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Anybody want to lose 5-10 lbs together this month???

  1. NorthStar

    pear / 1881 posts

    @Hypatia: Wow, that's amazing! Great job!

    I'm functioning on 2-3 hours of sleep (teething 15 month old), so I'm guessing good food choices and working out might not happen today.

  2. JennyPenny

    nectarine / 2455 posts

    @Hypatia: Wow! Congrats - that sounds awesome!

    @NorthStar: Yuck! I have found my ability to do make healthy choices is definitely tied to my sleep. Even just 1 hour less than I need seems to take a huge toll so I can't imagine running on 2-3 total. Good luck and I hope you can get more sleep tonight

  3. Ajsmommy

    pomegranate / 3355 posts

    @Hypatia: that is awesome!!
    @NorthStar: hang in there. do what you gotta do to get through mama

  4. Ajsmommy

    pomegranate / 3355 posts

    I weighed today and thank fully I'm where I was last week, even after my night away/out for work and the weekend! Down 2 lbs overall. I'll take it! Shootin to shed 2 more lbs this month.

    I'm doing well with the diet dews and honestly I think this is the biggest thing for me.

    I also bought a new water bottle and today is my first day with it at work so I'm hoping to up my water intake and I have my lean cuisine's for lunch 2-3 times this week.

  5. Ajsmommy

    pomegranate / 3355 posts

    Whoop Whoop down another lb today. That's 3 lbs total

  6. hilary

    apricot / 361 posts

    I need in! My brother and I are doing a 21 day sugar detox together so that's it for diet. I thought I didn't eat a lot of sugar but whoa now that I've had to evaluate everything.

    I'd like to be working out on weekdays and then weekends being generally active (gardening, cleaning, walk to park with kiddos). I can only handle one super regulated thing at once so the fitness part is pretty loosey goosey.

    Also my twins are 3 1/2 and lost most of the weight within a year of having them (because I never could sit down with newborn twins and a 2 year old). Definitely gained weight as the kids have gotten older and play a little more independently and I went back to work full time. So now trying to lose enough that I don't have to squish myself into my clothes.

  7. Mrs. Cereal

    blogger / kiwi / 626 posts

    I'm going to join in here! I stopped breastfeeding in December and the lbs have slowly packed on. I'm about 10 lbs over where I would like to be, so I'm starting with intermittent fasting, walking 3 times a day for 10 minutes, and I'm going back onto my gestational diabetes diet. My weakness is anything sweet, but I also am a HUGE foodie, so I have a really hard time limiting my food.

  8. Hypatia

    kiwi / 500 posts

    One week update: I've lost a total of 7.2 pounds! Keto is working pretty well so far. Hopefully it helps me ovulate more often so we can TTC our third baby. Here are some things I love and hate about keto.

    Rapid weight loss. I'm limiting my calories to 1300 per day, not eating above 20g net carbs, and doing 18/6 fasting where I only eat between 4 pm and 10 pm (sometimes I cheat and eat a zero carb snack in the morning). This method works amazingly well for me.
    Increased dental health. I can tell that my teeth are healthier since cutting out sugar. Less plaque, etc.
    Better skin. My acne seems to be clearing up.
    Less bloat.

    Carb deprivation. Carbs are seriously my favorite food group. I feel like an addict going through withdrawal.
    Keto flu. Headaches, stuffy nose, and fatigue are all normal the first week as your body switches its fuel source from glucose to fat. But just because it's normal doesn't mean it sucks any less.

    Foods I'm eating: tuna, cheese, cauliflower, chicken, broccoli, bacon, eggs, salads, green beans, burgers (no bun), avocado, turkey, polish sausage, cucumber, steak, asparagus, zucchini, cabbage, strawberries, and pork chops. And lots of Diet Dr Pepper.

    I don't expect my weight loss to continue at this pace. I think this big drop was a combination of water weight and having a lot to lose (my starting weight was 196.6). I'll probably be down to losing one or two pounds a week pretty soon.

    The hardest part so far is having carbs around for the kids. Goldfish, peanut butter sandwiches, popsicles, yogurt, fruit cups, you name it. Ugh.

    I'm trying hard to remember this quote from Jim Rohn:

    We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.

  9. JennyPenny

    nectarine / 2455 posts

    @Hypatia: Congrats! That's amazing. I really like that quote too. A lot nicer than "a moment on the lips..."

