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December 13, 2011 4:00 PM
Hi, just like most of the people, I am in the same situation. In my late 30s and need to lose 15 more to reach my goal. I used to be a size 12 now I'm a size 6. I've been using MFP for a while, which has really helped and I also do Insanity (from Beachbody) Its a love/hate realationship with Shawn T but he is great with the cardio work out. I've already dropped 20lbs, but I'm at a weight stand still. So my encouragement is to just keep working at it. If you can, increase your work out to twice a day, walk during lunch break, etc...just don't stop :) smile
December 14, 2011 2:41 PM
BUMP! I am 5'2" and trying to lose 16 more lbs to get to my goal weight. It is definitely harder now and I think I need to start looking into working out more again. Love to see the suggestions.
December 17, 2011 2:45 AM
December 17, 2011 2:57 AM
I am 5'3", 48 y/o and started at 143 in Feb. Hit goal of 125 in May and by July was down to 118, now 115, a full 10 pounds below goal. While trying to lose, I consistently lost one pound per week, never plateaud. The other 10 came off while I was actually trying to maintain. The key for me was exercise and changing it up every 4 weeks so my body wouldn't get too used to it. The exercise totally changed my body and also helped with the weight loss. Consistency is key. Also, I didn't give up anything. Just did portion control and an "everything in moderation" approach.
December 17, 2011 5:55 AM

I am 5'3", 48 y/o and started at 143 in Feb. Hit goal of 125 in May and by July was down to 118, now 115, a full 10 pounds below goal. While trying to lose, I consistently lost one pound per week, never plateaud. The other 10 came off while I was actually trying to maintain. The key for me was exercise and changing it up every 4 weeks so my body wouldn't get too used to it. The exercise totally changed my body and also helped with the weight loss. Consistency is key. Also, I didn't give up anything. Just did portion control and an "everything in moderation" approach.

that's great to hear, i am hoping for the same. I know it seems so slow for me but i do finally see a difference. so as long as i keep it up i will hit my goal of 130 hopefully by the end of feb :)
December 17, 2011 6:08 AM
I'm 5'2'' . I've lost 50 lb since 07, but lost the majority of it in the last two years. You can check k out my photos. Basically I just eat whatever I want as long as I hit my fat and protien minimums and I stay within ny calorie range. I do cardio and lift heavy for a total of six days a week.
December 17, 2011 6:30 AM
I am 5'3" and started at 138the in January I am now 112. I did insanity and 1200 calories and did eat my exersize Cal's. I am now at 1400 working my way up to 1800. I am now doing strength training to build muscle.
December 17, 2011 10:35 AM
5'2" working on losing weight. Been a yo yo'er all my life. Lowest I've been is about 102 and highest maybe 135. Have gained and lost probably hundreds of pounds since I was 15. Hoping that this site will be a lifestyle change and not another yo yo. Im a little older and this year due to whatever, I have had NO LUCK dropping any weight until i started here. I also bought a Polar FT60 to keep track of my exercise and love it. Photo is from 2009 but hoping to be back there for next summer waterskiing!
December 17, 2011 10:48 PM
Im 5'1.5 and Ive lost 18lbs since I started in September. Im currently at 129 and would like to get to 114.
Ive been eating at 1200 calories and only eating about a quarter of my exercise calories.
I did/do 30DS and Ripped in 30 DVDs six days a week and supplemented the DVD workout 3 times a week with a 45 minute cardio session.

I find all these success stories very motivating because Ive been a little worried about how losing the last ten pounds will go. I took some of your advice and upped my daily calories to see if this will help prevent a stall.

Thank you to those of you who shared your stories!
December 18, 2011 6:05 AM
wow you have done good..... i love reading the motivational stories too it keeps me going especially since i am having such a HARD time loosing weight. I started on here mid nov and i have lost 2 lbs for sure but the other 2 come and go as they please... it's so frustrating. I can't seem to get them to STAY off? so one day i'm 136 and then the next time i weight i'm back to to 137.4.. i get so excited when i see the 136 and then so depressed again when i see the 137.4, why can't i keep it under 137? I have been trying to lose those few pounds now for almost 2 full months! it's very discouraging!
December 18, 2011 8:40 AM
I'm 5'3.5" (used to be 5'4" but I shrank apparently) and so far I have lost 9 lbs eating mostly fruits, vegetables, and lean meats and alternating between the 30DS and using my freestyle gazelle, which is basically an elliptical without resistance and a wider range of motion.

My goal is to get to 110 or 115 lb. I'm currently at 128 lb.
December 18, 2011 8:52 AM
Warning: I'm just shy of 5'4" and aiming on 25 lbs, but I still think this will apply to the rest of you girls.

Lift weights. Heavy weights. You won't get bulky, trust me.

Pick up a heavy thing and put it back. Repeat it. Can you lift it more than 10 times, it's not heavy enough. Forget high reps, they do nothing. You're physically incapable of getting real, proper bulk.

NROL4W (New rules of lifting for women - it's a book) is a good place to start, this is too:

Those girls you see with a buttload of muscles? They work hard for it, really hard for specifically that. If you don't want that look, just eat a bit more, and you'll look sweet as sugar.
December 18, 2011 8:54 AM
ppuuhhlleeeezzz you don't even have a dog in this fight...however you might have a borderline eating disorder... you don't need to lose weight sister..noway
January 2, 2012 5:21 AM
Hi all - I'm 5'4 and in the 138 - 140 lb range. Would like to lose 20 lbs by the summer. I wish you all luck. If any of you would like to friend me, feel free!

