I've been trying different things. I'm using Diet Pro software from Radium Technologies to do my tracking. SparkPeople does a lot of the same stuff. I did Weight Watchers in the past with some success. I did NutriSystem with some initial success but then stalled out. I did Atkins for a couple months. I've also done Medifast. I would recommend Medifast except that the products are mostly soy. This is a problem from a couple of standpoints. For one, the soy in the diet caused some problems with my hormones. Also, the soy is not organic, and it is not even non-GMO. With that much of the food being soy, that is a serious problem in my mind. I also tried the Master Cleanse along the way. It seriously messed up my metabolism. I began gaining 2# a week and ended up regaining ALL the weight I had lost on my second round of Medifast and then some. I completed a round of the hCG Diet in hopes that it will reset my metabolism, as it promises to do. I wasn't very good about the stabilization phase, so I kind of bombed out on that. I can say that most people I know who have done the stabilization phase properly have done well with it.
I read "The China Study" back in 2010. I tried veganism for a few months, but it turned out to be a problem for me. I developed a physical type of depression. I added animal foods to my diet again, and I've been fine since. A close reading of "The China Study" reveals that the most vegan people tended to suffer from infectious disease and deficiencies. The fact that a vegan diet must be supplemented with B-12 should be indication enough that the diet is not natural to man. After all, B-12 pills are not found in nature.
Unfortunately, the weight gain continued, and I have recently been at my highest non-pregnant weight. I have decided that enough is enough. Right now, I am trying a diet of my own making based on what I did with Medifast. For the shakes, I am using a couple of different products: non-GMO Genisoy Soy Protein Shake and organic Garden of Life Raw Meal. I'm using Clif Builder's Bars when I'm away from home for the day. Along with that, I am eating one meat and vegetable meal and a serving of fruit. I will continue my social life, which includes eating out at restaurants around three times a week. We'll see how it goes. I'm off to a good start. On day 2, I was down 3.6# already. But then, that's a typical first week occurrence.
I live in Torrance, CA, and I have a membership at 24 Hour Fitness at the corner of PCH and Crenshaw. I also have an Equinox membership at the Palos Verdes club. I would love to have a female workout buddy at either of these locations.
“The key to quality nutrition is spending time on food preparation and cooking.”
-- Scott Jurek, ultramarathon racer
“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
-- George Bernard Shaw
"You On A Diet" says a woman should weigh what she did at 18. I'm not sure how realistic that is, but I'm willing to see how close I can get.
I'm Roxann. I live in the Los Angeles area.
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| current weight: 193.0
973 days ago
Thank you so MUCH for the tarot spread template.Tried to reply - and PM but was rejected. Be blessed on your weight loss journey. One small thing that helped me was to drink hot water with lemon every morning before breakfast. Helps to curb your appetite. Thanks once again. Have a most amazing week!
1042 days ago
Stopping by to see how your food plan is working out. Hope you are not tempted over indulge on holidays. My daughter is on Jenny Craig and takes the food with her to eat everywhere.
1676 days ago
Thanks for visiting my blog--I never thought of the rowing machine, and the gym does have one!
1693 days ago
You're going to get tired of hearing from me!
I did go to one grief-counseling session, but it largely consisted of women (there was one man, who just sat silently), mostly older than I, who only wanted to vent their misery. Which is fine, if that's helpful for them. It isn't helpful for me. I don't need to feel sorry for myself. I don't really *need* anything, other than for the earth to take a couple of whirls, as my grandmother used to say.
I'm honestly mostly okay. I rarely have these melt-downs. Unfortunately, this time I had one publicly, which if I had any sense whatsoever, I'd stop doing. I'm a writer, though, which means (to me, anyway) that most of my thinking is done by putting something on paper. That was fine when it *was* on paper, but now it seems to be on keyboard, which means open to the world. Sure, I could make it private, but what fun is that?
What can I say? People are complicated. Life is complicated. One day I'm terribly clever and astute, the next day I'm a whining soggy heap. I'm not bipolar (I'd give my right arm for a nice manic phase), I just have a lot to get used to , and I'm not doing so terribly gracefully. Just ignore me for a few days - I'll come around.
Did I say thank you? You've gone out of your way to make suggestions and offer knowledgeable support, for which I am, indeed, grateful.
1715 days ago