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    Quote Originally Posted by Slickness View Post
    It's easy. I can say this because I weigh about 110 pounds and am about 6 feet tall. All you have to do is some very simple things (wow, that was a really awkward sentence):

    1. As stated above, cut down on soda.
    2. Also stated above, drink more water.
    3. Eat more small meals, rather than less big meals. It doesn't seem like it would work, but trust me.
    4. Exercise doesn't have much to do with it, unless you want a little more muscle mass.
    5. This is the most important thing: Eat fruits and vegetables mainly throughout the week, and pig out on the weekends. Your body's weight will then regulate itself.
    Slickness:

    I don't drink soda, never have.
    I drink water all the time.
    I usually eat 6 small meals a day.
    Exercise is not only good for weight, but good for the heart and cardiovascular system.
    If I just eat fruits and vegetables and no protein...I will be starving. What you are describing sounds very much like the starve/binge cycle.

    I think maybe eating might have to do with my emotions and other things. How I wish I could just be like you, Slickness and just be naturally thin!!!! Even at my thinnest (size 3/4), I still had curves and a ghetto booty.

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    I sit next to a "Slickness" at work. My boss always says that I'm the healthiest eater he's ever known. My co-worker eats pop-tarts for breakfast, pizza and regular Pepsi for lunch. When we get Starbucks, I always get a "skinny" and she gets regular. She is tall and thin just like Slickness! She never exercises and she drinks beer all the time on the weekends (I rarely drink and don't need the extra calories.)

    One of the questions that has always plagued me -- why is that? I try so hard, she doesn't...and I'm the one with the weight problem!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambchop View Post

    I do NOT want my body taking control of me, you are right. My days can be incredibly long with work, school, family (including two teenagers)...that sometimes I literally just fall into bed at night. I KNOW I need to start taking more time for myself.

    When you were losing weight, did you cut out carbs and sugar? How often did you exercise? Did you ever feel so self conscious that you didn't want to go to social events? I find myself feeling like that and I hate it. All I need is ANOTHER reason not to be social.

    I really like your idea of taking things from sources, but making it my own.
    I was in a depression that lasted over 6 years. I was ~225 lbs and 14 when I went into it. By 17-18, I was ~350 lbs. At that point, I had been diagnosed with depression by a psychologist and was taking a large amount of anti-depressant medication. I was also diagnosed with Diabetes and was taking 3 pills a day. I got my first job at that point, working fast food, and that managed to drop me down to 300 just being active.

    When I was 20, my doctor diagnosed my Diabetes, and told me that my weight was still not under control enough, and that he was putting me on shots if I wasn't able to do something. At that point, my mother had been following weight watchers and explained it to me. I didn't go to any meetings, but I read up on it online and used her calculator. I started figuring out points of all the things I ate usually and figured out how bad it really was just by seeing the points. The points made it make sense.

    Being a Diabetic at the time, I had to cut out a lot of sugar, finding sugar-free items everywhere I could or just lower sugar items. I experimented with different foods to see the impact of eating certain things on my Blood Sugar. It was really interesting. I really just stopped eating sugar-filled stuff.

    As an ISTJ, I turned it into plans. I found things at local restaurants that acted as potential meals and divided my total points for the day into meals. I told myself to not go over a certain amount of points for snacks or meals. The thing is also, I live at home, so I've had a lot of healthier home cooked meals, as my mother tends to get healthy foods a lot. I almost never cook my own dinner if I'm not at work.

    When I reached the 240 lbs point about 2 years ago, the Diabetes went away. I was excited about the milestone, but I knew there was still more to go. I was only losing weight to get rid of the Diabetes, but as I lost weight, I realized I could actually lose more than the amount I needed to for the Diabetes to go away, so I kept going. Now, at 23, I've reached 175 lbs about 2 months ago.

    I'm really not sure what I do. The thing is, I tend to just eat at some fast food restaurants like Subway or Chick-Fil-A during the week, and then I eat at home. I've found a bunch of snack cakes, fruits and vegetables at the grocery store that are low points and are good snacks. I'm at about 36 points. What I did was split it into 4: 6-12-6-12, 6 for breakfast, 12 for lunch, 6 for afternoon snack and 12 for dinner.

    I weigh 50 lbs less right now than I did 10 years ago in middle school. That is just hard to believe for me. It's hard to take much advice from me because I'm an ISTJ. This stuff is something I force myself to do because I feel it's something I should be doing. My case is so isolated that I'm really not that great to compare to. My reason for gaining weight, motivation to lose weight and circumstances for losing weight is so uncommon.

    I don't feel self-conscious about how I look. I think this is another T vs. F thing. I look at my weight as just another thing to control. My weight as a factor into my looks rarely crosses my mind. The main reason I dislike being overweight is because I see a correlation between being overweight and lack of self-control. I feel as if I come off as incompetent or susceptible to indulging to others by being overweight.

    As far as exercise, I started out 3 years ago walking 8/10 of a mile once a day. As I gained more stamina and endurance, I started walking like, a mile a day, or I'd go places and walk a few miles a few times a week. I'd just walk a lot. When I went to stores, I'd park in the furthest spots. Then I tried a gym once, but couldn't keep it up and left after a month. I tried a gym again over this summer, but quit after 2 months after losing 20 lbs. I just go for walks/jogs when I can, or go for random walks whenever I have the chance. I love greenways, and I know of some around me like one that is 3 miles, one that is 6, another that's 3.

    The one thing that's bothered me the most about losing weight is BUYING CLOTHES. Fucking expensive. I'm in between medium and large right now, which is so weird. I don't want to gain weight because I don't want to spend money buying unnecessary clothes just because I couldn't control myself. I would absolutely hate myself if I found myself walking into a store to buy new clothes because I *gained* weight. I'm sorry if it comes across as offensive. I work in a department store, so I see women like this all the time. I just couldn't do it.


