1. History with weight loss:
2. History with Calorie Count:
3. Reason for joining this group:
4. Some interesting details about yourself, such as your job, your family, your pets and your interests:
And now just go ahead and make that first post!
My name is Diane, age 56, live in Iowa. I've been married for 37 years, have a daughter and son. Plus a SIL and 2 great little grandsons.
I started WW back in 1978 at a weight of 152 and thought I was heavy. Little did I know. Got to goal weight (128) and found out I was pregnant. During raising children plus moving around for my hubby's job, over the years I ballooned up to a high weight of 214.
On Christmas Eve 2003, I rejoined WW at 214. Got to doctor's goal of 181 for maintainence in 2005. Kept it off for a year. Quit the meetings - gained back to 207 this year.
I've been a member of another site (Calorie King) since 2007. I do use their dairy and we have a strong forum group over there also. They do charge. Something caught my eye over here one day and that's how I created a profile and joined your group. So I'm going back and forth between sites - double support is hopefully what will help me lose weight once again :)
I am definitely a backslider. Along the way, I've picked up some health issues that I attribute to age. Several occurred after menopause (thyroid and cholesterol problems). I had major knee surgery in 2003 which makes it difficult to run or use alot of a gym's exercise equipment. But I do walk 3-4 times per week - about 150 minutes per week.
I work full-time, have an Ebay store called CAPS MADE 4 YOU, which keeps my hands busy at night since I sew up all our own product. We live 5 hrs from my daughter's family so get to visit them once per month. My son is out in L.A. so visits are about twice per year. Definitely empty nesters here.
Hello to all - thanks for letting me join. It's the only group I participate in over here. Can't wait to get to know you all.
Well considering my best friend started the group she already knows my story, lol. I'm 5'7" and was at 220 after my 3rd kid. Got down to 158 using this site, counting and exercising and then got pregnant with my 4th. He will be 2 in July and I am sitting around 185. Boo. I thought that I would be good to go, motivated and counting, once I stopped breastfeeding over a year ago. It sooooo did not happen. I haven't managed to count for more than 5 days straight and I haven't done more than 2 days of exercise in 1 week since he has been born.
I started this site in July 2006, 4 years ago. It has been an amazing tool when I use it.
1. History with weight loss: I have had several successful phases of losing weight, doing different things. First time it was mostly low fat diet and lots of exercise. Second time was with an online site called eDiets which was more healthy eating and exercise adding in the support feature. This time is by far the slowest I've ever lost weight, but it's a consistent downward trend and I feel best of all the times I've lost. I feel like I'm finally in a place where I could stay for the rest of my life. The way I eat now, the amount of exercise I do, the amount of water I drink -- all are things I could continue for life. And I probably will!
2. History with Calorie Count: I joined CC in September of 2008, and have been losing steadily ever since. 37 pounds down, 28 to go.
3. Reason for joining this group: As you can see above, I've not ever reached a point of maintenance. I successfully maintained a 60 pound loss for over a year once, but I wasn't at goal and I definitely back slid after that (pregnancy will do that!). I'm hoping to meet up with others like me and figure out how to NOT backslide this time!!!
4. Some interesting details about yourself, such as your job, your family, your pets and your interests: My name is Rachel, I've been married for over 16 years, I live in Columbus, IN, and I have 3 kids (ages 11, 10, 7). I come from a big family (I'm the 2nd of 6 kids) and my husband comes from a smaller family (he's the 3rd of 3). I work at a company that makes printing plates for flexible packagers (we do the bread wrappers in my office); my husband is an engineer. We love to hike, bike, get outside and enjoy the weekends together. I've also taken to liking running and will do that sometimes. I do run intervals during my morning workouts, but I'm talking here about consistent nonstop runs. I hope to do a marathon someday! Well, a relay or something like that -- not a full by any means. Maybe a mini? Oh, we have a dog too.
Hope to get to know you all soon!!!
I'm new both to this group and to CC in general, so please pardon me for any etiquette breaches - and definitely let me know about any faux pas!
I am 27, live in Manhattan, and have a wonderful family in NJ to whom I'm very close. I am 5'1-5'2 and weighed around 120 consistently throughout high school, college, and graduate school. Last year I noticed that I'd been around 130 and that I wasn't as active as I used to be, so I joined WW online and lost about eight pounds. I stopped WW sometime last year.
This year has been an emotionally difficult few months and wow, was I in for a shock when I stepped on the scale yesterday. 143.4. I don't know if I'm an "emotional eater" or what - I think that overall, I need to look carefully at my habits. I don't feel as energetic as I used to, and I have every reason to be careful about my health with a history of crippling arthritis, diabetes, underactive thyroid, etc, in my family. I really don't want to jeopardize my health, and so when I started reading reviews for CC, I thought I would join.
My goal is to eat better, sure, but more than anything to start getting ACTIVE again! And to support others in their quests.
One more thing - I have a wonderful pup who is the light of my life!!
