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The last 5 or 10 pounds (or last couple inches or so) group.


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Group for people wanting to lose those last stubborn pounds by being active and eating well. This thread isn't only for talking about scale victories though. Also great to hear about how you are reshaping your body through exercise, gaining tone that you didn't have before, and achieving fitness goals!

Who's with me?

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Anyone?

I will join your group! I don't weigh myself really but I know I am probably between 132 and 136 and 5'7 and I would like to be between 125 and 130 :D  I don't eat that low calories I try to focus on exercising to create a deficit, not harming my metabolism and creating a nice shape of body.

What are your goals and how much do you eat and exercise?? How old are you?

Hi, I'll join. 

My stats: 5'4", female, currently 129.9. (I did get to see 128 on Sunday but then went right back up to 129 the next day). My goal weight is 115-125, anything in there I will be really happy. 

I've started getting really impatient (although it's actually been coming off pretty consistently so far).

I'm eating about 1600 calories a day (whenever I stay on plan/doing pretty good most of the time) and I'm on week 3 of the couch to 5k plan. (only other thing I'm doing right now is planks and pushups.)  currently I'm in a weight loss challenge "Anyone interested in starting a Halloween or Christmas 2011 challenge now? - Challenge STARTED!" which I just love.  It's motivating having to post my number each Friday. I'm trying really hard to post at least a pound lost each week.  Not sure whether I'm going to have any luck this week though. :(

What are you both doing? How's it going?

Health 321:

Thats awesome! a pound a week is great.  I don't have a clue how much I am losing.  Not a pound a week though.  I have lost a small amount over the summer.  I'd like to get more consistent with it but my sweet tooth gets the better of me and every now and then I'll post huge overages and ruin any deficit I might have going.  Trying to work on that!! Most of the time I aim for around 1700-1800 calorie range.  I will often have anything from 1600 up to 2200 depending on what kind of day it is.  I guess if I want to get serious I will stick to a lower upper limit unless i'm exercising a lot but I don't want to go below 1750 as an AVERAGE.

My exercise is a mixed bag... some p90x vids, sometimes elliptical or weights at the gym, I like working toward getting chin ups and also do push ups, planks etc.  I try to get in at least 4 days a week but I get busy with work outside of normal work hours sometimes and can end up taking a few days off in a row or whatever. You know... it happens :)

I always waffle about whether I should be weighing myself regularly.  On one hand the scale can be soo frustrating and discouraging and on the other it can be really motivating and helpful to track progress and I'm sure it would help me with my goal of drinking more water because I know retaining water can show on the scale.

Hi mgettinghealthy, I am obsessed with the scale (twice a day). lol (about the scale, I like the instant feedback when I cheat...but I totally get the benefits of stepping away from it for awhile too).

have you set yourself any goals? mine is 5 pounds by Halloween. That would be SO amazing.  I would be back to my high school weight. which would be awesome since I possibly have my 20 year reunion next year. (ugh: 20 years, does not seem possible). although my class is such slackers and I have not heard anything about it yet. but...just in case.

i've heard great things about the p90x program (my cousin used it and she got really fit. she looked like she could go on a commercial). How are you liking it?  I can't do lunges at all (my knees).  I'm assuming there's a lot of them?

sometimes I think about increasing my calories.  I dunno. I find I stop losing weight when I try 1800, although I think I'm probably too impatient.  My hope is that as long as my weight loss doesn't go beyond a pound a week (and if I'm not hungry at all), then I'm not "starving" myself too much and maintenance won't be too hard to switch to. :)  (I rechecked the "advise" link and it said I should eat 1200-1400 cals based on activity level, and I will lose 10 pounds by December. Something's definitely not right there...I probably did something wrong though.)

I'm doing 1 hour of at least moderate exercise 5-6 days a week - mainly running and jump rope. I'm also eating a healthy balanced diet but I don't count the calories - I let my body tell me when I've had enough. My goal has been has been to lose about 9 pounds for quite some time now but I just can't seem to lose a bean! For that reason I am trying to focus more on just getting fit and toned. The exercise makes me feel great even though no weight is coming off. So my main goal is to be fit and feel awesome in my bikini this spring/summer (I'm in the southern hemisphere). I'm trying not to worry too much about the numbers, but if they do by some miracle go down I won't complain.

mgettinghealthy, definitely agree about the scale being frustrating. It used to be my friend - I could lose easily when I was in the right mode, but now I'm trying harder than I did then and get no results.

Health321, just be glad it's coming off lol!

Hello, group . . . well, I'm not sure what joining a group entails, as I haven't spent much time here - I think this may be my third post? However, I'm interested in the relationship of losing weight to achieving fitness, so here goes.

