100 lb. Club - How did you do it? How are you doing it?




daniela
02-05-2009, 02:15 PM
I found this posted back from 2005 and I thought it would be interesting to re-post (I’ve kinda tweaked it).

I'm so inspired by all of you in the 100 lb club. I visit everyday and I’m blown away by everyone’s hard work and success. You guys ROCK! :carrot::carrot::carrot:

I'm sure a lot of you get PM's asking, "How did you do it?" I think this thread can be very helpful to new and old members to see there are a variety of ways to reach your goal. What do you think? If you have a few minutes, please feel free to respond.

You can just copy and paste the questions and change your answers. I’ll start…

1. When did you start losing weight?
Sept. 23, 2008

2. How much have you lost?
46 lbs

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?
I count calories

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?
I eat 2000 calories on days I work out and 1800 on days I don’t. I am trying to keep my ratio to 30/40/30 (carbs/protein/fat). I don’t eat fast food, I only drink diet soda once or twice a week, I drink lots of water, and I do my best to eat clean calories (no processed foods).

5. Do you do “cheat days”?
I don’t have “cheat days” if I want a treat I work it into my plan. A girl needs her chocolate fix every now and then to stay sane.

6. Do you drink alcohol?
Yes, but I think drinking slows down/messes with my weight loss. I enjoy getting my drink on every now and then so I try to only do it once or twice a month. I try not to drink more then 3-4 drinks. I have a new favorite I’d like to share…Cherry Vodka and Diet Coke…oh ya tastes like a cherry coke!

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?
Yes, mostly at the gym right now because it’s freezing in Michigan. I’d like to run more outside once it get’s above freezing and the snow melts.

8. What kind of exercise do you do?
A mix of weight training, spinning, running, sprints, kickboxing, and pilates. I just started meeting with a trainer twice a week to do weight training.

9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?
I shot for 5 days a week and I average 2 hrs per night (I like to workout).

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…
Not being so hard on myself, questioning everything I do if it’s the “right” thing to do, working through my first plateau.

11. Biggest success so far?
Running again! I can do 3 miles no stopping and my last 5K time on the treadmill was 34:24 on a 1% incline.

12. Words of wisdom (any additional tips/motivation you want to share)…
Believe in yourself!


MrsWolf
02-05-2009, 02:45 PM
1. When did you start losing weight?
July 22, 2008

2. How much have you lost?
54 lbs

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?
Weight Watchers – specifically, the Wendie Plan (for the last 5 weeks)

4. Do you do “cheat days”?
No, but on the Wendie Plan, I do have one day a week when I have 15 extra points (~750 cals), and I do have a big dinner that night. However, I still stay in my points range. It’s not cheating, because it is part of the plan.

5. Do you drink alcohol?
No, but this is unrelated to weight loss. I haven’t had a drink in almost 13 years. Food is not my first addiction.

6. Do you exercise? If yes, where?
Yes, 5-6 days a week.

7. What kind of exercise do you do?
I do hot yoga (yoga in a room heated to 105 F), spinning class (at the university gym) and run on the treadmill at home.

8. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?
I try to do 6 days, but some weeks I only exercise 5 days. I do my best. Typical workout is 60-90 minutes.

9. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…
Learning to forgive small deviations from the plan (eating or exercise related) and not use them as an excuse to give up.

10. Biggest success so far?
Twice in the past 5 years, I have lost 35 lbs and then given up due to boredom or “diet fatigue”. I prepared for that this time, and managed to breeze past 35 lbs without a problem or meltdown. This have improved my confidence in myself. I now believe I can reach my goal weight. This is a huge mental victory for me.

11. Words of wisdom (any additional tips/motivation you want to share)…
I have learned that I do not have to be perfect to succeed. I only need to do my best – and be patient with myself.

Failure is not final.

And… posted above my treadmill (where I need it the most! LOL) – I never said it would be easy. I only said it would be worth it!

rodeogirl
02-05-2009, 02:49 PM
When did you start losing weight?
November 8, 2008

2. How much have you lost?
35 lbs

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?
Calorie Counting using The Daily Plate (TDP) to track things.

