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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #350 on: January 16, 2018, 11:51:49 AM »



I’m totally with you on the psychological / determination element. While I have spent a LOT of time wanting to lose weight - when the real determination is missing, it just never happens. I have never figured out what all things have to click into place for me to be in the right frame of mind. If I could figure that out....

You and me both!! It's been impossible to figure it out but when it works, it's magic.



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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #351 on: January 16, 2018, 11:57:41 AM »
I've been happily avoiding all office snacks for the last two days. Only issue is that I've been eating A LOT for dinner the past two days. Like, waaay too much. Now I'm not snacking at work I get too hungry at night. Need to bring in some extra food for lunch or afternoon snacks to avoid that.

One thing I'm working on is my snacking.  I have always been a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacker.  What helps me is eating a larger meal to get me to the next one.  For example, my breakfast & lunch has increased about 1.5 times, but I'm not snacking or starving at the next mealtime.
True. When I lived in Asia I used to have warm lunches and I was always fine till dinner. And dinner was usually at 9 PM, while here it's 6 PM (lunchtime being similar). I'll think about how to upgrade my sandwich lunches with some veggies. Maybe I should add some carrots/cucumber/bell peppers. Have done that in the past and it's also a good way to eat an extra serving of veggies.

The good part is that my overeating was mostly on healthy food (like, nuts, yoghurt or just a bigger dinner portion) while the work snacks were rather unhealthy.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #352 on: January 16, 2018, 09:23:07 PM »
Sadly I didn't really get to do much exercise yesterday as I was flat out from the morning until about 9!

I have been going to the gym though, another free trial at another place. This time the gym is far cleaner even though it's quite busy. The staff are also nice. I think I'll join this one! I'm tempted to do a trial at another place as I think I probably only need the basic gym equpiment. But at the same time it's just $3 more a month to get access to a swimming pool (which is nice and heated - have already used), and in the future when I get better I can attend fitness classes like Zumba and all that. So I think it's probably worth it!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #353 on: January 17, 2018, 07:30:54 AM »
Someone brought in doughnuts.  I have a 4 hour meeting starting in 30 minutes, and I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to bring a doughnut to snack on.  Instead I'm posting here so if I eat one, I have to tell you.  I'll have like 30 cups of work coffee, I guess, to keep myself awake :(

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #354 on: January 17, 2018, 08:06:54 AM »
Iím holding steady at ~130 (down 70lbs), which Iíve hovered around for a few months now. Itís a great weight for me. I love seeing that I can easily maintain, even though my eating has been off diet for a few weeks due to frequent events, dinner meetings, and more wine than usual.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #355 on: January 17, 2018, 08:10:42 AM »
Someone brought in doughnuts.  I have a 4 hour meeting starting in 30 minutes, and I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to bring a doughnut to snack on.  Instead I'm posting here so if I eat one, I have to tell you.  I'll have like 30 cups of work coffee, I guess, to keep myself awake :(
Stay strong! You can do this!!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #356 on: January 17, 2018, 08:36:41 AM »
Checking in  -- My monthly weigh-in is the 6th of each month.

Oct 2016 - 267 (Highest weight)
Dec 2016 - 265 (Starting weight)
Jan 2017 - 257.4
Feb 2017 - 250.2
Mar 2017 - 244
Apr 2017 - 236.6
May 2017 - 229.8
Jun 2017 - 228.4 (maintenance break)
Jul 2017 - 220.6
Aug 2017 - 215.4
Sept 2017 - 215.4 (maintenance break)
Oct 2017 - 208.8
Nov 2017 - 205.4
Dec 2017 - 209.4 (struggle struggle)
Jan 2017 - 212.8 (more struggle struggle)

Today - 211.4 - Finally headed in the right direction. I saw as high as 217 but have been on plan for about 2 weeks for the first time since early November. So thankful I turned it around. My next goal is to get down to my previous low (203), and then to get to 199.

Plan for this year:
Maintain tracking in MFP
Hit a deficit 6/7 days a week, 1 day at maintenance. Take maintenance breaks at least every 10-12 weeks.
Wear Fitbit
Walk a minimum of 6K steps, aim for 10K steps (new target habit)
Drink 100 oz water (new target habit)
Meal plan weekly, grocery shop weekly so there is always fresh, on plan food in the house.
Incorporate neighborhood gym into health routine - 1 day a week at a time until I hit a rhythm that feels right (haven't started yet but just got signed up for the gym on Monday)
Take metformin at night (need to be more consistent)
Start taking multivitamin in the morning (haven't started yet but will)

Right now my focus is consistency on the habits I already have in place and then my new target/stretch habits are the 100 oz water and 10K steps. Except today's a minimum day - 6K only - since it is a snow day.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #357 on: January 17, 2018, 09:56:08 AM »
Iím holding steady at ~130 (down 70lbs), which Iíve hovered around for a few months now. Itís a great weight for me. I love seeing that I can easily maintain, even though my eating has been off diet for a few weeks due to frequent events, dinner meetings, and more wine than usual.

that is amazing! Great job maintaining!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #358 on: January 17, 2018, 10:24:38 AM »
Iím holding steady at ~130 (down 70lbs), which Iíve hovered around for a few months now. Itís a great weight for me. I love seeing that I can easily maintain, even though my eating has been off diet for a few weeks due to frequent events, dinner meetings, and more wine than usual.

that is amazing! Great job maintaining!

Thanks. Itís easy for me because I basically ate the same way for the last few years.
I figured: ďeat like a thin healthy person and I will end up and stay a thin healthy personĒ, I didnít worry about the timeline. I just focused on a lifestyle I could maintain.

So Iíve basically been in ďmaintenanceĒ mode for a few years even though Iím still losing and expect to lose up to 5lbs more. Below that I start getting too close to underweight territory, and a healthy diet canít support an unhealthy weight, either high or low.

