100 lb. Club - Celebrating my sixth month anniversary!




Eliana
12-09-2009, 10:35 AM
:carrot:

Look for a similar thread every month until November 9th rolls around in 2010! Updated in backwards order.

7/9/2010 EIGHT months!
weight ~ 173.0 (-8.6); waist 30.5; 12's are too big, probably in 10's but haven't tried any.

I've doubled my weight loss for this month. Pretty cool. One of the biggest changes I've made is trying to eat early enough in the evening to take a long walk after dinner. I have noticed the biggest losses occur when I'm doing that. I can't believe how close I am to the one year mark and how much I've changed. I've lost sixty two pounds to date and feel great. I have so much more energy, more due to exercise than weight loss, I imagine.


6/9/2010 SEVEN months!
weight~ 181.6 (-4.4); HR 46; wasit 31.5; wearing 12's

This month has brought me some peace of mind. I have increased the exercise a ridiculous amount, finding myself at the gym 2-3 hours six days a week. Additionally, I'm staying active with my boys. The results? Continued slow weight loss...but holy cow, my body changes daily...DAILY. And, I've noticed something on these boards. There are so many threads discussing weight/height/size. I used to be on the high end of that wondering why at my height and weight I wasn't fitting into the tiny sizes other women reported. Well, now I am on the low end of that discussion and people have started asking me how on earth at my height and weight I'm fitting size 12's. Well, the answer is two-fold: 1. Vanity sizing. :rolleyes: 2. Exercise...the scale lies and I finally get it!

Finally, each anniversary I take pictures of myself getting in a old Gap size 10 jeans. The first picture they are down below my knees. Today...they button and zip. :D I can't believe it. They're not pretty!! But I bet next anniversary I will be wearing them for real.

5/9/2010 SIX months! Six? Wow!
weight~ 186; BP~ 108/67; waist: 32.5; Wearing 14's

Not much in the way of weight loss this month. It's so slow going! But look at that blood pressure and I've lost 49 lbs to date! And with only a few pounds lost, my shape has changed. I've started running this month, currently beginning week 5 of C25K. And today, Mother's Day, what I most wanted was to take a five mile hike with the family, and so we did! My husband and I carried backpacks with water and lunch and we had a fantastic Mother's day! It was the most joyful I have ever felt. AND I was not winded upon returning to the car and really not tired at all. I can't believe I've been doing this for six months now, and yet, why not? It's not hard. The mind games are hard, but the life style is BEAUTIFUL! I feel amazing already. I can only imagine what the next six months are going to bring.

4/9/10 FIVE MONTHS! :carrot:
weight~189.8; BP~ 124/67; waist: 33"; In a tight 14. :D

Wow, what a month! In the year's total thread, I had only lost 2.5 lbs for the entire month, but for THIS more important thread, I have lost NINE pounds!! Wonderful! It has been so slow. This month I joined a gym and have been spinning twice a week and have a PT now. But the real difference has been restricting carbs. I did that this week and have lost 5.5 pounds this week. :dizzy: Restricting carbs is hard for me and it does not yet feel sustainable, but we'll take things one day at a time.

3/9/10
weight~ 196.4
BP ~ 124/74
Fitting all 16's, some are big and 14's ARE possible!

This month has been a roller coaster! I have lost 7 lbs with a recent whoosh. I got stuck on 198.4 for 11 days. Weight loss is not linear at all! But each day that goes by gets easier and easier. There really is no on plan or off plan for me. It's just a matter of keeping sane with regards to the scale.

I am exercising 3 days, resting 1, then back to 3, etc. I rotate HIIT, weights, cardio, rest...



2/9/10
weight ~ 203.4
waist ~ 37 inches
BP ~ 135/85
Fitting most 16's...14's are a joke. :rofl:

This month has been rough. I have only lost 3 lbs. :yikes: I guess seeing that, I really can officially call this a plateau. Do you know how frustrating it is that 199 has been laughing at me for a whole month?! I added exercise this month and true to past history, it has totally stalled me out. "Expect a two week gain" they say. Ha! Two weeks. I'd love it to last just two weeks! This, folks, is the point I've never been able to get past before. But not this time! Because I have this thread...a thread I will update for one year!

I have been completely on plan this month and exercise has been fantastic. I love the endorphin rush afterwards. I started out walking about two miles, then added weights. Now I'm doing HIIT with 6 intervals. I'm hoping to increase that. I'm doing a lot of work with my exercise ball. I've joined a 100 push-ups challenge which is really, really hard! With breaks in between I'm up to 5,4,4,4,5 all on my toes with less sloppy form. :D

Despite my whining, I have seen changes in my body. Mostly the changes are in strength, which makes sense. I thought I had lost inches, but when I pulled out the tape measurer today it told me I was delusional. I've lost 1/2 inch here and there and a whole inch in my neck, which is pretty cool but other than that, not much.

