Weight Loss Support - Looking back to when you first began




Dilli Doo
04-20-2011, 01:13 PM
Starting to lose weight is really hard. Everyone on this site has been there at least once. Many newbies struggle with thoughts of discouragement, wondering if all the hard work will ever pay off. I was hoping some of you might be willing to share your experiences with us as a way to encourage us newbies and give you a chance to look back on all the progress you've made.

Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?


yhahmd
04-20-2011, 01:25 PM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?

I noticed a difference in how I looked after about 10lb. It wasn't a staggering difference, but it WAS a difference that I could see.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?

Probably after I lost 20lb.


What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

I don't remember the first reward to be honest. I don't really do rewards, since I don't work and don't have a lot of spare cash lying around.

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?

I started doing Billy Blanks Tae bo work outs. I still do them, but now I also bike and do Ricahard Simmons tapes, along with pilates and weight lifting.

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

I bought a couple of shirts, and yes I still wear them.

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

I can't stand peanut butter or sea food anymore.

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?

More like every moment I ever binged and then hopped right back on track. Before, when I binged, I would just call it quits for a week, or two, or a month, then get back on plan. Now if I binge, I start up the very next day.

InControl2Day
04-20-2011, 01:36 PM
I like this!

Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?

20 lbs down and I could clasp my jeans again with a muffin-top. I was ecstatic and couldn't wait to keep on going.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?

About 40 lbs down was when it was really noticeable to people. (I was about 145-150 lbs)

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

I treated myself to a hair cut and highlights in my hair when I was less than 175 lbs!

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?

I aimed for 30 minutes of exercise a day mostly on the treadmill. I started off with just fast walking for 30 minutes and slowly added in jogging and eventually running. I do more strength training, increased cardio intensity and incorporated P90X into my workouts. I went from not being able to jog for a few minutes to running for 50 minutes straight but it required building up my stamina and endurance
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The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

I bought a few sweaters. I can still wear it now but it's looser.

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

I don't have any foods I hate but I have started to eat more vegetables. I'm constantly on the lookout for new things I can add to mix it up in the kitchen.

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?

I forgot the exact moment I felt super empowered but it was within the first 2 months of my journey. For the first time in my life, I was doing this thing by myself, for myself and on MY terms. It was incredibly motivating knowing that I could lose weight without starving, depriving myself of foods I enjoyed, and being judged by other people. Even though looking back, I was still obese in those stages, I remember feeling beautiful and so in control!


josey
04-20-2011, 01:43 PM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?

About 15lbs. I could see it and pants started to fit better. Loved it. Still love it!

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?

People who know noticed quickly. Others? Not yet!! I am over 30 lbs down and nothing. Unbelievable right? Not sure if they just don't say anything...

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

A T-shirt that says: "The babe with the power"

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?

Treadmill, Weights & snowshoeing.

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

New pants. I really couldn't stand wearing the old one any more. I was afraid to get up from my chair in the office and lose them. I still wear them but they are getting quite big now too. Yay me!

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

Nothing actually. I still eat what I ate before. For me it is more portion control and reducing fat/calories. I was a clean eater before. However, I find that sweets are sweeter now since I eat less of them.

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?

Every Sunday when I step on the scale and the number gets smaller and smaller. Very addictive!

SCraver
04-20-2011, 01:44 PM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?
When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?

I remember the first 20 lbs lost were like magic - everything fit SO much better and people started to notice.


What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

I don't remember, either. I think when I first started, I thought about doing "food" rewards. At some point, I realized that that defeated the whole purpose.

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?

When I started, I could BARELY do 10 slow minutes on the elliptical. (My heart rate would shoot up over 200 according to the machines.) Now, I hate the elliptical and run on the Treadmill instead. Monday I did 4.6 miles in an hour.


The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

Pants were the first thing I had to change. My shirts don't change a lot - I have big boobs and big arms. My pants have long since worn out in the crotch and been replaced again and again.


Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

I used to eat things like salsa con queso and pretzels every night for dinner. Or cheesy dip and fritos. Cheese on everything. We went out to eat at least twice a week. There was not a fruit or veggie to be found in our apartment. Now, hubby and I eat things like bean salad with quinoa for snack/lunch. And I LOVE IT! I eat veggies every day. Fruit everyday.


Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?

In the last year, I have realized that I will KEEP trying until I lose all the weight. If I have a bad day, fine, I will stop and go back to healthy eating. Also, realizing that for me this is a VERY mental journey. I have mental/emotional things I need to work on, rather than struggling to force myself into some specific diet.

