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    Hi there, would anyone like to make this a place where we can share ideas and our ups and downs with our weight control problems. I have been using the old 2012 version but I think we need to pull together and have some pretty good ideas when it comes to weight loss and various ways to exercise to help out one of our PD friends to give ideas on nutrition and different ideas to give enthusiasm and support so we all can be healthier.

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    I figure that I had better start it off. Around six months ago my doctor and I met and he refused to look at my knee because of my weight and limitations for an MRI and he gave me some tough love. He gave me three months of Adipex. I did well for a while then I plateaued. I went in about a month ago at weighed 347 lbs, only 6 pounds lighter. He told me that if I did not make some changes to my diet and exercise that he would not give me another prescription he gave me 90 days worth and said that if I didn't come back at least 30 pounds under that he would not write me a new script. I joined a gym and made changes to my diet. After 2 weeks I was down in the 330's. Then bad luck hit me in the form of pneumonia, the second time in three months. To make a long story shorter I went through rounds of testing and a hospital stay less than a month ago. I still have some kind of blockage in my right lung. Now they have me on oxygen that is supposed to be on me all of the time. I found it too hard to work with and at my place of work so I just take it off when were busy and use it when I need it. It is rough at work. Most of the time I am so tired from work that I will pass out in the chair. Monday I have to start getting serious and go to the gym if I am gonna make weight. I weighed myself in this morning and was disappointed when I had gained 2 pounds from last week. My doc did say 30 lbs but then said 40 or 50 is expected. The type of exercise is very limited with me having the lung issue. They want me to use oxygen even when I work out but that ain't happening unless I get trouble breathing. I am gonna have to go really slow so weight training will both be necessary and hopefully get me around the 300 lbs mark. I am going to try to start going 5 days a week an limiting my cardio until they figure out what is up with my lung.

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    Stuck in the high 320's, gotta hit the gym this month steady. Need to lose 15 pounds before seeing the doctor in April. Already taking Adipex. New psych doctor cut down my meds and said I should start dropping weight from that too.

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    Around the beginning of 2013, I fell back into some bad habits and coupled that with some depression and apathy. The result? I regained pretty much all the weight that I had lost since 2009ish, was pushing 300 pounds, and my high blood pressure was ticking up. After I got the blood pressure down, I started taking phentermine. Yesterday, I had my checkup for refill authorization, and I am down to 255
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    I was able to successfully go from 250lbs to 230lbs over last summer and fall. Exercise videos every other day. Long 45 minute walks everyday. Calorie counting with "myfitness pal" app. But totally fell off the wagon during this cold bitter Indiana winter. Found it very hard to motivate myself during this time and keep up with workouts. I fell back to working out only 2 times a week. I stopped calorie counting, but I didn't really change my diet that much, so haven't gained any of the weight back thank goodness. Hope I can re-spark things this spring, wanting to get back to around 200LBS.

    Diet tips- Marsh/Kroger sells a canned Iced Green Tea(in the tea section) Called Steaz Iced Green Tea. Its a 16oz can. Each can only has 80 calories. They have an assortment of flavors, all natural and organic. About $1.50 per can. I've have found this drink to be a life saver for satisfying my sweet tooth and drastically cutting back on sodas. My wife and I only buy one 12 pack of soda every week now, where we used to buy 2-3 packs. The amount of liquid calories I have eliminated per week has greatly helped me keep control of my weight. I drink one per day at lunch, and I find it really satisfies me for most of the afternoon to where i'm not craving a Soda when I get home. Stay away from the 0 calorie raspberry flavor it has artificial sweetener and tastes terrible. im not sure why they even offer that version when all the other flavors taste amazing and are very low calorie.
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    I will definitely check out those green teas at Marsh. I had a setback this week getting the flu. Feeling nasty and achy except my appetite is pretty good for the most part. Been laying around the past four days, missed 2 days of work and eaten more than I usually do. I am shooting a return to work Saturday and next week I will most likely have to work extra and my family will be out of town next weekend so I will be able to eat a little better and get back on that track and hopefully get my but into the gym more. I have a weigh in tomorrow but I have to cancel due to this flu. I still have around 4 weeks of adipex and I am expecting that I need to lose around 20 pounds before seeing the doctor again if I want to avoid his recommendation of lap band surgery.