What makes me happy is that after so long of eating well and moderately, it doesnít seem to matter what I eat, I donít gain because I naturally moderate. Itís a nice feeling and I once read it referred to as food freedom: that state where you can just naturally maintain a healthy relationship with food and therefore a healthy weight.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #359 on: January 17, 2018, 10:54:22 AM »
I've just had the time of the month where I don't weigh and don't pay attention to what I eat, but I'm back on track now. Tonight we're eating chili, which is something that always really fills me up. Then tomorrow it will be eatmeal for breakfast, probably soup for lunch and something healthy with lots of veggies for dinner. I'm also going to the gym tomorrow night. Weather permitting I'm also going to play with my new bike this entire weekend. I'm going to pick it up Friday after work.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #360 on: January 17, 2018, 11:37:38 AM »
I've lost almost no weight, but am taking the right steps. So, one day everything should come together. That's what I keep telling myself. :-)

-I've worked out every day of 2018. A mix of strength training, cardio, pilates & yoga.
-I'm getting more fruit & veggies. Averaging 5.5/day
-I'm paying more attention to my calories, & eating less. Average of 1505 calories/day

I'm noticing a difference in my toning (thanks to the strength training), but no noticeable difference on the scale.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #361 on: January 17, 2018, 11:39:50 AM »
Someone brought in doughnuts.  I have a 4 hour meeting starting in 30 minutes, and I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to bring a doughnut to snack on.  Instead I'm posting here so if I eat one, I have to tell you.  I'll have like 30 cups of work coffee, I guess, to keep myself awake :(
Stay strong! You can do this!!

Woo, meeting complete with no doughnuts, and now it's time for lunch :) 

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #362 on: January 17, 2018, 11:54:44 AM »
Anyone on Weight Watchers and if so how are you doing on the new flex plan. Do you go to meetings or on line? I hate those stupid meetings and makes me feel uncomfortable weighing in.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #363 on: January 17, 2018, 12:12:02 PM »
Woke up, lifted for the first time in a week, and have stuck to a breakfast and lunch shake in preparation for dinner tonight since my mom is coming over and bringing a pizza. 2 slices max and I will stay within my calories for the day.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #364 on: January 18, 2018, 03:27:52 AM »
I've lost almost no weight, but am taking the right steps. So, one day everything should come together. That's what I keep telling myself. :-)

-I've worked out every day of 2018. A mix of strength training, cardio, pilates & yoga.
-I'm getting more fruit & veggies. Averaging 5.5/day
-I'm paying more attention to my calories, & eating less. Average of 1505 calories/day

I'm noticing a difference in my toning (thanks to the strength training), but no noticeable difference on the scale.

In that case, maybe don't track your weight but track your measurements? I draft my own patterns for sewing so I get my measurements taken often. I don't see a difference in the mirror and only a small difference on the scales, but I have lost more than an inch on my waist and hips. That's one clothing size!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #365 on: January 18, 2018, 04:06:40 AM »
I ended up finally joining the gym yesterday. It turned out to be more expensive than I thought it would be compared to the other place with no frills as I forgot about the additional membership fee that they charge. But that's okay, it wasn't a massive difference when I weigh up that in the future when my knee recovers from physio that I'll be able to join all the classes for free, it has a pool, jacuzzi, and steam room. The other one doesn't.

Also all the equipment is in ship shape even though it's an extremely busy leisure centre. I also got a complimentary water bottle, towel, and gym bag. lol

My physio reckons I'm doing quite well, but no news yet on when I'll be fully recovered which is the sucky part. At first he said 6 weeks but I think it might be longer. :-(

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #366 on: January 18, 2018, 04:50:02 AM »
I ended up finally joining the gym yesterday. It turned out to be more expensive than I thought it would be compared to the other place with no frills as I forgot about the additional membership fee that they charge.

Me too. I'm just not pushing myself enough without the motivation of classes. Mine costs $44 a month, including a wide range of weight and cardio classes. Like you, I forgot about the membership fee, so the real cost is closer to $50.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #367 on: January 18, 2018, 07:35:20 AM »
My weight hit a new low today of 7.6 lbs above goal. I have lost 9.8 lbs since I started tracking in November at about 2 weeks postpartum. My weekly rolling average is about 8.7 lbs above goal, which is also lower than the previous week's average.  I love group fitness classes but for now I am just using my treadmill and weights at home. Besides the expense, I don't want to put baby in childcare until flu season is over.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #368 on: January 18, 2018, 11:24:01 AM »
First check-in since 1/2.

1/2  170 lbs
1/18  166 lbs

Have made progress despite myself!  Has been too cold to run as consistently as I'd planned (yes, I'm a wimp in Florida and won't run unless I can wear shorts) and as for the eating it's been all over the place.

Will focus on maintaining this 4 lb loss and losing another 2 - 3 by months end.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #369 on: January 18, 2018, 08:33:57 PM »
I have exercised every day of this month (as opposed to my average of couch potato-ing), and I am starting to notice small changes. Also, I have done my workout at 9.45 pm today because I am too stubborn to break my record so far! Motivation gets you started, determination and stubbornness does the rest. Spirits are high, I'm very glad to be on this journey with all of you.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #370 on: January 18, 2018, 08:36:19 PM »
I have exercised every day of this month (as opposed to my average of couch potato-ing), and I am starting to notice small changes. Also, I have done my workout at 9.45 pm today because I am too stubborn to break my record so far! Motivation gets you started, determination and stubbornness does the rest. Spirits are high, I'm very glad to be on this journey with all of you.
High five, that is really awesome!!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #371 on: January 19, 2018, 02:45:08 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?

I've started eating more frequently (breakfast, 11, 1, 4, 6 and 8) but lesser portions. This has helped me keep hunger at bay while tricking my stomach into eating less at every meal (and not worry too much if I don't eat to max since I know the next meal is just two hours away). I hope this reduces my stomach size and bring it back to normal (from pregnancy size). I'm also drinking more water than before.

Exercise is still not happening yet :( got a jump rope to see if I can make myself use it.

