Who is trying to lose weight here? Care to share your weight loss journey please

Philippines
July 23, 2009 2:45pm CST
I want to know that I am not alone on trying to lose weight. If you could share me your weight loss experiences, it will be appreciated. I think i mentioned this on my other discussion, but let me reiterate: i have been losing weight since March, 2009.. and lost 18lbs already. I am working on the last 15lbs.. I am doing anything under the sun. whatever works, really. I joined a gym, of which i still attend to until now.. i do calorie restriction. a lot.. and only feast on weekends, but do not starve myself. at least, that is what i believe. I have this gym buddy and i am a lot heavier than her.. (at first) but i lost weight fast than her. she only lost 6lbs i guess? i am not sure how it happened or why.. but we are on the same program. cardio exercises and strength training after, then sauna bath. Until now, i am mixing and matching ways to lose weight. as i have said, WHATEVER WORKS! How about you?
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• United States
23 Jul 09
I have been trying to lose weight for 5 years now. I kept doing the "fad" diets. At first they would work, but eventually they would end up failing. I finally decided that the only way I as going to be able to lose the wieght and keep it off would be if I did it the healthy way. For the past two years, I have been using sparkpeople to help me do this. Since I signed up, I have been able to lose 40 pounds the healthy way. Unfortonately I had a knee injury and I gained back 10 pounds. I know though, that when I am able to get back to my "full power" exercises, I will be able to gt back on track.
• Canada
23 Jul 09
If you don't mind me asking what is sparkpeople?
• United States
24 Jul 09
Sparkpeople is a really awesome site for those who are trying to lose weight or just trying to stay healthy. It has a calorie counter where you can log what you eat, a place to log your cardio workouts, a strengh exercise generator, TONS of information related to health, motivation,wellness and fitness, and an amazing support system! I have met some really awesome people on the site. You could kinda describe the site overall as an educational myspace for those wanting to get healthy. Oh, if you don't mind...if you happen to join, please put psycho_sarah as your referer!
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@Trace86 (5043)
• United States
25 Jul 09
I tried Sparkpeople for a while. I did everything it said and signed up for all kinds of stuff. I ended up quitting because I ended up feeling worse about myself when I didn't get stellar results and let down my team. I think I would do better with a hometown buddy that I could hang out with and who could help motivate me to exercise and such.
@JeninND (65)
• United States
24 Jul 09
I lost 50 pounds in 2006-2007. I lost the first few by exercising (I used the Turbo Jam DVDs). Then I started Weight Watchers, and lost the rest that way and by exercising around 5 hours a week. I started in July '06 and hit goal in May '07. I ran my first 5K in September '07, and two half-marathons in 2008. I noticed when I was training for the races, I didn't really have to watch what I ate. I injured my knee doing that 2nd half-marathon, and had to stop running. I promptly gained 13 pounds back :( In January of this year, I rejoined Weight Watchers, totally 100% focused on getting back to my goal weight before summer. I worked my butt off - 3 times week I even did double workouts for 2 hours, and worked out a total of 10 hours a week, about 2000-3000 calories per week burned (I have a heart rate monitor). The weight would NOT come off. I lost the first 8 or so right way, the last ones refused to budge. So I picked up Jillian Michaels' "Master Your Metabolism" because I paged through the introduction at the book store, and she described exactly what I was going through! My metabolism was shot because I was working out so hard, not eating nearly enough, and also eating fat-free, poor quality foods. Just a few weeks eating Jillian's way, the rest of the weight just FELL off. Now as long as I eat that way, I notice I can miss workouts and not gain weight. I can't say enough good things about it - no, I don't work for Jillian or her publisher :) I'm just very satisfied! Give it a shot if you're "stuck".
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• Philippines
24 Jul 09
there are lots of ways in dealing with problems about loosing weight, yet all of them lack the courage, focus, will and endurance of doing it, until they end up gaining instead of loosing weight. no matter how much we tried to encourage fat persons of DIETING and EXERCISE, they still don't have the guts of internalizing or working it out in order to loose calories in their daily routines. by simply walking, a person can burn 300+ calories, how much more if you do jogging indoors or outdoors. stationery biking is good but biking outdoors is better. proven and tested: TRY THIS....(1 week only)...NO RICE from SUNDAY to FRIDAY...have one cup only on saturday....try it...and you'll see! above all, if you wont control your diet and having a daily exercise, you would still be ending up having fatty bulges at the side of your waist...YUCK!just think its a CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM...
