Start Weight:(13 Feb 13) 216.0 lb
Current Weight:(05 Jul 14) 172.0 lb
Goal Weight:168.0 lb
following: ChristyLA's own diet
performance: losing 1.6 lb a week

My highest weight was 270 lbs. I'm now almost what I weighed as a teenager--when I didn't have a weight problem--but I feel much healthier now: I eat healthy, I don't smoke or drink, and I exercise. I've truly earned my body and it's taken me 2 years to get here. Here's a little history about me:

I did not have a weight problem until I was 19. It was then that I went through a period of eating very little when I was homeless for a few months and I lost some weight. When I went back home, I started eating plentiful and gained back the weight I had lost plus more. I noticed the weight gain and began taking a diet pill and going to the gym (not changing my diet), but the weight kept coming on. That discouraged me, so I said, "Screw the gym. I'll just diet to lose weight." (Not a completely smart decision.)

Then I tried Slim Fast shakes (I was always hungry), then went to a nutritionist who put me on a 1500-cal diet (also hungry, because I was still eating unhealthy). Then my father's friend introduced me to the Atkins Diet. I did it strictly for 6 months and lost 50 lbs. However, I went back to college and was tempted by the campus food, putting most of the weight back on.

I tried different methods to lose weight over the years, but in the end low-carb worked best for me. I've done low-carb 3 times, gaining the weight back the first 2 times. This time, I've kept it off for 5 months so far. It's kind of easy for me to maintain my weight, because I reached a set-point weight, so I just continue what I've been doing.

Right now, my main focus is on staying under my RDI, working out 5 days a week, and eating as healthy as possible, while also enjoying life. I take things one day at a time. I feel confident I will keep this weight off. There's no going back now. This is for life.

Let me know if there is anything I can do for you to help you on your weight loss journey. Feel free to message me any time :)

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I was on the high-end of a normal weight my whole life, but never overweight and certainly not obese. So when I reached 270 lbs (twice) at 5'7", I did not feel like me. I felt very heavy and hated how I looked, I felt very self-conscious in public, and I felt ashamed. But what made me decide to lose weight the second time was body pains. My knees, feet, and back ached and had sharp pains, just from existing with the 100 lbs of excess weight. I had a hard time carrying my groceries up to the third floor. I felt horrible being so sedentary. I was suddenly inspired to get in shape. The rest is history. But what keeps me going is that I don't want to go back there. I strongly do not want to return to 270 lbs. And I know that indulging in a trigger food will put me back there. (The first time I was 270 lbs, I lost 70 lbs and had a bowl of cereal, because I thought "one won't hurt," and gained all the weight back. Cereal is a trigger food for me and when I eat a trigger food, I lose my resolve to eat healthy. And once I lose my resolve, I don't have the mental strength to resist temptation, and I just want to indulge in junk food because it tastes good. This makes me think I'm a food addict, also because I love to eat and still have to control the amount of food I eat while eating healthy food.)

My advice to those just starting on their weight loss journey: don't cheat. Not only will you reach your goal weight faster, but it'll be easier to stick to your diet. Cheating will make you lose your resolve. Not cheating will strengthen your resolve, so you'll more easily be able to stick to and stay on your diet. Weight loss is hard enough, so make it easier on yourself. Don't give in. Eventually, you won't want those unhealthy foods. They won't appeal to you anymore. Then healthy eating will become a lifestyle, and if it's a lifestyle, you won't gain the weight back. Also, you don't want to be on the weight loss part of your journey for a really long time, because you'll get tired of it (restricting calories). So make it as short as possible and you'll be more likely to reach your goal, and then your journey becomes easier once you enter maintenance. That's when you can indulge a little, but still avoid those trigger foods that will put you back where you started.

Losing the weight has changed my life by taking away most of my body pains. I say most, because my knees still sometimes ache from sitting at a desk for the majority of my day, because of previous injuries. But I don't have pain in them anymore, because they are not supporting the excess weight anymore. My back pain is nonexistent. And my feet don't hurt like they used to (I do a lot of walking, so the muscles get sore, but that's it). But what I enjoy the most is my confidence and self-love. I like myself now and I don't feel ashamed of my body. I feel good in public and I actually feel attractive again. All of these things keep me on track and motivated to continue eating healthy. I'm motivated to continue working out, because I love the positive feelings I have from exercising and how good it feels to move. Before I wasn't moving much, and it makes me sad to think of being that way.

Another thing that has changed my life is giving up caffeinated coffee. I used to sleep a lot, was not a morning person, was always tired, and had low-motivation. Now, I'm the opposite. 8 hours of sleep is plenty, I feel awake when I wake up (not groggy), I'm a morning person, and I'm very motivated. It was like I was depressed before, but it was all related to lacking energy, not sadness. So if you want to feel more energetic and alive, you should consider kicking your coffee habit.

Sorry this is so long. I'm just really passionate about the lifestyle changes I've made, and I want to pass along the info and my experiences to others in hopes that others can experience what I now have.

Thanks for giving me this opportunity to share. Good luck to you in your weight loss journey - whoever reads this.
posted 29 Jun 2014, 08:55
Dieting and Not Exercising?
It is a fact that adults' metabolisms slow with age, which can only be attributed to muscle loss, and a less efficient body due to age. It is also a fact that muscle burns more calories than fat, and since the rate in which a body burns calories is the metabolic rate, metabolism can increase/decrease based on the amount of muscle mass. Metabolism is not only based on the amount a person weighs and eats.

Being active can be just as good as working out. If you keep an eye on your calories in/out to make sure you're not eating more than what you burn, you should be able to maintain your weight loss.
posted 09 Jun 2014, 14:26
Dieting and Not Exercising?
If exercising affects you negatively psychologically - making you think you can eat a lot/unhealthy, then it might not be good for you to do at this time or may not be the right kind of exercise for you. Strength training and weightlifting increase my appetite, but I still eat healthy. Extra food is needed to repair the muscles, so an increased appetite is inevitable with those types of workouts. You could try walking to get some activity and it might not affect your appetite much. I find that walking doesn't stimulate my appetite much. And if you so choose, you could try gradually increasing the intensity and/or duration of your exercise. But moderate-paced walking is enough to keep you physically fit.

I do want to add that I lost 15 lbs while being very sedentary and my size did not change at all. I mostly lost muscle, which is not good. If you don't exercise regularly, you will lose muscle. That is why adults gain weight over the years - they are more sedentary than kids, so their muscle mass decreases, which makes their metabolism slow, which makes it so they have to keep eating less calories in order to maintain their weight, and their bodies don't look as youthful (think sagging, flabby, and pot bellies).

Dieting will allow you to lose weight and get smaller (at first, at least), but your body will not look as good than if you exercise - especially strength train.
posted 09 Jun 2014, 08:46
Is it possible to lose 15 lbs and not change in size?
To answer your questions: I'm at my goal weight and my same sized clothes fit the same way.

Foxymamachic, I think your answer is most correct for my situation. Thanks.
posted 27 May 2014, 20:16
Is it possible to lose 15 lbs and not change in size?
I lost the 15 lbs over 3 months last year. I was working at a desk all day and wasn't exercising. So I can understand that I would have lost some muscle with the weight I lost. But ALL muscle? Some people undertake losing weight without incorporating exercise. But those people don't lose 100% muscle. So I don't understand it. All I can do is continue working out to replace some of the muscle I lost. Thanks for your help.
posted 27 May 2014, 20:12
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