Post # 1
So I thought I was doing well with the weight, I didnt think I gained that much over christmas and have been going to the gym….I weighted myself like 5 minutes ago and I weigh 195! I am onlt 5’3 and Now I want to just cry….I do not look 200lbs by any means but i thought I only had like 50ish to lose to get down to my 135ish I wanted to be. I need some help, other than the gym that I have been going to, what can I do to jumpstart this weight loss… I cannot be 200lbs I feel like the ugliest person ever….
Post # 3
Hi! When I gave birth I was 210 pds and dropped down to 115 within 9 months. I am NOT a naturally thin person, dot worry 🙂 I always was a fanof dieting first then when I hit my plateau, working out. I really reccomend calorie counting, it really is the easiest way 🙂
Post # 4
breathe! the gym will NOT make you skinny. case in point, I am a marathoner, I do lose some weight when my training peaks and it is physically impossible for me to eat more than I burn or even come close- you can’t eat that much, its actually not possible for me to do…BUT i don’t lose a significant amount of weight. My weight will go from 125-120 or maybe 118 at the lowest, but generally it stays the same.
you might want to go see a nutrition…someone with an Rehearsal Dinner degree…you don’t have to go to a thousand followups, but it would be helpful for you to find someone who can design a plan incorporatig your food preferences so you don’t feel deprived. i’ve been to one before and at the time it was very helpful (i went to a sports Rehearsal Dinner, but its the same theroy for weight loss).
it really is 80% intake and 20% workout…because working out makes you more hungry. you should SEE what i can put away during marathon training- 2000 cals – 2200 for a 20 mile run day is NOTHING, and i’m small!
Post # 5
You are not ugly! Have hope, know you can reach your goal even if it’s a little farther away than you thought.
For me, exercise is a small part of weight loss — the big factor is diet. I have an app called calorie counter which I find very helpful (there are lots others like it, maybe some better). It takes some effort to input everything you eat, but it is so rewarding to see that green arrow pointing down when your activities burned more calories than you consumed! When I’m faithful with inputing, I consistantly loose 1-2 lbs per week, even if I’m only walking and not going to the gym.
I actually jot down, in my calendar, where I should be each week with weight loss (based on 1 lbs or 1.5 lbs per week, to be conservative and take into account those weeks I stay the same). I find having a schedule like this super motivating to stay with a healthy diet. You can see, “okay, month 1 doesn’t look like too much of a change, but by the end of month 2 and 3 I’ll really be seeing a difference!”
Also, I know lots of women have found the support of in-person weekly meetings invaluable. You can do this with a girlfriend or a few girlfriends, or an organization like Weight Watchers, or maybe even Curves or Slender Lady (if that last one is still around?). Chin up, you CAN get down to 135!
Post # 6
I’ve lost seven lbs. in a week doing the Scarsdale Diet. It’s similar to the Atkins Diet, but the “fast loss” meal plan is pretty specific/restrictive. SO is down 10 lbs. The calorie count is very low, but you eat three meals a day & I don’t feel as hungry as I have on some other diets. It’s a way to lose weight fast & not have to work out. Not a long term thing, but it’s something to shed that initial 15 lbs. or so & get your spirits up/motivate you to get to the gym a little more!
You can do it! Don’t feel ugly… You’re not. You’re not gross or hopeless or any of that. You just let yourself go over the holidays (which is practically necessary, in my opinion). We’ve all done it! If you can be patient & know that it won’t all come off instantly, you’ll get there, for sure. Keep your chin up! 🙂
Post # 7
I have been on WeightWatchers before and just rejoined since the New Year and with the wedding being 10 months away I want to drop some weight. I lost 30 pounds in three months over the summer and its super easy!! I love it because you can eat what you want but it’s all about portion control. If you haven’t looked into it I would highly suggest it. I dont really loss weight going to the gym I have to pair it with eating healthy and Weight Watchers makes you accountable to what you put in your body!
Post # 8
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
Aww hon! Don’t get down on yourself. Getting into shape is hard and each persons body reacts differently to differnt things. What makes one person ripped may not do anything for another.
