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kaplods
08-14-2011, 04:46 PM
My weight loss was stalling, and I thought maybe (uh probably) it was because my motivation was faltering, so I gave myself a challenge to motivate me.

I decided that I wasn't going to allow myself to change my ticker until I got under 300 lbs. After which I would also change my goal (which had been set at 299).

Well, I couldn't wait. I had to open my present early. On Tuesday at my TOPS weigh in, I weighed 301.75. I earned biggest loser for the week (but only because the week before I had had a gain due to restaurant food induced water retention).

I have two milestone goals coming up very close. Breaking 300, and only 6 lbs later having lost 100 lbs.

This has been the slowest weight loss ever, but also the easiest (slow is the price I was willing to pay for easy), but I think I'm ready to speed things up a bit (but I still vow not to let slow results discourage me).

I finally feel like the 100 lbs is well within my grasp. It's been so long since I've weighed less than 300 lbs, that I'm not sure I really believed it could happen. Now it's so close, I can almost taste it.


Lovely
08-14-2011, 06:02 PM
I've been watching your ticker like a hawk since it hit 304 (feel a bit like a stalker), and I'm so excited to see it just on that edge of 300/299.

I almost wish there could be a way to make a sparkly, blinking thread for when you do leave the 300's forever.

This is thrilling :D

MrsClaus
08-14-2011, 06:26 PM
I admit it, I'm really excited for you and I know that you will accomplish it.


sumire
08-14-2011, 06:38 PM
You are such a wonderful presence on these boards, and I am also very excited for you. Well done, and make sure you let us all know when you hit each of those goals! We're all rooting for you! :)

dragonwoman64
08-14-2011, 07:02 PM
wow, wonderful! I hope you have a good reward planned to commemorate!

beerab
08-14-2011, 07:11 PM
WTG Kaplods you are so close I know you can do it :)

DixC Chix
08-14-2011, 09:33 PM
That's fantastic. Really, really wonderful!! So happy for you. Yay!!!

:carrot::carrot::carrot:

JoJoJo2
08-14-2011, 09:51 PM
Good for you, Kaplods!! I'm very happy for you. :)

EZMONEY
08-14-2011, 10:22 PM
Well...I guess no more Steak and Shake really works (said the man with our inside joke) ;)

:hug: X a bazillon

kaplods
08-14-2011, 11:24 PM
Well...I guess no more Steak and Shake really works (said the man with our inside joke) ;)

:hug: X a bazillon


Ugh, Now I'm craving Chili Mac (with onions, cheese, and extra orange grease, of course).

I've even thought of looking up restaurant clone recipes and trying to "healthify" a clone recipe, but I think that's a lost cause. I can replace the wheat pasta with quinoa pasta, easily enough, but I don't think there's a healthy replacement for the orange beef-fat, and it just wouldn't be chili mac without the fat (and racing to eat it before it solidifies and you realize just how bad it is for you).

Tanna Banana
08-15-2011, 10:36 AM
Ugh, Now I'm craving Chili Mac (with onions, cheese, and extra orange grease, of course).

I've even thought of looking up restaurant clone recipes and trying to "healthify" a clone recipe, but I think that's a lost cause. I can replace the wheat pasta with quinoa pasta, easily enough, but I don't think there's a healthy replacement for the orange beef-fat, and it just wouldn't be chili mac without the fat (and racing to eat it before it solidifies and you realize just how bad it is for you).

You just have to acquire a taste for the not-as-fat beef. It might not be the same, but after a while, you get used to it. (I'm sure you know all about that though, just preaching to the choir :))

Anywhoo...

I love reading your comments on the boards- you are always so thoughtful and honest- and kind! Congrats on your weight loss! You are so close to that milestone. How exciting! :carrot:

My DH broke the 300 barrier last week (he started at 330). It has been so inspiring watching him work so hard.

abluvion
08-15-2011, 11:41 AM
WTG kaplods! You are so close! How exciting!

kaplods
08-15-2011, 03:05 PM
Ugh, I'm up a few pounds today. I know it has to be water weight, so I'm trying to talk myself out of feeling discouraged (and mostly succeeding).

I know it's water weight, because I have stayed on plan, and my face, ankles, wrists, and fingers are swollen - for me, that's a dead give away. If I'm up on the scale, but my rings are loose, that's a pretty good clue that it's NOT water retention and could be real weight (or it could also be constipation - sorry TMI).

