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It sounds as though you might be trying to do too much too quickly. 75 pounds in six months is about 3 pounds a week. The consensus I have seen on maintaining weight loss permanently is that you should strive to lose one pound per week, to give your body time to get used to the lower weight and not react by "overcraving" stuff to get you back to where you started.

Just ran across a good article I hadn't seen before, with relatively easy tactics to help lose a pound a week:

45 Easy Ways to Lose One Pound a Week

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It sounds as though you might be trying to do too much too quickly. 75 pounds in six months is about 3 pounds a week. The consensus I have seen on maintaining weight loss permanently is that you should strive to lose one pound per week, to give your body time to get used to the lower weight and not react by "overcraving" stuff to get you back to where you started.

Just ran across a good article I hadn't seen before, with relatively easy tactics to help lose a pound a week:

45 Easy Ways to Lose One Pound a Week

Some good advice there chas. Thanks for passing that along.

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UPDATE

Last year I started the journey to try to lose weight for the umpteenth time in my life. I set 4 goals:

  1. Lose 60 pounds.
  2. Get under 200.
  3. Get to 186 (Weight when I graduated h-s)
  4. Get to 168 (100 pounds lost)

I was able to lose 55 last year & then put 5 back on during the holidays, so 50 lost in 2012.

When 2013 started, I wanted to get right back on the horse, but for a variety of reasons I struggled to lose. I kept gaining & losing the same 5 pounds for 4 months, so on May 1 I made the commitment to walk 26 miles per week for 26 weeks. That will take me thru Halloween. Keeping my calories at about 1,800 per day, I have finally started seeing the weight come off again. 12 pounds now, putting me at a total of 62.

Goal #1 in the books! Now I need to lose about 6 more pounds to be under 200 for the first time in more than 25 years.

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UPDATE

Last year I started the journey to try to lose weight for the umpteenth time in my life. I set 4 goals:

  1. Lose 60 pounds.
  2. Get under 200.
  3. Get to 186 (Weight when I graduated h-s)
  4. Get to 168 (100 pounds lost)

I was able to lose 55 last year & then put 5 back on during the holidays, so 50 lost in 2012.

When 2013 started, I wanted to get right back on the horse, but for a variety of reasons I struggled to lose. I kept gaining & losing the same 5 pounds for 4 months, so on May 1 I made the commitment to walk 26 miles per week for 26 weeks. That will take me thru Halloween. Keeping my calories at about 1,800 per day, I have finally started seeing the weight come off again. 12 pounds now, putting me at a total of 62.

Goal #1 in the books! Now I need to lose about 6 more pounds to be under 200 for the first time in more than 25 years.

Good job Dennis.

I've reached the 70 pound lost mark (since October 2011), put in 10 miles running/walking a week, and 20 miles on the bike. I've actually found upping my calorie intake a bit to compensate for the increased activity level has made the weight come off a little easier.

Entering my first ever 5k in October to mark two years on this journey.

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Total lost: 65 pounds. I'm now within spitting distance of 200 for the first time in 25+ years. Feels good.

P.S. I hope these don't come off as self-agrandizing. I really post them for accountability's sake.

These are great! I love seeing posts in this thread.

My quick story: Moved back to Toledo, Oh in March 2009 and moved next door to my parents. Quit all tobacco products and gained a quick 20 lbs. - up to 195 - while eating a lot of steak with my Dad. My Dr started worrying about a few conditions I was developing, so...

One night in Paris, in March of 2011, I radically changed my diet. I tweaked it again in January of 2012 and have never looked back.

I weigh anywhere between 157 and 164 these days. My wife is making changes now and she ran her first Warrior Dash 2 weeks ago in Canton, Oh. Next month we'll be running the Survivor 5k together. My back doesn't get sore anymore and my knees don't hurt! I'm loving this healthy crap.

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These are great! I love seeing posts in this thread.

My quick story: Moved back to Toledo, Oh in March 2009 and moved next door to my parents. Quit all tobacco products and gained a quick 20 lbs. - up to 195 - while eating a lot of steak with my Dad. My Dr started worrying about a few conditions I was developing, so...

One night in Paris, in March of 2011, I radically changed my diet. I tweaked it again in January of 2012 and have never looked back.

I weigh anywhere between 157 and 164 these days. My wife is making changes now and she ran her first Warrior Dash 2 weeks ago in Canton, Oh. Next month we'll be running the Survivor 5k together. My back doesn't get sore anymore and my knees don't hurt! I'm loving this healthy crap.

How did you change your diet? I don't have a weight problem but your reference to "radical" change sounds interesting.

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These are great! I love seeing posts in this thread.

