Post # 16
I may well be wrong as I’m not a dietician, but from what I’ve read 1200 calories is basically how much you need to just function with an extremely sedentary life. If you have an active job or exercise etc you need more calories to stop yourself going into starvation mode. When I was looking into this I was eating about 900 calories a day (genuinely didn’t realise I was eating so little at the time) and couldn’t shift any weight – the moment I started eating more was when I started losing some.
Time has now passed and I’ve put weight back on due to bad eating and lack of exercise so I’m working on trying to be healthier at the moment.
The amount you want to lose sounds perfectly reasonable in the time though and so long as you do it sensibly with a good diet and exercise you shouldn’t have too much trouble keeping it off either. Good luck and congratulations on being engaged!
Post # 17
nurseybee55 : You did an amazing job, you looked gorgeous!
Thank you! Ok sounds like I really need to up my calories.
Post # 19
This is something I struggle with. I put on a lot of weight in 2014-2015 after an injury and I’ve been struggling to get it off ever since. My weight has always been a sensative subject and I feel like it has been hightened since I got engaged. I bought a dress that fits me right now, knowing that it can be altered down significantly. I need to start working out. I eat okay (not perfect, of course, but pretty healthy in general). Ironically I work in the fitness industry and am at a gym daily, but I just cant get myself to work out.
Post # 20
It depends. Do you just want to lose weight for the wedding? Or are you seeking a healthy, maintainable lifestyle ?
Post # 21
You can do this! A couple years to lose that is definitely possible. It’s great you’re approaching your weight loss goal like this with a manageable amount of time. For me, I lost weight while dating DH (15+ pounds), and then gained some of it back after getting engaged. My goal was to get back to pre-engagement weight before the wedding. I met that goal, and was at 113 pounds for our wedding date. I gained some back with the honeymoon and holidays, and now with the new year, I’m back to trying to maintain that weight of ~110 pounds or so. As a short person with PCOS and insulin resistance, it’s important that I remain vigilant.
Post # 22
You look amazing! Good for you!
Post # 23
I’ve set a goal to lose a bunch for my wedding. But my overall goal is just to get healthier and take it one day at a time. The amount you want to lose is definitely doable. But you also want to lose in a healthy way to make sure you don’t regain all the weight you worked hard to lose. I go for my meausrements, draping and first dress fitting for my custom dress November of this year. Whatever size I am at that point is what I need to stay or my dress won’t fit properly. So I’m just trying to lose as much as possible between now and then.
This is my favorite calculator for figuring out your calories: http://www.health-calc.com/diet/energy-expenditure-advanced The recommendation is to reduce by 500 calories from your TDEE to lose 1lb a week and by 1000 calories a day to lose 2lbs a week. You want to make sure your eating enough to sustain an increased activity level as well.
You can do this!
Post # 24
- Wedding: St. petersburg, FL
I’m not engaged yet, so obviously not sweating for the wedding… but I have a weight loss goal of 25 pounds in the next 3 months using Beach Body’s 80 Day Obsession workout that just came out. It will be a pretty intense program with really specific diet and exercise, but it’s supposed to give results… but I would so suggest seeking out help from a nutritionist and/or trainer.
This program i’m doing has you calculate your caloric needs and accoutns for the exercise, so I agree with a PP that you might want to recheck your diet! That seems really low for someone who is working out, and like they said above, your body needs calories to burn calories and keep them off without going into starvation mode. My calorie range per day is 1800 – 2000, which seems high for a “diet”, but will actually help me lose the weight in the long run.
Good luck! Eat right and exercise, and you’ll definitely be able to do it!
Post # 25
- Wedding: July 2018 - Fremont, CA
Your body is your temple. Your health is way more important than a shape.
I am speaking from experience, since I’ve suffered from yo-yo effect for over 10 years (over 15 kg up and down in a matter of a couple months each direction)… Last year, in September, I started my change. Slowly and surely. No major restrictions. 1700 kcal minimum and 1900 maximum and mild workouts five days a week. In those 4 months, I lost close to 7kg. I haven’t had any binge-eating episodes (as I used to whenever I was on a restrictive diet). I’m taking it slow this time. I’ve finally understood that I’m in for life. I won’t ever be able to not watch what I eat. I need to monitor my portions and make smart choices every day of my life – and on the off day in which I fail, I’ll slowly make up for it (not reducing calories, but making sure it was just ONE bad day and not a string of bad days).
I use the My Fitness Pal app. It’s a great tool for calorie intake control, and also for making sure you’re eating your macros (the appropriate percentages of fat, protein, and carbs, your vitamins, etc).
Post # 26
I’m doing the same. MY weddin is in June. I bought a meal replacement shake and I eat that for breakfast and lunch and do 30-45 minute workouts 5 Days a weeks. I’ve lost 5 pounds. I also cute down on carbs. Semi ketonic lifestyle. My dress fit when I bought it and we’ll see if I’ll need alterations. I also love cardio kickboxing. It targets different muscles that I never knew needed the work.
Post # 26
aaah thank you so much! I am SO pleased I made the effort. It means I look back on my wedding photos and actually like them. I’d have hated them all otherwise…I know me.
Post # 27
thank you so much! It can be done!! It was so so worth it for me 😊
Post # 28
That’s why I’m working to lose weight too. I know I’d hate my photos forever if I didn’t.
Post # 29
I lost 30 pounds since buying my dress. I’ve kept it off which was more important to me. I start getting it altered this weekend and can’t wait to see how it will look.
I just didn’t want to be unhappy when I saw myself in the mirror or in pictures any longer. It wasn’t just about the wedding, but that was the perfect motivation to work towards.
Post # 30
I had a 2-year engagement and planned for a huge transformation. Unfortunately, in the end, I’m nearly exactly the same size as when I started 🙁
I’m now about a month and a half away from our wedding, and I’m just trying to focus on making better choices for my health rather than weight loss.
As long as you can keep up the motivation, then it’s ok. I’m just terrible at staying on track!