Important Update: Calorie Count will be shutting down on March 15th. Please click here to read the announcement. Data export is available.

Posts by philfan1

User's Posts | User's Topics

Forum Topic Date Replies
Weight Loss Happiness Dec 26 2011
13:48 (UTC)

My happiest moment was when I finally "got it" and realized that my lifestyle change is just that, a "lifestyle" change and I will stick with it forever! No more yo-yo dieting for me!!!EVER!!!!! My #2 would be when I looked down and found out that I now have a flat tummy!!!

Weight Loss Will Power Dec 24 2011
12:07 (UTC)

What keeps me motivated to stay thin after losing 125 lbs. is that fact that it took me almost 2 yrs. to do it. It was soooooooooooooo slow in coming and took so much hard work to get here. Plus, I'm going to be 53 yrs. old in January and I don't have the time to yo-yo anymore. I'm in better shape now than I was in my twenties and thirties and I'm way to vain to go back now. LOL! When I look in the mirror and see this "really hot old lady", it makes me smile!!!!!

Vegetarian going vegetarian! need tips! Dec 23 2011
13:42 (UTC)

There is a farm near me that raises fowl for sale, they charge $18.00 for a chicken! Are you kidding?????How can anybody afford that???

Fitness How often should I switch up my exercise routine Dec 18 2011
13:38 (UTC)

I have lost 125 lbs. and I switch workout routines every 6 weeks. Your muscles do get used to what you're doing and they get "lazy" also and stop growing and toning if you stick with the same exercises for months at a time. I get bored with the same workouts day after day. There are so many different videos out there so have some fun with them. I have ExersiseT.V. on Xfinity from Comcast cable. I'm not plugging them but they do have a big variety of workouts to mix and match. After losing all this weight and trying different methods, I think I'm pretty much an expert by now!! LOLKiss

Weight Loss Will Power Dec 10 2011
14:04 (UTC)

I get comfort from being with friends and family and others that support my efforts. Playing with my pets. Volenteering my time is another good way to realize how fortunate I really am in this life. Sitting down with a hot cup of tea and reading a good book. Spending a little money at the Faith Farm knowing that my pennies are helping people get off drugs and alcohol. Talking to as many people as I can about losing and keeping off the lbs. Helping people through C.C. Being proud of myself for losing 125 lbs., quitting smoking and drinking booze. Most of all, my belief in God,(who, by the way, all things are possible!) These few things help comfort me all day, every day.

Motivation I don't know what I truly want... Dec 10 2011
13:38 (UTC)
Original Post by scopsowl:

I am trying to figure out why I haven't been successful and completely committed to losing weight.  They say you have to want it.  I don't know what it is I want.  Coming from someone who has always had self image problems... I have never felt true happiness because I feel like I don't meet the standards of others partly.  I view myself so negatively and always have viewed myself in such a way, I don't know what I want in life.  

I want to lose weight but can't find it in myself that reason to push forward.  Does anyone else ever felt this way?  

I want to give myself a break to be truly happy.  And no, this is not for attention.  I truly feel discouraged and broken inside that I have no idea what I want in life and cannot find the right reasons to lose weight... :/  

I have 100 lbs to lose... 

I'm so sorry that you feel so lost. I hope I can help inspire you to love yourself again. I was you 2 yrs. ago. I have since lost 125 lbs. What helped me change was PAIN! My knees and feet hurt every day. I was taking pain pills all the time. I was humiliated because I couldn't reach around to my own butt to clean myself properly. I was 50 yrs.old and felt 90. After years of yo-yo dieting, I finally "get it". It is a lifestyle change, not something you do for a few months to lose weight. For me, I think it was my age that scared me into changing for good. This is the last time for me to finally get healthy and stay that way. Please don't wait until you are 50 to finally "live' your life. I wish I could have done this years ago so I had longer to enjoy it.
My body is better at 52 than it was at 22!!!!! Love and respect youself enough to finally "get it".Cool

Weight Loss Will Power Dec 10 2011
13:20 (UTC)

BALANCE is the key to keeping off the lbs. I also still still weigh and measure stuff I'm not sure of. Don't stop keeping a food journal either. I've been in maintainance mode since July after losing 125 lbs. This took a lot of time and effort to do, so I will not go backwards!!!! I have added calories and healthy fats to my food plan to keep up my 125 lb. body weight. I still work out at least 30 mins. a day 5 or 6 days a week. To stay healthy I don't eat any junk foods  at all. I also don't "comfort" myself with food anymore.

