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Published: April 17, 2012
This is my anniversary. Exactly one year ago, I weighed around 190 pounds. I'm only 5' 1.5"... or 156cm. At 190 pounds, I was wearing XXL shirts. Yeah, I was pretty wide.

And little wonder, for I was eating 3000+ calories on most days while sitting on my butt all day. Sometimes I ate close to 4000 calories in a SINGLE MEAL. Those of you who have never paid attention to calories may be surprised to find out how easy it can be to consume thousands of calories in one seating. Many restaurants offer 1000+ calorie dessert items. Chili's used to offer an appetizer that was around 2500 calories... You'd eat more than your day's worth of calories just for APPETIZER!!!

On April 17, 2011, I decided to change my lifestyle. Two things occurred to me:

1) I WAS big. Believe or not, this was an epiphany. Whenever I saw my body in my bathroom mirror, I'd see my 170 pound body, which I had at the time of high school graduation (definitely chubby, but not obese). The image in the mirror never changed even though I gained 20 pounds over the years. Photos showed my body in all its flabtacular glory, though. And I would blame it on bad lighting or bad angle, etc. But nope! I was really that big.

2) Changing the above doesn't have to involve misery. Eating less calories doesn't mean I can't ever have tasty stuff. It just means I have to be more picky. Even the really fattening stuff, I could have them -- just not as often.

I started counting calories meticulously, logging every single thing that went into my mouth. I've always been a tad OCD, so this wasn't bothersome. In fact, prior to counting calories, I was spending even more time thinking about my food choices, just for different reasons (often I'd ponder for 60+ minutes before making a meal choice, trying to figure out what I was craving). The only things I didn't log were calorie-free items such as water and diet soda, and spices. I bought a food scale and measuring tools to make sure my portion sizes were accurate.

I also started going to the gym every day. I had a gym membership collecting dust... and draining money from my wallet... every month for a ridiculously long time. Oh man, if I could have all that money back! I did lots of cardio, as much and as hard as I could. I also did weight training (nothing hardcore) to preserve my muscle mass.

7 months later, I'd lost 60 pounds, and I was fitting into S shirts.

My size hasn't changed after the first 7 months because I decided to take a break from the weight loss. I still have about 15 pounds that I'd like to lose. I'm in no hurry. I don't know how long it's going to take, but that doesn't bother me; what really matters to me is that I know I can do it.


I'm not feeling very eager to share my before/after photos because like I said, I'm not there yet. But I shall post them for any curious souls that might be lurking!
before~ cozypaper.com/temp/2011march-1…
after~ cozypaper.com/temp/2011-10-02a…
...or rather, during. Note, that dress is designed very strategically. My belly is a little bit bigger than it appears in that dress :( I WILL DESTROY YOU, BELLY FLAB! MARK MY WORDS!!!11
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StarMasayume's avatar
StarMasayume|Professional Digital Artist
Wow you go girl! That's an awesome difference. I've often leaned to slight chubbiness and realized years ago I needed to start getting better habits. I'm content now, but about where you are where I wouldn't mind losing 15 more to be really satisfied.

I seriously admire your dedication. I've lowered what I consume in a day and drink a lot more water than when I was younger, but I still have trouble exercising a whole lot which is bad when my job and most of my hobbies remain at the computer XD

So.. I have a close sweet friend who is a big girl ~ a lot bigger than your before and a lot of our friends and her sister believe it's unhealthy for her. Problem is she doesn't see any problem with it =/ Wish there was a nice way I could motivate her somehow.
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Plainevil's avatar
Well done you did great XD
im at the before stage right now. did you just count calories? how does that work? my mum tried to put me on a counting thing but it didn't work. its inspirational to see you've done it so well :)
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jsac38|Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow, I'm really proud of you!! Always easy to start but difficult to maintain. Keep it up!
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AzaIea's avatar
So empowering! And so happy for you!
How much weight do you think you've been losing for the first few months? And did it go faster after a while?

I have almost the same stats as you, at least in height. My weight isn't past 170 and I don't "look" too fat because I honestly am thick-boned (arms as thick as a man), but as a fellow Korean, I really need to lose weight! (Korea is so judgmental T,T)

Thank you in advance! Good luck with future endeavours!
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keiiii| General Artist
I agree! Korea focuses way too much on looks. It's one of my least favorite things about the country. DX People say looks are overrated in America; they have no idea what it's like in Korea!

The weight dropped off faster in the beginning then slowed down. The first week or two is often the fastest for most people because it's when they lose the water weight. Water weight aside, the general rule is that the fatter you are, the faster you lose weight. It appears that the body has a natural inclination towards being healthy and slightly chubby (i.e. the most likely to survive in ancient times -- fit enough to hunt and forage, and just enough fat to survive through a famine). For the same reason, the "last 10 pounds" are the most stubborn. The body doesn't want to let go because it's like, what if there's a famine coming!?

