100 lb. Club - 3+ pound-per-weekers ~ Questions!




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Christine in CA
04-05-2007, 06:38 PM
I'm just a lurker looking for some motivation from people who've been extremely successful and fast-paced with their journey (particularly cantforgetthis/Karen & rockinrobin!) I want to thank you so much for being here to inspire us each day with your words of wisdom. I've noticed (based on starting date & weight) that some of you have managed to lose an average of 3+ pounds per week over the period of several months. This absolutely amazes me.

I hope you don't mind, but I am dying to know what this entailedÖ

- Approximately how many calories did you eat each day?
- Did you follow a specific plan (WW, calorie-counting, increased protein, etc.)?
- Were you hungry much of the time, or did you experience any psychological hunger?
- How much did you exercise during that time?

(Note: Please know that I do realize that "slow and easy wins the race" Ė this is in no way new to me, as I've been struggling with this since childhood. Along with many others here, I can write a pretty thorough book on what I know about weight loss and specific weight loss plans. Just looking for some inspiration :^: ).

Thanks!

Christine


nelie
04-05-2007, 06:50 PM
Christine,

I lost 75 lbs in 3 months when I first started so I figured I'd chime in.

1) I didn't count calories
2) I didn't follow a specific plan but I did basically follow the ideals of South Beach Diet. I ate a lot of veggies, lean proteins, very little fruit and bread. I also ate 5-6 times per day.
3) I wasn't really hungry at the time because I chose filing foods
4) I did heavy weight lifting 4-5 times per week for the first month or 2, the 3rd month I added cardio in for 30 minutes, 5-6 times per week

After those 3 months, I basically stalled and had to maintain the weight loss for well over a year before I lost weight again.

This time, I'm exercising every day, weights 4-5 times per week, cardio every day. I'm still not counting calories but I am emphasizing veggies heavily and less grains and meat and no dairy except whey protein powder. I lost 4 lbs last week and I'm hoping I continue on a fairly fast rate :)

Cheryl14
04-05-2007, 07:09 PM
Hi Christine!

Thanks for starting this thread! I'm a turtle when it comes to weight loss speed, so I am VERY interested in hearing the answers to this thread, too!

Cheryl


rockinrobin
04-05-2007, 07:45 PM
Well I just want to say when I first started out on this venture on September 4, 2006, I actually put the date in my signature because I was getting PM'd left and right wanting to know when, I never set any specific goals as to how much weight I wanted to lose per week. It really didn't enter my mind. Although I knew since I was so very morbidly obese that it most likely would be more then 2 lbs a week. By reducing my calories (to that of a normal level), I would have a much greater deficit then most. I was eating THAT much.

When I first started out I was probably eating about 1400-1600. It varied. I was exercising lightly. I don't even remember for sure, maybe 3 - 4 times a week. And not much at all. I kept on increasing my exercise. I am now up to 7 days a week. I am doing everything I can to avoid the dreaded plataeu. And I count calories, for me it is the only plan that makes sense. For me that is. As of right now, I am down to about 1200 calories.

I haven't been hungry at all. Really. That's not to say that I don't feel like eating sometimes just for, well just the sake of eating.. I eat 3 meals a day, and 2 - 3 snacks. Spaced about every 2 1/2 hours or so. I eat foods high in fiber and protein. And tons and tons of veggies. Tons. I have eaten bread about 3 times since I started this, and very little at that. I eat no rice or anything carby except for my morning breakfast and vegetables. I eat very, very little fruit. No added sugars. I also drink a lot of water. The best part is I don't feel as if I am missing out at all. In fact I feel I am gaining, a healthier, happier and more productive life.

I think the real key to my losing my weight relatively "quickly" and believe me for me, it's really not all that quickly, though I'm certainly not complaining is this - I STICK to my plan, day after day, week after week, month after month. I have veered off very, very few times. I can probably count them all on just one hand. And those "off" days have only been by 300 calories or so. So that really is the key. STAYING on plan. Because it's very simple. If you stay on plan, you WILL lose the weight. I hate to put it so bluntly, I know there are soo many people struggling, (and I am one of them from time to time) but that is really what it boils down to. It is now more important to me to lose (and then maintain) the weight then to eat off plan. I feel any sacrifices are more then worth it. The rewards are that great. And to tell you the truth I don't even feel as if I am sacrificing anything anymore. My father was over for dinner the other night and said to me, after watching me eat, "Do you ever just let loose and enjoy yourself?". And I said to him "Dad, THIS is how I enjoy myself. I enjoy eating like this. I love it in fact. I enjoy not eating any extra or any high calorie foods. I love what it does for and to me." The biggest factor of all is to just decide once and for all just how badly you want to lose the weight. Once you decide that you really, really want to lose the weight then your will power comes into play and the rest is pretty easy.

