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Good results? or No results? That is the question!
I was doing 30 Day Shred a couple of months ago-- I had really good results losing inches and looked much more toned, but I didn't lose much weight. I think if I'd been better at my calorie intake I could've lost more weight though. Whew, is it hard though-- it's a really great workout!
by KelseyRenae (submitted 5 years ago)
Arrgghhh plateau help!!
vmango-- I think you are sounding really condescending to someone who has obviously done a great job at weight loss so far. It can be true that a person's body rejects lower calories over the course of years and it is also true that there are many many diagnosed and undiagnosed medical problems that can cause stalled weight loss. You're right in that the calories aren't magically appearing, but a person's body can react differently over time. This whole "calories in, calories out" thing only works with people who have perfect metabolisms, which is very few in our society where we've binged and dieted so much. Saying that it's an impossibility of science only takes in to account 2 variables-- calories, and an assumption of a properly working metabolism-- and there are way more than 2 variables in any scientific problem, especially when it comes to people. majarichie-- you have done an absolutely amazing job so far and we can see that you follow through-- congratulations! I'm sorry to hear about your stalling weight loss. Playing around with your fat, protein, and carb ratios could help, upping your calories or having a spike day could help, certainly exercise is good whether or not you lose weight, but you might also see if you can talk to your doctor about other possibilities-- maybe getting your thyroid or adrenal gland tested or something? There are lots of medical things that could affect weight loss too. Good luck!
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
Cooking with Legumes
I'm vegan so I eat a lot of beans for my protein. I almost always have 1 or 2 types of soup that has beans in the fridge and I add beans to a lot of my other food. I add drained and rinsed canned beans (or cooked from dried) on top of salads, baked potatoes, nachos, in tacos, and pureed. There's a really yummy soup recipe at the bottom of this page: If you take a drained rinsed can of great northern beans and blend it with about 1/2 cup water, you can add that to a pot of mashed potatoes with pepper, salt, and more water if needed. This makes higher protein and fiber mashed potatoes. You can also use any bean to make a bean spread that's good in wraps or with veggies. Just put a can of beans in the food processor with some softened sun dried tomatoes, garlic, and a little water and pulse until combined. I think the most important thing to do is find beans that you like the taste and texture of on their own and rotate-- I always have a container of 1 or 2 kinds in my fridge. Then it's easy to just add to whatever else you're eating. You can also get veggie protein from nuts, seeds, dark greens, and grains (quinoa is the highest protein grain) Here are some vegan blog links-- they have tons of recipes that include beans! These sites also have recipes for homemade veggie burgers, which are way better than anything from the freezer section. Hope this helps!
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
How big were you when you met your partner?
I was also about 15 pounds heavier at 160 when we met but I gained up to 196 before I started going back down! He always said he didn't notice- which was very sweet- but he did encourage me to be more active- which was also sweet because I was really unhealthy and depressed. I feel so much better now and I'm so thankful to have such an amazingly supportive husband!
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
Anyone else get workout gear for Christmas?
I'm getting new running shoes which I need to go pick out soon and hubby said he would have gotten me a lot more fitness-related things but he wasn't sure if it'd be offensive. I'm super excited about my shoes and I wouldn't have seen it as offensive-- just supportive!
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
Vegetables and Calorie Counts
I count my veggies too-- I eat a lot of veggies, so it would really throw me off to not. If I'm still hungry at the end of the day, I'll decide if I want to eat more though, and often it will be carrots or celery but I still enter it. When I'm exercising most days I up my calories by 50. When I'm not exercising often, I don't up them when I do one day. Hope this helps! Good luck!
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
New here.. stomach HELP!!!!!!!
Also-- I just saw that you said you lost the 30 pounds quickly. Good job on that but your body could need some time to readjust and settle down-- my body is a much more balanced shape now that I've lost slowly than when I wold lose quickly before. Just keep going, but it might even itself out a little more in a few months as your body gets used to its new weight.
