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9/26/17 11:14 A

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I would like to start this challenge also. I just had ankle fusion surgery in August but I need to do this to take back control of my health and body. I am still non weight bearing for about 3- 4 more weeks so I guess I will really have to work on my eating. Any suggestions?


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11/11/16 11:24 A

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That's awesome RGOTCHER! Do you have a game plan for this too? In hindsight on the board it looks like we were supposed to jump into the quarter that the team was on, but I don't see any quarterly challenges for this year so we'll all be rebels and start together.

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11/10/16 5:33 P

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Officially starting the Q1 Challenge!

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11/8/16 2:25 P

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That's a good question. I chose to go with intermittent fasting because it has shown good results with balancing glucose in several t2 diabetic patients and when I read up on it it made sense. Plus it fits well with my lifestyle and helps me not do two things that are detrimental for me: The timed window for eating keeps me from grazing throughout the night (I'm a night owl), and by having that shorter window of time to eat I'm full and generally satisfied by what I measure out, which means I have been considerably better able to combat my urge to binge on things I really like.

I am diabetic, not pre-diabetic. However those who oversee my care are willing to let me have a window of time to try and get things in order with diet and exercise before they start lobbing medication at me: something for which I'm grateful and my numbers have been responding remarkably well.

As for the bands I use, I bought the three band set from Golds Gym, am currently on 1 set of 15 reps using the weakest band. As that becomes less challenging I'll start working my way up to 3 sets, then I'll change to the mid level band when that too has become easy. It came with a chart of exercises to do with them, I just follow it as well as do pushups and planks against the wall since I don't have the strength to do them on the floor yet. The set is inexpensive but has stood up rather nicely to being worked with and the versatility of having the three different strengths means I'll be using it through a significant part of my journey.

Oh, I'm also taking part in challenges on SP as a means to keep motivated and keep plugging along here. A biggest loser challenge in one group, the 5% challenge in another. Having a timeline/goal as well from this group makes things seem more "doable" too.

My goals are based around 10% because that seems like a magical number. "Losing just 10 percent of your bodyweight will help..." Though I started here at 311, my first goal was set when I was 300 and so that 10 percent was 30 lbs. Then I'll set my goal again for 27 lbs. As I go along, that 10 percent is going to shrink too, keeping the carrot in my sights.

I hope you're having a lovely day, Kate! I'm off to go break my fast as well as get some exercise in for the day.

Regards,

Lisa

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11/8/16 11:36 A

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Why did you choose to go with intermittent fasting? I have a friend who swears by it, but he's also an amateur body builder. I've read a bit about it but I'm admittedly not super knowledgeable about it, especially as far as any health research goes.

Yes, I tend to eat lower carb. Unfortunately, I still have the tendency to overeat. I did a slow carb/south beach-esque diet for years eating as much as I wanted... and while I could usually drop 40-50 lbs -- and keep it off -- as long as I exercised, I couldn't break that level of loss. I've gone through that 3 separate times now in the past 8 years. Lose 40-50, maintain a year or two, rebound... Lose again... rebound... and then finally, this last time was the worst. I had several major health setbacks two years ago, maintained the loss all that time UNTIL I had to stop exercising completely. I was bed bound. And even though I thought I moderated my eating enough, I started to gain... and then I finally threw in the towel and wham! massive gain. Now I'm 80 lbs heavier than my old maintenance weight. So, it's been a rebound + 30 lbs, which really sucks.

Through my own research and talking to people at this program, yes -- I need to do low carb -- but I also need to curb my overeating. When I rebounded this last time, I had gone through a medication switch that really makes me crave carbs -- and I had given in multiple times. So, I know it's my fault. I eat too much and I don't stick to the low carb diet as well as I should. I've been told that since I can't go off this medication (which also causes my high insulin), I'm going to be seeing a new doctor who will try to find a medication to counteract it in the short term. But yes, I have MAJOR dietary restructuring I need to do. It's the only way I will succeed. But I have a long history of food issues, so I'm not surprised in the slightest that this is where it's come. I'd hoped and tried... but now I'm ready to accept any and all help I can get.