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?
I plug my stats into TDP and set my goal for losing 3 pounds per week. I weigh myself every morning and put that in TDP. TDP then tells me how many calories I get to eat that day. I also try to drink lots of water, eat out infrequently, and eat as many whole foods as possible. I avoid processed foods in general but they are not banned.

5. Do you do “cheat days”?
Sometimes I choose to go over my calories for the day but I usually make up for it on other days that week. If I get stressed with school I may stop counting calories but try to eat what I normally would so it's close to my correct calories for the day. I can eat any food I want including fast food as long as I hit my calorie goals but as I said above I'm really focusing on eating whole foods as much as possible. I think I've had fast food twice (not counting Subway) since I started and both times it was something my mom brought home when I was visiting her.

6. Do you drink alcohol?
Not often. I might have a Guinness once every couple months. Since I started losing weight I don't think I've had any alcohol. It's not a big part of my life.

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?
I try to walk places. I walk to school or walk to town. I try to tie exercise to something else I'm doing. I intend to lift weights when I get done with school and I might get Wii fit someday.

8. What kind of exercise do you do?
See #7

9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?
Right now it's sporadic. Probably less than one day a week this quarter but I'm working on increasing that. Last quarter I walked to school about 3 days a week.

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…
I have Hashimoto's disease (Hypothyroid) so it can slow things down. I also have had knee problems since childhood (not weight related, but the weight doesn't help) so that can be limiting sometimes.

11. Biggest success so far?
One day I randomly decided to walk to the Movie Theater across town. When I got home I figured out that I had walked a total of 6.5 miles round trip. 3 months ago I could barely walk a mile and last year I could barely walk to the mailbox.

12. Words of wisdom (any additional tips/motivation you want to share)…
Buy a scale and weigh yourself. Conquering the fear of seeing the # on the scale was hugely important and knowledge is power.
Count calories! It works and it's not as hard as you think.
See your doctor. It's important to get medical help for anything that is slowing down weight loss.
Learn what a reasonable portion looks like.
Realize that weight loss is actually pretty fast. Would you like to weigh 50 pounds less next February? Totally doable for anyone! You'll probably do better than 50lbs a year if you have 100lbs to lose.
Tracking your weight loss is hugely motivating. The tickers here are important!


DCHound
02-05-2009, 03:02 PM
1. When did you start losing weight?
August 14, 2008 (this is my third time on Atkins though--previously 1999 and 2003)

2. How much have you lost?
92-ish lbs, at least 100 more to go

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?
Atkins Induction

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?
n/a

5. Do you do “cheat days”?
Never.

6. Do you drink alcohol?
I have about 1 teaspoon of Bombay Sapphire gin in about 4 oz of diet tonic water about 1-2 times per week. I pour it on top of the tonic so the first sip or two is “ginny.”

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?
Shamefully, not consistently.

8. What kind of exercise do you do?
When I do exercise I ride my recumbent bike, walk to a further subway stop, or do a fitness DVD or Comcast Fit On-Demand programming.

9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?
Very inconsistently.

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…
Being patient with myself. Learning to love myself. Trying to get/stay motivated to exercise.

11. Biggest success so far?
Quitting smoking 2 months into this (October 8, 2008). Also, achieving 100% on-plan.

12. Words of wisdom (any additional tips/motivation you want to share)…
I finally realized some critical things: this really is a life plan, not a diet; food is not a reward because when I would “reward” myself with food, afterwards it felt like “punishment” because I was off-plan. This is my third time on Atkins and I know I will be fully and permanently successful because my head’s in a different place now. Really all you have to do is just believe in yourself and love yourself (I’m trying to). I want to hit my goal as fast as possible. Cheating would make it take longer. Therefore, I don't cheat.

knobhdy
02-05-2009, 03:39 PM
1. When did you start losing weight?
Dec. 1, 2008

2. How much have you lost?
17 lbs

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?
I count calories

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?
I eat between 1400 and 1750 calories a day. I try to limit my dinning out, and bring lunch to work as often as possible. I also try to cook healthy meals at home. (Easier now that I live where they don't deliver take-out) ;)

5. Do you do “cheat days”?
No. Treats count towards the calories. But I do make room for them as I love my chocolate. Esp. chocolate dipped fruit.

