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Old 03-24-2019, 11:51 AM   #91  
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Week Four
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23: 194.8
24: 196.0
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I'm not surprised to be up today. I made the decision to have pizza yesterday, first time in quite a while. So I expected water retention today. I was fine on calories, so I should go back down in the next few days.
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Old 03-25-2019, 10:03 AM   #92  
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Week Four
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23: 194.8
24: 196.0
25: 194.8
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Total Loss for Week Four:

So I seem to be the only one left in this thread right now. But anyway, the pizza from Saturday appears to be gone again, so back into the 194s. I really want to get into the 193s and stay there, so I feel like I actually made SOME progress this month.
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Old 03-25-2019, 11:50 AM   #93  
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I feel like I am finishing March STRONG. So, that is a "win".

My "no late-night-snacking" endeavour, while not perfect, is MUCH better than any performance I had in Jan or Feb. I will keep this habit going forward, and think of another "good habit" to add in April.

Wednesday is my weigh-in day....I am unsure I will sneak into the 160s, but surely hope I have dropped from last week.
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Old 03-25-2019, 06:50 PM   #94  
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Lacerta i'm still here, but no-one is really interested that i'm still whinging about whether i'm maintaining adequately or not every day No new stories from me so I don't have as much to say.
It is a bit weird though because this thread was going gangbusters a few weeks ago - what happens to people?!?

Beeps - nice work on cutting out the late night snacks, that's a very sensible rule and now a great new habit. I found that I don't even think about consuming anything at night any more, (except my peppermint tea if i'm in for the evening) so it's just not difficult to do at all once you're in the habit. I normally eat last at about 5pm then not til after the gym at about 8am and that works well for me. What are you thinking of for your April tweak?
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Old 03-26-2019, 09:03 AM   #95  
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I know March is almost over, but I'd like to join the challenge. I'm not sure how much I'll lose this month, but it looks like there's a new thread monthly?

I guess my goal for what's left of this month is to lost maybe a pound? That would be nice at this point. We'll see about next month after the end of this one shakes out.

I've got a question. I started losing weight a couple days ago. The last time I weighed myself was in the afternoon after eating 'normal' (which is to say overeating with too much junk food) - I was 167.4 lbs. Then I ate healthy yesterday (I calorie count and eat mostly whole foods), and peed a TON (as happens when you reduce food/salt and increase water intake), and this morning before breakfast and after going to the bathroom I'm the exact same weight. No budging at all. Now, I know it's been like a day and a half, but usually there's SOME drop in water weight when you first start, isn't there?

I'm not necessarily distressed, just more confused. Any insights?
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Old 03-26-2019, 10:04 AM   #96  
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Tala: Welcome and yes, there will be another thread starting in a few days, but it is always a good time to join in. As for your question, there can be several pounds of fluctuation throughout the day, so the most important thing if you are tracking the scale, is to weigh in at the same time and under the same conditions each day. So a mid-day weigh in can't be compared to an early morning weigh in. Also, there can be a lot of day to day fluctuations just because of the weight of food in your digestive system. Also, you said you peed a lot, but maybe not as much as you increased your water intake. So maybe you were dehydrated when you weighed in the first time and your body is now rehydrating itself. Also, if you are female, where you are in your cycle could STRONGLY impact whether your body is willing to let go of the weight this week or not.

Ange and Beeps: Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone in the thread.

Week Four
22: 194.6
23: 194.8
24: 196.0
25: 194.8
26: 195.8
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Total Loss for Week Four:

I am sooooo ready for this plateau to be over. When I took my mid-month measurements, I hadn't lost any inches either. So a definite plateau. I think I need to spend a few weeks closely tracking my food again, and see if the creep has brought my calories back up to maintenance without my realizing it. I don't track every day because it burns me out too fast, but it might be time to bring in some extra accountability again, because this plateau has gone on long enough. On the plus side, if my goal was to maintain right now, I've got that down cold!

I went shopping on Saturday for some new shoes to correct my heel pain I've been having, for some new goal jeans, since I can fit into all the sizes I bought last summer, and for a new bra, since mine is getting too big in the band. I had hit and miss results. Found a great pair of shoes, which were more expensive than I would have liked, but TOTALLY fixed my heel pain when I wear them. I found a pair of size 8 and size 6 (?!) jeans in the kind I like. I don't know if I'll ever really be a size 6, but it gives me a pair to work toward. The crazy thing is that I decided on a whim to try on the 8s, just to see how close I was, and I was able to get them all the way done up in the dressing room. They looked terrible on me, but I got them on. I didn't expect that. I won't be wearing them for at least 20 pounds, as I'm still wearing my 12s, but still. I also wanted to buy a pair of 10 capris for this summer, but they didn't have any, so I'm going to just order a pair online.

