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    This is the 2012 thread with some links:

    The BMI calculator and % calculator: http://www.halls.md/body-mass-index/bmi.htm

    Link back to the original “To Declutter Fat Challenge” in case you want to go back to some of the links posted there:

    http://unclutterer.com/discuss/topic/to-declutter-fat-challenge/page/68

    May the 2012 challenge begin! :D

    Bon chance les hommes!!!

  • #199990
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    Erm, it’s mostly les femmes, unless some stray men join in!
    I just joined a 700 miles in 2012 group on a running forum, accountability :)

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    NTCH: Thanks for starting us off in the new year!
    Lottielot: I bet you make 700 miles by June. 700 is less than 2 miles a day, and the way you’ve been training — easy peasy.

    Looking over the last year, I exceeded my expectations. I thought 1 pound a week was pushing it, but I’ve averaged 1.34 lbs a week, for a total as of last Monday of 69.6 lbs. I’m really hoping that when I step on the scale tomorrow — the official end of week 52 — it will be at least 70 lbs. gone. I’ve gone from a BMI of 34.1 (obese, and fatter than 82% of women of my age and height) to a BMI of 23.8 (well within the normal range, and thinner than 76% of my peers.)

    Sizes are a bit random, but I’ve gone down at least five sizes. My closet has been purged of everything that doesn’t fit; I’ve read up on what clothing flatters my tall, athletic body type and the replacement clothing I’ve bought emphasizes my good points and downplays that which should be hidden from view. I have 1/2 the number of clothes, 10x as much to wear.

    I’ve gone from being a slug to going to pilates twice a week, swimming for a half hour every day in the summer, and walking more. I’ve joined the President’s Fitness Challenge, earned my active lifestyle award and am within 6,000 of the 40,000 points needed getting my “bronze” award. That’s 110+ hours of exercise since June.

    This year I’m going to continue all the good things I have been doing, including Weight Watchers online. I have another 6 pounds to lose to reach my goal weight — I might decide to go down a bit more — maybe as much as 10 lbs. — from there. Or maybe not. The challenge will be to maintain the loss after I don’t have the reinforcement of a lower number on the scale; I’m not fooling myself that that will be easy.

    I want to find another form of exercise — or two– to replace the summer swimming, which had been good aerobic activity and also toned my arms. DH and I have committed to walk more and have put several 5-10-15K volksmarches on our calendars over the next few months — the first is next weekend. We found a nice local park to walk in — wooded trails — and have mapped out some measured routes in the neighborhood. I’m thinking about the 100 push-up program to work on upper body strength. I got a heart rate monitor for Christmas :)

    I’m going to try to avoid new clothes purchases until I reach my goal weight, although I might need a new (smaller) pair of jeans.

    Buena suerte, amigas!

  • #200003

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    This week’s menu (we’re off to the store):
    Today, Sunday: pork sirloin kabobs on the grill, green beans, baked sweet potatoes, big salad
    Monday: ratatouille (with the last eggplant from the garden — it’s made and mellowing in the fridge), over whole wheat gnocchi and a big tossed salad. Think I might also make a big pot of lentil/kale soup for lunch since DH will be home.
    Tuesday: Turkey chili and cornbread mini muffins
    Wednesday: Chicken Tikka Masala, spinach, brown rice, cucumber salad
    Thursday: Chili dogs, cole slaw, oven roasted root vegetables
    Friday: vegetable stir fry, refried brown rice. Or maybe fish. We need to eat more fish.

  • #200004
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    What have I been thinking all these months?
    I can just pick and choose from SIT menus.No need to make my own menus.
    A big thank you ,SIT!!!
    ( seriously, I really should! those menus look like they come from a restaurant!)

  • #200006
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    Goals, by 31.12.2012:
    - Weight: x kg less
    - Nutrition: healthy diet
    - Exercise: stronger heart and better muscle strength
    - Sleep: regular rhythm and 8h per night
    - Stress: less stress, better tools for tackling it
    - Migraine: fewer attacks
    - Wellness (haircuts, massage, etc.): infrequently, a normal part of the lifestyle (no guilt trips)

    Goals, January:
    - Weight: 2-3 kg down
    - Nutrition: Stage 2 of the SparkDiet
    - Exercise: short walk at the beach every day after lunch, swimming in the house pool a few times a week, buy gym pass and start the strength training
    - Sleep: try to get DH onboard the regular sleep rhythm
    - Stress: read Happiness by Dalai lama and Cutler
    - Wellness: massage on Wednesday

  • #200010

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    I’m going to try for the pound a week. That would put me back about to pre-babies weight by this time next year. No-one believes I used to be 50 lbs lighter – my frame hides the pounds well, and I know exactly what to wear to mask the belly! – but I know the weight is there and my knee hurts when I weigh this much… also, I know I’m in the risk group for glucose intolerance and losing the weight before I hit the big 40 will really help reduce the chances of ending up diabetic in my 50s.

    … I don’t own a scale. Have to go buy one. Guh.

    I actually lost nearly 10 lbs this year without even trying, just from cutting out soda pop and fast food. Now it’s all about portion control and adding exercise to the mix.

  • #200013
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    DM, I don’t use measuring cups nearly as often as the scale. Mine is sitting permanently on the countertop also for the sake of kitty; his food has to be weighed too.

  • #200017
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    i plan to lose 12 kg this year. this is a lot but i feel i can make it. i plan to restart WW, just counting points and reporting them precisely. plus an idea that is quiete new: once i have lost 10kgs with the magic soup diet but i think WW is healthier over all. the idea is to combine WW and the magic soup diet: have a soupday a week, a soupweek per month and soupmonth per year. this is doable. i do it with vegetarian meals and its a lovable solution.

  • #200020

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    LOL ninakk – I meant a scale to weigh myself, not the food!

    I was a DSC for 2 years and know exactly what and how much to eat to control blood sugar, lose weight and maintain – I just like food too much and get almost no exercise … been sloppy the past few years.

    Simply serving myself less and then stopping and asking myself “Are you REALLY still hungry” before dipping back in for more is the key for me – I just like to EAT. When I stop after the first helping I lose weight fairly easily.

  • #200025
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    Well last year was a down (and up unfortunately) journey with my weight. So my goal this year is to finally reach my goal-weight of 65kg and become fitter and stronger. Last year with the help of calorie counting and exercise I managed to lose 10kg for the first time ever but then I hit a plateau and back pain kept me from exercising and now after 3-4 months of not exercising or calorie counting I have put back on about 3kgs. So right now I have around 27kg to lose.

    To kick off the new year I am going to do the p90x exercise and diet program for the next 90 days starting tomorrow. It’s more an exercise program then a diet but of course if you watch your calories and follow the diet and exercise 1-1.5h 6x a week you will lose weight. It’s pretty intense (you’ll find a lot of videos if you google it) but I found out last year that I actually enjoy pushing myself physically and more then just losing the weight I want to be healthy and strong and this will provide both. I’m hoping to lose at least 7-8kg in the 90days (10 would be amazing) but as I know I’ll also be building muscle any loss will be welcome. As you exercise a lot you do need to eat to fuel your body but I will be counting calories as well.

    Looking forward to another year of lots of uncluttered fat with all of you.

  • #200027
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    I can see it might be a bit tricky to use the food scale for weighing the body.

    Meal plan – with notes on what is missing right now:
    Monday: chicken soup
    Tuesday: feta salad and half a portion of spaghetti
    Wednesday: risgrynsgröt (rice porridge; need to use up milk and didn’t make it on Christmas eve)
    Thursday: chicken breast with rice and spinach – 1 breast needed
    Friday: to mom and dad’s
    Saturday: lunch/onion soup by Le Cordon Bleu, dinner/macaroni casserole – 1 litre of fattiest milk needed
    Sunday: something tortillaish with greene sauce and beans from the freezer – tortillas and something needed

    It is pretty impressive how easy it is to just keep a full yet stagnant pantry if one does no meal planning!

  • #200034
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    8 mile run, I intended 10 but dh scuppered that plan, but once I got back it instantly starting pouring with rain so 8 miles is just fine :) Followed by a party with a few glasses of champagne, hic. Dh is on the wagon so I won’t drink much in January, he’s the one who opens the wine in our house, I can take it or leave it usually. This year I don’t care what the scale says, I probably weigh 5 kilos more than my lowest ever, but I’m much more muscle-y than I was then. I’m going by how my clothes feel , if a size 12 feels tight then I need to step up the exercise and not eat too much crap.
    Susan: you are an inspiration! What an amazing journey: we are all so proud of your achievements. And your menus are certainly great too :) Now I just need to indoctrinate you into running or aerobics classes :) Walking is fine, but you don’t get the whole endorphin thing going! And I find classes are so motivating if you have a good teacher, nice people and good music. My favourite strength training session is Body Pump: I even love biceps if I get to sing along to Bon Jovi really loudly to take my mind off it! Body Combat is sooo much fun, imagine all the stresses of the week in front of you and you’re punching and kicking them into submission, very therapeutic :) And there are women in their 70s who do the classes, they are truly for everyone. I’m trying a new class (Bokwa) in a few weeks, it looks quite dance-y and funky so I will have to put my inhibitions to one side and just make an arse of myself along with everyone else. Or you could do a couch to 5k program, they start off slow and ease you from walking into running. Sounds perfect in winter, then swimming in summer :) But I’m sure you will find your favourite exercise somehow without me nagging!

  • #200045

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    Last year I was 29.3 BMI and classified as overweight (tho I hid it well and didn’t even realize the classification) and at the 46th percentile. I went down to 22.4 BMI and classified as normal range and at the 7th percentile. Hooray for little miracles and Dr. Simeon & HCG and my avant-garde doctor. Oh yes, and the “To Declutter Fat Challenge.”

    Re clothing: I had a black sweater and stretchy form fitting tops in the garage to eventually give away because when I looked at them I though, “Did I really get into those before? There is no way I’m ever going to fit that ever again! God they’re so small. Wow, I really wore those before?” Well, I took those Justin Case tops and sweater out of the garage, washed them, and am wearing them comfortably now. :) Still don’t quite believe it. Must be one of those 5-HTP dreams.

    Day 308/R3-d99-phase3d65=phase4d45: +4.4, up .2 from yesterday extra extra stress yesterday and extra extra stress today – I’ll take it since I had a big new years dinner last night w/ lots of starch (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) … Emergencies continue today … stress (and my response to it) may affect my wt and keep it up one way or another. Then had a deadline on Friday and then at the last minute a request for something that day so had to scramble – more stress – got it done. When I have lots of stress I remember the saying, “This too shall pass.” Also started rereading the Gabriel Method book and started a program with a holistic practitioner. When it rains it typhoons.

    This week will be an out of the ordinary stressful week, not necessarily bad, just stress that comes with changes, but stressful nonetheless. Arghhhhhhh.

    Day 50 of 5-HTP – started supplements from a holistic practitioner yesterday so won’t do the 5-HTP for a bit.

    Day 1 of supplements from HP. Gosh, I hope they don’t make me gain weight …

    Have steaks marinating that I’ll cook tonight for dinner and will freeze some in one meal packets as well as have left overs for the rest of the week. It was this or freezing them to cook later and steaks are better fresh. BTW, that piccalilli relish is terrific with steak!

  • #200047
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    MY BMI is 26.2 (“overweight”). My goal BMI is 20 (low end of “normal”).

    For eating changes, I plan to slightly increase the amount of lean meats/poultry/fish and of vegetables, while slightly decreasing the amount of grains. Nothing radical, just a slight tipping of the scales toward more protein and more non-grain plant foods.

    I’ve been eating a lot of grains – good organic whole grains and brown rice – but now I’m thinking: What do they use to fatten livestock? Grains, of course. Grain-fed beef. Grains are very efficiently converted to body fat. So even though they’re packed with nutrients, it won’t hurt me to decrease the grains a bit if I also increase lean protein and veggies.

  • #200049
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    I’m above 30 somewhere, 31 or 32. You obviously see that I’m overweight, but that much no way. My body just spreads it evenly and that is actually a reason for it having been rather difficult to admit that I do look large. I rarely watch myself in the mirror and then it is usually from the front only, so when I get a glance at my profile it is shocking. I might as well reveal my goal weight loss, 30 kg or 66 lbs.

    BMI is a funny creature. Asians are not healthy at 25 which is the border between normal and overweight in for instance Caucasians like myself, but for them the border is somewhere between 23 and 24 as far as I know. And if one is very trained with almost no body fat to talk about, but the visible parts are mainly muscle tissue, the value gets distorted too. It’s good to take BMI with a grain of salt.

    Ella, the bread industry here recommends six slices of bread daily… Worth remembering where information comes from and who has monetary interests in what. Six slices!!! Even if it is the dark kind which is so abundant here it is pure madness.

  • #200070

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    Ninakk: I’m tall, too (5’9″) and my weight has always been evenly distributed — there are some people now who realize I look different, but don’t think immediately of weight loss because they never thought of me as overweight. Little did they know . . . I agree that BMI is just a statistical indicator — originally designed for public health professional to talk about trends. I got DH a body fat monitor for Christmas,which can allegedly tell the difference between muscle and fat :)

    Lottielot: I hate running. Sorry. I had to do it daily when I was in the Army — for the first five or six years wearing combat boots, which almost destroyed my feet and ankles (the army has since wised up.) Right now my goal is to find something I actually look forward to doing so that I will keep at it, rather than have to force myself. Brisk walking — and pushing myself a bit by wearing the heart rate monitor — might be the best I can do right now. I hold open the possibility, though :)

  • #200132
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    Bmi is a load of crap, I think. Useful if you’re very overweight but otherwise a bit of a waste of time as it completely ignores body shape, muscle etc. If I was anywhere near the bottom of the healthy range I would probably be a skeleton!
    Susan: I was just throwing out ideas for you, obviously it’s not sustainable to do an exercise you don’t enjoy. But you seem like the sort of person who would enjoy the discipline of running, given your approach to weight loss. Besides, I hated running too till I made myself enjoy it! I did the same with Rebound, I did that class for 2 years before I got fit enough to enjoy it. I love walking, but that alone wouldn’t keep me anywhere near fit enough, plus it would take too much time. Why don’t you set yourself the goal of trying a new type of exercise each month? You could do dancing for a month, or tennis, or a new type of class like Zumba, or whatever is available near you which fits into your life. I know the sort of thing I like (individual effort but sociable, varied, non-competitive), but everyone’s different. I would hate team sports, but other people love them. It’s always good to try new things though, I was thinking I will try roller skating some time. Ds1 is obsessed with it and I see lots of adults there looking like they’re having a great time, and it’s excellent exercise, I’m going to give it a go soon :)

  • #200142

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    Disappointed, but no surrender — up 2/10 of a lb today, for a total loss for the year of 69.4 lbs. Really hoped to lose that 4/10 of a lb and make it an even 70. Not sure what I did to make the scale rise — but the last few months have been up and down with less than 5 lbs lost. Mimi suggested soup, and I am thinking one day a week limiting myself to soup and salad for dinner to see if that helps me break through.

    Lottie — I agree, I need something else :) This month we are adding the volksmarching. Have two scheduled for January, on the 7th and the 28th. They are longer than we usually walk and we have the added incentive of getting our little books stamped. I’m also going to start the 100 pushup program tomorrow. I don’t want to do a gym trial this month — from what I’ve read, a lot of them see their membership almost DOUBLE in January and are madhouses. By the beginning of March most of the resolution people have left.

    One of the local Curves places lets you pop in on Tuesday mornings for $4 to try zumba. That’s on next month’s list. I am not a dancer at all, and am pretty sure this is not the right thing for me, but would like to try. I might try Curves — sounds less overwhelming that a full scale gym, and if I don’t have to sign a contract it would be worth a shot.

    I haven’t totally written off running. Depending on how the pushup thing goes, I might try couch to 5K. I can do that on my treadmill to start.

    Oh well — onward and downward.

  • #200147

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    Lottielot, thanks for the bmi comment! I can’t agree more. I’m 5 foot 6, and admittedly do weigh about 50 lbs more than suggested, but I’m not anywhere near obese which the BMI tries to tell me I am. I have extremely broad shoulders and long arms (shirt shopping is a nightmare), a short waist, and long legs. My mother was 5 foot 10, my grandfather on that side well over 6 foot and I inherited the bones without the height.

  • #200151
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    Susan: February is probably the worst time to join a gym. All the lazyheads take a few weeks to haul themselves off the sofa, then they turn up for a few sessions before dropping out again by March. I won’t complain, these people subsidise those if us who actually turn up regularly. It does make it really crowded for a month or so, though. I’m not a dancer either: I used to be uncoordinated but years of classes have made me become more coordinated. You can train yourself to have better form in anything, including dancing I think. I used to be much more self-conscious but I’m over that now, I just work to the best of my ability, concentrate on what my body is doing and enjoy it! I don’t really like the gym though, it’s just really dull I find. I go if there’s no alternative but it’s not fun like classes are. If my only exercise option was the gym I wouldn’t do it…
    DMo3: I think it’s important to take your body shape into account. That and knowing when you feel good at a certain size, whether that’s officially healthy or not. If you feel like you’re above what’s comfortable for you, then it’s time for action :) I’m into being healthy for the long run, I want to be fit and healthy for many years to come, not just skinny in the short term. Every time I go for a run I go past the local hospital, and it makes me thankful that I have a body which is fit and healthy and can serve me well. Unlike many people I know, who don’t take care of themselves and have diabetes, heart problems and other (often) self-inflicted ailments. I also want to be a role model for my kids and give them good habits for life, that’s important to me.

  • #200157
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    lottielot, you are an inspiration! You seem to have a good balance. I am highly carb-sensitive, and have to seriously watch my carbs and my portions if I want to lose weight. So that’s what I have to do!

    Exercising is a catch 22–the heavier I am the less inclined I am to exercise, as it is harder to do! This year I have commmitted to taking the stairs at work (6 floors, several wings, between every period the teachers have 5 minutes to get to the teachers’ room to collect armloads for the next classes’ work, then get to the next class. So that is a lot of up and down stairs. I haven’t had any weight loss from that but I am not sucking wind anymore, so I know my general fitness has improved. We also walk a lot, and I walk one way to or from work every day, which is between 40-45 minutes.

    My 2012 committment is to eat fewer carbs, and less protein as well. I’m thinking of ways to accomplish this in a sustainable way. Perhaps 1 or 2 vegetarian days per week would be enough to reduce protein intake (we love our meat over here!) over a year.

    I also will reduce my wine consumption. I love it but I don’t need the calories.

  • #200159
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    djk, I’m curious why you would want to restrict proteins. You don’t have to share if you don’t want to, but proteins are vital, at least those that the body doesn’t produce itself, and you can find proteins in many other sources than meat, if that was what you were mainly concerned about?

  • #200197

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    Day 309/R3-d100-phase3d66=phase4d46: +4.6, up .2 from yesterday extra extra yesterday and extra extra stress today – I’ll take it since I had more big new years eating w/ lots of starch (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) … Although some things are starting to subside, emergencies continue today … stress (and my response to it) may affect my wt and keep it up one way or another. When it rains it typhoons. Into each life some rain must fall – sometimes all at once … I’ll cut myself some slack due to the extra ordinary stress and holidays …

    This week will be an out of the ordinary stressful week, not necessarily bad, just stress that comes with changes, but stressful nonetheless. Arghhhhhhh.

    Day 52 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 2 of supplements from holistic practitioner. Sorting out when to take what and with what …

    susanintexas: Oh no. I thought for sure. Oh well, soon, I’m positive! I like to dance to videos on youtube.com and I just checked – if you go to their site and seach “exercise” a lot of exercise video choices pop up. Perhaps you will find one there you like, non-dance since you don’t like to dance. It’s mucho tres convenient and free :D My holistic practitioner (hereinafter forever after referred to as “HP”) says this about exercise: “If it’s something you don’t like then it becomes another stressor” and so you have to find something that is agreeable to you – and is fun or like playing so that it instead relieves stress. Or something like that … or maybe just my interpretation on what HP said. Works for me anyway. I have a big folder from HP and one part is on exercise so I’ll wait and see what it says.

  • #200200
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    ntch- yes- cut yourself some slack sister!
    Sometimes when things are beyond our control, it feels good to be able to exercise some
    control-via your diet and what you’re eating. but since this has been such an extended time of stress
    for you, I say ” give yourself a break!”

  • #200201
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    i started reducing weight today by
    a) climbing on the scale. (gosh, i really need to lose weight)
    b) grocery shopping (only bought the food for the soup diet for one week)
    c) cooking the soup for dinners and 2 or three days to come.
    there are so many people who just don´t like the soup but eat it because it´s a fast way to lose weight. i admit, i like the soup and the supplementary food every day. i just can´t eat soup for breakfast- but as i can´t eat anything for breakfast it´s ok!

  • #200205

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    I joined WW a few years ago; it took ages, but I lost 20 lbs and reached my Lifetime goal. Stayed at goal for a year, but have regained 12 lbs. I’m determined to take it all off again this year. It’s a really slow process, because exercise is a challenge. I’m a paraplegic and it’s hard to burn enough calories, no matter what I do. My favorite choice is Jazzercise, but I have to limit the number of times per week and use just a 2 lb free weight because of a shoulder problem. I look forward to being inspired and motivated by all of you and to reporting my progress here.

  • #200210
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    Starting what is loosely referred to as “The French Diet” today. It’s not really a diet but more of a lifestyle change. Good starter book for those who might be interested in learning more about it is “The Fat Fallacy”. The whole idea just really clicked with me and I’m very excited.

  • #200212
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    Susan: This idea might work for you?… As an alternative to joining a crowded sweaty gym, I’m thinking of joining a luxury hotel’s health club. I’ve narrowed it down to this one, with indoor pool and whirlpool:

    http://www.hotelnikkosf.com/Pool.html

    …and exercise rooms and saunas:

    http://www.hotelnikkosf.com/HealthClub.html

    I’ve toured it 3 times, on different days of the week and at times of day/evening when I’d likely be using it. The whole state-of-the-art facility takes up one entire floor. At the busiest time, there were only 4 people in the entire place: a man on a treadmill watching TV, a couple in the whirlpool (nobody in the pool), and a woman showering in the ladies bathroom/locker/sauna area. The decor is deluxe and meticulous, with mountains of thick plushy towels and robes all part of the deal:
    $80 month-to-month, no enrollment fee, no minimum. I’d have to get selling on eBay to afford it. But what incentive!

  • #200213
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    Ella I have stayed as a guest several times at that hotel and swam in that pool. They have very nice facilities. As long as you can walk there and you don’t have to pay for parking, I think it’s a brilliant idea.

  • #200214
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    luxcat: Yes, it’s within easy walking distance for me, so there would be no collateral costs to going there. They also provide brand-new yoga mats, several sizes of exercise balls, foam rolls, adjustable stair-steps, dumbbells…..

  • #200216

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    Ella — that sounds perfect! I know I wouldn’t go to a pool (which is one reason we had one put in our back yard :) I’m trying to be realistic with myself about what I will and will not do.

    Two changes at Pilates today. I wore my heart rate monitor and (as I suspected) it didn’t really raise my rate at all. That’s not why I do it, but I was curious. Now I know. I also did the hour wearing ankle weights. It was different — some things were actually easier, some a little harder. I’ll see if I’m sore tomorrow :)

  • #200243

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    Oooookay, I’ll jump in. The only stats I have on myself are height + weight (I don’t do BMI, as I don’t think it has any value). I’m 5’4″ and this morning I weighed 218.5 pounds. Last year at the same time I was 260 pounds.

    My goal is to continue with the changes I made last year: adding more salads and veggies to my diet; having 2 – 3 snacks a day consisting of a piece of fruit and 2 ounces of nuts or nut butter; limiting the amount of sweets I eat.

    In addition to that I plan to GO OUTSIDE and walk. I’ll start with 3 times a week for 20 minutes in January and add frequency and time as I’m able. I have some physical limitations that occasionally affect my ability to do this, but I’ll do it whenever I am able.

    I also plan to add some other activities (stretching, weights, maybe yoga) later on, but I know myself well enough to know not to do it all at once. Crashing and burning isn’t an effective exercise for me. :)

  • #200250

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    PMP — Welcome and well done! I can’t keep nut butter in the house — at least in any house with a spoon. Or a fork or knife. Or stick. Or finger . . . you get the idea.

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    Gosh, lgtr, being paraplegic must make it very difficult to exercise :( Well done for sticking to it!
    Ella: sounds like a lovely place :)

  • #200266
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    @Letgtr, I’m happy to hear you actually want to exercise and are trying the best you can! Do you feel frustrated about the situation or are you just in need of a good kick in the behind to stay on the wagon? You’ve got an admirer here at least :)

    I did eat perfectly well while I was alone but once DH came home I ate both healthy and unhealthy. Will have to learn to say no even when he makes an unhealthy choice. Tough.

    Today I had just juice and coffee for breakfast, slept rather badly and too short. DH has troubles adjusting to our time zone and so he napped all evening after work, then played some game until 2 am. I do hope he adjusts quickly because I need my sleep, both for beauty purposes and for the sake of the office on upper level… Right now I’ve munched my leftover chicken soup, most of which we heated last night, and as we speak there’s a spaghetti jar defrosting in the fridge. Can’t wait to make the salad and just a tiny portion of spaghetti for us. It’s quite clearly easier for me to make the healthy choices when I’m in charge of the menu, so I’ll bite the bullet instead of wiggling out of cooking for a while.

    Finally, I was good about portion control even with today’s soup; that’s the first habit of stage 2 on the SparkDiet (it’s not a diet per se but rather a tool to reshape nutritional concepts in general and everyone can choose their diet according to own preferences as well as adjust desired daily intake of fats, carbs and proteins respectively).

  • #200268
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    My first workout (mostly upper body, think push-ups and pull ups and abs) was intense but good. The real killer came today: it’s called Plyometrics and is basically a lot of jumping and squatting! I was a sweaty mess by the end but feel good now.
    My diet is not 100% right yet as to their specifications and oddly i had a hard time eating all my calories yesterday so will go shopping today for more food options. But: I’m already 0.5kg down so it seems to be working.

    PMP: hi and welcome to our little group and congratulations on your great progress.

  • #200313
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    today is day one: soup+ veggies. i had 2 mugs of coffe with milk and honey (not really allowed but i don´t want to start a day without my coffee), soup for lunch, carrots in the afternoon plus a lot of herb tea. i will have soup for dinner plus a salat made from lettuce and brokkoli. found a praline in the kitchen and enjoyed it as i completely forgot that i should be dieting, oops.

  • #200329

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    Went to my first Jazzercise class of 2012 yesterday, with my favorite teacher.

    Lottielot – Thanks for the support!

    Ninakk – I’m frustrated that I put so much weight back on (numerous fun trips w/yummy food and too little exercise)and I know how slowly I’ll lose it. I’m pretty motivated: a nephew gets married in June and a niece in Sept. You all help me feel accountable about decluttering the piles of stuff in our house, and I’m sure I’ll feel the same about decluttering the fat. Going to WW meetings helps, but the leader I really liked left for another job. Here’s hoping I like the new one as much. Yes, I know that shouldn’t matter, but it does.

  • #200343

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    LOL Mimi! I do the same thing.

    “Ooooh!!! Forgotten piece of fudge leftover from holidays!…nom nom nom nom – oh, *%@*#!!!!!”

  • #200407
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    Hmm. I said in the January goals thread that I was going to start posting here about my daily counts from the 4 food groups, or at least my fruit/veg count.

    Today was not a spectacular day. Decent dinner – spaghetti squash casserole with tomato sauce, mozzarella, veggie hot dogs (freezer decluttering). So a couple of veggie servings there. But other than that, too many sweets (donut with lunch, butter tarts to snack on this evening) and no other large serving of fruit or veg. Lettuce and tomato on lunch sandwich, raisins in the butter tarts, etc. (What? The raisins still count! Just ’cause they are covered in pure sugar you want to discount them?)

  • #200408
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    Oh, you can absolutely count the raisins.

  • #200409
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    Thanks Jennifer!

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    Well i did Plyometrics yesterday (it was though!) but I thought i did ok, burned 600kcal in just over an hour! But then in the afternoon/evening i had a terrible migraine attack. I suffer from neck-pain and often get headaches from it but only had 2-3 migraine attacks so far. I think it was probably exercise induced so today I am taking it easy (still got a bit of a headache).
    On the plus side: all ready lost 0.9kg in just 2 days!

  • #200421
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    Nina, I have migraines, too, and I’ve concluded that mine arise from tense neck/shoulder region, which in turn happens while I’m very stressed. Do you think yours could maybe have some similar pattern? Well done on the weight loss :)

  • #200423
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    Letgtr, of course it matters a great deal who the leader is! I’m sorry you’re frustrated with yourself, but you’ve already started correcting the situation and the previous days don’t ever have to return again since you do have a choice. I find comfort in the small things; if I reduce compared to yesterday it’s a better day and eventually the reduction of whatever spreads like Newton’s rings to produce other kinds of reductions of unhealthy stuff. In the end there’s nothing to reduce :)

  • #200441
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    Yikes!
    530 kcal per 100 g banana chips
    95 per 100 g fresh banana

    Talk about added stuff… If you eat a whole bag of those chips, you’re friggin close to the daily amount when restricting calories.

  • #200444

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    Day 310/R3-d101-phase3d67=phase4d47: Very early morning, if deduct a lb for that then +4.6, same as yesterday extra extra yesterday and extra extra extra stress today (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) … Although some things are starting to work their way out, emergencies continue today … stress (and my response to it) may affect my wt and keep it up one way or another. When it rains it typhoons. Into each life some rain must fall – sometimes all at once … I’ll cut myself some slack due to the extra ordinary stress and holidays …

    This week will be an out of the ordinary stressful week, not necessarily bad, just stress that comes with changes, but stressful nonetheless.

    Day 53 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 3 of supplements from holistic practitioner. Sorting out when to take what and with what … Getting a hold on the supplements. They include a detox mixing drops with water and sipping it all day.

    *********

    Day 311/R3-d102-phase3d68=phase4d48: Very early morning again (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) … Although some things are starting to subside, emergencies continue today … stress (and my response to it) may affect my wt and keep it up one way or another. When it rains it typhoons. Into each life some rain must fall – sometimes all at once … I’ll cut myself some slack due to the extra ordinary stress and holidays …

    This week will be an out of the ordinary stressful week, not necessarily bad, just stress that comes with changes, but stressful nonetheless. Arghhhhhhh.

    Day 54 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 4 of supplements from holistic practitioner. Continuing the program. Will see HP on Saturday. It’s a very intense program. HP will reassess after this week on supplements and then give me a very precise individualized food chart or lists.

