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6/8/16 7:09 P

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Thanks CCB. So good points for sure. I am SO BAD about drinking my water. As I sit here, I can't actually remember the last sip of water I had. I think it may have been Saturday!!!! Can you believe that?! I don't get thirsty so i don't think to drink. I can go like 2 days without drinking anything but a single coffee in the morning. Terrible I know.

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6/8/16 1:04 P

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I was in the same boat, fighting my weight my entire life and would lose it just to gain it + some back. Tracking everything works best for me because I am able to turn away from stuff that I don't want to have to see tracked in black/white on the nutrition tracker. It sounds silly but my tracker keeps me accountable and than if I still really want it I make the conscious decision to eat it and track it. I have also added walking. I walk every weekday during my lunch hour and that has helped me a lot.

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I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13


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6/8/16 1:02 P

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I tried the low carb diet, but I could not live that way forever, so that is not a good way to lose weight - it just isn't sustainable. Once you start eating carbs again, the weight slowly creeps back on.

Track your food, see where your biggest problems are. For example, i love to have ice cream about an hour after dinner. So, to lose weight, I cut back on the frequency of eating ice cream at night (not cut it out completely!) and also, instead of the 2 large scoops from Bruester's, I get the slow-churned Edy's, and use a small bowl, so I only have about 1/2 cup serving. Just enough to satisfy my craving, but really cutting back on the calorie impact. Or, I will get mini-Drumsticks from the store, which have about 130 calories each.

Small changes you can live with. Not just tolerate for a time - but live with forever.

Also, give yourself time to lose the weight. If you lose only 3 lbs a month, that is 36 lbs in a year. But, if you change your lifestyle to lose the weight, then that is 36 lbs you will keep off.

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6/8/16 12:53 P

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There are lots of things that can sabotage weight loss - anti-depressant medication is one. My doctor switched me off my old medication to newer ones, trying to find something just a bit more effective for me, and I ended up gaining 15 pounds during the process. I switched back to my old meds and was able to lose the weight in 3-4 months.

Another thing that really works against you is diet soda and artificial sweeteners. I have been addicted to soda since like forever, and it has done really bad things for my health. I keep trying to give it up, but the cravings always come back. Recently, I found a way to make the craving go away. I switched to unsweetened iced tea, so I still get my caffeine boost, but I sweeten it with Stevia instead of sugar or artificial sweeteners. After a week or two, my sugar cravings just went away. You could do the same with coffee. But watch out for artificial sweeteners in food, like yogurt and sugar-free foods.

Lastly, if you are exercising while on a high protein diet, you might be adding more muscle mass, which is denser and can lead to weight gain. To track this you have to measure your body in various places. So you might be losing inches instead of pounds.

They say talk to your doctor before attempting to lose weight. Well, if you are not seeing any success, and you haven't talked to your doctor yet, go ask him/her why. It was my general practitioner who clued me in that I would not be able to lose weight while taking certain medications.

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ALLTHECUPCAKES is right - small goals and tracking is the key! And track every morsel that goes into your mouth - its easy to try and 'fool the system' but all you're doing is fooling yourself.

I think the 'drink lots of water' idea is important too. I still, a year and a half later, find that when I all of a sudden feel starved, I think...oh yeah, haven't drunk any water yet! I start the day with a mug of hot water with a wedge of lemon in it, then drink a 24oz bottle by noon and another by supper...at least that's the goal. Then I just have one more 8oz to drink to get in my 8 glasses. It's helped me, anyhow.

We all natively bash ourselves when we don't attain perfection - instead, give yourself a pat on the back for each mini-goal you reach. When you blow it, say oops and move on. Don't keep spiraling down the same path.

You can do it!

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6/7/16 11:28 P

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Hi there - thanks for responding. Yeah, I just find I get so discouraged when I don't see results. Two weeks on low carb should have me down at least a pound or two, but UP? I was beside myself with frustration. And instead of just keeping at it, I decide it's "not working" and eat a pb and j sandwich. And then I beat myself up all over again and have to start fresh.

I don't want to keep doing this but don't know how to get myself to stop the habits.


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6/7/16 8:54 P

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My story is similar to yours. As your finding out, consistency is very important. What changed things for me was to:

1. Set small goals instead of changing everything at once. Once a habit felt comfortable to me, I added on. I also only set goals I can live with for a lifetime.

2. I stopped starting over, no matter how bad I go off track. Even if I binge, I track all of it and keep going, doing my best to make good choices.

Hang in there!

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6/7/16 8:39 P

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Hi All,

I have struggled with my weight since my teens and I have never been very good at getting much of it off. I'm now finding it harder than ever to even lose a pound. I have been doing low carb for 2 weeks and am actually up 2lbs. I'm so discouraged. I'm also discouraged at myself for never sticking to what I say I'm going to/need to do for longer than a handful of days before I fall off and then start over a couple of days later. This vicious circle has to stop.

How do you finally just decide to do what you know you need to do to become successful?

What worked for you?

I don't want to be overweight the second half of my life like I have been for the first half.

Thanks for listening,
LC

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