Foods Favorite comfort foods? :) Dec 02 2011
13:21 (UTC)

I have stopped using food as "comfort". This is why I got fat and why others get fat. Food is fuel for the body, not mind or spirit. It is this mind-set that has helped me lose 124 lbs. I wont gain it back because I realize food should not be used like a "drug" to comfort one's self. Once others actually "get it", they will lose weight and keep it off too. This article perpetuates the problem and it pisses me off.

Fitness rest day(s)? Nov 20 2011
13:50 (UTC)

I do my formal workouts mon.-fri. On the weekends I usually rest or do a little walking at the local park or mall. I like to stay active on the weekends and try real hard not to plop in front of the t.v. If I have pushed myself a little harder during the week, I'll rest completely. I just let my body tell me how it feels and act accordingly.

Weight Loss What mistakes have you made? Nov 15 2011
13:20 (UTC)
Original Post by fai1:

Last night we had spaghetti for dinner. Not having a scale, it's been difficult to portion out spaghetti noodles, but we have a Tupperware spaghetti container which has holes for 1 and 2 servings. I figgered I'd use that to get my 1 serving, cause it can't be too far off from the spaghetti company's idea of 1 serving, right?  Logged my 1 serving of Ronzoni Smart Taste, 200-something calories, and kept it moving.

Just now I received an email response from Tupperware telling me that their 1 serving dispenses 8 ounces of spaghetti. No, that wasn't 200-something calories, that was 695 calories!!! I thought the bowl looked like a lot, but I had no idea how much of a lot!!   /headdesk

So! When have you messed up accidentally? Thought you were doing well with your choices, and then later discovered that nooooo, that was not goood....

I came up with a solution to spaghetti portion issue without bringing my scale to a friend's for dinner.(tacky, tacky, tacky) At home I weighed out 2 oz. of spaghetti, then tied a string around the noodles and tied a knot. Now all I need to do is bring the string and measure out my portion in the string. No one noticed me do this and i just cooked my own little portion separately.

Fitness Your favorite exercise? Nov 13 2011
13:10 (UTC)

I like mixing cardio with light weight training intervals. You use all your muscles and spark up quite a good sweat to burn calories. Jillian Michaels is the queen of these videos. I have lost 124 lbs. with this method and defined and toned my arms, legs and abs. With these workouts you get a lot done in a short time.

Motivation Journaling to stop over eating? Nov 12 2011
12:37 (UTC)
Original Post by megan_100:

This is really just a self motivation question/option.

I've recently (in the last two days) started to journal about my cravings for unhealthy/unnecessary food to stop myself eating it. I don't really know why it works and I don't really know how. I suppose it's something to do with externalising the emotional problems that I have that over the years I have connected to foods. I eat relatively healthily on a daily basis and exercise regularly because of the Uni rugby team that I now play for. However, I seem to find myself uncontrollably eating when stressed, bored or upset. I used to journal everything when I first went through this sort of thing and it really helped me get it under control. I lost 10 pounds over the summer (can't give exact dates as I don't remember) but now that I've moved to uni everything is a lot harder so I've turned to food again and am pretty sure (i have no scales to check this) that I've gained some weight. So back the journaling. It's been two for two so far. Two days of journaling... two days of healthy eating. So it seems to be working but it's VERY early days and I just want to take it a step at a time.

So my question is does anyone else do this? If so does it help?

And I'd also like to suggest it as a technique to those out there who are struggling to control the cravings after having a healthy calorie count for the day.

Megan, I started my weightloss journey a little over 2 yrs. ago and I've lost 124 lbs. My food journal is the most valuable tool I have to be successful. I am now in maintainance mode and I still write down everything I eat. I also still weigh and measure my foods. This has become habitual and easy for me. I'm an "emotional" eater, so stopping long enough to determine WHY I eat is just as important as to WHAT and WHEN I eat. For me, I know I couldn't have done this without my journal. I like the old-fashoned pen and paper method myself. I got my food journals at my local book store.

