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5/9/19 7:59 P

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Hi, Terri! We start a new thread every day on the General Forum, so feel free to jump right in or start your own thread. Today's is just called Thursday and it's here: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
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5/9/19 10:22 A

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Rusty, sorry it took so long for me to respond but I have been ill .. again. I have 2 new stents for my troubles and spent several days in the hospital again.

The people in "dietary" do not understand low carb and everyday and gave me a hard time with what I ordered. I would order and then they would improvise and send other stuff and complain to me when they saw what was returned on my tray. They finally complained to my doctor who stood up for me and told them to "leave her alone". They didn't but it was only for 5 days.

Now back home and my neighbors once again are trying to take care of me. My friend next door is really the only one who gets it and she runs a little interference for me with them.

I am going back to the cardiologist on Monday and will hopefully get the go ahead to begin walking again ... wish me luck.

Thanks for the response. I was beginning to think that this team wasn't real active.

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4/28/19 8:41 A

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Hey Terri, welcome to the team.

I have a similar situation. I am disabled, and volunteer with a local political club. I mostly work with retired women, who tend to think of me as their child ( I'm 45 ). I spent the past year working on campaigns, which was a great success, but slowly gained almost 60 lbs., topping out at 299.4, about 5 weeks ago. At that point, I started having breathing issues again.

I have congestive heart failure, due to a leaky heart valve I was born with, but did not feel any ill effects until I was 27... pronounced diabetic at 28 Being diabetic helps with some of the ladies, but the result was that they all got sad when I said I was diabetic, then witched to .. have one cookie.. or eat a small amount of this dish.. since I eat mostly meat. Of course, their dish would be perfect with my meat...lol

I am finally at a point where I have told everyone.. NO food. It's taken several years, and them seeing my struggle with breathing throughout the past winter, but they finally have stopped bringing me food.. now they bring me T-shirts.. I got a Detroit Lions shirt the other day.

I would suggest a team weight loss event, but it seems no one else wants to lose weight with you... so you simply need to tell everyone that you have to eat a certain way, until they get it. There is no other solution. Be polite, but firm. If you eat one, you have to eat all the dishes.

I started with walking, and light weightlifting. I re-joined a gym, but it's a Planet Fitness, so mostly machines. I walk a mile or 2, which is up from 1/4 mile when I started. Then I do 8 sets of weights. Today is biceps, and back, but I lift just enough to work the muscle. My goal is muscle maintenance, while losing another 100 lbs. of fat. I'm down 100 from when I started in 2010, but since that first year, I have been down to the 210's, and back up to 300.

I recently bought a bike, and am enjoying that, and when the pool opens, I tend to wade around in it.. Other than that, I like to shoot baskets, but not ready to play a game at 5'6" 260. Maybe by summer, but I just do something daily, until I want to stop. It can be cleaning the house, or gardening. The other day, I pulled a bunch of green onions.. that was a workout!

Exercising is simply for your muscles, and breathing.. the weight loss is from the food.. so I would suggest getting the food right, losing the weight again, and as you hit new lows, you'll do a little more each day as far as exercise.. let it come naturally. I always say.. when we were kids, we didn't exercise, we played.. nowadays, we make it seem like work.. when all it is, is something fun we should do, like take a walk, or go fly a kite in the park.. just be as active as you feel comfortable with.

Good Luck with everything.

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BUDGETMAW Posts: 14,086
4/21/19 12:14 P

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Hi, Charley, and welcome!

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4/21/19 10:54 A

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Welcome Charley. Join us on the daily threads and dig through the team site for recipes and menu suggestions. And it sounds like you could share some of your experiences too!

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4/21/19 5:26 A

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Good Morning!

I'd like to join the Team! I have been an Atkins way of eating professional for most of my life. I enjoy the low carb lifestyle. It fits me. I look forward to learning how each of you manage your low carb life and look for pointers to keep it interesting and tasty.

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4/20/19 9:53 A

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Welcome to the team Terri. It is hard to resist goodies when given as a gift, but like Woubbie, I almost always re-gift or throw them away. Mine go to my dog training classes where everything is gone in minutes--and no, the dogs aren't the ones eating them. Join us on the daily threads too.

