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Welcome! I've tried other sites for calorie counting and always end up back here because it's so much easier to track here. And the support here is awesome. I am an up and down person, I always have been, I gain and lose, then gain, then lose again. Right now I'm on the gaining end, and trying to make some changes for the better. I know what I need to do, it's just doing it that is hard. My hubby and I are both trying to be healthy and being able to support each other is nice. Our plan for the year is to incorporate more healthy eating and exercise and try to do better through the holidays at the end of the year so we're not on the gain train to start next year. Good luck to you!! If you stick with it you will find success! :)
by mars2kids (submitted 3 weeks ago)
The Clock Thingy
It's showing the calories you burned from exercise, plus the calories that your body burns daily from just existing. The clock I think is just the icon they chose for the time you spend burning calories. So, you can count things like work, driving, walking, shopping, exercise, etc. Anything you do that burns calories. So the site will then give you the difference between the calories you took in and the calories you burned and you will either be plus or minus for the day. Hopefully that makes sense. :)
by mars2kids (submitted 3 weeks ago)
Heart Rate Monitor Watches for Men
Anyone? Anyone at all??? Any suggestions are welcome. :)
by mars2kids (submitted 4 months ago)
Heart Rate Monitor Watches for Men
I'm looking at getting my hubby a heart rate monitor watch for Christmas. He really wants something to track his heart rate and activity. I know he would prefer something that he didn't need a chest strap for. Any guys out there have a heart rate monitor watch that they either love or hate? I'd love to hear from people who have some first hand experience, or even someone who's gotten feedback from someone else who has one. I don't want to spend an arm and a leg, but I know these aren't cheap. Thanks in advance! -Mar
by mars2kids (submitted 4 months ago)
How much
Janie52- I just checked out that link and it has some great info! Thanks for sharing!
by mars2kids (submitted 4 months ago)
Work Potluck
Thanks for the tips! Fortunately when we have potlucks here there aren't a ton of options because there just aren't many people. I figured if I tried to bring something somewhat healthy, like a vegetarian chili, and something else that's at least a little healthy I know I can do pretty well. I know someone else is bringing a veggie tray, so I am just going to do my best and fill up with veggies and hopefully there just won't be any room for dessert. Oh, and my desk is upstairs and the kitchen is downstairs, so that makes it harder to make extra trips. :)
by mars2kids (submitted 5 months ago)
Work Potluck
I like the dip! That's pretty cool. I also like the deviled eggs idea, but someone else is already bringing those.
by mars2kids (submitted 5 months ago)
Work Potluck
I've got a potluck next week for work and I'm trying to figure out something to bring that won't be horrible calorie wise. I am thinking about making a vegetarian chili or something that is a healthier option. But I also want to bring something somewhat festive for Halloween. Does anybody have any fun Halloween ideas for a group potluck that won't break the bank? Or, other ideas besides vegetarian chili for a healthy potluck option. We have no stove at the office so it has to be something in a crock pot or cold. I appreciate any suggestions!!
by mars2kids (submitted 5 months ago)
Dieting and Self-esteem
I used to be like that too. I'd even stay awake at night because I was worrying about something I ate that day, or what I was going to eat at the restaurant we're going to tomorrow. Not anymore. I've started living my life and taking each day as it comes. I do plan my food for the days that I can, and just do the best I can for the days that I can't. We all have the days that we eat over our calorie allotment, but you do better the next day. I think the hardest part of this for me at first was not getting down about the things I did wrong, but then someone pointed out all of the things I was doing right. You're going to have life happen and go out to eat and go to a birthday party with cake, it happens, but you can't beat yourself up over it. If you have the will power to turn down the cake or you decide to skip the appetizers when you go out with friends, then great! If your friends don't support your choices, then don't go out to eat with them. You can do this. Don't forget to add up the positives because those count more than the negatives. Good luck!!
by mars2kids (submitted 7 months ago)
I gave up most caffeine a few years ago due to a heart issue and honestly don't miss it. I will occasionally have a soda with caffeine if I'm at a restaurant or stop at a gas station while I'm on the road, but otherwise stick to caffeine free. It took me probably 2 or 3 weeks of going caffeine free to get over the "cravings" for it, but now I don't miss it and honestly I never knew how bad I felt before.
by mars2kids (submitted 8 months ago)
setting own daily calorie allowance on Fatsecret
Yep, the RDI calculator here estimates really high. Also, if you're using the exercise estimates here I think those are high also, so beware, if you're not losing, but showing a deficit, it may be because the exercise estimates are too high for you. Good luck!!
