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Weight Loss Support Thread

I thought it might help fellow members who are losing weight to have a little support thread Smile

Post your lifestyle changes/diet, your progress, your success, motivational stories, or raise any issues for advice and support.


So I'll start Very Happy

I'm in the progress of moving into a revolutionary diet plan, a healthy balanced diet sunny
I've modified the amounts slightly for medical reasons, but otherwise my diet is very close to current recommended intake.

I'm splitting my meals into 6 small meals a day to keep the engine running, and adapting a higher level of activity. I haven't long started Yoga and can't wait to get back in the swimming pool!

Unfortunately, in making myself a victim of fad diets for many years in the past, I'm considerably out of shape and have a long road ahead.

My current goal is a weight loss of 2lb a week, and to adapt a more healthy lifestyle in general.

Armed with veggies and green tea, on I go shimmy


Anyone else made/making changes for weight loss? Pull up a chair!
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replied August 3rd, 2008
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Sounds like you've got a good plan laid out Smile

I myself am not really following an exact diet plan. I'm cutting back my calories to 1500-1600 a day (down from 5500..) and eating less fatty sugary foods. I'm also taking a multivitamin daily.

As for exercise i'm going to start slow, with crunches and walking and untill summer is over swimming daily. Since before this i never exercised really.

My overall goal is to loose 110 pounds, but weekly i hope to loos 1 to 2 pounds.

I want to get from 250 down to 140, I'm glad to have support here since my husband doesnt support my weight loss. But then again i'm more concerned with my size then my weight. I want to go from a 24 pant size down to a 12 or if possible an 8, now i'm not sure what that would be weightwise so i'm not concerned. I took my measurments and will be checking them every 2 weeks.

but really i'm glad for the positive changes this healthier lifestyle has given me so far. a week in and i have more energy, and my mood swings are not as common.
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replied August 4th, 2008
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Meklia wrote:
Sounds like you've got a good plan laid out Smile

I myself am not really following an exact diet plan. I'm cutting back my calories to 1500-1600 a day (down from 5500..) and eating less fatty sugary foods. I'm also taking a multivitamin daily.

As for exercise i'm going to start slow, with crunches and walking and untill summer is over swimming daily. Since before this i never exercised really.

My overall goal is to loose 110 pounds, but weekly i hope to loos 1 to 2 pounds.

I want to get from 250 down to 140, I'm glad to have support here since my husband doesnt support my weight loss. But then again i'm more concerned with my size then my weight. I want to go from a 24 pant size down to a 12 or if possible an 8, now i'm not sure what that would be weightwise so i'm not concerned. I took my measurments and will be checking them every 2 weeks.

but really i'm glad for the positive changes this healthier lifestyle has given me so far. a week in and i have more energy, and my mood swings are not as common.

If swimming daily is starting slow, what's jumping right in? Shocked Very Happy

I used to spend a lot of time planning daily exercise until I failed for the 100th time. Now I'm swimming just once a week and building it up from there. For me, it's a shock to the body and mind when diving off the couch into the gym daily, it's a recipe for failure.

If you can keep it up then good on you! If you start finding it hard then just cut down a little.

It's actually quite a coincidence, I'm aiming for 1500 calories too, am 250lbs, and aiming for 140lbs! I was 260lbs at the start.

It's weight I need to lose not size. I'm a 20 (UK sizes) but far too heavy considering. I know muscle weighs more, but I sure as hell haven't got THAT much muscle Very Happy


How did the first week go? Are you finding it easy so far?

You do notice a big difference in just a week or two, I especially notice the bloating going down, it's much easier to move my hips now g2r
You may lose quite a bit more than 1/2lbs a week at first, but I'm glad that's your goal so you won't feel disappointed when weight loss slows.

It's a shame you don't have the support from your husband. Is there any particular reason he wouldn't? baffle
My husband tries, unfortunately he doesn't seem to realise yet that full fat double cream in the cooking and lemon pie for desert won't help much...


A little tip you may or may not have thought of. If you spend time in the gym at all, try replacing some cardio with some weight training. It sounds odd at first, but muscle is metabolic (meaning it uses up calories just by being there) which will help speed your metabolism as you tone. Plus you burn a considerable amount of calories while lifting (arguably more than cardio work outs) and will help prevent any potential muscle loss while cutting calories.
Don't be afraid of building muscle, it actually takes a lot of specialised dedicated effort for a lady to bulk up, so unless you're actively trying to then you won't, you'll just tone. Cool
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replied August 6th, 2008
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Is your husband doing this too?

I'm trying to lose some weight. Just wondering what other diabetics do. Smile
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replied August 7th, 2008
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Nah he doesn't need to lose any weight (lucky him!), but he does do 99% of the cooking!

I did ask how he'd go about it if he did need to lose weight. He said sensible healthy eating and exercise. Fad diets can be dangerous (like they're good for non diabetics either!).

Just eat healthy, regular, and keep your blood sugar as stable as possible Smile

I say keep your blood sugar stable because, as you probably already know, insulin has the nick name "storage hormone" for a reason(!).
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replied August 11th, 2008
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Yeah. I'm having a hard time keeping a stable schedule. These summers off were supposed to be my time to really work on myself. Blah.

My A1c actually went up .2 since the beginning of the summer, so I'm kinda bummed out about that. I was hoping to break 7.0 before summers end. Sad Once the school years starts, my schedule will be better, eating should go back on track, but stress will be up so we'll see if I can get myself to exercise during those time.

Silly guys...they never need to lose weight!!
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replied August 11th, 2008
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Exercise should definitely help!

It's a shame about the level rising. Nothing ever goes to plan when you're on holidays though Very Happy I'm sure you'll get back into it.

I've come across a new problem with my weight loss. Fruit! It seems I can't eat it at all now without my blood sugars dropping. Meh. I'm running out of low calorie snacks that don't send my blood sugars through the floor...
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replied August 11th, 2008
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Why does fruit make your levels go down??
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replied August 12th, 2008
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Fructose, I have reactive hypoglycemia Neutral

Some people are ok with it, but fruit hates me. Especially things like pineapple Shocked
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replied August 19th, 2008
how old are you? I have seen with age metabolism slows down drastically. Variation in your schedule is important.
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replied October 17th, 2008
I used body detox foot pads.These too have a good impact on weight loss.
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replied November 15th, 2008
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I have found that writing down my daily food intake and activity really helps. I am also considering joining a cyber weight loss group. I have been looking around and really think that will aid in my motivation, etc.
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replied April 22nd, 2009
thanks for the tip GeeGee2.. jotting down my daily food intake and activity truly helps
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