Breaking Life-long eating habits

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Posted: 28 Jan 2021, 08:51
I grew up as a very active child in a very rural environment. Big meals were the order of the day as I played and worked hard. Even in college I was riding my bike and walking everywhere. I played racketball every day, played on a softball team, fished from kayaks and canoes etc. Still eating big meals (cafeteria/unlimited). Then I graduated and got a job at a desk. I exercised some but did not change my eating habits to compensate for my reduced activity.

By the time I was 40 I was obese. Always trim as a child and young adult, I was now a fat, middle-aged man. In my early 50's I had gotten very close to 400 lbs! I then suffered congestive heart failure and was inspired to lose almost 100 lbs. A large part of which was fluid. Then for 10 years or more I was stuck at around 300-310 lbs. So now I have a pacemaker and trouble moving around.

I recently settled on Fat Secret to use as a dieting aid. I'm sort of a tech nerd and wanted something that could export data to use on a spread sheet. The counting of calories has told me a lot about what I eat and how it will affect my type II diabetes. Very useful in figuring insulin doses. The hardest thing for me to master is realizing I don't have to clean my plate every time... that one hot dog or hamburger will suffice, not two and that things like slaw and salad are just as good a side as fries.

So far it is working. I'm down 16 or so lbs in almost 2 months. I look forward to sharing with this group and continuing learning how to eat well and that less is usually enough.


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