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sb3482 posted:
Hello, I'm new to this board but I thought I would post about my success so far in hopes to give others encouragement. I started my diet on January 5th, I'm not doing any specific diet but I am cutting back, eating the right foods, and lessening my portions. Basically, I'm eating 6 small meals a day. This is a good way to take off the weight, but not so fast that you'll gain it back easily. So far I have lost 12lbs, I'm currently at 262lbs. and hope to be down to 160-150 sometime next year. I have found that many fad diets are just that, a fad. I've lost weight with pills, supplements and shakes, but I also gained it back very quick. I hope not only am I able to give encouragement to others, but also I know I'll have some down times so I'm hoping to get some encouragement on here as well. I'll leave you with my saying that I have adjusted to and come to understand in my diet journey: "I didn't put this weight on overnight, and I'm not gonna take it off overnight" - Patience is definitley a virtue when it comes to dieting. Thanks, Stephanie
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Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
Welcome Stephanie! Thanks for sharing your success. I hope you will keep us updated and allow us to help support you in your weight loss journey. Can you share what a typical day of your 6 meals looks like? I am helping my mom lose weight-she is elderly, seriously overweight and has other health problems including diabetes. She needs to eat 6 meals a day to keep her blood sugar on track, but often I have trouble thinking outside the three meal box.
 
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sb3482 responded:
Hi Louise...thanks for the offered support...I'm sure down the road I'm gonna need it! :grin: My day typically looks like this: Breakfast: 1 Oatmeal packet or Breakfast Bar (Nutrigrain) or Cereal (Smart Start usually)-1 of those and piece of fruit, usually a banana or some pineapple chunks. Snack: A piece of fruit or a 100 calorie pack Lunch: Smart Ones (Weight Watchers meal) and some carrots or low fat chips. Or 2 Lean Pockets and a piece of fruit or vegetable Snack: Fruit or 100 calorie pack (I usually save my sweet 100 calorie pack for after lunch) or for variety, I'll have a bag of popcorn. Dinner: Chicken Breast with Italian Dressing or Green Peppers and Onions, a vegetable and a starch (usually a baked potato). I also eat Hamburger Helper, if I do, I have some on a saucer plate (so I don't eat as much of it) and a side salad. HINT: A good substitute for butter and salt and sour cream on a baked potato is salsa. It is really good on a baked potato and doesn't have as many calories or fat. I drink a lot of water during my day, and usually a diet soda with my evening meal. There are so many options and I really don't feel like I deprive myself because I'm still eating some things that aren't that great for me, but I just eat less of them. I have found that if I feel like I'm depriving myself of something, I will fail the diet. So I have refused to deprive myself. Like I said, I've been doing this since January 5th and lost 12lbs, I have also been excerising with my new Wii Fit. My doctor is extremely happy with my progress and how I'm doing it. I hope that helps. Thanks again! Stephanie
 
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Rgulen responded:
Thanks for sharing your tips Stephanie. I started adopting healthier habits myself on January 5th. My primary change has been to move more. I get up every morning and walk 2 miles. I also purchased a Wii console and Wii Fit and will use that for strength training and flexibility. From a food perspective, I focused more on foods I should eat in great quantities and less on foods that I should not eat.. I start seeing a new primary care physician to determine any special health considerations into my plan. Rg
 
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sb3482 responded:
How awesome is the Wii Fit? LOL...I love it! As far as food goes, I have eaten horribly pretty much my entire life. I know habits are hard to break, and trust me, I'm not good at breaking habits. I do eat alot of healthier foods, but I will occasionally sneak in the bad food for two reasons: 1. If I don't, i'll feel like I'm depriving myself and 2. I've tried to rationalize this, eating less is better than eating more, obviously. So basically if I watch my portions, I'm in good shape. I praise you for your will power! I have a friend who cut out sweets and fried foods altogether, she had that will power, but sadly I can say that I don't. Ahhh well, maybe one day.
 
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Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
I love the Wii Fit! I am working on actually getting my Advanced Step score higher!
 
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sb3482 responded:
I just unlocked the Free Step. I'm interested in giving it a try tonight.
 
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irisheyes213 responded:
Congrats on the weight loss so far! Sounds like you have a good plan. Keep at it and welcome to the board! Deb
 
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VenusEnvy53 responded:
Hello to everyone on Board already... I am the "Newbie of the day" SB reading your post and those that replied was just what I needed!! I have been anxious to start a Healthy Choice Life Plan and I just finished some major health issues that consumed most of the past year. Now that I am feeling better I am LQQking forward to begin this new Life Plan. I look forward to all the help and encouragement I can get. Success to all!
 
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Rgulen responded:
Welcome VenusEnvy! We are happy to help. Glad to hear that you are feeling better and ready to tackle lifestyle changes. Rg
 
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LoveandLuck responded:
Sounds like you are making all the right changes. I've been sticking to about 6 meals a day, healthier eating, and moderate exercise for almost a year now with a weight loss of 75 pounds so far. So it does work! I've found that I need to combine carbs, fats, and proteins at every meal - even the snacks- to keep me feeling full and satisfied. Some snacks I enjoy include - Some wheat thins with light cream cheese An apple with cinnamon and 1 tbs pnut butter (I get the organic kind sweetened with honey or cane sugar - no high fructose corn syrup) Diet/sugar free/fat free hot coco with cinnamon and/or light cool whip and a few almonds A sugar free chocolate pudding cup, 1/2 banana with a tab of pnut butter String cheese rolled in one slide ot lean sliced turkey and a fruit Yogurt with a few teaspoons of sunflower seeds
 
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twin67 responded:
Hi Stephanie, I am new to this board and just wanted to let you know that after reading your note I feel that I can go at my weight lost problems as well. I just started today so wish me luck lol I can use all the help that I can get in starting with my weight lost. I will eat 6 small meals a day as well. I just had a major surgery and know that I am doing great, I really want to start losing the weight. Thanks for all the help that I hope will sure to come. Yvonne
 
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irisheyes213 responded:
I just wanted to say welcome to the board and please feel free to jump in, ask questions, and particpate in the board. We look forward to hearing about your journey. 6 small meals is a good way to go. I hope that you recover quickly from your surgery. Good Luck, Deb
 
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irisheyes213 responded:
Just wanted to say welcome and Jump on in! We would love to hear how you are doing with your plan. Good Luck, Deb
 
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DCG18 responded:
Hi Stephanie; I agree with your saying concerning patience. Im looking for someone to talk to when Im fighting the "URGE" to eat on impulse. I think I have tried everything I know to try and am having a hard time letting "Today" be the day I start anew to eat more healthfully. Right now my weight is up to 306 and I really need someone to be accountable with and also some encouragement to get with it AGAIN!!! Sincerely, Charmaine


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