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Transition Update 2 - Day 40: Weight Loss Guide

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 29, 2015, 10:29 AM



Not too much to report 40 days in. From what I've read from my research and fellow girls who have gone through this, the physical changes start about three months in, and are really developing six months in. I did have my hormone dosages increased, and my doctor might increase them again next month.

To answer a couple of questions I've been getting a lot. First, to address some debate of who I am into, I am happily bisexual. Secondly, and I'm surprised I've been asked this so much, my female name is Samantha. I'm still undecided on what my new middle name will be. I think it'll either start with 'J' (like it does now), or I'll change it to 'Fox'.

Now onto the main topic of this update: weight loss. While not technically part of the transitional process, it is a big part of it for a lot of people, including myself. I didn't even want to start until I got down to a reasonable weight, and I feel like this is something a lot of people are struggling with. I know what I'm doing after losing 60 pounds and working my butt off (literally), and I'm happy to share what I've learned.



1: Don't Give Up. This might sound like a no-brainer, but this is seriously the most important thing I can tell you. The only thing that will stop you from losing weight is you. There will be setbacks, hard times, and disappointment along the way, but you can't let those stop you. I could of gave up after I didn't make any progress during one month, but I kept at it, and starting losing weight again. No matter how much weight you need to lose, it's never easy, but it will never happen if you give up.


2: Realistic Expectations. This one ties into the first point. You've got to be realistic about how quickly (or slowly) you're going to lose weight. One person asked me "How do I lose 70 pounds in three months?", and the answer to that is that's a completely impossible pie-in-the-sky dream. Hell, it took me over eight months to lose 60 pounds, and I was determined and disciplined. A lot of people give up when they don't meet their dream goal quickly, even if they are actually losing weight at a good pace. I was dropping 8 to 3 pounds per month, which is a realistic and healthy pace, so plan on something along those lines. Even if you barely lose anything over a month, don't let that stop you.


3: You Must Diet AND Exercise. Trust me, before I tried doing each of those separately, and I never had any success until I started doing both. Cut your calories, and work out four to two times per week.


4: There Is No Easy Way Out. You will find a million and a half products or guides about how to lose fat fast! There's everything from diet plans, pills, exercise routines, supplements, inventions, and tons more. Don't be scammed by any of these snake oils because if there was a pill or something that made you lose weight with little to no effort, it would be the best selling drug in the world. Don't even trust it if it claims "supplements weight loss". The only way to lose weight is hard work and dedication.


5: Find Out How Many Calories You Need. The best thing you can do for your diet is to find out how many calories you should be taking in per day. Personally, I was keeping between 1300 and 1600 calories, but that number can vary from person to person. I strongly recommend going to MyFitnessPal.com and using their calculator to find out how many calories you should be taking in per day because that's where I found my numbers. It's important you never eat too eat calories, or else you'll do more harm than good. Never, ever go below 1200 calories.


6: Count Your Calories. I'm not going to lie, this sucks because it takes time. However, I found that on weeks where I counted my calories, I lost over twice as much on average compared to weeks where I didn't count calories. It's absolutely worth doing, and again MyFitnessPal.com is amazingly helpful in making this faster and easier (I'm not sponsored by them, I swear). You can look up the foods you ate in their database, enter how much you ate, and they will tally your calories for you. It's great to have a record of how much you've been eating. For more accurate numbers, I recommend getting a $10 food scale to measure how much you really did eat.


7: Building Muscle Is Important. You don't need to turn into a huge body builder, but building muscle is very important to losing weight and, more importantly, keeping it off. For starters, someone will more muscle burns more calories than someone with less muscles from doing the same amount of work. It's like how a car with more horsepower uses more gas than a car with less horsepower. Muscles need more calories to function. Better yet, for every pound of muscle in your body, it burns 9 calories per hour, even if you're doing absolutely nothing. Cardio workouts can be good for short term results, but if you only do cardio with no strength training, you will be almost guaranteed to gain weight back once you stop doing cardio. Do a mix of cardio and strength training to lose more weight, and keep it off thanks to the calories muscle mass burns for you.