ShanIAm
04-20-2011, 01:47 PM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel? I noticed a difference in the way my clothes fit after I lost about 10 “true” pounds. I am discounting the initial water weight from the first week. So, I guess you’d say about 3-4 weeks into diet. And of course it made me feel empowered! But from the first day of my journey, I emotionally felt great because I knew I was finally on the path of looking and feeling better.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked? Hmmm, well --- I am going to say it was when I went down a pants size and that was probably 4 weeks into it. What’s nice is that since then, there hasn’t been a day that has gone by that someone hasn’t said something. I LOVE IT! (And it’s making me a little vain – hahaha)

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it? My first goal was losing 10% of my body weight so around 18-20 pounds. And I treated myself to new clothes! To be honest, I needed to get all new skirts and pants and I couldn’t really afford anything else after that!

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then? Oh, wow – this is a big one. My first day at the gym I was able to complete 20 minutes on the elliptical at a resistance level of zero. Now, I’m on there for an hour at a resistance level of around 7. I won’t stay on for more than an hour but my goal now is to increase my speed/distance. I want to do a 10 minute mile and right now I’m around 11-12. And I also mixed in strength training. I couldn’t tell the difference in muscle tone in the beginning but when the weight started coming off my upper arms and tummy I was surprised to see how nice and toned it was underneath!!

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it? I used to wear 18 and stayed in them until I was able to comfortably fit into 14’s. Which now I can no longer wear because I’m in 10’s. :) I am keeping 1 pair of pants from each size as a reminder of how far I have come. The rest I am giving to friends who want them or Goodwill.

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before? Well, I’d rather say there are foods that I used to hate EATING but now love such as salads. I love making salads. It’s become sort of like an art form for me because there are so many different ways to make them! The only new food I really love is spaghetti squash. It’s cheap, easy and tastes SO SO good!

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind? Good question! And to be honest, there are quite a few! I think the biggest one is when I said adios to my friends w/benefits. I no longer needed that toxic relationship. I woke up one morning and realized that I was giving myself the validation I needed. I didn’t need it from him anymore. THAT was a huge thing for me! It was in that moment when I realized I loved myself. :D

SCraver
04-20-2011, 01:47 PM
People who know noticed quickly. Others? Not yet!! I am over 30 lbs down and nothing. Unbelievable right? Not sure if they just don't say anything...


I've noticed some people looking thinner, but I am often afraid to say anything. Weight can be a touchy subject and I am afraid of offending people or making them uncomfortable. It might be that people notice you, but dno't know what to say?

supergir111
04-20-2011, 01:48 PM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?
Quite a bit, about 30. I felt great it made me more motivated.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?
First comment was around 40lbs in.

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?
I haven't rewarded myself yet really but new smaller clothes are a reward

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?
I think it was Jilian 30 day shred, now I mostly walk. I plan on increasing my exercise again, maybe joining a gym in the future

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

Jeans, I still wear them although not very often as they are not really flattering anymore

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

I like cauliflower a lot more than I remember, all vegetable really

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?

hitting onderland recently was very very special :D

JessLess
04-20-2011, 01:48 PM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?

I'm guessing 10-15 lbs. When I could fit back into some things in my closet I was thrilled. Growing out of size 24W clothes was not a good feeling.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?

It was probably my husband after 10 lbs. or so. I worked out from 09/09-04/10 without losing weight though, so I think he first noticed that I was more fit, not thinner. He was so happy I could walk more. We went to a baseball game and I remember him complementing me for being able to walk from the car to the game to a restaurant without whining that I was tired or he was going too fast. (Now I have to slow down for him :) )

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

My rewards are the clothes I need to not look like a clown. Now buying clothes is like dressing up a cool doll. I haven't been this size in over 5 years.

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?

I started working one on one with a personal trainer and we did 30 minutes 2x a week. I did not do cardio at all the first eight months. Now I work out in small group personal training 3x a week for an hour.

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

Black jeans! My Black NYDJ are one of the most important parts of my wardrobe and I greatly enjoy slinking down a size at a time. Then I sell the old pair on eBay. I have gone from a 24W to a 16W so far.

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

I didn't used to like yams or acorn squash but I eat them with mild enthusiasm.

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?

-Walking into Nordstrom and telling the clerk I didn't know what size I was and thinking I was 20 when I was an 18 on the bottom and 16 on top.

josey
04-20-2011, 02:06 PM
I've noticed some people looking thinner, but I am often afraid to say anything. Weight can be a touchy subject and I am afraid of offending people or making them uncomfortable. It might be that people notice you, but dno't know what to say?

And that is totally fine for me. I am not losing weight to get noticed or please other people :-) Thanks for the comment though because I was wondering...

calluna
04-20-2011, 02:12 PM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?

I was probably 20 pounds down and had to wear different pants because my 24s were falling off me. It was grand, let me tell you! Tangible progress is a huge motivator.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?

I was surprised how long it took - it was 50 lbs down, and then all of a sudden I had a rush of comments, so much so that it was almost embarrassing or overwhelming.

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

My first reward was a cheap $20 DVD player and iHome for working out in the garage; it was at my first 10% lost.

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?

