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08-09-2006, 03:41 PM
I don't know why I'm posting this cause I don't know what I'm really looking for :wall:

I was always a little bigger in highschool, I wasn't overweight or anything but I wasn't a size 6 either. Then after highschool I started working in a greenhouse :heart: I loved that job more than anything I've ever done in my life. And boy did I lose the weight! I got down to 115 lbs, I was grossly thin, and I never noticed it until I saw a picture of me and hubby's engagement picture. My clothes just hung on me like a hanger. Yuk.

Well those days have long passed and its about 10 years later and boy have I put on the pounds. This is what happens when you work in a stupid office :-x Now that I'm home I recently started doing Yoga 3 times a week. I never thought I'd keep it up but I have! Plus its helped the left side of my back. (I couldn't sleep on it for 2 years without waking with a major crick in it) Two weeks into it and wow what a difference. :doh: I can't tell you how many doctors I saw, physical therapy, ugh you name it, what a dork I am...

But my main 'Problem Area' is my stupid hips, butt, thighs and everything attached! The yoga hasn't done anything for those areas. We walk the dog everyday - Yes, EVERYDAY. No lie. And that hasn't helped either. I don't know what to do. My metabolism is faster than a speeding bullet.

I eat a meal and 3 minutes later I'm starving. (slight exaggeration) Yes, I eat frequently throughout the day, but I still don't lose weight.

What's a girl to do?? :waah:

(And no, there isn't a greenhouse nearby, my car is the gas guzzler)

Thanks for letting me vent. :thumbsup:

kemp
08-09-2006, 03:45 PM
It really sounds like you're doing all the right stuff! The only thing I can suggest is possibly adding some mileage to your walk...most weight loss stuff says get about an hour of cardio every day.

Celine
08-09-2006, 03:47 PM
I'm in the same boat. I was a chubby child and then a chubby adult. Then I lost a LOT of weight and kept it off mostly for years. Now I'm right back up to where I was before. It's very :oops: depressing. I don't think my knitting even as often as I do burns any calories for me at all. :wall:

kemp
08-09-2006, 03:52 PM
Celine...when you said something about knitting and burning calories, it gave me an idea. I wonder if it would be possible to knit while walking on a treadmill (something simple, of course). I wonder if anyone has tried that????

Carol_OH
08-09-2006, 03:56 PM
I have to cut out CHEESE and alcohol for me to lose any weight...and what fun is that *cries*

kemp
08-09-2006, 03:59 PM
I have to cut out CHEESE and alcohol for me to lose any weight...and what fun is that *cries*

I'd rather carry around the few extra lbs than give up my wine and cheese!!!!

Jill-DownUnder
08-09-2006, 04:45 PM
I know how you feel about the weight issue. 2+ years ago I lost 40 lbs in 4 months following Dr. Phil's eating and exercise plan. Then we moved to Australia where it's harder to get low calorie/low sugar foods, I started working part-time, shuttling the 3 kids around and trying to spend time training our two shelter-rescued dogs, so couldn't keep my same exercise schedule and half the weight is back on now and MOST of my clothes are NOT fitting! Thank god it's winter here so I can hide under baggy sweat pants part of the time! I cannot tell you how fantastic it felt to be 40lbs thinner and I WANT THAT FEELING BACK AGAIN!

What I found that has helped me the most when successfully losing weight was not only writing down everything I ate, but PLANNING AHEAD so I would know what I COULD eat during the day. It wasn't an obessive attention to the food, but if I was hungry in the afternoon, I would know "ok, it's time for a calcium-based snack because I had a fruit snack in the morning" or something like that. I cut back on the carbs (hard to do, but planning ahead helped with that). I had a balanced diet that included 8 glasses of water a day -- and, boy, does that help get the weight off faster and make you feel better. I had so much more energy and felt so much better when I was eating right.