    I have a schedule change and am starting the day very early so I’ll have to figure out how to do my weighing – factoring in also taking supplements. Maybe adjust the weight base? Also need to figure out how to adjust my mange’ing to my new schedule.

  • #200445

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    Nina: Your post on having a migraine attack after the exercising reminded me of something I read that said migraines are caused by dehydration. Do you know if drinking a lot of water would help prevent a future one?

  • #200463
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    Ninakk – drying fruit concentrates the sugar. :). Plus when the chips are small, it’s easy to eat more than one banana worth. The fresh ones are better for you in many ways.

  • #200467
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    ntch, that’s interesting info! I’ll look into it and will try increasing the fluid intake next time I have an attack.

    pkilmain, the worst is that they also have added sweeteners such as honey. I knew they had some, but that the kcal/100g would be that bad was a huge shock earlier today.

  • #200509
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    Ninakk: Yes, i do think my tense shoulders are a factor but that usually only means bad headaches, not full on migraines. I have a great massage therapist that lives too far away so I’m going to look for one closer by as that is something that really helps.
    NTCH: Thought of that too and will measure my drinking for a while. I always had the feeling I drink enough – but then my feeling could be off (plus the added exercise means i probably need more water). Also think it could be a change in diet – more protein and less carbs, no sugar.

    Hope I can train again tomorrow but might take it a bit slower for the first 1-2 weeks to ease my body into it.

  • #200519
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    Have been disgracefully lazy since Sunday…Tomorrow the kids finally go back to school so I’m doing a school run run after I’ve dropped them off, then 2 classes on Friday. Back to normal for a little while, hurray!

  • #200599
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    7 mile run in a gale followed by Urban Rebound. Life is good!

  • #200719

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    Day 312/R3-d103-phase3d69=phase4d49: Very early morning again (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) … Although some things are starting to subside, emergencies continue today … stress (and my response to it) may affect my wt and keep it up one way or another. When it rains it typhoons. Into each life some rain must fall – sometimes all at once … I’ll cut myself some slack due to the extra ordinary stress and holidays …

    This week will be an out of the ordinary stressful week, not necessarily bad, just stress that comes with changes, but stressful nonetheless. Arghhhhhhh.

    Day 55 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 5 of supplements from holistic practitioner. Continuing the program. Will see HP on Saturday. It’s a very intense program. HP will reassess after this week on supplements and then give me a very precise individualized food chart or lists.

    I have a schedule change and am starting the day very early so I’ll have to figure out how to do my weighing – factoring in also taking supplements. Maybe adjust the weight base? Also need to figure out how to adjust my mange’ing to my new schedule.

  • #200728

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    Walking this week, outside at park yesterday, inside today. My great-niece is visiting with her three year-old daughter, and I’ve been more active than usual, which is a good thing. Today I took four of my nieces to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and walked around for six hours. It was strolling, but I used stairs and kept moving.

    Took an hour for lunch, had clam chowder and Caesar salad (dressing on the side) and two non-fat lattes (my drink of choice).

    I also get migraines, and know what a monkey wrench they can throw in a day’s plans. Staying well-hydrated does make a difference for me. Getting plenty of rest is essential too, which I’m NOT doing right now, so, g’night!

  • #200747
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    After a 2 day break I did another workout today: Shoulders& Arms plus Abs. Went very well. I am definitely better at strength exercises then I am at cardio. I think once the days get longer and warmer I will start taking up running again. But then, when to find the time? On this program I am already exercising 1-1.5h a day 6x a week…

  • #200751
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    That’s a lot of time, Nina! Presumably it’s an all over body workout which includes cardio? I exercise a lot, but not that much…
    Body Combat and Body Pump today, followed by an hour at the allotment. I spent 2 hours yesterday afternoon wheeling barrows of woodchip around so I’m stiff and sore from that more than the workouts. A rest day tomorrow, I’m knackered. I did have someone at aerobics come and tell me I’d lost lots of weight though, which is always good :) I tried out my new trainers and they were stiff at first but now they’re comfy.

  • #200756
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    nina, if you are not used to exercise so much, you should be careful with yourself. the body needs to recover from the new work. if you exercise TOO much you will not be fitter but quite the contrary exhausted.

  • #200763

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    Been having a good week so far — have kept within my points, haven’t been hungry, haven’t had the evening munchies. Had clean-out-the-fridge soup yesterday instead of stir fry and it was probably the best soup I ever made. Tonight, instead of the chili dogs, we’re having little steak filets, roasted root vegetables, green beans and a tossed salad.

    Tomorrow we go for our first volksmarch — 5k or 10k in an historic neighborhood. I’d like to go for the 10k but we’ll see what DH thinks. We’re both capable of doing that — easy — and the idea of these walks is to get some sustained walking in over the weekends. Then it’s meatball subs for lunch when we return.

    I pulled out the isi soda siphon that I haven’t used in a few years. Made myself a chocolate Italian soda (found a big bottle of fat free chocolate syrup in the liquor cabinet.) Yum. Hoping this will help me drink more water. I’m also using up the bottled water in the fridge. We have a lot of it, but don’t drink it as we both have aluminum water bottles.

    BFF arrives next Thursday for five days — hope this doesn’t set the diet off track. We’ll probably have a few meals out, but she’ll be amenable to eating as we usually eat.

  • #200807
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    P90x, the program I’m doing is 90 days of working out 6 times a week. You have 3 phases and do everything from strength training to cardio or yoga – on different days. And while I enjoy pushing myself i have realized that there is a limit I shouldn’t cross so especially with the plyometrics I did the other day i will take it slower next time, to prevent, as you said Mimi, to exhaust myself.

  • #200812
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    i have had two nice days but today i walked into the social.expectations.trap in the office. it was a co-workers´ birthday and she invited us to have a cup of coffee and homemade cake with her. hmpf. :/
    i lost about 3 pounds since monday but i am sure it´s just water. my scale tells me i am gaining fat and losing weight, water and muscles. i don´t know if this is the best of all possible solutions… so i increased proteins (fatfree curd or meat) and i will have to walk and go by bike and run more. this (more!) shouldn´t be difficult: i was very lazy within the last week because i was on holiday on my couch ;-)

  • #200839

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Day 313/R3-d104-phase3d70=phase4d50: Very early morning again if I take away the l lb from early weighing it’s +3.6 which I’ll take considering (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) … Although some things are starting to subside, emergencies continue today … stress (and my response to it) may affect my wt and keep it up one way or another. When it rains it typhoons. Into each life some rain must fall – sometimes all at once … I’ll cut myself some slack due to the extra ordinary stress and holidays …

    The week was stressful and I am dealing with new things and big changes.

    Day 56 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 6 of supplements from holistic practitioner. Continuing the program. Will see HP on Saturday. It’s a very intense program. HP will reassess after this week on supplements and then give me a very precise individualized food chart or lists.

  • #200846
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    Ah, being in Hawaii with so much fresh good stuff is great for my diet. Tonight we had some broiled marlin, fresh sweet corn (OMG – delicious) and salad with all fresh local ingredients grown locally. I’m loving it! Eating at our rental also keeps me from those caloric tropical drinks as well. LOL

  • #200855
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    I’m envious pk. The days are so short, dark and grey here in winter and not much fresh fruit or veg (unless it’s shipped halfway round the world) available.

    It’s so much easier for me to lose weight in the spring/summer then winter: lots of fresh produce and nice weather to go walk or run in. I guess that’s another reason I chose the program I’m doing – I don’t need to leave the house to exercise, so one less excuse to keep me from doing it.

  • #200879
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    3 lbs gone after the holidays!! I managed to eat all the holiday goodies without gaining,
    but it feels better now that I’m losing once again.

  • #200893

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    Day 314/R3-d105-phase3d71=phase4d51: Very early morning again if I take away the l lb from early weighing it’s +3.2, down .4 from yesterday, which I’ll take considering (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) … Although some things are starting to subside, emergencies continue today … stress (and my response to it) may affect my wt and keep it up one way or another. When it rains it typhoons. Into each life some rain must fall – sometimes all at once … I’ll cut myself some slack due to the extra ordinary stress and holidays …

    The week was stressful and I am dealing with new things and big changes.

    Day 57 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 7 of supplements from holistic practitioner. Continuing the program. Will see HP today. It’s a very intense program. HP will reassess after this week on supplements and then give me a very precise individualized food chart or lists. I’m very curious to see what this will be like! It’s like reading a book except in person and in real life.

  • #200897

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Everyone is doing so well!

    We did our first volksmarsch today and had a blast. The people were welcoming, and we have our log books and a stack of brochures about upcoming walks, plus walks you can do on your own. We walked 10K, met some nice people along the way. The day was perfect — cloudless and in the mid-60s. Walked a bit more than 10,000 steps. Can’t wait for the next one!

    We then went to lunch at a gluten-free cafe (Little Aussies) that DH had not been to before (I had.) Split a sandwich and a bowl of soup. Yum! Then went to the seafood outlet (which just recently opened to retail — before it was strictly wholesale to the trade), got a tour of the operation and bought a beautiful pound of mahi mahi for tomorrow.

    My new Cuisinart tri-ply pots came in the mail — still have a stockpot, frying pan and steamer on the way. The sad (and probably toxic) Caphalon no-longer-anodized can go.

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    sounds yummy. BTW, how do you do the link?

  • #200912

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    The html code for a link (anchor) is:
    < A HREF=”http://full.url.here”>type your text here< /A>
    I put a space in there by the greater than/lesser than signs, but they should be eliminated — didn’t want my example to show up as a link

  • #201013
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    6 mile run this morning, set my alarm to get up early (well, for a Sunday, 7.30), had a coffee and went. Lovely and quiet out on the roads, it was LIGHT at 8am, I saw 2 (male) cyclists in the most ridiculous lurid light pink outfits ever and I made it home before we had to go and visit 2 different lots of relatives. Next time I’ll try and eat something first as it was hard on an empty stomach, and definitely next time take my allergy medication first as I spent more time blowing my nose than running! It felt like a good thing to be out though, I love being out early when there’s hardly anyone about. And I’m well on track for my 700 miles this year…so far :)

  • #201014
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    thanks, it’s not often that i learn new english words anymore but lurid was unfamiliar. lurid pink sounds rather awful, good you made it home in one piece.

    i walked around some stores today and at a rather nice pace too. didn’t buy anything unnecessary, quite pleased with myself.

  • #201028

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Day 315/R3-d106-phase3d72=phase4d52: + 4.6 with a later morning weight. Eek eek.(new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) … Although some things are starting to subside, emergencies continue today … stress (and my response to it) may affect my wt and keep it up one way or another. I need to get back on track. So many other things to get serious about don’t know if I want to add this added stressor in tho. Stress of gaining wt vs. stress of not gaining wt – what to do what to do. ;)

    The coming week will continue to be stressful and I am dealing with new things and big changes.

    Day 58 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 8 of supplements from holistic practitioner. Continuing the program. Saw HP yesterday. It’s a very intense program. HP gave me a very precise individualized food chart or lists. Rather incredible. It’s person specific. I was happy to see that maple flavor Brown Cow brand yogurt is very good for specifically this person. I love that flavor in that brand. I’ll be studying the list and folding it in to my food plan. Already purchased the yogurt and the specific type of bread listed as good for me (the HCG instructions say to slowly add in carbs and sugar so I need to take that into account as well).

    As an aside, when HP reviewed the material with me, we came to the overweight section and he passed right over it and said, “You don’t have to read that part.” :)

    Also started walking somewhat (by necessity) this week.

    Note to self: must cut out the frozen pumpkin bread and banana bread you’ve been eating the past 3 nights as they help your body do want it wants – return to your prior weight … against your hopes, wishes, and desires.

  • #201039

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    Hope the weight is down tomorrow morning :)

    This will be an odd eating week. BFF arrives Thursday; leaves Monday. She has had weight problems far more dramatic than mine, and I’m not sure what she will be eating (a loooong story you do not need to hear.) I’m hanging loose in case she has specific requirements. So:

    Today: For lunch we finished up the lime chili sweet potato kale fajita chicken soup (waah — it was so good!) and I finally made the chili dogs. Also packed up a lot of the leftovers for the MIL. Tonight we’re having the mahi mahi I bought yesterday, on the grill with a tropical mango-banana-pineapple curry salsa; cous cous, asparagus and a big salad.

    Monday: We still have a bunch of the chicken tikka masala left over, so that will be on the table tomorrow along with brown rice and green beans.

    Tuesday; DH has his monthly beer and veggieburger out with his work mates, so I’ll either join them or make something light for myself at home.

    Wednesday: Last week DH insisted on buying a stack of prepared main courses at the supermarket — they make them in-house and they were half price. I think we’d better eat these up :) Each one supposedly feeds three, so there will be enough for the MIL as well. Whatever we have it will be with leftover cous cous and/or brown rice.

    Thursday: BFF and I will go out to lunch straight from the airport, then hit the supermarket after we discuss her food needs. If the fish turns out well tonight I might make the same thing.

    Friday: Dinner at The Cove, a restaurant/laundromat/live music venue. I know that I’ll have the fish tacos :)

    Saturday: Was thinking of making the gluten-free personal pan pizzas. If the weather’s nice we might go to the farmer’s market around lunch time, where there is also a lot of food. We have a coffeehouse to go to later that night.

    Sunday: DH wants to take her to scenic loop cafe but I have a horrible feeling he wants his mother to come too. Already have a meal planned with her on Monday. Need a better plan. Maybe fajitas at home, or Mexican food out.

    Monday: Before the airport, lunch at Rudy’s BBQ, along with DH and MIL.

  • #201043
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    Susan, I wish I could eat at your house! Or even cook at your house–you’re adventuresome eaters.

  • #201067

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    Northshore — when I lived in Evanston, IL, I would have extended an invite! Texas is probably a bit far for you to drive.

  • #201069
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    @susan, are you aiming for a certain calorie count? How do you make sure your husband gets enough and you don’t get too much food? What are you doing for breakfasts and lunches?

  • #201074

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    s: the easy one first. After many attempts, I decided that my favorite breakfast is coffee:) For lunch I almost always (except for weekends) have a sandwich: two pieces of toasted ezekiel bread smeared with a wedge of blue laughing cow cheese, 2 oz of shaved fat free turkey, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. Sometimes I’ll add a cup of soup. Usually some fruit for a mid-afternoon snack. If I’m hungry for some reason I might add a cheese stick or an HB egg. DH plans his own breakfast (usually 2 pieces of toast with olive oil and cinnamon before he leaves for work, then a cup of Fiber One cereal with a cup of almond milk and an apple when he gets to work.) He takes dinner leftovers and a salad for his lunch. He has some snacks he likes — pretzels at work, frozen yogurt bars at home. Often at night I have a bowl of mixed fruit with a tub of nonfat plain yogurt and a container of fat free chocolate pudding.

    Weight watchers works on a point system, which is a formula that accounts for fat, carbs, protein and fiber. The sandwich above is 6 points. I get 29 a day. DH gets 41. We both get 49 weekly points we can use all at once, not at all, or spread out over the week. So, for dinner we eat the same thing, he just can eat more of it if he wants.

    For dinner, we had grilled mahi mahi with a Caribbean curried salsa — 5 oz. of fish and 1/3 cup of the salsa is 6 points. That’s what I had — he had an extra piece (about 3 oz) of fish, so he had 9 points. The couscous is 6 points a cup. I had a half cup, he had more. The asparagus (like most fruit and veg) is 0. We count 1 for the salad, as I put 2 tsp of olive oil in the dressing.

    The calorie count for me is probably between 1200 and 1600 a day. It’s working for us!

  • #201103
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    First week of the program over but I only did 4 instead of 6 workouts. Still managed to lose 0.9kg so am happy with that. Will continue and just take an extra day off if I feel my body needs it.

  • #201113
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    re-upped my WW membership and imagine my surprise when the point allowance has changed from 29 to 26!!! Oh well, it’s something to do with a kick start and get going faster start to the program! I’m excited!

  • #201114

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    Down 2/10 of a pound at this morning’s weigh in — exactly where I was two weeks ago. This feels like premature maintenance. This is not the end of the world — I’m at a healthy weight and look and feel fine — but it would be good to lose another 5-15 lbs. and I don’t want to buy any new clothes until I do. That’s not a crisis now but it could be when the warmer weather comes and I don’t have anything to wear that fits.

    So, total lost in 54 weeks: 69.6 lbs.

  • #201121
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    SIT-If you really want to lose a bit more for summer and you think youre at a bit of a standstill-
    you might try the 26 instead of 29 points. Over the space of a few months, that 3 points per day
    might make the difference. just a thought.

  • #201129

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    Irish: I’ve been resisting lowering the points to 26 — I think I’m going to try another 5 weeks of 29 and if things don’t improve, rethink it. According to the online tracker, I’ve only lost 3.8 lbs since 14 November. After BFF leaves next Monday, I’ll try being more meticulous in my tracking and see where that takes me. I think it’s more about me being a little messy rather than too many points.

  • #201133
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    I re-joined WW online last night and started back on the program today. I’ve been telling myself for the past few months that I could do it on my own … FAIL!! Irishbell, I was surprised at the 26 points, too!

    I also joined the President’s Challenge, following SiT’s lead, so I need to get moving! I’m in a hotel working for the next (almost) 3 weeks, so I need to check out their gym facilities.

    I’ve been stuck at 151 pounds for months now (after losing down to 147 and regaining some) so I’m ready for a new commitment. You guys are my inspiration!

  • #201144
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    @susan, thanks for the food rundown! I definitely need to improve the dinner ratio…he usually gets just a little more than I do, but I should probably be having closer to only half of what he does. I like the idea of breakfast and lunch routines, but I don’t want to get in a rut, and I want to get enough variety in my diet. Sometimes I feel that the more I pay attention to what I eat, the more I want to eat. Plus, I don’t want to miss out on any good stuff!

  • #201150
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    I too was shocked at moving down to 26 pts. While on vacation I’m only loosely tracking, but since we mostly eat in (or take our lunches) so far I’m doing well. I know it sounds funny to have a bowl of hot oatmeal in Hawaii, but it’s in the low to mid-60′s in the moenings, colder than my house at home.

    Susan, you know that as soon as you officially start maintenance, they give you more points?

  • #201152
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    my soup week is over, and is wasn´t that bad :) i adjusted it according to the critizism (added proteins) and allowed me to yield one temptation a day… by the way: i am talking of cakes, cookies or icecream- i have to be careful now that you think i find pajama bottoms in my kitchen drawer ;-)
    i lost about 2kg this week and even though it was surely a lot of water, i don´t mind- i feel better and it is a good start.
    from today on i try to follow WW-rules (only 19 points of the old flexpoint-system) but it was very hard today, i had coffee for breakfast, at 11:00 curd (cheese). at uni i have eaten too late (15:00)and added a roll with bacon to lettuce with 1/2 egg, chicken breast, tomatoes, cucumber and dressing. it´s always hard to estimate a meal´s points of you are not the one who made it…
    so for dinner i had a whole cucumber (nom nom) a slice of break with vegetable spread and butterhead lettuce with sweet lemon dressing.
    and i am hungry… i will have to buy appples or other zero-points-fruits or vegetables. i wish there was still some soup!

  • #201156
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    Mimi: no wonder you’re hungry, that doesn’t sound like much food! If you cut calories too much you just put your body in starvation mode and are more likely to binge.
    No exercise today: tomorrow my best friend is coming over at 9 so we can go running together but ds1 is going to be off school. I think he will be ok by himself at home for half an hour or so though, I will take my phone with me so he can ring me if he needs to.

  • #201162
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    hm it´s 19 points, as many as i am allowed to eat…

  • #201169

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    Mimi: you can’t combine the old and new WW points systems — they are calculated differently. If you’re using the new points calculations but only allowing yourself 19 of them, you are seriously under-eating.

    pkilmain: I know I get more points in maintenance (in theory — not that I’ve ever experienced that exalted state :) so I know that 26 would not be forever. I do think I just need to clean up my act a bit more and the 29 will work. If not, I go a bit lower. Maybe.

  • #201174
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    Lottielot, leaving ds1 at home for a short time alone may be a good start. He won’t have his brother to tease/torment, nor will ds2 be there to be a partner in crime. What is he, 8? 9? old enough for an unsupervised half hour.

  • #201209

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    Day 316/R3-d107-phase3d73=phase4d53: Very early morning and forgot to weight before I had my water so skipped it (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops)

    Day 59 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 9 of supplements from holistic practitioner. Continuing the program. My shoulder ache has subsided – almost completely gone.

  • #201223
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    10 mile run this morning with my friend and a decent time, 10 miles is much more bearable with someone to chat to! She’s faster than me, too, good motivation.
    Pkilmain: he’s nearly 10, old enough to leave by himself for a bit, just I never have before as his brother is usually there too and I don’t really trust them together as much! I gave ds1 my mobile number, checked he could ring it, gave him a safety talk and a ‘what to do if…’ briefing and we checked in with him halfway through our run. He was fine, just watched telly all morning.

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    thank for your concern lotti and susan, but i don´t mix up old and new systems, i simply stick to the old one because a) i lost more than 60 pounds with the old system, so it seems to work for me and b) i just don´t want to purchse new lists and material, it is expensive and because the old system worked so well, i don´t see any benefit.

    yesterday was a way better day: coffee (with milk and honey) and oat flakes + curs for breakfast. salad from lettuce and vegetables + one slice of bread with ham for lunch. 2 cups of coffe with milk in the afternoon. dinner: soup from vegetables and lentils, 1/2 a roll and some small pieces of saucage in the soup. 20 points over all.

  • #201346
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    Circuits class. Ow.

  • #201378

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    [yester]Day 317/R3-d108-phase3d74=phase4d54: Very early morning 1 lb heavier weight + 4.8 (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Emergencies continue but lessen; changes made still in transition and uncompleted & needing decisions and action on, family dinner this week, classes I’m taking for fun start, and new stress of family friend’s wife having an aneurysm and in a coma 80 … and a friend’s mom fainting (more than just once) – she doesn’t just faint, she stiffens then faints – anyone know anything about what might be causing this? When it rains it typhoons …

    Day 60 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 10 of supplements from holistic practitioner. Continuing the program. My shoulder ache has subsided – almost completely gone. HP literature says that is one of the things that can be “cured” through the program. Amazing.

    lottielot: impressed with your jaw dropping fitness!

    susanintexas: yes, I meant to mention the bread to you in this thread – Genesis 1:29 – sprouted grain and seed. HP has this on the list as good for me (tho each person is different so what is good for one may not be for another). I’ve never “liked” a bread this much. It’s sort of like maple brown cow yogurt – in terms of yogurt I really like ONLY that yogurt and it turned up as really good for me. I don’t care for cucumbers and they turned up as bad for me.

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    oh dear, i have been good. got up a bit after 6am to go to the gym, which opened at 7am, which is when sis and i walked in. historic day.

  • #201447

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    nina; Sounds like you are doing great with the P90X
    Ninakk: Whoo-hoo! And what did you DO at the gym? Just showing up doesn’t butter any turnips.
    NTCH: Most days I have a sandwich made with two slices of toasted ezekiel bread made by the same company. Might have to try the genesis when this loaf is gone.
    Mimi: if you’re calculating the points the old way, this should be fine.

  • #201462

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    Well, my walking plan has hit a snag. Last Friday I tripped on a step and went down hard; no serious damage, just bumps and bruises. I’m still a bit stiff and sore so I’m just doing stretches, but the good news is that I still lost weight over Christmas/New Year’s. I’m down 2.5 pounds from December 1 to January 9. Not too shabby, all things considered (Strauss Organic Eggnog and Christmas cookies).

  • #201516

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    PMP: Loising weight over the holidays is fantastic! Sorry to hear about the tumble (ouch!)

    Signed up for a free week long trial at Curves — have an appointment next Tuesday morning. I know, I know, I was going to wait a month or two but they don’t usually have free trials. I will not sign a contract — if I can’t do it month-to-month, it’s a no go. This might be a good entree for me, but I don’t think it’s the long term solution.

    Pick bff up at airport in an hour than off to lunch — hope I can keep the eating under control! I do fine eating at home, but out with friends is always a challenge.

  • #201529
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    Well, I was doing really well with my healthy lifestyle (I’m not technically overweight, but I’ve been so skinny all my life that I now feel heavy at 5’9″ and 155 lbs.) until about October. Then all heck started breaking loose at work, stress level went through the roof, and I stopped my daily exercise. I gained 6 lbs over the holidays to a high of 161+. I began the healthy eating (not really a diet, just trying to make good choices and cut portion sizes) and have averaged exercise 5/7 days per week since the new year. I’ve lost 2 lbs, so I’m feeling good about it. I’m trying to psych myself into thinking that I’m improving my health, rather than trying to lose weight – if the weight comes off, great, but if not, at least my heart, lungs, and muscles will get stronger, right?! I eat really healthily for the most part as it is, so I don’t have much to cut out of my diet (except maybe alcohol, but with my job, having a glass or two of wine or beer is a must on the weekends!), so the key for me is exercise. Currently I’m using the “Walk Away the Pounds” videos with 2 lb hand weights, 100 crunches on my ab lounger (bulging disc in my back), and the weight loss program on my treadmill. I’ve already increased from 25 crunches up to 100 in only 2 weeks. I just have to be consistent and limit my indulgences (chocolate!) to bites instead of servings! I wish everyone all the best for our new year goals!!

  • #201581

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    susanintexas: I know what you mean by eating out with friends. The other day we went to lunch and I hesitated but went (Chinese restaurant) thinking I would order a chinese chicken salad which is mostly lettuce – but, they had none so I ended up eating dim sum (we ate family style) and could have restrained myself more. But how unsociable is it to eat 2 pieces of dim sum???

  • #201584
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    it is getting easier :) i found out what/how much to eat. and i finally remembered that i get bonus -points for activities. so i dedusted my beloved bike and rode through thunder and storm. okay, it wasn´t that bad but it was really windy. and so i got 4 points, yippie! and i also went to the gym again. three more bonus points.
    my weight increased about 300g but this is quite okay after the soup-week.

  • #201601
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    Mimi: you should get extra points for cycling in the wind, it’s much harder!
    6.5 mile run, I intended to do combat then pump but the instructor was away and I could not FACE circuits again instead (still ache from Wednesday!), so I ran instead. Hard as anything, like running in treacle, but I felt lots better afterwards so it was worth it :) I’m finding I’m very motivated by my 700 mile goal!

  • #201652
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    Susan, I’ll be interested in how you like Curves. I did it a few years ago, but I’ll skip my experiences until after you’ve tried it. :)

  • #201715

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    Announcement: I’ve been doing the HP program. The other day I had a potato chip and it burned in my mouth – acidic – now that [I think] I’m getting a better more alkaline less acidic body ph. I kinda scratch my head and crinkle my eyebrows because I’m so puzzled by it all.

  • #201737

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    Skipped days 318 and 319 and 320

    Today, Day 321/R3-d112-phase3d78=phase4d58: +4.6, -.2 from 3 or so days ago (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just STUFF, ya know!!! Big changes and challenges … life … Eek eek.

    Day 64 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 14 of supplements from holistic practitioner. Continuing the program. My shoulder ache has subsided – almost completely gone. I have another appt today – it’s a very intensive program. There’s also an optional class today that starts a little before my appt so I’ll try and get there early.

    Big family dinner tonight – feast again – but I’ll try and stick to lots of salad and protein. I’ve been noticing two obese older women, one bordering morbidly obese, and a fit skinny guy. Skinny guy has a protein shake, slice of bread and peanut butter for lunch, borderline morbidly obese woman likes to eat out, obese woman likes to snack on empty high calorie stuff like pot chips and snack mix. I need to follow skinny guy and resist temptations offered by obese women. How to protect myself from bad influences??? Scares me to death that I might become heavy like that and lose what I’ve worked so hard to achieve. I may later do one more round. Need to figure out maintenance. See, I really like to eat and am a foodie but want to be svelte too …

  • #201741

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    Unlimited foods. This is a good tip for me at this moment.

    “You now have a list of “unlimited foods” that you can munch on in unlimited quantities when you’re feeling hungry between meals. This list includes all non-starchy vegetables (carrots, bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, tomatoes, spinach, zucchini, etc.), as well as several ingredients to jazz up your veggies: mustard, salsa, vinegar, lemons and limes, and any herbs and seasonings.
    So stock your fridge with veggies and enjoy them any way you like — raw, steamed, sautéed (in oil spray), roasted — whenever you’re struggling with a growling stomach.

    http://todayhealth.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/14/10151051-weight-loss-challenge-stock-up-on-unlimited-foods

  • #201792
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    NTCH – WW has allowed this unlimited eating of non-starchy vegetable for a number of years now. It really helps not only with something to snack on, but also get people to try vegetables they haven’t tried before. Their newest program also allows “free” fruit. :) Making the most of that option here in Hawaii! But it’s whole fresh fruits WW allows for the most part (or frozen, not canned with syrup, and definitely not unlimited fruit juice or dried fruit).

  • #201834

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    My friend has lost over 40 lbs on WW but he says he goes by the old plan and gains weight on the new one. He notices that for him sugar and carb will make him gain weight. He can only have 1 carb a day or he gains weigh and if he has unlimited fruit he will gain weight. I know about the unlimited veg thing from him too and found this:

    http://aveggieventuresrecipebox.blogspot.com/2005/03/stay-fit-healthy-with-weight-watchers.html#WW_soup_recipes

    It looks great! I like vegs too ever since I was young. Still do.

  • #201837

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    Although Weight Watchers doesn’t charge “points” for most fruits and vegetables, they warn you to eat only to satisfaction — it’s not an invitation to eat past that point :)The beauty of the WW program is that you can adapt it to your own needs — it your body requires you to limit carbs, you can. There’s no requirement to eat a lot of fruit, so if you know that’s a problem there’s nothing to keep you from setting a self-imposed limit of one or two a day.

    The “free” fruit has really helped my DH. He loves fruit and eats a lot of it. Under the old plan, he had to trade it out for the points in other food, and he wasn’t getting enough to eat. He could stick with it about a month, then cave in and give up. He’s stuck with this plan for a year and has lost almost 40 pounds. It’s not especially fast, but it is sustainable for him. When he had to choose between fruit and protein, it didn’t last.

    I expect a gain this week :( We’ve been eating out a LOT and I’ve overindulged a bit. Not horrible — but more than usual. And BFF who is in town has a broken toe in a boot, so the walking has been limited. And no pilates tomorrow because of the MLK holiday. We’ll do our grocery shopping tomorrow afternoon, so the food plan will be revealed then. I suspect It will be a lot of soup and salad.

    pkilmain: Since curves is a franchise, I suspect some are better than others. I know people who have had good results with it and some people who found it a disaster. I think if I have something (like pilates) I can put on my calendar for the same time three days a week I might stick with it. The choices at a full service gym are just too much for me right now. I’ll give it a week’s trial and see what happens.

