- 10 years ago
- Wedding: December 2012
And how did you do it? How long did it take?
And how did you do it? How long did it take?
I lost about 45 lbs about 7 years ago and have kept it off. (I’m currently about 5-10 lbs from goal weight, this is my consistent place.)
For me, it happened gradually. I was very unhealthy at the time. I was 13 and had never really been taught nutrition properly. I was pretty much taught the “calorie” way instead of the true balance that a healthy lifestyle entails.
So I started very slowly. I knew if I did it all at once, it would be the same crash diets I had done many times before. The absolute first thing I did was to cut out soda. I had ONLY ever had diet Coke on a regular basis, but I drank a lot. Maybe 3 or 4 cans a day? I lost 10 lbs just from cutting that out.
Those 10 lbs gave me the motivation to pay attention to what was IN foods, not just the calorie count. I made the first step in cutting out processed foods by going for the most offensive layer – chain fast food, and those so-called “diet” foods, like Lean Cuisine, Slim Fast, and meal bars which may look good but are loaded with additives, chemicals, and salt.
That helped me lose about 20 lbs. By this time maybe 4-6 months had passed. I had not added exercise or anything to my repertoire, although I got some through horseback riding and gym class in school.
I still didn’t have that totally energized feeling, although I was doing a lot better. So I started making positive changes. I learned about whole foods, whole grains, the right balance of nutrients for my body, etc. I took a closer look at my personal food crutches, which happened to be frozen vegetarian foods (MorningStar, etc) sweets, and lack of variety.
What really made the change and the rest of the weight was cutting out prepared foods, with a few exceptions (because, hey, we don’t have all the time in the world!) I started cooking all my meals at home, and bringing them with me if I had to eat on campus or whatever. We stock up on good foods that are as natural as possible and eat lots of seasonal foods. We made the commitment to buy more things organic, even if that meant really watching costs in other areas. But since we don’t eat out anymore, it balances itself out.
Now, we still eat sweets sometime, but I make them from scratch so that I can control what’s in them. If I have a craving, I think about it. Will a smoothie with fresh fruit, yogurt, and juice fix that sugar craving? Most of the time it does.
We also make a commitment to move around a lot more. Moving to the city really helped that, because so many activities are focused on being active. We can go for walks or runs, head out to the dog park or beach, and we barely watch TV anymore (except for our favorite shows, which we watch online.) One especially important thing is to take care of yourself – this means fighting for time to sleep your 8 hours a night, no matter how impractical it is. That also means reducing stress because cortisol can ruin a good day of eating in no time.
Our lifestyle doesn’t work for everyone, but I feel great. I have energy and am a much happier person. My skin has cleared up like no other and I have more confidence. And the silliest thing? I’m not ashamed of what I eat anymore. Eating was very emotional for me, and I remember going through the self checkout because I was ashamed at my ratio of healthy foods to junk. It wasn’t until a month ago that I realized I no longer worry what anyone thinks of me. We may splurge on foods that aren’t perfect once in awhile, but I’m taking the time to find a recipe and make them, not buying them on impulse. It’s worth it!
I have a feeling my last 10 lbs is stress related. Hopefully they’ll start to go away once things lighten up a bit. Sorry I wrote a novel, I hope it helped!
I’ve lost 29 pounds since we got engaged (January 2009) by doing Weight Watchers. I also workout 5-6 times a week and walk 25-30 miles a week. My plan is to lose 6 more, but it doesn’t have to be by the wedding.
Congrats! My sister is doing Weight Watchers and loves it! She’s 5’2 and has lost like 23 pounds since Christmas.
Friends of mine (a couple) lost 150 pounds between them. They did a program through a nutritional clinic. It took a couple of years. It didn’t involve exercise, just restricting their caloric intake. Now they need to start thinking about exercise, but I think they are struggling with the idea that to exercise efficiently they’ll probably need to eat more because their bodies will need more fuel. The psychological impacts of what they’ve done are going to last a long time I think. Plus, they hate all their excess skin now – I think they feel it’s unfair to have worked so hard for so long and still not look “right”. But, it can be done – I’m so proud of what they’ve achieved for not just their health but their children’s. It’s really amazing.
I lost about 60, +/- 2. I’d like to make it a solid 60, maybe 70, but I think that would require a bit more than I’m willing to give it.
I did the standard diet/exercise with a bit of crazy-fighting thrown in.
I guess it took about a year and a half? two? I started summer 2006, but since I was still in school, I was obviously more worried about classes than focusing on losing weight.
32 lbs since November and I have about 58 more to go! I have been taking an all natural suppliment (if youd like to know the info ill pm you with it), watching my calorie intake, and swimming 4 times a week.
i have lost 40lbs of the past 3-4 years. I still have about 40 more to go. I was very very heavy when i started.
