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missy3gal
01-19-2008, 09:32 AM
Reading through the introductions made me wonder how you all are going about losing weight.

Are you following a plan? Counting calories? Just cutting out certain things?

I've tweeked Lean For Life (Lindora) so that it's something that I can live with.


vek
01-19-2008, 09:44 AM
My plan respects 3 rules:

1. Health Canada's advice of eating between 5-10 servings of raw legumes/fruits/day (1 serving has the equivalent size of one fist) + 2 liters of water (the first rule is for improving my health)

2. Calorie counts (the second rule helps me to keep track of everything I eat, to be organized and very strict, in order to avoid binging). I started at 1300-1400 cal/day and now I'm at 900 cal/day.

3. My style of life (I never liked to eat breakfast in my life,I just drink coffee in the morning, so my diet plan respects this. For breakfast and lunch I only eat fruits and legumes, the most important meal of the day is dinner. This rule is made to respect my own habits.)

modkittn
01-19-2008, 09:54 AM
I follow Weight Watchers. I think overall they have the normal, healthy plan of diet and exercise. They also encourage you to follow their healthy guidelines, some of which are at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, at least 2 dairy products a day, at least 2 servings of oil (healthy fat) a day, drinking all of your water, getting a balanced diet, etc. Its pretty much what I see most of the calorie counters on here doing because the overwhelming majority are trying to eat healthy as well as lose weight. I just count points (determined using calories, fat, and fiber) instead of calories.

In addition, I eat mostly whole foods. I have, on average, one piece of processed food per day. I make a lot of recipes at home and freeze them. For instance, I've been eating soup a lot lately, but I haven't touched a can! I rarely go out to eat, but that is because I hate spending the money on it and I hate thinking of how clean or unclean my chef and waiter were.... :barf:


Izzy906
01-19-2008, 09:55 AM
I am doing WW and taking Alli. Thought this combination may work together. So far so good.

No problem with the Alli because I am making my WW meals and snacks low fat.

Keep up the good work VEK and Missy. 12# is awesome. and Modkittn...all I can say is .....WOW

modkittn
01-19-2008, 10:00 AM
2. Calorie counts (the second rule helps me to keep track of everything I eat, to be organized and very strict, in order to avoid binging). I started at 1300-1400 cal/day and now I'm at 900 cal/day.

900 calories a day is pretty low. The minimum recommended for any woman is 1200 calories. Is there a reason you are going so low? How about upping the calories and introducing exercise into your routine?

Schmoodle
01-19-2008, 10:01 AM
I follow South Beach and love it, love it, love it!

missingmyerica
01-19-2008, 10:05 AM
My first focus is health, then weight loss. I eat whole foods, turkey and chicken, veggies, fruits, ff yogurt and milk, whole grains such as steel cut oats and bulgar wheat, olive oil, nuts and seeds. I don't eat any processed foods or bread. I eat between 1400 and 1600 calories a day and I exercise 4 days a week. This has helped me lose about 1-2 lbs a week.

vek
01-19-2008, 10:14 AM
900 calories a day is pretty low. The minimum recommended for any woman is 1200 calories. Is there a reason you are going so low? How about upping the calories and introducing exercise into your routine?

:o:o:o
And I was planning to go down to 700cal/day.
I do exercise. One hour of bike/day plus 3-4 walks per week (2km each).
I can not exercise too much or too vigurosely because I have asthma.
I know maybe there are not enough calories but I'm sooo ugly being fat.:( And soo depressed. And I have no more clothes...I have 2 garbage bags full of nice clothes that I stored in my garage since 2005 (because they are too small now as I grew fat) and since that day I didn't buy nothing to wear anymore. Excepting 2 pairs of elastic jeans for pregnant women.:o (And I never been pregnant, but my belly looks like I'm in the 9th month with triplets). I was always telling myself that I will buy new outfits when I will get slim...So, right now I only have a few of XXXXXXXXXL old and colorless t-shirt and some gross stuffs that belong to my hubby...

modkittn
01-19-2008, 10:19 AM
Eating less than you should to lose weight will only slow down your metabolism! You can use a site like FitDay (http://fitday.com/)to determine how many calories you should be eating (for your height, weight, etc) in order to lose a healthy 1-2 pounds per week. And keep up that exercise! I have asthma too, but I was able to build myself up from only being able to casually walk for about 1/2 mile to jogging for 2-3 miles. It can be done! :yes: Trust me, I know how you feel. At my absolute highest weight I was over 230 pounds and miserable. You can do it! You just need motivation and a little bit of will power and a lot of patience! :) Maybe you should consider seeing your doctor and discussing your weight loss efforts with him/her?

