Weight Loss for the New Year?

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Myself 09
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   Posted 1/5/2010 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I shall be typical and start weight loss for a resolution.

Anyone else?

I lost 50 pounds with Weight Watchers five years ago and gained 40 pounds back. This was when I was already diagnosed. I did not have a workout regimen then, and I definitely do now!!

Current weight-177.6
Goal-150

I will be doing Weight Watchers again, because it is a good program and I know it works.

Nana Monster
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   Posted 1/5/2010 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd love to be 150....heck I'd settle for 170. Right now I weigh 200-205. I don't work out as my job is
very physical. I unload dishes in a 200 resident nursing home. I check the trays at breakfast and lunch so
there is a lot of bending and stretching. With unloading it's adding up to 20 lbs on top of what I weigh for
about 1 1/2 hours straight...also bending and stretching. Then it's an hour of racking. reach and stretch.

Now that the snow hit I'm doing about an hour or two a day (lately even more) of shoveling.

In the summer it's up to 6 or 7 hours of straight push mowing (I do 2 acres). I upgraded to a 20"
mower from my 18". If I can do all this and not lose weight I sure would like to know any secrets
on how to do so.

Dagger
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   Posted 1/5/2010 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Weight loss is governed more by what you eat than by what you do. While exercise is important for health and well-being, it really doesn't help a lot with weight loss. If you work really hard, you might burn an extra 400 calories in an hour. I know I can easily consume an extra 400 calories in about 2 minutes. Most people with fibro would not be able to exercise with the intensity and regularity to lose a lot of weight. Plus, I saw a news story last month that exercise increases the appetites of some people.

I started an intense exercise program last year where I went from relative couch potato to 5 to 6 hours of moderate to intense activity per week. In about 3 months, I lost less than 2 pounds. I then adjusted my food intake, eating fewer carbs and more protein and vegetables. I lost about 20 pounds in the next four months. I then had surgery and couldn't exercise for about three months but I stuck to the same eating plan. I did not gain any weight. I should have started exercising again last month but I wasn't looking forward to the extra pain at the beginning so I've been taking it easy. I just spent a week at my sister's house eating donuts, chocolate and other favorites and put on four pounds. We did a lot of walking, more than I've done in the past month, yet I still gained weight because of what I was eating.

I'm not saying we shouldn't exercise, our bodies need it. The most effective way to lose weight and keep it off is to change the way we eat.

Littleneck
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   Posted 1/5/2010 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Dagger, that is exactly what I'm doing this year. I've been looking at different ways of eating and bought myself a juicer for Christmas. I don't really like the taste of green veggies (except for a couple) and really need to get my dark leafies in, so I figured the easiest way for me to get those nutrients was from juicing. Mixed with fruit, the juicer is so heavy duty that the green veggies combine really easily and the taste isn't so bad :) All that's left in the juicer is the fiber, which I get a lot of anyway. My goal is to try and be as consistent as I can in eating more veggies and fruits (which is really hard in Alaska), fewer carbs, and drinking green smoothies for nutrients.

WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 1/5/2010 10:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I resolved to get healthier not to lose weight

Myself 09
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   Posted 1/6/2010 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Yep, Dagger. That's why I choose Weight Watchers. Eating well and making good choices are the largest parts of finding and maintaining a healthy weight. It's hard, though. It is so much easier to just grab what tastes good. At least with WW, you are taught to become accountable for grabbing something good from the vending machine.

Exercise simply tightens and redistributes the weight. I started doing light cardio and water aerobics three years ago as pain management.

Wow, I bet it is hard finding veggies in Alaska right now!! And Nana, you do a whole lot of work! How does your body stand it??

Healthy living, all.
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Nana Monster
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   Posted 1/6/2010 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Personally, there are so few foods I actually like that it's hard to find a"diet". Most are disgusting
veggies and fruits. I don't like most of them or soda or sugars or polluting my coffee or tea or
putting stuff on my meat or fries (homies or otherwise). I'm into plain food. The most adventurous
I get is my "Nasty Burger" which consists of bacon mushroom swiss with peanut butter and dill
pickles. I don't have them very often as most diners look at you like you're some kind of lunatic.
I don't eat a whole lot but my Mom hardly ate and she was 350. My Grandma was big too so
how much is genitic??

TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 1/6/2010 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Apparently, I started my resolution early. I never make resolutions... but weight loss year-round sounds good to me. So, I started in November-ish... I was 208(my high), from taking Lyrica and gaining weight. I was always a healthy 170-muscular. When I quit the Lyrica I stopped gaining. So, from 208 I took Cymbalta which made me really sick for a month I didnt eat much at all and went down to 198 before I could get off of it. Then, I started taking Focalin and went down to 194...

