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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 06:14
I looked back and since last February I have managed to lose a mere 3.1 lbs...very,very sad. Look back to see how much you've lost and how far you've come...maybe not just in weight lost but also in terms of how you're feeling about yourself now. Even though I have lost next to nothing, I am feeling better, my clothes fit better (inches lost) and I am stronger. What about you?

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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 08:11
I don't have record of what I weighed in Feb '11 - but in July of that year, I was at 349. The next month, August, we had a "BioScreening" at work and it was 343. Cannot claim a six lb loss as it was two different scales. (Why hitting almost 350 didn't do it, I don't know.) But it served to make me look closer at what I was eating and a couple of weeks later, came back to FS and started recording my food again.

DH and decided to do a Very Low Calorie Diet through our health plan, but we didn't actually get product for about six weeks. In that time I lost about 15 lbs.

The lift that gives you is terrific. At about 30-40 lbs lost, realizing you're able to move around easier is terrific. Which leads to being willing and able to exercise more.

Now at 75 lbs down, people ask if I'm enjoying buying new clothes. I tell them, "Yes, getting a few things, but mostly I'm shopping in my closet..." ~grin~

At first, things were fitting better; now those things are on their way to being too big. It is time to get them OUT of the house.

It is so much easier to move around and the use of a pedometer is a real motivator for me. I love seeing the number of those steps go up and up (for the most part!) I find myself "taking the long way" whenever I'm on my way somewhere. After all, the whole point is getting more movement.

I admit I still struggle with how I feel when the scale doesn't move like I expect - just have to concentrate on the good that has been done so far. Good luck to us all! Joyce
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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 08:35
Around March of last year I was about 260 lbs and I'm currently hovering around 215 lbs so a 45 lbs loss is pretty good I think. I first breached the 200 lb mark when I was a freshman in High School so I'll be quite happy to get rid of this next 15 lbs which I have carried for a long long time. I imagine my body isn't going to want to give up any more willingly! I have a feeling the rest of the weight is only going to come off after a good long while of healthy eating and rebuilding itself with proper nutrients.
"Eat as if your life depends on it!"

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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 09:01
Last Febuary I was around 340 pounds and my knees were so sore that I was barely moving at all. I had to plan the simple things in life like housework and shopping as there was so little I could do each day. I kept just hoping my some miracle they would improve but by June it was obvious things were getting worse not better. My doctor told me I had arthritis in both knees and he wouldn't even send me to a specialist until I lost a signifigant amount of weight. I spent some time thinking about all of the times I have tried to lose weight before and why I failed. It was important that I made a plan that I could stick to this time. The thought of ending up in a wheelchair is what finally scared the crap out of me. One of the guys I work with lost a considerable amount of weight so I asked him how he did it and he told me about this site. In July I joined this site and there have been some bumps in the road but now I am just over 47 pounds down. Not bad for a fat lazy old woman with bad knees and hypothyroid condition.

Now I am back to walking with the dogs most days and have finished a complete spring cleaning of the house, which it badly needed. I am looking forward to getting at my garden in the spring and getting that cleaned up. The pain in my knees has improved so much and hopefully will continue to improve as I lose weight and I may be able to pospone any surgery for a few years.

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Posted: 04 Feb 2012, 09:05
Since January of last year, I'm down about 34 pounds (more like 35 if you take into account a scale swap that gave me a 1.5 lb upward bump!)

In that time, my eating habits have transformed significantly! I've learned you don't need dessert after every meal and how to handle a craving for something sweet with less than 50 cals of chocolate instead of hundreds of calories in cookies or ice cream. I've moved away from snacking on processed foods, kind of unintentionally as I have turned to more protein rich foods. I've also added some fat back IN to my diet, 1% or 2% milk instead of nonfat and peanut butter a a dietary staple!

I've tired new exercises classes and have completely embraced kickboxing. I've conquered the 30 day shred (working on Ripped in 30!), can run 5k pretty routinely and by many measures, I would consider myself to be in excellent shape (resting heart rate, the speed with at which my heart rate drops after exercise, the fact that I have no problem keeping up in my exercise classes and that I can manage the 20 flights of stairs up to my apartment at the END of my workout).

You can do this, Christina. I'm glad that you're not allowing a small number on the scale to prevent you from seeing the other positive changes you made. I would guess your challenge this year is to build on the changes you've already made- make your healthy eating and exercise habits more consistent and keep pushing yourself. I've been exercising and eating pretty well for several years now but last year was when things really clicked into place and I pushed it to the next level. Make 2012 YOUR year!
- Natalie

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Posted: 05 Feb 2012, 11:05
WOW!!! All of you have done super well...Congratulations!!!