6. Do you drink alcohol?
Not often.

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?
Yes. Often and regularly.

8. What kind of exercise do you do?
I walk a lot and jog occasionally. I use exercise DVDs and hand weights. I attend middle eastern dance class once a week.

9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?
My goal is 5 to 6 days of exercise a week.

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…
Sticking with it for the long run. I have tried to do this before, and I always falter eventually.

11. Biggest success so far?
smaller jeans....

12. Words of wisdom (any additional tips/motivation you want to share)…
.... I am still trying to find wisdom myself......

kelly315
02-05-2009, 04:00 PM
1. When did you start losing weight?
August 12, 2008

2. How much have you lost?
63lbs

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?
Calorie counting, around 1500 a day.

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?
Cutting back, picking lower-cal items so I could have more :)

5. Do you do “cheat days”?
Hmm...this is a tricky question. I don't really have cheat days, but sometimes I'll up the number of cals I eat in an effort to boost my metabolism. I don't really feel like I need cheat days, because I work in the treats I want into my everyday. I also eat slightly more on special holidays, but not much more.

6. Do you drink alcohol?
Occasionally. A couple of times a month, I'll have a few MGD 64s, as long as they fit into my calorie count for the day.

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?
I just started this week, actually. I've been going to the OSU RPAC- a mondo-gym filled with lots of fit people.

8. What kind of exercise do you do?
Bouncing around different machines, 15-30 minutes on each one. For example, treadmill, elliptical, recumbent bike (with hand pedals). I've been trying to work out for atleast 45 mins a day lately, to help me break this plateau.


9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?
Hmm..I haven't been exercising long enough to make a definite answer, but this week its been almost every day.

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…
The big plateau, pretty much all of Jan. But besides that...probably my inability to really celebrate what I've accomplished, because I spend so much energy thinking about what I have left to do. I don't think I can be happy above 200 pounds, which is a serious problem.

11. Biggest success so far?
Size 18...

12. Words of wisdom (any additional tips/motivation you want to share)…
You need so much more than you can imagine...don't neglect yourself.

ChocLabLover
02-05-2009, 04:16 PM
Great Thread!!

1. When did you start losing weight?
June 6, 2008

2. How much have you lost?
98 lbs

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?
A doctor supervised diet

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?
See #3

5. Do you do “cheat days”?
I don't have cheat days-that just does not work for me. I tend to fall off the wagon really hard when I allow cheat days. When I am on maintenance, then I can start playing a bit with food and calories

6. Do you drink alcohol?
Not while I am on the diet, but even when I am not, I am a very occasional drinker

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?
Yes, at the local marital arts studio

8. What kind of exercise do you do?
I do a type of kick boxing, yoga and walking with my dog.

9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?
Usually 6 days week, sometimes 7

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…
Dealing with the fact that this is a lifestyle change and simply can not go back to eating how I used to-that is how I go into this mess in the first place

11. Biggest success so far?
That I am now the one to keep up with in kick boxing and being able to keep pace with the black belts

12. Words of wisdom (any additional tips/motivation you want to share)…
Have mental picture of where you want to be and go for it!

Glory87
02-05-2009, 04:25 PM
1. When did you start losing weight?
July 2004

2. How much have you lost?
70+ lbs

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?
I made up my own plan. It's a combination of calorie counting, volumetrics and eating whole foods.

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?
I food journal, menu plan, pack lunches and still measure portion sizes.

5. Do you do “cheat days”?
I have a weekly "treat" meal where I have a nice dinner in a restaurant, wine and dessert. I do not consider this cheating, I consider this part of my life. I am careful not to let a treat meal turn into a treat day or a treat weekend (or treat month! or treat year!). I return to my plan at the next eating opportunity. I try to always stick to my forever no's - no fast food, sugary soda, most fried foods, cream based sauces, packaged baked goods.

6. Do you drink alcohol?
Yes, I have 1-2 glasses of red wine per week. Very very occasionally I'll have something like a margarita at a restaurant, but it's really rare.

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?
I am back on the exercise bus after a long hiatus. My office has a gym in the building. To avoid crowds, I go down at 3:00 while the place is deserted. I watch Ellen with the Closed Captioning on (daytime TV! I never get to watch daytime TV!) and listen to music. Then, I can take a quick shower in the deserted locker room and be back at my desk in an hour. It's pretty awesome.

