The new me: 98 pounds later
#11
Congratulations Clare. You look great. 

Do you shop at an organic grocery store?

Do you have a lot more energy?

Do you notice you are able to manage stress better?

Do you feel people treat you different now based on how you look?

How much milk do you drink in a week?

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#12
(11-17-2013, 06:43 PM)christulsa123 Wrote: Congratulations Clare. You look great. 

Thanks!
Quote:Do you shop at an organic grocery store?

I had been shopping at a regular supermarket on the weekend and stopping by Whole Foods Market for extra produce and certain bulk foods during the week.  Very recently, I switched to Whole Foods Market for most of my food shopping.  (I feel so special shopping there.   :P)  I also visit the local farmer's market (mostly Amish and Mennonite farmers) on Saturday mornings for most of my vegetables.
Quote:Do you have a lot more energy?

Absolutely.  At 330 pounds or so, I was dying.  Literally.
Quote:Do you notice you are able to manage stress better?

A little bit.  I'm an emotional person, so any improvement is at the margins.
Quote:Do you feel people treat you different now based on how you look?

Yes.
Quote:How much milk do you drink in a week?

I used to drink milk like water.  At the outset of this weight loss, I resolved to limit myself to 2 8-oz. servings a day.  I have stuck to that.  I drink whole milk because it is more satisfying.  You know, the French paradox.
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#13
Well done Clare! Congratulations.

Your thoughts on "whole" foods and low carb foods are simply the way to go. The longer you do it, the more you realize it's not a diet, but instead a lifestyle. My wife and I have followed the primal/paleo lifestyle with our food for the last 2 years. I can't even begin to describe the effects, the increased energy, overall feeling of healthiness and the ease at which you lose weight until you reach your body's appropriate size for performance.

Keep it up and ensure you get plenty of sleep to allow your body to properly recover!

- Taylor
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#14
(11-17-2013, 07:01 PM)Clare Brigid Wrote:
(11-17-2013, 06:43 PM)christulsa123 Wrote: Congratulations Clare. You look great. 

Thanks!
Quote:Do you shop at an organic grocery store?

I had been shopping at a regular supermarket on the weekend and stopping by Whole Foods Market for extra produce and certain bulk foods during the week.  Very recently, I switched to Whole Foods Market for most of my food shopping.  (I feel so special shopping there.   :P)  I also visit the local farmer's market (mostly Amish and Mennonite farmers) on Saturday mornings for most of my vegetables.
Quote:Do you have a lot more energy?

Absolutely.  At 330 pounds or so, I was dying.  Literally.
Quote:Do you notice you are able to manage stress better?

A little bit.  I'm an emotional person, so any improvement is at the margins.
Quote:Do you feel people treat you different now based on how you look?

Yes.
Quote:How much milk do you drink in a week?

I used to drink milk like water.  At the outset of this weight loss, I resolved to limit myself to 2 8-oz. servings a day.  I have stuck to that.  I drink whole milk because it is more satisfying.  You know, the French paradox.

I love Wholefoods. When the budget allows, ie. How to put it. Its not a toxic environment.  We will get some produce, in bulk brown rice, flax seed, walnuts, and oatmeal, then miso paste, seltzer water, multigrain bread, and a small snack from the deli buffet. I feel like the most conservative person there, but the progressives act civil and friendly.

I love drinking milk now. Myself I find the 1% to be very satisying. It really helps regulate your appetite and its nutrient-rich.

One more question, if I may ask.  Can you share with us what motivated you to change your habits and lose the weight? 

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(11-17-2013, 08:50 PM)christulsa123 Wrote: One more question, if I may ask.  Can you share with us what motivated you to change your habits and lose the weight? 

I recovered the will to live.  That is the reason.  And once I recovered the will to live, I decided to take care of myself.

As I was, I did not want to live anymore.  I was not suicidal, or even depressed, but I wanted death to come soon.  I wanted out of this life.  I became morbidly obese and began coming down with illness after illness beginning in 2010 or 2011.

I think that's all I want to say about my motivation.  But it's a very good question.  In fact, the most important question for me.
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#16
(11-17-2013, 09:19 PM)Clare Brigid Wrote:
(11-17-2013, 08:50 PM)christulsa123 Wrote: One more question, if I may ask.  Can you share with us what motivated you to change your habits and lose the weight? 

I recovered the will to live.  That is the reason.  And once I recovered the will to live, I decided to take care of myself.

As I was, I did not want to live anymore.  I was not suicidal, or even depressed, but I wanted death to come soon.  I wanted out of this life.  I became morbidly obese and began coming down with illness after illness beginning in 2010 or 2011.

