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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #150 on: January 03, 2018, 05:37:50 AM »
I'm at home today and doing really well. Had coffee, a banana and oatmeal (from water, not milk) for breakfast and I know this will keep me going for hours.

My biggest problem is eating at work. We don't have lunch breaks, we eat at our desks while we're working. You can't buy food anywhere on the premises and nowhere on the business park where our office is located. I bike to work (about 5k one way, not a very long trip) and when I don't eat enough, I get very sudden dizzy spells and feel very tired. Once or twice a year, I'll even faint. I'm always a bit scared I'll hit the wall at work and have a difficult time getting back home - we don't have a car and there's no bus.

For that reason I always bring in loads of emergency food. I don't have a locker or desk drawer at work, so it's all stacked on my desk just in case and then I end up eating it. The 'emergency food' is also not the kind of food you need to eat for nutrition (quick carbs, like a can of regular soda or a piece of chocolate) I really need to get out of the habit of eating my emergency food when I'm bored at work, which is all the time.

Why not stock healthier emergency food? Or at least less tempting foods?
I keep Vega One meal replacement shake at my office. It's filling, high in nutrition, and doesn't taste very good, so I will never drink it unless I need to.


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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #151 on: January 03, 2018, 06:35:33 AM »
Yesterday went pretty well - I stuck to my 1350 calories pretty easily.  I did still want to eat after dinner, so I sliced up a cucumber.  I also did terrible on the water.  I try to drink 4 30 oz servings, and yesterday I think I only had 3, but I also had a diet soda, which made me feel dehydrated.  Does anyone else drink diet soda, and do you try to drink even more water to compensate?

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #152 on: January 03, 2018, 06:57:48 AM »
I'm at home today and doing really well. Had coffee, a banana and oatmeal (from water, not milk) for breakfast and I know this will keep me going for hours.

My biggest problem is eating at work. We don't have lunch breaks, we eat at our desks while we're working. You can't buy food anywhere on the premises and nowhere on the business park where our office is located. I bike to work (about 5k one way, not a very long trip) and when I don't eat enough, I get very sudden dizzy spells and feel very tired. Once or twice a year, I'll even faint. I'm always a bit scared I'll hit the wall at work and have a difficult time getting back home - we don't have a car and there's no bus.

For that reason I always bring in loads of emergency food. I don't have a locker or desk drawer at work, so it's all stacked on my desk just in case and then I end up eating it. The 'emergency food' is also not the kind of food you need to eat for nutrition (quick carbs, like a can of regular soda or a piece of chocolate) I really need to get out of the habit of eating my emergency food when I'm bored at work, which is all the time.

Could you put your emergency food in a small box on your desk and tape it shut? Maybe put a note on it saying "are you bored or shaky hungry?" That way it wouldn't just be staring at you all day.

DH and I have successfully not eaten dessert and not missed it at all this year. We tried jumping straight into the intermittent fasting and I got hungry...but way too miserably hungry. Anyone else go straight from no hunger to gnaw off your own arm with zero in between steps? I think we'll ease into this by reducing portions before dropping meals. (We do fast occasionally and love it so going without food isn't a huge hardship.)

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #153 on: January 03, 2018, 06:59:10 AM »

I've lost two pounds - I'm sure it's more water weight than actual one but I'll take it :) I've cut out all carbs except for a tiny portion. Surprisingly it's not been that hard to switch. I've also noticed that I eat more sweets now (and ate some ice cream and sweets for new year). I usually hate sweets but developed a liking for them during my second pregnancy and am still holding on to it six months later. Time to kick the habit back to curb. My routine is crazy and I don't have much leeway into building in exercises. The only exercise I get is carrying a 17 lb baby. Has anyone lost weight only with diet changes? How important is exercise in a weight loss journey?

You absolutely do not need exercise for weight loss.


+1 for me. I lost 30 lbs in 2016 and did not exercise at all - I don't even have a dog to walk and have an extremely sedentary job. For the record, I'm not proud of that, but I was working and going to grad school full time (still am), and it wasn't reasonable for me to demand that I also work out 3x per week, so I decided to just do food changes, and it worked. I was pretty strict with my diet though. I already did not ever drink soda or eat fast food (except pizza), so I didn't have a lot of easy places to cut. Alcohol was one, and other than that it was all about portion size, and (as I said to Tris Prior above), letting myself be hungry. You can totally do this, especially with a baby to run around after.

If you focus on it, you can try to get some more movement than you would normally too, such as when you lift the baby....lift him/her all the way in the air, and then do it 5 or 10 times and go about your business, but overall I think exercise is for long term health and fitness, and eating is for losing weight. I do not deny that every body is different, but that is how it worked for me, so don't be discouraged, it could totally work for you too!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #154 on: January 03, 2018, 07:05:58 AM »
Yesterday went pretty well - I stuck to my 1350 calories pretty easily.  I did still want to eat after dinner, so I sliced up a cucumber.  I also did terrible on the water.  I try to drink 4 30 oz servings, and yesterday I think I only had 3, but I also had a diet soda, which made me feel dehydrated.  Does anyone else drink diet soda, and do you try to drink even more water to compensate?

