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liza36 - Friday Feb 12, 2016

Weight: 184.7

Thanks for the encouragement regarding slip ups.  My exercise has been good - yoga, trainer 2x week, and this week I even tried a boot camp class.  I made it through!

Eating is still off.  I need to recognize that I can make healthier choices while eating out.  I'll get there...I hope!

Progress as of today: 38.1 lbs lost so far, only 49.7 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/12/2016:
Those boot camp classes are intense…I used to go to one taught by marines! And wow! Did me in literally…from that class & combined with my own running regimen, I had a very bad case of shin splints for two years. Still getting my legs stronger from that injury to this day! Yes, you said that right….recognize that it is you that needs to make the right choices. If you like vegetables, you can eat to being really full still. Just choose to eat lots of vegetables with your meals.

puddles on 02/12/2016:
Yes you will make. Keep working on it.

grannyannie on 02/13/2016:
Eating out is challenging. Well done on the exercise.

liza36 - Tuesday Feb 02, 2016

Weight: 184.7

I had momentum going...and it quickly left.  I have been derailed for about a week now.  Mostly terrible eating.  It doesn't matter that I have healthy food at home, I have chosen not to eat it and order out instead.  Workouts have been hit or miss.  I just need to get back to it.  I feel terrible physically and mentally.  How to you all handle slip ups that last for days?

Progress as of today: 38.1 lbs lost so far, only 49.7 lbs to go!

OhioRaven on 02/02/2016:
I start over. AGAIN !

Horn_Of_Plenty on 02/02/2016:
We all have slip-ups. To tell you the truth though, I am very lazy to prepare anything to eat lately. I actually order most food out. All cooked vegetables are usually not cooked in my own kitchen. I have learned where most of the places are by me where I can order on the very healthy side – tasty veggies and such. Maybe you are tired after work or something & not able to cook without extra motivation – is that why you are ordering out?? Because, actually, you can order lots of tasty veggie sautéed in garlic and things like this. You can order grilled chicken. You can order these things. You can eat a lot of these veggies, maybe also have some popcorn with it…and even some fruit after. You can fill yourself to the brim. And this is most probably healthier than eating what you are ordering. Watching your eating doesn’t mean restriction in my book. I eat till full when I eat the veggie meals I eat at home. I have some carbs usually and protein too. Many times even some avocado with them. You can eat and not feel restricted. You need to experiment. Start to order things that you are typically not ordering. Or mix it. If you typically choose a burger and large fries. Instead, order a burger, SMALL fries, and a LARGE salad that you should eat all of with it. You can even eat the salad mixed with the fries! Instead of dressing, have lettuce on your fork with a fry! Sounds tasty to me. In order to not trip myself up, this is what I do! I swap bad for better! This is how I handle myself. This is how I slip up smaller! This is how my slip-ups eventually turned into successes! All you have to do, is find what works for you! For me, I need to be full. Very full. And all I need to do is (unforturnately sometimes!) spend my $ on cooked food and have it mostly always available! It takes work, but that work is SO WORTH IT! I pay extra money for extra vegetables and prepared foods. And in return, I can eat more and be satisfied. I can eat to being full and not gain any weight. I can have the food I need to reach my goals. And so can you. But, you have to change your ways. You can even order a fried chicken salad from McDonalds if you want fried chicken. And you don’t need dressing then! Just eat the salad with the fried chicken – both in one forkful! I would say that would taste good. Options are endless! Just mix in the vegetables. EAT MORE VEGETABLES. This is a trick I have learned over years. I used to be very restrictive & would end up binging. I would eat only steamed veggies and no sauce and no fats. But in the end, IT DIDN”T WORK! yes, I was thin. But no, never satisfied. Some sauce is ok. Light sauces that are not thick like Chinese food sauces (those are the WORST!) are good. Also curries are not great, but, if you are just eating the veggies and not drinking the sauce, you are ok. My tip to you is simple – start eating more veggies. There is no limit. You can’t gain weight from vegetables.

puddles on 02/02/2016:
I go to bed saying tomorrow is a new day and do my best.

grannyannie on 02/03/2016:
I start over yet again as well. Don't beat yourself up.

liza36 - Thursday Jan 21, 2016

Weight: 184.7

I feel like I've been on a role since Monday, and I just hope this momentum will last.  The scale is down roughly 2 pounds since the last time I weighed in, which is great.  I've added jogging almost every day, so that's good.  I still fight cravings for ice cream and chocolate, or even my typical fast food.  Those habits are the hardest to break.  I have meal planned for the week, which has helped.  While I have not stuck to the exact plan, knowing in general what I have and what I can cook has been helpful.  I've done meal planning in the past, and know that it is one of the biggest things for me to be successful. Otherwise, I literally run through the fast food drive thru on my way home from work, which just eliminates any good efforts made during the day.