@Bodicea - isn't it great when all of a sudden you can wear things that were hiding at the back of the closet...keep up the great job.
Mike - I totally agree with the healthy eating and proper may take longer that way, but I think it's better.'s hoping that you will be able to postpone that surgery like...forever!!!
and Natalie...thanks for your words of encouragement...I do eat good food; go to the gym constantly and actually if I may backtrack just a little bit here - from my heaviest weight I have now lost 21 lbs. It's just the last year was only 3.1 and I looked back to 2010 and between Feb. of 2010 and Feb. of 2011 I lost 3.9lbs. So at this rate it will be 5yrs before I get to my goal weight...LOL something to look forward to...again congrats to everyone and keep up the good work...

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Posted: 05 Feb 2012, 12:06
One year ago today I weighed EXACTLY 40 kgs more. That's an 88 lbs weight loss. As to how I have changed - don't get me started. I could babble on this topic for days. Let me just say that it's ALL good, and that it's the biggest motivator I have ever had for ANYTHING I have done my entire life. Life IS good.
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Posted: 05 Feb 2012, 12:39
that is awesome kingdeld and you are so is good Smile

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Posted: 05 Feb 2012, 13:15
Last year today I weighted approximately as much as I weight now. Unfortunately I was in the 3rd month of those times that happen every now and then when everything goes out of your control. There was too much stress at work, I was working crazy hours, had absolutely no time and energy to exercise, and don't even remember what I was eating. Though I usually eat well even when I am not paying attention. I just don't have any unhealthy food at home. In addition to that we had unusually high pollen counts all spring and summer and I ended up using inhalers and not being able to walk outside or exercise. End result of this year of relative misery - 192 lb in October, which was my new record. At which point I said to myself enough is enough. I think my biggest problem is learning to control my stress response. I know that there will be other periods in my life like that, but I need to make sure my weight does not go up next time. I don't feel well at 192, even now I feel so much better and stronger. So I cannot really say my weight changed too much as compared with last February, I lost what I gained. Hope I also gained some level of control over my life.
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Posted: 06 Feb 2012, 07:03
yes Ingria, my story is most stressful year (2005) saw me going up to my highest is amazing what stress can do. It certainly looks to me like you have things under control now. Best of luck with the next 14lbs.

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Posted: 06 Feb 2012, 07:40
No idea what I weighed in February 11. Based on how many inches I've lost, I estimate I weighed 320-330 lbs in November 2010.
I'm down to under 255 right now. It no longer hurts to get up in the morning (well, sometimes it still does - but it's a different kind of soreness). I'm running 5ks, bike-riding to work every day, and feeling much younger than my age.
Like kingkeld said, life is good now. My wife and I are extremely active. I think the best part for me is that not only are we taking more trips and vacations, we plan those trips around what we can do rather than what we can see. I just picked up a new tent, and we'll be tent-camping the end of this month for the first time in 12 years. We're watching the weather in March for our first chance to kayak. April, I'm running a 5k mud run/adventure race. May and June is a road trip to Arizona, with lots of hiking planned. And September is a 68-mile bike ride. Life is definitely good.

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Posted: 06 Feb 2012, 07:54
About two years ago, my weight was in the high 190s as a result of addicitve video gaming and general lack of exercise. I found a few programs which worked for me, and now I am in the 160s. Two years ago I really was starting to get embarressed about taking off my shirt around others because my love handles and belly were really at their worst. I took action, and now being shiftless isn't as big of a deal these days.

Since I decided to largely give up video games and instead spend more of my free time outside, I restarted snowboarding, started rock climbing, paddle boarding, and just about anything else I can get my hands on outdoors. So in short, life has become a lot more rewarding since I began my weight loss journey.
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Posted: 06 Feb 2012, 10:38
Wow GThorp, I need to show your post to my son Smile

Congratulations on your weight loss and finding new hobbies.
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Posted: 06 Feb 2012, 18:09
jimmie65 and GThorp - it's wonderful to see that both of you have made such great changes. It's interesting when one catches the "activity bug." The first time I had joined the gym, I went because I had the membership; this time around it's different - I go because I want to go and feel guilty when I have to skip a night for whatever reason. Whenever hubby and I go anywhere on vacation it still is to see things but we do an incredible amount of walking. We usually park the car at the hotel and leave it parked. Great job everyone.

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