Time to change

AtalantaRose

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So, I've decided to try and lose some weight. And by some, I mean at least 70kg. I am a BIG girl, in my early 30s, and need to make some changes in my life.

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I have signed up to Lite'n'Easy and am currently on Day 3.

I have been looking online for a good discussion forum of likewise peeps and can't find one anywhere. It got me wondering if anyone in here is also on a weight loss jaunt.

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All of my RL friends are fabulously skinny and beautiful. They totally don't get it.

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Is there anyone out there who wants to be my weight loss buddy?

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Inigo Montoya

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Good for you for making a change.
I'm not sure how good lite n easy is. Is that the one where they send you the food pre made? God there are so many of these weight loss programs out there it's kind of hard to remember which one does what.
The only advice I can think of would be to think of it as becoming more healthy not just "I want to be skinny".
Good luck, I hope you keep this thread updated with your progress.
 

jessy_girl

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Hey @AtalantaRose - good on you for taking the first steps and good luck. Please keep posting in here to keep yourself accountable. Have you set specific goals? I'd recommend setting "mini goals" which are all measurable and keep rewarding yourself at each one, it will make it much less daunting than one big end goal.

Lite n Easy is a good starting point as far as having calorie controlled meals go and at least you're eating real food, better than any of the pgorgams with diet shakes. Hopefully you will start seeing results soon and you can start learning about portion control and preparing your own low calorie food. Does Lite n Easy have different programs? How many calories are you on? Don't under eat!

Are you doing any exercise at all? Majority of weightloss will come from diet alone, but exercise obviously aids this as well as improving your overall cardiovascular health, just gentle exercise is fine.

You should try and calculate your basal metabolic rate (BMR), this differs for everyone and so many variables come into play, but it is a really useful tool to have - it's basically how much energy your body uses just by doing it's general processing for the day, so basically how many calories your body would burn if you stayed in bed all day (which sounds so awesome to me, by the way).

Are you having any medical provision for this?

Sorry for a possible overload there. This is exactly relevant to me but most of my family work in the healthcare industry so I seem have been loaded with facts over the years.

Good luck!
 

AtalantaRose

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Thanks, guys. It is so nice to have some support in here! It is also one more thing to hold me accountable, especially if I keep updating this thread.
To answer your questions:

Yes, @Inigo Montoya Lite'n'Easy is one of the ones where they provide all of your food. I work really long hours and live by myself, so it is the best option for me. The dinners are frozen meals, but some of them seem nice so far, and all of the other food is a mix between fresh and frozen. I have chosen the 1500 calorie, breakfast lunch and dinner plan. This also gives me snacks for during the day.

@jessy_girl - I haven't started any exercise yet. I am too big and too unfit to even consider it yet - just walking up a flight of stairs leaves me winded and unable to speak sometimes. I am hoping to lose some weight and then get into exercise. I used to love swimming - I hope to get back to that eventually.

Funny you should ask, I came across the BMR yesterday whilst I was doing some investigation online. With my rate of exercise, my BMR is just over 3000. So, on a 1500 calorie diet, I have some room for a cheeky glass of wine (which is more necessary than I would like to admit!).

I am not working with a doctor on this. Every doctor that I meet is so damn condescending about my weight that it makes me want to slap them, then go and eat a pizza. My best friend is a nurse though, so she is keeping an eye on me.

One thing I need to do later this week (after pay day) is go and buy a decent set of scales. I originally thought that I didn't want to see the numbers on there and have avoided knowing my weight for the last couple of years, but I now feel that the numbers will help me see results that I can't feel yet.

So, Day 4 breakfast (soy & linseed toast with fruit & bran cereal) is out of the way and I need to get some work done! Will check in again later. Thanks so much again, for your support xx
 

Inigo Montoya

The New Dread Pirate Roberts.
Perhaps you should take your measurements as well as using scales. That might give you a better indication of how much weight you a losing.
 

jessy_girl

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That's probably advisable not to exercise, I know on The Biggest Loser (I'm sorry to make that comparison!!) they do high intensity cardio and all get injuries because their bodies can't handle. Weight loss comes down to nutrition anyway.

