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JRWELL58 Posts: 1,429
3/3/13 10:20 A

That's great! Sounds like with your hour glass shape, ten pounds is a size. With my disproportionate shape (big diabetic belly apple shape) it takes 15 pounds for me.

But I think you are right...I can do it by June. I went yesterday to a bridal salon and tried on a size up from the MOB dress I ordered, and it zipped right up, though it looked too snug in the waist. But surely I can lose the size plus a little extra by June.

I'm tenacious.

SPORTYLAWGIRL SparkPoints: (11,853)
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3/3/13 7:00 A

I lost 2.5 inches from my waist in 4 weeks. Weight loss in those 4 weeks was 10 pounds. I play a variety of sports and do a variety of exercise (weight training and cardio) and also have an hourglass shape.

Good luck! I think you can do it. And no matter what, your healthy lifestyle will have you looking more beautiful and feeling more confident when your special day arrives.

Edited by: SPORTYLAWGIRL at: 3/3/2013 (07:00)
URBANK9 Posts: 895
3/2/13 10:57 P

No advice but good luck! I think if you are motivated enough you can do it, and the corset/Spanx should help with any extra. You can also check with a tailor to see if it can be let out. I had a bridesmaid gown I ended up gaining weight between when I ordered and when it came in, o it didn't fit. I took it to the tailor and they were able to take it out, so it fit me just fine. That was before I started Soark though, now I am sure it would be way too big.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,583
3/2/13 8:35 P

The lapis will be so pretty.

I hope that you are able to meet your goal

JRWELL58 Posts: 1,429
2/27/13 9:36 A

Great....and 3 dress sizes has to be about 6 inches....of course it looks like it took you 5 or 6 months.

2/27/13 6:30 A

You can do it! I went from 176 in November/Dec to 142 in about April/May. That was a drop from a size 12 to a size 6 for me. When I did it the first time I exercised 6 days a week and watched what I ate. I did a c25k program, my strength training consisted of "new rules of lifting for women" (book) and I also supplemented with Jullian 30 day shred and exercise videos on-demand.

I'm actually just starting my 2nd journey again and for the record I kept the weight off for over a year but stress from a bad break up (stalking etc) caused me to gain it back.

Key though is what you eat. Do not deprive yourself. Make your eating habits something you can keep up with for the rest of your life. For example when I make pasta I make a sauce with laughing cow cheese a lot now (I'm single and often cook for one and laughing cow is 35 calories a wedge and you can also add more wedges for larger batches of sauce). I found the Hungry Girl cook book a great resource (but I think sparkpeople has their own cook book you can actually buy now) so when you want a piece of cake, you can have it (for just a fraction of the calories)!

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
2/27/13 2:39 A

I replied on your other thread but I don't know if you saw it, I was the one who posted that I lost 4" in 4 months.

I can answer your question about how many pounds = one inch. For me, it's about 4-5 lbs per inch. Not much. BUT keep in mind I lose weight almost exclusively from my midsection. If you lose weight all over, it might be more like 10 lbs per inch.

I was only losing 1 lb / week to lose 4" in my waist in 4 months. Many people manage to lose 2 lbs/week. I cannot -- my body simply won't lose weight that fast.

A more detailed picture of what I do:

- my average calorie intake per day is 1315 calories. My maintenance calories (including the gym every day) are 1870 so it's about a 550 calorie/day deficit from food and exercise combined.
- I work out on weights / bodyweight exercises 5x/week for about 50-80 minutes each time.
- I do no cardio
- I eat "clean" which means no processed food - although to be honest, I do eat SOME processed foods - but my typical day of eating is oatmeal, a legume-and-vegetable based large lunch (like lentil soup with carrots), fruit for an afternoon snack, and a 2-whole-egg omelette for dinner. I usually eat around 1220 calories/day and then once every 2 weeks I eat way over that (that's what pushes the average over 1300).

It can definitely be done - I mean, like I said, I only lost 1 lb/week, but ... you have to have the BODY TYPE that can do it. If you lose weight in your thighs and chest but not in your waist, well, you're stuck. Nothing you can do to change WHERE the weight comes off. I am built so I lose in my waist -- I have an "hourglass" figure -- but an "apple" shape will have a very hard time with this.

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2/27/13 1:27 A

for this you have to Bridges - it is the best exercise to lose aft from waist !!
and it must be regular !!

JUSTKLH Posts: 1,489
2/27/13 12:30 A

Everyone's different but in the past 6 weeks I lost one inch off my waist. If I keep up the same regimen I anticipate at least another 2 inches off by June. I would say that it's definitely possible to fit into it with some undergarment help (e.g., spanx) if you're working hard and your body cooperates.

It's a beautiful dress (I looked it up). I'm sure you'll look fantastic

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2/26/13 8:20 P

I would suggest high intensity interval training (HIIT). It burns the most fat. Try something like insanity or P90x. If you can't afford those go to youtube and type in "high intensity interval training." Thats what i do, i just enlarge the video to my computer screen. Do at least 30 minutes everyday and try to walk before or after. Also for losing fat in that area i would stay farrr away from white carbs, such as white bread, whtie sugar and stay away from starches. Try only eating whole grain carbohydrates.

I am attending a wedding in July and i'm trying to slim down for it so this is what I do...I will not be buying my dress until a week before though lol. Good luck, hope you figure out your dress issue :)

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
2/26/13 8:09 P

Before incurring the expense of revising your order, check with the manufacturer to determine whether/how much the dress could be let out, if it came to that? It is always easier to have a dress taken in, but there should be enough play in the seams to allow for at least a little bit of letting-out, too. If it could accommodate a half-inch or inch of alteration, that might be enough "Plan B Insurance" that you wouldn't have to revise your order/get a 2nd dress.

