Weight Loss Support - Can I Lose 100 Pounds in 9 Months?




KatieLynn43
05-18-2011, 09:15 PM
So I finish school in about 9 months. After that I'm placed right into a job. I'm 270 pounds right now, 5'4, 20 year old female. My goal is to be 170 by the time im done with school. How can I lose 100 pounds in 9 months?


gardenerjoy
05-18-2011, 09:39 PM
Who cares how long it takes? You have a long life ahead of you. Would you rather spend the next 60-80 years at 270 pounds or 170 pounds? How long it takes to get it off will be irrelevant a decade from now. The fact that you lost the weight, no matter how long it took, will be what makes a difference in how you feel, how you look, and how healthy you are.

gardenerjoy
05-18-2011, 09:41 PM
For some hope in the meantime, I was surprised at how much better I felt and looked when I'd lost forty pounds. The benefits start coming long before you reach your goal weight -- yay for that!


JayEll
05-18-2011, 09:51 PM
I'd have to say... no, probably not. BUT, every month that you are getting your weight closer to a "normal" range is a GREAT month! So what if it takes you 10 months... or 12... Start now, with a reasonable plan, and enjoy the ride. And do make it reasonable--because you are finishing school, and that can be stressful all by itself.

Good luck!
Jay

canadianwoman
05-18-2011, 09:58 PM
So I finish school in about 9 months. After that I'm placed right into a job. I'm 270 pounds right now, 5'4, 20 year old female. My goal is to be 170 by the time im done with school. How can I lose 100 pounds in 9 months?

Go out jogging every day and cut down on your food intake.

Shytowngal
05-18-2011, 09:59 PM
I think you can do it. Figure 20 lbs. the first month due to water weight down and loss is always faster first then 10 lbs for the next 8 months = 100lbs.

But, I do agree with the others that it is best just to take your time and let your body guide you on what pace it will take. This will take dedication, you have to work every single day on it. Count calories, write down everything you eat, get in some exercise, drink water. If you are ready to do it. Go for it!

Paul
05-18-2011, 10:13 PM
I would think it's possible, but not likely. If I were you I would aim for a goal like sixty pounds in nine months and save the 100 pound goal for a longer time frame. Another thing to keep in mind is that the benefits of weight loss begin to occur long before you reach your goal.

Jen516
05-18-2011, 10:17 PM
It took me 10 months to lose my first 70 pounds. I still have 40 to go... But, for real, let's say you "only" lost 70 pounds in those 9 months, wouldn't you rather start the job at 200 than 270? I think it's good to have the long-range goal. I set mine at losing 1% of my body weight every week. I'm definitely a little behind that, but I feel great and I'm okay with the slower-going now. I know now that I WILL get there eventually... I never felt that way before. You gotta just start and appreciate every pound gone!

jillnicole03
05-18-2011, 11:07 PM
I think you can do anything you set your mind to, if you have the right mind set. :) 100 lbs in 9 months, is only 11 lbs per month :) that definitely seems do-able!!

Thighs Be Gone
05-18-2011, 11:43 PM
I didn't in just under a year--I was consistent but I wasn't killing myself though--I found a way to never be hungry through calorie counting and exercised every day. You can absolutely do this.

fivestone
05-19-2011, 12:31 AM
It's doable, but means that you'll have to stick to your plan like white on rice, even if the scale stalls, even if you don't feel like exercising, want to cheat, etc. You might have to exercise 6-7 days a week and weigh out your food and track all calories. If you're willing to do that, while making sure you're getting all your nutrients, then more power to you.

But if you were to take a less hardcore approach, maybe you wouldn't hit the 100 in 9 months, but I bet you could still accomplish a lot, and actually taking a less hardcore approach might be more sustainable in the end.

Either way, I wish you lots of success. I know coming to 3FC has helped me a whole lot, and I'd say you've definitely come to the right place!

jnhu72
05-19-2011, 12:41 AM
I weighed 306.2 on December 13,2010. As of May 13,2010 I weigh 243.4. So I have lost 62.8 lbs in 5 months just by watching what I eat and exercising.

chickadee32
05-19-2011, 02:10 AM
It's possible, yes, but as others have said - you'd need to stick to a plan pretty strictly to make it happen. I agree with gardenerjoy though... even if you don't make it to 100 lbs lost in 9 months, you can still lose a very significant amount of weight in that time and the changes will feel fantastic. If you focus entirely on a 100 lb loss within a strict time frame, you may set yourself up for failure. I would suggest instead focusing on getting into a weight loss routine that is comfortable enough for you to maintain over the long haul.

