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January 8, 2013 7:19 PM
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  1743591
January 8, 2013 7:24 PM
i do what works for me, which is eat a balance diet, being mindful of everything that i put in my mouth...

i exercise for at least an hour 6 days a week, a combination of strength training and cardiovascular workouts...

ive found that you do not need to be perfect to get results, you just have to be honest and never quit, even if you have a bad day or even an entire month...

for me this is as much mental as it is physical...i have had to get my head right at the same time as my body, both are a work in progress...
  29455395
January 8, 2013 7:28 PM
I followed the simple principles spelled out here.
MFP recommends food intake balanced with exercise along with great community support.
Simple deal...
If you're looking for the fast track to easy results, forget it.
Nothing in life worth having ever comes easy.
Simple? YES drinker
Simple...but hard!
January 8, 2013 7:32 PM
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What did you eat? Did you workout? Did you eat healthy or eat bad but just a certain amount of calories? Did you make muscle after? Do you plan on making muscle?


What did I eat?, pretty much anything I wanted, the only thing I avoide (still) is cheese and pizza, I didnt stop eating a specific thing, I still eat goodies, still drink soda... its all about moderation.. at least for me. Of course Im eating more healthy stuff now, such as veggies or fruits. I ve added lots of yummy/ healthy things that I didnt even consider before.

Did I workout?, hell yes I did / DO. I started this new lifestyle on january 2012, and started exercising in march, Im addicted now. I walk a lot, do zumba, taebo, pretty much any good cardio DVD I find ( I dont go to the gym, I do it at home).. And soon Ill start p90x.. for some tonification and muscle.

Im still losing weight (going for my last 10), so im still eating 1200 calories a day, I dont eat exercise calories back. I will once I reach my goal and I wanna maintain.
  20600607
January 8, 2013 7:32 PM
I have not changed what I eat, just eat less of it and exercise more. For me it has just become calories in being less than calories out.

It has worked for me.
January 8, 2013 7:32 PM
What works best for me when I can stick to it is low carb with heavy lifting and some cardio.
2000 cals a day low cal or 3000 a day low carb works about the same for me.
  3026669
January 8, 2013 7:34 PM
Read this: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/844040-raspberry-ketones-for-the-rest-of-us
January 8, 2013 7:35 PM
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I fell into the 1200 calorie trap.
lol
seriously I did, but lost alot of muscle, got headaches, no energy, sleepless, hair thinned out etc.....


That happened to me too. Thank goodness I'm out of that now!!!

And to the OP - I am not just losing weight, but I'm changing my lifestyle and how I think. It has been and continues to be a road that is leading me to change (for the better) not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.

I did it without any gimmicks, diet fads, pills, or whatever else is going on these days. I did it with just me...and having my MFP pals has also helped me push myself more. :)

As the others have said - learning to eat smarter, being more conscious of my choices, logging before I eat (which has helped me with overeating, learning portion control, and stopping me from stress/bored/emotional eating), and getting off my butt and exercising :D
January 8, 2013 7:37 PM
Dear Bobbie

Thank you for posting what you did re weight loss.....I found it really informative and look forward to my weight loss journey. Thank you again.smile
January 8, 2013 7:38 PM
I started losing weight by first literally cutting my portions in half. If I got a burger for lunch I would cut it in half and save the other piece for dinner. But after I found MFP, I started just logging everything for 2 weeks without any modification. Once I saw what my food choices were horrible I started switching to healthier meals. Most important thing i learned here is that and appropriate calorie deficit = fat loss. Exercise isn't needed but it sure helps.
Find a balance but it's about life change not a diet.
  21463842
January 8, 2013 7:41 PM
Ate and drank (alcohol)less and moved more (alot more 6 days a week in fact).
  27158583
January 8, 2013 7:55 PM
So many of you say strength training is the key. If I don't have a gym how can I do this? Thanks for your help!
  1389131
January 8, 2013 7:59 PM
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January 8, 2013 8:03 PM
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So many of you say strength training is the key. If I don't have a gym how can I do this? Thanks for your help!


