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100lb down in a year. Now the challenge is to keep it off.

LesFieldLesField Member, Premium Posts: 12 Member Member, Premium Posts: 12 Member
Hi everyone,
I tried to use MyFitnessPal without success years ago when gave up smoking and I gained lots of weight.

Last October I had an operation and my doctor told my that I would not be alive to walk my daughters down the aisle unless I lost some weight. My blood pressure was through the roof. This had a big impact on me and I've lost 100lb in weight in one year (blood pressure is now normal and I'm not on any meds at all).

Now I've hit my goal weight, I'm worried about slipping into old grazing habits and putting it all back on again, so I've re-activated my account today and will be checking the calories for now on.

If you want to know how I lost the weight, I followed these simple steps.

1. Cut down on your portion sizes. - I use a side plate.
2. Use a small fork or teaspoon and slow down. Lay your cutlery down between mouthfuls. It should take 20min to eat you dinner.
3. Stop drinking anything fizzy. - fizzy drinks expand you stomach and then you eat more to fill the extra space.
4. Don’t drink whilst eating. If you feel like you need a drink, its because your belly is full and needs to be flushed by fluid to fit more in - don’t do it. When you finish eating wait 5min before having a drink.
5. Keep to food thats less than 3% fat and 5% sugar.
6. Exercise. I try to do a 30min mountain bike ride up and down some steep hills where I live 3 times a week.

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edited October 9
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  • driheatazdriheataz Member, Premium Posts: 10 Member Member, Premium Posts: 10 Member
    Congratulations on your amazing transformation! It is inspiring and your suggestions are right on!
  • snowflake954snowflake954 Member Posts: 5,348 Member Member Posts: 5,348 Member
    Awesome transformation! You're right, maintenance is where you need to be careful. Best wishes.
  • StevefromMichiganStevefromMichigan Member Posts: 460 Member Member Posts: 460 Member
    Super Job! That's an amazing transformation.
  • supercpa999supercpa999 Member, Premium Posts: 175 Member Member, Premium Posts: 175 Member
    @lesfield
    Wow congrats! Amazing job and very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
  • Jacq_quiJacq_qui Member Posts: 272 Member Member Posts: 272 Member
    Massive success! congratulations - You look at least ten years younger and I bet you feel it too. Very inspiring!
  • zebasschickzebasschick Member Posts: 364 Member Member Posts: 364 Member
    very impressive - good for you!
  • 4Phoenix4Phoenix Member Posts: 135 Member Member Posts: 135 Member
    Respect.
    Tracking and reflection will keep you mindful of your goals. You have worked hard; be vigilant to maintain your success. Best wishes for continued health!
  • saltysparklesaltysparkle Member, Premium Posts: 109 Member Member, Premium Posts: 109 Member
    Awesome job! I just shared with my husband...who generally isn't interested in losing weight, but sometimes I think he just needs guys who resemble him more to motivate him/make him think it might be worth it...and he was impressed.
  • WannaBeAnonWannaBeAnon Member Posts: 4 Member Member Posts: 4 Member
    Interestingly, you look like you're supposed to be thin. Just suits you, good job! 110lbs down myself, and I agree with most of your tips
  • kittengirl88kittengirl88 Member Posts: 53 Member Member Posts: 53 Member
    Congratulations!
  • tradercourt1tradercourt1 Member Posts: 11 Member Member Posts: 11 Member
    Very interesting stuff about the liquids! Congrats - and thanks for sharing.
  • LesFieldLesField Member, Premium Posts: 12 Member Member, Premium Posts: 12 Member
    Awesome job! I just shared with my husband...who generally isn't interested in losing weight, but sometimes I think he just needs guys who resemble him more to motivate him/make him think it might be worth it...and he was impressed.

    Tell him to make a start, he will feel so good about himself.
  • Diatonic12Diatonic12 Member Posts: 8,463 Member Member Posts: 8,463 Member
    Smart decisions, Les. Your skin is amazing! Bright eyed and so much younger.
  • violetvillainyvioletvillainy Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member
    it's cool that you lost weight dude but wow is all of your advice a crock of horse dung
    edited October 9
  • sweetsusie73sweetsusie73 Member Posts: 1 Member Member Posts: 1 Member
    Pretty amazing transformation! Nice job.
    What part of the fitness pal app helped you the most? Logging food, logging exercise, tracking weight or inches?
  • LouHonnerLouHonner Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member
    Amazing job!
  • ndgeracendgerace Member, Premium Posts: 2 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2 Member
    That is amazing! Great job. And your tips are also wonderful!
  • Lostboy1957Lostboy1957 Member Posts: 1 Member Member Posts: 1 Member
    thanks for posting , your journey has kept my motivation going.
  • hyattbobehyattbobe Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member
    Congrats - Great Job
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