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    Have any of you consciously tried to change the way you think to be more like what is recommended in those articles? I have actually been consciously trying to practice some mindfulness about how I think about my body, and also for a couple other things I'd like to improve, and it seems to be a useful thing to do.

    For example, one of those things is playing the fiddle. I've forgiven myself for begin so horrible at it and stopped thinking about how bad I am. Instead, I focus on what I can do, on little improvements I make however small. It seems to be helping a lot. I've been trying to apply this to my relationship with my body and relationship to food. Just little shifts in my thinking toward the positive and the constructive and away from the negative. It seems to make a big difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    Have any of you consciously tried to change the way you think to be more like what is recommended in those articles? I have actually been consciously trying to practice some mindfulness about how I think about my body, and also for a couple other things I'd like to improve, and it seems to be a useful thing to do.

    For example, one of those things is playing the fiddle. I've forgiven myself for begin so horrible at it and stopped thinking about how bad I am. Instead, I focus on what I can do, on little improvements I make however small. It seems to be helping a lot. I've been trying to apply this to my relationship with my body and relationship to food. Just little shifts in my thinking toward the positive and the constructive and away from the negative. It seems to make a big difference.
    Since reading those articles I've become conscious of how often I look at my body with hatred. I've eased up on myself a bit: trying to see the curves as curves, not fat. And going a bit easier on myself about wrinkles etc. It does make life easier.

    Thats great you're applying it to other things too! I should do that with my job...

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    I hadn't read through that thread before. It just inspired me to drop some obsessive thoughts. I was planning on doing a "Wedding30" aka. crack down on my diet and cut out the junk (keep doing my primal thing) for the 30 days up to my wedding. I just don't want to be bloated, but I'm more concerned about FEELING bloated, not look bloated. So I will eat how I normally do and we'll save some cash, but screw vanity. I just want to feel good and be happy
    You're undoubtably going to look stunning on your wedding day Enjoy the run up to it - they're your last days as a "miss" - you don't want to spend them grouchy and crying into your iPhone cos' the florist only has ivory roses instead of cream...
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

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    Five ways to lose weight without losing your sanity

    1. Don’t obsess over the scale
    This is controversial advice, as many studies have shown people who weigh themselves regularly are more successful at long-term weight loss. The problem with the scale is that it can lie, it can be frustrating when it barely budges, it doesn’t reflect gaining muscle, and it can just become something you hate doing. While the studies show regular scale users are better at weight loss, they haven’t been compared with what I think are far more positive things to measure, such as miles run each week, weight lifted, fitness classes attended, fast food meals avoided, healthy meals prepared, fruits and vegetables consumed. And there are better ways to assess results, like how tight your clothes are, how you look in the mirror, your energy levels and even your sex drive. If you can use the scale in a way that elicits a positive mindset, then go ahead, but if it stresses you out, consider burying it and tracking these more important numbers instead.

    2. Slow and steady wins the race
    Walk into any bookstore, go to the diet section, and you’ll see outrageous weight loss claims a plenty. One book from the publishers of a popular magazine promises right on the cover that you can lose up to eight pounds in three days. The only way that’s actually possible is if the pages are infected with amoebic dysentery. Another book is called “10 pounds in 10 days.” These claims go far beyond unrealistic; they are ludicrous. Unless you start off weighing 300-plus pounds and live the unrealistic life of a Biggest Loser contestant, that kind of rapid weight loss is impossible.

    Many studies have shown those who focus on slow and steady weight loss are far better at sustaining it. We’re talking about anywhere from half a pound a week to a maximum of two pounds per week.

    3. Get a team together
    If you’re on a weight loss program and your family still wants pizza and chicken from a bucket twice a week, plus cupboards full of cookies and chips, that’s a problem. You can’t resist high-calorie junk that you have constant access too, so elicit their help in making your home a healthy-eating haven. You can also turn both family and friends into regular exercise partners to help motivate you to go.

    4. Understand exercise is more than burning calories
    Exercise has profound stress-reducing and brain-boosting effects. Not only does this have the ability to reduce the instances of stress eating, but the neurological effects of exercise involve improving what is called “executive function.” Executive function is what enables your decision making and ability to stick to a plan. In other words, it makes you better at making eating decisions and sticking to a healthy eating plan. So you need to understand this benefit and take advantage of it. Don’t believe that exercise entitles you to a food reward, but instead understand that it gives you the power to resist junk and make healthy choices.

