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« on: October 08, 2007, 06:01:33 pm »

Inspired to lose some weight after my summer holiday as I am feeling a bit more asthmatic and cos I have a bit of a tummy coming on but also inspired by Lynnes Getting Fit for Alberta thead, I am starting a thread!!!

Here is a thread to share hints and tips, share slaps on the back of encouragement, and to share our plans on getting fit!!



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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2007, 06:04:31 pm »

So my first plan of action is to spend 15 minutes every lunch time going for a walk.

And eat less choccy biscuits with my cuppas at work. eat a piece of fruit instead - or an oatcake or something!

I hope to lose a stone to a stone and a half (14-21 pounds).

I hope that writing this down here will shame me into doing it!

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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2007, 07:41:32 pm »

I joined the fitness center at work and am now doing 30 to 45 minutes of cardio circuit machines, treadmill, elliptical cross trainer and/or recumbent bike about 3 to 4 days a week. 
Also trying to eat better.
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2007, 04:00:02 am »

I joined the fitness center at work and am now doing 30 to 45 minutes of cardio circuit machines, treadmill, elliptical cross trainer and/or recumbent bike about 3 to 4 days a week. 
Also trying to eat better.

my goodness! very impressed!

I've also started taking some vitamin c and e - with being a veggie I should probably have done this years ago!
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2007, 04:16:40 am »

I'm going to start on my bellydance routine shortly, targetting lower abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks...
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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2007, 04:35:42 pm »

I don't know what to do!!

I have joined a gym 3 times over the years but I always hate going. The only thing I like is the pool. I hate to walk. I won't walk in my neighborhood but there is a safe community close by I could drive to, park and then walk. BUT I HATE IT.

I'm such a lounger.  And I love potato chips (or crisps)
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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2007, 04:41:31 pm »

Yeah - its definitely about finding something you enjoy doing.

I enjoy walking and yoga/callanetics so far. hate the gym so have never joined - couldn't think of anything worse! and why waste my money when I know I wouldn't go!?

Wishes - you'll have an active day - workign as a nurse - I just sit at a desk all day - do they not say nurses walk and average of a couple of miles per shift?

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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2007, 04:43:01 pm »

I don't know what to do!!

I have joined a gym 3 times over the years but I always hate going. The only thing I like is the pool. I hate to walk. I won't walk in my neighborhood but there is a safe community close by I could drive to, park and then walk. BUT I HATE IT.

I'm such a lounger.  And I love potato chips (or crisps)

Try baked sweet potatoe curls with a little bit of olive oil drizzled over them. It's a healthy alternative to crisps.  I'll see if I can find the recipe for you.
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2007, 05:31:44 pm »

Kelda, yes the gym is not cheap and it's so boring. I really don't want to try it again right now. I am on my feet and on the go all day at work but it's not making me skinny darn it!  Smiley On my days off I want to be lazy and sit at the computer, knit and embroider. I need to do some additional moving though.

Daniel, the recipe sounds yum. I love sweet potatoes. I should have them more. Please post the recipe if you can find it.
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2007, 05:39:14 pm »

Try baked sweet potatoe curls with a little bit of olive oil drizzled over them. It's a healthy alternative to crisps.  I'll see if I can find the recipe for you.

yes sounds nice!!
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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2007, 08:37:20 pm »

A few years ago I heard something really smart about diet.  5-7 servings of vegetables/fruit and 6-8 glasses of water are recommended per day, right?  If you start with that and add on other foods (your protein, etc), there's very little room in your stomach for junk!

(easier said than done of course, but a place to start...)
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« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2007, 04:49:28 pm »

Lots of vegetables is definitially a good thing and I love vegetables. I'm a big bread eater also. I do stick to whole grains (mostly) but I can make a meal out of anything as long as I have bread.
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« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2007, 05:39:37 pm »

ooooh weight ins... am I brave enough? hmm......
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« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2007, 09:40:47 am »

Okay - so I'm def eating better at work and my evening meals - but I'm still being bad and having bad snacks at night.

I having cereal for breakfast homemade soup for lunch and fruit at work - no biscuits with my cups of tea. and a decent meal at night.

I'm really aggrevated by this extra weight now.

I need to shift 7lbs to get back to the way I was before my hols I think if not a little more- how do I do it quickly guys without being totaaly silly - I do not want to do slimfats.

I aksed in the comfort food threads...  can anyone think of a good desireable snack that is really nice which is healthy? That I can eat when i want to be naughty? but not really? There is onl so many pieces fo fruit you can eat! I need somthign to munch on nt the evenign with my cuppa tea.
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« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2007, 04:41:36 pm »

I'm thinking about going to a gym and getting a personal trainer in the New Year.

This last 30lbs is killing me.

I've lost 85lbs already, but need to lose 30 more.
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« Reply #15 on: December 18, 2007, 04:59:36 pm »

oooh can I join?  I started back on my diet on my birthday (Dec 2) and have been faithful since then.  I try not to think or talk too much about my efforts until I actually have some time in on it, and since it's been over two weeks and I am doing okay, I finally weighed myself and announced that I am on track.

Unlike many people I am a notoriously successful dieter - all I have to do is keep on it and not deprive myself too much or miss meals.  For me it's lots and lots of salad, with lunch and dinner, and keeping control of the bread.  Nowadays that is relatively easy to do since the only bread I can eat is gluten free and I just have to limit how much of it I bake.  For me it is a really long term project though....!
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« Reply #16 on: December 18, 2007, 05:50:51 pm »

Oh, Kelda. Talk about sitting at a desk all day!
The hours I don't spend in front of a computer, I seem to spend in my car.  Roll Eyes

Anyway, you know, something has to change when hardly any of your favourite jeans fit anymore. That's the case with me at the moment. Five or six pounds less would already make me happy. I just want to try and walk a bit more and go swimming more regularly. I know, I can't keep a diet, though. So I won't even try.

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« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2007, 10:48:39 pm »

can anyone think of a good desireable snack that is really nice which is healthy? That I can eat when i want to be naughty? but not really?

 low fat microwave or air popped Popcorn, no salt, no sugar, no butter...and best of all VERY filling and little to no calories  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2007, 12:24:29 am »

High protein, low carbs does it for me.

That and working out 3-4 days a week.  The weight loss is very dramatic if I work out 4-5 days a week, but I'm so lazy, looking like a goddess is less attractive than lying on my couch doing nothing but reading.  So I barely manage 3 days a week and accordingly, the weight is always slow to come off - like .75 to 1 lb per week.  I do weight training for 20 minutes and 30 minutes of aerobic activity - walking, biking, etc.

And don't believe people when they tell you - "oh, losing 1 pound a week is the best way to do it.  That way you keep it off longer."

Pshaw!

Two weeks of non-strict eating had me gain 5 lbs just like that.

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Unfortunately, with my ethnic background and my mother's genetics, I'm prone to getting heavy easily,  so watching my weight is a daily battle that I will wage every day of my life for the rest of my life, and it's not easy to do.  I have to keep a strict diet and exercise.  There is no getting around either of those.

And my sister just informed me that Xmas dinner will be at a relative's and it's going to be Italian.

I can't eat anything classic Italian.  It's all carbs, breads, pastas which I can't touch without my blood sugar going ballistic.  We're trying to figure out what I can take to that dinner that I can actually eat.  Salad, maybe ham...
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« Reply #19 on: December 19, 2007, 01:28:59 pm »

I can't eat anything classic Italian.  It's all carbs, breads, pastas which I can't touch without my blood sugar going ballistic.  We're trying to figure out what I can take to that dinner that I can actually eat.  Salad, maybe ham...

Salads are always good, especially when they are not made with just the 'boring' greens.  Smiley
I love a good red/green salad tossed with chunks of grilled chicken, avocado, cucumber, as well as red/yellow peppers.  Keeps your blood sugar under control and leaves you feeling satisfied.  And it's healthy (as long as the dressing is not extravagantly high in fat).
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« Reply #20 on: December 19, 2007, 04:00:40 pm »

If I keep eating the treats here at work, I'm gonna regain those 85lbs in a week.


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« Reply #21 on: December 19, 2007, 09:16:04 pm »

Salads are always good, especially when they are not made with just the 'boring' greens.  Smiley
I love a good red/green salad tossed with chunks of grilled chicken, avocado, cucumber, as well as red/yellow peppers.  Keeps your blood sugar under control and leaves you feeling satisfied.  And it's healthy (as long as the dressing is not extravagantly high in fat).

Excellent idea!!!  Those ingredients sound yummy, too.  I'm going to give that a try.
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« Reply #22 on: December 19, 2007, 11:04:55 pm »

I had a doctor once tell me that she never knew a patient to successfully lose weight while eating bread and pasta.  The one time I seriously lost weight, I didn't eat any flour or sugar.  At all.  I did it for a little over a year (no slips, total perfection), and lost about 60 pounds.  The only reason I was able to stay "perfect" at how I ate was because I KNEW that a little slip would avalanche for me.  And it did.  I'm heavier now than ever.  It is really hard.

