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Chubby stick

Does anyone recall, in your giant calendar of June events, back in September when I’d lost 10 pounds?

Do you remember that?

I went to the local Pride parade, and I was gonna carry a sign of my own that read, “Lost 10 pounds.” Do you remember that?

October 1 was when I had the latest Ned debacle, and since then I’ve gained it all the hell back.

Goddammit.

So, tips, please. Diet tips.

Roundly,

Joooooooooon

101 thoughts on “Chubby stick

  1. This post was timely for me since I also put on 10 pounds of winter weight and I know exactly how I did it. Now that the holiday goodies are history, I’m reversing the trend by cutting out sugar, processed snacks and the delicious Irish coffee with lots of whipped cream. I’m switching to hot tea, but will still have still have the occasional Irish coffee because it’s been a cold winter and I even live in the South. I don’t know how you Northerners can stand this brutal winter. The good news is I’ve lost 5 pounds, but know I’ll easily find them if I let up my guard. Good luck.

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  2. I used to be able to eat anything and not gain an ounce until I had three kids in four years. They are so worth it, but I’m a nutritionist and 30lbs overweight! Embarrassing! I have recently lost 12 pounds by simply watching my macros (fat, protein, carbohydrates).

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  3. Oh, and just a side note about plant-based diets: studies show that they also harm animals, as they disrupt the land and result in the deaths of many as a consequence of less land left for them to live and being killed by the routine operation of farm machinery.

    Some experts say that cultured meat ( also called clean meat, lab-grown meat, test tube meat, etc.), which is meat produced tissue engineering techniques traditionally used in regenerative medicine — is the best food for people who really care about saving animals’ lives.

    The good news is, it’s entirely possible to lose weight and keep it off regardless of your dietary choices.

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  4. To June and anyone else interested in tips, since you asked. This is from someone who lost 20 pounds for her 25th wedding anniversary (I promised to myself I’d be at the same weight as when I got married, and I did, then dropped a few more pounds since then, and kept them off for 2 years):

    I’ve been through this before, losing 10 pounds and gaining them back. Here’s the only tip you’ll ever need to get back on track and get to the weight you desire:

    Stick to your Weight Watcher’s program. I knew what would happen when you started joking about the food you were eating over the Holidays: the weight would creep back on. I count points daily in the Weight Watchers program, even during the holidays, and save my “weekly points” to days I know I’m going out with friends or eating at a restaurant. I also switch from coffee and milk in the morning to tea (to save the milk points) when I know I’m eating out to help me avoid going over daily quota.

    You don’t need new tips, just to stick to a program that already worked for you. Like me, you’re proof that Weight Watchers work, so why not go back to doing what you did? Only, this time, learn, like I did the hard way, that this cannot be treated as a temporary measure. These days, I can eat French Fries and croissants and anything I like without gaining any weight, but my brain has been “rewired” to stick to my points budget (see: drinking tea instead of milk on the days I want to splurge). Stock up on zero points foods so you never have to go hungry, and know that things get much easier over time.

    You can do it!

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  5. Ohhh, did I mention zero vitamin water? So many good flavors. Easiest way to drink a ton of water and no calories/sugar etc.

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  6. Dude. VEGAN. It’s the only way to be. It’s kind to the planet and to the sweet animals. And you never have to worry about weight again. At least, I don’t. I lost 30 pounds and never found it again. Have kept it off over 25 years. Meat is murder and terrible for your overall health. I don’t know how anyone who loves their pets can stand to eat other animals.

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      1. I started following a vegan diet in October of last year – I haven’t looked back. I feel so much better, and bonus, I have lost 6 pounds so far.

        My kids advise me to say that I am following a plant based diet because of the negative connotations the word vegan brings. I don’t know, but I sure don’t miss the animal protein in meat, eggs, or dairy. I also feel so much better about myself, too – I no longer feel a part of the cycle of harm.

        For several years I had been purchasing only locally grown meat from a small butcher, and buying eggs from a nearby farm. Purchasing organic cheese and drinking organic milk – hoping by the word organic that it also meant responsibly produced. It wasn’t enough for my conscience. I don’t know if I feel better because I am no longer part of the harm, or because I am no longer consuming animal proteins.

