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post #21 of 188

My starting weight is actually 178.  Here's to a great first week!

post #22 of 188

169.3 lbs . Haven't lost anything in 3 weeks... But I haven't been eating very well nor did any other exercise than bike. I NEED to start running again! But my free time is now filled with phone calls re: our move.. It will be worth it though!

 

Piglet I didn't go to Duncan, went around on my way to Victoria.

 

Congrats CookiePie!  This is awesome!!

 

IsaFrench, that's a lot of walkin!!!

 

How's the pregnancy lilac?

post #23 of 188

5'5" and 205.  Ready to go again!

post #24 of 188
5'4 209
post #25 of 188
Am I too late to join again?

If I can, my height is 5'5" and my starting weight is 146.4 (66.4kg)

Haven't done well between challenges, partially from falling back into bad habits. Am beginning a new, more structured healthy eating plan this week and I really want this to become a real lifestyle change. Hoping I can do better this round smile.gif
post #26 of 188

Forgot to post my starting point for Monday.

 

My weight as of yesterday was 144.5 lbs. That is a new low (this time around, lol). 

 

I did a 40 minute run today (4 segments of run 10 min and walk 1 minute), burning about 350 calories. This is week 8 of my Learn to Run 10K program and it's an "easy recovery week". The next two runs will be 21 and 30 mins respectively, so I'll likely do some long walks on my non-run days.

 

I have been tracking caloric intake and weight and did some calculations to determine my daily energy requirements: 1890 calories. This is higher than I'd thought, which means I was eating at a lower deficit than I needed to be.

 

That, combined with my good run today means that I will be rewarding myself by baking cookies for the family this evening. :-)

post #27 of 188

I'm back.  Gained a few more pounds since my last challenge, but feeling more energetic.  Whatever was happening the last few months seems to be fading.  I did overschedule the summer, and stress makes me lethargic.

 

BUT-- don't know if this is premature, but I'd really like to challenge myself for this round, especially with committing to the exercise.  The next round might not be a good one to attempt, between holiday busy-ness and holiday food.  

 

So, here goes!  I weighed myself this morning at 155, but didn't calibrate the scale, so I just weighed myself properly.  The afternoon weigh-in might skew my results for next week, though.  Happy about today's weigh-in.  3 weeks ago I was pushing 160 lbs again!  Hoping to make it back to 151, my most recent "low". Still, that's a good 3# over my plateau weight, and I won't even think about that last 25lbs!

 

156lb, 5' 2"

post #28 of 188

I'm curious to know what methods or approaches we are all using to get to our goals. Do you have a particular fitness goal in mind? Are you trying to lose weight? Are you doing a special diet (e.g. low-carb/paleo) or - like me - using a calorie tracking approach? Are you trying to change eating habits (more whole foods, less processed)? 

post #29 of 188
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I'm curious to know what methods or approaches we are all using to get to our goals. Do you have a particular fitness goal in mind? Are you trying to lose weight? Are you doing a special diet (e.g. low-carb/paleo) or - like me - using a calorie tracking approach? Are you trying to change eating habits (more whole foods, less processed)? 

 

Nothing strange or mysterious.  Mainly for me, it's making choices to not snack mindlessly.  To wait until I'm hungry and make a good meal instead of filling my belly in the moment.  Way more fruits and veggies.  Walking 4 times a week. The funny thing is, I know what it takes for me-- I've lost 40 lbs already before hanging out at 148 for a couple years (then gaining recently).  These things, plus making sure I don't eat too much bread with butter and juice.  Why I can't keep it going, I don't know.  My motivation and energy flags.  My schedule gets too stressful.  Maybe I get too caught up in turning away foods I love.  Last time, I got strangely hungry like never before.  

 
Once upon a time, when I first started losing this weight, I did track calories for 3 weeks, kept a food diary.  And it helped!  I crept down my consumption of things like cream and butter gram by gram.  I've never had the motivation to redo that, but I already know what the culprits are.  I just need the *sustained* willpower to keep up the good work.
 
I really want to start losing this last 25-30 pounds.  I say this with  belly fat with the pizza I just ate (one piece) so it doesn't feel too genuine, or even possible, but I've been eating quite well recently, all in all.
post #30 of 188

I lost 23 lbs since April by exercising EVERY day, 30 to 60 minutes (I would take a walk in the morning then ride my bike to work, for example). Eating better, meaning no junk food, lots of veggies and smart choices in general. I've been slacking off for the past 2 months due mainly to sickness and I really need to get back on track. I'd like to lose AT LEAST 10 lbs by Christmas :)

 

My motivation is definitely to see the pounds come off. I was a chubby kid, a chubby teenager and now a chubby adult. But after the pregnancy, I was chubbier than ever, and that gave me the humph I needed to really give everything I had and finally lose weight. Keeping track of my progress and my exercise like I've been doing on Mothering has been of great help. I am pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to do it without those challenges.

