Jan 6

Weight Loss Wednesdays 2010 Kick-Off

Today we kick off the new year of Weight Loss Wednesdays. Now, if you haven’t joined our little cyber group of girlfriends, don’t fret! Newcomers are always welcome. You can get caught up by clicking on Weight Loss Wednesdays in the side bar. Just leave a comment on the last post listed there. You can read the others, if you’d like, but it isn’t imperative. Just hop over each Wednesday to join us and check in with how you are doing. You don’t have to tell us what you weigh. You can tell us how much or little the scale moved, if you want. The point is accountability and encouragement for each other. We’d love to have you!

It feels so good to be through the holidays and back into my regular routine. While I love taking time off from schooling, blogging, etc and doing up Christmas and New Years big, there is something to be said for normal, daily days. They feel familiar and comforting.

So, how did your eating go over the holidays? Which of the three plans did you choose? Were you glad you did or regretful?

I choose plan number two opt to sample the goodies in a sensible and occasional manner, savoring them slowly and hope to just maintain my current weight and not gain or lose.”

What it looked like was this:

  • Actually planning out at which functions I would sample a treat and at which ones I’d only sip herb tea or decaf coffee.
  • Purposefully eating a small salad for lunch on the days I wanted to indulge in a holiday goodie or two in the evening.
  • Intentionally waiting until there was only one piece of peanut butter fudge or serving of eggnog left before sampling. That way, if I wanted to binge on more, there wasn’t any!

I also tried to keep up with moving more by walking, doing light weight training and visiting the gym, although I couldn’t always make it there. My goal was just to maintain my current weight or maybe see the scale only go up a pound or so in this two week span since we last met here. That would have been grand!

However, it seems my eating habits and appetite have really changed since we began in October. I just don’t pack away the food like I used to. And I felt full just sampling those Christmas treats. One piece of fudge was plenty instead of 5 or 6.

In fact, I am amazed at just how little food a gal really needs to live.

So, my plan to “sample sensibly” and try to keep moving paid off. I really expected to stay the same weight. However, when I hopped on the scale today, I discovered I actually lost 5.5 pounds.

Ladies, that is a major miracle! 5.5 pounds lost over the two-week holiday span….without writing down my calories; by just being sensible. God is good…..

And I did not starve myself. Over the last two weeks I had fudge and turkey with potatoes and dark chocolate from my stocking and spinach dip and cheese and crackers and four pieces of black forest cake! And I ate out twice too!

The key was, the rest of the time, I ate veggies and lean meats; fruits and whole grains.

It was a fun two weeks “off” my normal routine and the results made me happy. If I had been super strict, eating celery sticks while the rest of the world celebrated, I would have lost more weight. My guess is though, I would have only lasted so long, felt deprived and left out, threw in the towel and gorged.

Then this morning the scale would have showed at least 5.5 pounds in the other direction!

Now it is back to recording my calories and hitting the gym 3 or more days a week.

Normal.

Routine.

Wonderful.

Now, let’s hear how your time away from our little support group has gone. Please still comment even if you gained some or perhaps totally blew it over the holidays. It is a New Year and time to start fresh, right?!?!

And, no matter if you are a regular, a returner or a newbee, please tell us your goal. How much would you like to lose? Or how many sizes would you like to go down? Also, if you have been here since last year, how much weight have you dropped? I’d love to figure out our total and post it next week!

Also, stay tuned to WLW over the next weeks and months. We’ll be having some special guest posts, sharing recipes and winning giveaways!

But most of all, we’ll be encouraging each other on our journey to a healthy lifestyle and weight…..

Now leave your comments. I’ll go first.

My goal is to be a size 10. I started a size 22-24; got down to that size 10; then when I regained weight, I went back up to a 16-18. Right now I am a 14, but some of my 12s are starting to fit. And, since we began in mid-October, I am down 29.4 pounds!

I could NOT have come this far without you all! Thank you!!!!

Your turn- how were your holidays? Or what is your goal? Or how much have you lost by being part of WLW?

Or all of the above! :-)

New Year’s WLW Blessings,

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Comments

  1. The holidays werevery tempting and I did not do well with my plan.

    I have begun again at paying attention to what i am eating and how much. Trying to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Which is hard this time of the year when the selections in the store are not very appealing.

    I need to begin exercising. Not sure what to do there.

    I am hoping to go down one size.

  2. Well, it is the start of a new year and I am resolved to eat for the glory of God not my stomach or emotions. I am looking forward and not backward pressing on to the goal. I am hoping the encouragement I get from this group will help me to realize that goal once and for all!!!

  3. I failled miserably through this past week. Sampled everything and now paying for it by what the scale says, but also the mind games of you can’t do this….
    Time to get back on track.
    My goal for the next week? Be down 2 #’s by next week Wednesday.
    Thanks for your encouragement and honesty!!

