I'm too out of shape for anything more strenous than the pool, at first, but maybe basic stuff?!
I'd just like to want to live a different lifestyle and I don't want to, now, on my own.
So there is no one to do this for, but me. And I lack motivation. So, I've laid this all out. Does anyone have any advice? HB for one, I'd love to hear how you held on for the 9 mos.
You can walk on the treadmill. You can climb a stairmaster at level 1. You can pedal a recumbent bicycle slowly. You can do light weight lifting, with multiple repetitions.
Do you have a job? If so, consider this new plan of exercise and diet an add on to your job. You may not like your job, but you do it. Pick a defined regimen for your workouts, for example, if you work 9 - 5, go to the gym every day at 7am, do an hour of stuff, and then go to work. If you can make it through a few weeks, then you will begin to like it. You will like the way you feel. You will have MORE energy, not less, after work. If you can afford it, try a personal trainer for the beginning of this journey.
HB held on for 9 months because a $7000 was dangling in front of her. Her massive weight gain immediately following the challenge showed that to be true. She would not be a good role model, as she lost the weight in an unsustainable diet and lifestyle. You want a lifestyle that you will WANT to continue, not discard on a defined day.
If you want, another member, NIcksGamingStuff, has emabarked on a weight loss challenge. His motivation is internal.
As is mine. I'm down 15 pounds since the HB Challenge date. I've always exercised somewhat. But my change is better diet. I'm at my lowest weight since college, and it feels great. As a fellow 52 year old, good luck!
Eliminate fast foods, that's the easiest and the first thing you should do. You'd be surprised at the difference this one thing will make.
Cut down on desserts or limit them to 3 times a week instead of every day. Eat a lettuce salad or a bowl of cereal as a snack instead of chips or cookies.
Switch to skim milk. Replace regular mayo and salad dressings with lite or non-fat varieties. Replace ice cream with frozen yogurt.
Choose a parking spot that's a little further away so that you're forced to walk a little more.
If you like sandwiches get the meats sliced at the deli counter and ask that they cut it as thin as possible, or have it shaved. This way it looks like a lot more when you make a sandwich and you'll end up with only an ounce or 2 instead of 1/4 pound. Switch from white processed bread to wheat or use pita bread.
Eat small amounts several times a day to keep your metabolism steady and your stomach from getting too empty between meals. Drink a full glass of water before you eat to fill your stomach so that you won't eat as much.
Learn to cook. This way you have full control of the ingredients in whatever you eat. Make a big batch of one thing and divide it into lunch portions and freeze them so that there's always a healthy meal handy.
Learn to read nutrition labels. I once looked at a box of carrot cake mix and saw that meat lard was one of the ingredients!
Limit your red meat intake to once a week or less and load up on chicken and turkey (white meat only) and fish.
These are the things I did 12 years ago and lost 40 pounds without adding much more than a few minutes of simple walking to my daily routine, and today I am only 5 pounds heavier than I was then because I kept doing the same things; i.e., it was a permanent lifestyle change for me.
It might take a few weeks to adjust your tastebuds to these new rules, but once you learn you won't forget and it'll become second nature.
This looks like one of those weekend, middle of the night, one time posts that we see here occasionally. I have no weight loss or addiction experience so I'm woefully ill equipped to offer any specific advice.
Make a doctor's appointment for a comprehensive physical. Do not leave out any detail of your medical history no matter how trivial it may seem to you. Tell the doctor exactly what you hope to accomplish and he or she will take it from there. Your job will be to follow your doctor's advice.
Please think long and hard about accepting any bets or challenges that may come your way regarding weight loss. There is no reason for you to be the source of anyone's amusement or entertainment. If you do keep posting I know that the good men and women of this forum will provide you with encouragement.
Remember that this is a gambling forum and there is always a danger of developing a new addiction. You may already fit a certain profile.
HB held on for 9 months because a $7000 was dangling in front of her. Her massive weight gain immediately following the challenge showed that to be true. !
30 pounds in 52 days is almost too massive. Thats almost .6 pounds
per day. She would have to consume in excess of 4000 calories a day,
every day, to add that much fat back on. If she indeed gained 30 pounds
in 52 days, part of it had to be water weight, which doesn't count.
Ah, the joys of failing to write my reply in Word, THEN copying and pasting into the form. Iíd written a long response then mistakenly hit some button and lost it all. Iím doing this in Word now-lesson learned. So, here I am, not to make a middle of the night post then disappear. I need the support of a group and your responses were really sincere; thank all of you who have posted in response to what I put out there.
In order to stay sober I need accountability for my actions. This is why I posted. I will post my weight every week, good or bad to make myself accountable to the group. This forced accountability should be just what the doctor ordered.
Your suggestions, folks (I donít know exactly, yet which of you are men or women, but I hope to, soon) are wonderful and are just the right amount of everything I believe I will need in order to ĎJust Do It.í
Iíve lived here since 2008. I do not Ďworkí: not on disability, not Ďunemployedí no benefits, no kids, no cats. Two rescued dogs. I had a small mail order business for 16 years, I have been a freelance writer since 1978 and I taught English and Sociology at Rutgers, Montclair State and Essex County Community college. Been attempting to play poker (the WSOP kind) for a livingÖI also play VP. The amount of hours spent at the poker tables and in front of the VP machines have turned me very lazy. And Iíve had enough. For me. As I said earlier, I got sober for my dad till I wanted to STAY sober for me. So Iím going to go into this for the forum and I anticipate there will be a turning point whereby I do it for me. Iím thinking Weight Watchers or Overeaters Anonymous, too. I think OA will be the better fit as I really live a 12 step program, anyway.
That said, the thing I must do is be rigorously honest with me and with you. I do realize this is a gambling forum and trust me, I moved here to gamble; but not wantonly-wisely. And I just Googled OA. Pretty funny, as I read the results, an saw group names with which I was familiar, I said to myself, ďOh! They meet at the AA meeting house!Ē Alas, WRONG. They just have the same names. FYI, I got sober ONLY at AA and never at NA because the cornerstone for my sobriety is to avoid anyone who uses drugs, so NA was out. I focused on AA as the hardcore drug users who might well also have an alcohol addiction arenít permitted to tell their drug stories at AA. Itís my best tool in this long road-avoid drug users. I have no idea what would happen if I heard drug lifestories, but I have heard thousands of alcohol lifestories and none of them have made me want to get high (or drink, but alcohol was never an issue for). I spend a lot of time at VP bars and I only ever get a glass of ice. I can be around people who drink, but I have no respect for nor a love for active alcoholics, nor binge drinkers. I simply avoid drug users and/or those who talk about getting high. Not a fan of pot I feel it shouldnít be easy to get, as Iím not the only one with an addictive personality and for me pot WAS A GATEWAY drug.
Found a meeting for 4pm today off Valley View. Iím going to go. Will report back tonight. Iím going to try this as a first step. Oh, yeah, I admit I am soooooo powerless over food AND my food intake is TOTALLY unmanageable. I turn my will and my life over to God and to this group (so far). Here we goooooooooooooooo!
If this is going to be an ongoing thing for you, with weekly progress reports and solicited advice from forum members, maybe you should spin off your own "Jane's weight loss" thread?
Excellent idea! I'd follow it.
Wow Jane, you're all over the internet! I just figured out that your handle is poker player. I was probably the last to know. Duh.
Excellent idea! I'd follow it.
I second that! The departure of HB has left a hole on this site, and I think you're just the woman to fill it.
I second that! The departure of HB t.
She's gone? I knew she was banned for a week and then
she refused to provide a pic of herself or a weigh in for
the new bet. Now she's gone?