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before and after pictures.

Joshua Van Meter member since Jan'11

8.7k rep

Oh wow that was only after 6 weeks? Man, by next summer you're gonna have a six pack and never want to wear a shirt again at the rate you're going.

posted : 6/16/2011 at 12:16 PM

Jonny Quest member since May'11

5.2k rep

Update: See additional post below this one...

Well Dusty, sounds like you have a plan. You’ll have to keep us updated on your progress.

Joshua said you were “very courageous to put before and after pictures online for the whole world to see”. I agree with him, but his picture is also out there, however this site is not for the world as much as it is for members of AF.

I’ll share with you too, and the world if they are interested. The before photo was taken on 02/27/09 and the other on 07/23/09. I lost 42 pounds during that period by throwing out everything in my cabinets and fridge that was processed or sweet. If you don’t buy it, you won’t eat it.

I haven’t eaten anything sweet since, or any fast food. We sometimes have to eat something from a box or a can, but we must make the right choices when it comes to that. Now, after two years I am still weighing in at about 150, but I’m gaining muscle now. I am 5’11. I workout nearly every day and I track my progress on the LifeFitness site that our gym equipment lets me download my workouts to. This last week has been intense since I want to make more progress. I lifted a collective 38,880 pounds in three days. I haven’t had a chance to upload the last two days, but would estimate I lift around 80,000 in a week; 100,000 being my goal. My treadmill results suggest I am doing around 25 miles in that same time.

I hope my photos will motivate you since I would not have shown them if I hadn’t seen your post. Remember, the time is going to pass anyway, so why not make the best of it. When you think you can’t take another step, take it anyway. When you think you can’t lift another rep, do it anyway. Skinny is better than any food could ever taste. Work hard Dusty and thank you for your inspiration and motivation.

posted : 6/25/2011 at 8:05 PM

Dena Dykes member since Jan'10

2k rep

Good for you!!!! That is great!

posted : 6/26/2011 at 6:30 PM

Lacey Harrington member since Jun'11

604 rep

Amazing. Today is my first day on my journey to lose 125lbs. You give me hope!

posted : 6/28/2011 at 10:57 PM

mcleanpe member since Jun'11

1k rep

good work man! Keep it up!

posted : 6/29/2011 at 10:38 AM

tolmaus member since Jun'11

1.4k rep

That is fantastic, Dusty! You are an inspiration! Happy

posted : 7/2/2011 at 6:11 PM

hd4494 member since Feb'11

315 rep

hi dusty great job cant wait till your b-day to hear how its gooing put more pics up too

posted : 7/4/2011 at 4:19 PM

Yarnell01 member since Jun'11

1.6k rep

Dusty, that's GREAT! Applause I love seeing before and after shots!

FLGator, I can't see your pics; says they are private.

posted : 7/5/2011 at 11:19 AM

Carralyn Owens member since Jul'11

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High Five!!!! I wish I had progress like that!!!!

posted : 7/5/2011 at 6:41 PM

Jonny Quest member since May'11

5.2k rep

Dusty, If you can tell me how to embed a photo in this window, I will post them for you. Mine were on Flickr and did not come over for some reason, so I added a link. They are in the "Resolution Contest" going on now on this site. You can visit my page here:

That page also briefly explains my story and my resolution which is why I entered the contest. I want people to know how I was before and what I did to improve myself. There is no secret as you will find. It is simple; it's about choices, motivation and determination. I ripped my pride apart in explaining my vices, telling people like you what obstacles I faced and still do - and it isn't food.

I woke myself up one day and found I had lied to myself about many things. I didn't like being lonely; I said that didn't bother me, but it did. When I could be honest with myself, I did something about it. I don't know where the strength came from for me to make a change, and boy what a change that was.

My mission now is to maintain and grow stronger, to help others in any way I can. In doing so, I help myself. If I can touch one person and motivate them, then my hard work has already paid off. Someone helped me once shortly into my transformation. I have a debt to pay back and I'm trying to do that right now for you and anyone who reads this.

As I said in my resolution post, don't give up and don't give in. I am merely a friend that you just haven't met. In being so, I'm telling you that if you work on yourself, you will prevail; you already have as we have seen in your photos. Dusty, I want you to remember me and be sure that I really care about your progress.

I started out with 40 pounds on a bench press and I was so embarrassed at being in a gym, but that's what gyms are for. I dusted off my bike and started riding it. First time around the block was all I wanted to do. I took short walks on the beach with a cocktail in one hand and a cigarette in the other. I couldn't do one push up - not one. Now I press 150, can ride a bike 20 miles and can do 40 push ups, if not more and walking 8 miles on the beach is nothing now. That did not happen overnight. But it happened because I had motivation and determination; most of that came from my buddy and photos of people I admired or other gym members I wanted to look like.