 

That being said, I don't really know if I should participate to this challenge because we will be moving in 2 weeks, that means dedicating all my free time to packing/cleaning. Then the move and arranging the house, getting into a new neighborhood meaning establishing a new routine and all. Unfortunately there isn't good running spots around our new house but there will be an extra room that I'll be able to use to work-out. Also there's the food co-op close by so easier access to healthier foods.


Edited by Jaxy - 9/18/13 at 10:18pm
post #31 of 188
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Once upon a time, when I first started losing this weight, I did track calories for 3 weeks, kept a food diary.  And it helped!  

 

I looked at doing that a few years ago but it seemed like SUCH a time-consuming pain in the neck. It was DH who turned me on to it again because there are websites and apps that make it so easy. 

 

At first I just did it to be mindful of what I was eating, but then I got my geek on and started crunching numbers (I was weighing myself daily and using a GPS app to track my running and walking, which also happens to give you calories burned) and realized I could do this much more precisely than I thought. Now I know exactly how many calories I can eat each day (when I exercise more, I can eat more) and it's a lot more than I would have thought (I was obviously eating a lot more than I thought I was to gain the weight in the first place). 

 

What I love most about this method is that, in the past, I have tried to cut out certain foods and have never been able to sustain that. Eventually I get resentful, miss the food, and binge on it, almost in an act of defiance. Then I'd gain weight, feel defeated, and give up. This time around I can literally eat anything I want within my daily goals. It has really changed my attitude towards food to one much healthier. 

 

I hope I don't sound like an advertisement, and I'm not trying to push this method on anybody. It has really been transformational for me in terms of my approach and attitudes towards eating and food in general, and I'm still very excited about that!

post #32 of 188

Methods. . . stay out of the pantry  :eat

 

Just kidding.  This time around though I am kinda at a loss.  I understand what Piglet is saying.  I have done the "don't eat from this category" diets before.  At the same time, calorie counting didn't work for me.  I was very precise--I weighed/measured everything.  I cook from scratch a lot and would use online resources to figure out the calories for the entire recipe and then divide by the number of servings I got out of it, etc.  I lost almost nothing.  This bothered me enough that I brought all my data to a doctor and asked for blood work.  I was sure that something (thyroid?) would come back as abnormal.  Nothing did.  It is frustrating.  A year later and I consented to trying a pill.  It did help, and it jump started my weight loss.  In the winter, I found I couldn't sleep and so I went off it.  It did seem to ramp up the metablolism because after that I was able to lose weight through diet and exercise, though gradually.  Then, I hurt my knee.  It took about 9 months (long story) to get an MRI, and then about 2 more to get a surgery date.  After that I needed PT, recovery for me was slow.  It has been just over a year since the surgery and I finally feel like I can do almost anything again.  I won't run any real distance yet; I don't know if I ever will.  Most everything else is ok though.  However, during all this, I gained back everything I had ever lost.  During the knee fiasco I tried being vegan for awhile.  I lost nothing but felt great.  About six months after that I tried the "Eat to Live" approach, Dr. Fuhrman style.  I lost a bunch.  Granted it is vegan also, but with limited grains.  I was also trying to limit grains because it was suggested that I may have an autoimmune disorder.  Dr. Fuhrman seems to have had success treating autoimmune stuff through diet.  But then, right before my surgery, I was traveling and completely messed up that diet plan.  I want to do the Dr. Fuhrman thing again because even though the knee didn't end up being auto immune, I can't entirely write that possibility off.  I also have lots of auto immune style disease in my family.  However, I am really struggling with it because my family and my schedule really haven't cooperated.  

 

Wow, so if you made it this far. . . I will be tracking what I eat (at least for awareness) and I will be limiting grains, dairy, and meat (not eliminating) and focusing on lots of veggies/fruits.  Until my life calms down (September is terrible), I can't truly try any "regulated" plan.  I am walking the dog daily, but will be adding in some strength training, swimming, and cardio at a local gym.  I also hope to try yoga at home.  I think relaxing/stretching will be good for me.  Oh, I plan to drink more water.  :bgbounce

 

Amy

post #33 of 188
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Wow, so if you made it this far. . . I will be tracking what I eat (at least for awareness) and I will be limiting grains, dairy, and meat (not eliminating) and focusing on lots of veggies/fruits.  Until my life calms down (September is terrible), I can't truly try any "regulated" plan.  I am walking the dog daily, but will be adding in some strength training, swimming, and cardio at a local gym.  I also hope to try yoga at home.  I think relaxing/stretching will be good for me.  Oh, I plan to drink more water.  :bgbounce

 

Amy

 

Wow. It sounds like you have been through a lot!

