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  • Get_Back_To_Feeling_GoodGet_Back_To_Feeling_Good Member Posts: 130 Member Member Posts: 130 Member
    April starting weight -306

    4/2-306
    4/6- 304
    4/8- 299
    4/9-301
    4/10- 301
    4/11- 299
    4/12- 299
    4/13- 298
    4/14- 297
    4/15- 296
    4/16- 297
    4/17- 297
    4/19- 297
    4/20- 296
    4/21- 294
    4/22- 293
    4/23 - 292
    4/24 - 290
    4/25 - 290
    4/26 - 290

    6' 0"
    SW: 306
    GW: 225

    April goal - 290
    May Goal - 280
    Ultimate goal - 225
  • aavs73aavs73 Member Posts: 2 Member Member Posts: 2 Member
    Great thread. Thanks for your input.
  • Get_Back_To_Feeling_GoodGet_Back_To_Feeling_Good Member Posts: 130 Member Member Posts: 130 Member
    aavs73 wrote: »
    Great thread. Thanks for your input.



    Thanks it has been helping me to log everything down.
  • Get_Back_To_Feeling_GoodGet_Back_To_Feeling_Good Member Posts: 130 Member Member Posts: 130 Member
    April starting weight -306

    4/2-306
    4/6- 304
    4/8- 299
    4/9-301
    4/10- 301
    4/11- 299
    4/12- 299
    4/13- 298
    4/14- 297
    4/15- 296
    4/16- 297
    4/17- 297
    4/19- 297
    4/20- 296
    4/21- 294
    4/22- 293
    4/23 - 292
    4/24 - 290
    4/25 - 290
    4/26 - 290
    4/27 - 289

    6' 0"
    SW: 306
    GW: 225

    April goal - 290
    May Goal - 280
    Ultimate goal - 225
  • Spinner444Spinner444 Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member
    Hi there - great work on getting the weight off. I also like to weigh every day - it is so easy to just pack on a bunch of pounds if you are not careful. One thing I wanted to mention - you talk about "cheat days"...I also have had a habit of doing that. Generally it turns into a "cheat weekend". An online coach said the other day we should just plan on a "cheat meal", not a cheat day. I've tried that and it helps - try to get your exercise in and cut down a bit early in the day - then plan what you want to enjoy!
  • Get_Back_To_Feeling_GoodGet_Back_To_Feeling_Good Member Posts: 130 Member Member Posts: 130 Member
    Spinner444 wrote: »
    Hi there - great work on getting the weight off. I also like to weigh every day - it is so easy to just pack on a bunch of pounds if you are not careful. One thing I wanted to mention - you talk about "cheat days"...I also have had a habit of doing that. Generally it turns into a "cheat weekend". An online coach said the other day we should just plan on a "cheat meal", not a cheat day. I've tried that and it helps - try to get your exercise in and cut down a bit early in the day - then plan what you want to enjoy!

    Thanks for your input
    edited April 28
  • Get_Back_To_Feeling_GoodGet_Back_To_Feeling_Good Member Posts: 130 Member Member Posts: 130 Member
    April starting weight -306

    4/2-306
    4/6- 304
    4/8- 299
    4/9-301
    4/10- 301
    4/11- 299
    4/12- 299
    4/13- 298
    4/14- 297
    4/15- 296
    4/16- 297
    4/17- 297
    4/19- 297
    4/20- 296
    4/21- 294
    4/22- 293
    4/23 - 292
    4/24 - 290
    4/25 - 290
    4/26 - 290
    4/27 - 289
    4/28 - 287

    Will I end the month be a total of 20 down, we will see tomorrow! Never did I expect to lose this much so fast I'm still keeping next months goal at 280 and try to slow it down some. I had no intentions to go this fast but I think it is about how much more activity I'm doing. Went from sitting around all day with less then 1000 steps to yesterday 12,000 steps what a jump.


