100 lb. Club - Getting excited because I am so close to 199




time2lose
12-02-2009, 01:19 PM
The past couple of days I have just been excited. Somehow it seems silly for someone my age to get excited like this but that is just the way it is. Excited is not very normal for me, not used to this. I only have 7 pounds to lose to be under 200. :D I passed that 200 pound milestone on the upward journey sometime during my 20s. I am 54 now so it has been 25 to 30 years since I have weighed below 200. I don't normally post about whooshes or leaving decades but I am just so excited that I decided to post. I am having trouble concentrating at work because of this. Maybe posting will help me settle down and get some work done. :)

You may have read my previous posts about slow weight loss and I really mean slow. I found out that my thyroid medication needed adjusting. It seems soon to get results but I dropped 3 pounds in a couple of weeks. Compared to my 2 pound loss in Oct, 3 pounds in 2 weeks seemed fast. This loss puts 199 squarely in my view.

I am upping my efforts trying to get to 199 before the end of the year. Normally, I avoid time related goals because I feel like I am setting myself up for disappointment. However, for this I just can't help it. I want to weigh 199 so badly. One key part of my plan when I started was that I would not do anything that I could not continue long term. I still think that this is important because maintaining my weight loss is very important. I have lost and regained too many times. But.... I have dropped my calorie level to 1200 and I have increased my exercise. It is still not drastic but for the last couple of days I have gotten an hour and a half in. I am hoping that doing this for awhile will not hurt and will get me below 200.

Am I setting myself up to be disappointed? Maybe, but I have to try.

Back to your regular reading and hopefully, I can concentrate on work now. :)


Onederchic
12-02-2009, 01:28 PM
Oooers, I am excited with you! We have a seat saved for you in Onederland, come on over :D :hug:

salsa chip
12-02-2009, 01:29 PM
I Hear You Sista!


Judy Lynn
12-02-2009, 01:30 PM
I don't blame you for being excited, I would be too. You go girl!

dragonwoman64
12-02-2009, 01:37 PM
wow, Cheryl, that is really exciting!! I can't wait to read your post on how sweet it feels to be in onederland!

Violet73
12-02-2009, 01:40 PM
thats awesome! you are so close! you can do it! :)

katkitten
12-02-2009, 02:04 PM
Congrats! i think time related goals are ok as long as you dont become absolutist about it. I mean, if you miss it by a couple of pounds you'll still be that much closer to your goal!

Eliana
12-02-2009, 02:06 PM
That is exciting! Good for you! I don't blame you a bit for pushing forward and getting excited.

I also think it is very wise that you are not doing anything you couldn't maintain for life. But a little push never hurt anyone. ;)

cathydoe
12-02-2009, 02:39 PM
Cheryl I am so exited for you too! Wow...I haven't been under 200 for a months of Sundays! Yeah for you!! PARDEE!! With water on the rocks and a fancy swizzle stick!

annie175
12-02-2009, 02:43 PM
Wow, stay excited, it will keep you motivated to do this. Bring 'er on down sista!

bcort
12-02-2009, 03:07 PM
Yay! I'm excited for you! I have no doubt you'll be under 200 by 2010!

H8cake
12-02-2009, 03:13 PM
This is so exciting, I can't wait to celebrate your entry to onederland!

Kae
12-02-2009, 03:56 PM
That's super! You'll be there in no time at all... Keep up the great work!

crzymom6
12-02-2009, 04:02 PM
That's terrific! Keep up the great work!

mtloser
12-02-2009, 04:34 PM
I would be excited too! You can do it! :)

Rosinante
12-02-2009, 05:06 PM
I saw on the 'one rea1son' thread how close you are getting - any week now, you are doing so welll

cfmama
12-02-2009, 05:28 PM
I am so excited for you too!!!!! I can't wait to get there myself ;)

rockinrobin
12-02-2009, 06:41 PM
You are rightfully excited. It's big stuff. It really, really is. I am excited for you.

I think time based goals can serve a purpose. I think it helps to keep one focused, it helps to light a fire under one self and keep one on the right path. BUT, they're not meant to beat oneself up if you should fall short by a couple of lbs, because coming up short - coming close is pretty darn wonderful too.

You aim low, you get low - aim high and you get high.

Go get em! :cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

TJFitnessDiva
12-02-2009, 06:55 PM
awesome girlie! You'll be there soon!! :D

lovemyboy
12-02-2009, 08:31 PM
Wow! You are so close. I have no doubt with that level of excitement and motivation that you will get there.

ubergirl
12-02-2009, 08:46 PM
What a huge milestone. I can see why you're excited... like you, I haven't seen any number below 200 since I was in my 20s.

Glad we'll get to celebrate with you!!!

time2lose
12-02-2009, 08:57 PM
Thank you everyone! I will probably come back to this thread (unless it gets too buried) to post my progress. The countdown is on!

jay41
12-02-2009, 10:53 PM
I feel the same excitement!! We can do this :carrot::carrot::carrot:

time2lose
12-02-2009, 11:14 PM
Jay41, you are right there. You will be below 200 any day now! Way to go!

