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  • amybuckle6973
    amybuckle6973 Posts: 20 Member
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    NovusDies wrote: »
    Hi! I have 94lb until my target weight. I became a new mum 12 weeks ago and I've spent the majority of my adult life overweight, but pregnancy cravings certainly made it 10x worse!!
    I need to break some bad eating habits and in all honesty would just love to feel fit and healthy again especially so I can enjoy future summers with my son playing sport and enjoying life.
    I really hope I can stay motivated!
    Good luck everyone!!

    Hi @amybuckle6973,

    Welcome.

    Congrats on the baby boy!

    Please be careful right now and especially if you are breastfeeding. If you accidentally create a deficit that is too large you could really tank your energy. I can't guide you on any of that but I am sure your doctor would have an opinion.

    We hope to help you so that you don't need a lot of motivation.

    Hi!!

    Thanks for the support! 😊
    I'm actually under a lactation specialist so shes helping me along the way and said one of the main things to remember is to drink a lot of water and as long as I'm not starving myself (which I can guarantee is impossible for me 😂) then I'm all good.

    Thank you!!! Cant with to see everyone achieve on their journeys!!
  • magnusthenerd
    magnusthenerd Posts: 1,207 Member
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    Hi.
    I was obese to morbidly obese pretty much my whole life. I was around 300 at 13. I lost weight around 15 down to ~190 for a while with low carb eating and resistance training, but eventually gained back.
    Around 2012, I got back into resistance training as my marriage was in a bad spot. As I went through divorce in 2013 I got into learning the actual science and research on weight loss. Over time went from 285 in 2012 to as low as 157 (~9% body fat) in 2016. Having dieted for so long and harder then I should have, I kind of let my weight drift up to try and fix hunger issues I was having.
    Since November I've been back in working out routine and have relost any of the weight I gained back - I'm at about the same 157 now, but even leaner / more muscle mass.
  • njenn86
    njenn86 Posts: 9 Member
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    Hello! I'm Nichole.

    I'm so glad I stumbled on this group today! I just turned 33, I'm 5'4" and currently around 312 lbs. In 2017 I started Weight Watchers at around 333 lbs, and since then I feel like I've gained and lost the same 20 lbs over and over. I'm tired of starting over all the time and sabotaging myself when things start to go well. I have no self-control when my cravings start to kick in, so I'm currently looking at revisiting a lower carb diet to cut my sugar intake. I did Protein Power back in high school and lost 50 lbs for grad and don't remember feeling restricted, so I'm rereading the book to see if it's something I want to try again.

    I feel that my weight is keeping me from living my best life, but I never seem to remember that when there are goodies around. My goal is to lose the weight and increase my fitness level so I can have the healthy active lifestyle I see others living around me. I have a general goal weight in mind of 160-170 lbs, meaning I'm looking at a loss in excess of 140 lbs. It's a long way to go, but the time will pass anyway. I just want this to be the last time I start over.
  • NovusDies
    NovusDies Posts: 8,940 Member
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    Hi.
    I was obese to morbidly obese pretty much my whole life. I was around 300 at 13. I lost weight around 15 down to ~190 for a while with low carb eating and resistance training, but eventually gained back.
    Around 2012, I got back into resistance training as my marriage was in a bad spot. As I went through divorce in 2013 I got into learning the actual science and research on weight loss. Over time went from 285 in 2012 to as low as 157 (~9% body fat) in 2016. Having dieted for so long and harder then I should have, I kind of let my weight drift up to try and fix hunger issues I was having.
    Since November I've been back in working out routine and have relost any of the weight I gained back - I'm at about the same 157 now, but even leaner / more muscle mass.

    Hi @magnusthenerd,

    Good to see you here. Thanks for sharing your story.
  • NovusDies
    NovusDies Posts: 8,940 Member
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    njenn86 wrote: »
    Hello! I'm Nichole.

    I'm so glad I stumbled on this group today! I just turned 33, I'm 5'4" and currently around 312 lbs. In 2017 I started Weight Watchers at around 333 lbs, and since then I feel like I've gained and lost the same 20 lbs over and over. I'm tired of starting over all the time and sabotaging myself when things start to go well. I have no self-control when my cravings start to kick in, so I'm currently looking at revisiting a lower carb diet to cut my sugar intake. I did Protein Power back in high school and lost 50 lbs for grad and don't remember feeling restricted, so I'm rereading the book to see if it's something I want to try again.

    I feel that my weight is keeping me from living my best life, but I never seem to remember that when there are goodies around. My goal is to lose the weight and increase my fitness level so I can have the healthy active lifestyle I see others living around me. I have a general goal weight in mind of 160-170 lbs, meaning I'm looking at a loss in excess of 140 lbs. It's a long way to go, but the time will pass anyway. I just want this to be the last time I start over.

    Hi @njenn86,

    Welcome.

