30-Somethings - What advantages and disadvantages do you have in the weight loss game?

06-07-2011, 11:23 PM
Right now I am in a funk about the various problems I'm having on my journey. But I should not forget about all the advantages I have and how far I have come! What are some of the advantages and disadvantages you have that make you feel lucky or unluckier than the average bear? I will start:


-Diagnosed in the past few months with unexplained high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar - might be metabolic syndrome or PCOS, they're still figuring it out
-I really, REALLY love sugar - started eating sugar out of the bag at age 4 and still look forward all week to my weekly dessert splurge
-Dealing with a neck injury for the past 4 years that makes it hard to exercise
-Have yo-yo dieted in the past and it's a lot harder to lose weight than it used to be
-Want to lose weight quickly because my doc says I have to get healthy in order to get pregnant but I'm finding it incredibly difficult and slow


-Good health insurance and good access to doctors, nutritionists, physical therapists, tests, and meds
-Living in a major metropolitan area where lots of things are walkable
-I like to research recipes, cook, and I love my fruits and veggies
-I love walking and I love weights (hate cardio tho!)
-Supportive husband

Your turn!!

06-08-2011, 12:02 AM
you forgot "My mother picked a great name for me" as an advantage haha :)

06-08-2011, 12:19 AM

06-08-2011, 07:19 AM
I definitely think one of my advantages is that I actually look forward to working out and going to the gym!!! I might hate it while I am on the elliptical or whatever, but I always feel amazing afterwards and get antsy if I can't make it on a certain day!!

Disadvantage is that I haven't been able to quite curb the sweets binging. For instance, there were oreos the other day out. I told myself that I would have ONE....and I had like 6.

06-08-2011, 07:35 AM
I have a background of crash diets and eating disorders.
I have a desk job!
A boyfriend that loves junk food as much as me but does not need to diet!
I cant cook and am a very fussy eater.

I still live with my parents so I just have m, myself and I to plan for.
I have a long walk to and from my office.

06-10-2011, 04:37 PM
-Time constraints. Work, family, house often leave me with little energy to focus on exercise and meal planning.

- I'm the primary shopper and cook, so I get to make most of the meal decisions.
- I like lot's of fruits and veggies and enjoy eating them/making them the focus of a meal.

06-11-2011, 04:10 PM
I love fruits and vegis.
I enjoy jogging.

I crave sweets...

06-14-2011, 04:20 AM
-Supportive hubby (when I lose weight, he loses too without even trying argggggghhhh, he loves that!)
-Motivation (2 kids that I want to be around for them)
-I love the gym (just hate going but once I'm there I love)

-Kids (time management is hard, plus breast feeding)
-Sweets and fat nom nom

Precious Little
06-19-2011, 06:55 AM

-I have a desk job
-I have a tendency to give in to cravings and junk foods (But I'm working on that)
-I have a tendency to overtrain due to my sometimes obsessive nature
-I have some health issues which cause me to tire easily and a tendency to sleep a lot
-I am a little obsessed with subtle changes in my body shape/size (things get bad when I'm having a 'fat day' even though I know it's natural to have these) but... on a positive note, if I can see my abs returning or new muscle definition it is a most joyous occasion! :carrot:
-Oh.. and I'm a little vain... or does that count as a plus? Hmmm... dunno.


-(When under control) I can focus my energy and determination to break thru when working out gets tough'
-I really enjoy working out (most of the time)
-I have a supportive family who help me to take the necessary time out to work on my fitness/health goals
-I am self-motivated (I have never really been comfortable in a gym environment preferring to work out on my own)

06-24-2011, 11:34 PM
I work graveyard 11p-7a by the time I'm done with work, all I can think about is my warm cozy bed. I also go to school 4x/week from 3:30pm-6:40pm. However, I'm starting to map out my schedule and attempt to workout for at least 30 min to 1 hour 5x/wk.

07-01-2011, 04:56 PM
I don't really like sweets or sodas
I am tall so I naturally burn more calories
I have an elliptical
I cook and grocery shop
I am not going through university anymore
I am young, my skin should snap back

07-01-2011, 05:00 PM
-Time constraints. Work, family, house often leave me with little energy to focus on exercise and meal planning.

