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SHARING: I Lost 120 Pounds!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by BigMarcusStud, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. BigMarcusStud

    BigMarcusStud Senior Member

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    First thing's first. I'm not trying to sell you anything. There are no affiliate links on this post. :)

    I just wanted to share that I lost 120 pounds! I started my weight loss journey back in August 2013. I was 310 pounds back then. 8 months later, I'm now 190 pounds!

    I've always been a big guy. When I started working from home, that's when I really ballooned. I let myself go and ate whatever the hell I wanted. I lived a sedentary life and spent most of my time in front of the computer.

    So what happened? One night, I woke up with intense chest pains. I thought that was the end for me and that I was having a heart attack. Fortunately, it was just extreme heart burns. However, I realized that it could have easily been a heart attack. I took one look at my lovely wife and beautiful 2 year old daughter and decided that it's time I make a lifestyle change.

    I started the following day. Being 310 pounds (with a slipped disc), I knew that I'm limited to just a few exercises. I started with some light jump ropes. I was still eating a lot, but figured that exercise can at least help. However, I started making healthier choices as to what I ate.

    Things changed when I discovered the MyFitnessPal app. I downloaded it and used it to track my calorie intake. I set it so I can lose 2 lbs a week. I switched from white rice to brown rice and limited myself to just a cup a meal. I also started eating more vegetables and lean meats. I also avoided fruits because of their high sugar content. When I got down to below 200 lbs, that's when I started eating fruits, mainly bananas.

    I searched online for a good exercise for the morbidly obese (yes, I used that term) and chanced upon "Walk Away the Pounds" by Lisa Sansone. It's a power walking program that you can do at home. I started by walking a mile a day and increased it as I became fitter. Now, I can easily do 8 to 10 miles of power walking a day.

    I also gave up on rice. I eat wheat bread (1 to 2 slices a day) and vegetables for my carbs and eat a lot of fish (tuna) and chicken breast. The pounds started dropping like flies.

    When I hit 220 lbs, that's when I started hitting the gym and playing basketball. I now play basketball once a week and go to the gym 2-3 times a week. I still do power-walking regularly. I make it a point to exercise 6 days a week.

    I'm also using other fitness apps like Runtastic and FitStar. I make sure that I track everything. I normally eat around 1800 to 2000 calories and burn around 600 calories through exercise so I net around 1200 calories a day. I always feel full and I don't starve myself. I allow myself a cheat meal a week.

    Here's how my usual day looks like as far as meals are concerned:

    Breakfast:

    1 piece wheat bread and fried egg (No salt; just black pepper and paprika.)

    Mid-day snack:

    Nuts (Although lately, I'm taking whey protein shakes. I just started this week.)

    Lunch:

    Roasted vegetables with olive oil, a little salt, pepper and LOTS of garlic (green beans, squash, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc.)

    Snack:

    1 piece wheat bread with peanut butter and banana

    Dinner:

    Before, this is usually just like lunch (lots of veggies and protein). Now that I'm starting on whey protein, it's a serving of whey protein and an egg.

    I squeeze in a couple of exercises a day. In the morning, I do power walking for about 4 miles. If I have time, I go to the gym or jog. In the evening before dinner, I do a FitStar workout. They're usually bodyweight exercises.

    As mentioned, I cheat on my diet a meal a week. However, I still make healthier choices. If I'm having burger, I say no to additional toppings like cheese, bacon, etc. I don't order drinks and fries. Also, I make it a point to burn off the calories by exercising the same day.

    The last time I weighed 190 pounds was almost 20 years ago. By the way, I'm a 32 year old guy.

    It's really a joy to hear people comment on how young and good I look. Best of all, it feels good to know that I'm not going to die on my family soon because of obesity. It's inspiring me to do more. I'm looking to hit 180 pounds soon. That should be enough for me. I'll just focus on toning when I reach that weight.

