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Old 11-08-2010, 06:30 AM   #361
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well kids, another monday is upon us...how did we all fare this weekend?...

i did pretty well - we did go to the movies yesterday after work, (no popcorn this time) and to a chinese buffet last night - i selected the LC options, but as there is so much salt, i'm expecting water gain the next day or so...hoping being xtra good through wednesday will allow me to hit my goal on thursday...anyway, that's the plan :-)

how was everyone else's weekend?...
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My weekend was good but I woke up crabby (not usual for me) and am having a heck of a time throwing it off.

Tony, liked the advice on losing slowly. Hey, nice to think there's an upside to my turtle-like weight loss. FF, I love your philosophy of taking as long as it takes. You're right: we didn't build these plus-sized bodies overnight.

WB, Adam. Sounds like you did a great job of maintaining while you were away. Boy, I hear the living on ramen noodles thing. I've spent too much time on eggs, pb and chx drums (the non-grain equivalent) trying to put together 1000 calories/day when times were really lean. Not fun, but you don't die from it and live to tell great stories (even when we have to make them up ).
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Hey gang,

My weekend was a beast. We had a 49 hour sale at work and people were pouring into the store. Man, I look forward to the day I can leave the customer service industry.

On the bright side, I had no trouble sticking to Low Carb. Right now I'm eating a homemade cajun curry pork and vegetable soup. Really tasty.

Cheers,
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:56 PM   #364
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another good day in the works!

adam, you're making me hungry!...

shadows, SNAP OUT OF IT!...just teasing...

yeah, it was good news about how losing weight slowly is beneficial...i was happy to hear that too!

good day so far:
b: hb egg
s: a few pistachios
l: hb egg
d: tuna salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar

see ya in a bit!
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My weekend, not so great. Always begin with good intentions, then it goes to pot. I will weigh in tomorrow (I was at fiance's over wknd). The good thing though, I still exercised.
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hi vicki, you may want to try to look at the positive things you're achieving and build on those...exercising is a great step...

if i've learned anything over these twenty years of being overweight, it's this: if you're not ready and sufficiently motivated to stick to a woe, it isn't gonna happen...if that's the case, don't beat yourself up - there is no point in that...just try to find enough reasons to get motivated, if they even exist...

it took me 20 years to get really motivated...i wasn't ready to do this before now - can't explain why...but now i'm ready and i've found the support i need in you guys...

keep your chin up...you'll find the strength when you're ready! ;-)
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THE TROLL IS BACK FROM HIS 3 DAY WEEKEND!!!

I found a pair of shoes with which I could walk. I have had them for a couple of years. Of course, I overdid it. I have a great deal of difficulty, getting up after sitting for a while. i am getting into stretching exercises when I can. I am doing exercises from a sitting position at work, and lying down at home.(of course we Ferenghi can lie in any position) Also, gradually building up the stairclimbing. I went to my low carb bakery on sundays morning. I brought home a low carb cheesecake. It has been in my fridge until this a.m. Now it is safely in the fridge in my office. When i was there I had a chocolate gelato (2.6 grams)and only 80 calories. It tasted like heaven. I washed it down with a green tea because, i was saving my coffee for later. You must excuse me now, I am going down to get my cafe du jour (seulment un)Love & Profits:FLAT (
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:11 AM   #369
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congrats on the shoes, ff...good to see ya back in one piece, including your feet!...

