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Women 200lb+, Let's Jump-Start This January!!!

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  • Savannah80Savannah80 Member Posts: 37 Member Member Posts: 37 Member
    I just hope that as I lose weight my lower back will stop giving me so much grief when I stand for any length of time. I'm sure the lordosis doesn't help, but neither does being 280-some, cause I don't carry it all in my legs and arms. (laugh) I get tired of having to sit for fifteen minutes halfway through things like doing the dishes because my back hurts.

    Hi theleadmare, I have back problems too. I slipped three discs in my lower back 9 years ago which was extremely painful. MRI showed I also have lumber lordosis and ‘degenerative disc desiccation’. So I have to be very careful how I bend and lift things. So I sympathise with your discomfort. My spinal specialist did drum into me that increased weight will be detrimental to my injury ... yet I’ve put on 3 stone since then.
    I feel old before my time with my back problems and knee cartilage damage. I’m mentally a 20 year old stuck in a 90 year old body. It’s so frustrating.
  • orangequiltorangequilt Member Posts: 495 Member Member Posts: 495 Member
    @savannah80 sounds rough, and your husband isn't helping! I'm also a picky eater and over many dieting experiences have come to realise that works for other people doesn't work for me, you'll have to figure out what gets your head in the right place, but i'll share what works for me in case it helps. I've decided i am going to take my time on this journey and aim to lose slowly and keep it off. I set my cals at the highest option (to lose 0.25kg a week) but then i don't eat back my exercise calories. I try to do a lot of exercise. I eat the foods i like, but smaller portions (i don't have a huge appetite, i just like high cal foods). I try to avoid snacking so that i can eat the stuff i like at mealtimes. Think of your calories like your pay packet, if you really want to splurge, you can, but you have to adjust elsewhere. You could look into intermittent fasting also, 16:8 frees up cals and works well for people who don't like diet food. Hope there's something there that helps, or at least inspires you to find out how you could find what will work for you.
  • orangequiltorangequilt Member Posts: 495 Member Member Posts: 495 Member
    Forgot to say my cals are 1700. If you put yours up you would lose slower but you could have red meat and white carbs in moderation.
  • CupcakeCrusoeCupcakeCrusoe Member Posts: 746 Member Member Posts: 746 Member
    Hi @Savannah80 ! If what I say is a thing you've heard before, feel free to disregard. :lol:

    I found that it took a while for my tastebuds to change. Now, I love roasted brussels sprouts (so roasted parts are dark brown), roasted butternut squash, and I tolerate cauliflower rice.

    I say tolerate cauliflower rice, because for me I don't ... love it, but it's worth it for me to eat it because lower calorie. I'm sure you feel the same way about some vegetables and fruits.

    What I do to make sure I don't burn out is I have enough calories to treat myself once (or twice!) a day, as long as I eat enough veg to keep me full the rest of the time. So some days that means real honest-to-everything rice, sometimes (a lot of the time) that means moderate portions of cookies or ice cream. Feel free to add me as a friend and stalk my food diary, if you'd like. I have done 1200 cal a day, but it was ultimately too rough, and I was exercising just to eat back calories.

    I find when I set my cals a little higher (right now I'm at 1600), I can do it pretty easily if I pay attention, and I have room for those treats that keep me going eating cauliflower rice even if I don't think it's the most delicious thing ever. And I usually don't even eat back exercise cals.

    Just something to think about! Have you calculated your TDEE and BMR?
  • AlexandraFindsHerself1971AlexandraFindsHerself1971 Member Posts: 616 Member Member Posts: 616 Member
    Yeah, I eat very well but it's because I've got 1490 to play with, and I usually wind up going just under that by 10-30 calories. Eat what you like, just recognize you can't eat so much of the calorie-dense foods. Today for me is a sausage sandwich with cheese for breakfast, a pork fritter on a bun with barbecue sauce for lunch, and three tacos for dinner, and after dinner I'll have hot chocolate with whipped cream in the evening. But that's sustainable on my calories, and I'm losing weight on it.

    Though Boyfriend thinks, and I agree, that the current apparent plateau is muscle gain. I have NO problem with that!
  • Savannah80Savannah80 Member Posts: 37 Member Member Posts: 37 Member
    @CupcakeCrusoe, unfortunately there’s very few veg I eat. In fact I can list them all:
    Sweetcorn, Mushroom, red pepper, rocket, spinach (if I really really have to), carrot, and potato. That’s it. I’m 39 so I don’t think my taste buds will change now. I’m also very picky about food texture. So for example I’ll eat carrot if it’s soft, but won’t touch it if it’s crunchy. I’ll eat loose sweetcorn but now baby sweetcorn. I’ll eat roast potato but not new or mashed potato. I’m a bloody nightmare to cook for, I know that. It also means I find dieting really really tough.
  • CupcakeCrusoeCupcakeCrusoe Member Posts: 746 Member Member Posts: 746 Member
    @bluffgirl67
    you are killing it!
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