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Old 01-12-2015, 09:01 AM   #1
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Would anyone be interested in doing a chat thread here? Just sort of a daily check in, what's going on in your life (weight loss and not?) I'd love to have an active 30s board.

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My name is Danielle. I'm 31, 32 in October.

I'd lost 125lbs (325 down to 200), become a triathlete, was 25lbs from my goal weight and loving everything about life. Then life got super terrible. I got pregnant in Aug of 2013 and was immediately put on progesterone since mine was low. I gained 20lbs in 10 weeks (my body hates synthetic hormones.) We lost the baby at 10 weeks and I then gained back another 25 through emotional eating. We dealt with infertility, specialists, ultrasounds, injections, pills, etc. for a full year and FINALLY got pregnant again. This time we lost the baby at 5 weeks. I ate an additional 10lbs. Here I am at the turn of 2015 and taking a break from the world of infertility. No more Drs appts, no more ultrasounds, no more shots, etc. We are taking a 6 month break from "timed trying" and me being on fertility meds. I'm taking some of this damn weight off again and attempting to get my life together. I honestly miss who I was in 2013 and I'm desperately trying to get her back. We adopted a 10 week old puppy last weekend and I've already been way more active and I rejoined Weight Watchers.

I work a 10 hour day desk job (6am-4pm, 4 days a week) in Pediatric Hospital Administration. I have two handsome nephews and a beautiful niece, (9,7, 6months). I have an amazing husband that I've been with for 10 years. Also a puppy and two cats.

So, here I am. 253lbs (insert banging my head) and ready to shift focus and get my ish together again. I miss being an athlete and I miss being healthy - mentally and physically.

What about y'all?
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Old 01-12-2015, 11:37 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear of your struggles. I know that must be hard. I have 2 sisters that have struggled with infertility.

Who am I and what's my story? Why did I find myself at 281.4 pounds? I'm Jill, 39, will be 40 in August. I'm a stay at home mom working on doing some upcycling/do-over projects. I've struggled with weight ever since late elementary school.....with a short stay at an ideal weight from 9-11 grade. But even then I thought I was a cow.
I was slightly overweight when I graduated high school and gained about 15 pounds my first year in college. So, I was about 25-30 pounds overweight when my world got completely turned on it's ear! I was 19 and engaged to my high school sweetheart (also 19) and, after 3 years, the relationship fell apart pretty quickly. There were hurt feelings and stubbornness that stalled a reconciliation. We were actually starting to work on it though when he was killed in a car wreck. The guilt that followed the accident about did me in! I wanted to rewind time, tell him that I loved him and that I knew we were meant to be together but, of course that wasn't an option. I remember, at the funeral home, his mom holding me and sobbing and saying, over and over, "you were going to be my daughter." He was a single child and, along with him, did her dream of grandchildren and the daughter she had tried to have (she struggled with infertility as well). I didn't know, at the time, that the last conversation that he and his mom had was about how he was determined to get me back, that I would always be "his girl" and that he had tried, repeatedly, to call me the night before his death. That was before we had a caller ID and before the days with cell phones on everyone's hips! He also didn't know that I had tried calling him that same night. We just missed each other! So, I threw myself into more hours at school and more hours at work. Jason died in November and in Feb. I found out (after NONE of the typical signs....it would take a while to explain) that I was pregnant with his child. Actually, I had been carrying twins and lost one of the babies.
Suddenly I was a single, teenage mom. I ended up dropping out of school and worked hard to make the best life possible for my son and I. My dad (the closest thing my son had to a father at the time) passed away in '98 which didn't help me with weight, at all, since I am an emotional eater.
So, from my son's birth in '95 until '04 I just packed on the weight! Oh, to have done something about it then! I dated VERY LITTLE during that time. I dated the guy I had dated before Jason and it was a VERY unhealthy relationship that I ended after a few months. I think part of the problem with that relationship was the fact that I was head-over-hills in love with another guy who, I believe, would not/could not get over the fact that I was overweight (about 30-40 pounds). Me and this guy (the one I was in love with) were inseparable and got along great but we never dated. I sat on the sidelines and watched him date girl after girl that treated him like dirt and was there for him to "cry" on. But they all were, apparently, better for him than me. He never said that, it was just how I felt. We actually reconnected a couple of years later, about the time I got over the hurt of the rejection, and we did kinda date that time. However, the responsibility of taking on a child was a bit much for him.....he was younger than I was. Just before the reconnect with him, I had dated a guy that everyone, including me, thought was GREAT!!!! He, quickly started talking about how he knew God had placed us together, I was the one, he loved my son, blah, blah, blah. Then he dumped me with no warning and about crushed my 5 year old son! To this day, I have no idea what his problem was! So, by the time I came off of failed attempt #2, with the guy I was in love with, I was a wreck! I just kinda went off the deep end and wrote off guys completely, except for one guy that I wish I could go back and change! We didn't date....just friends with benefits which speaks to were I was, emotionally, at the time because that is NOT who I am!! And, to be honest, the sex wasn't even that good! I think I just needed to feel like someone could find me desirable. To bad some of those benefits did help burn off some weight in the 6 months that went on! In fact, I continued to pack on weight!
Finally, I reconnected, via my 10 year high school reunion, with a guy I was friends with in high school. We went out to dinner, as friends, just to catch up and I KNEW, before we were finished with the salad, that we would be married. I can't explain it, it was just like God told me that he was the one that I had waited for.
That dinner "date" was in late June and we were married that following May. I wish I could say that I lost some of my extra weight and looked great in my wedding dress....but I can't. I was still about 65-70 lbs overweight when we got married. I've gone on SEVERAL diets during our 10.5 year marriage. I've bounced around between 225-292 the whole time!
I am, right now, about 10 pounds away from being thinner than I have been the entire time we have been together. Too bad he remembers what I looked like in junior high and high school, at my ideal weight!
He is wonderful, mostly (LOL!) and has been good for my oldest and has been a great dad to our 2 boys as well. But, I have had some family issues over the course of my marriage and it's led to some depression, which has led to emotional eating, which has led to weight gain, which has led to emotional eating, which has led to weight gain, which has led to.........it's a vicious cycle! It's a cycle that I am hoping, this time to break!
I've lost 50ish lbs. (it depends on which day you ask as I am bouncing around a bit just now) since August and I am hoping to reach my goal (66 more) by the end of the year.