Of course, knitting helps me not eat (I try not to have snacks next to me so am less tempted to have something at the end of a row!) Haven't tried knitting while on the treadmill (yet!) as someone else was wondering about in an earlier reply, but wouldn't it be great if I could! :-) My real problem is not exercising (I used to do the treadmill for 45 mins at a decent walking pace w/ varied inclines and/or a Kathy Smith exercise tape (about 40 mins of low impact aerobics) and not making good choices for food or taking the time to sit down and prepare a decent meal rather than grabbing whatever is convenient (and usually not healthy).

Don't know if any of my ideas might help you, but I hope you take some small comfort in knowing you aren't alone and don't have to go through this alone. I'll leave you with the words that Dr. Phil said that really got me up and moving and eating right (and I need to get back on track again!). He was talking to a mom who said "I just can't lose weight." She said she didn't have the time to eat right, exercise, etc.... Dr. Phil asked her what was most important to her in the whole world. She said "My kids." He replied "So, why are you doing this (overeating, putting yourself at risk for all these other medical issues) to their mother?" That got to me and now I'm going to get up and go get my tennies on and get on that treadmill!

Best of luck to you. Feel free to PM me if you need someone to encourage you to get moving and eating right. Maybe we can get each other motivated! --Jill

janelanespaintbrush
08-09-2006, 05:53 PM
Have you ever tried the classic callanetics video? (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/6300185486/sr=8-3/qid=1155157493/ref=pd_bbs_3/002-6149084-7945641?ie=UTF8) (That link is for the old VHS version, but there is a reissue on DVD as well. I just linked the earlier one since it had more reviews. Plus, the VHS is a fraction of the price of the DVD if you get it used.)

I'm usually pretty skeptical about programs that claim dramatic results, but this one actually made a significant difference in my lower body that was noticeable within the first couple of weeks. If you can get your hands on the Callanetics book, there are pictures of peoples' back sides showing how much their butts lifted and hips and thighs trimmed down over the course of a few months. (It's sort of mesmerizing, really.)

There are other programs with similar philosophies, but this one is the classic exercise video (dated though it is), and you don't have to buy a whole series of umpteen volumes to get the all the exercises.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
08-09-2006, 07:13 PM
I lost 93 pounds between Jan 05 and March 06. I used drugs--the legal kind. I stopped taking them in March because they made my hair fall out. I've since gained 20 pounds, BUT I am eating much better than I did, say, in 2004. We try very hard to eat things with whole grains and high fiber. DH and I are able to eat lots of fresh veggies and fruits int he summertime because we have a garden, and even though the supermarket varieties aren't as good, we keep that going as much as possible during the winter. A lot of stuff we eat takes time to fix; we don't do hamburger helper, boxed mac and cheese, canned "things" every often. We hardly EVER drink soda--I can't remember the last time we had one, to be honest, it was probablly before school let out. Since we don't have kids, and we work opposite shifts, it's easy and not a problem for us to fix whatever we want for ourselves--we don't have to fix different things for different people, or take time to make snough for a "family" since we usually only eat together on weekends.

The hardest thing for me is recognizing when I am not hungry anymore. I'm still working on that. :aww:

I also try to adopt the principle that just a little bit of "something" will satisfy me as much as the whole thing. A small bowl of potato chips is a good crunchy junky snack that is satisfying durin Aunt Flo's visits--I don't HAVE to eat the whole bag. We try not to keep junky stuff in the house too, but it creeps in every once in a while. We do a "cleansing" about every 4 months, and get rid of all the junk food and bad stuff (we give it to BIL and SIL, they have kids who will eat it).

Like you, I walk or walk/jog every day. It was hard for me to set up a non-foods based "reward" for myself for exercising, but I found a FABULOUS system in the spring--I located a tanning salon that is exactly a mile from my house. I signed up for 2 months of unlimited tanning, and I walked or walk/jogged there. I would NOT let myself drive. I would walk 2 blocks, then alternate jogging and walking for the rest of the time, ending with a 3 block walk "cool down". It was great..... I started this in the spring when I stopped taking the medicine, and I *was* gaining weight, but it was most likely muscle at that point.