    I think the more I talk with the members here the more I believe that this is the no quitters zone. Screwing up may happen but it is no reason to quit so there is never a reason to restart just log it and keep moving forward.

    Let us know what you decide on your plan. I think it is helpful to compare notes. We might have some ideas to help you deal with your cravings too.

    You are right that time will pass anyway so we might as well spend most of it improving our lives.
  • jjlewey
    jjlewey Posts: 248 Member
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    njenn86 wrote: »
    Hello! I'm Nichole.

    I'm so glad I stumbled on this group today! I just turned 33, I'm 5'4" and currently around 312 lbs. In 2017 I started Weight Watchers at around 333 lbs, and since then I feel like I've gained and lost the same 20 lbs over and over. I'm tired of starting over all the time and sabotaging myself when things start to go well. I have no self-control when my cravings start to kick in, so I'm currently looking at revisiting a lower carb diet to cut my sugar intake. I did Protein Power back in high school and lost 50 lbs for grad and don't remember feeling restricted, so I'm rereading the book to see if it's something I want to try again.

    I feel that my weight is keeping me from living my best life, but I never seem to remember that when there are goodies around. My goal is to lose the weight and increase my fitness level so I can have the healthy active lifestyle I see others living around me. I have a general goal weight in mind of 160-170 lbs, meaning I'm looking at a loss in excess of 140 lbs. It's a long way to go, but the time will pass anyway. I just want this to be the last time I start over.

    First step is track calories, figure out what you eat now for an average day. Try to be as accurate as possible. Get a scale if you can to weigh your food. Then set a reasonable goal for calories per day that creates a calorie deficit. Everyone is different, my goal is 2500, others are more or less. It should be something that you can comfortably accomplish. After that it's just time and adjustments. It is a marathon not a sprint.
  • LilSkittles22
    LilSkittles22 Posts: 22 Member
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    njenn86 wrote: »
    Hello! I'm Nichole.

    I'm so glad I stumbled on this group today! I just turned 33, I'm 5'4" and currently around 312 lbs. In 2017 I started Weight Watchers at around 333 lbs, and since then I feel like I've gained and lost the same 20 lbs over and over. I'm tired of starting over all the time and sabotaging myself when things start to go well. I have no self-control when my cravings start to kick in, so I'm currently looking at revisiting a lower carb diet to cut my sugar intake. I did Protein Power back in high school and lost 50 lbs for grad and don't remember feeling restricted, so I'm rereading the book to see if it's something I want to try again.

    I feel that my weight is keeping me from living my best life, but I never seem to remember that when there are goodies around. My goal is to lose the weight and increase my fitness level so I can have the healthy active lifestyle I see others living around me. I have a general goal weight in mind of 160-170 lbs, meaning I'm looking at a loss in excess of 140 lbs. It's a long way to go, but the time will pass anyway. I just want this to be the last time I start over.

    Hi Nichole. This is a great group with a lot of great insight and advice. I have found it very helpful so far (3 weeks in). My stats are almost exactly the same as yours, so hopefully we can be a good resource for each other. Even though everyone is very helpful, I think having someone with such similar goals can help even more.

    The best thing I've learned from this group so far is to not think of this as a diet. Make changes, starting off small, that you can live with forever. You don't have to deny yourself goodies all the time, but maybe try to limit it to only once a week. I know that I think about my choices a lot more now. I try to ask myself if whatever I'm going to eat is worth possibly slowing down my weight loss. There are some things that are, like chips, which are my weakness, but most sweet things are not. If you try to restrict too much you won't be able to stick with it long term. The act of making good choices is what's most important to learn so that it will become ingrained in you and you won't have to think about it anymore, it will become second nature. Thinking of it that way means you won't have to start over anymore. If you go over sometimes, just do better for the next meal or the next day, because you don't have to be perfect, you just have to keep trying and you will do great!
  • Americanbabydoll
    Americanbabydoll Posts: 1,255 Member
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    Hi! I find these Introduce Yourself threads so hard, because I never know what to say. I'm a 36 year old mom of 3. I work full time in a desk job. I started at 275 pounds and my goal is around 140 pounds. I have been here for 92 days this time. I have started this journey a few times before and never reached goal. I have lost 12.4 pounds so far this time.

    I'm glad to have found this group. I like having people to talk to that understand what it's like to have so much to lose.
  • NovusDies
    NovusDies Posts: 8,940 Member
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    Hi! I find these Introduce Yourself threads so hard, because I never know what to say. I'm a 36 year old mom of 3. I work full time in a desk job. I started at 275 pounds and my goal is around 140 pounds. I have been here for 92 days this time. I have started this journey a few times before and never reached goal. I have lost 12.4 pounds so far this time.

    I'm glad to have found this group. I like having people to talk to that understand what it's like to have so much to lose.

    Hi @Americanbabydoll,

    Welcome.

