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« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2006, 09:59:10 AM »

If the oil is hard to get down, try drinking it through a straw--even easier if you put it in some water. I could get my children to take medicine this way.
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« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2006, 01:29:08 PM »

wow. a straw. that's brilliant. I have been struggling with the messy aspects of a
measuring spoon and a bottle of oil in my desk drawer at work....a straw might just do
the trick if I can figure out how many pulls on a straw equals a tablespoon.
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« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2006, 04:38:37 PM »

Measuring would be the way to do it. I imagine I could get a tablespoon easily by two drinkgs/pulls on the straw.
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« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2006, 05:38:58 PM »

wow. a straw. that's brilliant. I have been struggling with the messy aspects of a
measuring spoon and a bottle of oil in my desk drawer at work....a straw might just do
the trick if I can figure out how many pulls on a straw equals a tablespoon.

Put two tablespoons in a shot glass and such it out of the shot glass with the straw.

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« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2006, 06:11:08 PM »

BTW:

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4    MAMA MADE THE DIFFERENCE, by T.D. Jakes. (Putnam, $19.95.) A tribute to mothers from the pastor of a 28,000-member congregation in Dallas.    1
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« Reply #20 on: May 14, 2006, 06:30:25 PM »

BTW:

Start November 13 at 240 lbs or so (maybe a little more)

Today, May 14, 185 lbs.  Exact (185.5 after breakfast).  Well hydrated real weight.

55 lbs lost so far.

http://www.sethroberts.net/stories/index.html and scroll to the bottom.  Even has a graph with data points through May 6th.

http://www.sethroberts.net/stories/2006-04-30_StephenM.pdf for my story.  Before and "during" pictures to follow shortly (I put during since I intend to lose more weight).  My waist used to be a 44 or so, now I'm wearing a pair of 34 inch shorts my wife bought me yesterday because the 36 inch shorts are getting baggy.  It is fun.

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« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2006, 07:19:09 AM »

What is the list from that SR is #10 on? NYTimes Book Review?
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« Reply #22 on: May 15, 2006, 10:28:03 AM »

What is the list from that SR is #10 on? NYTimes Book Review?

NY Times Non-fiction Advice, etc., where the diet books are.

It is the number one diet book.

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« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2006, 11:12:00 AM »


BTW, if you have a Shangri-la blog, you ought to make sure to get it into the ecosystem:

http://truthlaidbear.com/amember/signup.php

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« Reply #24 on: May 17, 2006, 04:55:19 AM »

184.0 pounds this morning. 

-56 lbs.

My wife is set to buy me another round of new pants ;)

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« Reply #25 on: May 17, 2006, 06:08:26 PM »

Stephen, you really ARE the poster-child.
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« Reply #26 on: May 17, 2006, 08:02:38 PM »

Stephen, you really ARE the poster-child.

No, the guys who lost more than a hundred pounds and have kept it off for more than a year, they are the leaders of the pack, I'm just following.

There are a number of people out there who have lost as much as I have or more, but I'm the only one talking about it much.  Most people just lose weight and don't have much to say after the excitement wears off.  It is a "rinse and repeat" sort of process.

Neat, seems earth-shattering at first, then it kind of just becomes normal, fades into the background.

After all, there isn't any willpower involved, no struggle, no emotional tension from the struggle to lose weight.  Just adjusting to the reality of the diet and going forward from there.

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« Reply #27 on: May 17, 2006, 11:40:47 PM »

Hey, Stephen, how many women have you come across in your reading who've lost as well as you or better on SLD?

From our last posts, Molly and I are still losing, but it seems slow and uneven. Nowhere near as fast as some of you who happen to be male. I'd love to hear of any women who've lost more than 20-21 pounds (where I am) on SLD.

Ann H
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« Reply #28 on: May 18, 2006, 03:18:34 AM »

I'm nearly to 20 lbs... and it's been rather quick. I've had the "oops, when did I last eat" happen a few times so far, and while I'm not looking to lose 100lbs, I'm still in a state of shock about how quickly the pounds are shedding - but it's been pretty steady.

My regimen has been ~2 Tablespoons sugar water 1x per day, 1 "main" meal, healthy(ish) snacks throughout the day, and lots of water. Work out when I can, so far this week it's been elliptical for 20m total, ab-lounger for approx 50 situps, a power walk for 2 miles, and a rousing game of ping-pong which required me to go chase after the ball a lot.

Of course, I don't have much time to think about it right now, since I'm in the midst of planning a wedding ;)

Leloo

I've also been following Stephen's progress for a bit - one of the main reasons why I bought the book was because of you, Stephen!
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« Reply #29 on: May 18, 2006, 04:34:34 AM »

Hey, Stephen, how many women have you come across in your reading who've lost as well as you or better on SLD?

From our last posts, Molly and I are still losing, but it seems slow and uneven. Nowhere near as fast as some of you who happen to be male. I'd love to hear of any women who've lost more than 20-21 pounds (where I am) on SLD.

Ann H

I've actually been hoping someone could start a thread for women who have lost fifteen or more pounds to report to.

I would note that my weight loss has not been even.  I had a three week stretch where I lost only half a pound to a pound a week.  That was followed by two weeks at three pounds each.  This week looks like a pound and a half.  I'm eating close to the same things every day, as I've pretty much quit eating out.  My exercise routine is not as stable as I would like, but I can finally run again.

Weight loss seems to be tied to muscle mass over all.  I am fairly muscular for my height.   While I'm now into 34 inch pants, my chest measures 44" and my calves are at 17" -- though at 184.0 I'm still too heavy for my 5'6" height (I shrank a little when I was heavier, to about 5'5" and I'm slowly expanding back out to my earlier height).  When doing stretches I can see and feel the fat.

I'm also lucky in that I've got very tight skin, though the fat is getting pretty loose (I'm much more aware of it now, than when I was heavier).

But exercise and muscle mass put some limits.  No exercise, no muscle mass, you are going to lose weight very slowly.  Not comfortable with being thinner?  You are going to taper off on the weight loss.  I've dealt with some people who decided, when they realized the diet was working, that maybe they did not want to be thin after all, for various reasons.

But, I think the key is consistent, continual, weight loss.  For most of us, the weight didn't come on in surges, and your body is going to deal with it better if it comes off smoothly.  At least I think so.  Though as i get closer to September, where I've got a tournament I want to enter at 160, I may very well chicken out and go to a protien modified fast for a month if I'm not on target.

This is getting long, but on exercise, when i started, walking was something I could do for short periods of time and short distances.  Now I'm doing walk/runs for much more distance in much shorter periods of time.  Judo was out of the question when i started, now I enjoy it and am excited about it.  I'm also stretching.

Which, if you get the Wharton's Stretch Book, you can do aerobic stretching.  I really need it, since I'm pretty tight (it isn't just the skin that is tight on me).

I've rambled on.  My guess is that your loss of twenty pounds is equal to what would be sixty pounds for a guy.  Patience and consistency, over time, ought to get you where you are going, and I'm impressed for you.

Best,

Stephen
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