by mars2kids (submitted 8 months ago)
Sleep Aids
Have you tried Melatonin? You can find it with the vitamins/supplements. My hubby uses it because he works the night shift and has trouble sleeping on his days off. He's taken prescription sleep aids and quit them and only takes the Melatonin now. I've tried it to help me sleep, but it made me groggy. As for the effects on metabolism I know my hubby hasn't seen any and my mom's been taking it for years and has lost about 100 lbs in the last year. If you have concerns that a sleep aid could be effecting weight loss ask the doc and they may have some good recommendations or be able to switch what you're using. Maybe it's the lack of sleep itself that's wreaking havoc. I get health tips from my work and here is the one from yesterday: Did you know that lack of sleep can affect your hunger and appetite? A recent study found that when participants slept only four hours a night they had lower levels of the hormone leptin than when they slept a full 10 hours. Leptin is a hormone that reduces hunger. A lack of sleep also caused the hormone that stimulates appetite to increase. Get enough shut-eye! It could play an important role in helping you manage your weight. Source: National Institutes of Health
by mars2kids (submitted 9 months ago)
Running Shoes
Socolova- I did a lot of looking on and it helped quite a bit. I ended up going with Asics. I tried on a lot of shoes, went to about 4 stores and fell in love with the Asics Gel Endurance Ultra 2.0, unfortunately I could only find them at one store, so I'm sure if I go looking for these again I won't be able to find them. I tried on a lot of brands, but that was the particular shoe for me. I test them out running and my hip felt better throughout the run and I was even able to push myself a little harder than I have been. Thanks for all the suggestions!! I'm so glad that I was able to find shoes to help!
by mars2kids (submitted 9 months ago)
Running Shoes
The nearest store that has people who can actually help fit you for running shoes is about 3 hours away and I just don't have time in the near future to make the trip, but I would love to go and get there input at some point. I'm going to go to the site you suggested today and see what I can find, sounds like a great deal. My hubby has suggested Brooks, but they are a little expensive, and I've been looking at Asics also, so I'm glad you mentioned those too. Thanks!! :)
by mars2kids (submitted 9 months ago)
E-M-E-R-G-E-N-C-Y...I'm hungry! (Portable Snacks Quick List)
I tend to eat a lot of small things throughout the day because it just works better for me and keeps me from eating a lot at one sitting. When my son has baseball games in the evenings I try to keep a 100 calorie granola bar in my purse, I know not the best for me, but better than a candy bar from the concession stand. Or, I'll count out about 10 almonds and half a serving of raisins and put both in a baggie and snack on that when I feel the urge. At work I keep a bag with ice packs by my desk and keep a cheese stick, fruit, or yogurt and a little granola every day for those moments when I'm hungry and don't want to give in to chocolate or run out and grab fast food. Just taking the edge off the hunger can help so much. Thanks for the ideas!
by mars2kids (submitted 9 months ago)
Running Shoes
I am thinking about buying some new running shoes. My current shoes don't have the best support, they are fine when I'm walking around, but after doing some research online I think they may be part of the reason I've been having so much pain in my hips after I run. I need to find a good pair of running shoes for underpronation, so any suggestions would be great. I have really high arches, so arch support is important. I bought insoles for my current shoes, but after a couple of weeks they already seemed to be worn down quite a bit. So any advice on buying shoes, reviews for shoes, or any info would be great!! I also don't have a ton of money to spend, so if anyone knows of a website that has deals or an inexpensive brand that works well, that would be good too. Thanks!!
by mars2kids (submitted 9 months ago)
going bonkers
I'm with kkd, try to not weigh yourself for a week, then see if you have a loss. If I weigh more than once a week it drives me nuts because it's so up and down. Try to concentrate more on what you're doing, your eating, exercise, how your clothes fit, more than what the scale says because it is not always very nice. :) You're doing great!
by mars2kids (submitted 10 months ago)
I seem to be plateauing early. How do I break it???
You are not that heavy so it may take a little longer to lose. I'm about the same weight as you and I try to exercise 3-5 times per week and try to keep my eating clean and I'm lucky to lose probably 1/2 lb per week. I feel your pain with wanting faster results, but if you look at it as a lifestyle change it's going to take some time. You are trying to change habits and that takes a while, so don't give up on yourself, just stick with it and you'll get there. I'd say to keep track of everything you eat. If you're exercising a couple of times per day you need to fuel your body with enough calories to burn, but not so much that you go over. Once you get into the routine of recording all of your calories it just becomes second nature. Try it for a couple of weeks and you may be surprised by what you see. Don't cheat yourself by not recording things that you pick at here and there either because those calories count too. :) If you're already recording, maybe you need more protein and fewer carbs, or maybe there is something you can change like more whole grains and less white rice. Finding the right balance of calories can be tricky, but you can do it. You've already lost 22 lbs, and that's great!! Don't be too hard on yourself. :) Good luck!
by mars2kids (submitted 10 months ago)
Day 2
I'm going to get annoying because I'm replying to all of your posts, sorry. I went through that too and the best routine for me has been to eat breakfast before work, bring a piece of fruit or cheese for a snack before lunch, then have lunch an hour or 2 later, then have a yogurt with granola or some almonds for an afternoon snack around 3 or 3:30 (I get off at 4:30). That's how I make it through the work day. Sometimes I don't eat my snacks if I'm really busy or even lazy that day, but if I'm going to workout after work or have a late dinner I make sure to at least do my afternoon snack. One of the ladies at work actually commented that it seems like I eat all day, and I do, just not huge amounts. :) You'll figure out what works best for you. Also, focus on if you're really hungry or just bored or need some water. I try to ask myself now if I'm wanting to raid the candy dish because I'm hungry or is it because I'm stressed, bored, happy, or something else, and usually I can talk myself out of it. I hope the days just keep getting better!
by mars2kids (submitted 11 months ago)
Hey There!
Yep, I'm with you there. When I don't see the numbers I somehow can kid myself into thinking that the junk food I just ate wasn't as bad as it actually was. Honesty is the best policy. :)
by mars2kids (submitted 11 months ago)
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