Mikey

I’m Fed Up… Are You?

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

41 thoughts on “I’m Fed Up… Are You?

  • May 8, 2015 at 10:51 am
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    Mikey – If you are a lazy cook like me, get yourself a slow cooker. You can make really healthy meals with a slow cooker with very little effort.

  • May 4, 2015 at 12:32 pm
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    Thank you, Mikey, thank you. You are not alone.

  • May 4, 2015 at 10:36 am
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    The only thing that has ever worked for me is a ketogenic diet. I eat mostly fat, honestly! I’ve been dedicated to losing weight since having kids in my early twenties and have tried and tried simple calories in calories out, low fat, no carb to low carb but nothing ever worked until I started consuming mostly fat (75% daily calories from fat) with very few carbs (under 20g net per day) and small amounts of protein. Even too much protein can cause insulin spikes. I’ve lost 30 pounds on this diet since February of this year; it’s like a miracle for me. To go from not being able to lose weight no matter how little I ate to losing weight like it’s nothing is just beyond belief for me, it’s like I’m living in a dream. I also used to suffer from major bouts of depression but keto improves hormone function and other chemical processes in the body. I feel great! To wake up ready to seize the day is awesome!

  • April 30, 2015 at 5:49 pm
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    I watched this and thank you so much for bringing it to my attention. I am telling everyone I know and feel horrible as a parent for giving so much junk to my children. I am stopping the pattern with my grand-babies. I have a lot of life left and I want to do it right.

  • April 29, 2015 at 10:44 pm
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    Very thoughtful article! I lost 63 pounds two,years ago and now have gained most of it back. The reason…who knows for sure? I’m a great cook, I’m retired and I love to eat. However, clothes shopping is is more fun when I’m smaller. I’ve decided to just let myself alone and try to enjoy my life from now on. No more lectures at myself. If I sneak up on weight loss, ok. If not, I’m still cool with myself. If you want a tip, cut out bad fats and cut out sugar, and especially cut out foods made from both. Find out what’s in the food you eat and leave the sugary, fatty food alone. That said, it worked on me til I got bored. So, at 65, I’m through being fed up, and have given myself permission to just be glad I’m alive.

  • April 29, 2015 at 1:41 am
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    im diabetic. If you crave sugar in tea or coffee try splenda. Taste natural, no calories and i hagave r iet sodas up unless they are sweetened with splenda or either the generic or equivalent.

  • April 28, 2015 at 9:39 pm
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    I feel your frustration. The medical and nutritional community seems to have added just more confusion to what is the best way nourish our bodies. I finally began to see results after going to a more natural diet, eating mainly protein like meat, fish, poultry, and veggies of all kinds and some fruit. Skipping all the process gunk and gluten and grains. So far have lost 80 lbs with very little cravings and just some moderate exercise, like walking or biking. Cutting out most of the sugar was crucial to stopping the cravings. Wishing you the best in your health endeavors.

  • April 28, 2015 at 8:45 pm
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    I’ve been thinking you’ve been looking more fit! Accepting the reality of where you are and acknowledging that you need to make changes is a great beginning! I’ve lost just shy of 115 pounds this past year, and now comes the challenge of keeping it off. I’m going to be looking up the Fed Up documentary and watching it with my girls. Keep up the great work!

  • April 28, 2015 at 2:29 pm
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    There is a factor that many people forget when it comes to obesity; poverty. Many of those living below the poverty line are obese. Why? It’s simple. High carb, high sugar processed food is cheap. Real food such as fresh veggies and fruit is expensive. We can point and say “eat better” all we like but the truth is that many people simply can’t afford to eat better. If lard is cheaper than olive oil, then someone who can barely afford to feed themselves and their kids is going to cook in lard. That’s simple fact. Add in the fact that the fitness industry pulls in billions a year and, as someone in poverty, you’re fighting a losing battle. You want people to eat better? Give them the tools to be able to do so.

  • April 28, 2015 at 1:44 pm
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    Mikey,
    Yep, been there, still doing that.
    And now more than ever I HAVE to stay true to a CLEAN eating routine. Being diagnosed with MS, I had been toying with several clean eating diet’s, long story short… I slip off the good eating habits and will feel the effects almost immediately. Not to mention the weight gain. So now I am doing the Whole 30 program, much like the paleo and Whals protocol diets, just not as militant in its “rules”.
    Once you get all your foods organized, it’s really not that hard.
    I hope only the best for you and Daniel in you journey too!
    Just keep trying, always do the best you can each day for your selves.

