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JenB72
09-30-2011, 02:08 PM
The thread is for those MRC Members that have successfully reached their weight loss goal and are going through the MRC Stabilization/Maintenance Program. :)


patzi
09-30-2011, 05:18 PM
I will introduce myself..

Name is Patzi..
I am on maintenance since May, 2011. I decided to go 5 pounds under my goal before going on stabilization, and glad I did, as it has given me some
leeway if I gained .But the key is,if one gains,get back on the wagon and go from there. It all works out.

I thank Jen for starting this site.. I weighed in today and lost 2 pounds I gained Tuesday putting me 5 1/2 pounds under goal.

Patzi

Goneforgood1128
10-01-2011, 06:37 PM
I'm Elizabeth-
So glad to be here and want to say "thank you" to JenB for starting this thread! I just started week 1 of stabilization and I know I will have tons of questions/challenges ahead of me because I am determined to KEEP it off this time!! I enjoyed my first baked potato in over 5 months today at lunch and it was delicious!

I have a question for you, already, Patzi! I know they've always told me to try to keep starch servings to around 40-50 calories. I wondered if there is a similar number for starches in stabilization. I know 1/2 cup of rice is about 100 calories, so I was wondering if that's the guideline? Also, is it correct that I can have any of the starches listed on the Stabilization menu at my normal "starch times?" So, I can now have 1/2 cup of oatmeal at breakfast, instead of 1/4? Or, 8 animal cookies? In other words, those starches aren't just for that lunch starch I'm adding 3 days a week?
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patzi
10-02-2011, 06:24 PM
I'm Elizabeth-
So glad to be here and want to say "thank you" to JenB for starting this thread! I just started week 1 of stabilization and I know I will have tons of questions/challenges ahead of me because I am determined to KEEP it off this time!! I enjoyed my first baked potato in over 5 months today at lunch and it was delicious!

I have a question for you, already, Patzi! I know they've always told me to try to keep starch servings to around 40-50 calories. I wondered if there is a similar number for starches in stabilization. I know 1/2 cup of rice is about 100 calories, so I was wondering if that's the guideline? Also, is it correct that I can have any of the starches listed on the Stabilization menu at my normal "starch times?" So, I can now have 1/2 cup of oatmeal at breakfast, instead of 1/4? Or, 8 animal cookies? In other words, those starches aren't just for that lunch starch I'm adding 3 days a week?
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Hi...
You can add only one starch serving to LUNCH ONLY on three days for the first week. This is a tricky week, as sometimes peoples carbs may cause weight to fluctuate, but then again maybe not.. Journal everything this week. This addition is to be eaten at lunch only,not at any other time.

This addition to the starch for lunch is in additon to whatever starch you are having on whatever plan you are on.The starch you have for breakfast is whatever is on your sheet. Oatmeal on mine is 1/4.Do not change that for breakfast during stabilization, as you can only add the starch at lunch.. Now if you are on another plan other than Meta Slim,it may be different, but i doubt it. If you wanted more oatmeal at lunch , then you would have the 1/2 cup that is allowed at lunch 3 x WEEK.

They are having you add starch at lunch only because no starch is included there. Only at breakfast and supper.

Does this make sense to you? If not,please ask away, will try to make it clear.

Biggest treat for me was having 1/2 English muffin at lunch with tuna salad on top of that and a slice of cheese for a tuna melt.Thought I died and went to heaven. LOL.

I will answer any questions you have..

Patzi

Now on my breakfast menu for Meta Slim,it allows protein, and a bread/starch, whichever is on my list. You can have 1/4 cup oatmeal at breakfast as that is what is on my list.

patzi
10-02-2011, 06:27 PM
I can have any of the starches listed on the Stabilization menu at my normal "starch times?" So, I can now have 1/2 cup of oatmeal at breakfast, instead of 1/4? Or, 8 animal cookies

Gone for good... I meant to also say, no you cannot have any of the stablization menu starches at normal starch times.. Only at lunch...

Patzi

Goneforgood1128
10-02-2011, 08:57 PM
Thanks, Patzi! I missed the stabilization party, so I'm trying to figure it out! When I got my menu Friday at my WI, I asked the consultant this question. She said I can have any of those starches on the Stabilization Menu at any meals. In other words, I thought this was my new list of allowable starches. This didn't seem right to me, because that would be adding a whole lot of calories all of a sudden. And, I noticed on my journal that it says "bread" for breakfast and dinner, but it says "starch" at lunch. I felt kind of rushed and she was more interested in trying to sell me their "reward" packs of vitamins/minerals I haven't taken up until this point, but she wanted me to spend 110+ on! Luckily, I stayed strong and didn't buy any of them-I don't want to add anything new at this point, especially since I am trying to cut back on the pills I'm taking!

I appreciate your helpfulness!

teacherlady79
10-05-2011, 01:53 PM
Hi all!

My name is Natalie, and I started stabilization in May 2011 and maintenance in June 2011.

I started stabilization at 197 (goal weight was 191), and I began maintenance at 190. I've since lost a few more pounds--I'm down to 184.5. :D No problems with that--my "healthiest range" is actually at 170-180, I think, but I wanted to stabilize so we could start trying to get pregnant this last summer.

Maintenance was 100% going fine (if/when I did gain, it was usually only 1/2-1lb, and I would lose it again quickly the next week or two), until just the last couple weeks--stress is getting to me. Work has sucked and been stressful, I"ve been struggling with exercising (I dread doing it and have a hard time scheduling it in since I've been so busy with work), and money/budget/house issues are making me crazy.

We also just found out that we have fertility issues. I've always had PCOS, but with 10 years of BC pills and the recent weight loss and exercise habits, I've actually been ovulating and cycling since coming off the pill last summer. My cycles started to slow a little bit, though, so my doctor wanted to try a medicated cycle (to help ovulation), but that requires a sperm analysis on the husband to make sure we aren't wasting a medicated cycle... turns out my husband's analysis came back with zero sperm. ZERO. :( That was over a month ago, and I've been really upset and struggling with food/exercise since then. I mostly just want to curl up and sleep all the time. But, we have an appointment with an infertility urologist specialist tomorrow (we had a month-long wait to get in), so I'm hoping we'll start getting more answers soon.

Aaaand now that you all have gotten TMI on me...

I'm so glad this thread was started and is easy to locate! I had pretty much stopped posting (though I was still reading) the regular forum/threads because a lot of what I'm going through in maintenance is so different from the experiences of those actively dieting. :hug:

patzi
10-06-2011, 07:36 PM
Teacher Lady...

It is so nice to hear from you, Natalie... I am glad this site was started also.
I am the same,if I gain it is 1-2 pounds, and then it comes right off..

Patzi

Minnie me
10-07-2011, 04:24 PM
My name is Cindy. I started the program about a year ago, I reached by goal weight in Jan 2011 and have been on maintenace since 2/10/11. I have never posted before but I have been following the the MRC thread all along.
I am glad to see something on maintenace. I have been doing pretty good on maintence until now, I have maybe lost my motivation or maybe I am getting bored with my food choices. I am up 4 lbs from my weight goal and it is starting to concern me. I do not know what to cook anymore. It's always the same old same old. While I was on the program I mostly used recipes out of the MRC cookbook, but since maintence I am lost. I do not use alot of the recipies anymore because they require supplements, does anyone have any suggestions for what to cook or subsitiutions for the supplements in the recipes.
Thanks.

patzi
10-07-2011, 05:47 PM
Minnie me..
Nice to meet you.. Are you still going to the weigh ins? I still go twice a week. I need the accountability.. I am 5pounds under goal, and I play with
2 pounds all the time.. When I gain,I go back on my Meta Slim menu , the green one,for a few days, and that will usually take weight off, and I suggest you continue to journal in the event you stopped..

I never use the recipe book . I just cook healthy. Maybe try to make a list of what you want to have for breakfast,what you will have for lunch, a snack,etc..and supper. Here is my eating today and none of it from the cookbook.

Today I had for breakfast,2 homemade sausage patties,1slice of ww bread,with butter spray and some blueberries.Also had coffee with soy milk.

Lunch.. Had a chicken burger, left over veggies from last night, which were
roasted veggies,some strawberries

Snack when I got home from work,had an iced coffee made into a shake with diet creme soda and a small piece of baked oatmeal, and a small piece of soy cheese.

Supper.. We will have flounder, broccoli,large salad with dressing and home made pita croutons..

Later on,will have something,notsure what yet.

Now,if I gain weight on weigh in will go thru what I ate and see where I think I went off track.

Hope this helps you some, but try to stay motivated. If you have come this
far, that is wonderful,you will get the 4 pounds off.If you do go to meetings ask for help , if not we will try to keep you motivated on this forum..

Good luck to you.

Patzi

camaswa
10-10-2011, 01:14 PM
Hi all you maintainers! I am interested in hearing what habits you have changed - besides what you eat. Are you finding that you think differently? Prioritize differently? What do you think is helping the most? I once read that we have to accept the fact that even in maintainance one ALWAYS has to be vigilent. That kind of depressed me at first. But I think it is probably true. For sure you cant go back to your old ways. What is working for you guys?

patzi
10-10-2011, 02:59 PM
Hi all you maintainers! I am interested in hearing what habits you have changed - besides what you eat. Are you finding that you think differently? Prioritize differently? What do you think is helping the most? I once read that we have to accept the fact that even in maintainance one ALWAYS has to be vigilent. That kind of depressed me at first. But I think it is probably true. For sure you cant go back to your old ways. What is working for you guys?

Hi...
One cannot go back to their old ways, but on maintenance you are free to eat healthy and enjoy yourself.. Once you lose the weight , you will have a different attitude about yourself, that you won't let yourself slide back to old ways.... Remember in stabilization, you will learn how to add to your diet and you will be allowed so much more food and choices... I still cannot eat peanut butter without gaining, so I have omitted it for anothe time.. I enjoy the feeling I can have a glass of wine when I go out, and experience with foods, but in moderation. I had a small piece of pie when I went out one night , took my fat and carb blocker with that meal, but during the day omitted any types of breads, and less fruit. That is what center told me to do. I did not gain weight. I try something new each week, and if I gain I omit it for the time being, and go on to something else.. I can now eat cookies, some baked oatmeal, some pastry in moderation, and be fine.. I eat sensible servings.. I never bring in a bag of chips , as I know I can't stop at a few, so stay away from them, but other than that, I seem to have become disciplined.. I have disciplined myself to have a square of chocolate, vs. eating a whole box..
Consultant always asks if I have challenges for the weekend, and if I do we talk about it, and figure what I will try and what to omit from the day. It has worked for me..
I went 5 pounds under goal, so I would have some play room, and I gain 2, lose 2. Sometimes I gain for no reason, but such is life, it does come off..
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I feel good about maintenance, but I do feel I need to go in and get weighed.. I still go twice a week, but that is my choice. I may start going once a week next year, will see.

I have stopped taking all supplements except for an occasional HNS , cocoa, and the fat and carb blocker, I always keep on me. I find moderation is the key for me.. I still journal, as it is helpful if I gain to go back and examine.

My friend is going on 3 years stabilization, has kept her goal and is enjoying life. She lost 90 pounds.

Patzi

Goneforgood1128
10-10-2011, 06:05 PM
Patzi:
That is so encouraging to hear! I hear so many more stories about people who just gained the weight back and I SOOOO don't want to go back there! Hearing about someone who has kept it off for 3 years is awesome!

I also like your common sense approach--everything in moderation! I do feel that MRC is teaching me to be more aware of what I eat and to be sensible about my choices (although I know some of the consultants would NEVER eat anything not OP, that's not real life for me!)...your approach is realistic and definitely doable!

camaswa
10-12-2011, 01:13 PM
Thanks Patzi! Really good post. Regaining is my worst fear. And I have done it more times than I want to admit...

patzi
10-14-2011, 01:54 PM
Here is a recipe a friend of mine gave me, and I will make it.. I will only add
1/4 of the beans, as they are a big trigger for me, added in with the pumpkin, I may be asking for trouble, but who knows... I will not use the chile, and for the fat free broth, I make my own veggie broth, so I will use that.
Any recipe can be adapted to MRC maintenance so that it is healthy and we can stay pretty much on top of things and in focus. This looks like a WW recipe to me, but I will adapt to maintenance..

Recipe can be read here. http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/10/crockpot-turkey-white-bean-pumpkin.html#more.

Patzi

Goneforgood1128
10-15-2011, 10:24 AM
Had my first yogurt in five months today-it was DELICIOUS!!! That's probably one of the things I've missed the most!

I haven't been very regular with my exercise through this journey. Now, I'm at the weight I want to be at, but still have a LOT of toning to do! So, I am going to really try to get in some exercise this week-we'll see how it goes! Once I get a routine, it won't be a problem. I used to walk 4-6 miles EVERY morning and that lasted for three years, until I moved out to the country, away from my walking partner!

patzi
10-15-2011, 06:10 PM
Had my first yogurt in five months today-it was DELICIOUS!!! That's probably one of the things I've missed the most!

I haven't been very regular with my exercise through this journey. Now, I'm at the weight I want to be at, but still have a LOT of toning to do! So, I am going to really try to get in some exercise this week-we'll see how it goes! Once I get a routine, it won't be a problem. I used to walk 4-6 miles EVERY morning and that lasted for three years, until I moved out to the country, away from my walking partner!

Isn't great to be able to have a yogurt and other things? I love it..
I can't eat regular yogurt,but eat soy yogurt.. Every day when I get home from work, I make myself an iced coffee, add some apple yogurt , some pumpkin pie spice ,ice and make a great coffee shake. Just wonderful.
Patzi

teacherlady79
10-16-2011, 07:30 PM
Walden Farms dips... are they great and worth it, or kinda gross?

I've tried their dressings before, and I HATED them. They had such a weird flavor.

But I was walking past the Walden Farms section in the store today and saw the caramel dip, chocolate dip, and marshmallow fluff... and remembered that one or two people on 3FC said they liked them.

So, give it to me straight--are they pretty good? Or kinda gross? At almost $4 a jar, I really don't want to waste my money, but I really miss having caramel to dip my honeycrisp apples into!

TIA!

Goneforgood1128
10-16-2011, 09:04 PM
I like the chocolate sauce and the caramel dip. Now, they are not like the "real" stuff, but they are pretty good if that's all you can have! I didn't really care for the marshmallow one-I'm a BIG marshmallow cream person and I guess I just had my expectations too high! I eat the caramel dip with apples and the chocolate sauce is good with oranges-would probably be good with a banana, too!

Junie04
10-17-2011, 09:38 AM
I think the caramel one is the best and is good with apples. The chocolate and marshmallow ones aren't as good, but I used to take a spoon of each and mix them all together. That was pretty good!

bigdog
10-23-2011, 08:37 PM
I think the caramel one is the best and is good with apples. The chocolate and marshmallow ones aren't as good, but I used to take a spoon of each and mix them all together. That was pretty good!

yum! the caramel sounds great! espec. w/ apples. i tried the blue cheese dressing....gag....maybe i'll put it on chicken and try to bake it or something but alone, bleah. like i'd rather just put vinegar and oil on my salad :-)

bigdog
10-23-2011, 08:39 PM
Isn't great to be able to have a yogurt and other things? I love it..
I can't eat regular yogurt,but eat soy yogurt.. Every day when I get home from work, I make myself an iced coffee, add some apple yogurt , some pumpkin pie spice ,ice and make a great coffee shake. Just wonderful.
Patzi

hi, Patzi, just curious...what's your height and current maintenance weight? congrats again for making it to maintenance and sharing all the wonderful suggestions and advice :-)

patzi
10-24-2011, 03:16 PM
hi, Patzi, just curious...what's your height and current maintenance weight? congrats again for making it to maintenance and sharing all the wonderful suggestions and advice :-)

I am 5'4, and my goal weight is 125, but I went down to 120 as a buffer.

Patzi

Rzrbackcandi
10-26-2011, 05:31 PM
This is my first peak at this thread and can't wait to be a maintainer. Which according to the center would be in 26lbs but I think I want to lose about 50 more. Did you guys go by what the center said you should be your stopping weight or did you set your own goal and keep going?

Losing 50 more lbs would make me 5'9" and between 180-185. I just don't know what I'm going to look like. And if I get that close to 200 (center goal 205), I know I want to be out of the 200's and in ONEderland :D

mama4901
10-27-2011, 12:40 PM
I am on maintenance and have gained about 5 pounds from my goal weight. I have gained a few inches back -- have others had the same experience? I asked about it at the center and they don't know why I would have gained inches back. Any comments?

patzi
10-27-2011, 04:14 PM
Candi...
I am 5'4 and my goal weight by the center was 128. I told them that is not good, I wanted 125, and then I went to 120 as a buffer and glad I did.. If I gain 2 pounds, I get it right off, but do have a buffer, and believe me that really helps. Only time I gain is if I eat out more than once a week, and it is not from bad eating it is from salt content and we never know how the foods are prepared, regardless of what you ask for.. Good idea , though , in my opinion to have a buffer

Mama 4901..

Do you know why you have gained the weight back? I have not gained it back nor have I gained any inches back.. If I gain two pounds, I go right back to the green menu(which is my last menu on Meta Slim) for that week or until I lose the weight and I eat more fish and eggbeaters, or egg whites. I
have allergies if I eat the whole eggs, but am ok with eggbeaters. Center told me that is the quickest way to get it back off.. Welcome to the board.

Patzi

mama4901
10-27-2011, 05:58 PM
Thanks Patzi - I will try doing that. I think I should have been under my goal when I started maintenance instead of 3 pounds from it -- I will try going back on the green menu and see if I can get to my actual goal. Maybe that would help. I know for sure my body does not like carbs -- I really need to stay away from them.

teacherlady79
10-31-2011, 04:32 PM
This is my first peak at this thread and can't wait to be a maintainer. Which according to the center would be in 26lbs but I think I want to lose about 50 more. Did you guys go by what the center said you should be your stopping weight or did you set your own goal and keep going?

Losing 50 more lbs would make me 5'9" and between 180-185. I just don't know what I'm going to look like. And if I get that close to 200 (center goal 205), I know I want to be out of the 200's and in ONEderland :D

Candi,
My center had my goal set at 190, but they also said that I could revisit that goal as I got closer (my "ideal" range, as they calculated it for me, was about 170-180). I think they set my goal at 190 for the simple reason that it seemed so much more attainable and do-able to me when I first signed up than if they had told me that my goal was 170. That, I think, was another of those little mind-sets that helped me stick with the program.

When I hit 197, I wanted to start stabilization because we were planning on 1)leaving town for 10 days for our belated honeymoon, and 2)starting to try to get pregnant. I couldn't be dieting while trying to get pregnant, so I started maintenance. I ended up losing 7 lbs during stabilization, and I started maintenance at 190. I will say, when I started stabilization, they asked me if I didn't want to stay on the plan and re-set my goal to 175 or so...but again, I wanted to try to get pregnant, so that wasn't what I wanted at the time.

They gave me the option of doing a 1500-calorie maintenance plan to maintain (my body calc actually came out at 1600 to maintain), or a 1300-calorie plan to continue to slowly lose. I said I wanted the 1500 plan... but I've honestly had a hard time eating that much purely because I"m paranoid about gaining. So, I've pretty much been sticking with about 1300 calories a day. Since I started maintenance (in July sometime), I have lost an additional 10lbs--without consciously trying to do it most of the time. Some weeks I stay the same, some weeks I gained 1/2 lb, some weeks I lost 1-2lbs. I'm learning what affects my body and causes me to gain, as well as what helps me lose the fastest in the least disruptive way (extra exercise, unfortunately, lol).

At this point, I'm happy either maintaining at 180 or losing 2-5 more pounds--it really doesn't matter to me either way (and I never thought I would say that!). I feel great, I'm physically fit, and I can still indulge and have treats occasionally. I feel NORMAL for once. :D I'll probably plan on upping my daily calories to 1500 pretty soon, as I'm planning on adding another yoga class to my repertoire (my next goal is to eventually become a yoga instructor), and that will burn calories. Or, I might wait until after the holidays, so I can leave myself some "wiggle room" during that time.

I'm sorry this got so long, but I hope it helped answer your questions! You are looking fabulous, by the way!

Rzrbackcandi
11-01-2011, 11:15 AM
Thanks Patzi & TeacherLady!

