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I have lost 62 pounds, and after thyroid cancer, regained a bunch of it. Now I am seeing a registered dietician every month, and seeing my doctor every month. I have had excellent results, and this time, the weight is staying off!! The cold, hard truth is that I cannot eat garbage, and I cannot eat even healthy foods like a hoo! I will be 50 this year, and I am determined to be healthy, and to reach my goal weight by my big 5-0, which is July 11. I only have 22 more pounds to go, this IS happening!!

Update, 5-1-2011, I am now at 137 lbs, going to the gym 4 times a week, feeling good! Today, put on my old size 4 Levis with ease, and NO MUFFIN TOP! Woo Hoo!

After my Dad died, I decided to take better care of myself, and found that my cholesterol was way out of control, no surprise. Avoiding a stroke is my biggest motivation, but feeling better is a wonderful side effect. I have lost 62 lbs so far, and have a little more to go.

A little background....... 10/19/2008

This year I have had three surgeries, partial Thyroidectomy 1/24/2008, turned out out be cancer, so a completion Thyroidectomy on 2/7/2008. Radioactive iodine treatment followed that. I was a mess, I have never felt so drained in my life. At the same time, I had a stabbing pain in one ovary. After many tests, I had a hysterectomy on 6/7/2008. In my mind, this was all not that big of a deal, but my body took it real hard, that is just a lot of surgery and anesthesia in a very short time.

I am feeling much better now, all my bloodwork looks really good now, I finally have energy again.

I have to be very careful about what I eat, it is possible to control my weight, but it is not easy!!!

Here is the guidelines my doctor gave me when I was 206lbs, it is no picnic, but makes sense, and if you can do most of it, you will lose weight and be a healthier person.




Choose lean meats(chicken, turkey, veal and non-fatty cuts of beef with excess fat trimmed; one serving = 3oz of cooked meat). Also, fresh or frozen fish, canned fish packed in water, and shellfish (lobster, crabs, shrimp, oysters). Limit use to no more than one serving of those per week. Shellfish are high in cholesterol but low in saturated fat and should be used sparingly. Meats and fish should be broiled (pan or oven) or baked on a rack.


Egg substitutes and egg whites (use freely). Egg yolks (limit two per week)


Eat three servings of fresh fruit per day (1 serving – ½ cup). Be sure to have at least one citrus fruit daily. Frozen or canned fruit with no sugar or syrup added may be used.


Most vegetables are not limited (see foods to avoid). One dark green (string beans, escarole) or one deep yellow (squash) vegetable is recommended daily. Cauliflower, broccoli, and celery, as well as potato skins are recommended for their fiber content. (Fiber is associated with cholesterol reduction). It is preferable to steam vegetables, but they may be boiled, strained, or braised with polyunsaturated vegetable oil (see fats).


Dries peas or beans ( 1 serving = ½ cup) may be used as a bread substitute.


Almonds, walnuts, and peanuts may be used sparingly (1 serving = 1 tablespoon). Use pumpkin, sesame, or sunflower seeds.


One roll or one slice of whole grain or enriched bread may be used, or three soda crackers or four pieces of melba toast as a substitute. Spaghetti, rice, or noodles (1/2 cup) or ½ large ear or corn may be used as a bread substitute. In preparing these foods, do not use butter or shortening; use soft margarine (or vegetable oil, olive oil). Also use egg and sugar substitutes. Choose high fiber grains, such as oats and whole wheat.


Use ½ cup of hot cereal or ¾ cup of cold cereal per day. Add a sugar substitute if desired, with 99% fat-free or skim milk.


Always use 99% fat-free or skim milk, dairy products such as low fat cheeses (farmer’s, uncreamed diet cottage), low fat yogurt, and powdered skim milk.


Use soft (not stick) margarine; vegetable oils that are high in polyunsaturated fats (such as safflower, sunflower, soybean, corn and cottonseed). Always refrigerate meat dripping to harden the fat and remove it before preparing gravies.


Limit to two servings per day; substitute each serving for a bread/cereal serving; ice milk, water sherbet (1/4 cup); unflavored gelatin or gelatin flavored with a sugar substitute (1/3 cup); pudding prepared with skim milk (1/2 cup); egg white soufflés; unbuttered popcorn (1 ½ cups). Substitute carob for chocolate.


