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greenfields
Saturday, October 1, 2005, 9:08pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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The O weight loss stories are encouraging indeed, but I, too, would love to hear some A weight loss stories. Also - the waistband doesn't work for everyone. I gained 20 pounds in one year and still fit into my clothes! I now own a scale.

I started the BTD way back in 97ish and it dramatically helped with allergies. I've stuck to some of the basic principles ever since, (like no white flour) but got off track over time.

Last fall I got back on the BTD, wasn't losing any weight, got the secretor test and found out I was a non-secretor and had been munching out on many avoids. Started to follow non-secretor diet and hit the surprise Dr.'s appointment weigh-in moment somewhere around April or May. Found out my thyroid was off, liver needed help, etc. Was put on Armour for thyroid and lost two pounds in one week. Losing more weight has been very slow going. I have only lost a total of 5 pounds in 4-5 months.

Recently, I was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic, got the BTD book on diabetes and really resonated with the info there. I had been intuiting much of what I read (i.e. could only handle stevia and agave, etc.). I have been following this diet for three weeks (and lost one of the five pounds during this time).

The most noticeable differences have been that I no longer have abdominal bloating, my sugar cravings have gone away, and I am crashing less (where I get shaky and weak). So I know good things are happening, and I have ordered the rest of what I don't have for the pre-diabetes protocol, but would love to hear any encouragement, because this feels so slow. I have never had such a hard time losing weight in my life!
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elizabethlea
Friday, October 14, 2005, 7:23am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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I have only been on the BTD 2 days, but am using the australian weight watchers points program to keep an eye on portions (one of my biggest problems). I recently achieved lifetime membership at ww, so I don't plan to lose any more weight. But I sure hope it will be easier to keep off. Eating in the 'old way' it took me 8 months to lose just 6 kg (12 pounds). Then for no reason, I regained half of what I lost and had to battle to lose it again. In the last 2 days I have already gone down a pound without trying. So I am happy!  

Most of all, I want to feel healthy.  

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Loretta
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As you can see I am an A and have lost a substantial amount of weight while on the BTD.  So it is not just the O's.  I see a BTD Naturopath in Eugene OR who has worked with me for the last three years.  Through blood tests I have my own individualized food list which takes all guesswork out of things.  I have found that I must only have one portion a day of grain.  Sometimes hot cereal for breakfast other days brown rice for dinner.  I eat a huge vegetable salad for my lunch and several pieces of fruit throughout the day.  Not only have I lost a lot of weight but I feel great.   Loretta
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Michelle
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good morning and good day to all of you ....I just finished reading this thread (friday, october 14th) and thank you thank you thank you!    I so desire to lose weight and I've walked 2 miles this AM, ate a deliciously BTDers O (neutral) diet with Ezekial toast ... sipping down my H20 from a crystal goblet and I am ready! to face the world, to face my obstacles and tackle today.  What encouragement from all you.  
~ michelle
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Howard
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Went for a run yesterday wearing a pair of sweat pants I had not warn in two months. About 30 secs into the run I noticed something was wrong, my pants were sagging on one side. It was the side where I kept my wallet. Not only was it sagging, but it was quickly apparent that my normally tight sweatpants were now sliding over my hips and I was in danger of losing my pants althogether! I stopped, fumbled with the draw string, which took about 2 minutes to loosen, tightened them, then continued on my run. Embarrassing, yet I felt good about what it indicated.

Buns of Steel, here I come!


"I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now" - Bob Dylan

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mhameline
Friday, October 14, 2005, 5:46pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Howard - that is a funny story - but shows how far you've come - congratulations!!  It's quite the feeling isn't it?  I always know when it's time to get rid of a pair of my pants when I put them on and I can take them off without unbuttoning or unzipping them at all and they come off very easily.  That has happened with several of my pants.  If only clothes shopping was cheaper - I like that I've shrank out of most of my clothes - but I'm in desparate need of smaller almost everything.  I'd rather have this problem than needing to be buying bigger clothes though.  I've been in that predicament as well and this one is much better!!  Keep up the good work everyone!!  And for you A's my weight came off very slowly too - but I think that's the best way to lose - the slower it comes off the easier it will be to keep off as well.  I think that's because it's become a lifestyle change to get the weight off instead of just another diet.  


Blessings,
Missy

Married to Kris a B+
Pursuing domestic infant adoption.
Jordan Alexandra - born 5/12/08
Placed in our arms - 5/21/08

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shawna_marie
Saturday, October 15, 2005, 1:41am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Hey everyone!  

