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January 27, 2011 1:33 PM
Yes, I know a lot of people are going to say "the healthy amount of weight to lose in one weeks is 1-2 pounds." I KNOW, i've heard it over and over and over again.
But, softball season is starting. The uniforms we have are women's sizes and they only go up to XL womens. I can fit into an XL womens, but its a little snug & i feel really self concious in them & it causes me not to play as well.
so i reallllly want to lose 20 pounds by March 7th!

Any tips!?

Oh & also, I'm a pitcher, so since the uniform is snug, it tends to ride up because im moving so much...ahhhh /:
I'll let you all know how my progress is going ! Thank you so much (:
Edited by lchalmers On January 27, 2011 1:40 PM
January 27, 2011 1:34 PM
I am watching for replys also :-) hehehehehe
January 27, 2011 1:35 PM
I'm a firm believer in reach for the Moon and if you miss you will be among the stars, GO FOR IT!!!
January 27, 2011 1:37 PM
Record your food, be strict, smaller portions of anything fatty or a craving. No night time eating, double workouts, light strength trainig coupled with cardio and boot camps. Good luck! I don't think it will be a problem if you are really serious. You know if you are not doing the best you can, we don't.
January 27, 2011 1:37 PM
Just for a uniform? Go get it baby! Achieve your wishes...! xo
January 27, 2011 1:37 PM

I'm a firm believer in reach for the Moon and if you miss you will be among the stars, GO FOR IT!!!

Thank you! That means a lot :)
January 27, 2011 1:37 PM
Good eating, exercise and lots of water. And get out a tape measure and take your measurements. You might be surprised to see you don't necessarily need to lose 20 lbs to fit into that uniform more comfortably; sometimes inches disappear faster than the lbs. I've lost 20 lbs (in nearly 3 months though) but I've lost a total of 22 inches so it's a huge difference in how things fit bigsmile .

Best of luck and that's GREAT you're going to be playing softball!
January 27, 2011 1:38 PM
Hard to know what to say without knowing your habits.... ie: if you drink alcohol, stop! Eat more veggies! And Keep Trying! If you don't make it all the way to 20 but hit 15, how bad would that be?
Just don't STARVE yourself!
January 27, 2011 1:39 PM
Start by trying to lose 12 lbs by march, then you can lose the other 8 duringthe first 3 weeks of your season! But for now if you drink coffee try replacing it with green tea, drink lots of water. Good luck and have a lot of fun with softball!

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January 27, 2011 1:40 PM
I've only lost 9lbs so far but I've lost 2 inches around my waist and a couple more around my hips. Workout everyday! It'll help tone up :)
January 27, 2011 1:40 PM
I think that if you really hit it in your workouts and watch what you eat you can reach your goal of fitting into the softball uniform. You may not need to lose the actual full 20 pounds but to focus on reshaping your body.
January 27, 2011 1:42 PM
I am going to be a downer here, but my advice is to stick to the 1-2 pound goal. In five weeks, you'll be 5-10 pounds closer to your end goal, and your uniform will definitely be less snug. More importantly, you will be further along your way to developing life long eating and exercise habits that will help you acheive success in reaching your FINAL goal. Just my opinion....laugh
January 27, 2011 1:43 PM
Hi ! I understand how you feel and why you want to lose the weight and quick. But 20 lbs is alot of weight to lose in 5 weeks.... even on a crash diet I don't know how possible it is....and how what you eat, drink lots of water and exercise and the weight will come off in a healthy way and stay off.... if you go too crazy you are just going to starve yourself and feel crappy just to gain it all back when you start eating normally.... I was you not too long ago....but I realized that it took time to put on the weight and it is going to take time to take it off. Weight loss is hard work and pretty much a lifestyle change.... Good luck !
January 27, 2011 1:43 PM
I'm new here, and this may not be "politically correct", but my expertise is GAINING weight, but here's how I'd try to do this...

1200-1400 calories a day, high in protein and low in carbs
45-50 minutes (or more) cardio at least 5 times a week
and, lots and LOTS of water.

On medifast I managed to go from 282 pounds down to 201 points in less than 4 months. The only discomfort was in the first 2 weeks. And since, like a jerk, I've managed to climb back up to 262 (but it did take me 2 years).

Less than 1200 calories, your body will think it's starving, and slow down your metabolism. The water is like the "fuel" for burning the fat. If you don't drink enough water, the fat can't "burn". I like about a gallon over the course of a day. A glass here and a glass there adds up.

Good luck. That is an attainable goal.
January 27, 2011 1:44 PM
how about you try to lose as much as you can the "healthy" way and then wear "shapewear" under your uniform. that would trim some inches. bigsmile
January 27, 2011 1:45 PM
If a uniform is your goal--watch your inches not the pounds! Exercise, exercise, exercise (you'll be in great shape to play in that uniform) and fuel that body with good food. Take your measurements each week.
January 27, 2011 1:45 PM
20 pounds by March doesnt sound so bad as the 40 I want to lose by my cruise in March!!! I know 40 will never in a million years happen but I keep hoping!!
January 27, 2011 1:47 PM
consume appx 1200 cals a day and exercise for 2 hours (min) in 5 weeks you WILL be 20 lbs lighter. Note: there can be no off days. It would take several days to return to the same losing mode there by giving up the 3-4 lbs you WOULD have lost in the week you took ONE day off.. Good LUCK.
January 27, 2011 1:57 PM
It's really not that bad. Make the absolute best healthy food choices when you eat. Just don't go under your initial set calorie goal for the day. I do agree with some hardcore intense workout sessions which is where the calorie deficit will be coming from.
January 27, 2011 2:06 PM
I think you should stick to a plan you can stick with and see what happens. Any sort of crash diet wouldn't be advised.
Good luck with your goals and with pitching and softball!
January 27, 2011 5:27 PM
it's not necessarily just about the numbers on the scale! I think if you workout everyday with cardio and strengthening exercises, you will shrink and slip easily into your uniform. you can do it! just don't push yourself too hard, you gotta listen to your body. but more importantly....congrats on being on a softball team! what a fun way to keep active :) good luck!

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