Weight Loss Support - how long did it take you to lose the weight?

03-06-2007, 11:38 AM
i have come across so many posts of goals that dont really tell you how long it took them to lose the weight and i know alot of people would like to know because that just inspires the rest of us to know it wont tell ten million years to reach our goals. post your start weight your current weight and how long it took you to reach it. thank you so much.

03-06-2007, 12:04 PM
Hey there... I am not at goal yet but I've been working on this now since end of September/October 2005. So about a year and a half so far. :)

03-06-2007, 12:22 PM
I took 1 year to lose 120 pounds. It was about 10 pounds or one dress size per month. Hope this helps. Photos are in the goal photo album...

03-06-2007, 12:35 PM
Its my one-year-anniversary today! my weight loss in one year is 73lbs :D

03-06-2007, 12:39 PM
I started last June, so we're at 10 months and I'm down 110 lbs...not quite at goal just yet.

03-06-2007, 12:43 PM
My highest weight was 274 lbs April 2006

Im now at 222lbs March 2007 - so it has taken me almost a year to lose 30lbs, quite a long time really, average of 2.5 lbs per month - but this seems to have worked for me, i havent regained any weight at all, and I seem to be keeping it off. Im still plugging away though!!

03-06-2007, 12:44 PM
Whoops sorry, typo, my highest was 254 lbs not 274lbs.

03-06-2007, 01:11 PM
I started at 234 lbs. and reached my goal of 145 lbs. in 1 yr., 1 week and 5 days. I'm currently at 142 lbs. with now 8 months of maintenance.

03-06-2007, 01:18 PM
I just wanted to thank babeedee for asking this q-very motivational!!-(I never thought to ask that)

03-06-2007, 02:38 PM
It's funny reading over this thread because I never thought I would get this far. I hoped I would. :) When I started, timelines were more important than they are now. As long as it's coming off, it's ok if it takes a bit longer than I expect. I'm living life and losing weight and it's all good. I haven't been under 200 lbs since sometime in elementary school, so it feels great.

03-06-2007, 03:33 PM
I started in July 2004 weighing about 200 lbs (I had stopped weighing myself and have no idea of my true start weight, I know it was more than 195 lbs).

I had various events that fall that make it easy for me to tie my weight loss to (I also bought new jeans at these increments, makes it easy to remember the size I was):

July 2004 - ~200 lbs - 37 inch waist, tight size 18
Sept - 165 lbs - size 16
Christmas - 150 lbs - size 14
March 2005 - 140 lbs - size 10
July 2005 - 138 lbs
November 2005 - 135 lbs
February 2006 - 127 lbs - 27 inch waist, size 6 (sometimes 8)
this morning - 128 lbs :)

I lost the first ~50 lbs very quickly, within 7 months. It took me almost another 9 months to lose the last ~15 lbs. I actually thought I was finished in March 2005 - I started maintaining :) I was very surprised when I lost more weight!

Although it's easy advice to give and hard advice to take, I would recommend not worrying about how long it takes to lose the weight. When I first started, my only weight loss goal was to "lose some weight by Christmas" - I was going to visit my mom and I knew I wanted to lose some weight. I didn't put any pressure on myself to lose a certain number of lbs in a certain period of time! I had lots of goals that were related to improved health (and not specifically weight loss) that helped me stay motivated when the scale wasn't cooperative.

03-06-2007, 03:55 PM
I am nowhere near goal yet. But I started my venture on September 4, 2006. Six months and 2 days ago. I started at 287 lbs. I have lost 103 lbs - so far. I'm not done yet. I suspect the next bunch of pounds will come off way, way, way slower.

And I agree 100% with what Glory said. I had no specific goals as to when to lose the weight by. I just started eating right and exercising. I figured the weight would eventually come off.

03-06-2007, 04:56 PM
how do you get the measuring stick on your site. I'm new and don't know how it works yet

03-07-2007, 02:23 PM
I started eating healthier and moving more in May of 2006. It's March 2007 and I've lost 51 pounds.

