Author Topic: Losing Weight in 2018  (Read 92772 times)

asiljoy

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 401
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #400 on: January 26, 2018, 08:14:48 AM »
I haven't been checking in lately because I was a bit discouraged by the weight not moving. I'm keeping my head down, doing the workouts (going strong on 25 consecutive days!) and being mindful of my eating habits, so I am not letting it stop me. I can definitely see an improvement as far as general well-being goes and not feeling bloated all the time. If only the scale could cooperate a bit more, ya know? Hopefully I'll be able to report a lower weight on Monday!

I'm there too. Same weight, but pants are loose. Mostly avoiding crap food and eating mindfully, exercising is a bit random, but ongoing. Waiting for the scale to drop! Trying to remember that it shouldn't matter. :)

If you can get your hands on a Fitbit scale, they're rather terrible in terms of accuracy with their promise of +/- 2 pounds, but one thing I like is that they give you a general body fat %. My weight has been stagnant too, but body fat has been pretty steady on the decline so again, just gonna stay the course :D.

StarBright

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1004
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #401 on: January 26, 2018, 08:34:29 AM »

Weekly Weigh in:

December 30: 145
January 5:      144
January 12:    143.4
January 19:    143.8
January 26:    143.2

Slog Slog Slog.  I've been eating a lot of veggie noodles lately, just to have a new texture of veggie :) Zucchini noodles are gross (to me) but butternut and beet are pretty awesome.

Huel continues to be a good snack deterrent. I've been having a small smoothie with a single scoop of huel and some fresh spinach and a few chunks of frozen pineapple in the afternoons and it is filling me up.

I'm ready for longer, warmer days. It's going to be a long February and March.

Welcome new folks!!!

Congratulations for keeping things moving in the right direction!

Do you make beet noodles or buy them somewhere? Beets are yummy.

Thanks!

I've been buying them at the grocery store and the brand is "Veggie Noodle Co". I've been eating them enough that I'm going to get myself a good spiralizer next month.

I've been sauteing the beet noodles then tossing them with goat cheese, chopped chicken and shredded apple - yummy!

MaybeBabyMustache

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1380
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #402 on: January 26, 2018, 09:03:46 AM »
Beet noodles sound amazing! Will definitely have to check that out.

As for me, I've worked out every day in January (minus one), and have made significantly better eating choices. I have noticed some sloppiness in the past week, as my snacks started to increase, and my fruit/vegetable intake shrank. I'm back to stronger focus.

I have more strength/toning, but still no major weight loss progress. I've lost 2 lbs since the first of the year. My goal was 3 for January, so I'll stay focused.

I have an international trip coming up (leave on Sunday) & that always throws me for a major loop. The jet lag makes it hard to work out, the plane travel alone means two pretty much full days of sitting still. .. it's rough.

firelight

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1063
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #403 on: January 26, 2018, 11:40:52 PM »
I'd love to join too. I have baby fat to get rid of now that baby is five months old. I'm down 32 pounds from my highest of this year but that includes an 8 lb baby too, haha. I still need to lose 18 lbs for pre pregnancy weight and another 12 for my marriage wedding and another 14 for my ideal weight. I joined in 2017 and found we got pregnant. Hope to finish 2018 at my ideal weight. First goal is to get to pre pregnancy weight by end of March. Second goal is to hit wedding weight by June and to hit lowest weight by end of year (the hardest stretch which I hope to attack with established habits). Let's bring it on!


Like the idea of goals - here are our goals for Jan:
1) 5000 steps per day
2) 6 stairs per day
3) one meal of veggies and fruits only per day
Updating after two days:

I've lost two pounds - I'm sure it's more water weight than actual one but I'll take it :) I've cut out all carbs except for a tiny portion. Surprisingly it's not been that hard to switch. I've also noticed that I eat more sweets now (and ate some ice cream and sweets for new year). I usually hate sweets but developed a liking for them during my second pregnancy and am still holding on to it six months later. Time to kick the habit back to curb. My routine is crazy and I don't have much leeway into building in exercises. The only exercise I get is carrying a 17 lb baby. Has anyone lost weight only with diet changes? How important is exercise in a weight loss journey?
Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll concentrate on food changes till I can add more exercise in. I especially loved the suggestion to incorporate exercise into play and surprisingly my baby is loving it! I'm now trying to find more ways to add in fun exercise into daily routine.

My weight is down 3 lbs (mostly water weight because low carbs). I don't track my food but try to eat healthy (less carbs, more veggies and fruits) but looking at some of your meals, I think I just eat a lot. I've gotten used to eating more when pregnant (yep, fell for the eating for two advice.... not that I needed lot of encouragement)  and my stomach expects more food. Need to slowly dial down the amount to a normal person's portions.

Does anyone forget you are trying to lose weight? I completely forgot and ate a few cookies. Later when I was checking how I did at end of day, I realized I ate those cookies :( how do I remember all the time?
I'm still losing weight daily (goes to show how much crap I was eating before) but it has slowed down. My eating is still not good enough (I eat a serving of carbs at every course (and a bit more at lunch) and I eat ice cream or sweets because it is at home). My nemesis is sweets and ice cream. I can't resist it when it is at home and I can't stop others at home buying it. To add to the problem, I forget I'm on a diet and eat them. I'm considering figuring what I should eat all day and not eat anything not on that list. Will give it a try for a few days to see if I can continue losing weight.
Still on the losing trend. I was expecting it to stop since my activity level hasn't increased much and my eating is still not perfect. I don't count calories or have a chance to weigh  food since I don't cook or shop (visiting in-laws for a few months). I'm trying to eat healthier (less carbs, more fruits vegetables and protein - egg, fish, chicken) and reduce sweets (take smaller portions, being selective in what I eat). My culture (Indian) shows love through food, especially sweets. So every visit (even when visiting parents every day) leads to more sweets and hurt egos if we don't eat the sweets. So far portion control has been the key. I can't believe how much crap I've been eating before for the weight to come off so easily now that I'm eating healthier.

This thread is so motivating and reminds me to make healthier choices with food. I find that I eat healthy when I remember and this thread is helping me remember. Thanks everyone!
Ok now the weight loss has stopped. Time to really get into cutting calories or burning them through exercise. I don't have an easy way to estimate calories or do exercise which makes it tricky. I'm planning to drink at least a glass of water before every meal and snack (and ideally before anytime food passes through my lips). I think I eat more than I think I'm eating. The first eight pounds came off easy. Now the real struggle starts. I still need to cut 12 pounds to reach my first goal (highest pre pregnancy weight) and 18 pounds to reach my second goal (my normal BMI weight). Hoping the water trick helps.

