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by shameless0820 (shameless0820)
at July 13th, 2006 (09:40 am)

Hey, I'm really excited that someone has taken the initiative to begin a community focused on Oprah's healthy approach to weight loss. I am totally interested in doing this program. Everything about it seems perfect for me. I especially really want to work on not eating 3 hours before bed, that will be a big challenge for me but I'm going to start that tonight. The only thing that I know will be difficult for me to keep will be avoiding whole grains for the first month. I might decide to keep those in my diet once or twice a day in the earlier half of the day. Luckily for me I work in an awesome vegetarian restaurant that has amazingly healthy food, lots of green vegetables, tofu and brown rice! I will update more soon.

by atomickitten77 (atomickitten77)
at June 24th, 2006 (09:57 am)

Name: Heather
Current Weight: 150lbs
Goal Weight : 135lbs
Height : 5'9"

Hi! While i was pregnant from Nov 2004-July 2005 I gained 48lbs. After having the baby I dropped a significant amount and have hit my plateau, just short of 15lbs from my original weight. It`s been almost a year since I had my son and I want to get in shape for msyelf and also for him. I feel terrible most of the time. Always tired, aches and pains, and the depressed feeling i get when i try to put on some of my old clothes and the fact that my son is going to start walking any minute has motivated me.
My husband and i have resorted to fast food almost everyday for the past 4 months. That is the main reason I feel terrible.It`s just so much easier when you spend your days trying to make a baby happy. This program is going ot be hard for me because I am the Bread Queen. Everything i eat seems to have has white bread involved.
My favorite food is pizza.

by ladylucky7 (ladylucky7)
at June 20th, 2006 (11:28 am)

Welcome! I thought I`d take a minute to post the general rules stated on Oprah`s Bootcamp Website.
As far as eating goes :
*Overall, eat lean protein, two fruits a day, and all the green vegetables you want.
*Keep the fat low (for salad dressing, you can use a little olive oil with lemon and garlic).
*No alcohol.
*The main rule: eliminate the white stuff—bread, pasta, potatoes, rice—as well as candy, pastry, cookies, cake. "A few people might get evil on me," Oprah says, knowingly—sugar deprivation can turn even a saint nasty!
*For the first month, stay away from whole grains (brown rice, oatmeal, whole wheat cereals and breads). After that, you can slowly add them back.
*The other big rule: You must stop eating three hours before bedtime. Do just this, Oprah says, and you'll lose weight.
*During the 12 weeks, you get to choose three days when you can allow yourself either alcohol (a glass of wine, maybe two; a cocktail) or some refined carbs (one piece of cake, one slice of bread, one bowl of pasta. The key word is one).

*You have eight workouts a week with one day of rest.
*Six days a week, you do 20 minutes of resistance training using dumbbells. Choose a weight that's heavy enough to tire the muscle by the 12th rep—most women begin with five to ten pounds (Oprah's using 15 pounds for the biceps and 12 for all the other moves; the rest of the team is starting with eight). If you already weight train, go through your upper-body exercises.
*Each session includes a cardio workout. Start with 30 minutes, five days a week, and on the sixth day, double the time to an hour. But here's the trick: The more comfortable a workout is, the less effective, so the aerobics are designed to constantly up the metabolic ante. Oprah and her team are using treadmills and increasing the challenge every two minutes by raising the speed, incline, or both. The idea is to continually push yourself a little further than you thought you could go, until you get to the point where you can talk but don't want to.
*Every day, take it up a notch; staying at the same level is the biggest mistake people make. Don't be afraid to jack up that incline!
*Every week, extend the aerobics sessions by two minutes (week two would be 32 minutes and 64 on the long workout). So by the end of the three months, you'll be doing almost an hour a day, and double that on the sixth session.

Come on guys & gals! Let`s do this!

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