Weight Loss Support - a REALISTIC sense of how long it takes to lose




LovesBassets
10-08-2005, 06:32 PM
Hi everyone :)

Sometimes I get sorta sad when I read posts by people who are very discouraged by the pace of their weight loss. So I've been trying to come up with some way for people who are just starting out to get a realistic sense of the amount of time involved. I don't want to depress all the new folks out there -- I just want them to see that it CAN be done, but they need to have a true sense of how long it takes.

So, here's my thought. Could those of you who have lost say 20 lbs or more post the amount lost and how long it took you? If you lost during 2 or more "stages" (like I did), add that, too. If you're a maintainer, could you tell us how much you've kept off and for how long, too?

People lose at different rates, obviously, so we'll probably have wildly different "paces" to report, but I thought a compilation of our info might be helpful to someone (or many someones). I hate seeing people discouraged by losing "only" half a lb a week or whatever (which, by the way, is how much I usually lose -- and I'm happy as a clam!)

Okay, here's my info:


First 25 lbs ----> 1 full year

~~Maintained for 18 months~~

Most recent 19 lbs -----> 8 months

Thanks in advance! :)


wannaBaloser
10-08-2005, 06:51 PM
Loves Bassets,
What a kind thought. I have seen the discouragement in many threads, I have felt it myself. After a lifetime of struggling with my weight my doctor has said Now you MUST lose and keep it off.

So my currant effort is a loss of 19.5 lbs in 8 months and is a part of first milestone goal of 22 more by 12/30/05
Then I will set a second milestone goal .

wannaBa loser

chick_in_the_hat
10-08-2005, 07:52 PM
Good thread idea!

My initial weight loss was over a one year span (12/02- 12/03), I lost 100 lbs.
The weight initially came off pretty fast (IMO), about 2-3 lbs a week. When I got closer to goal it slowed down.

Then I attempted to maintain over the next couple years and ended up gaining back 15 lbs. I am currently in the process of trying to lose 26 more pounds...it's going slower this time but at least I haven't gained again. :p

My main methods were calorie counting (journaling was key) 1200-1400 calories a day and walking daily. Recently I joined a gym, I am still a beginner at weight training and like the ellyptical for cardio. I still walk daily as well - the dog won't let me get out of it :D


Mel
10-08-2005, 07:59 PM
Great idea, Kate.

My first 45 pounds took about 4 months to remove by strictly following SugarBusters, no snacks at all, no cheating, daily cardio and weighlifting.

I maintained there for about 3 years.

It took me about 6 months to lose 20 pounds starting about a year ago, and I've put back about 3 of those pounds. I liked the way I looked and felt, but maintenance at that level is really hard for me. I'm trying to get back there but I don't know how feasible it is as a longterm goal.

Mel

Tealeaf
10-08-2005, 08:22 PM
I've lost 52.5 pounds as of this writing. It's taken me 8 months, almost exactly, to do so.

chubbystress
10-08-2005, 08:28 PM
great thread idea!!!!!!!!

Took me about two years to get me were I am my son has been in and out of hospital and i felt like i was in that bed myself it has been **** but I know I can get to my goal weight if i put my self first for once NOW THAT MY BABY IS DOING GREAT SENCE LAST SURGERY ONE MONTH AGO HE IS UP TWO POUNDS THANK GOD :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

Need all the support i can get :spin: :spin: and I am finding it here

JuliaTN
10-08-2005, 08:43 PM
The first 3 months, I lost 4#'s. The 2nd 3 months, I lost 18#'s. In the last 2.5 months, I've lost 5#'s. During that 2nd "trimester" I didn't cheat at all (1200-1400 cal/day) & was at the gym at least 1.5hrs/day, 5x/wk hitting the weights and the cardio really hard. I expect to take another 3-4 mo to lose the remaining 5-6#'s (but I'm not sure that's really going to be maintainable).

