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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hello! Is there a lots-to-lose support thread floating around anywhere? If not, let's make this one! Anyone in?

 

I have about 100 pounds I want to lose. Yikes! Would love some company on the long journey ahead of me!

 

My goals for this week are:

 

1. Go to bed by 11pm most nights. That should give me about 7-8 hours of sleep, though I sleep with my 3yo so, well, you know. :)

 

2. Drink 6-8 glasses of water.

 

3. Eat healthy lunches. My breakfasts and dinners are usually pretty healthy, but lunches I fall down on.

 

So that's what I'm focusing on for this week. Doable, right??? :)

post #2 of 15

I am back up 10 pounds and counting, and that from being 3 pounds up from my low.  After I lost 40 pounds, that is so discouraging.  I need something outside a challenge to keep me motivated.  Being on a weight-loss team left me feeling guilty when I gained.  I don't want to be so hyper-focussed on weight, though that is important.  I maintained for 1.5yrs at a place I felt was a plateau.  I was so frusutrated, but now I would give anything to be frustrated in that same place again.

 

I do need to change my eating habits some, especially since I think I went through a metabolic shift.  I need to eat more veggies, not load up at dinner (which I don't really feel like cooking, but do for the fam and I end up eating too much which didn't used to be too much and ack!)  Reduce sugar intake, but honestly I will give up sugar entirely when pigs fly.  I am both hungrier than I was a year ago, and less able to maintain my weight on the same calorie load.

 

I need to exercise a little more.  I am hanging in there will my regular yoga (5-10 minutes, sometimes 15-20, but it helps!) and some walks, though I need more and more and more, especially since my body seems more sensitive to calories in the last few months.

 

Yes!  Water!  More water, less juice.  I crave cold juice and lots of it.  

 

So, now I am back to having 40 pounds to lose.  Is that a lot?  It seems like a lot.  I would love some company as well.  I'm in.

post #3 of 15

Sure, I'll join :)  My goal right now is to lose 80 lbs (from 240 down to 180).  I started a running program in early December and have been seeing my weight creeping back up due to increased muscle mass.  So I'm trying to look at it as losing inches, not necessarily pounds.

 

I volunteer for a horseback riding charity for disabled kids and they won't let me ride the horses until I'm under 200 lbs, so right now that's what I really want.  I was at 280ish when I started this weight loss program in July.

 

I started using Weight Watchers but have since switched to MyFitnessPal.  I also have a Fitbit, which shows me that I'm meeting my calorie burning goal every day, so I wish the weight would come off faster.

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

Yay! I'm not alone! :) Been a busy week so just getting back to this thread now. Hoping for a quieter week next week!

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I am back up 10 pounds and counting, and that from being 3 pounds up from my low.  After I lost 40 pounds, that is so discouraging.  I need something outside a challenge to keep me motivated.  Being on a weight-loss team left me feeling guilty when I gained.  I don't want to be so hyper-focussed on weight, though that is important.  I maintained for 1.5yrs at a place I felt was a plateau.  I was so frusutrated, but now I would give anything to be frustrated in that same place again.

 

Oh goodness I know that feeling! If I could go back in time and talk to myself at one of my lower-but-I-thought-too-high weights, I would!

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I do need to change my eating habits some, especially since I think I went through a metabolic shift.  I need to eat more veggies, not load up at dinner (which I don't really feel like cooking, but do for the fam and I end up eating too much which didn't used to be too much and ack!)  Reduce sugar intake, but honestly I will give up sugar entirely when pigs fly.  I am both hungrier than I was a year ago, and less able to maintain my weight on the same calorie load.

It's interesting you talking about a metabolic shift. I've been at this weight for a few years now, no matter how badly I eat I don't seem to gain! When I was pregnant 4 years ago I gained, of course, but within weeks of giving birth I was back to this weight. About 7 years ago I was 30lb heavier, my highest ever, and worked to lose weight, got to the point I'm at, and got stuck here. I have heard about this idea of a set point for weight -I should probably look into that more.

 

Thing is, for years I've been scared to try and lose weight again because each time I do, I end up gaining it back and more to boot. Well, except that last time when I lost 30lb. Hmm. So I guess I do have evidence that I CAN lose weight and keep it off! Whoa. That's actually a really big revelation for me!

 

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 So, now I am back to having 40 pounds to lose.  Is that a lot?  It seems like a lot.  I would love some company as well.  I'm in.

 

You're in! :)

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Originally Posted by Maitribb View Post
 

Sure, I'll join :)  My goal right now is to lose 80 lbs (from 240 down to 180).  I started a running program in early December and have been seeing my weight creeping back up due to increased muscle mass.  So I'm trying to look at it as losing inches, not necessarily pounds.

 

I volunteer for a horseback riding charity for disabled kids and they won't let me ride the horses until I'm under 200 lbs, so right now that's what I really want.  I was at 280ish when I started this weight loss program in July.

That's a wonderful motivation!! And congrats on how far you've come already!

 

So for me this week was OK. Busy, like I said, so I didn't focus as much on this as I'd hoped. For water I did good when I was home, but when I was out I didn't drink much. I did eat pretty healthy lunches most days - some high in fat, but I'm not focusing on fat or calories. As for getting to bed by 11pm?? Yeah, no. Up late working mostly, though some time wasting for sure. I'm tired. Trying to get to bed early tonight (10pm) and aim for 11pm again starting tomorrow.

