Hi there. My name is Jen, and I'm from the US. Tomorrow I'm starting my quest to lose over a hundred pounds. I've lost weight on my own before, but this time I thought an online support group might keep me more motivated, so I hope to be around here for a while. :)
At my absolute worst, I weighed 317 lbs. Back in 2006, I lost 50lbs completely on my own - just changing eating habits and exercising... I don't believe in following "diets" or fads, and don't believe in weight loss surgery for my particular case. I also don't believe in depriving myself of anything at all, so moderation is a big key when I do lose weight (and it worked well for me the last time).
I put on some of that weight again over the last year (because the ex and I ate out far too often, and I didn't do too hot with moderation when eating at restaurants), and at my last weigh-in, I was at 298.4 lbs. (EDIT: I just did my official starting weigh-in, and I'm 297.4 lbs.) I'm almost exactly six feet tall, so ultimately, I'd love to be down between 160 and 180 lbs. I don't even think I weighed that as a teenager though. lol
I'm fresh out of a year-long relationship, and rather than moping around depressed, I'm taking the initiative to make some major changes in my life - weight loss being one of them. I'm not doing this because I want to be "pretty." I already love myself at any weight. I'm doing it because I want to be healthier, and I want to increase my energy throughout the day.
When I lost weight the last time, it was almost by accident. I was driving one day, passed a park, decided to go there, and began walking along a wooded path. It was addicting, and I went back every day until I was doing 4 - 6 miles per day (which I can still do... it's just a bit more of a struggle... I'm generally amazed at how much my body lets me do... they're beautiful machines, aren't they?).
I'm jumping right back into walking and some yoga (which I also used to do daily - I've realized I'm achy and not at all flexible anymore). I decided to do this after seeing a training calendar in Natural Health magazine this month to walk a marathon. While I don't actually intend to walk a marathon, it's a 5-month program, which will keep me increasing my workouts for a significant period of time. It already incorporates a cross-training day, where you can do another activity (such as yoga, or other things I enjoy like Tae Bo once in a while). So with this plan, plus a stretch, strength, or yoga session each day, 6 days a week, I know I can get back on track.
My biggest struggle is usually that I have no one to talk to about the journey, so I hope this community helps with that. :) It's also a bit tough to force myself to get dressed and get out, because I work from home - it's too tempting to go right from the bed to the computer. Tomorrow I'll be kicking things off with a new pair of sneakers to help motivate me to get started on something good for myself. In the past, I used to put my workout clothes on before bed, sleep in them with the sneakers next to the bed, and then I'd have no excuse not to go out and walk first thing in the morning. I'll be trying to do that again. I know once I get into the habit, my workouts will become my "friend" again. lol And I've got the willpower to get back to that point. :)
I'm babbling. Sorry about that. :o
Wish me luck! And I hope to get to know some of you better while we share our journeys to become healthier, happier people. :)
03-09-2008, 08:42 AM
I'm so glad you're here. This truly is a FABULOUS place for support. You won't be disappointed.
I've found one very big key to weight loss for ME, has been PLANNING, PLANNING and more PLANNING. Having good healthy foods in the house. KNOWING what I will be eating AHEAD of time. Preparing, chopping, dicing and all that stuff.
Another key has been actually TRACKING my calories. It's what holds me accountable and limits my portions and what has taught me moderation.
The reason I say this is because I see you've mentioned the exercise aspect of this all, which of course is essential. And it sounds as if you've got a great plan all set to go on that end. Just wondering what you had in mind food wise.
Regardless, I'm thrilled you're here and look forward to being right there along side you as you travel on your journey towards good health. Best of luck to you. :)
03-09-2008, 09:00 AM
Hi Jen, and welcome! This is a great place, open 24/7 - so no matter what time of day, you can find the support you need!
03-09-2008, 12:11 PM
Welcome Jen! I think you will love this web site! So often I'll read something and say to myself, "I can't believe someone else feels that way too!"
For me, one of the biggest things is the accountability of it all. And this time around I promised myself I would post everything..... the good - the bad - and the ugly!!
See you around :)
03-09-2008, 12:40 PM
Welcome Jen! Having a place like this to post is a great help for anyone on a weight loss healthy lifestyle journey. Hope you enjoy yourself while you're here and make some new friends in the process.
03-09-2008, 02:16 PM
Hi Jen! I'm new here as well, but already finding this a helpful site. I'm with you here--no weird diets, just moderation, some form of exercise, and better food.
03-09-2008, 02:31 PM
So glad to have you!
Sounds to me like you have the potential to REALLY do this! You've got a fabulous attitude toward yourself, and a great attitude about exercise too, which is great! I struggle with all kinds of negative emotions related to exercise.
You're really going to do this!
You've also found an AMAZING place to get all the support you could need, so stick around the 100 pound club, and let's do this together!
03-09-2008, 05:17 PM
Hello and welcome Jen!
I had never used a support group before posting here and but I gotta tell you I love it! It is so nice to have a huge network of people who can relate to what you are going through in the journey to get healthier. I also find it so motivating to see all the past big losers and all the people maintaining these huge weight losses. We CAN do it!!! I look forward to seeing you on the boards.
