2 January 2013
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If any of you are a hundred pounds overweight and have had a big belly forever and are doubtful that it would ever be possible to see significant fat reduction in that area… hopefully this will encourage you as much as it encourages me.  One year of progress, and I’m not to where I want to be yet, but I’m certainly proud of how far I’ve come in a year.
Please note that there is no such thing as spot reduction.  If you want to get rid of your belly, you just have to keep reducing your overall body fat through clean nutrition and generous amounts of strenuous activity.  If you’re reducing your body fat but your belly seems to be hanging on for dear life, don’t despair or give up - you’re not alone. My belly didn’t budge much at all for the first eight months, it was absolutely the last area in which I started seeing progress.  Yes, that can be frustrating; I urge you to brush off the frustration and just keep chipping away at your fitness goals, as it all makes a difference even if you can’t see the difference right away.  The fitness is the best part, anyway, and by the time the belly starts shifting, it’ll just be a nice bonus.
Happy 2013, fitblrs - many thanks to all of your for your support and your endless dedication to your health and well-being.  Much love. ♥

[click on the photo for the larger version]

If any of you are a hundred pounds overweight and have had a big belly forever and are doubtful that it would ever be possible to see significant fat reduction in that area… hopefully this will encourage you as much as it encourages me.  One year of progress, and I’m not to where I want to be yet, but I’m certainly proud of how far I’ve come in a year.

Please note that there is no such thing as spot reduction.  If you want to get rid of your belly, you just have to keep reducing your overall body fat through clean nutrition and generous amounts of strenuous activity.  If you’re reducing your body fat but your belly seems to be hanging on for dear life, don’t despair or give up - you’re not alone. My belly didn’t budge much at all for the first eight months, it was absolutely the last area in which I started seeing progress.  Yes, that can be frustrating; I urge you to brush off the frustration and just keep chipping away at your fitness goals, as it all makes a difference even if you can’t see the difference right away.  The fitness is the best part, anyway, and by the time the belly starts shifting, it’ll just be a nice bonus.

Happy 2013, fitblrs - many thanks to all of your for your support and your endless dedication to your health and well-being.  Much love. ♥

2 January 2013
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One-year progress photos, profile.  219lbs to 150, though the weight loss is just a side effect of the fitness work I’ve been doing.  I’m happy with the progress and also happy to see what I want to work on next.  I have a lot of fitness goals for this year, but it’s also nice to take a brief look at how far I’ve come.

One-year progress photos, profile.  219lbs to 150, though the weight loss is just a side effect of the fitness work I’ve been doing.  I’m happy with the progress and also happy to see what I want to work on next.  I have a lot of fitness goals for this year, but it’s also nice to take a brief look at how far I’ve come.

2 January 2013
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One year progress photos - 219lbs down to 150.  Lots of changes here; lots more to come this year.  Weight loss is not my primary goal, but it has been a happy side effect of pursuing my fitness and health goals.  I’m pleased with what I see here but I also see some things I want to work on, so bring on 2013.

One year progress photos - 219lbs down to 150.  Lots of changes here; lots more to come this year.  Weight loss is not my primary goal, but it has been a happy side effect of pursuing my fitness and health goals.  I’m pleased with what I see here but I also see some things I want to work on, so bring on 2013.

15 November 2012
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I wasn’t going to assemble any more progress shots until the beginning of December when I’m due for updated ones, but today I needed a reminder, so I put this together for myself, and hopefully there’s at least one other person out there who can benefit from seeing where they could be after a few months’ work.  It’s exciting to think about what my June 2013 progress photos will look like. :-)
One thing I can see in this comparison that matches up to a suspicion I had: my forearms have slimmed down!  In the mirror I was thinking that they seemed more toned, but then I thought it must be my imagination.  But no, apparently that’s a real thing.
You guys are the ones who inspire me daily, all my gratitude goes out to the unbelievably awesome fitblr community.

I wasn’t going to assemble any more progress shots until the beginning of December when I’m due for updated ones, but today I needed a reminder, so I put this together for myself, and hopefully there’s at least one other person out there who can benefit from seeing where they could be after a few months’ work.  It’s exciting to think about what my June 2013 progress photos will look like. :-)

One thing I can see in this comparison that matches up to a suspicion I had: my forearms have slimmed down!  In the mirror I was thinking that they seemed more toned, but then I thought it must be my imagination.  But no, apparently that’s a real thing.

You guys are the ones who inspire me daily, all my gratitude goes out to the unbelievably awesome fitblr community.

5 November 2012
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New progress photo to remind me of how far I’ve come… what’s weird to me is that my before photo was less than a year ago, and yet I absolutely do not remember what it was like to be that size.  It seems like another world, another person.  So grateful for this journey.

New progress photo to remind me of how far I’ve come… what’s weird to me is that my before photo was less than a year ago, and yet I absolutely do not remember what it was like to be that size.  It seems like another world, another person.  So grateful for this journey.

