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Maria7 - Sunday Jan 21, 2001

Weight: 147.5

Hello, everybody! WOW! We had a GREAT church service this morning! We were all singing praise songs to the Lord Jesus Christ and people were crying, lifting their hands, praying, and worshiping the Lord! It was AWESOME! I love to worship the Lord. I hope all of you are doing well today. Looks like you're all doing well with your food and workout programs. Today, I am doing a low-key calorie day. I overdid it yesterday, so trying to compensate today, also I am really not too hungry, and it is no wonder...I guess I am still full from buffet yesterday. It is a sunny, chilly day here in S.C. I will be looking forward to reading your journals. Maria

dvdmon on 01/21/2001:
Hi Maria,

I realize I may be risking offending you by what I'm about to say, but I really hope you do not take offense as there is no ill will involved. Basically what I wanted to say was that I understand you may love going to church, but because some of us here either are not of the Christian persuasian, or of no religious persuasion, the language used above can be a bit strong. I realize that you probably have no idea of this - this is probably the language you are used to hearing every day in your community, but you should just know to some it's a bit strong. I know you're not DISCUSSING it per se, only mentionging what you did or like, but it could have been said in a more nuetral tone. I think that when we start involving religion (or politics for that matter) into a board that's supposed to be about dieting and health, well, we're risking creating divisions that we don't need to create - I'm sure this board has many diverse religious and political points of view and perhaps other folks - or even yourself - will disagree with me about taking issue with your comments, but that's the whole reason why I think we need to be careful. There are great forums out there for discussing this stuff, but I don't think this is one of them. Perhaps you think I'm making a mountain out of a molehill and perhaps you're right. I'm not angry or upset or anything, I just wanted you to know something which you are probably unaware - that certain words may have affect on some of us... Again, I hope you are not offended by this, please just take it into consideration the next time as we are not all members of your congragation ;-)


Soon2BThin on 01/21/2001:
I just had to comment here--I don't agree with DVDMon, but he has the right to say what he wants, I guess. I'm not a religious person but I think your religion is a great part of you & it's only natural for you to share your feelings about it & how it affects your day. That's kinda what this site is about, not just weight-loss, but how other things affect how we feel & how we deal with them. I hope your feelings weren't hurt by his comments & I'm sure that was not his intention. Anyway, I had to get that off my chest. Have a great day, you're doing so well.


Kyrin on 01/21/2001:
Hi Maria! I'm glad that you are having such a sunny and positive day. It's nice to see someone happy and working toward her goals. Good for you.


SoccerMom on 01/22/2001:
It's great to meet a fellow Christian. Keeping the Lord's love in my heart helps me succeed in my dieting efforts. Knowing that he loves me, and has plans for me, makes me want to be the best person I can be, for Him.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you. Keep up the good work.


muggg on 01/22/2001:
I loved the story about your hubby! Glad you went out and had a great time! Buffet is my favorite food treat too!



Maria7 - Friday Jan 19, 2001

Weight: 147.5

Hello, everybody! Well, it looks like all of you have done well today. I am late writing again. It was a warm day here in S.C., it got up to 76 degrees. I went to the next town over and did a little shopping (and returning) this afternoon. Got some paper for the printer, a CD rom cleaner, and hurried back home to get the grill fired up and the burgers cooking on it before the rain came. Hubby came home, the burgers were cooking and the rain held off til about 15 minutes after I got the burgers done. They were soooooo good! My menu today was: Breakfast: egg, plain diet bread toast, 1/2 banana, grapefruit juice. Lunch: Tuna and 1/2 banana. Supper: 2 hamburger patties, no buns, 1 cup string beans, 1 cup baked 'french fries', 1/2 small onion, 1 glass gingerale. 1200 calories. I drank 2 liters water. I love reading each of your journals. Maria

Kyrin on 01/20/2001:
Hi Maria!