Sorry, a long post I know but that gives you an idea of who I am and why it is that I've allowed myself to get were I am. Not an excuse but it is the reason.
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Old 01-12-2015, 12:09 PM   #3
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Jill - I'm right there with you. I'm an emotional eater. I can only imagine the guilt you lived with. Fortunately you're with a wonderful man now!

I hear it though. It's not an excuse, it's why. I played competitive soccer growing up. I was always on the heavier side, but never obese until I stopped playing in HS. I stopped playing soccer, but kept eating like an athlete. I gained over 100lbs in like 3 years. I graduated HS at 325, met my husband at 21 and weighed about 300 and he's seen me anywhere between 200 and 300lbs.

So frustrating because I found my inner athlete again, lost 125lbs, was 25lbs from goal and then fell apart for 15 months. Now I've got 75lbs to lose instead of just the 25lbs. Whomp whomp.

We've got this though!

How are you going about your weight loss?
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Old 01-12-2015, 08:53 PM   #4
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I would like to join this chat thread too.

My story is At my highest I was 310, Since I started my weight loss journey

for the 2nd time my lowest was 281. At my last doctor's appointment my

doctor said I was very close to getting diabetes and I dont want to get

diabetes so Im trying to do everything I can to keep that from happening. I

stayed at 120 all through high school cause of physical education class, I

wish you could have physical education class all through life. I started

gaining weight after high school cause I didnt have physical education class

anymore and I didnt grow up doing sports so I couldnt fall back on sports to

stay fit after high school so I started gaining weight, I graduated high school

in May of 03 and ever since then my weight has gone up but Im

determined to get my weight under control once and for all. Thanks for taking the time to read about my

Weight Loss Journey. By the way by the end of my weight loss journey I

want to be at 150 pounds.
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:55 PM   #5
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I'll join! I always hope the 30's forum will pick up. I'm 31 years old and work in education. My highest weight was 237 two years ago. It was affecting my health in ways I didn't even realize. Mainly, plantar fasciitis (crazy pain in the heels of my feet) and some mystery inner lower back pain (all sorts of tests to diagnose it-- kidney? bladder?). I didn't stay at 237 long; it truly wasn't comfortable for me. I lost 10 pounds off that but could never seem to get it together to lose much more. I evened out around 224. Then about a year ago I began eating much better just in an effort to feel better mentally. It's tough to know how well that plan worked (which came first the chicken or the egg?) but I learned a lot of important skills in how to feed myself in a healthful way. Late this summer through fall until now, the weight has been coming off pretty steadily. Not quickly but consistently. I walk a lot of more, am generally more active, and I think more about what I eat before I eat it. How will I feel afterwards? Is this something I will really enjoy? Nothing is completely off-limits, and I mainly strive to be kind to myself. And it's working! Who knew I had it in me.

