60lbs to lose by August 20th 2016

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  • doclu
    doclu Posts: 13 Member
    I know I am coming in late but I would love to join you guys. Let me know if I still can. Best
  • 628462
    628462 Posts: 58 Member
    How is everyone doing? I am in week #5. I lost 10 pounds but gained this past week and am losing motivation. My hunger and cravings seem to be increasing! This is getting harder for me.....
  • SueSueDio
    SueSueDio Posts: 4,796 Member
    Come on in! We're not an official 'group', just a bunch of people with similar goals trying to encourage and support each other. Stand by for incoming friend request... :smile:
  • SimplySheesh
    SimplySheesh Posts: 2 Member
    My goal is to lose 10 lbs by May 21st , thats when my wedding is. It seems like its harder for me to stay motivated without friends support, also it sucks not seeing results right away haha. Anyhow im open to friendships and recipes : )
  • SueSueDio
    SueSueDio Posts: 4,796 Member
    628462 wrote: »
    How is everyone doing? I am in week #5. I lost 10 pounds but gained this past week and am losing motivation. My hunger and cravings seem to be increasing! This is getting harder for me.....

    Try increasing the fat and protein in your diet, and reducing the carbs a bit to compensate - I'm finding that having a higher proportion of protein/fat is helping me to feel more full and reduce the cravings for sweet things. I still try and fit in a sweet treat every day because I love them, but I don't usually feel a real craving for them now. (I've also recently started having oatmeal with cocoa powder in it for breakfast, which is like pudding and totally decadent so I feel both spoiled and full afterwards!)

    Play around with the proportions of your macros and see what suits you best! Also, don't worry if you gain a bit here and there - try and look at the overall trend rather than daily or weekly fluctuations. :smile:

    Don't give up - 10lbs in 5 weeks is an awesome start!
  • SueSueDio
    SueSueDio Posts: 4,796 Member
    MissAnisha wrote: »
    My goal is to lose 10 lbs by May 21st , thats when my wedding is. It seems like its harder for me to stay motivated without friends support, also it sucks not seeing results right away haha. Anyhow im open to friendships and recipes : )

    Congrats on your upcoming wedding!

    I've read that if you don't have much to lose it can take longer to see results, and also that it's better to aim for a 0.5lbs/week loss rather than anything higher. Make sure you're not cutting your calories too low, weigh everything, and don't panic if you don't see much movement!

    Look at other things like your measurements and how your clothes fit if the scale isn't being cooperative - you're bound to look and feel better by your wedding even if you don't lose the whole 10lbs. :smile:
  • kesslemg
    kesslemg Posts: 47 Member
    628462 wrote: »
    How is everyone doing? I am in week #5. I lost 10 pounds but gained this past week and am losing motivation. My hunger and cravings seem to be increasing! This is getting harder for me.....

    Don't give up!! Keep trying. I definitely have days that I could eat the whole cupboard and more! Keep your eye on the prize. The road to it can't always be smooth sailing there's bound to be a few speed bumps along the way.
  • morgennn
    morgennn Posts: 168 Member
    My first goal is to weigh 150lbs.. I'm 5'5, 20 years old and my starting weight on the 5th of November 2015 was 207lbs!

    Today I'm weighing in at 174.6lbs, so 32lbs down so far and 24.6 to go!

    I'm hoping to reach goal by 24/05/16 - my 21st birthday!

    Anybody similar feel free too add!
  • ccgirl10
    ccgirl10 Posts: 8 Member
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    628462 wrote: »
    How is everyone doing? I am in week #5. I lost 10 pounds but gained this past week and am losing motivation. My hunger and cravings seem to be increasing! This is getting harder for me.....

    I feel your pain but I am jealous of your results!! I have been floating back and forth with same 3-4 pounds the last 4 weeks since I started tracking again. Every time I am losing motivation I come back to the site and read up on a few blogs and it comforts me to know that so many other people are in the same boat!! Today I am starting to cut my calories back about 200 calories to 1300, my recommended is 1500 but I seem to just be maintaining so I am going to try this and see if I see some better results.

    Congrats on your progress, 2lbs a week is amazing, you really shouldn't lose more than that a week to stay healthy and maintain you progress. Keep up the great work!!!
  • 628462
    628462 Posts: 58 Member
    Thanks for the responses everyone! I definitely need to increase my protein! If only I could afford sushi for dinner several times a week! I know I should be happy with 2lbs/week loss and I am, but I also have so much to lose and it is a long road to august! So on gaining weeks it is very discouraging when I still feel like I am trying so hard!
  • 628462
    628462 Posts: 58 Member
    How is everyone doing? I having a very hard time staying motivated! 3 bad weeks in a row!
  • SueSueDio
    SueSueDio Posts: 4,796 Member
    Don't dwell on it - just keep doing the best you can day by day, and eventually you'll get where you want to go! It's not failure unless you stop getting back up when you fall down.