The thing I want to remind myself is that when I really had the flour and sugar completely out of my system, I didn't crave it.  I think it's literally physically addictive, like nicotine.

I don't feel like I have it in me to do that again though.  Not now, at least.
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Salads are always good, especially when they are not made with just the 'boring' greens.  Smiley
I love a good red/green salad tossed with chunks of grilled chicken, avocado, cucumber, as well as red/yellow peppers.  Keeps your blood sugar under control and leaves you feeling satisfied.  And it's healthy (as long as the dressing is not extravagantly high in fat).
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I love salads that have a bunch of different stuff...but I HATE dressing...I always eat salads naked..
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« Reply #25 on: December 20, 2007, 01:19:10 am »


Gracious!

sorry...UNDRESSED!

no that is not right either?? what do you call a salad with no dressing??
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« Reply #26 on: December 20, 2007, 02:04:30 am »

I had a doctor once tell me that she never knew a patient to successfully lose weight while eating bread and pasta.  The one time I seriously lost weight, I didn't eat any flour or sugar.  At all.  I did it for a little over a year (no slips, total perfection), and lost about 60 pounds.  The only reason I was able to stay "perfect" at how I ate was because I KNEW that a little slip would avalanche for me.  And it did.  I'm heavier now than ever.  It is really hard.

The thing I want to remind myself is that when I really had the flour and sugar completely out of my system, I didn't crave it.  I think it's literally physically addictive, like nicotine.

I don't feel like I have it in me to do that again though.  Not not, at least.


It is an addiction.  A carb addiction.  One ex-boyfriend who was trying to lose weight followed my advice on cutting his carbs and literally had withdrawal symptoms.  He was sweating, agitated, having massive cravings.  But then, after soldiering through for about 2-3 days, all the carbs passed through his system and he was fine.  Like you Ellem, he no longer craved them.

I love bread and pasta, and I also love sweet starchy vegetables - potatoes, corn, beans, carrots, peas.  I finally realized what was happening to me with all the carb overload.  In college, I used to come home at noon, eat red beans and rice on white bread and for some reason, I never knew why, I grew incredibly sleepy after an hour or so and literally had to take a nap.  I just couldn't stay awake.  It was extremely dangerous when I was commuting to school or driving 300 miles home during the holidays - I was falling asleep behind the wheel and nothing would keep me awake.

I was starting to have chronic bowel problems which everyone just assumed was irritable bowel syndrome which meant every single thing I put in my mouth triggered a loose bowel episode that had to be addressed then and there or else an accident would happen.  It was affecting my personal life.  I couldn't go to outdoor events or social events that included meals unless there was a bathroom nearby that didn't have a waiting line. 

I finally heard about the low carb diet and I tried it, and instantly, all those problems went away.  I could eat a nice meal of a meat and green vegetables and not feel a bit sleepy, not fatigued, my bowels acting perfectly normal.  I lost weight and felt better.

I also likely have wheat allergies (celiac disease), so despite my love for starches, I have to abstain almost completely.  I've cut almost all sugar from my diet as well.

And it works.  I lost 45 lbs on the diet and I fall off the wagon from time to time, but I never gained back all the weight, that's probably because I never go completely off.  My body just can't tolerate the foods I love that make me gain weight and I like not having bowel problems.

You'd think I'd be the thinnest person around... Tongue  but no, I suffer so I can eat bad food that I love - I'm HISPANIC for the gods' sake!  We are raised on starchy foods from the cradle! - and my body instantly hangs onto any flab I develop so I have to work out as well, which I don't like.

I'm like the perfect candidate for the low carb diet.  Seeing my success, friends have tried to emulate me, but of course, diets affect everyone differently.  One friend developed bowel problems on the diet, another got chronic headaches - which I personally think was caused by her sugar addiction withdrawal - but anyway, she couldn't hack the diet.  Another friend - the first bride I ever knew who gained a ton of weight before her wedding - took one look at the food restrictions of the diet and refused to even try it, unwilling to give up milk, potatoes, etc.
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Hey, me too, er, oh, that's not what you meant... Wink
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« Reply #29 on: December 20, 2007, 03:01:37 am »

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So THAT's the way you loose weight! Interesting. I might give that a try....
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So THAT's the way you loose weight! Interesting. I might give that a try....

ok

but you might want to do this at home, I think a restaurant may not approve...
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« Reply #31 on: December 20, 2007, 08:40:16 am »


 I think a restaurant may not approve...

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« Reply #32 on: December 20, 2007, 08:42:43 am »

Grin  Cool

or maybe they would....Guess it depends on the restaurant....

and how good you look while eating a salad au naturele!!
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« Reply #33 on: December 21, 2007, 02:34:27 pm »

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This thread has taken off again - my healthy eating plans starts in earnest after Xmas honest - just now I do well for my lunch - its always healthy - mostly soup at the mo given its -5 outside it has been soup for about 6 weeks. But its the snacking thats my downfall.

Also, since I ahve no www at the mo & thus no bettermost or other things to ditract me- and I'm now off for 2 weeks - YAY! - I thin I'll go on a few long walks all wrapped up against the cold.
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« Reply #34 on: December 21, 2007, 02:49:28 pm »

Hi Kelda!!! Merry Christmas! You have holiday weather -- do you have snow?

What kind of soup do you like best? I like potato soup and vegetable/beef soup, also broccoli cheese.
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« Reply #35 on: December 22, 2007, 08:07:19 am »

No snow as yet - although it wouldn't surprise me - we had a cold snap for about 5 days where it was -5 to -1 each day. I woke up this moringin and it had rained and is up out of the  figures.
for the moment..

me - i tend to make whatever soup I can make form the left over veggies in my fridge.

I do quite like brocolli soup at the mo.
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« Reply #36 on: December 22, 2007, 10:13:47 am »

Any soup, as long as it's not in boxes!!
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« Reply #37 on: December 22, 2007, 12:54:25 pm »

Any soup, as long as it's not in boxes!!


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Kelda --  it is 60*F here!!! I'm so mad.  Angry  It is supposed to be in the 20*s for Christmas!!! Maybe in 3 days it will cool down!  Grin
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« Reply #38 on: December 24, 2007, 10:04:48 am »

Food is so easy and comfortable.  I remember back when I had clearer guidelines on my eating, one of the things I didn't do was eat between meals, except for a small healthy snack in the evening.  I suddenly had so much time on my hands! 
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« Reply #39 on: January 04, 2008, 09:54:01 am »

Well I have been diagnosed with IBS.. I had had an inkling for a 3hile (as my sister has it and my cousin) but hadn't done anything about it as it wasn't too bad - but I had realy bad cramping and aches over the holidays - now I ahve pills.

The doctor suggested I keep a food diary - this is likely to have a good effect on my veating habits I'm sure!!  Kiss Also planning to joing curves but I'll tell you more about that when I'm back online properly.
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Kelda, I'm sorry to hear you're suffering, glad you got a diagnosis that is working for you.  Curves is in Scotland?  There's one just a few blocks from my house.  I used to go, but didn't stick with it. 
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« Reply #41 on: January 12, 2008, 02:16:40 pm »

Yup Curves in Scotland - I joined the one near my work on my first day back on Monday - went 5 timers this week - Monday, Tue, Wed, Thu & Friday - go me!

I quite like it - as I've said before I have not a great attention span - so I like the 30 seconds thing - the kind of group thing - I much prefer team games - and the finite time thing - you know its 30 mins and you can say - well I only have half a circuit left to go or whatever. 
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« Reply #42 on: January 16, 2008, 10:23:46 pm »

well, I found a gym to join.  I will be going in on Friday after work, and getting a membership, and appointment with a personal trainer.
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« Reply #43 on: January 17, 2008, 04:13:45 pm »

4 times so far this week!

Good luck Chuck! (ooh that rhymes!)
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« Reply #44 on: January 22, 2008, 12:00:09 am »

I had a foolproof plan to lose the extra 5 lbs that were making my jeans too tight. I was just going to climb up a mountain...Mount Washington to be exact! But it backfired because I spent so much time in a car or a plane getting to and from Mt. Washington! So, as the new year begins, I'm back on my training regimen.

I hope to be ready to run a 5K in March or April, and here's what I have on my schedule in September...a half-marathon in Wyoming!! I was planning to run it last year but had to skip it at the last minute due to my husband going on a business trip. This year, I'm putting my registration money down early!! Jeans, here I come!!

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« Reply #45 on: January 24, 2008, 02:28:16 pm »

Well I have been diagnosed with IBS.. I had had an inkling for a 3hile (as my sister has it and my cousin) but hadn't done anything about it as it wasn't too bad - but I had realy bad cramping and aches over the holidays - now I ahve pills.

The doctor suggested I keep a food diary - this is likely to have a good effect on my veating habits I'm sure!!  Kiss Also planning to joing curves but I'll tell you more about that when I'm back online properly.

Oh Kelda I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis and that you had not been feeling well. I hope the food diary will help you find the foods you need to avoid and that you do not suffer and bad bouts.
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« Reply #46 on: January 24, 2008, 06:58:32 pm »

Thanks T!

