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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #300 on: January 10, 2018, 09:12:44 AM »
Checking in. I weigh every day, but I'm going to check in here on Mondays.

Jan 1 2018:  153.4 lb
Jan 8 2018:  150.7 lb

On Christmas eve, I was 146.9. Today, I'm at 149.1, so I'm still working through the holiday bloat. So far so good with lifting weights, yoga and walking.  I decided not to register for a dance class, so I'll have to find a different fun activity. I've registered for MFP and will start tracking carbs and calories today.

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« Reply #301 on: January 10, 2018, 09:18:34 AM »
Finished Day 2 of low-carb and came in at 30 carbs for both days and I'm shocked at how much higher carbs cabbage is than romaine.  3 cups each = 15 for cabbage and 3 for romaine.  Wow.  I really like cabbage and find it so much more versatile: it's great sauteed with evoo, added to salads for crunch, sprinkled into soup, etc... But if I keep it there's no way I'm going to make it down to 20 carbs a day without feeling deprived or hungry.

I'll pick up a kitchen scale next week, maybe if I weigh my food I'll be able to gain some wiggle room.

I am pretty certain I will never put myself on a diet where I am worried that eating cabbage will hinder my weight loss. Seems intense.

Youíd have to eat 8kgs of cabbage for 2,000 cals. Thatís a hellava lot of cabbage.

Or to put it another way, to lose 1 kg you need to have a calorie deficit of 7,700 cals or remove more than 30kgs (66lbs) of cabbage from your diet assuming a kilo of cabbage is 250cals.

It sounds worse than it is.  A keto diet relies on a carb-deficit in order to work.  So for the last couple of days I've been eating eggs, sausage, cheddar cheese, salami, lots of cabbage, pork & hominy soup, olives, tea with heavy cream and splenda, and still being withing my calorie budget of 1780 set by MFP for 2 lbs a week weight loss.  And I haven't felt deprived or hungry at all.  Since most foods have carbs, it's just a matter of picking the foods that give you the best bang for your buck.

If I spend my carb budget on cabbage, that means I have to cut out all the carbs in the rest of my food, which is difficult.  Instead, I can just choose to spend my carb budget on less carby veggies like bok choy, romaine, mushrooms, peppers, escarole, endive, jicama, etc (there's a long list of low-carb veggies, these are just the ones I like best). 

Again, this is for the 20 carb limit to get into ketosis.  Later on I might add in more carbs if I find that I can still stay in keto.  But for now I'm working hard to get to the 20 carb limit so I'm happy to make the subs now that I'm aware of the cabbage carbiness.  I'll be quite happy with the other veggies, I just didn't know it made such a difference.


You're counting total carbs on cabbage (5g/cup) which is the wrong measurement.  You should count net carbs (carbs minus fiber), since the fiber is not converted to glucose.  MFP shows cabbage at 5g total carbs with 2g fiber per cup, so your three cup example would actually be 9g instead of 15g.  Still 45% towards your daily goal obviously, but significantly different than 75% towards your daily goal.

I'm using MFP to log but I don't see the breakdown for fiber and net carbs.  Is that part of the premium version?

I'm confused about the focus on cabbage. Hominy has a lot of carbs (14g carb (11.5 net)/100g) compared to cabbage 6g carbs (3.5g net)/100g). I'd probably give up hominy over cabbage.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #302 on: January 10, 2018, 11:36:30 AM »
Finished Day 2 of low-carb and came in at 30 carbs for both days and I'm shocked at how much higher carbs cabbage is than romaine.  3 cups each = 15 for cabbage and 3 for romaine.  Wow.  I really like cabbage and find it so much more versatile: it's great sauteed with evoo, added to salads for crunch, sprinkled into soup, etc... But if I keep it there's no way I'm going to make it down to 20 carbs a day without feeling deprived or hungry.

I'll pick up a kitchen scale next week, maybe if I weigh my food I'll be able to gain some wiggle room.

I am pretty certain I will never put myself on a diet where I am worried that eating cabbage will hinder my weight loss. Seems intense.

Youíd have to eat 8kgs of cabbage for 2,000 cals. Thatís a hellava lot of cabbage.

Or to put it another way, to lose 1 kg you need to have a calorie deficit of 7,700 cals or remove more than 30kgs (66lbs) of cabbage from your diet assuming a kilo of cabbage is 250cals.

It sounds worse than it is.  A keto diet relies on a carb-deficit in order to work.  So for the last couple of days I've been eating eggs, sausage, cheddar cheese, salami, lots of cabbage, pork & hominy soup, olives, tea with heavy cream and splenda, and still being withing my calorie budget of 1780 set by MFP for 2 lbs a week weight loss.  And I haven't felt deprived or hungry at all.  Since most foods have carbs, it's just a matter of picking the foods that give you the best bang for your buck.

If I spend my carb budget on cabbage, that means I have to cut out all the carbs in the rest of my food, which is difficult.  Instead, I can just choose to spend my carb budget on less carby veggies like bok choy, romaine, mushrooms, peppers, escarole, endive, jicama, etc (there's a long list of low-carb veggies, these are just the ones I like best). 

Again, this is for the 20 carb limit to get into ketosis.  Later on I might add in more carbs if I find that I can still stay in keto.  But for now I'm working hard to get to the 20 carb limit so I'm happy to make the subs now that I'm aware of the cabbage carbiness.  I'll be quite happy with the other veggies, I just didn't know it made such a difference.


You're counting total carbs on cabbage (5g/cup) which is the wrong measurement.  You should count net carbs (carbs minus fiber), since the fiber is not converted to glucose.  MFP shows cabbage at 5g total carbs with 2g fiber per cup, so your three cup example would actually be 9g instead of 15g.  Still 45% towards your daily goal obviously, but significantly different than 75% towards your daily goal.

I'm using MFP to log but I don't see the breakdown for fiber and net carbs.  Is that part of the premium version?

I'm confused about the focus on cabbage. Hominy has a lot of carbs (14g carb (11.5 net)/100g) compared to cabbage 6g carbs (3.5g net)/100g). I'd probably give up hominy over cabbage.

Yes, you're right about hominy being high carb.  I'm not eating that anymore.  The pork and hominy stew is a favorite dish that had already been cooked and I was just finishing up and the hominy amount was minimal and I knew that the hominy was high carb all along.  I was just really surprised at the high carb count of cabbage compared to romaine - I had assumed they were equal.  When I realized it wasn't, it led me to change up my veggies and include a wider variety of veggies that are either lower carb, like romaine and mushrooms, or more filling and nutritious, like broccoli. 

In that sense, I think MFP was doing what it's supposed to: presenting information that we might not be aware of that can lead to positive changes. 

