Post # 1
I’ve been heavy all my life with no real motivation to do anything about it. My father was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was instructed by his doctor to lost 60lbs. He followed a very strict diet and has lost the weight. My mom and I have been doing the diet with him in support, and I am down 25lbs and counting. I am obviously feeling good about this. It’s nice to have success in weight loss, but even more importantly, it’s important to my dad that I take care of myself and not follow in his footsteps. My goal is to lose between 55 and 75lbs total and to maintain that weight and lifestyle for life.
Is anyone else out there trying to lose a significant amount of weight? What have you done to lose weight? What have been your successes? How has this affected your dress fittings? 🙂
Post # 3
Congratulations, first off, on losing 25 pounds! I know that has to be so exciting for you. I lost 37 pounds last year, then gained ten back. My goal is to lose 35 more before my wedding next year. I don’t want to go on a crazy diet that’ll make me lost 20 pounds fast- been there done that- I want to lose the weight slowly so that it will STAY OFF! I’ve been doing arms exercises (for that lovely strapless dress I have my heart set on), cutting back on the cookies (my ultimate weakness), adding more veggies into my routine, trying to get more cardio in…just little things that I’m integrating into my lifestyle that I know I can make a commitment to long term.
I’ve lost 4 pounds in the last week by adding more protein- makes me less hungry, snack less, etc.- but I’m preparing myself for a plateau. That’s always the hardest for me…not seeing immediate results. I’m impatient…just ask my FI. 🙂
I haven’t gone for a dress fitting yet…I’m trying to lose a bit of weight before I even go shopping for a dress…so I’m glad I started early in the process!
Keep us updated on your progress! It’s always encouraging to hear about others’ success, and of course we’re always here to help if things aren’t going well either. 🙂
Post # 4
I lost 10 lbs last year on Take Shape for Life and kept if off.. I am getting married in June and I am looking to get into a size 4 before the wedding. I have been averaging 5 lbs per week..BTW great job so far!! I hope my dress still fits.. LOL
Post # 5
Wow, you two! Sounds like we are all making important improvements in our health (assuming that we three needed to lose weight, which I did). I am giving myself until September (a year away from our wedding) to lose before trying dresses on.
And here’s the shallow side of me…all my bridesmaids are, not kidding, size zeros or twos. Going with them as a size 16 to try on a dress is not my idea of feeling like a beautiful bride. I know people of all sizes and shapes are beautiful, but clothes shopping with my friends has ALWAYS been a nightmare. Now it will be clothes shopping where I am the soul focus, and that thought scares the living day lights out of me. They insist on being there, and of course I want them to be there also, when I try on dresses, but along with getting and staying healthy, I also want the dress buying to be a painless operation.
30lbs to go in 6 months (about) is my goal. That’s 5lbs per month which I think is totally "doable".
Keep posting about successes! It is so inspirational for everyone who’s in the same boat!
Post # 6
I want to loose 30 lbs before my wedding in October, I’ve never actually worked at losing weight, just over the years I have put more and more on and the wedding is the perfect deadline for me to get in shape!
I am doing WW and cardio 3-4 times a week and weights 5 times a week (I do my arm workouts with my dumbells as I sit and watch tv)
Things in the pound department are moving slow, since Feb I’ve only lost 6lbs 🙁 but I’ve lost an inch in my waist and 1/2 inch off my hips so I’m happy. My weakness is alcohol, I drink about 3-4 times a week & love beer (seriously this weekend I drank more calories that I ate!! But it was SXSW in Austin, TX so I’m letting it slide lol) I count alll my WW points for food but not for alcohol, its just so hard to give up the beer, and I’m not a big fan of liquor. But the FI is also trying to cut back on beer so we can work at it together 🙂
Post # 7
I’m totally in the same boat. I would love to lose the 30 pounds I put on in law school! My wedding is in February, so about 11 months to go. For about a month I had lost 6 pounds, and then I’ve kinda plateaued, and stayed there. I’ve decided to run a half-marathon in October though, for sanity purposes while studying for the bar exam and for health purposes. Hopefully all the running will help kickstart something!
Post # 8
BRAVO on all of your accomplishments so far!!!!! I have about 40 lbs i want to lose before I even think of trying on a dress!! 20 more after that would make me super happy!! I started weight watchers and bought the 30 day Shred (with Jillian from Biggest Loser). I haven’t started the dvd yet but in 4 weeks have lost 7.4lbs with weight watchers. I drink Lots more water, Lots of protein, I make sure I get my 5 or more servings of veggies a day. I prepare no matter where I go. I recently went away for the weekend and made sure I took my oatmeal for breakfast and snacks (popcorn) and some apples and oranges. I made good choices when I ate out. I am not denying myself as I had 2 mojitos over the weekend .. and boy were they YUMMM! lol but am getting creative with food and satisfying my sweet tooth with better options.
