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post #631 of 1284
Having chip cravings! Must fight!
post #632 of 1284
I just figured something out. (Sometimes it takes me a while. )

I like going for walks with the dogs, but I tend to get bored after a short time. I just picked up a book-on-cd from the library because I had to make a few-hours long car trip by myself. I only got a couple of hours into it while driving, and it's like 22 hours long.

So tonight, I put my book-on-cd in the walkman and went for a pretty long walk - I didn't time it, but it was at least 1/2 an hour. And I could have gone longer but Cookie was pulling on my arm really hard and it was hurting my back. (The dogs weigh 80 pounds each.) I think I may have finally figured out a way to keep motivated to keep walking!

On another note, will someone please reassure me that I am not an evil mommy if I only take one dog at a time with me walking? If I take them both they don't behave, but they're fine one at a time. However, whichever gets left at home howls like crazy and flings him/herself at the door. I feel just terrible, even though I know each will eventually get a turn.
post #633 of 1284
It is a good idea to take one dog at a time - that way you get two walks in one day and nope, yer not evil!
post #634 of 1284
Originally posted by adymarie
Having chip cravings! Must fight!
must resist evil chips!

may the force be with you!
post #635 of 1284
It's official! I have reached my goal! I just weighed myself (even though I should have waited until morning since I just ate dinner!) & I'm down 30 pounds! It's amazing guys...I feel great! I'm still shocked everytime I step on that dreaded scale. It's like I have to do a double or triple take on it..."170lb's? That can't be right!". But it's true & damn does it feel awesome!

Just had to share with you all. I'm just tickled pink!

How's everyone else doing on the weight loss? Good I hope!

Keep up the great work everyone!
post #636 of 1284
Congratulations on reaching your goal Shell!!! And I have to say, you look FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!
post #637 of 1284
Congrats Shell!!! You go girl!!!

I'm within 10lbs. of my goal. I actually went out and got new clothes one size smaller than I normally wear today! I finally dropped a size!
post #638 of 1284
Well, thanks Heidi! I'm finally starting to get over the "fat mentality" & where I always thought I looked a huge cow. Now, I know that I look good & it's driving me to look even better. I've still got some pudge to work on, but I think this week I'm going to start working out at the gym in my apartment complex. I really need to do some toning up.

Thanks again! You're too sweet!

How's the weight loss going for you?
post #639 of 1284
Originally posted by Shell
It's official! I have reached my goal! I just weighed myself (even though I should have waited until morning since I just ate dinner!) & I'm down 30 pounds!
Congratulations! Awesome! I lost another 1/2 lb. this week, 2.3 lbs. total so far this month, overall total 56.7 lbs.

here's to the tortoises's of the weight-loss world <G>
post #640 of 1284
Congrats, Shell!!!
post #641 of 1284
Fantastic Shell! I have been good and haven't cheated yet! I have also kept up with the exercise. I am not losing fast, but I am actually feeling alittle healthier. I think with the working out I am getting a little more muscle, so the weight isn't changing too much yet, but my pants feel looser. It was my mom's B-day party on Saturday and I didn't eat any snack food, carbs or cake!
post #642 of 1284
It was my mom's B-day party on Saturday and I didn't eat any snack food, carbs or cake!
Way to go, Ady!! The one thing that still tempts me on Atkins is cake - I love cake. My birthday's in a couple of months, and I'm really going to try to hit my goal by then - my birthday present to myself will be a SMALL piece of cake...

I've kept up on my walking really well for the last week or so. I didn't go for a walk on two days, but on one of them I went shopping with my friend and I know we walked several miles. And on the other one I raked the yard, so got some pretty good exercise that way.
post #643 of 1284
Well, tomorrow is my weekly WW weigh-in. I think I have decided to go on maintenance and quit chasing a number that is 7 or so pounds away. I am very pleased with the way I look and feel, and the way my clothes fit.
post #644 of 1284
Way to go, Deb!! I think the way you feel and look is much more important than the number on the scale. When people ask me if I have a goal weight, I say 'sort of.' I don't really know what I will need to weigh to look the way I want. I will know it when I get there.

I ate a little too much tonight (all Atkins allowed food, though), but did go for a walk with the puppies after dinner. So I feel pretty OK about it. I'm excited because I've managed to get some exercise every day for a week now - lack of exercise is my biggest downfall.
post #645 of 1284
Congratulations to all you losers! This is one thing I don't mind losing. My WW weigh-in was tonight, I've lost 9 lbs. so far, in 3 weeks. My goal is 25 lbs. by Christmas, and then I'll see where I want to go. I just have to find time to exercise.
post #646 of 1284
I've lost 9 lbs. so far, in 3 weeks.
Great job, Brenda!!
post #647 of 1284
Yeah everyone! Everyone is doing really well. I seem to have done some type of damage to my knee! It feels like my knee cap is out of alignment! I am having trouble walking. Oh well. Last night's exercices was walking around Costco on my sore knee - tonight I will try to exercise it out!

