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« on: Mon Nov 20, 2006 - 18:32:59 »
Okay, I admit it.  When I stepped on the scales today I weighed more than I have ever weighed in my entire life - 222.  I need to shed at least 22 of those pounds and would love to do so in 2 months.  If you were in my shoes, how would you do it?

Thanks in advance from the eating maching.

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Re: Diet
« Reply #1 on: Mon Nov 20, 2006 - 21:33:43 »
Any ideas other than starvation?  How about some help from a great low-calorie  ::chef:: out there?

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Re: Diet
« Reply #2 on: Mon Nov 20, 2006 - 21:47:37 »
You had to go and say that 8 letter word didn't you?  Exercise!  You are right of course, but I don't like to admit it.  Okay, I will start running 20 miles a day tomorrow.  Okay, maybe that would be overkill (or it might just cause me to keel over). 

We'll see what type of exercise regimen I can come up. 

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« Reply #3 on: Mon Nov 20, 2006 - 22:00:12 »
What kind of shape are you in? Extreme exercise may not be a good idea. If you jump in too hard and fast you'll just burn out. Pick something simple that you enjoy.

I'm a big fan of Weight Watcher's Core plan. It's somewhat similar to South Beach, but I think it's a little less restrictive. If you're interested in knowing more I can dig up some links for you.

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Re: Diet
« Reply #4 on: Mon Nov 20, 2006 - 22:15:11 »
Our church has a raquetball court (shhhh.... don't tell anyone I might get in trouble).  I have been here for 7 months and have yet to play.  Maybe I ought to find someone who plays and start my exercise regimen there.  I only walk the dog as far as I have to go for her to use the bathroom, then we turn around and come back - that is about as much exercise as I get.


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Re: Diet
« Reply #5 on: Mon Nov 20, 2006 - 22:55:43 »
Having someone to excercise with makes a huge difference.

Doesn't that belong on another thread though?

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Re: Diet
« Reply #6 on: Tue Nov 21, 2006 - 00:33:42 »
When I decide to focus and stick with it, I have to start out changing everything. But I am an "all or nothing" type. I have to attack my diet and exercise at the same time.
What might work for you is a simple and slow change in diet and exercise.
Take Matilda out for a 10 minute brisk walk in the am and pm every day for a few days, then add 5 more minutes every few days. She'll run if you run. I just never ran as long as what she could have. But when we'd get back to my house, she'd show more energy than normal. Even though she's old, she loves to get that energy up and going, so you choosing to get out with her would do both of you a great deal of good. I'd rather you do that than racketball, just because it would benefit Matilda, too.
With your diet, I can give advice I use.
Stay away from your chips. Never are chips a good choice for you. It seems like you eat chips with anything.
Choose healthy foods.
Fish, fresh vegetables, lean meats.
Drink lots of water. 8 8ounce glasses a day is easy to remember. I started out getting used to drinking water by having 1 glass when I first got up. 1 with breakfast, 1 before lunch, 1 with lunch, 1 before dinner, 1 with dinner, 1 after dinner and 1 before going to bed. Now, it's just normal and I drink more than that without even thinking about it.
If you can stay away from carbonated drinks, that's best, but if you have to have one sometimes, choose Diet Rite or another that is NO or LOW sodium. Stay away from caffeine.
I stay away from white stuff- sugar, flour, rice, pasta, potatoes, bread. If you think that is too extreme, at least eat the brown stuff and whole grains. When you choose to eat the white stuff, it is so refined, all the good stuff is gone from it so you actually don't benefit healthwise from the white stuff. My mom was told when she was in her 60's that she had sugar diabetes and that just doesn't sound like anything worth having. When I took over my mom's care, she ended up not having to take her medications because I changed her diet dramatically. Mrs Drawbaugh had it for many, many years and had to lose a leg because of it.
When I eat fruit, I eat berries, blue, black, straw, rasp. fresh or frozen.
Buy only bacon that is not sugar cured. Wal-Mart sells Gwaltney's- not sugar cured.
Eat salmon at least once, but try twice each week. Choose wild salmon. Only eat tuna once a week, if you need to.
Don't eat a lot of processed meats or other processed foods.
Use olive oil instead of vegetable oil. Use butter instead of margarine. Which means stay away from TRANS fats.
You don't like peas, so it's good to stay away from them. But also, stay away from
corn.
Fruit juices aren't that great healthwise. Crackers and chips aren't either.
I eat healthy, I just eat too much of it.
I have a salad everyday for lunch.
What I need is someone to help me get more sleep!!

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Re: Diet
« Reply #7 on: Tue Nov 21, 2006 - 09:00:05 »
Okay, I admit it.  When I stepped on the scales today I weighed more than I have ever weighed in my entire life - 222.  I need to shed at least 22 of those pounds and would love to do so in 2 months.  If you were in my shoes, how would you do it?

Thanks in advance from the eating maching.

Update, I am down to 220 lbs. as of this morning. 
« Last Edit: Wed Nov 22, 2006 - 08:17:15 by spurly »

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Re: Diet
« Reply #8 on: Wed Nov 22, 2006 - 08:18:08 »
219 as of this morning!  Go baby go!

By the way msbradley, thanks for all your tips but one has to know how to cook to do some of the things you mentioned.   ::disco::

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« Reply #9 on: Wed Nov 22, 2006 - 10:43:34 »
My wife and I have found the Flavor Point diet to be very effective.  I've lost about 13 pounds in two months.  The quality of the meals is excellent, and it is nutritionally well-balanced, which is more than can be said for many of the popular diets out there.  It does require some cooking skills, though.

I walk my dog at least a mile every evening.  He has come to expect it, and insists strongly at 9:30 every evening.

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EXERCISE....yep....8 letters.
« Reply #10 on: Wed Nov 22, 2006 - 16:57:04 »
Spurly, I'm not a huge fan of exercising either.  And I NEVER thought I would like running.....hated it even when I was a kid.  But that's because for years, I'd been approaching it all wrong. 

I love running now, when I can get past the rather painful first week after a long break.  I've even completed a half marathon and my goal is to complete the Lake Tahoe Half MArathon in October of next year....then the Walt Disney World Half Marathon a few months after that.

Here's a program to get you off the couch and running a 5K (3.1 miles) in about 3 months.  It's a walk/run program.  Check out the Couch-to-5K link.  It's really very VERY doable and not too strenuous. 

I've taken a ridiculously long break from running (almost a year) and I'll be starting from square one again with this program.

http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/index.shtml

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Re: Diet
« Reply #11 on: Wed Nov 22, 2006 - 17:11:14 »
spurly, you know how to cook.
You just don't always follow directions and measurements correctly (2 cups of water to a brownie mix package).
Or you don't always have the right directions to follow (1 cup of salt in the potato soup)!!!
Both still unforgettable!!
Cooking for 2 should have some recipes you could get ideas from. The internet surely does. That's why I wanted to know my e-mail address, because I found some recipes on the internet I wanted to make tomorrow.
The cookbook you got from the Ankenman's might have some ideas.
I've seen you make tacos, you've made goulash, you use your Forman grill...
You are smart, you can read, you can cook.

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Re: Diet
« Reply #12 on: Wed Nov 22, 2006 - 17:16:07 »
One excuse down the drain.