Joined April 2012
Weight History

Start Weight
227.0 lb
Lost so far: 0.8 lb

Current Weight
226.2 lb
Performance: losing 5.6 lb a week

Goal Weight
153.0 lb
Still to go: 73.2 lb
I live in Ridgefield, WA and lead marketing communications for a global software company. I'm a novelist, cook, kayaker, and I try to keep up with two energetic kids, 8 and 11.

My journey...
I avoided a true commitment to weight loss until 2012--the two times I lost 20 lbs prior to that were lifestyle changes that had me walking a lot more. The few times I dieted never lasted, and were never combined with major exercise. BUT despite all this, I have a healthy and happy relationship with food. I love to cook and eat healthy, but I also love baking and eating simple carbs.

I watched my weight creep up from 140 in college to 170 five years later, to 185 at age 30, 205 after my first child and as high as 225 after my second at age 35. That was a huge low for me, weighing the same as my not-small hubby. So on April 25, 2012 I resolved to change this permanently. I refuse to do a fad diet, pills, expensive programs or prepackaged foods. I am eating the way I want to be able to eat my whole life. I am just going to record everything I eat, exercise daily always looking to increase a little bit, and aim to have the difference between calories consumed and energy burned be a net of -1000 kcal/ day.

By October 2012 I had lost 30 pounds successfully! But a major life setback got me off track and I never recovered. Since then, my weight has crept back up from a low around 195 to 225 again. (sad trombone) I'm back on April 15, 2019 (hi, tax day) to restart this journey with a goal of losing 60-75 lbs.

Heidijoy's Weight History

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Heidijoy's Cookbook

cals: 277kcal | fat: 25.42g | carbs: 5.92g | prot: 7.76g
Pumpkin Cheesecake III
A smooth and delicious cheesecake for those special occasions.
cals: 118kcal | fat: 0.96g | carbs: 27.25g | prot: 3.50g
Chocolate Banana Souffles
These are little bowls of heaven, so creamy and rich.
cals: 169kcal | fat: 5.77g | carbs: 0.82g | prot: 26.68g
Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders
Sensational low carb chicken dish.
cals: 231kcal | fat: 13.56g | carbs: 26.22g | prot: 2.05g
Baked Sweet Potato Wedges II
A snack that's very tasty, filling and low in calories that is cheap to make.
cals: 347kcal | fat: 12.88g | carbs: 55.53g | prot: 7.73g
Lemon Cumin Quinoa
A fragrant combination of quinoa with lemon, cumin, scallions, avocado, raisins and apricots.
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Heidijoy's Latest Posts

Question: Can alcohol stall your weight loss?
In my experience, if the alcohol is part of your RDI, it doesn't cause a significant effect. But the issue is when either the alcohol exceeds RDI or prompts you to eat more than your RDI, as Ferlengheti pointed out. I find a glass of wine with dinner (within my RDI) makes me feel like I'm "not" on a diet and enjoy my food more (thank you, tannins), and I don't see noticable dehydration or bloating as a result.
posted 04 Sep 2012, 00:40
Do you eat breakfast? How important is it?
I used to never eat breakfast. Or, I'd have a latte and a bagel (and the crash afterward). Now I try to get one carb serving (15g), one protein and one whole fruit each day--and having kiddos who demand breakfast makes it easier for me to do this.

I just saw this article from Fast Company on benefits of breakfast. Do you agree? How important has it been for your diet? From the nutrition science I read, the total calorie count is more important than "jumpstarting your metabolism" (and I don't see a lot of science backing that up) and eating breakfast helps people avoid overeating at lunch. I thought this might be a good topic for discussion.
posted 23 Aug 2012, 13:12
What meal / time do you consume most of your calories?
I have on average 300 cals at breakfast, 250-500 at lunch (the lower number if I do a green protein smoothie), and 500-700 for dinner. That gets me to 1200-1500 for the day, and I am rarely hungry.
posted 22 Aug 2012, 00:18
This is 'Some' Of What I Ate
I track everything, except...
I do it by phone, iPad and computer, whatever is most convenient, so I don't always change the button to 100%. Sue me. (-:
I love eating unusual, ethnic and mixed foods (think: restaurant salad with 15 different veggies). Who wants to enter every one? I do my best but don't stress out about a tablespoon of green onions that I. forgot to log. A tablespoon of butter, on the other hand, always gets recorded.

Also, who even knows every ingredient in Chicken Korma from my favorie non-chain Indian restaurant? So here I guess: I just pick a middle-value Chicken Korma from the FS database, and do my best on portion size guessing too. I am not going to carry a portable scale to restaurants.

But this is what i have learned from this process:
As Nimm has helpfully pointed out, most people underestimate calories consumed by 25%, so when I think I am eating 1200kcal, it might actually be more like 1500.
My thighs don't lie. They are my most accurate food journal.
My extended trends are most helpful in seeing a disconnect on reporting. Generally, I need a 45,000 kcal deficit to lose 10 lbs, meaning I am off by about 30% between calorie counts and FS exercise values, but I can compensate for that by adjusting my target RDI down for a larger net calorie deficit daily (from an 1800 target to a 1500 target).

Bottom line for me is that tracking is essential to teaching me the calorie costs of foods and how my body responds to certain levels of food and exercise. My faithful and accurate records give the best feedback!!
Good, thoughtful question!
posted 16 Aug 2012, 00:48
I usually have 1 protein (greek yogurt, cottage cheese, an egg or turkey sausage patty), 1 starch (whole-grain bread, english muffin, oatmeal) and 1 whole fruit (I can eat a TON of berries for half of the calories of a cup of juice) for breakfast and keep it under 300-350 calories for breakfast. I know this is weird, but here's another idea: I like snacking on sugary cereal (Cinnamon Toast Crunch, for example) in the afternoon or after dinner if I'm craving something really sweet like cookies, because it satisfies my sweet tooth for less than 150 calories.
posted 08 Aug 2012, 15:53
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