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Thread: Rachella's calorie counting diary - 'getting the old me back!'

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    Diet: Calorie counting and shakes
    Height: 5ft7in
    Start Date: 05/07/2014
    Start Weight: 14st13lb
    Current Weight: 11st5lb
    Goal Weight: 10st13lb
    Goal Date: Easter 2015


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 32.7
    Current BMI: 24.9
    Goal BMI: 24


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 3st8lb
    Weight to Lose: 0st6lb
    % Lost 23.92%

    Rachella's calorie counting diary - 'getting the old me back!'

    I've been thinking about starting a diary on here for a while now and finally taken the plunge as I'm on the home straight now and I have got to STAY POSITIVE!

    So a bit about me Ė I'm 34 and work the 9-5 in an office job where I'm sat down all day! I'm married to an amazing man who has been a constant support and just generally wonderful throughout this whole process. We both love cooking and going to the gym together and that has been really integral to the last 8 months!

    I realised I needed to lose weight last summer when I felt so really low, lacking in confidence and energy and generally just feeling rubbish. I had done SW 5 years ago, started at around 12 stone and went down to 10 stone. I felt amazing at the time and kept the weight off for a few months but it crept back on as I am an emotional eater and lots of life events happened which made me to turn to food for comfort and I became really negative with everything. I was absolutely disgusted with myself when I stepped on the scales last summer at the start of my journey and saw I was 3st heavier than my heaviest SW weight and also the heaviest I'd ever been. It seemed impossible at the time that I could ever achieve a healthy BMI, it just seemed too out of reach but I proved myself wrong. I am nearly there and this time itís about a complete lifestyle change as I go to the gym now and am generally more active and so much happier. Being happy is the most important thing after all and I dont think I realised how unhappy I was until I made things change.

    One thing thatís made this all the more challenging is finding out in December that I've got an underactive thyroid which means the weight comes off a lot slower as my thyroid doesn't work properly so this in turn effects my metabolism and slows it down. A pound a week is what I aim for at the moment and itís hard work each week to just manage that as it involves remaining dedicated and focused. Being hypothyroid also means lacking energy, getting a foggy head and aching muscles so on days I'm feeling fatigued I have to really push myself.

    The biggest challenge is the psychological side of things and overcoming the down days and remaining on track. It has been coming up to 8 months since I started my weight loss journey and I've put my goal as Easter. In fact I'm already at my original goal but decided I wanted to be 10st 13 as it would mean a 4 stone weight loss.

    I donít intend to record all I eat on here as I already do that on MFP but wanted to use this diary as more of a cathartic release to connect with people in the same situation!!So hello everyone and thank you for taking the time to read this - I know it's long and I tend to waffle!!!

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    Height: 5ft6in
    Start Date: 28th January 2013
    Start Weight: 13st5lb
    Current Weight: 10st10lb
    Goal Weight: 8st12lb
    Goal Date: August 2015


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 30.2
    Current BMI: 24.2
    Goal BMI: 20


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 2st9lb
    Weight to Lose: 1st12lb
    % Lost 19.79%
    Quote Originally Posted by Rachella View Post
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    Hi Rachella,

    I wrote a reply on here earlier this evening but then my computer went a bit nuts (bubbles appeared on screen!) so here I am again, subscribing.

    You have done so amazingly well against the odds (with hypothyroidism and stressful life situations) and I'm really looking forward to reading your diary for inspiration!

    Bella xx
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    Diet: Calorie Counting - Using MFP
    Height: 5ft5.8in
    Start Weight: 15st0lb
    Current Weight: 14st3lb
    Goal Weight: 10st0lb


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 34.1
    Current BMI: 32.4
    Goal BMI: 22.8


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 0st11lb
    Weight to Lose: 4st3lb
    % Lost 5.24%
    Hi Rachella!

    Your results are even more impressive with the hypothyroidism - has medication helped at all?
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    2015 Goals

    * Get rid of back problems and plantar fasciitis through Pilates and weight loss
    * Become very competent at Pilates through 1-2-1 sessions, small group classes and daily practice
    * Join a fitness class when back/foot allow
    * Lose weight through permanent lifestyle changes
    * End the year happy and healthy and enjoy the journey

    Goal Progress ( 5 lbs I've lost 5 lbs I am working on losing 5 lbs still to lose)



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    Diet: Calorie Counting
    Height: 5ft7in
    Start Date: 28/08/2014
    Start Weight: 15st13.6lb
    Current Weight: 11st12lb
    Goal Weight: 11st6lb
    Goal Date: When I get there!


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 35
    Current BMI: 26
    Goal BMI: 25.1


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 4st1.6lb
    Weight to Lose: 0st6lb
    % Lost 25.76%
    Hi rachella, here to sub x
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    Becky

    Starting Paleo 28/08/2014, switched to calorie counting 22/10/2014 as that is a closer description of what I have been doing for a while..... Joined the gym on 12/11/2014 to hopefully improve my fitness and boost my losses!

