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Since I got nowhere in April.... I thought I'd open this thread.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I really want to be done with it by June so I'm going to try to be very good this month. I'm doing well with working out, which I would do anyway, whether I wanted to lose weight or not, it's just the chocolate keeps getting in my way.
 

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That damned chocolate!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hopmad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hopping mad"><br><br>
I'm in for May! I was a pound shy for April, but I feel like I've got some momentum back. The weather is nice, I'm running more, and gardening and outside more. This keeps me active and out of the kitchen!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I'm at 174 now. Anything under 169 would be amazingly awesome for me!
 

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I'm in for May too. I lost 3.5 lbs in April (but I didn't start til April 5!!!! gotta keep that in mind <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)<br><br>
I'm at 167. If I could get down to 162 by the end of the month that'd be awesome.<br><br>
I'm just trying to get my 3 weights workouts per week in, plus some walking and bike riding if time permits. This week has been good so far - a fairly strenuous hike on Sunday, a really brisk 40 minute walk yesterday, and I should be able to do a weights workout at lunch today.<br><br>
I don't have a problem with sweets or chocolate - I kicked my sugar habit a couple months ago and it doesn't call to me anymore - but I do still need to watch my portions and my pre-dinner snackage.
 

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chocolate bunnies & travel in April<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jaw2">
 

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I'm in! I've been doing horrible the last two weeks. I gained back a pound 2 weeks ago, and last week, I only lost .2 of it.<br><br>
If you need a start weight for me for May, it's 266.0 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/guilty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="guilty">
 

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Another month another goal!<br><br>
I would like to get to 135 by the end of may. That is only three pounds but you know what they say about how hard it is to loose the last few pounds. This will be the last few pounds a 17 month HH diet. 67 so far. 3 more to go.<br><br>
I am starting out this month by being sick though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/fever.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Fever">: My kids wee sick last week (and I had two migraines) and today I woke up with a sore throat. That is just how my kids' sickness started.<br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><br>
***truth be told. If I just stayed below 140 pounds this month then I will not be too upset. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"></span>
 

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I'm in! I am at 151 and would like to be down 5 this month. I have been trying to cut back on sugar, but have been slacking lately. I need motivation!
 

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I'm 150 now<br><br>
Love to be 145 in a month!
 

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I'd LOVE to participate. I've had some health problems for the last few months and it's meant that I can't exercise the way I used to be able to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:. So I need to figure out how to lose some weight because none of my clothes fit anymore and that's pretty depressing since I had been stable at a great weight before all of this happened.<br><br>
Now I have this terrible belly that I hate (it's where I store fat) and still have a hard time exercising and it turns into this cycle of unmotivation and depression. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br><br>
So, motivation, come my way!<br><br>
I'll have to weigh myself when I get home and then post my starting weight.
 

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I'm checking in here too! I didn't lose anything last month! And I'm the one who started the thread <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> This month I want to lose a few more than 5 lbs. We'll see what happens. We're leaving for vacation the 12th of June and I seriously need to fit into my summer clothes. I'm starting at 125.<br><br>
That being said, I had a great start to May today. I took the day off work, went for a run this morning and then road downtown, did some reading/grading at the coffee shop and road home-all by MYSELF.
 

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I know that some of us are well into our weight loss/health journey, and some of us are just beginning. It might help give those mamas who are just starting to hear the stories of those mamas who have already lost some and seen some success. I know that success stories always inspired me to keep at it and not give up, when I was first starting out.<br><br>
I'm 174 now, but last June, I was around 235-240. Dieting has never really worked for me. Oh, I would lose, until I stopped the diet and then it would all come right back. Or, I would feel really deprived, then feel sorry for myself and justify any overeating as somehting I "deserved" for being "good" that day, or having a stressful day, etc. So, I decided not to diet. I have not deprived myself of treats (I do have a sweet tooth, and I really <i>like</i> indulging in desert). What I have done, however, is to limit those treats. I started with baby steps. Instead of having something a couple of times a day (or whenever the kids weren't looking), I would save it for the evening when the kids were in bed. It was a sort of "surviving the day" ritual with DH and I.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Anyway, I am very careful with my breakfast and lunch, and try to eat a sensible dinner. It is a balanced dinner, and I have worked very hard to be mindful of my portions. The second step was exercise. I started by putting the baby in the back pack and walking on the treadmill. I worked from 30 minutes of brisk walking to 60 minutes over the course of a couple of weeks. I'm now running over 30 minutes in a stretch!<br><br>
I haven't counted calories, but I do weigh in almost daily. All in all, it has averaged out to 1-2 pounds per week. I've lost over 60, and I can see my goal in sight!<br><br>
So, don't lose hope! And if you mess up one day, just regroup and pick up the next day!
 

