Did mine in 8 months then plateau'd for the last 4 months. That's the harder part. Waiting for it to start up again. Looking for different measurements and results has helped. e.g. I now walk more hills to help strengthen my lungs and quads. Just because the needle isn't moving on one measurement, doesn't mean you can't move it on others.
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6/4/19 11:15 A
SNUZYQ2-could you clarify what you meant when you said 'I went on the diet, which was limiting calories to 1,200 daily (this is considered to be the maintenance caloric requirement after you have lost all your excess weight and it's the same for everybody)', did you mean 1,200 is the calorie intake you needed to lose weight? People's maintenance intake varies quite a bit, but unless you're very elderly and super tiny then 1,200 calories is going to be a calorie deficit for most of us. Is that what the WLS class was telling people?
I'm 40 years old and my maintenance TDEE is over 1,900 calories a day. 1,200 calories would be way too low for me
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6/4/19 11:06 A
I lost 50lbs and normalized a prediabetic glucose number in around 6 months. I was still eating very SAD at the time and I just started eating at the correct calorie deficit for my weight loss targets, (using an IF protocol), started measuring out correct portion sizes using a digital food scale and then I stayed on track pretty consistently, even through the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season.
Really though, the weight loss phase is the easy part and it's a good idea to look at the bigger picture-now is the time to start thinking about what your long term maintenance plan is going to be. Maintenance lasts for 20, 30, 40+ years and most people fail at it within 2 years.
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6/4/19 9:50 A
Your story is inspiring! I have been trying for quite some time now and all I seem to do is gain weight! It is terribly discouraging. I know it is possible because of people like you, so I am going to keep on keeping-on! Thank you for sharing your story!
I started on this journey in late August 2018. My intentions were to have weight loss surgery to take of 100+ excess pounds, but I didn't qualify. Oh, I was heavy enough all right, with a BMI of 39.9, but I was considered too high risk what with my other health challenges.
I had attended the WLS orientation and there, a pre-surgery diet was introduced and everyone was encouraged to lose 10% of their excess weight before having the surgery. This would reduce the size of the liver making the field of vision better for operating. I went on the diet, which was limiting calories to 1,200 daily (this is considered to be the maintenance caloric requirement after you have lost all your excess weight and it's the same for everybody), writing everything down, 3 squares with no snacking and drinking lots of water. I made a few adjustments. At 5'7", and 255 lbs., I knew I needed more calories per day than 1,200. I used information found online to calculate my daily resting metabolism and then subtracted 400 calories from that. I'm not completely sedentary, so I knew I would begin to lose weight this way and set my own calorie limit at 1,450 to 1,500 per day.
Long story short, I lost 10% of my excess weight before I was even disqualified from the surgery...and I decided to keep on going. So, now I'm down 36 pounds and am counting my blessings that I didn't get to have my sleeve gastrectomy.
I would like to be at least 50 pounds lighter by next August (my 1-year mark) and truly want to see the whole thing through...yes...go the whole 9 yards. So early October, 2020 is my desired end point to get to my goal. But, you know, if it takes longer than that, that's OK. The next phase is maintenance, which may be even more important than the weight loss.
I just read an inspiring story on SP of someone who had hundreds of pounds to lose and it took four years to accomplish it. He lost the weight really slowly, but his skin doesn't sag, which is something you can't say concerning those who elect to have weight loss surgery. Most of those require a second surgery (a more painful recovery than their original surgery) on several body areas to remove their excess skin. If their excess skin hinders function, subsequent surgeries may be covered by Medicare. If not, they must pay for the secondary surgeries out of their own pocket!
It seems best for me just to take one day at a time and not think too much or build up expectations over the future. I'll get there...to goal I mean, and so will you. Then I'll keep it off. I must.
Keep on keeping on...it'll all be better by and by.
Unfortunately for me, life (menopause) got in the way of my weight loss hopes after the first 30 lbs., but when my body finally stabilized, the loss began again, somewhat slower, but happening! I’ve lost a total of 70 lbs. now, with another 60 left to go, and it will happen! I trust the process!
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I've done it so it's possible. I love food and not always the best food for me. If you weigh over 250 lbs and lose just 1 pound a week (safe amount to lose weekly is 1% of your body weight) this is mathematically doable. The hard part is remembering on a daily basis why you're walking in the cold/rain or going to bed hungry. My goal in 2019 is to lose 60 pounds and I will do it.
Get up off of that thing! - James Brown
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Fifty pounds in a year, that's fantastic, congrats! I agree, drinking water is hard to remember sometimes but makes such a big difference for me as far as keeping me energized and keeping the pounds creeping (too slowly for my tastes!) downward instead of upward.
I'm at 55 pounds so far this year. Track everything you eat, drink water, walk a lot, but also allow yourself the occasional treat. You may have an "off" day--I do on holidays--but it's important to get back on the plan immediately and don't kick yourself over a slip here and there.
Congrats to all! I've lost 25 lbs. in 6 months too, so it is doable!! Take it one day at a time. I'm doing Keto & lost most of my weight with it. Now I'm doing carb cycling & it took awhile, I hadn't gained weight & now I've lost 5 lbs. with it. The more you get into it, the more you feel like doing it!! Good luck to all
There are rough days but they are only moments, take a day at a time, find things you like or love to do and challenge yourself. The moments that are victories are amazing and make you feel so proud of yourself.
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You can do it! One day at a time, one step at a time.
I lost 50 pounds my first year. My main exercise is walking. I added dumbbells & pushups later, but not much. Then I quit tracking and put a few pounds back on... I am tracking again. For me tracking is key.
My biggest challenge was convincing my wife I don't want rice 3 meals a day! (she is Filipino, I am not ha ha). Drink water. Switched from real coke to diet coke. Drink more water. I bought a food scale and have 100 grams of pork and 1 cup of mixed veggies for lunch and dinner most days. Easy to cook, easy to track. Don't forget to drink your water.
I do not consider any food 'bad'. I prefer all things in moderation. Know your portions. You want a donut or a Snickers? Have one. Maybe a small one (we have 100 cal Snickers here). I don't do it every day - but I am not going to force myself to completely stop what I enjoy. Track it, own it, and keep on keeping on.
Eat less, eat better, move more. All things in moderation. Don't drink your calories.
If you are disciplined with flexibility it can be done. Log all your foods. Everything that goes into your mouth. Exercise regularly. Meal prep, healthy snacks. Try a new recipe at least once a month. Add a new workout at least biweekly. If you look at this as an exciting journey rather than a chore you will succeed.
Sp is the way to do it. You have made a wise choice to use it.
We find it amazing how great our results can be by following the suggestions of SP. Including the consumption of water. I know I have tried everything for 35 years and it wasn't until I did SP and starting HONESTLY monitoring everything I put in my mouth and drinking 100 OZ of water a day that I got my results started. Even retired I lost 35 lbs in 2017 doing SP and the last 20 lbs will be off next year. It is encouraging to not walk past a window and not feel nauseous as what I saw. I have tried everything for 30 years and always yo-yo'd back and forth. Since Jan 1 there has been over 30 lbs lost. It all begins someplace and you just started there.