aprildawn
10-08-2005, 09:10 PM
October 23, 1999 I started Weight Watchers for the third time. The two times previous I tried and gave up shortly and gained and gained, so this third time, I had a reason to stick with it, I was worried about my health. My brother was diagnosed with sugar diabetes, I was tested for it and was told I didnt have it but had low blood sugar which can develop into sugar diabetes. So I started this weight loss journey the third time with a commitment to stay with it as long as it took. I weighed when I started I weighed 283 pounds. I am on Maintenance now, starting my 6th week. Then I will be a lifetime member. I weighed in today at 153.4 pounds. A loss of 130 pounds. I would like to get to 150 pounds weight but I am happy where I am, I just want to be healthy and the doctor said now I dont have low blood sugar or sugar diabetes, I am now normal, so I have to continue with Weight watchers for the support and continue with 3fatchicks.com for the support and tips here also. I am a very slow loser but I think it will stay off this time, I have been around this range for weeks now so feel this will be my range. I am 5'9" also. And I would love to be anybodys buddy if they have yahoo messenger, they can feel free to add me. My signature name on yahoo messenger is cowgirl73160.

lucky
10-08-2005, 10:47 PM
My highest weight was 214 but I lost down to 191 without any tracking so I don't know how long it took to shed those 23 pounds.

After a decent break last year I jumped back on the wagon at 191 pounds the day after Christmas. I lost 11.2 pounds in January, 6 pounds in February, 8.8 pounds in March, 4 pounds in April, 6 pounds in May, 1.4 pounds in June, 7.8 pounds in July, 1.2 pounds in August, 3.2 in September, and 2.2 so far in October.

So, just over a little over 50 pounds in 9 1/2 months.

More, impressive (to me anyway!) is that I've lost about 40 inches - or 3 FEET - since my highest weight. And that's measuring only one side of my body for arms, thighs, and calves so it is actually a little more than that. Now, I'm only 5 foot 2 inches so my width has decreased by a little more than half my height. I was actually almost as big around as I was tall! Not bad for less than a year if I do say so myself!

I count calories, exercise regularly (I have spurts where I go to the gym religiously and then I'll slow down to a few times a week, then another spurt, then I'll completely slack off and have to FORCE myself to go, then another spurt...) and I'm active in general - lots of running around, housework, playing with the kids, etc. As cliche as it sounds I know that the reason I've lost as much as I have and know that I will maintain it is because I haven't been concerned with how long it would take. In the past lack of patience was probably my greatest downfall.

andreaphilip3
10-08-2005, 10:53 PM
yep about 4-8 lbs a month

funniegrrl
10-08-2005, 11:04 PM
I've lost 172 pounds in just over 4 years. The first year I lost about 90, and it's gradually slowed since then. Part of the reason for the not-speedy loss is that I have PCOS and incipient thyroid issues, part of it is that I've had periods where I didn't really say I was on a break, but just relaxed the reins a bit. I go through times of diligence and not-so-diligence, but I never say black/white things like "I cheated" or "I'm off my diet" or "I'm being really good" or whatever. I see it as one big continuum, from the day I started my program to the day I die. So, whether the weight came off in a year or ten is less important to me that keeping my eating at a reasonable level and having an overall healthy, moderated lifestyle. That attitude has been a lifesaver, and what has enabled me to see this through. If I had started it as a diet, as I always had, with timetables and deadlines and scale-obsession, I would have given up long ago, as I had always done my whole life. Finally realizing that the weight loss is a by-product of learning how to live a healthy life and manage my compulsive eating has been the key to my success.

Heather
10-09-2005, 12:11 AM
Great thread! I started this journey about 12 weeks ago, starting at nearly 300 pounds! :( I've lost 31 pounds in that time. The weight loss has been pretty rapid so far (at least from what I was expecting), but I had a lot to lose. I expect it will likely slow, but that's fine. I'm just thrilled to be fitting into some of my nicer clothes from 3 years ago, when I was last at this weight. I had no nice clothes 30 pounds ago!

