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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #700 on: April 02, 2018, 07:14:59 AM »
204.6 this morning. Have NEVER weighed less than 205 as an adult, and pretty sure I have to go back to like 14 years old (always a fat kid).

Congratulations on this milestone!
+1. I'm glad you've found a way of eating that works for you.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #701 on: April 02, 2018, 07:24:20 AM »
204.6 this morning. Have NEVER weighed less than 205 as an adult, and pretty sure I have to go back to like 14 years old (always a fat kid).

Well done - congrats!!!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #702 on: April 02, 2018, 07:53:33 AM »
204.6 this morning. Have NEVER weighed less than 205 as an adult, and pretty sure I have to go back to like 14 years old (always a fat kid).

Congrats other former fat kid!  Feels great doesn't it?

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #703 on: April 02, 2018, 07:58:41 AM »
Jan 30:  178
Feb 12:  174
Feb 19:  174
Feb 26:  174
March 4: 173.2
March 11:  174
March 18:  172.4
March 25:  171.6
April 1:  169.5

!!! Weigh-in was prior to chowing down on Easter treats. If I can maintain this week, I'll be really happy with that.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #704 on: April 02, 2018, 11:24:19 AM »
DateWeightBody Fat
May 2017190 lbs23.7%
June 2017183 lbs22.4%
July 2017180 lbs21.9%
Aug 2017176 lbs21.1%
Sept 2017171 lbs20.4%
Oct 2017165 lbs19.3%
Nov 2017161 lbs18.6%
Dec 2017160 lbs18.4%
Jan 2017155 lbs17.5%
Feb 2017152 lbs17.4%
Mar 2017150.6 lbs16.9%39.4 lbs down

Changed to 1600 calories a day and adjustment only for half of all activity, added in 3 free sessions at Orange Theory (refuse to pay that much for cardio). I was terribly sick for 2 weeks and went to Vegas right before that, so I'm shocked that March was down at all. I'll probably try and get to just below 150 and then start bulking up (2100 calories, then 2500 if my weight doesn't go up). Currently lifting every second day but have hurt my foot (sharp pain when lifting my ankle but only when my leg is straightened so I don't know what's up, ligament? tendon..?). Hopefully it heals fast enough but I may go see the doctor to make sure I can still gym.

I track body fat with a cheap impedance scale so I'm sure it's way off but the trend seemed helpful at the start, less so as I move forward here.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #705 on: April 02, 2018, 12:06:30 PM »
Thanks folks :) Waiting to see if I hold under 205 through a few weigh-ins before I reward myself with a nice bottle of Scotch ;)

No idea what my final goal weight will be, a lot depends on how much lean mass Iím carrying. Itís going to be more about how I feel and an eyeballed (mirror) BF%. I probably have at least 10-15lb worth of very loose/noticeable fat pockets still.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #706 on: April 15, 2018, 05:40:47 AM »
It's been almost two weeks, but I've been busy studying for an exam tomorrow, so I've been neglecting things a bit lately.

Starting weight: 120.7kg
Last weight: 113.5kg
Current weight: 112.1kg

Hooray! Soon I'll have more free time to focus on healthier food choices (at least healthier than tonight's dinner anyway).

110kg (and 10kg down) is getting awfully close. Kinda hoping to be there by the end of April. Then I'll aim on getting below 100kg by the end of July. Eventual goal is roughly 85-90kg.

Annoying thing re: jeans is that I've got a couple of pairs that I bought in November that are now too large, another couple of pairs that fit that are in fairly poor condition, and others that are too small. I'm debating whether to buy another pair or two of nicer jeans for now, but then potentially I won't fit in them in a few months.

Anything that ends up too big, I won't be keeping it in a box, it'll go. I went through my box of 'thin clothes' back around Christmas and sorted out what I wouldn't wear again even when I do reach that weight. Some of the clothes (designs, etc) were fine for me at age 27-28, but probably a bit too young for me now.
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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #707 on: April 15, 2018, 09:57:39 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.
Weight still holding at 155-156 (13-14 pound loss since Jan 1) for the past week. I think I'm at a plateau and am concentrating on more mini exercises. Sadly my food tracking and control has gone way down since I discovered cooking as a hobby (bad time to do it but I'm enjoying making new dishes for the family). Need to rein it in a bit. But I'm happy that I'm hitting my goals of 5k steps before lunch and 8k or 10k steps by nighttime. I've consistently gone over 8k that I'm considering upping it to 10k or 11k steps by nighttime. This will force me to get off my behind and actually play catch with my preschooler every evening.
Started downward trend again albeit slower this time. At 154 today.

My first goal was to hit 156 pounds (my heaviest before pregnancy), my second goal is to hit 151 (my weight before baby#2), my third goal is to hit 145 (my normal BMI), my fourth goal is to hit 138 (my lowest in the past 8 years) and my final goal is to hit 129 (the weight I feel most comfortable in). I'm happy to hit any of these weights but prefer to be around 130s and have exercises and food changes to be lifestyle changes rather than a one shot thing. To give some perspective, my highest was 199 lbs at 40 weeks pregnant.
Hit 153 after a few ups and downs (at 17 pound loss since Jan 1). So close to my goal#2 (151 pounds).

I've learned to add exercise to my schedule.
Back story: I hate exercise and just couldn't find time to do exercise every day. My toddler and baby served as convenient excuses. However, I also know I need to do it to keep myself toned. So I started running around the house every time I wanted a snack for 5-10 mins. I run in whatever clothes I'm wearing (mostly pajamas or home clothes) and since it's for such short durations, I don't put up big excuses. Also I don't have to look for childcare (my biggest excuse) since I can plop my toddler in front of an activity and my baby in crib with a toy and run (more a jog but it gets my heartbeat up at cardio levels so I'm not complaining). But my Fitbit confirms I'm getting 30 minutes of exercise which is 30 minutes over nothing.

Another awesome thing is my snack craving changes to water craving after a 5-10 minute run/jog. If it persists then I eat something.

Time to up Fitbit goals - upped exercise to 20 mins minimum and days of exercise to 3 days minimum, upped number of steps to 9k minimum per day and calories spent to 2k per day. I know it's a bit less than what I spend regularly but I want to be sure I'm hitting goals before I up them again.
Phew!!! Hit 151 finally! Finally at my prepregnancy weight, 8 months after my baby was out. I rapidly lost weight in first few weeks, then stalled for months at 170 and lost again starting this January (19 pounds). Hit a few plateaus but managed to lose again. In all, down almost 50 pounds (which included a 7 pound baby).