Managed to knock out three more pounds after hitting a plateau for a week or so in between. That brings up tally to 11 pounds lost since new year. Hope this is the start of a new losing streak.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #372 on: January 19, 2018, 05:23:23 AM »
Per Happy Scale I've lost 2 pounds. Logging food before I eat it seems to be an effective way to get myself to evaluate if I really need that blizzard. I didn't get to the gym 3 times last week, but I did do a class, lift twice, and did the walking desk enough so that beat my calorie burn goal each day. So gonna say yay for that.

Part of me wants to get really aggressive with this, but past habits tell me that's when I yo-yo. Yes 2 isn't a lot. Yes this is going to take time. It's about building a sustainable lifestyle and just making it a habit I don't even think about. I can do this. Stay the course!
Down 4 pounds in 18 days. So close to under 190. It's been slower than I'd like, but frankly it hasn't been that hard either. I think the forced logging before eating has been a good change for me. Usually when I have a crazy week at work, like this one, I would have gained a couple pounds through stress eating. While this week I didn't get the exercise I'd like, at least that stopped me from gaining weight.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #373 on: January 19, 2018, 06:13:03 AM »
Weekly Weigh in:

December 30: 145
January 5:      144
January 12:    143.4
January 19:    143.8

Nothing new to report here. Maintenence/last 3 pounds are boring! I've effectively been working on the same five pounds since June 2016.

But I know that if I don't track I'll start to creep up again. I may not ever hit 140 at this stage of my life (lack of time and long hours at desk job make me sedentary to the sloth level) but I can keep it under 145 with careful eating.

Hope everyone has great weeks!



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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #374 on: January 19, 2018, 09:06:44 AM »

Starting metrics in black, Last update in Green, New update in RED
Starting weight (Dec 26, 2017): 241 : 241 ; 236
Starting pushups: 0
Starting mile pace: 16 min. : 15:35!
Starting bench press: 55 pounds : 60 pounds

Short term goals:
Goal 1: work out 4 days a week, an hour per day.  3 days per week
Goal 2: drink 8 glasses of water per day : around 4 glasses ; up to 8 glasses!
Goal 3: eat 50 grams of fiber per day (fruits and veggies); crushing this goal, 50 g achieved! on average this week
Goal 4: 14 min mile by July 2018
Goal 5: 220 pounds by July 2018


Updates on metrics are in the quote in RED
Have started tracking calories. I resisted this for a while but now I've just started to think about it as a budget similar to my financial budget. I'm trying to find foods that are the most nutrition, and most filling, for the least amount of calories and aiming to average around 2000 calories per day. I'm finding that my previous portion sizes were far too big, and I am just as full on 2000 calories as I was before I was tracking (I was probably eating 3000-4000 calories some days before). I've lost about 5 pounds since the end of December which makes me happy :)

I've put a sample meal down below. i'm vegan so you'll notice no meat, dairy, or eggs

Breakfast: Oatmeal made with maple syrup, almonds, and blueberries along with a fruit/veggie smoothie of banana, strawberries, and spinach (total meal is around 750 calories), plus a glass of water

Snack: Rice cake with some peanut butter and a glass of water (150 calories)

Lunch: Veggie Soup and some crackers (total meal is around 400 calories) and a glass of water

Dinner: Burrito Bowl with base of lettuce topped with 1 cup rice, 1 cup potatoes, 1 cup black beans, 1 cup roasted corn, 1 avocado, and salsa (total meal is around 700 calories), plus glass of water

After dinner snack: Cup of tea with tsp of splenda

The remaining four glasses of water are spread throughout the day, or concentrated during a workout when I drink like a fish.

Some days are better, some days are worse, but I'm actually enjoying the calorie counting ??? that's weird.
Fiber tends to end up around 50-60 grams, protein around 60-70 grams, fat around 40 grams, carbs around 300 grams. Those numbers are off the top of my head as my journal isn't in front of me at the moment. I use the Cronometer app and website to track calories, nutrition, and fitness.
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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #375 on: January 21, 2018, 02:04:32 AM »
Time for another weigh-in. :)

Starting weight: 120.7kg
Last week's weight: 121.3kg
Current weight: 118.7kg

Slight asterisk against this one because I haven't had dinner yet (chicken and vegetables are cooking in the oven as we speak).

I've been better the last week (basically been reducing carbs and increasing vegetables, save for the bowl of laksa and two beers on Friday night). Portion sizes could come down a bit, but it's not so bad if it's mostly veg, right? :)

Haven't noticed anything different with how my clothes fit just yet.

The weather is dry and not too hot this week (highest temp is high 20s), so I'll try and ride my bike all week. Last week I only rode one day (although there were two 40 degree days, and that's a bit too warm for comfort on the bike).

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #376 on: January 21, 2018, 09:06:32 AM »
Posting early because I hit one of my goals today, which is the weight I was last year at this time, or about 7 lbs above my final goal. I also got my 10 pound weight loss badge from Fitbit. I am not going to get too excited until my weekly average stays below this number, as it could just be a fluctuation. My % body fat is also at a new post-pregnancy low, but still higher than it was last year (using my scale so not sure how accurate this is). The weather hit a balmy 43 degrees yesterday so I went for a nice bike ride in the country while DH watched the kiddies.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #377 on: January 21, 2018, 04:22:30 PM »
Jan 1: 142lbs
Jan 7: 136lbs

Jan 21: 132lbs

Still haven't started exercising. I did have the flu, so that dropped me a few pounds. And for dinner last night and breakfast this morning, I did a mini Fasting Mimicking Diet as a little kick-start to my intentions of eating low-carb. I INTEND to get some exercise tomorrow after work... we shall see if I actually manage to do it.


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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #378 on: January 22, 2018, 03:31:10 AM »
I have been doing a bit poorly the past few days. I did manage to go to the gym on Thursday night and met some lovely people there.

On the weekend I went on a church retreat so I didn't go to the gym as the retreat was in the middle of nowhere. I did a walking trail and stuff so I did 'keep fit' but not as much as I would have liked to. The food was out of my control as it was supplied by the organisers. I admit to having a few cakes.. couldn't resist it. lol That plus one of the cakes was for a celebration so I joined in with everyone else.

