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Old 13-11-2017, 21:44
Stella Female Stella is offline
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Hi all,

So Iím 8 days Iím to the EP. Iím so absolutely determined for this to work this time! Iíve read the Beck Diet Solution and have started using some of the techniques. They seem pretty useful. Iíve written down, and read every day, all the reasons why I want to lose weight (sleep apnea, general discomfort, blood pressure, painful joints, prepare for pregnancy).

Iíve got about 40kg to lose. Thatís pretty huge, to be frank. My starting weight itís 101.6 and my ideal weight is ~60kg (depending on whether I use my current shoe size or the shoe size that Iíll go back to once Iíve lost the weight). Iíve decided that I will only weigh and measure myself once a month because I think if itís any more itíll turn into daily and then if I gain or plateau, Iíll be disheartened...

This is my second time around and I desperately want it to be my last. When I did Cohens for the first time, I started at 76kg and I was 21. Oh the folly of youth!! What I would do now to be 76kg! It all went wrong because I had an immature, short term view. I thought that I could lose the weight, go back to what I was eating and somehow miraculously keep the weight off. Long story short, I stopped as soon as I was at my goal weight, didnít do refeeding, and here I am, 40kg heavier, 10 years later.

I think itíll take about 6 months (maybe 12) to ditch this weight and thatís a bit scary. But in the other hand, itís taken me 10 years to gain that so itíd be pretty good to get rid of it 10x faster. And a year goes by so quickly. To think that Iíll be my goal weight by Christmas next year is really quite nice.

So here I am! I thought that keeping a diary would help me keep focus and be accountable - weíll see!
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Old 13-11-2017, 22:16
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Hi Stella,
Welcome to this good place. I hope you get to enjoy the learnings and the camaraderie that Cohens people generate on here.

As a gift for joining up, I wanted to say I don't believe it will take you a year to shed 40Kgs. Many things factor into that equation, but most find that they can shed 1Kg a week pretty much on a regular basis, and any extra is a "bonus". Even more, depending on your age now, the younger you are the quicker you shed the excess. If you were 21 just 10 years ago, then you are still YOUNG and you should get maximum weightloss thanks to your youth.

Of course, other things may affect the actual path you take - but if you endeavour to follow the Plan to a "T", then you will maximise the weightloss and minimise the duration of the Plan.

Go hard Stella - and here's an idea re the question "To weigh, or not to weigh". I hope it helps you with your decision:-

http://newyouforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8713

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Old 14-11-2017, 08:37
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Hi Stella! So nice to have another person in the group!





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Old 14-11-2017, 10:07
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Welcome Stella, there are a couple of us still alive in here

Forget what happened in the past, that's done, focus on what you can do from today.

If you aren't keen on weighing I would do measurements weekly and weighing 4 weekly, its amazing how fast those measurements go down and reinforcing that you are doing things right.

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23 weeks: -35.2 kg & 179 cm

Refeed:
Day 1: -200 grams
Day 2: -400 grams
Day 3: -500 grams
Day 4: -300 grams
Day 5: -100 grams
Day 6: -500 grams
Day 7: 0
Day 8: 0
Day 9: +200 grams
Day 10: -100 grams
Day 11: -100 grams
Day 12: +100 grams
Day 13: -100 grams
Day 14: +400 grams
Day 15: -100 grams
Day 16: -200 grams



24 weeks - 37.2 kg
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Old 19-11-2017, 10:23
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Another week down, so far so good.

Thank you Koh - that thread about when to weigh is a good one. I'm using an old plan and had decided that if it doesn't work (either not losing weight or hunger doesn't settle), then I'll do a blood test and get a new plan. So the idea of weighing myself sooner than 4 weeks to make sure it's working is a really good one! Re a year... Yeah, I have a crazy dream that I'll knock off 10kg a month and my done with refeeding by April (I think Anna averaged that weight loss pace?) But I don't want to get my hopes up and focus on such a close date in case I lose focus and dedication if it takes longer than that...

