Weightlossin'. 18 lbs. down, 16 to go...

A few months ago, my weight creep* finally got to me and I decided to do something about it. I've been using the FitBit system, which is a combo of their pedometer/altimeter device thing and their calorie tracking/chart-filled website thing.

TL;DR - I've lost some weight. You can too, duder.

That's my weight from February 16th up to just a few days ago. 18 lbs. down, 16 more to go until I'm at my goal weight of 160, at which point I will assess how I look and feel, and determine if I want to stop there or go to 150.

I haven't had to change my eating habits much. I'm still eating burgers, chilli dogs, etc... I'm just keeping track of how many calories it all is, so I know when to stop or how much to exercise to burn some of it off.

I think just being able to see the numbers for how many calories you've put in and how many you need to burn and have burned off is incredibly helpful. Just keep the intake number lower than the burn number and you're all good.

It does some other stuff, like sleep tracking, but you can read about that on your own: http://www.fitbit.com/home

Here's the FitBit on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005PUONIK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=thehamsalli-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B005PUONIK

Or directly from FitBit:

http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=286239&U=609014&M=31379&urllink

(Yes, I get a percentage of the sale if you buy it through these links.)

If you get one, we can link up on the FitBit site and you can see what I'm eating. O__O

Oh and they're also available at various IRL stores if you prefer to brave the mean streets of whatever gang-ridden murderland you reside in.

*weight creep: Ever since leaving high school, I've gained around 4 lbs. a year, ever year. It's really not that much, but it was adding up.

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Edited by Hamst3r

A few months ago, my weight creep* finally got to me and I decided to do something about it. I've been using the FitBit system, which is a combo of their pedometer/altimeter device thing and their calorie tracking/chart-filled website thing.

TL;DR - I've lost some weight. You can too, duder.

That's my weight from February 16th up to just a few days ago. 18 lbs. down, 16 more to go until I'm at my goal weight of 160, at which point I will assess how I look and feel, and determine if I want to stop there or go to 150.

I haven't had to change my eating habits much. I'm still eating burgers, chilli dogs, etc... I'm just keeping track of how many calories it all is, so I know when to stop or how much to exercise to burn some of it off.

I think just being able to see the numbers for how many calories you've put in and how many you need to burn and have burned off is incredibly helpful. Just keep the intake number lower than the burn number and you're all good.

It does some other stuff, like sleep tracking, but you can read about that on your own: http://www.fitbit.com/home

Here's the FitBit on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005PUONIK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=thehamsalli-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B005PUONIK

Or directly from FitBit:

http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=286239&U=609014&M=31379&urllink

(Yes, I get a percentage of the sale if you buy it through these links.)

If you get one, we can link up on the FitBit site and you can see what I'm eating. O__O

Oh and they're also available at various IRL stores if you prefer to brave the mean streets of whatever gang-ridden murderland you reside in.

*weight creep: Ever since leaving high school, I've gained around 4 lbs. a year, ever year. It's really not that much, but it was adding up.

Edited by GJSmitty

Congrats man, it's not easy to shed weight. But you just have to remember to work to keep that weight off. Ever since I lost a ton of weight a year or two ago, it's been a struggle to make sure I don't overindulge myself for too long or go too long without working out.

Posted by Hamst3r

@GJSmitty said:

Congrats man, it's not easy to shed weight. But you just have to remember to work to keep that weight off. Ever since I lost a ton of weight a year or two ago, it's been a struggle to make sure I don't overindulge myself for too long or go too long without working out.

Yeah, there's a bit more leniency, but I definitely can't just stop paying attention to it all once I reach my goal. Gotta keep on it. I'm pretty sure I can do that though. :3

Posted by Snipzor

I look at this and cry whenever I see my weight is over 200. Then again, I'm 6'5'', but why doesn't that stop me from crying?! Good show though, 18 lbs in that period of time is quite something. I raise my double down to you good sir.

Just joking, that's gross, all the deliciousness in between will fall out if I do that.

Posted by Vlaphor

Congrats on that weight loss. It does take awhile and it's always too easy to relapse (the world gives you portions that are too large, then tells you to eat less), but with the right mindset you can make it. I've dropped 160lbs over three years and it feels good.

Posted by GJSmitty

@Hamst3r said:

@GJSmitty said:

Congrats man, it's not easy to shed weight. But you just have to remember to work to keep that weight off. Ever since I lost a ton of weight a year or two ago, it's been a struggle to make sure I don't overindulge myself for too long or go too long without working out.

Yeah, there's a bit more leniency, but I definitely can't just stop paying attention to it all once I reach my goal. Gotta keep on it. I'm pretty sure I can do that though. :3

Yeah it definitely get's easier after the weight is off. Well, it's still a challenge, but just a different, more enjoyable challenge.

Posted by JasonR86

Congratulations man. That's a big achievement.

