Women 200lb+, Let's Have A Momentous May!!!
Happy May y'all!!
I'm pumped about my April weight loss. I started on 4/18 & managed to lose 5.6 pounds. Very excited for that. For May I'm sticking with my lower carb (starches, fruits & veggies are fine) & lower sugar/added sugar. It seems to be working & is not too restrictive for me to maintain.
I also weigh in on Mondays, so today was WI day.
🌷 Down 2 pounds per week (average, so roughly 8lbs overall).
🌷 Walk at least 2x per week.
🌷 Meal Plan & stick with it.
🌷 Drink that water!
🌷 Track better on the weekends.7
JAC581 Posts: 91 MemberHi everyone! Happy May!
Jamie, 37, 5'6"
I've been stuck at 243 for the last week. TOM was supposed to start Saturday, but it's taking it's good ol' time coming around, so I feel like I'm holding on to some water weight.
-Drink 2-3 liters of water everyday.
-Go for more walks, which should be easier now that the weather is getting nicer. Do Leslie Sansone videos when the weather is crummy.
-Give some other workouts a try. I signed up for FitOn last night, which has tons of free videos, and there are actually a bunch that don't look too intimidating.
-Track my food to the best of my ability.
-Don't allow others to pressure me into eating more/something else. What I eat is up to me.7
April GW: 210
Weights <--I got my dates wrong in my original post.
🌸April GOALS! 🌸
❤️Log food everyday.
🧡Weight in on Mondays.
💛Exercise 30+ minutes a day.
💚Drink 64oz of water.
💙Walk 6k steps a day.
💜Take 20 minutes to clean a day.
Oddly I weighted myself yesterday after I took a shower and weighed 212.7. Today, it went back up to 215.6 so I suppose I haven't lost anything. That was kind of disappointing.
@rockitwell86 I really need to reduce my carbs too but that is so hard for me. One challenge at a time.
@CupcakeCrusoe I hope the trip back was safe and the birthday party was fun. Great job at the 189 I hope to get there soon! As far as the May goal. I always try to clean a little everyday living with 2 kids I constantly feel like I'm drowning in mess. At least allowing 20 minutes helps me gain a little control back.
@KeriA I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I'm glad that it was caught so early. My dad has pancreatic cancer and during a lot of his testing found out he had the BRACA mutation. My aunt got tested and also had it and ended up getting a double mastectomy and hysterectomy as preventative measure. I got tested (which really long story ended up being unnecessary) and found out I didn't have the BRACA mutation. I hope you are doing better now. I got to be honest I rarely want to do any of the exercise I've been doing. However, if it wasn't a motivational thing maybe it was a gut feeling. Were you feeling unsafe?
@roz0810 Good Luck on achieving your goal!
Have a great day guys.
Good morning and happy Monday! MFP seems to have been fixed, it's sunny here in Coastal VA, I've got coffee in my mug, and my dog is snoring in her bed. A good morning, indeed.
Weigh-in Day: Mondays
SW (7/2021): 300
PW (4/13): 249.3
May GW: 236 - 240
🌷 Continue to keep the house neat (I need to clean up post-travel. This place is a hot mess.)
🌷 Push myself in my HIIT workouts (We have 2 benchmarks this month and I'd like to PR in both.)
🌷 Carefully meal plan and prep
🌷 Read 5+ books5
@pamiede - Don't be embarrassed! Many of us have lost and regained, including me! Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and welcome back.
@mmdeveau - Way to catch the gain before it gets to be too much. It sounds like you and your family have been through a lot and persevered....I'm sure you can put that same attitude towards your health goals! I'm also a daily weigher but I mitigate some of the fluctuations by using Happy Scale to smooth out the spikes and valleys. Helps me mentally.
@lmgoff232 - I hope you can see the doctor soon to show off that sweet, sweet progress! Our heights and starting weights are similar so I love to see your progress and what's possible, because I know if you can, I can!
@KeriA - I hope you're doing well and recovering! Welcome back. We're glad to have you. It's smart you listened to your body on Friday and just said "nope". Sometimes that's what you need to do to take care of you.
@CupcakeCrusoe - oh my goodness! Hope you're doing ok today. Falling down the stairs is always so scary.
@rockitwell86 - Figuring out what you can do to change that is sustainable and maintainable is legit 85% of the battle, in my view. Anytime I've gone too restrictive, I've failed and spiraled back into my eating disorder. Now that I'm working with a great RD, I have a plan that is filling, nutritious, AND accommodates my insane sweet tooth. Makes all the difference.