I think the mini exercises did the trick for me after my last plateau. I'm sure the exercise purists would balk at it but it works for me and avoids my excuse zones. Even though I would like to be one of the people that goes at a set time to the gym/home workout, my current lifestyle doesn't aid it. I'd rather do it this way than wait for the gym/home workout lifestyle to start.

Onward and upward to my next goal on list - 145 lbs which would mean I'm at the normal BMI after nearly two years. Can't wait to get there!
Was stuck at a plateau at 151 for a few days and then had one cheat day where I ate as usual but added a few sweets and BAM, back at 154. Feeling a bit down because of how easily I gained back the weight. I'm holding at 154 for the past two days. This is despite doing the mini exercises both days and being extra careful with eating.

The only silver lining is I'm going on a liquid/soft food diet for a week per doctor orders and I hope that moves the scales a bit closer to 140s.

Hit 150! (20 pounds down since January) Mostly it's due to the liquid/soft diet, so I'm guessing I'm drinking less calories than eating them. Doctor took me off it since I don't need it any longer. Now the challenge is to maintain/lose from here and not shoot up again even though I eat normal food.

I've always been chubby thanks to Mom and aunts and grandmothers who feel a chubby kid is a healthy kid, so even my lowest weight that I can remember is on the higher side of normal or even above normal. I currently have a goal of 129 which is in the middle of my BMI range. However I'm not sure if it's my final right weight. Would be interesting to know for sure.

This also means I'm just 5 more pounds to my third goal (145#) which would put me at the very top of normal. I usually swing between 140-150 pretty easily. So anything below 145 would be hard to lose and won't be in the same speed as what I've done these past two months. Oh well! One step at a time. Time to pedal towards 145.
Finally broke into 140s (149 today - lost 21 pounds since Jan 1). But I can see it's already harder since my weight has been jumping to 150-151 with even a small change from diet or exercise. I find I do best if I do one fairly longer mini exercise (atleast 20-25 minutes long - enough to get my heartbeat up at cardio levels for at least ten to twenty minutes) than do the same amount of steps broken over smaller mini exercises. However getting that 20-25 minutes is the hard part since I try to time it for baby sleep while kiddo is in preschool. A hit or miss most days. Trying to figure out if I can do it late in the night so I can get to it after everyone sleeps. But that is when my will power is lowest and I can't push myself to start. Well, I guess I need to haul myself and just do it.

Sunhat, I'm 4 pounds above my normal BMI (my next goal) as well and I can't wait to get there.  However I've learned that to keep the weight off, it's better to lose gradually than do a sudden jump. What has helped me was to make sure I give myself mini treats if I do my exercises or stick to my diet for x number of days. Usually the treats are a new book, a massage, y amount of kid and baby free time, etc. I also identified a bunch of clothes in smaller sizes that I love and every time I reach a smaller size, wear them with pleasure. As a result, I love dressing up now and feel so happy that I'm able to fit into my favorites. The rest, well I'll get there soon.

Candace, thanks for the encouragement!! Truly means a lot to me.
Checking in with weight at 146 (24 lbs down from Jan 1). I'm starting to get impatient as I get closer to my next goal (145#) but I realize that I need to enjoy this weight instead of getting frustrated since it might be quite sometime before I hit and STAY there consistently.

Candace, +1 for weight being nonlinear. It is frustrating to see a higher weight on the weigh in day since my weight sometimes goes up a pound or more and then settles down closer to new normal. I've started tracking my weight and taking a moving average so I don't get disappointed(and binge eat) if the scale moves in the wrong direction. Good luck!
I'm maintaining at 146 pretty consistently but haven't seen the needle go lower. I'm also starting to slip a bit with my diet. Need to rein it in. Patience is the word.

I'm curious how we'll know what our ideal weight is. I've always been on the chubbier side since childhood and don't really know what my normal healthy weight is (as adult or child or teen). When  I see people say they are 10 pounds above their ideal, I really want to know what mine is. How did you find your ideal weight?
Finally!!! Hit 145 today (25 pounds lost since Jan). Achieved my third goal of hitting normal BMI. I can't stop smiling everytime I think of it.

I have been oscillating between 146-148 and feeling heavy in general despite being careful in diet and doing mini exercises. I was feeling very dejected and thankfully the scales moved in the right direction today. Next goal is to hit 138 (goal#4) but I'm not really sure how long it'll take since I think I'm past my rapid weight loss stage (I've lost all my pregnancy weight and then some, usually it's super hard to lose weight once I hit my normal BMI). Now for a slow and steady journey towards next goal.

Dreadmoose, thank you so much for the links. According to the BMI link, I still have a long way to go (122 lbs, I don't even remember when I was that weight the last time :( ) and my body fat shows I'm in a healthy range. I have to do more digging to figure out if my weight loss goals are accurate.

ETA: thinking further, I do best if I'm close enough to a goal but not too close. The next goal (138#) intimidates me since I know the weight loss is going to slow down a lot and I don't want lose the motivation in the meantime. I'm going to add three mini goals (first at 144, second at 142 and third at 140) to keep the motivation intact while I attempt the next one. Wish me luck!
Checking in at 144 (26 pounds lost since Jan 1)! My first minigoal reached. Definitely harder to lose this one pound compared to a pound lost in Jan. But I'm pumped to hit my first mini goal! Next on list is 142. Onward and upward!

elaine_amj, welcome back! Missed you here!
Ok, I think I've found the secret of rapid weight loss (for me anyways). Have both kids be sick for more than a week --> run on low sleep (2/3 hours a day) --> don't have much energy to junk on food --> weight loss. Down to 142 pounds (second mini goal and 28 pounds down from Jan 1). I know I've not lost two pounds in two days! It should be more a mix of fatigued muscles, less food overall, loss of water weight, etc. Next in line is my third minigoal (140 pounds). But I'm expecting a rebound once kids start sleeping through. I just hope I don't go up too much and am able to maintain it here.

Elaine_amj, thank you so much! To be fair, almost all of it was my pregnancy weight, so clean eating coupled with light but regular exercise helped drop the pounds fast. I usually oscillate between 140 and 150 easily so anything below 145 are the pounds I really need to work hard to lose.
Still holding onto 142 pounds and I think I'm at a plateau again. Still clean eating and doing exercises but haven't upped the intensity yet.

