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avi0903
05-14-2008, 10:44 AM
I don't know what's wrong with me. :( I felt all motivated when I first joined up here (back in March, I think). I think I've lost about 5 pounds (I had the trip I was worried about - seeing my family and them seeing how fat I am). Now I'm back, was motivated again, but I think I may have started putting on weight again. What's wrong with me?

I always do this. I start feeling motivated, lose some weight, begin feeling good about myself, and then sabotage myself.

Why do I do this? :?: I want so badly to lose weight. I want my kids to be proud of me. What's wrong with me? How do I stay motivated?

I went to the doctor, and I'm already on blood pressure meds. They're not working anymore, he added a pill to what I'm already taking. If I'd lose weight, that wouldn't happen.

What's wrong with me? :(


LesliesMom
05-14-2008, 10:48 AM
Nothing is wrong with you. Weight loss isn't the easiest thing in the world, that's for sure. It's both easier and sometimes cheaper to eat unhealthy. I am trying to not look at the short term of this and look at a couple of years away. My daughter just turned 2, I need to do this for her future as well as mine.

Angie

ABTucson
05-14-2008, 10:51 AM
I think it's the same thing we all have. I have been on this site for 3 days and am more motivated than I have been in the past. I think we get tired of fighting this and lazy. I was sad and upset the other day and I am feeling a bit better. I don't even want to go to my doctor until I lose some weight. I trying to exercise more and eat healthy. I don't know what else to do. I thought about taking Allie but it is expensive. Let me know what you think. Good luck.


rockinrobin
05-14-2008, 10:59 AM
I'll have to agree that there's nothing wrong with you. Losing weight is one of thee hardest things in the world to do.

There are plenty, plenty of reasons to stay motivated and lose weight. Plenty. Our health first and foremost. Being a healthy weight is one way to help avoid many, many dreaded diseases. There are hundreds more.

But you simply can not rely on motivation alone. Motivation is all fine and dandy, but it never seems to be around when there's cheesecake, Peanut M&M's, ice cream and bread nearby. Which is why we can't rely on it.

What we can rely on - is a commitment. When you make a commitment to a healthier lifestyle, that sticks with you. Regardless of the temptations all around us.

That being said, it really is vital to set yourself up for success. Eating healthy does not happen by chance and must be planned for in ADVANCE. Get rid of the junk in your home, stock it with good healthy fruits, veggies (lots and lots of these), & low fat proteins. Map out your food scheduele ahead of time and know for certain what you will be eating for your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

It's hard in the beginning. But then you get used to it and it really does get much, much easier. It becomes your way of life and an enjoyable one at that. Find a plan you can STICK with and then STICK with it. You won't regret it for a single second. Good luck to you. :)

luckymommy
05-14-2008, 11:42 AM
I agree with the other posts, but would like to add something. Weight loss is so psychological. Getting together with people who you think are judging you makes it so much harder to stay on track. For example, right now, I'm losing weight, but other people don't know....they think I'm the same person I was before I started. They don't know the monumental effort it takes for me to lose weight because unlike a drug addict, a food addict isn't taken seriously. The thing I had to get past for myself was my self worth...regardless of what I look like. I'm a wonderful person and anyone who thinks less of me because I have some extra padding is the one who has something wrong with them! THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU! Food is an addiction to some people and to others, it's just not. Get yourself a plan and do make a commitment beause without CONSISTENCY, you will be dring yourself crazy without a good destination. Plan your meals ahead and dedicate yourself to exercising...especially some weight training to boost your metabolism.

Lyn2007
05-14-2008, 11:49 AM
I agree. There is nothing wrong with you. I could have written your same post for the last 15 years. I would get all motivated, lose a few, then lose motivation and gain back the weight. Over and over and over.

