30-Somethings - How long did you stay at your highest weight?

12-18-2012, 12:54 AM
I hope this question doesn't seem too personal. If it does don't answer. Just wondering how long you remained at your highest or top stable weight before you made a change?

For me it was 2.5 years. I did a lot of work during that time, therapy and whatnot, but it took me that long to get ready to tackle it. I wasn't eating healthy for the 7 or so years before that but didn't balloon til 2010. Don't know why I didn't gain before that. I was on my feet alot but not exercising otherwise. Maybe that's why though.

12-18-2012, 10:55 AM
Before I started this I wasn't a regular weigher so I have no idea what my patterns were like. But if the trend I'd shown over the years were to hold true, I would just have kept gaining ever so slowly but steadily. It's possible 230 was where I would have topped out naturally, but I think that unlikely. So I guess my answer is that I was never "stable".

12-18-2012, 11:36 AM
My highest weight, 302, sent me into a panic. I saw that number on a scale in a doctor's office, went out to my car, bawled like a baby, went home, bawled some more, had a long talk with my husband and joined WW. About 2 weeks later, I had lost 12 pounds.

However, I've always been heavy and my weight has continually crept and leapt up over the years. I was well over 200 pounds in the mid 80s, over 250 in the mid 90s and in oughts, I hit that 275 milestone and just kept on going until that January day in 2012 where my whole being rebelled at the 3 in front of my weight.

12-18-2012, 11:40 AM
I would say that I was at my top weight for about 3 years. I stopped horseback riding and playing roller derby and i steadily gained weight and kept it, until now. I finally decided that I was ready to lose the weight, and I started horseback riding again.

12-19-2012, 03:12 AM
i had a horribly sick pregnancy that had me topped out at 270, the highest i've ever seen...once he was born i slowlyyy lost a little weight but never really worked at it...i was around 220 about 5 years later and have been "stable" around 210 for the next 3-4 years...i got down to 198 once by going to the gym alot and not eating much...but 210 has really been my stable spot

i remember weighing 209 at my first pregnancy check up with my second son...i topped out at 247 when he was born and sort of tried to lose weight after that...again stabilized around 210 for the next 5 years...then really made an effort to lose weight and it's taken me about a year and a half to lose 45 pounds slowlyyy but surely lol...right now i'm at 185, the lowest weight ive ever seen

01-01-2013, 06:44 PM
A couple of months before the panic set in... My all time high was 255. I was in denial for several weeks then I made the decision that enough was enough!

01-01-2013, 07:37 PM
I stayed in the 160s from 2005-2009. Then I slowly creeped up to my highest, and stayed there for about four months before changing it all. :)

westcoast rosa
01-01-2013, 10:37 PM
I was at about 220 for 4 years, went down to 180 for 1 year, back up to 220 for another 2 years and the steadily gained over 3 years to my highest of 265. I was probably there for close to a year before I decided to do something about it (for good this time).

01-03-2013, 04:12 PM
I was probably in the 180s for six months. I have been in the 150s since 09. I just haven't been under that number since 07. I need to stop going up and down.

01-03-2013, 04:53 PM
I was probably at 400lbs for 3 years or more. I don't know because I wasn't weighing. About a year ago I went and stood on a weigh scale and it come up at 420. When I finally got a scale I could stand on, I had been dieting for two weeks. So I'm sure that 435 wasn't my highest weight. It was probably closer to 450-460.

I haven't maintained since my teens. It's been a constant creep up for about a decade now.

01-03-2013, 05:08 PM
Maybe 3 years?

01-04-2013, 11:07 AM
I dont even know, I wasn't a weigher, lol. (OBV! ;)) I would say that I'm smaller now then I was when I got married in '08, so I would guess I was in the 220's then-ish. I got up to 280ish with a hubby that liked appetizers and laying around, LOL... such is life. I figured in June of 10 that I needed to do something about it, then I went to the doc and the scale there weighed me in at 279 -and that was a few weeks after I'd started to 'get healthy' - so God only knows what I really was. Yikes. :lol: I'll say... maybe a few months at my top? But it was always slow and steady. Even now, though, I still look the same to myself nakey, even tho I look totally different in clothing. :D

01-04-2013, 11:21 AM
My max weight in 2005 was 212 and that sent me into a panic because I couldn't believe that I weighed over 200 pounds. I started dieting and lost 34 pounds but that only lasted 3 months. I gained all that weight back and kept gaining.

