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  1. Reviewing the 2018 thread has really shown how different our goals and methods are, so I thought I would start a new thread for 2019. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Bound. I know this works for many people, but honestly it doesn't for me. The more specific and strict I am about goals, the more pressure I feel. I feel like I am doing something because I have to, and that makes me not want to do it. Personally, I like to set goals about habits, not about results - since I can control what I do, but I really can't control the effect it ultimately has on my body. So my goals are all about things I wan to do, and wherever it leads me is great. I would prefer to lose about seven more pounds, and I think these habits will lead me there. I have started using a Clever Fox planner to jot notes for each day (how I feel, how I ate) plus it has a spot for habit tracking & self reflection. It's awesome. It keeps me mindful of my health and non-health goals (like reading more!). My 2019 goals: Exercise: Continue with daily exercise, and aim for 30-60 minutes a day - 30 in the morning and maybe another 30 in the evening. Last year I got in basic shape and want to take it further with more intense cardio & strength training. I am doing the Jessica Smith 6-week transformation, and I'm enjoying it so far. I will probably do phase 2 & phase 3 of her Walk Strong program. I'm actually going out today to get weighted gloves to make the workouts more intense. My resting heart rate is about 55, and it takes a lot of effort to get me in the cardio zone. I'm interested in trying Yvette Bachman's YouTube routines - they would definitely be challenging but look really fun. My current step count goal is 8000 but I think I will move it back up to 10k. Eating: I have to fit in my ball gown in two weeks, so for now I am eating pretty light and trying not to bloat. I do a lot better without this kind of pressure. I have used various methods to track my food, but ultimately my goal is to keep tracking it. I have a target calorie range of 1200-1600 and plan to keep that until I lose these last 7 lbs. Then I will bump it up to maintenance. My Fitbit says I burn 2000-2400 per day but I'm not sure I believe that. I plan to keep doing what is working; I have settled on a routine of four meals, about 200-400 calories each, at 9, 12, 3, and 6. I don't eat after dinner so I have a bit of a fast. I am happy with the quality of the food I eat so I don't have specific goals there. I have been making lunch bowls and they are LIFE CHANGING. I roast and/or saute a bunch of veggies, cook up some whole grain (barley, farro, brown rice, quinoa), and cook up some protein (chicken, Boca burgers, turkey). I portion it out into 2-cup food storage containers and those are ready to go. Right now I have brown rice, peppers/onions/zucchini, and fajita steak in some and I also have farro, pumpkin/zucchini/onions, baked chicken, and salsa in another. I want to keep doing this!! So basically, my goals are to keep exercising daily, aim for 10k+ steps per day, eat in my target calorie range, eat on my schedule, and batch-cook healthy lunch bowls - and hopefully I will lose fat and gain muscle by doing that. ETA: I found this and thought it could be helpful!
  2. Does anyone have experience to share with RealAppeal.com weight loss? I want to hear the good, the bad, the ugly. TIA
  3. Has anyone here tried the 21 Day Fix? If so, would you care to share your thoughts on it? I'm not too sure about the exercise part. It may be too high-intensity for me. I really can no longer handle any jumping-type moves anymore. The eating part and those adorable containers intrigue me. I'm gimmicky that way. :D Does one have to get the Shake part (Shakeology)? What if I don't want to do the shake?