    I liked your post here. I find it amusing because I started this thread but in the multiple decades on maybe 100 different message boards I have never actually introduced myself in one of these EVER.

    We are glad you found us. It does help to have people that understand what it means to have more to lose. Sometimes you feel alone and I felt that way sometimes even among a lot of people at MFP that I like.

  • kosseychick
    kosseychick Posts: 244 Member
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    Hello everyine😊 My name is Tara and I'm 49 years young. My goal is to lose 100 lbs and get below 200 lbs. I have a job that takes me out of town for 2 weeks at a time where I stay in work camps. My challenge is camp food and the evenings spent alone away from my friends and family. Temptations are everywhere here! I have a serious sweet tooth hence the *camp *kitten**. I have just started walking on the treadmill and doing some weights. I just bought a small food scale and have started weighing my food. I've got a long road a head of me.. going low and slow because I want it to stick this time😊. I'm looking forward to hearing about all your weightloss journeys and challenges/solutions you find a long the way! Cheers💜 Tara
  • NovusDies
    NovusDies Posts: 8,940 Member
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    Hello everyine😊 My name is Tara and I'm 49 years young. My goal is to lose 100 lbs and get below 200 lbs. I have a job that takes me out of town for 2 weeks at a time where I stay in work camps. My challenge is camp food and the evenings spent alone away from my friends and family. Temptations are everywhere here! I have a serious sweet tooth hence the *camp *kitten**. I have just started walking on the treadmill and doing some weights. I just bought a small food scale and have started weighing my food. I've got a long road a head of me.. going low and slow because I want it to stick this time😊. I'm looking forward to hearing about all your weightloss journeys and challenges/solutions you find a long the way! Cheers💜 Tara

    Hi @kosseychick Tara,

    Welcome. We have a few members who are down the road a bit but many are like yourself and are closer to the beginning than the middle or end.

    Sounds like you are ready to get it done this time. As you can see from the ugly graphic at the top there are no quitters here. I think we are starting to collectively agree that the only true failing is stopping and that falling down is actually not that big of a deal. I have lost a lot of weight while being imperfect because all I ever needed was to lose weight the majority of the time and not worry about mistakes that happen on occasion.

  • kosseychick
    kosseychick Posts: 244 Member
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    Thanks for the welcome NovusDies. 😊
  • merph518
    merph518 Posts: 702 Member
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    Welcome @kosseychick, good to have you here!
  • SarahMorris12
    SarahMorris12 Posts: 12 Member
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    Hi all!! I’m in the middle of my transformation. I’m currently 218. Starting weight was around 250 at my last pregnancy and 235 this past June. I’m looking for friends to help me stay accountable and I can also help you!
    I’m 30 yrs old
    Stay at home mom but just recently began that journey. I used to work full time until the fourth baby was born and hubs said “please stay home” lol!
    So feel free to add me and send me messages for accountability partner!
  • Jackie9003
    Jackie9003 Posts: 1,113 Member
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    Hi Sarah, welcome to the group and MFP, it sounds like you have your hands full! I've sent you a friend request :)
  • SarahMorris12
    SarahMorris12 Posts: 12 Member
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    Jackie9003 wrote: »
    Hi Sarah, welcome to the group and MFP, it sounds like you have your hands full! I've sent you a friend request :)

    Eh, they are full but not overwhelming lol! My children are spaced apart well. We planned them this way. Thanks for the request! I’m looking for any friends! I love support and giving it!
  • NovusDies
    NovusDies Posts: 8,940 Member
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    Hi @SarahMorris12,

    Welcome. You should burn plenty of calories with 4 at home! We are glad you are here. Jump in anywhere.
  • merph518
    merph518 Posts: 702 Member
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    @SarahMorris12 Welcome to the group! I sent you a friend request as well.

    I have a feeling being a stay-at-home mom with 4 kids is likely a more difficult job than your former one!
  • jjlewey
    jjlewey Posts: 248 Member
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    @kosseychick @SarahMorris12 @Jackie9003
    Welcome to LL, remember forward or downward momentum is what matters.
  • kbrokop
    kbrokop Posts: 5 Member
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    Hello all, I am a returning begginer who sincerely hopes to stick with it this time. In the past I have lost as much as 40 pounds and was hovering around 160 (I’m 5’3”) but after my mom passed away and a few of my cats got very very sick, two of them dying as well, I fell of the wagon and gained it all back plus more. To be at a “healthy” weight I need to lose 100+ pounds as I’m clocking in at around 235. But I’d be happy to get to around 150. I will graduate as a pharmacist In May and I can’t bare the idea of walking across the stage at this weight. I can’t stand the idea of telling patients to lose weight and to watch what they eat while I look and weigh what I do.
    I’m glad I was referred to this group and hope that I can find some friends and support. I’ve had several failed attempts but I really want to be serious with it as a life style change, not just a diet.
    My goal is to be under 200 lbs by graduation.