Now Just Weight A Minute!!!

By RAYT721 Latest Reply 2012-12-08 16:51:30 -0600
Started 2011-05-17 11:48:33 -0500

People have been looking for that magic pill that will erase excess weight for years now without success. There have been many programs and products that have made millions of dollars off billions of frustrated dieters. The result? Our society is still overweight but to a dangerous level from the complications of obesity.

If I had all of the answers I would right now be writing what I believe would be a best-selling, billion dollar-earning book rather than writing a discussion post here. I am neither a doctor nor dietician but I am a crazy old man with some common (and not so common) sense tips on how I have lost 30 pounds over the past year. If my plan were easy, I would be discussing it on my own talk show rather than amongst my Obesity Connect and Diabetic Connect friends. It’s NOT easy! But, I love you all that if just one tip can help one person, I’m satisfied.

A few months ago a co-worker came up to me and said, “Ray, You are looking so good” and asked, “How did you do it?” I was flattered and happy to share my story but with each tip I offered she replied with expressions like “I couldn’t do that,” “I don’t like that,” and “that won’t work.” I was thinking to myself, “how about if I take you outside and bludgeon you?” It is understandable that the points that I am about to make are, I believe, true for ME and for my body and likes/dislikes and my tastebuds.

1> Do not starve yourself. Make sure to eat at least three meals a day but with the right portions, you may consider eating 5-6 times a day whether it is a meal or a snack. Breakfast is the most important of all of your daily meals. It helps to fuel your body and you have the whole day to burn the calories. Some people will eat after a certain time at night while others would not consider it. Since I refuse to cook for you, I will leave that decision up to you.
2> Water has many properties and most of my research suggests a minimum of 64 ournces of water daily. This doesn’t mean you should go run outside in search of the garden hose. You can work up to that goal a little at a time. I want to say that tap water is better for you than bottled. Why? Tap water is regulated better, has fluoride, and is substantial cheaper than bottled.
3> Portion control is very important when it comes to a weight loss plan (I hate the word diet). Might I suggest investing in a decent quality scale in order to stick to your plan for counting calories, carbs, etc. Another suggestion is to journal your food. There are many online free services available to you. Simply ask me if you would like referrals to them. By weighing your foods you will be more accurate in sticking to serving size portions.
4> Do NOT weigh yourself daily! There is nothing worse than looking at a one pound weight gain one day even if there’s a two pound loss the next day. The key is losing weight is to be realistic on what’s a safe and sane target per day or week or month. If you are intending to lose ten pounds a week for ten weeks to lose your hundred pound goal, the only thing you’ll lose is your sanity. Slow and steady wins the race.
5> Take baby steps. Make a change that you can live with and live with it before making another change. Nothing will burn you out more than a complete lifestyle change overnight which is why many New Year resolutions do not usually last long. Sure, you’re fired up … but will you stick with it? For me the answer is no.
6> You may wish to consider swapping certain ingredients in your favorite recipes for healthier options and/or to check out new recipes online and in cookbooks or with friends. You don’t have to deny yourself of everything you’ve ever loved. Be sensible in finding alternatives: sugar free for sugared products (if your body tolerates it); lower carb/calorie/fat/sodium this for higher amounts of that; brown rice and breads instead of white. Read the labels!
7> You do not need a gym in order to exercise. Go for a walk; touch your toes; dust your ceiling; grab one pound cans … whatever it takes!
8> Shopping when hungry or unprepared are both bad ideas. Make a list of what you need so you won’t buy what you want. Leave tempting family members art home to avoid having ice cream and Ho Hos tossed in your cart or with that whining “Can I have this?” … that goes for spouses as well as children. If you let your family plan your diet, you’ll be dipping fruit loops in marshmallow crème for dinner tomorrow.
9> Add some new products to your eating plan and find new ways to try them. Don’t like fish? It may be time to try again. Our tastes change every so often that we are no longer the child we were twenty or so years ago. Maybe that explains why many of us are still addicted to sugar? I’m just sayin’
10> Finally, don’t go out rewarding yourself with new outfits if you are sincere about a drastic weight loss program. Consider shopping in thrift shops or for elastic waists and baggy tops for interim clothing to make more room in your budget for a celebratory wardrobe when the time comes. If you are five or so sizes from your target, you could spend thousands of dollars keeping up with the needs for temporary clothing wardrobes.

Be good to yourself. You’ve made the decision to lose weight. Congratulations!!! We are here to encourage each other on the journey. Don’t burn out. Remember that slow and steady wins the race.

25 replies

RAYT721 2012-12-06 14:57:44 -0600 Report

12/6/2012: this discussion is resurfacing to active status because I pulled it up to share with the "healthy aging" site (visit another community button at the top right of this screen) which I just joined. It seems to be a great group of people discussing diet, exercise and life itself. I expected a group of senile seniors trying to remember their user names and passwords but not the case. why don't YOU come check out the "healthy aging" site???

