I had lost a whole bunch of weight using this site, and in particular, through the support of an amazing group of girls that were going through the same thing I was. I wound up being one of the heavier ones in the group, and while the losses I made were my own, it was through a combination of support, questions, complaints, whining, and calling each other out on our bull that really made the group take off. I came back on in the hopes of reconnecting with the group, but that thread has apparently *gasp* died. There are a few of us still around, because I've seen them stop and post in there recently enough. And other people that I haven't seen around but have looked at their most recent picture seeing how they've hit their goals. And I'll say they look great! So, I start this thread in an attempt to restart a version of that thread.
While I respect and wish everyone luck in their weight loss, no matter the starting size, there is something completely different when you're looking to lose about 100 lbs. This isn't something that can be done in a month or two. This is something that will take a normal person (ie, not on a tv show) a while to do. Probably at minimum it's equivalent to a pregnancy term. And the rest of you have no idea what chub rub is.
So, I'll start. I've previously lost over 80lbs and have a bunch of excuses for what happened next. My biggest goal right now is to lose that again and move past the plateau this time around. Anyone else interested?
Original Post by Pita1976:
Dana - My family is big on tacos too...I still make them with all the fixings but I put mine in a lettuce leaf and wrap it up. So delicious! A few weeks ago I grilled chicken and sauteed mushrooms onions together, threw them on a leaf with a bit of cheddar and fresh tomatoes. YUM!!
Love this idea. I am so having taco's in a lettuce wrap....what a fantastic idea. You just provided me with a dinner for next week!! :):):)
Asia: I say this with love. NO MORE DAYS. Do not make there be a 7th day of crap-eats. // I'm sorry about the job...I hope good news surfaces...// As you know, I also run away from the thread when I am bad...is there something you need me to do if I notice you're gone for longer than a couple days?
Food: Have NOT gotten to eat much today. Having an 11-hour work day. And breaks are infrequent and short. I've had an NS muffin. A small salad. An NS bar. A banana. And I am STARVING. I am meant to eat like 6-7 times a day! DYING!
Hi! I've been dieting and rebelling from said dieting for years, and just found this site on my most recent (and hopefully last) diet start-up. I need to lose at least 150 pounds. I could use some support.
pita: *Huggles* Thanks, girl. I appreciate that. :)
dutchess: I'll bet Emma is all huge, now. Is she over a year old, already? Hope you guys are keeping well. And how are you and baby #2 and does she have a name, yet?
dana: Great job on the losses so far. You're doing amazing. I'm sure when you hit your goal weight (or close to!) you'll be shouting from the rooftops. :) I know I would be! Mad jealous of the fro yo. Sounds numbly.
Tacos.... Mmmm.... Tacos. I do lettuce/meat/cheese/salsa wraps a lot, too, but there's certainly nothing unhealthy about a corn tortilla so long as you aren't deep fat frying it. :)
jager: I'm so weird about fish. I think it's growing up landlocked. Unless it was caught in a farm pond, "fresh seafood" is an oxymoron in Kansas. It sounds really yummy the way you describe it, but I think I need a recipe to go by the first time.
Brit: No more days. I'm all over this, girl. (For now.) Got 64 ounces of water in, foods have been very reasonable, I've even exercised today. :) Um... If I miss ONE day, I might just be busy, but any more then one day and that's a sign something's up and I need somebody to chew my ass. If you really wanna you can always send me a PM suggesting I get my **** together. And you know... Remind me that junk food does nothing for the body or the soul. All that jazz. I'm so sorry you're hungry. Can you pack more snacks for work or is it just not an option? I've said it before, but if I had to work a full time job I'd have to take like.... A grocery sack full of food. And my boss would just have to deal my my happy self taking 15 minutes to wolf down some eats every few hours. I eat like... All day. Like every 2-3 hours. It's kind of insane.
