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OVER 300 POUNDS Looking for support


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I was looking on the site for people over 300 lbs looking for support and to share there goals, ideas, and to help each other out by being supportive and helping each other thru those times when you just need someone to vent to about why it has to be so hard..  If anyone wants to join in please feel free and NO you dont have to be over 300 but please come to this forum with support and ideas for those who are and are looking for those people to give them that light bulb moment that makes ya say... OH YEA THATS WHY I AM HERE

HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE HOPE TO TALK TO YA ALL SOON !!

Sharon

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Hey Sharon!

Keep it up!  I started a month ago at 320.  I've been over 300 for five or six years.  Doctor told me to lose some weight last month.  I changed my diet from chicken fried steak and sodas to salmon and water.  I started working out the best I could.  Today I'm at 297.  I dropped a lot of that off quickly and I think now I'm leveled out to 1-2 pounds a week.  Looks like you are committed.  That's all you need. 

My biggest advice is to focus on being healthy - not losing weight.  Don't get discouraged if you don't lose or even gain weight.  Focus on getting healthy.  Keep moving.  The secret is to find something your body can do and do it until your heart is pumping.  I over exteded myself last week and decided to try to start jogging.  My right knee is telling me loudly today that it was too soon.  So, I'm carefully watching my calories until my knee heals up and I can do some low-impact workouts. 

The best thing about being big is that when we're down to our goal weight, we can brag about how great we did, right? 

I love to eat.  But I didn't care what I ate before.  I just ate what was in front of me.  I ate whatever I wanted to eat at restaurants.  I got the biggest steak, the hamburger with the most extras on it.  I was the big guy.  I was expected to eat that stuff.  Now, I just do the best I can.  Changing my diet was a challenge the first week, but I made some quick substitutions:

My immediate changes:  Salads when possible.  Dressing either low cal, on the side, or sometimes none.  Almond butter instead of peanut butter.  And I eat almonds as a snack (1 oz only).  Almond milk instead of regular (and turns out I really like it).  Yogurt instead of ice cream (and sherbert if I'm really tempted).  Wheat bread instead of white.  One slice instead of two.  Frozen veggies instead of canned (anything in a can is loaded with sodium).  Quinoa or couscous instead of rice.  (I didn't know what quinoa was before).  Sweet potatoes instead of potatoes.  Avocados and carrots as often as possible.

Healthy Breakfast EVERY DAY - Total cereal and a fruit smoothie for me.

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Steve and Sharon, in terms of low impact exercise I can recommend hitting up an elliptical machines - you can do it at your individual pace and its easy on your joints and back. They are affordable for home use if you think you could stick to it longterm, but at the beginning you are maybe better of to try it out in the gym.

The YMCA is a very inclusive place where people of all ages and sizes can exercise next to each other - you will be welcome in about every gym in town. My experience is that individuals who are a little heavier than other are concerned about how they'd be viewed by "fit" and "trim" people in the gym. You will find great support and encouragement there too.

i weighed 348 pounds a year ago, today i weigh 250 ive lost just about 100 pounds.

been fat all my life,and was tired of not being able to move,being late to places because non of my clothes fitted me the way i wanted them too,having "ugly" days pretty much everyday,not feeling motivated to do anything,you get the idea..

i made a change,to loose weight and get healthy.

i had too,im only 22 and i couldnt do things i wanted to when i weighed 348.

when i started working out,i was i guesss, embarresed to workout infront of people,but as time went on,i started not to care,im there to get healthy as well as other people, and if they wanna look at my big arse bouncing around all over the place on the treadmil,they can. haha

but i made a mistake about 2 years ago,i would workout for 3+ hours a day,but what i ate didnt change. and i loveed to eat taco bell. it was good to me at the time and the only thing open late when clas got over,and then i would eat more when i got home..

few months i did that,and i wasnt loosing anything,or seeing any change in my waist. soo i joined CC and started to research,and found out that, what you put in your mouth is a huge role to loose weight,even bigger then working out.

so i stopped drinking pop going to taco bell and other fast food places,stopped eating everything that i didnt make myself. after that i lost 40 pounds in 2 months just by walking andd eating better.

you can do it,you just have to be dedicated and motivated. any questions, im glad to give advice.

Started at 340 pounds. Now down at 276, and heading for 180 or so.

Motivation? A couple of dodgy nights where I couldn't breathe properly, plus bending the needle on my bathrom scales by overshooting maximum by about 14 pounds.

I'm on 1800 calories a day - just dropped from 2000 - and I walk about 6-7 miles every weekday, which is pretty much the only exercise I do at the moment. Weight loss is pretty consistent at 2 pounds a week. Bus fare savings are more consistent at £40 per 4 weeks :)

Blood pressure is down, weight is down, and unless I drill more holes in the belt, the trousers will be too!

