My big announcement!

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by skateboy, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

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    Apologies for the dramatic thread title, but this is important to me.

    While living in New York City for 13 years, my weight was a more or less consistent 152 lbs. Since moving to to the San Francisco Bay Area three years ago, my weight climbed to 174 lbs. UN--acCEPTable!! So, as of this last Monday, I am on a personal plan to get back to 152 lbs. by Christmas.

    I figure that if I announce this, it will give me the incentive to stick to my diet and exercise program. (Since Monday, I've already shed a few pounds.)

    So thanks for putting up with my self-centered rant! I will post progress reports each week.

    (If anyone else is dieting, perhaps we can inspire one another...)
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  2. nubka

    nubka Well-Known Member

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    Go for it!!! :) :)
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  3. Marilou

    Marilou New Member

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    You can do it! :)
  4. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

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    I'm routing for you!!! :cheer2:
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  5. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

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    Thank you.

    Actually, my wanting to lose weight is not strictly for vanity (even though I aim to remain a hottie for as long as possible lol!). Every member of my family, except for me, is a type-2 diabetic (both parents, both sisters). So far I've been lucky. I'd like to keep it that way.
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  6. Smiley0884

    Smiley0884 New Member

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    Good for you skateboy!!! I'm trying to lose 15 lbs and get back into good shape myself! You can do it! :cheer2:
  7. LilJen

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    Good for you!! dh also has type 2 diabetic family members and recently shed 20 lbs so that he doesn't join that club. We both found Weight Watchers really, really helpful. I'm also part of a FB "accountability and support" group--we all post nearly daily about our eating & exercising to keep each other honest.
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  8. ChelleC

    ChelleC Well-Known Member

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    Best of luck to you! I'm slowly trying to lose a bunch of a weight, so thank you for posting this. You've inspired me to work harder, and to go back to my decision of not eating after 9 pm.
  9. lulu

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    Go Skateboy! :cheer:
  10. attyfan

    attyfan Well-Known Member

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    Good luck to all who want to lose weight. Keep us posted.
  11. aliceanne

    aliceanne Well-Known Member

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    Just out of curiosity, what changed when you moved from NYC to SF?
  12. Nan

    Nan Just me

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    Having a plan is always important. Good luck. :)
  13. Vash01

    Vash01 Well-Known Member

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    Good luck to you! You can do it!
  14. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

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    That's the best reason to take care of your body. :) If you think of it as a health reason, every little bit of effort counts!

    My lifting weights like crazy isn't because I want to put some mass on my underweight frame. It's so I put some bone mass on, which you can't do when you find out you're on the verge of osteoporosis, which both my grandma and my mom had fairly early on, before they turned 60. By that time it's too late! I have to start early!

    That I suddenly have a :smokin: butt now is a bonus. :lol:
  15. l'etoile

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    Wow, good for you! I believe FSUers will be constant and kind reminder of your resolution:D

    I need to watch my weight to but am procrastinating till New Year's day;)
  16. Badams

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    They sound great! I need to find them!
  17. myhoneyhoney

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    woohoo, best reason to lose weight is to be HEALTHY. You can do it!!!!
  18. Coco

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    Good luck - you can do it!
  19. Lynn226

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    Good luck to all!

    I've lost 42 pounds. I recently received an arthritis diagnosis. I'm doing PT. My weight loss has slowed, but not stopped.
  20. tarotx

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    Good luck!!! You can do this!!

    I'm at 154lbs right now but before my son's birth back in 2007 I was around 133lbs on a consistent basis since I was in 8th grade (many many many moons ago). I don't know what weight or goal is right for me yet but I need to try something.

    I just got an iphone and I'm doing some Nike exercises and taken walks the past couple days. To put it mildly I'm soooo not fit >.< I would love to join this little FSU motivation thing!!
  21. skateboy

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    I think the change was that I now have a car (I didn't in NYC), so I drive more than I walk.

    Thanks for the great support, everyone. Today was five days of sticking to my diet. So far, so good.

    When I have the urge to indulge, I keep reminding myself, "it's only food." And then I refrain.

    Good luck to all who are dieting--we can do it!! And congratulations to those who have already been successful.
  22. CantALoop

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    Whee, great job! :40beers::cheer2:

    I actually lost weight when I was getting my master's in San Francisco - but then again I didn't drive and walked/took the Muni everywhere, so I think all the hills in The City must be good for melting flab :p
  23. Anita18

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    My sister has never owned a car when she lived in San Francisco, and yes, the hills are great for exercising your quads! :lol:
  24. FunnyBut

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    Great thread, skateboy, I hope you and everyone else reaches their fitness goals. :cheer2: I weigh 168 right now, and I'd like to get back to the 150s myself. I've been hard at the gym and putting on more muscle, but eating well is very difficult for me. Sometimes I tell myself that all the extra weight is muscle, but my waistline says otherwise :eek:
  25. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

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    Whether you bulk from muscle depends on your body type. I have trouble putting ANY weight on, but I can lift more than twice what I could last month! (Bodyweight deadlifts now! :cheer: ) My body definitely has redistributed itself a tiny bit, but I still have not gained a single pound. :eek:
  26. shan

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    Oh yeah, when I'm trying to lose weight it's always so encouraging to hear from people who struggle to put weight on. Nice!
  27. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

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    Everyone has their own struggles, no need for derision here. I watched my grandmother suffer bedridden for a year after breaking her hip. Another underweight friend of mine (in her 30s) just broke her knee into 4 pieces and will not be able to walk for 2 months. The lives of us skinnies isn't all sunshine and roses...

