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what is your goal weight, 5'3 and 5'4 ladies?
I'm 5'4". I started at 196 and my original GW was 145 because I wanted to get into the healthy range on the BMI chart. After that, I just stayed on the same plan and continued to lose. My final goal weight was 125 but lately I have been staying around 120. I'm not changing my maintenance goal from 125. I think that's reasonable for my height and frame and I don't want to set myself up to fail at maintainance. If I had not continued to lose when I reached 145lbs. I would have been happy. Frankly, I look better at 145lbs. At my current weight I have a lot of loose skin. However, my body seemed to want to lose more. I had a lot of inflammation in my joints so my theory is that my body craved less weight on my frame. I have no idea if that's true, but I'm going with it! LOL!
by mariezzz (submitted a year ago)
If your metabolism slows down as you get older, do you need to do more to lose weight than a younger
Before we started our weight loss effort in January of last year, both my husband and I were told by 3 separate doctors that diet is 90% of weight loss success. That was good news because neither of us were in any shape to start a vigorous exercise routine. Just by eating healthy food and controlling our daily calories, we were able to consistently lose weight. Eventually, we added exercise (mostly walking) and are continuing to walk 6 days a week. I walk 3-4 miles and he walks 4-6. I also do some core exercises, and our doctors have suggested we add some strength training for our health. We are in our late 50's. I'm sure others may have found that exercise is more critical to their weight loss, but for us it was mostly food. Keeping a food diary was very helpful while we were losing. Good luck!
by mariezzz (submitted a year ago)
Looking for someone with similar statistics :)
That sounds a little thin to me. You are already at the bottom of your healthy BMI range. Concentrate on the health aspects of your life, not the physical. At that weight, I'm sure you already look great!
by mariezzz (submitted 2 years ago)
How fast is too fast?
As long as you are working with a doctor, I would think you are doing fine. I started my weight loss journey on January 1st of this year. Since I have actually stuck with it for so long (not my usual MO) I have found that after many months, I'm in better 'tune' with my body. Sometimes my calorie count gets low for a couple days, but then I can just feel that my body wants more calories and I increase them a little. My weight loss has been fairly steady and continues as I near my goal. Some days I eat a little more, other days less but I'm usually around 1,100 to 1,300 calories.
by mariezzz (submitted 2 years ago)
How Often Do you weigh yourself?
During my weight loss I have weighed in once a week. I try to make it consistent and prefer mid-week, but if I'm traveling that can change. Once I hit my goal weight, I plan to weigh 2-3 times per week for awhile. If I start to gain, I don't want to wait a whole week to find out.
by mariezzz (submitted 2 years ago)
CRAVINGS - How do you deal with them.
Christi, I just tried adding a weight loss ticker and it worked.
by mariezzz (submitted 2 years ago)
CRAVINGS - How do you deal with them.
Christi, I found this in FAQs. How do I add a weight loss ticker? Go to your "My FatSecret" page and in "my toolbox" box click on "my signature". Once there, check the "show ticker" box and click on "save". Your ticker will be automatically updated each time you weigh in to FatSecret and can be added to other blogs, websites or forums.
by mariezzz (submitted 2 years ago)
Restart
Good luck & congratulations on the new grand daughter! I find the Fitbit to be a good motivator too!
by mariezzz (submitted 2 years ago)
CRAVINGS - How do you deal with them.
I have given up diet soda but instead will have a Crystal Light if I have cravings or just want something will a lot of flavor. I limit myself to one packet a day, and try not to drink it everyday. I like the Lemonade flavor because it is really strong.
by mariezzz (submitted 2 years ago)
CHOLESTEROL
When I was in my 20s I had cholesterol of 453. At the time I was probably 20 lbs. overweight and had very low blood pressure. The doctor put me on 40mg Lipitor and with a healthy diet & exercise it eventually came down to 130. However, I felt weak and had a lot of aches & pains. When I changed doctors, he took me off of Lipitor completely and my cholesterol went up to about 350. With just 10 mg. it came down to 250. With my low blood pressure and no history of heart disease in my family, he let me maintain it between 230 and 250. In January of this year, I was almost 200 lbs., eating junk, and had not exercised in many years. My cholesterol was 237 with an LDL of 139. Next month I will have my first Cholesterol test since that time. I am very curious to see the results after nearly 7 months of weight loss, healthy eating and exercise.
by mariezzz (submitted 2 years ago)
Looking for a good plan
I went to new doctors in January (general, cardiac and orthopedic). They told me blatantly that, although I do have some arthritis, my weight was causing the majority of my pain. They said, "To lose weight, concentrate on diet". They felt that the exercise could be added slowly as the weight came off. I was worried that because I could only walk slowly for a short distance that I wouldn't lose weight. But they were right! Once I controlled the diet, the weight started coming off and over time I have been able to walk farther and a little faster. In the last week I have added some light weight training too. I have a lot less pain, so I guess they were right. Good luck and hang in there!
by mariezzz (submitted 2 years ago)
How Often Do you weigh yourself?
Once a week on Wednesdays. That way any inconsistencies from the weekend are gone.
by mariezzz (submitted 2 years ago)
How Often Do you weigh yourself?
Once a week on Wednesday.
by mariezzz (submitted 2 years ago)
Week 11 weigh-in...down 45 pounds!
Congratulations! Keep up the great effort!
by mariezzz (submitted 2 years ago)
Breaking a habit or creating a new one?
Terrapin12, thanks! I will check out both books. I would describe myself as optimistic, but then have to admit that it doesn't take much for me to be plagued with worry, often about things I can't control.
by mariezzz (submitted 2 years ago)
Breaking a habit or creating a new one?
tecolote_ann, thanks for the links to the articles on breaking habits and changing behavior. It's been 82 days of eating healthy for me, and I still feel some small amount of 'fear' (for lack of a better word) that I will go back to old habits. It was nice to read that habits can take a long time to break and that it can vary for different people. I am enjoying how I eat now, but I miss junk food sometimes. I still avoid eating out, and worry about social situations where there are no healthy choices. I guess I'm still a work in progress...
by mariezzz (submitted 2 years ago)
How many calories are in 4 0z. of grilled or roasted pork?
Both your responses helped a lot. It's looks like I have been doing the right thing by using the higher number because I have been buying loin. In the future, I'm going to use tenderloin to keep the calories down. I didn't realize there could be such a big difference & I like tenderloin just as much. Thanks!
by mariezzz (submitted 3 years ago)
How many calories are in 4 0z. of grilled or roasted pork?
Help! This is making me crazy. The calories on FatSecret for pork are all over the place. I generally eat either 4 oz of pork roast that has been roasted in the oven, or 4 oz. of the meat from a grilled pork chop. What are the calories? I was using a pork roast entry from FatSecret that says 4 oz. are 217 calories, but I see there are many other sites that say pork has 130 calories in a 4 oz. serving. That's a huge difference, especially when I'm trying to stay under 1,500 calories per day! Does anyone know what is really correct? Thanks in advance!
by mariezzz (submitted 3 years ago)
Adding a Recipe to My Cookbook on Fatsecret - Question
Thanks! I'll do that.
by mariezzz (submitted 3 years ago)
Adding a Recipe to My Cookbook on Fatsecret - Question
I am trying to add a personal recipe to my cookbook, but the KCAL count (and probably the nutrition info) is considering the whole recipe 1 serving. I put 6 in the number of servings but it is not dividing the ingredient information into 6 portions. Any suggestions? This would be an awesome tool if I could get the information to be accurate. Thanks.
by mariezzz (submitted 3 years ago)
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