Post # 17
Congrats to all, there is a lot of pound shedding above!
I had lost 60 pounds on WW three years ago and kept it off. Then I met the boy and it’s been steady progression of a pound here and a pound there eventually landing me at putting 30 back on. arghhh..
So…I have lost 13 and only 10 weeks until my dress fitting and 19 pounds to go…pretty challenging, but with cardio 5x a week and a following ww stictly, I can do it. This will get me back to my healthy weight,
Good luck everyone!
Post # 18
I am officially down 60 lbs since my peak 6 years ago. Also, I went from a size 16 to a size 6. I’m down to my weight I was at in middle school. (I’m only 5′ 1" so it’s not horribly skinny, since I didn’t grow much.) I had my fair share of ups and downs. Down 30 lbs, up 10 lbs, down 5 more, up 8 more, etc etc. Whenever I had trouble I just changed up what I was doing. I worked out a lot, but trust me, I’m not a huge fan of it. I always needed something inventive to do and spring/summer was much easier to get myself up and moving. I also tried to save money and decided to not eat out more than 2 times a month. Making your own meals is a great way to control everything.
Good luck and great job so far!!
Post # 19
@AnnieAAA I am a huge beer lover, too. But I had to count the alcohol when on weightwatchers. There are A LOT of calories in alcoholic beverages. To lose the weight, I switched to lighter beer and drank a glass of water with each beer. I also changed to drinking a glass of white wine. One of my friends swears by vodka and club soda with a squeeze of lime when she diets. Also, I am a registered nurse and had to admit that my frequent cocktails are not good for my overall health. GOOD LUCK!!!
Post # 20
Try to slowly exchange high calorie foods for lower ones. I’ve stopped eating ice cream for the most part and exchanged it for frozen yogurt with toppings or lowfat vanilla yogurt with fruit. I’ve only had ice cream a couple times a year since I’ve started this. I don’t even miss it because I got used to the taste of less sugar.
With all of the food changes alone I’ve kept off 10-15 pounds (I usually fluxuate 5 pounds). Also, try walking as much as you can. It doesn’t seem like much, but it really does keep the weight off! When I stop walking my weight goes up significantly. Yay and good luck to you!
Post # 21
Wow, way to go, ladies! That’s a lot of weight loss, you should all be proud of yourselves!
I’ve lost 30 pounds since we got engaged. Most of that came after I ordered my dress in September, so my dress fittings have been a little difficult. I’ve been assured that the seamstress should be able to make the dress fit, but the particular style didn’t really lend itself to being altered well. Anyway, I go back in a week and I’m hopeful it will look good this time–I’ve yet to see it all fitted.
Honestly, for me, I have to watch what I’m eating in order to lose weight. I work out all the time, but unless I’m eating healthy too, it doesn’t do any good. I’ve been sticking to working out 5-6 times a week (a mix of cardio, strength and yoga) and keeping track of calories/fat in what I eat all day. It’s not easy, but it’s worked. 🙂
Post # 23
I have been overweight most of my life, but when I had to get weighed at my doctor’s office and I saw my weight, I wanted to cry. I decided to start eating healthier. To date, I’ve lost 61 pounds, and I’d like to lose at least 15 more by the time I get married in September. It’s an easy plan to stick to, but if you like bread, it will take the wind right out of your sails because I had to stop eating it for the most part. I cut out sweets and pop entirely. I drink a gallon of water a day to flush fat. It really helps with inch loss. Also, I eat as much protein as I can. I have a protein shake for breakfast, another for lunch (or a grilled chicken salad), and tilapia or chicken breast, broccoli, and sometimes brown rice for dinner. Any lean meat will do. The key is to eat low fat meals, watch your sodium intake (too much sodium in your diet will cause you to retain water) and balance your meals (i.e., if you have pasta or rice, make sure you have an equal amount of protein in the meal).
I’ve been working out 3x a week for the past 8 weeks, and I can’t say that it’s really accelerated my weight loss, but I need to tone anyway. However, I lost 46.5 pounds before I began working out, so it’s entirely possible for individuals to lose weight without exercising.
I am going to have major work done on my dress. It’s too big, but it’s worth it to me to be healthy. I don’t care what the alterations cost. I was fortunate enough to find the dress of my dreams on a clearance rack for $399. So, any alterations I require won’t be a burden because I got a fantastic deal on my dress.
