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    Default Fellow SJ's - Weight Loss Help!

    As much as I hate to admit this, I've gained about 30 pounds in the last 7 years. I am having a horrible time trying to get it back off again. I used to be very OCD about my weight...the point system for Weight Watchers was perfect for me. I compulsively exercised 6 days a week and took Hydroxycut and Ephederine and even was in the Phen-Phen craze to keep my weight down. My ex that I was with for a very long time was critical of me, so that helped me keep it down as well. However, I left him and got happily married and started taking medication for OCD and hormonal issues and stopped caring so much about what I ate and was sooo terribly busy that I didn't have time for exercise and it somehow just creeped up on me. I HATE looking in the mirror some days. And I know that people have told me that I need to "accept" myself and accept the fact that as I age, I will accumulate some weight. But, I'm keep trying...and I feel like I'm getting nowhere. It's like one step forward and one step back. I eat healthy for the most part (I recently had a blood test and my cholesterol is really good, my risk of heart attack is below average and my blood glucose and blood pressure are all good) and I do manage to get exercise in at least once a week. During hormonal times, it might be none..but when it's not...it's sometimes 4 times a week. I take supplements and vitamins as well.

    Does anyone have suggestions or books to recommend to me? A friend of mine told me about "The Gabriel Method" and I looked into that a little, but it has a lot to do with visualizations and meditation. Not that I'm knocking that or anything, maybe it does work. He's lost 21 pounds on it so far. He said one week he lost 3 pounds while eating like crap (fast food, etc)...just from doing the visualizations. I don't eat fast food and when I do, I gain weight immediately...so that scares me. I just feel a little lost, I guess.

    Please NO "eat less and exercise more." I know that's common sense and I'm relatively bright..so I'm looking for more than that. Just wondering if anyone has struggled as well and any thoughts they might have. Thanks!!

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    I have gained a bit too much weight over the summer, and I hate it too. But I decided to make a change.

    I'd recommend going to the gym regularly. I go every day after school, and I have class 4 days a week. That's Monday-Thursday. On other days I can't go, since my house is too far away from the gym for it to be worth going, so I go on walks and then do sit ups with filled gallon jugs of water and pull ups. Exercise will help you to lose weight if you do that along with a diet of some sort.

    But some other things that have helped me are these-

    1. Cut the soda. Seriously, don't regularly drink sugary drinks regularly. I only drink a soda every other day from like 3 or 4 a day, and I'm noticing a large difference just from cutting that.

    2. Cut the fast food. If you have a busy work schedule, don't go by McDonald's every day, bring a sandwich and some fruit etc from home instead (it's cheaper that way too).

    3. Drink more water. I know that everyone tells you this... but do it.

    Also don't let weight, the actual number, bring you down. Because if you start to exercise more often then you will gain weight in muscle, and muscle weighs more than fat.
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    Join the 6 month challenge thing, even if a little late. It keeps me going.

    I love your avatar. I have a friend in holland MI. :O I think she is ISTJ though. Heh.

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    Yeah that's a good idea, here's the thread.

    http://www.typologycentral.com/forum...e-contest.html
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    Take it slow, chances are if you're eating a balanced diet and getting in about an hour of walking a day, you're perfectly alreet.

    If you're not/want to do more, go for gentle/medium half hour jogs every other day (Very good for the heart), and cut out cheap chocolate, buiscuits, crisps etc/limit them.

    Your ex boyfriend needs to be bitchslapped mega hard <_<.

    Fast food is a nono health wise in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elaur View Post
    Join the 6 month challenge thing, even if a little late. It keeps me going.

