(Closed) My FI took away our bathroom scale…

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m with you all the way on feeling unhappy. I’m 5’4″ and 140 pounds–my all time high. I’m hoping to lose about 15 pounds, but FH keeps telling me to relax, it’ll happen…haaaaa.

I have hypothyroidism, so weight loss is a total bitch for me. I was also on a monophasic BC for a few months, which was when I shot up from 125 to 136 and it just kept going up. πŸ™ Myfitnesspal.com is a pretty good resource–lots of support, and you can track your food intake and exercise. I guess I’m more or less biding my time until my hormones balance out again and hopefully some of the weight will come off…

Oh, and running around all over campus is great exercise, lol.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’ve lost some weight recently, and it had everything to do with the fact that I tried on my wedding dress a while ago because our one-year anniversary is coming up (I was curious), and it didn’t fit. I couldn’t even get the zipper up.

From that point on, it was an immediate life change. I cut calories like crazy (mostly, it was just smaller portions because I eat pretty healthy) and cut out the snacking on chips and candy (okay, so that’s not healthy …).

I started to workout more. I’m using Jillian Michael’s DVDs because I find she really motivates me. I have three of them, and mix it up so I don’t get bored. The 30-day shred is great for me because some days, I need a workout that’s only 20 minutes.

This mind frame has also helped me a ton. When I want to eat chips or buy a candy bar at the drugstore, I think to myself, my life will (hopefully) be very long. Would it kill me to cut out all this bad food for a month or two? Two months out of your entire life to watch what you eat is not that bad! Then after the time’s up and you’re back to your normal weight, just eat the goodies in moderation πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Do you workout on a regular basis?  If you want to lose the weight, you have to get moving.  But you also need to watch what you eat.  This doesn’t mean eliminating everything just be smart about what you eat.  And portion control is also key.

I get really bored with the same workouts.  I teach body pump so my weight lifting is covered.  So that leaves cardio.  Some days I’ll run, others I’ll do a boot camp class, or a spin class (never sweat so much in my life)…always changing it up to keep it fresh.  You can do it you just have to WANT to do it!

And I never really weigh myself.  i can tell how I’m doing by how my clothes fit.  Maybe try that!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We dont even have a scale, I go with if my jeans fit im ok! I have been trying to slim down a little for the wedding because we are going to the bahamas and im going to be in a bikini 24/7 so ive been going on my eliptical for 5-10 mins a day.

When I got my current job I easily gained 10-15 lbs because I went from a job that I was running around on my feet all day to sitting ALL day.

Post # 9
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Worker bee

@OttawaBride2011: I too am 5’11” and have a sit-on-your-butt-all-day desk job. Back in February when I got my dress I weighed a whopping 196lbs!! Being an athlete my entire life, I was not used to being overweight (my now and hated the skin I was in. In April I began running 4-5 nights per week. By June I was down 15lbs, now I’m down to just about 165lbs and size 8. While I’m not 100% satisfied with my weight, I know I’m getting there, but that scale was my arch enemy because I was becoming obsessed. I now go by how my clothes fit and only step on the scale once every week or two.

I know it’s hard to get motivated, but once you start seeing results, you won’t want to stop. Watch your portion control and what you’re putting into your body. Don’t deprive yourself of all things you love, you’ll go crazy and binge; just treat yourself a little on the weekends or on a date night.

I’m sleeping better, my intimate relationship with my Fiance has improved, the compliments and “holy s#@*!! you’re half your size!” exclimations help too. Plus, my dress that was a snug size 12 now has to be taken in to a svelt size 6/8.

Best of luck to you!    

Post # 9
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Worker bee

@OttawaBride2011: I too am 5’11” and have a sit-on-your-butt-all-day desk job. Back in February when I got my dress I weighed a whopping 196lbs!! Being an athlete my entire life, I was not used to being overweight (my now and hated the skin I was in. In April I began running 4-5 nights per week. By June I was down 15lbs, now I’m down to just about 165lbs and size 8. While I’m not 100% satisfied with my weight, I know I’m getting there, but that scale was my arch enemy because I was becoming obsessed. I now go by how my clothes fit and only step on the scale once every week or two.

I know it’s hard to get motivated, but once you start seeing results, you won’t want to stop. Watch your portion control and what you’re putting into your body. Don’t deprive yourself of all things you love, you’ll go crazy and binge; just treat yourself a little on the weekends or on a date night.

I’m sleeping better, my intimate relationship with my Fiance has improved, the compliments and “holy s#@*!! you’re half your size!” exclimations help too. Plus, my dress that was a snug size 12 now has to be taken in to a svelt size 6/8.

Best of luck to you!    

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I definitely had that ‘enough is enough’ moment, it was when Darling Husband first emailed me 3 years ago after not seeing each other for 2 years. He was asking me out on a date, disguised as a business meeting (we work in the same industry and he is technically sort of a client). 

