How to lose 100 pounds in a year

This is one of those kind of crazy questions but interesting at the same time, How to lose 100 pounds.

If you are very overweight how would you lose 100 pounds in one year? Well I have never had to lose 100 pounds but am up for the challenge of how it can be done.

Can you lose 100 pounds in a year?

how to lose 100 poundsFor more information on picking a diet and workout plan for yourself you can visit my Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle book review or my diet program review.First of all lets all be aware that losing 100 pounds in one year is certainly possible. Many people have achieved this feat and many will lose 100 pounds in a year in the future.

The math of losing 100 pounds in a year

There is simple math in how to lose 100 pounds in one year you would need to lose eight pounds a month for a year which is about 2 pounds for week. Losing two pounds per week is certainly possible but the problem is that it is hard to keep this rate up for an entire year. You will find that you will lose far more than 10 pounds in your first month and then your weight loss will slow down after a couple of months only to pick up again in the last few months.

Now As we all know there are two sides to the weight loss question: input and output that is caloric intake in eating and output when your metabolism is burning calories. This sounds easy and in fact it is an easy idea to understand and implement but it is very difficult to act on for any length of time.

Lose 100 pounds in a year plan

OK here it goes for how to lose 100 pounds in a year. First thing is to drop your caloric intake. For many people this may be really obvious but for most people it is a real education to find out what they are eating wrong and changing it. First you will need to drop your calories that you take in probably significantly but take out some calories each week and watch how your body and energy react. Remember you are in this for the long haul not just a few weeks this time.

Your diet should get 30 percent of its calories from protein, 50 percent of its calories from carbohydrates and 20 percent of calories from fats remember fats contain twice the calories per pound that protein or carbohydrates contain so the fat level is actually quite low. Next is to make sure that you are splitting your three main meals into six meals during the day to properly nourish your body and stop it from thinking that you are starving.



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Drink lots of water. You will find that drinking a lot of water will help you lose up to 10 pounds all by itself in the first couple of weeks as your body stops being bloated and your equilibrium is reset.

Exercise to lose 100 pounds

Next is the exercise portion of your changes. Losing 100 pounds in a year just by eating correctly would be impossible as your body would quickly rebel against you. You must get exercise for 30 minutes twice every day for six days a week. This means that some days will have cardio morning and night and some days will have one cardio workout and one weight workout.

The twice a day regimen is designed to keep you metabolism high all day instead of having it drop off 12 hours or so after your last workout, also having a lot of exercise will change the way that your body chemistry works. The reason to do cardio is obvious and that is to raise your metabolism and burn calories.

How to lose 100 pounds

Doing weights is also very important as while you are losing weight you want to keep your muscle mass and of course muscle takes a lot more calories to maintain than fat so you will over time be burning even more calories than you are now.

The attitude that will lose you 100 pounds in a year

Lastly to lose 100 pounds in a year you need to change your entire attitude towards health, exercise, eating and your own confidence in life. Making these changes may be very difficult but you are going to find that you have a much better chance of succeeding once you snap out of the way that you look at life and instead start to think about how your life is as a fit person.

Stop comparing yourself to the people around you and instead join a running club or come other club that promotes health and where the idea of running 20 miles on a Sunday does not seem crazy like most people think but is instead just a fun afternoon outing.

This may seem like an oversimplification of what it takes to lose 100 pounds in a year and maybe it is. There will be high points and low points in the next year but you will learn from your accomplishments and defeats how to change yourself as a person and make consistently1 better choices. Good luck to you. Let me know how things are working out in your quest in how to lose 100 pounds.



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  3. WeLL Iam posting because my lifes about to change drastically Iam finally moving out of my parents house and trying to lose a 100 pounds in a year or as soon as possible tomorows my start date I am scaried and excited it will be a learning process . Wish me good luck.

  4. We’ll, this is my first time ever posting something online regarding my weight. I am 31ys old and I just had my 3rd child and right now I am ready to lose 100 pounds in 1 yr. I am self motivated to do this, but right now I face the challenge of weighing myself and truly looking at myself in the mirror. I go back and forth in my mind about saying that I should love myself for who I am, but do I really? I am to the point that iI am tired of having the weight on my body and I do believe it is time to make a change, by the grace and the strength of The Lord Jesus Christ. This is the yr for me to focus and burn the fat off my body and renew my mind.

  5. Hey guys,
    So, Im 25, and last year I moved in with my boyfriend and stopped working. The area we are in is terrible. No jobs, scary people. Not great for just walking down to the store. Well when I moved I didnt realize how badly I would gain weight. I weigh 275 now. He popped the question last month, and I REFUSE to weigh this much in the wedding photos. I have no friends out here to go workout with, no job to get me off my butt. I just became lazy. And its killing my body. I want to be a healthy weight also so I can have children. I need the motivation. Help.

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  7. Hey all, I’ve posted before (search: Lisa) and I know it’s silly and there’s little chance of anyone reading this, but I’m back with another update. I started at 258 in Sept 2011, by March 2012 I was at 208. It’s now July 2012 and I’m around 190 (with a little fluctuation between 189-192 right now). That’s 68 pounds down! I probably won’t make it to -100 in one year, but I am SO HAPPY with my progress. You can see what I’ve been doing in my previous posts, but I’ve changed my routine a bit: now I’m using the Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe program and supplementing with cardio 1-2x a week. Keep working hard everyone!!

    1. Hi Lisa, I saw your posts and just wanted to say thank you. I am happy to hear that you are doing well with your goals! You have came along way and your so close! Stay motivated!

      Your posts have helped to spark a fire within me. I am going to start my journey tomorrow. Sadly this is not my first time. I am 25 years old and I have been on a diet for as long as I can remember. In 2009 I lost 90 lbs (I was down to 155) with quick fixes and dangerous diet pills.

      Regretfully I have almost gained it all back. It really is a life style change. I knew that as I was constantly battling with the scale, but reality didn’t set until the damage was redone.

      I would like to post with you once a week. The fact that you stated that you felt there was little chance anyone would see this but you still took the time to post really touched me. Hope to hear back from you soon and good luck with your goals!!

    2. Congratulations, Lisa!

      This is so inspirational! Thank you for sharing!
      With consistance and hard work you will achieve your goals – it really doesn’t matter how long it takes, but that you are determined and working on it! Good luck! Sending sweet thoughts towards you!

  8. i am 51 years old. I am approx 284 pounds. My goal is lose 150 pounds. I am very encouraged by everyone here. At the same tim i am discouraged. I’ve tried so many times. I am forever saying I have had enough. But I have found something to motivated. To see my children grow up and my grandchildren grow up. I have joined a gym and enjoying zumba. I have included some toning class and and little bit of weight lifting. I am encouraged. Exercising isn’t my main lack of discipline, eating is. Since my husband is always buying junk food or cooking ever worse food (fried this, smothered that, pizza, take out chicken). Often my will power gives in to the challenge. When I did loose weight it was when I lived alone and I wrong things weren’t in the house. I have asked him several times not to buy or cook it. It doesn’t help. Any suggestions for when you live in the house with people who does not cooperate. What do you think?

    Again thanks

    1. Hi Nanette,
      Sorry to hear that your loved one is sabotaging your weight loss goals. I don’t know the motivation behind these people but I think that sometimes, they are afraid they will lose you if you change and they want to keep you “the same,” which is in their comfort zone. Unfortunately, we do not have the power to control others, only ourselves, so congratulations on your goals. You CAN do it!

      You said that your eating (and exercise) both lack discipline. You can’t lose the amount of weight you want to lose by doing just one or the other, as individually, they offer limited success. Therefore, you MUST commit to both exercise AND diet. As for diet, I’m sure you’re already making great food choices but before your husband comes home with food in hand, or starts preparing less than healthy meals, isn’t it possible for you to get a workout in? After I workout, I find it VERY easy to ignore the temptation of poor food choices as I do not crave those foods when I’m active, and if I were to slip and eat them, well my stomach certainly doesn’t agree with me and it’s a good reminder of why I need to eat well, consistently. Also, I would suggest having a fiberful small meal or snack before your husband comes home, so that you physically can’t consume what he’s bringing into the house. Do include fibre in your diet, such as PX90 along with 16 oz of water at least, about 30 minutes before every meal (work your way up in fibre intake over about a week or so). Then fill up on clear soups (NOT creamy ones!), and veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, celery…which are all low calorie veggies that take up alot of space in your stomach. Write down EVERYTHING that you eat (and drink) in a day, including portion sizes. Be honest. It’s easy to “forget” that 500 calorie coffee with whipped cream that we enjoyed in the morning if we don’t write it down. When you see what you are eating in black and white, it’s easy to see where you’re on the right track – or not. If you’ve eaten by the time you’re husband comes home, and have just finished exercising, you certainly won’t feel hungry or even tempted to indulge in what he’s brought in the house. Trust me, I am a “foodie” and this has worked for me! Once your husband sees that you’re “sticking to your plan” regardless of what he’s doing, he will jump on board with you – although it may take time. Just reassure him that you still love him and do pay him attention so he doesn’t feel the need to compete with your new lifestyle (which he sees as a threat to him and your relationship together).

      As far as exercise, if you haven’t already, find an activity that you ENJOY doing. It doesn’t matter if it’s hiking, curling, bowling, walking…etc but it must be enjoyable for YOU. If you’re not sure where to start, or need support of others doing the same activities, there are meet-up groups that you can find in your local community that consist of people with the same interests (go on-line and look for these meet up groups in your area). If there isn’t one, why not start one? As for walking/jogging clubs, check out “learn to walk/run” programs at The Running Room or at your local city recreation centre or at the YMCA. Start with this activity at least once a week and increase your participation from there. You will quickly develop new friendships and support with group members once you start showing up consistently – they’ll rely on your participation as much as you rely on their motivation and support. It’s a win-win situation.

      You shouldn’t ignore weight training and indoor cardio. The latter, especially if you live in an area where weather can be severe the majority of the year (like what we go through in Canada!). If you’ve never really been to a gym or don’t have much experience, hire the services of a personal trainer once or twice so that they can go through the different machines with you and demonstrate the exercises for you to repeat during your workout. They can even create a customized workout for you, for a nominal fee. Be clear on your goals and level of commitment with your trainer – don’t tell him/her that you’ll work out 6 days a week on their program if you’re never going to go more than 1 -2 times per week! Be honest so that they can create the best workout for YOU for the first 2-3 months of your weight loss journey. The workout should challenge you but not leave you exhausted or so sore that you cannot move for several days. If you are working out on your own using cardio equipment, turn up the resistance so that you are working and not just using momentum to fuel your workout! I can’t tell you how many times I see women walking or jogging on a treadmill and yapping a mile a minute while doing so…they have the resistance so low that no part of their body, other than their jaw, is getting any exercise. If you’re using the treadmill, set it at an incline of 0.5 – 1% to start and then work at a speed that gets you slightly short of breath, like you’re running to catch a bus, for the majority of the workout. It is fine to work on a 0% incline at a pace that works up from a casual walk to a brisk walk for a 5 minute warm-up and cool-down at the beginning and end of your workout but other than these times, you should feel like you’re expending effort!
      I hope these tips help! I am a formerly heavy person (about the weight that you are currently) and have done all these things myself to lose weight. I also have a thyroid problem that makes losing weight even harder for me. However, I don’t look at food as a “diet” but as what I can enjoy for a lifestyle and exercise is not something that I “should do” but something that I look forward to doing. I am now a personal trainer and love sharing my knowledge with others. Good luck in your journey!

  9. this is day one of my 100 lbs in one year initiative. it begins with a 10 day Master Cleanse and a 40 Day Journey. My first goal is 50lbs in 90 days. i will reward myself with one good at home exercise equipment when I meet this goal.

    1. I am glad to see you are very motivated Karen, but 50lbs in 90 days is going to be hard and if you don’t hit that goal it may leave you feeling discouraged. I suggest you dial the goal back just a bit to maybe 35lbs so you can drop the weight safely and effectively. I wish you and everyone else on here the best of luck, now let’s get motivated and lose this weight!

  10. As some others have verified its possible to lose 100 pounds in a year through diet alone (I’m a guy, looking at the math its probably much harder for women unless they have substantially more than 100 pounds overweight).

    In my case, I took advantage of my inherent laziness and avoided keeping any food in the house, and logged everything I ate in MyFitnessPal with the mindset that I just wasn’t going to let the calorie number exceed my daily target. I also took vitamins. It probably helps that one of my prescriptions maintains dopamine level so that I’m less likely to eat out of boredom, but that’s speculation.

    That said, I have since gained back about 50 pounds and am relosing. I’m adding some cardio this time because anxiety was the key trigger in my lapse and exercising allows me to eat more.

    From my experience, if it all sounds daunting, I’d work on getting comfortable with a calorie deficit first then add in the exercise. This is where tracking what you eat has extra benefits. After a while, you know what the calorie contents of your most commonly eaten foods are, so when you burn 250 calories jogging, you know exactly how much extra food you can eat because of it.

    I’m also a huge fan of treadmills with heart rate monitors that auto adjust to keep you in your target heart rate zone. When I started using one I realized I’d been working out too hard, and that exercise wasn’t supposed to be so completely miserable Its still not completely pleasant but I’ll bet if you are completely sedentary like I was and you started a supposedly “basic” workout program without good guidance or biometrics, you’re probably pushing yourself too hard and wondering what quirk of genetics gives regular exercisers the ability to enjoy their workouts.

    1. Hello “Loser,”

      First, I must comment on your handle but “loser” sounds a little self-depreciating. I see what you’re trying to accomplish by choosing such a name but why don’t you try using something more accomplished, like “Winner!” or “Successful” to get your head in the weight-loss game along with your body?

      Also, I’m sorry to hear about your struggles of losing and regaining weight. It happens to all of us! The “trick” is to keep that regained weight to a minimum. I’m not a fan of using (weight) scales as they measure weight, including daily fluctuations of water weight, but I AM a fan of keeping a pair of jeans in my closet and trying them on once a week to see how I’m doing! If they’re getting snug, back to a more disciplined program for a few days! This will keep you within 5 pounds of your weight. If the jeans are starting to get loose, then you know you’re headed in the right direction.

      I have a major concern with several comments you made. Such as, “I’d work on getting comfortable with a calorie deficit first then add in the exercise” and “exercising allows me to eat more” and “I’d been working out too hard” were the ones that REALLY caught me off guard! I don’t agree with this mentality at all as it’s a great way to set yourself up for failure, and regain of lost weight. Your goal in exercising should NOT be “how much MORE can I eat if I exercise” – especially if you are trying to drop a significant amount of weight! The GOAL of exercise is to assist with creating a calorie deficit that doesn’t strictly lie with cutting back on food consumption. Why not change it to “Add in a daily exercise, then get comfortable with a calorie deficit?” It’s certainly easier to cut 500 calories per day through exercise than through diet! Also, when you exercise, you’re body is tightening and your metabolism increases for several hours post-workout, which continues to burn calories! Dieting causes the body to go into “starvation mode” and it is very efficient in holding on to whatever fat or water it can to protect the function of its organs. For best results of course, combine calorie restriction with exercise, but please start with adding in exercise first! And you shouldn’t calculate how many calories you burned through exercise so that you can go and consume them after the workout – you will NEVER lose weight so long as your calorie input meets or exceeds its output. Last, about “working out too hard” – people NEVER push themselves too hard to workout…unless you are having chest pain or are vomiting, you are not working out “too hard” and most people perceive they are working out harder than they actually are! I think that point you were trying to make is that exercise was not fun for you or maybe you thought you had to kill yourself to attain the benefits. Using a heart rate monitor is a great idea. Calculate the range where your heart rate should be, which is 60 – 80% of maximum heart rate. Do this using the following calculation: 220 – your age then multiply that result by 0.80 for the high end = this the your maximum heart rate. 220 – your age then multiply that result by 0.60 and this is the low range of where your heart rate should be during your workout). ie If you’re 30 years old, then your numbers will look like this: 220-30= 190 and 190 X 0.80 = 152bpm and 190 X 0.60 =114bpm You should maintain a sustained heart rate within the maximum and the lesser calculated variables. If you’re not doing this, what is the point of wearing a heart rate monitor? To show that you are still alive?? Also, when you’re on the treadmill (excluding your warmup and cool-down), you should be walking on an incline of 0.5 – 1.5% so as to increase the resistance without killing yourself. Focus on what you are doing – be mindful of your muscles working.

