100 lb. Club - Questions for those who have lost 50-100lbs

01-19-2011, 05:33 PM
My current weight is 260 and while ideally I would like to go lower than 160 for now I am just sticking with it. So if you have lost 50 - 100lbs already

Tell me what you did to lose so far..

food wise? (calorie counting, carb counting etc)

exercise wise?

water intake?

I am trying to get a feel for what others have done so I can tweak what I am doing.

Right now I am focusing on the exercising while trying to choose healthy foods. In two weeks I will begin counting calories more rigidly. I am walking 15 miles a week plus weight machines (lower weight more reps) and zumba/iron works classes when I can fit them in.

Any info is appreciated!!


01-19-2011, 06:03 PM
sticking my nose in where it doesnt belong.... try HIGHER WEIGHT and LOWER reps....... not to offend but id be willing to bet you have a decent amount of muscle mass in your lower half already from carrying your weight around.... you are going to have to challenge those muscles to get them to grow!

01-19-2011, 06:04 PM
Welcome to the boards! There's lots of info here and TONS of good support. For me it's nice to have a place to turn and get some instant validation for losing a pound or two or fitting into a new size. Those aren't things I feel comfortable braggin about IRL!

I've lost 50lbs in the last 6 months. Here are some key things that I think made a difference for me...
1) I ordered frozen meals through a company (BistroMD). I know this isn't a possible for everyone because it's expensive ($180/week), but it's made a big difference in how I see portion sizes and the types of food I should be eating. I feel like it retrained me and I'll make better choices once I stop ordering food. It was also easier to avoid fast food and other pitfalls because there was always a meal waiting for me!
2) Even without the food delivery (there have been times where I still made my own food), I've been eating much "cleaner" -- unprocessed foods, LOTS of fruits and veggies.
3) I've kept a food journal of everything I eat (well for 95% of days anyways!) and tracked the calories. I don't keep track of carbs, but I do keep an eye on them. I try to have each meal fall between 45-60g carbs and snacks from 10-15g carbs. I also don't track protein, but I keep an eye on it. I eat protein at every meal. I average around 90g of protein a day which is more than the USDA guidelines, but fits with many recommended weightloss plans. I plan for the calories (1400-1700 a day) and the carb, protein fall into place because I pick healthy foods.
4) I drink LOTS more water, 50-70oz a day, and no more sodas.
5) I eat 3 meals a day and 2-3 snacks.

I've done very little extra exercise. I walked/ran for a couple of weeks, but stopped. It's on list to get started again. I find it more difficult to lose when I'm exercising a lot, but I suppose it would be healthier!

BEst of Luck!! :D

01-19-2011, 06:05 PM
Tell me what you did to lose so far..

I have a pretty reflective blog entry about my process, here:

01-19-2011, 06:18 PM
Hello brenbray!
Welcome to 3FC!!
I have lost 76 lbs. in 7 months, with 24 more to go.
We are the same height.
I do a combination of cardio and weight training at least 6 days a week. I make sure that I sweat during my work outs. I really push myself. I agree with what mkroyer said above about heavier weights.
I could lift weights all day at the lower amounts, with more reps and see very little change. I didn't really start to see a difference until I increased the amount I was lifting. My son taught me to weight lift and he is studying to be a personal trainer and was in the US Marine Corp. He said "make any face you want, make any noise you need to, but make sure you are really working at it". Not to the point where you are injuring yourself, make sure you are safe. BUT, most of us can do much more than we THINK we can. Really find out what you can do. Challenge yourself.

I have not counted calories or gone on any specific weight loss plan. I have created my own plan by always looking at the nutrition info. on everything. I try to eat whole foods, including lots of fruit and veggies and protein. For me, a life without carbs is not sustainable, but I have cut way back on the carbs I ate previously.

I no longer drink my calories at all. I drink only water 95% of the time. I have black coffee with splenda twice a day and occasionally a diet soda, maybe 3 times a month. I have cut out as much sugar as possible, including HFCS. I don't eat white flour, bread, cake, cookies, all of that is out.

