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9/10/20 6:00 A

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MANDY: hi and welcome!

Sounds like your going to have success following your plan. Taking small steps is the key to lifelong change.

I can certainly identify with losing lots of weight following a strict diet and then to gain it all back and more. I wish you the very best.

This is a good team to work with. Please visit the various “threads” and share your progress.

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BUDGETMAW Posts: 14,500
9/8/20 12:06 P

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Welcome, Mandy! Glad you're with us.

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9/8/20 9:14 A

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Hi, and welcome! Great introduction and great insights!

I've maintained better health for 9 years on a lower carb lifestyle, but hadn't managed to stay low enough in either carbs or calories to get anywhere near my goal weight. I've made some adjustments in the last few months that have me seeing slow and steady progress again. And I totally agree that whatever you do to lose the weight must be something you can continue to enjoy indefinitely.

Welcome aboard! Look around the team and get to know the various ongoing threads. We start a fresh "chat" topic daily, and there are several monthly challenges posted as well.

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9/7/20 11:18 P

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Welcome, Mandy. A nutritionist told me many years ago "don't do anything while you're losing weight that you're not prepared to do for the rest of your life."

So, for me, I never did marathon workout sessions, or gave up favorite foods (except once when I was participating in a hospital led diet study for 6 months.). I was put into the low carb, calorie restricted group. The other group was low fat, calorie restricted. Ironically, at the end of the study, both groups lost about the same amount of weight - our calories were based on our individual BMRs.

While on that study, I found that strict low carb wasn't for me, I actually struggled with eating enough calories because I was never hungry. I still follow a lower carb eating plan, more South Beach than Atkins.

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9/7/20 10:54 P

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Welcome Mandy and good luck. It's funny how we expect our lives to be completely changed if only we can lose weight. I started low carb almost six years ago after a prediabetic diagnosis and have kept my A1c in the normal range simply by choosing low carb. With COVID, I've been eating more carbs and my weight started to go up. I sat down and had a talk with myself today and am back to my routine of low carb eating. Starting slow is a good way to go. The one thing I notice is my life no longer revolves around food. With low carb, I stay satisfied and sometimes miss meals without even noticing. Join us on the daily thread--a new one every day.

Hang on, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

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9/7/20 10:24 P

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Hi Team!

My name is Mandy. I tried Keto at the urging of a friend last year and it worked well, but I got discouraged when I plateaued and gave up. Gained all the weight back. I have done a lot of research now on the subject of low-carb and believe it is the way to go for overall nutritional health. However, I want to go slow and take baby steps, creating solid habits to build upon. Instead of going from fast food to OMAD Keto overnight, I am going to start with Dr. Becky Gillaspy's 0, 1, 2, 3 low-carb beginner plan. 0 - no processed carbs such as bread, pasta, sugar/ 1 big green salad a day/ 2 cups of cooked veg a day/ 3 - stop eating 3 hours before bed and of course lots of healthy fats throughout the day.

Fitness has always been an issue for me. I go all out for a month and then give out. No lasting habit created. So this time I'm starting small with 15min MuTu mama workout in the morning and will build from there.

However, I know from past experience weight loss and physical health is not enough to satisfy me, it cannot be my life. To get ready for pregnancy, I lost 104 lbs through a very strict eating plan. I worked out at the gym with a personal trainer 3x a week. I was obsessed with eating, cooking, working out and in the end I was miserable. My house was a wreck, my business was suffering, my relationships beyond my husband were non-existent. Somewhere I had convinced myself that if I just lost weight, my life would be perfect no matter the cost. Needless to say, after I had my son I gained all the weight back. I had created no good habits along the way.

I am trying to learn from my mistakes. I need to create good habits in all areas of my life for it to run smoothly. My ultimate goal in life is less stress, more peace in good times and bad times. How do I intend to do this? By laying down the tracks of good habits to allow the train of my life to run smoothly. Wish me luck as I embark on this journey.

-Mandy, Tx, CST

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