Women 200lb+, Let's Astonish Ourselves This April!!!



  • CupcakeCrusoe
    CupcakeCrusoe Posts: 1,177 Member
    Good morning everyone!

    Had a bit of a stomach bug yesterday, so I'm very dehydrated still, but.... today's weigh in was 189.4!

    I probably won't see the 180s again for a little while, but who knows, maybe my post-TOM whoosh will get me close. I'm glad to be feeling better, going to be careful about what I eat today, too, just in case. Yesterday, following the BRAT protocol for when I have a stomach bug, I ate pretty much exclusively carbohydrates, lol. Toast and bananas and apples and rice. Today there will be more protein and fat.

    Tag party time!
    @nebslp good for you! I often have to "make" myself do dedicated exercise, but you're right that it's a practice, and the practice gets easier with time.
    @seltzer_lover I love seeing this! It's so cool you managed to maintain through all that!
    @sarah12277 salty ham!!!! Everyone's worst enemy!!!! :lol: I'm glad to hear your mom is doing better from surgery, even though they couldn't finish.
    @bonniemcc4 is there a good medical reason to restrict your fat intake? I only ask because I listen to this podcast by obesity doctors, the Docs Who Lift podcast, and I've found that primary care non-specialist doctors don't actually get that much nutrition and weight loss training, and can have opinions that are only as good as anyone's off the street about weight loss. But if there's a good reason, of course belay my last.
    @biohazardinc I. LOVE. YOUR. SCREENNAME. Welcome!
    @goal06082021 cosigned as hell. Absolutely.
    @Cluelessmama1979 I hear you on kids' food not being good for goals, haha. It sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders about all of it, though, and I love your workout list!
    @mmdeveau HIIIIIIII hello again! I think about you sometimes as I do my nightly skincare routine, because I remember that was one of your goals in 2020. Every bit of your advice is good.
    @KeriA getting kids through college is a big reason why a lot of my coworkers aren't retired already, I get it.
    @_manny_702 wow, that's a lot of weight you've lost this month, how are you feeling?
    @justanotherloser007 I've probably mentioned it once already, but my mom was anorexic just before she got pregnant with me. So much so that she rated a hospital stay a couple different times. I'm not privvy to her internal struggles, but I do know that there are very few pictures of my mom while we were growing up, because she wouldn't allow them, and that's so sad. I hope your god-daughter finds her way through it sooner rather than later. ((hugs))

    Have a great Tuesday, everyone!


  • biohazardinc
    biohazardinc Posts: 95 Member
    @Cluelessmama1979 I hate all the different BMI calculators. I don’t think I’ll ever be where it wants me to be. However, I know that I’ve gotten to a place where I was happy. Back in 2016 I weight the least amount I’ve ever weighted and fit into a size 0-1 at Torrid. I would be so happy to be there again…

    @mmdeveau I agree with you about foods being bad if you make them bad. That’s why I liked WW when I was on it. You could still eat the things you wanted but you were going to need to spend points…I learned good habits with that. I hope that the carry over to MFP. I haven’t counted calories in several years.

    @KeriA I find it hard to get my water in but I get where your coming from when you say water taste better from a glass. I don’t drink water from a glass but I am very picky about the brand and type of water. And I hate water from the sink/fridge. I tried one of those liquid IV sticks too but it was waaaay to sweet for my liking.

    @_manny_702 Congrats to you on your continued loss. Keep up the great work.

    @justanotherloser007 I’ve struggled with self hatred a lot….I have a lot of self confidence issues but a lot of it stems from relationship issues and trust issues with some of my family. I tend to eat my feelings and I was always feeling something.

    @CupcakeCrusoe Thanks! I’m a Resident Evil fan. I had a stomach bug the week before Easter. It takes it out of you. Hope your feeling better.
  • biohazardinc
    biohazardinc Posts: 95 Member
    Good morning everyone!!

    @CupcakeCrusoe I hope you're feeling better today.

    I skimmed through comments but probably won't get caught up. :D Traveled a lot this weekend & the scale reflects that. But I'm ok with that. The scale was down almost 5 pounds prior to leaving. Most of my meals (ok, all??) came from a drive through window. So all my low carb/low sugar went right back out that same window. Oh well. Is that it is. The scale was still down a pound this morning & I'm not upset about any of it.