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    Well, another round of pneumonia and inability to exercise killed it. I did lose 2 pounds last week and invested in a good weight watchers scale. Up 7 pounds from January meeting with nutritionist but she was all good with everything with all of the health problems. This makes pneumonia 5 times within 16 months. I am sure glad my Healthy Indiana Plan insurance was approved and now I can get second opinions from civilian doctors and not rely on the VA. Anyone else have any progress and secrets.

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    Anyone looking for a workout partner in the Anderson area that goes to planet fitness? I desperately need someone motivated to help me and keep me motivated. I will be starting a food journal tomorrow so wish me luck. I mainly need someone who is looking to do more cardio and light weight strength training. I work a different schedule but could meet 3-4 times a week usually. I am an older guy at 43, but for my size I am athletic. I would be willing to help you with heavy weights by spotting and helping get everything ready for you.

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    Been working at a desk for years now, and at 34, the metabolism isn't what it was. Used to be real skinny, 5'10 140-150 till I was 28. I was up to 198 last year. I did some workout and running and got to 175, and then quit all through winter till a few weeks ago.

    I've been watching what I eat (well, better than I used to anyway, still a work in progress here) and cutting portion sizes, so I didn't really gain the weight back even when I stopped working out again. I'm just a thinnish guy now with a gut, and I hate it. Tired feeling all the time too, which pisses me off more.

    Started Insanity with 2 friends (both of whom are in Indiana), and I'm in Atlanta. 3 weeks in, and I've lost about an inch off the gut. Not much, but it's a start. Waist 36 now, and I want to get down to a 31 or 32. I definitely feel more energized than I have in years! Plan to keep up with the workouts after Insanity too. Found some people where I work that are big into cross fit and do it in the mornings at the free gym at work (it's small, but something at least...and free!).

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    I was able to successfully go from 250lbs to 230lbs over last summer and fall. Exercise videos every other day. Long 45 minute walks everyday. Calorie counting with "myfitness pal" app. But totally fell off the wagon during this cold bitter Indiana winter. Found it very hard to motivate myself during this time and keep up with workouts. I fell back to working out only 2 times a week. I stopped calorie counting, but I didn't really change my diet that much, so haven't gained any of the weight back thank goodness. Hope I can re-spark things this spring, wanting to get back to around 200LBS.

    Diet tips- Marsh/Kroger sells a canned Iced Green Tea(in the tea section) Called Steaz Iced Green Tea. Its a 16oz can. Each can only has 80 calories. They have an assortment of flavors, all natural and organic. About $1.50 per can. I've have found this drink to be a life saver for satisfying my sweet tooth and drastically cutting back on sodas. My wife and I only buy one 12 pack of soda every week now, where we used to buy 2-3 packs. The amount of liquid calories I have eliminated per week has greatly helped me keep control of my weight. I drink one per day at lunch, and I find it really satisfies me for most of the afternoon to where i'm not craving a Soda when I get home. Stay away from the 0 calorie raspberry flavor it has artificial sweetener and tastes terrible. im not sure why they even offer that version when all the other flavors taste amazing and are very low calorie.
    I don't drink much soda or eat spicy food cause I had an ulcer a few years ago (thanks high stressed job). May still have it, but while I still get acid reflux daily, it's not near as bad as it once was. I take a pill every other day for the acid reflux. Ugh.
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    I just went to the doctor Friday at the VA Hospital and weighed in at 338.2 lbs. He did estimate possibly 8-10 pounds extra on me from edema though. Added Lasix for that. Afterward went straight to K-Mart and bought a weight watcher's scale and to the dollar store to but a tablet to start writing down everything I eat and count daily calories, water intake and exercise. My nutritionist gave me a great calorie counting book that has most fast food restaurants as well in it and has tips of what to eat. I have done better eating since then and will be weighing myself every other Friday. The doctor changed my medicine so hopefully I will be dropping some weight with that too since half of them have a side effect of weight gain and increased appetite. I go back in four months and have a personal goal to be sub 300 by my birthday at the end of August. I have a new workout partner and will be starting with her Monday hopefully. Hopefully the knees and ankle hold up with exercise. Doc checked out my left knee and said he would recommend an MRI and same for right knee. For the ankle he said return to the specialist who did last surgery. The only thing is that I have to be sub 300 for the MRI or the doc will not refer me to it. Taking Adipex too so hopefully with that diet and some exercise I can get down far enough. He thinks the left knee has a torn ACL.

