Joined February 2010
Weight History

Start Weight
175.0 lb
Lost so far: 53.0 lb

Current Weight
122.0 lb
Performance: losing 0.0 lb a week

Goal Weight
125.0 lb
Still to go: 3.0 lb
I've recently turned 50 and have decided it's now or never to get healthy. Really healthy. Not just thin by any means, but to aim for true health. My goals are to exercise consistently and to slowly replace all processed foods with whole foods. I've been practically unable to lose any weight at all, regardless of the diet I've chosen to follow, for about 5 years. The only time when I did manage to drop any real weight was when I started smoking again a little more than a year ago. I have since quit again (for the last time) as of Oct. 18th. The "interesting" thing is, I began putting on the weight when I quit five years ago or more, steadily adding pounds every month until i picked up the nasty habit again. I dropped 17 lbs over the next four or five months, then leveled off once again. Decided smoking would kill me faster than being 50 lbs overweight would and quit.

So now it's health. I refuse to follow any crazy path again. For me, they don't offer permanent solutions. I think decades of dieting have screwed up my metabolism so much that losing weight is next to impossible. I won't give up. I have faith in the human body's ability to fix itself, given the proper nutrition. So I'm plugging away - eating cleaner foods, less processed foods and going organic where affordable. I'm working out an hour a day and shooting for 6 days a week.

...Well, here it is six months into this journey. Today I reached the 30 pound loss mark :D Turns out I have a bit of a thyroid issue and just a little pill (half, actually) has finally enabled me to lose weight. Finally. So I've been taking it for a little over 6 weeks now and dropped 11 of those 30 pounds. Amazing. Now I'm 20 pounds from goal weight and I can actually visualize it. I love this site.

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redwinelover's Latest Member Challenges

  Destination: NEW YEARS EVE
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redwinelover's Cookbook

cals: 389kcal | fat: 17.32g | carbs: 34.85g | prot: 23.97g
Chicken with Quinoa and Vegetables
A quick chicken recipe that can be adjusted to include whatever vegetables you have on hand.
cals: 348kcal | fat: 17.05g | carbs: 11.44g | prot: 37.58g
Chopped Chicken Salad
Chicken and salad greens in a light dressing.
cals: 92kcal | fat: 4.23g | carbs: 4.15g | prot: 10.29g
Crustless Spinach Pie
A delicious low carb, low calorie alternative.
cals: 180kcal | fat: 8.73g | carbs: 9.20g | prot: 16.95g
Cheese & Asparagus Frittata
A low carb, quick, easy and delicious frittata.
cals: 17kcal | fat: 1.08g | carbs: 1.55g | prot: 0.69g
Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups
This delicious appetizer or snack is an explosion of flavors. A perfect guilt free healthy low-cal appetizer at a party.
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redwinelover's Latest Posts

Stop running!!????
That's really weird since running burns a ton of calories, is great cardio and good for the soul (I don't run... bad knees). I can't imagine WHY a personal trainer would suggest you stop running in order to lose weight. Really makes no sense to me. I'd question him/her further.
posted 12 Oct 2010, 12:40
Sodium intake
Hi you two. The best way to lower your sodium intake is to eat whole, fresh foods and stay away from anything packaged and/or processed. Sucks, but that's where most of the excess sodium comes from. Of course there are exceptions to the rule, but also check those things that have reduced sodium as they often have something in its place - whether sugar or chemicals. We're supposed to have 2300 mg. of sodium per day or less. That's the equivalent of 1 teaspoon -not a lot of salt.
posted 12 Aug 2010, 01:37
Has anyone else had success with P90X??
I buy Fage Greek style non-fat plain yogurt and it has 20 grams of protein and 9 grams of carbs. I don't know if that helps. There's another brand out there that has a few more grams of protein in it, but can't think of it. Also, there are shakes by premier nutrition that have 30 grams of protein and 160 calories and only 5 grams of protein.
posted 01 Aug 2010, 18:24
Has anyone done Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred?
I love the 30 Day Shred! I started doing it in Jan and I remember the first time I did it, I could barely make it up and down the stairs the next day. I was sore as hell, but I make myself do it again on day 2. I think I stayed on level one for about three or four weeks, progressed to level two, and went on to level three within a couple of weeks. I was formerly VERY sedentary. Now I work out nearly every day and Jillian's dvd's are my favorite ones. I also love her Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism one - that one burns major calories. But I have to credit the 30 Day Shred for building tons of muscles and getting me motivated to continue exercising. I had an undiagnosed thyroid problem and didn't lose anywhere near 30 lbs (maybe 5 or 6?), but I also knew I was building muscle which weighs more than fat, and I was shrinking in size. I hope all of you deciding to do this take before measurements. Even if you don't lose much on the scale, you'll definitely lose inches if you're doing the workout (and not phoning it in, as Jillian likes to say Smile. After 7 months of very regular, intense exercise (mostly Jillian's, although I almost always begin my workouts now with the Biggest Loser dvd, Cardio Max and do level 1 & 2 - I don't like the level 3, it seems to hurt my back. I think it's the trainer-I won't do her routine on another of those dvd's for the same reason, followed by another dvd like 30 Day Shred or Banish Fat or...) I feel more fit than I've felt in years and years. My start weight is wrong and I haven't been able to change it to what it really was (175), and I've lost over 35 lbs and have lost more than 6" in my waist alone. Jillian's an awesome trainer and very effective. I don't like the Yoga one, IS intense and I can't seem to follow it or do the moves properly. Of the Biggest Loser dvd's, I like the Cardio Max one and the Bootcamp one and the Power Sculpt one, and most encouraging about these is the contestants are still heavy when they are doing the moves. I figure if they can do it, I certainly can. Yep, be prepared to be REALLY sore and to work up one helluva sweat with the Shred (all of them, actually). But also be prepared to watch you transform your body, and that's pretty exciting!
posted 27 Jul 2010, 00:51
Motivational clothing ??
Yes, I have "motivational" clothes that I buy periodically. I'm on my fourth pair of motivation jeans! I'm also a pack rat Sad but that also means I have a lot of clothes I can go shopping from. Currently, I'm saving a growing pile of clothes to donate, knowing I never want them to fit again! I did try on a skirt I bought a couple of years ago that fit, but I didn't wear because I was so fat (I felt). I tried it on the other day and it literally fell to the floor when I buttoned and zipped it Smile Granted, it was a low-rise cut, but it still made me laugh out loud. It seems to work for me - having an article of clothing I really want to fit into.
posted 26 Jul 2010, 11:53
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