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Posted on 17 Jan 2014, 14:20:51
raela
So since I had to go buy cat food, I went out and picked up a scale, too. I did try to resist the temptation of gorging on free food all week with some success, but I wouldn't be surprised if I put on some weight.. then again, I walked a ton more than usual.

I am happy to say my starting point is 181 lbs (82 kg). Hopefully with concentrated effort, I can get down to my target. :D
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Posted on 18 Jan 2014, 20:57:37
Outrack
Glad to see so much interest! :sparkle: I'll finish up the opening post sometime tomorrow, meanwhile he's an informative video about some foods you may think are healthy but aren't.



Thanks for the apps Kurie :D

Posted on 22 Jan 2014, 09:07:16
Kurie
Just checking in to keep the thread alive and making it known to everyone that being a female trying to lose weight really really sucks some weeks. :cross:

Posted on 22 Jan 2014, 10:19:39
Faintning
This might be bit weird for some, cause I'm only 18, much younger than most of the people posting in this thread.

I started gaining weight after my parents divorced. First two years I gained a lot of weight. Moving every year, I got bullied, trauma from divorce. Lot of stuff to handle as a young kid, so i didn't really care what i ate. Weight problems runs in my family too. Especially junior high was hard time, my stepmom had some kind of problem with my weight. Complained about it every single day, and as a rebel I was, I didn't give a single fuck about her words. I should have, she was only trying to make me realize that my weight really is a problem, but it doesn't go into my head by endless complaining.

Last 6 months my weight has stabilized. Losing and gaining few kilos here and there, but not huge increase. Last fall went great, I have thought about this stuff a lot last 4 or 5 months, but then a lot of things happened, and I was forced to push losing weight thoughts aside. Now it's getting easier, and it's time to start losing weight. Especially cause I have some health issues from going to bad conditioned school for 2 and a half years and I've hurted my knees. I've gone to doctor about it, and it's nothing big. Cartilage degradation or something.

My eating habits needs just some fine adjustments, working out is the big problem. I don't work out at all. Now it's even harder, cause it's so cold outside, so I don't wanna go walking. Gym is no go totally. I don't like the atmosphere, I hate people staring at me, don't like socializing. Also I'm really shy person. I just need to think something to do inside. We have exercise bike, which I'm thinking of using. One big problem is motivation, I lose it really fast. First week or so it's good, but then I lose it. This is not the only subject where that happens. I would love some ideas how to maintain motivation, and working out stuff. I really need help with this, I can't do this myself.

My target is to get under 70kg this year, my current weight is 97kg, and being 163cm, it's way too much. 70kg is still bit high to a short person like me, but I have to get started somewhere. Physically my weight isn't that much of a problem, working at my dads farm made me gain some muscle, mentally it's really hard. Of course it effects my life physically too, Im not denying that fact. Ideal weight in few years would be somewhere between 50-60kg.
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Posted on 22 Jan 2014, 13:20:12
Outrack
Exercise helps a lot, but you don't need to work out to shed excess fat - Sheepy proved this by losing the weight he did just through proper intake management. It's especially true for girls (and Sheepy) as you usually don't have to worry about maintaining any muscle. EDIT: See Kurie's post below! Exercise is strongly encouraged, my point was that you shouldn't let it deter you from properly managing your food intake if you're unable to work out due to the problems with your knees.

The key to maintaining motivation is to work out why you want to lose weight and factor the reasons into long-term goals, and have to understand that this is something that will likely affect you for the rest of your life. It probably sounds melodramatic, but that's really what it is - you're reshaping yourself and your habits to become the person you want to be, and a temporary change will yield temporary results. You're going to be in this for the long-run so make sure your motivations fuel your desire enough to keep you going.

Believe you can and you will. Set realistic goals, sign up for MyFitnessPal, and try to post here with regular updates! Keep giving us good news and I promise you'll look back on your post in a few weeks with pride :smile:

Edited to sound less like a motivational speaker!
Last Edit: 22 Jan 2014, 14:35:34 by Outrack

Posted on 22 Jan 2014, 13:28:30
Kurie
It's especially true for girls (and Sheepy) as you usually don't have to worry about maintaining any muscle,

:cross: I will punch you in the face using my supposedly non-existent muscles.

I strongly disagree with you here. While exercise is by no means NECESSARY for weight loss, it is an extremely important part of a healthy lifestyle (and will help immensely with weight loss) for men AND WOMEN. Weight lifting is an important part of my weight loss routine. Not only does gaining muscle help speed up my metabolism, but it will also help me look great once I get to a healthy weight (not skinny-fat).