I have to admit to being a bit lax with the diary - but (TMI alert - sorry!) had a lot of wind tonight  - I had a cheese topped quorn fillet, roated aubergines & salad.

Me thinks it could have been the amount of cheese. PLus I had a chunk of cheese wehn I came in as I was starving and also mayo with the salad...

hmmm ... dairy..... but I sooo can't not live without dairy, so I'll just have to keep a check on things...

On a plus side - I have been to curves 14 times in 3 weeks - go me! And I was also at yoga and callanetics this week
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« Reply #47 on: February 05, 2008, 10:35:30 pm »

Well, on Jan 21st, I joined a gym (NYSC) and I've been going every day since then.

In the three weeks I've been there, I've lost three pounds.  Grin
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« Reply #48 on: March 01, 2008, 04:17:03 pm »

here's the calorie counting website that i posted on another thread.  i found it very helpful!

http://caloriecount.about.com/account
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« Reply #49 on: March 05, 2008, 12:58:58 pm »

Anyone who gets the TLC network, a new show is starting in March.



I Can Make You Thin

New series premiers Fridays beginning March 16 at 9pm

Watch this show and you will lose weight - the world's most extraordinary interactive TV show. Through the TV set, British self-help expert Paul McKenna, PhD will help viewers program their minds to lose weight. It's not a diet, there is no will power required, no belief necessary - as you watch you will transform your relationship with food and see others do the same. This show has already been a smash hit the UK and McKenna's system has changed the way millions of people lose weight in Europe. Now he's coming to America!
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« Reply #50 on: March 05, 2008, 04:21:59 pm »

Getting weighed and BMI'd, inche measured etc on fri *argghhh*
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« Reply #51 on: March 09, 2008, 01:27:35 am »

Hiya dieters.

How about we help each other out with restaurants that help us out with monitoring our calorie intake?

Tonight my family got Boston Market for dinner.  They are a nationwide chain, and their website not only lists their menu, on each item, there is a link labled "nutrition".  If you click on it, you get a nutrition label with fat content, calories, carbs, protein, and other info.

I was able to plan out a dinner tonight of 1/4 chicken (white meat), spinach, potatoes, and cornbread, and it was 740 calories.

Here's a link to the website.

http://www.bostonmarket.com/home

Anyone have other restaurants that do this?
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« Reply #52 on: March 09, 2008, 01:28:21 am »

I also know that there is a chain called "Applebee's", and they have a selection of meals that are approved by Weight Watchers.

Here is a link to their menu, the Weight Watchers selections.



http://www.applebees.com/Menu_WW_static.aspx


If you got to the item on the menu, click on "details" and it will give you the calories, the fat, the fiber, and the points on the WW point system.
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« Reply #53 on: March 09, 2008, 01:28:56 am »

Last one for tonight.

TGIFridays has two special subjects on their menu.

When you go to their website, place your cursor on "Menu At A Glance".  A dropdown menu will appear.  Click on the arrow at the botton to go to the next page of the menu.  On that second page, you will see two options.  One called "The Lighter Side of Fridays" and the second called "Right Portion, Right Price".

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« Reply #54 on: March 09, 2008, 07:08:46 am »

Getting weighed and BMI'd, inche measured etc on fri *argghhh*

Well I lost one pound since I lost got measured - not much but I did lose 1% of body fat and 3 inches!
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« Reply #55 on: March 09, 2008, 09:04:13 am »

P. F. Chang's has little heart healthy symbols next to some of its menu items. And the last time I was there, the waiter talked EDelMar and me into having brown rice instead of white, and steamed potstickers instead of fried. They were just as delicious as the other way. Not that he needs it, but still!


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« Reply #56 on: March 16, 2008, 06:56:49 pm »

bumping this up, as it airs tonight.








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« Reply #57 on: March 16, 2008, 07:06:18 pm »

let me know what you think of McKenna - he was a very 1990's figure in the UK - his own hypnotist show and stuff.... he seems to have moved on the self help thing now....
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« Reply #58 on: March 17, 2008, 08:23:24 pm »



I watched the show, and while I did enjoy it, it seemed to me that the points he made were pretty common sense stuff.

If I remember right, he said he had 4 "golden rules" to follow.

#1.  Eat what you want.

#2.  Eat when you are hungry.

#3.  Eat consciously.

#4.  When you are no longer hungry, stop eating.


Rules 1 & 2 are pretty self explanatory.  #3 was explained this way:

Be conscious of what you are eating.  Have no distractions.  No tv, no books, no music, no computer.  Savor each bite, take a forkfull, put your knife and fork down, chew for 20 times, take out the next forkful, do the same until you are no longer hungry.

He also did an experiment that I found interesting.  They took 6 people and put them in a diner.  They each had the same meal, a full breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, potatos, and toast.  They all ate the whole meal.  The next day, they went back for the same meal, but this time, they were blindfolded, and did not know the amount of food on their plate.

End result, becaues they could not see all the food, they didn't eat all the food. 
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He also did an experiment that I found interesting.  They took 6 people and put them in a diner.  They each had the same meal, a full breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, potatos, and toast.  They all ate the whole meal.  The next day, they went back for the same meal, but this time, they were blindfolded, and did not know the amount of food on their plate.

End result, becaues they could not see all the food, they didn't eat all the food.

Interesting.


I was watching a movie last night... my neighbor dropped in & gave me 4 big, delicious home-made chocolate chip and oatmeal/raisin cookies.  Dang, did they ever smell good!  I immediately pounced and ate one while watching the rest of my movie.  It was so good.  I went back to the fridge for another, the remaining three cookies were screaming my name, lol...and boy, was it ever hard to reach over them and grab a bunch of grapes instead.. =)
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« Reply #60 on: March 19, 2008, 06:40:06 pm »

hehe, is your neighbor tall, dark, and single? If she is, resist those cookies and save yourself for the real treat!!
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« Reply #61 on: March 19, 2008, 09:46:29 pm »

hehe, is your neighbor tall, dark, and single? If she is, resist those cookies and save yourself for the real treat!!


Nope, she isnt but...
There is no resisting these cookies.
There is one left.  Want it?  Wink
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« Reply #62 on: March 19, 2008, 10:05:49 pm »

Nope, she isnt but...
There is no resisting these cookies.
There is one left.  Want it?  Wink
I'll have an oatmeal/raisin but I can't eat no chocolate chip right now...I've sworn off for Lent!
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« Reply #63 on: March 19, 2008, 10:45:40 pm »

I'll have an oatmeal/raisin but I can't eat no chocolate chip right now...I've sworn off for Lent!


I wouldn't've offered you the chocolate chip one anyway because I, um, ate it already.
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« Reply #64 on: March 19, 2008, 10:52:34 pm »

I wouldn't've offered you the chocolate chip one anyway because I, um, ate it already.
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Why thank you kindly, you are such a dear!! I'll gobble it down quickly while Chuck isn't looking!!

Now that means I have to run another two blocks tomorrow, but it'll be worth it!! SweetLucis, thank you very much!
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« Reply #65 on: March 19, 2008, 11:50:18 pm »

Hi everyone,

So I saw this topic and couldn't resist.....I hope I don't come across as um, harsh or anything. This definitely isn't meant to criticize or contradict any of the posts in this thread, because they all contain good suggestions. This is just my two cents as to how best to lose weight and get fit. I actually have just been through a few years where I didn't exercise much (enough) and got pretty overweight, even though before that I was always fairly active and fit. Recently now I've made a few changes (returning to good habits) and have lost about 50 pounds or so and turned who knows how much more from fat to muscle...anyway.

So a friend of mine always makes me laugh when she says the name of her best-selling diet book is "Eat Less, Move More!" It makes me laugh because it's true while kind of poking fun at all the latest fad diets.

If you want to get fit, you have to exercise. It's that simple. You can "lose weight" by cutting calories but we all (should) know that's not healthy - I have a friend who is CLEARLY anorexic but won't admit it!. AND, cutting calories and "eating right" only works up to a certain point. You won't tone or build your muscles or change the way your body looks by eating 10 carbs a day instead of 20 or cutting your calories - which you CAN cut too much (when you cut too much your body SLOWS its metabolism and STOPS burning fat).

Of course it's important to eat healthily, but that is NOT the determining factor in losing weight or getting fit. The human body is "designed" - by whoever/whatever - for exercise. Do you think Jake and Heath (and every other celebrity who has all day every day to workout/run/swim their way to godlike perfection) just skip (ped) a meal every now and then? No, of course not...

Regarding meals: nutritionists suggest several small meals per day and never skipping breakfast.

So...back to my point. Getting "fit". This takes exercise and the RIGHT kind. You can't just go for a walk twice a week and feel like you're doing anything - because you're not. You need to elevate your heart rate, and that means aerobics, cardio, running, etc (hot sex, haha).

But isn't going for a walk better than doing nothing? Well, sure. But unless you're walking for a significant amount of time (or exerting much effort, say walking uphill, raising your heart rate) you're not going to burn many calories or work your muscles. You may even end up whetting your appetite and consuming more calories than if you hadn't walked at all and gaining weight! So if you're going to take a 15 minute walk, it's far better to make it a 15 minute run/jog - even if you have to stop and walk every 2-3 minutes. It's much better for your cardiovascular system and your heart; you'll burn far more calories, you won't feel hungry (the fight or flight stimulus), and you'll work your leg muscles much more.