I started out at almost 300 pounds... today I'm at 230. One of the things that tripped me up was worrying about losing it FAST... if I can stress one thing it's to go at your own pace. Eat healthily and don't focus so much on how fast or slow other people are getting to their goal weights - it's the journey for YOU that matters. The feeling of the day I was able to put on a pair of size 18 pants was priceless - that's the feeling that keeps me going!! Good luck - you can do this!!

Thanks to all for your posts what great motivation from all

stevep - thanks for all the good advice and i have made almost all the changes you have except the almond milk.. not sure about that.. :)  i do eat a healthy breakfast every morning..

fgransee -  I dont think i could do a eliptical machine but hubby did buy me a Wii game and i got the Wii fitness... Holy Crap is that a work out for someone who hasnt moved much in years... WOW...  Thanks

itsmeeeeliz - Great job on the weight loss... Yea hubby and I have stopped the fast food places well I should say me he is over the road truck driver so sometimes fast food is all he's got available but I dont go only to mickey d's for their $1.00 salad.. love those... yum

PB&J - You are absolutley right and I know from past experience weight loss that I need to do it slow so I am I have been doing since end of July and have lost 10 lbs sometimes it gets me down but then I realize I didnt gain it all overnight and I aint going to get it off that fast and I also realize that when i drop too fast it comes right back..  so PB&J I am following your advice .. thanks Smile

Thanks again to all and I am going to add you as buddys to keep me going..

Sharon

 

Hi Sharon, Steve, fgransee, itsmeeeeliz, wordsmithmkak...

Started at 370 back in 2008. Lost 100 pounds in a year and then things changed in my life and I got off program and for two years I put back on 48 pounds. I tried and tried to get back but I just couldn't do it.

June 27, 2011 I was so depressed and I just wasn't feeling good and I knew I had to do something. I weighed 337 and I felt so good to finally get back on program. My husband was going to be on it with me which really made it easier to stay on program.  It's been 2 and half months and I've lost 38 pounds and I just made my first BIG GOAL of getting under the 3-0-0. Today I weigh 299.

Had my blood work done and it really improved and I had only been on program for a month, so I'm really looking forwards to my next one...

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Carol,

 

this is really good for you ! It's sad though to read when somebody describes how he or she made great progress and then ends up gaining the weight back. It takes so much effort to pick yourself up another time and lose the weight again. It's a long way and most of your success is determined by your resolve and your patience. Then understanding the "mechanics" behind weight loss will prevent you from wasting your time and strength with the most common mistakes.

Simple truth, you can weigh half of what you put on the scale in 2008 - your choices can make it happen and really no adverse circumstances in life must pierce your armor. You are in control, not the food. It may take many months, several years but that's a short fight considering that you will change your life forever.

In that light, it's insignificant if you are on your quest for two months or two years, if you have already lost 50 lbs or 100 lbs - or if you for whatever reason gained 5 lbs back over the past week. You march on and you will get there.

Thank you fgransee..... I am making a change this time....We are eating healthy and we know it's for the rest of our lives. For me losing weight and my husband getting heart healthy. He had a heart attack 13 years ago.  

Finally!  Someone with the same stats as me!  I started CC in May at 371.  I can't believe I am/was that big.  I feel huge, but not THAT huge!  At any rate, I'm 322 and heading south.

I'm the only one in my family that is currently trying to lose weight.  My daughter weights 434 and I can't seem to motivate her.  She's seeing a counselor and a nutritionist, but I don't know.  I'm so worried.  And I feel somewhat guilty, because my weight issues have probably made hers worse, since I wasn't really able to guide her down the right path, not being on it myself.

I'm still not able to get out and go to a gym.  I have bad knees and can't do many exercises.  I can to the recumbent bike and have been trying to find one to buy for my house.  I have free access to a gym that is literally across the parking lot from where I work, but I can't seem to make myself get there. 

I'm hoping that thinks will be on a change now that I have some guidance from CC.  I love the analysis feature.  I try to get 'A's every day.  And for the most part, I have. 

I hope there are other people who can relate some issues and stories so that I know I'm not both crazy and alone.

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Finally!  Someone with the same stats as me!  I started CC in May at 371.  I can't believe I am/was that big.  I feel huge, but not THAT huge!  At any rate, I'm 322 and heading south.

I'm the only one in my family that is currently trying to lose weight.  My daughter weights 434 and I can't seem to motivate her.  She's seeing a counselor and a nutritionist, but I don't know.  I'm so worried.  And I feel somewhat guilty, because my weight issues have probably made hers worse, since I wasn't really able to guide her down the right path, not being on it myself.

