Another Weight Loss Post

First off, I want to thank each and every one of you that left support for yesterday’s post.  The amount of support I received was overwhelming, and all I can say is THANK YOU.  It felt good to finally post the numbers that I think of on a daily basis, and I love that not one of you judged me for the actual number.

On that note, what I noticed from the comments and tweets I received was that many of you struggle as well.  That got me thinking about the support I received and how we ALL could use that support.  Aren’t we all looking for that magic formula that will finally work for us?  What if we could help each other find it?

Going forward, I’ll be sharing things I’ve tried – if they worked, if they didn’t, if I hated or loved them.  So far?  I love my FitBit (review to come).  I love Weight Watchers.  I HATE green smoothies (I don’t like drinking my food).  I really don’t know if I could do a juice cleanse.  I hate working out, but love silly dance games.  I love walks and dancing with my daughter.  There are countless things I haven’t tried yet but want to.  Like fruit for dessert – maybe one day I’ll love eating an apple for dessert as much as Abbie did last night.

I’d love to know what you’d like to hear about on my journey.  Do you want breakfast ideas?  Dinner ideas?  Workouts?  Family activities?  Advice for fighting cravings (I may be hopeless on that front)?  Please let me know – I’d love to incorporate that.

I’m hoping to have the courage to continue to tell you my numbers and progress.  Hopefully we can all inspire each other and get healthier.  My number one goal in all this is to be around a long time for my little girl, and for her to not battle the same problems I have.  Being a good example is key in that.

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10 Responses

  1. I am working on my fitness journey and really a lifestyle change as well and I think we can all always use more motivation and ideas from each other. I would love different recipes especially for snacks and lunches, and just hearing what has worked and what hasn’t 🙂

  2. I think it’d be fun if some of the topics were link ups. Like sharing tips on how to fit in exercise as a mom, quick and healthy meal ideas, goals, what motivates us, etc

  3. Kudos to you, Jess! You’re awesome. I think this is an area where so many of us struggle, no matter what the number on the scale. As soon as this baby gets out of me, I’ll be joining you to get back to a healthy weight. I gained SO much with Mac (60+ pounds!) and never quite got it all off before getting pregnant again. I’m trying to be better this time around, but I think pregnancy weight gain might just be something your body is genetically predisposed too. The pounds are just packing on, despite my lack of appetite and trying to be more active. Who knows. Best of luck to you on this journey. I can’t wait to follow along with you and get all your good tips and advice.

    1. You know I’ll be there for you once that sweet girl is here! I do think that you might be right about pregnancy weight – some people just gain more for whatever reason. I didn’t pay too much attention to my food while I was pregnant, and ended up with a reasonable amount, but others I know (like you), end up with so much more even when they’re careful. You never really know.

      I’ll definitely try to impart any tips and advice that work!!

  4. I’m always interested in what people eat. And ya know, I think I know someone who even has a weekly link-up for something like that 🙂 In all seriousness, I like the real, numbers post, because it helps me visualize things more and things seem more realistic to me that way. I also like things you’ve learned or WW tips from you meetings.

    1. Hahaha YES I think I know about that link-up…I may FINALLY join in this week.

      Looks like my numbers will be becoming a regular thing around here!

  5. Jess,

    First of all, congrats on the weight loss to date.

    Secondly, have you considered talking to your doctor about this? This may seem condescending or silly, but if you’ve struggled with weight for a long time – there could be other reasons than just eating a lot. (Do you still have time to eat with a kid? xD). It would be worth getting a basic blood panel with TSH/T4 (to check on your thyroid).

    It might also be worth looking into a short-term course of appetite suppressant drugs. This has fallen out of favor these days for a variety of reasons, but numerous stimulants are still FDA approved for weight loss. They aren’t a cure all but they can give you a bit of a boost and cut your appetite for long enough that you can change your over all habits. And contrary to popular belief in this day and age of everything not natural being POISON, they are generally harmless when used properly (your doctor may give you a full ECG work up before hand).

    I’ve had great success with them combined with a simple formula: Calories in – Calories Out. You can eat whatever you want, you just can’t exceed your daily caloric load. Dieting is really much simpler than people make it.

    I don’t know much about Weight Watchers, but if you’ve never figured up how many calories you “get” in a day, this site will let you:

    http://www.bmrcalculator.org/

    You can then adjust for your exercise level, etc.

    Also from a purely health perspective, do note that you don’t have to become a stick to be “healthy”. THe latest research suggests you want to keep your BMI <34. Doing so eliminates any statistical risk in all-cause mortality.

    http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2014/01/22/ajcn.113.068122.abstract

    Best of luck!

    1. Thanks for your congratulations. I actually have talked to my doctors, and they are all on board with my current plan. I actually do have a thyroid condition (hypothyroid) and take medication daily for that.

      I am personally against using drugs for weight loss. I’ve used Weight Watchers before (lost 70 pounds in college) and I know it works for me. I prefer to do it the old-fashioned way, even if it takes longer. Weight Watchers at it’s core follows the same principle of calories in and calories out, just in a way that I personally find easier to follow combined with the group support I need. It’s different for everyone though.

      I appreciate your thoughts and comments on this.

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