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.
Just checking in for the day to keep on track. I weighed-in this morning and had a lose, so that was a nice way to start the morning I've now lost more weight than what I currently weigh. I would have never have thought when I started this back in March 2015 that I would be at this point today. In a way it's kind of scary to me, because I never want to go back to my old ways and weight and I'm scared I won't be tough enough to keep the weight off. But I really hope I'm strong enough this time to do that.
I need to work out some food plans for this week since I have a lot going on and don't want to get off track.
Yesterday I went to the gym and walked on the treadmill for about 25 minutes. It wasn't much but I had somewhere to be. I went home and ate veggies (and chicken noodle soup) instead of yet another night of dinner out of the snack cabinet. This morning I made oatmeal! It was good. Hot and filling. I'm trying to figure out a new workout routine but it's December and crazy so I'm not going to be too hard on myself.
Hello, my name is Jamie I need to lose half of me. At 5'4" I weigh 280 lbs. This is not my first trip to the WW rodeo, but I need to get myself in better physical condition than I am currently in. My husband and I will be going on our second honeymoon (a dream vacation) to Alaska in June. I fully intend to take less of me on that trip.
Hi Jamie, welcome! You'll be a beautiful bride no matter what you weigh, but I get it--those wedding dress photos are preserved for eternity, haha. I am SO JEALOUS of your upcoming vacation! A cruise of the Alaska Interior is on my lifetime bucket list. I hope you take a lot of pictures and share them when the time comes.
280ish was about where I started last January. I "only" managed to sustain a 30 lb loss in 2016 (all of it in the first three months, of course) but I feel SO MUCH BETTER just with the small amount gone. What really helped me was developing a love for fitness, which I know some people groan about but I think it was (is) really important. I'm trying to get back to a regular gym routine because the muscles and the sweat are just amazing, but you know, holidays. Haha. I'd love to keep up with you in this thread and cheer you on if you decide to make physical activity a big part of your journey.
I got out of the hospital on Thursday and I'm back to work today.
I ended up losing about 7 lbs throughout the whole ordeal.
Today I signed up for a new program. It's a local thing. They give you a meal plan customized to you - with recipes. I think that it's going to be a lot of work (and difficult to get the whole family to eat like this), but if I just follow it, I will see results. It's just a healthy, balanced plan - not low carb, low fat or high protein (if anything, it's a lot less carbs than I'm used to). They gave me a vegetarian menu. I follow this menu for a week, then I get a new one next week. I just felt like I was at that stage where I needed to do something.
While I was sick it occurred to me that my illness was obesity-related and that I needed help to get myself going.
I've signed up for six months and I'm going to give it my best and commit to doing this as faithfully as I can.
Hello Everyone - it's nice to see people posting in this thread Support has been very important to me, so I appreciate all the support I can get.
Welcome jamie - sounds like you have good goals and I'm sure that cruise is an incentive What plan are you using - Smart Points or something else? I'm using the old WW Momentum plan since that worked well for me back in 2009-2010. I started back in March 2015 and have lost over a 100 pounds, and this isn't my first time doing that - so if I can do it, so can you
riverkat - I agree with you about exercise. I do something every day, even though I'd rather do nothing! I know I have to be active to be successful this time and in the future.
wwlurker - I'm glad to hear your surgery went well, I hope you are recovered completely soon. That program sounds like a good idea. Sometimes doing something different like that, and with set requirements, can really work. I know you can do it
I've been working on a food plan for the week and need one for next week too so I can figure out how many weekly points I can save up to enjoy some Christmas foods I've lost some this month so far, but I'd be happy with just staying the same weight if I can get to enjoy a few holiday foods.
Today is the first day of my new plan. This morning was a smoothie, which is what I eat almost everyday for breakfast anyway. I went shopping last night for the ingredients for the meal plan and prepared my lunches for today and tomorrow. I'm going away Sat/Sun this week, so I won't be able to follow the plan precisely, but my goal is to do the best that I can. I have a handle on the general formula for the week, so I will try to eat within the guidelines even though I won't be having the set meals.
I'm not sure how I feel about starting this plan right before Christmas, but I felt like I couldn't wait any longer. It's pretty strict and there is an "initiation" phase which is particularly strict (and I'm in right now, including over Christmas). There is no alcohol allowed and no room for treats at all. All meals are supposed to be eaten at home. There are very few grains (basically none), which is a huge adjustment for me.