I'm definitely going to have a buffer. It's great to have you guys to reach out to! Such inspirations!

teacherlady79
11-07-2011, 12:05 PM
Urgh. I weighed in on Friday and was up 5 lbs (in two weeks--I go bi-monthly now) according to their scale. :(

I'm sure part of it was because I was wearing heavier clothes (denim trousers and a sweater vs. yoga pants and a t-shirt, which is my usual weigh-in outfit) and a different time of day (Friday afternoon instead of my usual Saturday morning). So, I think I've actually only gained about 3lbs.

But I also know part of it was that I've been snacking a lot in the evenings and eating out more in the last week or so. I'm really struggling right now with being in more social settings (I avoided most social engagements while dieting for this very reason), as well as with people who are "feeders" and just really generous with food. They bring it over, and I just can't stop myself.

My husband has one friend who is a major "feeder" -- I think I'm just going to tell him that he can't bring food over any more, or if he does it has to be just enough for him and my husband. And he absolutely cannot leave leftovers at our house.

As far as the socializing thing... I'm at a loss. Went to a party Friday evening with appetizers, desserts and drinks. I brought a fairly healthy dip and crackers, but overate on what everyone else brought. Then Saturday night we went bowling with friends (I used to be on a league until I broke my wrist a couple years ago, so I LOVE bowling), and I didn't intend to drink, but they got pitchers... and I decided to have one. I forgot how much I liked beer & bowling (it's the only time I drink beer--usually it's gross to me) and I ended up having 5 beers (500+ calories and then a major headache the next morning!).

I'm planning on being as careful as I can and avoid unplanned food issues this week... avoiding eating out so I can keep it under my control, too. I'm also going to try to step up my workouts--adding back a yoga class (I've only been going to 1/week since July), and possibly jogging outside one day a week. I'm pretty motivated on the jogging right now--there's a "Turkey Trot" 5K here on Thanksgiving, and I'm really going to try to run it (however slowly that may be, lol).

How have you all been handling social situations that are centered around food/drink? The drinking isn't much of an issue for me (except when bowling, lol), because I'm really not much of a drinker. But the food... :^:

camaswa
11-07-2011, 07:20 PM
Teacherlady,
I'm not maintaining yet but I sure have those issues around social eating and drinking. It is so hard for me. And the next dAy, when I feelike crap, I am likely to overeat again. An old trick that helps with alcohol is alternating with water. Hard when pitchers are going around, but still. Or try starting with water before that first drink. Also, go full! If you still do the creamies, have one just before you go. if not, have some kind of protein and preferably something with volume. Then there is plain old avoidance - just don't take that first bite. All much easier said than done. I bet some of your weight is water and will come right off.

Goneforgood1128
11-19-2011, 04:11 PM
How many of you have continued using HNS during maintenance? I have been having only one a day for over a month. I actually think the protein is good for me, but wondered what you all think? If I do continue a protein drink, it will likely be a cheaper version from Wal-Mart!
Elizabeth

patzi
11-21-2011, 11:20 AM
Hi...
I will try to post a recipe here for pumpkin pie. It is as low fat as I can make it, and have made it before and tastes real good. If I have not posted by late tomorrow, please remind me.. I am off Wed thru Sun and I am bombed with work to get to that point.. Pie has a crust.. We are on maintenance, and we can eat anything in moderation, and with good sense.

Patzi

patzi
11-21-2011, 08:47 PM
I am not home,so can't scan the recipe.. However, if you look up online Ligher Libby's Pumpkin Pie, you will find the recipe online...

Patzi

Goneforgood1128
11-21-2011, 09:55 PM
Found it, Patzi! Looks great! Thanks a bunch!

bigdog
11-22-2011, 12:40 AM
Patzi had mentioned this so wanted to post and share (it looks great and just in time for Thanksgiving!)

Lighter Libby's Pumpkin Pie (recommended by Patzi) :-)

Ingredients
1 (9 inch) unbaked (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1 (15 ounce) can LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 (12 fluid ounce) can NESTLE® CARNATION® Evaporated Fat Free Milk




Directions
1. PREHEAT oven to 425 degrees F.
2. COMBINE sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger and salt in small bowl. Beat egg whites lightly in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell.
3. BAKE for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F. Bake for additional 30 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. (Do not freeze as this will cause filling to separate from crust.)



Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 252 | Total Fat: 7.8g | Cholesterol: 2mgPowered by ESHA Nutrient Database

patzi
11-22-2011, 11:22 AM
Patzi had mentioned this so wanted to post and share (it looks great and just in time for Thanksgiving!)

Lighter Libby's Pumpkin Pie (recommended by Patzi) :-)

Ingredients
1 (9 inch) unbaked (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1 (15 ounce) can LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 (12 fluid ounce) can NESTLE® CARNATION® Evaporated Fat Free Milk




Directions
1. PREHEAT oven to 425 degrees F.
2. COMBINE sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger and salt in small bowl. Beat egg whites lightly in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell.
3. BAKE for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F. Bake for additional 30 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. (Do not freeze as this will cause filling to separate from crust.)



Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 252 | Total Fat: 7.8g | Cholesterol: 2mgPowered by ESHA Nutrient Database
Thanks for posting this recipe. Was going to try and do it today.

Happy Thanksgiving
Patzi

teacherlady79
11-25-2011, 09:17 PM
Patzi had mentioned this so wanted to post and share (it looks great and just in time for Thanksgiving!)

Lighter Libby's Pumpkin Pie (recommended by Patzi) :-)

Ingredients
1 (9 inch) unbaked (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1 (15 ounce) can LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 (12 fluid ounce) can NESTLE® CARNATION® Evaporated Fat Free Milk




Directions
1. PREHEAT oven to 425 degrees F.
2. COMBINE sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger and salt in small bowl. Beat egg whites lightly in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell.
3. BAKE for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F. Bake for additional 30 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. (Do not freeze as this will cause filling to separate from crust.)



Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 252 | Total Fat: 7.8g | Cholesterol: 2mgPowered by ESHA Nutrient Database


I'm a little late for this to be helpful on Thanksgiving, but here's some thoughts on reducing the calories even further:

You could probably cut even more calories by using a sugar/splenda mix instead of just sugar.

Also, here's a pie-trick I read about online: Take a refrigerated pie crust (like Pillsbury or generic) and roll it out even thinner than how it comes out of the package, then you end up using less pie crust (and therefore less calories). I'm not sure if this works or not, but it was an idea I read about.

teacherlady79
11-25-2011, 09:20 PM
How many of you have continued using HNS during maintenance? I have been having only one a day for over a month. I actually think the protein is good for me, but wondered what you all think? If I do continue a protein drink, it will likely be a cheaper version from Wal-Mart!
Elizabeth

Elizabeth,
I still use them. I use the concentrated drink ones sometimes after a particularly hard cardio workout (about 1x a week, but not every week), and I usually have a cocoa every evening (I mix it with the super chocolate powder & microwave it to make a brownie) as my dessert--to keep me from snacking/craving sweets in the evenings.

I think they're a good supplement to have around and certainly won't hurt us to use sometimes. :)

bigdog
11-25-2011, 09:24 PM
I'm a little late for this to be helpful on Thanksgiving, but here's some thoughts on reducing the calories even further:

You could probably cut even more calories by using a sugar/splenda mix instead of just sugar.

Also, here's a pie-trick I read about online: Take a refrigerated pie crust (like Pillsbury or generic) and roll it out even thinner than how it comes out of the package, then you end up using less pie crust (and therefore less calories). I'm not sure if this works or not, but it was an idea I read about.

i actually ended up making the Pumpkin Fluff which is 50 cal. per serving (without crust) i used the reduced fat Graham cracker crust .the rest of the family ate it w/ crust and i just ate the filling out of it :-)

Pumpkin Fluff

8 servings

1 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
4 serving fat free sugar free instant vanilla pudding & pie filling mix
6 oz Cool whip lite whipped topping
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

put all in blender and whip it up! sprinkle nutmeg and Lite Cool whip on top.

you can serve in wine or parfait glasses. i've also put in a graham cracker crust and served as a pie. it's more of a pumpkin mousse and is sooo good.

bigdog
11-25-2011, 09:31 PM
Elizabeth,
I still use them. I use the concentrated drink ones sometimes after a particularly hard cardio workout (about 1x a week, but not every week), and I usually have a cocoa every evening (I mix it with the super chocolate powder & microwave it to make a brownie) as my dessert--to keep me from snacking/craving sweets in the evenings.

I think they're a good supplement to have around and certainly won't hurt us to use sometimes. :)

just curious but why do they cut them out in Maintenance? are they bad for us long term?

teacherlady79
11-25-2011, 09:49 PM
just curious but why do they cut them out in Maintenance? are they bad for us long term?

I think it's more that they just don't want us to be dependent upon them, since one of the selling points of the program is to teach us how to live "normally" (i.e., minus a bunch of supplements or weird foods) while being able to maintain the loss.

I was told at my center that having my cocoa packet for dessert every night was fine--that most people actually continue to have 1 a day or so in maintenance, just because they like it.

ETA: Also, thanks for posting the fluff recipe, BigDog! It looks really yummy, and I can make it for me and my sister for tomorrow (my sister worked yesterday, brother works today, so we're doing our T-day tomorrow), as my sister is still dieting on MRC. :)

LisaK190
11-26-2011, 07:20 PM
Hello All!

Gosh, it feels like forever since I've visited this site. I went on stabilization/maintenance in June. Although I haven't been back to the center since July, I have kept my weight down. Early October my employer did a wellness assessment (3rd in two years) where they do fasting blood, cardio & strength testing. I was within 3 lbs of my goal weight. And my test results were incredible .. in fact, out of 90 employees, I was in the top 5 percent of the healthiest employees. Sweet!

No problem exercising. I have unfortunately started snacking at night and about 5 lbs up from the goal weight. I need to re-commit to MRC green menu to get this weight off.

So good to see Natalie and Patzi still hanging around this site. Congrats to both of you for successfully maintaining! Candi, Wow, 100 lbs .. Amazing!

bigdog
11-27-2011, 07:54 AM
can someone email me the Maintenance menu? gabcrab at embarqmail dot com
thks

patzi
11-27-2011, 09:36 AM
Big Dog....
I threw out my maintenance menu, as I was not counting any calories and I told the center that. I knew what maintenance was, and I just made it fit me and my lifestyle... I still take the hot chocolate at night. Center said no problem with that... I did read the maintenance menu, though, but can't recall what it is.. I just added more to what my stabilization was in everything, and it has worked for me,unless I over indulge, and weight comes back..

Did you look on the forums, it may be there where it says menus? I am sure the center will let you look at one if you like..

Sorry I could not help you. If you are close to maintenance, the center may let you have one, depending on what consultant you speak with.

Patzi

bigdog
11-27-2011, 10:06 AM
Big Dog....
I threw out my maintenance menu, as I was not counting any calories and I told the center that. I knew what maintenance was, and I just made it fit me and my lifestyle... I still take the hot chocolate at night. Center said no problem with that... I did read the maintenance menu, though, but can't recall what it is.. I just added more to what my stabilization was in everything, and it has worked for me,unless I over indulge, and weight comes back..

Did you look on the forums, it may be there where it says menus? I am sure the center will let you look at one if you like..

Sorry I could not help you. If you are close to maintenance, the center may let you have one, depending on what consultant you speak with.

Patzi

i'll check it out. i was just curious on what it was like how many calories per day, how much protein, carbs, fat, etc.? does anyone know the total calories for the green menu? i know someone had mentioned 1,000 calories but couldn't find the post...
i log in everything on myfitnesspal online and when im on the road, on my blackberry. love it! but of course w/ the MRC diet, my protein is very high and the carbs way below what they require. i'd love to know with the MRC diet, what the totals are supposed to be for protein, carbs, sugar, fat, etc.

i stick to the printed out plan for MRC but easier to log online for me.

if anyone has that info, please share it with me if you can.

Thanks and Happy Sunday!

patzi
11-27-2011, 04:44 PM
Big Dog...
Was thinking about maintenance and forgot to tell you, each person is given a different calorie intake depending what their goal weight is.. Mine was 1200. Have no idea if I eat that many,more, not sure, as I said I do not count .
My friend was given 1500 calories and my other friend 1400 calories. None of us goes by the calorie count. Not another friend was given 1500 calories and she logs everything in to something online. That works well for her. Whatever one does is fine, as long as it works..

I know my protein, during stabilization was 6 oz. vs. 4. There are times I am sure I eat 8 oz. but it does not make me gain. The other, do not know.

Patzi

Tamikl
11-27-2011, 05:03 PM
Hi Bigdog....I think that the MRC foundation is made up of 60% protein, 20% carbs, and 20% fat??? They told me in the beginning 60/20/20. Hope this helps!

bigdog
11-27-2011, 06:13 PM
Hi Bigdog....I think that the MRC foundation is made up of 60% protein, 20% carbs, and 20% fat??? They told me in the beginning 60/20/20. Hope this helps!

thanks, Tamiki,

i just saw that on a blog of Katie's that i found when googling Metabolic Research Ctr...

wouldn't it be cool if when we hit our allotment of carbs and fat for the day, that our body would sound out a warning signal and say, ENOUGH! but you can have more protein LOL!!! or say hop on exercise bike 30 minutes and you can have a glass of wine and still lose this week! ding ding ding!

bigdog
11-27-2011, 06:17 PM
Big Dog...
Was thinking about maintenance and forgot to tell you, each person is given a different calorie intake depending what their goal weight is.. Mine was 1200. Have no idea if I eat that many,more, not sure, as I said I do not count .
My friend was given 1500 calories and my other friend 1400 calories. None of us goes by the calorie count. Not another friend was given 1500 calories and she logs everything in to something online. That works well for her. Whatever one does is fine, as long as it works..

I know my protein, during stabilization was 6 oz. vs. 4. There are times I am sure I eat 8 oz. but it does not make me gain. The other, do not know.

Patzi

good to know, thks. i do know w/ me, if i went over on protein would not gain, but if i go over on carbs i definitely will! that's how i got to MRC to start with, almost everything i ate was carbs which made me hungry for more carbs. that's why i love this diet, i'm not hungry like i used to be w/ other diets. sometimes it will be after 2pm and i realize i hadn't eaten lunch. The HNSs really keep me from getting hungry. right before dinner is usually when i get hungry (prob. because i'm so busy at work during the day, not thinking about food)

teacherlady79
11-28-2011, 01:57 PM
thanks, Tamiki,

i just saw that on a blog of Katie's that i found when googling Metabolic Research Ctr...

wouldn't it be cool if when we hit our allotment of carbs and fat for the day, that our body would sound out a warning signal and say, ENOUGH! but you can have more protein LOL!!! or say hop on exercise bike 30 minutes and you can have a glass of wine and still lose this week! ding ding ding!

LOL! I would pay big bucks to have my body programmed to do this. ;)

I use Livestrong.com-- because I find it easier to log my food and exercise online, too. My maintenance menu was for 1500 calories (I may end up going up to 1800 calories if I stick with the running--I'm still losing, albeit much more slowly, and they don't want to me to lose too much. But if I back off the running this winter, I won't need to adjust my calorie intake...

Anyway, the livestrong website calculates out your totals for your food intake on sodium, protein, carbs, etc. but it also gives a pie chart to show what percentage of my calories that day are from carbs, protein, and fat. THAT has been extremely helpful for me--after every meal I input my foods, and I look at the pie chart to see if my next meal needs to be a little more carb-heavy or protein-heavy to balance out. Really helpful with meal planning and maintenance/losing, I think!

bigdog
11-28-2011, 04:56 PM
LOL! I would pay big bucks to have my body programmed to do this. ;)

I use Livestrong.com-- because I find it easier to log my food and exercise online, too. My maintenance menu was for 1500 calories (I may end up going up to 1800 calories if I stick with the running--I'm still losing, albeit much more slowly, and they don't want to me to lose too much. But if I back off the running this winter, I won't need to adjust my calorie intake...

Anyway, the livestrong website calculates out your totals for your food intake on sodium, protein, carbs, etc. but it also gives a pie chart to show what percentage of my calories that day are from carbs, protein, and fat. THAT has been extremely helpful for me--after every meal I input my foods, and I look at the pie chart to see if my next meal needs to be a little more carb-heavy or protein-heavy to balance out. Really helpful with meal planning and maintenance/losing, I think!

thanks Teacher lady!! this is exactly what i was looking for! i like myfitnesspal but it won't give me percentages and now knowing that i need to be 60 %protein, 20% carb 20% fat, that would be great to have that calculated. i'll check it out! what i do like about the online journal (at least w/ fitnesspal) it calculates protein, fat, carbs, sodium for restaurants and fast food meals. and even tv dinners, etc.

for example, i knew we were going to Applebees this weekend, so i plugged some of the menu items in to see which would be a better choice..could not believe that innocent grilled chicken salad was calorie overload!!! when you see the actual numbers, it really makes you think twice about eating some of that stuff. i got the hamburger quesidilla for lunch (over 1,000 cal) but just ate the hamburger and part of the quesidilla and salsa. got broccoli instead of fries but still TOO much. (compared to what i usually eat) should have ordered something else or eat half of the burger w/ 1/4 of the tortilla... i just had a salad for dinner, no carbs w/ grilled fish. and jumped on my exercise bike last night too even though i walked in the am. and had another HNS...

teacherlady79
11-28-2011, 08:23 PM
thanks Teacher lady!! this is exactly what i was looking for! i like myfitnesspal but it won't give me percentages and now knowing that i need to be 60 %protein, 20% carb 20% fat, that would be great to have that calculated. i'll check it out! what i do like about the online journal (at least w/ fitnesspal) it calculates protein, fat, carbs, sodium for restaurants and fast food meals. and even tv dinners, etc.


Livestrong.com does this too! What a lifesaver--and a bit of an eye opener, lol.

I also like the way it charts weight loss/gain. You can input your weight losses/gains and look at a line graph of them over a period of time, and then overlay your "net" daily calories (total caloric intake after subtracting calories burned from the exercise you input), so you can look for correlations and patterns between calorie intake and weight gain/loss.

For example, when I put on a couple of pounds, I'll look at the chart with the weight & calories and figure out "oh, if I eat X many calories without exercise for X number of days (or days in a row or whatever) then I gain." Or, if I need to lose a couple of pounds, I'll look at the chart around the last couple times I lost, and see if there's any calorie/exercise patterns that seem to help (which I've discovered there are for me--If I have a relatively high-cal day and then immediately have a low-cal couple of days with exercise, then I will have a pretty good weight drop).

You can also plug in a recipe and it will calculate the totals of calories, protein, fat, fiber, carb, etc. Very helpful!

I love this program! I've only used the free version, but it does more than enough for what I need! :)

bigdog
11-28-2011, 10:52 PM
Livestrong.com does this too! What a lifesaver--and a bit of an eye opener, lol.

I also like the way it charts weight loss/gain. You can input your weight losses/gains and look at a line graph of them over a period of time, and then overlay your "net" daily calories (total caloric intake after subtracting calories burned from the exercise you input), so you can look for correlations and patterns between calorie intake and weight gain/loss.

For example, when I put on a couple of pounds, I'll look at the chart with the weight & calories and figure out "oh, if I eat X many calories without exercise for X number of days (or days in a row or whatever) then I gain." Or, if I need to lose a couple of pounds, I'll look at the chart around the last couple times I lost, and see if there's any calorie/exercise patterns that seem to help (which I've discovered there are for me--If I have a relatively high-cal day and then immediately have a low-cal couple of days with exercise, then I will have a pretty good weight drop).

You can also plug in a recipe and it will calculate the totals of calories, protein, fat, fiber, carb, etc. Very helpful!

I love this program! I've only used the free version, but it does more than enough for what I need! :)

excellent!! now that i know the ratio, the 60/20/20 i can doubleck the percentages...just calculated today and it came out to 56% protein, 16% fat and 24% carbs....(that was a hushpuppy instead of melba toast!!) pretty cool! thanks again :-)

birdfeet
11-29-2011, 11:29 PM
good to know, thks. i do know w/ me, if i went over on protein would not gain, but if i go over on carbs i definitely will! that's how i got to MRC to start with, almost everything i ate was carbs which made me hungry for more carbs. that's why i love this diet, i'm not hungry like i used to be w/ other diets. sometimes it will be after 2pm and i realize i hadn't eaten lunch. The HNSs really keep me from getting hungry. right before dinner is usually when i get hungry (prob. because i'm so busy at work during the day, not thinking about food)

do you know the amount of calories that mrc has the people on before stabilation/maintenance? PLease let me know..Thanks
Hdgrams@aol.com

bigdog
11-30-2011, 01:51 PM
do you know the amount of calories that mrc has the people on before stabilation/maintenance? PLease let me know..Thanks
Hdgrams@aol.com

i went to the center today for the dreaded weigh in, i lost .5 and was happy w/ that! (not a gain, yay!) anyway i asked what the daily calorie count was for MRC and she said she didn't know and said it wasn't about the calories but about the chemical combinations of foods on plan. i asked her if it was 1200 and she said probably below because for alot of people, maintenance is 1200... i did read somewhere that the yellow menu was 800 cal. but not sure.

teacherlady79
11-30-2011, 06:18 PM
i went to the center today for the dreaded weigh in, i lost .5 and was happy w/ that! (not a gain, yay!) anyway i asked what the daily calorie count was for MRC and she said she didn't know and said it wasn't about the calories but about the chemical combinations of foods on plan. i asked her if it was 1200 and she said probably below because for alot of people, maintenance is 1200... i did read somewhere that the yellow menu was 800 cal. but not sure.