Christine, I just want to say to you don't worry about the speed of your weightloss. Because like I said it WILL come off if you stick to your plan. It is of course vital that you come up with a plan that you can stick to. Us morbidly obese have one advantage in that it DOES come off quicker, for the most part, IF you change your eating habits and start implementing healthy habits. Good luck to you. Please know that you really and truly can do this. Once you get going the time will fly by and before you know it you will be down 10 lbs and then another 10 and then............ Ahhhh.... It's all good.

Edited to add: I just wanted to add that I do from time to time PLAN on eating some "forbidden" foods. Like at a wedding, party or other social function. I try to eat less all week leading up to the event and that day as well. And then I eat the so called "forbidden" foods in very small portions. That's all I wanted to add - for now.

Heather
04-05-2007, 08:14 PM
I didn't lose 3+ pounds/week, but I thought I'd chime in too. I lost the first 100 pounds in 55 weeks. My weight loss has slowed, but that's mostly because I have increased my intake and am not really trying to lose right now, but to maintain my 120 pound weight loss. I'm okay with that, because frankly, I've never been this small in my adult life.

I will echo what Robin said: consistency. That doesn't mean perfection, but consistency does the trick. I also don't think you need to be extreme and eat next to nothing, in fact, I think in many cases it's counterproductive.

When I first started counting calories, I weighed over 280 and lost over 2 pounds a week eating 2000 calories/day. At first I didn't exercise much, but that has changed. As I lost weight, I dropped my calories a little, but honestly, I've never regularly gone below 1800 calories/day on average.

I'm currently maintaining this weight, eating over 2000 calories/day. I do let myself eat foods sometimes now that I didn't when I was in "weight loss mode". See above for why I'm not really losing! :D

I exercise an average of 40-50 min a day ON AVERAGE, usually doing something 6 days a week. I lift weights 3 days a week, do yoga once, and cardio a few times.

I am sometimes hungry. Though it's hard to tell sometimes how much of that is psychological. I do feel less hungry when I eat better.

Now that I'm maintaining, I think this really is something I CAN do long term -- though I do recognize many things may affect my abilities to keep up with it, especially the exercise!

Finally, I just want to say that I didn't focus on trying lose x pounds/week. I focused on being consistent and let the weight loss do what it would.

Sheila53
04-05-2007, 08:18 PM
I STICK to my plan, day after day, week after week, month after month. So that really is the key. STAYING on plan. Because it's very simple. If you stay on plan, you WILL lose the weight.

Words to live by, rockinrobin. When I don't eat the way I know I should eat, it always shows at the scale, no matter how much exercise I do.

I read all your stats on your siggie for the first time, and noticed that you now wear a size 10. Congrats! I still can't fit into size 10 jeans with any regularity, and I'm 5'9" and weigh a bit less. My last BF measurement was about 24.8, I believe. So what's your secret?? Tell me, tell me! :D

nelie
04-05-2007, 09:08 PM
I agree with the consistency thing :) Also, when I started, I didn't eat out at all for the first couple months. I made all my own meals. I often cooked ahead meals on sunday for the rest of the week. I made eating right and exercising a priority. I also agree with robin in that if you are a slow loser, don't worry because you will get there.

jennylou
04-05-2007, 10:53 PM
Well, I'm only 50 pounds in (in 3 months), but I will echo much of what the others have said.

I'm doing WW, and I'm breastfeeding, so I actually get extra points for that.

This is how I plan to eat the rest of my life, so I have to allow myself some treats now and then - but that's what they are - treats. I also move more - and that's part of the rest of my life too.

I have planned for 2 pounds per week, as I think that's attainable - especially when I was starting out. As I get lower, I know that I might have to adjust that to 1 pound per week, but right now, I'm enjoying the weight coming off at 2 pounds per more every week (usually more). :)

ETA - one thing I've done is stay far away from fast food. I'm so afraid to be tempted by McDonalds fries, a whopper, etc - that it's best for me to stay far, fary away. :)

Christine in CA
04-06-2007, 01:55 AM
Thanks to all of you for sharing your stories. Iíve noticed that you long-time 3FCers probably end up having to repeat yourselves often, particularly for us newer people, yet you never ever seem bothered by it. Us newbies surely appreciate it! :)

Your stories inspire me. Everyone seems to have done something a little differently, tailored to their own needs. I really struggle with not wanting to feel deprived without ďtreatsĒ, though I guess Iím a bit of a binge eater because one is never enough, so why even bother? Then again if I donít have treats, eventually I donít seem to need them (though I havenít stuck with it long enough to know if thatís completely true!) Youíve all really given me some things to think about. I got a little teary-eyed reading your posts, I suppose because youíre all real-live, caring people whoíve shown me that this can be done. :cry:

And, Cheryl, 80 pounds in 10 months certainly doesnít sound like turtle-speed to me! Thatís wonderful!!! :cheer2:

Congrats to all of you, no matter what rate youíve managed to JUST DO IT!

