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I am most definitely 'plump' because I am lazy, hate cooking (plus I'm unbelievably bad at it) and excercise, and when I am good & fed up with not fitting into last years' clothes (or whatever) I will hopefully buckle down and get some basic exercise and cut out the junk (chocolate is my absolute biggest downfall - I crave it all the time, could eat it for bfast, lunch and supper, seriously...it's bad)

However, I also know a few people who are heavy that started out heavy as kids - active kids who danced in three classes a week, walked to & from school a km or two daily, helped with chores, didn't even have cable TV for most of their lives, and they are still overweight (and it kills me, because one of these people is only 15 and does not eat like a pig - she eats healthy and a decent amount - if you call not starving yourself as so many of her peers do a decent amount). Her family does not really seem to have weight issues or hereditary issues, but she is heavy (too heavy). She is far from lazy and a smart A++ student. So don't say that everyone who is fat is lazy. I am one who deserves the comment; she is most definitely not.
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I'm lazy too and some days don't like to cook. However, you can still eat healthy and not cook every night. Don't let that be an excuse.

And "bob" you make no sense. Which is it? People ARE lazy because they are down? Or people GET lazy because they are down?

Either way, you're the type of ignorant person that sees a "fat" person running, and you'll yell at them to get off the road because they are "fat".
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I'll add my two cents. Most of my life I was really skinny (like many) and could eat whatever I wanted. I was really active in sports. Of course you get older and there is no gym class or after school activities to motivate you. You can join different adult teams but I have found that if you have not kept up through the years, you wind up out of breath and discouraged.

Different strokes for different folks. Everybody's weight issues are going to be different. My metabolism slowed down cause I continued to eat the crap I did when I was younger (chips, pop, fries). When you get older you are supposed to eat less. Plus I started living on my own and working meant I could buy whatever I wanted. Eventually the pounds crept up. I wasn't overweight by regular standards but I definately got chunky.

I did the whole diet cycle where you watch what you eat for 3 days and fall off the wagon when you have a brownie screaming for you. I also tried the gym thing but wound up hating it after a month when I got bored and sick of the same routine.

Personally I got to a space where I had to make a real choice. I could either continue to eat the crap that I was eating and feel good for the 10 minutes it takes to wash it down or feel good for the rest of the day by eating properly. I think lifestyle change is more important than "diet". It took a long time to properly educate myself on nutrition. I'd even encourage some of you to see a nutritionist. It shocked me to no end what I was putting into my body before and how many calories I was taking in.

I think the key to long term success is a real commitment to it. To understand that its not going to be easy. Resisting temptation can be hard in the beggining. I still treat myself but also remind myself that its only once in a while I can allow that. Another key was to stop eating out as much and start cooking more at home. The portions at restaurants are absolutely out of control once you realize what you are eating. You get more control over what you put into your meal and how much when you eat at home. You don't have to be a chef, most of my meals I make are 20 minutes or less. The amount of money I've saved as well is incredible when I'm not eating out and eating half of the calories I was before.

It's true that you have to be careful how you diet. Simply starving yourself isn't going to do your body any good. I eat a lot more fresh vegetables and fruits which has really decreased all the colds I used to have. Drink lots of water. I used to think that made a person fatter but it does the opposite and really can fill your appetite. I never liked water but forced myself to drink more of it. Trying to do little exercise things such as parking the car a block away, taking the stairs, etc can make a difference. I will probably never be the kind of person that gets up at 6am and jogs but every little bit helps to get moving.

When you are at the grocery store pick up the labels that are on the packages. You'll be shocked to find out the fat content, the grams of sugar, the calories. Education I think is key. I think that the weight programs that have been discussed may work for some people to get motivated. But it all starts with the person in whether they want to make the change and keep going. It's not as easy as some people may think. Food can be a real addiction just like smoking, drinking and drugs. I must say that after I made my own choice I feel so much better about myself and my health has never been better. I admire the others that have shared their experiences and have been able to loose weight. I love the show the Biggest Loser!
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Bretbaby wrote:I'm lazy too and some days don't like to cook. However, you can still eat healthy and not cook every night. Don't let that be an excuse.

And "bob" you make no sense. Which is it? People ARE lazy because they are down? Or people GET lazy because they are down?

Either way, you're the type of ignorant person that sees a "fat" person running, and you'll yell at them to get off the road because they are "fat".



