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Losing It 2010
07-09-2010, 08:17 AM
I am not complaining but really it's more of inquiry from those of you all of knowledge.

here are the facts:
Yesterday I weighed in at 166.8, this morning 167.2

Now yesterday I ate under my calorie goal, no soda or junk/fast food

Of course I have not started my exercise program yet (that us August's goal)

What would make the body put .4 lbs back on over night..keep in mind I am over 40 and post menopause (so no PMS or bloat whohooo)

Just want everyones opinion about this situation and what you think would cause this. I am not freaking out just more of an inquiry and thoughts.

Have a great day ya'll!


TXMary2
07-09-2010, 08:21 AM
I could be not enough water the day before.

SCraver
07-09-2010, 08:21 AM
0.4 lbs really doesn't count in my mind. It could be any number of things. Fluid you drank, fluid your body is holding on to, did you poop (sorry, it's true!), inacuracies of the scale (scale isn't perfect - sometimes I step off mine and step back on it and it changes 0.4 lbs), clothes your wearing.

I had one scale that if I put more weight on my heels than on the balls of my feet, I would weigh less. LoL!


thesame7lbs
07-09-2010, 08:26 AM
I agree that .4 pounds is negligible. Even though you are post-menopausal you still have hormones coursing through your body. If you ate a pickle you could probably retain .4 lbs of water right there.

Also, consider food bulk. I can stay under my calories by eating 70 calories of dark chocolate or 70 calories of broccoli. But that broccoli is going to weigh more and probably sit in my intestines for a bit before my body is done with it.

I don't know if you can see my weight graph on my fitday, but my loss has not been linear. Generally downward, but up a pound here, down a pound-and-a-quarter there...

For me, part of the beauty of counting calories and staying on plan is that when the scale does bounce up, I know it must be something other than actual weight, because I'm not eating enough cals to gain!

Heather
07-09-2010, 08:39 AM
You have to remember that the scale weighs ALL of you, not just the fat you want to lose. Most of our weight is in fact water! The scale fluctuates all the time as a result. In many respects, it's not a great measure of fat loss, but it's convenient.

So, as the posters above said, this is negligible.

This is one reason why we can't focus too much on the :devil: scale.

See this great post for additional information!
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/weight-loss-support/115826-fluctuations-scale-weight-water-weight.html

Anonymia
07-09-2010, 08:49 AM
If it was a few extra pounds. I'd contemplate such a thought yet 0.4lbs is nothing too contemplate in my opinion.

Although there would be quite a variety of factors which could equal as too why.

But overall nothing really to consider, it'll most likely be gone tomorrow.

Love,
Anonymia

rockinrobin
07-09-2010, 08:59 AM
Please read this stickie about weight fluctuations:

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/weight-loss-support/115826-fluctuations-scale-weight-water-weight.html

Really, .4 is nothing.

Oooh, and don't put off exercise - it's nothing to dread. The sooner you start doing it, the sooner you get into it. I'm pretty certain you will wonder why you didn't incorporate it earlier. Why not give yourself every benefit that there is?

Shmead
07-09-2010, 09:04 AM
If your BFF called you up and said "OMG, I called my boyfriend and the phone rang five times before he picked it up and last time he only let it ring three times what could it be? Is he mad because he doesn't like pink and I wore a pink shirt yesterday? Do you think he's lost interest in me? How can I get him to answer on the third ring?", you'd tell her "Relax, that kind of variation doesn't mean anything, and you'll drive yourself crazy trying to find a cause to something that doesn't have any real cause at all".

So, having been exactly where you are, I am going to tell you--Relax, that kind of variation doesn't mean anything, and you'll drive yourself crazy trying to find a cause to something that doesn't have any real cause at all!

ncuneo
07-09-2010, 09:09 AM
Weight loss rule #1 - the scale will fluctuate everyday. Sometime up sometime down, sometimes down then up, sometimes by a lot sometimes by a little and don't even get me started on fluctuations durning your period! If your going to weigh daily you need to know and accept this and track it on a graph so you can see a downward trend.

Losing It 2010
07-09-2010, 09:11 AM
Thank you for this information. The reason I set joining the Y off until August 1st as it is part of my mini goals, July was no soda or fast food, which is going great and then Aug 1st I will start the treadmill dance, babysteps for me or I will get overwhelmed and throw the towel in

Please read this stickie about weight fluctuations:

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/weight-loss-support/115826-fluctuations-scale-weight-water-weight.html

Really, .4 is nothing.

