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newme24 - Thursday Jan 30, 2014
(Counting Calories/Strength Training)
Weight: 170.0

 Feeling pretty discouraged today.  I haven't managed to lose any lbs in the past couple of weeks, despite strength training 3x a week and keeping my calories in check.  I feel that I'm getting stronger again, but not sure why the scale isn't budging.  I've cut out all processed foods during the week (besides protein powder, if that counts), even greek yogurt (which actually gave me a hard time in the past) and diet soda.  Not sure what gives-- thinking because I started on birth control pills.  I had a hard time losing weight when I first started on them a few months ago, but eventually got back to normal after a few months.  Maybe it's the same issue I'm having again?  My doctor swears that it doesn't cause weight gain-- maybe I'm just looking for something to blame!  Either way, I'm going to give it a couple of weeks.  I feel pressure to lose it quicker because I'm going to be in wedding in April.  If it wasn't for that, I'd just let it run its course.  It's just SO frustrating, I've been so good and (FINALLY) managed to have some self control on the weekends... with no results!  Anyone seeing similar issues? 

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

Innerpeace on 01/30/2014:
Losing weight has got to be the most discouraging thing ever. Continue to make wise decisions, it will probably work itself out.

Umpqua on 01/31/2014:
The scale is crawling for me too, but in my case it's lack of exercise due to not feeling well. And as I've gotten older my metabolism has slowed and I'm finding it much harder to lose weight. It sounds like you're doing all the right things so it could very well be the birth control pills. I had a couple of doctors tell me they don't cause weight gain when I was on them years ago, and then I finally got one who admitted that a good number of his patients gained weight on them. I gained weight within a couple of months of first going on them. Hopefully your body will adjust soon.

newme24 - Thursday Jan 16, 2014
(Counting Calories/Strength Training)
Weight: 170.0

Back on DD after a full year!  

 This past year has been crazy!  Have been lifting heavy, doing cardio, eating right and hit my peak over the summer.  I weighed in at an all-time low of 159 lbs!  Got super strong-- lifting 225 lbs as my max in both dead lifts and squats.  Benched 115 lbs.  Did my first mud race-- everything was going great. 

Then, between stress at work, planning a wedding, and taking time off for the wedding, honeymoon-- followed immediately by the holidays, I have found myself at 170 lbs again.  (Was at about 165 lbs for the wedding-- was devastated I couldn't maintain my low weight!  But hey-- I'm a stress eater!)

But I'm back-- married!-- and need to get myself motivated again!  I keep looking back to how good I felt over the summer, and know if I really put my mind to it I can be even lighter AND stronger by next summer!

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 01/17/2014:
Congratulations on getting married and hitting an all-time low! You've proven you can do it and you will do it again. I look forward to seeing more posts from you!

thinkpositive on 01/18/2014:
You caught yourself in time & glad you came back. I was away for a time myself.

newme24 - Friday Jan 11, 2013
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 170.0

The holidays were brutal!  Didn't track my Weight Watchers points, ate whatever I wanted... almost got back to 180, but now I'm back to where I started again.  I'm realizing I don't like WW that much.  All this time, I've been counting calories, and I just think it works better for me than points.  I'm more comfortable with counting calories, and WW didn't really motivate me the way I thought it would.  I'm still going to go to meetings and weigh in until my 9 weeks are up, but I've been using Lose It and I actually like it a lot than the WW e-tools.  So, I guess I have to do whatever works for me :)

Even though I didn't eat healthy over the holidays, I consistently worked out.  I've been doing a lot of lifting, and have been noticing small changes in my appearance, even though there hasn't been a change in the scale.  So, I'm taking that as a sign that I'm building more muscle and I'm pretty happy about that. I even managed to squeeze into size 10 work pants yesterday that I couldn't wear before Christmas!

I'm starting to seriously look at wedding dresses next weekend... I'm nervous because most sample sizes are 10s and last time I tried on I barely fit into a 12.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!


P.S.  Does anyone else have a Lose It account?

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

Tangalyn~ on 01/11/2013:
yep finding what works for U is the only way to do it :) hope u have a great day!

OhioRaven on 01/11/2013:
I did weight watchers too. Unless you have a Good coach, you won't be motivated. My coach sucked at it at it.