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4/19/19 7:06 P

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Budgetmaw - unfortunately everyone here knows I am not diabetic. I've lived here for 3 years and only began low carb 7 months. My wonderful neighbors are mostly my Mom's age and think of me as their child. They also don't believe that at "our age" we should be worried about our weight.

Your comment about diabetics is true though. My late husband was insulin dependent and his attitude was "I'll eat what I want and just take more insulin".

At any rate I am going to take Naypooie's advice and start giving these treats to the church or I am going to take them to my son's retail store for him and his staff.

Thanks

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4/19/19 7:04 P

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I agree with the walking idea. You don't have to be working up a sweat to get benefits from walking.

If you need to increase your muscular strength, you might be able to tolerate isometric exercises. While it's possible that it might increase your blood pressure slightly, you have a lot of control over how hard you resist. I think they're especially good if you're coming from a very sedentary or inactive lifestyle.

As to gifted food? If you really can't say no, I think the "one taste" idea works great. But I also have zero compunction about throwing the stuff out. Once it's in the garbage you're not likely to be tempted to dig it out and indulge.

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4/19/19 6:58 P

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Saving one to eat .. great idea! Thanks

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4/19/19 2:56 P

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Hi, Terri, and welcome!

Places like Salvation Army used to take home baked goodies. Soup kitchens, food pantries, things like that. Don't know if they still do, though. There are lots of rules and restrictions. Maybe take them to church for coffee hours? Most goodies freeze well, so they could save them until after the holidays.

What I usually do is tell people I'm diabetic (not true!) and while the goodies look absolutely delicious, I can't eat them. And then very regretfully give them back. When someone says that I can eat them and then just adjust my insulin (honest! people actually say things like that) I say that I've been able to control it with diet and exercise and I don't want to put that at risk.

Saying you're gluten sensitive sometimes helps, too, at least for baked goods.

I agree with Naypooie - walking is good. I don't walk very fast but it's my main exercise.

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4/19/19 12:24 P

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Terri, I hear you about the gift foods. I have serious trouble resisting what's in front of my face too. And I love cookies and pastries.

Can you walk? You don't have to push it, and ESPECIALLY don't think of exercise as a way to burn calories. You actually have to do hard-core exercising to burn any significant calories. But a calm stroll around the neighborhood or park will have good effects other than that. It's worth doing.

As for the gift foods, do you have friends or family outside the apartment community you could re-gift them? Maybe keep one cookie to eat so you can tell the gifter they were delicious.

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Hello. My name is Terri and I am a 63 year old widow who lives in southern Wisconsin near my only child and his wonderful wife. My goal is to lose 53 lbs and then decide if more is needed.

I have been diagnosed with "Micro Vascular Angina" and unfortunately it's the unstable variety. This makes exercise almost impossible and living in general is a challenge. Plus there is heart disease on both sides of my family just to add insult to injury. In fact I lost my Mom to a sudden massive heart attack back in 1994. I am so much like my Mom that I was convinced for years that I would also die when I was 61 but so far I am avoiding the grim reaper.

In September of 2018 I decided to try a new Low Carb lifestyle. Not Atkins, not Keto, not Paleo ... I am just avoiding pasta, potatoes, rice, bread and sweets. I was doing great and the week before Thanksgiving I was down 31 lbs. I live in a large apartment community where the residents are all 55 and over .. me being the youngest which they never let me forget. All of a sudden someone was always knocking on my door with cookies and cakes and other treats for the holidays. I can't be rude to them and I have no willpower so now in mid-April 2019 I have gained it all back. I feel terrible. The more weight I put on the more angina I have. The more angina the less active I am and depressed and I eat through depression.

I am rededicating myself to the low carb life and after only 1 week I am down 4 lbs again. My biggest problem still remains exercising. Anything that increases my adrenaline triggers the angina. Those of you who also suffers from angina knows the pain and the fear it brings.

Any ideas for "easy" exercises would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for allowing me to join your group. I look forward to making some new friends.

Terri


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