Oooh, and don't put off exercise - it's nothing to dread. The sooner you start doing it, the sooner you get into it. I'm pretty certain you will wonder why you didn't incorporate it earlier. Why not give yourself every benefit that there is?

kendra
07-09-2010, 11:29 PM
don't even get me started on fluctuations during your period!

Exactly!!! Normal fluctuations I can deal with but during TOM, grrrrrrrr

jendiet
07-09-2010, 11:35 PM
wow, that's nothing. I mean it's still disheartening. But i bounce up and down 3 lbs easily---without it being related to my cycle. That is disheartening too. it's a lot harder to lose the smaller you are, so you are doing really well!

Losing It 2010
07-10-2010, 07:01 AM
Hey everyone thanks for your support, the scale was back down .8 this morning so I am not going to sweat the fluctuations anymore. I really need to stay off the scale every morning because it doesn't make a difference. I had originally set my goal as weight in on Monday morning but I guess I am just too curious on a daily basis, thank you all again for your support

rockinrobin
07-10-2010, 07:14 AM
the scale was back down .8 this morning so I am not going to sweat the fluctuations anymore. I really need to stay off the scale every morning because it doesn't make a difference. I had originally set my goal as weight in on Monday morning but I guess I am just too curious on a daily basis, thank you all again for your support

Glad to hear of this and not surprised. Provided you stay within your calorie range - you WILL create a calorie deficit and you WILL lose weight, eventually.

I personally think weighing every day is a good thing. For me, it's just part of my health minded routine. It reminds me that the foods I put in my mouth (or don't) have consequences. It's a way to keep me honest. Can't escape the scale. But you can't let those unavoidable and perfectly normal fluctuations get to you.

Another thing, if you weigh once a week, you may weigh on a day when the scale is UP and that can be disheartening and misleading.

Losing It 2010
07-10-2010, 07:53 AM
Thanks for your support, I am on the fence about the whole weighing thing and each point you made rings a bell.. Knowing how I am I probably will continue to weigh in each day but just post the weight to my online food journal on Monday mornings.. you are a peach and HEY, SHORT PEOPLE RULE!

Glad to hear of this and not surprised. Provided you stay within your calorie range - you WILL create a calorie deficit and you WILL lose weight, eventually.

I personally think weighing every day is a good thing. For me, it's just part of my health minded routine. It reminds me that the foods I put in my mouth (or don't) have consequences. It's a way to keep me honest. Can't escape the scale. But you can't let those unavoidable and perfectly normal fluctuations get to you.

Another thing, if you weigh once a week, you may weigh on a day when the scale is UP and that can be disheartening and misleading.

Losing It 2010
07-11-2010, 07:11 AM
Okay I am going back to my original plan to just weigh in once a week as this daily weigh in is not good for my psych, had a 1.2 lb weight gain over night and I was under my calorie intake yesterday. If I had broken down and went to McDonalds then there would be a reason but there should not be a 1.2 gain overnight not this early in the game

rockinrobin
07-11-2010, 07:34 AM
Oy. I'm sorry to hear you're having such fluctuations, but again, they are normal.

If you've answered this somewhere and I've missed it or forgot it, I apologize and of course you don't have to answer it.

What plan is it that you're following? What calorie level, what foods....

And of course even staying on the very best plan (whatever in the world that might be) could produce these swings.

I know you mentioned that your exercise won't begin for another 3 weeks or so, gym membership, but what about just doing some stuff on your own - walking or heck, pop the radio on and dance your fool head off for 25 minutes or so? Do you have any old exercise DVD's laying around?

Losing It 2010
07-11-2010, 07:48 AM
I am not following any particular plan due to abuse when I was younger with weight loss and weight loss plans... I am eating healthy, more fruits and veggies, my calorie intake is 1321 for a day. While I sit on my butt for my day job when I leave work I deliver food for meals on wheels to 6 families a night which means a lot of walking back and forth. My gym membership can't start until August 1st because I don't have the money this month ( still paying for a trip to New Orleans in June).

Hmm wonder if I have any Jane Fonda VHS tapes (if anybody says what's a VHS tape, I will scream)

It's all good, I know from what you all say that it's normal, as long as the scale says 167 tomorrow morning I will be a happy camper.