      Last, your comment, “started a supposedly “basic” workout program without good guidance or biometrics, you’re probably pushing yourself too hard” is also scary. You mentioned that you went from a sedentary way of life headlong into this “basic” workout program. While you have to start somewhere when first starting a program, I must ask you where you got your “basic” program from? And why didn’t you have guidance or biometrics? (I don’t even really know what you mean by biometrics??) You can start out by walking and that is something most people have been able to do since the age of 2…so I’m still not sure what biometrics to which you are referring. I would politely suggest that if you are going from a relatively sedentary lifestyle to one involving cardio training and you’re not really sure where to start or how to incorporate a new fitness workout into your lifestyle, then consult a personal trainer to work together with you for one or 2 workouts so that a challenging but achievable program can be safely set up for you to do. You do not need to kill yourself by diving into exercise head first so that it’s – how did you put it? – “completely miserable.” Exercise should be ENJOYABLE if you expect to continue…no one wants to draw a comparison with exercise and a root canal without anesthesia.

      While I applaud your efforts, I would suggest combining the services of a nutritionist along with a fitness trainer, and even a physiologist, to get your head AND body in the game. You can do all the exercise in the world but if you continue to reward yourself with food by making up the calorie deficit after exercise and continue to make self-depreciating comments, I can only see that you will have limited success with your weight loss journey – and will likely lose and regain the same weight over and over again.

      As Dr. Phil says, “How’s YOUR plan workin’ for ya?” If it’s not, then maybe it’s time to try something new.

  11. In a wheelchair Im 372 Ive gain 72lbs in 3yrs since I lost my nerves Im tired of being so heavy I get so mad at myself eating fast food I want to lose weight that is the only issue preventing me to walk again is my weight I wish I had someone to talk to where do I begin?

    1. Don’t give up sweetheart, start with cutting out fast food completely, it was very hard for me to do that because I was only on the road back and forth from school to work and that always seemed like the easiest thing. The easiest way to get started is to always have a healthy snack with you and a bottle of water, that way if you get hungry and want to go grab food, you have a snack right in your purse! =)

    2. In January 1 2012 i weighted at 384 pounds and i am 6’3 in Height ….Thats Def the biggest I have eva Been…So I Started Jogging/Played Basketball a couple times a week 4-5 . I didn’t workout the Whole February Because i fell Off but got back to it in March. I Cut out all Fast Foods while i treated myself every Blue Moon and had 3-4 days where i didn’t do anything but i got Back 2 it …I Only Drink Water , Juice Probably twice a Week.. Stay away from alot of Bread thats the New thing im trying ….Now July 2 2012 i weight 316 pounds and i gotta Lose 16 pounds this month #sheesh , Its Gonna be hard But i Know i Can Do it ….So keep it up Everybody ……Hopefully By January i can say i Lose 100 pounds or more

  12. I am going to try to lose 100 pounds in a year. I started with just diet and a bit of exercise. I am looking for a progressively harder exercise plan to go from no exercise to fitness in one year also.

    1. I am also starting the lose 100 pounds in a year thing, I am a full time college student and I have a job and as many of you I find it very hard to make time for excercise, but I just wanted to let you know that a morning run is a great way to start off your day. Take a drive around your neighborhood, there is probably a bike or walking trail where you can be every morning, and have a workout buddy they are always there to motivate and support you.

  13. I took a big hit. I lost 40 lbs last year and began a medication that made me gain it all plus some back. I have been doing weight watchers since march and have only lost 6lbs. It is a really slow frustrating start for me. I am trying to stay motivated to try to get the weight off.

    1. Weight Watchers is a great program since it is balanced and allows you to eat REAL food! Many people have achieved great success with the program. First, don’t compare yourself to others. Some people will lose 6lbs in a week, others will lose that amount in 6 weeks. It really doesn’t matter so long as you’re not gaining weight, right? Journalling your food is a great habit that WW preaches and helps you to become aware of what you are putting into your mouth, so use the tools they give you (there are many!) and stay the course.

      Also, WW recommends incorporating exercise into your weight-loss journey, however, you did not state whether you have done that yet. If all you’ve lost between March and June is 6lbs, I’m assuming that you haven’t increased your exercise. Be sure to use ALL the tools that WW suggests. If you’re struggling with the plan, be honest with the WW counsellors as they can give you some great tips that will get you moving in the right direction again. No one can help you if you suffer in silence.

      If you are struggling and need more support, attend a WW meeting in person MORE than once a week. (Your WW consultants usually encourage you to do this, if you mention that you are struggling with the program) There is WW at work to keep you strong during the work week (if not, start a group by contacting your WW Consultant to find out how) You can subscribe to WW on-line and they have recipe tips, tips for eating out, tips for incorporating exercise, weight tracking charts, food plans, etc. The TOOLS are there. The SUPPORT is there. Just DO it! You CAN win this weight battle. :D

  14. hi all my name is adam and i was wondering what should i do because after high school i got 2 years left and i’ll be joining the marines but i talked to a recruiter and he says im abit over weight i weigh 307 pounds and im trying to see what i must weight in order to join and which would be better to do walk a mile everyday or should i jog i can go about 4 minutes of jogging on a treadmill but im asking for some help if anyone would like to help

    1. Congratulations, Adam on your career ambitions! The military will get you into shape for sure but your recruiter was right, you’ll need to gain some fitness before you sign up. Basic training is NO picnic and you want to be prepared.

      For your goals, I would spend the money and hire a personal trainer. Be honest with him or her and tell them that you need to gain fitness in preparation for joining the military and the timeline (do you plan to sign up in 3 months, 6 months, 1 year?) They will design a program appropriate to your current level of conditioning with progression toward your 3, 6 or 12 month goals.

      You say that you have 2 years of high school left, so you’re 15 or 16 years old? You are in the prime of your life and body fat doesn’t stand a chance with the growing body (and metabolism) of a teenage boy. If you’re not sure what you should be eating, consult with a nutritionist or a balanced weight loss program, such as Weight Watchers, that will teach you the tools and what you need to know for losing and maintaining your weight loss going forward.

      You are essentially going to become a professional “athlete” so don’t go this alone. Hire the trainer to get you in physical shape, and a nutrition coach to teach you how to fuel your body at its best.

      Good luck!

  15. started diet on january9th 2012 , have lost slowly eating better healthy foods ..have droped 23 lbs my problem is i have no engery to excerise i just cann’t bring myself to do them what should i do ..i know it i excerise i will lose more weight…help

    1. Honestly, start small. Take a walk around the block. Sometimes you are going to have to push yourself to get up. As you start to walk you will get more energy. If you have to start with 15 minutes. If you are not used to exercising doing more may be too much anyway. In a week you will be able to do more and have energy.

    2. I started my healthy life style in March. I’m always tired when I get home from work too. You know what helps me? I have my tredmill in my living room. I get on it every night at 7:00 when Seinfeld comes on and I stay on it for an hour. If I’m tired, that’s okay, I’ll walk slower. The hardest part is getting up off the couch to do it – once you get going it’s all gravy! You also might want to try a multi vitamin from GNC called women’s ultra mega energy and metabolism. They smell and taste horrible, BUT I truly believe that they help give me more energy. I hope this helps you :) Cheers to smaller waist lines!

  16. I lost 90lbs this last year(2/11-2/12). I didn’t excersise, just cut my cal’s and was strict to sticking to my goal. Quick rundown:
    28 yr old male, 6’3″:
    Maintained 230lb’s for all of my 20′s untill 09′ when I went into the hospital for a weekend( Nothing surgical) . Once i got out I craved sugar and just overall bad food. I gained 70lbs in about 7 months. I was then 300lbs. :O I was unemployeed and just stopped giving a shoot. Got a job and quickly got back on track. Just from eating less I managed to lose 90lbs in my first year. I ate very little to no fast food, very little sugar and pretty much was low carbing for the first couple months to get the wieght loss started. As my wieght decreased I slowly started treating myself but still stayed away from FF and processed sugars. Chips/crunchies are my weekness :).
    I didn’t have any type of workout routine, just the daily grind type stuff.. So as it stands i’m down to about 207lbs in just about 14 months. I averaged about 7-8lbs a month for the first 10 months, I’ve lost about 3-4lbs a month since.

    1. Congrats on your weight loss! I’m 6′ tall myself. I’m doing the same thing you did – LOTS of raw vegetables, lean meats and staying away from all processed and “white” foods….I will say it’s really difficult to keep a healthy goal and mindset when all other women’s goal weights are 120 or 130 while mine is a manly 170. I just try not to think about it and remember that those numbers will never apply to me. It’s hard.

  17. It’s not unrealistic to set a goal and lose 100 pounds just take one day at a time. I am down 44 and have 2 more sizes to lose to reach my goal. I am not in a rush because I don’t want have lose skin so the slower the better. this past November I saw a yahoo clip that gave me hope. I found the lady in it and have been e-mailing her. She has a great website with tips.

    here is the clip and the web. http://bit.ly/HVnuNi

    I thought if she can do it in her 40′s I can do it in my 30′s. Remember not to rush it. Let the weight come off slowly. Just start eating right. I have a big problem with feeding my emotions. Well finally I am in therapy dealing with them instead of eating them. Good luck everyone.

    1. In January 1 2012 i weighted at 384 pounds and i am 6’3 in Height ….Thats Def the biggest I have eva Been…So I Started Jogging/Played Basketball a couple times a week 4-5 . I didn’t workout the Whole February Because i fell Off but got back to it in March. I Cut out all Fast Foods while i treated myself every Blue Moon and had 3-4 days where i didn’t do anything but i got Back 2 it …I Only Drink Water , Juice Probably twice a Week.. Stay away from alot of Bread thats the New thing im trying ….Now July 2 2012 i weight 316 pounds and i gotta Lose 16 pounds this month #sheesh , Its Gonna be hard But i Know i Can Do it ….So keep it up Everybody ……Hopefully By January i can say i Lose 100 pounds or more

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  19. All I can say is WOW! You are all awesome! (As I was reading through all of your posts I started crying, you touched and inspired me!) I have been about 100 lbs overweight since the birth of my son 11 years ago, and have hated myself every minute of it. I decided a couple of weeks ago to start doing something about it, and have been going for 1 miles brisk walks in the mornings, and monitoring what I eat better. After recording approximately how many cals I consume daily, and pouring over websites on metabolism, I have come to the conclusion that I have probably been in starvation mode for 10 years. I was again on the web trying to find the best way to come out of it without gaining more weight, and I found this web site. Now I know I can do it! Thank you all so much for reminding me that I am not alone!

  20. just an update one month since i last posted i am now down to 340lbs(loss of 38lbs to date) had a week off as i had a really bad chest infection but since then things have progressed i now do a training session at the gym ive called 1k friday. every friday i have to burn 1000+ cals (usually walking on treadmill for 1 1/2 hours) i dont give myself a time limit as long as i burn them. the change in weather now means im eating tuna salads for dinner or chicken kebabs or healthy living ready meals.i now have 2 weeks off work and plan to go to the gym everyday then take the family out to the park museums etc so hoping for a big loss this month

  21. Hello There,
    I would like to share my story and anyone with any information for please let me know. I am 22 years old I am 5 foot 3 inches, I was always fit and active up until the last year and a half I went from being 130pounds to now 215pounds. Alot of this is due to changing jobs in a warehouse where I was walking around all day to being put in an office now where I sit on my butt for 9 hours a day! Along with not changing the food I ate when beginning my office job, I am really interested in losing weight (and plenty of it) my goal weight is 140 pounds. This means I would have to lose 75 pounds, I just started today with my 1200-1400 calorie diet a day! I will also be working out about 4-5 times a week including walking, and a little running when I find myself able to do so. I do have a bit of issues with my knees … If anyone has any suggestions please let me know .

    Thank You

    1. I am in the same boat as far as height, 5″3. However, I am topping out at 240lbs.

      I completely agree with most of the posts I’ve read. Eating healthy, non-processed foods. I know it sounds like a daunting task. Remember, you didn’t put on this weight overnight. We can’t expect to lose it overnight.

      Keep up the great work!!!!

    2. Well I have never loss weight I’v stayed 305 pounds for many years i’m 32 and 6 ft tall. my knees hurt running I’m always moving and it hurts i’m a maintenance man so i’m on thee go none stop. Also I ate candy drank 2 liter or more of coke every day crap loads of salt fried every thing so why was I 305 pounds hum. Well I stopped the pop that was a b$^ch that was my drug then I started a raw food diet but i hate to say diet. How about my life change. in the mornings I throw 3 to 4 banannas some 1% milk and frozen straw berry’s and what other fruit in there that i want use the bender grind it up and drink it on the way to work every morning. i eat fruits and veggies as snakes during the day I make lunch my biggest meal during the day like fish and brokly with lemon pepper on it yum and i also do stake with veggies eat a crap load of veggies first then your meat so you will fell full and not finish it all. also drink alot of water I hated water but after I my life change I drank it now love it Gallon or more a day it’s day 30 Im now at 279 veggies and fruits are good carbs eat lol. And also try to eat by 6 to 630 for dinner after i eat I go for a bike ride thats my work out remember i said It hurts my knees to run so I ride 6 to 7 miles a night and it makes me burn and i keep getting stroger every day any my knees dont hurt but my thighs and cav’s burn I hope this help email me and tell me if it works for you to if you try it good luck screw that SECCEED with It.

  22. Hey everyone, I’ve posted a few times before (search: lisa) but I just wanted to come back and share my progress, since I know reading all of the posts helped me (especially STBFBG). So an update: Sept 2011 I weighed 258. It is now March 15, 2012 and I am proud to say I weighed in at 208 lbs! That’s a 50 pound weight-loss exactly in just over 6 months, so I am right on track with my goals. Eating clean and exercising (weight training for muscle retention, cardio for endurance and overall mental health) has me looking and feeling so much better! I also use MyFitnessPal.com to log my calorie intake (I try to keep it between 1200-1500 a day to lose 1-2 lbs a week) and I make sure to get at least 90 g of protein everyday! That’s it! It’s actually so much easier than I ever thought it would be once I put my mind to it.

    Just wanted to encourage everyone else out there and let you know that YOU CAN DO IT TOO just start today, start now, stop reading and go do some jumping jacks, take a walk around the block, write down a meal plan for the week. I’m over halfway there! YIPEE!

    1. Lisa, I need to lose 120 lbs and I feel overwhelmed. I have some knowledge of what you are saying, but I have some questions around your meal planning and protien intake. Is there a way to contact you?

      1. Sure! I log everything I eat on Myfitnesspal.com (I swear I don’t work for that site or make a commission, haha) and my food diary is open to the public. I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to see it without an account by going to this link http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/lisalosing100. That way you can see what/when/how I eat every day and I can answer specific questions! :)

  23. I really need help losing weight i,m 15 almost 16 only 4’11 and a half and weigh maybe 209 i tried to give up sweet teat so i had less sugar in take i eat small portions but never eat breakfast, if i do its a fruit cup thats it…also i do cheerleading every monday, tuesday, wednesday, and thursday for 2 to 3 hours then on saturday…but nothing seems to help…not to mention my mom who is not very supportive…all she ever tells me to do is lose weight she never will help me…please help..i need tips to please my mom

    1. Have you seen a doctor? You sound like me and others who have PCOS. It’s really, really hard for us to lose weight as we have insulin resistance and can only follow specific diets and exercise plans to lose weight (weight loss based on glycemic load / index). If you do have it, it’s important to be diagnosed early as the syndrome leads to infertility (not to scare you). I would strongly recommend that you see a OB/GYN for a PCOS diagnostic. When you make the appointment, make sure you see someone with PCOS experience. Don’t see a family doctor. More than likely, they will order the wrong tests and give you a clean slate. See an experienced GYN to be sure that you really have an accurate check. Simple blood tests and answering questions related to your hair growth, periods, weight loss inability, etc. will be all the doctor needs to do. Soulcysters.com is the main support and informational site that we use.

  24. i am 14 years old about 5’4 i weigh 199 and would like to be at 150 but i have tried everything as in Sensa & Hydroxycut & Weight watchers , &Slim fast & atkins & the tuna diet and nothing works i just keep gaining weight i really need help on looseing weight im tired of being picked on at school and being told by my family im too big i really need help i am in athletics and i play basketball and softball and still that dosent help. i am very fusterated so jus please help me ? :(

    1. Getting healthy and losing weight is not about a diet its a lifestyle change. Stop drinking soda and drink water instead for example. Don’t eat junk eat and watch your portions. Be active try to excercise one hour a day or at least 30 minutes.

    2. MTV had a good weight loss programme for teens –loosing weight in 90 days — watch it to motivate yourself and set a goal.