215 again this morning - had some steak last night - i always feel heavier after eating red meat...although i love it, i seem to do better and feel better on chicken and fish...

doing some co-writing tonight with a local band, so it will be easy to behave - no time to eat...i'm gonna have to really have a couple of great days to get to 212 by thursday...wish me luck!
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whatever it takes

so, to quote kbeth, i've had some "minor slippage" of late. i haven't fallen of the horse per se, but i've fallen off my own dairy-free, nut-free, anti-candida horse. i've been thinking about the questions FF posed a few weeks back and i keep coming back to, "is it worth it?" yes, it feels so freakin' hard right now, but a healthier body, mind, and some self-respect would mean...well, more than i can express. so, whatever it takes.

the last time i had sugar, i committed to the group that i would post exactly what i ate each day and that was actually very helpful. so i think i'll do the same again. i've already had dairy this morning, but have two salmon filets and plenty of kale, greens, coconut oil, and cacao powder for the rrest of the day. will post either tonight or tomorrow am exactly what i had.

by the way, i was clearly on the right track in abstaining from dairy. withing minutes of having it, my ears started to itch, then my throat, and then was up in the middle of the night sneezing, which ahsn't happened in weeks.and yet, i was shoving more in my mouth first thing this morning. ah well, committed to the journey. i can't beleive i'm still here actually. in the past, if i messed up i was too embarassed to come back.
(i hope one day i can handle LC cheesecakes and such like FF, but that day is definitely NOT today and not tomorrow either)

well happy walking and song writing and eating and living to you all today! and good to "meet" you, adam! glad you're back.

love to all,
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best of luck, Tony 8

I wonder if there is a song somewhere in "Old Brown Shoes" Very "country-ish" I think. "Old Brown Shoes I know so well/
them Old Brown Shoes have cast a spell/ walkin step by step, street by street,/ I think I can outrun the 7th fleet." May be u can set that to music. Tonight I am cooking my London Broil, which as we speak, is soaking up the dry rub (garlic and black pepper). i am risking saute-ing it in the saute pan, but deliberately undercooking it, so it won't augment my old brown shoes. Then I can slice it thinly, and portion it out. It has a pre-cooking weight of 2.13 lbs. i am sure i can get 3-4 meals out of it, at least. I did have a DANGEROUS MOMENT yesterday. i wanted off-plan eats so bad, that i called 3 times for delivery within a 1 hr period. But I did not complete the calls. Sometimes, it is a matter of gritting your teeth, and just saying no. also, the scale would most certainly have reacted in an unpleasant way. Also, i was thinking of our Blitzers, and all our LCFs. How could I let you all down? So, I grit my teeth, and weathered the storm. I feel so much better now, that I stuck it out. I think it is the LEPTIN factor. I hope these incidents are few and far between. FF
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hi ff, i know exactly how you felt making those calls...that is what is so great about our fellow blitzers...we are definitely a team and when i falter, i feel like i am letting you guys down, and that helps keep me motivated...

mama, i am sure i speak for everyone here when i say i am soooo happy that you are sticking with us when you slip - with very few exceptions, we have all been there more than once and staying connected to our support group here has kept a few bad days from turning into a total collapse - at least for me!...so don't ever feel embarrassed because you are not perfect - none of us are and when you are doing well you help carry those of us who are not and vice versa...

this is a marathon, not a sprint! :-)
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hi ff, i know exactly how you felt making those calls...that is what is so great about our fellow blitzers...we are definitely a team and when i falter, i feel like i am letting you guys down, and that helps keep me motivated...

mama, i am sure i speak for everyone here when i say i am soooo happy that you are sticking with us when you slip - with very few exceptions, we have all been there more than once and staying connected to our support group here has kept a few bad days from turning into a total collapse - at least for me!...so don't ever feel embarrassed because you are not perfect - none of us are and when you are doing well you help carry those of us who are not and vice versa...

this is a marathon, not a sprint! :-)
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thanks tony

i know for sure, i would have "screwed the pooch" without y'all as a support. Fighting biology is an uphill climb, sometimes. Well, I have 1/2 of a lowcarb cheesecake sitting in the fridge at work. Tomorrow, i am having a piece. Today, I needed my low carb bread, and my diet HC (with WC). 3 is a crowd. Tomorrow, i will do without the bread. OR w/o the hc. FF
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ff, been there, bro... :-) your ability to feel the weakness, and yet resist the temptation to give in totally, is really inspirational...i find if i get past the peak of the real craving, it subsides - if i give in, it gets stronger...evil, isn't it?...

