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Old 04-27-2008, 08:50 PM
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Feasible to lose 25 in 3 months?

So I weighed myself this morning - and although I hve been eating "well" and working out 5 days a week, My weight has not budged in 3 weeks. Sigh...I am weighing in at 151. I am 5'4"...I am wearing a 30/31 in most denim. Okay...so I am better now than I was last year at this time, but I have a goal - I;d like to lose 25 lbs by end of July. Question - is this truly feasible? I don't want to lose lean muscle mass - so would this be unhealthy to push to lose 25 in 3 months? I am dead set on ths goal and really want to make this happen - just for me, no one else.

I am not looking for a quick fix per se, but Id like to be back at my highschool weight by mid-summer.

Has anyone ever lost this amount of weight in 3 months? if so, how did you do this without gaining it all back...?
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Old 04-27-2008, 08:54 PM
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It took me about 10 months to lose 40lbs. I have maintained it for the past 5 years. Mostly, all I changed was my diet (counted calories). I did go to the gym but I counted calories very closely to determine the right amount I needed to eat each day to lose about 1-2 lbs a week. I think people will say that losing more than 4-6 lbs a month isn't really a good idea for long lasting weight loss. So maybe you could plan on 10-15 lbs in the next 3 months.

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Old 04-27-2008, 08:56 PM
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Thank you so much!! Ive seen people loose weight rapidly...but they have always gained it back. I am counting calories - well tody was my cheat day, and I filled it trust me - but back on track tomorrow and that is IT.
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I did actually lose about 25lbs in 3-4 months last summer but that was because I pretty much had nothing else to do but go to the gym and watch my diet I also had gained the weight really quickly the school year before, so what you gain quickly will probably drop off quickly. I was also a lot bigger than you, though.
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Old 04-27-2008, 09:02 PM
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well, health experts say you should lose at the most 2 pounds per week. so 3 months = 12 weeks, which would be 24 pounds. so technically, yeah, it's doable. it just depends on how much your body really thinks you need to lose.
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You can lose 2lbs of fat per week. Everything else is a loss in muscle mass and water.

I would be more concerned with losing inches than actual weight.
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Old 04-27-2008, 10:04 PM
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ehhh you are right...Ill do my measurements tomorrow morning...and I gotta stop weighing myself everyday...im becoming obsessed. bad bad bad.

EDIT: I decided to just take my measurements.
Here we go...

natural waist. 30.75" (For vanity sake!) round up to 31"
hips: 40"
bust: 38"
upper thigh...22 inches!! ay yay yay!
arm: 11" but it was hard to do as I was holding the tape on the arm...

So let's see how this changes in, say, 2 weeks...
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Old 04-28-2008, 02:32 AM
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You can lose 2lbs of fat per week. Everything else is a loss in muscle mass and water.

I would be more concerned with losing inches than actual weight.

i agree with this 100%
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Old 04-28-2008, 07:59 AM
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ehhh you are right...Ill do my measurements tomorrow morning...and I gotta stop weighing myself everyday...im becoming obsessed. bad bad bad.

EDIT: I decided to just take my measurements.
Here we go...

natural waist. 30.75" (For vanity sake!) round up to 31"
hips: 40"
bust: 38"
upper thigh...22 inches!! ay yay yay!
arm: 11" but it was hard to do as I was holding the tape on the arm...

So let's see how this changes in, say, 2 weeks...
Hopefully you'll keep us updated because I would love to follow your progress since we have about the same measurements. I just started my whole routine again today and I'm looking to lose about the same amount of weight or until I can see muscle and also get down to a 28" waist.
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^ holy crud me toO!! im trying to get down to a 28" waist
I'll PM you
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:58 AM
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I lost 2 sizes in 2 months so yes, it is doable!! I have basically quit exercising and need to get back on track, though!
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Old 04-28-2008, 11:44 AM
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How did you do it, lawgal!?!
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Curves!! Yes, seriously. Basically, all you need is a good circuit training program that you do 3 times a week. I did Curves for 20 minutes/3x a week for 2 months. I have a good ways to go to be "fat free" but it was a great way to jump start!!

Jillian Michaels from The Biggest Loser has a great new video out called "The 30 day shred" and it is a circuit program. All you need is hand weights. I started last week and it kicked my sorry little ass!
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EDIT: I decided to just take my measurements.
Here we go...

natural waist. 30.75" (For vanity sake!) round up to 31"
hips: 40"
bust: 38"
upper thigh...22 inches!! ay yay yay!
arm: 11" but it was hard to do as I was holding the tape on the arm...

