LA Weight Loss - So obviously nothing is working for me :(




sweetlovin
05-15-2008, 11:27 AM
I'm thinking that maybe dieting isn't right for me. It just doesn't fit with my lifestyle. Having to buy groceries with my own money because my mom doesn't have healthy food just is getting increasingly frustrating. Today I stepped on the scale and I weighed 162.3 pounds. I am always so upset hen I tip over 160 pounds. I was thinking of maybe going on my own plan. I'm trying to find something that's sane enough to fit in with my life Obviously other diets just have me doing way too much work and it's just a lot of stress worrying about what I can and cannot eat which causes me to cheat.

I've had to make myself "alternative dinners" at dinner time because what my mom was cooking wasn't allowed, and the salads I brought to school were always smelly and tasted disgusting from being in my locker for 5 hours.

I did well all week but I cheated big time yesterday because I was so upset that all my efforts were just causing me to gain weight, that before I knew it, food was being down my throat. Iím not really a big stress eater too so I definitely don't want to act like that again. I'm mostly eat when Iím bored which is a habit I'm slowly starting to break away from. I'm trying to stop that

Today my period came so I'm not sure if that has anything to do with me eating like a hungry cow yesterday.

Anyway I came up with my own meal plan so I wanted to know what you guys think and if it would work.


Breakfast will be oatmeal or cereal with a piece of toast and peanut butter every day.

Lunch will either be a sandwich wrap or a regular sandwich with sun chips, a cheese stick, and some carrots.

Snack- will be nuts or peanut butter on toast with a glass of skim milk

I will skip dinner for the first week but after that. Dinner will just be protein and vegetables.

At least something like this is something I KNOW I won't cheat on because it's food I want to eat anyway.

I really hope this works out. I've been exercising almost 4-5 days a week for an hour to two hours a day but I still seem to be gaining. I just hope I can figure all of this out because it's just starting to become depressing how this is getting out of control.

Bleh :)

(Plus I've been kind of trying to throw up my food so I definitely don't want another eating disorder again. & Yeserday I had this moment where I wanted to go out and buy diet pills. I just want to lose a few pounds.

Sorry if im getting annoying on here. I'm annoyed with myself LOL

bell rung gottah go


Spoz
05-15-2008, 11:39 AM
It sounds good to me! I think it is really important to find something that fits into your life, because this weight you want to lose is for life not temporary. Though I find that alot of people find counting calories really helpful... its not a diet but maybe something you can look into.

I really hope you find the right route for you, good luck! :hug:

carolr3639
05-15-2008, 11:44 AM
You might try intuitive eating. A good book about that is The Overfed Head by Rob Stevens which can be downloaded for free on his Thintuition.com website.


StillTryin
05-15-2008, 12:04 PM
I like your menu, except for eating peanut butter twice a day or even having peanut butter and nuts, that is to much IMO.
I also think you need to add some more protein at dinner, I wouldn't skip! Skipping is setting your metabolism up for slowing down and none wants that.

So try to get some kind of protein, even if it is just a bowl of Special K w/ protein and a 1/2 C skim milk.

That is my take on your plan. But I sure think it can work for you.

Cheree
05-15-2008, 12:12 PM
If it were me, I'd cut back some on cereal and bread (those carbs really make it hard for me to lose weight), and also, you might want to add 2 fruits a day. Have oatmeal or cereal, but don't add a piece of toast, add a piece of fruit instead perhaps.

Just Deb
05-15-2008, 12:14 PM
Have you tried calorie counting? Its the only thing that works for me because I can eat whatever I want - just in limited portions. I also don't think skipping dinners is a good idea. Look around on this website at the people who have made their goals - their stories are inspiring! Most of them eat 4-6 meals a day.

Just keep trying! You will find something that works for you! :)

ladybugnessa
05-15-2008, 12:23 PM
i'd not skip dinner
i'd cut back on the nuts or peanut butter
i'd not have bread AND cereal (or oatmeal) at breakfast one or the other

and up your protein
and where is your fruit?

meowee
05-15-2008, 12:30 PM
Yep . . . I agree too . . . back off on the starch a little; watch out for the peanut butter, you have to keep those portions of nuts and nut butters in control. Eat some more fruit (apples travel very well) and take carrot sticks and celery sticks to school with you, they can probably survive the locker time. Skipping Dinner for the first week is not one of your better ideas, Chickie . . . :hug: . . . Good Luck to you.