I don't think cabbage is bad!  I could probably eat a ton of cabbage and still lose weight.  But if there are better choices available, why not take them?  I don't feel deprived eating less cabbage.  In fact, I feel the opposite.  But I do regret posting about it!  :)  I've never spent this much time talking about cabbage in my life!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #303 on: January 10, 2018, 11:41:35 AM »
OK, got it.   I'm doing something similar - finishing up already prepared food with chickpeas - but when I'm done, I'd like to join your keto challenge.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #304 on: January 10, 2018, 11:52:36 AM »
OK, got it.   I'm doing something similar - finishing up already prepared food with chickpeas - but when I'm done, I'd like to join your keto challenge.

It took me about 4 days to finally have a low-carb day that would qualify for keto.  You don't have to wait until you finish all your chickpeas!  Join now.  :) 

I wanted to have an outlet to post about making the switch but it didn't happen.  I tried to restart a low-carb thread (no takers),  I started the keto thread (no takers till today), so I made do with logging on MFP.  But I do think having a place to share is very helpful. 

And it looks like you are making great progress already!  Congratulations.  I haven't weighed since starting the keto because I'm also on my period so I'm learning to practice delayed gratification.  :)

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #305 on: January 10, 2018, 12:41:11 PM »
Oh, Iím new but I would love to contribute to this conversation!!

My husband and I joined a boxing gym in February 2017, but canceled our memberships to save for our wedding and honeymoon in the summer. They offered us a great deal to come back (basically buy six months, get six months free) in December, so we rejoined and weíre SO happy to be back! It isnít cheap, but our health is a top priority, so weíre happy to spend the money on it ó especially since we got it for such a great price!

We actually do Whole30 every January to reset our bodies in the new year, especially after the crazy holiday season in America where everyone drowns in sugar. Weíre on day 10, and while I canít speak to weight loss as far as pounds are concerned ó since neither of us weighed ourselves ó I can say that I feel INCREDIBLE compared to how I felt at the end of December.

I had a pair of lounge pants ó lounge pants! ó that were too snug in November and December, so I stuffed them at the bottom of my drawer because it made me irritable to know I couldnít happily lounge in them. I slipped them on two days ago and they feel normal again. My skin is clearer, which is lovely, and I donít get tired in the afternoons anymore.

I think, when we did our life insurance physicals, I was at 135 ó which is the most Iíve ever weighed. Iíve felt the most comfortable with my body when I was around 120. Granted, that was before I started working out so much. So Iím focusing less on the scale and more on how my clothes fit and how my stomach looks. Iím definitely not in a position where Iíd happily dance around in a swimsuit, but, Iím getting there.

Iíd love to feel comfortable in a swimsuit by April, so when we start traveling, I can feel my absolute best.

Iím thinking Iíll probably stick to Whole30 at least 80% of the time moving forward, since weíve finally found some recipes we LOVE and enjoy eating whether weíre on Whole30 or not. I think our biggest shift in eating after we wrap this up on January 30 will be adding homemade bread back in (my husband loves to bake) and red wine (love). Iíd love to be able to eat cheese, too, but it makes me feel horrible.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #306 on: January 10, 2018, 01:08:25 PM »

And since you are veggie - here is an awesome filling cold weather/healthy recipe:
http://heatheratwood.com/blog/tag/lentil-and-grain-chili-with-cucumber-raita/

I made this the other day and it's very good - and filling! I made a few modifications: had no bulgur or barley so used brown rice. Had no chickpeas so used white beans. Used canned chipotle in adobo sauce instead of fresh chipotles and I think the smokiness really added a lot to the dish. Topped with a bit of greek yogurt but didn't have any cucumber. Yum!

My constant hanger vanished overnight the day that temperatures went into the double digits (ABOVE zero, haha.) Coincidence, or was my hanger due to the miserable cold? Unsure. At any rate, I'm having a lot less trouble staying within my calories now. We're headed for single digits again this weekend. So I guess that'll be a good test.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #307 on: January 10, 2018, 01:15:57 PM »
I have a pretty bad track record of keeping up with this thread, but I'll join back in!

Last year was a success of sorts for me. It's probably the first year in 5 or 6 that I haven't gained weight. Well, in the start of the year I did, going from high 240s to mid 250s. Then at lent I cut all wheat and sugar (as in sugarcane, with very limited maple syrup and honey allowed, and fruit a non-issue), with the predictable effect that I lost 25 pounds. I proceeded to hover upward from 230 all around the 230s for the rest of the year. And looking back, I even revisited the 240s... yikes. Anyway, I was at 233.8 lb this morning at the end of an unhealthy 'weekend'. Unfortunately I made the critical error of allowing my biggest hobby in the past year to become baking... hmm.

Considering that I'm moving in a couple months, my plan is to not buy any more baking ingredients until after I've moved, as well as not until I'm below 210 lb. I think I have about 10-11 lb. total flour between AP, whole wheat, and bread, so that gives me a little to play with, but 5 lb. per month is certainly less than normal (600g per week is my absolute minimum because that's my weekly loaf of bread). I suppose I also have some rye... Anyway, just trust me when I say that this is an improvement.

So I'll cut all non-bread baking except a couple of times when I have company coming in the next couple months. I don't buy prepared snacks/desserts at the store, and I'll continue that. I'll stop accepting treats from coworkers. And as to exercise, I'll keep running 2-3x weekly, swimming once each week, and doing pull-ups and pushups each day. Between those things, I should be pretty good. Hopefully with all that, I'll be below 220 by the time I'm moving, which will be good skiing shape as I pass through the Rockies on my way across the country.

Here's a chart of my weight, as moving 5-day average, since July. I'm a perfect American stereotype with those holiday drop-then-rises.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #308 on: January 10, 2018, 03:13:56 PM »
I only dropped half a pound the first week, but 2 days later I'm down 2 pounds! I was wondering why I felt more hungry than usual for the last couple days. I guess now I know why.

The HIIT things seems to be working out well so far. I had to modify one workout due to neck strain. I have an easily angered neck and I've been trying to take care of it! But I'm curious how next week will go, since I have a really cool opportunity which will involve winter camping in the north (59 degrees N). I can't see myself doing any exercise beyond what it will take for survival.... which may be a lot!

Pounds to lose
Jan 1  - 40.2
Jan 8 - 39.6


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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #309 on: January 11, 2018, 04:43:37 AM »
I'd love to join too. I have baby fat to get rid of now that baby is five months old. I'm down 32 pounds from my highest of this year but that includes an 8 lb baby too, haha. I still need to lose 18 lbs for pre pregnancy weight and another 12 for my marriage wedding and another 14 for my ideal weight. I joined in 2017 and found we got pregnant. Hope to finish 2018 at my ideal weight. First goal is to get to pre pregnancy weight by end of March. Second goal is to hit wedding weight by June and to hit lowest weight by end of year (the hardest stretch which I hope to attack with established habits). Let's bring it on!


Like the idea of goals - here are our goals for Jan:
1) 5000 steps per day
2) 6 stairs per day
3) one meal of veggies and fruits only per day
Updating after two days:

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?
Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll concentrate on food changes till I can add more exercise in. I especially loved the suggestion to incorporate exercise into play and surprisingly my baby is loving it! I'm now trying to find more ways to add in fun exercise into daily routine.