IndependentEm93 on 01/11/2013:
A guy at my work uses Lose It and he is down 15 pounds! Have a great day! And have fun wedding dress shopping!

legcramps on 01/11/2013:
Sounds like you're doing great! Have fun dress shopping :)

liza36 on 01/11/2013:
Definitely do what works for you! Good luck.

V on 01/11/2013:
Not sure how the WW points system goes but I think you should def do what works for you..Not my intention of knocking WW because I have a friend that has done really well doing it, but I also know another girl that stays within her daily point allowance (or so she says,) however her meals consists of a high amount of carbs and she rarely eats veggies or lean proteins.. She actually weighs more than when she started the program.

Anyhoo I had a good time with my friends and it was a little stressful once i got to the folks(health issues with Mom and my Nana :( ) They overbooked my flight back to Fl. so I opted for a later flight and got a round trip ticket(free) anywhere the airlines fly so I am thinking of using it for a getaway..I need a vacation from my vacation..LOL

How was your holiday? I hope it was a good one <3

newme24 - Thursday Dec 06, 2012
(Weight Watchers)
Weight: 170.0

Hello!  I joined Weight Watchers at work yesterday, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to check in!  I've lost a few pounds over the past few months, but not nearly as much as I would have liked.  I was hoping to be at my goal by now, but sometimes life gets in the way.  With less than a year until the wedding, I needed an extra push-- which is why I joined Weight Watchers.  Has anyone ever tried it??

I'm a little nervous that I won't see the losses everyone else sees in the first few weeks, especially since I've already lost so much weight.  I guess it's unusual to start Weight Watchers after losing 60 pounds!  Plus, I've been counting calories-- so counting points will be similar.  Either way, I'm hoping it will motivate me and keep me on track- especially during the holidays.  I'm just trying not to expect too much.  After calculating the points of the things I ususally eat, it turns out I can actually eat more than I have been!  It makes me a little nervous... but I'll try for a week and adjust if necessary. 

Anyone have any advice/tips on Weight Watchers?  Has it worked for you?

Hope you're all doing well :)

Progress as of today: 65 lbs lost so far, only 20 lbs to go!

liza36 on 12/06/2012:
Coongrats on joining WW. I just joined (again!) on Saturday. I love the program overall and think it promotes healthy habits. I have lost weight on it, it just takes consistency, which is sometimes my problem. Good luck!

Tangalyn~ on 12/06/2012:
great job joining weight watchers :) im sure u will do great with it.. hope ur having a great day <3

V on 12/06/2012:
Hey girl!! I'm well thanks for asking :) Super pumped for my 2 weeks of vacation starting Dec.16th!! Going to Chicago for the holiday..Hanging with my friends before going to the folks, I am sure I will need to recoop after a few days of partying like a rock star..Hahahaha

Congrats on you loss and you know just because you are close to goal weight, you may drop the first 5-10 lbs quick before the weekly loss slows..Eating more for sure will boost your metabolism. i for one can tell you this from a personal standpoint..I think it was 3 years ago when I was still getting to goal weight and went home for Xmas. I ate alot more food, mainly healthy but some of the things I hadn't eaten in well over a year..Anyhoo I came back home from my trip 7 lbs lighter. I totally understand why you would be nervous, but if you follow the plan at least 80% of the time you will do just fine..

How is your family? I always smile when I hear about the vino filled dinners! My Nana is a Martini kinda girl, can't wait to have dinner with her ;) LOL Have a great evening <3

newme24 - Thursday Sep 27, 2012
(Calorie Counting/Exercise)
Weight: 174.0

Good morning!  Hope everyone is doing well.  Had a nice rest of the day yesterday... ended up going to lunch with a friend/co-worker rather than eating the lunch I brought from home (chicken/brown rice/spinach).  I had a salad and went super light on the dressing, so I didn't feel too bad about it.  I stayed on track for the rest of the day, went to the gym, had dinner... etc.  I was a little dissapointed because a few months ago I had my fiance take progress pics of me, and I was feeling pretty good so I asked him to take another one (I know, I should be taking them first thing in the morning rather than at night!).  So he took them, then I compared them to the last one I took in April.  I knew I weighed roughly the same (maybe a few pounds lighter now), but I had gotten so much stronger, so I figured I have been building some muscle in addition to my fat loss.  However, I was SO dissapointed when I saw the pictures.  My fiance thinks I'm crazy, but I feel like I look exactly the same.  Actually, I will admit had a little more definition around my stomach, but I swear my legs look bigger (not muscular, like blubber bigger).   So he claims it's all in my head, that I'm crazy for not seeing a difference, but whatever.  As soon as I start feeling good about myself, something always brings me down.  Maybe it was a good reality check, because sometimes I start to feel a little too good about myself and start getting cocky... those times I need to realize I'm not at my goal yet and I still need to keep going and trying hard everyday. 

