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        07-13-2013, 07:03 PM
      #21
    Foal
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    Pinkbow, were you the first born amongst your siblings?
    Im the second youngest out of 4 siblings... Why do you ask?
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        07-13-2013, 08:59 PM
      #22
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    A number of my friends who are rather overweight are first borns. I'm just wondering if there is a link. Many firstborns feel displaced when #2 arrives and perhaps this is the origins of eating for comfort and not so much need.
         
        07-13-2013, 09:31 PM
      #23
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    A number of my friends who are rather overweight are first borns. I'm just wondering if there is a link. Many firstborns feel displaced when #2 arrives and perhaps this is the origins of eating for comfort and not so much need.
    I was an only child. I think its a genetic predisposition along with the learned behavior that food equals comfort. Just a conjecture
         
        07-13-2013, 11:13 PM
      #24
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    A number of my friends who are rather overweight are first borns. I'm just wondering if there is a link. Many firstborns feel displaced when #2 arrives and perhaps this is the origins of eating for comfort and not so much need.
    Yeah, Im the tallest and most muscular of all my siblings. Also fattest haha. I'm not too overweight but I am super self concious.
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        07-14-2013, 08:17 AM
      #25
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    I know many parents set their kids up for obesity. They feel they can't deny the child junk food or time on electronics. The local dentist told me he could tell which kids consumed a fair amount of junk food and pop by their teeth.
         
        07-14-2013, 05:04 PM
      #26
    Foal
    I don't drink soda ever, and I actually eat pretty healthy but I do binge a lot sometimes... bad habit. :)
    I ordered P90x workout system a few days ago and Im scared. Ha its going to woop my butt
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        07-15-2013, 05:54 AM
      #27
    Yearling
    Hi there, I haven't read the whole thread so sorry if I repeat what has already been said. The only way to lose weight is to truly and utterly commit to it! You have to make a solid plan - and stick to it. Research, research, research, there is a lot of info out there and it all has some merit, it is up to you to implement it by knowing what sort of person you are.

    For example are you a person who can't live with out some sweets and carbs? Then look at calorie counting options such as weight watchers. Are you the sort of person that needs cheese and bacon in your life then maybe a high protein low carb option maybe your pal. Or are you someone to whom getting healthy is more important than just shedding numbers on a scale? If so then you can take a more holistic approach and embrace whole natural food, fresh produce, very little processed foods. First step is to know yourself.

    Exercise is really important and again this is where you have to ask yourself questions, how much do I like exercise? What sort of exercise will I enjoy and be happy to incorporate in my daily life? How much time do I have in a day to exercise? I would like to point out here that you don't have to have hours a day to exercise - a 15 minute workout can burn more calories than an hour on a treadmill BUT only if done properly. The beauty of exercise is that if you choose an intense enough exercise regime then you can get a little bit of leeway with food. If you hate exercise and know you are actually never going do any then you have to be very very strict with your diet. Again it comes down to knowing yourself and being honest.

    I have lost 40kg since July last year. I started with Kate Morgan meal replacements for 12 weeks. This was long enough to lose nearly 20 kg. Then I decided that I had begin introducing proper meals back into my world because this had to be a permanent solution. I choose a holistic approach and eat only in season fruit and vege, I also decided that I prefer high protein so have eliminated whites from my diet (bread, rice, pasta, sugar) but I must have cheese! These days I eat a lot of yummy vege omelets, yummy salads with roast vege and fresh herbs and just good old fashioned meat and vege. And because I no longer eat high sugary carbs I can make everything taste extra yummy with lots of cheese!

    As for exercise I saw an infomercial advertising Turbo Fire, a 20 week course incorporating cardio, HIIT (high intensity interval training), strength training and stretching (yoga). This is based on a 6 day a week class schedule and I LOVE it. Once I started my exercise regime well lets just say the weight has been steadily peeling off. I am now fit, healthy and enjoy wearing nice clothes (gone from size 20 to 12 UK sizes) and riding my horse. I am now into the toning side of weight loss, working hard to deal with the little bit of saggy skin I have, although I think because I chose to eat very healthy food, not as much as I could have. (A friend of mine had her stomach stapled, lost a similar amount of weight to me in a shorter time and now flaps when she walks.)

    So ultimately - as much as I would love to help you - YOU have to make the decision to change. Arm yourself with knowledge! There are foods that promote weight loss because they help your liver and kidneys function properly. By the way if your liver and kidneys aren't functioning properly you can kiss a permanent weight loss solution goodbye. If you want to change then you have to behave differently. People can give you advice till the cows come home but nothing beats knowledge that you gain for yourself so start researching.
         
        07-15-2013, 09:09 AM
      #28
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    Kickin - try turning off the tv and go for a walk. Don't rely on the boyfriend to accompany you. It's you issue, not his. Perhaps think of it this way you get home and your reward for the day is the tube and eating. You need to change how you reward yourself as it is affecting your health or soon will. BTW, research has proven that when the brain is preoccupied with tv or computer, it fails to register that the body is eating or when it is full. Consequently, during the trails those sitting at a table with others ate half as much as those watching tv or on a computer.
         