  • April 28, 2015 at 7:37 am
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    Fads and diets- ugh! Look into weight watchers for lifestyle changes that make a difference. No I don’t work for them. I also don’t diet. Mikey, we are in the same place. One step at a time, friend!

  • April 28, 2015 at 4:25 am
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    I’ve been there, done that. I agree that at some point we accept the fat, and that’s that; then it becomes harder the longer it hangs around. My excuse? I don’t know. I’m taking several prescription drugs just to maintain a semblance of health, and all I have to do is lose weight and it would definitely alleviate several of my issues. I sincerely hope you’re not there in your life, you or Daniel. You use whatever means you need to as a catalyst to make lifelong changes. You won’t regret it. Just as long as you don’t get preachy – LOL!

  • April 27, 2015 at 11:24 pm
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    Mikey, you really hit the nail on the head. It’s like you are in my head when it comes to weight loss. I keep fighting the good fight. Sometimes I win and sometimes I don’t. I keep trying though because I am afraid of eventually being told that I don’t have a choice about what I eat and if I exercise. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • April 27, 2015 at 10:25 pm
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    Yea, the weight challenge! ! We just have to work through it!! You are not alone!

  • April 27, 2015 at 10:13 pm
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    Mikey,
    You are spot on. Your health is a top priority. I haven’t seen the documentary, but I have lost 100 pounds in 2014. My wake-up call was being pre-diabetic. You can do this, you know you can do it! You have mentioned all the key components I your blog. The key is changing your lifestyle permanently by developing new habits: exercise and healthy eating. (I also had to work on stress management.) I hate to sweat, I never thought I would exercise, but I walk, cross-country ski, kayak or participate in aqua zumba 180-210 minutes a week and LIKE it. I love food and love to eat and I never thought I would like vegetables, but now I do, even Brussels sprouts and cabbage! I joined a CSA and learned how to cook more easily from scratch using a pressure cooker, slow cooker, or preparing ahead and freezing. I started to crochet (and found you and Crochet Crowd) so that I would have something to do with my hands while watching TV instead of eating. All my health indicators (blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, tryglicerides) are all normal now. I feel great now and didn’t know I wasn’t feeling great a year ago. I thought I would feel deprived and unsatisfied, but now I see my life as being fuller and richer than it was 100 pounds ago. We want you around for a long time, so please, as you talk about in your blog, come up with a plan you can live with. You won’t regret it!

    • April 28, 2015 at 9:40 am
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      Gayle, what is a CSA? Did you do a specific diet?

      • April 28, 2015 at 12:45 pm
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        Hi Delila,

        CSA = community supported agriculture, generally you pay a set price ahead of the season and then received a bag or box of produce through a period of time-usually early summer through autumn. Advantages are fresh, local vegetables, which to me tasted much better than what I grew up with (canned, mushy and overcooked). This also made me learn to cook vegetables and forced them into my meal plans so I didn’t waste food.

        I did not use a specific diet, but I did participate in the National (USA) Centers for Disease Control’s Diabetes Prevention Program. It included weekly meetings for 4 months, then monthly meetings for the rest of the year, lead by a lifestyle coach (offered through our local YMCA, supervised by our county health department.) The overall principles are to learn to change your lifestyle in a way you, yourself, can live with, and change your habits (eating habits and exercise habits), so the results are, hopefully, permanent.

        I hope this helps!
        Gayle

        • Mikey, The Crochet Crowd
          April 29, 2015 at 8:46 am
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          Daniel and I use CSA here in the late spring, all summer and most of the fall. We buy a program that we pick up our veggies at a local farmer. Well worth the money… totally worth it.

  • April 27, 2015 at 9:49 pm
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    Now go to youtube and watch all the Wheat Belly talks. Dr. William Davis. You’ll melt and feel great and have the energy you need for all the faboo yarn work!!

  • April 27, 2015 at 9:49 pm
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    Mikey I have your answer!! Go to Facebook or Instagram & search The body coach/@thebodycoach on Instagram, he has all the answers & has revolutionised my eating & life! You will not be disappointed!! 🙂

  • April 27, 2015 at 9:46 pm
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    Love your openness and honesty, Mikey. Sounds like you are on the right track in making some good changes. Never underestimate how elevated cortisol levels will pack on the pounds. Walks are great – and a super way to dream up more projects!! Keep up the good works. We all want you and Dan to be happy, healthy and around for a LONG time.

