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.
Hi everyone! I thought that I would take the liberty of starting the new thread for the month.
New Year's was a challenge for me, and I'm doing my best to get back on track, but I think that I am up again.
I'm weighing in a day early this week as I am in meetings on my usual Wed WI day. If I STS, I will be happy.
I did fairly well yesterday, but not perfect. Today I am back on track but I'm working and I forgot to bring my lunch. I have a soup which is plan friendly and will hold me over, but I should be eating more veggies with it.
My detox period is supposed to be ending this week but I'm going to discuss extending it with my consultant as I don't feel like I really detoxed that much in the past three weeks over the holidays.
I'm disappointed that I'm basically 3 wks in and haven't lost anything, but maintaining over xmas isn't that bad. If I hadn't joined right before xmas, I would most likely be up to where I was before I was hospitalized. At this point, I'm still down about 6 lbs from my all-time high, so I'm doing ok.
Hi wwlurker - thanks for starting the thread, I didn't even realize I was still posting in the December thread - guess my mind is on other things
I think staying the same over the holidays is a major achievement for you and for all of us - so give yourself credit for that and that you are still down from your all-time high. I hope you are still enjoying the program you're on
Riverkat - hopefully you'll read this. Thanks for saying in the last thread that I'm an inspiration to you. So many people on these boards and the old WW boards were inspiring to me, and I'm glad to be able to help anyone because I've been helped so much and continue to be helped
I weighed-in this morning and lost weight this week after a few weeks staying the same, so I was happy to see that. I'm going to use at least one more point a day this week and see if I can still lose. I think I should because I'm still eating a small amount of food each day.
I think I'm close to where I want to be with my weight, but I'm nervous about adding too many points back to my day because I know it's going to be difficult for me to accept that while I try to learn to maintain my weight I'm probably going to have weeks that I gain. I never want to go back to where I was 2 years ago, so I'm really going to have to work on accepting things in my mind and recognizing that I'm still doing all the things that are good for me. I've lost over half of my starting body weight and I have to remember that is a big personal success.
Today I weighed in at +0.4. So, in three weeks OP, I've gained 0.4. But, it was over Xmas, so I'm going to call it a win.
My consultant and I spoke today about extending the cleanse phase one more week to reset me after the holidays. I think that if I commit fully to this week and very seriously stick to my plan, I will feel so much better.
So that's the plan. I'm still enjoying the program; just found it hard to stick to over the holidays and quite frankly didn't try for some days.
I need to do a little more meal prep so that I can do this on autopilot. I'm getting caught without plan friendly options too often.
CJ - you are definitely an inspiration. You give me hope that I may actually be able to lose a significant amount. The most I've ever lost was about 35 lbs. My goal with this program is to lose 50 in 6 mths. That seems overwhelming. Maintenance is scary for sure; it's a whole different ballgame.
Hi wwlurker - glad to hear that your consultant agrees with you to extend the cleanse phase another week. Hopefully that will get you moving forward. I think a gain of only +0.4 over the holidays is a win - good for you!
Thanks for your kind words about me being and inspiration. I think I've lost over 100 pounds five different times now!! I've told myself this is the last time, I can't ever gain it back again. I get nervous thinking about maintaining this loss, but I just have to keep working at it. I know you can lose 50 pounds
I've had a good day, sticking to my meal plan, got in my exercise and fluids too. I've roughed out a meal plan for the rest of the week too, except for one day when I'm going to a place which has a lot of foods that I don't need to eat! I'm already trying to decide what I'll purchase there and what will fit in with my week. I don't want to live the rest of my life not having foods that I enjoy, I just need to work them into my week. I've done a lot of planning this time around and I think that has really helped.
Good morning! I had a good day yesterday except that my supper was delayed. Sometimes I get caught at work and don't get home until 9 pm or so, which means that I go too long without eating. Yesterday was one of those days. I did get some exercise in, which was great.
Today I am in a stressful meeting, so eating breakfast is a bit of a challenge. Normally I can't eat before these things. Today I'm having almonds and perhaps a couple of clementines. I figure something is better than nothing.
Also, I will miss my morning snack because I can't eat in the meeting. I also can't drink too much water, as I'm not able to leave at my leisure for bathroom breaks - sounds weird, I know. I may also have to have a business lunch.
So, I'll do the best that I can. I try to remember that these days are few & far between.
cj - I didn't realize that you lost 100+ pounds 5 times! That's amazing.
Hi wwlurker - congratulations for getting in some exercise. You sound like you have a busy life, so it's easy to make excuses not to exercise. It's really tough eating well and on a plan when you're working, so I feel for you. But it sounds like you are making the best choices within your situation. I know you can do it!
I would say thanks for thinking it's amazing that I've lost that much weight so many times, but really it just reminds me of the fact that I also gained it back four of those times
Losing weight was always easier for me, even though it's lots of work. My problem was that once I'd lost it and starting feeling more comfortable, I'd go back to my old way of eating and then just gain it all back. I've never been able to keep the weight off. But I have to do it this time, for my health, and because I just can't go through again - and put my body through it again.