  4. I also bought a DVD by Leslie Sansone..walk off the pounds.
    It gets me moving.

  5. My plan for the holidays…the stomach flu. Ok so maybe it wasn’t planned. Maybe it was God saving me from myself. Or maybe it was my turn since it was making a path of distruction through my family. My birthday is the day after Christmas so I was down for the count on both Christmas and my birthday. I am down 2 lbs and most of the extra “bad” foods are finally gone from our house. I live in MI so needless to say it’s too stinkin’ cold to walk outside but we passed a bond and built a brand new high school and to “pay us back” we get to walk indoors on the track during the winter – so with kids back to school we can return to walking in the evenings…in warmth! Felt good to walk and even run on Monday night. Going again tonight after Girl Scouts.

  6. My long term goal is to lose 43 pounds-short term goal is 10 pounds this month. I am down 2.4. I did well over the holidays and have been able to maintain but now I want to lose it, lose it for good!!
    I also felt good in a size 10 but I am not sure now that I am older if that will remain my desiered size. I want to be healthy, I want to feel healthy and good in the body God has given me~that is my real desire. What ever size or whatever number that is what I would like to maintain.

  7. I had lost 28 pounds since August. Since Thanksgiving, I have gained 7 back – but since the first of December, I did not record in my food journal so all in all, I’m not surprised but not too terribly disappointed as I unfortunately went back into the routine of eating what I wanted, when I wanted and as much as I wanted. I am that horrible term of “morbidly obese.” What ugly words. My goal is to just get out of the 2’s (weigh 199, wear a size 18) and when I get there if I feel called to go lower, I will. I have 106# to remove to get to 199. I restarted Monday and again am full of focus and motivation. Thank you, Karen, for starting this. I have been reading your blog every day for awhile now (all the way back to when you originally posted about your weight loss) but it took me until last August to put your counting calorie system to work. The accountability is something I was missing in earlier weight loss attempts. Here’s to “Getting Thin in 2010!”

  8. That is amazing, Karen!!! Wow.
    Debbie, awesome on your loss over the past few months!
    Well, ladies, let me be your lesson…I am right back to where I started! I regained the 3 measly pounds I lost. I think I’m more stumped over the small amount I’ve lost over all that time, then what happened over the holidays. Honestly, I’ve been exercising since April and I never dropped a size, but I did like seeing my arms and legs tone up.
    The weight started to drop when you urged us to journal the food.
    Yes, I chose option 2, I didn’t keep track or exercise. I didn’t overeat at the feasts. But I did have too much temptation in the house that I should have removed sooner. My husband was home since Christmas Eve till 2 days ago. I do not exercise when he’s around.
    So those are my lame excuses. Seeing a pattern? I think it’s my attitude. I think I don’t care. I thought I did, though. I do care about getting healthy, preventing diabetes, preventing heart disease, looking better, being an example to my kids. Maybe I just don’t care enough?
    I think a goal is going to help me, that’s probably another key, huh? :P I vowed to lose 15# for Pound for Pound, but I haven’t given myself a time to do that. I am not sure what reasonable loss in amount of time is. Is 3 months too long?

  9. Wow Karen! Those are some impressive numbers! I am basically starting as of this last Monday. I had done well over the holidays but a road trip to see an ailing relative did me in. With 5 hours in the back of the van, two kids under 5, and a family that centers their trips around food, it was hard to lose anything. I gained 3 pounds from the trip. I know it’s not too bad but I had really maintained over the holiday. So, as of Monday I have started to write down my calories and I have exercised 30 minutes both cardio and light weight training. My first goal is 10%. So I want to lose 19 pounds. As of this morning I have lost those pesky 3 pounds from the trip! I’m sooooooo excited! Just think how much more I can lose as I keep this up!!! Karen, do you think you could post the mathmatic equation again on how to figure out your resting caloric intake? (I remember it from your talk at Hearts at Home) I think it would be a great tool for everyone!!! Thanks to everyone! peace and blessing!

  10. Hi everyone. Although I have been keeping up with this site, I haven’t joined in. My weight has been up and down my whole life. After my husband had a heart attack in September, I became serious again. I have had great success following the plan he is suppossed to be following and exercising faithfully. I have made good choices and limited my sodium intake, which helps elimanate water intake. I am done 21.2 pounds PTL! I have 1.4 more to go to hit my goal weight. My problem now is staying motivated. I can be very motivated at first, but now that the weight is mostly off, I tend to want to slack with eating and exercise thinking it won’t hurt to nibble or snack just this once. So, I’m joining in hoping it will help me to STAY on track , not just when I’m trying to lose, but trying to stay this way period. Any help would be appreciated. Am praying for all of us.

  11. Wow, Karen! Great Job! What an inspiration you are!

    I’m back at it again-hopeful to get to a size 6 (which is really where I should be based on my height (short) and age (young at heart). I would be happy at a size 8 but we shall see.