My weight is down 3 lbs (mostly water weight because low carbs). I don't track my food but try to eat healthy (less carbs, more veggies and fruits) but looking at some of your meals, I think I just eat a lot. I've gotten used to eating more when pregnant (yep, fell for the eating for two advice.... not that I needed lot of encouragement)  and my stomach expects more food. Need to slowly dial down the amount to a normal person's portions.

Does anyone forget you are trying to lose weight? I completely forgot and ate a few cookies. Later when I was checking how I did at end of day, I realized I ate those cookies :( how do I remember all the time?
I'm still losing weight daily (goes to show how much crap I was eating before) but it has slowed down. My eating is still not good enough (I eat a serving of carbs at every course (and a bit more at lunch) and I eat ice cream or sweets because it is at home). My nemesis is sweets and ice cream. I can't resist it when it is at home and I can't stop others at home buying it. To add to the problem, I forget I'm on a diet and eat them. I'm considering figuring what I should eat all day and not eat anything not on that list. Will give it a try for a few days to see if I can continue losing weight.
Still on the losing trend. I was expecting it to stop since my activity level hasn't increased much and my eating is still not perfect. I don't count calories or have a chance to weigh  food since I don't cook or shop (visiting in-laws for a few months). I'm trying to eat healthier (less carbs, more fruits vegetables and protein - egg, fish, chicken) and reduce sweets (take smaller portions, being selective in what I eat). My culture (Indian) shows love through food, especially sweets. So every visit (even when visiting parents every day) leads to more sweets and hurt egos if we don't eat the sweets. So far portion control has been the key. I can't believe how much crap I've been eating before for the weight to come off so easily now that I'm eating healthier.

This thread is so motivating and reminds me to make healthier choices with food. I find that I eat healthy when I remember and this thread is helping me remember. Thanks everyone!
Ok now the weight loss has stopped. Time to really get into cutting calories or burning them through exercise. I don't have an easy way to estimate calories or do exercise which makes it tricky. I'm planning to drink at least a glass of water before every meal and snack (and ideally before anytime food passes through my lips). I think I eat more than I think I'm eating. The first eight pounds came off easy. Now the real struggle starts. I still need to cut 12 pounds to reach my first goal (highest pre pregnancy weight) and 18 pounds to reach my second goal (my normal BMI weight). Hoping the water trick helps.

Please suggest other tricks that have helped in reducing food portions (basically tricking myself to eat less and eat healthier) or exercising more (moving more). I currently walk 7k steps a day and do 5-10 stairs.
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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #310 on: January 11, 2018, 07:17:21 AM »
I'd love to join too. I have baby fat to get rid of now that baby is five months old. I'm down 32 pounds from my highest of this year but that includes an 8 lb baby too, haha. I still need to lose 18 lbs for pre pregnancy weight and another 12 for my marriage wedding and another 14 for my ideal weight. I joined in 2017 and found we got pregnant. Hope to finish 2018 at my ideal weight. First goal is to get to pre pregnancy weight by end of March. Second goal is to hit wedding weight by June and to hit lowest weight by end of year (the hardest stretch which I hope to attack with established habits). Let's bring it on!


Like the idea of goals - here are our goals for Jan:
1) 5000 steps per day
2) 6 stairs per day
3) one meal of veggies and fruits only per day
Updating after two days:

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?
Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll concentrate on food changes till I can add more exercise in. I especially loved the suggestion to incorporate exercise into play and surprisingly my baby is loving it! I'm now trying to find more ways to add in fun exercise into daily routine.

My weight is down 3 lbs (mostly water weight because low carbs). I don't track my food but try to eat healthy (less carbs, more veggies and fruits) but looking at some of your meals, I think I just eat a lot. I've gotten used to eating more when pregnant (yep, fell for the eating for two advice.... not that I needed lot of encouragement)  and my stomach expects more food. Need to slowly dial down the amount to a normal person's portions.

Does anyone forget you are trying to lose weight? I completely forgot and ate a few cookies. Later when I was checking how I did at end of day, I realized I ate those cookies :( how do I remember all the time?
I'm still losing weight daily (goes to show how much crap I was eating before) but it has slowed down. My eating is still not good enough (I eat a serving of carbs at every course (and a bit more at lunch) and I eat ice cream or sweets because it is at home). My nemesis is sweets and ice cream. I can't resist it when it is at home and I can't stop others at home buying it. To add to the problem, I forget I'm on a diet and eat them. I'm considering figuring what I should eat all day and not eat anything not on that list. Will give it a try for a few days to see if I can continue losing weight.
Still on the losing trend. I was expecting it to stop since my activity level hasn't increased much and my eating is still not perfect. I don't count calories or have a chance to weigh  food since I don't cook or shop (visiting in-laws for a few months). I'm trying to eat healthier (less carbs, more fruits vegetables and protein - egg, fish, chicken) and reduce sweets (take smaller portions, being selective in what I eat). My culture (Indian) shows love through food, especially sweets. So every visit (even when visiting parents every day) leads to more sweets and hurt egos if we don't eat the sweets. So far portion control has been the key. I can't believe how much crap I've been eating before for the weight to come off so easily now that I'm eating healthier.

This thread is so motivating and reminds me to make healthier choices with food. I find that I eat healthy when I remember and this thread is helping me remember. Thanks everyone!
Ok now the weight loss has stopped. Time to really get into cutting calories or burning them through exercise. I don't have an easy way to estimate calories or do exercise which makes it tricky. I'm planning to drink at least a glass of water before every meal and snack (and ideally before anytime food passes through my lips). I think I eat more than I think I'm eating. The first eight pounds came off easy. Now the real struggle starts. I still need to cut 12 pounds to reach my first goal (highest pre pregnancy weight) and 18 pounds to reach my second goal (my normal BMI weight). Hoping the water trick helps.

Please suggest other tricks that have helped in reducing food portions (basically tricking myself to eat less and eat healthier) or exercising more (moving more). I currently walk 7k steps a day and do 5-10 stairs.

Maybe try substituting sweets with fruits.  For example if you are about to reach for a some chocolate, eat an entire apple first.  Chances are after you finish the apple you won't be craving the sweets any more.  Over time it will become a more automatic habit rather than a forceful/willpower choice.


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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #311 on: January 11, 2018, 07:24:02 AM »
Tricks to eat less:
Eat more slowly
Put your food on a smaller plate (portions look bigger)

Lots of body weight exercises you can do with no equipment:
Lunges
Jumping jacks
Push- ups (with modifications as you build strength)
Squats
Wall squat (static hold)
Planks
Crunches / sit-ups

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #312 on: January 11, 2018, 08:31:36 AM »
@firelight The 7 Minute Workout app is a quick routine that can be done with just your bodyweight and a chair.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #313 on: January 11, 2018, 11:49:04 AM »
Exercise with minimal equipment : You can find videos online of 30-Day Shred by Jillian Michaels. There are 3 workouts (Level 1-3) which run about 25 min each. It's a combo of cardio, weights, abs. You have 3 x 6 min of active exercises + warm-up + cool-down. I find it goes by pretty quickly and you can easily find them free online. All you need is a yoga mat and some dumbbells, although a towel and heavy jugs of water could do the job.
I believe Amazon also sells the online video for 2$ each. Might not suit you if you have knee or back problems though, given the amount of jumping jacks, squats, lunges, etc.

