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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #750 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 #751 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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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #752 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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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #753 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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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #754 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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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #755 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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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #756 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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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #757 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 #758 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 #759 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 #760 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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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #761 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 #762 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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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #763 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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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #764 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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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #765 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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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #766 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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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #767 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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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #768 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.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #769 on: May 07, 2018, 07:39:45 AM »
A tad late but I'm in.   My goal is to get down to 110lbs by the end of this year and I plan on accomplishing that by tracking calories and walking.  A lot of walking.   Currently taking long lunches walking the mall to get my steps in during weekdays.   Makes skipping lunches easier plus I don't get all sweaty afterward.

May 7 - 133.4 lbs

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #770 on: May 16, 2018, 08:41:41 PM »
Finally I have seen some weight loss rather than gain!  I'm down 5 lbs, though still higher than when I started...

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #771 on: May 17, 2018, 04:43:17 AM »
I briefly weighed in under 200 a week or two back, then bounced between 200-202. This week Iím weighing in a bit below 199. No specific goal weight as Iíve never been this light as an adult before, so donít really know what an ideal goal is.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #772 on: May 17, 2018, 07:52:05 AM »
I briefly weighed in under 200 a week or two back, then bounced between 200-202. This week Iím weighing in a bit below 199. No specific goal weight as Iíve never been this light as an adult before, so donít really know what an ideal goal is.

Body mass index (BMI) is a good starting point for determining a healthy weight. BMI  between 20 and 25 is considered "normal" and there are plenty of BMI caculators on the web (just enter you height and weight).

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #773 on: May 17, 2018, 09:14:22 AM »


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.

Well I was right, back to level on 188, but still making progress. Slow and steady.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #774 on: May 17, 2018, 09:31:26 AM »
Well, I'm holding steady between 294 and 296, but I'm down another 1.5 inches on my waist. So there's that. I just need to keep doing what I'm doing and the scale with come along with me.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #775 on: May 18, 2018, 07:50:34 AM »
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 lbs
5/18/2018: 126.0 lbs

Another lb gone! I'm kind of a minimalist and like to get rid of stuff, so getting rid of a pound of fat (hopefully mostly fat) makes me so happy. I haven't followed my plan to a T for the past couple of months.  I've had some alcohol and eaten out a few times a month.  Also I'm not totally plant based, but mostly.  Exercise has been variable, some weeks I exercise every day, some weeks only once or twice.  I've recently added some intermittent fasting where I just drink water and green tea until dinnertime.  I've been doing this sporadically, maybe 5 times over the past month.  I'm going to try to do it twice a week consistently and see how that goes.  It kind of makes up for the added eating out and alcohol.  It's really challenging for me to be as consistent with exercise as I would like to be but I'm going to keep trying.  I'd like to meditate more regularly too.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #776 on: May 18, 2018, 01:54:21 PM »
May 7 - 133.4 lbs
May 18 - 131.6 lbs

Good thing my walking route is the mall since it's been raining cats and dogs here all week long.  I've been averaging around 2 miles a day during my 40 mins walk,  which burned a pitiful 140 calories.   Although I think I may have overestimated my food calories a little.  It's a bit hard to come up with an accurate number when the food I ate are not in the database. According to my app, I burned around 1624 and ate around 1464 calories per day.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #777 on: May 18, 2018, 04:55:17 PM »
Failing, have to get back on track

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #778 on: May 19, 2018, 03:02:43 PM »
Holding at 140 (35 lbs down from Jan) and I'm pretty happy about it. I've added more fats into my diet and am reducing carbs for a change (not keto but just following what my body craves). Also we've moved to a house with stairs. Looking for more built in exercise. I'm in my normal BMI but would like to lose ten more pounds and tone up.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #779 on: May 20, 2018, 05:34:11 AM »
Starting weight: 120.7kg
Last weight: 111.7kg
Current weight: 111.5kg

I've been on holiday for the last week, so this is actually a really good result. Yet another pair of jeans now feels too large on me (I was hitching them up today).

