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  • #16
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    Bayou your message appeared while I was writing mine so I only just saw it!


    Thank you so much!


    I have lots of "before" pics. But am feeling increasingly panic-stricken that there never will be any "after" ones!


    I am NOT beautiful but my god I used to be!


    Look at these two photos of my face when slim and when fat. These photos always make me cry.


    This is what I USED to look like


    http://i984.photobucket.com/albums/ae329/ZC-350/1985.jpg


    This is how incredibly ugly I am now


    http://i984.photobucket.com/albums/ae329/ZC-350/faceaugust2009.jpg


    This is what my body used to look like when I was cycling and playing tennis


    http://i984.photobucket.com/albums/ae329/ZC-350/helenaaged15.jpg


    This is me today:


    http://i984.photobucket.com/albums/ae329/ZC-350/extra%20pics%20August%202009/P1010005.jpg


    You can see why my name is Desperate.

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    • #17
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      Desperate: Apparently I shouldn't read stuff at six in the morning. Reading comprehension FAIL on my part.


      About the doctor situation - man, that's rough. I don't know what to tell you about your doctor situation except to ignore anything he says that isn't relevant to your life. Have you had him run an insulin-level check? If not, I would - just because your BG is good doesn't mean your insulin isn't out of whack.


      The firming up is the first step! Keep doing what you're doing there. I'd recommend getting Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution because even though you're not a diabetic, he has good information about exercise and what it does to muscles that is helpful for those of us who want to burn off fat and get efficient workouts.


      Again, I wish you the best of luck, and keep us all posted.

      Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

      Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


      Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

      My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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      • #18
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        Hi, Desperate. I haven't endured your particular struggle, but I just wanted to offer a huge WELCOME to this community! I'm pretty new here, myself, and have found this a generally knowledgeable and supportive group -- I hope you'll hang around a lot.


        Speaking of "knowledgeable," it sounds like you've done your homework and are on the right path. As others have said, 5 weeks isn't long to adjust after all your body has been through for the past 30 years. You're feeling better, firming up, seeing results, enjoying the lifestyle...stick with it, girl! You can do this.

        Nightlife ~ Chronicles of Less Urban Living, Fresh from In the Night Farm ~ Idaho's Primal Farm! http://inthenightlife.wordpress.com/

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        • #19
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          From reading through all these posts I think the one thing that hasn't been addressed is your exercise habits. Don't get me wrong you mentioned that you exercise and you seem very knowledgeable about all these topics but i think i different regimen would be more beneficial for really kick starting some weightloss and body recomposition. recomposition being the important factor in changing how your body looks and feels. You should look into strength training, and find something that you can do thats gonna stimulate some muscle growth and not just muscle exhuastion.


          And also welcome to the boards! I wish you all the best success in your future health!

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          • #20
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            Pankratos, did you notice that the OP weighs 365 lbs? At that weight, merely walking around is a huge effort, and lifting weights has a huge risk of injuring her already over-burdened joints. Water exercise (which she is doing) is absolutely the best thing she can do until she sheds some weight through diet. (Which we're assuming will happen if she keeps going with the PB diet.)


            Of course, Desperate, you should start pushing yourself out of your comfort zone within your water workouts. Try to do everything a little faster and with more oomph. (How's that for a scientific description?)


            The next step should be a simple walking program. I highly recommend the Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds videos, which are basic, non-intimidating workouts that you can do in front of your tv.

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            • #21
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              Hi and welcome...

              You've been given some great advice and encouragement, and I want to second everyone who says you ARE on the right path.


              I just wanted to pick up on your (idiot) GP though - you most certainly have the right to change GP - is there another in that practice that will listen to you? Or is there another practice nearby? I'm fairly urban, so I'm in the catchment area of a few different surgeries luckily. However I've pretty much given up on the NHS helping me (different issues, but chronic problem).

              Is there any chance you could request a referral at all? To Endocrinologist, or erm anyone else basically?


              If not, please don't be discouraged.

              I've always found the NHS to be fantastic at fixing someone who gets run over, but useless at chronic / longterm things.

              Slow and steady wins the race here - the journey is just as important as the destination.

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              • #22
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                I do realize that the OP is 365 lbs, and perhaps you expressed the point i was trying to make a little more concisely than I did, in that she should be focused on pushing herself in all of her workouts. She mentioned in the OP that she did the exercises that didn't cause too much pain. I was only trying to say that she should be fatiguing her muscles and not just depleting them of glycogen, the response from your muscles is drastically different.


                Strength training in this case may just be some slightly larger weights and some compound exercise, maybe even some isometrics. Something more than you can do "behind a desk" Like dragonmamma said, the farther you move out of your comfort zone the better your results and quality of life will become. Quality of life being one of the major parts of the PB that can sometimes be overlooked when people focus on cravings and calories and weight. I think its great for anyone to make changes that better their lives and I wish Desperate all the best. Her journey to a healthier and better life might be longer than most, but its the journey that matters in the long run and I hope you and everyone else can enjoy each and every positive change in their life.

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                • #23
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                  Pankratos, you are flat out wrong. The worst thing she can do is to try to burn up calories. Even CW is waking up to this fact, that exercise beyond simple walking types puts your body into "Save fat!" mode and makes you eat more. Poster after poster has come here puzzled why they aren't losing weight, after all, they work out 2 hours every day......


                  "I've always found the NHS to be fantastic at fixing someone who gets run over, but useless at chronic / longterm things." Trust me, no different than in America. At least you have a health care plan, I am 63 and have my diet, a bottle of aspirin, and the E.R. Welcome to America's idea of the HC I deserve.

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                  • #24
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                    Hi D,

                    I just wanted to say how impressive I think your health changes seem already! It is inspirational for all of us.


                    Nice to see someone from the UK as well. Whereabouts are you if I may ask?


                    Mx

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                    • #25
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                      From one fluffy person to another, don't give up, but please eat something green preferably in the form of a plant. I am sure you know Atkins inside and out, but even he suggested a low of 20 carbs a day on induction. The very best to you; you deserve a win.

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                      • #26
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                        Green meat won't do?????

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                        • #27
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                          Mmm... green cheese!

                          quette's journal

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                          • #28
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                            Desperate, I don't have much to add to what others have said. I just wanted to tell you that you're on the right track and I wish you well. Keep at it and you'll see the results you want.


                            P.S.: Ditch the hummus - too many carb. Also french beans have more sugar/carbs than green, leafy vegetables.

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                            • #29
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                              It seems like there are quite a few very different suggestions here.


                              elasee, you sound just as ignorant as that idiot doctor of D. There are quite a few people on this forum that follow 90/10 ratio of fat to protein with maybe 1% carbs and they swear by it. Now, to maintain that kind of ratio and also keep up with your normal daily intake of protein they end up consuming over 3,000 calories a day.

                              I apologize, I can't recall the names of those individuals, so if you happen to see this message please identify yourself and maybe share your experiences with Desperate. I think it might be very helpful in her situation.

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                              • #30
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                                Desperate you should check out www.howcelebritiesloseweight.com for any information on workouts and tips! you see celebs looking great at any age and you wonder how they do it, but it's all exercise and diet, you should definitely check it out!

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