Laura, I think the reason I lost weight quickly is because of where I started out. Now that I'm in the low 200's rather than over 300, I've been told the weight will come off much slower. I'm not really concerned about losing quickly either though--I'm more interested in making this a lifestyle change, because the bigger task will be maintaining the weight loss once I'm at my goal.
If you want to see what I eat and my exercise, I post my diet and exercise every single day on the 100 Board, whether I go off my plan or not, to keep myself accountable. It is best to weigh every little thing that goes into your mouth because you'd be surprised how fast calories add up! I usually eat between 1,200 and 1,300 calories a day, and always eat ice cream for dessert. I exercise 6-7 days a week for at least an hour a day. It is difficult to find the time some days but I have to make it a priority. I also mix up exercise and try new things so I don't get bored. My favorite exercises are salsa dancing, and Zumba classes but I also do circuit training, rowing machine, treadmill, and elliptical at the gym.
That's about it! You know, whether you lose 2 pounds a month or 2 pounds a week, the weight is coming off, rather than going on. We can both do this!View Thread
It took me around 9 months--I started at 323 lbs. on 1-6-10. I've been told the next 50 or so pounds I want to lose are going to come off much more slowly but my goal at this point is just to be healthy and active, so I'll wait!
Judy, that is a wonderful picture and you do have a beautiful family! I would never guess that you weighed over 200 pounds in that picture. You really look lovely. Also, great advice here about how to take a picture. For years I would just poke my head over people's shoulders in pictures so no one would see my body, or would make sure I was at least half cut off by the person standing next to me. Kind of hard to do that in a wedding or other professional type picture though, so thanks for those tips. I'm sure I'll be using them sometime soon.
Amber, I'm not fond of short hair either. My hairdresser gave me the "mom" look one year after I'd had hair past my shoulders for years, and I HATED it. Now it is shoulder length again and I'm happy enough with it but still miss my longer hair sometimes which never fully grew back. View Thread
It looks as though you and I weigh almost the same at the moment. I'm at 223 pounds. I follow the WebMD guideline for how much to eat and currently eat 1,200 to 1,400 calories per day and have had no problem consistently losing weight. I do go to the gym or work out in some way for at least an hour 6-7 days out of the week and I know that helps. I eat about 300 calories each meal, probably more at dinner, and I always have my ice cream snack at night which is 150-170 calories. Depending on my hunger level I will have 1 or 2 other snacks during the day and they are usually something like fat free yogurt or 2% cottage cheese with a little fruit. Something like 1/4 cup of berries is really low in calories. I do eat a lot of veggies which fill me up but are not very fattening, and I try to eat protein at each meal. I agree with Judy that you need to weigh and measure everything because one tablespoon of something at a meal or a little extra of this or that adds up quickly. Also, as Louise and Judy both said, exercise really does help. Just try to mix up what you do so it doesn't get boring. Good luck! You can do this!View Thread
Welcome back from vacation! How was it? Just so you know, I thanked you on the 100 board because you were one of my early inspirations there. Barb--I'll participate in a group hug with you and the others here anytime! Hope you are having a good Labor Day. And welcome, Karen, hope you have a great weekend as well!View Thread
I don't know where you live, Jayne, but most of the department stores now have sizes 20-22. I found a link to a blog about locations to buy plus sized formal wear and between this and all the other suggestions others have made here, you will find a gorgeous dress and look beautiful. Pamper yourself if you can--get a mani/pedi, and your hair and makeup done too. We are all pulling for you here. This is a joyous occasion!
Thank you so much! You really are both inspirations to me and I do hope I conveyed how much I appreciate your staying here to help those of out who still have a long way to go before reaching our goals.
I just wanted to take a minute to thank Judy and Amber (I already thanked Louise and some of the others on the 100+ Board) for all of their advice and encouragement that helped me to lose 100 pounds since January. You know that you both could have gotten to your goal weights and not stuck around here to help us all, but you did, and I'm grateful for that. I have 50 more pounds to go but I know I can do it and that you all will be around to help me when I fall.
Jayne, your life is not all about how you look. You sound as though you have a loving husband and family, and you should be celebrating your daughter's marriage rather than focusing on yourself. Try looking in the positive things in your life and cherish those things. Losing those things is what led me to gain weight in the first place. Things like death of friends and family, and divorce led me to a weight of 350 after weighing 150 for years. However, I never stopped living my life. I was still team mom, worked in the PTA and school, was on the Little League Board, sang in my church choir, and even did some plays with my son. If people were thinking I was too fat to participate, I didn't hear about it. What is funny is that I now weigh 226, a weight close to yours, and I am absolutely thrilled to be at that weight. I have taken up salsa dancing, love to exercise, and although I'm not done losing weight yet, I look in the mirror and like what I see for the first time in a long time. To you my weight is disgusting number; to me, it is a miracle that I weigh that again.
Don't wait to live your life. One of my best friends was overweight all of her life. She finally had gastric bypass surgery and on the day of the surgery they found out she had Stage 4 cancer in her kidney, pancreas, and lung. The one thing she regretted was putting her life on hold because of her due her weight. Love yourself now. Enjoy your life as you make changes to get healthy and fit rather than just thin. And you are not 21 anymore, and you are never going to be able to compete with a girl that age so don't even try.
Anyway, I'm sorry if my words seem too strong, but your post really hit a nerve with me.View Thread