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PHOSIS
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8/21/12 4:29 P

Well it's been practically forever. But I have lost 52 pounds, and I am pushing for the finish line now.

Went to the pool the other day for the first time in years, no shame. It felt good.



JIBBIE49
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6/22/12 1:26 P

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5/31/12 11:40 A

40 pounds down today, and 40 to go.

Feeling good.



JIBBIE49
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5/27/12 7:27 A

emoticon Don't quit.



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5/23/12 2:12 P

The weight tracker is all messed up for some reason, but I have lost 36 pounds, and am trying to lose eighty. So far so good.

I haven't counted calories for awhile, though I do keep a pretty accurate mental note of things. The biggest thing I have learned is portion control, and not eating late seems to help a lot too. I've sort of rubber banded between eating smaller amounts of unhealthy foods and eating healthier stuff, but there hasn't been a single week yet where I didn't lose something.

Having people comment about how I look smaller has been the greatest reward yet, apart from the obvious one which is feeling fitter, and healthier. I must admit I don't really use the site, but I do like it for tracking my weight, and occasionally posting just to keep up morale.

If the trend stays the same, another three months or so and I should be where I want to be. It will probably take longer as I am bound to plateau sooner or later, and eventually I will really need to start excercising, so I am not doing that. But now that the "diet" has really become just a habit, staying in control is not really a struggle. I have moments of weakness but they are very easy to reject since eating badly makes me feel so horrible.



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5/3/12 6:18 P

Good luck to you, and thanks!



MELINDAKAYE2
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5/3/12 12:24 P

Congrats on your success, I am just getting started on here. emoticon



PHOSIS
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5/3/12 11:30 A

Yikes, has it really been almost a month since I posted anything?

Gosh...

I am exceeding my loss expectations so far, which is tremendous. I have crossed the 1/4 mark at this point, and now the diet has just become so habitual to me. The odd times I have cheated haven't really been cheats; and even though I admittedly still eat more junk food than I should, especially after going back to work, every ounce of it is counted. It is clinically possible though absolutely NOT recommended to eat McDonalds every single day and still lose weight; I know this because I eat a burger and a small fry and a coffee every day for lunch or dinner on the days that I work. It's awful to be admitting this, but it is definitely one thing I need to change; regardless of the just shy of 500 calorie footprint for those foods.

Anyways, on goal, feeling good, thought I'd update again. SparkPeople was certainly instrumental in starting down that hard road to weight loss for me, and it is a tool I still use frequently to track my weight and just for fun, so I won't be abandoning it anytime soon.



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4/10/12 4:30 P

Wow I noticed US users are probably seeing my weight at around 500 pounds! When I enter my weight it is in pounds, but gets converted to kilos on the counter...whats up with that?



SANDRALUVSLON
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4/9/12 9:12 A

Good for you. I find I need the accountability of tracking but we're all different.



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4/5/12 2:18 P

Things are going great. Above and beyond weight loss, my goals have broadened a bit. I have always been interested in nutrition, so in light of this journey I have decided to pursue that as an eventual career path. In the beginning it was all about C&C; calories and cravings. But I have kind of broken through that escape velocity barrier and now those things are not a focus. I haven't counted calories for a couple of weeks, and just by making the right choices, have lost about 7 pounds. I am not going to say it isn't science; that is exactly what it is. But after deciding for the first time in a decade that I wanted to lose weight, the hurdles I had to overcome early on have not really been a problem.

I still plan to use the site to track my weight and post occasionally, but what interests me more now is refining my daily diet, studying nutrition, and focusing on portion control. Counting works great, but this has become more of a hobby or obsession for me now so I don't feel it's something that will necessarily continue to work for me.

Plus, I like to post every once in a while to see how far right that hamburger has gone. ;)



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3/30/12 3:47 P

I've been slacking here lately, but not on my diet!

I have kind of fallen off the wagon in terms of daily motivation. This is in part due to the fact that a lot of these things I am doing have now just become habits. In all easy, this is the most ridiculously easy diet I have ever done, and the results are readily apparent, too.

But with that being said, I sometimes get too confident, which is why I'm going to continue posting.

