I LOST 40 POUNDS!!!

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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 12/27/2007 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry this is a duplicate post, as I'd posted in response to one of Mommarose's posts . . . but thought it might be of encouragement to some you, as it has been exactly one year since I started working on this seriously.

Here goes:

By way of encouragement . . . I lost 40 pounds this year!!!! I got serious just a day or two before New Years a year ago . . .so I've been working on this for exactly a year. I had many weeks where I just maintained and most weeks I lost about a pound . . . but my focus was more on what I was putting in my mouth. I didn't count calories . . . I just asked myself if I was really hungry. I also try to figure out what I REALLY want to eat instead of just munching.

It is really hard to be chronically ill and not use food as a medicine. But I was carrying some heavy item up the stairs the other day and thought I might be carrying too much . . . . then I imagined all the weight I'd lost this year and I went to the scale and weighed myself with the item in my arms . . . it only weighed 25 lbs and I couldn't imagine adding that 40 that I'd lost back onto my body . . . it was all I could do to get that 25 lb item up those steps!!!! Kind of a reality check for me!! I also packed up most of our holiday cookies and treats and sent them off with visitors!!

Sending you each a nice hot cup of tea!!! I can always have a cup of tea w/o guilt . . . and I do enjoy holding the nice warm mug as much as the taste of the tea!!

Blessings!

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   Posted 12/27/2007 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow Rosie, this is great news!  yeah yeah yeah
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Weleetka
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   Posted 12/27/2007 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrats to you.... that is awesome..... I need will power.....

redrose77
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   Posted 12/27/2007 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
It's kind of funny, here I am 18 weeks (5 months) into this pregnancy and I haven't gained any real weight. My weight has gone up and down 5lbs (water weight) but each time my feet and hands return to normal I am back to my starting weight. The doctors are really happy about this since they said gain less than 15lbs the whole pregnancy. I am likely losing fat stores but am eating the absolute best that I can. I hope to continue my newer eating habits after the baby comes. I have been using veggies, fruit, and popcorn for my munchie attacks- but I still allow myself some candy/chocolate. I am eating constantly but that doesn't seem to matter. I wonder what will happen once I am off the prednisone. I went from more than 350 (the max my doctor's scales would weigh) to 198 in 6 months back in 1999 when I had a spontaneous remission of all my symptoms. Then I got pregnant gained 22lbs and lost it all in 6 weeks. If my son had lived I likely would not have regained any of the weight. I am thankful every single day I didn't regain it all. I am thinking that maybe 2008 will be the year I begin re-losing that weight. I loved how I looked at 198- I was a size 12. I could go as low as 140-150 and not look too thin but once I go below that I begin to get that skeletal look. I think part of the reason I lost so fast in 1999 is that I carry a ton of excess fluids. Once they begin to come off the weight comes off really fast.

If I can be 18 weeks into this pregnancy, constantly eating, and on prednisone and not gain any real weight imagine what we all could do if we just switched to healthier snacks.
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   Posted 12/27/2007 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Rosie, that is awesome!!!!  YOU GO GIRLFRIEND!!!  Wow, that's a lot of weight to lose considering the meds, pain, etc.  I'm very proud of you. You're going to be my inspiration!  I need to lose 25-30lbs.  It's gonna be hard, but I am determined to do it. I'm already eating better and exercising, so here we go!
 
Thanks for sharing your monumental news!!  WOO-HOO! yeah
 
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gloryroad
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   Posted 12/27/2007 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
WoW!!!!! that is incredible and inspiring. It is so difficult to lose weight under normal circumstances - so WAY TO GO ROSIE!!!
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   Posted 12/27/2007 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Great news.  You prove that it is possible to lose weight by doing something simple.....limiting what you eat.
 
I have been fortunate and still weigh at 65 what I weighed at 16.  Even after over 2 years on prednisone.  Watching what and how much you eat and being a more active can work.  
 
Have a great new year and I hope you can achieve whatever your new goals will be.
 
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 12/28/2007 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone!!

Great Bill!! what an inspiration!

I did start wearing my pedometer more this year. I don't wear it often, but I keep trying to include it in my life. I sometimes even step in place for a 100 count. These little things do add up. I just really needed/need to do something and even if I lose another 40 this year, I won't be a string bean!! I have tried repeatedly over the last couple years to build a walking program. I have still been unsuccessful in getting very far . . . but am convinced that even a tiny walk is a good thing in many ways. I'll see what I can do this year. Woooo hoooo!!!

Blessings!

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okie
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   Posted 12/28/2007 4:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Wow Rosie, now's that's somthing to really be proud of!. At one time in my life I weighed 214 lbs. I'm down to 150 now but the last 18 has been in the past month when I was in the hospital and than got that awful flu. I thought I would immediately gain it back but I actually lost 5 more lbs. I havn't done anything diferent but the doctor did put me on a couple different meds so that my account for the last 5. I'm not holding my breath though.I'm only 5'2 so I still could loose anoter 20 lbs and would be happy. Being 50 years old I don't need to be a string bean but like you said it's hard to carry that extra weight. Me with my breathing problems makes it even harder.