There are exercises/workouts that don't require equipment. I'd probably do a google search to get videos and lists. Exercises like squats, lunges, and crunches.

My suggestion, though, is to invest in equipment and build your own "gym" at home, consider joining a gym, or check out the one at your apartment if you live in an apartment.
January 8, 2013 8:20 PM
When I first started losing, I walked between 10,000 and 30,000 steps a day. I didn't have a car, and the stroller became my car. I walked absolutely everywhere I went. 1.5 miles each way to my daughter's school, in a very hilly neighborhood while pushing a stroller. Grocery store almost 2 miles away, pushed groceries in a cooler bag, under the stroller, off the handles, etc. all the way home. I went for long walks of about 5 hours on weekends just for the heck of it to explore the city where we lived, kids in tow - oldest on a scooter and youngest in her stroller. The husband would drag me on 30 mile, 8-10 hour treks sometimes on weekends.

I didn't strength train at first, at least not in the traditional way, but if you've ever walked the streets in Tokyo, going a half a block uphill pushing a loaded down stroller can work up a sweat.

Regardless, I didn't lose all the weight because I ate way more than I needed. I am thankful that I pushed that damned stroller around for so long, though, because I think it kept me from losing even more muscle than I did when I got sick. I didn't start strength training until I got the all clear from my oncologist, and it is taking me forever to strengthen and reshape my body. In November 2011, I looked like a 50-year-old from the shoulders down. My skin and fat and muscle just hung off me. Now I look like I de-aged a couple decades through strength training and high intensity cardio.
January 8, 2013 8:29 PM
WOW - I love reading all these success stories. So inspiring!
  5178279
January 8, 2013 8:30 PM
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So many of you say strength training is the key. If I don't have a gym how can I do this? Thanks for your help!


There are exercises/workouts that don't require equipment. I'd probably do a google search to get videos and lists. Exercises like squats, lunges, and crunches.

My suggestion, though, is to invest in equipment and build your own "gym" at home, consider joining a gym, or check out the one at your apartment if you live in an apartment.


The book "You are your own gym" is a really good bodyweight program- all set up for you like a proper strength program.
  20711900
January 8, 2013 8:39 PM
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So many of you say strength training is the key. If I don't have a gym how can I do this? Thanks for your help!


There are exercises/workouts that don't require equipment. I'd probably do a google search to get videos and lists. Exercises like squats, lunges, and crunches.

My suggestion, though, is to invest in equipment and build your own "gym" at home, consider joining a gym, or check out the one at your apartment if you live in an apartment.


The book "You are your own gym" is a really good bodyweight program- all set up for you like a proper strength program.


Thanks so much for mentioning this book. Also, for those with a home gym, this youtube FREE personal trainer is tremendous:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlFrVxHp8HU&feature=BFa&list=ULjjIxhdX7xjw

heart drinker heart LOVE this home gym personal trainer, and really love that it's FREE!
  17500697
January 8, 2013 11:25 PM
What's the '1200 calorie trap' ?
January 8, 2013 11:46 PM
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January 9, 2013 12:04 AM
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Got off my A$$ and started moving and quit eating junk!



LOVE THIS! SAME HERE!!!!


Same here - well still working on the junk bit but now it's 80/20 and exercise every day.
  33167429
January 9, 2013 12:09 AM
My calorie goal is set at 1700 but I work out a lot and eat back no more than 50% of my exercise calories, usually a bit less than half. Fitness has really been the key for me.
  26622908
January 9, 2013 12:17 AM
Plain old changed the diet and started exercising. It is working great
  24100670
January 9, 2013 12:32 AM
I set my calories goal at 1200. I dropped 25 lbs in a few months just changing my diet and started exercising. I feel so much better. At first you won't notice the difference and you will feel hungry, so the self control is very important. Cutting out carbs, junk foods to eating more fruits and vegetables will cut down the craving slowly.
January 9, 2013 12:46 AM
Cleaned my food habits up and worked out 3x a week

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