Thanks, Ruthxx- I just found this part of the site!
Cross posted from "300+" 40's support group
Please, I could use some serious sisterly diet support.
I am in shock. I finally weighed myself today, in preparation for starting the South Beach diet (first diet I have done in many years.) I have been fluctuating between 280-310 for the last few years, and I knew I'd gained weight this winter, but I was not prepared for...
Holy crap. I started to cry; I was so sick to my stomach.
Some history: I am 43, married with a 21 year old son and an 11 year old daughter (yes, I needed a 10 year break between kids.) I have had excellent luck three different times in my life losing major amounts of weight.
1. Age 21--I lost 55 pounds on the old Overeaters Anonymous program (very strict; protein, veggies and one fruit a day. No breads, pasta, potatoes, or any starches.)
2. Age 22--(post birth of son) I lost 45 pounds on same program (not breastfeeding)
3. Age 28 -- lost 55 pounds--same diet.
The problem is it is almost impossible to never eat bread, pasta, etc and I couldn't figure out how to incorporate those things and still lose/maintain weight.
In the past, I have found the Zone to be an excellent way to lose weight and feel good. In addition, I have lost 10-15 pounds many times in the spring to combat post-winter weight gain (I live in the chilly NE.)
But not this spring; quite the opposite in fact. My health is suffering. I am having a really hard time just WALKING AROUND this spring, and I know it's time. It's time--it's time.
Please, any help/support/encouragement you all can give would be really really helpful.
I need to lose I DON"T EVEN KNOW how much weight--I'd love to get under 200 (maybe 180?) but frankly, I like having meat on my bones and I think plump is sexy. But this fat is not sexy and it's in fact very dangerous. I don't want to die from fat! I'd rather go out in a blaze of glory, you know what I mean? Like saving orphans from a burning building or something.
Anyhow--thank you for reading this far and I welcome any thoughts/encouragement/advice especially from any other SBer's out there or similar programs. I have had great luck on the Zone diet was well (very similar to SB, actually)
Please, let me hear from you and I will support you as well. We're in this together, right sisters?
Hang in there and let's talk soon--
~Maribelle, ready to finally get to work!