Yeah, I think I calculated once that my green menu, with 3 protein supplements, was about 900-1000 calories. It'll vary a little bit each day based on how lean the proteins are that you eat (bison = more calories than tilapia, for example).

patzi
12-10-2011, 04:36 PM
Baked Oatmeal Recipe

2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, or to your liking( I use 1/8 due to salt content)
1/2 tsp. salt I omit this if using baking powder.
1 cup fat free skim milk( I use soy milk, no sugar)
1/2 cup Egg beaters
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup splenda... I use agave nectar for sweetener
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 tbs. cinnamon
Fruit of your choice... Where there is applesauce, I usually add 1 cup of
blueberries, or more chunks of apples, or cranberries

Combine wet ingredients and add dry ingredients

Bake in sprayed 8 inches square pan for 35-40 minutes. Check after
35 minutes.

Refrigerates well, freezes well... Good cold, warm..
Makes a quick take with you breakfast on the run.

Good with mashed bananas, pumpkin, the choice is endless.

Enjoy,
Patzi

patzi
12-12-2011, 04:08 PM
SPINACH CASSEROLE
1 pkg. frozen spinach, thawed, chopped and well drained
16 oz. fat free cottage cheese
1 cup shredded fat free cheddar cheese( or cheese of your choice)
1/2 cup egg substitute

Mix all together and then bake in a square pan , sprayed with Pam or whatever spray you use for 1 hour on 350 degrees... Ovens vary, so may take longer or less.

Cut into 4 servings. Can be cut into 6 if you so desire..
Freezes well. I cut to 4 servings and many times this is my breakfast with some toast or whatever...

Other veggies of your choice can be used. My friend roasts red peppers and puts them in, but I don't like any peppers, so do not do that.
You can season with a herb, or Dash, or your choice.

This is another run out the door for me ...This is not my original recipe, really don't know who to give credit to on this. I do believe it originates from South Beach Diet, but again I am guessing.

Patzi

teacherlady79
12-12-2011, 08:14 PM
THIS IS DELICIOUS, Y'ALL!

http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/special-dietary-needs/spaghetti-squash-with-grilled-chicken-and-sun-dried-tomatoes/

I'm not a huge spaghetti squash (or any squash, really) fan--I'll eat it, but I don't love it--but this is very yummy!

I followed the recipe almost exactly the first time, but made these adjustments the second time:
+Added just under 1 tbsp crushed red pepper when I added the peas and cheese.
+Increased the sun-dried tomatoes to about 1/2 cup (chopped)

Also, I used Kitchen Basics unsalted chicken cooking stock instead of chicken broth (got it from my Kroger store): http://www.kitchenbasics.net/display.cfm?p=41&pp=16&ppp=3

Finally, I used just under 1lb of chicken tenders, and I just sauteed them in the pan with a little bit of Pam (because it's been too cold outside to grill!).

YUM! Very MRC-maintenance friendly!

patzi
12-13-2011, 12:25 PM
teacherlady... It was GREAT seeing recipes for maintenance.. Thanks for sharing. I love spaghetti squash, and last night had it and tried your recipe. Delicious...
Patzi

teacherlady79
12-15-2011, 09:47 AM
Okay, ladies, I need some help in the creativity department.

I want to start a food/recipe blog, but I can't come up with a title that isn't weird, lame, trite, or already being used.

I have had so many friends, family, and new acquaintances ask me how I lost the weight... and now they're all asking me how I'm keeping it off, what I'm eating, etc. I had 2 friends tell me (after I posted the spaghetti squash recipe on facebook with my changes) that I should start a food/recipe/healthy eating blog. I think I want to do it. :)

I may eventually incorporate exercise information into it, too (more like, "what am I doing now for exercise" updates), but it's going to start just being a food blog. Some of the food ideas/recipes I put up will be my own creations, but many will come from other food blogs I have followed or recipes I have found and adjusted, so I would link to the originals and then include my adjustments (usually to make it healthier or yummier).

Help! Several of my friends suggested "Natalie's Nibbles" (my name is Natalie) but I hate that. It's cutesy, and I am most definitely not a cutesy or girlie person.

Here are a few that I'm considering (I don't like them all, but I'm keeping them on the list of possibilities since they aren't already being used by someone else):

Seven Parts Full ---Based on Chinese dietary adage: eat only until you are '7 parts full' (70 percent full).
My Own Taste -- with this quote as the tagline: When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste. ~Laiko Bahrs
Cooking Skinny
Delicious Flavor
A Bite to Eat
Grab a Bite
On a Silver Platter
Healthier Taste
Gastronomical Rex
Taste Tester
Taste Test
Teacherlady's Test Kitchen

patzi
12-16-2011, 07:34 PM
Hi...
I had posted this recipe before, but now that I am on maintenance and experimenting to see what I can eat and not gain, thought I would repost it.

My friend gave me this from a diet she is on..

FAT -FIGHTING PANCAKE.

I double this if I am hungry

1 egg white
2 tbsp.oat bran
2 tbs. fat -free plain Greek Yogurt
1 tsp.Splenda( I use liquid Stevia)

Beat egg white till foamy.
In separate bowl, combine oat bran, Greek Yogurt and sweetener.
Mix with egg white
Cook in non stick pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Flip and cook 5
minutes more...

I drizzle a HNS over it, like the grape or wildberry, gel HNS for a syrup.

Since on maintenance I had some smoked salmon with it this morning and last week had some turkey bacon with it..

Patzi

teacherlady79
12-18-2011, 10:40 AM
Here's the rough draft version of my food blog:
http://stringbeansandskinnyjeans.blogspot.com/

I decided to go with the title String Beans & Skinny Jeans, as the ladies on two different discussion boards (MRC and an infertility board I'm on) voted more heavily for that one. :)

I put up my first post last night, and I also have an "about" section, a My Story section (for my weight loss journey), and a fitness section. I still need to add pictures to my fitness section...(I was thinking of getting a picture of me running and another of me doing yoga).

I'm still calling this my "rough draft" version, because I wanted to run it by a few people and then make any final tweaks before announcing it open to the world.

Let me know what you think!

Natalie

bigdog
12-18-2011, 11:09 AM
love your blog and the name is perfect!!!! :-)

patzi
12-18-2011, 03:28 PM
Natalie...
I LOVE the blog and the name is great...

Patzi

JenB72
03-26-2012, 01:38 PM
Even though I started this thread, I never felt like I should post here (that's just me) because I wasn't at my goal. Today, I can see, I feel like I've earned that right. ;)

JenB72
03-27-2012, 11:59 AM
Going through my week one stabilization menu, I really wanted to have the Fat-Free Graham crackers since I haven't had them so long. Only problem was I couldn't find them at two different groceries stores. Is there someplace special I should be looking for them at?

teacherlady79
03-27-2012, 10:34 PM
Even though I started this thread, I never felt like I should post here (that's just me) because I wasn't at my goal. Today, I can see, I feel like I've earned that right. ;)

Yay yay yay! Congratulations!

Going through my week one stabilization menu, I really wanted to have the Fat-Free Graham crackers since I haven't had them so long. Only problem was I couldn't find them at two different groceries stores. Is there someplace special I should be looking for them at?

Hmmm. I've always found them at my regular grocery stores here in Omaha (HyVee and Kroger).

JenB72
03-28-2012, 09:45 AM
Thanks, Natalie!!!! We don't have those stores here. Our two big ones are Publix & Winn-Dixie. Neither had it. I think there may be a Harris Teeter in the area. I'll also look for them at Target and Wal-Mart supercenters. Amazon didn't even have them and I thought they had everything. ;) I decided to add in the animal crackers instead. Yummy! Those are good. LOL Since I run at least 3 times a week, I decided to do my extra startch on those days after the run. Yesterday went well and I was actually down 0.2 pounds according to my scale. We'll try them again today and see what happens. If all is well, Multi-Grain Cheerios are my next add-in. Oh how I have missed those. In a way, this is fun, but I'm also scared of gaining weight. Then I saw you post about being 25 pounds under and it calmed me down some. Thank you for that!

nwcgina
03-30-2012, 10:46 PM
Just read an interesting research article about weight loss maintenance. The link is below, but a few habits that have been shown successful maintainers follow:
1. Eating a consistent eating patterns between the week and weekend and over holidays
2. Eating breakfast everyday
3. Low calorie, low fat
4. High levels of exercise (about an hour a day of moderate activity i.e. walking)
5. Self-monitoring weight (daily or weekly) and correcting immediately

Other interesting info in the article. I figure any helpful info for this step of the journey is great. I had a couple days of "up"weight due to TTOM and kinda freaked. But it's back down just with the hormone changes. Phew.

http://www.ajcn.org/content/82/1/222S.full

teacherlady79
03-31-2012, 09:29 PM
In a way, this is fun, but I'm also scared of gaining weight. Then I saw you post about being 25 pounds under and it calmed me down some. Thank you for that!

Jen, I felt the exact same way when I started stabilization and maintenance. I was scared to death I would gain. I have to say, though, that maintenance has been mostly pretty darn easy. Like Patzi has said before, with regular weigh-ins, you just keep track of any gains and immediately take action.

One huge reason I've been so successful on maintenance, I think, is because I implemented a strong exercise program for myself while still dieting. One of the big letdowns when starting maintenance was not seeing any losses on the scale (after being so conditioned to see progress on the scale every week), so I started creating fitness goals for myself to focus on, and I think that has kept me committed and able to focus on eating to fuel my body.

Keep up the running (or whatever else suits your fancy) as much as you can, and you'll be fine. :) I do the same as you--my splurges and "extras" are usually on days when I've gone running, so I feel like I truly know that those calories have definitely been burned. :)

JenB72
04-03-2012, 03:23 PM
Well, things are going very well. Somehow I lost 2.5 pounds in my first week of Stabilization. I'm blown away by that and don't expect it to keep up, but I love having some buffer room.

Gina, that was a great article and gives me motivation to stick with this. All the things they mentioned are habits I've been creating over the past year, so that's encouraging. Please feel free to share anything else you think may help.

Natalie, I just checked out your blog and saw your latest picture. You look wonderful! Congrats!!! I'm definitely going to try to keep up with the running. The summer is always my downfall, so I need to figure out how to keep it up in the extreme heat. I'm not a morning person whatsoever, so that's out. It's still in the high 80's after dark, but I may have to endure it and see. I'll just take it a day at a time. I've got my sights set on a Disney 1/2 marathon in November. I'm very excited about that so hopefully having something to work towards will keep me motivated.

nwcgina
04-03-2012, 10:07 PM
So I'm officially off stabilization and on maintenance. We figured my calories...with my weight and activity level the # she came up with was 1900. (I'd come up with the same number...or even up to 2200 based on some formulas). So we decided since I'd like to lose about 1 more lb to go with 1500 for now...and if I feel like I'm still hungry I have a little wiggle room (especially if I had a hard workout and I'm more hungry). She also encouraged me to experiment with one meal a week that is a little higher calorie-wise (or what I call a treat). 2 weeks ago I tried pizza and over did it. I was scared to try it again, but I used her tips (have a big salad first, lots of water) and I stuck with 1 piece and since I kept my overall calories for the day in the right range, I was down .5 this week. I'm using MFP to track (I like it, I know some don't track calories, but it keeps me honest...otherwise my hand starts finding the animal cookies).

But I had really liked the consistency of my meals on the MRC plan and felt like when the whole supermarket was opened to me....even though I followed Patzi's idea of trying one thing at a time...I was overwhelmed. So I got a little OCD and for each meal of the day (breakfast, am snack, lunch, pm snack) made a list of food combos for each of those meals that equal about the same calories (within 10) and fat/carb/proteins. So breakfast and lunch are around 300 calories, about 200 calories for the snacks, leaving me about 500 for supper...which is usually a meat, protein, and veggies. So far it's working for me...although when I'm being really active I need at least 1600 or I'm overly hungry.

patzi
04-03-2012, 10:53 PM
Jen and Gina....
Welcome to the Maintenance Board..

Jen, how wonderful you lost more weight on stabilization.

Gina.. You have it worked out for you, and that is what counts. I have some carb, protein combos I am experimenting with that are working great for me..
I learn from everyone's experience.

I agree with Jen, Natalie, you look fantastic and I love your blog.

It is so nice to have this board growing and I thank Jen for starting it awhile ago.

Patzi

JenB72
04-04-2012, 11:26 AM
Gina - I think I may go back to MFP when I start maintenance and have to track the calories until I get the hang of this. I like your plan with coming up with a calorie based meal plan. My biggest fears are too much freedom and always being hungry. I probably won't do it forever, just until I know my good habits are sticking.

Patzi - Thanks! I actually went back to the first page for some tips starting my week 1 stabilizaton. It's nice to have that here because evenutally, they could get lost in our monthly threads. Hopefully as time goes on, more ladies will be hitting their goals and joing us. :)

It's been rather stressful the past couple of days, with going back and forth to the hospital to see my brother, his wife, and the new baby. 60 miles round trip. We're all pulling together though. Unfortunately, I ran out of the house this morning without my breakfast. Luckily, I had to stop by the gas station and found a 2 oz. cheddar cheese stick. Already have fruit here at work, so no harm done. Lunch is in my fridge, so it appears I'm all set. :)

nwcgina
04-04-2012, 11:40 AM
Jen-that's what I'm hoping. that coming up with my go to meals and eventually I won't have to track every calorie...but I will probably always have to write it down. It also helps me see that when I'm hungry...hey, I haven't eaten enough calories or maybe it's because I've burned too many calories or maybe if my calories are right I will realize it's just craving. My good way to tell...when I think I'm hungry I ask myself if I would eat a chicken breast. If I would, I'm truly hungry. If not, I'm most likely just craving.

I printed out my before and after pictures and posted them on my fridge to remind myself of why I need to keep making good choices. If i would post pictures of fitness models I know I'll never get there and dont' really want to...but seeing my before and after reminds me of where I never want to go back to and why I keep doing what I keep doing.

Tamikl
04-04-2012, 09:49 PM
Hello ladies!! I love that there are a few of us now in Maintenance!! Yeah for us!! Lord knows it was quite the ride getting here...and now that I am here, I am really liking it. At first I felt so overwhelmed, but I am now going on my 4th week in a row with a consistent WI number on the scale!! I think I have hit my plateau!! Lol

I am not counting calories. I sort of have an idea when it comes to my meals whether or not I am in a safe calorie range or If I need to buckle down due to a higher calorie meal on any given day. I guess it is safe to say I am having success with winging it...while being conscious of all I have learned OP. If the scale goes up, I look back at my journal...and I weight every morning...which may seem excessive e to some, but keeps me focused:)

I am so glad I have u all to check in with..keep up the great work ladies!!

nwcgina
04-05-2012, 09:14 AM
Trying to plan my Sunday meal already...I think it just just going to be DH and the kids. This is my first holiday on maintenance. I'm thinking ham, spinach salad, a roll, maybe corn...and then I'm going to make a healthier jello cake. A white cake mix with a can of diet soda baked. Then poked and dump sugar free jello over it and use cool whip free all over the top. If cut into 12 pieces (that's a really big piece) it's about 200 calories. Thinking it will be something the family will like and if balanced out the rest of the day should be an okay meal.

Tamikl
04-05-2012, 10:31 AM
Hey Gina! Will you share that recipe with us? That sounds yummy!

FYI: I was told at my WI yesterday...anything BUT ham on Easter:( For what it is worth:)

JenB72
04-05-2012, 11:14 AM
FYI: I was told at my WI yesterday...anything BUT ham on Easter:( For what it is worth:)

Ham has one of the highest sodium contents of all the meats from what I remember. :(

nwcgina
04-05-2012, 01:14 PM
I know ham is bad...but we got a 1/2 a pig right before I started MRC so I have a few hams in my freezer. I'm hoping since it went straight from the pasture (it was pastured pork) to the local food locker straight to our freezer that it won't have quite all the salt additives. And I'll just drink lots of water:) The leftovers will be for DH's lunches:)

Here's the recipe...super simple. 1 box cake mix. Pour in 12 oz can of diet soda (if you use a white or light cake mix, use sprite, 7 up, etc...or you can do strawberry with diet cherry 7up, etc...chocolate cake mixes, use dark diet soda...for this recipe I'll use a white or funfetti cake mix with diet sierra mist).

Bake in 9 x13 pan coated with pam or similar, usually same temp and time as the box calls for.

Poke cake with fork. Prepare sugar free jellos as per package directions (do not let set). Pour over cake. Top with 8 oz carton of cool whip free (that's a lot of cool whip) when cake is cooled.

Store in fridge. Super yummy. (well, I've made the cake that way before with cool whip and I've made jello cake with regular cake, I haven't combined the two...that will be my experiment).

teacherlady79
04-05-2012, 10:49 PM
Ham really isn't evil or anything. Any gains from eating it is just water weight, so easy enough to take back off (drink lots of water over the next few days).

FWIW, when I indulge in ham, I usually don't have that be my only protein source. At christmas I had 1/2 serving of turkey and 1/2 serving of ham. This sunday I"ll probably do 1 boiled egg (in the form of 2 deviled eggs--made "light" by not using mayo) and 1/2 serving of ham.

Nwcgina--I have recently come to the realization that I've become slightly OCD about my fitness/eating/calorie intake. I'm paranoid about gaining, so most days I eat just slightly under my maintenance calories (I was initially set at 1600/day by MRC when I started maintenance, I"ve been eating 1300-1500/day--eating more on the days I run). About once a week I have a "high" calorie day, where I let myself eat anywhere between 1500 and 2000 calories. So far, so good.

Also, I got totally overwhelmed with the choices when I started stabilization/maintenance. So, most days I pretty much stick to how I ate on the green menu, plus a sprinkling of some of the foods I got added back in during stabilization (yogurt, soft cheeses, more breads, pasta, rice, carrots, etc.).

JenB72
04-06-2012, 03:36 PM
Still south of my goal at WI today, but given I've eaten grilled chicken salad take-out every night since Monday since I've had some late nights at the hospital to see my nephew, I went up a pound. He's worth it. ;) I've got my dinner ready for tonight...AT HOME...and I'm going to get groceries in the morning. Enough is enough.

I decided to make things easier on myself and came up with a menu plan during this stabilization period so I don't have to think to much about what new additions I'm allowed to eat when. I'm going to print it out and take it home with me (it's on my work computer). Can't wait to see what Week 3 has in store. :D

nwcgina
04-07-2012, 07:42 AM
It's fun realizing how my brain has been reprogrammed and I don't even know it. Yesterday I had a panini for the first time, then just altered my eating and exercise the rest of the day (have to do the same thing today and tomorrow due to family holiday meals). I didn't feel deprived or angry having a spinach salad for supper, it was worth the panini at lunch. But earlier in the day I had been at work one gal who is always complaining about wanting to have money and losing weight was talking about how she's doing the latte diet. 3x a week she goes to an expensive coffee shop and gets a latte for breakfast...don't think that will help her with the weight or the money (and I always hear her at her desk getting in bags of candy...she says she doesnt' eat junk, but there are like 5 bags of candy in her cupboard). ANYHOW...she was telling about how she had been doing good until the day before when she ate something she "shouldn't" so she went ahead and had a big brownie too since she already blew it (yeah, been there with that thinking, not anymore). Now I don't see food as "shouldn't have" or that one bad choices justisfies more. I see the balance...I know foods that are higher in calories/low in nutrition. I can enjoy them on occasion, but then I have to be ready to alter the rest of my day (or couple days). And it doesn't bother me to. And salad is just a part of what I love eating now...you don't even realize how big that is. I used to tell people I was allergic to lettuce because I hated it so much and it made me gag. I still don't like iceburg, though I will eat it, through MRC I tried lots of veggies and learned what ones I liked.

