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I have been slowly gaining weight for the last 10 years. My husband and I want to start a family but are having problems. I think it's to do with my weight, so I have decided that now is the time to lose every pound I can until I am a healthy weight. It's a pretty tall order - it means roughly halving my current weight - but I'm trying to approach it as a lifestyle change rather than a really long diet!

Click to see more info about my mini-goals and the progress I have made.


My first major goal is to drop a BMI range. To do this I need to lose 47 lbs from my start weight. That's equal to an elephant's heart and a human brain.

Scroll down further for a list of all my goals.


24th March 09: 280 lbs (SW)
31st March 09: 274 lbs (-6)

7th April 09: 266 lbs (-8)
14th April 09: 266 lbs (-)
21st April 09: 264 lbs (-2)
22nd April 09: 260 lbs (-4) (extra sneaky weigh-in!)
28th April 09: 259 lbs (-1)
TOTAL: -21

5th May 09: 259 lbs (-) (Kitchen refit & TOM)
12th May 09: 258 lbs (-1) (Kitchen refit)
15th May 09: 254 lbs (-4) (extra sneaky weigh-in!)
19th May 09: 252 lbs (-2)
26th May 09: 251 lbs (-1)
27th May 09: 250 lbs (-1) (extra sneaky weigh-in!)
31st May 09: 249 lbs (-1) (extra sneaky weigh-in!)
TOTAL: -31

1st June 09: 247 lbs (-2) (extra sneaky weigh-in!)
2nd June 09: 246 lbs (-1)
5th June 09: 245 lbs (-1) (extra sneaky weigh-in!)
9th June 09: 244 lbs (-1)
10th June 09: 243 lbs (-1) (extra sneaky weigh-in!)
11th June 09: 240 lbs (-3) (extra sneaky weigh-in!)
14th June 09: 239 lbs (-1) (extra sneaky weigh-in!)
16th June 09: 239 lbs (-)
23rd June 09: 238 lbs (-1)
30th June 09: 238 lbs (-)
TOTAL: -42

NOTE: My scales totally died on me at the end of June! The new ones arrived on June 29th, and early indications show that they register me at a higher weight than the old ones. So, what I'm going to do is to take a new weight on 1st July. My goal for July will be to reconcile my actual weight with my ticker weight.

1st July 09: 248.8 lbs
6th July 09: 247.8 lbs (-1)
13th July 09: 245.2 lbs (-2.6)
20th July 09: 242.8 lbs (-2.4)
27th July 09: 240.0 lbs (-2.8)
NEW TOTAL: -40.0

After this, I fell off the wagon big time. Somehow August and September were taken off. It just sort of happened. Those months weren't too bad, but then I procrastinated with getting back into things. October saw my birthday, so I put off resuming things until after that, and before I knew it I'd found a new favourite restaurant and Christmas and the New Year had happened.

It took me a little while to give myself a good kick – but now I'm back, determined to go a little easier on myself and stick at it for a lot longer.

24th January 10: 267 lbs (new start weight)
31st January 10: 261 lbs (-6)

Wow, that's depressing! To help make that less depressing, I'm resetting my ticker. The start weight will be 280 lbs and the goal weight - for now - will be 233 lbs, i.e. the first BMI range change. I think that'll make my progress more obvious and make it clear how close I am to that first goal.

7th February 10: 258.8
14th February 10: 262 (TOM)
21st February 10:
28th February 10:


*** Drop BMI Range (Obese) (lose 47 lbs/233 lbs)
Reach Half-Way Point (lose 75 lbs/205 lbs)
Drop BMI Range (Overweight) (lose 106 lbs/174 lbs)
Drop BMI Range (Healthy) (lose 135 lbs/145 lbs) (re-evaluate goal weight at this point)
Reach Original Goal Weight (lose 150 lbs/130 lbs)


** GOAL ONE :: Drop BMI Range (Obese) **

Lose 1 lb: DONE 27/03/09
Lose 5 lbs: DONE 28/03/09
Lose 10 lbs: DONE 05/04/09
Lose 1 stone: DONE 07/04/09
Lose 15 lbs: DONE 21/04/09
Lose 20 lbs: DONE 22/04/09 & 07/02/10
Lose 25 lbs: DONE 15/05/09
Lose 2 stone: DONE 19/05/09
Lose 30 lbs: DONE 27/05/09
Lose 35 lbs: DONE 05/06/09 & 15/07/09
25% Done: DONE 11/06/09 & 21/07/09
Lose 40 lbs: DONE 11/06/09 & 27/07/09
Lose 3 stone: DONE 23/06/09
Lose 45 lbs:
Drop BMI range (lose 47 lbs):


