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(no subject) [Jun. 24th, 2005|08:55 pm]

Hi all! Losing the weight is getting easier, as long as I can stay away from pizza and oreo cookies, but I still need more support.

I think I posted the link to my site here before, but it wasn't quite ready for the public eye at that point. I encourage all of you to pay us a visit again and check everything out.


I've been working hard on getting this all up and running, so I would appreciate it if you all could take a moment, check it out, and let me know what you think.

The NEW Realeasyweightloss.com!

-Weight Loss Journals
-New Recipe section!
-More content!
-Weight Loss Newsletter
-More Weight Loss programs than ever!
-Review and comment on any and all programs/stories on this site
-Vote for your favorite prorgams and help others acheive their goals!
-All new forums!
-Much much more!

Roam around the site and let us know what you think and how we can better help you. Also, don't be afraid to share this wonderful resource with others.

Thank you all for your time!

Sorry for the x-post
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(no subject) [Jul. 12th, 2004|06:01 pm]

[mood |pleasedpleased]

One thing I can say for the South Beach Diet. If you follow the meal plans and recipes in the book, and look for other recipes, it's definitly not boring.

Okay, well, phase one with it's eggs for breakfast (in one way or another) and salads for dinner 6 out of 7 days for lunch (in one form or another) does get to feeling somewhat monotonous, but at least it's different kinds of eggs and salads.

I had Herb Shrimp Salad with Herb Dilled dressing the day before yesterday that was fantastic, and Pork Chops with Mustard Creme sauce that was really wonderful yesterday. Tonight I'm making Balsamic Chicken, but I'm making it wrong, since I didn't realize ahead of time that it has to be refrigerated overnight... Ah well, it still looks like it'll be great.

So, I'm really enjoying myself now that the carb-cravings have passed, and I can already see a difference in my body shape. I can hardly wait until Thursday to weigh myself and see how much I've lost on my first week of Phase 1!

x posted in body_budies and sane_losers.
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Just Joined [Jul. 9th, 2004|11:08 pm]
[mood |determined]

Hi all. I've been looking for a good diet community that is active and supports the South Beach Diet. You guys seemed to fit the bill nicely, so I decided to join. I'm Rudi and am 26 years old. I have struggled with my weight for what seems like all my life. I am currently weighing around 240, which is 45 pounds down from my highest weight, but I still have 90 to go to reach my goal. I have been mostly on SBD since March 8, but have been cheating a lot lately. I have tried to go back to Phase 1, but I can't seem to stick with it, so on Sunday, July 11, I am recommitting to STRICT Phase 2. By putting it here, I figure I am accountable to all of you, so it will help me to stay on track. I would really like to be 220 or less by the time I turn 27 on September 17 of this year. With SBD and your support I believe I can do it. Thanks for listening. Will post more soon.
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(no subject) [Jul. 7th, 2004|04:50 pm]

[mood |optimisticoptimistic]


Tomorrow I start Phase I of the South Beach Diet. Today I cleared out my cupboards and refrigerator of all the stuff I will no longer eat. No more instant mashed potatoes, over processed pastas, sugary snacks. From now on, when I eat carbs, they will be the healthy ones. High fiber, high nutritional content. I will eat the healthy, good fats, no more bad fats.

I will get healthy. Oh, and thinner too.

I'm pretty psyched. Especially since I found an excercise program I really like.

(x-posted in sane_losers and body_buddies)
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(no subject) [Jul. 6th, 2004|08:21 am]

[mood |giddygiddy]

Guys! I just had the most awesome low impact cardio workout! My arms are killing me and the cool down was a killer, but I feel so great!

It was bellydancing! Seriously, you should try it.

I picked it up because I figured it would be low impact, and my knees and ankles demand low impact, but it was even better than I had thought it would be. As an added bonus, the women who were on the video had the same kind of bodies I want to have. That is something that might seem trivial, but my main irritation with most workout videos is that the women don't look like anything I can possibly achieve. No matter what, with my body shape/type, I'm going to have hips and breasts. Well, unless I have major surgery. :) Fortunately, my husband is absolutely rabid about hips and breasts. Anyway, I'm getting sidetracked.

My point is- the women on this video look like women. They move like women. They have hips and breasts, and not only are they not ashamed of it, they flaunt it! Woo-hoo- who knew it, you don't have to be a stick to be beautiful!

I was at my in-laws this weekend and took advantage of their pool too, even though it was frigid! The only way I can jog at all is if I do it in chest deep water, so I did. I really love jogging in water. Such fun. :)

Just wanted to share my joy, and suggest that if anyone is looking for a low impact, high fun workout, try looking for belly dancing video/dvd's at stores that sell excercise videos. I found mine at Barnes and Noble- there were four different options.

Sorry for all the exclamation points- excercise makes me giddy.

x-posted in sane_losers and body_buddies. Also discussed in smarter_bodies and my own journal.
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I wanna be a loser... [Jul. 2nd, 2004|04:04 pm]

[mood |optimisticoptimistic]


I'm 26, weigh a frightening 296, and want to lose roughly half that. About 8 years ago, I gained 50 lbs in less than 6 months, while walking four miles a day and eating right. I couldn't figure out what happened, and neither could my doctor. Last year, it was discovered that my body overreacts to insulin, possibly causing the weight gain.

