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#1
desert SW
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Joined Nov 2004
The past 9 months have not been good for me weight-wise. Maybe all those cruises have caught up with me.

So, if you want to join me on my journey back to goal weight, please post here. You don't need to tell anyone what you weigh; just whether you lost or gained.

My goal is to lose 10 lb. before we leave for NYC.
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#2
Rockaway NY
424 Posts
Joined Dec 2010
I'd love to join you in this never ending quest to lose and maintain weight loss. I started a diet on Dec 26,2011 and lost the weight I wanted to, but now to keep it off... I counted EVERY calorie I ate , weighed every ounce of food and the lbs. came off. I lost 120 lbs-AMAZING!. I was a 3x , now a 12 ! WOO HOO. I would love to join you in this battle, my advise is to buy a food scale and then a bathroom scale and weigh yourself and everything you eat everyday. I started bike riding- at first I was able to go about 10 blocks before my legs felt tired. Now I can ride MILES. Don't expect sudden changes- I lost 2 -3 lbs weekly and in a year it was a new me!
I start each day with weighing myself(in my thinnest nightgown lol) and then plan the day's meals. Always plan dinner and dessert first. You will ALWAYS eat dinner + I always want something sweet at night so I plan ahead. I was eating lean cuisine or similar everyday for lunch but now I am sick of them so i eat salad or sandwiches on lite bread. I weigh 1 oz of potato chips and take them to work as a snack with lunch. Never eat out of the bag. I write down everything I eat. I eat whatever I want as long as I can count it. Cake ? OK but not from a bakery- can't count it. I buy packaged cake and read calorie count and # of servings. Lets do this together ! I'm tired of doing this alone, I'd love some diet buddies !!! Fran
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#3
Rio Rico, AZ
871 Posts
Joined Apr 2004
Rockapulco, wow -good job! And good advice. Did you use a group/attend meetings or lose the weight all on your own? I've recently lost about 40 lbs - since early Nov., and now would like to lose that much more. I need some accountability as I've gotten sloppy with my counts etc. I am a food addict, but sugar is my real nemesis. As long as I stay away from it, my cravings aren't too bad. I try to walk 2 miles a day and have just added some kettlebell weight training 3 days a week. We'll see how it goes.

OceanDreaming2, funny I know it sounds backwards, but I always lose a few pounds on a cruise, so I just need to cruise more
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#4
desert SW
9,800 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
Originally posted by iluv2travel
Rockapulco, wow -good job! And good advice. Did you use a group/attend meetings or lose the weight all on your own? I've recently lost about 40 lbs - since early Nov., and now would like to lose that much more. I need some accountability as I've gotten sloppy with my counts etc. I am a food addict, but sugar is my real nemesis. As long as I stay away from it, my cravings aren't too bad. I try to walk 2 miles a day and have just added some kettlebell weight training 3 days a week. We'll see how it goes.

OceanDreaming2, funny I know it sounds backwards, but I always lose a few pounds on a cruise, so I just need to cruise more
Originally posted by Rockapulco
I'd love to join you in this never ending quest to lose and maintain weight loss. I started a diet on Dec 26,2011 and lost the weight I wanted to, but now to keep it off... I counted EVERY calorie I ate , weighed every ounce of food and the lbs. came off. I lost 120 lbs-AMAZING!. I was a 3x , now a 12 ! WOO HOO. I would love to join you in this battle, my advise is to buy a food scale and then a bathroom scale and weigh yourself and everything you eat everyday. I started bike riding- at first I was able to go about 10 blocks before my legs felt tired. Now I can ride MILES. Don't expect sudden changes- I lost 2 -3 lbs weekly and in a year it was a new me!
I start each day with weighing myself(in my thinnest nightgown lol) and then plan the day's meals. Always plan dinner and dessert first. You will ALWAYS eat dinner + I always want something sweet at night so I plan ahead. I was eating lean cuisine or similar everyday for lunch but now I am sick of them so i eat salad or sandwiches on lite bread. I weigh 1 oz of potato chips and take them to work as a snack with lunch. Never eat out of the bag. I write down everything I eat. I eat whatever I want as long as I can count it. Cake ? OK but not from a bakery- can't count it. I buy packaged cake and read calorie count and # of servings. Lets do this together ! I'm tired of doing this alone, I'd love some diet buddies !!! Fran
Wow! Great stories and attitudes to both of you.