    My kids really need to focus more on regular exercise as well, but I certainly haven’t set a good example for them. My 17 y.o. daughter and I have started playing various WII games every other night. I am SOO SORE today but what a great feeling!

    I’m very fortunate that I work from home. My husband made me a treadmill desktop so I can work while walking. Yes, it really can be done! Takes a time or two to get ‘adjusted’ but it’s really, really easy. I have been trying to walk for 60 minutes at 1mph (No incline) and work each day. It burns over 100 calories, and it really is no big deal.

    I’m also back to writing EVERYTHING down. I can honestly say that I didn’t gain anything over the holiday seasons but I didn’t make good choices-too much chocolate that has impacted my skin (yes, I still get pimples-what’s up with that!).

    Good luck in the coming week, everyone!

  12. Way to go Karen and everyone else! Even for those of you who gained, it’s great that you are posting. I lost 1 lb but I think that’s pretty much miraculous! I went with option #2 because I knew that if I went crazy and just threw in the towel and ate whatever/whenever I wanted over X-mas it’d be that much harder getting back in the swing of things; I didn’t do option 3 because I knew that if I was overly strict and didn’t allow myself any treats I’d eventually gorge out of extreme frustration! :) (I think women’s bodies are made for sweets anyway!—in moderation of course.)

    I have to say, I LOVE working out at home to dvds….I used to belong to a gym and I found myself making more and more excuses why I couldn’t go-“too tired”, “I have to make supper”, “My daughter’s sick and needs her mommy”, “I’ll go tomorrow,” etc. Now, however, I roll out of bed, get my workout clothes on and start exercising before my daughter gets up in the morning. I get it done and overwith and I feel great!

    I still allow myself to have one treat most days and then I feel balanced….I LOVE sweets. I guess what helped me during X-mas is that I’m not a real ‘chip/snack food’ person. I am, however, a CHOCOLATE JUNKY!!! I dont’ really eat storebought cookies and things but I LOVE homemade cookies, candy, etc. That’s probably why I’m always baking things myself because that way I know the nutrition content.

    ***Donna-way to go with your weight loss and almost reaching your goal weight! Almost 3 yrs ago I lost 35 lbs and I’ve kept it off. You’re right, once you lose the weight, it’s tempting to stop and go back to old habits…BUT DON’T DO IT!! Trust me, the pay off is wonderful….I have energy I didn’t have lugging around that extra 35 lbs and I have more endurance to keep up with my daughter. Don’t look at it as a diet; look at it as a healthy journey you are on. Take one day at a time and please don’t give up. :)

    ***Kimberlee-1-2 lb weightloss per week is reasonable, so to lose 15 lbs based on that it could take you at least 7-8 weeks. I don’t think 3 mo. is unrealistic. It’s better to lose slowly than all at once.
    -Amy V.

  13. Thanks, Amy!
    So here’s my goal…by March 3 I plan to be down 15#! Ugh, I’m scared I’m not going to be able to!!

    Has anyone ever done that 1st Place study? I’m considering doing it (alone), but want to make sure it’s worth it.

  14. Kimberlee,

    My daughter (a registered nurse) led the First Place study at our church after the birth of my granddaughter. She needed to lose about 20 pounds and by being the leader/nurse, she succeeded as did everyone in the group. That was 7 years ago and she has kept it off. I looked at the book thinking I could do it myself, too, but decided it was more of a group thing but it may be just what you need to help you. Good luck.

  15. Hello Ladies! I’m brand new at posting although I’ve been lurking for a little while. I’ve decided that I might as well be accountable and try and get to where I really want to be. Currently I am at a size 20 and would like to lose a total of 75 pounds to be at my wedding weight. That is a little too daunting at the moment so I’m just trying to get out of the 200s. I have made the goal to just go slow and steady and stop thinking I’m going to lose 20 pounds in one week like a certain show on tv portrays.

    For Christmas I blew it, but not as bad as what it probably would have been if I wasn’t thinking about weight loss. I did gain a bunch, but after this past week really trying to be good and recording my food, I am back down 4 pounds from the highest I was during the Christmas break. That feels really good and I will continue slow and steady.

  16. You can do it Kimberlee! As I told Donna, just take one day (or even one meal!) at a time. Don’t give up if you eat that 2nd (or 3rd) brownie–just be aware of it and eat better at the next meal–and DON’T beat yourself up over it; we’ve all done it. (Been there, done that!) Movement is so important. I’ve never heard of that study you’re talking about but I work out at home to dvds–here’s how I got started: I borrowed workout dvds from my public library. I found some I loved and then bought them! I also get them from Netflix to try out and if I like those, I’ll buy them online or at Target or wherever. I’ve got quite a collection going! Just some helpful tips. :)

    Please let us know how you’re doing each week.

