Hi everyone, I'm pretty new here. I used to be 130lbs, then blew up to 158 over the course of a year... Trying to get it back down again before it "settles". Yesterday I weighed in at 152.2....then 153 today. Oh well.
Dottington: What a beautiful location, I'm so jealous! I love that feeling of exercise being a breeze... I've been out of shape for so long, I'd forgotten what it's like. lol
Ready for a change: I understand completely! Weight loss is slow for a lot of us... it just takes persistence, but that can feel slow going for sure.
Went on a killer hike yesterday. I went with my one hiking buddy who likes to do like sprint hiking....uphill. So we go as hard and fast as possible for a mile, then break, then again. And that kind of interval workout is wayyyyy more intense then pacing yourself. Its not very effective hiking, especially if you're doing long distances or backpacking, but for a workout its great! We even jogged the last bit which was this super steep incline. At the end we were shaking and dizzy. So today I'm not doing any cardio
Monday was good, and today was good... but Tuesday my parents ordered a take away and I partook. That's the aspect I find hardest... socialising whilst on a diet. I actually tend to limit my social life so I can diet better - which means food starts taking over my life! No fun.
Dottington: You sound uber fit. That's awesome! Do you find that developing muscle hinders your weight loss?
Liquorice: Perhaps you shouldn't weigh yourself so frequently? Your weight will inevitably fluctuate throughout the day and from day to day. If you weigh yourself weekly, you might get a better indication of your progress. Hold on, it'll happen!!
Ready for a Change haha thanks I find that maintaining muscle does slow down weight loss. Through exercise I'm trying to keep all the muscle I have and am trying not to lose too much. I want to be firm, not just skinny. It is really frustrating with the scale though Socializing whilst dieting is very hard :/ For me its the alcohol thats the worst. I limit myself to only drinking once a month because for me the calories just aren't worth it. Maybe when it comes to take away you could make a rule that you only eat it once a week? I used to eat out a lot, and I find by slowly phasing it out(like pizza only once per week, thai every other week act) I saw quicker progress and eventually stopped craving those foods as much. Instead for socializing through drinking or eating out, now I like to cook healthy dinners with people, go to farmers markets, take walks, go hiking act I try to not make it as much about food Good luck with finding a good balance for yourself!
Soooo....I'm in this cool 20 day hardcore challenge and its forcing me to stick to my strength training workout Also making me stick to calories better. I have a question for you guys.....do you go over your allotted calories for the day if you're really really hungry? Or do you just suck it up?
So here was today's workout:
50 bicycle men
50 sit ups
50 leg ups
50 reverse crunches
65 leg raises
120 sec plank
Also probably will end up going for a walk, since I'm visiting the bf and walking is like our favorite thing to do
Last edited by Dottington : 07-04-2013 at 04:32 PM.
When I began losing weight, I was in an incredibly bad place and I became absolutely obsessed with calorie counting. I became convinced that if I ate 1201 (rather than the 1200 I was hoping for) not only would I fail to lose weight, I would put weight on. I now how ludicrous that sounds, but I was very depressed at the time and I don't think I was really functioning properly. Now, if I am very hungry, I will allow myself to go 200/300 calories over as I know I will still be well within an acceptable range. If your body is screaming at you, I don't think it is particularly healthy - mentally or physically - to ignore it.
I am painfully sedentary currently. I normally cycle and walk fairly long distances quite regularly. Generally I cycle/walk at least 3/4 miles in a day... as I walk back and forth from University. At present, however, I am working on my masters dissertation and often do so at home, and I don't ever exercise for exercises sake. That's going to have to change though, as I move on to my Ph.D this September, and that's even more solitary and sedentary home time
So, do you think we will make it out of the 150s/140s this month? That's my aim! I would love to be 135 by August.
Ready for a Change Yeah, considering my past, I try not to get too hung up on the numbers Like I'm supposed to take a day off once a week in this challenge, but I'm feeling guilty about doing that! I too normally go over if I'm starving bc I try listening to my body. Oh I hate how sedentary I am during the school year This past year my days went from 8-11 almost every day, and on the weekends I'd just sleep, do homework, clean, run errands ect and have no time for exercise. This year I'm thinking it might be a bit easier bc my schedule is less full and I finished two really hard classes, so hopefully I'll be able to find time to exercise, because what happens is I just stop eating and live off energy drinks and lose weight from being unhealthy, which is like worse then just staying the same and being healthy in my opinion. Maybe you could do online videos or something since you're at home a lot? Or join a cycling club that meets on the weekends?
I would LOVE to make it to 145 by August, but I don't know if that's very realistic since my weight loss has stalled so much lately I do know I'll be under 150 though! My parents scale has showed me in the 140s, but I'm not counting it. I still don't have *my* scale back and I don't really trust any others haha I'm sure you'll get into the 130's by August!
I have obtained funding for my Ph.D, and the University offers really cheap gym membership (£100 for the entire year), so I am planning to sign up and perhaps attend some spinning classes! I think my cycling ways will have prepared me for that kind of challenge. Plus, I like the gym. I know it's awful but I find exercise quite boring, and the gym offers entertainment! I am currently very, very poor, however, so that plan has to wait.