30 September 2012
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These were my favourite cold-weather trousers, they were always tight (you can see the tension on the button and the zipper in the first photo) but I loved them anyway. The last time I wore them was for the March progress photo, then I packed them away with the rest of my winter clothes, and I remember thinking, I bet by the time autumn comes I’ll have reduced enough that these will be fitting well and I’ll be looking pretty hot in them.
Well… yesterday it was finally chilly enough to dig out the autumn clothes, so I tried the trousers on and… hahahaaa.  Wow. I was actually quite freaked out, I had no idea I’d made that much progress over the summer, nor had I realised just how big I was before. Quite eye-opening, and I was pretty emotional. Nice to be crying in front of the mirror for a happy reason, though.
Also: I guess I need to go shopping.

These were my favourite cold-weather trousers, they were always tight (you can see the tension on the button and the zipper in the first photo) but I loved them anyway. The last time I wore them was for the March progress photo, then I packed them away with the rest of my winter clothes, and I remember thinking, I bet by the time autumn comes I’ll have reduced enough that these will be fitting well and I’ll be looking pretty hot in them.

Well… yesterday it was finally chilly enough to dig out the autumn clothes, so I tried the trousers on and… hahahaaa.  Wow. I was actually quite freaked out, I had no idea I’d made that much progress over the summer, nor had I realised just how big I was before. Quite eye-opening, and I was pretty emotional. Nice to be crying in front of the mirror for a happy reason, though.

Also: I guess I need to go shopping.

26 September 2012
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Followers and clarifications and failure, oh my!

Good morning, fitblrs!  Hope everyone is rocking this fine Wednesday.

First of all, I want to say hello to all my new (and old!) followers.  I have no idea where all of you came from but I promise I’m friendly, and grateful for your virtual upvote. :-)

Secondly, thank you to everyone who has written in asking me to share tips/advice/whatever.  Obviously I’m not a doctor or anything like that, so I can’t give you medical advice, but I am learning a lot about nutrition and fitness via experience, and I’m happy to share the things I learn with those who are maybe not quite as far along in the journey yet.

Thirdly, I wanted to address a common theme I’m seeing in a lot of the messages in my ask inbox: “I feel like a failure by comparison when I see how well you’ve done.”  I have several responses to this:

  1. Keep in mind that the progress you see here in my blog only represents the last nine months of my life, and because mentally I’m focused on the present and the future rather than the past, I don’t talk a lot about the previous twenty years during which I struggled with obesity and “failed” in the same way you feel you’re failing now.  Two decades of unsuccessful battles with obesity - that’s longer than many of you have been alive.  So don’t think that just because I’m finally figuring out how to do this that I’ve always had it figured out.  Most successful people had to climb a mountain of failure first to get to the other side.

  2. That said, let me help you with a shortcut so maybe I can save you twenty years of struggle: the negative self-talk will sink you like the Titanic.  It may seem like no big deal, but even just one time of saying “I’m a failure” or any of the million other negative things you say to yourself all day long will make you start to believe the negativity.  This is how cults brainwash people - if you tell someone something often enough and it’s the only message they’re hearing, eventually they will start to believe it, no matter what it is.  So it’s important to adopt a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to putting yourself down.  That’s not to say you can’t address areas in which you think you could improve, but there’s a huge difference between saying, “I suck at fitness, I’m such a failure” and saying, “I really want to look at ways to boost my fitness skills, because I can see I have a lot of room for improvement.”

  3. Health/fitness is not a competition.  There’s no legitimate way to compare your progress with anyone else’s.  Weight loss pace in particular is a really bad thing to compare, anyway - I personally know several people who are getting smaller but actually gaining weight because they’re firming up like holy shit, and you’d better believe that for two people with the same body volume, a muscular body is going to be significantly heavier than a body with little muscle and a high fat percentage. So you can’t just look at someone’s changing numbers on the scale and automatically think you know what’s going on with them from that one metric alone.

Okay, so yeah, it’s important to ban the negative self-talk and the comparisons. Your journey belongs to you and you alone, so honour that by putting all your energy into positive channels that help you reach your goals, instead of focusing on what everyone else is doing. I think it’s great to surround yourself with people whom you find inspirational and to learn from them (that’s the whole reason I’m on tumblr, after all, because you guys inspire me), but be careful about putting those people on pedestals and getting in a headspace where you start to convince yourself that they’re superhuman somehow and that you could never achieve what they have achieved. I promise you, no matter how perfect some people may seem on the internet, they’re only human beings and they have good days and bad days, just like you and I have.

You can be someone who harnesses bad days as valuable experiences and uses them to learn and grow, or you can sit around and sulk and let your bad days pile up as “proof” that you’re a failure. The good news is, that decision is entirely up to you, and even if you always had an unhelpful attitude in the past, you can choose to adopt a new attitude right now.

Hopefully someone will find this little pep talk helpful. :-)

14 September 2012
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Waist: 95! Also: comment drama

I decided to take a waist measurement because I hadn’t done so in a while… 95cm!  That’s good progress, I’m finally seeing some belly fat shifting (belly is always the last to go for me).