  17. Way to go Karen…you are such an inspiration to all of us.
    My goal thru Christmas was to maintain and not gain. And I was able to do that. Praise God! I too, found that just a few bites of the sweet stuff was enough! Now I’m ready to start again with the new year. I like the motto someone used”Getting thin in 2010″. We can do it girls, just one day at a time. I’ve been with WLW simce it started in mid-oct and have lost a total of 10 lbs. My next goal is to lose another 10. Thanks Karen and others for your encouragement.

  18. I joined this group last week, but started watching my food intake in mid-November. I lost two pounds in the first three weeks, and yesterday was at the doctor’s office with a child and stepped on the scale. I dropped one more pound over the holidays. That really surprised me, since I had chosen option #2. My goal was to stay the same, and I was so happy that I lost one more pound!
    I am trying to make manageable goals – I would rather set small goals that I can attain, rather than lofty goals and fail. Not sure if that mindset it right or wrong, but that’s what I am doing.
    I would love to get back into a size 8, which I think is reasonable for my age and height. I am currently a size 12. But regardless of where I end up with dress size, the main thing is that I am healthy and strong.
    I have a question regarding writing food down and measuring portions – I did that for the first few weeks, but got a lot of questions from my daughters. I stopped over the holidays when my oldest came home from college, and just tried to eyeball things and stay away from junk food. I do think I do better when I write and measure, BUT I have concerns about giving the wrong message to my other girls at home, who are nine and five. I DO NOT want to give the wrong impression to my daughters because the world emphasizes looks. How do I emphasize health without making them self-conscious about their appearance? Does anyone know what I mean or have any advice?

  19. Wow Karen you’ve done a great job. I went with option #2 and today when I weighed in I lost 1 pound. So I am happy especially since I didn’t gain. It was nice to have my boys home from college but I am also glad to get into a regular routine again. I would like to be down five pounds this month. I hope everyone has a good week.

  20. what an awesome thing, to have a support group for this journey! thanks kimberlee, for giving me this site! if it’s not too late, I would love to be accountable here. I did join a class at big picture scrapbooking that is called: wellness and that is helping too! I have lost 3lbs. since Monday. I have 28lbs to go. tara

  21. Crystal,

    I was very overweight when my two daughters were growing up. They were also 4 years apart as are yours. Neither were overweight while growing up. The oldest is now 34 and at a perfect weight for her. The youngest is now 30 and 75 pounds overweight (but in her defense she just had my third grandson). You don’t say whether your daughters are overweight. The world does emphasize looks but looks can also be perceived as healthy. I am 125 pounds overweight. I’ve worked for an attorney for 27 years and have always had to dress nice, hair done, make up, etc. While I think I wordly look presentable, I know I do not look healthy or even as physically wordly attractive as perhaps I could be because of the excess weight. Maybe the answer is healthy looks leads to wordly good looks? I don’t believe there is anything wrong with being a beautiful person outside as well as inside. I do know that it is important for our children/grandchildren to be healthy and at an acceptable healthy weight. I’m just not sure how we get there with children without making them self-conscious or messing with their self-esteem. Again, I don’t know so I probably shouldn’t even post this comment but I guess I will anyway.

  22. Thankfully, I didn’t gain over the holidays…. only thanks to nursing a newborn fulltime! But…. yesterday, I hit restart. And…. I did something monumental: worked out for the first time in TEN YEARS! Woa (and yes, I AM sore today!) I have decided to make my weight loss goals in small chunks this time (I have SO far to go that I get overwhelmed at the TOTAL goal). My first goal: to weigh less than my husband (8 pounds to lose!) Blessings to all of you! Have a great week!

  23. We did “hold it for the Holidays” at work. We weighed in before Thanksgiving and we weighed in today. I was down three pounds, so I’m excited for that. I still have 25 pounds to go. I’m wondering with the formula that you use to calculate your calorie intake – what do you find most helpful as a calorie counter? A certain book or website? I’ve been counting points with weight watchers and I’m thinking about “switching” things up.

  24. Thanks Amy for the encouragement. I’m not giving up. I’m already motivated just from all the posts I have read. I also like working out to dvd’s. I have found some good excercise routines on direct tv. I have recorded some and watch them when I can’t walk, which is my favorite thing to do. In fact, even though it is cold, I’m gonna go out for some fresh cold air and a brisk walk. Thanx everyone!

  25. Hi, I have just joined yesterday and won’t weigh until Saturday as that is my WW weigh-in day. I haven’t been for 4 weeks and definitely didn’t watch what I ate over the Christmas/New Year time so I’m not really looking forward to going but know that I have to start again sometime.
    My goal for this year is to get to my goal weight, which when I stopped going last year was only 10 kilos but who knows now. Also, more importantly, I want to learn self-control around food. I had been doing ok but have slipped up big time recently. Back to recording my food intake and sticking to my WW points! Exercise is a bit difficult for me at the moment as kids are on school hols. I just need to make myself get up and exercise before hubby goes to work. Mmm, will see how that goes. Anyway, hope you all have a great week and thanks Karen for this opportunity, its the spiritual support and accountability that WW doesn’t supply, exactly what I needed.

