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MJLD
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   Posted 1/9/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, tomorrow I am starting a carb controlled diet.  My urine protein level has always been so high I couldn't do the carb thing because it increases your protein intake so much.  But,  my urine protein level is the lowest it has ever been, finally!!  So,  i'm going to give it a try.  I drop down tomorrow on the prednisone to 10mg daily.  Two years ago I had lost 140 lbs doing a low calorie diet and walking,  in less than a year.  I have gained it all back and am quite huge and miserable.  I feel like with God's help I can do it again.  We always have to try!  Never give up!!  Has anyone had success with low carb?  JUdy

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   Posted 1/9/2008 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   

I haven't done low carb diets but I wanted to encourage you Judy.  I have been doing Weight Watchers since September.  I have lost 30 pounds and really feel great.  I still have a lot to lose but I feel like I can attain it.  I am going to be buying a treadmill soon so I can exercise. 

If you lost weight before you can do it again.  Just keep to it, no matter what.  Keep going even when you don't feel like it and when you make a mistake and blow it just get up and start again.  That's what I do.  I remind myself I am not perfect and just continue to do what I know works.  I feel so much better physically.  It is amazing how losing so little can make such a big difference.

Let us know how you do Judy.  I will be thinking of you and encouraging you on....

 

Mary Ann yeah


 
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IALupus
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   Posted 1/10/2008 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
WTG we are all cheering you on!!!! I finally got the go ahead from my Rhumey and liver dr to get the lap-band!!!! Wish me luck!
SLE 9/99-Autoimmune Hepititis 2006- Asthma- Fibromyalgia   The list is tooo long for me to type!!  Just ask I will tell.
Methotrexate, Immuran, Singular, Protonix, Allegra-D, Combevent, Duo Neb, Lasix, Imeripex, Flexiril, Zoloft, Predisone and pain meds. There is more but not that important.


brandichi
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   Posted 1/10/2008 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, good for you!!!!!  I've been doing a low carb diet since April, and I've lost 70 pounds so far.  I still have another 30-50 to go, but I'm feeling great these days, and I know the foods I eat and the nutrition I'm getting is the biggest reason why my health is so much better.  From the research I've read and other people I know who are living successfully with lupus, Sjogren's, RA, and other related auto-immune diseases, a low carb diet helps us tremendously.  If you have any questions, or want some support as you do this, let me know - I'm glad to help.  :)
 
By the way, be sure the oil/fat you get in your diet is the healthy kind - olive oil, real butter (not margarine), or canola oil.  Also, it will help if you keep a food diary for the first few weeks.  Write down everything you eat, and record how you feel after you eat.  Notice if certain foods make you more energetic or lethargic, etc.  I found for me the best quality proteins are fish, beef, and eggs.  As healthy as chicken is, it doesn't make me feel all that energetic, so I only eat it 1-2x/week. 
 
All the best to you...you can do it!!!!!!
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Eating healthy foods - no processed foods, no sugar, no flour, no caffeine.  Lots of good protein, vegs, healthy oils, fruit, and healthy carbs.  Down 70 pounds so far and counting!
 
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 1/10/2008 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Judy,

I lost WAY big on a low carb diet (Atkins). I also felt very well while on the diet. My only problem was that when I got near goal and after having done the diet for several months . . . I went on a carb frenzie and could not get enough carbs. It was really wild. There were also foods (proteins) that I could no longer tolerate . . . I got so I'd gag if I looked at certain foods. When I added some items back into my diet they made me ill (vomiting). But I did lose all my weight and I did feel really good during the diet. I just didn't keep it off and I went on to gain more than double what I'd lost sad. I'm not blaming that on the diet . . . it is always my own decision what I put in my mouth. Its just my experience. I actually did the low carb diet twice where I lost all my weight . . . so after doing it the second time I've decided to make more subtle changes in my eating and lifestyle habits. I'm losing very slowly . . . but have been steadily losing for a full year now. I'm planning on a life-long journey with this method.

I hesitated to answer your post until you got some encouraging responses first. As I have seen many people lose lots of weight on all types of plans . . . but I see very few people keep it off. I think, no matter what method you chose, its helpful to be aware that losing is easier than maintaining. Sounds hoaky . . . but I've lost my weight via group meetings (I'm a life-time member!) and through church groups, through atkins . . . I've lost it over and over . . . but I always regain it with more than I started. With all that said . . . 90% of all people who lose weight will gain it back . . . so any program can fall into this scrutiny.

OK . . . not wanting to be a wet blanket!! Whatever motivates YOU . . . do it. I hope you'll keep us posted and I hope you'll be one of the 10% who keep it off!!!!

Wooooooo Hooooooo Go Judy!!!

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MJLD
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   Posted 1/10/2008 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for encouragement/caution. I reallllyyyyy appreciate it. I have noted that many people tend to regain what they lost plus some with the atkins method. I really feel like it's my best option right now. I will keep you guys posted on my progress. I have mentioned before that I am writing a book about lupus. I also plan to keep a photo journal of my weight loss. I think it is a huge (pardon the pun) issue that is a part of lupus due to medications; and it has a major impact on our lives. I know it has mine. Thanks again. It's good to have a place to go for understanding and encouragement. God Bless, Judy

MJLD
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   Posted 1/10/2008 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
IALupus, When do you plan to have the lap band? Please let me know how you do. Good Luck.

IALupus
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   Posted 1/10/2008 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I have all the ok's I need,  I revisit the surgeon on the 9th of Feb.  I will keep you posted!!!
Good liuck to all on their diet aventures!!
 
SLE 9/99-Autoimmune Hepititis 2006- Asthma- Fibromyalgia   The list is tooo long for me to type!!  Just ask I will tell.
Methotrexate, Immuran, Singular, Protonix, Allegra-D, Combevent, Duo Neb, Lasix, Imeripex, Flexiril, Zoloft, Predisone and pain meds. There is more but not that important.

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