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Posted: 06 Jan 2012, 12:56
Hi, I'm nervous but excited about being held accountable by people for reaching my goals. I've always struggled with my weight secretly so it's kind of funny that I've joined a site called my big fat secret.
I think of the scale as my enemy and don't get on it very often so when I forced myself yesterday to do it, I was shocked and discusted that I weighed in at 198...I am 5'8" and 46 years old. I didn't weigh that much at 9 months pregnant with any of my three children. YIKES! I know if I don't do something drastic the weight will just keep going up. High blood pressure and diabities run in my family. I hate the way I look in pictures, I avoid looking at myself in the mirror and my clothes don't fit. Time to GET SERIOUS! Feel free to comment and offer any advice. I guess my goal is to get to 150-155lbs. The sooner the better!

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Posted: 06 Jan 2012, 13:29
My advice - eat a healthy, balanced diet - no fads. Get fat secret to calculate your RDI then log EVERYTHING you put into your mouth in the food diary. Weigh yourself once a week and log the weigh-ins. Get yourself some buddies on fat secret. Try to increase the amount you exercise - even by 15 minutes a day - it will make a difference. Don't give up! Good luck!
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Posted: 06 Jan 2012, 15:59
Here is a good video exposing 3 diet myths.
"Eat as if your life depends on it!"

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Posted: 06 Jan 2012, 17:37
Water is your best friend..I try to drink at least 3 liters of water a day (most of the time when you think you are hungry you are actually thirsty)!When it comes to fighting the urge to snack...Whenever I want to attack that bag of chips or chocolate covered pretzels I tell myself "Drink this Liter of water first and then you can splurge" By the time I finish my liter the craving is gone and 9 times out of 10 I don't end up eating even a bite! The same thing goes for second helpings at lunch and dinner!! And of course CARDIO 30 min. at least 3 times a week helps a million!! ( I hate running but love the elliptical machine allows you to get your heart rate up without the impact of running!)

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Posted: 06 Jan 2012, 18:06
I'd second Earthlady's advice and add log your days food a day in advance if possible and eat what you logged. When eating out look up the restaurant's menu and decide what food to order that fits your diet before going. Feel free to add me if you would like'

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Posted: 06 Jan 2012, 19:35
Michael Pollan's advice on eating is the best I've heard yet: "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." By food he means things that your great-grandmother would recognize as food-- fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs and dairy, whole grains.

Eat a healthy balanced diet. Use dieting as a way of teaching yourself healthier eating patterns-- patterns that you can stick with for the rest of your life.

Don't obsess over tiny jiggles in the scale. Focus on long-term success, rather than the half a pound that you "gained".

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Posted: 07 Jan 2012, 07:09
Thank you all so much! I appreciate the advice and watched the video. It's great to know I have an instant support group. I think dieting on line is going to be great!

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Posted: 08 Jan 2012, 10:55
I'm in the same boat. I was 186 when I delivered my oldest. After my 3rd child, I was about 140. Now, 6 years later, I'm up to 210. I have a long ways to go to get back to where I was but I think having a support group will make all the difference for me. I am a stay-at-home mom and am almost always home. I don't go out or anything so it is hard to make friends not to mention those with some of the same issues/goals that I have. If you ever need anything, give me a shoutSmile

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Posted: 08 Jan 2012, 13:43
The secret - just finally facing the facts - whatever they may be - that is the secret. Everyone has their own turning point - you just have to keep working at it until you find yours. My point was creeping up on 280 lb. at the doctor's office, twice. Seeing 279 on that scale put me into a tailspin. twenty years ago I SWORE I would never weigh 200 pounds...Well, I AM NOT GOING TO HIT 300 pounds. I got a new "smart" cell phone - and found the Calorie Counter app. What a help it is. SO easy to track EVERYTHING I eat now, using the rest of the site to get started on an excercise program, finding inspiration from other successes. We are only truly accountable to ourselves, we can lie and no one will know - but our own consciousness. Don't give up, even if you have multiple "failures". The only true "failure" comes is when you give up. NEVER give up!

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Posted: 12 Jan 2012, 21:32
I'm new here, too, and still trying to find my way around on the website...I can identity with at least one or two things that each and every one of you have said!
I've been using the calorie counter since October last year, and have already lost 16 lbs. I seem to have plateaued now, though, so I guess I'm here for the inspiration I get from reading other people's stories and struggles. Misery loves company? LOL, or strength in numbers? Either way, I'm NOT going back...thanks for listening...
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Posted: 12 Jan 2012, 23:11
Baxie - try to switch up your exercise routine (if you have one) - if you aren't exercising regularly, start now! Get up and get moving.. and try to incorporate some strength training if you're just doing cardio. Building up your muscles will help you ramp up your metabolism but make sure you're getting enough fruits/veggies/protein/calcium/etc. etc. !!
Whatsthesecret: I agree with the others - USE this amazing tool that you've been given - the calorie counter!! Log every single thing so you can really see where the gaps are in your nutrition. And then get moving! Find something active that you like to do so that you will be motivated to stick with it - I've discovered Zumba, spin classes, and Jillian Michaels DVDs are the way to go for me lately..

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