Goal! - 21.7 Pounds Lost!!!




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tab11
10-31-2011, 05:59 PM
:carrot: Yayayayayayay!!!!

I am so proud of myself that I reached my goal, and I am so thankful to the entire 3FC community, for your knowledge and support. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Stats
Age: 33
Height: Almost 5í3Ē
Start: February 1, 2011; 161 pounds
Goal: October 29, 2011; 139.3 pounds
Weight lost: 21.7 pounds
Average loss: 0.56 pounds/week
% Body Weight Lost: 13%
Plan: Calorie count, 1400-1500/day. Aim to exercise 6 days week.

My Story
I am 33, and over the last 7 years have slowly gained weight until an estimated high of 170 pounds last year. My only weight loss plan until February of this year was to wish really hard. Really effective, I know! I didnít know anything about weight loss except generally, ďeat less, exercise more.Ē

After lurking on 3FC last year, googling lots of information about weight loss and talking to my doctor, I decided that calorie counting was the best way for me. I liked that it gave me a semi-scientific way to track, ďeating less and exercising more,Ē and to re-assess my plan if it wasnít working. How could I know that Iím eating too much or too little, if I didnít know exactly what I was eating?

My doctor advised that my goal weight should be between 140 and 145 since I have a large frame, and she also advised that I aim for 1500 calories a day, and do a combination of interval and weight training 6 days a week. That made sense with all the research I had done on creating a deficit.

My plan was to aim for between 1400-1500 calories a day, depending on if I was getting in the full 6 days of exercise. There were weeks that I couldnít exercise at all due to lupus, and days where I just didnít work-out due to laziness or life getting in the way, so on those days Iíd aim lower for calories. Weeks that I was able to get in all my workouts, Iíd go for 1500 or more. I also had a few days that I overate, and I made up for that by restricting slightly in the next few days, so that it would even out over the week. I always counted everything though, and I think thatíll be the only way Iíll be able to maintain. I just love to eat good foods way too much, and donít think intuitive or non-planned eating will ever work for me.

From the start of my plan and first official weigh-in in February, it took me nine months to drop the weight, at an average of 0.56 pounds per week. This was of course not a linear loss, maddeningly so at times. I am very proud of my commitment and the reward of reaching my goal at all, but I will admit that I was impatient during the first few months and really wishful that I could sustain my early loss rate, even though I read that most people lose faster to begin with. Denial of a weight loss newbie, I guess. My advice to anyone thinking at all like this is to temper your expectations. Try not to be disappointed when your loss slows, but proud that youíre losing at all. Because Iím a visual person, Iíve been tracking and graphing my weight since the beginning of my ďplan.Ē Iíve attached my graph in case anyone is interested. If I had maintained the average loss rate of my first two months, I would have reached goal by around mid-June and in my head, I saw that weight line moving consistently and mostly straight down to 140. In the cold Chicago April, I was totally fantasizing prancing around for most of the summer in a size 6 bikini. Didnít happen. But next year, dang am I gonna look hot on the beach for a 34 year old, Chicago office worker!

Based on my experience, I wouldn't get anyone's hope up over a consistent linear loss. That black line is fantasy loss land of about a half pound a week. That blue line was my reality over nine committed months.

Some of you may note the wild fluctuations at the end. Water retention does exist. I re-read that sticky what feels like a thousand times. Every one of my ďgainsĒ was due to a change in workout plan or because I ate really salty one day. They can make you crazy, but less so, if you know why theyíre happening. Of course my exercise and calorie and nutrition tracking made it obvious. If I hadnít been tracking sodium, maybe I would have been 100% scared I was gaining fat during those spikes, instead of just 5% scared and mostly just chugging water and patiently waiting for it to fall back off.