It looks like you had a really good day. In answer to your question--the weather was warm, but rainy. I'm about ready for some of our brilliant Alabama blue skies again, but the weatherman is calling for COLD over the next few days. Guess that means I'll be moving my buns to stay warm. Brrrrrr! Grill something fun for me, would ya? LOL


pastagal on 01/20/2001:
Glad you made it on to do your entry,,was wondering yesterday what happened to you:}} see we notice:}

Glad your burgers turned out good,,,we bbq on the grill alot in the summer,,hubby loves it,,i grill alot on my George Forman grill in the winter months:}

Your menu sounds good to,,,well another weekend before us,hope you have a great one,,mine is busy,tonight i am keeping my lil ashley and brad over night and thats always fun;} Tomorrow going to this Big mall out of town with my daughter shopping,something me and her have not done in ,,gosh i can't remember when,,,so should be fun:} Have a great day maria:}


mmc on 01/20/2001:
Hi there i just wanted to say thank you for your comments and i hope your having a great day. The sun is out here and i think i will get out for a walk today. I am working right now so i need to get back,. Well talk to you soon have a great weekend ! thanks mmc



Maria7 - Thursday Jan 18, 2001

Weight: 147.5

Hello, everybody...well, the scale is not moving downward yet, but the tape measure is...Also, now my size 10 Levi jeans are fitting perfectly, so I must be doing something right. I hope you all have had a great day today. Mine was a busy one. I took my Mother shopping and we had a good time together. She found a nice red skirt and black top (with embroidery) that she liked and so I got her that and I found 2 nice sweaters (one red, one black) with diamond-looking rhynestone buttons for less than half price and got that, too. Isn't it something, how when you're not looking for something for yourself when you're shopping, there it is...but a lot of times when you go shopping looking for something to wear, it is not to be found. Anyway, she and I were happy with our finds. Then we went to her optometrist and got her new eyeglasses adjusted, as they were too loose. She was happy about that. Just a little while ago, Hubby and I took our nightly one-mile stroll...it was chilly outside, but according to the weather forecast on tv, the high tomorrow is to be 70-75 here in South Carolina...I am waiting to see...if so, I hear the grill out on the deck calling me.... Maria

poundcake on 01/18/2001:
Wow..I`ll be glad when I can slide into a size 10 jeans! good for you. You`re doing great....Glad you had a good time with your mom. Wish my mom lived closer so we could do more together. She lives in Georgia and I`m in florida. Hope you have a good day tomorrow....poundcake


pastagal on 01/18/2001:
Thats great maria,,,,size 10,,,that is my next pair of jeans,,,size 10 and i hope to be in that size with in the next couple months:}}} right now they are 12s and i do have a pair of 14s just in case i have a fat day,,lol,,,,

well you are sounding really upbeat and i love hearing that from everyone:} have a great night and what was it you were cookin on the outside grill??:}}}


muggg on 01/18/2001:
My Mom and I go "girl" shopping too. It's always great to find a bargain! Congrats on those size 10 jeans! Isn't it great?

I cant' wait for 70� days here... but it will be awhile - sigh.


dvdmon on 01/19/2001:
Maria, that's great! Just goes to show you that the scale is just one of many measuring devices, and we shouldn't make it so important that it becomes the end-all and be-all of dieting! 70-75, huh? Lucky bastard! Well, I guess that means it will hopefully get into the 60's here, but all I know about the forcast is that it's going to rain the whole weekend :-(


Kyrin on 01/19/2001:
Woo-Hoo! Congratulations, Maria! I know how much fun is was to slide into those 10's and get that perfect fit. Good for you, gal. ...and congrats also on your losses so far this year. You're doing really well!



Maria7 - Wednesday Jan 17, 2001

Weight: 147.5

Hello, everybody! It's been a busy cleaning day over here... washing/drying clothes, cleaning out a closet, etc. I hope all of you are doing well and from your journal entries, it appears you all are. It has been a cloudy day here in S.C. up until about 5 minutes ago and now it is sunny. I went out on the deck a little while ago and it felt warm outside, though not quite as warm as the other day. It is presently 55 degrees here, but feels like it is warmer than that. Come on, Springtime! Barbequed chicken is cooking as I key this. String beans will go with it for supper. It's been a good eating-wise day, banana and grapefruit juice for breakfast, banana and decaf black coffee for snack and a little broiled fish for lunch. Church is tonight and I am looking forward to going. We have been having some really fantastic church services and 25 people got saved at our church last year. I bought some wild birdseed last night and threw some out for the birds this morning. Hope all of you have a great day! Maria

pastagal on 01/17/2001:
Aww you sound so bright and cheery today:}} Your weather sounds great,,we are having pretty weather,,but cold:{ and then the Rolling Blackouts ,my daughter just called and said most of Yuba city area ,,thats considered town to me,i live about 8 miles out of Yuba city in a small rual town and she said the power is to be off for at least 90 mins,,,so we might get ours turned off later today for that amount of time,this is really gettin to be to much ...well maria,,,glad your church is so enjoyable,,thats great:} well have a good evening and enjoy the church service tonight;}}