@neophyte, +1 to slow but sure weight loss sticking better. You're doing great! Keep at it. Maybe mini goals would help? I find I get motivated when I'm super close to a goal than a far off one.
Still holding steady at 142. The past two weeks have been crazy planning for and attending a wedding and related gluttony meals since my family associates love and prestige by the size of meals provided and would be offended if it wasn't polished clean. Despite all this, I'm happy my weight has stuck to 142 and has not increased. Now that the wedding celebrations are over, I'm planning to concentrate again on my diet  and mini exercises. Hope I can break this plateau and lose a few more. Plan is to hit my next goal of 138 by June.
Haven't been great at maintaining my diet and exercise (had a couple of pizza binges which I'm not proud of) but have managed to hold steady all through and lose weight to 140 lbs (30 lbs since Jan 1) at times. I still keep bouncing between 140 and 141 but I'm starting to be more at 140 so I'm going to chalk it up as hitting my second mini goal. Now on to my last one (138 lbs). I want to reach it by June and I'm happy I'm on track. However this last two pounds is going to take 2 months :(

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #708 on: April 17, 2018, 03:25:47 PM »

Joining for accountability. Going to finally lose the extra 10-15 pounds Iíve been carrying around for the past 10-15 years. Iíd like to lose at least 10lbs by April when I plan to get my cholesterol checked.

My plan is:
- track calories in MFP (1200-1400 per day)
- walk for an hour every day
- Pilates, yoga, Zumba, and spin class each once a week.
- no alcohol until July 4 (doing this with my spouse)
- plant based diet
- no eating out unless invited out with friends until July 4

My spouse is also on board which makes this a lot easier this time.

Starting weight: 135lbs
Goal weight: 120-125lbs

1/1/2018: 135 lbs
1/8/2018: 134.0 lbs
1/15/2018: 134.7 lbs
1/25/2018: 133.0 lbs
2/13/2018: 131.7 lbs
3/5/2018: 129.8 lbs
4/17/2018: 127.6

Just down 2lbs in over a month. I went on vacation at the end of March and splurged a lot. Now Iím back on track. Hope to lose a couple more by the end of the month. I started doing some intermittent fasting to mix things up.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #709 on: April 17, 2018, 07:26:39 PM »
Crossed into ďOnederlandĒ yesterday, 199.8.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #710 on: April 18, 2018, 06:37:57 AM »
Crossed into ďOnederlandĒ yesterday, 199.8.

Congratulations! That will be a big milestone for me too when I finally get there (16 pounds to go).

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #711 on: April 18, 2018, 07:08:52 AM »
Back on the track. 
Had some better eating choices this weekend. And some exercise.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #712 on: April 18, 2018, 07:30:56 AM »
Weekly-ish Weigh in:

December 30: 145
January 5:      144
January 12:    143.4
January 19:    143.8
January 26:    143.2
February 2:    142
February 15:   145
February 24:  143
March 6:        142.8
March 10:       142
March 23:       142.8
March 31:       142
April 18:         144.4


Ugh- I stopped logging, I gained. Snow on April 17th - When Lord will you send pleasant outdoor weather?! DH just has a couple of weeks of school left so our lives are crazy right now.

Planting our garden this weekend - brussel sprouts, kale, lettuce, peas and probably beats and broc going in the ground :) A little late this year, but it has been so darn cold the ground temp hasn't really come up enough yet.

My goal this week is to cut back on fizzy water. I used to only drink tap water, coffee, herbal tea and wine but this winter we ended up drinking more beer than wine. Beer makes me gain (I swear this is true :)) so I switched to La Croix for the carbonation - but I think the carbonation makes me bloated too. Back to tap water, coffee, and tea.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #713 on: April 18, 2018, 07:42:52 AM »
So - I'm starting late, but I'm ready!  I'm weighing in at 193.5.  37/m.  I've been down to 160, but not since 23.  My first milestone is 185. 

Question - how are you all handling diet sodas?  It's definitely my crutch/morning addiction.  I don't drink coffee, and I struggle on tea.  In the past I've been able to do OK on unsweetened iced tea from the grocery store.  Do you think there is a strong correlation to diet soda and weight gain?
Diet sodas themselves, no. Some artificial sweeteners trigger increased appetite for some people, so it depends on how you handle it. I guzzle diet soda and don’t see that it affects my weight as much as my other dietary and exercise choices. I had visible abs drinking diet soda, and I have not-so-visible abs now drinking diet soda, so for me I don’t think it makes a difference.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #714 on: April 19, 2018, 09:28:55 PM »
Congrats Malkynn thatís an awesome accomplishment!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #715 on: April 20, 2018, 02:01:42 AM »
I’ve been maintaining my 70+lb weight loss for 7 months now.

I’m still veeeeeery slowly losing, so it’s not true maintenance I suppose. I’m down to 127 now (from 200), which is very lean at my height and puts my BMI just under 20 (from over 31).

Because I lost all of my weight through small, incremental and permanent lifestyle changes, there hasn’t been any transition to maintenance, there has just been a slowing of loss as my body weight creeps closer and closer to what can be sustained by my usual calorie intake and activity level. It will probably be another year before it actually stops, but the rate is so slow that it doesn’t really matter anymore. At that point it will just fluctuate within a range but with no net gain or loss over time.

With no change to my lifestyle in maintenance, it’s only been a process of changing my emotional experience. I worried that I would miss the constant progress of losing, to which I had come so accustom over the years, but I didn’t. It turns out I was actually sick of it.

I love love loooooooooooooove not having everyone constantly commenting on my body.
Ugh.
When you lose A LOT of weight, it’s just public territory for everyone to comment on your body, and over time it starts feeling pretty icky.
Now that I’ve essentially looked the same for over half a year, it’s not the first thing people say to me anymore, and that is so so nice. It was fine for the first year or so, but 4 years later, I just didn’t want to talk about the amount of fat on my body anymore. I was over it. Plus, nobody actually really cares, it’s just a casual automatic reaction they have about something that’s actually super personal.
It still comes up regularly, but it’s not overbearing anymore.

The worst part is that successfully losing that much weight through basic moderation over a long period of time is a lot like Mustachianism.
It pissed people off when I would explain how I did it.
They would want to hear that I ate only kale picked by virgins or drank concentrated monkey-piss or some other weight loss “secret” to explain how I went from plus size to size 0.
Explaining that I ate carefully and moderately every day, eating only as much food as I needed to while cutting out almost all unnecessary calories except for rare indulgences that are truly worth it so that I could feel my best, never feel deprived, and lose slowly over a few years just didn’t resonate with people. They wanted “tips and tricks”.
I gave them the Mustachianism of eating.

