Ok, so I started this goal roughly 3 years ago. At that time I weighed almost 300lbs. I stuck with it for 16 weeks and lost 60lbs. Then I got pregnant and had to stop actively trying to lose weight. My beautiful son was born in August 2009 and I managed to lose another 60lbs in the 6 months after he was born (not counting the baby weight I had put on), to bring my grand total to 120lbs lost. I started at 296lbs and got down to 176lbs in February 2010.
I had managed to maintain that weight loss up until this past spring/summer when I put on roughly 10lbs (stupid hormonal birth control)to bring me to 187lbs. My original ultimate weight loss goal was to get down to 165ish or less (I know I have big bones and a big frame so I will always be on the high side of my healthy weight range and I’ve finally come to accept that). In August I tried just watching everything I ate again, like I had done to lose the weight in the first place. Made sure to only eat 1200 calories a day again but the scale refused to budge. I guess I had hit a plateau.
So I did some research and found the Alternate Day Diet where you eat normal one day and then only 500 calories the next day. Sounds really strict, but I am good at strict, so I decided to give it a try. I’ve been at it for 4 days and already I’m down to 184 which is a 3lbs loss and I am happy. My goal is to keep this up until I get down to that 160lb range and then follow the maintenance part of the diet where you eat 65% of your regular calories on down days.
Start weight (September 2008) 296lbs
Current weight 183lbs
Goal weight 165lbs
18 pounds to go