Age 50+ - Rebound rockers #2




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chicpanda
05-07-2011, 12:27 PM
Hello everyone: I would like to start a thread for people like me who have lost a lot of weight and then regained.:( I need all the encouragement from my wonderful friends here at 3fatchicks. I feel depressed and humiliated because my mouth seemed to over rule my will power for the last 8 months.:o I want to get back on track. Will others join me as we face our selves and recover? :hug:


chicpanda
05-08-2011, 06:38 PM
This week I a going to focus on five steps to take before I start my food plan
1. Start drinking 8 glasses of water a day. 64 oz. Actually I will drink tea, black and green along with the water. I will start cutting down on diet colas. More for cost savings than any thing else.
I live in Florida, and it is getting hot. The water consumption should not be too hard.

How much water each day do you drink? Do you record your water intake? I am worried a bit about fluid retention and water bloat. Any thoughts?

Nancyoyo
05-09-2011, 08:54 PM
Hey Coralee,
I usually only post on the Golden Girls, but I always read the other new posts at Age 50+. I donít know why youíre not getting more responses, because Iím sure most everyone here has done the rebound thing. I know I have, over & over & over! Hopefully, Iím NOT going to do that again, but can we ever be really sure of that?!

Iím originally from FL, but have been living in NC for about 25 yrs. I occasionally get homesick (but not in the summer!), so I really like chatting with people who live there now. Are you originally from there?

On to your question about water consumption: when I started THIS weight loss journey, almost 2 years ago, I didnít drink water much at all. However, I did drink lots of tea (sweetened with saccharin). Since finding the 3FatChicks forums last August, I started increasing my water intake, first to 64 oz. a day, but now Iím up to over 120 oz. most days, sometimes more. I donít actually record how much I drink, but I measured how much the glass I drink out of holds - 24 oz., & I drink 2 glasses in the morning, at least 2 in the afternoon, & 1 or more at night. As far as water retention, Iím pretty sure Iíve read in these forums, that drinking lots of water actually keeps you from retaining water. And, I havenít had any problems. Iíve also read that, sometimes, when you think youíre hungry, youíre actually thirsty, so Iíve learned to grab a glass of water first, before reaching for food. I really think drinking all this water helps, though I did lose over 60 lbs. before I started doing it. And, itís now a habit, even though I never liked drinking water before.

So, what are your other 4 steps?
NCNancy


chicpanda
05-10-2011, 12:59 PM
Hi Nancy
Thanks for the comment. No, I am not from Florida, I was born in the opposite corner of the US, Washington State. I am from Seattle, but have lived in Florida since 1981. So, I come by the 'y'all' comments honestly.

Congratulations on your successful weight loss. I hope others like you will join this thread and serve as mentors for me, and hopefully others.

Today I am going to do some more internet research on water gain and post in here. I will be mentioning the next four steps as I begin to practice them.
This time I don't want to rush the behavior change. I want to incorporate the wisdom and make the changes permanent.

chicpanda
05-10-2011, 01:27 PM
I knew I could find some information! Here is the article from our very own web page: www.3fatchicks.com/how-to-lose-water-weight-stop-bloating/
This is from 2009, I will see if there is anything else published recently. I found some good information on the Mayo Clinic site. They mentioned some medicines especially drugs that open blood vessels (vasodilators), calcium channel blockers (calcium antagonists), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), estrogens, and certain diabetes medications called thiazolidinediones can have a side effect of causing water retention. I should have remembered that. Oh dear, I have diabetes type 2, I wonder if one of my pills is the jaw breaker one that starts with thiazo.... (how do pharmacists ever pronounce those medications??). Well something to consider. Anyone else wish to share if their medication is a factor in fluid retention?

chicpanda
05-11-2011, 11:56 AM
Good morning everyone:
Today's feature is a simple recipe for home made diet lemonade. One oz lemon juice 2 - 3 packets of diet sweetener (to taste) and water. I figure the cost is under 15 cents. Makes me feel frugal when I compare this to the cost of bottled diet lemonade.

I am trying something new. As a retired person I don't keep to a schedule. I am now scheduling fluid breaks every one to two hours. I get so involved in the mundane activities, I have been forgetting to drink liquids. I hope this helps.

Anyone else have tips on keeping hydrated? I appreciated Nancy's comments.

Nancyoyo
05-11-2011, 10:30 PM
Hey Coralee,
Your lemonade sounds good, but have you tried the Hawaiian Punch, & Wylerís, Singles to Go drink mixes? Theyíre sugar-free, & I get them for a dollar, for a pack of 8, at Dollar General. There are a lot of different flavors, & I like them a lot. Until I got used to drinking just water, I drank them all the time.
NCNancy

chicpanda
05-12-2011, 12:06 PM
Weekly weigh in day!
I didn't change anything except added the 64 fluid oz. I am happy to report a modest success. (see ticker)

Nancy ~ My partner, Beth, loves the diet singles that you mentioned. I find them to be too strongly flavored for me. Of course, now that I think of it, I could 'water' them down. I guess my old hippie ways balk at the artificial colors too. I visualize my insides being dyed.. and not in a tie-dyed way..