The key is to do what you need to do whether you feel like it or not. Treat your weight loss like it is a job. You get up and go to work everyday whether you feel like it or not. You don't have to be "motivated" to go to work. You just have to go. Same with losing weight. When I got this in my head I was able to stick with it long term.

fiberlover
05-14-2008, 11:52 AM
What are you doing to lose weight? Are you trying to do something that is too difficult for you to keep up in the long term?
Are you journaling?
You might be trying to change too much at once, which can lead to going totally off program.
Start changing one thing at a time, either adding in a bit of exercise each day and making it your goal to stick to that. Or, switching out to healthier foods. One step at a time, and when you get used to that change, add another.

avi0903
05-14-2008, 11:56 AM
Thank you all for the support. Angie, you've lost 35 pounds! I look at that and am inspired, and wonder how do you do it? I like how you sign off with "changing my life". Thank you Andrea. Good luck to us all. What's Allie? Robin, you lost 165 pounds!!!! How? You are right. It's committment. Motivation gets me started, but it doesn't last. It's committment. Every day. How do you do it?

avi0903
05-14-2008, 12:03 PM
Thank you also, Lori, Lyn and Lucky. You are all losing! And I feel like life is passing me by and I'm watching other people succeed. And I'm so tired of it. I'm also tired of talking about it, and feeling bad about it. You are right. It is psychological. And I don't really have a plan. My plan every day is "OK, today is the day". But then it's not.

I start to journal and then the next day, don't. I start to exercise, and then don't.

OK, starting now (here I go again), I am stating a time, 9:00 at night, to do a 20 minute exercise video. That's a time when I am done with dinner and homework and am usually just watching TV. I will say also that I will make a daily food plan and try to stick with it. Every day, whether I want to or not. Consistency and committment.

Thank you all!

LesliesMom
05-14-2008, 12:33 PM
Avi -

To lose the 35 pounds I have lost, I also had to lose the first 5 pounds you have lost. If you can just stick with it it gets easier as you see the scale go down and the clothes get loser. Just plain feeling a little better every day. But I have also had months go on without losing anything, I could beat myself up over that, but I also didn't GAIN anything. So I will take the maintenance I acheived over those months and work on the next 30 pounds. Then as I maintain that I think I have a better chance at keeping the weight off and really CHANGING MY LIFE!!

Angie

avi0903
05-14-2008, 01:36 PM
Thank you Angie. That's a good thought. The first five pounds do lead to the next five pounds (hopefuly!).

I want to read everyone's blog. Lyn, I did read yours. What you wrote about is exactly what I've been feeling! Thank you for pointing me in the right direction.

WarMaiden
05-14-2008, 01:39 PM
And I don't really have a plan. My plan every day is "OK, today is the day". But then it's not.

I start to journal and then the next day, don't. I start to exercise, and then don't.

OK, starting now (here I go again), I am stating a time, 9:00 at night, to do a 20 minute exercise video.

I'm going to offer a bit of a different approach to you, try it if you think it might work.

I think you may be feeling like a failure (and setting yourself up for feeling that way) because you are convinced you need a "plan" and that you must "stick to plan." While we all talk a lot about "plans," the truth is that ultimately what you need is not a plan; you need a lot of small lifestyle changes that will add up to create the big picture of a more healthy (and weight-losing) you. That's what we all need; that's all a plan really is, a more healthy way of living.

So instead of deciding that you need a plan, and that today is the day you'll have a plan, and that you'll stick to the plan...and then ending up bummed at the end of the day when that didn't happen...Instead, today pick ONE small healthy habit you will begin to instill in yourself. Commit to making this habit happen for 30 days.

Maybe your new habit could be "I will drink 64 ounces of water." Or it could be "I will not drink soda." Or it could be "I will get 8 hours of sleep each night."

Working on just one new habit will help you feel successful, and will get you prepared to start working on another new habit in the near future. In a week or two (or maybe even just a few days), when you are feeling successful and like your first new habit is really becoming part of you, then add in another new, healthy habit.

Eventually you will have a lot of new, healthy habits going, and you'll have a "plan," and you'll be successful. But it will start with just one baby step.

This is how I started making healthy changes about a month ago. First, I gave up drinking coffee, because I knew that would be very easy for me. Taking coffee out of my day started a cascade of other positive changes, because I needed to replace that special feeling that a hot cup at my desk gave me.