LOVE the taco ideas. The lettuce wrap idea is FANTASTIC! I'm starting to cook fish a bit more often too. It wasn't really something we had a lot when I was growing up and I guess that transferred over to adulthood. But I'm discovering that fish can be delicious as long as it's fresh.
Akela: I totally will be! For right now I just see so much to go though. In a way I don't want to consider anything I've done so far success...but at the same time I do. Weird? Yeah probably. I think it's an instant gratification hang up. I've started dieting so I want to be my goal weight tomorrow. And while I know that is not possible I'm not exactly known for my patience. My fiance is constantly saying that I have to learn to have patience. My response is usually "I want patience NOW!"
Lizzie_ann: Hi and welcome!
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! I'm going camping/boating with family and while that always promises to be interesting and fun, there's usually mountains of food. My family can cook and they do it like it's their job! MUST NOT SIT AND MUNCH. I'm so bad at that.
Jaeger, glad to hear you aren't going to 800. I can't even imagine. I used to like tennis and would probably enjoy it now. I think I'm too big to really play though, right now, due to being so out of shape and all. I think it's something I'd pick up and have fun with. I've debated taking up golf at some point, cause I mean, if that many people like it, there must be something fun to it! Besides, it's something that anyone at any age can do.
Pita, I don't even remember what the arguing was about. I'd really have to think about it. One of the reasons that we work (specific to this) is because even when I'm angry, unless I'm livid, the next day I'm in a good mood and have moved past it. Dunno, short attention span maybe? And omg, went with my sister to costco 2 weeks ago. I love raspberries and it was this whole thing for like nothing (compared to normal). So yum!!
Akela, sorry to hear about the spiral and all the other stuff. But, glad you're back here again. You should make it a habit that even if you eat bad, you don't disappear on us. You should have a code word or something so that we know you're not doing well but don't want to say anything about it. Like anchovies, cause nobody wants to eat them that I know of. That way, we'll have a concept and can be supportive all while pretending to be all out of the know. Or, we can sneak up like ninjas (haha...large ninjas that are slowly shrinking) and BAM! Smack you back in the game. I know, I'm getting tired.
Hey Dutchess! *Hugs* back at you!
Dana, at some point, it becomes something you feel proud of. Until then, just respond with the non-committal, "Oh, I'm not really sure..."
So yet another food infested weekend in front of me. We had chinese food for dinner tonight, and my sister is having a bbq tomorrow. So, fun but not as healthy eats. I'll work it in. I always hate how difficult it is to calculate foods sometimes. Did ya'll know that you can text in a specific food to find out the calorie content of it from CC? Weird. And so tired lately. I need to take better care of myself, get more sleep, get up off my booty more often. Bleh, not so much in this weather, though.
Hi, I'm still alive. There is no way in hell I will be able to comment on the 98(!) posts that have happened since I last posted, but do know that I've read them and I'm all up in the mix, no matter what I don't say. :)
I have been not feeling the greatest because Shark Week decided to come back abruptly, even though it just ended like 2 weeks ago. Apparently, Estrogen is stored in fat cells, and when you burn fat, that estrogen is released into your blood stream, which can cause silly things like... Surprise Shark Week. It's bizarre, though, because I don't have any symptoms like cramps or PMS, just the sharky part, which still makes me exhausted. And it doesn't seem to be slowing down any after 5 days of it. Kinda creepy. This has actually happened to me before, back in my 20s (I'm 37.. shh), during another period of weight loss. It just kept going for over a month, to where I decided to stop losing weight just to make it go away. I won't be doing that this time, however. It is a rather inconvenient way to be told that you're burning fat, but hey, I'll take what I can get.
Oh, I also ate fast food today for the first time in months, and got my very first D- on my nutrition report (needless to say, I made that a "private" report). I still managed to log a -1000 deficit, though, so hooray for exercise.
Glad to see Muppet being inspired with some of her own recipes. I found that is what makes things so enjoyable for me these days (minus today!), is redoing favorite restaurant meals with scaled-down calories.
