(Closed) Just starting the journey….

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Today is the first day of a new life for you! I’m just beginging my fitness journey as well.

I’m trying to lose a bit of weight before my 03/13/13 wedding. I don’t have as far to go as you do but I’ve lost a great deal in the past (60+) and kept most of it off but I’m on a medication that causes appetitie to be increased and have put on 20 lbs since last Feb. I tried going off the med but then I can’t sleep at night. 20 lbs doesn’t seem like it much but it makes me feel horrible. It shouldn’t be hard to lose but I’m finding it so frustratingly hard I want to cry. Plus after I lose weight I get complaciant and I’m disgusted with myself for letting it come back after I worked so hard to lose it! I had cake TWICE at work yesterday. Frown

SO today is a new day for both of us, WE CAN DO IT!

Post # 4
6216 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I am really happy for you! However- if you are really intent on losing the weight and keeping it off, I would maybe push your wedding to 2014. It’s not that I don’t think you can do it, but losing 110 lbs is going to be REALLY tough, and planning a wedding is stressful enough. If you give yourself more time, you would be much more likely to meet your goal weight in a healthy way.

Okay, lecture over! The biggest part of losing weight is the food. Go on amazon and buy a food scale for wherever you prepare your food. If you sometimes prepare it in multiple places, buy a scale for each one. It’s really important to know exactly how many servings of something you are eating. Also, measure out all of your food and then leave the container in the kitchen. Don’t eat out of any bag that is more than one serving. 

The other good thing to start doing is logging all your calories. I, along with a lot of other bees, use myfitnesspal.com, which also has an app. It is a godsend for weight loss, so make an account and write down anything you eat. 

Working out is going to be a big part too, but don’t allow yourself to eat more calories back to reward yourself for working out. Keep track of how many calories you burn wiht exercise and make sure that you don’t cancel it out.


Post # 5
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hi there!  Congrats to you for making the decision to take charge of your life and your health.  It is generally advised to lose about 1-2lbs a week for healthy, sustainable weight loss, so make sure your goal falls in line with that suggestion.  I’d say about 80lbs is a reasonable goal for your time frame, which is still a HECK of a lot of weight!  You can do anything you put your mind to!

I’ll PM you a document I wrote up with a lot of “fit tips” in it.  If you want I can share it here for those who haven’t quite worked up the courage to post.  Some of it may be old, rehashed stuff, but some of it might be helpful to you. 

Good luck to you on your journey!  Keep a blog of video diary to track your progress and also to serve as an inspiration to others.  Oh, also- take photos and measurements.  The number on the scale is just a number, you can get better indicators of fitness with other numbers (body fat percentage, hip-waist ratio, blood pressure, fasting sugar level, lipid/cholesterol totals!)

Start slow, work your way up, make small changes, be accountable and try to stay motivated!  YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Post # 8
6216 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

@FutureMrsRusaw:  If your SO is up for it, it might be really helpful for you! Being at your goal weight will make you so much happier and will help you feel ready to start your new life instead of feeling like you’re still in transition

Post # 10
1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@FutureMrsRusaw:  Awe I’m from OC as well!  

While I haven’t lost 110lbs ever (let alone in a year) I think it is possible… Its gonna take complete focus and commitment though!

I think you will find when you start eating better and moving more, you will sleep better and your energy will increase dramatically!  I would also try to get on a bit of a schedule and find a fun activity that moves you and that you enjoy.  

I also cannot stress the focus of FOOD over anything else.

Think of it like you have a daily number of calories that your body will burn every day doing its normal thing (brain function/body systems/etc) and the food you eat spends those calories… if you don’t “spend” them you essentially burn them in the same way exercise burns calories so you can lose weight by simply letting your body fuel its self.

The calorie deficit is the answer to losing weight.  

Exercising is a way to peak your body’s weight loss as well as tone your muscles and better your mood! I definitely recommend like at least 20 mins a day doing ANYTHING and fitting in small bits counts too! Just MOVE MORE in general and you should notice yourself happier & healthier. We live in a beautiful area where we have the luxury of always being able to take a walk outside so I would suggest taking a morning walk or one after dinner! 

I know for me, protein helps keep me satiated so I don’t feel hungry anymore but high-water foods (such as fruits/veggies) also help fill me up. I eat constantly throughout the day but mostly on good stuff so I feel full and am rarely starving. Don’t get me wrong, I do eat some grains but I find that I consume the most calories with startchy foods (rice/pasta/bread) and am still left hungry so I try to realize I can use those calories in better ways!

With the wedding stress that I went through, I actually didn’t eat as much because I was so busy so that might be your case and might even help!  I made sure to tell people around me that I was on the “bride diet” so they could encourage me as well!

Get yourself a refillable water bottle as well and constantly keep it with you~ I have a caraffe I lug around with me all day, every day (which refill about 3-4 times!) and people get wide-eyed when they see it but I am amaaaazed by how many times I am simply thirsty, not hungry!  Plus water is delicious and will help your skin/bodily functions.


Congrats on getting started! I hope this helps!


Post # 12
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

First off, congrats on taking the initiative to get this done for yourself! I believe you can most certainly get anything done that you put your mind to. & now that you actually have a GOAL to meet in a certain time frame, should make it that much easier for you to push through it. I know it has for me!

I too gained A LOT of weight (40-50lbs) throughout college. When I met Fiance I weighed in at 145lbs and this past March when I bought my wedding dress, I weighed 201lbs. I was heart broken when I stepped on the scale, but it was definately an eye opener. I bought my dress 2 sizes smaller than the charts suggested. Although I don’t reccomend everyone doing this, it def. worked out for me! I knew my dress would be in by Nov/Dec of this year and I was determined to fit into it by the time it came in. Needles to say, I had my dress fitting a month ago and it fit like a gem.

Watching what you eat helps more than you could ever imagine. When I first started my new health trend, I was working out daily with the Insanity program seen on TV along with eating more veggies and staying within a strict 1,200 calorie diet. Weight began to fall like nothing. I’ve dwindled on the Insanity program since then due to a more hectic schedule and I was getting a serious lack of sleep. Not good when you’re trying to lose weight. I’ve noticed though that even without working out as hard as I was, I am still able to maintain a weight loss of 1-2 lbs weekly just by watching my food intake. Discipline, Discipline, Discipline…

Download My Fitness Pal if you are able to use apps on your cell phone. If not, look up the website. I couldn’t tell you how much this app has aided me in my weight loss journey. It’s seriously the best thing ever!  

Good luck my friend… It can only get better from here! 🙂

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