I'm still not able to get out and go to a gym.  I have bad knees and can't do many exercises.  I can to the recumbent bike and have been trying to find one to buy for my house.  I have free access to a gym that is literally across the parking lot from where I work, but I can't seem to make myself get there. 

I'm hoping that thinks will be on a change now that I have some guidance from CC.  I love the analysis feature.  I try to get 'A's every day.  And for the most part, I have. 

I hope there are other people who can relate some issues and stories so that I know I'm not both crazy and alone.

 Thanks Bonnysaxon for stopping by. I started this forum because I wanted to talk to people who are going thru the same struggles on a daily basis that I am and who understand I cant go out and run a mile or go to the gym for a work out because I have bad knees or because I am just to out of shape to do that but I am working on it.. I dont know about an recumbent bike but man have I found the Wii a kicker Tongue out  I can run, walk, play tennis,baseball,hula hoop.. yep you heard right hula hoop.. I had so much fun yesterday it was my workout for a 1/2 hour and I havent moved like that in years.. But if it was exercise.. It sure was fun and I am going to do it today !!!  So bonny if you get a chance to get you one of the Wii game consoles and even one game.. its fun and also exercise...

Welcome to all and have a great day everyone Smile

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 Thanks Bonnysaxon for stopping by. I started this forum because I wanted to talk to people who are going thru the same struggles on a daily basis that I am and who understand I cant go out and run a mile or go to the gym for a work out because I have bad knees or because I am just to out of shape to do that but I am working on it.. I dont know about an recumbent bike but man have I found the Wii a kicker   I can run, walk, play tennis,baseball,hula hoop.. yep you heard right hula hoop.. I had so much fun yesterday it was my workout for a 1/2 hour and I havent moved like that in years.. But if it was exercise.. It sure was fun and I am going to do it today !!!  So bonny if you get a chance to get you one of the Wii game consoles and even one game.. its fun and also exercise...

Welcome to all and have a great day everyone

Walking should be low-enough impact that you can do it even at your current weight, as long as you don't push TOO hard on hill-and-step climbing. The first couple of days I was walking to and from work, it really knackered me - but it has picked up and (when not down with a cold) I'm moving at around a marching pace. And don't say "But I have short legs" - mine are short too, you just walk faster to compensate! Aim to walk a mile a week at first, and work up - find someplace nice to walk like a park of a green area.

The Wii is an excellent idea too. My daughter swears by the Wii Dance game, as it gets her moving in a way sport never does.

Congratulations to all of you who have lost the weight. It really is a great accomplishment although skinny people would see it as just something you need to do. Celebrate the accomplishments! I have been a member of calorie count for a couple of years now. I made quite a bit of progress but situations in my life caused me to lose sight of my health and weight and I blew up. At the beginning of this week I got on the scale after a two week vacation of drining tons of beer (that's what Canadians do, eh) and eating everything in sight and the scarle said ERR which means that it went to 300. I had never been that heavy. I have hovered over the 295 mark for quite a few months but never went higher. I told myself that I HAVE to do something to be healthy not only for me but for my wife and daughters.

Through many forms of diet in the past, my realization is that carbs are not good for my body, even in moderation so I have started a low carb diet (Actually, it is more along the lines of a Paleo Diet) and drinking a lot of water. Not a ridiculous amount but about 96oz per day. Since Tuesday when I started I am already down six pounds but I am well aware that this is mainly due to the water drinking. My wife even commented on how less "puffy" I looked. (Beer makes you bloated, eh.) Anyway, I am still using calorie count to track my nutrients and calories but also to keep myself honest.

FYI, I am not eating all fat all the time with low carb. I'm eating sensibly but incorporating fruits and veggies with the fats. I do eat a lot of eggs but about 90% of the time it is egg whites which makes a huge nutritional difference. So now I'm rambling and will stop now. Good luck to everyone!

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Congratulations to all of you who have lost the weight. It really is a great accomplishment although skinny people would see it as just something you need to do. Celebrate the accomplishments! I have been a member of calorie count for a couple of years now. I made quite a bit of progress but situations in my life caused me to lose sight of my health and weight and I blew up. At the beginning of this week I got on the scale after a two week vacation of drining tons of beer (that's what Canadians do, eh) and eating everything in sight and the scarle said ERR which means that it went to 300. I had never been that heavy. I have hovered over the 295 mark for quite a few months but never went higher. I told myself that I HAVE to do something to be healthy not only for me but for my wife and daughters.

