Start Weight:(15 Jun 11) 182.0 lb
Current Weight:(12 Feb 14) 138.0 lb
Goal Weight:130.0 lb
following: JaimieLBoles's own diet
performance: losing 1.0 lb a week

I am 23 years old and currently work as the office admin for a wholesale cheesecake manufacturer. Despite being a taste tester on the R&D team I have lost 47 lbs since I started here in April of 2012. At my heaviest I was 200 lbs when I was 16-18 years old, following a severe leg injury that uncovered genetic defects in my joints throughout my body.

Having been skinny my entire life I did not know how to cope with suddenly being obese. I became an emotional eater and over years grew to be totally addicted to food. Within the last year I have broken this addiction, gone vegetarian and I push myself to exercise like my life depends on it... because in a way it does. My body feels better now than it has since before my knee blew out. Nothing about my bone structure was meant to carry that much weight and if I don't want to wind up in a wheel chair in my 30's, behing healthy, active and fit is my only real hope as modern medicine can't replace a healthy life style.

I don't believe in crazy diets, I don't believe in fasting, I don't believe in any "get thin quick" schemes. I believe in looking at your real habits, your real weaknesses and fixing them. Plain and simple. Burn more calories than you eat, whether that means eat the way you currently do and get up off your ass more, east less and workout the way you always have, or a little bit of both. Just do it.

FatSecret member since: 15 Jun 11

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JaimieLBoles's Cookbook

cals: 110kcal | fat: 7.51g | carbs: 1.74g | prot: 8.55g
Egg and Bacon Breakfast Muffins
A protein packed on-the-go breakfast muffin.
cals: 159kcal | fat: 4.26g | carbs: 22.75g | prot: 7.31g
Pizza Muffins
A guilt free, yummy twist on the pizza muffin
cals: 272kcal | fat: 14.56g | carbs: 3.07g | prot: 30.93g
Summer Shrimp
A quick and easy shrimp dish that's light and delicious.
cals: 117kcal | fat: 4.08g | carbs: 13.38g | prot: 7.37g
Spinach and Chicken Manicotti
A wonderful combination of pasta, ricotta and marble cheese, tender chicken breast and leafy spinach covered with a perfect tomato sauce.
cals: 443kcal | fat: 22.63g | carbs: 35.79g | prot: 26.84g
Chicken and Broccoli Braid
Beautiful braided crescent roll with chicken and broccoli.
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Yoplait light, fat free yogurts. High in protein, no fat, feels sweet and dessert like. Also, string cheese, low fat/no fat cottage cheese. Eggs, I buy them 5 dozen at a time and hard boil them. Don't over do it on the eggs but they are satisfying and high in protein. Also granola bars that are high in protein. Try to stay away from empty carbs and fatty cheeses (the biggest down falls I know of). Switch to buying whole wheat pasta, buy white meat chicken and cut back on red meat if you ate a lot of it. Whatever kind of milk you normally get, go down to the next lower % of fat. I always drank 2% so I have switched to 1%. Also, do things like grill up chicken in home made teriyaki sauce (keep it light) and then throw it in the fridge. When you are craving some real food and need the protein kick go grab one and eat it cold (it's really great during the summer this way) or microwave it in the winter. If you drink soda and just can't face cutting it out start buying the zero calorie options. Preferably though just cut it out. If you drink coffee (especially out and about) then either skip putting sugar in it, or find low fat creamers. If you're at a coffee shop pick a healthier option (look on here before going and compare what you normally get to some other options and see what's lowest in calories) and if possible ask them to use fat free or 1% milk in it. Drink iced tea, zero calorie vitamin water or plain water when you are hungry to help get through feeling hungry. I used to think that I was going to die if I didn't get a snack right then and I could eat 4000+ calories a day. Now I can easily keep it below 1800 by snacking on healthier foods that give my body something to run on and having gotten through that initial phase where I felt deprived, I just am not that hungry any more. Mainly self discipline is the hard part. Also, get like caramel corn flavored quaker rice crackers and when you're hungry eat one (they are 50 calories a piece for the large ones) and drink water while you're eating it. The water makes it expand in your stomach and makes you feel fuller. I told my coworker to try it when she had forgotten a lunch but didn't want to guy buy something and she was amazed at how well it worked. Drink TONS of water too, it keeps you feeling fuller. Also, try to exercise more. Log EVERYTHING you do in the exercise log. Sleeping, sitting, resting, desk work, walking slow, etc. Get an idea of how many calories you're burning versus how many you are eating. If you're burning 1800-1900 but eating 2000 you won't see weight loss. Also, definitely diet and eat healthier but mainly find ways to force yourself to exercise (I leave my car at home, take the bus to the town I work in and then if I want to get to work from there I HAVE to walk 1.33 miles there and 1.33 miles back). You want to try to burn more calories in a day than you eat. For every 3500 calories burned over what you eat you will see 1 lb of weight loss. A healthy weight loss rate is 2 lbs per week which means 7000 calories burned in excess of consumed for the week, which averages to 1000 calories per day. But if you can't do that (it's harder than it sounds) then try aiming for 500 calories per day and 1 lb per week. I really hope this helps. I have always had a hard time sticking with anything but now that I have built some momentum I feel a change and I can tell that I am more aware of what I am eating and choosing my foods very carefully. Good luck! You CAN do it! If you need some support feel free to friend me. =)
posted 19 Jul 2012, 11:03
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Speaking from personal experience I wouldn't try a "crash diet" approach. To maintain a weight it's recommended to eat 2000-2200 calories a day. For weight loss 1600-1800. This is admittedly slow and steady weight loss but it is *sustainable*. I lived off of 1000 calories a day for 6 months (this was a couple years ago, NEVER do this!). I lost 60 pounds in 6 months. However as soon as I ate like a normal human again, probably ranging from 1800 to 2200 calories eating fat free cottage cheese, salad, etc, my body considered that over eating and I put 40 pounds back on. You can't "trick" your body because when you want to go back to eating a healthy, reasonable amount your body will be confused and it will undo everything you have done. This isn't what I have heard will happen, it did happen to me. Which is why I am back on here. I went from 200 to 140 to 180. That kind of drastic back and forth isn't healthy and it is directly the end result of confusing my body. Stay with 1600, use those calories wisely (fat free, high in protein, low in carbs, low in sugar, low sodium, etc) and if you come in under, great! If not, you're still on the right track. The other thing, track your daily activities/exercise. More important than how many calories you consume is how many you burn beyond what you consume. If you eat 2500 but burn 3500 this is better than eating 1600 and burning 1800. Just make sure to maintain a "calorie deficit" and you should see weight loss.

I hope this helps!
posted 18 Jul 2012, 10:24
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