Finish this sentence - What's made the difference for me:

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deb_bluerose

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 07:25
We all have different weight goals, body types and metabolisms. But I bet each of us have one or two things that have really made the difference in our diets. Maybe if we put those things out there, we can help each other learn little tricks of the trade. Especially for people just starting out - we all know how hard it is to get started!

So - what's made the difference for me is water! Water, water, water! I've been dieting off and on for almost a year now, and the pounds didn't really start dropping 'till last week when I became determined to drink at least 2 liters of water a day. I've lost 3 pounds since then. It's hard to drink that much, but you get used to it, and it's really what's made the difference for me! And regular water, not crystal light, not juice flavored - just plain water... So yay for water! Smile

What makes the difference for you?
~Deb

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some sort of battle..."

"Life is not the way it's supposed to be... It's the way it is...
The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference."
deb_bluerose

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 08:08
Yes! The food diary has really helped me too. When you don't track it, it's too easy to eat way more than you should. Good one, Matt! Smile
~Deb

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some sort of battle..."

"Life is not the way it's supposed to be... It's the way it is...
The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference."
Collazos

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 08:20
Vegetables and Running
TheChunkyOne

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 08:42
Realizing that my body doesnt do well with high protein, low carb diets. Thats what i've been conditioned to believe all these years, and it never really worked for me.

Just recently i cut meat out of my diet and started eating tons of fruit and complex carbs, that coupled with actually sticking to my gym routine and the weight is finally coming off!!
jwmillar

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 09:00
It is so true that everyone reacts differently to different diets. I was on a diet just like "chunkyone" and I lost 10 lbs. (Check out Dr. Joel Fuhrman if this is your diet.) Then I had my cholesterol checked and found that my triglycerides had gone through the roof. HDL was down, LDL was up. So I read Gary Taubes "Why We Get Fat", did a 180 and started on Atkins about a week ago. Losing weight even faster. Will talk to my doc and check blood lipids next week.
StacieRitz

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 09:08
Learning how to add protein into my snacking and knowing what the right ratio of carbs - protein - fat is for me.

I now have a meal planner taped to my pantry. I lets me know exactly what combination of food I need to eat at every meal and snack...no more guess work or impluse eating.
GilmoreGirl

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 09:36
journaling my food and exercising!!! Both of those things have helped me so much.
mini goals:
170 - 50 pounds gone! (reached October 2, 2010)
155 - no longer overweight! (reached January 22, 2011)
145 - 75 Pounds gone! (reached May 14, 2011)
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Misshelle

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 10:23
Counting calories makes all the difference for me. One of my mottos is dont bite it till you write it. I actually can't eat until I know how many calories are in something.
k8yk

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 10:33
For me the main difference was that I started exercising first and committed to it. I believe exercise is absolutely vital to success.

Counting calories via fatsecret is number two Smile
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Mmmily

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 11:00
I bought a smaller dinner plate for my home meals and didn't allow myself to get seconds. I realized that I put a lot less food on that small plate, but it was so full that it made me feel like I was eating so much. It was such a simple change, but it helped me learn to control portions for when I wasn't at home.
StacieRitz

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 11:06
One of the simple things I did was to get ladles...I have a 1/3 cup ladle, 1/2 cup and 1 cup. They are perfect for portion control!!!

I also took the time to measure out my bowls and drinking cups so I know exactly how much they hold.
Janice13

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 11:08
counting calories has been a blessing for me I know exactly how much I eat and FS made that easy for me GOD BLESS
MY TIME
sheripickle

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 11:24
Journaling everything I eat, eating anything I want in moderation, working out (and for the first time in my life LOVING it) and FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY realizing there isn't a pill, injection or shake thats going to do it for me! Taking each day one step at a time!!!
~Cheryl~
deb_bluerose

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 12:18
These are all really great! Wonderful tips!

And I love Mmmily's idea of the smaller dinner plate - good one! StacieRitz has a great tip too - when you know how much your regular dishes hold, it really helps with counting calories. And I agree, that regular exercise is the key.

