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    07-06-2012, 09:23 PM
  #11
Weanling
Good luck on the weight loss! I recently lost 40 pounds and still have 20 to go to get to ideal weight. I actually went to my doctor to get help. He gave me phenterimine(sp) to get started and a list of "good foods" and "bad foods", LOL.

Along with taking the medicine I counted fat grams and stayed under 20 fat grams a day. I got a book that told me that fat grams in various foods. If I couldn't count the fat grams I didn't eat it. I could always find something to eat and I love fruits and veggies. Kept them around all the time so I never really got hungry.

And I started walking a lot, every chance I got. Plus we are on the eight floor at work so I climbed the stairs twice a day.

I lost 40 pounds in 5 months! And I am terrible on will power, so if I can do it anyone can.

Oh yeah, also no sodas or soft drinks unless they are diet.
     
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    07-12-2012, 10:07 AM
  #12
Foal
Walk! Itís the best form of exercise for me. I walk for 40 minutes daily and it really helps to burn those calories and besides its free!! Since you come across as an outdoorsy person, I recommend you take up a good cardio exercise. As far as food is concerned, try to eat healthy by way of high proteins and low carbohydrates. Tea, flavored water are good advices. Skipping breakfast piles up the weight very fast. So start your day with a good bowl of oat bran. Also, start a weight loss plan like the Dukan low carb diet. I love their 4 phased personalized programs for each dieter.
     
    07-13-2012, 01:39 PM
  #13
Foal
RNY was what I had to do. Yes it's drastic and completely life altering, but it saved my life. No, it isn't the 'easy' way out either.
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    07-13-2012, 02:22 PM
  #14
Yearling
What has worked for me is a complete change in diet, eating habits, and my lifestyle.

The key is to NOT think that you're on a diet. It HAS to be a lifestyle change.

I eat healthy foods, and exercise because it's good for me, not that I have to do it. My diet consists of fresh vegetables, fruit, lean meats such as chicken, fish, pork, and if I'm looking for a snack either a low-fat yogurt or a some sort of natural granola product.

I have eliminated as many processed carbs as possible and everything I eat could either be harvested, hunted, or made with other natural foods.
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    07-13-2012, 04:03 PM
  #15
Green Broke
BW has totally revamped herself in a short period of time. She knows what she is talking about! If water is not "your cup 'o tea" try it really cold & w/some citrus or cucumber slices in it. Might help.
     
    07-13-2012, 06:16 PM
  #16
Yearling
Back when I had a lot more weight to shed, cardio (in the form of Zumba, Wii fit, or DDR) three to four times a week helped (plus riding once a week). I also tracked my food with sparkpeople.com (it's free) and started reading food labels and watching my portions. I tried to eat slowly, putting the fork down every bite, and I always left a bite of something on my plate. Eventually, my stomach shrunk and I could eat a lot less and still feel satisfied.

I also cut way back on sugar, meaning pop was a no-no.

Now that I've plateaued, I've changed things up:

I've started to track my food again after taking a break for a while.
I'm trying to change what I eat instead of just how much of it.
I recognize that this is a lifestyle change, not a diet.
I was doing cardio in the form of running six days a week, but I vastly underestimated how far and how much I was doing, so I'm reworking my exercise schedule to include more yoga and strength building.
I've also taken an interest in learning how to cook.

I wish you luck, I'm sure that you'll lose the weight!
     
    07-13-2012, 06:56 PM
  #17
Yearling
Cacowgirl, you're too much! Haha. Sometimes I think about being a personal trainer or nutritionist. OT but Happy Birthday! :)

Another thing you can replace sodas and sugary drinks with are the little to-go tea packets. There are peach teas, green, lemon, raspberry, all kinds of flavors! They're ok sugar wise and even better Carb wise. They aren't bland and are very sweet, so they can kick your sweet tooth.

Most of all, find an activity that you want to do, no matter how much effort you have to put into it. Like riding, just do it! Every spare moment you have, instead of filling it with sitting down and relaxing, get moving. To lose fat and weight, you'll want to raise your heart rate for atleast 30 minutes. Do that 3 to 4 a week, and you'll be completely surprised by the changes.
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    08-12-2012, 03:16 PM
  #18
Foal
I got banded in jan, but I don't attribute it to most of my weight loss. Even with the band I still eat regular portion sizes, and don't have much restriction. The reason I have lost 70lbs is because I think about everything that enters my mouth. I eat around 1300cals a day eating high protein and trying to manage my carb and fat intake to some extent. Mostly I just watch cals and protein tho. Myfitnesspal.com has been my savior. And the barn as well. I try to ride at least 2 times a week and my strength and balance is so much better. Im 220lbs right now and want to be 150lbs, so heres to another 70lbs!
     
    08-14-2012, 08:42 AM
  #19
Green Broke
Thanks BW! I think you might do well as a trainer or nutritionist-someone who has been through it has more credibility. Losing weight is tough, but keeping it off is a daily struggle. Keep up the good work-you are an inspiration.
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    08-20-2012, 11:24 AM
  #20
Foal
I agree about a lifestyle change. I have always found that "diets" don't work...once you get bored with that particular plan. I have struggled too so I empathize with you. Over the last year I have lost 57 pounds by cutting out refined sugar, white flour, soda, candy..Sticking to low carbs in the form of fresh veg. And fruit. Meat is always lean. I got back into the saddle a few months ago and have a weekly lesson. I feel so good and it still brings me to tears at time to have realized this dream to be riding again. I have found that I need allot of work on my underused muscles and core. I do pilates and squeeze a rubber ball between my thighs when I sit (like at the computer) My adductor muscles(inner thighs) are very poor...but improving :0) I am having fun and feeling healthy and good about myself. 20 lb. More to go, but I am a work in progress ;0)
Good luck and hang in there. It is a struggle I know. You can do it!!!! Be kind to yourself and enjoy the journey!
     

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