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Good luck to you. You are already encouraging others.The road ahead is not going to be easy, but it can be done. If you have not done so already, get the sugar out of the house. It is to easy to open the pantry and see something that you do not need at this time. I to am on a special diet but it is not due to weight, I know how difficult it is to not eat what everyone else in the world today calls normal. Fast food for everything, the less processed the food the better off you will be.
 

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Great start , Keep it up

So glad you had the courage to open up and share with us. Not sure if I could have done that. My heart goes out to you ,but also realizing your not looking for
Sympathy or pity. I believe that we must approach life one day at a time, that's
the way God created it. Keep up the good work and everyone that cares about you will be cheering you on.

God Bless you and your family.:)
 

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Sometimes, one needs to create accountability for one self by publicly proclaiming your intention to do something very important. In my case, I am morbidly obese and MUST lose weight; if I want to be around much longer.

My body is a basket case. A few highlights: ACL blown and rebuilt back in the 80's, significant 2nd and few patches of 3rd degree burns to face/head/hands from an explosion and fire a decade ago, and a few years ago I suffered sudden cardiac death from V-Fib. I'm 48 years old and I have an implanted cardioverter defibrillator, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, low thyroid, sleep apena, and I'm on blood thinners to help avoid a stroke due to heart arrhythmia.

So, I was in visiting my least favorite doctor a week ago, and he was very upset that I gained 20 or so pounds after losing that and more two years ago. He read me the riot act - I dreaded the visit, because I knew he would. Yep, he's a good doctor who isn't afraid to get up in my face to make a point. Anyway, after our little conversation, I signed-up for a physican supervised diet.

The diet is a program that starts as a diet, but transforms into a new and healthy lifestyle - for many people. In case there are those who are interested in details, I'll share a few:
Phase 1: Protein Only Phase. The goal of up to the first 4 days is to induce ketosis, which means that your body is burning fatty tissue, and your carbohydrate stores have been depleted. After a couple days, you start monitoring your ketosis levels with ketostix - little plastic strips that have a tiny square pad on the end you pee on. Yep, you diabetics know what of I speak. In Phase one, you eat 10 oz of very lean protein per day, in 3 servings. Chicken, fish, shellfish, egg whites, etc.. Let me tell you, by the end of day two, you are a walking zombie. I was ready to eat the flesh of anything alive or dead. Ok, I'm being dramatic. You also begin B12 injections and using a product called cell-press, which is a cellulose pill that reacts with water to expand in your tummy and make you feel full. Some patients can also use prescription medicine to boost your metabolism - I can't, due to my heart rythm issues. Oh, and you need to drink a gallon of water per day. Coffee and tea, black, is OK to drink. Thank goodness!

Phase 2: Combined Phase. Once you're in ketosis, you can add a 2-4 servings of veggies and certain fruits to your 10 oz of protein. One cup of raw or 1/2 cup of cooked veggies, such as asparagus, green beans, cucumber, peppers, mushrooms, spaghetti squash, etc... No beets, bread, carrots, corn, pasta, potatos, rice, tomatos, etc... The allowable fruit is 1 small apple, 1/2 cup of blue berries, 12 cherries, 1/2 grapefruit, 12 grapes, 6 strawberries, etc... No dried fruit. No diet soda, except those using Stevia as a sweetner. No Aspertame (Nutrasweet), milk, juices, creamers, etc... You can eat all the lettuce you want, but only 2Tbsp of dressing per salad, such as balsamic vinegrette that has no or very low sugars. You stay on this phase until you achieve your goal weight. If you happen to exit ketosis, you simply revert to phase one until you regain ketosis again.

Phase 3: Maintenance Phase. Now you have learned a new way to eat. The goal is to maintain your weight at healthy levels. You can't go back to your old habits, but you can add some "normal" food back into your diet. Keep watching the scale... If you start going porky, it's back to phase one. Moderation of carbs is critical.

During phases 1 & 2, you weigh yourself daily. You check you ketosis levels daily in phase one, and regularly in phase two to be sure you're still in ketosis. You end ketosis in phase 3.

The doc I'm going to is a former morbidly obese person, and he and his business partner (a diabetic) started "The Weigh Station" to help people who are moderately to morbidly obese and want/need help.

So, I started last Thursday (7 March 2013), and I entered ketosis on Sunday. I began adding my veggies Sunday night. My beginning weight was 367 lbs. Keep in mind, at ~10% bodyfat, I am still north of 220 lbs (I'm a former competitive power lifter - my wife was a competitive bodybuilder), but I do have a long ways to go for reasonably good health. As of this morning (Tuesday the 12th), I am down 14 lbs. Yeah! A little trouble with sleeping, but nothing horrible.