I think that's all I want to say about my motivation.  But it's a very good question.  In fact, the most important question for me.

Im glad you chose to LIVE! And take care of yourself!  Your hard work has payed off.
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#17
(11-17-2013, 05:49 PM)Clare Brigid Wrote: Thank you so much, DeoGratias.
(11-17-2013, 04:28 PM)DeoGratias72 Wrote: CB, how much time do you spend on the bike each day? And how much time do you think you spend walking around town? And how many meals do you eat a day?  I know when people eliminate carbs, they do not count calories, but do you have an idea of how many calories you consume each day? Thanks. Congrats.

I spend 55 minutes on the bike (the same one I linked to, which is inexpensive and SUPERB), six days a week.  I warm up by riding at a lower resistance for 5 minutes, after which I increase the resistance.  I spend the last 5 minutes cooling down at a lower resistance.  My heart rate gets up to about 120 beats a minute or slightly higher, which is just right.  I do this in the morning, before I eat breakfast.  Studies show that the body uses its fat stores more readily when one exercises in the morning before eating, because the glycogen stores are depleted and cannot be used by the body for quick energy.

Lately, I have been walking almost an hour, later in the day, five days a week.  But that has varied.  Sometimes, I have gone through periods where I walked 30 minutes tops throughout the day.  I opt to walk when I can.  For instance, today I walked 13 minutes to the subway to go to the traditional Mass at Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia.  Then I walked from the subway station to the church.  It might have totaled 40 minutes both ways.  Choices like that add up.

I usually eat approximately 6 meals or more a day.  Small ones, of course.  I know from experience that I'm hungry every 2-4 hours, averaging every 3 hours.  But I don't make a rule out of that.  If I feel biological hunger, I eat,  no matter when I've last eaten.  That is one of the basic principles of intuitive eating.

I have never eliminated carbs.  I like the idea of a low carb diet, but I have found that I cannot do it.  But I try to eat in that direction.  I eat plenty of whole grains, healthy root vegetables, etc., that one would not have on a strictly low carb diet (except on maintenance).

I really do not have any idea how many calories I consume, and that is a big part of intuitive eating.  It matters, of course.  Obviously, I am in a caloric deficit, or I would not be losing weight.  But I don't need to know!  I follow my biological hunger and . . . voila!   :)  It's sort of like being a forest creature or a small child.  They just know.

I'm happy to answer any other questions.


Thank you so much. What type of bike did you get? If you do not mind, how much was it? Thanks.
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#18
(11-19-2013, 05:15 PM)DeoGratias72 Wrote: What type of bike did you get? If you do not mind, how much was it? Thanks.

I bought this bike through Amazon.com:  http://www.amazon.com/Exerpeutic-Folding-Magnetic-Upright-Pulse/dp/B007595TKU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1384618117&sr=8-2&keywords=exerpeutic+folding+magnetic+upright+bike+with+pulse

It's called the Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike.  It is a wonderful exercise bike.  It's simple, well-made and super quiet.  I love it.  I've been using it since May.

I paid $152 for it, but it's available now for $129.  It's definitely worth it.  That's really a steal.

Here is a picture of my beloved exercise bike:

[Image: 0041124_exerpeutic-folding-magnetic-upri...-bike.jpeg]
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#19
I've lost 108.6 pounds as of this morning.  (6'.25" tall; started at 327; now weigh 218.4.)

I don't see the need to lose much more.  I actually feel great as I am now.

If anyone decides to try intuitive eating, please let me know so that we can offer mutual support.
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#20
Congratulations, you are my role model.  I weigh about 305 right now and have been told to lose weight over and over, but due to issues with knee surgery and tendon issues in my legs that is easier said than done.  I need to get a bike and the one you suggested looks very nice.  Eating right for our family is a little hard right now due to finances and trying to feed 4 people.  But we are persevering and praying that the Lord will help us through this.  I am going to look on the link you posted because that sounds like the way I have tried to eat.  Less carbs and whole foods.  I hate processed foods with a passion, they make me feel so sick.  We used to eat better before we purchased our double wide last year. It's hard to go from renting for a lifetime to owning a home and property, a definite learning curve, especially with nobody to guide us on what to look out for (escrow analysis'..another story), etc.

You look wonderful. You make me believe that it is possible for me to get to a healthy weight once again.  I am miserable weighing this much.  I have been told it's a sin of gluttony and a failure of temperance on my part and that it is something I need to work on. I try but it's very difficult. 

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