:o:o:o
And I was planning to go down to 700cal/day.
I do exercise. One hour of bike/day plus 3-4 walks per week (2km each).
I can not exercise too much or too vigurosely because I have asthma.
I know maybe there are not enough calories but I'm sooo ugly being fat.:( And soo depressed. And I have no more clothes...I have 2 garbage bags full of nice clothes that I stored in my garage since 2005 (because they are too small now as I grew fat) and since that day I didn't buy nothing to wear anymore. Excepting 2 pairs of elastic jeans for pregnant women.:o (And I never been pregnant, but my belly looks like I'm in the 9th month with triplets). I was always telling myself that I will buy new outfits when I will get slim...So, right now I only have a few of XXXXXXXXXL old and colorless t-shirt and some gross stuffs that belong to my hubby...

vek
01-19-2008, 10:32 AM
Eating less than you should to lose weight will only slow down your metabolism! You can use a site like FitDay (http://fitday.com/)to determine how many calories you should be eating (for your height, weight, etc) in order to lose a healthy 1-2 pounds per week. And keep up that exercise! I have asthma too, but I was able to build myself up from only being able to casually walk for about 1/2 mile to jogging for 2-3 miles. It can be done! :yes: Trust me, I know how you feel. At my absolute highest weight I was over 230 pounds and miserable. You can do it! You just need motivation and a little bit of will power and a lot of patience! :) Maybe you should consider seeing your doctor and discussing your weight loss efforts with him/her?

I go every day on FitDay and I keep track of things I eat/do. I am afraid about what you've said with the slowing down metabolism.:?: But I still feel energetic. Jogging was always something I hated (even during my teenage years when I used to practice martial arts). But I love iceskating and biking. And when the summer will return I will jump back into my swimmingpool!:D
Thank you!:hug:

Havingfaith
01-19-2008, 10:32 AM
I'm not following a specific plan, I suppose. My dh and I are both choosing healthy foods (haven't had a morsel of junk food in a little over a week!) and I have started to exercise. I have been a junk food fiend who never, ever exercised. Right now, this "plan" is working for me. If/When I plateau, I might consider looking into official plans. I know this is going to be a long journey, so I am willing to do whatever it takes (as long as it's healthy and safe) to lose this weight!

modkittn
01-19-2008, 10:40 AM
I am not a calorie counter, so it is hard for me to give you advice. It is hard anyway, since I am not a doctor or nutritionist :) But once the day picks up on here, I'm sure some of the calorie counters will respond to you and help you on your way.

When you don't eat enough food for your body to be able to function during the day, your metabolism will slow down. Since you are starving your body, it can't metabolize at a higher rate because it needs what you have just to function. Here is a good article (http://weightloss.about.com/od/eatsmart/a/blcalintake.htm) on calculating calories for weight loss. Good luck! :hug:

I go every day on FitDay and I keep track of things I eat/do. I am afraid about what you've said with the slowing down metabolism.:?: But I still feel energetic. Jogging was always something I hated (even during my teenage years when I used to practice martial arts). But I love iceskating and biking. And when the summer will return I will jump back into my swimmingpool!:D
Thank you!:hug:

missy3gal
01-19-2008, 10:45 AM
Vek, it's true about eating too few calories effecting weight loss. I didn't believe it, but I've seen it with my own weight many times. I follow LFL and it tends to be around 900 calories a day for me because I just don't pick the higher calories foods that I'm allowed. They aren't my favorites. Now, a few times a week I force myself to eat those higher calorie allowed foods to get my count up to 1400 or at least over 1200. I have found that eating less than 1000 knocks out the appetite, but it doesn't work over time.

If you are afraid to up your calories over all, just do it every third day for awhile. Increase the calories with healthy foods like fruit and beans. Fat is fine too, but I've found that I can never mix fat with refined carbs or fruit or I won't lose. That may just be me.