SunshineRunner
05-15-2008, 12:35 PM
I'd be cautious of two servings of peanut butter in a day - that's 400 calories
I'd say you are looking at being a calorie counter and should check out either thedailyplate.com or fitday, I prefer TDP.
Figure out how many calories you can take in a day, set up a range, then eat within that.
I'm a fan of carbs, so I say eat a reasonable amount, especially if you are working out. I like carbs because I focus on a high fiber diet, low sodium and the weight has literally fallen off me that way.
You do need to try to get a reasonable amount of protein in your diet - of course, I'd not recommend skipping dinner this week, but it's your life....

Good Luck!

3Beans
05-15-2008, 01:25 PM
First and foremost, if you're seriously struggling with purging, please just forget about tweaking your plan and restricting more, and focus on your health and well-being for a while. That is not the direction you want things to go.

Otherwise: why are you planning to skip dinner for a week?! A lean protein with vegetables sounds fine!

Also: Like the others said, be careful with the PB. If you get rid of just ONE serving, you can replace it with an apple, a banana, and some strawberries! Do you have access to fresh fruit? If not, how about dried fruit...in limited quantities, because the calories can add up.

Maybe, have your wrap at lunch with the carrots on the side, get rid of the chips, and have your cheese stick and some fruit as a snack instead of the extra PB and toast? And then EAT DINNER?

I hear that you're struggling. Take good care of yourself!

sweetlovin
05-15-2008, 04:55 PM
i'd not skip dinner
i'd cut back on the nuts or peanut butter
i'd not have bread AND cereal (or oatmeal) at breakfast one or the other

and up your protein
and where is your fruit?

Thanks. Well I'm not really a big protein eater. That's why I eat nuts. Sometimes I go days where I behave like a vegetarian and I don't even notice until a few days later. I only eat a lot of protein when I'm trying to do a diet.

I'm trying to look at the way I normally eat, and tweak it so that I lose weight. I can always take a multivitamin every day if I need the vitamins and minerals. I could get rid of the toast in the morning I suppose. I like dipping it in my coffee.

And I rarely have fruit in the house, so I can eat it if it's there. They sale some at my school for .50. So I guess one serving a day.

I could cut down on peanut butter and have it afterschool as a snack with toast.

so

B/f- oatmeal/cereal/bread with cofee
lunch- sandwhich/wrap with fruit and milk
snack- pb sandwich (1 toast)
dinner if im hungry.

Even if it's not gungho nutritious, as long as it's something that i can lose weight with and stick to. I'll do it. Obviously it's a better change. I can always take a vitamin each day or maybe some ensure at night in place of a snack.

PhotoChick
05-15-2008, 06:04 PM
Couple of thoughts for you:

Thanks. Well I'm not really a big protein eater. That's why I eat nuts. Sometimes I go days where I behave like a vegetarian
Being a vegetarian has nothing to do with not eating protein. EVERYONE needs protein, even veggies. They just get it from different sources. Protein is especially important when you're trying to lose weight for a couple of reasons: It helps you feel full for longer and it provides nutrition for muscles (extremely important if you're working out). Do NOT confuse being veggie with not needing protein.

Good sources of veggie protein include nuts, of course, as well as beans and legumes, dairy and eggs, grains like quinoa and barley, and soy products (tofus, edamame, etc.).


I can always take a multivitamin every day if I need the vitamins and minerals.
Vitamins are great for filling in nutritional holes, but they cannot substitute for real live nutrients from real live food. :) There are ways that vitamins and minerals interact in the body that cannot be duplicated in a pill. If it could, heck, we'd probably all just live off of pills.

B/f- oatmeal/cereal/bread with cofee
lunch- sandwhich/wrap with fruit and milk
snack- pb sandwich (1 toast)
dinner if im hungry.
This looks very low in calories and nutrients and the "if I'm hungry" part simply isn't good for you. Obviously, yes, it's a START. But it's a start that can be tweaked.

Add a piece of fruit to your breakfast. You can buy bags of frozen fruit at the grocery store - strawberries, blueberries, mixed berries, peaches, etc. They're not expensive and they last forevre. Mix in a serving of fruit with your cereal in the morning or your oatmeal.

And EAT DINNER. :) If you don't eat anything after your lunch snack, then you'll wake up in the morning starving. It sets a bad start to the day.

You're getting there, but keep tweaking and don't not eat.

.

sweetlovin
05-16-2008, 11:05 AM
^yeah I guess it's best if I eat dinner, especially since I'm working out every afternooon/morning..

