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Postby PortlyPrincess » Sat Jun 05, 2010 8:03 pm

Hello Everyone,

I have been lurking on this site for a while but have finally decided to bite the bullet and actually post something.

I am 26 years old and I currently weigh 158kg. I try not to focus on my goal weigt too often because I find it a bit overwhelming, but I need to lose about 90kg to get to what is considered "normal" weight. I have unsuccessfully attempted celebrity slim, optislim and lite and easy. I adore chocolate, and think I eat out of boredom and possibly stress at times.

I joined a weight loss group one month ago and so far have lose 8.3kg. I also haven't had any chocolate related binges in that whole time. I haven't actually noticed any visual difference, but I haven't needed to use my asthma inhaler so often. I think the difference has been being open about the fact that I need to lose weight, talking to other people, attending meetings, almost like "coming out" as a fat person. Others times I would start a diet, but keep it secret, because if it was on a diet everyone would suddenly realise I was obese :roll: Madness.

Anyway, lovely to be here, I hope to learn a lot of tips and tricks. I would also love to hear from people who are losing, or have lost 50+ kilos's.

Best Wishes to all. :D
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Postby nothing2lose » Sun Jun 06, 2010 1:16 pm

Welcome Portly Princess!

I have not been on here that long myself but have so far found this forum to be a really good place to come for support, advice and a rant (which I do often!)

I know what you mean when you say it seems overwhelming to lose weight. I guess all we can do is take it one kilo at a time and try to change our thought processes and habits along the way.

Are you following any particular plan at the moment?

see you in the forums!

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Postby FatFukShrinking » Sun Jun 06, 2010 2:14 pm

Welcome Princess!!

Congrats on your weight loss to date, that's awesome. You must feel great, i find i get less asthma when i am eating right and exercising too. I bet we could even get rid of our asthma if we kept going.

It is overwhelming to have heaps of weight to lose, but it's like ... what do you do? Remain defeated and keep gaining weight each year, or try your best to change your life? You are better off trying, even with crap weeks, disappointing weigh ins, cheat meals. At least you are doing something to help you get to where you want to be.

I can't go without chocolate, i switched to dark chocolate. 70% cocoa. I usually eat a square a day. At first i hated dark chocolate, then i started to enjoy it. I get the lindt one. There's about 10 squares in a block? So it's not a tiny square. Or i eat a chocolate bubble bar from Aldi... it's like an LCM .. about 80 cals, 14g carbs, 50mg sodium, and 2.1g fat in a 20g bar. They aren't that bad for you but i wouldn't have them every day, i just eat them sometimes when i need that sugar / chocolate hit. $1.99 for a 6pk box. You might hate them lol so don't take my word for it! Everything starts to taste pretty good to me once i've been without junk for a while. :lol: :lol: :lol:

I can sooo relate with "coming out" as a fat person! lol. I never tell anyone my weight, or that i am dieting. I have told my mother i am dieting this time, but she still doesn't know my weight. Maybe one day when i am at goal i will be willing to tell her what i started as.

Sorry for my rant lol. Best of luck with everything and i hope to see you around the forums!
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First Goal: 109 kilos (Losing 10% of my body weight)
Second Goal: 99 kilos (Getting out of triple digits)
Third goal: 85 kilos (Getting back to a weight where i felt more like ME)
Ultimate long term goal: 60 kilos (Losing half of my start weight)
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Postby PortlyPrincess » Sun Jun 06, 2010 7:18 pm

Hello, thank-you for your replies. Lovely to hear from you.

I am currently doing weight watchers, which I ranted against for years, but I'm am really enjoying it so far. While it does seem a little bit silly to pay when so many people can lose weight for free, I had tried so many other things, I thought, "why not".

I definately agree with the one kilo at a time mindset, anything that isn't a gain is good.

Will definately have to check out the aldi bubble bars, ( I have been eating 97% fat free mousse for to get my hit :lol: ) although the 6pk may be an issue. I had an 8pack of WW lamingtons and ended up having to hide them from myself because I though it would eat the whole box. I thought that I might avoid buying chocolate from supermarkets and only getting a few pieces occasionally from chocolatiers and specialised lolly shops. They are often too expensive to buy too many.

My Mum and I are both doing weight watchers together, there are a few other mother/daughter teams there too. But it was a few weeks before we let eachother see our books and what we each weighed. I really do hope that asthma clears up entirely, I'd love to throw out the inhaler.

Best Wishes.

Portly.

[I shall have to get one of those trackers, they look very snazzy]
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Postby FatFukShrinking » Sun Jun 06, 2010 7:33 pm

I think just about any eating plan can work if you stick to it, but people aren't robots and the sustaining part is hard. You've really got to follow a plan you can live with. I did WW and didn't like it, maybe it had something to do with them making us weigh in with our shoes on... my shoes were heavy work shoes! lol.

There was no one around my age there either, and i found it embarrassing being in a line with people behind me hearing and seeing my weight. If i had done it with my mum or a friend i probably would have liked it!

You have to get a ticker, they are fun lol.

