Goal Photo Album - Goal! 62 pounds lost since May (hopefully for good!)




fivestone
12-30-2010, 10:19 PM
Sorry, just don't feel comfortable having my photos up anymore. I'd like to lose some more weight, besides, so I have a new goal.


theox
12-30-2010, 10:28 PM
Congratulations! You look good!

AshleyRae
12-30-2010, 10:41 PM
You look positively incredible! I mean, wow!


BellaLucia
12-30-2010, 10:43 PM
How'd you do it? What foods did you eat?

xty
12-31-2010, 12:00 AM
Congrats!

KellBell135
12-31-2010, 12:20 AM
Great job! You look great!

LindseyLou
12-31-2010, 12:29 AM
You look awesome!!!!!! Congrats!!!! :D

Nola Celeste
12-31-2010, 12:35 AM
Holy schnikeys, woman, you look fantastic! :bravo:

fitwayoflife
12-31-2010, 11:17 AM
You look AMAZING!

Slim CB
12-31-2010, 11:24 AM
Congratulations!!!!!! I am so happy for you! You look wonderful!

joyfulloser
12-31-2010, 11:25 AM
WOW...you look really thin in your last pics...body shots? How much more do you want to lose?

Anyhoot...CONGRATS!!!:D

fivestone
01-01-2011, 12:36 AM
Thanks so much for all your kind words!!! :)


How'd you do it? What foods did you eat?

Well, when I first started off back in May I was going to do low carb... that lasted for only 3 or 4 days, but it was enough for me to register a loss on the scale and really want to get going.

I kind of established some rules for myself -- one is that exercise was, and is, an absolute non-negotiable. I started off just walking, and then going to a walk/run or run on some trails around here. I live in some really beautiful surroundings, so it was really appealing to want to get out and be in the scenery and take in some fresh air. Later on I added Dance Dance Revolution on the Wii to keep things interesting, and in the past month and a half I added the stationary bike in lieu of so much running because I live in the Alps and we've had a fair amount of snow, so my usual trails just aren't passable and the sidewalks are sometimes iffy with the ice and snow.

I had a regular schedule, with at least 3-4 days of exercise a week, if not 5-6 times, and sometimes twice in a day. I did at least 30 minutes, if not 45 minutes to an hour or more.

I also tried to focus on having an active lifestyle in general. I'm fortunate enough to live in a place where you can take trains, or just walk to get to the store or other places (bank, post office, etc.) A lot of times I would talk a walk/run down to the bank ATM, then come back and drive to the store and do my shopping (parking on the far end of the lot as much as possible.) Sometimes I would walk or run down to one of the farther grocery stores in town, and then walk back with my groceries. Sometimes I would catch the train into the city and run to the train station (about a 10 minute run). I wouldn't include things like this in my regular exercise calculation so these worked out as extras. I've gone from being quite the couch potato to being active... it seems like I'm always moving. Even when I'm on the couch or just chilling at home I seem to always being in motion, unless I'm specifically concentrating on relaxing. Sometimes randomly whilst watching TV I'll just do some situps and pushups, or if a nice song comes on the telly or my playlist whilst I'm during housechores, believe me when I say that I'll break out into a dance! I'm sure things like that didn't hurt!

Food took a major overhaul in my life. I've been married since September 2009, and before then, I rarely cooked. I started teaching myself and learning some recipes a few weeks after our wedding... but definitely when I started getting my diet plan together, I realised that I should really step up my game a notch in terms of cooking more nutritious meals for my husband. I gathered cookbooks and recipes online as well and started experimenting, and I also started being a lot more careful about my purchases.

I use olive oil for 95% of my oil-based cooking (and use it sparingly). I use a tonne of whole foods -- way more of that than anything processed. I do a tonne of stir frys and experiment with different veggies... sometimes I use lean meats, and sometimes I do it as hearty vegetarian. I really try to make the best use of herbs and spices to load the flavor in there without a bunch of extra calories and such... My husband absolutely LOVES the stir frys... he grew up eating a lot of hearty, fatty traditional Austrian and Italian meals... I do a variety of dishes, and I've been able to take some of the traditional ones and update them healthily. I'm happy to say that my husband has also lost over 30 pounds since May!

WOW...you look really thin in your last pics...body shots? How much more do you want to lose?

Anyhoot...CONGRATS!!!:D

Thanks! Hopefully I can get my husband to take some decent photos of me with the digital so I can put up some body shots... if nothing else, I guess I'll try taking some with my phone!

I'm thinking ideally I'd like to lose 15 more... but at least 5-10 would be nice.

