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Old Mon, Mar-20-06, 09:25
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Plan: paleo-ish
Stats: 482/400/240 Female 68 inches
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Progress: 34%
Location: DC Area
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Besides diet, what was the one major thing that helped contribute to your weight loss and helps in maintaining that loss?


2 connected things. The first is support at home. My DH and I do this together. The second is that our house is a 'safe space'. There are no contraband foods in my house. Since I work from home too, that means my exposure to temptation is pretty limited. That makes a HUGE difference.
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Old Mon, Mar-20-06, 09:29
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Posts: 29,974
 
Plan: SBD->atkins twist->paleo
Stats: 274/000/160 Female 5'6"
BF:stl/too/mch
Progress: 240%
Location: NYC
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Here is a curious question I have for you 100 pound or more *losers*...............

Besides diet, what was the one major thing that helped contribute to your weight loss and helps in maintaining that loss?

(Btw thanks for starting this thread)


Staying on plan and doing all the walking I do (which is 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week for my work with dogs).

Staying on plan is and was really big for me because I realized that when I ate off plan, it'd have the effect of stopping my weight loss and then I'd have to make up for it and that sometimes would cost me many days of spinning my wheels. It was just not worth it as I really really wanted to get to my goal. So it was a conscious decision on my part to make my goal more important than any food I may have wanted.
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Old Mon, Mar-20-06, 09:37
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MisterE MisterE is offline
90 Days at a Time
Posts: 18,731
 
Plan: Glycemic Load
Stats: 426/405.2/326 Male 74 in.
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Progress: 21%
Location: USofA
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Exercise.

Now I am not gonna bore everybody (Who is that shouting, "Too late!" in the distance?) with more stuff on my gimp leg. I cannot do much exercise. Period. But TRUTHFULLY my loss is best, most, regular when I do what exercise I can.

There are those who can sit on the couch and lose weight. I am not among those lucky few. I have known people who lost weight on exercise alone (Think basic training military service - food intake is high and generally weight loss is higher.) but I think a combination of food program and exercise is the key to regular and dependable weight loss. For me. Your mileage may vary.
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Old Mon, Mar-20-06, 09:48
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Posts: 374
 
Plan: Modified Atkins
Stats: 326/289/170 Female 5'8"
BF:
Progress: 24%
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RIGHT ON, PEOPLE! I'd like to add my congratulations and thanks for the inspiration, too! Way to go!!!
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Old Mon, Mar-20-06, 10:29
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Plan: modified atkins
Stats: 295/286/155 Female 66 inches
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Congratulations to all of you! It is such an inspiration to KNOW that so many have done it and even more, are keeping it off. I have isolate myself so much from society because of my weight and it seems like such a HUGE amount and knowing that there are great success stories out there is keeping me going. I'm so glad I found the forum.
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Old Mon, Mar-20-06, 10:41
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ValerieL ValerieL is offline
Bouncy!
Posts: 9,388
 
Plan: Atkins Maintenance
Stats: 297/173.3/150 Female 5'7" (top weight 340)
BF:41%/31%/??%
Progress: 84%
Location: Burlington, ON
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Besides diet, what was the one major thing that helped contribute to your weight loss and helps in maintaining that loss?


This is going to sound corny, but this forum. I belong here now, I've got friends, it's home. I have such good friends, I would post here even if I was off plan. The thing is, it's tougher to stay off plan when you are here everyday talking with people that are working their plan. It keeps me focused. I can't forget how important it is to lose weight or maintain my loss when I read about the pain others are going through or read about the joy someone feels in exercising or fitting into a new size pant.

There is something to be said for being in the right place at the right time to create the opportunity for success. I've really found this for myself. I've had times this past year where I was making bad food choices and could easily have returned to my old ways. However, I kept posting here because of the community of friends I have, and being here, I couldn't ignore what damage I was doing to myself. It made it much easier to get back on track.

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Old Mon, Mar-20-06, 11:09
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Plan: No grains, no sugar.
Stats: 001/045/525 Male 72
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Progress: 8%
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The thing is, it's tougher to stay off plan when you are here everyday talking with people that are working their plan. It keeps me focused.


