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For peanut butter lovers....
Is PB2 the powdered kind? I am a peanut butter FREAK but can't find one that is low cal enough for me and that still tastes legit.
by margd1 (submitted 2 years ago)
Booze - To count or not to count?
Calories are calories. They count on your body, so count them! :)
by margd1 (submitted 2 years ago)
Does plateauing always happen?
I've plateaud twice already (60 lbs total, at 40 and 52ish pounds). The only thing I can say is to keep going what you know is right, and go at it harder. Even if you don't see the scale move for a month or so, healthy living is the only real option you've got!
by margd1 (submitted 2 years ago)
Exercise Sucks!
Omg I totally agree - the hardest part of my day is ALWAYS the drive to and walking into the gym. I love the end of my workout solely because it is OVER and I don't have to do it anymore. Someone told me also that it takes 4 weeks to make something a habit, and 4 more weeks to actually begin enjoying it. Thats 2 months right there. And even 16 months and 55 lbs later, there are still times when the last thing in the world I want to do is workout, and I know working out will only make me angrier. The difference between now and then (55 lbs ago) is that I know this is what I have to do to remain healthy. My life depends on exercise now. Good luck :)
by margd1 (submitted 3 years ago)
About to hit a bump and need a big push to move forward
That's one of the hardest parts! Continue to live healthily and the way you know is right (clearly from your success already, you know how to do it the right way), and the numbers will eventually catch up. There were a few times when I had to take 10-12 days to really make an extra effort to stick to my calorie counts, exercise intensely and practice healthy habits (drinking lots of water, no alcohol, getting good rest, etc), when I had to break through some plateau's. Good luck and congrats on your success so far!
by margd1 (submitted 3 years ago)
What am i doing wrong
I 'believed' I was eating healthy too. When I actually starting measuring my food and actually owning up to it (entering it into Fat Secret to calculate the calories) I was shocked. There are 'healthy' foods out there that are way high in calories. And use the exercise diary to estimate your calories burned as well. Different things work for everyone, but for me it has been 1300-1500 calories per day and high-intensity cardio + strength training for 45-60 minutes per day, 5 days a week(ish). You can do it, you just have to really pay attention to and own up to what you are doing and taking in. Good luck!
by margd1 (submitted 3 years ago)
Will I ever not FEEL fat??!!!! Do you have this issue or have overcomed it??
I love this thread - 54 lbs down, and I can sympathize with you all! Some days I feel skinny as a rail (ok, rarely) and some days I feel like I haven't lost a single lb. Can you say lifelong battle with body image? Ugh. Anyway congratulations on your immense success! That is so wonderful! Fall in love with your journey. I've found that no matter what I look like, knowing that I shed almost 55 lbs (what is that these days, a 1st-grader?) makes it at least semi-relative :)
by margd1 (submitted 3 years ago)
Help!!
I've tried a ton of diets, diet pills, shakes, etc and none of it ever worked for me. Chemically and physically weight loss is pretty simple - to lose 1 lb, you have to burn 3500 calories more than you take in. Thus count your calories (and you have to be honest and use a program that helps you, like Fat Secret) both being burned and being consumed. Coming from someone who has toyed with weight loss strategies for the past 8 years, it actually now is as simple as a subtraction equation in the end. Good luck :)
by margd1 (submitted 3 years ago)
what did you give up?
I've given up more practices than anything, like most have said here. Before I eat something, or use something in cooking, I look at the calories it will set me back, and question whether consumption is really worth it. Ie: full flavor sauces, high calorie peanut butter, full calorie cheese. I find that there's always a low-cal substitute for what I think I want. If it's not either healthy for me, or better-than-sex delicious, I try not to eat it :)
by margd1 (submitted 3 years ago)
One night of sin
I would agree that 'going crazy' sometimes and eating what you want is fine - as long as you get back on track. But no matter what I try not to eat until I can't breathe. That seems to stretch out my stomach and for the next few days, I feel like I need more food than before. Might all be in my head, but still. Think about it - if you consume all the food from a restaurant meal in one sitting, thats it; you're done. If you eat half at the restaurant, and take half home, thats twice that you get to eat what you want. Bonus.
by margd1 (submitted 3 years ago)
How the heck?!?!?!?!
Cook a TON one day a week, and make your own frozen foods by freezing all the mass quantities! That's what I do. Otherwise I'd go insane.
by margd1 (submitted 3 years ago)
How the heck?!?!?!?!