  26. Way to go Karen on your weight loss over the holidays and your total since you started! I know that must be so exciting for you!

    Since I started paying attention and being intentional about losing weight I have lost 9 lbs. I was up and down over Christmas but for the most part maintained, stayed exercising and enjoyed some holiday goodies. One interesting thing is that I moved down a size which was a huge boost.

    My goal in 2010 is to lose 52 pounds. Because of some past issues I have to set reasonable goals and 1 lb lost a week seems reasonable. If more happens to come off then bonus for me! I also plan to exercise 4-5x a week.

  27. Mary Ruth says:

    I maintained my weight after a month of not weighing myself at all.

    God is a God of MIRACLES!

  28. Jennifer Renee says:

    I’ve been reading these comments and trying to get encouraged. Right now I’m a little depressed about trying to lose weight and the craving I’m having right now for fried shrimp is not helping. Over Christmas I enjoyed myself and indulged. I was able to turn down cookies my sister tried to offer me but that was because I was full from eating everything I offered to myself. My weight stayed the same.I started trying to exercise. I’m trying to eat healthier, no starches, and drink more water. I want to say that I appreciate these comments. Up until last November I worked for a small business where we sold herbal weight loss products. I also used the products and went from a size 16 to a size 8 in four months. This happened eight years ago and I’ve gained a little back. I was worried that by not working for this company I’d gain my weight bak but then I found this blog and I now have new encouragement.
    Thank you Karen!!

  29. We are on a new morning schedule and I completely forgot to weigh this morning. When I weighed yesterday, I had stayed about the same. I went with option #2. I weighed periodically over the last couple of weeks so I knew I was staying within a pound or so of where I was.

    My long-term goal is to lose 75 pounds and be a size 10-12. As others have said, feeling healthy is more important to me than size. I like what I read on Shari Braendel’s blog. She said she advises people to cut the tags out of their clothes so they forget what size they are. Just focus on what looks and feels great. (In addition to trying to lose weight, I’m trying to FIND my long-lost style). I lost twenty pounds last year. I would really like to lose at least 50 of the 75 this year. I plan to continue with my healthy eating plan and try to add in additional exercise. I plan to continue working out first thing in the morning and then work out again with my 10 year old dd(walk outside, wii workout, Fit Kids dvd, etc.) in the afternoons.

  30. All the leftovers are gone – hallelujah!! I would like to drop 15-20 lbs, which I have been unsuccessfully trying to do for several years now. I’m hoping this will be the year, but know I need to be more serious about it. I just love food and though I don’t eat terribly, I’m sure I could eat smarter.

    Great job Karen!!! You and this whole group are a great encouragement.

  31. Amy V., you are so right! This needs to be a lifestyle change, NOT a diet. As for me, the minute I think ‘diet’ I am immediately hungry! I try to watch what I eat, pay attention to portion control and exercise 4 or more days per week.
    I was doing that faithfully for 6 months and lost a total of 8 little pounds. groan. Doctor said it was all stress related.
    Fat goes into survival mode. (we are in foreclosure) I am trying not to be discouraged and stay focused on getting in that exercise no matter what.
    At least if the pounds don’t budge for now, at least I will feel stronger. And the exercise really helps my head stay clear.
    For now, these two things need to be priority. I can worry about the numbers on the scale at a little later date. I need the accountability to just keep moving.

  32. hi there! i am new to weight loss wednesdays. i enjoy reading everyone’s posts and i hope you all can help hold me accountable :-) i am looking to lose about 75 pounds, so i have a long way to go. i appreciate all of your stories and advice! many blessings to each of you in 2010!

  33. mwdurham4 says:

    Ok. Hitting the re-start button. I went with option #2 as well…but, I wasn’t successful. I did not keep watch over my eating and I did not exercise. I gained 2 lbs back :(. Why is it so much easier to gain weight than it is to lose it? But, I am getting back on track. I plan to lose 25-30lbs. I am currently a size 14. According to my height and stature I should be a size 6-8. So, I am shooting for that. Please pray for me to be committed and to “do the work”.

  34. GinaofHOPE says:

    I’m a newbie… I just found your site through T. Suzanne Eller’s link… I went to the doctor today- I lost 6 lbs over the holidays, not following any particular plan- but trying to be intentional about what I eat and when… and trying to eat more natural foods.
    I need to lose over 100 pounds. My short-term goal is 32 pounds. I hope to lose that in 6 months or less… God help me!