8: Fluctuating Weight Is Normal. If you weight yourself everyday, and the scale goes up two or three pounds from the day before, that doesn't mean you're a fat slob and need to give up. Your weight fluctuates a lot from day to day based on when you last ate, how much water you have in your system, when you last used the bathroom, ect. Weight yourself at a consistent time as well, because your weight goes up and down during the day. I averaged my daily weigh ins for weekly and monthly intervals, and it gave me a clearer view into what I was really losing.


9: Be Accurate With Counting Calories. It's easy to eat more calories than you think you are. Don't forget about the heaping pile of maple syrup or barbeque sauce you have with your meal. A lot of condiments are calories dense, so don't forget about them, and try not too have too much. Other common things to forget is: cheese, snacks, toppings, and drinks.


10: What NOT To Eat. A big thing I highly recommend you remove from your diet is soda! There's tons of drinks out there that are loaded with calories, and they will not make you full at all. I mainly drink water, but you can find other drinks out there that are low in calories. Seriously, if you can give up soda, you will make things much easier on yourself. As another thing, I recommend staying away from per-prepared foods and stick with homemade food made from more natural ingredients. For example, fresh chicken you bake yourself will be much healthier than some frozen fried chicken you simply heat up. I've really gotten much better at cooking over the last year, and nowadays I hardly ever eat anything I didn't make myself.


11: What To Eat. If you're only eating a certain number of calories per day, eat foods that will leave you full. For example, eating 400 calories of turkey will get you much further than 400 calories of candy. Foods high in protein is great, especially when you are trying to build muscles. Leans meats are simply the best. Fruits and veggies may not be the best, but well worth it if you find some that you enjoy. Reducing the amount of bread you have is good, and you don't need to completely get rid of it. Keep your eye on nutritional labels, and how big a 'serving size' actually is.

  • Mood: Eager
  • Watching: BattleBots
  • Playing: Super Smash Bros Wii U
  • Eating: Turkey Burger

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Transition Update 2 - Day 40: Weight Loss Guide

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 29, 2015, 10:29 AM



Not too much to report 40 days in. From what I've read from my research and fellow girls who have gone through this, the physical changes start about three months in, and are really developing six months in. I did have my hormone dosages increased, and my doctor might increase them again next month.

To answer a couple of questions I've been getting a lot. First, to address some debate of who I am into, I am happily bisexual. Secondly, and I'm surprised I've been asked this so much, my female name is Samantha. I'm still undecided on what my new middle name will be. I think it'll either start with 'J' (like it does now), or I'll change it to 'Fox'.

Now onto the main topic of this update: weight loss. While not technically part of the transitional process, it is a big part of it for a lot of people, including myself. I didn't even want to start until I got down to a reasonable weight, and I feel like this is something a lot of people are struggling with. I know what I'm doing after losing 60 pounds and working my butt off (literally), and I'm happy to share what I've learned.



1: Don't Give Up. This might sound like a no-brainer, but this is seriously the most important thing I can tell you. The only thing that will stop you from losing weight is you. There will be setbacks, hard times, and disappointment along the way, but you can't let those stop you. I could of gave up after I didn't make any progress during one month, but I kept at it, and starting losing weight again. No matter how much weight you need to lose, it's never easy, but it will never happen if you give up.


2: Realistic Expectations. This one ties into the first point. You've got to be realistic about how quickly (or slowly) you're going to lose weight. One person asked me "How do I lose 70 pounds in three months?", and the answer to that is that's a completely impossible pie-in-the-sky dream. Hell, it took me over eight months to lose 60 pounds, and I was determined and disciplined. A lot of people give up when they don't meet their dream goal quickly, even if they are actually losing weight at a good pace. I was dropping 8 to 3 pounds per month, which is a realistic and healthy pace, so plan on something along those lines. Even if you barely lose anything over a month, don't let that stop you.


3: You Must Diet AND Exercise. Trust me, before I tried doing each of those separately, and I never had any success until I started doing both. Cut your calories, and work out four to two times per week.


4: There Is No Easy Way Out. You will find a million and a half products or guides about how to lose fat fast! There's everything from diet plans, pills, exercise routines, supplements, inventions, and tons more. Don't be scammed by any of these snake oils because if there was a pill or something that made you lose weight with little to no effort, it would be the best selling drug in the world. Don't even trust it if it claims "supplements weight loss". The only way to lose weight is hard work and dedication.