@seltzer_lover - hello fellow VA & book lover! What are you currently reading? I'm about half way through The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Took a while to get interested in it, but now I don't want to put it down. I had to force myself to stop reading last night at 12:30.
And agree 100% about finding something that works. My mom had great success with Keto, but that's too restrictive for me. So I'm just watching my carbs/sugar intake. I try for 100 or less per day with no more than 50 from breads/pastas/potatoes. I'm not cutting out my fruits & veggies. I didn't get fat from eating them. A banana is not going to kill my diet.5
@rockitwell86 - Hello fellow Virginian! I just finished Lessons in Chemistry and started Darling Girl last night. I *also* had to force myself to stop reading last night because I would have burned through that all night.
I'm a member of Book of the Month and my picks lately have all been really good. I also just wrapped up Kaikeyi over Easter and I've been listening to the Jeeves and Wooster series by PG Wodehouse on audio (mostly in the car).
Evelyn Hugo has been on my radar for awhile and now that I have ANOTHER good review, I might have to bump it up the list! What else have you been reading? Any recent favorites?4
April was a very busy/stressful month. Good news, I was able to maintain for the month without measuring/counting calories. Back to somewhat normality for the month of may. Hopefully May will not be to bad trying to get back to the routine
Weigh in on Mondays:
SW: 230.0 lb
CW: 191.8 lb
GW: 150 lb
Goal for May: mid 180's (184-186)4
@KeriA I'm so glad that your breast cancer was diagnosed and treated and that you're getting back to fighting form. I'm sure it was very scary and thank you for sharing. 💓💓💓
I also had a weird feeling like you did a few months ago. I got to the gym and felt fine and hopped into the pool and swam for less than 5 minutes and my body just rebelled out of nowhere and was like 'stop. you're done. get out of the pool.' It really freaked me out. I waited in the shallow end for a few minutes for the feeling to pass, but it didn't. So I got out and went home. I wasn't sure how I'd feel going back, but it was like nothing happened a few days later. I dont know if my body knew something that I didn't or it was preventing me from an injury or what. But it was really strange.4
258.8 ... still going down!
Hit all my daily and stretch goals yesterday except...
I went slightly over my "Goal" yesterday but stayed within my range... I am not sure how to claim that as far as succeeding at the daily goal...
Mfp would give me an estimate of ~1750 to lose 1 lb per week... but my TDEE is closer to 1950 than 2250 because I am disabled and far below sedentary activity levels. So 1lb per week should be 1450 calories. I have my UGW set at 160 (still very overweight) and at that weight/activity level my TDEE will be 1434. Meanwhile, at a *healthy* weight, my TDEE would be 1213.
So I set my daily goal at 1440. But I am aiming for anywhere from 1270 - 1610, trying to get as close to 1440 as reasonable without going hungry or excessive snacking.
Would love any feedback to what yall think... did I hit the "eat at or under my calorie goal" if I stay in that range?
Old SWs: 222.3/241.6
Former (dieting) LW: 161.8
May GW: 247?
UGW: 160 (then maintain 1 year, then we'll see)
May 1st: 259.2
Current weight: 258.8
May weight lost so far: 0.4 lbs
Weight lost this year: 15.6 lbs
🌼 Weigh in each morning
🌼 Eat at or under my calorie goal
🌼 Log honestly and consistently
🌼 Post each morning under this challenge
🌼 Move more each day than the day before
🌼 Avoid Mtn Dew
🌼 No fast food/Grubhub in May
🌼 Reduce caffeine intake from coke zero and coffee
🌱 Reduce number of snacks to earn bigger meals
🌱 Plan meals and log in advance
🌱 Eat at least 2 full servings of fruits or veg per day
🌱 Cut down on coffee creamer
🌱 Keep a running total of weekly average calories for transparency.
May 01 - (goal 260) 259.2
May 02 - 258.8
May 08 - (goal 257)
May 15 - (goal 254)
May 22 - (goal 251)
May 29 - (goal 248)
May 31 - (goal 247)
@lmgoff232 moving is extremely challenging! I hope you can find some creative ideas for meals then!
@RavenStCloud thanks for the thread! My whole motto this go-around is "no excuses", lol. I'm a big stress eater. Or it's a holiday. Or payday. Or it's that time and I'm craving chocolate. Or it's a bad pain day and I need comfort food.
