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  • I'm in a similar boat -- lost 150 lbs to get to my goal weight, and about a year later I've regained 25 lbs of that through bingeing on chocolate. Finally came to terms with all that and have "gotten my mind right" again, back on the wagon, and have lost five of the regained pounds so far. The key for me is just the sheer…
  • BMI is pretty useless for me I've found. I'm 5'4", 53 years old, and had a Dexascan when I reached 140 lbs (which was just barely in the upper edge of the normal BMI range), and my body fat was 22%, which is a lot lower than I would have expected it would be. Mind you, I was thrilled, but I really expected based on BMI it…
  • I'm 5'4". My maintenance range is between 135-145, though I seem to gravitate towards about 138 or so. I'm getting back on track again after slightly overshooting the range following a prolonged ice-cream binge cycle, and weighed in at 146 this morning.
  • Yup. I'm 5'4" and had initially planned on going to 125, but when I reached 140ish I had a Dexascan and found that my body fat percentage was ~22%, and that seemed a perfectly good place to stop for me. So now my maintenance range is 135-145, and I feel best towards the bottom of that range.
  • Logging has been THE key to getting the weight off and to maintaining that weight loss this time around compared to all my prior yo-yo failures, so yes, I absolutely intend to continue doing so for the rest of my life. I've been at it almost two years now and it has become habitual, and I would feel lost without it.
  • Yeah, living in Georgia with the summer heat gives me plenty of excuses not to exercise as much and to eat a lot more ice cream than I otherwise would, so summers are tough for me. Just getting back on the horse again to lose what I've gained back, and looking forward to getting out more come fall.
  • Forgot to say: 6 months maintaining.
  • Height: 5’4” Starting weight: 285 Maintenance weight: 135 Body fat % per Dexascan: 22.8%
  • I typically use regular milk, mix in a tablespoon or so of flour, let it thicken up a bit as it cooks, then add the cheese and whatever spices. I've never used butter or cream for making cheese sauces -- not how my mom did it, so not how I learned to do it -- and it always came out fine for me.
  • I usually try to opt for a lighter offering, but if there's something on the menu that I'm really dying to have and it's likely high calorie, I just eat and enjoy it, try to log it as well as I can (if possible, if not, I'm not sweating it) and then just go back to the plan the next day. If I start to see my weight…
    in Eating out Comment by sgriska June 2019
  • I have arthritis in my spine, and was hoping losing weight would be a panacea, but as soon as I hit my goal weight (~150 lbs down from the top weight) I was hit by a flare-up that lasted several months and has only broken recently. So, though conventional wisdom says weight loss works wonders for back problems, that's not…
  • I've culled along the way, and need to do another weeding through now that I'm at maintenance. I know this time it's for good, because the new normal of maintenance feels completely habitual for the first time ever and these new tools (MFP and Fitbit) are making a huge difference in actual lifestyle change rather than the…
  • Yeah, I don't really obsess over it I don't think, but there's a big part of me that really hates that I've come this far and still have a muffin-top. But realistically, without getting down to a really, really low body fat percentage I wouldn't otherwise be comfortable with, and short of surgery, that isn't going…
  • I have continued wearing shape wear, I'd say probably 6 out of 7 days a week on average, though as it gets hotter down here in Georgia the last few weeks it's been more like 4-5 days a week. I really don't know if it's helped or not, but I will say overall that I would have expected to have a lot more loose skin and flab…
  • Update: Finally got a Dexascan done today, and surprise surprise! At 144 lbs, Dexascan says I have 22.8% body fat. So, I'm actually in better shape than the Navy woulda guessed! LOL! So, yeah, just gotta come to terms with the fact that though I am at a really healthy weight, I don't look like folks that have never been…
  • Yeah, there is a lady at work who has had a kidney transplant and knows that I also have chronic kidney disease. She works in another building from me and hadn’t seen me in a long time, so when she saw me having lost ~150 lbs, she cautiously congratulated me, then checked-in that my health wasn’t the culprit rather than…
  • That’s really interesting. Your post inspired me to Google and sure enough, there’s a paper detailing this “rare anterior displacement” as a result of occupational injury or obesity causing traction and pulling it out of place. In a couple cases caused mysterious chest pain that was relieved by the removal of the xiphoid…
  • That you the “lumps” on top and bottom of your sternum are your clavicle heads and Xiphoid processes respectively, you have always had them, everyone has them, and only seem freaky because you never noticed them before.
  • I didn’t, but from what I gather on these forums and elsewhere, while strength training may help you fill out your loose skin a bit with muscle, it doesn’t actually change whether you have it nor how much (which is largely a function of age, length of time you were fat, and genetics). Frankly, if I had muscles like Arnold…
  • After trying on literally at least a hundred bras, I have to disagree that this is always the case, because the cups that worked best for me ranged from Bs to DDs depending on brand and style. Pancakes fold differently according to so many variables. I’m sure ladies with boob-shaped breasts would get more consistent…
  • Well, success! I went with the Warner’s side-smoothing 34Ds. My first underwires — not too, too uncomfortable, and looked a lot better than the wireless options. Yay! Thanks, everybody!
  • Yeah, just calories in/out (prioritizing protein but not going nuts with strict macros or anything). About two thirds of the way through it I added trying to get 10,000 steps in most days as weather permits and I’m still walking in maintenance. Not eating back my exercise calories cuz I figure I’d rather be a bit under so…
  • Went to Kohl’s last night, and though their prices seemed excessive (every single bra was $40, with the whole “Buy One Get One Half Off” game for all of them, but still...) they had a large and diverse enough selection I could try dozens on and get a good idea what I’m looking for elsewhere. Cup size... in some brands a C…
  • Ah, Penney’s has them in stock! I’ll definitely check them out!
  • Yeah, I really suspect you're right that they just don't make bras for situations like ours, but I will try what you suggest. The side stuff is really my biggest concern, because the cups being too big I can always just get foam-formed bras where the emptiness won't show as much and/or pad them out a bit as necessary. But…
  • Yeah, this is why the bras that I have currently (44Ds) have lasted as long as they have -- they're foam cups, so though the cups are too big, the foam holds its shape well enough that it's not usually apparent how big they are on me. I've honestly been tempted just to take in the bands, shorten the straps (I've adjusted…
  • I’m in Georgia, looked up “bra fitting near me” and it’s what I found. I don’t have a lot of money to spend on this.
  • But C cups are HUGE on me. I don’t see how Ds much less DDs are going to be an improvement.
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