I wish this thread were more active. Maybe we can just all pm each other and give support. It's so hard to find any Catholic weight loss fourms out there. Wish the Lightweigh would come up with one or something. Let's keep this thread going ok?
Well, thyroid tested normal. So I guess I have to look elsewhere for the stubborn weight, fatigue, brittle nails, and the rest.
Yea, they tested my thyroid and it was normal too. I remember thinking how sad that I almost wished I had a thyroid problem that would explain my weight! But again I am glad that it is normal. Keep posting, I hope that these boards get a lot more busy. God Bless. Tammy
Well, my "diet" as such is still coming together. I bought some new higher protein products to try, and I decided to start looking at carb contents of foods listed on the boxes while at the store. I can also do this with foods in my cupboard. (Of course, I also have to remember to look at what a serving size is, which is usually way smaller that I think it would be.)
I think maybe I've lost 3-4 pounds just from sheer dumb luck, but I'll take it!
Back to the carb labeling, it's been an eye-opener -- some things that look sweet or starchy have fewer carbs than other things I wouldn't have suspected. Of course this is unscientific as to portion size and other variables, but still.
The other thing I think, with my need to prevent diabetes, is to do some studying about the glycemic index thing.
I did see a book "Carb Lover's Diet" at Wal-Mart the other night and it says there are some kinds of carbs that are actually helpful -- will look for that book at my library also.
I'm the kind that has to customize since I have weird food issues and aversions -- and preferences -- which is why I gather lots of information and then kind of wing it from there.
There is also a group here called "No sugar, no carb Catholics ". The group leader, tuscany started it to help people who have diabeties or hypoglycemia. But anyone who wants to loose weight can benefit from reading the group and forums. Some basics are that any meat product has no carbs, veggies are low carbs, some increase in carbs when cooked such as carrots. Some fruits are high in carbs such as bananas comparied to strawberries a lot lower. Any bread, pasta, rice or tortillas are high in carbs. Mission brand does have a low carb tortilla. Most diabetics my friend tells me should stay to 35 carbs per meal, but tuscany on the group I suggested says she controls her diabetes without medicine with 50-60 carbs per day which is very low.
The thing I worried about was eating too much meat, as you also have to watch your cholesterol levels. I am lucky and have low cholesteral, but my husband inherited high cholesteral, If you eat a normal portion of meat at each meal then try to fill in with low carb foods, that seems to work the best for me. I am still struggling. I also hop on the scale a couple times a week to keep everything in check.
Has anyone else had any success? Tasty food pleasures the brain. People who buy tasty food but lack the willpower will be heading toward extra unhealthy weight. The answer is to choose healthy bland food to turn food away from an emphasis on pleasure and into an emphasis on energy for the body. Once the brain is weaned from it's regular dose of pleasure, it will get easier given time. Best of luck for health and success!
Oh, I am very glad to have done the Light Weigh and have kept 26 lbs off in the last year. I only had one other friend do it with me as our pastor would not let us put info about it in our bulletin. So she and I did our own session.
I like it because it made me realize I was often eating around the clock and that's what has made me overweight all these years. 3 square meals a day and lots of snacks! I was not hungry when I was eating all the time and the Light Weigh helped me to identify real hunger and to also see how much I was eating before.
It's a bit hard to wait on hunger but the sacrificial element is there and we are joining our suffering's to Christ's. And I loved the fact that I could have anything I wanted on the Light Weigh program without eating diet foods, low-cal, low-fat, etc. The portion size had to fit in my mug. I am sort of an odd eater and sometimes would have sausage and melted cheese or chips and dip, anything I wanted but had to watch the portion size. Another gauge is your fist. That's the size you can eat. And if you're hungry and hear your stomach growling within 4 hours, you can eat again. I tell my friend's this is an "audible" diet, because I shouldn't eat unless my stomach growls!
I did both the video session twice and the manual journal twice but must admit I didn't write much in my journal. The spiritual readings helped me put bible reading back in my life a little more. We all should go to God's word more than we do.
I'm 55 years old and have been on every diet under the sun. The Light Weigh is a new way of looking at food for what it is...only fuel. Good tasting and God gave us taste buds to enjoy food. So I was glad to get away from all the old diet rules, including gulping 8 glasses of water a day..and, I never exercise. I really don't have the time and don't feel guilty about it. I haven't been 100% faithful to the diet, probably about 40%, I'd say. But it is a great program and has taught me a lot about a better way to diet, for me that is.
Good luck if you decide to do the program. If you'd care to e-mail me away from this site I am at firstname.lastname@example.org