Faux
01-02-2011, 01:21 AM
wow you look great!

cassieroll
01-02-2011, 06:49 PM
Congratulations!

mca10
01-04-2011, 11:01 AM
You look fantastic! Did you hit a plateau and if so how far along were you?

fivestone
01-05-2011, 07:49 PM
Thanks guys!

mca10, I noticed that I hit a plateau right around 145 -- my weight seemed to dance around there for a while. I also hit another plateau around 130. Before that the weight loss was steady and relatively rapid. Right now I haven't really budged but I haven't been feeling all that great and it's pretty chilly besides. I'm sure that once I up my exercise I'll get losing again. I notice that if I'm stalling with my weight loss, when I go ahead and switch up exercise techniques or get more hardcore with my exercise, that helps. I also try to then keep an extra eye on what I'm eating and the food scale is right there on the counter if I need it!

tabathargn
01-05-2011, 11:27 PM
You look amazing! Congratulations on your weight loss.

Matilda08
01-06-2011, 04:41 PM
congrats you look great and you still have curves which to me is great because I dont want to lose mine lol

Shytowngal
01-06-2011, 04:53 PM
You look gorgeous! Amazing job!

myopicmike
01-06-2011, 09:45 PM
Congrats. This is exactly the type of motivation I need to get my self going. Thank you.

Gemini604
01-07-2011, 01:42 AM
Congratulations! It's cool to see your progress. I'm 5"5 as well and I went on a "diet" when I hit 183lbs. I was a rockstar for the first 4 months - I lost 30lbs! It felt/feels so great :)

Since September though I haven't lost anything, and as a matter of fact, I gained 5lbs. To be honest, I stopped watching what I was eating (and going overboard many, many times), soooo in my world, 5 lbs is not that much. I'm back on track now that it's the New Year.

I struggled to get from 153 to 148. After that, I stopped watching what I was eating. I'm assuming I kind of plateaued. How did you deal with the plateaus? How can we eat the same thing (and sometimes less!!) and not lose any weight?? Aaaackk!!!

You can feel proud of losing weight in Austria. My mom was born and raised there and they sure like their fried foods, white breads and cakes!!! Oh, yes, and they *love* their beer!

Cheers!
Jen

lora m
01-07-2011, 10:19 AM
Congratulations! It sounds like you've got a really good, balanced approach to the whole eating and exercise routine. I've got much more into cooking from scratch too with not too much processed stuff and it's so much better.

fivestone
01-08-2011, 11:18 AM
Thanks guys!

Matilda, I'm not so into the curves deal -- for some reason I've just never really bought into that, which is why I'd like to lose more. I may finally have to accept my hourglass shape, though. :D

myopicmike, thanks! Hope your weight loss journey goes well! :) When I first rediscovered 3FC and came here back in May, it was looking at a lot of the Goal and Mini-goal stories and pics that got me fired up -- I wanted the same success other people were having, and it feels really good to taste that same success. You can do it, too! I think the hardest thing for me was being patient and not giving up, but I'm glad I didn't give up.

Gemini, that's so cool about your mom! Which part of the country is she from? We live near Innsbruck. There's a lot of fried and fatty food for sure (which my mother-in-law serves up every Tuesday when we go over for dinner. I just what I want and have learned to leave the rest. She knows that I eat differently now, and I don't think it offends her.) Sometimes I cook that stuff, too, though... I was just considering Hendl in Rahmsoße (Chicken in Cream Sauce), but decided on something a little healthier (roasting the chicken instead of frying it and drenching it in butter and heavy cream! :D )

I consider myself just as Austrian as American so we have some fatty foods on both sides of the ocean... And with the holiday season.... all the cakes, cookies, breads, gingerbread, etc. etc. Ahhhhh! Fortunately I still managed to do OK. I didn't have a big loss, but had some loss and have maintained lately. Next week I'm hoping to get on the ball with losing this next 5-15!

As far as plateaus, aside from getting super frustrated ;) , I would first take a look at my eating. I would check myself, and see if maybe my eating needed some cleaning up. If so, I would make those tweaks and see what happened (making sure I wasn't snacking too much in the evening, or eating too much processed stuff, taking in too much sodium, etc.) I would also increase the amount of water I was drinking. Sometimes that would clear things up in a couple of days.

If I was still having problems, I'd look at my exercise. Had I been slacking off, maybe going down to 3-4 days instead of 5-6? If so, I would get back on the ball with that. Then I'd look at the quality of it. Was I getting at least 30-45 minutes? Or was I phoning it in, maybe doing 20 and calling it a day?

If I came to the conclusion that I was more or less doing the right amounts, I would switch things up. Had I been mostly running? Time to throw exercise on the Wii and more pushups and crunches here at home, and some time on the bike. Had I been pushing myself enough when I was running? No? OK, well then, more sprints in my running, then.

