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Date: 9/19/05 2:27 PM

I have been trying (sadly, for years now) to lose this fat that's piled on since my mid-twenties. I was never fat as a young adult-weighed 95lbs at my high school grad, at 5'1" I was a skinny little thing! I was about 105 lbs for years, and gained a few lbs when I started a job I *hated* and started eating to stuff my emotions and frustration...very bad move!

I tried the low fat thing back in the early 90's and after I gave it up I had gained twenty lbs

Now after having 4 (wonderful) children, it's up to 65-70 lbs to lose!! AACK!

So I'm not into giving up large food groups like fat, or carbs, or what- have-you. I just want to find a relatively natural way of eating (and I already *like* to exercise, so that helps) to get this OFF! I have about 65 lbs to lose, and I don't ever want to see it again.

I must admit to having a real sweet tooth-and I am kinda lazy when it comes to cooking. This is my downfall-because although I likehealthy foods I'm usually too lazy to fix them, and end up eating the easiest thing-usually processed junk

I was just wondering if anyone else is struggling with this (or possibly doing well!) and wanted to share some tips, frustrations, encouragement, or maybe we could even help each other in accountability!

Thanks for listening..I've been exercising, and it's helping me firm up and feel stronger, but so far no great weightloss has occurred-I think I've lost about two lbs in 3 months
Guess that's better than going the *other* direction!

I avoid sewing for myself because of this, too-and I really miss it!! I remember way back when, when I had drsue's problem of not being able to find patterns *small* enough!! Now THOSE were the days-lol!

Hilary

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Date: 9/19/05 2:34 PM

I've lost about 12 lbs. since May. Not exactly speedy but I didn't put it on quickly either!

I am exercising more (hot yoga, walking, weights) and just eating better. I've done the low-carb, low-fat, Jenny Craig, etc. No more. I've given up eating meat and don't miss it. I eat fish about once a week so I'm mostly eating vegetarian. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, etc. and just started with tofu (surprisingly good). I tend to go overboard on the pasta and rice so I measure out the proper portion size each time. I'm a lazy cook too so I often cook a lot at one time so that there is always a quick meal to heat up if I'm in a hurry.

We eat out a lot so I'm sticking mostly to salads in restaurants with dressing always on the side. If I order a meal I will only eat 1/3 to 1/2 of it being very careful to watch my portions. Eating out so much over the last 10 years has really skewed my idea of what a normal portion is!

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Date: 9/19/05 2:54 PM

I know this may sound really strange but its worked for me and that is every day experience the feeling of actually being HUNGRY. And then only eat. Not eating because you have to ie its lunch time etc or you are invited to dinner etc. I cant tell you how many times I've gone out to dinner with friends and just had a nice hot cuppa tea
I know, I know it goes against all the classsic nutritional advice, dont wait till you're hungry, eats lots of small meals a day etc etc. But its a pain to always be preparing meals , taking snax etc with you and often you end up eating more. Plus waiting till empty feeling, ie hungry REALLY trains body to burn fat stores, use up stored fatty acids/glycogen etc.
It also trains you to get very AWARE of actual body needs for food and not social cues which is deadly for wgtloss. On a scale of 1-10, 10 beng Thanksgiving stuffed, 0 being actually faint with hunger, try on a reg basis to feel 2-3 before eating and then STOP at 5-6 Who cares how much food is left. Package it up and brush teeth. Done.
I am so lucky DH is a fabulous cook, triathlete and cooks tons of stuff. But when I come home from work 6-7ish if I'm not hungry, I just nibble a few bites etc. And this way works really well as you can really eat practically everything, low carb/high carb etc. Technically there is ONLY one way to lose wgt, mathematics, less energy in, more energy expenditure. Low carb works to some degree as it stabilizes blood sugar, you wont FEEL hungry and hence eat less. So do have healthy fats and proteins but ALSO lots of veges to fill you up.
Good luck on exercising, you'll feel less hungry, good ol' endorphins and build muscle which in turn burns more calories sitting sewing
You will find what works for you personally, then just keep it up, steadily week in and week out.
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Date: 9/19/05 3:23 PM

The South Beach Diet has worked well for me (I'm 56 and 5 ft 0" and had gotten up to 140). What I really like about this diet is that it is developed by a cardiologist (I'm an RN who works on a cardiology floor, so am very paranoid about cholesterol, triglycerides, etc.) and he developed this diet not as a tool for people to lose weight, but to lower "bad" cholesterol and increase "good" cholesterol in his patients. The first two weeks of no carbs is the hardest, but it only lasts two weeks, and the weight falls off pretty quickly - even in us "post menopausal" ladies. But the first 2 weeks is when you lose the most weight - I lost 8 lbs the first two weeks, and am losing 1-2 lbs a week afterwards. The first 2 weeks resets one's sweet tooth, so cravings aren't so much of a problem. What I missed most the first 2 weeks was fruit, but in Phase 2, they can be added back in.

