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The Weight Loss Starting Line


Congratulations on starting your weight loss journey. Committing to this change will place you on the path to a new body and a healthier lifestyle.

Over the next 30 days, you can expect to:

  • Set realistic goals with weight loss advice from the best experts.
  • Add healthy foods to your diet.
  • Make, and stick to, a fun exercise routine.
  • Learn to appreciate your body.

The first step to weight loss is accepting the truth. So dust off that scale and jot down the resulting figure in a journal. Be honest! Also, record your waist, hips, chest, thigh and arm circumference measurements.

Hold on that notebook. In the coming weeks, you'll use it to track your progress and your diet.

Americans spend more than $33 billion on diet products annually. Unfortunately, 95% of people who are able to lose weight on those diets put it all back on—and more—within five years.

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i exercise regularly , and i do get into shape easily but, its almost like i sabotage myself , i tend to overeat when i realize i am losing - initially like a celebration but keeps going , so i kind of fluctuate around the same weight and never really reap the good outcomes of all the hard workouts in the gym


I just want to like seeing myself in the mirror and not hiding from different situations because I think I'm FAT!!!!


I want to wake up every morning and say "I feel great"..and to realize that, yes, it is a beautiful day to be alive ....and to say "Thank you Lord for giving me another day on this earth in which I can prove myself worthy of being given that day.. to love and serve others, especially those closest to me. But first and most importantly, I need to take care of myself, because if I don't, I may not be around long enough to accomplish what I need and want to do before leaving this world.


I have to do it once and for all this time. Enough with up and down!


Over and over I have bounced up & down with my weight. Now I am 61 and some health issues are creeping up on me. I am getting nervous and frustrated that if I don't do something now it could be too late. There has to be a way that appeals to me that does not seem so daunting to accomplish and will not make me give up.

  • By zawishr
  • on 2/21/13 7:30 PM EST

I don't want my life to be over. I want to live with fun the rest of my life. My weight doesn't allow me to do the things I used to enjoy - riding my horse - hiking Yellowstone - Shopping for the latest fashions - going out and not feeling self consious about the way I look - meeting new people.


I want to fit into my jeans easily.

  • By TKelly
  • on 9/21/12 10:28 AM EST

I want to be wanted again, I just let myself go. This is very important to me. :0)


I want to feel attractive again, confident. I want to have fun getting dressed in the morning again, and it not feel like a chore. I don't want to avoid anything social or intimate anymore because of the way I feel about my body. I am ready to change.


so....I was obsessed with my weight....looking at the scale three or four times a day..I stopped last May and haven't stepped on it since...so I don't want to get into that pattern..but I will measure myself....but that is all...I can't get that number in my head..I know I haven't gained or lost weight...about the same...but mentally I feel so much better not locked to the scale...


Tried numerous diets in the past with no success.

  • By JLClay
  • on 8/24/11 3:14 PM EST

Want to live in a healthy body, and enjoy every minute of it.

  • By Brie123
  • on 5/24/11 9:05 PM EST

Hi Milakeshore -
I also started on a weightloss journey during a period of unemployment. I learned to embrace both frozen and fresh vegetables to make up most of my diet with a small portion of meat or fish once a day. I use Costco to buy the volume stuff including the big bag of raw nuts which I also use to curb afternoon craving. You didn't mention your living situation (family, etc). Keep your head up. I'm having slow and steady success with both my diet and my job search.


Here I go again, trying to lose weight....I want to know how to shop for food during unemployment and no extra cash.


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  • By brunela
  • on 10/9/09 3:34 PM EST

well i like too loose a lot of weight . i've see it my self , sumone loose 72lbs in 3 months. Yes strict diet , exercise for 1hour daily increase water intake .

  • By kitty21
  • on 9/10/09 5:05 PM EST

i want to lose 12 kgs in 3 months from today 4th sept., 2009


i want to lose 12 kgs


Hey all.
Glad to hear so many are taking up this challenge. Here are my thoughts: Diets don't really work, all the slim people I know have life long healthy habits rather then a membership with a diet plan. It takes a month to form a habit so hopefully I'll have good habits by the end of this. Most importantly I've found it easier when I'm telling a few people I want to be trimmer and fitter because it makes me more accountable. Does anyone else have any tips?
Good luck to you all, I know that most people can get slimmer!


