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March Check In!

425Recess425Recess Member Posts: 105 Member Member Posts: 105 Member
1. The aim of this thread is to have a weekly weigh-in check for some accountability and support.
2. Copy the form below by copy-pasting and edit to suit your personal schedule, then fill in your information and post each week.
3. Have a successful month, whatever your maintenance/health goal(s) may be!!

Name
Age:
Height:
Total weight lost:
Time it took to lose:
How long in maintenance:
Maintenance weight range:

Average weight recorded for 2019:
Average weight recorded for 2020:

Average weight recorded from March:
Average weight recorded from April:
Average weight recorded from May:
Average weight recorded for June:
Average weight recorded for July:
Average weight recorded for August:
Average weight recorded for September:
Average weight recorded for October:
Average weight recorded for November:
Average weight recorded for December:
Average weight recorded from January
Average weight recorded from February:
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Average weight Week of...

March 1……
March 8……
March 15……
March 22……
March 29

Success/Struggles:
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  • GregInORLGregInORL Member Posts: 215 Member Member Posts: 215 Member
    Age: 32
    Height: 5'8"
    Starting Weight: 220+
    Total weight lost: 70 pounds
    Time it took to lose: 4 months (February - June 2019)
    How long in maintenance: 1 year 9 months
    Maintenance weight range: 144 - 150
    Average weight recorded from 2018: NA
    Average weight recorded for 2019: 168.3
    Average weight recorded for 2020: 146.43


    Average weight recorded for March: 147.4
    Average weight recorded for April: 144.9
    Average weight recorded for May: 144.24
    Average weight recorded for June: 145.14
    Average weight recorded for July: 146.56
    Average weight recorded for August: 145.83
    Average weight recorded for September: 149.33
    Average weight recorded for October: 149.95
    Average weight recorded for November:148.86
    Average weight recorded for December: 151.39
    Average weight recorded from January: 151.39
    Average weight recorded from February: 151.32

    March 1: Weigh in 149.73 (-.4 lbs) Trend Weight 150.8 (-.2lb)

    Successes: I havent posted here since September. I've been maintaining just outside of my maintenance range for 3 months. Happy to return to the forum and hopefully get some support. I'm just starting to see individual weigh ins within my maintenance range. Since last posting I've been adding strength training to my weekly routine and I feel a lot stronger as a runner.

    Struggles: Not posting my weigh ins when Im not in range. I'm going to do better.
  • GregInORLGregInORL Member Posts: 215 Member Member Posts: 215 Member
    425Recess wrote: »

    Success: Stuck to my plan except on Wednesday, our anniversary (53 years!). Didn't go out but made a special dinner at home. It was fun to make, looked good, and tasted good with wine and dessert.

    Struggle: No regrets for the dinner but I did gain a lb. Will just stick to plan, no adjustments, avoid little slips, and see if the lb goes away. I just got back to goal otherwise I don't think the one day indulges would have had an effect. This is what maintenance is all about.

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
  • lesdarts180lesdarts180 Member Posts: 693 Member Member Posts: 693 Member
    @425Recess Thanks for starting the March thread, and congratulations on the anniversary! Special days should be celebrated.
  • charmmethcharmmeth Member Posts: 799 Member Member Posts: 799 Member
    It was a difficult week on the personal front – my son had a crisis and was very unwell for a couple of days. He stabilised after his steroids were substantially increased but he is deteriorating fast.

    So sorry to hear this, Lesley. Thinking of you and your son and your family.

