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Darlene 66
10-13-2008, 11:34 PM
I'm new to this forum and wanted to find a few new friends for support. What way of eating is everyone using? I'm 42 and have gained and lost the same 60 lbs for the last 10 years. I lose it than slowly re-gain it (gaining it back is a lot more fun than losing it) than lose again slooooooowly. I have in my life time tried/failed tried again every diet known to man. I own every diet book and I'm an RN so I know the "correct" way to lose but find it interesting that different diets work better for different people.:carrot:

10-13-2008, 11:52 PM
I'm not doing too well at the moment.

2 birthdays and an anniversary this weekend.

I usually do well when I count points or do the core program on Weight Watchers.

Darlene 66
10-14-2008, 12:13 AM
I have been on WW in the past and done well. I started Atkins two weeks ago to get me started and will probably transition over to WW again. I need something in the beginning to get me through my sugar addiction than I can make better choices.

10-14-2008, 12:17 AM
I eat healthier versions of my favorite foods. I eat in moderation. I count calories. I never punish myself if I eat something "bad". I just continue the next day. I stay positive and I try and be satisfied if I only lose a pound a week. I think no matter how slow it may take, at least the scale's read lowering numbers, not higher!

I can't eat 6 small meals, though, and I don't like snacking. 3 normal size meals and a snack work fine for me.

Darlene 66
10-14-2008, 12:23 AM
wormwooddoll (what an interesting name),

That is a great outlook. We would all do better being good to ourselves and not negative. When I first start a diet I have to cut out certain foods i.e. sugar or I just cannot stay with it. I can slowly add sugar/flour back without too many problems and continue losing so I usually transition to WW.

10-14-2008, 01:03 AM
Hi Darlene!
I'm the opposite as WormwoodDoll; I'm a big snacker throughout the day like those mini-meals, but they are healthy snacks for the most part; fruits, yogurt, almonds, or granola. I find my lunches are tiny compared to last year as a result. Oh wait it's also because I'm in a different school...
Haha. At my last school we had a cafeteria that served HUGE lunches for 4 bucks every day. So I wouldn't snack as much but I'd have a three-course lunch and then have a huge dinner as well.
And here I wondered why I wasn't losing weight.:dizzy: Silly me.
Well as it turns out - small snacks during the day works way better for me!
Welcome and good luck Darlene! I hope you will find something that will be suitable!

Darlene 66
10-14-2008, 01:37 AM

just keep up the good work. small meals with snacks works for me and helps when I'm out and about I at least have my safe snacks with me.

10-14-2008, 12:56 PM
Hi Darlene. Welcome! :cool:

I am doing Weight Watchers at home. It worked for me in the past when I lost 42 pounds, then I gained 50+ pounds when I stopped smoking a few years ago. I have been Weight Watching for 4 weeks now and lost 9 pounds. This seems to be what works for me. BTW, what method are you using? Good luck to you and hope to see you around.


10-14-2008, 01:00 PM
I count calories and try to eat as clean as possible.

By clean I mean I avoid processed and packaged foods, processed sugars, HFCS, preservative, colors, and chemicals.

I try to eat a lot of veggies and fruit, whole grains, and protein.


Darlene 66
10-14-2008, 11:30 PM

I've been on Atkin's induction for two weeks but I'm going to transition over to WW. I like Atkin's because I lose my craving for sugar on it well but it is difficult to stay on for a long time. WW worked well for me a few years ago but my little town does not have too many meetings, do you like the on-line version?


Darlene 66
10-14-2008, 11:32 PM

Looks like you're doing great with your plan. Do you have trouble staying within your calorie restriction?


10-14-2008, 11:39 PM
Honestly I don't. I eat about 1500 calories a day (+/- 100) and I'm doing fairly well. I actually posted about it the other day ... that my idea of portion sizes has changed a lot since I started eating this way and that big meals are no longer enjoyable for me. I really like the way I'm eating now. It's made a huge difference in my life.