I've realized it all boils down, for me, to rewarding myself with food. It started out with legitimate stuff, but now it's every inconvenience and every thing I do outside of a typical day.
Sorry, got introspective... anyway, I'm glad you got back on track!
Learning Spanish is fun! My daughter and I have been trying for about a year... no tutor, yet, unfortunately. We have been using duolingo (great confidence booster, poor retention) and watching TheLanguageTutor on youtube (pretty effective and fun).
@CupcakeCrusoe welcome back from your trip! I'm sorry you fell, but glad you're okay!
Grubhub is my arch nemesis, lol. I swear they are responsible for about 93% of my weight gain, lol. They just sent me a "Treat yourself!" offer this morning!
Also, my advocate tried to show me macro factor on Thursday but I didn't have enough spoons to pay attention... kept meaning to ask you about it and forgetting lol
@swimmom_1 I have a fairly long reply for you so I will send it separately
@KeriA that's so scary! I'm so glad you're safe!!
@roz0810 progress is progress! Recovering from a setback is a skill in itself!
@rockitwell86 that's great progress! I cannot imagine my life without carbs. I'm glad you found a way to keep the good nutritious foods while cutting back!
@JAC581 remember your body can't tell time or read a calendar. All the functions that are meant to happen will happen... just, they happen in their own time. If you're sticking to your plan, you'll see results!
@biohazardinc I always reassure people about normal fluctuations in daily weight, and then freak out when I experience them myself. That lower weight showed up on the scale. It's part of your loss, whether you record it yet or not. Yesterday I weighed in at 259.2. I drank some coffee and a fair bit of water, ate a banana. Then I was able to use the restroom. Stepped on the scale out of curiosity. 261.1. What. Checked again... yep, 1.9 lbs. Whatever. Late last night I checked again. 262. This morning? 258.8.
But on April 28th, my am weigh in showed 262.3. Before lunch it was 262.1. The next morning? 263.4. I ate under my calories, I had a very active shopping day the day before... if I'd let myself dwell on it, I would have gone nuts.
Fluctuations are normal. You aren't gaining weight on a deficit. That lower number represents the parts of your weight which are just... your body.
@seltzer_lover reading is such a great goal! I used to read constantly but I've fallen out of the habit. I think I will make a spring/summer reading list while I'm all motivated!
@rockitwell86 (again) I'm glad you're letting yourself have fruit. Buuuut... Funny true story... while a banana will not ruin your diet... I once tried a diet where I only ate apples and bananas. First day: Breakfast was an apple and 3 bananas. AM snack, a banana and half an apple in slices. Lunch was 2 apples and 2 bananas. PM snack a banana with the other half apple slices. For dinner I made pureed bananas and apples (3 of each) trying to make a smoothie with just fruit, ice and water (it was not pleasant but I choked it down). Evening snack was diced apples (3) and banana slices (4). 2 AM i woke up starving and had another apple. I wasn't logging food at the time, but that's about 2400 calories and at the time my TDEE would have been around 1650. I lasted 2 weeks in terrible pain, got horribly ill, and gained 4.5 lbs.
I learned bananas are good. Too many bananas are not lol. Same for apples.5
@seltzer_lover - I just finished the Saint View Prison series by Elle Thorpe (woah - spicy). Darling Girl was my BOTM pick. I'm a huge Peter Pan fan (currently working on a side tattoo of Peter Pan). I skipped April, nothing really jumped out at me. I'm also read Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly during lunches at work. It's taking me a while since that's the only time I read it, I get a few chapters in a week. I think next will be The Paris Apartment from March, I haven't started it yet.
@Cluelessmama1979 - oh goodness, I would go insane with that kind of diet! Hangry wouldn't even begin to describe how I would be. I don't know how you lasted 2 weeks!
@RavenStCloud - it's so weird how our bodies just KNOW! I had a blood clot a few years ago & as soon as I woke up I just knew. Even before I went to bed the night before I had this weird feeling something wasn't right. I'm not an overly religious person but I remember praying to wake up the next day.3
Weigh-in Day: Sundays
SW (7/13/2021): 247
CW (5/1/2022): 194.8
GW (5/31/2022): 190
5/1: 194.8 (+/- 0 pounds)
Goals for May:
1. Weight lifting 1x per week
2. Run 1x per week
3. Trek with dog 1x per week
4. 50 sit ups in a row
5. 20 stair step push ups in a row
6. Get up earlier (~6:30)
7. Be more social on weekends
8. Study for exam 30 min per day
9. Eat out 3 meals per week or less
Maintenance month is over now. Time to get back at it!6
SW (Feb 3rd): 220
May GW: 201
Run-jog twice a week
Some more fasting
Work on my swimming
Thanks again Raven!
