Start Weight:(19 Feb 12) 221.0 lb
Current Weight:(18 Feb 14) 242.0 lb
Goal Weight:166.0 lb
following: The Plan (Lyn-Genet Recitas)
performance: losing 2.3 lb a week

I was born skinny. Tonsil surgery at age 10 changed that. I've been battling obesity ever since. I won the battle of the bulge at ages 21 and 33 and now, I hope to be at goal again someday.

My top weight was over 300 at age 38. I wouldn't step on the scale after that until I knew I was lower than 300. I hated my picture being taken, I hid behind other people for pictures -- and once I even hid behind a pillar and you still could see me on both sides of the pillar! I was embarrassed and disgusted with myself for letting myself get that fat.

I've tried Professional Weight Control, Fit for Life, Weightwatchers, TOPS and various "healthy fad diets" that cropped up in between. However, once I stopped, I went back to gaining. I have to face it, I can't do it alone. I need support.

My biggest challenge is my husband. He loves to have junk in the kitchen (I'm talking chocolate bars, chips, cookies). He doesn't eat them much himself, but he was poor as a child. Perhaps he went hungry sometimes and he is determined that nobody will go hungry in his home.

Unfortunately, alot of this stuff ends up in my mouth. I'm trying to train him not to buy the stuff in the first place. Sometimes he tries and sometimes he just buys.

He needs to lose about 40 lbs and when I diet, he does too, so I get to have an in-house buddy. He does try to help me, but when I get close to goal, I think he is afraid that some other guy will nab me because that's when the sabotaging starts.

Which is strange, because he met me when I was looking my best at age 33 at 155 lbs and we had instant attraction. However, he married me when I turned 44, weighing in at 240 lbs. I know he tends to look at heavier women, more than at the skinny ones. But at that first attraction, I was not heavy!

But when I get to goal again (it's 165-175 lbs this time around) I'll deal with the psychological aspects of the relationship then.

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Losing weight on a vegan diet
1.Find a good "milk" substitute. Try all the kinds, all the brands. Sweetened plain almond milk tends to be popular among new vegans.
2.Eat as much as you want of anything while you adjust. If you want a vegan cookie, have a vegan cookie. Let yourself off the hook this first month. Adjusting to a new diet and way of thinking is hard enough. Don't try to also hold yourself to a strict or restrictive diet. If you're worried about weight gain, exercise.
3.Have a laundry list of 10-25 recipes that are easy to make. Pick ones you've had before or ones you know you'll like. Keep the ingredients for those recipes on hand.
4.Make meals that yield leftovers like lasagna rolls, red lentil dal and chickpea noodle soup.
5.Have a well-stocked pantry and fridge of basic like wraps, refried beans, beans, salsa, instant brown rice, frozen veggies and pasta. Remember that meals don't have to be complex. Slap beans and salsa into a wrap. Combine equal parts soy sauce and sugar and mix it with cooked stir-fry veggies and rice.
6.If you really liked meat or cheese get yourself some fake stuff. I lived on Boca burgers at first, I'm not ashamed to admit that. Heck, I still eat fake meat and cheese from time to time. Gardein, Field Roast, Gardenburger, Yves... and Daiya! All good stuff.
7.Network! Start a blog, join online veg groups -- make friends through social networks... build an online community of friends you can swap recipes with, ask questions and talk to. Most vegans are really welcoming and happy to meet new people. I know I am!
8.Try new things every week-- at least one! whether it's something you've never had before like tempeh or something you previously disliked. Before I was a vegan I *hated* mushrooms and now they're one of my favorite foods.
9.Examine cravings. Is your body asking for a nutrient (iron, calcium, protein) that you're simply associating with animal products or is it more mental and you're looking for a comfort food. Even people who are not typically emotional eaters can get mentally-charged cravings.
10.Stash vegan food everywhere -- your locker, purse, car, desk at work -- over load it so you're never without options. Know where Subways are at all times, too! if possible too!
posted 10 Feb 2014, 20:56
Just been diagnosed with hypothyroidism...
I used to be on Synthroid, and only having TSH tests. I didn't feel good, so they did a T3/T4 test and found that my body doesn't convert my T4 into T3 so I need T3 supplementation. Presently, I am taking ERFA Thyroid and all my blood tests (TSH, T3, T4) seem to be in the perfect ranges. Thank goodness, I didn't have hair falling out or itching like crazy. Although over the past two years since discovering that I had hypothyroidism, I have gained 40 lbs -- but I believe it happened because I was giving up after gaining weight while being good on a diet and not going on a diet for months at a time. Now, I have no excuse.
posted 06 Feb 2014, 11:56
It is a friendly site but perhaps not in the way you need it to be. This CAN be a social place but there is so much information on it and so many places to go -- so not many people actually interact personally, one on one. Every now and then, you do find a friend.

For example, I replied to you because you commented to my post about Lyn-Genet's Plan, so I clicked on your profile and found your post about the site being unfriendly and I don't want you to feel like this is an unfriendly site. It's always there -- when you need it.
posted 03 Feb 2013, 11:43
Saddest story of Obesity
There is a woman, Donna Simpson, trying to achieve the Guinness World record of being the fattest in the world. She is now over 500 lbs and is trying for 1000 lbs. How sad is that?

She actually makes enough to pay her $750 food bill by posing on the internet in a bikini, letting the world watch her eat junk food.

Looking at her picture helps me to diet!


Update 2014: Donna Simpson has regain her sanity and is now aiming for a goal of 370 lbs. Let's wish her the best of luck with her new goals! Her story is at

posted 22 Mar 2010, 11:36
How do I figure stairs in my exercise
In my Activity Calorie Counter, there are 222 activities. It says each 6"-8" step is an aerobic which burns 15 calories for someone of my weight. You can check it out at
posted 08 Jan 2010, 14:15
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