I'm going to eat a lot of vegetables at dinner time. Probably 3 servings because I don't eat much during the day. And I have some fish in the freezer that I could eat with is. Why is fruit so important? Idk, a lot of people on here barely touch it because of the sugar content so this is different. I know they are good for you though so I'll try to add more if I can.

PhotoChick
05-16-2008, 11:23 AM
Why is fruit so important? Idk, a lot of people on here barely touch it because of the sugar content so this is different
Hm. I'm not sure where you get that people here barely touch fruit. I don't find that to be true, really. One thing that you have to keep in mind is that fruit *is* higher in calories than veggies and so you can't eat as much fruit as you can veggies ... but they're not to be avoided. And fruit is important for nutrients, just like veggies, grains, and proteins.

An orange or an apple or a 1/2 a grapefruit is a great snack. Bananas have more calories in them, so you can't gorge on them, but they're chock full of potassium and vitamin D - a really excellent choice for a pre-workout snack. Blueberries are maybe some of the best fruits - full of anti-oxidants and fiber and vitamins ... good stuff there. Throw a handful of them into your morning oatmeal or yogurt.

Don't knock fruit - it's yummy and good for you.

.

Hat Trick
05-16-2008, 12:02 PM
SL - why is it that your mom doesn't buy more nutrious foods and that you have to buy this stuff on your own? Aren't you still in high school and living at home? Isn't your mom buying food for the entire family? Why would she not purchase some things like salad, veggies, fruits, etc.? Have you asked your mom? Myabe instead of buying a bag of chips or cookies or whatever -- that you're not eating anyway -- she can buy healthier foods?

Your menu looks --- just ok to me. Have to echo what others have said but also, if these are the only foods you are going to eat you will burn out on them in no time and just end up eating things you shouldn't. Variety goes a long way in keeping me on track. If I eat the same handful of things over and over I just end up saying 'bleh' and that just leads to trouble. Oh and DON'T skip meals -- AT ALL. You will only end up hungrier and will not be able to control yourself. By eating frequently and by eating some good carbs w/protein every few hours you will keep your blood sugar levels even and won't go on that 'roller coaster' of highs and lows. Eat your dinner! :)

ladybugnessa
05-16-2008, 12:19 PM
well one thing that no one has asked is HOW MUCH TIME are you giving each plan?

I mean there are weeks and weeks and weeks I do not lose on my plan but I never give up....

patience is really important.

Schmoodle
05-16-2008, 12:37 PM
sweetlovin, do you like eggs? If you could have a scrambled or hardboiled egg with your oatmeal in the morning, or carry one with you for a snack, that would help with the protein. What about beans? Lots of vegetarians rely on beans for a good source of protein. They also have lots of fiber and help fill you up. The nuts are healthy for you and do have protein, but are so high in calories, you really have to limit yourself to a serving a day if you want to lose. You are doing the right thing asking questions here. The chicks know a lot about nutrition and weight loss and they want to help you lose the pounds you want to lose, but also to be HEALTHY.
Talk to your mom about this. Maybe she is afraid that you will develop eating disorder issues if you diet too strictly. But if you approach it from wanting to eat a healthy diet,she may be more supportive. Most moms would love to help their kid with healthy eating, I hope that is true of yours too.

BeckyC104
05-16-2008, 01:54 PM
That diet is loaded with protein! You're getting it in your oatmeal, your peanut butter, your cheese stick, that glass of skim milk, your sandwich and (by protein at supper I assume you're meaning a piece of meat??)! You can also eat beans at supper and that will give you protein as well.

What you don't specify is what's in that sandwich and if you're eating all that bread made out of 100% whole wheat?? A lot of times people will put both a meat and a cheese on sandwiches and that'll double up your saturated fat intake for the day (that fat from the peanut butter is good for you fat). Also, are you slathering on the mayo, like I love to do?? I've discovered I like lots of mayo to make the sandwich less dry, actually, and the more fresh vegetables you put on it, the better it can taste with just mustard. I know your mom is buying some fresh vegetables because you used to make a salad, but I totally agree with you that a salad in your locker all day is kinda revolting! A little tip, when you cut up tomatoes for your sandwich take ALL the seeds out of them, so you just have the meaty part. It still has plenty of juice in it, but it won't make your sandwich soggy by lunchtime!!

If it's food that's already in the house, you literally can lose weight on anything you eat. It's just that if you're eating 'lil Debbies snack cakes' you're going to get to eat a lot less food than if you're upping your fruits and veggies. And, of course, it's not that healthy for you, but as a teenager, it can be pretty easy to kick your metabolism into gear by upping your exercise. And, drinking lots and lots of water will help you with both your metabolism and flushing your body and helping to keep you full. Will they let you have a water bottle in class? I agree with you that you should try and modify your eating around what your Mom's already buying. It'll be good practice for choosing to eat healthy when you go out to restaurants in the future and what not.