Back to our bodies being "meant" for exercise...As far as what type of exercise, that actually depends on what you are aiming for. Many people assume that lifting weights is only for muscle men who are looking to bulk up. NOT TRUE. In addition to sculpting and shaping your body to get the look you desire, there are many health benefits to resistance training. Whether you're male or female, you can easily TONE and "slenderize" your body with weights just as easily as you can bulk it up. More weight, less repetitions = bulk up. Less weight, MORE repetitions = tone down. If you don't understand what I mean by that, ask someone at the gym (or me), and I'm sure they'll be glad to explain...

Trainers are just about useless and a waste of your money, btw......take a look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself "What do I want to work on?" Then go do the machines (or exercises) that focus on those areas. Follow the "bulk up, tone down" rule above.

Note: By "machines" I mean exercise machines (at a gym) that specifically target a certain area or muscle group of your body. For example, you can work your biceps with an "arm curl" machine or you can curl a dumbbell. You can work your legs by doing numerous leg machines that each target specific muscles, doing numerous "at home" exercises without machines (squats, calf raises, leg extensions, etc), or just by running.

'kay.

I said earlier that you can't walk twice a week and expect anything to happen. But you CAN swim (or RUN!!!) twice a week and see a huge difference. Have you ever noticed that all the lap swimmers at the gym have virtually no fat on their bodies? It's NOT because they were born that way. It's because swimming just melts the fat off your body. Try it. Swim 2-3 laps twice a week and see how much fat you lose. You'll be amazed, I promise.

So now for the obligatory take it easy, don't hurt yourself warning. Yeah, so take it easy. Don't hurt yourself by trying too much too soon. If you've never run anywhere except to the fridge and back (ha), then start out by jogging a block or so. You can double your distance every week or so (up to a point). When you start panting and feel your heart pounding halfway through that first lap around the track or pool.....STOP. Take a rest. Then keep going. Don't try to left the entire stack of weights on whatever machine the first time you use it - just do enough so that you feel a good resistance.

Okay then. Go for it! Change yourself. This is your life...are you who you want to be? (ooh, deep.)

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« Reply #66 on: March 20, 2008, 08:41:17 am »

I'll gobble it down quickly while Chuck isn't looking!!


no worries, I don't like raisins.   laugh
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no worries, I don't like raisins.   laugh
I thot you were gonna give me a lecture, Chuck, but I see mountainman has beat you to it! Welcome mountainman, you came by just in time...I ran and got myself some breakfast after reading your post. Usually I skip breakfast, but today I'm having grits...is that something you'd recommend??

You're singing to the choir there when you recommend running...both Chuck and I are runners. I love to run and am so lucky I've never had hip problems or knee problems or ankle problems, etc. I haven't gotten into the weight lifting much yet though. Guess I need a personal trainer or something! More tips please!! You are inspiring us all (speaking just for myself, actually!)
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« Reply #68 on: March 23, 2008, 08:50:41 pm »

bumping this up, as the next istallment is on TV tonight, dealing with emotional eating.



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« Reply #69 on: March 24, 2008, 06:41:04 pm »

...yeah breakfast is good m'kay?

 Grin

FR - one thing I've discovered is killer for burning fat is running a little (no walk), then exercise/weights, then running a little more, etc, etc. that way you keep your metabolism up up UP for longer than if you just run, walk, run for say 30 min.  But I guess run, walk when tired, run does similar for metabolism. you could try sprinting too.....in much the same way that running kills vs walking, sprinting kills vs jogging.

kills fat, ha.

Anyone heard of the "shangri-la" diet? Heard of it recently in the book Freakonomics (AWESOME). Turns out that I'd been doing it for years (when I dieted that is, ahem)....it recommends olive/vegetable oil (with "good" fats) and sugar water to control hunger......so eating tuna and drinking gatorade, iced tea works. But no tuna anymore - too much mercury!!! Now I eat sardines packed in olive oil for great protein, omega-3's, and low cholesterol/high "good" fat....

And eating fiber is always good for losing wieght. Try actually getting your RDA of fiber. It's tough but doable. Nature Valley granola bar or some such (any that actually has fiber), or oatmeal/cheerios, then a serving of sunchips and triscuits and you're there! Sunchips are just about the best thing ever, btw. Good and good for you....
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« Reply #70 on: March 29, 2008, 06:17:36 pm »

"8 Foods You Should Eat Every Day"

...with an explanation of what each has that's so good. Interesting.

http://health.msn.com/nutrition/slideshow.aspx?cp-documentid=100169914&imageindex=1
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« Reply #71 on: May 03, 2008, 12:54:02 pm »

Well, since February I have lost somewhere between 8 and 10 pounds, if my bathroom scales reading is correct. The scales at the spa indicate a loss as well.
Here was the impetus:   in late Feb. I had a nasty and frightening attack of squeezing chest pains, shortness of breath, and sweating.  I went by ambulance to the ER and was later diagnosed as having a lot of gallstones. The biliary colic attack symptoms can mimic heart attack symptoms--please bear this in mind if you ever find yourself in a similar situation.   My heart checked out just fine in all the tests that were done on it.
To continue:   My doc wants my weight and cholesterol to be lowered, so I have been working on that.  I walk two miles every evening, work out about once a week, climb stairs and hills at work (it is a hilly campus), and try to stay away from fatty and greasy things.   It appears to be working.
The gallbladder may have to come out eventually but I am keeping it at bay for now. 
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Kudos to you for improving your health! This should be a summer that you enjoy more than previous years!

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« Reply #73 on: May 04, 2008, 06:12:59 am »

well done you Shortfiction!
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« Reply #74 on: May 04, 2008, 10:21:24 am »

I have a foolproof diet,  anyone who likes can come and borrow my oldest son for a couple of weeks.The weight will literally fall off you due to the stress.Unfortunately the down side is you may end up in a straight jacket, but at least it wil be an XXXS one !!!!!

I also remember one of the more wacky diets I read about,The naked salad posts jogged my memory.

You were meant to eat all your meals naked, in front of a mirror. I did say it was wacky. Apparantly the sight of the naked flesh you want to lose staring at you in all its glory, will curb your appetite.!!!!!

Don't know about the diet Paul McKenna thing, but my husband gave up smoking using his tapes.So who knows.




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« Reply #75 on: May 04, 2008, 10:33:28 am »

Well, since February I have lost somewhere between 8 and 10 pounds, if my bathroom scales reading is correct. The scales at the spa indicate a loss as well.


Congrats on your weight loss!

If you want to see if your scale is reading correctly, here's what you can do.  I did this at the gym where I am a member.

They have a medical scale in the downstairs part of the gym.  I took a 5 pound weight, and placed it on the scale.  The scale read 6.5 pounds so I knew it was a pound and a half off.  I then stepped on the scale, and subtracted a pound and half from the weight.

then, as soon as I got home, I stepped on my scale there.  It read my weigth correctly, it matched the figure at the gym once I had subtracted that pound and half, so I knew my scale at home was accurate.
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« Reply #76 on: May 04, 2008, 02:07:37 pm »

Thanks for the idea....I had not thought of that.  I can take a weight with me to the workout center at my workplace too.
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« Reply #77 on: May 04, 2008, 03:12:27 pm »

"8 Foods You Should Eat Every Day"

...with an explanation of what each has that's so good. Interesting.

http://health.msn.com/nutrition/slideshow.aspx?cp-documentid=100169914&imageindex=1

I agree with some of this list, but OMG are they serious in some of their "fit it in" suggestions?!?:

FIT IT IN: Pile on the ketchup and Ragu

Ketchup and sauces like Ragu are swimming in high fructose corn syrup.  Exactly the wrong thing you want to add to your diet!
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« Reply #78 on: December 09, 2008, 12:25:16 pm »

Time to revive this thread! My fall resolution is to walk/run 20 miles a week. My son does 300 a week on his bike, so I think I can manage 20!

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          Good luck with that Lee.
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« Reply #80 on: December 09, 2008, 02:55:13 pm »

Time to revive this thread! My fall resolution is to walk/run 20 miles a week. My son does 300 a week on his bike, so I think I can manage 20!



Good luck.  I must say though, bicycling is a lot easier than walking.  I can barely manage to walk 9-12 miles per week.  At my pace, to walk 20 miles per week, that would be walking for an hour a day, 4 days a week.  Great exercise, but extremely time consuming. 
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Time to revive this thread! My fall resolution is to walk/run 20 miles a week. My son does 300 a week on his bike, so I think I can manage 20!