All the newcomers, welcome! And sorry I've been such a flake lately.
Snooglies: Welcome back I am new to this thread and pretty excited about it. I am looking to lose 100-120 lbs. Yup I got a long way. Last year I lost 60 lbs and this year I gained 75. Yikes. We can do it. I too am 37...they claim the older u get the harder it is to lose weight. We shall see.
Lizzie: Welcome this site is amazing. I cal it my new life long friend lol to my husband. I clearly need to spend the rest of my life counting calories and changing my life style. I am so happy I have the app on my iphone. Are the rest of u using this amazing app?
I can't wait fo our first weigh in on Monday. I hope I drop some. Afterall I was pretty much drinking half a bottle of wine at least 4 times a week. Just discovered there are a ton of calories in wine.
One thing that really frustrates me is finding exact calories in booze and wine. I spent at least 30 minutes searching the web yesterday for the calorie count in lemonade lust pucker vodka. I could not find the calories anywhere. The girl was serving it at the liquor store mixed with club soda and I think it is a great idea for a low calorie cocktail. I know that it will be completely unrealistic for me to cut alcohol out and know if u make unrealistic goals u will fail. I am trying to cut it down significantly. I am just trying to have a glass of wine only on Friday nights and then pick one of the weekend days if we are out with friends. I just have to count every ounce that goes in my mouth.
I am so determined to get back down 120 lbs, I almost feel obsessed. LOL. I just got married in April and was this chubby...how depressing was that. I can't wait to seee size 6/8 again!!! I know we can all do it, this site is going to make it happen for all of us.
WEEKENDS This is where it all goes to hell for me and I bet it is hard for all of us. I have 2 events. A barbecue with an open bar tonight and tomorrow a baby shower with a mimosa and Bloody Mary bar. OOOOOO boy this is gonna be tough. I am going to try my hardest to have the cucumber water at the shower and tonight at the barbecue I am going to avoid beer and just have wine or vodka and setzler water. Wish me luck as I truly will be proud of myself if I don't drink at both events. That is not going to get me in my size 8's.
muppet: I am so glad you came back to us. You look fantastic.
akela: Emma is getting big. She is walking sorta, and has about 7 teeth. She will be 1 on July 25th. We haven't picked out a name for the other baby. We are thinking either Aubree Grace or Kadin Elise. We go in on July 30th to have her (5 days after Emma's b.day). I have to have another c-section.
Can anyone tell me what the points is for on this? I don't understand how or why they build up.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!! :)
Weight: Saw like 2lb drop the other day--then it came right back the next day...forgot how your body will be like "YOU LOST THREE POUNDS!" and then the next day you'll be right back up to where you were. Poo.
Asia: I had plenty of food at work yesterday. It was just busy and we were understaffed--and they didn't want us to eat at the front desk, because it looks bad...So it was impossible to escape and eat something of substance. Had a big bowl of cereal when I got home. I was literally eating cereal out of a measuring bowl.
Things going okay. May go out with friends tonight for a drink. Going on a beach-walk with a friend tomorrow. Have a day off--cannot WAIT.
Dutchess: Trust me. I don't look fantastic. I can just take a decent picture of my head! HA! How are ya, girl?
muppet: lol I am doing pretty good. I go in on July 30th for a c-section to have our second little girl and get my tubes tied. Other than that just counting down the days until I can start working out again.
Hey everyone! I am enjoying reading everyones posts, but please forgive me for not responding there are so many! lol I will get the hang of it soon I hope!
This week I have done pretting good off and on. I had a free meal and oh my word. The next day was AWFUL!! I wanted to just munch on everything! But I was good and didn't give in! Last night my husband took me out to dinner and I was proud I stayed on target pretty well! But today I had a baby shower to go to and I was doing so good, but that Chocolate cupcake with chocolate icing with pecans on top was calling my name and I answered the call. :( Oh well I don't want to tell myself that I will never be able to have something like that again. I just ate one and I had a different feeling after it that I have never had before. I wasn't attached to it and craving another one like I would have in the past. I think the power that sweets used to have over me may be going away! Even though I had it I have still felt pretty good about the day over all. But I know I can do better and will do better!