  • #201840

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    Wot, no silver bullets? :( But if I’m gonna eat a lot of something may as well be zero point vegetable soup hey.

    Eating out when friends are in town makes me think of the saying the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

  • #201861
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    Unfortunately I’ve had to put my exercise on hold. I went to my doctor after the migraine (or suspected migraine) I had last week after exercising to have it checked out and he is sending me to have a CT scan done to make sure it is nothing more serious. Until then I won’t be able to do any strenuous exercise so no p90x. My frustration over not being able to continue as planed made me eat more then I should have the last 2-3 days. But tomorrow I will lower my daily calories so I can hopefully lose some weight even without the exercise. I’ll also try do to some low impact things like walking or swimming which shouldn’t be a problem.
    I’m not too worried as I feel fine but more annoyed at the delay, but better safe then sorry.

  • #201944
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    Whoa, I just realized…
    It was what, three four months ago that I decluttered all the popcorn from my house? I just now realized that I have not craved popcorn AT ALL since then. I think that seeing the popcorn in the cupboard triggered the craving. Even writing about it now though, I don’t want any. And I hope you don’t either! :P

  • #201951
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    the batteries of my scale are empty since friday. so no news. no news are good news, right? :)

  • #201957
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    -3 lbs since last monday. i guess this 26 points thing is the way to go for me. i’ve actually been a little under the weather and not eating all the points anyway, so i do not expect this much weight loss to continue weekly.

  • #201993

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    Skipped day 322 which was day after family feast – skipped because I’d been up early and ate breakfast before even the earliest wake up time.

    Today, Day 323/R3-d114-phase3d80=phase4d60: +5.6, (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff. But most of this is from the sat feast and related eating, by continuing eating up on sunday from early morning like 4 or 5 am including the choc raisins I received on sat, pumpkin bread, toast with butter and jam, gluten free crackers with blue cheese, chicken veg soup (almost no chicken) (mostly carbs, lots of it, and hardly any protein which for me = wt up) – I may have one more dinner out tonight – I may as well go off track all at one time and have the things I am craving and get them out of the way then back to apple and steak days which only work on the first day of the wt gain so may not work here. Woman overboard and thar she blows … This is worrisome. Like all the articles talk about and my instructions talks about – that the body want to go back to where it was … maintenance for me is a five letter word. Writing it down makes me realize my poor choices yesterday. Part of the learning curve and journey to maintenance. Need to read that book again too … where did I put it? They are taking steps to remove hcg from over the counter to prescription only so I went and got some before they do that. Otherwise it is $$$ as compared to $$. If anyone is interested and doesn’t want to go the prescription route, now is the time to pick up a couple of bottles. It’s one bottle a round, but I suggest 2 bottles a round because you might want to go longer than 23 days (up to 40 days) and sometimes more drops come out than you realize (so it’s best to look in the mirror when you put the drops under your tongue). There are all sorts of different brands to consider as well. Feeling dismal and afraid and apprehensive and angry and worried … and motivated … My life feels unmanageable at the moment. I was making stock with chicken carcass, fell asleep and burnt it, left frozen breads in the car, had to exchange bacon at sam’s, had to finish some work, had to drive to the country for other stuff, my friends are leaving and need to get together with them before they do – I just feel so overwhelmed and horrible actually. I think I try to manage the current chaos with food. Food as drug …

    Day 66 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 16 of supplements from HP. Continuing the program. My shoulder ache has subsided – almost completely gone. Another appt next week and HP also has a class then on the second part of the exercises. I’m gonna have to review the book to practice and learn these so far stretching and breathing exercises. They’re not strenuous but leave you feeling energized. HP said something about meridians and I don’t know about that but I do know how surprisingly energized I feel considering the “little” effort it takes – disparate great energizing impact considering the little effort it takes – makes me wonder.

  • #201994

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    @Nina: yes, better safe than sorry.

  • #202003
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    ntch- do what you have to do to get through this bad patch and don’t beat yourself up!
    It’s not as though you’re giving up, you can start again any day. : )

  • #202035

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    irishbell, I found the 3 pounds you lost. I’ve been very inactive since my fall, but did get lots of aerobic movement in on Saturday while watching the 49ers beat the Saints (American football). I think I sprained my throat, too, but that shouldn’t prevent me from walking.

  • #202036

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    Irish: well done!
    NTCH: Hang in there. You are right to be alert, but worry is premature. You know how to get back on plan, so do it! We are the exceptions that prove the rule, indeed we are.
    Nina: hope the scan turns out well.

    I’ve been fairly off-track since Thursday afternoon, when bff flew in. Mostly restaurant meals, which doesn’t HAVE to be off-plan, but I had too much of slightly the wrong things. Last lunch out today, and now it is time to buckle down. Didn’t weigh in as usual Monday morning — will do it tomorrow. Then I’ll know what the damage is :)

    The meal plan:
    Tonight (Monday) Am making a barley shrimp pilaf. BFF clipped it from People magazine for me — not my normal reading matter. Looks and smells delicious. And a big salad.
    Tuesday: Soup — sweet potato, kale, squash and probably some other stuff. I’ll make it tonight so it can mellow a bit. Will serve with a big salad.
    Wednesday: Salisbury steaks (4 oz each, made with 96% ff lean beef) smothered in nonfat mushroom gravy; mashed cauliflower and potatoes; green beans; big salad.
    Thursday: Lean sausages, spinach and maybe leftover potatoes made into patties. Cole slaw.
    Friday: Will get some fish at the fish store — probably mahi mahi again (it was so good!) Will serve with cous cous and asparagus and — surprise — a big salad.

  • #202041
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    More reasons to drink plenty of water:

    http://www.wisebread.com/8-reasons-to-drink-more-water

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    Weighed in this morning, up 8/10 of a lb. for a total of 69 lbs lost in 54 weeks. Far from being discouraging, this is a very good result — had a *bunch* of restaurant meals (lunch and dinner out almost every day) with bff and overindulged in every single one of them. I expected the damage to be much, much worse. When the two of us spent six days in New Jersey last spring, I was SEVEN pounds heavier on my return.

    But now — buckle down. Have my appointment with Curves this morning. Will report back :)

  • #202089

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    Curves was a no-go, mainly because of the ratio of cost to services. They just have one thing — circuit training on not very sophisticated equipment — and for that it would be $54/month ($10 less if I signed a year contract) + $99 to sign up (half off if I had signed today.) For that amount of money I could buy a mid-range bowflex home gym that both DH & I could use for the next 10 years or so. Not that I plan on doing that . . . Planet Fitness is only $10 a month — might check that out next.

  • #202120
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    Susan: it does seem expensive for such limited equipment. I probably don’t pay a huge amount more for my gym membership, and that gives me an excellent gym, free classes, free swimming and a nice sauna and steam room.
    Went for a 5.5 mile bonus run. I’ve been very active this week: while I’m finishing my project I rush about like a lunatic from 7am till 3 or later, and no time to eat anything beyond a banana, so I’m getting a different sort of exercise from usual, but better than none!

  • #202325
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    It was great to find this forum and your topic. I started my own personal downsizing plan Jan. 1, 2012 and have committed to writing weekly on my blog about my progress. Having you here helps to keep me on track with my focus on the goal, achieving AND maintaining the correct weight for my age and height.
    Thanks again! I’m looking forward to coming back!
    KateH.

  • #202326
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    Susan, in general you found the same things about Curves that I did. I thnk the concept is good, and it’s a great place for anyone new to exercising to start (cost aside). But, it’s a “one-trick pony” kind of place. Once you reach a certain level of fitness, those machines cannot challenge you any further. In able to work harder, you have to work faster, and you lose the correct form for the exercise. It is nice to be in a place that’s all women, especially when you’re first starting out.

    My main issues were with my local Curves, and others may be better. The owners skimped on a lot when they first opened. THe dressing rooms were small, with no showers. The whole place was crowded, machine close together, hard to move around, etc. But worst of all was the staff. It was mostly teen-aged girls who were much more interested in talking to each other or their friends on the phone. They seldom changed the music, and it was had to get their attention if you needed help. Grrrr. It was not a good experience for me. They have since built a new facility, but I have no interest in trying it again. I much prefer the gym and pool.

  • #202404
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    Outstanding insider tips for choosing the freshest produce:

    http://www.wisebread.com/the-produce-workers-guide-to-choosing-fruits-and-vegetables

  • #202405
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    Body Combat and Body Pump classes today. Aaaaaaaaah, that’s better! I booked on to a Bokwa class this Sunday, will give it a try.

  • #202559
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    12 mile run this morning. I am so proud of myself!

  • #202562

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    12 miles — eek!
    NTCH: where are you? Come back, come back, wherever you are!

  • #202571

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    Not feeling terribly inspired — although went to a party last night and everyone was very complimentary about my weight loss :) Don’t think I had an especially good week, but the scale will tell tomorrow.

    This week’s menu:
    Today: DH’s birthday, and he wants to go to lunch to Souper Salad, with the MIL. He could have been more adventurous, but it’s his day. Probably just sandwiches for dinner, then.

    Monday (tomorrow): We’ll have meatball subs on whole wheat rolls and I’ll be making some broccoli/carrot/ginger soup to go with them.

    Tuesday: Expect staff meeting to run late — past 7 — so I’m making chili so I can be flexible with dinner timing. I think there are some leftover mini corn muffins from the last time we had chili.

    Wednesday — King Ranch casserole (DH and MIL love it) — bought a whole chicken that I will roast after lunch — it gets layered with mushrooms, onions, cheese, cream of mushroom soup, tomatoes with green chilis and corn tortillas. Serve with lettuce, tomatoes and guacamole. Will be enough chicken left over to put together an extra plate for the MIL.

    Thursday: Chili dogs, oven roasted fingerling potatoes and cole slaw.

    Friday: I marinate some nice fish (probably mahi mahi) and we’ll grill it; serve with asparagus, rice and a big salad. The supermarket just started carrying its own line of “exotic” rices, and I bought a bag of Himalayan red arroz from Thailand. It looks good despite the geographic and linguistic confusion.

    Saturday: We have a volksmarch in the morning and will probably have lunch out, so a light dinner.

  • #202573

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    hi susanintexas! Been super busy no time to post just to say hello.

  • #202580
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    Susan: it must be much harder to lose weight at your new, svelte stage, cut yourself some slack!
    Gosh, but I’m knackered. I booked onto a Bokwa class which I then had to go to (they fine you if you don’t turn up to booked classes; great incentive). Before that I spent an hour barrowing woodchip at the allotment and then did this very dance-y, quite complicated class. I’ll be crawling down the stairs on my bum tomorrow! I just ate a massive dinner and feel much more perky now :) Day off tomorrow to recover, my 700 mile goal is looking good right now. I need to have a think about how to keep it up on holiday. We have plenty of holidays pencilled in this year, and usually I do no more exercise than walking from our pitch to the toilet block on the campsite. Will have to sneak in some runs!

  • #202582
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    Had my CT scan and everything looks normal so doc said it was probably just an exercise induced migraine. I will restart the program tomorrow and hopefully this time round be able to do the full 90 days.

  • #202588

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    NTCH: good — I was afraid you had grown tired of us :)
    Lottie: Ouch! And you are right — it’s harder to lose now, but I still have another 10-15 lbs. I’d like to get off.
    Nina: Very good news. Glad it turned out clean. Now start pumping!

  • #202602
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    I am guilty of making tiramisu today. Not a good way to start fat-decluttering, but it was a request from DH and DD so i caved in, and dug in. (Mia culpa)

  • #202671

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    tirimisu: yum.

    Weighed in today, up 6/10 of a pound. Grr. I really do need to buckle down. Starting 1 Feb I think it’s 26 instead of 29 WW points for me. I could tolerate staying the same, but this creeping up is irritating. Weigh exactly the same, though, as I did in mid-December. So not all bad.

  • #202678
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    Not bad at all after Christmas, susan! And your friend coming to stay too.
    Surprisingly, not too stiff today, I think I got it out of my system last night, maybe Bokwa is a good recovery class!
    Nina: good news! Take it easy going back into it :)

  • #202726
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    Down 1.2 pounds at weigh in today. Off it comes!

  • #202730

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    Irish — great! Looks like the 26 points is working very, very well for you. It was 3 lbs last week, wasn’t it?

  • #202787
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    Susan- good memory, yes. So far, so good.
    Seems to be the right number for me. Much less, though,
    and there would be hunger pangs.

  • #202853
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    6 mile run, I snuck it in again as dh is away and I’m so busy right now, who knows when the opportunity will arise if I don’t grab a window of opportunity!

  • #202928
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    Re-started my diet on monday and as i hurt my foot over the weekend my p90x workout program yesterday. I’ve already lost 0.5kg (I know I shouldn’t step on the scale everyday.. but) and I feel good.
    I can’t wait to lose a few more kilos to fit into my next size pants (I still own lots of cloths from my slimmer days) and declutter my fat clothes. Combining fat and clothes decluttering feels great.

  • #203076
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    3rd day in a row working out today (arms and shoulders). Had to push myself to do the work-out but feel so much better now that I did. Sometimes you just have to kick your “innerer Schweinehund” (as you say in German, or inner pigdog in English) in the butt and get moving!

  • #203171
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    Gaaahhh, I hate diets, they never work for me…I have a good 30 lbsp to lose, 10 years of putting them on and feel every ounce of it, too. Plus on the 2nd day of January I got the flu really bad, missed a whole week of work, cant remember most of that week, really just feeling human since Monday and proud to have tacked a major declutter mountain today with your help here.

    Ok, I am just about of food in the house so I resolve to buy only healthy stuff and promise to eat a salad a day. I downloaded some yoga excercise videos, gentle ones to do for five minutes in the morning every day and right before my 2nd shift at night until I feel up to doing more.

  • #203193

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    Okay, here’s the truth: I haven’t done 20 minutes of walking one single day this month. I’m seriously disappointed in myself, but there you have it. Food’s been medium to really good. I weighed 220 pounds on Monday, which is 2 pounds up this month. Not bad at all, considering I haven’t moved my body much to speak of.

    I’ve been a bit achy (fibromyalgia and arthritis) this week, plus my knee is still swollen and stiff from my fall earlier this month, but I AM walking short distances and stretching when I have the opportunity. Did some last night while watching a niece’s soccer game.

    The good news is I seem to have dodged the cold and flu bullet(s), which have gotten me the last two years in a row. This is HUGE for me, simply HUGE. Especially since I flew from Northern California to LA last Friday, spent the weekend at a convention (loads of people, always a tricky proposition for me and my compromised immune system) and flew home again, all without catching anything. I’m ecstatic about this.

    Also, I am NOT giving up. I haven’t any appointments to stand in my way tomorrow, and the weather looks to be decent enough that I can get outside and ramble around. Think one of the cats would like to accompany me? Nah, I don’t think so, either. :)

  • #203471

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    Still busy …

    susanintexas: how was your visit with BFF?

    Here’s something I thought you might be interested in trying. I still have my kabocha pumpkin waiting for the right recipe. Myself I’m leaning toward a curry coconut milk concoction :P as opposed to tom base tho i may throw in some fresh roma tom

    VEGAN BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND CHICKPEA STEW

    http://www.theperfectpantry.com/2012/01/recipe-for-vegan-butternut-squash-and-chickpea-stew.html#more

  • #203481

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    NTCH: nice to hear from you! Visit with BFF was fantastic for both of us — I think she returned to Maryland with a new lease on life.

    Went on our second volksmarch this month — 10K through St. Mary’s University and vicinity. Looks like two more next month: Feb 5th in Gruene, TX (home of a famous dancehall) and at the end of the month a more rural route through the Salado Creek watershed — I think that one might be 15K. This has been a good activity for us — we just need to fill the weekends in between with our OWN walking. The fresh air is nice :) We even had a 1.3 mile loop around a small lake and saw some egrets.

  • #203484
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    i don’t have a lot to tell, except that my scale showed 158kg this morning, LOL :) somehow i managed to weight more than twice compared to yesterday. new batteries will probably solve the problem….

  • #203542
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    PMP: stick with it! I was listening to an interesting health podcast the other day. They were saying that one reason why people fail at dieting and exercise is because once they’ve slipped up on eating or missed a scheduled exercise session, then they say ‘oh well, may as well eat the contents of the fridge/sit on the sofa all day’. Dh did something very similar with giving up drinking in January. He had one drink when out with clients and suddenly he was back to drinking wine every night. Their tip was to get right back into the habit you’re trying to attain. So you overeat and then you say ‘well, that was this morning, from this moment now, though, I’m eating healthily again’ or ‘I missed my walk this morning, but this afternoon I have 20 minutes free so I’ll do it then’. If you leave it too long, then the habit lapses.
    Personally, I’ve found my 700 mile goal extremely motivating. I’m logging my progress on a website and my race pack just turned up for my February half marathon. Once that’s done I’m entering another one, probably April/Mayish.

  • #203583
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    @Lottielot: I agree and have done this in the past. Now I’ve come to realize that for me to reach my goal I have to eat less calories then I burn for a long time to come. So I don’t give myself a hard time if I eat something that would not be considered “diet food” or eat more calories on a certain day. For me not food is completely off limits – in the big scheme of things a piece of chocolate or a glass of wine won’t determine if I reach my goals, it might just take a little longer. On the other hand it is good to have short-term goals like your 700 mile goal or my 90 days of exercising. I find that is easier to stick to then just say “go to the gym more”. Making a concrete goal really helps imo to hold yourself accountable.

    Also I’ve come to realize that I want to eat a healthy, balanced diet (which for me means mostly whole foods, not too much and mostly plants) for the rest of my life. After all, if I go back to eating the way I did before (pretty healthy but just too much) I will end up gaining the weight eventually. In a way this is similar to being an “unclutterer” in other areas of my life – be vigilant about what you bring into your home – or body in this case – in the first place then you wont have such a build-up of unwanted stuff or fat.

  • #203616

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    Today, Day 337/R3-d128-phase3d94=phase4d74: +6.6, “just” 1 lb more than 2 weeks ago which is okay by me considering everything (I ate) and all. I was afraid to jump, oh I mean step lightly, on the scale this morning since I’ve skipped so many days and since I’ve been eating up those choc covered raisins my cuz gave me that belated holiday feast day 2 weeks ago and started to eat more “normally” for me, adding in foods I normally eat, a little more starch and carbs and sugar. (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. I repeat: I think I try to manage the current chaos with food. Food as drug …

    Day 80 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program. My girlfriend is taking me to costco so I think I’ll get some while I’m there.

    Day 30 of supplements from HP. Continuing the program. My shoulder ache has subsided – almost completely gone. Went yesterday for class and go back next week for another scan and another class. I said it’s intense.

    I’m thinking to treat myself to a delightful waffle, bacon, cold brewed coffee for breakfast today. What do you think? … I have a full stressful schedule today – it’s been normal this way for a while now. But, NO pity party … ;) Gratitude list needed …

    @Nina: what you said reminded me of a friend. She’s older and still weighs the same as she did in high school … because … imo … she weighs herself every day and if the scale goes up she eats less that day … ever vigilant. And it’s not something that’s particularly hard for her – she just does it.

    Yesterday, rotisserie chicken and spinach, today thinking about spinach salad with chicken, bacon, blue cheese, mango/peach salsa and avocado …

  • #203618
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    Good to see you here again, ntch – I’ve missed you and your updates! But I do understand that you’re very busy right now. Just take care of yourself!

    That spinach/chicken salad sounds delicious!!

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    Thanks candy :)

  • #203652
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    11 mile run today and my legs are finally getting used to longer distances. We walked a mile into town and back to go to a restaurant for dinner this evening, and that seems to help with less leg soreness.

  • #203653
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    @ntch: yes, I guess weighing yourself everyday can keep you vigilant, but i personally know that my weight naturally fluctuates at least 1-2 pounds before and during my period. But then again I know about it so I don’t worry about those extra pounds that time of month.
    I think once I’m at a happy weight I will probably weigh myself once a week. But you can always tell with your clothes (especially jeans) if you have put on weight or not.

  • #203732

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    This week’s meal plan:
    Monday: Going to make the Skinnytaste Chicken Tikka Masala again — it was a hit. Serve with baked spinach in alfredo sauce and rice, with cucumber and tomato salad.
    Tuesday: Have a late staff meeting, so made a big pot of tortellini soup with spinach (and carrots, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, field peas and onions) Yum! And another big salad. In all of February and March I’ll be teaching a class right after the meeting, so will need a take-away dinner. There’s a new Subway sandwich shop just a block away, so that might be the answer.
    Wednesday: Chicken enchiladas.
    Thursday: Some sort of fish on the grill — it was salmon last week on sale and was yummy, so hope they have it again. Otherwise maybe to the fishmonger for a pound of mahi-mahi. The asparagus looked good and either rice or cous-cous. And a big salad :)
    Friday: I want to check out the new frying pan, so thing we will have an egg white frittata with potatoes and artichokes. Maybe with a cup of soup if there’s any left over from Tuesday. And a salad.

    We had our big annual work event last night and I got a lot of compliments. The best, though, was a friend whose son is getting married in April — she asked me for FASHION advice. This is a first for me and I credit it to being more deliberate about what’s in my closet as well as the weight loss. We’re going shopping over the weekend :)

    This has been another bad week for me — haven’t even tracked my food, although (for the most part) I have been mindful. February has to be a vigilant month or I may undo all my good work. Now that the stress of the work event is over (and the visit from BFF) I hope to have more focus.

  • #203735
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    this raw vegan + no gluten/sugar/booze/coffee thing we are doing feels great.
    we are eating loads of fruit and vegetables and nuts….most of it raw, but occasional soups and roasted root veggies and brown rice and quinoa….and weight is falling off both.
    and we are seriously eating every 2 hours during the day.
    i started it to see if i had a gluten intolerance, and to reset my sweet tooth, and to have a good reboot/cleanse/detox/whatever….NOT to lose weight.
    nobody is counting calories or measuring anything, except for keeping an eye on ratios of raw to cooked.

  • #203741

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    bandicoot: fantastic! I know our ratio of raw to cooked food and plants to other foods has changed dramatically. And the grains we eat are all whole grains, the meats are all extra lean. Almost no sugar. Makes a big difference.

    Well — after all that angst, down 2 lbs this week — whoopie! That makes it a total of 70.4 lbs since last January 3rd. Another 5.4 lbs. to go before I am at my weight at age 18; maybe another 5 after that and then it’s just a matter of maintaining.

  • #203749
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    No pounds lost or gain this last week, which I guess is OK as a couple days in a row I
    think I ate the whole house!!! But I have focus now.

    bandicoot- whata super bonus the weight loss is for you and your dh, along with feeling fantastic.
    I was very interested in what you were going to be eating- thanks for sharing it.
    I’m very doubtful I could maintain that program as my culinary tastes are fairly simple.
    Some of it sounds OK, but …. lol. I’m not very adventurous with food!

    Good for you too Susan, maybe it was the extra fretting that helped drop the pounds!

  • #203801
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    omg irishbell, i did say i would tell you what we were eating….and i haven’t!
    too busy chopping vegetables!

    i made a mixed seeds and nut butter and i use that for various things.
    i throw almonds or cashews into the vitamix with some water to make milk, and use that pretty much anywhere i would use dairy.
    i have been using seeds and nuts and whole lemons to make salad dressings (with handfuls of fresh herbs and garlic).
    we eat a big mixed salad every day.
    i’ve been making dolsot bibimbap with brown rice and a heap of chopped raw vegies, in my lodge frypan.
    we eat huge amounts of chopped fresh fruit every morning, and have a green smoothie.

    our favourite smoothie is now:
    banana
    whole orange
    almonds
    seeds
    raspberries
    cinnamon
    turmeric
    baby spinach
    sunflower sprouts
    ice and a bit of water.

    i spend my time chopping and blending, but very little cooking!

    fruit/nut balls are my new favourite thing.
    in the food processor:
    equal amounts of dried fruit and nuts/seeds.
    cinnamon and unsweetened cocoa powder to taste.
    process until it beomes a gritty dough, then roll into small balls and refrigerate.
    unbelievably sweet and more-ish and just the perfect little treat with a cup of tea.

    we are living on pots of my own herbal detox blend:
    equal parts of
    sure!
    it is pretty much equal parts of:
    licorice root
    fennel seeds
    ginger
    cleavers
    nettles
    calendula
    pau d’arco
    burdock
    st mary’s thistle
    dandelion root
    gingko boliba
    gotu kola
    brahmi
    ginseng
    mugwort
    red clover
    peppermint

    i have been reading some raw/vegan/glutenless blogs for ideas, but essentially, it is a very simple, dare i say, uncluttered, way to eat.

  • #203809
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    Great news Susan! You are such an inspiration.

    I did another work-out today even though my legs are still sore from 2 days ago (and sore again now) but unless I am in serious pain (especially back pain, not just sore muscles) no excuses!

  • #203812
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    6 lbs in January :)

  • #203816
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    I am having some success in gaining weight I had lost from stress over my daughter’s divorce/custody battle, still on-going. Losing too much weight can be just as trying, believe me. My friends here do not agree and are not supportive for the most part because they have the opposite problem. I hesitated to bring it up here, too, but I suspect you folks are more likely to offer both empathy and serious support.

  • #203819
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    liag: Any considerable weight fluctuation puts stress on the body. Extra self-care is mandated… keep well hydrated, eat healthfully, get sufficient sleep at regular hours, light-to-moderate exercise, and gentle stretching to stay flexible and help release stress and toxins.

  • #203820
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    liag, it takes courage to step outside of one’s own problems to celebrate the success of others when one is experiencing one challenge or hardship even after the other. same goes for realizing the need of someone else to talk about a problem when it is what one desires for oneself. balance is everything and i don’t judge you for telling me you don’t perceive yourself to have it :)

  • #203821
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    Many sincere thanks. I am hearing your messages.

  • #203824

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    What we are actually decluttering is dysfunctional habits and practices that affect our health — and stress-related weight loss is certainly one of those.

  • #203826
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    That is indeed the crux, susan. Parallels. I am so glad I finally wrote about this.

  • #203852
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    Liag: Hi and welcome. My husband is the opposite to me: he loses weight when he is stressed and I often worry about him not eating enough and it affecting his health. So even if I have problems with too much weight I do know the other side of that coin.
    I hope you feel welcome here and stick around.

  • #203854
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    On page 9 of this thread is presented the core of the whole “weight-loss problem” in my opinion. It’s not just about eating and weight, but that’s what most “diets” make of it. I can’t remember whether I’ve already talked about it but I’m having a book on ice right now, which would talk about the balance of it all. Hopefully I’ll be able to work on it a bit again come summer so I could present an outline for a publisher within 2012.

  • #203884
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    So I went to WW last night in a hopeful frame of mind. Both my home scale and the gym scale (both good only for the trend, not actual weight) showed I had lost weight while in Hawaii. The last time I weighed at WW was Jan 2. Last night I was 6.6 lbs lighter than Jan 2. WooHoo! Of course on Jan 2, I was up 3.4 from before Christmas, but even given that blip I lost over 3 lbs on vacation. Now to keep the momentum going……

  • #203887
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    Thanks, Nina: I honestly AM eating; I cannot sleep much–never could, but this is ridiculous. I am also exercising. It is getting better through numbness! With luck the NC courts will put an end to the ordeal in June, after 2.5 years of anxiety, mistreatment of children, and lots of our money.

  • #203937

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    Over the years I have put on a bit of blubber, particularly around the backside and now around the tummy (eek!). I guess it comes of a combination of aging (late 30s now), sitting in front of a computer for a lot of the time (work / study / play) and eating too much junk.

    I don’t have scales so I don’t know how much I weigh for sure, although the last time I checked it was about 63 kg (139 lb). I’m 5’6″ and I’d like to get back closer to 55 kg (121 lb).

    Now, as I say, I don’t have scales and I’d like to lose the blubber, not muscle so my goal is actually to fit better into my clothes so I don’t have to buy new ones. I seriously HATE clothes shopping as most things don’t fit / make me look like I’m 5 and dressing up in Mum’s clothes.

    At this stage, my plan is to (a) limit my (added) sugar intake as it is often connected with fat intake (cakes, biscuits) and it has health benefits other than just blubber reduction; (b) increase my exercise levels (do something every day, even if it’s simply ‘strenuous’ housework); (c) drink water at morning and afternoon tea times before I resort to snacking on anything (good or bad) out of a habit of boredom eating; and (d) not eat as much as DH does.

    It’ll be a slow process (after all, that’s how I ended up at this point) so I probably won’t have any progress to report for quite some time.

  • #203949

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    ninakk: would love to hear more about your book. I knew you were researching something, but not what.

    Laetitia: You really don’t have much to lose, and your plan sounds sensible. The American Heart Association recommends upping exercise by about 250 calories a day (about the equivalent of a 1 kilometer walk) and decreasing calories by the same amount. This should result in about a 1 lb loss a week. Without any major changes you can easily be where you want to be in less than 6 months. And it’s smart to start the new habits now, before your body really starts going through changes!

    pkilmain: way to go on losing weight on vacation! Maybe I should go to Hawaii to shed these last 5 or 10 lbs. {grin} A month (or two) should do it.

  • #204021
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    You know what’s great? Making a positive change in your habits.

    Until recently, I was going to the gym after work. Sometimes it worked out (pun purely accidental), other times I was too tired or burnt out, or hungry, or had other plans. And it always cut into my evening time, when I usually have upwards of a dozen things to get done each day. I tried going to the gym in the morning, but that was a huge failure. So for a couple of weeks I’ve started working out on my lunch break, and so far I love it.

    I always assumed I wouldn’t like it: I’d feel rushed, I wouldn’t get a good workout, I’d come back sweaty and hungry and not have time to eat. But, amazingly, it works. Here’s what I do, in case anyone else is moved to change their exercise routine:
    - I leave work 15 minutes early to avoid the rush, and come back 15 minutes early to get settled back in and grab my lunch before any afternoon meetings.
    - Being pressed for time makes me structure my workouts better, so I waste less time
    - I have a mid-morning snack to ward off hunger until I get back, and a lighter lunch (working out cuts my appetite, which is another nice side-effect)
    - I use wet wipes after my workouts, and the walk back from the gym to my office cools me down so I don’t look sweaty or flushed.

