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Motivation Life happens, even when you are trying to lose weight! Nov 12 2012
15:55 (UTC)

I can sympathize with what you are going through.  Life does go on.  Don't give up.  Make the best food choices and exercise as much as you can for what is currently happening in your life. Losing three pounds a month is great, especially when you have so much going on!!!

I myself have been on a roller coaster of events for the last year (a wedding, a death, illness, a grandbaby's birth, children coming and going to college, going back to school myself) and there seems to be no end in sight.  I'm made some improper food choices and gained 10 pounds of the 55 I lost. So my advice to you is: don't give up! You'll be glad you didn't. Your health is important so you can take care of your husband and others.  Best wishes to you and yours.

Foods is greek yogurt really worth the extra money? Sep 18 2012
14:54 (UTC)
Original Post by azbethany:

We are a large family on a budget and I have been debating spending extra on Greek yogurt but it is over double the price of regular is it really worth it?

I agree with those who said to make your own yogurt.  Buy a $20 Salton Yogurt Maker.  Your kids will love making it by themselves.  Mine do!  It's easy and very inexpensive.  You can strain it to make it "Greek".

Here is a great recipe for you.  Dice up a Gala apple with the skin on it.  Stir it into 8 oz of Greek yogurt with 1/4 tsp of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg.  It's very sweet and satisfying.  I do not add sweetener because the apple is sweet enough.  I usually eat half one day and save the other half for the next day.  The diced apple doesn't turn brown because it's covered with the yogurt.  Other fruit would be just as delicious in it.

Recipes low calorie meals/snacks May 15 2012
19:24 (UTC)

Here are three of my favorite meals options.  The first and last are a snack and the second a very filling meal for very few calories.

Greek yogurt and diced apple

Plain flavored Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt is high in protein, no fat, low carb.

Spoon 8 oz yogurt into a bowl.

Dice (dice very small) one small Gala apple with the peel on.

Mix yogurt and diced apple. Sprinkle on about 1/4 tsp or more ground cinnamon and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Mix.  This makes enough for two snacks.  The apples don't turn brown with the yogurt coating them, so the leftovers are even okay for a snack the next day.  You can also substitute nonfat cottage cheese instead of the yogurt.

Filling egg white omelet

1, 1/2 teaspoons olive oil

6 egg whites

1/4 cup Tablespoons fat free cottage cheese (available at Walmart)
1, 1/2 cups spinach leaves

2 Tablespoons chopped tomato or cherry tomatoes cut in half
2 Tablespoons sliced mushrooms
A little salt & pepper (1/8 tsp or less of each)

Whisk the eggs and the cottage cheese.

Since it calls for such a little amount of olive oil, I spray the pan first,
then put the oil in a small non-stick frying pan. Heat to medium heat. Put in
the egg mixture, let it heat a little. Don't mix it in the pan. Reduce heat to
medium low. Cover with a lid and let it cook until the egg whites are done
(about 5 minutes). The eggs can get a little crusty on the bottom if you cook
it too much.  Put the tomatoes and mushrooms and spinach leaves on top, then replace the lid for about 1 minute to steam the veggies a little.

There are 23 grams protein, 3 grams carbs, 7.4 grams fat and 171 calories. (If
you use 1 tablesppon oil it goes to 14 grams fat and 230 calories).

Option:  Gently stir fry some of your favorite veggies, zucchini, onions, and peppers first, then add the eggs to this mixture and follow the rest of the recipe. You can use whole eggs, but that changes the nutritional info and makes it much more filling.

Cottage Cheese with tomato and green onion:

Top 1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese with 1/8 cup diced tomato and a sprinkle of some green onion sliced.  Add salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Fitness always so tired post workout Apr 16 2012
03:32 (UTC)

Personally I think that nutrition, (pre and post workout) is what you need to focus on.  Be sure you are getting enough carbs and protein before and after or you will burn out for sure.  Add fats into your meals too, but not around your workout time.

I would suggest eating and/or drinking a fast acting carb (100%cranberry, apple or grape juice - not a juice cocktail) and whey protein before and after exercise if you exercise immediatly after waking.  If you exercise later, eat a meal of carbs and protein a couple of hours before you exercise.  There are many websites and articles that give you formulas for how many grams of carbs and protein to consume.  My two favorites are "workout911" and "".  Both the men that run these websites give great information about the latest research on many topics such as nutrition before and after workouts.

I get up at 5:45 and am at the gym by 6:30 exercising, so I eat/drink a small protein & carb meal before and immediatley after exercise and then I eat another meal about 2 hours later.  Be sure you are getting enough protein for your age and activity level.  It's important.  Good luck!