Basically it's just a thing of not falling into ruts with exercise, not letting myself get too lazy with exercise, and double-checking where I was at with my food intake. Sometimes when I would just get on autopilot it was easy to let my intake creep up and my exercise creep down without really noticing it. That's why coming to 3FC has been so good for me, because it reminds me to stay vigilant!

Either way, though, your weight loss is nothing to sneeze at! I remember how amazing it felt to lose the 30! Honestly at first, I was nervous that I couldn't do it, but I'm so excited that it did happen. I'm sure you can move on from your plateau. I've noticed that the longer the plateau, the better my body reponds when I shock it into getting going losing again -- that's the up side of plateaus! :)

lora m - thanks! I hardly ever made anything at scratch at all before I got married... it's great to have someone to cook for that I *want* to cook healthy, tasty things for... whatever motivates, I guess!

I love that you totally obliterated your goal weight.... I hope that I can do the same thing, in time! :D

SweetyKins
01-09-2011, 11:47 AM
You look totally awesome! What an amazing thing you accomplished. Keep up the good work!

I am also jealous of where you live. I have been the the alps only once in my life when I was in Germany. I would love to see Austria sometime in my life as well. Aboslutely one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

Hawaii Bound
01-09-2011, 05:10 PM
You look amazing!

fivestone
01-12-2011, 11:04 AM
Thanks, guys!

SweetyKins, it is absolutely gorgeous here. I'm looking out of my window right this second and seeing mountains all around. Sometimes when my husband and I have little spats, I just point outside and say, "Hey! We live *here*!" He kind of gets the point and we both sort of laugh. It's like, we're surrounded by this beauty... why argue about the little stuff that doesn't really matter?

The government makes sure that they tax us good, though... personally we're taxed at about 31%. Then again, I can go to the doctor and hospital whenever I need, on the free/cheap, so I guess it all balances out in the end.

HopscotchGirly, I'm trying to find that motivation to lose more. I haven't been feeling so well lately so it's slow-going, but the scale did creep down .4 of a pound today, so that's something!

I'm going to try and take some decent body shots today in a couple of different outfits... I've been getting some interesting feedback from people in my life lately, and I'm hoping maybe in photos I can sort of see for myself what's what.

fivestone
01-12-2011, 09:05 PM
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DEDIKAYTED
01-15-2011, 03:27 PM
Oh my!!! You should be so darn proud of yourself!!! I cant wait to see the 130's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whew! I am in the process of busting through this plateau in the upper 140's. I cant wait!!! Just reading that you went through pleateaus and pushed right through is inspiring. Thank you for sharing your pics!!

Natoshial
01-15-2011, 04:16 PM
You look awesome! I know you are proud.

goal4agirl
01-15-2011, 05:45 PM
You are gorgeous! You have done such an amazing job with your weight loss!! Oh to be your size would be a dream come true. And you have such a lovely shape ~ face too! :congrat:

fivestone
01-21-2011, 06:14 PM
Thanks, guys! I really appreciate your kind words. :)

DEDIKAYTED, plateaus are just part of the journey. They're frustrating, but I try to remind myself that awesome weight-loss lies on the other side of the stall. I honestly don't think I've ever crept out of a plateau -- a whoosh always followed. :)

I'm considering a more formal work-out program (e.g. P90x, etc.) I feel like I'm fit and in-shape, but I wonder if I can look more toned for the summer. I like my arms and feel like they're nicely toned, but I know that my abs could use some work. Hmm...

GiggleGoddess
01-22-2011, 03:33 AM
Wow!! Congrats! You look amazing!

CristinaZepol
01-22-2011, 07:47 AM
wow! congratulations! your efforts have really paid off. just a little more and i'm sure you'll get to wear those shorts you dream of. but you look good all the same :)

Rana
01-27-2011, 05:51 PM
Congratulations, you've done an amazing job!

Slimbound
02-02-2011, 03:30 PM
Great job....

FutureFitChick
02-04-2011, 10:36 PM
Thanks for posting this terrific journey! You look amazing and I really appreciated your realistic (long-term sustainable) approach to weight loss. Congratulations and keep up the great work!

BTW, you write like a native English speaker. Are you originally from Austria? (I only ask because my husband wants us to move overseas once I finish school and I'm a bit frightened at having to operate in a foreign language for my career.) (Hope that is not too personal of a question.)

Again, congratulations.

LiannaKole
02-19-2011, 02:01 PM
Hey, I just stumbled across this thread by accident and I have to say I'm very inspired.

Over the past 8 months I've lost a little over 60 lbs but then two months ago hit a plateau that's been killing me. When I saw this, it seriously gave me hope that I'd get past it --

"I noticed that I hit a plateau right around 145 -- my weight seemed to dance around there for a while. I also hit another plateau around 130. Before that the weight loss was steady and relatively rapid. Right now I haven't really budged but I haven't been feeling all that great and it's pretty chilly besides. I'm sure that once I up my exercise I'll get losing again. I notice that if I'm stalling with my weight loss, when I go ahead and switch up exercise techniques or get more hardcore with my exercise, that helps. I also try to then keep an extra eye on what I'm eating and the food scale is right there on the counter if I need it!"