03-09-2007, 09:57 PM
I started the last week of Oct 06 at 241 and as of yesterday (Mar 8 07) I was 213.4 lbs. I am doing South Beach and exersize. I still have a problem with portion and really need to work on that. Just other layer to chip away at.

03-12-2007, 02:33 PM
It took me 4 years on one medicine to gain 50 lbs and 14 months on a new medicine to lose the 50 lbs.

Dec '05 160 lbs size 14
Jan 150 size 12
April 140
August 130 size 10
Dec '06 120 size 6
March 111 size 4

The first medicine made me constantly hungry and carve carbs and sweets the second med drastically reduced my appetite and made me prefer vegetables and makes sweets taste wrong. The weight came of on its own.

Now I've finally added exercising to my healthy eating lifestyle with the plan of getting stronger and toning up my muscles. I've been very fortunate not to have a problem with excess skin from the large weight gain I had.

03-16-2007, 03:40 PM
Wow it seems people lost weight so fast...it makes me feel like a complete oddball! It takes me SOOOOOOOOOO long to lose weight. About 5 or 6 years ago I weighed 220 lbs. I lost the first 15 to 20 lbs in a month then after that it took a while. I think I got down to 175 in about 5 or 6 months then it took another 3 months to get down to 165 then I got to 155 and stayed there for a couple of years. It takes alot for me to maintain. I have to work out an hour to an hour and a half a day and really watch what I eat. I gain weight VERY easily. I gained 30 lbs back in under 2 months. I didn't work out as much. I was in my last semester in college and moved to a new city where I didn't know anyone. I ate nothing but JUNK FOOD. I guess I basically did what that guy from "supersize me" did. Really there is NO excuse for the weight that I gained, but those are the changes that took place in my life that seem to have lead to that weight gain. This time around it is taking alot longer to lose weight. I find that if i "fall off the wagon" i stay off for a couple of weeks at a time! I have such a sweet tooth too. I am very "all or nothing" which I am trying to break myself of that mindset. Any advice on that would be great.

03-30-2007, 08:40 PM
I dont know but it took me 17 years to gain 117 lbs nd i have yet to lose any of it - but these women and men on here really inspire me - my biggest goal now seems not to be to lose weight but changing my 'lifestyle' and being more active. I joined the gym (yet again) and I also joined TOPS its only $3.00 per week (ww is $12.00 in this area) and so far in 2 weeks i lost 3 1/2 lbs but the reality is that if i want to do something significant i really have to start moving -then eating is not such a concern = but if you do what i do work in an office and sit in front of the tv at night with the family - you know that eating does matter because you are hardly moving. so i have litened the food load and trying to increase the activity - i am signing myself into things at the gym - going at lunch so that the kids & husband dont know yet as i want my body to give me away not my words

04-04-2007, 11:57 PM
how do you get the measuring stick on your site. I'm new and don't know how it works yet

Go to quick links and click on sig weight tracker:carrot:

04-05-2007, 09:26 PM
I started in the at week of oct. at 199 lbs :( and as if today I have lost 19 lbs!!! :) hope that helps!

04-05-2007, 09:31 PM
It took me a year and a half to get to my goal and an additional pound. So 80 lb loss in 18 months. I took my time. Wanted to get it right. I figured it took me the better part of 12 years to pack on the weight, why be in a hurry? :)

Actually, I it seemed to go by a lot faster than it really did, probably because I've really enjoyed every minute. What I've learned about food, fitness and myself, has been such a great experience. I think I've finally gotten it right.

Ladies, have a blessed holiday weekend.

04-05-2007, 09:37 PM
It took me 5 months to lose 40 pounds, 4 months to gain back 20, 23 months to realize that I need to lose again, and here I am. :)

04-08-2007, 09:02 PM
Great question!! I lost 110 pounds on my own. It took me about 2 years to lose the weight. So far, I am doing OK keeping the weight off. I have maintained my weight loss for almost 1 year. Good luck!!

04-08-2007, 09:12 PM
Started at 200 lbs., lost 60 pounds in 1 year, down to approx. 140. Maintaining but want to lose another 10.

