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TJSloan

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Posted: 19 Apr 2013, 08:36
Hello everyone. My name is Teresa, I'm soon to be 43 yrs old and am a diabetic. I need to lose a total of 75+/- pounds to get to my actual goal weight of 150. I've been a member of FatSecret for a while now, though not very active within the site. I'm not sure what all to say here, I've lost 10 pounds, only to regain it. I've found that "diets" perse don't work for me. I've tried WeightWatchers, I couldn't eat the total of daily points they wanted me to eat. I've tried diets like Akins, South Beach, Eat to Live and the Cure Diabetes in 30 Days, as well as the Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight. Diets that restrict me or cause me to deny myself the things I truly love don't work for me. They work for a little while, then I cave and go overboard on all those delicious things I'm not supposed to be eating. So, now I'm simply trying to watch the calories as well as the carbs. Anyway, I can offer support and tell you what I've found that works or doesn't work for me, but not sure about the advice.
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.

T

Starting Weight 228 - 3/29/13
Weight Goal 220 - Met:5/16/13
Weight Goal 210 - Met: 7/14/13
Weight Goal 200 - Met: 9/15/13
Weight Goal 190 -
WonderWoman6...

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Posted: 21 Apr 2013, 07:48
Hi Teresa -- We seem to be on the same page goal-wise. I'm looking at this all not as a 'diet' but as a 'better life'--something I've always wanted, and know that I have to dedicate myself to in order to succeed. I can't look at my goal-weight at the 'place' where I'll be able to have the foods I love again. I still have those foods, but only a bite, or only an eighth of a serving. It's been important for me to make a choice between foods that are bad for me, and better health. I want to live as long as possible, I want to see my children grown and married, I want to avoid knee or hip replacements, I want to feel better in my body. It's been a long time coming, but I'm finally at a place that's about living well now, not losing enough so I can indulge again. It's going to be a life-long job to get keep my weight in a healthy place once I get there, but I'm finally ready for it. I hope you are too, because I'd love to have a buddy on this journey! Smile
TJSloan

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Posted: 22 Apr 2013, 12:15
Oh, I'm definitely ready for it. I'm already putting a plan into place to get my husband ready for it as well. I have 2 weeks before my cruise, this week and next week. I'd love to be at 220 by then, that leaves me 5 pounds to go.
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.

T

Starting Weight 228 - 3/29/13
Weight Goal 220 - Met:5/16/13
Weight Goal 210 - Met: 7/14/13
Weight Goal 200 - Met: 9/15/13
Weight Goal 190 -
WonderWoman6...

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Posted: 22 Apr 2013, 13:46
You can do 5 pounds before your cruise! I know you can! Let's see if we can both do it! Good luck getting your hubby on board -- mine will eat what I cook, and then supplement it with sausages, cheese, red wine, ice cream....I'm hoping that he'll decide that he wants to slim down a bit too. Smile
TJSloan

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Posted: 22 Apr 2013, 13:57
I'm hoping a Doctor's visit will do that. He eats healthier than I do, on average. I'm just learning to not give him my "left overs".
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.

T

Starting Weight 228 - 3/29/13
Weight Goal 220 - Met:5/16/13
Weight Goal 210 - Met: 7/14/13
Weight Goal 200 - Met: 9/15/13
Weight Goal 190 -
WonderWoman6...

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Posted: 22 Apr 2013, 14:01
My husband HAS to finish everything on his plate, even when he's full. I've been trying to encourage him to take smaller portions and then go back for more if he's still hungry, but it doesn't always work. For me, if something is really delicious, it's hard for me to stop eating it purely for the flavor.
TJSloan

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Posted: 22 Apr 2013, 14:14
Exactly! We grew up in the "clean your plate" age, where you either ate everything on your plate, or you sat at the table until bedtime. Hence part of the reason when we go out, he'll eat all of his food, then, sometimes, he'll eat what's left of my food, or if I get to take it home, at some point he eats it in the night. We both like going to The Melting Pot, but we save those visits for rare occassions, like anniversary, 'cause it's so expensive. However, the portions are smaller, and since you have to cook it at your table, you eat slower and you still have room for desert and you go home full, but not stuffed.

I think that's what I'll do on the cruise. Tell him we need to eat in the Dining Room, rather than the buffets. Smaller portions. If we're still hungry, we can hit the buffet later.
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.

T

Starting Weight 228 - 3/29/13
Weight Goal 220 - Met:5/16/13
Weight Goal 210 - Met: 7/14/13
Weight Goal 200 - Met: 9/15/13
Weight Goal 190 -
WonderWoman6...

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Posted: 22 Apr 2013, 14:46
That's a good idea about the Dining Room. I've heard that cruises are often a giant 'eating fest' -- everyone comes home heavier. Buffets are deadly--I want to try everything, and then if it takes good, I always have to go back for more. We should be made to eat in our bathing suits -- that would slow me down! Smile
TJSloan

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Posted: 22 Apr 2013, 19:23
Yeah that's the truth. And at least in the dining room you can ask for seconds, but I'm less likely to do that.
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.

T

Starting Weight 228 - 3/29/13
Weight Goal 220 - Met:5/16/13
Weight Goal 210 - Met: 7/14/13
Weight Goal 200 - Met: 9/15/13
Weight Goal 190 -