        People ask if I find it hard to eat plant based – but I don’t. I feel no longing for butter or cheese or eggs or ice-cream (my past favourites!)There are so many great recipes and sites and support groups on the internet offering tasty suggestions. This is only my own two cents – the plant based diet works great for me.

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  7. Tracking. I don’t know why MyFitnessPal is so popular, I think it tries to do all the math for you so you don’t know what is going on, but well there you go. Must be easy. I like fatsecret better but that is just me. I have started WWand was doing well, but stalled over the holidays, and now the points thing is starting to mess with my brain. The whole good foods bad foods thing…I may have to go back to just regular tracking, but I sure like their accountability.

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  8. I have been sick with a chronic sinus infection that goes to bronchitis, pneumonia, constantly coughing since April 1, 2015. And during this time not only have I seen every type of doctor out there, but I worked with a couple different nutritionists, herbalist, naturopath, acupuncturist, etc. And along the way I found that if I eat meat, fish, eggs, fruits and vegetables and nothing else; No sugar, no carb-loaded potatoes, pasta, bread, no dairy, none of that processed into something else kinds of foods, then I feel better, look better and I lost 30 pounds.

    The minute I started back eating bread and potatoes and such it all crept back up on me. I am going to get back to doing this. Oh! also, when I was eating better I found that I loved having a big, hot bowl of miso soup with some spinach leaves, shitaake mushrooms and tofu for breakfast was amazing. I am now doing bone broth with a spoonful of ghee for breakfast.

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  9. I have tried nearly every approach that’s been mentioned in these comments, and then some. Have done nothing but gain and gain. The advice that rings truest for me is Kelly’s. Don’t set yourself up with anything to rebel against or cause yourself to feel like a failure. I read the other day about a woman who lost 200 pounds in her late 50s. She said she only managed to lose it after she refused to restrict ANY food (bring on the PopTarts!) and just counted the calories on My Fitness Pal. She said it becomes kind of a natural progression that you start feeling like certain things aren’t worth the calorie cost, at least not very often, but that the freedom of knowing that she could eat ANYTHING, at any hour, was incredibly freeing and allowed her to succeed and also get to know herself a lot better. I’m going to follow her lead– unless I find out I’m diabetic or something.

    I also agree that you really don’t look overweight in the slightest, nor do you look anywhere near the age that you say you are. I keep expecting that one of these days you are going to tell us that you have a new young boyfriend who doesn’t remember a time before computers. (Truth be told, I have a hard time remembering what it was like before computers myself, and I was over 40 when we got our first one. What did we do with our time?)

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  10. Oh, my god. I had to go get a snack to get through these comments. I am a terrible eater. My body shows that. I have no advice.

    I think you are perfect the way you are, June.

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  11. Having lost–and gained–about 400 pounds in my lifetime, I’ve found a few things that work for me. The one thing I do know: losing it is the easy part, keeping it off is the hardest.
    Someone earlier said that you should find healthy foods that you LIKE. There’s some stuff out there that you couldn’t pay me to eat. I know I should eat a balanced diet blah blah bullshit, but I figure when I was eating everything that would stand still long enough, it wasn’t very healthy either.
    If you don’t like to cook, or don’t have the time, find food that’s easy to prepare that you LIKE.
    I try to pay attention to everything I put in my mouth. It’s amazing how easy it is for me to just have a piece of cheese here or a cookie there. I also try to ask myself if the calories are really worth it…do I really want this? If yes, I’ll eat it. If no, I’ll put it back or throw it out.
    Read nutrition labels. It may scare you how many things you think are good are REALLY not.
    Twenty years ago, I lost 120 pounds doing this stuff. Two years ago, I lost 85. I’m currently back at it again (see above re keeping it off is the hardest part) to lose the 20 pounds I gained over the holidays because I stopped taking my own advice. So what the hell do I know?
    Seriously, I hope some of this helps.

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    1. Totally agree with and relate to everything you said, Lori, and found it helpful! (Didn’t see your post till after I posted mine, below.) Latest food I never want to eat again- Atkins meal replacement bars. They have some kind of secret ingredient that sucks out any flavor they might have had to begin with.

