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Skeptical about fatsecret.
congrats on what you've done so far! this site is good for many things beside the diets themselves, it's really helpful to have people to help when you have questions or when things aren't going well, i've gotten great advice from people here, some i've taken and some not. it really depends on the individual and your lifestyle and what you can live with. for me, i need something i can do for the rest of my life without feeling totally deprived, that's the only way it will work forever for me. here's a little tip i've learned along the way....take whatever your desired weight is, say you want to be 190, then multiply that number times 10 and that gives you the amount of daily calories you can consume to reach that weight and maintain at that. so for a desired wt. of 190, you could consume 1900cal. per day. that has helped me a time or two. welcome to the site, and oh by the way, when i read your bio, you sound just like my son. i always tell people is you don't want to know how he feels....don't ask, he is brutally honest at times.(lol) good luck!
by vf123 (submitted 4 years ago)
Gaining
yes, i can totally relate. i think menopause does cause problems with the loss factor, i've been on program over a year, and although i can't blame all of it on menopause(cause i have strayed on occasion), but i was losing at a fairly regular pace and then nothing. and where on days or weeks when i did stray i would see a 1-2 pound gain, i was seeing as much as 5-7 pound gains(ridiculous!)and then it seemed impossible to get it back off. i finally did a one week very strict low carb thing(only one week,cause your body can't deal with more than that)and now i have had a significant loss, hopefully this has boosted my metabolism, and i'll continue to lose. hormomes are a hell of a thing!
by vf123 (submitted 4 years ago)
Does anyone else ever feel this way...?
how true LuLuitchka! that is how i try to attack my diet this time around(it's been several times...some successful, some not). one day at a time, one hour at a time and sometimes one moment at a time(that's how i've learned to deal with things). for me this will be a lifelong journey(hopefully not struggle this time), if i want the results to last forever. and as far as how other people react to you JinxE, do this for yourself and for you alone, so that you feel better about yourself. currently i have a co-worker who is always trying to get me to eat things she knows i don't want to eat...pizza,doughnuts,etc., but she also has a weight problem, and right now for whatever reason she can't seem to a diet plan, i say she's jealous because she knows i'm having success and she is trying to sabotage me in order to make herself feel better, well you know what i'm better than that! and so are you! GOOD LUCK TO YOU1
by vf123 (submitted 5 years ago)
Support
i hope that you will enjoy this site as much as i do, its great when you just need to talk, there is always someone around and it really does help knowing you have friends and supporters out there. good luck on your journey and do use this site for all its worth, it's golden!
by vf123 (submitted 5 years ago)
What was the 'lightbulb moment' that made you realize you needed to lose weight?
for me i don't think that it was one "lightbulb" moment but many, i've lost weight before, most recently 6 yrs. ago for my brother's wedding. but this time i just finally decided that this is not how i want my life to be(as a fat person). after a year and a half of taking care of my parents and concentrating on everyone but me(don't misunderstand i wouldn't change a thing i did) i finally decided i was going to do this strictly for me so that i could feel better about myself. i was having knee and foot pain from my job and felt miserable and tired all the time. i started last september at 251 lbs. and i'm pleased to say that so far i'm down 71.8 lbs and i feel better than ever. i'm still a work in progress, but this time i'm not depriving myself and i'm learning to eat new things, and i'm having a great time doing it. so it wasn't one moment but many that have led me to where i'm at and i'm hoping although i know this journey will be life long, i feel i may actually succeed this time.
by vf123 (submitted 5 years ago)
Miracle Noodles 0 carbs 0 calories
they are extremely low calorie, and it wasn't the smell or even the taste for me, but i couldn't hack the texture, maybe i didn't prepare them right but they were chewey(too chewey) and i almost gagged on them. not for me thanks!
by vf123 (submitted 5 years ago)
Low cal foods that really fill you up!
i like to roast my veggies and i use different spices to add flavor, it's simple and easy and i find i can eat a wider variety of veggies this way. i spray a cookie sheet or baking pan with pam cooking spray(i use butter or olive oil flavor or you can sprinkle with olive oil)then put any veggies on and sprinkle seasonings over veggies sprayed with pam( one of my favorites is chilli powder and cumin), place in oven at about 450 degrees, turning occasionally until veggies are cooked to the way you like them, i usually do them about 1/2 hour. i'm not a fan of cooked cauliflower and when i roast veggies i can eat it this way. experiment with spices to get a combo you enjoy.
by vf123 (submitted 5 years ago)
Not losing weight
they are right, you may not be eating enough, with the exercise your doing, you may not be eating enough,(isn't that nice to hear!)try adding more protein, monitor your carb intake and drink water, lots and lots of water, that's what worked for me. good luck!
by vf123 (submitted 5 years ago)
I could use some help
i absolutely agree with the comments above, you have to eat all your points. i find it helpful to sometimes use my extra weekly points and sometimes not. if you are not eating enough and you are exercising, our bodies have an auto response and it goes into survival mode. if your body senses you are not getting enough to eat, it will shut down and begin to hang onto fat instead of letting you lose more. i know it sounds weird, but i have seen it with many of the women that go to my meetings, and when they start eating more they start losing again. the key i think is to eat more but eat healthy foods, don't revert back to all the junk you might have been eating before(doughnuts, cakes, cookies,etc.) WW does work, give it time and keep learning, i've lost 54 lbs. so far(in 7 months). good luck!
by vf123 (submitted 5 years ago)
hungrygirl.com
love, love, love hungrygirl.com, great recipe ideas and i like her website for the info on new products,etc. it's great for anyone on a diet.
by vf123 (submitted 5 years ago)
Feel Good
good luck to you, sounds like your doing great. i felt the same way when i started and was waiting for the "honeymoon phase" to be over but you know what after 23 weeks i'm down 48.4 lbs. and still doing good. and truthfully it seems to be getting easier, i really don't miss all the junk i used to eat, and i feel so much better, guess that's what helps keep me motivated. keep up the good work.
by vf123 (submitted 5 years ago)
weight watchers favorite food or must haves!!
apples! i try to eat 1-2 per day, they are only 1 point, filling, and loaded with fiber, when i have a case of the munchies mid-day and want to snack before dinner,i eat an apple it really takes the edge off, and if you eat one about 1/2 hour before a big meal it helps to keep you from over eating. i also try to keep the 1 point bars and WW snacks around to keep me satisfied when i'm feeling the need to binge.(the new WW brownies are terrific and only 2 points!)
by vf123 (submitted 5 years ago)
Weight Watchers Point Calculator
thanks, this is teeriffic!
by vf123 (submitted 5 years ago)
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