40 lbs in a year is a really good amount off weight. That means you are adjusting your habits and you will have a better chance of keeping it off. What a christmas gift to yourself. Can't think of a better gift than being as healthy as possible.

Thanks for sharing your news with us. It's awesome!

love ya carol


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   Posted 12/28/2007 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Rosie,

   Thats wonderful news!!! yeah yeah yeah   You are an inspiration to us! Way to go!!

                                                     (((Hugs))) Babs


 
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 12/28/2007 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Carol . . . . Sounds like you've done REALLY well yourself!! I'm just a few pounds below your starting weight eyes . . . but I am encouraged to continue what I'm doing. I do use a smaller plate sometimes and I don't go back for seconds . . . I just picture it as the next meal!! Yes! I decided that I'd need to lose the weight in a manner that I could make a life-time habit. It seemed v-e-r-y slow and very little progress initially, but now I see that it really does add up.

Thanks Babs!! It helps that I was feeling better much of this year too. Pain and chronic illness really makes it hard to lose weight. I hope you had a nice holiday sis!!

Blessings!

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   Posted 12/28/2007 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Rosie,

So happy about your achievement. I think you are absolutely right that what you do to lose weight needs to be something that can be done for a lifetime. Lots of good wishes for a healthy lifestyle.

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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 12/29/2007 2:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Emmi!! Nice to see you posting!!

Blessings!

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KaAl
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   Posted 12/29/2007 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Rosie, just wanted to say congrats on your weight loss!!!

AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 12/29/2007 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks . . . I've been put to the test this week . . . that's for sure. I allowed myself to enjoy the holidays within reason, but am trying to rein it back in again. *phewwww* I need to send all our holiday sweet stuff to work with hubby.

Blessings!

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kpeachy75
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   Posted 1/1/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
wow -- that's awesome! That's my resolution this year -- to drop 50 pounds. Heck, I'll be happy with 40 pounds! It will be a lifestyle adjustment though -- I've decided to start doing smaller portions and exercising three times a week.
Take care, peachy
 
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 1/1/2008 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
You go for it peachy!!

I still have a LOT to go . . . but I lost that weight with modest every day changes . . . nothing drastic . . and I do try to at least march in place to 100 if I'm not getting in some type of movement. I like to walk when I'm up to it, but I have to be content doing 1/4 to 1 mile. It really does make a difference too. I hope you are successful!!

Blessings!

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Audrey Ann
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   Posted 1/1/2008 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations on your great weight loss, Rosie! You are right, even exercising for 5 minutes here and there really adds up!

I need to drop about 25-30 pounds from my three years of on and off prednisone, too. I have cut out almost all of my sugar and, since I have been feeling much better, I am moving more, too! I can tell a difference but it is very slow, isn't it? I seem to really need the comfort foods and sweets when the pain gets to be too much. I don't really overeat or crave sweets if I feel better. Hmmm...

Great job, though, Rosie! We are all here to be your cheerleader! Yeah!
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 1/1/2008 10:27 PM (GMT -7)   
You are right Audrey Ann! Pain and chronic illness do make us want to use food as medicine . . . I'm SO done with that. I've been wearing zip-up jeans and slacks . . . that makes a difference too because you feel full faster when your pants are fitted instead of elastic. I started wearing lose pants when I was so fatigued because it is much less effort . . . but I wear the fitted as much as possible now.

Thanks for the encouragement . . . sounds like you are on the same road!!

Blessings!

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Ginny
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   Posted 1/1/2008 10:45 PM (GMT -7)   
WOW.  I really need to listen to your advice Rosie.  I always think that we need to do a full on crazy cardio workout to lose the weight. I will start doing small workouts a few times a day, while I'm watching t.v.!  That way I won't be tempted to park my ever-expanding-tush on the couch with a bag of chips.....
 
Okay, starting tomorrow, marching in place a few times every day. I might even add a can of Chunky Soup to each hand as weights! 
 
Thanks for giving us all so much hope!
 
love
Ginny
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 1/1/2008 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ginny . . . I'm amazed at what a difference small, but regular, exercise makes. I visited Chicago in the summer to see my son and there are NO fat people there. They walk everywhere because if you used a car there would be no place to park. You walk to the elevated subway and to the store and to work. Its just a few blocks, but the payoff is great. So I came home and walked my dogs each potty break (just 10 minutes) and it really helps weight and endurance.

I hope I continue to lose because I think it is the best gift I could give myself. I went from a size 22 to an 18 and I'd like to get down to a 14. I don't want to lose any weight that won't be kept off, so I'm just continuing in moderation.

Go for it Ginny!!!

Blessings!

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