Hi! I'm new here. And whether you care or not, I'm going to give my story as to what has led me to start a weight loss/get-in-shape self campaign.
A year and a half ago, I quit smoking. My mom quit smoking 17 years prior and gave me some tips. One of them included remembering that if I smoke again, I'll have to go through all the withdrawls again, and I did not want to do that. So, I didn't smoke. I ate food. Lots of food. Almost a bag of potato chips a day. Not cool.
Gradually, my weight steadily rose up from 120 to 160. At 5'9", I'm still in my BMI, but hitting close to my limit. I was excited at first at my weight gain because I began to develop curves where I had not had them before, but then I got the reverse shelf at the bottom of my stomach and have since trying to figure out and motivate myself to loose it.
My current job has access to WebMD during down time, so I am here now. I've been reading articles, utilizing the tools, and slowly, very slowly working my way down. I'm setting my goal to 10 lbs at a time. My goal is less to be in a certain weight, though, and more along the lines of being more fit, and to be comfortable in my body at a beach again. Even though I'm setting weight goals, my goal will be attained when I feel comfortable myself. Even if I don't reach my ultimate weight goal, when I feel good, and I feel I'm at a point where I feel physically fit then I will be happy.
For the last month, I have been working my way up to everything. I started with walking during my breaks. Just a simple walk, about five minutes at a time. After a week, and making it a habit, I extended the walk per breaks to about 8 minutes. I now walk a ten minute walk (to fit into my 15 minute breaks) and approximately 1,150 steps per walk at a brisk pace. Slowly, I have been getting myself into the habit of marking down what I eat and replacing my coffee with water.
In the last month and a half, I have managed to loose about 6-7 lbs. (Surprisingly, I have not loost this weight from my chest or behind.)This makes me very happy. But, I'm recognizing a need to have someone or people hold me accountable, and be motivation just the same. So, here I am. I'm really looking forward to getting down to my current goal of 145, or feeling awesome in a bikini (especially, since I now have the curves to look like a chick in a bikini...)View Thread
Shebring, When you're craving sweet stuff, try strawberries and grapes. Or get a candy bar instead of a cake. Your weight and wallet will feel happier.
I do find it useful to check and stay motivated by reading constantly about new things or articles about weight loss. This week, I've slowed my progress down because I am sick with a sinus and ear infection. Instead of a solid 30 minutes walking, I'm doing only about 20 minutes. I won't stop completely (not even rain keeps me in) but I won't push too hard if I'm sick.
Have you started on anything like tricks, work outs, or anything like that? -TroubledgeekView Thread
SkylerF, Generally, the rule of thumb is to speak with a doctor before starting weight loss programs. They may have more information that can be found through general searchs on WebMD, I imagine.
The calories per day that comes up, I've come to notice, on the Food/Fitness log is generally mathed out by your choices on how you'd like to change your eating or fitness. Also, keep in mind that it is just a generalized amount. As long as you are getting enough calories to fuel yourself, all your nutrition, and burning more calories than you have eaten, you should be okay with weightloss. Of course, this is also assuming you are doing things properly.
Doctors, personal trainers (when found and not money hungry) and the like generally are great people to really help work out a good plan, both food and fitness, that could not only work but keep you healthy.
SkylerF, First, I'd like to give you my congratulations on loosing 5 pounds already! That's wonderful!
As far as why it's been slow going? Don't get discouraged. Everyone's body works differently. From what I've been reading around on WebMD, the body will loose, typically, quickly for a short period of time as water weight changes, but overall, proper weight loss can be a slow moving thing. Just keep your head up.
Have you spoken with your doctor about a possible plan on how to loose weight at a certain pace healthfully?
Shebring, I've been slowly going through some of the stuff here on WebMD. There's some things that are good, and some things that are good for other people, and some things that haven't been updated. Just make sure to always check who says what, and whether it's something that applies to you.
Keep the happy thoughts going! Good luck in reaching your goal, Shebring!View Thread