So yeah. I enjoy not having to watch people’s faces go from gleeful anticipation of learning my “secret” to the slow scowl and complaineypants excuses about “life is too short not to enjoy my 850 calorie afternoon frapp and cookie” and meanwhile I’m like “then why are you asking me how to lose weight?”

Yeah.
Maintenance is awesome. I like adjusting to the new normal.
OMG! I could've written this! The way people expect you to have a weight loss secret and the scowl they have when you say you don't have one and share what you did!! It's crazy!

Congrats on losing and keeping the 70+ pounds away. I lost around 60 lbs over 4-5 months (I was losing weight postpartum once I got back to my normal food and routine) and had to put up with some crap questions and guilt inducing statements (my favorite, not, was 'you wouldn't make any milk for your poor baby'. The said poor baby is a 10 month old who eats solids well and drinks breastmilk 6 times every day and gains weight accordingly. She doesn't have a problem with not enough milk. I don't know why people try to guilt anyone for improving their health, especially new moms using their baby. That's cruel!). The most vicious have been, sadly, other women and in particular other new moms. Some just can't believe we can lose pregnancy weight without harming the baby. And some just hate you for it.

Now I'm getting statements like 'oh you look so tired. Should be all the food you are not eating', 'you have lost your glow and chubbiness', 'your body needs lot of food. Don't punish your body'. Please! I'm an adult and I eat healthy and variety. I know my body is happy. Maybe I'm tired and that shows but I have a baby. I'd be tired irrespective of my weight. No words!!

I can't wait to hit my maintenance phase. Hope I'm close to it.

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« Reply #716 on: April 20, 2018, 06:09:13 AM »
@firelight LOL - I suspect if you have lost any "glow" (and you probably haven't) it comes from the general state of parenting a baby NOT weightloss. :)

Good on you for the postpartum loss!

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« Reply #717 on: April 20, 2018, 10:15:49 AM »
@firelight and @Malkynn Bravo.  You are inspiring me to get back on track. 

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« Reply #718 on: April 23, 2018, 04:48:10 PM »
I have lost about 5kg since mid January, with my goal to lose another 7 (and get down to about 55kg)

I am going on holiday to Europe for 5 weeks from next week so I think I may undo my progress, but we will see.

I am posting for motivation :)

only put back on 2kg while in Europe, so I am happy with that, considering how much delicious food I ate

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #719 on: April 29, 2018, 06:23:26 AM »
Monthly weigh-in:

11/26/2017     253.4
12/31/2017     242.6
01/31/2018     234.8
02/28/2018     224.8
03/31/2018     220.0
04/29/2018     214.4

My goal when I started was 210 by the end of the year which was obviously way too conservative. New goal is 185 pounds by the end of the year (which I think is somewhat aggressive), then maintenance or slow weight loss after that.

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« Reply #720 on: April 29, 2018, 08:12:48 AM »
Monthly weigh-in:

11/26/2017     253.4
12/31/2017     242.6
01/31/2018     234.8
02/28/2018     224.8
03/31/2018     220.0
04/29/2018     214.4

My goal when I started was 210 by the end of the year which was obviously way too conservative. New goal is 185 pounds by the end of the year (which I think is somewhat aggressive), then maintenance or slow weight loss after that.

Well done!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #721 on: April 29, 2018, 08:14:02 AM »
I've completely stagnated at 7 pounds lost, but that's not surprising as I've more or less dropped the ball on all my supporting goals. Time to refocus.

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« Reply #722 on: April 29, 2018, 04:07:18 PM »
I dropped a pound over the last month and have been consistantly keeping it off with daily weigh-ins.

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« Reply #723 on: April 29, 2018, 07:07:47 PM »
Monthly weigh-in:

11/26/2017     253.4
12/31/2017     242.6
01/31/2018     234.8
02/28/2018     224.8
03/31/2018     220.0
04/29/2018     214.4

My goal when I started was 210 by the end of the year which was obviously way too conservative. New goal is 185 pounds by the end of the year (which I think is somewhat aggressive), then maintenance or slow weight loss after that.

Well done!

Thanks, @asiljoy!

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« Reply #724 on: May 01, 2018, 07:05:54 AM »
Time for another update :)

Starting weight: 120.7kg
Last weight: 112.1kg
Current weight: 112.2kg

This one is an interesting one, as I've majorly slacked off over the last couple of weeks. Even tonight's meal filled the plate. Need to get back onto it. I was absolutely cooked mentally a couple of weeks ago after my exam and I'm only now starting to feel normal again.

Thinking about what to do to keep my physical activity up during the winter as well.

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« Reply #725 on: May 01, 2018, 08:19:28 AM »
1/1/18 - Weight 146.6, Waist 31 5/8"
2/1/18 - Weight 145.6, Waist 31 9/16"
3/1/18 - Weight 144.4, Waist 31 9/16"
4/1/18 - Weight 146.2, Waist 31 9/16"
5/1/18 - Weight 145.4, Waist 31 9/16"

April was another tough month. I did no fasting, except delaying my first meal until noon a couple days. Exercise is not where it needs to be. My diet has been fair to middling.

May promises to be just as stressful. The house selling process has been tough, with no sign things will get easier any time soon. I need to figure out how to focus on diet and self-care despite the external stressors.

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« Reply #726 on: May 01, 2018, 09:43:37 AM »
Hey all.  I am curious if anyone here is a calorie counter like myself.  I frequent the loseit reddit site and they are huge on CICO.  Obviously for it to work properly you need to know the right amount of calories.  Someone today posted a TDEE calc that showed me at needing 1650 calories instead of the 1500 myfitnesspal is telling me to eat. 

Thoughts?  Experience? 

the calc this person was using is : https://damnripped.com/tdee-calculator


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« Reply #727 on: May 01, 2018, 10:02:02 AM »
Hey all.  I am curious if anyone here is a calorie counter like myself.  I frequent the loseit reddit site and they are huge on CICO.  Obviously for it to work properly you need to know the right amount of calories.  Someone today posted a TDEE calc that showed me at needing 1650 calories instead of the 1500 myfitnesspal is telling me to eat. 

Thoughts?  Experience? 

the calc this person was using is : https://damnripped.com/tdee-calculator

I have been counting calories for 10 months (down 40+ lbs), It appears to me that myfitnesspal has a floor it gives you when you try and be too aggressive (won't go below 1500 calories but gets there fast at certain heights - mine included).

That calculator looks likes it's pretty accurate, the best I've found (and the simplest web page to boot) is here: https://tdeecalculator.net/

It tells you ideal weight based on multiple formulas along with different macros to eat for cutting, maintenance, and bulking if you want to choose.

