Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club
For the past month, I’ve been working out, eating right, watching the food I eat, montoring my calorie intake, only drinking water (with the occasional soda). I still weigh the highest amount I have ever weighed. I just broke down in front of Fiance… he knows how hard I’m trying.
I just need to know it’s possible right now. I am so down, I don’t know if I can do this. I’m not going to give up, I just can’t help but wonder if I’ll ever reach my goal weight (100 lbs less). If you have pictures, please post them. Or just give me inspiration. Please.
ETA: I might be even more upset than I would be normally because my photographer posted THE most unflattering picture of me… ever. Fiance said I have never looked like that before that he’s seen. I look so fat in it. 🙁
Post # 3
Have you talked to a nutritionist and/or doctor about your weight loss plan? They can help advise whether you are consuming enough calories and methods you can use for diet and exercise. They can also monitor your progress and provide insight that us non-professionals may not be able to.
One suggestion would be to take more notice of your measurements rather than you’re weight. Weight can be misleading because of the whole fat vs muscle thing. If you are losing inches, that’s great progress.
A month of dieting and working out without any weight loss at all seems strange. Are you tracking your calories and fitness? If you are not consuming enough net calories (total calories – calories worked off = net calories) which should be a minimum of 1200 but could be more depending on your body type (check with someone who knows more!), your body could be going into starvation mode which means it is actually storing fat instead of allowing you to burn it.
Just some thoughts, but my biggest recommendation is to see a professional nutritionist and check with your doctor.
Good luck and do not be discouraged. You have chosen to make an important lifestyle change and you should be proud of yourself!
Post # 4
It took me 6 weeks to lose a pound, but after that I realized what worked for me to lose weight and I began losing .5-2lbs per week. I was on a 1200 calorie diet and watch my sodium intake. I exercised for 1 hour per day 5-6 times a week. I took 4 month breaks, but ended up losing 50lbs in a year and a half.
My sister was just diagnoised with hypothyroidism which just causes a slower motabolism. Now that her thryoid’s regulated she feels she has so much energy and has begun working out.
Don’t give up. It’s a hard and long road, but you can do it. You must never give up on yourself. You’re a stong person! And remember it’s not your size that matters, it’s about feeling healthy and good about yourself.
Post # 5
Try not to worry about what the scale says. Muscle weighs more than fat but takes up less space. So you may be losing size but your actual weight might stay the same or even go up.
I’ve gone from a size 14 to an 8. My actual weight loss is barely 20 lbs but I’ve gained alot of muscle. When I ramped up my work outs and started incorporating more heavy weight training I actually ended up gaining about 5 lbs before I started to lose.
I definitely agree with crystalrae that you should see a nutritionist and/or a doctor to make sure you’re eating the right amount of calories. They can probably give you other tips as well and can let you know if you’re getting enough sleep etc.
Also make sure that you’re doing weight training and not just cardio. If you’re weight training hard enough it ends up being a cardio work out. And the more muscle you have the more calories you burn while at rest.
You sounds like you’re on the right track! i know it’s disappointing to not see the results you were hoping for but keep it up…if you’re living a healthy lifestyle the results will definitely come!
Post # 6
@missmorganista: +1 to the poster who suggested taking measurements. Do it now, and take them every two weeks from now on!
Are you following a structured diet? I did nutrisystem and was very successful at losing the weight (not so much at keeping it off…) It sounds like weight watchers might be good for you; you’ll get the weekly motivation at meetings and online support whenever you need it.
If you truly do have 100 lbs to lose, definitely see a nutritionist to get the ball rolling. Have you seen a doctor recently? You may have an undiagnosed medical condition that’s making it harder for you to lose the weight. You also will probably qualify for one of the newer diet drugs out there- Qsymia or Belviq. Getting a lap band is another option.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club
I don’t have insurance for a nutritionist, and I work a job that makes barely over minimum wage. However, I have been using myfitnesspal on my ipod, and I’ve been putting food that I eat in there. My weight has fluctulated a lot. It’s gone from one amount to ten pounds lighter to four pounds heavier all in 24 hours. It’s very, very frustrating.
