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DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
10/4/12 2:00 P

a few things that you can do.
Start small: don't overdo, don't toss everything unless it is completely necessary such as trying to reverse diabetes. Add more water and stop the soda. Add more veggies as snacks.

Make sure you eat breakfast. Very important meal of the day.

I don't obsess over calories or my weight. Being in this for the long haul, I am looking at being healthy. Getting a long walk in, doing my HIIT training, eating fulfilling meals (I do a plant based diet for the most part. if i do eat meat it is 100% green fed-- you just need to ask.)

Find a support system and don't pay any attention to the Naysayers out there. Your family and some friends may not see any reason for you doing this. Of course, you may be one of the lucky ones.

The biggest thing I can tell you that needs to happen-- You have to know WHY you want to do this. Losing weight is not a big enough reason. Why do you want to lose weight. If it is to look good in a swimsuit or for vanity reasons-- my suggestion is to stop and not go any further.
My big why in part is for my nieces and nephews. I want to be healthy for them so that i can enjoy their company and be a good influence on them.

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10/4/12 1:39 P

the only thing in the way for you is YOU.
Just start with small goals and you will work up to a healthier lifestyle to give you the results you desire!

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 58,355
10/3/12 5:04 P

My focus in that case would be what mine already is - NOT WEIGHT LOSS, BUT HEALTHY EATING AND AN OVERALL HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.

This makes a HUGE difference because the focus is NOT on the weight but on the choices in all areas of my life. For instance, getting enough sleep, taking time to relax and have fun, eating healthy foods (less processing, less fat - NOT NO FAT - and more healthy fats like olive oil, more fruits and veggies, more whole grains), exercising so that my body increases in strength and flexibility, etc. It is NOT about A SINGLE NUMBER ON A SCALE, it IS about becoming more healthy, more comfortable with who I am and less stressed out.

Do I weigh? YES Do I celebrate weight loss? Of course I do, BUT I don't obsess over it. Do I sometimes get discouraged about not losing enough or not losing fast enough? Sure I do, but I remind myself that this is a LIFELONG journey and I don't really have the option to NOT make choices that will affect my life. Deciding NOT to try to lose weight might be a choice but having to live with the consequences of that choice is NOT a choice - whatever choices I make, I WILL have to live with.

Try to make small changes. Choose one or two things that you think you can live with and that will make your eating and/or exercise better. Then as those become habits, add a couple more and let then become HABITS rather than deprivations. Let the decisions you make be things that are more likely to result in healthy living rather than dramatic weight losses.

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10/3/12 4:52 P

Hi, everyone.

I've been telling myself I want to lose weight for a while now. I just came to idea that, maybe, what's been stopping me is my history with weight loss.

I was at a healthy weight about 5 years ago (I was 15), but I wanted to lose weight. I actually managed to do it at a healthy rate -- about a pound every two weeks. But once I got going, I didn't want to stop. I started restricting calories and exercising to an unhealthy degree. I dropped below the healthy weight range before I finally sought help and began to recover, emotionally and physically.

I gained the weight back. But then I didn't stop gaining. I am now slightly overweight. I want to return to a healthy weight range -- maybe 10 pounds under the BMI healthy weight range cutoff; that would be a 15-lb loss for me.

Here's the problem. I'm frightened. I'm frightened that any attempt to lose weight will backfire and end up making me gain weight. I think that's what has led to my steady weight gain after I recovered and added a little weight. I wanted to return to my pre-weight-turmoil weight, but I would always end up gaining weight instead! And even if I do succeed in losing weight, I'm frightened I'll gain it all back and then some, just like last time!

I'm pretty upset over this. I do want to lose weight, but I'm so afraid that it won't turn out well that I don't even want to try! There's something in me that says it's better to stay slightly overweight than to try and fail at weight loss and end up more overweight! :(

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