September 2010 Weight Loss Thread

I didn’t see a new thread for September so I’m starting one.

I started back to the gym today and I’m typing this with my tired noodley arms.
I didn’t get officially weighed and measured today so I will post my stats later. I need to lose at least 20 pounds, it may not seem like much but I’m very short and the extra 20 pounds puts me in the obese category.

I have a hard time sticking to diet and exercise programs. I have some health issues and when they act up it slows down my activity and I get lazy about food. I know I’ll feel better and have more energy if I can lose the weight. I’m also on heavy doses of antihistamines so I want to up my energy level to fight off the drowsiness.

So anyway. I worked out about 35 minutes on the treadmill and did 3 reps on exercise machines. I figure I burned about 200 calories.

How’s it going for everyone else?

Two weeks in France eating too much of the wrong kinds of food have done me no favours. The summer hols were meant to give me a chance to get my eating back on the straight and narrow and my exercise routine back in order. Despite some nice long beach walks, on the whole it did neither, and I’m back up to 219. hangs head

Ah! I want to join!

I weighed in last Monday at 201.5 lb. This week at 198.5. I’m focusing on just eating better, and getting out with the dogs more often and longer. I’ve never been a runner, but think that really might be the trick. I need to find a way for me to make it competitive (if even just with myself). I just need to get out there some morning and give it a solid 20-30 minutes. I have a strong suspicion either of my dogs would have my baby if I were to take them running, so that may help.

Hit the 20 lbs down mark yesterday - still a bunch to go but feels like its really starting to work now. Blowing it tonight because friends invited me out to an early Octoberfest with food & beer pairings. I guess I’ll be working that off all the rest of the week.

Have you checked out the C25k thread? It’s stands for Couch to 5k, it’s supposed to help you go from couch potato to running a 5k in about 9 weeks. You start out walking with short intervals of running.

Just be careful with the dogs, they will kill themselves for you so don’t run them in hot weather or on hot pavement.

We had a vacation, and my eating and exercising and recording calories got all thrown off, and it’s been really hard to get back into that habit. I only gained a pound on vacation, so that’s not too bad, and it’s sloooooowly coming back off. I guess I better go record today’s food and exercise. :slight_smile:

And after weighing today, I see I’ve lost two pounds. I didn’t think I was doing very well with staying on track, but I guess I was doing better than I realized. :slight_smile:

I’ve been fighting a stubborn 12-15 lbs for a few years, without budging more than 4 lbs either way. Despite calorie restriction and regular exercise. Doh!

However, I’ve been nonchalantly low-carbing for a few weeks, and I’m down from @132 lbs to @127 lbs. Most of that dropped in the last few days (ladies, you know how that time of the month goes). We’ll see if it sticks. I have about 6 more to go to be satisfied (I’m only 5ft, but my frame is not tiny), but I know from experience that this ain’t no walk in the park. Especially with various meds to slow things down - that’s what made me gain in the first place.

As for the low-carbing, there are a few things I miss, but I’m not hungry as much or as intensely. Lifestyle change, one day at a time!

216 pounds. Better, but some way to go. Been eating sensibly but too busy for much exercise; I need to fix that. As I’ve just finished some serious maths I should have a little more time.

Worked out today and thought I was feeling stronger until I got to the dumbbells, and I could barely lift them. It wasn’t until my second circuit that I realized they were 8 pound weights. I’m used to the 5 pound weights always being in the spot and I didn’t look at them that close.:smack:

And I’m up a little again today. Oh well - I’ve been carb-crazy lately, so a little gain is actually a success. Now that the weather has turned shitty, I’m starting to wonder about exercising this winter again - it gets so damned difficult to get enough exercise in winter.

Went to a yoga fusion class demo today. It’s yoga, tai chi and pilates. I liked it, the class isn’t 'til next month but it’s extra money. Gonna try another demo or two before I decide if I want to spend the money.

