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CatsNJammies

Joined: Nov 13
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Posted: 19 Nov 2013, 17:16
I'm verbose, so bear with me. Laughing

I have been overweight for some time now but with the
amount of pain I had, I thought, screw it, I'll be dead
within a year or less anyway and I ate the wrong things.
I have been a vegetarian for about 10+ years but I ate
way too much catfish (super high in calories) and
didn't watch my intake of snacks-chips, candy, too many
honey roasted nuts. Embarassed

What made me say -"Oh snap"?

This may sound odd but I was flipping channels and
I saw a bit of a western with Henry Fonda and Glen
Ford. Fonda (in the movie) was going on and on about
this beautiful woman he knew, great sense of humor,
easy going.....
and then he said-
"If only she wasn't so d*mn fat."
And it hit me like a ton of bricks. That was in May
of this year.
I weighed 197. I'm now down to 153. I stopped the
catfish and started counting calories. I'm never
hungry; I've just changed my intake. 98% veggies,
(still not a vegan cause I eat an occasional egg and
fat free milk on my shredded wheat-no sugar)
Anyway, my goal is 126.
And I recently picked up a manual treadmill (at a
yard sale for $5.00-thank you very much) Laughing
So, glad to be here and hope I can help encourage
others to finally shed those extra pounds. Wink

ellen warner

Joined: Nov 13
Posts: 5

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Posted: 20 Nov 2013, 03:25
Hello, Welcome Smile
Yaa its good to calculating calories with routine.
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bugzbetty

Joined: Sep 09
Posts: 88

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Posted: 20 Nov 2013, 04:32
Substitute nuts in shells that you have to crack and pick out for the honey roasted too easy to eat a whole handful kind. At least it slows me downSmile Thanks for your light bulb moment story! "If she wasn't so fat" is about as good as "she has such a pretty face."
shmiller

Joined: Mar 10
Posts: 497

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Posted: 20 Nov 2013, 06:23
I love stories like these. When people ask me what it was that finally got me motivated, I never know how to answer. My story is so simple (and so shallow), that I wish I had some profound answer for them.

But we have all had that moment, right? That split second when you say to yourself, "I'm going to do this." Sometimes we go back, of course, but that first second when we take the first step of realizing it's a problem is so important. Thanks for reinforcing that it doesn't have to be a baptism-in-the-river-Jordan kind of thing that moves you.
"The grass ain't greener, the wine ain't sweeter, either side of the hill" The Grateful Dead
kingkeld

Joined: Sep 09
Posts: 1,976

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Posted: 21 Nov 2013, 03:14
Thanks for sharing. You're right, it isn't always in the deep dark corners that we find the motivation.

For me, I was at the doctor's office. He checked my numbers and said "Well you don't have diabetes, and that's good. I'm surprised, though".

I thought "Fine. No diabetes". That's all.

Then, a little while later, I was thinking that if I DID end up having diabetes, then I would HAVE to change my diet, but it would be much harder because of insulin, etc.

Then the lazy part of my brain just concluded that it was easier to just do it. Smile

Also, related to this, we always talk about the fact that being overweight is usually a compensation for something. We eat to solve a problem. We are bored, stressed, sad, busy, lonely. Something.

I help a lot of people in and outside my weight loss classes to find their reason, to deal with it, so they can move on.

And they always ask MY reason.

Truth is, I don't think I really have one. I think I was just fat because I really like food. I love the way it tastes. I'm a comfortable guy, and I think I just went into a life long bad circle of eating more than I should due to carelessness and ignorance.

What I needed to lose the weight were the right tools, and an approach that was doable for me. I found it here. I know what to do, when to apply it, when I can relax a little, and when to tighten up again.

At the same time, I have realized that it is super important to set your body up for fat burning. Basically, I build muscle so I can enjoy better foods without gaining weight again. I still love food, and I doubt that this will ever change.

I just make WAY better choices, with my new knowledge in the back of my head. Smile
"Losing weight is never about eating as little as possible"
- Kingkeld.
"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
― Eleanor Roosevelt
"Do. Or do not. There is no trying."
- Master Yoda.

From October 4th 2010 to April 3rd 2012 I lost half my body weight - 80 kilos/170 lbs. Since then, I have had two cosmetic surgeries to remove excess skin. I have now quadrupled my strength, gained several kilos in muscle mass, and today I focus on building muscle, optimizing my diet, and living healthy. I am stronger, healthier, thinner, happier!



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