My first workout was 10 minutes on the stationary bike in my garage...and it was tough. The buildup has been gradual. Now - no kidding - I'm training for my first triathlon (a sprint) on May 7, and I may even do an Olympic length tri late this summer. My workouts are a minimum of an hour a day, 6 days a week. Today is a bike and run day; I'll run for half an hour at lunch and then bike for an hour or so after work. Change, indeed.

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

The first thing I bought was a pair of size 18 hiking pants and a lightweight windproof jacket. The pants didn't quite fit when I bought them and then got to a point where they were ridiculously large. The jacket I still wear - almost daily, for running and biking.

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

I have never been one for hating foods, including vegetables. However, I have reconciled myself to fresh green beans - I always hated green beans, but fresh ones are pretty good. I tried lots of new things - for example, Acorn squash, which as it turns out I really like. Butternut squash, sweet potatoes. Various kinds of greens. Flax seed, dried cranberries, multigrain oatmeal...wow. lots of stuff, I guess.

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?

Not too long ago I was writing a post and noted that "in my first year, blah blah blah". And I thought, wow. I'm in my second year of this and going strong. I will persevere, and I will meet my goals. I was very proud, and maybe just a little bit amazed.

cool thread!

Emmy1979
04-20-2011, 02:21 PM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?

It was around 15 pounds I think. My clothes were fitting looser and my face was a little less pudgy.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?

Around 20 pounds down is when people started saying that I looked thinner.


What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

I actually haven't technically "rewarded" myself for any milestones - because my rewards in the past have always been food related. It's a mental block for me, so I just don't do rewards. However, when I shop, I will have no problem buying myself a new article of clothing!

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?

My first workout was EA Active Sports on the PS3, as well as Zumba on the PS3 - it was all sooooooooo hard! Now that it is better weather, I am doing a lot of my exercising outside. These days I do 3-4 miles of walking with intermittent jogging (trying to increase my stamina!), as well as weight-lifting. I also do some abdominal work almost every day. I LOVE working out now!

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

I just recently bought myself a new pair of jeans, because all of mine were falling of me. I also have purchased a few new shirts. I still wear them, because I've only gone down one size so far. And, for the first time ever, I am giving away all of my old "fat" clothes once I grow out of them.

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

There isn't anything I really used to hate, I love food. I have added quinoa and bulgar, as well as Greek yogurt. I'm sure I will keep adding things in the future.

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?

The first time I fell off the wagon and binged one night, I cried like a baby afterwards. Then, the very next day, I got right back on the wagon. It was such a monumental moment in my journey, because I have never recovered from a slip-up like that so quickly. I always used to use it as an excuse to just give up. Huge moment, huge mental breakthrough.

My second one is when I step on the scale in the middle of day or at night (I'm obsessed with the scale), and I no longer see 200 and something - it's always below, no matter what time of day it is! Love it! :carrot:

Snoofie
04-20-2011, 02:57 PM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?
About 10 pounds. But I had lost inches, too (I think; I didn't do my measurements before I started, which I now regret.) And it made me feel AWESOME, because I knew I could actually do this.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?
Again, once I had lost about 10 pounds. Like I said, I'd also lost inches, and since I'm short, I guess it was noticeable faster? I don't know. But people started commenting on how much weight I'd lost before I even noticed it myself!

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?
A new outfit for my grandmother's birthday party. It wasn't so much a matter of "When I lose X pounds, I'll buy myself a new outfit", it was more a matter of "Holy ****, I need something new to wear because everything I own is way too big."

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?
Well, I don't "work out", per se. I don't go to a gym or do weights or anything. Frankly, all I do is walk. But I have gone from doing 30 minutes 3 days a week to 60 minutes 5 days a week (sometimes 6).

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?
It was the aforementioned outfit for my grandmother's birthday party -- a new pair of jeans (four sizes smaller than my old ones) and a new blouse (two sizes smaller.) It was only two weeks ago, so I definitely still have it *L* and I still wear it, obviously.

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?
Broccoli. I mean, I never really *hated* it, but now I can't get enough of the damn stuff!

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?
There was one night when I was feeling frustrated because my weight hadn't budged in three weeks and I was feeling "fat", so I was cleaning out my dresser (which I tend to do when I'm ticked off.) I started trying on old clothes that I figured I'd need to throw out because they were too small (they'd ALWAYS been too small) and discovered that now, they've gone from way too small to way too BIG. That was my huge *lightbulb* moment, when I realized that all my hard work really was paying off, and that even if the scale doesn't budge for a while, I'm still making better food choices and living healthier, and that's the most important thing.

saef
04-20-2011, 03:04 PM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?

About 15 pounds in -- yeah, it took that long -- the waist of my jeans was so loose that I could pull it away from me & look down inside, like I was looking for something I'd lost down in there. Also, my bra band was no longer leaving a deep red groove under my breasts. That confirmed that I was really doing it this time, for real.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?