** Stacye **
10-09-2005, 12:42 AM
What a neat little thread!

As of today I'm down 40 lbs ... the first 15 I really didn't monitor too well, so I'm not exactly sure how long it took me to lose it - however, I do know that in February 'it' (the 15lbs) was there - I really started keeping a journal and tracking my loss on August 6th 2005 ... from that day until now (9 weeks) I've lost 25 lbs, which is an average of 2.7 lbs a week. I've done it the old fashion way ... I'm eating less of the bad stuff and exercising ... who would have thought it would actually work! ;)

This journey has been so different than ALL others I've been on - I have PCOS & Insulin Resistance - which means that I'm borderline type 2 Diabetic - maybe finally realizing that I'm NOT getting any younger and understanding where the road that I was on was leading me made a difference - who knows ... but whatever the reason, I'm so glad that it has finally sunk into this ol' noggin of mine!

Congrats to everyone and I wish you continued success!

boiaby
10-09-2005, 08:24 AM
How thoughtful Kate, I remember being sooooo frustrated with how long it all seemed to take, but looking back, it really wasn't that bad. What a great way to put it all in perspective!

It took me approximately 14 months to lose the first 170 lbs. and get to my original goal weight of 150 lbs. This averages out to about 3 lbs. a week, but of course, some weeks were more and some were less. Then I gradually took off another 20 lbs. or so in the year that followed getting to goal. And now I've been maintaining at my present weight (130+/- lbs.) for about a year as well. This month marks my two year anniversary of reaching my original goal and starting maintenance!!

Beverly

MorticiaAddams
10-09-2005, 09:16 AM
I believe it was a year for me to lose the 81 pounds I have so far. Im in a lock down pace right now. Not losing and not gaining. But I know why and its all me. I have not got myself to the gym.
I was working out 5 to 6 days a week and have dwindled down to none.
I have another 80 or so pounds to go to get to my goal weight.
Once I get my mind cleared up and get back in the gym I could be back on track. Right now its all in my head but im not gaining and thats a huge sign of good for me. So depending on alot of diffrent things and how well your sticking with it it can be done. And as soon as it clicks for you theres no turning back. It hit me like a ton of bricks no more diets, Change of lifestyle. Eat less move more, Eat less move more. And thats it in a nutshell.

lisa822
10-09-2005, 10:09 AM
This is a great idea!!! I will keep my stats short. I started Weight Watchers one year ago (10/14/04) and as of today, I have lost 73 pounds.

My first goal was 55 pounds and it took me exactly 7 months to attain that. Once there I set my goal for WW's goal of 155 pounds. That was 20 more pounds to lose. It is 5 months later (since my first goal was met) and I am 2 pounds away from that goal.

It was definitely much easier to lose the first 55 pounds. With diet and exercise it came off about 2 lbs. a week. Now it is .4 and .5 a week. It is ok though. I know I am learning every week how to maintain this loss once I am in maintenance.

Mellissa

2frustrated
10-09-2005, 11:37 AM
I lost 14lbs in a month 5 years ago. Then I plateaued for months, then lost 7lbs, then plateauted for 3 months, was ill, lost 7lbs. Went to Uni lost another 14lbs in a year. Started kickboxing, lost 21lbs in 4 months. Plateaued for a year... losing a few pounds that I put on moving house now and hopefully another 14 or so more!

It takes a LONG time! But I've changed so much from 5 years ago, that I know I'll never put it back on!

brattypatti
10-09-2005, 01:04 PM
HI,
I am new here, but have been dieting off and on all my life. This thread is a great idea.
I lost 50 pounds on Atkins in 3 months and gained it all back in about 3 months. Needless to say it was not the diet for me.
This time I am eating sensable on 1200 to 1600 calories a day & Exercising and have lost:

50 pounds in 4 months.