Maria7 - Tuesday Jan 16, 2001

Weight: 147.5

Hello, everybody! Hope you're all having a great day (including a great eating-wise day). Yesterday it got into the 60's here in South Carolina and though it was cloudy real early morning, later in the morning it was sunny, bright, and clear. I went outside on the deck and it felt like early summer it was so warm. I swept some leaves from the trees off of the deck and late in the afternoon, we had a hamburger grillout...what a lot of fun! Tell me, why is it that food cooked outside tastes so much better than food cooked inside? Anyway, so much for having fish the second go round for supper last night. Instead I had a grilled hamburger minus the bun and had salad to go with the hamburger...ummmmm...good! Then last night, since it was so unseasonably warm and felt so good outside, still in the 60's, Hubby and I went for a mile walk together. What a wonderful day. Also, I got in the 64 ounces water. This morning, I've had a mug of cocoa and a banana for breakfast. I really don't know what will be menu for the rest of today, but plan on no bread, low calories. I hope all of you have a GREAT day and I'll be checking back to read your journal entries! Maria

pastagal on 01/16/2001:
Oh your dinner last night really sounded great,,i love bbq hambugers off the grill,,and actually a hambuger with a bun isn't a bad choice,i would of had the bun and filled it up with lettuce and tomatoe and ketchup and mustard and pickles,,makes a great meal:}} its usually all the other stuff you have with them that are fattening:} Thats great you and hubby got to take a long walk together,,my hubby would walk with me anytime if it wasnt' that one of us had to always be here for his mother,,she just can't be left alone being she is bedridden:{

well maria,,,the rest of your day will go great,can tell just by your attitude this morning,,so keep it up ,and have a wonderful day:}}}


The Bug on 01/16/2001:
South Carolina, I didn't realize that's where you are. We have a timeshare in Mrytle Beach that we go to every summer. Sounds like you had a good day with the temp's in the 60's. Even got your walk in. Hooray for you!


pastagal on 01/16/2001:
Maria,,,,my web page on aol is

http://hometown.aol.com/pastagal47/

That is an "L" at the end of pastagal,not a 1 :}

let me know if you were able to look at the pic ok,


muggg on 01/16/2001:
I'm soooooo envious of your nice temperatures. I can't wait for summer! I love it hot... you won't hear me complain. (LOL)

Thank you for your description of being out on the deck... I could just about feel the air on my face! And lucky you, how nice that hubby will take a walk with you! You're doing great, Maria, Keep it up!


jenny on 01/16/2001:
Oh my! I think I'm moving to your neighborhood. I'm so sick of the cold. It was about 30 degrees here yesterday, but guess what? I grilled hamburgers, too! In fact, I grill about 3 times a week, year round. I had to stop grilling in December because the snow was so deep I couldn't get to the grill. But you have NO excuse to close up your grill...


km on 01/17/2001:
Yes I too am jelous of your weather ours is so cold and dreary just the thought of 60 degree weather and I could scream I want the spring here so bad, sounds like you had a great meal and walk enjoy ! you are very lucky!Take care~KIM~



Maria7 - Monday Jan 15, 2001

Weight: 147.5

Hello everybody! Bluejays are singing in the trees over here. I threw some bread out for them, which they love. I like to watch them swoop down from the tree limbs to the ground, quickly grab their breakfast and fly back up to the tree limbs again. I watch them eat their bread and then go get some more. Well, how is everyone doing today? Are you getting your water and exercise in? I got carried away yesterday and instead of doing a mile, I did over a mile and a half on the treadmill and then got ready for church service last night. Btw, we had a FANTASTIC service at church last night. One of the brothers got up near the end of the service and asked me to play a certain song (I play the piano) and he has a real deep voice and sings beautifully...you should have heard him. One of the songs we all sang was 'Just a Closer Walk With Thee' and on another one, 'Just a little talk with Jesus' he would come in singing 'Now let us...' in his real low voice, right before we all would sing '...have a little talk with Jesus'...as you can see, I am still fired up from our service last night. It was GREAT. I stayed with the menu posted yesterday and got all the water done. So, today's menu is: Breakfast: egg salad, cocoa, tea (no bread). Snack: cup of cantaloupe cubes. Lunch: broiled ocean perch fish, salad, tea. Snack: cup of grapes. Supper: Fish again with celery and lite pimento cheese. I am going to try for another mile and a half (at least) on treadmill today. I have seen times I've lost weight, but didn't wear clothes as small as when I'd lost weight before and was regular about exercising. I guess that's because fat doesn't weigh as much as muscle, but I think it takes up more space. I'll be looking forward to reading your journals today. Maria

pastagal on 01/15/2001:
Your church services sounded fun and thats great:}} Boy your doing good with the treadmill girl:} proud of you:}

You sound very upbeat ,,,and thats always good to hear,,,well you keep it up and have wonderful Monday ok,,,,:}}


muggg on 01/15/2001:
Maria,

You are an inspiration with your exercise and diet menu! Keep it up!

