Lost 4 pounds this week

United States
March 24, 2013 9:34am CST
I'm finally off that plateau. By going back to 2 and 4 ounce servings I can eat what I want and stimulate weight loss. It just feels good to be off that 6 week plateau. I don't get hungry because when I eat less I am more satisfied than if I ate standard servings listed on the foods. I don't eat butter or margarine either. When I eat standard servings it is just too much and my stomach empties quickly and then I feel hunger. Being back on the tiny portions reminds me that I can be more satisfied with less. I do eat 2 salads a day and 2 fruits a day. I have one milk a day also. I weigh on Sunday mornings. I don't eat diet foods. I can't stand plastic tasting fat free salad dressings. My favorite is California French. I just use 2 tablespoons of it. My daughter free pours hers, but I almost never do because I take more than is needed. My nurse advocate is sending me some exercises that I can do at home. I'm glad that I have the support from the nurse. She calls me once a month to see if there are any changes or if I have any problems. It's easier to stay focused when I have support and I have a short term and a long term goal. My family eats whatever they want and how much they want. My daughter does cut back when it's just she and I but she eats more when her hubby is home. Still in the last 2 weeks she has lost 12 pounds. Son in law is a heart attack waiting to happen. He eats so much fast food during the week. He is 6 feet tall and 255 pounds. He was 200 pounds when they married in 2000. I am not going to harp on them. I'm just going to mind my own business and focus on my weight loss. They try to get me to eat by tempting me with gravy and biscuits and Bavarian donuts. Not gonna happen! Does your family try to get you to eat more than you want? Please share your experiences.
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@bunnybon7 (32488)
• Holiday, Florida
24 Mar 13
they never had to try and get me to eat more except for back in 2005 and for a couple years after. because of the H-pylori with my stomach i never wanted to eat. i went from 152 lbs. to 108 lbs during those 3 yrs. but have went back up to 125 lbs, since and more at times. i havent weighed myself for a few months now. a lot of times like i tell son. the weight shifts to muscle etc. when he says he looks thinner and he does but says the scales dont say he has. so i really dont depend on scales any more. i just tell by my clothes fits. when the other kids were here, i ate more because it was someone else cooking plus i could eat with daughter and shes so skinny any more i try to get her to eat more. at some point a person can just look bad like they are not well. like her. i have been losing weight since i hardly eat much fat foods or meat and i eat small bits when i feel like it. its what the doctor suggested.
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@bunnybon7 (32488)
• Holiday, Florida
24 Mar 13
btw, kudos and good for you girl
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• United States
24 Mar 13
It's good that you can keep your weight under control. People think because I had a gastric bypass I got it easy. It's not. It only works up to 2 years. The rest of the time it's up to me. I gained 70 pounds after it stopped working and I've lost 46 if that. They don't realize I have to work to keep my stomach trained to take only small amounts. Small is always better when it comes to eating.
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@ajithlal (14564)
• India
25 Mar 13
Wow you are able to lost 46 pounds and I think it is good work.
@WakeUpKitty (8711)
• Netherlands
24 Mar 13
First of all: congratulations with your lost of weight. It's very hard I know this by experience. My family is not really forcing me to eat more, they mostly say I don't eat at all (which is not true). My son and I went on a diet together and he lost 12 pounds (in 10 weeks time and this is enough for him) and I lost 20 pounds (it was more but in the past 1.5 week I gathered 10 pounds I assume mostly water since my feet and legs were very swollen and by now I still have to lose about 5 pounds to be back on the weight I had 10 days ago.) I did change our whole life style, so we eat way more fruit and vegetables. No milk (but cheese and once in a while some yoghurt). I don't eat wheat products anymore because of the toxics in it and also I eat hardly carbohydrates. This is the main reason my son and I did lost weight. Also no Sugar. We do eat real butter (so not the margarine, halvarine which are fake and full of toxic, transfats which your body can't get rid of or digest at all). I must say the more fruit I do eat the less I care about candies, cookies, etc. I am also not really buying them anymore and also my children are not asking for it. Same with potatoe chips. we don't eat pizza, fast food etc anymore. I cook myself so we know what we eat. We also don't drink soda's etc. Just water and green tea. Stick to your own diet and goal! It's useless to force others since or tell them to start also, since if they are not willing or don't see the need to do so, it will only cost you a lot of stress.