Eating less : I try to front-load my plate with veggies, adding the meat/carbs in last. This allows me to get filled up on fiber and vitamins, and by the time I get to the meat/carbs, I am less hungry, which means I take more time to eat my meal. Also, drinking lots of water! We can sometimes mistake thirst for hunger. If it's a craving, try telling yourself that you will take some in 10 minutes. Most of the time this is enough to make the craving pass.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #314 on: January 12, 2018, 07:08:19 AM »
My weight has been fluctuating by about 2 lbs per day. Yesterday I was 10.8 lbs above goal (a gain from previous week) and today I was 8.2 lbs above goal (a new low). So I think I am really somewhere in between there. I blasted my running goal yesterday though!!! Now to add some faster intervals.
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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #315 on: January 12, 2018, 07:19:21 AM »
I jumped on the scale this morning with a bit of trepidation.  Yesterday was a travel day where I get out of the house by 7am, and take a commuter train to the big city for a consulting gig that I regret every evening after I am completely spent.  It is a minefield of poor eating choices at Yonge and Bloor at lunch and Union Station at 5pm.  I work intensely in an open office with no special place set aside so I feel like I am camping all day.  (And trying to be the expert at what feels like a six hour meeting essentially).  I can't even read on the train home - I am too tired. 
So this morning was absolutely delighted to see the scale needle read 133.  Lowest reading in months.  All psyched to hold it there at the minimum or possibly go lower still.

I have decided that BMI is a crock.  My BMI is normal.  But my tummy is pretty plump - in fact I don't really have a waist - except that I do because my thighs are a little plump too!  Do you all think that the BMI is assuming at whole bunch more muscle than I have so there is room for the belly fat in the weight?
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« Reply #316 on: January 12, 2018, 07:29:55 AM »
What helps me with portion control of sweets is buying expensive Belgian pralines. They were 50% off at the grocery store last week, so I bought two boxes. First of all this chocolate is much nicer than regular bars of chocolate, but I have the natural habit to only eat one piece of something at a time. One bar of chocolate ( :D ) or one praline. One praline after dinner feels like a good reward for a day of healthy eating.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #317 on: January 12, 2018, 07:32:20 AM »
I jumped on the scale this morning with a bit of trepidation.  Yesterday was a travel day where I get out of the house by 7am, and take a commuter train to the big city for a consulting gig that I regret every evening after I am completely spent.  It is a minefield of poor eating choices at Yonge and Bloor at lunch and Union Station at 5pm.  I work intensely in an open office with no special place set aside so I feel like I am camping all day.  (And trying to be the expert at what feels like a six hour meeting essentially).  I can't even read on the train home - I am too tired. 
So this morning was absolutely delighted to see the scale needle read 133.  Lowest reading in months.  All psyched to hold it there at the minimum or possibly go lower still.

I have decided that BMI is a crock.  My BMI is normal.  But my tummy is pretty plump - in fact I don't really have a waist - except that I do because my thighs are a little plump too!  Do you all think that the BMI is assuming at whole bunch more muscle than I have so there is room for the belly fat in the weight?

While I don't consider BMI a crock, I also don't consider it the gold standard.  I use BMI as simply another tool, like scales, tape measures, how I feel, how my clothes fit, etc.
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« Reply #318 on: January 12, 2018, 07:32:43 AM »
BMI is already known to be a poor metric, but itís an easy metric.  Itís just a weight and height ratio.

 Many pro / elite athletes have high BMIs because they have high muscle content.  But thatís not an issue for most of us.

Another metric that can be used is waist:hip (waist circumference/hip circumference), with less than 0.8 being an indicator of normal weight for women (less than 0.9 for mean).  No underweight indicator level.  This is also tied to certain health risks associated with fat accumulation in your midsection.

ETA: But, maybe an issue here is you have a NORMAL BMI. it feels like you are looking for reasons to still be unhappy or hate your body.  I donít see that mindset as a pathway to happiness.  While you cannot spot reduce per se, you can use exercise to tone and strengthen underlying muscle, which may affect your profile and measurements.  And there are cosmetic medical procedures....
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« Reply #319 on: January 12, 2018, 07:52:41 AM »
Ok now the weight loss has stopped. Time to really get into cutting calories or burning them through exercise. I don't have an easy way to estimate calories or do exercise which makes it tricky. I'm planning to drink at least a glass of water before every meal and snack (and ideally before anytime food passes through my lips). I think I eat more than I think I'm eating. The first eight pounds came off easy. Now the real struggle starts. I still need to cut 12 pounds to reach my first goal (highest pre pregnancy weight) and 18 pounds to reach my second goal (my normal BMI weight). Hoping the water trick helps.

Please suggest other tricks that have helped in reducing food portions (basically tricking myself to eat less and eat healthier) or exercising more (moving more). I currently walk 7k steps a day and do 5-10 stairs.

firelight - try playing with your macros a bit.

For instance, I tend to gravitate towards carbs for snacks when I'm not paying attention and carbs do not keep me full. When I'm not focused I will eat about 60% carb, 20% fat and 20% protein.  But when I need to buckle down and get back to goal I focus on upping my protein - Then I try to eat 40% carb, 30% protein, and 30% fat and I feel less hungry and find weight loss easier.

Try playing with your carb/fat/protein rations to make you feel fuller. Different ratios work for different people.

If you find you are looking for high protein snacks with low cals, try some of high protein yogurts (I like Siggi's Skyr and Greek Whips for 100 cals and high protein).

Good luck!
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« Reply #320 on: January 12, 2018, 07:59:01 AM »
Updates
Goals for 2018:
-Lose 20 lbs - I lost 2 lbs sort of right away, but this has stopped. I'm okay with this, as I know I'm working out every day & focusing on good food choices.
-Eat more fruit & veggies - Yes! I'm averaging 6/day, and my previous average was around 3.5. I'm also forming my meals primarily around fruit & veggies, and greatly reducing carbs. Trying hard not to snack on empty carbs, which is going well.
-Run a half marathon - no progress has been made. I got bronchitis right before the holidays, and have been focused on strength training, with lighter cardio. However, I'm giving myself the "all clear" to start running again.

For January, I also wanted to do a full round of 21 Day Fix, and have completed 11/11. So, on track.

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« Reply #321 on: January 12, 2018, 08:02:21 AM »

December 30: 145
January 5:      144
January 12:    143.4

And now we reach my constant standstill. 3.4 pounds within goal and I never actually hit my goal weight. My life has been perpetual weight loss for the last several years :) But the good great news is that my holiday weight is essentially gone and I am in what I consider to be my acceptable range (140-143).

If I can hang to the low 140s through spring maybe I can finally attain 140 in the summer! Hope Springs Eternal!

