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Joined: Dec 11
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Posted: 28 Dec 2011, 18:32
Trying the "common sense method", something I have been ignoring for too long, hence the weight creeping up over time. Here's my plan: Keep a food journal, so I have to be accountable for what I am eating. Cut out all the "extras": sweets, snacking when I'm not hungry, etc. Drink water with meals. Cook at home as much as possible to avoid the restaurant food traps. Eat lots of whole foods, especially fruits and veggies. Once I am established in my new eating patterns, add in exercise gradually until it is a daily habit. (I have found in the past that adding in too much exercise too quickly leads to ravenous appetite followed by binges. In theory, this should work. In practice, it used to when I was younger, but now I'm over 50 and weight loss is infinitely harder than ever before. Any additional tips?

Joined: Oct 10
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Posted: 13 Jan 2012, 13:45
How are you doing so far? Hope its working out for you!
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Joined: Mar 12
Posts: 19

Posted: 28 Mar 2012, 20:41
I'm brand new to the boards but not to weight loss. I've lost 80lbs in about 15 months. I downloaded this calorie counter for my phone yesterday. I love it! LABRAT123: "The common sense method" is a huge part of my success. I like to keep it simple sweetie (KISS). I work hard for my weight loss, but it was much easier than I thought. Mind over matter is important. If you think you can you can, if you think you can't, you can't. I keep index cards in my purse with reasons why I want to loose weight. So whenever I feel tempted to eat off plan I read my cards.

Joined: Mar 12
Posts: 34

Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 13:19
This sounds like the group for me! I want so badly to exercise but being in week 1 i am limiting myself to a slow walk yesterday 15 mins today 30...I know all too well what happens when you rush things and how my body will react.Feel free to read my bio and my and journals. look forward to like minded ppl here for the support as well as return the support....this is indeed a life long journey. I am 35 and I am ready to change my life for LIFE!
I didn't get fat over night so I don't expect to get healthy that way either.

Joined: Jun 10
Posts: 35

Posted: 12 Apr 2012, 13:21
I DO believe it isn't a "diet" but a change in lifestyle that keeps healthier. I lost about 80lbs but have put a lot back on and am now trying to get back in my good habits that got it off the first time... Thank you for this group!

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Posted: 25 Jul 2012, 16:03
I've found that using smaller dishes helps control my portions, as we tend to FILL our plates.....smaller plates mean eating smaller portions.

Joined: Feb 08
Posts: 18

Posted: 26 Aug 2012, 12:47
I've been using the No S Diet (about as far from a diet as you can get) to good effect for 2.75 years. Things are getting even better. I keep being able to adjust downward on the amount of food that I realize satisfies me. If you had told me at the beginning I'd be where I'm at, I would have run for the hills. I do think about food and related issues a lot still, but not in the frantic way I did. Mostly, I'm glad I'm using the principles that I am and am slightly smug when I hear of the strenuous or limiting routines others try-- usually without long term success.

Joined: Jun 12
Posts: 44

Posted: 28 Oct 2012, 08:55
New to the group, agree with the philosophy--I try for moderation in everything. I'm trying to live more healthily and accept the size that results, whenever it results. (I can change my behavior, but not my age or metabolism.) I don't use a scale but clothing to test size loss--for me, that keeps me saner.