  4. I know the issue of weight loss is a popular one around here & I wanted to share my experience on a VLCD. These were technically vanity lbs that I lost, but those are harder to lose than "overweight" pounds so I would imagine someone heavier would have even more success. Over the past three years I had 4 m/c and one full term birth all back to back on top of each other. Between all the pregnancies, plus BFing 18 months (a couple of the m/c were during that) I was the heaviest I'd ever been in my life, which was still within normal weight but I'm very small boned and small chested ( :001_rolleyes: ) and wanted to get to my pre-pregnancy weight of 130 (I'm 5'8") which meant 25 lb to lose. The first 10 lb came off over the time I BF though I gained some back over the m/cs. Those last 15+ish did not want to come off for anything. I counted calories (1200-1500), did low carb (I dislike meat so was unhappy, but stuck with it as long as I could stand), exercised walking miles a day. I'd lose 5 lb then immediately gain it all back. I also had a large lipoma that was itchy and uncomfortable. I'd read in Dr. Fuhrman's book on fasting, that fasting could shrink lipomas significantly. There was no way I could do a full fast so decided to try a partial fast of 600 cal/ day for a week, and if I felt ill, or weak, I would go back to normal. Coincidentally this is around the same calorie level as the hcg diet (though I wasn't taking any kind of supplement). Well not only did I not feel ill, within a couple days of eating at this level I felt fantastic, and the hunger abated or at least was tolerable. I have suffered from crushing fatigue for years & I suddenly had more energy, and felt more alive, than I have in more than a decade. I lost about .66 lbs a day and stalled after the first 10 lbs (week 3). However I stuck with the VLCD/ "fast" since I continued to feel so good. I did have some weakness toward the end of week 3 but after the plateau ended and I started losing again I continued to feel very energetic. (Interestingly I've read hcg dieters describe similar patterns.) I've lost 15 lbs over 5 weeks, on average eating 800 calories a day. Some days I ate slightly more or less but that was my average. The only ill health effects I had were: insomnia the first two weeks, a few leg cramps (I started taking potassium), and brief constipation (I started taking yellow dock). The energy couldn't be from weight loss because I wasn't overweight to begin with, and I felt the energy before I had any real weight loss. I truly feel better now than I have in 11 years (when I began to have devastating fatigue). I don't have a medical answer for why this is. I do still have fatigue but it's only a fraction of what it once was. I'm also feeling better on less sleep, which is amazing for me (I basically had to sleep all the time to function, before). As far as what I ate: I tried to stick to Dr. Fuhrman's ("Eat to Live") rule of 1 lb greens a day(=70-100 cal), either raw or cooked. If I cooked the greens I just steamed or boiled them, I didn't use oil or dressing. I ate at least 2 servings of raw fruit a day (=200 cal). For the remaining 400-500 cal I ate whatever as long as it wasn't a dessert, though I always aimed for healthy, and I did force myself to eat animal protein more regularly (at least once every three days), since I believe this is the most efficient protein source, in terms of calories. I really hope this helps someone out there who is struggling with weight or fatigue. Now that I'm at my goal weight I'm going to slowly increase back to normal. I don't know if the fatigue will come back; I fear the return of the fatigue far more than the return of the weight. I really feel like I've been duped by all the "normal" diet plans out there that tell you your body will fall apart if you go under 1200 cal a day. If you think about it, the fat on our bodies IS food to the tune of 3500 cal per lb. This is enough to survive off nicely for a couple days. My lipoma did shrink by about 50% but because it was so large to begin with, it's still quite noticeable. My total loss over five weeks was: 15 lb, I also lost: 3" on waist, 1" on hips, 2" on thigh circumference, 2-3" on ribcage (though some of that may have been lipoma shrinking). And I didn't exercise other than walking for 30 minutes a few times a week. If you have any questions please PM me! I wish you all the best.
  5. First of all, I am looking for some free beginner weight lifting video's either on Netflix Instant or Youtube. Any recommendations? Secondly, I have had a lot of success with C25K and wonder if there is anything like this in the weight lifting world? I want to build up. I can't even do 1 good push up. I need something that I can follow along with online if possible. Thirdly, I would love some links to easy Yoga and Pilates video's too. I am going to spend the winter working out at home to save time so I need a playlist of videos to get me going. Thanks!!!
