90 day in-process photos and report.

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DetroitDarin
DetroitDarin Posts: 955 Member
edited October 2016 in Success Stories
I am posting this because it hurts me mentally to see even my today pics. I am a self-deprecating mofo, but I am beyond BEYOND thankful I started in July as the 22lbs-lost (plus muscle gained, which is probably impossible to see within the pics) means I am a lot farther ahead than I would have been had I taken the lazy way - and ultimately depressed, sad, isolated way - and kept things as they were. This is almost 90 days of living in a calorie deficit - I tend to eat about 1400-1500 per day based on the database here on MFP. What that means in real life is ultimately of no matter because it's working. Averages are awful because the average almost never happens statistically. BUT...looks like about 1lbs per week. I am not even half way to my target - my target isn't a weight but my target is a feeling, a look, a pants-size. My target is to be 45 and pretty f'in hot, not just for an old guy. :)

Anyway - here attached is the worst of my body (technically a lie because at one point I was 10lbs even-heavier than in that July photo) compared to where I am today. No bragging nor any need of affirmation but maybe this post resonates with somebody and helps them feel encouraged to continue or to keep going.

Objectively my traps and collarbones are more defined; my nipples are more-aligned (because the fat under them is reduced), the hard-line under my gut - the 'Dunlap' syndrome - is reduced significantly - because one can actually see UNDER my gut. The vein in my left arm is no longer flat with the skin, there's slight elevation there. There's more appearance of density in the bicep area. Yes, today I am wearing underwear with little mustaches on them. MeUndies.com is super comfy stuff :)

Mentally I tend to be more-focused. Maybe that's a lie because I can often 'squirrel!!!' out of a conversation, so maybe what i mean is i am less ME-focused. I can walk through a store without thinking folks are staring at me; I can buy food without projecting disgust on anyone who sees me with food in my cart. I can walk around the house shirtless and scare only ONE of my dogs (she was a stray so there's no-tellin what scares she carries). I am no longer absolutely PETRIFIED at the thought of going to a beach or a pool - maybe because it's cold and rainy here in SW germany? Whatever. I am doing much better with measurably more confidence. It's not only the weight loss; it's the exercise. I probably visit the gym 3 days per week for about an hour. Free weights then cardio of some sort; and not just lazily riding the bike - when I'm done with cardio I tend to be spent. Barely able to walk.

Oh - and two days ago I ran 2 miles non-stop. It'd been since about June of 2000 since I last ran on purpose.

Anywho - here's the visual. Hope you haven't eaten. :D


For reference, I am about 6'1" or about 183cm

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  • Rooooose
    Rooooose Posts: 149 Member
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    Awesome progress!!!! Definitely see a big difference! Keep up the great work :)
  • Linseymout
    Linseymout Posts: 159 Member
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    Well done!!
  • renae161
    renae161 Posts: 334 Member
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    You did a really amazing job so far! You should be proud of how far you've come . Don't give up, you're doing great!
  • davarse
    davarse Posts: 10 Member
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    Can absolutely see the difference. Well done. So excited for you!
  • feelc
    feelc Posts: 11 Member
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    You look better. Good work, keep on going. :)
  • DetroitDarin
    DetroitDarin Posts: 955 Member
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    Thank you all - I'll post-up for better or worse in another 30 days and see what we see. :)
  • Grammytryingtogetfit
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    Great job, and yes an inspiration to keep pushing forward!!
  • elisa123gal
    elisa123gal Posts: 4,287 Member
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    You've made good progress. I'm on day 82… I have similar results.. where i'm getting there..but not where I want to be. I told my husband.. I think of it as a trip to Texas from my Tennessee home…and I'm half way there… in Arkansas. lol. When you're a realist … we focus on what isn't done…and thank goodness the pictures show how far we've come. You're doing great.. and you'll be at goal before you know it. I bet you feel a lot better too with that weight off your midsection.
  • 44to44
    44to44 Posts: 896 Member
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    Looking good, my friend. I guess we started around the same time - didn't realize that. I'm down 20 lbs and don't notice a huge difference in my appearance yet, but I definitely *feel* different. Here's to progress!
  • gandssmith
    gandssmith Posts: 67 Member
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    be kind to yourself. there's nothing to be ashamed of in either picture. you look great and your hard work is showing. remember that half the battle is in our own heads.
  • DetroitDarin
    DetroitDarin Posts: 955 Member
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    gandssmith wrote: »
    be kind to yourself. there's nothing to be ashamed of in either picture. you look great and your hard work is showing. remember that half the battle is in our own heads.

    That is a very special-to-me reply. Thank you so much

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