    My weight has been up and down like nobody's business, and I can't seem to pin it down to anything in particular (although maybe I just need to look harder! :wink: ), but the overall trend is still downwards so I'm trying not to worry too much about the actual number on the scale. I know it's hard to see it go up, though, especially if you feel you've been doing well! If you don't already weigh yourself every day, and you feel like you could handle seeing the fluctuations, try doing that and keeping a record of it so you can start to see what's happening with your body. It might help you to realise what's normal for you, and also to see if what you ate the day before has had a dramatic effect (too much sodium etc.).

    Now, I'm going to say some things and it may sound a bit judgy, so I apologise for that (I'm certainly nowhere near good at this myself!) - but I took a look at the past few weeks of your diary and it looks like you do pretty well on some days but then you undo it by going way over on others. While it's true that a couple of days of poor choices won't wreck all your previous work, if for example you eat well during the week and then have a blow out over the weekend, you do risk wiping out your deficit for the whole week and not seeing any progress at all. And if you keep following that kind of pattern, you're not going to get anywhere. It's better to try and fit in 'treat foods' regularly during the whole week rather than overindulging on a couple of days.

    There's an awful lot of cheese and alcohol in your diary, especially over the past couple of weeks, and those calories really add up fast! If that's something you enjoy having then perhaps it would be a good idea to look at other areas you could cut back a little to make room for them.

    Try to log everything you eat and drink - weigh it too, don't just go by 'half a cup' or similar volume measurements for solid foods. (Especially cheese - and bear in mind that, as someone said in another thread, a cube of cheese is a sad little thing, but a mound of grated cheese looks like so much more for the same weight!) If you're trying to increase fats and protein for satiety, make sure to keep an eye on the overall calorie intake as well.

    Also, how are you measuring your exercise calories burned, and how confident are you that it's accurate? Most days you've logged, there's close to (or over) 1,000 extra calories from exercise. I can see you're not eating all that back every time, but when you are it could be causing you to go way over your limit if the recording isn't accurate. I'd take a look at that as well.

    Finally, it's hard for me to tell exactly what your regular intake goal is, but it looks like it's close to 1,200 when you don't add in exercise. I don't know what your weight is other than "in the 200s", but your goal may be too low. I'm 207 and aiming for 1,400 (not including exercise) - some days I go a bit over, some I'm a bit under, but overall I am steadily losing weight. MFP based my original goal of 1,500 on a basic burn of 2,000 per day, which I now know from my tracking is incorrect for me personally - I burn closer to 1,900, so I adjusted my goal down a little and started losing slowly again. Believe me, I do understand the want to lose it all as fast as possible! But if you try and cut it too low, you'll be hungry and miserable and won't stick to it.

    Try to think of this as a lifestyle change and not a "diet" - you need to find a way you can eat for the rest of your life and keep the weight off, and if you're too low now you won't have anywhere to go when you get closer to your goal. It's better to lose the pounds more slowly but to stick with it and keep them off, than to keep giving up and starting over. 1lb, or even 1/2lb, a week that stays off is better than losing a bunch quickly and then putting all that and more back on and having to start again. There are clearly foods that you really enjoy and want to be able to have, so you may want to accept losing more slowly so that you can enjoy those things without feeling guilty.

    Okay, that turned into way more of an essay than I intended when I started - sorry about that! But what I'm trying to say is, if you really want to lose the weight then do your best to make sure you're logging both food and exercise as accurately as possible, and don't sabotage your own efforts.

    And don't give up! You can do it, if you really want to. :smile:
  • 628462
    628462 Posts: 58 Member
    What a great response! I love when you wrote: It's not failure unless you stop getting back up when you fall down. So very true especially for me. The big problem is stress. Work/family/etc. Are all at a higher level than usual for me right now. It's all I can do not to completely give up. So for now I am logging and just being aware. I hope to get back to 1500-2k cal and >10k steps a day(jawbone up3)

    How do you measure food? Scale? Cups?

    How do you stay motivated and disciplined every moment of every day?

  • andreapaul2016
    andreapaul2016 Posts: 3 Member
    Goldfiver wrote: »
    Hi there. This year I am loosing 45lbs for ever. Last year I was called fatso, obese, and told by girlfriend that my best feature was my face, and she was not attracted by my physic as I let my fitness go away for a while. Friends needed to keep me motivated too and I will post pictures of any progress.

  • andreapaul2016
    andreapaul2016 Posts: 3 Member
    I'd like to be your friend. I'm new and need to lose 60lbs as well. People say I'm pretty and I think I am. But I want to wear regular size clothing. Hoping to find mr right. But not stressing over it.
  • andreapaul2016
    andreapaul2016 Posts: 3 Member
    Goldfiver wrote: »
    Hi there. This year I am loosing 45lbs for ever. Last year I was called fatso, obese, and told by girlfriend that my best feature was my face, and she was not attracted by my physic as I let my fitness go away for a while. Friends needed to keep me motivated too and I will post pictures of any progress.

