Start Weight:(27 Apr 13) 167.0 lb
Current Weight:(09 Mar 15) 153.6 lb
Goal Weight:140.0 lb
following: notlivingonramen's own diet
performance: losing 1.7 lb a week

I'm 28 and 5' 6.5". I'm a Teach For America alumna, a physics and biology nerd, and a shy introvert. I teach high school science in a tiny rural town in Arkansas. When I dealt with health problems and depression, I comforted myself with food. I want to rebuild healthy habits, lose weight, and use exercise to stay sane.

FatSecret member since: 27 Apr 13

notlivingonramen's Weight History

notlivingonramen's Latest Member Challenges

  Cut Down On Dining Out
status: Completed
ended: 26 May 14
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  Quit Pop
status: Completed
ended: 31 Mar 14
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notlivingonramen's Buddies

Online now starstar73
last weighin: losing 0.2 lb a week Down
Online now snezica
last weighin: gaining 1.0 lb a week Up
last weighin: steady Steady
last weighin: losing 19.6 lb a week Down

notlivingonramen's Cookbook

cals: 147kcal | fat: 6.21g | carbs: 17.79g | prot: 4.48g
"Cookie Dough" Dip
Protein packed chickpea dip made into a sweet non-guilty treat.
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notlivingonramen's Latest Posts

What do the colored lines under member names signify?
They show how close you are to a achieving your goal weight. Red is just getting started. The line becomes orange at about 25% of the way there, yellow at halfway there, green at 75% there, and blue at goal.
posted 10 Aug 2014, 08:44
What is a good inexpensive pedometer?
I use the Omron HJ-321 (about $17), and I like it a lot. It isn't exactly cheap, but it's still considerably less than most of the activity trackers. It is the most accurate pedometer I've ever had, unlike some cheapo ones I've had in the past that tended to overcount like crazy, interpreting every movement, every shift in weight as a step. You can either clip it to your waistband or carry it in a pants pocket or purse, but it seems to work best on my waistband. On Amazon, you can get a pedometer leash with a metal clip that is much more secure as an add-on item for a couple of bucks, and I recommend one since mine has kept me from losing my pedometer several times.

It provides a count of calories burned based on algorithms that use user weight and walking or running speed. Honestly, I'm not sure I see the advantage of the fancy activity trackers since I don't have a smartphone to sync with so my $17 pedometer suits me just fine. It keeps a 7 day record of all the data it tracks, and I tend to record the relevant info in my journal here.
posted 08 Aug 2014, 07:47
Inputting the nutritional breakdown for a food item myself
Type the name of the item in the search box at the top left of the main fatsecret page. On the new page that comes up, scroll down until you come to the pink box with a link for "add item to the food database". Click it, and you'll be able to input all of your information.
posted 04 Aug 2014, 17:15
Daily weigh ins vs weekly
I prefer to record daily because I find it makes it easier to see trends, to distinguish between signal and noise. For instance, Wednesday my weight was up 2.6 lbs from the day before, and if I only weighed in on Wednesdays, I would have thought the week was pretty much a failure since that would have been a gain from the preceding week. However, 2 of those pounds dropped by Thursday, and I'm actually losing at about the pace I want. Also, I found that when I picked a day for a weekly weigh-in, I was more likely to try to game the system to show a loss, dieting more intensely the day before, avoiding sodium, etc. I like having as much data as possible.
posted 25 Jul 2014, 09:57
------- >>>> help? <<<<< -------
I'm sorry to hear about your problems with someone else using your email address, but, for me at least, this site is not worthless. Fatsecret has helped me do the very things you suggest to lose weight. Tracking my food choices helps me evaluate my choices and figure out how to eat less while still feeling reasonably satiated. I've taken up jogging recently, and it really does help to know there's a supportive community cheering me on and answering questions about training.
posted 30 Jun 2014, 18:19
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06 March 2015

I've been hiding for a while, feeling ashamed that I got so close to my goal and then let my eating habits spiral out of control again. I was thinking ...

01 January 2015

New Year's Eve involved lots of delicious cheeses. Mmm.

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