Weight Loss Support - August 2011, the perfect month to get back on track.

Lori Bell
07-31-2011, 11:57 AM
August 1st is on a Monday. The first month this year to start on a Monday. How many times have you pledged to "start on Monday"? How many times have you pledged to "start at the beginning of the month?" Well, folks, it's the best of both worlds tomorrow. The beginning of a new work week and the beginning of a new month.

I'm going to try like heck to get sugary carbs out of my diet entirely for the whole month. Anyone else have a great 8/1/11 plan?

07-31-2011, 12:18 PM
I just plan to keep up my healthy eating. Normally, the hubby and I will have a great week, and then ruin it all over the weekend. This is weekend #2 of NOT doing that! I'm going to try like heck to keep it up, even though we have a short trip to VA this week, and I have to go to Vegas for a 3 day conference in the middle of the month. So my August goal is to just not ruin my healthy streak and to lost 7 - 10 lbs.

Lori Bell
07-31-2011, 12:22 PM
Actually, I'm not waiting until tomorrow, I'm starting right now. I was in total shock when I weighed myself this morning to see that I was 7 pounds more than yesterday morning. Seven pounds in one day. It was my oldest sons 19th birthday and we went to a smokehouse restaurant. I ate everything on my plate, then later I had a large piece of cake and ice cream with a big handful of nuts, some graham crackers w/peanut butter and a slice of fresh banana bread the neighbor made for us. The result...7 fricking pounds. I can't imagine what would happen if I waited until tomorrow to "start".

Oh...and breakfast was a yogurt and banana...That is all! I didn't binge all day!

07-31-2011, 12:31 PM
Wow I hadn't noticed it lined up that way. What an opportunity!

Let's see. More vegetable-based meals/snacks. It's been rolling around in my head for a couple of weeks, so there's no time like the present to implement it.

I get in a decent amount of fruit, but that's no substitute for vegetables. Therefore, I'm going to be more mindful to add SOME kind of vegetable into my lunches and dinners. (I'm happy with fruit at my breakfast as/is.)

More salads for lunch. More carrots/broccoli/cauliflower to munch on for snacks. More roasted and steamed veggies for dinner.

And most importantly! Going to the produce store once a week to keep those things on hand and fresh so I want to eat them! :yes:

And just like you, Lori Bell, no waiting until tomorrow. No reason I can't do better today.

07-31-2011, 12:35 PM
Haha. When I have an off day for some event, I try not to weigh myself for 2-3 days until it evens out. My sister-in-law was visiting in June. The first week she was here, we ate well, cooking healthy every night. She lost about 100 lbs last year and has about 30 more she wants to lose, so she's all for it. But the 2nd week she was here was NOT good. No biggie, but after she left, I waited a few days and ate healthy before stepping on the scale. I think I was too scared of what the number would be!

07-31-2011, 01:19 PM
I've been pretty good about what I eat thie past two months, but now I am going to be better about exercise. My goal will be the 30 minutes a day five days a week recommemended by my doctor. (I'm over 55)

07-31-2011, 01:27 PM
My goal for August is to continue doing what I've been doing. Working out, eating within my calorie range. The difference is that now I'm also doing green smoothies. I've only had them for 2 days and I honestly feel like they are really helping me feel fuller and just better. I've been eating a lot of dead foods (processed, cooked, etc.) and now I'm eating more whole foods. I'm still eating processed, but just less.

07-31-2011, 01:58 PM
Two goals for August for me.

1. eat more veggies
2. otherwise continue to stay on plan with both diet and exercise

I've done pretty well for the past 2 months and when I have slipped up I was careful to make calorie and exercise accomodations for the slip. Overall I am fairly satisfied. I do wish the weight would come off faster! But if I can stay on track I feel sure I will meet my goal weight right on schedule :)

07-31-2011, 02:18 PM
I'm in! I've been loosey goosey on plan for the last month and have gained and lost 10 pounds. It looks like I broke even, but I know better.
The drama and BS will always be there, I can't let it be my excuse to down fist-fulls of M&M's.
I will keep in my calorie range this month and actually use that gym membership I love (and pay for...)!