This weekend we are expecting a huge snow storm.  While I'm not looking foward to shoveling 2 feet of snow, I will look forward to staying home, doing some healthy cooking to replenish my freezer meals.  I try to have a few things like chicken soup in individual containers to take to work.  I may take in a Netflix movie or two.  To be honest, snow storms stress me out.  Being stranded at home not being able to go anywhere, having to shovel a ton of snow all by myself, and the possibility of power outages just stress me out.  And I will usually stress-eat, or eat out of boredom.  Not this time.  At least I will have healthy food around throughout this storm.

Who uses MyFitnessPal to track their food/exercise?  I had signed up a while ago, and did it for a few days.  I started again this week, and find that it is very helpful to see just how much I am actually consuming.  I log my exercise as well, but it's tough to estimate the number of calories burned.  I'm going by the number on the treadmill, which we all know is not accurate.  I'm resisting getting a FitBit or something like that because I don't want to have to wear it all the time.  Any other suggestions for finding out how many calories are burned during exercise?  Thanks!

Progress as of today: 38.1 lbs lost so far, only 49.7 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/21/2016:
I have used it in the pass to get me on track and to familiarize myself with quantities and calories but now I seem to eye it and it seem to work for me. It was one of the best way to learn what size I should be eating and a great tool to keep track. Have a great day.

Awesome50 on 01/21/2016:
I think meal planning is key. Keeping the house stocked with the right foods helps me to avoid temptations of things I shouldn't be eating.

I use the Lose It ap to track calories and it does allow you to track exercise but I'm not sure about its accuracy. I haven't ever had a fit bit but I've heard good things about them.

Enjoy your day!

Maria7 on 01/21/2016:
Glad you have food to get you through the snow storm. Congrats on your lower number.

grannyannie on 01/22/2016:
Congrats on the loss. At home I keep an excel sheet and set calories limits for myself. Can't do that in Thailand as there is no way to know the calories. I just use common sense.

I find sugar is the hardest addiction to break.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/22/2016:
Trust me, meal planning or at least having those healthy foods available at home is the key to success for most of us!

The big snowstorm is coming my way as well and I can't help but totally agree with you - I'm looking forward to being home too!!!! it's an excuse to be home and relax a bit more! yes.

liza36 - Tuesday Jan 12, 2016

Weight: 186.6

Hi everyone!  I have been meaning to get back to DD for some time - I have really missed you all and the supportive nature of this site.  The last half of last year I felt pretty derailed in my diet and exercise.  I had family visit over the summer, and work and home craziness the rest of the year.  I gained weight, but felt like I was constantly trying in weight loss efforts.  I maintained my 2 sessions a week with a trainer at the gym, and yoga 2x a week at the gym as well.  I have seen improvement in my strength, which is awesome.  But weight is not really dropping.  I realize that I need to do more cardio and really stick to a strict diet.  I've always heard that weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise. 

I've read a lot about the Ketogenic diet, which is low carb high fat.  I've always gravitated to a low carb diet (it's hard because I am truly an all-carb lover!), but upping my fat intake with healthy fats like avocado, butter, coconut oil, etc. has been somewhat challenging.  Eliminating sugar has been a struggle.  Really eliminating most carbs is also challenging.  I've done it before, so I don't understand why I don't have the willpower this time around.  Office sweets and food are everywhere - I can't get away from it!  So my challenges are at work, and sticking with what I plan and meal prep.  A drive-thru is usually more appealing, but it's NOT helping with weightloss!

So I am back here to be more accountable, to be supportive, to ultimately reach my goal!  I have over 50 pounds to lose, and I don't want to procrastinate any more!