I don't have much going on today.  It'll be a busy day at work because I've been slacking off all week.  (Oops!).  Tomorrow, I'm actually going to try and avoid any plans with friends because I know I will be better off eating/drinking if I just stay in with my fiance, rather than meet friends for drinks.  The last thing I need is drinking too much and ordering an appetizer at the bar... or making a late night stop at McD's!  (Which I did two weeks ago.  Ugh.  Such a fat kid at heart!  Will it ever stop!?).  Saturday my fiance and his family are going crabbing, so Saturday night his aunt is going to make gravy with the crabs-- so it'll be a pasta/crab feast... which is why I need to stay perfect on Friday and Sunday!  Maybe I'll throw in an extra workout to makeup for it.  We shall see :) 

Have a great day!

Progress as of today: 61 lbs lost so far, only 24 lbs to go!

liza36 on 09/27/2012:
Progress pics are great, but don't let them discourage you if you don't see exactly what you want to. We are most critical of ourselves, at least I know I am. You're doing great, just keep it up!

V on 09/27/2012:
Okay it sounds like you are experiencing a bit of body image issues which is quite normal as long as you don't obsess..We are all a little critical of ourselves so stay focused but don't be so hard on yourself <3.. Almost 2 years ago, I was out with friends and one of my friends came in with a super cute jacket, I mentioned how much i liked it, she asked if i wanted to try it on..I was like girl there is no way i can fit in that tiny thing and she said "you must be drunk girl, we are about the same size"(I think that she is teeny, LOL)Sure enough the jacket was a perfect fit.. See what I mean? LOL Anyhoo your weekend plans sounds awesome!!

V on 09/27/2012:
RYC what are your fave shows? ITA about the little things in life ;)

inmorning on 10/03/2012:
I can definitely see how coming from an italian family can be difficult with the weight. Italians are known for their great cuisine! I hope you do well today.

newme24 - Wednesday Sep 26, 2012
(Calorie Counting/Exercise)
Weight: 174.0

Just a side note in addition to my post from this morning... I was reading other people's success stories and went back and read my first post.  Looking back, I know I was motivated to lose, but there was always this little part of my that doubted myself.  I'm also starting to realize that this is the home-stretch of my weight loss journey (for my first goal anyway, will re-evaluate if I want to lose more once I get there!).  Looking back, I'm finally proud of myself for starting this.  It was so scary back then, thinking about losing 80 pounds. Now, after losing 60, I wish I could just go back and tell myself that I can (and will) do it, and that it is so worth it.  So many times I just wanted to give up because I thought "that's so much weight to lose, i'll never do it, it's not even worth trying".  I'm so happy I did. 


Good morning!

Feeling pretty great today.  Only one pound away from being the weight I was before my summer weight gain.  I really have come to realize that the biggest trick for me is to stay on track over the weekends.  What usually happens is that I'm good all day Thursday-- then go to happy hour and end up eating/drinking things that I shouldn't.  Friday I try to be good again but after a long week at work, I end up drinking a bit too much wine and snacking... then I justify Saturday as being my cheat day, and Sundays I'm so-so.  Coming from an Italian family, it's hard to sit there and eat salad while your whole family is eating a Sunday dinner of spaghetti and meatballs-- but I've been making it work.  However, this past weekend, I stayed on course on Thursday and Friday, had my "cheat day" on Saturday, and was back on track on Sunday... and lost 2 pounds this week!  I haven't lost 2 pounds in a week since I first started!  Usually, I'm stuck at .5-1lbs a week.  It was the THE BEST FEELING EVER!