Back to reality tomorrow :)

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #780 on: May 20, 2018, 07:43:38 PM »
18/01/2018
Weight - 66.6kg
Waist measurement - 83cm
Hips - 101.5cm

16/05/2018
Weight - 61kg
Waist measurement - 75cm
Hips - 93cm

I am hoping to lose another 6kg

I did a 5 week holiday in between those dates where I ate a lot and didnt really care about diet/exercise so I am pretty happy with the results so far

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #781 on: May 28, 2018, 07:40:44 AM »
Starting weight: 120.7kg
Last weight: 111.5kg
Current weight: 110.7kg

Wooooooo! Ten kilos down in just under five months.

Twenty more to go :p

As far as clothing goes, Iím probably down one size in pants, and shirts that were tight a while ago are no longer so. Iíll have to go to check out the stash of Ďthinnerí clothes I have at my parentsí place.
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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #782 on: May 28, 2018, 07:53:50 AM »
197ish lbs today. Iíll probably bounce back up a bit before I hold this weight, but Iím now 2/3 the person I once was at my heaviest (295).

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #783 on: May 28, 2018, 04:50:17 PM »
197ish lbs today. Iíll probably bounce back up a bit before I hold this weight, but Iím now 2/3 the person I once was at my heaviest (295).

Congratulations

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #784 on: May 28, 2018, 07:33:36 PM »
197ish lbs today. Iíll probably bounce back up a bit before I hold this weight, but Iím now 2/3 the person I once was at my heaviest (295).

Congrats! That's amazing!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #785 on: May 28, 2018, 11:54:08 PM »
Awesome progress!!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #786 on: May 29, 2018, 05:59:55 AM »
Thanks :)

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #787 on: May 29, 2018, 07:17:25 PM »
197ish lbs today. Iíll probably bounce back up a bit before I hold this weight, but Iím now 2/3 the person I once was at my heaviest (295).

Congrats! That's amazing!

WOOOOOOOOOT! Way to keep with it!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #788 on: May 31, 2018, 04:52:16 AM »
May 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
05/31/2018     209.4

Steady progress...

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #789 on: June 01, 2018, 09:48:41 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
May 1: 168.5

June 1: 166

*sigh*  this is going too slowly.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #790 on: June 01, 2018, 01:04:36 PM »
@neophyte thatís about what my average loss has been each month, 3lbs a month. Itís often considered more sustainable to lose weight 0.5-1 lb/week than doing it faster. It might seem slow but it quickly compounds. Iím constantly getting compliments on how thin Iím looking now, which is the result 17 months and counting of work.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #791 on: June 13, 2018, 04:32:52 AM »
196, new all time low. Down 49 lbs on low carb, 99lbs from my all-time heaviest which Iíd lost most of it and then regained about half before trying low carb.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #792 on: June 13, 2018, 07:20:09 AM »
I have finally gone past the 5+ pounds loss, thanks to the flu. ;-) Now here's hoping I can maintain! I'd love to be at the 10 pound mark by September.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #793 on: June 16, 2018, 08:39:09 AM »
I've been searching around for this thread, but alas, the search function of this forum is the weakest aspect.

Anyway!  My goal is to lose 10% of my body weight this year (goal weight: 121.3lbs).  I started in April (really a baseline month to track what I was eating and how much/little I was moving).  Really got to work a few weeks later.

4/9/18     134.8
4/16/18   133.6
4/23/18   133.6
4/30/18   133.8
5/7/18     133.6
5/14/18   131.4
5/21/18   132.0
5/28/18   131.4
6/4/18     130.8
6/11/18   128.4
6/18/18   127.8
6/25/18   127.0
7/2/18     126.8
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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #794 on: June 17, 2018, 07:11:54 AM »
Starting weight: 120.7kg
Last weight: 110.7kg
Current weight: 111.5kg

I've plateaued for the last month. Sigh.

