Weight loss chat

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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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Thu, 04-14-2011 - 5:27pm

TTC= "try(ing) to conceive". And you're not alone, I'm tired of being 'fat' too! lol. But

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Registered: 10-14-2005
Wed, 04-27-2011 - 10:19pm

It's been a few weeks, but I'm checking in...

My last weigh in was 202! I can't believe how close I am to being under 200. I haven't been under 200 in almost 10 years! I'm officially down 36lbs since I started keeping track. And I know I lost at least 10-15lbs before I started weighing in (because I scared to weigh in when I was at my highest). So I think I've now lost close to 50lbs in the last 18 months! I'm pretty solidly a size 14 on top and 16/18 on bottom. Although I did try on a pair of pants at Ann Taylor this weekend that were a 14 and they fit! I was STUNNED. They were a bit snug and I didn't wind up buying them, but they slid right on and zipped right up. It was a miracle, I tell you!

I'm still doing Jazzercise faithfully (almost every day) and loving it.



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Thu, 04-28-2011 - 10:09am
That's great Annie! You should be proud! It IS about the big picture. I've lost 85ish pounds, but it's taken me almost 5 years. The important thing is that I haven't done back, and never plan to. The #1 thing I've learned is that to make it work, you have to keep starting over, every day, every week, month and month again. If you accept that and keep starting again, you'll get there.
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Tue, 05-03-2011 - 8:04am

How is everyone doing on your weight goals? Is the warmer weather helping you get inspired?

I'm at 197, so I've been up and down within a few pounds for the last couple of months, but I'm tired of it and I finally feel motivated again. Small victory: Last night I had a few minutes between meetings, and I was feeling exhausted. I thought about going to the store to get myself another coffee or a snack (I had visions of Skittles) to pep myself up through what I knew would be a tiresome 4-hour meeting. Instead, I put my laptop in the trunk, hooked up my iPod and took a brisk 15-minute walk! I felt so much better! It sounds so corny, but exercise really does avert the desire to snack, and it really gets your energy up. I was so pleased with myself.

Also, when you're feeling unmotivated, go clothes shopping. I was thinking to myself I'd get some new pants, still size 16, but they looked huge and I said "Well, maybe I'll even try a 14."

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Registered: 10-14-2005
Tue, 05-03-2011 - 4:41pm

I've been struggling for the last week or so. Between Easter temptations, my partner's 40th birthday (and the multiple dinners out/parties to celebrate) and PMS, I've done not-so-well with eating and working out. It could have been worse, but it could have been better too. I REALLY REALLY want to see a number on the scale that starts with a 1 rather than a 2 and I'm SO close. But weeks like this are not going to get me there.

So...today I'm back on the wagon. I've logged every bite of food (and kept it healthy) and I ran 3.5 miles on the treadmill while the baby was napping. I'm going to make it to my evening jazzercise class after work and finish the night with a sensible dinner and a popsicle for dessert.

I also signed up for my first real 5K today. I'm nervous because I'm SLOW and I don't want to feel like a loser. (Logically I know that no one is going to be watching/judging me, but this is a huge hangup of mine.) But I know the only way I'm going to get over that (and get faster) is by doing it. The race I signed up for is the first in a six-race series. The rest are between now and the beginning of January. I'm nervous and not thrilled about this prospect right now, but I'm really committed to running each of them and watching my time get better and better throughout the year. The race is Saturday morning, so wish me luck!



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Registered: 04-29-2006
Tue, 05-03-2011 - 11:46pm
Good luck with the race!! That's so awesome! Let us know how it goes. There is no way you are a loser, that's for sure. Just showing up for something like that is incredible.

I definitely have weeks (and months) like that too, holidays and celebrations are killer. And PMS for sure too. Good luck gearing up for your race this week!
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Registered: 04-17-2009
Fri, 05-06-2011 - 12:25pm
Way to go, both of you! Good luck Annie, that's great you're doing it!

Becki: I agree: I have been feeling so unmotivated lately and I told myself to go clothes shopping to see what size I am. Just the thought made me feel that I won't be happy shopping and better get to it. I think being sick for so long made me lazy and I know I need to go back to exercising more. The last time I checked, I gained two pounds, boo!

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Registered: 05-04-2009
Mon, 05-23-2011 - 11:18pm

Hi Everyone,

My name is Jenn. I posted an intro and in the cute baby bump thread, but this thread seems more active so I'll post here too. I have an 18 month old daughter, and am trying to lose about 40 lbs before TTC.

-How has your weight journey been in the past?: I'm 5'5, and was always 120-130 through high school. I was active and ate pretty well. I gained the "freshman 15" in college because I cut waaaaay back on exercise and started consuming a lot of junk - mostly sugar sodas and a lot of sugary snack foods. I lost that weight by doing Power 90 and a diet similar to South Beach, and kept it off until I graduated from law school in '08. After that, I became a lot more sedentary and gradually resumed eating a lot of sugary and starchy foods. By the time I got pregnant in '09, I weighed around 155. I gained 30 lbs during pregnancy, lost about 20 of that almost immediately, but have gradually been gaining again over the past several weeks. I rarely weigh myself because I am fairly muscular and have always preferred to judge myself by how my clothes fit...but...knowing that I needed to lose a good bit of weight before TTC again, I decided to hop on the scale to get a starting point for my weight loss journey. I was really shocked to see that I weigh 180, because I really don't feel like I have gained that much weight!

-Jenn

Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09

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Registered: 04-17-2009
Tue, 05-24-2011 - 1:10pm
Welcome to the thread, Jenn! I wish you the best for your weight loss journey! It sounds like you have a great plan!

How is everyone doing? I had a bad weigh-in today at 149,6, ugh. I think I will weigh myself daily for a while as to not let myself go. I've had too many sweets lately!

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Registered: 05-04-2009
Tue, 05-24-2011 - 4:18pm

Thanks for the welcome. :)

Sweets are my achilles heel too, and it is definitely hard to stay away from them! Daily weigh ins for a while sounds like a good way to keep yourself on track.

I did Power 90 yesterday and today, and stuck to my diet, so hopefully next time I step on the scale (probably next Monday) it won't be so depressing.

-Jenn

Mom to Ashley Elizabeth, born 11/3/09

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