I will be going out of town for a few days, will continue the dialogue when I get back

Keep posting!
Coralee

maryea
05-12-2011, 11:35 PM
Coralee, I honestly do not track my water intake. I like water and I think I tend to drink quite a lot MOST days but there are days I don't so much too. I used to make myself drink more but I was uncomfortable and had trouble making it to the bathroom and also I have read so many different opinions by the so-called experts on whether drinking a lot was really necessary for weight loss. And what's a LOT, PLENTY or ENOUGH? Most say at least 8 cups...well, I get that most days. My doctor says just make sure you drink when you feel thirsty. So that's what I do plus when I take my meds/supplements I try to drink a whole cup each time. I'm not the best at losing weight but I doubt very much it is because I don't drink enough water. With me, it is because I am not consistently limiting my calories. For those who tend to not drink much water, who get busy and ignore their thirst, who have signs of dehydration, they definitely should make sure they get more. Realize this is just my opinion but when I have pushed more water on myself I could not tell any difference in my diet success.

maryea
05-12-2011, 11:39 PM
Weekly weigh in day!
Nancy ~ My partner, Beth, loves the diet singles that you mentioned. I find them to be too strongly flavored for me. Of course, now that I think of it, I could 'water' them down. I guess my old hippie ways balk at the artificial colors too. I visualize my insides being dyed.. and not in a tie-dyed way..



This is why I quit drinking Crystal Light...I read the label. I still drink a diet coke when I go to a restaurant sometimes...hard to break off completely, but at home I stick with water or herbal tea or milk (non-fat cows milk or soy).

Nancyoyo
05-13-2011, 08:26 AM
I just saw an ad for Crystal Light Pure - supposed to have no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or preservatives, 15 cal. per 8 oz. serving. Probably expensive, though. And, I'm not sure what they consider "artificial". I read the ingredients, & I don't know what some of those things are.

I personally, have never paid much attention to ingredients, or nutritional values, always just focused on counting calories (& I've been remarkably healthy). However, since I'm getting older (55), I'm thinking I might need to start.

NCNancy

Laffalot
05-13-2011, 07:12 PM
:) Hi Everyone - I'm a "rebounder" too and have been for most of my life. I couldn't seem to get it in my head that when you reach your goal, you [B]CANNOT go back to your former eating habits. Finally I think I'm learning! Duh! :rollpin: Anyway gotta' go...........have a great weekend! :wave:

maryea
05-14-2011, 01:18 AM
I just saw an ad for Crystal Light Pure - supposed to have no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or preservatives, 15 cal. per 8 oz. serving. Probably expensive, though. And, I'm not sure what they consider "artificial". I read the ingredients, & I don't know what some of those things are.

I personally, have never paid much attention to ingredients, or nutritional values, always just focused on counting calories (& I've been remarkably healthy). However, since I'm getting older (55), I'm thinking I might need to start.

NCNancy

The Pure might be better, Nancy. I don't know. We had some but I didn't read the label just know we didn't like it has much as the regular. Of course! :o So we have just stopped it all. I will buy it if dh ever insists but he hasn't yet...he doesn't read labels.

BTW, I didn't used to read them either...when I think of some ot the things I let my kids eat !! Well, they all survived and are all healthy as far as one can tell, and I did serve them healthy food too. Three out of four are mostly healthy eaters...two very much so, but one has terrible eating habits. If I were raising children now I'd certainly do things differently.

chicpanda
05-15-2011, 08:18 PM
Hi everyone:
So nice to come back from a weekend trip and see some new faces. :wave:

Here is the 411 (information in computer geek) on Crystal lite pure.
This information is from the New Food Product site.
the product contains no artificial flavors or preservatives, has 15 cal per 8 oz serving (combination of stevia and cane sugar) currently it will come in three flavors. (Grape, Strawberry Kiwi and Lemon Lime.) sounds good so far.

The downside for me is the suggested retail price. ($3.29 for seven packets)
that's a little pricey for me/ Tea, and my home made diet lemonade are still more economical options. :shrug:

tomorrow I will begin step 2 using a food log.
Thanks for reading
Coralee :comp:

chicpanda
05-17-2011, 10:30 AM
Journaling (I wish spell check would recognize this word, it is important :D).
When I am on the beam with my food plan, I record what I eat. This is usually the first thing that I stop doing when I begin to creep towards the edge of the wagon. .heading for my fall.

Why? First thing that comes up is it takes time. It's boring. Okay those are my blocks to success. :o

This week I am recording what I am eating without trying to modify my diet. I want to look at how I eat and what is eating me? :(

What do you folks think about food journals?

