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Weight Loss Friday 2015 accountability. Mar 20 2015
11:16 (UTC)

Happy weigh in day, everyone!  I had a terrible week.  Had to work some overtime, which I've had to do pretty much every week for the last month and a half.  I don't know what happened, I just couldn't make myself care this week.  I didn't go crazy, no binging, no soda, but I didn't eat well and got very little exercise.  I was worried that I'd put on 5 lbs, but I think I was just bloated from it being my time of the month.  Today the scale tells me I gained 1 lb.  Not nearly as bad as I had feared.  So here I am, fessing up, and I hope to have a better week this week.

Hope everyone else is doing well.

Weight Loss Friday 2015 accountability. Mar 14 2015
02:56 (UTC)

Hi everyone!

Chris- Yay for the lbs lost!  You made up for last week and then some.  Sorry you have new things to worry about.  I know you can't help but worry, but try not to borrow trouble.  I'm keeping your mom and the new baby in my happy thoughts and hoping nothing is serious.  Great job keeping going despite the stress!

Jennifer- another lb gone!  You rock!

Tamji- great job changing up your routine.  The scale will catch up, and in the meantime, just keep focusing on how great you feel.  And congrats on the exercise goal!

Me- I lost 1 lb this week, and fought for every ounce of it.  On top of that, I started my period on weigh in day, good times.  I'm hoping once the water retention subsides, I get a happy surprise on the scale.  On top of that, my phone died the big death.  New phone is ordered, but their idea of "express" shipping is 5-7 days from now, maybe sooner, we don't really know.  They suck!  Good news is fancy new phone has a built in health/ pedometer/ heart rate monitor thingy, so that sounds cool.

Keep up the good work everyone!


Weight Loss Which aphorism is correct? Mar 09 2015
11:53 (UTC)

I do eat breakfast, but not right away, because I don't wake up hungry.  I eat an hour or two after I get up, and breakfast is typically small for me.

Weight Loss Friday 2015 accountability. Mar 07 2015
02:37 (UTC)

Hey everybody!

Chris- Anniversaries like that are always tough.  Don't sweat the tiny gain.  It sounds to me like you did the best you could.  The journey to better health isn't a race, so when life gets in the way, just jump back in as soon as you can.  I'll be keeping you in my thoughts.

Xizzi- Huzzah for the loss!  Keep it up!

Jennifer- Another 2 lbs gone!  You rock!

Tamji- With your increase in exercise, your progress might not show right away on the scale.  Keep up the good work and the scale will catch up.

I had a difficult week due to hormonal rollercoaster ride, but persevered, despite a driving desire to Eat All the Things!  The freezing temperatures are on my last nerve, and I feel like hibernating until spring.  This next week it's supposed to warm up, so I hope that improves my mood.  The good news is another 2lbs bit the dust, and I'm down to 184.  Ten more pounds and I will tie my lowest weight ever in my adult life.  Having you guys here to chat with about out trials and tribulations is a blessing, and I'm grateful.

Speaking of which, as all diet groups are, most folks tend to join a group for a couple weeks and then lose their momentum and fall by the wayside.  So I want to give those of us still here and persevering a big shout out.  Losing weight and getting healthier isn't a Herculean task, but it ain't easy either, even in the best of times.  When life gets in the way, it's harder, but still doable if you put your mind to it.  So I'm telling each of you to take a moment to appreciate yourself, and your strength, and your pure awesomeness. Instead of fretting about how far you have to go, take a good look at how far you've already come, and how great you feel.  Take a skim through this thread and look at the names of the folks who came and went, and give yourself a cheer for still being here.  We rock.  Every single one of us. 

Weight Loss Lost 30lbs (374 to 344) in 3 months, diet didn't change, can't seem to lose more. Help! Mar 05 2015
04:32 (UTC)
Original Post by awiltz2: I am extremely sedentary, haha. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I travel an hour to UIC (Univ. of Il-Chicago) at 11am, sit in class for about four hours discussing transcendentalism, Longinus' sublime, Shklovsky's defamiliarization, I absolutely love being an English major. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays I go to a writing internship during which I sit in the same chair for 8 hours, writing grant proposals, LOIs, marketing plans and needs assessments. On weekends, I usually spend a few hours studying, and about 6 hours a day on my computer playing World of Warcraft, and a few hours on Facebook as well.

I'm currently in the process of finishing a few long-term projects, all of which require that I sit down in front of my laptop and think deeply without distraction (something tells me that most exercise is distraction).

So I am quite sedentary indeed! About 6 years ago during high school, I would play World of Warcraft for 15-20 hours at a time, but I've cut down considerably since then.

