Start Weight:(29 Jul 14) 207.0 lb
Current Weight:(29 Jul 14) 207.0 lb
Goal Weight:170.0 lb
following: DianaBanana's own diet
performance: gaining 0.3 lb a week

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FatSecret member since: 24 Jul 08

DianaBanana's Weight History

DianaBanana's Latest Member Challenges

  Sleep Hygiene
status: Completed
ended: 14 Dec 13
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  SPRING FLING Part 2 Spring into a new wardrobe
status: Completed
ended: 04 Apr 11
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DianaBanana's Buddies

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DianaBanana's Cookbook

cals: 205kcal | fat: 18.50g | carbs: 9.15g | prot: 6.45g
Flourless Chocolate Cake II
A low carb delicious chocolate cake.
cals: 88kcal | fat: 8.57g | carbs: 0.94g | prot: 0.62g
Butter Pecan Brittle
Sugar free delicious brittle.
cals: 196kcal | fat: 9.98g | carbs: 5.59g | prot: 21.55g
Tuna Avocado Salad
A creamy tuna salad with a bit of a kick and good fats only.
cals: 370kcal | fat: 30.29g | carbs: 4.54g | prot: 18.95g
White Castle Hamburger Pie
A high fat and protein, low carb delectable pie suitable for a low carb lifestyle.
cals: 76kcal | fat: 2.33g | carbs: 4.21g | prot: 10.13g
Spinach Pie
An excellent, addictive spinach pie that's sure to please everyone.
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DianaBanana's Latest Posts

How old where you when you first felt the need to diet?
I grew up overseas, and most of the Asian kids around me were small-boned and slender. I guess I seemed large compared to them, so some started calling me Fatso in 4th grade. When you hear something often enough, eventually you start believing it.

Looking back at my photos, I seemed to be average weight, and I had a healthy relationship with food, although of course (like most kids) I loved cookies and sweets. My mom never let us have soda, and overall she was very nutrition-focused. I wouldn't say I had any weight problems throughout my childhood, but by 4th and 5th grade I saw myself as "fat." Thankfully, we moved and I went to another school where nobody called me Fatso, but they did call me other things. *sigh* That's where I developed the conviction that my face was ugly. Cruel, cruel kids...this is one of the main reasons that if I have children, they'll be homeschooled. =)

I think I was about 12 or 13 when I started seeing those "ideal weight charts" and every time I checked, even if I selected "large frame," I was supposedly 15 pounds overweight. I reached full height by 8th grade [5' 6"], and weighed 150-155, but every chart said I should be 135 at most. So I started to get anxious about it, and asked my mom if I could go on a diet. She didn't think I had much to lose, but she gave me her favorite diet and let me go ahead. With what I know NOW, if I were a mom in this position, I'd say ABSOLUTELY NOT, but you may skip your afternoon snack and get a little more exercise if you want to. =) However, this started me down the dieting path...and the counting/weighing/measuring nonsense that so many of us are familiar with--an unnatural attention to food that backfires, anxiety leading to emotional eating, etc. etc. etc. Then came the pressure in high school from peers, culture, etc....as if I needed any more!

My dieting story since then has been long and complicated, but that's where it all started!
posted 11 May 2011, 12:42
Does craving every completely go away?
YAY Trudy! It's an amazing feeling, isn't it? I have definitely found that with carbs and sugar, eating beyond a certain point triggers almost uncontrollable cravings. Even fruit. One day I decided to eat lots of fruit instead of sweets, but having 5-6 servings of fruit (total for the day) triggered sugar cravings as bad as cookies would have done for me. It seemed strange but it was exactly the same feeling! Yes, with extreme willpower, I can say NO and wait out the cravings (they pass eventually--maybe it's the insulin spike I'm experiencing and it has to go down after it goes up)...but it's so uncomfortable and distracting. Makes it nearly impossible to concentrate on my work.

Although fat and protein don't normally do the same thing, be aware that eating WAY too much protein (too many calories) can also trigger an insulin response that hinders weight loss, and may even trigger some cravings. But normally we aren't tempted to overeat protein and fat. They are "self-limiting" as long as they aren't combined with carbs.