It's winter and the last week has been cold and rainy, so I've been riding my bike less (didn't ride at all last week). Work is also busier at this time of year. I've been eating a lot of soups and more bread than usual, but I've generally had far less potatoes/rice/noodles than normal.

I was 109.3 when I weighed in this morning, so I suspect there's a bit of water weight in there from all the soup I've had today.

Maybe I'll get on the bike again on Tuesday. It's forecast to be dry, and while it'll be a bit cool in the morning (about 3-4C), I don't mind riding the bike when it's that cold as long as it's not wet.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #795 on: June 24, 2018, 05:58:16 AM »
Starting weight: 120.7kg
Last weight: 111.5kg
Current weight: 111.3kg

Nothing to speak of really.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #796 on: June 25, 2018, 09:29:17 AM »
I'm going to join the party.   I'm a 6 ft male and my weight had ballooned to an all-time heaviest 235 pounds.   Nine weeks ago I started New Atkins and this morning I weighted myself and I was down to 210.  I've tried other dieting plans and I have to say New Atkins is by far the best plan I've ever experienced from a weight loss and ease to maintain perspective.  Here's some random thoughts on the Atkins diet:

1) I'd say the most surprising thing so far is how hard it is to get my calories up. Beforehand, I had a very carb heavy diet, so once I cut out carbs I've lost a lot of calories. For example, today I ordered a Chipotle salad without rice and beans, but it was under 500 calories even with sour cream and cheese. Afterward I bought a small bag of almonds just in case I get hungry later. The day before I got a 5 guys bacon double cheeseburger and once you remove the bread/fries the calories are fairly manageable. Interestingly, despite lower my calories I'm fuller and I have less desire to snack (a huge problem for me) because when you up the protein vs carbs you stay fuller for a longer time. When I was eating a lot of high calorie carbs I'd crash and I'd be hungry a few hours later.

3) I'm lucky to have a supermarket where I take the train to and from work. You can buy beef, pork and seafood and they'll cook it for you on the spot. They also have a salad bar for veggies. That really helps the convenience factor after work. I would have a hard time with this diet if I had to spend a lot of time cooking everything myself.

4) I notice I'm spending a bit more on food. Generally, carb heavy foods are cheaper than protein heavy foods. I'm fine with that, but I think it's worth mentioning.

5) I made a fathead pizza.   It's amazing a low carb pizza can taste that good.  Highly recommended.

6) I'm also kinda addicted to the Atkins candy bars.   I like to have one in the evening if I get a little hungry.   Those bars aren't the best calories and they are full of alcohol sugars.  I'm conflicted, but what I'm doing is working so I'm not ready to change, but if I hit a major plateau it'll be the first thing to go.
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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #797 on: June 25, 2018, 11:25:34 AM »
Hello all!

I've recently gotten serious about weight loss. At my height I was 271, and now I'm at 238 (33 pounds down!). Going at a slow and steady rate of about one pound per week.

I have a long way to go but can celebrate small victories. I dropped a pant size. I moved out of the "morbidly obese" BMI category into regular "obese." And I'm already just feeling better, not like such a blob in life.

I have a history of unsustainably restrictive diets, and signing up for gym memberships I didn't use. But now I've finally learned to work within my own habits and preferences.

Food: I love snacks and desserts. Rather than fight this, I now always have healthy substitutes for junk food on hand. Chickpea snacks, edamame, almonds, and smoothie ingredients have replaced chips and ice cream. Foods high in fiber and protein are more filling, so you eat less and feel more satisfied.  My meals are low-carb with heaps of vegetables.

Exercise: I hate the gym. Everything about it. The smell, the rubbery textures, the sweatiness, the swishy-fabric attire. Fortunately, the outdoors are free and much more pleasant. I've been discovering nature trails in my area and trying to walk at least 4 miles a day. Sometimes I'll pop in an audiobook on earphones and walk for hours, or I'll go looking for geocaches just to give myself a mission. I wear good walking shoes and street clothes, and the contemplative, peaceful experience suits me so much better than a gym.