Posted on 22 Jan 2014, 14:21:39
raela
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I guess today is update day? Okay! Was gonna wait until Friday, but, go go procrastination~

I've been trying to do the calorie counting thing through MyFitnessPal.. but uh.. apparently, I am the worst at actually remembering to do it. I just went to update and thought I missed half of yesterday, so went back to do it.. nope, haven't done it in several days. D: Then again.. due to budget and cooking issues, I've been eating the same thing every day at home.. so perhaps just doing an initial entry to see how many calories my "base" is (since I'm doing batches of homemade soup) and keeping that in mind if I do eat out is well enough. I've at least been looking at the calorie count of things I'm eating not at home (which isn't that much).

As for exercise, I redownloaded stepmania and plenty of songs, and figured out the best way to set things up in my living room to be able to play. Surprisingly, I am in better shape than I thought! My coordination/balance needs some work, but, I feel my reading ability is about where it's been (or slightly better), and my endurance is better than the last time I was semi-regularly playing. I'm much less out of breath from the faster songs than usual, so hopefully I can improve the sorta-not-fitness things so I can give myself a bit more challenging of a workout. I've also been parking my car on the far end of the lot (which sometimes has happened when late anyway), so that works out to be at least a mile of brisk walking each week day.

Now, on the why of it.. as I sort of mentioned in my first post, I do feel a bit like a ridiculous blob at times. I have never really been at a weight where I have felt good about myself, but mentioning numbers to friends gives me nothing but shame.. ideally, I would like to change that and at least like something about myself. I don't think I'm ever going to shed all my insecurities and what-not, but maybe one is a start~

While I imagine my weight is in part genetics, a large part of it also was just not really learning how to eat growing up (have some soda, here let's cook up this box/frozen whatever), then never really taking too much initiative myself. After all, it's much easier to just get home and toss together a box of stuff than it is to think about cooking. I've off and on tried to make some effort without too much success.. but in the past several months, trying for the "one large experiment every 1-2 weeks" method has worked pretty well.

Living alone, it's up to my own self control for portions.. when around other people, I feel I fall into odd mental hang ups like "I really liked this and want it all and they might take it" or "I don't want it to go to waste so I must eat it all quickly." A couple years ago, I was trying to redefine my cooking/eating habits slowly (and get past some of these psychological blocks), but then I got in a relationship that didn't help it. On the one hand, it was great for my self esteem (at first) since he said I looked great no matter what size, didn't need to worry, etc etc.. But, he also just encouraged me to eat without regard for amount (don't need to save leftovers, can have seconds) or content (plenty of butter, so tasty~). He did at least show me that cooking was not as hard and scary as I thought it was, and didn't take as long.. eh. When I decided to go back to sorta-trying to lose weight, that at least helped me be adventurous in trying to actually cook meals for myself instead of going for box meals.

So many feels~ As a final ending note/goal, it'd be nice to go to my last free ~lady visit~ at the school doctor and not get called fat. They're sorta mean about it there. ._.
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Posted on 22 Jan 2014, 14:28:22
Outrack
I strongly disagree with you here. While exercise is by no means NECESSARY for weight loss, it is an extremely important part of a healthy lifestyle (and will help immensely with weight loss) for men AND WOMEN. Weight lifting is an important part of my weight loss routine. Not only does gaining muscle help speed up my metabolism, but it will also help me look great once I get to a healthy weight (not skinny-fat).

You're right. Was in a rush when I posted earlier (as usual) so I'll edit my post after this reply...

What I meant by maintaining muscle is that when women lose weight, they don't have to worry about keeping a high level of muscle - so the only time exercise becomes absolutely essential in getting rid of fat is when you need to create a calorie deficit when consuming a larger number than your set amount. The point I was trying to make was that Faint shouldn't feel discouraged that working out is problematic and use it as a reason not to keep up down the road.

Of course, getting fit is about enhancing yourself physically so exercise is obviously extremely important in developing stamina, increasing circulation, and all those other yummy things that keep you healthy. Hope I didn't give the impression that it's entirely optional, and every effort should be made to get into a good exercise routine - I'll look up some that are low/no-cost and easy to do and add them to the main post later on.

Just checking in to keep the thread alive and making it known to everyone that being a female trying to lose weight really really sucks some weeks. :cross:

Why? :cry:

Thanks for the update raela! I should put everyone's MFP info somewhere so we can all add and keep track of each other...

Posted on 22 Jan 2014, 14:49:10
Kurie
You're right.

 :lol: Ooh baby say it again.

Thanks for clarifying.