07-31-2011, 02:25 PM
My aim is to get back to how I was eating before this past week! I had been pretty much on track for a whole 5 weeks, eating foods low in calories and fat, and lots of veggies! Then this past week I ate out three times (the worst foods imaginable, including chinese takeaway) and drank alcohol on two separate occasions. I'm scared to step on the scale again! I'm so disappointed in myself, but I've gotten on track before so I know I can do it again :)

07-31-2011, 02:25 PM
I have only two simple goals. First, cut back on dairy products (I've been letting some slip in!). Second, and most importantly - don't get discouraged and quit if the scale isn't always doing what I want it to do!

07-31-2011, 02:31 PM
Great idea for a thread, Lori! I'm sure you'll get those 7 lbs. off in a jiffy. It's so frustrating to eat more just one day and have the scale be so cruel :( . It makes me wonder about that common saying, aimed at people losing weight: "You didn't put it on in a week and you won't take it off in a week."

So, I have two goals for August: 1) staying on track during vacation and 2) increasing my protein and lowering my carb intake. I'm hoping that doing the latter will magically give me more energy; this continued oppressive heat is taking its toll on me.

07-31-2011, 03:26 PM
It's a great day to start again :) Thanks for mentioning it! :) I need more veggie dish ideas! I'm going to google some veggie recipes, maybe some veggie chili :)

07-31-2011, 04:33 PM
Lori Bell, you are oh so right. ;) Because I'm trying to get back into my exercise habit on a daily basis, I've got a mega August challenge to work out every day (different muscle groups of course, and I'm allowing myself 4 rest days if I need them for school studying or some other legitimate reason). I'll even be exercising one day of my and my friend's trip to Cedar Point (hotel gym/pool, baby!).

I know a lot of people think exercising every day is too much, but I did it for months in 2009 and loved every minute of it. There's just nothing like watching myself get stronger and leaner.

My husband is helping me do it by promising to buy me a new pair of Gap jeans if I stick to the plan (my size 12s are practically falling off me now). And because I had planned to buy something for myself anyway, I'm going to invest in a good, supportive sports bra if I conquer my challenge. Wish me luck! And good luck to you on yours! :)

07-31-2011, 10:36 PM
Well, I haven't fallen off the wagon or anything like that, but I'm just getting back from a week long vacation. I was pretty good, but eating was different and my exercise was only slow walking. Preceding that vacation was nearly 3 weeks of sick or recovering kids which disrupting everything too. So I just want to start August 1st with a bang!

And, BTW, gaining 7 pounds in a day is impossible calorie wise from what you ate. If you drank 7 glasses of water before peeing, you would have gained 7 pounds too.

07-31-2011, 11:07 PM

And, BTW, gaining 7 pounds in a day is impossible calorie wise from what you ate.

You're right. It takes the body longer than to gain weight from calories ingested. I have gained 5 pounds overnight from eating foods containing MSG. I had noticeable swelling though too. I'm allergic to the stuff :p

08-01-2011, 09:03 AM
Hi ladies!!! Ok I have a few goals of my own for this month
1. Stick with my calorie counting plan. I'd like to keep my calories between 1500 and 1600 every day.
2. Keep exercising between three and five times a week making sure I get enough rest time between runs. Aiming for yoga and fifteen miles of running a week.
3. Sticking with it and forgiving myself! If I mess up one day, it is not a big loss. Remebering it is a marathon not a sprint and yes I want my dream body but I am taking huge steps everyday towards health. I realized th eother day that not only am i maintainging my health but I am reversing damage from earlier days!! So much good stuff!

Good luck ladies, we can do it!!!

08-01-2011, 11:35 AM
Today i will get back to exercising. I slacked on it during july, ok i didn't do it at all in july, blaming it on the heat. No more excuses...

08-01-2011, 11:55 AM
My goal for August is to start calorie counting again (not just estimating) and add in some extra cardio besides walking. I would like to stop yo-yoing between 3 pounds and start actually taking some weight off!

April Snow
08-01-2011, 12:16 PM
Yesterday I finished my first 10 weeks on my current plan. I was on plan for the full 10 weeks. I picked that as a time period that I could handle because it was long enough to show a big change (over 29 lbs lost!) but not so long that it didn't seem achievable to stay on plan.

Today marks the beginning of my next 10 week commitment to myself to stay on plan - which happens to run though October 10 (10/10). I started a challenge that last 10 weeks until 10/10 if anyone wants to join. You can set any goals you want - mine will be to stay on plan for 10 weeks, plus lose the second 10% I'm working on.


