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I HIT MY GOAL! Lessons learned...

lizard9800lizard9800 Posts: 474Member Member Posts: 474Member Member
I am happy to report that in the 9-10 months that I have been using MFP I have lost 43 lbs and 15 inches! I hit my goal weight (actually surpassed it by 1 lb) yesterday. Trust me, this site works wonders!
Unfortunately I don't have any good before pictures, but my profile picture shows pants that fit me when I started. I went from a size 14 to a size 8.:drinker:

My general food menu was oatmeal with ground flaxseed and blueberries for breakfast, hardboiled egg or fruit for snack, frozen lunch (time constraint), more fruit for snack, small pre-workout snack of cottage cheese or banana, big salad for dinner with homemade bread or small portions of something else combined with lots of veggies. I drank a lot of water and green tea. And I never made myself miserable by completely restricting certain foods, which I think was key for me because I never felt like binging. I still had a small piece of Dove chocolate for dessert at lunch. I had 100 calorie popcorn bags during movies at home. I typically had light beer or wine with dinner. I went out to eat once a week with friends to "jump start my metabolism". Of course I had days that I went over, but never more than 500 calories, and I made up for it the next day. I tried to log all my food in the morning so I knew what kind of snacks I could have, and what kind of a workout I should do. I started with low calories and bumped them up at each plateau (and it worked everytime!!) Now I don't really log much anymore, mainly because I can spout calorie info like the best of them, but I will never delete this site from my Favorites list.:laugh:

During the winter I was out cross country skiing or I was in the basement on the elliptical, treadmill or doing cardio videos. Once it warmed up I started hiking A LOT and got a personal trainer to help with toning and strenghening. I started to like running:noway: , and I am looking into buying a road bike. I was doing 6 days a week, and now I am to the point where I can do 3-4 days to maintain which is nice. I feel like I have my life back. And the biggest key was the Polar heart rate monitor I bought. So incredibly helpful for outdoors activities, and to find out the gym machines always overestimate for me.

I have been extremely lucky to have a very supportive fiance throughout everything. He endured all the countless salads, food measuring, pricier food bill, extra workout equipment and babbling about MFP. And he took it like a champ - of course, he does like the results a lot!!:tongue:

I wish everyone the success that I have had. I will still continue checking in with the MFP family on a regular basis to see others results and because I learn something new everytime. The information shared on this site is amazing! Thanks to Mike and everyone else. Keep up the good work, and keep off the lbs!

Liz:flowerforyou:
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  • lizard9800lizard9800 Posts: 474Member Member Posts: 474Member Member
    I am happy to report that in the 9-10 months that I have been using MFP I have lost 43 lbs and 15 inches! I hit my goal weight (actually surpassed it by 1 lb) yesterday. Trust me, this site works wonders!
    Unfortunately I don't have any good before pictures, but my profile picture shows pants that fit me when I started. I went from a size 14 to a size 8.:drinker:

    My general food menu was oatmeal with ground flaxseed and blueberries for breakfast, hardboiled egg or fruit for snack, frozen lunch (time constraint), more fruit for snack, small pre-workout snack of cottage cheese or banana, big salad for dinner with homemade bread or small portions of something else combined with lots of veggies. I drank a lot of water and green tea. And I never made myself miserable by completely restricting certain foods, which I think was key for me because I never felt like binging. I still had a small piece of Dove chocolate for dessert at lunch. I had 100 calorie popcorn bags during movies at home. I typically had light beer or wine with dinner. I went out to eat once a week with friends to "jump start my metabolism". Of course I had days that I went over, but never more than 500 calories, and I made up for it the next day. I tried to log all my food in the morning so I knew what kind of snacks I could have, and what kind of a workout I should do. I started with low calories and bumped them up at each plateau (and it worked everytime!!) Now I don't really log much anymore, mainly because I can spout calorie info like the best of them, but I will never delete this site from my Favorites list.:laugh:

    During the winter I was out cross country skiing or I was in the basement on the elliptical, treadmill or doing cardio videos. Once it warmed up I started hiking A LOT and got a personal trainer to help with toning and strenghening. I started to like running:noway: , and I am looking into buying a road bike. I was doing 6 days a week, and now I am to the point where I can do 3-4 days to maintain which is nice. I feel like I have my life back. And the biggest key was the Polar heart rate monitor I bought. So incredibly helpful for outdoors activities, and to find out the gym machines always overestimate for me.