Laffalot
05-17-2011, 07:19 PM
:) Hi - I find that writing down everything I eat is really good. It keeps me on track ..........guess it's the seeing it there in black & white, I don't know. Had my annual physical at the dr. today & I'm still healthy..........I realize how lucky I am too. Today is cold & rainy. :rain: I keep wishing for Spring & realized that summer is just a little over a month away! We get a couple of nice days & then back into great weather............for fall that is. :lol: Hey, Chicpanda I'm from Everett, WA, Small world, eh? I"ve been in Canada since 1965. Anyway back to drudging & I want to get the dog out for a walk. Later. :wave:

maryea
05-19-2011, 05:12 PM
Oh my gosh, it really is a small world! I have lived in Vancouver, WA now for 34 years!

ETA: About journalling, I use Loseit.com and enter everything I eat. It helps me too to see it right there..can't deny what and how much I ate! ;-) Before I discovered Loseit I used the independent program from CalorieKing. It was great but would not synch with my iPhone, so I switched to Loseit and it's working ok, plus it's a network site so you can have "friends" who help to motivate you. Only thing I miss there is what I have here...older adults to share with. Mostly young people there. I also track my weight there and we (on the forum) are asking for bs tracking also so maybe in time they will get that. I currently use glucosebuddy for my bs tracking (synchs with my phone too) but would be nice to have it all on one site. It's only been 2 or 3 weeks but I have been doing better with my weight since I started using it and am slowly seeing my bs improve a little.

chicpanda
05-19-2011, 06:43 PM
OMG PERKINS MUFFINS HAVE 650 CALS.!!!!!See, I am beginning to record my food. :mad: I suppose there is strength in knowledge. (650 calories?).
I suppose this will pay off in the long run. That's enough calories for a plate of muffins. It's a good thing I only ate half of it.

Some people record the food the day before, others at the end of the day.
Right now I am recording as I eat. I think having a cell phone app would be very useful. Unfortunately, I still am not using cell phones, they are still on my wish list.

Yes indeed it is a small world! Pacific Northwest forever!! ~~ course I am in the wrong corner.. .but still.

So far I have heard about using a spiral notebook, and Mary's program. Any other suggestions? :idea:

Coralee

maryea
05-21-2011, 12:05 AM
I had another not so good day. I hope I get back on track tomorrow..so far no weight gain but know if I keep this up it's bound to happen. I'm really giving myself a talking to! Usually it's my evening snacking but I have been doing so well with that but yesterday and today it's been my afternoon snacking!:(

Coralee, don't know if you have an iPhone, but another great app I have recently found that is very helpful is Dotti's. You know the Dotti who has a website about WW and all things diet? I don't know if her app works on other phones or not but I'm sure it says at the website. There are others that are similiar but hers covers more restaurants and foods than most I have seen. I used it when we went to Ruby Tuesdays recently and it really helped me in choosing what to eat. It's also really cool that she lives right here in my city/town.

maryea
05-22-2011, 10:36 PM
I thought I did well yesterday but after I got in bed I remembered a food I ate that I forgot to record! So that threw me over on my calories and I did gain a tiny bit, so basically I am back where I started LoseIt! at. Darn...I wish I could get more consistent. Then today, I did well on breakfast but ate lunch out and even though I tried to just get little bits of this and that, it added up to way too much again. I guess I cannot eat out or at least not at buffets, which my dh loves. :( If I have to do it again, I will just get one cookie for dessert, I guess as it is the dessert that really is my major downfall. I save today only if I am VERY careful this evening. I am just so tired of my inconsistent eating resulting in an up and down weight. I feel I am inspired to change now but then now and then something happens and I either make a mistake in my calculations or in a restaurant I think I'm ok but I'm not. :( This restaurant today was not one in my phone app.

chicpanda
07-08-2011, 12:41 PM
Well I am back in the Saddle as it were.
I said I was going on vacation, I did not intend to leave the group. The housing situation I have been facing has finally come to an end. I have been stress eating and not willing to own up to it to my friends. Thanks for listening and now back to being more congruent (meaning what you say and saying what you mean) with my buddies here.

chicpanda
07-09-2011, 11:53 PM
I found the reason I disappear from the boards. I don't want to admit to y'all that I am not perfect and am gaining instead of working my food plan.

chicpanda
07-13-2011, 01:45 PM
Regrouping:
We have discussed 1. Fluid intake. 2. meal recording. then I back slid.
This week I would like to look at journaling. I see some wonderful posts and wonderful blogging. The Question is: how often should one blog/ journal to keep oneself on program. Any thoughts?

Pamb
07-18-2011, 03:27 PM
hope you are still hanging in there Chicpanda, I think journaling is great, also writing down your food intake.
hope you don't mind me chiming in here.
I really need to get on the ball! I have bad knees now and want to avoid replacements as long as possible.
I have a genetic kidney stone forming disease, so I try to keep well hydrated, supposed to help them not to form.
I try to visit here when I can.
I will be back, don't give up!
on the blogging/journaling ?, I think pretty much everyday
Pam

Pamb
07-18-2011, 03:29 PM
oh, I am trying to follow the prism program, its a christian one, that is quite restrictive, but it works for me. Pam