  • April 27, 2015 at 9:37 pm
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    Good luck! You are traveling the same road I have been on for decades. When I do what I know I should do, my weight comes into control and at that time I feel like I can stay on the path forever. But then, slowly, I let down my guard. I start eating out more, at first always careful to make healthy choices. Soon, my choices are less healthy and the weight creeps back. The answer is bigger than just food. It has to do with responsibility. Taking responsibility for eating right, having the self discipline to exercise regularly and not be lazy. When I am on the straight and narrow path, I feel like an adult, but then the recalcitrant child comes back and wants snacks and to be lazy and the cycle starts again. Right now, the adult me has again asserted control, so I am getting back on the road.

    I will share with you something that I just did that I hope will keep me motivated. My husband and I just bought eBikes. They are just like regular bikes, but they have an electric motor that you use when you are climbing hills or heading into a strong wind. They are extremely FUN, because the pedal-assist multiplies your effort. So, it gives you just a little extra power, or a lot. So, you can zoom even when you aren’t in the best shape yet. Everyone always says find some exercise that is fun so you will be motivated to do it. The other thing I love is my water aerobics class twice a week. So, good luck to us both!

  • April 27, 2015 at 8:44 pm
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    See if your phone has a health app. I have S Health on mine and it can keep track of your steps/weight/food intake, etc. I’ve been trying to get to my 10,000 steps by walking during commercials while I’m watching tv. You’d be surprised how quickly they add up. Downside is you have to hold or have your phone on you while you’re walking. Upside is that it’s free.

  • April 27, 2015 at 8:28 pm
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    Mikey and Diva Dan: I love following you all. It’s great and super entertaining. When I read this I had to share what I watched last week. My husband and I are going to try this and seeing the results the 8 people had was amazing and miraculous! Food is meant to nourish our bodies as you will see in this documentary. Good luck and I know you’ll both be successful! Ana http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/04/11/health-benefits-juicing.aspx

  • April 27, 2015 at 8:20 pm
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    I am a diabetic. When I was diagnosed, I regularly drank regular soda, ate lots of pasta and rice, and drank lots of fruit juice. I immediately cut the soda, stopped the fruit juice (pure sugar, and not as good for you as they want you to believe ). I upped the protein and vegetables, water and unsweetened tea. I don’t drink diet sodas (the artificial sweeteners are hell on my system ). I dropped a lot of weight. I’m still overweight, but I’m down quite a bit from a year ago. One thing people don’t get is that juicing stuff is like pouring pure sugar in your tank. You are “pre-digesting” all the good fiber and loading up your drink with NATURAL sweetner. Removing the good fiber, your smoothie puts an overload of sugar in your system. Your body doesn’t have to work digesting the good stuff. As a nutritionist told us, Eat Your Food, Don’t Drink It!

  • April 27, 2015 at 8:13 pm
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    Mikey,
    Let me start by saying that I love you and Dan. Mostly because you’re funny, but also because you are …. you. Yall let us see into your work baskets but also into your lives. I like that.
    I’m with ya on the weight war. To put it bluntly, processed foods are crap. They’re also convenient and inexpensive and they just taste so darned good, they’re addictive! Breaking away from them is HARD. It takes trial and error – usually expensive error – and dedication, and time and hard work. I speak from experience. I am 5′ tall, on a good day. At 20 I weighed 120#. At 30 I weighed 200#. At 40, I weighed 300#. At 5(mumble), I weigh 150#. I didn’t diet or exercise it off. I had gastric bypass surgery. I’ve kept the weight off for over a decade so I figure I can count myself as one of the success stories. Gastric bypass is not for everyone and it’s not a magic bullet. It’s a tool. It worked for me, but that’s not always the case. While the weight loss was due to the surgery, keeping the weight off was due to the food choices I’ve made since then.
    As one who has walked this path you and Dan are considering taking, I want to give yall tons of encouragement, and some tips. The first thing you should know is that you’re not going to get it right every time. Get that thought out of your heads and don’t let it back in. While neither of you is a nutritional expert, you both have plain old common sense and if you could do it right all the time, every time, you wouldn’t be where you are. Don’t beat yourselves up over less than stellar food choices. Don’t try to give up cookies, try to chose healthier cookies. But forgive yourselves if you occasionally eat the damned Oreos instead of the Fig Newtons. Even if you don’t make the healthiest food choices, if you make the healthier food choice, it’s a win. You’re on the right track. We aren’t as young as we used to be and I don’t know about yall, but I didn’t have Tina Turner’s legs when I was 20, I’m sure as heck not going to at 80 (even if she does!).
    Both of you sit down and set goals, and rewards for yourselves. Not giant “I want to run the Boston Marathon next year” goals. REAL life goals. One of mine was to be able to get behind the wheel of my car (remember how short I am and you’ll understand how close my seat is to the wheel) without dragging my belly across the steering wheel. Another was to be able to hold a can of Coke between my thighs as I drove. Not that I would (I couldn’t drink carbonated drinks) but I just wanted to be able to. I wanted to be able to tie my shoes squarely on top of my foot rather than over to the side (anyone with a belly will know what I mean). I wanted to be able to stand up straight and look down and see boobs before belly. LOL TMI, I know, but it was a goal. All my life, I’ve rewarded myself with food. If I did something great, I celebrated with dinner out. If life sucked, I consoled myself with the most fat and sugar laden junk food I could find. THAT had to stop, so I decided to reward myself with jewelry. With each goal reached, I bought myself a bracelet. Nothing expensive, just costume jewelry, but it was a reward. A reminder of how much I had accomplished. I wore them all together, all the time so every time I moved my hands, I had an visual and audible reminder of what I could do.
    Anyway, I just thought I’d give you two pats on the backs for even making the decision that you have to do something to improve your health. Bravo!

