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Losing weight...

I want to start losing weight. I know it would make me feel better about myself. Problem is, there's so much information out there, so many tips and tecniques, diets, etc that its hard to even know where to begin. I know I need to eat healthier, but exactly what does that consist of? I'm terrible at counting calories. I could join one of the programs, but their expensive and I'm not sure how much I'd learn anyway...I don't really want to be on them for the rest of my life either. I know I need to be more active, and have seriously given thought to using the treadmills we have at work. One day a week to start, that's not too much I don't think.
In this diet though, I don't want to give up everything I enjoy. I like my mochas in the morning, and though it would probably be a good idea to cut back (money thing too), I don't want to give them up. I like the pizza when I don't feel like cooking (though I try not to do this often either). Anyone know of any communities set up for dietary ideas?

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( 26 comments — Drop A Feather )
9thmoon
Apr. 11th, 2002 11:23 am (UTC)
Count calories and exercise.
I lost 23 lbs in two months, without the exercise part.
Counting carlories is a headache at first but once you start getting an idea how many calories are in things and how much you need to be eating, it's easy. And you can eat anything you want. You don't have to give up mochas - just maybe move down to a tall, or do mochas every other day and cheap hot chocolate in between. You get smarter about where to "spend" your calories.
Do you carry a big purse or a backpack or anything?

onyxangel
Apr. 11th, 2002 11:54 am (UTC)
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No...but I could always get something. I need to anyway with as much crap as I haul around.
9thmoon
Apr. 11th, 2002 11:57 am (UTC)
The reason I ask is, I carry a little book with me that lists calories for... everything. It's just paperback-sized, but I've never *not* found something in there. So I carry it with me to work in the same bag as whatever paperback I'm reading, my CDs, and bills to pay on lunch break...
onyxangel
Apr. 11th, 2002 12:12 pm (UTC)
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Oh cool! Is it a book I can buy? I can manage to do that
9thmoon
Apr. 11th, 2002 12:24 pm (UTC)
Yep. I bought it at a bookstore last fall. If I can remember the name of it...
onyxangel
Apr. 11th, 2002 12:27 pm (UTC)
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Dontcha have it with you?! ;)
9thmoon
Apr. 11th, 2002 12:31 pm (UTC)
Not today. If I did, I'd know how many calories were in my mini-moos
onyxangel
Apr. 11th, 2002 12:38 pm (UTC)
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LOL
luxxdesade
Apr. 11th, 2002 12:09 pm (UTC)
Hey, everyone has their own 'diet' plan...it just depends on who you talk to is what they say is best, and everyone is violently oposed to everyone elses plan...
But here is the simplest thing....and it can be done pretty quick..this is what my dad was told when he was diagnosed with diabetes...Walk....30 minutes a day...you can do it in sections too, no less then 10 minutes though...by the end of it, you shouldn't be able to sing, but you should be able to talk fine...that and just watching what goes through your mouth is the most important, be it carbs, fats, what every, something different works for everyone, the one major thing behind it is exercise.

anyway enough for my faux diatribe

ciao
onyxangel
Apr. 11th, 2002 12:15 pm (UTC)
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*grins* Yeah....I'm not sure I can do 30 minutes a day yet.....but, I can start with once a week, for at least 30 minutes.
luxxdesade
Apr. 11th, 2002 12:17 pm (UTC)
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hahahha they did recomend 5 days a week, but a start is exactly that, going gung ho w/o some other force driving you is hard...

Its kinda like quiting smoking....if ya have someone to do it with, it seems a lot easier to do....i know i used to go walking all the time with friends. we would just walk along alki, or on cap hill or something just talking
we actually were going outside to smoke but walked at the same time....great conversations when ya walk too...and you see a lot of great things.
onyxangel
Apr. 11th, 2002 12:24 pm (UTC)
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Yeah..but, its still cold outside. And downstairs in the building, there's a tv and a treadmill. I just gotta make myself use it.
luxxdesade
Apr. 11th, 2002 12:26 pm (UTC)
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hahahahaha damn i wanna live in a building like that....

or are you talking work?

we have a gym at work, i just cant bring myself to using it...id rather be outside personally...wakes me up from that drool inspiring job i have
onyxangel
Apr. 11th, 2002 12:34 pm (UTC)
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Work. I live in an old apartment building - no exercise stuff there. :)
luxxdesade
Apr. 11th, 2002 04:30 pm (UTC)
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yeah my apartments dont have any either :( if they did id be more likely to...

its just the entire...workout at work...im not exactly sure where the one shower for the boys is, ive been pointed out the womans though...doesnt help to much...so im like...sweaty at work...ummmmmmmmmm NO
onyxangel
Apr. 11th, 2002 04:34 pm (UTC)
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Go after work :P
luxxdesade
Apr. 11th, 2002 04:48 pm (UTC)
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hahahaha NO...i work 10 hour days and am at work already 11 because of lunches...in there, im never in the mood to work out right after work...if i could wait an hour or so id be kewl...but who wants to stay around ANOTHER hour after that kinda day?
onyxangel
Apr. 11th, 2002 04:54 pm (UTC)
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lol..good point
jezebelesque
Apr. 11th, 2002 03:03 pm (UTC)
My husband has been taking HerbaLife & he's lost 10 in 2 months. Not much, but he doesn't exercise or really watch what he eats. Best wishes!!!

onyxangel
Apr. 11th, 2002 03:36 pm (UTC)
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That's not bad...but that isn't what I want really. I don't want to be on something like that for a lifetime, and when you get off of that (from my own experiences anyway) you end up gaining the weight (and some) back. I want this to be more permenant :) However, help isn't bad.
jezebelesque
Apr. 12th, 2002 02:05 pm (UTC)
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If you want permanence, then you'll have to change your eating habits, rather than go on a diet, but I'm sure you already know that :)
onyxangel
Apr. 12th, 2002 02:09 pm (UTC)
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Yeah...that's more what I'm looking for.
discordian
Apr. 11th, 2002 06:42 pm (UTC)
Start studying a martial art. That shit whips your ass into shape like you wouldn't believe. Gets the metabolism up, muscles working, lungs expanding... the whole nine yards. Best part, unlike the diet plans, and pills, and all that other crap it works for everyone, and it's a whole lot more fun than just going to the gym.
onyxangel
Apr. 11th, 2002 07:53 pm (UTC)
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For those who are generally interested in martial arts perhaps...I've done a little bit, and honestly could leave it just as easily as take it. I also have a tendancy not to do well in groups of strangers...tried to go with one person I knew, quit when she dropped out. Hence, the no gym thing too.
angiebrat
Apr. 11th, 2002 08:33 pm (UTC)
Well, I've just got done with diabetes classes. They said in there that everyone should go with almost a modified version of what diabetics should eat because essentually.. type 2 diabetes... is mostly from being overweight and heriditary.. and well.. so.. it's a big lifestyle change but it's not a diet.. don't think of it as diet... ohhh and there are some cookbooks out there.. that if you follow any combo of breakfast lunch or dinner it's 1500 calories.. and they say that's a lot of eating.. and remember to eat breakfast.. gets the metobolism going for the day... and you need that... okay so I'll stop rambling... but if you want to check out some of the stuff they gave.. it might just help..
onyxangel
Apr. 12th, 2002 09:29 am (UTC)
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What was that book?
( 26 comments — Drop A Feather )