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post #21 of 465

Congrats Love to Laugh! smile.gif    At the rate I lose weight,  I may still be doing the challenges. Lol

 

post #22 of 465

Congrats, Lovetolaugh! That's awesome news!

 

I'm in for the second challenge - not sure if I can manage another 20 lbs this time around, but I'd like to try! :) I'll post my starting weight and measurements on the 19th.

 

Welcome to all the new faces!

post #23 of 465

I'm in. Like Ruthiegirl, I'm on the WW thread, but want some more accountability. :)

 

I'm 5'8" and I'll post my start weight on 3/19.

post #24 of 465

Hi, I am new here, I really need the accountability and the commradery of this challenge.  I am 5'11" and 171lb My main goal is to become much healthier through both the exercise portion of the challenge as well as changing my eating habits to focus around fresh fruit and veggies.  I am going to try to do a smoothie every day for breakfast as well as a green drink. 

 

I really look forward to meeting everyone and getting healthy together.

post #25 of 465

I've got to do something, so I will give this a try! I'm 5'6". I will post my weight on the 19th. Thanks for organizing!

post #26 of 465

welcome to MDC mama-K

post #27 of 465
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Originally Posted by Amandamarie View Post

Congrats Love to Laugh! smile.gif    At the rate I lose weight,  I may still be doing the challenges. Lol

 



ROTFLMAO.gif  You better not be!!

post #28 of 465

I'm in,  I'll post my weight this weekend.  I have some weight I need to lose and need the motivation to workout too. 

post #29 of 465

I used to not weigh myself regularly - and that's part of the reason I gained weight.  I know everyone is different, but if I had watched the scale start registering those pounds instead of being in denial (which I totally was) I might have checked myself sooner and not let 5 turn to 10 to 20, to 25....you get the picture.

 

For me, now, I'm weighing in daily.  While I totally get water weight, etc fluctations, it's helping me by giving me a daily reality check.  Like, "Hmmm, not feeling like going to the gym today, maybe I can miss this one" and then when I get on BAM!  REALITY - no blowing off workouts.

 

That aside - the flucutations are so FRUSTRATING!!  (at least I'm chalking up today's weigh in that that.)  Yesterday I did an hour of cardio, drank my water ate a healthy, protein packed salad for lunch (after an organic smoothy for breakfast) and had a small portion of dinner (handful of almonds for a snack) - I was freaking UP a pound this am.  I don't expect to see losses daily (obviously) but to watch the number CLIMB when you're doing the work IS SO FRUSTRATING.  I swear the Fat Fairy visits me at night and sprinkles cellulite on my ass.  irked.gif

 

So - current weight: 146

 

goal - 120

 

Vacation - coming up way too soon at the end of April

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Today - had some dinner leftovers for breakfast (extra-lean turkey meatloaf ) - wasn't in the mood for "sweet" breakfast food, been drinking tons of lemon water - walked (fast) for an hour (I needed a break from the gym and to get fresh air) and wasn't hungry at all for lunch (still full from breakfast - plus I teach a class from 1-2 at the elementary school and was showering etc right before that) - just had some raw almonds and a cup of coffee and TONS more water - will eat extra veggies w/ dinner tonight to make up for lack thereof today

 

Sigh

post #30 of 465

TROPICANA thanks so much for sharing your game plan. It's really helpful to hear what works for other people.

post #31 of 465

Can I join?

 

I have had weight issues all of my adult life. About 2 1/2 years ago I finally had had it and I began eating appropriately every day. The weight came pouring off and I lost 112 pounds over the course of about 10 months. The we moved across the country for my husband's job and I turned back to my familiar comfort. I have gained all but about 20 pounds back (sigh...)

 

I am ready to go at it again and would love some companionship.

 

Here's what worked for me and what I will be doing again:

 

I eat a very structured food plan

 

Breakfast: 4 oz meat (or 2 oz cheese or 2 eggs or 5 oz beans), 4 oz grain, 6 oz fruit

Lunch: 12 oz veggies, 4 oz meat (or 2 oz cheese or 2 eggs or 5 oz beans), 6 oz fruit, 1/2 oz fat (I usually choose almond butter - yum!)

Dinner: 12 oz veggies, 4 oz meat (or 2 oz cheese or 2 eggs or 5 oz beans), 4 oz grain, 1/2 oz fat

 

I used to measure and weight everything, but I feel fairly confident eyeballing it now.

