Wedding weightloss

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I’m 5′ or 5’1″ depending on which leg I stand on. ๐Ÿ™‚  And I hovered around your weight for most of when I was in college and had a lot of muscle.  Then I blew out a knee, got very sedentary, and didn’t adjust diet appropriately.  When I started my first master’s degree, my schedule was so tight it was eat vending machine food or nothing, so I got up to 150 pounds, with at 5′ on a bad knee was entirely too much.  The biggest thing, though, was that my blood pressure was through the roof.  The Red Cross one day said they couldn’t take my blood until my lower Bridal Party number got down to 100.  When I asked what it was, they said if they told me, it would not go down.

So I went on a low sodium diet.  I tracked everything obsessively and ensured that I didn’t break 1500 mg of sodium per day.  And that is a lot harder than it sounds, because sodium is everywhere.  I stuck to this for about a year, and at that point was reliably hovering at around 120 pounds.  I calmed down a bit then and over the next year stabilized between 110 and 115, because below 110 you can’t give blood anyway.  Of course, since I’m always borderline anemic, I can rarely give blood in the first place, but darn it, if I have hemoglobin, I’m determined to give it away.

So low sodium helped me a lot.  In part because it’s impossible to take in a large amount of calories with your sodium low.  I drank a lot of water, convinced myself I liked low sodium V8 (it’s gross, seriously, it’s disgusting, each can is a year off my time in Purgatory, it’s so vile), really, I like it, it’s good for me, full of potassium, and made sure I had plenty of fiber to stabilize the blood sugar and keep the appetite fairly suppressed.  I also had to shift all my meals forward and not eat anything past 5:30/6 PM just because I tend to not sleep (ever) and found that cutting off all caloric intake earlier in the day meant I might sleep a little bit, and sleeping better helped me process food better.

Cardio probably would have been an awesome option, but I have this habit of getting kicked out of every gym I join for falling over/vomiting.  Only recently did we discover that it’s because once I start getting winded, I actually trigger minor seizures.  Ah, my whole life, suddenly explained.  Hopefully, you’re not epileptic, not even in secret, so you can take the advice of all the wonderful other bees here talking about their cardio and kickboxing. ๐Ÿ™‚  

DISCLAIMER: always talk to your doctor about a major diet change.  High fiber, high potassium, low sodium diet worked wonders for me, and even at a lesser pace has continued working wonders for me.  I also have my blood drawn and checked very frequently to check my hemoglobin.  Too much potassium can kill you.  Make sure you’re not at risk for toxicity.

Post # 17
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459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

While I’m not working to lose weight, I am looking to tone up and just be physically stronger and healthier.  I’ve found clean eating, lots of walking, trying to drink water, and mix of yoga and pilates to be the most helpful.  My trouble spots are similar to yours and have found that low impact exercise, like yoga, to be the most effective.  I’ll stop and start up again, but when I’m consistent (2-3x per week) usually around the 2 month mark I really start to notice a difference.

Post # 18
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30 posts
Newbee

I do a few days (2-3) where I don’t eat much at all and drink a ton of green tea to jump start my motivation. Lose bulk weight those first few days and then feel lighter and inspired to keep going. Then I make sure I eat between 1400-1600 calories a day depending on my activity. If I’m only running  (4-6 MI usually) I eat 1500. If I’m doubling my workouts I go for 1600. I allow myself one weekend day where I go to dinner and have “what I want” but I generally prefer healthier fare to begin with. I lose slow and steady about a pound a month this way but it’s totally sustainable. I recommend weights, cardio (at least 4x a week) and some boxing and yoga. 

Post # 19
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1090 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Lift. Cut the sugar and grains, and focus on healthy fats. Works for me!

I used to compete in triathlons. So lots of cardio, and I still had trouble dropping weight and inches. I now do CrossFit and mostly paleo (except for yogurt–plain greek), and that has really changed my body. Much stronger and getting leaner.

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I’m overweight, but I’ve been counting calories with MyFitnessPal and it’s worked wonders! Down 7lbs in about 2 weeks. ๐Ÿ˜Š

 

ETA: I’m also doing 30 minute work outs everyday. I’m using the Country Heat DVD set from Beachbody.

Post # 22
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63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

badmoonsiren :  My class is as is: I do a 10 minute jump rope warmup with five 30 second drills of either burpees, pushups, high knees, mountain climbers. Then I shadow box for 10 minutes. Then 30-40 mins of kickboxing drills (jab-uppercut-hook combos, front and round kicks) with a partner holding a pad (so no sparring, but don’t be fooled, you are hitting against resistance, and its also super tiring to hold up the pads when someone is hitting them!), then 10 mins of ab conditionning, then stretching.

I haven`t really changed my diet other than drinking lots of water and cutting down on sweets (I still do have them!)

Post # 23
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1090 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

tillymac :  I say this as a person who has been in your shoes before, you need to eat more food. Go see a nutritionst. You are probably losing weight, but you’ll do more damage to your metabolism. It will eventually stop coming off. This was me for years as a yo-yoed up and down 20-30 lbs. It’s not sustatainable.

*I say this in a very concerned voice*

Post # 24
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2091 posts
Buzzing bee

badmoonsiren :  I’m trying to just tone up and overall eat healthier. I’m getting married in Nov 2017, so I have about 10 months to just get better muscle definition. I am cutting back on the alcohol and upping an actual workout routine. Right now it’s just “stay active”, but I need something more structured in the winter months to keep  me motivated. I’m 5’8 and hover between 133-136 pounds. I’d like to stay in that area, but tone up my arms, back, stomach and legs (aka my whole body). 

I started a thread today and some people suggested doing FitnessBlender workouts. I checked them out and did one this morning, and I’m already sweating my ass off and my arms are shaking haha. So, look it up on YouTube if you want a 30 min or so workout with no equipment needed.

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