Recipes Artichoke hearts Apr 15 2012
01:46 (UTC)
Original Post by Valarieisabunneh:

I just tried artichoke hearts the other day. Just with a little pepper on them. I don't like those at all! :S tastes like soap! I have 4 cans left. What can I make with them?

I think artichoke hearts are yummy.  I don't like the marinated ones though.  The non-marinated type are great in a warm spinich dip with feta cheese, green chiles and mayo.  I have a recipe if you'd like it.  I gently steam veggies (carrots, zuchini, asparagus, etc.) you can hold and dip them in the hot artichoke dip.  Raw veggies are good dipped in it as well.  At your next party bring the hot dip I mentioned and you'll be a hit.  You can also dip crackers, chips and other "evil" carbs into the dip (my husband likes to tease me about "evil" carb containing foods)!  Papa Murphy's makes a great veggie pizza loaded with artichokes and other great veggies.  Good luck!

Foods Dairy free protein sources? Oct 28 2011
15:26 (UTC)

Dancerz123:  I'm really interested in the gelatin powder you are talking about.  I have a couple of questions for you if you have time to answer.

When you add it to your yogurt and smoothies, do you let it sit to thicken them or do you immediatly eat/drink them?  When you do gelatin 3 times a day do you add it to things, or do you stir it in water and drink it?  I have unflavored gelatin in the cupboard that I've not used for ages.  I didn't know that it had any protein in it.  (I used to make my kids KNOX Blocks with it when they were younger), so I've had it for a while.

I'm currently at a plateau that won't budge; I have 20 pounds more to lose (lost 56 so far).  I also know whay it won't budge:  I've had serious cravings (that I've given into) for chocolate and sweets although I haven't gained weight, I can't stop the cravings.  Maybe I need to up my protein for a while?  How many grams a day do you eat?  Just wondering if you follow a formula for how much protein to eat.  Thanks in advance for your answer.

Foods Dairy free protein sources? Oct 28 2011
15:15 (UTC)
Original Post by dancerz123:

Knox Unflavored gelatin powder.... I get cans from Amazon.... Add dry gelatin to soft foods such as yogurt or your smoothies for 8 grams pure protein ... 20 calories .... Eating excess protein, makes me drop pounds consistently, and burns like other calories... Just stay within your calorie budget and you'll drop weight faster  ... 0 sodium, 0 fat, 0 carbs, 8 gr protein, 20 cals (serving size 1 Tablespoon) ... I do dry gelatin 3 times a day minimum (Not the same as jello!!!! Has no additives or colors)

I do add it to soup and oatmeal AFTER cooking, tho you must mix slower in anything that is HOT or it coagulates quickly ... Does better in cold foods, but I need the protein so I don't let temp stop me! ...*grin*

I'm within 2 pounds of goal ... Using more protein and calcium helped when I hit a plateau that would not budge ... Consistently losing .2 pounds daily, and it's tougher when you get smaller and need less calories for that weight ... Only allowed 1243 calories per day for me, and should be at goal in 2 more weeks



Fitness I need a routine! Sep 19 2011
02:14 (UTC)


Check out these books by Brad Schoenfeld:

Look Great Naked Diet

28 Day Body Shapeover-I follow his protocol for cardio and repeat the weight training workouts every month for a few months, then I do something else for a couple of months, then I go back to his workouts again (it's good to change things up a bit for a while to keep your body off guard).

I dropped 56 pounds since Oct 1, 2010 following his diet protocols.  I've got 20 more pounds to go, and these books and Brad's websites helped me more than everything else.

I also like a book called Ultimate You by Joe Dowdell.  Most of all enjoy life and keep moving!


Weight Loss Sequence Eating Aug 31 2011
12:57 (UTC)

I've never heard of sequence eating, but here is a really good protein meal for you:  mix in a blender, 6 egg whites, 1/4 cup fat free cottage cheese.  Stir fry some chopped veggies of your choice such as zucchini, mushrooms, onions, peppers.  Add the egg white mixture, cook as scrambled eggs or as an omelet until the eggs are almost set.  Season with salt and pepper or Mrs. Dash if desired.  Sprinkle with 1 tsp of grated parmesan cheese, then just before serving sprinkle with a tablespoon or two of chopped tomatoes and a handful of spinach leaves.  Put the lid on for 1 minute  to steam the spinach.  This meal has under 200 calories and is very filling.  I usually do it for lunch instead of breakfast.  Sometimes I use 1 whole egg and 4 egg whites.