Good luck and so nice to meet everyone.
1. History with weight loss: Lose, gain, lose, gain, lose, gain...repeat.
2. History with Calorie Count: Joined in 2006. Started at 213, down to 159, wore a bikini on my holiday, promptly gained it all back. Currently at 189.5
3. Reason for joining this group: See #1 and #2!
4. Some interesting details about yourself, such as your job, your family, your pets and your interests: I am a SAHM, 4 kids ages 8-17, dog, chickens, live in the country. I spend my time making sure everyone else's needs are met while mine get neglected. I am working on that.
Edited to add: Feel free to add me as a friend. I journal everyday and spend very little time in the forums.
It's taken me a while to come up with a proper introduction, but here we go!
1. History with weight loss: No drama here. Having difficulty maintaining: once I reach or get close to my goal weight, my brain starts thinking I can eat whatever I want and so I do. Then, six months later I notice I've gained 20lbs... oops! This is a new attempt, now with a focus on maintenance, whenever I get there.
2. History with Calorie Count: I first joined last spring, a year ago. It helped me shed the 20lbs I had gained THAT time (ok, that took me several years after my son's birth to gain), but I lost track and stopped counting calories after a beach holiday during which I didn't seem to gain anything despite eating pizza every day.
3. Reason for joining this group: Read responses 1 and 2! I hope you guys will keep me on track once I get to maintenance.
4. Some interesting details about yourself, such as your job, your family, your pets and your interests: I'm34, originally from Northern Europe and moved to Continental Europe some ten years ago for work. My husband is from the Balkans, and we have a five year old boy who's the joy of my life, but due to some developmental delays and a ADD-ish character is quite high maintenance. I work full time as an information designer in a bank and commute from beatiful countryside every day.
Hiya I'm Shooshi and new to the group :)
1: History with weight loss: Most of my weight loss and gain started from the age of 15 (am 23 now) due to medication/falling ill, moving country or university. Each time has been a yoyo of 15 kg-20kg ranging me from 40kg to 60kg, at the moment I am at 55kg, down from 59kg in feb. I moved back home in November and decided to finally get it together and lose the weight healthily, (as all previous weight loss had been caused by me being ill/etc) the only change I implemented was doing about 40min of wii fit (which we bought in Feb) everyday. I already don't have fizzy drinks, juices, crisps, fried food, and eat out once in 3 weeks, normally a healthy option. Was really proud to drop 4kg...mainly because I lost centimetres too :D Have medical issues again though and am forced to bed rest...and now am struggling to maintain/keep loosing. Over the last 3 weeks I've gone from 54.3-55kg
2: Joined CC 3 years ago, just to get an idea of calories, signed up for the newsletters too, love them! Now I'm looking at how many calories to stick with daily to keep losing weight, I've been trying 1200, but it is hard. I'm not hitting my fibre or vitamin targets and I'm exhausted (but that could be meds)
Reasons for joining group, like many who've posted, reasons 1 and 2 :)
4: Me: I'm a student, I finished my BA in translating in November and should be going to England in September for an MA in International Relations. Born and grown up in luxembourg, I love travelling and have a multi-cultural background, which is why I also love languages, learning anything new and trying new stuff too :) I dabble in everything from sport, to knitting, am a bit of a ranter but love my life :D
Hi, I'm Teresa and I gained my weight during pregnancy 8 years ago and have not been able to lose it without back sliding right back to where I started, I feel like I am fighting a losing battle. I did real well for awhile but as soon as my husband brought cookies in the house I went down hill and gained back the weight that I fought so hard to lose! I am so angry with myself! so here I am again starting over again!
Welcome to the group, Shooshi and Teresa. :)
Welcome to the group Tereesa and thankyou Mayflower :)
I'm still unsure whether I'll stick with 1200 calories...I did 1500 calories this week and am feeling much better with that...the weight is still sticking to 55kg..
What do you guys think? Cos with bedrest I doubt I can lose much :P Maybe just stick to maintaining at 54.5-55kg until such time as I'm off bedrest?
I am a chronic backslider so I am excited about this group for motivation. I have been up and down with my weight since joining this group a few years ago. I started at around 178 and got down to 161 originally, but have now crept back up to 180 which is my highest ever. I am 5'6" tall and a busy Mom of three who works full time, is in grad school part time, and just never seems to have the time to exercise. I am so disgusted with this yoyo and I really need to get healthy and lose this weight. My goal is 140lbs and I am giving myself a one year goal to lose it from today. I am doing the insanity workout, which is a killer and I am slowly adjusting my diet to try and tweek it to the right amounts of nutrients and calories without feeling deprived all the time. While doing this workout it calls for me to take in 2200 calories daily if I want to lose weight, so that is where I am.
Thanks for starting this group!
Hello All -
I hope it's not too late to join this group! I too am a chronic backslider/yo yo dieter. I have always looked for the quick fix. I am 33 years old, mom to a 12 (almost 13) year old boy. I work full time in B2B sales, which over the past 2 years I can attribute to some of my weight gain and lack of motivation (have been working harder for less).