Much, much later than that. The inspiring words were spoken by a woman whom I'd worked with, a serious runner, who'd helped me out with accessing our company gym. (You needed your ID card activated so it could be swiped in card reader that opened the locked gym door. Which required filling out some kind of legal waiver swearing you or your heirs would not sue The Company if you fell off the back of a treadmill or dropped a weight on your neck. Also you needed a locker key. Someone in Facilities had to be contacted to arrange all that.) This woman said: "You've lost, like, a LOT OF WEIGHT, haven't you?" Never were words more welcome & yet also very embarrassing. So she'd known I was fat, all the time? And you know what? I was down maybe 30 pounds by then. Maybe everyone would have noticed sooner if I'd stopped dressing like a fat girl before then. It took a new pair of jeans to get me noticed: No more diaper butt.

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

My weight loss was sort of improvisational: I just wanted to weigh a little less each week. I didn't use charts or graphs or have a ticker here. I hadn't structured out anything, like "If I lose 10 pounds, I get this." The weight loss itself was gratification enough. I did get myself an iPod Shuffle, though, because I wanted music during my workouts. Does that kinda count? Becoming an Apple slave?

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?

Walked. Walked around my old neighborhood, which is, literally, old. I mean it has broad sidewalks & shade trees & houses set back from the sidewalk. It's made for people walking. People walk there to get to work & run errands, since it's pretty densely urban, very close to the Bronx & indistinguishable from the Bronx in some ways. So I didn't stand out in any way for being out there, walking. (I see some people on 3FC who live in newer suburbs without sidewalks & I congratulate them for getting out there when the conditions are less than congenial for walking.) Oh, and my workout changed when I started pushing myself to run a little. Then my feet started acting up, and to keep exercising in spite of that, I started riding a stationary bike at my company's gym. I needed something to do when it rained & I couldn't walk. I also used an elliptical. I tried yoga. I picked up a pair of red Barbie weights. I tried swimming. Now, I exercise seven days a week. I take spin classes four nights & use an arc trainer or elliptical the other three nights. I also do a free-weight routine, take Pilates classes & am a regular at a Monday night circuit training class.

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

A good bra, which I desperately needed, and had needed for a very long time. (I had many outgrown ones stashed away, but these were stretched out.) Actually I still wear it. Good thing, because it wasn't cheap. Maybe I should call that one of my treats, for hitting the goal of having my straps always falling down on the old one?

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

Yes, a big part of my journey has been learning "remedial" cooking, since the cooking ways I'd learned from my mother & picked up on my own (reheat in microwave) were not going to support my effort at change. I have never had a problem with vegetables, and my mother did make them more frequently than some mothers seem to have done -- so it's more like there are foods that I felt neutral about, or barely knew existed, and then suddenly became intimately acquainted with. Let's see. An awful lot in the greens family, like collards, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, beet greens. Fresh beets, not out of a can. Kohlrabi and jicama. Oh, yeah, quinoa. Whole-grain pasta And meat, too. Pork loin, flank steak, turkey bacon, ground turkey. And different ways of cooking fish other than reheating something from Mrs. Paul's or Gorton's of Gloucester.

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?

I hadn't seen my parents since Christmas, and I met them in the parking lot of a restaurant on the day before Easter. When I got out of the car, they practically gasped, grinned, and hugged me nearly senseless. "You look great!" That stands out above all the subsequent comments from everyone else & even from them. They looked the way they'd looked at my undergrad graduation day, when I finally found them in the stadium after the ceremony was over: Happy, proud, relieved, even a little teary-eyed.

Emmy1979
04-20-2011, 03:54 PM
I LOVE this thread!!! I hope more posts are coming! :)

skinniminni
04-20-2011, 04:09 PM
What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

My weight loss was sort of improvisational: I just wanted to weigh a little less each week. I didn't use charts or graphs or have a ticker here. I hadn't structured out anything, like "If I lose 10 pounds, I get this." The weight loss itself was gratification enough. I did get myself an iPod Shuffle, though, because I wanted music during my workouts. Does that kinda count? Becoming an Apple slave?



same here, i keep improvising along the way! as long as the scale goes down i'm happy! i only started at the beggining of the month, but i decided to treat myself to an ipod shuffle too. its really helped my workout. now when i'm out walking i don't feel so body conscious, i get lost in the music and walk even faster. i treated myself before i started to lose, to motivate myself to keep going, i invested in new workout clothes and shoes and the all important boulder holders aka bras! ;)

Dilli Doo
04-20-2011, 04:18 PM
Thank you all so much for responding. I hope more people post too because your stories are so incredibly inspirational.
I am making a deal with myself right now.
I am going to mark my calendar for October 6, 2011. That will be exactly 6 months from when I joined this site and started my weight loss journey. On that day, I'm going to come back to this thread and answer my own questions.
Any other "newbies" want to make the commitment with me? Let's do it. Let's commit to 6 months. This thread can be our time capsule. With time it will get buried under mounds of other threads only to be dug up one day in the future to look back on our progress.