My end goal at the moment is 175, which I realize is above my highest optimal BMI, but for now, it's a good number for me. I'm hoping to get there some time this spring (before my 32nd birthday...). But I'll take it as it comes. 3FC is such a great support. I love hearing about others' successes and helping each other through the frustrating moments. Best to you ladies! I identify with emotional eating so I'm sending emotional support. Let's take care of ourselves so we can be our best
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Old 01-13-2015, 07:54 AM   #6
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How are you going about your weight loss?
I started out (August 4th) just cutting back, no binges and no seconds. Then, (at the end of August) I started tracking Weight Watcher Points and taking a water aerobics class 4 days a week. SOOOOO MUCH EASIER ON THE KNEES!!!. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to attend the class (schedule change) since late November. However, I will be returning to that today. I have been doing C25K since late Nov. with a short pause, due to a flare up of pleurisy.

I don't "do" WW. I don't attend meetings and I don't do anything online, aside from research and looking up nutritional info. I don't think there is anything wrong with doing a program but I just don't have the money to pay someone to tell me that I need to lose weight. Ok, I get that there is more to it than that but I get support from my husband (who knows NOTHING of weight struggle but loves me unconditionally) and this group. I just don't feel I need anything else.

I started August 4th at 281.4 and have been bouncing around quite a bit for the last several weeks. I actually saw my low of 230.4 on Christmas morning but have been as high as 236.8 since then. UGH! As of this morning I am at 230.8. I can't wait to get into the 220's!!! I think the most frustrating part of bouncing around is that I wanted to be at 214 by Valentine's Day. You know, 214 by 2/14. That was before I spent some time dead in the water. Oh well, this too shall pass, right?

What are you doing for weight loss?
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Can I join!

I've struggled with my weight for a few years now. I'm 32 and entered peri-menopause at about 28 years old. My hormones were/are all over the place and the weight just piled on. Not helped by the fact I was drinking a lot of empty calories in wine at the time.

I've just had another baby (she's 11 weeks old) and decided I need to make some changes. I signed up to a local gym and have a PT. I go three times a week (Mon, Tues, Thurs) and the other days I try to walk at least 3 miles a day. I've been more mindful of what I eat since I started exercising and although I'm not dieting as such I'm rarely going above about 1600 calories a day, just through more sensible eating. I've also cut out all alcohol. Completely. Which has been harder than I thought it would be, as I really miss the routine of kids in bed, glass of wine and TV to relax.... Still trying to find something that will fill that gap.

Anyway, it's always nice to talk to others! Keep ourselves all motivated, talk about the highs and lows! LOL
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First, welcome everyone!! So glad there's an interest in this board.

Terra1984 - Same! When I quit playing competitive soccer and kept eating like I was, I gained my weight.

scout83 - Mine is 175'ish too, which is considered "overweight" but my Dr said 175 would be a great goal weight for me.

Jb1975 - I do WW with the meetings and whole shebang (meetings/points). It's been wildly successful for me. I do really well with the whole having to weigh-in infront of someone. It really helps keep me accountable. 50lbs ins 4.5 months is amazing!!! GREAT job! I also was (15 months ago) a triathlete and endurance cyclist (45 miles). I start training for a half marathon today. That's always helped with the weight.

MumofMany - Congrats on your newborn! Cutting out the booze is the hardest for me. I love a nice glass of bourbon on the rocks.

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Again, so glad I got so many responses!!! I start my half marathon training today and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't scared out of my mind. I haven't trained for anything since July 2013. I definitely feel like an exercise newbie and hoping it all comes back to me. Weight Watchers is going well. I'm only 2 days back on plan. I'm definitely feeling a refreshed sense of determination with my journey.