5: Find Out How Many Calories You Need. The best thing you can do for your diet is to find out how many calories you should be taking in per day. Personally, I was keeping between 1300 and 1600 calories, but that number can vary from person to person. I strongly recommend going to MyFitnessPal.com and using their calculator to find out how many calories you should be taking in per day because that's where I found my numbers. It's important you never eat too eat calories, or else you'll do more harm than good. Never, ever go below 1200 calories.


6: Count Your Calories. I'm not going to lie, this sucks because it takes time. However, I found that on weeks where I counted my calories, I lost over twice as much on average compared to weeks where I didn't count calories. It's absolutely worth doing, and again MyFitnessPal.com is amazingly helpful in making this faster and easier (I'm not sponsored by them, I swear). You can look up the foods you ate in their database, enter how much you ate, and they will tally your calories for you. It's great to have a record of how much you've been eating. For more accurate numbers, I recommend getting a $10 food scale to measure how much you really did eat.


7: Building Muscle Is Important. You don't need to turn into a huge body builder, but building muscle is very important to losing weight and, more importantly, keeping it off. For starters, someone will more muscle burns more calories than someone with less muscles from doing the same amount of work. It's like how a car with more horsepower uses more gas than a car with less horsepower. Muscles need more calories to function. Better yet, for every pound of muscle in your body, it burns 9 calories per hour, even if you're doing absolutely nothing. Cardio workouts can be good for short term results, but if you only do cardio with no strength training, you will be almost guaranteed to gain weight back once you stop doing cardio. Do a mix of cardio and strength training to lose more weight, and keep it off thanks to the calories muscle mass burns for you.


8: Fluctuating Weight Is Normal. If you weight yourself everyday, and the scale goes up two or three pounds from the day before, that doesn't mean you're a fat slob and need to give up. Your weight fluctuates a lot from day to day based on when you last ate, how much water you have in your system, when you last used the bathroom, ect. Weight yourself at a consistent time as well, because your weight goes up and down during the day. I averaged my daily weigh ins for weekly and monthly intervals, and it gave me a clearer view into what I was really losing.


9: Be Accurate With Counting Calories. It's easy to eat more calories than you think you are. Don't forget about the heaping pile of maple syrup or barbeque sauce you have with your meal. A lot of condiments are calories dense, so don't forget about them, and try not too have too much. Other common things to forget is: cheese, snacks, toppings, and drinks.


10: What NOT To Eat. A big thing I highly recommend you remove from your diet is soda! There's tons of drinks out there that are loaded with calories, and they will not make you full at all. I mainly drink water, but you can find other drinks out there that are low in calories. Seriously, if you can give up soda, you will make things much easier on yourself. As another thing, I recommend staying away from per-prepared foods and stick with homemade food made from more natural ingredients. For example, fresh chicken you bake yourself will be much healthier than some frozen fried chicken you simply heat up. I've really gotten much better at cooking over the last year, and nowadays I hardly ever eat anything I didn't make myself.


11: What To Eat. If you're only eating a certain number of calories per day, eat foods that will leave you full. For example, eating 400 calories of turkey will get you much further than 400 calories of candy. Foods high in protein is great, especially when you are trying to build muscles. Leans meats are simply the best. Fruits and veggies may not be the best, but well worth it if you find some that you enjoy. Reducing the amount of bread you have is good, and you don't need to completely get rid of it. Keep your eye on nutritional labels, and how big a 'serving size' actually is.

  • Mood: Eager
  • Watching: BattleBots
  • Playing: Super Smash Bros Wii U
  • Eating: Turkey Burger
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Transition Update 1 - Day 15: Hair Removal

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 4, 2015, 10:39 AM
Day 15
Day 15

I'm half a month into the process of hormone therapy, and there's no changes to report yet. Sadly, I think it'll be a while before I start to see changes take place. However, since starting the hormones my appetite has been crazy. A meal that would normally make me full now leaves me hungry an hour or two later. I estimate that I might be eating 50% more calories per day. Despite that, I've lost about five pounds in two weeks, which is really high since I reached my weight loss goal a couple of months ago. Hopefully the need for food is a good sign.

