Week 1: 15.75 pounds lost
Week 2: 8.25 pounds lost
So week 3? Another 8.75 pounds! For a total 3 week loss of 32.75 pounds.
I am thrilled and amazed at my success so far. I know I won't see these results every week. But every week with even a single pound lost is better than a week with a pound (or more) gained.
What an amazing start on your journey towards better health! You must be walking on air!
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The next week or two will have a couple of big milestones for me....I'll be dropping under the 400 lb mark with over 50 lbs lost. I know technically it's "just a number" but dropping under it was one of my first big goals. And once I make it happen, I get to set my next one!
Thanks again to all who post on here for your support. It's easier to walk a long road when you have people along with you who have made (and continue to make) the journey. :-)
Question: Do you eat Benefit bars? just curious
The early success makes it so much easier to "talk myself down" on those moments that still come up on a regular basis when that little voice inside tries to talk me into just a bite of something not in the box. I know in the real world I will eventually (phase 2) learn the skills to deal with these situations and learn how to allow them on a very limited basis. But for now, consider me very happy with my phase 1 plan!
Thanks again to everyone for the supportive comments. I'll keep posting as the journey continues.
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Someone told me to read this thread - that I would be inspired. Well, I am. Thank you for sharing your journey - good or bad - which has been all good thus far and for opening the door for others to share their successes. Stories like yours are the reason so many of us work at HMR! Keep going!!!!
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This past Thursday was the end of my 18th week and I stand currently at 117.25 lbs lost total. I also got some blood test results back earlier in the week and the numbers were terrific. Here's the main numbers compared to where they were almost one year ago to the day:
Glucose: 93 (last year 106)
Total cholesterol: 127 (last year 170)
Triglycerides: 120 (last year 167)
Finally, today was the day my trainer at Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center worked with me to revise my workout (to keep it fresh) and also did an evaluation on the Tanita scale to evaluate body fat percentages. In the last two months, I've dropped 7% body fat while pretty much maintaining my lean body mass. That was great news to me in that it let me know the work I'm doing is paying off in losing the appropriate pounds (fat vs muscle).
If anyone has doubts that this program can be life changing, let me assure you....it CAN and has been for me.
My next short range goal is to drop another 35 pounds before Thanksgiving Day. That will place me just under the 300 lb mark. If (when) I make this, I'm going to add my first lean protein back into my diet on Thanksgiving Day....some turkey! I've stayed totally with the plan (3S, 2E, 5V/F) and in the box from day 1 to current due to the large amount of weight I want to lose. It will be a good first lesson in reintroducing "real world" eating while using the tools and controls I've learned through my HMR clases.
I live right across the river from you in Southern Indiana, and have been going to Floyd Memorial Weight Management Center. Your journey log is so very inspiring. Sometimes when I get a little depressed or have had a rough day I come to these forums to find motivation, I can usually find a story of someone that really hits home; your story has made me rededicate myself to sticking with it! I have entered week 13 today on the HMR at home diet and have lost 42 lbs. so far. The HMR diet is amazing! I thought for sure that I hadn't lost any this week, got on the scale, surprise!! Down 4.8!! I walk about 7 miles a day on my job, but have recently been having some pain in one of my hips, so I had cut down walking with my wife when I get home, so I was worried that the decrease in exercise would really hurt me at the scale, I'm thrilled that it didn't. I have so much more energy now, and feel sooooo much better overall. Sometimes the "psychology", of losing weight drags me down; it has been so long since I have been a normal weight that it is hard adjusting to having clothes that are falling off of me, and having everyone telling me that "it looks like you have lost some weight". I mean you have to get used to being a totally "different" person than you were before, don't you; and that can be a little scary. I am also worried about reaching my "goal" of 200 lbs. by Christmas (32 lbs. away). That may be a bit of a reach, but when I do reach my personal goal, I then will have to consider how to maintain the weight loss; something that has eluded me in the past. I have read in these forums where some people still use the HMR meals, shakes, and protein bars even after they go to the next phase. I guess I may do that, the entrees are so convenient for me. I'm glad I found your posting, and I will follow your progress with great anticipation!!
Thank You so much
One advantage to the classes in the preparation that's provided to help you make that transition after hitting your goal weight loss. Almost everyone I've talked to who has lost on HMR said that the bigger challenge for them was not so much the initial loss, but in then finding the balance to achieve maintenance. I know the classes aren't for everyone, but if you can't attend them, definitely seek out the information that exists on this site from the members here and on the HMR Facebook page. I still have a ways to go before I start closing in on my goal weight, so I try to file away the info and know I'll put it into practice as I get closer.
32 before Christmas is ambitious, but do-able, Mike! Just keep in mind that the numbers should never push you too far off the daily course that has gotten you to where you are today. Sometimes as you push harder to hit a goal, you can find yourself getting some odd results. I recently had 2 weeks where I had over 10,000 cal of PA per week and was absolutly working out like crazy. Neither week resulted in the kind of weight loss I was expecting and it turns out I actually needed to add some calories back into my diet (shakes and veggies) to get better weight loss results. Not exactly the info you expect to hear, lol. The bottom line is keep doing what you're doing. It works and you are going to be healthier and happier as a result!