But I know that if you arent as heavy as me you might not lose that fast. My sister always gets frustrated when we are dieting because I lose so fast at first, but she only weighs around 170, while I started out at 265. I would LOVE to be at 170 right now! But I know to her it is alot of weight to lose, too.

TBJ333
10-09-2005, 04:28 PM
29 lbs. in 26 months.

Safiyah_is_Fluffy
10-10-2005, 05:44 PM
Let's see I started totally committed about 2 mos ago and since june i think i have lost 60 pounds so thats 5 months?

marbleflys
10-10-2005, 06:10 PM
In 1998 I stepped on the scale to see that I had gained enough weight to be 191 lbs. I think I went a bit higher, but was afraid to look.....it took me 2 years to drops between 60-65 lbs. and I kept it off for 3+ years. At the wt. of 140 lbs. I'm a size 6 or 8 depending how it's cut.

Through some adverse events I regained up to 178#, and finally cared to do something about it on January 14, 2005....I'm between 18-22 lbs. less in 9 months and most importantly it is staying off and my HTN is disappearing, my size 12s are getting loose, however I seem to have a thicker abdomen and it is the last place for the fat to leave my body. But I can't do it without wt. loss drugs my internist prescribes for me. i intermittently take Meridia or Xenical.

GonnaLooseitagain
10-10-2005, 06:27 PM
When I think of "how fast" I want to loose the weight I have put on...I have to keep reminding myself that it took me 4 years to PUT IT ON, and it will take more than 4minutes (not literally of course, but you get the point) to take it off. I started at 215 and that was on July 28, 2005. As of now I am at 23 pounds GONE, I kinda guestimate 8-10lbs per month...that is only 2 (ish) pounds a week. That is plenty fast when you think about it. I have given myself 9 months to take off 65 pounds which if I avg 7.5 pounds per month would be FINE. I want to be to my goal by my next birthday, and I WILL do it, even though hubby said I have lost tooooo much already...Gotta love him for that ;)

barbygirl43
10-10-2005, 06:35 PM
This really is a great idea. When I actually buckled down and decided to lose the weight after having my son (19 months ago) I weighed 285. I would lose one week, gain the next and follow that lose gain pattern. I was averaging 1- 1 1/2 pounds a week though on this pattern I had lost about 40 pounds in 5-6 months and then the holidays hit and I put some back on. I have pretty much maintained between 265-275 since the first of the year and am just now getting back into the groove of making my health a priority.

I look at it this way: Even though I have gained some of my weight back this past year, I am at least working to take it off and had I given up I would be weighing over 300 pounds right now.

famograham
10-10-2005, 06:39 PM
Hmm,

I started in April of this year and hit 40 pounds the other day.
So, 40 pounds in 5.5 months.

Linda

Glory87
10-11-2005, 02:50 AM
In July of 2004 I weighed at least 192 (maybe more, I was too scared to weigh myself).

By October, I weighed around 165 lbs.

By Christmas, I weighed around 153 lbs.

By March, my weight loss had started to taper off as I neared my goal weight.

I currently maintain between 138 and 140 lbs. Ideally, I'd like to lose 5 more lbs, but I'm pretty happy.

Here is a picture of my weight loss chart:

http://gloriana.myphotoalbum.com/view_photo.php?set_albumName=album02&id=chart

aphil
10-11-2005, 10:37 AM
Great thread idea! :D

When I started out at 211, I started out with a large weight loss at first, losing the first 15 pounds in about 6-7 weeks. After that, I lost about a pound a week up until I hit 170. That is where it really began to get tough for me.
Getting under 170 I had to up my exercise intensity and duration a LOT, and I also had to clean up my eating a lot by doing longer and more intense cardio, and upping the weights I was using during strength training-continuing to eat low calorie, but making my meals as clean as possible.
Currently my exercise regime is exercising every day-strength training 3 days a week, doing cardio 4-5 days a week, a weekly yoga practice, and belly dancing a few hours a week.
From 170 down to my current, I really had to work and be strict, and the weight went down at about 1 pound per month.
I have actually been maintaining my current weight staying around 164-165 bouncing back and forth (but not enough for me to fiddle with my signature) rather than losing, for the past few months. I want to definitely lose more weight, but my eating has been a little more at maintenance level, rather than loss level, for a while.
Hopefully, I will make it into the 150's in 2006. I am really hoping. I have a horrid lavendar bridesmaid gown I have to wear this coming summer. :rofl:

