Is it actually possible to lose weight? Help, stories and motivation please!

(81 Posts)
KettleCrunch Tue 12-Mar-13 17:17:00

Please motivate me, all you healthy superfit MNers!

OK, so I've got a stubborn BMI of 27.5, having put on three stone in the last two years or so (bloody Cerazette/sedentary office job). I'm tall, which is why my BMI isn't abysmal, but I really want to shift at least some of the flab by summer.

I've tried to lose it a few times since LAST summer by doing low-carbing, eating less with myfitnesspal, C25k etc, but just keep losing and gaining the same half stone or so whenever I inevitably surrender to a massive packet of jaffa cakes blushblush.

I've never had to lose any significant amount of weight before, so I just don't understand how it's done, or really believe it's possible! I joined a gym last week and I've been trying out all the classes to see which ones I enjoy, for the first time ever, which I'm loving so far - but I know that, though it'll make me feel better and tone up a bit, this won't be enough on its own to see much weight loss. If I go to a class most days, and cut out the jaffa cakes and their evil junk food pals... will I actually lose weight? Is it possible?

Also hoping to get back on the C25k as soon as this damn ice thaws... I finished the programme but it's been a few weeks since I've braved the weather.

Please share your stories of weight loss success and reassure me that the effort I'm about to put in will not be all in vain! Also please tell me what it feels like to lose weight, any ups and downs I should prepare for, tips for 'digging deep' and just keeping going when comfort eating is calling... and if anyone's in the same position as me, join the club!

doing cto5k was the year i looked my best, sadly my dead running shoes and cold weather has ruined this. i have for first time in my life been dieting doing slim world and have lost a fair amount without feeling hard done by and i love food smile

BikeRunSki Tue 12-Mar-13 17:48:15

I've recently lost 2.5 stone with Slimming World. SW is pretty straightforward and I ran a bit too. But I think the biggest help is motivation. Mine was a combination of 1- needing to get back into my work clothes after ML; my 4 yo asking me if I was having another baby when DD was about 10 months old and seeing photos of me at the 4 yo's birthday party. Then I bumped into a friend whose baby is 3 months younger than mine, she'd lost a stone with SW and looked fab. That inspired me to join up.

BambieO Tue 12-Mar-13 18:01:55

I am also very tall and we do seem able to hide the pounds better until there's nowhere left for it to hide grin

I have joined MFP and also been doing the 30 day shred and I have dropped 10lbs since 03 march so it can be done, it's just very hard sad

I love MFP though, it really works for me and stops me eating rubbish.

The 30 day shred is brilliant, hard but definitely worth it.

BambieO Tue 12-Mar-13 18:04:31

Forgot to say BMI now 25 so we are very similar, I am 5ft 11

Do you like exercise? I hate can tolerate it but only as I see the pounds melting away, it's great motivation

KettleCrunch Tue 12-Mar-13 18:11:18

I found that C25k was fun and gave me lots of more confidence with exercise, but I lost NO weight... maybe I just need to keep up the running when the weather warms up to see results.

I have no idea what Slimming World involves... I guess my motivation would be clothes. I'd love to buy some new clothes and have fun with fashion a lot more.

KettleCrunch Tue 12-Mar-13 18:13:48

Oh hi Bambie! I am the exact same height as you smile it is great for hiding a few extra pounds, until suddenly they seem to be spilling out everywhere... sigh!

I have very similar feelings about exercise - I'm sure I would grow to love it if I could see it making a difference, but I guess I need to keep at it for that!

How long is the 30 day shred? I mean, per day? Wondering if I could sneak it in before work in the morning...

BIWI Tue 12-Mar-13 18:15:20

I started the C25K just over 5 weeks ago. Even though the weather is cold! That's just an excuse you're using.

Get out there and get running!

BambieO Tue 12-Mar-13 18:29:56

Hi kettle smile

It's only 30 mins and ten mins of that is a warm up. It really is brilliant, there is a noticeable difference already and I'm only on day 10 tomorrow. The top of my stomach is noticeable smaller the baby pouch is slightly more stubborn and my things and bum are definitely smaller too.

