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MARI-SERV
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11/11/12 5:02 A

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I met with a Registered Dietician on Friday...the best decision I have made in a long time. Seems there is hope for me yet emoticon

I'll be doing those single servings also RUSSELL. Seems like a simple way to help stay on track. A little effort goes a long way.



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11/10/12 11:03 A

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I agree. I track religiously. I keep 7 days ahead, and just use the grocery button at the bottom, so I know what to buy for my meals. Without doing that, you would have extra food sitting around, which makes overeating easy to do.

I get home, and divide all my food into single servings, and freeze my meats. Takes longer, but I know exactly how many calories I will be eating next Thursday, and have it set aside. I can't imagine eating food, from a bunch I had in the fridge, and cupboards, and then adding it up at the end of the day, hoping it was in range. Seems to be the plan for a lot of people though.

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MARI-SERV
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11/3/12 6:57 A

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Why Tracking?

People say, Why bother? I already know what Im eating right now! But you really dont. Eating is something that we do every day without really paying any attention. Once you start writing it down, you may learn things you never knew about your habits. You could be drinking five pops a day and have no idea. Taking stock of where you are now gives you a sense of what needs to change




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MARI-SERV
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10/26/12 6:25 A

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emoticon RUSSEL.....you are an inspiration for all of us!!! I agree totally that many of us have to keep experimenting until we find what works for us. What works for one may not work for another. Sharing your story with us I am sure will be a blessing to many. Thank you.





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10/25/12 4:21 P

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The diet that has helped me lose weight is low carb. I have dropped 137 lbs.

I have CHF, diabetes, A-fib. I'm 38 years old. Since losing weight, and sticking to low carb most of the time, my diabetes has been managed without meds for 30 months, my A-fib hasn't bothered me in 2 years, and my ejection fraction, has improved from 16% to 45 %. I have an ICD, but my cardiologist says if I walked in today, she wouldn't give me one. My heart strength has improved that much. Also my last BP was 98/62, cholesterol down to 104, LDL down to 51, HDL up to 33 from 24, and triglycerides below 100. I have dropped my lasix , and cholesterol pill dosage, as well as all my diabetic meds.

I stick to very low carb, but find others get similar results just by lowering their carbs, not so drastically as I do. Most important, is the types of carbs you eat. I tried a diabetic, low sodium diet for 7 years, and finally decided that low carb was less dangerous than being 350 lbs. I still stick to around 1500 mg Na.. which means I have to be careful in meat and canned vegetable selection, but it seems to be worth it.

I do have a leaky heart valve, and may soon be going to get it replaced. My cardiologist never mentioned it till I dropped the first 100 lbs. I don't think it was an option for me, at the higher weight. As a heart patient, you know I am getting tested for everything, and they were leery about low carb, even though I didn't tell them until I had lost 30 lbs, and showed improved bloodwork. I have improved in every test, and while they won't say the words " eat low carb ", they tell me to keep doing what I am doing.

I think a lot of it has to do with just losing weight. For me low carb did that, but for others different diets will work. I think if you aren't losing weight on a diet, you should try something else. The 2 that seem to be most prevalent are lower fat, or lower carb, with all other diets being a variation of one of them. Even though the reason for me not succeeding on low fat was my inability to stick to it, the diet didn't work for me.

The most important thing is to get to a healthy weight, in my opinion. Which diet helps you do that is not important.

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10/24/12 9:54 A

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It seems that I have tried all of those diets out there. I have had success in loosing weight in the past but NONE had a good maintenance support system that we enjoy here at SP. I am at my ideal weight for the first time in my adult life and I am already findint the spectre of keeping it off. Old habits never die, they are only controlled.

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MARI-SERV
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10/23/12 5:40 A

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For Beginners or Beginners Again emoticon

The Spark Diet Overview

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The Spark Diet

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Edited by: MARI-SERV at: 10/23/2012 (05:42)

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MARI-SERV
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10/20/12 8:54 A

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This forum is for serious weight loss discussions only. emoticon For any other discussions please go to our Daily Chat Forum. emoticon

No matter how long we have been with this, at one point or another, we all need help, direction and information to keep us on course in meeting the goals we have set for ourselve. When it comes to support and motivation who better to learn from than someone who has already been there and experienced it. emoticon I hope this will be a place where all of our team members can come with their weight loss questions, problems and obstacles. And if you are the person who has an answer.....PLEASE.....we want to hear form you.

Here is my question:

One decision we all need to make when we start our weight loss journey is should I follow a particular diet plan and if so which one.....there are so many out there? Low carb, low cal, low fat, sugar free, WW, South Beach, Atkins, etc. If you have had success or failure in following one diet plan we would like to hear from you.......it could help many of us make our decision.

Edited by: MARI-SERV at: 10/20/2012 (08:57)

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