So, in December, I decided I was tired of my weight and I would be thrilled with myself if I were lossing, even though I am fine where Im at... it doesnt bother me so much.... So, I STOPPED drinking soda, no caffeine, no sugar, no sweets. And that made the BIGGEST difference. In about 5 weeks I have lost approx. 18lbs, give or take. Im now at 176.2. For Christmas I got a Wii Fit and I love playing it all of the time! That combined with smaller, healthier meals, no caffeine, no sugars, no sweets, low carbs... that has made a difference and Im still losing!

I cant tell a difference looking at myself really... but people comment and it feels good for my clothes to be too big for a change! All my life they have just gotten smaller! lol So, Im very excited to be able to wear some of my old stuff again!

Good luck! And I hope you guys are able to accomplish a lighter, healthier lifestyle! :)
-Christi
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Sherrine
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   Posted 1/6/2010 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   
There are some really great ideas here.  I lost 85 pounds about seven years ago and have kept it off.  I watch carbs for the most part and eat fresh foods and vegetable, lean meats, etc.  I, too, have cut out sodas and I drink mainly water.  I do have my hot tea, though.  Got to have the caffeine!  tongue   I don't eat fast foods and I rarely eat fried foods.  I broil, bake, and roast most everything.  So, this is what worked for me.  I had been on nearly every diet imaginable.  I even tried seeing a psychologist and I was also hypnotized to try to lose weight!  Nothing worked and I had struggled all of my life with my weight.  I'm still not thin but I'm happy with my weight now.  I just realized a diet didn't work for me because as soon as I got off it, I would regain the weight.  I needed an eating plan that allowed me to lose weight and this was it.  By the way, whenever I go out to eat, I eat whatever I want...hang the carbs!  yeah   Oh, I do a lot of walking and that helps, too.
 
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crazykitty
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   Posted 1/6/2010 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I've lost my weight and now am trying to maintain it. Over the years I have lost and gained.
Now, I really don't deny myself foods I want, I try to use portion control. Somedays making
reasonable food choices is difficult when my body is craving comfort food. You tell me I
can't have something and I want it all the more. Balance is important in everything we do.
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Hopegirl
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   Posted 1/7/2010 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Yes, I just started WWers this monday.
I'm 250 and would like to be around 160ish.
 
 
Monica
 
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Current Meds: Tramadol, Percocet for break thru pain, & Adavan
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getting by
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   Posted 1/7/2010 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I think it is a combination of eating healthy and exercising.  I do think exercise can help.  And I realize that you can weigh more due to muscle mass.  I have dense muscle tissue.  I tend to carry more weight than I look like I do.  Healthy or not, I don't know.  But I do know that muscle can burn fat.  Which is good. 
 
hugs Karen
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Nana Monster
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   Posted 1/8/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I know this sounds weird, but I would love to get my hands on some birth control pills. I used
lo-ovral for 5 years and lost 75 pounds the first year and was a steady 110-135. Now I weigh 200-215.
At 5' tall that's not good. Does anyone know of an herbal equivelent? I'm willing to try it as even on
herbal thyriod med I gained weight. (I gained 26 lbs in 2 weeks with lo-thryroxin). I just love
reverse polarity!!!

Myself 09
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   Posted 1/8/2010 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL Nana.  Lucky YOU... for me the pill makes me gain!  And gives me migraines.
 
Crazy Kitty: I found maintenance really hard.  I kept it off for a year, and then it slowly came back on for another year (about 15 pounsd worth).  Then, when I moved to a place I hated for a job, leaving my partner behind, the remaining 30 pounds came back on, with a vengeance.  Keep on maintaining!!  It's worth the work!!
 
You go HopeGirl!!  WW is a really good program, so long as you follow the program.  I have found this time through that the water is really necessary for me.
 
Official Weighin tomorrow morning!  Currently at 175.8 as of this morning!
 
Eat well and stay healthy!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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There are three kinds of people in the world: ones who see the glass as half-full, ones who see the glass as half-empty, and others who see a big crack in the side which is leaking all over their %$#@# foot.


crazykitty
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   Posted 1/8/2010 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck to all of you who are working on weight loss, It does take commitment. I am
working on keeping my weight off. My closet contains clothing of different sizes. I am getting
rid of everything that is too big for me. If I keep these clothes it is like giving myself permission
to gain back the weight. I drink plenty of water and try to eat sensibly and watch my portions.
Never skip breakfast, it gets your metabolism going. Exercise is always good. I need it to get
rid of the kinks.
Cheering you all on!

Hugs, Robin
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 Disc Disease, Hypertension, Migraines and Pseudothrombocytopenia MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella,Flexeril,Diltiazem, Boniva, Vitamins 

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