03-09-2008, 05:22 PM
Welcome Jen! I love this site. Such great folks here, great ideas and lots of support and inspiration. Stick around :)
03-09-2008, 05:39 PM
Welcome and good luck.
I love this place -- lots of support, information and good reading -- even when you don't feel like posting there is so much support of everyone it's refreshing.
03-09-2008, 06:43 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. :) I'm really glad to have found these boards.
I kicked things off today as planned - today was just a 15 minute brisk walk following the walking plan I'll be on for 5 months, but at least it got me out there. Tomorrow is 20 minutes which I'll be splitting between yoga and some strength work with bands.
RockinRobin- I completely agree about the planning. It was a key factor in me losing the 50lbs the last time. I create my own little charts where I track calories, fat, saturated fat, fiber, and sodium. I don't limit myself foodwise in any way. I simply do that to observe, and the guilt of seeing how bad I am at the start whips me into shape pretty quickly as far as encouraging the moderation. I plan my workouts ahead of time, but the food is a bit more relaxed in that it's a post-evaluation that seems to make me most aware and focused on small changes for healthier eating (like not enjoying calorie-laden drinks and fast food much anymore). I actually have a new favorite food - those South Beach refrigerated wrap meals. I don't follow the SB diet at all, but bought them because they simply tasted good. Since you assemble them yourself, you also eat a bit more slowly. I didn't even realize how low calorie and high fiber they were until very recently, so now they've become a staple, and I eat one just about every day (they're great when I'm eating a very late dinner while working, when I don't want to overdo the calories).
The only downside of today is that I didn't buy new sneakers as planned. I have large feet (a curse of being so tall), so it's hard to find something good, and I don't like ordering shoes online. So I'll have to continue that hunt possibly next weekend. The old ones will do fine for now, and I'll just look at it as a treat for successfully completing week one then. :)
03-09-2008, 07:48 PM
I'm also glad you're here Jen! The support here is great. I post daily and seeing everyone's success is keeping me on plan. We can do this!
03-09-2008, 08:49 PM
It sounds like you are off to a fabulous start! It will be great travelling this journey with you...sounds like you are starting all over again in alot of ways. You can do this!:carrot: I am confident!:hug:Bethz
PS: I wear a size 11 shoe, sometimes wide. I love the New Balance sneakers,.
03-09-2008, 09:13 PM
From one Jen to another...HI!!
03-09-2008, 10:12 PM
Hi Jen! :welcome2: You actually come really close to my start weight of 294.5 and I am also 6 ft tall! It's like we are twins. ;) This place is great for support. I haven't been here long, but I'm already feeling the love. Way to go on starting to get moving! That is half the battle. I really need to work on moving more too. Good luck and happy you could join us for your journey!
03-10-2008, 12:00 AM
03-10-2008, 08:20 AM
Welcome Jen, sounds like you're in the right mindset. You sound very motivated. I know you can do it so you won't need luck but I'll wish you luck anyhow. Just in case it helps...lol.
03-10-2008, 10:44 AM
:welcome2: You have found a wonderful place for support. It sounds like you have a great plan for yourself.
03-10-2008, 04:15 PM
Another :welcome: !!!:hug::hug:
Thanks for sharing with us your plans. You will really love it. It is hard to not want to spend the whole day here most of the time. That has become my new "weakness". I go from forum to forum.
Keep it up! You can do it!!:carrot:
03-12-2008, 04:10 PM
Well so far so good. The first four days' workouts are done. Not a lot, but usually once I get through the first week or two, it's become a habit, and it's not a struggle anymore. Tomorrow's just a 20 minute walk, Friday's my rest day, and then I do a 3-mile walk on Saturday. If I get myself out to do that, I'll be just fine. :)
I did buy my new sneakers yesterday, so I'm thrilled. It was odd walking today, because I'm so used to my old ones, but these ones are great for all of the hills in my area (one of my biggest problems with the old ones was that my feet would slide forward going down the steep hills, and I'd always hurt my poor little piggies). I got ones with a bit more of a point to them, so even if the steepness forces me to slide forward, I'm not hitting the wide front like with the old ones. :)
I haven't started tracking what I'm eating yet. I'll probably wait until I have two weeks of workouts under my belt. I know if I try to make too many changes at once to my schedule, I'll rebel. I want the workouts to be a habit first. I did buy a food diary - normally I make my own, but really liked the way this one was setup. Just happened across it in a bookstore yesterday when I went to the mall for the sneakers. :)
The best thing so far is that I'm already seeing myself behave a bit more and picking up on energy. The trick seems to be working out mid-morning to early afternoon. I feel so good afterwards that I don't want to touch anything "bad" for me, without actually limiting myself. Today, I can't seem to stop dancing around. lol And I'm doing a late lunch of veggies (potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms) with lots and lots of water.