If you don't mind, I will post regular updates throughout the spring and summer, until I reach my goal weight of 250. If I can stay focused, I am expected to be at my first goal before Thanksgiving. Publicly proclaiming all this is very difficult for me, but the doc believes it is critical for my success to have accountability to those who I respect. Call me out if I am not posting, if you dare or care to help me be accountable.

I'm sorry if I have offended anyone. I'm sorry if this is the stupidest thing you've ever read and you feel like you lost a few minutes of your life for nothing. If admins don't feel this post is worthy of remaining on this site, go ahead an kill it, hide it, or burn it. After writing this, I'm still not sure I want to click the submit button. Grrr, man.
Were with you bro! I'm a 34 year old guy who use to powerlift I have had a rough few years myself 330lb not much muscle left, 6'4when I was lifting I was at 250lbs. Tell you what I've lost 15 in the last month. Yes I was at 345! If your looking for some motivational help or your gonna fall off email me ill give you my number we can follow up,I only have high blood pressure now but both knees have been fixed from my former athletic frets. Lol your the man for posting! It doesn't hurt to have people to talk to!


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I have read a lot of stupid posting here but your is not one of them by no means. Good luck on your journey and just remember that you didn't put it on all at once so set realistic goals and never give up .
 

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Bigdude,

I have high respect for you and the choice you are making. Good luck and keep to it no matter what. We are all here to support you!

I joined WW several years ago and lost 46 pounds. I felt great and emotionally I was on top of the world. fast forward 2 years and I have gained 20 back. Now I'm not feeling it. I tell myself all the time that I need to stop over eating and get on the program again....

I think I just got my motivation back after reading your post.

Let's do this......MAN!

Looking to hear updates from you.

Bill
 

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Good for you! I think your doc may be on to something making you do this.

While I cannot relate to a serious weight issue, I can tell you what finally made me quit smoking after 20 years. I had tried and tried and could never do it. Then my wife's car broke down in the middle of summer here in Florida and I had to push it out of the road. I literally thought I was going to die. I didn't really think about quitting at that precise moment, but somehow I finally internalized that I HAD to do it. That was it. I quit cold turkey and it was easy.

It sounds obvious and simplistic, but my point is you have to get it in your head that you HAVE to do this. Your post makes me think you may just be at that point.

Please keep us up to date.

EZ

Oh, and that walking thing is a great idea. I did that also. Doesn't matter how far or how fast, just set some small goals and work up.
 

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Man, I was almost afraid to check back in the forum... I am grateful for all the positive responses. Really cool group of folks on this site. A few responses:
Ohiobellboy: I like that quote. I'm going to steal it.
laxiniharley: you have just given me a fantastic idea - for every 25#, I get an upgrade!
qkshift: You are on! Every Monday we post our weight. Great idea....
Jetman: yes, it probably is and thanks for the offer
Skid1: huh, never thought of it that way
TRUBlue: my wife is a former competitive bodybuilder, and still a fitness freak. She can run circles around most women 1/2 her age, and can cook like Paula Deen. Back when I was powerlifting, I took a lot of Andro (OTC at the time). Popped them like candy. When I came off, my weight problems began.
dbell: I actually trained my wife for her bodybuilding competitions, but for some reason can't help myself. I need to see weight loss like I used to think about a pile of weights - something to conquer.
Ranger75: funny shit - thanks for the laugh
TracyB: I was considering the lap band, but there are complications with any surgery, due to my defib and accompanying arrhythmias. It is still an option, but the doc says it needs to be a last resort - and I'm up against it now.
calgaryglide - I had backed-out of SWIII, but I'm seriously reconsidering backing in again. I like the skinny pool splash competition. Sorry to hear about your diabetes. Our last foster daughter was a type 1 diabetic, who came to us in diabetic ketoacidosis. Scary as heck - her mom wasn't taking care of her (why DSS removed her), but we helped her get into good management in the year or so we had her. She's now on an insulin pump and doing great, and was reunited with her birth father who stepped-up in a big way. Hoorah for miracles! Anyway, I have some insight into how tough it is to manage the disease and I congratulate you for being able to drop 37 pounds!
 

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good for you man. not a bad post at all. you are an inspiration.
 

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I wish you luck with your dieting, and wish you the best.
 

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do it

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Thanks for sharing!
You are an inspiration. Putting yourself out there like that shows you are committed. At least to us. NOW GO FOR IT!
 

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Good luck to you, BigDude. We are here with you every step of the way. I think you have inspired quite a few people to do some introspection on their own situations. Who knows, you may have saved a life or two as you save your own.
 