    Saturday night I got to see Billy Joel & Sunday I saw Motionless in White, Black Veil Brides, & Ice Nine Kills. 2 concerts in 2 days traveled across 3 states. Ya girl is tired...

    I'm placing a grocery pick up order & will do some meal prepping tonight for rest of the week. We have a meeting tomorrow out of town, so I don't know what that menu will look like - ugh.

    Nice! You see Billy Joel that sounds exciting. I'm actually going to go so KALEO this Saturday. I'm very excited to go to head to Chicago. Hope you can find some time to relax.
  • seltzer_lover
    seltzer_lover Posts: 261 Member
    Good morning! I'm hommmmeeeeeeee. It feels really nice to be back in my home, enjoying some peace and quiet, and getting back into a routine.

    Got back on the scale this morning - I've lost all the gain I had before I started my maintenance break and a little some on top of that. What I learned from that is that I wasn't actually eating at maintenance, but was still at a small deficit.

    @CupcakeCrusoe - I hope you feel better! Resting and the good ole BRAT diet usually help get it done.

    @JAC581 - I'm so sorry. Breakups are the worst. Sending hugs. :heart:

    @rockitwell86 - I saw Billy Joel about 10 - 15 years ago and it was SUCH a good concert. I hope you had a great time!

    @bonniemcc4 - Way to go on setting up that therapy appointment. It can be scary and hard to do, but taking that first step is a huge win!

    @justanotherloser007 - I've had a similar history to your goddaughter and hospitals and therapy saved my life. Couldn't quite work out the self-hatred until more recently, which has helped heal my relationship with myself, food, exercise, etc. Still very much a work in progress, though. Two steps forward, one step back.
  • rockitwell86
    rockitwell86 Posts: 36 Member
    @samgibbs30 - welcome!!

    @JAC581 - I'm sorry love, so many hugs coming your way. I 100% know what you mean about being able to cook & eat what you want though, that was one of the best things about my new found singleness when my ex & I split up. I know it's hard now, but life will continue & things will get better.
  • sarah12277
    sarah12277 Posts: 198 Member
    @Cluelessmama1979 If you’re in an area that Imperfect Foods delivers, they take EBT should they help. You do have to apply. My friend that’s on food stamps gets enough so she hasn’t told me if it worked. I’ve used them to help supplement with the produce pickups I already have. It’s been great to get additional items, and maybe healthier junk foods, than what I’d pick up at the regular grocery store. My friend checks all the surrounding churches with food banks as much as possible. Not a lot of produce with her options most of the time so I know she struggles in that regard. I’ve had many conversations with her on that as well. Also, if you don’t already do it see if you can get some resistance bands. BodyGym has a whole setup that all the exercises can be done sitting down. My dad’s gf did it until she didn’t need to stay seated and worked great for her. That way you’re not exactly sedentary and working on your strength a bit, if you don’t already have something like that in your routine. The plan you have written down looks great!

    FlyLady/Decluttering – Yup I’m included in that as well. Been aware of her for a long time. Haven’t always done it but I like receiving her emails just as a reminder, even if I don’t read them. Very helpful to just focus on whatever short time frame that works for you. Right now I’m starting to go through my dad’s things in mom’s basement. Hoping for some long lost treasures. Already found his laser disc player that I still have to hook up to see if it’ll work. Going through his stuff and my house has been very overwhelming for me so focusing on his so I have room to move mine there this summer.

    @JAC581 Very sorry to hear about your breakup. There’s always a silver lining in everything; I think anyway

    @samgibbs330 of course! Jump on in!
  • bonniemcc4
    bonniemcc4 Posts: 117 Member
    _manny_702 wrote: »
    Starting again weight and date with MFP: 282 10/21
    AGE: 33
    HEIGHT: 5'11"
    4/1: 218
    4/4: 215
    4/11: 213
    4/18: 211
    4/25: 207
    👉 Hit 208
    👉 Drink more water (80oz a day)
    👉 Increase muscle mass

    Well, I got a big woosh from TOM exiting the building. The last 3 months has been every 2 weeks and I'm over it. Hormones need to get it together. Congratulations to everyone on your success this week! I'll be back on the 30th!

    Mines been every 3ish weeks in the last few months so I get the frustration with that. Hopefully yours levels out.