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    I've heard it said, if you consume less than 1,200 calories per day, you're pretty much guaranteed to lose weight. I find it's not really hard to just eat a very simple salad, or maybe some pita bread + Greek yogurt, for lunch and feel full. The key is just tricking yourself into thinking you ate as much as you normally would (I used to be on a terrible, only-have-5-minutes-for-everything fast food lunch diet).

    And cutting soda radically down or out is key too. Can of Pepsi is 150 calories, so I've found if I'm going to have a Pepsi for lunch, I try to make sure the rest of my lunch combined with the Pepsi doesn't exceed 400 calories. Normally have just 1 can of soda per day now, maybe 2 if I'm feeling saucy, and substituting water for soda alone pretty much dropped 10 lbs for me.

    I mostly struggle with exercise. I exercise every day, for about an hour every day, but I've done this on-and-off on other plans in the past, and I've found I'm just not really good at running, and I'm currently having some issues with my spin bike. So I'm doing some light jogging, walking and soccer shooting/juggling for an hour-plus each day now, and it's working, but I can tell I'll need to ramp it up if I want to continue losing weight at a good clip. I'm good at playing sports but terrible at exercising. Go figure.

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    If it's bread, pop, or fried, don't eat it. Real easy. Stick to that, you'll lose weight. A lot. Get up and outside, you'll lose more. Shoot some hoops. You'll get more energy the more you use.

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    This week I went with 2200 calories a day and 30 minutes of exercise so far. I still have 3 more days before I weigh myself. Work has been real busy so working up a sweat there has been easy. I am transitioning off of some pain medication to something less addictive and hopefully one that does not increase appetite. I have been doing one pop a day and next week it will be cut out. I like the no bread, fried or pop idea so I might go to that. Dropping the calorie total down to 2000 calories next week and 1800 calories the week after that. My nutritionist doesn't want me to drop below that. In week 3 I will be upping the exercise plan to an hour a day if pain tolerates it. Thanks for all of the tips. With the weather getting better doing things like playing ball with the kids and mowing the yard should help too.

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    One of the biggest things for me was transitioning to coffee without sugar or cream, and iced tea with little or no sugar...
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    Thanks for all of the encouragement and ideas guys. I dropped down to 2000 calories this week and will be dropping to 1800 next week. I weighed in at 333.3 this morning. Now weighing myself every Monday morning.

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    Just for some encouragement, because if my lazy *** can do this, anyone can. The last time I posted in this thread, I was 217.8 (on May 3). Today, I am 209.8 (May 17).

    It really is as simple as maintaining a good diet, and getting some GOOD exercise in. I've been eating right, cutting out the soda, getting at least 60-90 minutes of biking on high resistance and 60-90 minutes of light running/soccer in each day. I'm lighter every day -- though I don't suggest weighing yourself every day (I do just because it's an odd feeling to literally be losing weight every day).

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    Jeff, I hope you get that workout partner. If you dont, still get to the gym. It's so easy once you get in the habit. I only workout 45 minutes 4 days a week. And it's made a big difference. When I was counting calories along with my exercising, I lost 30 lbs fairly easy. I slacked off on the diet over the winter, but I only put on 5 lbs. All that fried, greasy junk doesn't sound good once you're out of the habit. My cholesterol has stayed under control. My feet bother me, so all I do is hit the elliptical for about 45 minutes. That's it. It really is easy. You can do it.