I've had a good day and stayed on track. I'll have a challenge tomorrow since I'm going to an Amish Market where they have lots of wonderful food. I've already been planning what I want to buy there so that I can fit it into my plan over the next few days. I usually get a piece of Shoofly Pie (it's a molasses based pie) and one of their hot pretzels. I'd love to get a bunch more things, but I figure I can go back in a few months and get something different then. They have great Whoopie Pies, but I'm going pass on those this time.
As you can see, my "obsession" with food has not gone away, even after losing all this weight. I'm pretty sure it will never go away and I just have to learn to control it.
Yesterday went fairly well. My meeting didn't last as long as anticipated, which was great but also kinda drained me for the rest of the day.
I stayed on plan but was a bit slack with supper - I made it home in time for supper with the family, so I ate what they ate and it wasn't entirely plan-friendly, but it wasn't atrocious either.
This morning I made it to the gym again, which was great, and I remembered to pack a full lunch (I need 2c of veg @ lunch and I often forget to bring them).
Supper isn't planned so I'm not sure how I will do there, but I'm feeling good about how I've been doing.
cj59 - I love food too, and I especially love food that isn't good for me. I find it's a bit of an addiction for me. I have a very addictive personality which worries me sometimes. Right now, I'm trying to eat as little processed food as possible, so sometimes when I want food that I know isn't good for me, I like to think of the fact that it's designed (engineered) to be addictive, from the ingredients down to the sound it makes to the mouth-feel. That turns me off and makes me want to resist processed or packaged foods. Now, at a market, that would be a different story. I would have a hard time resisting homemade treats, but thinking of the sugar and the addictiveness of that would help me.
Maintenance is definitely a different beast and it's not one that I've ever been able to master. I have lost weight (ranging from 15-35 pounds) several times in my life, but I've never been able to maintain. Hence my current weight (I would need to lose about 75 pounds to have a normal BMI).
wwlurker - I'm glad your meeting wasn't as long as you thought and even though you ate with the family, sounds like it wasn't too bad. You have a good mental approach to eating foods that are addictive. I hope that continues to work for you
I feel like I'm addicted to food too, physically as well as emotionally. Even though I've been on this plan for almost two years, I feel like at any time I could just quit and start eating all those junky foods again! That's partly why I knew I needed to be on a plan that didn't restrict anything. I had to be able to have some of those foods sometimes. I guess I've learned pretty well how to have smaller portions of them since I haven't done any bingeing, but I know that I'll always have to keep a check on myself.
I did get my piece of pie and I'll eat half today and half tomorrow. I also bought two of the pretzels and had one today and will have the other tomorrow. I had planned for these in my weekly meal plan so I feel pretty good about how I'm working these into without going over what I alloted myself. I also bought some ground round and canadian bacon, and two apples - so I did make some good choices too
I was sick with a stomach bug yesterday and that threw me off for the whole day. Feeling marginally better today. I got on the scale this morning to see how the sickness yesterday affected the scale and I was down 3 lbs! I realize it's not a real loss. I was pretty surprised to see how much water must have lost.
Didn't have a chance to pack a lunch today, so I'll be getting a salad at the local market. They have a great salad bar with tons of healthy choices. I just have to be careful with the dressings.
Looking forward to the weekend! My DH and I will both be working (taking turns), but my DD5 and I will be going back to yoga and I will have time with my kids, which sadly, has been lacking lately.
Hi wwlurker - Sorry to hear you weren't well yesterday, I hope you are feeling better today I also hope you enjoy your yoga class this weekend, I've heard good things about yoga, and the benefits of doing it
Maybe you'll be able to keep that 3 pounds from coming back.
I'm doing well today and staying on track. I ate half of the pie last night and it was O.K., but not the best I've ever had, so I decided to throw rest out. I just don't need to spend my points on something I don't enjoy. I never could have done this in the past, but I'm really happy to get to this place in my journey.
I'm sticking to my food plan for today and have one worked out for tomorrow too (the last day of my week). I've also started roughing out a menu plan for next week. I'm finding that I need to do this and it's helping me to stay on track.
Hi there! Checking in. I'm going to try to start checking in at night instead of at work. I'm wasting too much time at work and need to focus more.
cj59 - that's excellent that you threw out the rest of the pie. Not sure that I could have done that.
Today was pretty good, but I got caught going too long between meals/snacks again. I should plan better to avoid that. I try to keep a larabar or two in my purse and I find that helps.
This weekend has been challenging. I'm still on my cleanse and so I'm not having any sugar, carbs or alcohol. The weekend is when I usually have a few treats with my family, so I'm finding it situationally tough. I'm having cravings because it's what I usually do. But, I really want to have one very successful week on the cleanse before I switch to the longer term, transitional portion of my program. Plus, I want to keep those three pounds off!
I'm really looking forward to yoga tomorrow. Hot yoga is my favourite type of exercise - so relaxing.
wwlurker - I hope you can make it through the weekend so you can get your cleanse done. I give you a lot of credit for cutting out sugar and carbs, I really don't know if I could do that. I hope you enjoy your yoga today too
I'm doing well today. I had 6 weekly points left to use today, so I added a few snacks in. I try to use the weeklies just for things like that or a bigger dinner or breakfast. Most of the time I'm able to fit all my daily food into just my daily points, so it works for me to use the weeklies as treats.
This is the last day of my week so I have weigh-in tomorrow. I think I should have a loss, but even if I don't I've had a good "on program" week