I’m not much for eating breakfast but I try to eat a little something but it’s not enough since I’m ravenous and a little shaky after working out. I think I need to take a protein bar with me. Does anyone have a good protein bar to recommend that isn’t loaded with carbs and calories and doesn’t taste like ass?

Sorry, I can’t help you - all the protein bars I’ve tried taste like ass. How about a meal replacement drink? The Ensure butter pecan flavour is surprisingly tasty.

While on my low-carb diet, I keep these in my purse in case I can’t get a decent snack while I’m out. 7g of protein, 7g of carbs, 2g of fat and 70 calories. They are small, but they take the edge off without adding too many carbs. I haven’t found a bar that has a decent amount of protein without a buttload of calories and/or carbs. I like the spicy ones best.

I have also discovered that you don’t have to eat a lot of carbs and run. Protein seems to keep me full longer and gives me plenty of energy for running.

My scale hasn’t budged since last week, but at least it hasn’t gone up. I’ve been eating out waaaayy too much. However, running frequently seems to have prevented me from gaining weight. Luckily, I’m back on the wagon.

Since I started working at it, I’ve lost 8 pounds. I still have 26 to go. One of the things that has been difficult is that I’m breastfeeding. While this would normally mean that I’d be burning beaucoup calories, since my daughter is almost a year old, I’m not burning nearly as much as I would be had she been a newborn. So, for the first few weeks, I overdid the calorie counting, enough to temporarily lower my production; over the weekend, though, I increased my calories too much. I think I’ve finally found a happy medium.

One thing that has really worked for me lately has been not making food prep a big deal (pre-cutting fruits & veggies for cooking being exceptions, of course). When I was younger, if dinner wasn’t elaborate, it wasn’t dinner. Same for breakfast and lunch. If you couldn’t do it “right,” you went out to eat. So, if I couldn’t make an elaborate, healthy meal at home of egg white omlet with whole wheat toast, I’d grab a scone at Starbucks. Or if I couldn’t make a home-cooked meal for everyone at home for dinner, I’d feed my son and snack until the takeout arrived after he’d gone to sleep. Finally, I’ve gotten to the point where I can say, “Hmmm… No time to fix breakfast? How about a handful of walnuts and piece of fruit? Nothing pre-made for dinner? A rotisserie chicken and a bag of salad will do the trick.” Changing the way I think about what constitutes real food has made an incredible difference, and makes continued weight loss seem much more doable.

I officially ended losing weight on 1 September at 85.9 kg (BMI 24.8); the last few days I have started filling my carb tanks for a race I am running on 19 September, so I am probably going to temporarily add about 2 kg (mainly water) on the 84.0 kg that the scale showed today.

Feeling fabulous (only drawbacks: belly is wrinkly and libido is up); can run much better (8.2 km training course yesterday in 45:32 - last year, at circa BMI 31, it was 53-55 minutes. Six years ago, at BMI 39, I took the lift to the first floor.)

After Sunday’s 7.5 km race I am going to gently begin training for that half marathon I have an eye on. I hope I am going to keep good habits through the winter (thinking apprehensively about the chocolate festival and about Christmas). Long, long ago at a bit under 80 kg I did look passable in swimming trunks…

I went to a Zumba class today. That’s the most I’ve sweated since I started working out. I’m not very coordinated so by the time I caught on to a move they were doing something else. But it was fun and from what I can find it burns a lot of calories.

I checked my weight today, not a big increase but I’m down about a pound.

Does anyone know of a good calorie finder that’s free? I mean the kind of set up like WW has where you can enter in all the ingredients of a recipe and it will spit out the calories?

I recently saw that there is a Zumba class being offered close to me - I might look into that. We’re going hardcore again this fall anyway, though - back into latin dance classes. :slight_smile: We’ve taken them before, and the salsa and merengue are an excellent work out!

I like the recipe calculator from Spark People.

Edit: I shouldn’t even be in this thread because I’m such a lazy slug I haven’t gotten on top of any of the weight loss goals I have for myself. But maybe this is the first step in the right direction…