I love it as it makes you feel so good when you have finished and makes me think that I don't want to ruin all my hard work so I'm eating a lot more healthy as well which is a bonus.

I do it on YouTube as its free, I wouldn't hesitate in buying one of her DVDs when finished though as I really enjoy the style and speed of it, perfect whilst DS naps

BambieO Tue 12-Mar-13 18:30:44

*thighs not things haha sounds like I'm referring to my lady bits blush

KettleCrunch Tue 12-Mar-13 19:14:42

Hahaha, the hot new exercise regime to shrink your lady things! Not sure it'd catch on wink

Only 30 mins! Wow! And ahh I'm glad it's on YouTube - I'd heard it was like £30 for the DVD, but much more willing it give it a go if it's free... I can start on it now, once I've got this fish pie in the oven, and be done before dinner! Brilliant. Then maybe I'll even eat less dinner too... we can but dream.

BIWI you have called my bluff. I'll get out tomorrow. You're right. I mean, I do actually like running! Just hate being cold sad but it's a rubbish excuse.

BambieO Tue 12-Mar-13 19:23:34

Haha you never know wink

That's brilliant! Let me know how you find it

terracottatoad Tue 12-Mar-13 20:23:10

Oh my god it's hard! Also I'm not sure I can keep doing the star jumps, might annoy the downstairs neighbours... but feels good! I'll definitely be doing it again. Thanks!

terracottatoad Tue 12-Mar-13 20:32:14

Whoops, namechanged back... That's me KettleCrunch smile I thought I'd change names to avoid my BMI shame... but I guess everyone will just have to know about it now!

BambieO Tue 12-Mar-13 20:39:37

Haha your BMI really isn't bad! Glad you liked it. I'm sure the neighbours won't mind, it's only in a few bursts anyway.

If they complain just say it's either that or you will keep eating until you fall through the ceiling naked smile

BIWI Tue 12-Mar-13 21:18:40

Actually, Kettle, as long as you've got the right kit on, once you get going it's fine.

KettleCrunch Tue 12-Mar-13 22:11:47

I know, I just can't afford a load of thermal run stuff at the moment sad but you're right, after the first 5 minutes or so you do warm up. I am suitably chastened and will go.

Oh god, I really will fall through the ceiling naked if I keep eating custard creams at the rate I've been going... bursting through the seams of all my clothes too...

BambieO Wed 13-Mar-13 08:24:43

Hahaha that made me chuckle kettle

You won't as you have started looking into it, that's the hardest part getting motivation. Stick with the shred if you enjoy it. I did C25K before my wedding and BIWI is right, it's very good, I just find it hard to actually get motivation to get out in this cold but will hit it once it warms up

BIWI Wed 13-Mar-13 08:57:44

LOL at eating custard creams! You need to stop that right now ...

The other good thing about C25K is that it really doesn't take you very long, so you're not outside for too much time.

KettleCrunch Wed 13-Mar-13 09:16:02

You're right Bambie, the hardest part is definitely motivation... I always seem to lose it after about 3 weeks. I will try to keep up the C25k though smile

BambieO Wed 13-Mar-13 09:19:04

Me too Kettle. I am hoping once I complete the shred I will find the running easier too as my legs always hurt for a while when I start.

If we all keep going together we can't give up smile

KettleCrunch Wed 13-Mar-13 15:41:09

I like that attitude Bambie smile the hardest step is the first one out of the front door, etc...

BambieO Wed 13-Mar-13 16:40:16

Definitely, and in this cold making that step is even harder! I have to do the shred now, very annoyed with myself for not doing it this morning as I am feeling lazy now haha shock

Then I am going to have a nice healthy dinner. Must, keep, goooing grin

HeySoulSister Wed 13-Mar-13 17:02:47

biwi as your on this thread I'd just like to say I've been following your low carb threads. Not posted just lurked. I've lost two and a hf stone smile

I'm also 5ft 11!! Been doing shred and have completed the c25k... Agree, weather is no excuse unless it's icy! I do 30 min runs 3 x a week now. I feel better, much better, and people are noticing my loss now

BIWI Wed 13-Mar-13 17:05:16

Wow! Bloody well done, HSS thanks

I'm currently in week 6 of C25K, so I've done my first long run of 20 minutes. I was so chuffed with myself for doing it - when I first started I couldn't believe I would ever be able to run for that long, never mind so soon. It's a great plan.