Also I think I'm now the age where constant vigilance is required (almost 37) which is sort of a bummer but better to stay on top of it now.



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« Reply #322 on: January 12, 2018, 08:12:35 AM »

December 30: 145
January 5:      144
January 12:    143.4

And now we reach my constant standstill. 3.4 pounds within goal and I never actually hit my goal weight. My life has been perpetual weight loss for the last several years :) But the good great news is that my holiday weight is essentially gone and I am in what I consider to be my acceptable range (140-143).

If I can hang to the low 140s through spring maybe I can finally attain 140 in the summer! Hope Springs Eternal!

Also I think I'm now the age where constant vigilance is required (almost 37) which is sort of a bummer but better to stay on top of it now.

Oh, yes. Once I hit 40, it was pretty much impossible to drop a few pounds in a week through cutting back calories. That was more likely something I could accomplish over the course of a month. SO much vigilance required.

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« Reply #323 on: January 12, 2018, 09:44:18 AM »

December 30: 145
January 5:      144
January 12:    143.4

And now we reach my constant standstill. 3.4 pounds within goal and I never actually hit my goal weight. My life has been perpetual weight loss for the last several years :) But the good great news is that my holiday weight is essentially gone and I am in what I consider to be my acceptable range (140-143).

If I can hang to the low 140s through spring maybe I can finally attain 140 in the summer! Hope Springs Eternal!

Also I think I'm now the age where constant vigilance is required (almost 37) which is sort of a bummer but better to stay on top of it now.

Yep.  At 41 it is much harder to drop those few extra pounds.  Like you my body's natural weight is 140-143lbs.  I've only started to break past that by doing Whole30.  My plan to blast even further is to transform from a cardio queen to weight lifting beast. 
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« Reply #324 on: January 12, 2018, 11:46:33 AM »
So, my pre-holiday low was 182.9, which I  might have also hit a few days in May before I got stressed out and stopped counting. It ticked up to 184.5 before departure (happens), and then...holidays and family :)

I was 183.6 this morning (and I'm still excited to see anything <185!) I've been eating around 1200 without really being hungry. I didn't/don't expect that to last! Filling, low-cal veggie soup definitely helped though! Dare I hope that in 3 weeks I can break 180? Haven't been there in 3 years!

Got to the gym yesterday, ran 2 mi/24 min and did some shoulder exercises...it's more to maintain emotional stability and general health/fitness, but I've been told exercise helps activate my metabolism generally, so...seems relevant.  :D

A possible tip for @firelight: one thing that I think discouraged me from too many seconds at holiday dinners was that I wore shapewear...the abdominal pressure seemed to simulate fullness. Not sure if it can work for you!

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« Reply #325 on: January 12, 2018, 11:56:08 AM »
I jumped on the scale this morning with a bit of trepidation.  Yesterday was a travel day where I get out of the house by 7am, and take a commuter train to the big city for a consulting gig that I regret every evening after I am completely spent.  It is a minefield of poor eating choices at Yonge and Bloor at lunch and Union Station at 5pm.  I work intensely in an open office with no special place set aside so I feel like I am camping all day.  (And trying to be the expert at what feels like a six hour meeting essentially).  I can't even read on the train home - I am too tired. 
So this morning was absolutely delighted to see the scale needle read 133.  Lowest reading in months.  All psyched to hold it there at the minimum or possibly go lower still.

I have decided that BMI is a crock.  My BMI is normal.  But my tummy is pretty plump - in fact I don't really have a waist - except that I do because my thighs are a little plump too!  Do you all think that the BMI is assuming at whole bunch more muscle than I have so there is room for the belly fat in the weight?

BMI is a start, but it's definitely possible to be "skinny fat", where you are at a "normal" weight but still have a high body fat percentage.  This is my problem--my BMI is totally fine and smack in the middle of the normal range but I see quite a bit of jiggle that I'd like to banish!

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« Reply #326 on: January 12, 2018, 03:36:27 PM »
Height: 71"

Weight history prior to this:
06/2008: ~175lb
11/2008: ~160lb (thanks, mono)
12/2009: ~195lb (stress eating + college food. yay)
12/2011: ~210lb (college graduation)
12/2016: ~230lb (my peak)
12/2017: 209lb

1/8/2018: 207lb
1/12/2018: 206lb

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« Reply #327 on: January 12, 2018, 06:08:54 PM »
Week 1 of low-carb:  3.5 lbs down.  Since I had my period this week and I'm a 50 yo woman, I declare this a big success!

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« Reply #328 on: January 12, 2018, 11:08:57 PM »
Week 1 of low-carb:  3.5 lbs down.  Since I had my period this week and I'm a 50 yo woman, I declare this a big success!
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« Reply #329 on: January 13, 2018, 02:40:15 AM »
For me the week has had some good and some bad sides. I don't have a scale at home so I have to wait until I visit my parents next week to see where I'm at now.

Good developments exercise-wise:
- Did yoga 4/5 weekday mornings, went swimming the other day.
- Did weight training 1x
- Went swimming in the evening twice
- This weekend I'll be pole dancing both today (1h) and tomorrow (1.5h)

Food:
- Said no to cake/snacks at work several times
- Did some batch cooking which makes it easier to grab healthy options

The bad:
- Ate too much at New Years drinks and from another departments 'New Years Breakfast' leftovers.
- Had a small binge last night, although it was mostly on healthy foods.
- Didn't eat enough veggies and fruits, while I had plenty at home.

Goals for this week: Maintain exercise habits, further reduce unhealthy foods, increase fruit & veggie intake.

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« Reply #330 on: January 14, 2018, 04:31:29 AM »
Time for a Sunday night weigh in.

Starting weight: 120.7kg
Last week's weight: 119.9kg
Current weight: 121.3kg

Wait, what happened here? I was doing really well until Friday and had lost quite a bit (almost 1kg worth), but had a lot of beers on Saturday and ate a bit of fast food whilst at the cricket on the Sunday (although I wasn't as bad as I would have been previously, I skipped the chips, and had a chicken salad for lunch).

I'm guessing there's quite a bit of water weight there that will go during the week. Let's see by next Sunday. :)

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« Reply #331 on: January 14, 2018, 05:03:07 AM »
Time for a Sunday night weigh in.

Starting weight: 120.7kg
Last week's weight: 119.9kg
Current weight: 121.3kg

Wait, what happened here? I was doing really well until Friday and had lost quite a bit (almost 1kg worth), but had a lot of beers on Saturday and ate a bit of fast food whilst at the cricket on the Sunday (although I wasn't as bad as I would have been previously, I skipped the chips, and had a chicken salad for lunch).

I'm guessing there's quite a bit of water weight there that will go during the week. Let's see by next Sunday. :)

Lol, I also fell off the wagon with a thud on the weekend.

We went to a wine tasting event which evolved into a massive all night bender. The only good thing was that I really didnít have much appetite yesterday with the hangover. I am not particularly happy with my lack of self control, but it is just one night amongst 2 weeks of exemplary dieting and exercising. I wonít write of the year yet. Back on the plan. Itís a long road ahead.