I did pretty terrible today. I don't know what the calories were on the pizza since it's a local restaurant. I didn't eat 1/2 a pizza, but the slices were huge. Plus 2.5 Long Islands at the bar didn't help. This is my first official maintenance in the 5 weeks I've done this so I'm doing good IMO! It wasn't even that bad either, just one huge meal and no desire to eat. It helps I slept in til almost 10:30am too.
BTW, I live in Florida and even though I have access to a lot of fresh seafood I still keep some frozen because it's easier to store. I purchase mine at Sam's Club. The Tilapia and Mahi Mahi are amazing there. It's also boneless and skinless.
Snooglies, I've never heard that about Estrogen and burning fat. More info please? Now I'm curious.
Jana, good luck with all the events! I find weekends harder as well, since it's not the same amount of structured time as everything else. Sounds like you're planning how to tackle it, and I think a game plan is the most important thing.
Slhann, I haven't figured out the points yet. Let us know when you do.
I'm tired today. Was hoping to get the keys to my new place, but it didn't work out for today. Meanwhile, I ran to the bank to get a check for first month rent. So poo I didn't get it, but it looks like Mon night will work. Meanwhile, I went to the barbeque. I didn't do terrible, but at the same time the cheesecake - wow calories!
Jaegersgirl- LOVE Sams club that is where we get all of our meat. I was surprised to find out on here that Fillet Mignon has more calories than a regular sirloin. I love Fillet...it is pricey but melts in your mouth. Now I know why it melts in your mouth!!! I am going to have to start liking sirloin!!
Slhann- Good question I too am wondering what the points are!!
Tpeze- Yay it is always exciting getting keys to a new place.
Dutchess- How exciting a new baby is coming!!! I am throwing my best friend her baby shower today. I am so excited I can barely contain myself. I am doing a baby safari animal theme.
Boy did I blow it last night. I made great food choices but had 2 rum punches, a pear martini, and 2 blue moon beers...yikes. Bad Jana. I did log everything so that the next time I go out I would know just how many calories I am drinking. I am not going to beat myself up. It was a really fun night out celebrating my gf birthday but I will say this will never happen again. I need to drink light beers so I can keep my calories in check or vodka and setzler water...oh and maybe not be having 5 drinks!! Just a thought. LOL! In the old days I would never log this..I would just put an x through the day. I really now see the value in logging things. It really will help u be more aware in the future.
I am detemined to make it through this baby shower brunch. I will be checking in today with low calories. I am going to have the yogurt parfaits, fruit salad, and the ham. I am making this amazing potato brunch casserole filled with sour cream, butter, and cheese. This is delicious but I will be so proud of myself if I can stay away!!!
Topeze - Fat cells store estrogen and can also secrete it. When you lose weight, the fat cells shrink, or empty out, if you will, and along with that, comes any excess estrogen that may be stored. This is all released into your blood stream, and with enough estrogen at once, it can (apparently) trigger a menstrual-like cycle. Ultimately, you are lowering your estrogen levels by losing weight, which is a good thing. Very overweight women are likely to have an estrogen excess since it is stored in fat, and excess estrogen can cause a lot of hormone-related health issues, as well as put you at higher risk for things like breast cancer. That is my most basic understanding of it.
It may also be indicative that I am losing a little too rapidly. I certainly haven't had many 1 or 2lb loss weeks, which is the plan I am following. It's either been nothing or 4-5lbs. Not sure why.
Everything in moderation. Don't cut it all out or you will end up binging!
Exercise will speed things up as well as drinking lots and lots of water!
BLOATED. Whyyyyyy? Bloated.