 

So for next week, same goals. If I'm feeling really motivated I might start doing a food journal, but seeing as I struggled this week with my existing three goals I should probably just try and focus on those for another week! Baby steps get you there, right?? :)

post #5 of 15

Chose to wash our very dirty car at home, thinking it would save us some money, and it turned out to be a bit of exercise as well.  Yippee!!  Clean car!  I just wish it looked shiny and new instead of tidy-but-crappy, but, hey, I don't like spending money on cars anyway.

 

Staying steady, weight-wise.  Better than the quick and seemingly unstoppable gain of the last few weeks.  Getting some moderate exercise through family walks through the forest trails on our property and the neighbor's, working (I'm a housekeeper) and cleaning cars.  Found a new Shiva Rea dvd from the library I'm eager to pop in.  Not now.  I'm pooped!

post #6 of 15

I wonder how you know you had a metabolic shift? My metabolism has always seemed a bit slow, but maybe I just want to place the blame there. I wonder if there is a really good way to increase your metabolism.

post #7 of 15

For me, it's because I noticed that I'm gaining and heavier in general on less food than what I was maintaining with a couple years ago.  It's really just a guess.  I'm 44, so that possibility is not such a long shot.  In the end, it doesn't matter the what or why-- if I'm gaining, I'm gaining.  Which means I'm not exercising enough and I'm eating too much of the wrong things, plain and simple.

 

Thankfully I've been holding steady still, with a very slight loss.  I'll have to be content with that for now after all that's happened on the scale this last year.

post #8 of 15
I have about 75-80 lbs I would like to lose . I have started with exercise doing the daily burn move which is dance so its fun and I look forward to it. My diet is the hardest part since I do t have alot of will power when.it comes to that unfortunately greensad.gif
post #9 of 15

I've been on these threads in the past and I have lost and gained a few times - very frustrating. I lose weight the most easily by going low carb but this is not sustainable. It helps me take the weight off but then I eventually need to go to a less sever diet and the weight comes back on. Trying to find something that really is more reasonable. I have about 50 pounds that I would like to lose. These are the same 50 lbs I lost last year and then gained back. I am literally the exact same weight I was when I started dieting last time. Oy. 

 

I do about 60 miles of biking or spin every week and I walk a bunch (about 15 miles a week) and I drink tons of water but I don;t seem to drop weight very easily even with watching calories and such. Its challenging for me because I want it to come off quickly (and super low carbs does do this) but I really want to try for something more reasonable this time around. 

 

Hope I can join you all on this journey!

post #10 of 15

I am joining this.  I have about 45 pounds that need to go.  I would love it if I could lose 50.  I have been very frustrated lately about weight. 

 

Amy

post #11 of 15
I have 70 lbs that I need to lose. Last year I lost a lot of weight but I've seemed to gain most of that back. I have tried different things to help but nothing has in the long run. I try to exercise but its a constant struggle with will power and fatigue. I try and eat right. Guess I need to do more research on it all. It's nice to have others to get you motivated. I think that's a problem I have. ... Motivation.
post #12 of 15

OK, well this is day 1 for me.  While I need to make changes that will eventually become a lifestyle, and I hope that whatever I do becomes just that, I am taking the next six weeks or so to see what I can do when I plan meals, track what I eat, and track what I do.  After six weeks, I will reevaluate.  If I am losing, I will continue with what I am doing.  If not, I am making an appt for some bloodwork or with a nutritionist.  I have had bloodworm done in the past regarding thyroid, etc but it was several years ago.  There are thyroid issues in our family, and I have some signs of it.  However, I have also had some negative medical issues that probably affected my weight too.  I am hoping that I am on the other side of that journey.  I really hope this next six weeks shows a nice loss.  I would rather just need to be diligent to lose weight rather than need to try to find a problem.  As much as I would love the 2lb/week loss, I will be happy with 1 lb/week average loss.  

 

Starting weight as of this morning:  181.4

 

 

Wish me luck,

 

Amy

post #13 of 15
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Starting weight as of this morning:  181.4

 

 

Wish me luck,

 

Amy

:blowkiss Good luck!

post #14 of 15

OK, I weighed myself this morning and I weigh around 161#.  That doesn't sound so bad as far as "lots to lose" but understand that I am just shy of 5'3" with a petite frame.  In high school that meant 105#, adult weight 115-120.  I would settle for just under 130.

 

I've been much more conscientious regarding sugar, but not active with doing anything about it.  But getting better.  More veggies and fruits.  No white bread, even though it's delicious "artisan" bread from a fabulous bakery in Seattle (especially because it's delicious artisan bread!)

 

Feeling a mite more energetic recently, away from the winter doldrums.  I'm still feeling a little lazy because I'm deep into reading the Game of Thrones series, and dang! those books are long and engrossing! On book#5, so when I finish that I will have some adjustment and won't have an excuse to plop on my ass for "just one more chapter".  And no book #6--yet!

post #15 of 15

I need to lose 50 lbs. Let's start with 10 and then another 10.
Strength to all in their journey.

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