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• United States
24 Mar 13
Hi WakeUpKitty! You are doing very well. I have changed a lot also. I still enjoy my bread but eat just one slice of toast with no butter ir margarine. I just do my portion sizes in advance for me. My daughter does help herself to mine when we are alone but when her hubby cones gone they eat whatever. Sharon gained over 100 pounds since they got married in 2000. She has lost a little by watching how she eats at least part of the day. I buy frozen strawberries to make smoothies with. I don't use sugar, but I do use some sweetener. I prefer Sweet n Low to the other kinds. I've never had any untoward effects from it and have used it from before my daughter was born over 40 years ago. I feel good. If my daughter sees me get smaller than her then she will take notice. That will be the only thing that will motivate her. She used to be a size 8. She wears some of my clothes now.
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• China
25 Mar 13
Congratulations to you!It must feel good to lose weight. As I tried before. I didn't manage to lose weight when I put myself on diet,but it turns out that I become thin when I'm on overwork.So,work helps you lose weight too.HAHA
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@ajithlal (14564)
• India
26 Mar 13
I think it is a good feeling to lose weight.
@AmbiePam (45704)
• United States
24 Mar 13
That's great!
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• United States
24 Mar 13
Thanks Amber.
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@ajithlal (14564)
• India
30 Mar 13
I think it is a good job and you should try to persist and do the good job.
@BarBaraPrz (17243)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
24 Mar 13
I know where your 4 pounds went... I was surprised, to say the least, when the scale at the doctor's read 142!
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• United States
24 Mar 13
I don't want them back!
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@BarBaraPrz (17243)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
24 Mar 13
Well, I don't want them either! Who can we give them to?
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@kprofgames (3025)
• United States
24 Mar 13
Congratz to you! Cutting back is better than diet food. I don't like the plastic taste either. I'm more one for a nice salad or raw carrots than the heavy meat dishes anyway. My dad says I live on grass and twigs Yes at holidays my mother always pushes food on everyone. I think because she's supposed to be on a strict diet she justifies over eating because everyone else is. She's be out right mad at me before because some of the things she cooks I just won't eat. Then tries the guilt dumping of - well I made it for YOU - sorry still not going to happen.
• United States
24 Mar 13
Good for you! Your loved ones will try to sabotage you without even realizing it. Then when you look good from losing weight they tell you that you need to eat because you look sick or something. Not happening here either.
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• United States
24 Mar 13
I agree, didn't know looking healthy meant looking sick I did however drop a lot this last go around with influenza (am getting the flue shot next year!) so far it's stayed off and intend to keep it that way.
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@GardenGerty (90075)
• Marion, Kansas
24 Mar 13
Very good, cutting back. I think my work situation sabotages me. I work until midnight and I am always hungry from ten till midnight. I gained a ton when I first met my current husband and he moved here and I have not been able to budge it because he thinks I should eat like he does. . . well I outweigh him now by about forty pounds. If he serves my plate he serves me as much as he eats. I may try to start measuring out small portions, but eat them more often. I do eat butter, real butter not margarine. I seldom have soda. I have found that when I eat out I never like the food anymore so we do not do that.
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• United States
24 Mar 13
It is good that you make smaller portions. I'm working on this as well. My husband does the same thing. When he makes my plate he serves big portions which is way too much for me.I hope that I will start losing weight soon.
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• United States
24 Mar 13
I will make a crockpot full of soup or stew. One of my favorites is making stew out of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots. My stock is made from tomato juice, water and cut up onions. I also make taco soup by using tomato juice, salsa, chili beans, taco flavoring and ranch dressing. I make my portions in 4 ounce containers. I have them ready so I can just nuke it for 30 seconds and eat. I sometimes make cornbread and cut it into one inch squares. I have everything pre-portioned out so when in ready to eat, I don't have to think about it. You could do this at work. Bring you an insulated lunch box and do like that, and include a salad and fruit. Take one thing out at a time to eat while you work. When your lunch box is empty you are done eating, period. Also drink more water. I found that most of my hunger was actually thirst disguised as hunger. I'm never hungry anymore. I get an appetite but in never feeling starved like before. It takes about 3 days for your body to adjust to the change in eating pattern. The hunger hormones rise at night, so packing a lunch box strategically is a good way to adjust. My hunger hormones don't bother me anymore at night anymore. I just drink water once in awhile at night and there is no hunger.
