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vix 09-15-2014 12:06 PM

Hey everyone!

I think you're right UA, I guess if we go into maintenance with our eyes open then it's for the best. I never really thought that once I get to my goal weight I can relax, although I sure do see a lot of people saying that which sets off alarm bells for me as I know there's no relaxing, and I try to tell them but they don't seem ready to listen. A friend said it's like with your kids, you never stop worrying about them no matter how old they are, and once you've lost weight you can never stop watching what you eat. My attitude has changed so much though and I am so much happier, which is both a reason for and because of weight loss. I've also read a ton on how being organized can help and how important sleep is, just that there are ways to help yourself to eat healthily as well as with diet and exercise. And I love sleep, so its win win!

Great to have you back kisskiss! But.....Costa Rica? All summer? I am officially jealous!!!

Smidged down again to 130.4....My friend asked me why not just leave it there as my goal was 135 an I only carried on down to 130 to have a 5lb cushion, but I just want to say I got there, then I will celebrate and work out a maintenance plan to stay thereabouts, hopefully forever!

underanalysis 09-16-2014 11:00 AM

kisskiss I keep forgetting to check the brand of my scale :/ I remember I got it at Target, and I think it may be a Taylor brand. I know it's not 100% accurate so I use it more as a general trend benchmark - I only check the BF% every couple weeks when I take measurements and just look for it to be going down. I know I started at 32% according to it, and last time I checked I was at 26% :)

I dropped below my goal weight of 135 with 134.8 today, post-TOM. I've decided to try to take off a couple more pounds before I switch to eating maintenance, partly to act as a cushion, but also because I have two scales in my house and one consistently claims I'm 1-2 lbs heavier than the other does. ;) I'm out to conquer *both* scales.

LovesToTravel 09-16-2014 09:04 PM

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Vix, I tried paragliding this summer and it was really fun so I hope you guys get to enjoy it soon! Would you ever consider skydiving again or was it a "once is enough" sort of experience?

kisskiss, do try skydiving sometime- it's a blast! Ziplining is on my list too, it looks pretty crazy. :dizzy: Hope you enjoyed Costa Rica, sounds like paradise. Welcome back!

We got rained out on Saturday, but Sunday was perfect weather for tumbling out of a plane while wearing silly hats. :) It was so much fun and my nephew thought it was just the coolest thing ever. I am going to try to post a photo here, let's see if this works...

vix 09-22-2014 10:29 AM

UA, that's where I am at now, in my cushion zone, although as of Friday morning I am officially at 130!!!!! And therefore I have a 5lb cushion between my current weight and my original goal weight. It's been tedious getting down here, but I'm real glad I made it!! I don't really know where to go from here, I think it will be a few weeks of working out what I can eat to stay at this weight or thereabouts and then go from there. With the supplements I take, I am going to keep taking them and maybe halve the dose in a few weeks. I have also seen the same people do a multivitamin which is something I never thought about, but it contains 5HTP which I have heard a lot about lately, it's a natural appetite suppressant and regulates mood and sleep too, so I think I will see about getting those too. Anyone else heard of this or tried 5HTP?

But, I'm super happy I've found an exercise routine I really like, I thought it would be a case of wanting to go easy on the work outs once I got here but I really can't imagine now not going to the classes - they are great for a release, for meeting people, keeping inspired and motivated and I really do feel so much younger!

LTT, noo way, I would love to skydive again!! I guess I just never found anyone else who wanted to do it with me - my friends were very much, once is enough but I would do it every day if I could!! Maybe I can see if my boyfriend would do it after we see how the paragliding is. I think we might be doing it this Sunday actually!!

Reclaiming_Waif 09-23-2014 09:39 AM

kisskiss I am doing C25K. It starts you off slowly. You do intervals of jogging and walking and gradually over the course of 9 weeks, you will be able to run for 30 minutes without stopping. There is a free app I put on my iPhone from Zenlabs that is great. You can listen to your music (I use a Spotify app) and it dings in and tells you when to jog and when to walk.

I just started week 7 and jogged 25 minutes straight. I was the girl that would seriously pray for a sprained ankle so I could get out of running laps at PE. I came in dead last every time. I may still come in last, but I would be able to finish without walking. I have signed up for a 5K to do in two weeks.

