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Old 03-21-2007, 10:49 AM   #16  
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I think we are all making some life changing break throughs here! We will not DIE if we don't have what we want RIGHT THIS MIN.!!!! We are strong women except in the one area of our lives that makes a difference between sickness and health. We have to take better care of our bodies. We owe it to ourselves and to the ones that love us. We can make the decision each day to make it the best it can be. Today I am making that decision. I will eat to nourish my body. I will exercise to make it strong. I will love myself.
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Hey you are so inspirational! I just joined this morning and have gotten so inspired by the comments and threads people are writing. I am going to be 40 in May and really need to make a differnce in my life, myself and make a healthier me for my daughter and husband. I have felt so alone about being overweight but clearly I am not! it's so good to know!
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Old 03-21-2007, 03:18 PM   #18  
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I'm watching a really interesting show on TV about "the Fat Flush Plan". I think it really makes a lot of sense. The author says that if you eat 35 gms. of fiber a day you will lose 23 lb. a year withough doing anything else. It also keep you feeling fuller longer, helps with the insulin resistance. So I guess Grandma really knew what she was talking about when she said to eat lots of fiber!
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Old 03-21-2007, 04:04 PM   #19  
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Hey All,

How is everyone particularly Cleveland...this is such a supportive place to be...especially when you are home sick (I went to the clinic and I have a flu like virus...so I am off the rest of the week)...

"The Slim Me"That Fat Flush plan isn't that were you take some fibre pills instead of say eating to bunches of celery?

Before I joined this website I went on google and searched weight loss websites and I was inundated with so much pay this...buy this...and you will look like this goregous model is 6 weeks...I was so disillusioned...does this fibre thing look reasonable to too good to be true?

I decided the other day to add figs to my snack list because they are full of fibre...but I swear I still need to limit myself...I could eat a sack of those little suckers and I wouldn't necessarily be any fuller than I am when I drink water...

How is everyone staying full?

Tomorrow is my weigh day and I am nervous...I have been home ill all week and I don't feel good about the weighing in...I haven't been drinking enough or eating enough or moving enough...I have really been just a big old slug moving from my bed to the couch and back again...

Hope everyone is doing well...Have a good one....
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I got signed up with FitDay. Looks like if I keep up with my life style there I am going to learn a lot about my eating habits. I already feel guilty about some of the food I ate today just because I had to write it down!
I think I might go for another walk this evening. It's not too cold here in Cleveland. maybe one day spring and summer will get here!
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Hi, I'm new, 56, down from my all-time high of 222 of 2003(?), but I'm back to 211. My HS reunion is coming up 6-23-07, and I want to get down to 187. That doesn't seem too unrealistic for 3 months, does it? Two years ago my thyroid stopped working, but it's under control, only now I get cramping in my legs when I exercise, which is kinda scary, since my stationary bike used to be my good friend. Anyway, it is kind of hard to do this website. The one I'm used to is Leaky Lounge (a Harry Potter discussion site), which seems much easier to navigate than this one.

I don't know how to do anything here. But I would like to thank Karen31 for her link to the www.fitday.com site. I joined that one, too, figuring it'd help me keep track of things.

Harpandflute, I'm a pianist & singer, though not that active right now. Good to see another musician!
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Hello to all here, I am 48, and I promise my story is so close to harpandflute, hopefully we can all keep in touch and motivate each other, and do the darn thang.....
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Hi All, Kimush, sorry to hear that you'e sick. Hope you feel better soon. No, that fat flush plan is not fiber pills, it's just chooseing the right food. I just listened to the program on TV, I still haven't got the book, but I do try to eat a lot of fiber anyway. Have you tried the new Fiber One bars? They taste great and have 9G of fiber and are 150 calories. they also make Fiber one crackers but I haven't tried those yet.

Fattofit, I had problems with my legs cramping when I first started walking too. I remember walking up to the end of my block and I had to sit down my legs hurt so bad. But they get stronger and don't cramp any more. I walk 30 min a day on the treadmill and i'm looking forward to walking outside soon! You do need to stretch your legs after you walk too. A Dr. at the hospital gave me this easy one. Stand about 2 feet away from a wall and put your hands on the wall. Lean forward keeping your feet on the floor and hold that position. It helps.
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I'm a lurker here. I'm not 47 til September. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. But I like to see what you folks are up to.
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Hey SusanB
How's life in Ontario? I've never visited there. Looks like your cadio and weights combination is working for you!
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Well, it's raining and hailing here this morning. I have been in Ohio. You have to go through Ohio to get just about anywhere. When the kids were small we took them to Dayton to the airplane thingee ... it was a fun trip.