    3. Hi Snicolee,

      It sounds like you are doing a lot of the right things. One thing I would suggest is to get your thyroid hormones checked. I, like you, was having limited success with weight loss despite using diet and exercise regularly. I had hired a personal trainer and even saw a nutritionist but I still had limited success with my diet, and my energy was in the toilet!

      My family doctor referred me to an endocrinologist and one blood test later, I was diagnosed as Hypothryroid. My thyroid hormones were low, which affected my metabolism and dropped it to a snail’s pace. However, following that diagnosis I was able to get the treatment that I needed…which is just a daily oral medication that I must take for the rest of my life.

      Your family doctor would be able to order this blood test – just tell him/her that you would like your thyroid hormones checked. You never know, maybe this can rule out or rule in something that is affecting your weight loss?

  25. What is up with all theses kids trying to lose weight? WOW lol, anyways here’s my story.. As a teenager I lost about 80 pounds and after 5 years I couldnt keep up with my unhealthy lifestyle so put it all back on. I am 24 now and had a baby 9 months ago. I started to lose weight in November lost 22 pounds since then lately I havent been losing a lot cause I guess my excercise routine was too short. Now I walk one hour and a half a day to 3 hours a day and eat about 1000-15000 calories a day I drink plenty of water, I avoid sugar and I currently weight 225 pounds and mesure 5 foot 8. I know it seems heavy lol, but I dont look my weight. According to a calculator I found online an hour and a half walk at moderate speed for my weight and age burns 608 calories. Do you think if I keep this up, I will get back into the 100?s soon like 4-5 months? I mean like 190 lol for me, when I get there I might wanna get lower. THANK YOU!

    1. Oops sorry about that I just copied and paste my post from the other categorie lose 10 pounds, there were theses kids 10 yrs old who wanted to starve themselves to lose 10 pounds so thats why i was saying that lol

  26. Well that is week 9 done and think I have hit the dreaded plateau. Done my usual work out in gym over the week. as best as I could any way with a hernia and didn’t lose anymore weight. My weight rocketed down from when I started at 294 lbs to 242 lbs. Hopefully its just a blip in my regime and I continue to lose weight in the coming weeks. Have started introducing more foods into my diet so if I don’t lose any weight next week I will go back to my diet that I started with and see how that goes. Been going so well and this happens it really pissed me off but can’t stop now I’m past half way point. Would appreciate any tips that could help in getting off this plateau asap off anyone who has experienced this. It’s a reall kick in the teeth to not see any results after working so hard over the week. Thanks and good luck

  27. Hi all. Finally back on internet now after a month. Been reading all the new posts since I last posted and you all seem to be doing great so well done keep it up. I am coming up on week 9 now and as of last week I had lost 52 lbs so over half way now. Did set a year as the target to lose 100lbs but the way I’m currently going I might reach that target by my birthday in July. Had to slow down and take it easy in the gym over the last week after getting a hernia and going to see the surgeon on the 15th but not causing to much probs at the mo so going to keep going till I have to have surgery on it. Can’t believe I have lost so much in such a short time. I have been eating around 1500 cals a day with as little as possible fats and more importantly saturated fats and its just enough intake to last the whole day and not feel hungry. To ugly boy congrats on your loss keep it up your doing great. Not sure about the name though. Shouldn’t put yourself down with such a name. I know you will be proud of what you have achieved so far. I know I am proud of where I’m at now my target is in sight. Not sure if its me your trying to contact but if it is my email is michaelweb@live.co.uk my week 9 is up this coming Tuesday so hopefully I will have lost a few more pounds so will post how its gone then. Congrats all and don’t give up and keep believing. Bye for now :-)

  28. i got diagnoised with type 2 diabetes in August 2011. i am 34 years old and weighed in at 380 lbs at the start of Jan i weighed in at 359lbs. I have now joined a gym and work out 3 times a week walking on treadmill and exercise bike with a 10min light weights work out. i am now down to 352lbs hoping to be down to 300lbs by june.i have good diet days and if i do slip up 1 day i just move on and learn from it. I find watching the diet programmes on tv give me ideas and show me im not the only one fighting this battle. If anyone needs help or a chat leave a comment or send me an email and i’ll help you out any way i can. To all you that have posted keep up the good work dont give in

      1. if i can inspire just one person to do what im doing it makes it twice as rewarding good luck and if u ever feel the need for further inspiration keep an eye on my updates

    1. just an update one month since i last posted i am now down to 340lbs had a week off as i had a really bad chest infection but since then things have progressed i now do a training session at the gym ive called 1k friday. every friday i have to burn 1000+ cals (usually walking on treadmill for 1 1/2 hours) i dont give myself a time limit as long as i burn them. the change in weather now means im eating tuna salads for dinner or chicken kebabs or healthy living ready meals.i now have 2 weeks off work and plan to go to the gym everyday then take the family out to the park museums etc so hoping for a big loss this month.

  29. well i’m a teenager and i weighed 60 pounds last year and guess what now, i weigh 40 pounds cos i excercise don’t eat too much chocolate and don’t eat too much fatty food. that’s the secrete of becoming slim fit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. that is just unhealthy hun. It is one thing to eat well but it sounds like you aren’t eating much at all be careful with yourself. weighing so little can put a strain on all natural body functions leading to serious issues.

  30. Well, just stumbled across this page and it was kind of inspiring. I’m 30 yes old 5’4 and weigh 280lbs. I’ve been big all my life, was at @230 all through high school. Tried everything to lose weight. Nothing works. Tried slim fast for two months, nothing. Just bought zumba, I’m soooo out of shape, after 20 min. Thought I was dying. But it was fun, I love to dance. I was in dance, and karate when I was younger, and still after I hit my teen years I have always been over 220.

  31. I am a 20′year old female 4’10 and I weigh 186 , I want to lose about 90 pounds by the end of the year , what would be my calorie intake to achieve my goal? Thanks!

  32. ok i am a 5ft 10 teenage girl who weight 229 pounds and hope to lose 40 pounds by july is february now. i just started running and dancing for 45 minutes every morning, and drinking more water, eating barely nothing, drinking lemon… am i doing this wirte please tell me what to do please

    1. Hi there.. you have the running sancing and drinking more water part down right.. but the eating barely nothing is not going to help you in the long run… you need to keep feeding yourself in small amounts of nutritious food.. so that your body gets the energy it needs… or it will go get somewhere else like your muscles. A little trick if you keep your calories at 10 time the weight you want (ex: if you are aiming at 180 pounds… x 10 = 1800 a day and then exercise daily you will be able to lose the weight maybe not your entire 40lbs but close.. :)

    2. Hi Vanny….Please feel free to contact me…facebook.com/revivedaily, or lovemybody.com or visit my other website to send me contact info. I’m afraid eating barely anything makes your body store FAT not drop it…I can explain further. I’ll look forward to hearing from you.

  33. Hello! I believed I might send a fast remark considering that I’ve spent the better part of the previous 30 minutes scanning through your weblog posts. I am truly liking what you have received going on here with your blog and I do hope you keep writing it. Properly that is nearly all I have to say! Many thanks!

  34. This article has been helpful! I am one if the people who wants to lost 100 pounds!! I jus started at a gym, what equipment would be best for me to use? I want my belly,thighs and arm fat gone!!!! Thanks so much :)

    1. Ask a gym member, they should be more n happy to help you about the machines and their uses! And yea, i am in the same boat to! Lose a 100 pounds so i can join the military. Keep at it and dont give up! Also music helps while working out big time! =)

  35. If you really want to lose weight you will need to change three things. You will firstly need to change your diet. You don’t have to go on a diet and cut down what you eat. Just replace all of the unhealthy stuff you currently eat with healthier options. Secondly you have got to exercise. You don’t have to go all out and go till you pass out. Just what you are comfortable with. Walking, biking and swimming are brilliant cardio exercises. Esp swimming which works the whole body. Once your comfortable with the pace you have set then up it another 10-15 mins and so on. Thirdly you need a powerfull motivation in order to keep going. Something that means more to you than anything you have. Something you would give anything for such as being able to see your kids grow up or gran kids grow. Untill the 4 of Jan I couldnt find a reason and up untill that point I was in a really low place and just wished it would end. But I found a reason to do this and although I’m only quarter way there it is what keeps me going. And like the previous post said I’m now addicted to losing weight. Also music helps me while I’m exercising. Little lyrics such as ‘ what’s worth the prize is always worth the fight’ which is from the song if today was your last day motivate me to keep going. I also allow myself 1 day a week (sunday) where I can relax and not think about the gym or my diet and can eat a good relatively healthy meal (usually a roast dinner) knowing that I have earned it. You say that your 52 and I know I said you don’t have to diet just change it but I chose to diet because I’m 25 now and don’t want to be knocking on the pearly gates in the next 10 yrs or so. How ever you chose to go for it I hope it works out for you and you reach your desired weight so good luck.

  36. I’m 52 years old, weigh 308 lbs, and want to get down to 185. Need to lose123 pounds. Any help appreciated. I don’t want to diet, I just want to develop new, sustainable, behaviours.
    Many motivating posts here.
    Thanks,
    RR

    1. You can do it just go out and find people who like to walk and ride bikes for fun instead of going out to the latest restaurant or having cookouts. If you cannot find anyone you can do it yourself. You can move while watching tv shows, tv commercials, or just do it while sitting down and moving. Anything is a start and there are a lot of healthy foods out there just them out and learn how to to make them yourself. Once the weight start coming off you will be addicted to loosing weight more than eating your favorite fat saturated meal or sweet.

      1. I’ve picked up on exercise but it sucks walking in the winter with all our slush, ice, and snow. Anyway, am walking for 2 miles, about 5 times per week and doing about 40 min of cardio at the gym another 3 days per week. Doing light weight, trying not to injure myself, about 30 min twice per week. Looking like I’ll have to up my gym visits and as the weather improves I’ll incorporate more walking, and cycling outside. I do ride a bike. Thanks for your support.

    2. At 308lbs, I’m guessing that bike riding is maybe out of the question and walking is great, if you don’t have to go too far, right? Well, I’m almost in the same situation I guess. Only my left hip was crushed and rebuilt 6 years ago and I’m now at 228lbs, trying to get down to my goal of 135 to be healthier and to get the hip replacement that I need. I have been charting my activities and food intake on WebMD. I cut out all fried foods and Most breads and use my Wii tennis twice a day for about 1/2 hour each time. I also need to use a shopping cart to take weight off of my hip, but I wander a grocery store reading food labels A LOT now. It’s informative and it burns calories. Just remember, any and all activity that you add burns calories. Dishes, sex, laundry, browsing in stores… anything.
      And look for comparable substitutes to the foods you are accustomed to. If you like chips, try lite or fat free chips, the Lays ones are great. I buy single serving bags of these at subway or the minimarts. If you like miracle whip, use the easy squeeze lite mw, or lite mayo. You’ll be surprised at the difference in calories.
      Heres a lunch sandwich I want to share with you. It’s a favorite of mine now and only has about 210 calories
      1 natures own whole grain sandwich round
      1/4 of a med sized apple sliced thin
      1/4 of a cucumber sliced thin
      handful of raw baby spinach
      1/2 pkg Buddig meats, any all packages are 90 calories if u use the whole thing
      1 1/2 tblsp miracle whip lite
      1 tablespoon mustard, mixed with 1/2 pkt of stevia sweetener
      Pile it all on the round and enjoy, it’s very filling , gives good fiber and lots of other nutrients

      1. Hey, Kim…I actually meant the above statement re biking for you. Yes, I do like riding a bike, even at my weight. As soon as the snow melts I’m going to consider using my bike a lot more, even for work (a fairly long ride and am not certain I can do it often as I use my car for my job too).
        I’m with you on the carb. i read the book Wheat Belly, and have been eating far fewer carbs overall. I am trying to obsess less on my intake and just am getting use to smaller portions. My danger time is the evening, and I have to confess, I like my alcohol too much. Am trying only to drink on weekends, if at all.
        Thanks for your feedback.

    3. Hi there I am a tad younger but I know what you want to achieve.. I started at 327 pounds and am now at 272.. I lost my first 50 pounds with minimum exercise (walking here and there but thats it) the loss was related to the way I started to view food. (thats a long story)
      I eat of everything (except bread and pasta, very very rarely do I eat those) the difference is in what amount… I keep my calories to 1800 or so a day (10 times the weight i am aiming for which is at around 180)­.. trust me when your body goes from eating 2500-3500 calories a day to 1800 it reacts.. but dont overdo it… the first 2 weeks is hardest not snacking on everything or eating huge amount of things (I always keep baby carottes, blueberries or a piece of fruit around in case i am very hungry). I would say i eat about 5-6 times a day (about 300 calories at a time). I dont count calories very specifically but I know what they are worth.. exemple I know that an egg is approx. 100 calories, that a slice of bread is about that too.. (yes it may vary between 85-115) but I dont get too obsessive about it. I do however give myself 1 meal of whatever I want during the week..and sometimes i dont even want to be that bad.. ill have something i wouldnt have like hotdogs, i no longer have this need to indulge in large amounts of food (and thats something as I ve been a plus size girl since im 13)… I am down almost 3 sizes and I have about 3 to go..

      I havent given myself a specific goal as I have noticed that sometimes i lose faster and then other times I might stay at same weight for a week or two.. I try to have tiny goals and trust me it is more motivating to see the little picture then the big one… like one of my firsts goals was to get under 300.. boy was I happy to see 299… since then its been 10 lbs goals.. out of the 90, the 80s and now i,m 2 lbs away from out of the 70s. :) I see the difference in my clothes (im almost out of plus size clothing.. wow to be able to buy clothes anywhere that is a dream of mine).

      ok im rambling on if you want to talk.. smily97@hotmail.com

      1. I enjoyed your ramble, Celina…. good work. Keep it up. You’ve motivated me and, even though I’m a guy, I too look forward to actually being able to shop for clothes without having to go to Mr. Big and Tall!!! (which is super expensive, by the way)!

  37. Hi there, very inspired by all of your postings! I am 32 y.o. female and just got the nerve to buy a scale today. I weighed in at 250.4 :( that’s the highest weight i’ve ever been. I started changing my eating habits last weekend and went to a cool kickboxing gym today… the front desk guy was kind of a jerk but the trainers were cool so I will probably start going. :) I finally feel motivated to lose this weight and am accepting what I need to do. 100 pounds as least. I feel sad because this happened before. I was up to 245 about 6 years ago and I lost about 100 the old fashioned way through lots of cardio and eating right… a few ex boyfriends, parents divorce, and some job changes later here I am again. Well, I guess if I did it before… I can do it again? I have to. I hope I can make a life change this time for good. Any support is appreciated! And any advice too! :)

  38. Just completed week 4 of my diet and exercising and really going great now. I set my self a year to lose 98 pound which would take me to my ideal body weight of 14 stone. As of last Tuesdays weigh in I had lost 18 pound and now tonights weigh in I have lost 26 pound. I’m absolutely thrilled to bits with this and although I know this pace won’t last it would be brilliant if I could lose twice as much by my birthday in July. Good luck all and keep going.

  39. Really sorry if my last post comes up multiple times. Kept coming up with error everytime I tried to post.

  40. Just done my weekly weigh in for the 3rd week now which I’m doing every Tuesday night. I started out 3 weeks ago weighing 294 lbs. At my last weigh in I was down to 284 lbs. Now tonights weigh in I am down to 276 lbs. I couldn’t believe I had lost so much from my last weigh in and had to weigh my self 3 times to make sure and came up with same weight each time. I’m over the moon with this because I have worked really hard over the last 3 weeks with my diet and the gym and getting good results from it now. Can’t wait for next weigh in now and hopefully ill have lost even more. Just incase any of you haven’t settled on a diet yet I settled for the soup diet and seems to be working now. Just an idea some of you might want to try. Good luck with whichever diet and execise regime you all choose to stick with and once again hope you all reach your goals.

    1. I’m in the same boat you are. I weigh 289 (was weighing 180 when I was married), and need to lose it bad. my family is overweight, so having a hard time but going to start this program and hope it helps. I dislocated my knee in a work injury so it’s hard to do some exercises and running, but hopefully cutting calories will help. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. I need help!!!!

      1. two words, Wii Tennis. My hip was crushed and rebuilt with screws and plated, too young for hip replacement and was in too much trauma for the surgery at the time of the accident. Also , many many moons ago, a crushed rt knee cap so I get where u are coming from. Wii tennis is great . you can work up a real sweat and not have to do any bouncing around on your lower joints, you just sort of sway with the motion of the swings, also the Wii baseball is great. I’m not the only one touting Wii. I’ve volunteered at nursing homes where they use the Wii even for people in wheelchairs, because ANY exercise is good exercise.

