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In that case, re the weight I would re-think YOUR plans and listen to the Dr. There is a difference between fitness and weight. It may be that you need to do exercise (strength training) rather than lose the weight. I myself am slightly overweight going by BMI. My Dr told me to stop losing weight about 2 kg ago. I carried on just that little bit more before deciding to stop. My Dietitian told me that resuming Mat Pilates (I have skeletal issues which contra-indicates the average strength training exercises) would tone up the muscles but not impact as such on the weight. Do you go to a Gym at all? If so, why not get them to do a fat measurement with the calipers - they need to check quite a few places to get an accurate measure. If you don't go to a gym, a lot of Gyms will do this for a small fee.

You did real well by refusing those 'treats' .... Congratulations :-)

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10/1/12 8:04 P

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Thanks for the tips, everyone! You all had such good advice.

Fortunately, I was actively seeing a therapist at the time my Gram died. I truly feel I've handled the grief process well, and my therapist agreed with me. It wasn't a shock - she was 92, and she was ready to go. It was rough at first, but we really pulled together as a family to get through it.

I forgot who said it, but it's a good point that the doctor might have though I didn't have any to lose. I am at the border between healthy and overweight. But, I am six feet tall, and I hide fat well when I am clothed. I need to lose about 20 pounds to reach my peak fitness levels.

I did so much better today. The amount of junk food at my work is nuts right now. I turned down cupcakes 3 times, Rice Krispies treats three times, and chocolate covered pretzels twice. The whole dollar-each-day-I-go-without thing is helping A LOT. But I will probably be able to indulge in my favorite hot chocolate bedtime treat tonight, based on my calories today. I'm so proud!



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10/1/12 3:26 P

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Hi. I wonder why a Dr. would make a statement like that. My Mom is in her 80's and her Dr. told her to lose weight. I have lost over 100 pounds and I am 57. My Dr. was very proud of me. I would find out why she made that statement, as Kris said she may feel you are at a healthy weight. If not change Dr.s.

I was a Mt. Dew addict. Serious one, 4-6 cans a day. I cut back. I can't remember how long it took me to stop drinking them but I haven't had one, it will be 1 year October 30.--I use to be real skinny, size 0 even after having my son. Then I quit smoking, starting eating instead of smoking. Then my son became a teenager, a rotten teenager. Last year I was 248 pounds. It took me 20+ Years to put the weight on but it is gone for good. emoticon

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10/1/12 12:53 P

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Try cutting back on them first, rather than trying to give them up all at once. I had the same problem with sweets. Instead of just giving them up, I cut back on them first. I would limit myself to a sweet treat for dessert. After I got used to that, I switched to sugar-free sweets such as ice cream and hard candy. I still keep sugar-free fudgesicles just in case, but I haven't been having any cravings lately.

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I am sorry your Grandmother passed away - that sort of grief is often a trigger for what you are experiencing. You mention you have dealt with it, but I wonder if it is still an underlying problem? It might be worth talking to a Grief Counselor about this because often things mask the issues and we think that they have been dealt with, but are often just sitting under the surface causing a myriad of problems - in your case, eating. Your Dr will be able to refer you to someone to help to see if my theory is correct!

Did your Dr say WHY (apart from age) you are too old for this? Are you actually at a healthy weight? You don't indicate what your weight/height is, so we can't get a handle on that. It MIGHT be that if you are at a healthy weight, or pretty close to it, she sees you focusing in a way that a teenager or early 20's woman is notorious for.

Where it comes to keeping off the junk food, just start reducing it using the baby steps method. Don't just suddenly cut it out but rather reduce a bit, and allow yourself to get used to the change before reducing again. At the same time, increase with something healthy - perhaps some fruit and/or nibble on some healthy nuts.

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I did a really great job of losing my 20 pounds last summer/fall. I was keeping it off, too - and then my grandmother passed away in January. I used food to get me through it - which I've never done before. And now I'm finding it's next to impossible to lose this weight. I've become a food addict, something that I've never had a problem with before.

I've dealt with my grandmother's death now, but I'm getting depressed because of my food problems. I went to a doctor who actually told me that I was getting a bit old to be losing weight (and I'm only 36). I know that's a bunch of hooey (and she was overweight, too, so what does she really know?). But it still didn't do good things for my depression. I'll be switching doctors for sure - because what else doesn't she know?

I read on a SP article that a good motivator is to give yourself a dollar for every day you don't indulge in sugar, and then buy yourself something nice at the end of the month. I think that would work for me. Does anyone else have any ideas of things to keep me off the junk food? Thanks in advance! emoticon

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