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3/27/13 11:46 A

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Thank you Conniebug emoticon I'm finding the site very helpful, been really great actually.

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3/27/13 11:11 A

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Welcome! I'm new to being vegetarian/vegan, and this board has been really helpful. I'm sure you will get lots of support!

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3/25/13 4:20 P

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Hi Jackie and Boni, thank you for the welcome.

Boni, yes I do work out, and I have changed my workout this week due to what I've learned from this site. I wasn't doing enough cardio - so I've added there, and I'm doing diffferent strenght training ( I was getting bored with the old routine) The fitness and food tracking should help me in the right direction. I actually like the tracking a great deal, really helping me become aware of what I was doing wrong and what I can do right - it's been a great tool. I don't lose weight without working out either - luckily I enjoy exercise, it keeps me somewhat sane. emoticon

Sad as this sounds, I'm excited to weigh myself on Thursday - which will be a full week since I joined SparkPeople

kind regards,

Melanie

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3/24/13 6:28 P
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Hi Melanie,
Welcome to SP and the Team!


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3/24/13 4:49 P

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emoticon to the team! Do you exercise? Because it doesn't matter what I eat, if I don't move, I don't lose weight. The Spark Fitness Tracker is great. It tells you how many calories you've burned which is a great motivator.

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3/24/13 4:16 P

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Hi Stoley,

No thank you.

As I`ve made clear in two posts now, I`m not interested in following the MacDougall/Barnard program. I have been trying since 1997 and it is just not for me.

I will again state very clearly, that I am happy eating vegan and watching my portions and calories. I have no interest in continuing to drive myself crazy trying to follow a program that does not work for me - and by that I will say again, the plan is not flawed - I'm just unable to stick to it. I'm glad it works for you and others. Like Einstein said - loosely quoted attempting the same thing over and over and expecting different results is insanity. I think after 16 years of trying unsuccessfully to stick to the MacDougall program, I'm entitled to set myself free.

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3/24/13 3:20 P

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hey there , just do your best that you can and in time it will get easier, you have made the first step as wanting to follow the plan , just keep positive and once you get the hang of it you will find it so easy, is there anything we can help you with? maybe you need some alternatives to the food you are eating? do you need suggestions for cravings? anyway if there is anything you would like to know and want advice on what we do to help just ask we are always here.l keep gopiong and good luck cheers

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3/24/13 11:59 A

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Hi Everyone, thank you for the welcome, it's good to be here.

I have immense respect for John Macdougall and Neal Barnard, and I have no doubt the program works - if you do it correctly. My trouble is I was never able to follow it correctly(and I've been trying since 1997). Maybe one day I will, or maybe never. I think eating the MacDougall or Barnard way is without a doubt the healthiest, I'm the problem - so I need to accept a less than perfect way of eating vegan that will cause weight loss for myself. Being vegan and losing weight are very important to me right now, maybe being able to do it optimally will come in time- maybe never. I'm of a "perfect enough" mindset right now - I was stressing myself to the max trying to do the MacDougall/Barnard way, I'm just not there yet. I have great admiration for those of you able to stick to it - it's a great way to eat .

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3/24/13 11:32 A

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I did not loose much weight at first either but I just kept at it and let my body adjust and then the weight started coming off and my goal weight in now my permanent weight. I hope what you are doing works well for you. It looks like you know your body best!

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3/24/13 6:28 A

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3/24/13 5:35 A

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hi melanie and welcome, i am to a PCRM amd McDougall follower and i have done really well full steam ahead, i never weigh or measure portioni just ete whole foods i am never hungry and eat heaps and have lost weight doing it that way. I am also only 4 ft 11 it sucks i hate being short thats for sure. I live on brown rice , quinoa, oats i love oats and soy milk also lots of beans and lentils veggies and fruit and honestly i can ete heaps, i am suprised that you have not lost weight doing DR Mcs programe, anyway keep going you may not lose weight but you sure will be super healthy eating vegan foods, cheers

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3/23/13 11:25 P

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Welcome Melanie! Good to have you on the team!

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3/23/13 10:51 P

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Hi Melanie! And welcome!

I really agree with you. I respect Dr. Mcdougal and would love to live by it but when I deny myself 24/7 I end up explosively eating at some unexpected time. Like tonight, lol, exta vegan ribs. I hope you find the SparkPeople support net helpful. :)

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3/23/13 10:20 P

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3/23/13 9:44 P

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3/23/13 9:34 P

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Hi Everyone, I'm 42 and have about 45 pounds to lose.

I was a vegan through my 20s and early 30s, but strayed when I met my meat eating husband and his food became too tempting. I have been struggling to get back to my veg diet ever since.

Over the years I kept trying to go the PCRM, John MacDougall route - ultra low fat, whole food and no concern for volume of food -but it has just never worked for me. I'm not much for cooking and I like a bit of fat and sugar now and then. But I gave it a solid go this past month and I did not lose an ounce. I don't think the program is at fault. I think I just get out of control when there is not the structure of calorie counting and portion control, and the food choices just bored me. After a week of large servings of brown rice and slow cook oats, I would knee jerk react and have an A&W burger and fries.

I think if I was more of a cook, or had more sophisticated tastes with food I could stick to it, but frankly neither are me. I like a bit of peanut butter now and again, or a teaspoon of sugar in my tea or coffee, and sometimes white flour pasta. If I can have these things in moderation I have no interest in a gorge fest at the fast food joints.

Bottom line is I have lost weight and kept it off through a portion controlled vegan diet, I have never been able to stick to the ultra low fat, whole food way.

I am including more fruits and veg this time around, and much less refined food. This past week tracking my food and exercise with sparkpeople has been great - way easier than what I was trying before. My food choices have been entirely vegan all week.

Terrific site - glad I found it - glad it is vegan friendly emoticon

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