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Agnes replied on Fri, Dec 28 2012 7:02 PM

Belfrybat:
but would prefer this be in the regular forums - probably off-topic.  If we are posting often, the thread shouldn't get buried.  I tend to use the "new posts" feature and find the groups are a bit of a pain to go to as you have to open each one separately.

I won't be joining but would like to follow to catch some of the cheer leading. Forget the groups for virtually everything, as I use the New Post button as well.

I lost over 50 pounds over the course of 3 or 4 years and kept that weight level for at least six years. This fall it went out the door because of the medication I was prescribed. Losing that weight came about from making a few slight changes to my way of eating. I started eating my foods without any added fat, went from 2% milk to skim, threw out the deep fryer and watched my portions with much keener eyes. I increased the amount of walking I did and added a minor amount of exercise. I weighed myself this morning and I have packed back far too many pounds which I knew just from the feel of my clothes. Then this afternoon I happened to take a photo of some quilting where I saw myself, poured into my clothes, in the full length mirror. I took a photo of myself in the mirror that is going to be my motivation but strictly for my eyes only. I am hoping that on Jan 15 I get help from my specialist by him decreasing the amount of the drug. That will be the best help in this challenge for myself.

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Hcim55 replied on Fri, Dec 28 2012 7:16 PM

I would like join, I lost 100lbs, took about a year and a couple of months.. According to the "Charts" I have quite a bit more to lose....holy Hannah! But..... I would like to lose 15-20lbs. And call it done and maintain. I have kept the weight off for two years now, but really need to get the twenty off. I have just purchased a Fitbit and absolutely love it. I have the fitbit One.  If anyone is interested in syncing up as friends I would be up for that. 

P.S. I have recently read that whatever weight you should/want to be just add a zero and that is how many calories you should eat???

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Patti replied on Fri, Dec 28 2012 10:01 PM

oops, I didn't mean to post twice.  I thought I lost my first post.  Sorry.

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replied on Sat, Dec 29 2012 12:10 AM

I would love to join in also. Honestly I have commitment and motivation issues. I start off gung ho but lose steam quickly.  I have tried every thing, every program, they would have all worked, but I never stuck to them. I would do great, lose about 10 lbs then go back gradually to doing what got me here in the first place. I didn't become over weight untill after my third child. I still have that baby fat to lose and my baby is 29 years old.  I always have excuses, too cold to hot, feet hurt, tired, or just I don't care anymore. I can always justify why I am fat and why I don't want to move.  I am an RN, and preach to my patients all the time. I know exactly what to do and what I should do, and what will happen if I don't.   I honestly don't know what it will take to keep me motivated.  It is a nasty cycle, I get depressed because I am over weight, and feel bad about myself, so I over eat, then I feel worse because I just over ate. Round and round I go.   I am saying this here to maybe help me , to motivate me, to be honest .  I too have terrible painful neuropathy in my feet, and lower legs. Drs don't know why exactly, I had back surgery approx 10 years ago, from lifting patients, hazards of Nursing. The Neuropathy started then and progressively got worse. I can not stand long, nor can I sit long, or my legs and feet go numb, but still hurt. I am sure it would feel better if I didn't have the weight to haul around. I am borderline diabetic, have had hypertension for over 20 years and on meds. Last year I was working in the recovery room and just got a patient, I went into spontaneous Rapid Atrial Fibralation. Ended up in the Hosp.   So now Im on meds for that. I go in and out of it a few times a month, it wipes me out for a few days.  I also know if I could lose this weight I could help my health .  When I go on a program, and get more active, I feel great, but I just don't keep it up.  Is there a cure, is there a secret to it.  I have considered the way out, gastric banding, but don't think I would clear pre op, for the cardiac clearance.  So I am going to give this a shot, cause I have never told anyone all this.  But I am hoping someone else out there knows what I am saying, and has the same problem. I have over 80 lbs to lose.  Menopause was terrible, and did terrible things, I am 59 and feel I have wasted so much of the last 20 years being miserable, and making lame excuses..  I will try hard 1 more time.......

 

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Debbie replied on Sat, Dec 29 2012 12:55 AM

Candis - you are not alone, I'm also 59, about 60 lbs obese and have made all the excuses you name

I was diagnosed pre diabetic and high blood pressure in the last month.  We csn do it with each other's help.  hang in there, girlfriend and we'll all be big losers together, in the best way

 

 

 

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Star replied on Sat, Dec 29 2012 12:56 AM

Candis:
But I am hoping someone else out there knows what I am saying, and has the same problem. I have over 80 lbs to lose.  Menopause was terrible, and did terrible things, I am 59 and feel I have wasted so much of the last 20 years being miserable, and making lame excuses..  I will try hard 1 more time.......

Candis - I am right there with you. I am 58 and have 88 lbs to lose, and that would still put me 35 lbs over the "charts". I have back injuries from a car accident in 1988 (I weighed 133 and exercised 5-6 days a week), then I herniated a lumbar disk at work in the lab in 1990. I am a medical technologist, and was not approved for any kind of disability to help me recover. My back injuries are about 80% healed, the doctors said that is all I am going to get after all this time, but they are worse than they need to be due to all this weight, which I originally gained due to total inactivity for over 3 years. The third year was a shattered left arm in 1991, they saved it, and it does not fully extend anymore, but is almost like new, just missing about 30% of the radius at the elbow end. I really thought I was on the road to health and lifelong fitness three years ago, but the mind can do terrible things to the body.That being said, I do believe it is mind over body, willpower and all that.