I'm so glad your diet and exercise plans are working for you! May I ask if you're diabetic or pre diabetic? You mentioned monitoring your glucose levels. I have the high insulin, which has led to insulin resistance over time and now my blood glucose is getting wonky enough that I'm considered prediabetic. Yet another reason why the time is now to get this all under control once and for all.

I weigh myself on Sunday mornings.

I think your plan sounds rock solid. Oh, another question: what resistance band sets are you doing? I'm just starting to get into that for strength training. I really got into weight lifting before my health setbacks 2 years ago (and it DEFINITELY made a huge difference in terms of how I felt and looked, even if the scale didn't change) but I'm still not allowed to use machines/heavy lifting. I've been doing body weight stuff for a while and now I'm ready to add in bands. But I'm still trying to put together what regimen I want to follow, etc. Partly I just need to make the time to plan my rotations, reps, etc.

Cheers,
Kate



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11/7/16 9:17 P

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My approach so far is intermittent fasting: I do not eat for sixteen hours a day, allowing myself only an eight hour eating window. My eating window is from 1pm to 9 pm, and once the clock hits nine I do not eat anything but drink lots of water, tea, and herbal tea. My food selection is lower carb, high fat which is helping me to stay satisfied for longer and my glucose levels have lowered steadily over the passed few weeks. I do not eat more than 20 carbs at any meal because it spikes my sugar too high and leaves me feeling tired and miserable.

For exercise daily I spend at least 45 minutes riding a recumbent cycle, and on Monday, Wednesday, Friday I do the Sweatin' to the Oldies dvd I have. If I have extra energy to burn I'll do a Walk Away the Pounds video as well. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday I work with my body weight and with resistance tubes to strength train. I'm still very new at it and can't do many sets yet.

I weigh myself on Fridays after I've woken up and taken care of hygiene things.

I'm going to review monthly what I've been doing and adjust if necessary.

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11/7/16 8:45 P

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Hey, thanks for chiming in! What are you doing to kick it off?

Well, my big "kick off" is a multi-pronged approach. I've always struggled with diet during losses in the past; I could exercise my way down the scale and as long as I keep active I could also keep the weight off. But, because I've never really managed to change my eating habits long-term (it's more a quantity issue than quality, but I also know I fall into certain old habits of comfort-eating too) if I stop being able to exercise... I balloon up, like this last time. :/

So, my plan this time is:

1) Find and execute an exercise plane I can stick with, no matter what health issues might arise. Although I haven't found one 100% perfect for my needs, swimming is coming close. I have several barriers with it -- and when I have another surgery in a couple months, I'll stop being able to swim for a while too -- but overall, it's the most practical solution for right now since I can't really walk, use any equipment, or even go back to weight lifting. I need the natural resistance of the water for strengthening, the weight relief on joints and a healing broken leg, and the soothingness of stretching my back and neck out while I crawl. Good blend of cardio + strengthening in one fell swoop (I hope!).

2) My second plan is to attack my eating issues once and for all. This is daunting. Hugely daunting. I've joined a medical weight management program which will supervise my first 50+ pounds of loss over 20 weeks with a strictly regimented diet (which I, of course, must adhere to), a built-in support system, and clinicians to help me with any health hurdles I face along the way. It's scary, but also insanely exciting, because it's so intense and such a huge commitment. But, for what it's worth, at my intake they said I was a good candidate for success. Eek! Now, I just have to stick to my guns.

So... if I want to heal my poor body, it's not just about losing this weight. It's about reprogramming my brain, too. That's honestly going to be the hardest part.

~ K
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10/30/16 4:20 A

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I'm starting too! After this first hundred pounds, I'll still need to lose another sixty after so I'm also on the more than one year plan.

Do you have a game plan for kicking this quarter off with a bang?

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10/29/16 11:54 P

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I officially started Q1 today. When I drop this 100 lbs, I'll be at 240 -- leaving me with about another 100 to go. So, I guess you could say I'm on the "two year" plan.

Anyone else just getting started? I'd love to have someone to chat with as we go.

Cheers,
K

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