2006 Weight Loss Club - June

Not a good week. Not terribly bad, but not good. I had to work from home several days so that I could get new AC. (The old AC wasn’t fully shot, but it ran all the time and the repairman said that the condensers would not allow him to put more coolant in.) Therefore I only got my cardio done twice. I did do my weights. I ate OK. I have cut back carbs quite a bit, but still have that sugar addiction. Actually, chocholate. I was jonesing bad for some Wed, Thur and last night. I was good Wed and Thurs…

I bought five pairs of size 36 pants today for a dollar apiece (I love yard sales) and while one’s a little uncomfortable and another’s just a little snug, the other three all fit perfectly, even sitting down and with my shirt tucked in.

And thank you, velvetjones. I am pleased.

This week: -0. For the second week in a row. Time to start taking this a bit more seriously, eh?

OTOH, at least I’m not gaining weight…

Terrible, bad week this week.

I was sick for 3 days. So I was hardly eating, and when I was eating it was easy, comfort food (usually takeaway or something that was thrown into the oven and eaten after about thirty minutes of baking) because I was too crappy feeling to cook. Had a friend over as well, so it was a bit of a “party” weekend, with bad food like pizza and chips and even some chocolate coated pretzels.

I still lost 400g this week. I’m well chuffed.

It’s a tiny loss, but it’s still a loss. So I’m going to buckle down this week, and work hard on keeping my points under control and not blowing out again.

But some interesting points of consideration…

The junk food was great. It tasted nice, and I enjoyed eating it. But I’m now eating less than I ever used to. Friday night was pizza night, and I got by on 3 pieces and some garlic bread, rather than my more traditional 5-7 pieces, plus the bread.

But the weekend is now taking its toll. I’ve felt gassy and bloated the last couple of days. I don’t feel the best now, kinda crappy where in the last few weeks (the days I was sick aside) I’ve generally felt pretty okay in the mornings. So now there’s an added deterrent to help stop the bingeing, farting at work is no fun (unless you can trap someone in a room with it. Then it’s full of hilarity).

I don’t think I’ll ever give up junk food for good. There’s too much of it that I love. But I definitely will be doing it in moderation from now on.

I’m joining the club late, I hope that’s okay.

We’ve started the “fat club” at work, where we each wrote down our personal goals and what we’re doing to make that happen. When we cheat, we throw a dollar into the kitty. Last week, I won $28 by losing 10 lbs in 2 weeks.

This is the first time I’ve ever dieted in my life, so I have alot to learn and am not sure if I’m doing it “right” or not but for the time being I’m losing by keeping my calories down to 1200-1400 per day and drinking alot of water.

Height: 5’7"
age: 44
starting weight: 164
weight today: 154
goal weight: 140

Once I lose a bit more weight, I’ll start working out a little. Another new area for me as I’ve been a sedentary slug for years.

Hello Adoptamom_II. Welcome to the club. Congratulations on your victory - keep going! :slight_smile:

I’ve been on Nutrisystem for the past week and doing fairly well with it. The food isn’t what I would call gourmet, but it’s serviceable.

So far, I’ve lost 5 lbs.

Robin, 245/240/170

As long as our asses get smaller, there’s always room for more on the loser’s bench…

I’m officially holding under 310, I was at 308 last week and am at 309 this week. I missed 2 workouts last week and partied a bit so that didn’t help.

However I’m seeing marked improvement in what I can physically do and this week I’m bumping up to 5 workouts (M-F) splitting between upper body and lower body.

I’m feeling great and am still at the point where I’m eager to workout, so that’s good.

Starting weight: 325lbs
Current weight: 309lbs

Next milestone: <300lbs

Hi, are you accepting new members to the weight loss club?

I have not been able to get on a diet and stay on a diet over the last few years. My weight continued to go up.
My physicals have all been fine and my Doctor of course recommended I lose some weight.
Well Last Month my Cholesterol and LDL were high. The Doctor wanted to put me on Cholesterol lowering medication.
I dislike having to take meds on a daily basis if I can avoid doing so. Armed with some advice from the board, I negotiated with my doctor to try a lifestyle change of a low cholesterol diet and more exercise. He will check me in Early August.
On my home scale, my weight was 239.5 lbs and on the blood test, my LDL was 170. My Goal is to get under 200lbs and under 140 LDL.

I am 3+ weeks into my diet and I have stopped eating at McDonalds for lunch, cut out high fat foods, and dropped my saturated fats to less than 10 grams per day. I am eating 2 packages of instant oatmeal for breakfast, instead of a cheese Danish or Bear Claw.
I am having Salads for lunch 4 out of 5 work days and a Turkey sandwich with just lettuce and pickles the other day.
My dinners have incorporated vegetables I enjoys, Lean meats, especially chicken. The only Burgers I eat now are at lean 94% lean that I grilled myself.
For treats I am using air popped Popcorn without salt or butter. I’ll add a dozen Pepperidge farm Gold fish or some pretzels to it. 15 Calorie Ice Pops or 60 Calorie Fudgsicals in Diet Root beer. Rice Cakes, Carrots & Celery round it out for me.

