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Old 05-09-2013, 12:19 PM   #166
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Hi all,
May I join your group? I need to check in somewhere daily (at least!) to hold myself accountable. I am 53, and on day 3 of my own home version of Ideal Protein. I am too cheap to do the real thing (and my husband would not be supportive of that type of expenditure). I have 70 pounds to lose, but my first goal is 50. So far I am very motivated, but pretty hungry as well. I am hoping the hunger will lesson in a few days. I am so very tired of being uncomfortable! I lost 50 pounds in 2006, and maintained beautifully until some stressful events occurred, and menopause hit. So it feels like almost overnight someone has put a fat suit on me or something! I am trying the method of "losing 5 pounds 10 times", instead of losing 50 pounds. You seem like a nice group. I look forward to getting to know you all!
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:44 PM   #167
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Oh my gosh.. there are actual people in this thread I AM SOOOOO HAPPY... Welcome to us seasoned people

I hope everyone is doing really well on their journey and had a good day. I have hit a big bump in my road of weight loss.. Overdid it really bad 2 days this week . First time I really overdid it since January and it has me down. But I have stayed true to my plan today and ate well. I just hope that my sugar cravings subside soon so I can get back in the swing of things and do the plan on auto pilot like I had been.

What have you all done when you have gotten off the healthy eating path?
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:16 AM   #168
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Hi everybody, can I play, too? I'm trying to lose a couple more pounds, and it's been HARD! I'm doing s. beach, it fits me best and I tend to have a belly which it deals with. I'm also in the middle of 30day shred. I have only lost a little weight from it, but tons of inches. I'm almost in my skinny jeans, but the scale hasn't moved.

WannaSkip, you crack me up, talking to the thread!

When I've had a bad day--which I had the last two weekends--I just ignore it and get back OP. it always sets up my cravings,though and I struggle for a couple days after. So I'm always telling myself "well, at least today was better than yesterday!"
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Old 05-10-2013, 03:19 PM   #169
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Good morning ladies,
Last October dh and I started camping every weekend for the winter and that's when my weight came to a standstill. I managed to maintain until about 2 months ago when my weight started to creep up on me. I was down to 205 and it went up to 219. I finally got my head straight and have been doing well. I'm at 208.5 this morning. I have 3.5 to get back to my lowest point. I put on my jeans that were too tight 2 months ago. I have started my jogging on my mini trampoline and that helps me drop sizes fast. If any of you are interested. I hate exercise but one day a friend told me about the mini trampoline at wal mart. It cost between 35 and 40 $. Best thing I have ever bought. I can jog and it doesn't hurt the joints from being so heavy. I do it every day for 20 to 30 minutes except weekends. When I first got it I couldn't do 5 minutes. Before I stalled in October in was dropping a pants size every 6 to 7 weeks from the trampoline. Just thought I'd share. Today I turn 52 and I'm hoping to avoid birthday cake. The plan I'm on is called dukan diet. It was wrote by a dr in Europe. It high protein low carb sugar fat. It's the best thing I've ever discovered. I'm a meat eater and I guess that's why it works or me.

A little about my self: married 29 years with 2 sons. We are very active in hunting and fishing and camping. We hunt from October to February and fish from April to september. Just about every weekend we are camping. Yes I do hunt. Lol. I climb tree stands to deer hunt. Guess you could say I'm pretty active. I'm from south Louisiana and we are known for cajun cooking. That's why I'm overweight. Love to cook and entertain friends and family. I would like to lose about 40 more lbs. 165 is my goal. I'm only 5 2 and I know it's still a bit heavy for my height but I'm also 52 and will never maintain 125. I'd like to be in a size 12 jeans. Right now I'm in a 18 ladies. I was in a 26 womans.

Just dance I always try to get right back on after having a bad eating day. I learned something about myself that I never knew about but heard often. The more carbs I eat the more I crave and tend to stay off tract.

Sue when I get off of my plan I always try to get back on. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Weekends tend to sabotage me.

BBP small goals really work. When I started I weighed 281. The thought of just getting to 181 was overwhelming it being 100 lbs I needed to lose + more. I took 1 day at a time and the more I lost the better I felt. The sizes started dropping and I maintained that for awhile. Just recently have I started Whst I call phase 2. I never set a timeline for goal. When I get there I get there. Maybe because finally it sunk in this is forever going to be my fight. There is no goal no end. I did learn something though. I could follow my diet well on weekdays and splurge on weekends and my weight stayed the same.

