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50 lbs in 6 months!

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  • jojo52610jojo52610 Posts: 692Member Member Posts: 692Member Member
    WTG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :drinker: :drinker:
  • janiebethjaniebeth Posts: 2,509Member Member Posts: 2,509Member Member
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    Just loved the dancing banana - had to bump it..

    Way to go PedalHound!! That is an awesome journey you are on.. You Go Girl!!

    J
  • AJCMAJCM Posts: 2,169Member Member Posts: 2,169Member Member
    That is amazing and you look wonderful in your pic!!! 50 lbs - wow! You are such an inspiration that it can be done, and I LOVED what you said about 50 lbs being the real deal, that's not water weight! That's hard work and sweat!

    Congrats and keep going!
    You might just inspire me to do another 10 lbs....
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  • cettefillecettefille Posts: 27Member Posts: 27Member
    Congratulations.

    I hope I can maintain the type of determination and motivation as you have, and I hope that in 5/12 months I too can say that I've lost 50 lbs already.
  • plantlady99plantlady99 Posts: 1,342Member Member Posts: 1,342Member Member
    Congratulations to you Congratulations to you!!!!!


    What a great story and inspiration. I also want to see my goal in at lease 6 months. Thank you so much again for your story.

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  • nickybr38nickybr38 Posts: 674Member Member Posts: 674Member Member
    I began my journey to a healthier self and started MFP all in the same day. June 8th of this year, 1 day shy of 6 months ago. I was amazed by how easy it was to follow the numbers, create even healthier meals and actually eat regularly throughout the day! I have two young children ages 4 and almost 2 and I wasn't eating regularly although it was pretty healthy food. I eat my work out calories (after subtracting the 20 cals per 10 minutes that I'd be burning just sitting there, of course!), I eat whole foods and not processed, dyed, flavoured, artificially-sweetened ones, and I eat every 2-3 hours. I'm careful with sodium, I get lots of fibre and balance my carbs/fats/proteins thoughout the day plus I get at least 8 8oz glasses of water into me. This all ads up to having lost a healthy and steady amount of weekly weight (except for the few weeks in the fall where I plateaued due to eating too few calories - only 1200 a day) and to my AMAZEMENT I have suddenly crossed the 50lb mark in my loss. :noway: I knew it was coming, I could see the numbers, but this has struck me like nothing before. You can't fake that number. That's not water weight or those first easy 5 to 10 lbs of recently added fat that your body isn't too attached-to. It's all a success but I honestly never thought I could do it. In any other year those 6 months would have been spent lamenting my shape, wishing for the magic key, or planning on starting "tomorrow". Yay me :bigsmile:
    So keep plugging away. Where might YOU be 6 months from now if you do!!

    Wow. That's quite a story!!!! My goal is to be somewhere near my goal weight by my birthday (august) so we'll see. That's eight months. ;) It could be 50 lbs by then!!!!

    Thanks for sharing your story.
  • MsEmeraldMsEmerald Posts: 5Member Posts: 5Member
    Congratulations you are such an inspiration!!

    However, I did not know that losing weight was so technical. I still don't understand how to add or subtract exercise calories. I'm doing everything I can to keep my calories at 1200 a day. However you and other successful MFP members have shared advice about exercise calories, BMR, etc. It's all a bit technical for me. Can I have the same success as you if I stick to my 1200 calories a day and exercise 30-60 minutes 4-5 times a week?
  • PedalHoundPedalHound Posts: 1,625Member Member Posts: 1,625Member Member
    Congratulations you are such an inspiration!!

    However, I did not know that losing weight was so technical. I still don't understand how to add or subtract exercise calories. I'm doing everything I can to keep my calories at 1200 a day. However you and other successful MFP members have shared advice about exercise calories, BMR, etc. It's all a bit technical for me. Can I have the same success as you if I stick to my 1200 calories a day and exercise 30-60 minutes 4-5 times a week?

    I'm a personal trainer (and science nerd) and the quick answer is probably not. And I have to preempt that the best we can do is work with estimations unless you go get a whole scientific work-up done to calculate your actual BMR and metabolic info, but given that we're working with averages you have to keep in mind that for a woman about the lowest daily caloric intake that will allow your metabolism to function like it is supposed to is 1200 a day.
    With the weight you've got yet to lose you may be able to get away with that for now (when you have more weight to lose your body is slightly better able to handle a bigger calorie deficit in theory but again your specific body may not agree with that. They key if you want to go down to 1200 cals a day though, is if you do exercise you MUST eat more. We lose weight by calorie deficit. Our bodies need more than they are given so they use fat. Basic, yes? If your metabolism of fat shuts down when you get fewer than about 1200 calories a day, you won't burn fat. If you only eat 1200 calories AND you burn MORE calories by exercising you are giving your body fewer than 1200 calories a day and you won't burn fat. And the more weight you have to lose, the more calories you burn with exercise. You may be burning up to 1000 calories on 60 min exercise days if you're working at the top of your ability. If you only consume 1200 calories in food your body thinks you're getting 200 calories that day!!! OUCH! Over time, that will actually cause you to GAIN weight.
    So to create the calorie deficit that gets our bodies to burn fat I would honestly say (knowing your "lbs to go" only) that you should either try to get into the practice of calculating and eating your work out calories AND increase to 1300 a day OR you should eat 1800 - 2200 calories per day if you are working out at a medium to high intensity 4-5x a week for 45 to 60 minutes. If you try to take the calorie deficit from diet AND exercise without putting calories back in for one of them, this won't work for you. I know that was just another heap of technical but there are the facts!! :flowerforyou:
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