I will go back to eating every 2.5 to 3 hrs, very small lean and green, protein rich meals. I know it sounds weird, but this is the formula that I found that works for me, it revs up my metabolism, gives me lots of energy, and I am not hungry because It seems like I am constantly eating. I keep it simple for myself, 2-3 meals a day are protein shakes, or bars, lots of salads and veggies, and lean meats, or I go meatless with meat substitutes like tofu or Boca products. I will start the exercising back up with at least 30 minutes of walking each day, right now that is about all I can do until I get some of this weight off, two much joint pain.

I am very thankful I have not had to have chemo as so many on this site have.

So, all that said, pity party over. Time to move forward and retake control of my life. Like Candis, I hope actually saying this out loud, or in this case writing it down, makes it real in my mind and triggers change to succeed. I remember the wonderful feeling of euphoria during the weight loss three years ago and really want to feel that way again. I am also hoping the imminent birth of my first grandchildren, my 33 year old daughter is having twin girls, will also serve to help me out of this dark place I have been the last couple of years.

Starting accountability phase today - current weight 248.2. OK, I just picked myself off the floor from admitting that, time to move forward..........

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Sabrina replied on Sat, Dec 29 2012 3:31 AM

Here is the dreaded before pic (I don't want Linda to be all by herself up here). I weigh exactly 220 lbs, and need to lose at least 50 lbs. Also, I am 6 feet tall, so that should add some perspective to my picture. People tell me that I don't look like I weigh 220 lbs, but I can hide quite a lot of pounds on a 6 ft frame.

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Star replied on Sat, Dec 29 2012 4:13 AM

Ok, I'll post a picture of myself too. I don't have any recent, but here are a couple from London in April 2012, just add 20 pounds. Seriously, I'm only 5'4". Ugh! I hate pictures of myself. The beautiful girl with me in the second picture is my only daughter, the one now having twins.

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Hcim55 replied on Sat, Dec 29 2012 6:22 AM

Star... I would be very interested in your meal plans, I hope you will share your with us. I struggle with getting enough protein in a given day. Have you tried protein shakes, and if you have what brand do you use?

five years ago I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, it was a big scare!  I was one of the lucky ones in that I had stage 1 and after a six pack of chemo and five years later i am now considered cured, and I count my blessings. Through it all, I came out on the other side feeling that I should respect and take better care of my body and health. Hence the weight loss. I can say one of the big reasons for my success is NO white sugar or flour. I always tell people it is a lot easier to say than do...hahaha. I am still learning how to do that. If I do have sugar I try to limit to 5grams per meal. I do exercise every day walk three miles, bike or elyptical or sometimes one or all of the above. I too am 57, very very close to 58. 

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Patti replied on Sat, Dec 29 2012 7:30 AM

Looks like many of us are in the same boat, pre-diabetic or other health issues that are worse because of our weight.   I eat more and the worse foods when I am under stress.  Which is usually related to work and unrealistic expectations.  When I start looking for chocolate I ask myself  "whats bothering me?" I feel like I lost a lot of my life to work the past 3 years, but  now that situation has changed much for the better. 

So I finally got on the scales that I have been avoiding, and it is the most I have weighed in about 5 years.  208.4 pounds.  If I could get down to 150, or even 165 I would be very happy.  I will take a picture later. 

 

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Barbara replied on Sat, Dec 29 2012 7:35 AM

Thanks Kris never thoguht of Yoga,I'll have to check that out . Barbara

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Kelli replied on Sat, Dec 29 2012 8:04 AM

I'm going to weigh in and take a before picture on the 1st. I am excited about having some people to go through this with. My DH is very supportive but, he loses weight like I lose my keys. LOL (Not that he really needs to lose that much.) Well, I am sure that this will help keep me motivated ... it will give me at least one more place to be accountable.

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Angele replied on Sat, Dec 29 2012 8:45 AM

Well, here it goes.  My current weight is 172.7 lbs.  I would like to lose 30 pounds before the end of 2013.  I think menopause took its toll on me as we'll as stress.  I am 54 and just gained twenty in the last five years.  Now my knees are beginning to give me grief.  Having lots of arthritis in the family, I know how important keeping my weight under control is.  I know that being here will keep me on track.  Also knowing that I can offer help end encouragement s to any of you is important too.  Oh I am 5'5"  tall.

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OK - I'm in and will weigh and post a pic on the first.  My first goal will be 15 lbs., which is still overweight according to the charts since I'm only 5'4", but that is all I can face right now.  I'll be on a low glycemic/medium carb diet as I'm also diabetic and low fat doesn't work as it's too carby. 

 

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PennyWyo replied on Sat, Dec 29 2012 8:59 AM

I'm definitely in, Patti.  I am a sugar and sweets addict.  Got off it for about one year but this Christmas hit me hard and now I am struggling again.  I know this will help the diabetes because I have done it.  About 1 1/2 years ago I got back blood work that showed I was on the borderline so I lost almost 30 pounds down to 145.  My blood work next time came back great.  Then for some reason, without eating sweets, my weight rose still and now that I'm having sweets again, my numbers are high on the diabetes potential.  So that's my goal as well:  off the sweets and down with the weight.  I won't take a picture because I do not look heavy since I'm tall.  But I know my past and really need to get down to 140 or 145.  It also helped my pre-hypertension on blood pressure to lose weight as well.  I work on an elyptical 3 times a week and do a very hard workout but that doesn't seem to help my weight.  I'm looking forward to the encouragement here as others struggle as well. 

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