Start Weight:(11 Jun 13) 187.0 lb
Current Weight:(05 Oct 15) 185.9 lb
Goal Weight:150.0 lb
following: westcoastbroke's own diet
performance: losing 4.6 lb a week

First, an apology - that's not my photo. I'm seriously camera-shy. But it is a sorta famous guy who everybody says "You look just like xx" when they see me. So, if you meet someone on the street who looks like that guy - it's probably me. Or him, if you're in Europe.

At 50+ years old, I'm finding the need to slim down once again. My body just seems to want to be my old high school weight, which is 30 pounds too much. I like to exercise outdoors, not indoors, but the "day job" is, IMO, stressful and often takes more than 40 hours a week and then I am attempting to create a retirement income with a home-based business as well. How do people with kids do it? My hat is off to anybody who can raise kids and do anything more than barely hang on at work!

Married with dogs, we live a simple country life, shopping is not on our list of entertaining activities, and as the member name implies, we're frugal - our lifestyle is completely supportable on two minimum wage jobs.

I prefer the outdoors to the indoors, so my exercise tends to be bike riding, hiking, and jogging. I struggle to keep active in the rainy months, but living in the Pacific Northwest is an outdoor person's dream come true. Unfortunately, the at-home business we're trying to kick-start is a lot of indoor paper and benchtop work, so it cuts into potentially active time.

We all have our challenges, and I'm just trying to do better with mine.

'been on the site for a week, and the disciplined activity of logging all my food has made me aware of what I expected all along - portion control is my problem. So far so good, though...only went over RDI one day. I think I'll succeed if I can keep that up.

FatSecret member since: 06 May 11

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Working in exercise when you work 2 jobs
I have done that, and worked the exercise into my day. Since there can be no dedicated afternoon, you have to do it minutes at a time.

- I would intentionally park 1/2 mile from work. Then walk the rest of the day.
- Same thing when shopping.
- never use elevators, always use the stairs.
- If the person I need to exhange notes with is on the other end of the building, get up and go see them, don't send email

And so on....
posted 20 Mar 2015, 20:52
Addicted to Weighing Few Times a Day
There's a principle in science that says you should measure something at least ten times as frequently as you plan to make adjustments to it.

So, if you might adjust your food intake weekly because you see a trend you want to change, then you should, scientifically, weigh yourself every 0.7 days. In human terms, this is not very practical, so a daily weigh-in is more appropriate.

If you weigh only weekly, then this would be consistent with a plan to adjust your diet every two months.

I have to say that, for me, I plan to adjust my diet as soon as I see a trend that's taking me away from my goal, so I do a daily weigh-in.

It is also a psychological principal that we diminish our likely diet success when we judge our behaviors: calling a habit "bad" is risky...gives us the impression that we succeed or fail...and failure is permanent and our mind immediately goes to "Well, I've failed, game over" and we give up.

It seems to be more useful to refer to a habit or behavior in terms of whether it's getting us closer to, or further from, our goals.

We don't gain or lose weight based on weigh-ins, so that particular habit, IMO, doesn't get us closer to or further from the goals.
posted 11 May 2014, 19:50
Nighttime eating
That's exactly my problem, too. If I'm going to go over, it's at night.

I have determined the emotions underlying my problem. I over-burden my to-do list. I create projects that cannot be done in one sitting (repair a chair, etc). When it gets close to bedtime, I see unfinished projects, loose ends. And that frustrates me. I feel unsuccessful (not quite the same as a failure, at least!).

But I can, indeed, succeed - at eating. So I do and it gives a final "I got something done this evening" sense.

Maybe I could substitute reading and call it a success if I finish one page?
posted 29 Jan 2014, 08:50
Calories do not add up
Three things:

1) Round-off error. I see that FatSecret is pretty forgiving about round-off error. Some foods calculate to, say, 122.5 calories, but FS shows them as 120 or 125.

2) The fiber adjustment

Fat Secret is inconsistent about this. On some foods, FS makes the fiber adjustment, on others, it doesn't.

There's a theory that claims any fiber grams don't count as calories, that your body passes fiber through without extracting any nutrients.

But fiber is included in the total carbs of a food. So, the theory says that to get correct calorie count, you don't just multiply carbs times 4, you first subtract fiber from carbs then multiply by 4.

Example from FS, a medium apple:
If I don't do the subtraction, here are the figures:
FS claimed calories 72
Fat 0.23G X 9 = 2.07 cals
Carbs 19.06 X 4 = 76.24 cals
Protein 0.36 X 4 = 1.44 cals
Total = 75.61

I disagree with FS in this case, I'm claiming 3.61 more calories.

But if I do correct for fiber:

If I don't do the subtraction, here are the figures:
FS claimed calories 72
Fat 0.23G X 9 = 2.07 cals
Carbs 19.06
Fiber 3.3
C minus F = 15.76 X 4 = 15.76 cals
Protein 0.36 X 4 = 1.44 cals
Total = 66.55 calories

I still disagree with FS, but now I'm on the low side

3) This is only partially scientific anyway

Foods come from nature, and even after a lot of processing, there's natural variation in the nutritional breakdown. I can find five different claimed amounts of calories in a banana online, for instance, with a 2:1 variation even if the claimed serving size is the same number of ounces. So, it's not worth the added time to split things too finely. 20% is about as good as you'll ever get to accurate anyway.
posted 01 Jan 2014, 13:06
RDI question for Calorie Counting
It's a target. If you undershoot by too much, you may end up so hungry that you binge. If you overshoot, you won't lose as quickly.

I use it as a daily target, and I'm happy if, at the end of the week, I'm close to the weekly target (daily X 7)
posted 12 Jun 2013, 12:37
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