Darlene 66
10-15-2008, 12:04 AM

Do you eat out much? I have bought/read several magazines on eating clean and the idea truly appeals. I try to stay on the outside perimeter of the grocery store but I think they are on to me they moved the soda's to the outside wall last week.


10-15-2008, 12:26 AM
I don't eat out nearly as much as I used to. When I do, I try to stick to places like Sweet Tomatoes (a salad place) or Jason's Deli (I can get a sliced turkey on rye and a vegan french onion soup) or someplace that has a calorie count online so I can check things out before I go.

One thing is that I haven't had fast food in AGES. I used to eat at McDonalds and Sonic and Wendy's all the time. But it's been forever since I had a fast food burger.

OTOH, on my non-counting meals, I often eat a 5 Guys burger and fries. :) They're a big weakness for me! :)


10-15-2008, 02:13 PM
I've been on WW online. It works when I actually follow it :P I've been doing well since August 17 (for some reason I woke up totally sick of myself that day).

We recently moved and the only way I could stay on track with points is with WW meals or Lean Cuisine...they've been a lifesaver. But they can get expensive and yes, I know it's better to eat fresh, whole foods.

PhotoChick, do you have any tips for me? My biggest problem is, if I get too hungry, watch out, I could eat anything. That's when those frozen meals come in handy. I tell myself I can eat anything AFTER I eat my meal. Of course when I'm done with it, blood sugar is restored and I'm not so crazy anymore :)

I'm afraid that if I just have raw chickens in my fridge they'll take too long to cook and my willpower will be shot.

10-15-2008, 07:38 PM
PhotoChick, do you have any tips for me? My biggest problem is, if I get too hungry, watch out, I could eat anything. That's when those frozen meals come in handy. I tell myself I can eat anything AFTER I eat my meal. Of course when I'm done with it, blood sugar is restored and I'm not so crazy anymore Planning! :)

I'm like you - if I let myself get too hungry I'll eat everything in sight. So I plan. I posted another thread this weekend about what I do on Sunday to prepare for the week. I boil anywhere from 6 to 12 eggs on most Sundays. I make 5 or 6 1/2 peanut butter sandwiches. I slice and cut veggies and pre-bag them. I always keep wasa crackers in the pantry and Laughing Cow cheese in the fridge. I always have apples in the basket on the table.

And I never really allow myself to get *starving* hungry. If I am hungry I first make sure I'm *really* hungry and not just bored or wanting to eat. If I'm really hungry, I have an apple. Or a wasa cracker with cheese. Or I pop some popcorn. Or I eat a 1/2 a pb sandwich. Any of the things I already have available.

ANd sometimes I think that I don't really *want* an apple or a pb sandwich, so I tell myself that if I'm still hungry after I eat an apple, I can have something else. And lo and behold, after the apple, I'm not really hungry any more. :)

But planning is key. On the days that I haven't planned, those are the days that I wind up eating over my calories and regretting it ... because I let myself get hungry and then ate stuff I knew I shouldn't have.


10-15-2008, 09:03 PM
I am calorie counting, exercising, and writing down everything that goes into my mouth. I am on 1400 cal.. I at first was having a hard time making the 1400! Now I am doing better. I drink mostly water. I am also eating clean. My best tip: I bought a George Foreman grill. Awesome!! I keep chicken breasts, turkey breasts and turkey burgers stocked. I throw them on the grill and in no time they are cooked and delicious. I am also eating a lot of salmon. I always eat breakfast and have a small snack every three hours. I read somewhere that it helps to keep your metabolism going. Snacks could be: celery and 1 tbls peanut butter, small LF activia yogurt, Cottage cheese, cut up veggies..etc.
I eat a well balanced lunch and dinner...protein, veggies, fruits, some wheat bread occasionally. I used to eat a lot of red meat and pasta. (the pasta now is only wheat and small portions.) I never thought I would eat things such as a turkey burger! Now I have turkey burgers, turkey meatballs, turkey bacon, chicken sausage..etc..
I also will eat salads with almonds or sunflower seeds. I really try to keep it mixed up so that I don't get bored.