I feel so good compared to how I felt at the beginning of this journey. I haven't given up one thing that I miss at this point. No kidding. I never thought I would be able to say that. I thought I would die without sugar, but I truly haven't craved it in months.

Good luck to you! You can do this!

01-19-2011, 06:22 PM
I have lost 88 pounds so far, so I fall under someone who you asked the question for. But I took a pretty casual start to weight loss, especially when I first started. The only item that became forbidden to me was soda. Other then that, I ate what I always ate, only smaller portions. I began exercising lightly - mostly games for the Wii.

As I've progressed, I have increased exercise a lot. I work out close to daily - since 1/1/11 I have not worked out 2 days - and I do a lot of treadmill walking and running and Zumba. Strength training starts next week as we just finished the workout room and DH assembled our new Bowflex machine today (yay!)

I still am not a calorie counter, but I eat better things - less bread and when I do eat it, I get whole grains rather then white. I eat brown instead of white rice. And I've always loved veggies, but have added more fruit. And, of course, I eat less then I used to.

Whenever anyone at work or personally asks about my weight loss (and I was asked if I had lap band surgery earlier today) I tell them "I eat less and move more".

01-19-2011, 06:37 PM
Thank you for your responses.

I guess I should have said I am weaker in my upper body so that is where I do the less weight more reps. However, I will try to push the limit even if it is only 20lbs for certain machines. My lower body is strong so I do heavier weights doing leg exercises. For now I do all machines but eventually will head into the weight room.

I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions. I have always tried and failed to lose weight because I would give up. This time I am making smaller goals that are easier to achieve. I will do it this time I guarantee. The road will be long and it will have its challenges but it will be done...

01-19-2011, 06:47 PM
I've lost a little over 80 lbs so far, since last February. My recommendation is to start out making small choices over time, instead of trying to completely change all your habits at once.

When I first started, I just cut out soda pop first, then fried foods and potato chips. All I did for the first month, and it definitely made a difference. Then I started adding in more walking. Over the course of the past eleven months, I've worked up from getting winded just walking up the stairs in my house or going down to the mailbox to being able to walk a half-marathon. I also stopped ordering all those fancy drinks they have at Starbucks and just have plain coffee instead. Little things like that add up over time, and nixing them can really save on calories.

I drink at least the recommended 64 oz of water everyday, more often than I not I drink more. Except for a mug of coffee in the morning and maybe a cup of tea later in the day, all that water intake comes from plain water. I very rarely drink my calories.

I also calorie count, and it's been really nice because I don't feel restricted when it comes to my food intake. What I eat has changed a lot, though. When I first started out, I ate lot of frozen meals, processed foods, simple carbs, etc. I've slowly progressed to eating more whole foods and cooking my own meals, and it's definitely made a difference in how I feel. On top of that I watch my sodium and fiber intake, just because I personally feel better with a moderate sodium intake and a higher fiber intake (30+ g a day).

As for exercise, I really need to do more consistant weight training. I walk, as mentioned before, and I do Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred on and off, with some inconsistant high weight/low rep weight training thrown in there. The walking makes me feel great, but I'd like to get more toned, so that's something I need to work on. Like I said before, though, the little things add up over time!

Overall, I think what has helped the most is writing everything down! There are some days where I need a break from it, but I've been logging my food intake and exercise almost every single day for eleven months and it helps me to see what I'm doing right, and also what changes need to be made. Looking back on my diet habits from February 2010 compared to now helps me to see the progress I've made on days when I'm feeling down for whatever reason, and it's a nice boost to see that. Also helps to reevaluate what you're doing when you can see right there on the paper what you've been doing in the past, makes it easier to pick up on something you might need to change.

Hope that helped a little, and good luck!

01-19-2011, 06:54 PM
I have lost 140 pounds. I can't quite believe that, but it's true.