Progress as of today: 36.2 lbs lost so far, only 51.6 lbs to go!

puddles on 01/12/2016:
Welcome back.

Awesome50 on 01/12/2016:
Welcome back. I just recently joined last week. I look forward to getting to know you.

OhioRaven on 01/12/2016:
Wecome back. Now be Good to Yourself.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 01/13/2016:
To be lower carb, you don't have to fully eliminate every carb. Also - in my opinion, I have also tried it fully - it's easier and less stressful to still have some carbs. I follow a ton of serious athletes and also athletes that are focused more on aesthetics - and to look good, it's all about what they are eating. And even the athletes (my favorite is Pauline Nordin, look her up) even the athletes that are fully into looks, they do EAT CARBS. You have to refuel at some point. it helps with exercise. carbs also help with boosting serotonin levels. you don't need to eliminate completely.

Pauline Nordin is my favorite bc I relate to her. She's big on VEGETABLES. just eat them & eat them a lot. WITH OTHER FOOD - but less OTHER FOOD!

also, I am the same as you with the fats. In the past, especially in college, I was quite STUPID. I actually did go on a very LOW FAT diet in college (over 10 yrs ago now) and it hurt my health very badly. I lost my period for one year back then. So, yeah, fat is good. I am with you on that. and now, there are times when I am eating less fat & I actually start to crave the fat! it is good for us, for sure.

and best of all, I feel that eating the fat does help me eat less carbs. :)

you are on a roll.

nothing as to be ALL OR NOTHING. believe me, I relate to you, because I am an "all or nothing" type of person that does struggle with moderation.

cybermom4 on 01/14/2016:
You are doing great!!

liza36 - Monday Jun 15, 2015

Weight: 176.8

I did pretty well over the weekend managing my cravings.  TOM hit so I'm naturally up in weight today.  I'm going to lay off the scale for a few days. 

Not much to report.  Just super tired from weekend cleaning and running around. 

Meals for today:

B: 2 eggs scrambled, a little cheese

L: homemade chicken and vegetable soup, few cherry tomatoes, 2 tablespoons almond butter (supposed to go on celery, but I ate the almond butter by the spoon, never ate the celery)

D: not sure yet.  I didn't take anything out of the freezer, and did not meal prep this weekend as planned.  Tilapia is easy to thaw, so it may be that with green beans.

I have a work conference call tonight, so I won't make it to the gym.  I plan a light yoga DVD followed by some arm exercises with hand held weights. 

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 41.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/15/2015:
Good job on the weekend they are always difficult. Have a great evening.

horn_of_plenty on 06/15/2015:
It's like after age 30, Tom becomes the devil! Mine has gotten worse with age.

Umpqua on 06/16/2015:
Good work staying on point over the weekend, Liza. I hope it's a good week for you!

biscottibody59 on 06/16/2015:
Hope you get some rest!

liza36 - Thursday Jun 11, 2015

Weight: 176.8

Last night I got in my house painting and jazzercise - win/win!  The painting was really just touch up and it went faster that I expected, so I was able to rush off to jazzercise.  The air conditioning was not working, and we are at the start of a little heat wave, so I could definitely notice the difference in my endurance.  I made it through and stayed for the extra strength training session.

I am slowly getting my house in order for my family's visit in 2 weeks.  I moved the treadmill into the closet last week, after going through clothes,etc., and yesterday I took the spare mattresses out of the garage and set up the guest bedroom.  Ok...so I typically think I can do anything and everything myself, but the minute I started hauling mattresses up stairs just to get into the house, I doubted my ability to move these heavy and awkward things.  A guy who was walking his dog and pushing a baby in a stroller walked by and helped me at least get them in the house.  I was SO thankful for this kind stranger.  Then I had to get them up another flight of stairs by myself.  I wish I had pictures - it was pretty funny how I got stuck at one point between the box spring and the wall trying to go around a bend in the stairwell.  I abandoned it perched precariously on the stairs after I wiggled myself out.  I went to jazzercise.  When I got back, I tackled it again, and finished the job.  I don't know how I did it, it took a lot of strength to get those things up the stairs and placed in the bed frame.  I was channeling Umpqua, who I see as superwoman with all of her home improvement projects that I would never attempt!

The scale rewarded me today with a loss of 2 of the 4 pounds I gained recently.  I'm always in such a hurry to lose weight, and what I really need to do is exercise patience.  That is something that is so hard for me to do.