I recommend cutting soda entirely if you can stand it. I used to drink soda (a long time ago), and now when I sip one it tastes gross to me (which is awesome, because it has no redeeming health qualities). I'm not sure what sort of job you have, but I have a water bottle on my desk (750ml), and I just go to the watercooler and fill it several times a day. When I first started, I set an alarm for myself to fill it every two hours. When the alarm went off, if I hadn't emptied it, I would drink the whole thing down and refill. Now I don't need the alarm anymore, I just get thirsty and finish it. Great job with the cucumber, that is a really good snack! I like to dip mine in hummus or salsa to get a little extra flavor sometimes, but you do have to watch the calories on the hummus. Fresh salsa is very low in calories though.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #155 on: January 03, 2018, 07:17:10 AM »
I'm in!  I started my second round of Whole30 yesterday.  On my first round (March 2017) I ate compliant for 59 days and lost 11 lbs, which got me to my prepregnancy weight.  I would like to will lose 14 lbs by June 1 .   I know Whole30 is not supposed to be a weight loss diet, but I have tried so many other programs and this is the only one that I have been able to stick to.

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4/27/2017 (The last day of Whole30 Round 1)
Weight: 144 lbs
Arms: 11"
Waist: 33.9
Hips: 39.6"
Thighs: 21.9"

1/2/2018 (Whole30 Round 2 Day 1)
Weight: 142.4 lbs
Neck: 13.5"
Arms: 10.5
Waist: 34.5"
Hips: 39.5
Thighs: 21."

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #156 on: January 03, 2018, 07:27:15 AM »
Okay, so I'm horribly failing today. Co-worker 1 came back from a 6 month placement in the US and brought small candybars, I took 3. Co-worker 2 came back from a trip to Norway and brought some Norwegian cookies, I took too many.

I really need to be able to limit myself to ONE cookie/candy/chocolate if I get offered some. I'm perfectly fine not buying anything myself, but somehow if someone else puts cookies on the table I can't resist to keep taking another one. Maybe it's my free food radar? Any advice?

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #157 on: January 03, 2018, 07:51:37 AM »
Okay, so I'm horribly failing today. Co-worker 1 came back from a 6 month placement in the US and brought small candybars, I took 3. Co-worker 2 came back from a trip to Norway and brought some Norwegian cookies, I took too many.

I really need to be able to limit myself to ONE cookie/candy/chocolate if I get offered some. I'm perfectly fine not buying anything myself, but somehow if someone else puts cookies on the table I can't resist to keep taking another one. Maybe it's my free food radar? Any advice?

So I am terrible when it comes to things like that.  I absolutely have a free food radar and will help myself.  One thing that helps me is to chug a glass of water before eating anything sugary.  It helps fill me up so I don't eat as much.
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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #158 on: January 03, 2018, 07:57:50 AM »
Day 3 of using MFP - I don't like it.  It takes forever to log my food.  And the calorie limit for me is so low I can eat it by 2pm.  I can report that the challenge with inputting an item has made me actually not bother to eat it.  Maybe that is the point.
Morning weigh in had more space below the 135lb line on the scale.
I do not want to go outside.  Yesterday I did shovel some snow and walk in the mall with daughter but it is too frigging cold.  Today it is also windy so I still don't want to go outside.
Last night I brushed and flossed my teeth right after dinner.  I am so lazy about flossing that I will avoid a snack and just drink water if I have already flossed.
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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #159 on: January 03, 2018, 08:19:39 AM »
Yesterday went pretty well - I stuck to my 1350 calories pretty easily.  I did still want to eat after dinner, so I sliced up a cucumber.  I also did terrible on the water.  I try to drink 4 30 oz servings, and yesterday I think I only had 3, but I also had a diet soda, which made me feel dehydrated.  Does anyone else drink diet soda, and do you try to drink even more water to compensate?

I recommend cutting soda entirely if you can stand it. I used to drink soda (a long time ago), and now when I sip one it tastes gross to me (which is awesome, because it has no redeeming health qualities). I'm not sure what sort of job you have, but I have a water bottle on my desk (750ml), and I just go to the watercooler and fill it several times a day. When I first started, I set an alarm for myself to fill it every two hours. When the alarm went off, if I hadn't emptied it, I would drink the whole thing down and refill. Now I don't need the alarm anymore, I just get thirsty and finish it. Great job with the cucumber, that is a really good snack! I like to dip mine in hummus or salsa to get a little extra flavor sometimes, but you do have to watch the calories on the hummus. Fresh salsa is very low in calories though.

Soda is a never-ending temptation for me.  I get bored or want to eat and let the fizz substitute food when I'm not actually hungry.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #160 on: January 03, 2018, 08:21:34 AM »
I'm in!  I started my second round of Whole30 yesterday.  On my first round (March 2017) I ate compliant for 59 days and lost 11 lbs, which got me to my prepregnancy weight. I would like to will lose 14 lbs by June 1.

Great self-edit - this likely explains much of your great success!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #161 on: January 03, 2018, 08:30:14 AM »
I'm in!  I started my second round of Whole30 yesterday.  On my first round (March 2017) I ate compliant for 59 days and lost 11 lbs, which got me to my prepregnancy weight. I would like to will lose 14 lbs by June 1.