    I love your avatar. I have a friend in holland MI. :O I think she is ISTJ though. Heh.
    I just went to check it out. I will definitely be following it. It does make me feel better that other people sometimes have a hard time finding the time for exercise as well. I'm thinking of taking my tennis shoes to work and walking on my lunch hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lambchop View Post
    As much as I hate to admit this, I've gained about 30 pounds in the last 7 years. I am having a horrible time trying to get it back off again. I used to be very OCD about my weight...the point system for Weight Watchers was perfect for me. I compulsively exercised 6 days a week and took Hydroxycut and Ephederine and even was in the Phen-Phen craze to keep my weight down. My ex that I was with for a very long time was critical of me, so that helped me keep it down as well. However, I left him and got happily married and started taking medication for OCD and hormonal issues and stopped caring so much about what I ate and was sooo terribly busy that I didn't have time for exercise and it somehow just creeped up on me. I HATE looking in the mirror some days. And I know that people have told me that I need to "accept" myself and accept the fact that as I age, I will accumulate some weight. But, I'm keep trying...and I feel like I'm getting nowhere. It's like one step forward and one step back. I eat healthy for the most part (I recently had a blood test and my cholesterol is really good, my risk of heart attack is below average and my blood glucose and blood pressure are all good) and I do manage to get exercise in at least once a week. During hormonal times, it might be none..but when it's not...it's sometimes 4 times a week. I take supplements and vitamins as well.

    Does anyone have suggestions or books to recommend to me? A friend of mine told me about "The Gabriel Method" and I looked into that a little, but it has a lot to do with visualizations and meditation. Not that I'm knocking that or anything, maybe it does work. He's lost 21 pounds on it so far. He said one week he lost 3 pounds while eating like crap (fast food, etc)...just from doing the visualizations. I don't eat fast food and when I do, I gain weight immediately...so that scares me. I just feel a little lost, I guess.

    Please NO "eat less and exercise more." I know that's common sense and I'm relatively bright..so I'm looking for more than that. Just wondering if anyone has struggled as well and any thoughts they might have. Thanks!!

    P.S. My avatar blinks, but don't let that scare you!
    I was going to read the replies, but I said fuck it and started to dissect your post.

    First - the points system for weight watchers is fantastic. I think it's the most amazing thing ever patented unless it can be proven wrong. It seems to have taken something incredibly basic and KEPT it basic. The way your body regulates food intake on a daily basis should be that simple of a concept.

    Second - I will admit I haven't done much research into drugs or any pills for weight loss, but for those, I will say this, PROCEED WITH CAUTION. Any pill can be filled with bullshit. Even if you think it's an amazing NF person making the pill thinking with your best interests at heart, it can still be crap just for money.

    Third - I hope to dear God that your OCD is diagnosed as actual OCD and not people misunderstanding your natural thought process.

    Fourth - I refuse to accept that weight gain comes with age. Unless there is some biological reason for fat to accumulate on my body as it gets older, it's bullshit. There are two things to always keep in mind:

    Calorie intake
    Calories burnt

    If calories burnt > calorie intake, you lose weight. If calories burnt < calorie intake, you gain weight. If both are the same, you remain the same weight. This is all dependent on one thing: your body is in healthy condition. That's your doctor's job.

    As you age, you can make the claim that it's just HARDER to exercise, and it probably is, but it's up to you to take control of your body, or are you going to let your body take control of you?

    Fifth - Don't try SPECIFIC methods. You have your own way of doing things. Take some hints from other methods of losing weight and try them LOOSELY, but don't expect them to be your wonder-fix when followed exactly. Your mind and your body has its own special reaction to everything. Don't forget that.

    Sixth and last - Eating less and exercising more is this vague piece of crap that people tell you. There are general guidelines of nutrition that your body needs daily in order to function at its maximum. Weight Watchers states most of these as their daily habits to follow. Outside of that, you can tweak those daily needs to ensure efficient calorie usage.

    I hope you get something out of that. There's just so much bullshit going around, and I would be lying to you if I said I didn't have my own problems understanding my own weight. However, the last 2 months of my life have been the first 2 months of my life trying to intentionally maintain a healthy lifestyle without TRYING to lose weight. I've already lost a lot of weight. I just need to keep it gone now while finding a balance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by raz View Post
    I was going to read the replies, but I said fuck it and started to dissect your post.

    First - the points system for weight watchers is fantastic. I think it's the most amazing thing ever patented unless it can be proven wrong. It seems to have taken something incredibly basic and KEPT it basic. The way your body regulates food intake on a daily basis should be that simple of a concept.

