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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #250 on: January 07, 2018, 08:50:49 PM »
I ate like an adult today. It wasn't the worst thing ever. There was a lack of poutine and cookies

Hahaha. Loved this. Sometimes adulting is hard.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #251 on: January 08, 2018, 01:58:00 AM »
Pulled the belt one notch tighter today. Itís a start.

5 more notches would be a good outcome.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #252 on: January 08, 2018, 02:20:50 AM »
December 29: 77,5
January 8:      77,1

I actually gained a bit over NYE + leftovers, then lost it again. I'm taking it slowly and don't weigh myself super regularly. I do track my food and since January 1 and that's going really well. I like to bake, but when I'm tracking my calories I hate to calculate the energetic value of the cake I've baked, so I just don't bake to avoid the hassle.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #253 on: January 08, 2018, 06:19:50 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)

I was recovering from the flu so didnít exercise much. Hoping to increase the exercise this week and be 100% plant based with my diet.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #254 on: January 08, 2018, 06:32:28 AM »
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

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #255 on: January 08, 2018, 07:03:24 AM »
Week 1 Results:
-Lost 2 of 20 lbs.
-Averaged 5.7 servings of fruit & veggies/day
-No running as of yet, as I'm in the (hopefully) final stages of recovering from bronchitis
-Did one week of 21 day shred (7 of 21 days complete)
-Worked out every day: 3 cardio workouts, one arm focused day, one leg focused day, one combined strength day, and one pilates workout.

Things that worked:
-Buying pre-packaged salad with a few fun mix ins to drive my F&V up. Very helpful, and I ate the entire bag in 5 days.
-Making working out in the morning a priority

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #256 on: January 08, 2018, 07:32:38 AM »
I'm in!  I started my second round of Whole30 yesterday.  On my first round (March 2017) I ate compliant for 59 days and lost 11 lbs, which got me to my prepregnancy weight.  I would like to will lose 14 lbs by June 1 .   I know Whole30 is not supposed to be a weight loss diet, but I have tried so many other programs and this is the only one that I have been able to stick to.

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

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

Today is Day 6 of my Whole30 round.  Even though it is breaking the whole30 rules, I stepped on the scale and was happy to see that my weight has gone down.  I'm not writing it down because I know a lot can change over the next 3 weeks of Whole30.

I'm pleasantly surprised that this food hangover was not even close to the food hangover I felt on my first round.  My first round I felt like I was going to die.  I was in bed sick by this point, but even after ending Round 1 my family made permanent changes to our diet, which is probably why I'm feeling pretty good right now.

I had planned to not work out until day 15 so I could focus on the food habits and hangover first, but this morning I woke up with a ton of energy decided to walk on the treadmill for 1.5 miles/30 miles. 

Here is what I ate during week 1.  I realize my meals are very boring and I ate the same thing most days, but for me that is key during the beginning of a Whole30.  It lets me focus on the foods and how I feel first.  When I hit the "Tiger Blood" stage I will start experimenting more with recipes.

Breakfast (every day):  Eggs with coconut milk with left over veggies.  I added either an avocado or banana depending on what I felt like.  Coffee was black with coconut oil stirred in.

Lunch:
Lunch 1&2: Chicken Sausage with baked potato drizzled with olive oil, and a leftover veg
Lunch 3&4:  Baked potato drizzled with olive oil topped with Sloppy Joes (ground turkey, sugar free tomato sauce, chopped carrots, & chopped green peppers)
Lunch 5&6: Chicken Sausage, Spaghetti squash.  I attempted to make Spaghetti squash fritters but I need to work on the recipe.
Lunch 7:  Chicken sausage, leftover veg

Dinner:
Dinner 1:  Steak, broccoli, zucchini, deviled eggs
Dinner 2: Pork Chops, broccoli, roasted potatoes
Dinner 3: Spaghetti squash, homemade spaghetti sauce, deviled eggs
Dinner 4: Spaghetti squash, homemade spaghetti sauce, deviled eggs
Dinner 5: Chicken thighs, broccoli, roasted potatoes
Dinner 6: Chicken, broccoli
Dinner 7:  Steak, Cauliflower, roasted peppers

There were 2 times during the week I needed a snack.  For snacks I had a banana and a hard boiled egg. 

