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JenB72
11-01-2011, 08:23 AM
Hope everyone has a great November. :turkey:

No more monthly goals for me. I'm so close to goal, that's what I'd like to shoot for, whether it be this month or next month. If monthly goals work for you, then by all means, go for it!!! We're here to support you! :)


nwcgina
11-01-2011, 08:52 AM
I just signed up yesterday so starting today on preconditioning. I had been eating pretty healthy, exercising, and drinking plenty of water previous to this...so the biggest change will be the reduction in carbs. But I can do this. And of course the day after Halloween & having a 3 & 5 year old we have waaaay too much candy around here. So I've put it out of sight so it is mostly out of mind...and when it does come to mind I think "I'm not eating you." It feels much more powerful and less victimish than "I can't eat you...." that implies some external force is making my decisions. I make the decisions for me.

Fluffy in Florida
11-01-2011, 09:30 AM
Another month has started and I'm still losing the pounds. I actually had to break down and buy a couple new pairs of jeans since for some reason I got rid of all of mine in this size. This time around losing the weight I am not holding on to the old clothes. When they get too big they are getting sold! Because I vow not to regain all this weight. These next 2 months are going to be difficult with the holidays but we can all do this.
Good luck to everybody this month. Again this month my goal is to lose. As long as I'm losing I am getting healthier and sticking to my guns on this.


bigdog
11-01-2011, 09:55 AM
Another month has started and I'm still losing the pounds. I actually had to break down and buy a couple new pairs of jeans since for some reason I got rid of all of mine in this size. This time around losing the weight I am not holding on to the old clothes. When they get too big they are getting sold! Because I vow not to regain all this weight. These next 2 months are going to be difficult with the holidays but we can all do this.
Good luck to everybody this month. Again this month my goal is to lose. As long as I'm losing I am getting healthier and sticking to my guns on this.

hey, Fluffy, try some of these wonderful recipes for the holidays, i haven't tried the deviled eggs recipe but that looks great. the snickerdoodles are wonderful and i saw a recipe for banana bread i want to try. once i get the substitutes for the foods i used to eat, this plan gets easier :-) im planning on taking a veggie tray and cheese to any potluck type party i go to and will also drink a chicken soup HNS before i go out so i'm not hungry.
also planning on getting a Oster one drink blender or magic blender as a reward and will help me whip up some great protein drinks :-) i even take my pink lemonade HNS powder, add ice and water, sometimes add vanilla protein powder or diet lemon lime soda and makes a type of milk shake...
i love the different combos. for lunch, i'll add strawberries or blueberries and make a smoothie...

bigdog
11-01-2011, 09:58 AM
Hope everyone has a great November. :turkey:

No more monthly goals for me. I'm so close to goal, that's what I'd like to shoot for, whether it be this month or next month. If monthly goals work for you, then by all means, go for it!!! We're here to support you! :)

Jen, just remember when you get to maintenance and are on the Maintainers board, you need to keep popping in here to continue to help us w/ our goals :-) best of luck to you !! you can do it!

JenB72
11-01-2011, 10:07 AM
Jen, just remember when you get to maintenance and are on the Maintainers board, you need to keep popping in here to continue to help us w/ our goals :-) best of luck to you !! you can do it!

You know I will! ;)

Actually, had something pretty cool happen at my WI on Saturday. My center is involved in a contest with the other centers in our area (8 total). They want me to be their representative and enter me in the contest of Before & After pictures w/a testimonial! As soon as they heard about the contest, the counselor I see the most yells, "I got Jennifer!" LOL The prize is $100 Visa gift card to the counselor & one to the client. :) Even if I don't win, I feel so honored that they would want me to represent them.

Fluffy in Florida
11-01-2011, 10:18 AM
hey, Fluffy, try some of these wonderful recipes for the holidays, i haven't tried the deviled eggs recipe but that looks great. the snickerdoodles are wonderful and i saw a recipe for banana bread i want to try. once i get the substitutes for the foods i used to eat, this plan gets easier :-) im planning on taking a veggie tray and cheese to any potluck type party i go to and will also drink a chicken soup HNS before i go out so i'm not hungry.
also planning on getting a Oster one drink blender or magic blender as a reward and will help me whip up some great protein drinks :-) i even take my pink lemonade HNS powder, add ice and water, sometimes add vanilla protein powder or diet lemon lime soda and makes a type of milk shake...
i love the different combos. for lunch, i'll add strawberries or blueberries and make a smoothie...

I've already been scoping out some of the recipes. I love to cook so this has been great with trying new recipes. Even have my husband cooking most of the time during the week for dinner. I want to take some stuff with me to dinner with my parents that will make them wonder if it's OP or not lol ;):thanks2:

If its the same Oster I bought don't bother. (The one with the neon color bottle) After having to return mine for not sealing and blowing liquid every where, I did some research and they don't last long at all. I took mine back and got and off brand one like the magic bullet or whatever its called. I love it. It has 6 large containers, a small one, 2 types of blades and caps for drinking out of it and lids. It has come in so handy.

One of my favorite drinks for lunch is frozen peaches, vanilla protein, water and peach mango HNS. mmmmm good I did read your post on the snickerdoodles and will definitely have to try them.

Fluffy in Florida
11-01-2011, 10:19 AM
You know I will! ;)

Actually, had something pretty cool happen at my WI on Saturday. My center is involved in a contest with the other centers in our area (8 total). They want me to be their representative and enter me in the contest of Before & After pictures w/a testimonial! As soon as they heard about the contest, the counselor I see the most yells, "I got Jennifer!" LOL The prize is $100 Visa gift card to the counselor & one to the client. :) Even if I don't win, I feel so honored that they would want me to represent them.

That's pretty awesome Jen! You are such an inspiration to keep on going!!

patzi
11-01-2011, 10:46 AM
Had maiantenance weigh in today and lost 1 pound I gained last week. That is what I wanted to do , thus bringing me down to 5 pounds under goal.

I did do the Medi Quick Wednesday and Thursday, and am glad I am off of it, as it messed my stomach up royally. I ate a meal at night that was OP.Usually I would just go back to green menu if I wanted to lose, but for some reason this time I did not. So.... now, back to maintenance.

Wishing everyone a great weigh in and congrats to all those that lost and I welcome all the newbies... Wishing you the best.

Y'all have a great day.
Patzi

Rzrbackcandi
11-01-2011, 11:08 AM
Hey gang!

I'll just get right to it, if you couldn't already tell by the title.. I signed the 100lb Board this morning!!. I'm really at a loss for words. Which is very rare for me. But I don't quite know what to say or what to do. This weeked, I bought a couple 1x tops, so that's down from a 4/5x and a pair of size 12 jeans!! Which I've gone from a 24 to a 12!!! :carrot:

Jen: Congrats on the nomination and Good Luck!! And I'm kind of with you on the goal thing. My weight loss has slowed down quite a bit but I'm still losing. My goal right now is just to get through my mom's final foot surgery in Pensacola, which we will be down there from November 13-23 and probably on the road on the 24th so I won't be tempted by anything bad and then Christmas.

Patzi: Glad to see you're right back where you want to be. Sorry your tummy got messed up and hopefully everything is back to normal.

Fluffy: I had to buy a few new tops this weekend. But I shopped the clearance racks, so it wasn't too bad. A few ladies at the center have told me about consignment shops in the area so I'm going to try to take my things there and also pick up a few things.

nwcgina: Welcome to the group! Just stick with the program.. it DOES work!

I have to figure out how I'm going to work today. I'm SO hyped! Oh, and I've started a 2nd job. I'll be working part time at Hobby Lobby. I used to work there in Overland Park, KS and loved it. My mom's car broke down, so I'm going to try to save up money and help her buy a new car or at least a nice used car. I may not be around too often, but will try to pop in, when I can.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Tamikl
11-01-2011, 12:39 PM
WOW!!! Congratulations to you, Candi!!!!!! :congrat: You are amazing :)

You know, you all seem to be doing fantastic, and I really am not, ladies. My motivation is low at the moment, and I just keep messing up. Tomorrow is my WI and I really don't want to go. I feel disappointed in myself, and not sure how to get out of this slump that I am in. The reality is that I am pretty weak when it comes to food, and while I make mostly good choices, it isn't enough.

Some days I feel so strong...and then it seems like a couple of mess ups can really make or break a WI success....

Well, today is OP and I will just keep on taking it "one day at a time."

ps...Patzi, Jen, and Candi??? Would you suggest a temporary "maintenance" time for me? Just thinking that maybe I need a change at this point in my journey, and then get back on the weightloss again after the holidays? My plan is to lose 12 more pounds, then go on Stabilization/Maintenance no matter what. I would so appreciate your insights.....

Fluffy in Florida
11-01-2011, 12:49 PM
Hey gang!

I'll just get right to it, if you couldn't already tell by the title.. I signed the 100lb Board this morning!!. I'm really at a loss for words. Which is very rare for me. But I don't quite know what to say or what to do. This weeked, I bought a couple 1x tops, so that's down from a 4/5x and a pair of size 12 jeans!! Which I've gone from a 24 to a 12!!! :carrot:

Jen: Congrats on the nomination and Good Luck!! And I'm kind of with you on the goal thing. My weight loss has slowed down quite a bit but I'm still losing. My goal right now is just to get through my mom's final foot surgery in Pensacola, which we will be down there from November 13-23 and probably on the road on the 24th so I won't be tempted by anything bad and then Christmas.

Patzi: Glad to see you're right back where you want to be. Sorry your tummy got messed up and hopefully everything is back to normal.

