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I lost 10 stone with My Fitness Pal

marlihan1marlihan1 Posts: 46Member Member Posts: 46Member Member
The picture on the Left was Jan 2016. The picture on the right is March 2018. I woke up one day and decided enough was enough. I needed to get healthy from the inside out, and the thought of another person offering me their seat on my morning commute to the office because they thought I was pregnant, was just too embarrassing, and I want children one day - how could I be a good role model at 18 stone?!
On the 16th January 2016 I joined a gym and downloaded my fitness pal and started tracking my calories. I discovered running for weight loss and weight lifting, and I threw myself into it. There were days that I just couldn’t be bothered to workout, but I made myself.I discovered endorphins and this was new for me. That feel good factor really was (and still is) my drive, it took around 3 months of continuous workout routines, some days I found it so hard and despised it, and other days I found it easy and loved it. After around 3 months it became part of my life. Im now over 2 years into my new lifestyle and I love it.
I can’t believe I waited so long to lose this weight. Im now a happy and healthy weight (I range between 8.5 and 9 stone but generally stay away from the scales these days) If I were to give one bit of advice to someone starting their own journey, it would be DON’T GIVE UP.
Don’t think about the future - think about the here and now. Take each day as it comes. I wanted to wake up one day as a slim person and not have to endure this gym and calorie counting life - but thats not going to happen. Take each day as it comes and celebrate your successes at the end of each day. I have one more piece of advice - Plan your meals! It makes sticking to your daily calorie allowance much easier.
Thank you MyFitnessPal for changing my life. If it wasn’t for this app, I’d still be 10 stone heavier.
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  • debtay123debtay123 Posts: 800Member Member Posts: 800Member Member
    You are truly inspirational-= look amazing- I am happy I started my fitness journey too
  • huskydoohuskydoo Posts: 94Member Member Posts: 94Member Member
    marlihan1 wrote: »
    The picture on the Left was Jan 2016. The picture on the right is March 2018. I woke up one day and decided enough was enough. I needed to get healthy from the inside out, and the thought of another person offering me their seat on my morning commute to the office because they thought I was pregnant, was just too embarrassing, and I want children one day - how could I be a good role model at 18 stone?!
    On the 16th January 2016 I joined a gym and downloaded my fitness pal and started tracking my calories. I discovered running for weight loss and weight lifting, and I threw myself into it. There were days that I just couldn’t be bothered to workout, but I made myself.I discovered endorphins and this was new for me. That feel good factor really was (and still is) my drive, it took around 3 months of continuous workout routines, some days I found it so hard and despised it, and other days I found it easy and loved it. After around 3 months it became part of my life. Im now over 2 years into my new lifestyle and I love it.
    I can’t believe I waited so long to lose this weight. Im now a happy and healthy weight (I range between 8.5 and 9 stone but generally stay away from the scales these days) If I were to give one bit of advice to someone starting their own journey, it would be DON’T GIVE UP.
    Don’t think about the future - think about the here and now. Take each day as it comes. I wanted to wake up one day as a slim person and not have to endure this gym and calorie counting life - but thats not going to happen. Take each day as it comes and celebrate your successes at the end of each day. I have one more piece of advice - Plan your meals! It makes sticking to your daily calorie allowance much easier.
    Thank you MyFitnessPal for changing my life. If it wasn’t for this app, I’d still be 10 stone heavier. [edited by mods]

    Sweet Mother Mary!! What a transformation! If I may say so, smoking hot!

    Seriously, you look fantastic! Great job! Those legs are awesome by the way

    edited March 14
  • QueenBee2018QueenBee2018 Posts: 127Member, Premium Member Posts: 127Member, Premium Member
    Wow what an amazing transformation!!! Thanks for sharing.
  • marlihan1marlihan1 Posts: 46Member Member Posts: 46Member Member
    Thank you very much for the support! I wish you well on your journeys xx
  • Frankie_FanFrankie_Fan Posts: 558Member, Premium Member Posts: 558Member, Premium Member
    Wow! Well done!
  • Frankie_FanFrankie_Fan Posts: 558Member, Premium Member Posts: 558Member, Premium Member
    Congrats on your loss!
  • marlihan1marlihan1 Posts: 46Member Member Posts: 46Member Member
    nowine4me wrote: »
    Holy crap! I had to zoom in to the tats on your foot to even believe it’s the same person. Two HUGE thumbs up. That’s dedication.

    Haha! Thanks very much
  • ShowingProgressShowingProgress Posts: 363Member Member Posts: 363Member Member
    Awesome job! Great job documenting with progress pics! My pics aren't showing the progress that my name suggests, unfortunately. I'm still at it though!
  • fattyboomafattybooma Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
    Holy Moly! You look amazing !
  • lisabobczuklisabobczuk Posts: 114Member, Premium Member Posts: 114Member, Premium Member
    Bloody hell!!!! What a fantastic job you’ve done!
    You’ve proven to me, that with dedication we can change our bodies!
  • animatorswearbrasanimatorswearbras Posts: 992Member Member Posts: 992Member Member
    Amazing! Well done you look fantastic, great to see such a fab transformation you look so fit, powerful and healthy! xxx Inspirational.
  • ared10ared10 Posts: 5Member Member Posts: 5Member Member
    You look sensational! Such an achievement! <3 <3
  • bikecherylbikecheryl Posts: 1,208Member Member Posts: 1,208Member Member
    OMG !!! If it wasn't for the star tattoo's I'd swear it wasn't the same person.

    Congratulations..... seriously..... you had to have put in a lot of hard work and effort.

    And wow.... I'd kill for those calves.... and those abs.... and.... lol...... just wow!
  • dysonsphere1dysonsphere1 Posts: 8Member Member Posts: 8Member Member
    Thanks for the post and congrats!
  • arpankarpank Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    Amazing transformation! Can you please share your weightlifting routine when you first started it? I am running right now, I would like to start weightlifting.
  • marlihan1marlihan1 Posts: 46Member Member Posts: 46Member Member
    arpank wrote: »
    Amazing transformation! Can you please share your weightlifting routine when you first started it? I am running right now, I would like to start weightlifting.

    Thanks very much, I first started weight lifting around a year and a half ago, I have slowly built the weight up. A typical morning for me a year ago would start with a 10k HIIT run, then a 45 minute weight session that included something like this (3 sets of 6 reps on each) barbell deadlifts: front - 12Kg, Back- 20 Kg (so no extra weight- just the bar), sumo squats with a 12.5kg Dumbbell, 10kg barbell pull ups (from a sumo squat), 20kg (so again- no added weight, just the bar) barbell bench press’s with 10 crunches in between. I would then spend 15 minutes stretching out with a roller because you need to shift that lactic acid.

    Thanks, if you need more detail let me know

    X
  • marlihan1marlihan1 Posts: 46Member Member Posts: 46Member Member
    Bloody hell!!!! What a fantastic job you’ve done!
    You’ve proven to me, that with dedication we can change our bodies!

    Yes you are right! Anyone can! I never thought this was possible for me, I didn’t have the energy. Now I feel so great. I can’t believe I waited so long to do it. Xx
  • marlihan1marlihan1 Posts: 46Member Member Posts: 46Member Member
    bikecheryl wrote: »
    OMG !!! If it wasn't for the star tattoo's I'd swear it wasn't the same person.

    Congratulations..... seriously..... you had to have put in a lot of hard work and effort.

    And wow.... I'd kill for those calves.... and those abs.... and.... lol...... just wow!

    Wow thank you very much. It’s a work in progress but so far I’m happy with the results.

    Thanks for the support
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