Christine

pinupdreams
04-06-2007, 03:49 AM
my monthly goal is 10 lbs and so far so good, its worked for me and here is the answer to your questions. best of luck.


- Approximately how many calories did you eat each day?

under or about 1,500 thats for sure. some say its not healthy but it worked and continues to work for me.

- Did you follow a specific plan (WW, calorie-counting, increased protein, etc.)?

iam definetly counting my calories.

- Were you hungry much of the time, or did you experience any psychological hunger?

there was times when i was really hungry but i would just grab a good snack (a piece of fruit or sugar free jello) and mostly it did work lol the other times i did let myself go a little bit but i made up for it by not eating so much the rest of the day.

- How much did you exercise during that time?

none. if walking at the store when i would go get my food once a week counts, then just that.

rockinrobin
04-06-2007, 07:26 AM
Words to live by, rockinrobin. When I don't eat the way I know I should eat, it always shows at the scale, no matter how much exercise I do.

I read all your stats on your siggie for the first time, and noticed that you now wear a size 10. Congrats! I still can't fit into size 10 jeans with any regularity, and I'm 5'9" and weigh a bit less. My last BF measurement was about 24.8, I believe. So what's your secret?? Tell me, tell me! :D

Sheila, for the life of me I can not figure out how I am wearing a size 10. It is still mind boggling to me. Whenever I go shopping (and yay!!!!, it's often!) I take size 12's with me into the dressing room. I look at those itty bitty 10's (to me anyway) and say, no way can that fit me. I always think it was a fluke that I've bought 10"s before. But lo and behold, the 12's are just too big on me. How I wish I would have taken my measurements when I started out. I was so unbelievably W I D E. I really did lose a tremendous amount of my width and hips. In my back and upper stomach and waist as well. The bulk of my weight, this is gonna sound strange, is in my horrible calves. Which really doesnt' affect clothing sizes.

PINUPDREAMS, you wrote that you are eating 1500 calories worth and some say it is not healthy. I'm sorry, but why would anyone say that is not healthy? That IS a perfectly healthy amount of calories to consume as long as they are, well, healthy foods. But you don't want to go under 1200. Our bodies can't get enough nutrients with less then that.

CHRISTINE, it really and truly CAN be done. I was the worst binge, out of control, emotional eater that you can imagine. Horrifying. I literally was eating all day long. I promise you it is possible to reprogram the brain and change for the better. Take your time. Be kind to yourself. Set up a plan. Once you get into it, it is the most rewarding, fun, yes fun, experience you can ever imagine. Good luck!!!!!

GirlyGirlSebas
04-06-2007, 09:13 AM
I haven't been hungry at all. Really. That's not to say that I don't feel like eating sometimes just for, well just the sake of eating.. I eat 3 meals a day, and 2 - 3 snacks. Spaced about every 2 1/2 hours or so. I eat foods high in fiber and protein. And tons and tons of veggies. Tons. I have eaten bread about 3 times since I started this, and very little at that. I eat no rice or anything carby except for my morning breakfast and vegetables. I eat very, very little fruit. No added sugars. I also drink a lot of water. The best part is I don't feel as if I am missing out at all. In fact I feel I am gaining, a healthier, happier and more productive life.


Your plan is almost exactly the same as Southbeach! You have added the calorie counting which I think is a very good suggestion. It is too easy to overeat...even with on-plan foods!

sirak
04-06-2007, 11:32 AM
I started out at 231 at the end of January. My current average is 3.3 pounds a week. I was a size 22. I am 43 years old with three kids: ages 2.13 and 21.
I am not quite halfway done. I set a six month goal of 175 pounds on DD2's birthday in late January.
- Approximately how many calories did you eat each day?
March's average was 871, February was 905- I use Fitday and try to zigzag my amounts ever other week or so. I eat grilled chicken, turkey deli meat, a bit of fish, turkey burgers and eggs for protein. I eat buckets of salads and a grapefruit( big carb) every day. I don't eat bread, rice and junkfood nor candy.
I am heavy protein with low carb and low fat.My numbers last month were protein 33%, carb 38%, and fat 30%. Normal diets are 10-35 % protein, 45-65 % carbs and 20-35 % in fat.
Yes, I know that is not 1200 calories a day, every day-but I don't really want anything else to eat. I end up eating a yogurt to at night to get to 870 sometimes. I am taking a vitamin.
I also think I am getting more vitamins now than what before as I ate huge volumes of pasta, rice, bread, butter and chips. My old life was full of empty calories.
- Did you follow a specific plan (WW, calorie-counting, increased protein, etc.)?
No- I just changed the what I ate and how I ate . I made several salads up in advance each week so they would be waiting in the fridge. I started measuring salad dressing. The little things really do count.
I have been out to eat, celebrated birthdays and eaten desserts. You have to plan things and figure out ways to make things work with portion control.
- Were you hungry much of the time, or did you experience any psychological hunger?
I get hungry on occasion. It's because I forget to eat my snack.:o
Food has begun to mean less to me. I had anger that I had let myself get really fat. I was mad that I used food as a crutch. I saw myself creating food events for my family instead of family events with food. I could eat a ton of food and drink plus a bottle of wine in an evening. I was a pig.Horrifying. I literally was eating all day long I think of that now and it is utterly gross.
I took all of this anger and it has fueled my weight loss. Maybe it's just my mid-life crisis-but I am not going to be a fat old lady. I might not turn out like Meg, but she sure is an inspiration.