Fluffy: I had to buy a few new tops this weekend. But I shopped the clearance racks, so it wasn't too bad. A few ladies at the center have told me about consignment shops in the area so I'm going to try to take my things there and also pick up a few things.

nwcgina: Welcome to the group! Just stick with the program.. it DOES work!

I have to figure out how I'm going to work today. I'm SO hyped! Oh, and I've started a 2nd job. I'll be working part time at Hobby Lobby. I used to work there in Overland Park, KS and loved it. My mom's car broke down, so I'm going to try to save up money and help her buy a new car or at least a nice used car. I may not be around too often, but will try to pop in, when I can.

Hope everyone has a great week!

First of all CONGRATS!!! That is such a great accomplishment!

Wow...you are coming all the way to Florida? Now don't be fooled by coming to the Sunshine State...this morning it was 39 outside (I live not far from Pensacola)

I'm glad for the size change but I hate shopping, esp clothes shopping. :) I have clothes for the next size down so I won't have to shop that much then :D

ynapier
11-01-2011, 01:05 PM
Rzrbackcandi - WAY TO GO!!! That is amazing. :bravo::congrat:

dkmd27
11-01-2011, 03:15 PM
diet direct has the hot drinks (chocolates, etc.), powdered HNS and puddings on sale this week

ynapier
11-01-2011, 04:54 PM
Jen - Way to go on the contest entry. Hope you and your center WIN!

patzi
11-01-2011, 05:27 PM
Candi...
I am so proud of you.. What a fantastic accomplishment. Be real proud of yoursel, Candi.. You have come a long way and you have worked the program and received wonderful results.What an inspiration you are.

Jen..Congrats on nomination, and wishing you good luck.

nwcgina..
Welcome... The diet is the best and does work. I wish you the best of luck in your challenge.

Patzi

nwcgina
11-01-2011, 07:55 PM
Awesome job, Candi!!! It's stories like yours that gave me the courage to try MRC!!

I heard the first 10 days are the hardest. Are those hard days once you start on program or preconditioning? Today's preconditioning was a little harder than I thought it would be. I think early in the day I didn't do enough protein (was still eating in proportion to what I was eating when I also ate like 10 servings of carbs a day plus candy:) But I made it through. Heading to the gym to walk and lift weights with a friend.

bigdog
11-01-2011, 07:55 PM
You know I will! ;)

Actually, had something pretty cool happen at my WI on Saturday. My center is involved in a contest with the other centers in our area (8 total). They want me to be their representative and enter me in the contest of Before & After pictures w/a testimonial! As soon as they heard about the contest, the counselor I see the most yells, "I got Jennifer!" LOL The prize is $100 Visa gift card to the counselor & one to the client. :) Even if I don't win, I feel so honored that they would want me to represent them.

that's fantastic!! see you even motivate the Center! :-)

bigdog
11-01-2011, 08:01 PM
I've already been scoping out some of the recipes. I love to cook so this has been great with trying new recipes. Even have my husband cooking most of the time during the week for dinner. I want to take some stuff with me to dinner with my parents that will make them wonder if it's OP or not lol ;):thanks2:

If its the same Oster I bought don't bother. (The one with the neon color bottle) After having to return mine for not sealing and blowing liquid every where, I did some research and they don't last long at all. I took mine back and got and off brand one like the magic bullet or whatever its called. I love it. It has 6 large containers, a small one, 2 types of blades and caps for drinking out of it and lids. It has come in so handy.

One of my favorite drinks for lunch is frozen peaches, vanilla protein, water and peach mango HNS. mmmmm good I did read your post on the snickerdoodles and will definitely have to try them.

good to know!...what off brand did you get and where did you get it? i just saw the ad in my fitness mag and thought it looked good but if it leaks, forget about it! yikes! i was just thinking about peaches today...that sounds wonderful!

bigdog
11-01-2011, 08:12 PM
Ok, i'm hooked on journaling! Fitness Pal is loaded on my blackberry and i have access to it on computer. it is the easiest food and exercising tracker i have ever used! has everything in it even restaurant meals so no more guessing. figures out protein, cal., fat, carbs. and it's free, woo hoo! of course w/ MRC diet, the carbs are way low and the protein is way high but that's good! will even give you a prediction "if you eat this way every day" you will be at ____lbs in 5 weeks. very very cool. i'm like a kid w/ a new toy :dizzy:

Goneforgood1128
11-01-2011, 08:27 PM
Candi:
That is AMAZING! YEAH FOR YOU!!! I bet that smile is still on your face:)

Jen-Congrats on being selected for the contest-that is an honor to be chosen to represent your whole center!

Patzi: Thank you for continuing to share your journey through maintenance with us!

I WI today and was down a pound (but I had gained a 1/2 at my last WI). So, I am 4 pounds under goal. Would still like to get that one more pound to make it a 5 lb buffer, but may just have to be happy with 4 for now! I have enjoyed the first 5 weeks of stabilization and guess I'll be "on my own" in another week and a half!

Hang in there, ladies! This program works and is sooo worth it when you get to start adding back in those foods you've been without.
Elizabeth

bigdog
11-01-2011, 09:51 PM
diet direct has the hot drinks (chocolates, etc.), powdered HNS and puddings on sale this week

i got the hot cocoa (large size 17.6 oz) Protidiet brand...it is soooooo good~! i mix it w/ my lite coffee (half caffeine) warmed me up today!

bigdog
11-01-2011, 09:53 PM
Hey gang!

I'll just get right to it, if you couldn't already tell by the title.. I signed the 100lb Board this morning!!. I'm really at a loss for words. Which is very rare for me. But I don't quite know what to say or what to do. This weeked, I bought a couple 1x tops, so that's down from a 4/5x and a pair of size 12 jeans!! Which I've gone from a 24 to a 12!!! :carrot:

Jen: Congrats on the nomination and Good Luck!! And I'm kind of with you on the goal thing. My weight loss has slowed down quite a bit but I'm still losing. My goal right now is just to get through my mom's final foot surgery in Pensacola, which we will be down there from November 13-23 and probably on the road on the 24th so I won't be tempted by anything bad and then Christmas.


Patzi: Glad to see you're right back where you want to be. Sorry your tummy got messed up and hopefully everything is back to normal.

Fluffy: I had to buy a few new tops this weekend. But I shopped the clearance racks, so it wasn't too bad. A few ladies at the center have told me about consignment shops in the area so I'm going to try to take my things there and also pick up a few things.

nwcgina: Welcome to the group! Just stick with the program.. it DOES work!

I have to figure out how I'm going to work today. I'm SO hyped! Oh, and I've started a 2nd job. I'll be working part time at Hobby Lobby. I used to work there in Overland Park, KS and loved it. My mom's car broke down, so I'm going to try to save up money and help her buy a new car or at least a nice used car. I may not be around too often, but will try to pop in, when I can.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Congratulations!!!!! wooo hooo! you are such an inspiration to us all!!

bigdog
11-01-2011, 10:02 PM
WOW!!! Congratulations to you, Candi!!!!!! :congrat: You are amazing :)

You know, you all seem to be doing fantastic, and I really am not, ladies. My motivation is low at the moment, and I just keep messing up. Tomorrow is my WI and I really don't want to go. I feel disappointed in myself, and not sure how to get out of this slump that I am in. The reality is that I am pretty weak when it comes to food, and while I make mostly good choices, it isn't enough.

Some days I feel so strong...and then it seems like a couple of mess ups can really make or break a WI success....

Well, today is OP and I will just keep on taking it "one day at a time."

ps...Patzi, Jen, and Candi??? Would you suggest a temporary "maintenance" time for me? Just thinking that maybe I need a change at this point in my journey, and then get back on the weightloss again after the holidays? My plan is to lose 12 more pounds, then go on Stabilization/Maintenance no matter what. I would so appreciate your insights.....

can you talk to your counselor and see what they advise? i'm so happy to get into the clothes in my closet, that i seem to be getting comfortable w/ the 20 lbs i lost but then look at everyone's else's success and realize i can keep going and get another 15 off. that's what i did all the time, i'd get to goal weight and would be so thrilled and go right back to my old habits and gain it all again. every single time. so anyway i have to keep on going but the only way is w/ variety and trying new OP foods so i don't give up :-) you can do it, we all know you can.

linzbear329
11-02-2011, 12:30 AM
Hi Everyone,
I am new so please forgive me if I don't use proper board etiquette. I am so excited! I signed up on Thursday and started Friday. I dropped 5.5 on my WI on Monday! It has been difficult, I had to cut caffeine out which has been the hardest part. Here I am on day 2 of NO caffeine and I am doin' alright. :D I am still on preconditioning, but so far I have confidence that I am going to make it.
I haven't told many people that I've signed up, actually only 2 people. So maybe I'll come here more often to share this journey with everyone. You all are rocking the weight-loss!

nwcgina
11-02-2011, 08:12 AM
linzbear-glad to have someone else that is starting the journey about the same time! I am on day 2 of preconditioning. I have to admit I was hungry yesterday, but I am sure that will get much better. I'm excited that there are so many successful people around here to learn from! Like you, I haven't told many people...my parents (who are also starting it), hubby, and a weight loss buddy (we tried to lose together last year...she lost 25+, I lost 5 and went back and forth with the same 5 all year).

Rocki
11-02-2011, 10:27 AM
Congrats to all the great losses. I am gearing up to get back on program. I got my shakes in the mail yesterday. The "fuzzy navel" is pretty good, but I have yet to try the chocolate. I can't wait. I need to get some chicken soup and I'll be good to go.

Can someone please email me the documents with the menus and such? I posted in the thread about it but I haven't seen anything. I keep checking Spam wondering if it's gone there, but I can't find it. My email is rockistoffer at gmail dot com.

Thanks everyone! Happy Hump Day!