Do you enjoy the running? I can't quite say I've got there yet, although I'm enjoying the process, IYSWIM.

HeySoulSister Wed 13-Mar-13 17:11:47

Yes I love the running, I truly do. It helps to have running music, I do better with a good beat! That's if you have music, some prefer not to. Yes, I've become an addict at age of 44! BUT I'm fitter than my daughter now who is at college on a SPORTS course!

I remember that first 20 min run! The achievement spurs you on. I was worried that low carbing would mean a lack of energy, but I just don't find this at all.

BambieO Wed 13-Mar-13 17:17:10

When I try running I find listening to 'holiday music' helps me as I picture myself wobbling running along a beach!

BIWI Wed 13-Mar-13 17:20:20

I've got all kinds of music on my iPhone, but can't work out how to put it on shuffle, like I can with my iPod. So I tend to listen to it on alphabetical running order, which makes for some quite interesting music to run to - with varying beats!

Low carbing has never been an issue with the running and I often run in a fasted state. I did my 20 minute run whilst in a fasted state as well.

KettleCrunch Wed 13-Mar-13 18:55:18

Wow, applause all round! I love that the tall girls are all here smile

I'm feeling very nervous about my first ever body combat class in half an hour now... will they kill me?! So unreasonably terrified of it!

KettleCrunch Wed 13-Mar-13 20:55:16

Hahahaha, I think body combat may actually have killed me. <collapses in a pile of sweat>

I know what you all mean about music - it's essential for a good run. And I have totally different taste in running music from the kind of music I like to listen to normally - in my house it's usually all indie and BBC 6Music etc when we're doing the washing up or driving, but when I run it's all about Calvin Harris, Little Mix, Rihanna... all the chart stuff. Gotta have that beat!

BIWI Wed 13-Mar-13 20:57:06

You'll be lovely and stiff tomorrow grin

KettleCrunch Wed 13-Mar-13 22:06:31

grin Oh yeah, I'll have that thing where you have to steel yourself and mentally prepare your legs to get up from the toilet in the morning.....!

HeySoulSister Thu 14-Mar-13 00:18:15

It's ministry of sound all the way for me!!!

BambieO Thu 14-Mar-13 07:51:39

Well done on your class kettle! I run to chart stuff too, it seems to have the most regular pace for me. I am starting level 2 of the shred today and dreading it haha I may join you in that sweaty pile grin

I lost 4st 7 since last July by eating smaller portions and getting out on my bike.
BMI went from 38 to 25, clothes size from 18 to 8/10. I'm 5ft, but densely built so look thinner than I weigh.

BambieO Thu 14-Mar-13 08:59:41

That's brilliant inmyspare what motivation! I would love to be a size 10 again sad

KettleCrunch Thu 14-Mar-13 09:39:08

Wow InMySpare that's so inspiring! Congratulations smile I'd love to be a size 10 again too. Did you use MFP or just work out your own smaller portions?

Started with MFP to work out what a portion actually was (I was eating 4 portions of breakfast cereal for example, which came to 800 caloriesshock), then once I got a feel for estimating my own portion size I managed without it.
I lead an active lifestyle, so that didn't need much tweaking, and once I started eating for hunger instead of habit, my habits changed, so I won't ever be that big again.

KettleCrunch Thu 14-Mar-13 10:54:51

That's wonderful. I'd love to do that. I actually DREAD with real fear doing proper weighing of my breakfast cereal. I suspect I have also been guzzling four portions in one... tomorrow I think I may have to face the music and get out the scales. Terror.

