I need some weight loss help!

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Great job on cutting out things and making the first step! 

I’m in a similar boat – I’m about 5’2″ and way overweight! I’ve dropped about 50 lbs in th elast year or so and due to some medical issues, have been sitting on a plateau for a while around 190. I know what you’re feeling!

You want to do a 5k? Do a 5k!! Most runs always welcome walkers. Last year, I did about 1 a month. I’ve never ran one, but I’ve also never come in last. Thats just my goal lol. 

I recently got a Garmin Vivofit… trying to encourage myself to walk more. I hope it does! Get a friend in on your goals – it’s always helpful and more fun to go walking with someone, do 5ks with someone else and even have someone to be there helping in the healthy choices. A good friend of mine (one of my bridesmaids!) also got a vivofit… her husband works for Garmin so we used our connections 😉 and we really plan to start getting back into it. She’s trying to lose the baby weight.

You can do it though!!! It’s so freaking hard! We can do it though!!

Post # 3
2649 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

futuremrstx:  You actually sound like you are already on the right track lady! I suggest using an app like myfitness pal just to make yourself accountable calorie wise, or if money isnt an issue do Wwight Watchers. You’ll be back down in no time based on the healthy habits you seem to have been incorporating into your diet! Good luck!

Post # 4
6666 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have to echo a PP about myfitness pal! I am down 15 pounds since May 1st- which I am thinking is pretty dang good if I do say so myself! It keeps me accountable and I make better choices!

Post # 5
2132 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Try the Couch-2-5K program!  It’s a great way to build up to doing a 5k.  Slow and steady.  I also second getting something like MyFitnessPal.  It’s a good way to keep yourself accountable.  I’m always surprised how quickly little things add up.  

You definitely seem to be on the right track food wise.  Cut out as many carbs as you can, and try and eat every few hours.  A good system for me was protein, veggie, and healthy fat for meals (like a spinach salad with chicken, avocado, veggies, and lemon juice as dressing) and a fruit and healthy fat for snacks (like a cup of berries and a hard boiled egg).  Sweet potatos, quinoa, and oats are good carbs that are also great sources of other nutrients.  I love oatmeal for breakfast with a scoop of chocolate protein powder.  Super filling, and makes me feel like I’m eating something decadent!  Save the bread and pasta for a cheat meal once a week.  You’re definitely allowed!  

I also recommend trying to do one day of weight training a week, and maybe more down the line.  Increasing muscle will increase overall calorie burn and bump up metabolism.  And, it’s awesome to feel yourself getting stronger!

Great work so far!  

Post # 6
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015



I second activity tracker suggestion – I got me a fitbitflext cheap on ebay and have joined myfitnesspal – i can use their app on my tablet. ( I use it to track my activity and log all my food)

So LOG YOUR FOOD. This is the main thing – either write down or use an app to track all you eat. Losing weight is about calories in and calories out. Its ok to have an occasional treat or go out fr dinner – it is about what you do MOST of the time defines your weight.


I got me some Jillian Michaels DVDS, started running ( did c25k and now doing c2 10k) bought a juicer and now only have juice for breakfast – managed to really tone up and lose some weight already! I am a 5″2 so yes it is tough on us shorties – any extra weight looks huge! 🙁


Main point is to beaccountable – wether with friends, or on online board or fitness buddy or just using an app or a tracker.


Best of luck! ( I think I might be a bit obsessed with getting my step count in daily – apparently one needs to make 10 000 steps for an active lifestile and I average on 2500!)



Post # 7
1344 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

futuremrstx:  I hear ya! I am 5’2″ and was quite overweight. It sounds like you are on the right track and have a good idea of what works for you. But here are some things that I have done that I have found helpful.

– joined Weight Watchers

– joined fitness classes (I find that I like having the instructor there telling me what to do and advising on technique. Also the group dynamic keeps me motivated and less likely to skip out early).

