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angiejim0415angiejim0415 Member Posts: 18 Member Member Posts: 18 Member
I am 5'3, started at 190lbs and am now 172lbs. I've been dieting almost my whole life but it wasn't until 3 months ago I was actually able to see progress.
-start slow: I aimed at .5lbs per week and subtract 50 calories every two weeks, changing too much too fast can cause you to give up quickly
-make small changes: riced cauliflower, diet coke, light butter etc
- don't log your exercise: exercise is meant to be a celebration of what your body can do, not punishment for what you ate. Plus exercise calories can easily be overestimated
- eat dessert- I NEED my sweets. So I portion my cookies out into little baggies, one after lunch and one after dinner.. Knowing thats all I get helps me to slow down and enjoy them (sometimes I have a 3rd one too)
- Set non-weight goals: running a 5k, enrolling in a class, remodeling a room, practicing minimalism or self-care, anything that keeps you busy and excited
edited February 23


  • chocolate_owlchocolate_owl Member Posts: 1,554 Member Member Posts: 1,554 Member
    My tip: read the “Most Helpful Posts” under the General section, and if you have questions after that, ask them. Motivation waxes and wanes. Fitness buddies come and go. But knowledge about how our bodies work and what behaviors bring success can’t be taken away from you. Applying that knowledge is what gets you to your goal.
    edited February 23
  • gceincagceinca Member Posts: 7 Member Member Posts: 7 Member
    I don't log my exercise calories. If I had and I had "eaten" those calories I don't think I would have lost ANY weight. If I took exercise calories into account, I should have lost twice as much weight than I have. I think it is a good strategy to NOT log exercise calories!
  • callsitlikeiseeitcallsitlikeiseeit Member Posts: 7,182 Member Member Posts: 7,182 Member
    ive lost 130 pounds.

    -buy a food scale. learn how to use it properly and how to log your food properly
    -realize that weight fluctuates up and down. you will have weeks of no loss, even if doing everything 'right'.
    -losing weight faster does not mean that you will KEEP it off
    -you can eat out, eat cookies, drink alcohol and still lose weight
    -if you go over your calories (and there will be days you DO), its not the end of the world
    -read all the stickies. even if you think they don't apply to you
    -move more. you don't have to go to the gym or run in marathons, but find an active activity you enjoy and do it. it can be as simple as taking a short walk after dinner.

  • angiejim0415angiejim0415 Member Posts: 18 Member Member Posts: 18 Member
    Middlehaitch, I respect your opinion even though we disagree. What works for me may not work for you.
    My Fitness Pal actual has an article about eating your exercise calories back.
    edited February 23
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