I also have sucessfully knitted on treasmills, recumbent bikes, and my NEW FAVORITE EXERCISE APPARATUS, a recumbent stepper! I wish they weren't so expensive, or I'd get one for the house.

Keep at it! It sounds like there are several of us who are in the mood to get active and healthy and slim again.... we should resurrect the KH Weight Loss blog, wherever that went.... It was great for me last year because it's like we each had our own little cheering section!

suzeeq
08-09-2006, 08:38 PM
Celine...when you said something about knitting and burning calories, it gave me an idea. I wonder if it would be possible to knit while walking on a treadmill (something simple, of course). I wonder if anyone has tried that????

Not on a treadmill, but I've gone on a neighborhood walkabout and knitted. It was a small project and I'd just started so could keep the ball of yarn in a small plastic bag on my wrist. It was kinda fun.

sue

Freyja
08-09-2006, 08:43 PM
I have been losing weight and eating better after adding Psyllium Fiber to my diet.

08-09-2006, 08:57 PM
Thanks everyone for all of your motivational words. :heart: I would luuuuvvvvvvvv to go for a jog or a run, but I hate both of those things. :oops: Ever since middle school when we were forced to run the mile for the stupid presidential thing?? Ugh, that was the longest mile of my life :teehee:

The annoying thing is that if I were active again, I know the pounds would fall off, but since I'm not working (by choice, but not for much longer) I don't get out at all except for weekends and the walks with the pup at night. PLUS, we do live on a horrible hill, I've been walking it for at least 2 years and I still get winded every time we go up it. :passedout:

(I love these new emoticons!!)

Anyway, as far as my eating habits, I'm not great but I'm not eating potato chips and cookies and ice cream every night. (don't think I don't want too) Plus I can't eat MSG due to my migraines and that is in every pre-made boxed dinner known to man (okay, maybe I could eat some, but I am also quite fussy) My hubby will eat anything.

I love when we get fruit at the store, but its so dang expensive. I know you have to bite the bullet sometimes and we do, but $4.99 for 6oz of raspberries is just hard to handle.

I have been wondering if I should try one of those aerobics dvd's, but I haven't the foggiest idea of whose to get. Why does this part of life have to be so hard? Not hard, but frustrating. :hair:

jamiejeans
08-09-2006, 09:25 PM
After reading this thread, I am wondering why is it that approximately 65% of Americans are overweight or obese but 95% of clothing options are size 14 & under? And the "plus" sizes are so expensive if you want something that doesn't resemble a tent.

And doesn't it suck that gaining weight is so easy, but losing it is so hard? :hair:

Hilde, I applaud your weight loss! I'd be afraid to take the meds, but that lap band surgery seems like an option. I am at a point that I feel that simple "eating right and exercise" seems like an uphill battle. If it were twenty pounds it would be one thing. But it's now about 80 pounds. Although I think I'd feel thin even losing (just!) 50. Oh, I could go on and on....

jamiejeans
08-09-2006, 09:29 PM
I have been wondering if I should try one of those aerobics dvd's, but I haven't the foggiest idea of whose to get. Why does this part of life have to be so hard? Not hard, but frustrating. :hair:

I would suggest the "Walk Away the Pounds" by Leslie Sansone. Sounds corny, but it's so not intimidating and there are different challenging levels. And she doesn't go on with stupid motivating fat girl sayings.

geekgolightly
08-09-2006, 10:17 PM
I have been wondering if I should try one of those aerobics dvd's, but I haven't the foggiest idea of whose to get. Why does this part of life have to be so hard? Not hard, but frustrating. :hair:

I would suggest the "Walk Away the Pounds" by Leslie Sansone. Sounds corny, but it's so not intimidating and there are different challenging levels. And she doesn't go on with stupid motivating fat girl sayings.

