other weight loss news, though I'm still hovering around the 64kg mark, I'm still down from last summer and the weather has been heating up quite a bit and all my shorts are too big. And I'm in between sizes so the 12s fall off me and the 10s are just a bit tight around my fatty thighs. Managed to find a couple pairs today that fit so it's gonna be nice doing my walks without pulling them up constantly.

I'm also having a little bit of body dysmorphia, just the usual kind that seems to happen to lifelong obese people who lose a lot of weight. I do have a lot of body fat still that I need to shed, but I just see myself as still being fat even though I know I'm smaller. Then sometimes I catch my reflection or wear certain clothing and I'm like what I'm so skinny how did this happen. I went for a run this morning and I normally wear my workout shirt with a jacket, so I was worried I looked fat and took a sneaky pic and I looked perfectly fine like a normal sized person and was like damn I look pretty good. So it's stupid and annoying. I'm so used to just being a chunky lil blob in pics, it's hard to even believe it's me.
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Post by metaller » September 19th, 2019, 8:07 am

We had a shooting for the company website this week. The last one was over three years ago, and while not massive, I think there are some visible changes to my face. I think there are about 15 kg between the two shoots.

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Post by mightysparks » September 20th, 2019, 3:25 am

Shame they downgraded on the photographer :folded:

I always find it interesting with weight loss pics when you can see bits of the 'old' person in the 'new' person, but they look like two completely different people. I'm also impressed you kept the same hair and glasses all that time too :D
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Post by funkybusiness » September 20th, 2019, 3:27 am

damn lookin' real nice, metaller, real nice

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Post by metaller » September 21st, 2019, 7:04 pm

mightysparks wrote:
September 20th, 2019, 3:25 am
Shame they downgraded on the photographer :folded:

I always find it interesting with weight loss pics when you can see bits of the 'old' person in the 'new' person, but they look like two completely different people. I'm also impressed you kept the same hair and glasses all that time too :D
Actually we got the same photographer. But also the first photo is edited, and the new one is still unedited and will get some touches done before going to the website.

And body dismorphia is real, in my mind and even looking in the mirror I still think of and see me as the guy on the left. It's only when doing such side by sides that the change starts to register in my brain.

Also, the glasses won't stay much longer. For one, I think they worked better when my face was rounder and I'd like to go for a bit bolder glass style. But more importantly I simply need stronger glasses... :(
The hair likely stays this way. It kinda works and I tried different styles and most didn't work half as well or just needed more work for styling than I'm willing to do.

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Post by mightysparks » October 9th, 2019, 4:12 am

Started up C25k again last week, from week 3 since I was already free running for around 2 mins. I completed W4D2 this morning, though I didn't think I was going to get through 2x 5 min runs, and I got a stitch halfway through the run, but I finished it. There are two annual races in Perth that I want to run in next year, one in April and one in August. I ran the 4k one in April, but they also have a 12k and a half marathon, so I'm training myself to complete the 12k. I think I have enough time to get in decent shape by then. My weight refuses to budge from the 63-64 zone at the moment so I need to restrict a bit more on my diet for a while I think. My boyfriend reached a new lowest weight this morning and has lost nearly 13kg :) He still has a fair way to go but it's still an impressive loss.

Also, a female friend of mine from film school (the only friend I keep in contact with though I haven't seen her IRL for 2 years) sent me a Snapchat of Wii Fit and her BMI was 24 as she's put on a bit of weight. Mine is 22 at the moment. She was always the skinny 'hot' one in our group and now I'm in better shape than her :/
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Post by fori » October 16th, 2019, 12:15 am

I had been stable at just under 75kg for months but I’m pushing it lower and am about 71 now, hopefully to around 68kg by the end of the year. I feel so embarrassed when I think that I was 100kg on my wedding day, I look terrible in the photos too. My height is 189cm so I’m not in any danger of being overweight currently it’s just that:
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Post by Onderhond » October 16th, 2019, 7:42 am

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Post by 3eyes » October 17th, 2019, 10:37 pm

The kids were here over the weekend. My son is a good cook but with 2 kids, one a baby, he wasn't up for it. And even if I had the energy, the others don't like anything I make. So when they're here it's mostly takeout. I gained 2 KG (88 to 90) in 2 days. Then yesterday I came down with a chest cold and have been mostly sleeping and drinking fluids, and have lost it all. Something to be said for being sick, anyhow.