I think one of the problems with being a tall woman is that when you're a teenager, everyone tells you to eat lots because 'you're lovely and tall, and you're a growing girl!' - and when I was 16 and 5ft10 I really could eat whatever the hell I wanted (five slices of cake for dessert? no problem) and stay whippet-thin.

But then you stop growing, and you keep eating loads because you're used to it, and you feel that because you're tall you should, by rights, be able to eat more than other people. Or, at least, I feel that way. But I guess I just have to face facts that I'm definitely not a teenager any more so I have to eat <gasp> SENSIBLY... goodbye five slices of cake.

BambieO Thu 14-Mar-13 11:33:13

Kettle we could be twins haha

KettleCrunch Thu 14-Mar-13 11:38:47

Haha being tall is dangerous! Hope level 2 of the shred goes well for you today!

BIWI Thu 14-Mar-13 13:00:45

Not a tall one - I'm a shortarse at 5ft 2in. I have lost two stone over the last year by low carbing. (See my Bootcamp threads for more info!) I'm now wearing size 8 jeans, and most of my tops are size 10 (some of them now too big). I still have around half a stone to go, to get rid of the last flabby bits around my torso/tummy.

I also started going to the gym, on my own and seeing a personal trainer twice a week. This is expensive, but I've viewed it as an investment in myself. Currently I'm seeing him once a week, as there is precious little work on the horizon, but of course I'm also now running 3 times a week.

But from everything I've read, exercise can only count for 15-20% of weight loss, and diet is the key thing. Sad to say, Kettle, custard creams are unlikely to feature in many weight loss plans grin

BambieO Thu 14-Mar-13 13:58:11

Kettle- I am alive!!!! smile

It was HARD going but I think I will master it in a day or two. How are you doing today?

pipsqueakz Thu 14-Mar-13 14:09:31

Have you ever tried green tea? Its fantastic and I found the weight fell off me as well as my hectic family life with all the running around! But green tea is anti oxidant Also cranberry juice is great and cleanses body Hope this helps

HeySoulSister Thu 14-Mar-13 15:37:46

My teens drunk green tea... Is it really good for weightless? Think they have it for skin or something!

KettleCrunch Thu 14-Mar-13 15:49:48

Bambie congratulations on remaining alive!! I'm going to do C25k later and then a pilates class. Trying to do something every day while I get into the habit smile then hopefully once I've figured out which things I like best I can concentrate on those. It'd be nice to get 'addicted' to some form of exercise... don't think I've ever experienced the endorphin rush that the exercise addicts are always talking about.

I like green tea pipsqueakz! But I haven't had any for years. Great excuse to stock up, thanks!

KettleCrunch Thu 14-Mar-13 15:58:44

Oh and BIWI, I am sadly coming round to the truth about custard creams... Thankfully there are none in the house now so I can't be tempted. Logging on MFP today and well on track so far. Feeling motivated! Thanks all!

Also biwi congratulations on your massively inspiring weight loss!

BIWI Thu 14-Mar-13 16:00:36

Thank you!

C25K and Pilates?! You're a braver woman than I ...

BambieO Thu 14-Mar-13 16:01:20

Kettle are we friends on MFP? If not I'm tinamcbeana we can plough on together, there's tons of mnetters on there smile

KettleCrunch Thu 14-Mar-13 16:40:44

I've added you Bambie! I'm terracottatoad on there.

Might actually not get to go to Pilates tonight any more sad I said I'd go round to my mum's and I think I'll have to leave a bit earlier. But C25k for definite. Hear me roar!

BambieO Thu 14-Mar-13 17:08:00

Accepted smile it's a great support network on there

Let me know how C25K goes, you can do it!

BambieO Thu 14-Mar-13 17:11:24

Accepted smile it's a great support network on there

Let me know how C25K goes, you can do it!

KettleCrunch Thu 14-Mar-13 18:59:59

I did it! Even though it's a few months weeks since I last ran, I went straight back in at week 4 and completed it without too much blood spilled. Brilliant! Thanks so much for the motivation Bambie and co - I don't think I would've gone out tonight without this thread...