  • April 27, 2015 at 8:11 pm
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    Hi Mikey,

    Life is hard, and filled with challenges. One thing I have discovered is this….we all have to get back to basics. Never mind what you see or hear about diets. Eat fresh foods, drink lots of water, and exercise. You may have to eat 6 little meals a day to keep you going but that’s ok. Packaged food will kill you…so stop it! Forget about Gatorade too, drink water, a cup of coffee in the morning and one or two cups of tea through out the day is fine; and yes, with sugar if that is what you desire. Who says you can’t have sugar in your tea or have a wonderful desert every weekend? Don’t deprive yourself, just do what you have to do NOW. As you get older your body will change drastically…and you do not want diabetes. Eat simple, walk, and do a little bit of strength training twice a week at home. Do it now Mikey…push yourself. You can do it!

    Mary

  • April 27, 2015 at 8:05 pm
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    I’m the first one to admit that I’m not at my “ideal” weight…but, over the course of my life, I’ve questioned numerous times what exactly is “ideal weight”? And who gets to decide what that “ideal weight” is? Actuaries (who deal with weight as a risk factor when determining insurance rates)? Condescending doctors (who blame every single illness you have — even a cold — on you being overweight)? The fashion industry (where “plus” size is sometimes considered any size over 10)?

    At my highest point, I weighed 300 lbs. I felt disgusting and depressed and wanted to change, but didn’t know how. I had tried most of the diet fads…I would lose weight, but gain more back. My husband and I both worked, and our kids had extremely busy extra-curricular activities. We would eat out 2-3 times a week, plus bringing home a pizza or subs. What we ate at home was usually prepackaged “quick” meals.

    Then, 3 1/2 years ago, my husband had a heart attack. Thankfully he survived, but it was a wake up call.

    The nutritionist with whom we met before my husband was discharged from the hospital, told us to look at labels with the general rule of thumb being 10% or less sodium, sugar, and fat per serving. Of course, that is just a general rule…I went home from that meeting and went on a rampage through our cupboards, fridge and freezer, and was shocked to discovered that everything in our house (including items that said “low fat”) had a minimum of 30% sodium, sugar and/or fat. It all went in the garbage. Shopping for “replacement” items was brutal…about 99% of all the prepared food had numbers that were absolutely pathetic.

    We stopped eating out 2-3 times per week (minimum). We started eating more vegetables and less (ie zero) sodium. We bought The Looneyspoons cookbook (which is absolutely amazing by the way!), and started cooking our meals. We started walking more.

    We will still eat out, but it’s now 1-2 times per month. We will still eat some “junk food” (like chips and chocolate), but in moderation…not every day.

    We both have lost weight, and we both feel healthier than we have in a long time…I actually feel healthier than I have in my entire life. I’m able to walk up to 7 or 8 km at a time without getting winded, and I’m not getting as sick as I used to..yet…

    According to charts, I’m still considered “morbidly obese”, and my “ideal weight” is more than 100 lbs lighter than I am now (a weight I haven’t been since grade 10).

    If I buy into that, I could easily slip back into feeling disgusting and being depressed, which would negate the lifestyle changes we’ve made, the weight we have lost and how healthier we feel. So, maybe “ideal weight” is simply the weight you are where you feel the healthiest, are active, and happy. 🙂

  • April 27, 2015 at 7:22 pm
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    Hi Mikey,
    I started using 21 Day Fix (from Beachbody). I’ve been incredibly overweight… just fat and tired… and probably not too far away from being sick, too.
    It’s pretty simple to use and the workouts, while intense, are only a half-hour long from warmup to cooldown. I never thought I would be getting up at 6 am to workout–and be getting up READY to do it! hahaha
    It’s pretty cool and not very expensive. And it includes an eating plan and containers for measuring portions. Each container’s a different color and the color corresponds to which food list they give you for that color (green is veggies, purple is fruit, etc.) and your starting weight determines the number of each container you need to eat every day.
    The program became my turning point. I’m nowhere near my goals yet, but I know I’m not going to back!

