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The Real Weight Loss Battle: Keeping It Off

Commented Sep 2, 2011 at 22:30:04 in Healthy Living

“When I started losing weight I knew the real goal was the most elusive: keeping the pounds off. That became the name of the book I am writing and my blog: Keepingthepoundsoff.com
I have lost 210 pounds and I've been maintaining it a few years now. I did it modifying what I eat and how I eat. I exercise moderately. No surgery, no pills, no shots - just natural weight loss. You can lose the weight and even better - you CAN keep it off.

Jane Cartelli
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”

Trish 1 on Sep 2, 2011 at 23:01:16

“Good Job.”
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Why Obesity Doesn't Fit in a Bento Box

Commented Aug 31, 2011 at 15:07:05 in Healthy Living

“I lost 215 pounds without surgical intervention. There is MORE than one effective treatment for morbid obesity. The data does not include people who do it without medical intervention because there are no records kept on people who lose their weight outside of paid medical supervision. I changed what I ate and exercised. I have kept it off almost 5 years already. - HFCS is one of the foods I no longer consume.

Jane Cartelli~
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”
Weekly Health Tip: Take A Load Off Your Knees: Dealing With Osteoarthritis

Weekly Health Tip: Take A Load Off Your Knees: Dealing With Osteoarthritis

Commented Aug 21, 2011 at 22:40:49 in Healthy Living

“In 2003, at 385 pounds my knees were dying. I could barely bend them. They were constantly in pain and I walked with a cane. After losing 100 pounds I could walk and exercise but my knees were still in agony from the constant pull out of their natural alignment. Something made me keep going. I lost another 70 pounds and still had some pain and mobility problems but I did not need a cane anymore and I could walk a few minutes without swelling or chronic pain. I had an MRI and learned that I had arthritis, no ACL, tears in the meniscus and cartilage damage. The doctor suggested I keep going and loose another 50 pounds. After losing 220 pounds I can run short distances. I can climb up and down stairs, walk for 14 miles and I am not on any medication. Losing the weight and exercise combined to give my knees new life.

Jane Cartelli~
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”
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The Skinny on Fat-Fighting Foods

Commented Aug 19, 2011 at 20:18:57 in Healthy Living

“Is it any coincidence that I have been maintaining a more than 200 pounds weight loss for several years on a diet this is mostly made up of cinnamon, almonds, walnuts, fish, hot sauce, peppers, berries, non-fat dairy products, oatmeal, leafy greens, olives, olive oil, beans, apples, broccoli, chilies, turmeric and water? In the course of any week I eat at least 90% of the foods on that list. I never thought of them in terms of fat fighting foods. I just considered them healthy and satisfying.

Jane Cartelli
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”
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What Does '5 Servings of Fruit and Veggies a Day' Really Mean?

Commented Aug 17, 2011 at 20:44:24 in Healthy Living

“At 385 pounds my major food groups were Dessert, Italian, Chinese, Mexican and Chocolate.
At 170 pounds I eat three fruits (two fresh) and 4-5 servings of fresh or frozen vegetables each day and I have removed chocolate from the vegetable group - which wasn't easy.

Since removing added sugar from my food I find so many more vegetables enjoyable and sweet whereas I did not even like their taste before. ie: Brussels sprouts.

Jane~
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”

hp blogger Irene Rubaum-Keller on Aug 17, 2011 at 20:49:03

“You're an inspiration Jane!”
The Case For Walnuts

The Case For Walnuts

Commented Aug 15, 2011 at 13:05:17 in Healthy Living

“I eat 1/2 to 1 ounce of walnuts 6 days a week. I do not know about improving my blood vessel health though. I donate blood and started donating platelets but my blood vessels collapse during the platelet procedure and I have been told they are too frail for the pressure of the returning blood. I wonder if this is something that can improve or if it is a genetic thing. The tech at the blood center did not know the answer.

Jane Cartelli
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”
7 Healthy Ways To Lose Weight Without 'Dieting'

7 Healthy Ways To Lose Weight Without 'Dieting'

Commented Aug 15, 2011 at 12:59:20 in Healthy Living

“With the exception of tripling the Vitamin C, which I only heard about recently, I find that I am already doing all the other steps. I am maintaining a weight loss of over 200 pounds so I can see that it is working so far. Hmm, maybe I already get a triple amount of Vit C without trying. I eat a lot of vegetables containing the vitamin.

