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Old 07-10-2013, 12:45 PM   #1451
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Yikes Aunt Bea!!!!!


It's not as far fetched as some of the things I've tried over the years!
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:59 PM   #1452
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It took me 20 pounds before losing a size in clothing. I have lost a total of 26 pounds so far and have gone from a size 20 to a size 18. At my ideal weight I am a size 14 or 16. in high school I was a size 12. I guess I just carry it well...or not so well...
For me it is about eight pounds. I know I have lost some this week. I have a favorite cotton dress that I just love. It is soft and when my daughter gave it to me, it just fit. Snugly! Now I notice that I have wiggle room. It surprised me this morning when I put it on. I don't mind losing the weight, I just don't want to get too small for this dress.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:02 PM   #1453
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For me it is about eight pounds. I know I have lost some this week. I have a favorite cotton dress that I just love. It is soft and when my daughter gave it to me, it just fit. Snugly! Now I notice that I have wiggle room. It surprised me this morning when I put it on. I don't mind losing the weight, I just don't want to get too small for this dress.

Being too small for a dress is not a problem I have ever had, nor have most people posting on this thread.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:09 PM   #1454
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I know what you are saying LP. That was my problem at the beginning of this week when I was feeling so helpless. I just WANT to feel healthy again. I will never be where I was a couple of years ago. But I sure would like to have just one week without any complaints or aches and pains. Hang in there.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:22 PM   #1455
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The doctor I saw yesterday wants my GP to address again the chance I have rheumatoid arthritis and/or chronic fatigue syndrome because I am showing signs of both.
Laurie, have you seen an endocrinologist about your symptoms? It seems to me that a specialist would be better able to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis. I have a friend who has RA; she has been on Remicade for several years and is doing very well. There are other biologic meds available for treating auto-immune diseases, too.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:03 PM   #1456
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Thank you so much chopper, Addie and GG - I feel so loved!

I left DC awhile ago for several months because I was dealing with health and personal issues (including my sister's cancer) and I realize now that was a mistake. You don't have to tell your whole story, just ask for someone to listen to what you can tell and your "family" responds comfortingly.

I have not seen an endocrinologist but will talk to my GP about it. I will see her next week when I get the blood test results. I am really hoping I can start getting off some of my medication, but I will need to be replacing it with healthy choices in food and exercise. I need to pull out the binder from my pain management clinic to remind me of the exercises and coping strategies. It is hard to believe it has been two years since I took that course.
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:12 PM   #1457
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One thing that has helped me is to create a simple spreadsheet that plots out my goal over an eighteen month period by week. I have various milestones listed and I mark my actual progress against plan. It helps me to break it down into small realistic steps rather than just staring at a HUGE NUMBER! It has been six months since I started and I am only a pound or two behind plan. I keep testing new lows and am maintaining a slow downward trend, sort of like a bear market! Dieting is really simple it is just boring and tedious like so many worthwhile things in life.

I would encourage anyone who is currently at a normal weight never to gain more than five pounds without going on a diet to get it off immediately!

I wish I could find this old gypsy!
Aunt Bea, I think I will pass on the gypsy, but love your spreadsheet idea. I just have to be careful not to make too strict goals because of my pain levels. We learned that if you set your expectations too high and don't meet them because of the pain, it makes everything worse. But having something to go by sounds great!
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Old 07-10-2013, 02:12 PM   #1458
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You are most welcome LP. You take care of you, and just let us know what we can do to help.
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Does anyone watch "Extreme Weight Loss". I almost wish I needed to lose more weight (not really) and lived in the states because Chris is fabulous! I was specially moved by Jami's story last night. The transformation, both physically and emotionally, was incredible - going from not wanting to be on the show because she wanted to die, to doing the final weigh-in in a bikini!

I had a great fitness coach at the Y and I hope she is still there when I rejoin next month.
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May need to watch that show. How wonderful to make such a change! How old is this gal?
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