Will have to get back into the gym this week!

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« Reply #379 on: January 22, 2018, 06:13:50 AM »
I made it to Crossfit 3x last week, which was part of my goal, but failed to get in a long hike/walk.  I waited until too late in the afternoon on Saturday, and it got much colder than I expected, so I chickened out because I was afraid it would start snowing.

My diet over the weekend was AWFUL.  I got started on sweet things somehow, and it devolved into eating a normal day's worth of food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) plus two tortillas with melted chocolate chips and peanut butter, and then some more peanut butter, then some more chocolate chips, etc.  Blech.  I put everything in MFP, though!  It was mildly terrifying.  I'm getting back on track now that I'm at work and I have more limited access to snacks.  Consequently, no weight loss, but that's ok. 

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #380 on: January 22, 2018, 06:47:06 AM »
The past week was quite good, especially in terms of exercise. I'm enjoying resistance training. I did 4 sessions from Monday-Sunday last week. I did have pizza one evening, so that's 2 meals that included cheese this month. Beer consumption was higher than it needs to be, so I'm abstaining from Saturday until Thursday. This weekend includes a 3 night trip to a town which features several breweries. I don't expect to abstain from alcohol then.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #381 on: January 22, 2018, 06:58:57 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)
Jan 22: 174.4 (34.6% 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)

January Goals (Week 3):
    Tracking in MFP (7/7 days)
    Active minutes (184/150 minutes)
    5,000 steps (4/7 days)

Doing well on goals except for consistent steps--office job with too many meetings is killing me.

Down 2.2# in three weeks, which feels great. Fancy scale told me that I'm now 30.1 BMI--getting under 30 and no longer being "obese" is a fun motivator for the week!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #382 on: January 22, 2018, 07:50:49 AM »
I weighted myself for the first time last Sunday, but unfortunately nothing had changed. Not too surprised about that, as from Thursday on I'd been indulging since Thursday (two day work event + brother's birthday on Sat). Also before that my food choices weren't optimal yet, tho I had moved my snack attacks away from sugary food.

Fortunately, my exercise schedule has set off really nicely. Today I went for a morning swim for the 3rd Monday in a row, I'm at day 17 of daily yoga and have consistently exercised 3-4 evenings a week.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #383 on: January 22, 2018, 08:24:57 AM »
Per Happy Scale I've lost 2 pounds. Logging food before I eat it seems to be an effective way to get myself to evaluate if I really need that blizzard. I didn't get to the gym 3 times last week, but I did do a class, lift twice, and did the walking desk enough so that beat my calorie burn goal each day. So gonna say yay for that.

Part of me wants to get really aggressive with this, but past habits tell me that's when I yo-yo. Yes 2 isn't a lot. Yes this is going to take time. It's about building a sustainable lifestyle and just making it a habit I don't even think about. I can do this. Stay the course!
Down 4 pounds in 18 days. So close to under 190. It's been slower than I'd like, but frankly it hasn't been that hard either. I think the forced logging before eating has been a good change for me. Usually when I have a crazy week at work, like this one, I would have gained a couple pounds through stress eating. While this week I didn't get the exercise I'd like, at least that stopped me from gaining weight.

Ate my sadness watching the Vikings last night. It was enough to gain 2 pounds back. Forgot how easy that is.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #384 on: January 22, 2018, 08:30:59 AM »
Per Happy Scale I've lost 2 pounds. Logging food before I eat it seems to be an effective way to get myself to evaluate if I really need that blizzard. I didn't get to the gym 3 times last week, but I did do a class, lift twice, and did the walking desk enough so that beat my calorie burn goal each day. So gonna say yay for that.

Part of me wants to get really aggressive with this, but past habits tell me that's when I yo-yo. Yes 2 isn't a lot. Yes this is going to take time. It's about building a sustainable lifestyle and just making it a habit I don't even think about. I can do this. Stay the course!
Down 4 pounds in 18 days. So close to under 190. It's been slower than I'd like, but frankly it hasn't been that hard either. I think the forced logging before eating has been a good change for me. Usually when I have a crazy week at work, like this one, I would have gained a couple pounds through stress eating. While this week I didn't get the exercise I'd like, at least that stopped me from gaining weight.

Ate my sadness watching the Vikings last night. It was enough to gain 2 pounds back. Forgot how easy that is.
I was also sad about the Vikings! Those 2 pounds are likely water weight/bloat from eating salty food. They'll go away :)

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #385 on: January 22, 2018, 08:56:41 AM »
Per Happy Scale I've lost 2 pounds. Logging food before I eat it seems to be an effective way to get myself to evaluate if I really need that blizzard. I didn't get to the gym 3 times last week, but I did do a class, lift twice, and did the walking desk enough so that beat my calorie burn goal each day. So gonna say yay for that.

Part of me wants to get really aggressive with this, but past habits tell me that's when I yo-yo. Yes 2 isn't a lot. Yes this is going to take time. It's about building a sustainable lifestyle and just making it a habit I don't even think about. I can do this. Stay the course!
Down 4 pounds in 18 days. So close to under 190. It's been slower than I'd like, but frankly it hasn't been that hard either. I think the forced logging before eating has been a good change for me. Usually when I have a crazy week at work, like this one, I would have gained a couple pounds through stress eating. While this week I didn't get the exercise I'd like, at least that stopped me from gaining weight.

Ate my sadness watching the Vikings last night. It was enough to gain 2 pounds back. Forgot how easy that is.
I was also sad about the Vikings! Those 2 pounds are likely water weight/bloat from eating salty food. They'll go away :)

I was about to respond with the same thing!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #386 on: January 22, 2018, 09:33:52 AM »
I made it to Crossfit 3x last week, which was part of my goal, but failed to get in a long hike/walk.  I waited until too late in the afternoon on Saturday, and it got much colder than I expected, so I chickened out because I was afraid it would start snowing.

