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Wow!!! 14 Pounds Gone In A Week And A Half!!!

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Old 04-20-2010, 09:00 AM   #1
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Default Wow!!! 14 Pounds Gone In A Week And A Half!!!

I figured I'd share my story, it's just the beginning....but I'm going ALL THE WAY!!!!

Ive always loved food. I came up in one of those households where you were told to finish your plate, even if you were full. The first time I remember being overweight was when I was just starting elementary school. My mom would take me to go school shopping after summer breaks, and I remember my clothing sizes going up each year not as they should with a normal kid growing up, but REALLY going up. As a teenager, my average trip to McDonalds consisted of two Big Macs, 2 large fries, a large soda AND a caramel sundae!

Fast forward some years: During my adulthood, Ive always wanted to lose weight. Ive tried diet pills and numerous diets including fat and carb counting. When I got on Atkins years ago, I did lose a significant amount of weight. Since I saw Atkins as a diet rather than a LIFESTYLE change, as soon as I stopped counting my carbs (which I did not exceed 20 grams of carbs a day), I gained my weight back AND SOME! Of course I have tried to get back on the Atkins diet, but I believe that since I lost the encouragement when I gained all of my weight back I could never again fully dedicate myself to the idea of low carb counting.

Two weeks ago, a close friend of mine let me read her copy of an informative book about making wiser eating choices. The author said that losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise. He also made it clear that if you eat 500 to 750 calories under what your specific daily caloric intake should be, you will lose 1-2 lbs per week. That really caught my attention! I wanted to research this, so I went on a lot of different websites for confirmation of this statement. Sure enough, I kept reading it over and over through nutritional websites, blogs and weight loss success stories. I was determined to find out for myself if all of this was in fact true, so I found out what my daily caloric intake should be based on my age, height, current weight and exercise level. I immediately purchased a scale so that I could track my progress. I started my new eating habits on April 8th and exactly one week afterwards, I had already dropped 8 pounds! Four days later I weighed myself again another 6 pounds gone, just like that! Just the 14 pound drop within a week and a half gives me enough motivation to stick to what Im doing! Although I dropped my 14 pounds without any form of exercise, I have started walking for 30 to 45 minutes AT LEAST 3 times a week, for now. I am eating 1,800 calories a day, I track EVERYTHING that goes into my mouth on livestrong.com and I spread my calories evenly through 5 meals around 300 calories each. I have a long way to go, but by taking it one day at a time and knowing that Im the only one that can get my body to where I want it to beI AM DETERMINED!!!
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:05 AM   #2
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Great job! If it isn't too nosy what was that informative book? Just curious because I just read that also!

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Old 04-20-2010, 09:06 AM   #3
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Wow! You are doing awesome! Keep it going!
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:15 AM   #4
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Congratulations on your success! That is wonderful.
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:20 AM   #5
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Thanks!!!! The book that I read was The Truth About Six Pack Abs.
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:27 AM   #6
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Thanks!!!! The book that I read was The Truth About Six Pack Abs.
The one I red it in was Primal Blueprint. Must be great advise!
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Old 04-20-2010, 10:20 AM   #7
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Congrats on your success...it really is about calories in and calories out...keep it up and you will be so happy

Also I love the westie in your pic ...I have an 8 year old westie named Les...they are great dogs

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Old 04-26-2010, 09:27 AM   #8
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Hey all,

I'm still eating right, but I still haven't really incorporated exercise into my daily activity yet. I walked for 30 minutes last Monday, and washed two cars Sunday...but I just can't seem to get motivated to exercise!!! I wonder if the bad weather has anything to do with it (yeah, that's my excuse...and I'm sticking to it! LOL)
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CONGRATS!!!

So how does a person know/find out the exact amount they need to maintain a weight? then to remove those 500 cals from that.
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Old 04-26-2010, 10:37 AM   #10
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That's a very good question, luciddepths. There are many metabolic rate calculators available on line, I just did a google search and found one. The chart actually advises for a person with my current height, weight, age and activity level to eat between 2100 and 2500 calories a day, but I choose to eat 1800 to "speed it up a bit".

Here's a link for a free calorie calculator:

http://walking.about.com/cs/calories/l/blcalcalc.htm
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ok very cool i have to up my stuff just alittle bit.. i'm a bit too low!
Thanks for the calculator
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i like this! i'm new to the site.
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Way to go! I'm so happy that you found the thing that really clicked for you. You'll work out the exercise thing in time.
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Old 04-27-2010, 08:32 AM   #14
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I walked into my office today and before I could get to my desk, my manager called me into her office. I asked her "uh oh, what's wrong?" She said, "Wow, you are really shrinking! How much have you lost?" Yayyyyyy!!!!
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Thanks for the link to that Calculator. My weight loss has stalled, so I am going to try to use your advice.
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