- I'm the primary shopper and cook, so I get to make most of the meal decisions.
- I like lot's of fruits and veggies and enjoy eating them/making them the focus of a meal.

This is pretty much me!!

07-02-2011, 01:09 AM

I do not like to cook and I often eat whatever is quickest and easiest. I have found ways to work this into my plan but I do not eat many veggies at all. I like them, I am just too lazy to prepare them.

I started out with over 100 lbs to lose and probably have about a year to go before I hit my goal.

I have an office job with tons of food around all the time. Breakfast is offered every morning (donuts, bagels, breakfast burritos etc), lunch at least once a week, and even a free frozen yogurt machine. I am amazed at my willpower, honestly.


I have a great home gym with a treadmill, mini-elliptical, dumbbells, stability ball, and a tv.

I have a really great friend at work who constantly compliments me on my progress and is always excited to hear my weight-in updates on Monday mornings. A cheerleader makes a huuuuuge difference.

My son (almost 8) is very supportive and keeps himself entertained while I work out.

07-02-2011, 10:21 AM
Time constraints as well..I am a stay at home mom to a 7 year old, a very busy two year old and breastfeeding a 2 month old. Which leaves little time to plan a regular workout and meal planning around their busy schedule.
Working out-I am lazy when it comes to working out since running after kids all day is exhausting.

Having a supportive husband and children who have never said the F word.
Being the primary shopper and chef.
I have access to a pool so I can swim and do laps for exercise.
Motivation to be around for my kids and to get back into my old clothes.

07-02-2011, 12:56 PM

- I own my own buisness, I work 6 days a week 10 hours a week behind a counter that has chocolate bars with a fridge of pop and a stack of chips behind me, all of which I techinically own.
- No time for a gym due to work.
- I have MS and exercise is not easy.
- I hate most veggies
- Chips are my favorite food
- I LOVE McDonalds


- I actually WANT to lose weight, never cared before.
- I am 2lbs away from what I weighed in 5 years ago, moral is high.
- I LOVE fruit so have been eating that instead of chips as snacks.

07-02-2011, 01:17 PM

- I never want to go out to dinner or have a drink with my friends because it will knock me off my diet path. So I am missing social outings


- I feel better about myself when I stay on track

07-02-2011, 01:53 PM
I have been overweight for 8 years and have attempted to lose weight many times.
I am not the primary grocery shopper so I do not control what goes in and out of my house.

I have a very supportive family.
I live with my parents so I have little responsibility.
I am studying for my board's exam and it actually gives me more time than if I were working a full-time job.
I can tolerate long periods of exercise and I actually kind of enjoy it.
I am motivated to lose weight for many reasons but I especially so I can be a better dating candidate.
I am pretty and that is surfacing more every week.
I have the confidence to lose this weight.

08-05-2011, 12:31 PM
Hello everyone!

Disadvantages: Or maybe a small advantage? I still eat some sugar everyday. It's been 7 weeks & 21 lbs of loss so if I'm losing I don't care. I substitute often (Truvia in sauce for broccoli slaw today) but if I want a snack size Kit Kat, I'm having it.

1. I walk 1 1/2 hours a day minimum. Yesterday it was 2 1/2 hours. I walk everyday no matter the weather. The dogs don't care about the weather unless it's extremely hot. Those days we get treadmill time in the cool basement. I burn some serious calories (which I eat back) w/all the walking.
2. I eat vegetables at lunch & dinner and add salsa at breakfast on my eggs. I'm eating a lot more since I exercise more (1600-2000). Helps that I have a large organic garden so no excuses for not eating my veggies.
3. My family is supportive. When we go out for meals we go to places where I can find out the calorie count. A meal last week at Bob Evans rocked: grilled chicken tenders & sides of steamed broccoli and green beans. Total 235 calories. We also eat at the local hospital (posts nutritional info) which serves such excellent food that the public regularly eats there w/o an excuse of visiting a patient.
4. I'm self-employed so I have the time to dedicate to myself, finally.
5. I have finally stopped emotionally eating while listening to the woes of family & friends. Always thought that the "I'd don't care what people think of me anymore" would be harder to drill into myself than the emotional eating. If I can be sympathetic w/o eating for these people!

08-05-2011, 02:37 PM
Advantages ...

