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back on the diet wagon... :o)
September 13, 2006
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Hello...joining this thread, I'm already halfway to my target weight!

September 13, 2006
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Do NOT do the all protein so called diet. Your body needs the carbs, and good carbs, such as sweet potatos, whole wheat bread, corn, spagetti, oatmeal, etc.... One thing, if you have to make your dinner out of the box, its no good for you. Rely on natural foods. Your body needs 40% Protein, 40% Carbs and 20% non-essential fats-which are almonds, wheats, avocado etc. You can bump that around to 50-30-20% if you would like also, but don't deprive your body the good carbs. Eat 2 greens a day, peas, broccoli, salads, etc..You don't want to burn your protein, you want to burn your carbs. Protein is for your muscles to feed off to build up your metabolism. Yes, this means you need to exercise also. This is the best way to lose those pounds. If you don't exercise, you won't build up your metabolism to burn the fat. You can lose weight by not exercising, but that is why you gain it back because you have not built up your metabolism. The older you get, the slower your metabolism is. I have been workn out for a couple of years and its hard for me to keep pounds on. Right now I am 6'2" at 200lbs and eat 3500 calories a day. All good foods and eat 6 meals a day, which 2 of them are protein shakes. I hope to gain 10 lbs of lean muscle mass by the end of the year, but its hard to do with your metabolism at its highest right now, and its all due to exercising. Oh yeah, I am 38 yrs old now and feel like a 21 yr old. So, I preach to all of you trying to lose weight, please exercise, it works better losing weight that way with a controlled eating plan. Oh yeah, when you eat, your portions are simple, ball up your fist and that is the size of your portions for your portein and carbs. Stay away from HIGH FRUTCOSE CORN SYRUP, that will be in all your sodas and some foods. This stores in your body and your body doesn't recognize it and will not burn it at all. Stay away from it....Good luck to you all and feel free to ask anything.

September 14, 2006
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I've been on a 2 week binge. Food and money are completely tied together for me. I'm binging on food, and I'm over $500 overdrawn. How do I let that happen? I feel like there is no way to get back on track.

September 15, 2006
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jas---hang in there. I can't answer your question on how you let it happen--only you know that. You can get back on track. Find a friend to call when you feel like you are going to binge. That would serve you better.

September 15, 2006
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I find that when I am under allot of stress related to family and my relationship,I tend to lose my appetite and increase my walking because walking seems to help me think and have time alone.
Now that the stress level has drastically decreased, my appetite has come back with a vengeance, but it's more the binge type, sweets, candy and bread. I also can't seem to motivate myself back into my walking routine. Like Jast, I also have a money problem but that doesn't seem to bring on the same level of stress as the other things do, don't know why because it is very stressful. I want to feel better; I really don't want to gain back the 16 pounds I lost in June and July.
How do I get back on track with a better eating plan and walking routine, that is what makes me feel better, why can't I just bring myself to get there? I snack on bad things, feel bad about myself but then continue to do nothing about it, what's up with that?

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September 15, 2006
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I told my Celebrate Recovery sponsor that I'm in "avoidance" mode. I don't want to think or feel anything. Somehow eating and spending numb me out. They also make me fat and broke. LOL. Not good.

September 15, 2006
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Well, I had lost 33 pounds a couple of years ago and I gained it all back and then some. Walking helps, eating right helps. The key is to learn to love yourself. Don't let food rule you or scare you. I have started exercising and eating right again and I am losing again. I was able to wear things out of closet that I haven't been able to wear in over a year. The little victories make me so happy that I try hard to keep having them.

September 16, 2006
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That is great advice hbdude gave about eating right and lifting a little iron. It doesn't have to be that much and you can work up to it in small increments. It will build some muscle, not big bulging muscles, and muscles are your metabolism even when you are at rest. Aerobic exercise is important, great for heart and lungs and endurance, and well help you lose weight but when you stop exercising the calorie burning stops. Aerobic exercise basically makes you a smaller version of what you are, it doesn't do anything for your bodyfat level. Also eating five or six small meals will rev up your metabolism and not make you binge from hunger. It is also important to have a cheat day where you can have that cake or whatever you want. That will give you sanity. Also if you do slip up don't give up. The 500 or a l,000 calories does not jeopadize all the previous effort you put in up to that point. Salads are good but make sure they are part of a balanced diet and not the diet unto themselves. Anyway I could go on all day here. Just ease into exercise and pretty soon you will at least find out it is not so bad, you may even like it after awhile. Do activities you enjoy.

September 16, 2006
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i JUST STARTED MY DIET TODAY I AM 15 LBS OVER AND FEEL IT EMOTOINAL EATING ICE CREAM

September 19, 2006
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Where did everyone go? Are we all still on the diet wagon? I know I am. Weighed in yesterday morning and I'm down a total of 6 pounds. Exercising actually feels pretty good though so I think I will keep doing it. I started walking yesterday too. Me and a coworker have agreed to walk everyday until it gets so cold we can't stand it.

September 19, 2006
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Looking Forward,

I'm here! I haven't been posting here in the past, but was wondering where the thread went.

I joined Weight Watchers on Saturday and am on my first (very tough) week of watching what I eat and trying to get in more exercise. I went to bed a bit hungry, and am waking up hungry.

Trying to walk also. I'm starting slowly on distance and speed. Do you wear a pedometer? I need to find mine. They say walking a total of 10,000 steps a day is a good goal.

Congrats to you on losing 6 lbs! That's terrific. šŸ™‚ I read your earlier posts that you are working in snacks. That helps me too...I eat a "2 part breakfast" for example - oatmeal early on in the morning, then a fat free yogurt with crunchies in it later on in the a.m. to tide me over til lunch. It works!