20 is a fair amount Lee. And remeber walking takes longer than cycling!!
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« Reply #82 on: December 09, 2008, 03:54:25 pm »

Cycling, particularly long distance or rugged terrain cycling, can be extremely damaging to the knees.  I know - I have the childhood of long distance cycling and the adult bad knees to show for it.  My doctor tells me that the best weight-management and cardio exercise is walking on the flat.
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« Reply #83 on: December 09, 2008, 11:09:14 pm »

That is certainly true, although cycling is easier on the knees than walking or running, IMHO. I can go nearly any distance level or up without hurting my knees, but downhill is the worst. In fact, I was reading about the new craze of skiing the fourteeners, where extreme athletes climb the mountains in Colorado above 14,000 ft in elevation in the winter and then ski down. A new book has just been published on the subject. It's something I would like to try, but I instead want to cross-country ski on downhill trails, rather than attempt the couloirs, which require steely nerves, thighs of steel, and great skill.

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« Reply #84 on: December 10, 2008, 03:52:26 pm »

Now to discuss the "lose weight" section of this topic. I have found that I almost never lose any weight no matter how little I eat. I also rarely gain weight if I eat more, unless I eat a lot on a regular basis every day. My metabolism just adjusts itself so I burn more or less calories based on how much I take in. The only way I can lose weight is by exercising, and it has to be strenuous exercise done often over a concentrated period of time. None of this walking for 30 minutes a day two or three times a week. That just does not have any kind of effect on my body.

Anybody have any advice or stories about what worked for you?
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« Reply #85 on: December 10, 2008, 03:55:52 pm »

Now to discuss the "lose weight" section of this topic. I have found that I almost never lose any weight no matter how little I eat. I also rarely gain weight if I eat more, unless I eat a lot on a regular basis every day. My metabolism just adjusts itself so I burn more or less calories based on how much I take in. The only way I can lose weight is by exercising, and it has to be strenuous exercise done often over a concentrated period of time. None of this walking for 30 minutes a day two or three times a week. That just does not have any kind of effect on my body.

Anybody have any advice or stories about what worked for you?

Yeah earlier on this thread.  I'm at the age where working out and dieting work very little on their own.  Together, though, they work great.  Unfortunately, doing both is a great sacrifice for me since I like to do neither.
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« Reply #86 on: December 14, 2008, 02:32:46 pm »

Yeah earlier on this thread.  I'm at the age where working out and dieting work very little on their own.  Together, though, they work great.  Unfortunately, doing both is a great sacrifice for me since I like to do neither.

I read your earlier posts, della. Good advice! I am fortunate to not have a carb addiction. Up until recently, I was eating a high protein diet. But lately I have substituted soy milk for some of the protein. I'm also trying to cut out one meal per day, primarily by eating brunch and dinner only. Sometimes I even manage to just eat a big lunch and that's my only meal. If there is something entertaining going on after work, I do that instead and then I don't miss dinner.

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#2.  Eat when you are hungry.

#3.  Eat consciously.

#4.  When you are no longer hungry, stop eating.
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« Reply #87 on: December 14, 2008, 03:20:41 pm »

I read your earlier posts, della. Good advice! I am fortunate to not have a carb addiction. Up until recently, I was eating a high protein diet. But lately I have substituted soy milk for some of the protein. I'm also trying to cut out one meal per day, primarily by eating brunch and dinner only. Sometimes I even manage to just eat a big lunch and that's my only meal. If there is something entertaining going on after work, I do that instead and then I don't miss dinner.

The rules Chuck posted also sound great to me:


I'm kinda on the fence about soy.  I tried soymilk for a time - thinking it was lower carb than regular milk - but there's a lot of sugar in it.  So I got the sugarless kind and it tastes like freshly squeezed nut juice  Lips Sealed  instead of a milk substitute.  So I switched to a low carb milk product that has real milk in it and the taste of milk and only 5 carbs or so.

Plus, the research on soy - whether it is good for women with a family/history of breast cancer or not - is still not conclusive, so I finally stopped my soy eating. 
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« Reply #88 on: December 14, 2008, 06:42:43 pm »

Hmmm I'd like to know the name of that milk substitute. I can only tolerate a certain amount of milk, especially skim milk. I can eat all the yogurt and cheese I want, though.

Well, I just managed to walk and run 13 miles this week rather than the 20 that was my goal. It felt really good though. All but five miles I logged on the treadmill; the rest during lunchtime at work. I would have had more time for working out but had two holiday parties. In the coming week I am going to yet two more holiday parties. Between the running and partying, I have NO time for shopping, or working either!!

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« Reply #89 on: December 14, 2008, 07:22:23 pm »

Hmmm I'd like to know the name of that milk substitute. I can only tolerate a certain amount of milk, especially skim milk. I can eat all the yogurt and cheese I want, though.

Well, I just managed to walk and run 13 miles this week rather than the 20 that was my goal. It felt really good though. All but five miles I logged on the treadmill; the rest during lunchtime at work. I would have had more time for working out but had two holiday parties. In the coming week I am going to yet two more holiday parties. Between the running and partying, I have NO time for shopping, or working either!!



http://www.hphood.com/promos/caloriecountdown/default.aspx?id=1468

It's hard to find in my area.  I had to chase it down.  Back when the low carb craze was at its highest, every local grocery store carried it.  Now only one - Kroger - does.
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« Reply #90 on: January 04, 2009, 02:09:18 pm »

Now that it's a new year, I'd like to pass along some fitness and weight loss tips that have worked for me.

In the past, I have focused on fitness and watched what I eat only when my clothes started to get tight (I never weigh myself). But lately it is a continuous, never-ending process. I don't like to shop for clothes, so there's a big impetus for me to stay the same size.

It's generally a lot of little things throughout the day. For instance, I work on the 3rd floor, so I decided to never use the elevators unless I am carrying a full crock pot to work, LOL! Also, I work in an office, so it is easy to avoid snacking during the day...no refrigerator or kitchen at hand! If I have a busy morning, nothing passes my lips but coffee and an occasional mint from 7 a.m. until lunchtime!

Please add your tips here!!
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« Reply #91 on: January 04, 2009, 09:34:22 pm »

Very important tip! Stay away from Offline Chuck, especially during the holidays, when he makes divine fudge and divinity!! But, since it's not possible to stay away from him, drastic measures must be taken to control the damage once the holidays are over!

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« Reply #92 on: January 05, 2009, 02:46:51 pm »

Please join me in giving up a vice for Lent!! I am not particularly religious and barely even know what Lent is all about, but I love the European custom of austerity at this time of year. The vice that I am foreswearing is wine. There are a lot of empty calories in it and a glass of wine seems to go straight to my midsection!! (Yes, that includes the beer and hard stuff too--no more dry Manhattans until Easter!!) There are 100 calories in a 5-oz glass of wine, so this is an easy way to cut out 100-200 calories a day. Plus, I have more energy!!

Lent doesn't start until after Mardi Gras, so I'll give you some time to think about which vice you want to give up. However, since I've already made my decision, I'm starting now this weekend!!

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My boss passed out some dieting advice from Prevention Magazine at staff meeting and I don't like what I read. The literature tells what to eat (not what not to eat) and the quantities seem huge, starting with NINE servings of fruits and vegetables! PER DAY! I could never stuff all that in, plus you're supposed to eat 3-6 whole grain foods every day. I like whole grain rice, wheat berries, etc. but I find it very filling! Then, add 2-3 servings of calcium-rich foods--I also find milk and cheese very filling (yogurt not so much so). Then, add ...BEANS! Five times a week...at least!! Filling to the max!! I'm starting to feel bloated just reading this! And nuts 5x a week...raw almonds are my primary snack food. Fish 2x a week. Then 8 glasses of water every DAY! Can you imagine adding water to all those fruits, vegetables, and grains?? I could not even function!! This advice must be for people with large stomachs...no thanks, I'll pass!!
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My boss passed out some dieting advice from Prevention Magazine at staff meeting and I don't like what I read. The literature tells what to eat (not what not to eat) and the quantities seem huge, starting with NINE servings of fruits and vegetables! PER DAY! I could never stuff all that in, plus you're supposed to eat 3-6 whole grain foods every day. I like whole grain rice, wheat berries, etc. but I find it very filling! Then, add 2-3 servings of calcium-rich foods--I also find milk and cheese very filling (yogurt not so much so). Then, add ...BEANS! Five times a week...at least!! Filling to the max!! I'm starting to feel bloated just reading this! And nuts 5x a week...raw almonds are my primary snack food. Fish 2x a week. Then 8 glasses of water every DAY! Can you imagine adding water to all those fruits, vegetables, and grains?? I could not even function!! This advice must be for people with large stomachs...no thanks, I'll pass!!

The issue I have with dietary advice that recommends you eat so many servings or portions of something is that the recommendations I've seen never seem to specify what constitutes a serving or a portion. With prepared foods, you can check the label. One slice of my favorite whole-wheat bread is one portion or one serving. One serving of the pretzel nuggets I include in my lunch every day is ten pretzel nuggets. One serving of Ragu spaghetti sauce is one-half cup (doesn't sound like much, but when I got into the habit of measuring how much sauce I put on my spaghetti, I found a half a cup to be quite adequate).