Rzrbackcandi
11-02-2011, 10:59 AM
:thanks: :thanks: :thanks:

Yes, the smile is still on my face. I went out for a walk yesterday about an hour after my weigh in and I actually teared up thinking about 100lbs! They were definitely happy tears but wiped them away and held my head up high! Now I'm on the downhill slope of my weight loss journey but at the same time, feel like I'm climbing a tall mountain to the rest of my HEALTHY life! It feels FANTASTIC! :D

Tamikl: There have been times that I have felt miserable about myself and unsure at weigh in's, not from cheating but just not feeling like I was losing any weight and the last 5 weeks, I've only lost 1-2lbs when I was losing 3-5. My counselors made me take a look at the big picture.. which was - I was still losing weight and inches. Then they would point out the block of rubber fat they have on the counters and say - you have lost 10 of those or whatever the number was at the time. I know I've heard people say that Life happens and that's why they fall off the wagon and stop "dieting" but with this program I have learned... This is my Life... I will be eating healthier for the rest of my life and I will look better and feel better every morning I wake up. As for your "maintenance" through the holidays, I'm not sure I would use the holidays as a crutch to eat more or make bad choices. Because then everyday might become a holiday. I know you're close to your goal weight and I think I would keep on going through the holidays. I'm afraid if you stop now and you end up gaining through the holidays, you may fall completely off the wagon and then will you really come back? I don't know?? :?: I hope that doesn't sound mean but I really want to see you succeed and be happy. :hug:

Fluffy: Yes, going all the way to Florida. She is going to the Andrews Orthopedic Institute in Gulf Breeze. The surgeon she had up here really messed up her feet. And I'm used to the crazy Florida weather. I used to live in Orlando for 12 years. My dad lives in Pensacola, so he gives me weather updates, too :)

nwcgina: Preconditioning was hard for me. I was on it for 9 days before I got my regular menu. That 2nd day with no caffeine, I thought I was going to hurt someone! :o But I have been caffeine free since March! I don't even drink decaf things. It's water all day along with my HNS. In the beginning, I was drinking decaf iced tea but then found out that if I drink a glass of tea, I would have to add to my water intake... figured it would be best for me to just drink water. But everyone is different!

linzbear329: Welcome to the group! I wasn't sure how many people I was going to tell in the beginning. It started out with just family and a couple close friends. Then I came on here and it made me feel liberated in some way that I could talk about my weight and feel comfortable about it. So, I made the decision to post it on my facebook page... a HUGE story of the beginning of my weight loss.. even down to the details of how much I weighed! :o Never thought I would ever tell anyone what my real weight was.. 328 was not a pretty number. You would not believe the responses I got... all of support and love and people wanting me to post every week. Now I post a new pic when I sign the boards or get new measurements and my friends even want me to make something to send to them to be a part of my journey. I'm a crafter/sewer - so I think we've decided on hot pads and I'm going to embroider "Team C - 100+ Club" on them. Again, everyone is different. But it has been a wonderful experience for me to be so open with everything, which I kinda used to be with things but never anything like this. Definitely a NEW me.

Ok - I think I've gone on long enough. If you made it to the end of this post, give yourself a pat on the back :dizzy:

Have a great day everyone!

karo112
11-02-2011, 12:37 PM
Hi all - so I'm new. Sort of. I had tremendous success with MRC in the past, and now post-baby, etc etc etc here I am! I just went in today to get started. It was my lunch break, and I think becuase I've done the program before I got sort of "rushed through" everything so I'm feeling uncertain. I didn't get any sort of pre-conditioning sheet, but I want to start there. INstead I got the Meta-slim-plus three meal plan. I feel like we also used to get a BIG food list with what seasonings/herbs/spices we could use...also didn't get that.

I read about that PDF someone has put together and would love that! I am looking forward to "meeting" everyone and getting support and inspiration from here!!! I need it!

Thanks

btw my email is caroline.e.morris at gmail.com

THanks so much in advance!!!

Fluffy in Florida
11-02-2011, 12:59 PM
good to know!...what off brand did you get and where did you get it? i just saw the ad in my fitness mag and thought it looked good but if it leaks, forget about it! yikes! i was just thinking about peaches today...that sounds wonderful!

I got the GE rocket blender, 17 pieces, at walmart.

I've also gone to Sam's club (cosco would work too) and bought big bags of fruit there. The mixed berries one is also good to use instead of ice. Next I'm going to get the pineapples.mmmmm

patzi
11-02-2011, 01:11 PM
Goneforgood...
Don't beat yourself up with the other pound to make it 5 pounds. Just keep it up, I promise it will come. Those 5 pounds under goal were really difficult for me , but they did come off... Just go over your journaling with a fine tooth comb and see if you trigger anything that could be stopping you..If you really want this, don't settle, just keep at it.. I know exactly where you are right now, as I was there.If you are happy where you are, then that is great. If I can help you at all, ;please ask.. Be real proud of your accomplishment.. You deserve to feel great , as you have done a wonderful job.
Patzi

dkmd27
11-02-2011, 03:35 PM
Candi .... you're awesome!!! WOO HOO

Tamikl
11-02-2011, 06:54 PM
Thank you for your advice, ladies....I think we all have different personalities, and mine is one that is very hard on myself...all of the time...often unnecessarily. While I have success, it is not good enough for me, not fast enough for me, etc...and I have gotten emotionally exhausted over the 5 months of being OP...not because of the program, but because of how hard I am on myself where results are concerned (which in my perception, isn't good enough...which isn't true, but a reality for me.) I am not giving up. What my counselor and I decided is that I need to give it my all throughout the month of November, and "bank" my remaining weeks. At that time, I am going to start Stabilization (December) followed by Maintenance. In the Spring or Summer of next year, if I choose to continue with my weightloss at that time, we will do it.

I have all month to think about it...but what I do know is that I got to the point recently where I just said *#*#* it....and that is not a good place to be. I need to change gears for a little while, but by no means am I giving up...not ever. This is a lifetime change for me, also.

I signed the 40lb board today, and am beyond thrilled....Going forward with a dim light at the end of the tunnel has fueled me with a brand new outlook on my journey. I know the "best" way for most might be to lose it all, then move forward...following the program in order. For me, I think it will need to be a bit more of a creative process...baby steps that I can wrap my head around that give me the motivation to keep going. In the end, we all want success, we each just may have different ways of getting there. This is why I really am fond of my MRC counselor...she takes me where I am at, and embraces my personal needs by getting creative as to how to meet them while at the same time keeping me focused on the big picture....she is simply awesome:)

One day at a time, ladies. For some of us...that is overwhelming enough!! LOL

bigdog
11-02-2011, 07:56 PM
Thank you for your advice, ladies....I think we all have different personalities, and mine is one that is very hard on myself...all of the time...often unnecessarily. While I have success, it is not good enough for me, not fast enough for me, etc...and I have gotten emotionally exhausted over the 5 months of being OP...not because of the program, but because of how hard I am on myself where results are concerned (which in my perception, isn't good enough...which isn't true, but a reality for me.) I am not giving up. What my counselor and I decided is that I need to give it my all throughout the month of November, and "bank" my remaining weeks. At that time, I am going to start Stabilization (December) followed by Maintenance. In the Spring or Summer of next year, if I choose to continue with my weightloss at that time, we will do it.

I have all month to think about it...but what I do know is that I got to the point recently where I just said *#*#* it....and that is not a good place to be. I need to change gears for a little while, but by no means am I giving up...not ever. This is a lifetime change for me, also.

I signed the 40lb board today, and am beyond thrilled....Going forward with a dim light at the end of the tunnel has fueled me with a brand new outlook on my journey. I know the "best" way for most might be to lose it all, then move forward...following the program in order. For me, I think it will need to be a bit more of a creative process...baby steps that I can wrap my head around that give me the motivation to keep going. In the end, we all want success, we each just may have different ways of getting there. This is why I really am fond of my MRC counselor...she takes me where I am at, and embraces my personal needs by getting creative as to how to meet them while at the same time keeping me focused on the big picture....she is simply awesome:)

One day at a time, ladies. For some of us...that is overwhelming enough!! LOL

sounds like a great plan and congratulations on losing 40 lbs!! that's incredible success and you have alot to be proud of :-) your counselor sounds wonderful!

bigdog
11-02-2011, 07:59 PM
I got the GE rocket blender, 17 pieces, at walmart.

I've also gone to Sam's club (cosco would work too) and bought big bags of fruit there. The mixed berries one is also good to use instead of ice. Next I'm going to get the pineapples.mmmmm

thanks! we're going on a camping trip this weekend and i'm headed to Walmart tomorrow. i love GE brand - perfect! sounds small enough to put in RV too :-)

patzi
11-02-2011, 08:29 PM
Tami..
Congratulations on signing the 40 pd.board.Your consultant will get you thru this, as she sounds wonderful,and you have a plan and that is awesome..
Be pround of yourself.

Patzi

Rzrbackcandi
11-03-2011, 08:48 AM
Tami: Congrats on signing the 40lb board! And I'm glad you have a plan set up with the center and your counselor. I know what you mean by saying **** it! sometimes because I've been there. I actually started a 2nd job this week and I'm exhausted. I get to the office at 7am, leave at 4pm and start my 2nd job at 4:30pm and usually get home around 9pm. Then I have to eat dinner and go to bed. I didn't go to bed last night until after 10:30.. so only about 6 hours sleep and this morning I woke up, got ready for work, made breakfast then opened my fridge that was bare. I have turkey, chicken and fish... but haven't had time to cook anything. Then I go to my veggie drawer and pull out the lettuce.. brown lettuce. I thought I was going to cry. Now what for lunch? Well, looks like I'll be getting a salad from some place.. which all I really thought about for lunch today was a big ol' cheeseburger and fries :o I think the exhaustion is starting to get to me. Actually, I think I would love a huge roast beef sandwich and curly fries from Arby's. Mmmmm.... Ok, I'm not really going to do that but fantasizing never hurt anyone.