You might not like the bubblebars. I think a little bit of hunger sauce made them taste good :lol: I just like finding chocolate snacks i can eat without feeling too guilty. Mmmm mousse! I give my chocolate treats to someone else in the household so i can't binge on it. Then i just get one piece of choc off them at a time. Kind of pathetic but it works :D
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First Goal: 109 kilos (Losing 10% of my body weight)
Second Goal: 99 kilos (Getting out of triple digits)
Third goal: 85 kilos (Getting back to a weight where i felt more like ME)
Ultimate long term goal: 60 kilos (Losing half of my start weight)
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Postby Czarina » Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:19 pm

Welcome PP!

I've lost almost 50kg, it can be done!

I found the easiest way to look at it was to break it down into mini-goals, focus on the next 5 - 10 kilos and don't worry about the big number. And give yourself a non-food reward when you reach your mini-goal, something like a new item of clothing, new cosmetics, body care - something indulgent for your new bod!

Good Luck! :D
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Postby miss_viva » Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:00 pm

Hi PP and welcome :)

I agree with the other comments: don't focus on the fact that you have 50kgs to lose, break it down into small chunks and focus on getting to each mini goal. For the longest time, I used to get frustrated that I'd start a diet and then not magically drop 5kgs every week :P I once heard someone say that we don't put on all of this weight instantly, so we can't expect to lose it instantly either. Hearing that really clicked with me, and I realised that this would have to be a long term process.

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Postby PortlyPrincess » Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:19 am

Hello,

F.F.S - You are so right about finding a plan that is sustainable. I think that's why shakes never worked for me, I hated the idea of eating only liquid for a prolonged period. WW has been good for allowing for treats and a bit of junk so far. I really like those cookbooks "Symply too good to be true" because they have healthier versions of pretty much everything.

A big part of the reason I never wanted to go to WW in the past was not wanting people to know my weight, and I don't think I ever would have joined when I still lived in Melbourne, but I'm back in the sticks now. Its quite a small meeting, and they're very good about keeping all the numbers hush hush. Luckily my leader is very happy for people to take off shoes, coats, cravats or any other item they are wearing. One woman actually weighed her kneehigh boots on their own and they weighed 0.6kg.

Czarina and Miss Viva - Greetings. Mini-goals are a splendid idea. I think I might create some sort of chart or poster, because I do like the crafty stuff. I'm aiming for 10% at the moment.

Thank you and best wishes to everyone :D
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Postby FatFukShrinking » Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:07 pm

Hi PP

Your weight watchers group sounds great! I like crafty things too, i love seeing a visual representation of my goals. A chart would be fun, and also it gives you something to look back on.

I am thinking about taking photos wearing the same outfit every couple of weeks... it really helps you see the progress if you can see the same piece of clothing getting looser and looser!

A pic in undies is good too, for your own personal records. Every time i have lost weight i can't really notice the changes myself, i always wish i had taken blow by blow pics! It might also act as motivation to never again let myself get back to that weight.

I will see how brave i am lol. I avoid cameras at all costs, it's actually pretty sad. I don't have any photos of myself, if i were to die my family would only have my baby photos!

Best of luck with everything :D
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First Goal: 109 kilos (Losing 10% of my body weight)
Second Goal: 99 kilos (Getting out of triple digits)
Third goal: 85 kilos (Getting back to a weight where i felt more like ME)
Ultimate long term goal: 60 kilos (Losing half of my start weight)
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Postby Paula76 » Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:11 pm

Hi PP,

Welcome! I am new today too! I agree with what everyone has said about small goals - 6kg goals are great because they say 6kgs = 1 dress size. I gave myself a reward of a gold ring for my left index finger when I got under 100kgs - a constant reminder to never go there again. It has never been easy but the feeling of wearing smaller clothes and shopping in normal shops has been worth the effort. And yes I suffered with asthma too and can't remember the last time I used my puffer.

The end goal is not important - celebrate your successes along the way - this is they key to making sure you keep going. You will feel better with every kg lost. I actually celebrate going into every new kilo - like 105, then 104 - etc, each one is an achievement because it is one that will not be seen again. I love charts too!! I am crafty and have just been away for a weekend of scrapbooking - had so much fun!

Looking forward to getting to know you better - seems like there is a lot of support here!
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Postby PortlyPrincess » Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:13 pm

Hello,

FFS - I know what you mean about the photos. I'm OK with family ones beause we're all a big beefy lot, so we match. But in group shots with friends or at work I always offer to take to photo, or at least hide behind taller people.

I once read this book about a woman who lost 60kg who used to measure her progress with a pair of jeans. She really wanted to fit into this particular pair of levi's (it was an old book) but they were way too small, so every month or so she see how much further she could get them on. Although I recently sent a heap of clothes to Vinnies that I've been holding onto for years because, "I'll fit into them one day" They were just a visual reminder of all the times I failed to lose weight, so they had to go. Plus most of them were quite ugly, my tastes must have changed.

Paula - Welcome, lovely to meet you, these forums are great. I love you idea about the under 100kg ring (Well done on getting there too :D ). I have never been able to wear rings for very long as I have very chubby fingers, so I look forward to ring-wearing very much.

Scrapbooking weekend sounds brilliant. I'm mad for knitting at the moment, I think I'm going to celebrate weight loss with yarn, as there are some splendid new wools that have just come out this season.

Best Wishes
Portly.
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Postby mishil » Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:33 am

Hey there guys! I just loved this site because I really can express and share my losing weight makeover. Yes indeed! It's a makeover... I'm so much happy reading the articles that people posted in here. :D Take a lot of care guys. Thank you so much! :D
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