However, it also helps that I haven't gone to happy hour and haven't really been doing much of anything.  No plans= healthy eating for me!  haha I lose all control when I'm out....But, this Saturday I have a family party so I will try not to go too overboard with the eating.  Plus, I haven't seen my best friend in weeks and we have plans tonight, which means I'm skipping the gym.  I HATE skipping the gym lately since I've been doing a different workout.  Rather than just going and doing whatever my fiance does, I've been following the workout in the women's version of the "New Rules of Lifting".  It keeps me so much more accountable to have a set workout... but I'm skipping a day :(  It's the first time I'm skipping in a few weeks, so I guess it could be worse.  I've been religiously going every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday... even planning my wedding vendor appointments around it.  Hopefully it pays off.  I've been doing a lot of strength training, and have gotten stronger.  Hoping my slow weight loss is a result of building a little bit of muscle/losing fat, rather than just not doing anything at all!

Wow, sorry for the novel :)  Have a great day, everyone!

Progress as of today: 61 lbs lost so far, only 24 lbs to go!

legcramps on 09/26/2012:
Looks like you're working hard! Good for you :) Have an awesome day today.

liza36 on 09/26/2012:
I'm SO glad you added your side note. You have done fantastic and you should be proud. Way to go!

V on 09/26/2012:
I consider yours a success story even though you still want to lose more..It takes lots hard work and dedication to lose 61 lbs..Be proud and give yourself a big pat on the back :) I remember your first post :) I will be on the lookout for more stunning pics of you on FB <3

newme24 - Tuesday Sep 25, 2012
(Calorie Counting/Exercise)
Weight: 175.0

Hello everyone!  It's been a while, but as usual, once I start feeling extra motivating I'm back on here!  Haven't really lost much weight this past summer, I actually got down to around 173 before I left for vacation (and before I took my engagement pictures!), then hovered close to 180 for the rest of the summer.  Now, I'm back down to 175. I'm hoping to get down to around 160 by the end of the year so I can start trying on wedding dresses... now that summer is over, I'm super motivated to firm up my diet and exercise and get to where I need to be.  I'm the smallest I have been since my early high school years, but I'm not even close to happy with how I look.  The wedding is what is keeping me going with this.  I can't believe it's been almost two years since I started this journey!  I can't wait to get to where I want to be, but I'm not sure I'll ever be happy with how I look. 

ANYWAY-- how is everyone doing?  I need to catch up and see what's been going on with everyone :)


Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 25 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 09/25/2012:
Welcome back. Good to have some solid goals to work toward to get you motivated! A wedding is good one! Go for it!

inmorning on 09/25/2012:
Just a suggestion from someone who has rode the "never satisfied with myself" train. Get an outfit that you would be happy to be in. Put it away until you are close and then once you are where you want to be, remind yourself that pushing too hard only leads to failure. So much easier said than done. I think of how crazy I was when I was over 100 pounds thinner trying to lose that extra 10 pounds that didn't exist. I wasn't happy because I wasn't enjoying where I was and focusing on more important things like being healthy. You can do this and I am sure you will look lovely at your wedding and you will look perfect for your fella.

V on 09/25/2012:
Welcome back girl :) Where did you vacation? i seen the engagement pics on FB and girl you look fabulous <3 i am sure you will continue forth with your success and stay there afterwards! RYC I am still doing my thing, ya know, life is good. LOL As a city girl myself, it took some getting used to with the lizards that are everywhere here, they are totally harmless unlike the super rats that roam the streets of Chicago...LOL Have a great evening and don't be a stranger here, I missed you :)

newme24 - Tuesday Jul 17, 2012
(Intermittent fasting)
Weight: 175.0

175 as of this morning!  Took a while to shake the plateau, ended up losing about 2 pounds in 3 weeks.  Not bad.  Feeling pretty good-- liking the fasting/lifting combination better than before.  For some reason, I'm noticing my forearms and calves seem really small.  Is it normal to lose weight in extremities first?  Never noticed that before.  What really made a difference is that instead of going off the "diet" this weekend, Friday night after work I ate decently, cheated on Saturday (guilty,) and just ate chicken and veggies (but didn't count the calories) on Sunday.  Usually, Friday night after work I'm ravenous and in weekend mode so I'll havea  few drinks and eat something I shouldnt, Saturdays are usually a wash, and Sundays I end up not eating great, too.  Hopefully, I can do teh same this weekend.  It's so hard, I feel like I have BBQs parties every weekend, but I'll try. Seeing the scale drop is definitely worth it.

Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 25 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 07/17/2012:
Yes, I think I lose in arms and legs - further out on them - first, too. My middle is the LAST to go. Of course it may have something to do with riding a bicycle because that really firms up the legs and arms, etc. 3 lbs in 2 weeks is fantastic! Good job!