8. What kind of exercise do you do?
My goal is to run on the treadmill 5 days per week.

9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?
5 days a week, 40 minutes a day.

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…
Social occasions. Dinner at a friend's house or crackers and cheese at a work event. Unplanned "surprise" food is tricky for me, still after all this time. I just remind myself I am not perfect, I can not be perfect. I did not get fat from eating cheese and crackers at work. One blip will not derail my process, I need to get right back on track.

11. Biggest success so far?
Maintaining for 4 years.

DishyFishy
02-05-2009, 04:56 PM
1. When did you start losing weight?
31 October 2008

2. How much have you lost?
30 pounds.

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?
I started with Atkins Induction, which I followed strictly for two weeks. Then I moved to my own thing.

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?
I eat (in terms of percentages) high fat, moderate protein, very low carb.

I choose only non-refined monounsaturated and saturated fats. I stay right away from refined fats and oils, polyunsaturated, and trans fats.
The few carbs I eat come from non-starchy veggies, dairy (mainly home-made kefir and cheeses), and nuts and seeds.
No packaged or processed foods except for a very occasional SF jelly and DaVinci SF syrups.


5. Do you do “cheat days”?
No, although I do occasionally eat out. Despite my choosing carefully, I can never be sure quite what ingredients are used in the dishes, so I eat what I want, and then get back on my WOE from the next meal.

6. Do you drink alcohol?
Once a fortnight(ish) I'll have a couple of gins or single malts, or maybe half a bottle of dry, sparkling wine if I'm feeling like some bubbles.

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?
No structured exercise.

8. What kind of exercise do you do?
My only exercise is that I walk everywhere, usually with a fully-loaded backpack. (I haven't driven for about ten years, and I very rarely use public transport.) I also cycle when the snow and ice isn't so bad.

9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?
I'm out at least every other day.

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…
Disregarding the conventional thoughts that low-fat, high-carb is the only healthy way to eat and lose weight. I previously dropped 70 pounds following that diet, only to regain it all because I felt deprived and hungry.

11. Biggest success so far?
I have total control around food for the first time in years. Binge-free!

12. Words of wisdom (any additional tips/motivation you want to share)…
Like clothing, weight-reducing diets do not come in one-size-fits-all, no matter what it says on the label.
Do your own research, don't be afraid to go against conventional belief to do what's right for you.

ChefsGirl
02-05-2009, 04:56 PM
1. When did you start losing weight?
January 1, 2008 I started LAWL & had some success, but couldn’t stick to it long term. I recommitted using Weight Watchers December 20, 2008.

2. How much have you lost?
I lost 35 lbs on LAWL early last year, but gained all but 13 of it back by the time I started WW. I’ve 13 on WW so far.

Total Weight Loss: 26 lbs!!

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?
Weight Watchers

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?

5. Do you do “cheat days”?
I do. My goal is to lose 2 lbs/week. If I meet that goal weight, I allow myself a day off to use that day or save it for a special occasion. It helps me by allowing flexibility for my social life so I don’t freak out whenever someone asks me out to dinner or we make plans for a vacation. I know I just have to work for those days off.

6. Do you drink alcohol?
Yes, about once a week when we go out. I’m a party girl so this is actually a BIG decrease for me. I don’t keep track of my drinks or anything, I just allow myself to relax & have a good time.

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?
Not yet, but will be starting very soon, prob spring time. I need to lose about 20 more lbs then I can exercise w/ out back pain.

8. What kind of exercise do you do?
Walking my dogs (I can’t wait – I love my babies!!). Also have a treadmill in the basement & I have a couple WW exercise DVD’s that need to get some use. When I get under 300 lbs, I plan to buy a Wii Fit.

9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?
N/A

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…
Not falling off plan when life gets super stressful. It’s hard to take the time to cook for myself when I’m super busy & exhausted.

11. Biggest success so far?
NOT falling off plan when life got super stressful! I am so proud of myself for working through my problems w/out food.

