More than 100 to lose, who can relate?

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kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 31 May 2010, 01:03
Hi all, new here & just getting started on a serious effort to lose weight. Currently over 300 & know my ideal weight is under 200, but have set my goal at 200 for now.

Already know this will be a long-term commitment, which is the main reason I have put it off so long, but I have made the decision to give it an honest effort for more than just a few months this time.

On Day 3 of the Slimfast diet, which I am mostly sticking to but for today & tomorrow am doing the shakes for breakfast only instead of bkfst & lunch. Also have increased my daily water intake from <8 oz to about a gallon a day - yes, I did drink coffee & Crystal Light daily, but not nearly enough fluids overall & rarely drank plain water. I am finding that increasing the water while starting the meal replacements has helped curb the hunger, because I haven't been nearly as hungry as I expected to be.

For me, my biggest problem has been starting my day with my beloved coffee. I make it in the morning, then go to my home office to start work. My job is busy so next thing I know it's 3 or 4 pm and I am suddenly ravenous so I overeat whatever is handy. Slimfast is a good fit because it is easy to fit a quick shake into my "normal" pattern right before the coffee, & keep a reusable water bottle at my desk. I set an Outlook reminder to tell me it's time to snack or have my lunch shake.

Trying to stay positive...a year ago I started a 10,000 steps walking program in an effort to lose weight for a wedding I was going to be in. I exercised my ass off for more than 30 days straight - didn't miss one day, & ate responsibly throughout - & lost 3 pounds. I was so discouraged I gave it up completely & it has taken me this long to even consider another attempt. Realistically I don't expect a miracle, just want to hang around on this earth a little longer so trying not to obssess about numbers.

Any support & shared experiences are welcome!!! Love what you all are doing here to support each other.

Kat

Kat | NO EXCUSES, JUST RESULTS | Next milestone - 256: 60 lbs lost
2013: still up from 1/1, but coming back down...
2010: 50.4 lbs lost | 2011:17 lbs lost | 2012: 1 lb gained
How I did it: http://stubbysticks.wordpress.com/weight-loss-summary-by-month/
tifany

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Posted: 31 May 2010, 19:01
There is a lot of support on this site from people that are loosing weight by plain old calorie counting and exercise. Why don't you look into this because more than likely anything you loose with Slimfast is going to come right back on you and maybe even +. We've found a new enjoyment of eating an appropriate amount of food for our weight, age and activity level, and most are feeling and looking much better. Your right, hang around for awhile, but give slimfast a reconsideration.
Tifany
nicyndi

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Posted: 31 May 2010, 19:26
i would be happy if i lost about 80lbs but by then, i may go for the 100. just remember, you didnt gain that weight overnight, you wont lose it overnight either.
i have done slimfast before and its a great idea for losing like 5-10 lbs in time for a special event or something, but not really designed for long term lifestyle changes. i wish you best of luck with whatever you do to help you to your goal.
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FoxyRoxy40

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Posted: 31 May 2010, 19:27
I have over 100 pounds to lose too!..I must agree, this site is wonderful I feel much better about logging good things instead of bad..I have been on Atkins for about a month now and have lost about 14 pounds so far...It's starting to get easier as my body is not craving the sweets and carbs as much..And I try not to put myself in tempting situations, I'm able to just take a bite of something bad and I'm pretty satisfied..So good luck and hang in there...

Rox
k8yk

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Posted: 31 May 2010, 19:32
I started with over 100 pounds to lose and I've lost 95.

You can do it. You have to be ready to stick with it. It doesn't have to be torture.

It is totally worth it in every imaginable way Smile

Good luck!
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bouncy k

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Posted: 31 May 2010, 21:01
yep i still have a way to go. not sure how many pounds but approximately 38 kilo.

slow and steady is how im choosing to ride this rollercoaster. im allowing a year timeframe for these kilos to drop.

gregthegroov...

