L is for Losing Weight

L is for Losing Weight


I got a great email from a reader wondering about my weight loss. Here is her question:

“some of the 7-12 day periods, you lost a lot more than others… like  those weeks what I pasted below:
9/22/06 250
10/31/06 239
2/10/07 223
3/20/07 216
if you would, plz shed some light on how the weight loss nubmers got to be so big these weeks… (great!).  for example, were you on some liquid fasts these weeks, or like soups and prot. shakes only? “

First, no I did not fast. I’ve never done liquid fasts, starvation or crash diets, or only consumed protein shakes. That may work for some people but it wasn’t for me. I needed a lifestyle change, not a quick-fix diet. But the rate of my weight loss in the beginning of my journey is a good topic to discuss!

250 Pounds

Whenever someone starts a new program to lose weight there’s going to be some immediate weight loss–sometimes a significant amount. This could be a mixture of water weight being lost and simply shocking the body.

When I weighed over 250 pounds, I was probably consuming at least 5,000 calories a day. Going from the eating free-for-all I was having to counting my calories and eating less than 2,000 calories a day is a pretty drastic change. The body isn’t meant to carry 100 pounds of excess weight. A drastic change is going to shed the pounds fast. My body dropped over 10 pounds in that first month.

200 Pounds

Seeing 10 pounds lost in the first month was drastic for me. It also motivated me to keep doing what I was doing! It can be very frustrating to go through the motions and not see weight loss so I was ecstatic.

When I was losing my weight I recorded my weigh-ins on an Excel Spreadsheet on my computer. It was simple and basic with no additional notes–just the numbers. You can see it here.

185 Pounds

As you can see, there was a big loss in the beginning and then it started to slow down. I was averaging between 3-6 pounds at a time. Sometimes I didn’t record my weight each week because I was stuck in a plateau and not losing. I decided to only record when there was a loss. Getting too wrapped up in the numbers wasn’t my goal.

175 Pounds

Once I got into the 180’s and 170’s the weight loss slowed A LOT. Often times a month would go by with only 1 pound lost. It was frustrating and I didn’t really know how to change that. I just kept doing what I was doing because losing 1 pound was better than gaining. (Now I know that I should have been weight lifting all that time. Lesson learned.)

150 Pounds

I think the rate of weight loss is going to be different for each person. There’s no tricks or quick tips to make that happen faster. I know that plateaus are frustrating, I’ve been stuck in them so many times, but sticking with the program and staying committed is what helps!

144 Pounds

I’m happy with how I lost my weight. Sure it was “the hard way” and it took a long time (almost 2 years) to lose it but I don’t regret working hard for it. I learned a lot about myself in those two years and it changed how I look at things and how I look at myself. A life changing journey is going to be hard, sometimes painful, but it’s worth it!

QUESTION: If you’ve lost a significant amount of weight, how long did it take you? How many plateaus did you go through?


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Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

8 thoughts on “L is for Losing Weight”

  1. I have lost weight once (and need to do it again). It was “significant” – it was the 40# that most people need to shed.

    Throughout the process I would lose 1-1.5# a week for 6 weeks. Then stall for a month. Then continue losing at the same rate.

    I figure it was my body adjusting and I didn’t sweat it (but, boy, my trainer did). Since then I’ve learned a lot about food, exercise, and medications. Won’t make this time easier – you still have to do the work- but I know it’s doable.
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    1. When I first started losing weight it was a big number and then the “normal” number was like you–about 1 pound a week or so. Now? It’s a lucky day if I lose 1 pound a month!

      You are right–there is so much more to the equation. Food choices, medications, stress, it all plays a big part in it. Thanks for sharing Deb!

  2. I lost 125 pounds in 16 months–I lost steadily (every single week) for an entire year, but the last 10 pounds took FOREVER. It wasn’t a “true” plateau (because I knew I was eating a little more here and there). I was just battling up and down with the same 10 pounds, and it was so frustrating! I think they’re probably just “vanity” pounds, and that’s why I haven’t been super focused on losing them 😉 I’m thankful that I didn’t have to deal with “real” plateaus like yours, because I think that would have been super frustrating–doing all that work for “just” one pound a month! I bet you’re glad you stuck with it though–you look fantastic! 🙂
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    1. I HEAR YA!!! That last 10-15 or so took for freakin’ ever for me too. It was like I steadily lost weight at a good rate and then it slowed to a crawl at the end. I’m sure that’s natural but it’s frustrating.

      Thank you Katie! 🙂

  3. I lost 72lbs in total, but it took me a looooong time (8 years) to really get it off. Each time I’d lose around 30lbs, then regain 10 and maintain for a while. This was mostly because I was tired of doing whatever ridiculous method I had been using. At the end, when I lost the last 30 lbs, it came off evenly for me. I was meticulous about meeting my macronutrient percentages for the last 5-10 lbs. I knew how important the ratio was for my body. I guess you could say I was lucky to not really have experienced a plateau when I was in loss phase.
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    1. That’s amazing that you kept track of the macronutrients. I never went that far. Counting calories was all my little brain could handle. I’m impressed! And clearly it worked well for you because you look great!

  4. I lost a lot of weight (150+ pounds, don’t know how much exactly because I didn’t weigh myself the first month or so) from 2004-2006. After the big drops in the beginning, I lost about 4 pounds a week steadily for a long time. I recall being surprised at how regular it was. After I got below 180 pounds, it slowed and there were more plateaus and stalls, but I leveled out at 155-160. 155 seems to be the sticking point I can’t get below (after the holidays it will actually take some work to get back there). I would truly love to get below 150, and I am thinking that lifting weights might be the way to go. It is SO much harder to lose weight at 160 pounds than at 260!
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