I went to a wedding last weekend. Barbeque on Friday with beer, pork loin, wine, and cake at the wedding, bloody marys at brunch on Sunday. I stepped on the scale when I got home and I went from 134.9 to 140 :?:! No way is that real. I am not going to weigh myself until Saturday and drink lots of water and try to detox.

underanalysis 09-23-2014 09:46 AM

Congrats on hitting 130 vix! 130 is the lowest I've ever been. Sometimes I think about continuing to go down... at my height I could go as low as 118 before I'd hit "underweight" on BMI and I have to wonder what I'd look like at 120, but I know I wouldn't be able to maintain that.

Right now I think I'm going to keep focused on losing until Halloween, then for the winter I'll switch into maintenance and just focus on my workouts more than my diet, and see where I end up come February.

Reclaiming_Waif 09-25-2014 11:12 PM

I drank lots of water and the weight came off in a day. I am down to 134.5! I ran for 25 minutes today and this was the hardest day yet, even though I ran the same amount of time and same speed two days ago. I had not eaten anything before I got on and I think that was probably the difference. I started counting down when I still had 12 minutes left :(

The days that I jog, I also take my dog around the block and I usually can get 10,000 steps in for the day which is usually around 5 miles of walking.

I have not been to yoga in a while and I think I should drop my membership and just pay as I go if I want to get back into it. I think the jogging is replacing it as my de-stresser...and it is free.

I put pictures on FB of my hubby and I at the wedding and I got comments that we looked like we lost weight, so people can tell! Something else I feel good about --- my mother is inspired by us and is cutting back. She had weight loss surgery ten years ago and gained a lot back. Everyone around her is dieting, including my dad who has lost 30 pounds, so I think she is in the mindset now. She is down 10.

vix 09-26-2014 11:11 AM

So, I made my goal last week and celebrated with a joint party with my sis, who has also been losing weight for a year or so with phentermine and reached her goal a month or so back, we are unofficially known as the slimming sisters in my town! We made it an active party with dance star and it was at our friend's house who has a pool, so it was in-keeping with our new healthy lifestyles but we did have a cake of course! I read that in maintenance weighing every day is actually a good idea so I have been doing that this week. I have been around 129.8 to 130.5 all week, the higher end today as it's that TOM so I'm not stressing too much. Going to eat 100 cals more a day next week, 200 the week after etc and see how I go. I don't mind some upping and downing but if I see a rise week after week I will cut back. It's all so scientific!!

Great news RW!!! And so great that you are inspiring your mom too!

How is everyone?!

Oh, nearly forgot - me and the boyfriend are booked in for October 26th to do paragliding!! EEEEKKKK!!

underanalysis 09-26-2014 11:33 AM

vix, that's so great you have someone to celebrate with who knows what you're going through. My mom is visiting me this week, and although she's excited to see me looking thinner and fitter and has herself struggled with weight for decades, she's making my meals difficult in an exciting variety of ways.

RW, nice loss! Sounds like you're being more active too. It'll be easier in Texas this time of year as the heat backs off. Whew.

My mom's visit is cramping my workouts and hitting me with big meals as well, so it's a struggle, but I'm at 134.8 right now and hoping not to lose the thread at least.

LovesToTravel 09-26-2014 11:56 AM

Vix, woohoo on book your paragliding, that's great! I think you and your boyfriend will really enjoy it, I thought it was fun and relaxing to just float around up there and enjoy the views. I would also want to skydive again and am considering doing another tandem jump for my birthday next year- it was such a sensory overload I'd like to try again now that I know what to expect. I put some thought into taking skydiving lessons to try jumping solo, but I've got too many other commitments to put the $$ and time into at this point in my life. Maybe later though!

Reclaiming_Waif, that's fantastic that you've inspired someone else to get healthier, nice job! I agree that walking and jogging can be major de-stressors, keep it up.

underanalysis, hang in there. Family visits can be tough, definitely.

Nothing new to report here. I had some heavier eating days this month and saw the scale start to tip up a little, but the nice thing about tracking my daily morning weights is that I'm always conscious of it and can pull back before things get out of hand. So the journal I've been keeping since the spring is staying for the foreseeable future, it's working wonderfully.

Reclaiming_Waif 09-26-2014 08:46 PM

134.2 today! I love seeing the scale go down and being able to wear things I never thought I would fit into again.

Yes, the heat has been excruciating here, which is why I do my jogging on a treadmill. And the yoga I was doing was in a heated room, which does not really feel any different than it does outside. Crazy.