Do you measure your portions and count calories?
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Hello!

Sorry for the late reply! I'm practically new to DA and didn't know there was a private message system XD

Same here! I think it focuses way too much on looks too! I went there for a month and a half during the summer of this year and it was... *sighs* daunting. Although there seem to be more rounder people than when I went 2 years ago.

I've been exercising daily for a couple of weeks now. At first, yes, I noticed that my weight on the scale went down 5 lbs, but now, there's practically no change on the scale but physically I see some changes.

I heard about that! It's nice to know that someone else understands that and they're Korean too! My parents don't get that it's genetics and, yes, my fault, but it'd be nice if they understood what I'm talking about! Not everything's an excuse! XD

I do. I use MyFitnessPal nowadays and have been eating ~1500 calories. I heard 1200 was too steep but tried it out earlier and noticed no change, so I changed to 1500 and did notice a change, so I figure my body just needed the extra 300.

Thanks for the reply! I appreciate it! ^,^
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Tirael|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! That's really impressive :O and motivating too :).
I'm sure you can keep it up and am staying tuned in for when you reach your final goal!
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keiiii| General Artist
Thanks! This lady is my inspiration at the moment: [link]
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Tirael|Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a pretty amazing transformation ;0
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Xiao-Hua|Student General Artist
Oh man it's something I need to start doing! My weight was stable and healthy before I started college since I just ate the groceries my mom brought home, and she didn't get much in way of snacks.
Anyway due to some poor decisions, I got my freshmen 15 in the first month of this school year lol. I'll be changing this though! I can't keep track of most of the calories in cafeteria food, but just being aware of how much I'm taking in makes a difference for sure.

This journal also satisfies my curiosity, it's weird but I always like to see how my favorite artists look :D
It's really impressive how much you changed--not just weight, but your skin is literally glowing too. You look great!
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keiiii| General Artist
I bet a big percentage of the 15 you gained is actually just water weight! If you pay attention to portions and avoid salty food, you'll probably drop weight fast :)

I'm posting a huge high res professional photo when I have the look I want! >D
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ephilli's avatar
You are looking great! congrats on your hard work. It takes effort and maintenance to keep a nice healthy body, especially as we age.
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keiiii| General Artist
Funny thing is, I weighed more than this in 7th grade, after which I just kept getting bigger... I'm in the best shape of my life, and it's about to get even better :D
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ephilli's avatar
That's awesome! XD
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Bayybee|Hobbyist Interface Designer
You look great Keiiii! Very proud of you ♥♥ - Randeh
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fictograph|Professional Filmographer
CONGRATS!
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Expensively's avatar
wow, It's possible to lose weight, I've been trying since I was 13 and I'm just about after loosing my muffin top belly. It's really pushing seeing how much you've lost and how much I could still lose and make myself look great! But beans and toast as breakfast dinner and tea don't help loose weight.
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keiiii| General Artist
I didn't eat beans and toast for breakfast or drink tea either, so maybe that's not the secret XD

I still have a muffin top, unfortunately. I am on my way to its oblivion, though!
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Impossible for me, that is. Obviously not for you, <3
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chou-roninx|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good for you !!
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keiiii| General Artist
Thanks! I want to try a cosplay or two now that I look better. Need to learn how to sew, though...
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chou-roninx|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who do you have in mind to cosplay as?
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keiiii| General Artist
I've always wanted to cosplay Hugo from Suikoden 3, but his costume looks hard to make for a beginner like me... and his hair! :ohnoes:

At this point, any character whose face kind of looks like mine is up for consideration. Asian, tan-ish complexion, gentle/ droopy/ submissive eyes?
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NoseGraze|Student Digital Artist
Congratulations, this is an incredible accomplishment! :D I'm in the same boat as shadowdevil502:

"That is really impressive, mad props! For most of my life I've been one of *those* people who can eat as much as they want without gaining any weight at all. But now as I'm slowly getting older, my body can't handle what it used to, and I'm starting to develop a slight gut. I figured, "well, I guess I should start working out" but it's been a lot harder to establish the habit than I would have imagined."

I used to always be on the lower end of the "normal" scale for BMI, but now I think I'm on the upper end. I'm mostly eating the same, it's just that I'm getting older and my metabolism is slowing down I guess. I only have a little bit of a tummy but it's still something I'd like to lose. But I guess it isn't really enough to motivate me to really get going on losing weight. Ugh.

So I admire your dedication!
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