  • charmmethcharmmeth Member Posts: 799 Member Member Posts: 799 Member
    Name: Charlotte
    Age: 57 (still wondering how that happened!)
    Height: 5'11" (180cm)
    Maintenance range: 75kg (+/- 2.5 kg)

    Weight lost: 86kg to 80 kg (January-August 2012); 85 kg to 69 kg (October 2014 - March 2016); 88kg to present weight (May 2020 - now)
    maintained (i.e. was below 77.5 kg, and mostly below 75 kg) from February 2015-July 2017; was then put on a medication and gained 2 kg in a month; went on sabbatical (away from scales; lots of conference meals); hit (peri-)menopause and lost track of things except to note that I was steadily gaining and back to 85/86 kg.
    Lost to 81 kg at Easter 2020 (top of normal bmi for me), but then gained back to 88 kg in April/May (Easter egg binge; lock down closed the pool...).
    Average weight October 2014 - September 2015: 75.72 kg
    Average weight October 2015 - September 2016: 72.33 kg
    Average weight October 2016 - September 2017: 76.82 kg - monthly average mostly within maintenance range (74.82 - 77.86 kg) for the first 10 months, then >79 kg in August and September
    Average weight October 2017 - March 2018: 80.90 kg
    April 2018-April 2020: no data
    Average weight 22 May - 31 December 2020: 80.83 kg

    Average weight recorded for May 2020 (22.-31.5.2020): 87.15 kg
    Average weight recorded for June 2020: 85.31 kg
    Average weight recorded for July 2020: 83.12 kg
    Average weight recorded for August 2020: 81.07 kg
    Average weight recorded for September 2020: 79.59 kg
    Average weight recorded for October 2020: 77.81 kg
    Average weight recorded for November 2020: 76.67 kg
    Average weight recorded for December 2020: 75.93 kg
    Average weight recorded for January 2021: 76.06 kg
    Average weight recorded for February 2021: 76.91 kg

    Weight / seven day rolling average:
    2 March: 76.0 kg (168 lb) / rolling 7-day average 76.37 kg
    9 March:
    16 March:
    23 March:

    Average weight recorded for March 2021 currently: 76.10 kg

    Successes: I am tracking food again and am also off alcohol and chocolate for Lent. Very much enjoying exercise! After the peak in February, I seem to be definitely moving back towards goal, i.e. the middle of my maintenance range. So I intervened successfully! This is very satisfying psychologically as much as anything else. I am really hoping to see an average below 76kg again this month.
    edited March 2
  • figurethefatfigurethefat Member Posts: 834 Member Member Posts: 834 Member
    Age: 64
    Height: 159cm
    Total weight lost: 13kg
    Time it took to lose: Started April 2020
    How long in maintenance: August 2020
    Maintenance weight range: 54-55kg
    Average weight recorded for July: 57.7kg
    Average weight recorded for August: 56.9kg
    Average weight recorded for September: 56.8kg
    Average weight recorded for October: 56.5kg
    Average weight recorded for November: 56.7kg
    Average weight recorded for December: 56.9kg
    Average weight recorded for January 2021: 55.8kg
    Average weight recorded for February 2021 55.5kg

    Weigh-in day for me is Friday

    Week of:
    March 5 - 55.1kg
    March 12 -
    March 19 -
    March 26 -

    Struggle/Success: Things were better this past week, lots of yoga, steps were decent and eating was not fervent :-) When I see a lower weight on the scale it seems to be a trigger to eat more. Experimenting with what foods work best to keep sugar cravings at bay.

    Thanks so much for getting the March Check In thread up and running @425Recess
  • MadisonMolly2017MadisonMolly2017 Member, Premium Posts: 7,619 Member Member, Premium Posts: 7,619 Member
    Name: Maddie 🦄
    Height: 174 cm
    Total weight lost: ~75
    Time it took to lose: 2 -2/3 years
    How long in maintenance: 2yr 6 months ❤️
    Maintenance weight range: 153-155

    Average weight recorded for 2016: 228.3
    Average weight recorded for 2017: 197
    Average weight recorded for 2018: 172
    Average weight recorded for 2019: 155
    Average weight recorded for 2020: 156.8
    Avg wt recorded for 2021 (so far) : 155.46

    Avg 2021 wt recorded for Jan: 154.95❤️
    Avg 2021 wt recorded for Feb: 155.5
    Avg 2021 wt recorded for Mar (so far): 157.29

    Average weight Week ending March 7:
    February157.31 Actual 157.1 Trend: 157.7

    March 14
    March 21
    March 28

    Success: implemented successful plan March 6, “lost” 1.3lbs water. (Too much food, too much salt, too much sugar the prior week.) Eating 6 times a day with set mealtimes until back in “remission”

    Struggles: embarrassed, but know that feeling is part of this “chronic relapsing disease” so here I am posting away :)
    Take that, obesity.🤣 You are not winning this time.

