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Posted by: paul clucas, Thursday, November 12, 2009, 10:21pm
On October 11th I made a bet with my wife, that I would be at or below 353 lbs on November 15th!

She has had some success with the GI diet, but finds compliance hard.  The deal is that she will drop the GI diet, and get Swami Xpress.  My wager I forgot.  Since I weighed 351.0 this morning, and am having no current issues with compliance, I might be below 350.0 by Sunday.    ;D

The weight loss is good, but getting my wife to experience Swami comes in a close second!  She is such a natural sceptic, that I am surprised that she ever made the bet.  (sunny)(dance)

My weight peaked late this spring slightly over 390.6 lbs.  I am sorry - that is as high as my nice electronic scale will go!  Since buying Swami Xpress, I have been charting my weight weekly and since the bet daily.  The downward trend is really noticeable from Sept 20th at 369.2 lbs.

Exercise limitations from lack of breath, back issues, and swollen feet have kept me from doing any significant exercise.  Going around the tourist sites in England this summer, I was forced to sit down every 15 minutes.  

Now I can travel work, and walk more.  The edema in my hands and my feet left in October.  I have been off the Coversyl Plus since the spring.  Once I am below 340, I am booking an appointment with my GP.  Most medical clinics have a counter weight scale that tops at 340, and the public access blood pressure monitors are too small for my biceps.  I hope to get him to check my blood pressure and verify that I do not need the attentions of the barictric clinic that he urged me to contact.   ;D :D

Thank you Dr. D' Adamo.   :)  (sunny)
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, November 12, 2009, 10:28pm; Reply: 1
amazing results!
keep it up and start making a different bet altogether, cause this one you ve already won! ;)
Posted by: Debra+, Thursday, November 12, 2009, 10:29pm; Reply: 2
Waaaaayyy to go Paul...Sunday, eh.  Rootin' for you.   You can do it.  :D

Debra :)
Posted by: Cristina, Thursday, November 12, 2009, 10:40pm; Reply: 3
Fantastic!!  (clap)(dance)(woot) we are static with your progress!!  Keep it up!! Whatever the results on Sunday, you won already, so be proud of your achievement! We are looking forward to hearing more.   :) :) :)
Posted by: Brighid45, Thursday, November 12, 2009, 10:46pm; Reply: 4
That is just excellent, Paul! Way to go, woot! Keep up the great work! And it's wonderful that your wife will give SWAMI a try too. Good news all around!

(sunny) (sunny)
Posted by: kauaian, Thursday, November 12, 2009, 10:58pm; Reply: 5
:o(clap)
Posted by: diffy, Thursday, November 12, 2009, 11:02pm; Reply: 6
Woohooooo!!!!!!  What self-determination!!!! And self-discipline! Way to go!!
Keep it uuuuuuupppppp!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: kittykar1, Friday, November 13, 2009, 1:39am; Reply: 7
Hey Paul,

Way to go !!! Aren't you sooo excited!!! ;D
Posted by: Victoria, Friday, November 13, 2009, 1:48am; Reply: 8
{{{HUGS}}} and lots of smiles coming your way, Paul!   :D   ;D

You're an inspiration and we're all on your team.  
Posted by: Wholefoodie, Friday, November 13, 2009, 2:00am; Reply: 9
Great success, Paul! Keep it up and keep us posted!
Posted by: Amazone I., Friday, November 13, 2009, 6:44am; Reply: 10
(clap)(dance)(ok)(woot)(hehe)wunneful Paul...justamente wunneful  ;D :D(smarty)(clap)wish you so much of success and quickest results... :D
Posted by: dawgmama, Friday, November 13, 2009, 2:34pm; Reply: 11
EPIC! That's what my teenager would say! Yippee! Good job! 8)
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Friday, November 13, 2009, 2:38pm; Reply: 12
GREAT JOB Paul!  Get that exercise in..the more you can walk, the faster your metabolism will speed up and with the right diet as your SWAMI, you will BLAST the weight off!   My sister decided to have a gastric bypass at 280 pounds. She almost died from it. Complications came up 6 months later and she had an intestinal blockage. She was losing weight too fast, and her body couldn't handle the added stress. She's now 156 and I at 5'8" 1/2 I hope she stops already. Her bones are large. She was 5'9 1/2" and she shrunk from osteoporosis from cigarrettes. No. She's not into health like me.  :(  