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Couple more:
hawkeye7: appreciate it
02heritage: the wife has removed the temptations - she's amazing
BigB64: congrats on dropping 15, and appreciate the offer - I may be pm'ing several members along the way.
02RK4CRUZIN: let's do it!!
EZ - I have heard that quitting smoking is the hardest thing in the world to do. Congrats to you for going cold freaking turkey, man! Yes, I'm at that point. If I don't do something, I will not likely see my grandchildren, much less have a chance to spoil them rotten and send them back to their parents all wound up. I want paybacks...

I was walking 5 days a week at our local rec center - has a cool walking track on the second story. Then I hurt my psoas and is just now back to the point I can climb stairs without hanging onto the railing for support. I plan to get back to the rec center and resume walking tomorrow. I was going to start on Monday of this week, but I have had trouble sleeping the past couple nights. Some metabolism changes, I guess.

Man, all these positive responses are amazing. I REALLY appreciate it.... You have no idea how much it help your support provides, even just words on a computer screen.
 

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Good for you for putting it out there like that! Judging from my experiences on this forum I think you'll get lots of support here. Great people for sure. I'm subscribing and look forward to reading about all your success!
 

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Good job. You can do it. About two years agoi lost 40 lbs and have kept it off. It really feels great and now just seems normal to be healthy. We'll encourage you when you need it but seems like you're on the right track. One thing I always kept in mind when on my diet is even though you'll fall off the wagon remember its not moving so fast that you can't jump back on. Eat bad one day after week of good. So what! Get good again the next day.
 

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Stay at it man!! I read a book by Mike Huckabee a few years ago called "Digging your grave with a knife and fork". In that book he had a quote that has stuck with me...."I've never tasted anything that was as good as it feels to be thin!" Keep that in mind. Not necessarily the thin part, but just the knowledge of what you'll feel when you hit that goal! We're all behind you, brother!

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Couple more:
hawkeye7: appreciate it
02heritage: the wife has removed the temptations - she's amazing
BigB64: congrats on dropping 15, and appreciate the offer - I may be pm'ing several members along the way.
02RK4CRUZIN: let's do it!!
EZ - I have heard that quitting smoking is the hardest thing in the world to do. Congrats to you for going cold freaking turkey, man! Yes, I'm at that point. If I don't do something, I will not likely see my grandchildren, much less have a chance to spoil them rotten and send them back to their parents all wound up. I want paybacks...

I was walking 5 days a week at our local rec center - has a cool walking track on the second story. Then I hurt my psoas and is just now back to the point I can climb stairs without hanging onto the railing for support. I plan to get back to the rec center and resume walking tomorrow. I was going to start on Monday of this week, but I have had trouble sleeping the past couple nights. Some metabolism changes, I guess.

Man, all these positive responses are amazing. I REALLY appreciate it.... You have no idea how much it help your support provides, even just words on a computer screen.
Congrats brother. The hardest step is admitting we have a problem. Making your addiction public gives you power over your addiction. Its easy to lie to ourselves and even our loved ones, but a group of people who care will call you on your Shit and hold you accountable.
If your Psoas is still an issue; lay on your bed with your affected leg close to the edge. Bend your opposite knee keeping your foot on the bed. Allow your affected leg/foot to fall to the floor, keep that knee bent to 90deg. At this point you should feel a stretch in your psoas. Keeping your affected knee bent, lift your foot back onto the bed and return to the floor....repeat too fatigue.
The only way to properly heal a strained muscle is to restore flexability and strength to the injured segments (sarcomers). Walk, swim, bike, lift....just move and remember...you need to feel hunger...be hungry, hungry to Live. Good Luck. I'll be looking for your progress!
 

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Thanks for sharing. I'm with you on this one - keep up the good work!
 

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Just lost 156 lbs (hit my weight a week before thanksgiving) and no one that hasn't done it gets how fricking hard it is but I will say that the first 25 lbs were absolutely the hardest. Once you get your "head on straight" something just kinda clicks up there and then it just becomes a matter of time and perseverance. I have been saying since day 1 (started beginning of 2012) that it just like being a drug addict/alcoholic, you have to take 1 day at a time and when you wake up each day (after you weigh yourself which is very important) you just have to say to yourself "i am not going to screw up today"! The difference between being morbidly obese and being a drug addict/alcoholic is that you can just completely stop snorting/taking pills/drinking but you can't stop eating which means you have to "dance with the devil" every day...
For me this deal was extremely personal and like you I knew that if I didn't "get it done" I wouldn't live too much longer. I thought it would get a bit easier once got to my "target weight" but unfortunately the battle continues and I guess will go on the rest of my life but after spending 53 years as "that guy", I am hoping i can stay here.
Good luck to you!!
 
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