BambieO Thu 14-Mar-13 19:16:57

Well done!!!! And week 4, that's fabulous smile bet it felt good out in the fresh air, you will have completed in no time

pipsqueakz Thu 14-Mar-13 20:22:03

Absolutely I was 13st now down to 9st3 I don't have much time for exercise but am mum of three and full time carer to my disabled hubby.

pipsqueakz Thu 14-Mar-13 20:24:45

Anti oxidants are my secret

KettleCrunch Thu 14-Mar-13 23:03:25

I think you should get a t shirt printed with 'anti oxidants are my secret' pipsqueaks! Sounds like you live a very busy life smile

It did feel so good to be out in the fresh air! I've been buzzing all evening. I forgot how good it feels after the run!

BambieO Fri 15-Mar-13 08:01:54

Kettle I have hit my first stone! I am back in the 12 stones and back on a BMI of 24 I am thrilled. Must keep going!

You must have been so energised after your run! I'm so
Impressed by your motivation smile

See, there's the BMI height difference, at 5ft I'm still overweight at 9st 5! My "ideal" weight is 7st 13, and that is never going to happen!

BambieO Fri 15-Mar-13 08:26:49

I know, it's such a difficult thing BMI. I am 5ft 11 and it tells me really I should be 11 stone ish and I haven't been 11 stone since I was about 17 haha, very depressing

weegiemum Fri 15-Mar-13 08:36:09

I lost a lot of weight between nov 2011 and July or so 2012. 7 stone! I'd not recommend my induction method, which was to inadvertently develop a potentially life-threatening neurological illness that made me so sick and dizzy I ate practically nothing for 3 months!! Ended up on high dose vitamins and was threatened with a tube feed, so I started nibbling again.

However, I've never got my (frankly huge) appetite back. I eat 2-3 small meals a day and loads of veg as snacks. Have totally gone off sweet stuff.

I'm not small. I was very overweight, but have gone from a 26/28 to an 18/20, and weight is still slowly shifting, I'd love to be a 16/18. It's complicated for me as severe issues with balance, coordination, proprioception (body position sense - if I can't see my hands or lower legs/feet I don't "know" where they are, the classic example being I can't clap my hands with my eyes closed!) and crushing fatigue mean I can't do more than cursory exercise.

If I was starting from scratch, I'd be reducing portion size, cutting back (but not cutting out) carbs and do whatever exercise was possible in the course of each day - after a year of lifts because I was so scared of falling, I now occasionally manage a floor of stairs!

BIWI Fri 15-Mar-13 08:39:26

Wow! Well done, Kettle - I'm really impressed!

Don't worry too much about BMI figures - they really are just a guideline and don't take into account body composition. If you have developed muscle (as opposed to fat) then you will weigh more and therefore your BMI will be higher.

Equally, take what the scales tell you with a bit of a pinch of salt. The key is always your body and what it looks like/how it fits into your clothes.

I know I'm a good stone heavier than when I was in my early 20s, but my figure is pretty much the same and I'm happily wearing size 8 or 10 clothes.

KettleCrunch Fri 15-Mar-13 08:55:18

Bambie how brilliant to be on 12 stone! Congratulations! I dream of that day. It's so nice to speak to someone who also has a weight goal of 11 stone, which I haven't been since I was 17ish either! We will get there smile (and then we'll be 17 again in every other respect, too, right? <looks forward to smooth young skin and making bad decisions about boys>)

InMySpare crikey, I think my left leg alone probably weighs 7st 13!

You're right though, BIWI, to not be a slave to the scales. I'd love to gain some muscle and tone and I know that may skew the figures. Just have to hope I keep it up!

BIWI Fri 15-Mar-13 08:58:45

grin about bad decisions about boys!

BambieO Fri 15-Mar-13 09:10:37

Haha kettle, we definitely will be 17 again if we keep it up!