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Old 01-14-2015, 06:19 AM   #9
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I'm not at gym today and I miss it! I'm climbing the walls right now with boredom, so I've gone back to my old habit of slothing on the sofa with my laptop. I'm going to get up in a minute, put baby in the sling and go for a walk I think... Cos I feel like I need something to do! LOL

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It was pouring when I got home last night so I couldn't go for my run. Whomp whomp. Thankfully, today's training is weight training, so the rain can't hold me back!

I cancelled my gym membership over a year ago with mixed emotions. We moved and the gym I was going to wasn't in a practical/central location anymore. Additionally, my hours and commute changed. I went from a 10 minute drive to work and working 730-430 to a 45 minute drive and a 6am-4pm day. The threw a HUGE wrench in my gym life. My office location *might* change (again) which would actually be helpful and maybe let me rejoin a gym.

We have a huge park to run in, our neighborhood is walking distance from the park. We also have multiple trails to run/cycle in that are a 5 minute drive. We even have a pool in my neighborhood.

Do any of your have a commute/work schedule issue when it comes to working out? How do you get it in?
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SoMuchFattitude, Just saw you were from Atlanta. I'm not tooo far away.....I live in SE Tennessee.

Glad to see others joining! I hope we can really draw encouragement from each other.

So, let's talk about goal weights.....what is everyone's and how did you set that number? My goal weight is actually still "overweight" but my doctor told me that 175 was a GREAT weight for me so I set it at 165. I have to be down to 155 to longer be considered overweight on those charts that float around on the net. However, I fluctuated between 145 and 150 during the BRIEF stay I had at a great weight (9-11 grade) and I'm a grown woman that's has 3 kids now! My low weight on those charts is 118. I'm not even kidding, I would look SICK at that weight!
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JB - yeah, I'm actually in Johns Creek/Alpharetta (45 min North of the city). I'm about 2 hours from Chattanooga.

Mine is 175/healthy. I initially wanted 149 (the HIGHEST "healthy" weight my BMI allows - insane) and my DR laughed and told me no, that my frame is too big for it and the BMI charts are bogus. She told me she wanted to see me at 190 when we got pregnant and 175 as my goal weight. I got pregnant the first time (without trying) at 202 and weighed 227 when I lost it at 10 weeks. The 2nd time we got pregnant I weighed 238 and lost it at 5 weeks and weighed 242 then. (all the fertility drugs really messed me up weight wise)

Anyhow, my current goal is 225, then 199 and then 175.

When I was 202 and told people I still wanted to lose 53lbs they laughed at me. So, when I said I wanted to lose another 27lbs and be 150 they looked at me like I was crazy.

I compete in the athena division for triathlons and they require you weigh more than 150. I told the lady I did and to just look at me and she said I was close so I still needed to weigh in. I was 210. She looked shocked. lol

I carry my weight really well, which is probably a bad thing because it lets me get too comfortable.
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I'm the same, I carry weight well. I'm 199lbs at the moment and I really don't look it. People are often shocked when I tell them how heavy I am.

I'd really like to get down to about 126lbs long term. But I'm also trying to build muscle, so I'm suspecting I'll never get that low - we'll see! Maybe I will, maybe I won't! So long as I'm out of the overweight category for my height and age, and I feel fit and healthy I'll be happy.
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I'll join you all too! I'll be 33 next month, I have a 7 year old daughter and I'm getting remarried this June.

I was a chubby child for a few years, then I started to skip meals at age 11 and didn't stop until I got pregnant at 25. I expressed to my doctor that I was very concerned about my weight gain while pregnant, and I saw a pregnancy therapist who referred me elsewhere because she said my issues were obviously triggered by pregnancy, but had been longstanding. So, I started therapy, I blind weighed throughout my pregnancy, I was diagnosed with an ED-NOS, and I gained 80lbs. That is a LOT for me. I lost the weight with the help of WW in one year, but continued therapy for a total of three years.

When she opened a new practice that was quite a distance from me, I asked if she was going to refer me elsewhere. She felt that I had worked through most of my issues since we saw each other weekly and basically I would just tell her how happy I was for my session for the entire last year that I saw her.

A few years later I decided that I needed to address my eating again and to lose the 10lbs that I'm still trying to lose, so I saw a nutritional therapist/RD who deals with eating disorders. She blind weighed me and put me on a 1400 calorie/day "refeeding" program and in no time I had gained almost 15lbs making me officially "overweight" according to BMI charts. I had an OB/GYN who I told that I wouldn't like to discuss weight due to working with a specialist, and she proceeded to tell me I was obese (with a 26 BMI) and gave me a calorie-counting brochure. After nine months of work, I never went back to nutritional therapy again.

