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mfagerstrom 01-16-2010 09:58 PM

I've lost 110 pounds so far thanks to FitDay.
 
I've been overweight almost all of my life. My parents were overweight. I ate what they ate. I learned their poor habits and led the same sedentary life they did.

I would "try" to lose weight in the past, but I didn't take the time to learn what I was doing. I would just buy food that was labeled "low fat" and think I was doing good. Even that wouldn't last long.

This past May, my weight had finally got to the point where it was affecting me in a noticeable physical way. I weighed a whopping 335 pounds. I had been dealing with heartburn for about 2 years. I had felt chest pains (that I ignored like an idiot) a few times. When I walked, I often had a burning pain in my calves with each step I took. It was horrible.

After all of that, I finally had the motivation needed to do something serious about my health. I did a lot of reading online and started to eat a bit better starting in the middle of May. By June, I had discovered FitDay via a blog post I found through a Google search. Since the beginning of June, I have tracked my food and exercise with FitDay every single day.

FitDay helped me to see just how bad my eating habits where. I learned that meals I once considered to be "healthy" were actually loaded with calories. By just changing my eating habits and setting up a calorie restriction, my weight started dropping.

Now it's March 2010. I've been eating healthy for over nine months now. I've gone from 335 pounds in May '09 to 225 pounds today. I haven't had heartburn since I dipped below 300 pounds. No more chest pains. My legs? Well I started running in January, and now I go out for 5-6 mile runs almost every other day. Looking forward to my first 5k race next month.

In case anyone is curious what I eat... I use the PC version of FitDay and I haven't signed up for a premium account so I can't share my logs directly. I do share my foods on my blog, though. I added the link in my signature. I started following the TNT Diet about six weeks ago, and it helped me to break a two month weight loss plateau.

I still have more to lose, but I'm healthier and happier than I've been in years. Thanks FitDay.


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doggiesnot 01-16-2010 10:12 PM

Excellent!

What I like is that this is a habit, a decision to eat healthy, and not a "diet". Great job on the positive life change!

mfagerstrom 01-16-2010 10:24 PM

That distinction is huge. If you go back to the way you used to eat, you'll just gain the weight back. I was heavy for a reason... I ate poorly and didn't exercise.

To be honest, after eating healthy for seven months, it's automatic now. I love what I eat, I don't feel like I'm being deprived.

gallusgal 01-20-2010 01:11 PM

Thanks for posting your weight loss journey, and congratulations on your success! I hate lookng at pics of myself right now, and I almost cry when I see pictures of myself as I used to be and hopefully will be again, slim, fit and healthy! :)

I started out by telling myself that I am not on a diet, as in the past the word 'diet' was in itself an enticement to cheat ( I am a natural rebel lol)...Instead I am changing the way I think about food, eating for the right reasons, and planning my meals in advance so that I know exactly what will be going in my mouth each and every day.

I am so happy for you and all of the other success stories here; you don't know just how motivational and inspirational you all are. I hope in six months time I will be posting a similar success story!

showmenow 01-20-2010 01:43 PM

You look great! Thanks for posting the pictures and keep up the good work. I know what you mean about the healthy eating. Just to see someone eating a big greasy hamburger and fries almost puts my body into shock. I honestly don't know how my body would react if I ate something like that now. Believe me, I still get cravings but I know what it will do to me to eat that stuff and how hard I have worked to get the weight off. I haven't given in yet and it has been a little over a year so hopefully my lifestyle change will "stick" now :)

Congrats on the running. I recently started jogging on the treadmill. That was a big milestone for me. When I look back to when I started, I was doing good just to be walking on the treadmill! I can't jog for long periods of time but I do what I can. I am a nasty smoker and my endurance is just about ZERO for running so I switch off from walking to jogging for a bit and then back to walking.