    A while back someone on MFP suggested a book on maintenance that took a very Frank approach “we live in a hostile food environment “ must treat this like a battle.. “always normal weight folks vs formerly overweight normal wt folks”

    Does ANYONE REMEMBER the TITLE or AUTHOR?

    We are warriors.
    Maddie
  • missperfectpitchmissperfectpitch Member Posts: 387 Member Member Posts: 387 Member
    Name: missperfectpitch
    Height: 5'4"
    Total weight lost: About 43 pounds
    Time it took to lose: 1 year and 2 months
    How long in maintenance: I hit my goal weight in the beginning of January 2018, but officially started maintenance in mid-March 2018 after figuring out my calories for a couple of months.
    Maintenance weight range: 108-112.5

    Average weight recorded for 2018: 109.8
    Average weight recorded for 2019: 111.2
    Average weight recorded for 2020: 111.6

    Average weight recorded for June 2020: 112.3
    Average weight recorded for July 2020: 112.7
    Average weight recorded for August 2020: 112.9
    Average weight recorded for September 2020: 112.4
    Average weight recorded for October 2020: 111.7
    Average weight recorded for November 2020: 111.5
    Average weight recorded for December 2020: 112.1

    Average weight recorded for January: 111.6
    Average weight recorded for February: 111.7

    Week of..
    March 7: 112.3 (trending 112.1)
    March 14:
    March 21:
    March 28:

    Successes/struggles of the week: I think I'm going to adjust my steps goal upward a bit again (I'll start with 500 steps more per day and see if that's good). Although I've seen a few weights around 110.5 lbs, where I prefer to be, I seem to be staying in the 111-111.5 range, so I think that a minor adjustment to my activity level should move things back in the direction I'd like again.
  • speyerjspeyerj Member Posts: 1,185 Member Member Posts: 1,185 Member
    Love that quote @MadisonMolly2017 ! I was describing maintenance to someone today as being in remission from the disease of obesity. But we have to manage our disease carefully, if we relapse, the disease will return. Thinking of it as a manageable disease, which it truly is, takes all the shame and judgment away. We have a prescription to keep us healthy, we just need to adhere to the regimen.
  • MadisonMolly2017MadisonMolly2017 Member, Premium Posts: 7,619 Member Member, Premium Posts: 7,619 Member
    speyerj wrote: »
    Love that quote @MadisonMolly2017 ! I was describing maintenance to someone today as being in remission from the disease of obesity. But we have to manage our disease carefully, if we relapse, the disease will return. Thinking of it as a manageable disease, which it truly is, takes all the shame and judgment away. We have a prescription to keep us healthy, we just need to adhere to the regimen.

    Yes @speyerj so true! To me “maintenance” IS that vigilance, and knowing how to quickly turn it around... and tons of self-knowledge.

    A combination of our cat getting very sick, having to wrestle with euthanasia, and grief over our long term companion combined with heart symptoms, ER, more tests, uncertainty, combined with very uncomfortable (itching, now pain) husband going through 2 month scalp preventative treat for pre cancers ...Upset the balance. I told myself all the things I have all along “Food won’t fix it” “Enjoy every bite” and I nodded then ate more nuts, or sweets. The tough part was it did help (old habits still there under the surface) initially, but then I’d feel queasy etc.

    What finally worked...? I rested. I spoke on phone with friends. Went to sleep earlier. Got husband to put sweets in car outside. Hit a new high weight for 2021. Ate a bunch of cookies that didn’t even taste good. Total waste of calories. And advice from @summerskier to just move on (ie don’t try to eat less by the 400 I was over) and eat at maintenance the next day. I added to that a modified “protein pacing” WOE that means I never go more than 3 hrs without food from 10:00 to 9:00 & has me eating smaller “meals”. I set times for these meals too. So nothing for me to decide. Eating times are alarms on my phone & calories are spread 700 calories combined for 1st two, 2nd two, and 3rd two.