Great self-edit - this likely explains much of your great success!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #162 on: January 03, 2018, 08:43:11 AM »
Okay, so I'm horribly failing today. Co-worker 1 came back from a 6 month placement in the US and brought small candybars, I took 3. Co-worker 2 came back from a trip to Norway and brought some Norwegian cookies, I took too many.

I really need to be able to limit myself to ONE cookie/candy/chocolate if I get offered some. I'm perfectly fine not buying anything myself, but somehow if someone else puts cookies on the table I can't resist to keep taking another one. Maybe it's my free food radar? Any advice?

So I am terrible when it comes to things like that.  I absolutely have a free food radar and will help myself.  One thing that helps me is to chug a glass of water before eating anything sugary.  It helps fill me up so I don't eat as much.

Hmm, I actually had a big cup of tea (it requires three 'machine cup'-amounts to fill it up, I guess around 400-450 ml) on the side so that doesn't seem to work :(. Especially as I like dipping the cookies in the tea.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #163 on: January 03, 2018, 08:53:14 AM »
Instead of focusing on ďRAWR! I will NEVER FAILĒ kind of thinking, why not instead aim to eat really well the vast majority of the time. I always say that my favourite thing about eating so healthy most of the time is that I donít have to worry if I sometimes want to stuff my face with pizza or chocolate. When I pig out, I enjoy it, immediately regret and laugh at myself about the indegestion, and say ďwell that was fun but gross, and Iím glad I donít eat that way normallyĒ. I donít feel like Iíve failed. What is there to fail at??

This is basically how I've lived my life for the past..... 15 years or so? Mostly eaten really well. Not counted calories. Ate when I'm hungry, stopped when I'm satisfied. Didn't stuff myself. Mostly didn't eat my feelings. Went overboard now and then at a restaurant meal, but went back to pretty-healthy eating the next day. This resulted in a sudden 10-lb weight gain this summer. So I worry that my body can't handle that sort of eating any more, since I'm getting older and approaching menopause.

You've got a point though about attitude. I am pretty disgusted and angry with myself for gaining back weight I've kept off for decades. Keep hearing all the things the kids at school used to taunt me with (I was bullied horribly for my weight all through childhood and high school until I lost weight). I am not sure how to be nicer to myself around this.

Day 3 of using MFP - I don't like it.  It takes forever to log my food.  And the calorie limit for me is so low I can eat it by 2pm.  I can report that the challenge with inputting an item has made me actually not bother to eat it.  Maybe that is the point.


I feel exactly the same way. My calorie limit too is low enough (even after changing my weight loss goal to 0.5 lbs/week) that I can easily blow through it by lunch unless I am seriously white-knuckling it and constantly fighting the urge to eat. elaine's suggestion upthread of weighing the apple before and after eating it - while yes, I realize, is necessary if I'm going to be accurate - makes me want to cry and just give up on this entire thing. Just the tracking that I am doing is taking up so much of my mental energy. I can't eat anything Boyfriend cooks if I want to track accurately, because he doesn't measure ingredients, he just tosses stuff in a pan (though I asked him to measure everything the last time he cooked for both of us and he complained, but did do it.).

haha, yeah, maybe that is the point - tracking is too tedious, easier to just not eat!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #164 on: January 03, 2018, 09:25:44 AM »
Okay, so I'm horribly failing today. Co-worker 1 came back from a 6 month placement in the US and brought small candybars, I took 3. Co-worker 2 came back from a trip to Norway and brought some Norwegian cookies, I took too many.

I really need to be able to limit myself to ONE cookie/candy/chocolate if I get offered some. I'm perfectly fine not buying anything myself, but somehow if someone else puts cookies on the table I can't resist to keep taking another one. Maybe it's my free food radar? Any advice?

My employer provides free food (including desserts, snacks, etc). At first, I found this super challenging, and I actually gained 10 pounds. I now have a strict "no treats at work" policy. I find that it's easier not to have ANY. If I say, I can just have one or whatever, as soon as I have the first, my will power is gone.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #165 on: January 03, 2018, 09:35:33 AM »
I started the year recovering from noroviris (thanks, family!) and am finally feeling recovered enough to plan my initial weight loss strategy. I've been fit and trim before, so I know what to do. I just have to get organized and follow through. I'm feeling positive because DH also wants to lose a few pounds. He's one of those annoying people who has been able to eat just about anything, but lately he's been having some health issues that point to him needing to clean up his diet. For January, I plan to do the following:
1) Eat 3 to 4 meals per day. Each meal will have a source of protein.
2) No cheese. I'm vegetarian, would like to eat more 100% vegan meals, and cheese is a source of concentrated calories.
3) Exercise in an intentional way 3-4 days per week. This can include running, biking, yoga and resistance training.

We got off to a good start yesterday with grocery shopping. I put all the fruit in a bowl on the counter so DH sees it. Our meal plan for the week includes a mix of easy to cook meals and more experimental items to keep things interesting. I did a 20 minute yoga video yesterday. Tried to do another one this morning, but I got shaky after 15 minutes. I'm still not 100% healthy, so I didn't want to push it too far.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #166 on: January 03, 2018, 09:37:04 AM »
Count me in. Enough is enough.

I have put on about 25kgs (55lbs) over the past 4years and am now about 30kgs (66lbs) above my ideal weight. I canít keep piling on the weight so need to overhaul my current lifestyle.