    My weight hasn't budged this week. Like not even a fraction of a lb. Its odd enough that I've moved the scale around to different locations to see if I get a different reading... I haven't been particularly good or bad this week so I suppose I can't be too surprised. Its just weird that the # is the EXACT same.

  10. NorthStar

    pear / 1881 posts

    @Hypatia: That's amazing! Do you use something to plan and track what you are eating? I know absoluately nothing about keto, so i'm not even sure how it all works.

    And I love that quote as well. It's so true!

    I completely fell off the exercise track this week. DS had a cold and was not sleeping well, but seems to finally be better. So, I need to suck it up and get back on track!

  11. Hypatia

    kiwi / 500 posts

    @JennyPenny: Maybe try tracking your chest, waist and hip measurements? Sometimes the scale doesn't show progress but you could be losing inches. And I know from dieting in the past, hormone levels that vary throughout your cycle can cause a stall (especially before or during your period). Sometimes you might go a week with a plateau, and then whoosh, you get a big loss all at once. I hope you see some results soon!

    @northstar Here's a page that covers the basics:


    It's great to see results even though I do zero exercise. I have a joint disease, and my doctor doesn't want me doing anything that might put more stress on my body for the time being.

    The basic premise of keto is this. Your body has two sources of fuel: glucose or fat. If you eat a lot of carbs (which most Americans do), your body will default to using glucose for fuel and store all your fat. But if you limit the amount of carbs you eat, you go into a really efficient fat burning state called ketosis. Your body doesn't have any sugar to use for fuel, so it uses the fat stored up in your tummy, thighs, etc.

    About tracking... There are generally two types of people who follow the keto diet: those who track everything and those who track nothing (this is called lazy keto). I'm more lazy keto. I look up the net carbs of certain foods if I'm not that familiar with, but I usually just keep a count in my head so that I stay under 20 net carbs a day. The same with calories--because I usually skip breakfast and lunch, I don't have to be too obsessed over the calorie count for my dinner and nightly snack (based off the weight loss tracking app I use, it predicts my average daily calories have been around 1100 because of the amount of weight I've lost). The only thing I try to be careful with is making sure I get enough fat (if you eat something lean like chicken or fish, you can have more protein than fat in your daily diet, when you really need it to be your main fuel source because you are training your body to run off fat).

    If you want to track, though, My Fitness Pal is great. Carb Manager is an app that has less features and options, but is also more simple to use.

    There are two ways you can approach a keto diet. Since you're going to be daydreaming about bread and brownies and other carbs while you make the transition into the diet, lots of people have success with not limiting calories--they eat to fullness with three meals a day, as if they weren't really dieting at all. And they still lose weight, because they are eating under 20 net carbs a day. The other way is to fast throughout the day and limit portion sizes so you do feel hunger pains. That's what I've been doing. To be frank, it sucks. But you lose more than when eating to fullness, so the added suffering is worth it to me. You might want to start with the first method, then work your way up to the second if you want to see more weight drop off.

    Let me know if you have any specific questions!

  12. gestalt

    cherry / 150 posts

    @Hypatia: That's great you're getting good results! I personally couldn't do keto but i know some people have had good results with this type of diet.

    @JennyPenny: Unless you've been limiting your calories or being more active, i don't think it's unusual not to see a change. I don't know what your diet is like now, but you'd need to have a calorie deficit to see changes in the scale. It's only when i track my calories and see what i'm taking in do i understand why my weight is either staying the same, going up or going down.

    @Ajsmommy: That's awesome!

    I'm continuing to track calories/macros and hit the gym. I'm down about 3 lbs. It's been really busy at work/home, so i'm trying my hardest to not fall off the wagon!

  13. JennyPenny

    nectarine / 2455 posts

    @gestalt: agreed! It's just that I weigh myself every day and so there's usually a small fluctuation day to day, even if the overall trend stays the same. I've gotten the exact same reading to the 10th of a pound for 5 days in a row, which is something I've never seen before.

  14. newlypregnantlady

    kiwi / 556 posts

    @gestalt: I’m totally the same with my calorie deficit; I absolutely NEED to count calories because I’m short and fairly inactive so the difference between my dieting calories and maintenance calories is super slim!

    @JennyPenny: don’t get discouraged! Five day plateaus are super common! If the trend doesn’t start going down you’ll just have to slowly remove calories until you find a calorie deficit that works for you (or replace the batteries. Lol!). People love keto because it can be very filling and gets rid of typical indulgence foods that aren’t filling.