Anyway - stay strong and know that you have done an amazing job! and we are all here for you!

Hope everyone has a great day! I'm off to find some toothpicks to hold my eyes open

nwcgina
11-03-2011, 09:23 AM
I don't know why I can't get my weight ticker, etc, to work, but wanted to share a woo hoo!

Sunday was 186...Tuesday was my official start day was 184....today I was 179.8!! I was shocked. In my past year of trying various eating plans I had only seen 179 on 3 separate days...but usually ranged from 181-186. If I can stay in the 170's and keep going down...so encouraging. Makes it worth it. And yesterday I wasn't hungry at all. I was tempted with boredom eating but didn't give in :)

Hope you all have a great day!

Tamikl
11-03-2011, 10:23 AM
Tami: Congrats on signing the 40lb board! And I'm glad you have a plan set up with the center and your counselor. I know what you mean by saying **** it! sometimes because I've been there. I actually started a 2nd job this week and I'm exhausted. I get to the office at 7am, leave at 4pm and start my 2nd job at 4:30pm and usually get home around 9pm. Then I have to eat dinner and go to bed. I didn't go to bed last night until after 10:30.. so only about 6 hours sleep and this morning I woke up, got ready for work, made breakfast then opened my fridge that was bare. I have turkey, chicken and fish... but haven't had time to cook anything. Then I go to my veggie drawer and pull out the lettuce.. brown lettuce. I thought I was going to cry. Now what for lunch? Well, looks like I'll be getting a salad from some place.. which all I really thought about for lunch today was a big ol' cheeseburger and fries :o I think the exhaustion is starting to get to me. Actually, I think I would love a huge roast beef sandwich and curly fries from Arby's. Mmmmm.... Ok, I'm not really going to do that but fantasizing never hurt anyone.

Anyway - stay strong and know that you have done an amazing job! and we are all here for you!

Hope everyone has a great day! I'm off to find some toothpicks to hold my eyes open

Thank you, Candi :) I relate to the fantasizing at times...LOL It is tough to fantasize about lettuce and fish!

You are such a huge inspiration...to us all. Keep up the good work, and if you need a salad out, go to Subway!! Very OP yummy salads...I feel no guilt when I go there!

Tamikl
11-03-2011, 10:25 AM
sounds like a great plan and congratulations on losing 40 lbs!! that's incredible success and you have alot to be proud of :-) your counselor sounds wonderful!

Thank you :)

Junie04
11-03-2011, 01:03 PM
Welcome to all the newbies! Good luck on your journey.

Jen - congratulations on being selected as the representative! That is such a great accomplishment.

Candi - way to go on losing 100 pounds. Wow that must feel awesome!!!

Tami - Stay strong. I know how hard it is to do the program during the holidays so do give it your all this month! We are rooting for you!

nwcgina - good for you for not giving in and way to go on being under 180!!!

Patzi - you are still doing so well and are an inspiration to me!

Thanks for the information about Diet Direct having a sale. I love their cappuccinos!

Have a great week everyone.

JenB72
11-03-2011, 01:06 PM
Stop the wheel! I want to get off! :dizzy:

I've been playing lone parent with a sick toddler the past couple of days. Actually, it's been a pretty rough week. We went to TN back in August to visit a friend who had cancer (the trip where I brought my scales and lost weight LOL). Unfortunately, he passed away Sunday. He was only 38 years old. He left behind a very devoted wife and 3 children, ages 13, 10, & 8. It's truly heartbreaking and makes you appreciate life even more. My hubby flew up there yesterday for the funeral and will be back tomorrow. Then, he's working all weekend. To top it off, my munchkin has had a cough for 6 weeks (sinus infection) and I had to take her back to the pediatrician this morning (3rd time in a month). So, here we go with a 2nd round of antibiotics. Oh what fun! But, if it gets her better, than so be it. Needless to say, I haven't exactly been OP lately. However, I started Meta-Quick today. I feel like this is my crappy May all over again.

I promise to respond to your posts soon, but I just wanted to check in and say I was thinking about you all. :)

camaswa
11-03-2011, 02:00 PM
I am feeling like Tami right now. I stupidly went off program last Friday night and have been struggling to get back on all week. For some reason I was exhausted the past two days, and I just could not stop eating. Now I dont want to face my WI tomorrow. I am also worrying about the upcoming holidays and a biz trip in early Dec. I have considered taking a break myself.

But TAmi, I think what Candi said to you is true, at least I think it would be for ME: "I'm afraid if you stop now and you end up gaining through the holidays, you may fall completely off the wagon and then will you really come back?"

Tamikl
11-03-2011, 02:51 PM
I am feeling like Tami right now. I stupidly went off program last Friday night and have been struggling to get back on all week. For some reason I was exhausted the past two days, and I just could not stop eating. Now I dont want to face my WI tomorrow. I am also worrying about the upcoming holidays and a biz trip in early Dec. I have considered taking a break myself.

But TAmi, I think what Candi said to you is true, at least I think it would be for ME: "I'm afraid if you stop now and you end up gaining through the holidays, you may fall completely off the wagon and then will you really come back?"

Well, I do agree with Candi also...but I am not stopping the program. I am going to gradually Stabilize and move into Maintenance..this may all be occuring during the holidays, however, I have no intention of going crazy over the holidays..or falling off the wagon because gaining isn't an option for me:) That is a commitment I have made with myself...I just needed a change of pace for a period of time is all....my feeling burnt out would have been counter~productive in the long run, and I don't want to mess up all that I have done so far. I think key for me was just to get creative with the path I am on...while continuing forward OP, just adding a few curves on the path so it doesn't feel so overwhelming. Hope that makes sense!

kristih6
11-03-2011, 05:03 PM
Excited for food instruction tomorrow!! Have been on preconditioning since 10/25 which was doing well, but not so much this week. I weighed in last Friday and was down 4lbs so interested in what tomorrow will bring. Oh well starting it all off right tomorrow for the last time!!

camaswa
11-03-2011, 07:14 PM
Well, I do agree with Candi also...but I am not stopping the program. I am going to gradually Stabilize and move into Maintenance..this may all be occuring during the holidays, however, I have no intention of going crazy over the holidays..or falling off the wagon because gaining isn't an option for me:) That is a commitment I have made with myself...I just needed a change of pace for a period of time is all....my feeling burnt out would have been counter~productive in the long run, and I don't want to mess up all that I have done so far. I think key for me was just to get creative with the path I am on...while continuing forward OP, just adding a few curves on the path so it doesn't feel so overwhelming. Hope that makes sense!
totally makes sense! You sound like you have a really good perspective on everything. Not to mention a counselor we would all LOVE to have :) you will be fine.

nwcgina
11-03-2011, 07:28 PM
Jen-that is hard when you have a little one sick and hubby is gone...about a month ago husband was gone on a business trip for a week and both kids got strep. I wasn't getting sleep and I was struggling just to survive. Hope the kiddo gets batter soon!

I'm glad to say that on day 3 of conditioning things are so much better. I wasn't ever truly hungry...just tempted with boredom eating. Losing a little over 3 pounds helps the motivation. I have a scrapbooking retreat this weekend, which USUALLY means chocolate, frappes, more chocolate...so I've already got my veggies cut and bought some fresh pineapple...just have to boil some eggs and a few other necessities. I'm determined to stay on track.

Goneforgood1128
11-03-2011, 09:16 PM
Patzi: Thanks for your words of encouragement. I really wanted to get that 5 pounds! Well, I went to WI today and lost 1.5, so now I'm 5.5 under goal! Now, the real challenge for me begins with keeping the weight off! I am determined to continue through all of my maintenance weeks because that is where I've always gotten off track before. I get the weight off, but then return to old habits. I really think this program has taught me healthier eating habits and that will certainly help! I've also learned that I can allow myself a treat now and then, but then need to get right back OP for the next meal. In the past, I was guilty of the mindset "well, I already blew it today, might as well start again tomorrow."Then, tomorrow turns into next week, and so on! I also plan to continue to get on my scale every morning and record my weight in my weight journal (there's extra accountability here b/c my hubby peeks at my journal from time to time!!). I've gotten rid of all my big clothes (another thing I've never done before-always kept them-just in case!) This time, there won't be a just in case because I feel WAY to good right now to go back down that road again!
Elizabeth

JenB72
11-04-2011, 10:10 AM
Time to get back in the swing of things! Told y'all I'd have replies. ;)


Bigdog – Thanks for the info on the app. I’ll have to check it out. Have fun camping!

Camaswa – I’m with you. Between being sick, vacation, a friend’s passing, hubby out of town for the funeral, and a sick munchkin, I went OP too. :dizzy: It’s one of the few times it’s been a struggle for me to get back OP. I sat there last night trying to figure out what were my patterns that kept me OP because I am a creature of habit. Coming to this board often was one of them. Therefore, here I am. It also included planning, planning, and more planning. So, I’m organizing my drinks and supplements today and will be doing some cooking and freezing this weekend to make things easier. I’ve just got to get back into my routine that worked for me. Not sure if that helps, but it’s worth a shot. Good luck!

Candi – You are a ROCK STAR!!!! :dancer: I feel like I’m watching you on a virtual “Biggest Loser.” LOL I love hearing about your weigh ins! You are proof that if you stay disciplined and take control of the program, it does work. Congratulations!!!!! I read what you said about posting your story on your FB page. Not sure why I’ve never done that. I may just have to.