- How much did you exercise during that time?
I am a big fan of Walk Away the Pounds, since I live in the middle of nowhere and there isn't a chance to go into town to a gym.
In Feb I did 71 miles of WATP . In March I rounded it to 100 miles. Right now my goal is to do 3 miles in the morning and 3 miles in the afternoon for around an hour of cardio(with some weights in there).I usually workout 5 days a week. I am trying to get back into doing Pilates- but the walking is too easy and it has worked.

I think the element of support has been really important to "what is working".I am the only person I know on a diet other than my diabetic Mom. This board, as well as a smaller group, has been so helpful. My diet might not be ideal for you- but being able to share the small victories and bumps on the road has made it sucessful. Just the information on this site has made getting recipes, nutritional stuff and exercise tips really easy.
Good luck !

watchhershrink
04-06-2007, 02:09 PM
first, i have not consistently lost 3+/week but i kind of feel the need to post anyway.

i started this on 7-11-05. i was a year out of high school and weighed 310. i had never considered losing weight, never tried to lose weight, and was kind of in denial about how big i had gotten. one day (prompted by a series of "OH SH.." moments) i decided i didnt want to be fat anymore. i didnt know how to lose weight though. so i went to the grocery and bought a bunch of food that was labeled 'diet' or 'healthy'. then i got on the internet (i used and still use a community on lj in addition now to 3fc). i learned all sorts of things. most importantly i learned the 'science' of losing weight.
calories in vrs calories out. basal metabolic rate. i figured out mathematically how to lose weight and ever since then i count calories.

sometimes i step back and marvel at the fact that it was so easy to lose weight. i thought it was some unattainable thing that you had to buy gadgets for, and be miserable for... but i was wrong. i know you can do it.

as for my specific diet, up until very recently, i would eat whatever i wanted. as long as i logged the calories and stayed under 1800 then i could have sbarros cheese pizza (460 cal) or a hersheys bar with almonds (220 cal).
recently ive decided i want to eat more fiber and protein and incorporate exercise. so ive (for the most part) cut out pizza and chocolate and replaced it with things like pineapples and kashi cereals. but that was a personal choice and i know i could have continued losing weight the way i was eating before. i just really want to be not only thin, but strong now. and thats a realization thats come to me during the journey, not before....

well i think im babbling so i'll stop now.

just good luck! i know you can do it!

jtammy
04-06-2007, 02:39 PM
sometimes i step back and marvel at the fact that it was so easy to lose weight. i thought it was some unattainable thing that you had to buy gadgets for, and be miserable for... but i was wrong. i know you can do it.


recently ive decided i want to eat more fiber and protein and incorporate exercise. so ive (for the most part) cut out pizza and chocolate and replaced it with things like pineapples and kashi cereals. but that was a personal choice and i know i could have continued losing weight the way i was eating before. i just really want to be not only thin, but strong now. and thats a realization thats come to me during the journey, not before....



Watchhershrink, You have a great attitude. I love the fact that you are taking control of your life and your weight at a young age. I certainly wish I had done that, I'm proud to see that someone else is doing it. :hug:


Christine, I'm certainly no speed loser, but I hope you wouldn't get discouraged if you don't experience 3+ pounds per week. Time will still go by whether you are losing 3, 2, 1 or less per week. So in a year's time, you could still have lost a considerable amount.

rockinrobin
04-06-2007, 03:56 PM
Your plan is almost exactly the same as Southbeach! You have added the calorie counting which I think is a very good suggestion. It is too easy to overeat...even with on-plan foods!