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #257 on: January 08, 2018, 08:06:20 AM »
1) Eat 3 to 4 meals per day. Each meal will have a source of protein.
2) No cheese. I'm vegetarian, would like to eat more 100% vegan meals, and cheese is a source of concentrated calories.
3) Exercise in an intentional way 3-4 days per week. This can include running, biking, yoga and resistance training.
I accomplished 1 and 2. A whole week without cheese!! I missed the mark on exercise, only completing 2 yoga videos. I'm *finally* feeling pretty healthy (it's been 3 weeks!), so I'll do better this week.

I've also been trying to stay mindful during meals and eating until I'm 80% full. It's a good habit for me, because I tend to be a quick eater. Overall I'm happy with my progress. I weighed myself this morning and was also happy. I'll only report weight 1x per month because it fluctuates so much with water retention, but I think I'm heading in a good direction.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #258 on: January 08, 2018, 09:03:50 AM »
So far (numbers are actually a 10 day average to smooth random ups and downs):

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)

I was able to stick to my plan this week. The vegan + sugar free combination is tough, but I do think it's disrupting my eating habits, which is the goal. Sugar is really everywhere. I didn't try anything longer than my daily 16/8 fast, but I'd like to try to fit in a 24 hour fast this coming week. I want to see if it's any easier when I make lunch my one meal of the day, rather than dinner.

I'm happy about the progress I've made, but I know from experience that this is where the rubber hits the road. I've lost the "easy" weight, and it's going to be slower from here, which is always discouraging. At the same time, the novelty is wearing off, and I'm likely to start getting bored. Checking in here every day to see what everyone else is doing does help with motivation, and I'm going to seek out some interesting-looking recipes that I'll look forward to experimenting with.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #259 on: January 08, 2018, 09:42:54 AM »
Making it a habit this year to step on the scale each Monday. Today is 164.5, down 0.6 from last week. I've not been incredibly strict with my eating, but I've tried to be more mindful of portions and have only had one alcoholic drink in the entire week. I'm still waiting to be medically cleared to go back to full exercise pre-(minor)surgery, so I'm mostly walking and doing moderate yoga at this point. On to the next week!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #260 on: January 08, 2018, 10:28:31 AM »
Height: almost 5'4"
Current weight (Jan-2-2018): 136 lbs
Goal weight: around 120-125 lbs.

Weighing in on Monday mornings from now on.

Starting weight (Jan-2-2018): 136 lbs
Current weight (Jan-8-2018): 134.2 lbs -1.8 lbs

Starting measurements (Jan-8-2018 - didn't take them last week)
Waist: 29"
Thigh: 21.5"

Off to a good start! Not snacking has been easy so far. The post-holiday office junk food isn't even appetizing... someone actually brought in a boxed fruitcake today, yuck. I haven't been dealing with much hunger, so I'm probably eating more calories than I need to, but I'm happy to just build the no-snacking habit for now and re-tune my meals later. If I start trying to tackle both at once, I'll fall off the horse.

I also cut the alcoholic drinks last week to 3. I'm always amazed at how much it improves my mood and motivation to avoid alcohol. It's not something I'm at all interested in cutting out completely, but I'm happy to be moderating my intake a bit.

My other personal goal is to cut the amount of time I spend watching Netflix by myself. I did well until Saturday afternoon, when I fell into an hours-long binge of a really terrible, not to be named show. It's an embarrassing waste of time and turns me into a cranky, sedentary blob.

Lastly, soup season is awesome. So many options for one-pot, balanced, healthy meals. I gotta figure out how to make myself want soup in summer. In Florida.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #261 on: January 08, 2018, 10:42:34 AM »
Height: almost 5'4"
Current weight (Jan-2-2018): 136 lbs
Goal weight: around 120-125 lbs.

Lastly, soup season is awesome. So many options for one-pot, balanced, healthy meals. I gotta figure out how to make myself want soup in summer. In Florida.