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    Oh yeah. I started a new diet to try and knock a few more pounds off. engine2diet.com
    I like it so far and have lost 3 lbs this week. It's kind of extreme. I'll stick with it for the 28 day challenge and see where I'm at then.
    I'll make it official for some more accountability. Week one: starting weight 214, lost 3, now at 211.

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    Stilll looking for that workout partner but I plan to start going on my own. I ended a poor week calorie wise and plan to start counting again and measuring everything and quit estimating. I just gotta get into the gym. With my knee situation I gotta stick to the elliptical and bicycle right now even though I like using the treadmill. I will be getting my insurance soon through the Healthy Indiana Plan so I might be able to get the knee looked at to see what are the options. It has already been scoped twice and I don't think the fall helped anything. Glad to get another opinion since the VA gave me 3 different ones by three different docs. The 1st said a severe sprain, the second said possible nerve damage in my back and the last said ligament damage so hopefully it is an easy fix. At least I stayed the same weight wise this week. Thanks for the encouragement and I will be getting to work because once I get under 315 my plan is to reward myself with a new tattoo.

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    Been eating too many sweets lately. Haven't lost any size from my waist for 2 weeks now. Slacked off a little, but back in full throttle mode. I only need to lose a little, 3 more inches off the waist and I'll be happy. Only having sweets once a week and no sodas. I'm still putting some sugar in the raw in my oatmeal for breakfast though. Plain oatmeal just sucks. hahaha

    At 34, I feel like I'm at the point of no return, if I don't keep up with the workouts and eating better, then I'm never gonna lose the gut. Just have to or I'll continue to hate how I look, and ultimately hate myself.
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    Been eating too many sweets lately. Haven't lost any size from my waist for 2 weeks now. Slacked off a little, but back in full throttle mode. I only need to lose a little, 3 more inches off the waist and I'll be happy. Only having sweets once a week and no sodas. I'm still putting some sugar in the raw in my oatmeal for breakfast though. Plain oatmeal just sucks. hahaha

    At 34, I feel like I'm at the point of no return, if I don't keep up with the workouts and eating better, then I'm never gonna lose the gut. Just have to or I'll continue to hate how I look, and ultimately hate myself.
    Sweets are my downfall too. I haven't had any refined sugar in over two weeks. It was tough at a couple of moments. I had a craving so bad last week, it had to have been what some kind of drug withdrawal feels like. Ive found that fruit helps. I eat a lot of bananas. And keeping chopped cantaloupe in the fridge has been a good thing when I feel like snacking.
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    Week 3: down to 206 (-8 lbs)
    It doesn't seem like that's a ton of weight, but it's come off pretty easy considering I haven't amped any exercise up. There's the old saying "70% diet, 30% exercise" (something like that). I've heard some who would switch those numbers. What do you guys believe when it comes to that? jeffg, what's new with you?

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    Week 3: down to 206 (-8 lbs)
    It doesn't seem like that's a ton of weight, but it's come off pretty easy considering I haven't amped any exercise up. There's the old saying "70% diet, 30% exercise" (something like that). I've heard some who would switch those numbers. What do you guys believe when it comes to that? jeffg, what's new with you?
    When I was losing all my weight I ran 5 miles a day and ate right. Now I just eat right and work out once or twice a week normally playing basketball. I have stayed at 165-170 for the past year and a half(was up to 235). For me it is 90% what you eat and 10% exercise. I will say I feel much better on days when I work out and get sweating. I do believe it is mostly what you fuel your body with, but you need both parts to feel your best. That is the reason I lost all my weight I was feeling like **** all the time. My energy is 10X now then 2 and a half years ago. My focus is so much better and I plan to stay in this lifestyle for the rest of my life.

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