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SUSANE53 SparkPoints: (23,852)
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5/17/14 8:19 A

I do appeciate your taking the time to do some research and offer advice. You're right, I don't eat a lot of dairy - not vegetarian, just don't love it. I do eat yogurt and cheese, although due to high cholesterol, I try to stay away from too much cheese. If you take a closer look, you'll see that I do eat meat and/or beans at almost every lunch and dinner. I will try to increase my daily protein intake and see if that helps. I'll also try to increase my exercise beginning tomorrow (when health issue allows) and every day. I think that, and snacking, are my two biggest obstacles right now.

I am determined.


SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (191,953)
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5/16/14 9:08 P

SUSANE53, I had another peek at your Nutrition Tracker to see why you find it difficult to reach a higher protein intake. I note a lack of all dairy and meat - are you vegetarian? I am quite concerned that you are likely missing out on essential nutrition which could set you up for things like osteoporosis and Vitamin B12 Deficiency. I strongly suggest that you talk with your Dr and ask for a referral to a Registered Dietitian who will be able to help you to ensure that you cover all of your bases to help you maintain good health. Take a few printouts from your Nutrition Tracker with you because that will speed up the process by heaps (thereby saving you money) and provide more accuracy.

In the meantime, peas; beans such as cannellini and red kidney beans; chickpeas and lentils will help a lot with your protein.

Good luck,

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 5/16/2014 (21:10)
SUSANE53 SparkPoints: (23,852)
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5/16/14 8:47 A

Thanks, everyone, for your support - it really does help. As far as protein is concerned, I usually get 30g or so, so yeah, I'm a little low of the recommended 46g for an adult woman. I set my goal (a long time ago) at 60g on the low end. Not sure why I did that. Seems impossible to attain.

Still no loss showing on the scale. . .Health issue and weather have kept me down a bit this week. I'm antsy to get back to exercising, though, so that's a good sign that I've made some progress. Yesterday was a high calorie day (although nothing that was truly bad for me) plus no exercise. That, plus cold, rainy weather have me feeling blue. Trying so hard not to give in to the low energy and frustration. If I give in today, I know the weekend will be shot. Can't keep "starting over"! Taking a deep breath. . .focusing on blessings. . .I am grateful. . .

DEANNA0725 SparkPoints: (22,611)
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5/13/14 3:55 P

I quit my job almost a year ago that I just couldn't stand to be at. I was so miserable, depressed, and overweight. Now that I have left that job I have changed my whole lifestyle and most importantly my outlook on everything in my life. I am so much happier, calmer, friendlier, and my son says he enjoy spending more time with me know compared to then. Changing your food intake will take some time, but when your body adjusts to all the changes it is going to be amazing! Good luck!!

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5/13/14 2:29 A

I am glad that you have put yourself first regarding your job. Too often we are stuck in a job that we dread - it isn't good for our emotional health, and it often impacts on our physical health as well.

I had a wee peek at your Nutrition Tracker to see if there were any clues. Are you entering ALL that you eat? The reason I ask is that often you are eating under 1200 calories, and at times are hovering around or just under 1,000 calories. This can slow your metabolism considerably which will make it more difficult to lose weight.

Also, if you have just started doing exercise, you may find that your body is retaining more fluid due to increasing muscle mass. I note that you are also often fairly light on protein, which by default often means a high carb diet. This can also cause fluid retention in our bodies.

Good luck for finding your answers, and enjoy the time you now find you have to spend on YOU :-)

Take care,

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5/13/14 1:56 A


TANITHSEH1011 Posts: 206
5/9/14 10:56 A

Good job on doing what is best for you. In time you will see the results you want, in the mean time maybe give your scale a break and try out a tape, also check out how your clothes fit. You are bound to find results in other places if you just look for them.

CJGODESS101 SparkPoints: (30,781)
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5/9/14 9:56 A

Congrats on putting yourself first.

REBCCA SparkPoints: (336,740)
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5/9/14 9:05 A

Hello SUSANE53,

Congratulations on making yourself and your wellness a top priority. Every healthy choice you make is an investment in your quality of life. Resolve to move forward with your goals and that giving up is not an option. emoticon

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5/9/14 8:32 A

Well, I finally did it. I quit the job that I hated and that kept me sitting still for hours at a time (I gained 30 lbs. in ONE year on that job!). I decided that my mental and physical health are way to important to continue working in a job that felt as though it was killing me. As it turns out, it just may have been. It has taken me about a month to get back to focusing on a healthy diet and exercise, but I'm beginning to feel like myself again. Problem: While I can feel some muscle and stamina returning (and the depression easing), the scale is stuck on my "set-point". Today showed a gain of 2 lbs. within the 4 lb. up and down I've been experiencing for 3 weeks now. I truly expected to be down a pound. I know that once I break through the set point I'll start losing steadily, but today I'm struggling to not give in/give up. . .

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