I thought she would be a Warrior like me, but she was born left handed, and she loves red meat so I thought maybe she was an Explorer.  I really need Dr. D for this one..
Posted by: SoulfulLori, Friday, November 13, 2009, 2:44pm; Reply: 13
Wow Paul!  YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I see more trips and fun stuff in your future!  BRAVO!
Posted by: paul clucas, Sunday, November 15, 2009, 2:58am; Reply: 14
MF, I am sorry to hear about your sister.

Taking her to UBHSC for a shift appointment would be the best you could do for her.  I am willing to drive my parents-in-law over 7.5 hours get to the UBHSC, but neither can understand that there is better care than the allopathic care they have now.

This is where the (almost missionary) zeal that comes from our enthusiasm could bring us down.  It really should be a call to action instead.  Eric, Larry C, and Lisa in particular have given us good examples!  (clap)

On the positive side, I met a friend today, who had obviously noticed my weight loss and brought up the topic of the BTD.  I was surprised, since we had talked about the BTD last time over two years ago.

He is not copasetic with his possible vegi-centric future on the BTD and has no idea of his secretor status.  I told him that taking the test gives him more accurate options and that he could be an Explorer.  Lamb is a real selling point with this guy!   :)

We can't choose our successes in persuading people, but we should take all reasonable advantage of helping those who are interested.   ;D
Posted by: paul clucas, Sunday, November 15, 2009, 3:01am; Reply: 15
Thank you all.  The positive feedback is wonderful!   :) (sunny)

I hope the following is not taken as ungraciousness, but the praise does seem misdirected.  The fault is mine and I have not taken the time to correct the lack of understanding. Until now, that is.

This is a confession of kinds.   ;)

I have not been keeping to the diet plan as much as some of you suppose.  Daily tracking has given me the data to explain this.  From Oct 11th to Nov 14th is a 34 day interval, during which I have "lost" 11 pounds.  As the more experienced weight losers on the board will not be surprised to find, my weight was yo-yoing as it made the general down-ward trend.

The daily truth is that I have lost 23.4 pounds and also gained 12.4 through not avoiding the Avoids!  Now don't get me wrong.  Loosing 11 pounds in 34 days is some Champion weight loss that could only happen with Dr. D' Adamo's help!   (clap)

The average weight loss on my compliant days was 1 pound a day, and the average weigh gain was also 1 pound a day.  That means at 100% compliance that I would loose 1 pound a day!

A pound a day!  This ought to be impossible!  Hobbits-on-jet-skis level of impossible!   :o  

About 20 years ago I had, what I thought of then, an epic weight loss session.  That was going from about 340 to 220 pounds in about a year and a half, loosing about half a pound a week.  With that plan I had two non compliant meals per week, so non-compliance was a just a matter of waiting.  

Now I am loosing weight on compliant days at a rate 14 times as fast !!!!!

Even with my lousy 2 out of 3 day compliance record, that gives me an average little under one third of a pound a day!  A rate of 4.5 times a fast !!

This is why I have not posted on the regular weight loss thread!  There is nothing regular about this - except the terrible level of my compliance.   :-/