At 30 years old I was 145lbs and in fairly good physical health. I turned 33 years old at 167lbs and in horrible physical health. In the years prior to being 145 I was up and down 20-30lbs... never able to maintain. I started calorie count on May 26th, but officially didn't start paying attention until June 1st. Starting weight on June 1st 165lbs. Yesterday's weight (6/7) 162.8 (that was before taking my son out for some Cold Stone ice cream after a great performance at his baseball game - my main vice). My original motivation this time is our August vacation, but have since realized I need to make a lifestyle change and not just a quick weight loss.
I ideally would love to get to 148-150 before August 13th (heading to the beach), however, I am not sure how realistic that is.
At the end of the day - I want to lose the weight and keep it off. More importantly I want to get into good physical health and stay that way. I have an ankle and knee injury on my right leg that prevents me from running, however, I do have an elliptical/treadmill/and hoist gym in my basement. Any ideas on how to put together a good workout, would be very appreciated.
Do any of you have hypothyroidism? I have been told it will be very difficult to lose weight with this condition... I would love insight on that.
I really want to be part of a group that is consistently talking to each other.
Looking forward to this lifelong journey!
mfeih, welcome! First question, which beach are you heading to?
(I love hearing about other peoples' holiday plans!)
Mayflower001 - Thanks for your reply! Honestly, you are the first reply in any group I have tried to join... so thank you!
Ahhh the beach. Such a topic of debate. My son selected Myrtle Beach for the 2nd time. I had originally intended on the Bahamas, but he wanted to wait until I would allow him to have a friend tag along - next year. I have to admit though, we do have a good time in Myrtle Beach, then we spend a couple days in Charleston (which I absolutely adore that town).
Nine weeks and counting... I won't buy clothes or a bathing suit for the hot days until I lose at least some of this weight. Are my goals unreasonable?
I'm the worst person to say anything about goals. I myself have a target date set automatically by CC to October, but that seems so faaaaar away... and my bikini plans will happen in August like yours. Basically I'm just hoping to shed as much as I realistically can without starving myself and as for the rest... France will just have to live with my cellulite, too bad! (I'm in Europe)
Myrtle Beach and Charleston sounds awesome and exotic to me - I always wanted to visit that part of the world. What about the BP oil spill, I suppose that side of Florida will be completely safe?
Hi. My name is Melanie and I am 37. I am not new to CC. I have been on for about 9 months and initially lost +-40lbs. The past four or five months I have stalled out at 180lbs. Everyday I exercise and eat right until around 4pm when I blow it and then I take an evening walk which counteracts some of the damage. So by the end of the night, I am exactly where I started.
I finally decided to start posting to maybe met people who will help to keep more accountable and to get excited about losing weight again. That is the other problem. Now I am size 14 and I am not as embarrassed about weight as before. The driving urge and willpower is just not what it was before.
I also have started the couch to 5k but am doing week 2 for a second week because last week was not so good.
Mayflower001 - I have heard mixed reports on if the oil spill will cause problems on the east coast. Crossing my fingers it doesn't get that far... not only because of our vacation plans, but mainly due to the ecological disaster this is causing. I think everyone is hoping it doesn't move further before it can be contained and cleaned up. Such a mess! So sad!
I cheated last night - again! So disappointed. Had two pieces of pizza for dinner instead of a salad. UGH!
I cheated too... I was SO hungry last night I just had to have two sandwiches and a couple of handfuls of chips... but still no binge, I stayed at around 1700 cal for whole day - around maintenance level, right?
It's amazing how easy it is to pass the daily calorie limit by wrong choices. Chicken breast vs. beef, hamburger vs. a mountain of turnips etc. Why does McDonalds exist? Just asking. And why haven't they made a light burger yet. Grr.
My name is Megan, I'm 32, I work for an accounting firm in the Washington, DC area. I've been a member of CC since May of 2009. I'm 5' 9.5" and I started my weight loss journey on January 2, 2008 at 240.6 pounds. I got all the way down to 159 by December 2009, but I'd been losing in spurts of starvation coupled with manic exercise, and I just couldn't do it anymore. Recently I really let myself go, packing on 17 pounds in a few weeks and bringing myself all the way back up to 181. After Memorial Day, I decided enough is enough - I am going to do this the right way. My boyfriend got me a copy of the Abs Diet for Women last year, but I've been hemming and hawing, convinced I could do more by just not eating. Now I've committed to following the diet, going to the gym at least 4 times a week, and bringing the weight off slowly and sensibly, and for good!
I update my journal on CC pretty regularly, so feel free to visit me there too!
Thanks for reading, I know we can do this!
thanks for the friends add-it certainly looks like you are headed in the right direction with your diet and exercise. Hopefull we can all encourage each other to stay on track and break our habits of backsliding-LOL!