    28/08/2014: 223.6lbs

    28/8-17/12/2014: 40.8 lbs lost
    21/12/2014-15/01/15: 5.2lbs lost (46 total)
    22/01-12/02/15: 7.2lbs lost (53.2 total)
    19/02/15: 170.2...0.2lbs lost (53.4 total)
    26/02/15: 166...4.2lbs lost (57.6 total)

    Goals:
    42lbs lost 21/12/2014
    56lbs lost: 26/02/2014
    100 days (again) 16th April
    100 days of exercise (start 13/01/2015) 23rd April


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    Diet: 5:2 plan
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    Start Date: 10th November 2014
    Start Weight: 14st6lb
    Current Weight: 13st7lb
    Goal Weight: 10st7lb
    Goal Date: 19th August 2015


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 33.7
    Current BMI: 31.5
    Goal BMI: 24.5


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 0st13lb
    Weight to Lose: 3st0lb
    % Lost 6.44%
    Hello lovely here to sub too. X
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    I am 100% CAPABLE of changing my way of eating...




    Goal by 19th August 2015

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    Diet: Calorie counting
    Height: 5ft5in
    Start Date: 16/02/15
    Start Weight: 12st9lb
    Current Weight: 12st9lb
    Goal Weight: 10st10lb


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 29.5
    Current BMI: 29.5
    Goal BMI: 25


    Statistics:
    Weight to Lose: 1st13lb
    % Lost 0%
    Wow, Rachella, you've done brilliantly, especially given the thyroid issue...HUGE congrats!

    Have the docs managed to boost your thryoid function with meds at all? That would be a big help going forward to maintenance if they can.
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    Diet: Calorie counting and shakes
    Height: 5ft7in
    Start Date: 05/07/2014
    Start Weight: 14st13lb
    Current Weight: 11st5lb
    Goal Weight: 10st13lb
    Goal Date: Easter 2015


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 32.7
    Current BMI: 24.9
    Goal BMI: 24


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 3st8lb
    Weight to Lose: 0st6lb
    % Lost 23.92%
    Thanks for all your comments and support – I love this calorie counting section because it’s so encouraging and most importantly everyone is really sensible and realistic with what they’re doing which to me is super important as this has to be sustainable for the future doesn’t it?

    So lost a pound last week and another pound this week which…. (drum roll!) means I’ve reached the 50 pound loss and am even closer to goal…. But staying conservative with my outlook and still intend to stay steady with 1 pound loss per week.

    Also need to start changing my gym routine – have been doing just cardio but now need to combine kettle bells to tone up my tummy area. Have had to sessions of doing kettle bells at the gym with my husband helping me but need to pluck up the courage to go it alone I know that sounds silly but I’m still really self-conscious at the gym and need to shed that so I can get on with my journey in a positive way!

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    Diet: Calorie Counting
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    Current Weight: 11st12lb
    Goal Weight: 11st6lb
    Goal Date: When I get there!


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 35
    Current BMI: 26
    Goal BMI: 25.1


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 4st1.6lb
    Weight to Lose: 0st6lb
    % Lost 25.76%
    Well done on your loss x

    I was the same with the gym, pure cardio for the calorie/fat burning. ...I've just started to do weights to get toned for summer. ...I feel like everyone is looking at me but I know they aren't really x
    Becky

    Starting Paleo 28/08/2014, switched to calorie counting 22/10/2014 as that is a closer description of what I have been doing for a while..... Joined the gym on 12/11/2014 to hopefully improve my fitness and boost my losses!

    28/08/2014: 223.6lbs

    28/8-17/12/2014: 40.8 lbs lost
    21/12/2014-15/01/15: 5.2lbs lost (46 total)
    22/01-12/02/15: 7.2lbs lost (53.2 total)
    19/02/15: 170.2...0.2lbs lost (53.4 total)
    26/02/15: 166...4.2lbs lost (57.6 total)

    Goals:
    42lbs lost 21/12/2014
    56lbs lost: 26/02/2014
    100 days (again) 16th April
    100 days of exercise (start 13/01/2015) 23rd April


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    Height: 5ft6in
    Start Date: 28th January 2013
    Start Weight: 13st5lb
    Current Weight: 10st10lb
    Goal Weight: 8st12lb
    Goal Date: August 2015


    BMI Information:
    Start BMI: 30.2
    Current BMI: 24.2
    Goal BMI: 20


    Statistics:
    Total Weight Loss: 2st9lb
    Weight to Lose: 1st12lb
    % Lost 19.79%
    Well done for this week's loss & the 50lbs!!





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