Now, I am on a habit of not eating sugar as well. And I'm working on fine-tuning my whole diet to lead to long-term, permanent weight-loss. My plan is still in process, and it always will be; meantime, I feel very successful and happy with what I've done so far, even if the scale isn't showing it yet. (Eventually, I will get it all figured out, one new good habit at a time!)

thistoo
05-14-2008, 01:42 PM
I never really understood Robin's advice about motivation until I was at this for awhile, but what do you know, it turns out she's right. ;)

Motivation is fleeting at best, and it's hard when you're hit with a craving/temptation to remember the 'future you' you've been working so hard to uncover. There are days when we *all* just feel like we're going through the motions, even the maintainers. I'm having one of those days myself right now. The only thing that helps me get through those days is having all my food for the day planned out before I even get started.

Every weekend I plan my food for the entire week ahead, cook everything, and portion it into single servings. Then I'm prepared no matter what I'm faced with, whether it's birthday cake at work or just a 'fat day' where I'm feeling cranky and miserable and like none of my hard work is making a difference.

I really recommend planning ahead. It's a pain, sure, but it makes the rest of your week much easier to get through. And before long you'll see that number going down, down, down and you'll remember why you're still plugging along. :)

avi0903
05-14-2008, 02:51 PM
Can any of you please give me step-by-steps on how you plan your weekly food? Do you make 7 bags of carrots? 7 bags of tuna? What do you plan, exactly? Do you plan ahead for when you are alone at night watching TV and are bored and/or lonely and just want to binge? I want to do this planning, but am very "food stupid" and don't know how.

rockinrobin
05-14-2008, 02:55 PM
Thank you all for the support. Angie, you've lost 35 pounds! I look at that and am inspired, and wonder how do you do it? I like how you sign off with "changing my life". Thank you Andrea. Good luck to us all. What's Allie? Robin, you lost 165 pounds!!!! How? You are right. It's committment. Motivation gets me started, but it doesn't last. It's committment. Every day. How do you do it?

How did I do it? Yup, I made the commitment to. I got sick and tired of being fat and realized that I didn't have to be if I didn't want to be. That it was within my power, within my control.

And then I made a plan. And I stuck to it like glue. Like glue. Cause' yes, consistiency is a big factor.

And I got EXCITED, because I knew that if I really, really stuck with this, the end of my misery would be near. And that happy, healthy fit me would emerge.

My plan was to count calories (the only thing that sets portion limits for me). I wanted the most volume and nutrients for my allotment, so I made those calories COUNT. I rid the house of all junk, and added in tons and tons of veggies, some fruits and lots of low fat proteins. And I planned ahead. Every meal, snack and what not. No exceptions. I added exercise into the mix, regardless of whether I felt like doing it or not.

And it became my new lifestyle. My new normal. And I couldn't be happier.

Just know that you too CAN do this. Losing weight IS doable and anyone can do it. I was the worlds' worst eater. But with determination, hard work and commitment, anything can be achieved. :)

thistoo
05-14-2008, 03:04 PM
Can any of you please give me step-by-steps on how you plan your weekly food? Do you make 7 bags of carrots? 7 bags of tuna? What do you plan, exactly? Do you plan ahead for when you are alone at night watching TV and are bored and/or lonely and just want to binge? I want to do this planning, but am very "food stupid" and don't know how.

Here's what I do:

On Saturday I sit down with my cookbooks and pick out the recipes I want to make for breakfast, lunch and dinner that week. If I'm going to cook breakfast it's usually something like a low-fat quiche that makes six servings. Otherwise I plan to have oatmeal with protein or yogurt with granola for breakfast, which I can bring to work pretty easily.

For lunches this week I'm eating turkey and cheese on wheat bread with a piece of fruit, but some weeks I feel like hot lunch. I might make a chicken recipe from my South Beach (though I'm not following that plan) cookbook and put a serving in each container, then dump frozen veggies into the container to fill it and presto, it's ready to heat up when I get to work.