  6. The last 3 months I have walked/run 1 hour (6x per week). I have worked up to jogging at least 25 minutes of that time and walked very briskly with weights in-between. This walk includes challenging hills, and a track for the running. Now, I added in My fitness pal last month and cut my calories and for a solid month I have not been eating above my "calories for the day" which is 1200 for my weight. I usually have about 300 calories left to go at the end of the day. I also, have added in strength training at least 3 x a week-30 day shred and Pilates and yoga (20 minute DVDs) 3 x a week. I started out 148. I went to 144, but without changing a thing, I am going back up daily almost back to my original weight. Let me say, I'm just frustrated because I'm up to exercising 1 1/2 hours a day, (hard, brisk, heaving breathing stuff), watched my caloric intake daily, and the weight isn't coming off. What is my problem?????:confused:Help!!!!
  7. How come I can still buy it online? I am currently on Day 7 of the low calorie diet and am down 8 pounds. I feel SUPER good and haven't been hungry at all this round. My DH is down 10 and he's not hungry either, this is his first round. In June I completed my first round and lost 17 pounds. Due to hair loss I decided to wait before trying a second round. I kept the weight off without dieting at all from June...through several vacations and Thanksgiving!...until just before Christmas when I gained 4 pounds. In all honestly though I probably would have lost those after the candy went by-by. Anyhow, I had been struggling with my weight for years. I had gained 30 lbs and could not get it off no matter what diet or exercise regime I tried. Oh, I could lose some weight but keep the weight off? Nope. With HCG though, I lost 17 pounds in 30 days and my metabolism was actually reset somehow. The fact that I could eat anything (well, apparently anything but copious amounts of Christmas goodies) and not gain weight tells me that the hcg did something Anyhow, all that to say I am happy to be losing again. I love the HGC diet. But I'm just confused by the comments that it's illegal, I had no problem finding many places online selling it. :confused:
  8. I need to lose weight. I need to get in better shape. And while I know that I really, really need to...I just don't want to IYKWIM. I weigh more right now than I ever have other than when pregnant (and I am 2 pounds away from where I was when I gave birth to ds), my skin looks icky and my hair is just blah. I know that my unhealthy lifestyle is causing me problems and I really want to change. I WANT to want to do this. I just can't seem to make it happen. I am totally addicted to carbs. I keep thinking that a low carb diet would be wonderful, but I just can't imagine how in the world I would make it through the first couple of weeks. I enjoy eating for the sake of eating...you know, I am a muncher and a grazer. There is nothing better than noshing on food while perusing my favorite websites or reading a book. It is my treat to me when the kids are finally in bed! I would love to be a person who eats to live rather than one who lives to eat...but it is just so darn fun. I know that I need to start taking steps in the right direction...but I'm just not sure where to start. Suggestions???
  9. Can somebody tell me how to keep my metabolism from dropping so I can keep losing weight. If your answer is low carb, don't bother, I've done that and won't go back. Here is the story: I have been trying to lose weight for about a year. I weight 10 lbs less than I did this time last year which is good, but I really need to lose another 15 and I just can't do it. Through the last year there were some serious setbacks that have nothing to do with metabolism. For example, my dad had a stroke in April and died a month later at his house on hospice with me as the primary care giver. I didn't exercise and I ate whatever people brought to the house and gained back all the weight I had lost and who cares. But, each time I try lose weight, the same thing happens. I exercise regularly, 4-6 times/week. I eat 3 meals and two snacks/day trying to keep my blood sugar steady. My total caloric intake ranges from 1400-1600. My eating is heavy in fresh fruits and veggies. I also eat fat free dairy (yogurt and cheese), egg whites and usually include low fat meat for dinner. After 3-5 weeks, I stop losing weight and start gaining, then hold steady. It doesn't matter what the exercise is or if it is ramping up or how many calories I am burning. Why does my body adjust to the caloric intake and refuse to lose! :banghead: Please someone tell me how to reset my metabolism without gaining all the weight back so I can continue to lose weight!
