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post #441 of 543 Old 05-20-2014, 12:06 PM
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Happy to report that as of Saturday I'm down another 4 lbs! I've lost a total of 15 lbs since I started counting calories and sticking to my eating plan - all inside 36 days. It sounds like a lot at once, but honestly when you're as big as I am right now it's kind of a drop of rain out of the ocean. My last weigh-in was 324, my highest weight of all time was 390. It should feel like more of an accomplishment than it really does, but it's taken me just about 16 months to get this far.

On the upside, it's making my goal of getting under the 300 pound mark by the end of August feel a lot more reachable, knowing I've only got 24 pounds to go and I'm steadily losing.
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post #442 of 543 Old 05-23-2014, 10:59 AM
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Hi! I'm super late to the game but I wanted to see if I could join? :) I love reading about people losing weight.

I've always been "above average" (technically obese?) with the exception of a short period during high school but I was pretty happy with myself

And THEN I had a baby and have spent every day since staring at the mirror and sobbing but my big push was the day I sent my 2 year old colt off to training and realized I wouldn't be comfortable riding him at such a young age. He's a big boy but he's still got growing to do and the idea of paying all that money for training then letting him sit and get lazy was too much for me, so I got serious and started using the gym at work and MAN do I feel better!

If anyone is curious, here's my workout routine. I lost 7 lbs in two weeks, it's slowed down since then but still coming off steadily

Interval cardio for 30 mins (Basically I run as long as I possibly can, then work down. Lets say my max is really running for 5 mins. I'll then walk for 1 1/2 mins and then run for 4 mins. Walk for 1 min run for 3 mins etc etc). The goal is to keep your heart rate nice and high.

While my hearrate is still up I immediately move on to weight training. Adding weight training is when I really started seeing results. Just cardio did very little for me.
I do 20 reps on every machine (I believe there are 8) with 50-120 lbs of weight depending on the machine (for example I can't pull to save my life)
Then 30 classic sit ups
10 pushups
20 Oblique sit ups on both sides
Then walk a few mins to cool down
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post #443 of 543 Old 06-07-2014, 12:37 PM
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Ok, so I've been doing my measurements every week still (seem to have platued but I start lessons again on Thursday after 2 years :) ). I had my body fat percentage done - not my BMI. My BFP is 31% which according to some lists is average/normal and on others it's still high. I feel a little bit better about myself knowing that I am 69% muscle though so that's a start lol.
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post #444 of 543 Old 06-07-2014, 01:00 PM
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Hi all! I have just started on my weight loss quest. I want to get back in shape for my horses and for myself. It's time after four years.

It's been three days now, and I'm down two pounds from running the treadmill, doing my exercise ball, and eating less (but not too little either). I was at 220 - I am 218 today. My first goal is to get back to 200.

Emotional eating is the main reason I put on the weight to begin with and I am pretty sure that watching the calories is my biggest help... but also will probably be my biggest challenge.

Have enjoyed reading this thread! You all give me inspiration!
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post #445 of 543 Old 06-10-2014, 11:07 AM
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Hope everyone is doing well!

I'm down another pound after finally getting back to "base camp" (where I was before I had myself a big 'ol cheat weekend). Shark week isn't far off so I know I'll be in for feeling gross and bloated. But I'm happy that I've lost 16 lbs inside 2 months!
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post #446 of 543 Old 06-18-2014, 05:00 PM
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I love this. Support from people that have the same goals and interest is so motivating! I'm Erin. I am 34 and I just tipped the scales at 300. I am not riding right now but have a wonderful Curly mare that I just bred and want to be ready to ride when her baby is born. I'd love to be down enough that I can break and train baby when it's old enough ultimately!

I've ridden most my life but I've always been big. I lost 100+ lbs in my 20s and was more active than ever- riding, playing roller derby and lots of hiking. Then life happened... I got married, broke my leg, had 2 kids, been dealing with several health issues and depression... and before I knew it, here I am, at my highest.

Diet wise I've cut out bread and dairy (gives me an upset tummy) and sugar. My goal now is to get active. I spend a lot of time at the barn with my 5 year old and we've been doing a lot of walking. Hope to get to where I can start the gym before long. Slow and steady!

Thanks again, looking forward to sharing the journey.
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post #447 of 543 Old 06-19-2014, 01:58 PM
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Welcome CraftyErin! You'll have to post some pics of your mare someplace on HF, I had thought about getting a Curly at one point. Their hair texture reminds me of those chenille pillows you used to see everywhere!

Since last Saturday my diet has just been BAD. I found out my position at work is being eliminated, so effectively as of end of day tomorrow I'm out of a job. So I pretty much went into panic mode since last week. Saturday I was at the beach and I contracted a serious case of The Screw-Its that lasted until yesterday. Today I am back on track.

The biggest thing I will need to work on next week is routine. Work has been a huge part of my routine for the past year and probably one of the reasons I've had so much success. I won't have the luxury of a cafeteria anymore, so I'll need to make sure I have plenty of healthy food in the house and that I'm still logging everything I eat. I intend to clean up the house, spend a lot of time walking and in the pool (as weather allows), and following up on job leads.
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post #448 of 543 Old 06-19-2014, 02:39 PM
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This is our girl Hippie with my daughter- this is the best picture I have at work of her with her winter curls. She's about the sweetest thing on 4 hooves and is a super cute mover to boot. Id love to get on her but there's no way I'd put her through that right now. I get my horse fix currently by living vicariously through my kids.
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^Dat fur! :O

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post #450 of 543 Old 06-20-2014, 03:33 PM
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I've tried so many times to loose weight so what's one more try? I'm willing to try anything. But nothing has helped me.
So I am 5'9 and weigh 275lbs. But you ask any one who knows me they say I look like I weigh 240 max. (boy I must carry it well) The kicker is that I'm very active already. I'm on a fire department and run a taekwondo school. And love my new horse in the extra time.
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