I started in the middle of January at almost exactly where you are now. I am 5' 4.5" and I weighed 280 lbs at the start. In just over 4 months I have lost 59.1 lbs. I don't know how long it will take me to lose 100 lbs, and I am still a long way from my ultimate goal, but I can tell you that losing ~60 lbs feels AMAZING. Even if it had taken me twice as long to lose the same amount of weight, everything I have done and continue to do would still be completely worth it.

In case my routine is helpful for you as you start this journey, I eat 1200-1500 calories per day (usually closer to 1200), and once or twice per month (for special occasions only, like holidays) I allow myself a day where I eat 1500-2000 calories. I exercise 5-6 days per week, alternating days between cardio only and strength training + cardio. It took me a few weeks to get into this routine, but this is what I have stuck to since the beginning of February.

Lovely
05-19-2011, 04:12 AM
What these other wise people have said.

Sure it's possible, but it may not be likely.

That's not to discourage you, it's just about being realistic.

Let's say your goal is to lose 100 lbs in 9 months. At the end of 9 months you've stuck to your plan every single day. Never once gone over your calories. Exercised like a madwoman. ....To find out you've "only" lost 50 pounds. Losing 50 pounds is a ridiculously amazing accomplishment. You'd not only be closer to your initial goal of losing 100 lbs, but you'd be healthier from your eating habits, more energetic from the exercise, your clothes fitting great, etc.

Would you be okay with that?

We cannot control what the scale says. We can control our healthy habits.

You have a final goal of losing 100lbs? That's great! So do many of 3FCers. Plan for it. Work towards it. But, don't lose hope and don't give up if you "only" lose less than that by a certain date.

ish
05-19-2011, 06:47 AM
Such great advice here! I also have a significant amount of weight I want to lose and I feel like I'm looking down a long long road. It's nice to hear the different perspectives and what worked for everyone.

Chickadee 32 - your story in particular is inspiring to me. I'm trying a similar path - calorie counting and exercise. So far I'm mostly struggling with the exercise part. I'm just not sure where to begin! Do you go to a gym? I don't want to leave strength training out, but I don't have any equipment...

sept15lija
05-19-2011, 09:28 AM
I agree with everyone else! Pick a plan, and stick to it like glue, and you will see results. It might not be 100 pounds, but then again it might be - and any weight lost will be a fabulous way to start your new job. I lost about 95 pounds in 10 months...keep posting, work your plan, you can make significant changes in that time frame!

Beach Patrol
05-19-2011, 09:55 AM
I think losing any amount of weight in any amount of time varies with the individual loser.

You see that some people here have lost significant amounts of weight in that kind of time frame... and then others... LIKE ME... I've been working on a 20-pound "short goal" for over 2 years now. Ugh.

The main thing is to DO IT. No matter how long it takes. Because in a year, you might be 100 lbs down!! or 80 (still great!), or 50 (still a good amount!!!) or 20 (20 lbs is wonderful!!!) ...or 3. But I'd rather be THREE pounds down than NO pounds down, or worse... poundage gained! :o

Milete
05-20-2011, 12:21 PM
I think you can do anything when you set up your mind to it. I lost 60 pounds in 3 month, so i'm pretty sure you can loose 100 in 9 month. You go Girl!!

MiZTaCCen
05-20-2011, 12:43 PM
It's possible, but you need to realize that after the 9 months you need to stick to a still healthy plan it not just a diet then go back to your old lifestyle. Not to mention there will always be obstacals in the way, you might Plateau, or injure yourself or something. So yes 100 pounds in 9 months is do able, but in the end you should be happy when 9 months hit at whatever number you have lost even if it isn't 100 pounds. This isn't an all or nothing type thing, if you don't work out one day or eat macdonalds one day you can't just quit. This is a journey where it will have it's ups it will have it's downs and sometimes you break and enjoy a little snack in between eating well. Stay focused, determined and weight will come off, just don't be disappointed or hard on yourself in the end result.

Sunshine87
05-20-2011, 01:03 PM
It is possible. It would take a lot of exercise and a very healthy diet. Look at the contestants on the biggest loser. They workout for approximately 6 hours per day and some women have lost 100 pounds in 4ish months. The question is whether you have this time. I take it that being in school you probably do not.
Losing weight at a slower (more average, 100lbs in 9 months is very rare) rate has better long-term results, ie. keeping it off. Previous posts are so right on when they say that the benefits come so much earlier. Imagine how you will feel once you've lost 15, 20, and 30 lbs.

ShyHeather
05-21-2011, 01:02 AM
So I finish school in about 9 months. After that I'm placed right into a job. I'm 270 pounds right now, 5'4, 20 year old female. My goal is to be 170 by the time im done with school. How can I lose 100 pounds in 9 months?

It could be done, but you may have fluxes in your weight. I wouldn't put everything on the numbers. So what if the scale shows X amount and you wanted to loose 100? If you're wearing smaller clothing, and feeling healthier at the end of those 9 months, you're doing something right and your body will thank you.