1) Planning planning planning. It doesn't take a lot of time, but it takes a little time every single day. If there is any sort of disturbance in my routine: late night at work, Saturday full of errands, visit from my mom, anything, the FIRST thing I do is plan how I am going to eat. I always know what I am going to eat for the rest of the day when I leave the house in the morning. Basically, I know I make lousy, lousy decisions when I make them on the spot. So I prioritize never doing that.

2) Not making my plan too strict, but always fulfilling my plan. It's better to plan to eat 1800 calories a day and live up to it than to "try" to eat 1500 and go over every other day until your average is 1800 anyway--if that's the case, you just end up with the same calories but you feel like a failure.

The worst thing about going "off plan" is that you reward weakness with yummy food. You train yourself, like a pet, to splurge because being weak feels (tastes) so good. So much better to have a more permissive plan but follow it exactly. Then it is strength that brings rewards.

3) As far as eating goes: strict calorie counting, using a kitchen scale. High protein/high fiber/low-ish carbs (and those all complex). Lots of eating the same thing. It's just easier.

4) Never eating for other people. I go to parties and just don't eat. I go out to eat with friends and I have coffee. They get used to it surprisingly quickly.

5) Exercise every day. I started out doing just 5 minutes at a time because that's all I could do. I increased it a minute or two a week (literally) until I was up to over 2 hours a day (I've dialed it back some since). Early on, exercise is mostly about establishing the pattern and learning to plan the time. It's less important, IMO, that you do it "right" and more important that you just do it. That's why you don't want it to be too tough, because you will let life interfere if you hate it.

6) Here. You've got to stay INTERESTED in this. No one in your life will be interested enough. Post here to stay involved.

01-19-2011, 07:00 PM
I did it bycalorie counting and planning ahead. Keeping a food diary and weighing regularly. I do what exercise I can due to some health issues. I did go to gym for awhile but now I mainly walk for exercise.

01-19-2011, 07:03 PM
I've lost 124 pounds in about 9 months. I do calorie counting and no processed foods...basically, I eat veggies, lean protien and fruits. Weigh everything I eat so I'm as sure as I can be on the calories. I do lowish carbs...the fruits bring my carb count up. I've had no cheat days and stay on plan all the time and count every bite that goes in my mouth. I jog on the treadmill 6-7 days a week anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Could only walk for 10-15 minutes when I first started!

Pacifica Bee
01-19-2011, 07:08 PM
Welcome Brenbray! I'm going to cheat and just do a copy/paste right from a paragraph in my blog: No sugar, no white flour, avoid starchy carbs, no alcohol, avoid processed foods, lots of water / tea, limit meat intake to 4oz or less per day, control portions by sticking to 1100-1300 calories a day.

I started regularly walking about 3 months ago, and have just started jogging a bit and doing wifit yoga about a month ago. I don't like plain water, but I drink 6-10 8oz mugs of herbal tea every day, plus at least 64 oz of crystal light or carbonated water every night. I invite you to visit my blog (particularly the link at the top that takes you to "My Dietary Plan" page for lots and lots of detail ;) Link is in my sig!

Edited to say: Looks like me and KatMarie are two peas in a pod :) Posted almost the same thing at the same time

01-19-2011, 07:40 PM
Well, I've only lost 30 so far...but my aunt lost 120 pounds. Here are her main tips (she doesn't use 3fc...but did this easy!)

She worked out every day. Something. Some days, a simple 15 minute walk...some days a hard weight workout...some days aerobics class. But be active daily.

For food, she decided if it didn't come raw from the grocery store...or wasn't homemade she didn't eat it. So meat, veggies and fruits (frozen and fresh) were good. Canned veggies were not. For her breads and carbs, she made them all from scratch so she could control the sugar and salt in them.

When eating out, she tried to think about the things she would eat at home and eat that way.

Eating fresh/homemade like that meant she could make her own pastas (wholewheat flours, good fats, no sugar), all her own sauces, and learn how to nurish her body by cooking and providing for herself rather than using boxed meals, processed foods, and bad choices.