I knew I had let myself go, none of my clothes fit and I was overweight with cholestorol problems. The idea of meeting up with him for drinks looking the way I did was totally my breaking point. I immediately went into Jenny Craig and religiously followed the program, losing about 6 or 7 lbs in the month that went by before we finally met up (that is a lot on me since I am only 5’1″). Since then I have lost about 30 lbs, I’m off the program but I have a totally different relationship with food and excersize. I used to view eating and excersize as ‘all or nothing’ type activities meaning I always either finished my plate or starved myself and either excersized big (go to the gym for 2 hours with cardio adn weights) or skipped it completely.

That was obviously unhealthy on both accounts, and being in the middle now has been the key to my success. I eat only when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full, with the added knowledge of what a normal portion size is thanks to Jenny Craig. I work out in fun ways by walking home from work, doing an exercize on demand video, going on a short run or just by doing extra errands with Darling Husband. That is also thanks to Jenny Craig who teaches you that even a little movement counts by making you wear a pedomenter.

Now to stay on track I do weigh myself every day just to make sure I don’t get too far from my goal weight and adjust my eating accordingly. Pasta is the biggest derailer, it’s my favorite food but totally packs on the pounds the quickest. It forces me to eat a variety of foods like pasta one night, then chicken over salad the next.

Good luck, just take it one day at a time and celebrate the small victories!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have never been athletic so it’s been difficult for me to find a way to maintain/lose weight now that I’m working a desk job.  I bought the 3 DVD set of Jillian Michaels and I find that doing either 30 Day Shred (25 mins) or No More Trouble Zones (about 45 mins) can fit into my schedule if I can’t make it to the gym.  I also started keeping 5 lb dumbbells in my living room so when I’m just sitting around watching TV I can do some light arm work–gotta look good in the strapless wedding dress!

We also have a scale that measures body fat % and I try to focus more on body fat decreasing than just weighing less.

Good luck with your fitness regimen!  It’s not easy but the reward of looking/feeling good is!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@OttawaBride2011:

@moosejaw:

I’m in the same boat as both of you! I’m 5’10 and 170, its the heaviest I’ve been.  I played basketball for like 10 years until i was 18.  These last 5 years have been horrible, with school 24/7 it feels, and then work with shift work.  I’m up 30 pounds frm where i was! I nkow i’ll never be 140 again, but its suck to see 30 pounds were it never used to be. I’ve gained about 10 pounds since ordering my dress last october. My wedding is it 47 days and for some reason, I can’t find the motivation to go hard core for 47 days so my dress fits perfectly. Its a size 10, but I’m more a size 12.  10 pounds doesn’t seem like a lot, but for some reason I can’t find the motivation to do it!

My Fiance and i were out last weekend, and we took some pictures, and oh my,  I was not impressed, cause nothing fits me anymore! So everything was hanging out!

Anyways, 155 to 160 is my goal. I’ve ordered JM 30 day shred, and we have an elipptical. But I just gotta find the motivation.  Not even the time, just the motivation.

Its nice to know, there are other people in my boat that aren’t 5’4 (no offense to anyone of course).  Good luck to you, and wish me luck!!

Thanks for letting me vent!

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@OttawaBride2011: I lost about 40 pounds a year ago and here are the things that made a difference:

1. Write down everything you eat. Everything.

2. You actually *should* weigh yourself because you need some way of tracking your progress, but DO NOT weigh yourself more than once per week. If you are addicted to the scale, then perhaps allow FH to keep it and he’ll get it for you for your weekly weigh-in.

3. Find an exercise that you like. Don’t worry about it being the “best” exercise; it just means you move–dance, walk, play golf whatever.

4. DO NOT keep junk food or “trigger foods” in your house. Go through tonight and toss them all out.

5. Don’t give up your favorites. Just eat htem in smaller quantities and less often. Figure out what your daily calorie intake should be and allow yourself a small percentage for treats.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Amy's Manor

@OttawaBride2011: Personally I think it’s good he took away the scale, those things are evil and they really don’t aid in weight loss or getting in shape. I’m guessing that it’s not the actual number on the scale that’s bothering you but the fact that you don’t feel or look the way you want. I’m pretty sure every girl out there can relate to that at one point or another. πŸ™‚

When I was prepping for the wedding, I started by doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred videos, which are great because it’s high impact but done in 20 minutes. I eventually got bored with it and started doing the Couch to 5k, which I really enjoyed (only 30 minutes) and saw the most results from. Honestly, you’ll have to find the form of exercise that works for you. One thing I would recommend though is keeping track of your calories each day. There are tons of free apps out there (if you have a phone that’s capable) and there are great online sources as well. I literally just plug everything into my phone and now that I’ve been doing it for a while, I have a very clear idea of where I’m at each day. It helps to feel like you are in control and understand how your body works so you can tweak your diet and workout routine as needed. Hope that helps? Regardless, I’m sure you’ll look stunning on your big day! A happy bride is always glowing. πŸ™‚

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