  10. I have come to conclude that my body just doesn't handle carbs very well. With them I seem to be sluggish and bloated, but without I'm fine. So after doing a little research there seems to be 3 major "diets" {for lack of a better word} that seem to be low carb. 1. Atkins -- I know very little about it except that I had a relative who did it and seemed to eat gobs of stuff that seemed unhealthy and lost no weight. Now, I know that could have been the fault of the user, but I also had issues with a few Atkin friends I had declining veggies and fruit due to carb issues. I NEED my veggies, and I really love my fruit as I don't usually eat sweets. 2. South Beach -- I thought this was some kinda of Atkins spin-off, but I might be wrong. I thought veggies and fruit were a-okay on this one, but again I know even less about this eating thing. 3. Paleo -- I've heard this one mentioned a few times too many lately to not look into it. It looks like they do an exclusion to all grains, and I'm not sure I'm quite ready for that plunge. I enjoy my bowl of oatmeal porridge in the ams, especially in the winter when it's COLD out, or in the summer when nectarines are ripe. Yet, abstinence makes since if I'm having issues. So, what can you tell me about any of the three above? Which one is worth looking into more? Is 100% no grains really as good as they wanna say? I saw a particular place suggest trying it for just 30 days and see/feel the difference. But, they also suggested only 1 fruit per day if you needed to drop a few pounds, and I do. I dunno if I could go with only 1 fruit a day! :001_huh: I think I need more info so I feel secure taking the plunge in whatever direction I wanna go. ;)
  11. I just have to put this out there for my own accountability. Feel free to ignore it. Last night at Thanksgiving dinner we decided to do family pictures. When I got ready to go I thought I looked pretty good. I already knew I was big but I have been in complete denial as to how big apparently. There was one set of pictures in particular where I am squatting down beside my sister and I am holding my youngest, and she is holding my nephew. I look like humpty flipping dumpty. I am so huge and round. How could I not see this when I looked in the mirror everyday? It's gotten to where being fat just makes every unpleasant thing that much more. No date...and I'm fat. House a mess...and I'm fat. Flat tire...and I'm fat. Out of milk...and I'm fat. I have tried to lose weight in the past but I always seem to self sabotage and I don't know why and I can't seem to staop myself even when I recognize it for what it is. I know I will never be what I weighed before kids, but even to head to a relatively normal weight for someone my age and height I would still have to lose 80 POUNDS. It seems so daunting. Yes I know, make mini goals, yada yada. But even that is discouraging. Because then I might reach a goal of 10 lbs lost but I will still be fat. Even if I lose 50 lbs I will still be fat. Grrr, see my own negative self talk does me no good. I have to deal with this now. I am sending myself to an early grave if I keep going at this rate, PLUS my oldest boy is rapidly gaining too. I am not raising them as healthily as I can because of my own lifestyle choices. Added into it all I know that I am an emotional eater. Before kids, I shopped to deal with my stress etc. After kids I had less money to shop so I ate. and I ate. And I ate. No more! Long and short of it is I needed to make a thread to vent that out and to force me to be accountable for my weight loss and healthier habits to share with my kids to make sure they are healthy. Feel free to kick my butt into action to exercise, and to slap me for bad food choices. I need that dose of reality to keep me going on this because clearly I have not been doing it on my own.
  12. Just throwing this out there in case anyone else is just beginning with WW. I finally re-joined (I lost about 30 lbs. in '05, but gained it back) and am excited to get started on this journey. This past summer was a turning point for me. We spent three months back in the US, and I was astonished to see all of the overweight people! Of course, I had seen it all before, as I have always lived in the US, but the last two years here in Germany I have rarely seen an overweight person. Anyhow, I am tired of wearing the size I am in and tired of feeling unattractive. I am tired of huffing and puffing as I go up and down the stairs in our house (three floors that we live on, plus two more to travel to the laundry and garage). I am simply tired... So, those of you who do the NoS Diet, I am using those principles along with WW. I think that until I loose a fair amount of weight (-48 lbs. will put me at the highest end of normal), I am going to use WW Points Plus to help me reign in my calories/portions. Hope to hear from fellow WW & NoS dieters!
