Goal to lose 30lbs ASAP, I need help. Please read!

Okay so my name is Liz, I will turn 21 on January 7th. I have a 2 1/2 year old son who turns 3 on July 1st. Before I got pregnant when I was 17 I weighed around 120, by the time I went into labor I was 179lbs and after I had my son the weight was dropping off with no effort. When I was working as a server I got down to 135lbs from working so much and constantly moving around at work but I am now a stay at home mom and have been for a number of months now and my weight has slowly started climbing back up. First I got up to 139lbs then to 143lbs, and now when I weighed myself the other day I was 149lbs (with my clothes, boots, and pea coat on, but still it's disappointing). I have been trying to lose the weight, I really have, but I reluctantly fall right off of the work out wagon. I got an elliptical a few weeks ago but I have only used it a handful of times. I really do want to lose the weight because it's horribly effecting me mentally and I already have anxiety and depression, I always have, but I can't keep avoiding working out and I don't know what to do. I am incredibly unhappy with myself, I can't even stand to look at myself. I need some advice and guideance and also I think some success stories would encourage me a lot because I think I always stop working at it because I don't see progress soon enough even though I know it takes a while. So if anyone has some advice and routines and success stories and pictures that'd be great! Most of all please help me lose this weight! I'm 5'3" and I currently weight 149 (again, with clothes and boots and all but I can't weigh myself naked yet because I have to buy a scale tomorrow). My goal is to be back down to 120lbs or even 115lbs would be great. I have a goal to show sufficient progress by February 14th. What's a realistic amount of weight for me to lost if I work really really hard these next 6 weeks? Thanks!
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  • hello! I have nearly the same goal I was 152 3 weeks ago and lost 6 so far with tomorrow being a weigh in. I have a weight loss goal of 32 lbs and I'm 5' 2" so similar height as well. I find sticking to the 1200 cal a day works. I don't exercise much and am noticing the pounds starting to go slowly. so if your like me and not a huge fan of excercising maybe focus more on the diet side of things. Feel free to add me to look at my diary :)
  • hello! I have nearly the same goal I was 152 3 weeks ago and lost 6 so far with tomorrow being a weigh in. I have a weight loss goal of 32 lbs and I'm 5' 2" so similar height as well. I find sticking to the 1200 cal a day works. I don't exercise much and am noticing the pounds starting to go slowly. so if your like me and not a huge fan of excercising maybe focus more on the diet side of things. Feel free to add me to look at my diary :)

    Thanks! :) could you explain exactly what the 1200 calorie a day thing. Is it that your total calories a day is 1200 and is that meaning before or after exercising?
  • meshashesha2012
    meshashesha2012 Posts: 8,326 Member
    you didnt gain the weight ASAP, why expect to be able to lose it ASAP?
  • wheird
    wheird Posts: 7,963 Member
    I sense where this is going.
  • Guinivere
    Guinivere Posts: 357 Member
    If you really knuckle down, no excuses you might be able to lose 14lbs in six weeks. I've done it. It took discipline and consistency.
    Take measurements on your body, not just scale data. If you're working out hard you may see an inches change rather than the scale as fat burns off and lean tissue is put down.

    Go for healthy - don't let your impatience make you set unrealistic goals or you set yourself up for failure.

    Maybe go by clothing size goal rather than the scale.

    See the success board for all the great success stories and pics.

  • I do understand that it's going to take time but that doesn't mean its not frustrating when it's effecting me as much as it is. I'm not askin how to lose 30 pounds in 6 weeks although that would be great fnit was possible, but I am simply askin what's a realistic ammount of weight to lose if working really hard within these 6 weeks because by February 14th I am looking to show sufficient progress and hopefully that will help me mentally because it's ruining my life.
  • MoreBean13
    MoreBean13 Posts: 8,701 Member
    A realistic amount of weight is 12lbs in 6 weeks.

    I would seriously reconsider the "weight lost NOW" attitude, because if you don't you'll lose the weight, and then be back here posting that you're starting over in 6 months.
  • jennegan1
    jennegan1 Posts: 677 Member
    Considering we are the same height being 149 isnt over weight. Its actually considered being healthy. Plus your a mother now so get used to fact of the matter you are going to wind up carry extra weight now no matter what....Shoot when I was 21 I wasnt even 149 cuz I gave birth that year with my oldest and guess what. I lost weight but it didnt happen over night it happened over years
  • wheird
    wheird Posts: 7,963 Member
    Considering we are the same height being 149 isnt over weight. Its actually considered being healthy. Plus your a mother now so get used to fact of the matter you are going to wind up carry extra weight now no matter what....Shoot when I was 21 I wasnt even 149 cuz I gave birth that year with my oldest and guess what. I lost weight but it didnt happen over night it happened over years

    There is no reason why a mother has to carry extra weight no matter what.
  • wheird
    wheird Posts: 7,963 Member
    A realistic amount of weight is 12lbs in 6 weeks.

