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post #11 of 82 Old 11-28-2012, 07:12 PM
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Perhaps some fruit and yogurt or granola for breakfast? Those things can be filling and healthy at the same time, which is the perfect start for your day. I'm not a breakfast eater at all but I always try to eat atleast a bit of granola or something, and it works well for me. Another idea might be maltomeal (if you like it) because it tends to fill you up quickly too. I can barely eat a serving of it!

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We don't go out to dinner that often. Maybe three times in the last month. Lunch is a different matter. I have nowhere to keep a lunch I make myself, even if I had a cooler bag to put it in. So, Robert usually picks me up and we go out. Again, though, I try to get the healthiest thing I can, under the circumstances.

As for the big breakfasts, it's become just on my days off. Most days I don't eat breakfast. But, I never really have.

I was basically on a starvation diet before I met Robert, but not by choice. I usually didn't have money to eat more than one meal per day. You know people joke that their animals eat better than they do? Well, with me it was true. I made sure my board was paid, my bin of pellets wasn't empty, and my dog had high quality food (Taste of the Wild or Canidae) before I worried if I had anything to eat.

I downloaded an app on my phone called MyFitnessPal last week. Even including Thanksgiving AND going to a pro football game last Sunday, I haven't gone over 1600 calories any day.
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post #13 of 82 Old 11-29-2012, 07:35 AM
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The weight battle is so hard. Breakfast is said to be a necissity, a good one would be oatmeal. Lunches out could be the culprit. Also stress. Few restaurant meals really match what they say about calorie counts. You'll have the insurance in just a few days- Can you call ahead & make an appt? If your having other "female" problems check for PCOS. I hope you get a good doctor that will help you find a reason. I know how upsetting quick weight gain can be-I gained 10 pounds earlier this year & have only been able to lose 1/2 of it. I hardly eat anything- less than 1,000 calories a day! Sometimes much less-Yikes!
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You need to work out. Walking isnt going to cut it at this point. You need to get that heart pumping and keep it pumping. Cardio, cardio, cardio!

Im in the same boat. Im the heaviest ive ever been. The older i get, the lazier i get, the more my metabolism drops. Its a crappy cycle. *headdesk*
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Lots of cardio! Green tea, water and lemons are supposed to be really good for weight loss, I can attest to the green tea. I've already lost about six pounds with working out and eating better. Do you eat a lot of wheat products?

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post #16 of 82 Old 11-29-2012, 08:25 AM
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I agree with Endiku's post as the first thing I though of is... there might be something medical going on here beyond diet changes.
The body changes so fast and I've had some real ups and downs with weight related to medical issues, so I know how fast they can hit, but also tricky to figure out why.
Hopefully when your insurance kicks in you can see your regular Dr or an Internist to have a thorough check-up.
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It's "funny" cuz the first thing that all my friends ask me when I mention how suddenly I gained weight is "Are you pregnant?" The four pregnancy tests I've taken in the last 2.5 months say I'm not.

BorntoRun, we don't usually have bread in the house and when we do, it's whole grain wheat or multi-grain. When we go out, I either ask for whole wheat buns or go breadless if they don't have the whole wheat option.

I don't drink green tea for religious reasons (it is loaded with caffeine and I'm Mormon). I do drink a good amount of water every day, usually between 30 and 60 ounces (I have a water bottle with the ounces measured out on the side).

I'm almost tempted to try that Sensa stuff to see if it works.
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post #18 of 82 Old 11-29-2012, 12:21 PM
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I , too, think such a rapid weight gain is very odd. However, if you were this weight before, then starved down to 180, then this kind of rebound to the prior "set" weight is not so unusual.

I agree with oatmeal as b-fast. NO butter, just milk and maybe a tad brown sugar.

Up your vegetable consumption.

NO food closer than two hours (three is better) before bedtime.

losing weight only gets harder the older you get. So, I can relate to the difficulty.
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I've never been this heavy before. The heaviest I've been was 186lbs and that was right after my miscarriage in 2006. Then I got down to 160lbs after my divorce in 2007 (yay for stress and not being able to afford to eat). I hovered between 160-170lbs until I moved back home four years ago, but even then I stayed around 175lbs. Last May when I bought Aires, I was my heaviest in years at 180lbs (and a size 18), however I lost fat and gained muscle after I got him and, even though I didn't lose weight in numbers, I dropped two, almost three, pant sizes. I have a pic of me in April of this year wearing a pair of size 12 Banana Republic jeans (still have the jeans cuz they're my favorite jeans ever).

Not eating late is a tough one. I don't get off work until 6:30 most nights. By the time I get home and cook dinner (even something simple), it's 7:30 or 8, depending on if I have to stop at the store for anything. We're usually in bed before 10pm because I usually have to work at 8am, so I'm up by 6:30am to get ready.
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post #20 of 82 Old 11-29-2012, 01:07 PM
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Sorry to hear you have gained weight so fast. Dang...I feel for you.

I had lost 70 lbs on WW a number of years ago but put it back on several years later due to stress and starting a cake decorating business. Yeah..that will put it on you.

I just found out I am diabetic so had to REEL IT IN FAST. I have lost like 8 lbs in 2 weeks but it is because I had to put the breaks on to get the sugar under control.

It is very much like WW though.

I eat grits, egg, one slice turkey bacon and 1 slice toast for breakfast.

Lunch will be salad with meat, cheese or 2 slices bread with meat and slice of cheese with a small salad.

Dinner has been salads with chicken, or just chicken with a salad, a little bit of pasta or rice or potato.

A Starbucks non fat latte or coffee at home with sugar free international coffee in skim milk.

I have no choice in this one. It isn't just so I can lose weight - it is so I don't have a stroke! The benefit will be that I will lose weight and Biscuit is all for that. Follow a WW plan or a diabetic plan. It isn't that hard and if you are already a healthy eater it will not be difficult. Walking is great exercise and I am having trouble walking right now due to being unstable because of the diabetes. This just developed since October and it sucks.

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