  41. I enjoyed reading some of the posts. I need to loose at least 100 pounds, but have very bad knees. I have no friends or support network so I am hoping that this will be the place for me. Thanks everyone.

    1. SparkPeople.com may have the support you need. It’s all FREE and there are teams you can join and people you can connect with…of all ages.

    2. Try looking online , utube or arthritis websites for videos of chair/sitting exercises. There are some really good ones that basicly involve using light free weights or exer-bands for your arms while “marching” while sitting. These are great for toning and strengthening your erector muscles, lower back and tummy because they insist you sit up straight while doing them. If this is uncomfortable, try using a small, child’s playground ball to support the arch of your back while in a straight backed (diner or conference room style) chair, leaning back onto the ball. This helped me because it took some of the stress off of my hips and knees and acted like a tri pod of support while exercising.

    3. I too have had problems with my knees and also swelling. Oddly enough after I excercise I really feel better. I don’t seem to have as many problems with my knees as well. I am just starting and I am 5’5 and weigh 346. I started slow but within two weeks I was walking a mile and a half and ridding almost two miles on the bike at the gym. Who Knew!

  42. Has anyone looked into Juicing to help aid weight loss? I watched Fat, Sick, and Almost dead on netflix and it had me thinking. Even if you did a 7 day juiceing detox, you can lose anywhere from 10-40lbs! Throw in exercise and watch the weight drop. I am getting a juicer and trying it for at least a day and see if I can handle that.. then take it 1 day at a time. Some have done it for 60 days and lost up to 110lbs. If this will help get my energy back, clear my skin issues with hives/rashes, ect.. It is worth the effort. Purchasing my juicer tomorrow. everything I have read about juiceing showed nothing negative. You are getting the nutrition your body has been missing. I havea recipe that I will try and I have been told it almost tastes like lemonade.. I might like this after all!

    1. Hello, did the juice diet help you? If so, please give me the recipe. I need to lose about 200 pounds. Thanks.

      1. Juicing is great but can get VERY expensive. Just a thought and something I did last year was I bought several packs of seeds (cucumber/tomato/spinach/peppers/onions) and planted them indoors. Planted WAY more than needed and offered to a local friend who has an annual garden. I told him he could have all of them (dozens and dozens of started plants) if I could pick when needed. He was thrilled not to have to buy the plants and tilled up several extra rows in his garden. I spent about $60 and juiced fresh juice for $0 all summer. Just a thought.

        Good luck to all!

  43. Hello All,

    Long time no post…partially because every once in a while the site owners decide to require registration to post and then reverse their decision when they see that nobody is posting at all…..anywhoo…..

    Tomorrow is the 1-year anniversary of my journey. I have lost 130lbs over the last year…dropping from 386 to 256. My goal at the moment is 225 lbs so I am almost there. Pant size went from the 60+ neighborhood to 40-42″ I no longer have to buy big and tall crap and fit into XL jackets and shirts now. Bloodpressure went from something like (and I forget exactly) 130-140 / 90-95 to 117-120 / 70-75 along with seriously good triglyceride levels and healthy HDL levels. LDL still a little high but that isn’t necessarily all weight related and I need a follow up study because there are 2 types of LDL and they think I have the “good” type and not the bad one. Resting heartrate started 75-80 and it had dipped into the low 40′s but has settled in the mid-50′s. They think the low 40′s was my body adjusting to just being a lot smaller and still having a larger blood volume.

    Truthfully, I reached this 130lb loss months ago but have been flat from Thanksgiving through now…and I am actually thrilled about it because I ate like a pig (for my new lifestyle) and managed to still hold steady. Also, now that it’s all over I got right back on the horse.

    I wish you all luck! If you have questions, feel free to ask or search for some of my posts below, also posted under my name “Mike”

    1. hey Mike , congrats . Just wanted to let you know your post’s changed a lot in me , from 240 pounds i came to 170 pounds . If possible drop your email id

  44. Well started week three of my challenge to lose weight. Going to gym 2hrs a night 6 nights a week and diet is going good. Not had a drop of alcohol for 2 weeks now or a cigarette in that time either. I started out at 294 lbs I now weigh 284 lbs and am feeling great. Still a long way to go but I’m determined to reach 200lbs by next january. Hope you all keep working towards your goals an reach them. Good luck all.

  45. Hi, I’m 13 soon and I weigh 124 pounds Im sure I’m really fat I hate being fat! I feel like all my friends are skinny and then there’s me I’m sick of it. I am really sporty, I dance for 9 hours every week and go swimming 3 times a week, I eat really healthily however I’m really fat!!!!!! I started a diet and more exercise plan 2 weeks ago and so far I have lost 6 pounds but I really want to lose 29lbs in 74 days and I need some really good tips please Because I just need to lose weight!

    1. Oh hunny pie. Don’t even consider losing 29 pounds from a fairly normal 124 . At 13 your body is still changing and for a girl that’s even more the case. You didn’t say how tall you are. If you are doing all that exercise, I am betting you are a really healthy 124 lbs. You simply must remember that muscle weighs more than fat, and that 9 times out of 10 those really skinny girls don’t do any exercise other than texting so they look thinner and weigh less because they have NO muscle tone. What you are really seeing when you look at them is gristle attached to bone with a light skin covering. lol
      IF you really think you are overweight, ask your parents to let you see a liscensed nutritionist . This person is trained to look at you as a whole picture. Will look at your body, and your activity level and everything, then help you decide the best food choices for a lifetime of good health.

  46. Hi, I’m 13 soon and I weigh 124 pounds Im sure I’m really fat I hate being fat! I feel like all my friends are skinny and then there’s me I’m sick of it. I am really sporty, I dance for 9 hours every week and go swimming 3 times a week, I eat really healthily however I’m really fat!!!!!! I started a diet and more exercise plan 2 weeks ago and so far I have lost 6 pounds but I really want to lose 29lbs in 74 days and I need some really good tips please

  47. been a while since i logged on. I have been watching what I eat, I have completely stopped eating out for lunch. Every day I pack a lunch for work and I drink water only. so far I have been exercising 3x weekly. I an on my way to 100 lbs weight loss. I haven’t gotten on a scale as of yet. I guess I am somewhat afraid that I won’t have any results but I am not going to give up. I want my life back.Good luck to everyone here.

  48. So happy I found this site. I am 19, almost 20. Will be 20 in Sept. I weigh in at about 258 lbs, literally the biggest I have ever been in my life. I go to school full time, and study a fair amount of time. I have been big all my life and it’s really time to change. School starts in about a week or so from now, and my workouts will start immediately when I get back. I plan on hitting the gym for 1 to 2 hours 3 days a week doing strength and cardio workouts, the other 3 days a week I plan on doing small target workouts for about 30 mins in the mornings and evenings. I also plan on getting up every morning and walking for about an hour and maybe an hour in the evenings. I hope to lose about 110-120 lbs overall, with my ideal weight being at about 140 – 145 lbs. My diet will consist mostly of lowfat dairy, oatmeal, wheat bread, lots of fruits and veggies, and lean proteins. I will do monthly updates. I know I can do this, I need to not only for myself and my confidence but to motivate some of my roommates who also want to do the same. The three of us will be doing this together. Happy weight loss everyone !

    1. Hey, We are in the same situation my friend! I am 20 (just turned it) and i weigh about 244 (250 when i started) losing weight is tough in college. I figured out a plan though cause if you have work-study just do work-study at the gym if you can. Also use a salad bowl instead of a plate. It looks like more but it really isn’t and you only need one bowl, at least for me and even if I’m hungry I don’t get seconds haha. I’d like to email you or talk to you maybe once a month to talk about losing weight for a year. It’s gonna be tough but its do able. haha. Also I watch this Youtube channel called Shayloss and this guy shay carl lost 100 pounds in a year and he vloged about it. It was pretty cool. Well anyways good luck man!

  49. Been a week since I started to go to gym and diet. Been doing a hour in the gym every night except Sunday and cut my calorie intake quite drastically to around 1300 a day but not feeling hungry and got more energy now. I have currently lost 7 lbs over the last week and I’m starting to enjoy it. There are a number of reasons why I’m doing this and know I will do it. Mainly for my health but also because I miss the companionship of a woman in my life and

  50. Hello :)
    I will be 21 years old tomorrow, January 9th. I weigh 299lbs currently. I started dieting January 2nd and my first day at the gym was yesterday. I have lost 5lbs so far, my beginning weight was 304lbs. Cutting out soda helps a lot for me because I am usually a big soda drinker, but I’m happy to say I haven’t had one since I’ve started dieting. My goal is to lose 100lbs by January 2, 2013. My overall goal is to lose around 130lbs – 150lbs and I think I would finally be happy with myself. During the summer of 2008 my starting weight was around 250lbs – 255lbs and I lost 50+ lbs. I was extremely proud of myself, and wanted to keep going. I started dating my current boyfriend in November of that same year and I started gaining weight like crazy. We would go out to eat a lot just to have alone time and talk, which I know now was an awful choice. I have gained nearly 100lbs in the 3 years we have been together and that scares me. The weekend of New Years I was sitting in the living room and felt my heart racing for no apparent reason and at work I run out of breath just going up a flight of stairs… These two issues have been my “rude awakening”. I was already planning on losing weight as my “New Years Resolution”, just as most people do lol. But I am truely serious about getting this weight off !! I’m 21, not 80 :( I shouldn’t be having heart problems or running out of breath so easily. I want to have a happy and healthy family someday. I can’t live this way anymore !! I came across this site today and read a few of the other comments. I never really noticed how many other people are having the same issues as me, I’m happy I’m not the only one !! Good luck to everyone and don’t give up on your goals !!
    - Samantha

    1. Samantha,
      Your situation is mirror mind even though much older, this is how I had the weight creep on me. I remember when I was your age my mother would say ‘ loose the weight now when you are young now that I am twice your age I am still struggling with the weight. I need to loose 100lbs too, and have started. Remember your boyfriend wont put the weight on (well some dont) but you will. My blood pressure is high, my heart is racing, but I hope not to give up in this new life of weight loss. Also dont take any short cuts, do it by cutting calories and exercising.

      1. Ann,
        Thank you for the advice :) I have cut out a lot of calories, I cut out soda altogether and that’s huge for me. The other night my boyfriend took me to Texas Roadhouse for dinner and I ordered a grilled chicken sandwhich and got a salad on the side instead of fries, I was proud of myself lol. My boyfriend has been dieting a little too and has been going to the gym, so it’s nice to have his support. Also, I go to an all girls gym with a couple of my friends so it’s not only supportive having them there, it makes it fun too. I try to calculate how many calories I eat during the day and base my workout somewhat on that because I work out at the end of the day (that’s the only time I really can). I feel so refreshed eventhough I have only lost 5lbs so far, it has motivated me a lot to go further. Good luck to you and your weightloss goals !! I hope the best for you :)

  51. Although I didn’t put any weight on over Xmas my weight has been slowly creeping up for for most of my adult life. I’m 25 and 6’1 tall and at the mo top the scales at 294 pounds. Haven’t been eating right since new year and had pretty much nothing for the last 3 days which I no is not good for me. Been feelin down about my weight for a long time and said to myself that is it. I have joined my local gym and going been twice this week and once I get into a rythem go more times. I am 26 in July and would love to be as close to 200 lbs as poss so goin to dig in and get my life back before its to late. Haven’t really set up a diet yet because like I said iv not been eating of late but would appreciate some ideas that have worked with the rest of you. Thanx and ill keep you all posted. Good luck to all of you and hope you reach your targets :-)

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  53. Hey,
    Im 17.
    And im looking forward to get back into shape for the Marine Corp when 18.
    I’m currently 6’3/293lbs I use to play football (known as a big boy)
    And im just trying really hard to get back in shape,I walk and jog everyday except sunday.
    And drink alot of green tea and water,But only drink one can of soda every 2 days.
    I eat eggs every morning before i go for a jog and etc.
    What would be the best eating track for me?

    1. I am 38 years old and i currently weigh 375 lbs. I have lost around 10 lbs. My cardiologist recommends the gastric bypass of which i have gone to the consult and started the process but I really want to do this on my own. I have 3 children and a wonderful husband who loves and accepts me as I am. I have been heavy all of my life. I am a bottom heavy person I wear a size 18-20 on the top and a 32+ on the bottom. My blood pressure is perfect and so are all of my other blood tests. I don’t have a huge appetite. I actually can go for months on end and not eat a potato chip or any sweets. I love vegetables and I don’t fry foods. I don’t know why I am in this predicament.
      I am tired of being this way. I have always been one who would give her right arm to help someone else but i always tended to put my own needs and desires on the back burner. Today is the first day that I found this page. I have read some very inspiring stories and it gave me the hope that I too am capable of getting this weight off. I am 6’2 by the way. I want desperately to lose down to a healthy weight so I can play softball again and just be able to run. All of my children are tall and slender. I pray that they don’t take after me and gain weight. thank you for your encouragement and showing me how to be accountable for myself.

      1. a friend of mine is doing the hcg diet and it sure is helping her!
        Also, most of the ppl these days that I’ve met have used hcg diet, they also confirmed that its helping them.
        If I were you, I’d try it.
        Once you lose it, no matter what you eat you don’t gain it back. Its awsome!

      2. Plussizegirl…

        I just ran across your post as I am beginning to embark on a “new year” and see we have a lot in common.. 3 kids..supportive husband… likes veggies…need to lose 100+lbs..I am about 280 and I would love to have an accountability person…
        heather@investincharlotte.com
        Let me know if you are up to it!

        Thanks:
        Heather Pessoa

    2. Hey dude lol.
      You and I are nearly the same.
      I’m also 17(seinor in highschool).
      I weigh 300 pounds, trying to drop 100.
      Also, next year when i’m 18 i plan to join the army. But I need to shed the pounds off first.

    3. Hey man, you and I are nearly the same.
      I’m 17, (seinor in highschool).
      I weight 300 pounds, trying to drop 100 pounds.
      I’m also 6’3.
      And Next year when i’m 18 I plan to join the army, after I lose all this weight of course.

    4. Hi Adam,
      I know exactly whats not right here.
      Firstly, how are you having your eggs?
      depending on the way you are having the eggs and which part of it you are eating will impact massively, if you could tell me then i can help :)
      Cut down on soda. Even though you are only consuming one can every two days, that is a lot of sugar. did you know that one can of coke contains 9 teaspoons of sugar. That means in a week, you are drinking at least 27 teasoons of sugar. Just by drinking.
      Try and have soda once a week, as a treat and try going for diet substitutes.
      The jogging is great :) running is an all over body workout.
      However, people often don’t do enough weight training. Did you know that weight training contiues to burn calories hours after the exercise because your body is repairing itself. By adding weight training with cardio you will find you shape up very quickly. Make sure you start of sensibly, and build up as time goes on,
      Good luck, i can give you more help if you give me more details.
      (i am a gym/health junkie who regularly talks to personal trainers, just in case you were wondering :p)

  54. OK, I’ve had enough….100 pounds off would be wonderful. I want to feel good again, no more aches and pains. But it’s hard to stay focused……I know all about small goals, but even those are sometimes hard. It’s time to get if off, once and for all!!

  55. two weeks into my plan and I have lost 11.5 pounds! Walking is my only exercise currently. I wanted to start some exercises with weights but I cut my hand and needed stitches. The tetanus shot made me sick as well so I didnt even walk for 4 days this past week. I expected my weigh in to be bad but it was 2 pounds loss with no change in muscle mass and a small loss of body fat. The best news was my visceral fat dropped! Diet is mainly cruciferous vegetables, raw or lightly cooked, lean chicken and fish, and eggs, lots of eggs. I have 1-2 tsp coconut oil and tsp cinnamon daily usually in my hot tea. No grains no dairy, no sugar and absolutely n sugar substitutes. Next week I may add red meat as in venison or pastured beef.