I'm the same height as you and was stuck in the 180s for years before I went up to 207 for a few months. I'm also very stuck around 145 lbs right now (ugh). I want to see the 130s so badly. It can get irritating when I plateau.

I just wanted to let you know that your post helped bring back my motivation to keep going and not stick at a weight I'm not happy with. I'd love to get down to around 110-120, but we'll see. The last time I was that light I was about 12 years old... I'm still struggling to believe I can BE smaller.

And I'm like you in that I don't care so much for curves. I have a fairly straight-shaped body and so have never had many curves to lose, so why not aim for a smaller body size, yeah? :)

Good luck with your goals!

Matilda08
02-19-2011, 04:09 PM
Thanks guys!

Matilda, I'm not so into the curves deal -- for some reason I've just never really bought into that, which is why I'd like to lose more. I may finally have to accept my hourglass shape, though. :D

myopicmike, thanks! Hope your weight loss journey goes well! :) When I first rediscovered 3FC and came here back in May, it was looking at a lot of the Goal and Mini-goal stories and pics that got me fired up -- I wanted the same success other people were having, and it feels really good to taste that same success. You can do it, too! I think the hardest thing for me was being patient and not giving up, but I'm glad I didn't give up.

Gemini, that's so cool about your mom! Which part of the country is she from? We live near Innsbruck. There's a lot of fried and fatty food for sure (which my mother-in-law serves up every Tuesday when we go over for dinner. I just what I want and have learned to leave the rest. She knows that I eat differently now, and I don't think it offends her.) Sometimes I cook that stuff, too, though... I was just considering Hendl in Rahmsoße (Chicken in Cream Sauce), but decided on something a little healthier (roasting the chicken instead of frying it and drenching it in butter and heavy cream! :D )

I consider myself just as Austrian as American so we have some fatty foods on both sides of the ocean... And with the holiday season.... all the cakes, cookies, breads, gingerbread, etc. etc. Ahhhhh! Fortunately I still managed to do OK. I didn't have a big loss, but had some loss and have maintained lately. Next week I'm hoping to get on the ball with losing this next 5-15!

As far as plateaus, aside from getting super frustrated ;) , I would first take a look at my eating. I would check myself, and see if maybe my eating needed some cleaning up. If so, I would make those tweaks and see what happened (making sure I wasn't snacking too much in the evening, or eating too much processed stuff, taking in too much sodium, etc.) I would also increase the amount of water I was drinking. Sometimes that would clear things up in a couple of days.

If I was still having problems, I'd look at my exercise. Had I been slacking off, maybe going down to 3-4 days instead of 5-6? If so, I would get back on the ball with that. Then I'd look at the quality of it. Was I getting at least 30-45 minutes? Or was I phoning it in, maybe doing 20 and calling it a day?

If I came to the conclusion that I was more or less doing the right amounts, I would switch things up. Had I been mostly running? Time to throw exercise on the Wii and more pushups and crunches here at home, and some time on the bike. Had I been pushing myself enough when I was running? No? OK, well then, more sprints in my running, then.

Basically it's just a thing of not falling into ruts with exercise, not letting myself get too lazy with exercise, and double-checking where I was at with my food intake. Sometimes when I would just get on autopilot it was easy to let my intake creep up and my exercise creep down without really noticing it. That's why coming to 3FC has been so good for me, because it reminds me to stay vigilant!

Either way, though, your weight loss is nothing to sneeze at! I remember how amazing it felt to lose the 30! Honestly at first, I was nervous that I couldn't do it, but I'm so excited that it did happen. I'm sure you can move on from your plateau. I've noticed that the longer the plateau, the better my body reponds when I shock it into getting going losing again -- that's the up side of plateaus! :)

lora m - thanks! I hardly ever made anything at scratch at all before I got married... it's great to have someone to cook for that I *want* to cook healthy, tasty things for... whatever motivates, I guess!

I love that you totally obliterated your goal weight.... I hope that I can do the same thing, in time! :D



Haha if I lost mine I would be highly upset:)

peasandcarrots
03-20-2011, 01:59 AM
Congrats on the weight loss. Thank you for posting. Wish I saw the thread in time to see the pics.

fivestone
04-07-2011, 07:04 AM
Congrats on the weight loss. Thank you for posting. Wish I saw the thread in time to see the pics.

Thanks for the well-wishes! Yeah, I felt a little self-conscious with them up, sorry. Who knows, maybe that will change... maybe I'll post pictures when I hit my second goal.