My main subject for this update is the electrolysis, AKA hair removal. There's two ways to remove hair: electrolysis and laser. Laser unfortunately doesn't work on people with light colored hair such as blonde, red, white, and grey, nor does it work on people with dark skin. Because of my red hair, I need to go for the electrolysis. Here's a general breakdown of the differences between electrolysis and laser.



I'm not necessarily sure I'm sad that I can't do laser removal, but it might depend on the difference in the pain level.  I've never tried laser, but I've heard it hurts, but not as much as electrolysis. The pain level of electrolysis can vary on the settings being used, and where it's hitting. Some places are fine, and some places make you cringe. I'd say the pain is moderate, but it depends on your tolerance for pain. You can get numbing cream if you choose to, but I haven't tried that yet.

There's a lot of different settings and modes to electrolysis, so it took several sessions for us to dial in to something that works effectively, and doesn't hurt too much. After the first 6 or 7 hours, we found one that works best we think. She's never has a pure redhead before, so it's been difficult for her to figure out what to do. Red hair is sensitive, yet difficult to remove (yay me!), so I need a higher voltage than normal. The nice thing is that there's no lingering pain after the session is over.

If you need to do electrolysis when you transition, START EARLY. It's a very long process, and you don't want to be looking female and still have lots of body hair. Heck, it should take months to do my face, and I go in two to four hours per week. Also, you need to go in with at least three days worth of growth, so doing this while you're a woman would be awkward. Start early while you're still a guy.

My other advice to anyone doing electrolysis is to keep it clean. Don't touch the areas that were worked on for about two days afterward. Also clean the area twice a day for the two days afterward using Witch Hazel and Neosporin cream. I developed red spots and acne on my face  at first, but it's clearing up now that I'm cleaning it.

Here's the results after 12 total hours of electrolysis over about a month. She's focused mostly on my cheeks, but she's also been removing scattered hairs around the jawline. When my cheeks are looking more clear, we'll probably start on my neck because it would look very weird to hair no hair on your face, but have some on your neck. I'm not looking forward to it though because the neck have difficult to remove hairs, and it's very sensitive.




  • Mood: Big Grin
  • Watching: The Blacklist
  • Playing: Pikmin 3
  • Eating: Pulled Pork

I Am Transgender

Journal Entry: Fri May 22, 2015, 8:59 AM
As big of an announcement as this is, I don't think it will come as a shock to most of you. In fact, I bet many of you simply assumed this. I am transgender. In the last few weeks, I've come out to my family and friends, started electrolysis, and began my hormone therapy today.

Day Zero Face
Day Zero.



I have had an interest in transgender things for a lot time, but I didn't always consider myself transgender. For a long time, I refused to believe it for various reasons. One of the main reasons I didn't want to think of myself as transgender was because I always assumed the process wasn't very good. I thought that the best case scenario I could reach was to be an ugly mix of a man and woman, and I didn't want to try and be something I could never be.

It was last August that I saw a video of a guy who was much more masculine than I am, and he turned into a beautiful woman. I did more and more research, and I found that the process of transitioning from male to female was actually very good, especially if you started young, and could afford additional options to help the transition. Knowing that it was possible, I started taking it into serious consideration.

I wanted to go through several months of deep thought to mull it over, and make sure this was something I really wanted to commit to. Last August happened to be when I moved out from my parents, and it gave me freedom to try new things. It was also in August that started my dieting and exercise, because the thought of transitioning gave me the inspiration to finally break out from being overweight. As you saw recently, went from 225 to 170 pounds in the eight months I was considering to transition.

It was in the beginning of May that I reached my weight loss goal, and after months of growing more confident in my dream, it was at that point I was committed to transitioning. I told my family a few weeks ago, and they were all very accepting and supportive. Given that I run a transgender website and business, I can't say any of them were terribly shocked. This made things much easier for me to come out than what is normal for other people. Out of all the people I've told so far, I haven't gotten one negative reaction, and everyone has been supportive of me.