Anyway, I do not do well in the heat and I did not want any excuses for skipping my jog. I got the treadmill for Christmas last year. I am sure my husband is happy I am using it all the time. Tomorrow is Week 7, day 3 for me and I am jogging 25 minutes without stopping now.

Tonight we went to a restaurant we had never been to before, but was a great healthy choice. It is called Zoe's Kitchen and it is mostly Mediterranean food. We had Greek salads and kabobs. Very healthy and delicious.

Our daughter has a lot of medical problems and has a tube that she is fed through. It is very challenging trying to get her to eat more (and high calorie foods with lots of fat) while we try to slim down. It really messes with your head and makes meal times very difficult. Within the last month she has been really improving in her eating. Tonight it was such a joy because we sat down and she started eating things off her plate without us having to bribe and beg her. She ate a chicken wrap with cheese. Two years ago she only ate gold fish crackers (other than the formula through the tube).

Eating food together is so social, but for us it has been a struggle for five years. It has not really been enjoyable to eat as a family. Tonight was the first time I've felt like it was fun since we brought her home from the hospital!

CactusGirly 09-30-2014 03:39 PM

Just left 140's
Hi all,
I just got into the 130's - am at 138.9 for the last couple days. I was kind of terrified to leave the "Goodbye to the 140's" board, sounds odd I know, but I didn't want to jinx myself. So I am hopping in here and just proclaiming that this is my new group and I won't go back up. :)

My husband and I have been doing the 17 Day Diet, (essentially a low-carb eating plan), and are 15 days into the first cycle. So far I have lost 5 pounds. He has lost 13 or 14. Darn men!

My mini-goal is 135, but my main goal is 130.

underanalysis 10-02-2014 08:23 AM

Welcome, CactusGirly!

I've been having a lot of ups and downs lately, but I'm still in the fight at 134.4 today :)

CactusGirly 10-02-2014 02:22 PM

Ugh - back to 141! How did I gain 2 lbs in one day? I was sick yesterday and didn't eat much, just chicken soup... maybe the sodium? Anyway, I was very bummed when I got on that scale.

CactusGirly 10-03-2014 11:49 AM

140.4 today... on my way back to the 130's

LovesToTravel 10-04-2014 01:14 PM

Yay and welcome to the 130's thread, CactusGirly! :welcome2:

I'm working a lot of hours and we've had a family member in the hospital so I haven't been home much. Too much eating out lately, blargh. Also too much indulgence in sweet autumn treats like caramel apples and cider.

The scale jumped up and my pants got tight this week, but I also just started TOM so I have a few more days before I'll know what the actual damage is. I've been reining it back in this week and am feeling less bloated today, but that could also be hormones so I really don't know. :shrug: Nothing else to report. Hope everyone's having a good weekend!

underanalysis 10-08-2014 06:44 AM

I hope your family member is okay, LovesToTravel!

I am having a super busy week at work, but so far haven't fallen to the demons of fast food convenience. I'm down in the 133's now - 133.4 today.

LovesToTravel 10-09-2014 09:51 AM

Thanks, underanalysis. It's pretty serious, but they're home now and receiving good medical care so fingers crossed that the crisis is over. Congrats on your loss and not giving in to temptation! All of the fast food places have been whispering in my ear too. All I have to say is nope, nope, and NOPE. :snooty:

My weight is back to normal after TOM passed and I've been making a point to keep my calories low this week after too many indulgences. Feeling much better.

CactusGirly 10-09-2014 07:45 PM

Back down to 139... trying desperately to hold onto the 130's and not go back up :)

Good job on the willpower underanalysis! Busyness is one of my enemies, too easy to mindlessly snack.

vabs 10-10-2014 10:30 PM

Hi ppl. :wave: I've been s-l-o-w-l-y getting back to a healthier routine (after a long, uhhh, vacation). I noticed I did a lot better when I was more active on the boards, so today I decided jump back in and get accountable.

10/10: 139.75

I just went from general ole 'eating better' to moderate carbs and 'eating better' (lol).

kifli 10-12-2014 03:12 PM

Hey everyone,
I have been on this thread numerous times in the past, but unable to ever surpass it :) If I do, it will have been almost 5 years since I have been in the 120's. I had the flu this past week, so I'm waiting for the rebound appetite to kick in. Hopefully, I can pull through and hang on to my 132 or lower it.