I found a "superfood" to compliment the rest of my habits. My days are largely mixed up and confused, with dinner being the most difficult to plan for. As someone who stays at home with his daughter, and is soon going to also be working again, I don't have a lot of time to kill when it comes to meal planning. This was why I replaced a meal with fruit smoothies, but things are getting a little easier than that even.

There is a Canadian cereal called "Holy Crap" which is mostly made of chia and other healthy seeds. It's expensive, but I consider it a super food; it is full of Omega 3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated fats, vitamins, protein; it's a food you could easily subsist on indefinitely. Throwing two tablespoons of it in some hearty oatmeal is an absolute winner for lunch, and it is quite filling above that.

With dinner now being the only flexible meal, but with me still getting enough calories a day, things are going to be even simpler going forward. The only major change in my diet I am carefully considering is ditching the milk in my fruit smoothies, and simply using better fruits.



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3/22/12 12:11 P

I can't say my hard work has payed off since I have had a tough week in that regard, but consistency certainly has!

I was expecting not to lose anything and ended up dropping 4 pounds. Celebrating with something different this morning...nah, just kidding, it's smoothie time again. :)



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3/21/12 2:25 P

Luckily I had another very strict day yesterday. Today is a little different because my wife and I are going out for dinner, but I have already prepared for that as well. It's nice to see restaurants having nutritional values, and even though I have eaten very little today, I will almost hit my maximum available calories just for dinner, which is fine; it's a special occasion after all.

That being said, I am not super enthused about my weigh in tommorrow. It has to be done and I hope it goes well, but if anything, I am simply expecting not to have gained; thats about as confident as I am willing to be unfortunately.



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3/20/12 6:42 P

Haven't posted in a couple of days which I really should have been. I had a couple of nights where, honestly, I did very poorly. I am expecting this to reflect on thursdays weigh in, and the whole thing had me bummed out.

I was back on track all day yesterday and so far today as well. Its been a tough week, a lot of unrelated stress hasn't helped.



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3/17/12 5:29 P

Gosh today is sure easier. Like clockwork, every week or so I have a really, really tough day where I am just struggling not to go on a food crazy rampage. That was yesterday, though I did survive it. Today has been MUCH easier. Water is definitely key.



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3/16/12 7:19 P

Almost forgot to post today!

Feeling really run down. I am now trying to eat all my calories before 6 at night, hopefully it goes well.



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3/15/12 10:53 A

Well this weigh in really didn't go well, didn't even lose a pound. 0.3 kg. The fact is, I'm not upset because I didn't gain any weight but it is proof that I need to tighten my habits and also excercise. I barely did any excercise this last week.

Feeling motivated to try harder though, and that's a good thing.



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3/14/12 2:29 P

Another brief moment of weakness last night; didn't eat over my calories, but had a snack extremely late. I hope it doesn't mess things up.

Typical day so far, just waiting on edge for tommorrow! It's weigh in day again Thursday!



ERIKAB523
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3/13/12 10:53 P

I totally agree with you! Everything im moderation. I think it takes a little time for everyone to figure out what works best for them, and this site certainly allows you to grow in your own direction! good luck to you on your journey!



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3/13/12 11:58 A

I have to agree. Speaking of which...

Getting this out of the way now, because it's job hunting time. I have been a stay at home dad now for six months and my wife works full time, so now it is time for me to contribute. I quit my career so she could further hers and now I need a part time job. So off to do that after my smoothie.



TRYINGHARD54
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3/13/12 5:31 A

posting helps me stay focused most of the time..



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3/13/12 3:50 A

Well if you have lost 18 pounds already, it seems like you know what to do! :)

In all of my time though trying to lose weight and learning about nutrition, I heard a few (what I consider to be) universal truths.

1) Math

Calorie counting is really a near fool proof way for most of the population to lose weight, but more importantly, to understand correct portion sizes. As you try to stay within your boundaries, you will generally notice your food becoming more and more spread out throughout the day so that you are never hungry. Naturally this will balance your metabolism, so just by counting calories and trying to stay under a certain amount, much of the work is being done for you automatically.

