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Weight Loss Challenge 2015

As we officially end one year and begin another,  I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful New Year and the best of everything in 2015.  

As always,  a new year seems like a good time to make new commitments, because we are making a "fresh start" or new beginning.  Now is the time to rethink our options and make our resolutions.  It's, also time to decide what we are going to do for the next year, regarding our weight loss efforts.  

There are many different methods of losing weight -- a new diet comes along almost every day; new articles are printed in magazines with suggestions of all kinds, from diets to exercise routines and of course, they all profess to be the best.  

I still find that making small changes and taking baby steps is the safest way to go.  Healthy lifestyle changes that we can maintain are by far the best...

I began my weight loss journey in 2008, when my thyroid malfunctioned and I suddenly gained 30 lbs that I have not been able to lose.   Of course, along the way, other health issues have required medications that only added to the problem.   I'm quite sure that I've gained and lost the same 5 lbs, numerous times, over the past few years, even while I gained additional weight .  Sometimes, frustration runs high, other times I look at lab results or my notes on how I felt at a given time and determine to "forgive" myself.  

If you have medical issues, like I do, please make sure they’re under control before embarking on a weight loss journey, or you may only set yourself up for disappointment.  It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor to make sure the plan you are starting is appropriate and safe for you.  

I’m not a fan of “dieting” per se, as I believe in making diet and exercise choices that I can maintain over the long term vs drastic choices that I’ll only be able to tolerate for a week or two, at the most.  Once I realize I can't do those any longer, I feel like a failure... I don't do those any more.

I’ve been doing quite well lately, and over the past 6 weeks, I’ve managed to lose about 13 lbs, so I’m hoping to keep my momentum going  in the new year, though I’ve kind of “blown it”, with the Christmas holiday.  So I forgive myself and move on…

Safe weight loss is 1-2 lbs/week, but with my medical conditions and the medications I take, I think 1 lb/wk is probably reasonable.  I’m challenging every one of you to “meet or beat” my goal.  

All you have to do to join, is make a commitment to lose at least 1 pound/week.  Can’t be *that* hard, right??  Hmmmmmm, we’ll see about that!!  LOL

So here we go; just post below that you want to join, then start by losing (weight, that is).  I’ll post a Sunday weigh in thread to keep track of progress. For those not familiar with the Sunday Weigh In (I haven’t been doing them, due to lack of participation) – this is a post that I do each Sunday, in which we post our weight loss for the previous week, “brag” about our successes, talk about whatever problems we might have encountered, what we might do to change things, encourage those having problems staying on course, etc……….. Watch for it – I’ll post it every Sunday morning, with the title “Sunday Weigh In (date)”.  

Everyone is welcome to post on the weigh in thread, whether or not you choose to join this challenge.

Are you ready??   LET’S “WIN” BY LOSING (weight)

It's 11:30 pm ET, so the New Year starts in 30 minutes... Happy New Year... and best of luck to everyone..
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649848 tn?1534633700
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649848 tn?1534633700
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Anybody want to join?
649848 tn?1534633700
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Wow, I guess I'm in by myself... Okay, I'm set to try to lose a pound/week... I'm off and running... wish me luck..
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So you spent all the time typing that and no one is with you, I am unable to run, can't walk far but I am going to try my hardest to loose 1 lb a week, I have about 3 1/2 Stone to loose
649848 tn?1534633700
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Yep, I spent all that time typing and you're the first taker I've had... welcome aboard.

I don't know our age, but for some of us, running isn't all it's cracked up to be, anyway.  It's very high impact and can be hard on the feet, ankle and leg bones.  My "off and running" was a figure of speech...

Walking is far better for us and we don't have to walk very far or very fast for it have an impact on our weight...  We don't even have to do it all at once every day.  We can walk 10 minutes at a time 2-3 times/day if we want to.

Have you ever tried yoga?  I try to work a little of that in every day, as well. You can check out YouTube for lots of videos for how-tos and it's really kind of fun... When I first started doing it, I felt like a clumsy oaf, but it didn't take long to start getting the hang of it and the more you do, the better you get...