Super supportive DH
I actually like fruit and veg
Motivation -- my blood pressure needs to come down

Disadvantages ...

I hate to exercise
I work from home and have more work than I can handle right now -- stressed

08-18-2011, 01:24 AM
I'm tall, so I can eat more
Supportive husband
I'm the primary shopper/cook
I have lost before, so I know I can do it

I love baking and cooking, so it's hard to reign that in.
I keep some junk food around for my husband, so that's a temptation.
I'm a stay at home mom, so it's not easy for me to make it to the gym (no childcare).
I hate veggies.

08-18-2011, 04:28 PM
Disadvantages -
I have Rheumatoid arthritis, lung disease, and severe IBS
My kids and husband are willing to change a bit on what they eat, but still plenty of no-nos around the house
Busy schedule, so hard to fit in fitness (but think I have it figured out now)
2 of the 3 kids are disabled, so have super special needs we have to accommodate that don't always mesh with what I need
I hold a desk job, so barely even stand in a 9 hour time frame

Advantages -
Though DH isn't doing this himself, he is super supportive knowing it's what makes me happy
I am ADHD (I know... actually not a disadvantage in this case though, lol), so I mix up my routine regularly to keep interest (and that serves a dual purpose to keep my body guessing, lol)
I am a 110% or nothing type person, so I have immersed myself in getting healthy and learned a ton along the way... knowledge is power - including knowledge to not have this all happen again
I LOVE exercising! It allows me a release for pent up emotion :)

08-24-2011, 07:27 PM
I work in an office with tons and tons of chocolate, chips, bars, anything you can imagine. Additionally, we have all sorts of office parties with lunch brought in and a lot of food everywhere. I still have too much sugar in my diet because I love it, even though I've reigned it in. I have a desk job which makes me sedetary most of the day.

I do my own shopping. I have roommates but we do not share food. I can lose weight without a BF wanting to go out to eat all the time. I have a good friend who lives a mile away and she loves to hike, power walk, be active, so I have someone to come exercise with me. I love fruits and veggies. It's cheaper for me to buy healthy food such as lean meats, fruits and veggies than when I ate lunch out all the time.

08-24-2011, 09:44 PM

- I live in a tiny town, there are gyms but they are very expensive.
- Extremely TIGHT budget
- Depression and anti-depressant meds make losing weight hard
- Motivation comes and goes
- Migraines knock me on my butt several times a month
- Little money prevents me from buying the right types of food


- I actually WANT to lose weight.
- My two kiddos
- I do the cooking and shopping
- No money for junk and fast food.

03-27-2012, 02:00 AM
Old thread I know, but it still makes a good point about assessing where you are in the weight loss journey.

Disadvantages: I am hypertensive, I have a wicked sweet tooth, I have never before watched what I ate or legitimately tried to lose weight beyond stating that I was going to exercise more. My husband is a saboteur with words and actions. Shyness and clumsiness keep me from engaging in fitness classes and the " gym culture." I have no support system as I am a transplant to my current city and a shy introvert.
Advantages: this is a big birthday year and I am going on a cruise to celebrate my mother's even bigger birthday so I have decent motivation. The gym has childcare. I have gotten positive feedback with calorie counting so it is easier to do it.I like how accomplished I feel once I break a sweat and I look good in active wear. I have been able to compensate the fresh baked cookie reward with massages and new clothes for the smaller me. Two children under five limit my desires to eat out.

03-27-2012, 02:11 AM
Nice thread bump! ;)


~Sugar is my crack. Not that I've ever done drugs, but I can't imagine being more hooked on something. I've successfully given up both smoking and drinking, but sugary goods are available everywhere and are much more difficult to completely cut off.

~I'm a bad, lazy cook. I can fix simple and healthy meals for myself, but my husband prefers to go out to eat so he can have steak.

~Genetics don't seem to be on my side. Obesity runs all over the place in my family.


~I'm doing this for nobody else but me.

~I'm focusing more on my health than fretting over an imaginary ideal body I'll never obtain.

~I have a good grasp of what I need to do as well as the support of my husband.

~Unhealthy, high-calorie junk rarely enters the house and when it does, I have no problems avoiding it.

~I'm armed with the nutrition info of any restaurant I enter and have the power to make good choices.