Day Zero Body


I wanted to start hormones in early May, but due to several unexpected delays, I had to wait until May 21th to start taking the pills. I couldn't be happier now that I'm finally starting. As is typical, I'm starting on a lose dosage of estrogen, and testosterone blockers. You need to spend several months easing your body up to a full dosage, or else it wouldn't be good for you.

In addition to the weight loss and prescriptions, you can see that I've been growing out my hair for nearly a year. Also, I started electrolysis (hair removal) three weeks ago. I'll go into more detail on hair removal in the near future.

I plan on doing a lot of documentation on my transition over the coming months and years. I took over 35 different body measurements before starting hormones so that I can see how my body will change. I took a ton of pictures yesterday as well. I plan on taking a few pictures everyday along the way, and probably using them in a timeline video once I'm close to finished in the transition process. Besides monitoring what is changing around my body, the other reason I'm doing all of this documentation is to help people out there who are considering transitioning themselves. Hopefully this will give them ideas of what to expect, when to expect it, and what the before and after pictures may look like.

Expect many more updates in the future. I plan on doing one every several weeks, or whenever I have any developments to report. Things will start off slow, and it'll be a while before real results start to happen. I'm a very patient person, but I can't wait to see it.


Oh, and one final thing: you can still call me Sam. It works either way. :)

Weight Loss Finished!

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 25, 2015, 8:11 AM
It's been a long time since I last did an update on my weight loss, and I've got very good news on it. I started last August when I weighed 225 pounds, now eight months later I've reached my goal of 170 pounds! (For people who use kilograms, that's 102 kg to 77 kg)




I've never been this thin in my adult life, and sadly I don't think I've been 170 since elementary school. It's amazing to think of carrying around 55 more pounds, that's like having a huge dumbbell strapped to your stomach. I've gone from wearing size XL to Small! I never thought I'd be able to wear a small anything in my life.

I'm pretty much done losing weight at this point, although I wouldn't mind losing a few more pounds. However, this doesn't mean I'm going back to junk food and never going back to the gym. I'm still going to watch my calories, but now eat enough to maintain my weight, and I'll still be hitting the gym so I can stay fit.

Maybe at some point I can put together a guide to help other people who are trying to lose weight. It's not easy, but it's certainly possible. I'd also be happy to answer any questions about losing weight if you have any.

Anyway, after two-thirds of a year, I'm so glad I decided to stick with it to the end. Hopefully I never go back to the old me.

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WOLWATCHER12 Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  Hobbyist Artist
Hello there, SapphireFoxx.
I'm WOLWATCHER12, an aspiring college student and cartoonist.
I'm even working on a comic book where the superhero is named after you.

Name: Madison Hawkins.
Hero Name: The Sapphire Fox.
Occupation: College Sophomore
Powers/Abilities: Agility, Super Strength, Adhesion, Steel Claws.
Talents: Solving mysteries, helping people in need, and when in battle with common crooks she'll use her good looks to her advantage.

What do you think?
I have been thinking about sending the idea to Archie or IDW Comics.
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Dinobotpaddles Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Student
I'm with Greg here on this.
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GregTomm Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
hey there, i have a few questions!

firstly, i am a straight guy, is it a bit weird i like your stuff?
secondly, i am by far not a very rich guy, so is it possible you'll ever release more subscription only stuff as you did with DP?
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geisterfurz007 Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
Will there be more pages of Different Perspectives on Deviantart soon or do I have to subscribe on your website to see more?
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DigiForest Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I would also like to know :)
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DigiForest Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I would like to know as well
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ShaozChampion Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
love your animations. i look forward to seeing more =3
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DresdenFalcolm Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  New Deviant
One question? Who created the Fox? Well besides yourself.
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DresdenFalcolm Featured By Owner May 3, 2015  New Deviant
Or maybe "Who" is the Fox
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TheRoninLegion Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
Do you take commissions for animations? If so, what do they run?
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SapphireFoxx Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
I do not do commissions.
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TheRoninLegion Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Oh, sorry about that. Do you take requests?
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Pariahi Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for the watch!!
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dre1151989 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
I really enjoy your gallery! Excellent work and hope to see more in the future! GO FOX!
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