Suzy - I hope you can treat yourself with a piece of cake for your birthday.
post #648 of 1284
Ady - get your knee checked out for femoral-patella syndrome - I have that problem. I have had physical therapy for it but I still get pain.
post #649 of 1284
post #650 of 1284
Well, it's official, I am on Weight Watchers maintenance and have declared reaching my goal. I actually lost another 1.2 pounds this week, making me at the ideal weight for my height and age.

I now add some points back to my daily intake and experiment with how many it takes me to maintain this weight. I am really excited and treated myself to a 1/2 Boar's Head roast beef sub from the deli for dinner. (That sandwich thread got to me.....)If I can maintain for 6 weeks, I become a lifetime member.....never have to pay again as long as I weigh in at least once a month and remain within 2 pounds of my goal. Happy day for me!
post #651 of 1284

:flash: :daisy:
post #652 of 1284
Originally posted by Deb25
Well, it's official, I am on Weight Watchers maintenance and have declared reaching my goal. I actually lost another 1.2 pounds this week, making me at the ideal weight for my height and age.
post #653 of 1284
ALL RIGHT Deb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Way to go girl!
post #654 of 1284
Awesome job Deb! Keep up the excellent work!
post #655 of 1284
Deb that is wonderful! Congrats to you, what an achievement! I wish I could be as motivated!
post #656 of 1284
Fantastic Deb!
post #657 of 1284
I thought it might be interesting

Take Control of Your Metabolism: Quick Tips for Increased
Muscle Tone, Faster Fat Burning, and Energy Levels Like a
9 Year Old!

by Jesse Cannone CFT, CPRS, CSPN

So many people are talking about how slow their metabolism
is and why they need to start taking the latest diet
supplement scam yet they don’t even understand how the human
metabolism works. So before I even go into how to speed
yours up, I want to first go over some of the basics.

* What is metabolism?

There are many scientific ways for me to put to you and I
could make it seem really confusing like most of the so-
called experts do, but I won’t. I’m going to give you my
extremely simple and easy to understand definition...

* metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories to
sustain life

I should also note that your body, yes yours, burns calories
24 hours a day, everyday – regardless of whether or not you
workout or not. Remember that, your body needs energy all
the time, even while you’re a sleep and that is why skipping
meals is the absolute worst thing you can do if your goal is
to lose weight (body fat).

Before we go any further let’s talk about what affects

* What affects metabolism?

What do you think has the biggest impact on your metabolism?
Activity levels? Your Thyroid? Age?

WRONG! WRONG! and WRONG! Activity levels, Thyroid function,
and age do affect metabolism but not nearly as much as...

any idea? It’s muscle tissue! The more muscle you have the
more calories you burn regardless of how active you are, how
old you are, etc. It’s live tissue and it’s there working
for you and burning calories 24 hours a day – each and every

Here's a list of some of the factors affecting metabolism in
order of biggest impact to least:

* muscle tissue (you already know why this is on the top of
the list)

* meal frequency (the longer you go between meals the more
your metabolism slows down to conserve energy)

* activity level (important but doesn't make any difference if
you don't match your eating to your expenditure)

* food choices (ex. low-fat diets tend to result in poor
hormone production which leads to a slower metabolism)

* hydration (over 70% of bodily functions take place in water
– not enough water causes all your systems to slow down and
unnecessary stress)

* genetics (some people have higher metabolisms than others –
you can't change genetics but you can still win the battle!)

* hormone production and function (think you have a slow
thyroid? it's not likely – before you go blame it on the
thyroid first stabilize your blood sugar and throw in some
progressive exercise 2-3 times each week)

* stress (stress also can slow metabolism by placing extra
stress and strain on numerous systems. plus, many people
tend to overeat when "stressed outâ€)

Why does it slow down?

How many times have you heard someone say, "as soon as you
hit 30 your metabolism slows down"? Maybe you've said it. I
know I hear it all the time and I got tired of hearing it so
I did a little research and found that the metabolism does
NOT slow down significantly due to aging but DOES due to a
lack of muscle. And, you don't lose muscle quickly due to
aging either but due to a decrease or lack of physical

So, the major cause of a slowing metabolism is three fold...