03-28-2012, 11:24 AM

I have a husband who not only makes enough that I can stay home with the kids but also affords me a gym membership (which his insurance will cover HALF of the dues for the year!)

A new "no excuses" and "high priority" mentality to weightloss.

Disadvantages: Husband is verbally supportive to me and gives me the financial freedom to lose weight to a degree. But he also is rude about other overweight people (so when he talks about them I feel like he is talking about me) and I don't feel physically attractive around him because of this. Also he brings foods into the house that tempt me off my diet.
I am not much of a cook. I can follow recipes but the effort to shop and prepare these recipes is not only time consuming but boring. I'd rather go to the gym than go food shopping. That means my husband does the majority of food shopping and he doesn't make the best choices.

02-10-2013, 09:32 AM
I have a new advantage: new motivation!! Since I started this thread I had a baby. Now I am motivated to stay strong and healthy to take care of her.

I also have another new one: my husband! He is on board with getting healthier and that helps me a lot. I don't have to do all the research, recipe planning, cooking, and workouts myself anymore. It is a lot easier as a team!

Also, I discovered the Insulin Resistance diet and this is helping a LOT with my sugar cravings.

02-10-2013, 11:39 AM
I'm short, and apple-shaped. It's very hard to show progress when your waistline takes forever to shrink enough that you need new clothes.
Boyfriend is kind of a picky eater and it's annoying to make two different meals for dinner.
I love, adore, and crave savory foods. Herbed roasted potatoes, blue-veined cheeses, chicken....I could easily eat three dinners in a day just because I love the food so much.

I am muscle-packed, and I put on new muscle very easily. So much so that people constantly guess my weight to be up to 30 pounds less than it actually is.
I am starting to rediscover the effective workouts that I enjoyed in my fitter days. Boo expensive gyms, hooray pushups and plyometrics!
I love, love, LOVE salad and I don't actually crave sweets that much, even during my TOM.
I am 30 now, and everyone says it gets harder at 30, but I feel more like I'm still a little girl in my twenties. I love to play and run around and be silly, and I adore dancing. I just haven't done as much of those things since I got fat.

02-10-2013, 12:06 PM
I hear ya on the apple shape...Even though I feel smaller elsewhere my waist is so big looking at it is discouraging. Makes it really hard to be motivated over the long haul.

02-10-2013, 12:25 PM
No health insurance - if I injure myself working out, I'm really, really screwed - especially if that injury prevents me from going to work.

Shift work - I'm on call 24/7 and sometimes I'm awake for 40+ hours straight.

BUSY schedule - since my husband is a full time student and a full time manager, I'm the primary caretaker at home despite my unpredictable work schedule. When life gets too hectic, I'm prone to say 'screw it, let's just eat x'

Past eating disorder - the temptation to binge and purge is still very real for me, even though I haven't thrown up food purposefully in 8 years.

Ridiculously supportive husband. I'm the primary cook, but when he makes food he asks what measurements I need, what ingredients he should use, etc. He's also 100% willing to eat all the same OP foods I'm eating, so there's no 'temptations' in the house.

New smart phone! It makes tracking my food and looking up restaurant info SO MUCH EASIER. Thanks, Mom!

Past job in the produce department of an organic co-op - I discovered SO MANY new foods I loved working there and it was easy to learn how to prepare them.

Tower Grove Park - I live right across the street from this huge gorgeous park, which is great motivation to get out and run/walk!

02-10-2013, 01:36 PM
Oh, I feel you on the shift work! I know the pain of being awake for several days, and sleeping as much in a week as some people get for a night.

Stay strong, the shift work can't possibly last forever!

02-10-2013, 01:55 PM
Advantages: I have a great OH and he is very supportive even though i get tetchy and often snappy when i am not in form to listen to advice.. have my wedding to look forward to and mu honeymoon for motivation, love fruit and veg

Tore ligament in my calf while exercising , and also tore muscle when running always afraid now to push it too far in case of further injury,

When injured tend to say sod it ill eat whatever i like...
i am having more ciggarettes then the odd one.. after 3 Years off them..

02-10-2013, 08:58 PM
Merilung, I feel ya' with working odd shifts and being on-call. For me it was really difficult to do any type of planning as far as meals or exercising because there was never any type of set schedule in my life. It was always changing and interfering with something. It's a tough road, but it looks like you've been able to adapt much better than I! Keep it up!