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1/9/10 ~ 206.4
Two months have now gone by since I started this journey. I really looked forward to updating this post. I wanted to cheat and do it yesterday, but I made myself wait until today.

I have lost 11.6 pounds this month. I am really pleased with my progress and am prepared for it to slow down. I hope to continue with an average of 7 pounds per month, so 11.6 will help sustain such an average. :D

This past month has been really difficult with all the holidays. I have learned that my body responds best when I eat more frequent meals. I have become a little less excited this past month as the newness wears off. This is a good thing as I settle into a routine and start thinking a little less about this. If I continue to obsess about weight loss for a full year, I will lose my mind! LOL!

This month I seem to have lost much of the weight from my chest. The first month I noticed a huge difference in my rear/hip/tummy. This month my pants have not changed much in size, but my chest has shrunk dramatically, and my calves have too. Both have been measured simply by trying on clothes, so it's not scientific at all.

I look forward to next month! :cheer2:

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12/9/09~ 218
Instead of a set number I want to lose, I am trying to be more focused on the date I started. I have dieted and lost in the past, but I have learned that I am an all or nothing person. It wasn't enough that I had lost 30 lbs, I didn't make it to goal, so it didn't count! I have never done this for a year before, and that is my goal. I want to see where I will be if I make it through one year. Bring on the plateaus! I'm giving it a year!

So celebrate with me! I've been working at this for one month with 11 more to go! :carrot: One month in...17 pounds down! Wahoo! (Oh wow...17 lbs in a month. I hadn't put that together before. That's pretty good.)


K-boogie
12-09-2009, 10:59 AM
Congratulations to you!! KUTGW

ubergirl
12-09-2009, 11:05 AM
Good for you Eliana!!! The first month is the hardest!


dragonwoman64
12-09-2009, 11:50 AM
(Oh wow...17 lbs in a month. I hadn't put that together before. That's pretty good.)

um, yeah! ha! that's fantastic! Congrats!!

Eliana
12-09-2009, 12:00 PM
Ha! Yeah, I dropped ten pounds that first week, so the other 7 have come off more slowly, which is good. So I hadn't done the math to see that wow, I've lost 17 pounds in just one month.

CLCSC145
12-09-2009, 12:09 PM
Woo hoo! Happy anniversary!

Dulce Vida
12-09-2009, 12:49 PM
Yay!!! Good for you!

Eliana
01-09-2010, 09:11 AM
First post has been updated. :D

rockinrobin
01-09-2010, 09:30 AM
Updated indeed!!! How wonderful for you. 2 months and the last one being one of the most difficult of the calender year. You worked a healthy lifestyle into the holidays, making this a true life style change.

Congratulations on your progress, in all areas. :)

BarbPA
01-09-2010, 12:17 PM
YAY!!! :cheer: Keep it up!

BeachBreeze2010
01-09-2010, 01:20 PM
What a great idea! Tracking time instead of a particular weight loss. The time spent doing the right things is the most important. We're doing this forever, right? Happy Anniversary!!

Onederchic
01-09-2010, 01:25 PM
Congrats!! :woohoo:

Eliana
01-09-2010, 02:01 PM
What a great idea! Tracking time instead of a particular weight loss. The time spent doing the right things is the most important. We're doing this forever, right? Happy Anniversary!!

That's my big motivator right now, though I'm rather fond of all my mini goal too. ;) I'm trying really hard to make it about the year's work rather than the number on the scale. I just have to keep going. I have to give it a year. Well, a lifetime really, but just like my goal of 100 pounds seem unattainable, so does a lifetime. So I broke it into a sort of mini goal. One year.

gumboot
01-09-2010, 02:38 PM
Keep it up lady! Your whole family is doing great! :hug:

jkinboston89
01-09-2010, 05:42 PM
Congrats to another month! I'm really excited for you!! :hug:

cfmama
01-09-2010, 11:25 PM
You are doing so well! You should be very proud :)

mel hughes
01-10-2010, 12:39 AM
This is encouraging! Making through the holidays..Impressive!

Congrats on 2 months down!

JustBeckyV
01-10-2010, 09:02 AM
Congrats! You are doing a great job!

Eliana
02-09-2010, 07:02 AM
It's been three months now!! Updated the first post. :D

lovemyboy
02-09-2010, 10:16 AM
Keep on keeping on!

Eliana
02-09-2010, 04:39 PM
Keep on keeping on!

I'll think about it. ;)

lovemyboy
02-09-2010, 05:41 PM
You had me going until I saw the winking smiley!