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Hi all! I am Heather, I've lost 60lbs since last August! I am 150.something right now LOL and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be 145 by the end of May. Glad to be joining you all on this thread.
 

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Welcome to the newbies!<br><br>
I'm in again for May! I started in April, although I didn't get my act together until about the third week. I just got serious two Mondays ago and lost four pounds last week. I have about 5-8 more until I'm where I'd like to be. I promised myself I'd be strict about my eating habits for about two weeks, and then just try to eat sensibly after that. I'm also working on incorporating more exercise. Right now I get in 3-4 sessions of moderate exercise. I need to find a way to work in strength training and boost the intensity of my aerobic workouts. Unfortunately, this is my busiest month of work and will be lucky to get in even my regular exercise sessions.
 

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I would love to share my story. I am going to copy and past if if you don't mind <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I wrote this back in Nov. I have since lost a few more pounds to reach my first goal. <br><br><br>
Warning...it's long <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br>
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I have been asked by a lot of people ..how did you do it?!.. I am a little taken aback that people find me inspiring. Really? Me? I did something that people want to know about? J<br><br>
I have not yet hit my goal but I am close. I started out wanted to get down to 140 pounds or a size 10/12. I am now 145 pounds and a size 12. It has taken me 10 ½ months to get this far.<br><br>
I guess I should start at the beginning or the time I decided that I must take back my health. Some time in 2005 I started to outgrow my size 18s. I had been in size 18 for over 2 years. I was okay with it. I knew that I was fat but I also knew that fat is not a nasty word. So what...I was a size 18 and 205 pounds. But when my size 18s became too tight something inside of me said ..when is it doing to be enough?.. How big was too big? How big was ..big enough..? Not according to the world standards but to MINE. I knew that if I did not do anything that I would slowly keep on going up and up and up in my weight and size. If I was going to buy myself new clothes they were not going to be a size 20, they were going to be a size smaller than 18. Thank you very much.<br><br>
What helped me decide to loose weight was the pressure my doctor was putting on me. Not that I love and or trust doctors all that much. But I knew he was right. I wasn..t feeling like a early 30..s mom of three rowdy children. The biggest problem was my feet. They hurt badly. The I felt like the arches were being stabbed every time I took a step. The doctor game me a prescription for a high dose of ibuprofen . So I had a choice..Cover up the problem with a band-aid (the meds) or fix the problem by loosing weight.<br><br>
All of this happened right before Christmas 2005. I told Luis that I wanted (and needed) a treadmill for Christmas. He got me one. It was delivered a few days after Christmas. The second, and I mean second the delivery men left. I was on that treadmill. I knew I was out of shape so I started out slow. I walked for 15 minutes. The first few days I walked for 15-20 minutes in the morning and 15-20 minutes in the evening. I worked up to be able to do 30-60 minutes all at the same time, which was done in the morning.<br><br>
A few days after starting the treadmill I had the motivation to work on my food addiction. Yes it was/is an addiction. Because it was the beginning on the new year, when everyone is making a New Years resolution (and 95% of those resolutions made have to do with weight) there was plenty of shows on TV about exercising, weight loss, health, etc. I watched all I could.<br><br>
I started by writing down a few motivational things to post on my fridge. I felt silly doing so but I knew that I needed to. I read them numerous times a day those first few weeks.<br><br>
The biggest thing for me, in regards to food, was to limit eating to just breakfast, lunch, dinner and two small snacks. I am a grazer. I could munch all day long. Those first few weeks were so hard. I thought about food ALL THE TIME!! But I did it. I was determined. I had made up my mind and I was sticking with it. I forced myself to eat breakfast. A healthy one at that! Oatmeal with some fruit in it and soy milk was a favorite. Then I found a protein powder at the health food store that I fell in love with. I mix that with soy milk and sometimes add frozen fruit (or even a little coffee and a squirt of ..light chocolate syrup..) For lunch I would have Progresso Soup (200 calories) and a small roll or piece of bread. Or a huge salad with Nyman..s Own low calorie salad dressing. I would top the salad with some leftover meat from the last nights dinner. Then for dinner I would eat a normal sized helping of whatever the family was having.<br><br>
A few of my favorite between meal munchies were low fat pretzels dipped in mustard, pickles, snap peas, veggie tray, soy protein shake etc.<br><br>
My emotions were all over the place. I really had a hard time those first few weeks. I really did think about food ALLLLL day long. I even cried a few times while I fought the emotional battle going on inside of me.<br><br>
The biggest hardest step was trying to figure out the difference between true hunger and habit/emotional desire. It is still hard and I assume it will be a life long battle with me. I am a food addict. But I am stronger than my addiction and I will not let it run my life.<br><br>
I started to tract my food intake at a sight called fitday.com . It is an eye opener to see how fast the calories add up. I stuck with that for only a few months but by that time I had it drilled into me what and how much would fit with my new Healthy Habits.<br><br>
That reminds me...I refuse to use the word ..Diet.. It has such negative connotations with it. It is too bad really. I mean..diet? What is a diet? A diet is what we eat. It has come to mean something entirely different. Now a diet means restrictions, limitations, eating in a crazy or different way in order to loose weight. And study after study has proven that DIETS DON..T WORK. So for me I will use the term ..Healthy Habits.. or HH for short. There are two parts to my health habits. The physical/exercising part and the eating part. I can say ..I have lost ___ pounds since starting my Healthy Habits.. Sounds better than diet I think. J<br><br>