Elizabeth – Congrats on reaching the 5+ below goal! Totally awesome!!! :yay:

Fluffy In Florida – Congrats on the new jeans! Isn’t that the best feeling in the world?! ;)

Junie - Great to see you around!

Karo112 – Welcome! I’m post baby too (my munchkin just turned 2 a couple of weeks ago) and I’m in better shape now that when I got pregnant. I’m about 20 pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight with 12 more to go. I wasn’t sure if my body would cooperate with all it had been through (severe pre-eclampsia and 11 blood pressure pills a day after giving birth), but it can be done. I’ll e-mail you the packet of info we have. I hope it helps. Also, this board is a tremendous resource. In some ways, it’s helped me more than the center. Visit often! :)

Kristih6 – Welcome! Hope you have a great class today! We’re here for you so feel free to post anytime you have a question or need support.

Linzbear329 – Welcome! A 5.5 pound loss is awesome! You’re now in ONE-derland. ;) This board is a fantastic support system. Hope to see you posting more often! :)

Nwcgina – Welcome and YES, you can do this! You have a great attitude and I’m excited for you. Hope to see you here often. The ticker comes after 20 days on the board and 20 posts. It’s a great motivational tool. I love coming back from a WI and updating it. It keeps me going. Good luck this weekend!!! Maybe you’ll be a good influence on others. ;)

Patzi – I love watching you stick to your 5 under goal. And you are definitely proof that just because you gain a couple pounds, doesn’t mean you can’t immediately lose them. :)

Rocki – Welcome back! I’ll e-mail you the packet today.

Tami – First off…40 pounds!!!!! Woohoo!!!!!! I support your decision of sticking through it through November. If you feel a temporary maintenance is what you need, then by all means do it. I was last year where you are now. The difference was, I didn’t even try to maintain. I had a munchkin that wasn’t sleeping through the night (14 months till she did) and dealing with post-partum depression. I said exactly what you said. ;) If you can maintain your weight through the holidays (or at least close), you may feel re-energized come the new year to continue your journey. But, by all means, stay with us so we can give you the support to get through this phase. :hugs:

patzi
11-04-2011, 10:57 AM
Goneforgood1128.. See.... You made it.. You will fluctuate, that is part of maintenance.. If you have a problem, just ask, and I will suggest how to get it back off.. Don't worry about it, just enjoy the new you and be proud of yourself.

I had maintenance weigh in and stayed the same.. This week I tried having a piece of blueberry pie .. And no gain, so that is a good thing. Am happy about that.

Congratulations to the newbies and want to wish you all the luck in your new weight loss challenge.. It is sure worth it

Patzi

For those of you struggling here is some more uplifting weight loss news from my center...
. . I noticed a picture
on wall of before and after and I know that gal, as we have chatted in waiting room waiting to be weighed, etc. as we were this morning.
She went from a size 26 to a size 12. Gosh, the before and after are two different people. She lost 124 pounds and 115 inches and she had tight slacks on, hip hugging and a tight top tucked in with the cutest belt and looked absolutely fantastic. So you see, ladies, and any men if there are any, that it is possible. I asked her how does she feel about all this weight loss and the new person she has become and her answers were thus:
True committment of staying OP did it. If she cheated, she was cheating herself and learned this real fast. She was amazed at how easy the program was and how fast the weight started coming off.. She feels like a completely different person than she was 11 months ago. She loves life
and one of the rewards is the new wardrobe. She also has found that her marriage has become renewed in a wonderful romantic way with the new person she has become inside and out.
Patzi

karo112
11-04-2011, 11:26 AM
Jen - Thanks! Definitely would love the packet. I also had pre-eclampsia but not as badly as you it sounds like - I just had an emergency c section - I was already full term, even for twins, so it turned out good!

so far everything has been "easy." I'm not hungry but like someone else said SO TEMPTED by old habits and BOREDOM eating. That's the worst. I have to ask myself, "Are you really hungry?" and 9/10 times I'm not! So even though it's just one day - I have to start somewhere!

I have a WI tomorrow, so it'll be a good gauge. I really want to lose 15 pounds by December 1...seems like a lot but I feel like I'm active enough and have enough water weight that it's doable!

camaswa
11-04-2011, 04:03 PM
I have been thinking about why I got so offtrack and why it just seemed to snowball. So remember, I'm the one who started the thread "I miss my wine!". Well there was going away happy hour for a colleague last Friday, and I succumbed. I did not eat the nachos and buffalo wings but I had several drinks. Then when I got home, the eating started. It's like I was trying to soak up the alcohol. Of course the next day I felt really tired, which is another trigger: food will make me feel better, right? Two days after that, another work event with cocktails then dinner at a very nice place. I succumbed again. And the whole cycle of overdoing, feeling crummy, having cravings started again. At home I was doing great with the drinking, but these social events are a different story. But now that I see the pattern in no uncertain terms I hope I will be able to keep it from starting. I don't sense that social alcohol is an issue for the regular participants on this board, but at least I've gotten it off my chest...
MET OCTOBER GOAL OF 7 POUNDS - NOVEMBER GOAL 5 POUNDS

Tamikl
11-04-2011, 08:05 PM
I have been thinking about why I got so offtrack and why it just seemed to snowball. So remember, I'm the one who started the thread "I miss my wine!". Well there was going away happy hour for a colleague last Friday, and I succumbed. I did not eat the nachos and buffalo wings but I had several drinks. Then when I got home, the eating started. It's like I was trying to soak up the alcohol. Of course the next day I felt really tired, which is another trigger: food will make me feel better, right? Two days after that, another work event with cocktails then dinner at a very nice place. I succumbed again. And the whole cycle of overdoing, feeling crummy, having cravings started again. At home I was doing great with the drinking, but these social events are a different story. But now that I see the pattern in no uncertain terms I hope I will be able to keep it from starting. I don't sense that social alcohol is an issue for the regular participants on this board, but at least I've gotten it off my chest...
MET OCTOBER GOAL OF 7 POUNDS - NOVEMBER GOAL 5 POUNDS

We all have "issues." You certainly are not some kind of exception on this board! I think that the greatest part of your vent to us is that you identified what occured and owned it. You know what you need to do going forward, so just focus on that direction, not looking back and beating yourself up. Part of this journey we all relate to is being human...and letting circumstances get the best of us at times. I, too, do great AT HOME...but I can't lock myself up here 24/7~ Just keep on plucking along...7 lbs in October? That is an AWESOME JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be so very proud of yourself :) We all need to pat ourselves on the back more....
:hat:

Rocki
11-04-2011, 08:52 PM
I have my drinks and need to get started.. I am doing my best to gain 10 lbs before I start (not purposefully, just stressed I guess). I know it's not going to happen this weekend. So, Monday is my start date. I'm going to try and get to the center and get some chicken soup mix tomorrow. If I can't, no big deal. I have two huge containers of Chocolate Truffle and Fuzzy Navel (both no sugars, no carbs, no fat, so they s/b a clear, not creamy). I also have shakes and bars for the days I may need to do the Meta-Quik plan.

I hope you all have a great weekend and here's to an awesome November for us all! Thanks for all the great advice and support here.

Goneforgood1128
11-04-2011, 10:14 PM
Well, hubby and I went out to dinner tonight to celebrate our 16th anniversary. I ate chicken, roasted veggies and ginger-lime slaw (not the creamy kind). That's all good, but I also had a "skinny" Long Island Tea (supposed to be less than 130 calories). I also drank a lot of extra water and plan to do the same tomorrow, so hopefully it won't be too bad on the scale next week! I've never used the carb/fat blocker, but they seem to be pushing it every time I go in. Maybe I'll give in and give it a try! I'm a little nervous about it causing stomach problems--anyone have any problems taking it?

Congrats to all the losers! Hang in there, especially if you're struggling right now-trust me there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
Elizabeth

Fluffy in Florida
11-05-2011, 12:47 AM
Had WI today and was completely shocked by the results. I lost 3 lbs since last week and 12 inches from last month. So needless to I am happy (even though my new jeans are a bit loose already lol). I just never expected 12 inches ( now at 44.5 total) and 3 lbs in one week. :)

Rocki
11-05-2011, 12:26 PM
Elizabeth,
Happy Anniversary (my hubby and I just celebrated 15 years in September). You're close to my height and starting weight. How long have you been on plan? You're doing awesome! Are you @ 114lbs now, or 120? Either way, that is amazing! Do you have any pictures we can see? 115 is my "ultimate" goal (I'd love to stay around 120, but really want to see what 115 looks like on me)..Do you have any advice for sticking to plan or special meals that help you stay on program? Congrats on your success so far!

Well, hubby and I went out to dinner tonight to celebrate our 16th anniversary. I ate chicken, roasted veggies and ginger-lime slaw (not the creamy kind). That's all good, but I also had a "skinny" Long Island Tea (supposed to be less than 130 calories). I also drank a lot of extra water and plan to do the same tomorrow, so hopefully it won't be too bad on the scale next week! I've never used the carb/fat blocker, but they seem to be pushing it every time I go in. Maybe I'll give in and give it a try! I'm a little nervous about it causing stomach problems--anyone have any problems taking it?