  13. I would feel so much better if I could lose 10-15 pounds! What is something that is simple enough that I can do it while homeschooling and homemaking without too much time planning menus for myself. Is that possible? I can't do much exercise right now because I've injured both arches. It's such a bummer, and they don't seem to be healing (ups and downs, but currently bad again). I still want to do some upper body toning and think through what I can do for my lower body while sitting or on my knees or floor, without weight on my feet. Anyway...this weight has been hanging on for too long, and I'd love to hear about your favorite diet! My regular diet is slightly better than the average American -- hardly any sugar, fried foods, no sodas, but it's not as healthy as it could be. I drink coffee with stevia in the morning and water the rest of the day. I do eat salty foods like chips, though. Anyway...advice?? Sigh.
  14. I have now gained MORE than 15 pounds since I got married last November. This has to stop and reverse. I am 5'6" and I want to weigh 125-128. I just need a boost of some sort to get started. I do pretty well on controlling my choices and portions once I get started but when I'm in this kind of cycle I can't seem to get myself under control. I think I'm a carbaholic....all I want to do is eat chips! Has anyone had any success with a Quick Loss Start plan or some such?
  15. Hello, I was wondering if anyone would be willing to share their best tips on loosing weight? I know that there are all kinds of diets out there, but I really am looking more for a lifestyle change that my whole family can benefit from also. I need to lose a lot of weight, about 60-80 pounds. I joined WW online, but never seem to even look at it which is frustrating. I can't continue to spend the money on this and I don't want to continue throwing away money. I know people that take pills and lose a lot, but I don't want to go that route either. I am looking for a healthy, safe approach to loosing weight and keeping it off. I realize a lot of stuff is common sense, but I would still appreciate hearing any tips, suggestions, ideas, etc.... I REALLY need to get my rear in gear and start losing the weight. I am turning 40 next Monday and I had a goal to be at least 50 lbs. lighter by this point and that totally did not happen. So, now that I am sufficiently disappointed in myself, I want to do something to fix it. Thanks so much and have a wonderful day! :)
  16. Do you ever use the excuse, "I can't afford a new wardrobe."? As I was coming home from the Dr yesterday I was thinking, "I have finally gotten a few nice summer clothes and if I loose the 30# Dr wants me to loose I won't be able to wear any of them next summer." I then realized how many times I have used the excuse of clothes to NOT try to loose weight.:001_huh: Well, no more. I am going to talk to dh this morning as he knows that Dr has told me I need to do this if I am going to have much life left and I am going to gently remind him that loosing this weigh is going to mean that non of my clothes will fit in a few months or less.:001_smile: How about you? Anyone want to join me? I weighed in at 213 this morning. My goal is to loose 10# in the next 2 months. I really want it to be slow so it stays gone.
  17. Years ago I lost 65#s following a low fat diet. Unfortunately I ate very unhealthy low fat foods such as low fat cookies, cakes, ice cream etc. The weight dropped off because I was in my early 20’s, was nursing a baby, was walking an hour a day and working out. Had a few more babies and gained a lot of weight. Then, a few years ago I lost 100#s eating a high carb diet with a bit of protein thrown into the mix. I ate lots of whole grains, lots of veggies, fruits and lean proteins like beans, lentils and occasional chicken breast or fish. By the time I was down 100# though my hair was falling out and I was freezing all the time. I finally figured out that it was because of the extreme low fat diet. I added in some healthy fats (olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds) and started feeling better. My hair grew back in. Unfortunately I stopped eating this way and started eating junk food and fatty foods and put back on a good amount of the weight. So here I am again trying to get healthy. I have been following a low-carb diet in order to fight off systematic Candida, but I can’t handle all the protein and fat. I just don’t feel good eating this way. I was reading through a thread yesterday about diet (can’t find it now) and a lot of people mentioned how unhealthy a low fat diet is and most recommended a low-carb diet and lots of fat. I am worried about becoming diabetic so I really want to get this weight off. Adding to the confusion is that I have macular degeneration and my eye specialist told me to avoid high fat, especially animal fat, and to eat lots of fruits and veggies. So I have no clue what to do now as far as changing the way I eat. Which diet is right? There was so much conflicting information when I tried searching online that I gave up in confusion. Thanks if you read this far. :) and if you have any advice about how to change eatiing habits for life and not regain the weight, I would love to hear from you!