    6' 0"
    SW: 306
    GW: 225

    April goal - 290
    May Goal - 280
    Ultimate goal - 225
  • Get_Back_To_Feeling_GoodGet_Back_To_Feeling_Good Member Posts: 130 Member Member Posts: 130 Member
    April starting weight -306

    4/2-306
    4/6- 304
    4/8- 299
    4/9-301
    4/10- 301
    4/11- 299
    4/12- 299
    4/13- 298
    4/14- 297
    4/15- 296
    4/16- 297
    4/17- 297
    4/19- 297
    4/20- 296
    4/21- 294
    4/22- 293
    4/23 - 292
    4/24 - 290
    4/25 - 290
    4/26 - 290
    4/27 - 289
    4/28 - 287
    4/29 - 287 No change today all is going good




    6' 0"
    SW: 306
    GW: 225

    April goal - 290
    May Goal - 280
    Ultimate goal - 225
  • CholeRoadCholeRoad Member Posts: 44 Member Member Posts: 44 Member
    I weigh myself everyday as well. However my weight fluctuates a lot and so I take the average for the week and compare that with the previous week's average.

    Are you male or female? How old are you?

    I am just wondering as you say you are eating 1600 calories and you are 6"0'. I am 51 and only 5"1' and am dieting on 1800 calories. Your calories seem low for your height. Or was the 1600 just for that day?
  • Get_Back_To_Feeling_GoodGet_Back_To_Feeling_Good Member Posts: 130 Member Member Posts: 130 Member
    CholeRoad wrote: »
    I weigh myself everyday as well. However my weight fluctuates a lot and so I take the average for the week and compare that with the previous week's average.

    Are you male or female? How old are you?

    I am just wondering as you say you are eating 1600 calories and you are 6"0'. I am 51 and only 5"1' and am dieting on 1800 calories. Your calories seem low for your height. Or was the 1600 just for that day?

    Male 54

    I'm just recording it everyday and looking for the trends, I'm up a pound today and I'm still happy with my habit changes. Today had some junk food but stayed modest with it and I only eating what I need to feel satisfied not eating because it is in front of me. Here are the snap shoots of calories in and also Net calories after activity. I did do a fasting challenge for 11 days ended yesterday and did notice that my intake went down when I did not eat for say 16 to 20 hours of the day. But what I learned was that I only need to eat until my body feels better not until I can't eat no more and push the plate away. My walking also has gone from very little to around 9,000 average for the last week.

    Charts are from when I started recording food intake on this site.


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    April starting weight -306

    4/2-306
    4/6- 304
    4/8- 299
    4/9-301
    4/10- 301
    4/11- 299
    4/12- 299
    4/13- 298
    4/14- 297
    4/15- 296
    4/16- 297
    4/17- 297
    4/19- 297
    4/20- 296
    4/21- 294
    4/22- 293
    4/23 - 292
    4/24 - 290
    4/25 - 290
    4/26 - 290
    4/27 - 289
    4/28 - 287
    4/29 - 287 No change today all is going good
    4/30 - 288 Happy with end of month number still going for 280 end of next month. I think it will get harder as I go further into this journey and changing my attitudes of how to live day to day and the habits that come from it.




    6' 0"
    SW: 306
    GW: 225

    April goal - 290
    May Goal - 280
    Ultimate goal - 225
  • charmmethcharmmeth Member Posts: 830 Member Member Posts: 830 Member
    I was also concerned that those net calories consumed are way under what they need to be. @Get_Back_To_Feeling_Good, please be careful: what you are doing is not healthy. @AnnPT77 or @springlering62, might you share your cautionary tales?
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 19,781 Member Member, Premium Posts: 19,781 Member
    You mean the part where I under-ate for a short time accidentally**, so got weak and fatigued, then it took weeks to recover? (** I wasn't trying to lose super fast: MFP underestimates my calorie needs, which is rare, but can happen.)

    Or, at an extreme of consequences, the part where this nice young woman lost too fast and experienced heart failure?

