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flowerseverywhere
2-17-16, 10:51am
The last six months I have taken a YMOYL approach to weight loss.

Just like when you get your finances in order I decided to get my weight in order after the following story.

We had the opportunity to join a local just built beautiful gym two miles from my house at a low three month rate. We decided to go for it. I was fortunate to attend a few classes with awesome trainers who helped me. At that same time I donated blood and afterwards ate a package of cookies they give you without thought. I glanced at the back of the package and saw the two cookies were 360 calories. The next day I went to the gym and walked on the treadmill at 3.5 mph and after 40 minutes I had walked only half the calories off. Just like YMOYL it got me to thinking, is this how I want to spend my life energy?

So so my journey started. I track every calorie. I have found for me, a lower carb, lower fat, high protein diet is the best for me. Also, sodium has a huge effect. I eat more meat than before, but little to no packaged food. Just like mindless spending mindless eating has huge disastrous effects. My physical capabilities have soared. I can do sit ups, push ups, get up from the floor without using my hands, run, lift and carry heavy objects, sleep less and have more energy all day.

So I just wanted to tell my story to help others who are going through similar struggles. I feel better, look better and all this in my 60's. I don't think the human body was meant to consume potato chips, bacon wrapped pizza, French fries with cheese and bacon on them and so on. All of these foods are very modern. Couple that with change in industrialized societies to computers and automobiles, 24 hour TV programming with remote controls, highly processed and packaged food cheap and readily available and you have the perfect recipe for the current obesity epidemic.

by the way, I still am at the gym. I have learned how to lift weights, do step aerobics, do burpees, and numerous other physical feats. It feels great and once I changed my mindset to the YMOYL way of thinking it was like flipping a switch.

Ultralight
2-17-16, 10:55am
The last six months I have taken a YMOYL approach to weight loss.

Just like when you get your finances in order I decided to get my weight in order after the following story.

We had the opportunity to join a local just built beautiful gym two miles from my house at a low three month rate. We decided to go for it. I was fortunate to attend a few classes with awesome trainers who helped me. At that same time I donated blood and afterwards ate a package of cookies they give you without thought. I glanced at the back of the package and saw the two cookies were 360 calories. The next day I went to the gym and walked on the treadmill at 3.5 mph and after 40 minutes I had walked only half the calories off. Just like YMOYL it got me to thinking, is this how I want to spend my life energy?

So so my journey started. I track every calorie. I have found for me, a lower carb, lower fat, high protein diet is the best for me. Also, sodium has a huge effect. I eat more meat than before, but little to no packaged food. Just like mindless spending mindless eating has huge disastrous effects. My physical capabilities have soared. I can do sit ups, push ups, get up from the floor without using my hands, run, lift and carry heavy objects, sleep less and have more energy all day.

So I just wanted to tell my story to help others who are going through similar struggles. I feel better, look better and all this in my 60's. I don't think the human body was meant to consume potato chips, bacon wrapped pizza, French fries with cheese and bacon on them and so on. All of these foods are very modern. Couple that with change in industrialized societies to computers and automobiles, 24 hour TV programming with remote controls, highly processed and packaged food cheap and readily available and you have the perfect recipe for the current obesity epidemic.

by the way, I still am at the gym. I have learned how to lift weights, do step aerobics, do burpees, and numerous other physical feats. It feels great and once I changed my mindset to the YMOYL way of thinking it was like flipping a switch.

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

JaneV2.0
2-17-16, 11:17am
What an accomplishment! It's all about what works for you as an individual, without a lot of influence from corporate-influenced nutrition propaganda. And kudos to you for being able to get up from the floor without using your arms. I would require a crane...rrrrr My legs are useless.

I second the idea of tracking, though I don't necessarily track for calories, but for macro- and micronutrients. I don't have a problem with salt--I have to remind myself to eat more of it, along with potassium. And I eat lots of fats. Whole foods, without a doubt, are key.

freshstart
2-17-16, 11:23am
congrats!

KayLR
2-17-16, 11:53am
Your philosophy and mine are the same, Flowers. And I congratulate you! I try to track every day too, as a Weight Watcher it's what we do, and note that when I slack off, I don't get the results I want.

Teacher Terry
2-17-16, 12:42pm
Congrats!! I track calories too and find that mostly I am not willing to waste too many of them on fatty foods. However, if I have a craving for instance for potato chips I will count out 11 and eat them and then be done.

iris lilies
2-17-16, 7:02pm
Wonderful,progress! I dont even have a goal of gettng up off the floor with no hands, wow! I just want to get up off the floor, haha. I actuallynlike sitting on the floor.

i need to re join Weight Watchers, but I do not like what
I am hearing anout the latest program.

rosarugosa
2-17-16, 7:31pm
That is a great story, Flowers, kudos to you!

flowerseverywhere
2-17-16, 9:32pm
Wonderful,progress! I dont even have a goal of gettng up off the floor with no hands, wow! I just want to get up off the floor, haha. I actuallynlike sitting on the floor.

i need to re join Weight Watchers, but I do not like what
I am hearing anout the latest program.
Why not try an online tracker? I use my fitness pal and it does a great job. I don't like the concept of thinking I can eat anything. I like the idea of treating food as nourishment, not treats. And when I started to look into a friend's program, I saw I could eat all the fruit I wanted. Not a good idea for my blood sugar.
We are all different and I found what works for me.

