(Closed) Ladies with weight loss success- please share your stories & before/after pics!

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - camp in new hampshire

About 10 years ago, I weighted 185 and did Weight Watchers, back before it changed, and went down to 120 (see first before and after), since then I’ve been very active but I’ve gotten older and my metabolism doesn’t work the same way, plus  I have much more muscle now then I did when I was 120.

I was up to about 148, I’m 5’3 and I wanted to get down to at least 135 before my wedding on June 13th. I’ve tried lots of diets, paleo,  calorie tracking, etc, and nothing was working for me, plus I do Crossfit & run 4-5 times a week. Finally, my cousin’s wife does Isagenix, which is a dieting/cleansing program, the first month I lost 8 pounds, and I’m on my second month now, down to 135! I’m going to keep doing it up to my wedding because I don’t want to put the weight back on and it’s only 3 more weeks- thinking I might get down to 130 but don’t want to go any lower because my dress is prefect!

2005  (185) vs 2013 (130) ps in 2005 I was dressed for a halloween party hahaha

April 9th 2015 (148) vs May 13th 2015 (135)

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

 

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taraelizabeth:  wow! great job! I have never heard of Isagenix before. I think I will look that up! Congrats on your upcoming wedding. You will look beautiful!

 

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Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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missglitterbee:  Wow you look great! Can I ask what macro percentages you use? I’ve had some success with a high fat plan, but I’m not sure how high to go/how low to go with carbs. 

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’ve lost 27 lbs since February eating a low carb, high fat diet  (70% fat, 25% protein, and 5% carbs, with less than 20 carbs per day being my goal). I’m only 4 lbs from where I was when I met my Fiance and 17lbs from where I’d like to be by the time I start my alterations in August!

I actually don’t have any before or afters because I was so embarassed by how much the weight has crept up but I’ve gone from a size 18 in jeans to a 14, and dress size 16 to 12 (14 if I wear fitted sheath dresses – I usually wear fit and flares though). 

Post # 20
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’ve been trying to lose ten pounds forever, working out daily and eating clean, but I never dropped any weight! Finally Fiance suggested I wasn’t getting enough protein, so I focused on extra protein at every meal, which cuts out a lot of the vegetables and fruit I was eating (need to work that back in). But…

I finally lost 6 pounds! Woohoo!! I’m excited, because it has taken forever. I hope to keep going and be at the weight that works for me soon. 

Keep up the amazing work ladies! You all look so beautiful, in the befores and the afters:-) 

Post # 21
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - camp in new hampshire

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SaraP2012:  Thanks! Message me if you’d like any more info on Isagenix~

Post # 22
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Worker bee

I hope to have my own pics to add here soon!

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taraelizabeth:  I LOVE my Isagenix! I’m back on it now after a few months without it (moved to a new country), and I wish I had started back sooner. I’m doing my first cleanse in months tomorrow. Also, you look great!

 

Post # 23
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Bumble bee

I would love to post a before and after picture, but I can’t find a ‘before’ picture that shows my body. How sad!

I joined My Fitness Pal and lost about 50 lbs in 5 months last year. Went from a size 22 to 14. I ate the calories MFP gave me, didn’t really focus on food quality, just calories. So I still ate pizza and fast food and cookies. I lost the first 30 without exercise but then added it in and lost 20 more. Not sure it was necessary but it made me feel stronger and more toned!

Anyway, I’m pretty much in the same boat as you. I gained almost all of it back and am now on MFP again and working out. Hoping to lose at least 40 lbs before our wedding (we don’t have a set date yet). It’s seems A LOT harder this time around!!!

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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missglitterbee:  I’m from the UK and it’s really common here – you go to a group every week. The diet lets you eat as much as you want of the ‘free foods’ (includes potato, pasta, rice) and allows you 15 ‘syns’ per day for high fat foods. You have a calcium and fibre allowance every day and it encourages a v healthy way of cooking (no oils). It’s worked for everyone I know and I’ve never eaten so much in my life!