Best wishes all with another month. Thanks so much for the support so far.3
Glad to be back and Thank you @RavenStCloud for this thread. Great support here!
Mary from Pennsylvania 65 NOW! 5'4", Heaviest weight 255 lbs twice. :-(
UGW-122 lbs. I was there in 2009/10 and kept it off for 5 years then got lazy.
My goal is to continue with what seems to work for me. 1000-1200 calories, low carb 15 Net +/- 3(My body seems to not do well with carbs. It doesn't know how to burn them and hangs onto them way too much!), minimum 70 + oz of water, 2 meals/day on my days off(3) and 3 meals on my work days(which are long), exercise on my 3 days off. My weigh in day is Sunday.
9/14/20 SW-255 lbs
5/3/21-240.5 lbs Emergency Gallbladder surgery
5/14/21-232.2 lbs started MFP and Low Carb/1000-1200 calorie while recovering
3/1/22-155 lbs. Down 100.2 lbs so far!
5/1/22-158.8 lbs. :-( No way is this actual with all the Elliptical miles Friday, yesterday and stayed way under calories for what I was allotted. Hoping for a whoosh soon. Did Elliptical 300 minutes for 22.3 miles in first session and 54 minutes for 4.2 miles for 26.5 miles total today. Hopefully that gets me heading downward again. (Did long times on Friday 228 minutes and Saturday 240 minutes too.)
I wanted to reply separately because math/length...
From what I am reading, you've been eating between 1000-1200 calories for almost a year now, and losing anywhere from 4 - 10 lbs per month. Then the last few months that's been fluctuating.
I understand the need to lose weight quickly initially, and obviously post-op, you were working with medical professionals. I'm not concerned about the lower-than-minimum intake with your stats *then*.
But with your current stats and BMI, a more healthy, regular loss of .5 - 1lb per week is recommended. I wouldn't have commented on it except that you've hit a rough patch despite the increased activity, for longer than is common for activity-induced muscle build and water retention.
So the *cause* of the issue could be the very thing which worked so well before. A lot of times when I see people with similar struggles, actually increasing calorie intake ends up solving the problem.
So I did the actual math. Obviously any calculations are just estimates even with professionals, and I did drop off anything after 3 decimal places but...
Your BMR is somewhere between 1335 and 1416.
The absolute lowest your TDEE (maintenance calories) could be with your current activity level is ~ 1976 kcal per day. (Likely, it's closer to 2170, although the highest potential is 2509!) But lets go with 1976, cause I know eating *more* can be scary.
.5 lbs per week is going to be ~250 kcalories less than your TDEE, or 1726 kcal per day.
1lb per week would be ~500 kcalories less tgan your TDEE, or 1476 kcal per day.
Both are above your BMR which is good. Going below BMR for long periods of time can be extremely dangerous.
You're eating well below BMR, and even below my healthy-weight BMR and I'm way shorter, lol.
I wouldn't recommend continuing below 1200 kcal per day... or even *at* 1200.
I think if you ate between 1400-1500, giving your body a week or two to catch up, you'd start seeing numbers which make sense again.
You're an adult, and it's none of my business, so I won't mention it again, but wanted to put it out there in case you didn't know.
Ps: not even kidding about the math lol
@swimmom_1 - I ditto Cluelessmama1979.
If I restrict too much I won't lose, and sometimes even gain weight. I am one of those people who HAVE to eat in order to lose weight. And after a while I'll have to change things up to basically "shock" my body into responding again. Weight loss is so frustrating for me because it's a constant guessing game of what is going to work for now. Monitoring/tracking. Making sure I'm eating enough but not too much. Ugh...
Maybe add back in some of those calories you're exercising off to help jump start things again. Can't hurt, especially if things are kind of stuck.4
@Cluelessmama1979 special macrofactor post, coming up!
(Quick note: this is not evangelism, I'm still seeing if this will work for me. I'm writing this so you have an idea of whether you think it would be helpful for you, since it's paid after the free trial period (two weeks instead of the one I did with an offer code you can find if you Google).
Screenshot heavy post tapped out on my phone, so spoilers for lots of pictures.