But how do you tell with fresh fruits and vegetables? How much broccoli equals one serving? If an apple or a carrot is large enough, does it equal two servings? How do you tell?  Huh?
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« Reply #95 on: January 06, 2009, 11:47:53 pm »

Time to revive this thread! My fall resolution is to walk/run 20 miles a week. My son does 300 a week on his bike, so I think I can manage 20

Yee-haw!! I think I'm gonna make my goal this week, in fact, I've already walked/biked/climbed over 20 miles; love those elipticals!!

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« Reply #96 on: January 07, 2009, 11:27:14 am »

The issue I have with dietary advice that recommends you eat so many servings or portions of something is that the recommendations I've seen never seem to specify what constitutes a serving or a portion. With prepared foods, you can check the label. One slice of my favorite whole-wheat bread is one portion or one serving. One serving of the pretzel nuggets I include in my lunch every day is ten pretzel nuggets. One serving of Ragu spaghetti sauce is one-half cup (doesn't sound like much, but when I got into the habit of measuring how much sauce I put on my spaghetti, I found a half a cup to be quite adequate).

But how do you tell with fresh fruits and vegetables? How much broccoli equals one serving? If an apple or a carrot is large enough, does it equal two servings? How do you tell?  Huh?
I agree that this is a big problem, friend. And I also suspect (I always hear that word in Ennis' voice!) that a serving is a different size for different people. In my case, a 3 oz steak is quite adequate whereas for some ranch hands, 12 oz hits the spot (12 oz of steak on a plate just terrifies me!!).
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« Reply #97 on: January 07, 2009, 01:42:53 pm »

I believe four oz. is considered a portion of steak. I think Americans have gotten way off-kilter in their ideas about portion sizes. For example, I believe it wasn't until the late 1970s or so that McDonald's started offering medium- and large-size french fries. People just ate the regular size, which is the current small size, and that was fine. But then McDonald's realized they could sell more fries if they offered larger sizes, because while many people felt piggy ordering two smalls, they were comfortable ordering mediums or larges. Now a small seems like something made for a toddler.

That's one example of a trend that happened in a lot of different places, from bagels to big gulps to giant candy bars to restaurant portions in general and so on.

I saw a magazine article about a guy who lost weight simply by reducing the size of his plates from 12 inches to 9 inches. Apparently he has written a book about it. He moved into a 1940s house, and found his 12" dishes didn't fit in the cupboards!

I could relate, because I moved into a smallish 1940s house, and bought a 76-inch sofa, and the delivery guys couldn't get it in the front door. I had to exchange it for a 72-inch or something. But some furniture stores simply don't sell sofas at less than 80 inches. Now this week, I've been shopping for a new refrigerator. The placement of the cupboard above the fridge limits me to one smaller than 67 inches high. Those are very  difficult to find, these days -- I finally found a few, but they have to be special ordered. The current fridge is, I'm guessing, maybe 20 years old, and is less than 60" high, which practically constitutes a dorm-size compact these days.

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         Well?   we all get bigger with time,...   unfortunately.  Hence the profusion of diets these days/
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« Reply #99 on: January 09, 2009, 03:20:02 pm »

I'm not sure it is natural to get bigger in time. Even Alma's grandparents were described as "little." My parents shrank over the years. Lots of people lose weight as they age rather than gaining it.

I would like to share my most valuable exercise tip now. I decided that when I want to read in the next few months, I would do it while exercizing. Thus, I took my new edition of the New Yorker down to the clubhouse and perused it while walking on the treadmill and using the eliptical machine! It made the time go by very quickly, and before I got bored, I had run 7.5 miles!!

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         Well?   we all get bigger with time,...   unfortunately.  Hence the profusion of diets these days/

I'm not sure it is natural to get bigger in time. Even Alma's grandparents were described as "little." My parents shrank over the years. Lots of people lose weight as they age rather than gaining it.

Life is a bell curve. First you get larger, then you get smaller.
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« Reply #101 on: January 09, 2009, 03:29:26 pm »

I believe four oz. is considered a portion of steak. I think Americans have gotten way off-kilter in their ideas about portion sizes. For example, I believe it wasn't until the late 1970s or so that McDonald's started offering medium- and large-size french fries. People just ate the regular size, which is the current small size, and that was fine. But then McDonald's realized they could sell more fries if they offered larger sizes, because while many people felt piggy ordering two smalls, they were comfortable ordering mediums or larges. Now a small seems like something made for a toddler.

And yet, somehow, a "Quarter-pounder" sounds larger than "four ounces."  Huh?

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For years now I've ordinarly used just "luncheon" plates. Maybe it would help me to lose if I started eating dinner off a bread-and-butter plate.  Huh?

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Heh. And good luck trying to find one without an ice maker. ...  Undecided
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Heh. And good luck trying to find one without an ice maker. ...  Undecided

Why would you specifically want one without an ice maker?  Huh?

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I would like to share my most valuable exercise tip now. I decided that when I want to read in the next few months, I would do it while exercizing. Thus, I took my new edition of the New Yorker down to the clubhouse and perused it while walking on the treadmill and using the eliptical machine! It made the time go by very quickly, and before I got bored, I had run 7.5 miles!!




I got a treadmill delivered on Friday - my new fitness regime and spent the whole of the Mamma Mia movie (plus trailers) - 1hr 45mins on the treadmill. I was going 4.5km per hr most of the time, so did just under 8 km.

I dont run as I have bad knees but I love walking!
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« Reply #104 on: January 16, 2009, 09:19:16 pm »

It's easy to find a refrigerator without an ice maker.  You just have to buy low end.
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« Reply #105 on: January 17, 2009, 11:17:44 am »

It's easy to find a refrigerator without an ice maker.  You just have to buy low end.

This is true. I saw some while shopping.

I still don't know why you'd want that, though. If you absolutely oppose having your fridge make ice, just don't hook it up to a water line!

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« Reply #106 on: February 25, 2009, 03:35:08 pm »

Please join me in giving up a vice for Lent!! I am not particularly religious and barely even know what Lent is all about, but I love the European custom of austerity at this time of year. The vice that I am foreswearing is wine. There are a lot of empty calories in it and a glass of wine seems to go straight to my midsection!! (Yes, that includes the beer and hard stuff too--no more dry Manhattans until Easter!!) There are 100 calories in a 5-oz glass of wine, so this is an easy way to cut out 100-200 calories a day. Plus, I have more energy!!

Lent doesn't start until after Mardi Gras, so I'll give you some time to think about which vice you want to give up. However, since I've already made my decision, I'm starting now this weekend!!

It's decision time, everyone! Time to kiss your favourite vice goodbye until Easter! (BetterMost surfing is NOT a vice!!)
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« Reply #107 on: February 25, 2009, 04:48:57 pm »

Why would you specifically want one without an ice maker?  Huh?

My building was built--and the kitchens were laid out--back in the days before ice makers were common. There is no water line near the place in the kitchen where the refrigerator stands. It would be kinda dumb to buy a refrigerator with an ice maker when there is no water line to which to hook it.  Undecided
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« Reply #108 on: February 25, 2009, 04:57:28 pm »

It's easy to find a refrigerator without an ice maker.  You just have to buy low end.

This is true. I saw some while shopping.

That was not my experience here when I replaced the refrigerator. All the reputable appliance dealers--even Sears--had were models with ice makers--because they cost more so the consumer spends more. You had to work at finding a model without an ice maker.

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See preceding post.
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« Reply #109 on: February 25, 2009, 05:00:35 pm »

It's decision time, everyone! Time to kiss your favourite vice goodbye until Easter! (BetterMost surfing is NOT a vice!!)

No more chili for supper on Fridays.
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« Reply #110 on: February 25, 2009, 06:39:40 pm »

Oh, I have the same situation. I'm told I could have a pipe run across the basement ceiling and up into the wall behind the fridge, which I may eventually do, but I don't know if it's worth it just to make ice.

Of course, if you live in an apartment or condo, I guess it would be more difficult.

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No more beans!

No wait -- beans are good for you. How about no more sheep?

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« Reply #111 on: February 25, 2009, 09:10:24 pm »

Sheep are good for you too.
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« Reply #112 on: February 25, 2009, 09:19:12 pm »

Sheep are good for you too.

We're supposed to guard the sheep, not eat 'em.

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« Reply #113 on: February 25, 2009, 11:42:16 pm »

We're supposed to guard the sheep, not eat 'em.

What'sa matter with you? There're a thousand of 'em.

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« Reply #114 on: February 25, 2009, 11:43:33 pm »

Oh, I have the same situation. I'm told I could have a pipe run across the basement ceiling and up into the wall behind the fridge, which I may eventually do, but I don't know if it's worth it just to make ice.

Of course, if you live in an apartment or condo, I guess it would be more difficult.

Trust me on this one, it would be a lot more complicated.  Undecided
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« Reply #115 on: May 27, 2009, 04:38:35 am »

How soup can help you lose weight
By Jack Challoner

In the battle to lose weight, hunger is the dieter's worst enemy. But research has revealed a simple aid to taming the appetite: soup. It's dieting's best kept secret says one science writer.

Imagine a typical lunchtime meal - say, chicken and vegetables with a glass of water.

If you eat the food and drink the water, you will feel full for a couple of hours before hunger kicks in. But if you blend the food with the water - to make soup - you will stay hunger-free for much longer, and less likely to snack through the afternoon.