I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you

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Old 05-10-2013, 04:56 PM   #170
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Cajun,
ongratulations on your success so far. That is awesome. I am familiar with the Dukan diet. I did it for awhile, but it turned out to be too much meat for me.
I lasted a whole two days on my version of Ideal Protein. I am a nurse and have studied a lot on nutrition, so I have a hard time with the severely restricted diets...I just dont agree with them. I do agree about the insulin problems with carbs,so I can agree to cut out all sugar and white flour, rice, potatoes, etc. And I can even agree to cutout most fruits. But I need my veggies, and some legumes from time to time. I think my only option is to be as strict as possible on a South Beach type diet. I do think I have to cut our dairy as well. Even though most dairy has little to no carbs, I find that it really stalls any weight loss for me. probably because it carries a ton of calories...anyway, what I wAted to say was that you are so right. It is pointless to put time on the goals. That has been ymistake for years now. I write my goal weights on the calendar, and I never reach them, so I get disappointed... It's a lifelong thing. Thanks for reminding me of that!
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Old 05-10-2013, 04:57 PM   #171
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Sorry for all the typos in my last post!!!
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:35 AM   #172
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Hi everybody, yay Saturday, my day off. Going for a walk, then 30day shred. Church this afternoon, and tonight is a girls' night out at a friend's house. I will eat whatever I'm served, but I can't imagine that it'll be OP. I hope Jillian will take care of it, and Tomorrow I'll try to eat less, but when there's a lot of carbs it does set me up for cravings. I guess today and tomorrow will just have to be lots of vegetables. Lentils for lunch!

I also like that idea of no time limit on the goals. I didn't realize it but it sets us up for feeling like failures, because what do we do when we don't reach it in time? You're right, it is much better to just eat right and let it work out.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:46 AM   #173
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Welcome Rhonda when you first start it is overwhelming but just make small goals and that will help! I had almost 60 lbs to lose when I started and that really helps I am 62 and sometimes I think that when you hit 60 it is super glued on! Good Luck!
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:29 PM   #174
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Hi Ladies! Another newcomer to the group, so wannaskip doesn't have to talk to the thread anymore. My name is Susan and I'm 55. I'm a single mom with two adult children: a daughter, 32 and a son, 31.

I'm a partner in a major accounting firm and I spend many, many hours behind a computer every day. When I was in my 20's and early 30's, I weighed about 120 lbs, but since then I've slowly and steadily gained...a case of spending too much time working and not enough time exercising, plus too many lunches and dinners in restaurants. When I hit 50, I was in the 160's, but since then (post-menopause) the pounds just seem to want to pile on. So, it's time to do something about it, although Allisgirl makes a good point: the older we get, the more the weight seems to be glued on.

I'm not on any special diet...just trying to eat healthy, while cutting back on calories and carbs. I'm also making time to exercise. I envy you, JustDanceGirl, if you can keep up with Jillian. I watched the 30-day Shred on my computer, and my eyes just got bigger and bigger...that's quite a bit beyond me at this point! Cajun mentioned her trampoline on another thread, which prompted me to go out and get one. I'm still getting used to it, but so far it's fun. So, thanks again for the suggestion, Cajun. I also like to go for a daily power-walk outside or walk on my treadmill when it's raining out, plus I do weight training. My son is a personal trainer and he designs programs for me and teaches me proper form (even though I drive him nuts).

Oh, and not only have I gained weight over the years, I've also gotten shorter. When I was younger, I was 5' 7.5"...but now I'm only 5' 5"! Has that happened to any of you?
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:03 AM   #175
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Hello There
I'd also like to join you. I try to eat healthily but it was a long winter and I put on a lot of weight. I have also been through many difficult times and multiple bereavements and money problems which sent me to unconsciously comfort eat my way to my current weight while I was still a member of a weight loss club!
Now the weather is better I started trying to diet and exercise on my own in the past two weeks but have only lost 1 pound, I still comfort eat when on my own and then when I socialise everyone is giving me mountains of food!
So here I am, hope to gain friends and lose weight.
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:15 AM   #176
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Hello again
I forgot to say I'm 52, living in London, I have a grown up son who lives abroad. I am a musician and do many creative things and voluntary work but get somewhat isolated, have a lot of problems with my health.
Hello to you all!
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:13 AM   #177
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Hi Muse...nice to meet you. Where does your son live? I'm originally from the U.K., just outside of Manchester, although I've been in Canada now since I was a young girl. My daughter and her fiance currently live in Oxford. He works there (he's in publishing), and my daughter is doing her PhD at Oxford University (Law).

