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MLS616 Posts: 157
1/27/13 9:39 P

I agree with getting checked by Dr.
Just to be sure - everything else keep it up , but I would cut the carbs. You may be insulin resistant and if so, it's not calories, but Glycemic Index you need to follow.

You can check online for lots of resources on it. Guarantee you'll lose weight


TANGOKATE Posts: 662
1/26/13 12:34 A

This advice is great so far, so I am just going to say, please don't give up. You are on the right track and tweaking it as you go will help you on your journey. And it is a journey. For me, my self-confidence is improving all the time. That's a biggy for me.

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1/25/13 11:42 P

Hi - I can understand your frustration, but am giving you a huge pat on the back for doing so well with exercise and nutrition. Gaining weight once we have started doing exercise is not uncommon. You develop muscle and lose some fat. I acknowledge that the amount of weight you have gained is more than I would have thought, but you were pretty heavy to start with, so maybe that is part of the reason. Also, by increasing the olives you might be increasing a lot of sodium - they are generally salt-laden. A lot of commercial food is, so perhaps you are getting an amount that it is causing fluid retention which adds to the weight. Are you able to make your meals at home? This would give you more control over exactly what you put into them, and it is very easy to make 'subway' at home, and make them not only to your liking, but a healthier version, too!

Because of your weight, I am wondering if you have been checked by your Dr and given the o.k. for the types of exercise/nutrition that you are now doing. If not, it might be beneficial to make that appointment and get thoroughly checked out, including bloods to see if there is anything medical going on, or any concerns which could direct just what and how your exercise/nutrition plan is developed. Perhaps a referral to a Registered Practicing Dietician would be helpful for you too. That way you will get the advice as it pertains to you and your needs.

Are you using the Nutrition Tracker? If not, I suggest that you do so, because often there is a big difference between what we THINK we are eating, and the reality. I know that by weighing all of my food and entering everything into the tracker, it has enabled me to stay focused, and to lose weight consistently after having been overweight for about 30 years. It would be very helpful to take some print-outs of the Daily Nutrition Report with you to the Dietician, too. I know from experience that it can save heaps of time and give a much more accurate over-view.

A lot of places like Subway have the Nutrition listed on their website so it is easy to track.

I wish you well in your endeavors, and once again congratulate you on doing so well.

Also, like the other members have suggested, you would discover that by creating a SparkPage and having it set to open so that members can drop by, you will get the most support. They will be able to leave encouraging little messages, and they all help us to achieve our goals :-)

Take care,

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 1/25/2013 (23:44)
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1/25/13 10:55 P

I would say that, if you are able, to try and make your meals at home instead of going to Panera and Subway. Even non-meat veggie based entrees from those places can be packed with sodium, which can make you retain lots of water. You also can't always properly track how much food they are giving you. I know that whenever I start eating out a lot, the scale slowly starts going back up PLUS I feel more rundown and icky. It's a hard habit to break (as I too am trying to cut back on it now) but it's well worth it for your health AND your wallet!

1/25/13 9:11 P

I agree, making a spark page, blogging, visiting the forums helps out a bunch!

The one thing I would suggest is using the tools Spark has for counting calories and nutritional content. They even give you meal plans if you want them!

TEACHFIRST268 SparkPoints: (27,710)
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1/25/13 8:53 P

First of all, give yourself a pat on the back and feel good about the fact that you've decided to make some changes. It sounds like you're making some good ones!

By no means am I an expert, and I'd highly suggest you start using the food tracker on the site (if you're not already) to help you with what you're eating. Olives and peanut butter actually both have quite a bit of fat and depending on what kind, may be adding more calories to what you're eating that you realize. That's where the food tracker can be very helpful...yet it can be very overwhelming, too. If so - try using it for just one meal a day for a week or two - track breakfast for a week or two, then add a snack in there...etc...

As for the gain - it could be retaining water, building muscle - any number of things - however, that said, as hard as it is, DO NOT GIVE UP! You want to make changes - so stick with it until you find what will work for you!

Take some time to see what the site has to offer. Enter your info, set a small goal to start with and go from there. As you explore the site - ask questions. Everyone here is SO helpful!

There will be many ups and downs on the journey, but you and your health are worth it! Don't make it an option. Make it a decision. You can do it!

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p.s. I highly recommend making a sparkpage. The social component of the site is amazing. The support you will receive from complete strangers (who become sparkfriends) can really help you through a rough day. Everyone here 'gets it'!

Edited by: TEACHFIRST268 at: 1/25/2013 (20:55)
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1/25/13 8:11 P

I made it my New Years Resolution to finally do something about my severe obesity before it kills me, quite frankly. I am 38 years old, I weighed 410 at 6’3” and until the beginning of this month, pretty much ate whatever I felt like whenever I felt like eating it. But that’s the past.

So far this month I’ve radically changed my diet, adding several pieces of fruit per day, natural fruit smoothies, sushi thrown in a few times a week. I get a lot of food from Panera, like soups, salads, and sandwiches I have them put extra veggies on. A few subs from Subway, where I also have them pile on the spinach, tomatoes, lettuce and even black olives now as well (not sure if they count as a veggie?). I try not to eat at night, but when I do, it’s usually an apple sliced up with a bit of peanut butter, or some unsalted saltines with peanut butter. On days where I do strength traning, I usually have a 16 oz protein shake as I’ve heard that’s good for muscles and its quite filling.

And working out is every day but Sunday. I use EA Active Sport 2 on the Wii and do mostly step aerobics (almost passed out at first after 10 minutes, but now I do about a 35 minute cardio workout 6 days a week. Mon, Wed and Fri I do the cardio as well as strength training with resistance bands from Gold’s Gym. I’m guessing its about 15-20 lbs of resistance, and I do bicep curls, bent over rows, overhead presses, overhead triceps, side arm raises and front arm raises.

However, after all that effort of eating right, not cheating, drinking water, exercising, tracking my food and pushing myself in the workout every single day, I thought I might start crying when I got on the scale and weighed 432. 22 pound GAIN after 25 days was enough to make me want to throw in the towel, though that would mean eventual serious health problems.

I heard about this place from a friend and thought I would give it a chance. I’m hoping someone out there might read this, have some advice, see something I’m doing wrong, or something I’m not doing right enough. Does anyway have any advice from me….workout frequency, diff diet choices etc? Anything, please anyone….It was quite hard to finish today’s workout, I’m so scared I am losing my ‘eating right/exercising’ pattern.

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