Lost Another 2 Inches In Waist Size

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    Apr 27, 2016 11:09 AM GMT
    Bought a pair of used cargo shorts last night (Tue 4-26) at a local thrift store. The profits go to support a food pantry they operate to serve HIV/AIDS clients. Normally closed at that hour, they were having an open house fundraiser. Besides donating some money to them, I decided to buy these shorts.

    They're 2 inches smaller than my current shorts, which had gotten loose. Couldn't wait to bring them home to try, and they fit! icon_biggrin.gif

    That makes 6 inches in waist size I've lost in a little over a year. Not spectacular, but making progress. My goal is to be able to wear again the pants, shorts & shirts I had when I moved to Florida 9 years ago. At my age nothing really ever goes out of style. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Since my exercise options are limited due to my disabilities, I'm losing weight mainly through diet. And that consists mostly of portion control. I eat pretty much what I want, just small amounts, favoring fish & poultry because of my cholesterol. Instead of the entrée in a restaurant I'll often just have an appetizer, maybe as a bowl of soup, served when my companions are eating their actual entrées.

    Or else I'll split an entrée with my husband. He's trying to lose weight, too. Sometimes there's a small additional sharing charge, but if it's to cover the fair cost of an additional place setting I'm not bothered by that.

    If it happens that we do choose separate full meals I try to get something I know I can take home for leftovers. Chinese food is great for that, and I can get 1 or 2 meals at home out of it. Great money saver, too. But I never finish an entire meal at the restaurant table. The US American tradition of cleaning one's plate is how you gain weight, especially with oversized restaurant portions.

    The only kinds of food I do avoid are deep fried and fast food. Again because of the cholesterol, and other health issues. I get all fish and meats grilled, broiled or baked, with the exception of some Asian stir fry dishes. At home we eat similarly, where rotisserie chicken is a staple with steamed vegetables, but most meals are eaten out.

    The proof is that we both continue to lose weight, slowly but surely. And our doctor tells us our lab work looks good, only cholesterol out of range (hubby's better than mine). For us it's not merely a matter of maintaining our appearance, but of health, longevity, and overall quality of life concerns.
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    Apr 27, 2016 12:56 PM GMT
    BTW, here's something about the thrift store and food pantry. Should you live or visit near this area you might want to drop in. Their new motto now is "Food Is Medicine", and they make a good case for it regarding their HIV/AIDS clients. We were briefed last night on the program by their nutritionalists.

    http://www.poverello.org/portal/home

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    Apr 27, 2016 6:51 PM GMT
    Good for you! I know it's really difficult to stay consistent with healthy weight loss plans. As for me, it's more natural for me to exercise more than to be vigilant about things like portion control even though I know that (as a sign in my gym says) "you can't outrun your fork...")
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    Apr 28, 2016 2:37 AM GMT
    duluthrunner saidGood for you! I know it's really difficult to stay consistent with healthy weight loss plans. As for me, it's more natural for me to exercise more than to be vigilant about things like portion control even though I know that (as a sign in my gym says) "you can't outrun your fork...")

    Good advice. What I can't outrun is mirrors, and cameras. I've always tried to look away from mirrors all my life, because I hate my looks. But sometimes the mirrors cover entire walls, and I get a glimpse of myself.

    And then photographers for local gay publications will want to snap us at the various events we attend. I try to decline, but sometimes my companions insist. I cringe when I see the published results.

    So the belly has to go, and I'm making steady but slow progress, as my shrinking waistline objectively proves. Along with our bathroom scale, that I use every day before I shower.

    Measurement is key to achieving weight loss goals. Or for gaining weight, too, if that's the direction you want to go.
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    May 09, 2016 8:20 PM GMT
    duluthrunner saidGood for you! I know it's really difficult to stay consistent with healthy weight loss plans. As for me, it's more natural for me to exercise more than to be vigilant about things like portion control even though I know that (as a sign in my gym says) "you can't outrun your fork...")


    LMAO!!! icon_lol.gif
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    May 09, 2016 9:21 PM GMT
    duluthrunner said
    Good for you! I know it's really difficult to stay consistent with healthy weight loss plans. As for me, it's more natural for me to exercise more than to be vigilant about things like portion control even though I know that (as a sign in my gym says) "you can't outrun your fork...")

    Thanks. We've both made weight loss a goal. And when obsessive me makes something a goal it happens. At least for myself.

    Now my husband's more problematic. But there seems to be some progress there, too. All of his doctors are saying the same thing to his face, it's just not me harping at him.

    So I've got a lotta professional medical backup on this. That I'm exploiting to the max. And he sees me on a strict diet, too, cause I need to lose some of my own excess weight. I'm not asking him to do anything that I'm not doing right alongside him. Army tenet: lead by example.