Finally, the bra shopping. I went to r/abrathatfits to find out what size I actually should be wearing. I've been wearing my 42Ds this entire time, since starting the process over 70 pounds ago, but the band, even on the tightest clasp, is starting to get a bit loose. I was hoping I was measuring wrong, because the size I was getting is impossible to find in stores. But no, it came up with that I should be a 36H or 34I. That is not what I wanted to hear. I had heard that Target was going to start carrying larger cup sizes, so looked there first, and heard Nordstrom's sometimes carries larger. No luck in either place. I think I'm going to have to order them online too, which I didn't want to do, because I want to try them on in a store before buying.

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Old 03-26-2019, 11:07 AM   #97  
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Welcome, Tala!




ange82much: maintain under 114 lbs
Beeps2011: -5 lbs
JennyReddy: reach 165 lbs
Lacerta: -5.4 lbs
maylay03: -5.8 lbs
MrsDeenz: -6.8 lbs
Mrsgomez: -9 lbs
Newlyn: -4 lbs
opheliaphoenix: -5 lbs
sgregg: -8 lbs
SnowMama: -3 lbs
Tala: -1 lbs
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Old 03-26-2019, 05:31 PM   #98  
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Lacerta - shopping for bra's is the worst. Well done on giving it a go. The jury's out on whether it's better to be a non-standard size or not (if you're standard you have to try on a million different ones, if you're non-standard you just try everything they've got!)

Tala - hi! Agree with Lacerta, just pick a time of day and weigh in at that time each time. Then ignore what it says The scales are going to go up and down and you'll drive yourself crazy trying to figure out why. Just make your lifestyle changes and the scale will play ball eventually. I like to plot mine on a graph so that I can see trends more easily and don't get as hung up on an actual number. You're right that most people get a bit of an early whoosh, but i'd say in the first week or so, not necessarily in the first day.

Spin class was tough this morning as my legs were aching from the other weights classes this week, but that's it for a couple of days as i'm working interstate the rest of the week, and have a trek on Saturday. Might try get a walk in when i'm away but realistically it's probably not going to be much more than that. Keen to stick to some food discipline whilst away though.
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:09 AM   #99  
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SW: 261.5
GW: 257.5

1: 261.5
2: 260.5
3: 261
4: 261
5: 261
6: 261.5
7: 261 TOM

Total loss for Week One: 0.5 pounds
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8: 260.5 TOM
9: 261.5 TOM
10: 260.5 TOM
11: 259.5
12: 259.5
13: 258.5 **NEW LOW KLAXON**
14: 258 !!!

Total loss for Week Two: 3 pounds
Total loss for March: 3.5 pounds
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15: 257.5
16: 257.5
17: 258.5
18: 258.5
19: NWI
27: 258.5

I'm here, I just haven't been eating, sleeping, or exercising well and I stopped weighing in. I've been super-busy with university stuff as well as my tennis elbow/gallstones drama, but I wanted to stop the slide before it got out of control. The best way to do that is to weigh in and I was slightly bemused to see that I'm the same weight as I was 10 days ago. I fully expected a 3-4 pound gain but I guess it feels as if I've been eating a load of food, which it was compared to normal, but it was actually just maintenance. So here I am again, hoping to end the month strongly.
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ange: The problem is that I'm nonstandard enough that "what they've got" more often than not is nothing. I actually found a few online yesterday at Nordstrom's and ordered 2 to try (because apparently I can return them at the local Nordstroms if they don't fit), but they were European brands because apparently no one in the US has big boobs, and so US bra makers don't think it is necessary to make them, even for special order. /sigh. Hopefully, one of these days, I'll lose some mass and get back into the Ds again.

Newlyn: That sounds like a win to me, still weighing the same after 10 days of not focusing on it. I didn't weigh in for just 2 days when I was super busy and gained 5 pounds. So way to go. Also, good job stopping the slide and getting back on the scale. Is tennis elbow something that physical therapy could help with? I had swimmer's shoulder a couple years ago, and my physical therapist was amazing and basically fixed me completely within a couple of months. Did your bloodwork show you have gallstones? Are they going to try to dissolve them, or do you need surgery?

Week Four
22: 194.6
23: 194.8
24: 196.0
25: 194.8
26: 195.8
27: 194.8
28:
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Total Loss for Week Four:

Nothing new here. I've been eating very well again for the last 10 or 12 days, but no movement on the scale. Up to this point, I haven't weighed any food, I've just been eating better, making better choices, more healthy foods, less sugar, and moving more. I did measure some in the beginning with measuring cups and spoons to get an idea of portion size, and used guidelines like "the size of my fist" or "the size of a deck of cards" to eyeball portions. I may have reached the point where that isn't enough and I need to actually weigh portions out. I suspected this day would arrive, I was just hoping it wouldn't. I don't anticipate having to weigh my food forever, but I may have to get a food scale so I can get an accurate count of calories for a while. Ugh! It might also make it easier to slowly cut back on portion sizes if I can be accurate with a scale.

