Janine (j9celeste): Instead of concentrating on eating less, I need to concentrate on eating more healthy foods in good portions. It's not easy and it takes time, but I know I didn't put this weight on overnight and I won't take it off overnight. I agree about not making too many changes at one time. You will have a lot of fun with this group and get tons of encouragement, support and help. It's a great group of people! If we keep trying, we will succeed! Don't give up!
Tweety or Keet (parakeet210): Would you reward child with food? How would you take care of your 7 year old child? I'm sure our silly readers will find this enjoyable and a good lesson. We're a supportive group and I encourage you to keep doing the work so you can see results.
Abby (ladylavender): The good news is taste buds can be retrained! For example, when my mother went on a low-salt eating plan years ago, she became much more attuned to how much sodium is actually in something and what I would have considered "normal" food was now too salty for mom. It takes a lot of energy to overrun the lies with the truth, or at least more useful "self-talk." It's worth it, though, so keep on keeping on.
Kathy (mog1026): For a while now we've been posting our weight and/or food plan on the dated post that Judy starts each morning. You're welcome to join us or just lurk. Our goal is to eat in a much more healthy way and try and eat a rainbow of foods. We think that is the best way to sustainable weight loss because we've tried all the fad diets., and here we are.
Michelle (bigred53): Every Monday I vow to make the coming week a better and healthier one. This is a wonderful site with wonderful and caring regulars. Please keep coming back. We can all learn together how to win this war we're all fighting. It won't be easy but it's so worth it. I know that the friends I have made here will cheer me on and Judy will wave her hot pink pom poms too.
Ausgram (Aussie): The only thing that really really helps me is keeping my calories where they should be, i.e. 1200 - 1400 and EXERSIZE - like walking. Simple as that. I tried slimfast, it made me grouchy, I tried those pill forms, they made me jumpy. All the lose weight quick schemes don't work. You have to eat right, end of subject. I know that's hard but if you really want to lose and keep it off you have to make it a point to eat right and not a lot.
Tia (tbird88): I follow a vegetarian nutrition plan. I eat fruit and veggies. Do you eat dairy products -eggs, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese and milk? That's how I get a lot of my protein. I make smoothies for breakfast with nonfat milk, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and bananas. I also make omelets with spinach, veggies and low fat cheese. I eat cereal with nonfat milk. I also eat beans and rice, peanut butter and honey sandwiches, nuts and tofu. I eat bread, pasta, tortilla shells - all whole wheat and in moderation. View Thread
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Judy (jis4judy): I don't call my plan a diet - I call it my Nutrition Quest. It really helps to focus on nutrition and avoiding any processed foods. If your mind is not on losing weigh but on better nutrition, it is easier to stay on the path. That is a path I took over a decade ago and I have been maintaining my weight well. If you make it a forever life style change with nutrition as the focus, maintaining is built in. Make it a plan you can live with for life because it is so easy to revert to old eating habits and regain. When you are able start some exercise, ease into it because although it is healthy behavior the food is more important to change. If you are a night eater then a cut off time might be of help - otherwise eating a rainbow of fruits and veggies is a good way to start. Focus on lean meats, fruits, veggies, fat free dairy, whole grains, and nuts in moderation. Hugs.
Amber (blondie454u): My question is to you. What are you going to do after this program? Can you continue eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle? That's why diets and weight loss programs don't work. They are not a permanent solution. They may get you started but you won't keep you going for the rest of your life. You need to find a plan that's going to last a lifetime. It's a lifestyle change forever. You can't start it and quit when you reach a certain goal. Make slow changes to your eating habits and exercise. Don't do too much at once so you won't get overwhelmed. Take one day and one step at a time. You didn't gain it overnight and you won't lose it overnight. It will be a mental and physical process that you will go through. Keep us posted and keep posting. This is a very supportive group.
Roh (rohvannyn): Don't forget to include a few healthy fats; your brain won't work so well without them! Later when these changes have become more routine, you can work on expanding your horizons to new and interesting, nutrient dense foods, and looking for places you can cut out processed stuff.
Kali (kalimiller): I think that it is important to not make too many changes at the start - or it will be overwhelming there's a better chance of failing. You will hate life if you go from whatever you are doing now to counting calories, restricting your food intake, not "allowing" yourself to eat certain foods, exercising for hours every day, etc. One thing that helps all of us here is staying accountable to someone other than ourselves. There is usually a daily discussion (Judy usually starts it) - feel free to chime in there whenever you can!
Kim (totallywiggedout): Walk. It's the very best way to get your exercise without killing yourself. Not only will it help you to burn some calories, but it will strengthen your back and tummy (erector muscles), improve your gait and your overall health (mood included). If you walk a mile every day, you will soon feel the difference in your feet and legs when you first get up in the morning. That tiredness will also lesson and without that first pain in the morning, you'll feel more enlivened and invigorated all day. Eat to feed your body (not your moods when at all possible). Drink lots of water. LOTS. Create a food and fitness planner and log your daily intake and exercise. It helps to have that as a guide so that you can tweak whatever you need to achieve your goals. Be adaptable. Accept that your body will respond to some things while it'll rebel against others. Trial and error. But you will end up learning what is the best way for you to travel your journey and it'll be knowledge that will help you stick with it forever. View Thread