08-01-2011, 02:45 PM
My goal for August is simply to stick to my plan. July was full of excuses.

Beach Patrol
08-01-2011, 03:06 PM
I've been cutting back on sugar - PROCESSED SUGAR - for a while now. I have successfully cut p-sugar out of my diet twice in my life - the last time I lasted EIGHT whole months without it! - then one candy bar & ZAP! ~sigh~ :rolleyes:

I have been eating mostly healthy for 7 months. :carrot: :cb::broc:

A few non-healthy choices here & there (mostly at Psycho Cycle time) but 80% of the time - good healthy food. Then TODAY! -as (bad) luck would have it... a chocolate monstrosity attacked me!!!... well, I attacked it... :^: And now I feel so.... BLEH. Just... gooey. Yes, I feel gooey. I feel what that p-sugar is doing to my body as it digests it. And I don't like it.

So that's my "get on track" thing. OUT with the processed sugars!!! (here's wishing me luck!!!) :D

Lori Bell
08-03-2011, 09:44 AM
And, BTW, gaining 7 pounds in a day is impossible calorie wise from what you ate. If you drank 7 glasses of water before peeing, you would have gained 7 pounds too.

lol... I realize that the 7 pound increase was not from actual fat, however, if I had not got right back onto my program, those pounds would have stayed, (along with some friends) regardless of that they consisted of. Meaning if I would have not gone back into weightloss mode on Sunday and ate around maintaince of 2000 calories that day, I would have stayed at 149 on Monday too...the 4 pounds that left my body by Monday would have still been there.

I have experimented before with the elusive "water weight gain". Water weight looks the same on my body as fat weight, it also is tough to get rid of. Since maintaince I have had several "feeding fest" weekends where I have put on 5 to 10 pounds in a few days. A few times, I decided to eat at maintaince calories instead of reduced calories for the following week. When I have tried this, the pounds don't magically disapear, they tend to stick around. Now, when I go right back to weight loss mode they are usually gone in a few days. I guess my point is, a pound is a pound...when they are up, (regardless what they consist of) my clothes feel tight, I feel bloated and gross and sluggish....one thing is for sure, I don't want them to start feeling comfortable, they are not welcome on my hips! :)

Anyway, I'm made it 3 days now sugar free and I can tell that today is going to be a hard one. All kinds of stressful stuff to do, I better get a little workout in this morning to keep things in perspective.

Lori Bell
08-05-2011, 09:59 AM
Day 6! Been pop and am still up 2 of the 7 I gained 6 days ago, despite an average of 1250/cal a day...Water weight? Don't think these last few are!

My point? Don't let people convince you that any weight gain from a "cheat meal" is only water".

08-05-2011, 12:40 PM
Day 6! Been pop and am still up 2 of the 7 I gained 6 days ago, despite an average of 1250/cal a day...Water weight? Don't think these last few are!

My point? Don't let people convince you that any weight gain from a "cheat meal" is only water".

Agreed. When I was at goal in the past, I took a full on cheat day (probably more like a binge) that bumped me up about 4-5lbs overnight. It took 2 WEEKS of eating perfectly OP to get rid of it. It wasn't water weight that just fell off in a couple days. Lesson learned!

August goal: Morning exercise 2 weekdays a week. I exercise Friday, Saturday, and Sunday pretty consistently. The week days are harder because I have things going on in the evenings. I dislike morning exercise because it makes me hungrier earlier in the day. But I need to exercise 5 times a wk vs. 3 times. So, my goal is to get up before work 2 days a week and move my body!

08-05-2011, 01:54 PM
Lori bell- Agreed!
I've been staying at 188-189 for a few weeks (my fault) and today finally broke through with a 186. Yay me!
Still haven't made it over to the gym but brisk walking to and from work and I'm on my feet ALL day at work. I hit close to 20,000 steps on a slow day and these days have not been slow. I would still like to get in to bump up my strength training.
My weekend challenge is to get through a 4 day "gathering" without blowing plan. There will be several parties and lots of food, completely out of my routine but not out of my control.:)

08-29-2011, 10:16 AM
I agree with Lori Bell too! A pound is a pound is a pound, regardless. From everything I have read the "extra weight" on the body is unhealty, doesn't matter if it is fat or water. Also very depressing and easy to say "blank" it and keep binging.