  56. Hello,

    So I am 24 years old and 233lbs. I stand about 5’1″. On Sunday night I decided that enough was enough and I didn’t want to be fat anymore. So I started googling search tips. I’ve dieted several times before with no success because I feel so restricted. Now my issue is that I really don’t like to eat to the weight I have put on is mostly because my body has been in starvation mode for about 5 or 6 years now. Now I force myself to eat often. Anyway, I set myself up to die the right way. First, I got rid of ALL the unhealthy foods in my house and replaced it with healthy foods in an effort to make myself eat healthy. Next, I downloaded an app from the marketplace called My Fitness Pal; It’s awesome. I tried several other ones, including, Noom and Lose It but I like this set-up best. You input how much you want to lose and how often you workout and it tells you how many calories you should eat. Given sometimes it force closes and occasionally moves kind of slow but it is a total motivator. The best part about it is that at the end of logging your food and exercises for the day it gives you this little thing that says, If everyday were like to day you would weigh X amount in X weeks. And I really like that because it kind of lets me know what I’m doing wrong or what I can do better. Then, I got a membership at LA Fitness for 30 bucks/month. I could care less about the gym…I got the membership for the full use of the Group Fitness classes. The instructors are great and patient and if they see you trying they will help you out and if the people in the class see you doing something wrong they will even stop working out to help you out. It’s pretty cool and I think that’s awesome. So lastly, after I got this app I took it upon myself to make a You Tube Video Journal to motivate myself. I talk about how I feel about being fat and put footage of me in my bra and panties on there and shared to my facebook. I did this because once people know what I really look like I am less likely to relapse on my diet because I don’t want my friends talking smack about me or ther people. Given they will in the beginning but if I stick to this new way of living they won’t be able too for long. This works for me because I love my friends and am very popular soo my image means ALOT to me. So by February I should weigh about 180lbs if I keep going the way I’m going, maybe less. I count calories it’s easiest for me to do. I always count calories when I’m on “diet” and I fail because I look at it all wrong and I’m frustrated because I can’t eat what I want but I actually can, I just have to eat smaller portions of it. Here’s an example Tuesday night I went to Olive Garden with some friends- SIDE NOTE: ALL my friends are slim VERY attractive women- As I was saying I went to Olive Garden with some friends and my favorite dish is the Fettucine Alfredo with chicken. I requested a nutritional menu and weighed my options…
    Fetuccine Alfredo – 1220 Calories with chicken add about 300 more calories
    Chicken Alfredo – 910 Calories
    Alfredo dipping sauce- 650 Calories
    Kids Chicken Alfredo – about 500 Calories
    After looking at this menu I realized that the exact same meal varies dramatically in calories so what did I go with, Chicken Alfredo – 910 Calories I had them split it for 2 people, I ate half and took the rest home in a to go box for dinner the next day. Which gave me a 455 calorie meal and I was able to have a glass of wine as well. So counting calories isn’t hard I’m on 1360 calorie diet but the beauty is the more you work out the more calories you’re allowed! Chicken Alfredo – 910 Calories. Now I work out twice a day I catch a fitness class in the morning aqua fit, Cycling, Abs or even the bootcamp conditioning whichever one I make it for and then I walk or run for 30 minutes at park across the street from my house. I do what feels comfortable and t just keeps going.

    If you wanna view my video feel free and leave a comment if you want to offer advice or insult…either way it motivates me to keep going! Youtube- SideXSideProductionz

  57. I’ve been obese since I was a child. I am 18 years old. And 275 pounds, and only 5ft. 5inch. I blame my parents for making me an obese child. Now I am ready to lose140 pounds. OMG, that sounds like alot. I pray that my skin is elastic enough to bounce back into place. lol. I wish Jillian Michael’s was my personal trainer. She would get into shape in no time. :) Jillian, if you read this please email me. I have no money, but I will be a loyal workout partner. (or whatever you want to call it.) But loyal either way.
    Sincerely: an obese fan :’)

  58. ive been following this site for a while and have to say thats its pretty much changed my life….
    i wish that i could say that ive lost 100lbs in a year but ive not quite got there…but i did have a huge non scale victory and that today i purchased a pair of size 16 jeans when this same time last year i was squeezing into a size 30…ive lost 85lbs in about 13 months…
    i love the gym and Jillian Michaels workouts, grilled chicken salads for lunch, and turkey burgers and sweet potato fries instead of take out food…oh, and carry a water bottle everywhere…
    making total 180 degree change in lifestyle was the only way that ive found to be successful weighloss with out feeling deprived and hungry or bored, or discouraged…ive still got a little more to go and ill get there… :)

    1. Congratulations!!!!you are an inspiration. How did you lose it if you don’t mind my asking. I currently am squeezing into a 32 tall…..I hate feeling the way that I feel. Any advice at all will be greatly appreciated

  59. Hey all…when I first started my weight loss journey (for REAL this time) I found this website and all of the inspirational comments. I just wanted to add my own:

    In the last 54 days, I have lost 11 pounds. I didn’t do anything crazy–just diet and exercise. I’m at the gym 4-5 days a week, and have worked my way up to 45 minutes on the eliptical (I started out huffing and puffing after only 20!) and take my dog on a 10-40 min walk twice a day, every day.

    One of the biggest motivators for me was this quote: In a year from now, you will wish you had started today (Karen Lamb). So START. Do it, and keep doing it, and look forward to the milestones. The only thing holding me back was myself. I hope to come back on here in a couple of months with even more pounds lost! Good luck to everyone!

  60. I am 29, have 3 children and am going to school full time. Needless to say I dont have time to workout and when I do I hurt myself by straining muscles and joints. I am 5’4 and weigh 250 pounds. Where do you find time to work out? What kinds of workouts are good for overweight people? I have tried cardio and I cant keep up with it because of asthma and high blood pressure. What is another alternative for people that dont have time and dont have money for expensive equipment? Any suggestions welcome please. I know theres a lot of negativity by saying I cant… but I want to lose weight and there are obstacles.

    1. Simple walking. start off slowly with a 10 minute stroll each day than work your way up to two 10 minutes strolls each day until you can tolerate walking 30 minutes each day. When you feel your heart rate rise, slolw down. don’t overdo all at once. you don’t need any equipment and walking is a cardio you can handle.

    2. kids love parks…when you pick the kids up from school dont go home go to a park and play kick ball or any sport incorporate your kids into your weightloss…or simply load them up and have a family walk around the neighborhood or if you can get to a park play outside…the biggest thing here is to get moving…don’t worry about strenghth training worry about cardio is your best friend or if u dont want them to know ur trying to lose weight which is a very bad idea get a jump rope and step outside and jumprope or do that with the kids..I’m so serious this little stuff works…be more careful about what you put into your body and your children’s body buy some fruit and a hobo purse and feel it up with all sorts of goodies like fruits and i use nutri-grain bars and i always eat fruit. I just started this and if you don’t believe me then check out my vide blog and see what I look like Youtube-SideXSideProductionz—-http://youtu.be/h0Y6_RF1bLM…i’m telling you what I do and u can see me change with you…i’m gunna upload a video every week until i reach my goal. I have two kids and we play together i get them involved and alot of times I run out of breath but I play until I do…if u have older kids…wrestle with them…Just move!!

  61. I’m still working on my weight loss. It takes full comittment. This week I avoided all dairy, grains, and meat and increased my exercise to 3-4 mile walks, walking fast enough to break a sweat. My dietary fiber was higher than my total carbs intake according to fitday.com. I lost 7.4 pounds. Today I started Gilad’s workouts for thighs and buns. You can youtube them if you dont have his dvds. I will reintroduce lean chicken and fish in 2 days. Hoping to see one-derland soon! Best part is I feel amazing, no congestion, no bloating, and slept better.

  62. I lost 11 .5 stone 5 years ago injured my back the put all the weightback on I am mow for the past two weeks been following my calories and cycling 3.8 miles twice a day bit I cannot walk. After two three steps I’m out of breath I need to and must walk but I don’t know where to start. Apart from fluid retention in my right leg and weighing 24.7 stone I have no health problems or on any medication I’m 43 and have no kids and work full time – please help.

  63. Still on the road to losing this weight & I found a website that is really helping me. As long as you’re honest with yourself & put in acurate info, it really helps you see how you’re doing. it really makes me hold myself accountable. http://www.fitday.com …it gives you all the tools you need to see your progress, what you’re doing wrong, & how to fix it. i didn’t realize how many carbs were in the foods i was eating! it shows you graphs to help you see how to balance your nutritional intake. it charts your weight loss & even shows you calories burned vs. calories eaten. it’s really helping me find my way plus it’s free! i hope this is of some help to you guys!

  64. I just started to try and change my ways and to lose weight I’m 28 and 5’10 245lbs.I’m trying to do 2 hrs of cardio a day with some weight work mixed in there is that to much cardio for starting out?

  65. The thing is, you have to really want to lose weight, in order for any healthy eating program to work. If you starve yourself, it won’t work, your body will rebel.

    Set small goals, and take it meal by meal, and if you have an off day, forgive yourself and move on. Take a photo of yourself at every 10lb loss, drink plenty of water every day, and last but not least MOVE. Start with 3 ten minute walks a day, and it will happen, but again, you have to really want it.

    Good luck to those who need to lose, and even more luck to keeping it off. j

  66. I’m 27, 5’6, and 260 pounds mother of two. My youngest child is 3 months and I feel like the weight has came on even after having her, even though I weigh only a pound more than right before I became preggo I feel bigger. I’m on this low carb diet with my best friend and husband now, we go to the gym, I only started on Tuesday and I’m trying to get it in my mind that I can’t expect to see results automatically that I have to work for them. I’m not sure about all the details on what I need to do, eat, how much to workout, my calorie intake, or anything since I am being this process???!!! I’m lost, I guess you can say. I’ve cut out soda which was my major problem(haibt) and I do feel better just by doing that. Any suggestions? Thanks!! :)

    1. Talk to your doctor! He/she or a registered dietitian will have tons of info for you about working out and calorie intake suited for YOU. It also helps because you not only have an ally in the process, but someone to hold yourself accountable towards. When I went back to my doctor a month after my first visit, she was ecstatic I’d lost 9 pounds. It felt so good to have someone rooting for me, and to know that I wasn’t going to inadvertently hurt myself by cutting out too many calories or working out too often.

      I, too, was discouraged by not seeing results immediately. But then again, the first time I went to the gym I could only work out for 20 minutes and it felt like torture! By the 30th time, I was looking forward to the workout, if you can believe it! So stick with it. Seriously! And I guess I had the mindset of, I’m fat now, I’m unhealthy now. Even if I don’t see ANY weight loss, going to the gym is something GOOD for me and GOOD for my body and a step in the right direction. I can’t make it worse!

      Good luck!

  67. Hello to the board here – quick update. Now at 95 pounds down from when I began in February. 7 months and 95 pounds. Hope to be down 100 in about 3-4 weeks, realistically. Weight coming off a little slower, but workouts increasing as well. My BP is down to 112-69, my cholesterol is awesome and at 42, I haven’t felt this good in at least 7-8 years, maybe as many as 12.

    1. STBFBG: How do you do it? I am a female at 309.5 pounds. I have lost weight in the past and as soon as I would get to working out the weight would just melt off. Now at 25 years old, 2 kids later, and at my heaviest weight ever I just can’t get the weight off. I started counting calories, drinking nothing else but water, and exercising on Sept 6th. I lost 6 pounds and gained 3 pounds back this morning. I don’t understand what I could be doing wrong and why it is so difficult now to lose the weight. If you have any advice to share with me please do, I could use all the advice right now. I’m almost at the point of wanting to give up.
      Thanks!
      Laura

      1. I’m in a similar situation, I weigh 313 lbs and have lost weight in the past but didn’t stick to it. And guess what? The weight came back with a vengence. You are probably thinking, what can I tell you? Nothing, right? However, I’ve read and researched extensively on weight loss programs, exercising, maintaining healthy glucose levels, nutrition, and vitamin/supplements(basically researched on how to change my lifestyle and maintain the changes). You want to get familiar with the low glycemic index and combine it with an exericise regiment. Understanding how different foods affect your blood sugar levels can help you plan your meals and make better choices. It is not easy but it can become easier, the more you practice it. You have to retrain your body and your brain. Low and complex carbs are key components to changing your life. The body will resist your efforts but if you persist you will succeed. I’ve lost ten lbs and have at least 150 more to go. My outlook is positive which can boost your esteem and help navigate your path to a healthier you. Did I forget to mention, that I went from a size 26 to 24? I know that is not much but it puts one step closer to my goal. The goal is not a finish line, it’s a climax(which is great but you must come down). Now what to do? Maintenance. Meaning what? How to keep your weight off. All the things that you did to lose the weight you must keep doing them, but not as intense. Death is the only cure to permanent weight loss(lol here). You already know how to gain weight(much too easy) and know you have armed yourself with the tools to lose the weight and keeping it off. It takes CONSISTENT DISCIPLINE! Am I saying that you will never eat something that’s not healthy? No, but what I am saying indulging every now and then won’t hurt you, unless you have health issues or poor self control. If you gain two pounds don’t obsess over it, just remember how you gained the weight and STOP DOING IT. It’s easier to lose 2 lbs than 200 lbs. In closing, we remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day(you didn’t gain all the weight over night and you are beautiful at 300 or 130 lbs).

    2. CONGRATS and thank you so much for your posts….they really motivated me. I’m down 11 pounds since I found this site!! Thanks so much STBFBG!

  68. Hello, My name is Mario. I am 22 years old, 5`4, and weigh 280 lbs. I got a full check up on my health for the first time the other day. My cholesterol was great, sugar was low, blood pressure was good, glucose was good. Basically I have a very healthy body. However I am 115 lbs overweight according to the BMI charts. So looks like its time to loose it. I tried to cut out sugar and fast food for 2 months and only lost like 5 lbs. I have always been pretty active, I am a big sports fan and like to play it. So is there any advise on how to loose it? My whole family is fat as well, dont know if that matters.

    1. Hey Mario,
      I am 19 5’11 and weigh 260. In August I posted on here weighing about 284. So I dropped about 25 pounds in about a month. I use a DVD workout program called Insanity and a shake called Shakeology. Sold by Team Beachbody. It has worked so well so fast! I highly suggest checking these programs and shakeology out they make P90X. I use loseit.com to track my calorie intake and have tried to eat better along with drinking Shakeology once per day and green tea. I have so much energy and I can do so much more than I could when I started. go ahead and email me at mattharrisglobal@me.com I can give you more information if you like.

  69. Hello everyone my name is Michael and i am 23 years of age and a father of two about two and half weeks ago i went to the doctors for the first time in like 5 years and my weight was 319 lbs and my doctor told me that if i do not change my eating habits i am going to be dead within 5 years. That scared me to death. So that day i was determined to do something about it especially since i want to become a police officer. So what did i do? I am drinking only water and cut my calorie intake from approx. 4000 calories a day to between 1200- 1800 calories a day. the first few days with out sweets or soda i was miserable feeling gittery and all that but now i am feeling great. I have lost 11 lbs in two and half weeks and my family has said they notice a difference in my stomach already. Starting tonight i am going to go out rain or shine and start jogging as long as a can then walk back home. at least a 30 minute routine and when i wake up take walks to get the day started. Will check in about a month and let you all know how everything is going. Good luck to everyone else.

    1. congratulations Michael… i am so happy for your success….i just got my blood work….i have high suger and wt is-280…i am going to start like you…….

  70. Hello,
    I have decided enough is enough. I am going to lose this weight and like most, read and read many plans to lose weight and knew what to do; but somehow it falls short. I have lost 40lbs in the past but as I have gotten older, the energy seems to not be there.
    However, I feel that this is the time to lose. I am on 5’2 and weight almost 240 pounds. I am going to reach my goal!
    happy weight loss everyone!

  71. Hello everyone! My name is Audra and I came across this site because I have 156 pounds to lose and need help!! I can see here that there is a lot of motivating stories and responses to posts, that’s exciting! About me, I am 40, female, weigh 256, checked a BMI calculator and it said I needed to weigh 150…I am large framed and have always been overweight, except when i was 20-25 I weighed 135 and gradually gained it back and then some…my top weight when I got down to 135 was 230…I was nineteen…I lost the weight in about a year, but I became a vegan and worked out for two hours a day…since then, I have developed lupus and degenerative disc disease, so I have to watch any jumping exercises or modify them. I am currently doing the 90 Day Supreme program and not following the eating plan to a T, but I do eat right most days…I have had insomnia lately, so I have been skipping breakfast because i get up around 9 or 10…I work out daily except on rest days per program and some days even ride 10+miles on my retro Schwinn…I have been doing the program for 6 weeks and only lost 3 lbs…I am gaining muscle, i feel it!, and am so much stronger!!! but alas…no significant weight loss….I try to eat 5-6 mini meals but usually the first meal after workout (i workout about 30 minutes after waking) is lunch so I eat a sandwich with multigrain high fiber bread, lots of veggies and maybe some baked chips and a pickle spear…then maybe later a smoothie or veggies and 2T hummus, then dinner will be brown rice and a protein, chkn breast or turkey, lots of steamed veggies…sometimes a baked potato with chk and broccoli on top…my downfalls are mayonnaise, and butter on toast if i eat that, i try to keep it to just a light bit, about 1/2 t. I shop for low fat everything, dairy included. I don’t have a particular hankering for sweets, but if i can’t sleep, I sometimes eat a serving of healthy cereal and 1/2 c. soy milk. Any advice???????? thanks!

