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October 14, 2011 8:53 PM
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October 14, 2011 8:53 PM
I started at 160 on May 31. I'm currently at 125. So about 4 months. I ate a mostly high protein diet, but didn't cut our carbs. So it was not really Atkins or Paleo. More like Zone probably, but I didn't follow anything very strictly.

In general, my meals are:
1 protein bar for breakfast (the 200 calorie kind). If I was feeling ambitious, I'd make some eggs (whole, I love the yolk)
1 salad for lunch with chicken or tuna (usually works out to be about 300-400 calories)
1 apple for snack or some beef jerky
Dinner is usually a protein of some kind: steak, chicken sausages, pork chops, chicken breasts with some vegetables
followed by some fruit and low fat yogurt as dessert

I usually have at least one cheat day where I could eat out: have a slice of pizza, have a burger, get some Thai or Indian food, have a slice of pie, etc.

I work out usually every day at least 30 minutes, but sometimes an hour with a mix of cardio (elliptical or jogging and some weight training: sit ups, push ups, squats, dumbbell exercises)
October 14, 2011 8:54 PM
I worked out on my treadmil 5-6 days a week walking and some minor jogging on high inclines. I just started 30 Day Shred 6 days ago. I also just started doing weights too. Am pretty good with working out! I make sure I workout everyday, even on my "rest" day am still moving. Feel free to friend me so you can seen my diary if you like :) No magic pill just LOTS of hard work.
October 14, 2011 8:56 PM
There are so many factors to consider and everyone is different. I think my goals are similar to yours. I wish I was 5'9", but I've actually shrunk from 5'6" to 5'5". (sigh) Anyway, I started in mid-August 2011 at 170, and I'm currently at 155. I'm working to be at 130 when my 60th birthday rolls around on Jan 31st. We're going to have an extra reason to celebrate our birthdays in 2012!
  10235013
October 14, 2011 8:58 PM
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A lot of people who lose weight that quickly have a lot to lose. It comes off quicker with that much to lose. You only have 30lbs to lose. You shouldn't count on (or even try for) any more than a pound a week, and even then it seems like the last 10lbs take forever for a lot of people.


Yea I don't want to rush it but at the same time I've been stuck for a very very long time and I'm just so ready to lose these 30 pounds... Ultimately I would like to lose 40 but I'm shooting for 30 by early next year and then will work on those last 10 pounds.. I'm really working hard and it's just taking forever
October 14, 2011 8:59 PM
hi there, i have lost 20 pounds (or 10kg) and its taken 8 weeks.... in another 4 weeks i hope to break the 30 pd mark... SO i would say totally possible in a 12 week, diet and exercise based program plan. By your birthday? totally possible, but have to stay motivated and keep your eye on the goal.... GOOD LUCK!
  10771644
October 14, 2011 8:59 PM
I lost 30 in about 2 months. I follow the guidelines given by MFP, exercise and only eat back exercise calories if I am hungry. That being said I started out with a lot to lose... and still have a lot left to lose.
Edited by laneybird On October 14, 2011 9:00 PM
October 14, 2011 9:01 PM
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There are so many factors to consider and everyone is different. I think my goals are similar to yours. I wish I was 5'9", but I've actually shrunk from 5'6" to 5'5". (sigh) Anyway, I started in mid-August 2011 at 170, and I'm currently at 155. I'm working to be at 130 when my 60th birthday rolls around on Jan 31st. We're going to have an extra reason to celebrate our birthdays in 2012!


Wow that's awesome! And that's my dad's birthday! But yea I am trying to get there by January! You all make me feel so much better :)
October 14, 2011 9:01 PM
You'll get the closet estimate from people about your height, starting out about your weight who want to end up about where you want to end up. Trying to compare to someone who has 80 lbs to lose is going to be discouraging as they lose the first 20-30 way faster than someone who has 30 to lose, if you know what I mean.

I am glad to see the amount of people who took 6-12 months on this thread... sometimes I see the ones that go so fast and I wonder WHAT is wrong with ME?? But I feel a little better now seeing others taking the slow and steady approach and just sticking with it. Gives me hope :) Love that about MFP!
  9579577
October 14, 2011 9:06 PM
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Ok so because of the variability in how much time you all lost 30lbs, so it is realistic to lose it by January right? That's my goal to lose it by my birthday.


The more a person has to lose the faster it comes off. The less a person has to lose, the longer it takes to come off.

I just Googled the weight range for your height. Depending on the website and the size of your frame, I see 129-170 or 135-168.

According to the Mayo Clinic's BMI calculator, you are .8lbs from being a normal BMI. 135 would put you at the lower end of a
normal BMI (but still within the boundaries so don't think I'm trying to discourage you).

From what I have read, if I understand it correctly, it is harder for those with a normal BMI to lose lots of weight healthily in a short period of time. Since you are so close to healthy, perhaps focus on toning and tightening rather than losing weight. You will probably still lose but even if you don't, your body will be smaller.
  10004182
October 14, 2011 9:13 PM
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QUOTE:

Ok so because of the variability in how much time you all lost 30lbs, so it is realistic to lose it by January right? That's my goal to lose it by my birthday.


The more a person has to lose the faster it comes off. The less a person has to lose, the longer it takes to come off.

I just Googled the weight range for your height. Depending on the website and the size of your frame, I see 129-170 or 135-168.

