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  •  I used to like the (2+ / 0-)
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    tmo, JDWolverton

    infomercials for some eliptical machine. That crazy guy with the ponytail, joyously striding though air on his magic machine. Not sure whether they work or not, though.

    In addition to cutting out things like booze and sweets, try cutting back on wheat and corn, because they are for many people inflammatory. And thus puffy-making. Talk to a nutritionist, or see what's in your library, and eat a balanced diet of carbs, protein, veggies and so on. If you give your system adequate and balanced nutrition, it will burn up the extra by itself.

    And don't use artificial sweeteners in lieu of sugar. They are made of nasty chemicals that you probably don't want to ingest.

    Good luck, and kudos for making the effort.

    Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?--Mary Oliver, "Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches?"

    by Mnemosyne on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 06:47:39 PM PDT

    •  I've decided that I'm not going with any (3+ / 0-)
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      tmo, Mnemosyne, BachFan

      "forbidden" foods. I eat what I want and log it. I'm finding that I'm gravitating toward more natural foods and good choices anyway, including real sugar instead of the fake stuff. I also don't like foods or juices with high fructose corn syrup in it. I always have eaten a balanced diet, since high school, but I was eating too much. I am simply cutting the portions of what I was eating and limiting my wine to a couple glasses per week. It's working because I'm losing about 1 1/2-2 pounds per week.

      Imagine my surprise when I found out my fat intake was right on. (No wonder my doctor gets disappointed when my lipid levels come in low despite my size.) I was a little surprised to find my potassium intake is really, way too low and had to make some adjustments. 1/4 cantaloupe for breakfast or a couple Tbsps of pinto beans on my salads does the trick. Plus, potatoes and sweet potatoes aren't bad after all - even pan fried in olive oil. Increasing potassium has led to me feeling more energetic.

      I have over 50 pounds to lose before I hit my goal and that can lead to loose skin if I do it too fast. My doctor advised me to try increase my muscle mass (especially in my upper arms), which is another reason why I'm going for the exercise with the rower. I've been using 2 pound weights and increased to 5 pounds in anticipation of moving onto the rower.

      If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never has and never will be. Thomas Jefferson

      by JDWolverton on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 07:23:57 PM PDT

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