Whatever you choose to do, good luck. Remember motivation is a fleeting emotion. Make a plan and be determined. Your motivation will wane, but you make all your own choices. Make them smart with YOU in mind.

01-19-2011, 07:47 PM
All my answeres are in blue. :)My current weight is 260 and while ideally I would like to go lower than 160 for now I am just sticking with it. So if you have lost 50 - 100lbs already

Tell me what you did to lose so far..

I'm down about 62 since starting the beginning of July (so 6.5ish months?).

food wise? (calorie counting, carb counting etc) Calorie counting. I've pretty much been aiming for 1500 a day, more or less, since I started.

exercise wise? I try to work out 5-6 days a week. Many weeks it's only 3. I started out doing Couch to 5K. Finished that, and my exercise typically consists of running for 40 minutes, doing 40 minutes of high intensity intervals on the treadmill, or one of Jillian Michael's DVDs.

water intake? I aim for 64 oz a day. Some days I only get 48. I haven't completely cut out my vice of diet soda. I have it once a day, with breakfast.

I am trying to get a feel for what others have done so I can tweak what I am doing.

Right now I am focusing on the exercising while trying to choose healthy foods. In two weeks I will begin counting calories more rigidly. I am walking 15 miles a week plus weight machines (lower weight more reps) and zumba/iron works classes when I can fit them in.

Any info is appreciated!!


01-19-2011, 07:54 PM
I've lost about 64 so far. I started with a goal weight of 150 but now I'm probably going to shoot for 130.

I count calories. I started out not changing my eating much, but gradually focusing more and more on whole unprocessed foods.

My exercise started with walking and low impact aerobics. I gradually began trying harder and harder workouts. Sometimes it was too hard and I had to go back down a notch, but I was always trying to see if I could push a little more. Now I'm about to start P90x in February. I also do some yoga and pilates.

I've lost at a slow rate, purposely. Not trying for more than a pound a week, and recently not more than three pounds a month as I am getting closer to a healthy weight. I've noticed it's when I start to think about quick loss and how soon I can get to goal that I begin falling off track. I over restrict and get tired and extremely hungry. Which leads to binging or giving up entirely. Slow and steady, for me, really does win the race.

I don't rack my water but I try to drink a lot. I allow myself coffee and the occasional diet coke or crystal light.

01-19-2011, 08:12 PM
I've lost 59 LBs in the past eight months. I started by eating whole foods and cutting out the processed stuff. Cut back on my insane diet soda consumption. Started drinking water and green tea. I was eating healthy fats. Starting walking. Went to smoothies for breakfast and lunch. Lost over the summer but then fell off in August.

I still hadn't weighed myself but my daughter moved home and had a scale. I stayed at 222.5 for about a month then 223.5 and decided I didn't want to gain so started watching it again. I was doing some research about yeast systemic infections and insulin resistance. I found BFC online and decided to try that as it was low sugar but not too low carb. (I tried aitkins once but couldn't handle it.) I've lost an additional 16.5 LBS since starting BFC.

It is a very doable plan where I don't feel deprived and has helped me understand my sugar/carb addiction. I believe I can do it long term maybe years. It is a WOE rather than a diet. I lose slow now but that is OK.

01-19-2011, 09:15 PM
My current weight is 260 and while ideally I would like to go lower than 160 for now I am just sticking with it. So if you have lost 50 - 100lbs already

Tell me what you did to lose so far..

food wise? (calorie counting, carb counting etc)

exercise wise?

water intake?

I am trying to get a feel for what others have done so I can tweak what I am doing.

Right now I am focusing on the exercising while trying to choose healthy foods. In two weeks I will begin counting calories more rigidly. I am walking 15 miles a week plus weight machines (lower weight more reps) and zumba/iron works classes when I can fit them in.

Any info is appreciated!!


I've lost 50 pounds in 4 months here is what I do on my plan.