Gallusgal- I know what you mean about the pictures. I am absolutely disgusted when I see a picture of myself a year ago. How did I let myself get to that point? My mother in law said something to me awhile back that I didn't quite know how to take. We had all gone on a cruise a couple of years ago and she had found some pictures of it. She told me- I found some pictures of you on the cruise and the next time you feel like eating, I am going to show them to you. What the heck was that supposed to mean? I just looked at her. Whether she was trying to be hurtful or not, she did hurt my feelings. She also keeps telling me that she had better get on the ball and start losing weight so I don't get "skinny than her". Do you think she may have some jealousy issues?

gallusgal 01-21-2010 12:01 AM


Originally Posted by showmenow (Post 1323)
You look great! Thanks for posting the pictures and keep up the good work. I know what you mean about the healthy eating. Just to see someone eating a big greasy hamburger and fries almost puts my body into shock. I honestly don't know how my body would react if I ate something like that now. Believe me, I still get cravings but I know what it will do to me to eat that stuff and how hard I have worked to get the weight off. I haven't given in yet and it has been a little over a year so hopefully my lifestyle change will "stick" now :)

Congrats on the running. I recently started jogging on the treadmill. That was a big milestone for me. When I look back to when I started, I was doing good just to be walking on the treadmill! I can't jog for long periods of time but I do what I can. I am a nasty smoker and my endurance is just about ZERO for running so I switch off from walking to jogging for a bit and then back to walking.

Gallusgal- I know what you mean about the pictures. I am absolutely disgusted when I see a picture of myself a year ago. How did I let myself get to that point? My mother in law said something to me awhile back that I didn't quite know how to take. We had all gone on a cruise a couple of years ago and she had found some pictures of it. She told me- I found some pictures of you on the cruise and the next time you feel like eating, I am going to show them to you. What the heck was that supposed to mean? I just looked at her. Whether she was trying to be hurtful or not, she did hurt my feelings. She also keeps telling me that she had better get on the ball and start losing weight so I don't get "skinny than her". Do you think she may have some jealousy issues?


It sounds like she was trying to be hurtful, maybe to make you comfort eat a little more? I am going to play amateur psychologist and say that she saw you weight as your weakness. Not that I am suggesting she is a mean person, I just know what MIL's are like!

And yes, boy, oh boy, she is jealous! I saw your pics on the other thread, I applaud you and the OP for being brave enough to show them, I don't even let my closest friends and family see pics these days. You look FABULOUS, and as far as she is concerned, you are strong, beautiful and brave enough to tackle what was obviously a major problem and deal with it. MIL's are always in competition for the darling son's affections, no matter how friendly and nice they are. I am just guessing, but your weight was an asset to her in this ancient and unspoken battle between wife and Mom.

You are most definitely playing with the upper hand now. :)

mfagerstrom 01-26-2010 01:10 AM


Originally Posted by gallusgal (Post 1313)
Thanks for posting your weight loss journey, and congratulations on your success! I hate lookng at pics of myself right now, and I almost cry when I see pictures of myself as I used to be and hopefully will be again, slim, fit and healthy! :)

I started out by telling myself that I am not on a diet, as in the past the word 'diet' was in itself an enticement to cheat ( I am a natural rebel lol)...Instead I am changing the way I think about food, eating for the right reasons, and planning my meals in advance so that I know exactly what will be going in my mouth each and every day.

I am so happy for you and all of the other success stories here; you don't know just how motivational and inspirational you all are. I hope in six months time I will be posting a similar success story!

Thanks! I'm looking forward to reading your story.

mfagerstrom 01-26-2010 01:12 AM


Originally Posted by showmenow (Post 1323)
You look great! Thanks for posting the pictures and keep up the good work. I know what you mean about the healthy eating. Just to see someone eating a big greasy hamburger and fries almost puts my body into shock. I honestly don't know how my body would react if I ate something like that now. Believe me, I still get cravings but I know what it will do to me to eat that stuff and how hard I have worked to get the weight off. I haven't given in yet and it has been a little over a year so hopefully my lifestyle change will "stick" now :)

Congrats on the running. I recently started jogging on the treadmill. That was a big milestone for me. When I look back to when I started, I was doing good just to be walking on the treadmill! I can't jog for long periods of time but I do what I can. I am a nasty smoker and my endurance is just about ZERO for running so I switch off from walking to jogging for a bit and then back to walking.