    Hopefully, I'm able to inspire a lot of fellow BHWers. It's not too late for a lifestyle change and working from home is not an excuse.
     
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  2. asap1

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    Man all i have to say is GOOD JOB, everyone wants to lose weight without putting in any work but the human body just does not work like that but you took action.

    Congratz on the weight loss and changing your life.

    +1 rep :D
     
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  3. srb888

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    WOW! Rep +++++ :). Great! Keep doing it. I like such stories that help everyone. Thanks for that. God bless! :)

    BTW, if you post a silhouette of your then and now photos (all body darkened up) it would be great, but not insisting. lol
     
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    Man all i have to say is GOOD JOB, everyone wants to lose weight without putting in any work but the human body just does not work like that but you took action.

    Congratz on the weight loss and changing your life.

    +1 rep :D

    **EDIT***

    Dont know how it double post when i edited my first post...weird
     
  5. daflip

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    congrats mate!
    i too myself gained so much weight after i had my surgery for tumor (mass), i was basically bed bound all day for a month recovering
    til i got out a month later (207lbs) before that i weight about 155lbs ..(fat) im 5.'6' and i think i should be at 140~ or something like that
    that was 4 years ago, 4-15-2010
    now i weight about 213 im trying to lose weight hopefully get to down where i want it to be...
    ive been eating healty,

    but no excercise lol... i should... and not be lazy hehe

    good job!
     
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    Great achievement. You lost almost my entire bodyweight.
     
  7. IMSEO

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    Thought you meant you lost 120 pounds as in money. Lawl.
     
  8. BigMarcusStud

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    Thanks! A lot of my friends ask me how I lost weight, expecting some "miracle" solution. When they find out that I dieted and exercised, they lost interest.

    I'll do that soon. :)

    Thanks man! You can do it! I was in worse shape than you when I started. You just need to decide for yourself that enough is enough. :)

    Thanks! Yes, my wife is saying the same thing as she's around 120 lbs. She's asking how she was able to fit in the old me. Haha!
     
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    120 pounds? That's 5 more than what I weigh. It's like I climbed out of your stomach after you ate me for dinner.
     
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    How was it down there? Haha!
     
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    I commend you for it. prettty damn good job.
     
  12. Trepanated

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    That's an awesome achievement mate!

    I know from experience as I did a similar thing after my weight had crept up on me but I only lost 50 pounds. You lost 2 and a half times more in about the same time. That's nuts.

    I remember the first time I did pressups and managed 5 - shameful - I am heading towards a couple of hundred a day now.
     
  13. belalang

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    Good job OP!! Im inspired. Wish u all the best!!!
     
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    Oh, man, I am amazed by you!It is like my bodyweigh!Great job
     
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    Strange world we live in. You are trying to loose weight and I am trying to gain weight :D
     
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    What do you drink though?

    Just water?
     
  17. BigMarcusStud

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    Thanks! I'm pretty proud of myself. :)

    Yes, I imagine when I first started exercising. I couldn't even run 100 meters. I couldn't do 5 straight push-ups. Now, I'm surprising myself at what I can do.

    Thanks! :)

    If only it's as simple as me giving you the extra weight. Haha!

    Yes, just water. I gave up soda and fruit juices. I do drink about 2-3 cans of Dole Pineapple Juice with Reducol a week because it supposedly reduces cholesterol. When I was first starting, I was drinking a can a day but decided to cut back when I got thinner.

    Oh, and I'm a Starbucks regular. But I stick to a tall hot latte with non-fat milk and no sugar (100 calories) or just plain hot China Green Tips tea. If it's hot outside, I make it over ice, still non-fat and unsweetened.
     
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  18. Trepanated

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    Does this mean you will need to change your BHW username?
     
  19. BigMarcusStud

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    Haha! Let it be a reminder of how big I used to be, together with my loose skin and stretch marks.
     
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    WoW Amazing, probably not the Best Forum for something like this, but this is simply amazing. Congrats!