Up until 4 years ago I exercised intensely around 5 days a week, plus walked our dog daily. Then I moved overseas, stopped exercising and adopted a completely sedentary life with lots of eating hotel buffet breakfasts and room service meals (due to massive work travel). I also developed a habit of eating a pastry with my morning coffee several days a week when not travelling for work and having fast food lunches due to a lack of other options near my office, and being too lazy to pre-make lunch. Yes, none of these poor habits are moustachian in any way, so this is an issue too. I also go back for seconds at dinner most nights, as DW is a great cook and always makes far more than we can eat.

In June I will be a groomsman at my friends wedding. These days I avoid being photographed as I am pretty embarrassed with how Iíve let myself go, but wonít be able to avoid the wedding photographer, so will use this as motivation. I want to look sharp in my tux 😁.


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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #167 on: January 03, 2018, 09:38:55 AM »
Yesterday went pretty well - I stuck to my 1350 calories pretty easily.  I did still want to eat after dinner, so I sliced up a cucumber.  I also did terrible on the water.  I try to drink 4 30 oz servings, and yesterday I think I only had 3, but I also had a diet soda, which made me feel dehydrated.  Does anyone else drink diet soda, and do you try to drink even more water to compensate?

I recommend cutting soda entirely if you can stand it. I used to drink soda (a long time ago), and now when I sip one it tastes gross to me (which is awesome, because it has no redeeming health qualities). I'm not sure what sort of job you have, but I have a water bottle on my desk (750ml), and I just go to the watercooler and fill it several times a day. When I first started, I set an alarm for myself to fill it every two hours. When the alarm went off, if I hadn't emptied it, I would drink the whole thing down and refill. Now I don't need the alarm anymore, I just get thirsty and finish it. Great job with the cucumber, that is a really good snack! I like to dip mine in hummus or salsa to get a little extra flavor sometimes, but you do have to watch the calories on the hummus. Fresh salsa is very low in calories though.

Soda is a never-ending temptation for me.  I get bored or want to eat and let the fizz substitute food when I'm not actually hungry.

I understand. It's a real addiction, and one that I'm pretty sure it was designed to have. Have you tried those sparkling waters that are becoming so popular? Maybe you can substitute them for a few sodas a week? They have a similar mouth feel, and come in a can....trick your brain?

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #168 on: January 03, 2018, 09:43:21 AM »
Add me in!

I'm 47yo 5'10 and now 201.4 yesterday!

i'm starting Whole30.  This is day 2 and I'm down to 196!

This probably has to do with the fact that I pigged out the day before I started and went to a steak place AND Taco Bell for lunch.  I was hoping overindulging would make me feel like crap and would motivate me for the VERY restrictive Whole30 diet.

I got down to 167 with just a tracker and p90x3.

My knees are shot and the last round of p90x3 left me in pain in my knees AND hips.  It's a shame because it is a good series.  Esp for abs!

Anyway good luck all!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #169 on: January 03, 2018, 10:35:41 AM »
Yesterday I set up MFP and plugged in all my goals and logged my food.  I also increased my low-impact exercise; I did 80 minutes of light gardening and added an extra 10 minutes of walking.

The food side is hard.  Even though I'm giving myself a week to wean off carbs, I'm still experiencing some panic about it and yesterday I ate more carbs, and food in general, than normal.  Completely emotional response.  I might join the Whole30 group to help me with it. 

There's so much positive progress going on in the group.  Yay, group! 

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #170 on: January 03, 2018, 10:41:40 AM »
Joining

About me: 193 lbs at 5'7". I was an athlete pre-pregnancy and weighed in between 150-160 depending on the season. Well, kid is 4 years old and I've lost zero of the baby weight while also losing all muscle mass and endurance through a via combination of health issues and emotional eating. My general pattern is to go yo-yo hard with different "hardcore" diets, so this time I'm going to try baby steps that prioritize creating patterns of healthy behavior instead. Instead of focusing on the week with a cleanse/X diet, I'm going to focus on things I know I can do for a whole quarter.

Goals: 1) Regain good weight lifting habits that will support weight loss and make my body feel less broken --> commit to lifting for a half hour 3 days a week for 3 months at the gym in my building
2) Lose 35 lbs at a rate of .5lb a week --> commit to using myDietCoach to log food BEFORE eating it and weigh in daily for 3 months



Methods will be re-evaluated at the 3 month mark and adjusted accordingly.

I started using the My Diet Coach App to log food and Happy Scale to log weight. These are my 4/5 attempts at using a logging software. My most recent was myFitness Pal, but wasn't a huge fan of it and it wasn't working for me for whatever reason so I thought I'd try again with something new. I like that My Diet Coach lets you get to the barcode scanner pretty quickly and has a 'motivational' section to help you remember why you're doing this. The gameification is nice, but I wish it was for something a little less... I don't know, silly? The getting points to get clothes for your avatar thing is odd. 

Happy Scale makes getting on the scale less terrifying for me by using moving averages to smooth out fluctuations and gives me an indicator that I'm still moving in the right direction.

