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shera
Saturday, October 22, 2005, 8:08am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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I have to say, it has to be the diabetic diet I have been on for 5 months. I would like to have lost it a little faster, but my doctor says if I lose it slowly, I have a better chance of keeping it off. I do not eat any white bread, and very little whole wheat. I eat veggies, and fruit. Never drink soft drinks or caffiene( I get crazy on caffiene). So I drink decaf ice tea, and my sweet stuff consists of sugar free pop cycles. They are great! I don't eat a lot of red meat. Love salads, but they tend to go straight through.
I take a B-Complex. I would probably lose faster if I got more excercise, but I have a bad hip. I still have a long way to go, and I do get discouraged sometimes. But it took a while to put this on and will take a while to get it off. Thanks for the encouragment.
this is a great place.
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Congratulations on the weight loss!  It sounds like you have things figured out pretty well.  I will let you inspire me to stay away from the grains as I'm sure that will help me to lose the weight that I need to lose.
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HI Everyone,
   This has been an encouraging thread to read, I join recently and have been on this plan for a little over 3 months.
    Before I started this plan I had been on Atkins for 5 years, lost 85 lbs the first year but nothing after that, I just stayed on it out of fear because it controlled my blood sugar and my blood pressure. I finall stopped controlling my blood pressure and I went in to try and have gastric by pass surgery. During surgery they found out I had a live problem and were unwilling to do the surgery as planned so fixed a hyernia and left is at that.
   I was really down for a long time, went to ediets and found a couple of people there that were on this plan and they were doing really well.
   For the first time in a really long time I lost weight, 31 lbs so far, I still must lose a lot of weight but feel hopeful again. I haven't lost the last three weeks but see from your posts that that is normal to slow down from time to time.
   I just wanted you all to know it means a lot to me to see that it is possible and all I have to do is keep on.  THANKS for the encouragement.  

   GOD Bless you.
     Elizabeth
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Wow Elizabeth!!!
Have you kept the origonal 85 pounds off as well? plus another 31 pounds? regardless this is truley amazing good for you....what I wouldn't do to drop 31 pounds at least ( I know what a difference this makes) I also have about 88 pounds to lose....any pointers that have kept you motivated ...what is a typical day of food for you...what about exercise???





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Hello,  I am thankful for this thread too!  It is so nice to hear of everyone's progress with weight control.  As I have said in an earlier post I have followed the BTD for three years.  It has changed my life!   I have lost a substantial amount of weight by carefully watching portions per week and portion size as per BTD.  I have also been attending Overeaters Anonymous.  This has been most helpful.  You can check their web site and find out about meetings in your local area.  Once we loose this weight we want it off for good.  Keep up the good work everyone!!!   Loretta
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wonderful Elisabeth!
gradually lower your grain intake and up your veggies!!
the weight will start melting off, you ll see. )


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ELCarrier2005
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HI Girly,  Yea I kept my original 85 off for which I am grateful, but when the blood pressure started going up I knew that I  had to change something. Even with the 31 more lbs lost I have a long way to go but at least I feel hopeful now with this diet.

Lola, I will give that a try because I seem to have slowed down a little and wondered if I might be getting a little to much bread and cearel. How much grain should I be getting a day is what I get mixec up about. I would love to be able to say I'M MELTING. I'M MELTING


Loretta, How much have you lost, if it is ok to ask, I would be interested to know. Isn't it nice to find something that works for us.

