Originally Posted by thin_thin
Here's the low down...
I will be getting married in a little less than a year, and I am seriously overweight. I've struggled with it for a long time, and just recently decided to be serious about weight loss. I've lost 8 pounds in the past two weeks, (gained one back cause I'm gonna get my period...) which has gotten me "into the groove". But I need some help. Tips!!!...what have you done?
Honestly, if I reach my goal (which is attainable), I need to lose 70 pounds (in addition to what I just lost).
So...70 pounds in about ten months. What to do?
How do you think I should approach this?
I have a gym membership, and haven't gone in a while, but I plan on making it a regular thing again 5 times a week (and yoga every day). In addition to eating more strict (basically vegan) and having much smaller portions and drinking only water as liquids. Do you think if I follow that criteria, I will lose 70 pounds in ten months? (not to mention I've been eating a huge bowl of MOTIVATION for breakfast)
Tell me what you think!
I truely believe it is attainable. I don't know about your constitution, but what has helped me a lot in spring was doing a whole body work out for a while, tu build up some muscles, because muscles are active even when you are sleeping, so they raise your metabolism. In addition, if you decide to stay vegan, you need to make sure you get enough protein; I also have months when I stick to a vegan diet, when I get my protein mostly from soy products. Let me know if you want me to recommend any.
So, I would suggest whole body work out twice a week (it usually takes at least one hour, you will find suggestions on caloriecount on how to begin), cardio ar least 3x30min per week, walk a lot, do all the things that you enjoy. If you are an emotional eater, like me, you definitely need to make a huge list with all the non-eating activities that you enjoy and make you feel better, because motivation is the easiest thing to lose. Plan you menu for the next day in advance and stick to it religiously. Don't be over drastic with yourself. I don't believe in forbidden foods. If you tend to overeat on sweets, you need to check their glycemic index and switch to those with lower GI; increasing your protein intake will also help a lot in getting rid of this addiction forever, but you need to be patient!
Watch "Lying to be perfect - Cinderella pact" every once in a while. It'll help you stay on track. To not over dramatize if one day or one week will be extremely messy, the plan is still not corrupted, you just need to take a deep breath and return to it. If you need a buddy, I'm around. It would also be awesome if you had a friend with about the same plan and expectations as you, but if you can't find any, I'm sure there are plenty on this forum!
Lots of luck!