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28 June 2005

WARNING: Gratuitous self post pictures inside[More:]
I did it. On January 1, 2005, I looked something like this. I had high blood pressure, weighed 236 lb., wore a 40 inch waist, took seven pills a day, and snored.

So I got on the South Beach Diet. I set a goal of 170 lb., which is in the middle of the range for Healthy for someone 6'-2" on the Body Mass Index charts. As of this morning, I weigh 170 pounds!! So now I look like this.

Here is the record of my weight loss.
Just sayin'...
posted by Doohickie 28 June | 14:50
Okay, so it's only links to pictures. I'll probably catch less crap that way anyway. But dodgy/taz- when I try to use "img src" tags and the url is longer than the line in the box, it tries to insert a <br> in the middle of the "img src" tag when I hit the post button, which is an illegal operation.
posted by Doohickie 28 June | 14:53
nice work dude

re:img tags. they aren't allowed in posts, but they are in comments.
posted by dodgygeezer 28 June | 14:59
congrats. well done.
posted by papercake 28 June | 15:02
Congrats, Doohickie! It must've taken great discipline to lose over 60 pounds. That's an impressive accomplishment.
posted by mcgraw 28 June | 15:04
Congrats! I started the SBD yesterday, and your post is very inspiring. Nice work.
posted by maryh 28 June | 15:11
From someone who lost nearly as much weight, albeit by different methods, you have my sincere congratulations.
posted by AlexReynolds 28 June | 15:19
Nice work. No wonder you balked when I tried to cover you with butter that one time.
posted by iconomy 28 June | 15:24
dodgygeezer- If you notice, the "more inside" bit is actually a comment. I tried to post the images in a comment when I figured out images were bad in original posts.
posted by Doohickie 28 June | 15:30
maryh: if you have any questions, email me and I'll try to answer them. There is a lot information I learned in terms of "little things" that weren't in the book that I had to figure out for myself (for instance, especially in Phase I, if you get woozy, DON'T assume you're sugar starved and grab a carby snack. Drink some water instead; chances are you're dehydrated.)

I don't think there is anything magic about South Beach; just like any other diet, it's centered around eating less (a friend who's also on it said its about 1300-1500 calories a day in the meal plans). But it gave me the structure I needed to be able to say NO when confronted with excess or bad foods, and because the favored foods are "slow burning", you don't get the same hunger pangs after a while.
posted by Doohickie 28 June | 15:35
Oh... I forgot the "after" stats:

blood pressure- before: 130/90 (with medication); after: 104/68 (getting weaned from medication)
waist- before: 40 inches; after: about 32-33
pills- before: 7/day; after: 2/day, and getting weaned off one of them. (The last pill is an aspirin for the heck of it.)
posted by Doohickie 28 June | 15:39
posted by Cryptical Envelopment 28 June | 15:42
Go Doohickie! That is just awesome. And you look great. Although I think you were quite handsome "before" as well. :)
posted by LeeJay 28 June | 15:55
Mazel Doohickie, good on ya.
posted by Divine_Wino 28 June | 16:01
very cool doohickie!
posted by mygothlaundry 28 June | 16:02
Along similar lines, if you need more inspiration, you should check out this link . I never cease to be amazed by what that guy has been able to do. These profile pictures are especially amazing.
posted by anonetal 28 June | 16:15
Thanks Doohickie, I appreciate the offer. I feel the same way about South Beach-- getting out of a rut of eating unhealthy stuff is more important than expecting a magic pill. And SBD sounds a lot more rational, and sustainable, than Atkins. I haven't read the book, so I've mostly been using web recources (this one is good, in case anyone is interested. As is the World's Healthiest Food site that was posted on MeFi a few days back.)
posted by maryh 28 June | 16:17
Congratulations, looking good.
posted by rainbaby 28 June | 16:22
Congratulations Doohickie!

And especially on the last month or six weeks of loss which looks like it might have been a struggle with some reversal. You're an inspiration.

[seriously, it was your mad bopping to cheesy supertramp that did it, right?]
posted by rumple 28 June | 16:27
Congrats! : >
posted by amberglow 28 June | 16:35
dodgygeezer- If you notice, the "more inside" bit is actually a comment. I tried to post the images in a comment when I figured out images were bad in original posts.
Point taken. Let me guess - you're using my nemesis, Internet Explorer.
posted by dodgygeezer 28 June | 17:12
Good on you, Doohickie. You deserve the gratuitous self link.
posted by mudpuppie 28 June | 17:17
i stand, temples throbbing, in quivering, obese awe at your accomplishment! way to go, Doo!!!!!
posted by quonsar 28 June | 17:41
posted by dg 28 June | 18:00
Congrats! In an alternate universe where I was not such a lazy cupcake-slamming slob, I could dream of posting something similar.
posted by matildaben 28 June | 18:10
dodgy: sadly, you are correct.
posted by Doohickie 28 June | 21:26
quonsar: I will treasure you post always.

matildaben: Buy the book, and read it through to the beginning of the meal plans. Then, you will be able to do likewise. Seriously.

(I had never every dieted seriously before)
posted by Doohickie 28 June | 21:28
Kick ass, especially with the blood pressure thing - it's important when losing weight that the less visible numbers get dealt with too.
posted by invitapriore 28 June | 22:14
I coulda swore I posted in this thread earlier - I said "Very inspirational Doohickie!" and "Congrats".
posted by muddgirl 28 June | 23:27
Maybe not, but I got the mental vibes, muddgirl!

;- )
posted by Doohickie 29 June | 00:09
Pats on the back, Doohickie. That's an awesome accomplishment.
posted by puddinghead 29 June | 01:04
That's awesome, Doohickie - great work. You not only look buff, you have improved your health so significantly - too cool.
posted by madamjujujive 29 June | 03:05
Doohickie that's impressive. Good for you.
posted by Tarrama 29 June | 11:30
That is wonderful, Doohickie. Congrats on getting healthy!

I'm quite jealous of your self-discipline.
posted by deborah 29 June | 13:32
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