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lacorso
03-06-2007, 12:06 PM
:flow1: ....they may be changing me to a plan lower than the blue, i think they said purple, which is one less starch and 1/2 less protein...why dont they give you the option of cutting out an la lite??...does anyone know what the la lite exchange is?

Thanks....LINDA


juliemarie
03-06-2007, 12:20 PM
There is no exchange for the lites . . . .you think they want you to buy less of them? :D

SandyG28
03-06-2007, 12:26 PM
:flow1: ....they may be changing me to a plan lower than the blue, i think they said purple, which is one less starch and 1/2 less protein...why dont they give you the option of cutting out an la lite??...does anyone know what the la lite exchange is?

Thanks....LINDA

Hi Linda:
I just posted this morning about them changing me from purple to blue, and in fact, although you lose a starch when you go to purple, you will gain some protein depending on your choices. The vast majority of the protein in my purple book are at a higher volume than in the blue book. Plus you will gain a vegetable on the purple. I can't figure it out at all!

although there is no exchange for the lites, a counsellor at my COD told me the other day that they are about 200 calories. 10 minutes on the treadmill burns about 60 calories for me....


mamato2girls
03-06-2007, 04:12 PM
My COD told me that it's either 2 Lites or no Lites.

bizlawchik
03-06-2007, 04:23 PM
Linda - Like JM and Wendy said, it's all or nothing with the lites. It is a business, and this is where they make most of the money. On the plus side, the lites do provide you with protein while giving you a sweet treat.

You will see that there are things that you don't like about the program, and that are stricter than the other programs. I've found that the best thing to do is to just do as the program says because it works. If you fight it, like by doing one lite a day, or little things like that, you won't get the most benefit from the program. Yes, WW is more flexible, but this program ensures you get well balanced nutrition on a daily basis. No program is perfect, but whichever one you choose, it's important to commit to it fully. The good and the bad. The things you like and the things you don't. That's what's going to keep you focused and successful.

Oh, and happy belated birthday! :hb:

Barb316
03-06-2007, 05:06 PM
I was told 2 lites or nothing also.

lacorso
03-06-2007, 05:06 PM
thanx all...the la lites do help, but i think that once they are gone, i will just buy some luna bars or something like that...why is it all or nothing with the la lites????.....by the way....what is the replacement for TO??..what is the difference between that and FF...:dance:

Barb316
03-06-2007, 05:08 PM
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=100899

Here is the recipe for the TO juice substitute. You can also use 4 oranges.

Also, another sub for the lites is the Kashi Go Lean bars. Those are GOOD.

bizlawchik
03-06-2007, 09:21 PM
I believe it is all or nothing with the lites because it is part of the program that (a) they make their real money on; and (b) it is included in the nutritional and caloric makeup of the program so that if you did not do the lites you would be moved to a different plan.

lacorso
03-06-2007, 09:56 PM
thanx girls!!

Seagal
03-08-2007, 09:51 PM
Cassi,

This is my first day (plus two days on FF) on LAWL and I am already struggling. I looked at your numbers and they are so impressive! They put me on Gold but I seriously have been so hungry today that I felt lightheaded. I definitely don't have the energy to exercise. Can I ask what plan you are on and if you have any advice for a newbie who has been on WW in the past and is not used to restricted veggies?!!

lacorso
03-08-2007, 10:14 PM
Cassi,

This is my first day (plus two days on FF) on LAWL and I am already struggling. I looked at your numbers and they are so impressive! They put me on Gold but I seriously have been so hungry today that I felt lightheaded. I definitely don't have the energy to exercise. Can I ask what plan you are on and if you have any advice for a newbie who has been on WW in the past and is not used to restricted veggies?!!
Make sure you are getting in all of your water...also, dont go salt free if your Blood pressure is naturally on the low side...my head spins like a merry go round when i am low on salt and water..and good luck...they just switched me to gold from blue...because i lose at a turtles pace

candygirl55
03-09-2007, 05:49 AM
Lacorso - I use the Peanut Butter Cookie Luna Bars and have been losing weight. They were impressed when I lost 6lbs in 5 days in the first week. I drink lots and lots of water too, which really helps. Good Luck!

bizlawchik
03-09-2007, 07:50 AM
Vic - Thanks so much for the compliment, and welcome! I'm on purple w/lites right now, but I will be moving to gold once I can get 10 more darn pounds off!

Bottom line is the first few days suck. Can you post your menu for yesterday and today and some of us can help you? As Linda said, make sure you are getting your water in. Also, treat yourself to some herbal or flavored hot tea. A big mug of hot liquid will help fill your tummy. I've been using Celestrial Seasonings Blueberry lately and Lipton Vanilla Caramel Truffle. Both are available at the grocery store. Add a packet of Splenda and sip. Odds are you will feel a lot better when the mug is gone.

Another thing that we tend to do when we start this program is to save a lot of our food for the evening thinking that we will get hungry. You will be surprised when you trust the plan and space your food out more evenly. Take a look at the daily menu thread for some ideas too.