48 y/o, 5' 11", 182-184 lb (fluctuates), started at 214 lb. My target is 170 lb, 10-15% body fat, more muscle mass, good definition. I'm flexible on the weight target; if I end up higher or lower at the target BF%, so be it. Per my scale/monitor today, my body fat is 24% and muscle pct is 36%.

My regimen is, and here's where I have some doubts, maybe not great.

I eat 1200-1300 cal/day. A lot of meat and fish, very little pasta/rice/bread, veggies or fruit daily. I track my diet with the Calorie Count iPhone app, and just shoot for each day to be about 35% protein, 25% fat, 40% carbs. I cook a lot, fat is tasty, so it is hard to avoid the fat.

I work out almost daily, mostly bodyweight stuff like ring pushups, ring pullups, crunches, ring sits, dumbbell exercises. However, there's been no "system" to my exercise - basically, I put some gymnastics rings and dumbbells in the basement, and between checks on the oven or helping with kids' homework, I pop down there and do a couple sets, then pop down later and do some more. Might total 100 pushups a night, etc. Gradually, cycling and swimming, and some machines in the gym at work, are getting into my routine. I mean to read up on weight training too.

I'm getting more defined but not that much bigger. Thus I'm thinking about increasing my calorie intake, increasing my weights, or both. The problem is, I still have, by my estimate, -25 lb of fat to lose, mostly visceral fat as my subcutaneous fat isn't too bad. So I'm trying to balance building muscle mass (at least +10 lb) and losing fat.

Timeline? I'd like to reach my target within the next 7-9 months. Yes, I'm slow :-)

John, that's cool that you know your body fat %. Would love to find that out myself one day. Sounds like you are getting some good resistance exercise in. I'm currently mainly doing aerobic exercise and a little bit of flexibility. Would like to incorporate resistance soon too - but its just a matter of getting the equipment which is tricky. I only have 2 1kg dumbells which aren't very challenging. How many days do you do your resistance exercises? I just learnt in one of my classes at uni that you should only do 2-3 days doing resistance as it requires more recovery time (for muscles to rebuild etc) than aerobic.

I use a Omron HBF 510 which is about $65 online. These devices are reasonably accurate, say typically within 2-3 pct points of the measurement from underwater weighing. Don't get crazy about 1%. It helps you watch trends.

Like you, I've heard that to "build" muscle mass, you want to lift heavy weight (you can't do more than 10 reps), work your muscle to failure (you can't do even one more rep), and give that muscle some days to recover. I think that, so far, I'm only really doing "toning" and "definition" work. Equipment is a limitation - for example, with a pushup I only have the opportunity to "lift" 90 lb (1/2 my bodyweight) and doing 30 reps per set of that is not what I should be doing to build mass. Anyway, I do these bodyweight exercises maybe 5 days a week.

For me, the issue is how much stuff do I want to cram into my basement, and who would be my spotter? So my solution is to use machines at a gym for some of my exercise. And, right now, can I actually build mass if I'm eating below my basal metabolic rate? I'm being told that it's not a good strategy.

For others, the issue might be if the goal is to bulk up or to tone up?

I'll join too!

5'2'' female, 109 lbs (started @ 115) looking to be 103 lbs

Currently losing at a rate of about 1.5 lbs/wk which suits me fine. Have trouble exercising due to tiredness and general hatred of exercise. Thinking of trying pilates - anyone had luck?

Right now I'm eating salsa out of the jar which is aweswome - it's SO low cal

My other question is: how realistic is the 24 inch waist?

I keep hearing about it in songs and movies - and even in some old books girls are bragging about waists under 20 inches. When I'm at my thinnest, I am maybe 27'' and I think I look thin then. I'm not complaining at all just wondering.....

Does anyone here have or ever had a 24 inch waist??

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My other question is: how realistic is the 24 inch waist?

I really do think it depends on your build. I'm 5'7, 118lbs and have a 23.5 inch waist but even when I was 185lbs it was no bigger than 28 inches. I just tend to store fat in places other than my waist! I think women referring to such small waist sizes must have pear shapes or hourglass shapes.

 

I'd like to try losing another 3-4 lbs to see if my thighs get any smaller, but I'm not going to actively try with diet. I've started Yoga 3x week & Pilates 1x week, so if it happens, it happens! Smile

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I'd love to join too!

I'm 24 (soon to be 25), 5'5" and 130lbs. In January I was done to about 117 and was very happy with my weight, and was working on toning up, but I got out of the routine I was in and have since gone back to 130lbs, which seems to be where my body likes to hover around.

I really would like to tone up again (I had definite abs in January!!!), but I am having trouble getting back into a workout routine again. I rollerblade to and from work 5 days a week, so I am logging about 45km of cardio, and am trying to get up in the mornings and do some Jillian Michaels videos (which I have previously had HUGE success with in regards to toning). I just can't seem to drag myself out of bed sometimes, and then at night I am usually too tired or have a lot going on, but I am really trying to change this.