My quick story: Moved back to Toledo, Oh in March 2009 and moved next door to my parents. Quit all tobacco products and gained a quick 20 lbs. - up to 195 - while eating a lot of steak with my Dad. My Dr started worrying about a few conditions I was developing, so...

One night in Paris, in March of 2011, I radically changed my diet. I tweaked it again in January of 2012 and have never looked back.

I weigh anywhere between 157 and 164 these days. My wife is making changes now and she ran her first Warrior Dash 2 weeks ago in Canton, Oh. Next month we'll be running the Survivor 5k together. My back doesn't get sore anymore and my knees don't hurt! I'm loving this healthy crap.

Fantastic.

For myself... I did warrior dash a few years ago. Am up to 2.5 miles in my couch to 5K and will sign up for one real soon.

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How did you change your diet? I don't have a weight problem but your reference to "radical" change sounds interesting.

When my Dr told me my problems were red meat related I quit it all together. Then I gave up all meat. THEN, I gave up dairy (hardest thing ever) but because my body thanked me so much it's not hard at all. I eat twice as much as I used to (I have to be calorie dense with the foods I eat) and I take a bunch of crap from everyone around me for being a wuss, but I believe my views on food are right for me.

I've also always had a cholesterol problem. So much so, my Dr put me on pills. I think the number was 272 for the bad cholesterol. Anyway, last February it was in the 150's or 160's when I had my last blood test. Another reason to trust my own judgement.

Water, plants, beans, grains, alcohol - in that order - is my food chain.

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When my Dr told me my problems were red meat related I quit it all together. Then I gave up all meat. THEN, I gave up dairy (hardest thing ever) but because my body thanked me so much it's not hard at all. I eat twice as much as I used to (I have to be calorie dense with the foods I eat) and I take a bunch of crap from everyone around me for being a wuss, but I believe my views on food are right for me.

I've also always had a cholesterol problem. So much so, my Dr put me on pills. I think the number was 272 for the bad cholesterol. Anyway, last February it was in the 150's or 160's when I had my last blood test. Another reason to trust my own judgement.

Water, plants, beans, grains, alcohol - in that order - is my food chain.

Wow, that is radical. I don't eat that much meat but I do get red meat cravings once or twice a month. I am sure that's from not minding my proteins as I should. Did you create your own menus?

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When my Dr told me my problems were red meat related I quit it all together. Then I gave up all meat. THEN, I gave up dairy (hardest thing ever) but because my body thanked me so much it's not hard at all. I eat twice as much as I used to (I have to be calorie dense with the foods I eat) and I take a bunch of crap from everyone around me for being a wuss, but I believe my views on food are right for me.

I've also always had a cholesterol problem. So much so, my Dr put me on pills. I think the number was 272 for the bad cholesterol. Anyway, last February it was in the 150's or 160's when I had my last blood test. Another reason to trust my own judgement.

Water, plants, beans, grains, alcohol - in that order - is my food chain.

When you say give up all meats, you mean poultry and fish as well?

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Wow, that is radical. I don't eat that much meat but I do get red meat cravings once or twice a month. I am sure that's from not minding my proteins as I should. Did you create your own menus?

In the beginning I relied heavily on the Happy Herbivore cookbooks, but as I go along I modify and make up just about everything now. One GREAT side effect of quitting dairy is no more heartburn. Therefore, my recipes have become much spicier, something I was always afraid of in the past but found is muy enjoyable now.

You would also be surprised how much protein is in plants. One cup of broccoli carries only 50 calories but over 4 grams of protein (compare that to a top sirloin - at 4oz. it has around 225 calories and 23 grams of protein). So, I eat A LOT, trying to get between 1800 and 2200 calories a day depending on exercise.

When you say give up all meats, you mean poultry and fish as well?

Yeppers, but I'm not against it in moderation it's just not for me anymore. I still buy it all for my wife and kids. My kids would KILL me... literally... in my sleep.

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UPDATE

Last year I started the journey to try to lose weight for the umpteenth time in my life. I set 4 goals:

  1. Lose 60 pounds.
  2. Get under 200.
  3. Get to 186 (Weight when I graduated h-s)
  4. Get to 168 (100 pounds lost)

I was able to lose 55 last year & then put 5 back on during the holidays, so 50 lost in 2012.

When 2013 started, I wanted to get right back on the horse, but for a variety of reasons I struggled to lose. I kept gaining & losing the same 5 pounds for 4 months, so on May 1 I made the commitment to walk 26 miles per week for 26 weeks. That will take me thru Halloween. Keeping my calories at about 1,800 per day, I have finally started seeing the weight come off again. 12 pounds now, putting me at a total of 62.

