Joined September 2011
Weight History

Start Weight
241.0 lb
Lost so far: 0 lb

Current Weight
241.0 lb
Performance: gaining 1.1 lb a week

Goal Weight
175.0 lb
Still to go: 66.0 lb
I am 30 years old, married with two step children. I work full time and spend about 1.5hrs commuting daily during the week. I cook everyday and plan my meals ahead so they are healthy for me and still filling for the teenagers.

I believe that the secret to weight loss is sweat. That and planning ahead. When I started this journey I was very commited to still leading a normal life. I am going to have a slice of cake and my step children's birthday, and I am going to eat pie at Christmas. Since none of these events are surprises I can increase my activity and decrease my food intake the day before and the day after to compensate.

I also have a bizzare food allergy that makes it difficult for me to eat alot of raw food, especially produce. Most of my vegetables need be cooked so I try to incorporate them into my meals instead of snacks.

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  Burn 1750 Net calories a day, 6 days a week!
status: Completed
ended: 26 Jan 12
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Okay, if fat takes up more space than muscle than by that logic a piece of fat with the same physical dimensions as a piece of muscle will weigh less.
posted 12 Feb 2012, 11:08
Sodium Intake
It might be helpful to go through your food diary and highlight the foods that are contributing to your sodium intake. Then its a matter of deciding how to fix it, whether its just avoiding those foods or preparing them differently.
posted 08 Feb 2012, 17:28
New member. need some tips on not eating at night
This isnt always realistic for everyone, but when I get really bad snack cravings in the evening I just go to bed earlier. Getting up early to work out helps because by 9pm Im ready for bed anyway.

Im not sure how to prevent sugar cravings. I cope with mine by keeping 70% dark chocolate squares in the house. About 2 or 3 squares (17g) is 90 calories and if you savor them it will keep you occupied for 10 to 15 minutes.
posted 18 Dec 2011, 10:47
Recommended Intake Question
This is what I do. Skip the RDI calculator. Go to your exercise diary first thing in the morning before you punch in any activities and make a note of how many calories you burn in a day while at rest and sleeping. Use that number and create a deficit using diet and exercise.
posted 14 Dec 2011, 07:11
Body cleansing
I read the book "Clean" by Dr Alejandro Junger. I was drawn to it because it was supposed to help with seasonal allergies (and I did see some results there). It also claimed to be able to help with depression. I liked it because you were still able to eat one solid food meal a day but the down side is that is is a four week process.

I would recommend it to anyone who has digestive issues. There are a lot of foods on the do not eat list, but once you wrap your head around it its not as restrictive as it first appears.
posted 10 Nov 2011, 22:18
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