(Closed) Weight Loss success stories.. please share how you reached your goal

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve been peeking at this thread to see what other bees had to say, but nobody is awake yet!

I have always been pretty active & healthy, but I have fitness goals too!  I don’t really want to lose a lot of weight, but I want to tone what I have, and get stronger.  I like to run, so I started a few years ago by just signing up for one race every month (sometimes more!) whether it was just a local charity 5k or even longer races.  Well, I got bitten by the running bug, and ran my first half marathon in 2010.

Since then, I have added in weight training (which has really toned my arms and increased my BMR by increasing my lean mass).  I also cross train with spin or zumba, and I do yoga once a week.  I signed up for my first full marathon this coming March, and completing that race is my New Year’s Resolution!

I have really worked hard the past year on my eating habits.  Being a runner offered me a bit more flexibility with bad eating habits, but I have noticed that my workouts are more effective & my energy level is higher in general when I properly fuel my body.  I eat very few refined/processed carbs, and focus on whole grains & veggies.  I have a terrible sweet tooth, so I eat sweets but less often & in smaller portions.  I try to eat fruit but sometimes I just gotta have a pastry. 

I can’t wait to see what other bees are doing/have done to achieve their goals!  2012 is going to be a great year, best of luck in your endeavors!

Oh-Rey, to answer your question… yes it is very much a lifestyle effort!

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I did the HCG drops and lost over 20 lbs!  I’m going back on them after Christmas to lost the last 10-15 lbs and I plan on starting to work out so I can tone up.  The diet part sucks but the weight drops off super fast!  I went from a size 10/12 to a 4/6!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ReyDar64: try couch to 5k… it is a gradual progression type of program and the way it is set up you can repeat the week you’re on if you aren’t ready to advance to the next week.  I have not personally done the program but I’ve heard absolutely wonderful things about it.

The premise is that you don’t just decide to go run 4 miles- it starts you off jogging for 30 or 60 seconds, walking for 2 min, and repeating the interval.  Then the next week it would be like jog for 60 seconds, walk for 60; the next step would be jog for 90 seconds, walk for 60.  You build slowly to avoid injury and build a base. 

Number one thing about getting into running:  SHOES.  Go to a local running specialty store, have them do a gait analysis & fit you for a pair of running shoes that work for your gait and your foot strike.  They will probably be a little pricey, but when it’s time to rotate your shoes (runner talk for get new ones!) go on zappos or amazon & order them for cheaper.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I suck at loosing weight and I am probably destined to be a fatty for life BUT if you want some really amazing success stories, check out myfitnesspal.com … they have a whole forum dedicated to it. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I weighed the most I ever had in summer 2010. I’m 5’6 and weighed 150. I joined a gym and started running 3 miles 3 days a week, and going to 2 or 3 classes a week (zumba, yoga, body pump). For the first two months my weight didn’t budge. I stopped weighing myself, and so at some point between November and spring break (April 2011) I had lost 20 pounds and was really toned! It made a HUGE difference! I stopped working out after spring break, no idea why, and gained 10 pounds back, but I plan to start back working out again in January!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

nothing really worked for me until I tried weight watchers.. I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man in a friend of mine’s wedding and I knew I had put on a few pounds but it didn’t really hit me until I saw the wedding photos.  yikes! saw that and immediately signed up for WW.  I had done WW before when I was in college and it worked pretty well but unfortunately at that time I wasn’t very motivated so I lost a bit of weight and then stopped caring about it.  this time though I lost 35 lbs between november of last year and march, getting down to my goal weight of 135 lbs.  I also managed to get myself addicted to exercising.  I’ve managed to keep it off pretty well since then (within 5 lbs) although its been rough since I had one knee surgery in august and another one 4 weeks ago which kinda put the kibosh on my exercising.  🙁  just getting back into the whole working out thing now so I’m hoping to get back to my pre-surgery body before my wedding in may. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am about 2 lbs away from my goal and wearing skinny jeans for the first time ever today so I will share!!

I’ve lost 30 lbs total and went from being about 3 lbs overweight for my height and cholesterol of 260 to having a BMI of 19 and normal cholesterol of 180. My wakeup call was when I went to a family gathering and had bought a new dress that I thought was super flattering only to have my Grandmom (aka the devil) greet me with “Oh Moderndaisy, you’ve put on a LOT of weight!!”