I've been a taebo fiend and jogger in the past so getting the "walk away the pounds" video for me was humbling (ive always been big but ive also always been physically strong). im glad i humbled myself though. its a great workout. i use the two mile one.

i would love it if we could resurrect or start up a new weight loss blog. i need the inspiration you guys are the best group of people ive found on the net. of course its probably bc youre all knitters :muah:

cozy
08-09-2006, 10:20 PM
Lift weights. I know a lot of women are afraid they'll bulk up if they lift weights, but that only happens if you're lifting tremendously heavy amounts and/or on steroids. I'm talking light free weights (5-12 pound range). Muscle burns more calories than fat, so the more muscle you have, the more calories you'll burn. I don't know how vigorously you're walking, but you may have to step it up a notch; at least 30 minutes 4-5 days per week & it'll have to be hard enough where you can't easily converse. The best of luck to you!!!

jamadian75
08-09-2006, 11:13 PM
I'm currently reading Oprah & Bob Green's Book "Make the Connection" and it has 10 tips for weight loss that we all know (drink more water, exercise 5-6 days a week, eat 3 meals and 2 snacks, more fruits & veggies, etc)

I've decided that the only way to break my bad habits is to tackle them ONE at a time. And work at that one until I really have it down. SLOOOOOOW but effective. So far I have given up some food things, but my latest things are more water (80 oz/day) and not eating (NOTHING) after 7:30pm.

I'm hoping we do get some kind of blog or Trim-a-Long going. We could all use tickers for our goals and encourage each other, etc.

My :heart: :heart: and good thoughts are with all of you dealing with this and being so brave to share about it!!

Hildegard_von_Knittin
08-10-2006, 12:51 AM
Here (http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2214&start=0) is the fit knitters blog in the blog forum. The latest stuff from today starts HERE (http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?p=230252&highlight=#230252) on pg. 21. We've already added a page just tonight :woot:

haloheaven
08-10-2006, 03:45 AM
I think this might help you:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BMN69O/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_k2a_2_img/103-4755886-5903861?ie=UTF8

I'm getting a few for my family.
:)

Also a few things :
Check your food for High Fructose Corn syrup, try not to eat many things that have it;Everyone in my family lost 10 pounds from that alone!

Switch all your oils to Extra-virgin olive oil
Eat whole grains, oatmeal, etc.
make sure your meals are not empty calories like white rice, and diet sodas/fat-free packaged foods.
:)

kellyjo32
08-10-2006, 06:38 AM
doglover - have you ever thought of riding a bike since you don't like walking or jogging? it's much more low impact, but it still burns the calories! I also like it because you get to see more because you're going faster. Losing weight is a tough battle. There are so many gimmicks and tricks out there, but it all boils down to calories in needs to be less than calories out. Like Hilde said, whole grains and fibers keep you fuller longer, which is why sweet snacks can be so addictive, because they are so unfulfilling. Also, make sure you are eating breakfast as soon as you get up. Get your metabolism working right away! Eating smaller meals more often is also better than the three standard meals a day. I've had many friends who were successful on the Weight Watchers points program. I think they have the basics right in their program. You can still splurge, but all that means is that you have the scrimp somewhere else. If you have pizza for dinner today, have fish the next night. Create a balance, but don't deprive yourself, I think that's why so many people get tired of trying to lose weight, because they feel like they are depriving themselves, and then when they go off the program, they go back to their old habits because they were frustrated, and the weight comes right back on. Get used to having a snack every other day if you currently have one everyday. Starting small will make a big difference in the end because you'll adjust much easier.

mornnen
08-10-2006, 08:08 AM
I understand too about the losing weight thing. A few years back I did weight watchers, and I must say that while I stayed on it, it really worked well--got within spitting distance of my high school weight. I recommend it because it emphasizes eating well, and planning, and how to gauge the calories of "eat out" food. My mom has used it as well with good results.
And like a couple others, I too, got walk away the pounds-- a bundle pack at amazon that has a 1,2 and 3 mile walk. I've done the 1 and 2 mile, and they do help with the posterior and thighs--but it does take time and I am still not where I want to be in those areas. The nice thing about it is that you do it in your home, you don't have to worry about the weather outside, or feeling like you're the only non-fit person in the gym.
And as for the hip issue--me too-- and I have read in different sources that the hip area is the location where women lose fat last. I don't say this to depress you, but so you'll hopefully not get discouraged when you don't see immediate results.