I had a late snack last night (8p,which I try not to do) of an apple & light apple dip (which has the HFCS in it) so I think that might have been the culprit. I need to throw the other two 2oz containers away because that stuff has no redeeming nutrional value at all (but it tastes so yummy)

The only thing I go over on the daily calorie/nutrition chart log is sugars and I think the OJ i drink in the morning is the reason sugars go into the red at the end of the day

OK I am now guilty of rambling

Oy. I'm sorry to hear you're having such fluctuations, but again, they are normal.

If you've answered this somewhere and I've missed it or forgot it, I apologize and of course you don't have to answer it.

What plan is it that you're following? What calorie level, what foods....

And of course even staying on the very best plan (whatever in the world that might be) could produce these swings.

I know you mentioned that your exercise won't begin for another 3 weeks or so, gym membership, but what about just doing some stuff on your own - walking or heck, pop the radio on and dance your fool head off for 25 minutes or so? Do you have any old exercise DVD's laying around?

rockinrobin
07-11-2010, 08:06 AM
As far as those late night snacks - it doesn't matter what time of day you eat your foods provided they are within your calorie budget. Overnight is plenty of time to digest your foods, so don't worry about having late night snacks.

When I asked you about your plan, I didn't necessarily mean a specific plan - I was indeed asking about your plan. Lots of us here (myself included) devised their own plans.

The OJ rings out to me though and the sugar. I would definitely cut the sugar out. Why not have a delicious, juicy orange instead of the juice? - much more filling, waaaay less calories and better nutrients.

You also mentioned that you're eating MORE fruits and veggies - but are you eating sufficient fruits and veggies, specifically the veggies?

If you're spending calories on OJ and other sugar based items and that you're coming out high on sugar - it would appear that perhaps you're not eating enough nutrient rich foods - fiber, fiber, fiber - protein, protein, protein.

Maybe your menu could use a bit of tweaking....

Losing It 2010
07-11-2010, 08:35 AM
So this is what I ate yesterday and yeah I could stay away from the OJ and just eat an orange but I don't think it would satisfy that thirst I have first thing in the morning. I have to have OJ like most drink coffee when i get up in the morning. I am heading to the store after work today so I will buy oranges and give it a try, maybe I will head to the home store and buy a squeezer

Anyhow this is what i ate yesterday, help me tweak this (i know the apple dip stuff is gone)

Breakfast
Toast 2 slice(s)
Tropicana Pure Premium No Pulp 12 ounce(s)

Mid-Morning Snack
Raspberries 1 cup(s)
Watermelon 1.75 cup(s)
Activia Strawberry Yogurt 113 gram(s)
Egg Beaters White 4 tablespoon(s)

Lunch
Toufayan White Pita Bread 1 serving(s)
Athenos Greek Style Hummus 2 tablespoon(s)

Dinner
Chicken Breast 4 ounce(s)
Reese Water Chestnuts 110 gram(s)

Late Night Snack
Granny Smith Apple 1 whole
T Marzetti Fat Free Caramel Apple Dip 2 ounce(s)


Today's Budget 1,321
Today's Food 1,264



As far as those late night snacks - it doesn't matter what time of day you eat your foods provided they are within your calorie budget. Overnight is plenty of time to digest your foods, so don't worry about having late night snacks.

When I asked you about your plan, I didn't necessarily mean a specific plan - I was indeed asking about your plan. Lots of us here (myself included) devised their own plans.

The OJ rings out to me though and the sugar. I would definitely cut the sugar out. Why not have a delicious, juicy orange instead of the juice? - much more filling, waaaay less calories and better nutrients.

You also mentioned that you're eating MORE fruits and veggies - but are you eating sufficient fruits and veggies, specifically the veggies?

If you're spending calories on OJ and other sugar based items and that you're coming out high on sugar - it would appear that perhaps you're not eating enough nutrient rich foods - fiber, fiber, fiber - protein, protein, protein.

Maybe your menu could use a bit of tweaking....

fcmonroe
07-11-2010, 08:51 AM
One eight ounce cup of water weighs 0.5 pounds. Because of this you will see fluctuations. You need to stop worrying about fluctuations and look at the long term trend. What helps me is to weigh every day for the accountablity, but I focus on the 7 day average and my weightloss graph. I've set up a spreadsheet for myself to do this, but it's easy enough to graph your weight with a piece of graph paper and a pencil if you want to go "old school".

