Three months to a slimmer me! help/support/encouragement thread. with pics

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Good for you for setting your mind to this! I’ve lost 25 pounds and would like to lose 25 more, so if you ever need support, I’m in 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Seattle, WA

You look great in a bikini already!! 3 months from now you’ll look amazing!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’ll post pics later, going to try on dresses soon. It would be ideal to wait longer, but BFF is moving and I want to go with her

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

How did you lose 8 pounds in a week?!  That’s amazing!  I want to lose the 20-30 lbs I gained after a knee surgery, and I’m hoping to lose it all before my wedding in 9 months.  I think I can do it!

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Dawn1234:  you already look pretty great! Your legs look slim which is HARD in a bikini!!

What I’ve found to be really helpful is calorie counting, eating low carb (lots of veggies and lean protein, little or no sugar / starches / alcohol), and high-intensity interval exercise. It’s hard to be disciplined but really does work!

I lost ~8 lbs and got in great shape before my wedding and now have regained it all by eating yummy food and not exercising :/ Gonna get back on the horse next week after I get over this cold…

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Here is my before pic, I am down 25 pounds from that

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Way to go!! Keep up the great work 🙂

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

How do you guys do it! I’ve somehow shot up to 169 pounds in the past year and I’m now trying to lose it, but everytime I mess it up by gorging on something… Seriously getting me down!!

Post # 14
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Helper bee

@Dawn1234:  Nothing more motivating to me during my journey than other peoples progress photos! First photo on upper left was my before. The one next to it was about 20-25 lighter, appx 3 months later. And the one at bottom is 30lbs lighter, and most current (4 month progress photo). Working on a fitness-competition type body, so I still have a little ways to go.

For me, it was just clean eating, at a calorie defecit… Losing an average of 2lbs a week (most you should ever lose), with 5-6 small meals a day… Low fat (all natural fats), low carbs (all complex carbs) and high protein. Eating the right things, in the right combinations and at the right times. Lots of research, trial and error. Quite a bit of cardio, and a lot of weight lifting. Def a lifestyle change. Good luck to everyone! Can’t wait to see the progress!!!

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee

@Dawn1234:  Thanks! I feel your pain, as the first month was the most difficult for me. You’d be shocked by the results you can see via taking photos. I still see myself in my former body most days, but realize what a significant difference there is based on the photos alone. As I get closer to my goal, the changes get less significant (visually), but I am still losing inches (and jiggle) and getting more toned. 

No secrets (I wish!), other than being totally and fully dedicated to a healthy diet and moderate exercise. I call it the “look good naked” diet. Lol

Weightlifting is a must, in conjunction with cardio. It will show you FAR better results than just dieting alone. If you are unsure about excercises, maybe consider a personal trainer for a few sessions to help teach you the basics. I spontaneously hired a private one the same evening that I took that BEFORE photo, which is what got me hooked on this whe health and fitness kick. You don’t have far to go, so I’m sure you’ve already made big improvements. Just make sure you are drinking plenty of water, keep your sodium low and take the pics when you are not bloated… Water weight will skew both your scale AND your reflection. : )

ETA: I also just saw some of your stubborn belly comments. That’s my biggest problem area, and what I focus most on as far as transformation goes. I noticed while my entire body became cut and firm, my belly retained a little layer of jiggly flab. As I continued working at it, I didn’t notice much of a difference in size. So, as I keep eating right and working out… And despite the actual size of my core not changing a whole lot at this point, I’ve noticed my belly no longer jiggles when I walk… At all! That was a huge accomplishment, and something I thought would never happen. So, even if you don’t see results there, just do lots of bicycle abs, planking and pushups and know your body is slowllllly making the transition of less fat, more muscle. You’ll def see tummy results if you remember that and keep it up.

and, lastly, since you are going dress shopping… I asked them to order my dress too small, and they didn’t listen. it came in and was so large on me after my initial weight loss that it couldn’t be altered. So, I bought my new dress in Nov… The sample I tried was just a tiny bit too small (you can see the photo where the panel on the corset has a tiny bit of my skin peeking through). I asked them to order that exact size, knowing I’d lose even more weight. This time they listened. The dress came in this month, and is now so big that it can’t even be laced and still has to be taken in a size or more. Very stressful! Even if you don’t lose a lot of pounds (or stones?), you will still lose inches if you are working out. So, just make sure they don’t order too big! : )

 

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