Have you tried cold soups? I really love those in the summer. I live in a much more moderate climate and even I find it hard to eat certain hot soups in summer, but I still eat light, vegetable based soups like zucchini soup and chervil soup.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #262 on: January 08, 2018, 11:18:29 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!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #263 on: January 08, 2018, 11:44:21 AM »
I had better join this challenge.  While I don't mind being pleasantly plump, I'm beginning to cross the line to something less pleasant and more importantly, unhealthy.  15 pounds less for me, or else I will have to buy all new clothes! No more storebought baked goods, and let's halve the amount of holiday candy the kids get (and I eat) before I have to change my handle from Poundwise to Plussize.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #264 on: January 08, 2018, 12:01:37 PM »
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?

Sorry Jane X, I don't use their app so I don't know!  I was looking at the nutrition fact table on their website, for shredded or chopped cabbage, which lists total carbs, fiber, and sugar, and subtracted.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #265 on: January 08, 2018, 12:22:41 PM »
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?

Sorry Jane X, I don't use their app so I don't know!  I was looking at the nutrition fact table on their website, for shredded or chopped cabbage, which lists total carbs, fiber, and sugar, and subtracted.

Ah, okay.  I think I'll continue to count all grams for now to offset the fact that I'm not weighing or measuring my food yet.  It's all eyeball portions and I'm sure I'm being generous with myself.  Once I get a kitchen scale and start weighing, then I'll deduct the fiber.

Thanks for pointing that out!  It's made me feel lots better about being at 30 instead of 20.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #266 on: January 08, 2018, 12:54:50 PM »
Height: almost 5'4"
Current weight (Jan-2-2018): 136 lbs
Goal weight: around 120-125 lbs.

Lastly, soup season is awesome. So many options for one-pot, balanced, healthy meals. I gotta figure out how to make myself want soup in summer. In Florida.

Have you tried cold soups? I really love those in the summer. I live in a much more moderate climate and even I find it hard to eat certain hot soups in summer, but I still eat light, vegetable based soups like zucchini soup and chervil soup.

I've always shied away from cold soups for some reason. But it's high time to try a few recipes. Thank you for the suggestion!

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #267 on: January 08, 2018, 06:28:27 PM »
Finished day 4 of low carb!  I'm pretty sure I'm in keto, but since I just started my period, I haven't weighed and don't plan to until after.  Even with the increased cravings and cycle related stuff I've been able to stay the course so I'm pretty happy.

Has anyone used Carb Manager for tracking?

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #268 on: January 08, 2018, 08:12:07 PM »
I've always been puzzled by the fact that I can track dollars and make budget cuts rather easily, but calories and food are a whole different ball game. Why is eating so much more emotionally-charged for me than making purchases? I've never had the ''rush'' of buying stuff, but getting some chocolate will definitely do the trick. I really want to figure out what makes me react this way to food, and how to re-organize my thinking in a healthier manner.

I've been reading about how some personalities (e.g.,kids & marshmallows psych experiments) are better at discounting present value in favor of greater future returns. I can do this with money until the cows come home. I can do this with education and career (powered through my dissertation) but have had such a problem with food. Not sure why the difference, so I'll be interested in hearing your insights as you have them.

No insights so far, but I have read that there is more to the marshmallow study than previously thought. A bit off-topic, but apparently it was a better indicator of the kids' level of trust in authority. I thought that was interesting to note.

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/09/what-the-marshmallow-test-really-teaches-about-self-control/380673/


Also, this week was excellent as far as healthy habits go. I did not eat any dessert, exercised every day, and ate lots of fruits and veggies. I weighed myself on January 1st, but I was still pretty bloated from NYE food party, so weight was slightly higher than usual.

Jan 1 : 193.2 lb
Jan 8 : 187.8 lb (-5.4 lb)

I am continuing the 30-day shred, and I'm also taking measurements weekly throughout the month in order to track my progress.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #269 on: January 09, 2018, 01:21:56 AM »
Home now! That kind of feels like out should be prefaced by "finally" but also I like visiting family and it's what's a bit sad to see the festivities end. :)

I'm at 186.9 this morning...I was hanging in there but we show off and splurge in a culinary sense when we get together, so some of the dinners last week did me in...could have been worse!