I'm sorry doctors have been so unsupportive, I guess they are used to thinking in more academic terms, plus they probably just try to put everyone on duromine. Nurses are better - stick with your friend!

Measurements can be reliable, just make notes of where you have measured yourself, ie 3 fingers above your bellybutton. There is definitely room for human error but it's a good guide.
 

AtalantaRose

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Yeah, The Biggest Loser scares me. The amount of weight they lose per week is frightening. One of my big fears is that my skin won't match my weight loss, but I know slow and steady loss will work with me on that.

Doctors have been awful in the past. I once went to a doctor about an awful ear infection, and despite a sign in his office saying that if you came in to discuss more than one issue, a charge would be incurred (bulk billing Drs are the worst), he kept on ranting about my weight. I was like, dude... I am in pain here. I am sick. Leave me alone.

I obviously know I am obese. It's kind of hard to miss. I know it is bad for me. I know it might kill me. I also know that some rude dick with a god complex, telling me how morbidly obese I am, is not going to help the situation!

It has gotten to the stage that I avoid doctors at all costs, even when I legitimately should see one, because I am yet to find a supportive one that I can afford.
 

Sweetgeek

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Good for you! My sister in law has lost 14 kilos in 3 months and is still going. She has set the goal of losing 20 kilos to start with and another 20 after her first weight loss goal. She said what helped her start this was first setting her mind frame to lose weight and I think you have taken the first steps of doing that. I think a public post of your efforts on here may be a good motivator for you too. Good for you! You can do this :)

edit: I don't know much about liteneasy, but from what jessygirl has said it sounds like a good starting point
 
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Jam

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Good luck, AtlantaRose! It will be great fun for you to go clothes shopping when you've lost a bit of weight. Maybe that could be your reward when you lose; a new shirt or t-shirt every 5 kg and a new skirt or trousers every 10 kg. I read somewhere that the twins had Lite n Easy while they were doing the latest series of The Block. It would certainly be convenient!

I'm looking forward to hearing about your progress. When you start exercising I will be cheering you on - I'm very unfit and need to start taking better care of my body, too.
 

qtkt

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I've used lite n easy. The food is nutritious and tasty and the portion sizes are good. The programme will encourage you to eat well. The food is the type you can realistically do for yourself but I found it cost effective and the convenience outweighed even all the other positives. The only reason I didn't continue with it is that I moved to a rural area that they do not deliver to. Best wishes to you on your journey to a healthier you
 

AtalantaRose

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Wow, I am chuffed with the support. Thanks, gang.

The biggest issue today is that my eye has not stopped twitching for the past 48 hours - it is doing my head in! The general consensus is that it is my body going through withdrawals, which is no bloody fun.

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Alias

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Maybe you could try a yoga DVD for larger women to ease into exercise? They modify the poses so bigger women can do it. It'll help you get your head right too. I started doing yoga and meditation last year after I did a medical treatment that made me really sick and depressed. It's very helpful both physically and mentally. You never know, you might even find yourself enjoying a mung bean smoothie every now and then. :wtf: :poop::D
 
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Alias

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Maybe not then. :p Yoga is good though, or maybe Aqua Aerobics? Me and a friend used to do that at the local pool with mostly older ladies, so it was a bit more gentle exercise.
 

AtalantaRose

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Haha, yeah, I'll pass on the mung beans, I think!

Yeah, I am definitely keen to get back into the water. At my current size, though, any exercise is just too hard. I am carrying around an extra person, which is exercise in itself! Once I have some mobility back, I am planning on starting with gentle walking and swimming. Did I mention that I can't wait to get back into the water? :watching:
 

Alias

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So you did. I'm sorry it's hard for you to get around. I had a taste of that on my meds last year. It's very difficult and frustrating. Good luck with it all, hope you're back in the water soon.
 
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