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  • AngeBee18AngeBee18 Member Posts: 180 Member Member Posts: 180 Member
    dimeda78 wrote: »
    I'm not embarrassed to wear shorts that don't come to my knees.

    This was a real victory moment for me also. Congrats!
  • palwithmepalwithme Member Posts: 860 Member Member Posts: 860 Member
    lbredhead wrote: »
    Has anyone here lost weight and kept it off on WW?

    Yes, I did WW several times in the past. The only time I got to goal (and Lifetime) was back in mid-2006. I was down about 40 pounds ... 230 pounds (highest ever :o ) down to 190. I kept if off successfully for 3.5 years by paying attention to what I was eating + swimming.

    The 'trigger' that caused me to gain weight in early 2010, was living out of a hotel for 5 months, working 10-12 hour days, 6 days a week, nearest grocery store was 10 miles away. Lots of stress eating, no exercise. :s

    From 2010-mid 2014, I stayed in the 205-220 pound range.

    In mid-2014 I got back in the gym and the pounds started slowly coming off. I was getting stronger and fitter, but 'the needle' wasn't moving very fast.

    A few days into 2015 I completely changed my diet "for a month". After all, I can do anything for just 23 days, right? No sodas, no diet sodas, no processed sugar, no flour, no milk/cheese, no restaurant food. No cheating (at all!) for 23 days. Slightly stricter than most paleo plans. The pounds just melted off ... and I feel so much better.

    I relaxed a little bit when my weight hit a new adult low of 188 o:) ... some cheat days, etc.

    My advice to anyone would be to put it all together:
    - use WW meetings for accountability, unbiased measuring of weight loss, and tips,
    - focus on eating "real food" (e.g., some version of paleo),
    - exercise (both cardio and weights),
    - MFP for longer term weight tracking, better nutrient tracking, and forums like this one,
    - and, of course, come up with some personalized non-food rewards need to help you stay motivated!

    I lost approximately 40 pounds on WW about 12 years ago, but slowly put it back on, plus another 20, over those 12 years. I used the online site at the time and counted points. I also used the WW's cookbooks to put together good meals, which I highly recommend. Compared to points, I like counting calories on MFP better. Just makes more sense to me to watch your nutrients as well as your calories. I have tried a couple of apps, including WW, for losing weight, and by far MFP is the best.
  • ACKlugACKlug Member Posts: 26 Member Member Posts: 26 Member
    larryc0923 wrote: »
    How it has inspired others especially some family and friends.

    Absolutely seeing this! Started a trend among family members, 4 have joined a gym now!
  • TriciaChTriciaCh Member Posts: 15 Member Member Posts: 15 Member
    palwithme wrote: »
    + You realize you don't need to go into the handicap stall in the bathroom any more to feel like you have enough room. Strange things like that.

    This one is so me now! I've also had several people start asking me when I'm going shopping for new clothes.. the old ones are getting pretty baggy... that feels so good!

    An unfun thing.... now I hate my upper arms... they are so floppy... I never noticed them when they were just huge.. but down 25 pounds and now I notice them. I'm 58 and am hoping I'm not so old that the skin isn't elastic enough to tighten up.
  • cariiecariie Member Posts: 6 Member Member Posts: 6 Member
    palwithme wrote: »
    + That it can be an emotional roller-coaster. Some days you are happy with yourself and other days you get upset because you ate too much or you don't look right or you haven't lost any weight this week, etc. Learn to ride the roller-coaster and don't get off.

    + That it won't magically fix all your problems. In fact, some of my "problems" have come more in focus because of the time and energy I have spent on myself and not "others."

    love this. so true

  • palwithmepalwithme Member Posts: 860 Member Member Posts: 860 Member
    cottony wrote: »
    How it won't make you self confident magically and suddenly,but you will actually have to work for it harder and longer than the weight loss itself.

    Excellent Insight!
  • momof04qtsmomof04qts Member Posts: 10 Member Member Posts: 10 Member
    palwithme wrote: »
    + You realize you don't need to go into the handicap stall in the bathroom any more to feel like you have enough room. Strange things like that.

    Wow!! I didn't realize that's why I go on the handicapped stall.

    Holy moly I never realized that either. I always pick the handicapped stall. Can't wait tol I lose enough to not do that anymore!!
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