    Not sure how to add friends. But I'd like to be your friend. Can you please add me. I need motivation as well. We can support each other.
  • PoisonDartFrog
    PoisonDartFrog Posts: 221 Member
    Would love to add have you add me as a friend. I'm looking to lose 75 pounds total (down 12)...hoping to be down 40-50 by August (my birthday).
  • SueSueDio
    SueSueDio Posts: 4,796 Member
    628462 wrote: »
    How do you stay motivated and disciplined every moment of every day?

    Who, me?!

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    Oh dear... I'm sorry. :smile:

    The thing is, I don't. Look back over my diary if you want, and see the number of times I went over my limit, the days I was too lazy to exercise, and the day I had THREE Fudgsicles for treats because I couldn't resist going back for another one, and then one more, in the space of an hour. (I had to stop myself having a fourth!)

    I eat pizza and burgers because I love them. I have bacon and eggs. I try to fit some chocolate into my life most days. I have a glass of wine or a can of cider sometimes (we don't drink much anyway, but it's nice now and again). I am one of the least disciplined people I know, but I keep at it because I really want to lose this excess weight, however long it takes. I'm only human, I don't always resist temptation.

    What I have managed to do is to stop myself from eating way too much, which I would have done in the past, and not let a couple of bad days turn into a week of overeating followed by giving up. There are also times when I think about the amount I have to lose and it feels impossible to do it, I become sure I'm going to give up long before I get there.

    I do two things - first, I broke it down into smaller goals and started focusing on just 10lbs at a time. (I finally reached the first ten, after 6 weeks of changing my habits.) Second, I try to take it one day at a time. Just one more day of making better choices. I remind myself how I succeeded at breastfeeding my son, something that I thought should be so natural and easy but for me was so damned difficult and I was having so many issues that even medical staff kept telling me to give up. I fought them and insisted on "one more day" of trying - every single day despite the difficulty and pain - until those single days turned into eleven months of success. I'd desperately wanted to feed him for six months and felt I wouldn't even manage six weeks, but I did it one day at a time.

    That's what I'm trying to do here - if I eat too much or feel I made some poor choices, there's always the next day to try again. And I'm trying hard not to restrict the things I love, or to feel guilty about going over my limit. My husband wants to go to Pizza Hut for lunch tomorrow, and I'm not going to scour the menu looking for the least-calorific option. I'm going to eat the things I really like, enjoy them and the time with my family, and not worry about it. Then I'm going to have a very light supper, and carry on the next day as if there's nothing to worry about - which there isn't, as long as I don't do that every few days! :smile: It also helps to know in advance that these meals are coming, so I don't eat half my daily calories beforehand!

    Turning into an essay again, sorry!

    To answer your question about measuring - I bought a digital food scale and weigh what I can, but sometimes only once. For example, if I need a 'cup of rice' I'll measure out a cup and then weigh it. Once I know how that compares to the nutritional information on the package, I'll know if I need to adjust the amount of calories and from then on I'll just use the cup. Things like vegetables, meat, cheese, I weigh every time. Liquids are measured with cups or spoons, but again for things like milk and juice I measured once, noted where that amount came to on my usual glass (luckily it has a pattern with lines on it!), and now I just pour it in up to that line. I'm lucky that at the moment I have the time to mess around and weigh everything, and I'm hoping that by the time I find a job I'll be much better at either estimating portions or will have some sort of weekly routine figured out for making lunches! It's a learning process, but I'll get there eventually - I don't really want to have to weigh and count calories for the rest of my life (although I will if I have to!), so I want to teach myself about good portion control.

    I hope that helps a bit! For you, if you're very stressed right now I'd say just focus on doing whatever you can to help you along your journey. Even just getting into the habit of weighing and logging whatever you can will help, regardless of if you go over your calorie goal. Doing a bit of exercise when you can is a good habit to get into, although apparently not necessary for weight loss, and walking is supposed to help relieve stress too. Don't beat yourself up for not being perfect, celebrate the little successes instead and just keep at it. One day at a time. :smile:
  • Buckeye_Girl
    Buckeye_Girl Posts: 2 Member
    Hello there :) I have 55 pounds to lose and would like to lose it within this year. Plus summertime will be here soon! We can support each other. Feel free to add me.
  • JillPoverud
    JillPoverud Posts: 27 Member
    Hello there :) I have 55 pounds to lose and would like to lose it within this year. Plus summertime will be here soon! We can support each other. Feel free to add me.

    Last summer I was so uncomfortable and hot with my extra weight, not this year! Feel free to add me!