My diet over the weekend was AWFUL.  I got started on sweet things somehow, and it devolved into eating a normal day's worth of food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) plus two tortillas with melted chocolate chips and peanut butter, and then some more peanut butter, then some more chocolate chips, etc.  Blech.  I put everything in MFP, though!  It was mildly terrifying.  I'm getting back on track now that I'm at work and I have more limited access to snacks.  Consequently, no weight loss, but that's ok.

Do you have a sense of what sets you off on that path? (Been there myself, so super sympathetic). Aside from hormone changes, which are hard to predict & near impossible to regulate, I find that disagreements with my spouse/kids and/or carryover work stress to be the big causes. I try to immediately make myself a cup of hot tea, grab a book, go outside for a few minutes to breathe in fresh air, etc really helps. I also ask myself (like, literally ask myself), what would it look like if you didn't binge eat? How will you feel a) in the moment and b) after? Will you regret this, or enjoy it? Sometimes even thinking it through helps me. Doing the above has helped me cut down so that it's a rare occasion & I can usually pull myself back even when I start to get off track.

And like you, too much sugar results in too much sugar & it's a vicious cycle for me. I find almost none helps the most.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #387 on: January 22, 2018, 09:43:28 AM »
Surprisingly enough, I'm almost to my first milestone in half the time I had allotted for it. My weight didn't bounce back as much as I'd expected after the food poisoning, but I was also having my period, so that probably depressed the numbers a bit. I'm expecting to hit a local maximum this week before (hopefully) starting to trend downward again.

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)
01/22/2018 - 182.1 lbs (99% goal 1, 71% goal 1.5, 40% stretch goal)

Given that I made such quick progress, I'm adding Goal 1.5 to my timeline, namely reaching 178 by 02/16. That's a pound a week, which is not crazy given my progress so far, but it will be confounded by work travel. I have three 3-day trips in the next four weeks, and keeping my eating in check is a real challenge on the road, especially with catered events. I'm going to try to include 24-hour fasts where possible, and otherwise just do the best I can. I'm also going to try to keep up the daily exercise in hotel gyms, something I haven't really attempted before. We'll see how it goes.

So far, I haven't found it too hard to stick to my eating plan when I'm home, but I'm getting to the stage where I'm bored with the restrictions, and there have been days where I really wanted comfort food (pizza and wine, mostly). I'm becoming more aware of the impulse to eat because I'm sad or bored, and I'm doing better about managing those impulses. I do sometimes give in partially (no pizza or wine, but other things that I'm trying to eat less of), but at least I'm aware I'm doing it and making a conscious decision. I figure that's the place to start.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #388 on: January 22, 2018, 09:50:03 AM »
I made it to Crossfit 3x last week, which was part of my goal, but failed to get in a long hike/walk.  I waited until too late in the afternoon on Saturday, and it got much colder than I expected, so I chickened out because I was afraid it would start snowing.

My diet over the weekend was AWFUL.  I got started on sweet things somehow, and it devolved into eating a normal day's worth of food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) plus two tortillas with melted chocolate chips and peanut butter, and then some more peanut butter, then some more chocolate chips, etc.  Blech.  I put everything in MFP, though!  It was mildly terrifying.  I'm getting back on track now that I'm at work and I have more limited access to snacks.  Consequently, no weight loss, but that's ok.

Do you have a sense of what sets you off on that path? (Been there myself, so super sympathetic). Aside from hormone changes, which are hard to predict & near impossible to regulate, I find that disagreements with my spouse/kids and/or carryover work stress to be the big causes. I try to immediately make myself a cup of hot tea, grab a book, go outside for a few minutes to breathe in fresh air, etc really helps. I also ask myself (like, literally ask myself), what would it look like if you didn't binge eat? How will you feel a) in the moment and b) after? Will you regret this, or enjoy it? Sometimes even thinking it through helps me. Doing the above has helped me cut down so that it's a rare occasion & I can usually pull myself back even when I start to get off track.

And like you, too much sugar results in too much sugar & it's a vicious cycle for me. I find almost none helps the most.

Sometimes it is boredom eating.  I am home 3 days a week with our toddler, which isn't bad at all, but sometimes he just wants to stand at the sink and hold his spoon under the water for 30 minutes, and there I am in the kitchen, right next to all the food, eating his leftover goldfish.  I've also noticed that I eat mindlessly when I sit on the couch and read or watch TV, especially during the day.  If I go up to the bedroom and read, it's fine, but if I'm downstairs I often end up with a snack, which leads to more snacks. 

There is additional eating when I'm stressed, and especially when I don't get enough sleep.  I really crave sweet things after I toss and turn all night, or when the toddler is sick and wakes me up a lot. 

I think getting in the habit of asking myself how I'll feel if I do eat all this crap is the best option, and of realizing when I can physically remove myself from the situation.  I really do feel awful if I eat a lot of carbs and sugar, especially if I haven't been for a few days/weeks - I get lethargic, I break out, my stomach and GI system are all gurgley and sad and uncomfortable - it's totally not worth three days of feeling bad. 

You'd think after living in my own house and dealing with things like this for 15 years I would have a better handle on how to abstain.  I'll just keep working on it, I guess :)  The most important step you can take is the next one.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #389 on: January 22, 2018, 10:56:11 AM »
Per Happy Scale I've lost 2 pounds. Logging food before I eat it seems to be an effective way to get myself to evaluate if I really need that blizzard. I didn't get to the gym 3 times last week, but I did do a class, lift twice, and did the walking desk enough so that beat my calorie burn goal each day. So gonna say yay for that.

Part of me wants to get really aggressive with this, but past habits tell me that's when I yo-yo. Yes 2 isn't a lot. Yes this is going to take time. It's about building a sustainable lifestyle and just making it a habit I don't even think about. I can do this. Stay the course!
Down 4 pounds in 18 days. So close to under 190. It's been slower than I'd like, but frankly it hasn't been that hard either. I think the forced logging before eating has been a good change for me. Usually when I have a crazy week at work, like this one, I would have gained a couple pounds through stress eating. While this week I didn't get the exercise I'd like, at least that stopped me from gaining weight.

