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    152 posts, 32 voices, 3463 views, started Sep 10, 2008

    Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 by Patricia11

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    • Amethyst
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      Hello, girls, anyone here want to be my buddy in my long journey to shed 25 pounds,plz? Thank you!!!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 10, 2008
        • Hi Patricia

          I want to shed 20. There is a group in the losing weight after 40 community posts. I think it says something about accountability in the title. I’d like to get that post active and share weight loss and maintenance stories and encouragement. Does that sound like something you’d like to do?

          Cynthia



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          Angel Cordeiro wrote Sep 10, 2008
        • yes i will be ur friend on here to loose weight. i need to lose like 80 lbs. and its real hard for me considering im disabled and i have seizures caused by the sun and cant walk far.



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          Gina Medina wrote Sep 10, 2008
        • I will absolutely join you in the 25lb weight loss journey.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 10, 2008
        • Looks like we‘re getting some fun weight loss/maintenance participants. You’ve started something good, Patricia.

          I’m curious about the time difference with Sao Paulo. I’m at the end of the spectrum, Hawaii time. I’m 3 hours behind Pacific time until their daylight savings time ends.

          How about you?  

          Thank you for getting a group started!
          Cynthia



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          Angelina Peterson wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • I am in. I have 15lb to loose! Thank you for the invite :)



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          Sweetnsassy wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • Hey—- count me in!  I’m just over 5ft in height and weigh 144 lbs so I’ve got about 20lbs to shed myself.  I’m thinking about trying the Atkins Diet.  Anyone had experiece with it?



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          Patricia11 wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • Accountability , yes, definitely,Chocolatier and emotional support. We´d better report our progress,etc. I am starting today with 14 Atkins induction too like sweetnsassy. I´ve done it before as a starting point because it really functions as an appetite suppressant as I usually starve during the day only to overeat at night, ruining the whole day effort.
          Angelluvslarry, my doctor says that after 40 we must do some sort of activity, so whatever we feel we can, we must do.Can you move about the house somehow , we just have increase calorie burning. i think i´ll start by taking the stairs intead of the elevator at my workplace.



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          Patricia11 wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • Chocolatier, SP Standard time zone: UTC/GMT -3 hours
          No daylight saving time at the moment. Sao paulo is an hour ahead of New York and a few decades behind!!!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • Thanks, Patricia. So you and I are 7 hours difference in time. I like what you said about Sao paulo being a few decades behind.

          This morning I worked out on my stationary bike 45 minutes folowed by 100 crunches. Yesterday I did some strength training, actually a lot of strength training. I’m planning to lift some light weights this afternoon to keep my metabolism elevated.

          I eat pretty well, lots of fruit, veggies, whole grains, lean protein. I studied clinical nutrition in junior college but it’s been an interest of mine over my lifetime. My problem is I eat well but I eat too much. I like Weight Watchers online to keep my portions in check. And I like to cook and bake.

          I think this could be a really nice group to be a part of!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • I wasn’t successful with Atkins a couple of years ago because of digestive issues but I know several people who like it very much or a modified version like the Beverly Hills Diet.

          I’m looking forward to celebrating all of our successes together, supporting one another during some of the rough spots and sharing tips and information



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          Angel Cordeiro wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • what can i do around the house as far as activities? thanxs 4 the support.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • I have a thought. If you have a DVD player on your television, there may be a workout specifically geared toward your lifestyle that you can do at home. I’m thinking of exercises with exercise bands while sitting in a chair. The toning effect of the resistance of the bands could be a start for you without putting undue strain on your body or causing injury.

          Just a thought. Hope this helps



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          Sweetnsassy wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • This is great motivation!  I like the idea of us working toward the same goal and supporting each other in the process. I don’t eat big portions at all but I have an overactive sweet tooth! NOT GOOD. That’s why the Atkins diet is going to be really tough for me but I have to get my weight in check as well and my overall health.  I’ve read several articles about sugar and its effect on women’s hormones. Some experts referred to sugar as a “poision“. Eeeks!!



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          Patricia11 wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • And my weakness is too many happy hours. I work for an advertising company so we do have lots of events to attend, but for now, Atkins. And then I´ll go for the weight watchers cause I agree with you that is healthier...



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • Luckily, I don’t have a big sweet tooth. I, however, love love love the crunchy salty stuff! As for my sweet tooth, good thing because my profession is, I’m a chocolatier. I’m so glad I can work with it and use as a tool for my work but I don’t eat much of it unless I’m making a new truffle flavor. Even then, I had it over to some people who I use as tasters who will give me the truth about taste, texture, mouth feel and such.

          Patricia, I support you in the effort in light of having events to go to. It does make it more challenging when eating out a lot.

          I think that Atkins helps cut cravings for sugar since it gets out of your system during the initial phase of the plan. In any event, I believe there will be a lot of support and camaraderie here.



