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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 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
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 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  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 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
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 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012   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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AzaIea Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012   General Artist
Thanks! This lady is my inspiration at the moment: [link]
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Tirael Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a pretty amazing transformation ;0
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Xiao-Hua Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  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 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   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 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012   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 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
That's awesome! XD
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Bayybee Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You look great Keiiii! Very proud of you ♥♥ - Randeh
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fictograph Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
CONGRATS!
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Expensively Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012   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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Expensively Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Impossible for me, that is. Obviously not for you, <3
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chou-roninx Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good for you !!
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keiiii Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012   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 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who do you have in mind to cosplay as?
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keiiii Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   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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chou-roninx Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah that costume looks pretty challenging! I'm sure whatever you decide to do it'll be great. I have a lot of respect for those who create the customes.
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NoseGraze Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  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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Royal-Guard-Lover Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic! Its really hard to lose weight, but you did it! Congratulations! =D
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Ayayue Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, you look great! Congratulations and I'm glad to see that your hard work has paid off.

I'm very impressed... and reminded that I have absolutely no excuse to not get myself on track for losing weight. I know I've lost a little weight this past year, but I definitely need to start keeping track of what I eat and actually put the effort forward.
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Peatchoune Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're truly great ! That's amazing to count the calories, i wouldn't be able to go that far. In my case, even if i eat too much, i dont gain too much weigh because i eat healthily ^v^ I eat more than 5 fruit and vegetables per day ^v^
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theonlytoner Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
congrats!!
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skippinthroughleaves Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012   Digital Artist
damn girl, you look great!
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temporos Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Good for you! You're proof that it's possible. I've been trying to lose weight for years. Even my doctor can't figure out what's keeping my weight up. I eat roughly 1000-1500 Calories per day, and I still gain weight. I also drink water like a fish. I'm 182 cm (70 in, I think?) and 90 kg (about 200 lbs).

I'm flab-tastic, but I can't seem to lose the inches around my waist. Too bad I can't afford a gym membership, and my neighbourhood is unsafe to exercise in.
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keiiii Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012   General Artist
90kg for 182cm isn't that bad! Maybe you should try some weight training? Building muscle can raise your metabolism. You'd probably have to eat more than 1500 calories per day to build muscle, though.

I assume you use a food scale? Estimating food portions can be veeeerrry tricky...
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temporos Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, my diet isn't the problem; my doctor's already ruled that out via my "food diary." He knows of a number of genetic, family medical issues that could cause havoc with weight, though. We're currently leaning toward a (not so pleasant or healthy) ailment which might be the biggest contributing factor.

When I was in the Royal Navy, I had those "washboard" abs. It felt awesome. In the decade since then, I've developed a classic beer belly (with surprisingly little beer). :(
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keiiii Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012   General Artist
Well, what I was saying is that food logs/diaries wouldn't be much help if the portions were not being measured accurately. But if you're making sure everything is accurate, then I guess the main culprit must be something else.
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mayshing Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:clap: :clap: Sooo that's why you were so quiet on DA?
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keiiii Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012   General Artist
It's a big part of the reason. The other big thing is teaching ESL to kids in Korea over voice chat~
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temporos Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I taught English in Korea for a while after university. I REALLY want to live there again, just not teaching. XD I love that country.
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keiiii Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012   General Artist
Korea and I don't get along very well. Too crowded, and there are some cultural/ value issues that I don't agree with. Not that my values are "typical American," but differences are better tolerated here. People in Korea tend to be less tolerant of anomalies. And the law enforcement is PATHETIC. Cops are not allowed to carry guns, and they tend to avoid dangerous situations to save their own asses (or even to just avoid hassle).

The last time I was in Korea is more than 10 years ago, though, and I'm sure a lot has changed (it IS such a fast changing country, after all) -- some for worse, and many for better. But I know the crowdedness, the cultural/ value issues and the law enforcement problem have not improved.

