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12/3/12 12:59 P

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Timothy,
You are speaking from common sense and logic. Wise words of course. However, I have a friend who speaks of sane management of food as not working for him either, and there's no convincing him otherwise. He only likes the extreme restrictions as well, and is forever in the same conundrum. So, inasmuch as it's wonderful wisdom, when someone is adamant that they are an exception to the rule, they will do whatever it takes to keep that belief alive.

Meanwhile, you are a shining example of healthy living and I applaud you. Three years is a great track record for such a modification. Cudos to you.

I'm going to take advantage of this gorgeous day and walk around Centennial Lake. I owe it to myself to suck in this beautiful air.

Everyone, make the most of your day.

Dale

With grace and self esteem, honor the Passionate Tiger in You. Refresh your personal high regard (daily) in order to live happy, joyous and free.

Maryland


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12/1/12 10:18 P

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I am glad to see that you consider this only a temporary "lifestyle" change. But it is more a diet than a lifestyle. A lifestyle is how you live your life and since you aknowledge that this is temporary to kick start you, it's just a diet.

Type-B or not, and I am a type-B myself, tracking has it's benefits. The best side benefit I found was "If I eat that, I have to write it down. Do I really want to go to that trouble? No. Then skip it." And I mean don't eat it, not don't track it. That's pretty type-B.

The best thing you can do for yourself in the longer run is to learn how to eat proper portions of all the right stuff. Denial leads to cravings. Take from a guy who lost 90 pounds on Weight Watchers, going to the meetings, eating real food all the time. Yes I cut out the fast food, mostly because it wasn't worth the points (calories). Since you cannot maintain a juice and slimfast diet over the long term ... a lifetime ... you need to think in terms of what you can do long term.

Typical day for me: whole fruit and three egg white, baby bel, arnold sandwich thin or oatmeal for breakfast. A soup or salad or both for lunch, sometimes toppped with 2 ounces of meat or beans. And whole fruit. Afternoon snack of popcorn. Dinner is a cup of a vegetable, half cup of some whole grain or small potato, and 3 ounces of meat. I might have an evening snack of something sweet like a 1/3 cup ice cream or some fruit or a greek yogurt.

I rarely go to bed hungry. I have had plenty to eat. If I am a little hungry, I have something filling; a piece of chicken breast, a piece of fruit, a cup of milk.

It is low in calories and full of all the nutrients I need. Protein, Carbohydrates, Fats, and Fiber. It's sustainable, not boring, I can eat it anywhere, serve it to my family.

And I lost 90-pounds at it. That took me 18 months. It's been off for three years now.

And I still go to my Weight Watcher meetings because lifetime members who attend meetings regularly even at goal, remain at goal significantly better than those who do not. I used to go every week, even when I was out of town ... like going to Mass. But now that I am a lifetime member, I go every week when I am home and if there is a convenient meeting where I am out of town, I'll go, just not as religiously.

I would suggest you try Weight Watchers again, only this time do it for real. Pay for the monthly pass, go to the meetings, weigh in weekly, even and especially when you know, just know, that you have gained this week. And seriously work the program. Don't let your type-B personality stand in your way of success. Don't let it be an excuse for failure.

Edited by: TIMOTHYNOHE at: 12/1/2012 (22:21)
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12/1/12 6:46 P

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It is a strict diet for sure but, that's what works for me. If I go for a while and don't see results I'll toss in the towel so, strict is way easier for me. Plus, it's really much easier than it sounds. We rode the Harleys over to a biker joint and I had a grilled chicken salad and a glass of water at 3pm. It's 6:45pm and in fifteen minutes I'll fix some juice in the juicer. It wont get tough till about 10pm. Then I'll be hungry so, I'll just turn in for the night. No problem.

My psychologist is named Harley Davidson.


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12/1/12 12:11 P

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Sounds like a plan. Welcome aboard!

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12/1/12 8:45 A

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Welcome to Sparks and best of luck to you. It's true that we all must find what works for us. After reading everything you wrote it sounds to me like you've created a strict diet. It'll work so long as you live like that. The key is how we keep it off. Enjoy this website. There is so much to learn and great support.

Dale

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12/1/12 8:08 A

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Hi all, I'm so close to 50 I just went ahead and joined here. I figured there was no point to join a group in the 40 somethings because I'll just have to quit soon.

Over the years I have tried a number of "diets" some more successful than others. I've never been more heavy than I am now. The doctor said I needed to lose 47 pounds to get down to my ideal weight. I haven't been under 220 in probably 30 years. About fifteen years ago I lost a bunch of weight on Adkins. Then a few years ago I tried it again and was pretty sure it was killing me. Then to knock off a few pounds a couple of years ago I did Weight Watchers (I just bought the book) and lost a few pounds.

At 6'2 I figure 220 is a good weight for me. Much lighter and I start looking skinnier than I care to. So, my goal this trip is about 20 pounds.

So, I have come to think that one size doesn't fit all for diets. In fact I don't much like that word. I figure life is cycles and change is part of life so, there are no permanent lifestyle changes. Rather we make changes as we go to meet the needs of the moment and foreseeable future.

Here's what I'm doing to lose weight. It's easy for me to live with and works with my type B personality. I started out on a juice diet but, read that no strenuous exercise is allowed on the juice fast. So, I modified it to get some extra nutrients. I get up in the morning and drink a slimfast for breakfast. That pretty much leaves me feeling full. Then around lunch time I'll make a mean green juice. Then throughout the day I will drink a lot of water, all I want which is plenty. Around three I'll make a citrus juice with oranges, apples, a pear and a touch of ginger. At dinner time I'll be getting pretty hungry. This is my one solid food meal of the day. I eat only salad but I'm pretty liberal with it, within reason. No taco salads or any salads that are more junk than salad. My salads have a little meat like turkey or chicken, a little cheese (one slice) and veggies. I also have whatever salad dressing I want not being concerned with it's being low calorie. So, ranch with a little oil and vinegar most of the time. In the evening, about eight thirty or so I'll make another juice with either juice or veggies or a blend.

I find that around ten or eleven pm I get hungry but, I don't indulge since it's bed time anyway. I go to bed a little hungry. I find that I sleep a whole lot better if I go to bed a little hungry. No heart burn ever and I sleep really soundly. I find that, for me, hunger is a good teacher. It allows me to discipline my mind. I know that it's not nutrition I need because I've had plenty throughout the day.

I haven't stood on a scale since I had my physical about three weeks ago but, I'm down a belt loop size in the week since I started this and all my pants are looser so, I don't need the scales just yet. I find, as a type B personality that weighing and documenting everything doesn't help me. Rather, I make my temporary lifestyle change and that's it for now. What happens happens. If I make it a diet with clear cut goals it will just become too much like work and the fun will run right out of it. I can change my lifestyle with ease. An official diet is harder for me to stick with and occupies too much focus and mental effort. When it get's to that level I promise you I wont stick with it. I'll loose twenty pounds by Christmas on this diet which will put me at about 220, where I want to be.

My psychologist is named Harley Davidson.


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