    Personally I could never do keto because I’m prone to binging when things are forbidden. But I totally understand how it could help people. I tend to go the opposite way, actually, and am finding I’m way happier on a veganish diet. Weight loss is all about finding a sustainable way to eat less!

    I went way overboard on Saturday/Sunday/Monday, but the last three days have been good. After hitting a new low last week, I’m like +4lbs from that weight. But I know it’s all bloat from eating junk, (because I absolute didn’t even eat +1lb worth of fat!). I get crazy water weight fluctuations. I’m just hoping I can get less bloated by a big party we have tomorrow night.

    I’m feeling a little discouraged but when I look at how far I’ve come (-65 from highest pregnant weight, -55 from weight at 6 weeks pp with LO2) I feel a little better. I literally lost 30% of my bodyweight!

    My next big goal is to lose another 7lbs by a family reunion in August. Seems doable when I use one of those calorie counting projection calculators.


    I really like that one!

  15. Iced Tea

    persimmon / 1310 posts

    I haven’t been able to go to the gym this week since the baby is sick, but I did a couple difficult (for me) hilly walks carrying her on me. Diet has been so-so. My in-laws are here, so I have less control over the food in the house.

    My shorts, which I only started to fit into a couple weeks ago, are getting lose, so I must still be making progress. I resisted the urge to weigh this morning.

  16. hilary

    apricot / 361 posts

    How was everyone's holiday weekend?
    We hosted twice so I got to control the food which helped me. Also got to do a park workout yesterday and early morning run today. Hoping I can keep up the momentum.

  17. Iced Tea

    persimmon / 1310 posts

    @hilary: We don’t think of it as a food holiday, so no problems here on account of that. However, my in-laws brought us a cake for my baby since they will miss her first birthday in a couple weeks. I ate too much of it; I’ve been craving carbs pretty hard this week. I made it to the gym once and did a record number of squats. I think I might do a squat challenge for those days I can’t make it into the gym.

  18. hilary

    apricot / 361 posts

    @Iced Tea: Birthday celebrations are HARD. We did a big birthday celebration Friday night which seems so long ago that I didn't even consider that a part of the weekend.
    We had strawberry pie and I definitely had a normal to large slice. It seemed anti-celebratory to not partake, and boy was it good.

  19. Ajsmommy

    pomegranate / 3355 posts

    Anybody still here? or did we all run away with the long holiday weekend never to return??


    I was home fri-weds and I was bad, bad, bad. We had cookouts, we had desserts and I had soda.. mt dew--not diet!!!

    Anyway, back at it today. Easing back into the diet dew and no desserts.... ackkkk why is it so hard to be good?

    I might weigh myself tomorrow but maybe not, I'm not wanting to see the damage I did... so maybe if I wait long enough to weigh i'll be back to where I was and I won't have to admit I was so bad.....

  20. Ajsmommy

    pomegranate / 3355 posts

    @hilary: hiiii, I was bad...

  21. NorthStar

    pear / 1881 posts

    @Ajsmommy: I'm here, but like you, oh so bad! lol I've fallen off the wagon and need to get back up There is this website called Clean Simple Eats and I'm considering buying their summer meal plan and doing their summer 6 week challenge that starts in just under 2 weeks. I'm thinking that might be enough motivation to stick with it? or maybe not. haha

  22. JennyPenny

    nectarine / 2455 posts

    @Ajsmommy: Haha! Are you in my head? I was so bad over the long weekend and didn't want to come here and admit it. I've been doing ok this week though. I bumped up my work out dvds a level and am super sore. My weight is back down to only half a lb over what it was before the weekend. I think that's the worst part. So quick to go up, so hard to get back down!!!

  23. Iced Tea

    persimmon / 1310 posts

    @Ajsmommy: I did a longer, more intense workout on Monday. I’ve been really sore and lazy since. Maybe that workout backfired?

    Diet has been okay. I’m cooking more and prepping more fruits and veggies ahead of time to discourage unhealthy snacks.

    Been sleeping like crap since Little has been getting multiple new teeth and is going through the transition to daycare too.

  24. newlypregnantlady

    kiwi / 556 posts

    @Ajsmommy: haha!