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  12. I lost 10 lbs last year and that is a miracle for me as I have hypothyroidism, insulin resistance and am on an anti-depressant (which they say usually causes you to have trouble losing weight). I did it by eating low-carb, cutting out gluten and dairy and sugar as much as possible and working out at the gym 3 times/week, lifting weights for 30 minutes and on the treadmill for 30-45 minutes. I turn 49 this month and my goal is to be fit & fab by 50! So, I’m going keto to lose the rest of the fat and drop another 10-15 lbs. as well as to help me heal my medical issues and will continue the gym membership. Here’s hoping that I am healthier in 12 months! I recommend the book Keto. by Maria & Craig Emmerich – it’s the best guide out there! She also has tons of info on her website http://www.mariamindbodyhealth.com.

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  13. 2 words : Low Carb
    AKA Keto
    I eat about 40 – 45 GM Carbs/day…easy and yes wine !
    Lost that 35 lbs 3 years ago.
    PS No more migraines either – and yes I take MG supplement

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  14. I have no tips but the older I get the more I believe we should all just stop dieting. Just try to eat a little better and healthier most of the time and I think bodies settle where they should be.

    Of course, I too Shannonize my extra pounds, but I blame them on my husband who could care less and eats whatever the hell he wants at all times, therefore making me have cake and chips in my house constantly. Sometimes I look at the cake and think, “Will this taste as good as skinny feels?” then promptly answer, “Sure will!”

    Also, I sincerely hope you can get to the point where you tell that chippie to go to hell, and mean it.

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  15. Try “Burn Boot Camp”. They have a free 14 day trial. Trainers work with you on what you should be eating, suggesting macros for losing weight and building muscle. Track your eating in My Fitness Pal or Lose It. Pay more attention to eating protein and watching carbs and fat. Eat whole foods not bagged and processed stuff. I kept losing and gaining the same 10 pounds. Burn helped me figure out why and keeps me moving, too. Camps are 45 minutes long, 6 days a week if you want to go. Most camps are women-only and there is a lot of comraderie as we are all in the same boat!

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    1. I told June this once many years ago and I think I got slapped with a liver! Besides, why are you asking me for diet tips anyway? I had a Twix and a Pepsi for breakfast!

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  16. I lost some weight before the holidays using the lose it app. You put your info (weight, goals) into the app and it gives you a calorie goal for the day. There are more bells and whistles of you upgrade and pay, but I don’t. You input your food each day and track your calories. It will also give you a breakdown of fat, protein and carbs if you want to try to eat more or less of any one of those. There are tons of foods listed in the search function or you can scan a barcode to get the nutritional info for tracking. You can also log exercise in the app. I like it much better than My Fitness Pal.

    I did fall off the wagon for a while, but I’m getting back to tracking. I need that accountability. I do better of I can see exactly what I’m eating. Then I know if I have enough calories left for a snack at the end of the day or a beer or if I have calories left over from the day before that I can borrow. I’m also a creature of habit, so choosing a healthy breakfast and lunch that I can eat the same every day frees up calories for supper and snacks (I’m a big snacker) since I don’t want to cook two different meals and my children aren’t going to get on board with “diet food” options.

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  17. I am a lazy tracker, exerciser and meal preparer. But in the last few months have lost 14 pounds (only after I lost my fitbit – irony prevails). The first 7 or so was because of Level 10 stress, which completely killed my appetite. If it was Level 8 or less, I would have gained weight because I would have been eating all the time. But, after the high stress stopped, I still lost. So either I have an unspeakable illness, or it’s because I am doing this on most days:

    In the morning, I have a big mug or 4 of green tea with a total of 1 tablespoon coconut oil. That seems to completely kill off my desire to eat. So I don’t really think about food until about 11:00. Then I eat nuts and seeds – nothing could be easier. Around 3, I will have a non-sugary snack. For dinner I cook up a ton, A TON, of greens with 1/4 cup brown rice, sun dried tomatoes, olive oil and some cheese all mixed together – told you I was lazy. For dessert, I will have either a Halo or an Enlightened ice cream – 1/2 pint or even a whole one, depending on how I feel. Sea salt caramel sound good? It is. Other than these makes of ice cream (which are relatively low in sugar), I avoid sugar.

    I stop eating by 7:00 and don’t eat again until 11 in the morning. The mini-fasts and coconut oil seem to have reset my quest to eat all the time. I avoid breads because they are a huge eating trigger. And since alcohol has been giving me really bad migraines, I haven’t been drinking.