  • April 27, 2015 at 7:12 pm
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    Great read! Thank you. Changing your diet is easier if you do it step by step. It’s difficult to make several changes at once. Maybe one change a month. That would have an impact after a year. I actually hired a nutritionist (I highly recommend her). It has made a world of difference to my health.

  • April 27, 2015 at 7:10 pm
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    The shorter the shelf life, the healthier the food. Maybe we should all go back to basics! I cut out sugar in my tea little by little, now sugary tea almost makes me barf!!! Could be a starting point for you too. Love your posts xxx

  • April 27, 2015 at 7:05 pm
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    Yes I to have a weight problem,I understand where you’re coming from ,my problem is that I have this massive hernia,and they won’t fix it until I lose weight,they keep sending to the weight loss clinic to get weight loss surgery, but my insurance won’t pay for the weight loss surgery, in the meantime my hernia is getting bigger and bigger. I have lost 40 lbs by cutting out sugar, and gained it all back I had been following Jorge Cruise who has taught me how to figure out how much sugar is in the food I eat, and you would be surprised how much sugar is in alot of food,even milk has sugar,I to need to start somewhere, get back to what I was doing when I lost that 40 lbs, Thank you for the info, and I wish you all the best in your journey to healthy eating, I too am going to give it a shot again for the 100th time. Sincerely Dolly

  • April 27, 2015 at 6:59 pm
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    Another bang on job Mikey! My dr is always after me to eat more fruits & veggies. I detest 99% of all veggies and only a few fruits are to my liking. So I’ve taken to blending them into a smoothie with all kinds of organic good-for-you junk. Such as hemp oil or seed, Yogurt, chia seed, all kinds of nuts and legumes (cooked of course), Low sodium Peanut butter, coconut oil, Maca, and the list goes on…to a total of about 15 ingredients, not including the F & V! i’ll typically add around 8 veggies and 5 fruits …I’ll make a big 72oz and the over flow goes into a 56oz container of it and drink on it every day, sometimes twice a day! Invest in a Ninja Blender and go to town! You can take them to work with you in a cup that keeps drink cold and drink on it all day. I promise…u will be so full you won’t want anything else to eat or drink. Freeze your fruits and veggies (u can even use & freeze leafy greens, herbs and spices!) and your smoothie won’t be watered down with melting ice. I’ve gotten out of the habit of doing this but am thinking I, too, need to get back in the habit. I lost 62 pounds the first year I did this, then became ill and got out of the habit. gained back the 62 and then some. ;(

  • April 27, 2015 at 6:57 pm
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    Love this! My husband is diabetic and his doctor gave him a book that turned our eating habits around. I won’t get on my soapbox here, but yes…cooking your food from scratch and choosing whole ingredients is the best way to eat. Start small, lifestyle changes are best done in baby steps. Don’t despise small beginnings.

  • April 27, 2015 at 6:54 pm
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    I feel the same as you plus my clothes are tight and I’m not happy. A woman I work with is doing a 10-day detox that includes eliminating sugar. I decided to do this too because I’m so tired of being sick and tired. Day 1 is today and I’m hoping I make it.

  • April 27, 2015 at 6:53 pm
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    What timing. I was just thinking, yesterday, that my constant sitting on the computer and crocheting, is contributing to my failure to lose weight. You have the right idea, by at least using your computers while standing. Just can’t get the hang of crocheting while standing. Something to work on. You are absolute right about the sugar. I started gaining weight, when food started going low fat, not realizing that higher sugar content was part of the package. Best of Luck, I think you are on the right track.

  • April 27, 2015 at 6:50 pm
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    Loved your blog. Yes sugar is in almost every thing and if you cut down on that that’s a big help. Good luck.

    • April 27, 2015 at 6:57 pm
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      Great thoughts. I agree that making your own food from scratch is key. I’ve noticed my weight increase this year as my schedule has become busier and busier and I have to take control of that. Best of luck to you on your journey too!

  • April 27, 2015 at 6:35 pm
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    Hi Mikey. I’m really glad you posted this, as so many are struggling with obesity and poor health. You might also like to view Butter makes Your Pants Fall Off. And http://www.thedietdoctor.com
    Very interesting stuff that turns recent food advice on its head.

    • April 27, 2015 at 9:50 pm
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      Yup, got the Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off t-shirt!!

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