Through many forms of diet in the past, my realization is that carbs are not good for my body, even in moderation so I have started a low carb diet (Actually, it is more along the lines of a Paleo Diet) and drinking a lot of water. Not a ridiculous amount but about 96oz per day. Since Tuesday when I started I am already down six pounds but I am well aware that this is mainly due to the water drinking. My wife even commented on how less "puffy" I looked. (Beer makes you bloated, eh.) Anyway, I am still using calorie count to track my nutrients and calories but also to keep myself honest.

FYI, I am not eating all fat all the time with low carb. I'm eating sensibly but incorporating fruits and veggies with the fats. I do eat a lot of eggs but about 90% of the time it is egg whites which makes a huge nutritional difference. So now I'm rambling and will stop now. Good luck to everyone!

 Welcome Canada glad to have your input.. Low carb diets can be helpful especially for myself i am a diabetic and boy the least little amount of carbs is bad for me I dont eat a lot of fatty meats I tend to stay with leaner cuts and as for eggs I would defeat the purpose of my choles. medicine so I stick with eggbeaters and just add lots of goodies like onions,mushrooms,garlic etc.. to kick up the flavor but it works

Good Luck to all and keep those comments , suggestions and pointers coming I really enjoy them and they add to my knowledge of how to eat smart.. have a great day to all Smile

 Your avatar prompts me to ask you to marry me. <3 Dr. Steve Brule.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY COUNTRYGIRL!!!!!!!!

Hope you have a wonderful Birthday today!

Your Friend, Carol

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Wheat bread instead of white.

 I'm not sure if you know this, but if you get wheat bread that doesn't say WHOLE Wheat bread on the package, it's white bread that is dyed brown. It shocked the hell out of me.

Hi sharon,

I'm Chris. I started out my weight loss in December at 350 lbs (started here in january). I'm down to 280.4 right now. Stick with it!

You're going to hear this a lot, but I'll say it anyway lol.. the best thing you can do for yourself is focus on living a healthy lifestyle and NOT on weight loss... I didn't weigh myself for the first 2 months I was working out! it just didn't matter. I focused on eating healthier and making better food choices. After about a month of logging calories you really start to see where you're problem is.

another piece of advice is to become more active in your everyday life. when I started I couldn't go to the gym and it was winter so not a lot of outdoorsy stuff to do. I started jogging in place while watching tv. only as long as I felt like I could keep it up, and then I'd just stand and watch tv until I felt like I could jog a little more. given that I watched a lot of tv that added up... eventually I was doing jumping jacks while watching the mentalist(best show ever! lol). as summer/spring rolled around I started walking places I'd normally get a ride to(grocery store, barbershop, etc...). It's amazing how one good habit leads to another :-) 

Best of luck and make sure you take advantage of all that CC has to offer...

 

Peace & Love,

Teddi B

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Original Post by stevep999:

Wheat bread instead of white.

 I'm not sure if you know this, but if you get wheat bread that doesn't say WHOLE Wheat bread on the package, it's white bread that is dyed brown. It shocked the hell out of me.

this also true of brown sugar (white sugar made brown). check the label! if it has more than one ingredient, its not really brown(unprocessed) sugar. 

Hey Sharon

I'm Gillian. When I first joined CC in June I was 305 lbs which I think was my heaviest. 3 months later I'm at 267 lbs and steadily losing around 3 lbs a week. Mostly I did this by changing the way I was eating, and last month I finally joined a gym.

The most important thing for me is not how long it takes to get me to my goal weight, but rather making sure it stays off once I get there. So I've been completely avoiding any faddy diets and instead eating pretty much like a normal person does, just slightly smaller portions. So mostly I'm eating fairly healthy, nutritious stuff and loads of fruit and veg, but junk definitely still features in my diet - I had a McDonald's last night! I'm just training myself to drastically limit how much I'm eating. Basically, as long as I've gotten in plenty of fruit, veg and lean meat and I've got calories to spare, it's fair game. And so far it's working really well; my weight loss has been consistent and I've never gained (except 1 lb right at the very beginning but I just pretend that never happened lol!).

For exercise, I started out on the Wii fit every other day, then I started playing squash after work with a friend. These days I'm hitting the gym 4 times a week for fitness classes (Zumba, Body Combat and Body Jam) and the difference in my fitness level is mind blowing. I never used to be able to walk for very long without getting out of breath, sweaty and hurting my back. Now I walk all the time and it's actually pleasurable. Now with winter coming up I'm looking forwar to being able to bundle up in sweaters and scarves and not be absolutely roasting in the snow!

However hard you think it's going to be, it really doesn't have to be. I've never felt like I was starving or depriving myself because I'm still allowing myself little amounts. And this is the way I want to eat for the rest of my life, it's literally a lifestyle change. You can do it, I promise!

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