I'm going to have to figure out a time when I can use the gym. I'm frustrated by how hard it is to get my body to do the things it used to be able to do and I don't want to struggle in front of my co-workers. My choices then are to find somewhere else to workout, suck it up and go in at 6am before anyone else gets there, or just accept that its ok that they see me struggle.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #171 on: January 03, 2018, 10:54:19 AM »
Okay, so I'm horribly failing today. Co-worker 1 came back from a 6 month placement in the US and brought small candybars, I took 3. Co-worker 2 came back from a trip to Norway and brought some Norwegian cookies, I took too many.

I really need to be able to limit myself to ONE cookie/candy/chocolate if I get offered some. I'm perfectly fine not buying anything myself, but somehow if someone else puts cookies on the table I can't resist to keep taking another one. Maybe it's my free food radar? Any advice?

My employer provides free food (including desserts, snacks, etc). At first, I found this super challenging, and I actually gained 10 pounds. I now have a strict "no treats at work" policy. I find that it's easier not to have ANY. If I say, I can just have one or whatever, as soon as I have the first, my will power is gone.

It is super challenging! I don't want to completely refuse all treats, I do like to try stuff especially if people bring in foods/snacks from their home country. But I'm gonna start a 'just one' policy starting TODAY. Total calory intake today wasn't even that bad, but getting 1/3rd of my calories from treats is really really really shitty. Those calories should come from nutritional sources providing me with vitamins instead of saturated fats and sugar. Wost part, I actually work in a lab that studies diabetes, how hypocritical is that?!

On the good side, I didn't get tempted to get a hot chocolate from the coffee machine, so that at least compensates a tiny bit.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #172 on: January 03, 2018, 11:01:39 AM »
rockstache - the unsweetened versions of flavored sparkling waters would definitely take some getting used to.  But we actually already have some, so that's a great idea!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #173 on: January 03, 2018, 11:05:20 AM »
Okay, so I'm horribly failing today. Co-worker 1 came back from a 6 month placement in the US and brought small candybars, I took 3. Co-worker 2 came back from a trip to Norway and brought some Norwegian cookies, I took too many.

I really need to be able to limit myself to ONE cookie/candy/chocolate if I get offered some. I'm perfectly fine not buying anything myself, but somehow if someone else puts cookies on the table I can't resist to keep taking another one. Maybe it's my free food radar? Any advice?

My employer provides free food (including desserts, snacks, etc). At first, I found this super challenging, and I actually gained 10 pounds. I now have a strict "no treats at work" policy. I find that it's easier not to have ANY. If I say, I can just have one or whatever, as soon as I have the first, my will power is gone.

It is super challenging! I don't want to completely refuse all treats, I do like to try stuff especially if people bring in foods/snacks from their home country. But I'm gonna start a 'just one' policy starting TODAY. Total calory intake today wasn't even that bad, but getting 1/3rd of my calories from treats is really really really shitty. Those calories should come from nutritional sources providing me with vitamins instead of saturated fats and sugar. Wost part, I actually work in a lab that studies diabetes, how hypocritical is that?!

On the good side, I didn't get tempted to get a hot chocolate from the coffee machine, so that at least compensates a tiny bit.

Just one, or none at all, what a dilemma! I understand this struggle so much. Either way, what I did find for myself was that the more you prove to yourself you can stick within your self-imposed limits, the easier it gets.

When I am letting myself go over those limits regularly it encourages me to continue to do so because 'that's just the type of person I am, one who can't stick within the limits'. But after a few days or weeks of sticking with it I become 'that person who has the strength to stick with the goal' and I can keep within the self-imposed limits WITH A SMILE, not with a struggle.

The mind is a wonderful thing!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #174 on: January 03, 2018, 11:18:05 AM »
I'm at home today and doing really well. Had coffee, a banana and oatmeal (from water, not milk) for breakfast and I know this will keep me going for hours.

My biggest problem is eating at work. We don't have lunch breaks, we eat at our desks while we're working. You can't buy food anywhere on the premises and nowhere on the business park where our office is located. I bike to work (about 5k one way, not a very long trip) and when I don't eat enough, I get very sudden dizzy spells and feel very tired. Once or twice a year, I'll even faint. I'm always a bit scared I'll hit the wall at work and have a difficult time getting back home - we don't have a car and there's no bus.

For that reason I always bring in loads of emergency food. I don't have a locker or desk drawer at work, so it's all stacked on my desk just in case and then I end up eating it. The 'emergency food' is also not the kind of food you need to eat for nutrition (quick carbs, like a can of regular soda or a piece of chocolate) I really need to get out of the habit of eating my emergency food when I'm bored at work, which is all the time.

Why not stock healthier emergency food? Or at least less tempting foods?
I keep Vega One meal replacement shake at my office. It's filling, high in nutrition, and doesn't taste very good, so I will never drink it unless I need to.

Things high in sugar seem to work best for me, but it's a good idea to find an emergency food that I don't really like.

I managed to not eat anything unplanned at work today. I was very hungry when I got home, but I made it!

Breakfast: oatmeal (with water, not milk) a banana and coffee
Lunch: salad with vegetables (brocolli, cauliflower) and nuts
Snack: rice cakes
Dinner: pizza

Dinner wasn't extremely healthy, but I track my food and I didn't go over my target of 1800 calories and I managed to eat 200g of vegetables and one piece of fruit.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #175 on: January 03, 2018, 11:44:12 AM »
rockstache - the unsweetened versions of flavored sparkling waters would definitely take some getting used to.  But we actually already have some, so that's a great idea!

