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post #361 of 543 Old 12-07-2013, 04:30 PM
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I've joined a gym, started a new job and will be bringing my ponies closer to where I live next weekend! So, the gym is really good, apart from the fact that my BMI sits somewhere off the chart. I'm trying to go at least three times a week and walk at least 30 minutes a day. So far so good! I'm hoping to start riding again in the new year so something to aim for!
How is everyone else doing?
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post #362 of 543 Old 12-07-2013, 04:53 PM
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I discovered the most effective exercise ever: shoveling snow! I lost 2 pounds overnight!
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post #363 of 543 Old 12-11-2013, 10:14 AM
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I am 27 , 5'4 and 240 lbs just getting back into riding after about 10 years and have been feeling quite discouraged yet ready for some changes ...I think some of my fears while riding now stem from my weight and being so out of shape and knowing that I physically can't perform and ride as well as I could 10 years ago when I was in much better shape.. I have given myself 3 months to get rid of 45 lbs...short term goal... long term goal is to get back to 145 lbs but right now just working with my short term goals..hitting those milestones a little at a time... have invested in a tread mill...better eating habits... one thing I just haven't been able to do yet is kick my addiction to cokes ...will have to try harder on that one! I know that once my goals are reached will make for a happier relationship between me and my horse Jet :)
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post #364 of 543 Old 12-12-2013, 05:57 AM
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LBW- That is a very ambitious goal for weight loss-most wisdom states to aim for a loss of about 2 pounds a week-so 12 weeks would equal 24 pounds, & even that means a steady feeling of deprivation, especially in the holiday season. If weight is lost faster, ,then it generally tends to come back faster. Sodas are a main source of calories & sugar, so that craving should be dealt with-it will help a lot. Good luck-I am trying to lose about 20 pounds or so, & it sure is a struggle.
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post #365 of 543 Old 12-13-2013, 03:11 PM
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doing well maintaining now 8st 5 erm I have a diet coke addiction but hey its far better than my previous red bull addiction!! I go to spin classes 4 times a week now as well as the other stuff I do at the gym ;) keep up the good work everyone xx
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post #366 of 543 Old 12-14-2013, 09:32 PM
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I am proud of all of the above posters. I am a youngish 77 years old and still very active but like a lot of folks I let the weight creep up little by little. I was trail riding in Wyoming last June and was back in the boonies with my wife Kate and our horses when we came upon a narrow foot bridge that we had to cross. There was no going around it - it was either cross or go back, and my horse refused. So after several attempts I dismounted and led him across with no problem. When I mount at the trailer I use a rock, or stump, or picnic table or something - but this time there was nothing and I couldn't get on. So I went on foot for quite awhile before I found a dirt bank that I could use to get on. That did it! So I got on a weight reduction plan that my grand daughter sells and have lost 23 lbs. and have dropped a pants size. I still don't mount like Roy Rogers but I am getting better. The thing that I like about this plan is that even though my weight loss has kind of tapered off my inches are going off. I hope all of you keep up the good work
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post #367 of 543 Old 12-16-2013, 04:54 PM
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I have been gone a while, but I'll give a quick update. I've lost thirty pounds and four sizes! (Who knew waiting tables was such great exercise?)
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post #368 of 543 Old 12-18-2013, 03:34 PM
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Alright, I'm joining this too.

I'm 25, 5'4" and weigh 220. I'm naturally built pretty solid, small framed, but prone to gain muscle easy. I have spent years trying to figure out how to loose the weight. I've always been fat, even as a kid. My family are all "easy keepers", plus I have hypo thyroidism. I eat healthy, and not overly large portions, but I have a much slower than average metabolism.

Aside from the physical issues, my biggest obstacles have been mental. From things that happened in my childhood I ended up being very self critical and condemning. Food was always my drug of choice. When comparing what I ate with other teenagers, I always ate less, and better, but comparing myself only made things worse; for my body, I needed to eat differently, and I was using food as a bandaid for feelings I needed to come to terms with.

After years of fighting emotional eating, and loosing 5lb, only to gain it right back just as I was starting to do well, I finally came to the conclusion that I was subconsciously punishing myself. What I wanted most was to loose the weight, so that was the present I was not going to allow myself.

ANYHOW, after much "soul searching", I have finally got to a point in my life where I really like ME. For who and what I am. Its time to ditch the extra weight.

goal is to loose 20lb in the next 2 months, and end around 150lb
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post #369 of 543 Old 12-18-2013, 08:09 PM
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BlueSpark, Best of luck to you and don't give up. A lot of my family members are on a diet with me and they are all cheating and they can't get over that I am not.
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post #370 of 543 Old 12-20-2013, 10:16 AM
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Hi everyone,

I am 5'8" and 205 lbs. My highest weight was 216. I used to be a solid 150-150 lbs. and that seemed to be a great weight for me; however I do struggle with depression and at one point about three years ago, I was put on an anti-depressant that made me gain over 20 lbs. Then I underwent a VERY difficult time in my life and gained up to where I am now by emotional eating (curse you, emotional eating!).

Anyway I am working on getting back into shape after my "hard spot in life" last year and my horses are a big inspiration to do so. Been jumping on a mini-trampoline and working with the horses, especially on the ground, and plan to start walking when the weather gets better here. I'm also very aware of when I emotionally eat and am *trying* hard NOT to do it. I'm also watching my portions pretty hard when I do eat.

Bluespark, your post really made me think about mind-set and self-punishment; I think I might be doing some of that too. Thank you for posting and good luck!!

So great to read this thread and know I am not alone!
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