Here are my answers as of today, April 20th
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?
Haven't noticed a difference yet @ appx 5 lbs down.
When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?
No-one has yet (obviously), I'm hoping by 20 lbs
What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?
Treated myself to a new water bottle as a reward for not giving in to a binge. Haven't made it to any goals yet.
What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?
I'm still working up to working out. Just can't seem to knock out the excuses. (No time, too tired, too busy, yada yada)
The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?
Oh, I can't wait for this one!! I wonder what I'll end up buying.
Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?
Right now it's Granola ... who knew it wasn't just something you found in cereal bars!!
Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?
As of right now, my moment is having a VERY strong urge to binge and not giving in to it. I'm very proud of myself for that.

zoodoo613
04-20-2011, 04:53 PM
I'm with you Dilli Doo! I've enjoyed reading these. I'm about 5 weeks in and 10 lbs down, so I didn't feel qualified to answer yet.

FatJayne
04-20-2011, 08:50 PM
I'm in too. I also just started, so I haven't lost much but I know in 6 months I will have. :)

Hamoco350
04-20-2011, 09:11 PM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?

I started at about 304 pounds, but It could have been higher than that. 304 was my highest recorded weight, so itís what I go by. lol

It took me around 30-35 pounds to notice a difference in my clothes. At around 25 pounds other people were noticing small changes Ė I think it was more in the way I carried myself actually. I almost immediately started becoming a different person, and that newfound confidence changed me outwardly.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?

I canít remember the first time someone commented on my weight loss. I live with my grandma so she probably noticed before anyone else. The funny thing is, I always thought Iíd treasure every compliment Iíd receive about my weight loss. I canít remember most of the things people have said. There are a few treasured comments I have locked away in my memory, but for the most part itís all jumbled up and forgotten. I think I just feel like Iím not far enough in my journey to really deserve the great compliments. Itís not a good thing, but thatís been my mindset.

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

The first thing I ever treated myself with was a short haircut from an expensive (overpriced!) salon. Iíd lost about 55 pounds at that point. I had always wanted a shorter haircut when I was morbidly obese but I never thought it would be very flattering Ė I basically hid behind really long hair. I thought cutting it off would be a fun way to reward myself, and it made me feel absolutely awesome.

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?

Itís funny that I still remember this. Before I bought all my fancy workout equipment, outfits, and DVDsÖ before I had experimented outdoors and with yogaÖ before I really changed my life, I just got on the floor of my room and did push-ups. I just got down and did 50 push-ups. They werenít even ďrealĒ ones either. I had just finished watching The Biggest Loser and I wanted to do something, anything. So I did those push-ups.

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

I bought an outfit for Christmas. I still have it, but I wonít for longÖ itís way too big now!

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

Oh yeah, tons! I hated mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, green beans, chunky salsa, and many other healthy foods Ė now these are my favorite go to items. I probably couldnít list all of the foods I have grown to love.

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?

There a lot of moments that stand out. Some are very personal, some are frustrating as ****, some are so joyful, and some still bring tears to my eyes. The first thing that popped into my head, was training for and completing my first 5k.

I did walk-run intervals so they wouldnít let me wear an official number (that was for runners only) and my time was 43 minutes and some seconds, but it was the most rewarding experience ever and it made me realize how far Iíd come.

krampus
04-20-2011, 10:32 PM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?

Maybe 10 pounds or thereabouts? I felt like I was totally winning at life and celebrated by buying an outfit that was definitely too tight and too short, but I didn't care and I wore it with pride.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?

I don't remember specifically, but comments started coming around the same time the clothes-fitting revelation occurred. Probably my favorite compliment/comment was having an attractive acquaintance that I almost never see ask me "Have you been working out? You look good!" Somehow compliments mean more coming from people who don't know me all that well.

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

I couldn't tell you; maybe that too-short too-tight outfit mentioned in the first question. My achieved goal was "feeling hot," which I still maintain is reason enough to do anything!

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?

I have played the weight loss game before and have never been 100% sedentary, but this time around I tried Couch to 5K. When I first started I didn't even make it through the Week 1 routine, which is I believe only ten minutes of total running split up into 60 second intervals with long walks between. I couldn't even do knee pushups so I did wall pushups. Now I do "regular" pushups just fine, and I have run for as long as 70 minutes without stopping.

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

I bought a whole host of tops, skirts and dresses. I still wear it all, though some of it is a little too big now :)

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

Prior to this weight loss I never cooked at home, ever, so while I have plenty of experience eating fresh fruit and vegetables, it was all new figuring out the best ways to cook them. I changed my eating habits while living here in rural Japan and I'm still here, so I have yet to try all these newfangled health foods I keep hearing about. I have no idea what jicama or quinoa are!

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?