Also to answer your question, many women (myself included) experience water retention during certain parts of their menstrual cycle. In my particular and unfortunate case, I will usually retain water around ovulation as well as around my period. Which means for about two weeks every month, I just plain don't lose weight. As of this morning, I'm still hanging at 194, despite seeing 191 on Saturday. I drink about 3 liters of water a day and try to avoid salty foods during these times, but not much seems to help. All I can do is wait another week for the weight to even itself out.

Posted on 22 Jan 2014, 15:05:11
Outrack
That sucks! But it's useful info I've never heard before, thanks for sharing it - hope it's of use to the other female members here :D

Posted on 22 Jan 2014, 15:13:18
raela
I dunno how interesting my MFP account would be to track if I continue being sporadic. ;_; Besides, they do not recognize DDR as a workout. >:(
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Posted on 22 Jan 2014, 15:26:07
Kurie
raela, I'd suggest entering your DDR workout as Aerobics, low impact (or general or high depending on how hard you really work... I just usually assume I burn less calories).

If anyone wants to creep on me on MFP, my username is oatsandgoats. I am pretty consistent about logging my foods.

Ninja edit: to anyone who friends me on MFP and looks at my food diary - I am actually experimenting with intermittent fasting (also known as IF) right now. I may do a post on IF once I've been doing it for a while, or if I decide to continue doing it... It basically means I allow myself an 8 hour feeding window and don't eat the rest of the time. For me skipping breakfast works best. In the past I've always been told breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Most people still go by this. Knowing that our bodies are all very different and will respond differently to different things, I'm giving it a go. Don't judge. ::>:
Last Edit: 22 Jan 2014, 16:46:14 by Kurie

Posted on 25 Jan 2014, 10:36:33
raela
Oh, so, I weighed myself yesterday then freaked out then had a talk with Zell and calmed down and uh I guess I'll share. D: I am now down to 171.6 lbs (77.8 kg). It is likely a huge loss of water weight/difference in time, since Friday was right after getting home from a flight/shopping/might have eaten something somewhat recently before.. whereas this was first thing in the morning. So, woo, closer to goal than I thought. D:

But, I am somewhat concerned over protein amounts if MyFitnessPal is to be believed.. so I've decided to easiest way to add some complete protein in would be making morning smoothies with protein powder. I might actually make them the night before and put it in the fridge overnight.. I much much prefer it cold. Smoothie porn for Zell~
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Also, totally creeped on Kurie. ::>:
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Posted on 25 Jan 2014, 13:57:08
Scribble92
So I don't have any scales at uni and can't weigh myself. However, I got dressed to today and put my belt on. I now have to use the next hole so it's a good sign I've lost some weight :D Either that or my belt has stretched. Yeah my belts probably stretched lol
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Posted on 26 Jan 2014, 04:21:49
Pirulitinho
It's nice to see so many people concerned about their weight and health  :sparkle:

Although I'm a little bit biased to talk about it (I work as a fitness instructor in a gym, it's my hobby), I can give you some tips, or If you wanna call it like that, two small diet ideas.

Actually diet doesn't work as people think, most people need more of a food reeducation. You basically need to eat 3 things daily: fat, carbo and protein. Fat is the easiest to get followed by carbo and protein is a bitch (unless you cna eat 2k chicken in one day, every day, for the rest of your life).

So based on that, the first diet idea is for those who do any kind of sport activity, more than 3 or 4 times per week. That would be a 60 min anything that burns around 500 calories. (even 60 min sex counts :heart:). So, for those who frequently like to sweat, try to eat every 3 hours. That would be 3 main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and small snacks in between. Important is: breakfast and lunch should contain, carbo, fet and protein. Dinner should be only protein, or low carb if needed. You can also eat as much as you want, just try to remember, after 18h ignore any kind of carbo (bread, rice, noodle, potato and so on)

The second diet idea is for those who arent that active and also dont like to sweat. Instead of eating 3 times a day if snacks inbetween, you skip the snacks and try to eat ONLY 3 times a day. A really nice breakfast at around 7 am, a nice lunch at 12 or 1pm, and a dinner at 7pm without carbo!!! Eating like that for 8 weeks will make you lose around 4kg or more, because you will stay at around 1500 calories/day, which is a nice ammount to lose weight.

And then the stupid protein, unless you are a chicken or fish freak, or eat 10kg cheese everyday, you won't get the daily required ammount just by eating like a normal human being. It's sad, but true. So you will need either those protein shakes (some are really delicious) or those protein bars (I personally dont like those). Or just buy 50kg chicken for the month and be the next KFC.

I would write more, but I have to go back to the gym and teach, it''s zumba class today and I need to make so ladies wet.

If anyone want more tips or recipies, I have tons to share! Just say so  :love:
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