Fresh fruit juices (limit 4oz per day); black coffee, plain or herbal teas; soft drinks with sugar substitutes; club soda, preferably salt-free; cocoa made with skim milk or nonfat dried milk and water (sugar substitute added if desired); clear broth. Alcohol: limit two servings per day (see foods to avoid).


You may use the following freely: vinegar, spices, herbs, nonfat boullion, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, flavoring essence.



Marbled beef, pork, bacon, sausage, and other pork products; fatty fowl (duck, goose); skin and fat of turkey and chicken; processed meats; luncheon meats (salami, bologna); frankfurters and fast food hamburgers (they’re loaded with fat); organ meats (kidneys, liver); canned fish packed in oil.


Limit egg yolks to two per week


Coconuts (rich in saturated fats)


Avoid avocadoes. Starchy vegetables (potatoes. corn, lima beans, dries peas, beans) may be used only if substitutes for a serving of bread or cereal. (Baked potato skin, however is desirable for its fiber content).


Commercial baked beans with sugar and/or pork added.


Avoid nuts. Limit peanuts and walnuts to one tablespoon per day.


Any baked goods with shortening and/or sugar. Commercial mixes with dried eggs and whole milk. Avoid sweet rolls, doughnuts, breakfast pastries (Danish) and sweetened packaged cereals (the added sugar converts readily to triglycerides).


Whole milk and whole milk packaged goods; cream; ice cream, whole milk puddings, yogurt, or cheeses; non-dairy cream substitutes.


Butter, lard, animal fats, bacon drippings, gravies, cream sauces, as well as palm and coconut oils. All these are high in saturated fats. Examine labels on “cholesterol free” products for “hydrogenated fats”. (These are oils that have been hardened into solids and in the process have become saturated).


Fried snack foods like potato chips; chocolate; candies in general; jams, jellies, syrups; whole milk puddings; ice cream and milk sherbets; hydrogenated peanut butter.


Sugared fruit juices and soft drinks; cocoa made with whole milk and/or sugar. When using alcohol (1oz liquor, 5oz beer, or 2 ½ oz dry table wine per serving), one serving must be substituted for one bread or cereal serving (limit, two servings of alcohol per day).


1. Remember that even non limited foods should be used in moderation

2. While on a cholesterol lowering diet, be sure to avoid animal fats and marbled meats.

3. While on a triglyceride lowering diet, be sure to avoid sweets and to control the amount of carbohydrates you eat (starchy foods such as flour, bread, potatoes)

4. Buy a good low fat cookbook, such as on published by the American Heart Association.

5. Consult your physician if you have any questions.

Member Since: 1/16/2008

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My Goals:
Just want to live to be a healthy active old person some day. Take care of my self, not be sickly.

My Program:
Not stuffing my face with junk, most of the time.

Not making excuses.

Being stubborn

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I am an extremely happily married lady from Flower Mound, Texas.

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    It definitely does make a difference preparing your own meals - no doubt! I get bored easily and have to switch up what I eat constantly - the salad was a nice change. I ALSO have those "fruit" days!
    3163 days ago
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    Actually, it stunk, too time consuming! Plus some of the instructors seem to think all students are schoolchildren, grrrrr. If I had a specific goal it would be worthwhile, but not right now. I did get A's in every course that I took...yay me!
    3172 days ago
    Thanks for your comment on my bathing suit blog: I've got 10 years on you, but have to say I really rocked the bikinis when I was younger and lifeguarding !! And ya know . . . . I think I could still look pretty darn good in a bikini!! Will have to give that some thought!!

    Incidentally, noticed your "back to school blog": I did the same thing in my early 40s and it was quite the experience. How did it work out for you?
    3172 days ago
    We use to have a Jack Russell. He use to bark at rocks and throw them in the air. He was so funny. I am glad you are doing better and congratulations on losing so much weight!!!
    3217 days ago
    Thanks for your support. It's so great to have that here. SP is awesome! Look at you, almost at goal!! I am so excited for you!! emoticon
    3218 days ago
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