– finding fun fitness things (I’ve really enjoyed yoga, zumba, and now and just starting jogging)

– I got a fitbit to keep track of how active I have been, how many steps, flights of stairs, etc.

– making my own food

– drinking green smoothies in the morning

– eating lots of oatmeal (from scratch) in the mornings to have a healthy, hearty breakfast

– cutting way down on refined sugar 

– making sure that you don’t just do cardio, mix in some strength training. Muscle burns more calories at rest than fat does. 

– I set up rewards for myself for every 5 pounds I would lose. They would include getting a manicure, trying a new fitness exercise (zumba), taking a hobby class (photography). I made sure none of the rewards were food related, because that’s what got me here in the first place.

– And I think more than that, celebrate the milestones, now matter how small. I can now do a plank! I can run for more than a minute! I’ve dropped from a size 18 to a size 12!

And remember not to give up if you have an off day. Just keep going, and do better tomorrow. It’s not always easy or always fun, but it’s worth it and you will be so proud of yourself!! 

Post # 9
111 posts
Blushing bee

futuremrstx:  I really enjoy Oh She Glows (a foodblog) for healthy recipes 🙂 Good luck! You can do it!

Post # 11
1344 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

futuremrstx:  I second Oh she glows. I’ve made her make ahead steel cut oats for several months. I love it! In her recipes, she uses bananas as natural sweetener and almond milk. You won’t miss the brown sugar. (I have a huge sweet tooth).  One batch will last me a week, and I just take out a portion in the morning, and add a bit of almond milk and heat it in the microwave for a minute and a half. 


Post # 12
22 posts

Ditto the “Oh She Glows” suggestion. I definitely don’t have the perfect body, but I used to be about 25 pounds heavier than I am, and have kept the weight off for 6ish years now.  I have a BMI of 21 (right in the normal range). Here are my rules of thumb, for what they’re worth:

a) mini-meals. If I go more than about 4.5-5 hours without snacking, I turn into a human vaccum; I eat until I’m uncomfortably full. 

b) a mostly vegan diet. I find that it lets me eat a fair amount of “junky” food without insane amounts of calories–soy cheese, meats, etc. generally tend to be easier on the waistline.

c) I run when I feel like it. I don’t force it, but I go in waves. Last year, I ran a 15-mile race; now I jog a mile or two on the treadmill a few times a week. And it’s fine. However, when I don’t feel like running, I walk like crazy. I try to walk at least 5 miles a day (which is easier than you’d think). Instead of sitting down and watching a 1-hour TV show, I go out and walk close to 4 miles. Done!

Lastly, DON’T be hard on yourself. I fell into the trap of “I suck so much, I’m so heavy, what’s the point, I’ll never lose the weight, blah blah” (whch I think is a common emotion) and it’s self-defeating and stupid. Be nice to yourself! 


Post # 13
1344 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

MeandMyLouboutins:  thanks. I think it took me about a year to lose that many sizes. No matter how hard I tried, I can’t lose more than a pound a week. For awhile since the new year, I kind of stopped actively trying to lose weight and sort of fell off the wagon. Thankfully I didn’t gain anything back, and I’m just now starting to get back into a better fitness a day health routine. 

So I guess, that’s a long winded way of saying, it’s taken me a while, but I’m happy with my progress. 

Post # 14
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Youre doing it right, girl. I used to be a collegiate athlete but after my mom passed and I retired I definitely “let things go.” I’m getting married in less than a month (!!!) so unfortuantely there isn’t much left for me to do…but for you, you’ve got time on your side!! Find something that not only works for you, but that you enjoy. That’s my biggest advice! Whether that be yoga, pilates, cycling, boxing…try them all out. One will stick out and stick to that! Try to do some cleanses every few months and leading up to the wedding, when done naturally and right they can be very good for you!

Post # 15
1344 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

delightfulplan:  that is a great point about negative self-talk. It’s so easy to get sucked into the ‘I’m not good enough,’  ‘not fit enough,’ ‘I’ll look ridiculous,’ mentality. 

We are our own worst enemies. 

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