The praise, I believe, belongs properly to Dr, D' Adamo.  (clap)(clap)(clap)(woot)
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, November 15, 2009, 4:01am; Reply: 16
Sorry, Paul,
You're not getting out of the praise that has been heaped upon you!   ;)  I consider anyone a warrior who has the courage to once again pick themselves up and look themselves straight in the eye (ok, with the help of a mirror  ;D ) and see what needs to be done . . . and then set about doing it.  Falling, getting back up, falling again, getting back up faster this time . . It takes courage.   :K)
Posted by: Cristina, Sunday, November 15, 2009, 4:15am; Reply: 17
The praise stands and keep on trying (pray).  It is not the rapid weight loss you have to aim for, steady, steady does it, at own pace.  I have to watch out for too much weight loss at one go, could play havoc with my organs, particularly liver, creates too much stress and symptoms may not be that immediate and evident.  Just aim for compliance in food items first while keeping an attentive look at portions and frequency without using the magnifying glass  ;) That is what is helping me.  Also, look for benes across the board, from all food groups.  Do not forget diamonds, super bene spices, condiments, beverages, use them, they are there to balance things for you.  Keeps cravings in check.  Success!!   :)
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, November 15, 2009, 5:15am; Reply: 18
Big congratulations...
Quoted from paul clucas
...[b] so non-compliance was a just a matter of waiting...or is that weighting[??? [b]  
There is nothing regular about this - except the terrible level of my compliance.   :-/
You prob'ly hit the nail on the head there... ;) don't despair...knowledge is power!!! 8) And this is in no way to take away from your efforts to date!! You will get there... ;D There is nothing like confession to keep you on the straight & NARROW ;)  All the best!! ;)
Look forward to hearing more of your continuing success!!!!
Posted by: Ribbit, Sunday, November 15, 2009, 2:08pm; Reply: 19
Well, you have expressed your desire to be less of a Heffalump and more of a Tigger.  Tiggers bounce around a good bit, and I don't just mean bouncing on their tails.  They're somewhat....um...inconsistent and don't really know what they like.  You  know, "That's what Tiggers like best!"....only, once they try it, they don't really like it after all.

So it seems that, even though you possibly had something else in mind, you may be more of a Tigger than you think you are already.  ;)

Tigger gets to where he wants to go, eventually, it just takes him a while.

So, now, on to a more Tiggerific way of life!
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Sunday, November 15, 2009, 2:53pm; Reply: 20
Quoted from paul clucas
MF, I am sorry to hear about your sister.
Taking her to UBHSC for a shift appointment would be the best you could do for her.  I am willing to drive my parents-in-law over 7.5 hours get to the UBHSC, but neither can understand that there is better care than the allopathic care they have now.


Hi Paul,
I'd love to take my sister there. She lives in up state New York. It would be about 7 hours for her to drive down to CT.  The hardest part is getting her to want to go. She's not really into health. She's a smoker since she was 18? She refuses to quit. I was going to try to GenoType her one of these days if she's interested..a lot of good it would do..she eats what she wants.  ::)    I think some members here have relatives with similar attitudes.

Posted by: RedLilac, Sunday, November 15, 2009, 3:45pm; Reply: 21
Paul:  The BTD/GTD is for health.  Losing weight is a pleasant side effect.  But it is not done alone.  You are the catalyst for achieving your goal.  Therefore, you deserve praise. (clap)(dance)

Keep up the good work. (sunny)
Posted by: Chandon, Sunday, November 15, 2009, 3:49pm; Reply: 22
Hi Paul,

Great job! You success is inspirational and your honest is equally commendable. Your eye is still on your health and your goal. Having greater mobility and less edema is probably a perfect motivator. Getting our partners on board with our plans is a major challenge!
Posted by: Debra+, Sunday, November 15, 2009, 3:52pm; Reply: 23
Tigger and Bilbo Baggins are rootin' for ya too. (((((Big hugs)))))

Debra :)
Posted by: paul clucas, Sunday, November 15, 2009, 5:08pm; Reply: 24
Drum roll, please ....

I weight in this morning at 352.4 (yesterday's avoid: Tim Hortons blueberry fritter)

Eating my new amaranth-flaxmeal-rice home-baked bread too much and too late at night helped me gain the last two pounds as well ...  missing 2/3rds of my daily water also ...

Quoted from Victoria
I consider anyone a warrior who has the courage to once again pick themselves up and look themselves straight in the eye
Well this warrior is just running away from the possibility of bariatric surgery!  

I should thank my GP for trying to get me an appointment with the bariatric clinic, it has helped me in ways that he could never know!    ;) :P

Thank you all again for your warm support!     ;D  (sunny)
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, November 15, 2009, 5:46pm; Reply: 25
The length of your life is a good motivator also.   ;)
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