 

If you do start tracking what you eat, I strongly suggest you get a food scale and weigh what you eat. It is really easy to underestimate calories using volume measurements, especially with high-calorie foods like nuts, butter, avocados, coconut oil and other healthy good stuff. The USDA maintains a database of foods with nutritional info based on weights, so it is easy to calculate that way. 

post #34 of 188

I think the calorie counting is best at the beginning.  WE tend to underestimate exactly how much we are consuming.  I started weighing everything, then just things like cream and butter.  But it was eye-opening.  (I ate THAT much butter!!?)  Weighing food was also a good way to creep down the big culprits to sustainable levels.  I would faithfully weigh 1 1/2 oz of choc. chip ice cream every day after lunch.  That amount crept down from 2 1/2 oz.  Same for butter, and I found I could get my toast down to 1/4oz butter and still love it.  I didn't have to slather it on.  I like sugar and cream in my coffee, but I could get by with half-n-half (not milk) and just a small amount of sugar.  But to do that, I had to creep and creep and creep down.

 

Once you have an idea, you can drop the calorie counting, unless you haven't done it in a while and the weight starts creeping back on.  It is a PIA, but it works.

 

The last thing that made a difference was allowing myself to feel full after lunch.  I am so hungry at lunch, not so much at dinner.  So, I let myself eat until I am feeling full-- it really makes a difference with my mood.  Of course, always always always followed by dessert.  Then dinner, I can watch my servings and be more austere.  I would be rewarded next morning by a belly that felt so much thinner.  It wasn't, but it felt that way, and that felt good.

post #35 of 188

If it is not too late to join... Height: 5', weight: 148.5 lbs.

post #36 of 188
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kzwo, since I was a little behind on getting to a computer so sort out the teams, you are in.

 

Jaxy, pregnancy is going well for me.  This last week I have started using apple cider vinegar with each meal to keep acid reflux at bay. Last night I didn't take my nightly zantac and I threw up this morning from acid reflux, so I think apple cider vinegar during the day and zantac with apple cider vinegar as needed at night might be my magic potion to keep from throwing up.  My babies are totally kicking it old school inside me. I even saw my tummy totally ripple for awhile as they seemed to be playing with each other.

 

The biggest thing for these challenges is to exercise. Eating more fruit and veggies and drinking lots of water helps too.  Each person has to find the formula that works for them. Glad are you sharing with each other about what has worked for you because it may be something that you just haven't thought about.

 


So we have purple and gold teams this time (my high school colors and fall always makes me think of being in high school again).  Look forward to seeing how you lose.

post #37 of 188
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kzwo, since I was a little behind on getting to a computer so sort out the teams, you are in.

 

Jaxy, pregnancy is going well for me.  This last week I have started using apple cider vinegar with each meal to keep acid reflux at bay. Last night I didn't take my nightly zantac and I threw up this morning from acid reflux, so I think apple cider vinegar during the day and zantac with apple cider vinegar as needed at night might be my magic potion to keep from throwing up. 

 

 

I faithfully ate at least 2 apples every day when I was pregnant with dd1.  I even would wake up in the middle of the night and down an apple and it would work (which made it 3 apples some days)!  Unfortunately, dd2 was born in October, so I had very few in-season apples that I could get through, but that never stopped me from trying.  

post #38 of 188

I also ate an apple or 2 a day, the Golden kind! I didn't even know it helped acid reflux I just craved it lol! That and cheese string. And watermelon (when in season). And a bunch of other foods lol! Glad to read your pregnancy is going well!

 

Purple and gold is LSU Tigers here! But purple has always been my color.

So much less people this time around!

post #39 of 188

I've been losing over the course of the last year,.  I'm down 26 pounds currently.  I use clean eating and daily exercise with an emphasis on weight training.  My biggest secret to success is food prep.  I batch cook for snacks and lunches for the week and it means that there is always something in the fridge to load into my cooler.  Packing a cooler is my other biggest secret to success. I take my cooler to work everyday.  I eat every 3 hours so I even take it in the car if I'm running errands and not sure how long I'll be out.       

post #40 of 188
Is it too late? If not, I'm about 5'6" and 148.2 lb.
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