Now that we're back home and grocery shopped today, I'm tracking in MyNetDiary again. I aim for 1500-1600 kcal average; like others I've found that aiming lower and being RAVENOUS was counterproductive long term...but I can't comment on others' metabolisms. This past year I've been losing pretty comfortably, without serious hunger, if I stick to the limits, get enough protein and/or fats, and keep the carbs within reasonable limits (if starches start to dominate my caloric intake, I get hungry!)

Today's success: Dinner of vegetarian borsch(t) (pictured) which ended up running 1400 kcal for a 6-qt pot. Might help fill up and warm up some of you cold humans?

Peel, then julienne or shred: 1 lb raw beet, 8 oz carrot, 1 lb cabbage, med onion (6 oz?)
Heat up 3 qts prepared better than boullion (or other stock) w/ bay leaf and peppercorns to taste.
Add 2lb potatoes (~3/4 " cubes?) Simmer ~10 min, while you...
Sautee beets and carrots for 3-4 min, then add cabbage, and in 2-3 min add onion. Sautee another minute or two, then dump veg into soup.
Mix and bring to temp and enjoy.

If you want to be authentic, add lots of fresh or dried dill at any point.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #270 on: January 09, 2018, 02:15:05 AM »
I also wanted to respond to some of the ongoing conversations...

Kitchen scales are awesome! I like the unambuguity of it. It does get easier!Eventually, I learned what my typical ingredients came out to (we get 5 oz apples, 2.5 oz Persian cucumbers, etc). Probably more importantly, I learned which products were important to track and which were safe to eyeball. Oils, meat, nuts, cheese, carbs are either caloric (small qty error = large caloric error), or tempting, or both. Vegetables, I am far less concerned with tracking accurately. A cup of lettuce/greens is 5 kcal...that's well within the margin of error on these measurements (esp as applied to different bodies!)

If starving after snacktime is an issue, a nutritionist once told me, pair fruit/veg with fat/protein (cheese, nuts, dip, deli meat) for more lasting fullness. I don't have a habit of snacking, but when I have applied it, it's been true.

There was some discussion of why this control is harder than budgeting...I think it's twofold. One is along the lines of "everyone has their demons"...besides money, one might struggle with alcohol/substances or controlling emotions/esp anger or forgetfulness/lateness...or on the flip side, excessive control tendencies that damages well being and relationships. Basically I see it as normal to struggle to manage/control at least one aspect of life.

Second, the "losing weight is like budgeting" approach neglects the fact that your body is an animal, evolved to adapt to its environment. If you cut its sustenance, you don't get to control how it responds...maybe it burns fat, or maybe it makes you cold and cranky and unfocused (or, all of the above) by turning down other metabolic functions.  Your body is actually trying to be very frugal, and you're trying to get it to waste its "savings"! How would you feel? In contrast, if you're trying to save more money, your bank account  never starts spending more by itself! (Or, if it does, you can contest it as fraud!)

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #271 on: January 09, 2018, 04:07:10 AM »
Add me in!

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

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

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

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

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

Anyway good luck all!
I forget if p90x3 has dedicated abs workouts (it’s been about 2 years since I completed the program) but I find that most of <that company>’s videos can be mixed and matched for a custom workout. If there are videos you can still do, I’d keep them in rotation. Especially the weekly X3 yoga video.

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Re: Losing Weight in 2018
« Reply #272 on: January 09, 2018, 05:28:29 AM »
I had a funny moment this morning - I've been super good with my calorie tracking and not going over, so was a little bummed when my weight was up half a pound since yesterday.  Logically, I know that's nothing to worry about, but it was still a little disappointed.  The funny part was what I said to myself right afterwards (out loud - living alone will do that):

"Just think of what Elaine (elaine amj) would tell you - just have to keep at it and you'll lose the weight." 

So, thank you Elaine and everyone else for all of your posts on here.  It's so nice to not feel like I'm doing this alone :)

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« Reply #273 on: January 09, 2018, 06:16:16 AM »
I also wanted to respond to some of the ongoing conversations...