I love these! MIL had some La Croix on hand and I got two cans while visiting :)

I had forgotten how childish the MFP boards can be, with more X the above poster threads than actual nutrition and exercise. I still like the tracking interface.

Today is shaping up to be another good day, at least calorie wise. I really need to figure out how to get more protein without legumes or dairy, as I want to do an elimination diet. I know that bananas and spinach are not good for me, but I suspect there are some more subtle monsters out there messing with my system.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #176 on: January 03, 2018, 01:28:12 PM »

My employer provides free food (including desserts, snacks, etc). At first, I found this super challenging, and I actually gained 10 pounds. I now have a strict "no treats at work" policy. I find that it's easier not to have ANY. If I say, I can just have one or whatever, as soon as I have the first, my will power is gone.

Here's my tip for avoiding the office food! Is it cold/flu season where you are? All it takes to completely put me off everything that is lying around here (and there is a LOT), is watching my co-workers hack and snot all over the communal treats (or hack and snot on their hands and then touch everything). I am not generally a germophobe but that was completely disgusting - and last summer I shoved a breakroom cupcake into my mouth only to hear the cupcake bringer say a minute later, "oof, I feel terrible, I think I'm coming down with something." BAM - had a bad cold the next day, and I'm almost never sick.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #177 on: January 03, 2018, 01:57:44 PM »
Haven't read through all the posts here yet (trying not to have completionist syndrome for much longer) but I'm excited to track my progress on here. Tracking the financial targets has made me commit harder to each month and goal, and I'm sure my DW and friends would rather I shout this on the internet to people that are of the same mindset.

I've done an excel sheet for a few years and myfitnesspal on and off until July last year where I started serious calorie counting along with staple meal replacements.

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DateWeightBody Fat
May 2017190 lbs23.7%
June 2017183 lbs22.4%
July 2017180 lbs21.9%
Aug 2017176 lbs21.1%
Sept 2017171 lbs20.4%
Oct 2017165 lbs19.3%
Nov 2017161 lbs18.6%
Dec 2017160 lbs18.4%

Goal is to hit 15% body fat, currently measuring with a cheap scale so when I hit 155 lbs I planned on getting a dexa scan but will probably find a cheaper alternative.
Just starting on my FIRE journey, hopefully posting here creates accountability and eventually lowers my very anti-mustachian life habits.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #178 on: January 03, 2018, 02:16:08 PM »
I'm in. I would like to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, which I think means I need to lose about 15-18 pounds. I don't want to restrict calories too much while I'm still breastfeeding, so for now my goals are less sugar, more vegetables, and more exercise.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #179 on: January 03, 2018, 02:45:03 PM »
I did extremely well the first 2 days. Under 1000 cals food + exercise. Yesterday was rest day (normal eating w smaller portions), today will be soup for lunch and 1 baked potato for dinner day. I am aiming for 1200 calories.

I am on track with the gym, though I chickened out yesterday - i did only 45 minutes of cardio as there were some weird looking guys at the back where the weights are and I decided to hang out at the front where the security cameras are. it is a 24/7 unattended gym, but I rarely felt unsafe. Once there was a super weird guy with a cockroach tattoo on his face, I officially complained about that one. He was constantly mumbling and beating his chest between sets, compIetely freaked me out. I know it is a business but I wish they were a bit more selective about members. He dissappeared after a while,  thanks god. Some of the big bulky islander guys are actually quite lovely, I always have a chat with them when we run into each other in the supermarket or the park.

  I can do gym in the evenings during the school hols, this will change once the kids are back to school. I love going after the school drop off. Mornings are a no go, husband leaves at 6.

I am contemplating doing a vegan/ vegetarian challenge in February. Can anyone recommend some resources? I will still have to cook for the man, but me and the kids should be able to eat a plant based diet for 4 weeks I think.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #180 on: January 03, 2018, 02:51:04 PM »
I am contemplating doing a vegan/ vegetarian challenge in February. Can anyone recommend some resources? I will still have to cook for the man, but me and the kids should be able to eat a plant based diet for 4 weeks I think.
What sort of resources would you like? A great place to start looking for recipes are the "Vegetarian" or "Vegan" pages of BudgetBytes.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #181 on: January 03, 2018, 03:01:21 PM »
Day 3: Doing well. Feeling mostly better and guaranteed to hit my goal steps by the time I walk home this evening. It seems like the Google Fit on my new phone is more consistent than the old phone. Perhaps there is a better accelerometer? It is mid afternoon and I have only eaten 1/3 of my calories. I did say "mostly better."

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #182 on: January 03, 2018, 06:01:15 PM »
Joining for accountability. Going to finally lose the extra 10-15 pounds Iíve been carrying around for the past 10-15 years. Iíd like to lose at least 10lbs by April when I plan to get my cholesterol checked.

My plan is:
- track calories in MFP (1200-1400 per day)
- walk for an hour every day
- Pilates, yoga, Zumba, and spin class each once a week.
- no alcohol until July 4 (doing this with my spouse)
- plant based diet
- no eating out unless invited out with friends until July 4

My spouse is also on board which makes this a lot easier this time.