12. Words of wisdom (any additional tips/motivation you want to share)…
Find a plan that really fits your lifestyle. Life doesn’t stop when you are on a diet & you need to be able to make long term changes that you can really live with & learn to love! Your plan needs to fit you physically, emotionally, socially…….it needs to be something you can do anytime, anywhere.

TJFitnessDiva
02-05-2009, 05:47 PM
1. When did you start losing weight?
May 9, 2008

2. How much have you lost?
92 lbs

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?
I am on Weight Watchers

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?
I know the new plan is getting a lot of flack but this is pretty much what I've been on since I started (well was on Core for the first 3 months to help me start eating healthier).

5. Do you do “cheat days”?
No....I do however plan to have items I've been craving into my points for the day or as a last resort cut into those extra weekly 35 ;)

6. Do you drink alcohol?
Not really but if I do I tend to do a daiquiri with crystal light and rum! Yummy and like hardly any calories ;)

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?
Yes!! I have a gym room at home :)

8. What kind of exercise do you do?
Running, free weights, elliptical, pilates, yoga, Jillian Michael's 30 day Shred, and belly dancing

9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?
I try to get in at least an hour a day (sometimes more if the kids let me) 5 days a week!

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…
Making the time for myself

11. Biggest success so far?
Running again! I have missed running and now I'm training for a 10k at the beginning of April :)

12. Words of wisdom (any additional tips/motivation you want to share)…
I got this off the board (forgot who said it) but it keeps me motivated when I need a kick in the butt!
"If you want it, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse"

Meg
02-06-2009, 07:03 AM
1. When did you start losing weight?
June 1, 2001

2. How much have you lost?
122 pounds. And kept it off. :)

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?
I do today exactly what I did while I was losing weight. I count calories, stay away from sugar and refined carbs, and eat whole foods. I eat the same basic foods/menus over and over and over again.

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?
I've never been able to follow someone else's diet plan so I invented my own. It's a lot like Glory's: calorie counting and clean food. I still use Fitday (my account goes back to June 9, 2001!), plan my meals in advance, and weigh and measure portions.

5. Do you do “cheat days”?
During the year that I was losing weight, I never cheated. I had three planned cookies on Christmas Day and that was it. Now that I'm maintaining, I have a planned treat dinner out with DH maybe once a month or every two months. I still don't eat whatever I want, but do loosen up on calories a bit. But it's one meal, not a day, and it only happens occasionally. Sadly, my body responds to increased calories by gaining weight! And I work too hard to undo six days of effort and sweat in one day of unplanned eating. My body is counting calories even when I'm not. :(

6. Do you drink alcohol?
I didn't drink alcohol during the year that I was losing. These days I have a glass of wine about once a month.

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?
Exercise has been the key to my weight loss and maintenance. It is what made all the difference from my failed attempts at weight loss in the past. I thought I hated to exercise when, in fact, it's the best legal drug in the world. :lol: I started losing weight when I joined a gym on a whim on June 1, 2001. I'm still a member and go every day. In fact, the gym's management got so tired of seeing me every day that they told me to go get certified as a personal trainer so I could at least be useful! :lol:

8. What kind of exercise do you do?
I do an hour of cardio every day, same as I did when I was losing. Back then I only did elliptical because of arthritis in my knees. Now I do a combination of elliptical, bike, and walking per my doctor's instructions after having both knees replaced in August. Cardio I do out of necessity; what I love is lifting weights. Yep, this middle-aged mom fell in love with weightlifting back in 2001 and it's still my favorite thing to do.

9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?
Every day for about 90 minutes.

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…
Staying focused and on plan for more than seven years.

11. Biggest success so far?
Staying focused and on plan for more than seven years. Losing weight is the easy part -- we've all done it many times. The hard part is keeping it off for the rest of our lives. Losing weight is only practice for maintenance; it's the warm-up for the real challenge.

12. Words of wisdom (any additional tips/motivation you want to share)…
Tanee cited my favorite saying: "If you want it, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse". I've found a way instead of an excuse through eight surgeries since I reached goal (including rotator cuff repair and two knee replacements), my DH's cancer and surgery, my teenaged son being diagnosed with diabetes, his serious car accident that left him permanently injured and the usual challenges that life throws at us. Life happens and we can't use it as an excuse to stay fat (or go back there!) Only one person made me fat (me), only one person made me fit and healthy (me), and only one person can make me fat again. And I refuse to do it!!