1) I calorie count I stay under 1500 calories a day I eat things that I can have more of because they have less cals and I eat right I use my food scale or measuring cups I eat whole grains, low fat cheese, lean meats, lots of fruits and veggies. If I want something sweet I eat skim milk ice cream like skinny cow ice cream or fat free pudding cups.

2) I'll be honest for the first 3 months I really didnt excerise I only walked once in awhile. I now workout on my wii fit 5 days a week for 30 minutes to an hour.

3) I drink 96oz of water a day everyday and I drink nothing else.

Good luck on your weight loss journey :)

01-19-2011, 09:50 PM
Again I appreciate all the responses. I logged on to sparkpeople and the daily burn website. I am going to choose a calorie goal that is somewhere in between the suggestions they both give and see how my body reacts. I can change it as needed if I think I am starving or if I am not losing at a good pace.

For now I am going to not count calories for the next 2 weeks but write down what I eat and read labels for calories to see what I should and shouldn't be eating when I officially start counting.

I am also going to try to eat clean but for the beginning I may have to do some type of lean cuisine meals for lunch until I start getting into a routine.

Thanks you all are awesome!

01-19-2011, 11:40 PM
I use calorie counting with a body bugg - not doable for everyone because the little bugger was expensive, but it's the best money I've ever spent on myself.

I started slow, I got rid of soda, then I got rid of the junk food, then I upped the veggies. I took baby steps.

Plan, Plan, Plan. In the beginning I prepped all my food ahead of time. I put it all in tupperwares and ziplocs and labeled it - "Monday breakfast", "Monday AM Snack", "Monday lunch", "Friday dinner", etc.

I also started slow with the exercise. I started with walking and 5 minutes at a time on the elliptical. I eventually got to the point of doing over an hour on the elliptical and I wore the thing out. Now I run, do various workout DVDs, step in place, do whatever it takes to burn calories. My motto is that I'd rather be tired than hungry.

As for water, what each person needs varies. I don't track my intake. I track my hydration signs. If you are thirsty you are already partially dehydrated. There are lots of signs I check - how much I sweat when I workout, the color of my pee, the pinch test on my skin.

The most important thing is to not give up. One thing that will surely help with that part is to keep coming here. Even if you slip, come talk about it - it helps and nobody here will judge you. We just try to help each other get back to where we need to be.

01-20-2011, 07:39 AM
I am also going to try to eat clean but for the beginning I may have to do some type of lean cuisine meals for lunch until I start getting into a routine.

This is how I started. ;) I started with easy to count items including Slim Fast for breakfast, Lean Cuisine for lunch and protein bars for snacks. Gradually I phased all that out and discovered it was the cause for the major fatigue and also constipation issues I was having. It's a great way to start though. I now eat a mostly whole foods diet with an emphasis on complex carbs. But the only thing I absolutely won't have is pop. I had to give that up cold turkey and now I don't miss it.

With my diet I stuck to a low calorie amount until it didn't work any more. After a plateau that lasted a couple months I am now cycling my calories, eating about 5 days of low calories and about 2 days of higher calories every week. The weight is moving again.

I am a gym nut. My basic routine is to spin M/W/F and lift heavy T/TH. Most T/Th's I run also.

Most importantly though, I got really curious about where I could be in a year's time if I did all of the above every single day no matter what. I made a commitment to see this through for one year without quitting. It was the only thing missing in all my past attempts. It is THAT which has brought me to a near 85 pound loss.

01-20-2011, 09:17 AM
Calorie counting - average @1500 per day.

Exercise - started 2.5 hours of cardio per work, gradually increasing to 6 hours per week. No weight lifting. Now down to 3 hours a week and starting a little weight/resistance now.

Water consumption - no change, but I've always been a big water drinker.

01-20-2011, 09:53 AM
brenbray06, Thanks for posting this question. There has been a lot of great information on this thread.
Thanks everyone for the information and the inspiration.

01-20-2011, 11:39 AM
Welcome to the board! I joined last month after a year-long break from weight loss and I knew I needed support and accountability -- you will really enjoy the people here and the support they give.