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
New here.. stomach HELP!!!!!!!
You may not be able to lose fat in specific areas, but you can tone, which will make you look smaller. Doing core exercises, especially something like a class or video that keeps your middle moving and twisting, should get you some results. Try exercises that stretch and lengthen the torso while your working out because it can actually make you look bigger if you gain bulky muscle under the pooch. Make sure you do both cardio and strength (my strength training is mostly squats and pushups, etc. and very little actual weights-- whatever works for you is good). And make sure you engage your ab muscles when you're working out and going through your day, becauase that will strengthen your core. Sucking in your stomach builds muscles that help you suck in your stomach more easily so it can help you look thinner too-- so does having decent posture. And I think it depends on your diet and your body for how much protein you should get. I go for 0.45 grams for each pound of my goal body weight (multiply your goal weight in pounds by 0.45), which comes out to about 54 grams a day. I try to stay between 40 and 70, with most days being around 55. This is a really good number for me as too much makes me feel stiff and icky and too little makes me super hungry and tired. 1300 calories sounds pretty good- I wouldn't go below 1200. Varying calories could definitely help, and just having a "cheat day" once a month or so might help too. And most of all, just keep going. Adding core workouts should help, but so will losing weight. Eventually, your body will have to got to your stomach once it's lost everything it can everywhere else. Good luck!
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
Goal Weight decision ?
This is a great thread! My goal is what I think I'll want to be-- I used a bmi calculator and my own past (and a little comparison of girls I know that I think are at a good weight). It's 12 pounds above the low end of normal for me, which I think is reasonable, because I have a small-to-medium frame. I didn't want it to be unattainable, but I definitely wanted it to be pretty drastic- I want to be the "me" I always thought I could never be (if that makes sense). I wanted to be healthy and I wanted to be one of the "pretty people" and I always thought that was out of reach for me- it was scary but pretty awesome when I realized that I could do something about it! I was at 120 (my goal) when I was in 6th grade and at the height I am now. I remember thinking I was chunky then, but my body's more mature now and I'll be more toned. I figured I could change my goal if I feel too skinny before I reach it or I can keep going if I want to. I'd like to be a size 2, but I don't know what weight that will be for me. I've liked having my major long-term goal as my goal on this site and using smaller goals on my own-- I like to see my bar change with progress on such a large number! I don't like to set time limits on my mini-goals though, because I'd just feel like a failure when I didn't meet them and I like to go at whatever pace I feel right then-- sometimes more hardcore, sometimes more laid back but always in the right direction. It's cool to hear everyone's processes. Good luck everyone!
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
How long did you think it would take...
Great job, ginnyray! It's awesome that you've been able to maintain and not relapse. Good luck on continuing maintenance!
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
How long did you think it would take...
I thought I would lose 76 pounds in a year, but so far it been a year and 8 months and I've lost 51-- which is about 2.5 pounds a month, if you average it. I've still got 25 to go and hopefully I'll lose that this next year. Sometimes I look back and think I should be at my goal already, but mostly I'm really happy with my pace. I stopped in the middle for 6 months and maintained pretty easily, which gives me hope that I can maintain again. I think this has definitely been more of a lifestyle change than I ever expected and I'm happy about that. Congratulations everyone on your amazing losses!
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
need support!
Thanks! I'm still going but I'll get there!
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
need support!
I buddy requested you, but you might not want to lose so much so quickly-- it isn't healthy to lose too quickly and it's more likely to stay off if you do it slowly. Good luck though!
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
lots of folks are telling me to eat "a protein" i need examples
A protein generally refers to a serving of meat, but it can also mean beans, nuts, or tofu. Protein is also present in a lot of food like green veggies or brown rice. If you're tracking your calories through this site, you should be able to see how much protein you are getting a day. People have very different opinions on how much protein a person should have in a day. The answers seem to vary between 40 grams and 200 grams of protein or more per day. I personally like to be at about 55 grams each day. Plethora just means "a lot". Let me know if you have any other questions, I sent you a buddy request!
