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Hi, I'm Sarah. I gained weight after I moved to the States from the UK due to being more sedentary, working in an office with a seemingly constant supply of doughnuts, and feeling generally depressed sometimes with how life was going. I tried various diet attempts but always gained more weight back when I fell off the wagon. I finally ended up just tipping the scales into an "obese" BMI which was my wake up call.
This time, I'm doing it slowly and surely, and not depriving myself. I've realized that I'm always going to be a slow loser because I don't have the stick-to-it-ness to stay on a really low calorie diet long term. I'd rather change my way of eating permanently by making smaller incremental changes. I don't actually care how long it takes to lose the weight, just so long as I do lose it eventually, and I make this a real lifestyle change in the process. I also want to get back to a more healthy, whole food and organic way of eating. I've been a vegetarian for 20+ years, and try to generally eat healthily anyway, so that shouldn't be too much of a stretch. I started aiming for an intake of 1550-1800 calories (ish) a day, which worked well. After losing 20 lbs or so and then maintaining for over a year, I have switched to aiming for 1350-1600 calories (ish) due to being a bit older and more sedentary. I know that if I try to limit myself too close to 1200, I feel deprived and give up and go off the wagon. In any case, there were long periods of time on WeightWatchers where I was miserable eating at the bottom of my points range and I was only losing 0.5 lbs a week at best. So I don't think 1200 is good for me at all. I think I go into "starvation mode" when I restrict my calories too much. Spark history: April 2008: start weight 192 April - June 2008: lost 12 pounds. 180 June - October 2008: stopped Sparking, gained back all 12 pounds! :( 192 October - December 2008: still wasn't Sparking much (I tracked for a week here or there), but lost 3 pounds. 189 January 2009: lost 8 pounds. 181 February 2009: lost 4 pounds. 177 March 2009: lost 3 pounds. 174 April 2009: Got to a low weight of 173 then went off track for 3 weeks and gained 3.5 pounds back. :( 176.5 May 2009: stayed the same.176.5 June 2009: Lost 3 pounds. 173.5 July 2009: Lost 1.5 pound. 172 August 2009: Got down to 170.5, then went up to 173.5 after vacation. September 2009: Lost 1.5 pounds. 172 October 2009: Stayed the same. 172. November 2009: Lost 4.5 pounds. 167.5. wow! :) December 2009: Put those 4.5 pounds back on. 172. Bleh. January 2010: Lost 3.5 pounds. 168.5 February 2010: Gained 2 pounds. 170.5 March 2010-October 2010: stopped tracking again, but managed to maintain at about 168-170. Lowest point was 167.5 in August. November 2010: Uh oh. Halloween candy and Thanksgiving feasting. Shot back up into the 170's. :( December 2010: Back on Spark, but struggled a bit to get going during the Holidays. Ended the month at 176.5. Jan 2011: Started out well, losing 3 lbs, then put back 2.5 lbs when I struggled with tracking. Again. 176. Feb 2011: Defected to WW. Lost 5.5 lbs. 170.5 lbs.
1. Not obese. Out of the 190's. DONE. 2. Out of the 180's. DONE. 3. 10% of weight lost (172.8). DONE. 4. Out of the 170's. DONE. 5. Out of the 160's and a healthy weight. 6. 2nd 10% of weight lost (155.5). 7. An awesome weight below 150 lbs. 8. Maaaybee a dream weight below 140 lbs + 3rd 10% of weight lost (139.9).
*Cook at home and eat more whole foods/fewer processed foods.
*Limit sugar and simple carbs (gluten free where possible). *Regular moderate exercise.
I'm 5'6" and 3/4!
The middle of healthy BMI range for 5'7" is 139 lbs. The middle of healthy BMI range for 5'6" is 135 lbs. So I'm aiming for 138 lbs just to be precise, but really ANY healthy weight would be fine with me!
I am currently studying for my master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture).
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current weight: 178.5
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2099 days ago
Wow! You're doing an amazing job! You're my inspiration today! Thanks, D
2114 days ago
I'm still hustling!! It's rough, but totally worth it! I lost 3 pounds this past week! How's it going with you?
2114 days ago
Thank you for your kind words of support over on my blog! Your message really hit the mark in a lot of places, and it really brightened my day. :) I also noticed that we're at about the same weight, looking to lose about the same amount. Go us!
2118 days ago
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