For me, maintenance is hard work and takes constant vigilance. My body would love to get fat again and being at a healthy, normal weight is not "normal" for me, someone who was morbidly obese for two decades. Goal is not the end of a diet; it's only the end of Chapter One. Nothing changes and the rest of the book is still being written every day for the rest of our lives.
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Pandora123a
02-06-2009, 07:38 AM
1. When did you start losing weight?

Spring 2008 (about March or April)

2. How much have you lost?

50 pounds

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?

No, I'm practicing mindful eating. I really focus on eating healthy food, and most importantly eating for hunger not boredom/anxiety/comfort/anger. I also focus on eating slowly to allow my body to register satiety, and then to stop when I am full. We eat out a lot...between lunches and dinners probably 5-6 times per week. I periodically enter a days food into Fitday to check on calories, but am not formally calorie counting.

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?

Eating healthy food when I am hungry. Eating breakfast (not skipping meals). Stopping when I am full. Passing up on bread in restaurants.

5. Do you do “cheat days”?

I have dessert when we eat at an especially nice restaurant. (I may also have a piece of bread.) I have focused on changing my eating patterns permanently, so I don't consider anything reasonable a "cheat".


6. Do you drink alcohol?

I'm not much of a drinker, I have a glass of wine with dinner about once a week.

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?

Not regularly. Being more active is my goal for this year. That being said, I have gone on several "active" vacations...to a health spa twice, and on a walking trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons. When I up my exercise I find I lose a little faster.

8. What kind of exercise do you do?

Mostly walking, although I love circuit training.

9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?

Inconsistent. Great bursts followed by periods of inactivity.

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…


Getting and staying on track after a long vacation.

11. Biggest success so far?

Staying on track for 9 months. I've lost before, but have never stuck with it this long. (And walking into a random store and being able to try on clothes like anyone else...lots of clothes. I'm an XL/16/"fits most" Feeling good about how I look.

12. Words of wisdom (any additional tips/motivation you want to share)…


My doctor challenged me to lose two pounds a month. That has been key for me. I've done the extremes, they work very well until I finally fall apart...then they haven't provided the tools. I consistently lose more than two pounds a month, but this mindset has helped me to develop and maintain a workable "forever" lifestyle. I've learned I don't have to be perfect, I just have to be better.

Three 3FC quotes...whose original author sadly I can't remember.

"If hunger is not the problem, food is not the answer."
"If you trip on a stair you don't throw yourself down the whole flight."
"Losing weight is hard, maintaining is hard, being fat is hard. Choose your hard."

(I'm adding the "If you want it you'll find a way, if you don't you'll find an excuse.)

djay
02-06-2009, 11:15 AM
1. When did you start losing weight?

June 2008

2. How much have you lost?

80 pounds

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?

I am doing Medifast. I needed to restrict my choices and still have enough variety to keep me from getting bored. This is the only plan that I was able to stick to long enough to see results and stay motivated to keep going. I'm actually looking forward to the maitenance phase where I add more variety and re-learn the proper way to eat!

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?

I am on a very strict plan. It is very important that I eat all 6 meals every day to ensure my nutrition!

5. Do you do “cheat days”?

I do not do cheat days...I do plan days that I will go off plan (Thanksgiving, Christmas) That way I don't beat myself up over 'cheating" since it was planned. Failure to plan my eating was a problem in the past. This plan really has helped me address that issue.

6. Do you drink alcohol?

I'm not a big drinker. I have a few drinks on the days that I plan to go off plan. Again...it is all about planning for it.

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?

I started walking about a month after I started the diet. Then I added 30DS. Now I have joined a gym and work out 5 days a week or more. I'm even doing Zumba! I used to hate excersise...now I look forward to it every day and feel sluggish if I don't do anything. Amazing what 80 lbs. will do.

8.What kind of exercise do you do?

A lot of walking, elliptical, Zumba. I am looking to do more circuit training

9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?
I work out 5 days a week...but I usually walk every day.

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…

Getting back on plan after a day off. And if I do mess up...I have a problem with wanting to binge because tomorrow i'll be back on a diet and won't get to eat cheesecake!


