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  • What's the first step?

    14 posts, 10 voices, 1119 views, started Mar 16, 2008

    Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 by Yana Berlin

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      I’ve been trying to lose the same 20lbs for 20 years.

      HELP



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          Lifecoachlinks wrote Mar 17, 2008
        • I think the first step is to figure out why you want to lose the weight, and how bad you are willing to work for it.  I read a comment once that many of us would like to lose weight, but few of us are actually committed.  Committed is when you are ready to honestly change your behavior to meet your goals.

          So to answer your question, in my opinion the first step is to write down exactly WHY you want to lose those 20 pounds.  A healthy BMI, a smaller size (if so why), doctors orders, etc.  Losing weight is never easy, and finding out what is going to light your fire is so important.  The clients of mine who have the most trouble, are the ones that cannot really explain why their goal is so important to them.  For some of us women, dieting has become a part of the fabric of our lives.  We don’t really think about why we are willing to change to achieve our goals.

          I think step two is figuring out why you have not done as well as you may have liked on eating plans in the past.  What can you learn from you past diet failures?  How can you change it.  For example, I spent fifteen years failing at diets the moment I decided “Well just this little bit won’t do much harm“.  At that moment, was were my slippery slope began.  So this time I guarded against that.  I was on my plan for holidays, special events, etc.  SOme folks can take days off, but for me I could not.  That is something I learned over time.  I also learned that there are some things that are triggers for me, that maybe I can never have again.  For some things, moderation is almost impossible.  For those items I don’t have them any longer.  Sad but true.  Know yourself.

          The next step, is to find a plan that will get you were you want to go.  Some research may be in order.  Something that you will follow, fits your lifestyle, is safe, etc.

          Ooops, you said, FIRST STEP!!!

          I look forward to chatting more.  Maybe someone else has an opinion on this also.

          Thanks



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          Yana Berlin wrote Mar 18, 2008
        • Great tips, I should look into making a list.

          Thank you.



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          Rose Nino wrote Apr 11, 2008
        • I can totally relate to trying to lose weight. That was my struggle despite eating well, taking care of myself AND working out. That is until I came across a nutritonal cleansing and fat Burning program that finally helped me get back to living a more productive life. This is not your typical cleanse but an ALL vital organ cleanse. For the first time in 15 yrs, something actually worked. I lost 7 lbs, 8 1/2 inches (2 inches off my waist alone) in the first few days and 2 dress sizes in 1 1/2 months! What I loved the most is that it is not only easy to follow program but it is loaded with over 242+ nutrients and most of them organic. I am SO passionate about what it has done for me & my family & friends. And, in addition to finally losing lbs and inches, I have the most amazing energy. Life is finally GREAT!  

          Blessings,
          Rose



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          Andrea Kuhman wrote Aug 27, 2008
        • I had the same 20 lbs to lose and have los 17 of it this year.  I did it by eliminating the things that made me sluggish.  After talking with an associate who is a nutritionist, she reminded me that no one should go on a “diet“.  We all HAVE diets that just need adjusting.  Especially as we age.

          When I hit 40 it got harder to stay fit, so I just upped my exercise.  When I hit 44 I fell in love and got some more happy pounds LOL.  Menopause has hit full stride and it became even more difficult to maintain a fitness level & weight that I was comfortable with.

          Once we identified the foods that made me sluggish(unmotivated) and that my body just couldn’t process easily anymore and I stopped eating them, the lbs started melting away and I had more energy and started moving again.

          I started making small healthy snacks for myself so that when the “stress mood” hit, I could reach in the fridge or cupboard and grab something quick that I could use and process.

          I also started walking again and plan on dance lessons in the fall.  We got a Wii as well and love love love it!



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          Trudy S wrote Aug 27, 2008
        • When I hit 40, I had just had my 1st child.  I was overweight before I got pregnant and the baby weight just wouldn’t come off.  After 3 years of feeling horrible and literally being sick all the time, a good friend introduced me to nutritional cleansing.  Before I started cleansing, I didn’t have the energy let alone the will to do any kind of exercise.  In the last year, I’ve easily gone from a size 26 to an 18 - and I want to be a 14 again (I’m 6’ tall!).  One major change is that I actually want to exercise again AND I have the energy to be a good Mom to my 4yr old.  Check out my website at maximizeyourlife.us.  It isn’t for everyone but if you are interested it can really help you make some changes to your health.