Okay, off to get groceries.

teacherlady79
04-07-2012, 09:20 PM
My good way to tell...when I think I'm hungry I ask myself if I would eat a chicken breast. If I would, I'm truly hungry. If not, I'm most likely just craving.

THat's kind of what I do, but I like how you put it better. I'm going to use this "self-talk" question when I think I'm hungry from now on. :)


It's fun realizing how my brain has been reprogrammed and I don't even know it.

I know exactly what you mean! And this gives me confidence that this will be a life-long change, rather than "just another diet" that I got through before going back to old habits.

I went over to a friend's house and had a subway salad for lunch, and then had some Irish Black Ginger Cake with some whipped cream. I only had a small slice of cake and a tiny bit of the Reddi-Wip, but I automatically adjusted by not eating my starch and fruit that I usually have with lunch (or saved as an afternoon snack). Then, for dinner, I just had plain chicken and veggies. Just like you said, I don't feel angry or deprived. The cake was toootally worth it. And, in addition to the yoga I did this morning, I'm going to go for an extra walk either tonight or tomorrow. No biggie. I (literally) got to have my cake and eat it, too. ;) (get it? get it? haha, I'm a nerd.)

I also used to just so rarely have salads--didn't hate them, just wasn't a fan. Now I actually crave them sometimes. And there's so many more veggies I'm willing to eat now. I didn't love broccoli before, but I'm getting there. And I used to avoid cauliflower like the plague, but just this week I've tried it 3 different ways and have decided I kind of like it (especially as a pizza crust, yum!).

No matter what I do, though, I still hate brussel sprouts. I want to like them--my husband loves them--but even covered in melted cheese, they're just too acrid or bitter for me. Blech.

nwcgina
04-08-2012, 10:16 PM
@teacherlady-I'm with you...brussel sprouts, blech! Is the pizza crust cauliflower recipe on your blog...sounds interesting.

How did people fare this weekend? I had 3 days of special events and think I did okay (I always think it takes a day or two after for the scale to really show). Friday was date with the hubby. Saturday was Easter/birthday/family reunion. I enjoyed lunch including a huge roll, but then didn't have the cake (and my mother in law makes THE BEST buttercream icing) or cookies or ice cream sundaes, or hot dogs at the campfire. And I didn't feel deprived. I knew my roll with strawberry jam was my big starch for the day and adjusted accordingly. Today was our small family celebration with the jello cake (didn't make any rolls since I had one yesterday). It turned out good. And as I did the past 2 days, adjusted my other meals accordingly. So my weight Tuesday will really let me know.

Coming up with a new workout routine for myself...a mix of my favorite strength moves done in a circuit for cardio with yoga poses and pilates moves mixed in (which I need to do more of for my knees). My knees & hip are struggling with the strength routines I've been doing...and I've had to tone down my running. Losing weight has helped my arthritis symptoms, but like my doc told me, it doesn't make the arthritis go away. Trying to remember to be kind to my body while also kicking my own butt:)

Tamikl
04-09-2012, 10:37 AM
Good morning friends!

Well, Tami hasn't been doing that great:( I think the holiday got the best of me because I am PMS'ing and craving everything chocolate...not to mention the increased appetite. I have had trouble making myself STOP when clearly I need to...

Today is a new day...never too late to get back on track. I do get so frustrated with myself tho..Why is it some days I feel so strong and others I act like I don't care? Such a mental battle that has a tendency to continue for me sometimes...fortunately not all the time!

When I discussed losing more weight to get further under my goal, my counselor discouraged it with me....said that being so close to goal will keep me more focused each day to stay on track. Truthfully, whether I am under or at my goal makes little difference, because even if I was under, I would want to remain under so would be having to make adjustments to keep myself there...just like if I am at my goal...need to keep myself there, too.

Well, here is to Monday, a new day, a new week, and another chance:)

nwcgina
04-09-2012, 01:11 PM
Tami-I'm with you that PMS causes me insane appetite. I thought I was losing my mind last time as I had just started adding in some starches and thought it was them...but even a lot of protein wasn't helping. Once TTOM started my appetite was restored to normal. Battle on.

JenB72
04-10-2012, 10:05 AM
WI yesterday and I was able to maintain since last Thursday, but that's not the whole story. It's the weirdest thing, but I guess it makes sense. Now that I'm not stressing over my weight, it's just falling off. Sunday morning I woke up to 136.4 on my scales. :D I made a plan for Easter Sunday to allow myself a little leeway and see where it goes. I ate OP for breakfast & lunch. Then, I had a little extra at dinner. In addition to the turkey, broccoli, & 2 oz. baked potato that were OP, I had half an ear of corn on the cob and a dinner roll. Then I had a slice of cake for desert. Turns out the roll and desert were a huge mistake. Those are definitely my triggers. I gave up bread for lent and I'm going back to giving it up. I just have no self-control. I would rather have that than chocolate. One roll turned into too many. Same with the cake. One slice became several small slices. When all was said and done, I was at least the same weight as last week so that was good. However, between Sunday and Monday, the scales said I was up by 2 pounds, but as of today, I'm back down a pound. We'll see what Thursday's WI says. I'm not going to beat myself up over this. I count this as a learning experience of what not to do.

On a positive note, I got my Week 3 menu yesterday. I'm going to see if I can find some fat-free, sugar-free frozen yogurt today. If not, I'm going for the milk. Beyond excited!

patzi
04-10-2012, 10:18 AM
I had maintenance weigh in and lost 1/2 pound, putting me 5 1/2 pounds under goal.

Patzi

nwcgina
04-10-2012, 10:41 AM
Well, 2 days after the weekend and I'm down .5. Woot! Exciting, especially with trying some new things.

Jen-I love Blue Bunny's fro yo (homemade vanilla). There is a huge difference in the nutritional stuff in fro yo. That's one I've found that is good for me calorie/fat/sugar wise. I'm doing 1 treat a day now...either dark chocolate (that's my usual) or fro yo or a weight watchers type ice cream bar.

JenB72
04-12-2012, 09:44 AM
I find it funny that the things I want to try during stabilization and stay totally "legal" are not available in my local grocery stores. Still can't find the fat-free graham crackers. And, from what I can tell from my research...there is no such thing as fat-free, sugar-free frozen yogurt. I can only find fat-free, no sugar added yogurt. How frustrating! I did find something close, however. There is a frozen yogurt store in our mall called Tutti Frutti. They make frozen soy yogurt. According to their website, they have a no-sugar added chocolate frozen yogurt. It has 1 gram of sugar and 0.5 grams of fat. To me, that's close enough.

teacherlady79
04-14-2012, 05:26 PM
Glad to hear everyone's Easter went well!

I weighed in last week at 168--so I'm actually down another 2lbs. Hubby started a new diet (another funny story I'll explain below) so I've been eating more "plain" for dinners again which I think helped cause the loss.

I was actually up the day after Easter (probably the ham, lol), so I just did a lot of water and one day of metaquick to get it under control (I know I'd also had several extra carbs that day). Easter was great--got to try a little bit of everything, and still had a full slice of lemon meringue pie with about 3-4 strawberries, too. Yum! Been a long time since I've had that much pie in one sitting!

Funny story:
So, hubby decided he wanted to lose some weight (he lost about 10lbs while I was dieting just from eating dinners with me, but he is still pretty heavy). I asked him if he just wanted to do my diet, adjusted for his gender/size. Nope, nuh-uh, he had found this "well-researched" diet by this "well-respected doctor" and had ordered this doctor's book from online. The book arrived and I flipped through it... and it's basically the exact same as the MRC diet. I just had to laugh and roll my eyes. I guess he just needed to feel like he found something that would work for him and that he understood rather than just doing what I did. Whatever. I'm glad he's finding success on it and feeling better about himself (even if he is grouchy from carb withdrawl). However, I still wanted to punch him when he lost 10lbs in the first 10 days. Ugh! MEN! I'm sure it's from simply upping his water, cutting out drinking beer, and not eating out for his lunches at all during that "conditioning" time.

nwcgina
04-14-2012, 09:59 PM
teacherlady-that's funny about your husband...whatever works for him:) I'm married to a guy that never, ever, ever has had a weight problem...in fact when he was working nights he was doing physical labor and got downright too skinny. But he has always been completely supportive and (mostly) okay with eating however I"m eating. A few times he has said he doesn't prefer...like a spinach beef soup I love!

Jen-I settled for the "no sugar added fat free" fro yo when I was looking. It didn't cause me to gain. Just had some now...tastes like homemade ice cream.

I spent part of the weekend scrapbooking with my MIL & SIL. The week I started MRC I did the same time. I remember packing my cooler, freaking out about doing something totally foreign to me...ordering a salad, saying no to the pizza and chocolate. And it was hard and I wanted to cry. This time eating salads is what I do...and I like it. I packed my snacks. I said no to cake (and it didn't even really tempt me or make me sad). We did eat out at Red Lobster and when I entered my calories into MFP I was shocked at how many calories my shrimp skewers had! Didn't weigh in this morn since I was at the hotel but cut back my calories today to metabalance levels. We'll see what it is like in the morning.

patzi
04-15-2012, 10:44 AM
Gina..I love Red Lobster, and I had same thing you did and I gained, but went back to green menu and in two days ok, but hopefully you are ok.. Let me know.

I was at a meeting out of town last week, and Lo and Behold there was really nothing I could eat at the hotel,or let's say wanted to eat, but down the block was McDonald's, so bought a real nice salad called Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad and it was good and served the purpose. I did not use the dressing. I always have Diet Direct packaged fat free dressings with me and they are real good.

It is great to be able to talk to someone who is on stabilization/maintenance and hear their eating stories...

Have a great Sunday. Beautiful here in the South.

Patzi

nwcgina
04-15-2012, 01:43 PM
Patzi-this morning I was still at 151.5-my lowest of my maintenance weight (I was actually up to 152.5 on Friday pre-RedLobster and so had been being really strict that day...ate metabalance yesterday, metabalance today). So I"m happy with that. I do know there you can ask them to go light on the seasoning (or on the skewers eliminate the butter and seasoning). I think their seasoning has a lot of sodium...so if you are sensitive to that. Luckily for my weight we really rarely eat out...1-2x per month max unless we are traveling (end of May will be killer...weddings, travel to see my family, etc.).

teacherlady79
04-15-2012, 06:18 PM
I was at a meeting out of town last week, and Lo and Behold there was really nothing I could eat at the hotel,or let's say wanted to eat, but down the block was McDonald's, so bought a real nice salad called Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad and it was good and served the purpose. I did not use the dressing. I always have Diet Direct packaged fat free dressings with me and they are real good.
Patzi

Patzi,
I had my nephew for the day a few weeks ago and he really really really wanted McDonald's, so I went and had that same salad. I was very pleasantly surprised--the veggies and lettuce was really fresh, and the chicken wasn't all weird and processed. It was also a pretty generous size--even though it was about twice as expensive as a value meal, grrrr.

I did eat some of the dressing, but I just squeezed it into the lid off to the side and gently dipped my salad in it as necessary. Hardly used any that way, and it really wasn't a "bad for you" dressing, as it was Newman's Own.


Ugh. Heads-up, all--Village Inn isn't very maintenance-friendly, and what they do have is kinda gross.

We went there after church this morning. I got the veggie omelet, which came with fresh fruit and wheat toast--though I asked for no ranchero sauce. The omelet is made with "low-cholesterol egg substitute," and was supposed to come with a low-fat mozzarella on top. Ben got the greek omelet (made with egg whites), which came with fruit and toast.

Unfortunately, I think the toast was the best part of the whole meal (it was really good, whole-grain bread). :(

My omelet was rubbery and tasteless, and the cheese on top was rubbery and stringy. The whole thing also came with some liquid on the plate that I couldn't decide if it was grease, moisture from the veggies, or something else. The melon I got in my fruit cup was hard as a rock and underripe. My husband's omelet came with avocado on top (on a Greek omelet?? Weird!), and was sitting in even more liquid. His was also rubbery and tasteless, but at least it looked better than my egg-substitute omelet.

Next time I'll just get a salad--it was just so disappointing, because we were both craving breakfast food. :s

nwcgina
04-15-2012, 07:26 PM
teacherlady-like most foods...they really are better at home:) Quality ingredients, control over prep. Frustrating to pay for something like that.

I did a McD's salad last week...it was pretty good considering "fast food" salads. I still prefer Subway since i can get a spinach salad. But I don't think I'll ever go back to burgers and fries at mcd's...if I really want a burger and fries I can make soemthing yummier and healthier at home. The honey mustard grilled chicken wrap I've had as well and not too terribly bad.

Tamikl
04-16-2012, 10:43 AM
Hi ladies:)

Well, I think I am back to "under control." Wow...my weight definitely fluctuates during PMS...and it scares me because I never know if it is a true gain, or due to symptoms. This weeks WI should be back to normal.

I am still loving my Kashi bars I get at Wal-mart...I have them for a snack later afternoon...unless I choose a 40 calorie Fudgebar. Those are probably my favorite snacks. I still choose a creamy HNS in the evening....and look forward to that.

I am starting to expand menu options for my dinners...making sure that I have a large helping of salad or veggies regardless just like I have learned. Tonight is Tacos...I will have (1) with a big salad on the side.

Has anyone tried the new cereal out called "Kellogs Krave?" YUMMY Anyway, I will have a bowl of Fiber One cereal and sprinkle a few of those into the mix...very good:)

I found some spaghetti sauce that is very low in sodium, but it tastes lame:( I need to find one that is a happy medium...still use MRC Tomato Basil for my stuffed peppers...because I like it.

Eating lots of hardboiled eggs from Easter still...those can get old! LOL

Well, looks like we are all hanging in there...

Jen? I think your weight may be falling off now because you have changed up your diet a bit. Just like tricking our bodies with exercise routines, I think this helps! Congrats!!

Tamikl
04-16-2012, 10:47 AM
By the way..has anyone found a good multi-vitamin similar to MRC's for women? Just curious.

bigdog
04-16-2012, 01:09 PM
Hi ladies:)

Well, I think I am back to "under control." Wow...my weight definitely fluctuates during PMS...and it scares me because I never know if it is a true gain, or due to symptoms. This weeks WI should be back to normal.

I am still loving my Kashi bars I get at Wal-mart...I have them for a snack later afternoon...unless I choose a 40 calorie Fudgebar. Those are probably my favorite snacks. I still choose a creamy HNS in the evening....and look forward to that.

I am starting to expand menu options for my dinners...making sure that I have a large helping of salad or veggies regardless just like I have learned. Tonight is Tacos...I will have (1) with a big salad on the side.

Has anyone tried the new cereal out called "Kellogs Krave?" YUMMY Anyway, I will have a bowl of Fiber One cereal and sprinkle a few of those into the mix...very good:)

I found some spaghetti sauce that is very low in sodium, but it tastes lame:( I need to find one that is a happy medium...still use MRC Tomato Basil for my stuffed peppers...because I like it.

Eating lots of hardboiled eggs from Easter still...those can get old! LOL

Well, looks like we are all hanging in there...

Jen? I think your weight may be falling off now because you have changed up your diet a bit. Just like tricking our bodies with exercise routines, I think this helps! Congrats!!

i used to eat fiber one all the time when i did WW and sprinkle a little Kashi cereal on top to give it some flavor :-) i also added it to my protein shakes to add fiber and thicken up the shake.
i've tried low sodium tomato soup and it was soooooo bad! i'm guessing the sodium makes it :-) wonder if you could add sea salt to make it taste better and then just drink tons of water to counteract the sodium if you experience water retention?

JenB72
04-16-2012, 02:08 PM
WI today and there's a full explanation on the April Thread. In a nutshell, maintained since last week. :)

Had issues with late night hunger over the weekend. I love my counselor and had a great talk with her. Late getting back to work, but worth it in my opinion. Monday through Friday, all seems to be fine with no issues. Work all day (desk job mostly), so not much activity unless I run. By the time I get home, get the family dinner, play with the munckin, and get her to bed and everything ready for the next day, I'm ready to hit the sack. I'm thinking about sleep, not food. The weekends are a different story: more activity, work not preoccupying me, and staying up later at night. I told her last night was my worst fear realized. That I would get to stabilization and be hungry at night. So now we're going to change things up and wait until evening to have both HNS drinks/gelatins/whatever and that should keep me full.

Natalie - Men crack me up! You have to trick them into thinking things were their idea for them to be receptive to them. So cool to see that you've been a good influence on him though. You should be proud! :) As for Village Inn, I used to love going there...until I started MRC. It is the one restaurant where I've been to multiple locations and they all look at me like I have 3 heads when I want to modify one of their entrees. How dare I! They do not like making changes whatsoever. Great pie though. :drool:

Gina - I decided after reading your advice to chill out about making sure what I ate was completely "legal" and perfect. I'm using my 1% milk as my guide. If I keep whatever dairy I have within the nutrition value of the 1% milk, I figure that must be ok, right?

Patzi - Thanks for the new suggestion for McD's. I'll remember that next time I'm stuck in a similar situation.

Tami - I've always used the One-A-Day multivitamin for women. Also, my mom was funny about the weight coming off faster now. She was like, "Duh! It's because you're eating more and it's increasing your metabolism." LOL She's a nurse. What do you expect?! ;)

BigDog - Wish I could do Fiber One, but it tears my stomach up. It's not a pleasant thing. :o

bigdog
04-16-2012, 03:17 PM
that's fantastic, Jen! thanks so much for sharing. i love the advice you, Patzi, Gina and everyone else gives on these boards. i've been successful so many times losing weight back in the day but always seem to gain it back and then starting over again. i am determined (with everyone's help) to keep it off and even lose some more.

i do know when i go off plan, i don't feel very good so that is real motivation to stay on plan!

i haven't had Fiber One since i started this diet in August 2011 since i don't eat cereal anymore. used to eat it every am w/ fruit and skim milk and it really does keep you regular!, for sure. i have an old box in my pantry..) it's 25 G. carbs - don't know if i should mix in my smoothies for fiber or not....
When i was on WW, it counted as zero points awhile ago..now my sister said the program has changed and they count it now. used to melt peanut butter, chocolate chips and mix w/ fiber one to make high fiber, low cal. cookies that counted as one point....
the MRC plan works much better and i do much better eliminating carbs and all that sugar...

nwcgina
04-16-2012, 09:27 PM
I haven't tried fiber one in quite a while. I used to eat their bars like crazy, then they started causing severe stomach pain. I did try Kashi Go Lean this weekend and it was good, although not overly filling. We always do "cereal Sunday night" here so it is easy prep & clean up. While OP for MRC I would do my own meal of tuna, chicken, whatever...but the past 2 weeks I've tried a healthy cereal each time with no problems. They don't satisfy greatly so I'm not doing cereal at breakfast, but glad I can engage in cereal Sunday night again. It makes life easy:) But won't be joining the kids in lucky charms (it's the one time I let them have sugar cereal).

Tomorrow night I have a "salad supper". Basically a big salad potluck. I made a fresh fruit salad and I think there will be a couple of spinach/lettuce ones...but I know there will be unhealthy ones too. Plan on loading my plate with the healthy ones first and after I'm full I may chose one that looks really good. For 5 months I've totally avoided such gatherings...now I think I'm ready.

teacherlady79
04-16-2012, 09:35 PM
I found some spaghetti sauce that is very low in sodium, but it tastes lame:( I need to find one that is a happy medium...still use MRC Tomato Basil for my stuffed peppers...because I like it.



I make my own spaghetti sauce--I've learned it's a lot easier to control the sodium while having it still be tasty. I make sure I find the lowest-sodium canned tomatoes and tomato paste that I can find, and it ends up not being that bad sodium-wise at all.

Here's the recipe I use:
http://www.food.com/recipe/healthy-marinara-sauce-5415

I like my marinara sauce kind of chunky, so I don't puree the tomatoes, though I do kind of mash them up in the pot after they've been cooking for a while. I will also add chopped mushrooms, and sometimes add zucchini or summer squash. I also tend to use dried parsley (amount adjusted accordingly) because I rarely have fresh parsley around.

It makes quite a bit, but it freezes really well, too. :)

patzi
04-16-2012, 10:49 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tamikl
I found some spaghetti sauce that is very low in sodium, but it tastes lame I need to find one that is a happy medium...still use MRC Tomato Basil for my stuffed peppers...because I like it.

Tami..

I make my own sauce.. Most of the time, I do it in the crockpout, and put in some turkey meatballs or turkey sausage I have made. It freezes very well. I cannot have salt,as I am off HBP meds, but do use no salt.