First you should go see a good nutrionist like @jouissance said. Just keeping a food log and talking to a pro can really help you on your way. (Also as a quick tip stay away from salt, it will cause water retention big time.)
Second, dont measure progress by pounds alone. Take a measure of the areas you are trying to lose weight from and use that as your primary measurement. Muscle weighs a lot more than fat.
Third, what type of exercises are you doing? Are you weight training? Aerobics? For me I never lost weight when doing aerobics but when I weight traing it falls off. Also think about logging your workouts. I have been using fitocracy and it helps to give me a feedback and a visual representation of my progress.
Post # 9
I agree with meerkat. For me, writing down everything I eat in a food log has been one of the most effective strategies. I wasn’t even aware of all of the mindless snacking/eating I was doing. Writing it all down really helped me to understand where the extra calories were coming from. Plus, knowing I have to write it down at the end of the day helps me make better decisions during the day.
You are not ugly and it sounds like you are working really hard! Keep it up!!!
Post # 10
Exercise definitely isn’t the key to weight loss – it’s a part of the larger picture, yes, but you have to factor in many other things: nutrition, water intake and even the amount of sleep you get. I know it’s frustrating to think you’re working hard and see no results, but you just need to assess the problem areas and readjust what you’re doing to see change. Try journaling every single bite you take every day for a week. You can use a plain old notebook or get an account on a calorie counting website such as MyFitnessPal.com or SparkPeople.com
Weight loss is pretty much science, but it can be super tricky to get the hang of. It took me 6 months of working out and changing my nutrition habits before I began seeing results, and after that it didn’t always come super easy. But please try not to panic or dump a lot of worry on yourself – you can’t control anything but the future, so just take it one little step at a time and you can definitely reach your goals.
Also, when you’re engaging in any sort of weight loss program, be sure to take measurements every month! Sometimes you won’t see any significant changes on the scale, but your body will reflect all the hard work (Once during a month where I struggled to lose just 2 lb., my waist went down 3 inches).
If you need any more help/encouragement, please feel free to PM me! If you have an account on MyFitnessPal, you can also find me there under this same username.
Post # 11
I’ll echo what others have said in that diet is an extremely important part of weight management. Counting calories is great, but before that, you’ll need to figure out what your BMR is (basal metabolic rate). That is the amount of calories, based on age, weight, and gender, that your body needs if you basically stayed in bed all day (doesn’t include normal, daily functions). Here is a BMR calculator:
Once you figure out your BMR, you can figure out how many calories you would need depending on your level of activity. For example, if your BMR is 1682 calories per day (this means that if you consumed this amount of calories, you would maintain your current weight) but you exercise moderately-vigorously 5 times a week, your BMR jumps up to 2607. Now, in order to lose weight, you need to create a calorie deficit. 3500 calories is equal to one pound. To lose 1-2 pounds a week, you need a calorie deficit between 3500-7000 calories. So, if based on BMR and activity, you are allowed 2600 calories a day, only consume 1800 calories and you should lose between 1 and 2 pounds a week.
It’s really all just simple math and figuring out through numbers, and trial and error, what amount of calories works best for you. But please remember that you don’t ever want to go too low because then your body won’t have enough calories to activate a full metabolism so it’s really important that you never go below 12 or 1300 calories (which I still think right now would be pretty low for you, especially since you work out often). If you try using this method for at least a few weeks and don’t lose weight, you probably should make an appointment with the GP and have your thyroid tested (though this is rarer than people think nowadays).
Feel free to PM me if you want to talk! I am pre-med and this is a particular passion of mine 🙂
Post # 12
Sorry you’re having a bad day, but try not to be so hard on yourself. I see you have a 2014 wedding date, so time is still on your side. If it makes you feel any better, I weigh just about the same as you and I’m hoping to loose the same amount of weight by October of this year!!!!! Ugh!!! I’ve only been engaged for two weeks now, but I’ve lost 6 lbs by calorie counting using the app “my fitness pal.” You put in your current weight and your goal then it tells you how many calories you can have to lose 2 lbs a week! Then you keep a food log using the app. I love it!
Since we’re kind of in the same boat, I’d be happy to be your “fitness buddy.” No pressure. We can just check in and cheer each other on!!