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Runner - Thursday Sep 20, 2007
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 0.0

Friends, Runner is motivated!!

I am going to stick to my healthy diet until I lose the weight! I am NOT giving up after just a few days...I'm going to keep eating the foods I know that I should eat and avoid the foods I know I need to avoid, and I'm going to lose weight once and for all!

Foods to eat: veggies, veggies, veggies...1-2 pieces of fruit/ day...salmon, purple rice, almonds, flaxmeal, egg whites, chicken, edamame.

Foods to avoid: anything white. (flour, sugar, dairy)

If I can't lose weight this way, then I have no other options. It's worked for plenty of people, and it should work for me, too. But nothing else has worked, so I'm afraid to get my hopes up.

Anyway...I'll keep you posted. By Christmastime, I want to be back to 115. (maybe I'll actually have the courage to weigh myself by then!)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/20/2007:
you definitely sound very motivated! purple rice sounds exotic! I think you can do it...but remember, runner need energy from carbs...so i guess the fruit should help...and you should try to eat veggies that do have a lot of carbs in them...

borntocry on 09/20/2007:
Way to go, Runner! I love edamame beans, but I'm not sure we get them here. They're probably really expensive if we do... but maybe I should look for them.

You know refined flour, sugar etc. is bad for you. Maybe if you keep reminding yourself of that, it might help? I know I find it easier to avoid foods which I know are bad for me rather than simply fattening. I think both us have a tendency to fall into the trap of thinking that we can just burn any excess calories with exercise. But exercise won't fill in the nutrients which are missing from refined flour and sugar.

Well, I mustn't preach too much, though, as your diet is probably already a lot healthier than mine! These are just some things I try to keep in mind myself, though I'm sure you know them already!

Donkey on 09/20/2007:
Good for you! Never give up!

hollybelle on 09/20/2007:
I need to copy your self-talk. Only good foods, only good foods.... Keep up the good thoughts and don't stress/obsess (tha goes for me, too).

greengirl on 09/22/2007:
Good pep talk for us all!!!

legcramps on 09/26/2007:
Do it!!!! Do it, do it, do it!!!!

Runner - Monday Sep 17, 2007
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 0.0

still trying to lose weight.

still unsuccessful!

still not giving up!!!!!!!!!

geevee on 09/17/2007:
Ditto here too.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/18/2007:
hey!!! it's great to see you checking in!!! I'll always root for you!

Have you been running!?

sweetpea1977 on 09/18/2007:
Keep up the fight Runner. You are worth it!!

greengirl on 09/18/2007:
Good for you !! Thats the spirit you need :)

Runner - Wednesday Sep 05, 2007
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 0.0

All right, I'm back. There's no way I still weigh 118.5 pounds, so I'm listing my weight as 0 right now. When I can fit back into some of my pants, then I'll get on the scale.

I realized this morning that I can't fit into a pair of capris that I wore in March. Now THAT is bad, considering I bought them last fall when I couldn't fit into any of my other pants!

I have been trying to watch my diet and still exercising religiously, but I am not losing anything! I think maybe all the exercise is actually making me bigger...my thighs are so much bigger now...and a lot of it IS muscle. Should I just stop working out so hard and concentrate on my diet only? I have a much stockier build than I did 2 years ago. It makes me feel pretty unattractive in this country where women are so skinny.

I don't know what to do...I'm writing down everything I eat and I'm constantly on the move. My thyroid seems okay, and I've taken a break from the hormone shots. Why can't I lose a single pound??? I'm so sick of this!

Donkey on 09/06/2007:
This is puzzling. How long have you been off the hormone shots? I would think it would take a few (3-6) months for your body to work them completely out of your system.

Also, have you hit a metabolism milestone lately? My exercise buddy and I have this theory that every 5 years, your metabolism slows down significantly, starting around age 25 (when the first hit occurs), but it could happen earlier than that.

Well, I am rather stocky; I will never be tiny or lithe, as they are in Asian countries. I used to work with a Chinese woman that said I had the body of a peasant (stocky). And I'll tell you what gave me the leanest appearance I've ever had was the South Beach Diet. I don't always do Phase 1 of the diet, but Phase 2 is pretty nutritionally sound.