Ok, here's what I see.  On MWF you have a 6 hour time commitment.  On TT you have an 8 hour commitment plus travel time, and then you have some studying.  This schedule does not tell me that you have no time for a walk or to make some healthier food.  Yes, it's not always easy stepping away from the computer to take time to be healthy, but you have the time.  What you need is the commitment. If losing weight and getting healthier means something to you, then find an hour a day to do something more about it.  I certainly understand the appeal of WoW (though I'm a DDO girl myself) but it isn't something you should ignore your health for.  Veggies aren't that expensive.  We had some nice frozen broccoli and cauliflower tonight, and it even comes in a steamfresh package where you pop the entire thing in the microwave.  I guarantee it costs less that your pizza.  Add a lean protein and there's dinner.  Super easy.

Here's the other thing I'll say.  When I eat healthier, even at the same calorie level, I lose more.  I think it's a little more complex than simple calories in vs calories out.  CC is awesome, but unless you are hooked up to a heart rate monitor, it doesn't take all the variables into consideration.

You're in here, so losing weight holds some importance to you.  Make it more important.  Treat yourself better.

Weight Loss Doritos Mar 05 2015
04:14 (UTC)

Most people say it's simple math, calories in vs calories burned.  My personal experience is that it isn't that simplistic.  Over the years, I've logged a lot.  What I've noticed is that when I eat healthier, I lose more, even when I eat the same calories per day.  I don't know why, but perhaps the body works more efficiently when it's given healthy food. I'm no scientist of any kind, so I don't know why.  I only know that in my case it is certainly true.  Healthier food equals more weight loss.

Weight Loss Can't lose weight! Please help! Mar 05 2015
03:37 (UTC)

A pound a week is nothing to sneeze at.  It's a nice and steady weight loss.  If anything, I agree that you might want to try bumping the calories up a little, especially with your amount of exercise.  I started a month and a half ago, eat around 1800 cals a day, exercise less than you do, and I've lost 24 lbs.  Keep in mind that I think the first 10 was mostly water weight.  I'm 5' 8", 49 year old woman, and I started at 210 lbs.  So I'm in a similar situation as you.  You still shouldn't expect weight loss to be much faster.  After the first couple weeks, I've been losing a steady 2 lbs a week, and that is fast enough for me.  Seriously, a couple pounds a week adds up to over 100 in a year, and neither one of us need to lose that much.  Keep up the great work, and be proud of yourself for every single pound you lose.

Weight Loss Aspartame Mar 01 2015
03:00 (UTC)

There are a number of studies that have shown that diet soda isn't a free pass when it comes to health and weight management.

PHD Sarah Bleich of Johns Hopkins did research that showed people who consume diet drinks consume more calories overall.

PHD Jennifer Nettleton, a nutritional epidemiologist, did a study that showed drinking at least one diet soda a day raises one's risk of type II diabetes by 67%.

A recent study in Nature showed that artificial sweeteners might mess with your gut bacteria in a way that leads to insulin resistance and glucose intolerance.

There was another study, can't remember who did it, that showed an average person who stopped drinking soda, diet or regular, loss an average of 20 lbs.

Now, there's a recent study that goes against all the other ones and shows that diet drinks are a great way to lose weight.  It was done by the soda industry.  Big surprise that they think diet soda is awesome.

Hope this helps.



Weight Loss Friday 2015 accountability. Feb 28 2015
00:17 (UTC)

Chris, Angie, Jennifer, and everyone else who lost weight this week, you totally rock!

Crusher, welcome aboard.

Weight Loss Friday 2015 accountability. Feb 27 2015
12:10 (UTC)

Happy weigh in day everyone!  I wasn't sure what was going to happen this week.  I got some extra exercise in, thanks to new gym, but I had a couple of higher calorie days and a couple days with no exercise because I wasn't feeling well.  I guess I didn't do too badly though because I lost another 2 lbs.  24 lbs down, 22 to go!  I'm well past the halfway mark.

I hope everyone had a good week, and I'm looking forward to hearing about it.

Weight Loss two day binge - feeling lost and miserable Feb 27 2015
01:21 (UTC)

I have to agree that it isn't nearly as bad as it feels.  I think it's the loss of control that gets to us.  Try upping your calorie limit for a couple days to 1900-2100 and see if that helps.  You may need a few more calories on a daily basis with your exercise.

Weight Loss Do you eat little or no grains, and why? Feb 23 2015
04:05 (UTC)

I personally have not eliminated grains.  Insoluble fiber is as important as soluble fiber.  I have, however, tried to limit simple carbs such as white flour, white rice, etc.  That sort of processed grain has little fiber and nutrition.  It also convers quickly to sugar, which isn't very healthy.  While you are deciding how you want to eat, you may want to consider the benefits of keeping whole grains in your diet.

Weight Loss Friday 2015 accountability. Feb 23 2015
02:04 (UTC)

Angie- that is such an awesome feeling!  Just you wait until you hit slightly overweight!