When I got back from the party, I immediatley set up an appointment at Jenny Craig and started the program. I lost about 10 lbs that way, just from eating the meals (no excersize) and kind of stayed there for another year.

Then, one night after work I accepted my coworkers invitation to meet up with her husband and friends at a bar nowhere near our job. When I walked into the bar, who did I see but Darling Husband (hadn’t spoken to each other in 2 years at that point). The randomness of it sent me into a shock that made me remember WHY I wanted to lose weight so bad, so I started JC again that weekend. This time I put my all into it, I excersized 3 times a week and was strict about eating the food and slowly the weight started coming off. About a month after that chance meeting, Darling Husband contacted me and asked me out on a date and I was SO glad I had started back up again because by then I had lost another 5 lbs and was starting to look a lot better. By the time we went on our first date, I had lost another 3 and fit back into my cute date night clothes and felt so confident.

We immediately became exclusive and he practically lived with me, so I stopped doing JC for good. And there was no movement on my weight, I had lost about 20 lbs total over the last year but was still about 10-15 lbs from where I wanted to be. I went a full year at that weight and strangely at the 1 year mark when Darling Husband decided to move in, another 10 lbs just melted away. By the time we got married, I had reached my goal weight (actually about 5 lbs under, but that’s because I couldn’t keep anything down) and of course during the honeymoon I gained back enough so I had 5 lbs to lose.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I started with sparkpeople.com – it’s free and you can use it to track your food and exercise. There are message boards and all kinds of teams you can join for support. I started it in August last year, and I was around 210 pounds and a size 16 (I’m 5’10). By May, when I purchased my wedding dress I was 165lbs and a size 8, which is where I still currently sit at.

It is VERY much a lifestyle change. The first few weeks were the hardest – I went from eating whatever I wanted in unlimited quantities, to 1500-1700 calories a day. It forced me to make better food decisions since having that daily goal over my head really pushed me to meet it. I logged my calories in every day, and it always felt like a small victory whenever I met the goal.

Exercise is also a huge part. In the beginning I was going 3 times a week, but after about a month, I started adding more days because it just felt good to go the gym for an hour, zone out and work out, then come home feeling accomplished. I also wholeheartedly second whoever suggested the Couch to 5K running program. Don’t worry at ALL if you have to repeat some weeks – I had to do week 6 I think 3 times before I felt comfortable enough to push forward.

ETA: STRENGTH TRAINING! Oh god I cannot sing its praises enough. Once I started adding some light weight lifting to my workout routine, everything changed. I’ve gotten so much stronger, and even though my actual weight hasn’t gone down as much as you’d think, I’m still smaller since 1lb of muscle is much more compact than 1lb of fat.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

oooOOoo I love this post! I was 213lbs about two years ago, I’m now 138lbs! I seriously had to change everything but over time, it just got easier! I realized it’s a lifestyle, not a diet! & that’s when everything changed for the better! I do lots of cardio and strength training but it really doesn’t consume my day like I thought it would have to! I still have a few pounds to lose and it’s draggggging but I will get there! I use to be able to just sit there and eat bags of chips for dayssss lol I sure don’t miss it

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

PLEASE be careful with the HGC drops and do your research.  There’s tons of info out there about them, but make sure you read both sides of the story.  You’re bound to lose weight eating only 500 calories a day, so just be VERY careful if you decide to do it.

 

I joined WW and have lost 18 lbs with another 15-20 to go.  I’m wearing pants I haven’t seen in YEARS and am loving every week of this program.  I eat whatever I want (although I’ve cut out the really bad stuff) and am honest about what I put in my mouth.  The weight came off almost instantly and has gone down every week since 10/15.  

I also started running this summer for a 5k I signed up for and plan on getting back into running after the new year.  I didn’t see any weight loss from it but I did enjoy it.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I love seeing how a lot of you are doing things to create healthy lifestyles 🙂  Being healthy & fit is much more important than the number on the scale!  I agree that you have to do your research when looking for a “quick fix” like fad diets & pills- most of them do a lot more harm than good.  I hear people say they do it because it works, and they don’t care if it’s healthy because they just want to lose weight.  Well, anorexia works but it will KILL you. 

I have used sparkpeople & myfitnesspal- they both help you monitor your intake, keep track of portion control, and also encourage you to take in a good balance of nutrients. 

Keep up the good work ladies! 

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