FL_Chickie
10-11-2005, 10:49 AM
I have a question for you, Aphil - what exactly do you mean when you say you try to make your meals as clean as possible?

BBWonwheels
10-11-2005, 11:36 AM
it took me 4 lbs just to lose 42 lbs now im add 10 lbs to that total so i lose 52 lbs in 5 lbs.
I lift weighs 3 times a day (add up to 30 mins a day). I am on 1200-1500 CAL diet. i was weighting 255 now i weigh 203. i still have 78 lbs to go.

aphil
10-11-2005, 12:06 PM
I have a question for you, Aphil - what exactly do you mean when you say you try to make your meals as clean as possible?

Well, for me it means eating food in the least processed state-eating real chicken breast rather than processed chicken like in chicken nuggets, or having whole fruit instead of fruit juice, a baked potato instead of mashed potatoes where butter is added and the nutritious skin is removed-having a bit of brown rice or oatmeal for a carbohydrate rather than crackers or corn flakes.
Basically, trying to eat "whole" food when possible, rather than food that is processed.

getncontrol
10-11-2005, 03:26 PM
I started in May/05 and have lost 48 lbs. I average about 2 lbs a week except for the week I ovulate. I don't lose any that week for some strange reason. :dizzy: For me the weight loss has been fairly steady. It does seem to be leveling off now though so I think I'll have to kick up my exercise a notch.

Great thread idea!!

MTHead
10-11-2005, 03:42 PM
I started back in January, so it has taken about 9 months for me to lose 34 lbs. Not quite a pound a week. But I also strength-train, so I am basically losing fat and retaining muscle (I have only lost like 5 lbs. of lean body mass since I started, so most of my loss is pure fat). I don't really care how much longer it takes me to lose the rest; I look a lot better now than I did before, and I feel much better both physically and emotionally/mentally.

Tani
10-11-2005, 04:58 PM
My memory is a little hazy so this is very approximate ;) I lost 85 lbs over the course of about year when I first started losing weight. I maintained at 180 for about a year or so... then over the next year I gradually gained 20 lbs back. That brings me up to Jan 05 when I decided it was time to get rid of the evil 20 lb gain before it became even more and ended up sticking it out all the way to goal plus a little extra. In the last 9 months I've lost 54 lbs.

JOMURTAGH
10-12-2005, 12:37 PM
I first started when my first son was 6 months old at 188 lbs.
It took about a year but I lost 55 lbs. I got pregnant with my second son and gained 50 lbs with my pregnancy. But took that back off within 6 months. I have maintained 5 years other than when I was pregnant.

blues4miles
10-12-2005, 04:13 PM
Just posting to offer a bit of a slower journey. I think a lot of you maybe lost faster than me due to being further away from goal. It took me about 7 months of very strict 1200 calories a day or less dieting to lose 28 lbs. However, I don't know if I believe the whole "think how long it took you to put on that weight" as I promptly gained 20 lbs back in 2 months. Am back to being strict with myself, here's to hoping.

shrinkingchica
10-12-2005, 08:36 PM
I have lost 77 lbs in 13 1/2 months (since Aug 2004). So I have been losing almost 6 lbs a month on average. I think that it is a good pace; not too fast to be unhealthy and risk a yoyo effect, and not too slow to be discouraging.

