(Closed) Working so darn hard!

posted 8 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
773 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hard work is going to be followed by even harder work! Your half way there so keep it up! Maybe change up your work out, or make it alittle more intense. Add some more cardio or start running. 

Post # 4
4609 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Wow, congratulations on your weightloss so far! I am no exercise guru but I wanted to wish you luck and show you suppore ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m behind you all the way.

Post # 5
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Got2bDrea:  Congrats on the progress so far!  Keep it up.  I am in BR also!

Post # 6
5540 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Wow. That is seriously impressive. Have you perhaps talked to a Dr. or a nutritionist to work on why you have stoped losing? I know some people plateu for a while on weight loss. Reguardless you sound like you are doing awesome. I wish I had been that motivated for my wedding!!!

Post # 7
30 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

You’re doing great and it does get harder when you’ve lost a lot of weight already.  I’ve lost 65 pounds now and at the start I would lose bigger amounts and now it’s leveled out at a pound or two a week, which can be disappointing.  One thing I would suggest is that you go right back to basics and start counting and recording everything you eat and all the exercise you take.  It’s easy to get into bad habits over time, so check everything to make sure you’re still on track.  I found my portion sizes had crept up a bit over the course of my diet.

I agree with Ashley that you might need to change the kind of exercise you do now too.  Maybe ask at your gym or check out some fitness websites for ‘fat burning’ work out ideas.

I wish you lots of luck in continuing your great work!

Post # 8
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Way to go on even getting down to a 16!!  That is a huge accomplishment!  Good luck with the rest ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
3580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Got2bDrea:  You’re doing GREAT!!!!  Don’t let your head get in the way – and remember that EVERYBODY plateaus after a while, meaning that you really need to change up what you’re doing.  Not only do your muscles acclimate but so does your metabolism.  Keep eating healthy but maybe take a fitness class, train for a race, start boxing….just do something to confuse your muscles and they’ll start reacting again.

Post # 10
32 posts

I agree with other posters: Change up your fitness and diet routine. But I would also swing by a doctor and have your thyroid checked. When you lose a lot of weight, your thyroid can get a little out of whack and could prevent you from losing more weight. Thyroid issues are quite common and you may just need to take a pill that will balance your body chemistry out for a couple of months.

Over the span of about a year and a half I lost about 115-120lbs. Like you, I would have spurts of not losing weight (bummer). As strange as it sounds, I would spend a week or so not working out and eating all of my favorite bad foods (within reason, of course). When I would go back to my “serious” workout/diet routine, I would drop a ton of weight. I think it was my way of shocking my body back and forth to continue losing weight. It worked for me quite a few times, but may not work for you.

Just trying to give you ideas! ๐Ÿ™‚


Post # 11
894 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

How awesome congrats on doing so great! You’re halfway there, YOU GOT THIS!

Post # 12
483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Wow!!  Good job!!!  You are going to look awesome at your wedding! Smile

Post # 13
6 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

Wow, Im so jealous!  Im a size 22 and I wish I had the motivation to even start!  Im starting to plan my Oct 2013 wedding and would love to get to a 16.  Can I ask you what gave you the motivation to begin?  Maybe going back to the basics like someone else said will jump start you again.  Years ago I lost a lot of weight (gained it back plus some now) and plateaus are normal.  Just keep swimming ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
394 posts
Helper bee

Congrats girl!! You are doing so well! Just remember it’s 80% diet & 20% exercise. Make sure you’re eating well & cutting out anything processed. I agree with most of the PP’s and examining what you’re eating. Things could have just gotten away from you. Plus also make sure you aren’t doing the same things every time you work out. Your body will acclimate to your work out routine if you don’t change it up a bit. I do pure barre 4 days a week and every class is different. They have a special brides program if you’re into that. It is pretty amazing & they have 3 locations in Louisiana! Good Luck!!

Post # 15
7643 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Great job!!!  I lost 27 pounds in time for my wedding now ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you mix up your foods? I would do that as well as coming up with different exercises. Your body will platteau, but don’t get discouraged. s soon as you do that you will begin to gain back weight. Just keep pushing yourself. Maybe up your workouts for either longer time and mix them around in the week to give yourself a day off inbetween.

Post # 16
745 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Huge congrats to you on getting to a 16! That’s fantastic! I would second what others are saying regarding switching up your exercise regime, and possibly going to a doctor. It’s likely nothing is wrong, but if you have a good rapport with your doctor, they may be able to give you some tips and suggestions on diet and exercise. 

I lost about 100 lbs within a year and a half. For me, it started when my first marriage ended. I started eating strictly what I wanted to eat, and took walks just to get out of the house (I still lived with the ex at the time, due to financial reasons). I found it a great way to clear my head. I will admit I wasn’t particularly doing it the healthy way at first (eating only salads, was calorie hoarding, not eating when I was depressed, etc.) I stopped losing, felt like crap, and finally went to my doctor. She helped me with healthy eating ideas and realistic weight goals. I found that my portion sizes had shrunk, and I’d lost much of the taste I used to have for certain things (no more major dessert cravings, etc), so I tend to eat a bit better.

I’ve always had hypothyroidism, so I made sure to monitor that often. I’ve also been on and off diets since I was a child. Every summer, I’d be on weight loss boot camp with my grandmother. I was on low carb, low calorie, low sugar, you name it. I was also on Weight Watchers about 12 years ago, which helped out at the time (though this is the first time I’ve ever kept it off).

Some of what’s helped me, both to stay motivated and to keep the weight off:

1) Realistic and easily obtainable goals. I had it in my head that I would be happy at 200 lbs and a size 14 (I’m 5’9″, started at a bit over 280). But I’d set smaller goals, like ten lbs. Then, when I hit that, I’d say “Okay, ten more”. 

2) Not getting hung up on cheating. I used to feel like, if I fell off the wagon once, I’d shot myself in the foot and gorge myself for a week (undoing most of my work).  When I was on WW with co-workers, we would set a date every two or three weeks where we’d go to a pub after work and “cheat”. We knew we were going to get that treat at a regular interval, plus we knew it wasn’t going to kill us, so no sabotage due to guilt. 

3) Pushing the exercise, no matter what. I’m struggling with this now. I used to have a hilly, quiet cemetery near where I lived. I’ve since moved to the city and there’s nowhere to walk that is really nice and grassy. With school being out (I walk to school), I needed to find something. I’m doing the 30 Day Shred dvd. It’s not always fun, and I have to push mysel to do it sometimes. But I feel good after doing it.

4) Do not stress yourself over it. Every single goal is something to be proud of. If you end up a size 18 instead of a 16, be damn proud of that, because it’s a huge accomplishment. Every pound less, every inch smaller, every size shift is something you should celebrate. 

5) Even a ten % weight loss makes you healthier. My doctor told me that losing 10% of my weight will cut my chance of heart disease and other weight related issues in half. Ten lbs was the difference between my knees hurting when I walked and them being fine. 

6) Muscle weighs MORE than fat. If you’re working out in any way, you’re going to build some muscle. Don’t always go by the scale weight, but by your actual size.

I went from a size 22 at my largest, to a 12 now. I started about 285 (estimated because I used to avoid scales), and I’m about 185 now. I would like to lose some more, or at least tone myself up a bit. My skin is a bit hangy, and I feel like my inner thighs aren’t any smaller than they used to be. I’ve gained a bit in my stomach the past few months (I was off my thyroid meds, plus I hadn’t been exercising. Weight stayed the same, but I lost muscle). It bummed me out, then scared the hell out of me, but I didn’t give in to completely blowing what I’ve accomplished so far by binging (which I used to do).

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