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Foods Every time I eat out for dinner I want a bunch of sweets when I get home Mar 31 2008
19:55 (UTC)

I have found that when I'm thirsty, I'll often crave sweets.  I have no idea why, but I do.

Could be that the seasoning on the restaurant food is leaving you thirsty.  Try drinking a bottle of water before you hit the kitchen.  It helps me.  Might help you? :)

Weight Loss Weight up and down while exercising more and more..Help! Mar 31 2008
19:48 (UTC)


Step away from the scale.  Put it in a closet.  You should be weighing once a week, at MOST.  I weigh every two weeks.  You're drinking lots of water, which is great for your body, but if you get a little more salt one day, your body is going to hang on to that water.  You step on the scale, and YIKES! you freak because you've "gained" a pound. 

Stop obsessing about the short term.  You're only going to sabotage yourself in the long-run by getting obsessed over the day to day weight fluctuations.  Focus on how you feel, how your clothes fit, and how you look in the mirror.  And every week or so, step on the scale, if you must. 

Keep up the good work, and give yourself a break every few days!  Your body needs recovery time!

The Lounge POLL: Cat vs. Dog - Who's better? Mar 30 2008
16:35 (UTC)

Love my dog :)


But cats are cute, too.  Why must we choose?

Weight Loss Weight loss and training for the legs.. Do you any of you have problems losing thigh fat? Mar 27 2008
19:55 (UTC)
Unfortunately, everyone here is right. You can't spot reduce, and you're just going to have to keep on trucking to get it off. Your progress is awesome, though, so you know you can get there!

The muscle beneath the fat does make a difference as far as measurements are concerned, but that should never motivate you to stop rocking the squats and lunges. The more muscle you have on your body, the more calories you'll burn just hanging around, so you want that muscle there!
Weight Loss how to stop overeating Mar 27 2008
03:17 (UTC)
Just wanted to add that I had read your profile and journal information, and that is why my post seems a little off-topic :)
Weight Loss how to stop overeating Mar 27 2008
03:16 (UTC)
Where are you eating, and what are you doing while you're eating?

I will eat mindlessly while I'm watching TV. I'll be completely full, and I see someone on TV eating popcord, and I think, "Ooooh popcorn! I want some of that!" So I make popcorn, and I sit right back down, and I eat the popcorn and keep watching my TV show.

If this sounds like you, I would recommend a little behavior modification for you. Why not try this: from this moment on, you are only allowed to eat at the kitchen table when you are home. And when you eat, that is all you'll be doing. No tv. No radio. No internet. No iPod. Just you spending time fueling your body. You can drink as much water as you please while you're doing other things at home, but nothing else. I think that you'll find that having to STOP everything to go have that bowl of ice cream really won't be worth it. And eventually, you'll disassociate food from other activities, and you won't feel like you should be eating while you're surfing the web or whatever :).

Be patient with yourself, and you'll be fine!
Weight Loss new mom, i need to lose about 40 lbs. while taking care of the baby... Mar 27 2008
03:03 (UTC)
If you are breastfeeding, I would say 1600 calories is WAYYYYY low. We never really cleared that up, though.

I have found very tasty wheat bread that has 5 grams of fiber per slice. Ask the hubby to stay with the baby, and hit the grocery store (Don't go when you're hungry though!). Spend time reading nutrition labels. Fat free typically means "We packed a whole lot of sugar in here, so this wouldn't taste awful." For example, the first ingredient listed in Fat Free Ranch is high fructose corn syrup...which is...ding ding ding SUGAR. :) In this situation, Light Ranch is actually the better option. Remember that ingredients are listed in order of weight, so try to steer clear of foods which list any of the "ose"s as the first ingredient. They're all sugar! And, as a side note, if you get too much of a sugar substitute, you'll probably find yourself spending lots of time with your porcelain friend...they can have a laxative effect.

Not to overload you with information here, but you should also be careful about cutting too much fat from your diet. A handful of almonds about 30 minutes before a meal will send chemicals to your brain that say, "Hey! We're not starving! Take it easy!" :)

And yes, Kraft has a whole line of cheese made with 2% milk, and it is all delightful :).