• Singapore
24 Jul 09
Different ppl have different burning fat rate,maybe hers is a bit on the retaining side.I have a friend who only eat oranges(and only oranges,mandarin not) for 2 weeks.Well she lost 7kgs.It helped her vita c and skin,but side affects is,after 2 months,she gain 3 kgs again,cuz she ate normally again after that 2 weeks.I am now trying the oranges but with at least 1 full meal per day and 2 exercises per week like swimming and cycling.It seems to help a little.Maybe if u add that to your regime,it would help.^^
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@smileonstar (4014)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Hello, WEll, that's great start... I mean, this is Great!!! how much do you weight now, if you dont mind me to ask? I 5'2 and weight 105lbs, I have two children as well. Before I married, I weight 120lbs and wear size 9 jean. What a shame? then I went on diet, just cut down what I eat and exercise more. within 3 months, I lost a lot and then I tried on jean. Guess what? i fit size 3 ( from 9 to 3) how great it was, right? I was so happy then my weight starts to keep off from that time... then my size 3 jean went down to 0 and then 00. I got scare myself... so I start to eat more and more. it is still the same, no matter what I eat I still wear size 00 and 105lbs or 100lbs sometimes. When I had my first child, I weight 125lbs during pregnancy and then after that I came back to normal, even with my second one. Now, im the same and the same... No matter what I do, eat or sleep... I still in the same weight. I am happy what I am now cuz I can eat whatever I want and sleep whenever I want too... lolz.
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• Canada
23 Jul 09
I am trying to lose weight also. My highest weight was at the age of 16 (I'm 18 now) and I was 225 lbs. Horrible. I was depressed and hated it. I lost my first 50 lbs in a very unhealthy way, and developed a form of bulimia because of it. I have now managed to recover from that, and have started losing the rest of the weight properly. Right now I am in the 170's and hope to be down another 15 lbs by the end of summer. I don't know about anyone else, but for me, because I have been overweight from early childhood, I am excited to finally reach a normal weight, but at the same time I am terrified. I have never been thin. I don't know what my body will look like thin, what my shape will be. I will have to completely adjust my way of thinking, as I only know how to look at myself as overweight. I don't know how my attitude will change (if at all) or how my social situation and opportunities in life will change. It's daunting and exciting. I guess I just have to bite the bullet and see where life takes me!
@loki1982 (782)
• Dallas, Texas
23 Jul 09
Ive been on my new diet an exercise routine for 2 1/2 weeks so far. Ive lost 7 pounds as of 20 days. 2 years ago I lost 60 pounds. Then through depression, and other things I gained it all back. I decided I would lose it again. So far I have been sticking with it, and the pounds are just about melting off. I exercise 45-60 minutes every day except the weekends. I stopped eating chips, french fries and fast food. I eat cereal and nuts as snacks as well as fruit. My dinners are usually small like a hot pocket or a hotdog. Ive been eating alot more grilled items without butter. Like grilled garlic shrimp, and baked chicken. I stay away from mayo on my sandwichs and try to add more healthy things to them. Lately I have been making sandwichs with grilled shrimp, lettuce, banana peppers, and a slice of cheese on whole grain wheat.
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@cegypt01 (73)
• United States
23 Jul 09
Be careful with the calorie restriction for a lot of people that doesn't work because the body needs a certain amount of calories to begin with when you take reduce that amount the body thinks that it is being starved and fights back by raising what you need. If you eat right and start walking a nice paced walk without running or jogging you can lose weight. Running and jogging aren't as good as everyone thinks that it is. How tall are you, age, and beginning weight?
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@nicholejade (2430)
• Canada
23 Jul 09
No you are definatly not alone on this one. I was in a car accident and with having a back injury and so many restrictions even some of the medications they put me on just ballooned me up and packed on the pounds. I gained over 60 pounds because of all this. I am slowly working the pounds away and getting back to normal. But I have to do it in moderation. I have completely changed my diet. Before I could eat what I wanted but I was very active and was burning the calories away. So now changing my diet is one of the biggest things for me. I do go swimming for at least 2 hours everyday. Weekends I get a break. But even through the week I have to take that in moderation as well. I do the recumbent bike at home while on the computer on mylot here or watching TV. I also do the hot tub and sauna after to relax my muscles. So far it has helped me. I am working on the last 30 pounds.