The problem with the SBD for me was that the holidays came along and I could not resist the cookies, which then sent me in a sugar spiral downward. However, I was also moving at the time and my son was having problems in school. So it was pretty stressful and I tend to eat when I get stressed out.

Consider doing the SBDiet. That should be pretty easy to do in an Asian country (meaning the foods that are available at the market).

geevee on 09/08/2007:
Since I have been a failure all this year, there is no way that I can make a useful comment. Not only can't I lose one miserable little pound, I am slowly but surely putting all the weight I lost back on. I wish I could say something helpful, but I can't. We're in this downward spiral together!

Runner - Sunday Aug 26, 2007
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 118.5

HI, friends!

I'm terribly discouraged. In this past weekend, I've been told several times by Chinese friends that I'm "fatter." Now, I know I've gained weight, but I am NOT fat. 120-something pounds is NOT fat. At the moment, I hate living in a country where only anorexic-looking girls are considered "beautiful." I always feel so much better about myself when I'm in America! I'm still considered "thin" there!

I'll update later when I can collect my thoughts...when I'm not so angry!

GG on 08/26/2007:
what!!!!!!! people actually told you that you are "fatter"??? That is screwed up, I mean I guess it is nice to have honest friends but....you could say it in a nicer way than..."you're fatter". How tall r u? I agree 120 something isnt fat!!! Do you live in China?! Good luck and I guess...eat less & work out more?

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/27/2007:
LOL! I can't believe it's like that in asia. those asians sure have different body types than us americans. actually, they do, the bone structure included. well, hmmm, it's interesting they would say that to you! i guess the are really close friends!? are they just teasing you!? if you are happy, stay happy, and don't worry about what they say!

hollybelle on 08/27/2007:
You know the truth - focus on what you KNOW to be true (120-something is NOT fat) and not so much on what others say (how dare them). You are not here to live up to anyone else's idea of what you should/should not be. (((HUGS))) to you Runner!

Donkey on 08/27/2007:
Ya know what? Donkey says give it a couple of more years when McDonalds has been in the country you are in for a few years, and you will have people telling you how skinny you are at 120.

I'm 5'3" and I would KILL to be 120.

Donkey on 08/27/2007:
OK, well maybe not "KILL" exactly, but I would give up ice cream if it meant that I could be 120.

sweetpea1977 on 08/30/2007:
Your Asian friends need to remember that you are an American, where "healthy" standards are completely different from theirs. Plus, your body composition is genetically different from theirs, so there is no way you can meet their country's standards unless you starved yourself (which no person in their right mind would ever do)! Anyway, you are right - 120-something is not fat at all! Lots of Caucasian American women your height would LOVE to have your weight and build. Also, I've seen plenty of recent pictures and think you look fabulous at your current weight. Please know that Im not saying just because Im your friend, but I truly and honestly think you look nice and fit! As long as you exercise daily and keep an eye on your sweet tooth, you'll be just fine. Dont worry about what they have to say, because its what you believe that truly matters

Runner - Sunday Aug 19, 2007
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 118.5

wow...it's been so long...and I haven't weighed myself since March, so I have no idea what my current weight is.

I've stayed away from this site for awhile, but have missed you guys. I still don't have a lot of time to update daily, but I'll try to get on this site when I can.

I often think of my DD friends..like Geevee...so I was thrilled to see that she logged on recently!

I am still busy with being a mom and now working just part-time (yay!), but my dietary habits haven't changed much. I still eat too many sweets, even though I try to keep my calories low. I need to fill up on good, healthy foods. I have tried all kinds of strategies and approaches, but nothing seems to work miracles. I guess I just have to go back to the tried and true approach of low-carb and low-calorie. I think that will work for me. I'm just too lazy to be so diligent all the time...so I need a good kick in the pants!

I've said this before, but if I could just transfer some of my exercise diligence into eating diligence, I'd be the weight I want to be!

Donkey on 08/20/2007:
Hey you're back!!!!! I'm so glad!!! Congratulations on managing motherhood and working part-time. Good for you!

Good luck with going low-carb. Sugar sure is a two-sided sword, isn't it? My best friend and my worst enemy.

geevee on 08/20/2007:
Hi Runner!

