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20 @60 or What happened to the fat boy?

Postby pinkrose » Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:10 pm

When I was five, I weighed about 100 pounds. Mom and Dad thought they were feeding us well: breakfasts of eggs, sausages or bacon and buttered white toast, jelly and milk; lunches and dinners also contained plenty of rich food and milk. Maybe that type of diet was not unusual but I was unusually fat for a kid of five.

I wore Sears' “huskies".

When I was about 11 Mom and Dad persuaded me to drink Metrecal (maybe similar to Slimfast) and join a health club. It worked! I lost a considerable amount of weight and developed some self discipline. However, I was still too heavy and still had a lot of poor eating habits.

My junior high football coach told my dad that it was unusual for a heavy boy to practice football and not lose weight but I was supplementing my meals with floats—Cokes or Seven-ups with ice cream. I was an average football player—probably as good as most fat kids but all of the exercise never enabled me to reduce to a normal size. I weighed around 190 pounds in high school.

I really began to blossom ( :roll: ) in college. At 27 I weighed 250 pounds. I walked up a flight of steps at a school and I was panting. :eek: That was my big moment of truth. I knew it was time to get in shape. I began walking and then running. I ate raw veggies and less of the rich food. I became an avid runner and I got "fit"…but still not thin. I still ate a high-fat diet and often said that ice cream was my favorite vegetable! :shock:

In 1979 and 1980 I ran in several road races including two 10-mile races. Of course I was not really “racing” and I was still heavy. As I continued running over the years, I still struggled with weight management. Stops at Dairy Queen did not help.

I had read Dr. McDougall’s McDougall's Medicine - A Challenging Second Opinion.

However, my nutrition teacher’s lack of faith in Dr. McDougall’s dietary advice, deterred me from taking the book very seriously. I suppose I was naïve—easily misled.

As the years went by, I continued to read a lot of books related to health and diet. I tried the high protein (high fat) diet advocated by Eades & Eades. I read Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman and considered it the best book on nutrition I had ever read. I was getting closer.

I was especially concerned with preventing cardiovascular disease since I had a history of high serum lipids and both parents had been subjected to CABGs. I also wanted to prevent diabetes since several in my family (including my mom) had been afflicted with this. Two uncles had died when they were about 45!

In 2009, I discovered this site and after reading some of the great articles and posts here, I was convinced. I believe that Dr. McDougall’s and Jeff Novick’s guidance here is solid (and FREE)! :nod:

So I began to follow their guidance and about 26 months later, I am very pleased with the results. My BMI is less than 20 (71” tall/142 pounds) and I do not think it will be difficult to maintain this level since I enjoy lots of steamed colorful veggies, brown rice, potatoes and sweet potatoes.:-D

So…I extend a big thanks to Dr. McDougall, Jeff Novick and many others here who have provided guidance and encouragement. :nod:

Here are some of my tips for those who are still struggling with weight management:

1. Embrace your hunger. Do not take it too seriously. If you are not hungry enough to eat an apple or a bowl of rice, you probably are not really hungry. You just want to eat! So let your hunger tell you that you are succeeding—not stuffing your gut—not killing yourself with food. Learn to recognize true hunger and do not eat when you are only craving something. Eat to live! See http://www.crsociety.org/. :-D

2. Follow the program with confidence that you can adapt and succeed as many others have. Do not expect to make minor changes and get major benefits. :nod:

My current diet:

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I feel very good about being 20 @60 and I am also grateful for our McDougall friends here. :-D

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Re: 20 @60 or What happened to the fat boy?

Postby pammo » Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:29 pm

Awesome!
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Re: 20 @60 or What happened to the fat boy?

Postby afreespirit » Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:43 pm

Pinkrose, you should put your story in the Testimonials forum! Congratulations! :-D
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Re: 20 @60 or What happened to the fat boy?

Postby Melinda » Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:57 pm

Great story Pinkrose - you should be a Star Mcdougaller! Thank you!
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Re: 20 @60 or What happened to the fat boy?

Postby MmmCarbs » Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:45 pm

Great story, pinkrose. You've really made a transformation. It's difficult to even imagine you as a big eater!

Thanks for this tip, this is my big challenge right now:

pinkrose wrote:1. Embrace your hunger. Do not take it too seriously. If you are not hungry enough to eat an apple or a bowl of rice, you probably are not really hungry. You just want to eat! So let your hunger tell you that you are succeeding—not stuffing your gut—not killing yourself with food. Learn to recognize true hunger and do not eat when you are only craving something. Eat to live! See http://www.crsociety.org/. :-D
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Re: 20 @60 or What happened to the fat boy?

Postby Jack19 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:04 am

Wow theres some great tips here, thanks for posting. 142 lbs at your height is amazing - I bet you continued to lose long after you thought you had reached goal - well done!
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Re: 20 @60 or What happened to the fat boy?

Postby Jack19 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:18 am

Jack19 wrote:I bet you continued to lose long after you thought you had reached goal - well done!


Sorry - of course I meant to say I bet you continued to lose long after you HAD reached goal!
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Re: 20 @60 or What happened to the fat boy?

Postby didi » Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:41 am

Pinkrose, you are an inspiration. I am wondering what there was about Fuhrman that didn't do the trick. He too has posted lots of testimonials from people getting slim and staying slim on his vegie and nut diet.

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Re: 20 @60 or What happened to the fat boy?

Postby shell1226 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:11 am

pinkrose, I love your story. I don't post here too frequently, but I always enjoy what you have to say.

I do have to admit, though, that I always thought you were female....so, I apologize.

Thank you for continually posting your encouraging words.
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Re: 20 @60 or What happened to the fat boy?

Postby sweetfruitlover » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:41 am

I too thought you were female, lol. I guess your forum name of pinkrose caused me to think that, and whenever I saw pictures it was of you and a beautiful woman (your wife?) and I assumed she was pinkrose. I read when you posted once that you adolescent males could eat more food than others, and I thought it was a joke :)

Anyway, I wanted to say congratulations! You are just glowing with health in your photo, and it's clear that you're lean and healthy and fit. I think you're poised to become the next Star McDougaller. Your posts are always so positive, supportive and helpful. I have learned a lot from reading what you have shared here.
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Re: 20 @60 or What happened to the fat boy?

Postby bunsofaluminum » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:21 am

wonderful story! I've been trying to follow your lead in "front loading the greens" and eating "starches for dessert"...not quite there, but your example is what shines before my mind's eye whenever I do consume a meal in that order. :) you are an inspiration, a leader in this program, and a definite asset to this and all the discussion forums!

bless you :) :) :)

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Re: 20 @60 or What happened to the fat boy?

Postby Potatohead » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:27 am

You look AWESOME for 60 PinkRose..WTG :D
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Re: 20 @60 or What happened to the fat boy?

Postby dlb » Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:48 pm

pinkrose -

What a wonderful post.

You should submit your story to Dr. McDougall. He really does appreciate people reaching out and trying to inspirer others. And you have always been an inspiration to me.

Thank you for this post and all the other thoughtful and kind posts you have submitted to the board. You are a blessing!

Donna
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Re: 20 @60 or What happened to the fat boy?

Postby Starchyme » Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:20 pm

Got me, too, on my assumptions that Pinkrose was a female. For the same reasons cited - the rose and the photos. But not only happy to have that reconciled, also happy to hear your story. I concur with the others about writing your Star McDougaller article.
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Re: 20 @60 or What happened to the fat boy?

Postby frozenveg » Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:14 pm

Yep, Pinkrose--you are already a star!! Go ahead and submit your story to dr. M! You are such an inspiration!
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