I've done fad diets in years past, counting calories works much better for me as I am not limiting types of food but just following the good old laws of physics for energy conservation.

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« Reply #728 on: May 01, 2018, 05:24:08 PM »
DateWeightBody Fat
May 2017190 lbs23.7%
June 2017183 lbs22.4%
July 2017180 lbs21.9%
Aug 2017176 lbs21.1%
Sept 2017171 lbs20.4%
Oct 2017165 lbs19.3%
Nov 2017161 lbs18.6%
Dec 2017160 lbs18.4%
Jan 2017155 lbs17.5%
Feb 2017152 lbs17.4%
Mar 2017150.6 lbs16.9%
Mar 2017149 lbs16.5%41 lbs down

Still eating at 1600 calories a day plus exercise amounts (myfitnesspal paired with a Garmin Vivomove [Edit: Vivomove HR to track calories]). Progress is slow but I'm happy with it, kind of in a re-comp stage I believe. Going to eat like this for another 10-12 days and then switch to 2100 calories and track closely. On dehydrated days I have all abs showing with a jagged separation between the top few.. getting close to goal here and way lower than I've ever been... I believe counting my childhood at this point.

PS I track body fat with a cheap impedance scale so I'm sure it's way off but the trend seemed helpful at the start, less so as I move forward here.
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« Reply #729 on: May 02, 2018, 06:01:59 AM »
Hey all.  I am curious if anyone here is a calorie counter like myself.  I frequent the loseit reddit site and they are huge on CICO.  Obviously for it to work properly you need to know the right amount of calories.  Someone today posted a TDEE calc that showed me at needing 1650 calories instead of the 1500 myfitnesspal is telling me to eat. 

Thoughts?  Experience? 

the calc this person was using is : https://damnripped.com/tdee-calculator

Counting calories is an anxiety trigger for me, and I also hate cooking when I have to weigh everything out.

Eating low carb, moderate to high protein, moderate fat works for me. Very hard to overeat and I lose weight at a very sustainable pace. Dieting when Iíve allowed myself cards, I really struggle to not overeat.

 Itís also dramatically improved my physical endurance. I can work far harder, far longer without getting hungry.

Iím currently 5 pounds below my lowest ever adult weight but with quite a bit more lean mass than that time based on how my belts and clothes fit. (Easily an inch or two slimmer and definitely stronger.)

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« Reply #730 on: May 02, 2018, 09:44:09 AM »
Hey all.  I am curious if anyone here is a calorie counter like myself.  I frequent the loseit reddit site and they are huge on CICO.  Obviously for it to work properly you need to know the right amount of calories.  Someone today posted a TDEE calc that showed me at needing 1650 calories instead of the 1500 myfitnesspal is telling me to eat. 

Thoughts?  Experience? 

the calc this person was using is : https://damnripped.com/tdee-calculator

Counting calories is an anxiety trigger for me, and I also hate cooking when I have to weigh everything out.

Eating low carb, moderate to high protein, moderate fat works for me. Very hard to overeat and I lose weight at a very sustainable pace. Dieting when Iíve allowed myself cards, I really struggle to not overeat.

 Itís also dramatically improved my physical endurance. I can work far harder, far longer without getting hungry.

Iím currently 5 pounds below my lowest ever adult weight but with quite a bit more lean mass than that time based on how my belts and clothes fit. (Easily an inch or two slimmer and definitely stronger.)

I hear ya.  I don't weigh the food or anything - so I'm probably not doing it perfectly.  I travel a lot so restricting food groups becomes more of a challenge than limiting my portions.  I just started my latest attempt a week ago, and it was right around my birthday so I stumbled a bit the last couple of days.  last sunday I was 196, and ended the week at 191.2.  Then today I'm at 191.8. 

My eating plan today:

Breakfast:
2 slices turkey bacon (70 cals)
Greek yogurt + granola (350 cals)

Snack: Apple, String Cheese (130 cals)

Lunch: TV dinner of some sort, 300-400 cals (usually leftovers, but don't have any today)

Snack: Cashew Clusters (5 each 140 cals)

Dinner: Chicken, Veggie and Potato (450 cals)

Dessert: Frozen blue berries (50 cals)

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« Reply #731 on: May 02, 2018, 12:40:44 PM »
Hey all.  I am curious if anyone here is a calorie counter like myself.  I frequent the loseit reddit site and they are huge on CICO.  Obviously for it to work properly you need to know the right amount of calories.  Someone today posted a TDEE calc that showed me at needing 1650 calories instead of the 1500 myfitnesspal is telling me to eat. 

Thoughts?  Experience? 

the calc this person was using is : https://damnripped.com/tdee-calculator

I am also a calorie counter and have been using MFP for about 14 months.  It is the only way I don't gain weight. I will say that I found MFP to be a little too generous on the calories once I got close to goal. For instance, mine is still set to losing .5 a week but I've essentially been maintaining at the amount for about 8 months (1460 and Lord, how I hate it! - and I'm still 5-7 pounds from my goal weight). I suspect if I set it at maintenance I would start slowly gaining.
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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #732 on: May 02, 2018, 01:58:56 PM »
Jan 30:  178
Feb 12:  174
Feb 19:  174
Feb 26:  174
March 4: 173.2
March 11:  174
March 18:  172.4
March 25:  171.6
April 1:  169.5
May 1: 168.5

April was pretty much a bust, I didn't stick to counting calories very closely and life got hectic so I dropped the exercise routine.  Hoping to kick things up a notch in May.  At least I didn't slide backwards.


I am also a calorie counter, and I have to be pretty religious to make progress. However, I find sticking to my limit much more tolerable when I eat relatively high protein low carb.   I've also found MFP to be overly generous on the calories, especially the exercise calories.  It estimates I should be losing weight at 2 to 3 times the rate that I am.
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« Reply #733 on: May 02, 2018, 04:41:29 PM »
I went to Subway for lunch and had a salad.  Tough to count.  MFP shows a chicken chopped salad at 220 cals.  Impossible. 

I had lettuce, spinach, pickles, black olives, banana peppers, cheese, cucumber, tomatoes, and subway vinaigrette on top.  I'm logging it as 500 calories just to be conservative.  Thoughts? 

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« Reply #734 on: May 02, 2018, 05:05:09 PM »
I went to Subway for lunch and had a salad.  Tough to count.  MFP shows a chicken chopped salad at 220 cals.  Impossible. 

I had lettuce, spinach, pickles, black olives, banana peppers, cheese, cucumber, tomatoes, and subway vinaigrette on top.  I'm logging it as 500 calories just to be conservative.  Thoughts?