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    I'm about 6' and I weigh approximately 208 lbs. I'm within this "OK zone" according to a chart in my doctor's office. But technically, I should not weigh more than 200 lbs at 6'.

    I used to weigh a little more, about 215 or so, and for me it was only one factor. Most of the above statements are just common sense to me....cut out pop, drink more water, eat certain things, blah blah, blah blah.

    It all boiled down to this: Willpower. Worded in a question, "How bad do you want it?"

    I've read that we ISTJs all have something in common, and I'm sure other SJs have it as well, that being rock-solid determination. To quote that commonly-used adage, "You can do anything if you set your mind to it."

    This is true when applied to weight loss and a few other things. However, I don't think you'll sprout wings and fly no matter how much you want to. ; )



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    This is how I lost 40 lbs:

    - I changed white breads to whole wheat breads.
    - Increased the amount of vegetables I eat (from 'almost none' to 'some')
    - I favor meat with lower fat ratio
    - More white meat, less red meat
    - No candy, no chocolate, no puns, no potato chips
    - I began playing football more (3 to 4 times a week, 40 to 90min per training). Long-term excercise is important. Your pulse has to rise and you got to be sweating all over, if you want results.
    - More protein
    - I walk and bicycle everywhere I go. Every day I bicycle to my work place (4 kilometers, about 2,5 miles). Essentially I biked about 10 km (about 6 miles) each day.


    So the basics are:
    - Cut the carbs
    - More protein
    - Active excercises
    - No sweat, no weight loss

    And if this isn't helping you, maybe you should check your doctor if you might have some medical condition that affects your metabolism. I heard that malfunction of Thyroid gland might affect one's weight.

    EDIT: Most importantly, losing weight requires a working system. No one can't just wish pounds off, so it's not just a question of having an Iron Will. You need rules and you need systems. It is a lot easier if you decide that the Sunday is the only day you are allowed to eat sweets, rather than trying to resist the urge every single day for the rest of your life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambchop View Post
    I sit next to a "Slickness" at work. My boss always says that I'm the healthiest eater he's ever known. My co-worker eats pop-tarts for breakfast, pizza and regular Pepsi for lunch. When we get Starbucks, I always get a "skinny" and she gets regular. She is tall and thin just like Slickness! She never exercises and she drinks beer all the time on the weekends (I rarely drink and don't need the extra calories.)

    One of the questions that has always plagued me -- why is that? I try so hard, she doesn't...and I'm the one with the weight problem!
    High metabolism, she probably has it, and yours is lower. Those with low metabolisms unfortunately have more trouble losing weight. I agree with everyone's posts so far about diet change (drink more water, cut the soda out, etc.). I know it's said often, don't mean to be a broken record, but exercise is vital. My advice would be don't take too many supplements.

    Quote Originally Posted by FallaciaSonata View Post
    I've read that we ISTJs all have something in common, and I'm sure other SJs have it as well, that being rock-solid determination. To quote that commonly-used adage, "You can do anything if you set your mind to it."
    Agreed.

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    I haven't read all the posts and i am in a quirky/weird/silly mood so here is my 2 cents.

    1 - Take speed. You'll soon burn off that excess weight
    2 - Down tablets that the opposite to Imodium, IE shit water all day
    3 - Just don't eat
    4 - Buy those slimming pills that are advertised everywhere on line .. They must work, or else why are they advertising them, lol
    5 - Start smoking, you can't eat if you have a cigarette in your mouth 24/7.
    6 - I am sooo plugging this book .. Fuck it By John C. Parkin (read it and say fuck it to all of life's problems, just give it a read before you possibly criticise)

    7 - I suppose you could drive less, walk more, eat smaller portions, chew your food 17 times before swallowing (apparently that is what we are supposed to do) .. Sounds boring though.

    Babe, live life on your terms, if you want to eat all the cakes, then you do it. Beautiful is beautiful no matter what your size. Now shut up and pass me a cake, the one with the cream inside please. :yim_rolling_on_the_


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    Quote Originally Posted by saslou View Post
    I haven't read all the posts and i am in a quirky/weird/silly mood so here is my 2 cents.

    1 - Take speed. You'll soon burn off that excess weight
    2 - Down tablets that the opposite to Imodium, IE shit water all day
    3 - Just don't eat
    4 - Buy those slimming pills that are advertised everywhere on line .. They must work, or else why are they advertising them, lol
    5 - Start smoking, you can't eat if you have a cigarette in your mouth 24/7.
    6 - I am sooo plugging this book .. Fuck it By John C. Parkin (read it and say fuck it to all of life's problems, just give it a read before you possibly criticise)

    7 - I suppose you could drive less, walk more, eat smaller portions, chew your food 17 times before swallowing (apparently that is what we are supposed to do) .. Sounds boring though.

    Babe, live life on your terms, if you want to eat all the cakes, then you do it. Beautiful is beautiful no matter what your size. Now shut up and pass me a cake, the one with the cream inside please. :yim_rolling_on_the_


    Please, please, please be laughing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raz View Post
    I'll never understand Fe. ><
    Shush, you. That was a great post. I don't have much to contribute here except to say that if you ever feel hungry but don't want to add calories, eat pickles. The big jumbo ones are filling but have minimal calories.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giggly View Post
    Shush, you. That was a great post. I don't have much to contribute here except to say that if you ever feel hungry but don't want to add calories, eat pickles. The big jumbo ones are filling but have minimal calories.

    Good luck!
    There are like, 15 calorie popsicles, fat free popcorn, sugar free gum and possibly others. I chew gum all the time. I <3 popcorn. Half the reason I go to the movies is for the popcorn.


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