Congrats to all the losers! Hang in there, especially if you're struggling right now-trust me there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
Elizabeth


Fluffy in FL..what part of FL are you in and what's your name? I'm near Tampa. Congrats on your losses in both pounds and inches!! You're doing great! I remember pants getting loose way faster than I expected..can't wait to have that again! :)

Had WI today and was completely shocked by the results. I lost 3 lbs since last week and 12 inches from last month. So needless to I am happy (even though my new jeans are a bit loose already lol). I just never expected 12 inches ( now at 44.5 total) and 3 lbs in one week. :)

Fluffy in Florida
11-05-2011, 01:07 PM
Fluffy in FL..what part of FL are you in and what's your name? I'm near Tampa. Congrats on your losses in both pounds and inches!! You're doing great! I remember pants getting loose way faster than I expected..can't wait to have that again! :)

I live in the panhandle in Crestview.
Wendy

Thanks! I hate clothes shopping (well shopping in general) so I'm not really looking forward to the whole shopping thing. The only reason I even bought jeans was for some reason I got rid of this size only lol.

camaswa
11-05-2011, 02:50 PM
Thank you Tami!!!

camaswa
11-05-2011, 02:52 PM
Had WI today and was completely shocked by the results. I lost 3 lbs since last week and 12 inches from last month. So needless to I am happy (even though my new jeans are a bit loose already lol). I just never expected 12 inches ( now at 44.5 total) and 3 lbs in one week. :)
My gosh-fluffy- that is astounding! Good for you!

camaswa
11-05-2011, 02:57 PM
Well, hubby and I went out to dinner tonight to celebrate our 16th anniversary. I ate chicken, roasted veggies and ginger-lime slaw (not the creamy kind). That's all good, but I also had a "skinny" Long Island Tea (supposed to be less than 130 calories). I also drank a lot of extra water and plan to do the same tomorrow, so hopefully it won't be too bad on the scale next week! I've never used the carb/fat blocker, but they seem to be pushing it every time I go in. Maybe I'll give in and give it a try! I'm a little nervous about it causing stomach problems--anyone have any problems taking it?

Congrats to all the losers! Hang in there, especially if you're struggling right now-trust me there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
Elizabeth
Goneforgood- Check out the thread titled Does the carb blocker work? See the post from the 3FC moderator. Some people do seem to think it helps but she quotes some medical sources that suggest otherwise. You have don't great without it!

camaswa
11-05-2011, 03:03 PM
Jen - Thanks! Definitely would love the packet. I also had pre-eclampsia but not as badly as you it sounds like - I just had an emergency c section - I was already full term, even for twins, so it turned out good!

so far everything has been "easy." I'm not hungry but like someone else said SO TEMPTED by old habits and BOREDOM eating. That's the worst. I have to ask myself, "Are you really hungry?" and 9/10 times I'm not! So even though it's just one day - I have to start somewhere!

I have a WI tomorrow, so it'll be a good gauge. I really want to lose 15 pounds by December 1...seems like a lot but I feel like I'm active enough and have enough water weight that it's doable!
Boredom eating can be a killer for me too. Try sparkling water with a clear HNS, really cold. The bubbles make me feel full long enough to get over the urge. The worst thing is when I just take a little nibble of so
something, especially if it is salty. Then I can't stop. Hang in.

Goneforgood1128
11-05-2011, 06:26 PM
[QUOTE=Rocki;4097386]Elizabeth,
Happy Anniversary (my hubby and I just celebrated 15 years in September). You're close to my height and starting weight. How long have you been on plan? You're doing awesome! Are you @ 114lbs now, or 120? Either way, that is amazing! Do you have any pictures we can see? 115 is my "ultimate" goal (I'd love to stay around 120, but really want to see what 115 looks like on me)..Do you have any advice for sticking to plan or special meals that help you stay on program? Congrats on your success so far!



Rocki:
Thanks! I had my initial consultation on April 30 and started pre-conditioning on May 1, So I guess I've been on program for 6 months. I actually weigh 113 in the morning now, but I use the center's weight as my "official" weight and it's usually a pound or so higher b/c it's after work and fully clothed (maybe I should rethink this)! So according to my last weigh in on Thurs, I weighed 114.5. No, I don't have any pictures, but have been thinking I need to get one taken! I don't know if the center would give me copies of my before/after-I haven't asked-but you can definitely see a difference! Unfortunately, my husband is actually the cook in the house, so I can't help with meals, etc! When I first started, we seemed to just rotate grilled chicken/grilled fish (the frozen Mahi Mahi you can get at WalMart is my favorite-my daughter prefers the Tilapia) and ate red meat (usually a steak) once a week! One thing we do that is pretty good (reminds me of a porkchop) is buy those turkey breast fillets and we marinate them in liquid smoke and a little olive oil and spices--then we grill or sometimes broil them-YUM! He was good to stick to what I could eat (it doesn't hurt him or my daughter to eat more healthy!). I've always been one who can eat the same thing week after week and not get bored, so I guess that helped me somewhat. I still eat the exact same thing for lunch every day: Baby spinach, cucumbers, blueberries (frozen ones that thaw during the day), a little bit of feta ( I know, not OP, but I just use a TBS or so for the flavor and it hasn't caused me any trouble!) and some fat free or light Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing. For my protein, I add that canned white meat chicken or white tuna and occasionally deli turkey. Delicious!

Oh, and my favorite "treats" in the beginning were: blend the vanilla pudding HNS mix with diet root beer and ice-like a root beer float. And, blend the hot chocolate HNS with diet cream soda and ice-to me, tastes like a Wendy's frosty!!

Godspoetic1
11-05-2011, 08:04 PM
Starting out again, so glad to have found this board! I have previously lost 120+ #'s, currently only need to get back down around 25-30 max. I know I can do this, my health counts on it! You all are so inspiring, I am gonna need all of the motivation I can get. Last time, a few yrs back, seemed so easy, now I am 42 yr old, and everything has changed for me physically since then, and seems no matter what I do, I am not getting very far. So, I am determined this is it! I have got to do it this time for good! :)

nwcgina
11-06-2011, 05:33 AM
I made it through the scrapbooking weekend without giving into any temptation. It is usually a time of sweets and eating out (fatty, carby food)...but I packed enough stuff on the preconditioning menu for 2 meals, then planned 2 meals of having salads at a restaurant. I never eat out much so it won't be much of an issue most of the time, but I did find it hard to find a GOOD salad that also had the right stuff on it (and the not right stuff not on it). So glad I packed my stuff. Pizza is my weakness and at the last meal they ordered pizza and garlic bread...I still had a meal of my own left so I ate that, and really didn't feel tempted by the pizza at all. I knew success was worth it more. I have never been able to have that in my head fully before...that eating right really does pay off in the end (i.e. I've never seen results before).

Got my HNS's in the mail (I'm doing the MRC @ home program since I live too far from a center). I'm supposed to start the yellow plan on Monday. Yikes, that doesn't look like a fun four days....but it's only 4 days of my life.

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camaswa-social drinking doesn't often tempt me anymore...except around my family. That is when I always have done my worst with drinking and going overboard with food (they do go hand in hand for me). I won't see them again until Christmas (which is usually a big food time), but my parents are doing MRC so hopefully we'll have some good choices. The other issue will be a work party (like you described)...I'm going to have to go in with a great plan and motivation...luckily that's about a month away.

Tamikl
11-06-2011, 02:04 PM
Hi ladies!

I tried the "mock mashed potato recipe." Very good! It is made out of cauliflower...this might work for the upcoming holidays!

Knowing ahead of time about our challenges (especially over the holidays) is huge. We can have a plan in place, and all we have to do it stick to it, right? LOL We can do our best....certainly having that plan will help.

I usually make my goal during challenging times to be to "maintain" my weight. I have taken a couple of trips during my MRC journey, and now the holidays coming...to be realistic and to avoid putting too much pressure on myself, I try not to focus on losing weight during those times. This mindset may or may not help some of you:)

Right now, I have stayed real good and strong with the kids' Halloween candy. Not even a real temptation this year...but the pumpkin seeds...well, not as strong with those. I asked my coach if they are OP and she said no...so I asked "how about Snickers??" LOL I guess the seeds are the better of the two if I am going to cheat...haha

Well, stay strong ladies! Right now I see it as we have a couple of really good weeks ahead of us before Thanksgiving to lose, lose, lose!! Then we can pick up where we left of for another few weeks in December! For those of you that plan to lose during the actual holidays, hats off to you:)

Bklyngirl69
11-06-2011, 03:18 PM
I'm new, but I have been diligently reading through the threads. I just wanted Jen to know that I'm sorry for your loss. I also would like to congratulate you on the spokesperson nomination. A well deserved recognition for all your hard work and thoughtful inspiration to others.

Rocki
11-07-2011, 10:18 AM
Thanks for the information! My highest was 172 and I got down to 124. I wanted to "see" 115, but never got there. Now I'm back up to the high 150s..(haven't weighed in a few days) :( .. I would definitely go with the 113, and we need to see pictures! I'm sure you look amazing. Esp some before/after. That would be so motivational!
[QUOTE=Rocki;4097386]Elizabeth,
Happy Anniversary (my hubby and I just celebrated 15 years in September). You're close to my height and starting weight. How long have you been on plan? You're doing awesome! Are you @ 114lbs now, or 120? Either way, that is amazing! Do you have any pictures we can see? 115 is my "ultimate" goal (I'd love to stay around 120, but really want to see what 115 looks like on me)..Do you have any advice for sticking to plan or special meals that help you stay on program? Congrats on your success so far!