    It sounds strict, but the T’s lots of room in there while further reducing my stress.

    Obesity as a “chronic relapsing disease” is from Harvard. I have to say their Set Point work & their widespread research that losing & re-gaining is worse for your body were, sadly, HUGE reasons I stopped trying to lose wt for a long period of time. I regret that.
  • kgirlhartkgirlhart Member Posts: 4,073 Member Member Posts: 4,073 Member
    Name: Kathryn
    Age: 52
    Height: 5'4"
    Total Weight lost: ~80 lbs
    Time it took to lose: 2 years 3 months
    How long in maintenance: I called maintenance in July 2016, but I continued to slowly lose until December of 2017. I have been in maintenance since December 2017
    Maintenance weight range: 113 - 118 lbs

    Average weight recorded from 2018: 118.8
    Average weight recorded from 2019: 115.2
    Average weight recorded from 2020: 113.6


    Average weight recorded from September: 113.3
    Average weight recorded from October:113.4
    Average weight recorded from November:  114.1
    Average weight recorded from December: 114.0
    Average weight recorded from January: 114.4
    Average weight recorded from February: 114.2

    Week of...

    March 7: 113.2 scale/ 114.6 trend
    March 14:
    March 21:
    March 28:

    Success/Struggles: My weight was  still up this week, butter starting to come back down. I know that it was just water weight,  but it is still kind of hard to see it go up. The good news is that if it starts looking like a true trend then I know what to do. 
  • lesdarts180lesdarts180 Member Posts: 693 Member Member Posts: 693 Member
    Name Lesley
    Age: 70
    Height: 155 cm (5’ 1”)
    Total weight lost: 22.5 kg (approx. 50 lb)
    Time it took to lose: 9 months
    How long in maintenance: 22 months
    Maintenance weight range: 48 – 51 kg (106 – 112 lbs)

    Average weight recorded from 2018: max 72.5 kg in July, 56 kg in Dec
    Average weight 2019: 49.8 kg – reached goal weight in April, average since then 48.7 kg
    Average weight for 2020 49.3 kg (109 lb)

    Average weight recorded for November: 48.6 kg (107 lb)
    Average weight recorded for December: 48.5 kg (107 lb)
    Average weight recorded for January: 47.9 kg (106 lb)
    Average weight recorded for February: 47.7 kg (105 lb)

    March 1st: 47.9 kg (trend 47.7 kg)
    March 8th: 47.3 kg (trend 47.7 kg)
    March 15th:
    March 22nd:

    Successes/struggles:
    I’ve been trying an experiment – less exercise – hoping to lift my weight slightly, and break the possibly unhealthy reliance on exercise. I only started on Friday so it’s only been 3 days but I have managed to significantly reduce my cardio and step count. So far, the weight has not increased but at least it has stabilised. My Libra trend line is very slightly pointing up.

    Looking at the posts from @MadisonMolly2017 and @speyerj I agree that this is a lifelong battle for some of us. I have been managing the condition for nearly 50 years. I have mostly kept under the "obese" measurement (BMI 30) but have yo-yo'd in and out of the overweight category several times. My current situation – in the lower range of “normal” BMI – is a new one but probably related to the Covid restrictions and my son’s illness. Time will tell how it develops as the restrictions are lifted.
  • 425Recess425Recess Member Posts: 105 Member Member Posts: 105 Member
    Name: Lorrraine
    Age: 73
    Height: 5'4"
    Total weight lost: 50 lb.
    Time it took to lose: Over years with ups/downs
    How long in maintenance: at current weight ~3 years - Was on maintenance for 7 years at 125 lbs.
    Maintenance weight range: 115 +/- 2 lbs.
    Average weight recorded from 2018: Don't have the recorded number but stayed at goal.
    Average weight recorded from 2019: 114.5
    Average weight recorded from 2020: 115.0