  35. Karen Ehman says:

    Hi ladies–
    I am just hopping on now and reading all of the comments. It has been a very full day for me with a few major stressers. Seeing all of your comments, your committments and your goals just makes me so proud of ALL of you . And it helps me to stay motivated while taking the rest of this weight off. And keeps me from reaching for the sugary or salty snacks due to said stressers!
    Keep up the good work! I will try to hop on over the weekend and address some of the questions mentioned in the comments. In the mean time, feel free to hop on and chat with each other.
    Cyber {{(HUGS)}} to you all!
    Karen

  36. I’ve been visiting your blog for a while, skipping over the Wednesday posts…but now’s the time. My ultimate goal is to have a healthy BMI. Now I’m in the “morbidly obese” catergory and that just isn’t acceptable any longer. I’ve tried dieting in the past, with good results, but I have failed to make true lifestyle changes. I think this year will be different. I’m super excited that I baked a cake tonight for my family and I didn’t even feel tempted to take a nibble (or lick the icing knife). That isn’t normal for me. Nope. Not at all. I’m a bread and sugar junky.

    My short-term goal is to lose 25lbs by the end of March. Good luck to everyone.

  37. Hi everyone,

    We were gone for 8 days over Christmas break and boy did i discover that it’s hard to eat healthy when not in your own kitchen! I did ok at meal time but there were way too many things to sample inbetween! It was also hard to exercise since there had been freezing rain so everything was very icy. I did take a Leslie Sansone dvd with me but wasn’t able to do it until we got to my parents house. Then my mom and I worked out 3 times. It was fun to have my 70 yr old mom get excited about a home workout. We actually bought the same dvd for her to use! Since we’ve been back home, I have gotten a few more workouts in but need to get back into the routine of writing down what I eat. So far I have lost 22#. My goal is to lose a total of 40-50# and I would love to fit in a size 10 again.
    Rebecca Ann

  38. I am a returnee…started with you but then didn’t continue…thanks for the encouragement to come back and try again!

    My goal is to be healthy and to be obedient to the Lord…and to lose 50 pounds!

  39. Thanks for sharing your story, Karen. I appreciate the encouragement from your success and struggle.

    I did pretty good this Christmas. Tera, your birthday is the day after Christmas, mine is the day before. :) Because of a new scale that weighed me different, I don’t know where I am for the total, but I am down a pound and a half from last week. I’m encouraged by that, and I’ll be back to trying harder this week. When I got on the scale last week, I realized I was at the same weight I was at when I was nine months pregnant with my first child. *sigh* I want to get off 30 pounds this year. I think that is a reasonable goal, and I’m sticking to it!

  40. Congratulations, Karen! I’m so proud of you!

    I haven’t been doing nearly as well, although the last four days or so I have been very disciplined with my eating and my exercise, so perhaps I’ll start seeing results again soon. My personal goal is to be down ten pounds by my birthday at the end of February–I think I can do it!

  41. Hello Everyone-

    The holidays were hard and up and down for me weight wise. I have been batttling very hard kidney stones since October. This past Monday was my 3rd procedure (shock wave blasting). It has been hard to watch what I eat since much of the time I have been in pain and not really able to cook as I would like. And not able to excercise at all.

    At any rate I have hopes that the procedure was a success and will start my excercise program next Monday (a week after surgery). Healthy eating starts today, since I am feeling better.

    I would like to lose 25 pounds by my birthday in October. I know I can do it.

    Wendy

  42. I am back on track this week. Congrats on your weight loss, Karen! I am so thankful that you are doing weight loss Wednesday on your blog. I want to lose over 50 lbs this year.

  43. WOW, Congratulations Karen and those of you who lost or maintained. I lost control with eating and being lazy and therefore went up 3 pounds. I had only lost 2 since starting in November.

    I have a good 100 pounds to loose, but right now I would be happy with getting to 199. I would love to wear a size 16. The big goal for me is to eat healthy and be active to set a good example for my daughter who is 9. She is now this past year become overweight like me. I struggle with not telling her that she needs to loose pounds, but not sure how to tell her what she needs to hear. I think one of the best things is to be a positive role model to her as ultimately it is because I don’t eat right that I can’t make her eat right either.

    I have heard that 2010 is supposed to be a good year for changes, so hopefully this will be it for me.

    THanks for all the encouragement.

  44. Hello Ladies!! Happy New Year! I love the whole “new year” concept. I know it’s silly, but it just feels like such a great opportunity to start over. I’ve lost the same 5#’s over the last several months. I could maybe total that to 20 or 30 pounds but the scale never moved down. lol :) I kind of went with the eat everything you can lay your hands on plan over the holiday’s, but I kept exercising and am only up 3. I am very motivated now and a friend and I have purchased a book called Spiritual Secrets to Weight Loss and are using each other as accountability partners, as well as all of you. I have a good 75# to loose, but mostly will just go until I can face myself in the mirror without cringing! I want to be healthy, and not hurt because my bones don’t like the excess weight! I did find out on the 23rd that I have hypothyroid issues and am on medication. I’m feeling much better, but will be happier when my hair stops falling out! I’m really hoping that getting that straightened out will help me because my body seems to be quite fond of the excess weight and I have a REALLY hard time loosing weight. I’m thinking I’d have to do celery every meal and exercise an hour every day to get 5.5 # off in 2 weeks! But, I’m ready and I so appreicate having all you girls to turn to! Have a great week and GOOD LUCK TO US ALL!