• United States
25 Jul 09
I am! I'm trying to lose at least 10 pounds by the 22nd of August, cause that's when I go on vacation and I want to :( buy new clothes haha! I hate how losing weight is so hard though, I've been exercising and eating TONS of vegetables for the past 2 weeks and I've barely lost any weight. Perhaps I'm doing something wrong, but arglaksf. Sauna baths I'm doing as well! I heard they're really good for your skin as well? I was pretty fat from 5th to 8th grade, but summer before I went to high school I got my lazy butt up and started running everyday and lost around 15 pounds, but now that I'm in college and I've stopped exercising a lot I've gained some of that weight back, even if it's better than before cause I grew taller. BUT I'm frustrated at this whole thing because it takes forever and nothing seems to work. =_______=
@jaisundar (216)
24 Jul 09
I successfully got my weight reduced within a month, especially the extra flesh by just climbing our upstairs for 15 minutes. I did it 1 hour after my breakfast, lunch and dinner. It had worked for me. Hope it works for all.
• Philippines
24 Jul 09
You're not alone for sure but unfortunately i kept failing my targets. when ever i loose here,i gain weight there. i can't believe you lost 18 lbs. something that is even worth my grasp that can't be reach. but i do other alternatives like walking 2 kilometers, and not eating before 6, which i failed again tonight.
@Wilbet28 (97)
• United States
24 Jul 09
You are definitely not alone in this, and its great that you have lost 18 lbs. already. I gained 30 lbs. after quitting smoking 4 years ago, plus adding a few more due to retirement. I wasn't able to lose any until I started going to a women's fitness center 2 years ago. At first I exercised regularly, but didn't lose any weight, but they said this is normal because you gain muscle to replace the fat. They started a weight management class last year and that is when I began to lose weight ( 17 lbs., so far). It hasn't been too hard so far, even though I had to give up some of my favorite foods (potato chips, e.g.). Their plan has 3 phases and you rotate between phases I, II, and III over a 6 week period. I think this is more effective that being on a very low calorie diet all the time. Good luck!
• Netherlands
24 Jul 09
i'm trying to lose weight too. I think I've lost about 2 kg in 4 weeks. but I only go to the gym 3 times a week and work 4 for 3 hours 4 times a week, shelving in a supermarket. I also look at the calories.
• India
24 Jul 09
i have not joined any gym but do yoga & exceize at home , but has controlled my eating habbits
@hotsummer (10308)
• Philippines
24 Jul 09
actually i would like to lose weight. i don't exercise. most of the time i just sit in front of the computer. trying to find ways to earn more online. anyways, i would like to find time. but i am just lazy to start. but at least though i modified my eating habits. i don't eat meat. only fish and vegetables and try to stay at fried foods. i don't eat in fast foods any more. i will try to cut my salt intake too. and even sweets. i don't eat sweets. but i drink juices that have sugar in it and so i need to cut out on those too. i am trying to slowly to eat more vegetables with high anti oxidants content. but it does not seem to lessen my weight but i think i need to lessen the amount of those food i eat not matter how healthy they are so i can reduce weight soon. and do some exercise of course
• India
24 Jul 09
Hi Friend,by taking minimum 8 glasses of water per day is good to health,water helps in reducing weight in the most effective manner.Avoid to stuff food in single sitting;better 5 to 6 small sittings is helps to reduce weight.Eat more vegetables during meals,eat fruit rather than fruit juice because fruit juices are very high in calories.
@dex1007 (556)
• Malaysia
24 Jul 09
Hi Narcyza. 18lbs??? wow.. that's a lot. and your friend only lost 6? oo... Well, I've been on one or another execise plan since this year. I haven't seen much different. I don't have much weight to loose, I just want a more defined waist. working on that. i did ab work earlier. then i did aerobic. and now i do a little jogging and walking. 1 and half hours of that. i guess i'm mixing too much. should stay on one routine. but congrats on your success. keep it up.
@mjmlagat (3171)
• Philippines
24 Jul 09
hello there! i had been a weight psycho before but not anymore today, i learned my lesson from the past. all i am sure of is, everytime you eat, as to whatever kind of food you might indulge yourself, you have to make sure the a corresponding physical activity is performed so that you'll burn the calories. this is just the logic in losing weight, no matter how much or less you've eaten, you have to sweat it out. believe me, you'll achieve your desired weight in due time! good luck!
@Trace86 (5043)
• United States
24 Jul 09
I have gained 17 pounds since I started on the Depo Provera shot in November. I am not pleased at all since I was heavy to start with. I am not going to get another shot in August when it is due. I hope I can start to get rid of some of this excess. Does anyone know which birth control pill has the least potential to cause weight gain? I need something to help regulate my cycle or I get it every two or three weeks. And that really sucks alot.