2) Carbs and Sugar

Sugar is notably bad for you, especially in a processed form; it is simply too much energy at one time which your body is unable to deal with, and sugar gets stored easily as fat due to this extra energy....I think! Don't quote me on it, but that seems to be the gist. Carbohydrates usually are turned into sugar in your body. The "no carb" diet works so well because it puts your body into a state of ketosis, where it essentially "starves" and feeds on your fat reserves. But this too is extreme. Luckily, sugar and carbs are counted as calories (and generally have a very high calorie count) so this issue sort of takes care of itself.

3) Fats (natural fats, really) are not a bad thing.

You might use up more calories a day by eating full fat yogurt or other dairy products, but as long as you moderate that, fat is very good for your body, and usually far more so than chemical ridden replacements. The fat from say fried foods has certain toxins due to the burning point of the oils it is cooked in, but natural animal fats and the fat in nuts have very high nutrtitional value and most importantly, satiate hunger very easily. I heard somewhere that if you eat 10 almonds before a meal, you will have half a portion simply because the fat in the nuts takes away intense hunger. So I use butter, homo milk cheeses and yogurts, because even though the calorie count is quite high, it seems to take away hunger for a very long time. If I have to, I can often get away with 5 hours in between meals before feeling another pang.

I'm probably preaching to the choir! But that is what I have found works best for me. I tried extreme diets like Atkins and the Paleo diet, and though they were certainly effective in producing results, a lot of those are very difficult to stick with, and forced me to ultimately fail and rebound.

I'm just sticking to the site because it makes sense, and I feel guilty all the time; its the first time a diet HASN'T felt like work!

Edited by: PHOSIS at: 3/13/2012 (03:52)


SW2618
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3/13/12 12:16 A

I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT TO HAVE A BABY..WHAT DO YOU THINK I SHOULD DO?



AMY430602
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3/12/12 7:56 P

ditto on the posting once a day thing ;)



SANDRALUVSLON
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3/12/12 2:01 P

You're doing everything right so you'll be fine. Remeber it's not just weight loss you could be losing inches as well. Make sure you take your measurements too.
Good luck,
Sandy



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3/12/12 11:42 A

Thanks very much for your comment. I can definitely relate to that, however I suppose WW has changed very much in the past several years.

Another decent day yesterday. Part of the challenge with this process is that my wife isn't on a diet...she doesn't really need to be. She is open to healthier food choices which is a good thing, but in order to make sure she remains satisfied, I can't just start throwing celery at her. That being said, finding healthy ways to make not-so healthy dinners has been a must.

I did beef tacos last night, on whole wheat tortillas. I made my own taco seasoning instead of using the mix. It had onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, oregano, chili flakes, sea salt and black pepper, and tasted almost exactly like the seasoning, without the strange orange grease that comes along with it. Drained the lean ground beef and used a bit of mozarrella, a dollop of sour cream, salsa, lettuce and jalapenos. I had 4 tacos, which were on the tiny tortillas, with about 1/4 of a cup of beef on each. It was still around 900 calories, but I just went over my minimum for the day.

I know people are saying you should have your bigger meals early, but that isnt an option for me. I never get hungry until dinner time, so to off set this, we eat dinner at 6. Since I dont go to bed until 1 in the morning, there is plenty of time in between to digest.

Once again, weigh in is coming up soon, and I'm getting that confidence lacking nervousness again. Even though I know I've been sticking to the plan, I always prepare for potential dissapointment, haha.



THENANA4
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3/11/12 1:18 P

I am so happy to have read your post even though it was posted some time ago. I have been a member at WW for one year. I came across this site and I totally agree with you about the tracking. I too spent the day "obsessing about the number of points. The point system is OK but tracking here gives the "free fruits and vegetables" value that count as calories. It seems so more accurate this way. After starting tracking here last week, I had one of the most successful weight loss weeks I have had since I joined WW. I also don't use the WW food, mostly because of the cost, but I know that I could never eat just one bar and the leader actually said that if you can't stay away from them it is better not to get them.
Continued success to you.










Edited by: THENANA4 at: 3/11/2012 (13:21)


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3/11/12 11:41 A

Thank you!