        07-16-2013, 12:01 AM
      #29
    Yearling
    Don’t have time to read the whole thread but I can give you some ideas from the way I lost a bunch of weight.
    Firstly, though it seems obvious once you learn stuff, but you have to realise that the whole weight gain being “genetic, and therefore hard to impossible to overcome” thing, is very rare. That is that people who are overweight because they have particular genes is so rare that its highly doubtful that most of the people that think they have it actually do. And besides, has there been an explosion of these genes since the 1970s and early 80s? Highly unlikely, the causes for big weight gain across the population is more about socio-cultural factors than genetics.
    The thing to realise is that all of humanity is predisposed from the outset to efficiently collect every calorie we can from food, store it, and loose it very slowly and efficiently. This comes as a result of the bulk of humanity having been hunter gatherers for most of our existence. Humans, as we are today first emerged about 100,000 to 130,000 years ago, it was only about 6000 years ago that anyone started farming. For hunter-gatherer people, gaining enough food can be hard work so our bodies have developed very efficient energy systems to give us the best go at survival. The problem is now though that the food we get is very calorie rich and we don’t have to run across a jungle to spear it any more. So, if you take in more than you burn off, your body works to store the surplus for the lean times. We just don’t get the lean times any more.
    Next, realise that much of this kind of stuff is habitual. I used to be a three family blocks of chocolate a day guy, plus a bunch of other stuff, and I’d sit watching TV munching on stuff all night. When I realised that it wasn’t so much what I was eating but the fact of eating, I changed it. It can be really hard to break a habit, so what I did was change the habit from eating a bunch of “bad” food (chocolate for example) to something “good” food, I started looking for foods with as little caloric value as I could, like rice crackers, and would much on them. And over time I managed to get rid of the habit all together.
    Likewise, exercise is an habitual thing too. And if you can turn bike riding into a habit, like I did, and break through the initial hard phase of it, it will become something you actually have to do, or you just don’t feel good. And yes, the first part is torture to get it started. Its hard to motivate yourself to do it, and its hard to push yourself once you are out there doing it, and you feel like your legs will fall off and you can’t go any further. At first. But there are ways you can make it easier. Start with just a 10 minute bike ride. I used to just go a short way and back again. If you can push through, maybe 3 days a week for maybe a month, you will find it gets easier. By the time you have done that, a short 10 minute ride will get easy, go for 20 minutes, and slowly increase it. Once one goal gets easy, up the standard a realistic amount, so from 20 min to 30 and so on.
    I started off at about 100kg and going for about a 5 kilometre ride three days a week, by the time I was really fit, I was at 78Kg and doing about 100KLM four to five times a week. If I can do it you can, there’s nothing special about it, just takes a little dedication.
    Combine a gradual and realistic change in eating habits with a gradual and realistic change in exercise habits, and keep in mind that it doesn’t happen overnight, or in a few months, but a year even, you will loose weight.
         
        07-18-2013, 05:00 PM
      #30
    Foal
    Thank you so much for all of the replies everyone! I have read all of them and have taken all of the advice into concideration. So far this week I have been doing ok with what I have been eating. I'm not trying to limit so much on what I eat, but how much I eat. The grazing had really gotten to me, so for the most part I have given it up. I would eat and snack and eat some more. It was probably caused from boredom, laziness, or just the shear fact I enjoy eating Infront of my tv.

    I have been trying very hard to down size my meals and get some walks in. Yesterday I had a pancake with syrup and peanut butter for breakfast. And I had a half of a sandwich after work with some fruit. Today I have had a greek yogurt with homemade granola for breakfast and a 6in turkey sub with a small bag of sun chips for lunch from subway. That's huge for me! I normally can put a 12in sub down easy! I know it may not be the healthiest meals but my portions are definitely smaller! I have also been drinking a ton of water lately and fitting in more walks with my dogs. As well as biking to work again even in the heat. It's only about 5 blocks from my house but it is still better for me than driving.

    I do not have any extra money to join a gym or weight watchers but I do feel I am on to a good start. Iv have really been cutting back on my snacking and eating in front of the tv. It's hard cus I do find comfort in eating in front of it but I know it has to stop. My boyfriend and I have also been sharing if I do feel the need to have a sweet, he automatically gets half :)

    Iv also been doing some trot work with my horses lately too. It really made me use my core and made my legs, back, and thighs sore, who needs a gym? Lol

    I do not own a scale. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. I know what a weighed about 2 months ago and it was 224lbs. I am also VERY BUSTY. I have the biggest bust in my family.. Bra shopping is a pain in my arse.. Try shopping for a size 40G bra.. Id love to see a decrease in my bust even though my boyfriend might not lol. I really want to hit around 200lbs or lower by next spring. I really want to improve on my balance while riding as I know it has suffered since gaining my weight. I weighed 186lbs 3 years ago my senior year of highschool and I would kill to be that light or lighter again. I may join a gym in the winter time as I am currently looking into a second job working at my friends cafe she owns here in town. Another great place not far from my house so I can walk or bike. I love my bike and I love going out on it, I guess what bugs me is being alone. I want some company. When I walk or ride I have my horse and/or dogs. But Im thinking Ill just have to say forget company and go for it.

    As far as eating for a reason, I guess I do deal with A LOT of stress. A lot of it dealt with where my horses were being boarded but that's all over with but a lot of other stuff just bothers me. I am feeling better about my eating choices though and proud of the small sacrifices I have been making. I work in the kitchen at an assisted living facility and I admit there is always sweets and food around, along with juice and I have been sticking to my water and passing up the sweets. I know Im not going to drop this weight quickly or anything but I am happy with my self making much better eating choices and substituting in better, healthier choices.
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