For dinner I often make a beef stir fry with tons of veggies, or sometimes something more comforting like turkey meatloaf and veggies. I eat pretty low carb, but if that's not your thing you don't have to. The important part (for me, anyway) is to make sure I have my meals ready to go when I need them. If I come home and have nothing prepared, I am hungry enough to eat whatever, and that's when I run into trouble.

For snacks at work I rely on fruit, almonds, and nutrition bars. Not everyone is a fan of nutrition bars, but I eat one every day around 3:00 and they really get me through the afternoon. I like Balance Bare the best, but the Luna bars are comparable.

I try not to eat after dinner, but on nights that I have enough calories left and I'm hungry, I sometimes make protein-fortified instant pudding (one cup skim milk, a few scoops of protein powder, and 2 TBSP sugar free instant pudding mix in the blender). The protein changes the taste a little, but you get used to it.

So that's how I eat. The mindless snacking in front of the TV is one of those habits you just have to break, I think. It's all about conscious eating. To be honest, I don't watch that much TV anymore, partly because it makes me want to snack mindlessly.

PS: The cookbooks I rely on are Eating for Life by Bill Philips, and The South Beach Quick and Easy Cookbook, mainly because the ingredient lists are simple, and they really are quick and easy. I live alone so cooking for myself is more of a chore than a pleasure. You'll find the plan that works best for you, it's just a matter of trying things out until something clicks. The most important thing is what Robin said: Make the commitment to yourself and your health.

Lyn2007
05-14-2008, 03:16 PM
I agree on breaking the TV munching habit. I was SO AWFUL about that. I bet I used to eat a good 1000 calories most nights AFTER dinner. Yes I would sit and eat not one, but two whole pints of Haagen Daaz ice cream and a bowl of potato chips in the evening. Why??

Anyway I just made a rule for myself. No eating after dinner unless I was really hungry, with a growling stomach so bad it would interfere with my sleep. In that case I have 6 almonds or a string cheese. That's it. So we eat dinner at 6, and then if I want a "sweet" I have fruit, or a chocolate calcium supplement for 20 calories, or a couple altoids. Then I go brush my teeth and floss and use mouthwash. This is habit... the end of my eating for the day.

My DH still eats all evening, but I just watch him and am glad it is not me. He sits in front of the tv and eats half a bag of chips and dip, and then gets up for a huge bowl of ice cream, and then maybe some candy. I do not touch the stuff. I just keep remembering that not long ago I weighed more than he does, and he is 6'3. Never again.

avi0903
05-14-2008, 03:26 PM
You guys are so strong. Thanks for giving me the reality of what I need to do. I think I have so weird dream that if I'm good for one day, the pounds will disappear. They won't. And it's true - failing to plan is planning to fail. So I usually do my weekly shopping on Sunday. Between now and then I will put together a menu for the week, and stick to it. I think I will have a hard time with no eating at night. I think that's when I do most of my eating. No more!

Glory87
05-14-2008, 04:36 PM
How I plan for the Week

Sundays - sit down with internet, recipe books, consult with boyfriend, figure out what I'm going to make for Monday - Friday lunch (I plan for the weekends on Friday, since I use so much produce it just doesn't stay good long enough for a whole week. Anything I'm saying for Monday - Friday, I do again on Friday for Friday night - Sunday).

By Sunday afternoon, I know every meal/snack and I write a detailed shopping list.

Sunday night - grocery store! Even though I have a plan, I do vary it slightly based on sales at the grocery store.

Sunday night - do as much pre-work as possible. Everyday, I have an afternoon snack of baby carrots, sugar snap peas, pepper strips and grape tomaotes. I make 5 bags on Sunday night. I've also been on a salad kick lately and I make 5 salads. I just line up the gladware like an assembly line (one huge bag of spinach, one bag of broccoli slaw, 1/2 bag shredded carrot, one pepper, 1 small box grape tomatoes, some chopped red onion). I take a little container of chicken everyday to work, since I like to heat my chicken before adding it to the salad.