Mel
10-14-2005, 09:00 PM
bump

gray eyed girl
10-16-2005, 10:44 PM
I started at the end of April and went from 248 to 199 by the end of September. Then I went crazy and started eating a ton again, got back up to 205. I'm 198 as of this morning now, so in about 5 1/2 months I've lost 50 pounds. I'm hoping to have the rest of the weight off by summer.

alsten02
10-16-2005, 11:02 PM
I,ve lost about 20 so far.... Took me two & a half months. I dont do anything special. I eat anything I want, just stay with single portions.. and exercise a bit. , age might make a difference too, not sure. ... the first time I lost weight was thinner, and took me 3 & a half months to lose 20 lbs. ANY weightloss is something to cheer about! Just think of all the healthy benefits that go with it! you FEEL better, you LOOK better , more energized, the moods start to lift, theres only positives when it comes to weightloss, no matter the pace its lost :) Hang in there!

kl_life
10-16-2005, 11:37 PM
What a great idea...I know myself that I get discouraged sometimes thinking that I should have lost more by now and forgetting that the goal is to lose - not lose it overnight!

I started my journey in January 2005

250 lbs - mid January
240.5 lbs - end February
239.5 lbs - end March
237.5 lbs - end April
237.25 lbs - end May
235 lbs - end June
232.75 lbs - end July
234.5 lbs - end August
231.5 lbs - end September

current weight 229.75

My total current loss is 20.25lbs over 9 months.

I still have quite a ways to go before I will meet my goal - but at least I can say proudly that I am going in the right direction this time around - I am determined and that has to count for something!!

Good luck everyone

cagirlygirl
10-17-2005, 12:42 AM
I've lost 38 pounds in the last 8 months. I started in February at 213...and though I frequently get frustrated with the pace at which my body is "giving it up", I know this is the best way for me to go about it.

Thanks for the reminder that the pace isn't as important as making the journey!!

Cheers to everyone on your successes! :hat:

YP1
10-17-2005, 04:08 PM
I've lost most of this far quicker than I expected, but it wasn't always like that. I started this in July 2004 at 260. By about October I was down to maybe 248, then I went back up to about 256 and back down to 251 over the course of another five months to take me to the beginning of March this year - so over 9 months I'd lost 9 pounds.

Then everything just clicked and I'd lost another 20lb by the end of April. Since then I've been averaging about 8 - 10lb per month to take me to a total of 73lb, 64 of which have been in the past 7 and a bit months.

Over the past month though it's been nearer to 5lb, partly because I've been very disrupted and not sticking to what I usually do, but also partly I think because I've lost the "easy" weight and it's going to get harder from here.

LovesBassets
10-17-2005, 07:50 PM
Thanks for all your posts, ladies!! This is really interesting info :) !!

And LOL...I was just reading through the thread and realized my own math was wrong when I started it :dizzy: -- which is NOT suprising considering I have the math skills of a 6th grader.

So, correction: I was 163 lbs in mid-April (Tax Day, actually :o ), and today I'm 143 lbs...{{{Kate gets out calculator to make sure her math is right}}}...so that's 20 lbs lost in 6 months. NOT 8 months...duh, Kate :dizzy: .

I'm losing much quicker in this "second phase" cuz I do a lot more cardio -- just a tip ;) .

kykaree
10-18-2005, 10:29 AM
I'm normal!!!!!! Sometimes I get discouraged because it looks like everyone is losing faster than me! But that isn't the case. I have lost just over 50lbs in 9 months, which I can see is bang average for someone of my starting weight. I was aiming for 100lbs in two years, so I am still on track for that, then goal in year 3!!!

This was a brilliant thread, the best I have seen in ages, so well done Kate!!!

sf40
10-18-2005, 01:13 PM
Hello! I am new here and I want to thank you all for sharing your realistic weight loss stories. I've been exercising and "watching what I eat" for about six weeks now, feeling very discouraged, but reading all these posts really helped!!