There was some discussion of why this control is harder than budgeting...I think it's twofold. One is along the lines of "everyone has their demons"...besides money, one might struggle with alcohol/substances or controlling emotions/esp anger or forgetfulness/lateness...or on the flip side, excessive control tendencies that damages well being and relationships. Basically I see it as normal to struggle to manage/control at least one aspect of life.

Second, the "losing weight is like budgeting" approach neglects the fact that your body is an animal, evolved to adapt to its environment. If you cut its sustenance, you don't get to control how it responds...maybe it burns fat, or maybe it makes you cold and cranky and unfocused (or, all of the above) by turning down other metabolic functions.  Your body is actually trying to be very frugal, and you're trying to get it to waste its "savings"! How would you feel? In contrast, if you're trying to save more money, your bank account  never starts spending more by itself! (Or, if it does, you can contest it as fraud!)

Thanks galliver, this really resonates and helps me try to understand why I personally find money so much easier than food!

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« Reply #274 on: January 09, 2018, 09:23:27 AM »
Second, the "losing weight is like budgeting" approach neglects the fact that your body is an animal, evolved to adapt to its environment. If you cut its sustenance, you don't get to control how it responds...maybe it burns fat, or maybe it makes you cold and cranky and unfocused (or, all of the above) by turning down other metabolic functions.  Your body is actually trying to be very frugal, and you're trying to get it to waste its "savings"! How would you feel?



This makes a LOT of sense. I often get angry with my body for its reactions to my cutting calories - like, "How dare you have needs, body - we are DOING THIS and the brain is in control, not you!" I often feel like I'm fighting biology, which you can't really fight with logic (other than white knuckling through the hunger pangs or going to bed early when you're simply out of energy, which is one thing I've been doing lately.)

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« Reply #275 on: January 09, 2018, 10:56:23 AM »
Well, I started the month at 165 and today I am 164.  And I am sure that lb is superficial.  Not much progress. One thing for sure, this is going to be hard. As I wrote on the healthy choices thread, this really takes dedication and looks like January will be my trial and error month. At least the first two weeks will be.

1/1  - 165
1/9 -  164

I need to regroup. One thing is for sure, I am an all or nothing person. I was doing so good with not snacking on the bad stuff and then that one thing sends me off the cliff.

I have been trying to lose 25 lbs for a number of years now. I have to find the right level that works for me.

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« Reply #276 on: January 09, 2018, 10:57:37 AM »
Today was my first 10/10 day for the year. Not that any other day has been particularly bad, but have been more like 8/10 or 9/10 days.

Maybe yesterday was the worst day of the year, as I ate my first chocolate bar of the year.... but I did go for a run too, and the rest of my eating was on point so I a, not too worried.

Today I ate exactly what I should be eating. I hit the gym early this morning and did a solid weights workout, and then this evening I cycled for 50 mins with a friend after work. It wasnít an overly taxing ride as we were cycling at a pace comfortable for conversation, but it beats lying on the sofa.

More days like today, and Iíll shed the 25-30kgs I am looking to lose before the year is out.

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« Reply #277 on: January 09, 2018, 11:03:55 AM »
I've actually gotten to a place where I feel a lot of love and compassion for my body.  The extra weight I carry, and it's a lot, is a result of mental/emotional/psychological issues and my poor body has to carry the burden for all of that.  I'm an emotional eater and I've had to deal with a lot of difficult stuff in life and my coping mechanisms have been on a survival level.  Food has been one of those, and while not as destructive as some other choices like drugs and alcohol, there is still a price to be paid and my body is the one paying it.  So no, my body gets no anger or criticisms from me, just love, respect, gratitude and regret for making it carry such a large burden.

This year I'm devoting myself to making amends with my body and treating it with the kindness and consideration it deserves.  And that includes lessening this heavy burden that I'm forcing it to carry 24/7, everywhere we go.  It doesn't deserve this.  And it's time I take care of it.  And I have all of the resources I need to do so.  That's the best part.  How wonderful is that??!!