After being on my HH for 3 months I had lost 10 pounds. We went to Arizona to visit friends. I was a little down that all of my hard work wasn't paying off faster. Luis lectured me about doing more exercising than just the treadmill. I needed to do some muscle strengthening. He claimed that I would not and could not loose weight any faster without it. When we got to our friends house K the wife/mom was looking great. How much weight had she lost? 30 pounds. How long did it take her? 8 weeks. Wow, she must have been working her heart out right? Nope, she had not done any working out. She just cut out diary and wheat from her diet. I was hormonal and started to cry. I was happy for her but could not figure out why I was not loosing more. Luis.. theory was out the window. Guess you DON'T have to do cardio AND strength training to loose a good amount of weight.<br><br>
I learned all I could from K about cutting out diary and wheat. I was really excited to give it a try. After that weekend I went 10 weeks without ANY diary and wheat. Guess what? Guess how much I lost? NOTHING! I stopped loosing. I gave up on the no diary and wheat thing and went back to what I was doing before. I started to loose again (slowly but still..I was loosing) I learned a few things. One was that I am not sensitive to wheat and I can eat it in moderation and not suffer. The second thing is THERE IS NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL. Just because something works for one person does NOT mean it will work for you. You just need to find what works for you!<br><br>
I took Luis advice and I started to do some work on building my muscles. I bought an exercise ball and some 3 pound hand weights and started working out with a program called ..The Core.. Even though I had been on the treadmill for weeks and weeks I still could hardly get through the simple workout. I was so sore!! But just after doing the exercises for just two weeks I could easily get through it. Then I added in more reps and in a month I was doing two sets of every exercise. I also dusted off my Tae Bo VCR tapes and started with them. They were fun! I started to rent DVDs from netflix to get some variety. I had a LOT of fun with it. I felt myself getting stronger and my clothes were starting to get too big. And most importantly I started to FEEL healthier. My feet had stopped hurting!Woooohoooo! I got into a pretty good routine and the weight came off slow but steady.<br><br>
Now to the eating part of my HH ..I started to learn as much I could about eating and health. I got tons of books from the library and skimmed through most of them. I really like the book by Dr. Phil called ..The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution.. I hesitate saying anything about the book because I really do not like what Dr. Phil has turned into, but really, it was a good book despite the fact that his show is not much better than garbage!. I liked that it worked MORE on the emotional side of eating. I mean, if you just work on what you are eating then you WILL eventually will go back to your old ways. You have to figure out why you do what you do. What is going on in your head as well as your body.<br><br>
I also dusted off an old book about Callenetics. This is a workout I did when I was in high school. It is hard to do but you see/notice a difference pretty quickly. For quite awhile Tae Bo was my cardio of choice and my Callenetics was my strength training of choice. My legs looked fabulous when I was doing a lot of Callenetics.<br><br>
I also really like the book ..Curves.. I was very interested in their ideas. I had come to a point where I had not lost anything for about 4 weeks. According to the book my body was going into starvation mode. Not that I wasn't eating. There is NO chance of me ever being an anorexic! It was just that my body got accustomed to having lower calories and thus used up lower calories. In short my metabolism was slow. So I took the advice in the book and upped my caloric intake for a few weeks. I did gain weight but only one pound. And after a few weeks I went to what the Curves books calls ..phase one.. I cut my caloric intake to 1,200 calories (and low carbs) for one week only. (so as not to get back into the starvation mode) I lost 4 pounds in that week. I had never done that before. Then I followed the advice in the book and moved to phase two. I upped my calories to 1,600. I stopped loosing. Oh well. I got online a researched the Curves diet. Just a few weeks before the Curves people came out with a NEW diet plan. It all confused me so I stopped the curves diet and went back to The Candice Health Habits. Weight has been coming off even slower but still coming off. It is now about one pound every other week.<br><br>
Back to the exercising part of HH. About two months ago I started to feel some pain in my lower back on one side. I thought perhaps it was just ovulation pain. I get very painful ovulation that I can often feel in my back. But a few days later the pain was worse not better. Nothing seemed to help it. I stopped the heavy workouts because it was too painful. I still tried to jog on the treadmill. I finally made an appointment with the Chiropractor. I thought our insurance had run out but found out we had ONE MORE DAY. I went in on the last day of our insurance. My pelvis was out of whack. It was a good thing I went in. It was not something that would have gone away on its own. It was very painful to have the chiropractor put it back in place but by the next day I felt SO much better. It was still hard (emotionally) to get back to exercising. Especially the Tae Bo. The chiropractor said that what happened is typical for kick-boxing. He himself had done it when doing Tae Bo.<br><br>
I decided to buy the exercise tube so that I could do the ..Curves at home.. workout described in the book. You use the tube for resistance and then in-between you get your heart rate up by running in place or jumping jacks etc. I chose jumping jacks. I had not done jumping jacks in AGES but it was still fun! I had forgotten one important thing. Don..t jump on your toes/balls of your feet. Because then your calves do all the work. Ugh! My calves hurt SO BAD that I almost couldn..t walk. I did walk but each step was painful. It took almost an entire week to start to feel better. That was 4 weeks ago. I stopped working out. I got into a slump. My biggest slump ever actually. During the 11 months of HH I would get into little slumps and slack on either my exercising part of HH or the eating part (or both) but it would only be for a few days NOT weeks. I hope by typing this out that I will motivate myself to get back on track. I am SO close to my original goal. I can..t give up.<br><br>
The latest lesson I have learned is that I can not put my goals on auto pilot. This is an ongoing proactive goal. It will be a forever struggle with me. I know it will be. That thought scares me even with 60 pounds of success behind me.
 