I gotta agree with that wise woman Val, although for slightly different reasons. When I returned to low carbing it was with a dieter's mindset; in other words, I thought about the diet as a weight loss tool and nothing more. When I stumbled on this place and started reading, I saw people, over and over again, who were failing. They were no dumber, had no weaker wills that I was/did, but they weren't hacking it, just as I hadn't hacked it in the past. And after reading probably thousands of posts, and doing some soul searching, I came to the conclusion that I really had to accept that if I was going to do this, I had to change the way I thought about it -- it can't be a diet, it has to be a commitment, a fundamental change in the way I looked at myself and the world. Eating junk food is not a treat, but the first step on the road to self abuse; I'm not "sacrificing" or "missing out on" anything to do this; rather, I would be sacrificing my health and well being if I didn't do it, and so on. The road has its ups and downs, but really it's much smoother than the one I travelled on before. All the fat in the world couldn't cushion the bumps on that road.

Anyway, this place helps me to stay focused on this as an eating plan, not a diet. I've also learned a few tricks here about cooking and so on. The stuff on the science of low carbing helps a lot, too; it took what I instinctively knew to be true, that I had terrible eating habits, and explained to me why that was so, and once you know why, you've taken the first step in figuring out how to change things.

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Old Mon, Mar-20-06, 11:26
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Posts: 9,388
 
Plan: Atkins Maintenance
Stats: 297/173.3/150 Female 5'7" (top weight 340)
BF:41%/31%/??%
Progress: 84%
Location: Burlington, ON
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Well, kwik is a wise man (I typed wise guy, and thought better of it ) too. It seems everyone talks about how this has to be a WOL (way of life) not just a diet. It's true, a permanent change does have to be just that, a permanent change.

Mind you, getting and living that, rather than just saying it, isn't easy.
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Old Mon, Mar-20-06, 11:29
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Plan: Atkins
Stats: 360/225/160 Female 68"
BF:30%
Progress: 68%
Location: Buffalo, New York
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Hmm, So much has changed. Still not where I want to be, but it's a process.

Fitting in to booths at restaruants

Sitting on wicker furniture (Not kidding I broke a chair once at my top weight.)

Not having to use a seatbelt extender on planes.

Sleeping through the night. Sleep apnea and frequent potty calls have disappeared.

Being able to sit on the floor (And to get up from the floor without help)

Having to try clothes on for size (Rather than grabbing the largest size of whatever, buying it and hoping for the best)

Having my husband get his arms ALL the way around me.

Not being terrified to see my doctor.

And the biggest, getting my diabetes under control. Low carb helped that for sure but so did everything I learned about supplements right here.

There's a lot more.

The next mini goal is to get on the doctors scale and not have to push the big weight to 250.
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Old Mon, Mar-20-06, 15:48
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Plan: my own
Stats: 290/189/150 Female 65
BF:
Progress: 72%
Location: AZ
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Ok - I am a little late here. :-)

I hit my goal about 1.5 months ago. I have actually gone down about another 2 lbs since. In all I have lost 108 lbs.

What has helped me was consistency. (I actually had a cheat day on Sat..the first one in a VERY long time.) The other trick for me has been to always have food ready in the fridge. I cook in bulk and always have leftovers. Then when I need something it is there. The other key for me has been this forum. While I am more of a lurker...I visit here almost everyday. While in the beginning and up to goal it was everyday...lately I have been too busy...we are selling our home and I had to get it ready. :-) One other thing that helped me was Dr. Phil's diet book. I used it more for the psychological issues of weight loss. I came to think that I loved myself enough to do this...and I would not allow people to sabotage me.

Anyway, it CAN be done.

Janel
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Old Mon, Mar-20-06, 20:47
liz175 liz175 is offline
Lowcarb since 7/2002
Posts: 5,991
 
Plan: Atkins
Stats: 360/232/180 Female 5'9"
BF:BMI 53.2/34.3/?
Progress: 71%
Location: U.S.: Mid-Atlantic
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I have lost over 100 pounds and I feel like I got my life back. Before I started low carbing I had problems with hygiene (anyone who has been morbidly obese knows what I am talking about) and I got out of breath trying to walk to the corner. I couldn't participate in my children's lives the way I wanted to; I just couldn't keep up with them even when doing something as simple as going shopping. I couldn't sit in a booth in a restaurant, I couldn't fit in a seat on an airplane, and my blood pressure was shooting up to the range where I should have been on medication. I couldn't even buy clothes in a plus-size store because most of them stop at size 24 or 26 and I was bigger than that.