Good luck!
Fitness Okay, I've got to say it... Mar 23 2008
01:47 (UTC)
Motivation Women in my department frustrate me! Mar 23 2008
01:44 (UTC)
This is one reason why, unless someone else initiates the dialogue, I don't discuss diet or weight or exercise. I had a friend in high school who was stick thin, and she would make some comment about how fat she was every single day. A good 40 pounds heavier than her, I had the same thought you get with your coworkers, "She must think I'm huge." The truth is, these women are not even thinking about you. They are thinking solely of themselves, and that's on them, not you :)

You should take it as a compliment, though. Clearly, they don't perceive you as "huge," or they wouldn't talk like that around you. Would you ever make a comment about how ugly you think pink shirts are if there were a woman wearing a pink shirt seated next to you? :)

I do want to add, though, that women can be other women's worst enemies, and we sometimes have to take it on ourselves to try to stop that behavior in others. You know, personally, how difficult it can be to shed weight, and so do they. So why not take that lunchtime opportunity to encourage them? Heck, invite them to join us here at CC! Don't begrudge them their successes! Let it be another motivator for you to keep going. I'm willing to bet they hit some plateaus along the way, but look how far they made it on diet alone! Just think of how hot you'll look when you shed those extra pounds and reveal the beautiful toned muscle you've built underneath!

You've so got this! Don't get frustrated now!
Fitness Is it possible to diet AND gain muscle mass? Mar 22 2008
21:44 (UTC)
Short answer: yes.

I, too, can bend by arms that way, but I'm the only one in my family that can do it. Maybe I'm secretly adopted from your family ;).

Side note; If you're interested in getting a good weight lifting routine that will give you nice tone without becoming a slave to the gym or looking like a man-beast ;), I'd recommend "The Body Sculpting Bible for Women." It's a great book!

Rock it!
The Lounge Wish me luck! Nashville Star Auditions tomorrow! Mar 22 2008
13:39 (UTC)
Hey guys!

Thank you all so much for your encouragement. I didn't receive a call back, but I did get interviewed by two different camera crews, and I recruited a new CC member! So I'd say it was a good day.

I was in line a little before 7 AM, and was outside in line until 5 PM. So most of us are rocking sunburns today, as we weren't really anticipating being outside ALL day :).

I think this is really going to be a great show this year, so keep an eye out for it if you're a country music fan. It starts on NBC in June.

All the best! Mallory
The Lounge Wish me luck! Nashville Star Auditions tomorrow! Mar 21 2008
04:08 (UTC)

Well, thank you all so much!  I'm off to get a few hours sleep before we go line up at 6 AM :)

Woohoo!  Fingers crossed!

Health & Support Asthma Mar 18 2008
17:14 (UTC)
Hi Hugacat!

I have exercise induced asthma, and years ago, my doctor advised me to take a hit off the ol' albuterol inhaler before beginning to exercise. It really helps, but I still experience some symptoms.

If you limit your cardio to machines which don't require you to pick up your feet, that should help with both the asthma and your knees. Try the elliptical machine if you go to a gym.

I have a gazelle at home, and it really helps me workout without having any breathing problems. You have to kind of bear down on your legs to feel any results from it, though :)

Good luck! I feel your pain :)
Weight Loss someone slap me Mar 14 2008
18:55 (UTC)
No need to be slapped! It happens to the best of us. You know what you need to do, so just do it. You may feel fine right now, but those cookies will catch up with you, and you know you'll feel much better just by putting healthier foods back into your daily diet!

You've so got this.
Fitness Tae Bo results? Mar 13 2008
14:50 (UTC)
Your dog comment cracked me up!  My dog loves it when I do any workout video...he thinks we're dancing together.  The problem is he's a pretty big dog.  I usually end up banishing him to the basement until I'm through!
Weight Loss do you think i can do this? Mar 13 2008
14:45 (UTC)
I would recommend that you not focus solely on cardio.  That's where most people sell themselves short.  Add a weight training program to your regimen, and you'll really boost your metabolism.  Muscle burns more calories when you're just sitting on the couch than fat does, so keep that in mind :).  
I'm a big fan of "The Body Sculpting Bible for Women."  It's easy to follow and will give you great results if you stick to the plan.  
And don't worry about looking like a body builder...women's bodies don't go there naturally.  You'll just get a really nice tone and feel stronger and more flexible in the long run!
Also, when you do hop on the treadmill or do your other "cardio" activity of choice, you need to monitor your heartrate and shoot for your "fat-burning" rate.  That's lower than you might think.  Google "target heart rate," and I'm sure you'll get lots of great resources.  
I hope this helps, and I wish you luck!