Losing It 2010
07-11-2010, 08:57 AM
okay well that might be the answer also as I increased my water intake yesterday, drank 24 ounces during the day and I think I finished it up late last night. I carry a bottle with me all day and just keep re-filling and drink on it until I go to bed

One eight ounce cup of water weighs 0.5 pounds. Because of this you will see fluctuations. You need to stop worrying about fluctuations and look at the long term trend. What helps me is to weigh every day for the accountablity, but I focus on the 7 day average and my weightloss graph. I've set up a spreadsheet for myself to do this, but it's easy enough to graph your weight with a piece of graph paper and a pencil if you want to go "old school".

rockinrobin
07-11-2010, 09:00 AM
I don't mean to be rude here - but you don't really NEED the orange juice first thing in the morning. It's really not a great way to start out the day (or end if for that matter) You may think that you need it, but after a couple of weeks of refraining from it - I am fairly certain you won't even miss it. Try water. Or flavored water. Or herbal tea. I urge you to try and break this habit. And that's really all that it is - a habit. You'll see. Give it a shot! Push yourself. Grow.

Your breakfast - ummm, nothing too valuable there, I must say. And quite frankly, I don't know how you're not starving! I could never eat this. I need MUCH more filling power. You're lunch too. Dinner? Same thing. Where's your veggies, veggies, veggies?????

Think enormous salads, roasted string beans, roasted cauliflower and other veggies - brussel sprouts, zucchini, broccoli, butternut squash. Veggie soups. Chicken stir fries. Yummy chilis. Be creative here.

For optimal weight loss and overall health - each and every food/meal/snack you eat should be packed with fiber and/or protein.

Of course we are all different, but your menu *for me* is something I could never, ever stick with long term, or for that matter short term. I wouldn't make it through even one day. Seriously.

Scrounge around the internet for healthy food menus - breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks. There's an enormous world of healthy, delicious foods out there. Hey, if this shorty can revamp her menu, lose weight and fall in love with a healthy life style (I used to be the worlds' worst eater) any short can. Yes, I'm talking to you. :)

Losing It 2010
07-11-2010, 09:13 AM
Yes you are so right I don't need the OJ and like soda which I was drinking alot of I can cut it out that out I can cut out the OJ (plus Tropicana is freaking expensive now) but for me baby steps is a neccessity because if I go to gung ho into this endeavor my brain snaps into another mode and I become obessed and my weight loss becomes unhealthy.

Actually I am not hungry with this menu, I change it up throughout the week, the day before veggies were on the menu, with a carrot and tomato mix, when I get home I need to make my WORLD FAMOUS cucumber and onion jars.

I appreciate you Ms. Shorty, I wonder if we are the shortest ones on the forums. I haven't seen anyone else under 5'1 in my searches and reads..lol

I don't mean to be rude here - but you don't really NEED the orange juice first thing in the morning. It's really not a great way to start out the day (or end if for that matter) You may think that you need it, but after a couple of weeks of refraining from it - I am fairly certain you won't even miss it. Try water. Or flavored water. Or herbal tea. I urge you to try and break this habit. And that's really all that it is - a habit. You'll see. Give it a shot! Push yourself. Grow.

Your breakfast - ummm, nothing too valuable there, I must say. And quite frankly, I don't know how you're not starving! I could never eat this. I need MUCH more filling power. You're lunch too. Dinner? Same thing. Where's your veggies, veggies, veggies?????

Think enormous salads, roasted string beans, roasted cauliflower and other veggies - brussel sprouts, zucchini, broccoli, butternut squash. Veggie soups. Chicken stir fries. Yummy chilis. Be creative here.

For optimal weight loss and overall health - each and every food/meal/snack you eat should be packed with fiber and/or protein.

Of course we are all different, but your menu *for me* is something I could never, ever stick with long term, or for that matter short term. I wouldn't make it through even one day. Seriously.

Scrounge around the internet for healthy food menus - breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks. There's an enormous world of healthy, delicious foods out there. Hey, if this shorty can revamp her menu, lose weight and fall in love with a healthy life style (I used to be the worlds' worst eater) any short can. Yes, I'm talking to you. :)

rockinrobin
07-11-2010, 09:15 AM
One eight ounce cup of water weighs 0.5 pounds.

The weight (volume) of the water that you're drinking does not cause fluctuations on a day to day basis. If you are weighing in the morning and then the afternoon and then the evening - you will see an increase in weight as the day progresses due to the volume of your drinks (and your food).

But if you are weighing in the mornings, the volume of that liquid is gone and is therefore not a factor.

rockinrobin
07-11-2010, 09:21 AM
We posted again at the same time. I hope you'll read my above post.