Rhonda over the years my attempts at weightloss were really very feeble. No heart in them at all. Which is why they didn't last. My method was just cutting back and trying to elminiate most of the junk. It just didn't work. When I got serious this time, I really tried to set myself up for success. In order to do that I had to get real. And that meant being totally and completely upfront and honest with myself. So, yes I most certainly have to track my calories. I have to be aware of them. I have to set limits for myself. Again, it is a small price to pay for all of the vast rewards. :smug:

Dawn2Dusk
04-06-2007, 04:19 PM
I love this thread.

Angela85
04-06-2007, 08:48 PM
I just first wanna say that every single woman that has replied in this thread ia absolutley amazing!!!! Every day when I come home from work, exercising, or just being out and about, I cant wait to log on to this website.....!!!! Even with some of the emotional and financial struggles that im going through right now, being apart of this website and interacting with u ladies, makes me feel soo much better, I know loosing weight will help me with my emotional struggles. Now for the financial issues, **** as long as im sexxxy and broke instead of FAT and broke i'll be the happiest person alive!!! Atleast I can hit up tjmaxx and get a cute outfit for under 20 dollars instead of going to Lane bryant and paying 200 dollars for one!!!!

I have been on my weight plan for about 2 months and some weeks, I have lost about 35lbs or so, and for the most part I am doing good, I started at a size 22, but yesterday I went to the mall and tried on some 18's and they FIT. I didnt believe it, I figured it was just that designer's particular sizing, so me and my best friend went to wal-mart after, and tried some 18's over there, and they fit too......so am I an 18 now????????????????????????? When I look at myself in the mirror and dont see any change, my stomach still looks exactly like it did when i first started HUGE AS ****....yea the clothes are looser, but i still look the same(in my eyes), I'm guessing i wont actually see a major change in the mirror until i get under 200lbs.

Some days im able to do the 6 small meals, and then there is some when my schedule is soo hectic that i only do like 3....but whatever I eat its always small, I havent ate my old portions since I have began my life change. Now I have eatin at restaurants about 4 times this week and I had salads on each visit...and i still felt guilty after I left the restaurants, but I have already 3lbs this week, so maybe my exercise is balancing with it.

For you ladies that have lost 50lbs or more, is this biggest part of your body always the last to loose the fat or the first....cuz my gut is REDICULOUS im 21 and I look like I have already had bout 5 kids....that dang gut hangover....gosh I just wanna cut it, i run and walk my butt off and crunch it up as much as I can, but I wasnt sure if the oversized belly was gonna be last on the fatloss list, The places that i have lost inches the most are my shoulders, chest, and arms.

But anyways girls, sorry for the long post!!! Enjoy yalls Easter!!!!

Charbar
04-06-2007, 09:11 PM
Angela.. you are doing amazing yourself girl! 39 lbs! I've been on this diet since Jan 15 - just before you started and I've only lost a lousy 13 lbs. You rock!!
I guess the exercise really helps.. I don't do much at all.

Happy Easter.

becoming wisdom
04-06-2007, 09:29 PM
For right now I am also losing weight quickly. I'm on a very low calorie doctor-assisted diet, and have lost 18 lbs in the last 3 1/2 weeks. This is my second try with the same plan, but this time I've worked out what a working maintenance plan is for myself. I lost 87 lbs in 26 weeks last time on this diet, that was 3 years ago. Back then the transition diet didn't work out, even though I followed it religiously, and I gained most of the weight back over the next year. But I did learn what worked, and for the last 2 years I've maintained effectively. For me, a bit of trial and error was involved, but not a total loss!

So, this time I'm on a combination of low-carb protein shakes, measured amounts of lean meat or fish, low-fat cheese or the occasional egg, leafy or stemmy greens, an occasional small amount of starchier salad vegs, 2 - 3 liters of water or weak teas, and LOTS of supplements. Calorie count is below 800 per day, and my electrolytes are getting monitored with every 20 lbs lost.

I am in semi-starvation, and that means there are several medical concerns, so I would never try this type of dieting on my own. I've learned to pay strict attention to carbs for any success, and of course, exercise. But even with Atkins, South Beach, etc., plus calorie-counting and exercise, I only maintain weight, and so it's medically-mediated semi-starvation to get to goal. Only this time, I have good maintenance habits in place, to keep at goal, and that will make all the difference for my health down the road!

For exercise, right now I'm just doing stat-cycle 5 or 6 days a week, 5 to 10 km (3 - 6 mi) per day, and when the sidewalks are clear of snow or I go to a mall, maybe 20 mins of brisk walking. I hope to start using my old free-weights routine within the week, and am already feeling "dancey". Soon, I'd like to try my daughters' DDR kit - on the most novice level, of course!