    The down side of weight loss is that my skin seems to be falling away from my body, and my ass is starting to look like an ironing board. So I have started to exercise (mixing hot yoga with Daily Method Barre) every other day. I’ll see if that has any affect on the skin tone. But I’m older than dirt, so maybe this won’t be a factor for you.

    You are looking better now than you did years ago, so don’t make yourself crazy about the weight thing.

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    1. coconut oil in tea??? I’m intrigued. How much do you think you put in one cup of tea? I definitely want to try this, since Green Tea without honey is harder to get down. Maybe the coconut oil will help. We have a YUGE Costco tub of it in the pantry.

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      1. I would start out with 1/2 or 1/4 tbsp. of the coconut oil in 1 cup of tea if you only have one cup of tea a day. See how you like the taste. Work your way up to 1 tbsp for the whole morning. But if you have several cups of tea, you can spread it out more. The goal is 1 tbsp. total. Some people do more, but I find more than the 1 tbsp. makes me uncomfortable.

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        1. Thanks! I have gotten in the habit of having 2-3 cups of tea a day so 1 tbsp of coconut oil per day is definitely do-able.

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    2. You are disciplined. My daughter eats the same things all the time like that, too. I don’t think I could. I would totally eat the greens, rice, tomato thing you make, though. Sounds delicious.

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  18. What worked at 30 just doesn’t work as well at 52 (or 59).
    Metabolism and other gooey icky inside stuff all get in the way…
    and these must be tricked.

    That said, eating hours counts the most pushing yourself to a DAILY 12-14 hour fast.
    After that it’s about junk. Just don’t. (junk includes booze btw)
    An occasional purge never goes amiss.

    Sleeping a lot, drinking a lot of water and some oral cleanliness obsessiveness help.
    Biggest help is SEX. Within a relationship or not. Get some.

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    1. If sex kept you skinny, I’d be a skeleton. But alas – I’m still having lots of chubby sex. Also curious about your purge recommendation – did you mean “splurge”? Or are you truly advocating a finger down the throat?

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  19. I was a WW Leader for 20 years until I retired in late 2016. The new Freestyle program looks promising and it has made a few of my “go-tos” 0 Smartpoints. The beauty is that even if you use up all your Smartpoints by lunchtime there are plenty of zero-point options for a full balanced dinner. (fish or chicken breast and vegetables). But I’m not here to sell WW…retired.

    I completely understand how weight can go up and down related to stress. One of the more valuable lessons I learned from members who persevered in circumstances that would bury most people is that we always have a choice. No one would blame me if I fell off the wagon because my mom is in the hospital and my tub started leaking BUT there have been times when I was able to decide that THIS (meaning what I eat and how I fit in activity) will be my “island of control”. When so much of what’s going on around me is completely out of my control, I do have control over what I choose to put in my mouth or whether or not I get on the treadmill (even if it’s only 10 minutes).

    Often we think of food as a treat. Of course we deserve a treat. But what foods do we think of as treats? Most strict definitions of the term “treat’ include an element of surprise. Quality control ensures that every Hershey bar tastes like every other…no surprises, no “Wow, this is the best Hershey bar I’ve ever tasted.” But sometimes you get that perfect cantaloupe or crispy sweet apple.

    One way to get back on the wagon is to write everything down regardless of what you eat, don’t deny yourself anything. Researchers know that this works because it’s a factor in how they design weight loss studies. To establish a control or baseline for an upcoming study they ask folks to write down everything but “DON’T CHANGE ANYTHING”. Inevitably all participants lose weight anyway. They usually admit that they couldn’t bring themselves to write down a whole bag of chips so they didn’t eat them.

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  20. I hate hate hate recording/tracking what I eat. But when I do it, I lose weight and I’m much more aware of what I eat. I also find myself deciding NOT to eat something because I’m too fecking lazy to record it. I use an app/online tracker called Cronometer. It breaks down what you eat into the very tiniest nutrient, which is kind of fulfilling to my nerdy side. And you can tell it what diet you are attempting to follow and it will track accordingly.

    Why am I even talking? STILL CHUBBY.