Gallusgal- I know what you mean about the pictures. I am absolutely disgusted when I see a picture of myself a year ago. How did I let myself get to that point? My mother in law said something to me awhile back that I didn't quite know how to take. We had all gone on a cruise a couple of years ago and she had found some pictures of it. She told me- I found some pictures of you on the cruise and the next time you feel like eating, I am going to show them to you. What the heck was that supposed to mean? I just looked at her. Whether she was trying to be hurtful or not, she did hurt my feelings. She also keeps telling me that she had better get on the ball and start losing weight so I don't get "skinny than her". Do you think she may have some jealousy issues?

Thanks much. I also hate looking at old pictures of me. Especially our wedding pictures (the first pic is from our honeymoon)... I wish I looked like I do now back then.

Shell250 01-26-2010 03:39 AM


Originally Posted by mfagerstrom (Post 1095)
That distinction is huge. If you go back to the way you used to eat, you'll just gain the weight back. I was heavy for a reason... I ate poorly and didn't exercise.

To be honest, after eating healthy for seven months, it's automatic now. I love what I eat, I don't feel like I'm being deprived.

Thanks for posting your story and pics! You look great! :) So inspiring for me, I just started FitDay a few weeks ago.

Yup, there is a reason why I am overweight, it is simply due to poor eating habits and lack of exercise! So true. I didn't learn proper eating habits growing up either, and I allowed the bad eating habits to continue into my adulthood.

FitDay helps me to pinpoint where I go wrong, and with adjustments in my choices, I can see how I can eat a balanced and healthy diet. It has been a real learning experience for me. I think what is different this time is that I actually care about my health now; not only about losing weight as I have in past weight loss attempts.

Awww, Showmenow, I understand. :( What your mother-in-law said was very hurtful and she had no business at all making such a harsh comment. It is rude and insensitive. Yes, sounds like jealously to me. I am not liking pictures of myself these days, but I know that will change in time.

mfagerstrom 02-03-2010 11:54 PM

Thanks guys for the kind words.

I started a running program at the start of January and it's already paying off. Just this morning I was able to run 3 miles, taking only a minute break between each mile. It felt amazing.

I've only lost 2 pounds since I last posted... but I can still see a difference.

farr1022 02-04-2010 10:14 AM

AWESOME! Thanks for posting this!!!

grizzly51 02-04-2010 09:47 PM

That is wonderful! Congratulations to you and keep up the good work!

jancamp09 02-05-2010 01:30 PM

Wow! Fantastic! Running is not easy and if you started in January and are up to 3 miles with only 1 minute breaks you are doing phenominal!:)

mfagerstrom 02-05-2010 05:12 PM

Thanks guys. I've really been pushing the cardio this week and I'm hoping it'll break my plateau.

gallusgal 02-11-2010 10:20 AM

Congrats on the 100lbs! A fantastic achievement and a real milestone. You don't know how much it helps those of us at the beginning of our journey to read about your success and posting the pics really helps too. I actually weighed 100lbs when I was about 17 and a wee skinny thing,so you have lost a whole person in weight! :D

mfagerstrom 02-23-2010 03:02 AM

Thanks! That's kind of crazy to think about. Once in a while I like to put on one of my old 3x shirts, and it looks like someone could climb in there with me though. :)

Oh and a small update on my running... just a few days ago I was able to run 45 minutes without stopping to walk. Made it 4.13 miles, which is a bit under 11 minutes per mile.

almeeker 03-06-2010 01:57 AM

Congrats!!!!
 
Is that a dimple I see in that last skinny man shot? Wow you can't see it in any of the others. You rock dude.

Hey great job on the running, are you completely addicted or what? I've been working out 2x a week on the elliptical now for a couple of years, so for Christmas my husband and I bought one for each other and parked it in the dining room. Anyway I've been running (or whatever it is) on it everyday as opposed to a couple times a week. The last few weeks I've been going 45-46 minutes full out. Anyway the husband saw me on it and looked at the control panel and basically said that it must be a piece of crap because there was no way that I could run a 7 1/2 minute mile. Well guess what? The treads at the gym all say the same thing. Uh? Wonder why that is? I'm starting to smell a bit of a challenge here aren't you? I'm looking to do my first 5K in June. Good luck in your weight loss journey and on your upcoming race.

mfagerstrom 03-07-2010 07:14 PM

hah, thanks. I wouldn't consider myself skinny, but I'll get there eventually. :)

And yeah, I am hooked on running. I'm loving it - the feeling of being able to do something I wouldn't have been able to fathom doing in the past is amazing. Your 7:30 mile is impressive! I've been working on my pace, and I set a new PR last night for 5k - 29:43, which worked out to an average of 9:33/mi.

coianan 03-08-2010 12:43 AM

Inspiration!
 