I tracked everything on FitDay, as I had used it in the past as part of my wishful thinking weight loss efforts. I decided to use it again, but this time really measure how much I was eating instead of estimating. In the past I had eyeballed say a bowl of cereal at 1 cup, but boy was I wrong when I actually measured. I tracked calories in and out, and set-up my goal weight of 140. I chose this because 1) it was in my doctorís range, 2) it was officially ďnormalĒ on the flawed but still useful bmi scale, and 3) because I know how easy it is to gain weight, and wanted some wiggle room in that range my doctor gave me.

For exercise, I started with 5 minutes at a time on the elliptical and walking the treadmill and around outside. I couldnít go any longer than 5 minutes of elliptical at the beginning. Iím sure the other people at the gym thought I might have a heart attack from my red-faced wheezing, but it got better. I slowly increased that to 10-15 minutes of elliptical intervals, and now can go for 45 minutes no problem. I incorporated consistent weight training in April, doing the Bikini Ready Fast video available then on Netflix streaming over and over again, and started using gym machines. Iím most proud of my deltoids, and that I donít get winded climbing to my 3rd floor apartment. Also, my lupus-related arthritis pain got exponentially better with about every 5 pounds I lost. Every step does not hurt like it used to. I donít have to ice and hot compress myself every night, but only when the lupus is really flaring. Rule!!

About sizing, which I find really weird and frustrating, I went from busting out of the seams of size 12 pants and 8 tops, to really loose 10 pants and small/4/6 tops or A-line dresses.

I promised myself if I ever made goal that Iíd post here, because out of all the great people and resources on this forum, when I felt the most frustrated or down or needed a boost, I would read all the goal stories and mini-goal stories. They really made me feel not alone and inspired. While I havenít lost as much as those that have inspired me the most, I thought it might be helpful for those of you needing to lose 20 pounds to hear from someone who did.

I didnít post much on 3FC to begin with, and I only joined a challenge for the first time over the last few months. I wish I had joined a challenge earlier, since this helped me immensely. Stuck at what I felt was a stall if not a plateau, stuck between 144 and 145 from the end of June through late August, I joined Sandyís Scare Some Pounds Off challenge. Getting to know everyone there, the support I received, and the extra push to stay committed because I knew I would be posting my progress, really was the difference to meeting my goal now, instead of two months from now or never. I have always been committed, but itís funny how when the loss rate slowed, my inner demons came out. Like maybe Iím ďmeantĒ to be 145, or maybe Iím about to gain it all back and thereís nothing I can do about it. Anyway, I thank them all immensely, especially Sandy, and I have now shooed out my weight loss fairy and sent her packing to Lindsy. You ladies can do it! See you in the Gobble Challenge!!

I am going to try to find pictures from ďbeforeĒ, and take an after or two, and will then post them here. One of my only regrets during this process is that I didnít take a before pic and progress pics along the way. I hated cameras, and didnít want the ďevidenceĒ. Now Iíd love to have some pics for comparison, and obviously have some great pics to share with you all. Oh well. Anyone whoís just starting out now, just DO IT. Take the dang photo. I heard other people say this as well, but I of course didnít get up the courage to do it myself. Donít be me. :)

Good luck everyone! You all can do this! :carrot:


lisa130
10-31-2011, 11:38 PM
Good for you!! :) I can't imagine how gratifying it must feel to finally reach that long-sought after goal weight! I too have 20 lbs to go and have been plateauing for over a year now.

Thanks for your very helpful and informative and MOTIVATING post!
Congrats and enjoy your new bikini body!

Jessica Committed
11-01-2011, 12:15 AM
Yay!!! So many congrats to you!!!!!!!


Eve313
11-01-2011, 05:17 AM
:carrot: Yayayayayayay!!!!

I am so proud of myself that I reached my goal, and I am so thankful to the entire 3FC community, for your knowledge and support. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Stats
Age: 33
Height: Almost 5í3Ē
Start: February 1, 2011; 161 pounds
Goal: October 29, 2011; 139.3 pounds
Weight lost: 21.7 pounds
Average loss: 0.56 pounds/week
% Body Weight Lost: 13%
Plan: Calorie count, 1400-1500/day. Aim to exercise 6 days week.