Alright so we start with the dashboard:
The things I like the most about this dashboard that MFP doesn't do are:
1. The expenditure number. You can choose to keep that static, or have the algorithm figure that out as you go, given weight and food logging inputs. It's supposed to function like a maintenance calorie number, but until it finds patterns in intake, it can be a little off. I still like it as a function, I just don't put much weight on it right now, while it's still figuring me out.
2. The weight trend line!!!! I love that this does what I was doing in my spreadsheet automatically.
3. They have a habit section, which can be motivating for some to log more. I don't care overly.
4. The calorie and macro counts are judgement neutral. Nothing changes colors if I go over the recommended amount, and the algorithm, on seeing I ate more or less this week, will adjust up or down based on my goals, not to exceed a calorie "floor" you set on starting up with the app.
5. I also really love that all the food entries are vetted, no random user inputs.
Okay! Let's dig in, first the weight trend, my favorite function:
The ghost line is my inputs, which I can also see in the green section from my dashboard.
I'm unsure about this yet, as they have my expenditure pegged very low, likely because I've been the same weight across a week of low intake, lol (probs ovulation related). An algorithm is only as good as the information it's given, and a future feature they're planning accounts for cycles, which would be rad.
The straight weight log, which doesn't look exciting right now because, same weight for a week, lol.
The nutrition section. The rest of the week looks low rn because I prelogged my breakfasts and lunches.
And the food log: I like that it has a timeline style, and when I go to enter food, it offers things I often eat at that time of day as well as things I just recently logged. (Below my keyboard, you can't see it in this screenshot, apologies.)
The food database has been vetted, no other entries than verified ones. It is multi-add until you are done logging, which i find makes logging quicker.
Another thing I love about the food log is that the calorie count is only as big as anything else, again makes it feel like it's not a judgement, which is nice.
I can also collapse my food to look at macro breakdowns by meal if I want. And it allows me to copy days over, which makes it easy to prelog my breakfasts and lunches.
On Mondays, the algorithm updates given data from the last week, to update your weekly calorie budget. It just lowered mine, because the algorithm doesn't know me super well yet and I'm in a particularly stagnant weight period. It will adjust.
On the whole, I like it enough to pay $72 for a year of access. They offer shorter-term, I'm just like this, lol. And the dev team is very responsive, which is a thing I loved given... MFP lately, lol. They have a whole game plan with features they're currently working on as well as future features.
Do with all this... What you will, lol. Do I recommend it? Yes, for someone with a level head who's not going to blindly follow what the algorithm gives them. For someone who knows that part might not be the most accurate.
And for someone willing to, yes, pay money, which is not insignificant! I dithered about paying money to log, but I'm willing to see how much better this app can get as I use it.3
bonniemcc4 Posts: 118 MemberI’m reintroducing myself. I didn’t think to when I commented over the weekend. My name is Bonnie. I’m 33, dog mom, and aunt helping raise my two youngest nephews (10&9). I deal with chronic illnesses and pain, which I hope that weight loss and exercising will help.
I weigh in on Mondays.
GW for May: 263
Goals for May:
🍎 Keep eating 4-5 fruits and veggie servings per day, at least 5 days a week
🧘🏼♀️ Start Leslie Sansone workouts and work up to 8 minutes at a time by the end of the month (optimistic goal - apparently I can do 4-5 minutes okay)
💭 Start seeing new therapist -first appt is set for the 23rd
⬇️ Lose 6 pounds (but I’ll be happy with any loss)
🥳 Hopefully get myself some rewards that will help me continue to make healthier changes5
CupcakeCrusoe wrote: »special macrofactor post
That was very detailed lol, thank you! I'll check it out and use both for awhile to decide if I like it.
I like the concept of only verified foods, but I get a lot of barcodes which don't even come up on mfp, so I'm worried how macrofactor would handle that lol3
Cluelessmama1979 wrote: »CupcakeCrusoe wrote: »special macrofactor post
That was very detailed lol, thank you! I'll check it out and use both for awhile to decide if I like it.
I like the concept of only verified foods, but I get a lot of barcodes which don't even come up on mfp, so I'm worried how macrofactor would handle that lol
Curious about this too. This weekend I had ham. There was about 100 different results but all had different calorie amount. I don't know which one is right.2
Thank you @RavenStCloud
Happy May everyone!
Starting again weight and date with MFP: 282 10/21
May starting weight: 205
May 2: 203
=> make it to wonderland (under 200)
=> make it to the gym 3 times a week (weight training)
=> tone down the cardio to 2 days a week
=> work on my body image/confidence
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