11. Biggest success so far?

Loosing 80 lbs! A year ago...I couldn't stick to anything long enough to loose 5 lbs.! I never would have believed that I would be 80 lbs. down by my next birthday!

12. Words of wisdom (any additional tips/motivation you want to share)…

Just get through right now...don't worry about the next week, day or hour. You can do this right now...so stay in the right now!

katiecron
02-06-2009, 12:14 PM
1. When did you start losing weight?

December 14, 2008

2. How much have you lost?

18lbs

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?

Calorie Counting. I stick to about 1700 a day with exercise

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?

5. Do you do “cheat days”?

Sort of. I do a calorie cycle, so my calories are averaged out through the week. That is, one day I would have 2100 cals, but two days later only have 1400...

6. Do you drink alcohol?

Not right now. Eventually I plan on drinking socially. Mostly it is something I do in the summer.

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?

Yes, in my basement.

8. What kind of exercise do you do?

I Dance Dance Revolution (video game) for about 50 minutes, and then gazelle for about 10 min. I do about 15 min of crunches on an exercise ball and some weights for my arms. As each week passes, I find myself adding little stuff to the exercise routine in order for it to feel as fulfilling.

9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?
5 days a week for over an hour each time.

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…

Not letting into night time snacking. Oh! and not eating taco bell

11. Biggest success so far?

Sticking with new life plan for nearly 2 months, and actually working out almost daily. I really look forward to spring as i feel i might be jogging with the dog a couple days a week.

FB
02-06-2009, 12:19 PM
1. When did you start losing weight?
January 1st, 2008

2. How much have you lost?
145.4 pounds

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?
Calorie and carb counting.

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?
I don't eat much sugar, fast food or packaged stuff.

5. Do you do “cheat days”?
No.

6. Do you drink alcohol?
Nope.

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?
Gym and outdoors.

8. What kind of exercise do you do?
Weightlifting, a little bit of cardio, and in nicer weather a lot of cycling.

9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?
8-14 hours weekly, including recreational exercise. Higher numbers would be when it's nicer outside, I don't spend all day at the gym!

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…
I embraced all of the challenges and overcame them. I guess the biggest one was patience - looking down a long tunnel of a lot of weight loss. I discovered that time passes quickly, especially by staying determined and consistent. I never dreamed this would be so successful.

The most recent challenge is the attention I receive IRL as a result of losing weight. I don't like being identified as my weight loss. I'm a kick butt, awesome, stylish, cool and witty girl (humble too, lol) - I don't want to be a freak show.

11. Biggest success so far?
Transforming my body, changing my tastes, becoming healthier and discovering my inner athlete.

12. Words of wisdom (any additional tips/motivation you want to share)…
Be patient, be consistent, don't make excuses - just do it!

Eves
02-06-2009, 12:35 PM
1. When did you start losing weight?

I joined in Jan 2007, but I wasn't doing anything useful towards weightloss until almost March 2007.

2. How much have you lost?

60 pounds, but only 50 stayed lost.

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?

I count calories. Even now, 2 years out from when I started my stomach still has no real off button. So something like Atkins would leave me in a meat coma.

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?

I aim for around 1500 calories a day on regular days. I let myself go up 1800 one and only one day a week. It's the only time that I eat out.

5. Do you do “cheat days”?

It's not cheating if you plan for it.

6. Do you drink alcohol?

Yes. Every Friday or Saturday I'll have some beers. I'm not giving that up, by the way.

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?

Yes. My goals from now on are 6 days a week at the gym. Or when the weather warms up I can go to the gym only 3-4 times a week to do weights or swim.

8.What kind of exercise do you do?

I run, a lot. I'm swimming a lot now too. And I circuit train 3 times a week.

9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?
Well, earlier it was at least 3 times a week. But I don't lose when I exercise so little, so slowly I've been upping it, this week will be my first week in a while of 6 days a week.

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…

Having a husband who can't cook without dumping evoo on all of the food, or him buying cookies and still losing weight. And my biggest problem is the office, they are all trying to fatten me up.


11. Biggest success so far?

50 pounds off for over a year.

