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Making the Decision to Lose Weight

Chef Krista Health Guide April 01, 2010
  • Hi folks, my name is Krista Baber; I am not a writer, and I'm 40 years old. I'm the mother of two kids, ages three and six. I'm also a road biker, cross county skier, painter, personal chef and small business owner. Over the past three years I have stepped back from the brink of total health coll...

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  • Phat in My 40's
    Health Guide
    Apr. 03, 2010

    Welcome to the crew Krista!!

     

    I'm about where you were under three years ago.  No longer eating the bags of candy (or hoarding them in my nightstand which is what I used to do).  And I'm 20 pounds down from January, but really 30 pounds down from last spring.

     

    I'm on a long journey, just as you have already taken, and have just recently...

    RHMLucky777

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    Welcome to the crew Krista!!

     

    I'm about where you were under three years ago.  No longer eating the bags of candy (or hoarding them in my nightstand which is what I used to do).  And I'm 20 pounds down from January, but really 30 pounds down from last spring.

     

    I'm on a long journey, just as you have already taken, and have just recently reached about 253 pounds.  I'll look forward to reading your stories and tips.  I'm sure that they will help me along this road.  :)

     

    • Chef Krista
      Health Guide
      Apr. 03, 2010

      Thank you, I look forward to reading your posts as well. It is a long journey, and one that I'm still on. We just need to enjoy the scenery along the way, right?

  • JaeRae
    Apr. 10, 2010

    First of all  congratulations!! I am 58 and am currently going thru the same ordeal. I went up to 250 lbs. I was struggling with every day life. I could hardly walk up the steps to my front door to get in my own house. I rescued a dog from the humane society and I contribute that dog to saving my life. Chip was a beautiful pit bull and I fell in love with...

    RHMLucky777

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    First of all  congratulations!! I am 58 and am currently going thru the same ordeal. I went up to 250 lbs. I was struggling with every day life. I could hardly walk up the steps to my front door to get in my own house. I rescued a dog from the humane society and I contribute that dog to saving my life. Chip was a beautiful pit bull and I fell in love with him at first sight. My husband was not to impressed with my choice. Turned out after the family growing attached to the dog, he got attacked by a 3 of my neighbors bull mastiffs and Chip was never the same. He began attacking my family, not me, without any provocation. We took him back to the humane society and they refused to take him back but referred my to a local dog trainer and hence my daily walks began. At first I could barely walk two house down my street without being out of breath and upon returning home I would need to take a nap because I was tired. Chip continued his agressive ways and the dog trainer along with the vet said it was best to put him to sleep and put him out of whatever trauma he was suffering. At the end of 6 weeks of walking Chip I had lost 12 pounds  without any diet change. It was then I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes and my doctor said it was time to revamp my lifestyle. 3 years later a new diet, a new pit bull, Rusty who is the best dog I ever had and walking up to 5 miles a day (Rusty can't walk enough. He loves it.) I am 80 lbs lighter and my doctor would like to see 35 more lbs. to go. I am a whole new person. I am off my anti-depressants, which I have been on for 15 yrs. My family sees a whole new person. I feel great and am very proud of my efforts. My doctor said it would be very difficult because of my age. It has taken me 3 years and it will probably take my another year to lose the last 35 but as the tortoise said to the hare slow and steady wins the race.

     

  • wichlet
    Apr. 08, 2010

    Hi,  during the year 2006, my weight was 295 lbs,  I also weighed over 300 lbs, but stayed about 250 - 280 lbs.  take alot of rx's for multi-medical probs.,   I inquired about weight loss surgery, said I had to lose 20 lbs, keep it off for 3 months, then I may be considered, my response, if I could do that, I wouldn't be asking...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi,  during the year 2006, my weight was 295 lbs,  I also weighed over 300 lbs, but stayed about 250 - 280 lbs.  take alot of rx's for multi-medical probs.,   I inquired about weight loss surgery, said I had to lose 20 lbs, keep it off for 3 months, then I may be considered, my response, if I could do that, I wouldn't be asking for help, been on so many diets, excersise club not for me, so I changed foods I eat, eat mostly the same every day, small plates, cut food in small bites, ate slow, played with my dog, the weight came off, by the middle to end of 2008, my weight went down to 114 lbs, stayed there not for long, went up to 120 lbs - now I weigh between 135 lbs and 140 lbs. want to be 125 lbs,  my ht is 5' 1",  125 lbs is where I felt best, hoping to see that again, when snacking, don't take whole bag, or stack, take out a few, put bag or stack if crackers away, so u wont be tempted.

  • Kimberly Cacey
    Health Guide
    Apr. 08, 2010

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. :)

  • Anonymous
    Dorothy B
    Apr. 03, 2010

    Krista,

     

    Good work and thanks for writing. Would like more info. especially how you got off of SUGAR.

     

    Dorothy B.

    • Chef Krista
      Health Guide
      Apr. 03, 2010

      I will talk about that in up comming  posts, trust me...I'll get into it.

  • Ex-smoker
    Apr. 02, 2010

    Five years ago I quite smoking and gained 50 pound.  I'm now trying to lose that weight.  Your story is an inpiration.  Thanks.

    • Chef Krista
      Health Guide
      Apr. 02, 2010

      First of all, congratulations on quitting the smokes. That's the hardest thing to do; the second hardest is to lose weight. Like I said, I'll tell you all my secrets in coming posts. Good luck on your journey!

  • mshouston
    Apr. 02, 2010

    You are a writer, because this is great.  The act of writing and putting it out there makes you a writer.  Congrats.

  • Anonymous
    scotty
    Apr. 01, 2010

    I wanted to hear more. I think we all had those light bulb moments, pehaps not enough wattage. How did you keep going?

     

    Scotty

  • Anonymous
    Lemur
    Apr. 01, 2010

    That's a very intense story. Thank you for sharing it with us, and I hope we hear more from you soon!