100 lb. Club - New to the forum...have lots of weight to lose!
08-20-2009, 02:31 AM
Hi there! My name is Robyn, and I'm 28 years old. I have 2 children, and work part time.
I am 270lbs, though so many people say I don't look it. I feel 1270, though, most of the time. I just want to lose 100lbs or so, so I can feel comfortable in my own skin again.
I love to cook, I love everything but fish, and I have a small budget. My one staple is soda, which I am going to try desperately to stop drinking.
If anyone would like to trade stories, or has any tips for me, don't hesitate to pm me!!
Thanks and good luck to everyone!!
08-20-2009, 04:12 AM
Welcome Robyn :)
Definitely ditch the soda, if it's the regular sugary stuff, it's just hummingbird food and isn't good for you or anybody in your family.
I'm so glad you like to cook - I really feel one of the reasons I was successful was I liked to cook! Eat plenty of good, whole foods, limit processed foods with little nutritional value and you will be on your way to a healthier, better-feeling you.
Sorry you don't like fish - I would highly recommend my favorite salmon recipe to see if changes your mind - total winner for everyone I've ever made it for!
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound salmon
In a small bowl, mix the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, garlic salt, and pepper.
Place salmon in a shallow glass baking dish, and coat with the maple syrup mixture. Cover the dish, and marinate salmon in the refrigerator 30 minutes, turning once.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Place the baking dish in the preheated oven, and bake salmon uncovered 20 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork.
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 12.4g
Total Carbs: 14.2g
Dietary Fiber: 0.1g
08-20-2009, 04:16 AM
That does sound super good. I will def try that!! Thanks!
And yes, it is the normal, sugary, oh-so-tasty, carbonated...okay...I have to stop. :D
traci in training
08-20-2009, 09:26 AM
You might try replacing your soda with something different. I got my husband to switch to sugar free cherry kool-aid and he loves it. After drinking that for quite some time he started drinking an occasional diet Mt. Dew. He was a HUGE regular Mt. Dew drinker before - like 3 or 4 big bottles per day. He always swore he couldn't stand the diet, but the kool-aid changed his taste buds or something. Just a thought.
08-20-2009, 10:22 AM
Do you have a plan of attack yet? I'm a calorie counter, though honestly right now I'm doing it very loosely because I'm nursing my 3 month old and some days that alone makes me ravenous! I do try to stay about 1800 a day. I have promised myself that I don't have to cut anything out, and I don't have to eat things I don't like. I can eat what I want, in controled portions and as long as it fits into my calories for the day. We have switched from regular soda to diet, from koolaide to crystal light and from ice tea made with a ton of sugar to ice tea made with sweet n low. I also try to drink 64+ ounces of water every day... I'm not a water fan so I found if I drink it from a straw I can guzzle it and not even realize what I'm doing before I have my 32oz cup emptied.
Good luck, this is a long hard journey... but you CAN do it!! We are all here for you!!
08-20-2009, 10:40 AM
Welcome, Robyn :welcome3:
This forum is full of information. When I first started I read the older threads and learned so much.
Glory, Thanks for the recipe. I struggle with healthy cooking and this sounds simple enough that even I can do it!
08-20-2009, 10:48 AM
Oh - it's so easy. I confess to just slapping the salmon skin side down in a pan and drizzling the 1/4 cup maple syrup over both pieces and just not measuring the soy sauce or garlic salt and not marinating it and it's STILL great. I serve it over Trader Joe's microwavable brown rice (serves 2) and a simple, steamed green veggie and it's SO EASY - it's my "go to" dinner when I want to feel virtuous and don't feel like cooking.
08-20-2009, 11:06 AM
Welcome Robyn! This is a great place for support, you're going to be really happy that you found it.
And Glory-that recipe looks fantastic! I'm going to make it this week!
08-20-2009, 11:16 AM
08-20-2009, 11:25 AM
Hi Robyn and welcome! Good luck with your goals :cheer2:
I am a calorie counter as well. It is fairly simple and flexible :)
Side note - Glory, I am ganking that recipe..thanks :D
So glad to see you on the board! 3FC is a great place for encouragement and support. I find there are times when I am posting more for help and other times when I am spending more time lending encouragement. I think it's a nice balance here.
As for plans, I am doing Calorie Counting. I use Fitday to track calories. I'm not cutting anything strictly out of my diet but I have elimated fast food and most junk for the most part. I am trying to eat fruits, veggies, lean meats, and whole grains.
Stick around and post often!
08-20-2009, 11:36 AM
Welcome Robyn! You are going to be amazed how even a small amount of weight lost is going to make you feel so much better. Mentally and physically.
Sounds like your first hurdle is going to be the pop. Try Crystal Lite it comes in lots of great flavors.
08-20-2009, 11:44 AM
Welcome and good luck ! I am a calorie counter, too, altho I have tried all sorts of diets. I have found calorie counting is best for me. You shoud choose a plan that you will do. Many prefer Weigh Watchers and South Beach is popular as well as Atkins and there are others. It is ok to experiment until you find what works for you.
08-20-2009, 12:34 PM
welcome, I am a calorie counter too, I use www.sparkpeople.com and love it over there...
good luck to you!
08-20-2009, 01:08 PM
Welcome to the boards. Everyone has given you a lot of great starting points. I use dailyplate to keep track of my calories and I have started drinking tons of water in the last few weeks. I have really noticed the benefits of the water. Also for me, checking in here has been so motivational because I can't wait to start posting pics of my progress. Do what works for you, good luck on your journey.
08-20-2009, 01:45 PM
:wave:Hey & welcome! Good luck reaching your goals!! Be strong!
08-20-2009, 03:26 PM
Welcome to the group! I too calorie count and use fitday to manage that. I wish you the best of luck and look forward to getting to know you!
08-20-2009, 04:12 PM
omg Crystal Light is really good. I like getting the individual packets and putting them in my bottled water. My breaks at work are going to be the hardest. When I'm at home, I seem to be fine without soda. When I go on my breaks, though, all I can think of is a can of soda out of the machine. It's like my mouth waters for them. SO....I'm going to bring water to work tonight.
08-20-2009, 04:19 PM
I'm a calorie counter now & use the daily plate to track....although I lost the majority of my weight on weight watchers.
Crystal Light & diet arizona green tea helped me kick my coke habit! I do occasionally have a Coke Zero or diet rootbeer too.
Good luck girlie!!
08-20-2009, 04:35 PM
Hello from one Robin to another, though we spell it differently.
Losing weight and lots of it is a doable thing for everyone and anyone - yourself included. Set yourself up for success. Make a commitment. Make a mode of attack. Make a PLAN. Stock your home with healthy things. Search for healthy recipes. We actually have a recipe section here at the 100 lb club. Make a plan. Set up some rules for yourself - like no soda, no matter what for starters. I'm a calorie counter as well, built in accountability and portion control. Don't dread this change, embrace it and get EXCITED about it. You are about to transform your life!
Welcome aboard. :)
08-20-2009, 05:25 PM
You got lots of tips already, so Welcome to the board. I'm a sometimes calorie counter right now, still struggling with that one and I switch back and forth between fitday and sparkpeople. I do love to exercise though. My names Donna and I'm a mom too! of 3 boys! I look forward to reading your posts.
08-20-2009, 09:38 PM
This is a great place to come for encouragement & ideas. I've enjoyed my month on here :-)