I'm so glad to hear that you've cut down on your working hours. Little ones grow up so very fast. You'll never regret staying home when you can.

I don't weigh every single day like I used to. It doesn't seem to make much sense. I don't bother writing down what I eat either. When I did it didn't make any difference in my weight this year.

Anyway, I'll keep my eye out for your entries.

Soon2BThin on 08/20/2007:
Hey, welcome back! I haven't been here much lately either. I hope you enjoy your extra time off now. Have a great Tuesday!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/21/2007:
hi runner! it's nice to see you here. when you mention going back to the tue and proven low-carb/low cal...remember, eating healthy is always another option! haha, i agree that it's easier to omit certain foods from a diet...than to balance them all in a moderate and healthy eating plan. however, you don't have to have a fancy diet to loose weight, maintain, or build muscle. maybe i should take that advice!

sweetpea1977 on 08/22/2007:
Hey Runner,

Nice to see a post from you. I've missed hearing from ya! Now, if only BTC and Umpqua would return... :o)

Congratulations on the part-time work...that gives you a lot of extra time to spend with your adorable son! Im the opposite of you. Im having problems getting exercise in. I just dont feel like I have the energy to dedicate to formal exercise after doing all my regular activities (10 hour workdays, cooking dinner, cleaning the kitchen after dinner, entertaining the dog). I think the extreme heat we've been having has been a huge factor, so Im counting down the days until fall arrives. I need cooler temps!!

hollybelle on 08/24/2007:
Good to see your post.

Runner - Tuesday Jun 26, 2007
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 118.5

1.Did I avoid sugar, fat, and any sort of bingeing behavior?

SUNDAY---yes, as much as I could

MONDAY---yes...mostly...had a few Reeses Pieces.

2. Did I stay under 1500 calories?

Sunday---I think so!

Monday---I hope so!

3. Did I do something to help others?

Sunday---I did some nice things for my inlaws.

Monday---I chatted with a friend who is going through a tough time...and tried to encourage her.

Thanks for all your comments on the Kimkins diet, friends! It seems like the people who follow this diet are convinced that it's the way to go. But they have made it their lifestyle...and it seems like the people with the most success never go back to eating many carbs. I have tried to eat more protein, but I just crave carbs! I think it's because I work out a lot. On Kimkins, you don't have to exercise, and you take in a very minimal amount of calories, but that's just not my style. Even if I didn't have to exercise, I would still do it, because I feel so much better afterwards. So...I guess I'll just take the good parts of the diet and still aim for low-fat, low-cal, and healthy foods. (and very minimal "white" products...like flour and sugar)

One thing I don't like about the diet is that no fruit is allowed! What? I can't live without at least SOME fruit!

So...I'm just trying to stick with my 3 questions and not think about food too much. I'm trying to eat to live, not live to eat.

halley on 06/26/2007:
I couldn't live without the fruit. I don't think you should give that up. Bananas, oranges and blueberries add so much to your diet, it seems foolish to exclude them just to avoid the sugar. I think you're right to just cut out white carbs.

Donkey on 06/26/2007:
I agree with what Halley had to say!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/26/2007:
i agree with everything you said about the Kimkins diet. no exercise!? wow, that would be a NO for me to then! i love the feeling after a strenuous bikram (hot) yoga class....you wouldn't believe it!

sweetpea1977 on 07/11/2007:
Yea, that Kimkin diet doesnt sound right for you...or many people for that matter!

Anyway, I hope all is well. Miss ya!

Runner - Tuesday Jun 26, 2007

Weight: 0.0

Runner - Saturday Jun 23, 2007
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 118.5

1.Did I avoid sugar, fat, and any sort of bingeing behavior?

FRIDAY---yes, for the most part.

SATURDAY---No. Had a battle with some really good organic peanut butter, and the only good that came out of it was that it's no longer in my house.

2. Did I stay under 1500 calories?

FRIDAY---oh, boy...probably not. I'm estimating 1700.

SATURDAY---so far, so good. But a lot of my calories were peanut butter, and fatty foods always end up on my thighs or tummy.

3. Did I do something to help others?

FRIDAY---gave my friend a card to encourage her. Made cookies for some students.