Eating a lot right before your period is something your body demands, especially when you're young. You actually have a higher calorie requirement the day before, so don't worry about that. I think you're on the right track by trying to modify your eating around the food that is available to you right now. Also, muscle weighs more than fat, so it's a good idea not to weigh yourself but (can you handle this??) maybe every two weeks or so? Try a tape measure instead ... with the exercise it's a better indicator.

You can do this!! You're off to a great start simply by starting and persevering!! Don't give up!

Becky :-)

sweetlovin
05-17-2008, 01:11 AM
SL - why is it that your mom doesn't buy more nutrious foods and that you have to buy this stuff on your own? Aren't you still in high school and living at home? Isn't your mom buying food for the entire family? Why would she not purchase some things like salad, veggies, fruits, etc.? Have you asked your mom? Myabe instead of buying a bag of chips or cookies or whatever -- that you're not eating anyway -- she can buy healthier foods?

Your menu looks --- just ok to me. Have to echo what others have said but also, if these are the only foods you are going to eat you will burn out on them in no time and just end up eating things you shouldn't. Variety goes a long way in keeping me on track. If I eat the same handful of things over and over I just end up saying 'bleh' and that just leads to trouble. Oh and DON'T skip meals -- AT ALL. You will only end up hungrier and will not be able to control yourself. By eating frequently and by eating some good carbs w/protein every few hours you will keep your blood sugar levels even and won't go on that 'roller coaster' of highs and lows. Eat your dinner! :)

Because she really doesn't care about all of that stuff. She pretends she does but she won't sacrifice something she likes in order to eat healthy

the other day she went to cosco and bought muffins. That's right. GIANT muffins in a dozen container. We needed eggs and she forget but remembered the MUFFINS?

Maybe I should stick to south beach. I really want to and I spent all this money on the book and the food. I do feel like I'm giving up way too easily. i use to have so much more will power. I don't know what happened.

Lunch is still going to extremely hard though! Maybe I shouldn't eat lunch at school and should just wait until I get home and make a salad. Hm.. I'll figure it out.

I just need to stop giving up, I guess. I was eating pretty healthy on SBD.

sweetlovin
05-17-2008, 01:16 AM
sweetlovin, do you like eggs? If you could have a scrambled or hardboiled egg with your oatmeal in the morning, or carry one with you for a snack, that would help with the protein. What about beans? Lots of vegetarians rely on beans for a good source of protein. They also have lots of fiber and help fill you up. The nuts are healthy for you and do have protein, but are so high in calories, you really have to limit yourself to a serving a day if you want to lose. You are doing the right thing asking questions here. The chicks know a lot about nutrition and weight loss and they want to help you lose the pounds you want to lose, but also to be HEALTHY.
Talk to your mom about this. Maybe she is afraid that you will develop eating disorder issues if you diet too strictly. But if you approach it from wanting to eat a healthy diet,she may be more supportive. Most moms would love to help their kid with healthy eating, I hope that is true of yours too.
Thanks for the advice. I'll give it a try. I think I'm going to keep trying on the diet I was on.

I just need to be more strict on myself. Maybe I need a vitamin pill that will give me energy. I took centrium once and it helped me a lot. Sometimes I just feel really weak and tired and that's one of the reasons why I tend to overdo on carbs.

or it could be from me having a very unbalance diet.

sweetlovin
05-17-2008, 01:26 AM
That diet is loaded with protein! You're getting it in your oatmeal, your peanut butter, your cheese stick, that glass of skim milk, your sandwich and (by protein at supper I assume you're meaning a piece of meat??)! You can also eat beans at supper and that will give you protein as well.

What you don't specify is what's in that sandwich and if you're eating all that bread made out of 100% whole wheat?? A lot of times people will put both a meat and a cheese on sandwiches and that'll double up your saturated fat intake for the day (that fat from the peanut butter is good for you fat). Also, are you slathering on the mayo, like I love to do?? I've discovered I like lots of mayo to make the sandwich less dry, actually, and the more fresh vegetables you put on it, the better it can taste with just mustard. I know your mom is buying some fresh vegetables because you used to make a salad, but I totally agree with you that a salad in your locker all day is kinda revolting! A little tip, when you cut up tomatoes for your sandwich take ALL the seeds out of them, so you just have the meaty part. It still has plenty of juice in it, but it won't make your sandwich soggy by lunchtime!!