Rocki:
Thanks! I had my initial consultation on April 30 and started pre-conditioning on May 1, So I guess I've been on program for 6 months. I actually weigh 113 in the morning now, but I use the center's weight as my "official" weight and it's usually a pound or so higher b/c it's after work and fully clothed (maybe I should rethink this)! So according to my last weigh in on Thurs, I weighed 114.5. No, I don't have any pictures, but have been thinking I need to get one taken! I don't know if the center would give me copies of my before/after-I haven't asked-but you can definitely see a difference! Unfortunately, my husband is actually the cook in the house, so I can't help with meals, etc! When I first started, we seemed to just rotate grilled chicken/grilled fish (the frozen Mahi Mahi you can get at WalMart is my favorite-my daughter prefers the Tilapia) and ate red meat (usually a steak) once a week! One thing we do that is pretty good (reminds me of a porkchop) is buy those turkey breast fillets and we marinate them in liquid smoke and a little olive oil and spices--then we grill or sometimes broil them-YUM! He was good to stick to what I could eat (it doesn't hurt him or my daughter to eat more healthy!). I've always been one who can eat the same thing week after week and not get bored, so I guess that helped me somewhat. I still eat the exact same thing for lunch every day: Baby spinach, cucumbers, blueberries (frozen ones that thaw during the day), a little bit of feta ( I know, not OP, but I just use a TBS or so for the flavor and it hasn't caused me any trouble!) and some fat free or light Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing. For my protein, I add that canned white meat chicken or white tuna and occasionally deli turkey. Delicious!

Oh, and my favorite "treats" in the beginning were: blend the vanilla pudding HNS mix with diet root beer and ice-like a root beer float. And, blend the hot chocolate HNS with diet cream soda and ice-to me, tastes like a Wendy's frosty!!

Rzrbackcandi
11-07-2011, 02:35 PM
Hey everyone!

My first week working 2 jobs went well. I was exhausted on Friday and it showed it at WI - I was up 0.5. I was able to sleep in Saturday but then worked 12pm-8:30pm - but hoping I burned a lot of calories because I was on my feet that entire time, except for a 30 minute lunch and I was moving around putting fabric away and just moving in general.

I went to Fashion Bug yesterday and actually bought pants from the "Skinny" side of the store!! XL's! There were a couple outfits on my "normal" side I liked so I bought the matching pants in 0x and the tops in 2x. I also had to buy a new bra.. so went to Lane Bryant for their 40% off sale. Shopping is getting easier but still frustrating because I still have to buy larger tops. Can't wait to shop on the "skinny" side for everything!

I was worried about the holidays coming up - but now I'm worried about something else. I'm taking my mom back to Pensacola for foot surgery. We'll be gone from 11/13-11/24 then I will work at Hobby Lobby on Black Friday & Saturday, which I've done before. Then 2 weeks after that, heading to Orlando for a sales meeting. I've traveled while being on program.. but not 3 weeks kinda back to back. I will WI tomorrow and Friday but then won't WI again until the 25th. I'm thinking it may be time for me to break down and buy a scale so I can monitor myself in Pensacola. :?:

Anyway...
Jen: So sorry for your loss and I hope your little one is feeling better.

nwcgina: You should be so proud of yourself! Fighting off the temptation is a hard thing to do and it sounds like you did it beautifully! :carrot:

Fluffy in Florida: Congrats on the weight & inch loss! Amazing! :dancer:

I know I have missed a few people and I'm sorry but work calls! Welcome to all the newbies!

skinnyfarmer12
11-07-2011, 06:53 PM
Just started and it looks like I can do this. Just found this website and so excited to be part of your thread. Also go my fitness pal and its awesome too. Some really great tools to attack my weight with. Good luck to you all!

Rocki
11-08-2011, 11:13 AM
Happy Tuesday everyone.. I started back on plan today. I had some blood tests done and couldn't eat until after 10am, but I had my oatmeal, cheese stick and apple, along with my chocolate truffle protein drink. Now if I could just get my water in and figure out what the heck I'm going to have for lunch and dinner..ugh. :) I weighed in @ 159 this morning, sad to say. I had recently gone down to 146 and just can't believe I let myself gain that 13 lbs back. But, not again. I'm here to stay! :)

I hope you're all doing well!

patzi
11-08-2011, 11:31 AM
I had maintenance weigh in today and am down 1/2 pound, so 5 pounds under goal.

My experiment this week was to eat out Sat. night with my daughter and friends and eat and drink what I would like. I even had dessert.. I did take a food and carb blocker, and when I got on scale next morning, I was sick. I got back on green menu Sunday and Monday and strickly OP and I lost 1/2 pound today. I had gained 2 1/2 pounds after eating out Sat..
It can be done, if you work it and indulge in moderation. I wanted to try it as I have some parties coming up the next two months . My meal Saturday was fine, but I had three glasses of wine throughout the night and some dessert, which I usually do not do. Needless to say, I was sick most of he night heaving, as I do not eat like this. But I did enjoy it when doing it and that is fine. That is what maintenance is all about..

Jen, my thoughts are with you.

Congrats to all the losers, and welcome to the newcomers.
Patzi

nwcgina
11-08-2011, 11:37 AM
Question...can you mix up the HNS with water ahead of time or does it get gross? With work picking up I want to have as much possible prepped ahead of time. I know that mixing in the HNS to water isn't a big deal, but when I have limited time, I'd like to prepare ahead if possible.

Patzi-I like hearing the maintenance stories. It's refreshing to hear that OCCASSIONALLY I'll be able to enjoy some social times with food once I reach my goals...its all about learning how to adjust to stay at maintenance...right now I'm just in total focus mode so going off plan isn't even a consideration right now.

Rzrbackcandi
11-08-2011, 11:52 AM
Well - since signing the 100lb board on Tuesday, I went up .5 on Friday and now up another .5 today :?: My counselor did a body comp to see if there was something wacky going on but everything was the same, my water weight, muscle mass but my body fat % was down 1%. So since 10/25, I have lost 3.5lbs and it has been pure fat, which is a great thing but getting a little frustrated. She reminded me to keep my chin up and think about the big picture and she seems to think that the change in my schedule is throwing my body off. I was so consistant with my meal times, bed times and all that kind of stuff and now, I'm eating dinner later 3 nights a week because of my 2nd job and my bed times are thrown off.

I also asked her about buying a scale to take to Pensacola with me and she said No. She doesn't want me to buy a scale until I go into stabilization. She thinks that if I had a scale, I would become obsessed with it and stress about it if I don't show a loss and then that stress won't help me at all... which, she is right.

So I'm going to move on and try some plateau busters.. she doesn't want me to do MetaQuick but she wants me to eat more fish, raw veggies and berries. And also take 3 Trace minerals instead of 2. I will let y'all know how my WI goes on Friday.

Rzrbackcandi
11-08-2011, 11:58 AM
Question...can you mix up the HNS with water ahead of time or does it get gross? With work picking up I want to have as much possible prepped ahead of time. I know that mixing in the HNS to water isn't a big deal, but when I have limited time, I'd like to prepare ahead if possible.

I do this all the time - it doesn't get gross. I usually use the concentrates and buy the little 8oz waters and just drink a sip from it then pour in the concentrate then put it in the fridge but if I don't have a fridge, I just keep it in my purse and pull out the bottle, when I need it. For the powders, I like to mix those with more water, so I will get the 16-20oz bottle of water and drink about 5oz or so from it and then add the powder. It's better if the water is at room temp with the powders because it mixes better or I also use a shaker bottle. At work, I have 2 shaker bottles and mix the powders in and stick them in the fridge for lunch and a mid morning HNS. And I do this on Fridays and leave them in our work fridge over the weekend.. they taste just fine on Monday.

patzi
11-08-2011, 01:03 PM
In answer to:Patzi-I like hearing the maintenance stories. It's refreshing to hear that OCCASSIONALLY I'll be able to enjoy some social times with food once I reach my goals...its all about learning how to adjust to stay at maintenance...right now I'm just in total focus mode so going off plan isn't even a consideration right now.

Maintenance is a wonderful way of life. You can really eat anything as long as you don't go overboard, as I did Sat. night. I now have wine with my meals, an occasional piece of pie or pastry, and I enjoy eating out. There are really no restrictions. I have a friend that eats what she wants on weekends, in moderation, not going hog wild, and she fluctuates 1-2 pound gain with it, but by Friday weight is off and she is back where she should be.. It is all determinatin.
I hope I help y'all by posting.
Patzi

Rocki
11-08-2011, 01:35 PM
Yes, Patzi..I think you help everyone with your posts! :)

I can't wait to be fully back in the swing of things. Still not sure what to have for lunch. I should have taken some chicken breast out of the freezer. Think I'll do that now for dinner. I didn't have breakfast until 10, so I have a while before I need to eat at least..just need to chug some water.

PamBlue
11-08-2011, 02:20 PM
Well, it's been a mixed week. I hit a plateau, but I was expecting it, thanks to this informative forum. But after losing 14 pounds in October (and 15 before that on Weight Watchers--took me months!), my blood pressure started getting low. So, my doctor agreed to cut my medication in half. Plus he said I could cut my acid reflux medication in half, too. One of my primary goals in losing weight is to get off these medications for conditions caused by obesity, so I'm thrilled that I'm on my way.

Strange, I haven't cheated yet, but it's only been five weeks or so. I keep remembering the center telling me that, after you cheat, it takes three days to get back into fat-burning mode. That helps me to stay on plan, since I don't want to lose that time! :-)

camaswa
11-08-2011, 03:42 PM
Well - since signing the 100lb board on Tuesday, I went up .5 on Friday and now up another .5 today :?: My counselor did a body comp to see if there was something wacky going on but everything was the same, my water weight, muscle mass but my body fat % was down 1%. So since 10/25, I have lost 3.5lbs and it has been pure fat, which is a great thing but getting a little frustrated. She reminded me to keep my chin up and think about the big picture and she seems to think that the change in my schedule is throwing my body off. I was so consistant with my meal times, bed times and all that kind of stuff and now, I'm eating dinner later 3 nights a week because of my 2nd job and my bed times are thrown off.

I also asked her about buying a scale to take to Pensacola with me and she said No. She doesn't want me to buy a scale until I go into stabilization. She thinks that if I had a scale, I would become obsessed with it and stress about it if I don't show a loss and then that stress won't help me at all... which, she is right.