I purchased a Sharp 27" model 300. You can read about it if you go to epinions.com. People rate products they have purchased. The Sharp TV has had some good ratings. I hope it is a good one! I found mine at REX. Do you have one of those stores in your area?


poundcake on 01/15/2001:
Maria......I love to watch the birds too. Although I had to put collars with bells on them around my cats necks so the birds could get away when they hear the kittys getting too close for comfort. sounds like you are doing great....keep it up....****poundcake****



Maria7 - Sunday Jan 14, 2001

Weight: 147.5

Hello, everybody! Well, how about this? I got on the scale 3 times just to make sure it is true....and it is!!! :-) We just got back from church, had a wonderful church service, the message was on leadership. I got up real early this morning, fixed barbequed chicken, had already fixed potato salad for Hubby yesterday, had plenty left, and string beans. So we came home from church a little while ago and I heated him a plate of the chicken, potato salad, and string beans and I had chicken, minus skin, and string beans. We both had tea. I make mine with just 2 teaspoons sugar per large 15 ounce glass, as I have read too much about artificial sweeteners to trust them. This morning I had an egg salad sandwich (Oooooo! I ate bread!!!) and cocoa. Snack this afternoon will be some fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes or strawberries), and supper will maybe be fish or chicken and celery with lite pimento cheese. Also, drink at least 64 ounces water, and do a mile on treadmill today. I find that the fruit takes care of sweets cravings. It is a cloudy day here in South Carolina. I am looking forward to the warm, sunshiney spring coming in a couple more months! Have a great day, all of you and I will be checking back to read your journal entries! Maria

km on 01/14/2001:
Yeah that's great don't you love when that scale goes down and with all the exercising you guys are doing I might just give it a try. Have a great day take Care~kim~


The Bug on 01/15/2001:
Hey your doing great! Have you ever tried your ice tea without sugar? I used to sugar mine, but I just decided to stop, so I did, and it's been fine. I even stoped with the sugar in the coffee. Anyway, your doing great!



Maria7 - Saturday Jan 13, 2001

Weight: 149.0

Hi, everybody! Well it is the weekend! I hope all of you are having a great (and safe eating) one! It is a beautiful day here in South Carolina today, cool and sunshiney. I am looking out the window currently and watching 2 squirrels playing near the top of an oak tree. There was a bluejay on the tree limb earlier, singing (I think he was singing 'It Will Soon Be Springtime, So All of You DietDiary Journalers Get To Work!') and I threw him some bread to eat. Well, I am doing well with my 64 ounces of water a day and 1 mile on the treadmill. Slowly getting to goal of 140. I know I'm eating a lot of fruit here lately, but I bought it so I've got to eat it...but I haven't forgotten about vegetables. I think I just got carried away in the grocery store. So, today will be approximately the same menu as yesterday, only there will be a broiled porkchop instead of fish in menu somewhere, lunch or either supper. Hubby LOVES FRIED porkchops, so I am going to fix him some today and broil mine. Have a great day, all of you and I will be checking back to read your interesting journals! Maria

dvdmon on 01/13/2001:
Wow, yeah, I have heard bad things about aspartame before. In Protein Power Lifeplan, they go into a history of a bunch of different artificial sweeteners including aspartame. The only ones they said hadn't been proven harmful were cyclamates (which are no longer available in the US due to political reasons) and sucralose (Splenda). But they said even as far as sucralose, that it hadn't been proven harmful YET. So who knows. I've actually seen reports that it enlarges the liver kidneys and one other organ (can't remember which) with significant quantities on a daily basis in rats, but I'm not sure what that quantity is, and they haven't proved it in humans yet... In the book they talk about how many of these artificial sweeteners (but I don't think they include Splenda), can trigger a rise in insulin even though they should be metabolicly inert. So perhaps this is why people have determined they can cause plateaus or stalls...