Starting weight: 135lbs
Goal weight: 120-125lbs



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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #183 on: January 03, 2018, 06:28:46 PM »
Did great today. Got my exercise in before going for a long walk with my brother's family. Got home way later than expected, skipped lunch. I almost had cake with dinner, but skipped it. I'll be glad when that cake is gone! Started craving potato chips, but came to read this thread instead.

Evenings are the hardest for me by far when it comes to healthy eating.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #184 on: January 03, 2018, 08:06:11 PM »
Day 3, did well. Have been under 1500 calories each day so far, and have worked out every day as well. No sugar, no alcohol. 5+ servings of fruit & vegetables a day, which make it way easier to stick to my calorie limit. They are so much more filling than carbs.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #185 on: January 03, 2018, 08:09:50 PM »
rockstache - the unsweetened versions of flavored sparkling waters would definitely take some getting used to.  But we actually already have some, so that's a great idea!
You can do this. Sparkling water is my favourite!  I hate paying more though so it is a rare treat for me :) It takes a while to train your taste buds... but it does work! I started watering down our juice when I had toddlers. Mostly half and half. Now I have teens and I still can't drink straight juice and much prefer it watered down. I also trained myself to drink my coffee / tea black. I used to take 3 sugars. Back in college, I decided to reduce  it and did it gradually - 2 sugars, the. 1 sugar, and quite quickly, completely black.

90% of the time though, I just drink plain water. Sometimes if I am craving a sweet drink, I add a squeeze of lemon or apple cider vinegar.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #186 on: January 03, 2018, 08:19:15 PM »
rockstache - the unsweetened versions of flavored sparkling waters would definitely take some getting used to.  But we actually already have some, so that's a great idea!

I'm a success story of using sparkling water to kick a soda habit!  In my case, Diet Coke.  Now, while I still love Diet Coke, I restrict it to once a week or less.  I have fun trying new sparkling water flavors and usually have 4 or 5 flavors stashed in my office at work. 

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #187 on: January 03, 2018, 08:21:20 PM »
Official weigh in on Jan 3 - 145lbs. I am pretty horrified that I gained 15 lbs over the last 6 months. I worked soooo hard to lose it from my high of 154lbs in Jan 2016. Second time to lose the same pounds :(

Oh well, I can do this! My strategy is to eat like a thin person (guesstimate portions based on previous MFP experience), plan on eating healthy, nutritious food 80% of the time and empty calorie treats for the other 20%, and occasionally going hungry when I have a big meal coming up or if I just ate a big meal.

Today went VERY well for food.

Breakfast - got busy so ended up skipping it. (I ate a ginormous ayce sushi buffet the afternoon before)

Lunch: Nutella and sliced banana on 2 slices of sprouted grains toast

Snack: 3 small Lindt chocolate (from the office holiday stash)

Dinner: a reasonable portion of homemade veggie curry with lentils and sweet potatoes

Dessert: Too much fresh mangoes lol. They were so good I ate at least 2 whole mangoes by myself. I was going to eat scones after that (my bad habit is that when I start eating, I cannot stop even if I am full) but had to leave to run errands.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #188 on: January 03, 2018, 08:26:30 PM »
Today was the first day of not eating like a total jerkface. It was somewhat successful. I am rewarding myself with P!nk. Videos on youtube, not the actual woman herself. Alas.
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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #189 on: January 03, 2018, 08:34:14 PM »
Okay, so I'm horribly failing today. Co-worker 1 came back from a 6 month placement in the US and brought small candybars, I took 3. Co-worker 2 came back from a trip to Norway and brought some Norwegian cookies, I took too many.

I really need to be able to limit myself to ONE cookie/candy/chocolate if I get offered some. I'm perfectly fine not buying anything myself, but somehow if someone else puts cookies on the table I can't resist to keep taking another one. Maybe it's my free food radar? Any advice?

If someone physically offers you something and it has personal significance (food from their homeland, etc.) take one and tell them you'll save it for your "cheat day".  So you control when and where you eat it, and hopefully the quantity (have your cheat day when you feel disciplined, so you stop yourself from eating all the treats on hand).  If people give you grief, give a socially acceptable reason for wanting to lose weight.

I can't eat just one treat.  Once I start, it typically becomes a binge-fest.  I have to remind myself that free junk food isn't free, it has health effects that aren't good for me. 



I am grumpy because I want junk food and alcohol, and feel the urge to stuff myself full of food all the time (even when I'm full).  I think I'm getting my period in about a week, so suspect it's the effect of those fun hormones.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #190 on: January 03, 2018, 10:35:20 PM »
Let's do it.

As people have said, workout alone doesn't do it so I'm really going to watch what I eat. I've been very accountable with this, so I think posting here will hopefully help. I am also eating fast food far too regularly (slowly fallen into this and now it's multiple times a week), which isn't good for health or money management.

My plan is to cut out fast food completely, the only thing I'm allowing myself is Tim Hortons coffee. ANYTHING other than that is getting posted here. Also going to make a habit of going to the gym 3 times a week. Will post weekly updates in the form of: 0 times eating fast food, 3 times to the gym, lbs lost this week, lbs lost total.

Wish me luck!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #191 on: January 04, 2018, 04:12:39 AM »
What sort of resources would you like? A great place to start looking for recipes are the "Vegetarian" or "Vegan" pages of BudgetBytes.
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Thanks for reminding me of that site. I love her recipes!