Ate my sadness watching the Vikings last night. It was enough to gain 2 pounds back. Forgot how easy that is.
I was also sad about the Vikings! Those 2 pounds are likely water weight/bloat from eating salty food. They'll go away :)

I was about to respond with the same thing!

Ya I know, it's just silly looking back on it. No reason to eat all that! Didn't solve any problems and now I feel a little gross/greasy today since I haven't been eating any of that stuff lately.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #390 on: January 22, 2018, 11:05:42 AM »
Ya I know, it's just silly looking back on it. No reason to eat all that! Didn't solve any problems and now I feel a little gross/greasy today since I haven't been eating any of that stuff lately.
That's good biofeedback. I personally am a big believer in a cheat meal (someone on this thread called them Joy Meals, I think) once every week or two. They are a staple of many, many fat reduction diets and are used by lots of fitness and bodybuilding competitors. In the long run they don't do any harm, and in the short run they can help your psychology.*

*And possibly keep your metabolism revved, but this is controversial in the literature.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #391 on: January 22, 2018, 11:08:02 AM »
I made it to Crossfit 3x last week, which was part of my goal, but failed to get in a long hike/walk.  I waited until too late in the afternoon on Saturday, and it got much colder than I expected, so I chickened out because I was afraid it would start snowing.

My diet over the weekend was AWFUL.  I got started on sweet things somehow, and it devolved into eating a normal day's worth of food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) plus two tortillas with melted chocolate chips and peanut butter, and then some more peanut butter, then some more chocolate chips, etc.  Blech.  I put everything in MFP, though!  It was mildly terrifying.  I'm getting back on track now that I'm at work and I have more limited access to snacks.  Consequently, no weight loss, but that's ok.

Do you have a sense of what sets you off on that path? (Been there myself, so super sympathetic). Aside from hormone changes, which are hard to predict & near impossible to regulate, I find that disagreements with my spouse/kids and/or carryover work stress to be the big causes. I try to immediately make myself a cup of hot tea, grab a book, go outside for a few minutes to breathe in fresh air, etc really helps. I also ask myself (like, literally ask myself), what would it look like if you didn't binge eat? How will you feel a) in the moment and b) after? Will you regret this, or enjoy it? Sometimes even thinking it through helps me. Doing the above has helped me cut down so that it's a rare occasion & I can usually pull myself back even when I start to get off track.

And like you, too much sugar results in too much sugar & it's a vicious cycle for me. I find almost none helps the most.

Sometimes it is boredom eating.  I am home 3 days a week with our toddler, which isn't bad at all, but sometimes he just wants to stand at the sink and hold his spoon under the water for 30 minutes, and there I am in the kitchen, right next to all the food, eating his leftover goldfish.  I've also noticed that I eat mindlessly when I sit on the couch and read or watch TV, especially during the day.  If I go up to the bedroom and read, it's fine, but if I'm downstairs I often end up with a snack, which leads to more snacks. 

There is additional eating when I'm stressed, and especially when I don't get enough sleep.  I really crave sweet things after I toss and turn all night, or when the toddler is sick and wakes me up a lot. 

I think getting in the habit of asking myself how I'll feel if I do eat all this crap is the best option, and of realizing when I can physically remove myself from the situation.  I really do feel awful if I eat a lot of carbs and sugar, especially if I haven't been for a few days/weeks - I get lethargic, I break out, my stomach and GI system are all gurgley and sad and uncomfortable - it's totally not worth three days of feeling bad. 

You'd think after living in my own house and dealing with things like this for 15 years I would have a better handle on how to abstain.  I'll just keep working on it, I guess :)  The most important step you can take is the next one.

I could have written all of this. Tricks I use(d) for boredom eating when home with the kids. Take the kids outside, work on a puzzle together, anything to get out of the kitchen. I also challenge myself to do 30 situps or pushups or whatever. I brush my teeth. And, when I was home with small toddlers & struggled the most, I would chew gum and/or buy those lifesaver mints & eat those. The fresh minty taste would make it a deterrent to eat.

I personally found the toddler phases to be hard. The lack of sleep combined with not having your own schedule was challenging. You've got this!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #392 on: January 22, 2018, 12:23:45 PM »
I made it to Crossfit 3x last week, which was part of my goal, but failed to get in a long hike/walk.  I waited until too late in the afternoon on Saturday, and it got much colder than I expected, so I chickened out because I was afraid it would start snowing.

My diet over the weekend was AWFUL.  I got started on sweet things somehow, and it devolved into eating a normal day's worth of food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) plus two tortillas with melted chocolate chips and peanut butter, and then some more peanut butter, then some more chocolate chips, etc.  Blech.  I put everything in MFP, though!  It was mildly terrifying.  I'm getting back on track now that I'm at work and I have more limited access to snacks.  Consequently, no weight loss, but that's ok.

Do you have a sense of what sets you off on that path? (Been there myself, so super sympathetic). Aside from hormone changes, which are hard to predict & near impossible to regulate, I find that disagreements with my spouse/kids and/or carryover work stress to be the big causes. I try to immediately make myself a cup of hot tea, grab a book, go outside for a few minutes to breathe in fresh air, etc really helps. I also ask myself (like, literally ask myself), what would it look like if you didn't binge eat? How will you feel a) in the moment and b) after? Will you regret this, or enjoy it? Sometimes even thinking it through helps me. Doing the above has helped me cut down so that it's a rare occasion & I can usually pull myself back even when I start to get off track.

And like you, too much sugar results in too much sugar & it's a vicious cycle for me. I find almost none helps the most.

Sometimes it is boredom eating.  I am home 3 days a week with our toddler, which isn't bad at all, but sometimes he just wants to stand at the sink and hold his spoon under the water for 30 minutes, and there I am in the kitchen, right next to all the food, eating his leftover goldfish.  I've also noticed that I eat mindlessly when I sit on the couch and read or watch TV, especially during the day.  If I go up to the bedroom and read, it's fine, but if I'm downstairs I often end up with a snack, which leads to more snacks. 