What are you studying? I feel so blessed to be able to pursue a Ph.D. It's what I'm good at, and academia is where I feel most fulfilled, but it certainly isn't particularly conducive to weight loss.
Yeah, I really don't know whether my goal is feasible as my weight seems intractable currently. But I am trying SO hard! 10lbs ago, this would have been a breeze... essentially 1lb a week? No problem! But now, who knows. My long term aim is 120lbs but I am giving myself until summer next year to achieve that. I am attending a beach wedding in California (I've never been) and then spending some time relaxing and exploring and I really want to wear a bikini. I have never worn one before, ever, and I would feel victorious if I could and feel comfortable doing so.
Is there anything you can shake up to try and get your weight moving? A temporary drop in calories? A different kind of exercise? A different kind of diet? I know its difficult to change when you have tried and tested methods (boy, do I!) but if all else fails? If that is you in your pic, you already look very lovely
That is me Thank you! I totally get you on the shaking it up bit, that's why I'm trying to strength train because from what I've heard once you get lower in weight it really starts to make a difference. So I'm trying that and seeing how it'll work I really can't drop my calories any more, I feel like exercise, particularly strength training is what'll get the scale moving at this point for me. bleh. haha
How cool you're coming to california! I live in southern california and my bf lives near santa monica You'll have a great time when you come and I'm sure you'll look great rocking a bikini.
I think giving yourself till next summer to reach 120 is really smart. How tall are you? 120-125 was my original goal as well....but it just seems so far away at this point since I'm only averaging .5 lbs per week. But looking on the bright side it is better to lose slowly since its really a lifestyle change and we'll have an easier time keeping it off
How cool you'll get that gym membership through your school! What is the focus of your Ph.D? I'm studying classical piano.
Perhaps you could try increasing your calorie intake for a short period (not excessively, but a maintenance amount) and then drop them again? I have found that to be effective in the past... not through design, but because i've been defeated by a plateau, given up temporarily, and then found success on restarting!
I have to say you look stunning. I am 5'5" and at 140 lbs I don't look anywhere near as lean as you! Must be all that lovely exercise! Yup, I am excited about California - in large part because of the heat, and also because I am a vegetarian, feminist, hippy type and I have been told California might be my mother land! I will be going to Santa Cruz, but I hope to visit San Francisco and Berkeley. It is my dream to one day attend Berkeley (or at this rate teach, there!).
My Ph.D is in social policy. Specifically violence against women. How lovely that you play the piano! Such a wonderful skill to have. I used to play the violin, twas fun! Do you know what you want to do post university?
California would be your dream land! haha I'm a vegetarian too and I live a few blocks away from an ENTIRELY VEGETARIAN MARKET! Its where I buy pretty much all my groceries There's so many awesome vegan and vegetarian restaurants here. You're going to LOVE Santa Cruz. Its a super laid back place. If you're a little more hippi-ish, I could see you really really liking it and being more into norcal then socal.
Berkely is so cool. I love it there. You HAVE to go to buffalo exchange! Its one of my favorite stores They're all over California actually, but the one in there was always my favorite. I love the heat here. I can't tolerate cold at all. I think 65 is freezing. haha
You know I've been playing around with the idea of eating maintenance for like a week then restarting....hmm. Maybe after this 20 day challenge.
I was so tired when I typed my last message I forgot to respond to some of your questions! haha sorry That is a really cool area of study you're doing. I hope to attend graduate school, then continue to teach and hopefully concertize. Aw you're so sweet! I think exercise really does help with looking leaner then you are at a higher weight. But also all the exercise means I lose slower so its kind of a give and take.
Ok soooo...weighed myself yesterday on my parents scale after the hike and after eating a huge 1000 calorie dinner and...I weighed 149....I'm trying not to put too much stock into it but I'm really hoping that I've finally broken into the 40s! I feel like I *look* slimmer...hmmm.
A tentative congratulations Dottington, must feel lovely to see that number on the scale! Have you been taking your measurements? Perhaps as you build muscle, but lose fat, you're shedding inches and really are thinner! Only one way to find out. I am sadly still very much 141lbs despite sticking to my diet like glue. In the evenings I go up to 142, which is so utterly depressing.. that line just gets further away!
Red-Rose that is wonderful! The 140s are inching closer and closer still.
Height: 5'5'' (technically 5'5.4'' but whos counting lol)
I have a question, even though i know im supposed to weigh once a week (saturday for me). I tend to weigh myself everyday just bc it motivates me (for the most part). How long do you wait when you see a loss until you officially call it/count it? a week? a few days?? im at 2 days of a number and idk if id be premature to count it
Regained to 150/148…and now its time to be a big girl (figuratively lol) and come back down
Mini Goal 1: Out of the 150s ( )
2: >5% ( )
3: >10 LBS down ( )
4: >10% ()
5: GOAL!!!! ()