    I’m still around but I’ve had a crazy week. Wedding, graduation, two birthday parties and soloing for two nights.

    I was not horrible but not great. I mindlessly ate a ton of trail mix at my ILs yesterday but did well today.

    I tried to go for a run but apparently need some pelvic floor PT.

    I was -0.4lbs yesterday for the whole month, which was depressing. But today I was -3lbs for the month so yay! I’m absolutely exhausted because I found a crazy deal on an old Bob Duallie stroller but it was super dirty so I spend all day cleaning it and my baby was in a horrible mood and the toddler was really acting out. Bah! Goodnight! At 8pm, lol!

  25. gestalt

    cherry / 150 posts

    @Ajsmommy: I'm still here! Honestly, weight is dropping verrrry slowly but i'm slimming down and it's been a lot easier to reduce my daily calories. The first two weeks were the hardest!!! i indulged as well, but i just made sure to not let it get to me and give me a reason to give up.

    @JennyPenny: I feel like you need a good 3-4 weeks before you start seeing some results, at least that's how it is for me. Don't be discouraged!!

    I've been diligent about tracking my calories, and i've been good about either getting in a lot of walking or hitting the gym.

  26. lamariniere

    pineapple / 12566 posts

    I’m still here! I wasn’t really trying to lose weight (I don’t even have a scale!), but more stick with fitness goals and healthier eating. I think I did ok in May. We were gone for a few days last week and while there weren’t fabulous food choices where we stayed, I also didn’t eat terribly either. I ended up signing up for Momma Strong and I’ve been doing the core workouts regularly, in addition to my regular cardio. I like her style and I’m curious to see how I progress over the next few weeks.

  27. Hypatia

    kiwi / 500 posts

    Still here! 10.6 lbs total down. But my period is coming up, which means I'm probably going to retain a lot of water for the next week or so. It's so much more motivating when you can see fast progress. I stalled for the first time today, even though I have been strict with myself, and I'm trying to not get obsessed over it. I won't be weighing myself for the next four or five days in an effort to stay positive.

    Keto flu is gone. Carb cravings are down (on a scale of 1 - don't care to 10 - ravenous for carbs, I'm currently a 4). I think I'm starting to get fat adjusted because my appetite has decreased. At the beginning, I struggled to stay under 20 carbs, and for the past few days, I've only had around twelve with no problem. But I still daydream about pizza and tiramisu and French fries. I think I'll eat some steak tomorrow so I don't feel so deprived.

    We have a birthday party potluck on Sunday. I'm bringing strawberries so I can have a few in lieu of cake. I doubt there will be many keto friendly foods available. I'll be the weirdo eating nothing but a plain hot dog (no bun) with mustard.

  28. hilary

    apricot / 361 posts

    I have another week at home (easier to be good) then we go on vacation with my husband's family and there's always so much junk around. I will have to hoard healthy snacks in my room and definitely be the weirdo only eating specific foods at meals. Fortunately it's way easier for me to be active on vacation since I'm chasing the kids at the beach.

    @Hypatia: That's amazing. I also daydream about carby foods. At my team working session for 3 hours the other day they had bags of candy. I was so afraid I was going to say out loud, "Don't eat the candy, you'll regret it." rather than just in my head.

  29. Ajsmommy

    pomegranate / 3355 posts

    awesome updates guys. Keep it up, you give me motivation.

    I ate a semi healthy breakfast and a healthy lunch. So I'm feeling good about today.

  30. JennyPenny

    nectarine / 2455 posts

    I had a very healthy lunch and a not-at-all healthy dinner yesterday. Today's been okay so far. I did just do some yoga and while it certainly doesn't burn all that many calories it feels so good for my body that I'm feeling great right now!

  31. JennyPenny

    nectarine / 2455 posts

    Well - another bad weekend for me. *womp womp* So far I've done much better today. A workout this morning and yoga at lunch. This week is going to be tough because I'm solo-parenting all week.

  32. NorthStar

    pear / 1881 posts

    I've done ok today and was actually down 4 lbs this morning from when we started this. Honestly, I have no idea why I'm down in weight. lol. I had several pieces of pizza on Saturday, a beer on Friday and didn't eat all that great. But, you know what? I'll take it!

    I am attempting the 80 day obsession workouts today. We will see if I can stick with it. I'm just going to try and eat healthy vs their nutrition plan. It's way too confusing for this busy mama.

