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Kelli
Hi folks,
I just wanted to chirp in and let you all know how i'm doing.  I am so happy that I have lost 3lbs in my first week.  I have 20 more to go, but I am so motivated.  I don't lose weight easily, but with this program it seems to be coming off.  

I am just starting the Steve Ross yoga, as suggested. I won't lie, I procrastinated like a dog for the first few days and I just watched them do the yoga haha

I finally got the motivation to go ahead and start doing it myself and I have to say I had a blast.  It's definitely up my alley and i'm going to continue to do it.  

I also made the banana recipe which you shared and it was incredible.  Yesterday I took some blueberries with strawberries and blended them with skim milk and stevia and they were great and really filling too.  This is great after a workout. 

I've heard the best thing to drink after a work-out is milk anyway. So these shakes are wonderful for that.  
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Christine
Hi all,
I wanted to touch base with you all. I have been reading all the posts but haven't said much myself.  I am doing really well.  For the first two or three days I wasn't able to lose anything. Then it just seemed to come off pretty easy.  
I am down 6lbs and I feel great about it.  It does motivate you to stick with it when you being to see the weight come off. I am also drinking a lot of water and find this really helps me.  I am adding the lemon to it and do think it's a great appetite suppressant.  

I love fruit and vegetables and have been eating a lot of both.  I usually have a large bowl of vegetables with a little teriaki on them before I eat.  They fill me up so much that I don't really feel like eating much else.

I hope everyone else is doing well.  I plan on trying some of the recipes that were just posted soon. 

Thanks everyone! Have a great night
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Tara
Hi nurses, 
I'm excited to let you know that we consulted with an awesome yoga instructor, Kristi Reed and we asked her to give us some great tips for nurses on yoga.  Here is the link for the article Yoga Tips for Nurses

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64garnets
Ok... I'm already behind!  lol   started a new job, my first charge position, and I LOVE it!  but somewhere I've missed what everyone's doing as far as an "eating plan"... or is everyone just doing their own thing?   thanks and it's Fridaaaaayyyyyyyy!!!!!   [crazy]
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Tara
Hi there 64Garnets,
Welcome to our forum. Here are the foods that are on the plan. If you read through the discussions in this forum you will find tips and the plan itself.  Hope this helps and if you have anymore questions please don't hesitate to let us know.
This is not a diet, but more of a plan for a healthy lifestyle.  
Good luck and stay with us.

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64garnets
TY!!  This looks great!!  
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onlyanurse
Hello nurses!
I just wanted to check in with you all. I have been on vacation for a few days.  I know Tara has been talking to you all a little bit more about the weight loss program here.  I want to know how everyone is doing and if anyone needs help, please feel free to reach out to us.  You can always privately message me, should you have any questions.

We have already come to day 11 on the plan. Is anyone feeling disheartened? I know that many of you will reach a plateau after losing a few pounds and the weight just seems to be harder to get off. But, just know that's normal and everyone experiences it. But you must stay motivated. It's so important on this plan. 

If you are having difficulty staying motivated please reach out to us.  We can help walk you through difficult time.  As I have said before, this is a wonderful group of nurses and we're all here to help one another.  So don't be afraid to speak up.  As nurses, we often feel like we should know all the answers and we are embarrassed or ashamed if we don't understand something.  But, it's important to speak up because we often can't see the big picture.  Sometimes we need others to help us see the whole thing and others can see things we may be doing wrong and point us in the right direction.  

I hope everyone is having a great weekend,  Stay strong and don't get discouraged.  
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Oh, I also wanted to say that we are taking a poll to find out what you guys think about adding a chat to this forum? it would give you the ability to talk to other nurses in the program so you can get the extra help and motivation you need to succeed.  Please cast your votes on this and let us know what you think.

Also, I would love to see more engagement on the forum between all of you.  This is your program and you can help each other. 

If you haven't already, please check in with us and let us know how you are doing and how you are doing it. 
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Brooke
Hi guys,
I guess I will speak up first. I am feeling a bit disheartened, because I did lose some weight at first and now it seems to have stopped. I'm not doing anything different, not eating any different foods. I have slowed down on the Citrucel, because it was giving me cramps and I think it was just too much at once. 