I am also curious about those last few pounds.  I am just now starting the diet and would just like to lose about five pounds.  I imagine it takes a while longer.....?

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pigletmsu
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Howard, that is really funny!  I was working out at the Y a few weeks back with a friend of mine.  All of a sudden she busts out laughing and points to the guy on the treadmill in front of us.  His shorts are basically about around his knees at this point.  He pulls them up, runs a few seconds, they fall down.  I laughed and said, "Well, atleast it's working."  I now give my clothes the pre-run test before leaving for the gym.

As for my own weight loss, I have only been about 50% compliant these past 3 weeks, and I have lost 3 lbs.  Granted, I am exercising atleast 3 times a week for an hour, just the food I am struggling with.  I gotta tell you, I seriously think some of those preservatives and chemicals they put in food are secretly addictive juices that make it darn near impossible to kick the habit of eating junk.  

And as for getting your spouse to participate, I left my ER4YT book out on the table yesterday and DH read a bit of it while eating lunch and today he tells me that he thinks he is going to do it with me.  He even went so far as to call the dr to see if his blood type was on file (they were closed for the day already, too bad).  I never suggested to Dh that he should join me in this, I never ask because then if it doesn't work, DH gets flippy at me.  I let me own weight loss do the talking.  Also, it takes some people longer to come to the point that they are ready to put themselves first and get serious about their health.  I didn't get to that point until after having my first kid--I had preeclampsia with him and after studying up on it, learned that my risk of getting heart disease, strokes, etc, are double now.  And then I got it again with my second child, so my risk is even higher.  I want to be around to see my kids grow up, so weight loss is about the best thing I can do to make that happen.
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Alia Vo
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What wonderful testimonies!  Keep up the good work from all who have contributed their success stories.  

Alia


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SheriBerry
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I still really have to watch my weight.. I'm envious!  Here's my question:  I follow the BTD for o's well, but my downfall is that I am still putting some real sugar in my morning hot tea.. that and some soy milk... I DID give up  coffee, but I notice sugar and soy milk are neutral for o's...

I am small.. 4'10 and about 98 lbs.. I'd like to be between 95 and 98... not from 98 to 101 as I am ( it all shows up when you are short!)

I get TONS of exercise.. I play about 3 hours of singles tennis every day and  use the eliptical trainer...

I  eat a large bowlfull of green salad for lunch with some olive oil and a small piece of steak OR walunts and some fruit...  dinner is much the same...so wonder why I don't loose some???  as I said, is it  the sugar??? pesky  sugar...!
by the way, howard, I LOVE your weight determining  method... giggles... and it works!!  I'm so impressed by all of your stories, too....
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Melissa_J
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Hi Sheri-

Sugar in the AM could trigger cravings through the day, but it sounds like you're still controlling your calories well.  If you can track your calories for one day, that might help narrow it down.  I actually gain weight if I reduce my calories below a certain point (somewhere around 1300 calories), so you want to make sure it's in balance for your metabolism and exercise level.  

How long since you were a vegetarian, and how is your health in general? A secretor test can also shed some light on the subject.


Type O+ blogger, secretor afterall. Gluten intolerant. With two gluten intolerant sons:  A+ Secretor 10 yo (also fructose intolerant and slightly egg allergic), and  O- 7yo.
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Don
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Sheri,  You didn't say what you eat for breakfast.  Hopefully you are not skipping breakfast.  If so, start eating a good protein heavy breakfast and see what happens.


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Howard
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mhameline, pigletmsu, et al, thank you for the positive comments. What a team we have here!! Good luck naydies (our original poster), we're not just cheering you on from the sidelines, but running with you all the way.


"I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now" - Bob Dylan

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts." - Mark Twain

I'm a Hunter (Geno Type), lead me to the sabre-toothed tigers!
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SheriBerry
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HI Don and Melissa...

Well, breakfast is Manna Bread with ghee and green tea with sugar and soy milk.. I guess I'm going to  have to bite the bullet and do meat,   protein... and see what happens...

Melissa..   you're right about the calories...I find that if I eat a bit more, my weight is stable...and that when I starve myself.. I seem to hang on or gain... so weird...

As for the vegetarian thing.. I  did that for 16-18 years, but gave it up about 2 years ago for the BTD.... so glad I did that... I did order the secretor test, and I'm a secretor...


