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6/26/14 12:28 P

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I do understand. I started here at Sparkpeople at 235 lbs, I'm just under 5'. I couldn't even admit my real weight when I joined.

I've gained and lost my whole life. Changing to a new healthier lifestyle is hard. Take it one step at a time. Walking is the best starter activity. You can add a minute or walk a little faster each week. It really does add up and become a new habit. I do some simple yoga stretching exercises for 10 mins when I first get up. When I started I did 5 mins. Now I try a second set in the evening as much as possible.

Look through the recipes for foods you like and find the leaner, veggie versions. You might be able to work with your mom on making a better family favorite like mac & cheese that everybody will love!

My biggest problem has always been portion control. This where I find myself falling into old habits so easily...

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6/26/14 5:17 A

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6/26/14 1:11 A

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If you have trouble drinking the amount of liquid that you would like, you may want to try hibiscus iced tea with stevia. Stevia has no calories but no cancer causing chemicals either... I had to stop artificial sweeteners because they were the cause of my migraines. I worked up to the stevia as I got used to the taste. That is why hibiscus tea works well. It is tart and the stevia mixes well with it.

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6/26/14 12:35 A

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Water has helped me a lot. It helps the body flush out stuff and helps to control cravings. I drink, like, a gallon a day minimum. Sometimes I like to flavor it with sugar free drink mixes which is not totally healthy but it helps get that last quart down the hatch.

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6/25/14 5:43 P

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Welcome! It is hard, but you can do it. Hasfit.com has a free vegetarian weight loss diet, too that is really good and easy.


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6/25/14 4:37 P

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This will be a pretty hard transition for you because all transitions are hard. So try to keep it as simple as possible. Your mother doesn't have to buy expensive food for you. Cans of beans and potatoes, rice and frozen vegetables are all not very expensive. Can you put your name on your food once you make it so someone won't take it. If you can make a pot of rice and mix in a can of beans and spices you have a delicious and filling meal that gives you plenty of good calories and you will begin to get healthy. Those same flavored beans can be served over a microwaves baked potato with some salsa for a delicious meal. You can microwave some broccoli and put it on top of the potato with the beans and salsa. You can have as much of this as makes you STUFFED and still lose weight.

All of Dr. McDougall's books can be found at the Library for free.. The Starch Solution is a good one. Or anything my him.

For exercise... just walk at first. Take a walk every day. The more healthy you get.... do more. Exercise is NOT the most important thing. The food you eat is the most important.

I lost weight with no exercise at all, because of health issues.

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6/25/14 4:05 P

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Welcome, Alexus! I look forward to getting to know you better =)

I think my biggest piece of advice is that if you start following a healthy lifestyle -- exercising (with doctor's approval) and eating a balanced diet -- weight will start to come off. You can't undereat or else your body will hold on to fat -- you need to eat a reasonable amount of calories to keep your body going and not think its starving. And if you are doing all that and not losing weight, please remember that the number on the scale isn't everything and you could be gaining muscle and losing fat.

My second piece of advice is to create a new lifestyle for yourself and one you can maintain forever. Diets don't work -- they may help you lose weight in the short-term but once you go back to your normal way of eating it will all come back. Instead create a lifestyle that you can maintain, which likely means allowing yourself treats in moderation.

One day at a time =) You didn't gain weight overnight and you won't lose it overnight either. But you can slowly start to make some changes. Good luck!

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6/25/14 1:27 P

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check out happyherbivore.
another thig dr.mcdougall stress is simplicity & POTATOES!!!
I LOVE POTATOES!!!
Lots of times I will take all kinds of veggies & roast a bunch (enough for a few meals) & have them over brown rice.
Or one of my other faves is water sautee onions, mushrooms, & bell peppers over potatoes.
just keep making the healthiest choices you can think of & research research research!!
There are alot of free recipes & resources out there.
Education is the best gift you can give your self!!
There are lot's of helpful people here as well!!

HEY YA'LL !!!!


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6/25/14 1:14 P

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Thanks I have been struggling on hiw to live vegetarian and not eat processed foods I tried to be vegan but I couldnt do it because my mom didnt have the money to buy me all my own stuff. I did think about doing the raw vegan diet here and there but its hard being in a house full of carnivores who forget I dont eat meat and take all the food I get for myself to work and leave me with junk food...

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6/25/14 1:05 P

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I think most everyone here has been through this!!
I started at 205. I'm still not where I want to be but, I'm working on it.
I have been a vegetarian for 9 years & a vegan since January.
My big problem was I would start to follow a plan, feel good about it, lose a couple of pounds & then little by little let bad habits creep back in & gain everything back.
Then I realized that it wasn't the plans that were failing me, it was me.
Ok, so that made me feel like crap & I was out of control again.
Then I found Dr McDougall. I had read some things from him but really hadn'd read his plan seriously. My suggestion is to read his newsletter, It's on line & absolutely free.
He stresses whole foods /no dairy/meat/oil or sugar. Also no processed foods.
Eating processed foods (vegan junk food) was killing me.
He also stresses following an exercise routine that you can sustain.
I used to kill myself running & working out at the gym!!
I would crash & burn after a couple of weeks!!
No I do 30 minutes of elliptical or 45 minutes of Hatha yoga(gentle stretching) daily.
I seem to do okay with this because it doesn't burn me out.
Be honest with yourself, don't push yourself harder than you can live with.
you might also want to check out www.happyherbivore.com
it's a good blog & there are some free recipes on the site.
Lindsay's recipes are fast,easy,cheap & tasty.
They are also usually made with things you already have in your pantry.
This has been my experience.
I'm still a work in progress!!
Good luck,
Jeannie


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6/25/14 12:49 P

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My name is Alexus and I am 20 years old and over 300 pounds. I have tried many many things to help me lose weight. Ive done weight watchers twice, ive done different diets and eating plans, I have even been on prescription medication to help me lose weight twice and I gain weight while on them even though I nearly stopped eating when taking them. I dont know what I am doing wrong it seems like I gain more and more weight even when I eat right and excerise. Its starts off good and im feeling good about myself but then I start gaining all my weight back plus some. I don't understand it and it makes me feel horrible. Does anyone have any advice on this? Maybe someone has went through this before and found something that helped them?

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