I was so thirsty that I was guzzling water all day, at least two to three times my normal intake, and yet I didn't seem to be peeing any more often. That should have been a tip-off that I might see a gain, but I didn't expect it.

My face is swollen and puffy (the pollen and allergen count is extremely high, today, so it may be an allergic reaction). I know from experience that the "cure" is more water, watching carbohydrates a little closer and allergy medication. Still, it's a bit annoying to have the weight loss hidden by water retention.


I don't usually change my ticker back when I'm pretty sure it's just water, or a temporary fluctuation, and I'm sure it will be gone in a day or two. It just feels a bit Murphy's Law-ish, to see even a water weight gain after a big loss (even though it happens often enough that I should expect it).

I'm just really hoping it disappears by tomorrow night (my TOPS club weigh-in). I am always embarassed to have a gain the week after a big loss (especially after having won biggest loser contest last week). It's not like everyone in the group doesn't understand, we all always give encouragement to people who experience a gain after a big loss. Fluctuations happen, I just wish the timing of this one was better.

But on the bright side, I'm not discouraged or upset by the situation. I wasn't tempted to give up or indulge in a consolation binge.

I'm anxious to get far enough under 300 that even water retention won't pull me back across that line (I figure another 15 pounds from now, since I can gain up to 10 lbs during TOM).

fatferretfanatic
08-15-2011, 04:00 PM
Way to go, kaplods. You're doing wonderfully. Your weight loss thus far is really inspiring, and I am convinced that you can achieve the weight loss. Don't feel bad for the water retention! It's not what I consider actual weight anyway, and it will go away in due time! Seriously, wonderful job.

dj mayhem
08-15-2011, 04:06 PM
Woot Woot Great job!

djs06
08-15-2011, 05:15 PM
Ahhh, like you, I cannot stay off the scale even if I am bloated and know it will be a gain! But I'm sure that water weight will be gone in time for your meeting and I can't wait to hear your exciting report! :)

christine123
08-15-2011, 07:14 PM
You are such a wonderful presence on these boards, and I am also very excited for you. Well done, and make sure you let us all know when you hit each of those goals! We're all rooting for you! :)

I second this. You provide so much wisdom. I love reading your posts. They always give me something insightful to think about. Congratulations on your loss! What a victory! :carrot:

runningfromfat
08-15-2011, 07:43 PM
Congratulations on your weight loss! I also noticed that you had updated your ticker so I was really excited for you getting close to 299 soon!

And even the best of us have to deal with water retention so just hang in there and try not to let it bother you. Oh, and I definitely get the point of not wanting to see a number again even when it's just TOM water retention.

I'm also someone who is losing slowly but "easily" this time around. I really feel like doing that mental switch has helped me significantly when it comes to weight loss this time around and that it will stick.

tea2
08-15-2011, 08:02 PM
I've been watching your ticker like a hawk since it hit 304 (feel a bit like a stalker), and I'm so excited to see it just on that edge of 300/299.

I almost wish there could be a way to make a sparkly, blinking thread for when you do leave the 300's forever.

This is thrilling :D

Me too!! Me too!! Yay!!! :D


I second this. You provide so much wisdom. I love reading your posts. They always give me something insightful to think about. Congratulations on your loss! What a victory! :carrot:

And this!!!

You are such an inspiration to me.

kaplods
08-15-2011, 09:21 PM
Thanks everybody, the encouragement is exactly what I needed. I know I could never succeed without the support I get here and at TOPS. I am not someone who can do it on their own.

To be honest, I think a lot of people need a lot of support, and more people might succeed if they didn't feel there was something wrong with needing this much help.

There's still a stigma about needing help where weight loss is concerned, we're taught (I think) to at least try it on our own a few hundred times before we seek help...

Maybe if reaching out for help were the first step instead of a last resort, obesity wouldn't be such a widespread problem.



Oh, and I've already got virtually all of the water weight off. My scale is reading 304.2, and it's 2 lbs heavier than the TOPS scale, so I'm pretty sure I'll not have a gain tomorrow at TOPS and might even have a small loss (that would be awesome, but my body doesn't often pull consecutive losses).