I generally eat the same thing for breakfast every morning - I like oatmeal with apple butter, kashi waffles with peanut butter (saved for days when I know the rest of the calories will be low) and 1/2 cup of pumpkin flax granola with Trader Joe's fat free honey yogurt. I generally know I will eat one of those things in the morning and just decide what I'm in the mood for when I get up. I always have those things on hand.

I make my lunch every night (right now the line up is berries (whatever is on sale), tangelo, salad, chicken (I leave my low fat dressing in the frig at work), veggie snack) so it's ready to grab as I walk out the door.

I eat a LOT of the same things everyday, I like them and it makes my life easier. I know the calorie count of my usual day and then I get 400-500 calories for dinner. Dinner is my favorite meal, I experiment with lots of new recipes, but I have about 10 "tried and true" recipes that I cycle through. I like to make stuff that lasts for more than one night, I looove leftovers.

This week, the dinner plan is:

Monday, Tuesday - home made meatloaf (made with 4% lean meat), I made mashed potatoes for my boyfriend, but I had a sweet potato one night and then cubed butternut squash the other night. I had an artichoke on Monday and brussel sprouts last night. (my boyfriend is having meatloaf sandwiches in his lunch this week!)

Wed - tonight is our "game night" where we go play board games with friends. I am planning to go to Chipotle. I'm going to get the chicken bol (no beans), with tons of romaine, pico de gallo, a little hot salsa and 1/2 order of guac.

Thurs and Friday - I am trying a new recipe - a healthy pork chop recipe (I had some leftover frozen porkchops from a big sale package I bought a couple of weeks ago). On thursday, we are having the porkchops over brown rice, on Friday, it will be over whole wheat pasta. We are having broccoli crowns on Thursday and I'm having an artichoke on Friday. My boyfriend doesn't like artichokes, so I'm not sure what vegetable he is having on Friday, maybe corn, he loves corn (and I don't generally eat corn + pasta in the same meal, too much grains for me).

Robin is SO right about commitment vs. motivation. I would get this crazy, almost dizzy feeling motivation whenever I started to "diet" it would last about 2 weeks. Now, this is just what I DO. I go to the grocery store, I pack lunches. I cook dinner. I look up restaurant menus online before I go. I don't diet anymore, this is just how I live.

I always say that losing weight was both the easiest thing and the hardest thing I've ever done. It's EASY because we all know at a basic level what foods are good and what foods are bad - an apple is good, salmon is good, a sweet potato is good. Knowing to eat an apple is EASY, actually having the apple when you're hungry at work and your coworkers have brought in lemon poppyseed bread to share - THAT'S HARD.

I lost 70+ lbs 3 years ago and I keep the weight off the exact same way I lost it. I meal plan, I pack lunches, I food journal, I calorie count (although it's an estimate in my head), I weigh myself once a week. It is for life.

avi0903
05-14-2008, 04:46 PM
Thank you Glory! Thank you for the details of how you plan and what you eat. I'm going to copy you, if that's OK. I may make some slight changes here and there, but the basics are just what I need. I just worry that while right now I'm feeling I can do it, the feeling may wear off. I hope my will is strong enough. Thanks!

Glory87
05-14-2008, 04:47 PM
Can any of you please give me step-by-steps on how you plan your weekly food? Do you make 7 bags of carrots? 7 bags of tuna? What do you plan, exactly? Do you plan ahead for when you are alone at night watching TV and are bored and/or lonely and just want to binge? I want to do this planning, but am very "food stupid" and don't know how.

Luckily, I was never a big night time eater (I'm an afternoon snacker!) but there are a couple of things you can try.

1. Plan a yummy healthy snack that fits within the calorie count (or plan) for your day. I like 100 calorie snack bags of kettle corn popcorn. I also like frozen fruit (cherries are decadent) and baked apples. I like to heat up 1-2 tbs of pumpkin butter and dip a banana into it.

2. After you are finished your day's eating, declare the kitchen closed. Don't go in the kitchen.

3. Brush your teeth and floss. Food tastes yucky after you brush. Plus, who wants to mess up their nice clean mouth and have to brush and floss AGAIN.