Recipes okra? Nov 11 2011
12:53 (UTC)

YUCK!! Okra is soooooooooooooooooo gross!!! Just my opinion though!!

Recipes Mushrooms Nov 11 2011
12:51 (UTC)
Original Post by lilycassie:

I have a huge pack of mushrooms I need to use before the weekend. Anyone have any ideas on tasty (preferably cheap and simple) things to do with them?!

I'm not a vegetarian, but I make a mushroom chili. In place of the meat, I saute mushrooms instead. The rest of the ingredients are just what most people use in chili recipes.

Weight Loss Well now, that's encouraging! Oct 31 2011
12:22 (UTC)

I'm 5'4" and 127, BMI, 21 YEAH BOYEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Fitness Exercising using just dumbbells? Oct 23 2011
12:09 (UTC)

I've lost 124 lbs. with just having 3,4,5,8,and 10 lb. hand weights. I do cardio with weights workouts and not only have I lost all this weight, my arms are ripped!! I'll also use 1 8lb. dumbell for kettleball routines.(those k-balls are expensive!!!) Even I am surprised at the progress I've made with such small weights. I'm also 52 and female which makes getting toned a little more difficult.(damn hormones!)I do workout 5 or 6 days a week, so I'm very consistant. In 2 yrs., I've only missed about 5 days due to illness. 

Weight Loss Quitting Smoking & Weight Gain Oct 22 2011
12:18 (UTC)
Original Post by chrissae:

Hi everyone. 

I just quit smoking a little over a week ago.  Smoked a pack a day for 30 years.  My understanding is that smoking actually increases your metabolism such that you burn approx 200-250 extra cals a day.  To offset this I have been walking an hour a day.

Others, on here too, say that no matter what they did they gained lots of weight.

What is your experience?  How long did you smoke for?  How much?  What did you do when you quit? Did you gain, lose?  Is it inevitable? 


Boy do I have good news for you!! After losing weight and getting down to 144 lbs., I quit smoking. It's been 9 months since I quit, and I've gotten down to my goal weight of 128 lbs. I just kept to my eating plan and stayed with my same workout schedule and the weight came off, and stayed off. I still write in my food journal and watch my cal. intake. I did get a stronger appetite after quitting, but it just lasted a few days and went away. I smoked for 37 yrs. Gaining weight from quitting is not inevitable if you watch what you are doing and don't replace butts with food. When I was just starting out, I kept a eye out for when I wanted to light up a butt and figured out a healthy alternative. You have to replace a habit with another habit. (a healthy choice!) Good luck and please stay smoke free!! 



Motivation Today I am healthy .......... Oct 22 2011
11:58 (UTC)

Thank you esthershort!!!! Supersize vs. Superskinny airs here in the U.S. and they talk about "stones" all the time and I couldn't figure out how much a "stone" was!! Mystery finally solved!! 14lbs=one stone, got it.Smile

Vegetarian Nuts or not? Oct 21 2011
12:06 (UTC)

I eat nuts, but I don't over do a good thing. They are loaded with the "good fats" we need. A small handful will keep you full a long time. I'll eat 1 and a half oz. of trail mix and a piece of fruit for breakfast and I'm good to go until lunch. I'll even workout after I eat this and it gives me lots of energy for exercise. Without meat protein in your diet, you have to be creative make sure you're getting what your body needs to repair itself. (p.s., I've lost 124 lbs. eating nuts!!)    

Motivation are we nearly there yet?? Oct 15 2011
11:30 (UTC)

Having patience while losing weight is tough, but very worth it. Losing slowly IS the healthiest way. Trust me, it's taken me almost 2 yrs. to lose 124 lbs. I'm just starting to really notice my "six pack" abs and arm definition. Towards the end of my weight loss journey, I was only losing a couple of lbs. a month. As frustrating as this was, I couldn't lose hope because of the fear of giving up leads to gaining it all back. To all those folks out there, please hang in there and have faith in yourselves that YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!