If anyone wants more information on my diet, I have some handouts I can share with you. I joined a weight loss group in my community, and we have a class every week where we learn important tips for weight loss/maintenance (i.e., what to eat when you eat out, how to shop, water intake, fiber intake, etc).
Post # 24
Hello! I am already down 17 pounds – and I am doing Atkins. I know a lot of people do not like nor appreciate the atkins diet (I believe they just don’t understand it) – but my doc is the one who told me to go on it (I have insulin resistance, which means any type of sugar, including grains, that I put in my body almost immediately raises my insulin which makes it impossible to lose weight)…
After I did the research on low-carb high fat diets I was hooked! I absolutely love it because I’ve never felt so healthy in my life and I get to eat such yummy foods! I honestly don’t miss sugar all that much and it’s SO easy to go out for dinner now!
And – it’s NOT just "eggs, cheese & meat"…i eat a variety of things including TONS of vegetables (obviously no corn, potatoes or other starchy foods)…nuts & seeds – berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc) but mainly it’s learning how to rid yourself of your sugar addiction.
And the great thing is, this is something I will be able to stick with for the rest of my life because I have researched the science behind it and why for my body I can’t eat sugar anymore, unless I want to end up diabetic (Insulin Resistance is basically pre-diabetes)…PLUS my cholesterol, triglycerides and other levels are actually in the HEALTHy range now!
Course, i know it’s not for everyone – but this is MY way of eating and I only have 20 more pounds to go before my wedding next year.
Post # 26
i’ve been struggling with my weight for awhile now as well. my biggest challenge is staying motivated to actually see results. i tend to exericise and eat healthy for a week and BAM! i see no results, so i stop and give up…
i hope to keep up with this board and get some inspiration… lately i’ve been working out with my fh, as he’s been training me, so let’s see where it goes from there!!
i’ve got about 40-60 pounds to lose! good luck to you all 🙂
Post # 27
it is so hard to lose weight. I actually can’t even think about it. I have about 14 lbs to go before the wedding on June 27th. I can’t shake any more. My knees now hurt from running–that was my exercise of choice to lose weight. I have tried diet pills, Dvd’s of EVERY kind of exercise and less than 1000 calories a day. I am 5’9" and am about 145 …I have a size 6 wedding dress as the goal, but it is still tight..
Post # 28
@billysbabe09 – You are almost there! At 5’9" and 145, you are at my dream weight! A word of caution about dropping below 1000 calories in a day…My doctor was telling me that if you eat less than 1200 calories in a day that your body believes it is going into starvation mode and ends up storing everything. You could actually gain weight as your metabolism will slow to a crawl….maybe increase the calories but only with nutritionally sound foods.
Your wedding is almost here! How exciting! 🙂
Post # 29
I want to lose another 30 pounds before my wedding, which is hopefully feasible since I have 9 months. So far I’ve lost a total of 8 pounds. My fiance and I have just totally changed our eating habits and now don’t eat anything with added sugar in it. I’m very proud of the 8 pounds, but it’s so frustrating standing next to my fiance who I think has lost about 15 pounds in the same amount of time. grrrr!
In any event, I’m going to keep on trucking. If i can lose that extra 30 I’ll be the same weight as when I first met my fiance…. which would be amazing!
Post # 30
I have to lose 45 lbs in an ideal world. I am getting married in June of 2010. I have to get busy so i can find a dress with plenty of time to get it ordered and fitted. I wear a 12 now, and I am only 5’4. I gained weight when I was in college and now, my job isn’t one where I am very active. I got the 30 day shred DVD, it should arrive some time next week. I am cutting out all soda and most alcohol.Drinking more water and eathing less fast food. Today is my first day of the Bridal boot camp I have put myslef on. I havn’t had a cigarette in 12 hours, no soda yet and I had a healthy breakfast. I am feeling confident, but I am only half a day into it lol. I am giving myself one day a week where I can relax a little (probaby saturdays)…..I really would love to be in my ideal weight category, but I do not feel like I need to lose 60 lbs. I think I would be too thin if I were less than 140. I passed it right up in high school. When I graduated I weighed 155 in highschool. I would like to be a little smalller than that. If I lose 45 lbs. I will be at 140. That is the top of my BMI range. I think I can do it, I hope I can do it.
Wish me luck.
Post # 31
I’m getting married Sept 2010. I’m not focused on the big number but rather on 1 pound a week. I’m on WW and am already down 12 pounds in 10 weeks.