Posted by Dany

Hey, your on gaf,

Yeah dude congrats!!! If you really want to start shredding those weights, cut the shitty food from your habit.

For me, it all clicked when I cut fast food and only drank water. Started dropping quickly.

Posted by Hamst3r

@Dany said:

Hey, your on gaf,

Yeah dude congrats!!! If you really want to start shredding those weights, cut the shitty food from your habit.

For me, it all clicked when I cut fast food and only drank water. Started dropping quickly.

Yeah, that's definitely one way to do it. I don't want to stop eating chilli cheese pastrami dogs though. They're so good. I'd rather work out harder so I can keep eating those and still lose the weight. :D

SO GOOD.
Edited by Dany

For me at least, I had to stop eating unhealthy foods to keep the weight off. Are you on a low carb diet? I ate the same as I did while working out, eating double cheeseburger,s chilie fries and a bunch of nasty stuff and I wasn't losing enough as I'd like, so I trimmed the unhealthy foods away to be weekend cheat meals. Then I just stopped. Working out and having a protein smoothie afterwards is the best feeling in the world.

Having gone full vegetation, (lacto-ovo) I don't miss meat as much as I thought I would.

Edited by Vlaphor

For this journey, cardio will be your best friend. You can feel free to enjoy those dogs if you want, just watch the snacking, no liquid calories (various stores have carbonated flavored water drinks with no calories whatsoever. Wal-Mart's is my favorite) and push your body to the point of massive sweat nearly every day. I try to do 1000 calories worth of cardio six days of week. For me, that's usually 18 miles on a bike or an hour in the gym. Find what works best with you.

and because I really enjoy showing off, here's me

at 364 http://imgur.com/8Hs0S

and 204 http://imgur.com/Rgf6l (and this one is four months old. I've made progress since then in terms of size, but I've only gone down to 198)

Best of luck to you

Posted by Hamst3r

@Dany said:

Are you on a low carb diet?

I'm currently approaching this as a general lower intake diet. I eat whatever, just less of it, and It's working. I haven't cut out anything, I just don't have as much food in a day - and if I do want to eat more food, I just exercise more to offset it.

For instance, here's today so far:

Basically, with the amount of activity I did today, it's calculated that I could eat 2376 calories. That's including a 750 caloric deficit, which is what keeps the weight loss happening. It keeps me 750 calories short every day. Earlier today my remaining calories were around 300, but I ended up going for a 3 mile walk as it was nice out, which kicked the number of calories up to 583. So...now I'm gonna have a slice of pizza and still be good for the day. :D

@Vlaphor: Thanks for the tips! That is some CRAZYBUSINESS going on in those pictures!

Posted by Dany

@Vlaphor: That is not the same person! Wow dude, stunning transformation! Best part of loosing weight is trying on your fat pants.

@Hamst3r: Yeah, you seem to be going about it right, I guess I'm a prude when it comes to food now. I see your logged food list and would not even try any of that. :P except the lettuce and cheese.

Posted by artgarcrunkle

If you continue to keep track of your caloric intake once you hit your goal weight you'll have a way easier time maintaining it. Big ups on the weight loss, Do Work.

Posted by Hamst3r

@Dany: I find for me, the easiest way to not over do it, is to overestimate with the numbers in the food log. For instance, I didn't eat all of that gyro, or drink all of that Pepsi, but I put the numbers in there as if I did. Just finished tackling the slice of pizza and a can of Pepsi as previously threatened...465 calories. So, I'm about a hundred shy of my limit for the day, which is a good place to stop. :)

Posted by Ketchupp

0 oz of water WTFFFFFF

But this seems cool.

Posted by TehJedicake

Grats on the weight loss!

I've been on my lifestyle change for about 2 months now, my secret is eating healthier and moving more, fuckload of water too.

Posted by GJSmitty

Also, I went a year without drinking any soda (some stupid promise I made) and, incidentally, that was the year I lost most of my weight.

Posted by Hamst3r

@Ketchupp said:

0 oz of water WTFFFFFF

But this seems cool.

Yeah, you have to enter that value separately and it doesn't take into account the water that you get from other foods and liquids. Those morning and afternoon snacks in the log are actually 34 oz of water each, with some crystal light mixed in. So, I think I'm doing okay on water, it's just not logged in there properly. :P

Posted by Vlaphor

@GJSmitty said:

Also, I went a year without drinking any soda (some stupid promise I made) and, incidentally, that was the year I lost most of my weight.

Yeah, in terms of weight loss, soda is the devil. A two liter can have half a day's worth of calories by itself with no nutritional value whatsoever. I used to love Barqs, but Barqs only hurt me.

Posted by iam3green

congrats on that. i'm still skinny so that is good. i also work out so it might be one reason also.

Posted by MeAuntieNora

@Vlaphor: Barqs only bit you because it thought you understood what that would mean man. It didn't mean to hurt you, that's just the way it is.

Edited by Zajtalan

nvm