I did my fourth exercise session today (no weird looking dudes in the gym tonight, so all good). Ate 2 peach muffins for morning tea 😶. The rest of meals were healthy and quite small, but I am a bit disappointed. Oh well.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #192 on: January 04, 2018, 04:25:43 AM »
Okay, so I'm horribly failing today. Co-worker 1 came back from a 6 month placement in the US and brought small candybars, I took 3. Co-worker 2 came back from a trip to Norway and brought some Norwegian cookies, I took too many.

I really need to be able to limit myself to ONE cookie/candy/chocolate if I get offered some. I'm perfectly fine not buying anything myself, but somehow if someone else puts cookies on the table I can't resist to keep taking another one. Maybe it's my free food radar? Any advice?

If someone physically offers you something and it has personal significance (food from their homeland, etc.) take one and tell them you'll save it for your "cheat day".  So you control when and where you eat it, and hopefully the quantity (have your cheat day when you feel disciplined, so you stop yourself from eating all the treats on hand).  If people give you grief, give a socially acceptable reason for wanting to lose weight.

I can't eat just one treat.  Once I start, it typically becomes a binge-fest.  I have to remind myself that free junk food isn't free, it has health effects that aren't good for me. 


That's a good one! Will also train the "muscle" of delayed gratification. Today she offered me again (the same cookies, she always brings in a LOT of food), but I decided to just eat a tangerine instead. There's gonna be cake for a birthday later though, sigh. Promise to self: only get a piece of cake if I really really like the flavor he brings in, otherwise hide in office till cake is finished.

Okay semi-fail. His home-made cake was pretty good. I took only a small piece but logged it as a 'normal' piece in the tracker that I use as I rather over- than underestimate. Had two small chocolates as well, but no cookies.

I do realize how helpful (and confronting!) it is to use the caloric tracker. I hadn't used it in many years so for many foods I have no clue anymore of how many calories/fat/sugars they contain. This will definitely scare me off for the next cake run (note to self: check calories before heading to the coffee room).
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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #193 on: January 04, 2018, 05:11:25 AM »
I have two days down with no snacks at all.  Progress.  My goal is no snacks during the week and reasonably indulge on  the weekend, -or not.  I am starting to exercise as well, not much, but developing a habit, I hope. 

Looking forward to getting fit in 2018.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #194 on: January 04, 2018, 08:44:19 AM »
3 days straight of tracking!  And my no-sweets rule is working well - there were free M&Ms in the kitchen at work yesterday and generally I probably would have grabbed some several times during the work day.  Instead I had a brief moment of feeling deprived and then moved on and was fine!

I definitely identify with the idea of free food being a slippery slope.  I manage to rarely buy treats at the grocery store, but if there's free goodies at work I always seem to end up eating a bunch.  Maybe it's because I'm only a few years out from being a grad student and still have that mentality ;)

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #195 on: January 04, 2018, 08:49:11 AM »
Today I am down 0.6 lbs from a week ago (had some even lower numbers during the week) still 10.2 lbs from goal.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #196 on: January 04, 2018, 10:08:59 AM »
I did my fourth exercise session today (no weird looking dudes in the gym tonight, so all good). Ate 2 peach muffins for morning tea 😶. The rest of meals were healthy and quite small, but I am a bit disappointed. Oh well.

For entertainment purposes: according to my kids, daddy has a sixpack, mummy has a fatpack and they have flatpacks.

The MFP folks taught me not to stress about things like 2 peach muffins. You ate it, log it, move on. Plenty of room in your eating plans to accommodate something like that. If the rest of your meals were healthy and small , you'll be just fine :)

As for your kids' comment -my kids are smart alecks like that too. Thy LOVE to discuss my jiggly belly.
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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #197 on: January 04, 2018, 10:18:18 AM »
I bought granola bars for emergency food today. I don't like granola bars at all, so I won't be tempted to eat them just because they're on my desk, and I'm sure they contain enough sugar to bring me back to life.

Breakfast: oatmeal, banana, coffee
Lunch: two eggs, two slices of bread
Dinner: mashed potatoes and kale, applesauce
Snack:  apple fritter (last one left over from NYE)
            rice cakes

According to my phone, I'm still only at about 1400 calories (goal is 1800) but I'm not hungry. If I do get hungry, I might eat some leftovers from dinner or find a healthy snack.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #198 on: January 04, 2018, 10:25:54 AM »
I've been making slow progress, very slow, in replacing carb bombs with moderate carb foods.  Oatmeal with banana instead of bagels and cookies type of thing.  It's also been helpful to add in some fat-rich low-carb foods to reduce the panic of giving up things like cookies.  Yesterday I bought some sharp cheddar, olives and salami and had that with a salad for lunch and it was very good. 

I've continued to log on MFP every day, even when the numbers are horrible.  It's been good to see how much extra calories and carbs I'm eating.  I'm hoping the brain will realize how much extra is being consumed that we don't need and will ease up on the panic response. 

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #199 on: January 04, 2018, 11:14:34 AM »
My emergency food at work is popcorn. It's filling and low calorie and I don't like it that much so I only eat it when I'm legit hangry and shaky.