I do weights and cardio. I did the eliptical today for 20 minutes, then the treadmill for 10, and then we did weights (FI works out with me and helps) and abs. We’ve only been going 3 times a week, but I’m going to go by myself tomorrow.
I’ll start doing measurements. Maybe that’ll help me keep focused.
Post # 8
@missmorganista: It’s highly unlikely that you need a nutritionist.
It’s more likely that you need to learn how to eat. Most of us don’t really know that.
The best way to do that is to follow the Weight Watchers’ program and yes, it does cost something (is it $10 per week?) but I’ll tell you, you’ll learn true healthy approach to food and eating.
On Weight Watchers you can lose 20 lbs before June.
On WW I’ve found is that I have to spend more time in the kitchen cooking and I have to think more about meal prep. And by the way, WW eating is good for your Fiance too. He should be eating the same way, he’ll just need more of the foods prepared.
WW is mainstream and normal, there’s nothing fringe or werid about it. There will be a LOT of people your mother’s age there, but there will be people you age there as well. There will be brides getting ready for their wedding in every large group.
And don’t weight yourself more often than 1X weekly and wear the same clothes.
Post # 9
In the last year I have lost 60 pounds. 30 from Jan to March, then I maintained through the summer and lost 30 more though the fall. I lost the weight by entering my stats into myfitnesspal to get a daily net calorie goal to lose 2lbs per week and then logging every single thing that passed my lips. I stuck to my daily calories no matter what. Your diet will make a much larger impact than exercise alone. And even while losing weight I made unhealthy choices, like eating a candy bar. It didn’t really matter what I ate as long as I stayed under my net daily calorie goal, but obviously I ended up eating veggies for the rest of the day to make my goal.
My progress seemed slow at firs. I weighed myself often, but you have to remember that you will fluctuate by up to several pounds within a single day. The best it to weigh yourself in the morning after you use the bathroom. If you are bugging out about it, I would weigh yourself less often. It takes some of the pressure off. Also measurements can be really helpful to mark off muscle gain if you are working out a lot and doing strength training.
If you continue to eat a reduced amount of calories and don’t see a change, I would consider two things. First is whether you are eating too little. If your daily calorie goal is close to 1200, then there is by he possibility that it isn’t enough for your body and your body is trying to conserve. You can try increasing your daily calories by 50 to 150 calories a day and see if that helps. The next thing is going to see your doctor to rule out thyroid issues or other medical reasons that could be hindering your weight loss.
Remember that persistence pays off and even if it is taking a little while to see results, you are making healthier choices which is always the first step. Good luck!
Post # 10
I’ll post a picture… but I also want to share that it’s taken me over 2 years to lose this weight (about 70 pounds), and I have NOT done it alone. I’ve done it with Weight Watchers and the support of an awesome leader and weekly meetings Before that, I yo-yoed for years and years (since before puberty). I never ever thought I could do it…
I blog a lot about it, but I don’t think we’re allowed to post blog links… it’s in my profile.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
When you say that you’re eating right, what exactly does that mean? Do you mind sharing what you’re eating, and how you’re working out? Also, yes, your weight does fluctuate, and that is why you should weigh yourself once a week at the same time of day instead of multiple times a day. That will give you an accurate picture of your weight loss instead of just having to focus on the fluctuations
ETA if you want to lose a good amount of weight, I hate to tell you that that’s probably not enough exercise. When I was losing weight, I was doing an hour on the elliptical at level 8 every single day, and doing weights and abs every day. Do you push up the intensity of your machines?
Also, if you don’t have a food scale, you should get one. you may be logging calories, but unless you’re measuring all your food, you might be eating a lot more than you think you are.