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Post by mightysparks » October 30th, 2019, 7:57 am

I've been super strict with my calories the last couple of weeks and this morning I was back down to 62.9.. which I hit in July, but then had a bad few months. I am doing loose intermittent fasting again as it's the only way I control my late night snacking, I just leave about 500 calories for dessert which is 1/3 of my daily calories but I need my chocolate and sugar. I eat between 11-4 most days. Hopefully on my way to hitting my goal before the end of the year.. I've been looking at MyBodyGallery and saving bodies that I like :ermm: and it seems I tend to like 5'7" women at 57kg so I'm considering trying to drop another 3kg when I hit my goal but I'll see how I feel when I get there. I think 53kg is underweight for my height so I don't wanna get too close to that. I also bought a new workout shirt which makes me feel tiny:
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Post by mightysparks » November 4th, 2019, 1:27 am

Haven't done one of these in a while, but it's my 20th monthly weigh-in and measurement time. I'm hoping to hit my goal at the end of the month, but it's probably gonna happen next month. And it better coz it's getting ridiculous now.

21/4/18 -> 04/11/19
Weight: 96.7 -> 62.3 (-34.4)
Chest: 119 -> 96 (-23)
Waist: 103 -> 72 (-31)
Hips: 122 -> 95.5 (-26.5)
Thighs: 68 -> 53.5, 67 -> 53 (-14.5, -14)
Calves: 38 -> 33 (-5 each)

BMI: 33.46 (obese) -> 21.5 (normal)
Body fat % estimate: 39% (obese) to 25% (acceptable).

Milestones to go:
74.7kg: Happy Scale Goal #6 (13/11/18)
73.5kg: Lowest adult weight, 2013/2014 (26/11/18)
72.2kg: Normal BMI (30/11/18)
71kg: Happy Scale Goal #7 (22/12/18)
67.3: Happy Scale Goal #8 (8/5/19)
63.7kg: Happy Scale Goal #9 (7/7/19)
60kg: Goal weight!

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Post by Lammetje » November 5th, 2019, 8:21 pm

mightysparks wrote:
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Waist: 103 -> 72 (31)
The minus sign is missing. :geek:
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Post by mightysparks » November 6th, 2019, 12:23 am

Lammetje wrote:
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mightysparks wrote:
November 4th, 2019, 1:27 am
Waist: 103 -> 72 (31)
The minus sign is missing. :geek:
I even proofread that like 3 times :folded:

Another update: I did my first 20 minute run on Monday and another one today. I really struggled on Monday, the last 10 minutes were hard and the last 5 I wasn't sure I was going to make it. Then today it wasn't even a problem. Gotta do a 25 min run on Friday though :circle:
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Post by mightysparks » November 13th, 2019, 1:37 am

Today I hit a 500 day streak on MFP for counting calories. I'm not sure how long I'll keep this streak going, I'm guessing a couple more years until I feel comfortable letting myself eat freely. I'm not quite there yet.

I also completed W8D2 of C25k today - I ran for 30 minutes straight! It was hot this morning and the fecking flies were annoying as hell. I think I burnt off a few extra calories whacking 'em away from my face every 5 seconds. Friday is my last run of the program (35 minutes). After that, I plan to run 5k 3x a week for a couple of weeks and then start the 10k program.

I'm down to 62.1kg, slowly getting closer. My work pants were starting to get daggy so I went to the shop the other day to get some new stuff. My work pants are now a size 8 ( :/ single digits, geez). I think that's the equivalent of a US 4. I also got new jeans, size 10. Last year I bought a size 10 pair of jeans as progress pants and at the time I couldn't even get them over my butt. I lost that pair, but it's crazy that my goal pants are now my actual pants. Even though I love my running tights, I've recently had to keep pulling them up while running so I bought shorts a size down and it was much nicer running in those today.
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Post by peeptoad » November 13th, 2019, 3:41 pm

I have to say, mighty, that you are positively influencing me with your diligence in keeping track of what you eat and how much. I'm not one for using apps and, truth be told, I've never had to diet in my life since my metabolism is moderately quick, but you have inspired me to keep closer tabs on the food I consume. The "do you eat meat" thread is also doing this, but I guess I just wanted to say nice work on all of this. Your discipline with this is admirable. :thumbsup:

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Post by mightysparks » November 13th, 2019, 7:20 pm

Thanks :) it’s tough at times, but I spent so much of my life passively eating and not really thinking or caring about my body and I have to go a little hardcore on it or I’ll just fall back into the same habits. I have to gamify it to keep myself interested and motivated every day. I also read a lot about health and nutrition and fitness and stuff, particularly on Reddit, but it’s helped me to understand my body better and to realise that my body isn’t special and it’s just the result of my habits. If I want to look and feel a certain way, I have to eat, think and act that lifestyle. I know that if I stop tracking my calories now, I would binge eat into oblivion but I’m hoping that one day I’ll be able to eat intuitively. I’m determined to never be overweight again though, it’s just not worth it.