Goal #1 in the books! Now I need to lose about 6 more pounds to be under 200 for the first time in more than 25 years.

UPDATE

Weighed in Saturday morning at 199.5 - Under 200 pounds for the first time since high school. Goal #2 - done!!

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Slightly off tangent. I have had asthma since a child. Of course back then with a mild case, you simply lived with it. Never had real bad attacks, just shortness of breath. Over the years i coped and even smoked much of my adult life until about 15 years ago. When inhalers hit OTC like Primatene Mist, I always had one with me. Life was good. In 2011 they were taken off the market because of the propellant which is a joke and the actual cause was AMA wanting control of the medications. This created a large increase in cost for sufferers. Not saying that abuse was not also present. I had stocked up early using Ebay and now I might have 6 month supply left at my old usage. Anticipating such a week ago last Saturday I discontinued any use. I hope I can continue without dipping into my stash. I can tell my lungs are adapting to evacuating mucus without assistance. Tonight I burned some food and engulfed the kitchen in smoke. Usually this would have had me with the inhaler. I passed that test. Time will tell. Those little $11 bottles are getting over $100 when you can find them. I hope I never spray again.

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Today I hit one of my major goals in my weight loss. About 8 months ago I was at my all time high, around 285-290 lbs. I decided to make some changes in my lifestyle, and today I am down to 225 for the first time in quite awhile. I still have a ways to go, but I am pretty happy with my progress as of now.

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Today I hit one of my major goals in my weight loss. About 8 months ago I was at my all time high, around 285-290 lbs. I decided to make some changes in my lifestyle, and today I am down to 225 for the first time in quite awhile. I still have a ways to go, but I am pretty happy with my progress as of now.

Well done.

I started working out and eating healthier about 2 months ago when I weighed in at the doctor at 301 and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Elliptical for 40 minutes a day 5 times a week, meeting with a nutritionist once every 3 weeks. Started tracking what I ate on My Fitness Pal. No more fast food, obviously, and cut out soda almost completely aside from a Diet Coke maybe once a week. Was disappointed after the first 3 weeks when I was only down 6 pounds, but still knew that was relatively significant progress and was on the right path even though I was hoping it'd be more. The next 3 weeks I lost 10.6 pounds. Overall in about 7 weeks now I'm down 21 pounds, from 301 to 280. Obviously, I have a long way to go, but adapting to the new changes were much easier than I thought they'd be.

If you're reading this thread (such as I have before) and know you need to lose weight but haven't yet committed to it, don't wait any longer. Now that I'm on the right path, I wish I had started much sooner. I had always thought I'd have a difficult time getting into a workout routine, but now I feel terrible about myself when I don't go. I'm sure it sounds strange taking advice from someone who just mentioned he's still 280 pounds, but you'll feel a lot better about yourself once you start. My coworkers have noticed a difference and everybody has been very encouraging.

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It's really encouraging to see folks at the various points in their journey still pushing to get healthier.

I've settled in just under 195. That's a 73.5 pound loss since Jan. 1, 2012. I'm going to try to maintain through the winter & then drop the rest next year. Shooting for 100 pounds!! Onward & Upward!!

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Well done.

I started working out and eating healthier about 2 months ago when I weighed in at the doctor at 301 and was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Elliptical for 40 minutes a day 5 times a week, meeting with a nutritionist once every 3 weeks. Started tracking what I ate on My Fitness Pal. No more fast food, obviously, and cut out soda almost completely aside from a Diet Coke maybe once a week. Was disappointed after the first 3 weeks when I was only down 6 pounds, but still knew that was relatively significant progress and was on the right path even though I was hoping it'd be more. The next 3 weeks I lost 10.6 pounds. Overall in about 7 weeks now I'm down 21 pounds, from 301 to 280. Obviously, I have a long way to go, but adapting to the new changes were much easier than I thought they'd be.

If you're reading this thread (such as I have before) and know you need to lose weight but haven't yet committed to it, don't wait any longer. Now that I'm on the right path, I wish I had started much sooner. I had always thought I'd have a difficult time getting into a workout routine, but now I feel terrible about myself when I don't go. I'm sure it sounds strange taking advice from someone who just mentioned he's still 280 pounds, but you'll feel a lot better about yourself once you start. My coworkers have noticed a difference and everybody has been very encouraging.

Down to 216.5 pounds now still doing the same thing. Hoping to lose 16.5 by the end of October which would put me at 100 pounds lost in 12 months. Seems like a real possibility now, and I get more and more excited with every weigh in (so much so this time that I had to find this thread and share).

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