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Feb. 19th, 2008 | 07:48 pm

I went to my doctor today, and my blood work says I'm healthy, the scale says I'm pretty noticeably overweight.

So I asked my doctor, refer me to a nutritionist, since I haven't been able to do anything about my weight on my own.

The office staff then told me, "no we can't give you a referral since you don't have diabetes"

Great. I actually have to get sick before you can help me to avoid getting sick.

And it's so easy to wade through the crap about "weight loss" to find something reasonable.

Don't they know that we need specific suggestions to improve, not a general "control your eating? get more exercise?" I want help finding spots of time, and I really want someone to deliver food that isn't actively trying to kill me to my door.

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Melody

It is HARD!

from: melodymuse
date: Feb. 20th, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)
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Mark and I really needed to loose weight after an extended Holiday Binge so we cut our calorie intake to only 1000 per day and added more exercise. Since January 01, he has lost over 20 pounds and I have lost 18.

No fancy diet or expensive plans or anything, just plain common sense when it come to cutting out sugar, white breads and pastas and adding more foods like veggies and lots of water. The real trick is portion control.

While I think you could get away with 1200 calories and still loose, it does take discipline, and looking at food not as a reward or comfort.

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from: clynne
date: Feb. 20th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
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I used to weigh about 195 lbs -- I think that's about what I weighed the last time you saw me. I used weight-watchers three years ago to get down to 145 lbs (I'm 158 right now and on-plan again to try to get back down to a weight that makes me happier, even though this is a reasonably healthy weight for me).

I like WW, it is simple, easy, and works. They set forth a very specific plan that's flexible enough for most people to use well. You can either go for "just losing weight" or for "losing weight and building muscle," although the exercise portion of it is less-specifically laid out.

The best thing about WW was the meetings. Once you get over the incredible, well, NORMALITY of everyone there, it's really nice to realize that *everyone* has the same struggles with food you have. Or at least that there are other people with those same struggles. Heck, one WW meeting I went to ended up being mostly discussions about "how to get way drunk on a Friday night and still lose weight." It's far more .. accepting? .. than I expected it to be.

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secretslip

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from: secretslip
date: Feb. 20th, 2008 09:12 am (UTC)
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You're hot. Don't change.

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no, YOUR mom

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from: theinfamousmom
date: Feb. 20th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
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Well, if you really want your food delivered, there's NutriSystem and Jenny Craig. :)

Are you still riding your bike to work?

The stuff that nutritionists give diabetics isn't all that helpful either. I'm not sure if I even bothered to keep that packet of stuff I got. The exchange system is too complicated. I did have good luck with software called Diabetes Pilot, which is a glorified food diary that runs on Palm and I think also Windows Mobile. Don't bother with the desktop version, though. It bites.

I liked The Thin Commandments which despite the title has nothing whatsoever to do with religion and which is full of good, common-sense advice. Bring Blink over here to pick up her mail and you can borrow my copy and see what you think.

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