Weight loss chat

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Registered: 04-29-2006
Weight loss chat
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Sat, 01-22-2011 - 2:48pm

Hey guys!

Let's have a chat thread about our daily struggles and successes with losing weight before TTC! Please introduce yourself. Let's do some questions:

-How has your weight journey been in the past?

-Where are you at now?

-How much do you want to lose before TTC?

-What techniques are you using?

-How can we help cheer you on?

I've been on the weight loss train for a long time now - Back in college (2006) I was up at 287. I lost about 40 pounds before my wedding in 2007, and since then slowly lost about 40 more. But I'd still like to lose 30-40 before TTC, and I've been off and on the wagon. Losing over 100 pounds successfully is a long ride.

Currently I'm at 203.5 and feeling great about it, because I've lost 7 just this month. My biggest asset during these four years has been counting calories on a calorie-tracking website, and I only manage to lose when I keep up with logging. Lately I've also been doing light exercise in fun ways - yoga that I enjoy, ping-pong with DH and ice skating.

I would love to get some lively conversation going to keep us all motivated!

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Registered: 10-14-2005
Wed, 02-09-2011 - 1:55pm

YAY!!



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Registered: 04-17-2009
Wed, 02-09-2011 - 9:02pm
Annie: Welcome! Best of luck on losing the weight you want to lose! My mom has also always been hard on my weight. She is thin now but for years she was about 20-30lbs overweight and always pounded on me to be thinner. I always thought she looked great and wondered why she was so obsessed.

Becki &Em: Way to go! Hope you feel better, Becki! Try the neti pot, it's amazing for that!

Well DH brought home ice cream again last night, lol! I also did not eat so well for the Superbowl and I have the time of the month, so I will pass weighing myself for now.

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Registered: 10-14-2005
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 10:07am

Thanks, Victoria! It's funny you mention that about your mom's weight because my goal is actually to be about 20-30lbs "overweight" according to the official charts. Women in my family are big boned and look terrible if we are at our "healthy weight". My mom actually lost well over 100lbs when I was in college, thanks to a thyroid diagnosis and proper medication and then following it up with weight watchers. She's only 5'1" and when she was about 15lbs from her WW goal weight, she went to the doctor for a routine check up and he about had a heart attack. He walked in the room and said, "Whatever you are doing to lost weight, STOP. You need to gain ten pounds!" Her clavicle was protruding and her cheeks were sunken -- she looked like skeletor. According to most charts, I should be aiming for 112-140, but I honestly looked and felt fantastic at 165. I cannot imagine being 112 on my frame. I would look sick. Anyway, that was a long tangent, but your comment just reminded me that women sometimes get hung up on a number when it's really so subjective and they should be aiming to feel/look THEIR best, not someone else's best.



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Registered: 04-17-2009
Sat, 02-12-2011 - 1:15pm
Way to go! I know what you mean! I am not small boned either and couldn't weigh in the 110s either as I would look ridiculous! I think we all should be happy and content with our own weight loss goal and not just rely on BMI! And I certainly will not insult my future daughter(s)' weight like my mom has. She likes to be "tough love" about everything, but sometimes in a bullying way and I don't want to be like that as I still feel insecure about my appearance. She even once told me my husband would love me more if I would lose weight!

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Registered: 12-28-2006
Sun, 02-13-2011 - 4:37am

Mind if I join you ladies?

 
 
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Registered: 12-28-2006
Sun, 02-13-2011 - 9:57am

Becki -- Your weight loss journey is inspiring -- congrats to reaching 202!

 
 
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Registered: 04-29-2006
Sun, 02-13-2011 - 10:38pm

Jay - Welcome to the thread and good luck! I'd love to see your progress pics. I do yoga DVDs, kundalini yoga by Ravi Singh and Ana Brett. My favorite is Lose Weight and Feel Great.

Annie - Congrats on losing 4.5 pounds!! That's such an awesome week!! Way to go!

Victoria - Wow, I can't believe your mom said that to your DH. Parents make such an impression on how we feel about ourselves, even as adults.

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Registered: 04-17-2009
Mon, 02-14-2011 - 12:58pm
Welcome, Jay! I am 5'2.5" so any extra pound looks worse on me than taller people! I am pear shaped so I tend to wear it in the thighs. Men always seem to lose weight faster than us, not fair!

Becki: I know, and my DH says it is totally untrue, that he loves me no matter what. He has had weight gain issues as well.

Well today last year I made a commitment to myself to lose weight as I had enough: I weighed 165.8 and today I weigh 148.2! I took my measurements today and will compare later to see how many inches I've lost.

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Registered: 12-28-2006
Wed, 02-16-2011 - 5:33am

I'm 5'3".

 
 
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Registered: 04-29-2006
Wed, 02-16-2011 - 4:46pm
Jay - that's awesome about the water! I agree, that's made a huge difference for me. Drinking water and tea instead of automatically looking for a snack, both to quench thirst and sometimes just to do something with your mouth, is a huge help.

Another thing on beverages - I've learned that alcohol really takes a toll on my weight - not just the calories (which are heavy) but the dehydration aspect, so I try to avoid it altogether when I'm focusing on weight loss. Also, a lot of beverages contain wasted calories that you could be "spending" on actual food, so I avoid juice, soda, etc. and just drink water, coffee and tea all the time. A can of (non-diet) Coke is 150 calories - why drink that when you could eat a snack that actually fills you?
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