Post # 1
I know I just posted this in Wellness, but I thought this might be a more appropriate place for this question…
I started my weight loss plan on March 1st of this year. I decided to go on SlimFast. I still use shakes sometimes now, but mainly just focus on counting calories, drinking more water, and working out as much as I can.
I was 270 lbs when I started. And 5 months later I am at 209. The problem is, I’ve been stuck at the 208-211 range since the beginning of July. The start of the month was a plateau and the past week or so has just been me eating more than usual because I’ve been struck with these random cravings for everything. I’m going to buy a pregnancy test if I dont start on time next week….but that’s a whole other story…
Anyway, I guess I’m glad I’m back at 209. The last time I was at this weight was my junior year of high school. I just really hope that I can pick up my diet again and go hard the month of August. I really would love to be under 200 for my wedding. Havent seen anything less that 200 since middle school.
Also, if it makes a difference, I have PCOS so it’s always been really hard for me to lose weight. On the bright side, I’m 5’8″ so I think I would be happy if I ever reached 180. I don’t mind being a little on the heavy side, and honestly anything below 170 would probably be way to hard for me to maintain.
Post # 3
I’m stuck just over my 200 mark. I can’t lose these last 4 pounds for anything!!! My personal goal is 180, that’s what I graduated highschool at. I’m 5’1″ and should probably have a goal weight much lower, but I look sick if I go too much lower. Good luck in your weight loss! If you get past that plateau, let me know what you did!
Post # 4
I am 5’7″ and at 177 now….was at 235 a couple years back. I would love to be at 135 one day….but honestly would feel good at 150-155. Here is a before and now pic:
Post # 5
@misskittykakes: Wow, you look great!!! How did you do it?
Post # 6
@WhiteWedding: Thanks month twin!! Really what has worked for me is straight calorie counting…I try to eat 1300-1400 calories a day and workout 5 times a week (70 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of weights). I have had a hard time following ‘plans’ in the past…and I have tried alot!
Post # 7
If you go to webmd.com/diet, there is a ton of stuff on there to help out. If you click on tools/calculators on the left hand side, you can use the BMI calculator. That is what I’ve been using on my own diet to determine what I should be at. It tells you your healthy weight, your healthy BMI, how many calories you should be eating a day, etc.
Personally, I wouldn’t use the SlimFast. I think you are destined to fail on any sort of planned diet thing like SlimFast, Nutraslim, any of those. I’ve realized it’s not about dieting, it’s about changing your lifestyle that is something you can handle for the rest of your life.
I recently hit a plateau as well and the only thing that got me over it was upping my exercise and increasing the resistance on the equipment I was using. Your body can get used to whatever you’re doing and it may not be as effective. It’s good to change it up some 🙂
My sister has PCOS and I have seen her suffer with the side effects, so I feel for you there. But you can do it!
I am 5’9 and currently down to 168. With exercise, you can maintain whatever weight you want to be at as long as it’s healthy, trust me!! I know it’s hard, but it gets easier. I used to HATE..no..LOATHE. working out..and now I feel funny if I don’t get at least a little bit in everyday. Even if it’s just 5 minutes more, it will make a difference and get you over that hump.
Most importantly, be proud of yourself!! You’re doing great! 🙂
edit: By the way, this is me at a little over 180..and I am only one inch taller than you..so maybe it would be a good reference for you! 🙂
Post # 8
Congrats on your work so far.
Instead of finding an end goal, make smaller goals because
1) you wont know how you look or feel till you get there
2) smaller goals will allow you to feel accomplished and motivated
I really support Weight Watchers. It allows for life. For dessert, for parties, for eating out but teachers us what the best options are, what the right portions are etc. Give it a try for 3 months with the meetings. I would be willing to bet you can break that 200 mark if you follow it right. Its very liveable and not expensive. Cheaper than Slimfast shakes.
I think the first goal should be 200, then 180. Once there evaluate. Are you healthy (BMI, Fat %, cholesterol, triglycerides etc)? Do you feel good? Then try for 170.
You can do it!
Post # 9
From a personal perspective, your weightloss goal is going to evolve over time as you lose the weight and see how you look/feel.
I was working to be the same weight as I was when Fiance and I first met for the wedding-but I wasn’t working out then and had no muscle tone. As I’ve lost weight I’ve realised that if I were to actually get to my original goal, I would look far too skinny because my body has a different composition now. My measurements are smaller than when I met Fiance, but I weigh 10 pounds more, and this is due to the fact that I have more muscle and less fat. Muscle is more dense, so you will weigh more, but look smaller when you are more muscular.
If I were you I would talk to your doctor about what they think a good goal would be, and then break that down into a series of smaller more manageable goals.
Focus first and foremost on getting into a healthy weight range, and then see if you feel like you still want to lose more “vanity weight”.
Congrats on your success so far, and good luck!! 🙂
Post # 10
I agree with the others who have said you should set small goals. That’s what I’ve been doing, and it’s working really well. By setting goals in 5 pound increments, it keeps me motivated and helps me feel like I’m accomplishing things. I do have an approximate ultimate goal, but the small goals have made a huge difference for me.
I don’t follow any particular plan. I’ve never been successful with diet plans. Instead, I’ve read these three books:
The French Don’t Diet Plan by William Clower
French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano
The End of Overeating: Taking control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David A. Kessler, MD.
These books have made a huge difference in the way I look at food and in the choices I make.
Post # 11
First, aim for a healthy BMI and see where your body settles. If you want to get lower within the healthy range, take it as gravy. The problem with goal weights is you end up driving yourself nuts when your body has no concept of a difference between 5 lbs more or less.