Please suggest other tricks that have helped in reducing food portions (basically tricking myself to eat less and eat healthier) or exercising more (moving more). I currently walk 7k steps a day and do 5-10 stairs.
Thanks a lot for the suggestions. I especially love the eating fruits instead of sweets and using  shape wear ideas. I've also started concentrating on adding more protein to my diet (changed macros). My weight is still at standstill but it's at least not going up any more. I had one day (DH bday) where I had some cake but otherwise I'm starting to not be super tempted by sweets. I'm liking the progress even though the scales don't show it.... yet.

I'm also experimenting with eating only upto 80% of my stomach's capacity. Due to pregnancy eating, I fear my stomach has increased in size and I now need more food to feel satiated. I need to eat less to reduce it back to normal size. Will report back soon on its effects.

Thanks for the exercise tips. I'm an absolute beginner when it comes to exercise. So I'm starting with the walking videos and hope to increase from there.

Weight - still at 8 lbs loss from New year, no gains, no loss from last time.

Any app recommendations to log weight and get trending weight for a period?

I've started eating more frequently (breakfast, 11, 1, 4, 6 and 8) but lesser portions. This has helped me keep hunger at bay while tricking my stomach into eating less at every meal (and not worry too much if I don't eat to max since I know the next meal is just two hours away). I hope this reduces my stomach size and bring it back to normal (from pregnancy size). I'm also drinking more water than before.

Exercise is still not happening yet :( got a jump rope to see if I can make myself use it.

Managed to knock out three more pounds after hitting a plateau for a week or so in between. That brings up tally to 11 pounds lost since new year. Hope this is the start of a new losing streak.
Checking in here. Still at the 11 pound loss, inching towards 12 pounds. I think I've finally found a way to figure out how much food is right for my stomach. I've been experimenting with food portions and frequent small meals with each time being less than my palm keeps me sated while not overloading my stomach. I also like the feeling I get when I don't stuff myself. Now to remember it for all the hard times (party, buffet, mom-cooked delicious dishes). A pound more to my first half goal. So close!
Welcome everyone! Especially new moms :) I'm one too and my goal is to lose pregnancy weight and get to a healthy weight now that baby is seven months and starting on solids. I still breastfeed exclusively but no longer have the pressure to be the sole food provider.

Weight still in the decline. Down 13 pounds from Jan 1 and I've reached my first goal. Now to stay here and lose more to reach my second goal of prepregnancy weight which is 6 pounds lesser. My eating has slacked a bit this week and I've been eating cakes and sweets more than I like (to celebrate my first goal). Need to get back to careful monitoring. I guess my weight loss rate would reduce a lot once I reach my prepregnancy weight since that is my usual weight range. But I want to lose another 15 pounds from there to get to my comfortable weight. I've always been lackadaisical about weight loss once I reach a healthy BMI but this time I'm going to try and lose those last 15 (those are my freshman 15 and have been around 12 years now).

I've also started doing mini exercises after trying to do dedicated half an hour to an hour of exercise and failing miserably. So far it's going good. Will report back next week if I can sustain it.

chaskavitch

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 564
  • Age: 33
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #404 on: January 28, 2018, 10:58:22 AM »
I'm legit considering signing up for a 5:30 am crossfit class.  I usually get to work at 6, so I'd be about 40 minutes late, but that can be adjusted for by taking a short lunch.  I might be completely insane, but otherwise I end up pushing it later and later in the day, and half the time I end up not going. 

Hirondelle

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1101
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #405 on: January 28, 2018, 12:22:28 PM »
I'm legit considering signing up for a 5:30 am crossfit class.  I usually get to work at 6, so I'd be about 40 minutes late, but that can be adjusted for by taking a short lunch.  I might be completely insane, but otherwise I end up pushing it later and later in the day, and half the time I end up not going.

Morning workouts are the best! It's so empowering for the rest of the day. 5.30 AM is an advanced level of early though.

chaskavitch

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 564
  • Age: 33
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #406 on: January 28, 2018, 12:31:29 PM »
I'm legit considering signing up for a 5:30 am crossfit class.  I usually get to work at 6, so I'd be about 40 minutes late, but that can be adjusted for by taking a short lunch.  I might be completely insane, but otherwise I end up pushing it later and later in the day, and half the time I end up not going.

Morning workouts are the best! It's so empowering for the rest of the day. 5.30 AM is an advanced level of early though.

They have quite a number of classes available, but unless I go at lunch (noon), I end up going to the 4:20 pm class.  Those ones are easy to push off, since I'm at work already and there's always something else to do or a question to answer or a paper to sign.  I'd only be getting up a little bit earlier - my current morning schedule is to roll out of bed at around 5:35, leave at 5:55, and get to work at 6 am, where I drink my work coffee and eat my overnight oats while reading email.  I'm mostly scared of the hardcore people who work out at 5:30 in the morning, lol.

Hirondelle

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1101
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #407 on: January 28, 2018, 12:34:36 PM »
I'm legit considering signing up for a 5:30 am crossfit class.  I usually get to work at 6, so I'd be about 40 minutes late, but that can be adjusted for by taking a short lunch.  I might be completely insane, but otherwise I end up pushing it later and later in the day, and half the time I end up not going.

Morning workouts are the best! It's so empowering for the rest of the day. 5.30 AM is an advanced level of early though.

They have quite a number of classes available, but unless I go at lunch (noon), I end up going to the 4:20 pm class.  Those ones are easy to push off, since I'm at work already and there's always something else to do or a question to answer or a paper to sign.  I'd only be getting up a little bit earlier - my current morning schedule is to roll out of bed at around 5:35, leave at 5:55, and get to work at 6 am, where I drink my work coffee and eat my overnight oats while reading email.  I'm mostly scared of the hardcore people who work out at 5:30 in the morning, lol.

Most of them are probably just like you - people who like to work out in the morning but have to start work early. Don't be scared of people you haven't even met yet!

chaskavitch

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 564
  • Age: 33
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #408 on: January 28, 2018, 12:39:02 PM »
I'm legit considering signing up for a 5:30 am crossfit class.  I usually get to work at 6, so I'd be about 40 minutes late, but that can be adjusted for by taking a short lunch.  I might be completely insane, but otherwise I end up pushing it later and later in the day, and half the time I end up not going.

Morning workouts are the best! It's so empowering for the rest of the day. 5.30 AM is an advanced level of early though.

