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  • AwesomeSquirrelAwesomeSquirrel Posts: 307Member Member Posts: 307Member Member
    I moved last fall and managed to break some habits with a change of scene. For example not buying candy/snacks in my new grocery store and eating at the Kitchen table instead of on the sofa.
  • Thinupgirl86Thinupgirl86 Posts: 11Member Member Posts: 11Member Member
    1. Logging every thing I eat & trying not to exceed 1,400 calories.

    Some days I do, but that's okay. Its happening less and less now that I am more conscious of what I am eatting

    2. Gym 3 days per week for weight training.

    Currently Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Full body workout (approx. 75 min.) Plus 10 min. cardio warm up.

    Cardio the other 4 days a week min. at home. I like to put on a show and do intervals on my treadmill. So 45 min.

    3. Drinking 3-4 L of water daily.

    4. Intermittent fasting. I eat between 2pm-8pm Monday-Friday. On the weekend I do 12-8pm.

    5. Only weigh in on Monday morning.

    Currently down 17lbs. Started Jan. 6, 2020.
  • gemiller87gemiller87 Posts: 134Member, Premium Member Posts: 134Member, Premium Member
    NovusDies wrote: »
    My main secret was to stop believing there were secrets.

    Cheers to that. People have been working at this for a long long time and tons of money has been invested in it and yet simply put, there is no miracle answer!

    You want it... you get it. You just have to do it the old fashioned way. Put in the work....

  • hesn92hesn92 Posts: 5,795Member Member Posts: 5,795Member Member
    Log calories and eat in a deficit, weigh myself regularly, patience.
  • SoHowLongIsThisGonnaTakeSoHowLongIsThisGonnaTake Posts: 206Member Member Posts: 206Member Member
    jperdomo79 wrote: »
    No secret. Calorie deficit, drink LOTS of water and exercise 5-6. Its what's worked for me. I've gone from 210 to 121. 4 kids.

    How long did it take?
  • gcibsthomgcibsthom Posts: 26,369Member Member Posts: 26,369Member Member
    117 lbs lost

    No big secret. Calories in/Calories out. Patience. Dedication. Keep to your limits set on the log. Tenacity. Keep up the work. Don't give up no matter how long you go without losing a single pound....
  • drmwcdrmwc Posts: 298Member, Premium Member Posts: 298Member, Premium Member
    I've lost 40 pounds lost from February last year. I've been in maintenance for around 6 months - I'm now around 140 pounds, with a BMI of just over 21.

    I was diagnosed with borderline diabetes, hence the diet. It worked - the diabetes is in remission. I am aware that not everyone is a fan of all the steps I took, but they are working for me. The steps were:
    • Logging calories in and calories out, and being at or below target pretty much every day
    • Going teetotal. I find if I drink, one pint leads to another and then I'll eat a kebab. So hitting target calories was hard with drinking
    • Exercising a lot. I average 18,000 steps a day at the moment; and I also go hiking, swimming, climbing and lift weights.
    • Avoiding processed sugar and cleaning up my diet. I have a sweet tooth, so if I eat 1 doughnut, a second is likely to follow. So I abstain rather than moderate.
    • I weight daily, and use the Libra app to track the trend. This stops me getting hung up on any individual result.

    The key one of these, of course, is hitting target calories. The other ones are steps which (for me) make it easier to achieve that main goal.
  • drmwcdrmwc Posts: 298Member, Premium Member Posts: 298Member, Premium Member
    WOW!!! That's awesome!!!

    I'm not even hitting 5000 yet, and it's taken me 2 months of evening walking to get there. In my defense, I'm 68, blew out 5 discs 2 years ago, and had 3 spinal surgeries last year. For the 1st month, every step was agony due to sciatic nerve impingement, but that's getting better now.

    My biggest problem is how long it takes to walk 5000 or more steps, and for me, running is no longer an option.

    Well done staying active. My Dad broke his back a few years ago. He is becoming reasonably active again, but it's definitely not been easy.
  • jperdomo79jperdomo79 Posts: 56Member Member Posts: 56Member Member
    @SoHowLongIsThisGonnaTake .... my journey started Dec 2012 and ended May 2013.....approx....5 months of exercising 5-6 times a week for (60 min), counting calories on (MFP) 1300-1500...I'm 5'4 and a quarter :) and drinking 8 bottles of 16.9 oz.of water. I hope that helps.
  • jenilla1jenilla1 Posts: 9,664Member Member Posts: 9,664Member Member
    My secret is setting priorities and sticking mostly to behaviors that align with them.

    I simply want health and fitness - with all it's pros and cons (feeling energetic, looking good = pro, doing consistent physical work, having to exercise self-control with food intake = con) MORE than I want the alternative (eating dessert as primary food source, sitting on my butt all day = pro, feeling sluggish, looking weak and run down = con,.)

    Whenever I think about it, I just feel like the pros of the former far outweigh the pros of the latter. And the cons of being fit and healthy aren't even that bad; after awhile they even start to feel like pros, too. The cons of "Unfit and Unhealthy Me" are never going to be good. So "Fit and Healthy Me" easily wins.

    But that's just me. Not everyone is going to have the same priorities, and that's OK. Just figure out what's more important, analyze whether it's worth it to you, and then work towards it. This isn't a quick fix. It's a long term commitment.

    It's all mindset. Do I really want it, or not? So that's my secret. That's what keeps me in the game*.

    *Maintaining at goal since 2011.
  • motivatedmarthamotivatedmartha Posts: 1,101Member Member Posts: 1,101Member Member
  • SylphadoraSylphadora Posts: 70Member Member Posts: 70Member Member
    Zero carb OMAD (one meal a day) and weight training. Muscle is the most metabolically active tissue in the body so the more muscle you have, the more you get to eat ;) No calorie deficit since I'm maintaining
  • snickerscharliesnickerscharlie Posts: 8,452Member Member Posts: 8,452Member Member
    Sylphadora wrote: »
    Zero carb OMAD (one meal a day) and weight training. Muscle is the most metabolically active tissue in the body so the more muscle you have, the more you get to eat ;) No calorie deficit since I'm maintaining

    On a zero carb diet, what do you typically eat?
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