Weight Watcher's Thread

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by Shaun, 8 Jan 2008.

  1. ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    I find the motivation to lose excess weight isn't the real problem ... The real problem is getting complacent once the target has been achieved!

    I got down to just over 77 kg (~12 stone) but then relaxed and before I knew it I was back up to 89 kg (~14 stone).

    I suspect the secret is to slowly drift down the last kg/lbs so it doesn't take a big change in habits to stabilise at the target weight. After that, set a sensible margin either side of that weight, say +/- 2 kg (3 lbs). If you approach the bottom limit, allow yourself a few extra treats until you are back to the target. If you approach the upper limit, switch back to your steady weight-loss regime until the surplus has gone.
     
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  2. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    I have two problems with setting weight loss targets. One is that my motivation for achieving an arbitrary figure can wane quite easily, and the other is the same as yours in that if I do achieve a target, I then forget about it and my weight goes back up again.

    So what I'm doing this time is setting myself real-life event targets to coincide with weight targets. My first target is to reach 85kg by July for the Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool 100, and the knowledge that it will help me enormously on the day is a huge motivator (especially with the memory of how much the final 10 miles hurt last year when I weighed around 99kg).

    After that I'm going to set myself a target of cycling to visit family in Monmouth, probably late August or Early September, and perhaps tie that to a target weight of 80kg. That ride would be around 120 to 150 miles, depending on my start point and route, and again it's something where a bit more weight loss would make a noticeable difference.

    I'm tempted to then turn that into a 7-10 day ride round Wales, which would give me added motivation - I don't know if I'll be up to that, but it has to be genuinely challenging if it's to be an effective incentive.
     
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  3. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    I had an enforced rest weekend after a touch of sciatic nerve pain, and I find it a lot harder resisting eating when I'm slobbing around the house rather than out doing something active!

    But I dropped another 0.5kg to hit 94.6kg, which is a loss of 3.2kg in 5 weeks.

    The record so far...

    08/01 97.8kg
    15/01 97.0kg (-0.8kg)
    22/01 96.1kg (-1.7kg)
    29/01 95.3kg (-2.5kg)
    05/02 95.1kg (-2.7kg)
    12/02 94.6kg (-3.2kg)
     
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  4. 2lb off this last week.. 10 in total..steady as she goes ^_^

    Considering I still haven't done any exercise, apart from the occasional 2 mile walk, it's pleasing that my change in eating habits alone is having the required effect.

    Once I get myself back on the bike next month I'm hoping for even better results.
     
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  5. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    Bad week this week after my sciatic nerve pain got worse, leading to my participation in a 40-mile bike ride being cancelled, and no gym exercise. I did manage a couple of short rides this weekend with no pain at the time, but my back this morning suggests that might not have been such a good idea.

    Plenty of painkillers during the week, and not too much focus on weight loss. I'd never taken Ibuprofen for more than two doses before, and I discovered that taking it for several days at the maximum recommended daily dose causes nausea and fluid retention - my weight has been up and down by nearly 1kg (always weighing first thing after morning toilet) as I've been on and off the Ibuprofen.

    I'm at 94.6kg this morning for no overall change on the week (though yesterday morning I registered at 94.3kg), so a written-off week all round really.
     
  6. ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    Sorry to hear about your problems, Alan. I hope things improve soon.

    Excessive use of Ibuprofen can do much worse things than causing nausea and fluid retention - it almost killed a friend of mine! :eek:
     
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  7. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    Ouch, that's bad - and it sounds like he was lucky. I'm definitely not going to use Ibuprofen again except for perhaps the occasional one-off dose (which is the only way I'd used it previously).

    The pharmacist suggested Co-codamol, which is effective (I use it for occasional migraine), but as it has codeine and is only supposed to be for 3-days use maximum, I'm being very sparing with it.

    Oh, and I should add that I really don't like taking painkillers for something like this, because I don't want to mask any further possible damage by dulling the indicators.
     
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  8. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    A much better week this week. My back pain is much improved, though still niggling. What it means is I've managed 76 miles on the bike this week... and no Ibuprofen.

    After last week's zero loss, my weight has dropped by 1.4kg this week (supporting the Ibuprofen water-retention hypothesis). The record so far is...

    08/01 97.8kg
    15/01 97.0kg (-0.8kg)
    22/01 96.1kg (-1.7kg)
    29/01 95.3kg (-2.5kg)
    05/02 95.1kg (-2.7kg)
    12/02 94.6kg (-3.2kg)
    19/02 94.6kg (-3.2kg)
    26/02 93.2kg (-4.6kg)

    My rate of weight loss is still pretty much bang on what I need to reach my target of 85kg by 1 July.

    * I'll just add that knowing I'm going to tell you folks my weight every Monday acts as a big motivator too, and really helps counter the "I'll skip it this week and have some ice cream/beer" temptation :rolleyes:
     
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  9. groundy74

    groundy74 Active Member

    Location:
    Lancashire
    Update 3 weeks into Total Loser program at Total Fitness Gym and it's going great, lost 16 lbs so far, managed 50 miles on the bike last week as well as spin class and 2 gym sessions. No alcohol for last 2 weeks which for me is unbelievable, stuck to it despite 3 nights out in that time.
    Following a great nutrition plan and not just a fad yo yo diet.

    Hoping to keep dropping the weight and increasing the miles although not sure I'll be out this week with the minus degrees temps, but few extra sessions in the gym instead
     
  10. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    Congrats, but with a minor note of caution - 16lbs in 3 weeks is way faster than most medical folks would recommend. There's always going to be some water loss when you start, but do be careful not to overdo it at first.

    Keeping off the alcohol is good too. I've been off it for almost 2 months now, and I'm definitely feeling better for it.
     
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  11. groundy74

    groundy74 Active Member

    Location:
    Lancashire
    Alan thanks for that, I am well aware of the risks thanks and I know the wait loss will slow shortly as I start to re-introduce certain foods to be diet. However, I am happy with the loss as I'm not starving myself and certainly not going hungry just cut out all the chocolate and crisp I ate and stop drinking, although the drinking bit was only for first couple of weeks, planning on a few pints on Saturday.
     
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  12. MrGrumpy

    MrGrumpy Huge Member

    Location:
    Fly Fifer
    Back in Clydesdale category ( never been out of it :-) ) . Just under the 100kgs, seemed to have chucked a fair bit on this last 6 months. Not cycling as much neither due to weather and my running has dropped to once a week. Made some small changes to my eating through the day so lets see what happens.
     
  13. ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    Now 83.9 kg - 13 st 3 lbs.

    The last time I lost a lot of weight I was peeved to see how much loose skin was left behind but I have been reading that the problem can often improve somewhat over time. (I didn't stay slim long enough to find out!)

    One could take up moob-slack and arm-slack by developing bigger muscles in those places, but that approach wouldn't help round the waist.

    Heck, it's only vanity ... I'm never going to be young again. Being fit and well is what really counts.
     
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  14. si_c

    si_c Über Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Up to 92.6kg yesterday, put on about 0.5kg in the last weeks - I've been doing fewer miles as I've had a heavy head cold and low energy. Also been feeling sorry for myself, so biscuits.

    Overall though I'm doing from 95.8kg at the start of January. The aim is 84kg by the end of the year.
     
  15. Finally got the first full stone off, pretty much bang on my intended time frame of end of February too.

    This does mean I'm supposed to make my cycling comeback, but the weather is hampering that somewhat :whistle:

    Due to some recent injuries/health problems I've no desire to go riding on icy roads, don't want the comeback over before it's even begun.
     
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