My space here is limited. You get the idea. Use what I have learned.

posted : 7/6/2011 at 8:35 PM

Yarnell01 member since Jun'11

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FLGatorZone-I can't speak for the others but your story is VERY inspiring and motivating to me, especially today! I've been working out about 3 weeks now. The first week I lost over 5 lbs. I had been doing Weight Watchers before joining the gym and had lost about 30 lbs. When I joined the gym I dropped my WW so that I could afford the gym and figured I'd use this website for food tracking. I realize I'm building muscle but I need to lose as well and the last 2 weeks the scale has held or went up. Confused So it's nice to read your story to continue pushing along!

posted : 7/7/2011 at 6:57 AM

Jonny Quest member since May'11

5.2k rep

@Yahnell - I appreciate your kind words. There will be times when you aren't losing. Remember what I said about choices. I have never tracked food or counted calories, but that's just me. I know what NOT to eat and that's pretty much the logic I have used. I do eat every 2 to 3 hours instead of sitting down and eating a plate of food and I think that's how I lost as much as I did so quickly. I also worked out regularly and set goals in the gym.

I go even when I'm short on time and stay longer than planned if I don't absolutely have to leave. My shortest time was 18 minutes and my longest just over 3 hours. I could have said, "I don't have time" on that 18 minute day, but I had 18 minutes and used it. Cardio is where you will lose weight. I used to find that boring, so I decided to go at times where there was something on TV to keep me interested. It's easy now to spend 90 minutes on the treadmill, but I wouldn't have thought that possible before. It's all how you look at it. Sometimes I'll tell myself "5 more minutes", then after that I do 5 more. Setting small goals, reaching them and then stretching them seems to work for me.

I eat when I'm not hungry, that way I don't get hungry. It might be just a few spoons of chicken salad with a few green beans, but that prevents hunger and keeps my metabolism up. I never eat "snacks" like chips or anything sweet. The fat and calories aren't worth it and there is no nutritional value in things like that. Might sound funny, but I don't eat anything a caveman wouldn't eat. They didn't eat chocolate cake or French fries, salt or drink sweet tea and neither do I. Food should be thought of as a necessity, not a treat. I don't fill a plate and never go for seconds. Again, this is what works for me.

It's all about calories in and calories out. You might replace a meal with a protein shake. Will you be hungry? Yep, you sure will, so be hungry and move on. Some people think just because they are hungry, they have to eat. Not so, as long as you get your vitamins and a few calories to live and breath. Just don't get so hungry that you over eat later. It's surprising how a few bites of something will take that edge off if you give it 15 minutes.

posted : 7/7/2011 at 9:52 AM

Yarnell01 member since Jun'11

1.6k rep

FLGatorZone-I just realized you are in Jacksonville! My dad lived in FL (he passed away 2 years ago of a heart attack) and worked in Jacksonville alot. My step-mom lives there now and my sister is in Ocala. :-)

Thanks for your advice. I've started following some of that on my own regarding the food. Sure is hard to break the old habits but I know it'll be worth it in the long run!

posted : 7/7/2011 at 10:01 AM

Jonny Quest member since May'11

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It sure is hard to break habits. You are wise to use that term instead of addiction. Food has no addictive qualities other than habit and complacency.

I'm not sure if you've tried this calculation, but give it a try if you haven't. Like I said, calories in and calories out.

Women: BMR = 655 + ( 4.35 x weight in pounds ) + ( 4.7 x height in inches ) - ( 4.7 x age in years )

Men: BMR = 66 + ( 6.23 x weight in pounds ) + ( 12.7 x height in inches ) - ( 6.8 x age in year )

I've already embarrassed myself as much as I can, so I'm going to fill in the blanks with my real values, just as an example.

66 + 150 [my weight] + (6.23 x 150 =) 934.5 + (12.7 x 71 [my height] =) 901.7 - (6.8 x 51 [my age] =) 346.8.

I must have a calorie deficit of at least 347 calories to lose weight. At my height and weight, I should not lose any at all now. However if I weighed what I used to at 192 using the same calculations, I would have to have a deficit of 753 calories each day to lose the 43 pounds that I lost in 5 months. And, that's what I did. As a coincidence, a Big Mack and fries have 730 calories; not something I would eat now. At 150 pounds, my ideal calorie intake is 1562; a far cry from the USDA's suggestion of 2,000.

I'm sorry to hear about your dad. Since your step-mom lives here, I'm sure you know about my screen name and the Florida Gators - kinda inescapable around here. I met Tim Tebow recently and he has been a great inspiration to me and he told me about his workouts from when he was very young since he lives here, at least before he had to move to Denver. I am fortunate to have his inspiration both as with his faith and with my workouts. He's the one that told me, "Never give in and never give up". That's why I posted my resolution on some contest. I won't win that contest, but I can assure you, I will win anyway; I already have...

I wish you the best.

posted : 7/7/2011 at 8:11 PM

Yarnell01 member since Jun'11

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I feel stupid asking this, but what does BMR stand for?

posted : 7/8/2011 at 6:21 AM

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