After doing some research, I have definitely been striving to hit the minimum. I actually did yesterday, I just felt a lot more full than usual, almost uncomfortably so. I'm trying to have a bigger lunch and a snack now to split it up a little.

One thing I noticed about "dieting" this time around was, because of everything I have learned, it has been much easier to transition from eating incredibly poorly to eating much better. There seems to be a balance however; some days are just worst than others, and the temptation to gorge seems to come around once a week or so for me. So far I have survived, but I think part of it is actually keeping SOME food around which could be considered junk food, but which is a much BETTER choice than say, a bag of chips or a burger.

On the two really bad days I have had, I broke down and deviated from my routine. But since I literally had nothing in the house apart from a few "diet" snack foods, it didn't effect my end result in the slightest. Completely restricting yourself from any and all potential pleasure foods seems to be a really bad idea; it seems much easier to keep a few around but make sure they will not damage you if you do happen to lose your resolve.



SANDRALUVSLON
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3/11/12 9:08 A

You can do it but you really should eat your minimum calories everyday so your body doesn't go into starvation mode and slow down your metabolism. You're doing great. Congrats on losing 4 pounds in a week. That is terrific.
Sandy



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3/10/12 7:25 P

I really don't feel like doing this today. Nothing to report...can I go now?

Everything is still going fine. :)



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3/9/12 12:42 P

Once again last night became my second temptation to cheat, but this time I really made an effort and kept things in check. I was partying once again and there were some Lays chips lying around, but I actually made sure to count them. Even with eating them, I was still in the mid range for calories so apart from the sodium, they didn't end up becoming much of a cheat at all! This morning started, YET AGAIN with a fruit smoothie, which I simply can't go without now. I am trying this steamer meal for lunch, about 260 calories which leaves me an ungodly amount for the rest of my day.

This really is getting easier now.



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3/8/12 10:36 A

Despite my foibles, I managed to lose 4 pounds this week! I have to say I am quite happy with the result, but more looking forward to what the future could bring, especially if I incorporate a whole lot more exercise. 4 pounds a week is pretty good, but I'd be happier with 5, at least for the initial 25 pounds or so.



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3/7/12 12:25 P

Trucking away like clockwork. I feel like the daily smoothie thing has really just become a habit now...it's something I just "do" like going to the washroom. They say it takes three weeks to build a habit, and it has been about that.

I'm busting my butt with excercise tonight; weigh in tommorrow!



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3/6/12 12:27 P

Fairly typical day. One thing I definitely need more of is excercise. The weather sucks and I have been a bit lazy about it, will try to rectify that the rest of this week. Things are going good; not much to report



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3/5/12 12:38 P

Apart from feeling guilty for cheating a couple days back, yesterday it was really hard to keep myself motivated. I was tempted to hurl myself off the wagon for reasons unknown. Luckily I kept myself in check, stayed under my calories, but sadly neglected to excercise.

Today is a new day and I feel great. I still have yet to break my "one smoothie a day" habit, which has been going on for a few weeks now. I feel like it will be very easy to stay on track, and am looking forward (slightly fearfully) to this weeks weigh in.



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3/5/12 1:17 A

Almost too late for this!

I cheated last night. It was party time and I had counted calories all day, but went a little crazy later on. I definitely exceeded my maximum alloted calories for the day, and even worse, just did a bad job at sticking to the plan.

Today was a strange bird. Morning recovery meant I didn't even have my first meal until 1 in the afternoon, the usual smoothie. Made a high fat pasta dish for the wife and myself and had one serving at 600 calories in the mid afternoon, and had some toast with jam later on. I didn't even hit my minimum calories...just hoping weigh in day, this thursday goes well despite my problems.

Still sticking to it. In three weeks, this was my first real hurdle, and I have made it over at least.



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3/3/12 1:02 P

Feeling better today. I haven't been eating my minimum calories at all since I began, and yesterday I finally ate enough to push myself over that edge. Though I am still sticking close, around 1700 a day, it was actually an easier day because of this. I had an after dinner snack last night which isn't something I am so proud of, a rice cake with jam, but overall things are going great.

Really need to up my water intake; and also need to buy a belt. My pants are falling off of me at this point.