SATURDAY---sent a birthday box to my nieces with fun gifts insde.

I'm tempted to try the Kimkins diet. Has anyone ever tried that? I know people are successful because it's low-fat, low-carb, and pretty low-cal. I just don't know if I could eat chicken, fish, and veggies every day for every meal. I'm not even much of a meat eater anymore.

halley on 06/23/2007:
I'm going to switch to organic peanut better for my husband. (I personally feel that the only way to eat peanut butter is inside of a Reeces Cup) Do you have a recommendation?

Donkey on 06/23/2007:
Donkey doesn't recommend Kimkins, but wanted to save you the money of finding what it's all about. (I personally could not be so restricted on my vegetables.) I hope you find this helpful.

Here's the guidelines for Kimkins:

*Up to 20 total carbs (not 'net') *Up to 3 cups salad type veggies or *Up to 2 cups salad veggies + .5 cup 'cooked' *70-90 lean protein grams *No LC products, treats, junk or alcohol *Just enough fat to make your menu work (don't overdo)

There's also something called the Kimkin's Experiment which is for 3 days (I guess??). I guess most folks do the 3 day experiment and then go on to regular Kimkins.

Here's the guidelines for the Kimmer Experiment (not M/E):

*As much lean protein as you desire *Length of time is 3-5 days depending on how 'carbed up' you are *Purpose is to experience 'real' ketosis (weight loss, no appetite) *Useful as a springboard for other LC programs *No alcohol, no cheese *Basic condiments and spices OK (watch catsup & A1 sauce)

jolt on 06/23/2007:
Hey you! Keep up the great work. I think there are some things that we all battle with! Mine is not organic peanut butter lol! But we all have something. I think you were good to get it out of the hosue especially if it was causing an issue.



Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2007:
never heard of kimin's. it sounds healthy...but anything that is too "low carb" is of no interest to me at the moment...this is because whenever i start to purposely "deny" myself of things...i start to binge like crazy when i start to eat them again! it seems some people on here have heard of it! give it a try...but remember, you have your own food preferences and you shouldn't deny yourself of the things that you like very much!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/24/2007:
i had my own peanut butter fiasco this week! half a jar, Thursday!

Runner - Thursday Jun 21, 2007
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 118.5

Well, my 4-day weekend was a GREAT one...in everything but food! I had so many meals out...and tried to do my best, but I just didn't feel like trying to count calories all the time. The good news is that I usually only had 1 or 2 big meals a day...and didn't snack. The bad news is that eating Chinese/ Thai/ Japanese food on a daily basis is not good for the waistline. I'm not feeling any smaller, and I just hate it that my shorts still feel tight! I'm trying to do better this week, but I just crave carbs and get tired of eating protein. Even fruits and veggies have seemed boring lately. Anyway, I'm still hoping to lose a pound or two this month, but I can't bring myself to step on the scale. I want to wait until I'm SURE I've actually lost a pound! If I lose some weight, I'll know it...I'll be able to fit into my clothes easier.

I'm still trying to do nice things for people on a daily basis. So I'll go back to charting my 3 questions...and hopefully I can update more consistently now!

sweetpea1977 on 06/21/2007:
Its funny how Chinese/Thai/Japanese food is so unhealthy, yet so many people who are from those countries are so thin. How does this happen? It just isnt fair!

Yay! Im looking forward to reading the answers to your three questions again!

weightlossyoyo on 06/21/2007:

Runner - Wednesday Jun 20, 2007
(Under 1300 calories)
Weight: 118.5

Oh, dear...I really wanted to be more consistent with my updates, but I had a long 4-day weekend and had a guest for 3 of those days and it's just been CRAZY around here.

Will update you on my progress (or lack of) tomorrow!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 06/20/2007:
we all miss you over here! but, don't get too down! it's good to have things going on in your life that keep you on your toes! whenever you have the time is when you update! i hope things calm down a little over by you!

Donkey on 06/20/2007:
can't wait to read your update! :-)

sweetpea1977 on 06/20/2007:
I hope you at least had fun with your guest! Do things ever settle down for ya? I wish I had more excitement in my life. :o)

Hang in there kiddo!

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