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Two Year Anniversary Pictures


It has been two years since I started Low Carbing and exercising on March 12, 2007.   On March 18, 2007, I had some “before” pictures taken.  They have been posted on this Blog as a reminder to me to keep on moving and doing.  Not as a fire in my belly but as a fire under my behind.  So far it has worked.

In this 52DC, I made a Personal Goal of posting my two year anniversary pictures.  Note – they are not my “after” pictures.  After – assumes that I have reached a goal.  I really have not.  There is more of a journey yet to travel.  My fitness and health are a Work-in-Progress.  To think any other way, would be a slippery slope back to size huge.

In March 2007 at age 62.5, I was 260 or so.  Can’t be certain because I jumped off the scale when it hit that number.  I did not stick around to see where it really landed.  Today at age 64.5, I am 177 +/- .  I float between 175 and 179.  Normal people do that.  Did you have a salty meal?  Did you empty your bowels?  Were you on vacation?  Life is not a fixed number on the scale.  I am trying to learn that lesson – not easy.

I was an 18 1/2 neck – well probably 19, but could not find a dress shirt that large – so I would surreptitiously move the button over.  Now – 16 with room to spare.  Casual wear – XXL – and even that would sometimes not fit.  Now – Medium – yup  – Medium.  OK – every now and then – some items need to be a Large – but the overwhelming plurality – Medium.

My gym wear – previously all XXL shirts and XL shorts – now Medium – and sometimes that is too loose – same goes for my swim trunks.

I was a size 48 belt – may have been larger – the last belt I bought was at a craft stand – they just put the belting around me and sized it to fit.  Now – depending upon the belt – 34/36.

I was a size 46/48 pant – who knows for sure.  I am now a size 34/35/36 depending upon the clothier.  Jeans are almost always a size 34.  Cotton pants and dress pants tend to be a 35/36.  The better the quality pants, the better the shot that they will be a size 35.

I have no behind.  Really – I have a lack of ass.  So – I can not buy anything close to relaxed fit.  Must be relatively tight or I look like my grandson with a load in his diaper.  I am also short waisted.  End result, I have to buy the right low rise pants.  Previously it did not matter, the gut filled up the extra space.  Now it matters.

Buying pants is compounded by one other problem – loose skin.  Damn – if my belly button ever gives way, I will be standing in a puddle of me.  The only way my six pack – and it is there – will see the light of day, is after an abdominoplasty  – tummy tuck – that is.  I do a push up and my stomach remains on the floor.  The damage I did to myself – well – no more.

Suits, Sport Jackets and dress overcoats – from size 50 Long to size 42 Regular – go figure.  The best is a 42 Regular Athletic cut – they come with size 34 pants which are a better fit for me.

My shoes are too big.  I went from an extra wide to just wide.  Over the calf dress socks that wouldn’t go over the calf – now do.  My short ties are too long.  They have 2+ inches less neck to go around and a lot less belly to lay over.

Hats – I am a hat guy – like them broad brimmed to block out the sun.  Have summer hats and winter hats – dress and casual – they are kind of a personal branding.  Well – some are just too big and rest on my ears – others fit more comfortably.  But – some of the hats that are really broad brimmed – just do not look right on my thinner face.  Still others that I had retired because they just looked too small on my head – are now wearable.   Just checked on a fancy white beaver western hat – it was a gift – never fit right – fits just fine now.

My watch bands all need to be changed.  My dress jewelry – rings and bracelets – all need to be taken in.  My wedding ring actually fits and can easily be slid off – to the chagrin of my wife.

Obviously, most of these changes get chalked up to weight loss – but not all.  Many are a combination of the weight loss and the development of some decent muscles.  No – I do not have “big guns.”  Genetics did not bless me with large show off muscles.  Still – Body Composition plays an important part in this dance.

My long term goal – to be able to wear my present fall and winter wardrobe – next year – that has never happened before.   When I gave away all my clothing to Good Will – I had many different sizes.  A closet filled with clothing that did not fit on March 12, 2007 and did not fit on March 12, 2009.

So – now on to those pictures: Two Year Anniversary Pictures

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. MOGBlogger
    May 20, 2012 @ 19:13:08

    holy cow, man. this is inspiring.

    Reply

    • TNT Man
      May 20, 2012 @ 19:16:01

      Thanks

      Reply

  2. messyme
    Jul 20, 2012 @ 13:36:05

    Very inspiring !!

    Reply

    • TNT Man
      Jul 20, 2012 @ 14:15:07

      Thank you.

      My hope is that putting out those pictures will help someone else grab hold of their life.

      Be well.

      Reply

      • MOGBlogger
        Jul 20, 2012 @ 14:24:49

        it should inspire; I’ve forwarded the URL of your blog to a few friends who’ve been inspired to try the Phinney diet based on my own experience (from 196 lbs when i started May 6th to 179 lbs as of today, two and a half months in).

        Reply

        • TNT Man
          Jul 20, 2012 @ 15:53:09

          Congrats – nice work. Keep up the good work and let us know how its going.

          Reply

  3. Denver Doug
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 15:15:58

    did you take the pics down for some reason? i can’t find them.

    Reply

  4. TNT Man
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 16:41:11

    Doug:

    I just tested out the link – it still works. The link is located as the very last couple of words in this post.

    Check it out and let me know if you are able to get in.

    TNT Man

    Reply

  5. Chris Keays
    Jan 19, 2014 @ 16:40:05

    two year anniv pics link doesn’t work

    Reply

    • TNT Man
      Jan 19, 2014 @ 21:50:32

      Chris:

      Thanks – Men’s Health re-did their forums – and the link was broken – fixed.

      TNT Man

      Reply

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