Patzi

JenB72
04-17-2012, 08:25 AM
Sounds like I may have to get adventerous and make my own sauce. Never made it before, but there's a first time for everything.

Tamikl
04-17-2012, 10:36 AM
I will certainly check out the recipe...I am not real great in the kitchen, so I may be better off having regular spaghetti sauce on a very rare occation and flushing the salt with water consumption!! LOL

nwcgina
04-18-2012, 06:40 PM
Hey all! Had my first potluck experience since maintenance. Salad supper. All salads...most of them not healthy. So my plan was to fill 3/4 of my plate with healthy fruit and veggie salads, allow myself 1/4 of plate of goodies...which I did. And if I wouldn't have went back for this amazing shrimp pasta salad and a cookie (first cookie in 6 months) it would have been fully successful. Before it started 2 of the gals said "you made it look so easy losing the weight...it must have been easy." I said "it was saying no to a LOT of food through Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, potlucks..." and they're like "oh, I don't want to do that." Afterwards one was saying how badly she wants to lose, but doesn't want to give up unhealthy foods. Well, there are no magic pills so we all have a choice, right?

Another said she could lose but could never maintain. I told her I had basically been stabilizing/maintaining for 2 months and my plan has been to have specific meals planned for breakfast...my two meal options for b/f, lunch, and snacks and just varying my supper. They looked at me like I had 3 heads:) And when I said I was happy where I was weight wise they also kinda looked at my strange, you often don't hear a woman say that. Sure, what I see I'm not 100% happy with, but I'm not going to chase skinny forever. I've seen too many of my athletes go down the eating disorder path.

nwcgina
04-19-2012, 09:01 AM
I met my Waterloo last night...I think I've said before that I knew animal crackers (of all stupid things) would send me out of control. I bought them for my daughter's preschool...then ended up taking something else. So here sat animal cookies. We opened them yesterday...ends up kids don't really like them and mom loves them...so much that I got up in the middle of the night and ate some:( I haven't done something like that for a long, long time. Thought about throwing them away, so instead send them with DH to work. They could not stay here. And they cannot come back. I can easily say no to fast food, cake & cookies (there was amazing chocolate cake & cookies yesterday at work and it didn't eve tempt me)...but I can't say no to animal cookies???? Geesh.

But today's a new day. Back on track. And I have a long walk and strength training workout at the park planned.

Tamikl
04-19-2012, 10:44 AM
Good morning ladies:)

Oh Gina..you are so funny! I can relate...My weakness aren't animal crackers..but we all have weakness where food is concerned, don't we?! You are maintaining the right attitude...get back up and keep on keeping on!

I had my Maintenance WI yesterday and stayed the same...actually a lb lost from last week...but last week was TOM, so made sense. I guess this means that what I am doing is working at the moment! I praise God for that!!

That book..."Made to Crave" is awesome. I refer back to it often.

We are planning a trip for around Thanksgiving time...and I am worried. I seem to do just fine at home, even with a few eating outs each week, but being away for a whole week, off routine, is scary for me. In Mexico I ended up gaining 2 lbs in a week..and that was after a few days being back at home when the several pounds up (water retention...etc) settled down to 2 total. I have never taken those 2lbs off...because I hit Maintenance right away after coming back and stayed the same weight since then...so for about almost 3 months now. So...my point is...when I get closer to my trip in November, should I try to lose a few before I go or wait and face the music when I return?

What would you all do?

JenB72
04-19-2012, 11:01 AM
Tami, as crazy as this may sound, I actually find it easier sometimes when I'm not home to stay on plan because I don't have a big fridge of food or pantry of goodies staring back at me.

I had to travel several times last fall and I had a routine/habit that I would always follow. I guess you could say I'd go on auto-pilot. Since I didn't want to be tempted by breakfast items in the hotel, I'd stop at a local convenience store, grocery store, Wal-Mart, whatever, and get sharp cheddar cheese sticks. Enough to last the duration of the trip (2 oz. per day). Also, I'd get some fruit and then I'd be set for my breakfasts. Lunch and dinner were usually at a restaurant and I'd know what I was getting before I walked in the door, usually a grilled chicken salad or grilled chicken with veggies. I wouldn't even look at the menu. If I looked at the menu, I'd be tempted so my thought was, let's not even go there. It took a change in mindset for me to realize that just because I wasn't home, it didn't mean I'd have to be off my routine. If I didn't eat on plan while I was away, for me, it was because I didn't want to eat on plan, not because there weren't choices.

Given that you have so much time before the trip, you could start conditioning yourself and build up habits when you eat out so that's it's not so hard when the time comes. You can do this! :)

nwcgina
04-19-2012, 11:47 AM
Tami-I"m contemplating the same thing...we have a trip the end of May. We'll be spending part of the time at "the lake" which generally means alcohol and food (snacks & eating out). We'll also have a wedding and going out to eat at my favorite Mexican place. So here is what i plan on doing:

1. Back to metabalance for May to get a buffer (I still have a pound to hit my goal, so want to get there anyhow...)

2. Plan, plan, plan. Plan the meals I know I will have control over...planning what we'll eat on the road (10+ hours of travel each way), breakfasts, healthy snacks for munching times (having my grocery list ready before we even get there), lots of water, and PLANNING the meals that will be treats. I mentioned the Mexican restaurant and a piece of cookie cake for my sister's bday. Beyond that I'll probably have one other meal that will be a "treat" (either pizza or another mexican restaurant:)).

3. Get my little booty moving while we're there. The lake is a great place to run and walk, so just moving, moving, moving so I'm not sitting around eating, eating, eating and drinking, drinking, drinking:)

4. Get right back on track once we leave, beginning with the drive home. Will probably eat on the green menu during travel. On any given trip back home I gain 5 lbs (no lie), generally sodium weight that comes off within a week if I'm intentional about water and my choices.

5. Give myself grace to enjoy myself. I've sacrificed to get here so I'm not going to start living in a way that will put the weight back on, but I'm also going to have a few times a year when I know that my calorie choices will be higher. This will be one of them.

nwcgina
04-19-2012, 03:05 PM
My trip home might happen even sooner. My gpa is in the hospital with...well, they aren't sure what all...infection in his spine, cellulitis in his legs, something with his lungs...I'm trying to decide if I should go home to see him...which is a 600 mile trip. There are actually on a few things i'd have to clear from my schedule to make it happen. I don't want to regret not going (they haven't determined the source of the infection so they don't know if it is life threatening, etc.)...and that family has had a lot of old crap come up from the past in recent months so that's why I think I should go. There's a lot of wounded relationships. I know I can't fix them, but I can be there for my gpa and gma even though most of their kids are very mad at them. That's why I hate living this far away...

JenB72
04-23-2012, 02:16 PM
Still struggling with weekends. My issue is starches (carbs) are my triggers and given that I'm home on weekends, that makes them more accessible than when I'm at work. Cereal, bread, etc. They're gonna have to stay out of the house for now.

Anyone else feel like they've been given too much freedom?

Tamikl
04-23-2012, 04:40 PM
Yes Jen...I went through that. I was so overwhelmed at one point that I looked at Weight Watchers point system thinking that might help me stay focused at each meal...goal not to go over my daily points. But, I shared that with my counselor, and she says..."do you really want to have to count points forever, or would you rather just learn how to eat so as not to gain?" Well, that spoke volumes...I absolutely don't want to count points, calories, or anything else...I just felt like I wanted that magic maintenance menu that I could follow daily...sorta like I had been doing for months and that worked!!! LOL Well, there isn't one:( But you will figure this out...I am slowly getting into a routine, while trying a variety and it appears to be working at the moment...slow, easy, baby steps:) The freedom really is wonderful when you think of going back to the strictness of "green menus." It is then that you appreciate the freedom we have now.

nwcgina
04-23-2012, 05:56 PM
Well gals, I made it back. It was a long weekend of sitting at the hospital. I got protein bars and fruit for most of my meals then would eat out with the fam in the evening. I did mostly okay...and just going to move on from the few bad choices I did make.

Jen & Tami (and all)...yes, I struggle with having too many choices. I started by using MFP and having some basic meals. It worked basically well, but 1) I spent way too much time on my computer with the tracking and when just counting calories I can make some bad choices and develop bad habits and 2) I don't want to enter that way the rest of my life. I know I'll need to track for accountability. So today I started using my fitbook...basically a paper journal where you can track food and exercise and set goals. I also made a rough outline of the types of foods I should have each meal. And I"m cutting out the little chocolate I was letting myself have until I hit 150. My basic outline looks like this:
breakfast: a starch, a protein, a dairy
am snack: a protein and a starch or fruit
lunch: starch, protein, fruit, veggies
pm snack: same
supper: protein, starch, veggies

I'll stick with that basic outline until I hit 150, then start trying some new combos again. A basic outline similar to being OP, but with a bit more freedom and flexibility (and a bit more food). It's actually been hard today...I wanted my dark chocolate to reward myself from finishing a huge grading thing, instead I got on here:) I need to check in over at the April board, maybe that will be my reward when I finish all the grading.

JenB72
04-24-2012, 09:13 AM
Thanks, Ladies! I didn't plan my menu this past weekend and that's what did me in. So I'm sitting down today and planning as much as I can for the next week. Today starts week 5 of stabilization. My first reaction when I saw the sheet..."That's a lot of food!!!"

ETA: Was setting up my menu for the week and just realized I brought everything but a veggie with me today for lunch. Ding Dong me! Running at lunch so I won't have enough time to run to the store. I guess I'll eat a little extra at dinner time unless anyone has a different suggestion.

kimmy125
04-24-2012, 06:43 PM
I love lurking here on this "maintainers" page ~ reading about all your success give me hope. I'm also learning a lot of great information for when I hit maintenance. Thanks everyone for sharing ;0) Kim

nwcgina
04-24-2012, 10:03 PM
Kim-lurk away

Jen-No suggestion besides having a little more later or realizing it is one meal and you'll remember next time. I have had a few days that I just cannot eat veggies (mentally) so rather than gag some down I go without. That happens maybe once a month...maybe not even that often.

JenB72
04-25-2012, 01:59 PM
I've decided to get back to the green menu today. I need to reign myself back in a bit. Today was the first time I weighed myself since my weekend issues with my trigger foods and I didn't like what I saw. May do it again tomorrow.

I've already drunk 104 oz. of water (due in part to my lunchtime run). I have a 52 ounce cup so I'm thinking about one more fill up and topping it off at 156 oz. I'm PMSing so I need the extra water anyway. I've also had one protein drink and intend to get 3 more in today.

Good news, I remembered my veggies today. :p

patzi
04-26-2012, 08:51 AM
Jen...
I went back on green menu while on stabilization and you know I do it now if I have a gain. Many maintainers I have talked to do that.. It cannot hurt. Will help you be focused.

Patzi

teacherlady79
04-26-2012, 10:33 PM
Jen...
I went back on green menu while on stabilization and you know I do it now if I have a gain. Many maintainers I have talked to do that.. It cannot hurt. Will help you be focused.

Patzi

Agreed. Sometimes I go back to the green menu for about 3 days, other times I just do metaquick for 1-2 days. Either way, just re-focus, get any gains back off, and continue trying to maintain. It really is that simple, as long as we catch it early.

teacherlady79
04-29-2012, 08:43 PM
Well, as of this morning, I'm down a total of 100 pounds!

I don't usually count it as my "official" weight anymore until I've maintained for at least a week (in case it's just one of those normal fluctuations we get), but I was so excited that I needed to tell people (other than my husband). :D

I'm trying to think of a super-cool, special way to reward myself (but not terribly expensive--my yoga certification training and replacing my wardrobe have been expensive enough) for surpassing my wildest dreams on this journey.

When I first started trying to lose, I set my goal for -60lbs and hoped I'd at least be able to lose 40. Once I hit my -60, I went on maintenance, thinking I was happy with that. Gradually, through increased exercise, I've continued to lose (but more importantly, gaining strength and fitness!), and thought of these little losses as kind of a "bonus."

I'm so in shock, I keep wanting to jump on my scale to see the numbers pop up again and again. ;) I am skinnier, healthier, and more physically fit than I've ever been in my entire life. It feels so, so good!

Once I get a new "after" picture, I'll try to post my before/after!

kimmy125
04-30-2012, 11:49 AM
teacherlady79~ Yeah for you! 100 pounds is a fantastic accomplishment! Strut your stuff ~ you've earned the right ;0)

patzi
04-30-2012, 02:34 PM
Teacher lady...

Natalie... What an accomplishment... I am so very very happy for you and looking forward to a new picture.

Patzi

nwcgina
04-30-2012, 04:03 PM
100 pounds...that is amazing!! You can accomplish anything you set your mind to...and a marker in some way of your accomplishment would be fitting. I have lots of ideas for expensive things...but maybe even a nice piece of jewelry that isn't THAT expensive. Something lasting either memorable (an overnight away or something) or a concrete object. I'm with you that replacing the wardrobe has been expensive enough:)

I'm hanging in there. Backslid a pound or two just by snacking here and there on stuff off the kids plates. I was justifying it since I was working out like a crazy woman which was making me hungry (and my joints were swollen and hurting something awful). I took some time this weekend to refocus and realize that I lost the weight not through crazy activity, but through nutrition. So this week I'm backing off on exercise...doing 4 days of 15 minute circuits and one day of running...plus just trying to walk and do yardwork. So far so good. This is day 2 of lower activity and I feel good and my hunger is back in check. Planning on hitting my goal of 150 by the end of the month (even though I'm on maintenance, it's a # I want to see).

Tamikl
04-30-2012, 04:37 PM
100 lbs??? Hitting this number after Stabilization/Maintenance?! You are AMAZING! Great job...truly.

Well, I have discovered a not so pretty truth about myself. I do really well while at home...and since I don't eat out anymore much, I have found that when I do?? I go crazy...This past event went smooth...all the way through ordering. I even ordered a healthy option...then came the food, the biscuits, and everything else and Tami didn't handle it well. It isn't so much the choices I make, but the volume of all that surrounds me, and my choosing to indulge in it all. Then I am stuffed...and offered dessert...hmmm...yep. Had that too:(

So...all the following day was Meta Quick...the numbers on the scale didn't change that drastic and I am back to where I need to be, but this is a reality I have got to get a grip on. Hints of weakness that I am recognizing and most definitely need to pay attention to. I don't understand why I do that...it is like I treat it as though it will be the last meal out ever....and I am good all of the time, so justify the splurge and feel beyond guilty afterward...but afterward is too late!

Thanks for letting me vent, ladies...On a positive note..while I LOVE the Chocolate Truffle protein from Diet Direct, I also tried a sample of the Cappicino Latte flavor and LOVE it too! I will have that when I first wake up in the morning instead of coffee like I used to! May want to try it...

patzi
05-01-2012, 11:31 AM
I had maintenance weigh in and lost the 1 1/2 pound I gained the week before from eating the bagel and creme cheese while I was out. Trust me, I have deleted that from my eating for now.. I weighed in on Tuesday, a week ago, and from the Sat. before to Tuesday gained 1 1/2 pound.. It took me till yesterday, Monday to see the weight come off.. I went back on the green menu, the old one, and one day of bar and shake, and it finally came off. It is those damn carbs and the fat . They do me in. I am going away week of May 14th, so will stay on green menu till I go, and weigh in two times per week vs. one as I have been doing to keep focused.. So, to sum it up, I am now 5 1/2 pounds under goal.. I am sure glad I took the extra pounds off before going on maintenance.



Patzi

JenB72
05-02-2012, 10:41 AM
Natalie!!!! Congratulations!!!! That is beyond amazing! Thanks for letting us share your journey. It's such an encouragement to everyone. :)


Went out of town over the weekend for my 5th wedding anniversary. Had a wonderful time, but now I'm trying to get back in the swing of things. Part of my problem is I'm completely and utterly lethargic right now because TTOM should hit between now and Friday (should be Friday, but we'll see). Quite honestly, I'm just ready for it to start so I can start feeling better again. All I want to do is sleep. I don't want to exercise. I'm having cravings and giving in to some of them. DH is having to work evenings for half of this week leaving me on solo munchkin duty. Have I mentioned I want to sleep? :p I'm doing meta-quick today and green menu tomorrow/Friday. Just need some controls back in my life. Some days I feel I have to much freedom and it just doesn't work.

On a positive note, to give myself a goal to focus on (I need them), I did sign up for the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon in November. I love the 10 PM start time. Very excited! I have trouble running without training for something because then if I don't feel like running (like today), I won't. It's gonna make it harder for me to say no to running because now I have a purpose to it.

ynapier
05-03-2012, 04:09 PM
I'm am on my second week of stabilization and am having a hard time eating as much food as the menu states. For example this morning I added fruit for the first time in additon to the starch that I choose to eat. I had 2 eggs, 1 slice toast and 10 grapes. I was STUFFED. I could have done just one egg. But I also know that the protein is needed. Did any of y'all have the same issue?

patzi
05-03-2012, 07:03 PM
I'm am on my second week of stabilization and am having a hard time eating as much food as the menu states. For example this morning I added fruit for the first time in additon to the starch that I choose to eat. I had 2 eggs, 1 slice toast and 10 grapes. I was STUFFED. I could have done just one egg. But I also know that the protein is needed. Did any of y'all have the same issue?

I ate 1/2 of the fruit, but for a different reason, I gained with the addition of more fruit. I added the full amout later on .. But now, I never think of what I eat, I just make sure there is a protein, fruit, carb.
Out of curiosity, if you were stuffed, did you have any cravings till lunch, or were you nice and full and then ready for lunch?

Patzi

nwcgina
05-03-2012, 09:04 PM
Jen-glad you signed up for the race. I so wanted to do a half, but my body has been telling me my running days may be over...at least anything over 3 miles is out for sure. That sounds like a really fun run!! I think I'm only doing the warrior dash this year and then my running friends and I are going to do some organized fun runs on our own since we're all transitioning to mostly-at-home moms and the funds are low.

teacherlady79
05-03-2012, 09:13 PM
I'm am on my second week of stabilization and am having a hard time eating as much food as the menu states. For example this morning I added fruit for the first time in additon to the starch that I choose to eat. I had 2 eggs, 1 slice toast and 10 grapes. I was STUFFED. I could have done just one egg. But I also know that the protein is needed. Did any of y'all have the same issue?

Yes, at first I had a hard time eating everything during the day--but that gets better with time.

ynapier
05-04-2012, 10:38 AM
Patzi - I was satasified until lunch which is unusual for me. I usually eat breakfast around 6:30 and then don't eat lunch until after 1:00. So I usually have a HNS around 11:00 becuase I am hungry. Not yesterday though. I was not hungry until I went to lunch around 1:00. I probably should have had an HNS to keep my matabolism going but I honestly forgot about it since I wasn't hungry. .
I did LOVE the grapes and almost brought them for lunch again today but decided to take it slow and went with an apple instead.

patzi
05-04-2012, 11:34 AM
Weighed in today and stayed the same.. 5 pounds under goal.

You will get used to the full feeling, as teacher lady said.

Ynapier... I LOVE frozen grapes.. They are so refreshing and good, esp. during summer.

Patzi

ynapier
05-04-2012, 01:44 PM
I will have to try forzen grapes. I have never had them before.

patzi
05-04-2012, 01:56 PM
I will have to try forzen grapes. I have never had them before.


I like to do it with the large ones...

Patzi

JenB72
05-04-2012, 02:06 PM
Gina - I'm excited too. My DH said he'll sign up and "see what happens." He's been having neck issues for the past year and is in the middle of a series of shots to relieve the pain. I told him to hold off. It is an expensive race and there are no refunds. He can always cheer me on from the sidelines. ;)

Yvette - Wait till you get to week 5! The first words out of my mouth when I saw my menu was, "That's a lot of food!!!" What helped me with week 2 was alternate the days when I had the new food. One day would be the extra breakfast fruit, the next would be the extra lunch starch. Made it more manageable.

Patzi - Great job!!!!


Doing better with everything. Back to pre-anniversary weekend weight. Now I just have to survive this weekend. Gonna plan my menu and print it out before leaving work. Gotta stick to the plan!

JenB72
05-07-2012, 02:22 PM
So excited to get my maintenance menu. 1200 cals. Find it curious though after looking at it, it doesn't appear to be updated to incorporate the changes made to the green menu. While I could have 1/4 cup of corn at dinner every night if I wanted, the maintenance menu says I can only do that 3 times a week. Not that I would want to, just found in interesting. I'll ask them about that on Thursday.