Julie

WynnieG
08-10-2006, 08:09 AM
The hardest part for me in terms of lifestyle changes, is getting discouraged when I don't see progress.

There are better ways to gauge progress, I discovered, than by getting on the scale. Someone here suggested http://www.sparkpeople.com a while back. It is a free weight loss tracking site, and operates a bit like Weight Watchers Online, only it is more robust. On it you can participate in community forums, track your meals, find healthy menus and recipes, plus you can track inches lost and find home exercises to do with a minimum of equipment. Every week they have you doing a mix of cardio (house cleaning, playing musical instruments and gardening count, btw!) and also weight training.

With weight training, remember that small weights with more repetitions = tone, but increasing weight each time will cause the bulking up of muscles; essentially the muscle develops tiny tears, and then the tear fills in with more muscle tissue as it heals.

For those of us who hate, or can no longer jog a good substitute is swimming, if you can find yourself a pool. I heard somewhere that swimming may actually burn more calories than running.

suzeeq
08-10-2006, 08:15 AM
Okay, here's another eating tip....

If you do have something starchy, eat protein with it. Like fruit and cheese or nuts, toast/bagel with peanut butter or cheese or have an egg too. That kind of thing.

sue

kellyjo32
08-10-2006, 08:22 AM
One thing to remember when weight training, and I just learned this, if you are trying to gain muscle, you actually need to eat more calories than you are expending, so you body has fuel to turn into muscle. So if you are doing a cardio / weight training regime to lose weight and tone up, you have to structure your diet differently. On cardio days you need to burn more calories than you consume. On weight training days, you need to increase your calories.

Old Knitter
08-10-2006, 08:23 AM
The last time I went to the doctor see "suggested" I drop 30 pounds. I tried for months to lose and didn't. A friend suggested I stop dieting and eat 6 times a day but only take half would usually take. I did increase dairy in the forms of yogurt and cheese and also nuts. This was also at my friends urging. Turns out my problem was portion control. I'm still eating the same foods, but less and I am losing 2 or 3 pounds every week. This is really working for me.

jamadian75
08-10-2006, 11:36 AM
Okay, here's another eating tip....

If you do have something starchy, eat protein with it. Like fruit and cheese or nuts, toast/bagel with peanut butter or cheese or have an egg too. That kind of thing.

sue

I've read several articles on food combining that say eating proteins and carbs together causes neither one to be digested. I know this is pretty much the way we all eat (meat & potatoes, etc) but this article (http://weightloss.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http%3A%2F%2Fchetday.com%2Ffcprin s.html) may be of interest for helping with any digestive issues.
ETA: lots of ads there, but you can google "food combining" for other sources

Here is the gist (a quote from the article):

Starchy foods require an alkaline digestive medium which is supplied initially in the mouth by the enzyme ptyalin;

Protein foods require an acid medium for digestion- hydrochloric acid.
As any student of chemistry will assure you, acids and bases (alkalis) neutralize each other. If you eat a starch with a protein, digestion is impaired or completely arrested!

VictoiseC
08-10-2006, 11:52 AM
Well I only read the first half of all the replies coz my dad's visitng and screaming for me to come help him again,

but Ilost 25 lbs by doing PIlates (I HATE jogging too) and cutting out carbs.
Then I went back to carbs and have gained quite a bit back but I find if you just don't eat white bread (except for the occasional French bread NOT OFTEN) (or pizza NOT OFTEN) ... and do little tricks like whenyou make
a sandwich use one piece of whole wheat on the bottom and a piece of lettuce on top... I'm not kidding these little things work.

