(Closed) Lots of weight to lose – anybody else?

posted 10 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

you’re definately not alone! I am trying to get my body into shape by going to the gym and eating healthy. My wedding is 10 months away and I want to focus more on the way my body feels rather than the number on the scale! It’s not easy but you can definitely do it!  I love Jillian’s 30-Day Shred. Have you found any tricks that work for you? 

Post # 5
2470 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I didn’t/don’t have a large amount of weight to lose but I do have some! I posted my most recent success post here: http://crosscountrywed.blogspot.com/2009/08/i-hate-you-jillian.html

I would suggest Weight Watchers and 30day Shred. Plus lots of walking, water and writing down everything you eat for the first few weeks.

Post # 6
2561 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would also LOVE to lose about 50 lbs in the next 10 months or so before the wedding.

I am joining a gym that does “bikini contest” events 3x a year, where for 450 dollars you are put on a 3 month program with 5 exercise classes a week, plus nutritional counselling. I am doing some classes starting in September/October as a “warm up” then doing the “bikini contest” in January, and possibly again in May so I get my butt kicked.

They have awesome results with the “bikini contest” and then there are maintenance classes once it is over (for up to a year) for an additional cost to keep up the results!

Post # 8
1149 posts
Bumble bee

I have a LOT of weight to lose.  

I don’t think you need to do WW to lose.   WW is just about portion control.  One good way to get to where your portions are more in balance is to cut your meat / carb portions in half and double your veggies.  Use half as much: sauce, mayo, etc. and start using “free” stuff like salsa, mustards, etc. to flavor food.  

It’s all about the little things which, when added up, combine to create an impactful and sustainable life change.

Working out is key, too!

As of now I am 52lbs below my lifetime high (which I was back in 2001) but I’ve lost 22lbs since the beginning of May.

WE CAN DO IT!   Smile

Post # 9
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@SweetheartDealer – way to go!  Finding motivation is 99% of the battle, I think.  Just stick with it and remain consistent.  I lost 75 pounds 6 years ago, with the motivation of not wanting to be the HUGE bridesmaid in one of my good friend’s weddings.  Every time I wanted to skip a workout, I thought of those pictures, and off to the gym I’d go.  As you retrain your brain, healthy eating will become easier.  When you find yourself struggling to workout, that’s the time to switch up your routine.  Remember that what works for one person, may not work for you – so keep at it and don’t give up!  Keep in mind that HEALTHY weight loss is 1-2 pounds a week.  SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE!

Also, the 30-day shred in great for toning, but I would wait til a few months before you do it.  I know if I started it as I was beginning my weight loss/exercise program, I’d be very discouraged (but that’s just me!).  It will definitely tone you up, but I don’t think it gave me the cardio I needed.


Post # 10
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have lots of weight to lose too. I have been taking off and putting on 30 pounds for the last five years… and I am ready to take it off for good and GET and STAY healthy. After a summer of excess I have just started to get moving. I am planning on following a simple high fiber high protein low calorie/sugar diet found in a variety of diet books ( ie: Bob Harpers’ Are You Ready, FAT SMASH) and perhaps do a healthy , safe cleanse when I feel ready. In terms of fitness I am back at the gym on my 3x a week 40 mintue cardio sessions mixed with pilates and weight training and morning runs.  Additionally my Fiance and Maid/Matron of Honor are challenging me to get up a run with them and complete a 10k about a month and a half before my wedding.  I agree  Lorienne- WE CAN DO IT!

Post # 11
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have 30 pounds to lose.  It’ not easy though.  Motivation is lacking, even wih a shiny sparkly ring.  We should try and check in with each other.  My friend had a weigh in with her friends every Monday.  Each girl set her own goal, one or two attainable goals ex: lose 1 pound, run 1 mile/3 days. Then they’d check in with the group the following Monday to see how they did. Knowing that someone is keeping you accountable helps. We could probably start one here.  

Post # 12
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Maybe we can keep each other updated on this thread.. or PM each other our progress. I have started “food/fitness journal”. Its time consuming but it really helps keep me accountable. In Bob Harper’s Book “Are You Ready” he gives you a really simple template to follow.

Basically I write down what I ate at each meal total the calories and write a little bit about how i felt that day. The I jot down what I did in terms of working out and write how I felt doing it.

it takes about 20 minutes. I try to do it before I go to sleep. It helps me see patterns in my diet ..like on Wednesdays I have particularly stressful work days and I tend to eat more calories.. or when I lift at the gym I eat alot more protein.


Post # 13
782 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m on WW and I’ve lost 13.2 pounds. I hit a standstill for awhile, but Ii’m doing good again and I’m on a roll. I’ve been combining a healthy eating lifestyle as well as hitting the gym several times the week for cardio, weights and yoga. I still have a long way to go!

Post # 14
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

ive lost 100lbs and have kept it off for a couple of years now… my advice:

food diary, write down EVERYTHING thing you eat and drink and the times, you may be surprised by how much you are snacking without realizing it

be honest with yourself and have someone else weigh you weekly (or fortnightly). weight watchers, sureslim, a friend or Fiance – whatever.  i NEED weekly weighins to keep myself hones because i lie to myself way to easily and regain weight just by looking at it

drink lots of water, i drink 2 to 3ltrs per day which is about a gallon

cut out sugars, breads and high processed foods – fresh is best, organic fresh is better

reward yourself!!!! set small goals and rewards – it can become too hard if youre constantly on fat watch all the time. i have monthly facials & massages and i buy myself things, doesnt have to be expensive

take a photo of yourself now – you will be glad down the track when you compare the new you to the old

dont let the scales disappoint you – you will have weeks where you have worked your butt off and no movement on the scales. look for other signs, a pair of jeans that are loose or a smaller size

dont go telling everyone you are on a diet because they will be watching you to fail or enabling you to fail.  one day a co-worker was talking to me and stopped mid sentence to ask ‘have you lost weight’ – it will happen so be patient

plan, plan and plan. plan your meals weekly, have the produce in the house so you dont have any last minutue/im tired takeouts.   make your lunch the night before, inc a protien, salad and fruit so you dont have to stress about it in the morning

and when you fall off the wagon, we all do honey, dont beat yourself up about it – start a do-over for your very next meal

exercise – start with a walk three times per week and build on it from there. i do my training at 6am as it fits into my schedule best but last winter i was doing dvd’s at home because i was over the dark & cold. find something that works best with you & your schedule

take one day at a time, one meal at a time

think long term, this isnt just for your wedding day but for your future

goodluck  – you have the best motivator on your left hand!

Post # 15
1091 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2020 - Oakland Manor

I’m right there with you! I’ve lost over 30 lbs and went from a US size 14 to a US size 8! I’m hoping to be a 6 by thanksgiving…but we’ll see.  Getting a personal trainer was the best decision I have EVER made.  I was able to drop from a 14 to a 12 by myself, but shredded the weight off (12-almost a 6)  since starting!


Post # 16
37 posts
  • Wedding: January 2001

If you are having trouble with the actual physicality of losing weight, I recommend working on the “mental” part as well as diet and exercise. A good place to start is by reading “Skinny Bitch.” While rather grotesque and raunchy at times, it will open your eyes to what you put in your mouth every day, and make you thing twice about your food choices. It’s pretty eye opening! I’ve lost 10 lbs so far in 3 weeks after changing my lifestyle and eating habits. (although I haven’t gone vegan/vegetarian and enjoy a nice new york strip every other month, I’ve replaced a lot of food items with organic and natural choices.) They still taste good!

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