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3/2/12 8:21 P

Not much to say; typical day. Not feeling good, but still stuck to it...going back to bed now.



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3/2/12 12:45 A

Today was discouraging and encouraging all at the same time. I've been eating well now for about three weeks, but I never did an official weigh in. I estimated then that I probably weighed 250 pounds, so when I finally weighed in today, it was exactly 250. The reason this sucks is because it implies I was bigger than that, since I do feel I have lost some weight, which also means I am the heaviest I have ever been.

On the other hand, it really pumped me up to do better. Did a ton of cardio today and burned off about 500 calories. Things are going well...no problems whatsoever on the diet side of anything and frankly I am always eating just under my minimum daily intake requirement.



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2/29/12 2:56 P

Today for reasons beyond my control, I have to eat out. One thing I learned while on weight watchers is that you can eat out quite comfortably at Taco Time as long as you limit yourself to a couple of food items. For me it will be beef tacos, about 265 calories each. I've eaten everything else I will be today and have about 900 left (and liberal amounts of everything else) so two of those will be acceptable.

I never officially weighed in when I started, just assuming I was around 250 pounds. In reality I probably started closer to 240, so I am going to be tracking my weight tonight to get a more accurate count.



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2/28/12 12:19 P

Day 2, doing this early today.

I substituted a half cup of milk in my morning smoothie with an orange instead. The texture is not quite as nice, but it tasted great, even though my overall calorie consumption from that meal was around the same. Feeling like I need more fiber.

My daily coffee and cookie is hard to pass up, but I'm going to try substituting the cookie for an apple today. Having a whole wheat pasta pesto tonight but I need to watch - there will probably be a lot of calories in that meal, not to mention fat. I'm not going to starve myself, but I really need to moderate the rest of my day fairly carefully if I want to squeeze that in.

Its amazing how much easier the Kinect has become. Did it last night and burned through it - although I tired myself out pretty bad in the process. It proves just how sedentary I have been. Overall, it doesn't meet my daily requirements here for fitness, however it far exceeds the weekly one since I am doing it every day, with one day off every three days or so.



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2/27/12 8:54 P

One of my "requirements" with SparkPeople is to post once a day, so I am going to do it in the form of a very loosely written journal.

Today was day two of tracking food. When I first started I was a little afraid to use the tracker; I really hated the points system with Weight Watchers as it sort of made me obsess all day about how many "points" I had left, what I could eat, etc. It was good for attaching values to food, but I found it too "gamey" in its presenation and thinking about it all the time made me get tired of it.

Personally, I love the nutrition tracker here. The numbers are a little more finely divided, and it helps me to be conscious about what I am eating without having to sit there with a calculator all day. I find I dont get nearly enough protein or even calories in a day right now, but I guess one of those is a "good" problem to have for the time being. Making the simple choice to cut down meal sizes has helped TREMENDOUSLY, and not barring myself from so-called "forbidden" foods has helped too. I have found reasonable substitutes for junk food and make those portions minimal when I really need that extra something. Weight Watchers products, the cookies, are only 90 calories but full of sugar, so I try to avoid them. But one every couple of days with a black cup of coffee has worked wonders in keeping my psychologically focused without sitting there having to WANT all day.

Other than that, I have a fairly healthy diet. I don't know that my idea of what is health is conventional; I am not adversed to good quality fats, we buy whole milk and yogurt and butter, but I use limited quantities of these since they are very high in calories. Typically I have a smoothie for breakfast which is 1 cup whole milk, a half cup of blueberries, and a half a banana blended, no extra additives. I usually stick to eggs for lunch, sans toast. I have a snake between lunch and dinner, usually a coffee and a piece of fruit or a diet cookie, and dinner varies, but that is where a good portion of calories come from. We aren't HUGE meat people since my wife dislikes the textures of most meats, but chicken and ground beef are quite typical, as are vegetarian meals. Tonight she was out, so I had a breakfast pita; two slices of turkey bacon and an egg in a half pita shell.

Overall, I feel great. My excercise has been mostly confined to the Kinect, which I do hard for a half hour a night, using the Dance Central game.



 
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