Tamikl
05-07-2012, 05:59 PM
Hey Jen...there were a few inconsistencies I found with the Maintenance menu when comparing it to others...but one interesting thing is pickles..on Maintenance, they are a "free" item meaning as much as you want however often has you want...but very high salt content per serving?! That baffled me.

I am hanging in there...this is my PMS week...so bloating, munchy all the time, cravings, etc...Willpower is most needed during this week alone! I keep gum in my mouth, and found these sugar free candies I LOVE that have nothing...not even sodium, so I suck away on those:)

I am working on snacks in the evenings at the moment...when I review my food journal, I see that the closer I get to bedtime, the more calories I consume, which of course isn't good. I usually need nothing mid morning, and mid afternoon I might have a Kashi bar, but in the evening? There may be 2-3 items I write down and it really needs to be adjusted. Evening snacking has always been a challenge for me. Most of the time, I do pick good choices...I think..LOL

Well, off to prepare dinner for the family...a couple of times a week I make a pasta dish or a mexican dish...I am just careful what I have those nights...It is nicer cooking one meal more now rather than a meal for my diet, and another meal that suits the kids...We are all eating very similar now, and it is great. They will even ask me what kind of protein should we have for dinner tonight mom? LOL I love it!

nwcgina
05-08-2012, 09:17 AM
Maintenance is going great here. Journaling in my fitbook. I cut back on exercise just a bit due to injury and my ravenous appetite...and I was falling into the mindset that I "have" to exercise lots or I'd gain the weight back. I have to remind myself "nutrition, nutrition, nutrition..." Still running into people that haven't seen me in a while and they are blown away...yet I don't feel very different. Our anniversary is in a little over a week and I will have some wine AND a dessert that night. Lots to celebrate:) We're planning on saving up to go to Cancun or something next year...it will be our 10th.

Tamikl
05-08-2012, 10:45 AM
OH MY GOODNESS...I just recently tried the "Chocolate Dream bars" from Diet Direct. Wow are they yummy. May want to try them if you can control eating them!! LOL Just a suggestion. They put ALL of my other protein bars to shame. I only tried them because they were on sale...now I wish I had taken advantage of that sale and bought more!

Also, I love the Syntrax Chocolate Truffle and recently bought the Latte flavor. I mix 1/2 scoop of each in the morning to get that protein going, and that tastes like a chocolate mocha treat!

patzi
05-08-2012, 06:53 PM
Had maintenance weigh in and lost 1 1/2 pounds, putting me 61/2 pounds under goal.

Patzi

JenB72
05-09-2012, 08:22 AM
Great job, Patzi! Can't believe you are coming up on a year of maintenance! :cheer:

ynapier
05-09-2012, 09:45 AM
Patzi that is great. How long does it take for you to take weight off when you go back on the green menu? Just wondering.

I started week 3 of stabilization and got to have milk with breakfast this morning. I have really missed the milk in the morning. I would always have milk in the morning until I started MRC. Now I'm able to have it again. I do have one question that I forgot to ask yesterday. Since I can have extra dairy does that mean that if I have greek yogurt I count it as a dairy and a protein?

patzi
05-09-2012, 11:23 AM
Patzi that is great. How long does it take for you to take weight off when you go back on the green menu? Just wondering.

I started week 3 of stabilization and got to have milk with breakfast this morning. I have really missed the milk in the morning. I would always have milk in the morning until I started MRC. Now I'm able to have it again. I do have one question that I forgot to ask yesterday. Since I can have extra dairy does that mean that if I have greek yogurt I count it as a dairy and a protein?

It varies... It has taken as long as a week. Re: bagel and creme cheese weight gain of 2 pounds, it was 4 days before scale showed anything.. If you recall, I lost weight slowly.. Steady, but in small amounts.. I am not sure on the dairy/vs. protein.. I am curious as to how someone answers this.. However, when I was on stabilization, I did not include dairy as protein. It was an addition of dairy. I am glad you are able to add this now. It makes things so much easier , especially if you are used to having milk products

Patzi

JenB72
05-09-2012, 01:18 PM
However, when I was on stabilization, I did not include dairy as protein. It was an addition of dairy.

I did the same thing. Dairy was dairy and protein was protein. I was pretty scared (still am) about re-gaining so I was religious about sticking to their menus and selections.

nwcgina
05-09-2012, 03:20 PM
y-that's a good question since on the "new" green menu greek yogurt is a protein. In maintenance I treat it as a dairy. Once or twice if I've had limited time/options I will use it as my protein for lunch, but otherwise I count it as dairy. Don't count it as both (as in if you have it breakfast don't say "well, I've already had my protein & dairy...unless you have a double serving). Almost every morning I have 1/2 c. of fage nonfat greek yogurt with 1 c strawberries and stevia. Yummmmy! I prefer that over regular yogurt now.

ynapier
05-09-2012, 04:57 PM
Gina thanks for the advice. I figured it would not count as both but I didn't know. I too prefer it to regular yogurt. In fact I have started making my own yogurt now. It is a lot cheaper and isn't difficult at all. my boys like it too. I use the sugar free jello for flavor and make 2 or 3 different kinds in addition to the plain that I make.

ynapier
05-09-2012, 04:59 PM
Patzi thanks for the info on going back to the green menu. I'm with Jen on being scared of regaining. I hope with time I will be more comfortable with the "threat" of regaining but I don't think it will ever go away. Do you do the shakes and all when you go back to the green menu?

JenB72
05-10-2012, 10:29 AM
Well, I won the battle last night when I wanted to give in to emotional eating. All I'll say is...MEN!!!! :mad:

Tamikl
05-10-2012, 10:48 AM
Hi ladies...

Maintenance WI yesterday..still maintaining!!!:dancer:

On another note...I found a website where their prices on Protdiet items are unbeatable. FamilyBariatric....look it up on the internet. The down side is in order to get free shipping, you have to spend $200. But their HNS...Same as MRC are $8 a box...many bars are $8, no more than $10. I was quite impressed. Now that I realize how much I love the chocolate dream bars...they have them for $8 a box compared to Diet Direct for $13 a box!!! Yes...I ordered (10) boxes:) Should take care of me for a while..lol

I will still order my Syntrax from Diet Direct...

Hope you all have a great day! Keep up the good work!: You all continue to be an inspiration to me...

patzi
05-10-2012, 11:29 AM
ynapier.. You and Jen mentioned being apprehensive of gaining.. I have to admit I am, also, and I think that is what keeps me focused not to gain. I don't deny myself anything, but when I do have something and I do gain weight, I do have an odd feeling , hard to explain, that I get right back on to green menu until I take the weight off.. I do not think that is a bad thing. Y'all will be fine.. If you are afraid of gaining weight back, I doubt you will, as you are thinking about it, and will do everything you can to get back to basics if scale goes up..

Making own yogurt interests me.. I will look it up online and get the specifics.

Patzi

patzi
05-10-2012, 11:31 AM
Tamiki...
Thanks for sharing that web site.. Even without the free shipping, it is an excellent price.. Chocolate dream bars sound wonderful.

Congrats on maintaining..

Patzi

faerychic
05-10-2012, 11:59 AM
I am not in mainteance yet but still like to read the posts here for when I finally get there! I just wanted to say that I have ordered from Family Bariatric several times in the past while I was on a different weight loss program. Sometimes the total cost even with shipping is less than Diet Direct - depends on what and how much you order.

patzi
05-10-2012, 02:57 PM
I am not in mainteance yet but still like to read the posts here for when I finally get there! I just wanted to say that I have ordered from Family Bariatric several times in the past while I was on a different weight loss program. Sometimes the total cost even with shipping is less than Diet Direct - depends on what and how much you order.


No problem you being here if you are not on maintenance. Thanks for update on Family Bariatric..

Patzi

teacherlady79
05-10-2012, 08:48 PM
I am working on snacks in the evenings at the moment...when I review my food journal, I see that the closer I get to bedtime, the more calories I consume, which of course isn't good. I usually need nothing mid morning, and mid afternoon I might have a Kashi bar, but in the evening? There may be 2-3 items I write down and it really needs to be adjusted. Evening snacking has always been a challenge for me. Most of the time, I do pick good choices...I think..LOL


Snacking in the evenings was tough for me, too. I started doing an MRC cocoa every evening around 8 or 9pm, along with a Dannon Light & Fit vanilla yogurt. It's like dessert, and really leaves me feeling satisfied. Also, on the days that I run, I will eat 1-2 squares of Ghirardelli dark chocolate--or their dark chocolate with caramel in it--with my yogurt and cocoa.

If you don't want to do the MRC cocoa, you could also just do a sugar-free cocoa packet, like Swiss Miss.

Anyway, this seems to be what has helped me the most. Also, it helps keep me on track during the day, because I really look forward to my planned evening treat and so I make sure I'm pretty good during the day so I don't have to give up my treat to make up for splurges during the day. ;) I think the key here, though, is to have your evening snack or treat be PLANNED, that way you're not going over your calories or making bad decisions.

teacherlady79
05-10-2012, 08:55 PM
ynapier.. You and Jen mentioned being apprehensive of gaining.. I have to admit I am, also, and I think that is what keeps me focused not to gain. I don't deny myself anything, but when I do have something and I do gain weight, I do have an odd feeling , hard to explain, that I get right back on to green menu until I take the weight off.. I do not think that is a bad thing. Y'all will be fine.. If you are afraid of gaining weight back, I doubt you will, as you are thinking about it, and will do everything you can to get back to basics if scale goes up..

Patzi

I'm the same way. I'm paranoid about gaining almost to the point of being borderline OCD about it. :( If I have a week where I have multiple meals that I don't have much control over (eating out a lot, or eating meals supplied by work or at a friend's house) I will sometimes have an emotional meltdown over it. However, if the trade-off is that I get to stay healthy and look great indefinitely, then I guess I'm okay with that.

I'm with Patzi, though, where I still allow myself to splurge (we had a mac & cheese potluck at work today--and I definitely indulged, but didn't go overboard like I would have in the past) sometimes, but then I get right back "on the wagon" and either adjust my eating for the next day or two or increase my exercise, or both.

If I have a 1-3lb gain, I've found that just going back to "clean" eating (what I call the green menu, lol) get's me back down within a few days to a week. Definitely easier to deal with a gain of 5lbs or less than to wait and deal with a 10 or 20lb gain, I think!

JenB72
05-11-2012, 08:49 AM
Tami, thanks so much for mentioning that website. They have the Mini-Crisps that I used to get at my MRC. They haven't had them in a while because they were told they're being "re-formulated." I may have to get them. Just to compare prices, does anyone know what would be the equivalent at Diet Direct?

I'm with Natalie about the "planned" snacks. It's really helping me. Around 3-4 in the afternoon, I'm having some Skinny Cow ice cream for my dairy. Love it and not affecting my weight at all which is a plus. Also, nights like last night where dinner was late and my stomach is growling, I'm finding that my "freebie" sugar-free jello will usually calm things down for a bit. So now, I'm going to eat jello before I reach for other things. Forgot how much I missed it.

patzi
05-11-2012, 01:42 PM
Maintenance weigh in today and stayed the same 6 1/2 pounds under goal..

I also do planned snacks.

Patzi

ynapier
05-11-2012, 04:05 PM
Jen what kind of Skinny Cow do you get? I have seen a couple in the store but haven't tried any of them.

JenB72
05-11-2012, 04:35 PM
Jen what kind of Skinny Cow do you get? I have seen a couple in the store but haven't tried any of them.

I've been getting the ice cream sandwiches. They're 140-150 calories each. So good! May have to try their other items too.

patzi
05-12-2012, 02:26 PM
For those of you on maintenance that like alcohol beverage once in awhile, here is a drink my friend sent me. She is on WW and this is from a site called Skinnytaste.

Iced Green Tea Mojito

Adapted from the Kitchn
Skinnytaste.com

Servings: 1 • Size: 1 mojito
Calories: 110 • Fat: 0.1 g • Protein: 0.5 g • Carb: 10.9 g • Fiber: 0.6 g • Sugar: 8.8 g
Sodium: 4.2 mg

Ingredients:

1 tbsp fresh lime juice
4 large spearmint leaves, plus more for garnish
4 baby arugula leaves
2 tsp sugar(use splenda) or stevia
1/2 cup brewed green tea, chilled
1 oz white rum
Directions:

Muddle the lime juice, mint, arugula, and sugar together in a tall Collins glass until the leaves bruise lightly and the flavors release. Add ice until glass is about 3/4 full and then pour in rum and green tea. Stir well and garnish with mint and lime.

I cannot copy the picture to this forum,, so if you go to the site you will see it.. looks very inviting.

Patzi

nwcgina
05-13-2012, 05:01 PM
I'm with Jen that on most days one of my two dairy servings is some sort of skinny cow or weight watchers ice cream treat or frozen yogurt (although you have to watch those...there is great variety in fat/sugar/protein content). Basically I keep it 150 calories or less, usually around 100. It helps me keep a bit of my sanity and not feeling deprived while also being consistent. The ice cream sandwiches or bars I prefer just because they are already in the correct serving size...if I dish out my own frozen yogurt I have to make sure my serving size doesn't get inflated if i'm having a bad day:)

bigdog
05-13-2012, 07:57 PM
Hi ladies

Great suggestions on the snacks! Making sugar free orange jello tonite and adding some sugar free mandarin orange slices. I add 2 T lite cool whip and blend the mixture in the blender. Then add the fruit. It's like a mousse and soooo good. I've added Greek yogurt too to make it more like a pudding. I just tried the Lindt dark chocolate w chili. Yum. But had more than 2 squares :(. Ok Desparate Housewives is on!! More later

JenB72
05-14-2012, 09:17 AM
I found some Klondike No-Sugar added treats at 100 calories each. They were BOGO, so I got them this time.

Some days I'm still amazed at how much I've learned and how much you all have taught me. I decided I wanted to "enjoy" my Mother's Day Dinner last night with my mom, siblings, and their families. So, I saved most of my calories for dinner and desert last night. We had a great time, I didn't over do it, took a couple of fat & carb blockers, and even had a piece of cookie cake (which my 2 year old wanted BEFORE dinner) and the result...no weight gain! :woohoo:

Galadreal
05-14-2012, 10:01 AM
I have a question. I told them that I could not afford the drinks so they put me on a 1500 calorie maitenence plan (they said once my body gets used to it they will reduce me to 1200, but they did not want to shock my system). But I was wondering about the serving size of veggies. I mean several of the ones that were not OP originally are there and they say 1/2 c = 1 exchange. But what about all the others. Do I still have to get in 4 oz cooked or 8 raw? I don't want to overeat on this thing and stop losing.

JenB72
05-14-2012, 11:08 AM
Yup, my 1200 calories menu says 4 oz. cooked or 8 oz. raw for the normal OP veggies. The new ones (squash, carrots, peas, etc.) are either 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw up to 3x a week.

JenB72
05-14-2012, 12:04 PM
Thank you so much, Tami! I just placed my first order with Family Bariatric. Their main page had a code for what turned out to be $3 off shipping for my order. The price difference between them and Diet Direct with their free shipping was less than $2. I opted for FB because the boxes were identical to MRC's and I wanted that little bit of comfort level. So, not only am I getting my fav mini crisps that they quit selling at MRC, but also the mint bars they quit selling too. I'm also gonna try a box of their fudge cake and the chocolate covered pretzels. Great selection!

bigdog
05-14-2012, 01:35 PM
YUM!!!just picked up a box at Walmart... no sugar added and they are 100 cal.

Black Raspberry Low Fat Ice Cream w/ Dark Chocolate flavored coating...
oh, my -there is nothing diet tasting about them at all! 7 g. fat, 11 carbs, 2 g. protein

i love the individual packaging - will keep me from overloading on my portion. YUM!!

Tamikl
05-14-2012, 04:32 PM
Thank you so much, Tami! I just placed my first order with Family Bariatric. Their main page had a code for what turned out to be $3 off shipping for my order. The price difference between them and Diet Direct with their free shipping was less than $2. I opted for FB because the boxes were identical to MRC's and I wanted that little bit of comfort level. So, not only am I getting my fav mini crisps that they quit selling at MRC, but also the mint bars they quit selling too. I'm also gonna try a box of their fudge cake and the chocolate covered pretzels. Great selection!

Hey Jen...I decided to spend the $200 with Family Bariatric to get free shipping...so in doing that, I still saved more than buying through Diet Direct with free shipping....all of their items were at least $2 cheaper per box! I will certainly order again...so long as in a large quantity:) I really thought their shipping charges were outrageous otherwise.

I was at Walgreens the other day...and they had Fiber One bars on sale for $1.99 a box. I looked it over, and while not a great source of protein, these bars have like 9grams of Fiber in each bar! Low Fat and low calories...anyways, I bought that Oats & Carmel...OMGosh!!! Fabulous..just sayin...may want to try them!!! Have an HNS with it if you want protein!! LOL

patzi
05-14-2012, 07:41 PM
Tami...
I love that Family Bariatric Site.. I just put in an order.. They have some items as Jen has said that MRC discontinuted.. If anyone ever comes up with that chocolate powder they stopped selling to make the brownies, please let me know.. I am excited about getting my new order..

Patzi

ynapier
05-15-2012, 05:44 PM
I'm going to have to try the Skinny Cow stuff. I also want to try the Blue Bunny frozen yogurt. It is starting to get hot and I like ice cream in the summer time.

I got my week 4 menu today. It looks good to me. I'm still having a hard time eating all the food that they want me to eat. I am still good with the green menu amount. I figure as long as a eat at least that I will be fine. When I WI today I was down 1 pound. It was a GREAT feeling. I was super excited. I got to sign the 70 pound board. This gives me to confidence that I can slowly lose more if I wish. I am still thinking I want to loss 5 to 10 more pounds. But I'm not sure. We will see how it goes.

I'm really liking exercise. I use the gazelle for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week. I usually get in around 2.5 or 3 miles in that time. I need to do more toning. I have been doing lungs, dips and pushups 2 times a week and should do them 3 times a week. I am going to push myself to do that this week. I never thougth that I would actually LIKE to work out. I didn't even really like it when I was an athlete in school. But now I love the way it makes me feel.

bigdog
05-15-2012, 10:00 PM
Jen. Thanks for reminding about SFFF jello. It's perfect when I want something cool and sweet and only 10 cal. I'll have to remember to make some jello treats to take on my next camping trip! I topped my orange jello with a dollop of Greek yogurt w Splenda and sprinkle of cinnamon. Yum!

Tamikl
05-16-2012, 11:19 PM
Well, feeling a bit stressed out...At WI today, I am up 2 lbs:( I knew I was up because I check myself every morning. The confusing part is that I don't think it is from food. I am leaning towards water retention...and hoping that is it. After reviewing my journal, my counselor thinks so too. Had a long day yesterday on a bus with my daughter's field trip...not much water all day...etc. I pray that the lack of water yesterday could be why this is going on. Can water retention actually contribute to a 2lb gain?? Anyone else experience this ever??

Usually I am up before TOM, but this time, I am up right after which is just plain weird. I can just feel the anxiety building because I get so afraid of messing up. I am suppose to text my counselor tomorrow what my weight it at roughly the same time we took it today. Hopefully there will have been a drop. If not, she is suppose to have a plan to help me...I sure do love having her...Maintenance check ins are so important.

To top it all off, I am going away with the DH for the weekend. While I am so excited about this, I will also be eating out:( Even making good choices can lead to subtle gains when we eat out of routine...as we all know. "One Meal at a time." I WILL get back on track, even though I really do feel like I have been on track, something is obviously off.

Hope you all are doing well!!

patzi
05-21-2012, 07:11 PM
Hi...
I just came home from 5 days up North at graduation.. I have to say I am a nervous wreck to weigh in tomorrow morning.. I did the best I could, but there was eating out 3 times a day, and that never works for me.. I never had any of the cake, none of the Greek pastries, just a very difficult time. I did have some wine with my meals, but I have been doing that since maintenance. When there was a wrap, I may have eaten 2 or 3, as they were the small ones, but only ate the inside of one... So, we shall see.. I will be back on tomorrow and let y'all know.

Patzi

teacherlady79
05-21-2012, 08:40 PM
Could someone send me the new green menu? I'd like to take a look at the changes they've made.

I'm mostly interested in possibly eating greek yogurt some mornings, instead of eggs or cheese, but I'd also like to see what else they've added and how much the portion sizes are.