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  21. “Food that remembers where it came from” – so as unprocessed as possible. Meat, fish, veggies, etc. Look for added sugar – it’s everywhere and it’s evil. Make sure you’re not drinking your calories – seems like people tend to give beverages a pass, but if you’re drinking several Cokes a day (not saying you do this, just an example), it really adds up in calories and sugar.

    Move move move. As much as you can. I know it’s hard – I sit at a desk all day for work. So aside from your Tracy Ullman workout, take walks (seems you do, often, with your coworkers) and also get up and move every hour or so for just a few minutes. I have a fitbit that buzzes me each hour to get 250 steps in if I haven’t already.

    I’m no skinny-minnie, but when I do all these things, I feel like my best self, and my clothes fit better.

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  22. Cardio (I run on the treadmill) and no carbs.
    It’s a bitch, but it’s the only thing that works for me, especially the no carbs part.

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  23. I’ve lost 31 pounds so far in 4 months. No exercising because I loath it. I’m just counting calories. I use the fitness pal app. which gave me the number of calories I should stay at. It also makes you aware of how many calories certain foods are. In the beginning I added everything I put in my mouth. You don’t realize how many times a day you’re tossing in a piece of candy or cracker. They add up. Now, since I tend to eat the same foods over and over I can add it up in my brain without putting it in the app. I try to eat whole foods and cut down on my carbs, but if I really want the chocolate cake I just have a salad later, as long as I stay in my calorie range for the day. I know I need to do some kind of exercising for my inner health. That’s my next step.

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  24. This is just MY non-expert opinion but any diet that says you CAN’T eat certain foods just sets you up to fail. Depriving yourself of those foods makes you want them even more and unless you have super human willpower skills, you’re going to go nuts thinking about how much you want to eat the banned foods.

    The same with diets that have too many rules. “You can only eat blah-de-blah between these hours but you can’t have them with bloo-de-bloo foods and you have to make sure you eat blecch-de-blecch with yadda-yadda or the diet won’t work.” No thanks. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

    Back when I did WW (and I really need to go back), I lost more weight the weeks where I wrote down everything I ate than I did the weeks when I didn’t log my food. Even when I ate crappy foods.

    And also too, I know many people swear by the Lose It! app. My sister lost about 25 lbs using it and she not only has the worst diet in the world but she’s a sugar addict as well yet she lost all that weight using Lose It.

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    1. I have the Lose It! app and completely forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me. I definitely need to get a handle on this.

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  25. A warm mug of water with the juice of one lemon and a dash of cayenne first thing every morning. Drink with a straw so the lemon doesn’t affect teeth enamel. Not only does it detox but it curbs appetite.

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    1. The hot water with lemon and cayenne acts as a diuretic. You’ll lose water weight by peeing like a race horse but hey, weight is weight, IMO, and it can jump start your diet.

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    2. This is interesting because we’ve been watching The Sopranos and this guy Vito lost weight and he keeps asking people to get him hot water with lemon. Now I know why!

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  26. On days I ASK for advice, I don’t mind getting advice.

    Also, did anyone notice how I was totally Shannon Beador, blaming my poundage on outside stressors? The Chicago Chippie is my Vicki Gunvalson.

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  27. Why do I get the feeling that once I give “advice/tips”, which I know you hate, you’re gonna block me from every coming here again?

    *Takes deep breath* But here goes. I also believe that it’s more what we eat vs. exercise. When I was good about tracking every single thing I ate, it was much easier to keep weight off. Yes, it was a pain in the ass, but it was eye-opening enough for me to cut out extra stuff. Plus, you can still eat some things you really love in moderation; just make room for them in your daily calorie allotment.

    That’s all I got.

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    1. Yep on the tracking. I lost more weight the weeks I tracked my food intake than the weeks where I was too lazy to do it. Even if I ate junk food.

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    2. I am not a medical professional but work in a related field; this is not medical advice. It appears that when people get addicted it is because they are taking the medication without it being prescribed for them, so are therefore probably not taking it properly. In general, it works best to take medications as the doctor prescribes them . . . and doctors or pharmacists are qualified to answer questions about a patient’s concerns.

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  28. Maybe switch from Ritalin to Adderal? Seems to be working for me.

    Otherwise, I heard a woman body builder give advice on a radio show that I am now following (along with the side benefit of Adderal). I’m not a body builder, but this has really helped me.