It it is far easier to lose the weight as opposed to carrying that extra weight around.

catherine
2-17-16, 9:43pm
MyFitnessPal is great--I've used it. During my recent weight loss, however, I didn't count calories--I just chose different foods (no processed foods, low carb, low/no sugar)

flowers, great job! That's very inspiring! The food tracking is great, but you also addressed my biggest challenge which is an exercise routine. In January I started a "A Habit A Month" program. January was making my bed, based on a YouTube video by a Navy Seal that my son turned me onto (see below), and February is my "Daily Meditation" habit, and March is earmarked for my "Daily Yoga" habit. I KNOW I HAVE to get moving in order to maximize my health at my age. I've also considered ONE more go at the gym, but I have a terrible track record with the gym. I'm better off focusing on yoga and doing a home practice + maybe a weekly class.

Thanks for the great inspiration!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgzLzbd-zT4

KayLR
2-18-16, 11:48am
I enjoyed that, Catherine, thank you!

frugal-one
2-18-16, 11:59am
MyFitnessPal is great--I've used it. During my recent weight loss, however, I didn't count calories--I just chose different foods (no processed foods, low carb, low/no sugar)

flowers, great job! That's very inspiring! The food tracking is great, but you also addressed my biggest challenge which is an exercise routine. In January I started a "A Habit A Month" program. January was making my bed, based on a YouTube video by a Navy Seal that my son turned me onto (see below), and February is my "Daily Meditation" habit, and March is earmarked for my "Daily Yoga" habit. I KNOW I HAVE to get moving in order to maximize my health at my age. I've also considered ONE more go at the gym, but I have a terrible track record with the gym. I'm better off focusing on yoga and doing a home practice + maybe a weekly class.

Thanks for the great inspiration!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgzLzbd-zT4

I like the idea of a "Habit a Month" program. They say it takes 30 days to make something a habit. Might be a good new thread to start??

iris lilies
2-19-16, 6:33am
Why not try an online tracker? I use my fitness pal and it does a great job. I don't like the concept of thinking I can eat anything. I like the idea of treating food as nourishment, not treats. And when I started to look into a friend's program, I saw I could eat all the fruit I wanted. Not a good idea for my blood sugar.
We are all different and I found what works for me.

It it is far easier to lose the weight as opposed to carrying that extra weight around.

I do like the weekly checkins of Weight Watchers, I do in person meetings, not online. Still thinking it over. Sometimes the meetings are silly, sometimes they are inspirational.

Gardenarian
2-19-16, 1:34pm
Wow, sounds like you lost 45 years, along with the pounds!
Congrats!

The Storyteller
2-19-16, 6:42pm
Great job, flowers! I had similar results a couple of years ago on a completely different diet (high plant, low meat). But I had switched to all whole or home prepared foods, threw out the preprocessed crap and swore it off (except jerky... had to have my jerky), quit the Dr Pepper cold turkey (hardest thing I ever did in my life), and, most importantly, like you, began tracking my food consumption with MyFitnessApp.

I love MyFitnessApp and tracking food. It works exactly as you said, like YMOYL money tracking. In my case, I set a soft limit on my daily intake, depending on what I want to accomplish. Right now, I'm trying to lose again (never did get to my 150s Marine weight, so giving another try) and have set my limit at 1500 calories a day. I don't kick myself if I go over (yesterday I was 1975, but oh well), but it does give me daily goal to shoot for.

As I'm tracking, it makes me think long and hard on that cookie. Do I REALLY want to "spend" 250 calories on that cookie, nearly a sixth of my day's self-set allotment? The answer is almost (but not quite) always no, it isn't. It is especially the case now that I'm walking 2 to 3 hours a day. When I'm working that hard to get healthy, the cost of calories is all the more dear to me. Three days ago I was power walking in the mall when this happened to me. There are soda machines all over the mall. I carry water with me, but wanted a diet soda for a treat (yeah, yeah, I know. BAD, Storyteller!!). As I approached, I decided I have been working so extra hard that I deserve more of a treat, so I'm going to get a regular 20 oz coke. Then I thought about how it would feel entering that 260 empty calories in MyFitnessApp, and how far I would need to walk to make up for it... naw, I don't deserve a treat THAT bad. So, I pushed the button for Coke Zero.

Personally, I don't think it is necessary to set a limit for it to help. When one sits down to a meal at a restaurant is going to "cost" 1,100 calories (and there are many that are that much and more), I don't think it could help but give one pause.

Oh, and the other thing I love about MyFitnessApp... it talks to the app for my Fitbit. So, the Fitbit tells MyFitnessApp how many calories I have burned, and MyFitnessApp tells Fitbit how much I have consumed. So, I see the totals in both places.

All that to say, way to go! And, tracking works. At least for me.

And... MyFitnessApp rocks!

flowerseverywhere
2-20-16, 6:51am
Storyteller, exactly what I was saying. I go for about 1800 -1875. calories a day. I get a ton of exercise and my goal is to shed pounds slowly so I can tone and firm as I go. Occasionally I go over 2000 calories but those are days like yesterday where I did weightlifting and an hour of cardio. Those extra calories are foods filled with nutrients and protein, not chips, cookies and soda.
I have detoxed myself from sugar and sometimes when I am away from home I can taste sweetness in foods that should not be sweet. Sodium is also something I try to keep in check.
I was reading the Fitbit forum yesterday and many people there follow a low carb high protein diet, eating full fat dairy, plants that grow above the ground and meat with occasional fruit as a treat. I have been so brainwashed into non fat dairy not sure about that one.
Today is farmers market (yippee). Here in Florida I can get veggies year round, but pickings are a little slim this time of year.