I typed that all in here (for cheese I chose shredded so who knows) but it all comes out to 260 calories! You may be being too conservative on yourself. http://www.subway.com/en-us/menunutrition/nutrition {Click on your salad to customize the toppings}

Also, I believe MFP is pretty close for exercising calories but adjusting for that every day for me was usually a treat late at night which might have slowed things down. Wearing a heart-rate monitor (watch) has tracked all of my workouts / walks / cycling as higher (more calories burned) than the MFP estimates so far (by nearly half).

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« Reply #735 on: May 02, 2018, 05:10:44 PM »
That's awesome!  I just felt much more full than 260 cals typically offers.

Side question - I'd love to make these at home.  Anyone have any tools they'd recommend to chop a salad?  when I search on amazon I see a OXO device that looks like a double pizza cutter.  I also see a Checkered Chef double bladed salad chopper. 

Anyone try anything? 

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« Reply #736 on: May 03, 2018, 06:40:31 AM »
That's awesome!  I just felt much more full than 260 cals typically offers.

Side question - I'd love to make these at home.  Anyone have any tools they'd recommend to chop a salad?  when I search on amazon I see a OXO device that looks like a double pizza cutter.  I also see a Checkered Chef double bladed salad chopper. 

Anyone try anything?

I usually just get salad mix or baby spinach instead of chopping head lettuce.

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« Reply #737 on: May 03, 2018, 07:08:26 AM »
Jan 30:  178
Feb 12:  174
Feb 19:  174
Feb 26:  174
March 4: 173.2
March 11:  174
March 18:  172.4
March 25:  171.6
April 1:  169.5
May 1: 168.5

April was pretty much a bust, I didn't stick to counting calories very closely and life got hectic so I dropped the exercise routine.  Hoping to kick things up a notch in May.  At least I didn't slide backwards.


I am also a calorie counter, and I have to be pretty religious to make progress. However, I find sticking to my limit much more tolerable when I eat relatively high protein low carb.   I've also found MFP to be overly generous on the calories, especially the exercise calories.  It estimates I should be losing weight at 2 to 3 times the rate that I am.

@neophyte  - not a bust! You lost a pound - good job!

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« Reply #738 on: May 03, 2018, 07:49:38 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.
Weight still holding at 155-156 (13-14 pound loss since Jan 1) for the past week. I think I'm at a plateau and am concentrating on more mini exercises. Sadly my food tracking and control has gone way down since I discovered cooking as a hobby (bad time to do it but I'm enjoying making new dishes for the family). Need to rein it in a bit. But I'm happy that I'm hitting my goals of 5k steps before lunch and 8k or 10k steps by nighttime. I've consistently gone over 8k that I'm considering upping it to 10k or 11k steps by nighttime. This will force me to get off my behind and actually play catch with my preschooler every evening.
Started downward trend again albeit slower this time. At 154 today.

My first goal was to hit 156 pounds (my heaviest before pregnancy), my second goal is to hit 151 (my weight before baby#2), my third goal is to hit 145 (my normal BMI), my fourth goal is to hit 138 (my lowest in the past 8 years) and my final goal is to hit 129 (the weight I feel most comfortable in). I'm happy to hit any of these weights but prefer to be around 130s and have exercises and food changes to be lifestyle changes rather than a one shot thing. To give some perspective, my highest was 199 lbs at 40 weeks pregnant.
Hit 153 after a few ups and downs (at 17 pound loss since Jan 1). So close to my goal#2 (151 pounds).

I've learned to add exercise to my schedule.
Back story: I hate exercise and just couldn't find time to do exercise every day. My toddler and baby served as convenient excuses. However, I also know I need to do it to keep myself toned. So I started running around the house every time I wanted a snack for 5-10 mins. I run in whatever clothes I'm wearing (mostly pajamas or home clothes) and since it's for such short durations, I don't put up big excuses. Also I don't have to look for childcare (my biggest excuse) since I can plop my toddler in front of an activity and my baby in crib with a toy and run (more a jog but it gets my heartbeat up at cardio levels so I'm not complaining). But my Fitbit confirms I'm getting 30 minutes of exercise which is 30 minutes over nothing.

Another awesome thing is my snack craving changes to water craving after a 5-10 minute run/jog. If it persists then I eat something.

Time to up Fitbit goals - upped exercise to 20 mins minimum and days of exercise to 3 days minimum, upped number of steps to 9k minimum per day and calories spent to 2k per day. I know it's a bit less than what I spend regularly but I want to be sure I'm hitting goals before I up them again.
Phew!!! Hit 151 finally! Finally at my prepregnancy weight, 8 months after my baby was out. I rapidly lost weight in first few weeks, then stalled for months at 170 and lost again starting this January (19 pounds). Hit a few plateaus but managed to lose again. In all, down almost 50 pounds (which included a 7 pound baby).

I think the mini exercises did the trick for me after my last plateau. I'm sure the exercise purists would balk at it but it works for me and avoids my excuse zones. Even though I would like to be one of the people that goes at a set time to the gym/home workout, my current lifestyle doesn't aid it. I'd rather do it this way than wait for the gym/home workout lifestyle to start.

Onward and upward to my next goal on list - 145 lbs which would mean I'm at the normal BMI after nearly two years. Can't wait to get there!
Was stuck at a plateau at 151 for a few days and then had one cheat day where I ate as usual but added a few sweets and BAM, back at 154. Feeling a bit down because of how easily I gained back the weight. I'm holding at 154 for the past two days. This is despite doing the mini exercises both days and being extra careful with eating.

The only silver lining is I'm going on a liquid/soft food diet for a week per doctor orders and I hope that moves the scales a bit closer to 140s.

Hit 150! (20 pounds down since January) Mostly it's due to the liquid/soft diet, so I'm guessing I'm drinking less calories than eating them. Doctor took me off it since I don't need it any longer. Now the challenge is to maintain/lose from here and not shoot up again even though I eat normal food.

I've always been chubby thanks to Mom and aunts and grandmothers who feel a chubby kid is a healthy kid, so even my lowest weight that I can remember is on the higher side of normal or even above normal. I currently have a goal of 129 which is in the middle of my BMI range. However I'm not sure if it's my final right weight. Would be interesting to know for sure.