Ordinarily I don't let fluctations bother me at all, even when they're huge TOM 8 to 10 lb gains, but I have to admit that getting to break the 300 mark is such a HUGE deal for me, that I'm getting impatient. Not impatient enough to do anything stupid, but on pins and needles, nonetheless.

sept15lija
08-18-2011, 03:21 PM
You're so close!! I am also a kaplods stalker, haha....looking forward to you moving into the 200's!! :)

djs06
08-18-2011, 04:20 PM
I'm a kaplods stalker too! :lol:

Nola Celeste
08-19-2011, 05:44 AM
I think it's impossible not to feel a little impatience when you get close to a milestone. It's like going on a road trip and being all excited to go from Louisiana to Texas or whatever--you're all, "WHEE! New state! :D" and even if the landscape stays the same, it's when you pass that sign that you really feel like you've traveled.

I know you will do it. That "Now Entering..." sign is on the horizon and it will soon be in your rear-view mirror!

yoyoma
08-23-2011, 09:05 PM
I'm a kaplods stalker too! :lol:


Me too! I only saw this thread bc I was browsing all her recent posts, making sure I hadn't missed any of her well-written words of wisdom!


Congratulations! I am so happy for you!!! You rock! :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

kaplods
09-01-2011, 07:03 AM
Maybe I should stalk myself to suck up some of the wisdom I've apparently been leaking (Ooh, icky mental image there).

I like the road trip analogy (Are we there yet? Not quite!)

I am so, so, so close to breaking 300!

I actually did get to see 299.75 on the gym scale today (it's a balance scale, so it could be right), but my home scale is reading 300.2

So, so close!

I've done really well this month. This has been my most rapid weight loss since starting this journey six or seven years ago. I know why, it's because I've been having a great summer health, stamina, and pain wise (knock on wood), so I've been able to do more.

AbbySinthe
09-01-2011, 12:00 PM
I'm so excited for you kaplods!! You're doing amazing and it's really paying off. I think you're such a great example of slow & steady wins the race. You really are inspirational. So thank you & good luck! xoxo

runningfromfat
09-01-2011, 04:18 PM
:carrot:

For getting even closer! Good luck and you will see that elusive 2 eventually. :D

I'm glad to hear your stamina is high, I wonder if that isn't also from all the weight loss? ;)

kaplods
09-01-2011, 05:13 PM
:carrot:

For getting even closer! Good luck and you will see that elusive 2 eventually. :D

I'm glad to hear your stamina is high, I wonder if that isn't also from all the weight loss? ;)


No doubt weight loss is a part, but it's been very obvious from the pattern of weight loss and health improvement, that the weight loss isn't causing the health improvements nearly as much as the healthier habits are causing both the health improvements and the weight loss.

It's why I think it's so important to tell people, "even if you are convinced you can't lose weight, you can still benefit from healthy activity and diet changes."

For me it was key to lose weight by not trying to lose the weight, but by choosing habits that would improve my health even if I didn't lose.

I'm willing to focus more energy on losing weight, but I still always have to remember my true priority, because when I make it about numbers, I lose sight of what I'm really fighting for.

Lovely
09-01-2011, 06:32 PM
*stalks stalks stalks* OMG YOU'RE RIGHT AT 300! :yay:

Tomato
09-02-2011, 12:32 PM
Kaplods, HUGE congrats your way! I am very excited for you. I have read many times your detailed description of your life-long struggle with your weight and I am truly very happy for you.
You go girl!!!!!

fattymcfatty
09-02-2011, 01:00 PM
Good job Kaplods! Awesome work, and way to go for sticking it out.

April Snow
09-02-2011, 01:05 PM
congrats on the great progress, and like everyone, I am so excited to see that 299 on your ticker. You are such a wonderful example of how it doesn't matter WHEN, it just matters that you DO!

4star
09-04-2011, 12:28 PM
Good for you! I love your messages of acceptance and how kind you are to yourself and others. So Thank You for that!

I have found some milestones hard too. I *think* it's the feeling of relief reaching it, seeing how far I have to go, and my inability to run a full scale goal sheet all the way down in one fail swoop. Seems like those milestones take some adjustment of my expectations. It could be derailing but acceptance of myself prevents that and then I am moved to find my next step. Perhaps it's just part of losing a large amount of weight? When I am done, I'll have lost between 75-100 lbs., so those 10-20 lbs goals have to be accomplished over and over again to get there. I look at it this way, I am learning perseverance. Reading your posts, help me work on my acceptance of myself and what is. Acceptance and perseverance are 2 things I don't feel like I can meet this goal without. Now if I could only get a grasp on patience....:)