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So what is everyone doing to lose weight?

post #1 of 28
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Hi ladies,

 

Just wondering what you are all doing to lose weight. What have you found that works well for weight loss? What foods are you skipping, what foods feel good to you? How much are you exercising?

 

I could use lots of ideas!

 

-Hannah

post #2 of 28

I'm doing mostly low carb/gf--sometimes pizza sneaks in.. oops! 

 

Shakeology- LOVE that stuff, but it's spendy.  When I'm feeling lazy it's a meal replacement.. other times a snack if I need to up my calories--I just broke a plateau by adding food.  

 

I'm doing P90X.  I've lost 91lbs since I started it last May.  I modify everything, And took a few month long breaks lol.  When I started I did wall push-ups.. then I progressed to the stairs kinda modifying.  

post #3 of 28

I joined Weight Watchers in January of this year.  I l.o.v.e. having a weekly weigh-in before my meeting, and I love going early to talk with the other people on the program.  I've only lost 11 pounds, but slow and steady wins the race.

 

The other positive is -- we got a puppy.  I try to walk him everyday for about 45 minutes.  I know I would not be getting as much exercise without him.

 

And, I started a weight loss journal.  I've been writing in it since the end of January.  I write things I'm learning and inspirational tid-bits I get out of Weight Watchers magazine and weight loss books (from the library.)  It's great to re-read what I've written when my motivation and inspiration is not strong.

 

Hope that helps!

 

Peace ~~

post #4 of 28

I've vowed to work out at the gym at least 3 times a week.  It's not much, but if I do too much too quickly I burn out and stop exercising.  I've found from past experience that if I'm physically active, everything else in my life (including diet) falls into place.  Exercise helps me feel good about my body.  When I feel good about myself, I want to take care of myself even more.  I start remembering that I deserve to eat well, and my diet will start shaping up without too much effort on my part.  But the cycle starts with exercise.

 

How heavy do you need to be to join Weight Watchers?  According to my BMI I'm obese.  I could lose 40-50 lbs.

post #5 of 28

I have 25 - 30 lbs to lose.  I'm at the gym about 5 days a week - one hour cardio then heavy lifting (different "splits" of body parts" for about 30 minutes after.  I try to walk outside too about 2-3 days a week for an hour on top of that. 

 

Breakfast:  smoothie - splash of unsweetened cranberry juice, small scoop weigh protein powder, ground flax seed, organic frozen berries, a banana, plain greek yogurt and water

 

Lunch: usually a salad and protein

 

Dinner: whatever I cook for the family but I use extra lean ground turkey instead of beef, fish, chicken, lots of whatever veggie (roasted usually) and a small amount of our carb (trying to stick to quinoa, brown rice, etc)

 

Still having a glass of white wine at night when I cook (love that - but bad heartburn has been readily helping me stick to one!)

 

Water, lots of green tea, heavy CLA supplements

 

Just got back into everything in a truly committed way - lost 2 pounds so far (week)

 

 

Loooooooooong way to go!!!!!!

post #6 of 28

I'm not seeing lots of results but I am

-exercising 3x a week. Was about 5x but I've started working more so this is realistic. I work as a  housecleaner so even if I'm not at the gym, I'm still active.

-not eating gluten

-joined WW. Today begins my second week. Struggling with getting in the swing of that. Not a lot of emphasis on whole foods, rather "products".

-totally cut out soda since 1/12

-just switched our big meal of the day to lunch instead of dinner.

 

I have 30 lbs to lose to get into the healthy range. 40 lbs is my goal. Since January, I have lost about 1/2 lb a week. I have not got the big initial weight loss some people get and that discourages me.

post #7 of 28

I am losing weight by tracking what I eat on loseit (counting calories), walking my dogs daily, drinking a lot of water, and making sure to eat plenty of protein.  I have lost 5.2lbs in 3 weeks.

post #8 of 28

I was doing MyFitnessPal which is great, but wasn't working. 1500 cals a day while nursing and working out. You'd think I'd have lost something. *sigh*

 

Then I tried the Paul McKenna eat till your full but only when you are *actually* hungry "I Can Make You Thin" system and that did work, a year ago, now, it's not! Nothing is making any difference!

 

I'm really looking for some ideas and am subscribed to this thread! I'm still nursing a 2yo so trying the 17 day diet may not be a great idea. I was thinking of doing a version of it though, maybe skipping over cycle 1. 

 

Does the ACV thing really work? I'm also taking encapsulated CO pills I got from Whole Foods. I've noticed zero difference. But-- I am dealing with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and am currently on a trial of Levothyroxine. *sigh* I just want to loose 30lbs before I start trying for baby #2!!!

post #9 of 28

I've been exercising, almost always pretty regularly, for the past 6 years or so, and still have had difficulties maintaining a steady, healthy weight.

 

I am now almost halfway through a Whole 30. Essentially, it is a whole-foods focused way of eating that also eliminates sugar, dairy, grains, gluten and anything artificial. It is not specifically a weight-loss diet, but a month-long clean-up--of the body, the mind and the habits that create conditions for health problems. And it's not a diet in a vacuum, but part of an overall approach to life that values activity, good sleep, stress management, play, personal growth, sobriety, and other factors that support a whole person.

 

I feel pretty amazing, and in two more weeks I will report on weight lost over this 30-day period.

post #10 of 28

I'm finally having results. I lost 3 lbs last week. More than that, though, my body feels different. I don't feel like my pooching stomach leads the way. I feel stronger in my upper body. I am proud of myself for being able to do what I"m doing in the gym. I expect to change up my workout in five weeks to keep losing weight.

 

Went gluten free. Started WW. Began circuit training.