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« Reply #332 on: January 14, 2018, 07:26:14 AM »
Week 1 was not bad.

I'm down ~ 2 lbs, which will hopefully stick as a jump-start, but that rate will DEFINITELY not continue.  I think my biggest help is that I brush my teeth with our toddler before he goes to bed at 7:30, and I've decided not to eat after that, so no more snacking after dinner.

Goals
1) Crossfit 3 times, one long walk or a hike
2) Track on MyFitnessPal
3) Don't snack at work
4) Eat more veggies
5) Meal plan

Actual
1) Crossfit 1 time, one hike - I got so sore from Crossfit on Monday (after 3 weeks away) that I couldn't face another workout last week, lol.  We did a nice 3.5 mile/2000 ft elevation gain hike on Saturday, and that felt awesome.
2) MFP - tracked all last week, and it does make a difference when I'm thinking about it
3) Avoided desk snacks, ate snacks at our weekly meeting.  We have a meeting every week, though, so I plan a smaller lunch so I have room for snacks at 2 pm
4) More veggies - somewhat successful?  Salad for dinner one night, roast veggies another
5) Meal plan - went ok, except for one night when I was so so tired we got Chinese instead :(  I just got Spring Rolls, because I wasn't hungry, but we still spent too much money on it.  DH always wants dumplings and cheese rangoons.  They're delicious, but not always worth the money to me.

Plan - continue to track on MFP, go to Crossfit at least twice?  I have meals planned and groceries purchased for dinner tonight and Monday which both involve lots of vegetables, and I'm determined to continue to avoid snacking at work (except for our meeting).

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« Reply #333 on: January 14, 2018, 12:20:45 PM »
Time for a Sunday night weigh in.

Starting weight: 120.7kg
Last week's weight: 119.9kg
Current weight: 121.3kg

Wait, what happened here? I was doing really well until Friday and had lost quite a bit (almost 1kg worth), but had a lot of beers on Saturday and ate a bit of fast food whilst at the cricket on the Sunday (although I wasn't as bad as I would have been previously, I skipped the chips, and had a chicken salad for lunch).

I'm guessing there's quite a bit of water weight there that will go during the week. Let's see by next Sunday. :)

Or change your weigh in to Friday mornings.

I've noticed with my body any sort of alcohol will lead me to bloat/retain water for a few days.  I don't know if this a normal thing, but it is my normal.  If you are going relax a bit on the weekend just change your weigh in date. 
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« Reply #334 on: January 14, 2018, 09:07:52 PM »
Time for a Sunday night weigh in.

Starting weight: 120.7kg
Last week's weight: 119.9kg
Current weight: 121.3kg

Wait, what happened here? I was doing really well until Friday and had lost quite a bit (almost 1kg worth), but had a lot of beers on Saturday and ate a bit of fast food whilst at the cricket on the Sunday (although I wasn't as bad as I would have been previously, I skipped the chips, and had a chicken salad for lunch).

I'm guessing there's quite a bit of water weight there that will go during the week. Let's see by next Sunday. :)

Or change your weigh in to Friday mornings.

I've noticed with my body any sort of alcohol will lead me to bloat/retain water for a few days.  I don't know if this a normal thing, but it is my normal.  If you are going relax a bit on the weekend just change your weigh in date.
I did that after some time and frustration. Worked like a charm! I do weigh every day (I used trend weight to smooth out the fluctuations). but I would report here on Fridays.

Haven't checked in for a little bit. Food intake is so - so and been slightly on the higher side but inching downwards now. Yesterday,  my mother came up with the brilliant idea of doing a virtual walk.

We queued up a Virtual Walk through the Redwoods on YouTube and completely cracked ourselves up hiking through the woods in my living room. Tonight, we did a Virtual Walk through Coastal Australia. I ended up jogging in place for half an hour. Wonder where we will travel tomorrow? It's injected some fun in exercise :)

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« Reply #335 on: January 14, 2018, 09:18:47 PM »
Itís really annoying how a single instance of off plan behaviour can completely derail you.

After exercising 12 days straight to start the year, I am now on my 3rd straight day without exercise.

I ate ok yesterday but not how Iíd want to. I ate some finger food at a work function last night (sliders, deep fried calamari etc) which was clearly not in the program. I did avoid alcohol though so thatís something, and I didnít eat too much. Still!!!

I really must make today count and get back on track. There is still time tonight to make it only 2 days with no exercise. I have made a healthy lunch. I want this. I canít just give in to bad habits. Hell, itís only 2 weeks into the year.

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« Reply #336 on: January 15, 2018, 05:22:53 AM »
Dec 4: 179.6 (35.3% fat) ... the moment where I said: This needs to stop.

Jan 1: 176.6 (35.0% fat)
Jan 8: 175.5 (34.7% fat)
Jan 15: 175.6 (34.7% fat)

January Goals (Week 1):
    Tracking in MFP (4/7 days)
    Active minutes (141/150 minutes)
    5,000 steps (2/7 days) ... with a few 4,500+ days in there

January Goals (Week 2):
    Tracking in MFP (7/7 days)
    Active minutes (230/150 minutes)
    5,000 steps (5/7 days)

So, up 1/10th of a pound but nearly crushing the goals.  It is normal for me to to go up a bit and then down during this process, even when I'm right on track for calories, etc. So, I'm calling this week a success all things considered.
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« Reply #337 on: January 15, 2018, 05:38:10 AM »
I've started healthy eating hope to lose 14 lb
Jan 8th = 185
Jan 5th = 183     -2lb

Cut down sugar, bread, alcohol
Eating fresh,  protein rich foods
Set up my fitness tracker
Started a food diary
Walking daily

Goal is to achieve this in twelve weeks


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« Reply #338 on: January 15, 2018, 05:42:43 AM »
Jan 1 : 193.2 lb
Jan 8 : 187.8 lb
Jan 15 : 187.0 lb

I've been exercising every day so far so it's a big improvement on the fitness side of things. Although the scale budged a bit less this week (0.8 lb, which is still good), I've been seeing a difference in terms of waist and hips in my measurements. I would really like to lose 4 pounds for the rest of the month. My plan is to keep exercising, get more protein at breakfast, and eat at least my BMR.

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« Reply #339 on: January 15, 2018, 06:16:14 AM »
Lol, I also fell off the wagon with a thud on the weekend.

We went to a wine tasting event which evolved into a massive all night bender. The only good thing was that I really didnít have much appetite yesterday with the hangover. I am not particularly happy with my lack of self control, but it is just one night amongst 2 weeks of exemplary dieting and exercising. I wonít write of the year yet. Back on the plan. Itís a long road ahead.

They say it's what you do on the other six days that counts more, right?

My cricket match was cancelled due to rain, so I ended up at the pub drinking beer for four hours. Could have bought a chicken parma afterwards, but i'm trying to avoid chips so I went elsewhere and bought a giant bowl of chicken pho. It's got to be better than a burger/pizza/kebab, right? I'll save a parma as a reward for when I reach a target amount (even every 5 or 10kg) :)

Time for a Sunday night weigh in.

