The first poster is here. I would like to share my story with you, since I found so much inspiration on r / loseit and wanted to attract responsibility.
The text is quite long, you can find TLDR and photos below!
I've always been a sweet tooth and made it a bad habit to eat lot sweets when they were available. I would never do this in front of my parents or my boyfriend (my husband), but whenever I was alone, I ate an unhealthy amount of sweets. Arriving home and feeling hungry? Take a box of chocolate cookies. At home alone on the weekend? Great, now every meal will consist of sweets. Feeling full after a big dinner? There is always a place for dessert and a few more delicacies … You can see the drawing.
During puberty and adolescence I was quite plump (I never weighed myself), during my adult years most of the time my weight ranged from 135 pounds to 155 pounds, and whenever I was in the upper weight range, I limited myself and start a diet (that is, cut sweets, drink plenty of water, do squats). Cutting only candy was always enough to reduce my weight by 10-15 pounds, but Sooner or later, I will return to the old hetbit and start to grow again.
By the end of 2017, the work had become very intense, and I eat more sweets again. I felt like I was gaining weight, adjusting to my clothes, but I always told myself that it didn’t matter. By the end of August 2018, my work clothes were no longer suitable, so I went to work with my pants unbuttoned and a large sweater. At that moment I was very uncomfortable with my body, I hated to look in the mirror and be naked around my husband. For all this time I was going to lose weight, but my laziness continued to win.
And then the moment came that he clicked in my mind. It was not something special, but one Saturday night I decided to finish eating and lose weight.
I spent the evening looking for suitable weight loss methods. I knew that I wanted to do mainly CICO, but then I found out about Keto, Paleo and IF, Omaha and Low-Carb, and I felt overwhelmed and discouraged because I knew that it would be too much effort for me. Counting calories is one thing, but keeping track of how much carbohydrate / protein / fat each meal is, and that working with 2-3 meals a day seems crazy.
So I took a step back and decided to focus only on CICO. In the end, no matter what I ate, as long as I stayed within my limits!
Therefore, when I got on the scales on Sunday morning, I was 164.2 pounds (74.5 kg), but I was determined like never before, in order not only to lose this weight, but also make a permanent change in my food, can live until the end of my life (and not to return after reaching my goal!)
As I said, I went with CICO and installed MyFitnessPal on my phone to keep track of the calories I was allowed to eat. The MFP gave me a limit of 1200 kcal per day. In addition, I try to drink daily 2.5 – 3 liters of water. I hang myself every morning before breakfast.
The logging was obvious to me in terms of the size of the food. That is, my breakfast was always quite healthy (oats with an apple, banana and milk or yogurt), but it was rather shocking to see how little oats I was allowed to add to my miss to save my limit!
I never knew how to cook before, I even hated her and was glad that my husband did it (and the boy, that his food was very rich in calories). But with me, wanting to count calories, I started cooking for us, and although I still cannot say that I like it, I no longer hate it. It is good to know what we have on our plates and that we have healthy dishes!
In the first weeks I often cooked a lot of Quinoa or Couscous with vegetables and not very small meat, but this is not what my husband wants to eat every day of the week, so I added rice to our meal plan (also stretched with a lot of vegetables and fish or birds), replaced the usual cream for reduced fat versions or sour cream, banned the oil from our pans (they have a non-stick coating in the end).
I cook “normal” meals for 1 or 2 days a week, as before, when I started watching my calories (still replacing cream for the best alternatives), but I would only eat a small portion to match my calorie target. That means we still have Spaghetti, or wraps, or even Döner. 🙂
First of all, it was great to feel hunger again – in the past I would have eaten so much during the day when it was no longer there, now that lunch is nearing, there is a pleasant appetite. I also feel much less bloated – no longer pulping or abdominal pain.
The most remarkable difference is, of course, the appearance. After a while, the clothes became much better (3-4 weeks at the beginning of my journey), now I can no longer wear my old trousers from working clothes, because they will not stay where they belong!
I myself see the difference when it comes to my body from the neck, I still do not see the difference in my face when I look in the mirror (although it’s clear to me what I see in the pictures, I think my mind needs some time).
Since this time I want to do everything right and I want my weight loss to be sustainable, I am terribly afraid of failures and situations when I do not control the situation, for example, I will go with friends, social meetings, etc. For example, I celebrated my last week's birthday, and I knew that I would eat a piece of cake, and that my parents would bring my husband and me to dinner, so I only had a small breakfast and I made a healthy choice in a restaurant, but also had a dessert, and it emphasizes me that I cannot write all this for sure.
At the moment it is impossible for me to enjoy food, as I used to … my mind always turns around what is allowed to me and that too much. I really miss typing myself in sweets and a normal meal, and don't waste the thought of it (it sounds absurd, but the way it is)
Refractory people who do not understand that I am not dieting, but have changed how I eat. My mother asks how long I will “do this diet,” and I always tell her “for the rest of my life if everything goes according to plan.” Or people who do not accept "no" when they offer alcohol, desserts, snacks.
My goal weight is in my hands (I target 132 kg (60 kg)). I hope to go on stage, where I can maintain my weight and, maybe, only weigh myself once a week. It would be great to develop a sense of portion sizes so that daily calorie counting is not mandatory, but I know that it will accompany me for the rest of my life.
Any tips and tricks from your people are more than welcome!
TLDR (too long, did not read)
Got a lot of weight over the past year, could no longer fasten my pants, finally decided to lose it using pure CICO (1200 kcal / day) and MFP, still no exercise. After 3 months I am only 5 pounds off my weight.
Growth: 5 & # 39; 7 & # 39; & # 39;
Initial weight: 164.2 pounds (74.5 kg)
Current weight: 136.4 pounds (61.9 kg)
Lost: 27.7 pounds (12.6 kg)
Before and after (NSFW)
Bonus: Some dishes I was proud of 1 2
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