  72. Hey guys/gals, this page has gotten me motivated to get back on that healthy wagon. Last year I’d say I lost about 40 pounds in around 5 months, so it seems I was on the right track to that 100 pounds in a year. But, life and laziness caught up to me. I decided I wanted to go to grad school for my MBA right after I got my Bachelor’s, so I started skipping workouts to study for the GRE, eating whatever was around, and lying to myself about what I was doing (“I’ll go to the gym tomorrow”, “one burger or three won’t kill me, I deserve it”). I’m 24, 6’6 and weigh about 310 currently, I’ve gained about 15 pounds since I first got lazy. To top it off, I’ve recently acquired a goal of joining the Air Force OTS to become an officer and then eventually become a special agent in the FBI. Minimum enrollment weight in the Air Force for a person of my height is 242, but I want to be around 220. I’d say I’m athletic for a person of my size, but running is the bane of my existence, and there’s a 1.5 mile run in the prereqs, which worries me, even when I was working out regularly I got winded during a run easily for some reason. I’m still in grad school and am working (at PAPA JOHN’S for god sakes, no temptation there…) so finding time to workout and eat right is going to be a struggle, but I’ve done it before so I can do it again. Any suggestions would be wonderful though.

  73. hi everyone, just checking in since its been a while…

    im approaching the date that one year ago i decided that enough was enough and i was going to get healthy and loose 100lbs in year…i cant believe how quickly a year goes by when you are a busy mum…

    i cant say that ive lost 100lbs but i have lost 85lbs in 11 months…go me!

    i didnt quite reach my goal…BUT THAT IS OKAY! i changed my lifestyle and didnt go on a diet so i have no doubt that over the next year i will reach my overall goal of loosing 140lbs…

    with that 85lbs ive lost a total of 55 inches off my body and gone from a size 30 to a size 16/18…

    keep up the great work everyone…!

    1. CONGRATS Stacey! I’m so happy for you! I hope that in 11 months, I’ll be able to say the same! I have lost 11 pounds since I first found this site 54 days ago and it was all because of the motivation I got due to stories like yours. Thanks for sharing!!

    2. congrats, you are an inspiration !!!!! please tell me how you did it as I would like to lose about 120 total. Even by telling me what you eat in a day will help loads….Thanks Bonnie

  74. My names Morgan, I’ve left comments on here before I had planned on losing 100 pounds in a year and yet I’m at my same weight. My grandfather passed away this past year and its been super hard on me, but I’m ready to get back on track. I’m 19, and I weigh 295. My #1 issue is just getting motivated. :/ nothing seems to motivate me anymore. Any advice?

    1. The one truth about getting healthy is that you cannot do it and maintain it without motivation and motivation can only come from within. There has to be something inside you every minute of every day driving you to your goal.

      My father died of a heart attack at 51 when I was a small kid. This wasn’t enough for me.

      My blood pressure was starting to creep up. This wasn’t enough for me.

      High cholesterol (not super-high but high). This wasn’t enough for me.

      My family begging me. This wasn’t enough for me.

      Would avoid going to doctor when I had a cold because I didn’t want to hear about weight. This wasn’t
      enough for me

      Incredibly severe sleep apnea. This wasn’t enough for me.

      Busting out of my already significantly large clothes and being on the border of not being able to buy a simple t-shirt in a store (I would buy XXL then stretch the daylights out of it). This wasn’t enough for me.

      Missing out on any good “year end deals” on clothing because who the heck carries a discount jacket in that size? This wasn’t enough for me.

      Always sitting at tables in restaurants because my stomach didn’t fit. This wasn’t enough for me.

      Stopped flying because I didn’t want to find out that I couldn’t fit. This wasn’t enough for me.

      This list goes on and on. I went to fat camp one year when I was a kid and lost a ton of weight then gained it back. I did weight watchers years ago, lost 26 pounds and then stopped.

      So, what was enough?

      I love my wife and I love life. I don’t mean that I love to live (obviously everyone does) but I actually LOVE my life. We don’t have children yet but an internal stipulation for me was that I cannot in good conscience have a child and not try m best to be there after I know the pain that losing a parent inflicts. And even if not, the thought of my wife having to survive me like that, and leaving her because I wanted another serving of French Fries.

      I jumped on the scale one day and saw 386 pounds and I completely snapped. Enough was enough. Throughout my life, I’ve always “known” I had to lose weight and even “wanted” to lose weight and even “set goals” for myself and never, ever met them.

      But I never really had a reason to. There was always time, always tomorrow, always next week, next month, next year until you wake up and you have arrived at tomorrow, next week, next month, next year. I finally got into my head what I was doing this for.

      I’m doing this because I’m a selfish bastard and I love my life.
      I’m doing this because I’m a selfless bastard and I love my wife.
      I’m doing this for my family, who has had their fair share of heartache.
      I’m doing this for any children I might have so they don’t have to suffer my fate.

      Basically, I’m doing this for tomorrow and the people I love. I’m doing this because I wouldn’t trade a hamburger for 10 extra years of life. I’m doing this because there isn’t a food in the world that is worth more to me than any of the things I listed above. Those are MY reasons to get healthy. Everyone needs to find their own and keep them in SHARP focus.

      When I walk by a piece of cake I say to myself, it’s OK, I can have that small piece. When I’m done with that piece and I want 5 more, I ask myself (LITERALLY ask myself): What do you want more? I have never answered myself with “the cake” since I’ve started taking this seriously.

      I cannot tell you WHAT will motivate you, only that you must find it before you start trying to get healthy. Focus on that. Write a list of things you want to do, people you want to be here for. You say that the loss of your grandfather hit you hard. Do you think your grandfather would want to see you unhealthy? The fact that you loved someone enough to have it hit you so hard would indicate that you likely are also loved yourself. In that case, don’t you want to be around those people as long as possible. Imagine yourself at the end of your life, those last moments, do you really want to think to yourself: I would give up my old lifestyle in a heartbeat if I could do it again so I could have more time.

      Look, not all fat people die instantly, or from being fat. You could get 100lbs lighter and get hit by a bus. But at least you will have done your best and that’s all anyone can ask.

      My goal is to tie penniless with my brain intact at as old an age as possible doing something really really fun (wink wink). How many fat 100-year olds have you seen?

      Time is not infinite, and contrary to the popular saying, there is NOT always tomorrow.

      Hope this helps you and others.

      1. WOW!! I have been overweight my entire life and always set goals for “tomorrow, next week, next month…” Never have I heard (or seen) anyone articulate so profoundly the reasons they hold for actually DOING IT NOW!!! I will take your suggestions, find my motivation, write them down with a viable plan of action and get it done! Hopefully, the next time I post an entry, I too will have achieved my goal.

        Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

      2. You said IT ALL! I have been looking and searching the internet for help as if I will get inspired from one person who has been in my shoes. I have lost weight before in the past. Twice actually. I have lost 75lbs in 4 months when I was 15 by eating way too little calories and doing Tae-Bo twice a day everyday. 2 kids later I gain it all back plus more, maybe even double. After I had my son who is now 3 I decided since I was a stay at home mom, the least I could do is lose weight. I was taking phentermine pills. I lost 50 lbs in 4 months. I felt GREAT! I couldn’t push myself to do it but everyday when I woke up I looked at my baby boy and told him, “mama is doing this for you” . I told myself, I need to lose weight for my kids, becuase I want to be able to run around and just feel good, look good, and BE HEALTHY!. My husband has always told me I look great. Never ever puts me down. But sometimes I don’t know if that is always a good thing. After I lost the weight I got a job that required me at a computer on a chair for 8hrs a day. At first I continued to workout and do the elliptical here at work. But slowly I started giving up. At that time, my dear friend passed away. I don’t like to blame it on that but when he passed I felt like a piece of me was gone. I gave up. Stop dressing up, no makeup, and ate what tasted good. After a yr, I gained about 50lbs. I finally was able to move on……. But then I fell in a depression mode. Til this day, I still don’t know why that happened because I am the most happiest person there is. I pushed myself out of that funk and am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy now but about 75lbs heavier. My life at the moment is great besides the fact that I am at my heaviest and weight 312lbs. I am only 25. This makes me feel horrible. I don’t feel pretty anymore. I sometimes almost feel handicap because I can’t bend down, get on my knees, walk a far distance, etc….. It is even embarrassing to me to be this size in front of my husband. I just feel like I need HELP this time. I have never had a problem sticking to my plan but now nothing motivates me. Today, I woke up and weighed myself and saw 312 on the scale. It scared me. I am almost 320. That is too close to 400. NO ONE SHOULD EVER BE THERE! Especially me, a young mother. After reading your post this caught my attention. I am having problems keeping myself motivated. ALL the same things you listed have gone through my mind. But when you break it down to what really matters it all makes sense. I can’t thank you enough for writing this. I never thought of that until now. I want to be here to see my daughter get married, my son grew up into a man that I know he will be, and grow old with my husband and be around for our grandchildren. I don’t want to cut my life short for that hamburger or coke that I wanted because it tasted so good for those 10 minutes and made me feel satisfied for only a couple of hours. Now to be honest, I don’t know if even this will work for me. I will need to keep reminding myself. I don’t want it to be to late until I realize I should have changed a long time ago. I plan to drop 100 pounds. I know my healthy weight is proably 140 but that is not even important to me. MY GOAL is to just be close enough to that number so I can set another goal that is not too far. I just pray that I can do this! I asm so tired of being tired all the time. I want to be a fit good looking mommy for my babies and a beautiful energetic wife for my husband. i just hope this is my time to shine and I get through it. Any encouragement will be accepted. And I hope that someone out there relates to me and I can help them as well as them helping me! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! I know this is a hard challenge but WE CAN DO IT!!…………………. LOVE

      3. WOW!!!! IS RIGHT YOU MADE ME BALL MY EYES OUT I AM OVER WEIGHT ALSO I AM A MOTHER OF TWO VERY BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN I AM ONLY 2O YEARS OLD I AM 511″ AND WEIGH 319 POUNDS I HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS BIG I JUST HAD A BABY SO THAT HAD A LOT TO DO WITH AND THEN WHEN MY NEW BORN WAS 2 MONTHS I WENT FOR SERGERY TO GET MY GUALBADDER REMOVED I WAS IN HERREDIS PAIN I GAINED EVEN MORE WAIGHT AND NOW THAT HOW I AM UP TO 319 LAST TIME I CHECKED IT BAD I NEED HELP I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO ANY MORE ITS SO HARD.

      4. thank you…….knowing that someone actually understands what and how I feel is motivation enough. thank you not only did you save your life. by posting that things that you did you have actually payed it forward and saved the lives of many who did not know how to put it together and say it. Thank you…..you are the guardian angel to many.

    2. Well I really don’t know what my problem is- I have never really tried to lose weight- but I know I am tired of being soo FAT- I have nothing or no one to blame- but I gues the fact that I’m a pig that likes to stuff themselves and lazy!!!! I am 5’4 and I think I weigh 270- I really hope next yr- i can at least weigh 160-
      i am do damn LAZY- and I have had 2 bags of carrots in the fridge and have not even touched them I do good for like two days and back to stuffing my face. I really hope I change my attitude, and start caring about being healthy- I guess since I’M ATTRACTIVE – my weight never really botheres to much- but I WANNA fit in cut clothes and have energy, an dlook SEXY!!! CONGRATS to all u peeps that FINALLY had enoughand made life style changes. I don’t want to diet -I want to control the portions and eat healthier- I’M GOING TO DO IT!!! I’M 27 and tired of being FAT-no children- so nothing holding me back but myself- I really hope I can lose 10lbs a month

    3. Hi ya Morgan,

      My name is Janelle and I weigh about 220lbs…I’ve been fighting an addiction to food for a long time, junk food is my coke and it’s terrible thing trying to change. I’m tired of being fat too I’ve been fat literally all my life one day I was at 150 I blinked I was at 180 and I woke up and I was breaking 200…I’ve tried all the diets, pills and crap on the internet but nothing has ever worked. I try not to let my weight bother me and most of the time it doesnt because I’m tall you can hardly tell I weigh as much as I do, but like you I want to fit into clothes and have energy I’m tired of sleeping in till half 2 everyday and then just going to work and eating or drinking every night…I know I have to change. I’m going to do it as well, maybe we could try it together I was hoping to loose 85lbs in a year. I’m living in America right now for university but I want to go home and surprise all my mates in London so here also nothing holding me back but me…I’m starting today I looking at my clock it tell me it’s half one in the morning so, when the gym opens I’ll be there…and I’m just going to do it…the first step I took was throwing away a box of ice cream in my freezer. =) hard but I did it…So this time next year well actually sooner prolly July…Hoping to be 135…Good Luck
      Cheers
      Janelle

      1. Compulsive overeaters will always overeat and there is no CURE. I had the gastric bypassc operation 12 years ago with a weight of 310. I lost 100 pounds in nine months but experienced anal fissures, tooth loss, explosive poop sessions, hair loss and anemia. I started to regain within 3 years and was up to 340 only this time had a host of health problems. At my wits end I slowly started to eat a plant based diet and walk one hour a day. When I started i could not even walk a block without thinking I was going to have a stroke. Tonight as I sit here and type this I just returned from my nightly 90 minute walk and I weigh 196. I have kept over 100 pounds off for five years by giving up wheat, dairy and meat although I do eat fish and eggs 3-5 times a month. The majority of my diet consists of plants. I make a great veggie curry! I also eat walnuts and almonds in very limited amounts and somtimes dark chocolate and peanutbutter. Frozen blueberries with stevia, powdered dark chocolate and a few almonds all stired up in almond milk has replaced my Ben and Jerrys addiction.

        I lost the weight over a four year period by changing what I eat. I am still a complulisive overeater but you cant get to 300 pounds on a plant based diet. It just aint possible.

        I am free and you can be too.

        Operations and diets are not the ansewer. Turst me. Look into following a plant based diet and you will lose weight in a real and lasting manner.

        God Bless you and best wishes.

  75. hi everyone! im so proud of all of you that lost weight! and those that are on the right track by even being on this site :) well i have been getting discouraged. I weighed 273 last year. i started trying to lose in february and have lost about 40lbs. i am hovering around 230. I got down to 226, and was having trouble losing more. so i decided i needed to introduce more veggies and fruits, and ive actually gained weight. i am now back up to 228-230. not much weight gain, but its just been in the last couple weeks. so im getting discouraged. I am a full time student, mom, and have a full time job so fitting in my work outs is more difficult, but im doing my best. I work at a middle school so ive been off work for the summer. I was at a plateau at the beginning of the summer at 246. I started hitting the gym daily and was losing about .5lb a day. finals started the end of july and i think thats when it started to get bad. i was sitting a lot writing my final papers and started skipping the gym to meet deadlines. but that was over a week ago and ive been trying to get back in the gym. i went today, did 30 min on the treadmill, and a few strength training right after. yesterday i was busy so i did strength training at home, no cardio. but the issue im having is this: before i was not depriving myself at all. I had oreos in the house, i’d eat a couple a day. if i wanted it, i ate it. i just watched my portions. but i decided i wanted to try and be healthier so i started eating more fruits and veggies and (ok admittedly this was about the same time i was at the gym less than daily) and since have been hovering, not losing anything, and in the last couple days gaining a couple lbs. its so confusing, some people say just watch your sugar/carbs, some say work out daily, some day dont cause it strains your body. some say eat less, others say dont eat too little. well eating too many calories really isnt my issue. surprisingly, for someone who’s over 200lbs i rarely eat more than 1500 calories. (since feb anyways) honestly at times i have trouble making sure i get more than 1000. so i read all about the starving mode your body goes into, and start trying to eat more often, healthier. and like i said, not losing. the school year is starting up again next week and im nervous about having even less time for the gym since i have to get up and get my two little ones ready, and be at work by 730, then go straight to night classes from 4-10 pm. thats only two nights a week, but the other nights i will be doing homework! i plan to go to the gym mon/wed/fri after work for an hour before i pick up my kids. i plan to keep watching my sugar, drink less diet pop (cause i do, and i know, i shouldnt), eat less of the foods i want in smaller portions, and more of the foods that are healthier, in healthier portions. i guess i just need someone to tell me if im doing ok. what i should change, etc. yell at me :) send me down the right path. cause its been 6 months, and ive only lose like 40lbs.