1. you lose muscle due to the lack of physical stress

2. your body cannibalizes muscle when it needs energy but
you won't supply any because you are "dieting" and skipping

3. your activity levels tend to decrease as you get older

So now we know the problem... what's the solution? Address
those 3 issues! I've found with years of experience in
helping hundreds of people, that increasing your metabolism
and getting rid of that excess body fat can often times be
quite easy! Yet you'll hear of all these experts telling you
how hard it is and why you need to buy their new diet
program, supplement, or fitness contraption.

It's not that hard, it doesn't have to be confusing, and you
don't need any of that crap! All you need is an
understanding of how your body works and the willingness to
make some small changes.

Here's my basic formula for jump starting your metabolism:

Step 1 - Stop the storage of new fat

It doesn't make any sense to start an exercise program if
you just end up adding new fat later that day. This is a
problem that is very common among people who start an
exercise in an attempt to lose weight.

See the problem is this...

We don't get fat due to a lack of exercise – we get fat
because we supply the body with more calories than it needs
at a given time. So the solution has nothing to do with
exercise – it's all about your eating! And I'm not saying
you have to eat low-fat, super clean and healthy diet
consisting of salad and tofu only. You can still eat the
foods you like IF you can give the body just the amount it

The key is to give the body the energy it needs, but just
that amount not a bunch extra because extra is extra is
extra, it doesn't matter what it's from. Salad can be stored
as fat, celery can be stored as fat – if it results in extra
it can be stored as fat. I should also note that not all
extra energy is stored in the fat cells and I will touch on
that later.

So forget about trying to burn off any fat unless you can
first stop storing new fat! Again, you do that by matching
your eating to your activity level. This means small,
balanced meals or snacks every 2-3 hours and the amount of
calories in each feeding should depend on how active you are
at that time of day.

Step 2 – Attack the existing fat

This requires a combination approach consisting of stable
blood sugar/energy levels, and progressive
cardiovascular/aerobic exercise and strength training.

We already talked about how important stable blood sugar and
energy levels are and how to match you eating to your
activity level so now I'd like to cover the exercise part of
the equation.

In order for the exercise to even be worth your time you
must be sure it's progressive. Just because you run on the
treadmill for 30 minutes three times a week, that doesn't
mean your body has to burn off that unwanted body fat! You
have to force the body makes changes and improvements and
the ONLY way to do that is to consistently provide a
stimulus or stress that is greater than what the body is
used to.

Here are some general guidelines on how you can make your
exercise progressive and productive:

Strength training

Change exercises frequently (every 2-4 weeks)

Increase resistance

Perform more reps

Slower reps

Advanced techniques

Cardiovascular training

Increase speed/resistance
Perform intervals
Increase distance traveled
Cross train by performing numerous activities

I should also say that it is extremely important that you
have a well thought out and detailed plan to follow. You
can't just say "ok, now I know what to do" and then try a
little of this here and little of that there. You need a
roadmap. If you are serious about achieving your weight loss
and fitness goals I highly recommend you get the help of a
professional. Whether that means one on one personal fitness
training or just a do-it-your-self fitness plan – your
chances of success are much greater.
post #658 of 1284
Really interesting Kellye!

Well, I have a confession....

I was doing really well for a while, but as this thread first dropped off the page, I fell off the wagon. I maintained where I was for a while, but in the past couple months I noticed that I had started gaining again. *sigh* It is SO easy to fall back into old habits, and TOO easy to gain weight.

BUT, I'm going to start again. A dear, wonderful friend was kind enough to get me the Weight Watchers starting guide, so I'm going to try to do the Points system. I'm trying really hard to convince Earl he needs to do it too because he really needs it, and it will be so much easier if we are BOTH watching what enters our bodies.

The only thing that isn't going to be a change is the water. That's the one thing I've basically kept up with. I just need to increase by a couple glasses per day.

Wish me luck!
post #659 of 1284
Way to go, Heidi!! It is easy to fall back into old habits, and for me anyway, is really hard to get back on track. Here's wishing you well!!

I think that's why I don't dare 'cheat' on my Atkins plan - everyone tells me things like 'you need a treat once in a while,' but I know if I start doing that it will snowball. Abstinence works best for me!! (Abstinence from eating 'bad' food, anyway )
post #660 of 1284
Originally posted by Suzy

I think that's why I don't dare 'cheat' on my Atkins plan - everyone tells me things like 'you need a treat once in a while,' but I know if I start doing that it will snowball. Abstinence works best for me!! (Abstinence from eating 'bad' food, anyway )
I've learned the same thing from painful experience...as to anyone who says that to me, I tell them that one time is enough to throw my insulin out of whack (which is true), and as someone who is prediabetic (aka glucose intolerant) it's not worth it to me to tamper with my balanced carb, high protein diet.

Not on Atkins, but on CALP, similar in some ways.
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