People on this board have mentioned Jillian Michaels book a lot in terms of understanding calories and weight loss. I think I'm going to borrow it from the library since it seems to address this concern we have.

RealCdn
01-19-2008, 11:52 AM
Calorie counting (right now 1800-2000) with exercise 7 days a week (just started this in the last 12 days and will likely drop it to 6). At the moment the average weight loss is roughly 2.5 lbs per week (but it's varied, so I'll adjust it perhaps in a couple of weeks).

Vek, the only real problem with going to 900 calories is that you have nowhere to go. I see that you're close to your goal, but, once you've reached your goal, how will you maintain it? Your body will get used to functioning on that, and gaining weight back will be very easy. This is how I dieted perhaps 20 years ago. I would lose 20 or 30 pounds, then gain 40 because you can't eat at 900 calories forever.

Like others here, I'm not a doctor, or a nutritionist. I'm just remembering many failed diets. How about you consider a slight increase in food intake (to at least 1200) and do some skating. You might stall for a week or so, but after that you should still lose.

Heather
01-19-2008, 12:03 PM
I'm a calorie counter! My plan evolved over time. Right now I also try to eat healthy and strive to get enough fiber and 7 servings of fruits and veggies a day as well as calcium. I also monitor my protein intake, trying to get 25% of calories from protein (helps for weight lifting). When I was losing I ate 1800-2000 calories/day (higher when I weighed more).

My exercise also evolved over time and now I usually work out 5 times/week, a combination of cardio, weights, and yoga.

missrocky73
01-19-2008, 12:12 PM
I just count calories 1500 a day and work out as much as possible

ChrissyBean
01-19-2008, 12:39 PM
No formal plan. Just eating less/better and exercising a lot more (but not so much lately. Life's crazy right now. Things will normal out in March, though). I can't give up entire food groups or cut foods out altogether; I'm doing the "everything in moderation" thang. ;)

Chelavon
01-19-2008, 12:58 PM
Well let's see, I have been trying to keep my calories at 1400, and so far only have enough exercise to amount to 3 times a week. I do want to add 2 more days of exercise to my week. So far I have mainly seen a dramatic loss in inches rather than pounds, but it feels good so I am happy with that. Maybe in a couple of weeks I can have more input on what is working for me.

kissingginger
01-19-2008, 01:08 PM
Excepting 2 pairs of elastic jeans for pregnant women.:o (And I never been pregnant, but my belly looks like I'm in the 9th month with triplets).

Vek: I'm am sorry but I have to laugh and hope that you are seriously exaggerating the size of your belly. First of all, the majority of us triplet moms RARELY ever make it into the 9th month of pregnancy and secondly I was 294 lbs when I delivered the babies and a whopping 60 inches around in the waist (that's an enourmous 5 FEET :dizzy:). At 190 lbs I hardly think you could achieve that girth unless you were really really really short. If you were measuring 60 inches around the waist - you wouldn't be able to get out of bed (I loved the bed rest -NOT!) and would need 24 hour nursing care like I did just to eat and get to the bathroom. I am not trying to say you don't FEEL like you are pregnant with triplets, I'm just saying I highly doubt you are actually as big as you FEEL.

I know we all have distorted views of our bodies and we all exaggerate how big certain features we have are. Has anyone seen the show "How to look good naked" It's really neat to watch and I love the line-up. It's when Gok (the stylist) takes the girl he is trying to help and asks her to place herself in a line-up of other women. The women are all in their undies and bras and his guest has to pick where she thinks she fits between all the other women (either by waist size or hips)....all the women on the show think they are about 4-8 inches bigger than they really are.

My plan is pretty simple: organic food, portioned food and lots of water and exercise.

Cheers,
Ginger

bluex
01-19-2008, 01:13 PM
I follow my own low carb diet, inspired by Kaiser as given at the nutrition class for diabetics. They recommended 2 servings of carb per meal and 1 per snack. 1 serving is 15 grams, so that's 30 grams per meal and 15 per snack. My own blood sugar told me what my body could handle without spiking.
I eat:

10 grams of carb at breakfast.
20 grams of carb at lunch and dinner
less than 10 grams at snacks.