I don't care if I lose weight at 4 lbs per week, or at 1. Most important is my health! I'm doing what works for me, and whatever it takes - that's healthy - I'll do. It has to be workable, though, because I'm doing it for the rest of my life. Reading everyone else's stories is going to be a factor in keeping me on track, too, and SO many of you are incredibly inspiring! Thank you so much, all of you!

jennylou
04-06-2007, 10:02 PM
Angela - You'll get there! You're doing great already. At the end of two months I was at 35 pounds, btw, so keep doing what you're doing and you'll be at 50 pounds in no time. :)

SexyRevealed
04-06-2007, 10:06 PM
I'm an average loser. Some weeks I'll have a 3+ loss, but mostly they are between 1 and 2. I eat about 1750 calories a day and exercise 4-5 times per week. I could probably drop my calories a little lower and lose a little faster, but I'm not a happy camper when I'm hungry. :( So I've decided I'll take my slow losses and not feel bad about them, because I know this is for LIFE!

But you big losers, you have no idea of how much motivation you give me. It makes me stay on plan and commit even more, because I know one day I will catch up to you!

SexyRevealed
04-06-2007, 10:09 PM
Angela.. you are doing amazing yourself girl! 39 lbs! I've been on this diet since Jan 15 - just before you started and I've only lost a lousy 13 lbs. You rock!!
I guess the exercise really helps.. I don't do much at all.

Happy Easter.

Charbar, nothing is lousy about 13 lbs! Every single pound we lose is one pound less to go. I am proud of what you have accomplished! :hug:

WindyCityChick
04-06-2007, 11:30 PM
Lots of great replies here already, but I thought I'd chime in too. I'm averaging about 3.5 pounds a week since last September. I've basically done this by calorie counting (I average between 1400 - 1500 a day) and developing a love of running, which I do 4 times a week, and I'm averaging about 25 miles a week these days. I lift weights a couple of days a week (off-running days) and will sometimes do yoga too, although that's more for the stretching benefits than as a calorie burner.

So there you have it - for me, it's as simple as "eat less, move more". A formula that truly does work.

Angela85
04-07-2007, 03:34 AM
Wow Rachel, Ur exercising, is off the tha chain girl!!!!!! thats good that u have the passion for running and u make it sound so easy, thats like 6 miles a day that you're doin right????? Im trying to get there, I dont mind running, but i cant do a whole mile straight without stopping yet......your basically down to a 100lb loss in what looks like less than 7 months...!!! good job!!! My best friend said that running is a mind thing, and that anyone can run without stopping if they put their mind to it....i told her yea right, cuz she has been an athlete all her life so what would she know!!!!

But anyways keep it up....

Slashnl
04-07-2007, 10:32 AM
Angela, good job on the size 18's! You're young and you will get to where you want to be very soon! Keep healthy! Oh, and keep posting!! I love your views and style!
Dana - 13 pounds!! It is awesome. Don't discredit that at all.
Tiffany - Keep it up. You're doing great.

I am a slow loser (evidently), but love to hear from those who are getting to goal even faster. I'm proud of you all and I'll be coming along with my goal, too, one step at a time. Turtle steps....

Sheila53
04-07-2007, 12:17 PM
While this is a thread about losing quickly, I want to let slow losers know that persistence counts! While I did reach my Weight Watchers goal, I'm still working on the last 6 that will bring me to 100 lbs. even, and am still looking toward the 6 more. And it took me 4 years to lose the 94. My motto is Never Give Up! I could have gotten discouraged when I didn't lose 100 lbs. in the first year like I thought I could. And maybe a few times I did get discouraged. But I've managed to keep that weight off I lost in that first year, and add more to it over the next three.

So, please, if you don't lose weight as quickly as you'd like, don't give up.

watchhershrink
04-07-2007, 01:07 PM
jtammy - thanks for the encouragment!

cantforgetthis
04-08-2007, 02:33 AM
Hi...sorry if i'm a bit late getting in here. Just noticed my name at the top. :o

Any whoo...I have to support everything that has already been mentioned. With that said, I am also proof that it doesn't last forever. It definately depends on where you were, what you were doing before and how bad it was...I was pretty bad...;) I started by losing about 5-6 pounds a week. Of course some was water, but after a few months it really started to bother me and I wanted to slow it down. I'd lost weight in the past very rapidly and suffered a number of consequences, losing my gall bladder was one. I'm NOT going there again! :dizzy:

When I started my level was about 1300 calories of only whole foods (no flour, sugar, dairy, caffine, salt, chemicals), very little starch, most carbs from veggies, over a gallon of water with half of that mixed with a cup of natural unsweetened cranberry juice, about 8 ounces of lean meat/fish a day and more protein from whey and eggs, my fats were exclusively from flax seed, flax oil and supplements of borage oil (for a good combination of omega 3's & 6's). I prepare all my own food and eat some small balance meal or snack every 2 hours, and NO, I don't believe hunger is necessary. It is simply a natural trigger for us to eat, to indicate a lack in the body. If i'm taking care of my body it's not an issue. The whole foods, particularly the combination of veggies, proteins and fats, provide a lot of volume to keep me satisfied. It was a formal plan called Fat Flush. Overall I thought it a good plan but very involved/restrictive and found I wasn't going to be able to follow that for the rest of my life so I modified it and am very happy with what i'm doing now.