I started Aug. 11th and have lost 25 lbs. I would say that it is working for me. Planning and exercising are key for me. I really feel that I can live the rest of my life eating this way and being healthy. I hope I am right!!!

10-15-2008, 09:43 PM
My best tip: I bought a George Foreman grill. Awesome!! I keep chicken breasts, turkey breasts and turkey burgers stocked.
I luuuuuurve my GF grill. I swear it's one of the best things I have in my kitchen. I think my MIL got it for me and I was skeptical but it's been a lifesaver. A cooked chicken breast in just a few minutes is wonderful! :)


10-15-2008, 10:05 PM
My best weight loss was using Atkins. I saw my doc every 6 months and all blood work was great. Then, my husband's diet got changed by the doc for his results weren't as good. Need I say more...my major problem with Atkins - I really love all the things I could no longer eat. When you start those up...the weight comes back really quick.

This time, I am very active at the gym. I usually have oatmeal w/raisins for breakfast - homemade soup (I'm a waitress not a cook-lol) with chicken, and at night a big salad. I try to keep my calories around 1200 depending on whether I'm working out with the trainer.

I believe that WW is a wonderful program (I like it because it allows all foods to be accounted for-you miss out on nothing).

Good Luck to You! You've come to the right place for friends!

Darlene 66
10-15-2008, 11:20 PM
Photochick and Suenami,

Sounds like both of you could teach me a few things. I have tried the lean cuisine meals and they are good. I have taken those to work when I was on WW before. They work well. Portion size is one of my biggest weaknesses. I have trouble with my sugar dropping too, I work in a hospital and cannot always take a full lunch so work seems to be an issue. My co-workers keep goodies in our break room so I have that to deal with too.


Darlene 66
10-15-2008, 11:26 PM

How do you feel today since going to the trainer yesterday? I admire people that exercise. I have never got that endorphin rush that people talk about. Atkins works well but it is hard to live on for a long time. WW is probably the best overall diet because you can have anything. Good luck with the trainer.


10-15-2008, 11:29 PM
I have used WW with great success in the past, but last time around I got stuck and wasn't losing well. Knew a friend who lost well on South Beach and she talked me into trying it. Well it blew me away! Lost 8# in the first 2 weeks (Phase I), then another 16 in the next 10 weeks (about 1.5# a week) on Phase II. Been maintaining for several months now, and I really like NOT having to count calories and points. I can honestly say this is the easiest plan I have ever been on. I feel more satisfied after eating and am not constantly thinking about food. My weight loss has actually exceeded my original goal which was always hard to maintain when I was following WW. I don't mean to knock WW. South Beach does have similarities with WW Core. This WOE just works better for me now. I still weigh in at WW once a month since I finally made it to Lifetime and don't have to pay anymore.

10-15-2008, 11:37 PM
My problems with Lean Cuisines (or any packaged meal really) is that they have a LOT of sodium in them and I've found out that I'm particularly susceptible to sodium. Even the tiniest bit too much will cause me to retain water like crazy and it's even worse around my period.

I know they work well for some people and I know they can really help with portion control, but I just can't eat them.

Honestly anything I can help wtih, I'm more than willing to. For me it's been years of trial and error and learning what works for me. One thing I've learned since being here on 3FC is that everyone is different and everyone has things that work differently for them.

I've become a lot more serious about clean eating, and managing my "footprint" as they call it in the media. :) For me, eating clean is all part of larger environmental responsibility I have. It's also a way for me to really think about what I eat, how I eat, and how I live.