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Girly, Sorry forgot to answer your question, most of my encouragement has come from God and from being around other who are working toward the same goal. I started at ediets after my surgery and they have been a lot of help but I also wanted more people who are on the same diet to be able to get feed back from others that are working on exactly what I am.
  I find not letting myself get to hungrey or to tired helps a lot and I am swimming 3-4 times a week and using my gazzle at home. I can only do 10 on the gazzle because it is hard to be on my feet for long but in the water I am almost up to an hour every time I go.
  For breakfast I like one egg, with tofu, fried in olive oil and soy sauce, oh yea don't forget to use a lot of grilled onions.
  Lunch is often a tuna sandwich with soy milk.
  Dinner is more grilled onions with either a turkey pattiy or vegie patty and plenty of vegies.
  For snacks I love to have a little peanut butter with an apple and sometime popcorn.
  My only problem is I think I get in a rut and might need a little varity. I friend of mine is moving here this next week and says she is going to teach me some new dishes. she has been on this for a few months longer then I and loves to play in the kitchen.
  Hope this was some help.

  Elizabeth
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Hi Elizabeth, You are on the right track!  Keep up the good work.  I have had to cut back to one serving of grain a day to loose the weight.  Over the last three years I have lost 70# on the BTD.  I feel wonderful.  
Do you get regular exercise Elizabeth?  I see you are very close to my same age.  I walk each day and find it lifts my spirits and helps me loose the pounds.  Loretta

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Hummmm....My girlfriend who lives in Singapore has been begging me to try O.A..she overcame bulemia...I think it's pride in my way...portions are a huge thing for me and I diffinately overeat...and usually avoids or neutrals that are a bad trigger....WHEAT..and SUGAR .I know O.A. believes in no flour or sugar.....this would be good for me. All this weight to lose 88 pounds and depression in the shadows...God give me the will to do it....





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Elizabeth,
Have you found out what your secretor status is? It is possible you could lose more weight if it turned out you are a non-secretor and need to make a few more dietary adjustments. Also, you might check out the latest BTD book on pre-diabetes, diabetes, hypoglycemia and answer the checklist to see if it fits for you - the refinements in there could also help if it turns out that's an issue. Sounds like you've already accomplished soooo much! I've lost 5 and have 30 to go myself. Best of luck to you.

And, girly, maybe someone has already mentioned this, but if it is at all possible to cut out the sugar and really limit the grains for a short period of time (like a week or so) - the cravings really do start to go away.
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 ...I went in to try and have gastric by pass surgery. During surgery they found out I had a live problem and were unwilling to do the surgery as planned so fixed a hyernia and left is at that.  Elizabeth

Elizabeth, just wanted to say that, to me, that really seems like a huge blessing in disguise.  I'm SO glad you did not end up getting the gastric bypass surgery.  It is so profoundly much better to approach weight management via diet and exercise than via stomach surgery.  Please take what happened as a blessing and a sign and don't consider that surgery again.  Even if you never lose as much weight as you want to by following any given diet, including the BTD (I'm still working away on my weight and I've been on the diet for years...but I was just thinking today, I wouldn't trade this diet for anything...details momentarily, but I'm in fragmented, run-on sentence mode here *lol*), it is still far preferable to be a little overweight but healthy, whole, and treating your body with respect.  I'm not at my ideal weight, but I'm healthy and even though the weight loss for me is never a linear process, like they say about the stock market, if you just don't panic and you stay the course, it ALWAYS ends up going in the right direction in the long run.  The BTD is all about the long run and not quick fixes that could end up hurting more in the long run, ya know?

I think you were truly blessed by that hernia, girl!!!




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[And, girly, maybe someone has already mentioned this, but if it is at all possible to cut out the sugar and really limit the grains for a short period of time (like a week or so) - the cravings really do start to go away.] This statement from Laurjen to Elizabeth is very true.  
Take a week off all white flour and white sugar and see if the cravings don't go away.  The bad thing it just takes one bite and you can go right back to the addiction again.  The feeling of a clean mind and body is so much better than the feeling of being out of control.   Loretta
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ELCarrier2005
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HI Girly, They are right, the one thing the Atkins did do for me all those years without carbs was take the cravings away and that means alot, since going on this diet it is even better, I feel more alive and have more energy.
 One thing about OA they don't tell you what to eat, sometimes members start things in their own clicks but OA wants you to find what works for you. I use to go once but the town I was in was to small to support that and I find more support here.