Being vegetarian has also been kind of eye opening. I was only going to do it for a week because I thought all the typical things; I’d get hungry, I’d feel tired, the food would be boring. What I discovered was that meat is basically a pointless part of a diet. It’s yummy, but unnecessary. And it’s insane how much it’s advertised and shoved in your face. Same with takeaway, if I go on YouTube without Adblock all I see are KFC and Hungry Jacks ads. At supermarkets when they play ads for their specials, it’s always about meat as well. I’m surprised they don’t treat meat like cigarettes, especially with the packaging and how it’s just covered with pictures of diseased mouths and organs, but with meat it’s pictures of happy cows and chickens and pretty colours.

And with takeaway, I remember losing it laughing last year when they did Maccas Monopoly and the ads were like ‘go large, win big’; they ain’t even hiding it. Constant encouragement to eat more, eat badly. And it’s all deliciously addictive, same with sugar. Nobody understands calories and what food really does to your body.

The fat acceptance and HAES movements are also very sad and dangerous, and are gaining more traction as a higher percentage of the population become overweight and want to live in denial about how they got there and what they can do about it. There also so many repercussions for other people when someone is overweight too; hospitals and morgues have to get bigger tables for bigger bodies, nurses and doctors getting permanent injuries from bigger bodies falling on them or not being strong enough to resuscitate bigger people, etc. I also struggle to find clothes that are in my size because the majority of clothing is plus size, though 10 years ago I couldn’t find clothes big enough to fit me. It’s stupid I’m having the reverse problem now I’m healthy.

Ok enough ranting now lol, so many things frustrate me :D
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Post by peeptoad » November 14th, 2019, 5:23 pm

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Being vegetarian has also been kind of eye opening. I was only going to do it for a week because I thought all the typical things; I’d get hungry, I’d feel tired, the food would be boring. What I discovered was that meat is basically a pointless part of a diet. It’s yummy, but unnecessary. And it’s insane how much it’s advertised and shoved in your face. Same with takeaway, if I go on YouTube without Adblock all I see are KFC and Hungry Jacks ads. At supermarkets when they play ads for their specials, it’s always about meat as well. I’m surprised they don’t treat meat like cigarettes, especially with the packaging and how it’s just covered with pictures of diseased mouths and organs, but with meat it’s pictures of happy cows and chickens and pretty colours.

And with takeaway, I remember losing it laughing last year when they did Maccas Monopoly and the ads were like ‘go large, win big’; they ain’t even hiding it. Constant encouragement to eat more, eat badly. And it’s all deliciously addictive, same with sugar. Nobody understands calories and what food really does to your body.
Yep, it all reminds me of Super Size Me... the sugar industry is even worse than the meat imho and there are people literally dying from consuming too much sugar (meat prob too, but not as fast maybe, idk). The advertising agencies just don't give a crap. It's all just consumerism to them and they want their $$. It's sickening, literally, when you stop and think about it. All one can do is make themselves aware and discipline themselves, as you have, and not let the wool be pulled over their eyes. I think it's even worse in American than other countries, but maybe that's just my perception from here. This country is governed by capitalism and it just has to end somewhere... too many people uninformed and dying as a result. Drugs aren't the answer, but lifestyle is... we can heal ourselves if we can master change and be strong in doing so, but the governments of the world also need to step up and make some changes to aid people.

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Post by mightysparks » November 15th, 2019, 12:16 am

I just got back from completing C25k! I ran 5.5km and 35 mins straight. It was hot as hell (max 35 today :( ) and the flies drive me insane and I struggled with the last 10 minutes but I made it. Glad to spend the rest of the day under the aircon though.
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Post by mightysparks » November 23rd, 2019, 6:06 am

Did a much needed wardrobe chuck-out today. I did one at the start of the year before we moved out, but I didn't realise how many fat clothes I still had. I'd run out of coat hangers and had taken to throwing stuff at the bottom of the closet. My two drawers were stuffed full of things and I had clothes just randomly stuffed into corners. I filled 5 bags full of clothes to take to an op shop, and 4 bags full of stuff I was too nostalgic about to throw out. Man, was it sad trying on all my favourite shirts that I hadn't even looked at for over a year. They all just sag in the front and looked massive. Pants almost instantly fell to the ground. I had clothes ranging from XS to XL and 8-18. Kept everything medium/size 12 and under and ditched everything else. Took me a few hours but I found clothes I'd forgotten I'd even bought and now everything is neatly packed away and I can just reach in and grab anything knowing it'll fit me.

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I want to reduce my wardrobe still but I'm waiting until I reach my goal and am happy with my size. I'd like to have a more 'minimalistic' wardrobe where I only have a few of each thing and just the stuff that I wear all the time instead of things I might wear and never do. I was experimenting with styles, but I don't feel comfortable in anything other than 'casual slob'. My clothes are better fitting now though, instead of a size bigger so they're nice and daggy. I also try to avoid black or dark coloured shirts.