  • #204046
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    It’s fascinating to read through this thread. So many different approaches to food and fitness. For myself, in January I made a minor shift toward more lean protein, more vegetables, and fewer grains. I’ll continue to push that a bit further in February. The scale dropped only a tiny bit during January. I didn’t get out for exercise in the latter half of the month because of bad whether and this beastly cold/cough.
    But both of those obstacles are clearing away now.

    January 1st: 26.2 BMI
    February 1st: 25.9 BMI
    Goal: 20 BMI

  • #204058

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    Today, Day 340/R3-d131-phase3d97=phase4d77: +7.2, (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. I repeat: I think I try to manage the current chaos with food. Food as drug … I am wow eating … must go back to new normal …

    Day 83 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program. My girlfriend is taking me to costco so I think I’ll get some while I’m there.

    Day 33 of supplements from HP. Continuing the program. My shoulder ache has pretty much gone. I’d forgotten about it until I read myself talking about it on this thread. Amazing. Going for another appt this sat and another class on the same day.

  • #204139
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    Did a 6 mile run on Tuesday night, it was so cold I started out wearing a million layers which I then had to shed. Couldn’t feel my legs afterwards, they were so numb! Tomorrow I was supposed to do 10 miles with a friend but she bailed on me, so I’m going to do it by myself. If I drop the kids off early I can do 8-10 miles and still fit in a body pump class afterwards, I like to do some cross-training too. After that I’ll need a nap, luckily I have the day off!

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    Today, Day 341/R3-d132-phase3d98=phase4d77: +6.4, down .8 from yesterday, probably due to modified steak day – the proteins make a big dif for me (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. I repeat: I think I try to manage the current chaos with food. Food as drug … I am wow eating … must go back to new normal …

    Day 84 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program. My girlfriend is taking me to costco so I think I’ll get some while I’m there.

    Day 34 of supplements from HP. Continuing the program. My shoulder ache has pretty much gone. I’d forgotten about it until I read myself talking about it on this thread. Amazing. Going for another appt this sat and another class on the same day.

    lottielot: hats off to you

  • #204183
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    Worked out for 3 days but felt sluggish on two and had some lower back pain so decided to take a rest day yesterday. Will workout again today.
    I’ve re-gained one of the pounds I’d lost but trying not to worry about it as I’ve heard of a lot of people doing p90x and not losing weight or even gaining some weight in the first few weeks. It’s because of your muscles retaining water when you work out so hard. I do feel my body changing so I’m going to keep going.
    Also I need to work on my nutrition: eating too many carbs and not enough protein (first phase is a high protein phase).

    Lottielot: Yes, hats of to you. I started running last year but stopped when the temperatures started to drop and the days got short (don’t like to run in the dark). But I will pick it back up in spring.

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    Our 10K walk in Gruene may not happen tomorrow — forecast is for MORE thunderstorms over the weekend. Although we desperately need the rain here, it would be nice to have sunny Saturdays :) The window for that walk is small — have to start between 8 and 11 am, and the town is about a 45 minute drive from here. If that falls through and we do have some nice weekend weather, we will take a nice long walk closer to home.

    Nina: a woman who started pilates with me has not lost any weight but told us at the last class that she has dropped two pant sizes. I think you have to look at everything to determine whether your program is producing the results you seek. I’d be careful about the lower back pain though — especially if it doesn’t feel like a general body ache but rather a strain. Back problems are horrible and you don’t want to go there.

    NTCH: glad to see that the steak days still produce results!

  • #204202
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    Fingers crossed for good weather for your walk, susan, followed by rain!
    I agree with susan, Nina. Take care of your back, it’s the only one you have! Do you use a mirror to check your form? When you get tired near the end of a workout is when you need to pay most attention.
    12 mile run (no body pump, I’ll book bums and tums for tomorrow instead) in really beautiful countryside near here. Just gorgeous, albeit absolutely freezing, I’m still cold and I got back an hour ago. I went to the pub next to the carpark for some soup when I’d finished, it tasted so good!

  • #204266

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    Today, Day 342/R3-d132-phase3d99=phase4d79: +7.8, up from yesterday, probably due to unmodified pizza day – the carbs make a big dif for me (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. I repeat: I think I try to manage the current chaos with food. Food as drug … I am wow eating … must go back to new normal … made pumpkin custard which helps me maintain … must go back to becoming vigilant

    Day 85 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 35 of supplements from HP. Continuing the program. My shoulder ache has pretty much gone.

  • #204357

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    Today, Day 343/R3-d133-phase3d100=phase4d80: +7.0, down .8 from yesterday, by eating normally (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 86 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 36 of supplements from HP. Continuing the program. Seeing HP for appt and class today

  • #204375
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    Thank you susan and lottie for your concern. I’ve always had back issues and a few years ago was diagnosed with a slight scoliosis (curved spine). I’ve had several bad spells over the years when I cannot do anything for weeks because of too much pain but have found that exercise actually helps me. But yes, I have to be careful so I’ve had to learn to really listen to my body and take the signs serious – the day off was the right call and I felt better the next day.

    Re: weight or size: Weight isn’t everything and while muscle might not actually weigh less then fat, here is a great pic I came across to illustrate how the compare in size: http://shareitfitness.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/fat-vs-muscle-comparison/ So if you lose a few pounds of fat but gain muscle you will look slimmer. Of course muscle doesn’t grow over night, especially with women. But if you do a lot of exercise, especially weight lifting, your body will change.

  • #204439

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    This coming week is atypically busy for me in the evenings. Need to make a food plan that is healthy, convenient and flexible. So –

    Tonight (Sunday): DH will be over at his mother’s watching the superbowl (I am SOOO happy that “party” isn’t here!) and he will get appropriate food for that. I’m on my own, so probably will have some leftover tortellini vegetable soup and a salad.

    Monday: Have a 6 pm meeting; will need to leave 20 minutes before that. I made chicken enchiladas, so I will have them before I go. If DH gets home from work too late he can have his warmed over.

    Tuesday: Every Tuesday in Feb and Mar I am facilitating a class after our staff meeting. We told everyone they can bring dinner with them if they want, so I think I will either pack a sandwich or stop at the Subway Sandwich shop down the road for a sub or a salad.

    Wednesday: We’re going to a university lecture on “why we get fat.” Starts at 6; parking is horrible there, and it’s a nasty time for traffic in that direction so we probably want to leave by 5:15. I’m going to make chili and also meatballs. We can have the chili, a meatball sub or spaghetti and meatballs when we get home. Might have a cup of soup to tide us over before we go.

    Thursday: Another meeting, 6:30 – 7:30. Should be time to eat together before I have to go, so we’ll have either the meatballs or the chili — whichever we didn’t eat the day before.

    Friday: No meeting scheduled yet :) Will pick up some fish at the store on Thursday afternoon and we’ll have that with rice & a veg. Or maybe a stirfry — snow peas are on sale at a very good price lately.

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    Nina: Meant to say thanks for that photo — never saw the two side-by-side before.

  • #204461
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    Susan: surely you need to get a McDonalds takeaway to take along to eat noisily during your Wednesday lecture :)
    5.5 mile run, very annoyingly I only logged my mileage after I showered and changed, then found out I was sitting on 99.5 miles so far this year! Arrrgh, could have reached 100! Got to go out for a couple of miles tomorrow now, obviously! Need to do something else exercise-wise this week too, a bit more balance is required. I’ve got a quiet week at uni next week so maybe I can do body pump tomorrow before I pop into uni.

  • #204473

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    Lottielot: snort! McDonald’s! The speaker is a “carbs raise insulin and promote fat storage” guru.

    Too bad about the 99.5 miles. But on the bright side, if you keep to this pace you will have reached your 700 miles by September and can lounge around eating Big Macs for the rest for the year.

  • #204476

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    Today, Day 344/R3-d134-phase3d101=phase4d81: +7.2, up .2 from yesterday, that with eating malaysian noodles, vietnamese avocado bubble drink (held the sugar), pumpkin custard, and baked pot chips with clam dip, (prep for super bowl you know)(new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 87 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program. May go to costco this week for them – they’re on special coupon now. But heck, if I do you know I’ll be Justin Casing it and hmmmmmm, must decide whether to risk the trip …

    Day 37 of supplements from HP. Continuing the program. Saw HP for appt and class yesterday. I’ll discuss results with him next week and go to another class. The classes are optional but valuable for me. Also want to get the most out of the program as I can. His assistant said lots of improvement on the scan and showed me some of it – HP will go over it next week. Also will get some supplements, maybe new types. I don’t know how it works but like I said, shoulder ache is mostly gone. Nails growing in thicker.

    susanintexas: please let us know what you learn about “why we get fat.” Love snow peas. They’re easy to grow BTW. I grew them once. I don’t know if they come other ways, but the one I grew was a little bush. A very sweet plant. BTY, are you sprouting mung beans? No no no to McD take away unless it’s a salad w/ lemon slices in place of packaged dressing …

    A start at meal planning (the journey of a 1000 miles starts w/ a step):

    Things I’d like to bake/cook this week, some to use up food in fridge:

    crustless spinach quiche, carrot cake, ribs, beef tom chinese style, steak w/ turnip dipping sauce, honey cake, date bread, choc covered raisin blondies, something with bacon or I’ll throw that in the freezer – maybe just bacon and tom and avocado open face sand or maybe bacon and egg w/ toast for breakfast (don’t worry, on those days it serves as brunch so no or light apple lunch)

    Want to give away the chicken veg soup I made out of the rot chicken carcass. Made curried chicken salad with some of it and have it to use as sandwich spread and spinach salad topping.

    PS lottielot and susanintexas: I used to like big macs but now they don’t taste so good.

  • #204493

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    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-9EYFJ4Clo[/video]

    Thought to post this here :D

  • #204494
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    :D that’s so cute, ntch!!

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    Too cute! I wish my overweight cat would work out like that :-)

  • #204555
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    Susan: I hate McDonalds, but I hate carb Nazis even more! My kids and I would be in the audience chucking bread rolls at him!! You get the feeling this is another of those fads and in a few years carbs will be acceptable again…Balance in everything, my kids eat stacks of carbs right now as they are growing like weeds and are extremely active. Obviously their dietary requirements are different from adults, but I love to see the way they self-regulate depending on their needs, I think we could all do with imitating that.
    Did my 0.5 of a mile on the treadmill before my pump class, target achieved! Now I’ll have a few days off running as my legs feel tight and can do with a rest. Plus I’m giving blood on Tuesday evening when I’d usually go out running, so will take it easy that night instead, it always drains me for that evening.

  • #204559

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    Lottielot: I don’t think Taub is rigid about carbs — he just thinks that the way our body regulates weight is hormonal (insulin) and that people handle it differently and for many people carbs like white flour and sugar trigger an insulin response. We’ll see what he says in person :)

    On that note, up 2 lbs this week. I admit — I didn’t track and it didn’t work. Back to the program, as I should have been all along.

  • #204583
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    No lbs lost or gained for 2 weeks now.
    I have had several days between the 2 weeks where I did not track.
    That is the Secret!

  • #204598

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    Today, Day 345/R3-d135-phase3d102=phase4d82: +7.0, down .2 from yesterday, that with eating ribs, uncooked spinach and baked pot chips with clam dip, choc covered raisins, waffles w/ honey, sugar free popsicles, diet coke, fruit (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 88 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 38 of supplements from HP. Continuing the program.

    Is this the Taube/Taub? http://www.livestrong.com/article/289596-good-calories-and-bad-calories-in-a-diet/

    I find for my self (and everyone is different), that proteins help me lose wt. Take yesterday, ribs??? But I lost weight. I can do brown rice pretty well. I’m on the road to finding out what works for me. I did Atkins and ate tons and lost tons without trying. I did macrobiotics once just because I felt sorry for the animals, not to lose weight or for health, and lost weight without even trying – enough to get into my college skinny jeans and that’s pretty skinny jeans there. Hmmmmmmm, note to self: read those macrobiotics books and see what I might want to incorporate now. My avaunt guard doc says sugar and carbs will have wt go up.

    I’ve gained a bit from the lowest wt = base wt; but looking at pics from then and now I look better, my face not so gaunt and drawn right off the lowest weight, still fit into the tiny black sweater, still look rather hollywood fire antish – wonder what part if any the supplements play as well … Maybe put the fat transformed into muscle thing into my thoughts for another step down the line. I think they used a pregnant st. bernard for the before shots in that ad.

  • #204736

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    Today, Day 346/R3-d136-phase3d103=phase4d83: +6.8, down .2 from yesterday, when I had ribs, onion-spinach-cauliflower cooked with curry and coconut milk, Genesis 1:29 bread, iced coffee, baked pot chips, sugar free popsicles, fruit (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 89 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 39 of supplements from HP. Continuing the program. Seeing HP again later this week for appt and another class.

    Today: just heard about it and had the ingredients so tried my hand at making a dirty chai off the starbucks secret menu: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/02/07/12-more-drinks-on-starbucks-secret-menu/?intcmp=features

    And it’s yummy. Maxwell House International Cafe has a good chai latte powder.

    http://www.kraftbrands.com/maxwellhousecoffee/our-brews/international-cafe/Pages/Default.aspx

    I used the end Justin Case left in the can, it had started to harden, and mixed it with the concentated slow drip coffee I had just made yesterday, added some evap milk – and voila. The curry came out pretty much like the one I like at a health food store buffet. I used up most of the spinach in it. I used up the carrots into carrot bread which is now cooling – but i deviated and improvised and it looks gummy … o.o. I’ll add stuff to the curry for dinner and maybe make brown rice. I have cilantro i need to use up fast too. Okay, disorganized meal planning – which of course is a step on the way to organized meal planning

  • #204738
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    Any meal planning, even disorganized, is better than no meal planning at all :)

    Must. Get. Started. With. Meal. Planning.

  • #204755
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    lol ntch–
    Genesis 9:3

  • #204757
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    i am hopeless at meal planning.
    i am good at producing meals out of whacky odds and ends, though.
    it evens out.
    we don’t throw a lot of food out.

  • #204759
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    I’m getting swayed by all the peeps here who successfully plan. Even though I am not the primary cook I do cook a couple of times per week. Hmm. Food for thought, forgive the pun.

  • #204760
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    djk, I had to look up Genesis 9:3…

    “Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.”

  • #204765
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    and candy, that’s my problem…I see everything around me as food:) Except things with tentacles (gag)
    I especially see chocolate as food, and gummy bears, and cinnamon sticky buns…

    I loved my mother dearly but she was a tiny stick of a thing with an incredible sweet tooth and was a wicked baker. I inherited two of those three things. Thanks, mom!

  • #204767
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    djk, I know what you mean. I was once in a car with my ex husband (well, he wasn’t an ex at the time) and we happened to see a flock of deer. My immediate reaction was: oooh that’s good with a creamy sauce… some juniper berries in the sauce, a little onion and herbs, perhaps some red wine… I didn’t understand at all why he thought I was so completely un-romantic??!?

    I have inherited my mother’s body shape. As I’ve said before: I have the body of a goddess. Venus of Willendorf, unfortunately.

    Actually, there are things I don’t really see as food, at least not at first sight. I never even look at the fish part of the menu when I’m at a restaurant, for example – although I do like salmon if it’s smoked or marinated, and I love pickled herring. I have to be very hungry to consider eating fish. I’m a meat person.

  • #204768
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    my fat-summary for january: i lost 3 kilos! the first week was a successful soup-week, loss of 2 kilos. 2 weeks of maintaining and one week of pure stress, so one more kilo is lost. if i go on like this i just need 3 more month to reach my goal (daydreaming…)

  • #204771
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    Mimi wow! that’s excellent.

    candy, oh yes, the Venus:) –I was at the Naturhistorisches museum (too tired to check the spelling, but I think that’s right) over the Christmas holidays and saw her again. I am utterly fascinated by her. Told DH that he finally had the trophy wife he always wanted–he was just born 25000 years too late to fully appreciate his good fortune.

  • #204772
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    Oh djk, you make me laugh! I really hope your DH appreciates his very own goddess! :)

  • #204773
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    Mimi, that’s great! Congratulations! Keep up the good work (and don’t get discouraged if you don’t progress this rapidly the coming months).

  • #204810

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    You guys crack me up!

    Good article about mindful eating in the New York Times this morning. Eat slowly, remove the outside clutter, concentrate on the sensation of the food . .

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/dining/mindful-eating-as-food-for-thought.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

  • #204823
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    I’m actually looking forward to treating myself to a run tomorrow morning. I think I’ve successfully brainwashed myself!!

  • #204872

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    Today, Day 347/R3-d137-phase3d104=phase4d84: +6.0, down .8 from yesterday, when I had waffle and dirty chai, fish cooked in left over onion-spinach-cauliflower curry and coconut milk, yogurt, iced coffee, pumpkin custard, sugar free popsicles, fruit and 2am snack of brown cow maple yogurt which HP says is good for moi (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 90 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program. But may get some from costco … it’s on coupon special now

    Day 40 of supplements from HP. Almost finished with the detox drops. Get new supplements (and maybe different ones this time) this week depending on the newest test results.

  • #204883

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    The lecture on “why we get fat” is being livestreamed, if anyone sees this in time

    http://lib.utsa.edu/general/why-we-get-fat/

  • #204943
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    Sorry, missed it!
    *throws virtual bread rolls at screen*
    Went for a 9 mile run in the freezing cold this morning, it was lovely :)

  • #204966

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    Today, Day 348/R3-d138-phase3d105=phase4d85: +4.8, down 1.2 from yesterday, when I had yogurt, iced coffee, pumpkin custard, sugar free popsicles, fruit, cheese and almond crackers (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 91 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program. But may get some from costco … it’s on coupon special now

    Day 41 of supplements from HP. Looking forward to next appt and finding out what new new supplements I’ll receive depending on the newest test results. Excited.

  • #204977
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    This cold weather is making me permanently ravenous! Just polished off the last of the chocolate truffles: I don’t usually eat chocolate :)
    How was your talk, susan?

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    Some articles on wt and stress:

    http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/can-stress-cause-weight-gain
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress/AN01128
    http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=53304

    Today, Day 349/R3-d139-phase3d106=phase4d86: early morning so didn’t weigh (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 92 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program. But may get some from costco … it’s on coupon special now and will probably go tomorrow with girlfriend.

    Day 42 of supplements from HP. Seeing HP and getting newest result and probably new supplements tomorrow and am excited about it.

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    Lottielot: The speaker, Gary Taubes, was excellent and made a lot of sense. He says that the general consensus — weight gain is basic thermodynamics — more energy taken in than expended — is, of course, true but doesn’t tell us anything useful. What REALLY causes weight gain, he says, is how the body stores fat, which is regulated by insulin ie, whether it is directed to fat storage or energy. He’s a science writer — degree in physics from Harvard — and had a lot of evidence to show this. Sugar, he says, sets the hormone out of whack, as do high glycemic carbs. I’ve put in a request for his latest book for my kindle via the library, but probably won’t get it for months yet. Glad we went. The university where this was held is notoriously ugly for parking, but they did a really good job of reserving spaces for the community, so if they have other lectures like this we’d go. I don’t think we’ll change anything about the way we are eating — we don’t intentionally limit “starches”, but since they have a relatively high WW point value, there’s a natural limit. We don’t eat much added sugar and the grains we eat are, for the most part, whole grains.

    I’ve been hungry too — eek!

  • #205261
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    Sounds interesting, susan :) I love going to lectures on different subjects (apart from my compulsory uni seminars, which are ridiculously complicated and you sit there thinking ‘really? Do you actually think that getting 2 people to judge the contrast of stripes on a screen tells you anything useful about social interaction?’
    My veg box is overflowing, I need to have a big cooking session to use some up. I just downloaded an app which looks very useful: http://www.riverford.co.uk/pages/riverford_iphone_app
    and I found a parsnip and apple fritter recipe, both of which I’m drowning in! I think I may make a bunch of different things and stick them in the freezer for busy nights.

  • #205278

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    We like going to lectures as well. The next interesting one, at a different university, features the founder of Kiva.

    Just announced than San Antonio, which for several years as been at the top of the list of Men’s Health Magazine “Fat City” poll, is now #25 on the list of FIT cities. I give myself total credit for that :) Well . . . that and a mayor who has made it a priority.

    Looks like the weather is fine today (although a bit nippy) so we will go on another 10K volksmarch this morning. And then I need to get my snap peas planted. I should put in some lettuce too.

  • #205292
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    SA, like Houston, is maybe a fat city because there are such great restaurants, air-conditioned all year, making eating out a sport, esp. in summer.

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    Today, Day 350/R3-d140-phase3d107=phase4d87: + 6.8 from the tons of funn noodle soup w/ hoisin sipping sauce yesterday so doing a steak/apple day today … (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 93 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program. Got some from costco – did go and picked up so much bulk food and Justin Case stuff – that’s why I stopped membership before. I mean great products and great prices but do I need or want 10 lbs of apples? Actually, on this food plan, I do, esp good ones … Got some steak, apples, 5HTP, CoQ10, gluten free crackers, marinated artichokes which I split w/ my friend for 1/2 of her regular crackers, diet Coke. Then even if it’s “cheap” you have to buy in bulk so it starts to really add up and the bill at the end is a lot. You see I’m weighing whether to join again or not … That red velvet cake for ten dollars or so is enormous, and supposed to be terrific … shall I join so that I can go pick one up when the feeling strikes … and then have just a bit to taste it for myself and then give the rest away … sheesh …

    Day 43 of supplements from HP. Saw HP and got newest results and some old some new supplements. HP’s putting in a kangan water thing in that we can go get kangan water from. HP didn’t say this but I’m thinking HP’ll probably start selling the machine to us … it’s expensive! Said something about can get the water from him and then later get our own machine …

    susanintexas: thanks for the information and link (tho the livestream was over by the time i saw it, shucks). Wished I could have gone too. It agrees with what I’ve found about my own self. Sugar and [high glycemic] carbs make a big dif for moi. And my avaunt-guard physician believes that it causes wt gain, at least for himself. Diabetes runs in my family so I may have that genetic disposition and then too diet must play a large part in how much insulin is released and how resistent to it one is and how much is stored as fat and how much is converted to energy.

  • #205384

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    NTCH: We’ve tried Costco and the quantities are just too large for us. There were a few food items I really liked — like their olive tapenade — but it is a HUGE jar.

    Went on a 10K walk today in a planned community with lots of natural areas. It is for adults age 55+, and DH and I had a nice conversation about whether that would be a good move for us way in the future. Well, not that way far :)

  • #205420

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    Just back from the grocery store. This week’s menu:

    Today (Sunday): Going to try to make corn fritters without using too much oil, served with pork tenderloin on the grill and asparagus, big tossed salad. The asparagus is on sale for $1.48 a lb.! I LOVE asparagus.

    Monday: Sweet potato and Kale soup with mock Reubens (made with turkey.) Will make the soup today.

    Tuesday: I’m teaching, so it’s Subway sandwich for me & DH is eating out.

    Wednesday: Coq au vin. It’s cooking now. Will serve over whole wheat gnocchi with a big salad.

    Thursday: I’m going to try to see Maxine Hong Kingston — another free lecture — but it doesn’t start til 7 so shouldn’t interfere with dinner. DH might not be interested. Will make a casserole with cheese and potato pirogi, cauliflower, alfredo sauce and a little bit of ham, lots of other vegetables. Tried this a few weeks ago and it was a bit hit.

    Friday: Pizza! We have one frozen crust in the freezer that we can split. Anchovies on my side only :) And a REALLY big salad.

  • #205430

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 351/R3-d141-phase3d108=phase4d88: + 6.8, down .8 from yesterday even with eating crackers at 4 or 5 am then going back to sleep (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 94 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 44 of supplements from HP.

    susanintexas: i love lots of costco items – very delicious – but so much. love that olive tapinade too! Amy Tan … livestreaming? Same link?

    today: wedding reception for lunch – will see what’s on the menu – it’ll probably be a big feast of a b– a– buffet … If they have blue cheese I’ll have some of it with roast beef … we’ll see what’s on the menu. The father of the groom, my uncle, is a particularly generous man and his son likes to eat … will report back …

    this week’s menu:

    sometime, ling ling dumplings cooked in chicken turnip clear soup and dipping sauce of red vinegar and chili/garlic paste.

    sometime, steak w/ blue cheese

    sometime, apples

    sometime, Genesis 1:29 bread toasted with Monterey jack cheese melted on it and mincemeat

    sometime, 1 last waffle w/ honey and maybe baked eggs

    valentine’s day – honey cake :)

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    NTCH: The Maxine Hong Kingston talk is being hosted by Gemini Ink, a local writing nonprofit. Don’t think it will be streamed. You reminded me I need to bring something to the class for Valentine’s day — maybe CHOCOLATE. But honey cake sounds like a good possibility . . .

  • #205487

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Monday weigh in, down 3 pounds — hooray! This makes a total of 71.4 lbs. since 3 Jan 2011. (but last Monday it was UP 2 lbs. so I’m not feeling complacent.) I pulled out my old journals and it’s taken almost 4 months to lose these last 10 lbs. Still another 5-10 lbs to go, but I would be happy to stay exactly where I am for the rest of my life :) I’d like to have the rest gone by the beginning of May, though, so that I can get some summer clothing and know they will fit all summer.

  • #205488
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    ninakk
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    have eaten much better albeit not much the past few days. weight down 2 lbs in february, 12 days.

  • #205490

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    My ‘limit added sugar’ plan has had an interesting effect – I’m actually less hungry than I was when I ate sugary snacks any old time. I’m also more mindful of what I’m eating.

    Also, another part of my plan (to eat less than DH) has not been as hard as I expected, especially when it came to dishing up last night’s lasagne. Normally I’d be wanting ‘my half’. Last night I had less than half and didn’t feel hungry afterwards or have a huge desire to go back for more. (When I say ‘half’, I mean half of a third since a lasagne gives us each 3 portions.)

    However, it will be interesting to see how I feel tomorrow. It was my birthday today so there was cake with icing and dinner out (included two alcoholic, sugary drinks). As part of my new eating plan, I want celebrations to be a bit more ‘special’ with treat foods (such as cake and sugary drinks) that I normally wouldn’t otherwise eat / drink, instead of it being forgotten because I eat those things everyday. This is to get back that sense of anticipation that I had when I was growing up – we really looked forward to birthday parties because it meant cake! softdrink! lollies! even if we did have to eat something ‘healthy’ e.g. a sandwich first.

    I went to the gym this morning. According to the scales there I lost 2kg over the past week. I’ll take that with a grain of salt though since I haven’t noticed much difference in flab. I also can’t remember if I’d eaten lunch before going last Monday (probably had). Oh, well, I’ll keep an idle check on it once a week.

    So after the gym this morning I did the grocery shopping and bought fruit & veg. Then at lunch time I was listening to the radio and heard the Midday Interview with Margaret Throsby on ABC Classic FM. Today’s guest talked about wild-foods vs cultivated foods and how most commercial fruit and veg has been cultivated to have a lower fibre content and a much higher water and sucrose content. The side effect of this is a related drop in nutrients such that they aren’t as good for you as they used to be and, to add insult to injury, they have a higher GI than they used to.

    Not only that but the recommended F&V intake is now not 7 portions (how much is a portion?) of F&V (2 fruit, 5 veg) a day but 11! This is because of the drop in nutrients.

    You can listen to the interview here:
    http://www.abc.net.au/classic/content/2012/02/13/3429157.htm

    This news made me a bit depressed after I had bought all that ‘lovely’ F&V. Sigh.

  • #205491

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    Laetitia: The lecture we went to last week supports your experience — sugar is the devil :) It messes with your insulin level, which affects both hunger levels and fat storage. I’ll have to listen to that podcast — disturbing that all the good stuff is being filtered out of fruits & veg. I’ve been reading Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” about eating local foods grown by people you know, and she says much the same thing.

    And most fruit and veg servings are a half cup. A “regular” banana is actually two fruit servings. At least according to weight watchers.

  • #205495
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    I will be joining this thread again soon. Now that I’ve uncluttered the stressful job and gained 2 hrs/day from not commuting, I hope to put that time toward exercise and more conscientious eating….

  • #205500
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    While my exercises have been going well my diet has not been the best. Too many “cheat” meals and days and it shows on the scale. So for the next months I will eat less calories and lower my carb intake. I too feel a difference in losing weight when I eat carbs (rice, pasta, breat etc. – after all there are carbs in fruit and veg too), especially in the evening. But I have a hard time limiting them – much more so then sugar. I do crave something sweet every now and then but often a small piece of dark chocolate will do the trick.

    I used to use sweetener but after being very hungry all the time (it might be the exercise too) I have cut them out and also diet sodas. Haven’t noticed that much of a difference but will keep doing it for a while.

  • #205513

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 352/R3-d142-phase3d109=phase4d89: too early morning weight (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 95 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 45 of supplements from HP.

    breakfast, the last waffle that HP says is good for me with honey, hard boiled eggs, half an apple, cold brewed coffee w/ evap milk and torani sugar free hazelnut syrup (it’s yum). Seeing optometrist today. Oh, haha, an unintended pun.

    Laetitia in Australia! How are you doing? How are you recovering? Any words of wisdom for any of us who may follow?

    I “use” my pumpkin custard w/ 1/4 of sugar in the form of splenda for my sugar fix – it helps. I’ll eventually get down to no spenda/sugar – and pumpkin is allowed on the anticandida food plan i used to do but not eggs at least initially (because the naturalpath was also dealing with potential allergens but then said if I “had” to then use organic ones) but I’ll try organic ones. I hear very dark 70% or more choc is good for you (in moderation, 3 postage stamp size servings a week) but it’s soooooo bitter … The anticandida food plan also allowed for 1 papaya a day.

    I am noticing that both the obese and morbidly obese women I now see frequently eat “unhealthily.” Much to learn about what to do and what not to do [for myself]. I think everyone is different and has to figure out what works for them. Or at least that’s how I feel about myself. Eating what HP has down as good for moi, I lose wt or feel better even if it’s waffles … anyway, in the learning and figuring out stage …

  • #205562
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    I am managing to keep off the weight I lost on vacation. I have been exercising a little more, and the pants I got on Friday were a smaller size! Also realized that the jacket I was wearing that day is way too big, so it’ll get a wash and then get donated.

    I was at the doctor this morning and he was pleased with the weight loss, and has cut my blood pressure meds on a permanent basis after I did a two week trial at the lower dose. Yay! I was having days when it was too low so the trial was to see if it would keep it in the range he wants without the episodes of ultra-low.