Post # 12
I’m on my DH’s iPad so can’t post pics, but 8 years ago at age 40 I started a weight loss journey that took me from 260 at 5’7 to 125. 90 lbs year 1, 20 year 2, and the rest over another two years. Some months I didn’t lose an ounce! Keep working at it, find some weight loss blogs to read for inspiration. One blog I love said “don’t do anything to lose weight that you can’t keep doing to maintain your loss.” I thought I was just going to be a big girl my whole life, no one was more surprised than me that there was a lean little athlete in me! You can do it!
Post # 13
I lost almost 100lbs. I started September 2010… It’s been a long road, and I’m still at about 170, I’d like to lose another 20-30lbs.
i wasn’t losing as much as I wanted at first but my weight loss really took off when I listened to Richard Simmons about portion control. He yelled at me an called me on my bs regarding portion control. He said if I was really eating “one serving” instead of a pot of brown rice cous cous, I’d be losing weight. Also around this time, I upped my cardio.
My workout regime was barre 2 – 3 times a week, cardio 2 times a week. That cardio is 45 minutes of straight hard core movement. I needed the structure of classes to keep me honest. You might not need classes but definitely increase your cardio til you’re doing 40-45 minutes, increase it slowly and push past the “wanting to stop”. That wanting to stop feeling is why I needed group classes. If I did a workout at home, I’d quit half way through. I stuck through every class and did what I could/kept moving even when my class was 10 times harder than my home videos.
it has taken me a lot longer than I’ve wanted but I am healthier ever day than I was the day before. Be patient but strict, it will come off. As pp’s said- some months when I was doing everything right- I lost nothing! Then I would take a break and boom, 5lbs! Bodies need time… Just remember, you’re treating your body right!
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Post # 14
I don’t know what to say other than I am SO proud of you for starting on your weight loss journey!!! I know it feels like such a long, impossible road ahead of you but before you know it you will look back and be like, wow… I can’t believe how fast that went. Remember, you are already doing so much more than hundreds of other people that are doing nothing about their weight and that is AMAZING! Congratulations!
I had about 60 lbs to lose. The first day I stepped on the scale and faced reality I was like…wow. How did I let myself get here? How? How am I going to get back to a healthy weight? This is going to take forever. I am going to have to starve myself. I am going to be miserable. This is going to be the worst (insert however many months, I had no clue how long it would/will take) months of my life.
I was wrong. I’m only 17 lbs in and I feel great so far and am going strong. It is going by quickly! Once you get going, whether it be in inches or lbs, you start to take off, then you plateau, then you take off again, and it is a roller coaster, but if you have dedication…there is one known fact: you will reach your goal.
Two books I highly recommend just as general guidelines to follow: The 17 Day Diet (the diet itself is very difficult, er, was for me… But it has some good motivation and guidelines to follow which I follow very loosely. If you can do the diet, it’s great, my husband lost 50 lbs on it in a matter of… 3-4 months, but I couldn’t do it…..it’s freakin tough) and The GI Diet. Understanding the glycemic index has been very helpful for me in my weight loss thus far!
Do you wanna be myfitnesspal friends?!!?!?!?!?!?
Post # 15
@inky_1: You look amazing, thank you for sharing your picture!!!!!!
Post # 16
I’m 5’7″, and I’ve gone from 173 to 126! So 47 pounds so far. I’ve gone from a size 12 to a size 4!
To lose weight, I obsessively calorie count and weigh myself every day. I eat bran cereal for breakfast, less than 200 calories for lunch, 200 calories of snacking, and about 400 calories for dinner. When I have dessert, I have either an ice pop or a single-serving cup/bar (Like the Klondike 100 calorie bar)
I’m weird, though. I like the rigid rules for weight loss. And when I plateau, I actually focus on my diet less, but continue to weigh myself every day just to make sure I don’t creep back up the scale.
I lost the first 35 lbs From January to May 2011. I kept all the wight off until Fiance and I moved in together in January 2012. I gained 5 lbs over the next 6 months, got engaged in September, and have lost another 17lbs since November!
I’m actually thinner now than I was in high school!