DCHound
12-03-2009, 12:14 AM
Personally, when I get close to a major milestone, the more I obsess about it the longer it takes to get there. My advice is, relax, don't overdo it, enjoy being in the 210s and 199 will get here when it gets here! The key point being, you don't ever want to see a "2" as the first number on the scale again, ever...so relax and don't stress and that "1" will be here soon enough.

That advice is for you and me both, BTW!!!

Tai
12-03-2009, 01:34 AM
Just keep doing what you're doing and you'll be there! We're all rooting for you Cheryl!

paris81
12-03-2009, 10:17 AM
You're going to get there, I know it! Your post sounds to determined and so positive...I have no doubt that you can make it!

time2lose
12-12-2009, 11:16 AM
Thought that I would give you an update. This morning I weighed 203. I don't count a weight until I see it two days in a row but I am encouraged. On 12/3 I was 206 so that is 3 pounds in 9 days (unless it bounces back up tomorrow), much faster than I normally lose.

Onederland is definitely on the horizon!

rockinrobin
12-12-2009, 11:38 AM
Oh Cheryl, it's right there! YOU - in ONEderland - how absolutely SPECTACULAR!!!!

So can I ask you - the grapes? I remember them as being an *issue* kinda for you - have you eliminated them, or did you start counting them or is there something else you changed as well??? Have you increased the exercise? Because all of a sudden (to me anyway), you're just cruising along....

YAY!!!

IrishRose25
12-12-2009, 11:55 AM
Congratulations-- I see you're at 204 now! Rock star! Keep it up, girl! I have the same goal-- 199 by 2010! See you on the other side! :)

caryesings
12-12-2009, 12:26 PM
Cheryl, I know what you mean about posting here because you're so excited that it's hard to concentrate. I was positively giddy all afternoon on Thursday when I got home from weigh in at the Doctor's office with lowest weight in 20 years. Having this outlet really helped to get my head back to my job.

I'll meet you in onderland next month!

time2lose
12-12-2009, 02:42 PM
So can I ask you - the grapes? I remember them as being an *issue* kinda for you - have you eliminated them, or did you start counting them or is there something else you changed as well??? Have you increased the exercise? Because all of a sudden (to me anyway), you're just cruising along....


Robin,
Thanks for asking. I think that I had several factors slowing my weight loss.

1 - A blood test showed that my thyroid level was off so my dr. upped the level of my thyroid med.

2- I was definitely under counting fruit in general. I never did get the hang of measuring grapes in a measuring cup since they don't exactly fit. :) I started weighing them. Apples turned out to an issue too. I was counting most of my apples as 90 calories. TDP said 90 calories for 3 oz. When I started weighing my sliced apples, most weighed 5 to 6 oz.

3 - I have really increased my exercise. I do 1.5 hours most days.

I see this as a sprint towards this goal of onederland. I don't think I can keep up my current regime indefinitely, but maybe I can because it is becoming habit and seems easier. One thing that I may have to change after I get comfortably below 200, is to add more variety back. I am eating the exact same breakfast, lunch, and snacks every day. I have about 5 dinners that I am rotating. It is working, so I am reluctant to change.

One good thing about this sprint - the holiday food at the office is not tempting me very much. I want to get to the 190s too much to eat cake and cookies.

time2lose
12-12-2009, 02:44 PM
caryesings- lowest weight in 20 years!!! That is something to celebrate! Congratulations. We will be in Onederland together before we know it!

cathydoe
12-12-2009, 04:52 PM
A cheer for you:

Give me a One: "1"

Give me a Nine: "9!"

Give me another Nine: "9!"

What's it spell?

199

:carrot: YA HOO :carrot:

rockinrobin
12-12-2009, 06:57 PM
Robin,
Thanks for asking. I think that I had several factors slowing my weight loss.

1 - A blood test showed that my thyroid level was off so my dr. upped the level of my thyroid med.

2- I was definitely under counting fruit in general. I never did get the hang of measuring grapes in a measuring cup since they don't exactly fit. :) I started weighing them. Apples turned out to an issue too. I was counting most of my apples as 90 calories. TDP said 90 calories for 3 oz. When I started weighing my sliced apples, most weighed 5 to 6 oz.

3 - I have really increased my exercise. I do 1.5 hours most days.

I see this as a sprint towards this goal of onederland. I don't think I can keep up my current regime indefinitely, but maybe I can because it is becoming habit and seems easier. One thing that I may have to change after I get comfortably below 200, is to add more variety back. I am eating the exact same breakfast, lunch, and snacks every day. I have about 5 dinners that I am rotating. It is working, so I am reluctant to change.

One good thing about this sprint - the holiday food at the office is not tempting me very much. I want to get to the 190s too much to eat cake and cookies.

Yes, Cheryl, I'm sorry, I do remember you mentioning this previously, the meds, the weighing of the fruit and the added exercise (yay!!)

As far as repeating meals, I eat *pretty much* the same foods during the week, I do change it up a bit more on the weekends. Each day I eat the same breakfast, I choose from several different snacks which I rotate according to my mood, a couple of different lunches and a handful of dinners. I do make a different soup every week though. All my lunches though have the same amount of calories, my dinners as well, so they're easy to change up without throwing off my calorie totals. You'll play around and see what works for you - and what doesn't.

I'm so glad you figured out what was slowing down your losses and then did what you needed to to rectify it. :)