  • bonniemcc4
    bonniemcc4 Posts: 117 Member
    @CupcakeCrusoe she told me to limit to 30% or that it was advised due to my bad cholesterol and triglycerides still being high. I’m not sure she actually looked at my results from February though because someone else had reviewed those when they came in. And the numbers have gone down on my triglycerides since then.
  • 1967bkm
    1967bkm Posts: 1 Member
    Age: 54
    Height: 5'6"
    HW: 290.0 Sept 2020
    SW: 270.00 (March 2021)
    CW: 245.00 (4/26/2022)

    GW for May: 235.0
    GW for 2022: 199
    - Charts say 155#

    4/29: 245.00

    I have been struggling the last few months, losing the same 10 to 15 pounds every month. Evenings are the worst for me and snacking. - ICE CREAM is my food of choice. - I am in the West Michigan area. Looking for a "coach" to help me with this lifestyle change.

    Goals for May
    - Drink minimum of 8 glasses water daily -
    - Get up from stay at home desk at least every two hours
    - Eat three times a day - meaningful/planned meals.
  • biohazardinc
    biohazardinc Posts: 95 Member

    @biohazardinc Ooooh, Chicago! Lots of great food there. I haven't heard of the band, but I'm excited for you regardless- concert weekends are a blast.

    There's this thing I follow, called PECS, from Jay at aworkoutroutine.com. A diet should be:
    P- preferable, (eat what you like)
    E- enjoyable, (eat the way you like to- even if that means snacking)
    C- convenient, (your diet fits in your life) and
    S- sustainable (you're going to eat this way forever)

    Take a minute (or many!) and think about what your ideal eating day would look like. Not what you "should" do, but what you do because you want to. Because if you fit your diet to conform to what you want, you're more likely to succeed.

    For example: I like cooking for my family. I like having room for a snack or two. I have a big sweet tooth. Those are the most important eating things about me. So my ideal eating day, to fit a diet, looks like this:

    Pre-breakfast: coffee by myself, with almond milk and a scoop of collagen
    Breakfast: high protein, low calorie.
    Snack: fruit
    Lunch: high protein, low calorie.
    Snack: protein bar (one of those that tastes like a dessert, mmmm)
    Dinner: whatever I make for the family, maybe a little smaller portion, depending on what it is.
    Dessert: a portion of a sweet.

    I log dessert first, most days, because this is what I love. I make my meal plans around having a dessert in the evening, it's that important to me. Then I log dinner with the family, then I fill in the rest.

    Think about what parts of the day, food-wise, are most important to you. The things that make you happy. Make sure you can do those things, even if you have to modify them a little bit, because you do have to keep a calorie deficit. The rest of your diet should support those things that are most important. If you need to, by reducing calories around meals/foods that aren't as important to you. That way you're eating the way you like, and what you like (within reason), and in a way that you can do forever.

    Diet is practice for how smaller-you is going to eat. It's not punishment. You deserve to enjoy things while you lose weight.

    I'm here every day (lol) because I get motivation from checking in most every day. Feel free to send me a friend request, I'm happy to help.

    They're like alternative and soul music. It speaks to my soul haha. I'm not sure if were going to get food out there yet or not.

    I like what you posted about what a diet should be. The one thing I struggle with is sustainability. The thing I hate most about dieting is logging food. I understand why its done but it can be such a pain in the butt.

    What protein bars do you eat. All the ones I've found that I can eat are very high in sugar.
  • CupcakeCrusoe
    CupcakeCrusoe Posts: 1,177 Member
    edited April 2022
    What protein bars do you eat. All the ones I've found that I can eat are very high in sugar.

    I like Quest bars a lot! My favorite flavors are: s'mores, white chocolate raspberry, cookies and cream, maple waffle, and chocolate chip cookie dough. Eta oh and blueberry muffin!

    It's an expensive weekday habit (they're a little under $2 a bar when you buy a box on sale), but for me it's worth it.

    The sugar in it is artificial, which I don't mind anymore, but some people don't like it or can't tolerate it. (Sucralose and stevia)
  • biohazardinc
    biohazardinc Posts: 95 Member
    What protein bars do you eat. All the ones I've found that I can eat are very high in sugar.

    I like Quest bars a lot! My favorite flavors are: s'mores, white chocolate raspberry, cookies and cream, maple waffle, and chocolate chip cookie dough. Eta oh and blueberry muffin!