I've lost 80 pounds overall and have another 30ish to lose. I started out reaaaally slowly and just changed small things. I used to drink a 6-pack of diet coke everyday which I thought was ok because it was diet. I hated water and couldn't stand drinking it. I started drinking water instead of pop, and even took away my orange juice for breakfast and replaced it with water. That was a sad day, but it was for the best and I definitely don't miss it. I also used to drink a diet 7up on the commute to work in the morning, but replaced that with water as well. I don't even notice it anymore and it was all just habits that were changed.

I had a gradual shift of what I was eating and started eating healthier foods and more vegetables. I am known to eat an entire bag of broccoli with no problem (hey, it's only 120 calories!).

I also started becoming more active. In the beginning it wasn't much: some DVDs at home, walking around the fieldhouse track for one mile, walking outside. I have more energy now and love doing cardio, Zumba, yoga, pilates, running (really jogging :)), and I actually want to do it which would not have been the case when I was 80 pounds heavier.

Stick with it and don't get discouraged. I would lose 5 pounds, gain 2 back (which was probably water weight which would have gone away in a day or two), and then I'd freak out and pig out. Don't pull an "Emme". Be patient and drink lots and lots of water! Best of luck to you!

01-20-2011, 11:54 AM
I count calories, and focus on healthy choices although I do have lean cuisines here and there, and do eat "junky" food on occasion - like 100 cal snack packs and stuff. I am working on phasing it out and replacing those choices with more whole foods, but it's a process. It hasn't hindered my weight loss at all.

I drink a lot of diet pop. I also try to drink water but am not as good with it as I should be. I also am a big tea drinker. In terms of exercise, I don't have time for a lot of intentional exercise but dance with my kids and walk with my dog everyday. So far, I've lost about 80 pounds, in the last 7 months. Welcome and good luck!

01-20-2011, 12:15 PM
I lost 100 pounds but gained some back during the holidays. I am working to get them off now. I was calorie counting but worked on getting a balanced diet. I am asked pretty often why I have been able to lose this time so, like some of the others, I am going to cut and paste from an earlier posting. I think of these items as the keys to my weight loss.

Commitment and Perseverance – I think that it is crucial. Never, never give up. I can't depend on motivation.

Patience – Whatever plan you decide to use will need to be customized to you. There is some trial and error involved so you have to be patient.

Realistic expectations – I think we often get discouraged because we expect weight loss to be easy and fast. Expect it to take effort and time. Setting goals like losing 100 pounds within a short time frame can set up for disappointment and discouragement. Having small goals like losing 5 or 10 pounds really helped me. Losing 100 (or more) pounds seems overwhelming but 10 pounds seems doable.

Keep a journal - Write down everything that goes in my mouth – online sites are great but a small notebook carried in your purse also works.

Support – It is wonderful if you have it at home but even if you don’t, you have it here. The 100 lb Club is a great support forum.

Planning – there is more than one approach to planning and you should do what works for you. Some people start the week with a plan that includes menus for every day of the week. I like flexibility, so I have my food and meals planned but move them around depending on my mood. For example, on Sunday I have enough lunch items for the week. I take most of it to work on Monday and have then can choose day to day what I feel like having. At home, I always keep 3 or 4 frozen items so that I can change my mind if my planned dinner just does not sound good to me that night.

Small steps – The mini-goals I have already discussed but also with exercise. I am adding my exercise gradually. I think “The Biggest Loser” often makes us think that we need to be working out several hours a day. This just not realistic for most of us.

I hope this helps.

01-23-2011, 07:35 PM
Thank you for this excellent topic, and helpful replies.

I'm subscribing because I need some tips too.