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I'd like to join in this month. I lurked in the April thread, but was worried about joining in and then not losing any weight <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> .<br>
I ended up losing a total of 8lbs last month and would really like to lose another 5 lbs this month.<br><br>
My current weight is 132 lbs. My goal for the month is to be 127 lbs.<br><br>
Good luck to everyone.<br><br>
Candice thanks for sharing your story.
 

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Candice, thanks for sharing your story. It sounds so much like mine, it's amazing! I've been on a plateau for some time. It has only been in the last couple of weeks that I seem to have broken it, and it has taken some real soul searching and reevaluation of my eating, exercising and goals. I have lost 61 pounds and am determined to not gain it back. I am 174 and fitting into a size 12 (a little snuggly, but it's there!). This is huge for me, and I see my goal in site. But, it takes determination each and every day.<br><br>
Keep plugging at it, and it will happen. And remember, that, studies have shown that losing more than 1-2 pounds a week is not ideal. So, losing a pound every two weeks is just fine!<br><br>
I figure, if I have made a healthy lifestyle change, then my body will eventually stop losing weight when it reaches the weight that it is supposed to be at.
 

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I'm new here and this may be just the motivation I need. I am 151 now and if I could just loose 5 lbs it would be great. I look forward to keeping up with this thread and watching people's progress!<br>
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Someone just put a chocolate pecan pie in the coffee room. I was good and just tried a tablespoon drop.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Moving right along....I got down by a lb or so finally, so I need to keep up the momentum.
 

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Okay, so I finally got on the scale today. I've been dreading doing it. I'm 120. Not as bad as I was anticipating given that I can't fit into my pants anymore but I'm still not happy about it. Ultimately, I'd like to lose about 10 pounds (or replace 10 pounds of belly fat with muscle) but for this month, 3-5 will do.<br><br>
I packed my gym bag this morning and tonight I'm going to order a pedometer watch and start trying to get my 10,000 steps in. Anyone have any recommendations for a pedometer watch? (I feel like a dork wearing the pedometer on my clothes because I work in a professional office and it doesn't look so great hanging off my dress slacks.)<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Someone just put a chocolate pecan pie in the coffee room. I was good and just tried a tablespoon drop.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Moving right along....I got down by a lb or so finally, so I need to keep up the momentum.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"> Good for you. This is where I have a prob. I can NOT just have one bite. If I have even a tiny taste then I just can not stop myself. I would eat the entire pie!!
 
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