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Need support, starting a diet, please...gg
August 25, 2006
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"Fad" Diets only work temporarily and then, if your habits have not changed you gain the weight back. I have tried many!

On July 13, 2006 I weighed 328 LBS. When I went to my counselor, who used to be a personal trainor as well, we talked about my desire to lose weight. We also talked about my eating habits. Basically, I did not eat well. I ate one meal a day and drank a lot of cola. She suggested that I record what I eat and that I eat 3 meals a day. With this I also started to walk a mile a day.

Today I weighed in at 290 Lbs. I have totally stopped the cola and now eat 3 times a day. I walk between 2 and 4 miles depending on the weather and when I start. Writing down what I eat has helped a lot. I made a chart for food and water intake and exercise.

In order for weight to stay off you have to change your life style. I still stop at McDonalds from time to time. Now I order a salad or a Happy Meal (Smaller portion than the Double Quarter Pounder I was getting). I went out to eat the other night and ordered Prime Rib (I ate half and took the rest home and froze it.

You can do it!

August 25, 2006
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Girls,

I don't really need to lose weight, but I have a suggestion that absolutely applies to an eating issue with me.

There has been stuff in the news about high fructose corn syrup in a lot of different foods. My eating is 99% under control, but when I end up eating a product that contains high fructose corn syrup, I crave and crave and crave and crave more of it. Its like an endless pit. I heard it really wrecks havoc with your blood sugar, and ends up making you hungrier than you were when you first started eating.

Its very deceptive. Don't think that health foods don't have it or things labeled natural don't. I couldn't figure out why I was endlessly craving power bars until I looked at the ingredients. There it was -- high fructose corn syrup. One brand of applesauce might have it , the other not. Its important to read labels.

Took me a long time to figure this out. As long as I stay away from this stuff I don't crave, but if I start eating something with this in it, I feel almost powerless to stop myself and I feel miserable afterwards.

August 25, 2006
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Update: I ate some wheat crackers this a.m., a lean cuisine for lunch, and needed to work late. By six, I was feeling so headachey. I stopped by sonic and got the snack size popcorn chicken and diet drink. Yes, I know it's fried. So far calories, 780...yes, it is two hours later and I am a tad hungry. Didn't drink water, but getting ready to. Good thing, I stayed so busy that I did not snack. That is good for me.

Thanks for all of you with suggestions. I have heard some new things and I am definitely going to be on the lookout for the fructose stuff.

I will walk tomorrow; worked ten hours today. (I promise Shaney, because I am off!)

August 25, 2006
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Confused as heck -- Wow, Congratulations!!!!!

And thanks for all the great tips, everyone. I am definitely with you in spirit. Taking my body out for a nice long walk now, and thinking seriously of joining this gang for real.

kroika, associate member of the Group of Accountable Lifestyle Supporters (GALS)

August 25, 2006
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I have 'lost' forty pounds over the last three years.

What it took for me was to be able to take my clothes off, look in the mirror, and say okay. Call it self esteem if you will but I had to look like someone that looked to me was desirable.

Perhaps I have been 'brainwashed' by society, movies and TeeVee so it influenced what I thought looked good and sexy.

Somehow for me when I am in a committed sexual relationship my body naturally wants to change. I don't want a lot of fat between me and my lover.

At other times it is about how I feel. I am definately more energized when I am not carrying a lot of extra weight.

Just some thoughts about weight and self image

August 26, 2006
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i'm joining!! I lost alomost 40 pounds 2 years ago, but in the last 6 months gained 8.

How did I do it the first time. I would serve my plate of food, everything I wanted, and only ate 1/2 of it! I would put it on another plate. And exercise every day. Took me 7 months to loose 37 pounds. Ah, and vitamin B5, multivitamin and a calcium supplement.
Also have a wedding on the 23 so losing those 8 pounds will be wonderful!

Yep , life style change that is the real secret!

August 26, 2006
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I agree with you and others about this being a lifestyle change. I did pretty good yesterday and so far at a grilled shrimp salad (small) and some wholegrain crackers. It was very good! I just don't have the energy to walk. Maybe this p.m.

For those of you not needing to lose weight, please continue the support and suggestions. It helps me to know that I am not in this alone.

August 26, 2006
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gg - sounds like you're doing good! But you need some more energy. You need some more protein... hard boiled eggs, a protein bar... or have an apple... green beans! Take a vitamin. You can't eat so little and expect to walk TOO. Yikes! It's okay to EAT, just eat good, whole food. Keep stuff in your purse, your drawers at work, in the car... just keep it handy so you always have some energy. I try to eat at about 8am, 10am, noon, 2pm, 5pm and 7pm. I'm going to walk later when it cools down.

I have a party to go to tonight down town, and I swear, I can't find a soul to go with me! Aghh! I hate that... and this is one that I promised to go to, and I just can't see myself going downtown alone. ...dilema...

August 26, 2006
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I don't know what to tell you about party. I wouldn't go alone, then plead the excuse, "was sick" from starting diet!!!!!

How are you doing on our "lifestyle change"? I am also having stomach cramps and what goes with it today. A coincidence???

August 26, 2006
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Here are some ideas I got from a magazine I picked up a few months ago. All these snacks are only 100 calories!

~Drizzle 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup on 1⁄2 cup fresh strawberries.

~Wrap a thin slice of lowfat prosciutto or other flavorful lowfat ham around a wedge of honeydew melon.

~Whip up an almost instant gazpacho with a cup of tomato juice, a chunk of cucumber and a few grape tomatoes
or a plum tomato. Pulse in a blender until chunky.