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Posted: 31 May 2010, 21:11
Good luck to you! I unfortunately have more weight to lose than you do or many on here so far. About 11 years ago I dropped 115 lbs. I lost it in about 7 months. I excersised 5 times per week and I ate very clean. I ate ALOT of salads and fruit and chicken breast. I was younger at 23 yrs old. Well over the next 8 yrs I gained it all back PLUS another 50 lbs. I know you can do it and I can do it as well because I have done it before. Im going to be honest with you. The truth to succesful weight loss and more importantly, weight MAINTENANCE is 95% WHAT YOU EAT. The excersising sure does great for your health, your heart, your stamina your physique. Excersising and lifting weights helps you in that it "HELPS" you create MORE of a calorie deficit. It gives you that extra 500 - 600 calories you will burn off in lets say an hour of working out.

Ive lived the ups and downs and the success as well. I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that you can work out until the cows come home. If you take in too many calories and dont expend enough to create the deficit, you wont lose weight. Period. Thats why I LOVE this webiste and program on my phone. It is teaching me once again what I need to put in my body to lose weight at the end of the week/month or year. Its really mathematical. It works, if you follow your plan and stick it out in the long run.

I started this program May 20th, just 11 days ago and today on May 31st I have dropped 11 lbs. Now, dont get CRAZY on me people! =) I know its quick, but surely alot of it was water weight but still...its a great start. I eat enough calories a day to put me at around 3300 - 3000 calorie deficit PER DAY. (My RDI is 2000 calories).

Surely as you lose weight and you need less calories to live on per day, you HAVE to take in less calories as well to compensate. I started at 394 and am 383 today. I know what it means to be BIG. I also know what it feels like to be THIN and it feels GREAT. I truly hope I can get back what I once had. Just follow the calorie deficit idea and program and let your body and mother nature do the rest!

Good luck =)
Jenn74

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Posted: 31 May 2010, 21:32
FS is the best!! I also have 100 lbs ++ to lose and am very grateful to this site and the people who have shared their journeys. I started in Jan this year and am 1/2 a pound away from my 50 lbs lost!! I cleaned up my eating habits, and added moderate exercise and stayed positive, even when the scale was not my friend, the inches off my body made me happy! I am not a slim fast fan, I am a food fan, lol , I being Italian love to cook and love to eat, I just had to learn how to do it healthier, and so far so good!! I wish you all the best on your journey and great success!! GO GET IT!
gregthegroov...

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Posted: 31 May 2010, 21:53
Jenn, congrats on the 50 lbs. I cant wait to say I too lost 50 lbs! Thats fantastic! Being bigger, Im sure that number will come quicker rather than later. Thats the ONE good thing about starting a weight loss plan when your as big as me...the lbs come of a bit easier in the beginning! hehe
kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 31 May 2010, 22:16
Thanks all for the supportive words & congrats to those of you already celebrating successes! Appreciate the feedback on Slimfast...makes sense since I don't see myself living the rest of my life replacing 2 meals with shakes. For now it is a good fit to START getting my overeating under control, & it seems to already be doing that so I am hopeful. Trying to make changes that aren't too huge to increase the likelihood of them sticking! I know at some point I will need to make exercise a more regular part of my routine but I also know I need to focus on one thing at a time initially, so starting with the eating. Trying to make small changes here & there to increase my activity level & change my habits, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

Lol Jenn, I am a food fan also but cooking is kind of an ordeal for me. Although I enjoy it, I am usually too busy for it so that's another reason the meal replacement works well for me. I also tend toward the obssessive, so meal planning becomes an endless research project full of food groups, calorie counts, & nutrition labels, & I don't have time for all that! I'm ok with the Slimfast people taking care of that for me for a while, lol.

Roxy...curious about the Atkins diet but haven't taken the time to research the details of how it works, but know the basics (hi protein, low/no carbs). Have known people on it & know they had to be very creative while eating out & it seemed really complicated. What is your initial impression of the diet? Who do you think it is best suited for? What has surprised you about being on it?

Thanks all!!!