Our goals are so similar as are we so it's great to have someone similar to do it with smile as well as everyone else of course! You are all my mojo grin

KettleCrunch Fri 15-Mar-13 14:25:15

This place is great for mojo! Went to a gym class this morning, on track with MFP, all going well at the moment smile

BIWI Fri 15-Mar-13 14:36:11

You're really on a roll, aren't you?! grin

Go you <shakes pompoms>

KettleCrunch Fri 15-Mar-13 18:15:47

Thanks! I am a bit worried the motivation will suddenly drop off though... hopefully that won't happen.

BambieO Fri 15-Mar-13 18:20:42

Mine nearly did so I went through all my clothes trying them on and realised I still hate the way they fit so need to keep going!

Give it a try ;)

KettleCrunch Fri 15-Mar-13 18:51:20

That is a BRILLIANT idea Bambie. I will totally do that if my motivation flounders.

It would be so nice to be able to buy some new clothes that actually look good. I've put 'clothes' as my motivation on MFP, and I really would like to be able to get some new things to wear. I'm stuck in that typical rut at the moment, though, of thinking there's no point in buying nice things. But there will be if I slim down a little! And trying on all that ill-fitting old stuff should underline that goal in moments of feeling less motivated smile

yes you can since June last year I have lost 10 low calorie and low cars and exercises oh and im a wheelchair user

have gone from a size 24 elasticated waist to a size 10/12 .12 in primark new look but 10 elsewhere

oh I swim /yoga do weights and play basketball .and started using racing chair .

start slowly weighing what you eat .Try gluten free for a month and drink lots of water

BIWI Sun 17-Mar-13 10:11:25

Kettle - find something that you would really like to wear, but that's just a bit too tight. Not ridiculously tight, but something that just clings a bit too much or gapes too much at the buttons. Keep trying it on each week and that will give you a much better idea of your progress.

And if you do the C25K programme, you should find that it keeps you going because you always have the next stage to move up to. Certainly this is how I've found it. I'm amazed that I'm just about to finish week 6, as it's gone so quickly as much as anything!

Once you start feeling/seeing the benefits of what you're doing, it should help to keep you motivated.

KettleCrunch Sun 17-Mar-13 10:21:22

catapult wow, ten stone in less than a year! That's incredible! You must look like a totally different person!

BIWI Oh I have plenty of clothes like that ;) I have one shirt in particular that I think I can use as a measuring stick. Good idea!

The think with C25k is that I completed it last year, and ran a 5k, but then I lost some motivation because there was nowhere to go next. I'm using the app again, starting from week 5, because I like hearing the prompts and knowing that I'm working towards something. But I'm a bit worried that when I get to the end I'll lost motivation again. I wish there was a 10k app! I'd like to do parkruns but the nearest one is a bit of a drive away and I'd feel a bit selfish being out for that long on a saturday morning. Dilemma.

BIWI Sun 17-Mar-13 11:30:36

I think there is a 10k app - hang on ...

BIWI Sun 17-Mar-13 11:31:45
KettleCrunch Sun 17-Mar-13 13:25:04

Oh, excellent! I'll try it out tomorrow smile thanks!

BIWI Sun 17-Mar-13 13:30:21

Just done my first 25 minute run, and completed week 6!


have made my pictures public so can see the change hope it gives you some motivation

oh and i lost almost another stone since last one

KettleCrunch Sun 17-Mar-13 18:37:48

Oh wow human you do look amazing! Congratulations smile

And BIWI well done on your run! I just finally figured out how my gps running watch works so I'm feeling extra motivated to go running tomorrow morning. Hopefully it'll make me faster (!).

KettleCrunch Sun 17-Mar-13 19:43:11

OK I have another question... so far I've been eating between my BMR and my TDEE as advised, but I've just been looking at the NHS choices weight loss website and it says that women should be eating 1400 calories per day to lose weight, and not eating back exercise calories. Is this right? My BMR is apparently over 1700, and I honestly don't think I could keep up eating 1400 calories for more than a few days. But am I really going to lose weight eating 1900 calories (if my TDEE is around 2300) and doing lots of exercise? Or is that a fantasy, and should I be following the NHS guidelines? Argh, so much conflicting advice.

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