    All food needs to be in the form you can recognize. That means nothing processed. I guess this is like the Whole (A-hole?)30 or eating clean or paleo but she did not call it that. Eat only things that fit these rules that you LIKE. That way it won’t feel like a huge downer.

    The rules and my interpretations of those rules:
    Focus on protein and high fiber foods. Don’t be afraid of fats in these foods (yay!)
    No sugar, except for fruit, which even she recommends limiting.
    Limit dairy, but you can still have it. She says flavored yogurt is a bad guy, though (sugar)
    Eat lots of nuts (she likes almonds) and beans to curb appetite.
    Eat uncooked veggies to curb appetite.
    Focus on eating whole grains, proteins, and veggies.
    She said nothing about white rice, so I consider it allowed.
    You can drink coffee. Of course drink water.
    For sauces, verify that it doesn’t have a lot of added sugar.
    She didn’t really cover things like butter and oil, but I don’t know that they have a lot of sugar in them.
    She probably said something about alcohol, but I still like wine, so I drink it. (So sue me, body builder lady)
    Eat as slowly as possible.

    Meal planning:
    Eat as much protein for breakfast as possible – she was saying at least 30 grams. If you’re going to eat fruit, this is the time of day you can do so on this diet.
    Lunch – again, something recognizable. A salad that fits the rules. You can have cheese on the salad.
    Dinner – whole grains, protein, lots of veggies.
    Snack on almonds
    Snack on baby carrots, celery, bell pepper slices, whatever

    I eat a lot of eggs these days. And chick peas. And I eat a lot of rice noodles even though they are processed. It helps me to know that when I see things that don’t fit the rules, I don’t buy them or eat them. Over time, I don’t really miss the food that doesn’t fit the rules because when I have had rule violating food, I don’t feel very full and sometimes I feel sick even.

    Of course, I think you’re beautiful just the way you are, and I wish I could think I am beautiful just the way I am, but I also completely understand not feeling great when I sense I need to lose weight.

    Good luck. (I first wrote “good lick.” Good grief!)

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    1. When I take Ritalin, which I don’t do daily, I do not care if I never eat again. I don’t take it daily because can’t you get addicted to it? Also it gives me a slight headache, and on days I’m battling migraines (i.e., 9 days a week, generally), I don’t dare take it.

      I like how I concentrated on that and not, say, whole food.

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      1. Just FYI, for me, Ritalin was mildly headachy, while Adderall is not. I take Sundays off for a break, plus I have a longstanding afternoon nap scheduled.

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        1. That didn’t really make sense. What I meant to say was that I take Sundays off so I can give my body a break. I don’t know about addiction, per se, but people can get addicted to any damn thing, so probably. Plus, I can’t nap when I take it, so if I skip it on Sundays I can still have my nap.
          And it’s perfectly normal that I put that much thought into naps. Shut up.

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      2. What if you took 1/2 a dose of Ritalin every day?

        If you do that here’s an anecdote from a friend of mine who takes one of those (Ritalin or Adderal, not sure which one), and had the same concern. Since they would get a prescription but it took 2x a long to go through it, they would push back their appointment with their Doctor to get a refill. After a while, they confronted my friend and pretty harshly and said that their next appointment would be in a month, no exceptions. With that next one, same thing with lots of questioning and accusations even. There was concern that instead of taking it, they were selling it and trying to fly under the radar. They agreed to continue dispensing it as long as they from that point forward come in every month for a new prescription. Maybe the laws about controlled substances are different in CA or they have a weird Doctor but figure if you’re ever decided to do something different it could be good to be aware of.

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  29. Hi. Long time reader here. I recommend the Trim Healthy Mama plan. I know you are not a mama, it works for everyone. Basically you don’t eat sugar, flour or potatoes and you keep your fats and carbs separated in every meal. If you are interested there’s a quick start guide here http://gwens-nest.com/trim-healthy-mama-quick-start-guide-new/
    It worked for me and many others. It seems hard at first but I keep it simple. Their recipes use a lot of special ingredients but I don’t use them mostly because I can’t get them where I live. I adapt my recipes to keep my fuels (carbs or fats) separated and that is all you need to do. I love THM because I don’t need to be hungry, I get to eat a delicious, satisfying meal every time. I’ll stop now. Bye!