  • #205595
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    unfortunatly, i seem to regain one of the three lost kilos. there is so much stress around and so i go to the canteen to avoid cooking- and i don´t do any sports, it´s too cold and i just need to stay on my couch in the evenings.
    the only reason that keeps me calm is that i will have my wisdom teeth removed next week. i know that i will not be able to eat for a week, just soup- and a soup-week helped me to lose 2 kilos last month. :)

  • #205599

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    pkilmain: the smaller pants size is great, but the lowering of your bp meds is fantastic!

    mimi: ouch! soup diet should do the trick.

    NTCH: Nutrition is so complicated. One of the things gary taubes talked about was the amazingly small calorie margin it takes to put on weight. An extra 10 calories a day will put on about one pound a year (based on the math that it takes 3500 calories to gain a pound.) A medium banana is about 105 calories, so if you eat an extra banana a day you could put on 10 lbs. each year. In ten years — that’s 100 lbs. and morbidly obese.

  • #205648

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    susanintexas – that’s a bit depressing – how much do I need to cut out?! Of course, maybe I could try to be an optimist – it means that by cutting out a little I either (a) shouldn’t put on any more weight (or at least slow it down) or (b) I could lose weight slowly and gradually.

    Went to the gym this morning; supposedly, over the last two days, 1kg found where I live. DH says that a kg or so is a ‘normal’ fluctuation per day depending on when you weigh yourself (before or after a meal), how much water you’ve drunk… so I guess I should only look at the scales on a weekly basis to get any idea as to how I’m doing, after all, muscle is denser than fat. Maybe I should also measure the girth of my hips since that’s the area in which I particularly want to lose the flab.

    I took most of my birthday cake from Monday to my craft group last night so today I have a small sliver for morning tea. I gave the bigger sliver to DH for his morning tea.

    NTCH – were you asking about recovery from my heart operation? That’s fine – don’t have to see the cardiologist until November. And since I hadn’t been to my gym for months before a few weeks ago (I had been to a cardiac rehab gym at the end of last year), I’m getting slowly reacquainted with the various machines and what weight I can do on them.

  • #205706

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    yesterday, Day 353/R3-d143-phase3d110=phase4d90: too early morning weight (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 96 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 46 of supplements from HP.

    Did a modified steak/apple day

    Today, Day 354/R3-d144-phase3d111=phase4d91: Again, too early morning weight (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 96 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 46 of supplements from HP.

    Doing a modified steak/apple day

    Laetitia in Australia: yes, the heart surgery. Glad to hear you are fine.

    susanintexas: amazing isn’t it. It worked well for Paleo man – kept the tribe alive. With so much food around us now I guess we just need to eat less … :(

  • #205757
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    This article on diabetes and weight is so refreshing! She doesn’t mince words.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/05/FD9Q1MUVST.DTL

    I have found that the one thing doctors and nurses WON’T mention to their overweight type 2 diabetes patients is the need to lose weight! Why don’t they just come out and say it?? When I am at a healthy weight, my diabetes is in control. When I am overweight, my blood glucose numbers go out of control. I believe this is true for almost all type 2 cases. Sure, there are always exceptions, but I’m talking about the vast majority.

  • #205764

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    Ella: excellent article — thanks for posting it. My MIL is a relatively newly-diagnosed symptomless diabetic. She does take a drug — a fairly low dose — but we help her monitor her diet and her weight quite closely. She got an AMAZING report from her blood tests last week.

    NTCH: let’s not go overboard applauding the longevity of paleo man. I think the average lifespan was about 30 :)

  • #205779
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    Excellent article Ella. I have read her books and other articles. My doctor is all about weight loss for reducing/eliminating medications. He was thrilled to see my vacation weight loss. Of course, I still need to lose more, but as the article says, every little bit helps. As I mentioned the other day, he did reduce my blood pressure meds as with just 5% weight loss they were taking me on some scary lows.

    I do know one of the excpetions you mention; a woman who worked for me at the library, very small (5′) and a normal to low weight. She has developed type 2 and has a hard time controlling it, but as you say, not the rule.

  • #205788
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    actually, there is a lot of research showing that diabetes causes obesity.

    i have a problem with the increasing conflation of weight and health in society.

  • #205796

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    bandicoot — actually, that is exactly what Gary Taubes, the author of “why we get fat” was saying. It’s not so much that overweight causes the list of diseases, including diabetes, that everyone trots out (hypertension, other heart diseases, some cancers, etc.) as something ELSE is causing both the obesity and the diseases. His meta-analysis of the data shows that the something else is the inability to regulate insulin.

    My personal, not very informed opinion, is that the ONE thing that obesity can be directly related to is joint deterioration: our joints are just not designed to handle too much excess weight and, with age, will suffer. Of course, some of the exercise that people do to control their weight can also cause joint deterioration :) Taubes also doubts the relationship between exercise and weight loss — he says that exercise increases the hormones that provoke hunger and in the long run the hormones win over willpower.

  • #205801
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    Hmm, susan, I just wrote a proposal citing a paper which found that women lost weight and reduced body measurements through exercise alone with no calorie control, but I expect the truth is probably more complicated than either argument, and is probably massively dependent on the individual! Healthy eating, weight loss and exercise behaviours are extremely multi-faceted and also exist in a social and cultural context. No easy answers! And actually, even the joint deterioration and exercise thing is not necessarily true, I was listening to a podcast looking at the evidence for this the other day. Elite athletes knacker their joints but recreational exercisers don’t seem to.

  • #205820

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 355/R3-d145-phase3d112=phase4d92: Again, too early morning weight (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 97 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 47 of supplements from HP.

    susanintexas: Taubes is in keeping with Dr. Simeon (endocrinologist) whose theory re fat dealt with body regulation via the hypothalamus. Ditto on the exercise bit for him. I’ll have to read Taubes. Not a comment on paleo man’s longevity or health but rather a comment on his and our body’s ability to sustain itself (including not lose weight) with a limited food supply, the theory being that man’s ability to live w/ little food was a positive trait that helped the species survive: the less food you needed the better the odds for your survival and that positive trait for survival kept the “fittest,” those who could keep the weight on for the longest with the least food alive and that trait more likely to be passed on – Darwin’s survival of the fittest theory.

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    Today, Day 357/R3-d147-phase3d114=phase4d94: +8.2 – wowie (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 99 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 49 of supplements from HP.

    Time to reassess. And another dinner tonight too …

  • #206060

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Don’t feel like I’ve had a good week — haven’t been logging things in, but I didn’t last week either and dropped 3 lbs. We’ll see tomorrow. The handy couple is supposed to start work tomorrow — don’t know where they will start, how disruptive it will be or how long it will take. As some of it involves the kitchen, I may have a day or do when I am unable to cook or even re-heat meals. So I’ve tried to be flexible.

    We went to the slightly more upscale grocery this morning — their vegetables are MUCH nicer and they have a bigger variety. It’s about the same distance as the the one we usually go to and the prices are the same, so I’m not sure why we don’t go to this one all the time.

    Tonight: Got some nice lean pork chops, green beans and oven roasted potatoes. Big salad. Also roasted three chicken breasts and will dedicate one to a plate for the MIL — I’m adding some boiled and buttered potatoes and broccoli to the container. Made enough potatoes so she gets a second container with ham, peas and potatoes. If I can’t cook at least the MIL won’t starve.

    Monday: I’m meeting a friend for a couple of beers. Dinner will be catch as catch can for both me and DH. Will have to avoid bar food.

    Tuesday: still teaching class Tuesday nights, so I’ll have a sandwich and DH is on his own.

    Wednesday: I never did make the stir fry although all the veggies are cut up, so that better be today’s meal. Broccoli, snow peas, mung beans, red bell pepper, onions, mushrooms and tofu. Will probably throw in some soba noodles.

    Thursday: Something with the cooked chicken breasts — will probably make chicken and cheese enchiladas.

    Friday: I also got some ground lean turkey today, so will probably make turkey burgers. Got quite a lot of it, so will also make some meatballs and freeze them.

    We have another 10K walk on Saturday, in a park, so it should be fun. Hope the weather holds.

  • #206062

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I’ve just signed up to do a 40 day lent free of sugar and high glycemic index carbs – anyone want to join in a lent for something or other relating to this decluttering fat/getting healthy?

  • #206113

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Weighed in this morning and stayed the same, which is a very good thing — was not tracking this week, had a couple of unanticipated meals out and a couple of Shiner Blondes :) So, a total of 71.4 lbs. still gone.

    NTCH: good luck with the sugar-free low GI Lent! In the German Lutheran tradition in which I was raised tomorrow is Fastnach, or Shrove Tuesday. The tradition is to serve sugary, fatty doughnuts in preparation for the fast to come. I think I’ll pass this year:)

  • #206117
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    irishbell
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    Down one lb., finally.

  • #206121
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    lottielot
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    Shrove Tuesday here=pancakes :)

  • #206303

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    I don’t always observe Lent but these suggestions, and a conversation with some other ladies today, have given me an idea for what to do with some of the white bread I have in the freezer – French Toast for breakfast tomorrow! Sorry. Sorry, for making you hungry.

    As for me, last night I caught my little toe on the corner of a piece of furniture. I am hoping that it’s just badly bruised but either bruised or broken it makes walking difficult. I’ll be aiming to get back to the gym tomorrow (missed today because of said toe) but somehow I think DH’s suggestion of interval training will be on hold for a bit, until it’s better. I was going to do on non-gym days – tried a bit on the walk back from the doc’s yesterday. I might have to learn to ride my shiny new bike!

    On the plus side, today I went to the chiropractor. I walked out with my neck feeling much looser but I suspect my muscles are so in the habit of being tense that they’ll pull me back into old ways before I see him again on Monday (he suggested Friday but the car will be being serviced that day and I don’t know how long it will take) and I have to get some x-rays between now and then. He said that it shouldn’t take too many sessions to get my spine back into alignment. Now I just have to convince rather surprised muscles that They WANT this.

  • #206307
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    we had a delicious and very simple dinner tonight.
    i am usually all about the epic salad with ninety million different ingredients, but tonight i went against my grain.
    i peeled ribbons of carrot, added some baby spinach, dressed it with tamari/balsamic vinegar/honey/ginger/sesame oil.
    and grilled up some herby garlicky mushrooms and that was all.
    it took about ten minutes from fridge to table and we almost licked our plates afterwards.

  • #206309

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    Bandicoot — oh yum! We actually have all those ingredients on hand and I see it on the menu tonight! I’m making a vegetable stir fry and it will be the perfect accompaniment.

  • #206320
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    Phew. Bought a gift card for two massages and one body composition test before Christmas and the massages are long gone but due to a very long queue I took the test today only. Not good, but I already knew that. I have to stop curing myself with ice cream and other bad food; two weeks is enough and everything I lost recently came back.

    On a positive note, I found out that I’m not just 177 but 177.9 cm tall which means there is a little shift in the BMI (not that BMI is useful in almost any way these days). It’s 5 foot and 10.03937 inch however you silly SI-unitless people want to write it. I grew 0.354 inch. “She’s a five foot ten in catsuit and bambi eyes…” Right. Not. Lol.

  • #206363
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    Wow, Nina, I had you pictured as blonde and about 5 ft 6 inches; now I’ll have to revise my mental picture. :)

    I’m having a terrible time with food right now, which is distressing after how well I did on vacation. DH and I have been working out some stuff, which leads to me eating too much of the wrong things. Talk about passive agreassive bahavior – how does me gaining weight “show him” or whatever. Must get my subconscious in line with my conscious “wanting to lose weight” self! On that note I’m tracking today. One meal at a time….

  • #206372
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    nina, i have always suspected you were one of those tall gorgeous northerner viking types!

  • #206399

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 360/R3-d150-phase3d117=phase4d97: too early morning so didn’t weigh in (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 102 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 52 of supplements from HP.

    Today, Day 357/R3-d147-phase3d114=phase4d94: +8.2 – wowie (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 99 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 49 of supplements from HP.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2105132/Damn-low-fat-diet-How-reformed-vegan-John-Nicholson-gorges-foods-granny-enjoyed–felt-better.html

  • #206426

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 361/R3-d151-phase3d118=phase4d98: +7.2, down a bit hooray! (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 103 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 53 of supplements from HP.

    I’m not Catholic but am following Lent and given up sugar and high glycemic index carbs for 40 days.

    An interesting article contributing to the food as drug discussion:

    http://bodyodd.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/22/10480896-can-you-get-addicted-to-ice-cream-maybe-study-shows

  • #206523

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 362/R3-d152-phase3d119=phase4d99: +8.0, up a bit from lunch and dinner ysterday (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 104 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 54 of supplements from HP.

    Modified apple/steak day

  • #206587
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    Meal plan:
    Saturday: Mac and cheese
    Sunday: Some pasta sauce by the husband
    Monday: L/carrot soup from freezer, D/mac n cheese
    Tuesday: L/Le Cordon Bleu yummy onion soup, D/eating out with sis
    Wednesday: L/onion soup, D/Chicken breast with spinach sauce and rice
    Thursday: L/Feta salad, D/Le Cordon Bleu still-to-be-tested Quiche lorraine with green salad
    Friday: L/Quiche, D/Crème Ninon (I’m eating by myself, hubby is away)
    Saturday: L (depends on when he’s moving out but)/Crème Ninon
    Sunday: L/Le Cordon Bleu mushroom soup on chanterelles and champignons

    All the LCB recipes come from a thin book on soups and quiches, which is very recommendable should someone want something slightly lighter and they are very easy to pack for lunches, too!

  • #206589
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    Back to running, what a relief! Did bums and tums too, not too terrible :)

  • #206591

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Ninakk — your menu sounds good but a little light — soup doesn’t fill me up! Hope the mac and cheese was as good as it smelled. Lottielot: I’m hurting just thinking about bums and tums.

    We’ve got a walk this morning — either 10 or 15K depending on how we feel when we get there. We can walk the longer distance but it can get boring after a while. The weather has been unpredictable. It’s only going to be in the mid-60s (18c) today, but by Tuesday it’s expected to be in the 90s (32c.)And we could still have another freeze, which would play havoc with the plants, some of which are already in bloom.

    The food is going well this week, I think. We seem to have started a tradition of going out to lunch after these walks, and I have a Groupon-like voucher for one of our favorite Mexican restaurants. Hmmm … needs to be used by March 13th.

  • #206592
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    Susan, it may sound light but I make larger portions. The quiche contains plenty of eggs and some bacon and gruyère, too, so I really need to make the green salad or I’d die. Both the creamy mushroom soup and crème n. are rather thick, but I also have some rye bread should I need a slice of warm buttery loveliness to go with them. And speaking of Groupon, Tuesday’s eating out is precisely that; a gift card for two that needs to be used at the latest that date, so I’m taking my sis for some fish and chips at an Irish bar. Never had it but I hear it’s rather fatty…

    Eta:
    The mac and cheese? Oh.my.god, I’m bursting because I had to have a second helping!

  • #206599
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    I made macaroni cheese the other day, it was delicious! Next time I think a small amount of bacon would improve it.

  • #206602

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Member

    Today, Day 363/R3-d153-phase3d120=phase4d100: no weigh today (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 105 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 55 of supplements from HP. See HP today and may stay for class.

    Should I or should I not entertain a fair weather “friend” for dinner? Are there any positives in having a fair weather “friend” who also is very needy, self absorbed, and comes from family with alcoholism but hasn’t gone through the necessary family therapy herself? Putting it down in writing makes it sound like incredibly bad news.

  • #206607
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    pkilmain
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    DH bought a new digital scale yesterday. Since it weighed him within a pound of hos doctor’s scale, I gave it a go. I was pleasantly surprised to find I was right at the weight WW had me on returning from vacation. DH then had to weigh the cats. Rolling eyes. One is 10.4 pounds, the other 10.2. One however is long and lean, and a little “taller” while the other is rounder and has less length. She is also very long-haired so really hard to see her true body shape. Funny that they weigh essentially the same, you’d never think so to look at them.

  • #206613

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    lottielot: I’ve put in spam before – added that nice extra touch. I’ve only made mac and cheese that I really liked once tho. My sauce and noodles tend to separate and get oily. I don’t know what I did “right” the one time I made it w/ spam that it came out so well.

  • #206621
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    djk
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    heh pkilmain! tempted to go weigh the monster now:)

  • #206622
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    djk
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    the cat monster, that is

    not the husband monster

    I thought I should clarify

  • #206626
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    ninakk
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    djk, that is so helpful, we usually take things very literally here in the forum. it would be a rather impressive feat should you be able to stand with him in your arms, though (that is how I weigh suitcases and kitty; myself first then with load and finally a bit of math).

  • #206664

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Ninakk — you inspired me with the soup, so decided to make some for this week while the weather is still a bit nippy. Hope to see a loss when I weigh in tomorrow. I’ve been unintentionally experimenting with not journaling my food and instead just trying to be more mindful — really, just lazy. It seems to be working, but think I will go back to the journal in March. I am so close to my goal would hate to have it slip away from me.

    Tonight: Salisbury steaks made with 96% ff ground beef in mushroom and tomato gravy; mixed mashed potatoes and cauliflower; asparagus; roasted golden beets from the farmer’s market; big tossed salad. The MIL LOVES mashed and gravy and will be thrilled.

    Monday: Have some pork ribs in the dutch oven at low temperature. Will put them in the fridge and skim off the fat. Serve over egg noodles with some of the kale I got at the farmer’s market.

    Tuesday: I have class so will grab a sandwich. DH is on his own.

    Wednesday: Split pea soup and corn fritters.

    Thursday: Turkey bratwurst, barley pilaf, green beans (or whatever vegetable looks good at the market on Thursday afternoon.) Big salad.

    Friday: vegetarian enchiladas with a side of lettuce/tomato/onion and guacamole.

  • #206682

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 364/R3-d154-phase3d121=phase4d101: +8.0, same as yesterday (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 106 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 56 of supplements from HP.

    Tomorrow will be 365 days, one year – lowest wt down = 35 and with the downs and ups probably about 50 down and 15 up and can get into the small sweaters I couldn’t believe I’d ever worn was one of the highlights.

    It’s been a year of this thread tomorrow:

    Shall we do a party?

  • #206686

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    NTCH: an online party would be excellent. No food temptations!

  • #206688

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    wot, no food temptations? Wot in its place then ;)?

    I know, youtube dancing/exercises …

  • #206690
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    Jennifer
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I ordered Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution last night. Desperately need some structure, and this will do it. 90 days. Meal plan, work-out DVD’s, etc. Puttering along myself isn’t getting me results. Must make time for ME.

  • #206724
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    Nina
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Hi everyone. While I have been doing my p90x exercises I have not been as good with my nutrition. I’ve realized that I need to eat less calories in order to lose weight – even if I am exercising nearly every day.

    I’m happy to say that it seems to be working and I’ve now lost 0.8kg since last week. So I will continue with that and hopefully the weight will keep coming off.

  • #206727
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    ninakk
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I’m really proud of you guys who have managed to stick to this. I can’t believe it’s a whole year already, but well done guys!

  • #206728
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    irishbell
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Down .5 lbs. slowly but surely.

  • #206729

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    You must have shipped that 1/2 pound over her, Irish, because I gained it :( And it brought 3 more ounces along with it (8/10 of a gain this week.) No big deal — but does confirm that I need to start tracking again. Still, down 70.4 lbs so far and not complaining.

  • #206746
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    irishbell
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Susan, I have not been tracking either. It is my downfall!

  • #206761

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Since I’m aiming to fit back into my clothes, my tracking is girth, not mass (although I do occasionally get on the scales at the gym out of curiosity). My thighs are slightly over half my hips.

    I can’t do as much exercise as I’d like at the moment as I damaged a toe last Tuesday night. I’m still not sure if it’s actually broken or just still bruised as the bruising was quite extensive – still blue in the part of the foot just past the toes near my littlest and next littlest toes. When it heals up better I’m going to try some interval training.

  • #206814

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 366/R3-d156-phase3d123=phase4d103: +7.8, down .2 (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 108 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 58 of supplements from HP.

    Was sick yesterday so missed the year – but instead

    come to the party here on this thread on sat and sunday and bring something (no food, music, balloons, cards, plants, flowers etc

    and if you like, share your thoughts on the past year and the year to come.

    Paraphrasing Jimi Hendrix: See you in the next year, don’t be late.

  • #206866
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    Another Deb
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Ok, it’s Leap Day and I am taking the leap today! In 2001-2 I lost 100 pounds and as of today only 12 have remained off. I am recommitting to losing 30 by the time I hit summer and an outdoors trip I am taking. I’ll be coming to see you all here and hope to get and give ideas and support.

    Happy new uncluttering weight year!

    I know, I have, I will.
    I know how to do this, I have done it before, I will eat my carrots today instead of throwing them in the trash when I find them in the lunch bag in the morning.

  • #206868

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Laetitia: I agree that fitting into clothes is a good criteria, but I found that *I* tend to be a little too forgiving in deciding what actually fits. The scale in an absolute and doesn’t permit me to delude myself that I haven’t spread out — those jeans must have shrunk in the wash.

    NTCH: sorry you weren’t feeling well. Party this weekend, then! Sunday we are having a “siclovia” here — the city is closing off four miles of a downtown street to cars and buses. The whole route will be lined with health and fitness events (zumba in the street, anyone?) and healthy food booths. I’ll celebrate there!

    Another Deb: Kudos on making the commitment! I, too, lost a while ago and let it creep back. This time I’m determined to stick with it.

  • #206884
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    Mimi
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    i think i gained a lot of weight. i planned to have a soup week because of the surgey and to lose weight but i could not stand hot or even warm meals or beverages since the surgery 10 days ago. warmth was evil, cold was good. so i have eaten nearly exclusively *drumroll* ICESCREAM! *sigh* for the sake of health, so to speak.

    i avoided to go on the scale.
    so today i commit: i will track my weight AND my ww-points from tomorrow on.

  • #206886
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    pkilmain
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    My weighht was back to my “back from vacation” weight when I weighed st WW Monday night, and it matched our new home scale within a pound. Now I can have a more accurate view of what my weight is doing.

    Another Deb – in 2000 I lost 70 lbs, and like you gained all but 10 lbs back. Now I have 15 more gone…. I’ve been up and down over the last 12 years, but this time I mean to stay down at a healthier weight.

  • #206897

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 367/R3-d157-phase3d124=phase4d104: +8.8, up a lb from yesterday due to eating very late and Worcestershire sauce – i notice soy sauce, braggs and wor. all give me a big bump up (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 109 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 59 of supplements from HP.

    I hear you on the weight creep up!!! I need to talk about that when I have more time.

    susanintexas: I’ll join you in my own outdoor festival :) to celebrate the year and reassess and assess for the next one!

    PS I just noticed my typo for the party:

    No food

    But do bring balloons, flowers, music, dancing, stories, good cheer, cards, plants, cute animals/pets, youtube, pictures, paintings, artwork, information, tips etc etc etc

    and feel free to share your thread related stories

    hopes, wishes, dreams and aspirations for the coming year

  • #206906

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    susanintexas – I’m also measuring myself, so that’s a reasonably unambiguous check.

  • #206962
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    Ella
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    In February I continued my gradual shift to eating slightly more lean protein and slightly fewer grains. I didn’t eat more veggies, alas, so that’ll be a goal for March.
    I also didn’t get out for exercise most days… sick in bed with a lingering cold and cough, bad weather, and just plain lazy. I’ll try to do better in March. I’ve got word of coming into a small windfall (very small, but still…), and I might be able to join the health club at that nice hotel with the indoor pool. I believe it could make a huge difference in controlling my diabetes and lifting my depression. Meanwhile, last month my weight made a teeny tiny move downward. Baby Steps R Us! :)

    January 1st: 26.2 BMI
    February 1st: 25.9 BMI
    March 1st: 25.7 BMI
    Goal: 20 BMI

  • #206974

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Reposting this cravings chart.

    http://www.naturopathyworks.com/pages/cravings.php

  • #206980

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Purchased grissini as a prelude to another round. It was new stock, they are often out or low on stock, and has an expiration date of 7/30 so it will keep for when I can do the next round. You have to wait between rounds, waiting periods get longer and longer between rounds. Perhaps I will get to 17 BMI. Did you see the latest pics of skinny girl? I actually looked saggy like that at the last lowest weight.

  • #207000

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    NTCH: BMI of 17? That really is low — anything below 18.5 is considered underweight. I’m 5’9″, and for me a BMI of 17 would be 115 lbs — which is probably about 20 lbs *below* the weight where I would start looking skeletal. (Not that I know that from experience — the last time I weighed 115 I was probably 8 years old.) You actually seem happier with your weight where you are now than you were when you were 8 lbs. lighter and seem to be doing a great job maintaining it at a fairly steady level. Just saying :)

    Good news: I got my President’s Challenge Bronze Fitness Award yesterday. That’s 40,000 points, which for me translated into 142 hours 33 minutes of activity. That and $5 will get me a skinny latte at Starbucks :) Now onto the silver award — 50,000 points for that one. I’ll see if I can do that by the end of the year.

  • #207004
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    irishbell
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Sit- way to go! That’s quite an accomplishment, you’re very motivated!
    Down another .5- had a nervous stomach all week, didn’t eat much. State finals for dd’s
    cheer team and then 80 or so invading…er, coming for the after party.
    Ah, the blessed weekend…..tomorrow.

  • #207012
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    Nina
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    NTCH: I am also a bit worried to hear that you would like to have a BMI of 17. While I don’t believe that BMI is always the most accurate to determine a persons healthy weight – I think that is mostly the case for people with a slightly higher BMI then 25 who have a lot of muscle weight.
    If you are not yet happy with the way you look I would suggest some exercise instead of trying to lose more weight. That way you can also eat more without worrying about putting the weight back on and I have to say for me it does help with stress and makes me feel better about myself and my body.

    Susan: GZ on all those hours of activity!
    Unfortunately I’ve had a nasty cold all week so the only “exercise” i had was some cleaning, hoovering and ironing. Hoping to feel well enough again tomorrow or Sunday to to some “real” exercise.

  • #207022

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    susanintexas and Nina: THANK YOU for your concern! I said it “half” tongue in cheek, kiddingly, knowing it would be dreaming the impossible dream to get back to my high school weight, when I though I was fat esp since my friends were born that way really skinny, (which at age 17 would be “normal” range and at 30 percentile) but at the moment would be underweight and at like the 2 percentile or something outrageous like that.

    Today, Day 369/R3-d159-phase3d125=phase4d105: no weighing yesterday or today – early morning and then today forgot and drank something first thing so as to throw wt off (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 111 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 61 of supplements from HP. Suspended for the last couple days because was sick.

  • #207042

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    BMI was only intended for populations as a group, not individuals. Since it works on the square of height it isn’t appropriate for a measure of individuals, particularly very tall or short ones. A better check is the Ponderal Index (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponderal_index) which uses the cube of height (since we are 3-D, not 2-D creatures).

  • #207051
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    Another Deb
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Needtoclean, The cravings chart is interesting, although I don’t think I’d want to replace chocolate with calves liver, etc..:-)

    My week of renewal to this cause has begun. Each morning I begin the list of what calories I am collecting for the day, I am used to the points system from WeightWatchers, but it’s been several years. Anyone using the latest incarnation of WW points?

    It’s difficult to journal some of the evening meals since they are not packaged products like a bowl of cereal and milk.

    Laeticia, that’s great information on the BMI!

  • #207102
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Thanks for throwing the very uncluttered 1 year anniversary party, NTCH!

    This has not been a very diligent week :( Went out for Chinese food one night and although I stuck to healthy choices, i had too many of them. Also went to our favorite Taco place for lunch yesterday, to use a Groupon before it expired. Same story — no, not really. Not particularly healthy choices. But yummy!

    This week will be another weird one. Picking up a friend tomorrow who will spend the night, and taking her out to dinner. Letting her choose, so no idea about food. Tuesday is DH’s office’s monthly expedition to Sam’s Burger Joint — I only occasionally attend, but this is a farewell for one of his co-workers who I really like, so will probably make an appearance (and have one of their delicious veggie burgers and a beer or two.)

    Today: Chicken enchiladas. Already assembled them, just need to pop them into the oven. With side salad & a little guac.
    Mon & Tues: out for dinner.
    Wednesday: I have some chicken breasts baking and will make them into a casserole with some Butoni ravioli (had a coupon for it) and light Alfredo. Will throw in kale and mushrooms to plump it up without adding calories. And a HUGE salad.
    Thursday: Am making a barley side salad with grapes, toasted pecans and a little bit of feta. Will have that with something — might pick up some fish on Thursday afternoon. And a big tossed salad as well.
    Friday: Crustless quiche, with spinach, mushrooms and feta. Will make them in a muffin pan and freeze the leftovers. Huge salad to go with.

  • #207133

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 371/R3-d161-phase3d127=phase4d107: no weighing yesterday or today – all nighter on friday so no morning yesterday and then today avoided it out of apprehension and fear … you know, since it’s our birthday … (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 113 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 63 of supplements from HP. Suspended for the most of the week, first because was sick and then because I was recovering and had a lot of work so didn’t want to risk it.

    susanintexas: yes, strange week for you. How was your event? Congratulations on the award. I can purchase a bottle = trillion cups of instant coffee of the brand I like on sale for $5 …

    BTW, the b-day party picture is random from the net, it’s not of me or mine, but the one I found that I thought fit for our party here.

  • #207134

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    HAPPY 1ST YEAR BIRTHDAY TO US!!!

    First year reminiscence: Hearing about HCG on a health store radio show, my physician telling me about HCG and how “you can lose 30 lbs in 30 days and keep it off too,” and making it sound easy to do, a stranger I just met mentioning that someone she thought I might know lost 40 lbs on HCG, a woman I know telling me about 2 of her friends who she thought I might know or know of who lost, respectively, 90 lbs in 2 rounds and 80 lbs in 3 rounds and kept it off, a health food store owner telling me about how their accountant lost 30 lbs in 30 days, researching on the internet and finding lots of stories, pictures, and youtube postings of people giving testimony on their experience w/ great wt loss and maintaining it, finding out that my physician, his wife, and staff all lost lots of weight on it. Apprehensively deciding to try it through my physician’s office (prescription), going through all the worries and concerns and fears and doubts and etc. of learning and trying a new thingy (including looking for and finding grissini and liquid stevia and new products) then seeing it work just like the instructions from Dr. Simeon and a book said. Reading the instruction book and Dr. Simeon’s manuscript which was, in the words of a friend, “like taking a college course,” and having a learning curve moment(s). Finding homeopathic non prescription versions that worked just as well at a greatly reduced cost. Going from disliking apples and never eating them (maybe had 3 raw whole apples before then) to liking them a lot, usually having one or more daily now and being able to discern between apple varieties (a regular apple connoisseur Matilda). Oh, and of course, losing lots of weight and inches, without being hungry for the most part, that I know I “never” would have been able to as easily any other way tho atkins comes close and the anticandida food plan might work if i put it to a better test. Because of stress and temporary changes resulting in having to associate more with obese and morbidly obese individuals and exposure to more tempting sugary and white flour and buttery stuff resulting in “experimentation” on my part, and deviating from the instructions, I am seeing wt creep … :( … so just purchased grissini in preparation for another HCG round to be embarked on later down the road. Still lots of wt loss. Am in the figuring out maintenance phase.