Agree - try adjusting your expectations. If I drop 1 lb in a week, I allow myself to be ecstatic. Real weight loss is not a quick fix or an overnight thing, it takes time, patience and a few times when the scale doesn't reflect quite right. You hit plateaus and you put weight on when you gain muscle. Take all these things into account. I'd recommend eating at least 1400 calories a day, and stay away from processed foods (frozen meals, processed cheeses, etc) as they are high in preservatives and sodium, which causes you to retain water. I am no health professional either, but real weight loss has to be about real food and real exercise, not "ok for you" frozen meals. Eat mountains of fruits and vegetables, and lean meats/proteins like chicken, fish and nuts, and not stuff that is bogged down with sauces and such. You can do it! Good luck!
by margd1 (submitted 3 years ago)
48lbs lost and my thighs arnt getting any smaller, help!
[quote=gefd28]As a man, I can tell you that I far prefer woman with some curves. Say I'm at the gym and a 25 year old Super Model and a 40 year old Super Mom walk in. They hop on the elliptical's in front of me. HEY it could happen! I'd much rather look at the mom with her normal hips and thighs than Little Ms Super Model.[/quote] AMEN :) thanks for chiming in, male FatSecret counterpart!
by margd1 (submitted 3 years ago)
48lbs lost and my thighs arnt getting any smaller, help!
This string rocks. Whoever said "in thigh-rubbing solidarity" is my hero, as well as whoever noted that their husband & his friends enjoy that part of us thicker... kudos. Freakin sweet. Not to change the subject, but has anyone found a good Cellulite-vanishing cream? Not totally vanishing, but appearance-reducing? I have tried cocoa butter and St Ive's Cellulite Reducer. St Ive's works OK as long as you slather yourself in it everyday, twice a day, and stops working the minute you stop using it.
by margd1 (submitted 3 years ago)
weight loss gifts...
[quote=Blackeyes24]I'm actually rewarding myself by the lbs. For every lbs I lose I put $10 in savings towards a trip to Ireland. On a good week it puts a strain on my budget but its worth it. If I lose everything I want to I would have $400 towards my trip (I'm saving other money too not related to my weight loss). The trip is to see an old lover so I get the dual reward of saving to see him and looking better than I currently do by the time I go. The idea of him seeing me now is scary but by the time I save up the money I should be in much better shape.[/quote] What a cool idea! I love that you're going to see an old lover, how very black-and-white movie of you. I want an old lover in Ireland too :)
by margd1 (submitted 3 years ago)
Protein
Thanks for posting about the cost - never looked at it that way. I am going to use the real egg whites more, but still sub some simply whites still. I hate throwing food away regardless. That's great help though! Am seriously now addicted to frittata's with 1 medium egg, 2 servings of simply whites, tomatos, spinach and fat free cheddar cheese. It's becoming a problem :)
by margd1 (submitted 3 years ago)
Food Makers Planning New Nutrition Labels
Boo to this! Less exercise for my wrists because I always turn the box over anyway, so now I don't even have to pick it up off the shelf. Just kidding. But I try not to buy anything without knowledge of the servings first. Kudos to the food industry for trying, but if people want to ignore that stuff, they will ignore it no matter where it is on the packaging - change has to be in the food itself, along with nutrition labels (coming from a logistics coordinator at a top 10 food manufacturer) :)
by margd1 (submitted 3 years ago)
weight loss gifts...
something totally indulgent. 60 minute full body massage, hell yeah!
by margd1 (submitted 3 years ago)
Dissapointed in myself
I am 23 and have never been thin or very healthy. I let myself get to 205 lbs and have lost nearly 50 lbs in the past year with this site. You can absolutely do it! You can and will feel so much better, have more energy, be happier and look amazing. All the best! :)
by margd1 (submitted 3 years ago)
How do you "shop" at your market?
[quote=iamtig]Regarding the smell of the Candy Isle (doing Atkins btw, no sugar): I 'love' the smell of candy and sugar as well. I will go through the mall just to stand in the doorway of Cinnibon with my arms spread wide, palms up (this sounds sarcastic but it really isn't) taking two or three deep breaths before walking away in bliss. ~tig[/quote] oh my god. i am so glad someone else does this.
by margd1 (submitted 3 years ago)
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