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          Angel Cordeiro wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • thank you chocolatier. i will see what i can do to get some weights 4 my wrists and ankles. i too have a very big sweet tooth lol. but i want to loose it so i can loose this weight. i want to thank everyone 4 their support. take care and god bless always. love angel



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          Kimmie02 wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • I’m in too!! I need to loose 15lbs and I’m having a really hard time.  Went to Weight Watchers, worked for 2 years, then I gained 10 back.
          Thanks for the invite and the motivation!!



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          Pattyc26 wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • Hi guys, I am 45 in 2 weeks 46 and for the past year I have been on a loosing weight naturaly mission, I exercise every day and eat very lean and healthy no diet, I do eat burgers icecream, only 1 day of the week and portion control. I have lost 45 lbs wet from size 22 to 16 and love it, I still need to loose or want to loose 30 lb, I can tell you is not easy but the rewards is. You can do it



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          Lisa Fleming wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • I definately need to lose weight but I have absolutely no will power or motivation. HELP!!! I need to lose about 25 to 30 lbs.



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          Angel Cordeiro wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • all of us needs to keep each other in thought and mind. thanks 4 the support.



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          Angelina Peterson wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • Atkins didn’t work for me.I did better on South Beach. Cutting out the carbs



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          Gina Medina wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • I just got this great book called “The Eat-Clean Diet” and The Eat-Clean Diet Workout” So good! By Tosca Reno, she has a picture of herself at 40 and out of shape and than an after picture of herself and she looks amazing.  She transformed her body through clean eating and weights.  I’m gonna give it a go. Just proves women after 40 can lose weight and tighten up our bodies.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 11, 2008
        • I really like strength training. Not only does it transform your body and give you youthful tone but it’s great for bone density, too. And, hauling groceries into the kitchen with ease aint so bad either.  Let us know how the eating plan and workout work for you! This is a great group with lots of good ideas to share!



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          Patricia11 wrote Sep 12, 2008
        • ok, after all the positive comments on toning after 40, I think I´m going to my strength training class tomorrow morning then. Haven´t been there in quite a while. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!



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          Angel Cordeiro wrote Sep 12, 2008
        • they all sound like good ideas. ty group. see my problem is im broke all the time, so i can’t do any specific diet plan like u all are talking about. what else can i do? i know someone said to exercise in house. but as far as eatting goes, what can i do? my fiancee needs to loose weight too. ok u all take care and god bless u all always. love angel



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          Angelina Peterson wrote Sep 12, 2008
        • What works for me! NO CARBS! (It is hard) Then 3 times a week  jogging for 20 min ! :)



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          Patricia11 wrote Sep 12, 2008
        • Me too, i have too cut on carbs at least at first, otherwise I can´t help eating all the bread I can find.  

          pattyc26 - that´s very very inspiring: 45 pounds naturally. Ok, we have no more excuses now. We have to start losing weight.



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          Patricia11 wrote Sep 12, 2008
        • Just got this on the e-mail:
          Start Climbing!
          Too busy to hit the Stairmaster? That’s okay — any staircase will do! If you set aside 15 minutes of your day to go up and down a set of steps, you can burn 150 calories. So get off that elevator and take the stairs every chance you get!



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          Angelina Peterson wrote Sep 12, 2008
        • Amen This is our new life, fit ,fun, and fabulous !!!!!!!



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 12, 2008
        • Great comments since I’ve been away. Angel, I understand about budgeting, too. Just start buying the freshest and leanest food you can. Processed food had a lot of salt and preservatives so if you don’t mind cooking, controlling the fat and sodium yourself is a way to go. Make a list of foods that you absolutely despise, food that you love, food you‘re not willing to give up, food you can take or leave and start there when planning your eating plan

          Best
          Cynthia



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          Angel Cordeiro wrote Sep 12, 2008
        • hello all! thank you cynthia for ur advice.

                          love angel



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 12, 2008
        • Annie, I just looked at the website you recommended. It’s full of really good information. Thanks for sharing it.

          I think I’ve tried every diet known to man, or most of them. I think our generation of women were subjected to a lot of experiments and many of us were caught in the fad diet treadmill. Don’t know about you all but my metabolism suffered as a result.

          A couple of years ago I decided to take some academic courses in nutrition, a lifelong interest of mine. I took 2 clinical nutrition classes with a teacher who has her Phd in the subject so I feel I gained much from them. My husband got his degrees in Exercise Physiology and ran a human performance lab after college and before going into education. His philosophy is simple and also the philosophy of the webstie Annie suggested, calories in/calories out. More out than in, weight loss. Equal in and out, weight maintenance. More in than out, energy storage (fat). So, I’m going back to the old school here. I’m eating the foods I like, I’m making sure I move my body sufficiently to burn energy and strengthen my muscles, I’m being careful to put less in than I use up and hopefully soon I’ll be back into the jeans I love to wear!
          With support to us all
          Cynthia



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          Patricia11 wrote Sep 12, 2008
        • I have to confess that I  am hungry right now....haha. But second day and doing ok.