It probably helps that I started this journey at a time of huge turmoil in my personal and professional life. I could have, as I have in the past, used my stresses as an excuse to overindulge and quit being responsible. This time for some reason - and I honestly can't tell you why - things turned around for me. I found that as my personal and professional situations got worse, my need to control myself and my environment got stronger. And so here I am.

So for me, this journey has become not just about losing weight, or even about being healthier, but in total about who I am as a human being.


Darlene 66
10-15-2008, 11:52 PM

Love your pic of your dog. I have a blue heeler that I have had for 17 years. Her best friend passed last winter at 14. Animals are the best, never judgemental and always glad to see you.


Darlene 66
10-15-2008, 11:59 PM
I did read the South Beach diet but never actually tried it, I thought it was a little like Atkins. Am I not remembering correctly? They all blur. Have any of you read the Plum series of books? My friend swears I'm Lulu with all of the diets. I did take a pork chop to a basketball game once....you can't make this stuff up.

Have you read the Skinny ***** book, made me a vegetarian for about a month.

When I got divorced 4 years ago, the weight dropped like a rock. Would not recommend that diet but it did work.

10-16-2008, 12:02 AM
When my mom got divorced years ago she lost over 30# really fast. She looked like a skeleton. Her doctor told her it was fairly normal. I agree...A really hard way to lose weight.

Darlene 66
10-16-2008, 12:06 AM
I lost 30# in a month. Could not eat a thing. That never happened to me before or since. I have put the weight back on now. I usually eat when I'm upset, happy, sad, bored but it was different then.


10-26-2008, 07:38 PM
Hi Darlene.

I have been mia for a while but wanted to check back to see how you were doing. Are you still on track?

I never did WW Online. I am doing the WW program as I learned it back in 1999. I went to meetings back then and I still had all the materials. I stop in on the WW forums once in a while but I never joined their at home or online program. So far I seem to be doing good. My weigh in is tomorrow but as of right now I am down 10 pounds.

Arlene Dallas
10-28-2008, 08:40 PM
Hi Darlene. Welcome! :cool:

I am doing Weight Watchers at home. It worked for me in the past when I lost 42 pounds, then I gained 50+ pounds when I stopped smoking a few years ago.

Can I relate to that! I have held steady at 245 for the past couple years-I had gotten down to 215 from 341 in 2000 and stayed at 215 for 4 years. Then I went on fertility meds and gained 50 pounds in 2 months. I stayed between 240-250 up until about two months ago when I quit smoking and then got downsized out of my job...I went from 245 to 275 and said ENOUGH is ENOUGH!!! I try to do WW but I usually end up getting bored with counting points, etc. and then go to high protein low carb which is how I lost my weight before....so I still havent decided what way to go right now. I am doing my modified version of WW and have lost 12 pounds in the past two weeks...but I think I am going to switch over to low carb for a few weeks-here is a sample menu

Breakfast: Omelette with peppers and ham, Tomato slices
Lunch: Chicken broth, Caesar style salad with chicken
Supper: Lemon Caper Salmon, Sauteed mushrooms

Breakfast: Chicken sausage, Zucchini fries
Lunch: Broiled turkey burger, salad
Supper: Spiced chicken kabobs, Steamed green beans

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, Zucchini
Lunch: Rotissetenders, Raw veggies w/salsa
Supper: Tilapia with salsa, salad

Breakfast: Turkey bacon, Eggs any style
Lunch: Grilled chicken, Tomato & mozzarella salad
Supper: Diet Orange Soda Chicken, Steamed broccoli

Breakfast: Canadian Bacon, Scrambled eggs
Lunch: Turkey Cobb salad, String cheese
Supper: Taco Salad made with ground chicken and low carb taco seasoning (homemade)

Breakfast: Turkey bacon, Mini omelette
Lunch: Grilled pork cutlet, Grilled veggies
Supper: Tequila lime chicken, Zucchini noodles

Breakfast: Pizza Omelette
Lunch: Spicy chicken, Shredded salad mix
Supper: Roast chicken, Caesar salad