Leaping Greenly, At first I felt very bad about the surgery because I had been on Atkins for so and felt like I was doomed to be so big the rest of my life, but since starting this diet and having some success I am glad that it didn't work out the way it was suppose to. You see I still have more then 200 lbs to lose and I was having trouble moving much. Now that I have found a place to swim again my movement is improving and since starting the BTD my shape is changing. So I will be around for a long time.

Loretta, Yes I exercise by swimming three times a week and using my gazzle inbetween. I think it is important but sometimes I miss. A few have mentioned cutting grains so think I will try that for a bit because I haven't lost any weight for a couple of weeks.

Laurjen, I do not know my sector status and that will have to wait a bit but I am diabetic and have sent for the book, it will be here the day after my birthday next month so I am hoping that will help to, I wish I knew some of the differences now so I could work on them.

Thank you all for you interest it is really a help.

Will come back later, hope you all doing great.

Elizabeth
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I was on this program about 5 years ago, I went on for health reasons, in 33 days I lost 31lbs, I found that it was hard for me to stick to as I didnt have the support I needed from my family, the more I tried to stick to it the more my husband wanted to eat out, after 3 months I gave up, I have since put the wait back on and feel terrible, now I have decided with or with out the support of my family I will stick to this for my health. I have found a lady in my city that is also on it ,even though she is type O,  I am exited to have someone close for support.
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Quoted from Diane_Hetke
I was on this program about 5 years ago, I went on for health reasons, in 33 days I lost 31lbs, I found that it was hard for me to stick to as I didnt have the support I needed from my family, the more I tried to stick to it the more my husband wanted to eat out, after 3 months I gave up, I have since put the wait back on and feel terrible, now I have decided with or with out the support of my family I will stick to this for my health. I have found a lady in my city that is also on it ,even though she is type O,  I am exited to have someone close for support.
                                                                                 Diane



WOW, that's one lb per day! Hope you have the strength to keep on it this time.
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Elizabeth,
You are such an inspiration to me and somehow are giving me the drive to lick my "Obesity"  I really know how you feel I may have a bit less to lose ( 88 pounds) but I feel horrible and the thought is overwhelming.I have been on so many diets and have always failed and then I did a faith based weight loss program called weigh-down and it was great because nothing was of limits...You ate when you felt physical hunger, stopped when you were satisfied and only where allowed diet pop, water black coffee or tea in between hunger sensations....I saw people dropping weight ( 100's of pounds in some cases) This really messed with my mind because I really thought I deserved to eat everything and then I really dove in hunger or not!!
Anyway I really hope you can get the weight off too, keep us posted O.K ?





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Elizabeth,
Hey, are you a Scorpio, too? Some of the differences off the top of my head...foods that improve insulin metabolism: mushrooms, walnuts, seafood, soy, and pineapple. Also, there are lots of super beneficial foods that really make you feel great like blackberries, blueberries, pineapple, plums, spinach, broccoli, artichokes, salmon, cod, pinto beans... Grains are listed as 1/2 cup dry per day for non-secretors, a bit more for secretors. The beneficial grains are basically amaranth, manna bread (my favorite), rice and rye.

Non-secretors are three times as likely to get diabetes, so I'm thinking that means there's a higher possibility of you being one. Green tea is also a super beneficial. Corn is a new avoid (if you've assumed you're a secretor) and I think the other big weight gain foods are similar to the other books: wheat, dairy, kidney beans, lima beans, and potatoes.

I had a tough time following this 7 days a week at first, so I only followed it about 5 and then found myself on the couch shaking by the weekend when I went off. It motivated me to push through the weekend and I feel awesome! And, my clothes feel just a teeny tiny bit looser - even if the scale's not showing it yet. Best of luck to you. I look forward to hearing your experiences when you get the book.
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This morning another 2 pounds gone! YES!
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Way to go, Sandra! So is that 8 pounds in 2 weeks? Wow!