What do you like about Korea? :)
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temporos Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, the crowdedness never really bothered me, and I lived in Seoul. But I grew up in urbanized environments, so maybe I'm just used to being around a lot of people all the time.

One thing I really liked about Korea was the community-centric culture and attitude. People there (from my experience) were more concerned about community betterment than about individualism. Yes, there are greedy, selfish people there like anywhere, but it was nice to see people looking out for their neighbours and helping others. That's something you don't see in the States... at least, not in Michigan.

The cost of living is also much, much lower there than here, even in downtown Seoul. Rent is approximately the same, and my city in MI is only about 200,000 people compared to Seoul's 26,000,000.

More things I loved about Korea: public transportation, Internet infrastructure, power grid redundancy, lots of skyscrapers, mountains and ocean within walking distance of one another, super high-tech... None of these things we have in Michigan.
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keiiii Featured By Owner May 11, 2012   General Artist
I grew up in Seoul and the crowdedness is just not my thing. XD I like privacy. I like being able to actually SWIM without touching other people's bodies every other stroke when I go to a swimming pool. I like being able to find an empty spot at the beach without too much trouble.

I wouldn't say Koreans are less selfish. To put things in a very simplified manner, the community-centric way of thinking is their way of survival, just as individualism is a typical westerner's way of survival. A Korean maximizes his/her chance of survival and success by sticking to a group. They can be incredibly cold to members of the group whom they deem as detrimental to the survival of the group as a whole (e.g. the handicapped, the poor, etc). They help because they know they'll be helped in return. If they think they won't get anything in return, they're just as unlikely to help as Americans are.

A typical Korean's greatest fear is being ostracized because this goes directly against his/her method of survival. Koreans tend to be less independent... They're more likely to blindly follow. People over here in the U.S. want to fit in too, but it's much worse in Korea. They do EVERYTHING to fit in. Everyone gets plastic surgery. Everyone spends their money on brand name clothing, accessories, phones, etc. even if it means having little to no money left for food and bills! Because in order to fit in, they have to LOOK the part. So there is a ridiculous amount of focus on external things.

Of course, I'm not saying Westerners don't care about fitting in, just as you're not saying all Westerners are selfish. But you get what I'm saying: it's a difference in focus and degree.

The cost of living is definitely lower in Korea, but so is the typical income. So it balances out.

I have to give credit where it's due: public transportation and internet are indeed great in Korea. :) I also love their bakeries!

Mountains and oceans, on the other hand... They're crowded, so they don't do much for me!
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temporos Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
OMG I MISS PARIS BAGUETTE!! D: I would gladly hock up 1500₩ for one of their croissants right now...
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keiiii Featured By Owner May 13, 2012   General Artist
I LOVED going to my local bakeries (there were a few since I moved around a lot) early in the morning, just when the fresh breads come out of the oven. There aren't many things in this world that taste better than freshly baked soboro bread.

If I ever go back to Korea, I'll probably gain a few pounds during my first week from eating so much soboro bread. XD
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mayshing Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
ohhhhh neat. :D
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Ushishi Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, you truly demonstrate how far dedication can go. Congratulations! The photos show a huge change.
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ninjapenguin08 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Congrats and kudos for actually making something happen instead of just wishing for it. :) You look great!
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burntumber Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012   Digital Artist
That's amazing. Good for you.
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ScytheDancer Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow congrats! Looking amazing in the after(/during) picture:D I have gained some weight too now that I sit all day on comp in college and then do my homework on comp too at home and then on my free time I sit down and draw|D I do move quite lot too but I would like to get back to better shape for karate as I used to be when I started... So this is a good kick to my butt to get working on itxD Thank you for sharing this, it is really motivating^^
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keiiii Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012   General Artist
:D Thank you and best of luck with your endeavor!
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LastDragonTamer Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
let me join you in the RAGE AGAINST THE BELLY FLAB!!!
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WayTooEmily Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012   Digital Artist
My goodness. xD
In other words, congratulations! :)
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