Eliana
03-09-2010, 07:44 AM
Post updated. :D

BeachBreeze2010
03-09-2010, 09:46 AM
You rock, Ellie, keep going!!

PeanutsMom704
03-09-2010, 10:49 AM
congrats Eliana!

I posted about you somewhere, and how I think this is the best long term goal. Yes, it's great to get specific goals in terms of weight, but we all know that we can't always control the scale. But staying on plan, day after day, month after month, is the part that we have control over, and I have no doubt you will achieve this goal!

Eliana
03-09-2010, 11:30 AM
Beachy, thank you! :D

Peanut, I really needed something that was fool proof and for me, that was it. Just keep going. I've hit two rough patches now and my past history would have had me throwing in the towel saying that I can't do it. I'm too different from everyone else. In the real world, we only see success, never failure. "I lost 100 lbs." "I lost 30 lbs in three months." Blah, blah, blah. But truly, everyone, or most people, experience bumps, hurtles and yes, plateaus!

But I really, really want to know where I'll be if I just keep plodding along. Obviously I CAN lose weight if I can just muster up the patience. Patience is by far the hardest part about losing weight for me.

calluna
03-09-2010, 11:53 AM
Well done, Eliana! I enjoy reading this post each month, too, and think it an excellent approach. :)

VickieLou
03-09-2010, 12:00 PM
:congrat: Eliana! Keep Up the Great Work!

Summerblue
03-09-2010, 01:03 PM
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MamaP
03-09-2010, 01:28 PM
I think this is a great idea (monthly updates all in one thread/post). Do you mind if I borrow your idea? I too am in it for the long haul - the first time in my life where I haven't said "I'm gonna lose x number of pounds in x number of weeks/months" and then I can be done with this "diet."

Eliana
03-09-2010, 01:38 PM
I think this is a great idea (monthly updates all in one thread/post). Do you mind if I borrow your idea? I too am in it for the long haul - the first time in my life where I haven't said "I'm gonna lose x number of pounds in x number of weeks/months" and then I can be done with this "diet."

Absolutely! I love to see updates on people. I like to go back and read past posts and see what people used to complain about and where they are now. Everything I see tells me time is really the key to this.

Where will you be in one year? Wouldn't you just love to find out? :D

Eliana
03-09-2010, 01:39 PM
Oh, and if anyone can tell me how to update my thread title, I'm all ears. I don't see how to do it. I can update the bolded title on the first post but I can't see how to edit the thread title. I'd like to update each month with 2nd, 3rd, 4th anniversary, etc instead of always first anniversary.

Eliana
04-09-2010, 07:19 AM
I am on top of the world today!! I have officially lost 5.5 pounds just since last Friday due to carb restriction. FINALLY the scale is moving again!! AND it's my five month anniversary! So I'm super excited. :D First post updated.

calluna
04-09-2010, 11:42 AM
Good job, Eliana! I love your determination AND your results. :)

Meg
04-09-2010, 11:54 AM
Oh, and if anyone can tell me how to update my thread title, I'm all ears. I don't see how to do it. I can update the bolded title on the first post but I can't see how to edit the thread title. I'd like to update each month with 2nd, 3rd, 4th anniversary, etc instead of always first anniversary.

Eliana, you can't edit the thread title, but a mod can. I'll do it for this month and then next month, report the post and in the comments, ask for one of the mods to change the thread title for you. The Report This Post button is the red exclamation mark under your info to the left of the post.

Congratulations on five months! :cp:

Eliana
04-09-2010, 11:59 AM
You are FABULOUS!!! Thank you! That makes me really, really happy! I'm always disappointed when I see that "one month" on there every month. Thanks Meg!

Eliana
04-30-2010, 03:09 PM
No update, just ignore me. ;) I just thought it would be cool to have my monthly weights in ONE easy to locate thread.

March:
1: 198.4 (day 10 at this weight)
2: 198.4 (day 11)
3: 199 (1200 calories yesterday...HIIT today)
4: 199.8 (800 calories yesterday...skipped workout...why bother?)
5: 199.6 (1200 calories yesterday- weight lifting today)
6: 198.2
7: 198
8: 197.4 (HIIT yesterday)
9: 196.4 (Wha?? Yes!)
10: 196.2
11: 197 had way too salty chili yesterday...I think it was the beans???
12: 196.8
13: 197.6
14: 197.4
15: 196.4
16: 196.4
17: 198...TOM
18: 197.8
19: 197
20: 197.4
21: 196.2 (40.1% body fat apparently...according to the gym)
22: 195.6
23: 195.6
24: 195.4
25: 196 (So sore today! I'm happy about this weight. )
26: 195.2 So, so, so sore!! First spin class
27: 195.8
28: 195.4
29: 196
30: 195.8 (Any day now, whoosh!)
31: 194.8 (after spin class Claiming this is pushing it.)