    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10761904/under-1200-for-weight-loss/p1

    (1500 calories would be the equivalent calories for men.)

    Fast loss is not a good plan for many reasons. Consequences can include hair loss, muscle loss, gall bladder problems, reduced immune function, extreme hunger snap-back down the road, mood disorders, food-related neuroses . . . .

    Will those bad things happen for sure? No, but the odds of those consequences increase with fast loss. (As someone over 50 myself, I also think our physical resilience to stresses - like fast loss - is lower in later decades than it was when we were 20, so the risks are probably higher as we age, too.)

    Fast loss is a fool's game. The smart game is sustainable - permanently sustainable - weight management, if you ask me: Finding a set of enjoyable habits that result in robust, thriving good health, rather than training one's body to limp along pathetically on punitively low calories.
  • springlering62springlering62 Member, Premium Posts: 2,887 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,887 Member
    I was a 56 year old female, starting weight 222.

    My starting calories, a number I basically pulled out of my *kitten* because I didn’t know what I was doing, was 1470. I was tired and my husband would say, extremely crabby.

    On my very first visit to a RD, she upped me to 1700, and a couple months later to 1900.

    You are a 54 year old male eating less than I did. Not to slam you, because I started in a fog of confusion probably same as you, but that’s not a good plan.

    Slow it down a bit. I know it’s crazy tempting to try to do it all at once, especially when you’re seeing progress. I’ve been there. Success is an itch. You appear to have the burning desire that will ultimately make this process a success for you.

    But you need to gift yourself the the time to learn new habits you can continue past reaching goal, learn what satiates you, learn the small tweaks to habits, break in new exercise habits.

    You don’t want to harm your health along the way, nor do you want to reach goal, jam on the brakes and cry “woo hoo! I’m here! Back to normal.”

    You need to take these first few weeks to create your new normal.

    I would strongly recommend you visit a registered dietician. I only had three visits, but they were worth every penny, and she followed up several times via email. I went in with a list of questions and concerns. She had me up my calories twice, made great suggestions, and offers beau coups of information. My visits were only $25 a session through my gym. You may be able to get similar discounts through your employer, health insurance, gym, community center, “nurse line”, etc.

    I’m still amazed at how little I knew about eating healthy. I’ve always been a “rip a bag open and stuff my face” kinda person. Learning to eat right has required focus and application and I still don’t have it right, but it’s a darn sight better than it used to be.

    Read and participate in these boards. They have been a substantial component of my own loss.

    Oh and btw, the fasting challenges? Honey, if I could reach through this phone and smack you upside the head, I’d do it. Just…….stop. There’s no need for extremes like that.

    Don’t make this punishment. I’ve actually enjoyed the whole process because I’ve always allowed myself adequate food (I currently average 2500/day, but I’m very active), and made a game of making the numbers work.

    Much success to you, and kudos for being a Go-Getter, and, if you’ll pardon me, not a whiner and excuse maker like so many here. You just need to channel your efforts. 😘
  • springlering62springlering62 Member, Premium Posts: 2,887 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,887 Member
    Jeez, sorry. I do get preachy, but only because I want so badly to see folks succeed and I feel like you will!!!!!
  • jenilla1jenilla1 Member Posts: 10,718 Member Member Posts: 10,718 Member
    Don't rush it, OP. Sometimes losing quickly seems like a win, but you might be losing just as much lean mass as fat. That's not good at all for your metabolism and it's really hard to get that back, especially as we age. Sure, it feels great to get to goal early, but if you're sacrificing your health and the remaining muscles you need to be focused on preserving as you age to do it, it's not actually that great. One of the leading predictors of frailty in old age is loss of muscle. Extreme weight loss is a big cause of muscle wasting. Love your attitude and motivation, I just worry you might be moving too fast... <3
  • ZyviZyvi Member Posts: 106 Member Member Posts: 106 Member
    I think as long as you're listening to your body, you're going to be ok. Don't ignore fatigue if/when it sets in -- go into maintenance mode if/when needed so your body can recover its strength. It sounds like you're already keen to listen to your body -- you're doing this while you eat, which is great.