I agree with the poster above -- brilliant thread!

miss michelle
10-18-2005, 03:26 PM
great thread! i lost 17 pound in the first two months, then over the next 3 years lost and kept off the next 20 pounds (there was about 10 months in there where I wasn't dieting at all) i started really watching what i am eating again about 1.5 months ago and have lost 2 pounds so far (progress is definitely slower when you have less to lose!)

silversparkle
10-18-2005, 06:35 PM
I started my weight loss in mid May. Since then I have lost 26 pounds. I do feel like this is taking F-O-R-E-V-E-R...... But I just remind myself that I didn't gain it over night so I'm not going to lose it over night. Also, they say the slower you lose it the more likely you are to keep it off.

TatianaHdz
10-18-2005, 07:21 PM
I feel blessed, because my weight loss has come amazingly fast and easy for me. Not to imply I haven't worked for it. I do at least 30 minutes of cardio 6 days per week and weights 3 times per week. I was walking 10 miles a day for a few weeks, but didn't lose anything, so I went back to doing my good old TaeBo.

As my signature says, I officially started dieting on 7/15/05 at 232 pounds. I had lost 14 pounds during the few months before that by simply cutting out soda. I was not exercising or dieting. So, basically, I have lost 35 pounds in 3 months, which averages out to over 11.5 pounds per month, or 3 pounds per week! Pretty amazing to me, because I know how many cheat meals I have had. I have continued with my exercising, but there was a solid week of binging in the middle of all this, and usually I have at least 2 bad meals per week. :o

Nutbar
10-19-2005, 08:43 PM
Great post!! I have been super depressed lately that i haven't lost any weight and have gone back UP to my original weight!! Of course i'm working like a fiend on my legs and gaining muscle and i also slacked off the last month. I'm also needing to ingest more calories and make sure my body doesn't go into starvation mode. But i also noticed that i've lost over an inch everywhere on my body and it's been 4 months that i've been going steadily at the gym and with eating better. Hearing how it does take time gives me some relief...especially knowing it does slow down...and will pick up again. I haven't weighed myself in about 2 weeks...so i might have gone down again...especially with my new workout routine, which has me switching between cardio and weights every other day 6 days a week. This has definitely helped me see the light again and know that i might have slowed down but i'm still going....Thanks again for this post..very uplifting. ;) :D

KTna
10-21-2005, 01:08 PM
I am closing in on 3 years in Feb. '06.
I lost 30 for my wedding in 2001, then I gained it all back, every last pound.
Between Feb. 2003 and Sept 2003 I had lost the 30 pounds again. I maintained until Sept. 2004 when I got serious again and since then I have lost the next 50 + lbs.
Now I hope to get to my final weight by Feb. of this year.
I am in no hurry, and I have no real goal weight, I figure I will know when I get there.
I feel like it has been a very long process, but I am very glad that I did it this way, because I have taught myself how to maintain, and how to lose properly. I know I will be able to keep it off because this time around I didn't look for an easy way out or a quick fix. Plus I know I can live with the lifestyle long-term, because I already have!

AnnieFannie
10-23-2005, 01:37 PM
This is a great thread. It's nice to see I shouldn't get depressed if I don't lose that quickly. We all lose at different rates. I started my weight loss at the beginning of the year Jan 05 weighing in at 235 lbs. I really wasn't doing much of anything as far as exercising or watching what I eat. I started walking a little more and cutting out some soda and sweets. I was walking about 2 miles to work when I had to. I just recently started back here at 3FC this month(Oct 05). My starting weight 213 lbs. So From January to September I lost 22 lbs in 9 months. I have lost 3 lbs so far in 3 weeks. I weighed in today with no loss. But I'm not letting that get me down. I was slacking this past week but today starts a new week for me so I am going to do much better. I have 75 more pounds to lose. I know I can do it. It just takes time. Thanks for all the great support and motivation that you all give me. :)