For me, I've been using my daughter to exercise at home, and it's really helped! I do leg lifts with her on my knees, crunches with her on my belly, all kinds of fun stuff. This way, I don't miss out of Mommy-daughter time. And she loves it! Who needs a medicine ball?? LOL

Thanks to all for the input! If we can help just one person on their journey, I'm happy. Smile
~Deb

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some sort of battle..."

"Life is not the way it's supposed to be... It's the way it is...
The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference."
Kingcole35

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 12:32
For me the difference was doing it. Having the faith in myself to be able to make the change. For me it's 90% emotional and that is where the biggest change came. To quit the excuses, to quit the feeling sorry and to just take that first step.

Which leads me to difference two. The difference is for sure walking. I walk and walk and walk (now it's more run an run and run). Not only does it shed the weight but it sheds the stress and thoughts that would have driven me to binge.

Difference three, Protein powder. Lots of it. Smile



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Evet

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 12:54
Thank you for doing this, it's so inspiring and helpful.
"Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional"
deb_bluerose

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 12:56
Yes, walking is huge! And it just plain feels good. I can't wait for it to warm back up!
~Deb

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some sort of battle..."

"Life is not the way it's supposed to be... It's the way it is...
The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference."
deb_bluerose

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 13:02
@Evet! Yay!! I can't tell you how happy that made me. Smile I'm so glad!
~Deb

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some sort of battle..."

"Life is not the way it's supposed to be... It's the way it is...
The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference."
shmiller

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 13:17
For me the difference has been not allowing myself the excuses. In the past, I always had a reason/justification/rationalization why I couldn't exercise, couldn't eat right, couldn't lose the weight. Now I know that no excuse, no procrastination, no wasted time is going to save my life: only I can do that by getting healthy. My family needs me, and they're going to need me well into the future. If I stay obese, they will lose me and I will lose them. NO EXCUSES!
"The grass ain't greener, the wine ain't sweeter, either side of the hill" The Grateful Dead
kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 01 Feb 2011, 13:25
What made the difference for me was not accepting excuses from myself. I decided what I was going to do each day or each week & I didn't let myself cop out.

A last minute obligation came up? Then I swap my rest day with today, I don't take an extra rest day just because life happened.

I sprain my knee? Then I find alternate exercises I can do that won't aggravate it. This really happened, & I firmly believe that by remaining active in a responsible way, it healed faster than it might have if I'd sat on my arse all day.

I have a cold? Then I use my exercise bike at home for as much as I'm up for so I don't spread my germs around the gym.

Dinner out with friends & there's no nutritional info available? Then I tell the server I'm on a low carb diet & enlist his/her help to figure out what I can order. Stuff like this gets GREAT tips.

I don't feel like exercising? It's not optional any more than going to work is. Doesn't matter whether I "feel like it." Doing what I "felt like" doing got me up over 300 lbs & it will take me back there if I let it.

I want to eat [insert your choice of delicious & diet-wrecking food here]? For me, if it's low carb I'll eat a small portion. If it's high carb, I'll save it for the weekend because I do allow myself one high-carb day a week. I freeze it if I have to...which works well for me because my treat is usually a cake of some sort.

You can still enjoy all the yummy foods that made you fat, the trick is to train yourself to only indulge once in a while & in smaller portions than you used to.

This lifestyle is about choices. You can choose to accept excuses from yourself to avoid eating healthy & exercising, & in doing so you choose to gain weight - or at the very least, not lose it. You can choose NOT to accept those excuses, do what you know you need to do to care for your body, & in doing so you can lose weight, get fit, & enjoy the things you love in a different way...hold the guilt.

Kat | NO EXCUSES, JUST RESULTS | Next milestone - 256: 60 lbs lost
2013: still up from 1/1, but coming back down...
2010: 50.4 lbs lost | 2011:17 lbs lost | 2012: 1 lb gained
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