Thanks for this post! You are truly an inspiration. I need only to drop 30 lbs, and I cannot seem to get motivated. This has helped me tremendously!:)

01gt4.6 03-08-2010 03:19 AM


Originally Posted by mfagerstrom (Post 4152)

Oh and a small update on my running... just a few days ago I was able to run 45 minutes without stopping to walk. Made it 4.13 miles, which is a bit under 11 minutes per mile.

I envy you!

mfagerstrom 03-10-2010 01:41 AM


Originally Posted by 01gt4.6 (Post 5309)
I envy you!

You may be envious of my running, but I want your physique! Working on that.

SaraHizzy 03-10-2010 03:50 AM

Wow. Congratulations on the weight loss.

I'm only down a pound, for three days of dieting, which I know isn't a lot. But, it still feels like a step in the right direction.

mfagerstrom 03-10-2010 12:57 PM


Originally Posted by SaraHizzy (Post 5491)
Wow. Congratulations on the weight loss.

I'm only down a pound, for three days of dieting, which I know isn't a lot. But, it still feels like a step in the right direction.

Hey Sara,

It's a start! The most important thing is to just establish good eating habits. Once you accomplish that, the rest falls into place. Best of luck to you.

01gt4.6 03-15-2010 12:58 AM


Originally Posted by mfagerstrom (Post 5485)
You may be envious of my running, but I want your physique! Working on that.

yeah but like I said before, you'll be there in no time! I have faith in you bro!

dcs_81 03-23-2010 03:30 AM

[QUOTE=mfagerstrom;1088](2/22/2010) Update - I've started a new diet and it has helped me lose weight faster than I've seen in a long time. Down to 230 pounds now, which is 105 lost total.


You look amazing now .. Congrats on your weightloss .. You are looking totally different , guess ppl around you cant recognize you .. hats off to your hardwork .. its a pretty good number ..110 pounds in 7 months :)
Too bad I just found out about fitday, i am 219 pounds rite now.. I have already lost 17 pounds .. still need to lose somewhere between 55 - 100 pounds to get to a healthier scale .. i hate myself , i never took any pictures of mine recently as well due to this .. even though i dont used to eat large portions , but i have always been eating the wrong food which had high calories .. and pregnancy resulted in adding those 50 pounds in my scale :(..
Your story is a motivation for me, i start believing that i can lose weight as well ..
i'm trying to watch my calories, i limit with 1400- 1700 calories per day ..
I have given myself 6 months to lose atleast 40 pounds .. :rolleyes:
Thanks for sharing your success with us , it really makes us to believe "I can do it"
All the best for your future weightloss ..
[you have mentioned u are into a new diet , care to share? ]

gattamom 03-23-2010 04:45 PM

Amazing!
 

Originally Posted by mfagerstrom (Post 1088)
Down to 230 pounds now, which is 105 lost total.

... Down 110 pounds now :)

Wow! Just amazing! Congratulations!

paloomino 03-26-2010 01:18 AM

Dude you look great !! I to am almost the same weight and have struggled all my life. Nice Job !!!

Clintd12 03-26-2010 01:46 AM

Wow, I was speechless when I scrolled down and saw your pics. You look absolutely amazing! What a transformation. I can't wait to feel how you feel at this very moment. And ur training for a marathon?!? Omg, thats so exciting. Keep it up and congrats. Really. Congrats. :)

mfagerstrom 03-26-2010 07:13 PM

dcs_81 - Congrats on getting started with your weight loss. The first few pounds are the hardest... that's where you have to develop the good habits. You asked about my new diet - it's the TNT Diet from Men's Health. Its a low carb, high fat/protein diet that is coupled with weight lifting... it focuses on losing fat and gaining muscle. I've been doing it for about five weeks now, and I've been seeing some pretty good results already.

gattamom - Thanks :D

paloomino - Thanks. I would say that I struggled.. but I didn't really try. I just let myself go.

