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        06-19-2011, 05:42 PM
      #71
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    Macabre, it's been a while since we've last heard from you on here, hows it all going for you now? :)
         
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        06-19-2011, 08:43 PM
      #72
    Green Broke
    Hey guys, it's been going well! I swear I feel a little more slender. Shay-la took some pics of me riding Zierra and for the first time I didn't want to gag. Could have been the angle, but I bent over to tie my boots the other day and I realized I wasn't having to hold my breath because I couldn't physically breath when I was doubled over!

    I got thrown a little out of wack on the exercise with my latest fall off Jynx, hurt my back and put me out of commission for about a week and a half, but I was also eating a LOT less laying in bed.

    I finally ate McDonalds for the first time in about a month and a half the night we went to the hospital - just an unfortunate situation of getting trapped there for 6 hours, and both of us STARVING at 2am with NO other options for food. Biggest mistake ever - the cravings are back full force and horrible (I'd almost gotten rid of them). So of all the things I eat, I MUST avoid McDonalds at all cost because it's the only food that sparks borderline homicidal urges in me where I feel like I'm going to DIE if I don't get a Big Mac!

    Me and my sister have both committed to keeping food/emotional journals. Just to keep track without feeling the pressure so we can recognize problem areas.

    Feeling very motivated and happy about the progress! It's slow, but it has to be a complete transformation and not a quick fix so that's something I'm willing to do!
         
        06-20-2011, 12:49 AM
      #73
    Green Broke
    I have you tried a low-carb diet?

    My parents have been off/on weight watchers practically my whole life, and I'm overweight too, and I just could not seem to loose weight on a weight watchers/low fat diet. I felt like I was starving/punishing myself and not seeing any results.

    I finally tried low carb when a friend went on it, and it was the first diet in my whole life that actually worked! I started out at 212 lbs. In something like May or June of last year, and by November I was at 189. Maybe not a gigantic weight loss, but it was the best I have EVER done on a diet.

    Then Thanksgiving and Christmas came, and all the high carbs that go with it, and I fell off the wagon. I am now at 203. But you know what? I feel like I know how to loose weight now, and I never had any success before watching fat/calories.

    What's great is you really don't have to control your portion size. I can pig out on some of my favorite foods (steak, chicken, fish) and have as much as I want, with the fat/skin on it too. I can eat salads with "fattening" dressings, because they are actually much lower in carbs than the low fat dressings. You can have butter/dressings on your veggies. It's GREAT!

    The main things to avoid are any kind of processed grains, starches, and sugars. So the taboo foods are breads, potatoes, pasta, sugars of any kind, etc. Even milk is high in carbs.

    BUT, you can have all the meats and non-starchy veggies you want, in practically any portion you want. And I would allow myself 1-2 healthy "sweets" a day, such as a fruit, a sugar free yogurt, etc.

    So anyway, even not following the diet as faithfully as I did last year, I still weigh less than when I was trying to eat low-fat and walking. I find that in itself really amazing. All that walking, hunger and self loathing for nothing! I just try to avoid as much carbs as I can and I don't worry about the fat or portions. The first two weeks I lost 8 pounds!

    I didn't follow a specific low-carb diet. I just researched it on the web and sort of did a modified Atkins diet. I really didn't even keep strict track of my carbs. I just focused on eating meats/veggies and very low amounts of fruit and other carbs. And avoided breads, potatoes, and anything with sugar like the plague.
         
        06-20-2011, 12:58 AM
      #74
    Banned
    Pineapple (and pineapple juice) has as much potassium as a banana in a 4 oz glass. I would take a can (4 oz) and put it in my water bottle when I worked out. Flavored water, potassium, hydration...all in one! Good luck!
         
        06-20-2011, 01:30 AM
      #75
    Green Broke
    I would be ECSTATIC if I could succeed at a low-carb diet, as I firmly believe that grains are the disease marking society. I would give anything to be able to eat only meat and veggies, I do believe it is the best diet for human beings.