My email is sun_angel79 (at) yahoo (dot) com. Thanks!

patzi
05-22-2012, 10:57 AM
What a great surprise on weigh in to day. I gained 1/2 pound, making me 5 1/2 pounds under goal. I am so happy I made the choices I made during the 5 days

Patzi

Tamikl
05-22-2012, 11:25 AM
Great job, Patzi! You have done sooo well in Maintenance. A wonderful example to the rest of us!

I go to Disneyworld for a week in November, and I hope my WI after will reflect good choices also..I should say that my WI will be good...but I also know myself on vacation:( I think I will shoot for losing some before it!

My dinner's really are the same as on the Green menu...I think I have identified my downfall as being snacks. Working on it!

patzi
05-22-2012, 01:04 PM
[QUOTE=Tamikl;4342555]Great job, Patzi! You have done sooo well in Maintenance. A wonderful example to the rest of us!

I go to Disneyworld for a week in November, and I hope my WI after will reflect good choices also..I should say that my WI will be good...but I also know myself on vacation:( I think I will shoot for losing some before it!

My dinner's really are the same as on the Green menu...I think I have identified my downfall as being snack. Working on it!

Tammy...
My menu is also same as Green.. I found my snacks need to have protein in them. I had mentioned before. if I have the baked oatmeal, I need to have a protein or a fat with it, whether it be some fat free Greek yogurt on top, fat free ricotta, or peanut butter.. If I don't combine the two I will gain. One snack that I can have at night that is filling is the yogurt that I freeze with some sugar free pudding or jello in it and sweetener, and if I am in the mood some nuts.. That takes the edge of the want of snack at night and
does fill me up. It is all a working progress, so I understand you saying you are working on it. To be honest with you, I found it difficult this trip. But it is worth it, as I don't want to look like I did before, that is for sure... Thanks for the kind words.

Patzi

JenB72
05-22-2012, 04:44 PM
Last week's stomach virus really did a number on me. It took until Saturday to feel "normal" again. However, it was enough to screw me up...big time. I'm having trouble getting back in the swing of things. And I can tell in the way I feel too. I'm completely lethargic, although I'm getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I know it's what I'm putting in my system. I'm waking up with the best of intentions, and by the afternoon, I'm looking for something sugary to eat to "wake me up." My size 4 jeans still fit, but I don't even want to look at a scale right now. Oh, did I mention I was constipated for a week! I know I'll get back to being OP, but right now, I'm just having trouble with it. :cry:

camaswa
05-23-2012, 11:24 AM
Last week's stomach virus really did a number on me. It took until Saturday to feel "normal" again. However, it was enough to screw me up...big time. I'm having trouble getting back in the swing of things. And I can tell in the way I feel too. I'm completely lethargic, although I'm getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I know it's what I'm putting in my system. I'm waking up with the best of intentions, and by the afternoon, I'm looking for something sugary to eat to "wake me up." My size 4 jeans still fit, but I don't even want to look at a scale right now. Oh, did I mention I was constipated for a week! I know I'll get back to being OP, but right now, I'm just having trouble with it. :cry:
Jen, I know the feeling. Whenever I feel crappy, lethargic, etc. I crave things like that. It's weird that we would want foods that will make us feel worse in the long run. If I were you I would drink lots of HNS maybe in sparkling water as a treat, and stay out of the kitchen as much as possible. Fresh air!

I looked at your picture on the MRC website yesterday. You look so great. One of the best looking -no, wait, THE best looking woman in their testimonials. Really.

patzi
05-23-2012, 01:11 PM
camaswa...

Where did you see Jen's picture? I looked online at MRC and no px and I looked on facebook...

Patzi

nwcgina
05-23-2012, 04:41 PM
Hello all...I've been lurking/struggling:) My weight is actually maintained...I stay in the same 2 pound range. But I feel like I"m relying too much on processed foods or "diet" foods (like the weight watchers bars) and I just feel like crap. Today my coworkers had a potluck for my last day there (although many of them were considerate of my healthy eating and brought things like fruit, angelfood cake, and sugar free chocolate coffee creamer). And now we'll be traveling for Memorial Day...and even when I get good traveling seems to do a number on the scale. And it's TTOM, so I'm just feeling blah/puffy. And my counselor had taken another job and was just at MRC sporadically so I haven't been able to touch base much...but I just found out she is back at MRC full time!

So during my trip I''m going to stay as OP as possible. Exercise. Then when I get back I'm going to cut out almost all processed foods...they are where I start to overeat (bread, melba, weight watchers bars) and spend June eating whole foods (in moderation, of course)...with lots of water and no diet soda. But I am feeling pretty just blah...

camaswa
05-23-2012, 06:38 PM
camaswa...

Where did you see Jen's picture? I looked online at MRC and no px and I looked on facebook...

Patzi
Go to www.emetabolic.com and look under success stories, the tab for 50-99 pounds lost. That might not be exactly right, but close. You have to scroll down to see her in that red dress.

patzi
05-23-2012, 07:39 PM
Camaswa...

Thanks.. I found it. She looks fantastic.

Patzi

JenB72
05-24-2012, 09:14 PM
Oh wow! They didn't tell me it was on there! This just doesn't seem real.

Well, I woke up this morning feeling like crap again. Not sure if I was re-lapsing or what. But I am feeling better and the best part is that I got my butt back in gear...FINALLY! Keeping it pretty much to the green menu. A few more days like today and it will be my habit again. Thank goodness!!!

ynapier
05-25-2012, 10:14 AM
I am having a tough week this week. I've let my guard down and am eating not so good stuff. I am going to go back to the green menu to get back under control. I've planned out my day today and will do the same tomorrow and Sunday. I have also slacked on exercise for some reason. I'm getting back on track with that today also. The scales haven't shown a gain yet but I want to get this under control before I slide even further down the slippery slope.

camaswa
05-25-2012, 11:31 AM
I am having a tough week this week. I've let my guard down and am eating not so good stuff. I am going to go back to the green menu to get back under control. I've planned out my day today and will do the same tomorrow and Sunday. I have also slacked on exercise for some reason. I'm getting back on track with that today also. The scales haven't shown a gain yet but I want to get this under control before I slide even further down the slippery slope.
see my reply to you in the May thread.

JenB72
05-25-2012, 01:40 PM
I am having a tough week this week. I've let my guard down and am eating not so good stuff. I am going to go back to the green menu to get back under control. I've planned out my day today and will do the same tomorrow and Sunday. I have also slacked on exercise for some reason. I'm getting back on track with that today also. The scales haven't shown a gain yet but I want to get this under control before I slide even further down the slippery slope.

We're going through the same thing, but I'm guessing I gained which is why I won't go near the scale yet. I had a good day yesterday and am doing again today. It's amazing how much better I feel keeping the junk out of my system.

We'll make it through this. We've come to far!

patzi
05-29-2012, 02:21 PM
For those on My fitnesspal.com... In your fitness goals...
What do you have for % of your carbs, fat, and protein for those on a 1200 maintenance diet .
Thanks
Patzi

ynapier
05-29-2012, 04:07 PM
I went to stabilization WI today and was the same. I was happy with that. I am having trouble eating all the food on the plan. We talked about having one of the 2 dairy servings as a snack but I didn't think to ask if I could have a fruit as a snack also. Breakfast is the toughes one for me to get starch, protein and fruit all three. I drink milk at breakfast as one of my dairy servings. So my question is could I have the fruit as a morning snack instead of at breakfast time? Or say my lunch fruit as a morning snack instead of at lunch? I eat breakfast around 6:30 but don't go to lunch until 1:00 so I have to have a snack in between, at least during the work week.

JenB72
06-01-2012, 12:14 PM
Y, is this your final week of stabilization? If so, I don't see an issue with it because when you get your maintenance menu, it's basically 1200 calories and you just have to make sure to get in everything for the day. They didn't really give me a plan as to what meal or what time. It's kinda up to me as I understand it.

ynapier
06-01-2012, 04:14 PM
Yes this is my final week of stabilization. I just can't eat that much at one time. I have been using fruit or dairy as a morning snack instead of an HNS. We will see how that works with weight though. I get my maintenance menu next Tuesday.

Tamikl
06-02-2012, 11:48 AM
Yes this is my final week of stabilization. I just can't eat that much at one time. I have been using fruit or dairy as a morning snack instead of an HNS. We will see how that works with weight though. I get my maintenance menu next Tuesday.

Awesome for you! You will enjoy Maintenance:)

I always delayed having my fruit or dairy until mid day for a snack or whatever...I hated eating til I was stuffed, then going into the next meal starving:( I haven't noticed a gain from doing this....do what works for you!

teacherlady79
06-02-2012, 02:11 PM
Awesome for you! You will enjoy Maintenance:)

I always delayed having my fruit or dairy until mid day for a snack or whatever...I hated eating til I was stuffed, then going into the next meal starving:( I haven't noticed a gain from doing this....do what works for you!

I do the same thing. I have my fruit for a mid-morning snack, then again for an afternoon snack. Otherwise, I feel stuffed, then starving. Makes me feel a little more even.

patzi
06-02-2012, 06:06 PM
ynapier...
You will love maintenance. Congrats to you for reaching this goal.. You have done a fantastic job..

Patzi

ynapier
06-04-2012, 09:55 AM
I have been having either fruit or yogurt as a morning snack and am liking it. I don't know if it will effect my WI or not. I will find out tomorrow. I am looking foward to maintenance also. I do want to drop maybe 10 more pounds but I want to do that slowly and try to do it while on maintenance just eating fewer calories than I'm allowed and increasing my exrecise. I have started jogging more on my daily "walks" and like the feeling that I have after I'm finished. I'm still doing a fast walk for about 2/3 of the 35 to 45 minutes that I exercise At least I'm making progress on the jogging. I would like jog 2/3 or more and walk just as a warm up and cool down but I'm not there yet.

JenB72
06-04-2012, 02:29 PM
Well, let's call this Take 2! LOL Thought going in last Thursday would help me get back on track, but not so much. It's just so hard to go back to the green menu. So, for me, it's just easier to do Meta-Quick. It wasn't so much that I was "cheating" with off plan foods, but eating too much of what's OP. Since they are my triggers at the moment, it's just going to be easier not to have them around and do Meta-Quick for a few days. Thank goodness for my "buffer" otherwise, I'd been in full blown panic mode.

nwcgina
06-05-2012, 09:49 PM
Jen-glad to hear someone else struggles, and yet keeps pushing to get back on track. I had about a week where I did so great the first part of the day and then the wheels would fall off about mid afternoon...and the scale told me. I first tried going back to metabalance, but for some reason it wasn't clicking. So what I did was commit to just eating whole foods for all of June (with set portion amounts of course)...no melba, no bread unless I make it (that may happen like once...), no diet soda, none of the things that are triggers. And I'm now totally back on track and my weight is back down.

I run the warrior dash in 10 days. Excite about that...then I may hang up my running shoes for a bit to give my body a break.

JenB72
06-06-2012, 09:08 AM
Yeah, I can definitely struggle. When I'm on, I'm really on and that can last for a long time. However, when I fall off the wagon, I realllllly fall off the wagon and then I deal with the guilt of it. It only makes matters worse, but that's me. I am my own worst critic which is probably the same for most people.

I've done good since Monday, so I'm proud of myself for that. I've lost 1.5 pounds since then which is odd. Reason being, when I do Meta-Quick, my weight stays stable until the day 4 or 5 of Meta-Quick and then it falls off. I'm not used to seeing results from the get-go, but I think my body knows that's what I needed to see right now. Here's hoping today is another good day. :)

lovetofishandrun
06-06-2012, 03:30 PM
NWCGINA - Good luck in the warrior dash -that is one messy, tough run:kickbutt: Good luck to you

JenB72 - Last time I did meta-quick I only lost 1 lb.:tantrum: I had hoped to be in stabilization/maintenance by now but slowly losing last 9 :snail: Keep up the good work

JenB72
06-07-2012, 01:05 PM
Had a great WI today! Back under my goal weight so I'm thrilled. Just 1.5 pounds to go to be back at my sweet spot. I'd love to be 5 under, but I just don't know if that's possible. My body seems to love 137-137.5. Doesn't mean I won't keep trying. ;)

camaswa
06-07-2012, 02:29 PM
Jen-glad to hear someone else struggles, and yet keeps pushing to get back on track. I had about a week where I did so great the first part of the day and then the wheels would fall off about mid afternoon...and the scale told me. I first tried going back to metabalance, but for some reason it wasn't clicking. So what I did was commit to just eating whole foods for all of June (with set portion amounts of course)...no melba, no bread unless I make it (that may happen like once...), no diet soda, none of the things that are triggers. And I'm now totally back on track and my weight is back down.

I run the warrior dash in 10 days. Excite about that...then I may hang up my running shoes for a bit to give my body a break.
Gina, I finally committed to MetaBalance and I have gained a little EVERY DAY this week. Since Monday I am up about 3 pounds. It's Thursday! I did have champagne on my anniversary Monday night, but not much else off plan. I've been eating a cup of n/f Greek yogurt with an HNS for mid-am and mid-pm snacks. I haven't been diligent about reducing the protein from 4 to 3 oz, just eyeballing. And not everyday have I gotten all the water in.

I have been on this bus long enough to know there are going to be fluxuations and plateaus, but this seems extreme. What do you think?

nwcgina
06-09-2012, 10:41 PM
camaswa-I feel your pain. I seem to fluctuate a lot more now...and on one another weight loss forum for maintainers where people use various programs, other people are commenting on fluctuations. Summer water retention? I was just talking with my mom today and I considered talking with my counselor and going back truly focused on plan for about a month to go under my goal, but I'll wait until after my face next week. I weigh about every other day and I fluctuate a good 2-3 pounds up and down. I haven't had much water today and basically just sat at a computer for training so I'm sure tomorrow will be up. And I went swim suit shopping, so I don't care what size you are, that just isn't helpful:)

bigdog
06-10-2012, 02:37 PM
For those on My fitnesspal.com... In your fitness goals...
What do you have for % of your carbs, fat, and protein for those on a 1200 maintenance diet .
Thanks
Patzi
Hi patzi

I have my calorie total set at 1100, carbs 55, fat 24, protein 165, sodium 2500, sugar 24. I had gotten the formula from my counselor. Thks for the reminder to get back to tracking everything I put in my mouth :). I know that works and have gotten out of the habit

Tamikl
06-11-2012, 01:32 PM
Having a tough week...period started, but prior to that I have had cravings like never before on this program. I have been involved in church/community activities lately where I have been surrounded by homemade cookies, cupcakes, etc..etc...and Tami hasn't done well resisting those temptations. Additionally, I am having some "issues" with a family member..we have a history of them, and adding that to the mix isn't helping. I feel depressed, I have this "I don't care" attitude...and when I mess up I don't put myself in check, I just mess up worse. I am punishing myself and feel disgusted with my lack of self control. Having a WI in a couple of days is what has me on the right track today...thankful for the continued accountability.

I sure do feel scared when I see how quickly I am willing to just let things go all depending on my emotional mind set at the time. Emotional eating is not a joke, but something to be taken quite seriously. I guess it is good that I am recognizing it...

Hope you all are being more strong than I am at the moment. Any words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated:) I am so glad to have this forum to turn to.

bigdog
06-11-2012, 01:54 PM
Tamiki

Start tracking everything u eat in my fitness pal or on paper. Whichever works for u. It really works!!! Write every single thing down no matter if it's a bite. I entered in MFP two Oreo cookies and omg 90 cal!!! Not worth it!!!
Headed to the grocery store to load up on good for me stuff. I can't control my in laws and my crazy boss and job but I do have power over what im eating!!! :)
We can do this. Hang in there

rachels77
06-11-2012, 01:54 PM
Hey, Tamikl -

Hugs to you... emotional eating is very real. I had a car accident Wednesday and just had an "I don't care" attitude. I allowed myself a few off-plan meals over the weekend, recognized how crappy they made me feel, and moved on. You can do this. It's okay to not be 100% on plan on the time... it's a lifestyle change, you know?

It's easy to forget that this is our new way of eating. Eating worse will just not give your body what it needs, thus, making you feel worse. And, it definitely won't fix your family relationships...

But, remember, we've all been there and will be there in the future. The key is something you've already done - recognize the eating and re-direct your thoughts/actions/whatever... try to remain positive and stay on track - plan your food and water and rest. But, don't beat yourself off for the occasional slip-up. It's okay. Onward and upward, my friend.

patzi
06-11-2012, 08:07 PM
Tamikl...
Sending you a big hug... Emotional eating, it has hit all of us one time or another, but the good thing is , you recognize it and you will be fine.

My suggestions are..
You have done it, and it is over, and now it it time for you to focus on yourself.. Family situations are sure a stress factor. Don't beat yourself up on this, as it is something that happened, and it is time for Tami now.Feel good about yourself today and think of what you have accomplished on your weight journey.. This was a detour that can be corrected.. Tami, love the new you., as you have earned that. Look how far you have come . Remember, you are twice the woman for losing the weight and getting to maintenance. That makes you special.

When setbacks like this occur, shake them off, and move on. Fill your life with positive energy , and live for today.. The future is yours to create as you wish. You know what you want and what you have to do, so go for it and bring about what you desire, , this is about you.

Take a deep breath, put a smile on your face and go foward , as that opportunity is yours for the taking.

Hang in there,as we all have setbacks. Just come to all of us, and we will help you.

Patzi

teacherlady79
06-11-2012, 11:27 PM
Tamikl--
Don't get too down on yourself. Look at how far you've come already! The first step of the battle is recognizing your own behavior for what it is, and you've done that.

To get back on track, try not to be overwhelmed by your setbacks; think ahead only as far as your next meal. Then the next. Then the next.

Try to re-route that emotional energy, too. Every time you feel like opening a cupboard, a fridge, or a snack-food container, make yourself take a walk around the block and drink a glass of water. If you still want it when you get back, then you can have it--but chances are you'll feel better and won't feel like you "need" that food. Even better is if you can find someone to go walking with, who you can talk to; I read an article not too long ago about how walking and talking is extremely therapeutic. :)

Hugs to you, and know that you will get past this and get back on your own path again. IT sucks that you have to go through this, but it is part of recovering from an addiction--as we all have been doing.

teacherlady79
06-12-2012, 05:00 PM
Hey all,
I tried a new product from my grocery store the other day and thought I would share. It's called Arctic Zero, and it's advertised as a "protein shake in ice cream form."
http://www.myarcticzero.com/

That's exactly what it tastes like. It's only 37 calories per 1/2 cup, made from a whey protein base. It's pretty darn good (I had the cookies and cream flavor), and definitely has a creamy, ice cream texture. It doesn't totally replace ice cream for me, but it's a nice, creamy, cold treat for summer--with no guilt.

Just thought I'd share!

rachels77
06-13-2012, 04:25 PM
Thanks, TeacherLady! I was excited to find Walden Farms caramel in my grocery store... yummy!

Tamikl
06-13-2012, 06:48 PM
Truly...ALL of you ladies are so very sweet:) I am grateful for all of the words of encouragement. I am so lucky to have you all to turn to, and you all really do relate!! To know we are in this boat together is such a comfort to me...thank you:))

I had my WI today and was actually down 1lb?! After the week I had, I will take it...and going forward, just get right back on track. I am going to try out their new pre-conditioning menu for a few days. I am told this will help me drop a few pounds..possibly.

Emotional issues are resolved at the moment...which helps. I would like to attend one of MRC classes on emotional eating sometime..it is an hour drive away, and with the kids home for summer, makes it difficult, but we shall see.

Again..thank you all so much. I am doing better:)

nwcgina
06-13-2012, 08:17 PM
Yeah, Tami...glad to hear that you are getting back on track. I always think I have emotional eating under control, until I had an emotional day yesterday and I spent last night walking around Walmart dreaming about food (I settled for a Luna bar and some non-food items).

My race is Saturday. Starting Sunday I'm going back on metabalance for a few weeks. I just need to lose the last few and be done with it...and to just be as strict and focused as I can be. I also know I'll be exercising less for a few weeks since my body will need some recovery time (i.e. no running), so it's a perfect time to do it.

ynapier
06-14-2012, 09:35 AM
Gina good luck with your race.

Tami I'm glad that you are feeling better and back on track. I think we have all been there. The important thing is you are back on track. Great job.