How can blending the food into soup make such a difference? The answer lies in the stomach. Scientists have used ultrasound and MRI scans of people's stomachs to investigate what happens after eating solid-food-plus-water meals compared with the same food made into soup.

After you eat a meal, the pyloric sphincter valve at the bottom of your stomach holds food back so that the digestive juices can get to work.

Water, however, passes straight through the sphincter to your intestines, so drinking water does not contribute to "filling you up".

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When you eat the same meal as a soup, the whole mixture remains in the stomach, because the water and food are blended together. The scientists' scans confirm that the stomach stays fuller for longer, staving off those hunger pangs.

The key to this low-tech weapon against hunger is a hormone called ghrelin. It is one of the major players in the body's appetite system.

Discovered as recently as 1999, ghrelin is released by specialised cells in the stomach wall.

'Cupcake circuit'

These cells produce a constant stream of ghrelin whenever the stomach is empty. The ghrelin travels via the blood stream to the brain's appetite centre, an organ called the hypothalamus. As a result, the hypothalamus screams "You are hungry - find food."

But whenever the stomach wall is stretched - when the stomach is full - the cells stop producing ghrelin, and the hypothalamus responds accordingly, turning off the appetite signal. The longer the stomach remains full, the longer you feel satisfied and the less you are likely to eat.

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Vegetable soup is best
It produces a more consistent blend
And it is generally has less calories than chicken or fish soup
The stomach gradually empties, just slower for the soup than the solid meal plus water. The BBC staged an experiment for the programme 10 Things You Need to Know About Losing Weight to test this theory. In this experiment, and in previous experiments, participants reported feeling full for up to an hour-and-a-half longer than their solid meal counterparts.

Although some researchers refer to appetite as "the cupcake circuit", the mechanism behind human appetite evolved long before cupcakes were invented - at a time when food was scarce.

As a result, we are hardwired to eat high-calorie foods, which are unfortunately so abundant in the modern world.

Finding ways to control the appetite signal is crucial if we are to stave off the meteoric rise in obesity. Food scientists and pharmaceutical companies alike are on a major quest to find ways to do just that.

Appetite is one of the most researched areas of weight-loss science. Unfortunately, the appetite system is complex, and still poorly understood.

There are probably dozens of hormones that play a role in regulating appetite. Of those that have already been discovered, there is one that is released after eating protein-rich meals (called PYY), one that is released by fat cells (leptin) and several that respond to the presence of any kind of food.

But of all the hormones that make up the appetite system, it is ghrelin that has caused the most interest. In addition to its role in sending the "stomach empty" signal to the brain, ghrelin also promotes fat storage.

Even worse, it inhibits the breakdown of stored fat during times of weight loss. Inject ghrelin into the bloodstream of a rat and the animal eats insatiably - and quickly becomes obese.

In 2006, scientists at the Scripps Research Centre in the US developed a vaccine to counteract the influence of ghrelin, in an attempt to control appetite.

It is still undergoing clinical trials - so for now, the best and simplest way to keep hunger at bay is to reduce your stomach's release of ghrelin: blend your food into a healthy, voluminous soup. The best sort? Vegetable soup, as it produces a more consistent blend and is generally lower calorie than chicken or fish soup.

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« Reply #116 on: May 27, 2009, 05:30:28 am »

I´ve started working out this week. Finally! I´ve been thinking on it for a long time, but have been to tired. But now when the summer is here and it´s sunny, I feel energized. A couple of years ago I used to go to the gym regulary, but then I grew tired of it. This time around I´ll get my exercise outdoors. I´ve been going for long walks lately and it´s real nice. We´ve a real nice park here in my town with hilly, wood areas that makes for a good and quite straineous trek.


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« Reply #117 on: May 27, 2009, 11:21:22 am »

Good for you, friend! You're setting the stage to have a much more enjoyable summer! Keep it up!
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« Reply #118 on: May 31, 2009, 01:58:11 pm »

Hiya Monika!

I hear you about being outside.

I've started to go for two 5-mile walk/jogs on the weekends when the weather is good.  I work up a good sweat, and get myself into the sun for some color.
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« Reply #119 on: May 31, 2009, 02:36:51 pm »

Hiya Monika!

I hear you about being outside.

I've started to go for two 5-mile walk/jogs on the weekends when the weather is good.  I work up a good sweat, and get myself into the sun for some color.


I'm just coming back in from a walk myself - like you say it's great to be able to work on both your booty and tan at the same time Afro

Chuck, do you walk around in your neighbourhood or do you go somewhere else?
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« Reply #120 on: May 31, 2009, 02:59:41 pm »

Chuck, do you walk around in your neighbourhood or do you go somewhere else?

Oh, I walk through the next town up...

I'm near the border of the next town, so I go up the hill, and walk through the neighboring town and back to my home.
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« Reply #121 on: January 10, 2011, 02:25:15 pm »

For those of us who want to step up our fitness level but don't necessarily want to diet, I thought I would revive this thread. Thinking about working out in a gym or fitness center? I'll be glad to answer your questions! I have three centers I can visit. One is just down the hill from my house, another is in the building I work in, and the third is just down the road from my mother's house. I feel very fortunate and make time to visit one or more of these places several times a week. Do you have questions about how to use the machines, gym etiquette, or how to make the best use of your time? Ask here!
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« Reply #122 on: January 02, 2013, 02:08:53 pm »

Anyone interested in reviving this thread for the New Year?

I was just reading an interesting article on 9 habits that may do more harm than good.

One that spoke to me was about only doing a cardio routine during your workout. If you do the same cardio routine day in day out, your body stops getting much benefit from it. I'm ready to change up my routine for the New Year!
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« Reply #123 on: January 07, 2013, 12:40:29 pm »

I need to lose all my baby and xmas weight, so yes! Finishing off the xmas goodies and then I'll start!

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« Reply #124 on: January 07, 2013, 01:00:46 pm »

Yay, Kelda! Chuck was also commenting on holiday sweets, which made me notice that there's still a big bowl of Halloween candy sitting on the counter in our break room! The best thing to do IMO for coworkers is to bag all this stuff up and put it discretely in the trash! We also have a diabetic person in our office who can't eat sweets but he is always going out and buying them for everybody else. Well, that's not really appreciated by me, for one.

But I am tempted anyway, sometimes especially in the afternoons. I manage to avoid eating too many sweets by imagining them pasted onto my thighs, waist and rear, wrappers and all. That usually tends to spoil the appeal for me!

Another small thing that helps is that I usually have some kind of fruit for breakfast. Today it's a clementine and a banana, but usually I eat a banana and some berries or grapes. I also often eat a fruit side dish for lunch or dinner. Today I have a relish that includes cranberries, dates, and oranges. These tend to curb the sugar cravings. I don't drink sugary beverages or sweet ones, but I do put milk in my coffee or tea. Milk has sugar in it, but it's good for your body because it is in balance with the protein and carbs that are also in milk.
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« Reply #125 on: January 08, 2013, 02:48:04 pm »

Sometimes small changes can make a big difference. There was a wonderful machine at one place I worked that brewed individual cups of coffee to taste. I always chose the decaf coffee with milk option but got suspicious when I started to gain weight. As I was waiting for my coffee to brew one day, I looked in the trash and saw a discarded container of Carnation shelf stable "creamer" that the machine technician had thrown out when he serviced the machine. Checking online, I found out that this "milk" was actually approximately one-half soy oil and one-half corn syrup. No more "milk" in my coffee! Soy oil and corn syrup have insinuated their way into a whole slew of food products, particularly the lower priced brands, and they are contributing to the obesity-without-nutrition epidemic among the poor.
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« Reply #126 on: January 09, 2013, 02:44:58 pm »

I need to lose all my baby and xmas weight, so yes! Finishing off the xmas goodies and then I'll start!



Kelda I started weightwatchers 2 weeks ago. It works!! And it's so easy with their new prop points system. I don't know why I didn't try it a long time ago. I tried Rosemary Conley and that was FAR too strict. Tried Slimming World and I put weight on!! My first week on WW and I lost 3lbs!! I'm exercising as well though. I've got a DVD and I do  minutes of aerobics twice a day. It's Rosemary Conley's fat attack DVD. I can't do her diets but her DVD's are good and this one is fun. Best of luck with losing the pounds. You can do it.  Smiley
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« Reply #127 on: January 09, 2013, 06:27:38 pm »

Lovely graphic with suggestions about how to stock your pantry with healthy staples: http://www.fitsugar.com/Basic-Healthy-Pantry-Items-26681923
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« Reply #128 on: January 11, 2013, 01:25:12 pm »

Thanks Souxi. Plan to start back using my fitness pal app. That worked well for me last time.
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« Reply #129 on: January 21, 2015, 01:00:17 pm »

Well, friends, it is that time of the year again! Time to start thinking about giving up some vice for a while and starting to get fit for spring activities. I have a ton of gardening stuff planned for this spring, in addition to the usual mountain climbing and hiking, so I have to get in shape. I babysit two active toddlers twice a week, so that is a good start. In my new community there is a rec center nearby. I have to go over there and check it out. Fortunately, I'm at my goal weight but need to do a little fine tuning of my diet. There's some good info in this thread and we all need to do this together and share what works...and what doesn't!
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« Reply #130 on: February 20, 2015, 03:48:28 pm »

For Lent I gave up a particularly sweet caffeinated soda that has been my vice for years now. (I don't give things up for Lent every year, but when I do I try to make it something meaningful.)

