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Well, time to jump in here again for me. This I'm going to be more serious about it. 

 

My wife and I have both started Weight Watchers and I weighed in last night at my heaviest I've ever been. Not happy about that, but I will get back down to a healthy weight. This means eating better and doing some physical exercise. 

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It's going to be difficult for me in the next few months as I await my heart surgery.

 

Nearly all diets also recommend physical activity, which makes sense. But with my busted heart valve, I feel discomfort as soon as I have a brisk walk, so I'm at an elderly level of activity and mostly stuck at home. And the real problem is that my appetite is still the same. I eat but with limited calorie burn.

 

So now I have to find food that's filling, satisfying, and won't cause a calorie overload. I believe I have to look into high protein, low carb to manage my weight in the meanwhile.

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It's going to be difficult for me in the next few months as I await my heart surgery.

 

Nearly all diets also recommend physical activity, which makes sense. But with my busted heart valve, I feel discomfort as soon as I have a brisk walk, so I'm at an elderly level of activity and mostly stuck at home. And the real problem is that my appetite is still the same. I eat but with limited calorie burn.

 

So now I have to find food that's filling, satisfying, and won't cause a calorie overload. I believe I have to look into high protein, low carb to manage my weight in the meanwhile.

I've found pretty good success feeling full eating lots of greens/veggies (lettuce, beans, peppers, etc).  Use some oil to cook them so you can get some fats too, but keep away from commercial salad dressing which is very high in sugar.  Lots of spices or herbs and you can have really tasty meals.  Protein is filling but it is also very calorie dense.  We'll often make up a large volume of veggies as a salad or stir-fry and then put in one bratwurst or a few ounces of steak cut into chunks to feed the two of us.

 

Good luck, we're routing for you.

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It's going to be difficult for me in the next few months as I await my heart surgery.

 

Nearly all diets also recommend physical activity, which makes sense. But with my busted heart valve, I feel discomfort as soon as I have a brisk walk, so I'm at an elderly level of activity and mostly stuck at home. And the real problem is that my appetite is still the same. I eat but with limited calorie burn.

 

Have you asked your doctor about doing something like Tai Chi or Yoga? It's very good for those with limited movement, and those who cannot kick, punch, or jump their way to fitness.  They can also be done sitting. 

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I'm still quite flexible and I still do stretching exercises all the time. But to burn calories, yoga and tai chi won't really cut it.

 

I try to stay active, but it's discouraging to see that the level of activity I had 6 months ago (could do cardio, pushups and weight lifting for over an hour) is now down to a couple of reps of 10lbs weights before feeling pressure in the chest.

 

And I can't even anticipate what level of discomfort I'll have from one moment to the other. I was able to walk swiftly earlier this afternoon. But moments later, same level of activity, I felt discomfort.

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Believe me trying to balance an overweight body and hold some of the yoga poses... I sweat like a mofo. Also stretching helps you get in better shape to do more physical activity.

If you can get into it that is. i hate yoga. It puts me in a bad mood, which I think is the opposite of what it is supposed to do.

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Got an appointment on Monday with a weightloss specialist (dr).

 

I need help... its not working by itself....

 

so maybe if I see specialists (and pay through the nose, sigh) it will be fixed without having to do surgery!

 

get the head screwed right, dietitian etc.....

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i hate yoga. It puts me in a bad mood, which I think is the opposite of what it is supposed to do.

 

Stop allowing that to happen. You control your own mood and thoughts. 

 

My husband does this to himself all the time. He gets worked up over something really minor that has no effect on his life, and allows himself to be in a bad mood. Then he blames that other person or thing and spends hours being unhappy instead of just letting go of it. 

 

Not saying you can flip a switch and be happy all the time like a robot, but if you think about it, ultimately you're the one who controls how you feel and react to your world. 

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i hate yoga. It puts me in a bad mood, which I think is the opposite of what it is supposed to do.

 

Stop allowing that to happen. You control your own mood and thoughts. 

 

My husband does this to himself all the time. He gets worked up over something really minor that has no effect on his life, and allows himself to be in a bad mood. Then he blames that other person or thing and spends hours being unhappy instead of just letting go of it. 

 

Not saying you can flip a switch and be happy all the time like a robot, but if you think about it, ultimately you're the one who controls how you feel and react to your world. 

 

 

I think it is due to my being horrible at it. Jogging on the other hand kills me but puts me in a good mood. 

I know part of yoga is breathing properly, which I struggle with since I am panting and sweating and falling over :) It is something I have to work on since I have back problems and yoga really is great for that.

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Got an appointment on Monday with a weightloss specialist (dr).

 

I need help... its not working by itself....

 

so maybe if I see specialists (and pay through the nose, sigh) it will be fixed without having to do surgery!

 

get the head screwed right, dietitian etc.....

Just be careful. My current doc has thrown pills at me. Seeing them again today. My bp has gone up, can't think straight, and other issues. Do not like this. Also is a "starvation diet" in that it makes you eat way less.

 

My experience after three weeks is yes, eat less breakfast & lunch and am starving at dinner. I have been mentally careful about making myself eat even when not hungry/not wanting food to avoid hunger migraines. Have been eating smaller portions.

 

Am normally more eloquent... but brain fog of meds makes it hard to think well. Hope you get a smart doc!

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my primary care manager not a "doc" has me seeing a diabetic nurse precticioner, dietician, and an exercise specialist on a regular basis.  major diet changes but no diet meds, just meds for other stuff.

 

my dietician has been great, primarily looking for ways to cut calories and carbs without feeling like I am on a diet. 

 

2 pounds of mixed broccoli, caulifleur, and carrots with a bit of cheese on top is about 500 calories but most of my 60g of carbs allowed for one meal.  some lean meat with that keeps total calories down.  and I feel full afterward.

 

 

it may seem counterintuitive, but putting some food in your system first thing after waking actually boosts your metabolism helping burn more calories all the time.

 

this is working for me, but as with anything your milage may vary.

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I need to back on this as well. I going to try the south beach again. Work well for me last time. Add to that I'm also going to give the 6 week push-up, squat, and sit-up another go and hope I don't get sick for a week in the middle.

 

Good to hear you are all still at this. I'll weigh myself again tonight for a starting point.

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Well, I gained back a couple pounds during July. :(  I blame it on the holiday, the company picnic (soda pop) and a couple of birthday parties. Got to get back to the lean protein w/ double veggies and no restaurant food diet. 

 

Cutting out sugar was one of the best things we did for ourselves. 

 

And I agree that breakfast is a must. I start the day with a lot more energy than when I skip it. 

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