Joined October 2012
Weight History

Start Weight
198.0 lb
Lost so far: 0 lb

Current Weight
198.0 lb
Performance: Steady

Goal Weight
195.0 lb
Still to go: 3.0 lb
About a 18 months ago I weighed almost 240 lbs and was told by my doctor that unless I made some significant changes I wasn't going to be around to see my kids grown up. I was borderline obese, tired easily walking up stairs and felt terrible everyday.

Since then I've lost more than 45 pounds and I'm at an ideal weight, I don't have to take my cholesterol medication anymore, the doctor tells me my health risks are in the normal range and I'm able to keep up with my kids now. I've got my life back!

I'm now exercising regularly, eating right, and getting plenty of rest. It's not hard, I just monitor what I do and make good decisions about eating, exercise and sleep.

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How Often Do you weigh yourself?
Nettie80 wrote:
I have been told by my doctor to weigh in when you first get up, after going to the bathroom, and naked. Since I am on a program right now he wants me to weigh in everyday but if can't then have to once a week.

Nettie, you're right. Your doctor works on facts and if they could they'd have you weigh in on their office scale every morning. Of course no one can do that so the next best thing is to weigh yourself regularly at home, once a day is best first thing in the morning before eating/drinking. Want to offer a guess as to why?

Your metabolism keeps working overnight and unless you get up for a midnight snack in the middle of the night you've gone several hours without eating or drinking - ideally your lowest weight. Doing it at the same time of day, with the same amount of clothing creates consistency.

Knowing what you weigh helps you make good informed decisions - what and how much to eat and exercise to stay on track. Who wouldn't like to have that power and knowledge?

If you are serious about losing weight you need a plan and follow the plan. The plan should be sustainable and attainable. With all of these things working in your favor you'll be successful if you want to be. The one missing ingredient is motivation. Add that and you'll be on your way to a healthier you.

Do I sound like I know what I'm talking about? I do because I did just that - I lost 50 pounds and have kept it off for over a year. I'm able to sustain because I picked up good habits and reduced the bad habits (yeah, we all have them - some more than others). There are several on this thread who have said your body weight fluctuates so don't bother weighing very often - that doesn't make sense. The gas gauge in my car fluctuates all over while driving but I know by stopping on level ground I'll get a consistent reading. With that I can make good decisions, in this case if I need to go to a gas station or not. I certainly don't want to check the gas gauge every 30 seconds but I should check it often.

Ask your doctor or other health professional how often you should weigh. I think you'll see a similar answer to the one that you were given.

Good luck on your program.

- RM

Here's yet another blog article on how often to weigh.
posted 13 Sep 2013, 22:19
Anyone using the Fitbit Flex or similar devices?
There are so many personal activity health devices on the market today that it's hard to pick just one. Each one has it's own advantages and disadvantages in ease of use, look/feel, integration with online health services, comfort and accuracy of the data collected. What's important is that you find one that meets your individual needs.

There is a lot of interest in this area right now by health device manufacturers with around 15 new devices introduced at CES 2013 in January of this year. Samsung and Apple are reportedly also engaged in creating a smart watch that will help you track your health. All in all, lots of good choices for consumers.

Right now these devices are split between wrist mounted band, clip ons, wrist watch styles. Choosing the one that's right for you comes down to how you use it and what you want to get out of it.

- RM
posted 25 Aug 2013, 10:20
best breakfast?
Making sure you get a healthy breakfast is important. Here's some other ideas from our dietician." rel="nofollow">

- RM
posted 25 Aug 2013, 10:09
Help - tips on how to get a good nights sleep (pls, pls, pls)
jncboyer had several good tips but it's usually different for everyone. I find that as silly as it sounds, thinking happy thoughts of how the day went (I think of it as the happy highlight reel) allows me to quickly disconnect from what's going on.

Here's a link to more tips on getting that good nights sleep. Link.

- RM
posted 11 Aug 2013, 01:36
Lots of diets around, some good and many bad. Understanding how your body processes food is very helpful. Here's a link that will help. Make it a balanced diet.

- RM
posted 11 Aug 2013, 01:29
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