In addition, they recommended that half your plate should always be vegetables (no corn or peas, they have too much carb). I do that for lunch and dinner always.

Also, they recommend one serving of protein in the meals. I try to make that leaner meats like turkey and chicken but I will also have red meat and sausage whenever I feel like it.

As I've lost more and more weight, I've cut down my portion of protein and fat but the only real counting I've done is carbohydrates.

Here's a modified version of Kaiser's carbohydrate portions, really handy for counting: http://i2.tinypic.com/7xk0i3b.jpg

Here are their diatery suggestions: http://i15.tinypic.com/82abz90.jpg

vek
01-19-2008, 02:14 PM
Vek: I'm am sorry but I have to laugh and hope that you are seriously exaggerating the size of your belly.

Of course I am exagerating the size of my belly. But this is how I feel. And I realy wear pregnant woman elastic jeans. Actually, what is wrong about my belly is not only its size, but the way is splited into 2 different bellies, one over the belly button and one under it. Yeak!:D

Beverlyjoy
01-19-2008, 03:22 PM
I follow a food plan of aroung 1500 calories - give or take. I include everyday - 2-3 fruits, lots of veggies, protein at every meal, two dairy exchanges, 6 or so servings of starch. I aim to keep my fats under 50 grams, sat fat under 15 grams, cholesterol under 200, & carbs under 250.

I don't obsess if I go over once in a while.

I can't exercise much now because of a foot and back problem.

The biggest thing in my program that has helped is daily meditation.

Jasmine31
01-19-2008, 04:10 PM
Vek please eat more. You could seriously damage your body by not eating. Stick with at least 1200 cals a day.

denialisnthappiness
01-19-2008, 04:21 PM
another calorie counter here! That and lots of water and exercise

kissingginger
01-19-2008, 04:49 PM
. Actually, what is wrong about my belly is not only its size, but the way is splited into 2 different bellies, one over the belly button and one under it. Yeak!:D

2 bellies? !! I think many of us are there too...actually I have one above, one below and then another pouch a bit lower :D Yikes!!! But hey? We are all here to work on it and get slimmer and that's just what we are going to do!

It's easy to admit my belly is not my favorite body part - what's more sad is it used to be a wonderful belly back when I was 200 lbs. I actually quite liked my old tummy (before kids). But I know I am not the only one. I try very hard to appreciate what my belly was capable of doing and what it gave me in life (my beautiful boys) but...it's still very hard to look at.

Cheers, Ginger

Cassie501107
01-19-2008, 05:21 PM
Calorie counting and exercise 6 days a week. Works like a charm!:p

vek
01-19-2008, 08:46 PM
Ok, guys! I added a little non fat steak of almost 300 cal at my today diet so I ended up at 1200 cal. Is it ok now?:)

Cassie501107
01-19-2008, 09:53 PM
Ok, guys! I added a little non fat steak of almost 300 cal at my today diet so I ended up at 1200 cal. Is it ok now?:)

Much better....just a tip...eat as many calories as you can while still losing! No sense in eating only 1200 if you lose just fine on 1,600...see what I mean? Then, if the weight loss stalls, you can go to 1,500 or whatever. ;)

I can eat 1,800-2,000 calories and still lose...and I enjoy every last calorie, LOL.:D

Shay
01-19-2008, 10:01 PM
Weight Watchers--Flex. 3 meals, 3 snacks and as much water as I can make myself drink. Slowly working the exercise back in.

modkittn
01-19-2008, 10:04 PM
Vek - it is a start! But I agree 100% with Cassie. At some point your weight loss will stall and you will need to lower your intake to keep losing weight, but you are already starting at the minimum. Try to up it another few hundred (I would think 1600 is a good starting point Cassie) and then when you need to drop 100 calories at some point you can!