I need to lose about 20 more pounds. But it just isn't happening. [confused]
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onlyanurse
Hi Brooke, 
For every 1000 calories consumed per day, you should have 14 grams of fiber. However, fiber is not something you can add to your diet all at once, especially if you have not been used to consuming it.  You need to back down and add it to your diet slowly. 

Citrucel or metamucil are great to use in order to get your recommended daily intake of fiber. But you just have to make sure you don't overload it.  
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Donna
Hello,
I just wanted to say that I am doing great on this program and it's the only one that has ever worked for me.  I think a chat room to discuss different weight loss issues and goals would be a great addition to the forum.

I've been sticking to the 6 meals a day schedule and I find that I'm not hungry and I feel better. I'm not eating huge meals that I feel sick on, because I ate so much.  I'm am pleasantly full when I eat and that helps me not fell like I have to eat the same thing as the rest of my family. I have to cook for them, but eating as often as I do helps me not feel so deprived. 
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Michelle
Hi,
I think this program is what you make it, just like anything else in life.  I am really dedicated to it and have been doing really well.  I did begin with a small amount of the citrucel and it has helped me not feel bloated or gassy,

I still have a lot of weight to lose, but I am walking a lot during the day, even though it's cold outside. I think the more you exercise the easier it becomes.  

i love the Steve Ross videos that you recommended and I am glad that you posted them. I do a yoga session now every day, At first it was pretty tough. I have never done yoga before, but it has become easier and continues to be easier every day, I am a lot more limber than I was when I started and I feel a great sense of accomplishment.  I have a lot of arthritis and it really seems to be helping with that.  I don't seem to have the stiffness that I had before and the pain from arthritis seems to be diminishing.

I am so happy I found this program. It's great
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onlyanurse
Hello nurses and how is your evening going?
I hope everyone is having a great night.  How are things going with your weight loss goals? Please let us know.  If you just sit back and say nothing, but you really need help, we can't help you. So please speak up. It not only helps you, but it helps others too.

Has any tried the great frozen banana popsicles in the recipe section of the forum? I think they're amazing!

Do any of you have any questions about the Steve Ross yoga sessions?

A little about the stomach, weight loss and calorie intake. 

"If you reduce your calorie intake you'll eventually shrink your stomach, and you won't be as hungry." This is a common MYTH.  When you become an adult, your stomach will remain about the same size, unless you have surgery to make it smaller. However, by reducing your calorie intake you can reset your "appetite thermostat."  In other words your body will adapt to the calorie change and you won't feel as hungry, but it takes a little while for this to occur. 
Also, remember that losing weight is quite simple really, although people make it much more difficult than it actually is.  If you are eating more calories than your body needs, then you will gain weight, because your body will store fat in your adipose cells. Your DNA has the set number of adipose cells you will have for your entire life. You don't grow more adipose cells as you gain weight. The cells you have just get fuller.  

The calories that you intake every day, dictate your weight.  For instance, if you're 190lbs, you need an average of 3000 calories to maintain that weight. If you eat more than this, then you gain weight, eat less and you lose.  So it's in your best interest to figure out your goal weight and then you can calculate how many calories you need to maintain that weight. Once you have that calorie amount figured, then you know you need to eat that many calories per day and you will eventually be that weight.  You can even Google..."How many calories does it take to maintain (Insert your goal weight)." 

Now if you are extremely overweight you can't just start taking in 1200 calories a day, when you have been eating 3 or 4,000 a day. You need to gradually lower your intake. For this you should really consult with your physician.  If you try extreme dieting, by cutting calories drastically, your body will be miserable and will take it out on you, in the form of horrible hunger pangs, headaches and other nasty side effects. It pays to go slow.  You didn't gain all those pounds in just a few weeks and you won't lose them that fast either.  This is a process and it takes time, just like anything worth waiting for.  If you hit a plateau, don't panic and give up.  Stay with the plan we have provided and keep up the good work. It will pay off, if you work at it. [biggrin] 


 

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Lisa
Hello everyone,
I just wanted to say hi and see how everyone else is doing. I was doing great but now my weight loss seems to have stopped and I have just reached a bit of a slump...ugh.  I have still been good and stayed on the plan, but it is a bit disheartening, when you are doing everything right, but you are still not losing any weight. I was wondering what everyone else is doing to stay motivated during these times.  I feel a little frustrated. I know it's normal to kinda level off, but I am just a bit bummed that the weight loss has stopped.  
How are you stating motivated?
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