They have quite a number of classes available, but unless I go at lunch (noon), I end up going to the 4:20 pm class.  Those ones are easy to push off, since I'm at work already and there's always something else to do or a question to answer or a paper to sign.  I'd only be getting up a little bit earlier - my current morning schedule is to roll out of bed at around 5:35, leave at 5:55, and get to work at 6 am, where I drink my work coffee and eat my overnight oats while reading email.  I'm mostly scared of the hardcore people who work out at 5:30 in the morning, lol.

Most of them are probably just like you - people who like to work out in the morning but have to start work early. Don't be scared of people you haven't even met yet!

You're probably right!  Thanks for the encouragement :)

Bee21

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 487
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #409 on: January 28, 2018, 01:33:55 PM »
So, January was not the most succesfull month, i lost a total of 1 kg. 😅

Back to the studio now, school holiday are over, I am back to work. I hope to manage work stress better this year, I already said no to a project and asked for a more manageable workload. Waiting for the gym next to the office to have the february campain, with very cheap membership, I would pay approx the same as for just the swimmjng alone, so I am contemplating joining it for the classes. Having 2 different gym memberships is not mustachian, but I am desperate.

This week I already prepped my lunches  for 3 days (rice noodles and veggies w a spicy peanut sauce. I used a tbs of peanut butter for the dressing for 3 bowls, so I hope it is not too calorie heavy). I need the carbs at lunch or else I am ravenous by 4pm. I am also planning to go to the gym every morning before work, today I managed to get there by 5.15 am, so it is a good start.

basically, I am planning to cut out 500 calories every day, and see how the scale goes by the end of the week.

NO SNACKING BEFORE LUNCH.

So that's the plan for the week.
 
Being fat is depressing. And embarrassing. I don't buy into this loveyourbody movement as it is just not healthy.

G-dog

  • Senior Mustachian
  • ********
  • Posts: 12110
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #410 on: January 28, 2018, 04:47:51 PM »
Ok - I feel like there’s some misinformation getting posted here.  This thread is meant to be supportive, and these kind of statements may hurt and/or drive some folks away.

I don’t understand how “loveyourbody” can be unhealthy, and I disagree that obesity cannot be supported by a healthy lifestyle.  I’m not going to go look up supporting documents now (though that seems to be an SOP on the forum in general). 

These but feel like very judgemental statements to me, even if that’s not what was intended. I think there is plenty of hate and judgement out in society, especially directed to how women look (and men are judged too). 


Hirondelle

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1101
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #411 on: January 29, 2018, 02:29:46 AM »
So, January was not the most successfull month, i lost a total of 1 kg. 😅

I wouldn't consider that as not successfull. I think 1 kg/month is perfect. I feel like a lot of people here are trying to loose weight really quickly, which is hard to sustain in the long run. If you can maintain 1 kg/month, you'll have lost 12 kg by the end of the year which is huge!

SquashingDebt

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 162
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #412 on: January 29, 2018, 05:26:37 AM »
Ok - I feel like there’s some misinformation getting posted here.  This thread is meant to be supportive, and these kind of statements may hurt and/or drive some folks away.

I don’t understand how “loveyourbody” can be unhealthy, and I disagree that obesity cannot be supported by a healthy lifestyle.  I’m not going to go look up supporting documents now (though that seems to be an SOP on the forum in general). 

These but feel like very judgemental statements to me, even if that’s not what was intended. I think there is plenty of hate and judgement out in society, especially directed to how women look (and men are judged too).

Thanks for saying this.  I know this thread is specifically about losing weight, but what I liked so much about the 2016 thread, and hope to continue in here, is the overall supportive nature.  It's important to remember that everyone's body is different.  Losing weight might be easy and natural for some people, but it certainly isn't for everyone.  Some people struggle mentally with it, some people have health conditions that affect weight gain, and there are plenty of people living healthy lifestyles that might still weigh more than they might like or than is "healthy".

ChipmunkSavings

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 114
  • Age: 25
  • Location: Canada
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #413 on: January 29, 2018, 06:28:02 AM »
I also find that if you go into this hating your body, there might never be a place where you will be able to say ''enough, I look good at this point''. There will always be something to be critical of, perfection isn't realistic.

In other news, weigh in today.
Jan 1 : 193.2 lb
Jan 8 : 187.8 lb
Jan 15 : 187.0 lb
Jan 29 : 185.2 lb
Not understanding how I went down today considering I did not exercise this weekend (went on a road trip to go wedding dress shopping!) and did not eat as well as usual (although still no dessert, did not finish my plates in restaurant which is a first for me), but I'll take it! Hopefully it doesn't bounce back up.

Frugal Lizard

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1368
  • Age: 51
  • Location: Southwest Ontario
  • One foot in front of the other....
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #414 on: January 29, 2018, 07:05:42 AM »
I did great on the weekend with eating.  And the scale is holding steady.
The only problem is this:  I woke up at 3am to use the bathroom and could not get back to sleep easily.  I finally realized around 5 am that I was hungry.  Then I got my brain around to hunger is good for me.  And I was able to fall back into a deep sleep.  My partner didn't wake me. Kids pounding around looking for food woke me up at 7:44.  So I don't feel useless like a typical sleepless night and I am ready to deal with the sugar cravings that come for me after a poor sleep.

Tris Prior

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2226
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #415 on: January 29, 2018, 08:04:44 AM »
Can someone please talk me down and reassure me that the 2 lbs I gained after a week of staying below my calorie limit and off white carbs - except for ONE day when I ate a (normal-sized) sandwich and drank 1 alcoholic beverage - is not fat gain? I know I didn't eat an extra 7,000 calories. It's not the right time of the month for me to be having a PMS gain. Feeling very disheartened. I was SO hungry all week and on ONE day I ate to satisfaction (not even fullness, really), and that was enough to undo the past month where I struggled to get those 2 pounds off? :(

Candace

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 499
  • Age: 52
  • Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #416 on: January 29, 2018, 09:01:31 AM »
January 14th: 153
January 26th: 150
January 29th: 149

Goal: 138

Good progress so far. I'm happy that I'm finally back below 150, though I never should have been above there in the first place. Yesterday DH and I went out to breakfast, which we enjoy doing on the weekends. We have separate finances and I can't get him to give up the idea of going out. He pays, so I've made my peace with that. We went to First Watch, which helpfully (?) has their meal calorie counts on the menu. After blanching at the high calorie counts in the "healthy" meal options, I ordered a custom egg scramble with spinach and tomatoes while DH chowed down on his 1,100 calorie waffle. With syrup, his waffle was surely more like 1,300 calories -- almost my entire day's worth.