Anyway, have a great day everyone!

kifli 10-15-2014 12:58 AM

Rebound weight happened and I'm now 134. Will 'kick it up a notch' tomorrow and try to start losing instead of gaining, again :)

CactusGirly 10-15-2014 02:16 PM

Still 139... it's like my body is holding onto these last 10 pounds for dear life!

kifli 10-16-2014 12:26 PM

@cactus girly
I can SO relate!
Still 134 today :(

CactusGirly 10-16-2014 05:40 PM

139.9... eeeek. Need to run around the building a few times! :)

underanalysis 10-21-2014 08:57 AM

I've been rolling around down at 132 a couple weeks now, TOM aside. It's weird, all of a sudden I definitely see a difference, not just in the mirror or by comparing pictures, but just looking down at myself during the day. I can tell.

Yesterday, one of my coworkers called me "little pixie" and another agreed with her that it was a good nickname for me. As a woman who has been 5'7" since high school and always thought of herself, at best, as "sturdy", that sort of blew my mind. "Pixie" indeed!

vabs 10-28-2014 12:25 PM

hi everyone! can't believe halloween is almost here... it seems like more people are gearing up since it's on a friday this year. I've seen a lot more houses w/ decorations in my area. :D

my weight's been sluggish as all get out, but I haven't been pushing myself super hard, either. it finally went down after just yoyo-ing a pound all this time.

10/10: 139.75
28/20: 136.75

kifli 11-06-2014 10:56 PM

Where are you 130's? I have been here forever and want to get out of here with you! :)

AmethystJean 11-11-2014 08:26 PM

I want to say goodbye 130s
I'm new

I have been stuck in the 130s for the last year after gaining it very quickly. I would like to get to 120 by Christmas, but that might not be realistic. We'll see. Daily accountability. If anyone wants to PM me and vice versa, I'd love it.


kifli 11-11-2014 11:00 PM

Amethyst Jean- I think I have been in the 130's for about 4 years now. I look back on my posts here on 3FC and I get embarrassed b/c it seems like I am so motivated, yet it's all words and no action. I'm trying my best right now, but I do have a weakness for food. I LOVE food, and crave things daily. Anyway, welcome to 3FC!!! Nice to have you. This is a great support system online. I'm hoping to get into the 120's this month, but like I said, it's been an ongoing struggle. My body seems to like the 130's!

underanalysis 11-18-2014 10:30 AM

Hey kifli and Amethyst! Personally I'm still around but I moved over to maintenance. I'm trying to maintain around 130-132 but Sunday I had dipped down to 129.8... So I'm not technically a 130 right now I guess but ultimately I want to be a fit 130-135 rather than a skinny-minnie 120, so I'd be happy to hang out over here and encourage you guys. :)

DraconicDreams 11-18-2014 12:26 PM

Hey all! I've pushed past the 140s and am 139.2 as of today! I'm looking forward to getting to know you all!

kifli 11-18-2014 07:30 PM

Draconic Dreams - Yay!!! Congratulations on making into the 130's! Awesome job :)
Underanalysis - 129.8, yet trying to maintain....that's a nice place to be!

131.5 today. My goal was to finally get into the 120's this month...I am trying hard! I noticed no one is posting in the 120's forum either anymore. These threads use to be really active (I should know...lol...still stuck). I almost considered going into the 140's for some company...looks like a nice bunch of people.

DraconicDreams 11-19-2014 08:37 AM


Originally Posted by kifli (Post 5096142)
Draconic Dreams - Yay!!! Congratulations on making into the 130's! Awesome job :)
Underanalysis - 129.8, yet trying to maintain....that's a nice place to be!

131.5 today. My goal was to finally get into the 120's this month...I am trying hard! I noticed no one is posting in the 120's forum either anymore. These threads use to be really active (I should know...lol...still stuck). I almost considered going into the 140's for some company...looks like a nice bunch of people.

Thanks! I just came from the 140's thread and they are nice!

138.8 today. Had a good laugh when I stepped on the scale and it came up with 135.6 first. Had to zero it out and got back to where I'm supposed to be!

underanalysis 11-19-2014 10:36 AM


Originally Posted by kifli (Post 5096142)
Underanalysis - 129.8, yet trying to maintain....that's a nice place to be!

131.5 today. My goal was to finally get into the 120's this month...I am trying hard! I noticed no one is posting in the 120's forum either anymore. These threads use to be really active (I should know...lol...still stuck). I almost considered going into the 140's for some company...looks like a nice bunch of people.