Jane Cartelli~
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”
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Imagining an Obesity Cure

Commented Aug 15, 2011 at 12:43:55 in Healthy Living

“I lost over 200 pounds by changing my life: what I eat, the way I eat, the way I think about food and food behaviors. I am close to five years into maintaining this loss. Working this recovery from food addiction in all areas of my life has enabled me to put down the food without picking up a new addiction. I do not get inebriated, high, mellow, overspend, gamble or engage in any other compulsive behaviors yet I am currently living the best life I have ever enjoyed and I cherish each beautiful day.

I do not think an obesity cure could give me all that I have as a result of working through everything else. Taking a pill would only take me so far - not far enough. If they came out with a Compulsion Eliminating pill that relieved the compulsion to overindulge in everything it would probably also limit our desire to love, feel compassion, feel joy. No pill is worth that.

Jane Cartelli~
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”

hp blogger Irene Rubaum-Keller on Aug 15, 2011 at 13:48:32

“Great comment and very inspiring story. Congrats Jane!”
Don't Let Your (Facebook) Friends See You Sweat

Don't Let Your (Facebook) Friends See You Sweat

Commented Aug 15, 2011 at 12:15:35 in Healthy Living

“I always cringe when a dieter says they are going to start posting their weight, or photos of everything they put into their mouths on social media. If you cannot be honest to your self you will not suddenly be made honest by public accountability. It may work for a short brief period but then that day will come when you slip and cannot deal with the comments or admission of what you are doing and you lie or drop the topic and move on to posting about what your dog is doing. It is only after successfully maintaining a 200+ pounds weight loss for several years that I felt comfortable sharing and discussing it in the social media outlets.

Jane Cartelli
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”
The Link Between Obesity And Perfectionism

The Link Between Obesity And Perfectionism

Commented Aug 14, 2011 at 22:53:00 in Healthy Living

“I do not totally agree with this article. My experience is that if I weigh everyday I stay accountable for my actions in real time. I do not agree with the idea of looking to the middle either. That is not from a matter of perfectionistic attitudes. It is because as a food addict I do not change my actions to meet my goals, I change my goals to meet my actions - and that is a recipe for failure. I have weighed myself daily for over five years and I am keeping off 220 pounds. There are many ways to see this conclusion. not just the author's way.

Jane Cartelli
www.keepingthepoundsoff.com
Why I Love Restorative Yoga: No Pain, All Gain

Why I Love Restorative Yoga: No Pain, All Gain

Commented Aug 11, 2011 at 17:28:14 in Canada

“I am going to look into this. I enjoyed yoga years ago but gave it up as I gained weight. Too much weight to bend and bow and breathe deeply. Now, several years after losing over 200 pounds through diet and exercise I am struggling with the damage I did to my body. I want to return to yoga meditation but my body will not bend and do what is needed. Perhaps a good instructor with 'props' is exactly what I need. Thank you for your article.

Jane~
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”
Biggest Loser's Ashley Johnston On Life After Losing 183 Pounds

Biggest Loser's Ashley Johnston On Life After Losing 183 Pounds

Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 21:48:21 in Healthy Living

“I've lost 220 pounds and have been keeping the pounds off for almost 5 years. It requires daily focus, commitment and a willingness to let go of the foods and behaviors that brought me to 385 pounds. I cannot choose the days I will do the work. Everyday is a work day but everyday is also a beautiful gift. I wish Ashley great success in keeping her pounds off and hope she will be a real winner year after year.

Jane Cartelli
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”

hp blogger Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. on Aug 11, 2011 at 06:53:24

“Hear, hear!”
Easing Menopause Symptoms With Food

Easing Menopause Symptoms With Food

Commented Jun 29, 2011 at 14:32:16 in Healthy Living

“This article was interesting. My experience has been a little different but very effective. Since removing wheat products, soy products, all added sugar(s) and most dairy fat from my diet I have not had a hot flash or a night where I woke up damp or drenched. Only on the rare days that I consume any combination of these items have I experienced a return of symptoms. Two experiments were enough me for. I prefer a good and dry nights sleep.

Jane Cartelli
www.Keepingthepoundsoff.com

Cathy Margo on Jun 30, 2011 at 17:30:50

“Isn't it amazing what the right diet can do. Thanks for sharing your story. Healthy, nutritious food can make all the difference yet so many women believe their only hope is a pharmaceutical. Our culture perception of food has been scued by fast junk food. It's time to re-think and rebuild our bodies with real foods.”
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: How Availability Affects Healthy Choices

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: How Availability Affects Healthy Choices

Commented May 24, 2011 at 22:32:51 in Healthy Living

“Thank you for this reminder. Food stores exist to sell us food - they do not care if I eat healthy or eat total crap. Nor is it their responsibility to save me from my reaction to less-than-stellar food choices. I have to help myself. I shop in stores that have a healthier philosphy about food and stay away from discount markets that push low quality calories at low prices. I have cut out many other things from my budget so that I do not have to cut back on healthier food choices.
I keep my weight down by not buying processed foods and by keeping fresh foods visible in our home. There is a bowl of apples on the table and tomatoes on the counter. I always have home-frozen berries ready to add to yogurt and cereal. I try and roast veggies each week so they are always ready to be added to a meal when I am too tired to cook. A little planning goes a long way.
I am maintaining a weight loss of over two hundred pounds. IF I kept a bowl of chocolate on my counter, muffins on the table and chips in the pantry I would be on my way to gaining that weight back again. I do not have them in the house. I do not put them in my shopping cart and I never shop when I am hungry, angry, lamenting or tired.