    :D And walking the walk with fellow unclutterers was the best part of the journey! Applause, kudos, and hugs to you. Especially thanking susanintexas for sharing her weekly delicious menus and show downs with bathroom faucets with us, not to mention almost there to high school admirable weight loss! :) :D

    Just like the starship Enterprise, we do boldly go where no man has gone before and continue our voyage into year two. Changing the subject, I am a big Chris Pine fan! “This Means War” was a lot of fun. I love Reese Witherspoon and now am a fan of Tom Hardy (the man can act!). If you liked the humor in the most recent “Star Trek,” where they show how the crew began, or if you just like looking at Chris Pine, you’ll like the humor in “This Means War.”

    BEST WISHES TO ALL OF US AS WE ENTER YEAR TWO OF THE JOURNEY.

    In the paraphrased words of Lao Tsu: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.*

    *Notes about this Quotation – Although this is the popular form of this quotation, a more correct translation from the original Chinese would be “The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one’s feet.” Rather than emphasizing the first step, Lau Tzu regarded action as something that arises naturally from stillness. Another potential phrasing would be “Even the longest journey must begin where you stand.” [note by Michael Moncur, September 01, 2004] from: http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/24004.html

  • #207162
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    Nina
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Happy One Year Fellow Fat Unclutterers.

    Interestingly it has been almost a year since I first started to lose weight and for the first time actually lose a substantial amount and keep (most) of it off. My husband reminded me of this on Saturday when he said that I could do it again this spring. For the past few months I have exercised more but my diet has not been on track which for means no weight loss. I do feel better, fitter, stronger and leaner but I am ready to finally lose the next few kilos. I want this year to be the last that I have to be “on a diet” and hopefully this forum will help me achieve this goal once and for all.

  • #207163
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    bandicoot
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    i have been lax with my raw veganness whilst travelling, and having more cooked vegetables than usual, not to mention three evenings involving fresh nz schnapper fish.
    and i feel worse for it.
    i am not feeling quite so fabulous first thing in the morning, and i really am dying for a green smoothie!
    i managed to keep alcohol to a bare minimum over five days of catching up with friends and family, and it was easier than i thought.
    i simply made my glass of wine sit there for an evening, while i drank water on the side.
    mad skillz.
    i put in two very long days of driving on my own, eating fresh fruit and raw nuts and seeds en route. and drinking water with wheatgrass powder shaken up in it in my water bottle.
    and i didn’t feel even half the fatigue i should have.
    on one day, i was driving for over 11 hours (due to an unexpected road closure/rock slides) and i arrived full of beans and caught up with the cousins until after midnight.
    i could not have done that two months ago.

    i am reading health at every size by linda bacon, and it is wonderful.
    taking a health-based approach rather than a weight-based approach is literally changing my life. for the better.

  • #207174

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Up another half pound today, which was expected — two big, salty meals out and a run-in with a bag of pretzels. Get a grip!

    My year in review: I actually started in January of last year, but have lost 70 lbs. and now exercise regularly doing things I actually enjoy. I’ve refined my closet and have had several people ask me for wardrobe advice (a first, believe me!) I feel much better — both physically and emotionally. Reporting to this group has been helpful — lots of different ideas offered in a non-judgmental and supportive manner.

    I’m at a good weight for me now but don’t see any reason to change what I am doing as it is a healthy and sustainable way of eating and living. I could stand to lose another 5-10 lbs, but am not obsessing about it. The important thing to to maintain all the good stuff.

    Onto year 2!!

  • #207182
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    s
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    You ALL are such an inspiration!

    Perhaps getting to “high school” weight isn’t so attainable because now you’re stronger and fitter, with some good heavy muscle! That’s my story, anyway!

  • #207245

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 372/R3-d162-phase3d129=phase4d109: woke early and drank some coffee fell asleep and weighed later – okay, it’s up so I guess I can’t eat wantonly of ice cream and bread and cookies etc … yet??? Makes me want to join costco just so i can have convenient access to good apples and sirloin steak … (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 115 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 65 of supplements from HP.

  • #207296

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    ntch – what is HCG?

    As for me, I am not seeing any change for the smaller on the hip and thigh measurements – makes me feel like I’m restricting myself for naught. I try to remind myself that it took a long time to build up and it’ll probably take a long time to lose.

  • #207374
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    bandicoot
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    i made something insane for lunch today….having a couple of days of 100% raw after my trip.
    i threw this in the food processor:
    peeled pumpkin chunks, about 2 cups
    a handful of fresh mint and a handful of fresh basil
    a small handful of almonds and macadamias
    a few sultanas
    juice of half a lemon
    curry powder and salt to taste.
    whizzed it all to a fine gritty moist mixture, then laid it on nori sheets with baby spinach leaves and dabs of mayo.
    rolled the nori up and ate them on the spot.

    i’ve never eaten raw pumpkin before and it is delicious.

  • #207389

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 374/R3-d164-phase3d131=phase4d111: no weighing yesterday or today (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 117 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 67 of supplements from HP.

  • #207401
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    djk
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Laetitia–it is human chorionic gonadotropin, which is a hormone women produce when pregnant.

    The FDA (the USA’s food & drug administration) officially declared it illegal for dietary purposes, as of December 6, 2011:

    http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm282334.htm

  • #207409

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Laetitia in Australia:

    Here’s some information and testimony on it:

    HCG Diet by Dr. Simeon (an endocrinologist) -

    1. Dr. Simeon’s manuscript w/ instructions: http://www.hcginfoonline.com/ORIGINAL_Dr_Simeons_Pounds_and_Inches.htm

    2. Linda Prinster books: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=linda+prinster&x=0&y=0

    3. people commenting: http://www.dietsinreview.com/diets/hcg-diet/

    http://www.oprah.com/health/Are-HCG-Injections-a-Good-Way-to-Lose-Weight

    http://www.oprah.com/community/thread/113339

    4. Youtube testimonials:

    go to youtube.com and search “hcg” and also try “mamaclok”

    It is available over the counter or by prescription (much more expensive). The drug industry is taking steps to make it available by prescription only (much more expensive) and keep all sales limited to sales through drug companies (translation, more profit to few drug companies). It is widely available over the counter and comes in many brands and you’ll have to ask around for which ones people recommend. It is always available by (expensive) prescription as well, through a physician like the one who recommended it to me. He, his wife, his family, and his staff all were wildly successful on the program, as were the others I mentioned.

    There’s a part in Dr. Simeon’s manuscript where he talks about other medical conditions. I wanted to point that out to you since you had/have that heart thing going on. Did you want to lose weight or did your doctor ask you to? I think weight loss needs to be carefully gauged when you have related medical issues so it’s always best, IMO, to check with your physician. BTW, how are you?

  • #207422

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 375/R3-d165-phase3d133=phase4d113: very early morning so no weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Less stress, but still high. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

    Day 118 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 68 of supplements from HP.

  • #207537
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    bandicoot
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    i made some delicious raw chocolate coconut fudge balls today.

    in the food processor:
    almonds
    cashews
    shredded coconut
    cocoa powder
    cacao nibs
    sea salt (just a pinch)
    vanilla
    agave syrup (dark)

    whizz until you have smooth dark dough.
    roll small pieces into balls with shredded coconut to coat.
    refrigerate.
    these are insanely rich and delicious with a fudgey texture.
    a couple of these with a pot of tea….i have no desire for cake or bikkies at all anymore, but who doesn’t like some chocolate at very regular intervals?

    and we have bought yet another punnet of sprouts that are slimy and mouldy…..so i have ordered a sprouter online and we will start farming micro-greens by the end of the month.
    i am looking forward to sprouting a huge variety of seeds and eating them at their peak of nutrition each day.

    i don’t know if i am losing any weight, but i have never felt better :)

  • #207541
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    irishbell
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Down .8 lbs. slowly but surely seems to be the way for me.
    NTCH- cant imagine what’s going on that your stress levels have been so high for so long,
    but it cannot be healthy for you! If i lived under such high stress for months on end, i’d crack up!
    Take care!

  • #207559

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Well done, Irish. Slow and steady wins the race :)

    This has been a disaster of a week — I will show a gain when I weigh in tomorrow. THREE meals out with friend from out of town, one meal out with the extended family and to top it off we got burgers and fries from Fudruckers one night. Ugh. Next week also looks like it will be scattered — I need to figure out a way to deal with meals when I am not in control of their preparation.

    Tonight: Turkey bratwurst on the grill, green beans and a mashed combo of potato, sweet potato and a head of cauliflower, served with fat free gravy. Big salad.

    Monday: Not sure of my schedule — might have an old friend visiting, might have to interview someone for a newspaper piece — so made a big pot of turkey chili so I can be flexible and DH won’t starve if I end up elsewhere during dinnertime. With cole slaw and cornbread. Yum.

    Tuesday: I have a staff meeting followed by class — will stop and get a subway sandwich. Tried deferring dinner until I got home (9-ish) but that didn’t work.

    Wednesday: Making Chicken Tikki Masala from a skinnytaste recipe. With creamed spinach and brown rice. Cucumber salad.

    Thursday: got some small and lean pork chops for the grill, asparagus and baked potatoes (which aren’t too bad if you load them with salsa instead of butter or sour cream.) Big salad.

    Friday: Might pick up some fish (got some lovely salmon on sale last week) or make a fritatta. With a big salad.

    Saturday: St. Patrick’s Day, and I always make corned beef and cabbage for the DH. With boiled potatoes. Makes him happy. We’re still not sure of our plans for this day so the ceremonial meal could slip to Sunday.

  • #207562
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    bandicoot
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    susan, i think i would die if i had to wait until 9pm for dinner!
    how about keeping some chopped fruit and vegetables in the fridge at all times? for quick snacks.
    o, i like raw nuts/seeds/dried fruit for emergency snacks too.

    ntch, i too have noticed your logs in this thread and the constant high high stress.
    this can’t be healthy, right?
    non stop high stress will kill us faster than a few extra pounds of weight.
    please cut yourself a break and be kind to yourself.
    we can’t prevent crap happening in our lives….that is just regular life imho….but we can control how we react to it.

  • #207563

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 376/R3-d166-phase3d134=phase4d114: no weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Less stress, but still high. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

    Day 119 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 69 of supplements from HP. But after doing an allergy scan he added in SAMe so I asked him about 5-HTP. He didn’t know about it but asked that I bring it for him to check. So I’ll take that as well as HCG and some other things next week when I see him.

    http://health.msn.com/healthy-living/how-daily-habits-can-have-big-health-payoffs?imageindex=1

  • #207570

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Bandicoot: Tuesdays I have a staff meeting from 4-6, then teach a class (same location) from 6:30 – 8:30. I have a half hour between to gulp something down, although no one would dare complain if I started eating during the staff meeting :) Week before last I tried skipping dinner, almost chewed my arm off, then just opened the fridge when I got home and snacked until midnight. Not bad stuff (we don’t have bad stuff in the house) but too darn much of it. It’s back to bringing a sandwich this week :)

  • #207571

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Foods that boost your mood:

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/1498915235001/foods-that-boost-your-mood/?playlist_id=86892

  • #207593
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    bandicoot
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    thirty minutes between commitments? plenty of time for a meal.
    i’d pack a thermos of soup….a salad in a covered bowl…..a sandwich….fruit….vegies and dips….so many transportable nutritious options.
    i don’t know about you, but i generally need to eat something every three or four hours. i would be snacking until midnight too! trying to catchup!

  • #207635

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 377/R3-d167-phase3d135=phase4d115: no weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Less stress, but still high. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

    Day 120 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 70 of supplements from HP.

  • #207674

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Just reviewed material and did my calculations – It’s ok to start another round. Just to be aware of when the waiting period is what I wanted to know. You have to wait increasing lengths of time between rounds. My physician’s wife said she lost 27 lbs on the second round. Not to be mean or anything I’d say she could stand to lose 40 more lbs. I have some lean steak and rib eye roast. I’ll roast the roast ahead of time, slice it into correct portions, package in plastic bags and freeze for convenience for the very low calorie portion of the food plan. The first time around it was hard because I had to learn my way through it. Now it’s become easy. I just broiled some sirloin tonight and double checked – it says it’s permitted so I’ll slice some of that up into portions also. Have apples and grissini. Have some vegs and that is easy to just pick up later. Know where my books are.

    susanintexas: I know what you mean about eating out. My spiral down or upward in this case began with a single moment: to be sociable I agreed to go to lunch out at a chinese restaurant. I thought I’d have chinese chicken salad hold the dressing or on the side. When we got there I discovered they didn’t have that so joined in on having dim sum family style. This was the exact moment of the start of the spiral upwards. The lesson learned is either don’t go or check ahead of time or order steamed vegetables. It’s hard because being sociable includes food a lot of the time. And then just being at a restaurant exposes you to temptations. Also, in my case, I’ve been around obese and morbidly obese people recently and am exposed to lovely food temptations. I’ve been eating more period because I’m around food and people eating all the time; but also bad stuff like chocolate (which I don’t even like) and cookies. I don’t know how to draw the line or balance being sociable and foodstuffing. Plus that after being so limited on the food plan the new choices are so tempting. And I knew I shouldn’t go to that chinese restaurant with them but didn’t want to appear anti social … dilemma … and I don’t like to eat out where I have to eat steamed choi sum or broccoli while everyone else is eating really yummy things that I want to eat (it would just make me eat something later anyway). As Dr. Simeon says, as you are setting your new body set point on his plan, be watchful because the body wants to return to its prior weight. But each step is a step in the journey and new lesson learned.

  • #207692

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/20-artery-cleansing-foods-you-should-be-eating

    Today, Day 378/R3-d168-phase3d136=phase4d116: no weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Less stress, but still high. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

    Day 121 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 71 of supplements from HP.

  • #207786

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    ntch – I’m the only one who has said to me that I ‘need’ to lose some flab. I just want to fit back into my clothes without having horrible underwear lines and not being able to put things in my pockets. I asked about HCG because you’d mentioned the acronym and I didn’t know what it was.

    After 6 weeks of restricting added sugar (biscuits, cakes, softdrink etc.) to celebration times (e.g. birthdays), trying to eat less than my husband does and trying to increase my exercise levels, I still haven’t noticed any change for the better in my size. I may have lost a tad of tummy fat but it’s doubtful and the area that I’m particularly interested in is my butt which, if anything, may have actually increased in the last week! I’d feel like I’m restricting myself completely unnecessarily except that my eyes seem marginally happier with less sugar. Sigh.

  • #207863

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 380/R3-d170-phase3d138=phase4d118: no weighing very early morning (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Less stress, but still high.

    Day 123 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program.

    Day 73 of supplements from HP.

    LIA: I know the feeling.

  • #207919

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 381/R3-d171-phase3d139=phase4d119: no weighing very early morning (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Less stress, but still high.

    Day 124 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program and HP has given me some SAMe. Does the world seem brighter ;)

    Day 74 of supplements from HP.

  • #207941
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    lottielot
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Bandicoot: your chocolate balls sound yummy!! Ds2 and I buy these ‘coco mango’ balls from the supermarket and I don’t even want to know how unhealthy they really are, they are delicious :) Reminds me of the apricot delight I used to buy from the school canteen.

  • #207943
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    lottielot
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    And I have done a ludicrous amount of exercise today so I have had 2 dinners :)

  • #207983

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 382/R3-d172-phase3d140=phase4d120: no weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Less stress, but still high.

    Day 125 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program

    Day 75 of supplements from HP. Seeing HP today.

    I like this plate a lot. Where can I get one?

    http://myjourneywithcandida.blogspot.com/

    Nothing like a call to action as opening up a wedding thank you note in the mail, pulling out a copy of a group wedding picture, and seeing yourself … undeniably … there … Plastic surgery anyone? It’s back toward the Hollywood too big ant head look. I would like to slim down my face. Nice forearms and hands and hair. My father looks skeletal. One of my stresses is that he is ill, slowly wasting away and dying before my eyes. It just kills me. My cousin and his new wife look nice.

    Well, seeing the picture gave me reinforcement to do another round. [And I know I'm heavier now than when the picture was taken.] You know, when I weighed less I used to eat only dinner because lunches were a bother and we never did breakfast anyway. Will I have to do that now? It was easy and just how it was back then. I remember when I started eating [big] lunches because it was convenient and the food was good. What to do, what to do.

  • #207995
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    bandicoot
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    i bet someone on etsy would custom make a copy of that plate for you.

  • #208008

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    This morning went on a lovely 10K walk in Boerne, a Hill Country town about 20 miles north of here. They had a big festival going on in their main plaza (which they call the hauptplatz) so very — well, festive. The next walk is in Lost Maples, a state park about 80 miles west of us. We have an oyster bake to go to that evening (the 31st, an annual alumni event) but we’ll pretty much make a day of it. These walks are taking us to places we’ve never been to before, which is a good thing. So far we’ve been meeting our intention of going on two of these walks a month.

    DH and I have decided we both need better walking shoes — my hiking boots are really too heavy for the weather most of the year here, and the walks we go on aren’t rugged enough to justify wearing them. My walking shoes are cramping my toe-box after the first few miles. I think we’ll go to the New Balance store and get fitted. A treat!

    The eating seems to be much more under control after the wanton abandon of last week when I had a friend in town and ate out too much. The scale will tell on Monday morning!

    After more than a year, DH has discovered my big bowl of fruit salad and has been helping himself. I’ve gone to get my nightly bowl of fruit and yogurt and it’s been down to a lone blueberry and a sad slice of pineapple. Need to get more fruit! I bet half our grocery budget goes for fruit — seriously.

  • #208011
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    Ella
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Fruit is expensive but so worth it! Especially organic. It’s coming into locally grown berry season again, and I intend to indulge daily in a big bowl of fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, all drizzled with a bit of Straus organic cream, like I did last year from spring through early fall. Heaven!

  • #208033

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Not terribly motivated today — overslept, went to the grocery before my morning coffee. Oh well — if I forgot something the store will still be there tomorrow.

    Today: For lunch had chili dogs with Hebrew National 97% fat-free hot dogs, whole wheat buns and the leftover chili. Cantaloupes were on sale for $1 apiece, so we had one of those cut up as well. Tonight I will am slow-cooking the corned beef and cabbage, with boiled potatoes and carrots. Get that out of the way for another year :)

    Monday: Whole chickens were on sale for 97 cents a pound, so I will roast the one we bought. With brown rice, asparagus and a big salad.

    Tuesday: Still two more class session to go, so it will be a sandwich for dinner for me, in between staff meeting and teaching.

    Wednesday: Lasagna and a big tossed salad. Made with very low fat ground turkey eked out with spinach and mushrooms. And fat-free ricotta.

    Thursday: I ended up snagging some on-sale pork ribs last week. Slow-cooked them and put in the fridge so I could skim off the fat. We had some last night with oven-roasted fingerling potatoes and steamed zucchini with sun-dried tomatoes but there is still a bunch left. Might make a shepherd’s pie type thing out of the remainder. And a big salad.

    Friday: I’m at a conference and have a dinner out — lots of good healthy food catered by the Muslim Women’s Association. Those ladies can COOK. DH can have leftovers :)

    Saturday: Still at the conference. They’ll provide lunch. Will get home after six — probably tired — so will just forage for dinner.

  • #208046

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 383/R3-d173-phase3d141=phase4d121: +10.0 (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Less stress, but still high.

    Day 126 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I just started the holistic program

    Day 76 of supplements from HP. Saw HP yesterday. My cortisol is low again so I started on the supplement I had for it from before. No wonder I was feeling so tired and uninspired. My dopamine is low as well. That also could account for why I started eating some bread and high carbs – to increase dopamine. I’ll have to take SAMe or 5-HTP.

    Considering I’d thought I’d weight more esp considering how much I’m eating I was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t more. That’s the good news. The bad news is … well … up 10 lbs … another round shortly then. Do some green smoothies this week and see and then maybe on to the next round … Also, need a new light bulb in the bathroom where the scale is – it’s been out and given a good excuse for not weighing, not to mention avoidance because I knew wt would be up and I was too afraid to take a look at it … Still fitting into small clothes though :) And sure liking the foods I’m eating :) :) :)

  • #208093

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Down 1.2 lbs. — back in the right direction and just 8/10 of a lb from my lowest weight a month ago. Whew! Down a total of 70.6 lbs since January a year ago and have been holding fairly steady for months (lost only 5 lbs in the past 4 1/2 months.) I really do have another 5-10 lbs to go to get where I want to be but I think for now I’ll concentrate on holding the fort and move my head back into loss mode in another month or so. Two things will happen then — our pool will be warm enough to swim in, which means more daily exercise and watermelon comes back into season. I do love me some watermelon and will eat that instead of other more fattening foods.

    The disadvantage to this plan is that I really do need some spring/summer clothes, especially bottoms — I can make the too-big tops work but it doesn’t improve my image when my pants fall down :) Right now I’m sort of between sizes (10s are a little big, 8s are a little snug) and another 5 lbs would make a difference.

    We’ll see what happens :)

  • #208096
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    ninakk
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    After a few weeks of not so great “comfort food” choices alongside healthier ones, I’m tired of eating badly. Finally took out the portion left of carrot soup in the freezer and am now munching it. Think I’ll do some more soup later this week since there are some oranges very close to dying right now and I do have carrots in the fridge as well. And onions. The only vital ingredient missing is fresh ginger.

    Carrot soup with a kick

    I’ll translate it if someone wants me to!

  • #208098
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    irishbell
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    SIT- dang, are we trading pounds back and forth, or what? I am up 2 lbs. Yikes!!!
    Not tracking my food and eating loads of take out.
    Green smoothies on the horizon…..

  • #208102

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Ninakk — the carrot soup sounds lovely!

    Irish — so those pounds you’ve been sending to Texas decided to come home :) For me, when I eat too much food “out,” whether it’s takeout or restaurant meals, it somehow flips my hunger switch and my usually healthy and moderate at-home eating goes up as well. I think they put something in the food.

  • #208114
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    Nina
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I have sort of fallen off the diet wagon the past 2-3 weeks – first because I was ill with flu (no exercise) then got my period (always leads to me being very tired – less exercise – and cravings) and then I went on holiday for a few days. Now back home and since spring finally seems round the corner I have decided to really stick with my plan again and lose the next 20lbs by July. I did that last year in around 3 months so I should be able to do it again this year.

    I do find it much easier to lose weight in spring/summer as there is just so much more fresh and local fruit/veggies available plus I am more active. I also am going to take up running again now that the days are longer and warmer.

    I know how you feel about the pants Susan – I already have the next smaller size of pants (I kept them after I put on weight a few years ago – always hoping that I would someday fit into them again). I am currently a US 16 and they are slightly big. I have some 14 and oddly a pair of 12s from the Gap that almost fit. I’m hoping that I can fit into them in 1-2 months and finally get rid of the bigger pants.

  • #208122

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 384/R3-d174-phase3d142=phase4d122: +10.2 (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 126 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program

    Day 76 of supplements from HP. Did some research and 5-HTP increases serotonin while SAMe increases dopamine (as well as other things) so SAMe for me (like the HP gave me). And one of the articles I read said serotonin and dopamine compete to use the same pathways so actually taking 5-HTP can result in a decrease in dopamine while serotonin is increased.

    I saw someone yesterday. The last time I saw her was about a year ago. The last time I saw her she mentioned HCG, her girlfriend told her about it and she already had a bottle, and she was going to do the program. She’s been traveling so couldn’t find a good time but will start this summer. She knew I was going to go on the program. In fact, I went with her and her family to dinner for one of my gorge days, come to think of it … Hmmm, went to dinner but not sure if it was a gorge day on the program or if we just gorged… When she saw me (now a year later) she said, “You look great!” Even with the recent inching up in wt I’m still far less than a year ago. Good to remind myself of that.

  • #208159

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    snosie posted a link to a man’s website about sugar being bad for you (might be on the Lent thread but you can access it through the link below). If anyone is interested in listening to a podcast of an interview with him, you can find it here:

    http://www.abc.net.au/classic/content/2012/03/20/3456396.htm

  • #208228

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 385/R3-d175-phase3d143=phase4d123: +10.6 (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 127 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program

    Day 77 of supplements from HP. Did some research and 5-HTP increases serotonin while SAMe increases dopamine (as well as other things) so SAMe for me (like the HP gave me). And one of the articles I read said serotonin and dopamine compete to use the same pathways so actually taking 5-HTP can result in a decrease in dopamine while serotonin is increased.

  • #208342

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 387/R3-d177-phase3d145=phase4d125: +10.0 down from yesterday and the day before (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 129 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 79 of supplements from HP.

    My scale is having a mind of its own so I’ll think more about a new one.

  • #208581

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    This thread has been relatively idle :)

    Menu for this week:

    Today; for lunch I made sort of reubens with some of the leftover corned beef from St. patrick’s day; swiss cheese and sauerkraut, on rye. For dinner we’re having a small pork loin roast on the grill, baked sweet potatoes and golf ball-size tomatoes (on sale!) stuffed with spinach alfredo. And a salad.

    Tomorrow: Coq au vin, gnocchi and a big salad.

    Tuesday: Last day of class — will bring something with me.

    Wednesday: Enchiladas. Have a lunchtime meeting, so will probably bring a smoothie with me again. Worked well last time!

    Thursday: Think it will be a frittata. And a big salad.

    Friday: Soup, I think — I have some broccoli and may be able to pick something nice up at the farmers market earlier in the day. With corn fritters.

    Saturday we have a 10K walk in a state park about 1 1/2 hours from here, then Oyster Bake in the evening — two meals out.

  • #208585

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 390/R3-d80-phase3d148=phase4d128: No weighing recently (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 132 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 81 of supplements from HP.

    Preparing for next round – and doing smoothies and using up the food not on the plan before I go on the next round.

    Great talk! http://www.thewahlsfoundation.com/dr-wahls-gives-tedx-talk-on-overcoming-multiple-sclerosis/

  • #208609
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    Nina
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Finally the scale is moving in the right direction again. 0.5kg lighter and this after not having stuck to my “diet” for most of the week.
    Also I went running for the first time in months yesterday and am happy with the 22mins of straight running I manged. Today I will do one of my weights exercises again and then running on Tuesday – alternating like this to work out at least 5, preferably 6 times a week.

  • #208617
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    irishbell
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    yay Nina!!
    this reminds me, i need new running shoes. I find them easier on my feet for walking/jogging, than actual “walking” shoes.
    i have short wide feet that are extremely hard to fit, so i need to go to a specialty shoe store, new balance or someplace like that.
    no time like the present!

  • #208621

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 391/R3-d81-phase3d149=phase4d129: Up very early and had coffee + breakfast (unusual pour moi)(new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 133 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 83 of supplements from HP.

    100 sit ups

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/27/science/to-combat-diabetes-weight-loss-surgery-works-better-than-medicine-studies-find.html?_r=1&hp

  • #208639
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    irishbell
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Nothing lost, nothing gained. Weight that is,
    Hopefully I gained some new nugget of knowledge somewhere this last week.

  • #208680

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 392/R3-d82-phase3d150=phase4d130: Up very early and had water so no weighing today (unusual pour moi)(new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 134 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 84 of supplements from HP.

    Qui onques rien n’enprist riens n’achieva

  • #208879

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I’ve been a little negligent in reporting in . . .

    Although I seem to be holding steady, I have not been journaling my meals, forgot to weigh in on Monday — this, in the past, has been the start of a downward slide. Starting Monday I’ll be faithfully logging again and will, of course, weigh in. For April my goal is to hold steady, and then hope I can lose a little more weight and/or inches starting in May when I will be swimming every day again. Working on those Michelle Obama arms :)

    We have a 10K walk tomorrow in Lost Maples State Park. This will be a little more rugged than the previous walks — trails rather than paths and a couple of stream crossings (!) It’s about a 90 mile drive to get there, so we will definitely have lunch nearby or I will gnaw my arm off. Saturday evening we have the annual oyster bake — a beer or two and always a challenge to find food that isn’t fried. Sunday we might go to the Highland Games in the afternoon — more food and beer. Oh my.

  • #208899

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 395/R3-d85-phase3d153=phase4d133: Up very early – no weighing today (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 137 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 87 of supplements from HP.

    Closer to another round.

  • #208990

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    This week’s menu:

    Tonight: got a pork roast and will cut it up to make shish kabobs. Serve with red cabbage (rotkohl) and mashed potatoes mixed with cauliflower.

    Monday: Am making chili, so we will have chili dogs with left over cole slaw and 3-bean salad.

    Tuesday: I have a late staff meeting. Chicken enchiladas that DH can pop into the oven and have ready when I get home. Already cooked the chicken, just have to assemble them.

    Wednesday; Chili and corn bread. Yum.

    Thursday: Home made pizza, I think. With a big salad.

    Friday: It’s Good Friday, so I guess we out to have fish. Maybe fish tacos.

    Saturday: We have a 10K walk in Comfort, a town about 40 miles northwest of here. Will probably have a nice lunch out and a light supper.

  • #208997

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 396/R3-d86-phase3d154=phase4d134: +12.6 (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 138 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 88 of supplements from HP.

    Well, have some inflammation and resultant water retention from a dermatological procedure, and a salad yesterday (salads seem to bump my wt up the next day), and hardly any protein recently (which for me lower my wt), and increase in starches (which bump up my wt), but I do need to curtail “wanton” eating or at least cut the starches and sugars. I used to be able to eat wantonly on Atkins and suddenly fit into skinny clothing. They just did a study with two groups eating the same amt of calories but one with low starch/sugar – a modified atkins, and found wt loss much faster and more for that group and same cholesterol for both groups.

    Closer to another round. I have big baking cooking coming up (Easter as well as some fund raising baking/cooking) so perhaps that will be the last of it and I can start on another round. In the meantime, green smoothies.

  • #209002

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I’m still trying to find the more recent study, but came across this one that supports it and also that person sit went to hear speak:

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/03/070307075749.htm

  • #209004
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    Ella
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I gained in March, all the way back to square one. Too many treats, my bad. :(

    January 1st: 26.2 BMI
    February 1st: 25.9 BMI
    March 1st: 25.7 BMI
    April 1st: 26.2 BMI
    Goal: 20 BMI

  • #209035
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    Nina
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I’m happy to say that I stuck to my calories and did 4 workouts last week and the scale reflects that: another 0.3kg lost so down 0.8kg in 2 weeks. I hope my weight loss continues this way as I would really love to be under 80kg in July.