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« Reply #278 on: January 09, 2018, 11:23:12 AM »
I've actually gotten to a place where I feel a lot of love and compassion for my body.  The extra weight I carry, and it's a lot, is a result of mental/emotional/psychological issues and my poor body has to carry the burden for all of that.  I'm an emotional eater and I've had to deal with a lot of difficult stuff in life and my coping mechanisms have been on a survival level.  Food has been one of those, and while not as destructive as some other choices like drugs and alcohol, there is still a price to be paid and my body is the one paying it.  So no, my body gets no anger or criticisms from me, just love, respect, gratitude and regret for making it carry such a large burden.

This year I'm devoting myself to making amends with my body and treating it with the kindness and consideration it deserves.  And that includes lessening this heavy burden that I'm forcing it to carry 24/7, everywhere we go.  It doesn't deserve this.  And it's time I take care of it.  And I have all of the resources I need to do so.  That's the best part.  How wonderful is that??!!

Love this!

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« Reply #279 on: January 09, 2018, 11:31:43 AM »
I've actually gotten to a place where I feel a lot of love and compassion for my body.  The extra weight I carry, and it's a lot, is a result of mental/emotional/psychological issues and my poor body has to carry the burden for all of that.  I'm an emotional eater and I've had to deal with a lot of difficult stuff in life and my coping mechanisms have been on a survival level.  Food has been one of those, and while not as destructive as some other choices like drugs and alcohol, there is still a price to be paid and my body is the one paying it.  So no, my body gets no anger or criticisms from me, just love, respect, gratitude and regret for making it carry such a large burden.

This year I'm devoting myself to making amends with my body and treating it with the kindness and consideration it deserves.  And that includes lessening this heavy burden that I'm forcing it to carry 24/7, everywhere we go.  It doesn't deserve this.  And it's time I take care of it.  And I have all of the resources I need to do so.  That's the best part.  How wonderful is that??!!

Love this!

Me too!!!  Great post. I am an emotional eater too and can totally relate.  It is what makes losing weight and making healthy choices doubly hard for me.


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« Reply #280 on: January 09, 2018, 11:35:25 AM »
I've actually gotten to a place where I feel a lot of love and compassion for my body.  The extra weight I carry, and it's a lot, is a result of mental/emotional/psychological issues and my poor body has to carry the burden for all of that.  I'm an emotional eater and I've had to deal with a lot of difficult stuff in life and my coping mechanisms have been on a survival level.  Food has been one of those, and while not as destructive as some other choices like drugs and alcohol, there is still a price to be paid and my body is the one paying it.  So no, my body gets no anger or criticisms from me, just love, respect, gratitude and regret for making it carry such a large burden.

This year I'm devoting myself to making amends with my body and treating it with the kindness and consideration it deserves.  And that includes lessening this heavy burden that I'm forcing it to carry 24/7, everywhere we go.  It doesn't deserve this.  And it's time I take care of it.  And I have all of the resources I need to do so.  That's the best part.  How wonderful is that??!!

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« Reply #281 on: January 09, 2018, 12:29:51 PM »
Not doing so well at the moment.  We were out of town on vacation and honestly, I did a great job of getting in some exercising and not going crazy with holiday food.  Now we are back in town and the readjustment to the daily grind has been rough--and I've been choosing to deal with it by stress eating sugar/carbs/unhealthy fat.  NO MORE!

I just wrote out my planned meals for the rest of the week.  I have a little time to hit up the grocery store tomorrow so am going to restock on fresh veggies (we've been living off frozen since returning home, which is okay but not as satisfying as fresh, IMO).

Weight goal for the remainder of this week is to get rid of this post-holiday bloat weight and be back down to my current "normal" of 150 lbs.  I'd like to be down to 147 by end of January.

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« Reply #282 on: January 09, 2018, 12:37:42 PM »
Good parts: Ate well yesterday, went for a morning swim + evening fitness. Today started off good with healthy breakfast & lunch too.

Bad parts: New year's party at work. Lots of snacks and drinks. Had a beer, some deep-fried snacks, but kinda tried to focus on the healthy ones with kale and quinoa and such. Oh and tiramisu. Too much. I love tiramisu. At least I got so full that I decided the snacks had been my dinner.