    1. Bahbee,

      Without literally knowing everything it’s really hard to help.

      Let me start with telling you not to sweat the day-to-day movements in weight. A woman’s weight will fluctuate a lot more due to water retention during the month versus a man (the same happens to my wife).

      As far as advice:

      My own belief is that carbs/sugars should be minimized, and only really come from fruits. That said, I also believe there is such a thing as over-dosing on fruits. They may not have refined sugar but it’s sugar nonetheless. I’m not saying never have sugar, I have it every day with a piece of candy or something, but I firmly believe that maintaining sugar levels in your body instead of constant spikes and troughs is the better way to go.

      I find the 1,000 calorie number surprising. Are you sure you are measuring this correctly? 1,000 calories is incredibly low. In addition to being low, I don’t see in your post above anything on protein, which is what you really need. I’m not talking Atkins protein, I mean that your meals should contain protein and whole grains to help keep you satisfied and avoid the drastic sugar spikes.

      I consume about 1200-1500 calories, and granted I am a large man, it’s still not exactly a ton of food, and 1,000 would be even less. I literally eat a piece of chicken for dinner (1/2 breast OR a thigh OR leg) and single sourdough pretzel.

      The reason I’m not sure about 1,000 calories is frankly that your (or anybody’s) weightloss is the result of creating a calorie deficit. Exercise is NOT the main driver of weightloss usually. You need to run a calorie deficit of 3500 calories to lose 1lb. Working out heavily for 35-45 minutes will get you 400-600 calories probably. Working out 3 days per week will then burn 1200 – 1800 calories, only 1/3 to 1/2 lb per week. Working out also helps you better burn/metabolize what you do eat so I don’t want to minimize that. But what you should take away from my statement is that the main driver of weightloss for you will be a calorie deficit. If you are really consuming 1,000 calories per day you should absolutely be seeing some loss. What I am trying to say is that if I were you, I would re-analyze what you are eating, re-calculate the calories and don’t estimate portion size…measure. My guess is that you are over 1,000 calories.

      If you are not, but even if you are, look at what makes up those calories. Fruits and vegetables are great, but that is not a balanced diet and honestly, (some) fruits are huge on sugar.

      For what it’s worth my typical daily intake is:

      Breakfast:

      1 serving Fiber one original (I call it rabbit food)
      1 serving 1% milk
      1/2 large banana
      1 cup V8 Acai Juice (yes, sugar sugar)

      Lunch:

      4-6 cups of baby spinach
      1/4 cup of beans
      2 oz grilled chicken
      1/4 cup broccoli
      1/4 cup cherry tomato
      1 oz cheese
      some onions
      some mushrooms

      Dinner:

      Grilled chicken piece (1/2 breast or thigh or leg) with skin
      some BBQ sauce (used on chicken when cooked and then some on the side…)
      1 sourdough pretzel or a serving of blue tortilla chips

      Desert:

      2 starbursts and an individual Hersheys Milk Chocolate/Toffee/Almond or a White Chocolate mini Reese’s PB Cup.

      That’s it. This works for me. If I am hungry in between I will eat a small amount of almonds or another nut. I get my protein, dairy, fiber, fruits & veggie requirements with this. If there is cake at work, I’ll have a piece, so what. But generally speaking, this is my intake. I exercise before breakfast every day.

      This is not an ideal diet from the sugar standpoint as I should really be eating 6 smaller meals but I just don’t always have time and this is much easier for me to follow.

      I know I type long messages. But don’t get discouraged, and certainly don’t give up the gains you’ve made to date. Hope this helps

    2. You know, I forgot the encouragement part and putting things in perspective for you here….

      40lbs in 6 months! Why are you disappointed?

      If I ask you today, would you like to lose another 40lbs in 6 months what would your answer be?

      Sure, having lost it already would be great, but you are still incredibly successful. You dropped nearly 15% of your body weight in 6 months. You’ve done wonders for your health.

      Said another way, you lost 40lbs in 24 weeks or roughly 1.7lbs per week. Healthy weightloss is 1-2 pounds per week and you are closer to the 2pounds side.

      Don’t worry about what numbers other people do, you are your own person with your own circumstances.

      If I told you that in another 6 months you could be at 190lbs would you really complain? How about another 6 months from then and you are at 150? That would be a total loss of 120lbs in 1.5 years. How is that a BAD thing? Chin up, keep working it. Chip away one day at a time, 1-2lbs at a time and you will turn around in 1 year and be AMAZED.

      1. well thanks for the encouragement! i tell my friends not to comment too much on weight loss they notice, it makes me feel uncomfortable for some reason, but we all went out to dinner the other night and a couple of them whispered that i looked great :) ok ok, so its nice to hear.

        i count my calories with myfitnesspal app on my phone. a typical day for me:

        fiber plus bar for breakfast: 120 calories
        sargento cheese stick for brunch snack: 50 calories

        turkey sandwich for lunch:
        natures own whole wheat (2 slices, 50 calories each)
        sara lee honey roasted turkey which is like 60 calories for 4-6 slices
        sometimes i add a 100 calorie tub of pringles

        an apple for mid day snack, usually 50-100 calories

        part of a chicken breast with broccoli for dinner

        basically, my meals rarely exceed 200-300 calories. i cant find it in myself to eat more because it feels counterproductive. i can get obsessive about things like this, i had to stop weighing myself once because i would weigh every couple hours and not want to eat anything so the scale wouldnt go up… but that was a long time ago. i just get worried that i could very easily develop an eating disorder, in highschool it was pretty bad. i was thinner, but was never happy with it. i wouldnt eat for days at a time. im trying my best to be healthy, which is why when it doesnt work, i worry about getting discourage. me being discouraged could end up with me dangerously dieting.
        anyhow! im an adult now, and smarter.

        i eat off of salad plates and never go back for seconds. i honestly dont eat much. its kind of a challenge to keep myself snacking, which is why i keep the cheese sticks, or yogurt, or sometimes ill have a 1/2 cup cottage cheese. i have a lot of 100 calorie snack pack things in my house.. which might be a problem, low calorie, but most of that stuff is carbs and sugar.. like cheezits and oreos and what not. i am fighting headaches today from not restocking on coke zero. im trying to be good and stick with water. but i do have some sugar free koolaid that i drink once or twice a week. i also have fudgesicles my kids and i will have after dinner, they are 40 calories.

        so ive heard eating too few calories can also be an issue. but then most people say as long as there is a deficit there should be results. it confuses me so much!

  76. First, I would like to thank the owners of this site who finally came to their senses and stopped requiring registration to post.

    That said, I have an update as well. When I last posted I had just crossed into 2XX – lb realm.

    I am happy to report that as of the end of June, I crossed the 100lb loss mark, so I lost 100lbs in about 5 months. I currently weigh in at 273lbs or a loss of 113lbs so far. This month was an interesting one as I had two week long vacation where I gained 3 and 4 pounds. Do I feel bad about that? NOT FOR ONE SECOND. I enjoyed vacation, I loved eating bad food as a guilty pleasure and skipping a workout here and there…it’s a VACATION!

    Here are the great parts about my weight GAIN that have literally left me with all the confidence in the world:

    1. I ONLY gained 3lbs and 4lbs, we could argue much of that was water weight. Even if not, I hate foods that were just plain BAD. Steaks, cakes, ribs, chips, frozen custard (it’s like ice cream but has more fat…yay) YUMMMMMMY. I ate all this but never pigged out on it. Sure, I ate more than normal for my new lifestyle but LESS than I would have in the past.

    2. I lost the weight the following week. Whereas I used to things like: oh well, I ate badly on Saturday so the weekend is shot, I might as well pig out. Or, more to the point for this vacation: I was bad all week and now I’m back so the week is shot, I might as well have those fries….I DIDN’T. The day after I got back, I was up at 5:30am and back doing my cardio routine. My eating habits returned back to their pre-vacation level. There were none of my usual excuses…none. I went on vacation, it was a nice break, but now I’m back to real life.

    The other nice part was that my family hadn’t seen me and didn’t know I was losing weight so I just showed up and surprised them. The response is something I’ll never forget.

    So I sit here now, 6 months into my journey, confident that I will succeed, and a mere 50lbs or so from my goal of 225lbs (I am still a big big guy). My resting heart rate is down from 75 to 50 or so (at times when really relaxed I hit 46). My blood pressure is now 117/72 from 140/95. I don’t have cholesterol numbers because I was too much of a chicken to go to the doctor before to get it checked out…that’s all going to change. I never even had a primary care physician for simple things like colds because I didn’t want to hear the story about my weight.

    So I will end my ramble here and close it out for the time being with a “good luck” to all.

    1. Mike,

      I just had to say congratulations!! What you have accomplished is so remarkable and you should be so incredibly proud of yourself. You are truly an inspiration.

      I have 130 pounds to lose and when I read stories like yours I feel so motivated. Thank you thank you.

      Well done!

      ~ Gina

  77. Wanted to drop in and give an update. I began the “drop weight” quest back in February. I had thought I was at 333. Turned out I was actually at 345, due to a broken scale at my place. So, now that I am down to 260, that means a drop of 85 lbs… still another 55 to go to get to my goal…but it is within sight now.

    The best part is how this is happening. I am, for the first time since college, not starving myself to lose weight or trying some ridiculous fad diet. I have changed my eating patterns – and am exercising 5-6 times a week. Doing eliptical, weights and swimming for now. Actually considering P90X for Sept-Oct-Nov for 3 months. We’ll see. But this is the most confident I’ve felt in my physical appearance in over 20 years. Yes, I’ve lost weight before, but I was never convinced it would stay off. So, must admit, this feels different and better. I am healthier, my blood pressure is at 111/69. My cholesterol dropped by 25% since March. My resting heart rate is as low as it was in college.

    Thanks for the support members/posters here supplied early on – that’s the one piece of advice I’d give – be sure to stick with it until you get past the mental hurdles – these days I am excited to be working out – and upset if I miss a day. If you can get to that point, you’ve won more than half the battle. Enjoy yourself and revel in each success!

    1. That’s really good, SoonTo BeFormerBigGuy, thank you so much for the advice, I will definitely take that on board. Keep it up. I will let you know about my progress. Thank you.

    2. Congrats, keep it up!

      I’m going to be doing starting stronglifts 5×5. I feel like P90X is for people who are already able to do things like pullups :-P

      Let us know how it turns out.

    3. SoonToBeFormerBigGuy,
      Can you give me a sample meal plan and exercise regime you use. I’m currently @ 323 and wants to get down to say 215-220

  78. Hello, I started my weight loss Journey in April but i had my final exams and I put all the weight back on and even more. So I have just started my weight loss journey again on Monday the 8th of August and this time I am hoping that I will not stop until I reach my target weight. The plan is to cut out Carbs and Sugar, Eat about 1000 calories a day in fruits, vegetables, protein and nuts. I work out twice a day 6 times a week, both cardio, resistance and weight training. I need to loose 140 pounds to get to my target weight. Please wish me luck. I am a lover of rice and trying to cut that off has been very difficult but I am going to keep trying and I wont give up.

    1. Yosi – best of luck! One thing I would recommend – is to NOT completely cut something out if you plan to return to eating it. Moderation is much better than cold turkey. Yes, it will take longer to lose the weight – but my experience has been if you completely cut out carbs, and then eventually re-introduce them, the tendency is to gain all the weight back and some (again) – as I have done and you discuss above.

    2. Yosi,

      I say this as someone who has been where you are and with nothing but good intentions: you are setting yourself up for failure.

      If you are 140 pounds overweight, you didn’t get there (and neither did I) by consuming normal portions and healthy food. The idea that you will be able to cut down to and successfully maintain 1,000 calories per day when you were likely consuming 3,000 – 4,000 before is just not a realistic goal for most people as it take a tremendous amount of willpower and can be dangerous.

      Additionally, you cannot cut out something you love completely because it sets you up to binge on it later. Case in point, you were dieting, then something came up and you went an over-consumed in part to make up for time lost.

      Additionally, your workout plans are also really high. Going from completely sedentary to ultra-active overnight is another thing that is setting you up for disaster.

      This isn’t to say it can’t be done, just that people are unlikely to be able to keep this up from what I have seen.

      Take me, for example. I have so far been very successful in changing the way I lived and I did so by flipping a switch. One day I just said, “enough” and went from all the things that got me to 386lbs and started eating better and exercising 3 days per week.

      I never counted calories (but a few months ago and calculated an average day and realized I had cut to 1200-1500 per day) and I never, ever deprived myself of anything I loved. I still eat pizza (home-made and better than store bought) and can go to any restaurant I want. If I have a bad day I shrug it off and move on to the next. So, note that I did immediately change to 1200 – 1500 calories per day but not by “not” eating a food I loved, just less of it. This also meant that if I wanted an extra something, if there was a birthday cake around for instance, I didn’t eat the whole thing since it’s not like I haven’t had it in 6 months, but rather a small piece. My premise was simple: reduce the white food in my diet (this will naturally cut down carbs drastically). Minimize white flour, salt, sugar, potato. I think cauliflower might be one of the only good “white” foods and milk of course. If all you do is cut those down, you are essentially on a low-carb diet. Again, I say cut-down because if there is a piece of cake or whatever…game on.

      As far as exercise, I started at 3 days a week just to get into the rhythm, then 5 days, now I’m between 5 and 7 depending on what other things I happen to be doing during the weekend (if I spend the day painting or going to the driving range I forgo the workout.

      It takes a lot to really make this a life pattern and for me, it’s important that I always keep focused on my goal: HEALTH not weight loss, and that I understand that I can easily slip into my old ways. No matter how thin I eventually get, I will always be a fat person, even if in a thin body. My goal is to get healthy and stay healthy. This is why I am “dieting” the way I am, because it is how I hope to stay forever. Can you really live with giving that stuff up forever? Working out like that forever?

      Take your time and think about what it will take to keep you on the path. The reason you fell off before was because your lifestyle hadn’t changed yet, you were just going through the dieting motions. If you change your lifestyle, truly change, then exams, kids, work, cannot get in your way because it will be a disruption to go OFF your lifestyle. People are generally lazy and comfortable with what is familiar as their daily routine. But if you make your routine so punishing that you can’t wait to get off it, you will get off it, fall back into old ways, and be exactly where you started.

      Just my $0.02….okay $0.04

      Best of luck!

  79. Hey everyone I haven’t posted in awhile, but just wanted to say that I finally lost 150 pound’s, it took me a year and 4 months and I still have 120 more to go but I’m on my way there… How did I do it is what everyone always ask, let me tell you diet and exercise is really the way to go, I cut out all the bad junk and replaced it with good things, vegetable’s, fruit’s, and exercise 5 nights a week. It’s hard giving up all the good foods you come to love, but they are only killing you in the long run. If you would like some tips let me know and I’ll send them your way, I believe everyone here has the power to change too, it takes time and isen’t going to happen overnight, but IT CAN BE DONE…..Take care and stay strong.

    1. Phyllis,
      I am SO PROUD of you for what you have accomplished! I, myself, have been playing the weight game far too long. I once lost 30 lbs, but then I have to have a hysterectomy, my mother was diagnosed with cancer and I used food to cope. I also am a full time mother, wife and student! I start out great in the AM and by the evening I am too tired to try..and usually eat whatever..even when I am not hungry.

      I am hoping you can give me some pointers to stay motiviated.

    2. Hi It is nice to see it is possible to lose 100 lbs in a year. I am 32 mother of 3 kids and am morbidly obese. I weigh 280 currently and need to lose 100 lbs to start. My problem is I started exercise program at Curves and then have been sick with bronchitis and pneumonia. I have asthma which have battled with all my life. I want to lose weight but not sure how to plan an exercise regimen and diet. Please send me suggestions as being overweight is affecting my life and kid;s life.

    3. hey you really blew my mind..im 260 pounds and have tried every diet possible..i dont really have a problem exercising as i usually run about a mile a night but i have a problem with the food i eat..i am 17 and live with my parents. i dont have a job so i eat whatever they bought.which usually isnt too healthy..what advice do you have for me? btw. you really motivate me and make me believe its possible

      1. Well I’m proud of you for wanting to make a healthy start. I know what it’s like living with people that don’t want to eat healthy. Try to get more vegetable’s into your daily diet. Fruit’s are good also. But limit those to a few time’s a week. If you must eat what everyone else is having make your portion’s smaller, only eat half of what you would normally eat. Try to plan your meal’s ahead of time this way you won’t be tempted to overeat. Count calorie’s if you need to and make each meal around 400 calories, (it took me a while to learn how to do it) have a small snack in between each meal but don’t go over 100 calorie’s.. If you drink soda replace that with water. Don’t eat after 7pm, that is really the hardest to do but it can be done. Cut out the junk food’s I know it’s tempting to eat cookies and cake’s and such, but after you see the scale go down in number’s your going to want to keep going at it. Exercise is also key if your already running a mile add a few 10 minute workout’s in between there. I hope this helps you some. Good Luck.