  45. Just joining you for a little group support. I did have a little aha moment last night though. I have been having trouble with my foot so excercise has not been an option for me (or so I thought). Last night I was watching the new “Biggest Loser” and they were using the stationary bicycle–it hadn’t even occured to me that I could do that–why didn’t I think of that sooner?

  46. I thank God for all His help. On Dec. 21st, 2009, my doctor sent me for blood work, especially for diabetes testing.
    That day after asking God for help, I came across this blog through Making a House a Home. Ever since then I have been encouraged and blessed through Karen’s blog, too!

    My short term goal is to lose 23 lbs. Eventually, I’d like to reach my healthy weight.
    Thank God I’ve lost 5 lbs. since Dec. 21, 2009!

  47. Karen, congrats!! That is amazing! I have no doubt you’ll lose what you’ve set out to.

    As for all the rest of you, my sisters, so will you! God be our strength, and to Him be the glory for all that we accomplish.

    I’ve struggled my whole life with my weight, but these last few years have been some of the hardest for me. I have hypothyroidism, which is not an excuse for allowing myself to get so big, but it doesn’t help with trying to lose the weight now.

    I have lost and maintained almost 40lbs, but I want to go at least another 40, if not more. I was at a point where I was seeing some good results, but allowed myself to gain weight again and now I’m struggling to get back off what I had regained.(10lbs)

    As of January 1, I started following Fit for My King by Sheri Rose Shepherd I’ll be honest and say I’m not following it totally to her specifics, but I’m doing pretty close to it. Amazingly!

    I also bit the bullet and signed up at the gym. I need the accountability. I’ve tried home videos and the Wii, but I’m not consistant enough. *sigh*

    Awhile back, I started a group called Temples of Hope at our Meeting House(church)… and another most of the people have slacked off, my mother, and my aunt are meeting at my house with me on Tuesday mornings. We are doing a First Place Bible Study… but not the program. We pray and try to keep each other accountable. Something I really need.(Obviously) If you’d like to find out what Temples of Hope means, you can check my blog here Sojourner.

    Praying your week is filled with blessings!

  48. Congrats Karen. I wish I had positive progress to report. I totally let myself go over the holidays. I need to lose 15 – 20 pounds. I’ve got the exercise thing down, but my eating habits are horrible. I’m so frustrated. I feel lowsy and know it’s a result of my eating, yet continue to make terribly unhealthy choices. I am very happy to have found this site. Please, let’s all keep praying for each other!!

  49. Hello Ladies!
    I have been reading this site for a while now, but haven’t posted. I hate to say that over the holiday’s I did not restrain myself from any food really at all and I completely abandoned my mostly inconsistent workout plan. I am trying to find a workout program I can enjoy and feel good about. I am not sure that exists. As for food, I just need to get better at cooking consistently rather then letting myself become tempted with eating out. A love affair I fall into, no mess no hassle. Not an excuse especially since I like to cook. Really my goal is to eat healthier and lose maybe 5 to 10 pounds. I am in a “healthy” weight range, however I get winded walking up the stairs which tells me I need to take care of my body. I had pneumonia in October and my body has really suffered. I am hoping with the accountability I will do better then previous attempts. Thanks all for the encouragement :) I will be praying.

  50. WooHoo! Glad to hear that you’re continuing to do well, Karen!

    I’m weighing in -1 pounds—but am coming off a little flu bug so got a little help there. Since early November I’ve lost 7. Am shooting for another 7 by Valentine’s Day, and another 7 (good Scriptural number, no?) by Easter.

    It is easy to see weight loss only as the world does (worldly good looks, as Debbie mentions), but I am also trying to keep this a spiritual journey, taking better care of the healthy body He’s given me. I plan to review Karen’s WLW posts again.

    Kimberlee, I have a friend who has lead 1st Place small groups at her church and has always said it is an excellent program, very much tying the physical and spiritual discipline together.

    Have a great week, each of you, with Jesus by your side.

  51. Oh. Other goals: I’d love to wear sleeveless dresses and tops this summer. And be down at least one bra size. And wear my belts before my daughters wear them out.

  52. Ok, so I went to Weight Watchers and got on the scales. I gained !.2kg over my 4 week Christmas break! But that’s fine. I know that I have lost weight this week since I got my eating back on track. So, back to it, sticking to my points and being self-controlled. Hope you all are having a healthy week.