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    1. Hi, Sandra! When you sign up, you’re asked to join a team, so just search for “Hamilton College” and join us. We welcome anyone looking for a team! The WLC has made a huge difference in how I feel in so many ways. I’ve been participating since 2014 and always learn or figure out something new.

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  30. Here’s my tip, for what it’s worth. Stop sweating over those few pounds. Embrace yourself and love yourself as you are. I think you’re beautiful.

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  31. I lost 20 lbs. on Eat To Live, but I have gained 12 lbs. back. I felt so much better while eating well. I can’t seem to get back on the wagon. Starting in September through January 1 there are too many excuses to party, anniversary, birthdays and holidays. My husband has been reading about fasting. I am going to check on adding that to eating better. I just know sugar and wheat are really bad for me.

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  32. I don’t have any helpful tips. I gained 3 pounds over the holidays. I attribute some to the white russians I drank and my walking was a lot less. The fun thing about my age is that I expect it will take a long time to loose those 3 pounds. Not 20 anymore.

    Oh. my coworker works out. Two hours a day. Who has or wants to spend two hours a day in the gym? I do know when I was a size 8 on the way down to a 6 I was working out two hours a day. I don’t know if I can be that committed anymore.

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  33. What works for me is tracking food on MyFitnessPal and preparation of food for the whole week on the weekend, that way I have options that are healthy when I’m starving.
    My eating habits have been terrible because I’m an emotional eater. I am doing great during the day but at night I feel sad and lonely and bored and eat everything I shouldn’t. Trying to work on that.

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    1. So true about thin people not eating, my step-daughters who are all thin say they eat a lot but they really don’t. And the one said her pants were tight after the holidays and she has been only eating salads. Wish I had that willpower.

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  34. I lost 20 pounds on weight watchers and gained 6 back in 2 weeks over the holidays. I didn’t think I was going crazy with the food! My only idea for me is to continue to track and to cut out sweets and desserts completely. Apparently it is my crack. Also, when I am around thin women I realize that they really eat nothing. It has taken me 43 years to realize that thin people don’t eat a lot. It is shocking. Then, when they do eat almost nothing, they complain about how much they just ate and how much of a heifer they are. That annoys me because I think women should love themselves and they are certainly not heavy, but it works! So maybe I need to do that too.

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  35. I am a fan of intermittent fasting, where you only eat during an 8 hour window each day. I have been doing this for quite a while without realizing it, and can not seem to gain weight no matter what I eat. It sounds daunting, but it really isn’t. I’ve never been a breakfast person, so my 8 hour window doesn’t start until I eat lunch at around 11 am, and it ends when I eat dinner at around 6:30 pm. Your window can start and finish whenever you want, as long as you are eating all of your meals within the 8 hours. Since I get to work at 6:30 am, I will drink a cup of black tea without sugar or milk first thing. During my window, I seriously eat and drink whatever I want. My largest meal is usually lunch during the work week, where I’ll almost always have dessert. I’ve been following this pattern for so long (at first without realizing it), that I just don’t get hungry unless it’s an actual meal time, which means I don’t snack and I never eat late at night.

    It’s not for everyone, but I think it may be worth a try!

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    1. My husband started this about 4 days ago and has lost 7 pounds. I started yesterday but forgot to weigh myself until this morning. First day was pretty manageable. It’s called LCHF 16:8, so basically what BoomersMomma said. They way I am doing it, is I stop eating at 8pm, then I eat again starting at 12pm and ending by 8pm. I can have tea, coffee water in the fasting time. I am going to try hard to cut out all processed foods. I ate very little processed foods when I was in Europe for 2 weeks and I am positive I lost weight (but I have been in a not weighing myself phase for a long time, so I don’t know for sure.) I am excited to do this and I am actually not worried about the weekend bingeing I normally do, so hopefully that is a good sign. My husband was sending me some info yesterday and he said this to me “Carbs are the devil for people over 50. What we used to burn in 1 hour now takes us 5 to 10 times longer of natural activity.” I had that in my head as I eyed the loaf of Sourdough bread on the counter this morning and it helped me walk right past it.
      PS: if I was as slim as you are, June, I would walk around the house necked all day long admiring my skinny self.