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          Sweetnsassy wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • Great advice/info from all of you!!  Isn’t this site just great???  Like I said, I’m trying the Atkins Diet. My couisin lost 60 pounds counting carbs. She’s about 48 years old and in a size 6 and looks great!  This will be VERY difficult for me since I’m a big bread and dessert person.  This is day 2 and I didn’t realize just how many carbs I was consuming.  It’s amazing!!  Small portions, condiments and being active isn’t a problem for me so I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t losing weight.  Maybe it WAS from all those carbs. Did you know that a can of Mtn Dew (my fav), has 46 carbs???  I’m only allowed 20 carbs a day starting off. I don’t feel good about eating all the bacon and cheese (remember I’m a Weight Watchers lady and used to limiting fatty foods) but they say it works if you stick with it.  I will keep you posted on my progress.  It’s going to be a challenge.... but any diet is!  I just hope it pays off and I can get into a little black dress for Christmas and have a sexy new body for my fiance’ (instead of worrying about covering all that “baby fat” with a sweater!)  lol   Good luck to us!!!



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          Patricia11 wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • there is also a site I enjoy: The Hacker´s Diet. All about what Chocolatier mentions: calories in/calories out. He has a technical approach to weight loss and is also very witty and funny.
          www.fourmilab.ch/hackdiet/www/hackdiet.html



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          Angel Cordeiro wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • gm all! how is e1 today? how is the diets going? im doing a little exercise around house. i sometimes dont eat breakfast or lunch and eat very little for dinner, cause i dont have money to join ww or anything. what else can i do? take care and god bless always. love angel



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          Patricia11 wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • angel, GM, I´m going on the bike for 15 mins now. i know it is not much...but that´s a lot compared to my recent routine.
          Gonna have some cheese/eggs for lunch...



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          Angel Cordeiro wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • patricia,

                  hello! how r u? good i hope. what other things can i do around the house w/me being disabled physically. if i do too much im in great pain afterwards. god bless

                                  love angel



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          Sweetnsassy wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • Hi Angel!  I totally understand the buget thing but you really don’t have to spend much if you do it on your own. I’ve always heard never to skip meals.  Even if you have just a piece of fruit or a few crackers with cheese or a cup of yogert.  If you go without food your metabolism slows way down (the body thinks you‘re starving so it starts conserving energy).  Eating revs the metab back up. Also Weight Watchers encourages eating lots of veggies, drinking at least 6 (8oz) cups of water each day, cut back on fat by using lo-fat or fat-free condiments and watch your portions. If you eat steak you can have a piece the size of the palm of your hand.  Also, as far as exercise, walking  is good and for toning, you can use simple items around the house for “weights“.  A gallon jug of water works good or for a little less weight use large cans of food from your pantry.  Exercise equipment doesn’t have be fancy and in this case it’s free!  Hope this helps.  Hang in there!!!



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          Patricia11 wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • Angel, if you dont have dumbells, you can make use of water bottles instead. 3 series of 10 to start.



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          Angel Cordeiro wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • we only get like 115.00 in food stamps and with the price of food going up that aint much. but thank you sassy 4 the advice. i will do my best to start eatting a little more. i eat to satisfy and not over eat. love angel



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          Angel Cordeiro wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • ty patricia 4 the advice as well. i will start saving milk jugs and wash them out and put water in it. love angel



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          Kmarie wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • I will also join you. I want to loose about 60lbs



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          Angel Cordeiro wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • welcome kmarie. i need to loose like 60-80 lbs so hopefully we can do it together. take care and god bless always.  

                           love angel



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 13, 2008
        • Great advice about the water bottles! Lots of good stuff here since I’ve been here. I’m behind everyone on time zone, 3 hours behind pacific standard time, 6 hours behind east coast time and 7 hours behind Patricia.

          Angel, if you choose not to eat, here’s what happens. The human body is very good at becoming efficient in the area of calorie (energy) usage. When we eat much less than 1,200 calories a day, our metabolism slows down because it thinks we‘re starving. It conserves. Since we can’t keep up the low calorie intake for long without becoming ravenously hungry, we eventually eat. But the metabolism stays slow and the calories we take in, even if it’s a normal amount, is much easier stored as fat.

          Budget, we all can understand because of the cost of groceries. Last time I looked I had to pay $7.00 for a box of cereal and $6.00 for a dozen eggs. But, you’ve got to eat something. I agree about fresh fruits and veggies. When budgets are tight it’s the time to make the most out of the food dollars. I’m going to share a recipe for an Italian dinner my mother used to feed all of us on a tight budget.

          1 14oz can kidney beans
          1 14oz can chicken stock
          1 14oz can chopped tomato
          2 cloves garlic
          1T olive oil
          1/4C small sized pasta
          any flavoring, herbs, salt, pepper you like

          Saute the garlic in the oil, add the tomato and stock, simmer 15 minutes, add the drained can of beans and seasonings, simmer another 15 minutes, add the dry pasta, cover, turn off the heat and when the pasta is soft, it’s ready to eat.

          All the best!
          Cynthia



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