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My Personal Journey

Discussion in 'Health, Fitness and Bodybuilding' started by Thenialrivera91, Aug 2, 2019.

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    This post is a public invitation for encouragement from anyone reading this. I grew up not liking my body a lot. From my weight, to my skin, to even my penis size when I was younger, I looked in the mirror with disgust. It wasn't a matter of comparing myself to others, just random self-hatred that I've learned over the years to combat. This summer I slipped into a brief depression, which brought on major weight gain. Then, with the help of my loved ones, I was steered on a path of self affirmation. I have worth, my life has value, and my body has amazing features that I am going to learn to embrace. Every body can be beautiful. That said, I'm embarking on a journey to shape my body into something I can truly be proud of. This mission isn't about my weight or how other people see me. It's about looking in the mirror one day and seeing, "You did this amazing thing," and being proud of myself. I ask for your encouragement because it is truly difficult for me to stick to the gym and, though I am in a good place rightnow, to continue on this positive path. From now, until I feel like it, I'll be posting regular updates on my body journey. Thank you for reading, and I hope I'll have your support along the way!

    August 2, 2019
    Weight: 235 lbs
    Skin: Acceptable
    Mood: jolly ;)
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    Good luck bro. I'm also on a weight loss journey. I when the running route and I'm down 35lb from my max weight off 250lb. Remember to be patient with the progress and yourself. It's taken me 10 months to get this far and I've got another 25lb to go.
     
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    Thank you for your encouraging words. 35 lbs is something to be proud of. I wish you the best in losing the other 25. You got this!
     
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    Mini update: I'm up 2 lbs but I'm thinking it's muscle since I've been going to the gym regularly and eating (mostly) right lol. I'm feeling more comfortable with my body. I got a smart scale and I'll be using an app to track my progress. I have no idea what half of this stuff means but I'll take the time to research. My short-term goal is to be down 30 lbs and 5% body fat. Once I accomplish that, I'll go from there. It feels really good to remind myself that I am in control of my body :grinning:
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    consistency is key. keep up the hard work.
     
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    Can you a provide a link for your smart scale? I may be interested in purchasing one.
     
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    Sure! There are others out there but a brother has bills so I found a cheaper one lol

    RENPHO Bluetooth Body Fat Scale Smart BMI Scale Digital Bathroom Wireless Weight Scale, Body Composition Analyzer with Smartphone App 396 lbs - Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N1UX8RW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_YG0tDbCZS2B4T


    Thanks for the encouragement!
     
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    I wish you the best of luck, and hope you find comfort in your own skin! Reading your story, I can definitely relate to how you feel though my problem was always being too skinny. I believe in you and if you ever want someone to talk to you can message me!! :) Keep up the great work my friend!!!
     
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    Thank you so much for your encouragement! I just got back from the gym haha. I think you look great but what truly matters is that you can appreciate your body :heart:
     
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    Just checking in on one part of this: where are you in your definition of what eating right is? I think what we eat is at least 80% of the total weight loss formula. We've been told from bad studies/poor science that eating right means to avoid meat and to gobble down as many carbohydrates as possible. But there is a strong counter-cultural movement (low-carb/paleo/keto) that has pushed back against this approach, because people have had much better luck training their bodies to burn fat as its primary fuel instead of glucose/carbs. It is a big changeover though, teaching yourself to avoid all sugar/bread/rice/potatoes/grains.
     
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    Drinking lots of water helps. Great legs, though!
     
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    That's a great question. To clarify, I mean eating with balance in mind. I stress eat so when I did that consistently over summer it all added up. I don't do diets, but now I am just incorporating more greens/vegetables into my meals. I already don't eat a lot of meat and carbs is a nonnegotiable in my life lol. So between eating in moderation and exercising, I'm feeling much better about where I'm at and where I'm heading.

    I truly appreciate the compliment. My goal is to drink at least 3 liters of water every day. Right now I'm at like 2 liters a day. The hard part is remembering to drink because I'm always on the go! I'm posting a full update this weekend!
     
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    Oh okay. So meat isn't a bad thing for people is all I wanted to say. It will provide the most bioavailable forms of iron and vitamin A, and protein in the best proportions as well. Carbohydrates are of course best in their natural form, and never too much fruit at once as you don't want to drive up your blood sugar. I actually think sugar is the source of most people's weight problems, even if they don't think so. Since refined carbohydrates pretty much convert quickly to glucose in the body, your body just keeps functioning as though it were being fed table sugar. Which leads to insulin resistance, pancreas problems and eventually Type 2 diabetes. My favorite T-shirt is the one that says, "Ask Steve Jobs about his Fruitarian Diet. Oh wait, you can't."
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    I definitely see sugar being an issue. I have a terrible sweet tooth haha!
     
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    I have to say, that your body type is the kind that any personal trainer would love to have as a client. Your weight "problem" is nothing that a good diet and a few months of resistance training can't fix. Cutting back on high-carb, starchy foods, and eating lots of high quality meats and fibrous and nutrient-dense vegetables will result in substantial fat loss. It's clear by your picture that your muscles haven't seen any resistance training in a long time. Gaining more muscle through weight training will accelerate your fat loss... since muscle tissue burns more calories than the same amount of fat does. Breaking down your muscle fibers through weight training, then allowing the muscle tissue to repair itself by feeding it with high quality nutrient dense food will help your muscles to grow quickly. And shrinking the fat cells through a controlled diet will allow your muscles to show. I found Thomas DeLauer videos on Youtube to be very helpful. Keep posting your progress. Good luck!
     
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    Hey Friend,
    I am happy for you. Keep your head up and keep your mind in it, it's all about consistency. You are doing a beautiful thing. You can do this.
     
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    Very insperational. I hope you get the results and wish all the best. I'm currently doing the same. Trying to achieve the a better body.
     
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    So I realize I never did a September update...I'll just blame that on "Hurricane Dorian." I've been going to the gym and eating in moderation. I'll admit that I've stress-eaten twice in the past 2 months but that beats my precious 4 or 5 times a week. At the gym, I've been doing more weight training and devoting 15-20 minutes a day to my chest and arms, my core, and my legs/glutes. I do cardio each gym run but every other visit I do mostly cardio while my muscles relax. I can finally run a mile in under 10 minutes for the first time in months. I'm constantly celebrating the little things to keep me going. In want to update at the beginning of each month to track my own progress. Some of you have reached out with your own personal journey and I'm so proud of you guys. Keep going! I'll update again the weekend after next.

    September 21, 2019
    Weight: 230.2 lbs
    Skin: Improving
    Mood: Motivated

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    Hi. Well done for keeping up with this. It certainly must help to keep a blog about your journey.

    Would you mind be asking your height and age?

    Keep going!
     
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    Hi,

    The blogging definitely does keep me more aware and making sure I track everything. I feel that I won't notice the change unless I have these snapshots. I am 6 ft and 26 years old.
     
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