This also means I'm just 5 more pounds to my third goal (145#) which would put me at the very top of normal. I usually swing between 140-150 pretty easily. So anything below 145 would be hard to lose and won't be in the same speed as what I've done these past two months. Oh well! One step at a time. Time to pedal towards 145.
Finally broke into 140s (149 today - lost 21 pounds since Jan 1). But I can see it's already harder since my weight has been jumping to 150-151 with even a small change from diet or exercise. I find I do best if I do one fairly longer mini exercise (atleast 20-25 minutes long - enough to get my heartbeat up at cardio levels for at least ten to twenty minutes) than do the same amount of steps broken over smaller mini exercises. However getting that 20-25 minutes is the hard part since I try to time it for baby sleep while kiddo is in preschool. A hit or miss most days. Trying to figure out if I can do it late in the night so I can get to it after everyone sleeps. But that is when my will power is lowest and I can't push myself to start. Well, I guess I need to haul myself and just do it.

Sunhat, I'm 4 pounds above my normal BMI (my next goal) as well and I can't wait to get there.  However I've learned that to keep the weight off, it's better to lose gradually than do a sudden jump. What has helped me was to make sure I give myself mini treats if I do my exercises or stick to my diet for x number of days. Usually the treats are a new book, a massage, y amount of kid and baby free time, etc. I also identified a bunch of clothes in smaller sizes that I love and every time I reach a smaller size, wear them with pleasure. As a result, I love dressing up now and feel so happy that I'm able to fit into my favorites. The rest, well I'll get there soon.

Candace, thanks for the encouragement!! Truly means a lot to me.
Checking in with weight at 146 (24 lbs down from Jan 1). I'm starting to get impatient as I get closer to my next goal (145#) but I realize that I need to enjoy this weight instead of getting frustrated since it might be quite sometime before I hit and STAY there consistently.

Candace, +1 for weight being nonlinear. It is frustrating to see a higher weight on the weigh in day since my weight sometimes goes up a pound or more and then settles down closer to new normal. I've started tracking my weight and taking a moving average so I don't get disappointed(and binge eat) if the scale moves in the wrong direction. Good luck!
I'm maintaining at 146 pretty consistently but haven't seen the needle go lower. I'm also starting to slip a bit with my diet. Need to rein it in. Patience is the word.

I'm curious how we'll know what our ideal weight is. I've always been on the chubbier side since childhood and don't really know what my normal healthy weight is (as adult or child or teen). When  I see people say they are 10 pounds above their ideal, I really want to know what mine is. How did you find your ideal weight?
Finally!!! Hit 145 today (25 pounds lost since Jan). Achieved my third goal of hitting normal BMI. I can't stop smiling everytime I think of it.

I have been oscillating between 146-148 and feeling heavy in general despite being careful in diet and doing mini exercises. I was feeling very dejected and thankfully the scales moved in the right direction today. Next goal is to hit 138 (goal#4) but I'm not really sure how long it'll take since I think I'm past my rapid weight loss stage (I've lost all my pregnancy weight and then some, usually it's super hard to lose weight once I hit my normal BMI). Now for a slow and steady journey towards next goal.

Dreadmoose, thank you so much for the links. According to the BMI link, I still have a long way to go (122 lbs, I don't even remember when I was that weight the last time :( ) and my body fat shows I'm in a healthy range. I have to do more digging to figure out if my weight loss goals are accurate.

ETA: thinking further, I do best if I'm close enough to a goal but not too close. The next goal (138#) intimidates me since I know the weight loss is going to slow down a lot and I don't want lose the motivation in the meantime. I'm going to add three mini goals (first at 144, second at 142 and third at 140) to keep the motivation intact while I attempt the next one. Wish me luck!
Checking in at 144 (26 pounds lost since Jan 1)! My first minigoal reached. Definitely harder to lose this one pound compared to a pound lost in Jan. But I'm pumped to hit my first mini goal! Next on list is 142. Onward and upward!

elaine_amj, welcome back! Missed you here!
Ok, I think I've found the secret of rapid weight loss (for me anyways). Have both kids be sick for more than a week --> run on low sleep (2/3 hours a day) --> don't have much energy to junk on food --> weight loss. Down to 142 pounds (second mini goal and 28 pounds down from Jan 1). I know I've not lost two pounds in two days! It should be more a mix of fatigued muscles, less food overall, loss of water weight, etc. Next in line is my third minigoal (140 pounds). But I'm expecting a rebound once kids start sleeping through. I just hope I don't go up too much and am able to maintain it here.

Elaine_amj, thank you so much! To be fair, almost all of it was my pregnancy weight, so clean eating coupled with light but regular exercise helped drop the pounds fast. I usually oscillate between 140 and 150 easily so anything below 145 are the pounds I really need to work hard to lose.
Still holding onto 142 pounds and I think I'm at a plateau again. Still clean eating and doing exercises but haven't upped the intensity yet.

@neophyte, +1 to slow but sure weight loss sticking better. You're doing great! Keep at it. Maybe mini goals would help? I find I get motivated when I'm super close to a goal than a far off one.
Still holding steady at 142. The past two weeks have been crazy planning for and attending a wedding and related gluttony meals since my family associates love and prestige by the size of meals provided and would be offended if it wasn't polished clean. Despite all this, I'm happy my weight has stuck to 142 and has not increased. Now that the wedding celebrations are over, I'm planning to concentrate again on my diet  and mini exercises. Hope I can break this plateau and lose a few more. Plan is to hit my next goal of 138 by June.
Haven't been great at maintaining my diet and exercise (had a couple of pizza binges which I'm not proud of) but have managed to hold steady all through and lose weight to 140 lbs (30 lbs since Jan 1) at times. I still keep bouncing between 140 and 141 but I'm starting to be more at 140 so I'm going to chalk it up as hitting my second mini goal. Now on to my last one (138 lbs). I want to reach it by June and I'm happy I'm on track. However this last two pounds is going to take 2 months :(
Back up to 144, thanks to some hectic travel and jetlagged sleep and wedding food. I still have two more weeks of it to go but I'm instituting some rules to help cope during this busy phase. Let's see if I can stick to them (resisting food at 3 am when you are hungry is hard even though I know I should be sleeping and I end up eating lot of unhealthy stuff since I wake up ravenously hungry). Fingers crossed!

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« Reply #739 on: May 03, 2018, 09:26:05 AM »
I forgot I'd joined this challenge at the beginning of the year...oops. I got on the scale this morning, 164.9. I was about 168 a month ago before we went on vacation. I've been ramping up my half marathon and Mt. Whitney training so I think I'm seeing a fair bit of muscle increase and fat decrease while the number on the scale isn't moving much. I recently bought a little bit of new clothing down a size, and I am definitely much fitter than I was at the beginning of the year. I would still like to see the number on the scale go down, so I probably need to focus more on my diet since I have the exercise part of the equation in good shape. My challenge is that, with running and hiking, I am starving ALL the time. Any good websites or books any of you good folks could recommend for getting the nutrition side in shape too?