I'm a Weight Watchers member and led meetings for 10 years (just "retired" the end of January). For those 10 years, I never weighed more than my goal weight (in fact, at one point I was 20 lb. under that goal) but now I'm dangerous close to the number and I don't like the way I feel or look. I'm afraid I'll lose the accountability by not being as involved with meetings. I attended my old meeting Tuesday and it felt almost surreal.

Anyway, I know I'm not supposed to, but I weigh myself every morning and today I was down some from yesterday. It's a nice feeling. Portion control, journalling and support are the key ingredients to any weight loss plan.

We can do it!
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#5
Rockaway NY
424 Posts
Joined Dec 2010
I was able to get the weight off on my own. I had thought of trying weight watchers meetings and told myself if I was unable to do this on my own I would spend the money and join a group. I'd rather use the money for cruise expenses so my motivation was high. There are many websites that have calorie counts, My Plate ( a Lance Armstrong page was great and free) All packaged foods have the counts right on the back. I save calories by purchasing the brand with the fewest. For instance there are wraps with 50 calories VS. wraps with 100. That and weighing EVERYTHING was the answer for me. There are great books out there. I got one called Eat this, Not that. That sort of sums up my diet plan. Now that I am at goal weight, I still weigh myself daily but weekends are free. i weigh what I want to weigh on Friday or I don't give myself the weekend off lol. Every Monday it's back to the scale and see what I need to do to get back to where I was. 1500 daily calories is my target for Mon- Fri. So far 2 months in and my weight has been stable. This past June we took our first cruise. I gained 7 lbs in 10 days but lost it again and continued to diet. I like to say I have "won't power, not will power''. As in , I won't eat that, I will eat that instead!
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#6
desert SW
9,800 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
Originally posted by Rockapulco
I was able to get the weight off on my own. I had thought of trying weight watchers meetings and told myself if I was unable to do this on my own I would spend the money and join a group. I'd rather use the money for cruise expenses so my motivation was high. There are many websites that have calorie counts, My Plate ( a Lance Armstrong page was great and free) All packaged foods have the counts right on the back. I save calories by purchasing the brand with the fewest. For instance there are wraps with 50 calories VS. wraps with 100. That and weighing EVERYTHING was the answer for me. There are great books out there. I got one called Eat this, Not that. That sort of sums up my diet plan. Now that I am at goal weight, I still weigh myself daily but weekends are free. i weigh what I want to weigh on Friday or I don't give myself the weekend off lol. Every Monday it's back to the scale and see what I need to do to get back to where I was. 1500 daily calories is my target for Mon- Fri. So far 2 months in and my weight has been stable. This past June we took our first cruise. I gained 7 lbs in 10 days but lost it again and continued to diet. I like to say I have "won't power, not will power''. As in , I won't eat that, I will eat that instead!
Sparkpeople is a free on-line on-line/community weight loss/maintenance program. I like free.

I love the Eat This/Not That series.
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#7
desert SW
9,800 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
Weighed in for the week yesterday. Overall, I gained since 2/1 but we were on a 10 day cruise so I know I lost some of what I gained since our return home. (Does that make any sense?) Anyway, next week will be better!
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#8
desert SW
9,800 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
Had my official weigh-in today at WW. Down 1 lb. since last month and 3.7 since 12/1. Hoping for another loss in April.

Now that the weather has warmed up, I've been doing a lot of walking - 2-3 miles a day.
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#10
desert SW
9,800 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
First day of the month and my WW meeting falls on a Tuesday, so it was weigh-in day. Down another pound. Darn, it's coming off slower than it came on!