  53. I’m really confused. I’m stumped. I’m checking back in today, even though I did Wed. Wed it looked like I was right back to where I started. Understandable. I had exercised MTW, that was it. This morning I got back on the scale, I don’t normally and I am back down those 3# I had gained!? How did that happen?? I really wish I knew. Because if it meant I lose 1# every day I exercise, then I’d reach my first goal in less than 15 days! LOL It cannot be that easy!
    Oh, and I am now a week before my period. I don’t normally retain water and never see weight fluctuations due to my cycle. So this is just a mystery to me.

  54. Marco Satyro says:

    Help me! I’ve been struggling to lose weight for the past 5 years, and I can’t stop my indulgence in beef and pastries. My wife now thinks I’m a fat loser, and will not have sex with me! Please let me know any weight loss advice. My email is: msatyro@ucalgary.ca

  55. I’d like to trim down & shape up by this summer; so, I can hike up Harney Peak with my family this summer! My plan is to do some in-home walking 3 x’s a week and Curves at least 2 x’s per week.

  56. Thanks for the incentive to restart WLW. I am checking in here to see what others find helpful, but also a friend from MI and I SD (where it is really COLD -20) are keeping each other accountable with what we eat. I am amazed at how little I have been eating and feeling great. Staying away from bread completely and that is difficult as I bake my own.
    The only sweet I am having once a day is a little caramel round candy called Nips and they have 30 calories. Nice to have with a cup of coffee. I am also riding the stationary bike and doing Leslie Sansone’s one mile walk.
    Best of everything to all of you!

  57. Love the idea of WLW. Thanks for providing the forum. I’ve been up and down several times over the years and as I’ve gotten older, my problem area is really ingesting too much sugar. So, I’ve started Monday really cutting back sugar again. I’d like to lose about 35-40 pounds. I used to love to exercise but have gotten away from it, so another goal. Overall, I’m living by the mantra “fit by forty”, which will be in November this year.

  58. I’m having a hard time sticking to my calorie budget. However, writing down what I eat has made me more aware of what I’m eating, so I guess that’s a start. The good news is that I have been exercising more. That is the only way that I can account for the 1 lb. I lost this week. I am going to have to really try this week not to binge (pms). I am definitely a meat & potatoes gal. I’ve tried eating apples in a pie and pineapple in an upside down cake, but they just don’t seem to work the way I’d hoped. Does anyone have any good ideas for those who don’t really like raw fruits and veggies very much?

  59. Okay so I am thinking to be serious about this I may have to actually invest in a scale. Hate dieting and exercising but need to get healthier and want to look better too.

  60. kimberlee says:

    Hi Jenine, do you know what exactly you don’t like about raw veggies/fruit? If you can figure out if it’s taste or texture or what, then maybe we have some good recipes or creative ideas. Have you tried smoothies? I don’t know if this is such a great idea, you have to watch the sodium/calories/fat invthese meals, but casseroles, pot pie & stir fry offer ways of gettting a variety of veggies. There are healthier recipe versions online, you just have to google them.
    Maybe we’ll do a recipe swap sometime.

  61. Hi! I’m just joining because I’m fed up! I had my third baby 10 months ago, and I am struggling loose the last 13 pounds. That might not seem like a lot, but I am short, and even 5 pounds make every bit of difference. I joined weight watchers for the third time, but this time it’s not working for me. I just seem to stay at the same weight. Three months have passed since I started WW, and I have nothing to show for. Ironically, I weigh in on Wednesdays, and after weighing in this morning I turned to Lord. I asked him for help, and he answered this prayer with Proverbs 31 and this blog! Thank you.

  62. Kimberly says:

    Just discovered this site ( I subscribe to the Proverbs 31 Ministry) and have decided to join as I both need & desire to loose weight. I am 5?10? and weigh about 220 lbs. I’ve never been a skinny person, and am fortunate to carry my weight well. People never believe how much I weigh, but I know this is not healthy and that my high blood pressure would probably decrease considerably if I loose weight, not to mention I’d look & feel better.

  63. Looking forward to being encouraged & hopefully encourage others. I lost 39 lbs in 2005. Had a heart attack 2007, foot surgery 2010 & gained back 15 lbs. Struggling to take it off again. I’m 60 years old very active post menopausal. Very difficult journey. My biggest struggle is late night eating. I can’t let it go. It has such a grip on me. I am a born again Christian. That’s it in a nutshell..

  64. Angie Boucher says:

    Hi all!! So I am new to this site. I have lost 60 pounds I have 40 more to go! And they are stubborn 40 pounds!! So I decided I need to figure out why I weighed the amount I did and figure it out in my heart/brain so I don’t go back. So I am doing the “Made to Crave” online bible study and found Karens website through the book. My holiday season goal was to maintain. Which I did and now back to my fitness pal logging! Looking forward in going through this journey with you!!

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