In 2010 I weighed 265 and couldn't believe it. I went on another diet, lost 34 pounds but it only lasted 3 months and then I gained it all back plus some extra.

My highest weight to date was in 2012 when I weighed 279. My cousin posted pictures of me at her wedding and I had a melt down. I cried while walking down the street on the phone with my mother and I admitted what I was doing. I started going to therapy and committed to my current lifestyle about a month later.

02-12-2013, 02:23 PM
My highest weight was 324... which was several months after I had given birth. (who gains more weight after they deliver?! apparently me). Anyway, it took about .123342 seconds after that weigh-in and I immediately started dieting.

02-13-2013, 03:08 PM
I'm going to guess roughly 3 years as well. I didn't even step on a scale until I decided to lose weight for my wedding. I was wearing size 20 jeans and started to have to buy 22s before I really did anything about it.

I've been trying to lose weight for 6 years now. If only I could have stayed consistent with anything I did, I'd be lower than where I am right now.

02-13-2013, 03:48 PM
Roughly 2 Years gradually gained.. quite the cigs and ate everything in sight..
Finally enough was enough at 224

02-13-2013, 04:02 PM
265, for 6 years. Lowest I've ever been was 170.

Eh, parents got divorced the same year I got promoted and had to do a lot of traveling. It was not easy to stay on any kind of diet or change while traveling every other week all over the country. That combined with my parents stressing me out by dragging me into their problems....

Enough is enough though. Ready to get back to 170 and lower.

02-16-2013, 09:54 AM
I honestly don't know.
I would say most of my adult life before I decided to lose weight.

02-18-2013, 02:50 PM
I've spent most of my life between 250-275, even back as a 14 year old! :o I'd managed to get down to 220 twice in my life, but something would make me snap and gain it back. But I didn't reach my highest of 360 until I'd moved away from my family and felt trapped in a bad relationship. I was probably at my darkest moment when my dad was dying of cancer, and I'd wager that I stayed at my highest for over 2 years. It was several months after he had passed that I fully realized I needed to do something about my health, and at the very least I needed to get back down to 250 again. And once I made it to that range I stayed there for another three years. I decided to buckle down extra hard last year though . . .

So this is the third time I've gotten down to the 220's, and I plan on getting under very soon. Even if it takes a decade or more to lose the rest of the weight I need to, I'll be happy with never going above 220 and beyond ever again.

divine miss R
02-24-2013, 08:51 AM
I stayed at my highest weight, 253 for very little time, I had been gaining for the few weeks prior to that. 253 was my initial weigh-in weight at Weight Watchers. I got started on Weight Watchers and saw a loss of a couple of pounds that very first week. The knowledge that I was still gaining from the 240's was the impetus to join WW. 250 was my never-ever weight. To know I was likely there was extremely upsetting, so when I realized I was likely over it, I finally decided to do something about it.

02-24-2013, 12:46 PM
I would have to say about 6 months after I became aware that I was over 300 but about 4 months after I was at my highest 320. My dad went into the hospital for congestive heart failure (for the second time) and I realized I don't want something like that for my son (who is 4). First time around with my dad was 2 months before I got pregnant. So I decided to do something about it.

02-24-2013, 09:31 PM
For me it was about 6 months. I had a baby at 28 weeks and thanks to the stress of that I just ballooned up. I finally started to work on getting the weight off by the time she was a year. Now my weight is creeping back up so it is time to get to work again!

02-25-2013, 07:12 AM
Good question! 5 or so years. Ive never "kept it off" that ling:/

02-26-2013, 08:18 AM
My highest was 360 about 6 years ago, and I weighed that for about a year. I slowly began to lose until I was at 314ish. I had a terrible boyfriend and all weight loss stopped as I ate to cope. I was there for 2 years, got rid of the BF and dropped down to 280ish. Then in December of 2012 I started to just cut back, dropped to 272ish and that is the weight I started at February 18th 2013 when I really started to push myself to lose more.

The positive of this long journey for me is that I have begun to realize that I am capable of losing weight but even more important I am excellent at maintaining. I have never gained even 5lbs back after I have lost it. Yes I eat a lot to hold my current weight, but I have to believe as I go lower I will be able to maintain as my body learns to consume less calories but lots more healthy food.