JRWELL58 Posts: 1,429
2/26/13 4:56 P

Well okay...let's do this! I want to be a beautiful MOB and you will be a beautiful MOH!

I wonder how many pounds is an inch. Probably 10.

AKOLL09 SparkPoints: (17,378)
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2/26/13 4:24 P

You can do it! I'm in almost a similar situation. I'm going back home in early June for my best friend's wedding (I'll be the MOH). While I don't have to lose weight to fit into my dress, I am challenging myself to transform my body as I haven't been home since late October and want to shock everyone!

It's possible to lose 4 inches in that amount of time, but the question is where will it come off. I'm finally seeing weight come off of my mid section after a year of getting on and off the "diet" wagon. I have finally found a routine that works for me and have cleaned up my diet tremendously. It just takes determination and can definitely do it and there's nothing better than wearing a great dress/wedding to motivate you!! Best of luck!

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,805
2/26/13 3:03 P

What a wonderful incentive. Good luck to you. I am rooting for you.
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2/26/13 2:39 P

The gown sounds beautiful. I don't know if it will work, but I would not admit to defeat this early in the game. I would - Be sure to eat within my calorie range every day. Cut out or down on white food. (Salt, sugar, flour). Strength training 2 or 3 times a week using the demos on Spark. Cardio - at least 30 minutes at least 5 days a week. I would aim for 45 minutes 6 times a week. Print out pictures of the dress and put one on the bathroom mirror, one on the refrigerator and one on my bedroom mirror.

Will it work? I don't really know, but it won't hurt. My waist is my biggest trouble spot and I know what a challenge it can be. Best of luck, and please keep us updated to let us know how it goes.

JRWELL58 Posts: 1,429
2/26/13 12:11 P

Alas....not possible to return a custom ordered gown....I don't even have it yet. It will arrive April 26. Now, what I could do is go back in and spend another $400 and rush order it in a size up. Then I would have two gowns. I'm debating.

2/26/13 12:11 P

hard to say what you are eating... how old you are....what your weight is...

SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
2/26/13 11:40 A

Okay, call me cruel - but I would return the dress (if possible) and get one that fit right now. I trust in your ability to lose weight between now and then, but I think it would be better to have a dress that you are comfortable in now and could adjust down for later. It's better to find something that makes you feel good in your skin, and personally I'd be unhappy if I was uncomfortable on such a special day.

JRWELL58 Posts: 1,429
2/26/13 9:21 A

Hi Mandie,

The color is Lapis, which is a medium blue/violet. I am blonde with blue eyes so that's my color. yes I need to work hard so I can wear it!


MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,583
2/26/13 9:18 A

I looked up your gown. It is so pretty. What color did you order it in?

I want one of those corsets too

JRWELL58 Posts: 1,429
2/26/13 9:03 A

Thanks Cortney Lee for the link. I think I had better order one, and a spanx too, just to see. Thanks so much for all the encouragement. As a matter of fact, I have cut out all white/processed foods when I climbed back on the wagon after my FBS down to 86. And eating within my range, and doing cardio every day. So between that and a spanx maybe it will work. The gown is a Jasmine Jade style 4425 and it has a side zipper. Thanks for cheering me on. It is a pretty gown, and I am the MOB...better look good!

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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2/25/13 11:14 P

I replied to you on the other forum, but i will reply here as well.

The best way to go is through diet and exercise, but our bodies can be very fickle.

Try a corset. I will warn you it is not the most comfortable thing in the world, but you can reduce your waist size. You want to get one that is steel boned and laces in the back so that will give you the most control. If you wear it properly, you can greatly reduce your waist size.

Check out this website. I have ordered from them in the past and have found their products to be top notch.

JANAMP09 Posts: 357
2/25/13 9:50 P

easy and quick way to loose inches at the waste. Cut out all sugar and white food (sugar, rice, flour, potatoes etc) Does it everytime for me and quickly

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,583
2/25/13 9:21 P

Stick to plan and maybe that will be the place where the fat comes off. I am hoping and crossing my fingers for you.

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2/25/13 8:49 P

Our "problem areas" are usually the areas to go last. My tummy is my problem area, and I have a gut at 110 pounds, such a pain. As you probably know, you can't target a specific area to lose fat. All I can say is eat healthy and exercise! Best of luck to you.

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,805
2/25/13 7:45 P

I also assume you lose all over when you lose weight but I did lose more in my waistline than my bust. Keep on the plan and you may surprise yourself.

JRWELL58 Posts: 1,429
2/25/13 7:25 P

I guess I am looking for more of a motivational response, possibly from someone who managed to lose 4 inches in their waist. You know, a "it can be done" response.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
2/25/13 7:12 P

Vigilance in sticking to your healthy eating plan, and foundation garments emoticon

You can't really do anything to "make" your body release fat from a targeted area - there is no diet and no exercise that is going to help you, other than "overall fat loss", but you might find that some "core" toning exercises help with your posture and ability to "stand up straight and suck it in."

Why would you need to be ready for attacks! I think we all can empathize with your plight, who among us here hasn't "been there" at some point themselves! That's why we're here!

JRWELL58 Posts: 1,429
2/25/13 6:50 P

Okay...I'm ready for the attacks....but surely someone will see it as a possibility.

I ordered my MOB gown too small...the wedding is June 15...and I need to lose 4 inches in my waist to fit into it. My waist is the problem area. The hips and bust will not be hard to do.

Right now my measurements are: 45-40-46

To fit into the measurements of the size I ordered they need to be: 45-36-47

Obviously, as I continue to lose, when I get the dress I'll have to have the bust taken in probably. It is an A-line skirt so not a big deal about the hip size.

Any ideas how to get that waist from 40 to a 36 in 16weeks? emoticon

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