Joined April 2013
Weight History

Start Weight
141.4 lb
Lost so far: 12.7 lb

Current Weight
128.7 lb
Performance: losing 4.6 lb a week

Goal Weight
115.0 lb
Still to go: 13.7 lb
I'm trying to focus more on health than weight loss at this point. I stick to a 'loose' paleo diet. I believe if I continuing eating the way I've been for the past year, I will gradually get to where I want to be.

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  2014 New year New me
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smiledarling's Cookbook

cals: 213kcal | fat: 15.60g | carbs: 8.88g | prot: 9.82g
Coconut Almond MiM
A muffin in a minute with coconut and almond flour.
cals: 257kcal | fat: 10.74g | carbs: 2.76g | prot: 36.06g
Tuna Bites
Delicious small tuna cakes packed with flavor and good nutrients, that are very low carb.
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High Cholesterol and Clueless PCP

The article is an advertisement. All of the links take you to the same page, and "" is simply a site selling the supplement. There is no link to an actual study anywhere on that page.

I've never heard of, but I clicked on a few other "articles", and all of them were selling something.

That was a cute story, though. Nice try.
posted 16 Mar 2014, 08:16
How do you not fall of the wagon?
Maybe not getting "super strict" is the key. Healthy eating does have to be a lifestyle change, which means it needs to be something that is long term sustainable. If your super strict diet is something that is easy to do for a week or two weeks or even a few months but is impossible for you to stick to for your entire life, then it isn't going to be a lifestyle change. Try modifying your diet to something that is healthy (healthier than what you define as normal) but not so intense that it interferes with you being able to enjoy yourself and results in you giving in and demolishing all of your progress every 2-3 months. You will lose weight slower than you would on a super strict diet, but will be able to maintain it.

Also maybe plan your celebrating in advance or build it into your diet so it doesn't get out of control. I have been trying to eat healthy for all of "normal" meals, but on special occasions I forget the rules and enjoy myself. So far this has worked for me.

Hope this helps!
posted 25 Jan 2014, 13:13
how do u get past the cravings??
I also work a third shift so dinner for me is the most difficult because most nights I end up eating out.

What helps me is to always have something prepared that I can eat if I suddenly get hungry. I try to always keep some almonds or a lara bar or something on hand so that if hunger strikes, I don't have to run out and grab a Snickers bar or a bagel. It also helps if I make my dinner in advance and bring it to work, and for when I'm home, I try to always have "paleo-friendly" food in the house so it's there when I need it, and I don't have to go foraging. (I know you aren't on the paleo diet. For me it's paleo snacks but for you I guess it would be low calorie snacks?) And I try to avoid having things like cookies and bad snacks around because if they are there, I will eat them.

I found that after sticking to my diet for a little while and not eating the bad foods that I love, that when I caved and did eat them, I felt like crap afterwards (I mean physically) because my body had become used to the good stuff. This makes me not really want things like pizza anymore because I know the fun part of eating it (mmmm pizza) will only last a little while and then I will feel sluggish and bloated for hours. For me it isn't worth it, and eventually I stopped craving those foods (most of the time anyways).
posted 16 Jan 2014, 12:53
The instructions I've seen for spaghetti squash are to cut it in half lengthwise, remove the stem and the seeds, and bake it at 375F for about 35-40 mins. When it's soft you just scrape out the "spaghetti" with a fork, it comes out very easily.

I saw a tutorial a while back for microwaving it and I tried it the other day because I didn't feel like waiting. It worked. Just stab it a bunch of times (so the heat can escape, if not it will explode in the microwave) and nuke the whole thing for 5 mins. It's much easier to cut it after it's been cooked.
posted 05 Jan 2014, 13:21
Beautiful Existence eats Starbucks for a year
Why Starbucks? Why not some place that serves actual food? There are so few things to actually EAT there.
posted 04 Jan 2014, 11:24
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