    It's an expensive weekday habit (they're a little under $2 a bar when you buy a box on sale), but for me it's worth it.

    The sugar in it is artificial, which I don't mind anymore, but some people don't like it or can't tolerate it. (Sucralose and stevia)

    Awesome there gluten free~! I added the cookie dough one to my walmart order. Thanks for the sugestion!
  • Cluelessmama1979
    Cluelessmama1979 Posts: 129 Member
    @CupcakeCrusoe I'm sorry you've been under the weather! Glad you know about the BRAT diet... there's actually been some research more recently to show that it's most beneficial to follow BRATTS when you're sick... bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, tea, and soup! And that the old adage about chicken soup (not the canned crap, but good hearty nutrient-rich grandma soup) actually does hasten recovery times!

    I mention it because it could help with the protein issue next time :p

    In regard to the kid-friendly foods... I *did* have a piece of that german chocolate brownie last night... but a single serving (1/4) rather than the entire thing (it's 14 oz!!! Big brownie, lol) so I stayed within my calories.

    @biohazardinc BMI calculators are confusing because they use the same words to mean different things, so people get different results. For example, the options are typically something like: Sedentary, Lightly Active, Very Active. Most people have no clue which activity level fits them. But let's say you tap "Sedentary". That's telling the calculator which number to plug in to an equation... anything from 1.0 (you're in a coma) to 1.9 (you're an olympic gymnast who practices every day). Some calculators put "Sedentary" as 1.1, or 1.2, or 1.3. I won't go into all the math but... taking my personal stats, 1.1 gives me a tdee of 1974 kcal, and 1.2 puts it at 2154kcal. That's a huge difference!

    I'm 1.1, far below sedentary, lol.

    And then they have no way of knowing what your body fat % is, so they just use a number somewhere in the middle to spit out an arbitrary result.
    If you understand the math, know which formula is being used, and know which modifiers the calculator has assigned, they can be a big help for setting initial targets or troubleshooting specific problems, but... eventually you just have to go with what works.

    @rockitwell86 that sounds like an amazing weekend! Glad you had fun!

    @JAC581 I'm sorry you've had to go through that. To answer your question, I will tell you what I teach my daughter: there's no such thing as a "bad" or "wrong" way to feel. We can't control our feelings, only what we do to deal with them.

    More specifically and casually, though: finding the positives after a break up is a decidedly positive thing. And less math is preferable for most people, lol.

    @seltzer_lover that's awesome, I'm glad for you!

    @samgibbs30 hi! I'm new here too! No one has bitten me yet :p

    @sarah12277 those are good suggestions. I think I do have a resistance band in storage somewhere. I don't know about imperfect foods. I'll look that up today, and try to dig them out.

    @1967bkm you sound like me, lol. I'm going to second everything @CupcakeCrusoe said. Also, last time I was losing weight I came up with tons of ideas to combat ice cream cravings. Let me know if you want me to share some!

    @CupcakeCrusoe (again)
    "Diet is practice for how smaller-you is going to eat. It's not punishment. You deserve to enjoy things while you lose weight."

    I really needed to read that today. Need to get back into that mindset lol.


    Today, woke up, checked the scale...

    Yesterday was 264.8.
    Realistically today should have been ~264.5-264.7.
    Following my usual trends, it should have been ~263.8-264.1
    I weighed in at 263.4.
    I know it sounds like firstworldproblems when I complain about this, but it does make setting goals and tweaking my intake a lil confusing.

    I didn't manage to do my chair yoga thing before lunch today... just forgot, really. I'm not giving up. Going to try to do it before dinner. Just trying to be honest/accountable.

    I've also been drinking a LOT of water. Which has meant a LOT of bathroom trips. Since that's basically the only walking I do, I'm pretty sure I have doubled my step count today, and my everything is aching. Thinking about an epsom salts bath later, but my genius daughter tossed them up on a high shelf at some point, and I can't reach. Short life sucks sometimes lol
  • _manny_702
    _manny_702 Posts: 77 Member
    @CupcakeCrusoe congrats on the 189!! :) I'm actually feeling really great. I made it to the doctor and had a lengthy conversation about what I have going on and informed them of the weight loss. Of course it ended how I expected it to with 6 tubes of blood taken, urine, an ultrasound on my thyroid (Hypo and Hyperthyroidism run in my family,) and a referral for a cardiologist because my heart rate is concerningly low, but could be due to how much I exercise. I have a couple symptoms of hyperthyroidism so that's my main concern right now. On the upper hand, I feel great and joined the gym and look forward to them gains we talked about!
    @biohazardinc thank you! I'm glad you are joining us :)
    @bonniemcc4 Congrats on your progress and I have high hopes for us that the TOM issue is only temporary! Fingers crossed! ;)
  • CupcakeCrusoe
    CupcakeCrusoe Posts: 1,177 Member
    edited April 2022
    Good morning everyone!