And I will warn you - some tough love ahead - read at your own risk:


Never mind the hunger factor - you're food is just not working for you - dong double duty so to speak. You need LOTS more veggies than a carrot and tomato mix, I'm thinking. Digestion is a great calorie burner. And by eating the stuff that you're eating - well half the digesting is done already.
You're eating lots of carbs - and not the good ones, but the refined ones. This can definitely be a reason for you not seeing more progress.

Some people can lose well eating whatever calories - some can't.

but for me baby steps is a neccessity because if I go to gung ho into this endeavor my brain snaps into another mode and I become obessed and my weight loss becomes unhealthy.

You also mentioned baby steps, well if that's the case - then you have to be happy with baby progress, ya know what I mean? It sounds to me as if you're pretty *obsessed* with those fluctuations already, and no weight loss is truly unhealthy - since that's what you're aiming for.

And yes, there ARE other shorties around here, some quite successful too!.

Losing It 2010
07-11-2010, 09:34 AM
Oh yeah I read it and it makes sense. Hey you can't insult me or anything so don't worry about it, seriously I am here for a reason so unless someone gets abusive or derogratory towards me I am going to digest (no pun intended) everything people offer up

The only thing I would argue is some weight loss can be unhealthy and I use myself for an example and maybe it will be clearer why I am doing things the way I am doing them. 12 years ago I started the same weight loss regime and unfortunatly it got away from me and I became obessed. By the time all was said and done I was down to 500 calories a day, weighted 85lbs and was exercising 7 days a week. This is why I have to be slow and methodical with my healthier eating plan

We posted again at the same time. I hope you'll read my above post.

And I will warn you - some tough love ahead - read at your own risk:


Never mind the hunger factor - you're food is just not working for you - dong double duty so to speak. You need LOTS more veggies than a carrot and tomato mix, I'm thinking. Digestion is a great calorie burner. And by eating the stuff that you're eating - well half the digesting is done already.
You're eating lots of carbs - and not the good ones, but the refined ones. This can definitely be a reason for you not seeing more progress.

Some people can lose well eating whatever calories - some can't.



You also mentioned baby steps, well if that's the case - then you have to be happy with baby progress, ya know what I mean? It sounds to me as if you're pretty *obsessed* with those fluctuations already, and no weight loss is truly unhealthy - since that's what you're aiming for.

And yes, there ARE other shorties around here, some quite successful too!.

rockinrobin
07-11-2010, 10:00 AM
Oh absolutely - there IS such a thing as unhealthy weight loss - and yes, I'm sorry you went through this - but 500 calories a day just may qualify. I could understand your fears and trepidation, given the circumstances and your prior history.

I'll just mention this one more time, than let it go - it was you who seemed to be unhappy with your progress - and if it's progress you're after, than maybe *these particular* baby steps aren't the *right* ones.

Of course, not having a clue as to how you were eating prior to this, perhaps a *better* baby step would be - for two weeks I will eat a totally healthy breakfast. Or for 2 weeks I WILL get in 5 serving of veggies. Or for two weeks I will completely cut out white flour. Etc, etc...

Just a thought - would you consider seeing a nutritionist?

But of course only you can decide for yourself. All the best. :hug:

jendiet
07-11-2010, 10:27 AM
i agree with robin, if you weigh on an up day, that will really kill the motivation. I also weight everyday, i laugh off the 1-3 lb difference, any more than that and I know something is up. as long as i am seeing a downward trend.

Meaning this: 181.8, 183.4, 180.4, 181.6, 179.8--these are my actual weights. you can still see a downward trend.

Losing It 2010
07-11-2010, 10:47 AM
So what you are saying is focus on the downward trend in general, sounds like a plan to me, thanks

i agree with robin, if you weigh on an up day, that will really kill the motivation. I also weight everyday, i laugh off the 1-3 lb difference, any more than that and I know something is up. as long as i am seeing a downward trend.

Meaning this: 181.8, 183.4, 180.4, 181.6, 179.8--these are my actual weights. you can still see a downward trend.