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
Becoming a Vegan
I agree with the suggestions to start out as vegetarian and then transition to veganism. Use google to find a ton of recipes. I also read vegan food blogs. These are some of my favorite: but there are a LOT more! When I first started, I ate more meat substitutes, like boca burgers, but now usually get something like that once a month and rely on beans, nuts, and tofu for protein. Speaking of protein, despite how many people tell you that you don't need to worry about protein on a vegan diet, I find it helpful to monitor how many grams I'm getting. I use as a guideline and try to be at about .45 grams per pound of my goal weight. And definitely google your favorite restaurants with the word "vegan" to see if they have any vegan options. We don't have any vegan restaurants here and very little choice in general, but a google search of "What can I eat vegan at Chili's" came up with results. You may have to order off the menu- at Chili's I get a side of black beans with corn tortillas and guacamole- but you might be able to find something yummy. And eating random sides like this is cheaper and fewer calories than what I used to get before going vegan. Also, if you can't find any info, you can email the restaurant directly and they can often point you in the right direction. Anyway, good luck and feel free to message me if you have any questions!
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
How do I lose mid-section fat?
Midsection fat is usually linked to increased cortisol, which is a hormone released when you're stressed. I know it's frustrating when doctors and others say you need to be less stressed but in this case, if you could try to de-stress it might help in the long run. Also, if you workout your core, it should help firm you up-- and also help with back pain, so that's a bonus. I don't know what your fitness level is but I think this video is a lot of fun. I like to do that one and the Biggest Loser Cardio Max DVD and I've started walking and jogging. Also, people lose fat in different place throughout their weight loss journey. I've just started losing more off of my stomach since I've gotten closer to my goal. Good luck!
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
Protein suggestions
I think protein needs vary depending on your activity level, but I think it looks like you've been getting enough. If your doctor or nutritionist told you to have more protein, I would listen, depending on their reasoning, but unless it's right for you, you don't have to eat a lot of protein. Here are some links you could check out: . The second one addresses a vegan diet, but the protein recommendations are for everyone. Note that these calculations should be based on your goal weight, not current weight. I get about 50g per day and I'm really happy with it- my body doesn't like any more than that. I'm not trying to say anyone else's diet is wrong, I just think everyone's body is different, so you should decide what's best for you. For high protein foods, I would second the edamame suggestion- yummy!- and add beans and nuts. Also, eating a legume and a grain together- like beans and rice- creates a complete protein and is very filling.
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
getting sick
When we're sick, we crave carbs because they're easy to digest. Our bodies don't want to spend precious energy digesting when it's already working so hard to get better. Empty carbs won't help you feel better in the long run, but when I'm sick my protein is a little lower, and I'm ok with that. Just try to limit the empty carbs- white flour, sugar. Vegetable soup is a great idea because the veggies are mostly carbs and easy to digest but they are more slow-releasing than refined carbs and packed with nutrients. Hope you feel better soon!
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
To Cheat or Not to Cheat?
I agree with portion control. I eat chocolate every day but only a small amount. If you want a creamy pasta, I'd figure out a way to make one serving or use a lot of vegetables to take the place of most of the pasta-- rework your old favorites. I like to allow myself a whole "cheat day" every couple of months (although sometimes it's more) where I don't count anything-- usually when we go into the city and eat out all day. I still try not to stuff myself but it's nice to have a break from counting sometimes. This is what works for me. Try to find what work for you and good luck!
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
hate fruit
I love fruit! If you don't like sweet you might not like this but you could try bananas blended into an ice-cream-type thing. It's so good and less sweet than regular ice cream, so maybe you'd like it. And it's dairy free and has no sugar added. I like this one
by KelseyRenae (submitted 6 years ago)
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