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Old 09-18-2017, 15:56   #1
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Hi, newbie here. I did my intro last night.

I've lost 50 pounds from my peak weight of 260. I really can't believe I did it. I want to share my secret but I'll have to whisper.

I tiptoe past my body's weight troll.

Everybody has a weight troll. He lurks under the bridge of metabolism, listening for passerbys who might be trying to sneak into the body's stasis. If you cross that bridge with a heavy foot -- or even a light one for a lot of folks -- he rouses and cranks up the survival gear then throws you unceremoniously off the bridge. He's a light sleeper and a general pain in the arse, if you know what I mean. He claims to be protecting the castle (read "you") but he's a liar and a fiend. But he's vigilant, I'll give him that.

So how can one ever lose weight if this troll is so effective? I already told you:

Tiptoe across that weight loss bridge.

I did it by lessening my portion sizes. That and increasing my exercising. But not by running or doing some other heavy-footed method. By walking.

This doesn't seem to rouse the troll. (I think he's actually pretty stupid, if you want to know the truth).

So there you have it: my new book waiting to be written: Tiptoeing Past the Weight Loss Troll. I need to write it before I gain it all back.

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I love that metaphor! Whenever I've had to change habits bigly I've had to take them a little bit at a time. Over time it adds up. Doing it all at once? Yeah, that troll is pretty strong.

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I found a another way! I dramatically reduced my carb intake, substituting additional fats to offset hunger or cravings....in 6 months I lost 50lbs.! 320 to 370! I am still losing, although it has slowed down, I will begin low intensity workouts in the next two weeks, hope to lose another 50lbs. over the next couple of years.....

I am learning that the old 'calories in and calories out' idea is only part of the equation. I am finding that the human body will metabolize fat if enough carbs are not available. Part of this is using body fat up also!

If you radically drop carb intake and do not supplement with increases in fat intake, your body will then use protein (muscle tissue) for energy....which can be dangerous.....

To each his/ her own.....

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Hi, newbie here. I did my intro last night.

I've lost 50 pounds from my peak weight of 260. I really can't believe I did it. I want to share my secret but I'll have to whisper.

I tiptoe past my body's weight troll.

Everybody has a weight troll. He lurks under the bridge of metabolism, listening for passerbys who might be trying to sneak into the body's stasis. If you cross that bridge with a heavy foot -- or even a light one for a lot of folks -- he rouses and cranks up the survival gear then throws you unceremoniously off the bridge. He's a light sleeper and a general pain in the arse, if you know what I mean. He claims to be protecting the castle (read "you") but he's a liar and a fiend. But he's vigilant, I'll give him that.

So how can one ever lose weight if this troll is so effective? I already told you:

Tiptoe across that weight loss bridge.

I did it by lessening my portion sizes. That and increasing my exercising. But not by running or doing some other heavy-footed method. By walking.

This doesn't seem to rouse the troll. (I think he's actually pretty stupid, if you want to know the truth).

So there you have it: my new book waiting to be written: Tiptoeing Past the Weight Loss Troll. I need to write it before I gain it all back.
I'm going to enjoy reading your posts . Welcome!

So I joined Weight Watchers (WW) last Sep because my cousin was losing a lot of weight. I lost about 10 lbs. Then I was diagnosed with diabetes, and I quit WW.

I started eating LCHF, and I've lost an additional 6 lbs since May. So that's 16 lbs total; however, my clothes are literally hanging on me. I've lost inches...lots of inches. I've also started 25 min of stationary cycling every other day. When I was on WW, you really couldn't tell I was losing weight. I only saw the numbers go down, but you couldn't really see it until I started to lose inches .

This is my new way of life now.

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Alamogirl ... Cool. Losing weight is heroic. Speaking of which, today I went shopping for new pants. First time I've bought a 38-inch waist in, hm, 25 years? Something like that.

But deep within me lurks a fat man angry he's been caged. I think he's been talking to the troll. This could get ugly.

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the troll moved out when I went LCHF. I lost almost 100 pounds in about 10 months. I did start exercising about halfway into it but the weight loss is because I kicked carbs to the curb. I guess he's outside looking through my garbage for where i put the carbs.

Maybe if I put a loaf of bread outside every day he will be satisfied and he wont come in my house.

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"Maybe if I put a loaf of bread outside every day he will be satisfied and he wont come in my house."

LOL.

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But deep within me lurks a fat man angry he's been caged. I think he's been talking to the troll. This could get ugly.
I think there's something to this.

There are posters on DF who were ... disciplined? scared? lucky? ... enough to make all the changes they needed to, right away, to drive down their BG/A1c, seemingly without incident. Then there's the rest of us, who find it a little harder to go "cold turkey". Especially those of us who love food (I'm a "foodie") or who love beer or desserts or whatever.

As with any substantial change in lifestyle (lots of exercise, stopping smoking or drinking), there's going to be that tug -- maybe a birthday party at which cake is served, or a social event at which alcohol is free and plentiful, or an injury that prevents exercise for a week -- and the part of us that will talk to the troll surfaces. Tamping that down can be tough.

I always thought it would be easier to quit drinking alcohol or watching TV than to stop eating carbs. After all, one does not need alcohol or TV to live. One does need at least some carbs (though not as much as many people eat). There's always that line to observe -- or barge past. It gets easier to toe the line the more times you do it. But getting there can hard. Good luck in the battle!

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Thanks, Steve. It is Steve, isn't it?

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I think there's something to this.

There are posters on DF who were ... disciplined? scared? lucky? ... enough to make all the changes they needed to, right away, to drive down their BG/A1c, seemingly without incident. Then there's the rest of us, who find it a little harder to go "cold turkey". Especially those of us who love food (I'm a "foodie") or who love beer or desserts or whatever.

As with any substantial change in lifestyle (lots of exercise, stopping smoking or drinking), there's going to be that tug -- maybe a birthday party at which cake is served, or a social event at which alcohol is free and plentiful, or an injury that prevents exercise for a week -- and the part of us that will talk to the troll surfaces. Tamping that down can be tough.

I always thought it would be easier to quit drinking alcohol or watching TV than to stop eating carbs. After all, one does not need alcohol or TV to live. One does need at least some carbs (though not as much as many people eat). There's always that line to observe -- or barge past. It gets easier to toe the line the more times you do it. But getting there can hard. Good luck in the battle!
You sure ya read my story?

It definitely was NOT quick and easy for me and like most things in life, I learned the hard way. Many times, the path was a winding road for me, and at times there were some icy hills in there as well.

That, and the fact that for many of us, there are challenges beyond our diabetes. As an example, I have a couple of nodules on my thyroid (both sides) along with a small growth on my pituitary gland. My thyroid numbers are always off, but my liver numbers have calmed down after I gave up Tylenol.

Just my 2 cents, but I think even the most dedicated of us has stumbled along the way...

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