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Old 05-16-2015, 05:28 PM   #1
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Well, in the past 2 1/2 years I have piled on over 50lbs due to the Mirtazapine making me mentally constantly hungry, and the Metoclopromide emptying my stomach rapidly, leaving me feeling - empty! ALL this weight is the dangerous 'stomach' weight.

So, falling and having my own body mass bust up my ribcage has made me determined to diet. Illness and disability prevent exercise, so it will all be down to will-power, much smaller portions and cutting the rubbish.

Wish me luck.

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Good Luck in your diet journey ! And keep us posted on how it's going for you.

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Yeah, I feel for you...it's hard...I bought a sit up thingy which is suppose to take the stress off one's neck...I was doing fairly well...but then my excuses kicked in....
so give yourself some breaks and enjoy this new way of eating you plan on...and leave a little room for a sweet cheat here and there....keep us posted.
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Joining you in the battle Dave - GOOD LUCK! My 'enemies' are the 5 different types of steroids I take which make weight gain obstinately stick around - hopefully getting rid of two of them in the next few months will help. Add to that a torn knee cartilage, osteoarthritis, PN and autoimmune fatigue.

Were you able to do any stretch exercises while sitting or lying down (before your rib injury that is) or does that cause too much pain? I do a few which help the osteo (and TMJ) - they mainly help to stop my body stiffening up and keep my joints flexible.

I know also you use meditation frequently and along similar lines I've known disabled people who've received benefit from doing Tai Chi in their heads. They're unable to do the physical moves but by working through the routine in their minds and doing the breathing associated with Tai Chi they've had measurable physiological improvement in respiratory, cardiac and circulatory aspects. Like meditation, Tai Chi takes a while to learn the techniques, but it can be worth it.

All the best with your diet plans - please share with us if you come up with any tasty slimming recipes - particularly for spinach - it's the only thing surviving in my garden since the frosts arrived and is rapidly losing it's appeal!
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Old 05-17-2015, 03:28 AM   #5
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Dave, you have my good luck wishes.

I reckon that you won't need them, because from what you have shared here I think that you are a strong and self-aware man.

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Thank you all for your support.

Enna70, I have 1"x1/2" rounds of Greek Baklava I am allowing myself one of each week as a reward.

Bluesfan, compressed spinal cord and spinal injuries top and bottom, with arthritis and the neuro and heart problems, means no exercise. If my heartrate elevates too much I become Brady Hypotensive. The mental Tai Chi sounds interesting, I will look into that.

Kiwi, when boredom in front of the tv strikes, the Will can be weak. It's a 'doing something with your hands' thing since I gave up smoking.

I will keep my progress logged here fortnightly.

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hi dave, good luck in your journey.
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Thanks Bizi,

I follow your journey, too.

3 days in and I'm hungry. I have cut quantities and calories (not needed) roughly in half. Large lunchtime sandwiches have been replaced by vegetable soups. Getting psychologically used to smaller plates.

Of course, it is a balancing act with natural nutrition, so steamed vegetable sides have increased - and will continue to do so.

A few English strawberries, ungarnished, are enough to sate the sweet tooth. Although I have a 12 inch diameter custard Brioche in, waiting for the family's return. It is calling to me like a Siren, but I will be strong.

I just have to fight the Metoprolol.

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Stay strong Dave - ignore the call of the Siren.
Do you have a food processor or blender? - once read an article that 'creamier' (as in smoother not loaded with cream) types of soups can make you feel fuller for longer. It's to do with the body being able to absorb more nutrients from blended food than chunky food which tends to pass through the digestive system faster.
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Hi bluesfan,

We have a blender, I am buying everything new after dear daughter emptied the kitchen to set up her home. Am currently eating fresh/frozen home made tomato and mushroom soups from the freezer. The Ex cooks in bulk.

How are you getting on? I have this for your spinach:

http://www.yourlifechoices.com.au/ne...a-filo-parcels

Spanakopira was a childhood favourite in Cyprus, and the Feta is a lower cal option than most cheeses. Sorry to say I have to buy mine in ready made now.

I have actually started keeping a Food/Calorie Log these past two days, and with a new set of scales tomorrow (no thanks, daughter) I will have an accurate Calorie intake.

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