As for the veggies, this is probably not the right thing to say, but if you go over on your veggies, just stick with the green ones. Stay away from carrots and tomatoes as they are higher in sugar. I mean really, did you gain your weight from too much celery???

Hang in there and you will feel better. Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions.

Seagal
03-09-2007, 11:38 AM
Vic - Thanks so much for the compliment, and welcome! I'm on purple w/lites right now, but I will be moving to gold once I can get 10 more darn pounds off!

Bottom line is the first few days suck. Can you post your menu for yesterday and today and some of us can help you? As Linda said, make sure you are getting your water in. Also, treat yourself to some herbal or flavored hot tea. A big mug of hot liquid will help fill your tummy. I've been using Celestrial Seasonings Blueberry lately and Lipton Vanilla Caramel Truffle. Both are available at the grocery store. Add a packet of Splenda and sip. Odds are you will feel a lot better when the mug is gone.

Another thing that we tend to do when we start this program is to save a lot of our food for the evening thinking that we will get hungry. You will be surprised when you trust the plan and space your food out more evenly. Take a look at the daily menu thread for some ideas too.

As for the veggies, this is probably not the right thing to say, but if you go over on your veggies, just stick with the green ones. Stay away from carrots and tomatoes as they are higher in sugar. I mean really, did you gain your weight from too much celery???

Hang in there and you will feel better. Feel free to PM me if you have any more questions.

Cassi,

Thanks for all the tips and help! The funny thing is that I normally would try to save for the evening but I didn't so I don't know what happened. I seriously had a headache for hours. Here is my menu from yesterday...thanks for offering to help:

8:30 AM: Latte (8 oz skim milk, sf vanilla syrup, 2 shots espresso)
9:30 AM: 1-1/2 eggs; 1 slice ww toast; 1 tsp butter
11:45 AM: 1/2 serving grapes
12:13 PM: Thai shrimp stir fry (2 oz shrimp, 1 cup veggies [green beans, mushrooms, cucumber]; 1/3 c. brown rice
2:00 PM: 1/2 serving grapes; LA lite
3:00 PM: 1/2 apple
4:00 PM: 1 C lettuce w/ lite dressing
6:00 pm: 1 serving grapes
7:30 PM: 6 oz grilled chicken; 2 c. lettuce w/ lite dressing
8:30 pm: LA Lite

As you can see, I just could not get unhungry so I ate every hour or so starting around 2 PM. I was not hungry when I went to bed at 11:30 but I did have the mother of all headaches. Do you think my body will get used to this or do you think I should talk to my COD about switching plans (I go in today at 2:00). I usually work out about 3-4 times per week but there was no way that was happening yesterday. No energy and felt foggy.

Have you always been on purple?

PS: Linda...thanks for the tip on the salt...my blood pressure is low so I will keep that in mind!

bizlawchik
03-09-2007, 11:53 AM
I started on red and moved to purple around 220-ish. I'll move to gold at 181. Did you give up the caffeine? Diet sodas, etc.? When I first started I was drinking 4-6 diet sodas per day at work and then having a few glasses when I got home. When I went down to the 2 suggested I had the mother of all headaches for 9 days.

One other thing I've learned is to listen to my body. I usually plan my afternoon lite at 2:30-3:30. Sometimes after lunch I want something else, or sometimes I start getting hungry around 1:30 when I eat lunch at noon. I've learned that if I give in to it and eat the lite, make sure I drink a bunch of water with it, and eat it slowly, that I'm still not hungry the rest of the afternoon. Some days you will be hungry for a big breakfast. Some days it's lunch. Some days you want to graze all day. This period of adjustment is totally normal and it just takes some experimenting.

For some reason, today is a hungry day for me. I had my cereal, blueberries and almond breeze for breakfast around 8:30, but I got hungry around 10. So I made some blueberry tea to sip on and then I just had my apple. I've also already downed 32oz of water. I will probably have lunch in the next half hour though.

Have you found Western Bagel's Alternative Bagel yet? You can have one of those for a starch and a wedge of laughing cow lite cheese on it. Add some fruit and you have a breakfast that's 1S,1/2D,1Fr. Now you have two proteins for lunch and dinner.

I personally like cheese and yogurt over milk for my dairy because I find it more filling. Stonyfield Farm's plain ff yogurt w/frozen blueberries or raspberries and a packet of Splenda makes a great breakfast. You can add some cereal like Kashi or Fiber One for some crunch. Not sure if this is really legal, but if you only add a tablespoon of granola, you're at around 30 calories and you could count it as a condiment. I've done that when I get the McDonald's Fruit and Yogurt Parfait. Not everyday, though. But the yogurt and fruit is surprisingly filling.

Barb316
03-09-2007, 03:44 PM
I like to use cheese or yogurt for my dairy also. It helps me feel like I am eating something... I try to have some kind of protein with all meals and snacks. I will divide a protein for 2 meals and my midmorning and mid afternoon snacks will usually be 4oz yogurt and 1 string cheese for each of those snacks.