this is a long road and we've all had successes and failures over the years, so we know what's at stake...this is the longest i have ever stuck to any plan - by a long shot...as you say, it is an uphill climb and i think we're all gonna slip a few paces here and there - but the key is to stop the bleeding quickly so it doesn't become fatal...

there's no way i am going back to where i was - but i don't know how i ever allowed myself to lose the ground i gained after past diets, so i am not taking anything for granted...i guess i just feel more ready this time and i am at an age where if i don't take care of my health now, it's gonna get a lot harder to do later...

so, thanks everyone for all the help!
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Hi everyone!

Vicki told me about this sight. I was low carbing it for several months and then got bored and went to Nutri-System. Didn't do well on that - lost a bit for a while and then stalled. I have finally come to the understanding and resolve that my body was created for a low-carb diet.

So, here I am, 61 years old (almost 62) and facing morbid obesity. Is there hope? I sure hope there is - and that's why I'm asking to join the group as I need all of the help and encouragement I can get.

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Welcome aboard Gibby.

I went back to TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) tonight. I had been away for about 6-7 weeks and since my last weigh in I have gained 10 lbs. Up a total of 18.5 lbs from my goal of which I had been for about a year.

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well...finally..i am going to ATLANTIC CITY on Sat.

The NE is predicted to be rain free. So, the boardwalk and i will be one. I will be walking in the opposite direction I usually do, and picking a casino that I have not yet played. In other words, like George Costanza, I will be doing THE OPPOSITE of any instinct i ever had. 15 minutes or $60.00 (whichever comes first) at the dollar machine. I will be bringing some low to zero carb eats on the 2 1/2 hr trip. We will get there around noon. I will find someplace nice to eat for lunch around 3PM. Then, I will do some more walking. And finally, the gambling. The Emperor Claudius was a very big fan of gambling, specifically dice. He even wrote a book on the subject, which unfortunately does not survive. Well, I will be counting on his help. It would be nice, but of course...if I lose...I lose. FF
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welcome gibby!

hi gibby!...welcome to our little family of losers - i mean weight-losers, of course! congratulations on making the decision to get healthier - that's what we're all trying to do - i think you'll find this a really friendly, supportive, non-judgmental group...i've made so much progress that would have been impossible without their help...

hey ff, i've never been to AC, but it sounds like fun...you've earned it, bro...hope you have a great time and double your money!

hi vicki, sounds like you are getting your mojo back...way to go, girl!


finished up a good day yesterday - low carb and low cal...based on the 215 i weighed yesterday, i needed to lose 3 lbs by tomorrow morning to hit my goal for the week...haven't weighed in today but i am going to be extra good to try to get to the 212...this is the big advantage of the weekly goal for me...

wish me luck!
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Welcome Gibby! These folks are straight-up good people. I hope you find the encouragement and support that you are looking for.

So much good stuff on here...again, it has been a pleasure to just read thru the posts. I truly feel like I'm getting an education. No one on here is in a dangerous race to get to a far-fetched goal...taking care of and appreciating the bodies we inhabit is the theme.
I am pleased with the way I handled the food situation in NC. I didn't go crazy and I ate healthfully (is that a word?? ) I am looking forward to a long walk today and cooking my own food again.

llm...Wow, what a reaction your body has to dairy!! I never understood the connection between food intolerences/allergies/candida and the things we crave, until I read "The Food Cure" by Julia Ross. (I know I mentioned that book before, but I learned soo much from it.) Apparently when we eat something that we are allergic to, our bodies release endorphins to help combat the discomfort. So then, our brains desire that feel-good chemical again and again, so we crave the actual food that causes the discomfort to begin with. Cool, huh?

Gotta go for now...apparently my 4 yr old requires feeding at regular intervals. The nerve! More later...
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welcome to our collective, Gibby.

You are NOT alone. I too am morbidly obese. I just do not feel that way. I jettisoned 2 major concerns. I no longer care that i have a great deal to lose (about 150 to 170 lbs). I no longer care how long it will take to lose it. I focus on staying on plan each and every day, and thanking the Gods that I can eat such rich foods, and still lose. that is why I will reach goal, and stay there. Stick with us, and you will too. (ps, in Earth years I will be 60 in Feb.) I lose slowly, but I will not be putting it back this time. Here are my stats for all to see. 372.8/312.4/150???. I re-inducted April 1, 2010. Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI
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Hey everyone,
welcome to the new people and those that have been missing for a bit...

I'm doing well on my eating this week and lifted weights with my sister on Monday also, but the scale isn't doing anything for me yet...I am throwing a big birthday party for my daughter this friday and have my brother's family and parents staying with me so it will be a challenge to lose anything through that. Hopefully I can drop a pound between now and friday...yesterday ate

almond milk breakfast
bites of smoked salmon snack
top off one slice combo pizza (alot of salt)
roasted pork (also salty)

Well that menu doesn't look that great--where are my veggies for one thing? I'm probably holding onto water from sodium too...
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Thank you so much for the warm welcome!

As part of my accountability, I'm going to post what I am eating or plan on eating each day. Since I am now on Atkins Induction so I can break the carb addiction and clean out my system, here's today's eats.

Breakfast - bacon and eggs
Lunch - roasted chicken
Dinner - rib-eye steak, lettuce salad with full-fat dressing

Sounds good, huh?
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it sounds great, Gibby!!!

I am doing LONDON BROIL tonite. it has been soaking up a garlic/black pepper dry rub for 2 days in the lowest fridge shelf. Tonite's the nite, along with some sauted broccoli. You will discover that Induction level is not limiting whatsover, if u have a good creative imagination. I never get bored with my food. I also see to it that i am really hungry when I eat, especially the more mundane things. For example: tuna at 5pm tastes like tuna. The same tuna at 7pm tastes like filet mignon. "cibum auget fames" (Hunger enhances the food.-That was Latin, not Ferenghi) FF
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hey guys,
great to see everyone back from the hinterlands and posting (that was not directed at you, kbeth)
it is funny how those youngin's need to eat so reg'lar, isn't it?...btw, congrats on not overdoin' the fried catfish and fried chicken in nc!

ff, that london broil sounds delish - i never allowed meat to absorb a dry rub for a day or two before - gonna have to try that...btw, there's nothing morbid about you, bro...or you either, gibby (btw, love your menu!)...
we gotta throw a big party in february!

jenny, great to see you!...that scale is spoiling you - now you expect a drop every day!...just teasing...we are all learning that our bodies cycle the weight day to day and the trend is the most important thing, and your trend is tremendously DOWNward...the salt kills my weigh-ins too!...

speaking of weighing in - i hit the magic 212 today - now all i gotta do is not bounce back up by tomorrow morning's official weigh-in and i'll reach my weekly goal...

funny how my weight can fluctuate 3 pounds in one day...that is something fairly new and i don't quite understand it...i'm guessing it has to be fluid as my eating quantity has been pretty consistent...the good news is that my ceiling weight keeps coming down...

if i hit 212, i will have lost 13.47% of my body weight since april...i feel so much better!...
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not only that, tony8, but you'll be boiling too.

(212Fahrenheit)I meant to make the meat yesterday. But i was getting drowsy. so i put it off till tonite. My Dr. sold his private practice to his colleague. I hope Dr. Reddy is ready for me. I am going to see the doc on Dec 11 whether I get below 300 or not. She is from India, and very charming. I do not know what she will think of low carb plans. I am going to find out. I hope my blood chem will be much improved since april 1. FF
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Tony - so glad you hit 212! Don't you hate it when the scale does it's yo yo thing?