As far as fitday, yes, if you look at the total calories burned, it looks like I would have to consume 2400 calories per day on a day I don't exercise to break even and I'm consistantly (for the last three days anyway) eating between 1800 and 2000). But throw in exercise and that goes up to 3000 calories burned give or take. I don't know how accurate the calories burned without exercise is because I think that depends a lot on your metabolism, so if you have a really slow metabolism, that could be down at 1500 calories, or a really fast one at 3500! But at least it's been consistant with the weight loss - I've lost now three days in a row. Don't tell anyone, but tonight when I post my diary, it'll be at a new low ;-) Have a great weekend!


pastagal on 01/13/2001:
Hi Maria,,,,,sounds like your doing super lately on your program,,,,and thats so great to hear:} your weather sounds nice to,,,it was like that here yesterday,,,but now today is alittle colder outside and alittle cloudy,,,so not sure what is in store weather wise today,,,,

Tomorrow when i buy groceries i gotta get more fruit,i love to take bananas & apples and cut up in bite size peices and put fat free cool whip in them and oh boy are they good and only couple points for a cup full,,,and very filling and really takes care of the sweet urge:}

I love fried pork chops myself,,i just love Pork period!! but i bought a George Forman grill last yr and i dearly love it for grilling food on,have you ever tried one,,cooks so fast and so moist and evenly cooked,,cause it cooks on both sides at the same time,,its great for veggies to,,

well today i am hitting the treadmill,you are inspiring me girl:}} Ok have a great weekend and keep this up and your gonna hit your goal before you know it:}}


jenny on 01/13/2001:
Well, fruit's not so bad!! I could think of worse things, that's for sure. Good for you...a broiled pork chop will be just the ticket. Happy sunshine day, lucky you!


poundcake on 01/13/2001:
maria..Thanks for the encouragement! I am new here and not really sure about how all of this works. Seems it would be alot better if they had a chat room. But anyway..thanks. poundcake


km on 01/14/2001:
Wow sounds like you are right on track with your dieting and exercise> Keep up the great work~Kim~



Maria7 - Friday Jan 12, 2001
(1200-1500 Low Starch Calories a Day)
Weight: 149.5

Hello everybody! Rainy day here in South Carolina. I hope all of you are having a good day and doing well with your eating and exercise. My menu for today is: Breakfast: Mug of cocoa, 1 cup fresh strawberries, 2 tablespoons coolwhip. Snack: 1 cup cubed watermelon and a banana. Lunch: Broiled ocean perch fish and salad with fat-free dressing. Snack: Canteloupe and red grapes. Supper: Tuna/egg salad on lettuce. I am going to try to do over a mile on treadmill today and drink 64 ounces water. I will be checking back later to read all of your entries. Have a great day! Maria

km on 01/12/2001:
sounds like you are right on track with your diet and exercise that's fantastic a mile on the treadmill is great that is my goal to start using mine, soon, maybe ,today! how's that for inspiration!! Have a great day ~Kim~


DVDMon on 01/12/2001:
Hey Maria, I just take the asparagus and throw them in the microwave for a couple of minutes, then sprinkle salt and butter on. I used to love asparagus from a can, not even cooking it, but then I saw that the sodium content was through the roof!

Hey, I hope you don't think I'm being to forward, but I wanted to make some comments about your diet. If you think I'm being to presumptuous, please ignore me! ;-) I notice that you are now saying you are on a low-starch 1200-1500 calorie diet. I'm just wondering a couple of things. When you say "low starch" do you simply mean that you're forgoing bread and starchy veggies like potatoes? The reason I ask is that carbs are carbs no matter what they come from. Of course it's better to eat the carbs in a piece of melon than a muffin, because of all the vitamins and nutrients, but if you are trying to have a low amount in general, all the fruit you seem to be eating can add up, especially the bananas which are a very starchy fruit. Have you actually tried counting carbs or fat aside or protein? Do you have a range you are trying to go for? I know you said 1200-1500 calories, but do you have any goals as far as the amount of protein, carbs, or fat that you eat each day? Just wondering. Also, I wish you luck, and if you feel satisfied, that's great, but caloric restriction can often leave you feeling pretty hungry, and that's one thing you don't want to feel on a diet because it will set you up for binges and discourage you and your body will also rebel by lowering your metabolism. Also, there are often hidden carbs in things, especially processed foods and especially a lot of low-fat or no-fat products. These products are pumped with sugar and chemicals in order to compensate for the lack of taste after the fat is removed. The important thing is to read labels as much as you can. When I first started doing low-carb dieting, I was buying stuff that turned out to be a lot higher in carbs than I thought. The food industry tends to put sugar or starch in almost anything they can! ;-) I remember eating a lot of smoked salmon when I first started, than I read the label (I had thought it was just pure protein and fat) and it turned out it had 4 grams of carbs per serving - and I was eating a lot more than one serving per ditting! ;-)