02-11-2013, 08:13 AM
Why focus on "disadvantages" ... that won't get anyone anywhere! Excuses, excuses... that's what I call them.

* I have a rockin' positive, optimistic attitude! :carrot:
* I have a great support network of friends and family
* I've always been healthy and am currently injury-free!

(edit: whoops, just looked at the support group title... I'm not a 30-something but I hope its OK that I posted anyway)

02-11-2013, 07:35 PM
* I love salt.
* I have terrible willpower when it comes to fast food.
* I have terrible willpower when it comes to getting my butt to the gym.
* I seriously LOVE salt. :o

* I really don't like sweets of any kind. Never liked chocolate, never crave
* I am on my feet all day and my classroom is up 3 flights of stairs.
* I really love boxing and once I am there, I love working out.
* I love any and all veggies and fruits.
* I love to cook and I'm actually pretty good at it!
* I like learning new and healthy recipes or healthy changes to old
recipes in my family.

You know, seeing more advantages than disadvantages is pretty motivating. Great topic! :carrot:

02-16-2013, 09:58 AM
I lost at least 90 pounds two years ago, and gained all plus some back.
I did it again, and lost 80 pounds, then regained 30 of it back.

I'm following a doctor-prescribed diet that allows me to not have to think. That works for me.
I only have me, myself and I to plan for, so I don't have to worry about what my husband, kids, etc... are going to eat.

02-17-2013, 10:49 AM
I love to exercise. I can be on the elliptical the whole day! Have run a couple of half-marathons
I cook everyday.. So i can really plan ahead!

Time constraint, i am a SAHM with 3 kids... Running around them hardly gives me time to workout
Easy availability of junk food... Cookies, cupcakes, crackers because of the kids!
Stress eating: lately have been under a lot of stress and i binge on all junk... So i calorie count all the time stay around 14-15k everyday and boom one day its like 1000 calories snacking... And everything goes down the drain!!

02-20-2013, 05:47 AM
What a great, interesting thread!

Okay so my DISADVANTAGES are:

*I take some medication which caused or causes me to get extra hungry at night and I gained about 15 lbs on it, but the good thing is that it helps me in other ways

*I am a middle of the night eater, bad habit which I have tried to break, gotta work away at that

*I have some health restrictions which make it hard for me to work out on a consistent basis


*I have an incredibly supportive boyfriend who wants to eat healthier and lose weight too! I was able to help him eat healthier, so we complement each other;) My family is somewhat supportive too.

*I really WANT to lose this weight! Earlier in my life, I was in denial but now I know I want to do it for ME!

*I have a reasonably priced gym membership with a gym near me

*I have lost a good amount of weight before, so I can do it again!

It looks like my advantages outweigh the disadvantages so perhaps I am off to a good start! :)

02-20-2013, 10:42 AM
This is an great thread for reflection

I have access to a really great network of Gyms at a low price
I enjoy whole foods, vegetables, fruits
I don't enjoy processed fast food, especially KFC, mc'donalds, yuck
I enjoy cooking most of the time and have loads of healthy recipes in my head
I have ankylosing spondylitis which is a constant motivator to be healthier, the illness would be made worse by being heavier so I have motivation to be lighter, not just healthier. Its also a constant reminder that life is a precious gift and we shouldn't take our health for granted.
I have access to many healthy fast food options close to my work (salad bars are a godsend)
I'm self motivated
I've adopted an "I don't want that" attitude rather than an "I musn't have that"

I often get bored of tracking
I travel a lot for work and attend a lot of catered functions, I struggle to control what I eat on the road
I have sleep problems which can derail both diet and exercise plans
I have a sweet tooth, I always end off the day with a sweet despite my best intentions
I have a tendency towards self flagellation
I have a sedentary job
I am a 'live to eat' person, I always want to try new things, especially unique, artisinal local products. I am fascinated by how different cultures approach food. I see food and eating as an important social activity and feel its rude to refuse peoples hospitality if they want to feed me, because I travel and meet so many new people this can lead to weight gain, I enjoy it so much though and would rather find a way to fit it into a healthy lifestyle if I can.
I use food to soothe, comfort.