Hang in there...this thread is great, I hope it gets fired back up again! Encouragment for weight loss helps so much.

t2Bb

September 19, 2006
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Hey, I am still here and down four pounds. I am walking 3 x's a week very very early in the a.m. Still not doing well drinking water though.

September 19, 2006
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ggfred,

Good for you on the four pound loss and walking three times a week!

Water is tough to drink, I agree. I got in the habit by figuring 64 oz/day as my goal intake, and I buy the 20 oz. bottles of water and try to drink three of those plus part of one more. Do you like ice cold water? If so, try putting the bottle in the freezer until ice crystals form. I was also told by my WW leader that decaf iced tea counts towards my water intake every day. As long as there is no caffeine in it.

t2Bb

September 19, 2006
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way to go gg. water isn't a problem for me. I bought a bubba keg at walmart and drink 2-3 of those a day. decaf coffee counts as water too. and some fruits you eat count as water.

t2Bb, let us know your progress thru WW. I'm just too cheap to join somewhere....LOL.

I bought some exercise equipment for my apt. and I use it regularly. That combined with walking and eating better has really helped me.

Let's keep this thing going cuz it is nice to have the support and encouragement.

September 19, 2006
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Started the exercise thing, and watching what I'm eatting more. Not really dieting persay as it seemed to cause me problems elsewhere... We went for an hour long walk around the lake last night, and were up bright and early at the GYM this morning.. Then I've got martial arts class tonight.. booya šŸ™‚

September 19, 2006
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looking forward, what exercise equipment do you have?

I have a treadmill (which has been gathering dust - but I did manage to stop using it as a clothes hanger about a year ago, LOL) and an ab roller (also dusty). I have pilates and yoga DVD's, which I really need to dust off and use again. I love the way pilates and yoga make me feel....long and lean (fake it til I make it!!)

How big is this bubba keg?

Someone brought a cool looking water mug to the WW meeting on Saturday that I'd never seen before. It looks like a miniature water cooler with a handle! I'd guess it holds about 32 oz.

confused, you walk, go to the gym and do martial arts? Way to go!! If you can do all that, certainly I can dust off some of my stuff. It's time for me to get motivated to do more exercise! šŸ™‚

September 19, 2006
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Yes well the big trick will be to seeing how long it lasts....we even set mini goals for ourselvs, when we reach them we are going out to a local spa for a treat...and when we reach the final goal we plan on getting ourselves a couple of leather coats... nice a snug so we can't gain any weight back without noticing šŸ˜‰

September 19, 2006
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Confused...great idea about the (non food) treats. A relaxing massage or spa treatment...ahhh. Good point about the leather coats - I'd hate to have to put an investment like that in the back of my closet because I couldn't fit into it!

I think I will buy myself a cool framed print of a Snoopy poster when I hit my first weight loss goal.

Today (day 3) has been tough for me. I am getting ready to eat a big 'ol bowl of steamed broccoli right now...mmm....maybe I can fool myself into thinking it's as good as a cheeseburger.... šŸ˜€

September 19, 2006
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I'm not "consciously" dieting, I am just eating better and taking care of myself. I've now lost about 35 lbs by taking better care of myself. I eat healthier foods and make better choices. I walk a couple miles a day when ever possible. In June I was just barely able to fit into a 30/32 US Woman's Plus size. I went out Last week and bought some 18's. It felt great! That's what, about 6 sizes? I still have more toning and losing to do, but I am a heck of a lot healthier than I was.

Yesterday I went to my doctor. She told me I look the best I have since she has known me. I look happier and I am healthier. My Blood Pressure is near normal. I am down to 12.5 mg of atenolol a day and she is talking of discontinuing it at my next appointment. I am to keep a log of my daily Blood Pressure.

I am also doing much better with my emotional well being.

September 19, 2006
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WTG heck, you got the right idea.

2B, nope it's still just broccoli...:-(

September 19, 2006
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6 sizes...that IS great! Isn't it sooo wonderful to put on a pair of pants, or whatever...only to find they're...too big! Yeah!

The broccoli was healthy. A cheeseburger wouldn't have been.
That's what I keep telling myself...lol šŸ™‚

September 20, 2006
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hi...how is everyone doing on the diet wagon today?

I did my pilates DVD but didn't go walking. Sticking to the WW points program. I met a former coworker for lunch at a restaurant, but just had a salad.

Hope everyone had a great day.

t2Bb

September 22, 2006
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If you guys want to read a great book on getting in shape and how to eat, I swear this is the bible for losing weight, but you have to follow what he says and its all common sense once you read it. "BODY FOR LIFE" by Bill Phillips.

September 23, 2006
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I know this is backwards for all you others, but I gained 5 lbs in 2 weeks. I am so happy its going up now. I want to reach another 10lbs by the end of the year then I will be proportioned pretty well. How did I do this and am doing this? Well, eating 3500 calories a day and exercising (lifting for mass, not endurance) 4 times a week is hard and eating good foods and not fast or boxed foods is hard to maintain 3500 to 4000 calories a day. 2 of the meals are 700 calorie protein shakes. ITs all about control, if you want to lose weight, eat good foods but cut it down to 2000 calories a day while exercising no more than 4 times a week. Food controls your gains and losses. If you educate yourself on food, then the program is downhill from there.

September 23, 2006
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I'm not doing that great with the eating or the excercise... but I will start again - todays a new day.

Maybe I'll even check out your book, hb - I've heard of it. I wish that I was needing to gain some weight like you... that would be a dream come true actually, and have only been there once in my life. Oh well!

Good luck to all.

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