There are many moments - climbing a mountain with my friends and being fine with it, the first time I ran for more than 30 minutes straight without walking, checking myself out naked in a hotel mirror on my birthday and liking it, the list goes on. But for me the cumulative effects of all this business are best appreciated when looking at it from a birds-eye view.

Before, I was an overweight smoker who ate out all the time and couldn't run for longer than a minute or do a pushup.

Now, I am a healthy weight nonsmoker who makes awesome healthy meals at home and runs and does many pushups before work because I like it.

fivestone
04-22-2011, 08:47 PM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?

Probably after the first 10 pounds or so. It felt great to see tangible results for my hard work.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?

Someone made a comment about me looking nice after the first 10 pounds (within 3 weeks or so), but people in general started praising me in general after the first 20. (within 6-7 weeks).

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

Hmm, good question. I think it was shopping for a couple of new skirts for the summer (last summer). I think I wanted to be at or under 165.

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?

I went walking/running either on the trail behind the house or through town. I do know that I did far more walking than running, and that I was sore for the next couple of days. Since then, I do far more running than walking, for far longer, over sometimes rugged terrain. I also do stationary bike, Wii Dance Dance Revolution, crosscountry skiing when the weather is right, climbing on a climbing wall, or just walking for the fun of it. I am extreeeemely active. Before, I was like the definition of slothful.

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

I bought European size 42 (US 10/12). I was really happy to downsize at the time. That size is way too big now. I wear Euro size 32/34 (25 in jeans), and US size 0, 1, or 2.

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

There's a whole world of food I just eat a lot more of now and actually really enjoy. I work with veggies a lot, and sometimes tofu. I can do some really tasty stir frys, salads, and roasts... sometimes all vegetarian, sometimes with some lean meats added. They're extremely healthy and really, really tasty. A lot of junk food has lost its appeal, and I hardly ever do fast food. The last couple of times I went to McDonald's I walked out without ordering anything. Not too much on the menu appeals anymore.

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?

Not yet, but I'll let you know when that happens! :D

DrivenByAmbition
04-22-2011, 09:26 PM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?

About 20. Since then my capris and pants have been practically falling off of me. I'm now between sizes.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?
10lbs. A co-worker of mine commented.

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

Haven't been able to afford rewards, but I know I am proud.

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?

Taebo and WATP. Since then I haven't exercised much. I noticed I lost more without Taebo and WATP. I think it was because I was not ready to exercise. Now I walk.

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

29.8 lbs later I am in between sizes.

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

Not really, though I have tried new things.

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?

When I made 25 lbs lost. 25 is half of 50 and 1/3 of my lifetime goal, 163. From there I will re-evaluate.

Eliana
04-22-2011, 09:35 PM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?

I don't exactly remember the first, but the first memorable experience was fitting into a pair of Lane Bryant size 2 pants that were too snug when I'd ordered them by catalog. I was still about 215 pounds and felt THIN.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?

Here's the quote from the thread I started about this question. I weighed about 207 at this point so almost 30 pounds down.
They're finally noticing! I've been secretly dressing nicely lately in clothes that actually fit. And I don't own many so it hasn't been easy! LOL! Finally today two people noticed within about 15 minutes of each other.

Yay!

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

I don't remember. I've mostly been rewarded by how I feel.

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?

Here is a copied portion of a thread I started way back then:
"I'm going to start exercising. I've been convinced. What convinced me was a conversation here at 3CF about two women both 5'0", both 155 lbs, one was in a size 8 and the other a size 12. Yep...that's why I need to exercise. Because I don't want to lose 40% muscle, I want to lose 100% FAT. But I have an all or nothing mentality, so I need some help keeping things in perspective. I do not want to go off the deep end! I went off the deep end before, hit a wall and quit. By deep end...I mean think training for the olympics.

I'm starting with:
3 days working with my exercise ball (strength training)
2 days nice long walk...to be determined. LOL!

This is not too much, right? And by how much should I increase my calories? I NEED to increase them. I'm at 1200 without the exercise. I'm really not trying to be stupid. "

And now, I do one hour of heavy lifting every day, spin M/W/F, run 3 miles T/TH and 6 miles some Saturdays.

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

I've purchased clothing in smaller sizes from the beginning and no, I haven't kept any but a couple of my starter pants. But I did accidentally buy a pair of size 10 women's jeans that were in the wrong section at the thrift store. I bought them for my son, but they turned out to be women's, not little boys. I put them in my closet thinking not even my arm would ever fit them! I took pictures of myself with them down around my ankles and continued taking pictures as they slowly started to fit. Now they're too big! :D

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

New foods: pomegranate, Brussels Sprouts, fennel, kale, leeks, swiss chard, parsnips, greek yogurt, quinoa, soy milk, buffalo meat, duck and figs. Most of these were discovered by reading about them on 3FC. Love this place!