Oh--and I wanted to add that in general, I believe we should pay attention to what our bodies are telling us they want. Not if my body says, once I start on a bag of M&Ms, that it wants the whole thing...but...if we find ourselves "craving" something ordinary, I believe we should go with it, because often our bodies are telling us what they NEED, such as more protein, more fat, or even carbs. I usually can't eat a meal without ANY carbohydrate and feel satisfied. But eating just a little bit (whether vegetables or a small treat) "finishes me off."

Most of us got fat by ignoring our bodies' signals, so we need to get more tuned in and pay attention to the normal signals of a healthy functioning body. Yep, that's what we're going to get...gradually...as our bodies heal and get used to being treated with respect.

posted 24 Mar 2011, 13:45
Does craving every completely go away?
I could recommend some books about cravings, such as "No More Cravings" by Douglas Hunt (available for a penny at Amazon). Also, there's this problem called the "allergic/addictive response" in which you crave the foods you're allergic to because you're also addicted to them. It's weird but true.

Chocolate is always a problem for me, and I've gotten off it many times, only to find it sneaking back in again. I do find that if I go cold turkey off chocolate or sugar (generally chocolate is the only sugary thing I'm tempted by), it takes about 2 weeks to lose all desire for it. But when it's gone, it's gone! I could hardly believe it the first time it happened. Then, after a few months off, I feel "I can handle just a little..." and yes, it seems that I can...as long as it's a VERY little. One or two squares of very low sugar (or sugar free) chocolate. But if I ever have just a little too much, the cravings come back. I don't know if I'd need to swear off permanently to never have a problem, but I'm not willing to swear off permanently. Confused So I keep trying to manage it.

I recommend that you tough it out for long enough to lose your craving (it probably will happen)...at least to see what it feels like. Or if you want to appease yourself temporarily, make some sugar free hot chocolate: plain cocoa, sweetener, cream, a few drops of vanilla and a dash of salt, hot water. I find it very satisfying (even as a dessert) and it doesn't set off more cravings.

Oh, and by the way, I believe cravings can be related to nutritional deficiencies. Mine got a LOT better after I started using some good supplements. Not just vitamins but "whole food supplements" which are more absorbable.
posted 19 Mar 2011, 11:57
I found the site confusing at first, but have eventually learned my way around. It's not perfect, but it's great. =) I just wish they'd notify me by email if someone responds to my posts. I find it hard to follow up.

I don't know much about hCG, but it seems to me that anytime you switch diets or eating habits, your body needs a little time to figure out what to do. Since hCG is so low calorie (right?), your body may be holding on to its weight thinking it's in the middle of a famine. (Just guessing--based on common knowledge--but maybe the hCG people have a rebuttal for that.) I recommend that you join some Atkins groups here, do some reading online (there are so many great sites), and read some books. My personal favorite is Protein Power because I think they explain low carb the best. It's written by two medical doctors, presenting the science behind low carb eating in a way that we can understand it. It really helps me stick with it if I understand the "whys."

Keep it up and congratulations on your achievement so far!!
posted 12 Mar 2011, 13:56
Night time eating
Years ago I finally broke myself of evening snacking, and I know how hard it is...and in fact, I think it's the most common downfall for all of us who struggle with weight. At that time, I decided I was going to eat three normal meals per day, have a little dessert after dinner if I really wanted it, and that was IT...no snacking. I concentrated on just breaking that ONE habit. It took 2-3 weeks, but after that I was done with evening snacking forever. I've really never been tempted since. Just like I hate overeating and almost never do it. I just don't like how I feel when I do.

On the other hand, if you're really hungry, you may need more protein (as someone said) or just more food during the day. I also learned years ago to try to do most of my eating in the first half of the day, and then I just naturally don't want a snack in the afternoon and I don't want a big dinner. If I don't eat enough protein at dinner, I do sometimes get hungry at bedtime, so then I have something with protein, like maybe a piece of cheese.

One way or another, you can do it! You'll learn your own body.
posted 21 Feb 2011, 18:20
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I have no idea why the scale went down...but I'll take it! If it continues, I'll have to figure out what I'm doing differently.
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