Post # 25
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I started a fitness/health rountine at the turn of the new year.  I went from 141 lbs to now about 123 lbs at 5’5″.  I do a mix of cardio kickboxing classes (with resistance, such as bags or pads) and DailyBurn programs.  I also lift weights once or twice a week, and I sometimes run.  I haven’t been trying to lose weight for the last two months, but I’m still losing inches, just not pounds.  When I was trying to lose weight, I was sticking to about a 1600-calorie protein/fiber-focused diet… nothing fancy.  I just tried to limit my sugar intake.  I went from a size 6/8 jeans and medium shirts to a size 0 jeans and xsmall everything!  It’s crazy, because I really didn’t think it was possible.

I didn’t take formal “before” and “after” pictures because I never planned on losing so much weight, so you’re stuck with these!  The before was around 145 lbs, and the after was at 125 lbs.

This second picure was two months ago, the first time I was able to fit into xsmall workout pants.  This was also the first time I was ever comfortable taking a picture of my midsection!

Post # 26
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Busy bee

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ajkklub:  I also have hypothyroid. Anything specific related to that that helped?

Post # 27
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Blushing bee

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WillowBee33:  Since I was diagnosed so young I didn’t research hypothyrodism much until a few years ago when I began to quickly gain weight. I’ve been very lucky in that my TSH levels stabilized quickly and have remained in the normal range ever since my first diagnosis. For those that fluctate it might be substantually more difficult. My weight gain was due to poor diet and lack of exercise at the time, but I believe my thyroid did make it harder to lose the weight. It felt like I was fighting for every inch and pound at first. I worked with a dietitian for a few weeks and even she was confused why I simply wasn’t losing the way I should be after reviewing my food diary. So for me time and consistency with diet and exercise is the biggest thing. Don’t get discouraged if it takes longer to see results. Just keep pushing toward your ultimate goal. 

Every person and body is different and I’m not a doctor, but the things I’ve found helpful 1) find a doctor that really specializes in thyroid issues because different countries have different standards for the “normal range” of TSH and some new research indicates that being in what’s considered the upper limit of normal in the U.S. might not be ideal for you. Ask for your exact levels after your annual bloodwork. Make them tell you the numbers, don’t just listen to “you’re fine” or “it was normal”. 2) As far as diet goes: limiting carbs and sugars, and upping my protein intake made the biggest difference. For about three months I ate so much spinach and grilled chicken I still gag a little to this day when I think about it. I tried to stay at around 1200 calories a day and I kept a honest daily food journal. I weighed myself every day to learn how my body naturally fluctuates. Now I only weigh myself probably 3-4 times a week just to keep myself accountable and monitor my body fat percentage (although a scale isn’t the most accurate for body fat). I found a form of exercise I actually liked and made it a part of my life. Don’t be afraid to try lots of different things (everyone told me I’d love yoga…and I just don’t, and spin class made me wanna die), but running, hiking, and Insanity/P90x I really do enjoy. 

But whatever you do, don’t let yourself off the hook. It’s really easy to think, “I have a disease that actively WANTS my body to gain weight” and to just give up. But we’ve got this! We can do it and beat it– it just might takes us a little longer. Sorry for writing a novel haha, I hope this helped some! 

Post # 28
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Busy bee

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ajkklub:  that’s an incredible help, thanks! I was diagnosed hypothyroid approx 5 years ago, been on synthroid ever since and my Dr always says my levels are ‘fine’, but you’re right, I don’t know the actual number. I suppose because I don’t know what that number means, ive never asked! But I will ask and then research. I lol’ at your chicken/spinach comment! I used to eat this spinach salad all the time and now the thought of it also makes me gag!

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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ABL12490:  I’m using MFP and just using the default calorie/macro distribution as well. I have it set to 1lb/wk weight loss, but I’ve actually been losing an average of 2-3 pounds per week. I imagine that’s because I have also been working out 4x/week. I was wondering if I needed to do something more specific, but I’m glad to hear it worked for you! Good luck this time around as well. 

Also, can I ask how tall you are? I lost 50lbs in 2012 and only went down one dress size. I felt very accomplished, but I was a bit discouraged to have lost so much and remain basically the same size, lol. I’m 5’10” though, so I guess that’s the issue. 

Post # 30
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

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mcatt19:  Try the calculators out on iffym, The ratio my body seems to like is 40% Protein, 35% fat and 25% carbs. I’m trying to do a reverse diet and bring my carbs up a bit and work on a healthier balance though

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