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Old 09-03-2013, 12:48 PM   #1
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My name is Chrissi and I am 43 years old. I have been overweight all my life and have yoyo dieted thruout. With one daughter four hours away at college and one 15 year old son here at home it is time for some ME time to finally not only shed all this fat but to also change my whole way of eating.

13 years ago I developed type two diabetes. The last few years it hasn't been well under control. Two years ago when I developed an ulcer on my toe and had to have surgery in March to remove a big toe bone to heal it i thought to myself, "I am too young for all of this. It's time to take control!"

After procrastinating (I'm good at that!) for months because of a bad back I promised my Doctor in June that I would lose weight to lower my A1C which is 10 and my borderline high cholesterol. My appointment with her is this month and I just started.

August 22nd I started walking again and cut a lot of sugar from my diet. (I love sweets!) I have lost 6lbs. in two weeks but I knew I needed to do more. I need to change everything. I turned to my brother Steve for help.

As of today I am now on a no carb/low carb eating plan! I am excited about it! I weigh 241.4lbs. And my first goals are to lose 42lbs. so my scale reads 199! By my December visit with my Doctor I want my cholesterol normal and my A1C in the normal range.

So today really begins my journey! It is time to learn to eat all over again and to start loving myself again. I look forward to sharing my journey here and to more cooking lessons from Steve!
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Hi Chrissi and welcome.

You've come to the right place. Your journey has just begun and I am excited for you. It will take some time, but stick with it. You will feel so great and have much more energy. And you've already got it right, cooking is half the battle. I will be following your journey. If you have any questions don't be shy.

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199 will come. Welcome aboard and good luck.
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Welcome! BBOD made a great video just the other day about progressing and not to make key mistakes, take a look you may find some inspiration.

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Welcome! You've come to the right place. Even though most of the guys here are hardcore lifters, you'll find that we are positive and very supportive of all aspects of health.

I have good news, or bad news depending on how you look at it. As you continue to cut more and more sugars and carbs (which are basically the same thing) you will actually start to get rid of your cravings! At first they will be hard, but FIGHT through it with the knowledge that every day you go without sugars and carbs your body is getting more and more used to going without.

I have a long history of struggling with my weight. At one point in my life I was over 300lb. Currently I'm at 220 and I'm actually moving my way towards 199 as well, lol. I'm doing low carb dieting and now that I'm a couple months in I actually DON'T LIKE sweets. They are overwhelming and don't taste good to me, because my tastes have changed. if you fight through the initial cravings, you'll be amazed at how your tastes will change, and how much easier it will be to make healthy decisions!

Walking is a GREAT weight loss tool. Your body is probably pretty beat up from years of poor eating habits, and at first it might not like the changes you make. If you keep moving and sweating on a daily basis then it will actually help your body start to purge the junk and fix itself.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:14 AM   #8
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Thank you everybody!! What a warm welcome!!

Motivation is a hard one for me. It always seems like my body and mind are always beating each other up. My mind knows what it wants to do but my body says "screw you!" I don't need praise just motivation! Logging my journey here is the perfect way to keep up the motivation!

August 22nd I had already slowly started cutting sweets out of my diet and I don't crave them like I used to. I am one of those once a day eaters and always had to end my one meal with a candy bar or Little Debbie cake or two. Not anymore! It gets easier everyday!

Yesterday I went grocery shopping and restocked my fridge and cabinets with "good" food. I felt like a foreigner in the produce aisle. If veggies and fruit doesn't come in a can I am lost! Thanks to Steve I am remedying that now. Supper last night was roasted veggies and cube steak.

I did find myself hungry this morning and had a banana at 8:00am. After I post this though I will go for a 20 minute walk and try to wear some of that off. Dinner tonight is oven baked turkey meatballs and roasted cucumbers. I also have a handful of cashews if I get hungry during the day. I love raw veggies or fruit at night IF I need a snack which usually I don't.

I really despise the scale and normally only weigh in every two weeks. However, Steve wants me to weigh in weekly so Tuesday mornings will be the close my eyes as I get on the scale day, and pray!

Thank you all again for the warm welcome! I look forward to getting to know you all and all hail the magic of number 199!!
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Small steps. You've already taken a huge step by bringing good food into the house. There is a beautiful thing that happens when you eat primarily whole foods; it's almost impossible to over-eat! You'll never hear anyone say "God, I binged on baked chicken, raw broccoli and fresh salad last night. I feel so guilty!"

When I was on my first weight loss journey I realized something about myself. I LOVE gorging myself. I love eating until my face turns blue. Sometimes I just want to eat way more than I should. When this happened I got a huge bowl of fruit and went to town. I could go at it like there was no tomorrow. I'm sure if I had done this every day it wouldn't have exactly helped my diet, but it made things much easier for me.

I also find that when I look at my fridge, fully stocked with healthy foods, and say to myself "There's nothing in here I want to eat", that means I'm eating out of boredom and not hunger. If you are TRULY hungry, you'll eat those healthy foods, and if you aren't really hungry you should find something else to do to keep your mind occupied. One possibility for you is to say that every time you find yourself looking in the fridge out of boredom and not true hunger, you'll close the fridge and take a quick walk, or even just walk in place for 10 minutes while watching TV. Note- I'm NOT saying to punish yourself for looking in the fridge. This isn't about punishment or being bummed about a decision you made. Instead it's about taking an opportunity to make a better decision and move closer to your goals, instead of away from them.

Alwo, make sure you are setting mini goals. Avoid saying "I want to lose 1lb a week", and instead pick a number close to where you are now that you can focus on. 2 weeks ago all I could think about was getting to 220. I'm there now, and all I can think about is 215. By setting those smaller goals it helps you focus on the little details that can make all the difference in the end.

What I mean if this- If you want to lose 40lb and you know it's going to take months, you might not think that it matters if you slip up here or there. If, instead, you think about the next 3lb and understand that it you might only have a couple weeks to get there, you'll take each individual decision much more seriously. Every decision is either a step TOWARDS your goal, or AWAY from it, and mini goals can help you maintain that perspective.
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There's something else you should do, and it's going to sound crazy, but you really need to do it.

Take a few minutes every day to look in the mirror. I mean really look at yourself. Don't leave until you have something NICE to say about yourself. As you lose weight it's going to get easier, but you need to start doing it now. It could be anything, even something nice about your makeup and clothes, or maybe remembering something nice you said to or did for someone else eariler in the day.

Too many people tell themselves that they'll only be worthwhile after they accomplish something like losing weight, or building muscle, or getting a promotion. They say to themselves "Everything would be fine if I could ever get this weight off". If those people ever actually do lose weight then they're often disappointed to find that in the end they are the same person, just a little smaller. Everybody needs to learn to love themself, and be healthy because they are WORTH it, and not because they are worthless if they aren't.
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