(I made a throwaway again for posting this, because I want to keep any identifiable info off my regular account)
I started gaining weight rapidly after my second baby and a big move. I attribute this gain to unrecognized depression and Zoloft. When I got pregnant with my third I was at my highest adult weight (171lbs), including during my pregnancies. After my third was born I settled in at 188lbs.
I began slowly losing weight by just trying to make better choices, but without a clear plan. It wasn't until I calculated by TDEE and began CICO that I started losing more consistently. I aim for 1500 calories during the week, and try to stay within 1800-2000 on weekends. I don't specifically track macros, but I try to choose foods with lots of protein (I still don't get enough though).
I haven't been exercising other than chasing after my kids, walking places with them, and a lightly active job. I would like to start strength training but I'm dealing with a stubborn shoulder injury.
I'm still aiming for another 10-15lbs, my belly is still flabby. But I'm back into a healthy BMI (barely), back to pre-baby weight, and clothes fits so much better. I feel awesome.
I've been motivated by this sub along the way, so hoping to pass that on, even though I'm a little uncomfortable sharing such personal information.
You look fantastic!!! What did you do?
I'm sure you know how much slimmer your waist is, but look at how much progress you've made in your arms, too! Great work!
You look like you came straight out of Frozen in your last pic, like a princess! You've done an amazing job!
Thank you so much. My mom and I started this journey a few months before my father passed. This motivated him to start making better choices for himself, but somehow it didn't work out for him. He died of a massive heart attack in December. I've been more or less maintaining my weight since that day, but I'm finally ready to jump back into it. Losing him has been very hard on all of us, and I miss him more each day, but I know he'd be proud of me.
Great job! I lost my father unexpectedly at your age and I know how tough it is. I'm sorry about your loss. Exercise helped a lot for me... stick with it, you're doing awesome.
Oh my goodness, I'm flattered! Thank you so much. :)
I've used the PPL system since day one and I have to say it has definately worked.
I also do routines from this YouTuber JaxBlade
What was your exercise routine?
And a new case for his phone! GG!
Great job on the progress! It looks like you've added a lot of muscle!
Dude, I'm a fat guy and you lost more than I weigh.
So. Damn. HEALTHY!!
Recovery looks great on you!
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Hell yes lady way to go!!! You look so good at 198! I'm 5'7 female and I miss 190. I carry it well. I'm currently 208 as of today so this gives me lots of hope thanks for posting!!
Great job! You're seeing some very real progress!
I was thinking 150lbs, so in the middle of a healthy bmi with a little wiggle room. But I'll be flexible anywhere in the healthy range depending on how I feel and whether I start trying to build a little muscle. Also losing 100lbs would be so satisfying, haha! You?
We're lucky, us Amazon women; we've got a good frame for a lil extra ;) But yay, go you! You got this!
Wow! There's no way I'd have guessed that was only 40 lbs! You look so much better!
I was doing lazy keto. So basically I'd have 20-30g of carbs a day. If it fit my macros, I'd have it. As long as I don't go over. Id eat things like grilled chicken over a Caesar salad or wedge salad. Fish or steak with sauteed veg. I don't like breakfast (other than pancakes haha) so I was fasting without even realizing. Look up intermittent fasting as well!
Drink plenty of water. I was buying true lemon packets for my water.
Halfway through the weightloss I started weight training and playing racquet ball.
And most importantly, don't get discouraged!
you look amazing great job!!!
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You look great and you've come a long way and I don't want to discourage, but settling in at 210 implies you're done losing. I know everyone has their own number, but the ideal weight for a 5'8" male is still 140-170lbs. I think you could definitely be in the 1XX range. What's 10 more pounds when you've lost 125 already? Keep going!
All good! I was down to 195 for a while, shot up to 225, and am easing my way back down to be under 200. When I was 195 I looked good but didn't feel quite so good... so I'm trying to learn what weight I feel good at and can sustain! Ideally I would LOVE to be at 190. My blood pressure is normal, cholesterol is totally normal, and I'm not pre-diabetic!
Hey there! I read the Atkins book and that triggered my curiosity... I read more about low-glycemic and low-carbohydrate diets (especially "Why We Get Fat") and that seemed to make the most sense in me. I ate the same meal daily for 6 months (eggs and bacon for breakfast, protein for lunch, salad for dinner) and drank a gallon of water per day, plus vitamins and Omega 3 supplements. I exercised 5 times a week doing cardio on the elliptical.
That was an extreme diet, but it was the first one that ever worked. I think it shocked my body and metabolism into burning fat. It was the first thing that ever worked for me, even after having been on wrestling teams and sports teams my whole life. I stuck with it until I could learn what maintenance was all about for me. Now I don't eat much meat and have essentially tried to cut out processed sugar.
You can do it! PM me any time.
You look awesome! Well done.
Wow! That's only six months' progress? You're hardly recognizable!
Thank you! In the beginning, I just did lazy keto. No exercise or anything, dropped 20 pounds. Then I started incorporating jogging about three months ago, and now I jog and lift weights. As far as eating goes, I'm still doing keto and only eat twice a day at noon and then again at six.
Excellent job! You look awesome. I love your shirt in btw :)
You look great! What'd you do to lose the weight?
WOW! That is astonishing! GREAT JOB!!
Incredible job. It's as though you didn't just lose a ton of weight, you also lost 20 years! This is inspirational. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! :)
This is amazing! It would be awesome if you could share on /sub/eood which is a subreddit for those struggling with mental health and getting in to exercise :)