Tris Prior, I'm sorry to hear about your frustration. I've definitely been there. You do everything right and the scale goes in the wrong direction or doesn't move. Perhaps a few hundred extra calories combined with a long walk or other exercise session would jog your metabolism? If you're restricting calories TOO much, your body may hold onto its fat because it thinks it's starving. Or, just persevere because you KNOW you're doing what you're supposed to do, and have faith that the scale will follow suit. You can easily gain two pounds of water weight if you eat something high in salt or if you're just retaining water for another reason, even besides PMS. I know when something like that happens, it seems like nothing you can do will help. But if you're eating healthy food and not too much, and not literally starving yourself, you should lose weight.

Maybe use a running average of your weight to smooth out the bumps? That can make the numbers work out better if you tend to retain water sometimes. Best of everything going forward.

ETA: I love how a "healthy" meal can have coconut milk listed as the first ingredient. Holy calories, Batman. Real coconut milk from a coconut might be healthy, but the stuff you get in cans is quite heavy.
« Last Edit: January 29, 2018, 09:06:10 AM by Candace »

G-dog

  • Senior Mustachian
  • ********
  • Posts: 12110
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #417 on: January 29, 2018, 09:07:38 AM »
The numbers:

11/30/17:  Starting weight
12/27/17: -8.80 lb

1/28/18: -11.6 lb

Hit burn out on tracking everything. I'll go back to it, as it helps me be mindful or portions, etc. but a break from it is OK too.  As I noted earlier - I'm trying to establish healthier habits for long-term benefits, not just a temporary diet change.

Frugal Lizard

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1368
  • Age: 51
  • Location: Southwest Ontario
  • One foot in front of the other....
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #418 on: January 29, 2018, 09:14:11 AM »
Tris Prior:  I don't think you can take one weigh in as a for sure thing.  My weight jumps all over the place at the moment.  I try to get on the scale at exactly the same time every day wearing exactly the same amount of clothing (birthday suit).  I will weigh two pounds more showered, dressed post breakfast and even more with some hormonal fluctuations.  It is the longer term game.  It took me 12 years to put all this weight on so I am going to give myself at least that to take it off.
So yes, please calm down.  You are developing better eating habits and over time you will get to your destination. 

G-dog

  • Senior Mustachian
  • ********
  • Posts: 12110
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #419 on: January 29, 2018, 09:30:09 AM »
Tris Prior:  I don't think you can take one weigh in as a for sure thing.  My weight jumps all over the place at the moment.  I try to get on the scale at exactly the same time every day wearing exactly the same amount of clothing (birthday suit).  I will weigh two pounds more showered, dressed post breakfast and even more with some hormonal fluctuations.  It is the longer term game.  It took me 12 years to put all this weight on so I am going to give myself at least that to take it off.
So yes, please calm down.  You are developing better eating habits and over time you will get to your destination.

Exactly.

Your body isn't the Internet - you can't expect immediate results.  The fluctuations are frustrating, but so normal.

LifeHappens

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4981
  • Location: SnowBirdLand
  • Downshifting from 5th to 3rd Gear
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #420 on: January 29, 2018, 09:37:35 AM »
My weight can vary 3 or 4 pounds from day to day for no apparent reason. That's why some people use rolling averages.

This week featured a 4 day getaway with many, many adult beverages. Fortunately, there was also a lot of walking and a bike ride with a killer headwind. I brought my exercise bands and used them to workout by the hotel pool. Plenty of activity.

I've realized a logistical issue with the "no cheese" rule. I'm vegetarian, so if I'm not eating cheese that effectively makes me vegan at many restaurants. Lots of restaurants might have nothing I eat, aside from a small salad. Three times this past week, I ordered a meal with cheese just so I could eat something substantial.

I'm fasting until dinner today. It's time to start implementing that tool.

Edited for typo
« Last Edit: January 29, 2018, 11:32:51 AM by LifeHappens »

StarBright

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1004
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #421 on: January 29, 2018, 10:51:35 AM »
Weekly Weigh in:

December 30: 145
January 5:      144
January 12:    143.4
January 19:    143.8
January 26:    143.2

Mid Week weigh in here: 141.8

I don't know if it will last until Friday for my usual weigh in (I have a very hard time getting below 143) so I wanted to post it for posterity :)


I agree with Squashing Debt that the loveliest thing about the old thread was the general supportiveness of it. We'll all use different methods and have different successes but the most important part of the thread is that we are cheering each other on!

MrsDinero

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 926
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #422 on: January 29, 2018, 11:26:08 AM »
Tris Prior:  I don't think you can take one weigh in as a for sure thing.  My weight jumps all over the place at the moment.  I try to get on the scale at exactly the same time every day wearing exactly the same amount of clothing (birthday suit).  I will weigh two pounds more showered, dressed post breakfast and even more with some hormonal fluctuations.  It is the longer term game.  It took me 12 years to put all this weight on so I am going to give myself at least that to take it off.
So yes, please calm down.  You are developing better eating habits and over time you will get to your destination.

Exactly.

Your body isn't the Internet - you can't expect immediate results.  The fluctuations are frustrating, but so normal.

"Your body isn't the Internet - you can't expect immediate results. "

this is great and I'm stealing it!

So true.  I'm honestly not a fan of weekly weigh-in, I prefer monthly weight and tape measurements.  While weekly weight loss can be motivating,  the ups would mess with my head.  Monthly check-ins are far more, to me, indicative of actual progress.   

Very much like finances and investing.  Ups and Downs will happen, all that matters is the overall progress towards your goal.

galliver

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1781
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #423 on: January 29, 2018, 01:34:51 PM »
Jan 29: 184.5 today, after hovering in the 182.5-183.5 range the past week (so hopefully a bit of a fluke?)

Wasn't a great week weight loss/tracking wise; I do know that's how it goes.
-A best friend from far away unexpectedly visited mid-week on a work trip, so we got some burgers and drinks
-Felt sick to my stomach the next evening, not sure if infection, food poisoning, or stress. It was aggravated by movement so I stayed home Fri and ate simple carbs when hungry to avoid hunger-nausea (it's a thing).
-Felt better by evening/the next day but a different bff came to town; went out for Indian with them.
-Yesterday just ended up in a mental funk/low energy/"the blahs". Bf and his friend made homemade pesto (with pasta and veg) for dinner so we all just shared that and I didn't feel like being difficult

Gotta get back to tracking mostly because it keeps me honest! And encourages me to make more veggie-licious meals. :)

Jan 21: 183.2
Jan 15: 182.0
Jan   8: 186.9

Pooperman

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2901
  • Age: 28
  • Location: North Carolina
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #424 on: January 29, 2018, 01:37:29 PM »
Height: 71"

Weight history prior to this:
06/2008: ~175lb
11/2008: ~160lb (thanks, mono)
12/2009: ~195lb (stress eating + college food. yay)
12/2011: ~210lb (college graduation)
12/2016: ~230lb (my peak)
12/2017: 209lb

1/8/2018: 207lb
1/12/2018: 206lb
1/28/2018: 204.6lb

G-dog

  • Senior Mustachian
  • ********
  • Posts: 12110
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #425 on: January 29, 2018, 01:45:15 PM »
Ok - I feel like there’s some misinformation getting posted here.  This thread is meant to be supportive, and these kind of statements may hurt and/or drive some folks away.