01-23-2011, 08:43 PM
I've lost 138 lbs as of today with at least 80 more to go before I'll be at my high school/swim team champion/softball co-captain weight.

food wise? Low carb all the way! I also don't eat out more than 1x a week - this is huge for me because when I was living with my ex, we would eat out a good 4-6 times a week and it was usually nasty fast food or carb-laden pastas & sandwiches. I don't count calories (although I did for a few weeks on FitDay - I average about 1500 a day) and I don't even really count carbs per se - I just keep a list of what's low carb and what's not then IF I have any question about a food I'll check the label and/or weigh it. I eat so much less than I ever did before (obviously you don't get to 400 + lbs by eating a little) but I rarely feel hungry. I do keep a food journal and weigh daily so I can see what works and what causes a stall.

exercise wise? I exercise 6-7 days a week. I usually do 45-60 minutes on the recumbent bike with a resistance level of 7 or 8 (it goes up to 15) and, weather permitting, go for a 4-9 mile hike on the weekends. I'll occasionally do a Jillian Michaels (Shred-It with a 10lb kettlebell or Biggest Loser Cardio Max with 5lb dumbbells) DVD but only about 3-4x a month. Before I purchased my bike (and when it wasn't like an ice skating rink outside), I would walk the dog for 3 miles every night.

water intake? I don't keep track but I drink at *least* 3-4 16 oz bottles each day plus a .75 Camelbak while exercising and a 12 oz glass before bed. I drink Diet Pepsi/Dr Pepper/Coke/Cherry Coke/Coke Zero like it's going out of style - I've tried to cut back but I get wicked migraines so I figure I'll worry about that later.

Good luck!

AZ Sunrises
01-23-2011, 09:06 PM
Log every bite of food you eat. Journal your exercise. It creates accountability and forces you to be conscious of what you're doing.

01-23-2011, 09:13 PM
My current weight is 260 and while ideally I would like to go lower than 160 for now I am just sticking with it. So if you have lost 50 - 100lbs already

Tell me what you did to lose so far..

food wise? (calorie counting, carb counting etc)

exercise wise?

water intake?

I am trying to get a feel for what others have done so I can tweak what I am doing.

Right now I am focusing on the exercising while trying to choose healthy foods. In two weeks I will begin counting calories more rigidly. I am walking 15 miles a week plus weight machines (lower weight more reps) and zumba/iron works classes when I can fit them in.

Any info is appreciated!!


Hi and welcome!

I am also 5'6" but started out a little heavier than you, at 274. I started my journey in January of last year and have lost 82 lbs so far. I know everyone says this, but seriously...if I can do it, anyone can ;)

This is what's worked for me...everyone has to do some experimentation to see what works for them, but here's what I did:

1. Calorie counting and a general move to "eat healtier" (more fruits/veggies, more whole grains, less junk) but I am not very "anal" about tracking fat grams, carbs, etc. Calories are the bottom line for me. I never "banned" any food from my diet. This was my pitfall in my previous failed weightloss attempts...if it was "banned", I just wanted it more. I still allow myself small treats (i.e., chocolate every day!) and some "cheat" meals, as long as I account for it. Of course sometimes I screw up and fall off the wagon a bit, but I've actually learned how to get right back in the saddle and keep going, where in the past I'd just give up. This has been a HUGE paradigm shift for me and, I believe, the key to my current success.

Though I haven't completely eliminated "junk" from my diet, I have slowly learned to really like healthier things and actually dislike some of the crap I used to eat. I rarely eat anything deep fried anymore and I don't remember the last time I had a little debbie.

2. For exercise I started off small and slowly stepped it up. I started out doing 20 minutes of wii fit, which is way too easy for me now. I live and work pretty far from a gym, so I exercise at home. As my fitness level increased, I added in videos (I love Walk Away the Pounds and yoga!), an elliptical machine and weights. When it's nice out, I walk. I'm not a big-time exerciser, but I try to do 30-60 minutes at least 4 times a week (I shoot for 5, but it doesn't always happen.)

3. I don't keep track of how much water I drink...I should probably drink more...but I go through a few bottles a day, along with other liquids like green tea, coffee and no more than 2 diet sodas a day.

I haven't read through this whole thread, but it looks like a lot of people are giving you lots of great ideas! Good luck to you!