Welcome to the board! I'm not near the 100 lb mark, but I am nearly vegan and I can tell you what's worked for me so far. Like most, I've had some bumps in the road along my journey, but the important thing is to keep going and get back on course. The things that have helped me the most:
1) Exercise - Doesn't have to be a ton, just get out and move on a daily basis (or do a DVD or something). I'm trying to get half an hour a day minimum.
2) Cooking for Myself - That way, I know what's going into my food and I can limit the fat and sodium. If you haven't tried any of them, Dr John McDougall has some great cookbooks filled with low-fat, low-sodium, vegan recipes. The Quick & Easy Cookbook is esp. useful since I don't think any take more than half an hour to prepare and I've tried many yummy recipes from that one. You will need to watch the sodium content in the canned goods though - look for "no sodium added" veggies and beans. If you're curious to try a few, check out the flickr group I started: www.flickr.com/groups/mcdougallfoods / All the ones I posted (A Worthy Image) have recipes. Check your local library for the books/cookbooks. Mine has several to borrow.
3) Take measurements, not just weigh on the scale. I've seen changes in measurements many times that the scale showed no loss (or even a gain) so definitely do both to keep motivated.
4) Split your big goal into smaller goals along the way. It's not so intimidating to lost 10 lbs or 15 lbs at a time.
Good luck on your journey. You CAN do this!
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I guess I should introduce myself. I am Melinda. I have two kids. One grown and one toddler. I have some health issues right now that I am trying to work on. One way is weightloss. Second way is increasing exercising which goes along with one. Third is changing the way I am eating and what I am eating which also goes along with one.
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Hi! I just started a week ago, and while I don't have quite a hundred to lose, I'm close. I'm definately changing the way I eat during the process. I want to cut out all animal products and highly processed foods. I love the "Whole Foods" forum. It's great!
I lost well over 100 pounds and it WAS easy -- when I was focusing on getting healthy -- make constant improvements in my eating and fitness habits.
THEN, I realized how close to goal I was and got in a hurry. Started looking more at the scale than being healthy, and ended up putting 30+ pounds back on. NOW it's a lot harder, but not giving up is the key for me. That and working as hard as I can on focusing on health and not the scale.
Good luck -- log your food & exercise, and continue to look for motivation where ever you can, and you'll do fine.
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WELCOME here! I have only been here a few weeks but, I am finding the support to make my changes. Wanting to make changes is the first part the greatest help in the change is all the really fabulous people that are involved in the inspiration process! Good luck on your JOURNEY, after all it is the journey and NOT the DESTINATION that helps you ARRIVE!
I wish I could tell you that it's easy to lose 100 pounds. It isn't, but it can be done if you're determined and sensible. Sensible is the key word. Make small lifestyle changes that will eventually add up. Don't try to do everything at once. Cleaning up your food intake and switching to whole, natural food is a big step, and it works quicker for some than for others. After a few weeks your body will crave fresh, vibrant food, just as it will crave exercise.
Take care - and good luck on your journey!
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I think you are right on track and recognizing the “one foot in front of the other” principle is important. It takes time to lose weight, even though the pounds sure do pile on very quickly.
Quick weight loss is not always healthy for the body but also, the weight usually doesn’t stay off for long. Losing weight is like running a long race. Just go slow and steady. But the thing that I think is most important is don’t deprive yourself if EVERY thing. If there are things that you enjoy eating, then once a week, dish out sensible portions into your calorie allotment for the day. I believe that if you quit all of the thing pleasures you enjoy, it is a recipe for failure. The other thing is to find a buddy in your area. It would be ideal to have someone who also needs to lose weight so you can do it together including the exercise. But if not, then at least find someone who can help encourage you and motivate you. The process of losing weight is better and more successful if you have someone with whom you can be accountable.
Good luck and best wishes on your new journey.
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Greetings all! I'm new to active participation in SP, and excited about all the vegan oriented groups!
It's so exciting to see that so many of you have lost 100+ lbs, as that's where I am. I'm not going to hurry to do this, but put one foot in front of the other, log my progress, and chill out. If the diet journey isn't fun, then it's not worth it. Tried weight watchers and points, which made me a little nutty, and core which was too restrictive.
SO, here I am. For now just trying to move, log in my food intake at the end of the day, and such. Any pointers for those who lost 100+ lbs? How did you do it and stay sane, and how long did it take? (This is for those who are vegan, esp!)
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