Meals for today:

B: the last of the egg/spinach muffins

L: Tuna with mayo and pickles, cherry tomatoes

D: low carb tortilla with taco meat, lettuce, tomato, cheese

snacks: string cheese, mix of almonds/pumpkin seeds/dried cranberries

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 41.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/11/2015:
Congrats. Have a great day.

ohioraven on 06/11/2015:
I've wiggled my way past many a mattresses stuck in stairwells. But that was my younger days. Congratulations on the loss.

Umpqua on 06/11/2015:
I'm not sure I would have attempted to move those mattresses on my own - well done! Umpqua with the home improvement projects she never finishes LOL. Congrats on the loss!

Maria7 on 06/12/2015:
Congrats on your new lower number! Hope you have a nice day...looks like you've been real busy getting ready for your family to come visit. :-D

biscottibody59 on 06/12/2015:
That's a ton of activity--good to know that you can keep up with yourself:-) Especially with the routine chores--like mattress moving--not routine!

Cheers and good job!

liza36 - Wednesday Jun 10, 2015

Weight: 176.8

My back has really been killing me since the weekend, so the trainer last night went a little earier on me in that we skipped some of the core stuff she had.  Worked my arms though, she sure knows how to kill me!

Today I have an unexpected lunch out with a friend at a mexican restaurant.  I swore none of the chips would reach my lips....I have to confess, they did.  Oh well!  I ordered a salad, and did better there.

Tonight I'm debating on going to jazzercise, or painting my outside railing.  Both need to happen, but not sure which will win out.  I much prefer the exercise to house painting!

Meals for today:

B: 1 egg scrambled, bacon

L: chips, salad with chicken, avocado, tomato, onion, ranch dressing

D: I have to keep it light.  Probably a protein shake or if I cook it will be tilapia.

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 41.8 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 06/10/2015:
Chips and salsa are pretty hard to avoid, but good choice on the salad!

puddles on 06/10/2015:
You did good. Have a great day.

Maria7 on 06/10/2015:
Both sound like fun! :-D

liza36 - Tuesday Jun 09, 2015

Weight: 176.8

I'm not posting my weight even though I'm up another pound.  I slipped up again last night, and even after doing so well during the day.  While I blame no one but myself, I do blame PMS - it's tough to fight those cravings.  I need to find an herbal remedy to help fight this - does anyone have suggestions?

Today I am working from home, so it's much easier to control my meals while home.  I am meeting with the trainer tonight for 30 minutes, and I'll stay after to get in some cardio on the treadmill or bike.

Meals for today:

B: 2 egg and spinach muffins

L: curried turkey salad - turkey, celery, few raisins, mayo, curry powder

D: meatloaf and veggies

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 41.8 lbs to go!

puddles on 06/09/2015:
Have a great day.

Umpqua on 06/09/2015:
It sounds like you have a good plan in place for the day. I'm not sure about the PMS, but St. John's Wort is a staple in our house. I use it for stress and to help me get to sleep if I'm revved up at night. My older son has it every morning to help him calm down and focus so he can sit at a desk all day, something he struggles with. There may be more TOM specific remedies out there though so maybe someone else will chime in.

liza36 on 06/09/2015:
Thanks for the St. John's Wort suggestion. I'll have to check it out.

biscottibody59 on 06/09/2015:
Hope you have better days ahead. It can be hard to get back to your routine--be patient with yourself!

supercheeseme on 06/09/2015:
oh PMS. I have it too. I slipped up tonight too....not even gonna post about it. Tomorrow is a new day!

liza36 - Monday Jun 08, 2015

Weight: 176.8

I'm up three pounds.  I know why.  Even though I exercised like crazy this weekend, no amount of exercise can compensate for poor diet and food choices. 

Saturday morning I was up 1 pound from the chicken veggie stir fry I made the night before - sodium in the soy sauce/teriyaki sauce I used.  No big deal, I can handle that.  But the rest of Saturday I had a fast food burger and fries, and in the evening I had pizza.  What was I thinking?  I was so tired and craving those foods, that I just said to myself - forget it - I'm eating!  By Sunday morning I felt terrible and the scale was up another 2 pounds for a total of 3.  This morning the scale is holding on to those 3 pounds.