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@squallming (1778)
• Malaysia
25 Mar 13
It is great that you are able to control yourself from eating too much and food which is not too healthy. My family does not give me more food than the three main meals each day. Though when I go to my girlfriend's house, her family treated me too well that I get to eat 6 meals a day. The problem is I cannot refuse to eat what they specially prepared for me. So whenever I am back from a short stay at her house, I will be getting at least 10 pounds. Then I will try hard to exercise and body building to decrease it and working for a good body.
• United States
25 Mar 13
I eat 2 to 4 ounces of food 6 times a day. This keeps my blood sugar at a good place. I tend to get low. It works good for me. Next Sunday is Easter. It will be challenging to keep it down to 4 ounces but I will do it.
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@natliegleb (5188)
• India
24 Mar 13
that is great feeling when you are really working out and can witness the results first hand with more body fat sweating off
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• United States
24 Mar 13
Yes it does feel good when you feel you are accomplishing your goal.
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@grvdubey11 (1882)
• India
24 Mar 13
Well i m 6ft high and my current weight is 172 pounds, but few months back i was on study leave and stopped exercising,one day when i checked my weight it was 196 pounds .My younger brother warned me though n advance that if i am irregular in exercise i will gain weight very fast but it was my stupidity that i ignored his warning. Anyways i started forty mins of aerobics and it was extremely painful at the start ,now after two and half months i am back to 172 pounds again.It was really painful experience now i am committed for not leaving work outs again.Really happy for you that you are getting success in losing weight,its a tough job but its necessary too,keep your spirits high ,all the best to you.
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• United States
24 Mar 13
Yes exercise is important. I try to work out at home 3 days a week.
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@elsino91 (443)
• Poland
24 Mar 13
well I live on my own at university now but whenever I get home my mum always reminds me to eat more. It gets annoying. What your doing is really good, its kind of inspiring when I think of the will power it takes to stick to a routine of weight loss they way you are doing. Keep it up and don't mind your family, you know how much you want to eat, not them.
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• United States
24 Mar 13
Yes and when my daughter sees I am getting smaller than she is she will then try harder. I have desire to be healthy. She doesn't want to try. She gets upset when she gains. Lately she has lost by eating like me until her hubby gets home. Then she eats like him. She likes sweets too much.
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@maclanis (1474)
• Belgium
24 Mar 13
That's great that you lost the pounds. The tough part is to follow through. I don't really need to diet because I'm at a healthy weight, but I wouldn't mind losing a few pounds. The thing is, I don't really exercise enough. I'm going to start jogging when the weather gets better! My family doesn't try to make me eat more, it's more the other way around. Not that they're saying I'm eating too much, my mom just wants me to eat healthy.
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• United States
24 Mar 13
Oftentimes people on diets get discouraged, which is why I don't diet. I just eat less of the things i like. Going on a diet has always been too restrictive to me. Eating smarter has worked well. I eat salads and fruits liberally and eat small portions of other things.
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• United States
24 Mar 13
Congrats! I've been plateaued for so long that 6 weeks seems like a drop in the bucket however, it's winter and there's not much activity going on which equals usually to weight gain for me so a plateau is better than again. Though I've just gotten off a steroid for my breathing that can attribute to weight gain. Thankfully I've dropped that fast but not much more than that. I do agree if someone else around you is over eating you really do have a tendancy to over eat as well. That is one of the hardest things for me with my hubby he's an evening muncher and it's all carbs (chips and such) where I'd grab some fruit instead or find something else to do You can't nag on anyone about their weight it'll backfire. As the person themselves need to realize they need to do something about it. Trust me I had half sisters who'd buy me slim fast and sweating to the oldies videos thinking they were helping. When my problem wasn't being on a diet but being around someone who overate and that's all you knew was to overeat like them. My Mother used to make what I make for my family of 5 for the two of us and would get angry if I didn't eat her cooking. I'm glad you have some support tward your goals
• United States
24 Mar 13
You have done to maintain during the cold weather and not gain. It's still cold here in GA for me. If I go out I have to wear a jacket. I stay busy in the house for exercise. I mopped my floor again by hand. I get so much of a good workout this way.
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@missjahn (4578)
• Philippines
25 Mar 13
oh gosh, i want to loose some weights again. i think that i gain some pounds for my appetite urge me to eat more. gee, and i am so lazy to do workouts. but i planned really to lessen my appetite again. i am hopeful that i can do it to achieve the desired weight i want with my body. ') thanks for sharing this :)
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• United States
25 Mar 13
Hi Missjahn. You can do anything you set your mind to. Ask yourself 'how bad do you want it?' You will succeed I'd you want to bad enough.