Now, I can walk miles, I can sightsee or shop all day with my daughter, I can cross my legs, and I can buckle my sandals without going through contortions. My blood pressure is normal without medication and my cholesterol profile is very good. I no longer feel like I am headed for an early grave. I still wear plus sizes (although I can often wear a regular XL in tops), but at least I can find my size in a store. When I see people complaining about having to shop in the plus size department, I realize that they have no idea how lucky they are. I know how lucky I am.

I am still fat, but now I can blend in with the normal, overweight middle-aged American women. I don't look like a freak.

How did I do it? Carefully watching carbs and portion size and regularly exercising, which for me means walking or swimming.

I lost 7 or 8 pounds a month at the beginning. My weight lost gradually slowed down and I stopped losing weight about a year ago. Right now, I'm fighting not to gain weight back. I know that to lose more weight I need to go on a strict low calorie diet, but I can't get up the motivation to do so. My carb levels have been slowly creeping up and I keep finding myself having minor cheats -- a bite of this or a taste of that. I'm somewhat discouraged, but I am also extremely grateful for how far I have come. I just wish I could get back that drive that sustained me through losing the first 120 pounds or so.
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Old Tue, Mar-21-06, 03:25
LC_Dave LC_Dave is offline
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Plan: Atkins
Stats: 473/332/190 Male 75.6
BF:
Progress: 50%
Location: Melbourne Australia
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I've been on the boards around 4 years, and that's about the time I learnt about low carb for the first time in my life.
But I only manages, after years of struggling to get started properly last July. I have now lost 104 pounds.

I am in a little bit of a stall, but still dropping.
I haven't started exercising yet.

I know this is one of the next steps, especially regaining muscle lost through years of low fat dieting.

About a week ago I bought an exercise bike. I gotta start using it though! It's pretty hard having no fitness!

I'm still quite large so I haven't really gotten the rewards most have. Although all most Super Obesity symptoms have almost dissapeared.
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Old Tue, Mar-21-06, 10:57
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Plan: atkins
Stats: 274.5/262.5/170 Female 5'4"
BF:
Progress: 11%
Location: Alberta, Canada
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This is a great thread. It is such an inspiration to see lc's meet their goals and beyond. I always find inspiration in the fact that other people are doing this and struggling with it as well. Thanks for starting this thread I will come back here whenever I am having trouble with inspiration and know I will be motivated here.

Jodi
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Old Tue, Mar-21-06, 16:44
LC_Dave LC_Dave is offline
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Plan: Atkins
Stats: 473/332/190 Male 75.6
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Progress: 50%
Location: Melbourne Australia
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This is a great thread. It is such an inspiration to see lc's meet their goals and beyond. I always find inspiration in the fact that other people are doing this and struggling with it as well. Thanks for starting this thread I will come back here whenever I am having trouble with inspiration and know I will be motivated here.

Jodi


Back when this forum started, there were not that many members who had dropped 100 pounds or more.

I am inspired by all the people still knocking around that have!

Also, there is a staggering amount of people who are maintaining. If you look at any other dietary WOL and you won't see the same long term numbers as these.

Stories like these are the sole reason why I came back time and time again and tried to start low carb.
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Old Wed, Mar-22-06, 02:35
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From Flab to Fab!
Posts: 11,752
 
Plan: Fat Flush / SB
Stats: 300/225/185 Female 5ft 8"
BF:No Thanks
Progress: 65%
Location: UK
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I have yet to hit my 100lbs marker, but I wanted to say, I am extremely motivated reading all your responces!! That's what keeps me on track, seeing you lovely people having been there and done it before me keeps me on track, I know that if you can do it, I can do it too!
Congratulations on all who have lost 100lbs or more!!
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