I have used a very nice spring to get a lot of extra yard work done which is a fairly good and productive form of exercise and I take the kids for Bike Rides or walks. I also play 30 to 45 minutes of Quoits everyday at lunchtime. This is not great exercise, but better than sitting on my behind.

My Diet was going great. I got down to 221.5 pounds at the 3 weeks mark a drop of 18 lbs. It stalled this weekend and I actually went up to 222lbs. I think I need to increase my level of exercise now. I hope in 2 months to be below 210 lbs and have my LDL down. My long term goal is to get under 200 and stay under 200 lbs.

Good Luck everyone,
Jim {My wife has really been helping me with this except she would get a little mad at me when I reported the weight drops, she can eat better than I do and exercise more and yet the weight drops off much slower}

What Exit? everyone is welcome. Glad you joined us! :slight_smile:

Hi Folks, I hope you don’t mind yet another mid-year sign-on.

About three weeks ago, I started walking 30 minutes /1.5miles before work, and an 60 minutes/3.25miles at lunch on a nearby hiking trail (Steven’s Creek Trail in Mountain View), but it wasn’t until SDMB’s own Podkayne mentioned http://www.fitday.com in another thread that I decided the time was right. About 5 years ago, I joined a Weight Watchers @ Work program, and was making progress until the group fell below the critical mass and the program was cancelled. Over the years, I gained what I had lost and then some. The food/exercise journal was a very useful crutch, and I’m hoping that fitday does the same.

Last Monday (6/5) was my “official” weigh-in — The first time I’ve stepped on a scale in years. Gah. 279. I can only guess what I was before I started walking. On second thought, perhaps I don’t want to. At this morning’s weigh-in, I found I’m down to 273.5. I know the first few weeks tend to be atypical, but it’s a great way to start off.

In the next few weeks, I hope to increase the pace of my walks to 3.5mph, and to start doing 30 minutes/day on a stationary bicycle.

Height: 6’1’’
Age: 37
Initial weight: 279?
Current weight: 273.5
Goal weight: 180

Despite my gung-ho attitude yesterday, I’m having a bit of a crisis.

It’s a little over a month, and I’ve hit a plateau. Not a physical one, I’m still losing even with the complete and utter disregard I showed for my eating over the weekend. But it’s a mental one.

The food I’ve got is varied and tasty. It’s not boredom that’s the problem.

It’s cravings. Cravings that disappeared after a day or two in the first week, have come back with a vengeance. I want chips. I want cheese and crackers. I want KFC Hot and Spicy chicken (which is back on the menu right now!) and I want a friggin’ great big slab o’ cheesecake!

Naturally it’s a honkin’ great bunch of things that I can’t allow myself to have. It wasn’t the weekend that did it either. It started late last week, while I was sick. I let myself go over the weekend, and I’m resolute not to do it again (at least not for a few more weeks/kilos). But I still want these things… Really, really badly.

Sometimes rice chips just don’t cut it :frowning:

Time to brag: I’ve beat my minimum goal of 220 lbs (219 in my skivvies at the Y this morning), which is the point that I declared that should I get to it and not lose another pound, I’d still be happy.

Doctor’s goal of 205 is next, and ultimate is 199.5.

**VunderBob **Congratulations! Enjoy your victory! :slight_smile:
John T. Conklin Welcome to the club.

Sierra Indigo no matter what I do, I can’t seem to stop my cravings for chocholate. If you find a way to conquer the cravings, be sure to share it with me.

Mind if I join? :slight_smile:

I’m on a pretty hard-assed diet right now (the Dr. Bernstien diet) - started May 30.

I’m just over 6’ tall. As of May 31, I weighed 237.2 pounds. As of today, I weigh 225 pounds.

My goal weight is around 195 or so - in any event, under 200. As long as I stick with the diet, I will get there … I hope. But can I go without any tasty junk food for almost two months?

Depending on the person, sometimes cravings are more easily controlled with moderate consumption of the desired food. If you’re likely to gorge if you eat one of those foods, obviously it might not be a good idea to do this. Using it as a reward for reaching a goal might be helpful, but set conditions that absolutely must be met before you can eat it, and set a limit to the portion and stick to it.

KFC and cheesecake I can do that with. I can have a small amount, and then be happy. My real problem foods, however, are chips and cheese/crackers. The cravings are driving me batty, but if I allow myself some of those things then the cravings just get worse. It’s a no-win situation.

Well, so much for that suggestion. Sounds like you’ve got a good handle on what you need to do to manage your behavior. Sorry there’s no real way for you to deal with it other than what you’re already doing.

Initial Weight: 360 lbs
Current Weight: 194 lbs
Goal Weight: 150 lbs

167 lbs down; 43 to go.

This doesn’t really count as I know it’s only 'cause I’ve not had much over the past day or two (and was amazed when I stepped on the scale to see it so low) so my weight will shoot back to 196 or so once I eat something but I’m counting it anyway.

Welcome What Exit?, John T. Conklin, and Malthus.