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[Sep. 10th, 2006|03:44 pm]
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I love nothing better than a good progress/success story. I might be slightly obsessed with the ones they publish in Fitness Magazine. SLIGHTLY, SHEESH.

So here's my progress/success so far story!! I'd love to hear everyone else's past history tpe stuff and also goals. Yay goals!


So over Christmas of 2004, my grandmother made a comment to me about how we both needed to "hit the gym this year!" I wanted to stab her. She's 5'3 and probably near or over 300lbs and has arthritis and how dare she say that I was fat! I was, you know, big boned. And on those bones, I had a lot of fat. Heh. I'm 5'7 and I was, at that time, at my heaviest. 256.5lbs! OMG! But it pissed me off. "I'll be skinny this time next year, you ho!" I said to myself (yes, I did call my grandmother a ho... what of it?). So I just... started. I didn't want to spend money on Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers or any of that crap. And I definitely didn't want to get weight loss surgery. But I had about 110lbs to lose. So I figured out that weight loss is basically math. You have to create a deficit of 3500 calories to lose one pound. That's it! So I did the little formula that told me how many calories I had to eat to maintain my weight. (see below: resources) Then I figured out that, if I burned 3500 calories a week with exercise and ate a 1500 calorie per day diet, I would lose about 3.5lbs a week.

So I did. And I did, for the most part. I just kept obsessive track of my calories. And I do mean obsessive. I made a spreadsheet, printed dozens of copies, and had it bound. And I lost 56.5 lbs in about a year. I could have lost more, but I fell off that fucking wagon for a few months. The important thing, I thought, about that was that even though I'd stopped eating healthy, I didn't back-slide. I didn't gain back any weight. This proved to me that by eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising a lot, I could take it off and keep it off.

Then I got pregnant. Heh. Anyway, that was something that involved a lot of vomiting and little to no exercise. But also, little to know food, so I find myself now, with a month old infant, lighter than I've been in about... 7 years. I'm 196.5lbs. My "goal" is somewhere between 145 - 150, or wherever I happen to end up when I'm in really good shape.



I want to lose this last 40 or so pounds by my son's one year birthday. That works out to about 1.5lbs a week, which is SO totally doable, I don't even know how to tell you. My short term goal is to be in the 180's by the time I go visit South Florida at the beginning of October.



My biggest problem this time around will be THE HUNGER. The Breastfeeding Hunger. Lemme tell ya, man, it is... it is FIERCE. But anyway, I looked it up online. I'm not supposed to eat less than 1800 calories a day, so that's what I'm shooting for. 1800 a day. That would have been easy when I started this thing way back when, but I've gotten rather used to eating ice cream and cake in the past ten months or so. So dieting is... well. It's a bit hard. But I'll get back in the swing of it!


Resources
FitDay
A terrific website! It's totally free and it has a database of the nutritional content of just about any food you can think of. You select the food and how much you ate and it keeps track of your nutritional content. Not just calories, but percentages of fat and carbs and stuff. Also it tracks your goals and progress. You can enter exercise/calories burned and it keeps track of that too. Sheer GENIUS. If there's a food you eat often that's not in their database, you can put it in under "custom foods" and it'll be right there for you, in a handy pull down menu.

Dotti's Weight Loss Zone
This website is maintained by a woman who lost almost 100lbs using Weight Watchers. It has nutritional values of foods from almost every restaurant chain. An invaluable resource if you eat out, seriously. We'd just keep print outs of the nutritional values for the places we went often, and then we'd know exactly what was in what we were ordering. Also, I could obsessively put it in my spreadsheet book RIGHT THERE in the restaurant.


1. Divide weight in lbs by 2.2 to get weight in kilograms
2. Multiply height in inches by 2.54 to get height in centimeters
3. Multiply weight in kilograms (#1) by 9.6
4. Multiply height in centimeters (#2) by 1.8
5. Multiply age in years by 4.7
6. Add 655 + Answer from #3 + Answer from #4 - Answer from #5

Multiply the answer from #6 by:
1.2 for Sedentary lifestyle
1.375 for Slightly Active lifestyle (light exercise/sportys 1-3 days per week)
1.55 for Moderately Active lifestyle (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days a week)
1.725 for Very Active lifestyle (strenuous exercise/sports 6-7 days a week)
1.9 for Extra-Active lifestyle (very strenuous daily exercise, sports, or physical job or training twice a day)


If anyone knows of any others, please! Share! And I'll share more as I think of them!
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[User Picture]From: shortsweetcynic
2006-09-10 08:45 pm (UTC)
i'll see your fitday and raise you http://www.calorie-count.com/. it's not very pretty to look at but they've got lots of brand names and even store brands, so i found it somewhat useful.
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[User Picture]From: dryad271
2006-09-10 09:27 pm (UTC)
And I use calorieking.com--I have the software in my Treo so I have NO EXCUSE not to put stuff in. They have a massive database. ;) I like Dotti too but since I ran screaming away from Weight Watchers I don't visit quite as often.
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[User Picture]From: justblue0162
2006-09-11 01:29 am (UTC)
lol. that thing says i should eat 2800 calories a day. methinks my math is wrong somewhere. oops.

i am using ediets.com, because it doesn't make me do the math, and also has very simple recipes that i can manage not to screw up too badly. for me, it has the right balance of "choose your own" and "just eat what we tell you", and it's really taught me a lot about portion size and equivalent substitutions. i also like that it's basically just a balanced diet, no exclusions or anything. i started in january of 2005, and by october i had lost 49lbs. and then i went on vacation and ate whatever i damn well felt like eating. then there was thanksgiving and christmas and my birthday and i stayed at 49lbs until last week, and omg, how frustrating was that? but to be honest, i wasn't following ediets as closely as i used to, but at least i didn't gain anything back. so over labor day weekend i re-committed myself, and i've lost 2lbs already. i joined a gym about two months ago and i go almost every day for the elliptical or to swim. but i cannot tell you how happy those 2lbs made me. i'm so totally motivated right now :)

and also totally bummed that i am going to be in boston when you come down to visit! but i will be in orlando in november, and i would love to stop by if that's okay? i'm dying to meet the cutest baby in the world!
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[User Picture]From: mariediocre
2006-09-18 10:10 am (UTC)
ugh, that formula says I should be eating no more than 1003 calories a day to lose I guess o.O That doesn't seem right somehow...
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[User Picture]From: mariediocre
2006-09-18 10:13 am (UTC)
oh, whoops... if I do NOTHING I should eat that many calories a day *headdesk* This is why I should be in bead at 6am...
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[User Picture]From: mariediocre
2006-09-18 10:16 am (UTC)
well, it's not much better... by being only slightly active I have to eat no more than 1150 a day. moderate exercise... (does walking briskly 6 times a week, 2.5 miles count as moderate exercise?) I can eat a max of: 1300 calories. Let's see... today I did nothing exercise wise but I ate 400 calories for dinner, had too many calories in my drinks so I'll say an easy 600 to sodas and the like and for dinner I had about 650... so that's Not much I'd have to alter if I'd just get off my ass, lol!
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From: dofollow2009
2016-10-12 03:10 am (UTC)
So here's my progress/success so far story!! I'd love to hear everyone else's past history tpe stuf
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