Hi Tess and Anna - good to see other people are still here! Thanks for your replies and welcomes.

After nearly two weeks, I've lost 5.2kg and between 2-3.5cm each on my waist, hip and thigh. It's crazy how quickly this works, but I've already noticed a difference in how my clothing feels and have fished a few clothes out of my too small closet that now fit! I have undone the last year's worth of weight gain. That is very nice to think about I feel like I'm getting into a rhythm of cooking and preparing my food every day. It's tiring but what I've gotta do so that's that.

I had my first big social outing last night - an engagement party with an open bar and lots of food circulating. I did pretty well! I premade dinner and ate it in the car on the drive over (super classy look: draping a tea towel over my party dress while eating on the freeway!), only drank diet softdrink and turned down all the food that came past. It was interesting to observe my super slim cousin nursing one glass of wine for the whole night and turning down the deep fried snacks compared with my sister (whose weight yoyos) gobbling down the snacks and drinking lots... I got a couple of looks from my family about not drinking but told them that I was designated driver. They didn't seem to notice that I wasn't eating the snacks. So that was good!

Next weekend is going to be tough. We've got friends staying over Friday & Saturday night, so my husband and I looked through menus of local restaurants and picked out places where I could have a semi-compliant dinner. I'll have Cohen's breakfasts and pack lunches each day, so it should be okay, but I'm a little nervous. I've told my mother in law (she and my husband's family will also be in town next weekend) that I'm 'taking a break' from alcohol (I did that for 4 months earlier this year), so hopefully she won't push for more than that. (She gets really nosy about diets and food and then goes into 'doctor' mode, where she pretends that what she's read on the internet about remedies is as good as being a specialist doctor in that field and gives a ****-tonne of unsolicited advice. I'm being a bit harsh. She means well but it's best to just completely avoid the topic otherwise you'll never hear the end of it.)

Anyway, I'm happy with the progress so far (on track for 10kg months!) and can't wait to get out of the 90s !!
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Old 19-11-2017, 11:59
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Hi Stella,
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I have undone the last year's worth of weight gain. That is very nice to think about
...... in less than two weeks? I'd say you would be very pleased with that result. Awesome !!

And yeah, on track for a 10Kg first month - that would be a great start - less than 30% of Cohenites get to achieve that result..... see here:-
http://newyouforum.com/forum/poll.ph...lts&pollid=156

Don't lose sight of the big picture though - I'd hate you to be upset if you only make 9.5Kg, 'cos in the end, your body will do its best for you so long as you do your best for it. Staying happy is another way you can help your body to shed weight quicker (believe it or not), so count your blessings as well as your grams of food, and things should go along swimmingly.

Also, just 3% of those who polled did better than 30Kg in 3 months (and they were likely to be blokes...) - so don't be too disappointed if you don't make 10Kg months all through your journey. Sorry - but I don't want you to be setting your sights too high only to come crashing down.

First month, sure, 10Kg is attainable - but for most people, the following months don't get anywhere near that high. Expect around 1Kg a week as an average (and hope for more) is probably a good path to take.


Oh, and good luck with MIL !!! I hope she accepts your "alco-free" comment and leaves you alone otherwise. I know how the old chestnuts can be trotted out once a subject turns to "weightloss" - wrong though they may be, it is what they learned at school, or maybe from their doctor. Quite understandable really, but it can be a drag on you if you let it (so don't you let it, OK? )

Rock on, Stella,

Koh
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Old 19-11-2017, 17:23
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Wow 5.2kg in 2 weeks is awesome! Iíve only just hit the 5kg mark (3 weeks) but itís my own fault for deviating a bit on night work. Good luck with MIL!
I am doing my old plan and have found the weight loss to be slower than last time so far but havenít been hungry etc. I also donít have as much to lose (10kg to go) so Iím still happy with 1kg a week ☺️


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