I absolutely love London...it's one of my favorite cities in the world. I will be going to Oxford to visit my daughter and her fiance in September, and I can guarantee we'll spend some time in London. I love the theatre, plus I love just walking around and seeing the architecture and the history.
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Hello Tuscanny

Nice to meet you too. My son lives in Germany. Oxford is a beautiful place, I go there often. Walking around to see architecture is a good way of losing weight (if not followed by a visit to a cafe). I find I only really notice the architecture when I am in a place not familiar to me. What is Ontario like? and can you tell me how you have managed to lose weight?
Do you like Tuscany too? I love the architecture in Italy.
I am enrolled to study again in September but am waiting to hear from my Uni to see if they are going to give me a scholarship. There is only ONE scholarship between 300 applicants, otherwise I have to struggle on to make ends meet.
Hope to hear from you especially any tips on how to lose weight.
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:01 AM   #179
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Hi Muse: What I've done to lose weight so far is to reduce calories and carbs, eat plenty of protein and be careful with my sodium intake. My routine is below, although I'd love to hear your and other people's routines. Perhaps we can learn from each other.

My calories typically range from 1200 to 1400, depending on the day; my carbs typically stay below 75; my protein is normally at or above 100; and I avoid sodium where possible. A typical day's menu is as follows:

Breakfast: I've never been much of a breakfast eater. So, I just have coffee with creamer (the low-fat powder stuff) and artificial sweetener, plus a protein shake.

Lunch: Usually a salad, with low-cal dressing and a protein source, such as chicken. Sometimes I might have an omelette instead.

Mid-afternoon snack: Greek yoghurt, or a protein bar, or some veggies (not all three...one of the three!).

Supper: Baked salmon or a similar protein (fish or lean meat), plus steamed veggies or a salad.

On the advice of my son, I try to eat every 3 hours or so, and I don't eat after 7pm. I also drink lots of water (at least 2 litres per day) and, other than my morning coffee, water is all I drink. As for exercise, I walk (3.5 to 4.0 mph pace) on my treadmill first thing in the morning for 30 minutes. When I get home from work, I do a 30 minute workout with weights...total body except arms/shoulders every other day, and then arms/shoulders the next day. My arms and shoulders are my weak point. Also, when the weather's nice, I power walk around my neighborhood (about 2 miles which I do in 30-35 minutes). My pool will be open in a few weeks, and I then plan to add swimming and water aerobics to the mix, plus I will start biking when time permits. I have a few months off this summer due to accumulated vacation, and I plan to spend my time getting in shape!

I started my diet on March 11 (9 weeks ago) and this morning I made it to 174 (which is 16 lbs lost so far), although I suspect the first 4 or 5 lbs were just water loss.

Ontario is nice in spots, but it's main attraction is nature...lots of trees, lakes, etc. I've never been to Tuscany, but my daughter and her fiance are getting married next year and the wedding will be in Tuscany (just outside of Sienna). Our families and friends are half in Europe and half in Canada...so we decided to do a destination wedding. I raised my kids on my own and my daughter has asked me to walk her down the aisle, which has provided a bit of extra motivation for me to lose this weight! That explains my username, although my real name is Susan.
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Hello Tuscany

Thanks for all this information, please forgive me if I don't put my real name or give too many details of my life online, I don't feel comfortable with revealing too much via the net for everyone and anyone to read.
You seem very disciplined. Well done for losing 16 pounds, that's a great achievement.
I lost a lot of weight before on a Rosemary Conley diet but I was miserable and couldn't do it forever. I put it all the weight back on again and an extra 7 pounds for good measure within a year of stopping the diet.
In the past two weeks I have not been dieting but have been trying to be active ( I am extremely unfit) and cut out sugar in most of its forms except in fruit, bread and dairy products.
Sugar was a trigger for me to eat comfort food, lots of it! I have also been trying to eat smaller portions and cut down on fat. Well I have lost just one pound in two weeks that way which is not very successful, and I am still having lapses when I comfort eat.
I have a lot of money worries and bereavements to deal with and I think my real reason for being the weight I am is my age, plus inactivity and most of all comfort eating to give me more energy or to make me feel less upset about things especially late in the evening.
I could follow a strict diet again but I don't think it suits me in the long run. But please don't let that put you off. I think what you are doing is great, and it is obviously working for you, I just wish when I had finished my diet last time and was 152 lbs , that I had valued my weight loss more and celebrated it more, I didn't really appreciate it and then I just went back to my old ways.
IN the past two weeks I already feel loads better from a bit of exercise and socialising more, although people I see give me mountains of food to eat and I am often staying with people or taken out by family to the restaurant so following a strict diet becomes impossible.
I am going to continue with exercise, no sugar and portion control and try to find some kind of substitute to my comfort eating.
Tuscany is a beautiful place, with lovely food, it's good that you have a goal. My birthday is in October so maybe I can try to lose weight every week until then and see where I end up!
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