Anyway, good luck, if its working for you, keep at it. But also try to vary your diet as much as you can. Whenever I used to diet in the past I would eat the same thing almost every day. It was kind of a safeguard for going off. I knew I could control myself with certain foods, so I would just stick to them and it would make it a lot easier. Unfortunately, your body gets used to this and your metabolism tends to slow, plus, when you finally reach your goal and you all of a sudden feel like you can eat other things, you aren't used to all the choices and it becomes all of a sudden very difficult to eat sensibly. At least that's been my experience...


pastagal on 01/12/2001:
MMM your menu sounds good,,,but you should try to eat a bit more variety for breakfast,that is the meal that should be the largest to get your body awake and ready to burn calories;} Lunch sounds great to,,,and as for the tuna salad,,,,i love that:}}} had one for lunch yesterday and going to again today,,well maria,,you sound on track,,you keep this up girl and your going to see a loss,you just wait:}}} Have a great day and weekend ok,:}}


muggg on 01/12/2001:
I'm drooling over you menu!! It sounds yummy. You're doing great with the water and a mile is excellent on the treadmill! Keep it up!



Maria7 - Thursday Jan 11, 2001

Weight: 150.0

Hello, everybody! I'm back to where I was! I got in more water yesterday and didn't touch breads or anything with flour, nor starches. I ate yesterday: Breakfast: Banana, Cocoa. Lunch: Salad (made of wild onion, cucumber, carrot, lettuce, bell pepper), broiled ocean perch fish, celery with a little lite pimento cheese on it. Snack: Banana. Supper was a cantaloupe and more broiled fish. I drank about 3 big glasses water and walked about 1/2 mile on treadmill. Today I'm going to try to do about the same menu and walk a mile on treadmill. I am so glad to see all our newcomers...(even though I am still sort of one myself, been coming here almost a month). I will be reading all of your entries later today. Have a great day! Maria

km on 01/11/2001:
Great!!Wow a pound loss is fantastic especially after being so good and all that treadmill walking you deserve it. How long does that mile take you to do on the treadmill? Have a great day~Kim~


sunny3 on 01/11/2001:
Hi Maria! You are doing absolutely great! Very disciplined menu! I do not enjoy fish much though but it sounds good when you talk about it.Heehee. Still not good enough to attempt to cook and eat it!

Keep up the awesome work! Hugs! ~~Sunny~~


pastagal on 01/11/2001:
Hi maria,,,,,sounds like your day was a good one,,,your menu sounded good:} Keep it up and i have started walking on my treadmill again also,,slowly but surely i will get back into exersise:}} amazing how great it makes ya feel huh,,,,have a good day:}}


muggg on 01/11/2001:
You're doing great and eating a very wholesome menu. I can understand your disappointment at how hard it is to lose. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Number one. Our metabolisms are slowed down. After exercising consistantly, they will eventually speed up and we will lose faster.

Here's a formula to help you out. The average person burns about 11 calories per pound per day just functioning - if you are not TOO sedentary. Multiply your weight by 11. That is what your body requires to maintain. For every 100 calories you can pare off that number, you can hopefully lose about one pound per month. (Each pound is worth 3500 calories). The average person burns 100 calories walking a mile. You need to exercise 100 calories worth per day to burn one pound's worth of calories in a month.

A reasonable goal is one to two pounds per week weight loss. That means you would have to cut your calorie requirments by 500 calories EVERY day for one week AND you would have to burn 500 calories EVERY day for one week to see a two pound loss total.

It sounds hard doesn't it? But start out slowly. Eat less... drink a lot of water and start some exercising. You will get used to the exercising and be able to do more later. The important thing is to start. Also important is to eat healthy and be CONSISTANT. Also be sure to eat enough... if your body doesn't have enough food.. it will think it is starving and use even less calories to operate!!! We are in this journey for life. None of us here wants to JUST lose weight...we want to keep it off for good. We can't diet and then go back to our old ways. The journey is worth it and the friends you will meet here add to the enjoyment.

Good luck and keep up the good attitude. We're going to make it together!

P.S. that was 3 tops for $3.00 each! Sear doesn't have that great of bargains... but that was pretty good!



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