Foods Do Natural grapes have the same sugar as a glass of grape juice? Feb 22 2015
00:55 (UTC)

Depends on the juice, did you make it, and I suppose where you live.  In the US, almost all juices are from concentrate.  Juice manufacturers concentrate the juice, which makes it more dense and higher in sugar.  Even in health food stores, most juice is from concentrate.  If you are juicing your own grapes, then it should be the same.  If you are buying manufactured juice, then the sugars will be higher.

Weight Loss Friday 2015 accountability. Feb 21 2015
03:24 (UTC)

Chris- Sounds like a good plan to me.  I don’t think it’s necessary to lose all the weight before you work on getting stronger.  When you begin that part of your plan, you might want to take some measurements like chest, biceps, etc.  That way, you can still mark your progress without relying on the numbers on the scale.  I find that having some way to note your progress really helps.  And I love the weight comparisons for how much the group has lost.  Made my day!

Jennifer- Yay for more lbs lost!  You rock!

Tamji-Way to kick that plateau’s behind!  It always gets tough when you near goal, keep at it!  I think I need to join you in an exercise challenge.  I join a gym tomorrow, so that will make it easier.  I think I’ll start slow with at least 20 minutes, at least 6 days a week.  I’ll give that a couple weeks, and then see about bumping it up.

Great job everyone!  Let’s have another rocking week!

Weight Loss Friday 2015 accountability. Feb 20 2015
12:46 (UTC)

Happy Friday weigh in day everyone!

Angie- huzzah for the 3 lbs lost!

I'm down another two which brings me to 188.  22 lbs lost so far, and it's nice to be back in the 180's again.  I weighed 185 when I was in college, so soon I'll be back to what I weighed in my 20's.  Of course, it doesn't quite look the same! :D

Weight Loss Friday 2015 accountability. Feb 18 2015
02:24 (UTC)

Thanks Jennifer!

Angie- I used to have a serious soda problem, and a caffeine problem too.  I kicked the soda habit years ago, but had a bit of a slip when I moved to help my folks.  I've been back to soda free for several months, and have reduced my caffeine to one drink in the morning, which I will cut out soon.

I was completely decaffeinated for several years until I slipped up.  I used to think that caffeine did not effect my sleep, until I got off of it and found out that while it had never kept me awake, I slept better without it.  I also lose more weight when decaffeinated, which could be partly the caffeine itself, and partly because I seriously upped my water intake when I stopped drinking caffeine.  I won't give you a hard time for drinking whatever you chose to drink, but you might want to give getting decaffeinated a chance, and see how you feel after a few weeks.  If you try it, don't go cold turkey unless you want serious headaches.

The funniest thing is that I always hated drinking water before, but once I got used to drinking more, it's what I most want to drink these days.  You kind of get used to it.

Weight Loss Friday 2015 accountability. Feb 14 2015
13:12 (UTC)

Chris- Great idea!  I'll think about something I've learned so far and post about it tomorrow.

Jennifer- Look at you go!  I am so proud of you!  I've also done some serious yo-yoing since I lost weight back in 2007ish.  I'm so glad to be back at it with some inspiring folks like you around to help.

Slimmer- 3 more lbs down!  You rock!

Tamji- I'm thinking about how big a turkey is, and now I am so proud of myself!

It's me and my sweetie's 23rd anniversary today!  I'm not going to log, because we are going out for sushi, and I just don't want to figure all of that out, lol.  But hey, good for us for picking a healthier anniversary dinner!  Thanks for all of the support everyone.  It really helps me say no to baked goods at work when I know I have you guys rooting for me!

Weight Loss Friday 2015 accountability. Feb 13 2015
12:06 (UTC)

Way to go Tamji!  Huzzah for smaller pants.  I'm going to need smaller pants soon.  The ones I bought a while back are getting big enough that I have to hitch them up.

The over time at my work is getting me down, but this is the last weekend of it.  And the treats!  This past week, I've said no to donuts, coffee cake, and giant cookies.  But all that naysaying paid off, another 2 lbs down.  That's 20 lbs down so far and I'm down to 190.  I'm trying to reach 175 by my birthday in June.  Even if I slow down to 1 lb a week that should be doable, barring any giant plateaus.

Weight Loss Emotional Eater Feb 10 2015
12:37 (UTC)

The thing to keep in mind is that eating only fixes one thing, and that's hunger.  The cycle of emotional eating is that we try to eat for comfort or out of boredom, eating doesn't really fix that, and so we eat some more.  Try addressing your feelings more directly.  If you need comfort, talk to a friend, get a hug, take a bubble bath, or do any activity that self comforts.  If you are stressed, take a walk, get some sunshine, get enough sleep.  If you are bored, do something about it.  Take an online class, learn a new hobby or skill, play a game or solve puzzles.  When I deal with my feelings directly instead of trying to feed them, I do much better.

So sorry to hear about your mom.  I'll be keeping you in my thoughts.