Also, the plan is expensive (particularly compared to WW), but there is individual support and personalized meal plans, so I think that it's worth it. I like that it's not gimicky - just sensible - all of the things that you know you should be doing anyway. Basically, if you have to wonder whether it's allowed, the answer is pretty much no. No sugar, no sugar substitutes, no soda, no alcohol, no white bread, etc. It will get less restrictive after the initiation phase but until then, I'm expecting it to be tough.
My goal is to stick to the plan as much as possible, with as few deviations and treats as possible.
riverkat79 - I think that exercise is so important for my overall and mental health in particular. I've been letting it slide lately and I have definitely felt it. I'm going to make it a priority after I am fully recovered. I don't think I'll have time to go back to hot yoga until after the holidays, but I think that in another week or so, I'll be ready to start back at the gym. I try to subscribe to the "something is better than nothing" philosophy, but I also am aware that with very little time, I need intense workouts to make it count.
Hello Everyone - hope you are all doing well on your plans
wwlurker - best wishes to you on this new program. Even though it might be difficult doing this over the holidays, it seemed like you knew you needed to start right now.
I'm staying on track, even though I have to fight the urge to overeat. I really wish this feeling would go away, but I guess it never does and I'll just have to learn how to deal with it. I do try to have foods I enjoy so that I can look forward to those and hopefully avoid foods that are a problem for me. I also drink a lot of water to fill me up.
Yesterday was a huge success on the new plan. I ate exactly as suggested on my meal plan and I wasn't really hungry at all! The food is very dense and you eat every couple of hours, so even though I'm not getting the carbs/starches that usually make up most of my diet, I'm eating a ton of really healthy food.
Today is much the same as yesterday. On my plan, there are choices for each meal, with a limit on how many times you can make that choice in the week. So, you could, in theory, eat pretty much the same food four days a week, with a different set of food the other three days. But, if you like more variety, you can mix it up much more. For the sake of simplicity at the moment, I'm eating basically the same yesterday and today. Tomorrow and Sunday I'm away, so it will be different, and then I'll have to figure out what I'm going to do on Monday - Wednesday depending on what I have left for my choices for the week.
I know that it's early, but I also feel like I have a ton more energy. The point of this plan is to feel better and be healthy for life - not to lose weight specifically (although realistically, that's why people do it, and you weigh in every week).
Also, my consultant is a naturopathic doctor (you can also choose a dietician). That means that the cost of the plan is covered partially by my insurance under my allowance for NDs, psychologists, etc.
Hi wwlurker - I'm glad to hear you are enjoying this plan and doing well on it. And I think it's a good choice to do something to feel better and be healthy for life
I'm doing well and staying on plan. I ate lunch out today, so I had to figure my points as best as I could. I also knew before I ate that I couldn't eat everything on my plate and I was able to leave enough food that I just didn't need or have the points for. I'm hoping for a good weekend too.
Checking in to be accountable. I'm really having to fight the feeling to overeat. I'm trying to balance it with extra water and exercise. I'm really tired of getting this feeling all the time, but I know I have to keep overcoming it - even if it's easier to give in.
Just checking for accountability, because today I really felt like I could just pass this up. I'm glad I made myself post.
It's the last day of my week, so I have weigh-in tomorrow. I'm afraid I'm up even though I've stayed on plan this week. I'm trying to mentally prepare myself for that to happen and to remind myself I'm on track and the number on the scale isn't always an indication of that.
cj59 - have you considered reviewing what you are eating to see if there is anything that is promoting that desire to overeat? I know that for me, eating sugar just makes me want more. If I stay away from it as a rule, it's so much easier. I didn't have any sweets/desserts this weekend - I just didn't want them.
I'm back from my quick weekend away and back on the meal plan. In the end, I was only off the set plan for about 24 hrs. I did the best that I could during that time. I did eat a few things that I knew weren't "approved", but my goal wasn't to stick to the guidelines; it was to be reasonable, which I did, so I'm pleased. I did notice that I was much hungrier during that time. The food that I usually eat just doesn't have the same staying power as the stuff on the meal plan.
Today, I need to get organized for the rest of my meal plan week (I reset on Thursdays). I need to stock up on groceries and make a couple of recipes to set the rest of the week up.