 

In WW, I am eating my daily points and tapping into my weekly. I am eating 0% greek yogurt but cutting out other animal products.

 

Circuit training for me is 6-10 minutes cardio  followed by 3 reps of 10 on 3 machines.

 

post #11 of 28

kythe, you can join weight watchers as long as you are 5 pounds over your ideal weight for your height so if you have 40 to 50 pounds to lose you can totally join.  There is a man and his wife at my weight watchers meeting that have lost 120 and 100 pounds respectfully.  It is amazing to look at their before photos and see the difference.

 

I have been doing the unprocessed whole food approach as much as possible - fruits, vegetables, legumes, dairy, and grains/potatoes.  Today I saw a significant weight loss so I think my combination of unprocessed whole food in addition to some added exercise this week helped kick my weight loss up a notch.

 

tillymonster, I hope you can get your hashimoto's thyroiditis under control.  I also am hypothyroid which after last set of blood tests is under control.

post #12 of 28

 

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kythe, you can join weight watchers as long as you are 5 pounds over your ideal weight for your height so if you have 40 to 50 pounds to lose you can totally join.  There is a man and his wife at my weight watchers meeting that have lost 120 and 100 pounds respectfully.  It is amazing to look at their before photos and see the difference.

 

Thanks.  I joined WW last week and lost 0.6 lbs the first week.  This week I'm cutting out sodas at work, to see how much difference that makes.  It's hard to make drastic changes to diet all at once, so I'm trying one step at a time.

 

post #13 of 28

Hi, it's so great to see what everyone is doing. After my first baby, I did Weight Watchers and lost some but found it to come off slowly and painfully for me. I felt like I wasn't eating enough, but I wasn't losing weight very quickly, so I was frustrated. I got down to a few pounds above my pp weight, then using sparkpeople.com I got down to my goal, but it was pretty punishing.

 

After my second baby in October, I considered doing weight watchers again but I desisted because I didn't like what it did to my milk supply and it seemed like not enough food for me (not the right combination.) A separate issue was my son needed to go gf so I joined him out of solidarity, and then poof, away went my belly. In about 5 days. It was amazing. Then I cut out grains and went low-carb for the most part. I'm down to my goal, and it was totally easy. I eat plenty of protein and fat, and I have treats like chips if they are low sugar. I have some carbs, but not much sugar. So that's how I've done it. I'm getting shorts for the first time in YEARS!! Liking how my legs look.

post #14 of 28

I also exercise, either walking or a video or both. Videos I've used and liked are the 30 Day Shred and Calorie Explosion by the Firm.

post #15 of 28

You went gluten free?  Hum, I have been thinking about that.  I just can't imagine a life without bread.

post #16 of 28

I count calories.  Boring, but it works for me.  Though I am lazy about it - on the days I count, I lose.  When I don't count calories, I maintain.  I have lost 16 pounds since mid-February.  I could lose faster if I really stuck to the plan tighter.  

post #17 of 28

The Whole 30 is also gluten free. It took me a couple of months to get emotionally ready to go for it, and now that I am in it, it is really not as hard as I thought it would be. It was definitely a bear getting through the first week or so, but now I have no trouble running to the store to pick up fresh-baked baguettes for dh and kids. It doesn't faze me. I didn't have to get rid of everything in the house.

 

I'm three weeks in and I'm not supposed to weigh myself. But I do anyway. So far, I have lost about 10-ish pounds, and I have gained muscle since I am doing my body weight workouts more consistently. I can do two pushups. I bet I might be able to do more than two tomorrow. I never did a real pushup before this week.

 

This week, I also went back to FitDay to get a better look at what I am eating in terms of fat, protein and carbs, and to really see what my caloric deficits are day to day. I realized that vegetables are definitely a better choice for me than fruits, and also decided to take a multivitamin to help make sure I am getting my Bs and not getting any weird cravings based on missing something. FitDay also helps me have a more realistic view of how many calories I'm burning through exercise.

post #18 of 28

I guess I'll look at what the Whole 30 is. I've never heard of that!

post #19 of 28

 

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You went gluten free?  Hum, I have been thinking about that.  I just can't imagine a life without bread.

 

The first time I went gf was really hard and I was constantly thinking about what I was missing. That time, I cheated with the occasional beer and for a monthly mno. Too much cheating led to total cheating and I was back to my regualar diet in a few months. I started eating gluten again about the same time I quit smoking. I gained 20 lbs in two months and gained a pot belly.

 

I have been gf for a month now. I have always loved vegetables but resisted fruit. I find that when I cut out gluten, I cut out a lot of processed foods by default and am snacking on fruit instead of empty starches. For the most part, I am also staying away from bread substitutes as it is a trigger for me. We tried a Chebe mix yesterday.  Combine the beginning of af with cheese breadsticks and I binge. I do keep a box of crackers and cereal for the kids but it is in their cabinent so not something I have to look at regularly. My only hangup right now is eating out or at potlucks. For potlucks, I have to bring something that I know will be enough for me if I have nothing else.

 

Point is, it is a process. I read a blog post recently about having to experience a period of mourning when eliminating a group from your diet. My period of mourning lasted nine months with a lot of bumps in the road. Now I'm on the other side and embracing what I can eat and the health benefits I see instead of thinking about what I can't have.

post #20 of 28

 

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Point is, it is a process. I read a blog post recently about having to experience a period of mourning when eliminating a group from your diet. My period of mourning lasted nine months with a lot of bumps in the road. Now I'm on the other side and embracing what I can eat and the health benefits I see instead of thinking about what I can't have.

 

I'm not gluten free, but I like this idea of a "mourning period".  Now I feel hopeful that when I'm having a hard time with my food choices, this too shall pass in time.  I hadn't thought of it that way before.

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