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LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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8/18/13 6:47 P

I just lost my 100th pound!!!!! Yippeee!!!!

I lost 40 pounds in 6 months with a very strict diet and major exercise program. Then the loss slowed down and I lost 30 pounds over the next 1 year. Then it took another year to lose 20 pounds. Then over the next 4 years I put 30 pounds back on. It has taken almost a year to lose the last 40 pounds.

Could I have done it faster? Yeah, if I had stuck with it and not put weight back on.

How did I do it?

First, have a gallbladder attack that scares the living daylights out of you because you think you are having a heart attack.

Second have your doctor ask you if you plan on eating yourself to death.

Third, decide the answer is no and go on a medically supervised 1200 calorie diet with a 6 day a week exercise plan and stick with it. My doctor helped me correct a vitamin D deficiency as well as iron deficiency anemia. Also got my cholesterol and triglycerides and glucose under control with diet and exercise.

The best thing I did was to learn I suffer from portion distortion. Whatever is on my plate is a portion and I can eat it. I now measure everything I eat. It's funny, I can bake without measuring but can't serve myself a normal portion.

The sticking with it is the hard part....sigh....

I have to decide with every bite that I want to stay at a healthy weight. It is getting easier. I feel guilty if I Don't work out everyday. I actually put effort into working out, I sweat like a pig, lol.

I tell myself everyday that I deserve to be healthy, that I deserve to be normal weight, that I do NOT have to eat crappy food or be a human garbage disposal.

I will tell you the same thing.
You can do this.
You deserve to be healthy.
You deserve to be happy and to feel good.

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8/18/13 6:32 P

I'm in the process of losing 80 lbs. I'm a little more than half way there and I started mid January of this year. I was shooting for doing 80 in one year and the remaining 15 lbs or so slowly and after that.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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8/18/13 2:50 P

Well, I am not there yet, but I went from 300 to 208 in a bit more than two years.

However, I have several serious metabolic problems. If I were healthy, surely I would be done by now and the whole process would have been MUCH faster and easier!

I am tall and have a very large frame size, but I am also very active.

I think that calculating 2 pounds/week and using that to set your goal is probably a good place to start.

Edited by: AZULVIOLETA6 at: 8/18/2013 (19:55)
BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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8/18/13 2:27 P

It may seem like an uphill battle but it is attainable. There are a number of sparkers including my friend, ON2VICTORY, who have lost well over 100 lbs in under two years. In fact he just completed a Half Ironman 70.3

Good luck on your journey

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8/18/13 2:21 P


I agree with the previous reply. There really is no exact answer to your question. Because we're all different, we all lost weight at different weights. My weight has been up and down over the years. I lost around 50-55 pounds in a year. I took the weight off slowly and it has stayed off.

If you check out member INDYGIRL's page, you'll learn at her highest weight, she weighed 460+ pounds. Two years later, she's lost half that weight.

If you have the time and the money, you could lose as quickly as the contestants on the Biggest Loser. Several lost 100+ pounds in a period of six months. It's not impossible to lose that much weight that quickly, but it does take resources. And if a person doesn't have the time or money to spend on losing weight, figure that a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week.

Here's the thing, you won't lose 1-2 pounds every single week. there will be weeks you don't lose. there will even be weeks you gain. And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. Weight loss is not an exact science.

On paper, figure you could lose 50-100 pounds in a year based on a weekly loss of 1-2 pounds. Could lose faster ? Yes, but that's not considered safe. Could you lose slower ? Yes. Most of us will tell you the faster you take the weight off, the faster it packs back on. take the weight off slowly and it will stay off.

Taking the weight off slowly implies you're adopting healthy style to lose.

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8/18/13 1:59 P

I haven't lost 100 pounds, but I would expect it to take about two years if you aim to lose a pound a week. Of course, a person starting out would be likely to lose more at first.

I lost 40 pounds in 2007 and it took me about six months.

I have lost nearly that much this year, but it has taken me eight months to lose what I have lost. The only real difference is my age. I was in my twenties then and I'm in my thirties now.

There are just so many factors, and no one can tell how long it's going to take. That's why it's important to set smaller goals, and to recognize the huge benefits of eating healthier and exercising. Because you see those benefits long before the scale gets down where you want it to be!

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8/18/13 1:28 P

How long did it take for "you" to lose 100lbs? Now, the main example I am aiming for is someone at 276lbs down to 176lbs what was the window of time for you? Frame, activity level is a factor so please include that as well.

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