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« Reply #740 on: May 03, 2018, 10:06:08 AM »
Back up to 144, thanks to some hectic travel and jetlagged sleep and wedding food. I still have two more weeks of it to go but I'm instituting some rules to help cope during this busy phase. Let's see if I can stick to them (resisting food at 3 am when you are hungry is hard even though I know I should be sleeping and I end up eating lot of unhealthy stuff since I wake up ravenously hungry). Fingers crossed!
Firelight, would it be an option if you'd only quote your last 1-3 posts? I totally get you want the reference to your older post, but the number is getting so high by now that's it's really a pain to scroll through all of it. For the rest good job so far and good luck this month, hope you'll break through into the 130s and meet your goal!

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« Reply #741 on: May 03, 2018, 12:13:14 PM »
Back up to 144, thanks to some hectic travel and jetlagged sleep and wedding food. I still have two more weeks of it to go but I'm instituting some rules to help cope during this busy phase. Let's see if I can stick to them (resisting food at 3 am when you are hungry is hard even though I know I should be sleeping and I end up eating lot of unhealthy stuff since I wake up ravenously hungry). Fingers crossed!
Firelight, would it be an option if you'd only quote your last 1-3 posts? I totally get you want the reference to your older post, but the number is getting so high by now that's it's really a pain to scroll through all of it. For the rest good job so far and good luck this month, hope you'll break through into the 130s and meet your goal!
Oops! I'm sorry. I use the Tapatalk app to post and it shows only my last post when I quote. I had no idea the website was showing them all. I'll make sure to truncate it myself.

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« Reply #742 on: May 04, 2018, 05:26:00 AM »
Monthly weigh-in:

11/26/2017     253.4
12/31/2017     242.6
01/31/2018     234.8
02/28/2018     224.8
03/31/2018     220.0
04/29/2018     214.4

My goal when I started was 210 by the end of the year which was obviously way too conservative. New goal is 185 pounds by the end of the year (which I think is somewhat aggressive), then maintenance or slow weight loss after that.

One other exciting outcome of my weight loss that I forgot to mention is that I went for my annual physical in April and my doctor was able to cut my blood pressure medication dosage in half! I hope that by next year I will be able to eliminate that medication completely.
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« Reply #743 on: May 04, 2018, 05:30:29 AM »
Monthly weigh-in:

11/26/2017     253.4
12/31/2017     242.6
01/31/2018     234.8
02/28/2018     224.8
03/31/2018     220.0
04/29/2018     214.4

My goal when I started was 210 by the end of the year which was obviously way too conservative. New goal is 185 pounds by the end of the year (which I think is somewhat aggressive), then maintenance or slow weight loss after that.

One other exciting outcome of my weight loss that I forgot to mention is that I went for my annual physical in April and my doctor was able to cut my blood pressure medication dosage in half! I hope that by next year I will be able to eliminate that medication completely.

That's a MAJOR win! Means your weight loss efforts are improving the rest of your health condition now as well. Good job!!

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« Reply #744 on: May 04, 2018, 05:40:21 AM »
I need a day of behavior being in line with stated goals. Iím confident the massive hangover will assist me in this effort. Then, tomorrow will be on the downhill slope. I do so pledge Iíll have a compliant 24 hours. Whoís with me?

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« Reply #745 on: May 04, 2018, 08:21:26 AM »
I need a day of behavior being in line with stated goals. Iím confident the massive hangover will assist me in this effort. Then, tomorrow will be on the downhill slope. I do so pledge Iíll have a compliant 24 hours. Whoís with me?

Me!

I was actually having a thought around similar lines this morning. I've been content to be within 5 pounds of goal all winter because winter sucks. But the weather is gorgeous and I have no excuses.

24 hours of nutritious food and staying under/at my calorie goal and no beer!

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« Reply #746 on: May 04, 2018, 10:23:38 AM »
I'm in. Weekends are my nemesis, especially Friday evenings since I consider it a treat evening for a week of hard work.

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« Reply #747 on: May 04, 2018, 10:29:32 AM »
I need a day of behavior being in line with stated goals. Iím confident the massive hangover will assist me in this effort. Then, tomorrow will be on the downhill slope. I do so pledge Iíll have a compliant 24 hours. Whoís with me?

Me!

I was actually having a thought around similar lines this morning. I've been content to be within 5 pounds of goal all winter because winter sucks. But the weather is gorgeous and I have no excuses.

24 hours of nutritious food and staying under/at my calorie goal and no beer!
I'm in. No Happy Hour for me today. This is easier because our usual Happy Hour venue is closed for renovations this week, but still, giving myself credit.

AM run: completed
Breakfast: overnight oatmeal
Lunch will be leftover curried lentils and brown rice
Dinner will be salad and pasta

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« Reply #748 on: May 06, 2018, 04:08:28 AM »
Starting weight: 120.7kg
Last weight: 112.2kg
Current weight: 111.7kg

Moving in the right direction. Hooray. Let's see if I can get under 110 by the end of May. Strangely enough, I'm not noticing a huge difference other than some pants are a little loose and others that were too tight fit fine. Still a fairly significant beer belly :p

Nine kilos (20 pounds) down in four months. Slow and steady, but getting there. The real challenge will be in June-July when the weather is gloomy, cold, drizzly and windy, and my work is super busy.
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« Reply #749 on: May 07, 2018, 06:48:55 AM »
I need a day of behavior being in line with stated goals. Iím confident the massive hangover will assist me in this effort. Then, tomorrow will be on the downhill slope. I do so pledge Iíll have a compliant 24 hours. Whoís with me?

Me!

I was actually having a thought around similar lines this morning. I've been content to be within 5 pounds of goal all winter because winter sucks. But the weather is gorgeous and I have no excuses.

24 hours of nutritious food and staying under/at my calorie goal and no beer!
I'm in. No Happy Hour for me today. This is easier because our usual Happy Hour venue is closed for renovations this week, but still, giving myself credit.

AM run: completed
Breakfast: overnight oatmeal
Lunch will be leftover curried lentils and brown rice
Dinner will be salad and pasta

This is/was a great idea. I accidentally participated when garden projects ran way longer than expected and I ended up working 4ish hours out there; was too tired the rest of the weekend to move to the kitchen/eat. Win?

Down to 186, but I'm fairly certain that contains a wee bit of water weight loss that I'll see bounce back tomorrow.