02-25-2013, 06:36 PM
Iíve been overweight my entire life
I am addicted to pop (but have given it up cold turkey)
Desk job with really long hours half of the year (like 60+ hours a week)
A boyfriend who is overweight, also not a great eater/exerciser and we enable each other
Thyroid issues since birth
Canít quite afford the gym/classes I want to take right now
Hate to cook (but am slowly changing this)
Tight budget is a bit of a pain

Iím tall, which allows me to carry weight better
I am still reasonably young (35) and my metabolism isnít quite dead yet.
I live alone, so can control the food in my house 100%
I own an awesome rowing machine (Concept 2) and I actually enjoy rowing
Live in Ontario, Canada so free access to a Dietician on the phone and my mom is a nutritionist
Boyfriend lets me rant about food as much as I like and he loves me no matter what
I like the outdoors and hike a lot in good weather
I genuinely enjoy healthy food, plus I am good at trying new foods (chia seeds!)

I am afraid to even write this advantage down, but for the first time ever, I just have no desire to eat junk food, sugar, pop, fast food, processed food or anything I didnít make myself from scratch with whole ingredients. I had 2 weeks of **** when I started this journey, detoxing my body from the crap, I thought I was going to lose my mind, but suddenly it is all 1000x times easier. Who knows how long this will last, so I am just being thankful for it each day. The only ďbadĒ eating I do is going slightly over my daily calorie goal with healthy foods and I eat a little too much cheese!

02-26-2013, 01:14 PM
Disadvantages .. I don't like working out ..I'm short and my cslorie count is low
advantages...I'm disciplined and stay under my calorie count.. I have gym equipment at home...I cook and never eat alot of junk food...

02-26-2013, 10:02 PM
Advantages: I am a man. So I can integrate exercise into my lifestyle more easily. For example, I can walk to work, mow the lawn and lift heavy things fixing the house at the weekend. There is no way I could exercise for the sake of it, I simply do not have the inclination.

Disadvantages: I am a man. I love beer. And I can't tell anyone I am on a diet else I get embarassed. So it's me, myself and I. And the 3fatchicks mens corner.

03-08-2013, 12:37 AM
Full time desk job
I drive to work
Addicted to chocolate + chips
My friends love going out/drinking/eating at restaurants
I've been overweight since I was a child, so odds are against me
Low self esteem

I own a treadmill
I enjoy long walks/hikes
I’m tall, which allows me to carry weight better
Me and my boyfriend are both interested in eating better, so we've been buying lots of fruits/veg/lean protein when we grocery shop
I do enjoy cooking and putting together healthy meals

Silver Sky
03-13-2013, 03:56 AM

I have an ENORMOUS appetite and a stomach that is capable of accommodating Godzilla sized portions. Whole pizzas? Check. Entire box of Nutty Bars + Triscuits? Oh yeah. A quart of broccoli cheese rice? You betcha'! Sometimes, I think I missed my calling as a competitive eater.

I can make "clean food" dirty, real fast.

I'm pretty lazy, and I hate to workout for the sake of working out. I prefer purposeful exercise (eg. walking to the GROCERY STORE :carrot: ).

I hate gyms. I had a membership to Gold's, but I quit. I prefer outdoor activities with the sun shining on my face (eg. walking to the GROCERY STORE :carrot: ).

I'm not able to do any type of heavy weightlifting. I have hardware in my back, and my doctor told me to never lift more than about 40 lbs.

I get bored easily, and when I get bored, I get HUNGRY.

I'm an angry eater. When I get mad, I love to chew while wishing it was the bones of my enemies being ground between my teeth. :devil:


If I can abstain from cheating for more than a few minutes, I lose weight really fast.

I love healthy food as much as I love junky food.

When I can scrape up the motivation to get off the sofa, I enjoy punching on my heavy bag.

I have a Total Gym (The bad news: it's collecting dust cause I've never used it).

I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. It's just a matter of wanting it enough.

I'm surprisingly strong for a lazy couch monkey. Decent biceps. :lifter:

I'm not carb sensitive, gluten intolerant, diabetic or anything like that. I can lose weight eating pure crap. For instance, I lost a great deal of weight IF-ing on McDonald's food, and have only gained back 20 of those pounds.