I need to not look back and move forward.  I've got my meals planned for today, yoga tonight, and I'm still in a smaller size pants and a blouse I last wore 3 years ago.  It's all good!

I always love to see what others are eating - it helps me get ideas and to know what's working for them. So I thought I'd share my meals with you.

B: 2 egg and spinach muffins (I love taking these to work - so easy to make and hits the spot in the morning), sugar free hot chocolate

L: chefs salad with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, turkey, cheese, olives, sunflower seeds

D: meatloaf, mixed vegetables

Snacks: string cheese, Quest protein bar if needed (recently discovered these - they are low carb and taste pretty good)

Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 41.8 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 06/08/2015:
I understand the challenge. I don't think the cravings ever go away.

liza36 on 06/08/2015:
It's so nice that you understand! I don't think the cravings ever go away either, I just need to find other ways to deal with them.

Umpqua on 06/08/2015:
I struggle with cravings too, especially when I get overtired. Your menu for today looks wonderful!

liza36 on 06/08/2015:
I think that's what happened to me - I was just way too tired. It's so hard to fight anything when you're exhausted.

puddles on 06/08/2015:
I also know what you are talking about. I have notice that in eliminating all sugars from my eating and all salt except what is already in the foods purchased as make a big difference in my craving. You are doing good just keep it up and you will find your own way of cooping with it. Have a great day.

liza36 on 06/08/2015:
Thanks Puddles! In trying to eliminate sugars and some carbs I know in general it helps me, but this weekend I was way off in terms of my consumption of both. I'm back on track today.

Maria7 on 06/08/2015:
Sodium weight can linger 2 or 3 days...glad you are moving on from it.

liza36 on 06/09/2015:
I didn't realize that it can linger that long. So glad to know, because I've been discouraged these past few days.

liza36 - Thursday Jun 04, 2015

Weight: 176.8

I have been doing so well, and then this week my energy levels just haven't been there basically since last Saturday.  I spent Saturday and Sunday doing what I absolutely needed to do and took some long naps.  I've missed a few jazzercise classes, but made it to my training session on Tuesday.  Right before my appointment with the trainer, a kick boxing class was starting and so I did 30 minutes of that.  Wow, it kicked my butt.  I loved it, but it was pretty intense for my fitness level.  I've enjoyed trying new things, so I'll do it again.

Yesterday was the first since recommitting to diet and exercise that I had a "binge".  I was making dinner to take to some people from church - pasta, bread, chocolate chip cookies - all things I currently don't have at home or eat - and I wouldn't say I went crazy, but I did "sample" it all several times!  With every bite I was thinking what it was doing to the scale, yet I made the conscious decision to eat it.  It all tasted so good, and I realized how much I miss some of those things.  Yet I know I can't go back to that way of eating.  This morning the scale said the same thing as yesterday, and I'm not sure if a gain will show tomorrow, but I'm telling myself that it's ok.  One meal will not undo the rest of my journey. 

I spent some time yesterday going through closets and cleaning/organizing them in preparation for my company at the end of this month.  I had to move the treadmill out of the guest bedroom and into a closet, so I could turn the room back into a guest bedroom.  I took the opportuntiy to really go through some clothes that have been there for so long that I will truly never wear again, and I have 2 bags full to donate. It feels good to get rid of larger clothes and be determined never to be that size again.  Some things I've held on to...maybe in time I will get rid of them too.


Progress as of today: 46 lbs lost so far, only 41.8 lbs to go!

cybermom4 on 06/04/2015:
You are doing terrific - your honesty is moving!! Congratulations on cleaning out your clothes!!

puddles on 06/04/2015:
Binging a scary word. I also have to clean my closet also to make room for my old clothes of smaller sizes. Your doing Ok just keep working it. Have a great day.

grannyannie on 06/04/2015:
Busy busy!

biscottibody59 on 06/04/2015:
Congrats on the loss--keep up the good work!

Maria7 on 06/05/2015:
Cleaning out closets is a BIG JOB! That is something I've been doing lately, too. :-)

Umpqua on 06/08/2015:
Cleaning out closets is always a big activity and I always feel like a weight has been lifted when I get rid of stuff I know I won't use. I hope this is a good week for you!

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