Kat | NO EXCUSES, JUST RESULTS | Next milestone - 256: 60 lbs lost
2013: still up from 1/1, but coming back down...
2010: 50.4 lbs lost | 2011:17 lbs lost | 2012: 1 lb gained
How I did it: http://stubbysticks.wordpress.com/weight-loss-summary-by-month/
AliPenland

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Posted: 03 Jun 2010, 11:21
I have lost 112lbs so far and have 29 more to go to reach my goal. It has not been easy. However it has been worth it. It is all about calories in verses calories out. My husband and I like to go out to eat with our friends at least once a week and that hasn't changed, I just look for healthier things on the menu. I make better choices. That is what this is all about. Make sure on your journey not to look at this as a diet but a lifestyle change because you have to live this for the rest of your life. You won't hit your goal and magically stay there forever, you'll have to work at it. So whatever you do, make sure it is livable.
Also find an exercise program that you love. If you hate running don't run, cause you'll never do it. If your exercise program is a chore you won't enjoy it. If you love working on your house, find exercises in your day to day housework. If you find out you love kickboxing, kick and punch till your hearts content. Just do what you love. Make sure you move every day. Little movements add up to big movements.
Starting Weight: Nov 11, 2009 338.8
Goal Weight: 195

I can do this!
fit4me2010

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Posted: 03 Jun 2010, 12:54
I just started this better lifestyle on Tuesday, we will see how the first week goes for me. I have been doing pretty good so far on day 3, eating the right foods, drinking lots of water and even walking. I have attempted other programs in the past (Weight Watchers, Body for Life, others) but always failed. I tried slim fast in the past as well and it worked great just got tired of no physically eating (mental issue I know) it was hard and I gave up on that too. However I wish you Good luck on your journey and we will be here to support you and each other.
kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 03 Jun 2010, 13:10
Wow Ali, congrats! Your progress is amazing. I wanna be you when I grow up. Appreciate the comments about the lifestyle changes, my bestie tells me the same thing, that the small changes add up to big ones long-term.

fit4me2010, good to see you here. I think pretty much all of us have tried to lose weight before; my last serious attempt was a year ago & I'm getting back on now. I guess one thing I'm doing differently this time is not focusing on the results, but on progress instead, however small it may be at times.

If we just keep putting one foot in front of the other, one day we'll look back & realize how far we've come. Let's do it!!!

Kat

Kat | NO EXCUSES, JUST RESULTS | Next milestone - 256: 60 lbs lost
2013: still up from 1/1, but coming back down...
2010: 50.4 lbs lost | 2011:17 lbs lost | 2012: 1 lb gained
How I did it: http://stubbysticks.wordpress.com/weight-loss-summary-by-month/
shmiller

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Posted: 03 Jun 2010, 14:02
I'm with you, too. And I agree with the others that the key to sticking to it is to make changes to your entire lifestyle that you can live with for the rest of your life.

My best advice (though I'm not yet halfway to my goal): find ways to do/eat the things you love. Not exercise or foods you can tolerate. Not ones you feel like you have to do/eat. Find things that you actually look forward to.. You'll be much more likely to keep at it if you're happy while you're doing it. I think that's true of exercise and the food you eat. Don't eat diet food, eat food (in appropriate portions). Don't work out, play out!

I wish you luck. Think about how great it will be a year from now when we can all reflect on this thread. I'll bet together we will have lost a "TON" of weight. (Maybe literally!)

Good luck ya'll! Keep on keepin' on!
"The grass ain't greener, the wine ain't sweeter, either side of the hill" The Grateful Dead
Apythia

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Posted: 03 Jun 2010, 14:16
Hi Kat,

I completely understand. I was 324 at my highest.

One thing I would highly highly suggest from personal experience is get a food allergy test.

I tried slim fast repeatedly and would always gain the weight back plus more. I also tried low-fat with lots of whole grains, etc. Still gained weight. Finally after being urged by my chiropractor, I got a food allergy test. Turns out, I am allergic to gluten, barley, hops, and lactose intolerant. I also have a lesser irritation to eggs, corn and potatoes. All those things I was eating to lose weight were actually hurting me, and making me gain weight in the process. So now I avoid most of that or use substitutes. (lactaid pills are a lifesaver!)

Now I watch what I eat, make sure to get plenty of protein, watch portion size and exercise often and so far, I am down almost 70 pounds. I still would like to lose another 100. I am not looking at this so much as a diet, but the way I am going to live the rest of my life. It's coming off slowly (I've been doing this since July 2009), and sometimes there is a set back and I get frustrated but I look at my progress and keep trudging on.

Also I admitted to myself that my gym membership was a waste of money. I never felt comfortable there and would rarely go. Instead, I took that money and invested in a high quality elliptical trainer and parked it in my living room. Now I exercise at least 5 days a week in the comfort and privacy of my own home while watching my favorite shows. That has made a huge difference! Of course I am still making payments, but it is money well spent. I also bought a few used dvd workouts that I love but would never do in public like ballet and belly dancing. I have no problem doing them at home.