Bob76 - I have deleted your post - It is rude & ignorant. Keep the insults to yourself.
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Well, look at my signature!!! (sorry, I'm just a wee proud of the results). My last weigh in (beginning of February), I was 297lbs and today, I was 280.5lbs. I've gained the majority of the weight (100 pounds) in the last 2 years after two pregnancies where neither child survived (which caused great depression plus post partum depression, I ate for comfort and out of boredom and stress. Plus, I had no drive to exercise - lack of any will power because I was so ultimately depressed. It had nothing to do with being lazy just for the sake of being lazy, but I was lazy out of an underlying condition - depression/stress/anxiety).

And it wasn't easy because on Feb 21, I had a bad fall and fractured two lower vertebrae and my tailbone - ended up confined in a wheelchair until the end of this month.

But the first three weeks, I did dance-aerobics 5 nights a week for at LEAST 30 minutes. After the wheelchair, I was stuck doing arm and leg strengthening exercises as well as the simple physiotherapy three times a week. I got the go ahead today to take two to three 10 minute walks per day and I will most definitely be taking advantage of that.

As for eating, I began using the "plate method" I was taught in diabetes education. 1/4 of the plate is protein (serving size), 1/4 of the plate is carbs (again, serving size) and 1/2 of the plate that remains is vegetables. Plus, a glass of milk and piece of fruit for dessert, there you go. Of course, what you use for those protein and carb portions is important as well. Read labels. Choose leaner cuts of meat.

I may still have a really long journey ahead, but I'm not too hard on myself by beating myself up and calling myself fat and lazy. That would just bring me down and make me feel lesser of myself. When one has low self esteem, it's hard to get the motivation to eat well and exercise. I may still be far from my ideal weight, but at least I know I'm DOING something to make it better.
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I tried weight watchers and it worked...I lost about 20lbs in 4 mnths.... it actually teaches you what is good to eat and not..where as if you do Jenny Craig or the ones that make the meals for you how do you learn???
I also did a flush with Isagenix... I lost 12lbs in two weeks and have kept it off...over a yr..
and the stuff that comes out of you.....well you can imagine......
it doesnt give you the runs either like some of them do....
I know other people who have done it and lost alot more then that...
I also know a lady who is on Herbal magic and has lost over 100lbs.... in a yr....
havent talked to her lately but as far as I know she has kept it off.

I think it all depends on you motivation type etc.... I have no will power so the stuff i eat has to taste good at least... and i have to get my butt out for exercise too...I find that hard....
I will have more to lose after my baby is born ...not looking forward to getting rid of that weight but at least I only gained 15lbs in 8.5 months....
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ILLEffect wrote:Well, look at my signature!!! (sorry, I'm just a wee proud of the results). My last weigh in (beginning of February), I was 297lbs and today, I was 280.5lbs. I've gained the majority of the weight (100 pounds) in the last 2 years after two pregnancies where neither child survived (which caused great depression plus post partum depression, I ate for comfort and out of boredom and stress. Plus, I had no drive to exercise - lack of any will power because I was so ultimately depressed. It had nothing to do with being lazy just for the sake of being lazy, but I was lazy out of an underlying condition - depression/stress/anxiety).

And it wasn't easy because on Feb 21, I had a bad fall and fractured two lower vertebrae and my tailbone - ended up confined in a wheelchair until the end of this month.

But the first three weeks, I did dance-aerobics 5 nights a week for at LEAST 30 minutes. After the wheelchair, I was stuck doing arm and leg strengthening exercises as well as the simple physiotherapy three times a week. I got the go ahead today to take two to three 10 minute walks per day and I will most definitely be taking advantage of that.

As for eating, I began using the "plate method" I was taught in diabetes education. 1/4 of the plate is protein (serving size), 1/4 of the plate is carbs (again, serving size) and 1/2 of the plate that remains is vegetables. Plus, a glass of milk and piece of fruit for dessert, there you go. Of course, what you use for those protein and carb portions is important as well. Read labels. Choose leaner cuts of meat.

I may still have a really long journey ahead, but I'm not too hard on myself by beating myself up and calling myself fat and lazy. That would just bring me down and make me feel lesser of myself. When one has low self esteem, it's hard to get the motivation to eat well and exercise. I may still be far from my ideal weight, but at least I know I'm DOING something to make it better.


Well done, ILLeffect! It's great that, despite your obstacles, you are losing weight. Fantastic! I need to lose weight, too, and have started by reducing my portion size and drinking lots of water. My problem is that I think I eat when I am stressed, and use it as "comfort food". It's extremely difficult to break out of that habit. Also, having lupus + fibromyalgia means that my joints hurt a LOT, so I find it very difficult to do any weight-bearing exercises. Even walking causes pain, because the joints in my feet and knees are so painful and swollen. Every little bit counts, though, and I think it is terrific that you are having great success with your weight loss journey!
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