I have been pretty much staying with the eating habits that I have developed over the past 6 months. I actually like this way of eating. I have added some of the fruits and veggies back and am eating more red meat but other than that it's the same. The counsler said that if I have a gain it could be because of the red meat. We eat "home grown" beef that is about 90% lean. I'm hoping that I don't have a gain and so far I haven't had one except during TOM which is normal for me. I'm hoping I can keep losing about 2 pounds a month until I get down to about 180 then I will see from there. I do like the way I look now but think I can do better. But don't we all. ;)

nwcgina
06-16-2012, 11:42 PM
Warrior Dash complete! It was a blast. I ran with a friend and ended up taking 12 minutes off my time from last year (although it's always a slightly different course, so hard to compare). My knees however are not happy. Partly just from running on uneven surfaces, but apparently I totally bashed my right one at some point...it's bruised and scraped and really sore.

The other down side, I totally used the dash as a reason to overeat the past 2 days. I feel like poop in that respect. But I had already planned to be back at it tomorrow...back on plan to lose about 7ish pounds in the next month (the first 4 are pretty much water weight from bad eating/hydration).

But I can honestly say it has all been worth it. So fun. I got the end of the course and was sad it was over. I'm taking some weeks off of running...yoga, pilates, and swimming for this week.

bigdog
06-16-2012, 11:57 PM
Hey all,
I tried a new product from my grocery store the other day and thought I would share. It's called Arctic Zero, and it's advertised as a "protein shake in ice cream form."
http://www.myarcticzero.com/

That's exactly what it tastes like. It's only 37 calories per 1/2 cup, made from a whey protein base. It's pretty darn good (I had the cookies and cream flavor), and definitely has a creamy, ice cream texture. It doesn't totally replace ice cream for me, but it's a nice, creamy, cold treat for summer--with no guilt.

Just thought I'd share!

Thanks for sharing! this sounds perfect and i like that the pint is only 150 calories - very cool. i haven't eaten an entire pint but if i did would be better than the 600 cal. that is in a pint of Ben and Jerry ice cream!

forgot about Walden farms caramel - i've heard that is really good and would be great w/ my granny smith apples for a treat :-)

thanks everyone for more healthy substitutes~

faerychic
06-24-2012, 08:34 PM
Has anyone gone into stabilization from the metabalance plan? I am wondering if there is a different procedure for those who were on metabalance. I asked the consultant and she said everyone does the same menu for stabilzation. It just doesn't seem right to go from eating 3 small meals and 3 snacks on metabalance to 3 meals during stabilization.

nwcgina
06-24-2012, 09:31 PM
Stabilization for metabalance is different (at least mine was).

week 1: have an egg or cheese or other 1 oz protein along with your fruit for morning snack (take out the HNS).

Week 2: take out evening HNS and add 1 oz protein instead (to the evening snack or evening meal...I usually eat them together so it didn't matter). Also add 1 serving starch to noon meal. They gave me an expanded list, but for several weeks I stuck with what I'd been eating then slowly added others...none of them made me gain, but some trigger me to overeat and crave (graham crackers, pretzels...really anything pretty processed)

Week 3: Add 1 fat serving to dinner meal (ex: 1 tsp butter, 1 Tbsp cream cheese, 1 tsp mayo, 6 small nuts). I didn't really want a fat with my dinner, but I was dying for peanut butter, so we did 1 Tbsp PB with my afternoon starch instead. That was heaven.

Week 4: They give you your calorie goal. Mine was calculated at 1900 (I'm really, really active). We both agreed (have I mentioned my consultant rocks) to have a goal of 1600, knowing some days I may be higher, but I wanted to keep trying to lose.

I tracked calories with MFP for a month or so and it helped, but it was too time consuming for me. So then I started keeping a paper journal and I ate basically like metabalance with a few extra servings here and there. I did really well until a few weeks or so ago when I had several parties and traveling and thenn the warrior dash which I used as an excuse to eat. So this past week I went back on metabalance and lost most of what I had gained in my food frolicking. The next 4 days I'm actually going to try to do green because I am crazy busy at work and won't have time to think about food, so 3 meals is easier and may just kick out the last few pounds to go under goal.

faerychic
06-24-2012, 10:27 PM
Stabilization for metabalance is different (at least mine was).

week 1: have an egg or cheese or other 1 oz protein along with your fruit for morning snack (take out the HNS).

Week 2: take out evening HNS and add 1 oz protein instead (to the evening snack or evening meal...I usually eat them together so it didn't matter). Also add 1 serving starch to noon meal. They gave me an expanded list, but for several weeks I stuck with what I'd been eating then slowly added others...none of them made me gain, but some trigger me to overeat and crave (graham crackers, pretzels...really anything pretty processed)

Week 3: Add 1 fat serving to dinner meal (ex: 1 tsp butter, 1 Tbsp cream cheese, 1 tsp mayo, 6 small nuts). I didn't really want a fat with my dinner, but I was dying for peanut butter, so we did 1 Tbsp PB with my afternoon starch instead. That was heaven.

Week 4: They give you your calorie goal. Mine was calculated at 1900 (I'm really, really active). We both agreed (have I mentioned my consultant rocks) to have a goal of 1600, knowing some days I may be higher, but I wanted to keep trying to lose.

I tracked calories with MFP for a month or so and it helped, but it was too time consuming for me. So then I started keeping a paper journal and I ate basically like metabalance with a few extra servings here and there. I did really well until a few weeks or so ago when I had several parties and traveling and thenn the warrior dash which I used as an excuse to eat. So this past week I went back on metabalance and lost most of what I had gained in my food frolicking. The next 4 days I'm actually going to try to do green because I am crazy busy at work and won't have time to think about food, so 3 meals is easier and may just kick out the last few pounds to go under goal.


Thank you so much for the info! It irritates me that I specifically asked if there was a different menu for metabalance and I was told no. It just did not make sense. I am going to call the manager tomorrow and ask her about stabilization for metabalance.

faerychic
06-25-2012, 02:54 PM
Apparently with the change to the metablance menu and stabilization process is now the same for all meal plans - 6 weeks of stabilization, first week is to add in a starch. The old stabilization plan that nwcgina posted makes more sense to me. Oh well - I'll just do what I am told.

My refrigerator died over the weekend and I have not been grocery shopping so I will have to figure out what I have on hand for the added starch. I didn't want to buy anything since I don't get a new fridge until Tuesday - have all the items that require refrigeration in coolers. It's been 100 degrees here in Colorado so the ice melts fast!

nwcgina
06-25-2012, 10:39 PM
Hmmm...strange. I wouldn't mind the 6 week transition...but to go from having snacks to not...it would have been hard on me. But you can totally do it! I did the green menu today for the first time since Jan...I knew I could do it since I'd be busy. Going to do it a few more days then back to metabalance until it is all gone.

ynapier
06-26-2012, 03:45 PM
I went to WI today and was up 3. I have looked at my journal and beleive it's the bites and tastes that I'm not writing down. SO...I'm going back to the green menu and writing everything down. If it goes in my mouth it goes in the journal. I haven't been doing that like I should the past couple of weeks. I've only been writing the meals and snacks down. Not the bites and tastes of things. At least I'm catching this early and hope to be down at least the 3 pounds by next weeks WI.

camaswa
06-27-2012, 02:52 PM
Y, I'm doing that starting today too. All those little nibbles do add up. And it's usually not low-carb, low-cal things we are taking a bite of here and there, so it's adding up fast. I have some music to face at my WI on Friday myself. GOOD LUCK!

patzi
06-27-2012, 07:36 PM
ynapier..
Going back to the green menu always does it for me. I am sure you will be fine, just stay op and you will see a drop . I did not get weighed in Tuesday, my regular day, and did not want to let a week go by, so will go this Friday and again next Tuesday...
Wishing you all a good weigh in.

Patzi

teacherlady79
06-29-2012, 10:14 AM
Ugh. I'm sick again. :( I hate how being sick messes with my body.

About a month ago, I had a low-grade fever, fatigue, and occasional dizziness/nausea. No other symptoms, and it lasted about 4-5 days.

Now, I started with a fever/nausea late Wednesday night, fatigue and what felt like the start of a chest cold Thursday, and then sore throat and fever again last night. This morning, it's fever, sore throat, some coughing, and a little bit of stuffy nose/drainage.

It's just so weird. It's like I'm sick, but only sort-of sick--and it's dragging on and on. I'm used to having something come on quickly and (usually) go quickly. Also, I don't usually get fevers unless it's a sinus infection, the flu, or strep--which this doesn't appear to be.

It just makes eating tough--because nothing sounds good and thinking about food makes me nauseated, but sometimes I get hungry and want comfort foods, like grilled-cheese sandwiches or pizza--and obviously exercising is out of the question.

Bah! Thanks for letting me vent. :)

JenB72
06-29-2012, 11:56 AM
Crazy question, but any chance you're pregnant?

bigdog
06-29-2012, 12:16 PM
Teacherlady, probably allergies or this bacterial infections that seem to pop up this time of year. i'm on antibiotics again for sinus infection...:-( just do the meal replacement shakes and add some greek yogurt and fruit... and do the grilled cheese w/ one slice of diet bread and use spray butter :-)

my DH bought home some meatloaf the other night (he's a Chef) and i was like why is this sweet? he said he added brown sugar and molasses for something different. i'm like, really? that is just stupid!!! (he does use lean beef and usually ilove it) i got all over him,that is Sugar and who wants sweet meatloaf?blah blah blah!! he was like, wow,get off the pipe!!! haha! i told him the homemade salsa was excellent on top but DO NOT ever add sugar to my meatloaf!!!

MEN!!! :-)

patzi
06-29-2012, 06:01 PM
Hi...
I weighed in today and gained 1 pound,makingme 4 pounds under goal. No reason for the gain... I have been up, down,up, down and having a problem maintaining the 5 under and I really want to do that.. The consultant today wants me to go on the Meta Slim 2 meal diet.. I will try it for a few days and see if it will stabilize me. Not looking forward to it, but will try it and let y'all know how I do with it.

Hope everyone is having a great day and maintaining.

Patzi

camaswa
06-29-2012, 07:41 PM
What is the 2 meal metaslim? I've not heard of it. I was under the impression that such fluxuations were totally normal and that the time to get concerned was when you stayed consistently up two or three after a couple days in a row. Is that happening to you?

patzi
06-30-2012, 12:50 AM
What is the 2 meal metaslim? I've not heard of it. I was under the impression that such fluxuations were totally normal and that the time to get concerned was when you stayed consistently up two or three after a couple days in a row. Is that happening to you?

I am having a problem going up 1-2 pounds in a day, and I can't seem to get back down to the 5 pound under goal. I am now 4 pounds under goal, and have gone to 3 under,which has never happened since maintenance. This is just a kick start, I believe. I was maintaining just fine, and then I was up 1/2, then up 2, then up 1. If you were here when I was losing weight, I lost in small amounts, .2, 1/2, maybe one pound if I was lucky. so it is very difficult for me to take it off if I gain. This happened after I was gone a week, and ate out . Stayed OP all the time I was away, but when I came back I gained and have been fluctuating up and down which is unusual for me.
It took me over a week to have the weight start to go on when I returned.

Meta Slim two meal plan is.. Breakfast,protein, fruit, veggie, bread. HNS

10:00 AM HNS
2:00PM HNS

Dinner... Protein, vegggie and bread..
Eat hard cheese at one meal only.
HNS

Allowed one creamy & 4 HNS daily if so desire.

Eat hard cheese at one meal only
32 oz. diet soda,
You may use MRC Nutra bar as breakfast or dinner omitting fruit and protein or bread and protein, not to exceed 3 times a week.


I think that is it.. If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask. Will let you know how I do Tuesday on weigh in.

teacherlady79
07-01-2012, 11:51 AM
Crazy question, but any chance you're pregnant?

Haha, that's what everyone keeps asking me, but no, not a chance. Ironically, my biggest motivation for losing this weight was to get healthy and increase my fertility (my sister and I have PCOS and she had to do fertility treatments to get pregnant). I say "ironically," because it worked for me--I'm having regular cycles for the first time in my life--but after not getting pregnant and doing some testing, we discovered that my husband is sterile. He simply doesn't produce sperm due to either a genetic defect or exposure to something while he was in the service (which we can't prove either way).

I don't usually talk about this with most people, but I feel safe here, in the support and community we've built here. :) Anyway, no chance I"m pregnant. We're planning on using donor sperm, and our expected date to move forward (after testing, etc.) is this fall, in September or October. On a weight-loss-related note, I'm not gonna lie--I am REALLY ANXIOUS about eating right during my (hopefully) upcoming pregnancy, and not gaining too much... but even more so about losing the weight afterwards and not gaining it back while my kids are little. I see my sister and friends with kids struggle with this soooooo much, and I'm more than a little scared about sliding back down the slippery slope of weight gain when my world completely changes and I'm overwhelmed...

Teacherlady, probably allergies or this bacterial infections that seem to pop up this time of year. i'm on antibiotics again for sinus infection...:-( just do the meal replacement shakes and add some greek yogurt and fruit... and do the grilled cheese w/ one slice of diet bread and use spray butter :-)

my DH bought home some meatloaf the other night (he's a Chef) and i was like why is this sweet? he said he added brown sugar and molasses for something different. i'm like, really? that is just stupid!!! (he does use lean beef and usually ilove it) i got all over him,that is Sugar and who wants sweet meatloaf?blah blah blah!! he was like, wow,get off the pipe!!! haha! i told him the homemade salsa was excellent on top but DO NOT ever add sugar to my meatloaf!!!


My husband still does this kind of stuff sometimes, too, and I get so mad! I've pretty much gotten to the point where unless it involves grilling, I pretty much make all our dinners. It's an added burden for me, but it's just a lot less anxiety-ridden if I can just have control over everything I eat. There's been a few times this winter that he's cooked and tried new things, but I've tried to be in the kitchen (under the guise of "helping" or "watching so I can learn how to make it, too" rather than saying that I'm policing his cooking, lol) so I can "help" him make better ingredient choices (low-sodium broth vs. regular, quinoa vs. rice, etc.) and so I can know everything he's putting in there.

Hi...
I weighed in today and gained 1 pound,makingme 4 pounds under goal. No reason for the gain... I have been up, down,up, down and having a problem maintaining the 5 under and I really want to do that..

Patzi, is it hot where you live? Is it possible you're retaining water from the heat? Have you tried increasing your water by 8oz/day for a few days? Or have you gotten stuck in a "rut" with your eating and need to switch up your protein source?

It's hard to tell what a gain is from when there's so many variables...I've even found that just having a very stressful week--not changing my eating/exercising habits--can cause me to gain weight slightly. My sister, an ICU nurse, said that it could be because stress causes our body chemistry to change and our body goes into "survival" mode, thus trying to hold on to weight. As we say in yoga, whether it's a shark coming at you for an attack or your boss coming by at the end of your shift to ask you to stay late, your body responds to stressful stimuli in the same way--so any stress, even if it seems silly, can cause physiological changes.

camaswa
07-01-2012, 03:24 PM
I was also wondering if that heat in FLorida might be affecting Patzi. It sounds simply brutal.

patzi
07-01-2012, 04:43 PM
I was also wondering if that heat in FLorida might be affecting Patzi. It sounds simply brutal.

Teacher Lady and Camaswa.
It is very hot and humid here and I have upped my water due to this. Stress, that has been very high. I did go back to the green menu and gained, so I am now doing the Meta Slim 2 meal menu and it stinks.. I will do thru
tomorrow and see where I am when I weigh in on Tuesday. I am hungry around 2, and trust me an HNS does not do the trick. This is a pain, as I am so used to being on maintenance. I have switched my diet around, upped protein, and let's see where this 2 day thing gets me. I am a bit frustrated now, but that shall pass. Do you believe the center suggested I try the weight loss method that we can't talk about here. I told them forget it.

For the person asking about substitution of the HNS to something else due to expense. My opinion, and this is my opinion only, but I would not do that. HNS is part of the weight loss program.. If you can't afford all that is required for the day, speak to your consultant and explain to her your problem and have her cut the daily amount done if that is possible till you can afford what is required. But I do believe it is an important part of my weight loss . I would not take any of their other stuff, but HNS I always bought and the fat and carb blocker, but that is not a necessity. Hope you do well, I am on maintenance and it is soooooo well worth it .. I hope you find a way to continue on this.
Patzi

teacherlady79
07-01-2012, 10:07 PM
Do you believe the center suggested I try the weight loss method that we can't talk about here. I told them forget it.
Patzi

Ugh. They suggested that, when you're only trying to lose like 2 pounds?? UGH! The consultants that do things like that give the entire program a bad reputation.

Hopefully just changing up and adding protein will help. If not, I would just go back to the green menu and try either adding some additional exercise, or just waiting it out. Maybe try yoga for the stress reduction? Like I said, stress can cause your body to hang on to lbs. I hope you get it figured out quickly, though--otherwise this becomes so frustrating that it's almost an obsession. At least you're still under goal weight, though, and it's not like you've packed on 15lbs and are just now trying to figure out what happened! :)

camaswa
07-01-2012, 11:52 PM
Well said Teacher Lady!

Ps I tried Artic Ice. Underwhelmed.... But so close to bring good!

camaswa
07-01-2012, 11:53 PM
Originally Posted by patzi
Do you believe the center suggested I try the weight loss method that we can't talk about here. I told them forget it.
Patzi

ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? That is x#%¥€# ridiculous.

JenB72
07-02-2012, 10:09 AM
TeacherLady, best of luck with your treatments. If you are concerned about the aftermath of having a baby, I'm proof that it can be done. Wasn't easy, and it took me a while before I wanted to take care of myself, but I did it and you will too. ;)

JenB72
07-02-2012, 10:12 AM
The Florida heat is bad. I heard our heat index was supposed to be 115 today. :flame:

camaswa
07-02-2012, 03:50 PM
So Jen, have you gone it to the center yet? I am betting your possible gain wasn't nearly as bad as you feared, and that you are getting back on track.

For me the dread is always worse than the reality.
Stay cool HNS popsicles, maybe?

JenB72
07-02-2012, 03:55 PM
Oh, it was bad...real bad. Guess the heat is getting to me because I didn't drink all my water yesterday, maybe 60 ounces and I gained 4 pounds overnight according to my scales at home! My counselor did a Tanita on me and it said my water weight was up 3.5 pounds. She was confident it would come off in a hurry once I started getting all my water back in. Then we will do the Tanita again in a few weeks and hopefully I'll be back under goal. Officially back on the green menu, but I had been doing a combo Green Menu/Maintenance menu since last week, so it's not as much of a shock, thankfully.

camaswa
07-02-2012, 04:13 PM
Ooooh, that IS bad. But now you know. And water is a lot easier to desal with than actual fat. I think I will go fill my water bottle now! Good luck!

nwcgina
07-02-2012, 05:27 PM
Wow, lots of happenings around here. With everyone retaining water, know that it really is your body's way of protecting itself from dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. There are 2 main hormones responsible for this...one (ADH) retains water, the other (Aldosterone) retains sodium. Upping your water does help, but even with upping water your body works like a thermostat and your body will just adjust hormone levels again. It is frustrating, but normal. I can tell I'm retaining water by how my ring fits. If it gets tight, I know I'm retaining. In the summer this happens especially if I"m outside and active a lot. It easily makes a 2 lb difference with me.

I was up to 159 and got back on metabalance until I hit 154 then I went on the green menu. I lasted 2 days. By the end of the second day I was ready to cause bodily harm to everyone in my path, so back to metabalance...but I was down to 152. Then this weekend with stress (DH extra busy at work, trying to sell/buy a house) I just ate all crazy like. Back at 154. So after a long talk with my counselor I'm sticking with metabalance. Even though it works, the green menu is too restrictive for my activity level and then my body just goes crazy (along with my mind). I may do a day of green here and there if I need to get back on track.

camaswa
07-02-2012, 07:02 PM
Gina, see my question to you on the main list of threads. Thanks.

nwcgina
07-02-2012, 11:31 PM
Responded. I didn't see it. I often just check in at the maintenance board now or I spend too much time on the computer and not enough time engaged with my kids. So just bring my attention to something I may miss elsewhere.

camaswa
07-02-2012, 11:58 PM
Yes. I figured that. I don't see you post so much nowadays. Thanks for your help.

JenB72
07-03-2012, 11:39 AM
With everyone retaining water, know that it really is your body's way of protecting itself from dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. There are 2 main hormones responsible for this...one (ADH) retains water, the other (Aldosterone) retains sodium. Upping your water does help, but even with upping water your body works like a thermostat and your body will just adjust hormone levels again. It is frustrating, but normal. I can tell I'm retaining water by how my ring fits. If it gets tight, I know I'm retaining. In the summer this happens especially if I"m outside and active a lot. It easily makes a 2 lb difference with me.

Thanks for posting this! It actually made me feel a bit better with the water weight issue.