Post # 1
I’m at the highest weight I’ve ever been, which is kind of the opposite that I’m currently going for with my wedding in Dec.
Ive been trying counting calories with mostly healthy foods, but that doesn’t seem to be working for me too well. Although I haven’t been as committed as I should, admittedly.
When my semester ends in about a week and a half, I plan on starting a personal trainer once a week, and going to the gym another 2x that week.
But I’m thinking of starting something like Weight Watchers, Advocare, etc.
My worry with weight watchers is I have extreme allergies to artificial sweetners and preservatives, so I’m not sure if that is the way for me.
So bees, what have been your diet success stories? And please don’t start with the lifestyle change… I wanna drop 15 pounds slowly, but still enjoy my beer and hamburger on Fridays if possible!
Post # 2
I’m a 12-13-14 bride too and I’m definitely at my highest weight as well. I did a half marathon 2 years ago and got in really good shape and felt great. So my fiance and I are training for a half marathon in November to get healthier for the wedding hahaha. He’s more so just doing it to support me cause he’s skinny and tall and can eat everything and not gain weight…lol.
I know you asked for a diet plan, but the only way I’ve been able to lose weight is to run a lot because it allows me to be a little bit more flexible with what I eat and it decreases my appetite a lot.
Post # 3
jesuispigro: well that’s sort of my question, too. I’m not sure if I should up my game exercising and stick to counting calories, or if I need some sort of “plan”
Post # 4
I 2nd the running. I was always at my skinniest when training for a race and running several times a week. I’m getting married in August of this year and I’m going to try to start running again. (I have taken a break since running the NYC marathon last November). I eat relatively healthy but I do love my cheese, wine, and ice cream so I know I need to incorporate running again.
Post # 5
adoreprep: I think I’ll definitely start running more then! M and I have gone a couple times lately and when I do my whole body feels like it got a workout! Sounds great!!
Post # 6
cls9q: hey girl! At my highest weight too and just started back on Weight Watchers. Lost 3.2 lbs my first week! You don’t have to eat anything artificial to be on WW and as a matter of fact they really encourage eating things like fresh fruits and veggies and lean meats etc above everything else. If you have any questions let me know!! It helped me lose 17 lbs three years ago and I know it works so thats what I’m using to get wedding-ready 🙂
Post # 7
FutureMrsT1221: yes! I do have questions 🙂
How exactly does it work? Do they send you food? Or a plan?
Post # 8
I lost 50 pounds doing several rounds of a 12 week body transformation. We had weekly meal plans and work outs (you could pick what level you wanted to work out at depending on your current level of fitness) for 6 days of the week. There were weekly weigh ins and montly measure ups to track your progress and keep you accountable. I can’t speak highly enough of it, the recipes were great (none of this totally cutting out carbs business etc. and you are allowed a treat meal etc once a week) work outs really targetted every area of your body and helped with toning and building lean muscle. It’s an Australian based program but she’s branched out to the US now too (and it’s online anyway so location doesn’t matter anyway) actually – Michelle Bridges 12WBT.
Post # 9
cls9q: From the pictures you have posted I would say that you look fabulous! But I have cut out ALL sugar from my diet and I can say that this is pretty difficult and makes shopping a little harder. I was already paleo before this but I have to say that I am not struggling with this diet 🙂
I feel much better in many ways and have found fruit to be almost too sweet for me to handle now! This is a lifestyle change and probably one that most wouldn’t be interested in….I do suggest the paleo diet though because it is filing and healthy!
Post # 10
no actually it’s just a plan. I will try to explain it the best I can! It may sound a little confusing but it’s very easy once youve been following it for a week or two!
ww operates off of a “points” system. Every food in the whole world has this scientific points number that’s calculated based off of grams of fat, protein, carbs and fiber in the given food. You are allowed a certain amount of points in a day based on your current weight. I am allowed 28 points. So for instance, a hard boiled egg is 2 points. A cup of coffee for me in the morning the way I like it with a little cream and sugar is 3 points (this requires me to measure what I put in). A Chick fil A grilled chicken sandwich is 8 points. Etc etc. the great thing they offer is an app that you can look up any food on and it tells you the points, and helps you track your points throughout the day! Also, you get 49 weekly points to spend how you want it! So if you want a bad cheat meal or something the points are there and they still guarantee you lose 1/2 a pound to 2 pounds per week!
Post # 11
A membership with WW also offers weekly meetings if you have any local locations, which are really great. I was apprehensive at first and felt like I was going to AA for over eaters haha! But everyone is so nice and the meetings have a theme each week and is just full of motivation and tips, and they do a confidential weigh in at the beginning so you are being held accountable knowing that you have to get weighed every week!
oh, also almsot all fresh fruits and veggies are zero points!! They really want to encourage you to eat fresh natural food.
Post # 12
cls9q: weight loss is 80% diet and 20 % physical activity , so don’t think that by working out you can have more leeway with food if your goal is to lose weight.
I would do WW, or just aim to eat all 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day, cut out processed food. its a pain in the ass but make all your meals. You will likely find that just by doing that you will lose weight. once you get your eating under control THEN introduce working out…trying to change eveything all at once I feel leads people to burn out by being overloaded with changes.
Also, one cheat day a week is fine imo…I actually have about 3 cheat days a week when maintaining… lol , so enjoy your beer and burgers on fridays if your good all week 🙂
Post # 13
Cut carbs drastically (sugars, pastas, breads, etc). I do this and run and I’ve already dropped a lot of weight and planning to drop a lot more!
Post # 14
cls9q: I was the heaviest of my life not too long ago (thanks grad school!). I started running and lost 8 pounds pretty quickly. Completely unrelated, it turns out I may have a gluten intolerance and started eating gluten free to see if I feel better (I do). It’s been 2.5 months and I haven’t been perfect and eat dessert almost every night, but I lost 9 pounds without even trying. If I lose 5 more pounds, I will be my ideal weight and back to being a size 2! Good luck
Post # 15
- Wedding: July 2012 - Muckenthaler Cultural Center
Weight Watchers is great! You can do the program without any artificial sweetners- my leader doesn’t use them at all simply because she doesn’t like them.
You can consume regular sugars- everything in moderation! I lost 36.8 lbs on Weight Watchers and have maintained my goal weight for the last 5 months – it’s a lifestyle change and I feel wonderful!