I don’t understand how “loveyourbody” can be unhealthy, and I disagree that obesity cannot be supported by a healthy lifestyle.  I’m not going to go look up supporting documents now (though that seems to be an SOP on the forum in general). 

These but feel like very judgemental statements to me, even if that’s not what was intended. I think there is plenty of hate and judgement out in society, especially directed to how women look (and men are judged too).

I did not mean to offend with stating that obesity could not be supported by a healthy lifestyle. I should have said that *my* obesity could not be supported by a healthy lifestyle.

*My* obesity was the result of living poorly. I could not maintain it going back to a healthy lifestyle.

The whole point of my post was to encourage self respect and say that body positivity can be very healthy, but you are right that I should be careful writing about my own particular health situation in general terms.

I'm glad you are on track for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

It's easy to type things into the little box and then learn that the tone was not what you intended.

Tris Prior

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2226
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #426 on: January 29, 2018, 02:03:18 PM »
Thanks for the reality check. I wish I had started tape-measuring when I first started dieting in October. Alas, I did not. I'm also doing strength training and was warned that I might see gains due to building muscle. I do notice that my waist, stomach, and boobs got smaller, based on clothing fit. Those were NOT the areas where I needed it to come off; all my body fat is in my thighs and I do not see a difference there at all. This may be genetics, I suspect. :(

Anyone want to commiserate about weight coming off boobs when that was the one part of your body you actually liked and didn't want to be smaller? :/

galliver

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1781
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #427 on: January 29, 2018, 02:22:11 PM »
Thanks for the reality check. I wish I had started tape-measuring when I first started dieting in October. Alas, I did not. I'm also doing strength training and was warned that I might see gains due to building muscle. I do notice that my waist, stomach, and boobs got smaller, based on clothing fit. Those were NOT the areas where I needed it to come off; all my body fat is in my thighs and I do not see a difference there at all. This may be genetics, I suspect. :(

Anyone want to commiserate about weight coming off boobs when that was the one part of your body you actually liked and didn't want to be smaller? :/

Take this with all the weight of a stranger's word on the internet, but I've read that thigh fat is quite different than stomach/organ fat, and as a result not bad to have on you as a woman. For one thing, thighs/butt are where women's bodies store DHA and Omega3's to build baby brains. Of course, baby brains might not be in your life plan, and there's no way to tell your body that :/ But if it worries you from a health standpoint, perhaps you don't need to sweat it? Just grow muscles :)

LifeHappens

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4981
  • Location: SnowBirdLand
  • Downshifting from 5th to 3rd Gear
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #428 on: January 29, 2018, 02:52:04 PM »
I'm also doing strength training and was warned that I might see gains due to building muscle.
A hard workout can result in extra water retention. Your muscle cells need it for repair, which results in stronger muscles.

Candace

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 499
  • Age: 52
  • Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #429 on: January 29, 2018, 02:57:17 PM »
I'm also doing strength training and was warned that I might see gains due to building muscle.
Whenever I start doing more strength training or anything that makes me really sore (i.e. that builds more muscle) I almost always gain weight right away. Pretty annoying, but I try to remember that I should be losing fat and gaining muscle in that case. And feeling strong makes me feel good. I hope it does you too.

Frugal Lizard

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1368
  • Age: 51
  • Location: Southwest Ontario
  • One foot in front of the other....
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #430 on: January 29, 2018, 04:41:33 PM »

Anyone want to commiserate about weight coming off boobs when that was the one part of your body you actually liked and didn't want to be smaller? :/

I hear you.  And bras are not cheap.  And wearing that bra with two sizes too big cups looks really weird.  I have to say that the back and neck do feel better.

Tris Prior

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2226
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #431 on: January 29, 2018, 05:06:48 PM »
I'm also doing strength training and was warned that I might see gains due to building muscle.
Whenever I start doing more strength training or anything that makes me really sore (i.e. that builds more muscle) I almost always gain weight right away. Pretty annoying, but I try to remember that I should be losing fat and gaining muscle in that case. And feeling strong makes me feel good. I hope it does you too.

Interesting - I recently started using a pullup bar which left me Sore As F***, like I haven't been since I first started working out. OK, so, that makes sense that weight gain would follow that.

(still can't quite use my arms properly.....)

SquashingDebt

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 162
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #432 on: January 29, 2018, 05:13:22 PM »

Anyone want to commiserate about weight coming off boobs when that was the one part of your body you actually liked and didn't want to be smaller? :/

I hear you.  And bras are not cheap.  And wearing that bra with two sizes too big cups looks really weird.  I have to say that the back and neck do feel better.

So far in my life I have had the opposite problem... my chest gets bigger every time I gain weight, but I don't think it's ever gotten smaller when I've lost weight.  I don't recall ever having a bra that was too big - they always get too small.  If I'm successful on this weight loss journey, it'll be interesting to see if they ever do get smaller (which would be ok in my case, to stay proportional and maybe be able to do things like run and jump and wear button-down shirts)... I'll report back ;)

SlowlyButSurely

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 9
  • Location: Seattle
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #433 on: January 29, 2018, 09:43:22 PM »
Five weeks in and I've hit a plateau. I'm disappointed, but not surprised. I had expected it to be a lot harder than it was to get as far as I have, so I'm not going to complain.

12/26/2017 - 192.1 lbs
01/01/2018 - 190.6 lbs (14% goal 1, 5% stretch goal)
01/08/2018 - 189.2 lbs (28% goal 1, 11% stretch goal)
01/15/2018 - 184.3 lbs (77% goal 1, 31% stretch goal)
01/22/2018 - 182.1 lbs (99% goal 1, 71% goal 1.5, 40% stretch goal)
01/29/2018 - 181.5 lbs (105% goal 1, 75% goal 1.5, 42% stretch goal)

I've realized a logistical issue with the "no cheese" rule. I'm vegetarian, so if I'm not eating cheese that effectively makes me vegan at many restaurants. Lots of restaurants might have nothing I eat, aside from a small salad. Three times this past week, I ordered a meal with cheese just so I could eat something substantial.

