100 lb. Club - Am I doing this right?

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07-15-2009, 04:37 PM
Hi everybody!

I'm four days shy of my first month of changing my exercise and eating habits, but I'm feeling all kinds of doubts.

I'm counting calories on fitday and either walking on a treadmill or lap swimming about five days a week.

I'm eating between 12 and 1400 calories according to fitday. I don't weigh and measure everything, but I've weighed or measured some stuff to give me an idea about how big my servings are.

So far I've lost about 12 pounds, if I use my highest fully-clothed weight as the starting weight.

I really haven't noticed much change-- my clothes fit the same, nobody has noticed anything different.... I feel like it's so slow and I'm working so hard but the scale just bobs around the same spot for a week at a time, sometimes going up or down 3 pounds through the course of a day.

Am I on track?

07-15-2009, 04:41 PM
12lbs in less then one month is amazing!

07-15-2009, 04:47 PM
12 lbs in one month is awesome!

I didn't really have people noticing until I lost between 40-50lbs. I went down a size I think after the first 25lbs or so were gone. That 25lb mark seems my magic number with sizes ;)

You will not see a direct downward fall of the scale esp in a single day....you are eating and drinking during the day so you have that and whatever else making you fluctuate. My favorite thing I have read here in the beginning of my journey was the quote "Weightloss is not linear" and that is certainly true :) So no worries...keep doing what you are doing!

07-15-2009, 04:58 PM
Agree - 12 lbs in a month rocks! Be warned, it will possibly slow down. Don't worry if it does - 6-8 pounds a month doesn't sound like month, but it adds up fast. And nice steady weight loss tends to STAY off - which is what we all want. If you're careful, you'll be creating habits that will stay with you, so even your "off plan" moments won't be devastating.

You may need to actually increase your calories at some point - I'm the same height you are and am around the 1400 - 1500 calorie mark. I wasn't moving at all at 1200 - 1300.

As for the clothes not changing, no one noticing. . . I feel for you. Again - the whole height thing. 12 pounds on 5'8" just doesn't have the same impact as on the girls who are 5'2" or 5'4". Possibly some of your clothes were a bit tight before and now they're fitting? Stick with it though - People really starting noticing on me at about the 20 lbs lost mark. It's different for everyone.

Good luck, and good job!

07-15-2009, 05:05 PM
OH yeah I didn't even read the amount you were eating...you might want to try bumping it up a little and see if you still lose. I'm eating around 1550 now....just so you can compare. No need to feel deprived if you don't have to!

07-15-2009, 05:25 PM
Yes, you are on the right track! 12 pounds in 1 month is awesome! 3 pounds a week is kicking butt!

07-15-2009, 05:41 PM
Tomorrow is my one month since starting over to lose my weight. I've lost a little over 8lbs according to my "official" weekly weigh-ins. I think you are doing great with calorie counting and exercise. Keep it up!

Arctic Mama
07-15-2009, 06:19 PM
That is crazy good weightloss! I agree, though, that adding in a hundred more calories or so could help your weight loss and energy levels.

07-15-2009, 07:26 PM
I agree with bumping your calories up. I started at about your same height and weight. The first couple months of my weight loss, I was eating about 1300 calories a day. In june, I totally plateaued, and it wasn't until some folks here told me to bump my calories up to 1700-1800 that I started losing again.

I'm not telling you to jump up to 1800 now. I do a lot of physical activity at my job, and our calorie needs may be different. Just something to be aware of. :)

Judy Lynn
07-15-2009, 08:56 PM
I think you are doing great! :hug:

07-15-2009, 09:38 PM
Great job, Ubergirl!

What you are doing seems to really be working!

:carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

07-15-2009, 09:48 PM
Keep up the great work! A 12lb loss is 12lbs less that you are hauling around. Maybe taking measurements will help you see a change or taking pictures for every 10-15lbs lost. I'm always amazed when I see pregnancy pictures week by week- you don't see much of a difference comparing just two photos, but seen all together the difference is profound.

Also, just because others haven't commented it doesn't mean they aren't able to notice. Perhaps they have, they just haven't voiced it aloud.

07-15-2009, 10:07 PM
Sounds good to me! Rock on!

07-15-2009, 10:34 PM
Most people won't comment on weight loss unless they are 100% sure; so it will start soon. 12 lbs is great, and it sounds like you've got some good habits working there.

07-15-2009, 10:45 PM

07-15-2009, 11:22 PM
Thanks so much everybody! I feel really supported, and it's really inspiring to see people who started as high as me and are now lower...

I did have a GREAT experience tonight though.

I picked up my scale and moved it to another room, then I couldn't resist hopping on it.

Shazam! I had magically lost TEN MORE POUNDS.


I know that wasn't real, but it was fun imagining that I will no doubt get to that point.

I don't seem too hungry on the amount of calories I'm eating. Except for when I'm exercising, I sit down a lot. (I'm a writer.)

But, it's nice to know that I might be able to eat more.

07-16-2009, 03:34 AM
my friend ate 1200 cals a day for several months, then she plataued, for a REALLY REALLY long time because she couldn't decrease her cals anymore and still be healthy. she got fed up with not losing and then gained 15 lbs back.

she is back on the wagon and hopefully eating more cals this time, it gives you some wiggle room for when you plateau.

07-16-2009, 04:02 AM
12lbs in the first month is great!

I agree with everyone who says you may need to eat more - I stalled on 1200 but lose well on 1500.

Also, if you want the weightloss to be sustained, you really do need to weigh and measure everything, otherwise you just can't know how many calories you're eating.

07-16-2009, 10:42 AM
I think you're doing great too! And, like all the wise ladies said before me, you may want to up your calories. I find that if I'm not eating all my allotted Points (I do WW), then I don't lose as well...I do better when I eat more! Do you plan a snack for after your workouts? If that is when you get hungry, you should have a little something then too!

07-16-2009, 10:44 AM
I don't seem too hungry on the amount of calories I'm eating. Except for when I'm exercising, I sit down a lot. (I'm a writer.)

But, it's nice to know that I might be able to eat more.

I have to agree with everyone who said to up your calories. The thing to remember is that as your weight goes down, your calorie intake will also need to decrease. You're starting out so low that there's really no room to decrease without getting into unhealthy territory.

Depending on your age and activity level, you should probably be eating 1700-2000 calories a day. It seems strange, but you really will lose better when you're eating at the recommended amount. For one thing, your body doesn't go into 'starvation mode' and starting hording fat.


07-16-2009, 01:10 PM
You are doing wonderful! Just keep going. Soon those 12 pounds will turn into 24 and 48. I started to really feel like I was making progress at about 20 pounds lost, so very soon you will be amazed!

Keep up the good work!

07-16-2009, 05:48 PM
Hmm. Everyone is telling me to eat more calories.

For one thing, I wonder if I'm underestimating my calories by not weighing measuring. I try to be generous in my estimations-- if I'm not sure I round up and when I've estimated and then weighed, my estimations are close.

But also, I do wonder why I'm not hungrier. For example, today it's almost five o'clock and I've only eaten about 450 calories.

I do try to eat something before I work out. After, I'm not so hungry.

07-16-2009, 06:05 PM
I would weigh and/or measure what you are eating to get more of an accurate count of what you are eating. You may be eating more than you think or less.

I can eyeball certain things but for the majority I tend to overestimate my portions while trying to underestimate my calories :lol: