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Old 07-01-2014, 09:38 AM   #1
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Weight loss journal? Me? Write a weight loss journal? HA! I guess I have enough experience to qualify as far as the number of diets I’ve tried. I would hate to think about how many pounds I’ve gained and lost during my adult life. All because my friend Lily weighed 153# and I weighed 175#. At 5’10” both are within the range of acceptable weights, but no – I had to lose weight to look like Lily. I never made it.

Low carb diet – yeah, I tried it. It worked. I didn’t accept it as a way of life, so I gained all the weight back. Up until last year I was convinced I was just always going to be fat. Really? Is that all you’ve got – fat for life? I guess I wasn’t ready to accept that. A friend joined a weight loss clinic in October 2013. I saw her at Christmas and she looked good. She gave me the info – I thought it was just another way to lose and then gain it right back. By March, I was ready to give it a try myself so I called the clinic. I can come in on April 27, 2014 for the first consultation. Okay, I’ll try to follow the program before hand to see how it goes. That was at 335#. Really? How does one get there?? I managed to lose a few pounds before officially starting on April 27 at 329.5#.

The clinic is called Medical Weightloss & Wellness, Inc. It is run by RNs and it sounds similar to the Medi program listed on LCF only not as expensive (thank heavens). After the initial meeting which would have cost around $200 but I had recent blood work and didn’t need an EKG, it is $35 a week. That includes a B12 shot as well as meeting with an RN. It does keep me focused and on program. Do I think I could do this by myself? Maybe. The question is would I? They allow 7 lean and 5 semi-lean proteins per day, as well as up to 4 cups of veggies/fruit although no more than 2 cups of fruit. They want you to drink 128 oz. of liquids daily, and 64 oz. must be water.

So, here I am after 8 weeks and down just about 30#. Not bad at all – my first week was 9.5# even after trying to follow it for 5 weeks on my own. I have been in ketosis every day since 4/29 and do not plan on going out of it. Sure, I still have cravings especially for chocolate. Some days, I even break down and have a piece of it! I find this is pretty easy for me to follow. I love fish, especially tilapia and salmon. I am looking forward to seeing my numbers to see if my cholesterol has come down from 198. Even at 335#, I looked healthy on paper but I knew it would catch up with me at some point.

So, I’m here to stay for the long run. I hope this may help someone else who is on the fence. I love reading people’s posts about how they started, how it goes, etc. I don’t know how often I’ll post – I guess as often as I have something to say.
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Wow!!! 30 pounds in 8 weeks! That's amazing!!!!! You're doing great!
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:23 AM   #3
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Thanks CarolinaCoast! The scale is doing a down/up/down/up/up thing this week. I am sure it is a water retention thing but geez! LOL
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Old 07-03-2014, 07:59 AM   #6
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Thanks for the nice comments. It sure would be nice if it was simple - calories in, calories out - as long as the first is lower, you get a loss. Should be simple, right?! I know staying the course will serve me well, and will work. It's just when you get to a mini-plateau it is really a test. I guess that parallels life, huh?! A test of faith of sorts. So, if I keep that in mind I will be able to ride out this too. It's just so hard to be patient isn't it?! I want the weight gone NOW. ~smile~ I will make good choices today, tonight and this holiday weekend. I will!
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Well, I came home from our mini-vacation with a nice loss. That was a pleasant surprise along with the fact that I also won $120 at the casino. I would like to start adding some walking to my daily routine but it is too hot/humid to even think about today. This WOE seems to be coming easier and easier now. Even going out for lunch/dinner isn't a major challenge - it just takes some studying of the menu to find the best option.
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Old 07-08-2014, 05:07 AM   #8
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It was a struggle last night to stay focused on this WOE. I tried a new recipe for 'fried rice' made with cauliflower and it was awful. That coupled with salmon that just isn't my favorite to begin with made me almost pick up my keys and run for a burger and fries. The burger sans bun wouldn't have been so bad and maybe I would have only eaten a few fries - but I had some strawberries and celery with cream cheese instead. Not quite the same, but it was in the house and it got me over the craving. The scale was down to #296.2 which I suspect is too low and I'll gain tomorrow but at any rate I made it through without going off program. Phew.
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:12 AM   #9
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Today I have a NSV - I'm wearing a pair of my best friend's capris. They never fit me before and today they are loose. She has been following this WOE too but not paying for the clinic part - and she has actually lost more weight than I have so far (not that it's a contest). So I foresee many hand-me-down clothes in my immediate future which is nice to not have to go buy them. I'm sure I could do a little shopping in my own closet but I have been at this weight so long that I'm guessing I didn't move a lot of the clothes that were too small five years ago when I was packing.

Tomorrow afternoon is the weekly official weigh in. Last week it was lower than my at-home scale, which I think is odd. I just want to continue to move on down the 2s . . . once I get past 277 that is the lowest weight I can remember in years and years. That's still 20# away though so better to focus on the hear and now.
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Hooray for the NSV!
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Thanks for the encouragement Bubbles! That is so sweet of you.

Yesterday I spent the day playing. Ate OP if not possibly a little on the low end on protein. It is hard to get all the 128oz of water/liquids in when driving but I did the best I could. Official weigh in Thursday night was down another 1.5# for a total of 32.5#. I know that is great (GREAT) but I sure wish it were faster. If I could only make it to 2# per week . . .

Oh well, enough of that. Nothing I can do about it anyway other than keep plugging along. I am getting all my water in today for sure. Found a new restaurant for having roasted veggies in last night so that was a treat. Some nights I just do not feel like cooking, but don't want to be tempted by the bread at Texas Roadhouse. So on to another losing week I hope.
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Made a DELICIOUS cauliflower 'pizza' today, modified from this Paula Deen recipe: Paula Deen Cauliflower Crust Pizza Recipe — PaulaDeen.com

Made two separate pies so we could each individualize them without polluting them other's. LOL This was a definite, make again recipe. Yum! I would only add more tomato sauce to mine . . .

Down another pound or so today to 293.8# That forty pound goal is getting closer and closer, and much earlier than my birthday at the end of October. Yay!
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For some reason, I lose really well on the weekend. I usually eat only two meals but get in all my water, protein and veggies - and almost never a fruit. Then on Monday I always seem to gain a good pound or more, and the only thing I can think of that is different is that I eat some strawberries. I also spread the protein over a few smaller snacks. It is annoying and odd - I get much more walking in during the work week so you'd think that would have an opposite impact.
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:12 PM   #15
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Bubbles - glad to share it. It is really good - I'm making it again this weekend. Yum!

Weigh in this afternoon - official, that is, at the clinic. Why can't this weight just go away faster??! I wish . . . but no sense in wishing my life away. It will happen, as my losses so far show. It's just hard being patient. ~smile~
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Official weigh in last Thursday afternoon was 295.5# for a total official loss of 34#. Had a very busy weekend with a wedding on Saturday and hosting a wedding shower on Sunday. I did stay on plan, although it was hard to not go off last night. We were both too tired to cook so I called Applebee's and did a pick-up dinner. I'm down this morning to 293.8# but I am hoping that I don't do the 2# Monday gain that has been happening the last couple of weeks.
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Hi Roseanne! I just saw one of your posts in the Medi Weightloss thread and followed your profile to your journal. I just wanted to say you are doing awesome and KUTGW! I'm doing MWL at home by myself. I'm hoping to kick this weight problem once and for all. I turn 50 this fall and am SO sick and tired of fighting this. Inspirational people like yourself make me feel like I can do it this time. Thank you!
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Aww, FarmGal - thanks so much! I was just thinking about posting why it is different for me this time. People often say something just clicked, and they were ready to make a change and just do it. That is kind of what happened. When my friend joined our local Medical Weightloss clinic, she gave me the paperwork. I looked at it and dismissed it right away. But in the back of my mind, I was thinking about it and hoping it was kind of a last chance. So by the end of February, I was ready to commit and when I finally called in March I had to wait six weeks to get in. It gave me a chance to 'follow' the food plan without actually committing. I was able to follow it and even lose during those six weeks.

I guess the click moment was when I was driving home (an hour, so plenty of time to reflect about lots of things!) and it was to make a choice - stay fat or really do something about it. I know how my body reacts to carbs, especially pasta. I eat one spaghetti dinner and I gain 5 to 10 pounds. Really?! That is nuts but it says to me that my body cannot process carbs they way it should. Or maybe, carbs need to be eaten in much smaller quantities.

I am thinking that I cannot continue paying $35/week to lose 1.5#. But I did mentally commit to one year or around $2,000 with the initial start up cost. I have frittered away $2000 before over time, going to concerts and the casino, and this was a chance to really concentrate on getting healthy. I don't really care all that much about the end number. I would love to wear a size 10 and go in any store I care to and buy something, but I am really about staying healthy. I have been fortunate and am not on any meds at all and I'd like to keep it that way. My Mom lived to 99 in very good health except for the last 6 months. I can't say I'd like to live that long . . . but I don't get a choice in the matter. I do, however, get a choice in how I approach aging and I want to do it much thinner.
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Aww, FarmGal - thanks so much! I was just thinking about posting why it is different for me this time. People often say something just clicked, and they were ready to make a change and just do it. That is kind of what happened. When my friend joined our local Medical Weightloss clinic, she gave me the paperwork. I looked at it and dismissed it right away. But in the back of my mind, I was thinking about it and hoping it was kind of a last chance. So by the end of February, I was ready to commit and when I finally called in March I had to wait six weeks to get in. It gave me a chance to 'follow' the food plan without actually committing. I was able to follow it and even lose during those six weeks.

I guess the click moment was when I was driving home (an hour, so plenty of time to reflect about lots of things!) and it was to make a choice - stay fat or really do something about it. I know how my body reacts to carbs, especially pasta. I eat one spaghetti dinner and I gain 5 to 10 pounds. Really?! That is nuts but it says to me that my body cannot process carbs they way it should. Or maybe, carbs need to be eaten in much smaller quantities.

I am thinking that I cannot continue paying $35/week to lose 1.5#. But I did mentally commit to one year or around $2,000 with the initial start up cost. I have frittered away $2000 before over time, going to concerts and the casino, and this was a chance to really concentrate on getting healthy. I don't really care all that much about the end number. I would love to wear a size 10 and go in any store I care to and buy something, but I am really about staying healthy. I have been fortunate and am not on any meds at all and I'd like to keep it that way. My Mom lived to 99 in very good health except for the last 6 months. I can't say I'd like to live that long . . . but I don't get a choice in the matter. I do, however, get a choice in how I approach aging and I want to do it much thinner.
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Roseanne, I know you can do it this time! I hope this is the last time for me, too!

I can relate to the thoughts on aging. An old friend from high school lost her Mom last year at the age of only 75. I won't go into the particulars, but it's pretty safe to say, if she hadn't been overweight, she'd probably still be here. I don't want to end up like that and I will if I don't do something about this now. Looking forward to seeing your posts in the future. Take care.
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Hi FarmGal - I'm glad you found the daily weighers list! It is a great bunch of people who are very friendly, supportive and helpful - I feel quite comfortable there. I didn't feel quite as welcome in the Medi list . . . but whatever floats your boat. ~smile~

I finally had a small loss this morning to 293.0#. It seems like I've been doing everything right but not getting the expected reward. I guess that is how life is, too . . .

I am looking into the Chris Powell method of weight loss, as I do enjoy his TV show. I'm not making any changes for now, but will read about it for sure. The idea of one 'cheat' day each week is intriguing - not so much for eating hog wild but for just eating something like a banana, pineapple, or even a small potato now and then. Maybe even, gasp (!!), a piece of bread and butter. That just seems like more real life to me. I think it is odd that he never mentions ketosis at all.

Anyway, onward and downward.
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Hi FarmGal - I'm glad you found the daily weighers list! It is a great bunch of people who are very friendly, supportive and helpful - I feel quite comfortable there. I didn't feel quite as welcome in the Medi list . . . but whatever floats your boat. ~smile~

I finally had a small loss this morning to 293.0#. It seems like I've been doing everything right but not getting the expected reward. I guess that is how life is, too . . .

I am looking into the Chris Powell method of weight loss, as I do enjoy his TV show. I'm not making any changes for now, but will read about it for sure. The idea of one 'cheat' day each week is intriguing - not so much for eating hog wild but for just eating something like a banana, pineapple, or even a small potato now and then. Maybe even, gasp (!!), a piece of bread and butter. That just seems like more real life to me. I think it is odd that he never mentions ketosis at all.

Anyway, onward and downward.
Yes, the daily weighers thread seems very welcoming and supportive. Not much action on the Medi threads.

I used to look at a cheat day as a day to go "hog wild", but have realized that's what got me where I am in the first place! Now I'm going to look at it as you said.....just a day to eat something good like fruit or yes, bread! I usually end up going to a mexican restaurant on a cheat day so I can have chips and salsa. That's one thing I miss so badly is something crunchy!!

I'm glad you had a loss this morning! It does so boost your morale! I am always glad to see any loss, even if it's just an ounce or two. I always tell my husband, if an eyelash falls off and it shows up on the scale, I'm happy. LOL!
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I am thrilled today with my official weigh in at the clinic! I weighed 293# this afternoon, which is the same as I weighed at 5 a.m. I suspect I'll have a nice loss tomorrow morning, finally - I must have had a 'whoosh' during the day. LOL Anyway, that makes it 36# in 12 weeks for a 3# average. Some of those weeks were hard earned at only 1# though.

Now if I can only get my head this weekend when I'm traveling to my brother's house for some boating and laughs. I have every reason to stay on program, that's for sure!
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Came back from my brother's with a nice, unexpected loss even though I couldn't eat my normal stuff. We went out for dinner Friday night and I chose beef medallions with veggies on the side and a nice tall glass of water. I was way under the 12oz proteins for the day as I only ate a beef stick and mozzarella cheese on the drive done. Saturday morning started with a breakfast casserole made with hash browns and it went downhill from there. But came home to a 2# loss so I am more than happy with that, and have been in ketosis since being home as well.
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I am introducing more exercise into my daily routine. I have been walking between 2 and 3 miles/day - although it seems to be less on the weekend when I have the most time to concentrate on it! I swear that is the reason I had a loss last Thursday. I've been wearing my pedometer to work which makes me more aware of how many steps I'm getting in, and then trying to beat the day prior number.
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