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I have just started using MyFitnessPal and I wanted to write my journey on here so that I have a source for my frustrations, I can look back on past achievements and failures and by writing it down hopefully it will help me stick to it.
I currently weigh about 119lbs and I am 5″6. I feel at my happiest around 112lbs.
My weight has been up and down all my life and certainly peaked at university. As a kid, I could eat whatever I wanted and I would stay super slim. Then, at 17, I went on the pill and my body completely changed. My boobs went from a 30A to a 30DD and I went from 110lbs to 138lbs in 2 months. I was extremely unhappy. In university I went through a phase of not eating enough food and my moods suffered greatly as a result, I tried WW but the lowest I could ever get down to was 133lbs. I was miserable.
A couple of years later I had a migraine which presented stroke-like symtoms. Because of this, my doctor advised that I come of the pill. Never a fan of taking tablets anyway, I decided to go completely pill free when it came to BC.
I LOST 30LB IN 2 MONTHS!
Simply by coming off the pill. But then I got complacent. I thought the weight would stay off me regardless of what I ate just like when I was little. But slowly the weight has crept back on. I moved in with FI 7 months ago and I just havent stopped eating. I’m having second thoughts about my wedding dress because I feel I have put weight on around my middle – definitely my problem area!
So I will be trying on my dress in my size in July. I don’t want dres sregret because I feel too big in it. So I have started using MyFitnessPal. Today is my 3rd day. I must say, I am already noticing a difference – my skirts seem a little looser!
Now I know I don’t have to lose a HUGE amount but the smaller you have to lose the harder it seems to be. If you too are using MyFitnessPal, you want to try to lose weight (however big or small) or you just want to check in – feel free to post!!
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@linnylou_88: Wow, congratulations! It sounds like you’ve found a weight loss plan that really works for you which I know can be a hard thing to find.
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@linnylou_88: My fitness pal is amazing! I lost about 15 punds before my wedding using it! It makes you super aware of what you are eating so that you stop eating hte wrong things
Post # 5
I have lost 14 lbs using MFP so far. I am 5’4″ and look sick at under 125. But that just goes to show how every body is different. 🙂
Post # 6
Such an amazing app. I gained about 10-12 lbs when I moved to a new city for a job, and myfitnesspal has helped me to lose between 15-17 lbs since August.
Like another poster said, it really makes you aware of what and how much you’re eating.
Any time someone I know mentions needing to lose weight, I recommend that app!
Post # 7
I love myfitnesspal! Overall I’ve lost almost 30 pounds, but 15 of those came off with myfitnesspal. The last 20 feels like it’s going to be the hardest–I love eating!! At least myfitnesspal shows me how much I really eat (toooooo much)
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@sweetbutdemanding: I’m also 5’4, and if I get anywhere above 125, my face blows up like a balloon. I envy those who don’t have that problem!
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@sweetchiquita12: That is exactly how its helping me! I had no idea how calorific certain foods were! It’s making me plan my meals in advance.
DID ANYONE HAVE CHEAT DAYS WHEN USING MFP?
Post # 10
@linnylou_88: I am using MFP, and I love it. I have lost 23 pounds so far (although with coming off BC just recently I have gained 2 pounds of water retention).
It keeps me accountable for what I put in my mouth, but my favorite is the support system there. The ladies I have as my friends are amazing, and I enjoy giving and getting support.
To answer your questions. I HAVE had cheat days. Many, in fact, and still lose weight because I log it even if the calorie number sucks. It helps remind me why cheat days are very few and far between. But they are also good to have because you will be placed in situations even after your extra weight is all gone where you won’t have a choice but to portion control poor foods.
If anyone wants to add me I’m Megz2006. Good luck everyone!
Post # 11
@linnylou_88: While I always encourage fitness, and I in no way whatsoever want to be judgemental about size – everyone is comfortable at different sizes – I am also 5’6″ and know that 120lbs is the lowest recommended weight for our height… Anything less and (medically speaking) it’s considered unhealthy. I’m 165lbs and when I tell people I’m trying to lose 40lbs they literally choke and tell me that’s impossible and that I’d be skeletor! I have been 120 in the past, and felt too skinny… 125 is definitely my goal, and I have a tiny frame (bra size of 32DD even at 165lbs because of my small ribcage). Are you sure you want to lose the weight, or instead maybe just tone up and change a bit of weight into muscle?
On a side note, I also just downloaded MyFitnessPal! 🙂
Post # 12
@NotTheDoctor: Thank you for your post 🙂 When I put on weight it goes straight to my middle. Even a few pounds make it look like I’m wearing a rubber ring around my waist! I’m planning on incorporating interval training and core exercises. I’ve been ill recently but that’s on my next to do list. I’m not fixated on weight. If I weigh 3 pounds more but I have a flat and toned stomach then I’ll be happy! I think, for me, MFP is helping me see what I eat and encouraging me to make healthy choices- swapping crisps for a handful of blueberries for example. So hopefully, when I start exercising I will also be eating healthily & I will reach my ideal physique (rather than weight) much sooner. I used to be a terrible binge eater. I could easily eat 3 or 4 bags of crisps at a time. I’ve slowly cut them about to maybe 1 or 2 bags a week. I’m hoping MFP will help stop other bad habits
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@linnylou_88: Ah that makes me happy! Weird to worry about the health of a stranger on the other side of the Atlantic, but 112 sounds scary for 5’6″! I’m glad to hear you’re planning on working out, and aren’t afraid of what the scale says vs what your flat tummy does! My advice for belly weight – sounds like high GI (glycemic index) carbs are your problem! They definitely tend to cause weight to go to the belly area. Try to cut down on sugar/starch/carbohydrates, and instead eat lean protein (fish, chicken, etc) and healthy fats! Olives and avocados and nuts are great! These things make you feel full, but also make your body work for the energy stored in them! And light weight-lifting won’t make you look muscular (if that’s a worry at all) but will just help your metabolism increase.
(And I have NOT been taking my own advice for the past 2.5 years, which is why I’ve gained weight, but it really works when I stick to it! My old personal trainer told me the only time you should have carbs is during recovery post-workout.)
Anyway best of luck to everybody! 🙂
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@NotTheDoctor: It’s funny that you mentioned sugar/carbs. From looking at MFP over the last 3 days that’s exactly where I’ve eaten more than I should!! Arghh I think I need to work on a meal plan!
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@linnylou_88: Yes there is sneaky sugar in EVERYTHING it seems! I never noticed how much sugar is in the simplest of foods until I really started carb counting!
Post # 16
@linnylou_88: This is so awesome! Congrats girl!