    Second - I will admit I haven't done much research into drugs or any pills for weight loss, but for those, I will say this, PROCEED WITH CAUTION. Any pill can be filled with bullshit. Even if you think it's an amazing NF person making the pill thinking with your best interests at heart, it can still be crap just for money.

    Third - I hope to dear God that your OCD is diagnosed as actual OCD and not people misunderstanding your natural thought process.

    Fourth - I refuse to accept that weight gain comes with age. Unless there is some biological reason for fat to accumulate on my body as it gets older, it's bullshit. There are two things to always keep in mind:

    Calorie intake
    Calories burnt

    If calories burnt > calorie intake, you lose weight. If calories burnt < calorie intake, you gain weight. If both are the same, you remain the same weight. This is all dependent on one thing: your body is in healthy condition. That's your doctor's job.

    As you age, you can make the claim that it's just HARDER to exercise, and it probably is, but it's up to you to take control of your body, or are you going to let your body take control of you?

    Fifth - Don't try SPECIFIC methods. You have your own way of doing things. Take some hints from other methods of losing weight and try them LOOSELY, but don't expect them to be your wonder-fix when followed exactly. Your mind and your body has its own special reaction to everything. Don't forget that.

    Sixth and last - Eating less and exercising more is this vague piece of crap that people tell you. There are general guidelines of nutrition that your body needs daily in order to function at its maximum. Weight Watchers states most of these as their daily habits to follow. Outside of that, you can tweak those daily needs to ensure efficient calorie usage.

    I hope you get something out of that. There's just so much bullshit going around, and I would be lying to you if I said I didn't have my own problems understanding my own weight. However, the last 2 months of my life have been the first 2 months of my life trying to intentionally maintain a healthy lifestyle without TRYING to lose weight. I've already lost a lot of weight. I just need to keep it gone now while finding a balance.
    Raz, I just saw on another post you lost over a hundred pounds over the course of 2 years!! That is outstanding and inspirational!

    Yes, I loved Weight Watchers....although I mostly did it on my own. I went to 1 or 2 meetings to get the principles and then just used the message board and my own points calculator. I actually just bought a new points calculator earlier this year in an effort towards getting back on the Weight Watchers band wagon, so to speak. I lost about 30 pounds on Weight Watchers about 11 years ago and that's the weight, plus about 10 more that I've watched slowly creep back on. Although I used to stay below 18 points a day and if I could get it even lower, I would be happy (that's where my OCD came into play...and unfortunately, I did have an official OCD diagnosis years ago. I had problems counting things until they came out even and all kinds of other stuff.) I've been on and off medication for that and a hormonal issue that I have (officially called PMDD). I am currently taking a cocktail of medication for both, which I wish I could get off of. But me on medication = married, good job, decent relationship with my kids...and me = off medication is CRAZYTOWN. I know people have blamed their weight gain issues on these types of medications...but the only contributing factor that I can see is that it makes you care less. It's hard to explain. You don't get all freaked out over stuff, but you care less about a lot of stuff. So, I can see lack of motivation coming from the medication, but I refuse to use the medication as an excuse. The only thing thing is that fatigue is a definite side effect of the medication as well - which makes my motivation to exercise harder.

    Also, when PMS comes around...I crave SUGAR like a madwoman. My family has learned just to throw it at me and run when I'm hormonal. My brain logically knows that I shouldn't be eating it, but my body is screaming for it.

    I agree with you on the age thing. I've seen plenty of people who are older and still healthy and thin. I may agree to set my ideal weight a little higher than what I did in my 20's, but nothing else.

    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.

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    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.

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    I used to go to Spin classes at least twice a week at my last job. The gym was right by my work and the classes started at 5:30. Since then, I got laid off...found another job and that gym closed. I joined another gym, but they don't have classes there. I can do cardio and weights on my own, it's just that I love the momentum of classes. And the new gym is a lot further away than the old gym.

    I miss my spin classes! During the time I was laid off, I was going to the gym 4-5 times a week (I had nothing else to do!) and was starting to look and feel really good. Then I found another demanding, high stress job.

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