If it's food that's already in the house, you literally can lose weight on anything you eat. It's just that if you're eating 'lil Debbies snack cakes' you're going to get to eat a lot less food than if you're upping your fruits and veggies. And, of course, it's not that healthy for you, but as a teenager, it can be pretty easy to kick your metabolism into gear by upping your exercise. And, drinking lots and lots of water will help you with both your metabolism and flushing your body and helping to keep you full. Will they let you have a water bottle in class? I agree with you that you should try and modify your eating around what your Mom's already buying. It'll be good practice for choosing to eat healthy when you go out to restaurants in the future and what not.

Eating a lot right before your period is something your body demands, especially when you're young. You actually have a higher calorie requirement the day before, so don't worry about that. I think you're on the right track by trying to modify your eating around the food that is available to you right now. Also, muscle weighs more than fat, so it's a good idea not to weigh yourself but (can you handle this??) maybe every two weeks or so? Try a tape measure instead ... with the exercise it's a better indicator.

You can do this!! You're off to a great start simply by starting and persevering!! Don't give up!

Becky :-)

All my bread is whole wheat. I usually eat it with ham/turkey, lettuce, and some cheese. Sometimes with tomatoes.

Yep, I usually eat chicken breasts or fish with veggies for dinner when I'm trying to eat healthier. Just to clear things up, I'm not really a vegetarian. lol I just meant, i don't really eat meat that much unless I've preplanned it before. I never crave meat or anything is basically what I mean. That's not to say I don't like it or I'm not going to eat any though.. I prefer white meat though like fish or chicken.

Thank you for your advice. It's really helpful. I think I need to remember to go on 3FC whenever I feel like I'm going to give up. I just need to remember that this isn't going to be easy or even hard. It's going to be extremely hard! Especially for me.

It's sooo hard for me not to weigh myself every day. It does keep me on track though so it's kind of a good/bad thing. I have a measurement tape. I could try that. Two weeks seems like forever though!

My mom doesn't really have the budget to be buying healthy things for me all the time, and I feel kind of bad asking her. She seemed upset the other day when i asked her to buy me some zucchini and eggplant.

I'm losing my job in a month (kiosk closing) so it's going to start to get hard until I find a new one but I need to keep my head up high and keep trying!

Michelle125
05-20-2008, 05:13 PM
I don't care if your mom does or does not need to lose weight herself, but if there are no fruit and veggies and lean protein in the house your whole family is setting themselves up for cancer and other life-threatening (and expensive) health problems. Put super foods in your body- and your parents should, too. It sounds like they are making junk for dinner- and that's not good for anyone, dieting or not!! You can stuff yourself with healthy foods (PB is a condiment, not a main source of protein!) such as produce, fruit, and lean protein, and never feel hungry, and lose weight and gain energy. Perhaps talk to your mom about just plain being healthy, not focusing on making the dinner 'diet-friendly'. Everyone is in danger here.

My mom is naturally 110lbs and a size 2, and she makes 4 different veggies and fish for dinner, just b/c it's healthy, not because she's ever had a weight problem. It's literally a matter of life and death.

3Beans
05-20-2008, 06:13 PM
I don't care if your mom does or does not need to lose weight herself, but if there are no fruit and veggies and lean protein in the house your whole family is setting themselves up for cancer and other life-threatening (and expensive) health problems. Put super foods in your body- and your parents should, too. It sounds like they are making junk for dinner- and that's not good for anyone, dieting or not!! You can stuff yourself with healthy foods (PB is a condiment, not a main source of protein!) such as produce, fruit, and lean protein, and never feel hungry, and lose weight and gain energy. Perhaps talk to your mom about just plain being healthy, not focusing on making the dinner 'diet-friendly'. Everyone is in danger here.

My mom is naturally 110lbs and a size 2, and she makes 4 different veggies and fish for dinner, just b/c it's healthy, not because she's ever had a weight problem. It's literally a matter of life and death.

Michelle, I'm sure your intentions are good, but this is judgmental and harsh. The OP is trying to negotiate difficult changes with her family. It sounds like you've been fortunate in that respect, but not everyone else is.

sweetlovin
05-20-2008, 09:49 PM
Hey guys. I think calorie counting is starting to work for me. I'm trying to eat a variety of foods but sometimes I get it, sometimes I do. At the end of the day, at least if I'm getting the right amount of calories in, and burning them, I should be okay.

