Joined March 2012
Weight History

Start Weight
144.8 lb
Lost so far: 7.2 lb

Current Weight
152.0 lb
Performance: gaining 1.9 lb a week

Goal Weight
160.0 lb
Still to go: 8.0 lb
Hi! I am 37 yrs. old, married, and live in Iowa. I have always been extremely weight-conscious, due to coming from an obese family. I've always had an average weight of 140 lbs. I never had an issue with my weight, until I was 27 yrs. old and went through what I refer to as an "Anna Nicole Smith" depression. During this 1 yr. period, I went from weighing 140, to weighing 220 lbs. WOW, what a wake up call! Amazingly, it only took me 9 months of dieting and exercise to get back to my former weight of 140. After that experience I became certified as a fitness instructor and personal trainer and have worked and trained and studied that field for several years and counting. I am currently a liscensed ZUMBA fitness instructor.

I no longer weigh 140 lbs. Since I discovered this FatSecret site about 3 months ago, I have lost an additional 16 lbs. and now currently weigh 129. Thanks to being able to easily account for all of my calories on this site, I am thinner than I've ever been before! I am now at the weight I have always dreamed about being!

My journey is far from over. I am always researching, studying, and learning new things; and I am constantly getting knowledge, motivation, and inspiration from the other members on FatSecret. I am also always eager to help everyone else achieve thier weight loss goals.

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holfraz's Latest Member Challenges

  Walk/Run 15 miles/week
status: Completed
ended: 04 Jun 12
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holfraz's Cookbook

cals: 163kcal | fat: 5.43g | carbs: 24.11g | prot: 3.76g
Brown Rice and Bell Pepper Salad
Brown rice and a variety of bell peppers come together with a creamy sauce to make a perfect summer dish to take on a picnic.
cals: 88kcal | fat: 4.09g | carbs: 4.49g | prot: 8.88g
Chicken Soup II
Full of chicken and vegetables, this is soup is wholesome and delicious.
cals: 116kcal | fat: 8.29g | carbs: 2.54g | prot: 8.41g
Vegetarian Patties
Vegetarian burger patties, great on a bun, with gravy, in a casserole, or just plain.
cals: 53kcal | fat: 0.42g | carbs: 12.20g | prot: 0.80g
Banana Oat Craisin Cookies
Quick, tasty and healthy cookies with no added sugar or flour.
cals: 336kcal | fat: 5.54g | carbs: 51.99g | prot: 25.94g
Veggie Taco Salad
Delicious taco salad made healthy with low fat dressings and cheese.
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What are or were your biggest challenges that you have overcome?
I'm facing my biggest challenge right now with this pregnancy. My husband works a lot of hrs, and being home alone is my weakness at this time. Befoe I became pregnant it was never a problem to be home by myself because I could drink too much coffee, diet Mt. Dew, and Red Bulls and exercise and clean the house all night, and didnt have to be concerned about eating anything. But now, without all the stimulation I am dragging ass all the time and snacking when I'm bored.

How I am overcoming this challenge is:

#1.) Force myself to work out every morning, as well as walk the dogs every evening. (This is the most important bc I NEVER regret it and I always feel good about it.)

#2.) I only have healthy food in the house to eat.

#3.) I refuse to give up striving to control my appetite and eating habits. The euphoria I feel when I do good at controlling my calorie intake throughout the day is it's own reward. And when I eat too much, I pay close attention to what caused it, as well as how bad I feel about it, and try to figure out what I can do to prevent it from happening again.

posted 28 Sep 2012, 07:44
Salt Cravings
94% fat-free microwave popcorn. I also buy the cheese flavorings to sprinkle on it. It's all very low in fat and calories, and popcorn is good for you.
posted 27 Sep 2012, 07:19
OK guys this is getting to be a pain in my butt! More weight gain!
It's called muscule edema. When we exercise very intensly our muscles retain water while they repair themselves. I would follow the suggestions above about measuring yourself. Also, eating foods high in potassium helps eliminate water retension, like bananas and dried appricots. Cherries are particularly good for this problem. And be sure to stay hydrated and drink lots of water. Before I became pregnant, I could gain 4 lbs. overnight from running 10 miles the day before, even if I only consumed 1000 calories that day so I know this problem can be frustrating.
posted 24 Sep 2012, 07:18
How much calories do we realy need?
I think your calories are set too high. I wouldnt completely rely on the FatSecret estimations for calorie intake. I noticed on your weight history chart that when you were consuming approx. 1200 cals. you were losing weight at a good pace. Then around Sept. 12, your weight chart went up a bit as well as your calorie intake.
posted 24 Sep 2012, 07:04
Diet secrets
Keep temptation foods out of the house.

If you have a problem drinking water find a calorie-free flavoring to add to it. Caffiene-free tea an even caffiene-free diet soda counts toward your water intake.

When uncontrolable urges strike me, I buy single-sized portions of what I'm craving, usually a weight-watchers brand.

Practice portion control. You can always go back for one more portion if you are still hungry, or have a snack if you become hungry again later.

Exercise, exercise, exercise and keep your body moving as much as possible. I once knew a morbidly obese man who lost a TON of weight by walking 5 miles a day, without even changing his eating habits.
posted 17 Sep 2012, 07:17
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