~Heat a cup of canned chicken broth with 1⁄3 cup canned baby shrimp, a squeeze of lime juice and a dash of crushed red pepper flakes for hot and sour shrimp soup.

~Top 1⁄2 cup blueberries with 1⁄2 cup lowfat, sugar-free vanilla yogurt and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

~Roll a leaf of romaine lettuce around one slice of lowfat ham and some honey mustard. For variety, try a slice of lowfat turkey with fat-free blue cheese dressing and a few radish slices.

~Indulge in two large dates and a cup of herbal tea.

~Warm 1⁄2 cup of unsweetened applesauce with a dash of cinnamon.
Spritz 2 cups of air-popped or light microwave popcorn with butter-flavored spray topping. Sprinkle with a few dashes of reduced-fat Parmesan cheese.

~Add 2 teaspoons of chocolate syrup and a splash of skim milk to coffee for a mocha java treat.

August 26, 2006
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drink lots of water, I squeeze lime in for some flavour. Water fills you up. Have protein at breakfast it will make you feel full, and eat every 4 hours (little portions) to keep the glucose levels even..

Shaney...go t the party alone, it's VERY freaky to think about it, but once you are there it won't be nearly as bad as you imagine. Wear your best smile and be open to people. It's hard I know, but with practice it does get easier.

And if you are too umconfortable, leave. Each time you go out alone it gets better.

August 26, 2006
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drink lots of water, I squeeze lime in for some flavour. Water fills you up. Have protein at breakfast it will make you feel full, and eat every 4 hours (little portions) to keep the glucose levels even..

Shaney...go t the party alone, it's VERY freaky to think about it, but once you are there it won't be nearly as bad as you imagine. Wear your best smile and be open to people. It's hard I know, but with practice it does get easier.

And if you are too umconfortable, leave. Each time you go out alone it gets better.

August 26, 2006
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Hey there double :o)... I would definitely go to the party by myself (I've always been one who could do that), if it were here in the valley... but it's in Hollywood at a club and it's not always that safe. I might have to park in a garage and walk a ways... or wander around this club until I see the guy who's birthday it is. I know my h wouldn't go for that... he would want someone with me, I think. It's more of a safety issue... but thanks for the pep talk! :o)

August 26, 2006
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i need support for starting back at exercise. Maybe that would help me with my energy.

August 26, 2006
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Me too P&L! I was doing so well the beginning of the year; then knee problems, now no exercise plan. I just don't seem to have the energy to start. Okay, now I am not being supportive am I? How to do this on the internet is beyond me?

Yet, P&L, little thin one, exercise might help you get your troubles out and get in good condition for what lies ahead for you.

I need an exercise/diet trainer who will stay on my butt and make me accountable.

August 26, 2006
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gg, I don't need a trainer. I exercised for years. I could have been a trainer, but I need to just do it. i have been had a physical illness for a long time, but last time I got back into exercise, I was sick then, and I decided, every time, I wanted to lie down, I would do the opposite and put in a yoga or pilates CD. Before I knew it, I was doing step aerobics, and ready to go back to the gym. I just am so sick from my treatments right now, that I almost passed out from taking a shower, but that was true the last time too. So, I just have to try somehow to make the first move (literally) slowly, like physical therapy. When one is too weak to take a shower (my heart was beating and I couldn't breath, because they are getting my medicine switched over), it is sort of hard to go to work and deal with stress...but, gg, I have dealt with this many times, and I know I can do it.

August 27, 2006
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I went to the gym yesterday for the first time in over two years, got a fitness assessment, worked out for a while, smiled at two men, had dinner with a girlfriend, and slept better than I had in weeks.

I still though of HIM (first conscious thought this upon waking)this morning and quickly replaced it with looking at the fitness schedule and what class will I take today.

Just for fun I think of the phrase "When you're moving you're improving" It helps

August 27, 2006
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Congrats Littlespirit, what a great beginning!

August 27, 2006
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Thanks, Your encouragement means so much to me

August 27, 2006
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Littlespirit is jumping on the health wagon!! Woohoo! Believe me, when my bf and I broke up, I got in the best shape of my life. The feelings that go alone with breaking up, are good motivators if you let them be. Great start... and good for you.

I went swimming yesterday and ate pretty good. I did have a taco, but everything else that I ate was good. I'm going to be better today :o)

August 27, 2006
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Thanks for checking in Shaney...On Sundays, I cook a big dinner, trying to keep some sort of family tradition. My daughters in college usually come home, eat, and do their laundry. I baked a dessert that I thought I wouldn't eat. It is raining again, blah day.

August 27, 2006
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You can make a big meal, but just eat a little of the protein and the veggies... and a little bit of dessert. Don't go overboard and definitely do some exercise. A little is better than none :o). Raining? Yuck! It's 93 here in southern california!! Take care!!

I'm on track today, so far... wish me luck.

August 27, 2006
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Great Shaney; haven't really stopped and ate a meal. Ate a cup of cheerios for breakfast, then been nibbling way too much. No protein either.... I do much better when I am working... Still have little energy...Help.

August 27, 2006
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Okay, didn't do too well. Weekends are hard. Did okay until dinner; went unexpectedly out to eat, ate some cheesy nachos, part of a blooming onion, and a brownie, and NO exercise. Not too happy with me; did buy some apples and lean cuisines to bring to work. Gotta make time for walking.

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tell yourself that walking, or whatever, is part of your day and that it will not be avoided. Like brushing your teeth. and if it's raining, carry an umbrella. It will actually energize you. It will make you less tired. You will fell so much better doing this!!
Then it will be a part of your day that you like. Call it "meditation time" or "outside time" whatever works Also check out (via google) the "Mayo Diet" It's more about attitude than actual diet.

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