I'm trying to cut down on my carbs and eat more protein and veggies and making sure that everything is even but if the choices I have are limited, I am going to make the best choice possible. That's all I can do.

I think I found the answer I'm looking for and the new site I got, myfitnesspal.com is a great tool.

(I have more to say but I'm going to eat dinner.)

sweetlovin
05-20-2008, 10:58 PM
I don't care if your mom does or does not need to lose weight herself, but if there are no fruit and veggies and lean protein in the house your whole family is setting themselves up for cancer and other life-threatening (and expensive) health problems. Put super foods in your body- and your parents should, too. It sounds like they are making junk for dinner- and that's not good for anyone, dieting or not!! You can stuff yourself with healthy foods (PB is a condiment, not a main source of protein!) such as produce, fruit, and lean protein, and never feel hungry, and lose weight and gain energy. Perhaps talk to your mom about just plain being healthy, not focusing on making the dinner 'diet-friendly'. Everyone is in danger here.

My mom is naturally 110lbs and a size 2, and she makes 4 different veggies and fish for dinner, just b/c it's healthy, not because she's ever had a weight problem. It's literally a matter of life and death.

I agree with 3beans. This was a bit harsh. My family's lifestyle choice and how they choose to eat isn't something that I can honestly control. And they aren't making "junk" for dinner. My mom usually makes rice, chicken, and beans for dinner. It could be better. The rice is white, the chicken is usually baked/fried in oil and the only really good thing is the beans but it isn't a burger and fries or anything like that. I doubt they are setting themselves out for cancer.

I don't eat dinner with my family every day. Actually I never eat dinner with my family. We all eat at different times. She sometimes makes a meal and we can eat it if we want, but we don't have to. I work after school the majority of the time and when I'm not working, I'm at the gym after school or doing other things. My options for food is limited. I don't have lean proteins and fruit most of the time

I honestly can't hold my family 100% responsible for my food choices.Yeah I may have learned some unhealthy eating habits from them but ultimately, eating healthy and losing weight is my decision and I choose what I put into my mouth. Also I have other eating issues that come into play as to why this is really difficult (binging, past eating problems)

My mom thinks she eats perfectly fine. I don't know. It's not perfect but it isn't horrible either. We almost never eat fast food or go out to restaurants. I guess none of the food we have fit into any specific diet plan. We rarely have fruit. Lean protein are a "sometime", we have some type of vegetable most of the time. She does make this really good legume gumbo once a weak with beef and crab that's for the most part very healthy.

I don't know. you may have made some judgments about the way my family's eating habit that isn't true. The only thing I know now is that I could never be on the south beach diet without buying my own food though nor any other type of diet that has specific foods that I have to eat.

I am going to try to start grocery shopping though and buy my own stuff. Just more veggies and protein and maybe carbs for the morning time. No more than 20-30 dollars a week. I don't really mind much though. I'm the only one one who really cares about this stuff anyway. So why should she have to buy it for me. I guess I have to learn how to stretch a buck and but as much as I can with the least amount of money.

My family doesn't want to go on a diet or make a big attempt at eating healthy. Nothing I can do to stop them really.. I'm the youngest one in my family. they aren't really going to listen to me.

rockstar87
05-20-2008, 11:25 PM
When I lived at home and first started "dieting" (and now, when I'm home for the summer) I used the main staple of whatever the rest of the house was eating and then made some substitutions. My mum only cooks with canola or olive oil for the most part so that's not really a problem for me. Maybe you could ask your mom to change the types of oils she cooks with whenever possible? It's a small change, but every little bit helps in this case.

But this is what I do: The family is having chicken/steak/fish for dinner with potatoes or something. I'll have the chicken but I'll make quinoa for me, or put it on one of my sprouted grain tortillas and add a spinach salad. Or, on a Friday if my brother and sister order pizza I make my own little pizzas with skim mozarella and sprouted grain tortillas. Those things are quick and easy for me to do myself (my mum takes care of the hard part) and everyone's happy. My whole family is thin and always have been so while they eat resonably healthy for the most part there are still things they do that I can't.
By changing some aspects of the meal you can stay within your budget and still stick to your program. :)

sweetlovin
05-21-2008, 07:22 AM
^thanks. yeah my mom already cooks with olive oil in all her food and fries with it too.


I've been trying what you said already(just doing it on my own) and it seems to work quite nicely for dinner. Last night my mom made chicken beans and rice. I had mostly beans, a small piece of chicken and two tablespoons of rice.

you're losing a lot! congrats!