So let's see how this changes in, say, 2 weeks...
wow, you have some skinny legs! if my thighs were 22" my steel slayers would actually fit and if you'd like to downsize some of that bust, please send the extra my way, kthx
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Old 04-28-2008, 10:18 PM
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SKINNY legs?? ohh hunny...NO way - you have seen my posts, I def. have thighs...Id love to send you some of my bust...if I could have your itty bitty waist my dear!!


LAWGAL - curves, really!??! Now what did you eat!?
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I am in the same boat as you. For the past 3 weeks I have been working out 4-5 times a week (jogging 2-3 miles and lifting weights.) I have also been eating healthy during the week, though last weekend was my anniversary and I had fettuccine alfredo, PF Changs, chocolate cake, etc.
I have been hovering around 150 for a while now and the past few weeks of exercise have not produced any weight loss. My belly does look a bit smaller, though. I would not obsess too much about losing X amount. Every time I have done that I end up stressing out and gaining even more weight when I feel like I have failed. I am concentrating on getting healthy (eating right, exercise) and hoping the weight loss will follow
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Old 04-29-2008, 11:54 AM
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^ you are right...and you made me feel better thanks
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Whether or not you reach the exact weight loss goal, you can make a huge difference in your body in a few weeks. Good luck, and keep posting for support when you are discouraged. You can do this!
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i've also been working out at least 5 times a week for the past few weeks but haven't really noticed much change.. i wanna lose like 10 pounds but it seems so hard to do! argh! I hope you can achieve your goal... it would help if we saw some progress along the way to motivate us some more -.-''
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Curves!! Yes, seriously. Basically, all you need is a good circuit training program that you do 3 times a week. I did Curves for 20 minutes/3x a week for 2 months. I have a good ways to go to be "fat free" but it was a great way to jump start!!

Jillian Michaels from The Biggest Loser has a great new video out called "The 30 day shred" and it is a circuit program. All you need is hand weights. I started last week and it kicked my sorry little ass!
Awesome, I'll have to look for that!
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I los most of my weight in like 3 months if you add up all the days dieting/working out.

170 down to 145, and that is within a rough estimate of 3 months.

I think it can be done and kept off.

I suggest first running everyday, don't lift or anything...maybe light lifting once, twice a week, but all your time should be dedicated to running 1-2 miles a day. And I mean run your heart out, no stopping for rest, just run the 1 mile/2 mile straight. Stop only if you feel like you're going to puke, faint, etc. something drastic. Fight through the pain!

And that's only the first part of it. Secondly, you must change your diet. Cut out sweets if possible. Do you think you can sustain eating chicken for 3 months? How does a small breakfast, sandwich for lunch, chicken for dinner, and lots of almonds sound? Other quick suggestions off the top of my head is a lot of hummas, pita bread, water, fruits...no bread (carbs) for dinner.
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^Thank you - if you see our other thread (Remonb and Bluefeevah getting fit) we are tracking our eating. I actualyl work out alot harder than running 2 miles...I go about 2 hours/day 4-5x a week. But I do lift weights. Ive lost before and became flabby without lifting. thanks for the advice!!

Right now I eat the following usually:
Fage Fat Free yogurt and oatmeal with a piece of fruit for breakfast
salad with Fat Free dressing or olive oil/vinegar with either chicken or salmon for lunch with a half a pita with hummus
snack is an energy bar or fruit
dinner is a stir fry without rice - just chicken and veggies or shrimp and veggies or some chicken burgers. or a salad.

So far so good!
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^yes, you already know that lifting weights and building lean muscle is essential for weight loss.
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^Thank you - if you see our other thread (Remonb and Bluefeevah getting fit) we are tracking our eating. I actualyl work out alot harder than running 2 miles...I go about 2 hours/day 4-5x a week. But I do lift weights. Ive lost before and became flabby without lifting. thanks for the advice!!

Right now I eat the following usually:
Fage Fat Free yogurt and oatmeal with a piece of fruit for breakfast
salad with Fat Free dressing or olive oil/vinegar with either chicken or salmon for lunch with a half a pita with hummus
snack is an energy bar or fruit
dinner is a stir fry without rice - just chicken and veggies or shrimp and veggies or some chicken burgers. or a salad.

So far so good!
Sounds good to me with your current diet. If you keep at it you should start seeing some loss.

I probably ate the same things as you are currently minus all the salad/veggies.
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^its not all about the loss - although Ive already lost 5 lbs. Its about being healthy and eating the right things and feeling strong...that's why strength training is ESSENTIAL.
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