  18. I can't seem to get it together and stay good for 5 seconds! I've been on and off programs, and always fail. My weight is steadily creeping up. I don't want to be so overweight. Why, oh why, can't I control myself?
  19. I have been on weight watchers for about 8 weeks now and am close to my goal weight. Two weeks ago I picked up Gary Taubes book, Why We Get Fat. Now that I have read it, I am really torn and unsure how to proceed. I have been relatively happy counting my points and exercising and losing weight. According to Gary's book, the underlying weight loss should be attributed to a reduction in carbs (which I have reduced, but certainly come nowhere near eliminating!) So do I just focus on low carb and bag everything else? Since I am within a pound or two of my goal and headed to maintenance, what does low carb maintenance look like? I finally lose weight, and now when someone asks me how, I can't even give them a good answer! I though it was "eat-less, exercise-more," but maybe not.... Please help me sort this out.... Thanks!
  20. and then you finally had success, what was different about that time? How did you stay motivated and how did you succeed? Thanks! Lora in NC
  21. I've been doing cardio furiously (stationary bike) during the holidays and really watching what I eat. I mean I did cario 15 days during December, most of those days I rode for at least 30 minutes, usually closer to 45. And during that time, I lost a whopping 4 pounds, and it's not like I don't have a LOT to lose. I'm not trying to lose that 'last 10 lbs'. I'm hoping, in the end, to lost at least 100, closer to 150 lbs. What's up with this? Has anybody else had this experience? Somebody told me I was exercising too much :001_huh:. Oh, and I'm doing the bike because I need no impact.
  22. There is a Well Trained Mind team on Spark People. I'm trying to be more consistent about working out and making good food choices, especially with school starting back up. I'd love some company in the team. Spark People is a free nutrition and fitness tracking website. It uses points, blogs and team boards to help people stay accountable and motivated.
  23. I'm taking steps to get back into shape and lose weight. There are over 200 members of the Well Trained Mind team at Spark People. But it's feeling sort of lonely there right now. It's a great time to come back over and jump start those flagging New Year's Resolutions.
  24. I need to get the baby weight off. The kid's almost eleven. I started doing research and there is so much advise out there and much of it is contradictory. The South Beach Diet looks good. The Atkins Diet is intuitively unhealthy, but research has vindicated it. I tried that once. The first two weeks where you go carb-free cold turkey almost killed me with the headaches and nausea. The Mediterranean Diet has a lot of science behind it, but I'm not sure how you lose weight on it with so many beans and nuts. When I was a teenager, a guy in my church lost 80 pounds over six months eating only tomatoes. :tongue_smilie: I'm trying to find something sensible and healthy that will allow dh and me to lose weight. I also want it to be the "center" of our family meals so all I have to do is supplement extra carbs and whatever for dh who is thin and athletic. I don't want to cook two dinners each night. I'm interested in knowing what weight loss method has worked for you. Did you use a book? Did you just stop eating white food? Were you able to integrate it so it became a lifestyle? I'm sitting here trying to create a healthy weight-loss menu for myself and dh and I don't know where to start. Thanks for any advice or book recommendations you can offer.
  25. I've been doing an informal survey of friends and relatives about weight loss. No one that I know has ever lost weight and kept it off. I even know a woman who had gastric bypass, lost 120 pounds and put 80 back on. I know some people have been able to take off weight and keep it off, but it's unusual enough that some of them end up on CNN. Just from the numbers it appears that taking it off and keeping it off is incredibly difficult and unlikely. If you've taken off significant weight and kept it off for a year, how did you do it? Is there something you did differently this time?
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