10-28-2008, 09:18 PM
I'm doing a lower carb exchange plan I modified from those I read about on the hillbilly housewife website and in the Duke Diet Book and JoAnna Lund's Healthy Exchanges cookbooks (my mother loves these, and I've borrowed them. I liked the flexible exchange option, but her cookbooks tend to rely much too heavily on processed foods). Rather than choose a calorie level, I chose the 1500 calorie plan as my minimum and then made six exchanges optional and interchangeable among fruit, milk, starch or protein exchanges (because they have about the same calories per exchange - about 70-90). Although instead of checking those boxes, I write a F, M, S or P in the box, so I know which I used (that's just my way of keeping track of how I'm spending my optional exchanges).

Books that really influenced my food choices are The Low Carb Bible (by Elizabeth Ward), Volumetrics, Several of the low GI books, South Beach, Atkins (though induction level is too low for me), Neanderthin, and the Paleolithic Prescription.

I am not a whole foods purist, by any means, but I'm making progress in my goal to make the best choices I can, most of the time asking myself whether my great, great grandparents would have recognized what I'm eating at least generically (they may never have seen an Ugli fruit, but they'd recognize it as a fruit/food - cheesey poofs - not so much - is it food or is it packing material). I do have a couple "unnatural" pseudofoods that I love, like Crystal Light, but I just work on making more and more progress in that area.

10-29-2008, 09:42 PM
I've been trying to stay off the seafood diet. It's terrible for me. I see food and I eat it...ha,ha,hee,hee.

Actually I've been trying to stay off sugar and white bread,rice, potatoes etc...

11-17-2008, 11:30 PM
Hi, my food is very similar to PhotoChick...I have cut out dairy almost completely, and no longer eat processed foods. For dinner, I now have "homemade" soup and/or Tossed Salad with Chicken. I drink lots of water with lemon and exercise 5 to 6 days a week. I believe that's really what's making the difference in my size - the "inches" lost is remarkable. Best to you and keep us posted :yes:

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11-18-2008, 08:19 PM
I'm trying something new for me - I'm eating more raw foods and also have added green smoothies.... seems to be working...

11-19-2008, 01:15 AM
One of the problems with lots of the diets I have looked at, (and didn't even try actually) is that I really dislike chicken breasts. Have no use for them.
I used to say I didn't care for them, but reading about them, I could just taste one, and I didn't like the taste!
SO whatever I settle on for WOE it will have to avoid the chicken breasts. Can have any other part of the chicken, but no white meat fowl.
AHHHH that feels like freedom to admit it.
I love almost all veggies, so will always include them.
Will keep considering my long term choices. For now, I am keeping my food and exercise diary, and trying to enjoy smaller portions.

11-19-2008, 02:13 AM
Well I have to admit that chicken breasts are a staple for me - I love 'em just about any way you can fix them. But I think there are plenty of things you can eat that will give you the lean protein if you really can't stand 'em. :)


11-20-2008, 08:05 PM

We have much in common....the same 60 lbs, I am also a RN, I started at 222....am now 206.6 and my goal is 155. I am slightly taller and slightly older than you...5'7 and 46.

Welcome to the site...I just found this site myself and so far I am lovin' it....great advice and inspiration....seems like a very healthy place to hang out!

I think it is so important to connect with other believin' eyes....I didn't post much in this thread, but I now shall.

Nice to connect!
Best wishes,

11-21-2008, 09:35 PM
My plan is pretty much like Photochick's - but I might be more of a "work in progress" :p

I'm not a big fan of chicken breasts, either, fatmad. There's plenty of other ways to get lean protein.

11-30-2008, 05:18 PM
I am not on any program, but I just eat what I want to and watch portions. That's the key for me. At the holidays, though, I do gain a few pounds and beat myself up for it, but then I lose it again! Pecan pies of the world- watch out!