    5. Don’t be hungry during the day
    This is one of the most powerful, sustainable weight loss tips I know. During the day, focus on being “satisfied” rather than “full,” but never hungry. Hunger during the day leads to runaway eating at night. There is one time it’s okay to be somewhat hungry, and that’s before bed, because your appetite resets overnight. Going to bed a little hungry (emphasis on “a little”) most nights is one of the sanest ways to lose weight.

    To achieve lasting weight loss, you must focus on loving the journey. White-knuckle weight loss is rarely sustainable, but a Zen mindset will eventually get, and keep, you there.

    James S. Fell, MBA, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist in Calgary. He writes the syndicated column “In-Your-Face Fitness” for the Chicago Tribune and consults with clients on strategic planning for fitness and health. Get your free Metabolism Report here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YogaBare View Post
    You're undoubtably going to look stunning on your wedding day Enjoy the run up to it - they're your last days as a "miss" - you don't want to spend them grouchy and crying into your iPhone cos' the florist only has ivory roses instead of cream...
    Haha, don't worry, the only flowers I'll be having are ones I buy at the grocery store the morning of. We're eloping at the engagement party .
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    This is one of the most powerful, sustainable weight loss tips I know. During the day, focus on being “satisfied” rather than “full,” but never hungry. Hunger during the day leads to runaway eating at night. There is one time it’s okay to be somewhat hungry, and that’s before bed, because your appetite resets overnight. Going to bed a little hungry (emphasis on “a little”) most nights is one of the sanest ways to lose weight.
    I strongly disagree with this one. One can train oneself to deal with hunger during the day - chewing stick, going for a walk, meditation, thinking that the wast majority of human beings went and still go hungry on the daily basis - all around the globe and all through the history, that it is normal and actually healthy to live half-hungry. But hungry at night for me means I can't fall asleep and if I do, I will wake up at 2 am, and stay down in bed fighting hunger for an hour or two, and then it will be time to get up. Then it will be sleep reduced to 5 or less hours a night and then a very hungry day with carb cravings. The sanest meal to miss imo is lunch, to be replaced by a walk.

    I tried reading books, and tried the self-acceptance, and white knuckled through not stepping on the scale for a while. I even told myself that I had been trying to lose weight since age 16, which is 21 years, and I would have served less in jail for killing a person... I had tried to relive and file away the experiences when I realized that I might have 'She tried to lose 10 lbs' written on my grave (swam too far out in the ocean too angry at myself for overeating at breakfast, at all inclusive... etc. I tried.

    In the end, I simply do not see heavier me as myself. I cannot abide it, and after a few weeks or months (or in case of childbirth 2 years) I resume the efforts to backtrack to 'me'. I have seen myself when I just eat after childbirth, and I am afraid to ever get there again, and I know how easy it is. Clean or dirty eating, doesn't matter. If I eat without regard to my body, I will be that again in a few short months.

    I am wondering if this year, my weight gain will actually trigger a question from the doctor during the yearly check up. And what kind of crap she will spew when I explain that I eat clean, and enough to sleep at night and am quite active. I am sure she will quote my age and check the useless thyroid box in the blood test. ANd I will never hear back, lol. 'Cause I am healthy.
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    I know a lady who got 40 years for not doing enough to prevent someone else from committing murder. She's still in prison and so are you, Leida.
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    I know you mean that my mind is my prison, but I still feel that it's my body or my fat layer that traps me. I have read and researched extensively, but my gut feeling is still riles against the idea that a healthy/normal body will have visible bulges of fat.
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    So Leida, when you see the photos on MDA of people who have successfully lost weight and are healthy, but otherwise have some chub on their thighs or a belly pooch, do you think that those bodies are unhealthy? We do need some fat, especially as women to be fully healthy and sometimes it just accumulates in spots.

    I've seen a few photos of you, and not making a health judgement, just an aesthetic judgement, in my eyes, you are slim person and I'd even venture so far to say that you could carry quite a few more pounds and still appear as a slim person.

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    I know a lady who got 40 years for not doing enough to prevent someone else from committing murder. She's still in prison and so are you, Leida.
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    I am 15 lbs heavier now than in those pictures, hence the angst.

    All the pictures I see in the feature profiles look lean, tight and healthy. Yes, women need fat, but a woman can have enough fat for functioning properly including reproduction, and still look tight. I dunno, does it have to be fat or healthy, why can't it be lean and healthy?
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