Anyway, I guess we're in this together... so keep posting so I know you're still with me.  Good luck.
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I'll be in the weight lose challenge with you.
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I'm in.
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i walked outside for a mile yesterday.
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I walked outside for a mile yesterday to launch my New Year. Sounds like a good program you've started!
649848 tn?1534633700
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Yay, I'm glad to see we've got more coming in... Welcome Elpis, Kathy and DAVacik... I'm so happy I didn't end up in this all by myself...

DAVacik - I walk about 2.5 miles most days... I've been doing that for a while and my body is getting used to it, now, so it's time to either increase or add something else to my routine.  Maybe I'll add something else... a little strength training to build muscles in the upper body, as well.  Yep, sounds good to me!!  

So we know DAVacik is walking, what about everyone else?  
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I want to join!!!! I need a weight loss buddy
463897 tn?1468013750
Thanks for having this weight loss challenge!  Great idea.  Okay -- I'm in, too!

Cheryl
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649848 tn?1534633700
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Hey, welcome aboard... we're all weight loss buddies here, so we can work on this together.  

I don't know about everyone else, but as I said in my original post I've been struggling with my weight for several years and I've finally started making some progress, so I'm ready to do it this year...

Any time you want to talk about what you're doing or get tips, motivation or anything else, just post and we'll try to help you out.
649848 tn?1534633700
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Hi Cheryl... glad you joined us... now you're stuck with losing a pound a week, just like we are... lol

Good luck to everyone...
11727528 tn?1420672742
Hi, I would love to share my weight loss journey with you. I have dieted in the past and lost 5st in 2000 and 2 st 2 years ago. I find it difficult maintaining my weight so would appreciate any advice. Thank you so much x
649848 tn?1534633700
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Welcome aboard... we're all in for losing 1 pound/week... easy right?  Well, maybe not so much... lol  

Be sure to look for the weigh in thread on Sunday morning, where we keep track of our progress.  

Just to be sure... has everyone logged their starting weight?  Whether you're keeping track of if, here on the weight tracker or in your own notebook or just on a sheet of paper someplace.  You'll need to keep track so you know where you start and where you end up....
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I want to join I need to lose at least 80 lbs
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Hello I've started 2 months ago and I lost 10 kg till now but still need 10 kg more I'm 24 but I'm amother so It's little bit hard and I need help
649848 tn?1534633700
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Welcome ness118 and Aseel_mosta... wishing you both the best of luck.  

Just let us know how we can help you.
5265544 tn?1421890938
I'm in!  I've been on a bunch of new meds and hospital visits that have added 25 lbs to my frame.  For the past three months I've been on the WW diet and managed to lose 15 lbs.  Now I just need friends to help me lose the other 10 lbs.  Thanks for starting this community.  
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Hi, am I too late to join?  I'm 74 and have an arthritic hip which curtails my activities.  I need to lose 28 lbs. to ease my walking.  I have a reasonable idea of healthy eating but my big problem is portion control.  I need friends to keep me on the straight and narrow.  I also have a problem with flexibility.  Has anyone any ideas from improvement?  Thanks.

649848 tn?1534633700
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Welcome and congratulations on the 15 lb loss... you've just made some new friends to help you lose the rest... don't forget to check the Sunday weigh in each week to record your progress.

Here's a link to the weigh in I posted on Sunday for this week:  

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Weight-Loss--Dieting/Sunday-Weigh-In---January-18--2015/show/2439591

I post a new weigh in every Sunday... be sure to look for it.
649848 tn?1534633700
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Welcome... No one is ever too late to join.  I've struggled with my weight for a few years and am just now beginning to start losing... I'm happy to help in any way I can.

I do have some ideas on how to help with portion control, as well as exercise to help with flexibility.  

Let's keep this going
649848 tn?1534633700
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Forgot to tell you to be sure to watch for the Sunday weigh in, as well... the link is above for this week's weigh in, but there will be a new on on Sunday.
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