    There's a whole lot of momentum and excitement about making big changes that are netting big results in the first month or two... and those first couple months really do net the biggest results. I think the criticism here comes from a kind place and I hope it helps you when/if you need it.

    I am looking forward to checking back on this thread every few weeks to see your progress. :-)
  • anderson46628anderson46628 Member Posts: 1 Member Member Posts: 1 Member
    I also just started my weight loss journey. Feb. 4th, I weighed in at 308.9 lbs. I'm 5'11" and a 48 year old male.

    I chose an ongoing program through my Doctor's office. They recommended a VLC diet, high in protein with exercise. The first 2 weeks consisted of 3 Celebrate protein shakes and 3 Celebrate protein bars. I also drink approximately 100 oz. of water. I logged 10-12,000 steps per day and lifted weights 2-3 times per week for 20-30 minutes. I lost a total of 18 pounds during the first 2 weeks.

    The next 10 weeks, I replaced my dinner protein shake with 4-6 oz. of lean meat (usually fish) a serving of starch, and 2 servings of vegetables. I also replaced my morning protein bar with greek low fat yogurt or cottage cheese. With my extra energy, I upped my steps to 15-18,000 daily and maintained my weight lifting. I just completed 12 weeks of the program and have lost a total of 62.5 pounds. Yes, down to 246.4 lbs.

    Every 2 weeks, I rotate between seeing a doctor who specializes in weight loss or seeing a dietician who works closely with the doctor. I have blood work done every 4 weeks. All blood work is normal, my sky high blood pressure is now back to normal, I had a body comp. test done after 12 weeks, and of the 62.5 pounds lost, over 50 lbs. was Fat, with only 6 lbs. of muscle lost and 6 lbs. of water lost.

    I feel the best I've felt in years. At no point was I told I was losing weight too fast. At no point I was told my weight loss success was unhealthy.

    Keep up the good work
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 19,781 Member Member, Premium Posts: 19,781 Member
    I also just started my weight loss journey. Feb. 4th, I weighed in at 308.9 lbs. I'm 5'11" and a 48 year old male.

    I chose an ongoing program through my Doctor's office. They recommended a VLC diet, high in protein with exercise. The first 2 weeks consisted of 3 Celebrate protein shakes and 3 Celebrate protein bars. I also drink approximately 100 oz. of water. I logged 10-12,000 steps per day and lifted weights 2-3 times per week for 20-30 minutes. I lost a total of 18 pounds during the first 2 weeks.

    The next 10 weeks, I replaced my dinner protein shake with 4-6 oz. of lean meat (usually fish) a serving of starch, and 2 servings of vegetables. I also replaced my morning protein bar with greek low fat yogurt or cottage cheese. With my extra energy, I upped my steps to 15-18,000 daily and maintained my weight lifting. I just completed 12 weeks of the program and have lost a total of 62.5 pounds. Yes, down to 246.4 lbs.

    Every 2 weeks, I rotate between seeing a doctor who specializes in weight loss or seeing a dietician who works closely with the doctor. I have blood work done every 4 weeks. All blood work is normal, my sky high blood pressure is now back to normal, I had a body comp. test done after 12 weeks, and of the 62.5 pounds lost, over 50 lbs. was Fat, with only 6 lbs. of muscle lost and 6 lbs. of water lost.

    I feel the best I've felt in years. At no point was I told I was losing weight too fast. At no point I was told my weight loss success was unhealthy.

    Keep up the good work

    It's crucial and meaningful that while losing fast, you were under close medical supervision, including regular blood tests. Losing weight fast creates health risks: That's the point some of us are trying to make with the OP. You took significant steps to manage and mitigate those risks. That's a better plan.
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