Starting weight: 120.7kg
Last week's weight: 119.9kg
Current weight: 121.3kg

Wait, what happened here? I was doing really well until Friday and had lost quite a bit (almost 1kg worth), but had a lot of beers on Saturday and ate a bit of fast food whilst at the cricket on the Sunday (although I wasn't as bad as I would have been previously, I skipped the chips, and had a chicken salad for lunch).

I'm guessing there's quite a bit of water weight there that will go during the week. Let's see by next Sunday. :)

Or change your weigh in to Friday mornings.

I've noticed with my body any sort of alcohol will lead me to bloat/retain water for a few days.  I don't know if this a normal thing, but it is my normal.  If you are going relax a bit on the weekend just change your weigh in date.

That's probably not such a bad idea. I just thought I'd use Sunday nights as that's what I did last time. Saturday was probably a bit of an exception though. Over the last month or so I haven't been drinking all that much, so I slightly compensated for that on Saturday with cheap beers at the pub.

Within 24 hours I'm back to 119.7, so I think you might be on to something there. Although I was 118.9 on Friday night so we'll see how I am in a couple of days.

One big change I've been making is to significantly cut carbs and eat a lot more vegetables, along with avoiding a few impulse foods (ice cream being the main one given it's summer here). Even if it's resulted in me buying a few more lunches than I otherwise would have for the time being, if they're full of vegetables it's not so bad, right?

I got back on the bike today for the first time since probably early December (or even November). Do I have to hand in my Mustachian card? :)
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« Reply #340 on: January 15, 2018, 07:26:30 AM »
Jan 1 : 193.2 lb
Jan 8 : 187.8 lb
Jan 15 : 187.0 lb

I've been exercising every day so far so it's a big improvement on the fitness side of things. Although the scale budged a bit less this week (0.8 lb, which is still good), I've been seeing a difference in terms of waist and hips in my measurements. I would really like to lose 4 pounds for the rest of the month. My plan is to keep exercising, get more protein at breakfast, and eat at least my BMR.

Are you targeting 2 lbs a week? That's on the aggressive side. One thing I would caution is that you typically see a large-ish drop in the beginning (usually a lot of water weight) and then the rate of loss slows down a bit after that. So don't get discouraged when things slow down. Remember this is a long term game. You've lost a lot already and I know you're going to rock this!
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« Reply #341 on: January 15, 2018, 08:10:47 AM »
Anybody have any weight loss tricks? Are there any pills that actually stop hunger? I have looked at the ingredients on some of these weight loss aids and they just seem to be caffeine and herbs. I have tried stuff like white bean pills and they did nothing. If they don't work, why are they allowed to sell them?

Cider Vinegar used to be touted as a fat melter. Drink lots of water. Lemon added to water.

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« Reply #342 on: January 15, 2018, 08:13:47 AM »
Anybody have any weight loss tricks? Are there any pills that actually stop hunger? I have looked at the ingredients on some of these weight loss aids and they just seem to be caffeine and herbs. I have tried stuff like white bean pills and they did nothing. If they don't work, why are they allowed to sell them?

Cider Vinegar used to be touted as a fat melter. Drink lots of water. Lemon added to water.

Eating more protein and fiber while reducing carbs. Protein and fiber are harder to digest and so you'll feel fuller longer. Carbs go right through you and tend to be more 'empty' (lacking other nutrients) so you feel less full.

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« Reply #343 on: January 15, 2018, 08:39:57 AM »
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

Week 1:
Weight - 134.0 lbs
Average Calories - 1294
Diet - mostly plant based (1 dairy meal), no alcohol consumed
Exercise - minimal (some walking)

Week 2:
Weight - 134.7 lbs
Average calories - 1423
Diet - good during the week but went off the deep end on weekend. Ate, drank and was merry.
Exercise - a little more than last week (Pilates and yoga)

Not much weight loss but my waist is slightly smaller and clothing fits looser.

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« Reply #344 on: January 15, 2018, 08:41:23 AM »
Anybody have any weight loss tricks? Are there any pills that actually stop hunger? I have looked at the ingredients on some of these weight loss aids and they just seem to be caffeine and herbs. I have tried stuff like white bean pills and they did nothing. If they don't work, why are they allowed to sell them?

Cider Vinegar used to be touted as a fat melter. Drink lots of water. Lemon added to water.

They sell them because people continue to buy them. And the govt can only protect us from some of our stupidity.

Garcinia Cambogia pills did actually help me with reducing hunger. I was on it for a month or two and yes, I felt less hungry. However, my weight continued to fluctuate. Turns out I happily eat even when I am not hungry.

The only weight loss trick that worked was getting in the right headspace.

A couple of other things that helped:
- protein leaves you feeling full for longer
- wonder of wonders, veggies have less calories! I can eat tons of veggies vs a tiny portion of steak for the same amount of calories! So...I ate more veggies.
- when you feel hungry, try drinking first. Many times, I was thirsty, not hungry. Hot herbal tea also gave my mouth something to do when I was feeling the munchies.
- a couple times when I was hangry, I did my workout first and amazingly enough, wasn't hungry afterwards.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #345 on: January 15, 2018, 09:24:03 AM »
Also in! =)

My first goal is to lose 4 pounds, as this will bring me into the "ideal" weight range for my height.  Hoping to give myself the quick win with a small goal to stay motivated for the year and future goals. =)  I want to do this by the first week of March.  I think my exercise habits are actually pretty good and consistent, so I want to focus on my portion sizes.  So... what I will do is track my calories on MyFitnessPal and not eat any fast food in the month of January.  I have a lot more freezer space now (I share a freezer with roomies and we recently got a deep freezer!) so having ready made frozen soups and stuff (just by being able to make extra and freezing) will help with that aspect!  No more, I'm too busy tonight excuses!  Hoping this post will keep me on track!  The public declaration and all. =). So here is the summary for myself...

Goal 1: Lose 4 lbs by 3/3
  • Track calories every day
  • No fast food in Jan

Hanging this on a Post-It on my bathroom mirror!  Goal 2 to follow in March. =)
I have already been tracking for 7 days =) Happy accountability and motivation, everyone! =)

I am down 1.8 pounds in the last two weeks!!  The psychology of tracking is working for me!  I am pretty happy with my progress.  =)

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #346 on: January 15, 2018, 10:09:16 AM »
Anybody have any weight loss tricks? Are there any pills that actually stop hunger? I have looked at the ingredients on some of these weight loss aids and they just seem to be caffeine and herbs. I have tried stuff like white bean pills and they did nothing. If they don't work, why are they allowed to sell them?

Cider Vinegar used to be touted as a fat melter. Drink lots of water. Lemon added to water.

Eating more protein and fiber while reducing carbs. Protein and fiber are harder to digest and so you'll feel fuller longer. Carbs go right through you and tend to be more 'empty' (lacking other nutrients) so you feel less full.