Whatever was causing it, I was unable to lose any of the weight, despite my best efforts, which was pretty damn depressing. So, instead of being smart and maintaining my good habits, I let it all go to hell, and over the next couple of years added on about 100 lbs. The only time I was able to lose weight was when I was pregnant, and not supposed to. Then the pounds would just fall off, far faster than was really healthy. Then it would pile back on even faster than it had gone off.

However, since my last pregnancy ended three and a half weeks ago, two things have happened:

Thing the first: I've continued to lose weight, but at a much more healthy rate of 1.5-2 lbs a week. This is in itself highly motivating.

Thing the second: I've become lactose intolerant. I'm not sure why, but as of a few hours after I gave birth, I absolutely cannot tolerate any dairy products. I get very very ill.

Maybe they're connected, maybe not.

So, on July 8th, my husband and I are starting the South Beach Diet. I'm going to start walking, and eventually move up to a low impact cardio/aerobic workout, and strength training. I don't want to become obsessed, counting calories, points or whatever. If that works for other people, great, but in college, before the weird wieght gain, I was struggling with disordered eating problems, and I was really obsessed with all the numbers.

This time, I want to just be healthy. I want to know what the 'good' foods are, and what the 'bad' foods are, and just eat those, without worrying about exactly how much I'm eating. That's why I decided on the South Beach Diet, that and it's supposed to be really good at helping to manage insulin levels, and if I do have a problem in that area, seems like it'd be a good eating plan. And, my husband has a cholesterol problem, and this plan was developed specifically to fight that, so it seemed a good choice for both of us.
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Phase II has begun [Jun. 7th, 2004|06:40 pm]

[mood |happyhappy]

Hello. Phase II has begun and it is strange to eat the fruits and oats. I did manage the oats, but the fruit was a bit strange. I guess not eating them was different and felt like if I ate them I would start back gaining the weight. We will see what happens.

On a very good note.....I went to the doc for my check up on my high blood pressure medicine to make sure it was working properly. My appointment was set before I had thought about SBD, and we had changed the pill I was taking to see better results. My pressure has been in the past 140/84 with a pulse in the 90's. Well, are you all sitting????!!!! I was 120/76 with a pulse of 74 :O) She was so proud of me and when I told her we were doing SBD, she said he was happy and for me to continue my good work. Can you believe in just 12 days what the SBD can do for you. She has cut me down to half of the pill and we will see what happens from here.

Keep your fingers crossed for the good pressure so that I can get off of the pills and don't have to worry about it.
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hello! [Jun. 1st, 2004|01:03 am]

this is the first community i've joined, so i'm not quite sure on the etiquette of it all.. but i'll give it a shot.

my name is anna, i'm 18 in a month and live in central oregon. i've been battling my weight my entire life but just recently (within the last few days) really decided to get serious. according to weight watchers i have about 40lbs to lose, but knowing my body type i'm thinking 30 is more realistic. i went to a few WW meetings a while back but to be honest was just really uncomfortable with the whole environment and didn't stick with the program for long. what i've decided now is my own version of weight watchers. i know what it takes to lose the weight but i'm lacking support and i guess that's why i'm here.

i had no idea how much i eat or how much i think about food until i began really getting serious about this. it's so hard to get past the resentment.. why i had to be born with this body type... why i can't eat what all of my friends eat..

40 pounds just sounds like so much. it IS so much. i know it's baby steps, small goals, etc... which is why i'm starting a weight loss diary and goals for each week (2lbs).

in all honesty, i'm terrified. god i dont want to fail again. but i know i have this in me and i know with support it's beyond possible. what i need is a lifestyle change and i'm confident that once i get going i won't be stopped.

a community like this was hard to find, and to loser_dawn who started it- thank you!
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First week done. [May. 30th, 2004|07:46 pm]

[mood |fullfull]
[music |Sound of the fan running....hot outside.]

First week done
Well, the first week of the SBD has gone well. I know I'm not supposed to weigh myself often, but I did on Wednesay morning and This morning. I have lost a total of 5 pounds thus far. I'm so psyched. I can hardly believe that with three meals and dessert and two snacks a day I was able to eat so much. I didn't feel hungry, and if I did, I looked for veggies or cheese that would help me out. There are so many options of food pairing that I didn't even realize. Walt, my husband, thinks we should stay on the phase one for one more week. I said he is more than welcome to, but I'm going to move onto the phase two in seven days. I was not a big fan of iced tea, but I'm learning to drink it as an option and it helps with the soda cravings I had early in the week. The only complanit I have is that the prep work and the clean up takes some time....but I'm sure I'll find a system for that as well soon.

My enery level is up, I'm not sleeping as much as I was before this past week. My concentration is better and I don't want to sit in front of the tv. I did today since it was Sunday and I did a lot yesterday.

This is great for me and I wish all of those out there thinking of trying the SBD out, at least give it a try and see what happens. I'm sure glad I did.
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Day One [May. 24th, 2004|06:57 pm]

[mood |happyhappy]
[music |Listening to Emeril Live.]

Today was day one of phase one of the diet. So far so good. I didn't even go over near the frig by programming to get a soda, I only had some hunger pains right before lunch since my body is trained for when I eat lunch at 11:30am. My husband and I weighed ourselves on the new scale we got with markers for where you begin and where you want to go. I couldn't believe how much of a gap there was for me. My weight right now is what my husband wants to be. Shocking.

13 days until we can have some fruit....I did miss my apple/orange at lunch today. I think I will be able to get over it, it is more than the fruit, but the crunch I miss.

Now, lets try not to snack between now and bed. :o)
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