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What’s up, homies? My name is Andrew. And I wanted to start a blog to help you (and me) stay motivated, informed, and excited about losing weight.

A little backstory about me: I used to be the fat kid in school. Not just any fat kid, though – in sophomore year of college, at my peak weight of 235 pounds, I was technically obese. And looking back on it, it killed my confidence – I would spend weekends sitting in my dorm playing video games and eating pizza rather than going out and meeting new people.

In my senior year, I looked back on my time in college and I was really disappointed in myself. These was supposed to be some of the most exciting and fun few years of my life, and I basically did nothing with them because I was too insecure about my weight.

And I got tired of it. I tried multiple fad diets over and over again, losing a few pounds here and there, but always seemed to gain pounds back. I needed a reliable, long-term diet.

As a mechanical engineer, I knew there had to be a mathematical approach to losing weight that added up and made logical sense. So I did some Google searching, learned about calories, began counting all my calories, and started going to the gym:

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Left: 220 lbs. Right: 180 lbs. (I’m not high, I promise.)

Guess what? I saw a LOT of progress. That first year, I lost almost 40 pounds, eating things like bacon and eggs because I knew that I would be able to fit those calories into my diet. I set a daily calorie limit and stayed under it every day until I got results.

But it was SLOW. On average, I lost half a pound to one pound per week.

I did not lose 20 pounds in one month. I did not take any magical weight loss supplements. I did not replace all my meals with smoothies and salads.

The truth is – weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s going to take years and years to get to the level I want. I have made a bunch of progress, sure.

But I still have a beer belly (a keg). I still don’t have six pack abs. I’m still not satisfied with how I look. And honestly, I might never be! I believe in constant improvement – even when you reach a goal or milestone, you can always do better. To be satisfied at any point is to disrespect yourself and your aspirations.

So join me on my journey. I’ll be posting a variety of things – diet advice, easy cooking recipes, motivation, and more. And a lot of spunky writing, too.