    Average weight recorded for March: 115.5
    Average weight recorded for April:116.1
    Average weight recorded for May 115.2
    Average weight recorded for June:115.1
    Average weight recorded for July:114.5
    Average weight recorded for August:114.0
    Average weight recorded for September:115.0
    Average weight recorded for October:114.7
    Average weight recorded for November:115.6
    Average weight recorded for December 116.5
    Average weight recorded for January: 116.6
    Average weight recorded for February: 115.4

    March 1: 116
    March 8: 115

    Success: Back to goal weight. I did have another celebration meal this week. Hubby and I went out to lunch at a dine-in restaurant to celebrate being two weeks beyond our second covid vaccine. I have to stop these celebrations but at least this didn't cause a weight gain.

    Struggle: I still get "I want to eat" attacks ever so often. I am better at talking myself through them. I'm not hungry. Just want to eat. There isn't anything in particular that I want to eat. I just want to eat. I like the quote from @MadisonMolly2017 of thinking of this as remission to the disease of obesity. It takes work, determination, and skill.

    Thanks to @GregInORL, @speyerj, @lesdarts for the anniversary wishes.
  • charmmethcharmmeth Member Posts: 799 Member Member Posts: 799 Member
    Name: Charlotte
    Age: 57 (still wondering how that happened, lol!)
    Height: 5'11" (180cm)
    Maintenance range: 75kg (+/- 2.5 kg)

    Weight lost: 86kg to 80 kg (January-August 2012); 85 kg to 69 kg (October 2014 - March 2016); 88kg to present weight (May 2020 - now)
    maintained (i.e. was below 77.5 kg, and mostly below 75 kg) from February 2015-July 2017; was then put on a medication and gained 2 kg in a month; went on sabbatical (away from scales; lots of conference meals); hit (peri-)menopause and lost track of things except to note that I was steadily gaining and back to 85/86 kg.
    Lost to 81 kg at Easter 2020 (top of normal bmi for me), but then gained back to 88 kg in April/May (Easter egg binge; lock down closed the pool...).
    Average weight October 2014 - September 2015: 75.72 kg
    Average weight October 2015 - September 2016: 72.33 kg
    Average weight October 2016 - September 2017: 76.82 kg - monthly average mostly within maintenance range (74.82 - 77.86 kg) for the first 10 months, then >79 kg in August and September
    Average weight October 2017 - March 2018: 80.90 kg
    April 2018-April 2020: no data
    Average weight 22 May - 31 December 2020: 80.83 kg

    Average weight recorded for May 2020 (22.-31.5.2020): 87.15 kg
    Average weight recorded for June 2020: 85.31 kg
    Average weight recorded for July 2020: 83.12 kg
    Average weight recorded for August 2020: 81.07 kg
    Average weight recorded for September 2020: 79.59 kg
    Average weight recorded for October 2020: 77.81 kg
    Average weight recorded for November 2020: 76.67 kg
    Average weight recorded for December 2020: 75.93 kg
    Average weight recorded for January 2021: 76.06 kg
    Average weight recorded for February 2021: 76.91 kg

    Weight / seven day rolling average:
    2 March: 76.0 kg (168 lb) / rolling 7-day average 76.37 kg
    9 March: 75.5 kg (166 lb) / rolling 7-day average 75.80 kg
    16 March:
    23 March:

    Average weight recorded for March 2021 currently: 75.70 kg

    Successes: I am tracking food again and am also off alcohol and chocolate for Lent. I am also consciously eating a lot of vegetables and very much enjoying a combination of BodyFit by Amy workouts and rowing! This is yesterday's weigh-in, posted a day late (I had a crazy day with work yesterday, and forgot to log in here). The month average is to today though, and this morning I weighed in at 74.9 kg, which is below my goal weight. If i can keep this up (or, rather, down) I will be on track to have my average weight somewhere close to 75 kg by the end of March. That is when I shall really consider myself to be maintaining.

    Reflection: The six weeks off tracking in January and February seem to have acted as a good reset. I did gain weight over that period, but it has come off again quickly and I feel much better about where I am. It felt like quite a struggle before Christmas.
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