You guys will be here too soon!

Yeah, I also noticed 120s is pretty dead... but we won't kick you out of here if you hit 129 and want to stay on an active thread ;) Or maybe we could just make a new combined 120s and 130s thread. I think a lot of people make their goal weights in the 140s-160s so the people down on this end are all particularly motivated... or particularly short. ;)

kifli 11-19-2014 07:02 PM

Oneten - Welcome to 3FC! I read your intro. I'm also 5'3 with a small frame, so anything from 102-110 is still within an acceptable range for me. I liked my weight when I was 112, so once I reach 117 I'll reassess my goals. People here are very supportive in general, which is great. I used to be a 'skinny minnie' naturally and I remember all of the comments and concerns I used to get when I was 102. I honestly couldn't gain weight and ate like a horse. A former fast metabolism. I obviously don't have that problem now :) I reached a high weight during graduate school...all of that stress and studying with short breaks, which entailed a walk to the fridge. I remember one finals week, in which I had a tub of ice -cream on my belly and just sat memorizing Anatomy while shoveling in spoonfuls :/ I never left my chair until it was gone. Later I gained massive weight during my second pregnancy. Anyway, it's nice to have you here! 110 is a good number :)

Underanalysis - Combining the 120's and 130's threads sounds like a brilliant idea :) Otherwise, I will just hang out here with you guys, if you don't kick me out! Also, great observation about typical goal weights in the 140-160's. I'm a shorty so that explains it!

Draconic- Great job...you're already @ 138....NICE! I always weigh like 3x if my scale goes down...just to make sure it's not acting up, LOL. 138 is still awesome!

Weighed-in @ 131 today. The bootcamp and abs video kicked my rear yesterday....my body had no choice but to lose some weight today :)

underanalysis 11-20-2014 07:02 AM


Originally Posted by Oneten (Post 5096623)
Thanks Kifli! Have stuck to 1200 cal last 2 days and have dropped to 136.5 but expecting to plateau at some stage. Lots of socialising planned for this weekend so for the first time in forever I will need to think about calories rather than what I want to eat! Posted a question about Thai food in the calorie counters thread but will ask it here too - does anyone have suggestions on low calorie options for Thai? Thanking you in advance!

Thai can be a tricky one as far as low calorie, but I'm a fan personally. My advice is to just follow the basic guidelines: avoid cream sauces and fried things, and choose chicken, seafood, or veggie options.

It's hard to limit calories in restaurant Thai so I'd say the most important thing to do is divide your portions right away when your food comes. Most Thai places I've been to, a serving of what I ordered is usually only 1/2 or 1/3 of what comes on the plate. So I would go ahead and make a little "moat" with my fork that shows how much I'm going to eat, stick to only that portion, and then get a doggy bag for the rest.

DraconicDreams 11-20-2014 07:52 AM

138.2... /is confused. Already had my loss this week so no idea why I'm still losing

kifli 11-20-2014 01:04 PM

131.5 today. Ate within my 1200 calorie range, but included pizza last night, which always gets me.

Oneten- I love Thai, but avoid it while losing b/c I like the oily stuff (egg rolls, fried rice, pad see-ew, pad thai, and yellow curry with carrots/potatoes). You could eat a small portion like underanalysis suggested or you could order spring rolls (summer rolls) which are not the deep fried ones (they are wrapped in rice paper), (a vegetarian option), with peanut dipping sauce (maybe watch it here). (I think I have a parentheses problem).

Draconic - Lovin' your numbers!

kifli 11-21-2014 01:53 PM

1/1 132.5
11/2 132.5
11/3 132.5
11/4 132.5
11/5 132.5
11/6 132.5
11/7 132
11/8 132.5
11/9 132.5
11/10 133
11/11 132.5
11/12 132
11/13 131.5
11/14 131.5
11/15 132
11/16 132
11/17 132
11/18 131.5
11/19 131
11/20 131.5
11/21 131.5

I haven't been sleeping well (personal stress) which I think is stalling my weight loss. Yesterday I didn't exercise as a result, and today I woke up even more tired :( I'm going to try to hit the sack earlier and see if that improves things.

Oneten - Your numbers are incredible!!! Maybe I should follow your program :) GREAT START!!!! BTW, I love your profile pic...cute hair style!

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