Joined August 2011
Weight History

Start Weight
182.0 lb
Lost so far: 7.2 lb

Current Weight
174.8 lb
Performance: losing 4.2 lb a week

Goal Weight
125.0 lb
Still to go: 49.8 lb
Hi everyone!

I'm rapidly approaching my big 3-0 (birthday's at the end of the year), and decided that I want to spend this next decade of my life at a healthy weight. I've had weight issues since I was about 5 or 6. I've never been an extremely large person, but I've just never been happy with the way I look. A few years back I was living on my own and just never bothered to eat and managed to lose quite a bit of weight. I still don't remember being happy then, but I liked the way I looked a lot more.

Currently I'm giving the whole low carb thing a go. I've been yo-yo dieting since about my freshman year of college with no real success. I've heard a lot of people take quite a bit of weight off and keep it off on low carb regimens, so I figure I might as well give it a shot.

As for me outside of dieting, I consider myself a bit of a nerd, and enjoy learning about science, nature, history... hell, this will be a long list... let's just say I enjoy learning lots of new things, and staying abreast of current events. I used to be a huge video gamer, but have a bit of trouble finding the time to fit it all in these days, though I do still fit a bit of it into my leisure time. I love to cook (Alton Brown is my hero!), and my current obsession is devouring (only a bit of a pun intended) information about low carb cooking and baking.

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about artificial sweeteners
If you can find liquid stevia, that would be even better than packets, as the packets have bulking agents due to the fact that stevia is much sweeter than white sugar. It does have a bit of licorice aftertaste that some people don't like (I'm not a huge fan, and personally I tend to mix it with liquid sucralose (splenda)).
posted 07 Dec 2011, 19:03
First FULL day!!!
Hi Shannade, just thought I'd chime in really quick.

I've just started a low carb diet, and while I'm not necessarily advocating that you change up what you're doing, I can fully support the suggestions that other people are giving you on this thread. I've had to move away completely from sugars, breads, noodles, rice, etc, and am now filling up with proteins, fats, and some non-starchy vegetables, and as strange as it sounds, I am NOT hungry. I actually struggle to get enough calories as often I will get to the end of the day and only have eaten about 1000-1200 calories even after dinner.

I didn't take a look at your diet calendar like some of the posters above did, but I'd recommend to keep the PB in your diet if you enjoy it (if you like it, almond butter is even better for you, but a bit more expensive). Try to avoid sweets, but if you can't, as a poster above mentioned, try to limit the amount you eat. It helps if you only buy a small amount at a time--less temptation. I used to save up calories at the end of the day to be able to have cookies or candies or snacks like chips or crackers, and I can tell you from experience that if you're swapping those 200 calories out for a chicken breast or some cheese and meat, you will feel much fuller at the end of the day. You can also think about reducing calories by using sugar free sweeteners, especially if you're getting a lot of calories from beverages. Again, I'm not advocating you start a low carb diet, since it's not for everyone, but finding more filling alternatives (or less caloric ones) to your empty calories WILL leave you less hungry and happier about your diet.

Good luck!

posted 30 Nov 2011, 14:33
Pho is missing
Hey Jarf,

Not sure that either of these are in the data base, but since serving sizes tend to differ from restaurant to restaurant, I've found the best way to log Pho (or any other food that doesn't seem to be in the data base) is to break it down into its componet parts and log it that way. Maybe 4 cups of broth, 2 cups of rice noodles, a few ounces of beef, etc, etc. Remember to log hoisin sauce if you use any of that to season your meat or broth, as it has quite a lot of sugar/calories per serving.

Hope that helps!
posted 26 Nov 2011, 17:14
Need a low carbing buddy!
I'm 29 (for the next month at least.. though that's another story Wink ) from Northern California, looking to lose somewhere between 30-40 lbs, and need a buddy (or buddies would be great!) to help me stay on track, swap recipes, and help to stay motivated!

I'm a bit of a nerd (gamer, foodie, etc) and would love to meet a buddy with common interests Smile
posted 26 Nov 2011, 17:05
I'm too full to eat all of my net carbs!
Thanks for the suggestions guys. It's gotten a bit better lately, though I am still finding myself at the end of the day just not hungry and not hitting my 20 net carb limit. A nice mug of tea with some cream and Stevia seems to be my go-to at the end of the day, but I think in general I need to stop being so stingy with my daytime veggie carbs. Smile
posted 26 Nov 2011, 16:59
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