Slowly I increased the calories to about 1800-1900, reintroduced certain foods one a week such as NF plain yogurt, whole grains, beans and flourless bread products such as Ezekiel and Manna and was still losing, albeit at a slower pace. For a while I was putting everything into Fitday to see if my percentages were right and just kept the routine. Periodically I go back in and do the same for a few days just for a reality check. The only exercise I do is a bit of walking although after 90 pounds I know I really need to get into weight training. :lifter:

Today i'm losing at about 1/2 pound a week and that's fine. I actually feel like my mind has to "catch up" with my body. I'm toying with lowering the calories, but i'd like to put that off as long as possible and work with the exercise component first.

I understand the need to be inspired (By the way, I have to say i'm always blown away when I look at what "Rockin" has been doing! :hug: ), and I really have no idea what it was that clicked in my mind this time. It was very slow and as I mentioned in another thread, there wasn't any actual "moment" when I said "this is it!" It was just a slow down hill of to much pain, depression, and apathy. I did one small thing at a time. My first move was getting rid of the soda...cold turkey. Then it was drinking more water and giving up salt. Everything just snowballed from there. My mind was just in "that space" and when I found that plan it seemed to go along with a lot of what I was doing so I tried it for a number of months and had the courage to say "hey, there's some good in this, but I can modify it for me!"

I think that's a problem many have...they either don't take the time or don't have the idea that they can figure out what is best for them. We have to experiment, not look for a cookie cutter solution. Tweek, tweek, tweek! :D

All the best to you! :carrot:

Heather
04-08-2007, 08:52 AM
Today i'm losing at about 1/2 pound a week and that's fine. I actually feel like my mind has to "catch up" with my body.

I'm fine with maintaining my weight loss for now or losing very slowly too! I've never weighed this little as an adult and am finding I haven't adjusted to my new body yet!

nelie
04-08-2007, 08:54 AM
Karen,

I agree that there are some drawbacks of losing quickly. I do have gallstones now and if I eat something that is high in fat, the gallstones start moving out of the gallbladder and that is so painful. I haven't had any trouble since I've regulated how much fat I eat but I know others who have lost weight quickly have had worst complications with their gall bladder.

Also, if you lose quickly you will probably notice more loose skin than someone who hasn't. The loose skin will tighten up a bit over time but when you lose quickly, it doesn't have too much of a chance and it appears to be more noticeable.

The other reason I think of being cautious of losing quickly is weight loss and weight maintenance takes a lot of patience. If you lose quickly, get to your goal and then think, what do I strive for now? The scale isn't moving anymore but I still have to continue eating like this. How do I deal with my new body without gaining the weight back? I think it becomes largely a mental struggle at that point and some deal with it well while others may not.

rockinrobin
04-08-2007, 09:11 AM
By the way, I have to say i'm always blown away when I look at what "Rockin" has been doing! :hug:

Thank you so much Karen. I must tell you though, I'm pretty blown away by what you've been doing as well and so many other of the incredible women around here. I feel truly blessed to be able to share in everyone's weightloss experiences here at 3FC and to be able to be so open about my own journey and get such wonderful, postive feedback and possibly help others as well.

I just want to repeat something again, because I don't think it can be repeated enough times. We all have to find what works for ourselves. We should not be comparing ourselves to one another. Sure we have so very much in common and can relate to one another on sooo many different levels. We have all at one time or another been morbidly obese and experienced so many of the same things. . But we all work differently. Our bodies all respond differently. We're different ages, and have had different experiences. We all have different resources and situations. And different mindframes. Therefore, naturally our journeys will all be different. Please I urge you to not worry about speed. When you change your lifestyle for the better, weightloss will occur. Some people change everything all at once, some more slowly. Whatever works best for you. Just find something and stick to it. And don't let those bad meals/days throw you for a loop. There really is room for error here. It's bound to occur in fact. Most importantly - don't ever give up. Ever. Ever. It's just too important. You're just too important. You deserve this.

jtammy
04-08-2007, 09:16 AM
Today i'm losing at about 1/2 pound a week and that's fine. I actually feel like my mind has to "catch up" with my body.

