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  •  Keep up the good work! (2+ / 0-)
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    srkp23, Larin

    You deserve a round of applause for losing that much weight. Wow. I know how hard it is. I've lost about 40 pounds and am within about 5 pounds of my goal weight.

    Your formula works. I have found some things that work for me (everyone is a little different) and I will share them here, repeating a couple of yours especially the PRIME DIRECTIVE:

    1) Expend more calories than you take in.

    2) EXERCISE! That helps with the prime directive! Until I started exercising DILIGENTLY, I was not losing. I exercise to maintain my mobility and to look better. It has helped on both scores.

    3) NO ALCOHOL. Avoid alcohol while you are losing....it breaks down your resistance, and also helps your pocketbook.

    4) TRACK IT. Be a little obsessive about it. I know this goes contrary to one school of thought, but it has worked for me. Make your health your priority until you get things back in balance.  I use an app called "Loseit!" where I track all my food and all my exercise. You can scan barcodes and create your own food list, and exercise such as "Walking". At the end of the day you can see whether you have complied with the prime directive. It keeps you on track. You will have slips. Plenty of them. But this keeps you focused on the prime directive. Be a little nutty about your weight loss. This will annoy your friends who want to celebrate EVERYTHING with food and will try, consciously or unconsciously, to pull you off track. But when they give you that look, just look STRAIGHT DOWN AT THEIR GUT and raise your eyebrow.

    5) EVERYTHING OKAY? Get your emotional life in balance. Get help if you possibly can. I did. It has made a difference. Watch those triggers.

    6) MOVE THE CHEESE. I love cheese. Lived in France for awhile. God I love that stuff. THERE IS NONE IN MY HOUSE AND NEVER WILL BE UNTIL I REACH MY GOAL WEIGHT AND MAYBE NOT EVEN THEN. I just can't resist some things. If you can't stay away, keep those things away from you (harder with a family).  There are other things in life beyond great cheese which brings me to 7)

    7) AVOID CENTRALIZING FOOD. Make your life about other things (check emotional balance and what is throwing you off kilter). When you do that, food just becomes fuel and not pleasure central. I have a friend who manages to work meals into every single social activity. While that is fairly natural, I have noticed that my overweight friends do this more effectively than most ("Hey, I have an idea -- let's get together around FOOD! I will bring some 'low calorie' stuff that will throw you off the prime directive so fast your head will spin!").  So, when we get together at a fine restaurant, I may whip out a protein bar rather than indulging. Does that seem obsessive? It did to her. And she would be right. I chose to make our getting together and not the food the object.

    Thanks for the diary. The other thing people who have a goal need help with is support. You've provided a lot of great insight and support to the rest of us! Thank you

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    by Bensdad on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 11:47:50 AM PDT

    •  No alcohol? How about weed as (0+ / 0-)

      a no calorie diet aid?!  

      comment pending... ;-)

      by paulacvdw on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 01:14:20 PM PDT

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    •  I quit drinking several years ago (1+ / 0-)
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      Bensdad

      Kind of by accident and decided to stay with it. It does help weight loss to stop drinking if you do. Alcohol is a triple-edged sword.

      It's high in calories

      It slows metabolism

      It gives you the munchies.

      None of those things go well with an effort to lose weight.

      I still have a glass of wine of a fancy beer if I'm out with friends for dinner but I don't drink for effect anymore ever.

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      by jusjtim35 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 at 04:21:00 PM PDT

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