According to the Mayo Clinic's BMI calculator, you are .8lbs from being a normal BMI. 135 would put you at the lower end of a
normal BMI (but still within the boundaries so don't think I'm trying to discourage you).

From what I have read, if I understand it correctly, it is harder for those with a normal BMI to lose lots of weight healthily in a short period of time. Since you are so close to healthy, perhaps focus on toning and tightening rather than losing weight. You will probably still lose but even if you don't, your body will be smaller.


I use to be 135/athlete.. Then I gained 50lbs.. But I have about 40 left but shootif for 30 and I actually have been just working on toning..
October 14, 2011 9:19 PM
It took me a year and a half to lose 30 lbs, but in between I gained a few and had to lose it again. Winter is tough! But I've learned from my mistakes and now I'm commited to stop gaining and losing the same weight. If I had focused I could have done it in half the time or better, as I have in the past. Good luck on your journey!
  520370
October 14, 2011 9:38 PM
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QUOTE:

There are so many factors to consider and everyone is different. I think my goals are similar to yours. I wish I was 5'9", but I've actually shrunk from 5'6" to 5'5". (sigh) Anyway, I started in mid-August 2011 at 170, and I'm currently at 155. I'm working to be at 130 when my 60th birthday rolls around on Jan 31st. We're going to have an extra reason to celebrate our birthdays in 2012!


Wow that's awesome! And that's my dad's birthday! But yea I am trying to get there by January! You all make me feel so much better :)



That's really weird, because Jan.24th was my dad's birthday! I started to mention that. Funny.
  10235013
October 14, 2011 9:39 PM
Around 6 months.
  8957341
October 14, 2011 9:41 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

There are so many factors to consider and everyone is different. I think my goals are similar to yours. I wish I was 5'9", but I've actually shrunk from 5'6" to 5'5". (sigh) Anyway, I started in mid-August 2011 at 170, and I'm currently at 155. I'm working to be at 130 when my 60th birthday rolls around on Jan 31st. We're going to have an extra reason to celebrate our birthdays in 2012!


Wow that's awesome! And that's my dad's birthday! But yea I am trying to get there by January! You all make me feel so much better :)


That's really weird, because Jan.24th was my dad's birthday! I started to mention that. Funny.


:-)
October 14, 2011 9:42 PM
It took me 4 months to lose 30lbs. I seem to be slowing down a little bit right now so I need to pick it up! :)
  582040
October 14, 2011 9:45 PM
I'm 38 yrs old and I have lost 19lbs in 7 weeks. It's easier when you're bigger because I was eating over 3200 calories per day. I started on a well know pre-packaged meal plan and have been exercising every day. The test will be to see if I keep it off this time and for how long! The myfitnesspal app on my phone has made it easy and fun to keep up with what I'm eating and motivated me to make healthier food choices.
October 14, 2011 10:03 PM
It took me about 6-9 months to lose the 30 I wanted to lose. It's easier when you have more to lose--it was harder for me b/c I didn't have as much to lose, so it went slower.
October 14, 2011 10:45 PM
I also started July 25th, and am down 23 lbs. It's going to be different for everyone. I'm not trying as hard as I possibly can, and that's fine. I'm working on changing my life style. I don't want to get all into this and burn out like so many other times.
  2326916
October 15, 2011 12:18 AM
It has taken me 5 months to lose 20 !
October 15, 2011 12:23 AM
It's taken me almost 10 months to lose 22 lbs (granted I fell off the wagon twice during this time), but my body fat percentage has dropped from 47% to 28% in those ten months so I'm just fine with the slower loss.
October 15, 2011 2:36 AM
QUOTE:

Ok so because of the variability in how much time you all lost 30lbs, so it is realistic to lose it by January right? That's my goal to lose it by my birthday.


I thinks its safe to say you should lose at least half that by January based on what people have posted here.
October 15, 2011 3:07 AM
It depends upon how you gained it, etc. For someone with 30 to lose to aim for 30 in that short a period of time is probably NOT extraordinarily realistic. I remember when I was younger having 30 to lose. It took me two years, and I don't think that I ever actually REACHED the full 30 pounds. I was VERY strong and fit by the end of it, though.

If you gained your weight by poor eating habits, fixing those habits should melt off the pounds. If your weight started to creep without significant changes, and worse, if your body has shown a tendency to "park" at the current weight, you are going to have a VERY hard time losing 30 before January.

Now, as young as you are, you should be able to lose relatively (based on your size/frame and relative to someone much older) quickly provided that there are no other significant reasons for the weight gain in your overall health, but don't be disappointed if it takes quite a bit longer.
October 15, 2011 3:26 AM
As a matter of fact it has been EXACTLY four months, to the day, since I started and I have lost EXACTLY 30 pounds total drinker Go figure I've already surpassed my calories for the day by 300 and still have dinner to go, not much to celebrate today ohwell

It sounds like you've already gotten plenty of useful information about taking it slow, I'd definitely agree. I lost mine quite fast for how much total I had (have) to lose and my height and I count myself very lucky, but it is faster than I'd planned or expected faster than many people see. Set yourself up for success by aiming for a realistic amount, you may be very pleasantly surprised to find better numbers than you'd expect as well, but keep honest with yourself above all and count EVERYTHING.
  9470619
October 15, 2011 3:34 AM
ive lost 29pounds since may :)

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