12. Words of wisdom (any additional tips/motivation you want to share)…

Have a plan for every day. Take the extra 10 minutes to make sure that you're going to be on plan the next day, it's worth it!

daniela
02-06-2009, 01:16 PM
There are so many fantastic responses! Keep them coming!!! I need to take some time this weekend to read all of these again so I can post some comments/questions. Thanks to all of you that have posted and shared with us. Arrrh I have to get back to work and stop goofing off :)

Jen415
02-06-2009, 01:30 PM
1. When did you start losing weight?

THIS TIME....January 1, 2009

2. How much have you lost?
19 lbs as of 2/6/09

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?
Counting calories using SparkPeople

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?

I sort of calorie cycle, but not on purpose. It just kind of works out that way! My average daily intake is 1800 though...


5. Do you do “cheat days”?
Hate that word!!! It's not cheating if you plan for it.

6. Do you drink alcohol?
I haven't this time around. When I DO drink, it's usually rum and diet coke once a week.

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?
I have a great treadmill at home, plus some other small gym equipment like handweights, stability ball, etc.

8.What kind of exercise do you do?
I walk at lunch for 30 minutes with a friend and his dogs. I also do Biggest Loser DVDs at home. I also like yoga and dancing too.

9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?My aim is to average 30 minutes a day...sometimes I do, sometimes I don't...

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…
Fighting the urge to go through the drive thru

11. Biggest success so far?

Logging my food every day--good and bad.

12. Words of wisdom (any additional tips/motivation you want to share)…
Keeping a food journal helps me stay in the now...plus I no longer beat myself up for anything. It's energy I can put towards exercise! LOL

mygritsconfessions
02-06-2009, 01:54 PM
1. When did you start losing weight?

Off and on for years, but seriously two years ago when I dropped 80 lbs.. I gained 40 back and am now trying to lose that, plus the remaining 30.

2. How much have you lost?

Since the beginning and kept off 50 lbs.

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?

Diets don't work for me. I have found I do well counting calories and eating healthier.

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?

;-)

5. Do you do “cheat days”?

If I want something, I will eat it, as I don't want to deprive myself. It's a lifestyle change for 'life.'

6. Do you drink alcohol?

No.

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?

Yes, I love walking and also I workout with my Pilates Chair every other day.

8. What kind of exercise do you do?

Answered above. ;-0

9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?

Usually 5 to 6 times a week. I am not on a set schedule.

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…

Emotional eating with all the stress I have been under this year. Also, enablers bring 'yummies' into the house too often.

11. Biggest success so far?

Keeping the 50 lbs. off. Learning to love and believe in myself again. All I have learned about healthy living and be able to take that and help others.

12. Words of wisdom (any additional tips/motivation you want to share)…

Believe in yourself, love yourself for the wonderful person you are.

Sandy

blog - www.mygritsconfessions.com

lottie63
02-06-2009, 02:04 PM
I'm so inspired by all of you in the 100 lb club. I visit everyday and I’m blown away by everyone’s hard work and success. You guys ROCK! :carrot::carrot::carrot:


1. When did you start losing weight?
Sept. 15, 2008

2. How much have you lost?
32 lbs

3. Are you following a specific diet? If so which one?
I count calories

4. If you aren't following a specific plan, what are you doing eating wise to lose weight?
1400 cals, lots and LOTS of fiber and a decent amount of excercise

5. Do you do “cheat days”?
I don’t have “cheat days” if I want a treat I work it into my plan.

6. Do you drink alcohol?
No

7. Do you exercise? If yes, where?
Yes, at first I used the "wii fit" game it came with for strength training, yoga and aerobics. Now I'm using 'm fitness coach' for wii. (which dosnt' use the board) and it's a far more serious work out!

8. What kind of exercise do you do?
cardio and will be adding weights.

9. How many days/hrs per week do you exercise?
5 days

10. Biggest challenge so far? Can be physical or mental challenge…
to stop snacking while I"m cooking.

11. Biggest success so far?
walking up the hill by my house without feeling like I'll have a heart attack.

12. Words of wisdom (any additional tips/motivation you want to share)…
I know *I* couldn't have gotten this far without people to motivate, as my one diet buddy says, it's more important to your success to BE a motivation to others than it is to find motivation in others.