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  • After losing over 80 pounds, 6 dress sizes and in year 8 of maintenance, my life is so different. I feel so much better overall and it's wonderful being physically fit and slim. I'm able to do things like walk long distances and not get sweaty and winded or climb up multiple sets of stairs very easily without breaking a…
  • Hey there Pav! I see your point, but in my journal there is no math such as "2 slices of bread: 190 calories, 1 slice of cheese: 50 calories" etc. I simply plan out my meals by writing down what I'm going to eat. That is where I was going by not using any calorie trackers. I don't and never have kept track of my calories…
  • Back when I was losing weight and someone noticed my weight loss I just said "thanks for noticing, I'm working hard!" and change the subject. I became tired of seeing that glass-eyed stare when I told people that I'm watching what and how much I eat and I exercise at home/outdoors. Many expected me to say I was on some…
  • I've maintained my 80+ pound loss for over 7 years without any regain and I've never used a calorie tracking app or device. I also didn't start weighing some food until I was close to reaching my goal. When I was losing weight I tried my best to do things I could maintain for the rest of my life. I wanted to keep things…
  • My eating habits has changed a lot since losing 80 pounds and my early years of maintaining. For the last few years I usually eat a larger mid morning breakfast and a larger evening dinner. This works great for me as I'm a volume eater and it fits in well with my workout schedule. On those really active days I sometimes…
  • Real watermelon. The kind with the black seeds. Not the seedless. It's so hard to find, but my farmer's market carry some. So flavorful! If the price went even higher I would still pay for it.
  • When I was about 30 pounds down. I could no longer hide in my bigger clothes and summer arrived. My face really shrank and people would ask if I got a haircut or was growing my hair out because I looked different.
  • Congrats OP! I wouldn't say my resting heart rate was a goal of mine, but after learning it was so high, I definitely wanted it get down. It was amazing to see it continuously go down and my weight went down and my fitness level went up. I started off in the mid-90's and now my resting heart rate is in the high 40's. I'm…
  • I did Karla's (Fit Out the Box) Live Step Class with some ab work. Also 2 Lucy Wyndham-Read's resistance band lower body floor workouts.
  • I did this one early this morning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv0z9HEXl6U And these 3 before lunch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnV5ZWL6Huk&t=49s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzBZ02EAJvE&t=585s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqICo0z_dB0&t=876s
  • Warm up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u08lo0bESJc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSZQfO4f1PE This was a crazy sweat and burn! I've missed Jessica Smith's workouts! She was one of the trainers I used often while losing 80 pounds. Cool down:…
  • I lost my 80 pounds while mainly walking while keeping a slight calorie deficit. I did different kinds of walking (low intensity, brisk, slow/fast etc.) and I also used walking at home workouts on Youtube and DVD. No excuses not to walk such as the weather or time of day. I averaged 3 - 6 miles of fitness walking - not…
  • It sounds like you should seek a professional (registered dietitian) to help you out, but I usually eat 2 larger meals and a smaller meal (if needed) spread out throughout the day. Mid morning, early afternoon and again in the evening. I don't snack or eat in between meals. I usually start my day off with a couple servings…
  • I was able to get my ring resized twice. Unfortunately the inscription on the inside is cut off, but I didn't want to part with it.
  • When I got to my goal I lost 5 additional pounds. This gives me a 10 pound range that I maintain year round. The mid point is my sweet spot. I usually stay around the lower end in the summer when I'm a bit leaner and on the higher end I stay in the winter months/holidays. I've never gone above my range, but I've gotten…
  • When I was losing weight and now during maintenance I usually eat a little less during the week and more over the weekend when I have my treats. I plan for it and I don't overdo it. I'm still aware of my calorie intake so I didn't gain weight and the calories all balanced out at the end of the week. So planning and…
  • While I was losing weight I started of weighing in every Sunday, then I switched to first thing on Friday's. On weekends I eat pizza and have some treats so I'm always up with temporary water weight. Weighing before the weekend helped to keep my numbers and the weekly trend more consistent so it was a much better fit for…
  • After losing and keeping off over 80 pounds it's such a long list, but here's a few: * I lost 2 shoe sizes and went from wide width to regular. * My ring size dropped 3 sizes. * I'm no longer lazy physically. Now I can't sit down and I love to work out. * I lost so many clothes, outerwear and footwear. * I lost eating…
  • When I reached my goal I was a little nervous that I would regain. But I did go on a nice shopping spree. I would also buy clothes in the clearance section, wait for sales and occasionally check out thrift stores. Over that first year of maintaining, my body composition changed and I lost another dress size while remaining…
  • I made veggie stir fry with homemade veggie spring rolls with homemade dipping sauce.
  • That's great OP! Congrats! The lockdown has thankfully been so good to me. I've maintained my weight and lost a little too without trying because I'm so active, but I've since gained most of it back. I've also discovered so many great workouts and trainers online and I've made some new online fitness friends too. I don't…
  • Morning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xLUNBenfUs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWTqfQIF3fE&t=345s Afternoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRKNXM2BAho&list=PLKIUwl90_yIz3ueAvBtcalhlaKHTqFSQ3&index=86
  • Chickpeas, black beans, seeds, nuts, protein powder some of my go to's to help me reach my protein goals everyday. I have creative ways of sneaking these items into my foods. Making protein smoothies and stir fry are great ways. Also for example with chickpeas I use it as a base for my veggie burgers and I make this choco…
  • I haven't posted in here in a while, but I'm still going strong with my YT workouts and maintaining my weight. I did 2 workouts this morning: https://youtu.be/l6--EXkWyNA?t=200 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv5JsuPSkTE
  • Absolutely! I get a lot requests, but I'm rarely accepting people these days and I never send out requests. I have a really great group of pals at the moment, but I'm always culling if it's no longer a fit for me. I've been on here for over 7 years and have made some wonderful friends from here both online and offline. In…
  • My maintenance calories are pretty high and I have 2 strategies to keep me from under eating. During the week I eat a little less and over the weekend I eat more. My calories over the course of the week balances out and I maintain my weight. Also on those days when I need more calories my go to's are: - Nuts: 2 oz. of my…
  • I'm a volume eating girl and I also eat larger meals a couple times a day. Both of these helps me to maintain my weight nicely since I'm full and satisfied until my next meal and I don't need to eat and snack all day. Eating whole food like fruits, veggies, greens and making smoothies keeps me full and it doesn't contain a…
  • I just kept going until I was happy and I kept an eye on my measurements (losing fat). I had no idea how I would look or felt at a said weight. I'm 5'11 and very happy maintaining around 165. I have a medium frame, but I have a little muscle too. With the way I am built I was expecting to weigh more when I reached my goal.…
  • I've been tracking since early 2012. Everyday. Lost over 80 pounds and I've kept it off and maintained for over 7 years. I keep a 10 pound range that I maintain year round. Over the years things have changed and I've made adjustments, but the one constant thing that has remained is that I plan and track my meals. Tracking…
  • I've been using a notebook and pencil to track my meals and exercise for the past 8 1/2 years. No tech. Within that time I lost a little over 80 pounds and have been maintaining my weight (a 10 pound range) for a little over 7 years with no regain. I started tracking this way before I discovered MFP and online calorie…