Please keep me up on how you are doing!
Katcan - I appreciate you taking the time to post your message and tell me your story as well. I've used this site for inspiration and motivation from day one and knowing that my story might be able to provide a bit of that same support to others both humbles me and encourages me. The HMR program has been the most important piece of a total change in my life. I never would have even hoped for the level and timing of success that I have experienced. Please keep me updated on your own journey and if there's anything I can help you with, just let me know. Take care! Dan
MailmanMike here. I have made an appointment to go in and talk to one of the dieticians at Floyd Memorial Weight Loss center about my current state of flux, and also perhaps to join one of the Phase2 classes that meet there. I have floundered the last several weeks, went down to 219, but am back up today to 221 after including some "regular" out of the box foods into my diet. It's scary going out of the box, but I have let myself become bored with the HMR foods. Anyway, maybe I can get back on track. Looks like my goal of 200lbs by Christmas might be in jeopardy. If you still want to chat, email me at email@example.com when you get a chance.
Now time for an update....I was going to hold off in updating until I hit a couple of big goals approaching, but what the heck...I can just update it again!
I've had several good weeks in a row with weight losses in the 4+ lb range. As of tonight's weigh in, I have lost 146.25 pounds (just completed week 25). Only 3.75 pounds to go to hit the 150 pounds lost mark - I realistically should hit that this coming week. But a slightly more significant goal is just a few more pounds away as I'm now only 6.5 pounds lost away from being under 300 lbs. My intention was to hit this before Thanksgiving and then make my first journey outside the box since starting HMR and have a couple of pieces of lean turkey for Thanksgiving Day dinner. I'm thinking that is going to be some pretty tasty turkey!
I also decided that while I've had incredible success with HMR that I was not going to submit anything on my own success story until I got under 300. I still have at least 50 lbs more to go at that point, but I think that may make my journey a bit more meaningful to those out there who have a lot to lose and sometimes struggle with getting past the numbers. I was right there with you all at the start and with at least 50 to go, am still there with you. But the most important thing is that I'm choosing to make it happen and you all can too. The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. And the journey to a healthier you (and me) starts with that first pound.
Take care all. More to come in the next few weeks!
Hope you're doing well. My appointment is tomorrow with the weight management counselor at FMH. I have had a tumultuous week, but ended up losing several pounds, so at least I feel good about that. I hope my yo-yo mindset has settled down some. I have been trying to reach for canned and frozen veggies more this week, rather than the bad stuff. I ate a whole can of northern beans yesterday, whew! Anyway, just wanted to say howdy, hope you had a great week.
I would like to share two other stories I came across during the past week. The first one is about Ed Davenport. He lost so much weight he had to do skin reduction surgery. His story is phenomenal:
The second one is about SyedAdie Al-idrus. His story inspires perseverance, and is one of the most incredible stories I've heard:
I'm keeping a file of success stories in my journal. These two are there and I added your name to my list today.
Keep up the great work. I hope to be reporting similar successes in my journey in the months to come.
I hit 2 really big goals I had set for myself recently. The main one was I wanted to be under 300 lbs before Thanksgiving. And by hitting that goal, I would also surpass the 150 lbs lost mark. I had remained in the Phase 1 box since I started the program May 10th. Having so much weight to lose, it just made more sense to me to keep with what was working and make the dietary transition to Phase 2 as I got closer to where I want to be with my overall weight loss. So that means I did not add any lean proteins or whole grains. Well, by making my goal, a little reward to myself was to move to phase 2 on Thanksgiving day and all some lean white meat turkey as first step forward into phase 2 eating. I've gotta say...that was some exceptionally tasty turkey! :-)
And now a few weeks past turkey day, the journey continues. I'm now at 291 as of the weigh in yesterday. That makes for 161 pounds lost total. I updated my profile pic - which is a split image of a before and current pic. It kinda amazes me to see that and realize that was only 7 months ago.
Oh...one other item that was a proud moment...I purchased my first XL item of clothing (keeping in mind that when I started, I was generally a 5XL or 6XL). It's a bit of a generous XL, but the simple fact that I was able to purchase something NOT in the big & tall section meant a lot. While I really do appreciate Casual Male XL, I will be happy to have other options going forward!
I'm still considering what weight I may end up at. And I still don't have a firm number in mind. When I get down to 250 lbs (which will then be a 200 lb weight loss), I'm going to try to do an honest assessment of my health and appearance and see where that leads me. I think one of the other major HMR success stories, Duane Cooper, ended up with a goal of weighing less than the amount of weight he lost. I think that is kinda cool as well. For me that would have me at 225 lbs. It's in the back of my mind, but I'm not going to get hung up on the numbers.
Well, that's enough for the moment. The holiday season continues...more challenges to meet and more weight to lose. Once again, many thanks to those who have commented and supported me on these posts. If by telling a bit of my story, I can be a motivating factor to someone else, then I'm just returning the favor of all those whose stories have inspired me.
Take care and more to come...