    Weight is holding at 189.4! I'm pretty thrilled!

    I'm going to try to eat @rockitwell86's modified frittata this morning for breakfast, as it's been staring at me every time I open the fridge, haha. I think dinner tonight is either going to be leftovers or chicken pot pie (frozen, lol, not making one from scratch on a school night).

    Thanks for the good wishes, everyone, I seem to be over it, although I'm glad I was careful again yesterday. So now I get to drink glorious coffee.

    Tag party time!
    @Cluelessmama1979 I did know about chicken, but not about chicken noodle soup! I make my own chicken stock from chicken bones I save up from what we eat, I should totally try my hand at making some sometime.

    I co-sign everything you say about BMI and TDEE, it's why the best way to figure out what your calories should be is just to log your food and weight accurately over a few weeks and see what your intake is doing to your weight loss, then you have personalized numbers!

    As far as day-to-day weight, and I'm sure you know this: your body can hold as much as 11 lbs of water at any given time. Your weight is: your body, the water it's retaining, and the food it's digesting at the time you weigh yourself. Day to day weight gives you good data, but you shouldn't hold much truck with it. It's the trends you should look for- which is why I advocate for an app like Libra on Android or Happy Scale on iPhone, or TrendWeight.com on the Internet. You plug in your day-to-day weights, it gives you a trendline and averages it out so you can see how you progress.

    And in case you knew about all that (sorry!), before tweaking your intake, you should give any change at least 3 weeks. By then you can tell without all the noise of daily ups and downs what your change did to your weight trend, and adjust accordingly.

    I hope you managed to get that Epsom salt bath!

    @_manny_702 I'm glad to hear you're under the eye of the doc, and that they've got a plan for you. Seeing a 10lb loss this quick at your weight makes me a little nervous, but you've got some medical stuff going on that they're trying to figure out, too.

    I want you to promise, though, that you'll take it easy with exercise if you feel the least bit bad. Or if your pulse increases a lot after only like, getting up and walking around a little, time to tell that to the cardiologist asap, and take it extremely easy.

    Bradycardia and tachycardia together are really, really bad, and are a sign you've been going too hard with the deficit and exercise, literally weakening your heart. Your heart is a muscle, and it can get weaker if you tax it too much and don't feed it enough.

    So look out for that, and promise me you'll take it easy if you notice any of that. Okay? I want to see you around here for a long, long time (but not too long, considering this is a weight loss thread, lol). :heart: Keep us posted about how your stuff goes.

    @sbortnick that's the spirit! And you'd really have to be dedicated to eating to gain 10lbs in a week, lol. I'm not even sure it's possible to gain 10lbs of fat in a week. So no worries, some or most of it will come off as water.

    ETA oh and @biohazardinc I know logging is a pain, it sucks. Especially if you like a lot of variety in what you eat day to day.

    One way that I've found makes it easier on myself to start to not log all the time is to have go-to meals, where I know roughly what I can have if I eat them. But I have a very high tolerance for eating the same thing every day, lol. I eat pretty much the same thing every day from wake up through work, same breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. So I know if I eat those things, I have between 800-1000 calories to play with after work, which is enough for (almost) anything.

    On days when I want more variety, or want something different during that "I-know-how-much-I'm-eating" period of the day, I log it to see where I need to make tradeoffs later on to maintain the deficit. As you log, you might start to find places where you can treat it like a puzzle piece- you can take that meal/several meals and know that if you do this one, you can fit a bigger or smaller piece in later, if that makes sense.

    But I agree! Logging sucks! :lol: Unfortunately, I see myself doing it long term, just to keep a check on my own treat-yo-self impulses.

    Have a great hump day, everyone!