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9/25/17 11:46 A

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Losing weight is about 80% what/ how much we eat, and only 20% exercise. You can lose weight without doing any exercise at all, but it's not recommended as exercise is important for our overall health and well-being.

That said-- until we get a handle on exactly what/ how much we're eating, we will not lose weight. It is practically impossible for most people to "out-exercise" a bad diet.

I'd have to agree with tracking what you eat and drink. That way you can see, in black and white, what-all you're consuming, and look for ways to make some changes. I'd suggest a few small changes at a time, instead of trying to change everything all at once. Like a previous poster suggested, cutting back on the soda gradually.

I know that once we've decided to lose the weight, we want it off as quickly as possible. But I also know that losing gradually, means we've got a better chance of keeping it off for good. That's why small, gradual changes that you feel like you could continue with for the rest of your life, are recommended. A "lifestyle" rather than just a "diet".

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9/23/17 12:05 A

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The best tip I can give you is to force yourself to track every bite of food or drink with calories that goes into your body. Complete the nutrition tracker every day. It will force you to see what you're doing to yourself. When I started I did it every day no matter how bad it was and it started to wear on me. There was no denying what my problem was after that. I eventually started cutting calories just out of sheer embarrassment. I couldn't believe what I was shoveling in and not just calories either, but fats, carbs, and sodium. Now that you've started, never quit!


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9/21/17 5:40 P

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My best advise to you is to start gradually. If you drink, for example, 3 cans of soda a day, cut back to 2 a day for a week and then cut back to 1 a day for a week and then 1 every other day until you can completely eliminate soda. Then start on something else - cut back on processed food and substitute whole foods - fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, etc. I'm sure it took you a long time to get to the weight you are now - it's fine if it takes a long time to lose it. If you try to change everything at once, you are setting yourself up to fail - baby steps!

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9/21/17 5:46 A

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Hi all
I am a 52 year old mom of 6 children .
Only 5 feet 2 inches but weigh in at 256 pounds 😣😣 Heaviest I've ever been. Not even in my 9th month of any pregnancies was I this heavy 😣😣😣
I am an emotional eater and lack will power .
I cave into bad food choices all the time and I don't exercise😣😣
I did start counting my steps and making myself accountable to at least 30 minutes of activity per day. Want to increase that to 40 minutes then to 50 then 60 etc.
But I so need help with the food choices and making myself choose healthy foods and lower my calorie intake😣😣
I don't like being this heavy 😣😣
I'm lethargic not sleeping well not feeling well 😣😣 I want to feel good about myself and like how I look in the mirror and how I look in my clothes.
I know it has to be me who does this.
Nobody can do it for me but I'm really struggling 😣😣😣

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