So, now I'm here, trying to lose the weight for my upcoming wedding and to not feel so uncomfortable in my skin. Though my BMI is relatively healthy, I don't feel attractive anymore. I am a freezer/batch cooker and have been since my daughter was born, and I can easily maintain if I don't indulge on too many cocktails - my vice! I've cut out my beloved champagne during the week (1 bottle over the weekend is my goal), and I'm back to counting WW points along with calories.

I'm ready to have this weight OFF of me!
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I'd like to join the chat here too.

I've been a member of these boards for a while. I gained weight back in college -- the change from high school to college really did me in! It was a lot of reasons, but I think primarily, I hadn't learned how to eat (despite that my mother made healthy meals) on my own. So, I ate all the food I loved, but I didn't have someone there to tell me to eat the vegetables and manage my portions.

I was also diagnosed with PCOS at the time, but my doctor just simply put me on BCP and called it a day. Back then, there was no internet filled with information on PCOS and I didn't do anything to fix my problem. I graduated college only to go on and gain some more weight when I started working, again, because I knew how to cook for a FAMILY, but I was essentially cooking for one (I had a roommate but we didn't share food).

I was always active, in college and during the first years of my career. But I simply ate too many things that were bad for my PCOS and gaining weight. Around the mid-2000s, I had bounced up and down but not because I had tried. I simply changed my diet to be a vegetarian (lost some weight, but gained it back). I was in the 180-200 range during this time. I would get as low as 180, but then it would bounce back as something changed in my life. I still kept active, so exercise was never really an issue -- I just ate too much. I ate at the same rate as my much bigger boyfriends who could eat mounds and mounds of food and not gain weight. I didn't realize I couldn't eat that way. I literally had no nutritional, calorie, weight, knowledge.

One day, now that the internet existed, I started reading more and more about it. I had bought some books on PCOS and I had started to play around with what they recommended and I decided I wanted to take control over my food, my body and my PCOS. I was getting healthier, I think, at least, I was trying so I *knew* more... but I wasn't losing weight really.

I finally reached my turning point when I got some kind of norovirus that sent me directly to the hospital (per my GP) and there, they did scans for all kinds of things, finding gallbladder stones and of course, demanding that I get my gallbladder removed. I didn't have a gallbladder attack, but because the stones were there, they wanted to get it out. As I sat there, in the hospital room, completely unable to get myself out because the doctors thought I was really sick -- and I knew it was just a stomach virus -- I realized I REALLY had to take over my diet and make myself HEALTHY. The weight loss wasn't the goal anymore. It wasn't vanity.

As soon as I was able to leave the hospital -- with my gallbladder! -- I radically changed my diet. I was able to get my general health under control by eating only whole foods (still very carb heavy, but at least it was complex carbs!). I stopped drinking soda, regular or diet, a lot of my favorite carb heavy foods... And I lost weight. And I kept losing weight until I reached the 170s.

By then, I had read and learned a lot more about diet and nutrition. I even went to a couple of nutritionists who were not helpful at all... I never recommend nutritionists now. They don't know what they are doing and I am incredibly skeptical of their profession.

This was 2009 and 2010. I stalled in the upper 160s, and I started eating Paleo as a dare, more than anything else. I wanted a kick in the pants and with eating strict Paleo, I went down to 160 lbs. But then I stopped. And since then, I've been strict (and lost weight) then I get tired of being strict (mostly, because I hate to cook and carb foods are easier to grab and go) and then I gain a few pounds, then I lose them again. This is how I've spent the last couple of years.

Now, this past year, I've struggled to lose weight and to reach 160 lbs again. But, for 2015, I am going to get into the 150s.

So, I guess I've been able to maintain but this is not good enough anymore. My PCOS is under control, I have a great endocrinologist that I use to manage it. So, my fears and worries that led me to lose weight -- because of health -- are gone. Now, it's all vanity. I work in an environment that is very image conscious and I know that being thinner will help me get ahead (isn't that terrible? But I love my industry). I exercise 5 days a week. I'm eating very close to strict Paleo again. There's no reason why I can't reach 150 lbs in 2015. Right?!

Sorry for the length, I really just want/need the support and I don't know how may people out there are coming from my perspective.
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