Right there with you. I'm usually vegetarian but trying to do vegan January, which is totally fine at home, but restaurants are tough, especially when I'm travelling for work or eating at a catered event. I ended up cheating a couple times in the past week just because of the logistics. I'm sure there are more options out there than I'm aware of. I just haven't learned how to assess restaurants for vegan options the way I do for vegetarian options. It's a skill that takes more than a month to build.

I also cheated on my no wine resolution on my work trip. That part was about being frazzled and tired and out of my routine, wanting a treat for not sleeping in my own bed. I think I need to work on both habit change and self-care on the road.

I'm actually home all this week (!), so I'm going to do what I can to make progress. I'm going to stick with my plan (except maybe with pizza on Saturday when vegan January is over), and shoot for two 24 hour fasts. On the whole, I've done pretty well with exercise when I'm at home, so I'm going to keep that up. And I did a meditation class last weekend that has me pumped up about starting a daily practice. My hope is that sitting once or twice a day will make me feel more grounded, and help me be more mindful when it comes to making food choices.

alsoknownasDean

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1840
  • Age: 34
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #434 on: January 30, 2018, 03:42:20 AM »
I'm doing a weigh-in on a Tuesday night instead of my 'usual' Sunday night, as I had a weekend of 'cheat' food and plenty of alcohol so I decided to wait for things to calm down a bit :)

Starting weight: 120.7kg
Last week's weight: 118.7kg
Current weight: 118.2kg

I've fluctuated from about 117 to 120 (the day after a big night on the beers). Today and yesterday I've been a little bit better.

Two and a half kilos in three and a half weeks isn't all that bad, really :)

asiljoy

  • Bristles
  • ***
  • Posts: 401
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #435 on: January 30, 2018, 06:25:11 AM »
Thanks for the reality check. I wish I had started tape-measuring when I first started dieting in October. Alas, I did not. I'm also doing strength training and was warned that I might see gains due to building muscle. I do notice that my waist, stomach, and boobs got smaller, based on clothing fit. Those were NOT the areas where I needed it to come off; all my body fat is in my thighs and I do not see a difference there at all. This may be genetics, I suspect. :(

Anyone want to commiserate about weight coming off boobs when that was the one part of your body you actually liked and didn't want to be smaller? :/

Ha! I can join on you on the thighs thing. When I'm in good shape/the weight that's healthy for me my jeans just gape at the waistband while staying fitted through the thighs; basically means I'm besties with my tailor.

chaskavitch

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 564
  • Age: 33
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #436 on: January 30, 2018, 07:01:43 AM »
Thanks for the reality check. I wish I had started tape-measuring when I first started dieting in October. Alas, I did not. I'm also doing strength training and was warned that I might see gains due to building muscle. I do notice that my waist, stomach, and boobs got smaller, based on clothing fit. Those were NOT the areas where I needed it to come off; all my body fat is in my thighs and I do not see a difference there at all. This may be genetics, I suspect. :(

Anyone want to commiserate about weight coming off boobs when that was the one part of your body you actually liked and didn't want to be smaller? :/

Ha! I can join on you on the thighs thing. When I'm in good shape/the weight that's healthy for me my jeans just gape at the waistband while staying fitted through the thighs; basically means I'm besties with my tailor.

Haha.  My sister bodybuilds and powerlifts, and I'm pretty sure she's worn nothing but leggings for the past 3 years.  She can't find jeans with thighs that fit that will also stay up without a ridiculous amount of gathering at the waist. 

As a family, we're definitely built to gain wait in the thighs, so I have a similar problem, but it's not because of my giant quads, unfortunately.

Tris Prior

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2226
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #437 on: January 30, 2018, 08:15:21 AM »

I've realized a logistical issue with the "no cheese" rule. I'm vegetarian, so if I'm not eating cheese that effectively makes me vegan at many restaurants. Lots of restaurants might have nothing I eat, aside from a small salad. Three times this past week, I ordered a meal with cheese just so I could eat something substantial.


You're in FL, right? I had a hard time finding vegetarian food in FL that wasn't loaded with cheese. If I even found anything at all?  Come to Chicago, we've got amazing vegan restaurants! (I'm not vegan but eat that way often.)

firelight

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1063
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #438 on: January 30, 2018, 10:04:36 AM »
I'd love to join too. I have baby fat to get rid of now that baby is five months old. I'm down 32 pounds from my highest of this year but that includes an 8 lb baby too, haha. I still need to lose 18 lbs for pre pregnancy weight and another 12 for my marriage wedding and another 14 for my ideal weight. I joined in 2017 and found we got pregnant. Hope to finish 2018 at my ideal weight. First goal is to get to pre pregnancy weight by end of March. Second goal is to hit wedding weight by June and to hit lowest weight by end of year (the hardest stretch which I hope to attack with established habits). Let's bring it on!


Like the idea of goals - here are our goals for Jan:
1) 5000 steps per day
2) 6 stairs per day
3) one meal of veggies and fruits only per day
Updating after two days:

I've lost two pounds - I'm sure it's more water weight than actual one but I'll take it :) I've cut out all carbs except for a tiny portion. Surprisingly it's not been that hard to switch. I've also noticed that I eat more sweets now (and ate some ice cream and sweets for new year). I usually hate sweets but developed a liking for them during my second pregnancy and am still holding on to it six months later. Time to kick the habit back to curb. My routine is crazy and I don't have much leeway into building in exercises. The only exercise I get is carrying a 17 lb baby. Has anyone lost weight only with diet changes? How important is exercise in a weight loss journey?
Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll concentrate on food changes till I can add more exercise in. I especially loved the suggestion to incorporate exercise into play and surprisingly my baby is loving it! I'm now trying to find more ways to add in fun exercise into daily routine.

My weight is down 3 lbs (mostly water weight because low carbs). I don't track my food but try to eat healthy (less carbs, more veggies and fruits) but looking at some of your meals, I think I just eat a lot. I've gotten used to eating more when pregnant (yep, fell for the eating for two advice.... not that I needed lot of encouragement)  and my stomach expects more food. Need to slowly dial down the amount to a normal person's portions.