** GOAL TWO :: Reach Half-Way Point **

Lose 50 lbs:
Lose 55 lbs:
Lose 4 stone:
Lose 60 lbs:
Lose 65 lbs:
Lose 5 stone:
Reach half-way point (lose 75 lbs):


** GOAL THREE :: Drop BMI Range (Overweight) **

Lose 80 lbs:
Weigh under 200 lbs:
Lose 6 stone:
Lose 85 lbs:
Lose 90 lbs:
Lose 95 lbs:
Lose 7 stone:
Lose 100 lbs:
Lose 105 lbs:
Drop BMI range (lose 106 lbs):


** GOAL FOUR :: Drop BMI Range (Healthy) **

Lose 110 lbs:
Lose 8 stone:
75% Done:
Lose 115 lbs:
Lose 120 lbs:
Lose 125 lbs:
Lose 9 stone:
Lose 130 lbs:
Drop BMI range (lose 135 lbs):


** GOAL FIVE :: Reach Original Goal Weight **

Note: this goal may be modified if, when reaching a healthy BMI, I revise my goal weight higher. However I do not expect this to happen; if anything I think I'll revise it lower.

Lose 140 lbs:
Lose 10 stone:
Lose 145 lbs:
Reach original goal weight (lose 150 lbs):


Lose 10lbs in April: DONE 21/04/09
Lose 10lbs in May: DONE 31/05/09
Lose 10lbs in June: DONE 16/06/09
Biggest Loser Challenge 6 :: Team TAHITI!


Lose 30lbs by 5th June 2009: DONE 27/05/09
Lose 47lbs by 9th May 2010:


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My Food Blog: http://www.nomalicious.blogspot.com

Member Since: 3/24/2009

Fitness Minutes: 8,656

My Goals:
To change my lifestyle in order to become and then maintain a healthy weight, so that my husband and I can start a family.

My Program:
1. Eat balanced meals totalling between 1330 - 1680 calories per day;

2. Walk to work every day and incorporate aerobic exercise and strength training into my daily life;

3. See this as a lifestyle change, not a diet;

4. Stay positive;

5. Treat myself when there's a good reason to!

Personal Information:
Mid-twenties new wife in the UK with a lot of weight to lose!

Other Information:
I love to cook, bake, make chocolate - pretty much anything that involves food, so I thought this hobby was going to suffer as I succumbed to bunny rabbit meals and model-esque liquid detox days. Thankfully I can adapt most of my recipes and keep them low-calorie - with most of them, the only real problem is the portion size!

My foodie-turned-healthy-eater ways have landed me with a food-related blog:


I also have an (unhealthy?) obsession with red things with white polka dots. My kitchen is filled with baking dishes, jugs, bowls and all sorts of things; I have two dresses and a dressing gown, bags, shoes, sunglasses, scarves... all sorts of things. If it's red and white polka-dotted, I love it.

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    hey there! I haven't heard from you in awhile. Just checking in to see how things are going.
    2656 days ago
  • v GINW1977
    Congratulations on your success so far. I am also wanting to lose weight to hopefully help improve fertility. I wish you the very best of luck.
    3435 days ago
    Hey there! Glad to hear you're still alive and kicking! Don't let work get you down too much! :)

    3572 days ago
    Hi Vicky, long time no visit. Good luck with getting back on the wagon - today's day one of my new year diet. (I like to take my time over these things!) Not doing too bad so far but the weekend is up ahead...
    3576 days ago
    So it's the first week of the BLC 7 challenge and just thought that I would check it and see how things are coming along. Hopefully things are going well! We have to stay positive and positive will happen! If you have any questions, need anything, or just want to talk I am here for you. Don't forget to post your weigh in this Wednesday before midnight!

    Go Snowmen!

    (One of your team leaders)

    "And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow." - Jerry Chin
    3656 days ago
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