Well, this morning I am back up to 201 pounds again. WTF? This is the frustration I face when trying to lose weight. So as far as us guys having an easy time of losing weight, um, um, well if you say so!~Hank
I started the Atkins thing several years ago, and have more or less stayed with it. I'm down 47 pounds from when I started.
The problem with most diets is they are usually "one size fits all", and that just doesn't work. We're all different.
I bought a book called "Eat Right For Your Type" by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo a while back. This book helps you plan your diet and lifestyle based on your blood type, and can help with various ailments that may well be caused by what you eat. I highly recommend this book.
As Spadoman said, it is nearly impossible to stick to a plan all the time, but don't let a back step be an excuse to scrap the plan and get back to "normal". I can get along just fine without sugar, but when I cave, I can't eat just a little bit. I have learned though, that I can quickly lose whatever I've gained from a misstep by going back to what I know works. So I don't beat myself up whenever a family or social occassion causes (or enables) me to go on a little mini binge.
I've set my target at 185. Dunno if I need to go that low, or lower, but that is where I'm headed. I was 198 this morning, so at least it's in sight now.
I've also had some success effecting a philosophical change as regards food. I now eat to live instead of living to eat.
Okay, checking in after a week, and this morning I'm at 195. At least I'm heading in the right direction. Glad to see the scale is moving, I have a tendancy to stall out on it. My first goal would be to hit 190. I think I can do that without any exercise, if I just watch what and how much I eat. I spent 3 days outa state this week, so I'm pleased I'm not back where I started. Eating on the road usually sets me back. So how's the rest doing?~Hank
pounds are already falling off for you, that's great!
I know what you mean about the starting pains for the abs, etc. I'm going to get on my fave machine at the the gym. The elypitical. I put headphones on and dance while on this machine. You can dial in different difficulty levels and set the time. I hope to get back to the gym this week.
Do you know anyone who has done the Thurmond method? Not sure how you spell it, but am wondering what has worked for different people.
I know starving or 'dieting' doesn't work. I get the best results when eating a good amount of the right kinds of foods and exercising regularly.
Good luck, and it is inspiring to see others doing something that works for them.
Well damn IrishRoseCA. You could inspire me to do about anything. On my own, I'm not so good, but have lost 3 pounds for 2 days in a row just by watching what I eat, and how much. I know that to get to my target weight of 175 there is going to have to be some exercise in there somewhere. Can't afford a gym, so I may have to fall back on my memory of what I used to do when I was working out in martial arts. That should help with the weight loss and flexibility I'm looking to get back too. Argh, I hate sit ups and crunches, they are so painfull when first getting back into the routine, lmao! ~Hank
You've certainly been around the block with your health issues. I agreed with so many things you said. I am looking for a local work out-fitness partner and gearing up for getting buff and healthy again.
One day, one step at a time. And, moderation in all things, including moderation!
A little Spadoman history:
I had my first heart attack in 1985 with a subsequent triple bypass. Another episode with the heart in 1992 that pretty much lasted 6 months into 1993. And another Bypass in 2003. I am also a diabetic and have been since 2000 or so.
I have run the rollercoaster of every type of diet and health kick trying to make myself healthy and rid myself of any risk factor so I can be more healthy and maybe avoid the next heart attack.
There have been periods of "success" in my life where I have lost weight or got my blood sugar down to normal levels, but to adopt the lifestyle changes that got me there is not realistic. No-one can live like that in this world all the time.
The key for me is moderation. But even use moderation, in moderation. So it's OK to eat a piece of birthday cake at my Granddaughters birthday.
Get out and take a walk, any kind of walk, everyday. Cut back on one item in every meal, (usually a condiment like butter or ketchup), and get rid of as much stress as you can. Find a book or someone to help you do this.
Bottom line is this, the support of friends is wonderful. This thread is good because we can get a vote of support from our friends and peers. Sharing the task by having someone to walk with or talk with about your situation is an important tool. I'm motivated because I read this and I want to be more agressive in my quest for health today. And I want to feel like I want to make these changes everyday.
Good luck to all. EE mayul anytime for support or counsel.
Remember, one step at a time, one forkfull at a time, one day at a time.
I gained weight over the Holidays and want to drop 15, as well as do natural things for my neck pain and all over better health. I've been eating better, popping supplements like candy and got my eye on the gym. Next on the list: No more clovies! Again!
lets' rock. Thanks for posting.