Eliana
04-30-2010, 03:10 PM
April:
1: 195.6
2: 195.4 pre-workout 194.2 post-workout
3: 193.6 (FINALLY!!)
4: 192.2 WHOOSH
5: 193.8
6: 192.0
7: 191.8
8: 191.8
9: 189.8
10: 188.8
11: 188.8
12: 188.0
13: 189.0
14: 188.2
15: 189 TOM
16: 190
17: 190.6 *sigh*
18: 190
19: 191 (oy!)
20: 191.2 (yet I feel smaller...weird)
21: 189.8
22: 190.2
23: 190.0
24: 189.2
25: 189.2
26: 189.4
27: 189.0 (Maybe 188 tomorrow please?)
28: 188 (YES! Back to the low)
29: 188.8 (figures )
30: 188.8

sillygirl10
04-30-2010, 03:26 PM
Kudos to you, Eliana! Keep up the good work.

And, if you want to share, what plan are you on? Both eating & exercise? I am always curious to know what other people are doing that works.

Eliana
04-30-2010, 06:01 PM
For diet, I mostly calorie count, with a lot of whole foods and carb restriction thrown in. I've switched to almost entirely home cooking everything, right down to the spaghetti sauce and taco seasoning. I don't like hidden salt.

For exercise, I'm a bit of a nut. I do Spin Cycle class three days a week and lift the other three days. I swim in the afternoons just for fun and walk 2-4 miles in the evenings. I just added running but am not really sure where to put it.

BUT, I built up to all that. It's NOT necessary! I just get addicted to exercise once I start. ;)

Eliana
05-09-2010, 02:05 PM
SIX MONTHS!! Unbelievable!

First post updated.

I can't believe I've been doing this six months. On the one hand, they've flown by and on the other hand it's been so slow! LOL! It's amazing how the day to day stuff drags by but when you look back...wow. I can't believe how much my life has changed in six months. I mean, if someone told you that in six months you would be living better, breathing easier, have tons more energy, will WANT to take a five mile hike for Mother's day...wouldn't you do it? Wouldn't you? If someone said, all you have to do is eat healthful foods within a range of calories, exercise, drink water and most of all don't give up, couldn't you do that?

I may complain a lot about stalls and plateaus, but my goodness. I've lost 49 lbs in six months time. I'm dieing to claim FIFTY! LOL! But I'm really pleased with what I have accomplished and am just shy of half way there.

MablesGirl
05-09-2010, 09:51 PM
Great job Eliana!

this is a wonderful thread, and I love the way you are updating it. Keep up the good work!

PeanutsMom704
05-09-2010, 10:51 PM
congrats Eliana, you've really been an inspiration for me!

milliondollarbbw
05-09-2010, 11:19 PM
Congratulations!! :)

Eliana
05-10-2010, 08:30 AM
Awe, thanks guys! And me, an inspiration? When I draw so much inspiration from others? This is a nice place to be!

MamaP
05-10-2010, 08:48 AM
Eliana, you are doing a fantastic job! Keep up the good work.

time2lose
05-10-2010, 08:56 AM
Eliana,
Has it only been 6 months? I can't imagine 3FC without you. You are doing so great. I know that you are tracking time here but you have also done great in the weight loss department! You add so much to this forum. I am glad to know you!

findingfawn
05-10-2010, 11:35 AM
You are doing awesome!!!

Eliana
06-09-2010, 11:02 AM
Thread updated, first post. :D

May
1: 188.4
2: 188.0
3: 189
4: 189.6
5: 187.8
6: 189.0
7: 187.8 ...sick
8: 186.6 ...from being sick
9: 186.0 (Maybe it's going to stick!)
10: 187.6 (too much Mother's day salt)
11: 187.0
12: 186.6
13: 186.2
14: 185.4
15: 186.0
16: 184.6
17: 185.2
18: 183.8
19: 184.6
20: 183.8
21: 183.6 TOM
22: 183.6
23: 183.2
24: 183.8
25: 183.8
26: 183.4
27: 185.0 (???)
28: 184.0
29: 185.0
30: 185.2
31: 185.4

MamaP
06-09-2010, 11:21 AM
Eliana ~ you are doing so good! Congrats on the size 10 jeans zipping.

MablesGirl
06-10-2010, 12:41 AM
Eliana - congrats on your 7 month anniversary! That is so wonderful. How exciting that you are noticing so many changes in your body.

Eliana
07-09-2010, 11:11 AM
Eight months! I can't believe it. Today snuck up on me, I've been so busy!! The last two days I have spent the entire days at our local amusement park with my niece and nephew which brought me an over night loss of FOUR pounds!! :carrot: And it stuck!