Much better....just a tip...eat as many calories as you can while still losing! No sense in eating only 1200 if you lose just fine on 1,600...see what I mean? Then, if the weight loss stalls, you can go to 1,500 or whatever. ;)

I can eat 1,800-2,000 calories and still lose...and I enjoy every last calorie, LOL.:D

famograham
01-20-2008, 12:14 AM
I'm a good old fashioned math girl. Calories in-calories out. I'm counting, using fitday, and trying to get the exercise up more all the time. Exercise is my main problem but I've done well the last couple of weeks and have been on the treadmill 3 times a week. It's a start :)

I am also practicing moderation and having a TINY bit of what I'm craving if necessary.

valpal23
01-20-2008, 12:41 AM
I'm calorie counting with fitday too.. and basically avoiding most of the food I used to eat, except on occasion. I eat a lot more fruit and veggies/whole grains now. I try to exercise daily too -- even if it's just pilates or 20 minutes of walking.

lalique
01-20-2008, 06:41 AM
I'm for now, just trying to stay away from pop, fast food, candy, and pizza (my downfalls!) - And eat lean meats, chicken, ff milk products, fruits and veggies. I'm trying to cut down on potatos, and breads to just a couple times a week. I'm also going to start trying to exercise at least 3-4 times a week, for at least a half hour (I hate exercising, but I really need to do it!) I've got some cardio/dance videos, and a stationary bike, and free/hand weights (5lbs), I'm just gonna mix up between all of those. Plus of course drinking lots of water! (64oz/day).

kimmieone
01-20-2008, 08:40 AM
my plan is weight busters for life

My exercise is one hour per day of walking
Weight training with 5, 10, and 15 pounds free weights
M/W/F upper body
T/TH/SAT lower body

nelie
01-20-2008, 09:27 AM
Right now,

I follow "Eat to Live" which is a vegan whole foods diet. I also walk every day and do strength training.

Kia
01-20-2008, 11:14 AM
I am following Weight Watchers (Flex) and I am working out 3-4xs per week.

BattleAx
01-20-2008, 02:55 PM
I count calories and keep them to 1800-2000 a day. My diet consists mainly of whole foods, heavy on protein and fiber, but no foods are technically off-limits. I exercise 5x a week. 2 of the 5 are light DVD pilates sessions. 3 of the days are walking.

THE Heather
01-20-2008, 03:06 PM
I just recently started Weight Watchers Flex...


When I was twelve I did it (my grandmother dragged me into it). I think at that time it was like 123 success. It completley worked, then I moved to Texas got to depressed stuffed my face..blahblahblah you know the story.

So I'm back on it again. I just started last week.

Goddess Jessica
01-20-2008, 03:20 PM
I'm on WeightWatchers Core Program. I can't count points - I'm just not that diligent.

Core is very similar to South Beach, which I loved (except for the Phase 1 no fruit crap).

But the real benefit for me is the group accountability. I totally would not be on WW if I didn't have two friends who are on the journey with me. For me, I need someone else to help me stick to it even when I have decided to give up. The first three months? I would have slept through the Saturday morning meetings and said, "Whatever. I'll go next week." But because I had friends who would totally not let that fly, I knew I had to drag my butt out of bed and get there. Because of that, I have succeeded. Now I look forward to the weeks that my name is called because I've hit a 5 pound mark. That's what keeps me going when nothing else will.

michellenew
01-20-2008, 03:33 PM
i count calories...i use dailyplate, exercise 7days/week and drink lots of water
michelle

Trazey34
01-20-2008, 04:05 PM
Like most fat girls, I've read just about every diet book/plan known to man...haven't actually DONE them LOL, just read them! So I've taken bits & bobs from each one and fashioned my own plan I guess....I absolutely cannot do a "diet" if I feel deprived in anyway I get all mental and freak out LOL, so I'm doing something that i've sustained without much hardship (I'm not saying i haven't WEPT at saying NO to cheesecake tho!!), and soemthing I can see myself doing -- as a matter of fact, it's become pretty routine now. I go to the same sections of the grocery store ALL the time now, and avoid the crap!

A big difference came when I started eating breakfast! A little protein ( a scoop of cottage cheese) and some dry snackable healthy cereal at my desk, and a small piece of fruit is awesome! Lunches are homemade now when they used to be McD's SEVERAL times a weeek, same with dinners - not so much take out anymore.

Also the kitchen CLOSES at 8 p.m. We have dinner @ 7, and at 8 p.m. I make a cup of tea and that's it til morning -- I'm not in a place where I can snack at night. I can live without it so I'm alright with that. It's utterly amazing that I used to absolutely PANIC at the thought of there not being enough diet coke and chips and chocolate to see me thru THE NIGHT!!! yuck, I'm so glad that insane monkey is off my back LOL.... hi i'm tracey, and i'm a junk food addict...i had my last junk food 7 months ago....