If you're going to go for the goal though do not, and I am dead serious, DO NOT overdo it. You push too hard, you could burn out. It's best to always keep in mind that you may not meet you goal, and you may slip up, but tomorrow is a new day and you will keep going. I wish you the best of luck though.

ubergirl
05-21-2011, 08:34 AM
I have an idea for you.

Rather than picking a specific number of pounds that you want to lose in 9 months, why don't you decide that NO MATTER WHAT you are going to stick to your plan every single day for nine months.

Here's why.

You really can't control exactly how much you lose, but you CAN decide whether or not you are going to stay on plan each and every day.

Let me explain why I think this is better.

If you stay on plan every single day for 9 months you are going to lose a HUGE amount of weight. If you exercise a lot as well, your body will look and feel completely different to you and you will be thrilled.

When you have 100 pounds to lose it feels very black and white. Fat vs. thin. Fat is now. Thin is goal. What we tend not to realize is that when you lose the first 25 and start wearing smaller sizes you feel terrific, when you lose 50, you feel amazing. You do not need to get all the way to goal to start reaping the benefits. You start to see them MUCH EARLIER and that encourages you to keep going!

If you commit to a plan and stick to it every single day for nine months I PROMISE that you will be amazed.

You may lose 100 lbs, you may lose more. Others lose less. But there is not a single person who sticks to a plan every single day for 9 months who doesn't feel 1000% better about herself and her life and her looks and her health.

That is a promise.

fattymcfatty
05-21-2011, 12:47 PM
It has taken me 10 months to lose 75 lbs. I have not been completely on plan the entire 10 months though. I think maybe I would be 85 lbs down if I had stayed on plan with no cheat days or deviation. I am changing my lifestyle so I really don't mind if the weight comes off at a slower pace.

WildThings
05-21-2011, 04:53 PM
I have an idea for you.

Rather than picking a specific number of pounds that you want to lose in 9 months, why don't you decide that NO MATTER WHAT you are going to stick to your plan every single day for nine months.

Here's why.

You really can't control exactly how much you lose, but you CAN decide whether or not you are going to stay on plan each and every day.

Let me explain why I think this is better.

If you stay on plan every single day for 9 months you are going to lose a HUGE amount of weight. If you exercise a lot as well, your body will look and feel completely different to you and you will be thrilled.

When you have 100 pounds to lose it feels very black and white. Fat vs. thin. Fat is now. Thin is goal. What we tend not to realize is that when you lose the first 25 and start wearing smaller sizes you feel terrific, when you lose 50, you feel amazing. You do not need to get all the way to goal to start reaping the benefits. You start to see them MUCH EARLIER and that encourages you to keep going!

If you commit to a plan and stick to it every single day for nine months I PROMISE that you will be amazed.

You may lose 100 lbs, you may lose more. Others lose less. But there is not a single person who sticks to a plan every single day for 9 months who doesn't feel 1000% better about herself and her life and her looks and her health.

That is a promise.

I think this is a fantastic post. I think it's a fantastic way to approach weightloss all the while keeping a positive balance and overall sanity.

shannonmb
05-21-2011, 08:25 PM
Such good advice in this thread! Ubergirl, you said it perfectly!

southernbelle102
05-22-2011, 02:26 AM
You definitely can. It will be hard and will take dedication but it is definitely doable.

I love ubergirls post though. Try not to pick a #. If you stick on plan and don't cheat, you will be happy regardless of the # because you will lose a good deal :)

Lori Bell
05-22-2011, 08:29 AM
I just checked up on our OP, and sadly she has never logged in since she posted the original message. Hopefully she has read all of your wonderful replies without actually logging onto the sight. Hopefully in the last 5 days she has been to the store and bought delicious healthy food, and trashed all the junk food in her home. Hopefully she has devised a nutritionally balanced plan and has at least made an appointment with her Doctor to discuss it....Ya think?

In the several years I have have been a member here, New members who start out their first post as..."Can I lose ____ by ____" are usually never heard from again and I'll bet my bottom dollar never make it to their goal... I'm just saying that this kind of weight loss tactic never seems to pan out.

I am not trying to bash this particular poster, I'm knocking this kind of particular weight loss method.

darway
05-22-2011, 11:30 AM
Have to agree with that. Setting a weight goal alone is enough of a target. Demanding that it be done by a specific day opens an avenue for disappointment that does not need to exist.

If the target is 100 pounds in 9 months, and someone loses 50 pounds in 6, that's a very good loss but not "good enough" by the time-and-weight standard. Then that person may give up because meeting both halves of the project (the remaining 50 pounds in 3 months) feels unattainable.