  33. hilary

    apricot / 361 posts

    My 21 day sugar detox is OVER! Bonus is now I've really gotten used to it and have figured out how to cook without most of the sugar and processed foods so feel it's pretty maintainable without being quite as strict. I lost maybe 5 lbs over the course of the 21 days but feel things tightening up a bit so just going to stay on track even with vacation next week.

    I love hearing everyone's updates. They help keep me on track and not beat myself up for 'bad' days since we all have them.

  34. Ajsmommy

    pomegranate / 3355 posts

    @NorthStar: wow!! great job!!
    @JennyPenny: hang in there, sounds like a tough week!

    As for me, I'm still trying to make better choices. Doing well with the diet dew but my walking at work isn't working out.. I just have too much work to do..... I can't get away to walk so I am going to have to think about "IF" I want to start doing it on my lunch break. I always use my lunch break to get away and read or veg.. soooo I am not sure I want to dedicate it to walking I was really hoping to make it work the other way... but I just haven't been able to do it.......

  35. JennyPenny

    nectarine / 2455 posts

    @NorthStar: Wow, I just read a summary of the 80 day obsession because I hadn't heard of it. Sounds both awesome and complicated - good luck! I'd love to hear how it works out for you.

    @Ajsmommy: I don't know what I kind of work you do, but when the weather is nice my coworkers and I will do walking meetings. My work often involves brainstorming sessions with coworkers and if we don't need any tech to do it we just go for a walk outside as we discuss ideas.

  36. NorthStar

    pear / 1881 posts

    @JennyPenny: I did the first workout last night and it actually wasn't too bad. It is more weights and resistance bands based, so I like that more. But, some of the workouts are 60 minutes, so I don't know that I'll be able to do the full session each night. As a busy mom, we are lucky to get 30 minutes in, let alone 60 minutes! And I'll just make healthy food choices. I was reading through the nutrition stuff they include with the program and I agree, it's WAY too complicated.

  37. JennyPenny

    nectarine / 2455 posts

    @NorthStar: From the summary I thought - this would be great if I was single with no kids. Lots of time to do the work outs and no other mouths to worry about when dealing with the nutrition plan. I know you just started, but if you like shorter, weight/resistance workouts - I really like the strength dvds from Jillian Michael's Total Body Revolution. Its supposed to be like her version of p90x but all the dvds are 30 min. I hate cardio though so I only do the strength dvds

  38. NorthStar

    pear / 1881 posts

    @JennyPenny: good to know! I only did the streaming package for 3 months as I know I won't commit longer than that. I hate cardio too! lol. I'm so horrible at it.

  39. gestalt

    cherry / 150 posts

    @Ajsmommy: I love listening to podcasts when i walk - have you thought about maybe downloading some audio books?

    @NorthStar: I find that it's easier for me to lose weight over the weekends because i'm running around so much cleaning, doing laundry, and being out and about. I tossed counting macros over the weekend and i stayed the same in weight, and this is despite alcohol and donuts..and ice cream.

    I am down about 4 lbs since starting. The progress has been slower than in the past, but i'm being patient. I'm continuing to track calories and doing strength training/hiit at least 3-4x per week.

  40. newlypregnantlady

    kiwi / 556 posts

    Yay for all the good news! I took measurements again yesterday and I’m down 3 inches total off my waist, hips, and belly in just 3.8lbs! I’m down to my final 15-20 or so lbs and I’m hoping to lose 5-6 more by September so I’m feeling good about this progress! I’m not really willing to lower my cals any more (I’m down to like ~1300-1400 while nursing) so I’m just going slow. It actually feels very sustainable. My maintenance calories at my goal weight are only like 1500 so it’s not really many more than my dieting calories.

    I went nuts over the weekend! I had way too much gimbap (Korean sushi) and probably blew my weekly deficit out the window! I’m trying to get the willpower to walk my kids to the library (2mi walk each way), but the baby is cutting like four teeth at once right now and she’s on an intense nursing strike and it’s just so demotivating for me. She’s so so fussy and nothing I’m doing is helping her! Bah! It makes me want to stress eat all the bread and cry into a jar of peanut butter! Okay, I’m being dramatic but the nursing strike is really hard on me. Plus she’s almost one and a great eater of solids so she’d be fine if she weaned. I’m just dealing with a lot of emotions and my DH does not understand.

    Love seeing everyone’s updates.

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