    The issue is being able to deal with the emotional problems that make me crave sugar - be it in the form of grains, or junk food. I do like meat, I do like veggies, but giving up carbs is like a bad drug addiction, which should tell you RIGHT THERE how horribly bad they are for us.

    My sister and her husband are believers in the Paleo diet, and I'd love to reach that point. I doubt I ever will, it's so difficult in this fat, lazy society of convenience, but it's the goal I work towards!
         
        06-20-2011, 02:04 AM
      #76
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
    The issue is being able to deal with the emotional problems that make me crave sugar - be it in the form of grains, or junk food.
    I understand... when you state in your first post that you have struggled with depression/bipolar, I immediately thought of my adopted daughter, who has diagnosis of borderline personality disorder/bipolar. When she was living here with me, I would be shocked to find my sugar container almost empty when I went to bake a cake or cookies. I don't know how, but she would devour sugar. 5 lbs. Of sugar would disappear in no time. On her oatmeal?? Who knows? I never had sweets or sodas at home. They aren't healthy, and fortunately I don't have a sweet tooth. Some types of mental/emotional disorders crave sugar and carbs, it is a fact. Now, unfortunately, my daughter is very overweight from psychotropic meds, but at least she is still alive.

    If I were you, I would find a holistic/naturalistic healer type doctor or a homeopathic doctor who will help you with your body chemistry. They are hard to find, as there are many quacks. I have found that traditional medicine is very, very lacking when it comes to psychological disorders and their devastating effects on a life.

    Good luck, and I wish you the best.
         
        06-20-2011, 03:48 AM
      #77
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    Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
    Hey guys, it's been going well! I swear I feel a little more slender. Shay-la took some pics of me riding Zierra and for the first time I didn't want to gag. Could have been the angle, but I bent over to tie my boots the other day and I realized I wasn't having to hold my breath because I couldn't physically breath when I was doubled over!

    Feeling very motivated and happy about the progress! It's slow, but it has to be a complete transformation and not a quick fix so that's something I'm willing to do!
    That's excellent!! Well done for sticking to it
         
        06-20-2011, 03:57 AM
      #78
    Yearling
    I know how hard it is. I am on a diet too. Because I have two previously broken legs, with hardware, I cannot work out. Very hard to lose.
    I have been doing low fat, low carb. It is very hard. I have lost 16 pounds in about four weeks.
    When you get to be 40, it is even harder to lose. Good Luck!! Susan
         
        06-20-2011, 07:17 AM
      #79
    Foal
    If you HAVE to each McDonalds (stuck in the hospital at 2am again etc), don't get the Big Mac, get a $1 cheeseburger or a $1 mcchicken with a cup of water and a small $1 fry. You still get to eat, but it isn't as many calories or as much cars and fat. You can still eat the foods you like, but, it's about the choices we all make on how we eat... A small $1 cheeseburger versus a big mac. A cup of water (or even a sweet tea) versus a large soda.

    You're doing good though! Keep it up and stay motivated!
         
        06-20-2011, 11:53 AM
      #80
    Weanling
    ^^ I have done the $1.00 cheeseburger thing! Big Macs are my absolute favorite as well and you can't have a sandwich without the fries, In my humble opinion! So, I ordered either the $1.00 cheeseburger and fries and added big mac sauce to the burger or the cheeseburger kids meal, which you can get with milk, juice or a small soda. I know it's bad for you, but once again, the quantity was so small, that I didn't feel I went too far with my treat and my body thought I had a really small Big Mac. I had to balance it off later with carrot sticks for my snack instead of the one or two oatmeal cookies I allow myself, but, it was so worth it.

    MM I am so glad to hear that you are doing so well. Doesn't it seem a little easier now, that you can feel even a little difference? I was able to fit into my favorite pants the other day, (right out of the dryer!) without doing the shake your butt/crouch/jump up and down. I was so happy, I ate good all day and didn't regret passing on the cookies!

    Congratulations and continuing good luck!!!
         

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