 

My challenges are:

- Addressing the emotional issues that contribute to the binging

- Figuring out how to maintain my weight loss once I am at my goal weight.

- Sticking with an exercise plan

- Figuring out how to not be so all or nothing about it. My original loss came without eating sugar, but I don't feel like that is realistic for me for the long term. I am tempted to delete the fats on some days and allow myself a small treat (dark chocolate or a low-fat coffee drink?) We'll see.

 

I am just under 6 feet tall (5'11 3/4") and I am currently around 270. I will post an exact weight on Monday.

 

Thanks for being there.

 

post #32 of 465

wow it looks like were going to have a very motivated group! I'm excited!

post #33 of 465

hey christinelin, did you not hear the diet news in the past few weeks -- that said *research* showed people who eat a small dessert/sugar sweet in the MORNING after a good, high protein breakfast do better at maintaining weight loss for the long haul. 

 

true!! 

 

it works for me. i weigh myself all the time throughout the day and have been aggressively and consistently losing pounds. i only eat in the early part of the day, and i do allow myself something sweet (something small though) in the hours before NOON.

 

good luck!!

post #34 of 465
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Originally Posted by tropicana View Post

hey christinelin, did you not hear the diet news in the past few weeks -- that said *research* showed people who eat a small dessert/sugar sweet in the MORNING after a good, high protein breakfast do better at maintaining weight loss for the long haul. 

 

true!! 

 

it works for me. i weigh myself all the time throughout the day and have been aggressively and consistently losing pounds. i only eat in the early part of the day, and i do allow myself something sweet (something small though) in the hours before NOON.

 

good luck!!




Interesting! I've been trying to move more of my calories to the earlier part of the day, but I haven't been having much luck. I'm way less hungry earlier in the day, so I'm often not interested in eating much; and even when I do have a larger breakfast/lunch, I'm still ravenous later in the day.

post #35 of 465

BlueStateMama - I also weigh myself daily. I'm less likely to eat something I shouldn't when I know I'm going to be facing the scale in the morning.
 

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wow it looks like were going to have a very motivated group! I'm excited!



Me too! :)

post #36 of 465
Thread Starter 

Wow, there is no way I could deal with being "done" with food/calories by noon - or even 3pm!  You would hear my tummy rumbling from the US!

I have a substantial breakfast, try to eat ever couple of hours, and make sure that I don't have a big carbo load right before bed or anything.  But by dinner time - I am HUNGRY!

 

I also weigh myself every day.  I find it keeps me honest, and usually motivated too, even if the scales are only inching their way down.    

post #37 of 465

I would love to go another round. I lost 10 lbs! Please count me in and I'll check in Monday with stats.

 

post #38 of 465

I'd love to join in with you ladies! Last year I lost 40 pounds by following a diet mainly vegan/diabetic, but fell off the wagon during the summer. I'd like to get started again since I'm feeling so sluggish and this seems to be just what I need to get motivated. I was doing the Jillian Michaels Banish Fat Boost Metabolism DVD 5 days a week, but I have a plantar wart (set to have it removed the 30th) on the ball of my right foot so I'll be switching it up to her Ripped in 30 instead. That's less impact on my foot. I also play indoor volleyball one night a week for 2 hours. I'm 5'4" and weigh somewhere around 200, but I'll post my official weight on Sunday. I'm another daily weight-taker-when I'm doing well that is. :)

post #39 of 465

I'm the same way. I tend to weigh myself daily when I'm sticking to my diet. I totally fell off the bandwagon in the worst ways today so I probably won't step on the scale in the morning.

 

 

So who won the first challenge?

post #40 of 465

I'm in for Round 2. And this time I'm going to end LOWER than I began. redface.gif I think daily weighing will help me, as will a new approach to my food intake. I was doing too low-carb for my body, so did't have energy to work out. I'll increase my carbs, especially on run days (I'm doing Couch to 5K, am on week 3 now). Hopefully I can make most days run days by the end of May when we do a vacation. (Oh yeah--going to beaches the week before US Memorial Day is motivating!) I need to get back to using myfitnesspal for some extra accountability. 

 

I'm 5'6" and probably around 156, but will post official stats on Monday. 

 

Oh! And congratufreakinlations, Love to Laugh!! :D (count me among the jealous!)

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