    My goal for this week: again a min. of 4 workouts and stick to my calories (except Easter Sunday prob when we have a family gathering with a big brunch and lots of Easter chocolate goodies. But i have to say that I don’t “bing” as I used to. I never eat huge amounts but def. more then I do now, and when I eat too much now it just makes me feel sick and I don’t enjoy it – so I rarely eat more then I’m hungry for, which I am very pleased about.)

  • #209038

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Hmm — after a couple of months of nonexistant tracking and a bit of food overindulgence, up about 3 1/2 lbs from the lowest weight, but still almost 68 lbs. lost. (BMI 24.1) Opened up the tracker this morning and resolved to track this month, with a goal of losing 4 lbs. We’ll see.

    Well done, Nina! Ella — you’ve caught the trend, which is half the battle.

  • #209039
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    bandicoot
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    i have lost 7.6 kilos since late january, on my raw vegan kick.
    i can’t imagine how.
    i eat fruit and raw nuts and coconut oil all day long, and if i do cook some brown rice or quinoa, the servings are plenty big.
    i think the sheer volume of vegetables is doing the trick though.

    for now, i am keeping on with it.
    we both feel wonderful on this live food: peaceful, energised, happy.
    the weightloss is just a side effect.

  • #209061

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 397/R3-d87-phase3d155=phase4d135: +13.2 (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 139 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 89 of supplements from HP.

  • #209126

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I came across 2 things (physical things) yesterday that had me thinking about insulin intolerance and metabolic syndrome; then came across this third item on the internet on sugar, obesity and insulin intolerance. Quite an eye opener.

    Dr. Robert Lustig talks about sugar and obesity -

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z5X0i92OZQ&feature=related[/video]

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57407294/is-sugar-toxic/

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM[/video]

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffoOeW5wZ9s[/video]

  • #209128

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 398/R3-d88-phase3d156=phase4d136: +12.6, down .6 from yesterday (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 140 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 90 of supplements from HP.

  • #209158
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    scrawnygirl
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I remembered a motivational speaker talking about how after people went through transformations they changed their names. An example she gave was Saul to Paul. Here’s some stuff I found online on the significance of changing ones name:

    http://www.tzemachdovid.org/thepracticaltorah/lechlecha.shtml

    http://www.messagefrommasters.com/Life_of_Masters/Osho/osho_mala_orangeclothes.htm

    So in keeping with my transformation and the way I have changed to be, I have a new name more in keeping with who I am now: Hello! It’s me, Scrawny Girl! (A little humorous play on “Skinny Girl”) I figure if I see myself that way it will help keep me on the way to svelte. So I am now Scrawny Girl. When that Reuben sandwich tempts me I’ll just say to myself, “Hey there Scrawny Girl, do you really want that sandwich?”

  • #209162
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    Ella
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I love your new name, Scrawny Girl! Are you a brand-new member or a former member with a new moniker?

    Hmmm, “svelte” is a good word, too. “Svelte Ella” has an appealing ring. However, “zoftig” is closer to the truth. lol

  • #209164
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    bandicoot
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    zaftig-coot checking in.

    a friend sent me a bag of nougaty banana things and i have been sitting eating them mindlessly while getting solar quotes.
    o lord, i feel so ILL.
    it serves me right :(

  • #209165
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    grey
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    bandicoot – do you have any websites you’d recommend to describe your diet change? i’ve been contemplating a raw diet and then watched a movie the other day (hungry for a change) that pushed me towards it more. i’ve been googling a bit, but would love some direction/advice if you have any!

  • #209166
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    djk
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I love the word zaftig–and just learned a new one: pyknik.
    Zaftig has all sorts of good connotations–lush, curvy, feminine, power, mystique

  • #209172
    Avatar of bandicoot
    bandicoot
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    grey, i just went in with a mishmash of info from lots of raw vegan blogs, the forum at raw pleasure, some info from the crazy sexy cancer diet lady, the green smoothie lady (victoria boutenko) and off i went.
    instead of focussing on what i couldn’t eat, i simply filled my fridge with fresh raw nuts and seeds, loads of fruit and vegetables, and i gave myself permission to eat as much as i wanted (i needed to feel no restrictions, while actually being quite restricted), and to cook a little brown rice or quinoa or lentils every now and then.
    i have now expanded to dried kale, savoury yeast, kimchi, seaweeds, sprouts, and major juicing!
    i spend most of my time simply chopping up fruit and vegetables.
    i never thought i would be so excited by celery sticks stuffed with homemade nut and seed butter and topped with a few sultanas….but i am!
    key for me also is to not be hysterically rigid when dining out or with friends.
    90% of our meals happen at home and under my control.
    10% or less, not exactly perfect? i can live with that. i want to be long term, so it has to be liveable.

  • #209173

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    To me, scrawny is not a very attractive word. I looked it up in the OED just to make sure I wasn’t calling forth some unwarranted prejudice, and if you take it back to its (Norwegian) roots, the meaning is shriveled, poor, meager. That is not what I am aspiring to :) Skinny is not a very positive word, either — OED pegs it as “thin and emaciated.”

    I think the term that would make me happiest and be the most motivating is willowy: slender, lithe, graceful.

    I do like the idea of a name change, though. Just not a scrawny name :)

  • #209175
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    bandicoot
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    i’d kill to be lithe.
    i would do ANYTHING.
    ANYTHING AT ALL…..except get up early and exercise, and live on carrot sticks.
    lol.

  • #209181
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    scrawnygirl
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Hello! It’s me, Scrawny Girl!

    It’s a form of humor, sit. It’s the discrepancy that lends to humor.

    Heejun Han (American Idol #9 on 2012 season) has dry humor. See Heejun at:

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2zObKpKacw&feature=related[/video] (Heejun & Phillip)

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRqHrWkJ9m8&feature=related[/video] (Heejun & Phillip)

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4xBfXSEf00[/video] (Heejun leaves)

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO3fon_oeBE&feature=related[/video] (Heejun leaves + judges)

    Wry, as differentiated from “dry,” humor:

    http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/angelasashes/quotes.html#explanation1

    http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O999-wry.html

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120403163755AAOMq6Y

    Tongue in cheek humor:

    http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-tongue-in-cheek-mean.htm

    Presidential humor: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/36099899/ns/today-today_news/t/obamas-funny-bone-wry-dry-often-sly/

    A high school mate once said, “I have to either laugh or cry, so may as well laugh.” It hits my funny bone and works for me on this quest to svelte. So Scrawny Girl it is :D

    Humor helps us though the day.

    Thoughtnote: Humor is hard to explain and may be cultural – I’ve seen comedians from one culture performing for mixed audiences of that culture and another culture, and the other culture doesn’t “get” the jokes.

  • #209410

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 402/R3-d92-phase3d159=phase4d139: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 143 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 93 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

  • #209411
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    scrawnygirl
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Just reminding myself that today I am Scrawny Girl ;)

  • #209420
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    Ella
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Whatever works, SG.

  • #209422
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    grey
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    thanks for the explanation bandicoot! that’s more or less what i’m striving for – eating real, whole foods by just simply not having other stuff in the house. this past week was good – lots of fruits and veggies, only a few brownies :-) my goal is just to keep improving on each week. i can’t quit anything cold and make it work, so i’m hoping slow and steady really does win the race.

  • #209450

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 403/R3-d93-phase3d160=phase4d140: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 144 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 94 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    HAPPY EASTER!

  • #209558

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 405/R3-d95-phase3d162=phase4d142: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 146 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 96 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    In the research and incubation stage at the moment – in connection with maintenance. I am looking into insulin resistance.

    http://www.foodallergyandglutenfreeweightloss.com/troubleshooting.html

  • #209560
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    scrawnygirl
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Oh yes, and not to forget, today I am Scrawny Girl ;)

  • #209633

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 406/R3-d96-phase3d163=phase4d143: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 147 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 97 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

  • #209662

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 407/R3-d97-phase3d164=phase4d144: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 148 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 98 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Researching insulin resistance and blood sugar.

  • #209665
  • #209698

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 408/R3-d98-phase3d165=phase4d145: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 149 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 99 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Researching insulin resistance and blood sugar and learning lots of interesting things, some contradicting other things. Also watched an enlightening on line video on thyroid. Thyroid problems can contribute to weight gain and inability to lose weight. Thyroid and the endocrine system and diabetes and insulin resistance seem to be closely related. The video link is posted on the uncluttering diet link if you’re interested.

  • #209736

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 409/R3-d99-phase3d166=phase4d146: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 150 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 100 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Continue to read about insulin resistance, blood sugar, and healthy choices.

  • #209757

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 410/R3-d100-phase3d167=phase4d147: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 151 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 101 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Continue to read about insulin resistance, blood sugar, and healthy choices.

    Purchased a digital scale.

  • #209801

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    This is the silly season here. Up another 1/2 lb this week, which needs to stop or in three years or so it will all be back on my body. This was the second week in a row we didn’t get to do our grocery shopping on Sunday, which sets the whole week off kilter. I made it to the store this morning, though. Bought the first watermelon of the season.

    Today: Wild Alaskan salmon on sale. Will grill it with a big salad, tabouli and cucumbers in yogurt. Yum. Must make tabouli now . . .

    Tomorrow (Tuesday): I have a late staff meeting, so need to do something with chicken breasts that DH can re-heat. Maybe chicken tikka masala over brown rice, and kale.

    Wednesday: Got some hot Italian turkey sausage to grill. With potato and onion pierogi and cabbage.

    Thursday: Think I will make a fritatta with a big salad.

    Friday: Think it will be fish tacos. If not, enchiladas.

  • #209805

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 411/R3-d101-phase3d168=phase4d148: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 152 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 102 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Continue to read about insulin resistance, blood sugar, and healthy choices.

    Purchased a digital scale that is out of the box today awaiting next step of reading instructions.

    Did 111 sit ups.

  • #209818
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    irishbell
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Susan- I have missed your menus, thanks for sharing again!:)

  • #209869

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 412/R3-d102-phase3d169=phase4d149: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 153 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 103 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Continue to read about insulin resistance, blood sugar, and healthy choices.

    Purchased a digital scale that is out of the box today awaiting next step of reading instructions.

    Did 75 sit ups.

  • #209912
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    Nina
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    After realizing that I was just adding too much pressure to myself at the moment I’ve decided to put my diet on hold for at least a month. I am currently writing my master paper which needs to be finished in July and this is putting me under a lot of pressure and being on a diet has just made me anxious more then anything.

    One thing I have to say though is that I don’t see this as a free pass to eat what I want but to not feel guilty for eating that extra toast or a piece of chocolate.

    I do want to continue exercising as it’s hard to get back into it after a long break and it seems like a good balance to all the “brain” work i do all day.

    On a side note: I am over 1lb lighter today then yesterday so maybe what they say about stress and weight loss is true.

  • #209927

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 413/R3-d103-phase3d170=phase4d150: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 154 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 104 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Continue to read about insulin resistance, blood sugar, and healthy choices.

    Purchased a digital scale that is out of the box today awaiting next step of reading instructions.

    Did 100 leg lifts and 5 body freezes.

  • #209982

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 414/R3-d104-phase3d171=phase4d151: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 155 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 105 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Continue to read about insulin resistance, blood sugar, and healthy choices.

    Purchased a digital scale that is out of the box today awaiting next step of reading instructions.

    Did 111 sit ups, 60 leg lifts and 10 body freezes.

    sit: that’s a brain freeze frozen margaritas bring on.

  • #209983

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    what’s a body freeze? For me it’s a margarita that makes my head hurt, but I don’t count that as exercise :)

  • #209993

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    April 18th = Sleep Apnea Awareness Day

    I listened to a radio program and the host had on a special guest for Sleep Apnea Awareness Day because the host has sleep apnea that is treated by a machine the guest, Dr. Avi, invented. The radio host feels it saved his life and can save other lives.

    One of the things that sleep apnea leads to if untreated is weight gain, as well as heart problems, insulin resistance, diabetes, high blood pressure and other medical problems. Apple shape, fat around the tummy?

    Here’s a link to a sleep apnea test on Dr. Avi’s site:

    http://www.aviisha.com/new/patients/epworth-sleepiness-scale

    Dr. Avi said snoring is a sign of sleep apnea. Slight snoring means sleep apnea is possible, loud snoring and almost most surely you have it. It doesn’t seem like it could be serious but it apparently is quite serious …

    and in connection with this thread, it leads to insulin resistance and WEIGHT GAIN!!!
    80 80 80

    You can get it diagnosed through an overnight sleep test, or apparently, accoring to the radio show and Dr. Avi’s site, Dr. Avi’s group has an a test you can take at home. The radio host said he couldn’t use the regular cpap machine but can use Dr. Avi’s machine. It apparently has a computer that coordinates the machine with the individual’s own breathing.

    And a study links sleep apnea to depression (which is linked to wt gain):

    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/sleep-apnea-linked-depression/story?id=16029912#.T4clDatbeO0

    general info: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Sleep/video/sleep-apnea-treat-6763389

    upcoming webinars: http://www.aviisha.com/new/physicians/webinars.php

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbiisk_dr-avi-the-snoring-sleep-apnea-conn_tech

    can treating sleep apnea help a person lose weight:

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbkfin_can-treating-sleep-apnea-help-me-lo_school#

  • #210049

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 415/R3-d105-phase3d172=phase4d152: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 156 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 106 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Continue to read about insulin resistance, blood sugar, and healthy choices.

    Purchased a digital scale that is out of the box today awaiting next step of reading instructions.

    Did no sit ups, 20 leg lifts and 3 body freezes.

    body freeze = tighten muscles up – stiffen like a board – esp around torso – and hold for a period of time (from 10 – 30 seconds)

  • #210051

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    “After following about 121,000 men and women for 20 years, researchers at Harvard University published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2011 that documented the foods and drinks most and least associated with gaining weight.”

    http://fitbie.msn.com/slideshow/best-and-worst-foods-diets

  • #210127

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    This is an odd week. DH works his ice cream booth at Night in Old San Antonio Tuesday through Friday nights, and will be taking some time off work to catch up on his sleep. He will have some lunches at home, and although he will want fiesta food at night will probably want a little something before he takes off. I made a bunch of composed vegetable salads (cole slaw, three bean salad, copper carrot pennies, cukes in yogurt) to make sure he/we get some vegetables this week! Sausage on a stick does not a healthy diet make :)

    Tonight: We got some pre-made beef kabobs on sale. They go on the grill, and I’ll also roast some fingerling potatoes with a brushing of olive oil. Also will make a crudites plate to go with it.

    Monday: DH will be home. Am making lasagna. There will be leftovers. And a big salad.

    Tuesday: I am making some crustless quiches in a muffin pan. I’ll have one or two for dinner (I still have my late staff meeting), send two to his mother and there will be two left over for him to eat whenever. I’ll also have a big salad.

    Wednesday: Got a prepared chicken breast stuffed with bread stuffing and cranberries. I’ll cook this and split it with his mother. I’m going to make a barley risotto to go with it, and maybe some broccoli.

    Thursday: I have one leftover 7″ homemade pizza crust in the freezer. Pizza for me! With goat cheese and anchovies. And a huge salad.

    Friday: Tilapia in the freezer — will make myself some fish tacos.

  • #210172

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 417/R3-d107-phase3d174=phase4d154: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 158 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 108 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Continue to read about insulin resistance, blood sugar, and healthy choices.

    Pulled the tab barrier to the battery on the new bathroom scale, set it in place, but no weighing (AVOIDANCE due to FEAR and APPREHENSION).

    Did 111 sit ups and 50 leg lifts.

  • #210174

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    susanintexas: I’ve been doing some reading on insulin resistance. I felt really HUNGRY one midday and was preparing to go get a BIG oily calorie laden sandwich because I had that kind of hungry; and then I remembered this thing my HP had given me for blood sugar so had it with water – and do you know within a minute I felt no hunger anymore. I don’t know how to explain how I felt except that I thought to myself, Oh, this is how people feel [UNhungry] after they eat. Either the day before or day after, or thereabouts, I had some pizza and noticed that I became HUNGRY after eating it. Noticing these things and reading about insulin resistance and blood sugar, I correlated my feeling really hungry with eating high carb starches like the bread in the pizza and other high carb things I’d been EATING. It’s a feeling that one HAS to EAT because you feel so hungry. I have a little insulin resistance and what I’ve been experiencing in terms of feeling hungry if I eat high carbs probably is just that. It reminded me of the story you mentioned about your DH who has diabetes. If he’s been eating bananas and unlimited fruit, it could work the same way to raise his blood sugar suddenly and then have it drop precipitously which then would cause a feeling of hunger. I’m still reading and will post on it in the uncluttered diet thread after reading more and when I have some time. Your DH’s may be experiencing that hungry have to eat more blood sugar thingy. So far it seems that the way to combat it is keeping blood sugar levels level and avoiding peaks through the sorts of food one eats. I still have to read more and don’t know if the information is the same for insulin resistance and diabetes tho i suspect it is at least in this respect. more later. i have sympathy for that kind of hungry if that’s what he has.

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  • #210219

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 418/R3-d108-phase3d175=phase4d155: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 159 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 109 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Continue to read about insulin resistance, blood sugar, and healthy choices. Very interesting to learn about all this! I find it helpful and am starting to formulate my next steps on this journey of a thousand miles.

    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/04/21/are-making-these-dieting-mistakes/?intcmp=features

  • #210274

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 419/R3-d109-phase3d176=phase4d156: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 160 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 110 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Continue to read about insulin resistance, blood sugar, and healthy choices. Very interesting to learn about all this! I find it helpful and am starting to formulate my next steps on this journey of a thousand miles.

    Okay, so I know how to lose weight, now how maintain is the question. Started reading directions for the new bathroom scale which cautions, has a disclaimer, that it is not up to medical facility par, in other words is inaccurate … how do you like that.

  • #210444

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 423/R3-d113-phase3d180=phase4d160: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 164 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 114 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    The more I read about insulin resistance and sugars and carbs in the diet the more I want to learn! Very interesting.

    Have been very busy but it should taper off shortly and I’ll have more time to tend to my taking care of unwanted abnormal (as opposed to normal and good) fat and learning about humans and foods. The main book I’m reading right now deals with protein power and correlates health of past civilizations with food. They note that anthropologists can tell whether the people they study are hunter/gatherers or farmers by their remains: the former are taller and have good teeth while the latter are smaller and have poor dental health. The authors, physicians, correlate poor health in societies when they change into agricultural ones and change their diets. It’s fascinating reading. They say the current thinking of low fat and high carbs actually leads to overweight and poor health, including high cholesterol and other medical issues. Very interesting so far. Can’t wait to continue reading!

    I’ll continue with my HP and then when that program is over and my research into insulin resistance/sugar/starch/carbs is over decide what to do, including starting another round of HCG and loosing abnormal fat just in time to see my friends when they visit in the summer :) – that’ll be fun (seeing them).

    In the meantime, here’s a blog I just ran across that looks interesting on first glance: http://www.escapefromobesity.net/

  • #210509

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Didn’t have a chance to post this week’s menu:

    Yesterday (Monday): Made salisbury steaks (a fave with DH & the MIL) smothered with mushrooms, onions & green pepper. Mixed mashed potatoes & cauliflower with non-fat gravy. Steamed zucchini with garlic. Big salad.

    Today (Tuesday): Have a late staff meeting, so am making a quiche with chicken (roasted it Sunday morning) artichoke & feta, which we will have cold with a big salad. Used my little quiche pans so MIL get one of her own.

    Wednesday: Made spag sauce on Sunday, so we’re having spaghetti. Made it with 99% fat free turkey. Whole grain pasta. Big salad. This is another big hit with DH & MIL.

    Thursday: Made chicken stock with the carcass, so will make minestrone which we will have with corn muffins and a big salad. Will stop and get vegetables that morning.

    Friday: I’m at a conference on mid-century modern architecture all day, so might convince DH to eat out :) Otherwise, think it will be fish tacos.

  • #210526

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 425/R3-d115-phase3d182=phase4d162: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 166 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 116 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

  • #210538
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    lottielot
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I’m sorry, susan, but steamed zucchini is just plain wrong. Ick :)
    I downloaded an app, My Fitness Pal a week or so ago to track what I eat and how much I exercise. It’s fascinating. And very motivating to exercise because I can then equate it to a glass of wine or whatever. Very easy to use, I really like it. I want to lose a little bit of weight so I can run faster, I was feeling really hungry and eating loads a few weeks ago, and I thought this would be a good way to make better food choices. Highly recommended, it’s eye-opening to see how calorific some foods are which you wouldn’t guess, and also gratifying to see how much you need to eat if you run for an hour :) I’m not really tracking my weight, just going on how I’m feeling in myself and whether my clothes fit well, it seems to be working well already.

  • #210540

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    @lottielot – in addition to killing for the time you have, I would kill for abundant energy you possess!!! ;) I love me my zucchini …

  • #210561

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    One of the topics today on Duke and the Doctor (radio program) was about how something in certain oils (cheap seed oil like soy) like those used in fast food, affect a center in the brain that makes you have the munchies and is addictive. Something we’ve touched upon in this thread. Here’s today’s program on line.

    http://dukeandthedoctor.com/2012/05/memory-osteoporosis-leaky-out-white-blood-count-obesity-discrimination-natural-pain-relief/

  • #210562
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    lottielot
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Ntch: I’m actually really pushed for time this week, having to spend all day at uni with no break and the kids in afterschool club and the usual afterschool rush to do dinner, activities, housework etc. However, when I’m busy is when it’s even more important to exercise! Exercising gives me energy, helps me think, stops me getting stressed, keeps me motivated and helps my mood. Last night I dropped the kids at their karate lesson and went for a run while they were there. The other parents sit and watch their kids, I’d much rather use that time for my own exercise. It’s very important for my mental wellbeing :)

  • #210564

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    “A new study in rats suggests that high-fat, high-calorie foods affect the brain in much the same way as cocaine and heroin. When rats consume these foods in great enough quantities, it leads to compulsive eating habits that resemble drug addiction, the study found.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/03/28/fatty.foods.brain/index.html

    1:20 = where they talk about addiction to fatty foods on the duke and the doctor show: http://dukeandthedoctor.com/2012/05/memory-osteoporosis-leaky-out-white-blood-count-obesity-discrimination-natural-pain-relief/

    cannabinoid receptor

  • #210579
    Avatar of lottielot
    lottielot
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Ntch: I’ve been reading a book about running. It’s very interesting: pretty much all of the things which you talk about on here are implicated in exercise :) Serotonin levels are increased, capacity to respond to stress and to recover from it increases, insulin resistance decreases, dopamine storage increases, exercise helps neurogenesis (growth of new brain cells), and it improves your mood (which is one reason why people comfort eat, let’s face it). Makes you think…

  • #210587

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    lottielot: yes, seems like no two ways around it: exercise … (except for the HCG program where they ask that you exercise no more than 15 minutes because they want to keep the body in fat burning mode – exercise shifts the body into sugar burning mode and since the HCG program involves burning “abnormal” fat they want to keep the body burning fat instead of sugar. Eating carbs is a way of increasing serotonin or dopamine or both (I’ve forgotten off hand what I read, whether it was one or the other or both) and which would be a way of trying to improve mood. From what I’ve read there is a biological/physiological connection for at least some food choices. It’s very interesting. I’m still researching and it’s fascinating.

    Today, Day 426/R3-d116-phase3d183=phase4d163: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 167 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 117 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

  • #210638

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 427/R3-d117-phase3d184=phase4d164: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 168 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 118 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

  • #210771

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 428/R3-d118-phase3d185=phase4d165: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 169 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 119 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Still reading about insulin resistance and stuff.

    lottielot: I was thinking about what you posted about exercise and realized that exercise may give most people energy; but not all people. People with conditions like fibromyalgia (I just heard this on a radio program today) lack energy no matter what. I think that goes for many other medical conditions. I remember my old herbalist saying in one case that exercise would not increase energy or take away tiredness.

  • #210798

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 429/R3-d119-phase3d186=phase4d166: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 170 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 120 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Still reading about insulin resistance and stuff.

  • #210844

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    This will be a chaotic week, but we should be able to get all our meals at the regular time.

    Today: making hamburgers with 96% fat free beef for dinner, whole wheat buns, cole slaw and vegetable crudites.

    Monday: Broiled tilapia in a spicy red tomato sauce, whole wheat cous cous, sauteed spinach and a big salad. I wanted to do something with red snapper but it was almost $20/lb. Yikes! The POD gets delivered sometime at the MIL’s house and this will be quick to fix if we get delayed.

    Tuesday: We’re experimenting with having our weekly staff meeting noon-2, so the dinner conflict may go away :) I have some chicken breasts that I will probably just season and bake, with asparagus and leftover cous cous.

    Wednesday: Slow cooked beef ribs in spicy BBQ sauce are in the oven now. Yum. With green beans and a big salad. Brown rice, I think, although I might break down and get some potatoes or egg noodles.

    Thursday: Caldo. Our supermarket makes a tasty kit that includes the beef shanks, soup seasoning and vegetables — nabbed one for half price. Yum.

    Friday: I think we’ll have enough leftovers to forage for dinner on Friday. If not, maybe an omelet. I also got some spicy Italian chicken sausages that I can do something with :)

  • #210868

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 430/R3-d120-phase3d187=phase4d167: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 171 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 121 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Still reading about insulin resistance and stuff.

    Met a woman today who said she used to be “borderline” diabetic but no longer was after having lost some weight. She said she had gone on WW and followed it very strictly but she only lost 10 lbs while others were loosing 20 or 30 lbs. A nurse talked to her about carbs and the woman I met said after she started cutting down (but not out) carbs she finally started loosing more weight. I thought that what she said was an example of the stuff I’ve been reading about recently.

  • #210898

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 431/R3-d121-phase3d188=phase4d168: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 172 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 122 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Still reading about insulin resistance and stuff. I renewed the books and need to start culling and returning some. I have a box full of them (clutter!) – so much to, erhhh, digest. Some of the stress will start to ease off shortly.

  • #210941

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 432/R3-d122-phase3d189=phase4d169: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 173 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 123 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    A person I just met who I saw again told me she and her DH went to a restaurant I mentioned and really enjoyed it, brought her DH over, and said, “I told him you were a foodie but,” and she moved her hands in front of her from outside to in until they were a foot apart, “were soooo thin.” I did smile broadly and thank her.

  • #210992

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 433/R3-d123-phase3d190=phase4d170: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 174 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 124 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Need to go see HP soon. Finished a project so the stress from that is wearing off.

  • #211043

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 434/R3-d124-phase3d191=phase4d171: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 175 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 125 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Just the day after I said I needed to visit HP, HP’s office called so will see HP soon. Finished a project so winding down off of that stress … feel tired …

  • #211078

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 435/R3-d125-phase3d192=phase4d172: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it. Still high.

    Day 176 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 126 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Having a more stressful day today.

    Over the past 3 or 4 days 200+ sit ups and leg lifts. To swim or not to swim is the question.

  • #211108

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 436/R3-d126-phase3d193=phase4d173: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 177 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 127 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Had a tough stressful painful day. Sometimes on days like these I just wanna weep. Maybe I’ll declutter to work it out of me :) Good idea. I usually feel better after decluttering some. It was hard when I first started and I didn’t always feel better but nowadays I find decluttering to lift my spirits.

    Ordered a Tanita in prep for next round.

  • #211138
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    lottielot
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I just got the 30 day Shred DVD, as a quick workout for days when I can’t get out to do other exercise. I quite like it :) I found level 1 a bit easy, but level 2 had me huffing and puffing!

  • #211140
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    Scarlet
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I am back on the WW online wagon, at least for the moment. We’ll see how it goes. So far I’ve tracked food all 3 days since I’ve started, and consistently used only 2 or 3 of my weekly points allowance per day. So I’m going into the weekend with most of those weekly points left (we’re going to see a friend for dinner at his house, I might need them!) This is a change I desperately need, and this time I feel like maybe I’ll stick with it: like the professional organizer, it’s way past-due. And now I’ve announced it here, so I’d better not just make one post and disappear again. I don’t expect to check in more than every Monday for my weight-in, unless something really cool happens for the first time, like I exercise, or I don’t get winded going up several flights of stairs! Which I do :( For forums purposes I’m considering the starting weight to be 0, and will be counting the (hopefully) negative changes every time I weigh in.

  • #211211

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Good job, Scarlet! Shred, Lottie — yikes!

    This is a mixed-up week. Mother’s day brunch today at a restaurant, and evening events on Thursday and Friday. Soo –

    Monday: Spicy Italian sausages, roasted fingerling potatoes, spinach alfredo and a big salad

    Tuesday: Quiche. Big salad.

    Wednesday: Enchiladas. Big salad.

    That’s it so far. Thursday DH can take his mother out to dinner and I’ll pack something to take with me.

    Hope to start swimming again next week. The pool is filled and clean. The water needs to warm up a bit, which should take a few days. Hooray!

  • #211213
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    ceduke
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I’m new to this thread, but I recently joined WW and 19.6lbs has melted off in what seems like no time! (It’s actually been about twelve weeks) I don’t always find it easy to follow, but if I get enough sleep and snack between meals I do quite well. :)

  • #211225

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 437/R3-d127-phase3d194=phase4d174: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 178 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 128 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Thought twice about the Tanita because of the shipping cost – hmmmm – Have some very lean round roasts in the slow cooker with garlic and some water in preparation for the next round – I’ll divide up the broth and freeze it to use in cooking (under the plan proteins can be mixed while allowed vegs may not) and divide up the meat into 3 oz packets and freeze them. On the plan you get 4 oz per meal, l and d, but if you weigh after cooking then it’s 3 oz. It’s kind of complicated to first learn but once you do it’s pretty simple and fairly easy. I’m preparing to start the anti-candida food plan (after I eat up the fresh figs and cream ;) …) then switching over to the next round food plan. No fruits (except 1 papaya a day and avocado) and sugars but I just checked the list and there’s nothing about stevia tho artificial sweeteners are banned. I’ll slowly switch over to a strict anti-candida food plan once I eat the figs and cream and other non-plan things I may have on hand. I’ll give away some other stuff.

    Welcome and congratulations Ceduke. Congratulations Scarlet. lottielot and susanintexas – I may join you in exercising by dancing to stuff on youtube and some … eek eek … swimming.

    susanintexas, how is your friend doing? Hope she is okay.

  • #211250

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    NTCH: The friend is doing fine — she’s out of the hospital and on her own, no outside help needed.