    I would seriously reconsider the "weight lost NOW" attitude, because if you don't you'll lose the weight, and then be back here posting that you're starting over in 6 months.

    When on earth did you get back?!
  • MoreBean13
    MoreBean13 Posts: 8,701 Member
    A realistic amount of weight is 12lbs in 6 weeks.

    I would seriously reconsider the "weight lost NOW" attitude, because if you don't you'll lose the weight, and then be back here posting that you're starting over in 6 months.

    When on earth did you get back?!

    Today. I got a fitbit for Christmas and it motivated me to start tracking all the things again. :bigsmile:
  • sunshinenjjr
    sunshinenjjr Posts: 137 Member
    Liz a realistic goal would be to lose 1/2 to 1 lb a week. There is no reason to eat only 1200 calories a day. I'm 5'1" 125 lbs and I generally eat between 1600 hundred and 1800 hundred calories a day. And I'm still losing weight slowly. You didn't put the weight on overnight so just except that it will take you some time to take it off.
  • you didnt gain the weight ASAP, why expect to be able to lose it ASAP?

    ASAP meaning I'm not looking for leisurely guidelines with the minimum requirements to maybe lose some weight. But for the record the weight did come on pretty quick considering I was at a content 135lbs for a long time. And again, as I said the the other person, I'm not asking to lose the 30lbs in 6 weeks, but simply asking people who have been working hard rather than taking their time what type of routines they have or what success they have had so far, what has worked for them and what hasn't and maybe for some advice.
  • ndj1979
    ndj1979 Posts: 29,145 Member
    . First I got up to 139lbs then to 143lbs, and now when I weighed myself the other day I was 149lbs (with my clothes, boots, and pea coat on, but still it's disappointing). I

    you realize that all that extra clothing probably added about ten pounds right?
  • emdeesea
    emdeesea Posts: 1,823 Member
    A reasonable amount of weight is 1-2 pounds a week. It's less of a struggle when you view it as a lifestyle change and less of this urgency to lose weight NOW.

    Your son is watching what you do. Show him how to be healthy.
  • Considering we are the same height being 149 isnt over weight. Its actually considered being healthy. Plus your a mother now so get used to fact of the matter you are going to wind up carry extra weight now no matter what....Shoot when I was 21 I wasnt even 149 cuz I gave birth that year with my oldest and guess what. I lost weight but it didnt happen over night it happened over years

    There is no reason why a mother has to carry extra weight no matter what.

    Thank you, I appreciate that.
  • kwantlen2051
    kwantlen2051 Posts: 455 Member
    You weighed yourself with clothes, coat and boots on! You need to find out what you really weigh, figure out out your BMR and TDEE. And from there set your goal, MFP has calculators to help you determine these and also your daily calorie goal and how much exercise calories to burn. No quick fixes just plain hard work will get everyone the results they want.
  • Considering we are the same height being 149 isnt over weight. Its actually considered being healthy. Plus your a mother now so get used to fact of the matter you are going to wind up carry extra weight now no matter what....Shoot when I was 21 I wasnt even 149 cuz I gave birth that year with my oldest and guess what. I lost weight but it didnt happen over night it happened over years

    There are many mothers who are in better shape than they were before they were a mother. Just because I'm a mom does not mean that I have to be overweight. And it may not be considered overweight to but everyone is different. I am not comfortable having a stomach pouch of fat that sits on my lap and bulges over my pants and having thighs twice the size they were before and having love hadles so bad that it's like my *kitten* starts half way up my back. The fact of the matter is that I am not comfortable with MYSELF and just because I am a mother doesn't mean that I have to accept being miserably embarrassed of my own body.
  • LolBroScience
    LolBroScience Posts: 4,555 Member
    A realistic amount of weight is 12lbs in 6 weeks.

    I would seriously reconsider the "weight lost NOW" attitude, because if you don't you'll lose the weight, and then be back here posting that you're starting over in 6 months.

    QFT.

    6 Weeks is not a lot of time for significant weight loss. Mild deficit + time will be better in the long run. Did you just decide Feb. 14th for fun? It's not as is you're stepping on stage to be judged by people, doing a photo shoot etc. So whats the rush?
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