In tumblr news, one thing that has been bothering me recently is people reblogging my progress photos (cool) and then adding comments condoning drastic or downright unhealthy ways of getting similar results (not cool).  I suppose there’s nothing I can do to stop it, though, short of never posting progress shots.  I just have to trust that people are smart enough to recognise the difference between the original poster and the commenters, and hopefully my own followers know that I would never get behind a comment like “you can get these results even faster if you cut to 400 calories a day and take a laxative when you plateau.”

Um… yeah.

Seriously.  Hopefully it goes without saying for my followers, but just in case anyone who’s new doesn’t know, unless I specifically come in and endorse something someone says, it’s safe to assume that any comments people make are their own, for better or worse, and have nothing to do with me.

Also, any wild speculation on what “tricks” I use for fat loss is just that: wild speculation.  I have never made any secret as to how I’ve lost fat and gotten fitter, because there is no secret - I eat well and I train.  I don’t take diet pills, I don’t starve, I don’t do anything desperate to claw my way to a lower number on the scale.

Although I do have a number in mind of a weight I think I’ll be when I’m as fit as I want to be, it’s important to know that weight loss is NOT my primary goal, but rather a side effect of good nutrition and consistent training.  In turn, the good nutrition and consistent training have been a side effect of doing the necessary psychological work, i.e. dealing with the emotional and mental issues that led me to obesity in the first place.  If you’re looking for a magic solution, there it is: sort your head out, the rest will follow.

So yeah, if you see anyone using one of my pictures to spew a line about weight loss tricks, that has nothing to do with me, despite my photo being attached to it.  Hopefully you guys know that already, but I thought I’d throw it out there just in case.

I hope everyone’s had a great week!  Let’s get this weekend started!

2 September 2012
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September progress - sitting down.  I like to do sitting photos as well because I think sitting is the worst case scenario in terms of unflattering positions, and if you can look good sitting down, you’ve pretty much got it made.  When you sit, everything spreads out like holy shit.  But now, for me, it spreads out a lot less.  Getting there.

September progress - sitting down.  I like to do sitting photos as well because I think sitting is the worst case scenario in terms of unflattering positions, and if you can look good sitting down, you’ve pretty much got it made.  When you sit, everything spreads out like holy shit.  But now, for me, it spreads out a lot less.  Getting there.

2 September 2012
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September progress - side view.

September progress - side view.

2 September 2012
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September progress - bra overhang nearly gone!

September progress - bra overhang nearly gone!

30 August 2012
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Today I got curious about photos I had untagged on Facebook in the past, so I went digging through the accounts of friends who I knew had tagged photos of me that I hadn’t liked.  The photo on the left was one I had untagged in a panic, taken in August of 2009.  I don’t have a recorded weight for that exact date, but based on surrounding weight measurements I was somewhere between 210 and 215.
The photo on the right is one a friend uploaded two weeks ago. I left it tagged!  I weighed 174 on that day; I’m seven pounds lighter now.
Progress!  I will probably never untag a photo again, and that feels amazing.

Today I got curious about photos I had untagged on Facebook in the past, so I went digging through the accounts of friends who I knew had tagged photos of me that I hadn’t liked.  The photo on the left was one I had untagged in a panic, taken in August of 2009.  I don’t have a recorded weight for that exact date, but based on surrounding weight measurements I was somewhere between 210 and 215.

The photo on the right is one a friend uploaded two weeks ago. I left it tagged!  I weighed 174 on that day; I’m seven pounds lighter now.

Progress!  I will probably never untag a photo again, and that feels amazing.

30 August 2012
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I was going to apologise for the Michelle Bridges spam on your dash but it turns out I’M NOT SORRY.  Everyone benefits from more Mish on their dash.

New low weight this morning - 167! 52 pounds down, 48-ish to go.

I’m really looking forward to progress photos on Saturday. August has been a huge month for me and I’m expecting excellent visual results.

Interesting that the hottest month of the year, which is normally the excuse I would use not to train in August, has been my most productive month so far in terms of fitness.  So that has set the bar for every month after this, because in terms of weather it never gets worse than August.

I’m a beast!

a different hunger

a different hunger

All fitblr, all the time.

I AM NOT CURRENTLY ENDORSING ANY PRODUCTS, AND I WILL NEVER ENDORSE A WEIGHT LOSS PRODUCT OF ANY KIND. IF YOU SEE ANY OF MY PHOTOS ATTACHED TO ADS FOR WEIGHT LOSS PRODUCTS, YOU CAN SAFELY ASSUME THE PHOTO IS STOLEN, AND PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

Back in 2012 I finally decided to start taking care of myself. I went from being a class II obese sedentary person to being a lean, energetic competitive runner and all-around fitness freak. Although I do track my weight for the purpose of checking in with myself, being a certain weight is never my goal. Getting down to a healthy body fat percentage has simply been a side effect of good nutrition and consistent training. In turn, the good nutrition and consistent training have been a side effect of doing the necessary psychological work, i.e. dealing with the emotional and mental issues that led me to obesity in the first place. So If you’re looking for my magic success formula, there it is: sort your head out, the rest will follow.