Thanks again for the warm welcome and support. This is such a friendly community! :)
04-08-2008, 11:26 AM
I just thought I'd drop by and post an update since I haven't been here in a while. Tomorrow will be a month from my first post here, and as of this morning, my current weight is 290.2 lbs (from a starting weight of 297.4 lbs). It's not a big difference, but at the same time, 7 lbs isn't something to sneeze at. :)
I hadn't updated earlier b/c I was having a lot of water weight fluctuations while trying to drink more water and drink less diet sodas. My body's finally stabilized on that front, so I'm more confident in the numbers.
I didn't stick with the distance training program. I actually found it rather dull, and if I get bored too easily, I quit. So instead I'm just trying to make myself do something physical for 30-50 minutes per day... despite my boredom with the old walking routine, so far I'm pretty much just walking. Go figure. lol I guess I like this better b/c I don't have to choose my routes based on distance... I can go wherever I want, see what I want, and not have a problem coming in at my target range (often even a little higher).
I never started using my food journal. I've found that over the last two weeks, I've been eating less naturally b/c of other distractions (work, family, the workouts, and a new man in my life - yay for that!). I figure it's best not to mess with a good thing for now... I'm actually waiting to eat until I physically feel hungry, and that's unusual for me, but seems to be working. I'll keep the food diary around if I find myself struggling and needing to get back on track.
I hope everyone else is doing well so far this Spring. :)
04-08-2008, 11:49 AM
Jen - 7 pounds in a month is great! :bravo:
04-08-2008, 12:02 PM
That's great Jen! Keep it up. 7 pounds is a very healthy loss. I've increased my walks and feel so energetic.
04-08-2008, 12:04 PM
welcome Jen! It sounds like you are really in the right place mentally to make this work. When I started I had over 100 pounds to lose but I stuck with changes I could maintain forever.. not deprevation. That thinking will get you far! Just find a sub-forum that you like and jump in :)
04-08-2008, 12:27 PM
Hi Jen! Welcome and congrats on your positive attitude and motivation. I'm sure you'll do great.
I'm new as well and really like this group. I've learned so much from reading posts and blogs.
04-08-2008, 01:48 PM
That's great Jen! 7 lbs is awesome! Keep it up!! :cheer2:
04-08-2008, 01:55 PM
HI and a great big welcome!! We have similar philosophies, I'm not a 'diet follower' and once I start feeling deprived at all, well look out heheheh But by doing pretty much what you said, I've managed to drop 65 lbs., pretty painlessly.
I hope you like it around here, and post often - it's amazing how much support and comfort you can find in an online community. It's one more thing I'm doing differently and I think it contributes to my success.
If I can offer one piece of advice it's not to look at it as a journey to lose 100 lbs, that sounds wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too hard for anyone to do! that's impossible!!! what IS possible is losing 10% of the weight I have to lose...10 times! hehehehe 10 pound chunks just seem much more do-able and achievable and not scary at all ;)
welcome and hope to hear lots from you!
04-08-2008, 02:56 PM
:welcome3:Welcome Jen! This place is amazing. Lots of support and ideas as everyone mentioned above.
As for the shoes...you might want to try zappos.com site. My husband wears wide shoes and he has trouble finding shoes in stores. He only wears New Balances as they fit him better. This place is amazing as it carries a huge variety of shoes and shipping is free both ways and the customer service is very nice. We don't buy sneakers in stores anymore. :)
04-08-2008, 04:15 PM
04-08-2008, 06:43 PM
Hi Jen! Welcome!
04-08-2008, 08:01 PM
Welcome! Yes, and good work on the seven pounds. That's awesome.
04-09-2008, 04:15 PM
You sound alot like me Jen. I am not following a diet plan but am eating healthier and am very careful about portion size. good luck and congrats on your weight loss!
04-10-2008, 10:16 AM
Thanks everyone. :) It's actually now at 10 pounds. This rapid weight loss in the beginning is crazy, wow is it motivational. lol :) I think the extra burst was that I didn't eat much of anything yesterday (not to deprive myself, but b/c I was so busy I just wasn't thinking about eating - and not thinking about it in itself feels like an accomplishment - I had to actually force myself to eat for once lol). I also did an extra long workout. I've been tending to do about an hour a day the last few days even though my goal is only 30-50 minutes. As long as my body's OK with that, I'll probably stick to it. Having a dog to take out on the walks certainly helps... she insists that I keep going. lol
As for Zappos, I've used them before without much luck. Apparently I have very fussy feet. lol I tend to have to make two or so returns before I find well-fitting shoes that way, and I'm incredibly impatient. lol I haven't tried them for sneakers, so maybe next time... can't hurt, right? Mine are doing a little better now. I've started wearing an extra pair of thin socks under my normal workout socks, and it's made a huge difference in the comfort level. :) And I added the arch supports which seems to be helping. I'm not getting the shin pain I was getting before then.
And Trazey, I completely agree with you. Those ten pound increments are what keep me going. There's no better feeling for me (other than maybe dropping a size lol) than when I break from one group to the next - just getting out of the 290s felt awesome. As of this morning, I'm at 287.8lbs, going strong, and feeling like I could keep doing this forever. The extra energy is just fantastic. Makes me wonder why I ever stopped the last time! :)