Post # 9
Sorry–posted to the wrong thread.
Post # 10
The diabetic exchange diet is what my dad and I are doing. It works on a system of exchanges and tells you to eat your portions of the food pyramid just like we always knew, but it is very specific on portions. I have learned to eat 6 small meals versus 3 large meals, and that has done wonders. Also drinking a lot of water, and spreading out my carbs (120g carb a day total) have been my ground rules so far. I do let myself have the indulgences maybe once a week, but that’s it, and so far, I’m a happy girl…not hungry…lighter…motivated.
Now that it’s starting to get nice out, I am also going to incorporate running back into my workout 3x-4x a week.
Post # 11
Like you, I am also trying to lose weight for health reasons. My dad has also been ill, and I read about health complications from obesity way too often.
I started Weight Watchers a few weeks ago, and am loving it. It feel so good to be in control of what I’m eating! I’m down 5.4 in two weeks, and very excited about it. To have a healthy BMI, I have to lose 75 lbs. I’m not in a rush to do it; I want to do it gradually and safely. I’m really focusing on this being a lifestyle change, rather than a quick fix for my wedding. Weight Watchers is teaching me not to deprive myself of the things I want, but I’m also being very careful with my portions.
I am nervous about dress shopping, but I have plenty of time. I’m not getting married until 10/10/10, so I think I’m going to start shopping exactly a year before. Good luck with your weight loss; it’s so great to see other brides on here in the same boat!
Post # 12
Ideally I’d like to lose about 75 pounds so I can be in my healthy weight zone for my height, but I’m taking baby steps to get there. I’m on Weight Watchers and so far I’ve lost 8.4 pounds (been on it for about two months). I"m training for a marathon at the end of May and on top of that I’m watching what I eat and making sure it’s healthy, and I stop when I’m full. So far I haven’t gained at any of my weigh ins (this week has been HARD though, so I’m already anticipating a gain). Since my wedding isn’t until next year – 2/20/2010 – I think if I continue the way I am I’ll be in a good weight zone.
Post # 13
I did the South Beach Diet for about a month and didn’t even follow it very strictly but lost about 10 pounds! I think what mainly helped was cutting back on my portions of carbs, I love bread, pasta, rice, etc. and adding more fruit and veggies (just healthy eatting, ya know?) and we bought a Wii and the Wii fit system which isn’t the most rigourous workout but it’s better than sitting on the couch! I love the yoga on it and keep up with it even when I can’t use the system. Congrats to everyone that has lost and good luck to our future thinner and healthier selfs!
Post # 14
When I was in highschool I lost 40lbs over the course of a year, and I kept a written diary of it every day. I think that was the most beneficial part of it since I could look at it as often as I needed for inspiration.
Yesterday, I decided to start a blog for my wedding planning and weight loss. I am going to try to post every day just like when I had my diary, so if anyone is interested in keeping tabs on this bride, you can find it at http://www.jennybryde.wordpress.com.
Even if I’m the only one who ever reads it, I already feel better having set it up and having posted!
Post # 15
Wow, good job everyone!
My weight loss goals aren’t as major as many of you – I’m down 20 lb. with 15 to go. I did want to mention something important, though, because I saw something that worried me: a lot of you are currently losing weight very quickly (3-5 lb. per week), which can happen at the beginning of a big lifestyle change. However, once you’ve settled into a routine, you shouldn’t expect to lose much more than 2 lbs. per week.
One pound of stored fat in your body is about 3500 stored calories. That means that to lose one pound of fat, you need to have a calorie deficit of 3500 calories – burning 3500 more than you consume, whether that’s by exercising, dieting, or both. Drastic, rapid weight loss can happen at the beginning of a new regime (I’m not totally clear on why, but we’ve all seen it, right?) but once you’re settling in, a calorie deficit of 1000 calories/day (7000/week) will result in losing about 2 pounds a week. It is very difficult and potentially unhealthy to go beyond that.
So basically, my point is, if your weight loss slows down, don’t be discouraged! If you’re losing rapidly now, that’s awesome, but it will probably eventually slow down. Stick with it, and don’t do anything unhealthy (over-exercising, diet pills, dangerously low food intake) to try to get back to the rapid loss.
Post # 16
Weighed in at WW yesterday… Down another 1.8lbs. Total now 9.2 lbs. Woo hoo !!! Everyone here is doing so well!!! Keep it going!!!