Maybe one reason why I don't loose weight is that I'm at a really great weight for me and I have always been a healthy eater... so I  don't have "junk" to clean out of my diet...I never eat between meals.. oh well..  no worries here.. I was just  marveling at all the weight loss stores because I'd have to chisel  the weight off were I to loose some....
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I love reading stories like these...But I have to admit this " Lifestyle change" does NOT come easy for me...I truely think AB's have a much harder time dropping the weight. I have gained how's that for depressing...with 80 pounds to get into my goal range. Now I do not know my secretor status and I might suspect I might be a non secretor because of my fight and I crave grains big time....God help us all...





Mom to 4 B's...living with extreme food allergies to wheat, all dairy, eggs and pineapple !! ( Me, not the kids..)
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Don
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Quoted from cybrsheri
I did order the secretor test, and I'm a secretor...

You need to change your Avatar so everyone will know you are a secretor and can reply to you appropriately.



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Loretta
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Hello Girly,  Don't give up just keep on the BTD.  I find that I can not deviate or I gain.  I must stay the course slow but steady wins the race.  Loretta
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Hallo Howard
I agree with lola.
Grate news, nice way to find out.
keep having fun.
ion


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Michelle
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[quote=cybrsheri] Here's my question:  I follow the BTD for o's well, but my downfall is that I am still putting some real sugar in my morning hot tea.. that and some soy milk... I DID give up  coffee, but I notice sugar and soy milk are neutral for o's...

Dearest Sheri, girlie girl I can understand the sugar thingy! However, I've discovered stevia (all natural sugar substitute ~ haven't checked if it's categorized as an acceptable substitute ... but you might want to try it).  

And, Howard ... oh how you inspire me!  ^5 on your progress!  
Having a sad/tough w/e here .. but will be out there again Monday AM hitting the walking trail ~ yet, again!  have a great week everyone!
~ michelle
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greenfields
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Wow, what a great dialog here - very encouraging stories. I might have to print them out and reread them when I'm getting discouraged! (And thanks to Elizabeth and Loretta for giving me A type of hope. Just how much did you lose, Loretta?)

The encouraging news I heard through this stream, is that it takes time and what's most important is feeling healthy. (Well, and if you're really lucky, you get to accidentally flash people eventually.)  

The question I have now is about compliance. I think I am about 90 - 95% compliant on the foods. I'm pretty far off on the amounts (maybe 50% compliant?), but wonder if those little variations in foods or big variation in amounts are setting me off. For example, I use organic Earth Balance Spread occasionally and one of the ingredients listed is palm fruit oil which I'm sure must be bad. Just how anal do you have to be to lose weight? (And the reason I'm off on the amounts is that I'm hungry if I follow them.)

I've got about 30lbs. to go, so I'm thinking the first 10 shouldn't be this hard! I want my sweats to fall off, too!  
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Before BTD, my diet was pathetic lots of fast food always on the go and never enough time to eat. I gained weight and had high cholesterol from processed junk, fortunately though I have always had excellent health. When I decided to try the BTD, I lost 33 pounds, now at 117 and 5'5", I am much thinner than I was, but I also exercize much more now than I used to. My goal was to weigh 124, but I exceeded my expectations and lost much more, I'm not too thin, but I definitely do not want to lose any more weight.
Exercize has been the answer to keeping my weight stable, even if I eat significantly more on some days than others.


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Hi everyone. I'm new to this board and have just recently been introduced to this diet type. I bought a book that is based on D'adamo's theories and I'e been reading extensively. I've also made an Excel sheet with my do's, dont's and neutrals and from now on I am going to take it with me to the supermarket.
The book suggests that I fase out the bad foods instead of going cold turkey. I think I am going to try that cause cold turkey never worked for me. But unknowingly I have been eating some of the better foods for me and without knowing I lost 4 pounds.

This site contains loads of information I can use. Thanks!

I hope that soon I can add my success story.
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Welcome Sandra, I am sure you will soon be adding your success story - but how about telling us your story now, then you can see your progress in print.    

Oh Howard - for a moment I thought you were going to tell us your wallet was just tooooo heavy...  

Girly - get that secretor test done post haste - does sound like you are a nonnie.
That would make you a member of the "Royal" Green Banner Club  

Fantastic stories, each and everyone of you.  

Sue.  


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I lost 7 pounds in the last 5 weeks. I hope it keeps up at this rate!


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