I need to get back to the gym. With all the schoolwork I've had lately that has kind of fallen by the wayside. For a while I was doing 4-5miles on the elliptical 4-5days/week and feeling really good.

Goal weight is still far away, but I'm hoping giving up the soda and getting back to the gym will kick start it. The rest of my diet is honestly pretty healthy. We have tons of fruit/veggies around and apart from the soda, we eat 'real food' - very little processed or artificial ingredients. It's just that damn soda.

This is Day 3 without it. They say the first 3 days are the worst. Fingers crossed.  Tongue
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« Reply #131 on: September 09, 2015, 09:26:19 am »

Well, it's just about that time of year again, the time my body starts to crave carbs.  Undecided

My weight is definitely trending up. The trousers are getting a bit tight.  Undecided
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« Reply #132 on: September 12, 2015, 03:43:09 pm »

So, of course, here I am pissing and moaning about my weight trending upward, so what did I do today? At farmers' market I bought a slice of shoo-fly pie to have for dessert after dinner this evening, and a sticky bun for breakfast tomorrow morning!  laugh

( I gotta laugh at myself. ...)
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« Reply #133 on: September 12, 2015, 04:27:57 pm »

I thought they sold fruit and vegetables at the farmers market, not shoo-fly pie and sticky buns? Perhaps I should quote to you from the article I was reading this morning about where most GMO foods are derived from corn, soy, or sugar beets. Anything with corn syrup, soy flour or milk, or sugar, is suspect. That includes meat, fish, chicken, etc., which are fed GMO-treated feed.

I don't have a quarrel with genetically modified foods per se. Hybridization of plants has yielded some vast improvements. But things have gotten out of control. Factory farmed plants are treated so they are immune to certain herbicides. That in itself is neither bad nor good, but then planes fly over the crops dousing them with herbicides to kill the weeds. So the plant grows up in a wash of chemicals.  Tongue
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« Reply #134 on: September 12, 2015, 06:33:21 pm »

I thought they sold fruit and vegetables at the farmers market, not shoo-fly pie and sticky buns?

I wish I had stock in the Amish baked-goods stand at Reading Terminal farmers' market. They practically mint money with all the breads and cakes and pies and other Amish-made baked goods that they sell. Frequently customers are lined up three deep in front of that stand.
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« Reply #135 on: September 12, 2015, 07:29:15 pm »

On second thought, shoo-fly pie might earn a pass. I was just reading in the Farmers Almanac that it's made with molasses, not corn sugar. Molasses is not popular enough to get the GMO treatment.
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« Reply #136 on: September 12, 2015, 09:29:19 pm »

On second thought, shoo-fly pie might earn a pass. I was just reading in the Farmers Almanac that it's made with molasses, not corn sugar. Molasses is not popular enough to get the GMO treatment.

Yup. Molasses is a by-product of sugar refining.
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« Reply #137 on: September 12, 2015, 10:32:43 pm »

Yup. Molasses is a by-product of sugar refining.

Oh bummer. If it's a byproduct of sugar cane refining, then it's probably all right. But the overwhelming majority of sugar beets are GMO.
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« Reply #138 on: September 13, 2015, 03:02:40 am »

Oh bummer. If it's a byproduct of sugar cane refining, then it's probably all right. But the overwhelming majority of sugar beets are GMO.

As far as I know, it's a by-product of sugar can refining. You make rum by distilling molasses. I never heard of getting molasses from sugar beets.
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« Reply #139 on: September 13, 2015, 10:32:45 pm »

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« Reply #140 on: January 23, 2016, 01:47:38 pm »

So this made me happy this morning.

During the week and a half I was away for my dad's surgery, my normal eating patterns were seriously disrupted. I ate more than a few diner dinners, some days I had no lunch (one day "lunch" was a Milky Way  laugh ), I did little cooking at my dad's house, and I had two dinners of Pennsylvania Dutch chicken pot pie (not a pie, but a chicken stew with some potatoes and large numbers of egg noodles).

But when I weighed myself this morning, I had gained only a pound or two of weight, an amount that will easily come off as I get back into my normal eating patterns. This made me happy because I feared that I had gained a lot more weight than that--although I had noticed that my trousers had not gotten tighter during that period.
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« Reply #141 on: January 23, 2016, 02:08:31 pm »

But when I weighed myself this morning, I had gained only a pound or two of weight, an amount that will easily come off as I get back into my normal eating patterns. This made me happy because I feared that I had gained a lot more weight than that--although I had noticed that my trousers had not gotten tighter during that period.

Yay! The operative words here are "get back into my normal eating patterns."

I had to take my cat to the vet yesterday which resulted in long waits in a sterile examination room. I hit the vending machines twice and ate things I haven't eaten in decades! So I know a little of what you experienced.
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« Reply #142 on: January 23, 2016, 02:50:15 pm »

Yay! The operative words here are "get back into my normal eating patterns."

Absolutely! Supper last night--after I got back home to Philadelphia--was a grilled chicken breast with some left-over rice that I had in the refrigerator, and peas, with one slice of whole wheat bread and one serving of ginger snaps (three cookies) for dessert.

Tonight supper will be a grilled pork chop, but I haven't yet decided what I'm going to have with it. And probably another serving of ginger snaps. I'd like to get all those cookies used up before Lent, but I'm afraid to do that I'm going to have give some (many?) away. I laid in too large a supply for this winter, and Lent begins in about two and a half weeks.
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« Reply #143 on: January 23, 2016, 04:19:35 pm »

I thought they sold fruit and vegetables at the farmers market, not shoo-fly pie and sticky buns? Perhaps I should quote to you from the article I was reading this morning about where most GMO foods are derived from corn, soy, or sugar beets. Anything with corn syrup, soy flour or milk, or sugar, is suspect. That includes meat, fish, chicken, etc., which are fed GMO-treated feed.

I don't have a quarrel with genetically modified foods per se. Hybridization of plants has yielded some vast improvements. But things have gotten out of control. Factory farmed plants are treated so they are immune to certain herbicides. That in itself is neither bad nor good, but then planes fly over the crops dousing them with herbicides to kill the weeds. So the plant grows up in a wash of chemicals.  Tongue

Hunh. I thought the point of genetically modifying plants was to make them immune to the herbs, not the cides. That is, to make them more resistant to things that they would otherwise use chemicals to kill.

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« Reply #144 on: January 23, 2016, 05:43:28 pm »

Hunh. I thought the point of genetically modifying plants was to make them immune to the herbs, not the cides. That is, to make them more resistant to things that they would otherwise use chemicals to kill.

Me, too. Especially insects, fungi, etc., and also drought.  Huh?
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« Reply #145 on: January 24, 2016, 03:41:30 pm »

But when I weighed myself this morning, I had gained only a pound or two of weight, an amount that will easily come off as I get back into my normal eating patterns. This made me happy because I feared that I had gained a lot more weight than that--although I had noticed that my trousers had not gotten tighter during that period.


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« Reply #146 on: January 25, 2016, 11:23:40 pm »

Me, too. Especially insects, fungi, etc., and also drought.  Huh?

Nope. The GMO plants are called "Roundup ready". That means you can spray and spray and spray them with Roundup (neonicticides) and they won't die.
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« Reply #147 on: January 25, 2016, 11:25:37 pm »

Jeff, I am also getting ready for Lent. I always give up alcohol drinks for Lent. I like to start early so I have a few days "banked" in case I need to have a glass of wine or something while I'm out on the town or at someone's house.
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« Reply #148 on: January 26, 2016, 09:30:35 am »

Yeah, Ash Wednesday is early this year, Feb. 10th.

That means I need to decoarte my cube for Mardi Gras next week.  lol
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« Reply #149 on: January 26, 2016, 10:34:16 am »

I'm not quite back to my usual eating habits. It's kind of heard breaking the habit of eating like a normal person--that is, somebody who isn't constantly fretting about his weight.
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« Reply #150 on: January 27, 2016, 09:38:08 am »

Yeah, that can be the hardest part, breaking the holiday food cycle.
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« Reply #151 on: February 21, 2016, 04:35:36 pm »

I seem to be gaining weight again.  Sad  However, this afternoon I tried on all my warm-weather pants (chinos,khakis, Dockers), and I can still wear them. They're not too tight.
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« Reply #152 on: February 21, 2016, 07:43:41 pm »

well, that's good!
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« Reply #153 on: February 22, 2016, 10:35:55 am »

Weight is definitely up this morning.  Sad
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« Reply #154 on: March 28, 2016, 10:21:34 am »

OK, I seem to have gained four pounds since Friday morning. How is that even possible?  Sad

And this morning I feel hungry enough to eat the proverbial horse!  Sad
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