02-26-2013, 09:49 PM
At least two years at 280+. I got fed up with having to put my foot up on a chair to tie my shoe laces and so started to diet. Two and a half weeks in I'm wondering what took me so long. Why it took me so long is another story...

03-14-2013, 11:56 AM
I was @ my all time high on March 3, 2013, it was 246lbs. As much as it should have, it didnt scare me, I didnt even let it depress me. Seeing that number on the scale for me was the sign that I had to change. Its been 2 weeks and I have lost almost 10 lbs. I hope I never see that number again!

03-18-2013, 09:30 PM
I was between 240 and 250 for almost 4 years.

03-18-2013, 10:54 PM
I'm honestly not sure, because I didn't own a scale until I actually decided to start losing weight! But if I had to guess, I would say I probably hovered between 220-240 for about two years. I had no idea that I weighed that much though - I thought maybe 190 or 200. It was really a shock when I stepped on my scale for the first time! That's when I really knew that it was time to get back in shape!

03-18-2013, 11:01 PM
I avoided scales like the plague, but I'm guessing I was around my high weight for a year or so before I stepped on the scale and saw how bad it had gotten. Granted, I haven't lost a ton since then & I have been 275+ for many years and bouncing between 292 and 298 for almost the past year, but I didn't spend a lot of time tipping over 300.

03-18-2013, 11:41 PM
209 which is what I was at in January this year is the highest I've ever been. It was a recent high weight, because in July 2012 when I had gotten hurt.. I was down to 185. and had lost weight when I had reached 205 in Jan 2012. up until recently.. that had been my highest weight of record.

03-18-2013, 11:55 PM
2 years at 275.
then MANY years (like 6-8) at 265.
One year at 255.

and that's where the current weight loss effort started - 255.

03-19-2013, 12:14 AM
my actual highest weight was when I was 14, and I don't remember how long I stayed there before making a change. My highest adult weight (276) I stayed at between late July 2012 and Christmas 2012 and I've been on this journey since then! I was at 252 for the better part of a decade, so I guess that 24 pound gain was what it took to kick me into gear.

04-05-2013, 04:03 PM
I have slowly crept up from 210 in 2008 to about 248 now. Maybe that is not slow:dizzy:
My lowest weight was 125 and I purged everything I ate except chocolate malt-o-meal and rice cakes. I am 5'9" so 125 was not going to be maintainable for long. Then I got up to 160 and thought it was the end of the world! I could not even get ready to go out of the house without getting upset and crying. I look back on those days and wonder what I was thinking because in pics I look pretty good actually. I have noticed I avoid mirrors from the neck down if possible these days and before I lived in the full lenght mirror. I just got a membership at the YMCA and started working out 2 DAYS a week for now. I would love to be down 20 pounds by my birthday in June. If anyone is in Minneapolis let me me know, could use a buddy!

04-08-2013, 10:03 AM
I did not weigh myself often, but I would say I was in the 225 - 250 range for 10 years! Was probably at my high weight of 250-254 for a couple of months after the holidays.

07-26-2013, 10:51 AM
I don't know what my actual highest weight was. I was always a big girl and graduated high school weighing around 220. I started putting on a lot of weight after that. Looking back at pictures of that time and what size clothing I was wearing (tight 3x' s/too small size 24 jeans ). I'm sure I was very close to 300, if not past it. I stayed there for....3-4 years, I think.
Most of my adult life I've been between 240-260. My highest known weight is right now, in fact at 275. I'm hoping I don't stay here for long. :)

07-26-2013, 03:21 PM
15-18 yrs- 128-135
18-19 yrs- Lowest weight 115
20-21 yrs- too much beer- hit 155
22- baby #1- topped out at 202 the day he was born
23-25 yrs- bounced from 180-200
25 yrs- baby #2- topped out 228ish the day she was born
26 yrs- baby #3- topped out 222ish the day he was born
27-29 yrs- bounced from 200-217
30 yrs- lost weight from 209 down to 168 and maintained till 31.
Current 32- back up to high 190s. Saw 189.9 yesterday.

Future goals: Xmas- 162. May 21st- 10 yr anniversary- 145 (or less if my body continues to lose).

07-26-2013, 04:29 PM
I would say I was around 230 for a couple years.