V on 07/17/2012:
Congrats girl! Great job and it is very exciting to see that you are in the final stretch..25 to go with a 60 lb loss under your belt, impressive, I am so proud of you! How's the wedding plans coming along? Girl my boobs were the first to go. I had a decent rack now they are raisins :( I am just happy that what's left of them don't sag..Hahahaha Good hearing from you, hope you had a good day <3

nunnermack on 07/17/2012:
GREAT job!!

V on 07/18/2012:
RYC I can't blame you for being "selective" as far as the photog..This is a special day for you so take your time..You are in the perfect spot to find one that is perfect :) BTW I am doing really well, still single, lotsa mingling ;)

newme24 - Friday Jun 22, 2012
(Intermittent fasting)
Weight: 177.0

Back down to 177... I've been doing CLOSE to perfect for the past few weeks (of course, weekends not so much) but I've seemed to hit a plateau.  I've been at 177 for the past few weeks and nothing is changing.  I've mixed up my food, my exercise, etc.  Nothing is working for me.  It's so frustrating, I feel like I've come so far only to come to a complete halt right before summer.  I'm taking engagement pics at the beginning of August!  Something needs to change...

Also, just need to vent... I'm so sick of everytime I complain about my weight or plateau, everyone says, "But you look good!".  It infuriates me because yes, I lost over 50 pounds, OBVIOUSLY I look good compared to the 230 pound me... but I don't look good in general.  I want to look good compared to the general population, not a tremendous version of me!  And I say that, and no one gets it, and I just want to scream!

Progress as of today: 58 lbs lost so far, only 27 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 06/22/2012:
First off, congrats on your loss! As for your plateau, you could try changing up your calories a bit and alternating between higher cal and lower calorie days to see if that moves the scale for you. Unfortunately the general population (in the US anyway) is overweight and that has become the norm. I know you're in the city and it's not the norm there, but it does affect people's attitudes. Just keep doing what you're doing and don't pay attention to what others say!

hollybelle on 06/22/2012:
Congratulations on back to 177! Yay! I know what you mean about people's comments. I complain to the members of DDs on this site, but I keep my comments to myself around MOST other people (even family and friends - maybe ESPECIALLY family and friends LOL) it cuts down on the comments I don't want to hear ;) No one else really understand. Weight/appearance is such a sensitive subject for most of us and they don't know what to say, or it makes them remember that THEY need to take charge of their own health, etc. or they don't know a better way to respond. It's a tough subject for most, even though I know from my own circles, we spend a lot of time talking about it. Hehehehe.

liza36 on 06/22/2012:
I'm sorry for your frustrations. Plateaus are hard to kick, and the comments can be irritating, even if they are meant to be positive. All I can say is to keep doing what you are doing, and your body will respond eventually. Umpqua had a good suggestion about upping calories and alternating days. Hopefully you find what works for you.

V on 06/22/2012:
Congrats on your loss and keep at it girl! You will def get there, I promise <3

newme24 - Monday Jun 04, 2012
(Intermittent fasting)
Weight: 180.0

Did pretty well at the wedding this weekend.  I usually eat a TON at cocktail hour but I just had a few tastes of things I really wanted to try so I could enjoy my dinner later on, which I did.  I'm sure the pasta/bread wasn't the best, but I had my serving and that was it.  Had a few bites of wedding cakes, shared some ice cream with my sister, and that was that.  I had a few glasses of wine/champagne, but overall I was pretty proud of myself for not going overboard on the cheat day... we did snack when we got home, had some (sugary) cereal and some chips.  But still could have been worse.  Plus, had a great time at the wedding and danced all night so hopefully that burned some of the food off!

Yesterday my fiance cooked me dinner for our 6 year anniversary... we tried out whole wheat gnocchi.  It was just OK.  I feel like I ate a ton, but I counted the calories and I was well within my limits so I was pretty happy about that!

Back at work today.  Although I hate being here, it does keep my eating under control...

Hope everyone has a great day!

Progress as of today: 55 lbs lost so far, only 30 lbs to go!

V on 06/04/2012:
Sound like you had fun at the wedding :) I hope your work day is painless and stressfree <3

sweetpea1977 on 06/04/2012:
Wow, great job at the wedding!!

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