Jane
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”
Aging and Exercise: When Are You Too Old to Exercise?

Aging and Exercise: When Are You Too Old to Exercise?

Commented Apr 13, 2011 at 23:23:24 in Home

“I'll stop exercising when they remove my sneakers from my cold, dead feet.

Jane~
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”
'17 Day Diet' Weight Loss Plan Explodes On Scene

'17 Day Diet' Weight Loss Plan Explodes On Scene

Commented Apr 7, 2011 at 21:30:28 in Home

“17 days, 16 days 18 days . . . . There is no magic in a diet. They ALL work at first. Where are they when you reach the natural end of the diet and you begin to regain the weight? THAT is where the magic needed.

I lost my weight changing what I eat and how I eat and how I move. It did not happen in 17 days, 17 weeks or even 17 months - but I have been keeping off 220 pounds for a couple of years now and no 'diet' ever had the magic to give me that kind of recovery.

Jane~
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”
Women and Heart Disease: Staggering Statistics

Women and Heart Disease: Staggering Statistics

Commented Apr 7, 2011 at 21:15:03 in Home

“Thank you Barbara. Since I turn 50 in 201 days I guess I will be reading your book soon. This year I am counting down to 50 with 100 things I want to accomplish this year and blogging about it at janecartelli.com Sadly, I am a little behind on posting and doing but over the next 6 weeks I think I will be able to check off quite a few more.

Jane~
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”
Women and Heart Disease: Staggering Statistics

Women and Heart Disease: Staggering Statistics

Commented Apr 7, 2011 at 21:08:23 in Home

“Julie,
LOL, I never said I looked great in a bathing suit. I wear a sarong to over my thighs on the beach. My saggy upper arms - oh well.

If there are any board certified Plastic Surgeons out there who want to take on a needy case I am ready to donate my excess skin to your skills!

Jane
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”
Women and Heart Disease: Staggering Statistics

Women and Heart Disease: Staggering Statistics

Commented Apr 7, 2011 at 10:52:01 in Home

“I am a 49 year old woman who has lost 220 lbs, who exercises regularly, who trims the fat from all meats and completely cut out all daily fat and added sugars of any kind. I've cut out processed flour most processed food consume 30+ gram of fiber each day and I check my blood pressure, watch sodium content, and have an annual physical. I APPRECIATE the reminder that I am STILL vulnerable to heart disease and I need to be my own heart-health advocate and not permit the past mind-set of the medical community to ignore the warnings from my body. I would rather be a demanding patient at fifty who lives to be eighty instead of a fifty year old woman who never sees fifty-one.

Jane~
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”

Barbara Hannah Grufferma on Apr 7, 2011 at 14:31:07

“Jane, I just wanted to say congratulations to everything you have done, and continue to do.
Best,
Barbara”

Cuyahoga on Apr 7, 2011 at 12:56:30

“Jane - Thank you for a most inspiring post, one I need to hear. I went to the website you referenced. A question I've always had - and which seems to never be addressed unless it's about a wealthy person - is what about all the skin left over after the weight loss? At my age of 60 I could live with it - but how in some photos does a person lose 200 or so pounds and look great in a bathing suit?

I sincerely thank the author and you too, Jane.”
High Caffeine Content In Oatmeal? 12 Surprising Sources

High Caffeine Content In Oatmeal? 12 Surprising Sources

Commented Feb 16, 2011 at 13:28:58 in Home

“Tomorrow's headline: Chocolate may contain chocolate! 12 clues to find if there is chocolate in your chocolate.

