Welcome, An_246057! I'm also kind of new--5 weeks. I'm 5'4 and a half and maintained where you are for a long time. I've been vegan for seven years and have been running slow marathons for about 5. Finally I dropped to 137 and decided to try this site. I marked 'very active' and do all the exercise and food logging the site recommends to drop 2 pounds a week. But my body was pretty stubborn until about 2 weeks ago, when I had a sudden loss. Now I'm about 127. (I also had not been that weight as an adult.)
I was wondering whether because I was already pretty active with a fairly healthy diet it was harder to reach a new "set point" than at higher weights. It seems like it takes an incredible amount of exercise (about two hours of pretty hard cardio a day) to lose weight. Maybe that will settle down now. I'd be interested to hear about your experience and see how it compares.
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This is my first post as well as my first participation in an online dieting group. I've battled with my weight since I was ten, though. Back then my mother and I would go on liquid diets consisting of three "smoothies" a day, each consisting of a cup of powdered milk, a diet drink, and some ice cubes. We'd lose ten or twenty pounds, then put them right back on again!
Through my teens, twenties and thirties, I tried everything from Atkins to Weight Watchers (and that probably over ten times), but my weight at lowest was 145 (for maybe a day) and at highest was somewhere over 170. I never reached a healthy BMI until my late forties. I'm 48 years old, am about 5'4, and weigh around 136. I've managed this by eating a low-fat vegan diet for the last seven years and exercising vigorously almost every day. I'm training for my sixth (slow) marathon now!
Still, though, I am fairly chunky and would love to weigh around 120. I have never been even close to that, and this seems to be my best shot at it. I'd like to do it without injuring myself, developing an eating disorder, or losing my strength. So I signed up for the WebMD online food tracker and today marked the end of my fourth week on the "lose 2 pounds a week" plan. I've eaten on average just under 1400 calories a day (I have been so careful to measure and report everything!) and have burnt through fairly intense exercise an average of about 1500 calories a day, mostly in the form of running, the elliptical, or the stationary bike. I'm already fairly muscular, so I hate to do weight training. I did it before for about a year and it didn't seem to help one way or another. It seemed like at best it just added more muscle on top of the fat. I do do some yoga and pilates sometimes, though.
I know better than to give up after just four weeks, but I have only lost about a pound and a half. I'm sure some of it is hormonal, and I notice my clothes fitting more loosely, but this is making me crazy! I'm starving all the time and sometimes wake up in the middle of the night thinking of food! I'm kind of afraid to drop the calories lower than 1400 with my next marathon just a month away, but I wonder whether my lifetime of dieting has reset my metabolism so that I need very few calories to maintain my body weight. I do take synthroid, but it brings my thyroid hormones all within the normal range.
My self of ten years ago would think I was nuts to be complaining about not losing weight at 136. I'm trying *so* hard though, and really want to know how it feels to be slim. I guess it's all relative.
Anyway, I thought I'd break my (adult) tradition of doing this on my own and share my story.
Good luck to everyone out there fighting the same battle!View Thread
I think I understand about the tendency for food logging to lead to over-focus on food! Definitely being busy with other things makes it easier not to overeat. Plus, for me at least, it's hard to do things moderately, including diet and exercise analysis. I can feel myself getting a bit obsessed about this, but the logging does seem to keep me accountable. Definitely my goal is to learn from it and then wean myself off.
Gosh..so young to have the severe OA. What a challenge. I have mild to moderate in my knees, and even that can slow me down. It does seem like strengthening the muscles around the problem areas helps.
I've been reading a little about how strength training helps with loose skin after weight loss. I don't have a lot of that--just some in my arms and abdomen--but it bothers me. So I'm trying to change my attitude about weights. Going today in fact!
Three small meals and one or two snacks (with a bit of protein at each one) works for me as well. I guess the challenge is keeping the meals small enough! I can't believe how little food it takes to maintain my weight. I've finally realized that eating very healthy food and exercising a lot doesn't do it; I really need to cut way back on calories. *sigh*
BUT...you were right about the weight loss eventually occurring. I finally had a big drop after maintaining (or gaining!) for three weeks. I've lost 9 pounds now in 5 weeks. It just looked for so long as if I'd lost only 1 and a half. I can see why people (and myself in the past) give up too early. I intend to maybe drop another ten if possible, and then focus hard on maintenance. It helps to know this community is here, as quiet as it is sometimes!View Thread
That sounds stressful having your husband work in another country! It would be easy to turn to comfort sweets. I guess if you limit or take away sweets, you could replace them by some other comfort not as troublesome? So difficult! How did you tame the sweet tooth in the past? For me they seem almost addictive unless they are part of something naturally high in fiber (like cherries or other fruit). If it's in the form of sugar and mixed with fat, once I have some I crave them more often.
You've succeeded at this before! I guess one good thing about being 48 is that we have experience with what works and what doesn't. Do you use the food log here?
It sounds like you've really got the exercise under control. I love how varied your program is. You're probably strong and healthy! That's great that you do hills. I've added two days of hill runs per week this year, and they really seem to make a difference in my fitness. I always think they should count as burning more calories than a flat run would, even if I run them a lot more slowly.View Thread
Nice to meet you, Tomato05. Thanks for the encouraging words and the advice about the weight training and calories.
I was kind of afraid someone would bring up the necessity of weight training. : ) Deep in my heart I know you're right. I just really dislike it and probably didn't appreciate it before because I was not cutting calories and just getting bulkier. Maybe now that I'm eating less the muscle will look better. Perhaps I'll try the Bodypump class at my gym a couple of days a week. At least it's finite and will probably burn a few calories at the same time!
I have a bit longer than I thought until the marathon. It is on July 29th. I think I will stay the course, as you suggest, until the taper period (three weeks before) and then lower my calories until four days before the race. Then afterward I can cut down to 1200.
Sorry about the weight gain (assuming that's not what you want). Food quantity has always been the most difficult for me also. That's great that you exercise so often. Which kinds of activities do you like? It's amazing how few calories exercise burns compared to how quickly and easily they can be eaten! I agree that the exercise seems necessary at least for maintaining.View Thread
I don't know if I can give the best advice, given I have some of the same challenges you do. I've also gained a couple of pounds since increasing my exercise and lowering my calories. I'm hoping it's water weight and/or muscle. I guess one way to tell is by trying on the same pair of slightly tight pants once a week. If they are a lot looser after a month or so, I'd guess you're losing fat! (I suppose we could also get out the danged measuring tape...)
I have a tremendous appetite! But before this last round of increasing my exercise (when I used to keep my running under 35 miles a week) I held my appetite in check by making sure almost all my carbs were complex/whole grain. Lentil/barley soup with tons of low calorie vegetables (the best use for zucchini ever!), no meat, and only a TBS of oil per pot was my lifesaver! Maybe you know this already? It helped me a lot! Another thing I read was to drink a full glass of water and a very small apple before each meal. This seemed to work for me. Lately, since upping my exercise to over two hours a day, I'm ravenous in spite of these tricks, though!
Good luck with the bathing suit! (Personally, I think you should just wear one regardless of your weight and enjoy the water!)View Thread