Clintd12 - A marathon would be more of a lifetime goal, but I'd love to run one. I trained for a 5k originally - now I'm running 5-6 miles when I go out every other day. I'd love to do a 10k this summer and start training for a half marathon after that. I want to lose my last 50 pounds before I try and push myself too far with the running though.

mzkrt 03-26-2010 10:10 PM

Congratulations!!!!!!
 
I have just found this site and looking at your pictures are very encouraging. You look great. I commend you on your accomplishments.:)

DreaDia 03-27-2010 07:00 AM

well done!! that's really motivating! :)

almeeker 03-27-2010 02:31 PM

So what is your goal weight? Just curious.

DeathArrow 03-27-2010 04:44 PM

Oh my goodness. You look awesome!! I wouldn't have even recognized you in the last picture and the first 3 to be honest!
Also, I must say..I think your weight loss makes you look younger. I don't know how old you are, but you literally look about 10 years younger in your after pics. Maybe it's just me, but you do in my opinion look much younger.
I've been complaining that I'm tired of "dieting" for 2 months...and you've been doing it for almost a year, it's not even a diet anymore for you really is it? Now I definitely feel like a brat, complaining about 2 months hahaa thanks though, I needed that.

Keep up the great work, seriously :)

mfagerstrom 03-27-2010 05:29 PM

mzkrt - Thanks much! The only reason I posted here was in hopes of inspiring others. I was your typical fat and lazy guy, and if I can do it - anyone can.

DreaDia - Thanks!

almeeker - My goal weight is 180... so I have just under 50 pounds to go. To be honest, I'll settle for whatever my body ends up at. I'm not going to change my habits when I hit my goal... I know if I reverted to being sedentary and eating junk food again I'd just gain it all back and I never want to be that fat again.

DeathArrow - I'll be turning 30 in two weeks. For a long time I hadn't been looking forward to feeling "old," but now that I'm in the best shape of my life - I have a somewhat different outlook.

And you're right - after a certain point it doesn't feel like a diet anymore. Although my new restrictions from the TNT Diet haven't quite hit that yet! I do miss my carbs... but the fact that I have bacon and eggs for breakfast everyday and other foods I previously thought weren't healthy and still lose weight is pretty awesome. My wife's cooking me an omelet right now with cheese and veggies - I'm about to eat that and a half pound of bacon. Tasty "diet food."

almeeker 03-27-2010 05:36 PM

What does the wife think of all this? Sounds like she's on board if she's cooking you omelets and bacon... My hubby is very supportive in his own quiet way, but his sister and her husband are both obese and get mad at each other when one of them is losing weight (and the other isn't).

mfagerstrom 03-27-2010 09:14 PM


Originally Posted by almeeker (Post 6958)
What does the wife think of all this? Sounds like she's on board if she's cooking you omelets and bacon... My hubby is very supportive in his own quiet way, but his sister and her husband are both obese and get mad at each other when one of them is losing weight (and the other isn't).

My wife has been very supportive of me all throughout my weight loss "journey." In fact she's followed in my footsteps and started to cut calories and track them with FitDay. She's lost about 35 pounds so far - I'm very proud of her.

almeeker 03-27-2010 11:06 PM


Originally Posted by mfagerstrom (Post 6968)
My wife has been very supportive of me all throughout my weight loss "journey." In fact she's followed in my footsteps and started to cut calories and track them with FitDay. She's lost about 35 pounds so far - I'm very proud of her.

Soooo, when are you gonna post her before and after pics? Uh?

mfagerstrom 03-28-2010 01:28 AM

hah... if/when she wants me to. ;)

SerenityCat 03-30-2010 06:36 PM

Holy cow! You look fantastic! Great job. In fact, you look like a completely different person from your highest weight photo to that last photo. You look a LOT younger as well.

nalthof 04-14-2010 09:01 PM

Well Done. Congrats.
 
Just read your story and saw your pictures. Congrats. for holding through and for your achievement. Look like a completely different person. Thanks for sharing. :cool:


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