Yup, my plan works well. Now if I would work it well .. it'd probably do some more good.
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Well, it's raining and hailing here this morning. I have been in Ohio. You have to go through Ohio to get just about anywhere. When the kids were small we took them to Dayton to the airplane thingee ... it was a fun trip.

Yup, my plan works well. Now if I would work it well .. it'd probably do some more good.
I think Dayton or Lima will be my new home come next year, after hubby retires AF.
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Old 03-22-2007, 01:35 PM   #28  
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Hi all and welcome! I saw this thread early this morning. I am also like you ladies entering my 47th year in August. I've been at 3FC for about 2 months or so and find the information on here wonderful. There's so much that it is confusing so when I find threads that I like, I just add them to my favorites so they're easier to find.

Harpandflute - wow, you have overcome TONS in your life. I so hear you about the food, though. I have been a closet eater forever. Somehow I guess I think that if no one sees me eating a party bag of m&ms that the calories won't stick! What dopey, half-baked reasoning is that??? Don't know, I just know that my hardest time for the food part has always, always been at night. Mindless munching and mindless TV; God they go hand in hand, don't they?.

I gained most of my excess poundage after my kids were born. Got back to my normal 130 lbs. after the first was born but forget about after the 2nd and 3rd. After my son (2nd kid) was born, I gained 10 lbs. due to stress eating (bags and bags of sunchips -- really crunching them hard) Oh, and my husband got laid off and his new job he worked 4pm-12am. We "knew" something was off w/our son but doc after doc said the usual "all babies are different" crap. Well, after countless doctors we finally got the dx (but not until he was 6) we'd figured out on our own - atypical autism. Behavior problems out the wahzoo. He's 13 now. On a scale of 1-10 the stress factor was (and frequently still is) a 15. So . . . I ate. Oh, and I'm a wonderful cook and baker so double whammy for me!

Anyway, long story short I'm trying to get a total of 40+ lbs. off. What I've found this time, thought, is support. This site is just full of info. Read, read, read and then some. What I found this time around, and what I've always believed, is that this whole weight loss/eating right/ lifestyle change is about 90% mental. I knew at Christmas that I had to do something 'cause I literally thought I was going to blow a gasket. So I mentally got myself ready. Weeks of pep talks and positive thinking before I changed anything. Thought about it alaot. The not eating at night was by far the hardest but after the first couple of weeks of just doing it, it actually got easier. I've also done tons of reading and have changed the way (in addition to the what) I eat. I grew up w/the "1200 calories a day" diet mentality. I've thrown that out the window. I eat about 1500 calories a day -- some days more, some days less. I eat every 3 hours or so to pop my metabolism. I try to eat the good stuff -- we all know about the protein, good carbs and fats, and tons of water. Now when I first read the "frequent, small meals" stuff I thought "ooo goodie; pop on the doritios feed bag and have at it". Uuuuhhhh, no. I'll take my total calories for the day and divvy them up into 5 or 6 smaller meals. For exercise I started out on the treadmill walking then running. Ok, I thought it was running. Ummm, a slow jog is more like it. Got bored out of my skull doing this for nearly an hour M-F, for 7 weeks or so. So about a month ago I stopped and started lifting weights. AWESOME is the only word I can use to describe how much I enjoy weights. Had tried them briefly in the past but never lasted more than a week or two. I've added a 3 day treadmill run - yes, really running - back in but change the pace constantly - faster overall pace then intervalling up really fast for 30 secs then back down, off and on throughtout the workout - and am only on the thing for 30 minutes. Walk the dog as frequently as possible. And it is slowly, slowly starting to work.

I've learned (again, alot of it from this site) to constantly tweak, change and improve whatever I'm doing. If I start to feel like I'm in a rut, whether it be the food or the exercise or both - I'll change something. I've also learned that you can have your homemade chocolate cake with frosting and eat it too; just not the whole thing at one sitting! Work it into your days calories and enjoy it!