It can be overwhelming at times, but we can do it. I try to focus on smaller, 5 pound goals instead of looking at my ideal final weight because that seems so impossible. But 5 pounds is do-able. Smile

FS is a great tool and as you see by the responses, a great place for support.

Best of luck!!
Apythia
NickELuv2

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Posted: 03 Jun 2010, 17:34
Hey everyone I'm Nickie and I'm new to FS. I have tried so many other things and a friend said her doctor suggested this site to her so I figured I would try it myself. I am about 375 and trying to see myself at 180. I initially started at 401, but as time went on I reached a plateu, got frustrated and gave up. So now I am back searching for new ideas to help me reach my goal. I get bored with food easy, so I need some great ideas for meal plans. I am so tired of chicken, I think I'm going to fly away...lol. Can anyone help a sister out? I drink plenty of water, no more than 1 diet soda or 1 serving of Crystal light per day. I just need some SERIOUS MOTIVATION!!!!
kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 03 Jun 2010, 18:34
Welcome NickELuv2!! Motivation is hard for me too, especially with a spouse who does NOT eat healthy. It seems the tricky part is finding what will work for you...we are all so different & there are so many different ways you can make changes in your life to lose weight. The cool thing about FS is that it has the resources for us to help us choose the ways that will work for us.

And ya know what, I'm peeking in here constantly throughout the day, & just seeing others post about things that are challenging for them is enough to make me feel better because I know I'm not alone!

Kat | NO EXCUSES, JUST RESULTS | Next milestone - 256: 60 lbs lost
2013: still up from 1/1, but coming back down...
2010: 50.4 lbs lost | 2011:17 lbs lost | 2012: 1 lb gained
How I did it: http://stubbysticks.wordpress.com/weight-loss-summary-by-month/
Netties

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Posted: 03 Jun 2010, 20:17
Welcome Kstub and Nickie. This is a great site with lots of supportive people and great information that may be useful to you. We can all do this. I am confident of that. Just to share with you the possibilities without fade diets or bariatric surgery, the following link is pics of my son who is near his goal and weighed 500lbs once.

http://www.fatsecret.com/Community.aspx?pa=fp&t=36833


Also, he has started a challenge (see link below) for us to follow that will aid us along the way. Come join with us so we can give each other support.

http://www.fatsecret.com/challenges/7-steps-to-a-new-you/Home.aspx

Hope this helps.
southernala

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Posted: 07 Jun 2010, 11:01
Welcome to FS!! My best advice is: get a tape measure. I joined Curves about 2 ½ months ago. I have very little time as well and wanted something that I could fit into my busy schedule. I knew (b/c I’ve tried almost every diet on planet earth) that I had to make working out a part of my life like brushing my teeth. I haven’t lost very much weight. BUT… I have lost plenty of inches (21 in 2 ½ months). In a 2 week period, I lost 3” from my horrible jiggle arms. That’s one of many “trouble” areas that I HATE!!!! I got more motivation from the inches than the numbers on the scale. It just showed me all of my hard work wasn’t in vain. My clothes are getting bigger. I can see my muscles developing and I feel great! Of course, I would love to see the scale go down more. I just remind myself… no matter how small the progress, it is still progress.



“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It's your mind you have to convince.” – Vince Lombardi
kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 07 Jun 2010, 11:57
Good idea...I'm going to measure today! That is possibly where I went wrong last year, going by the scale instead of the tape measure, because I was working out so much & so hard it is likely I built muscle to replace the fat & it ended up being a push.

Another friend of mine told me to grab something from my closet that I want to fit into again & make it a "goal outfit," which I also plan to do. Just in the past few months my wardrobe has narrowed considerably because I've been picking up weight, so I hope to be able to wear more stuff as I keep plugging away.

Thanks for the warm welcome!!!

Kat

Kat | NO EXCUSES, JUST RESULTS | Next milestone - 256: 60 lbs lost
2013: still up from 1/1, but coming back down...
2010: 50.4 lbs lost | 2011:17 lbs lost | 2012: 1 lb gained
How I did it: http://stubbysticks.wordpress.com/weight-loss-summary-by-month/



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