Agreed.  More protein and veggies make a big difference in how hungry I feel, and how satisfied I am with a meal.  Also, this may sound weird for a weight loss thread, but fat helps you feel more satiated after eating, so don't cut it out entirely. 

I just got back from my yearly occupational health screening, and my HDL is way down from past years (43 mg/dL vs 79, with an increased risk of heart disease starting at <40 mg/dL).  My cholesterol has always been high, but usually my triglycerides are low and HDL is high, so my overall ratio is decent.  The PA said the biggest component to HDL, other than genetics, is exercise.  I've been incredibly inconsistent for the last two years (pregnancy and then baby), and I am sure that's to blame.  Before I got pregnant I was lifting weights, doing taekwondo, or hiking at least 3 or 4 days a week, and my HLD was awesome.  Yet another reason to try harder to be in the gym more often.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #347 on: January 15, 2018, 10:11:03 AM »
I'd love to join too. I have baby fat to get rid of now that baby is five months old. I'm down 32 pounds from my highest of this year but that includes an 8 lb baby too, haha. I still need to lose 18 lbs for pre pregnancy weight and another 12 for my marriage wedding and another 14 for my ideal weight. I joined in 2017 and found we got pregnant. Hope to finish 2018 at my ideal weight. First goal is to get to pre pregnancy weight by end of March. Second goal is to hit wedding weight by June and to hit lowest weight by end of year (the hardest stretch which I hope to attack with established habits). Let's bring it on!


Like the idea of goals - here are our goals for Jan:
1) 5000 steps per day
2) 6 stairs per day
3) one meal of veggies and fruits only per day
Updating after two days:

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?
Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll concentrate on food changes till I can add more exercise in. I especially loved the suggestion to incorporate exercise into play and surprisingly my baby is loving it! I'm now trying to find more ways to add in fun exercise into daily routine.

My weight is down 3 lbs (mostly water weight because low carbs). I don't track my food but try to eat healthy (less carbs, more veggies and fruits) but looking at some of your meals, I think I just eat a lot. I've gotten used to eating more when pregnant (yep, fell for the eating for two advice.... not that I needed lot of encouragement)  and my stomach expects more food. Need to slowly dial down the amount to a normal person's portions.

Does anyone forget you are trying to lose weight? I completely forgot and ate a few cookies. Later when I was checking how I did at end of day, I realized I ate those cookies :( how do I remember all the time?
I'm still losing weight daily (goes to show how much crap I was eating before) but it has slowed down. My eating is still not good enough (I eat a serving of carbs at every course (and a bit more at lunch) and I eat ice cream or sweets because it is at home). My nemesis is sweets and ice cream. I can't resist it when it is at home and I can't stop others at home buying it. To add to the problem, I forget I'm on a diet and eat them. I'm considering figuring what I should eat all day and not eat anything not on that list. Will give it a try for a few days to see if I can continue losing weight.
Still on the losing trend. I was expecting it to stop since my activity level hasn't increased much and my eating is still not perfect. I don't count calories or have a chance to weigh  food since I don't cook or shop (visiting in-laws for a few months). I'm trying to eat healthier (less carbs, more fruits vegetables and protein - egg, fish, chicken) and reduce sweets (take smaller portions, being selective in what I eat). My culture (Indian) shows love through food, especially sweets. So every visit (even when visiting parents every day) leads to more sweets and hurt egos if we don't eat the sweets. So far portion control has been the key. I can't believe how much crap I've been eating before for the weight to come off so easily now that I'm eating healthier.

This thread is so motivating and reminds me to make healthier choices with food. I find that I eat healthy when I remember and this thread is helping me remember. Thanks everyone!
Ok now the weight loss has stopped. Time to really get into cutting calories or burning them through exercise. I don't have an easy way to estimate calories or do exercise which makes it tricky. I'm planning to drink at least a glass of water before every meal and snack (and ideally before anytime food passes through my lips). I think I eat more than I think I'm eating. The first eight pounds came off easy. Now the real struggle starts. I still need to cut 12 pounds to reach my first goal (highest pre pregnancy weight) and 18 pounds to reach my second goal (my normal BMI weight). Hoping the water trick helps.

Please suggest other tricks that have helped in reducing food portions (basically tricking myself to eat less and eat healthier) or exercising more (moving more). I currently walk 7k steps a day and do 5-10 stairs.
Thanks a lot for the suggestions. I especially love the eating fruits instead of sweets and using  shape wear ideas. I've also started concentrating on adding more protein to my diet (changed macros). My weight is still at standstill but it's at least not going up any more. I had one day (DH bday) where I had some cake but otherwise I'm starting to not be super tempted by sweets. I'm liking the progress even though the scales don't show it.... yet.

I'm also experimenting with eating only upto 80% of my stomach's capacity. Due to pregnancy eating, I fear my stomach has increased in size and I now need more food to feel satiated. I need to eat less to reduce it back to normal size. Will report back soon on its effects.

Thanks for the exercise tips. I'm an absolute beginner when it comes to exercise. So I'm starting with the walking videos and hope to increase from there.

Weight - still at 8 lbs loss from New year, no gains, no loss from last time.

Any app recommendations to log weight and get trending weight for a period?

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #348 on: January 15, 2018, 10:25:38 AM »
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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #349 on: January 15, 2018, 11:06:15 AM »
My tracking stats were derailed this week by what seems to have been food poisoning. I lost a lot of weight quickly, but it mostly wasn't fat. I debated how to track, and finally decided I'm just going to take the numbers at face value and set the expectation with myself that they will plateau and/or go up a bit in the coming weeks, and that holding steady in this context still counts as progress.

12/26/2017 - 192.1 lbs
01/01/2018 - 190.6 lbs (14% goal 1, 5% stretch goal)
01/08/2018 - 189.2 lbs (28% goal 1, 11% stretch goal)
01/15/2018 - 184.3 lbs (77% goal 1, 31% stretch goal)

On the eating front, I was doing well before I got sick (on Thursday), and was even able to stick to the vegan and sugar-free part throughout. Prior to getting sick, I managed to do a 24 hour fast from lunch on Tuesday to lunch on Wednesday with relatively little difficulty. I've noticed before that I get significantly less hungry when I cut back on "fast carbs" and am generally eating better, so I'm going to try another 24 hour fast this week to see how it goes, with the aim of incorporating it into my weekly schedule. If I can get to the point where I'm doing two 24 hour fasts a week, that's basically the 5:2 diet, which some people say they find effective and easy to stick to. As with anything, your mileage will vary, so I have to find what works for me.

I also did pretty well on the exercise front, even though I'm not officially tracking that right now. I've mostly been able to go to the gym or go for a walk/hike each day. I don't think of exercise as a weight loss tool per se, but rather as something that helps me feel better and manage stress, both of which help me make better eating choices. I've done less well on the daily meditation front, but I'll keep trying. I've signed up for a class in a couple weeks, and I'm hoping it will help me kick-start a daily practice.