My Story
I am 33, and over the last 7 years have slowly gained weight until an estimated high of 170 pounds last year. My only weight loss plan until February of this year was to wish really hard. Really effective, I know! I didnít know anything about weight loss except generally, ďeat less, exercise more.Ē

After lurking on 3FC last year, googling lots of information about weight loss and talking to my doctor, I decided that calorie counting was the best way for me. I liked that it gave me a semi-scientific way to track, ďeating less and exercising more,Ē and to re-assess my plan if it wasnít working. How could I know that Iím eating too much or too little, if I didnít know exactly what I was eating?

My doctor advised that my goal weight should be between 140 and 145 since I have a large frame, and she also advised that I aim for 1500 calories a day, and do a combination of interval and weight training 6 days a week. That made sense with all the research I had done on creating a deficit.

My plan was to aim for between 1400-1500 calories a day, depending on if I was getting in the full 6 days of exercise. There were weeks that I couldnít exercise at all due to lupus, and days where I just didnít work-out due to laziness or life getting in the way, so on those days Iíd aim lower for calories. Weeks that I was able to get in all my workouts, Iíd go for 1500 or more. I also had a few days that I overate, and I made up for that by restricting slightly in the next few days, so that it would even out over the week. I always counted everything though, and I think thatíll be the only way Iíll be able to maintain. I just love to eat good foods way too much, and donít think intuitive or non-planned eating will ever work for me.

From the start of my plan and first official weigh-in in February, it took me nine months to drop the weight, at an average of 0.56 pounds per week. This was of course not a linear loss, maddeningly so at times. I am very proud of my commitment and the reward of reaching my goal at all, but I will admit that I was impatient during the first few months and really wishful that I could sustain my early loss rate, even though I read that most people lose faster to begin with. Denial of a weight loss newbie, I guess. My advice to anyone thinking at all like this is to temper your expectations. Try not to be disappointed when your loss slows, but proud that youíre losing at all. Because Iím a visual person, Iíve been tracking and graphing my weight since the beginning of my ďplan.Ē Iíve attached my graph in case anyone is interested. If I had maintained the average loss rate of my first two months, I would have reached goal by around mid-June and in my head, I saw that weight line moving consistently and mostly straight down to 140. In the cold Chicago April, I was totally fantasizing prancing around for most of the summer in a size 6 bikini. Didnít happen. But next year, dang am I gonna look hot on the beach for a 34 year old, Chicago office worker!

Based on my experience, I wouldn't get anyone's hope up over a consistent linear loss. That black line is fantasy loss land of about a half pound a week. That blue line was my reality over nine committed months.

Some of you may note the wild fluctuations at the end. Water retention does exist. I re-read that sticky what feels like a thousand times. Every one of my ďgainsĒ was due to a change in workout plan or because I ate really salty one day. They can make you crazy, but less so, if you know why theyíre happening. Of course my exercise and calorie and nutrition tracking made it obvious. If I hadnít been tracking sodium, maybe I would have been 100% scared I was gaining fat during those spikes, instead of just 5% scared and mostly just chugging water and patiently waiting for it to fall back off.

I tracked everything on FitDay, as I had used it in the past as part of my wishful thinking weight loss efforts. I decided to use it again, but this time really measure how much I was eating instead of estimating. In the past I had eyeballed say a bowl of cereal at 1 cup, but boy was I wrong when I actually measured. I tracked calories in and out, and set-up my goal weight of 140. I chose this because 1) it was in my doctorís range, 2) it was officially ďnormalĒ on the flawed but still useful bmi scale, and 3) because I know how easy it is to gain weight, and wanted some wiggle room in that range my doctor gave me.