4. Keep your hands busy. Can you take up a hobby like knitting? Can you get one of those felt stocking kits and make a sparkly Christmas stocking (with sequins) for a friend?

5. Drink herbal tea. This is how I handle my afternoon snack attacks. The constant hand to mouth, hand to mouth soothes my urge to EAT. Stash Blueberry is really good and naturally sweet.

6. Find something else to do besides watch TV. Take a bath, write a letter, call your mom. If you want to eat offplan, come post here! No matter the time of day, there will be SOMEONE here to talk you down.

Glory87
05-14-2008, 04:57 PM
Thank you Glory! Thank you for the details of how you plan and what you eat. I'm going to copy you, if that's OK. I may make some slight changes here and there, but the basics are just what I need. I just worry that while right now I'm feeling I can do it, the feeling may wear off. I hope my will is strong enough. Thanks!

Of course I don't mind.

Another thing to consider is learning about portion sizes. When ever you pick up a box or package, flip it over and see how many "servings" are inside. A serving of pasta is only 2 ounces - it's quite a shock to see it on a plate, it's so small (especially compared to what you would get at the Olive Garden). I "bulk up" a plate of pasta with tons and tons of veggies.

Invest in measuring cups and measuring spoons and USE them. After all this time, I still measure: granola, oatmeal, rice, pasta, beans, salad dressing, oil, peanut butter, nuts and anything else which is calorically dense and hard for me to eyeball successfully (I never measured leafy salad vegetables!).

I also had to come to terms with the fact I was a "size queen" - I wanted everything to be big! I had to have the biggest portion of everything. At Starbucks, I had to have the Venti. At Coldstone, I had to have the Gotta Have it! If I split a dessert with someone, I managed to get the bigger portion, if there was a selection of muffins, I had to have the biggest!

Now, I am happy with smaller sizes. I order the tall at Starbucks and it's just right. When I split a dessert, I try to take the smaller size.

Discovering and accepting portion sizes was a huge step for me.

avi0903
05-14-2008, 10:15 PM
All I can do is thank you all again for being constant inspiration and constant sources of wisdom. I feel like you all gave me a much-needed booster shot today. Thank you all. You are the best.

ABTucson
05-14-2008, 10:48 PM
Avi,

I think just being here helps. I have had 3 good eating days with exercise. I have been drinking tons of water BUT I am still feeling so stressed out. Sometimes I need to remember the things I feel greatful for, family, job, friends and looking at this new journey. I am scared I will fail. I have not done the meal plan yet but I am working toward it. Next week we are going to Vegas for Memorial Week end and I am going to keep busy so I don't eat my way through vacation. Good luck and keep in touch.

avi0903
05-15-2008, 10:41 AM
Hey Andrea,

I just saw your other thread and posted there. It's great that you had 3 good eating days. Each day is a success unto itself. I need to know that. I'm such a mess!

Thank you for your support, and I hope we both reach our goals!

WarMaiden
05-15-2008, 01:18 PM
Before, on evenings when my husband and I watched some TV or a DVD together, I would snack; it's just a comforting feeling, snuggling and snacking and watching together.

Instead, now I am working out while we watch together. I lift free weights rather than trying to do something aerobic, and can get a pretty good workout in for half an hour or so while we're watching. We still get to laugh and comment on stuff this way, but it's healthier for me. I -certainly- do not feel like eating after I'm done working out! :)

gaia3
05-15-2008, 02:24 PM
There are millions of people trying to lose weight. The successful ones are those who finally figure out how They can lose weight. Because unfortunately, everyone's body reacts differently to different ways of eating, everyone likes/dislikes different foods, and everyone has different "triggers" and reasons they are overweight.

My advice to you is to first decide what foods you like best. If you are happier with fattier foods, meats, dairy and veggies, then you may want to try a low carb diet. If you favor sweets, gradually get used to Splenda so you can continue to enjoy them without all the calories. If you need to be more "planned", then calorie counting is the way. If you need to be very regimented and told what you can have/can't have, then you may want to try Mediquick, Slimfast or some other diet program that controls every morsel.