I think these habits will stick. With each pound lost I feel more and more free, released from a burden.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #798 on: June 25, 2018, 03:32:15 PM »
Hello all!

I've recently gotten serious about weight loss. At my height I was 271, and now I'm at 238 (33 pounds down!). Going at a slow and steady rate of about one pound per week.

I have a long way to go but can celebrate small victories. I dropped a pant size. I moved out of the "morbidly obese" BMI category into regular "obese." And I'm already just feeling better, not like such a blob in life.

I have a history of unsustainably restrictive diets, and signing up for gym memberships I didn't use. But now I've finally learned to work within my own habits and preferences.

Food: I love snacks and desserts. Rather than fight this, I now always have healthy substitutes for junk food on hand. Chickpea snacks, edamame, almonds, and smoothie ingredients have replaced chips and ice cream. Foods high in fiber and protein are more filling, so you eat less and feel more satisfied.  My meals are low-carb with heaps of vegetables.

Exercise: I hate the gym. Everything about it. The smell, the rubbery textures, the sweatiness, the swishy-fabric attire. Fortunately, the outdoors are free and much more pleasant. I've been discovering nature trails in my area and trying to walk at least 4 miles a day. Sometimes I'll pop in an audiobook on earphones and walk for hours, or I'll go looking for geocaches just to give myself a mission. I wear good walking shoes and street clothes, and the contemplative, peaceful experience suits me so much better than a gym.


I think these habits will stick. With each pound lost I feel more and more free, released from a burden.

In my entire 4 year weight loss journey from obese down to low-healthy BMI, I never set foot in a gym once. There were a number of long walks, and a ton on gentle physio exercises, but nothing that contributed much to my calorie balance.

You absolutely do not need the gym to lose weight, and for some of us, thatís incredibly liberating.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #799 on: June 25, 2018, 06:39:39 PM »
Hello all!

I've recently gotten serious about weight loss. At my height I was 271, and now I'm at 238 (33 pounds down!). Going at a slow and steady rate of about one pound per week.

I have a long way to go but can celebrate small victories. I dropped a pant size. I moved out of the "morbidly obese" BMI category into regular "obese." And I'm already just feeling better, not like such a blob in life.

I have a history of unsustainably restrictive diets, and signing up for gym memberships I didn't use. But now I've finally learned to work within my own habits and preferences.

Food: I love snacks and desserts. Rather than fight this, I now always have healthy substitutes for junk food on hand. Chickpea snacks, edamame, almonds, and smoothie ingredients have replaced chips and ice cream. Foods high in fiber and protein are more filling, so you eat less and feel more satisfied.  My meals are low-carb with heaps of vegetables.

Exercise: I hate the gym. Everything about it. The smell, the rubbery textures, the sweatiness, the swishy-fabric attire. Fortunately, the outdoors are free and much more pleasant. I've been discovering nature trails in my area and trying to walk at least 4 miles a day. Sometimes I'll pop in an audiobook on earphones and walk for hours, or I'll go looking for geocaches just to give myself a mission. I wear good walking shoes and street clothes, and the contemplative, peaceful experience suits me so much better than a gym.


I think these habits will stick. With each pound lost I feel more and more free, released from a burden.

In my entire 4 year weight loss journey from obese down to low-healthy BMI, I never set foot in a gym once. There were a number of long walks, and a ton on gentle physio exercises, but nothing that contributed much to my calorie balance.

You absolutely do not need the gym to lose weight, and for some of us, thatís incredibly liberating.

I can second @Malkynn's experience.  I've lost about 50 pounds in the past 9 months and it was all through changes in my eating habits.  I am not a person who frequents the gym or jogs or does any regular physical activity.  I do hike on weekends and any other day that gives me a few hours to sneak away from work.

My 3-sizes-smaller-than-last-summer shorts are all due to my change in eating.  I tell people all the time that I don't feel like I'm dieting.  I'm not tracking anything, only eating specific foods at specific times, or eating foods in specific combinations.  I'm simply eating better and smarter.