Soooo....Any brilliant recommendations for a good food scale?

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Sigh. 172. So, no loss this week. Weird. But, whatever....I don't feel like I have been misbehaving and so, I attract no guilt.

Lacerta - I am unsure what my April "tweak" will be....partly because I have 2 out-of-town trips to take, it may not be the best month to add another hurdle to my growing tasks of "if/only"s

I did workout today. My feet are tired. I did not late-night snack last night, but I did have two drinks with alcohol in them - and I am not really a drinker - so maybe that is the pop-up I see on the scale, today? Anyway, the drinks were lovely - I was at an after-work function with my VP and she also had 2 drinks so we were having a great ol' time!

I feel better without my muffin-top, though. I know I do. Summer is coming. I really need to buckle down. I also don't want to beat myself up about it anymore....sigh.
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Old 03-27-2019, 03:16 PM   #102  
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Week Three
15: 140.8
16: 140.4
17: 139.8
18: DNW
19: DNW
20: DNW
21: DNW

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Total Loss for Week Three: 0.6 lbs.

Week Four
22: 141.6
23: DNW
24: 141.6
25: 140.2
26: 140.4
27: 139.6

Just keep hovering around 140. It doesn't seem like I'm seeing movement, but when I look at the trendline on my weight vs. time graph, overall I'm trending lower. It's just so slow. Work has been pretty busy, we won a $32M project the same week we interviewed for a $24M project. Good things, just long, high-pressure days. I've been pretty good about maintaining my exercise schedule, but I could be better. I dropped a couple of days. Went on a 22 mile bike ride on Sunday and it was amazing. Took Monday off from the gym because I was a little sore and so hungry. Lol. Went to the gym last night and my legs were still a little tired, so I shortened the duration and intensity of my leg workout. I don't want to push it and re-injure my knee. I didn't have any knee issues during or after the ride, which is fantastic.

I was hoping to get back on the bike trail today, but it looks like I'm going to be sitting at my daughters lacrosse practice instead. Maybe I'll go for an outdoor run if it's not raining.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been hitting up Poshmark and thrift stores to re-build my wardrobe with at least essentials and I've been pretty successful! I found a couple of pairs of Gap/Lucky/Hollister/Joe's/7 4 mankind jeans that were my size and current styles. Couple of pairs of shorts, shirts, sweaters. Mostly loft/Ann Taylor, Athleta, Armani Exchange, Under Armor, Nike, and 2 pairs of my favorite yoga/workout leggings by Zella. I think I've spent $150 or less on 25 items or more. Treasure hunting brings me joy, so I probably have spent more time than most finding what I really want. Just need to start selling the stuff that doesn't fit me now...what a chore!

I hope by the end of this month I can stop seeing 140 at all. It seems so reasonable and close, but also so far.
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Week Four
22: 194.6
23: 194.8
24: 196.0
25: 194.8
26: 195.8
27: 194.8
28: 194.4
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Total Loss for Week Four: -1.0

If I'm really lucky, I might end the month down over a pound. /sarcastic

Seriously though, this is the lowest I've been all week, and only a pound away from the lowest I've seen. So I'm getting back there. I'm hoping to see a further drop over the next 3 days to end up the month at least back into the 193s. I'm sad that I'm not going to make either of my big minigoals this month. I thought they were JUST out of reach last month, but thought they'd be a done deal this month. Not so much. But I'm going to crush them in April.
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On another thread I was just talking about reading Atomic Habits, a book about making good habits and ditching bad habits, which was suggested by another Chick, but reminds me of your approach Lacerta - all those little incremental changes you've been making become habits and will agglomerate to give you the lifelong success you're aiming for. Have you read it? If not, have a look at it - it'll make you nod your head that you are doing all the right things and maybe give you extra patience, although you're doing exceptionally well at that too.
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I'm at 166 today! Yay! I made my at the start of losing weight)!rt of losing weight)!

Lacerta: That makes sense. My thought was just that I usually weigh MORE in the afternoon after eating and such, but two weights at two separate times may not work to compare because I can't track everything in my body's system.

How does getting goal pants work for you? Is it helpful? I've been considering it but wasn't sure of pros and cons.

gardenerjoy: Thank you!

ange82much: Thanks! Makes sense. I might try weighing once a week. At my current weigh I can gain a few pounds without ever feeling it, and while I techinically calorie count (i.e. am aware of the general calories in my foods) I mostly focus on healthy foods and historically I can accidentally eat too much of that too.

Have a good trip!

Beeps2011: That's a big motivation for me too. Not necessarily for summer, but actually feeling better in my body.
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