There is additional eating when I'm stressed, and especially when I don't get enough sleep.  I really crave sweet things after I toss and turn all night, or when the toddler is sick and wakes me up a lot. 

I think getting in the habit of asking myself how I'll feel if I do eat all this crap is the best option, and of realizing when I can physically remove myself from the situation.  I really do feel awful if I eat a lot of carbs and sugar, especially if I haven't been for a few days/weeks - I get lethargic, I break out, my stomach and GI system are all gurgley and sad and uncomfortable - it's totally not worth three days of feeling bad. 

You'd think after living in my own house and dealing with things like this for 15 years I would have a better handle on how to abstain.  I'll just keep working on it, I guess :)  The most important step you can take is the next one.

I could have written all of this. Tricks I use(d) for boredom eating when home with the kids. Take the kids outside, work on a puzzle together, anything to get out of the kitchen. I also challenge myself to do 30 situps or pushups or whatever. I brush my teeth. And, when I was home with small toddlers & struggled the most, I would chew gum and/or buy those lifesaver mints & eat those. The fresh minty taste would make it a deterrent to eat.

I personally found the toddler phases to be hard. The lack of sleep combined with not having your own schedule was challenging. You've got this!

Thanks for the encouragement :) 

I did start brushing my teeth with him before he goes to bed, and deciding not to eat after that makes a big difference in how much I snack.  Quick little workouts are a good idea, too.  I'll need to buy some gum, though...

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #393 on: January 22, 2018, 03:39:39 PM »
Jan 21: 183.2

I dipped down to 181.4 this week but then popped back up. It's fine; I know I oscillate at least 3 lbs and it's exciting to consider my former low my new high! I also remind myself it's *only been a week* since I hit that again.

 I tried finding an article for you guys this morning but it's gone. But, to summarize: within the last 3 years, a friend of mine shared an article along the lines of "why the scale isn't moving" that was humorous and light and among other things mentioned that it's very common to gain/store water as you lose fat, which balance each other out and result in "no change" on the scale even though you're changing internally. Looking it up today I discovered it's termed "The Whoosh Effect" and is probably somewhat controversial medically, but a lot of people in fitness/personal training circles report experiencing it...and in fact, that the "whoosh" (i.e. when you eventually lose the water weight!) can be triggered by a "joy meal" (I like that!) or alcohol.  Didn't quite work out for me that way; relaxed my eating this weekend with a fair bit of socializing, got back on track yesterday (I guess I kind of did a fast because I wasn't hungry until like 3 or 4PM, and figured my body was still working on the previous day's lunch and dinner?) Ended up making up for it with some after-dinner snacks to get to the ~1250 kcal that's been filling me up most days lately, but I still consider very low food intake...

Jan 15: 182.0
Jan   8: 186.9

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #394 on: January 22, 2018, 03:48:47 PM »
Sometimes it is boredom eating.  I am home 3 days a week with our toddler, which isn't bad at all, but sometimes he just wants to stand at the sink and hold his spoon under the water for 30 minutes, and there I am in the kitchen, right next to all the food, eating his leftover goldfish.  I've also noticed that I eat mindlessly when I sit on the couch and read or watch TV, especially during the day.  If I go up to the bedroom and read, it's fine, but if I'm downstairs I often end up with a snack, which leads to more snacks. 

I've heard for some people, doing something with hands while watching TV helps (knitting, folding laundry, playing a stupid phone game?, etc).

I've been trying to substitute tea for snacking in the TV/reading situations you've mentioned. There *is* definitely a pleasure to nibbling+media but I think sipping+media works almost as well! So far a slight pitfall in this plan has been that we have holiday chocolate out and I like tea with chocolate! But I'm not a chocoholic so I tend to just have one or two, and all things considered I'd rather eat the tasty chocolate gradually than waste it! But I know that doesn't hold for everyone...there's some snacks that we just make a rule not to get. E.g. potato chips. (We sometimes break the rule. As an exception.)

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #395 on: January 22, 2018, 06:35:54 PM »
Ya I know, it's just silly looking back on it. No reason to eat all that! Didn't solve any problems and now I feel a little gross/greasy today since I haven't been eating any of that stuff lately.
That's good biofeedback. I personally am a big believer in a cheat meal (someone on this thread called them Joy Meals, I think) once every week or two. They are a staple of many, many fat reduction diets and are used by lots of fitness and bodybuilding competitors. In the long run they don't do any harm, and in the short run they can help your psychology.*

*And possibly keep your metabolism revved, but this is controversial in the literature.
Interesting! Thanks for the heads up. I'll try to figure out how I can integrate that in a more organized/less bingey manner.

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« Reply #396 on: January 23, 2018, 12:10:31 PM »
I made it to Crossfit 3x last week, which was part of my goal, but failed to get in a long hike/walk.  I waited until too late in the afternoon on Saturday, and it got much colder than I expected, so I chickened out because I was afraid it would start snowing.

My diet over the weekend was AWFUL.  I got started on sweet things somehow, and it devolved into eating a normal day's worth of food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) plus two tortillas with melted chocolate chips and peanut butter, and then some more peanut butter, then some more chocolate chips, etc.  Blech.  I put everything in MFP, though!  It was mildly terrifying.  I'm getting back on track now that I'm at work and I have more limited access to snacks.  Consequently, no weight loss, but that's ok.

Do you have a sense of what sets you off on that path? (Been there myself, so super sympathetic). Aside from hormone changes, which are hard to predict & near impossible to regulate, I find that disagreements with my spouse/kids and/or carryover work stress to be the big causes. I try to immediately make myself a cup of hot tea, grab a book, go outside for a few minutes to breathe in fresh air, etc really helps. I also ask myself (like, literally ask myself), what would it look like if you didn't binge eat? How will you feel a) in the moment and b) after? Will you regret this, or enjoy it? Sometimes even thinking it through helps me. Doing the above has helped me cut down so that it's a rare occasion & I can usually pull myself back even when I start to get off track.