Lois T
Lois T 2012-12-06 23:32:06 -0600 Report

Rude... no senile seniors, on lifelong health (healthy aging) and can start life long health any time.

I love your article. Great stuff. And here's a high-five... I've lost 30 pounds and kept it off for over a year. But, I didn't lose the whole 30 in one year... about two. If asked how I did it, I could just share your article. That's how I did it. Love the Be good to yourself.

I tell people to be nice to the person you see in the mirror!!!

GabbyPA 2012-12-06 19:33:46 -0600 Report

I am in denial about aging. When did I turn 51? How did I get here? LOL
At least I have followed some of your above tips and have suceeded in loosing 17 more pounds. My Doctor and I are very happy.

watson4042 2012-12-08 13:22:56 -0600 Report

you think you're shocked to find yourself at 51! haha, wait until you hit 65 and medicare age! i'm still in denial each and every time my bones creak! :)

phoenix20 2012-12-08 14:09:46 -0600 Report

I can't wait till I get 65 and on medicare so I don't have to pay for private health care. I got 2 more years to go. My husband is on medicare and he really likes it also.

RAYT721 2012-12-06 21:02:36 -0600 Report

Gabby: that's awesome!!! In July, I just turned 24 (30 years ago)!!! I thought I would share the article above with my new friends. Swim on over the Healthy Aging … Come on in, the water's fine!!! :)

GabbyPA 2012-12-08 16:51:30 -0600 Report

I will, but I have one of those old fashioned swimming suits that looks like pantaloons. LOL

jayabee52 2012-12-06 16:01:44 -0600 Report

I took your suggestion Ray and even posted a couple of posts there. But I was surprised when I went to return here to DC there was no "visit another community" link above the page like there is here. I guess they want to keep us there!

RAYT721 2012-12-06 17:50:02 -0600 Report

I have notified the moderator of the healthy aging site in and attempt to kidnap us and she's looking into it. The link to the site there is strategically located under L for healthy aging, another issues she's addressing. This is a NEW community with some pretty cool people… heck, you and I are there now!!! :)

jayabee52 2012-12-06 18:37:16 -0600 Report

I used the "feedback" link to report that to the administrators here at Alliance (DC).

I am there, but don't qualify as one of the "cool people" I am actually right now FREESING! LoL

RAYT721 2012-12-06 17:51:14 -0600 Report

You guys can find me there under this same user name, RAYT721. I had wished to change my ID to Secret Aging Man. :)

Lois T
Lois T 2012-12-06 23:35:48 -0600 Report

LOL - you so get a brownie point... Good job. I'm usually the comedian. And so you know my friends over here... I'm all about every single thing we can do to live heart healthy. Here's a secret: known only to those who google me.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-21 20:04:58 -0500 Report

Glad you refrained from the urge to bludgeon.
Agree with your tips wholeheartedly. Use #7 at work most nights. When I have extra time I do a litlle extra cleaning to burn calories. I figure the savings from no gym membership means I get paid a little more per hour. Plus the boss will be impressed and give me a raise so I can buy new clothes when this last 25-30 pounds goes bye bye.

melaniebecerra 2011-05-18 00:54:20 -0500 Report

very nice advice and very true, exept tap water! i hate it and it makes me sick when i drink it so filtered or bottled is for me…i belive it is the clorine in it but very good advice and thank you for sharing :)

RAYT721 2012-12-06 13:20:49 -0600 Report

I found a pretty amazing product for water called Kool Aid Fiizzies and while the instructions say to two tablets per glass, I am cheap. I only use one and it adds a little taste to the water without a lot of carbs. They come in Lemonade, Grape and Fruit Punch. What was that old expression? Oh, yeah, Try Em, You'll Like Em!!!

jayabee52 2011-05-18 00:58:56 -0500 Report

I use a filter bottle made by Brita. Bought it for about $10 @ walmart. It cleans up the chlorine taste for me. I don't leave home without it.

RAYT721 2011-05-18 03:38:37 -0500 Report

We have a Brita filtration system with 4 bottles that is filtered and sits in the refrigerator. I forget the name of it but the water comes out clean and always ready for us.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-21 20:09:22 -0500 Report

After living for many years in a town with the 2nd worst water in the state it has been a luxury to just go to the tap and get a drink.
The Brita filters made the taste tolerable, but could not filter out the tons of chlorine that made skin rashes if I drank 16 ozs a day. There was so much calcium my husband was accused have runing a dairy in his blood stream by his Dr. No wonder he manufactured huge kidney stones.

GabbyPA 2011-05-17 13:29:16 -0500 Report

This is great and just what I needed. I had a visit with the doc today and everything was great except that I lost only one pound. Maybe I should have peed before I got on the scale? LOL.

Seriously, I went away with resolve to be about 40-50 pounds less when I see him in 6 months. I lost so much weight when I was first diagnosed, but it has been a struggle to see the scale go down ever since. At least I have not gained my lost weight back, but I have a lot to loose still. I know it will help my numbers so much.

So I am going to print these ideas and post them where I can check in on them to remind me of my goal.