FF-you will have to share your rub recipe with us. And I agree about being hungry. All of the other plans I've been on had me eating every couple of hours and I wasn't hungry. Something in my innards tells me that 3 meals a day is the way to go for my body, with no snacking. Of course, if I'm STARVING, I'll eat a hb egg, but I'm trying to not snack.

Dr. Reddy ready? Love it!

And-don't you hate the "morbid obesity" label? Cheesh - give me a psychological break, please!

I'm at work so I have to make this quick.

Thanks again everyone! KUTGW

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thanks, gibby...hitting 212 is one thing - staying there is another :-) hoping i'll be there in the morning...

ff is munching on a delicious steak right now - i hope...i had some baked salmon...it was good...sliced some fresh veggies and used spray olive oil, garlic powder, black pepper and then baked them on a cookie sheet and sprinkled with just a touch of grated parmesan cheese...it was so good!...
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hi mama,
thanks for trusting us enough to share your struggles...i'm not gonna pretend to be an expert on programs and i've never done a 12-step, but my instinct tells me that you should not head back down a road that once led you to depression and worse...

the fact that you are here, honest, aware of the problem and desirous of staying healthy is extremely positive...of course we don't know each other well, but over the past few weeks, i have gained a sense that you are a grounded, kind, empathetic person who is also quite strong...

i believe you can do this...you really want to and we are here to help...during the last blitz, i had a lost weekend - ate the kind of stuff you are eating now for a couple of days after several months of being "good"...i figured once i slipped, i may as well enjoy a long slip and there was an element of sabotage and sickness in my behavior...i didn't understand why i did it, but i faced it, took responsibility and learned i was not as disciplined as i gave myself credit for...that led to changes and the "shorter leash" i imposed on myself...

you have not committed a crime - there are even food choice lines you haven't crossed...you've hit a weak spot just like the rest of us have many times before...don't beat yourself up so much and don't convince yourself that you can't do this without an extremely restrictive program - that can become a self-fulfilling prophecy...

also, at 120-something and your height, i bet you look great at your current weight...your goal weight might actually be too low and setting you up for failure and feelings of disappointment...

try to focus on feeling good - on feeding your body healthy food that you enjoy and try to stay in a range weight rather than thinking anything over 110 is bad...

while you deal with this, use this thread to share your thoughts and feel the love and support of those of us who know exactly how you feel and are only a couple of bad days from being in the same place you are tonight...when that happens, we're gonna need you, girl...

i think you're gonna be fine...when you're ready, start with one on-plan snack or meal and take it from there...hang in there! :-)

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Hey LLM,

I know how tough it can be to share that kind of story. Like Tony said, thank you for sharing it with us. I also used to hide food in my room. I've been a binge eater since I was very young. For me, it was the fact that we were extremely poor. Often as a child, I couldn't be sure there would be food for dinner. Sometimes we'd only eat once a day. Sometimes we'd eat the same food for dinner every day of the week. It got bad for a while, and I got a nasty little habit of needing to know that I always have food available to me.

For me, the big change came this past year when I let go of the shame I felt when I'd binge. I still feel bad when I give in, but I don't wallow in it any more. I used to get so depressed when I'd binge, so I'd eat more to feel something else. It's a horribly self destructive cycle, but it can be put aside.

I don't particularly like 12 step programs. I feel that they teach their members to be powerless. At least in my experience, they make people believe that the group is the only thing that can stop them from a total, all out relapse and spiral to oblivion. So when you mess up, like any human is wont to do, you have this idea in your mind that you can't stop yourself, and that you've failed utterly. I also don't like programs that fill people with unreasonably high belief in themselves. The middle path seems the way to go. I've had to accept that food is a powerful adversary, particularly when accompanied by strong emotion. I know I can fight the good fight. I know I won't always win. I know I can try again as soon as a second after I've fallen off the wagon. It will always be a struggle, but some days you barely notice that you're fighting. Some days you just feel happy.

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