And like you, too much sugar results in too much sugar & it's a vicious cycle for me. I find almost none helps the most.

Sometimes it is boredom eating.  I am home 3 days a week with our toddler, which isn't bad at all, but sometimes he just wants to stand at the sink and hold his spoon under the water for 30 minutes, and there I am in the kitchen, right next to all the food, eating his leftover goldfish.  I've also noticed that I eat mindlessly when I sit on the couch and read or watch TV, especially during the day.  If I go up to the bedroom and read, it's fine, but if I'm downstairs I often end up with a snack, which leads to more snacks. 

There is additional eating when I'm stressed, and especially when I don't get enough sleep.  I really crave sweet things after I toss and turn all night, or when the toddler is sick and wakes me up a lot. 

I think getting in the habit of asking myself how I'll feel if I do eat all this crap is the best option, and of realizing when I can physically remove myself from the situation.  I really do feel awful if I eat a lot of carbs and sugar, especially if I haven't been for a few days/weeks - I get lethargic, I break out, my stomach and GI system are all gurgley and sad and uncomfortable - it's totally not worth three days of feeling bad. 

You'd think after living in my own house and dealing with things like this for 15 years I would have a better handle on how to abstain.  I'll just keep working on it, I guess :)  The most important step you can take is the next one.

I could have written all of this. Tricks I use(d) for boredom eating when home with the kids. Take the kids outside, work on a puzzle together, anything to get out of the kitchen. I also challenge myself to do 30 situps or pushups or whatever. I brush my teeth. And, when I was home with small toddlers & struggled the most, I would chew gum and/or buy those lifesaver mints & eat those. The fresh minty taste would make it a deterrent to eat.

I personally found the toddler phases to be hard. The lack of sleep combined with not having your own schedule was challenging. You've got this!

Thanks for the encouragement :) 

I did start brushing my teeth with him before he goes to bed, and deciding not to eat after that makes a big difference in how much I snack.  Quick little workouts are a good idea, too.  I'll need to buy some gum, though...

I did the same thing yesterday after a poor night's sleep (trying to transition baby out of Rock n Play), no alone time/exercise time, and toddler just generally being loud and annoying. I decided "fuck it, I am having some cheese, and then some wine, and then some pretzels with Nutella, etc). Made me feel better temporarily but ended up 500 Cal above my goal when I logged it later. Best to just log it and move on.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #397 on: January 23, 2018, 10:29:36 PM »
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?

I've started eating more frequently (breakfast, 11, 1, 4, 6 and 8) but lesser portions. This has helped me keep hunger at bay while tricking my stomach into eating less at every meal (and not worry too much if I don't eat to max since I know the next meal is just two hours away). I hope this reduces my stomach size and bring it back to normal (from pregnancy size). I'm also drinking more water than before.

Exercise is still not happening yet :( got a jump rope to see if I can make myself use it.

Managed to knock out three more pounds after hitting a plateau for a week or so in between. That brings up tally to 11 pounds lost since new year. Hope this is the start of a new losing streak.
Checking in here. Still at the 11 pound loss, inching towards 12 pounds. I think I've finally found a way to figure out how much food is right for my stomach. I've been experimenting with food portions and frequent small meals with each time being less than my palm keeps me sated while not overloading my stomach. I also like the feeling I get when I don't stuff myself. Now to remember it for all the hard times (party, buffet, mom-cooked delicious dishes). A pound more to my first half goal. So close!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #398 on: January 24, 2018, 06:31:04 AM »
Checking in.....January 2nd I was 201.6..........This morning weighed 186.8!  Still a ways to go but it's encouraging!

The best part is I'm spending less of my busy day going to the gym (it's kinda free but not in a mustchian way) and working out.  And I quit running altogether (I was training for a half-marathon last summer and realized I hated it).

My only workout is P90 (AKA Power90) which I got for $30 on craigslist (actually was less because I went ahead and sold the 5 other DVDs that were included in the deal). In the time it takes me to go to the gym, my workout is finished!

I've been doing Whole30.  It has also eliminated my heartburn: I had graduated from antacids to Tagamet to Zantac to Prilosec over the course of 25 years and now I'm on nothing but Apple Cider Vinegar.

The rest of my life is a shitty mess but my weight loss has been a bright spot!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #399 on: January 24, 2018, 06:42:53 AM »
So, I'm super late to the party, but can I join y'all?

I had a baby six months ago, and although most of what I gained during pregnancy has come off, I still have somewhere around 20 lbs I'd like to lose. I'm currently at 145 lbs and am shooting for somewhere around 125. (I'm not married to that specific number, we'll see how my body feels as I get closer to that, but 122-127 is a range I've been comfortable at in the past, so it seems like as good a place as any to start.)

Because I'm still breastfeeding, I'm going to have to take it slowly - my doctor recommends I not lose more than 1 lb a week while I still breastfeed (apparently most of us have accumulated quite a lot of of PCB, DDT etc in our fat tissue over the years, and if you lose fat too quickly while breastfeeding you risk transferring higher doses than what is considered safe to your baby through the milk). On the other hand breastfeeding supposedly burns an extra 300-500 kcal/day, so that might help ;)

My main issue is I have a serious sugar problem. Our baby was colicky and the first few months were all about surviving, so when I didn't have any time to prepare healthy food or didn't have any in the house (and couldn't face carrying the stroller down two flights of stairs to go buy some), I got in the habit of just grabbing some chocolate or whatever cookies or candy we had lying around. I have a history of being terrrrrible at controlling my sugar intake, and predictably got stuck right back into the habit of eating a ton of sugar. I want to quit this not only because it's obviously not great for my health, but it's also killing our grocery budget in a very un-mustachian way (candy is comparatively expensive here, and we also just got a separate "sugar tax", so it's just going to keep getting more pricey). I just did my first day without candy, cookies etc yesterday and it was WAY harder than I remember it being the last few times, probably because I let the sugar habit get so out of hand.

Anyway, I'm super impressed with how many of you have already made amazing progress and looking forward to getting to know you all!