Snacks now are a few almonds and some veggies or piece of fruit.

Crazy how your habits & tastes change eventually!

amouse
01-20-2008, 08:55 PM
i calorie count 1800-1900 cals a day , sometimes I'm over sometimes I'm under. but pretty much I'm happy with myself. i exercise everyday unless i feel like crap. most days i do 30 aerobic class and 30 minute elliptical, or i do 1 hour Pilates swiss ball workout , or i do 30 minute of elliptical and 30 minute of sit ups push up lunges etc etc etc. my favorite thing is the aerobics for sure.. ive lost 13 pound and 6 inches around the middle this month and in very happy

Zen Pharmacy
01-20-2008, 10:20 PM
I'm on what my mom calls the "Farmer's Market" diet.

I go to the Farmer's Market every weekend and stock up on what's in season. We also have a great butcher and a great fishmonger. I used to live on the ocean and now am a few hours inland. This guy has someone drive stuff in on ice everyday.

Shoot, it's actually cheaper than when I went to the supermarket for groceries.

Anyway, I'm mostly cook from this and then focus more on exercise. I want to learn rock-climbing and have plans for a massive canoeing/hiking/camping trip this summer.

So at half an hour of cardio everyday and some strength training a couple days a week (or what I call Operation Strong Arms!)

knitsforfive
01-20-2008, 10:29 PM
I'm another calorie counter. I also eat mostly whole foods - no artificial sweeteners and very little processed food, etc. I exercise 6 days a week, doing cardio each of those days and strength training 2-3 of those days. I just started jogging last week and love it.

I also see my doctor once every 6-8 weeks for a formal weigh-in and check-in. This keeps me honest because, for better or worse, I respond to having to report to an authority figure like mt doctor (whom I adore anyway). If you think I need some therapy about that, there's one more thing - she gives me stickers every 10 lbs. lost to give to my kids and I just love that. I look forward to those silly, cheap little stickers. I think the reason is that the act of giving them to my kids represents how this whole process is also my gift to them. I get a little teary just thinking about it. Maybe I should get another hobby.

pamatga
01-21-2008, 05:32 PM
I have the majority of my weight in my stomach. See for yourself on my diet blog "pixtosee". I don't have a picture of my at 287 lbs but if I had a waist measurement of 53" when I was 259 lbs I am sure that my waist size could have been 55-57" and no I was not pregnant although I looked it. I am not short either. I looked like a teddy bear only I wasn't as cuddly.

Carrying "belly fat" is the most dangerous kind of weight you can have. It is linked to Syndrome X, diabetes, heart disease, PCOS, etc. The whole ball of wax!!

As you know, from when you were pregnant with triplets, it gets in the way for everything. Just recently, after losing 48 lbs total and 29 lbs since last September, I can bend over to paint my toe nails. Before it took considerable wiggling on my part and usually it looked like a 2 year old did it. When I discovered I could bend over when I was sitting on the toilet and touch my toes easily, I wanted to stay there all night. I was so excited! I am so looking forward to more of life without the big balloon that I had in front of me.

I am following the South Beach diet and I am also loving it. I am seeing the belly fat melt away like a snowman in the sun. Yahoo:carrot:

P.S. I changed my avatar from the fat kitty cuz I just noticed that lori from atlanta ga has it too and I didn't want you all to get confused but also because as Schmoodle knows its eggs and bacon on SBD every morning for breakfast

CT Cabo Girl
01-21-2008, 06:59 PM
Atkins all the way! Love the food and it works well. 100 pounds in 9 months 1st time. Slower this time, but not as much to lose either.

GirlyGirlSebas
01-21-2008, 07:41 PM
A combination of Southbeach and calorie counting....with tons of cardio!

Glory87
01-21-2008, 08:02 PM
Reading through the introductions made me wonder how you all are going about losing weight.

Are you following a plan? Counting calories? Just cutting out certain things?

I've tweeked Lean For Life (Lindora) so that it's something that I can live with.

Hiya, I lost 70+ lbs with a combination of calorie counting + eating whole foods. It's been 3 years and I still concentrate on calorie counting and eating whole foods.