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   Posted 9/29/2010 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
How do you start when you have a good morning and from there go downhill with your eating. It seems like I always refer to "tomorrow I will..."I want to do this but cannot keep the momentum. It is like this for other things in my life also. How do you get started? I am in the process of changing drs. and on prozac. Does that cause weight gain? Well, here I am babbling. My main question is how do you maintain the momentum once you start? thanks,

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   Posted 9/29/2010 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I have this problem and the best way to stop is to tell yourself to start right now, and quit putting it off until tomorrow.  Doesn't matter that you have started out good and then went downhill, just reverse yourself and go uphill.
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   Posted 9/29/2010 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
make a start. a suggestion: a short priority list. keep reaching out.
hang in there, we are here for support. jamie.

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   Posted 9/30/2010 12:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I lost weight on Prozac twice, attribute it to feeling good because I was up at the crack of dawn anyway, very anxious, and started speed walking in my neighborhood for 45 min. weekdays. And ate popcorn and microwave tomato soup for dinner every night, don't know if that helped or not. My answer to not messing up the kitchen. That was in the early days of Prozac, and they said you could expect a 15% reduction in weight. They don't say that anymore. Its usually a weight gain as it is with most meds. So get ahold of yourself NOW.
Just do it ! - get started even if its the middle of the day. Don't figure that the day is already shot because you ate xxx already. Get a calorie book, recommend the $7 one at Walmart that has all the fast food, restaurants, etc you can imagine. You will die to see what the calorie count is of seemingly innocent things. You cannot eat fastfood if you want to lose weight. Bring apples, celery carrots, sandwich with LEAN meat like roast chicken or turkey, not lunch meat. You could try a diet frozen meal, they're skimpy and you see that your old amounts of consumption were way overboard, not just a little. Get a nice food scale, and measure out portions of a pkg of 5% ground meat, fish, chicken breast, put in ziploc bag and freeze. Thats your dinner, with LOTS of frozen vegetables. Or weigh it, cut it, cook it, and keep it in the fridge for later in the week. Doesn't work if you are going to go in there again and have just one piece-that's a serving, no good. At least temporarily abstain from bread, crackers, and the lot. If you make a sandwich use whole grain, high fiber % on the wrapper. Measure out everything with your measuring cups and spoons. Amazing how small a serving size of cereal and milk is if its measured out. These things will shock you as you realize how much overeating you have slipped into. Vegetables are your best friend. Unljmited raw, no dip no matter how low cal you think it is. Skip the salad dressing too, use Balsamic vinegar. If you measured a real svg size of salad drsg you would see its so puny that its not worth it. Back to raw veg, cucumbers are great, simply slice the ends off, slice the rest, half those, place in a bowl, add vinegar if desired, and go for it. You can eat carrots unpeeled too, just cut the ends off and go. Also, celery, cut the tough dirty part off, cut the whole thing into thirds, put into water in the fridge, or zip loc bag. The idea is to have easy stuff ready to grab when you are "checking" the fridge. Don't buy sugary or processed snacks, they are killers. Fresh fruit is also excellent, my current favorite is watermellon, slice, cut rind off, place in big tupperware or zip loc, and its there. Bananas are a bit high in cal, also grapes and raisins. Measure them.
Attack this head on, go all out. My husband lost 50 # this way, in about 9 mos. He also eats 5 oz. of Salmon a couple times a week, fish is good. Get out and walk. He started with walking 5 min./day 3x/day at first for a week. Then increased it. Joined a fitness place, cheap 24 hr one, and went 3 x/wk to use the elliptical and treadmill only.
So, what's my problem? No exercise. Stalled at 20# weight loss, disheartening, I hardly eat at all.
End of lecture. Sorry if I went on and on, but myself I would have never thought he could lose 50# so fast, and keep it off. And that's how he did it.
Good luck, remember what Michael Jordain said, JUST DO IT.

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   Posted 9/30/2010 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
And with all that I forgot something.
Beverages. No soda, diet or reg, no juice, too concentrated. Ice cold water with lemon. Sounds really difficult, but isn't. I quit coffee, diet gingerale, six-pack/day and am saving money. You get used to the water if it is ice cold from the fridge. The lemon is optional.
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