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Top 10 Reasons to Drop 10

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  • I'm struggling today because I didn't get enough sleep last night. I stayed up talking some political points with my daughter, and next thing I know it's a quarter to midnight! I've been doing SO WELL on getting to bed before 11pm for the past few weeks, so today I am REALLY feeling it! I'm guzzling coffee and just had a cream-filled donut - not good choices, I know. Also, the bit about "mouth hunger" is a good one. Sometimes if I see it, I want it and can't stop thinking about it. I'm still working on that one. Losing 10% of my weight would actually put me at my goal weight of 135 lbs, sounds good but SOOOO not easy. I've been trying for over a year and have made such little progress; nights like last night & attitude like this morning sure don't help! Oh well, at least lunch & dinner will be healthier than a donut. Try to get in that run this evening (probably a slow run, but better than nothing), and then get to bed by 10:30pm tonight. Hopefully that will give me a clearer head in the morning....
    I made a different sort of New Year's resolution at the beginning of this year - to just be healthier (portion control, reasonable workouts, fewer processed foods, more water). It has really paid off in a virtually painless way! I'm closing in on the 25 lb mark and eat just about whatever I want. (I just make sure I log EVERYTHING!) I feel better and my energy level is off the charts.
  • I have tried to solve the 'mouth hunger' problem by adding a list of 'Spoonfuls' to my tracker - a number of different combinations of small amountsof foods that I like on a dessert spoon. I have counted the calories for each combination as well as I can. It's like the fillings of a tiny cocktail sandwich - but no bread or canape of course. It has certainly helped me and may be of use to others.
  • Thank you for the comments. I am just starting my weight loss/life style changes.
    I did not realized how much I was eating until I began using the tracker. You have offered me the encouragement I needed.
  • GATINA18
    thank you jiminyc for the updated link.
  • I lose weight slowly, but I cherish every pound lost since I am obese. In 14 months I have lost 25 lbs and I get heart burn 2x a week instead of 7x a week, parts of my body are closed to toned looking, and my double chin is almost gone. I have 39 more lbs to go. I'm hopeful to get to a normal BMI by December. I can go up many, many flights of stairs without tiring. I remember being 194 lbs and getting exhausted going up 1.5 flights.
  • So far I've lost 5% of my body weight and I feel amazing! I sleep great, my energy level is increasing, I can do so much more with my body, and I even focus better. I can't wait to see what 10% feels like!
    I have lost 30 lbs. which is a little more than 10% of my body weight. I do not feel better. I hurt all the time from exercise. I never had knee probems before exercising - now they hurt all the time. I don't sleep better. I don't have more energy. I am usually hungry. My blood pressure was fine to begin with and still is but is not lower. The only positive is that my A1C number has dropped to near-normal and some of my clothes fit better. I get so tired of reading these articles about how everything will be much better if you just lost 10% of your body weight. BS!
  • The download link for printable take along portion size in this article no longer works.

    I found this one:
  • I appreciate your logical suggestions. They are not to difficult to put into practice. The simplicity makes it more appealing and not so daunting.
    Low-Fat diet someone already said it and it is so true have to learn to read labels that is how I found almost everything that is low fat is high in sugar, and all the other things you mentioned I am sure
    Fast Weight Reduction Plan
    Fat-free foods happen to be popular for a long time. However, these foods are often not low in calories. Lots of people complete with fats absolutely free or lowered unwanted fat cookies and desserts. When ingesting a lesser amount of extra fat, they will eat additional processed sugars and carb supply, which can be full off energy and may be changed into fats saved in your body. As necessary, the chubby population still is escalating despite a large use of fat-free food. This means that which a fat-free eating plan is not actually the reply to shedding weight. .... continued reading
  • The PDF link goes to a site that no longer exists. Anyone find the actual site?
  • One thing that has helped me with "mouth hunger" is gum. I used to never chew gum, but now I chew it most of the time because it gives me something to "eat" without having the calories. Yes, it has some calories, but it's maybe 5 calories for an hour's worth of eating. So I think it's more than worth it!
  • The poll question is an interesting one. I don't like the idea of New Year's resolutions. Why? Because they make us feel as if the only time we can or should think about big changes in our lifestyle is around this time of year. Most people who think that way have given up on that resolution in 2 or 3 months' time.

    A resolution doesn't just have to be made at the beginning of a new year. It can and should be made when you experience your Ah-ha! moment. That it is when it becomes time to take action, as you're making a conscious decision to change for yourself, and not setting unrealistic goals because society or the media tells you it's that time of year to do so.

    That being said, I am on the way to losing 10% of my body weight. When I started this journey near the end of October 2013 I was 202.5 lbs. It is now mid-December, and I am roughly 188. And you know what? I am feeling GREAT already! I have already started to experience many of the benefits discussed in the article. I have never had issues sleeping, but I feel that I sleep better now because I feel more accomplished at the end of a day for working out and taking other steps to improve my health and my life during the day. I have more energy that lasts longer throughout the day. I don't overeat anymore; I eat when it's time to and have an occasional snack, but often find that I don't even need that because the food I'm eating is high in nutrients and low in things like saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. Not only am I losing weight, but my measurements are slowly decreasing and I am becoming stronger and more capable of completing my workouts. My confidence is also building! Even though I'm still well above my goal weight of 140, I feel that I look better in my clothes, particularly in workout clothing. So if I decide to join a gym or attend fitness classes anytime soon I won't be too concerned about how I look in comparison to everyone else. In fact, many of my clothes are now much too lose! It's always a good feeling (and a serious motivator) when you discover that you have to buy new clothes because you LOST weight rather than because you've gained it. And where I didn't always feel sexy enough for fun nights with my man, I now feel MUCH better about how I look without clothes on. Again, I'm still nowhere near my goal weight, but I am more toned and less flabby. He hasn't seen my like this in years and is kind enough to show his appreciation. That's also a serious motivator!

    Once I reach the initial goal of losing 10% of of my weight, I plan to treat myself with a day of shopping. I'm already putting money aside for it so that I don't feel the need to overspend, but so that I can buy my new clothing and shoes with confidence! It just so happens that this goal should be reached around the first of the year 2014, so not too long now! And it will be nice to start off the new year with new things and a new outlook on my strength and ability to keep it going. So if I make any resolutions for 2014, it will be to stick to my current goals and enjoy feeling good in my new skin and my new wardrobe!

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