My boyfriend said the other day he notices people checking me out now but it's made me feel uncomfortable and self conscious so I'm hiding in the baggier clothes now. I don't pay attention to other people when I'm out (aside from a quick scan to make sure I don't recognise anyone) so I haven't noticed people looking, but I have noticed I get randomly talked to by strangers more. I don't feel like I give off an inviting vibe, I'm often staring at the ground or my phone or doing the typical arms crossed don't talk to me position, but people never really said anything to me before and it's quite annoying :(
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Post by mightysparks » December 11th, 2019, 4:41 am

Well, today is my 600th day of weigh-ins and weight loss.

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Not exactly on track to hit 60 by the end of the year coz I can't keep my hands off the snacks.. but I'm trying to commit to getting serious about the last few kgs. Boyfriend has lost 16.5kg now and is under 120kg - his first goal - which is cool. He bought a barbell set for home so both of us are going to try to get into strength training. I always get bored with it but I need to get rid of all this squish. I'm taking a break from running at the moment because it's just too hot, I don't really want to run at night but even at 7-8am it's already 30 degrees and I burn after 10-15 minutes in the sun :(

I also wanted to share this delicious new favourite breakfast of mine (boyfriend's creation), which I've had every day for about a week.
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I hate everything on it, except the feta cheese, but altogether it's amazing. He puts a lot more avocado on his, but when he made some for me it made me gag and feel sick all day but with just a bit I seem to be fine. It's just wholemeal English muffins, with ricotta, avocado and store-bought antipasto. About 470 calories for this whole plate, and I'm full for most of the day.
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Post by mightysparks » December 16th, 2019, 5:41 am

For the last few days I've been researching protein/lifting/etc (again) and I'm trying to get serious about it starting today, but I'm starting small and working my way up. Eg, for my weight I'm supposed to eat at least 110g a protein a day; when I first tried this I was eating meat and needed to eat ~150 (.8x body weight in lbs) and I could never hit more than 120. On a regular day now, I hit 30-50. So, to start with I'm aiming for 75g. I've only been eating 2 meals a day + dessert for the last few months but I'm adding lunch back in and trying to do 25g a protein for each meal. I was really happy to discover my favourite meal of all time (cheese and onion pie with baked beans and mashed potato) has 25g of protein, as well as our go-to spag bol. I discovered Halo Top Peanut Butter Swirl sticks have 7g of protein in them which is insane and they've basically saved my life. This morning we tried some protein pancakes which were ok, but 180 cal for 1 pancake and 24g of protein so I ain't complaining. I also got low fat Greek yoghurt to try again but ugh it's just disgusting and sour and bleh. I bought some fruit, nuts, granola and honey to try and make it not gross but idk how that will go.

Anyway, I've decided to try the GZCLP program with a few substitutions since I'm doing it at home. I did day 1 today and omfg my quads are dead. I had to pick up a delivery from downstairs and I had to hold onto the bar and sort of jump down each step. Squats are hard enough without weight, but damn. I'm only lifting 5kg at the moment, lol, I'm so weak.
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Post by Lammetje » December 16th, 2019, 5:22 pm

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Post by mightysparks » December 18th, 2019, 8:02 am

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Time for you to bump this thread, Mighty!
Maybe when I can lift more than 5kg tehe I had to do curls today with an empty bar (think it’s like 2-3kg) which was pretty sad lol
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Post by mightysparks » December 20th, 2019, 7:53 am

I haven't had any candid photos of me - or any photos taken by anyone else - since I started losing weight (with the exception of graduation, in an oversized gown, and when I did a race earlier this year, and had on a daggy jacket), all my progress pics have been taken myself. Yesterday, I wanted to get some better lit/staged photos before I start lifting and asked my boyfriend to take them. I was pretty surprised at how I looked when I went back over them, it was like looking at someone else. It's the first time someone's taken photos of me that I've not hated/thought I looked fat and gross (excluding my dumb face lol).

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Post by mightysparks » January 7th, 2020, 1:27 am

Wanted to share this awesome find somewhere: https://healthyrecipesblogs.com/shirata ... es-recipe/

I discovered Konjac noodles a couple of months ago as they are only 10 calories for a serving, but the one I first tried was rubbery and bland and weird, even with sauce. But I needed a low calorie meal last night since I ate out for lunch and I found the above whilst looking for a good recipe for Konjac noodles. I added a vegetarian sausage and some mushrooms and holy crap it was good. Absolutely delicious and a new favourite for us, less than 200 calories for an entire meal.

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Post by Eva_L » January 11th, 2020, 12:02 pm

I got a new Fitbit for Christmas because my old one was being weird, and I was so determined to reach my 10,000 steps/day goal every day in January. I was doing great until Monday, when I fractured my skull because some guy left his car door open in the dark and I smashed into it with my bike... Guess I'll try February instead, because I'm lucky if I get even 1,000 steps in a day now.

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