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Old 05-25-2010, 03:12 PM   #1
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Default How long have you been doing this?

I know many of us have been trying to lose weight our whole adult lives, but how long have you been at it *this time*?

I've been working on losing this weight consistently for 2 years and 9 months now. I've had a string of a few days here and there that I felt out of control, but always got right back on and kept working at it. I am pretty proud of myself for doing this. I've been binge free for 12 weeks now.
Lost 103 pounds, regained 60+, taking it off again.
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:26 PM   #2
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i've been actively trying to lose weight since april, so this would be my second month. i'm pretty disappointed i haven't been consistent, but i'm not giving up.

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Old 05-25-2010, 03:28 PM   #3
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Next Tuesday will make nine years for me. It took about a year to lose the weight and I'll spend the rest of my life working to keep it off.
Start: 257 - June 1, 2001
Goal: 135 - May 12, 2002
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:28 PM   #4
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Since May 1st, 2008, when I gave up sugar. So, just over 2 years total. However, I took a maintenance break of about 6 months from July through December last year, due to the stress of my mom's illness. I didn't really gain any weight during that time, though I do think I lost a little lean mass since I wasn't working out. Oh well.
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:31 PM   #5
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Steadily since September 27 of 2008... so 20 months!
On my own personal journey I started on September 27, 2008
Starting weight 377, Weight in spring of 2010 198, Weight in August 2011? In the 240's.
Still plugging along on this weight loss highway!
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:31 PM   #6
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Meg, congrats on your upcoming anniversary!

February 13th of this year was when this big change hit. This is also the first time I've ever been successful. I NEVER thought I'd be back in a size 16 and still losing.
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Mini Goal - 249 (No longer have to set the initial scale bar to 250) DONE!! // Mini Goal - 239 (10%) DONE 4.16!! // Mini Goal - 220
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:38 PM   #7
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My two year anniversary was on the 8th of this month

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Old 05-25-2010, 03:46 PM   #8
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I started in march....
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:47 PM   #9
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This go round? December 26, 2009 was my start date. I didn't want my commitment to be a New Years Resolution thus likely to be broken, so I started 5 days early.

First Mini-Goal: Lose 10 lbs. Met 2/22/2010
Second Mini-Goal: 20 lbs. down Met 4/23/2010
Third Mini-Goal: Lost 10% body weight (27 lbs down) Met 9/13/2010
Fourth Mini-Goal: Lose 8 more lbs to = 40 lbs lost :
Back on track:9/5/2011 First goal: get back to 246
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:53 PM   #10
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I started Jan 18th this year
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:55 PM   #11
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This attempt started in January 2007. But it wasn't part of a New Year's resolution. It happened after I had a dark night of the soul (literally & figuratively) while at our company's annual offsite meeting in Las Vegas in the middle of January 2007.

I keep a diary, so I should look up the exact date & start commemorating it.

ETA: When I think of commemorating a date, I always think of Lori Bell's "March Forth" story. That one just won't leave me. I think because I felt as though I were reading about a conversion experience.

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Old 05-25-2010, 04:07 PM   #12
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Right at 4 years--with 3 long maintenance breaks, slight re-gains but no major relapse.
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:11 PM   #13
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Well, I'm not a member of this group, but I hope you don't mind me sharing what I went through. It has taken me about 5 years altogether. It took me a couple years of trial and error to go from 185 to 120. I maintained goal for a year and then gained about 25 lbs. back. I've been trying to get back on top of my weight gain ever since then. I did stop gaining, but now I am finally losing again, and on my way back to 120. My slip up was hard for me and I felt like I had literally lost my control over food/myself again. It did teach me a very important lesson though...I will NEVER think that I can "relax" during the holidays/any special occasion ever again. I had done so good during my year of maintaining, and felt completely in control of myself, so I deduced that I would be able to control myself with a relaxed attitude towards my eating during the holidays. By relaxed, I mean having more junk food than I would normally eat, not that I'm not comfortable/at ease with my normal, day to day, eating. Big mistake! Before I knew it, my cravings went out of control. I lost control of my cravings; they had taken over. It took me months, and a 25 lb. gain before I could get things back under control. I never realized before, until I went through that, how intense cravings can really be, and how out of control it leaves you feeling. I felt so helpless, but my light of hope was knowing that I had done it before and I could do it again. I just had to get a foothold again, which I have. I don't ever want to go through that experience again, and now I know what not to do so that I don't ever go through that again.

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Old 05-25-2010, 04:17 PM   #14
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8 days for me!! You guys inspire me soooo much!! Especially the ones who are keeping it off!!! You go!!! I have lost and gained 100's of lbs in my life!! I am ready to lose and maintain!!
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:24 PM   #15
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I have been on plan since the first of Sept, 2008 (can't say the exact day) so 20 months and some days. I have had an off day here and there but pretty much have been on plan. Some of your posts have made me feel better. Sometimes I get down on myself because I have not lost 100 pounds in a year. It is nice to know that I have some company in taking a little longer with weight loss.

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