And like Oprah said, don't eat after 8 if you can help it esp carbs

Well, Suzanne Somer's book really helped me. Even if you only cut carbs 2 days a week it will begin to show. Whole wheat pasta. Fruit by itself, not with the meal.

No candy of course! but WINE AND CHEESE yes yes yes


Oh yeah, a very good thing is to eat your carbs in the morning or noon,
then at night no carbs, just like soup & salad or a chicken breat/meat
and veggie but NO CARBS AT NIGHT. Very important.

suzeeq
08-10-2006, 12:42 PM
I've read on food combining, but not everyone's agreed that it's a valid theory. Eating protein with sugary or starchy foods helps limit the BG/insulin spike.

sue

Jeremy
08-10-2006, 12:48 PM
I can't really disagree with much of anything that has been said so far. I've lost about 80 lbs so far on Weight Watchers. Losing weight really comes down to calories. You can lose weight without exercising but it will be slower and it will be harder to keep it off. The best thing you can do for yourself is to plan well. If you can avoid being very hungry you will also avoid impulsive eating which is the death knell of any diet. If you want to circle around the issue of calories, try the Weight Watchers core plan or something like it (my wife tried Sugar Busters and was very successful, South Beach is a little more restrictive but really the same idea). The Core Plan only allows certain healthy foods -lean meats, vegetables, fruit but allows you to eat enough to keep you satisfied. I've switched back and forth from it and you might like it. At any rate, good luck. Its a tough road we're all on.

kellyjo32
08-10-2006, 12:48 PM
I think it's more about the glycemic index of foods. Low glycemic index are much better for you because they do not create that spike in blood sugar levels, which ultimately leads to fat storage and weight gain. There are many foods that have the same number of carbs, but one will have a much lower GI and therefore is a better choice when deciding what to eat. There are tons of links out there with the GI levels of certain foods.

nadja la claire
08-10-2006, 01:07 PM
I love pilates and I lift weights. Pilates will definately help tone the hips, butt and thighs. Lifting weights is great for toning muscles and maintaning bone mass, if osteoporosis (I think that's spelled right) runs in your family, as it does in mine.

Nadja xxx

08-10-2006, 06:25 PM
Pilates will definately help tone the hips, butt and thighs. Lifting weights is great for toning muscles and maintaning bone mass, if osteoporosis (I think that's spelled right) runs in your family, as it does in mine.

Nadja xxx

Hi there, yup, I am probably going to get osteoporosis. My grandma had it (hump back and everything :( ) and my mom has been fighting it since I was in high school and she was just diagnosed last year as having it 'officially', so I guess I'm next in line. I'm terrible with taking my calcium. I get in these weird phases, one week I take it everyday the next I completely ignore it. Not cool Cath... :roll:

Does pilates really work?? I'm going back and forth between the aerobics and the pilates.

jamadian75
08-10-2006, 06:43 PM
Does pilates really work?? I'm going back and forth between the aerobics and the pilates.

I haven't done Pilates for any extended time, but I do notice an immediate difference after a session. I feel taller and leaner and just generally better. I have heard from others that they notice toning after only a couple of weeks doing Pilates 3 or 4 days per week.

08-10-2006, 08:20 PM
Hmmmmmm, maybe I can find one of each for a reasonable price.

jamadian75
08-10-2006, 08:47 PM
Hmmmmmm, maybe I can find one of each for a reasonable price.

I have often found good deals on DVDs (and books) at the Half.com website (http://www.half.com).

I use the Conditioning DVD for Weight Loss (http://http://product.half.ebay.com/Pilates-Conditioning-for-Weight-Loss_W0QQtgZinfoQQprZ3418466) with Susan Deason. ( I also do her yoga DVD)

Hope this helps!