    4. Hi Phyllis, that is awesome on your weight loss. I am 45 female @ my hightest weight ever 300+! I have done it all,, i have lost a ton and gain a ton + back! Any encourangement you have and easier ways that will help me with this battle. I am starting from this day forward to change my eating habits! Wish me luck and any tips please send them, here is my e-mail kpbuch@bellsouth.net
      Thanks

    5. Awesome Phyllis! I started the Michael Thurmond’s 6 week body makeover yesterday and even at day 2 I know that it isn’t going to work because the “allowed” foods are ones that I don’t even like. I’ve decided to just watch portion size and only eat foods grilled, boiled or broiled, etc. and use the exercises in the plan and ride my exercise bike. Not sure what else to do but I have to do this to live – no kind of bariatric surgery is an option because my insurance excludes it.

      I have tons to lose and would love any advice…pointers, etc. to get me on the right path.

      And Mike…..I saw myself in everything you said as to why I haven’t done it. Now at 365 at age 42 I do it or I die, simply as that. Just seems impossible but I’m determined.

    6. Please send tips my way phyllis. iam 223lbs with fibroids that i am currently scheduled to have removed. i believe they assisted in steady weight gain. but b coz i work 2 jobs and my schedule is difficult to squeeze in workouts and i don’t eat enough calories but need assistance in the nutrition side of things. sometimes due to tumors i am full after 1 meall all day. please let me know how you lost the lbs my goal is to lose 115lbs as i am under 5ft although i don’t look as big as i weigh and don’t have high blood pressure nor diabetes or anything yet. i won’t to avoid it and lose weight before surgery.

  80. Obesity is a big problem in my family. When I was younger I could better manage it. But after having three kids in five years my weight blew up. I went from 125 to 245. I’ve been working out for a week and and eating healthier. I’m down to 238 but I have a long road ahead of me. My biggest enemy is myself. This isnt the first time I tried losing weight. I get discouraged and give up. I started keeping a journal about my progress. From how I feel to what I ate and how much exercise I done each day. I started doing zumba and hip hop abs. I love to dance and this makes working out fun and something I look forward to doing. I’m not doing this just for myself I also want to set a good example for my kids. I want them to see me and be proud and make healthier choices in life.

    1. Don’t give up! I am in the same boat.I really do have sruggles with overeqting and picking junk. Good for you for starting to exercise. When I do I know it makes me choose a turkey sandwich over a cheeseburger. I know theere is no magig pill. I did try the sake at get up and get moving site and because of the fiber it has helped me droop 10 pounds pretty fast. I have been drinking them dialy for breakfast.
      getupandgetmoving.net/2011/02/jills-spinach-raspberry-flaxseed-oil-shake-as-seen-on-dr-oz/
      you have to do the www. before the getupandgetmoving
      Anyway I just love the hip hop abs and I do it at least a few times a week. My biggest problems with appitite control. many of my friends have had gastro surgery and I just don’t wasnt to have surgery.

      1. Everybody everybody everybody everybody EVERYBODY who has the gastric surgery either relapses or has severe complications. I don’t know why people are so high on a procedure that has such a ROTTEN track record.

  81. it absolutely stinks being fat. im not just over weight.. according to my BMI i am morbidly obese. I STILL CANT SINK THAT INTO MY HEAD. and at 16 years, 5″6 and 260 lbs i know i need to change. its really hard being with all your skinny friends and being the ” fat girl”. So this summer im kickstarting my workout. i started with some cardio and a little bit of toning and yoga. I really enjoy jillian michaels circuits and things involving dance. i HATE being on machines to work out. i even go runs with my friends around the neighborhood. i want to be at least 150 lbs but i know its going to be hard but every little step counts!

    1. I am in the SAME position you are in except I am three years older. I can relate to you very much. What do you plan on doing to lose some weight?

    2. Its very hard being over weight. But we can do this. We don’t have to always be the “fat girl” If you like to do dance workouts try Zumba and hip hop abs. I do both and its a blast.

    3. I cut out carbs and lost 40 pounds in a few months, working on another 30. I eat carbs once in a while, berries, veggies everyday. High fiber once a week like corn tortillas or fiber one cereal. Other than that I follow Adkins. I spin a few times a week and just started with weights. Good luck to you all, lets keep going.

  82. Quick update:

    For the first time since I can even remember, my weight does not start with a 3 but instead with a 2. That’s over 86lbs down since Jan 24. This is a HUGE goal for me which is what I want to talk about.

    What this means to me: that was the last time in my life the freaking scale will ever read above 300lbs. I am not done by a long shot but 300lbs just seems like the biggest “holy grail” for big boys. I am no longer the weight of the average NFL lineman….I can now use a standard ladder that holds 300lbs and not have to buy a ladder that holds 375lbs (and remember that when I started I couldn’t even get on those technically). Next stop, the 250lb ladder.

    But this does bring to light: goals.

    My ultimate goal is to get healthy as I’ve stated. But at 386 lbs I wasn’t looking at 300lbs…not even close. My goals were:

    10lbs lost – (376)
    5% lost – (367)
    350 lbs
    10% lost – (347)
    330 lbs – just seemed like a logical next step
    15% lost – (328)
    315 lbs – next logical step
    20% lost – (309)
    306lbs – lightest I can remember being since college
    300 lbs

    Upcoming goals:

    25% loss – (290)
    286 lbs – 100 pound lost
    275 lbs – seems like a good number
    30% loss – (270)

    After this, I will make up more goals as I don’t know where/how I will be at this point. Internally, I have times when I want to hit these numbers but in reality I know they will come when they come and I’m not going to freak out. Once I get to 270 I’ll decide on more goals but 10lbs at a time after I hit 270lbs sounds pretty good to me.

    What I want people to take away from this is that when I weighed 386lbs I had absolutely no plan or goal of hitting 300. I made stuff up as I went along. I can daydream all day and think, “it would be great if I were healthy tomorrow.” but I remind myself it takes time. My goals were generally small and realistic and I would encourage you to do the same. If/when I let myself at 386lbs look out and think…wow, I have to lose 135lbs at least, I nearly broke broke down. The trick was to psych myself up for little goals along the way. I didn’t list it above but there were a few weeks where I just couldn’t break through the 330′s and it was driving me crazy. My short term goal just become to get through to 329.

    Keep sight of these little goals and little victories and you get addicted to the feeling of hitting them. When I hit a goal I am just thrilled and if not, I make sure to stay on to achieve it. Once you get into this cycle it helps you keep on the path because you want to keep that feeling up! It becomes easier to say, “NO” to some things when you remember you just crossed a milestone and you don’t want to give that one back!!!! I just crossed 300, I never want to go back and would not be happy to see it so not only am I working towards my next goal, I am working to make sure I don’t give this one back.

    Again, sorry for rambling. You can all do it.

    1. Your story was so encouraging Im just starting a workout regime to a healthier lifestyle and I really needed the encouragement and positive response and to see that its possible im suppossed to go on my first vacation and im nervous about going because it was a story on the news where a woman was put off the plan for being over weight or asked to buy an additional seat i feel like i have alot of confidence and if that happened to me it would make me just die i dont want to be put in that position so i have decided to lose weight not just for that reason but it let me know that i must have some insecurities about my weight if that issue bothered me enough to make me nervous about a vacation which everyone loves good luck with ur future goals hopefully ill be on the same track soon

      1. Wow, I SO know exactly the position you are talking about.

        When I was at 330lbs I could barely get the normal seat belt in an airplane around me…would have to put it around my waist and have my gut hang over it.

        I’m a big guy anyway, 6’1″, very large frame, so I like sitting in emergency seats and I was once told I couldn’t sit there but they didn’t come out and say why, but I knew why.

        That was at 330, and I wasn’t even going to try at 386 so I know EXACTLY what you are feeling. It sucks, really sucks. In August I will be taking my first flight since 2007 and I can only do it because I finally know that I will fit in the darn seat and be able to get the buckle around my (still) substantial waist. This is a business trip to boot and can you imagine having to tell your boss/company that you had to buy 2 tickets?….I would be mortified, even though I, like you, was never really embarrassed about my size, but I guess that only goes so far until a spotlight gets put on it.

        As I said though, make yourself really small, achievable goals and you get completely addicted to it!

  83. im 19 years old and i weight 280 lb i also have PCOS and was told to do a low GI diet and exercise. i have been walking on average 5km a day starting yesterday.

    im fed up of being fat im fed up of walking into a shop and looking on the racks and thinking these will never fit me so why do i bother, i dont wear fancy clothes because i dont feel i am worth it.

    any help would be appreciated any support etc

    thansks

    1. You are worth the fancy clothes. The first step to weight loss is believing in yourself. I know its hard I’ve struggled with it often. But say to yourself you are worth the fancy clothes and you CAN lose the weight. Walking is great exercise. Find a workout that you find fun. Not all of them have to be boring. If you aren’t doing something you like or find fun chances are you will quit doing the workout. I’m sure you already heard to drink more water. It really does help. You feel full. Use a smaller plate when you eat. It helps me to eat less. Quit drinking soda, that alone can help lose weight. Also try keeping a journal of your progress and write down everything you eat, drink and how much you exercise. Also be sure to keep in mind your weight wont fall off overnight, although I wish it would :) . It take hard work and determination. Make realistic goals for yourself. Like 2-3 lbs a week. that will be 8-12 a month which is definitely a good thing.

  84. I am tired of being fat! I want to stand without hurting, walk without getting out of breath, make love to my husband without being so self-conscious, ride horses again, fit in a booth in a restaurant, ride a roller coaster, try on clothes that did not come from the plus size section, eat out without feeling like everyone is saying “If she wouldn’t eat that, she might lose some weight.”. Well, I finally realized that no one held me down and forced the food in my mouth and no one made me NOT exercise. So, I am making changes! I have been reading and it looks like a consistent opinion is that I should exercise more and reduce my caloric intake. That’s a no-brainer, right? I also see that 5-6 small meals daily will help. I am going today to join our local Curves. I have started a food diary today and am going to be keeping up with my calories. I am 42, 5’4″ and about 280 pounds. I would like some idea as to about how many calories I should be taking in a day and how much time I should spend exercising to help me lose about 120 pounds in the next year. I saw on the newsstand today an article that said “Get bikini ready for summer”. Hahahaha….. I will settle for being one-piece ready by next summer! Any advice is greatly appreciated. Also, if there are other ladies around my age and with my similar circumstances who would like to start an email/facebook support group, I would love to get together. I am looking for friends who I share with while offering support, understanding and sometimes a good swift kick in the pants kind of honesty. Email me at: criders5@yahoo.com. Please don’t email me trying to sell me something or get me to sign up. Those kind of people will be hunted down and dealt with! Only serious responses please.

  85. I went to the doctor about 12 weeks ago and was weighed in at 318. It was a shock. I’d only ever been over 300 once in my life. I thought i was about 275-285 (which I would have thought was too big, anyway) I used to be really athletic and in shape and want to have that kind of body again. For many years I’ve been quietly depressed and unhappy, and weight gain has been one of the big side effects of that. I’ve done diets, I’ve done some other things but the weight always came back. I made a commitment to myself I would bring my weight from 318 to 205, and my BP back down from the 159/102 mark to at least 120/80. Here’s what has happened so far, almost 3 months in….

    – 1st week I stopped eating after 10 pm. I began stretching and walking 1.5 miles each day
    - From Week 2 thru week 5 I changed my eating habits so that I eat 4 times a day, not 2 like before. I eat less each sitting, and never after 8:30 pm. I began to workout once a day – what was a cross between walking and jogging – between 1.5-2 mi a day – I called it shuffling….plus some basic weights.
    – from week 6 thru week 9, I began to get closer to actually jogging. I am eating better foods for me. Cut out fried and greasy foods almost entirely by this point. Lots of fruit and veggies and protein.
    – from week 10 – week 11 – I increased to 2.0-2.5 mi per day and upped my pace as well. I am now eating 4-5 times a day and drinking 1/2 gal – 1 gal of water each day as well.
    – just ended week 12 – I am up to an average of 3.0 mi per day and am actually running again. My food intake is the same, and I am feeling lighter in my step and de-toxed from all the water intake.

    After 3 months, I got on the scale again – I’m down to 281. That’s 37 lbs in 3 months gone, baby, gone! I can feel muscles in my thighs, calves, shoulders, biceps and even way deep underneath in my abs. Took my BP – it is down from that ugly 159/102 to 117/79. I still want to lose another 76 lbs, and know I can do it if I just stick to the plan, and keep on working hard. I feel great compared to a few months ago. I am removing stress from my life, I am adding joy. Music has helped with the workouts, writing down the food I’m eating (and how much) has helped with the eating.

    I hope to come back here in another 3 months and share more great news. Also, congrats to all of you who are making this happen for yourselves. For those stuck or feeling helpless – I think most of us have been there – and all I can say is – you can do this, too. Consistency and wanting to make a permanent overall change is the key. This isn’t an 8 week or 26 week or 52 week plan – it is setting new habits – and changing old ones. You will have bad days, you will have good days – and you will get there.

    Running started out as shuffling – then went to jogging and is now almost back to running.

    1. I have seen a lot of comments about Atkins and other diets here. I did South Beach. Lost 100 lbs. Stopped strict S Beach regimen; it came racing back in 6 months. Plus found 20 more lbs.

      I recommend avoiding at all costs any “DIET” – and simply changing your eating habits, a little at a time, over time.

      1. Atkins is not really that healthy in the long run. Just cut the sugar and white flour and eat healthy food, Yes get rid of those bad habits but don’t turn to fat like Atkins would like you too you will end up with a bad heart problem. Big heart problem

    2. Thank you for sharing your story with us. The low glycemic index is your lifeline to maintaining a healthier you. I’ve lost ten lbs only but I’ve embraced this index and it has help me understand how different foods literally affect the body.

  86. My weight is coming off super slow. I am eating throughout the day and am also exercising. Is there anything I can do to speed it up??

    1. Dianne,

      I have questions for you:

      What is slow?

      - Remember that healthy weight loss is categorized as 1-2lbs per week. It is frustrating as all heck but that is what it is. It sounds like nothing but remember this: 1-2lbs per week is 52 – 104 lbs in a year….that’s right, in a year! It’s 26 – 52lbs in 6 months. Who would complain about that? All of a sudden, what seems like really slow weight loss has turned significant. And is 6 months really a long time…?

      What is the rush?
      - As I said below, my goal is health not weight loss and I would encourage you to focus on that.

      As far as what you could do to speed it up…in a healthy way…I’m not sure. I would take a very hard look at exactly what you are eating throughout the day and when you are eating it. While reducing your calorie intake is obviously critical, you need to eat the right type of foods. Think about this: you could, theoretically, eat only 1200 calories of pizza per day, but I don’t think anyone thinks that would be healthy for you.

      Sugar is evil, and salt is not your friend either from a water-retention standpoint. Try to reduce the “white” in your diet (sugar, salt, bleached/processed flower/pasta) and increase fruits and veggies. Make sure the calories you consume are quality calories.

      I had a lot to lose, granted, and I get the whole “eating throughout the day keeps your metabolism up” argument but I am too busy to do it honestly. The weight I’ve lost so far is eating exactly 3X per day. 7am, 11:30am, 7pm. I don’t snack, I chew gum. Interestingly, since I hate wasting things like gum, I find that it stops me from wanting to eat anything bad as I would have to throw it out to do so. I literally chew gum from the minute I get to work up until lunch and then from lunch until dinner. 2 pieces only per day.

      Good luck.

  87. You Are Absolutely Capable Of Losing Weight

    I would usually feel in need of motivation when I was down on myself and lost my self-belief. If you’ve tried to lose weight before and for whatever reason you failed, it can be hard to keep that out of your mind. You can doubt yourself and feel scared that you’ll fail again. As a result of this – past failures and worrying about failing again, it’s hard to feel motivated to take action.

    This changed for me when I realized three things: First, that the past does not equal the future; second, that if other people can do it – so can I; and three, that there’s always a way if you’re committed.

  88. If your not use to exercise but you want to lose weight fast how much and how often should I start out?? HELP