    ETA: But reading my reply again, I can see how it isn't helpful to the attitude here. I'll leave this thread if I'm unable to add anything useful.
  28. Karina1974

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    Why are you waiting until New Year's? If you need to do something about it, the time to start is NOW, not 2.5 months from today. This is why so many people fail to better themselves in terms of health and fitness, because they lack the mental toughness and discipline to tackle it head-on. The mental & spiritual strength always comes before the physical, because otherwise you won't get anywhere. It's the making the decision to better yourself & then planning how its going to happen that is the most important part. Executing it is the easy part, once you have the plan, & you've set your mind that this is definitely where you want to put your focus.

    Like me, going out for a 25-mile bike ride this morning in spite of the fact that my area had temperatures in the 30's and a Freeze Warning the night before. I was undeterred because I have a goal set, & a cycling routine set down that I don't waver from unless the weather is inclement (meaning precipitation or high winds - I have the trainer to offset that). That's why I've put over 1300 miles on my bike this year. My original goal was 1100, & I've had to keep raising the number; I may actually hit between 1500 & 1600 before the first snow flies (which automatically ends my riding season). Because I am committed to this from the mental and spiritual angles, I've been reaping the physical benefits.
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    Or maybe they have other things going on that you don't know about, and that you just managed to insult with this baseless condemnation.
  30. missing

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    I've lost 45 pounds over a long period of time.

    I weigh myself every morning, and I got into a habit of writing down my weight on an envelope at the first of the month. It's a great record to keep, and an incentive not to eat badly.

    For a while, every day I didn't eat a fattening dessert, I put a dollar in the weight evelope. I figured those desserts (cakes and ice cream) cost at least a dollar, so a day without one was a dollar saved. I used the money to pay for a small vacation, and then for a while I gave the money to Oxfam, figuring a starving child needed the money more than I needed the ice cream.

    As you can see, I'm a big believer in incentives and rewards.
  31. Really

    Really No longer just a "well-known member" Yay!

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    Exactly the way to motivate people! :blah:
  32. l'etoile

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    You have strong determination which is rather lacking for me. But I had had some hardcore training regime in summer that I was able to lose 10 lbs and now I'm just easing myself for normal life;) I know it's much much better to live with regularly set work-outs but for now I'd just rather do some harsh training in winter and summer breaks:) Not that I'm letting myself go, at the moment! IDK, maybe after this winter when my body is hopefully in great shape, then I'll start your way.
  33. l'etoile

    l'etoile New Member

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    That's a great method! I totally should try that, thanks!
  34. vesperholly

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    I need to get back on track with weight loss. Cold weather makes me carb-happy. I'm down about 20 lbs from last summer (an all time high :eek: ) and I'm hoping to lose another 20 by March, when my family is going on a cruise.

    Let's do this!! :cheer2:
  35. skateboy

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    I've got your back, vesperholly!

    Thanks to all for your great support, stories and advice.
  36. Castlerock

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    I am aiming to lose 1 pound per week, so nothing drastic, but just trying to change little things that will add up.

    I love www.myfitnesspal.com You track everything you eat and it gives you totals per day of calories, carbs, sugars, fibre, etc. I find it really makes a difference as to what I eat when I see it on paper/screen. Many people say that the key to losing weight is to log what you eat, and now I totally agree (was skeptical at first). It makes me think twice about eating certain things. I also weigh myself daily and those little drops of .2, .5 or .8 are very encouraging and show me it is working.
  37. Simone411

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    Good luck and best wishes to everyone! I know y'all can do it!! :cheer2:
  38. millyskate

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    That's a great idea.
  39. PRlady

    PRlady aspiring tri-national

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    I want to add a :cheer2: for myfitnesspal. I only had a little weight to lose but I just couldn't do it and it was frustrating me. It took two months on mfp to lose six pounds -- which on me make a big difference, but I'm over 50 and it's harder to lose at this age --but it really did work. Being able to track everything on your IPhone and photo barcodes from what you're eating makes it impossible to cheat!
  40. BigB08822

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    I am proud of you and following your updates on FB! My bf is currently dieting hard in preparation for our wedding. He has lost about 9 lbs and is keeping at it. Good luck!
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