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          Eva2 wrote Aug 28, 2008
        • A couple of years ago I went to a raw food seminar.  I did not do the raw food diet but I did utilize two things from that seminar.  I stopped drinking soda, and I stopped drinking fruit juice.  I eat the fruit instead.  I also cut out pasta (unless it is quiona based) and bread ( unless I am eating out for a special occasion). The doctor that led the seminar said that sodas are the equivalent of cesspool water to our bodies.  I have lost 25 lbs. and kept it off for a couple of years so far.  I made permanent changes to my eating choices.  And also, cleansing will help remove the toxins, which our body holds onto fat to store these in, so cleansing is wonderful to help with weight loss.



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          Andrea Kuhman wrote Aug 28, 2008
        • I live the same way eva2 - it has made a total difference in my body and how I feel. I do make my own fruit juice and use it to cook with when I make my quinoa for breakfast :)  

          Eliminating toxins isn’t anything new, for a number of cultures, but being the last to jump on the healthy bandwagon in this country we’ve been slot to adopt it.

          I know my energy level is much better due to my healthy eating choices.



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          Trudy S wrote Aug 28, 2008
        • You are both so lucky that worked for you.  I tried raw food.  I cut out gluten (wheat flour), I don’t drink soda and am a food coop groupie.  I still couldn’t lose weight.  It was extremely frustrating.  

          That is when I too jumped on the bandwagon for removing toxins from our body.  It has totally changed my body and my health. Cleansing out the toxins and replacing with dense, high grade nutrition is the way to go.  We just can’t get enough nutrition from our food anymore to really sustain our body’s systems.



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          Andrea Kuhman wrote Aug 28, 2008
        • It was actually all the things discussed here that helped me.
          Getting a proper amount of sleep.
          Drinking enough water!!!
          Eliminating white sugar from your diet.
          Eating more protien.
          Eliminating white flour - no or few glutins at all.
          Reducing the amount of alcohol you consume.
          Eliminating the toxins either thru dietary consumption or an actual cleansing ritual with botanical supplements.
          And getting up and walking!
          It was not easy but the lifestyle has become easy. The cleanse did help with getting my energy kickstarted.
          Living with healthy choices and remembering that treating my self once in a while is NOT cheating, went a long way to keeping me healthy.



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          Greytdogz wrote Aug 31, 2008
        • I need to lose some weight also and although I did lose some recently due to an illness, I am finding that I am putting it right back on now that I am well again.

          For the most part, I eat right. I only drink the occasional glass of fruit juice, I drink a few glasses of water each day, very little alcohol, but my nemesis is pasta and bread. I suffer from SADs and each winter my body seems to crave pasta.
          I walk my dogs a few times a week and although it is not a “powerwalk” it is exercise.  

          I have ups and downs with stress-levels, like most people. I tend to eat more during those high-stress times.

          Maybe I’ll try the WII fit...



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          Eva2 wrote Sep 4, 2008
        • I have been taking a supplement called “Cell Food” for a couple of months now.  I feel that it is helping my body in many ways.  I add it to my water three times a day.  It has dissolved oxygen, trace minerals, plant source amino acids and enzymes.  These are all things that we aren’t getting enough of from our food.  You can just google “Cell Food“.  I find that my choices in what I eat are also stress related.  I also tend to want to reward myself with food.  And like the rest of you, just being aware of these reasons helps.  When I feel like eating due to stress, the last couple of years I go on a walk, ride bike, or go to yoga.  The yoga I try to do a couple of times a week.  I also try to reward myself with something other than food, but have found this more difficult due to the cost.  Compared to the cost of a chocolat bar, other things are a bit higher.  I’m still working on that. I also try to drink 8 to 10 eight ounce glasses of water a day.  We sometimes are craving food because we are actually thirsty. Go figure.



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          Twinssupermom wrote Mar 11, 2013
        • America needs to get healthy... ! Great article
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