Losing It 2010
07-12-2010, 07:48 AM
Ok so I am going to go join the Y today (hope I can afford it) that might help the weight fall faster or at a more even pace... so my mini half month goal is to get going with the gym

Rebound
07-12-2010, 08:36 AM
Okay I am going back to my original plan to just weigh in once a week as this daily weigh in is not good for my psych, had a 1.2 lb weight gain over night and I was under my calorie intake yesterday. If I had broken down and went to McDonalds then there would be a reason but there should not be a 1.2 gain overnight not this early in the game

I'm a daily weigher, and I'm just going to play devils advocate here for a second. You've already realized that your weight can fluctuate for no *real* reason other than water. This fluctuation can be up to a couple of pounds. You can also fluctuate DOWN a pound or so. We've all seen it -- waiting to get to Onderland and seeing that 199 number, but then not seeing it again for another week!

Now, if you weigh every day and look at the TREND, you'll see it decreasing. I personally use a 10 day running average. No matter what my daily weight does, as long as my running average is decreasing I'm okay.

Now, if all you're doing is weighing once a week, there is a chance that one specific day of the week will be abnormally low and then the next specific day will be abnormally high. You could have lost 2 pounds that week but think that you've gained 1 pound.

So MANY people don't weight every day, but many people DO, and I wanted to just put a good word in for weighing every day but keeping a running average :)

Shmead
07-12-2010, 09:16 AM
Ok so I am going to go join the Y today (hope I can afford it) that might help the weight fall faster or at a more even pace... so my mini half month goal is to get going with the gym

If you don't mind a suggestion: goals work better when they are measurable. "Get going with the gym" is so vague that you will either feel successful too easily, or (more commonly) you will feel like a failure because you could have done more.

Set a specific goal--like "go to the gym 3 times a week for 20 minutes each time". That isn't a limit--you can go more if you want--but having a very specific goal means that you know when you've reached it.

And don't be afraid to start with "go to the gym once a week for 15 minutes" if that's where you are. Small goals are perfectly fine, because every time you achieve them you build the confidence to set a tougher one.

rockinrobin
07-12-2010, 09:26 AM
Ok so I am going to go join the Y today (hope I can afford it) that might help the weight fall faster or at a more even pace... so my mini half month goal is to get going with the gym

Yay!!!

Losing It 2010
07-12-2010, 10:21 AM
Can't set a goal in regards to the gym until I find out if I can even afford it, if not then I will have to re-evaluate and figure something else out.

Update: Went to the gym, will cost me $85 to join so it will have to wait until my next payday BUT in the meantime I am going to try and walk outside. I know that this is a free alternative but I am not real steady on my feet so walking outside can be a hazard ( I tend to fall and break bones). So for now I will use the free pass they gave me for one visit and then next week when I get paid will go from there

If you don't mind a suggestion: goals work better when they are measurable. "Get going with the gym" is so vague that you will either feel successful too easily, or (more commonly) you will feel like a failure because you could have done more.

Set a specific goal--like "go to the gym 3 times a week for 20 minutes each time". That isn't a limit--you can go more if you want--but having a very specific goal means that you know when you've reached it.

And don't be afraid to start with "go to the gym once a week for 15 minutes" if that's where you are. Small goals are perfectly fine, because every time you achieve them you build the confidence to set a tougher one.

Sherrie568
07-13-2010, 09:32 PM
I'm another shorty, just 5ft. :)

I also agree with rockinrobin...

I don't mean to be rude here - but you don't really NEED the orange juice first thing in the morning. It's really not a great way to start out the day (or end if for that matter) You may think that you need it, but after a couple of weeks of refraining from it - I am fairly certain you won't even miss it. Try water. Or flavored water. Or herbal tea. I urge you to try and break this habit. And that's really all that it is - a habit. You'll see. Give it a shot! Push yourself. Grow.

Your breakfast - ummm, nothing too valuable there, I must say. And quite frankly, I don't know how you're not starving! I could never eat this. I need MUCH more filling power. You're lunch too. Dinner? Same thing. Where's your veggies, veggies, veggies?????

Think enormous salads, roasted string beans, roasted cauliflower and other veggies - brussel sprouts, zucchini, broccoli, butternut squash. Veggie soups. Chicken stir fries. Yummy chilis. Be creative here.

For optimal weight loss and overall health - each and every food/meal/snack you eat should be packed with fiber and/or protein.

Of course we are all different, but your menu *for me* is something I could never, ever stick with long term, or for that matter short term. I wouldn't make it through even one day. Seriously.

Scrounge around the internet for healthy food menus - breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks. There's an enormous world of healthy, delicious foods out there. Hey, if this shorty can revamp her menu, lose weight and fall in love with a healthy life style (I used to be the worlds' worst eater) any short can. Yes, I'm talking to you.