I'm right with you and wyllen. When you're looking at having to lose a large amount of weight, it is difficult to continue full force indefinitely. After a year and a half, I HAD to take a maintenance break which started about 3 weeks ago, (and I've lost three lbs since then :broc:). My mind needed a break, as well as my body. Both mind and body needed some time to relax and catch up.

rockinrobin
04-08-2007, 09:26 AM
Nelie, my post took a long time to type and we therefore posted at the same time.

Losing weight "too quickly" is really all relative. Who is to say what IS "too quickly"? When your life is in danger, is there really such a thing as "too quickly?

As far as loose skin goes, there is absolutely no way on earth to know for sure just who will have the loose skin and who won't. There is absolutely no way to know for sure if the pace of weightloss would have made any difference whatsoever.

When I get to goal, what do I strive for? Hmmm, let's see - STAYING THERE. Maintaining the life I have carved out for myself. The utter pleasure and joy of knowing that I've done THE most important thing I could possibly do for myself. Waking up each and every day to a fitter, healthier, more active body. The wonderful "Feel" of being "small". The excitement of having a wardrobe full of clothes that I want to make sure fit me forever and ever. My children's delightful hugs and then them saying "Mommy, you're sooo small" "We're so proud of you". My husband beaming when he looks at me. And on and on and on. So, yes I think there will be much to strive for when I get to goal. The same as everyone else. Getting there faster will somehow make this more difficult????? I kinda don't get that. Not even a little bit. But hey, we're all entitled to our own opinions.

nelie
04-08-2007, 09:35 AM
Robin,

I agree that there are definite benefits to losing weight fast. If your health is in danger, you are getting out of the danger zone. I just wanted to post about a couple of the possible drawbacks.

As with loose skin, I was trying to portray that loose skin is more visible in general when you lose faster and it can sometimes be demotivating. Our skin can tighten up a bit but it does take time. So say if you lost 100 lbs in 5 months or 5 years. The person who lost it in 5 years probably wouldn't notice much loose skin (depending on genetics and all) especially immediately. The person who lost it in 5 months would probably notice it a lot more. Although at the end of 5 years, the same person would probably have the same skin tightness. I wasn't trying to say losing quickly makes more loose skin but rather losing quickly generally doesn't enable your skin to catch up with your weight loss so it can appear as if you have more loose skin.

For me, loose skin was very demoralizing when I lost a lot of weight quickly. After 2 years, it has tightened up quite a bit from where it was. It took time though.

I'm not really trying to say getting to goal will make things more difficult but I think we each have our own battles to face. Some people view weight loss as a single event rather than a lifelong one.

Also I wasn't trying to say there is a measure of losing too much too fast because there isn't. Just there may be some experiences those that lose quickly would encounter as opposed to those that move at a slower pace.

cantforgetthis
04-08-2007, 11:02 AM
I'm pretty blown away by what you've been doing as well and so many other of the incredible women around here. I feel truly blessed to be able to share in everyone's weightloss experiences here at 3FC and to be able to be so open about my own journey and get such wonderful, postive feedback and possibly help others as well.


I want to reiterate this as well. There are SOOOOO many people on here that inspire! But who could name them all??? :D The only reason that I mentioned Rockin is because she seems to be, uhh...what shall I say...so "prolific"? :lol: ;) She seems to be EVERYWHERE I go on here and frankly, she wears me out! :faint:
Woman, I don't know how you do it! :hug:

Nelie -- I agree on the skin, as well as the mental state. The last time I lost so much weight 120 pounds, I couldn't deal with it. Before and while I was doing it, I had the impression that everything would be great and all my problems would be gone. (Note: WAAYY before my education on 3FC). Well....NOT. I felt cheated, where were all the good feelings, where was the great life I was supposed to have? My mind still saw the fat body and of course all the skin didn't help. Losing weight can change your life, but not always, it isn't a panacea for all life's problems, especially if there is a lot to lose. We have to be ready for that and i'm sure that's where a lot of people run into trouble.

Have a great Easter if you celebrate it! :easter2:

Heather
04-08-2007, 11:26 AM
The last time I lost so much weight 120 pounds, I couldn't deal with it. Before and while I was doing it, I had the impression that everything would be great and all my problems would be gone. (Note: WAAYY before my education on 3FC). Well....NOT. I felt cheated, where were all the good feelings, where was the great life I was supposed to have?

I think this is an important point to emphasize, especially for the many people who have a lot of weight to lose.

We sometimes discuss Onederland as if it is Wonderland -- a place where everything is wonderful and all our problems go away. It can be quite a blow to realize that life continues with all its baggage.

That's not to say my life hasn't changed enormously from when I weighed 295 pounds. It IS very different and completely worth the many changes in my life. But there are still many struggles and problems, and my life did not become a Disney movie (too bad, because I could use more dancing brooms and singing animals! :D)