But unless you need super regulation, one thing you shouldn't do is flat out deny yourself, or you'll just "die" to have whatever you are craving. LOL (Or at least I do--you may be different). For example--I lose weight best on low carb, but I HATE a low carb diet. So, what I do is eat low carb Mon-Thurs. By Friday, when I switch to low Fat/ calorie counting, my body is so happy to get carbs and "sweets" (but they are usually Splenda) that I don't even feel like I'm dieting. Also Friday-Sunday, I can have ANY food I have been craving during the week, but I have to count it in my calories for each day and sometimes, I'm not willing to "waste" 400 calories on a fullfat milk shake. So I make a Fat free version instead--and I'm quite happy with it, too, because I have been so carb and treat deprived from earlier in the week.

One other thing that I do is have at least one food, every day that gives me pleasure--(all diets have foods you really love on them). For example, on Carb days, it may be grilled mushrooms...ymmmm or a T-bone steak....oh joy! and on the other days, pickled pigs feet or a low fat milk shake.... those are "treats" I'd eat whether I was on a diet or not and satisfy my "comfort" need. I know there is no way I could diet day in and day out without enjoying my food, and if I don't like the way something tastes, I don't eat it.

That's what works for me right now. If it stops working, I'll try something different, but I'm not giving up--not ever. Failure is not an option.

Find out what YOU like...what works for you. It's a learning process and it can take years (it took me years!)...but you are lucky because I'm a lot older and I didn't have any of the tools available to me that you have about nutrition, tips on cooking, calories, recipes, etc. All I had was the occassional diet book I could borrow or get from the library. And we didn't have Splenda or Alli...

Oh, Alli is a fat blocker. It used to be by prescription only called Xenical and a that time cost about $160.00 for one month's supply! Then it was made for Over the Counter sale, and was originally about $69.00 for a 3 month supply, but it's down to around $49.00 at Wal Mart now. Some people have had the "squirts" from it, so if you try it, you might want to try it over a long weekend to see how your body reacts. Regardless, most people get used to it and have no more problems after 2-3 weeks. I LOVE it! You literally can see the oil from your food in the toilet and I know that's oil and calories that are NOT on my hips! :D

avi0903
05-15-2008, 10:42 PM
Thank you War, I have from time to time exercised while watching TV instead of eating. The problem, as usual, is I don't stick to it. Thanks for the reminder though.

And thanks for all the good info, Gaia. Alli sounds interesting. Do you think it's safe to use if you're on other medication? I'm on blood pressure meds (because I'm so fat, I'm sure. I'm making myself literally sick!). Do you lose a lot of extra weight while being on it?

And you're right. I need to find, ultimately, what works for me.

gaia3
05-15-2008, 11:59 PM
Alli is pretty compatable with most drugs...the main problem is that it prevents the absorbsion of some because of the way it lubricates the colon to prevent fat from being absorbed. Mostly, though it's thyroid meds, vitamins, diabetes meds, cyclosporin, warfarin and Amiodarone.

I'm on BP meds and it doesn't interfer with them. Also I take them in the morning and don't have an Alli until lunch. You have to make SURE that you take a multivitamin, though.

I know some people have "horror" stories of embarressing accidents, but even when I take it with T-Bone steak or other high fat foods, I don't have anything happen that I can't control. It's a lot easier than Exlax. LOL
Here's their website and below that is the meds you shouldn't take with Alli. And there is also a support group of Alli users on 3 Fat Chicks.
http://www.myalli.com/

http://weight-loss.emedtv.com/alli/alli-drug-interactions.html

avi0903
05-16-2008, 03:12 PM
Thanks Gaia!

ABTucson
05-17-2008, 11:55 AM
Good Morning and Happy Saturday
The week end proves a bit difficult! I also had 2 client lunches this week and did not do to bad. I made OK choices. I have been feeling out of sorts the last few days but went out with a friend the other night and had an enjoyable time. Sometimes we have to get out of the house! So all and all everyting is OK.