Does anyone forget you are trying to lose weight? I completely forgot and ate a few cookies. Later when I was checking how I did at end of day, I realized I ate those cookies :( how do I remember all the time?
I'm still losing weight daily (goes to show how much crap I was eating before) but it has slowed down. My eating is still not good enough (I eat a serving of carbs at every course (and a bit more at lunch) and I eat ice cream or sweets because it is at home). My nemesis is sweets and ice cream. I can't resist it when it is at home and I can't stop others at home buying it. To add to the problem, I forget I'm on a diet and eat them. I'm considering figuring what I should eat all day and not eat anything not on that list. Will give it a try for a few days to see if I can continue losing weight.
Still on the losing trend. I was expecting it to stop since my activity level hasn't increased much and my eating is still not perfect. I don't count calories or have a chance to weigh  food since I don't cook or shop (visiting in-laws for a few months). I'm trying to eat healthier (less carbs, more fruits vegetables and protein - egg, fish, chicken) and reduce sweets (take smaller portions, being selective in what I eat). My culture (Indian) shows love through food, especially sweets. So every visit (even when visiting parents every day) leads to more sweets and hurt egos if we don't eat the sweets. So far portion control has been the key. I can't believe how much crap I've been eating before for the weight to come off so easily now that I'm eating healthier.

This thread is so motivating and reminds me to make healthier choices with food. I find that I eat healthy when I remember and this thread is helping me remember. Thanks everyone!
Ok now the weight loss has stopped. Time to really get into cutting calories or burning them through exercise. I don't have an easy way to estimate calories or do exercise which makes it tricky. I'm planning to drink at least a glass of water before every meal and snack (and ideally before anytime food passes through my lips). I think I eat more than I think I'm eating. The first eight pounds came off easy. Now the real struggle starts. I still need to cut 12 pounds to reach my first goal (highest pre pregnancy weight) and 18 pounds to reach my second goal (my normal BMI weight). Hoping the water trick helps.

Please suggest other tricks that have helped in reducing food portions (basically tricking myself to eat less and eat healthier) or exercising more (moving more). I currently walk 7k steps a day and do 5-10 stairs.
Thanks a lot for the suggestions. I especially love the eating fruits instead of sweets and using  shape wear ideas. I've also started concentrating on adding more protein to my diet (changed macros). My weight is still at standstill but it's at least not going up any more. I had one day (DH bday) where I had some cake but otherwise I'm starting to not be super tempted by sweets. I'm liking the progress even though the scales don't show it.... yet.

I'm also experimenting with eating only upto 80% of my stomach's capacity. Due to pregnancy eating, I fear my stomach has increased in size and I now need more food to feel satiated. I need to eat less to reduce it back to normal size. Will report back soon on its effects.

Thanks for the exercise tips. I'm an absolute beginner when it comes to exercise. So I'm starting with the walking videos and hope to increase from there.

Weight - still at 8 lbs loss from New year, no gains, no loss from last time.

Any app recommendations to log weight and get trending weight for a period?

I've started eating more frequently (breakfast, 11, 1, 4, 6 and 8) but lesser portions. This has helped me keep hunger at bay while tricking my stomach into eating less at every meal (and not worry too much if I don't eat to max since I know the next meal is just two hours away). I hope this reduces my stomach size and bring it back to normal (from pregnancy size). I'm also drinking more water than before.

Exercise is still not happening yet :( got a jump rope to see if I can make myself use it.

Managed to knock out three more pounds after hitting a plateau for a week or so in between. That brings up tally to 11 pounds lost since new year. Hope this is the start of a new losing streak.
Checking in here. Still at the 11 pound loss, inching towards 12 pounds. I think I've finally found a way to figure out how much food is right for my stomach. I've been experimenting with food portions and frequent small meals with each time being less than my palm keeps me sated while not overloading my stomach. I also like the feeling I get when I don't stuff myself. Now to remember it for all the hard times (party, buffet, mom-cooked delicious dishes). A pound more to my first half goal. So close!
Welcome everyone! Especially new moms :) I'm one too and my goal is to lose pregnancy weight and get to a healthy weight now that baby is seven months and starting on solids. I still breastfeed exclusively but no longer have the pressure to be the sole food provider.

Weight still in the decline. Down 13 pounds from Jan 1 and I've reached my first goal. Now to stay here and lose more to reach my second goal of prepregnancy weight which is 6 pounds lesser. My eating has slacked a bit this week and I've been eating cakes and sweets more than I like (to celebrate my first goal). Need to get back to careful monitoring. I guess my weight loss rate would reduce a lot once I reach my prepregnancy weight since that is my usual weight range. But I want to lose another 15 pounds from there to get to my comfortable weight. I've always been lackadaisical about weight loss once I reach a healthy BMI but this time I'm going to try and lose those last 15 (those are my freshman 15 and have been around 12 years now).

I've also started doing mini exercises after trying to do dedicated half an hour to an hour of exercise and failing miserably. So far it's going good. Will report back next week if I can sustain it.
Holding steady at 13 pound decline. Not sure if it is a new plateau but I'm chalking it up to bad sleep due to baby being sick. As a result, I'm craving simple sugars to keep my energy going. That doesn't help in weight loss either. I've also taken to eating some almonds or cashewnuts when I wake in the middle of the night or as snacks which my body is not too happy about. Need to cut those extra calories and see if I can drink more water since my water drinking rate is abysmal.

The mini exercises are sticking! I have a goal to hit 5k steps before lunch and 8k by 8 pm and hopefully 10k by end of night. I do power walks to hit these goals. They won't strengthen muscles but my Fitbit shows my heartbeat rising enough to be classified as fat burn or cardio. I now need to find some strengthening exercises and work them in as mini exercises. Would love to hear if anyone does mini strength training exercises and what your experience has been.

LifeHappens

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4981
  • Location: SnowBirdLand
  • Downshifting from 5th to 3rd Gear
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #439 on: January 30, 2018, 11:08:40 AM »

I've realized a logistical issue with the "no cheese" rule. I'm vegetarian, so if I'm not eating cheese that effectively makes me vegan at many restaurants. Lots of restaurants might have nothing I eat, aside from a small salad. Three times this past week, I ordered a meal with cheese just so I could eat something substantial.


You're in FL, right? I had a hard time finding vegetarian food in FL that wasn't loaded with cheese. If I even found anything at all?  Come to Chicago, we've got amazing vegan restaurants! (I'm not vegan but eat that way often.)
I am in FL. The culture hasn't quite caught up. Also, I don't know about dragging my DH to a vegan restaurant ;)

galliver

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1781
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #440 on: January 30, 2018, 11:59:50 AM »


I am in FL. The culture hasn't quite caught up. Also, I don't know about dragging my DH to a vegan restaurant ;)

As an avowed carnivore...vegan restaurants made me consider vegan food in a different light. He should go with you and try it. Why should you always make the concession of eating someplace with limited or no options of the food you prefer to eat.