I hope you stick around here. I've joined several threads and frequently the people fade away. So I find new threads! I'm around for the long haul.

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Great words of advice. I have issues eating at night too! It takes 21 days to form a habit so I know I can get my weight down if I try and also with the support of other 3FC-ers. I hope to get back into the swimming pool in the next 6 weeks. It's great exercise! At the moment, I am just trying to walk 30 minutes twice a day. Anything to not be so sedintary! Also, reading these threads and reading the success stories reminds me that WE CAN DO IT! It is so good to know I'm not alone out here!
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Hey All,

FatToFitVirgo...Hey Welcome...I commend you and I think that you will do it...I can't get the hang of exercise...it is like a great unexplored wonder of the world for me...so what I have decided to do is I wear a pedometer and I need to have 5000 steps per day and if I don't get there I dance crazily (full of vim and vigor) to several really up beat songs...I want to next start with an exercise tape (sweating to the oldies) and then next start to walk 2 km daily...but right now I am really happy getting in my steps...a friend of mine had back surgery (discectomies and fusion) and he lost the use of one leg almost entirely (due to his sciatic nerve being severed to stop pain) but he regained the use of that leg (it is still numb) by swimming and doing water areobics/exercises...he would do 1 hour combined swimming everyday...that was over 2 years ago and he now walks 2 kms and swims everyday (in the winter he mall walks because he lives in Hamilton Ontario and they really get alot of snow/ice)...also FitDay that you joined has the activity area where it tabulates your house work/activities of daily living into calories burned...now that is terrific idea...

Susan B/FindingMe2...WELCOME...We could be neighbours...I am from Brantford Ontario...and we also had some rain...my ears are plugged up so it did sound a tad bit more powerful than normal so maybe we had hail also (I was lying on my couch napping since I have been ill and up all night)...

"Is That Really Me" ...Welcome...I commend you on listening to your gut and perserving against what professionals think... that is what I had to do with my daughter... I lived in **** for 9 months when the doctors told me that my daughter had a possible brain tumor (you never hear the word possible) and GOD bless she doesn't and didn't but it took 9 months and trips to so many specialists in Toronto and London ...This is good place to be and feel understood... I am a children's social worker so my job is very stressful and I work long crazy hours... I gained 50 lbs from November 15, 2004 till January 16, 2007 as a result of quitting smoking and not saying NO to myself... I thought I can't lose weight and quit smoking... so I picked a quit smoking date 1 year away... I thought that I would spend 1 year getting my body ready and train and lose weight first...but I didn't...so my quit date came (8 friends from work all quit at the same time)...and I smoked one entire package in 10 hours (my last package) and then when I got ready for bed... and I never smoked again... I used Nicorette gum when I needed something to get the edge off (at work never needed it at home)...and then I gained and gained and...I don't know it was like I was "playing house" and "pretending to diet" because that is what Society says you should do...so on Jan 16/07 I was watching Oprah and Bob Greene was on and talking about his new book so I tried all his changes first (3 weeks of just trying it out before I bought the book and journal) and then I bought the book and then I modified his life plan and made it my life plan...

I weighed in this morning and I very nervous because I have been ill all week and not eating or drinking the way I should and I still lost 2 lbs...so I am in fine spirits...

Hey Cleveland...Good that is more natural and not one of those eat a pill and drink a potion and we will look like a model...my daughter has irritable bowel and she is prone to constipation and she is a vegetarian therefore she monitors every ounce of fibre she takes in because she becomes very ill if she doesn't eat specific amounts of specific types of fibre (bran vs veggie)...if you get the book/program tell us what it is like and how reasonable...also if you need recipes to increase your fibre that are natural she has a lot that she has modified so that they are healthy and fibre filled...the one thing that she eats is an "All Bran" bar if she hasn't made homemade muffins/loaves as they are high in bran fibre...

Who wants a little laugh...to brighten their day? I told my daugther about this website and that I may need some help with book making stuff on it...so I logged in...she asked my why I was in a 47 year old website...so I said...Hello I am 47 years old...can't go to the 30 year old website...and my daughter stared at me and ruffled my hair and reminded me that I just turned 45 in November and I am in the 46th year...not my 47th year...you can tell that I am a social worker...but I think that the flu bug/virus just inhibited my ability to do math...that is my story and I am sticking to it...

Have a great day everyone...talk later!
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