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I tend to think that the only way I can change my weight for good is by changing my eating pattern and my thinking about food for good.
The only time I lost significant amounts of weight AND felt good AND kept it off was when I ate huge amounts of vegetables, cut out sugar, processed foods, coffee and dairy. Then, it was easy. I was 40 at the time.
At some point I believed I could go back to eating more of the foods I had cut out. Result: weight gain and health complaints. Now ...
I tend to think that the only way I can change my weight for good is by changing my eating pattern and my thinking about food for good.
The only time I lost significant amounts of weight AND felt good AND kept it off was when I ate huge amounts of vegetables, cut out sugar, processed foods, coffee and dairy. Then, it was easy. I was 40 at the time.
At some point I believed I could go back to eating more of the foods I had cut out. Result: weight gain and health complaints. Now I'm nearly fifty and just started to eat, again, according to the guidelines I mentioned (using the book 'Eat to Live'). I immediately feel better physically and emotionally. So my guess is that unless I learn to eat and enjoy a big amount of vegetables every day, I won't be healthy or have a LASTING healthy weight.

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"The problem with the thought 'I'll make it up tomorrow' is of course, that the stuff we need to do to maintain our health is not something we can catch up with, like we can catch up with a writing assignment. If we skip a day it means we missed a chance to do something good for our body, no matter if we exercise twice as long or as hard the next day. The chance to build a good stamina or a stronger heart - or a strong HABIT - happens TODAY. "

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What works best? To get yourself to take a 20 minute walk every day or to start running for an hour daily? Let me tell you, the 20 minute walk could become a habit for life. The running: my experience was that I tried it, found it too hard, hurt my joints, and gave up! So start small.

It's better to gradually change your 'old ways', adapt them, step by step, than to try to make big changes and be good for a while, and then give up. It is our life we're talking about! It's all intertwined. Make a change here and other areas will be influenced as well. But try to make big changes and the whole network will shake and tremble! Easy does it!
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DS9KIE
8/23/2014 8:53:11 AM

Hi emoticon to the Torture Chamber, just give 100% of what you have, at your own pace, train hard & get results. "Just do your best and forget the rest!!" (from P90X)

Come join us on the journey to get fit, look for challenges on the Fitness forum, and look in the other forums for great ideas to help you along the way.

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FLUTTERBY1979
8/13/2014 4:10:42 PM

I feel like I'm hogging your comment section.... lol

Just wanted to stop by and thank you for continuing to support me on my blogs. You always offer insightful information and great tidbits to try.

Unfortunately for me yesterday, I was genuinely hungry... I could actually feel the water going into my stomach last night before bed. I was super hungry this morning, but didn't overdo it... actually had a smaller breakfast because I had to take my mom to a doc's appointment and didn't want to be groggy.

Anyway, enough rambling for now...
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8/6/2014 3:29:59 AM

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8/2/2014 10:40:08 PM

Thanks for the links to blogs, but unfortunately they wouldn't open... got a message stating "Page Not Found". If you don't mind, and you still have them handy you could always copy and paste the message to a Sparkmail.

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WEARINGTHIN
7/30/2014 6:32:35 AM

I know what your saying about discussing ways of not eating fish and meat. However, I have been a vegan twice for shorter periods, and it just doesn't work for me. I feel better and appreciate the food better when it has animal products.

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I think persistence and diligence are the two qualities that I appreciate and cultivate most in the this time of personal change. Glenn

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