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  1. #81
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    I'm in. It's been a rough past three years or so physically. Hmm, past 7 years, really. I had back surgery in 2006 (shattered a disc giving birth to my first), then again in 2007, then came down with H1N1 while pregnant with my second. That last one did the most lasting damage--I ran a fever for two weeks and had my doctor calling me on a daily basis at home (!!!) to check on me, and the pulmonologist warned it would take 2 years to recover. I "Bah"-ed. Nope--it was 2 years to the month after my diagnosis that the specialist finally said my lungs were clear and staying clear and I could wean off the medication, but still managed an ER visit not long after. A cold could send me from zero to bronchitis in 6 hours. Ugh. Wow, it sucked. I suppose it makes sense I was diagnosed with post partum depression in that phase, too.

    But, all those medications (the steroids, in particular) and all that inactivity (I couldn't do anything because my lungs/back/whatever wouldn't allow it the majority of the time) meant the baby weight gained from baby #2 stuck. I'm only about 15lbs up, but I hate it.

    Then the epiphany came. We went to a campground for Christmas, the same one we went to when youngest was barely one (and thus, I was just at the halfway point in my recovery). I remembered going there that time and being winded--more than winded, just whole-body fatigued--walking up and down the main hill just to the kids' playground. I realized this visit, I was able to walk everywhere. EVERYwhere. Up that hill, down that one, hiking that trail, going to that playground two times a day alone--PLUS all the other walking.

    It dawned one me, I can do this, and I couldn't before. It excited me to the point of tears.

    So I've started 2013 using My Fitness Pal. I'm calorie counting and eating healthily, and prefer it. I've always had good eating habits; I just realized my portions were too large. 4.4lbs lost in the first 3 weeks.

    Also helps that my riding horse is a hard mouth lazy boy. He makes me WORK to ride him--at least, to ride him so he's not just willy-nilly loosey goosey on the forehand.

    I hope to get down to my prepreggo with second child weight, but more than anything, I just want to be healthy--and ENJOY being healthy. I feel like for the first time in years, I'm...me.
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    OP - what do you do when you crash? I tend to freak out and take in way too many carbs.

    I'm type 1, but hyper sensitive to insulin. I've found that instead of the ususal sliding scale based on glucose and carb intake at a meal, if I give myself small amounts throughout the day I do better.

    If I do the traditional method, I always end up crashing, then taking in carbs, then spiking, then taking insulan and crashing, then taking in carbs - it was always a horrible cycle.

    But even doing that, my glucose levels tend to be too high.

    Top it off with Hashimoto's and losing weight isn't exactly an easy process. When my thyroid crapped out, I gained over 70 lbs in a month.

    I've lost almost 80 lbs since April '12, but I'm at a bit of a standstill, probably due to winter blahs and not exercising enough.

    I have set a goal for myself. I always hated running, but got a wild hair and decided I want to run a 5k. My cousin and his wife are marathon runners (like Olympic level runners) and they are going to coach me - slow and steady so I don't get any injuries. So starting with good strong walking and will add small jogs in as I get stronger and just slowly build up.

    Glad to see the support on here. It's going to be helpful to me, I know.
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  3. #83
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    I crashed this weekend, but I've been using MyFitnessPal for the last month and I'm liking it. Now that the snow is starting to melt I've been able to start my C 2 5K over again too. I want to get in shape for spring riding!
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  4. #84
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    On January 6th I entered a local biggest loser contest and, with some direction from my RN SIL, started eating Paleo. I've cut out all grains, legumes, dairy, sugar and processed foods and am eating lean meats, veggies, fruit, seeds and nuts and drinking a ton of water. I've also been exercising a fair bit- mostly riding because we are in heavy training for our endurance season to start at the end of March- but also a good bit of hiking, some Zumba and when I can't do any of those, I have an elliptical. In 4 weeks, I've lost 25 lbs!!!! I'm over the moon about it and I feel sooooo much better- tons of energy! And my horse can tell too- our stats on my gps and her heart rate monitor don't lie A lot of people around me keep asking me how I can do it, how can you not eat that cupcake or whatever sitting right in front of you, aren't you glad you can go back to eating normal after the biggest loser is over? I can't seem to make them understand that I don't want to go back to eating all that crap and that I love how I feel eating this way. It was liked something finally clicked in my head that I want to be fit, healthy and a competitive endurance rider more than I want to eat a burger and fries. My ultimate goal is to be down 75 lbs and for the first time in a million I feel like I'm actually going to be able to achieve it.
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  5. #85
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    Started up finally about 10 days ago, and had been perfect until tonight - son was visiting and we bonded with our favorite ice cream. I'll just do some extra work in the morning - have to be at the barn early anyway for the farrier.