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« Reply #283 on: January 09, 2018, 02:47:09 PM »
Doing ok. Lost the 2 kg holiday weight.

snacking is getting much better. I ate a piece of chocolate at work mond and tuesday,  which was enough to get me through the morning. Actually, it was great- there were 2 lindor balls welcoming me (from the office fairy), and I ate 1 piece mid morning. Saved the other for tomorrow. And wasn't tempted to eat them all even though the past few days were about post vacation disaster management.  Reducing 1 to 0 is easier than 10 to 0. And I avoided the lollyshop like the plague.

also introduced a new type of breakfast. Tomato+cucumber+pepper + 2 tbs cottage cheese. I think I can do this 3 times a week.

We are doing a no sugar for a week challenge with my colleague next week. Also banned my (skinny) boss from eating his chips, burgers and sausage rolls in the office. He was kind enough to oblige.  Good to have supportive management 😎

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« Reply #284 on: January 09, 2018, 04:36:32 PM »
Hi, I am out of bed finally. Unfortunately, it wasn't the kind of thing that makes you lose your appetite. And somehow the constant drinking of water and tea just seemed to stretch my stomach out and scream for more. Worse yet, I had no interest in raw vegetables, or indeed brocoli, which I had just stocked up on, in any form.

But today has already been better.

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« Reply #285 on: January 09, 2018, 08:11:41 PM »
Hi, I am out of bed finally. Unfortunately, it wasn't the kind of thing that makes you lose your appetite. And somehow the constant drinking of water and tea just seemed to stretch my stomach out and scream for more. Worse yet, I had no interest in raw vegetables, or indeed brocoli, which I had just stocked up on, in any form.

But today has already been better.

I like veg but not when I'm sick...especially fresh ones. I think some taste receptors get altered and they taste too acidic and watery (or just stuffy nose altering taste perception?). I do enjoy veggies that come in won-ton soup though (At different times/from different places that's included carrots, broccoli, napa cabbage, peas, zucchini, and mushrooms. And of course scallions.) (I give zero f*cks about frugality when I'm sick, I can't make the broth as well as they do, and also Chinese food is very cheap takeout, especially the soup.) Grilled cheese and tomato soup go over well, but I feel like that's a similar vegetable content to pizza ;) 

You're not alone! Good luck! Feel better!

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« Reply #286 on: January 09, 2018, 10:14:27 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!

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« Reply #287 on: January 10, 2018, 05:26:02 AM »
Wednesday weigh-in:

Down 3.4 lbs from last week! (re-started my food tracking January 1, first weigh-in was last Wednesday)  My starting weight was probably artificially high from the holidays, but it's still a nice start.  Many more lbs to go.

As for the more directly under my control accomplishments:

- 2 Jazzercise classes
- 6 days straight of meditation
- 7/7 days of full food tracking


Now just need to keep this up for the next 51 weeks or so :)

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« Reply #288 on: January 10, 2018, 06:00:31 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)

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


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« Reply #289 on: January 10, 2018, 08:07:25 AM »
Definitely want to lose weight this year. Unfortunately I have a knee injury and am still seeing the physio for it so my weight loss will probably be a lot slower than I'd like it to be.

I used a voucher access 28 days at the gym. I went almost every day but it was cut short by Christmas holidays and so on. I also tried to use the pool there but it was disgusting. I stopped the gym membership because ideally I'd like to be in the pool for some 'easy on the knee' exercises.

So my short term goal is to find another gym that I can join where I can do the exercises my physio has prescribed me and do it on a daily basis. I found a day voucher to a nearby gym I'm interested in so I plan to go there tomorrow to use it and see if I like the facilities. Hopefully the pool will actually be clean!

My long term goal for 2017 is for me knee to get back to normal. After that, I'd like to start going to fitness classes and resume my sports activities like dance. I am a bit wary about golf though since that's how my knee injury started!

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« Reply #290 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 #291 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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« Reply #292 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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« Reply #293 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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« Reply #294 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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« Reply #295 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 #296 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 #297 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 #298 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 #299 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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