    I have been extremely lucky to have a very supportive fiance throughout everything. He endured all the countless salads, food measuring, pricier food bill, extra workout equipment and babbling about MFP. And he took it like a champ - of course, he does like the results a lot!!:tongue:

    I wish everyone the success that I have had. I will still continue checking in with the MFP family on a regular basis to see others results and because I learn something new everytime. The information shared on this site is amazing! Thanks to Mike and everyone else. Keep up the good work, and keep off the lbs!

    Liz:flowerforyou:
  • cp005ecp005e Posts: 1,482Member Member Posts: 1,482Member Member
    Liz!!! Way to go!!!! I am so proud of you! :drinker:
  • laurenk182004laurenk182004 Posts: 1,882Member Member Posts: 1,882Member Member
    Wow, fabulous job! You look great :) I always love a good inspirational tale of weight loss. I can't imagine how u must feel to be DONE needing to lose weight! lol
  • tweety3tweety3 Posts: 118Member Posts: 118Member
    AWESOME!! What an inspiration!!!!
  • skinnydreamsskinnydreams Posts: 1,185Member Posts: 1,185Member
    Fantastic! Way to go!!! That's such a wonderful accomplishment!
  • Carrie6o6Carrie6o6 Posts: 1,443Member Member Posts: 1,443Member Member
    Wow!! It is very inspirational! great job!! So proud of you!! :flowerforyou: :bigsmile:
  • BetterVersionBetterVersion Posts: 459Member Posts: 459Member
    Awesome! Way to go, Girl! Thanks for the inspiration!
  • lenmanalenmana Posts: 171Member Posts: 171Member
    That rocks! Thanks for taking the time to share too. I'll have to channel your good energy to reach my goal...ENJOY your new and improved body!
  • natalie1natalie1 Posts: 180Member Member Posts: 180Member Member
    Thanks for sharing your sucsess, Liz. Great to see somebody' s achievements- gives hope to rest of us:flowerforyou:
  • LandBsdotingchauffeurLandBsdotingchauffeur Posts: 237Member Posts: 237Member
    That's awesome!!! Way to go chica!!
  • mdrkmdrk Posts: 11Member Member Posts: 11Member Member
    Wow ! Congrats. I just joined this site and I hope i can say the same one day.
  • saralomansaraloman Posts: 1Member Posts: 1Member
    Just curious.......when you say you hit a plateau you bumped up your caloric intake. I have a feeling I am taking in too few cals. What did you add to your diet to get more calories? By the way, congrats!
  • jlwhelan1jlwhelan1 Posts: 664Member Posts: 664Member
    ((Happy dance))
    ((Cartwheel))

    Happy days and congratulations to you.
    Good job!
  • SkinnyMamaSkinnyMama Posts: 146Member Posts: 146Member
    WOW! I hope that I can say that in a few more months! Thanks for the inspiration, you look great!:flowerforyou:
  • mommared53mommared53 Posts: 9,554Member Member Posts: 9,554Member Member
    What an inspiration!! Thanks for sharing with us. I can't wait til I hit my goal. Congratulations. :flowerforyou: :flowerforyou: :flowerforyou: :flowerforyou:
  • heartshapdworldheartshapdworld Posts: 323Member Member Posts: 323Member Member
    :drinker: CONGRADULATIONS:drinker:
  • stacystarstacystar Posts: 176Member Posts: 176Member
  • LovelyLady1977LovelyLady1977 Posts: 428Member Posts: 428Member
    WAY TO GO!!! I'm doing the happy dance for ya!!!
  • VansVans Posts: 388Member Member Posts: 388Member Member
    WoW Liz!!! thank you for posting this....I am looking to loose the same....and would looove to be a size 9 again!
    again THANK YOU its so nice to read stuff like this:flowerforyou:
  • songbyrdsweetsongbyrdsweet Posts: 5,691Member Member Posts: 5,691Member Member
    Woohoo!!! Congratulations! You make it sound easy! :wink:
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