Jane~
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”
Sugar Addiction? It Might Be Genetic

Sugar Addiction? It Might Be Genetic

Commented Feb 6, 2011 at 23:53:20 in Home

“As a layperson I have no scientific evidence, organic chemical trials, or medical degree(s) to back up my opinion. What I have is my personal experience:
I was fat most of my life. Food containing sugars or flour, fat and sugar combinations were my food mainstays. I could easily eat a half gallon of ice cream a day. A whole pizza - no problem.
I removed all forms of corn syrup from my diet, then milk fat, then all sugars, then flour. I joined a 12 step program to help me understand my addiction to certain foods and eating behaviors. I identify myself as a food addict because I see addict behavior in the way I react to certain foods. My top weight was 385 pounds.
I am now maintaining a 220+ pound weight loss. I still get cravings for sweets occasionally, probably because I use artificial sweeteners. I remain open minded to the idea that I might have to remove artificial sweeteners from my food plan but have not done so yet.
I really appreciated this article!
Jane~
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”

DrP on Feb 7, 2011 at 22:25:57

“Wonderful study.
After 11 years of low-carbing, I am also coming to the opinion that I would be best to eliminate all artificial sweeteners, including stevia. I've been doing that the past month and it seems to have helped a recent occurrence of some PVC's, which I used to have all the time in my low-fat, high-carb days.
I do believe that some of us get insulin surges just from the taste of something sweet.”

justlola on Feb 7, 2011 at 13:46:02

“Hope you can kick that artificial sweetner addiction because that may be even worse...chemicals
that probably aren't good for you.”

Left of Right on Feb 7, 2011 at 01:08:25

“Jane, you are a brave soul! I admire you!!! Best of luck.”
5 Heart-Healthy Tips

5 Heart-Healthy Tips

Commented Feb 6, 2011 at 09:26:56 in Home

“Break these "Five Heart Healthy Tips" down:
Tip #1 - Get trim: Tips 2-5 are ways to 'get trim' and should be sub parts of Tip #1.
Tip #2 - Cut Bad Fats: Each month it seems there is a new bad fat & a previous bad fat becomes good again. This week I read on HP EVOO-bad/coconut oil-good. WTF??
Tip #3 Eat 25 grams fiber a day: It would have been a good idea to point out that natural fiber in whole grains, fruits & vegetables is preferable to manufactured fiber found in fiber powders and pills and foods with fiber added to them via processing.
Tip #4 Eat fish twice a week. Fish sticks do not count. Not all fish are high in Omega 3s. Fish et their omega 3s from their natural diet. FARMED fish get their omega3s in an unnatural diet. Wild caught is best. Also, consider mercury levels in your choice. No sense in saving your heart if your brain is toast.
Tip #3 Exercise 30 minutes nearly every day. Define 'nearly' Is that 6 times or 5 times a week? What level of exercise should you be doing if it is to do your heart any good at only 30 minutes a week?

Conclusion: If you are a couch potato with a diet of mostly processed foods and limited fresh foods and have no idea where to start - this list is a jumping off point. We all need to start somewhere.
Jane
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”
Weight Loss Drug Contrave Banned By FDA, Good News or Bad?

Weight Loss Drug Contrave Banned By FDA, Good News or Bad?

Commented Feb 3, 2011 at 22:57:23 in Home

“It is not only more exciting to shop in the produce section, it tastes better. Getting away from the over processed, fat-laden, sugar encrusted foods and beverages enabled me to find the true taste of natures delicious gifts.
Exercise still feels like a chore for the first 5 minutes but once I get going I love how it makes me feel for the rest of the day.
Jane
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”
Weight Loss Drug Contrave Banned By FDA, Good News or Bad?

Weight Loss Drug Contrave Banned By FDA, Good News or Bad?

Commented Feb 3, 2011 at 22:50:59 in Home

“EXCELLENT Article! I love the final sentence: "It's not just that this drug may be the wrong answer; it's that it's an answer to the wrong question." We are losing a whole generation to obesity, obesity related diabetes and all the other ails that come with it. There needs to be more education at the basic level and less motive to sell us a new (and possibly faulty) product.
There are other alternatives that work for many people. Morbidly obese people CAN take off the weight and keep the pounds off without drugs or surgery. No one should feel that a 'miracle drug' is there only hope. I say this as a former morbidly obese woman who was told I could never lose so much weight and keep it off without drugs and/or surgery. The medical professionals were wrong about me. They can be wrong about you!

Jane
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”
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Sleep: The Missing Piece to the Weight-Loss Puzzle?

Commented Feb 1, 2011 at 21:16:54 in Home

“As someone who has lost over 200 pounds I have long, personal experience with the difference adequate sleep made in my weight loss efforts. I weighed myself daily for several years and I knew without a doubt that on the morning after I had insignificant sleep I would never see a loss.
Getting a sound nights sleep is good for me physically, mentally and emotionally.
Jane
Keepingthepoundsoff.com”

hp blogger Jill S. Brown on Feb 3, 2011 at 00:57:02

“thanks for sharing Jane. Congrats!”
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