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  36. Apple Cider Vinegar- 1 T mixed with a bit of water per day . You can tell the difference in a couple days.
    Drink more water to help feel full longer and only water.
    Do not eat junk food. Or anything with empty calories nor drink it.
    Walk, walk, walk. Will tone and strengthen and drop pounds.

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  37. I did the Whole 30 last spring because my grumbly (an that’s putting it nicely) tummy and I couldn’t take it anymore. Whole 30 totally worked and I felt sooo much better right away. It helped with a lot of minor ailments I had. Also had the added benefit of losing about 9 pounds. I pretty much kept it up throughout the year and lost about 18 pounds.
    I cook constantly, so Whole 30 was pretty easy for me and my household, but for people who don’t cook, it would be challenging.

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  38. I wish I had a magic pill. Really, I wish that I had a magic pill. I am just struggling these days not to gain a size every year. I have heard from an authoritative source that only 5% of dieters ever keep off the weight, so it’s not you. And what you eat is more important, at this age, than exercise w/r/t losing weight. The only thing I can advise is to keep track of what you eat – that works for me, and I use Myfitnesspal. But the thing is, I get so tired of using it – I go through cycles of recording my food and then just weeks of nothing. I don’t even know why I commented because I got nothing for you. Sorry.

    On a more positive note, I figured out the problem I had with getting WordPress to let me follow you, so you now come into my Inbox every morning. Yyyaayyyy.

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    1. “so you now come into my Inbox every morning”… like I can just let that sit there? haha!

      I also wanted to say that my kids – who are all very smart eaters and way better about their health than me, thank god – have told me over and over and over again that it’s 90% what you eat, 10% exercise. “You can’t out train a bad diet, Mom” they tell me. So if it’s food OR exercise, I guess you choose to work on the food equation.

      They all eat low-keto/Paleo/low carb if that’s any help. Which is how I lost 30 lbs last year, quite painlessly I might add. I’ll probably hop back on that bandwagon any day now. If I can stop thinking about the donut I wish I had bought when I stopped for coffee this morning…

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      1. Recording is key because often I don’t know why I am not losing and then go back and look at my calories for the last week and see, oh, look at that, you were over your calories EVERY.SINGLE.DAY

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    2. There are people who sell “magic weight loss pills” (usually an MLM). According to them, all you have to do is take these 2 pills every day and the fat just melts right off! Yeah, that’s not how that works; that’s not how any of this works.

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  39. I have lost 4 pounds in the last 2 weeks following a keto diet – 20 grams of carbs or less per day. It means I can’t enjoy m’beer on the weekends for a while but it is very doable – as long as you can handle eating a lot of meat, cheese, butter, and green vegetables. My plan is to drop 15 pounds and then gradually add more carbs back in until I can find an amount that keeps me at my goal weight without gaining it back.

    Good luck!

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      1. Keto is not Atkins. I highly recommend the book Keto. by Maria and Craig Emmerich. It explains EVERYTHING you need to know about eating keto. It works and it’s healthy! The same author has also written some amazing cookbooks. I have them all and they are all we use. Just be sure to go through June’s Amazon link to buy them 😉

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    1. I’ve lost 50 on Keto so far. I was a Lifetime WW members who lost 60 and gained it all back, so I wasn’t going down that road again.

      Keto can be hard to start, but it has a lot of side benefits – people have gotten relieve from aches, pains, sleeplessness and migraines on it.

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  40. I got nothin’. Except the 30 I spent all of May, June, July and August losing… and gained back again over the holidays. I had a plan to find a skinny girl and follow her around, only eating what and when she eats. I ate her, too.

    Good luck June. And know this – compared to me, you’re the skinny girl. So watch yourself.

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  41. Welcome to my world. I’m going to be checking these comments all day b/c I need some diet advice, too. I was following Weight Watchers before Christmas and had lost 10 lbs. (sound familiar?) and then fell off the wagon. It has since run me over. I have yet to go one single day without shoving food in my mouth as though I’m starving and it’s all about to be taken away. Even with the new WW points system where chicken, turkey and eggs have no points. I have NO self-control at all. But then I see my big, fat self in a mirror and want to cry. Ugh.

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  42. When you want to eat, go brush your teeth, nothing ever tastes good after brushing your teeth. I sometimes do a shot of Listerine for good measure, that crap lasts forever with tingling in the mouth.

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