Honestly, i was extremly unhealthy (not just weight wise). i got so big because all i did was eat and drink. I was in college and drank almost every night with my friends and i worked full time at McDonalds and ate there two meals a day 5 days a week! about 3 years of that and i realized one day that i had gained 60lbs! it was very sick! i was so unhealthy!
I started by cutting out the alcohol and started making healthier food options.(I no longer worked at McDs because i had moved to go to University in another state). Pretty much i changed my whole life. I moved, went to a different school, stopped drinking every night and got a job as a secretary in an office where i had to dress up every day (which gave me incentive for some reason).
After about a year of that (and 20lbs later) i got a membership at a gym and started working out regularly (i did this wiht a friend of a similar size for motivation). After a year of that I was then 10 lbs lighter. Over the last couple of months i have lost the rest of the weight by doing low carb.
I plan on doing low carb until the end of the year and plan on loosing the rest of the weight by Jan 2011! yay
are you wanting to loose a lot of weight? if so, i suggest looking at your lifestyle…what is keeping you heavy? do you drink a lot of soda? do you eat a lot of processed foods? do you drink alcohol? do you eat a lot of sweets? take what you think is the biggest factor and work on that first. take small steps at a time. 🙂 YOU CAN DO IT! 🙂
I’ve lost 60 lbs in about 1.5 years. I am starting to loose it a little faster now. I started doing WW first and then I started to platue so I just did my own thing and have been doing well. I was 260 and now I am 198.5. (I am 5’9) I said when I got under 200 I would start working out so now I am doing couch to 5k. I am looking to loose about 40 more lbs before we tie the knot. I am more concerned about sizes and toning up. I am a size 14 and I would like to be a 10 or 12.
My advice is to do it slowly. I know people that have crash dieted and they gain it back easier it seems. I know I won’t gain mine back because it’s more of a lifestyle change to me. HTH 🙂
I’ve lost 30 pounds as of yesterday! It’s taken about 2 years, but with a good break last fall when i decided I didn’t care anymore. I was 185 in January of 2009, then 160 in May when I quit dieting, and then back up to 175 in December of 2009. And as of yesterday, I’m at 155! Wii Fit finally says i’m normal! I count calories religiously, and i exercise (I’m attempting to run) at least 3 times a week. My goal is 140 by my Sept wedding, so I’ve still got 15 pounds to go.
i’ve lost 25lbs since midmarch! ive been working hard too! I go to the park almost everyday and walk/jog 2-5 miles…it just depends how i feel. I started off just walking and have worked my way up to where i walk some-jog some. I eat right. I only drink water. & i don’t snack for the most part. When i do snack, its definitely healthy. I usually eat a “Smart Ones” for lunch, which are really good and then ill cook dinner. I just bought Jillian Michaels 30 day shred…so ill be starting that tonight!! I’ve got a long way to go…but im excited to have lost this much! 🙂
@priscatip – im so jealous! i cant wait to not be overweight on the wii fit!! 🙂
Ladies I did this on picasa today to see if I could really see a difference. The pic on the left in the gray was in November. The pic on the right was taken a week ago.[attachment=985859,121626]
@theren: you are looking FABULOUS!!
I lost about 30 pounds over the last 2 years. It feels so good! I agree with @danielle- small steps are key. I started making healthier food choices and writing down what I ate so that I had an idea of what was going on. I think it is tough to lose weight, so I say start small. To start out, I wrote down calories. It gave me a good start- and helped me get on track. I also try not to “feed myself emotionally.” If I need emotional nourishment, I try to at least recognize it, so that I make a separation. I shop at Whole Foods and get as many fruits and veggies as I can (afford!). I also think that not drinking makes a HUGE difference. First of all, I used to polish off a chocolate martini and a zillion calories without noticing or caring, and then have another. Plus, when I drink- I am sooo hungry the next day. I go wild eating. Also, sleep is huge. When I don’t get enough, I eat eat eat. That’s another thing- I used to eat at night to stay up and watch tv. I stopped doing that altogether, and it has really helped. Now I will read with Fiance or just go to bed at night, or talk to Fiance, or even do something on the computer. TV made me eat. Also, I hike my dogs instead of doing really strenuous exercise. By doing something I enjoy, it doesn’t feel like such a chore. Plus, if I exercise too much, I just eat more. And, I drink a lot of water. And, I try not to be too hard on myself. I go free at least once a week and cut loose. I find that the more I lose, the more I am inspired to be healthy. I try to think of it as something for my health rather than losing for any other reason, and that helps me have a healthier mind and outlook in general.
Also, I started cooking more and appreciating my food. And, I cut out processed foods.
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