Tris Prior

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2226
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #441 on: January 30, 2018, 12:22:24 PM »


I am in FL. The culture hasn't quite caught up. Also, I don't know about dragging my DH to a vegan restaurant ;)

As an avowed carnivore...vegan restaurants made me consider vegan food in a different light. He should go with you and try it. Why should you always make the concession of eating someplace with limited or no options of the food you prefer to eat.

Boyfriend is the same way. He's tried vegan restaurants with me and was completely grossed out every time. He wants meat at every meal - which used to really piss me off, but as he needs to lose around 50 lbs and now paleo/keto is a thing, I'm in favor of him eating it as it keeps him full and isn't loaded with white carbs.

I mean, to be fair, I find some vegan restaurant food gross!

neophyte

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 536
  • Location: A wretched hive of scum and villainy
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #442 on: January 30, 2018, 01:07:01 PM »
Dammit, I'm in!  I need some accountability.  I'm 5'7" and 178 as of this morning.  I'd been obese since childhood and several years ago I topped out at 220, but then I got serious and got down to 155.  It was honestly the most difficult thing I have done in my life.  Stabilized around 160 for a couple years, but over the last 3 years it's been gradually creeping up.  Time to get serious again.  My realistic goal is 160 and my "I'd love to get there some day, but I don't know if I really ever will" goal is 140ish.  My enemies are emotional eating, carbs, and laziness. My friends are vegetables, fish, hiking, and reggaeton.

« Last Edit: January 30, 2018, 01:10:30 PM by neophyte »

LifeHappens

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4981
  • Location: SnowBirdLand
  • Downshifting from 5th to 3rd Gear
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #443 on: January 30, 2018, 01:47:51 PM »
This is an interesting podcast on the history of dieting. Trigger warning: there is some pretty extreme and messed up behavior explored in a historical context. The Ancient Origins of Dieting

galliver

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1781
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #444 on: January 30, 2018, 02:34:18 PM »


I am in FL. The culture hasn't quite caught up. Also, I don't know about dragging my DH to a vegan restaurant ;)

As an avowed carnivore...vegan restaurants made me consider vegan food in a different light. He should go with you and try it. Why should you always make the concession of eating someplace with limited or no options of the food you prefer to eat.

Boyfriend is the same way. He's tried vegan restaurants with me and was completely grossed out every time. He wants meat at every meal - which used to really piss me off, but as he needs to lose around 50 lbs and now paleo/keto is a thing, I'm in favor of him eating it as it keeps him full and isn't loaded with white carbs.

I mean, to be fair, I find some vegan restaurant food gross!

I actually meant that in spite of no intentions doing a vegan diet exclusively, I find vegan-restaurant food quite tasty (at least the two we have nearby do a wonderful job). One does not have to be a vegan to enjoy it as a cuisine and possibly learn tricks from it.  It *does* help to enjoy flavors besides "steak and potatoes" (and I guess cheese) though. 

Tris Prior

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2226
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #445 on: January 30, 2018, 02:45:39 PM »
Ah, sorry, quote nesting fail, I meant Boyfriend was like LifeHappens' DH who will not step food in a vegan restaurant, not like you as you sound far more adventurous and open minded than him. He's a picky eater. Has come a LONG way since he's been with me (i.e., he now will eat at least some vegetables now and then). But it does limit where we can eat out. To be fair, my vegetarianism also does that, to an extent, though less so in a big liberal city.

LifeHappens

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 4981
  • Location: SnowBirdLand
  • Downshifting from 5th to 3rd Gear
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #446 on: January 30, 2018, 02:53:18 PM »
Ah, sorry, quote nesting fail, I meant Boyfriend was like LifeHappens' DH who will not step food in a vegan restaurant, not like you as you sound far more adventurous and open minded than him. He's a picky eater. Has come a LONG way since he's been with me (i.e., he now will eat at least some vegetables now and then). But it does limit where we can eat out. To be fair, my vegetarianism also does that, to an extent, though less so in a big liberal city.
Yeah, it's tricky navigating different diet preferences in one house. And the "not dragging my DH to a vegan restaurant" is MY thing. He doesn't cook much, and I don't cook meat, so at home he is effectively vegetarian. When we go out, I feel like he deserves a chance to be a little carnivorous. I always tell him, "I won't cook you a meatloaf, but I'll take you to a diner so you can order one." :)

Tris Prior

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 2226
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #447 on: January 30, 2018, 03:00:20 PM »
Fair enough! The rule in our house is: He can have meat, but he must cook it and clean it up himself and not leave meat byproducts all over the kitchen. And pick it out from the store himself as I became veg at 19 before I was on my own and thus have no experience selecting quality meat from a store (it all looks like it's gone off to me, honestly.)

Also, nothing comes into the house alive (i.e., lobster). Also, nothing with a head still on it, please (this rule was made after an incident with my ex-husband involving a whole fish that was LOOKING at me). This all seems reasonable to both of us. :) He was a bachelor for many years so is fairly competent, if not terribly adventurous, at cooking.

Dulcimina

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 181
  • Location: Maryland
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #448 on: January 30, 2018, 03:00:58 PM »
Check in:
Weight:
Jan 1 2018:    153.4 lb
Jan 8 2018:    150.7 lb
Jan 15, 2018: 147.6 lb
Jan 22, 2018:  146.3

Between the 15th and the 22nd, weight fluctuated a lot, going as high as 148.1 and as low as 145.

Food:
Still low carb, but not ketogenic, until I finish off some fruit and butternut squash. I did another 36 hour fast.  It wasn't as weird as the first. I'm tempted to add more days a week, but I'm holding off for now so I don't burn out.

Exercise:
Met most of my fitness goals: 4 long walks, 2 strength training (gym was closed one day for the holiday), 1 yoga. I still haven't found a "fun" activity yet to replace swing dancing.

Jan 29: 148.7
I messed up this weekend. I planned to fast on Friday, but my dad made me muffins and guava jelly! So I had those, then had rice and beans as a side to my chicken.  On Saturday, I made chickpea blondies to use up the last of my honey, and finished off the rice and beans. On Sunday, I managed to rein in the carbs, but was still having lowish carb treats which I finished yesterday.  My weight peaked over 150 lb on Sunday, but  dropped by down to the 140s by Monday.   Plus some of the health issues that plague me on HC eating came back. So just a reminder that I can't handle high levels of carbs without sabotaging myself.

SquashingDebt

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 162
Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #449 on: January 30, 2018, 04:29:52 PM »
Small victory: I just put on a pair of underwear that has been borderline too-small for quite awhile.  A few minutes later, I realized that they're fitting better than usual!  (This is the first time since starting my weight loss that I've noticed clothing fitting differently!)