Everlee - I'm right there with you, I stuff myself to feel good and it always makes me feel bad. I need to find something else to do to make me feel good (reading, writing, SOMETHING!). I need to lose 50 pounds just to get to a semi healthy weight. I'm going to start a daily journal and record my weight and measurements. I hope this sight helps me stay motivated because I've never been able to before.


Well, this seems like a good place to start. I never actually measured myself or recorded stuff in a journal before, although I have read that it is a good idea. So this time I will try it. I feel like a thin person trying to get out of this fat, stagnant body. I am sick and tired of it. I stuff myself with food to feel good and then feel bad. I am so mixed up. I have lost 25 lbs before but gained back more over and over. Stress gets me eating like crazy. This is a big change I need to make because I am not happy with myself.


My beginning walk to thinness.


With the help of God and this web site and the my willingness to carry thru, I feel I can reach my goals, little ones at first. I realize I have to take baby steps first, my first baby step starts right now.


Through the help of God and this web site I can do this.


I look forward to the help I'm going to get from this site :)

  • By wendyr5
  • on 6/15/09 1:26 PM EST

I have been restricting sugar for almost 3 months, no diet cokes either, and doing the Fit for Life diet. My husband lost almost 30 lbs in short order, I lost 4. Whoopee. With no sugar or diet cokes, I've just discovered I lost 2 more, a total of 6. Slow but sure! I realize that I am not as active as my husband, so I need to get moving. Yesterday, he cleaned the dust and cobwebs off our exercise equipment. My goal is to exercise 3x/wk to start. Today's the beginning of new habits.

  • By verakb
  • on 6/14/09 11:53 AM EST

I moved to Hawaii 4 years ago today with the intention that with the more outdoor lifestyle I'd become healthier and lose weight. Four years later, I'm 17 lbs heavier. I now weight 259 lbs and enough is enough. I've strarted today and hope to be at my pre-Hawaii weight of 242lbs by 4th of July. That's my 1st goal.

  • By SandyM
  • on 5/6/09 3:23 AM EST

I started my new and healthy lifestyle on 4-27-09.


Starting again. And again. And again. That is just a fact. I'm desperate to lose this weight because it makes me feel ugly and want to hibernate in my house where no one can see me. My weight is 229 lbs and at 5'5", a 47 year old female, my BMI is 38.4, obese class II. My body fat percentage is 51.6%. My waist to hip ratio is 0.87. My measurements: neck 16" bicep 15" chest 45.5" waist 42.5" hips 49" thigh 28.5" calf 17" That's a lot to swallow, but it's my Starting Line. So here I go.


I am starting again. The repeating the start is what is discouraging to me. My youngest daughter said yesterday when I said I just can't seem to do it "You can do it mom". I am 150 lbs and must lose at least 10 to try to get my cholesterol down so I won't have to start on medicine. This year I developed knee pain, arthritis in one knee is rather bad. I have been going to a physical therapist, but it hasn't helped the pain. I might try an acupuncturist. Walking has always been a joy to me, now it is very difficult. I actually enjoy exercise, but haven't been to the gym in a while. So...I will go to the gym and do what I can and make an appointment with an acupuncturist.


I have to recognize that losing weight is an important thing for me and my family, and therefore, I am NOT taking time away from them when I take time to exercise.

  • By lockmb
  • on 2/2/09 9:55 AM EST

I have to get over the "I'll start it tomorrow" phase. I work a lot and am trying to figure out how to fit working out into my schedule, but I'm just going to have to do it. There is time somewhere.


In the next 30 days, I am going to revamp my whole way of thinking about losing weight. I need to NOT call it a diet and just focus on eatting healthy. I also need to get myself out of the pittie-party and start exercising! I plan to start Yoga. I think the meditation and breathing part of Yoga will help me greatly as well. I say a comment by mariapesin on cutting down on medications. I had not thought about it, (Thank you mariapesin!), but, I too, am going to cut down on the med.'s. I think the hardest part for me will be the mental aspect of just doing it! 2009,...here I come!!!

  • By Renleo
  • on 1/2/09 10:34 PM EST

OK, I have been dieting for about 9 years. Getting fatter with each diet. I took a different approach this year and didn't diet as much as tried to eat right. I also reduced my medication a lot. Including totally eliminating sleeping pills. I lost about 15 lbs. I still have 45 lbs to go to reach my goal weight. I know I need to step it up a bit. So the next 30 days I would like to see myself get down to 165 lbs. That would be another 5 lbs.
Wish me luck!!