04-08-2007, 09:12 PM
I've lost 145 lbs in 20 months. Hard to believe it's been that long when I think about it. I still want to lose at least 20 more lbs, maybe more.

04-08-2007, 09:31 PM
My 3 year anniversary is coming up next month and so far I've lost 114 lbs. Most of the 3 years were spent maintaining the weight loss than losing. I'm hoping to lose another 50 lbs total this year. Then depending on how I feel, I'll set another goal for next year.

04-13-2007, 02:25 PM
March 2004- 210 or so (I am certain I weighed a bit more the previous Christmas, I started working out right after New Year's)
Thanksgiving 2004-130
80 pounds=8 months.

Maintaining at 135, but I'm fixated on 130, which I just need to get over.

04-17-2007, 04:58 PM
March 2004- 210 or so (I am certain I weighed a bit more the previous Christmas, I started working out right after New Year's)
Thanksgiving 2004-130
80 pounds=8 months.

Maintaining at 135, but I'm fixated on 130, which I just need to get over.

such an inspiration.

04-23-2007, 06:37 PM
Wow, reading these is so inspirational! There are a few of you that have lost a lot of weight in a relatively short amount of time. I'm curious if anyone has had weight loss surgery or was this achieved through diet/exercise alone?

04-23-2007, 06:44 PM
Welcome to 3FC, Emily! Scanning the names of the posters, I believe that we all lost through good old diet and exercise. :)

04-23-2007, 09:26 PM
I am on the opposite end of the stick, here. I have lost 40 pounds in the past year. Last year, after I decided to lose the weight (again, btw :)), I ended up being sick and endured a very harsh and stressful medical diagnosis. During that period of time, I was not focusing on losing weight, just on getting through that period of time and being healthy and still on this Earth :) Once things got easier, I started going back to meetings (I do weight watchers), tracking all my food, and exercising. I would like to reach my goal by the end of this year.

04-23-2007, 09:45 PM
Good for you, Lori! Most people wouldn't have been able to lose any weight, let alone 40 pounds, with such a difficult year. Me personally - I would have had a huge pity party for myself and probably gained 40 pounds. So color me impressed! :cp:

I bet you will reach your goal this year. :)

04-24-2007, 09:18 AM
Thanks Meg! It was very hard, and there were times when I was still trying to lose weight and was COMPLETELY stressed out. My mom and my husband finally encouraged me to forget tracking for a while if it was stressing me out more and just to make sure I was still eating healthy food (and not junk!). The best thing was that I didn't gain more than 5 pounds back when that happened, and I had taken off about 3 months from going to meetings. It really did make a difference with the stress and when I went back I easily lost those 5 pounds in a couple of weeks.

In fact, if anyone else is having an extremely stressful time in their life, I would recommend switching to maintenance of their current weight until that time passes and then go back to losing.

04-24-2007, 12:25 PM
Feb 2006 I was at my highest weight of 230 and as of sep 2006 I had lost 35lbs but I got complacent and picked up about 5 lbs over 6 months, once I realized that I was going down that same road I have sort of got back on track and over the last month I have lost about 3lbs which puts me at my current weight of 198.

http://www.3fatchicks.net/img/bar013/yinyang02/lb/230/150/198/.png (http://www.3fatchicks.com/weight-tracker/)

04-24-2007, 01:36 PM
January 06 I weighed in at 196. By June 06, I weighed in at 163. I lost 33 pounds in 6 months. Then i took almost a year or so off and gained back 7 pounds. Now i am back at it again, and have only lost 4 pounds. You could say that losing 33 pounds, i dropped 2 pants size because my 16's were getting too tight and i refused to go buy a new wardrobe (sp??). so, i started eating less and moving more. Hopefully, i'll be able to do that again and drop the other 33 pounds i want to. It does seem to be a little harder this time, but on the plus side, the measureing tape IS going down!! :-)

04-24-2007, 01:45 PM
I once lost 30 pounds in two months .... guess what happened to 25 of them?? I've learned a lot since then.