I have a mini-success story, myself. I have been stuck at 180 for months (and sometimes a pound or two above). Then I upped my compliance both on the foods and the amounts. And I added in Tai Chi. I avoided the cheesecake at an event I went to (although I dreamed about it later that night!) and I brought my own lunch to a staff potluck. Those potluck foods lactually ooked painful and undesirable instead of tempting!

So here I am at that time of month when I usually gain two pounds, and instead I lost one and finally get to see the scale not rise up to 180, as I was 179 for two mornings in a row. I must say this ongoing dialog has been most encouraging and inspiring for me. Thanks to all!!!

PS Martian Sunset, what type of exercise do you do?
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HI Everyone,
   I got my book a week and a half early, and you were right about all the changes. The one I was having a hard time with was cutting the grains a little but when I saw that wegies are unlimited I was very happy again, I have always loved wegies so this is a big plus in my book.

   Laurjen - Congranulations on the weight lose, every little bit helps espiecally when you break a hold like that, I stayed over 400 for a long time and when I got to 394 felt like I should have a party so went to the Mohca Jave place down the street and got a large cup with cherry and vanilla and soy cream in it.   WOW was that good. I drop a pound this week as well and hope that next week will be better as I make the changes. I still had to bread yesterday but skipped the cereal and rice so that should help.

  I am really going to miss my popcorn on Monday nights with Star Gate SG1, it won't be the same.

   Girly - Hang in there I believe that together we can all do this and since I started losing weight again I am sure of it.

    Well, got to go, talk to you all later.

   
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Yesterday, my husband and I thought "oh what the heck, one pizza won't kill us" Boy were we sorry. Afterwards we both felt bloated and lousy and tired.
Hubby is not on BTD but he just eats low fat, no sugar, fresh veggies and fruit etc. He does ask me sometime "can I have this?" How should I know?? He's O, I'm A..... So now I have to keep track of two diet type. As if one isn't hard enough. (sigh...)  

Anyway, so yesterday we both felt really bad. Won't be getting pizza any day soon again. It just shows me that what I am doing is good for me. But I still was a pound less then what I weighed yesterday, so I was fortunate the damage was limited.  
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It's been a while since I've posted but I just wanted to add the since Labour Day this year I've dropped 15 pounds and lost 23 ... I gained some weight when I went on vacation and ate whatever for a few days.  I am now doing a para/candida cleanse and the number of times I eat a day has decreased.  Also, two weeks ago I adopted a 5 y/o yellow lab and we get outdoors to burn it off frequently ... no more excuses for not walking.

I also found out last week that much to my surprise, I am a Secretor, so my diet has changed but mostly to include things that are taboo right now.

Today I'm hungry for some reason???

I am doing a lot more cooking and meal planning!!  


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Sandra - I know how you feel, my husband is an O also and so I cook two ways, I know of a lady that has all four blood types in her family and she cooks for all of them so I guess we have it a little easier     Watch out for those pizzas they'll get you every time.

Colleen - What a great weight lose. Labs are the best dogs if you want a freind on a walk with you, they just love to go go go    HAve fun.
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Ok.. it's Halloween  here... I've got the  candy (  really GOOD chocolate!)  all ready for the trick or treaters.. and guess what??? I want to raid that bowl SOO BAD right now..

I'm sitting here eating some dried figs... it's helping.. but I was just about to say, what the heck.. I'll just have the candy... BUT NO!

I logged on and read the thread.. so even if I eat a few too many figs.. it's better than the candy, right???  I'll feel better  later, right????  

( I hope so!  I do love Reeces.. lol)
Ok.. passed through another almost downfall.. went to  a small neighborhood Halloween party... all my old favorite foods were there... Tex Mex dip... halloween cookies with lots of icing... I actually picked up a chip.. though.. "oh well.. it's a holiday".. and then thankfully put it in the trash.. didn't even dip anything on it.. I  don't usually  have such a hard time, but I almost blew it.. glad  I didn't!!!

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