    Discovered FitDay, and keeping track of everything. I've always had a good idea about calorie counts, but rather lost track of the "small snacks" I'd have in the afternoon. Boy, do those add up. Plan to lose 30 by July 1 - my 4-legged guy is fine boned and I was near what my trainer thought was best for him - but especially to give me the stamina to really do long works and courses without losing my breath. And frankly, because I'm tired of not feeling like I can just join in on anything...

    I also don't do well after 4. But for me, I have reverted to not having much in the morning, but if I do, to stay away from the carbs - bread/cereal, etc only makes me hungry again 2 hours later. I'm good if I'm having eggs, yogurt, or cottage cheese - or save them for later in the morning if I've ridden/worked out first. Then I kind of spread things out in the afternoon if I'm working at home.
    Oh, and I've started to buy loads of vegetables. Even frozen - better to eat a box of cauliflower at dinner than load up on starches, etc.

    Back on the treadmill, too - and catching up on Downton Abbey! A win/win!
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  6. #86
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    Anyone ever read Wheat Belly? WOW, Seriously eye opening.
    I have taken steps to almost totally cut it out. I felt immensely better, and found it pretty easy, But I back slid, and ate some bread, felt rotten for a whole day. The book is worth the read truly!
    "you can only ride the drama llama so hard before it decides to spit in your face." ?Caffeinated.



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    I would love meal ideas that are vegetarian friendly as well as T1 diabetic friendly. Everyone talks about the Paleo diet but as former vegetarian, I just can't bring myself to eat meat every day. I don't like the taste or texture of animal protein and still struggle with the ethics.

    However, I also desperately want to lose this extra weight so I'm open to suggestions. I already limit my bread intake to just a couple of slices a week, limit dairy, don't drink soda or any carbonated beverages, only water or unsweetened tea.

    As others have mentioned, I do crash occasionally and then tend to panic a bit and grab carbs. It never use to be a problem but now that I'm much more active, it's harder to keep things at an even keel.

    So, I'd welcome any meal ideas that don't really require me to eat meat but are not loaded with carbs either. Did I mention that I hate most veggies? Yea, food has never been a fun issue for me.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Fourbeats View Post
    I would love meal ideas that are vegetarian friendly as well as T1 diabetic friendly. Everyone talks about the Paleo diet but as former vegetarian, I just can't bring myself to eat meat every day. I don't like the taste or texture of animal protein and still struggle with the ethics.

    However, I also desperately want to lose this extra weight so I'm open to suggestions. I already limit my bread intake to just a couple of slices a week, limit dairy, don't drink soda or any carbonated beverages, only water or unsweetened tea.

    As others have mentioned, I do crash occasionally and then tend to panic a bit and grab carbs. It never use to be a problem but now that I'm much more active, it's harder to keep things at an even keel.

    So, I'd welcome any meal ideas that don't really require me to eat meat but are not loaded with carbs either. Did I mention that I hate most veggies? Yea, food has never been a fun issue for me.
    I made a really good vegetable soup the other day that was vegetarian and paleo friendly.

    1/2 sweet onion finely diced
    2 stalks celery finely diced
    2 carrots diced
    8 oz baby bella mushrooms diced
    1 head of garlic
    1 zucchini or yellow squash diced
    2 small cans petit diced tomatoes
    1 1/2 cartons vegetable stock (or make your own)
    3 bay leaves
    2 large yukon gold potatoes (can leave out for more paleo friendly)
    2 tablespoons tomato paste
    3-4 tablespoons olive oil
    1 cup of white wine
    dried oregano
    dried basil
    black pepper
    salt

    Cut off the top of the head of garlic, drizzle with olive oil, add cracked black pepper and salt, wrap in foil and roast in a 400 degree oven for 30-40 mins. bring out and let cool for a few minutes, then squeeze cloves out.

    In a large stock pot, heat remaining olive oil. when oil is hot, add 1/2 of garlic cloves, celery, onions, carrots and mushrooms- season with salt, pepper, basil and oregano to taste. When celery and onions are softened, add the tomato paste. Cook for another minute or until tomato paste begins to slightly brown. Add white wine to deglaze pan and bring back up to a simmer. Next the cans of diced tomatoes with juice, wait till it comes back up to a simmer, then add vegetable broth, potatoes and bay leaves. Continue to simmer and when potatoes are fork tender, add squash. Simmer 15 more minutes, remove bay leaves and serve. For the non paleo people, it is very tasty served with fresh grated parmesan cheese on it and a side of crusty bread.
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