10LBS by Labor Day

  1. Ok.. Ever since I quit smoking earlier this year, my metabolism has just about quit! No actually is is non-existent. I have gained 10lbs..

    Although, I am drinking my water, walking... NOTHING..has made those lbs come off. I have even given up my comfort foods!
    We have a big family reunion Labor day weekend. and we are going to be taking a family portrait.

    I NEED TO LOSE THESE 10 LBS!

    Does anybody have any suggesstions or hints that have worked for them?

    It would be appreciated!


    Brenda
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   amblessing
    Weight Watchers worked for me! Lost 20 lbs in 8 weeks
  4. by   Beach_RN
    Ann do you really find weight watchers easy to follow? 20lbs in 8 weeks huh? I am going to check out their site!

    I just hate these 10lbs.... their killing me!

    Thanks

    Brenda
  5. by   amblessing
    It was easy for me because you can eat whatever you want. The catch is that every food has a "point value" based on fiber, calories, and fat. You get a certain number of points per day based on your current weight. For me it was 23, points max. As a rule of thumb, the higher the fiber content of a food - the less points it has (usually).

    For example, a large apple is 2 points. A McDonald's cheeseburger is 7. You learn how to figure point values at the first meeting (it's easy). And you can purchase a book that has all the common restaurants with the menu items all calculated for you. There are lots of websites too that list all the restaurants. I found one that even calculated all of the Halloween candy out there!

    Visit http://www.dwlz.com/ this site is awesome!

    Good Luck with whatever plan you choose. Remember exercise and water are the other two critial elements.

    Oh, I forgot to mention that 4.5 of the 20 lbs happened the first week, which is usually the biggest weight loss. Then I consistantly loss 2 lbs for each week after that.
    Last edit by amblessing on Aug 2, '02
  6. by   live4today
    Originally posted by B_Matt
    Ok.. Ever since I quit smoking earlier this year, my metabolism has just about quit! No actually is is non-existent. I have gained 10lbs..

    Although, I am drinking my water, walking... NOTHING..has made those lbs come off. I have even given up my comfort foods!
    We have a big family reunion Labor day weekend. and we are going to be taking a family portrait.

    I NEED TO LOSE THESE 10 LBS!

    Does anybody have any suggesstions or hints that have worked for them?

    It would be appreciated!


    Brenda
    Here's my cure for what seems to be ailing you, Brenda..........DRESS IN ALL BLACK WITH A HINT OF SILVER JEWELRY ABOUT THE NECK AND WAISTLINE........SEXY MOMMA OVER AND ABOVE THE REST IN THE PICTURE......GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE YOU'VE DROPPED TEN POUNDS. :wink2: :kiss
  7. by   Love-A-Nurse
    the "cabbage soup" diet is good. it lasts for seven days.
  8. by   vettech
    Originally posted by B_Matt
    Ok.. Ever since I quit smoking earlier this year, my metabolism has just about quit! No actually is is non-existent. I have gained 10lbs..

    Although, I am drinking my water, walking... NOTHING..has made those lbs come off. I have even given up my comfort foods!
    We have a big family reunion Labor day weekend. and we are going to be taking a family portrait.

    I NEED TO LOSE THESE 10 LBS!

    Does anybody have any suggesstions or hints that have worked for them?

    It would be appreciated!


    Brenda
    It won't be quick but, I can tell you what I did. I was in the same situation. I was a bit overweight before I quit smoking but gained quite a bit afterward. Rather than try any of these specialized diets (Atkin's, etc) I simply went back to basics.

    I changed what I eat and started going to the gym 3 times a week. I didn't signifigantly cut my caloric intake but I DID change what I ate. I was a convenience food junkie. I ate fast food 3-5 times per week, etc and ate anything that tasted good that i could cook quickly. I changed to eating a more balanced diet, lean meats (skinless chicken breast. Boca burger & tuna mostly), more veggies, and cut back my carbs a bit in the latter part of the day. I also started snacking on fruits, nuts and rice cakes instead of chips, cookies, etc. BTW, before you say "Yuk" to rice cakes, try the Quaker Rice Cakes - in particular the Cinnamon Strudel or Apple Cinnamon, almost like eating a cookie! Also, one of my dietary tricks to keep me from "cheating" is to allow myself one guilt free meal per pay-period (2 weeks), usually the day after payday. I eat whatever I want, be damned with the fat content or calories. It really keeps you from feeling like you're giving up things.

    I didn't FEEL like I was dieting because I was eating all day, several small meals rather than a few large ones. I was also eating lots of new foods I'd never liked before. When you quit smoking, you're tastebuds change a bit. Before I quit smoking, I had literally eaten maybe a dozen salads in my life (at age 33!) and now I eat salads 3 maybe 4 meals a week. I love 'em!

    At the gym, I combined cardio/fat burning on the execrcise bike (I have bum knees so running isn't an option) with weight training. Even if you're not trying to get big muscles, you should still use the weights. Muscle burns more calories than fat. You can cut your body fat percentage, up your muscle percentage and weigh the same yet burn more calories for a given activity. When I first started on the cardio equipment in March, 10 mins on the bike had me out of breath. Now I do 40 mins on the Eliptical without a hitch. It doesn;t take long to get past those first barriers of fatigue and a poor cardovascular system.

    I dropped from 221lbs with a 35" waist to 185lbs with a 32" waist in the first 3 months. I'm actually gaining a few pounds now as I am still building muscle. For the first time in my life I am wearing tight jeans, tank tops and am not embarassed to go shirtless (I'm male) in public.

    The studies I've read show that these fad diets that make you lose weight quickly usually fail in the long run. People regain the weight in a very short time. People who lose it at a rate of 1-3lbs per week are much more likely to keep it off.

    After seeing myself in the mirror now, no way I'll ever let myself gain back the flab. Personal image is a great motivator.

    Geez, I sound like a fitness infomercial, huh? Sorry, its just such a liberating feeling! Just the other day I had to pop into the clinic on my day off and our gorgeous receptionist said something to me nobody has EVER said - "Nice tush!"
  9. by   Love-A-Nurse
    vettech, thanks for sharing your story and congratulations on reducing the un-wanted pounds and inches.
  10. by   live4today
    originally posted by lpn,future, rn
    the "cabbage soup" diet is good. it lasts for seven days.
    i tried the cabbage soup diet once upon a year.....and i literally lived on the toilet for days and days at a time....lost weight....but as soon as i started eating and drinking again.....bazoomba...it all came running back to me like a sick chicken

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