For exercise, I started with 5 minutes at a time on the elliptical and walking the treadmill and around outside. I couldnít go any longer than 5 minutes of elliptical at the beginning. Iím sure the other people at the gym thought I might have a heart attack from my red-faced wheezing, but it got better. I slowly increased that to 10-15 minutes of elliptical intervals, and now can go for 45 minutes no problem. I incorporated consistent weight training in April, doing the Bikini Ready Fast video available then on Netflix streaming over and over again, and started using gym machines. Iím most proud of my deltoids, and that I donít get winded climbing to my 3rd floor apartment. Also, my lupus-related arthritis pain got exponentially better with about every 5 pounds I lost. Every step does not hurt like it used to. I donít have to ice and hot compress myself every night, but only when the lupus is really flaring. Rule!!

About sizing, which I find really weird and frustrating, I went from busting out of the seams of size 12 pants and 8 tops, to really loose 10 pants and small/4/6 tops or A-line dresses.

I promised myself if I ever made goal that Iíd post here, because out of all the great people and resources on this forum, when I felt the most frustrated or down or needed a boost, I would read all the goal stories and mini-goal stories. They really made me feel not alone and inspired. While I havenít lost as much as those that have inspired me the most, I thought it might be helpful for those of you needing to lose 20 pounds to hear from someone who did.

I didnít post much on 3FC to begin with, and I only joined a challenge for the first time over the last few months. I wish I had joined a challenge earlier, since this helped me immensely. Stuck at what I felt was a stall if not a plateau, stuck between 144 and 145 from the end of June through late August, I joined Sandyís Scare Some Pounds Off challenge. Getting to know everyone there, the support I received, and the extra push to stay committed because I knew I would be posting my progress, really was the difference to meeting my goal now, instead of two months from now or never. I have always been committed, but itís funny how when the loss rate slowed, my inner demons came out. Like maybe Iím ďmeantĒ to be 145, or maybe Iím about to gain it all back and thereís nothing I can do about it. Anyway, I thank them all immensely, especially Sandy, and I have now shooed out my weight loss fairy and sent her packing to Lindsy. You ladies can do it! See you in the Gobble Challenge!!

I am going to try to find pictures from ďbeforeĒ, and take an after or two, and will then post them here. One of my only regrets during this process is that I didnít take a before pic and progress pics along the way. I hated cameras, and didnít want the ďevidenceĒ. Now Iíd love to have some pics for comparison, and obviously have some great pics to share with you all. Oh well. Anyone whoís just starting out now, just DO IT. Take the dang photo. I heard other people say this as well, but I of course didnít get up the courage to do it myself. Donít be me. :)

Good luck everyone! You all can do this! :carrot:
tab11, I can relate to your story so strongly. I was diagnosed with lupus a few months ago (I'm 19) and my lifestyle slipped to being extremely unhealthy because of the news. I've had depression for most of my teenage years and it just made it worse. I noticed that I am around the same height and weight that you were before you lost the weight. Just to hear that you're going so well really makes me feel optimistic about the journey I am determined to undertake. Thanks so much :)

sandcar150
11-02-2011, 01:36 AM
Tab, I know you already know how proud I am of you. Even though we've only gotten to know one another in these last 2 months or so through the Halloween challenge, I feel as if I've known you longer. To know that you hit goal weight and are feeling better physically with your arthritis make me really happy. I got a little teary eyed reading your story.

And I am so glad that you are continuing to stay with us during your maintenance during our Thanksgiving challenge. I'd miss not seeing your posts.

I also can't wait to see your pictures. It's so nice to put a face to the name, you know?

Again, congratulations on all your hard work and reaching goal. What an inspiration you are!!! :hug:

MsTiffneyLamont
11-02-2011, 09:59 PM
First, thank you for posting YOUR story. Second, Congrats on meeting your goal! It's always amazing to read others stories and know what you have done to get to your goal and hoping that someday, it will be me. Thank you for the encouragement!

tab11
11-07-2011, 01:02 PM
lisa130 - Thank you for reading my story. I really do hope it helps. It's so hard to plateau, but for a year, that has to be really challenging. I wish you luck and determination! I know you can make it!!!!!

Jessica Committed - Thank you!!

