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Weight Loss...

Remember how I was doing the Biggest Loser thing at work? Well, it's been just over a year since that started and I've lost a total of 60 pounds to date. :-)

I want to lose about 15-20 pounds from where I am currently at. Which shouldn't be too difficult.

I decided I would share some pictures with you behind the cut. I did a before/after collage as well as some shots of me in my new dress I wore out to dinner last night.

For those wondering how I did it... Well, I didn't follow any of the diet plans that are out there. I did my own thing.

The first thing I did was looked at what I was eating. I stopped eating fast food every day for lunch. I'm talking things like big chicken finger dinners from Sonic (with soda), fish dinners (fried/greasy) from Captain D's, burgers, etc. I started taking my lunch to work. Things like soup, TV dinners that Weight Watchers put out like Smart Ones Pizza Minis. I lost 5 pounds the first week with just that.

Then I started drinking water. Lots and lots of water.

I also started eating more a day, but watching the calorie count. I would have apple sauce in the morning, then lunch, then more apple sauce in the afternoon and then dinner. Mix things like carrots, etc.

I didn't really change my dinner habits. Just watched the calories a bit more. I also cut out a lot of snacking I found myself at night while at the computer. Things like bags of chips and such.

I still eat desserts (had something called a boat sinker last night... death by chocolate) and pies and things. Just watch it and don't over indulge.

Then I started exercising. I got a gym membership for a year. I did cardio mixed with weight training. Cardio was every day 35-40 minutes on the elliptical or treadmill. Weight training was every other day and I followed a routine I set up with the free training session I got when I joined the gym.

This May, I dropped my gym membership and now I walk. I walk at least 2 miles almost every day. Sometimes a bit more. And I haven't had a soda since January. :-)

So that's how I did it and now I'm maintaining / losing a pound or so a week.


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Aug. 8th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
You rock! And, you look great!

I need to get rid of #30-#40 over the next year. I really hope I can stick with it. I've already given up soda. My snacks are usually a tiny cup of nuts, sometimes with a few chocolate chips (tiny=about 1.5 oz) or popcorn. I need to increase my walking (I'm up to about 1.25 miles a day), but I don't have the money for a gym membership. When the snow flies it'll get tougher.

You've really done it the right way and it makes me feel great to see your success. I aspire to look as great as you do!

Thanks for sharing pics and your story!
Aug. 8th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)

I started at 215 pounds and I'm now down to 155. My ultimate goal is around 140 and anything below that is bonus. Although I don't want to go below 130 because I think I would too thin then.

I recently gave Orville Redenbacher a try with their 100 calorie single serve microwave popcorn with butter. Good stuff. And I don't feel bad eating a bag of popcorn.

If you have a mall or large store nearby, you can use it for indoor walking when the weather is bad. As long as you don't have impulse buying issues that is.

When I'm grocery shopping, I read the serving information now when I didn't before. Especially that part that says how many servings are in one package/container/etc.

My favorite thing to get at Burger King now is their Side Salad for $1. I get two of those and a dollar four-pack of chicken tenders and get a full meal and for less than I was spending before on fast food. I also only use one dressing for both salads. It all works out.
(no subject) - mistress_tien - Aug. 8th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - kaylashay - Aug. 8th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Aug. 8th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
I'm really impressed.
Aug. 8th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :-)

I impressed myself I think.
Aug. 8th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
Very very cool. Congrats!!!
Aug. 8th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
The dress is a size small. :-) That's the very cool part.
(no subject) - hawk_soaring - Aug. 8th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - kaylashay - Aug. 8th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - hawk_soaring - Aug. 8th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 8th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
You go, girl! *is beyond impressed* And you did it the right way! No silly diet plan that would only end up in some nasty yo-yo effect or other. Really well done! You look great! :)
Aug. 8th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
I would never be able to do pre-made diet plans. I have allergy issues with food and seasoning (pepper, cinnamon, spices, etc.), so I can't eat a lot of things that are pre-done on diet plans. But I was able to come up with my own way of doing it and it worked.

Definitely don't want the yo-yo effect. So far, I've kept off what I've lost and only fluctuate within a 5 pound window when I'm not actively exercising. Then when I actively exercise, I lose 1-2 pounds a week.
Aug. 8th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Great work. Very impressive. :)
Aug. 8th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :-)

I'm still making plans for DC-area in February and me and azraelz_angel are talking about driving down your way together while I'm out there. :-)

And I'm going to look at your logo shortly too...
(no subject) - satyrnfive - Aug. 8th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 8th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
Gratz! I went from 224 to 150 last year by the watch-your-eating-and-exercise method, though I maintained an online Weight Watchers membership for awhile to doublecheck my calories. I finally cancelled it because once better habits were set it seemed like wasted money; but it kept me on track at the beginning. Props for having enough willpower to do it on your own!