January 2, 2012 6:52 AM
Great thread! I am having the same issue. I am 5' even and 29 years old. I did such a great job when I started MFP over the summer. I lost 14 pounds. School started in August and the eating healthy and working out stopped. I started counting calories and working out (P90X) again 2 weeks ago. Since then I've gained 2 pounds. What gives?!?!?!?!?!

I will definitely use some of the suggestions made. Thanks.
January 2, 2012 2:11 PM
Hi all! Just thought I'd post my before/after pics since I'm 5'3.

The first picture was taken in February 2011 when I was about 140 lbs.

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The second was taken around Thanksgiving at 119 lbs!!!

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I'm still working on upping my endurance and toning up, healthy lifestyles are a journey, not a destination! Good luck to all of you, feel free to add me if you'd like some motivation and support. I couldn't have done this without MFP!
January 2, 2012 2:17 PM
same here. im 5'4'' thought, but I would love to lose 15 - 20. i have best results when i avoid eating late at night. and a food journal is the most beneficial tool to losing pounds. A good 15 - 20 min. of weight-lifting before doing cardio will really help with toning and losing pounds. U also really need to exceed 30 min of cardio to maximize your weight-loss.
January 3, 2012 3:53 AM
Hi All! I'm a 5'2", 133 lbs, 42 years old. I've noticed in the past few years that it is much more difficult to lose those stubborn 10 lbs. My lowest has been 113 lbs and I'm now 133. My goal is to get to 120. 113 was actually a little thin for me. Tracking my calories has really been enlightening!! i'm hope this helps me get the eating thing under control. I'm also doing Jillian's 30 day shred and I joined a spin class at the Y. Good luck everyone. It's nice to hear from others with the same build!
January 3, 2012 3:56 AM
I've lost 16 of the 25lbs I'm trying to lose and am 5ft2. Not trying to get super skinny mind you, just to about 130lbs.
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January 3, 2012 4:20 AM
Hi guys. I am 5'2 and lost about 7lbs earlier last year using a low carb diet it worked really well but i just find it very hard to maintain and now all the weight has come back on. At the moment i weigh 131 (9st5) but would like to get to under 120 and then take it from there. I tried calorie counting diets before but i wasnt properly dedicated but so far on my first day I have been doing well. I really dont like exercise but am going to try and do a DVD tonight and stick to me 1200 calories. But I have been very hungry this morning does anyone have any tips on dealing with this?? Thanks all :-)
February 15, 2013 10:47 PM
Bump! <3
February 15, 2013 11:03 PM
HI, Welcome. I am 5'3 and have lost 17lbs .
With MFP. it was easy! 1200 cals. and exercise is the key.
You can do it!
February 15, 2013 11:45 PM
I'm 5'2", 33 years old and started this time at 153. My goal was 121, but now that I'm at 125-127 (yep, I bounce between 2 lbs as well), I have decided to forget about the scale and focus on my fitness, strength, and BF%. So this is my timeline:

May 2012-
My grandfather told me I was packing on the weight at his 90th birthday party. I was able to laugh because I knew it was true, but that was kind of the first push to work at it this time. I was wearing a tight size 12 pants and would estimate my BF% at around 30%.

June & July -
Got a new job that provides a stipend for a gym membership...started going. Didn't focus on diet, just cardio and some cardio style lifting classes. I did join in on the HIIT classes. I felt out of shape and even commented that I looked like a little sausage while doing planks. I lost 9 lbs and 2.5 inches from my midsection in the two months without changing my eating habits.

August -
Fell off the proverbial wagon. I think I made it to the gym like 3 times that month. My husband asked if I was done with this time. I said no and got my butt back to the gym once things settled down.

September -
Got back into the swing of things by late September and kind of consider it my current start point. I was 144 ish. I started increasing the frequency of my gym visits to 5-6 days per week. Again, doing a good deal of cardio, but keeping with the strength classes twice a week. Strength has always been important to me.

October -
My gym had a weight loss challenge. I signed up. I stayed the course with cardio and strength training in the class. I changed my diet and started watching what I was eating. I lost 7lbs in October and another 2 inches.

Nov & Dec -
Stayed the course. Continued with the gym and reduced calories. I tried the 1200 calorie thing, but my body started revolting and by the end of the week I couldn't think. My brain was seriously not working well. So I bumped back to 1500-1600 and felt better and continued to lose weight and inches. I also started to make food choices that were more whole food than packaged overly processed junk. I lost weight because of the deficit. I felt good from eating healthy. The holidays were rough, but I managed to lose a little while out visiting my parents. I Weighed in Christmas eve at 128, an even 25 lb loss. I was down 7 inches from around my waist since May and fit into a size 4.

January to now -
I decided to get back into weight lifting. I am also eating 1800-1900 calories a day to support the workout. I haven't lost much since Jan 1 scale wise (again bounce between 125-127), but I am down another inch on the waist and my BF% is roughly 21%. I don't really care about the number on the scale anymore and only weigh in to calculate the BF% (bioempediance scale). I

I guess in saying all that, it can take time to figure out what works for you. Most of this thread has been "1200 calories and cardio" and while it worked for them, it may not be what works for you. I've seen better body composition results at the higher calories combined with strength training. That has worked for me. I do have some older "before and after" pics in my profile, but nothing since the beginning of the year. Be patient and just keep at it. The best way to never hit your goal is to stop going for it. Try looking at different things other than the scale. How your close fit or even start measuring yourself. Good luck and I hope you find what works for you!

ETA: My current macros are 45% carb/30% protein/25% fat. I strive for 80% whole foods or meals I make from whole foods. I don't deprive, I budget in the things I won't go without. Cookies shall never be denied!
Edited by jstout365 On February 15, 2013 11:48 PM


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