Unmei79
03-10-2007, 12:32 AM
I was moved from Gold (starting at 180.1 lbs. on Gold) to purple when i refused to purchase the LA Lites. I flat out told them that I couldn't afford them. After paying the program fees, I surely wasn't going to pay another $32 bucks a week for LA Lites. They moved me to the purple plan which had higher raw weights for Protein (two ounces extra, or 1/4 cup more, or 2 more slices depending on the portion size, i.e. 6 oz vs. 4 oz., 8 slices vs. 6 slices, and 3/4 cup vs. 1/2 cup). The only other difference between the gold and the purple is one added vegetable serving (four vs. three) with no portion change. I don't have to consume the Lites based on what the COD tells me. I told them to call their dietician because I don't want to be on Lites. Now I still stick to the Gold portion sizes, and enjoy Luna bars. I just discovered them today!!! They are much cheaper than the Lites and pack more protein by about 2g per bar.

Hope this is helpful!


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zambejaly5
03-10-2007, 04:26 PM
I liked the tip someone gave on another thread (sorry forgot who said it or I would give you credit!) but they sugjested cutting up your LA Bars into little bite sized pieces and taking a bite every hour on the hour. and you wouldn't get hungry.

I also try to make my meals as balanced as possible. this is a typical day for me.
(I am on Purple)

Breakfast= 1 starch, 1/2 dairy, 1 fruit
Snack= LA Bar
Lunch= 1 Protien, 2 Veggies, 1 Fruit
Snack = LA Bar
Dinner= 1 Protien, 2 Veggies, 1 Starch
Snack= 1/2 dairy, 1 Fruit.

Sometimes if I am in a pinch, I will have a third starch for the day and omit one Fruit, but not very often and I don't write it down that way in my book, they would just yell at me. but one starch is about 80 calories and one fruit is about 70 I think. and they technically are both "starch" ish.... meaning the body turns them both into sugar. But that is just if I am going out or am away from home where things are out of my control and there are more starches than fruit!

Booger
03-10-2007, 05:00 PM
I started on red and moved to purple around 220-ish. I'll move to gold at 181.


I got switched to purple w/lites at like 240 or so.I wonder why??

Seagal
03-10-2007, 07:38 PM
I started on red and moved to purple around 220-ish. I'll move to gold at 181. Did you give up the caffeine? Diet sodas, etc.? When I first started I was drinking 4-6 diet sodas per day at work and then having a few glasses when I got home. When I went down to the 2 suggested I had the mother of all headaches for 9 days.

One other thing I've learned is to listen to my body. I usually plan my afternoon lite at 2:30-3:30. Sometimes after lunch I want something else, or sometimes I start getting hungry around 1:30 when I eat lunch at noon. I've learned that if I give in to it and eat the lite, make sure I drink a bunch of water with it, and eat it slowly, that I'm still not hungry the rest of the afternoon. Some days you will be hungry for a big breakfast. Some days it's lunch. Some days you want to graze all day. This period of adjustment is totally normal and it just takes some experimenting.

For some reason, today is a hungry day for me. I had my cereal, blueberries and almond breeze for breakfast around 8:30, but I got hungry around 10. So I made some blueberry tea to sip on and then I just had my apple. I've also already downed 32oz of water. I will probably have lunch in the next half hour though.

Have you found Western Bagel's Alternative Bagel yet? You can have one of those for a starch and a wedge of laughing cow lite cheese on it. Add some fruit and you have a breakfast that's 1S,1/2D,1Fr. Now you have two proteins for lunch and dinner.

I personally like cheese and yogurt over milk for my dairy because I find it more filling. Stonyfield Farm's plain ff yogurt w/frozen blueberries or raspberries and a packet of Splenda makes a great breakfast. You can add some cereal like Kashi or Fiber One for some crunch. Not sure if this is really legal, but if you only add a tablespoon of granola, you're at around 30 calories and you could count it as a condiment. I've done that when I get the McDonald's Fruit and Yogurt Parfait. Not everyday, though. But the yogurt and fruit is surprisingly filling.Cassi,
Where did you find the Western Alternative Bagels? I will have to look for those. I have searched the area for Stoneyfield yogurt but it's nowhere to be found around here. I do love Laughing Cow cheese...have you tried the lite wedges? Awesome.

mamabanana
03-10-2007, 09:23 PM
Cassi,
Where did you find the Western Alternative Bagels? I will have to look for those. I have searched the area for Stoneyfield yogurt but it's nowhere to be found around here. I do love Laughing Cow cheese...have you tried the lite wedges? Awesome.

Western Bagels are available on-line and very good...if you have a Stop&Shop though...you can get their lite bagels, I recall their nutritionals being the same...much cheaper too.

bizlawchik
03-11-2007, 06:26 PM
The Alternative Bagels are at my regular grocery store. As Kelli said, you can order online, and you can also go to their website and see if they're sold anywhere near you. Same with the Stonyfield Farm products. They're organic, so they would be in the organic section of your grocery store, or at a health food store.