  • #211295

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I liked this on tips for weight loss:

    http://www.rd.com/slideshows/13-things-experts-won%E2%80%99t-tell-you-about-weight-loss/?trkid=slidecirc-13-things-your-therapist-wont-tell-you

    Today, Day 438/R3-d128-phase3d195=phase4d175: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 179 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 129 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    My girlfriend told me about her scale – her DH got it from Sports Authority for about $70 – it does BMI and fat calculation. She said it is digital, stays the same wt when you keep stepping on it, and she recommended it. I checked and my Tanita already shipped … but for anyone else who is looking for a scale, my friend recommends the one she got at SA.

    susanintexas: glad to hear your friend is doing well! Surgery is scary stuff.

  • #211319
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    Scarlet
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Very happy with weigh-in results today! Down 3.2 lbs, even though I started less than a week ago. Apparently I was on the lower end of my points allowance, because I got a point docked from it with the new weight. Oops (really, not complaining :) I’ve continued tracking, and Saturday’s dinner at a friend’s obviously didn’t hurt too much. Of course, I’m not expecting anywhere near this big of a loss after the first couple of weeks (wouldn’t be healthy anyway), but it’s very encouraging to see that number right now.

    Goal for this week: continuing to track every day.

    Good luck to everyone with their efforts this week, and hope your friend continues to recover well, Susan.

  • #211389

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 439/R3-d129-phase3d196=phase4d176: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 180 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 130 of supplements from HP, including stuff for dopamine and cortisol.

    Made my HP appts and ready to get back on track now that one big project is finished – tho still other stuff and stresses ongoing … Oh, and fit into the size small cotton undies … :)

    Congratulations Scarlet.

  • #211433

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    http://healthmad.com/nutrition/fabulous-facts-about-fennel/

    Medicinal Uses

    Fennel has been used through the ages for treating a variety of different ailments. Fennel tea is said to stimulate milk production in nursing women, aid digestion and to prevent bad breath. Fennel is also one of the oldest known diet remedies. Ancient Greeks and Romans would use the seeds to prevent obesity.

    Read more: http://healthmad.com/nutrition/fabulous-facts-about-fennel/#ixzz1v0mXn0PH

  • #211436

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I’m reading a book on carb addiction and it’s spot on (for me) and what I’ve described here and noticed about myself. Here’s a test for it from the book:

    http://www.tfdsanford.com/images/Carbohydrate_Addicts_Diet_Test-TFD.pdf

    Info: http://www.carbohydrateaddicts.com/caprograms.html

  • #211528

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 441/R3-d131-phase3d198=phase4d178: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 182 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 132 of supplements from HP.

    I’m reading the carbohydrate addicts book and things I have said here previously fit right in to the book. How I ate before when I was much lighter (and thought I was fat, ha ha) is one of the ways the book rec to eat for people falling into a bio category. So I’m finding it very interesting. It even talked about how people with this biology say that eating breakfast makes you eat more throughout the day. Turns out, according to the book, that if you eat carbs (including what most think of as good ones like fruit) at breakfast, that triggers the body chemistry to want to eat more. It’s tied in to insulin and insulin resistance.

    Here’s some information related to the book: http://www.carbohydrateaddicts.com/caprograms.html

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  • #211597

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 442/R3-d132-phase3d199=phase4d179: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 183 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 133 of supplements from HP.

    The Tanita has arrived.

  • #211679

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 443/R3-d133-phase3d200=phase4d180: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 184 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 134 of supplements from HP.

    I need to put batteries in the Tanita.

    Still reading the carb addicts book. up to 3 meals, choose one reward one (most choose dinner). Generally – up to 2 meals no high carb, 1 reward meal – anything you want as long as long as you finish w/in 1 hour (but not an excuse for a binge and from 4 food groups and “healthy” but you can have 2 desserts (maybe more) if you want. No snacking. This is for people who have certain biology as per described by authors.

  • #211757

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 444/R3-d134-phase3d201=phase4d181: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 185 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 135 of supplements from HP.

    Looked at home for the batteries for the Tanita. Some were leaking so tossed the lot and need to go purchase some.

    Still reading the carb addicts book. up to 3 meals, choose one reward one (most choose dinner). Generally – up to 2 meals no high carb, 1 reward meal – anything you want as long as long as you finish w/in 1 hour (but not an excuse for a binge and from 4 food groups and “healthy” but you can have 2 desserts (maybe more) if you want. No snacking. This is for people who have certain biology as per described by authors. Yesterday had lettuce, watercress, cabbage, almonds, and tuna salad and italian turkey sausage for lunch then brown rice, fish, lettuce, and pie for dinner. Now if I fold in the anti candida food plan then out would go the mayo in tuna salad and out would go the pie …

  • #211761

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    We planned on going on a walk at Ft Sam Houston early this morning but the sky was filled with thunderclouds, so we just went to the commissary. A weird set up, and put me off my grocery shopping stride. Different organization, different products . . . sigh. Anyway, here is this week’s menu:

    Tonight: Hamburgers & baked beans. Watermelon. Not very inspired.

    Monday: Got some frozen bay scallops, broccoli and an interesting Asian rice seasoning based on seaweed. Will stir fry the scallops and broccoli and serve over seasoned brown rice. See what that is like.

    Tuesday: Picked up some pork scallopinis. Probably sauteed, in a light white sauce with mushrooms over yolk-less egg noodles and string beans on the side. Big salad. Need to get the beans — the ones at the commissary looked scabby.

    Wednesday; DH has to take his mother to an evening meeting and don’t know what that will do to the dinner arrangements. I might just go with them and suggest a meal out. Otherwise, I am making spaghetti sauce with the remainder of the ground beef and we can have spaghetti and a big salad whenever.

    Thursday: Have some leftover chicken and will serve it up as fajitas. I have a big bag of sweet peppers that I bought mid-week that I need to use up. Big salad.

    Friday: Enchiladas. Big salad.

  • #211769
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    Ella
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    “Tonight: Hamburgers & baked beans. Watermelon. Not very inspired.”

    Susan: Inspiration is overrated. That dinner sounds good to me!

  • #211797

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 445/R3-d135-phase3d202=phase4d182: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 186 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 136 of supplements from HP.

    Started reading a book by Taubes. Only the first 20 pages and am looking forward to learning more about what he says. It seems like it will fit in with the stuff I’ve been reading about insulin resistance and carb addiction (for some biological types).

    Yesterday, lunch was italian sausage green onion omlette and dinner was brown rice, turkey curry with napa cabbage and pie ;) and diet Coke. Today lunch will be romaine lettuce and fish w/ dip of grated turnip & lemon. Breakfast will be “smoothie” of kale, lime, green tea, powdered wheat greens, and green tea and maybe a bit of left over omlette. Dinner will be stew with ground turkey. I’m finding I can use ground turkey in place of ground beef for curry and stew. Next will be ground turkey using taco seasoning – and use that in a chipless taco salad for lunch. It takes so much time and energy when starting these different food plans. Soooooo much easier to eat out or do pick up!

    http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/21/11791351-23-percent-of-american-teens-have-diabetes-or-at-risk?lite

    Yikes, I’ve talked about sleep apnea’s connection with weight gain (I think on this thread) before and just came across this article linking it to cancer as well – yikes! http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/05/21/sleep-apnea-can-raise-risk-cancer-studies-indicate/?test=latestnews

  • #211807
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    Scarlet
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Weekly weigh-in: -0.8 lbs, total of -4 lbs since May 9.

    Continuing to track my points.

  • #211809
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    irishbell
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Way to go scarlet!
    I should look to you for inspiration!

  • #211813
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    Scarlet
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Aw, thanks, Irishbell. The number this week wasn’t as high as I’d have liked, but as long as it’s moving in the right direction, I’m thinking of the total and trying to stay positive.

  • #211817
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    ceduke
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I can’t wait to weigh in tomorrow. I’ve had a very active week and looking back over my tracking I’ve eaten very well. Maybe I’ll have made it all the way to 25lbs!!

  • #211853

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 446/R3-d136-phase3d203=phase4d183: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 187 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 137 of supplements from HP.

    Purchased batteries for the Tanita.

    Continuing reading Taubes (both books) and he makes a case against sugar and refined carbs. Very interesting reading. I love sugar and refined carbs … :(

  • #211890

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Batteries into the Tanita. It is .6 more than my drugstore one which is obviously superior ;)

  • #211891
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    ceduke
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Weighed in this morning and I’m officially down 25lbs since I started 12 weeks ago!

  • #211895
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    djk
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Wow ceduke! Congratulations!

  • #211900
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    Scarlet
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Congrats, ceduke! Really hoping my 12-week losses look anything like that :)

  • #211919

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 447/R3-d137-phase3d204=phase4d184: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 188 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 138 of supplements from HP.

    Reading Taubes’s _Why We Get Fat_ and it’s an eye opener. He challenges the calories in calories out theory. On p 70 he shows photos of a guy w/ just 4 months dif after he started taking an anti-retroviral drug. The before pic shows trim abs; the after 4 month pic shows a big belly. p. 71, Taubes writes, “It’s hard to imagine, in this case, that eating too much and exercising too little had anything to do with the fat he acquired. And if we can’t blame his belly fat on calories-in/calories-out, maybe we shouldn’t blame ours, either.”

    From p 85 – 86:

    In 1978, Susan Sontag published an essay called “Illness as Metaphor,” in which she discussed cancer and tuberculosis and the ‘blame the victim’ mentality that often accompanied these diseases in different eras. ‘Theories that diseases are caused by mental states and can be cured by will power,’ Sontag wrote, ‘are always an index of how much is not understood about the physical terrain of a disease.’

    So long as we believe that people get fat because they overeat, because they take in more calories than they expend, we’re putting the ultimate blame on a mental state, a weakness of character, and we’re leaving human biology out of the equation entirely. Sontag had it right: it’s a mistake to think this way about any disease. And it’s been disastrous when it comes to the question of why we get fat. How “should” we be approaching the problem? How do we have to think about it to make progress? Those are the questions I’ll begin to answer in the next chapter.

  • #211938

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I am reading _The Primal Blueprint (Updated and Expanded)_ by Mark Sisson. It also nixes sugar and flour (all grains actually) and warns against “heavy” exercise but likes walking and occasional sprints (as in run for your life from saber tooth tiger and woolly mammoth). He also talks about blood sugars and insulin.

    Boy, these different books with different approaches have insulin and blood sugar in common.

    It’s all very interesting! My herbalist of yesteryear used to say, “Sugar is poison!” Looks like all these books support this.

  • #211952

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 448/R3-d138-phase3d205=phase4d185: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 189 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 139 of supplements from HP.

    Dusted off the daily weighing book and thinking about what to do with the “old” trickster scale. I have the two new ones and I’ll use both – I’m interested in seeing whether they both stay the same or not. The reading on “old” one used to fluctuate and had become unreliable. It could change by a lb from one step on to the next. And like someone said about their taylor – how she would turn it upside down then it had a heavier reading and then an “accurate” one on the second try – that’s how my “old” one became. I tested out the tanita the other day and it was +.6 over the new drugstore scale. Then I took my clothes off and weighed on the tanita again and the weight went down by .6 – so I was impressed with the tanita that way. I’ll probably weight on both because I’m curious to see if there is any difference. Compare their performance with each other. A double check. A double-blind study…

    @ceduke-congratulations! Way to go!

  • #211962
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    ceduke
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Went for a jog yesterday, this morning, and this evening. I was down exactly 25lbs at my weigh in this week, and I think adding exercise to my new eating habits will be great!

  • #211987

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 449/R3-d139-phase3d206=phase4d186: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 190 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 140 of supplements from HP.

    Yesterday for lunch = small omlette and napa cabbage and almonds and flavored spritzer water; dinner = steak and tom and strawberries, blueberries, pineapple and no sugar added ice cream and an atkins bar

  • #212063

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 450/R3-d140-phase3d207=phase4d187: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 191 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 141 of supplements from HP.

    lunch was fish lettuce and dipping sauce, dinner was ground turkey stew (with fresh green beans, napa cabbage and canned tom) over brown rice, diet Coke, and dessert of fresh strawberries blueberries and pineapple with no sugar added ice cream. Then had my unscheduled off plan taro chips and diet Coke. Today I’ll have fish and lettuce and dip again for lunch, dinner with be the left over turkey stew and brown rice. I’m enjoying the brown rice which is allowed on both the anti candida and carb addicts food plans. Not allowed on Paleo and no carb (ie Atkins).

    Just as an aside, turkey, while thought of as “good and healthy,” may be especially high in arachidonic acid, which causes inflammation. I’ll have to double check on that. http://www.cbn.com/health/naturalhealth/drsears_arachidonicacid.aspx

    There’s so much information out there – some contradictory. It gets confusing.

  • #212101

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    More on carb addiction. The more I read the more fingers point toward carbs and sugars.

    http://www.diabetesdaily.com/voices/2012/02/the-real-source-of-carb-addiction/

  • #212133

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 451/R3-d141-phase3d208=phase4d188: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 192 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 142 of supplements from HP.

  • #212228
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    Scarlet
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Weekly weigh-in: -1.4 lbs, total of -5.4 lbs since May 9. Got my little gold star for 5 lbs :)

    Continuing to track my points.

    Nice work with going jogging (twice in one day!), ceduke! I’m thinking about doing the treadmill version of the Couch to 5k program, although I suspect I would be repeating “week 1″ for quite a few weeks while I get my body used to the idea of exercise again, and hopefully shed a few more pounds before I really get into it. But it’s very important for me that I start, even if I only do it once in this coming week.

  • #212234

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 452/R3-d142-phase3d209=phase4d189: Weighed on all 3 scales: tanita, drugstore, old – and they were all different. drugstore is .6 lower than tanita. when it stays put old is about the same as drugstore. Buuuttt … the good news is about 5 lbs lower this am than in the late afternoon/early evening 1st try on the tanita … (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 193 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 143 of supplements from HP.

    Still following (roughly) the carb addicts plan.

    @Scarlet – congratulations.

  • #212280

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 453/R3-d143-phase3d210=phase4d190: Weighed on all 3 scales: tanita, drugstore, old – and they were all different. drugstore is .6 lower than tanita. when it stays put old is about the same as drugstore. Buuuttt … the good news is about 5 lbs lower this am than in the late afternoon/early evening 1st try on the tanita … (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 194 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 144 of supplements from HP.

  • #212293

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Well done, everyone! I need to buckle down and get with the program (WW) again. I’ve been following it in my head but not writing things down or weighing in, so really not following it at all. Want to lose another 8-10 lbs in the next two month to get ready for the vacation which includes a bathing suit in public.

    This week’s menu is going to be a mess, as the MIL’s release from hospital will whack our schedules out of alignment.

    Yesterday: Made kale and sweet potato soup with a dollop of lite coconut milk (yum! and healthy to boot) With corn fritters and a little bit of bacon.

    Today: Have some chicken breasts that will be barbecued as kabobs with oven roasted potatoes and green beans. Big salad.

    Wednesday: This is when we take over MIL’s care for a week, and will (I hope) be staying with her at the SIL’s house. I don’t want her to plant herself here if I can avoid it. Will make meals tricky, though. Have more chicken breasts, more potatoes and more green beans. Big salad.

    Thursday: We have some prepared meals from the supermarket, and I think I will just heat these. Easy.

    Friday: Enchiladas made with Mexican soy ground beef substitute. And a big salad.

    Saturday: We’ll probably be going stir-crazy, so maybe out to eat. They are having a pre-Juneteenth celebration buffet at Tommy Moore’s which sounds like fun.

  • #212432

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 455/R3-d145-phase3d212=phase4d192: (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 196 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 146 of supplements from HP.

    Keep on trucking SIT. Hope MIL is ok. Stressful situation. Best wishes.

  • #212486
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    Sky
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    In the past 3 months I’ve gained 10 lbs. I can’t believe it :(
    Oh well….I’ve decided to cut out all sugar and go vegan for a month for a good cleanse and exercise everyday.

    It’s a challenge but when I’ve done it before, I felt wonderful and the weight falls off.

    Anyone have some good vegan recipes?

  • #212489
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    candy
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I stumbled upon a vegan cooking blog and this looks absolutely delicious:

    http://mouthwateringvegan.com/2011/09/23/fastest-knock-out-thai-curry-ever/

    I’ve actually been thinking about going halfway vegetarian for a while. I’ve done it before, and right now I simply feel that I don’t want to eat just any meat that is served but instead have really nice, as eco-friendly as possible meat just a couple of times a week and go vegetarian for the rest of the time. I may just try it for June, haven’t decided yet (since right now I’m down with a horrible cold and don’t feel like eating at all).

  • #212491
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    ninakk
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    candy, that’s actually how I want my diet to be, too. Fish once, chicken once, red meat once, then veggie the rest, provided I’m the one cooking.

  • #212492

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 456/R3-d146-phase3d213=phase4d193: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 197 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 147 of supplements from HP.

  • #212543

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 457/R3-d147-phase3d214=phase4d194: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 198 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 148 of supplements from HP.

    @Sky: Good luck with your plan.

  • #212547

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    tonight: reward meal = curry fried brown rice w/ lots of cauliflower, some nuts, some dried cranberries, and green onions; grilled fish (now that I’ve uncluttered a counter and have the foreman grill on it for easy access/use); green smoothie; and maybe but probably not, home made upside down fresh pineapple fresh ginger bread and/or butterscotch dark chocolate blondie bars.

  • #212565
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    happymonkey
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Sky, look at happyhealthylonglife.com for some good vegan recipes. They’re no-oil, also, so lower calorie and even better for weight loss. My DH is a health fanatic (I am not, alas, but I’m improving) and he recently went back to total veganism. We have had some awesome meals from that site that even our meat-loving friends and family members enjoyed.

  • #212573
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    Sky
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Thank you, happymonkey, I’ll take a look. It is a really health way to eat….but hard to stick with.

  • #212596
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    happymonkey
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I agree it’s hard to stick with, Sky! I don’t try to do it completely — I share several meals per week with my DH (when we’re both home at the same time – right now I’m working out of town for several months and my diet is not nearly as stringent) and I eat a few meals per week that are more “normal.” :)

    I’d love to stay on the stricter diet to lose 20 pounds, but I’m working 70-80 hours per week right now and I crave comfort food when I’m tired and stressed. One things I have found, though, is that dairy products cause congestion and sinus problems, so it’s been fairly easy to give those up. I get a little closer to vegan all the time.

  • #212600
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    Sky
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    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I’m allergic to dairy so I have no problem not eating it because it causes me congestion and is terrible on arthritis. It takes me about 4 or 5 days to get the sugar out of my system and then I don’t crave it. Vegan is so healthy and definitely worthwhile but yeah, comfort food makes me think of my Mom’s cooking and it’s hard to resist.

    I looked at the happyhealthlonglife.com site and subscribed. Looks interesting, thanks!

  • #212625

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 458/R3-d148-phase3d215=phase4d195: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 199 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 149 of supplements from HP.

  • #212669

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 459/R3-d149-phase3d216=phase4d196: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 200 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 150 of supplements from HP.

    portioned and froze lean beef roast in prep for next round. I have that, a bag of frozen fish, grissini and the drops ready. Vegs will be bought later when I start tho I can stock up on canned spinach now.

  • #212677

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    NTCH: Popeye aside, I could not engage in any diet that required canned spinach :(

    MIL is coming over to our house for dinners, so I’ve needed to be even more disciplined in food prep.

    Yesterday: Chicken on sale, so we barbecued some and had it with roasted fingerling potatoes, squash with corn and a big salad. Made a peach cobbler (with splenda – MIL is diabetic) for dessert, which was a big hit.

    Today (Monday): Salisbury steaks smothered in nonfat gravy with mushrooms & onions, mixed mashed potatoes and cauliflower, creamed spinach and pickled beets.

    Tuesday: I have a 4-6 pm staff meeting, so I will make a quiche that DH and MIL can eat cold with a big salad. She eats early.

    Wednesday: Corn fritters, grilled ham and string beans. Big salad. She’s never had my corn fritters straight off the grill and it will be a treat :)

    Thursday: SIL will be back from the coast, so the pressure is off :) Think it will be spaghetti and meatballs (I’m making the meatballs this afternoon.) And a big salad.

    Friday: Fish tacos. Yum.

  • #212726
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    Scarlet
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Weekly weigh-in: -0.6 lbs, total of -6 lbs since May 9. Less of a loss than I’d have liked, but a loss is a loss, and I’m staying on track.

    I have a new fitness toy, a Fitbit (add that to my “In” column…) I’ve had it for a few days and I’m really enjoying it so far. Mainly, I’m using it as a glorified pedometer, but I also like the sleep tracker functionality. I have a much better idea of how much and when I sleep. I enter the pedometer steps into WW online as “all day steps” under activity. I haven’t been swapping my activity points for food though. I’m still working up to exercising deliberately, but having the little gadget inspires me to do things like walk between stores in a spread-out mall where I might have driven otherwise. I feel like I’m playing a video game and I get an achievement if I hit 5k steps a day :) Even with sleep, it’s been encouraging me to go to bed earlier. So, the goal for this week is (again) to hit the treadmill and exercise on purpose at least once, and to keep tracking food.

    Small milestone yesterday: I’m usually a big (diet) soda drinker, but yesterday I had my coffee in the morning and no soda at all, and drank 60 oz of water.

    Eventually, I may try using the Fitbit site to track food/weight (probably pay for an annual Pro membership in that case), and if it works for me I will declutter WeightWatchers, but for now I’m sticking with what’s been working and using Fitbit for steps/sleep only. I’m concerned that tracking food via detailed nutritional info and not the simplified points system will make me obsess about it more, and, well, I really don’t need anything else to obsess about. I do it enough already :)

    Congrats to everyone who’s posted in the last week on taking the time to think about your health.

  • #212785

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 460/R3-d150-phase3d217=phase4d197: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 201 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 151 of supplements from HP.

    Spinach is one of the veg choices allowed and canned spinach is good for a pinch – just take a pre-cooked pre-weighed bag of lean roast beef out of the freezer, grab a can of spinach and apple and grissini – and that’s quick and easy. The last round was the first time I’ve had it since high school where they occasionally served it at the cafeteria and I actually liked it then; not as much now, but I like canned spinach better than raw with just lemon on it. Tho I can understand why people dislike canned spinach esp plain rt out of the can. I like fresh varietal spinach cooked cause that’s how my grandpa grew and grandma cooked it. It wasn’t the kind you see commonly in the markets today; it was some other variety. So that along with Popeye the Sailor Man gives me good memories of cooked and canned spinach. :) (Oh, but it’s high in oxalates I just remembered.)

  • #212871

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 461/R3-d151-phase3d218=phase4d198: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 202 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 152 of supplements from HP.

    Getting ready …

  • #212886

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 462/R3-d152-phase3d219=phase4d199: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 203 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 153 of supplements from HP.

    I baked last night and you know, my taste has changed to the point it was not even ok anymore. It’s a good thing.

  • #212906
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    chacha1
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    A girlfriend and I are doing a “daily chicken” (check in) to keep ourselves accountable with how much activity we do and how good (or bad) we are with the eating. We each only have a little bit to lose, my goal was an inch off the belly in six weeks. This is week four and I am almost there. Upping the activity level and reducing the wine (*hic!), no big changes. Getting stronger, too.

    After this challenge, my goal will be to upgrade from 10 from-the-knee pushups to 10 plank pushups … used to be able to do that … got lazy; and lose another inch in the following six weeks.

    DH and I are planning to compete in October and I will need to wear a fairly skimpy dress. There Will Be No Bulges.

  • #212911
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    Scarlet
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I love “daily chicken” :) I mostly keep myself accountable via the WW online tracker & Fitbit, and tell my boyfriend about how it’s going (he needs to get in better shape too, so I know he’s interested in little pointers about what’s working or not working, though he’s not focusing on it as much as I am at the moment). To be honest, I think I get too obsessive (I *know* I get too obsessive) about these things and I don’t think anyone could bear a detailed check-in from me on a daily basis. At least if I’m blathering on in a post, you guys can just skim it, smile, nod, and back away slowly :)

    Anyway, nice job and wish I could say I only had a little bit to lose. Your next goal is awesome, too. I think once I get into slightly better shape, one of my goals will be “To do a single pull-up” :)

  • #212932

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Back to this thread after a 5 month absence – determined to lose the weight I regained after keeping it off for more than a year. Went to Jazzercise after missing 2 weeks (vacation, company, colonoscopy). It was a great class.

  • #212958

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 463/R3-d153-phase3d220=phase4d200: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 204 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 154 of supplements from HP.

    Letgoodtimesroll: colonoscopy!?!?! Know someone who had one – he researched, tested, and discovered he could take sublingual (under the tongue) B12 so didn’t have to give himself or get shots. What happened to you? Are you okay? Welcome back.

    I’m doing research on maintenance and one book on Carb addiction said they had an 80% good maintenance rate by following an up to 2 meal no carb (and that omits high carb vegs like beets, artichokes, even only allows 1/2 a tom and etc etc) and than one consistent required reward meal a day (if you choose dinner it’s always dinner etc etc) where it’s unlimited but not binging and balanced or healthy, but you can have 2 desserts if you like – but all within 1 hour. No snacking otherwise. This plan is for those who process carbs in a certain way; are addicted to carbs. I had eaten a way the book described before (just in the course of life, did not know about the book then) and that was when I was much lighter.

  • #212981

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    @ntch – I’m fine, thanks. The colonoscopy is one the joys of turning 60. It wasn’t my first time, but the prep is never easy, due in part to me being a paraplegic. I wish good luck managing the stress you’re dealing with.

    Another fun Jazzercise class today.

    Next step is to get back to WW.

  • #213000

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 464/R3-d154-phase3d221=phase4d201: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 205 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 155 of supplements from HP.

    @Letgoodtimesroll – Oh, sorry, I mistook colonoscopy for colectomy (which would have been a real 8O and 8I). Yes, being a paraplegic would make the prep even harder. If you don’t mind me asking, how did you become paraplegic? Thank you for the good luck wish – I appreciate it! A little stress relieved yesterday, but then came a phone call and a little different kind of stress both relieved and given at the same time … l.i.f.e …

  • #213021

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    I thought this was relevant to this thread:

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/diabetes/#axzz1xJIaoehr

  • #213025

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Went on another 10K walk early this morning — through a boring suburban neighborhood, but some nice hills :) This completes our 1st book for the walking club — ten 10K walks — so now we start on the next book, which is twenty 10k walks. We’re hoping to get some walks in on our August vacation — DH and I will do Annapolis, MD, Washington, DC and perhaps Cape May or Atlantic City NJ (the friend who will be with us in NJ isn’t much of a walker) and I hope do also do 10Ks in Harper’s Ferry, WVA and Arlington, VA. We sent away for a different record book to complete walks in all 50 states, and this trip East could be a good jumpstart. All this walking has been good for us! Now, off to the pool to stretch the muscles a bit.

  • #213051

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 465/R3-d155-phase3d222=phase4d202: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 206 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 156 of supplements from HP.

    How do you like the highway robbery and fixed decision last night? Outrageous!

  • #213057

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    NTCH: when does your next round start?

    Not sure what the week will be like, but need to keep things simple — DH & I will be moving furniture & boxes after work so that we can get his mother moved back into her house as soon as possible. So –

    Lunch today — chili dogs (leftover chili from last week we need to use up) and asian cole slaw left over from last night.

    Tonight: Lean pork chops, leftover mashed potatoes/cauliflower with gravy from last week and zucchini.

    Monday: the grocery has been promoting store-made fresh salmon burgers — we has them last night and they were good! Got two more for tomorrow. With a big salad.

    Tuesday: Enchiladas and salad. They are forgiving if our schedule goes wonky. I’ll make them today.

    Wednesday: Lasagna and a big salad. One of the store promotions was 96% lean ground beef, and I have whole wheat lasagna noodles left over from the last time I made it. I’ll make it today.

    Thursday: I’m hoping the bulk of the moving is done. Chicken Tikka Masala and rice, big salad and spinach.

    Friday: I’m tied up from 1-5 running a booth at an event and then have at art show opening to attend that evening. Maybe cold quiche and a salad to make life easy. Or leftovers, if we have any.

  • #213087
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    pkilmain
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    So Susan, when you decide to do your 10K walk in Alaska, let me know! I’ll join you. :)

  • #213096

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    pkilmain: you are on! Although the thought of my husband in Alaska — well, I did manage to drag him to Chicago for a few years. But the man HATES the cold!

  • #213110
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    Scarlet
    Member

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Welcome back to the thread, Letgoodtimesroll! It’s only my 4th week back. Let’s hope we both stick around for a good long while :) You’ve at least got the Jazzercize thing. I’m still working up to that deliberate exercise thing, though I’ve tried to maximize the amount of walking I do when running errands.

    Weekly weigh-in: -2.6 lbs, total of -8.6 lbs since May 9. YAY, this week made up for the week before. Maybe next week will take me over the 10 lbs mark? We can only hope.

    Everything’s pretty much the same, except we did go on a mini hike at a local park with some inclines in the trail. Oof, I’m really out of shape. Have to get better. Will get better, I know it :)

    Have a good week, everyone!

  • #213118

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Today, Day 466/R3-d156-phase3d223=phase4d203: No weighing (new base wt = wt on last day of taking the drops) Still high high stress and unfinished business and just stuff and lots of it.

    Day 207 of 5-HTP – suspending 5-HTP for a bit since I am doing the holistic program and now also since finding my dopamine is low and that 5-HTP increases serotonin at the expense of dopamine.

    Day 157 of supplements from HP.

    SIT: Thank you for asking. I’ve been thinking about it as well. After I finish my HP program and at least 3 weeks before my friend visits in mid or mid late august – so at the latest I’ll start at the end of July; and the earliest would be rt after my HP program – I’ll have to check my schedule on that. But pretty soon. I’ve got my grissini, the individual precooked meat packets, frozen fish, canned tom. I’ll pick up the fresh veg and fruit as i go along. Waiting for the next sale of canned spinach and I’ll pick some of that up as it’s convenient for meals out.

    YAY Scarlet!

    http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2012/06/boxing-reels-after-decision-robs-its-biggest-star/53363/

  • #213155

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    Thanks, Scarlet! Here’s to both of us sticking with this!

    Today I started WW tracking again. I hope using my new iPad will encourage me.

    Jazzercise with my favorite instructor.

    Fixed beet greens for the first time. DH and I both liked them.

  • #213182

    2012 To Declutter Fat Challenge

    What an amazing change for her! If she can do it gals … and she’s under lots of pressure and still does it … WW works so well for her!

    Today, Day 467