Weight Loss Sequence Eating Aug 31 2011
12:39 (UTC)
Original Post by dans_hunny:

My new doctor, whom I absolutely love, has put me on "sequence eating". I had never heard of it and I can't find anything about it online. She's a hormone specialist and my bloodwork shows high insulin with normal glucose. The insulin is making me store adipose tissue, fat. I am taking Metformin ER (500mg 3 times/day). I'm looking for ideas of different proteins, especially for breakfast. I start each meal with 9-10 nuts, then have my proteins and veggies first. I can then have carbs IF I'm still hungry and finish with a warm drink. I'm not allowed any drink WHILE I'm eating. I can drink between meals. I haven't had to take anything for acid reflux while eating this way, which is an added bonus! I'd love to hear if anyone else has done this or is doing this. :)



Fitness 45 lbs down and still flabby Aug 30 2011
17:58 (UTC)

I use the handheld Body Fat anylizer that they have at the gym and also my scale which has a body fat anylizer in it.  I realize these aren't too accurate though.  Mostly I'm going by how much fat I can see and feel around my middle and around my back just under the bra line.

Fitness 45 lbs down and still flabby Aug 30 2011
17:52 (UTC)
Original Post by raiken3712:

If your body has a large number of carbohydrates it uses them for energy because of hormones.  Also if you have too much stress going on the same thing happens, but even if your carbohydrates are low as in a low calorie diet than your body uses muscle for the energy instead.

This stress can include your exercise if you push it hard too much of the time your body will not use the fat it'll use your muscle.  I'd also like to know how you are measuring body fat % the scales are really bad.  BodPod is accurate like the underwater method if you can get one.

They have a place where you can look up nearby BodPods and places may have deals for tests if you are interested.

Here are a few posts on Chronic Cardio which is the type of cardio that can stress you too much if you aren't careful and get your body using muscle instead of fat. / ss-fat-more-muscle/

Much of the problem with weight is hormone related. er/ -leptin-part-3/

Also search for Leptin on there and there are a few other really good articles.

If you really want to step up your game follow this. de-to-the-primal-eating-plan/ -calories/ bohydrate-continuum/

Other really good resources are The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson and Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes

Much of what I've been talking about as far as stress and hormones causing weight issues is detailed in one of those books and also on blogs.  You should also read The Quilt and every other blog on there they are all pretty interesting.

There is a Leptin Reset thread on the forums if you have questions about the Leptin Prescription



Fitness 45 lbs down and still flabby Aug 30 2011
17:12 (UTC)

Yes I meant 2010.  Thanks for correcting me.

Today in the gym a man who hadn't seen me for awhile said "Hi Skinny!".  He asked me if working out is worth it to maintain the pounds off.  I told him it definitley is worth it.  I've watched my heafty elderly neighbor lose toes and feet from getting Type 2 Diabetes.  She's not having a fun life anymore.

A few years ago a well meaning friend told me I was of "cuddly proportions".  That started my weightloss adventure and it has been an adventure!  Now my husband describes me as "cuddly but leaner".

Thanks to everyone for the 'fat loss' advice.

I'm almost obsessed about finding out my true fat %.  Has anyone tried the hydrodensitometry weighing to see if it is accurate?  I'd like to know how much body fat I do indeed have so I can go from there with my fat-loss adventure.  I may be too dissappointed though to know the real %.

Any advice about that anyone?

Fitness 45 lbs down and still flabby Aug 30 2011
13:12 (UTC)

I've been experienceing the same high body fat problem.  I lost 56 pounds down from 210 since Oct 2010.  People keep telling me I look good and that I don't need to lose a single pound more, but they can't see me naked! My body fat % is 34%. I feel and look much better than before, but I still have a lot of body fat to lose.  I've stalled with my weight loss also.  I'm hoping that adding in more weight training and changing my exercise plan a little will help me be able to come off conquerer!  Good luck everyone!

Edit:  changed Oct 2011 to Oct 2010

Fitness How soon can I exercise after breaking my tailbone? Apr 11 2011
19:43 (UTC)

I broke my tailbone at ago 20 and after a few months it was fine.  I exercised right off, but avoided things that hurt it.  Now that I'm 53 it's started to hurt again.  My recommendation is to call the doc's office like was suggested before you do any type of exercise.  My other recommendation is to try not to gain an extra 75 lbs like I did between breaking my tailbone (at ago 20) and now; age 53.  The doctor told me to lose weight to help my lower back and tailbone, so since Oct 1, 2010 I've lost 40 lbs and I'm still working on another 20 lbs.  My tailbone pain has gotten better since I've lost weight, but I try not to sit for long periods of time.  I found that there are physical therapists out there who are specialists in tailbone pain.  If your tailbone pain persists; see a (physical therapist) specialist.  They helped me!