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4/9/18 6:46 P



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RETREAD,

Twice in my life I weighed over 200+ pounds. A few years ago, I made a decision that wasn't going to happen a third time. it is never too late to make a change.

What to do ? You've already made your first positive change by getting your hip replaced. If you're now more mobile, that's great ! Being able to move without having to deal with chronic pain is a big deal. Now that you can move with less pain, try to incorporate some more activity into your day. Your doctor probably gave you some guidelines as far as what you should and shouldn't do. Start there.

Now the others are correct, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. If you really want to lose weight, you're going to have to reform your eating habits.

Can you describe what a day's menu would be ? What are you eating for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks ? Please be honest. I promise, we wont criticize. Maybe if you told us what you're eating, we could help you find ways to make those meals a bit more healthy.

Also, if we had an idea of what you're eating, we could recommend foods that are not only healthy, but taste good too. People assume they have to eat like a rabbit in order to lose weight. That is a misconception. There are a lot of great foods you can eat.

Example, I eat slices of apple with either a little bit of peanut butter or a dusting of cinnamon for a snack. I love snacking on fresh fruit. I buy what's on sale. apples, pears, nectarines, oranges, bananas.

Veggies. what veggies do you like ? I eat lots of yams. they're not just for Thanksgiving. I will boil yams. let them cool and then slice them into salads. they add fiber and flavor. yum. I eat lots of salads because I love the flavor of veggies.

What's my favorite quick salad ?

big bowl of baby spinach or baby kale (mixed greens)
2-3 tablespoons of dried cranberries
small amount of goat cheese (feta works too)
2-3 tablespoons of walnuts (pistachios)
top with a light balsamic vinagrette.

That salad is tasty, yummy and nutrient dense because of the spinach, walnuts, olive oil in the dressing. The cranberries add a hint of sweetness and the cheese some flavor.





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4/9/18 4:25 A



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It's great what a hip replacement can do re a person's physicality LOL! Now I suggest that you make good use of the Nutrition tracker, weighing all of your food for increased accuracy and entering EVERYTHING that crosses your lips. Then you will be able to tweak to ensure that you are within the prescribed ranges. Ensure, also, that you are eating quality foods rather than processed junk.

Have faith in yourself. You can do this so long as you apply yourself.

Good luck,
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RETREAD57,
its great that you can move more. Part of being healthy is just plain moving, it can be walking, it doesn't have to be running or anything else.

To loose weight I suggest you look into what you are eating. Yes its easy to eat too much, but is it too much, or is it empty calories?

I think of empty calories as those having very little nutrition. Sugar is pure calories and no nutrients of any kind. In fact anything processed, and typically white or light brown is probably not good for you, or for weight loss. So things in that colour:
- sugar
- white bread
- potato chips
- pretzels
- noodles

Focus on eating real food. You'll be surprised how satisfying it is, and how you start to drop in weight. If you could eat all the fresh green broccoli you wanted, how much could you possibly eat? Natural food puts its own limit on you.



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Hey... recovery takes a lot out of you... and even if you are more active now, some habits may have been created that have been "not what you need". The great news: is you know it, and are ready to make some changes. Spring is a great time to take charge again, and change directions.

Go back and take a look at your tracking... if you haven't been for awhile, that's OK. Start again. Be honest with yourself...and if you are over calories, accept it as part of your (re)learning plan. After all, you have to know where you are before you can redirect to where you want to be. After a week or two, you will be able to see where those extra calories are coming from.

I'd also suggest you plan to make this a positive Journey. I've found for myself if I *focus* on adding in good healthy foods...and eating a wide variety of flavors, lots of veggies, and smaller servings of good protein, I do better. If I get to the point of focusing on the "I can't have, I' wont' have, I shouldn't, etc, I get really more negative and upset....my inner child feels deprived and anger--LOL. And then, I become resentful that I'm where I'm at. Make yours a Journey of positive changes for better health. When you do that, the weight will take care of itself....

Just as you focus on some positive changes with nutrition...also take a look at your exercise with a different perspective. Don't get trapped into thinking you "have to exercise to lose weight..."....because then exercise will fit into a punishment category. Instead... look for opportunities to use exercise to become fit, enjoy yourself, and keep your body in good shape.

If you honestly think you might be depressed and on a downward spiral...then a trip to your doctor and an honest discussion about treating it might be in order. Been there, done that...and grateful I did!!

I hope your hip continues to serve you well on your Journey! (My sister will probably get one this year....not something she's looking forward to, but hopefully will help her!!) All the best,
patti



Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 4/8/2018 (22:30)
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I thought I'd lose weight after hip replacement because I can do more. I'm in way better shape but I guess I still eat too much. now I'm over 200 pounds and depressed. help.



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