Joined January 2010
Weight History

Start Weight
261.0 lb
Lost so far: 36.0 lb

Current Weight
225.0 lb
Performance: losing 4.2 lb a week

Goal Weight
180.0 lb
Still to go: 45.0 lb
I'm 37 and have a 13 year old daughter. I found this site through the Atikins community and think it's a godsend. The only successful diet I did was when my boyfriend helped me to lose weight. I just couldn't do it on my own and I let him take control. He loved the way I was but was tired of me complaining, so one day he said 'I can't take it anymore, either you let me help you lose weight or just shut up about it!'. I handed over control and over 4/5 months lost about 25lbs and 4 dress sizes and was so much fitter. He got up early with me and trained me basically took over the cooking. It worked. HOWEVER, what I realised is that I need to be able to do it for myself. This realisation came after we broke up and I put the pounds back on. What I remember from those times I've kept close - the feeling of happiness when I could buy clothes in 'normal' size shops and thinking how inexpensive they were, having a lot of energy, and just feeling more motivated.
Now it's time to do it for myself. I would love to have more children but given my age and weight it's going to be harder to concieve. So that my goal - to lose wieght and have a baby.
Support from people on this site will be invaluable to help me when things get tough. I hope I can pass on some tips too, afterall, one thing big people know all about is diets and what to eat or rather not eat - the difficulty is putting it all into practice.
2010 is going to be my year to help myself and I hope anyone reading this will join me on the journey.

Claire xxxx

claireshopeful's Weight History

claireshopeful's Latest Member Challenges

  July Jumpstart
status: Completed
ended: 30 Jul 12
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  Losing to Gain - 40lbs Down by End of September
status: Completed
ended: 17 Sep 12
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last weighin: losing 1.8 lb a week Down
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claireshopeful's Cookbook

cals: 121kcal | fat: 0.27g | carbs: 21.35g | prot: 9.63g
Cauliflower Fried Rice II
A low-carb, delicious fried rice.
cals: 184kcal | fat: 13.64g | carbs: 6.86g | prot: 12.87g
Spicy Tofu
Tasty fried tofu with piquant spices.
cals: 150kcal | fat: 7.39g | carbs: 5.40g | prot: 7.88g
Garlic Basil Shrimp
A versatile shrimp dish using fresh basil and white wine with garlic.
cals: 444kcal | fat: 41.37g | carbs: 18.93g | prot: 4.35g
An Arabic salad dish also known as tabouleh or tabouli, that's often used as part of a mezze.
cals: 172kcal | fat: 8.02g | carbs: 6.49g | prot: 18.19g
Lettuce Wraps with Ground Turkey Breast
Just like P.F. Chang's Lettuce Wraps, but made with ground turkey breast.
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claireshopeful's Latest Posts

A *seemingly* unimportant victory......
Brilliant posts. I was thinking this the other day. My milestone is when I need to go pee (sorry TMI) I don't need to undo my belt, button and zip on my jeans I can actually pull them down!! I know I need a new pair of jeans but I don't want to spend any money yet lol.
Great stories everyone, I could relate to a lot of them.
Can't wait to go to Jamaica in August and fit nicely into an airline seat Smile
posted 03 May 2012, 07:20
Gained Weight, Please Help
I've had that happen to me too. Maybe you're not eating frequently enough, so when ever you do eat, your body is storing the food rather than using it to burn off. Alternatively, have you been exercising? You may have more muscle mass now, which weighs heavier than fat.
Don't give up, keep going and stay strong. Good luck.
posted 25 Jan 2010, 16:09
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