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?
Yes, the day it clicked in my head that this was going to take some time, that this journey was not going to be linear and that despite my best efforts I wasn't going to lose weight every week. The day I decided to stick with this for one year no matter what made the difference between being successful and remaining fat. For me it was that simple.

Streudel
04-23-2011, 08:50 PM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?

I was ready to bust out of my clothes at 245, so I noticed within the first few pounds. It felt good to be able to breathe again.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?

My office roommate commented on how my walking regimen seemed to be paying off at 25lbs lost.

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

I don't usually do the reward thing. What does stick out in my mind is starting to run for 30 seconds at a time and deciding to reward that effort with a pair of good running shoes. After dropping $125 on shoes and inserts, I knew I would keep running.

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?

I started off walking the mile loop at the business park where I work once a day. My legs would ache after 50 ft. Now I walk 7 days a week for a minimum of 3 miles. I run 3-4 days a week and weight train 3-4 days per week.

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

I don't remember what it was, maybe because I was able to do a lot of shopping in my own closet, so to speak.

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

Gosh, I have tried so many new things in the last couple of years. After watching Food Inc., my way of eating changed completely. I have become a food snob. I eat organic or locally raised food as much as possible. Give me goat cheese, Greek yogurt, or elk burgers over a Big Mac any day.

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?

Yes. The first moment I truly believed what my husband has been telling me for years, that I am beautiful.

I had to represent my company at an unemployment hearing. Since I work in a factory, I rarely have the need to dress up. So I took this opportunity to buy a nice red button down blouse, black skirt, black pantyhose, and the cutest strappy black patent leather high heels. I was so stoked about those shoes and I was pretty sure the girls at work would love them. That was the only reaction I expected. After all, the skirt was knee length, the whole look was very " business ".

Imagine my surprise when jaws dropped and eyes went out on stalks everywhere I went. Nearly every person I talked to told me how gorgeous I was. I wanted to check behind me for some hot chick because I thought surely they can't be staring at and talking about me. It was so unnerving I had to change my clothes when I got back. :o

skinnyelle39
04-29-2011, 04:07 PM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?

About 10 lbs. Face was slimmer ( hate when my face was chubby) and clothing fit MUCH better. I felt great but since I had been down this rd many times before and have a huge goal ( 40lbs) I knew if was just the beginning.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?

About 12 lbs. I had a co-workers stop me and ask " What did you do to get so thin?!" in a room full of people. It was a little embarrassing but I was beaming for the rest of the day. Comments from more co-workers, friends, family and the bf ( who thinks im " too skinny")now have since followed.

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

No rewards yet. My brother gave me a gift certificate for a 1.5 hour massage. I told myself after I was a solid 140lbs I would schedule an appt. 4.9 lbs to go!:carrot:

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?

Ive been working out all my life it seems. Mainly with the programs that came on the fitness channels back in the day :). Now its a mix of spinning, weight training, the step mill, tabata training, and soon running.

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

I havent bought anything new yet. I want to wait to buy new clothes until I am about 5lbs away from goal. That way I can invest in a nice new wardrobe and be confident and motivated to keep going and maintain.

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

Ive always been a fan of food both healthy and unhealthy so there aren't really many once hated foods that I eat now and love. I have noticed that a lot of the food I used to love ( taco bell, micky d's or any french fries, super sweet things) totally disgust me now that Ive purged them from my system. I hope this feeling lasts forever lol

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?

In the past few weeks Ive felt totally empowered by this lifestyle change. Ive been able to kill cravings for the bad foods I used to love, make many physical improvements, and see accomplishment of goals. I can only imagine how Ill feel once my goal is met and maintenance begins :D. Just shy of a 20lb loss and this no longer feels like a diet, chore, or uphill battle. It truly is a way of life and I want to live it forever

one small bowl
04-30-2011, 05:37 PM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?

It took a long time and probably about 40 pounds or so to feel it. Because I continue to wear the clothes I wore 40 pounds heavier, all it felt like was getting baggier clothes and not that I was getting thinner. I was still obese, so nothing was dramatic at that time. I also feared that it wouldn't go much further.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?

Never. Even after an 88 pounds weight loss. This was hard to deal with at first. My mother asked me if I had been ill, my husband only noticed my wedding ring was getting too big, but only because he's gained too much to wear his.

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

I don't really get into rewards. After the 88 pound loss, I went through my entire wardrobe and threw away all clothing that was too big. Left me with just a couple of things, so I did buy a few more pieces. My goal reward is a new tattoo when I get under 200 pounds.

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?

I do not work out.

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

No, I have gotten smaller since the first smaller clothing. Went from size 4-5X to 2X. Still a long way to go. I do not have any 3X clothes anymore.

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

I pretty much eat the same foods I have always eaten, only in a very low carb form. The only new foods is the SF chocolates and candies, which I really enjoy. They have really improved over the years.

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?

