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9/19/11 7:28 P

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thanx for that. on the other hand, when I weighed 135, the drs were"oh great job. you're 15=20 pounds overweight" but everyone thought i weighed 120-125, lol.

I was ALWAYS hungry and always moving. this time around I DO not want to undereat and over exercise. That much is true. and I totally agree about the last part. I do think its easier for your body to move at lower weights and easier to sustain and stuff. I know I most definitely feel lighter and don't as much this or that at a higher weight.

but on the other hand, with pcos, I have problems with hormonal weight gains. seriously, I was walking for almost an hour a day 5-6 x a week, eating by the gi diet, probably around 1500 calories a day. I had just lost 21 inches in 2 weeks from t-tapp and then gained 20# in one wk without changing anything. and then it just spiraled up from there. drs sooooooooo did NOT beleive me, but hey at least i'm finally coming down, thank god.

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9/19/11 1:56 P

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Fast weight loss does not translate into a sustainable lifestyle change. Slow weight loss does. If you change to healthy eating and exercise habits, your body will naturally go into maintenance mode when you are at the right weight, eating habits and activity level, so there is no "gaining it all back" because you're never "going off the diet." I also think that it's easy to assume that if you could eat 2,500 calories at your starting weight, that you'll be able to go back to eating that much after you lose, say, 50 pounds. That is not true, because there is less body mass to maintain and therefore overall maintenance calorie requirement is lower than when you were maintaining a heavier weight. Yes, muscle burns more than fat, but 5# of muscle doesn't burn more than 50# of fat at rest, for instance.

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9/19/11 1:20 P

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hehe, I think this is the ONLY place where bein a LOSER is okay.

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9/19/11 7:53 A

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This week I am determined to be a loser!!

ONE DAY AT A TIME!!

You can exercise all the time, but if you still eat like twins this won't work. -- Richard Simmons

It's not what you're eating, it's what's eating you. -- Dr. Phil



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9/17/11 3:13 P

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thanx, thats why I said i think it was the poor snack choices. Thanx 4 d reminder I appreciate it bunches.

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9/16/11 1:07 P

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If you gain weight back it's most likely that you've slipped back into the unhealthy eating mode. If you stay with the complete (healthy lifestyle routine) the worst that usually happens is that you plateau out for a while. If you stick with it you'll start losing again, you just have to keep your head screwed on right while you hit these low spots. Easier said than do, I know, but it's the only way to make it work. A positive attitude will always win out in the long run regardless of the rumor mill.

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9/15/11 12:26 P

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thank you so much. yes, slow one step at a time. thats why I was asking because I don't want to be a yo-yo-er


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9/15/11 11:00 A

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Good luck with meeting your goals! =) This is certainly the perfect team for support and ways to lose and maintain your weight loss goals slowly.

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9/14/11 7:07 P

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okay, thanx for all the posts. i am slowly losing. I don't want to do what I did when i was 15 and lose 50# in a year. I think i'd rather it take years to lose all the weight and keep it off god willing.

thank u all again 4 the posts.

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9/14/11 5:47 P

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I agree slower is better the 1st time I was with SP back 2007 I lost 60 pounds in 4 months Hello it didn't last for me as i thought I was done This time very slowly (Oct 2009 ) and still here as I am not done yet at goal weight but need to tone and reduce body fat So slow always wins the race emoticon IMO

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9/14/11 1:21 P

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Slower is better. The health guidelines say 1/2 to 2 pounds per week is healthy.

When a person tries to lose quickly, they may restrict calories to such an extent that once they go back to eating "normally" they put the weight back on. Even if they continue to eat healthy foods, they eat more calories. Also, depriving yourself of your favorite foods while dieting can cause cravings.

It's better to learn how to incorporate your favorite recipes (modified to be healthier), so you don't feel deprived.

Learning how to eat healthy is a lifelong project. You can't go back to your old eating habits and expect to maintain your lower weight. It just won't happen.

However, if you focus on eating healthy, in the right portion sizes, and lose slowly, the transition to maintenance is just a minor adjustment - a few more calories per day until you stop losing.

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9/14/11 8:47 A

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I also lose very slowly. I am 71 and physically challenged. However Dh and I thoroughly enjoy eating more healthily. And the slow weight loss that comes with that is a wonderful bonus.

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9/14/11 7:58 A

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my husband & I have been heavy for years and several times adopted a strict diet regime, lost a bunch of weight ( over 100 lbs each), went off the diet and within a year or 2 had gained it all back plus. This is very hard on your health, harder than maintaining a moderately high weight. Several years back, I developed breast cancer & he had a heart attack. Medical intervention set us right temporarily, but diet & lifestyle contributed to both problems, so we decided permanent changes must be made. Spark is supporting us in making these changes. We do not diet. We choose to avoid unhealthy foods in favor of healthier ones,most of the time, and pay closer attention to portion control. We track our food to ensure proper nutrition within our calorie limits. We also schedule in regular active pursuits, to insure a more active lifestyle. We garden, both for the healthy fruit & veggies and for the exercise. I swim &/or walk daily. I do more house and yard work myself, by hand. In 3 years I dropped 100 lbs & then maintained that for a year. I have begun slowly losing again this year & want to lose 60 lbs. more. It is not easy. My dh has not totally adopted the lifestyle change mindset and still yo-yos, tho his weight swings have not been as severe. But I am winning. We both are healthier, happier and more active than we were. I am sure we are better off losing slowly or even just maintaining than eating unmindfully as we were, probably headed for early death, certainly disability. Change your mindset - this lifestyle is for the rest of your life.

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9/14/11 7:31 A

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My slow weight loss is not because I'm trying to lose it slowly. Before 50 I could lose pretty quickly, but now if I am dieting and exercising stringently I'm doing great if I lose 1/2 lb every two months. Sometimes you just think this is all not worth it.

ONE DAY AT A TIME!!

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9/14/11 7:25 A

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definitely slow is the way to go . . . it builds healthier habits that are sticking with me without really having to think about what I am doing . . . I am just doing it

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9/14/11 6:45 A

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Losing quickly will make you think you're done and then go back to unhealthy habits.

It's better to lose the weight slower so that you gain healthy habits to keep the weight off and help you to maintain. Most people associate losing weight with just eating. Not true. Gotta remember to exercise daily and drink your water daily too, these are very important healthy habits too.

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9/14/11 6:22 A

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slow but sure wins the race

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9/14/11 5:56 A

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I am finding that slower weight loss has been easier to maintain what i have already lost than loosing vast amounts and having it creep back on.....
I also know that going too low is very difficult to maintain...somehting that i have never been able to do...

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9/14/11 2:43 A

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i have several questions 4 u guys,

1. is slower weight loss easier to maintain that fast weightloss? i'm just curious because when ever i'm getting into better lifestyle habits i'm always hearing something about how people ALWAYS gain back more and then it almost seems like "why even try" type of thing

2. i'm almost wondering if its better to not lose to the point of skinniness and be able to maintain it then gettin really skinny and not maintain it.

wud luv ur input please!

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