This is a monthly thread for those of us who have a lot of weight to lose. The definition of “a lot” is something that is determined personally, so everyone who feels they have a lot of weight to lose is welcome to post here.
Please join us in offering support, checking in for accountability, help with questions, etc. We’re in this for the long haul.
We’d also love to hear from those of you who are maintaining a large loss. We need those tips to help us to keep the weight off once we lose it.
sunrose - whoever shows up first is welcome to start our monthly thread I just copy the first post and paste it into the new thread.
I'm doing well today, but at a little bit of junky food. I did have the weekly points for it though, but I can see it's too much sugar. I'm eating popcorn right now because I feel like I need to fill up my stomach so I don't overeat tonight.
Hi everyone. I just rejoined WW and was so sad to see the old message boards were gone, but I hunted you all down over here. Got a lot to lose, and happy to find supportive people who understand my struggle.
rottielover - Welcome to the thread, we are all here to support each other and would love to have you post with us
I'm doing the old WW Momentum program on my own and have lost over 150 pounds - over a 2 year period. I've been at my goal weight for a few months so now my struggle is to learn to maintain.
sunrose - Good for you working on your tracking, and going to two meetings last week. Sounds like you are choosing to do things to be successful.
wwlurker - Hope the weekend is going well for you and you're staying on track.
I'm doing well today and sticking to my plan. I have weigh-in tomorrow so I'm usually pretty strong on this last day of the week. I did eat out at fast food yesterday and really enjoyed it and was happy I made choices that fit into my daily points.
I've had to fight the urge to overeat today, and I've been a little bit lacking on writing down all I'm eating. I haven't gone totally off track, so hopefully I can feel stronger tomorrow. I had my weigh-in today and gained a little bit but I'm still below goal, and that's what I'm aiming for.
sunrose - I admire you for having a monthly goal, maybe it would help me to make one for July.
rottielovie - Good for you getting in some exercise. I walk everyday and know that's an important part of being successful at weight loss and maintenance.
Today was WI and I was down 1.4 despite the fact that I ate whatever I wanted most of the week.
This week I'm going to focus on just a few things: - stop thinking of it as "on and off." This is just how I eat now. One bad choice isn't an excuse to binge or completely go back to the way I used to eat for a few days. - try to get in at least 3 days at the gym. This helps me stay motivated to eat well. I need to make it a priority. - track it all. If I make a poor choice, I need to own it. Not tracking is just an excuse to make more poor choices.
sunrose49 - Thank you. It's nice to know that I'm not alone in struggling. I try to keep positive but lately it's been tough. I'm not feeling very successful and I get angry at myself for continuing to self-sabotage.
sunrose - Congratulations on the steps you're getting. I'm the same way with exercise, I just make myself do it as early in the day as I can or else I won't do it all.
wwlurker - Congratulations on the weight loss, even if you have been eating off your plan. Your body must have just been ready to lose the weight. You have some good ideas on what to do to help yourself stay on track. Good luck with that.
rottielovie and Coloradolime - I hope you are doing well and also come back and post. We all need all the support we can get.
Thanks in advance for reading this, I just needed to get I out there
Well yesterday was an absolute eating mess for me! I can't even imagine how many calories I ate. I was just completely out of control and didn't make myself stop. I'm going to spend some time trying to think about why I do this. Fortunately I've only had a few days like this in the last 2 years, but more of them have been in the last few months and I don't want this to become normal to me.
I did still get in my exercise and water yesterday and I'm feeling strong today and ready to be right back on track. Since I know I've eaten all my weekly points (plus some) so far I'm going to stick to just eating my daily points for the rest of this week.
I also need to be real with myself and realize that I need to keep more of the junk food out of the house, since that's mostly what I was eating. I don't want to never have any junk food here, but I need to limit it. Then if I do feel the need to overeat, at least I'm doing it with healthier choices.
I'm wondering if part of what caused me to do this is that I've had several people tell me I shouldn't lose more weight. I do feel like I might have lost more weight than I should have (even though I'm at the top of a normal weight/BMI), but now that I've reached this number on the scale, I don't want to gain weight back and be a higher number. It's a tough balance between being obsessed with a number on the scale and looking and being healthy. I find it kind of ironic that I went from being so overweight to now being kind of driving to be the lowest weight I can be. It's really sad how weight affects our thinking and self-image.
I want to tell you how much I appreciate the support on this thread and I'm really thankful I have this place to share these thoughts.
cj59 - I loved your post. I think that we all have days like that - that's why we're here to support one another. I know that I can't have some things in the house (like ice cream!) and there are other things that I know I can have in the house but I have to create an "off-limits" rule for myself - things that are for baking, or kids' snacks like granola bars, for example. That's not to say that I won't still go to those items when I'm in the mood for a binge. After losing 150 lbs, I would expect that you also have some loose skin that adds extra weight, so even though you are at the top of your range, you likely weigh less but for the extra skin. Have you talked to your doctor about where she/he thinks you should be?
Yesterday was pretty good for me. I worked late and was up until 2 am though, so I'm still not making it to the gym in the mornings. I find that I need a couple of hours to wind down after work (I was still wired when I went to bed at 2!), so when I work until 11:30 or so, it wreaks havoc on my sleep schedule. Today I hope to go home at a respectable time. I have a plan for food, so everything should work out.
I was wondering if I might start avoiding the scale between WIs - I'm finding that when it's down (like it was last week), I get lulled into a false sense of security and then go off the rails. But, morning daily WIs are such a habit for me - I still did it this morning even though I knew it was a bad idea. What are your thoughts on daily weighing?