07-28-2013, 08:17 AM
I've been around 205 for the past five years since my first baby was born, I've never lost more than 10-15pounds in that time.

07-30-2013, 01:27 AM
I can't say I know how long I was at 258. It'd been 14 months since I'd weighed myself when I got my license renewed, and I was 232lbs then. So hopefully no more than a couple of months!

08-03-2013, 03:50 AM
I had a tragic event in my life and I lost my son at birth. During my pregnancy I was so sick I got down to 99 pounds and I think from the lack of food that I couldnt keep down, after I gave birth everything tasted so good I just went on an eating binge..sounds crazy I know. So, I have spent 3 years at 180. I have never been 180 before that. I have always been around 130-140 before that.

08-03-2013, 09:39 AM
Since 2011 my weight has fluctuated between 195-225.

08-03-2013, 04:19 PM
At my highest weight, I weighed in at 349 and was probably sitting at that weight for two - three years. I yo-yoed a little, but never kept my weight down until 2010.


08-03-2013, 05:46 PM
I was 450~ at my highest, it was hard to measure since I didn't have a scale at home that would support that weight. I stayed that way for 3-4 years, till I ran into a personal issue that caused me to lose some weight due to stress and situation. I started the Atkins diet at 423 and have vowed to never get that big again.

08-06-2013, 04:30 AM
Not exactly sure of the number but I estimate I got up to at least 210+ lbs for the three years around culinary school (oh classical french cuisine). My weight slowly started to drop on it's own after getting a healthier lifestyle going and breastfeeding, I started actively losing weight at 180.

08-06-2013, 10:43 AM
I was only at my highest weight for a few weeks while retaining water like crazy at the end of my pregnancy with my son. However, I bounced around 40-50 pounds lighter than that for years until I finally got serious about getting healthier again a couple of months ago. Now I'm at my lowest weight in 9 years or so and determined to keep going down.

08-08-2013, 05:52 PM
For me my weight peaked when I was in grad school, writing my thesis meant sitting on my butt for months and I drank a lot of "energy" drinks and ate total rubbish. I jumped on the scales one day and I was too heavy for them, so I'm actually not sure what my heaviest was, I only know that I was 292+lb. I would have been this weight for about six months maybe, then after my thesis it slowly dropped a little until it settled at around 265lb. I was in the 220+lb range from the age of 19 until I was 28 and finally got serious about losing weight (the first time, before kids!).

After my first child I ended up back in the 220+ range for another two years, after child number two I got serious again and for the last two years I'm been chipping away at my weight, bouncing back and forth as motivation wanes then comes back. Just shows that fat fighting is a life time commitment not something that is going to ever end.

08-09-2013, 08:20 PM
I was at my highest weight for about one year. I started a new job and was living in a new country and I absolutely hated it. I was miserable and just ate all of the sugary stuff. I was in the 190s for a year! Prior to hat my "normal" weight was between 170 to 175. I finally moved back to NY and happy to slowly start losing weight. I am in the 180s. Super excited about starting my weight loss journey.

08-10-2013, 02:35 PM
I think it was only a couple months or so at my absolute max weight (183), but I had been steadily gaining for at least a couple years to go from 145 to finally get there.

I was aware I was gaining, but it was so gradual I wasn't alarmed at first. Friends/enablers :p kept telling me "oh you're tall, so the weight doesn't show at all".
The tipping points were the doctor pointing out my weight changes. Then going through a couple clothing size changes. I had to ask myself did I really want to spend money investing in a whole new set of clothes to compensate for my unhealthy new shape. Obviously, no!

08-10-2013, 06:13 PM
3 years. I started really gaining after I got married. Not sure what made me think I could stay the same weight while eating like my husband (who's 6'4" and 330 pounds). After being this weight for 3 years the scale went up by 3 pounds and I mentally freaked out because "I have never been above 260", and here I was at 263.5 pounds. That's when I decided I had to stop the scale from ever going up again.

08-12-2013, 10:49 AM
I gained 70lbs with my pregnancy which put me at 193. I blind weighed (struggled with eating disorders for 20 years) so that I wouldn't freak out from the numbers and stop eating. I lost 35 within a few months, then the other 35 by the time my daughter turned 1 year, then I hovered around that until now. I still want to get down another 10-15.