The Prevention magazine web site has an article that outlines the specifics of the diet if you don't want to buy the book. The principles of the diet are pretty simple, and the book doesn't go into too much more detail about the actual mechanics of the diet, except to offer recipes and to go into physiology details about insulin production, glycemic indexes of foot and fat storage.

The trick to all this is that once you get to an ideal weight, resumption of potato chips, Doritos, ice cream (my downfall usually) and baked goods w/ refined flour on a regular (as in daily) basis will pack pounds back on quickly, so it really requires a lifelong commitment to eating "the right stuff" the majority of the time.

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Date: 9/19/05 3:37 PM

I am also a fan of South Beach. I like the way the author describes that it is not about being low carb or low fat, but it is about eating the RIGHT carbs and the RIGHT fats. And yes, if you follow that first 2 weeks it will significantly help those cravings. I never had to worry about weight at all until about 5 - 6 years ago. I was one of those people who could eat anything, in any amount and still be stick thin. Then my metabolism did a 180 on me and all of sudden, not only was I able to gain weight, now it wouldn't stop!

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Date: 9/19/05 3:43 PM

What a timely post! I had decided a week ago that I am so tired of packing this extra 60 lbs.on. I feel like a skinny girl trapped in an obese body. I was never heavy, always on the slender side until I had dd 8 yrs ago. She was expected to be a preemie, so the doctors gave me shots of steroids to help develop her lungs. I packed on the punds very quickly and it's never gone away.


I really don't eat alot, and I don't have a sweet tooth. My downfall is making the kind of dinners my family will eat. These are not weightloss friendly meals!


It has been a week today and I have made myself walk 3.5 miles each day...a few days I walked the amount twice. It feels good to be active. I was laid up from an accident for months, so my activity level has been very low. I'm just waiting and trying to raise my metabolism up. I've been trying to eat fruits or veggies, except for the evening meal. I'm also drinking alot of water. I have decided to swear off soda pop....I think my 2 and 3 daily Cokes had alot to due with my keeping weight on.


I'm also thinking about joining Curves or some other gym. My friend's daughter had success with LA Weight Loss Centers, which is more of an eating program (though they don't sell you food like Jenny Craig or Weightwatchers)...
I wish everybody luck!

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Date: 9/19/05 3:49 PM

I had great success with Weight Watchers, losing twenty pounds in less than a year. It really, really made me aware of portion size, and of the importance of being conscious (through a food diary) of everything I put in my mouth. That especially had been my downfall--you know, the idea that a few almonds here, a few chocolate chips there didn't matter. Well, they do. They have calories. Who knew?

However, one thing I didn't do with WW was use any substitutes or fake food. I love butter and wine, and so I continued having them--just smaller amounts.

One thing I do believe is important about WW is that it keeps you "religious" with the dreaded weekly weigh-in. That offers a real incentive to stick to the routine.
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Date: 9/19/05 3:55 PM

My boyfriend has a saying. "Less eating, more_____". You fill in the blank with what you like.

For me, its "Less eating, more skating". Some days I run, too.

By the way, is anyone watching "The Biggest Loser" this season?

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Date: 9/19/05 4:08 PM

Brushing your teeth after every meal or snack is an excellent idea as Hawke suggested. I won't eat another snack because I'll have to brush my teeth yet again! Also, bleach your teeth! I'm in the process of doing that now and wear the lower tray all afternoon (because I can speak and not sound like Cindy Brady) and the upper day all night. You can't eat or drink when you have them in. :-)

I'm with you on the fake food thing, Elona. I absolutely will not eat any of it. I only eat real cheese, real butter, whole milk, olive oil, etc. I just watch the amounts. I learned a really neat trick for controlling salad dressings some years back (those calories really add up! ): I always have my dressing on the side and then just dip the tip of my fork in the dressing before each bite of salad. You'll be amazed at how little dressing you actually consume. Additionally, I sometimes like to dilute my salad dressings with red wine vinegar, which I love.

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Date: 9/19/05 4:19 PM

Two years ago, I joined WW, and lost 40 lbs. in six months. I agree that it really taught me what a "serving" actually looks like. And yes, it's all a math equation. I learned to cut back and get moving. Someone mentioned the other day that I had really managed to keep off the weight. I told her that my daily two mile walk/run has something to do with it. For me, planning was also key, I bought lots of cookbooks, and learned how to alter recipes for lower fat and healthier carbs (whole wheat flour, brown rice etc.), and I learned to read labels. Now, if it has trans fats, I won't buy it. The more educated I've become about nutrition, the more I see that what I eat directly affects how I feel. Good luck, it can be done one step at a time!

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