I have also been logging my calories and exercise on CC for the last month, eating around 1500-1800 calories (though my goal is 1500), with a daily deficit around 300-400 cals, but only achieving an overall average of 160 deficit (weekends tend to screw me over!) Anyway... I would love to have the motivation and support to encourage me to get my butt out of bed in the mornings and start getting toned up! I'm sick of looking so flabby - this just isn't how I identify with myself - and I know I can be better because I've been there!

Health321 I would love to start a Halloween Challenge! Perhaps we could weigh in every Monday (that would help me at least try and moderate myself over the weekends!) and maybe we could also monitor measurements as well, which I have found to be very helpful in the past when the scale may not drop but I have lost inches around my waist etc. Let me know!

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Health321 I would love to start a Halloween Challenge! Perhaps we could weigh in every Monday (that would help me at least try and moderate myself over the weekends!) and maybe we could also monitor measurements as well, which I have found to be very helpful in the past when the scale may not drop but I have lost inches around my waist etc. Let me know!

 Hi, I was just wondering how everyone wants to do this?  What things should we report and how often?  I have never taken any measurements  (mainly I am lazy and like having a machine do the work for me).  :D  UPDATE: actually yah, I don't see myself doing it even though I probably should.  

I've been having a lot of trouble with motivation the last couple of weeks. Trying to start again today being really good and staying on the food plan.

Oops, forgot to write, I'd be glad to check in every Monday.  I'd love to lose 5 pounds by Halloween.  Looks like 7 weeks til then.  That should be plenty of time assuming we are really good. lol  Anyone else interested?

Original Post by xunique11:

My other question is: how realistic is the 24 inch waist?

I keep hearing about it in songs and movies - and even in some old books girls are bragging about waists under 20 inches. When I'm at my thinnest, I am maybe 27'' and I think I look thin then. I'm not complaining at all just wondering.....

Does anyone here have or ever had a 24 inch waist??

 xunique: you sound so skinny already!

what the heck, I'll just start the challenge:

  • Mon, Sept 12th: BMI: 22.06, Weight: 129.2
  • Mon, Sept 19th:  TBD  (hoping for 128.2) :D

xunique11, Our stats are quite similar! I am 5'2", currently 112 and would also like to get down to 103 or 104. I have an advanced pilates dvd I used to do all the time and I loved it. Have mainly been focusing on aerobic etc lately. Incorporating some pilates would prob be a good idea though. And at my goal weight (before I put some weight on) I think my waist waist was about 60cm which translates to 23.6. At the moment it's about 25 inches. How ever, whether its realistic or not really depends on what your body type is.

Ant13, so know what you mean about knowing you can get there because you've been there before. Originally, 2 or 3 years ago I managed to lose about 26 pounds and maintained a good range for quite some time, however whenever christmas would come along I would gain and then have to spend some time losing it again. Last christmas/new years I gained about 9 pounds and these 8 or 9 months later I still haven't managed to lose them! So frustrating.

Health, halloween is my birthday :) In NZ at least.

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Original Post by ant13:

Health321 I would love to start a Halloween Challenge! Perhaps we could weigh in every Monday (that would help me at least try and moderate myself over the weekends!) and maybe we could also monitor measurements as well, which I have found to be very helpful in the past when the scale may not drop but I have lost inches around my waist etc. Let me know!

 Hi, I was just wondering how everyone wants to do this?  What things should we report and how often?  I have never taken any measurements  (mainly I am lazy and like having a machine do the work for me).  :D  UPDATE: actually yah, I don't see myself doing it even though I probably should.  

I've been having a lot of trouble with motivation the last couple of weeks. Trying to start again today being really good and staying on the food plan.

Oops, forgot to write, I'd be glad to check in every Monday.  I'd love to lose 5 pounds by Halloween.  Looks like 7 weeks til then.  That should be plenty of time assuming we are really good. lol  Anyone else interested?

 I normally measure my arms, bust, waist (where you bend if you bending side to side; about 1 inch above belly button), pudge (or love handles area), hips (across hip bones and over butt), and thighs (around the largest portion).

I also would like to lose 5lbs by Oct. 31 too! That would give us 6 weeks, which should be perfect!

I'll do complete measurements on Monday, but my weight today was 131 - I would like to be at 130 on Monday, Sept. 19 - a nice challenge for over the weekend! =) 

Losing 5 lb by Halloween would be nice. I'd like to break below 180 lb. Every 10 lbs seems like a psychologically meaningful point.

I don't really have any luck with the advise link on this site. It says:
current: 129.  goal: 120, female, 5'4", 37
sedentary: consume about 1,200 calories a day... by December 28, 2011.
very active: consume about 1,665 calories a day ... by November 18, 2011

anyone else get wacky results? I was thinking that it would give me more calories to play with and show me getting to my goal more quickly than displayed.

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