Eve313 - I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, and want you to know that you are not alone. :hug: Learning to really take care of myself, knowing when to be extra kind to myself, has been one of my big challenges with Lupus, and I wish you luck with it and your depression as well. Another related challenge for me was communicating with my good friends and family, basically letting them know that I can't do everything all the time, but the time I choose to and am able to spend with them, I value more than anything. In a way it's good, because Lupus forced me to prioritize, to really figure out what and who I love, because it's only with knowing that, that I can fit in everything close to what I want each day before passing out exhausted.

Do you know about "the spoon theory"? If not, I think it describes what I'm getting at way better than what I've written above. http://butyoudontlooksick.com/navigation/BYDLS-TheSpoonTheory.pdf

Be good to yourself, Eve.

sandcar150 - Sandy, you have been such a warm and funny and awesome support. Thank you again. Pics attached!!

MsTiffneyLamont - You WILL get to goal! I know you can do it! Thanks for your support!

Regarding pics, it occurred to me that I was REQUIRED to take pics in October last year, since I was in my BFF's wedding. I still have the dress, so I thought it would be a perfect before/after sort of comparison. It's funny though, since my befores have spanx, professional hair, makeup and photographer, and my afters were taken right after a workout, hair in a sweaty ponytail and by myself. :)

The full body shot after, I'm trying to bunch all the material in the back so you can see the difference, but mostly to keep the dress on, because without holding it up, that sucker falls straight to the floor. For the wedding I had to exhale hard, and get the other bridesmaid to yank like heck to get the zipper up.

Maybe eventually I'll take some afters with my hair and makeup done, and make my boyfriend take them. Baby steps.

gladsome
11-07-2011, 03:02 PM
What a wonderful, wonderful success story. Thank you so much for sharing! I too am reducing calories - it's the only thing that ever really worked for me in the past, and I've tried them all: South Beach, low carb, blah, blah, blah.

You are a real inspiration! Congratulations!

tab11
11-07-2011, 03:40 PM
Thanks, Gladsome! Good luck with reducing calories! You will succeed! :carrot:

sandcar150
11-07-2011, 07:22 PM
Oh my goodness, Tab! You are beautiful in your before and a stunner now. That dress is cute, too. Are you going to have it taken in to wear for another special event?

tab11
11-08-2011, 10:27 AM
Oh, thanks, Sandy! I definitely want to take the dress in. I really lucked out with that bridesmaid dress; pretty and flattering.

Sunshine73
11-08-2011, 10:51 AM
Congratulations!! :carrot:

tab11
11-08-2011, 11:30 AM
Thanks, Sunshine! And congrats on 61 lbs lost! Woo!!!

soccrmom12
11-14-2011, 07:11 PM
Congratulations! I'm reading all the success stories for motivation. I can't wait until I can post my own photos.

tab11
11-16-2011, 12:16 PM
Hi, soccrmom12! And thanks! I wish you strength and determination to get to your goal. I know you can do it, and I can't wait to see your photos!

tdiprincess
11-18-2011, 04:22 PM
That is a phenomenal story!! :congrat:!! I LOVE that dress and you are beautiful in both sets of pictures!! I don't have arthritic pain, but I used to have knee and hip pain quite regularly. Like you, as I've lost weight and gotten fitter, the pain has gone away very nicely. Around my TOM I'll get some pain and once in a while, but not like I used to!

KatieLuna
11-21-2011, 05:48 PM
Congratulations :)

tab11
12-02-2011, 12:15 PM
Thanks, tdiprincess!!! I'm so glad your knee and hip pain have gotten much better with all your weight loss and fitness accomplishments. Congrats to you too!

KatieLuna, thanks and good luck!

BellaLucia
12-02-2011, 01:47 PM
Congrats!

enpointe12
12-03-2011, 09:17 AM
wow, that's quite an accomplishment!! congrats!

tab11
01-06-2012, 02:10 PM
Thanks, BellaLucia and enpointe12! Good luck to you both. I know you will both make your goals!