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25 Mar 13
For me, if I am too stressed out I gain weight and its so hard to get motivated to go on a diet and stick to it. I would love to though! So, I give you great props on losing the weight! Any tips?
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@ajithlal (14564)
• India
25 Mar 13
I think you should try to relax and try to avoid stress as far as possible. Stress plays negative role in losing weight.
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• United States
25 Mar 13
My biggest tip is to NOT go on a diet. What happens when you go off a diet? You gain the weight back. Make a lifestyle change and be committed to it for life. My lifestyle change is to keep my total food intake per meal at 2 to 4 ounces. I never go over 4 ounces.
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@ajithlal (14564)
• India
26 Mar 13
I think it is good to continue exercise and do some lifestyle changes.
@Hatley (157523)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 13
hi pointlessq uestions I am so happy for you.,I have to be careful what I eat as some foods o r just to much of other foods can raise my blood sugar too high, I had real ice crean for dessert and my blood at occasionally . I haven't been weighed yet this montht but I was losing from 210 down to 186 so am still not slim yet but wor king on it. i am so glad for you PQ.way to go.
@ajithlal (14564)
• India
25 Mar 13
I think it is good that you have lost weight Hatley. With weight loss, I heard that diabetes can be controlled well.
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• United States
25 Mar 13
You hVe done well Hatley. It's hard to lose when you are diabetic but it can be done. In proud of your drive and determination. We can do anything we set our mind to that is a reasonable goal. It hurts my heart when people I care about care so little for their health. God gave us our bodies and so many if us just abuse them like they don't matter. I wish my daughter would care more. She will when she sees me weigh less than her.
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@ajithlal (14564)
• India
26 Mar 13
I think you have done good job Hatley. Actually, it also motivates me to do more walking consistently as I want to lose weight. I am trying to lose weight and sometimes get lazy and does not go on walking or do exercises.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
26 Mar 13
I raarely eat out, I did the other day, and tried to pick something semi healthy just because I was so hungry I was feeling sick. I ahve been trying to eat breakfast every morning, seeing as I was skipping it for awhile. I eat a small lunch and normally a decent supper. I drink a lot of water, so usually I am not that hungry. I tend to then snack onjunk, especially when I am home being bored, so my days off well I never get them off but when I do I sit online and eat junk. I use to work in a coffee shop, and we use to get the same people over and over again ordering 2 -3 donuts at once every night. I would get sick of eating the same thing over and over again.
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• United States
26 Mar 13
I can't afford to eat out really. I used to go to Sonics once a month, but I don't even do that now. I do get a Bavarian donut every Wednesday. That's enough of a splurge for me.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
26 Mar 13
I try to go for sushi once a month, other than that I never go out to eat. But sushi is actually pretty healthy for you, and very filling.
@celticeagle (114068)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Mar 13
Glad you got off that plateau. They are difficult. I think I have taught my kids a lot of bad habits and I feel bad for that. I eat how ever much I want of whatever I want. I am past caring. I hope my grandson can lose some weight. His doctor isn't very happen with him. He's about five foot and 150 pounds. Hopefully this Summer he will lose some. Glad you are doing well and you got past your plateau.
@ajithlal (14564)
• India
25 Mar 13
I also think it is good to eat healthy and to exercise.
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@celticeagle (114068)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Mar 13
Good for you!
• United States
25 Mar 13
Congratulations on your weight loss! I am the main caregiver for our household, so I am the one who maintains and prepares meals. My husband sometimes pressures me to buy cookies and other junk food, but because of my families history with being overweight... I don't want to take the chance!
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@ajithlal (14564)
• India
25 Mar 13
I am also trying to lose weight. I am overweight and have started walking and also controlling diet. I think you have done good job on losing weight. I think it is good to know that are about to lose four pounds in a week. I think these kind of stuff really motivates people like me.
• United States
25 Mar 13
I like being uplifting. My brother is my inspiration. He lost 160 pounds. He couldn't walk in the grocery store when he was big and now he can walk 7 miles without stopping. I hope I can walk a lot further than I do now as more weight comes off.
@mariaperalta (19096)
• Mexico
25 Mar 13
Thats great!!! Im so happy for you. I know sometimes its hard and even frustrated. But overall its all worth it. Keep up the great job there.
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