Yes, the moment my belly stopped looking like a 20 month pregnancy. When it finally deflated enough to look somewhat in proportion to the rest of my body, I was startled and pleased.

Skittlez
04-30-2011, 10:57 PM
I'm still on my journey but figured I'd answer anyway :)

Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?
Probably about 20 pounds I felt my clothes fit better, I prefer looser clothes so I still wear most of the same things!

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?
After I lost about 30 pounds people started noticing, I couldn't see that big of a different myself so it was nice to have others mention it.

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?
I bought myself a few new sports bras and an exercise bike, does that count? :-P When I get under 230 I'll probably do something big, that's the point I was at before I started gaining a lot.

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?
I started just walking. I still do it! I also have an exercise bike and workout DVDs now.

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?
I still haven't bought any smaller clothes tbh, my shirts and stuff are looser but they still fit (there were on the verge of too small at my heaviest). I still have my clothes from my "normal" weight before I gained a bunch so I won't have to buy any until I get below that (around 215-230 is what my weight was before).

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?
When I first started, I ate terribly. The only good thing I did was use skim milk! The first switch I made was whole grain, it started simple with just using whole grain bread instead of white. Then whole grain pasta, brown rice instead of white, ect. I used to be really picky with food, I still am but I'm a little better. I'll eat foods with onions, garlic, and pepers in them, three things I used to avoid. I eat carrots, peas, and green beans. Most importantly I discovered I love spices!

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?
I don't have a particular moment that sticks out really. Part of my motivation has always been thinking about where I started. When I weighed myself the first day and I saw 299 I knew I had to change. I didn't want to step into the 300s, and it made me sad to think about a few years ago I was struggling to get under 200. I couldn't believe I let it get that far. That's my number one thing I go to if I don't feel like sticking with it, I can still bring up that feeling of dread and disappointment. It keeps me going :)

WeightForMe
05-01-2011, 12:11 AM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?
About 20lbs I noticed my shirts were bigger. I also take a pic of myself in the same outfit every 10lbs i lose. putting the pics side by side i could really notice.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?
People who knew i was dieting said something sooner but it only counts when someone who didn't know says something lol. Around 25lbs. A guy I dated briefly a couple years ago who actually asked me if i was pregnant, which lit the fire under my *** to start this journey, came up to me and asked if i had lost weight and said that i looked good. Felt so gratifying.

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?
10lbs down = pedicure

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then? I actually didn't do any excercise at all for the first 20lbs. I work 45+hrs a week so its hard to fit it in. But getting smaller i need to tone up so Ive started C25k.

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?
I bought a new shirt. I do still wear it but its almost to big now but i LOVE it so its bittersweet

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before? Can't think of anything i used to hate but i have tried so many new foods that i love- turkey burgers, butternut squash, sweet potato fries, whole wheat pasta, pesto.

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?
About a month in my boyfriend ordered chinese food and i was eating my healthy on plan meal and i didn't feel like giving in at all. I felt so proud of myself and i knew i could do this!

586
05-01-2011, 02:51 AM
Approximately how much had you lost when you first noticed a difference in the way your clothes fit? How did it make you feel?

I had only lost 10 pounds but I'd shrunk 15 inches all around my body, with the biggest loss in my waist. That "instant" 2 week bloat loss really got my mind set to see things through.

When was the first time someone commented on your weight loss or how great you looked?

My first comment was around 20 pounds. A few friends remarked I had baggy jeans on. The best time was just recently, when a doctor friend I'd not seen in 2 months noticed my nearly 40 pound loss and told me to write a book about it. :P

What was the first reward you treated yourself with and what was the goal you reached to get it?

My first reward was trying on a pair of knee socks I couldn't fit into for the last 5 years... and they fit perfectly. I reached this when my calves got down to 18 inches.

What did you do for your first workout and how has your workout changed since then?

My first workout was the only thing I could physically do - walk. I labored to walk half a mile in 30 minutes back then but I always suffered from tired calves, raw thighs and being out of breath. I still walk, only now it's for 2 miles during an hour in the morning and then I dance to high bpm music and lift weights at night. I'm able to do a whole lot more now, and that is very satisfying.

The first time you bought clothes in a smaller size, what did you buy? Do you still have it? Wear it?

I went to an estate sale and purchased a dress 2 sizes lower than I thought I could wear. When I got it home, it wound up fitting me perfectly. At the moment, it's quite baggy in the waist, which is a nice problem to have.

Are there foods you used to hate but now you love? Have you tried any new foods that you had never eaten before?

Radishes, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts have become huge favorites. I like them all plain and as fresh as they come.

Is there a particular moment during this journey that stands out the most in your mind?

Being able to sit amongst friends and family during a celebration and be very sane in my food choices really drives things home to me. Getting to that point where I don't feel an enormous amount of pressure to fit in with overeating is such a huge thrill. I still have my own personal off days but I don't feel intimidated in crowds like I once did and that's awesome.