Several days over the past couple of weeks, I've logged over 10,000 steps a day. Sunday I walked my own personal 5K. Being outdoors in our glorious Spring weather beats working out in a gym anyday! I'm sure the A/C gym will feel great when we start out our days at 75-80 deg. but the weather now (at 8:00 AM) is ideal for walking.
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#11
desert SW
9,800 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
Had my monthly weigh-in today - lost .8#. I thought it would be more since I've been walking 2-3 miles a day, plus the normal yard/house work. The weight I put on during our 24 day cruise back in September is finally gone! It went on so much faster.
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#12
desert SW
9,800 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
Down another .8# for the month.

I'm still walking 45 minutes most mornings. Some mornings, it's pretty darn hot (as in 85 deg. at 7:30!) and it's hard to do but once I'm started, it's easier.

How is the journey going for others?
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#13
desert SW
9,800 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
Have to toot my own horn - down 2.2# for the month! Yay me!
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#14
chicago
14,141 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
I'm down 10 lbs
I'm doing 23 minutes (the time without commercials for recording of the Science Channel show "How do they do it") walking on the treadmill three times a day. (After breakfast, lunch & dinner)
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#15
desert SW
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Joined Nov 2004
Originally posted by Uniall
I'm down 10 lbs
I'm doing 23 minutes (the time without commercials for recording of the Science Channel show "How do they do it") walking on the treadmill three times a day. (After breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Excellent John!
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#16
Reno Nevada
1,597 Posts
Joined Aug 2004
I would like to lose 10 lb before our cruise .I am doing Weight Watchers and it is so slow ......I have lost 15 lb since January but had 2 cruises in that time and a trip to Hawaii.
#17
St. Clairsville, OH
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Joined Sep 2006
Originally posted by DUCHESSRN
I would like to lose 10 lb before our cruise .I am doing Weight Watchers and it is so slow ......I have lost 15 lb since January but had 2 cruises in that time and a trip to Hawaii.
15 lb is awesome!
I've been keeping track of my calories for the past month and a half -- it's amazing how those little buggers add up! I'm doing 1200 cal -- the diet is of my own making and I'm keeping track on MyFitnessPal ap. It is also a website. For exercise I'm doing something called t-tapp which tones your muscles. It is fairly easy for me and I'm athletically challenged! I use a DVD in the privacy of my own home (: I make DH go away and not watch me (: I've been off of my t-tapp for the past several days because my hip hurts. (I heard something pop while wrestling with my dog). Today DH and I scrubbed our deck and now just about everything hurts.
On the plus side, it was good exercise I suppose.
So far after 6 weeks I've lost 7 lbs.

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#18
desert SW
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Joined Nov 2004
Originally posted by DUCHESSRN
I would like to lose 10 lb before our cruise .I am doing Weight Watchers and it is so slow ......I have lost 15 lb since January but had 2 cruises in that time and a trip to Hawaii.
I'm a former WW leader and have been working hard at losing the weight I picked up on our Baltics/TransAtlantic cruise last fall. Cruises/travel always seem to add additional weight. Just back from our most recent cruise (Alaska/Jewel). Lots of walking on that cruise so I only have 2 additional lb.
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#19
St. Clairsville, OH
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Joined Sep 2006
Originally posted by OceanDreaming2
I'm a former WW leader and have been working hard at losing the weight I picked up on our Baltics/TransAtlantic cruise last fall. Cruises/travel always seem to add additional weight. Just back from our most recent cruise (Alaska/Jewel). Lots of walking on that cruise so I only have 2 additional lb.
We can only hope that a slow weight loss will be more permanent because our " set point" will be lower.


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#20
desert SW
9,800 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
Up this month. Travel, cruising, and Mexican food made for a "bad" weigh-in today.

It's just temporary - back on the wagon tomorrow!
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