Yay for keeping desserts: so did I. There's totally no sense in sabotaging yourself by denying all tastiness in your life: that's the road to backsliding. I can too have the occasional DQ and yummy dinner while staying in the 150-155 pocket; I just have to woman up, watch my breakfasts and snacking, and don't quit exercizing. =)
Aug. 8th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Congrats back at you... :-)

I've been using some of the weight watchers dinners, but not following their program. I especially like the smart ones pizza minis. They make the perfect lunch.

I get an occasional Reece's Sonic Blast. Certain things, you just can't give up. Smart One's also has single serve desserts that are really good and low on the calorie count, so I've been getting those to have with dinner in the evenings. Can't go wrong with a peanut butter cup sundae or strawberry shortcake thingy.
Aug. 8th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
Damn, girl you look good.
Well done. :-)
Very impressive.
Aug. 8th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)

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Aug. 8th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
The soda was an incidental thing for me. I still drank it when I was actively loosing last fall, just not much. It wasn't until January that I completely cut it out. I was also only drinking sprite and the very occasional root beer then. Root beer is the only thing I would give the no soda thing up for...

My biggest thing was portion control. I was eating way too much at any given meal of the day and then having snacks in between. I can still have the large 'out of proportion' meals from time to time now as long as I balance it right. Of course, I find myself wanting those less and less now.
Aug. 8th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Aug. 8th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thanks... Yes, I weigh around 30 pounds less than I did last fall when we met up in Florida. :-)
(no subject) - avamclean - Aug. 8th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 8th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
Dude, you're amazing! Congrats!

I just got the dreaded "Type II Diabetes" diagnosis, so yeah, I'm off sugar, cokes, pasta, potatoes, rice, bread...all thing that make life livable! But I've dropped three pounds in the first two weeks, lol.
Aug. 8th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
Boo for diabetes and yay for three pounds lost. Those first pounds are the hardest.

Diabetes is strong on both sides of the family, so it's likely a good thing I'm tackling this now. I'll be 30 on my next birthday.

And I'm still eating several of those things you mentioned but losing weight. (bread, rice, potatoes, pasta...))
(no subject) - taylorgibbs - Aug. 9th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 8th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
OH WOW.. i need your dedication. I really need to start something like this. It's very hard for me. I usually need someone to do it with me.

You have any advice for someone starting out. Thanks for posting this. This is really inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
Aug. 8th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
I guess the main thing is that you have to want it for yourself. It's not going to work if you don't want it. I signed up for the exact same gym for a year several years before this and didn't use it. I signed up for a different gym for the pool and didn't use it. But this time I did.

So I guess setting you internal want/goal is the key. Then it's just a matter of doing what works for you.

Since we were doing a contest through work, I had an excel document that I put my weekly weight on and I saw a plus/minus in color of if I gained or lost that week. Each time I saw that I lost (in green), it made me want to lose more. Of course, you've got to watch out for the reverse effect of seeing a gain and it discouraging you.

I used the gym for the year as a structure away from home that I was going there for the purpose of exercising. Now that I have that structure, I'm just fine exercising at home with walking outdoors and doing situps with the couch and such.

There's a picture up above that was my initial desire in January 2009 and I didn't truly act on it until around May 2009.
(no subject) - dhfreak - Aug. 8th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 8th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
wow you look amazing! Congrats on the weight loss and perseverance!
Aug. 8th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :-)
Aug. 8th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
Wow - not only do I love that dress, the new you is MAHVELOUS!!! Gee ... can you start a biggest loser community for the FANGIRL retreat participants? I wanna lose 60 pounds....

I'm serious.

Aug. 8th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
huh... that would be interesting. I already have an excel document set up from the deal at work. I just have to put in new names...

*ponders setting up a biggest fangirl/boy loser comm*
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Aug. 8th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)

I hadn't heard you were pregnant! Congrats on that! When are you due? Or has it already come?
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Aug. 9th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
WOW! You look INCREDIBLE!!! Congrats!!! And yay for doing it in a way that you're not self sabotaging! Yo Yo weight loss is very dangerous.

I lost nearly 100 pounds (96 to be specific) right before I was diagnosed with diabetes and that changed everything, sadly.

You're an inspiration!!!
Aug. 9th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
Thanks! :-)

And the diabetes thing is sucky. :(

I'm eating a cookie dough sundae right now, so I'm definitely not depriving myself and I don't have to worry about yo-yoing because I'll walk it off tomorrow. :-)
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