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  1. So we already have a no smoking support group here on wordpress. I was wondering if anyone would be interested in doing a weight loss support group. I am going to a Christian Retreat in November and I promised a friend of mine i'd be a size 8 before then. So I have 5 months. Need to Lose probably 50-60 lbs. Anyone interested in joining me?

    The blog I need help with is

  2. Two questions? Why do you need to be size 8 and why did you feel you had to promise that you would be? What kind of retreat and friend is that? OK three questions x

  3. The first question and second question. I don't feel I have to be and the world is not going to end if I do not. Its just a personal challenge I gave myself in an attempt to become healthier.The third question, my friend really had nothing to do with it. I just told her last time I saw her that when I saw her again I would be in a size 8. I made her that promise in an attempt to challenge myself. She will still be my friend no matter if I succeed or fail. lol. Hope that clears it up. :-)

  4. ciao @marcialoyd

    I think support groups are great, but I hesitate on weight loss programs. I think soceity has made us women too preoccupied with our weight and bodies. I think it would be better to have a Healthy Lifestyle support group. I think 50-60lbs in five months is a long stretch. That's a lot of weight to lose in little time. Im no professional, but my opinion. I think we just need to adapt healthier choices into our life and make exercise a daily habit.
    I'm not overweight nor do I need to lose weight, BUT people have and contunie to comment on my body ... wow, you're so skinny, you're lucky to have that body ..etc. However, what they don't realize is that I have to work for this, I have to work to be healthy. Sure I would rather sit around and eat bon-bons all day and night, but it just doesn't make me feel 100%. My mothers side of the family are all overweight, and they don't exercise. I've been larger than I am now by 3sizes, becuase I made the wrong choices in my diet and exercise program.
    When I exercise and eat better I feel better. There really is no science into being your personal best.
    I would love to be part of this group.
    Have you started a program of any sort?

  5. I also think a weight loss group would be interesting to have! :)

    But I agree with above poster, that 50-60 pounds in 5 months is pretty tough! (But then again, it also depends on what weight you started off with!)

    i personally have been trying to lose 5kg for the past 5 months!... unfortunately it doesn't work out too well. So, I would love this kind of group ! Lose weight together!

  6. Nope! No special diet or program. Just got old fashioned healthy eating and exercising. The only right way to do it! I realize 50-60 lbs is a huge stretch. If I make it awesome. If I don't, I won't beat myself up about it. It was just a goal. :-)

  7. "Old fashioned healthy eating" is defined differently, depending on who you ask. It also means different things in different countries. From what I've gathered, the one consensus among experts seems to be that it's not about how many pounds you lose --anyone can lose weight-- it's about how many you keep off.

    The key may be in finding out how you see all this. IE: How do YOU define "healthy"? That's going to impact whether or not you are able to keep the weight off. But then you have to ask yourself

    Where is the science? "The China Study" by Dr. T. Colin Campbell. He is professor emeritus at Cornell University, teaching nutrition. That's a highly-esteemed position. Grew up on a dairy farm and for years, taught his students to eat the "4 basic food groups," then he did his research and the rest is history. Read the book to find out what he did. Mr. Campbell is now a vegetarian.

  8. Marcialoyd, maybe it's better to find a physical fitness activity that you enjoy several times a week while also making permanent changes to your diet.

    For me it's cycling all over the place, to work, shopping, fitness, vacation. It's a way of life.

    And yes, it does help control weight but I don't think about it daily because cycling is just woven into my habits and I don't consider it a chore.

    I'm a cyclist...and look after 3 cycling blog. They are all different. I belong to an internet women's cycling forum which does provide very loose support to its members since some women have no one else locally who share cycling stuff.

    Perhaps use your blog as a tool to help you document how you explore making some permanent lifestyle changes.

  9. I've read (and been told) that losing 0.5 - 2 pounds a week is the healthiest rate to do so. If you want to lose 2 pounds per week - you have to burn or lose 1,000 calories a day. If you eat 500 less calories and workout to burn 500 calories each day, you will likely get close to your goal.

    From now to the first week of November is 21 weeks. That's 42 pounds you could lose by not starving yourself or working yourself to the bone.

    Go to some of the better weight-loss sites to determine how many calories you need per day. Vary your diet, add in healthier and whole foods, keep active even if you have a sedentary job. Take a quick walk every few hours to keep your body in motion.

    You can get pretty close, and you can do it in a healthful way. Good luck to you!!

  10. Counting calories... It doesn't work with most people b/c you are continually telling your brain what it cannot have. It's psychological. Your brain starts to feel deprived and at some point, disses the idea. Also, it does nothing to rid your body of disease. If you are eating foods that cause disease but only eat lesser portions, your body is still setting itself up to wind up at a hospital at some point.

    If you change the *types* of foods you are eating, you do not have to count calories. You can eat all the food you want, as much as you want, and lose weight --so long as you are eating low-fat, nutritious foods.

    The difference b/w the book I suggested ("The China Study") and every other book out there is that it is not a diet book. It's the largest scientific study ever made on nutrition. The study basically shows that the reason why Americans are dying of cancer, diabetes, heart disease is b/c of our western diet, and it compares global populations. So when another country that has a history of having a 0-low obesity rate starts to take on a western diet, they start to become obese. This is happening when the younger populations become more affluent and have a higher income -they start to copy America. The western diet is high in fat. Animal fat. Obesity is linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes.

    Most weight loss programs are going to tell you to eat white meat chicken or turkey, nonfat or lowfat milk, smaller portions of everything you love. "The China Study" will show you that animal-based foods cause cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis. It will explain why a plant-based diet helps your body combat disease. Plants are powerful. You just change your focus.

    Here's a cool link:

  11. I plan to go to a Christian Retreat where I will slim down to [insert socially acceptable size here] and then put myself in a better position to fornicate with all comers. Hail Satan.

    p.s. I hope satire is allowed here. I'm still not sure. :-/

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