So I'm going to move on and try some plateau busters.. she doesn't want me to do MetaQuick but she wants me to eat more fish, raw veggies and berries. And also take 3 Trace minerals instead of 2. I will let y'all know how my WI goes on Friday.
Candi, I don't know much about this but I have read more than one article about the importance of sleep. Lack of sleep does something that makes you hang on to weight. You are definitely burning the candle at both ends, girl. O know you just have to power through some of this, but try to be good to yourself!

bigdog
11-08-2011, 07:48 PM
Well - since signing the 100lb board on Tuesday, I went up .5 on Friday and now up another .5 today :?: My counselor did a body comp to see if there was something wacky going on but everything was the same, my water weight, muscle mass but my body fat % was down 1%. So since 10/25, I have lost 3.5lbs and it has been pure fat, which is a great thing but getting a little frustrated. She reminded me to keep my chin up and think about the big picture and she seems to think that the change in my schedule is throwing my body off. I was so consistant with my meal times, bed times and all that kind of stuff and now, I'm eating dinner later 3 nights a week because of my 2nd job and my bed times are thrown off.

I also asked her about buying a scale to take to Pensacola with me and she said No. She doesn't want me to buy a scale until I go into stabilization. She thinks that if I had a scale, I would become obsessed with it and stress about it if I don't show a loss and then that stress won't help me at all... which, she is right.

So I'm going to move on and try some plateau busters.. she doesn't want me to do MetaQuick but she wants me to eat more fish, raw veggies and berries. And also take 3 Trace minerals instead of 2. I will let y'all know how my WI goes on Friday.

my counselor tells me not to weigh myself every am but if i don't i will gain slowly and surely. i've lost, gained, lost and gained again sooooo many times. it keeps me on track and the last time i stopped weighing, i gained 35 lbs!!!!! anyway, everyone is different but i even take my scales w/ me on vacation (we always go RVing so i put it in the bathroom) and for the first time ever didnt gain on vacation :-)

bigdog
11-08-2011, 08:12 PM
just got back from fun family reunion and for the first time wasnt OP for 4 days!!! (was also camping) breakfast was OP and that was it...but surprisingly enough i didn't gain! didn't lose, but didnt gain - yay! i did try to stick to protein, carb for bfast, fruit, protein, veggies for lunch and protein, veggies, carb for dinner. had hotdog one day w/ no bun and pickles and V-8 , white chili (northern beans, chicken), cornbread, crabcakes, chocolate....but the difference was very small quantities, for example, tiny piece of cornbread...didn't really have veggies avail so had a couple V-8s a day - couple pieces of chocolate not the whole box. Walked alot and kept busy, drank lots of water. did make the chili w/ lots of onions and garlic and jalapenos...:-) the only thing i went overboard on was the spicy funyuns but after they were gone, drank lots of water and moved on! the funniest thing is my DH was going around to my relatives and telling them how much i lost and how great i look - haha! im a secret dieter and dont tell people i'm dieting so was like, shhhhhhhh. it was really funny and glad he was proud of me. i have some relatives that are very little so i know they were prob. looking at me like, really? but who cares -glad i have his support :-) i put the rest of the chocolate away and told him to please eat it very quickly!!!

read some of the posts and so glad everyone is doing so well! yay!

nwcgina
11-08-2011, 10:03 PM
candi-thanks for the advice on the shakes. I have mine in the fridge ready for tomorrow! And the advice on the powder at room temp...helpful.

Just finished day 2 of the yellow plan. I'll admit, Day 1 was awful! I thought I was going to starve. But I was also trying to go without an HNS between meals. Today I had one between breakfast and lunch and that helped. 2 more days on this then on to the blue plan. I'm actually enjoying the salads (this coming from someone who used to tell people I was allergic to lettuce just because it made me gag).

Tamikl
11-08-2011, 10:27 PM
In answer to:Patzi-I like hearing the maintenance stories. It's refreshing to hear that OCCASSIONALLY I'll be able to enjoy some social times with food once I reach my goals...its all about learning how to adjust to stay at maintenance...right now I'm just in total focus mode so going off plan isn't even a consideration right now.

Maintenance is a wonderful way of life. You can really eat anything as long as you don't go overboard, as I did Sat. night. I now have wine with my meals, an occasional piece of pie or pastry, and I enjoy eating out. There are really no restrictions. I have a friend that eats what she wants on weekends, in moderation, not going hog wild, and she fluctuates 1-2 pound gain with it, but by Friday weight is off and she is back where she should be.. It is all determinatin.
I hope I help y'all by posting.
Patzi

Hi Patzi...just a big YES..you help me personally so very much with your posts. Please keep them coming!!

camaswa
11-08-2011, 10:44 PM
just got back from fun family reunion and for the first time wasnt OP for 4 days!!! (was also camping) breakfast was OP and that was it...but surprisingly enough i didn't gain! didn't lose, but didnt gain - yay! i did try to stick to protein, carb for bfast, fruit, protein, veggies for lunch and protein, veggies, carb for dinner. had hotdog one day w/ no bun and pickles and V-8 , white chili (northern beans, chicken), cornbread, crabcakes, chocolate....but the difference was very small quantities, for example, tiny piece of cornbread...didn't really have veggies avail so had a couple V-8s a day - couple pieces of chocolate not the whole box. Walked alot and kept busy, drank lots of water. did make the chili w/ lots of onions and garlic and jalapenos...:-) the only thing i went overboard on was the spicy funyuns but after they were gone, drank lots of water and moved on! the funniest thing is my DH was going around to my relatives and telling them how much i lost and how great i look - haha! im a secret dieter and dont tell people i'm dieting so was like, shhhhhhhh. it was really funny and glad he was proud of me. i have some relatives that are very little so i know they were prob. looking at me like, really? but who cares -glad i have his support :-) i put the rest of the chocolate away and told him to please eat it very quickly!!!

read some of the posts and so glad everyone is doing so well! yay!
Hi BigDog! I have missed you! That is really great you didn't gain on a vacation - around FAMILY especially!! An interesting lesson about moderation, too.

Regarding the scales, I'm coming to the conclusion that I really should weigh at least 3 times a week- if I don't, blow little set-backs all out of proportion and freak myself out OR I simply go into denial and start packing it back on.
I just had a freak out last week because I had gone off program for a few days. I was certain I had gained a ton, but in truth, it was less than a pound when I finally faced it.

I hope you have a good week getting back on program!

Tamikl
11-08-2011, 10:56 PM
Hi ladies!

My WI is tomorrow, and I am not nervous or anxious at all--for a change:) Ever since my counselor and I decided to push through November, then introduce Stabilization, I have been much less stressed. I believe I have lost weight this past week. But, I actually feel like I have been experiencing a little mind game with myself, also. It has actually been easier to stay OP being in a mind-set of that if I lose, I lose...if I don't, then I will just get back on the wagon and keep plucking along....I may even push through December, and begin Stabilization after the New Year. A week ago, you would not have heard me say that!!!!!

Quite simply, being happy at the weight you are at makes the journey so much more peaceful...and if there is a loss, it is just that much more of a feeling of success. I don't know if I am making sense...but I just plain feel more optimistic which equates to feeling more motivated:)

WORDS OF WISDOM: For those of you that are just starting this program, try not to be so hard on yourself. Try not to be in a hurry by putting a big number in your mind of what you expect yourself to lose each week, and instead just focus "one day at a time" eating OP, and the weight will come off on its own. Often it is not meeting our personal expectations of ourselves that leave us feeling frustrated and unmotivated. Adjust those so that if you expect a 1lb loss each week, and lose that or more, then you will be so happy and motivated to tackle the next 7 days! Because we are all different, it is wise not to ever compare progress to others...your results are yours....unique to you. Comparing serves no purpose but to discourage. Being realistic and forgiving of yourself doesn't mean you are losing sight of the ultimate prize, just means you will maintain the desire to keep pressing on, rather than to feel defeated which could lead to wanting to give up. This attitude has made a difference for me, and believe me...talking from experience, being hard on yourself isn't the answer to success on this or any weightloss program.

Just like "Bigdog....." If taking a scale with you is what works for you, then by all means...take it! I agree that not checking in on myself could lead to disaster. It is my way of holding myself accountable, and keeps unwanted weight from creeping back up unexpectedly....which none of us would want. My point is do what works for you...The menus are easy..."black & white," but we aren't!!!! This journey will also be a time of self reflection, which may just mean lasting weightloss:)

Hang in there, ladies! I, too, am so grateful for this board and the daily support on it.

tkdtara84
11-08-2011, 11:37 PM
I just wanted to pop back in and say hi to everyone. I've been off plan for about three weeks, and I've had so much going on that I've hardly even read anything on 3FC let alone had time to post. I've had a two week flu, and then my brother passed away (long story- we weren't extremely close, so I'm not having a lot of grieving troubles or anything, but it has meant I've had to make some trips home for my parents, and there's just been a lot to take care of). So, dieting hasn't been at the forefront for me lately.

However, I've been back on plan since Monday, and I'm doing pre-conditioning again for a week. I weighed in at 173.5 on Monday, which is only three pounds up. To be honest, I'm quite proud of that. I mainly focused on eating smaller amounts of everything even though I wasn't eating on plan, and I think it worked. I hold more water when eating carbs, so I'm hoping the three pounds are mostly water anyway.

I'm actually looking forward to being back on plan, and I feel fresher now, with a little more momentum, so hopefully that will help carry me through the holidays. I have a trip home again this weekend for the memorial service, and then there's thanksgiving, but I decided to start right back once I got over the flu and not put it off-- that's where I would have run into trouble. There's always some reason to put it off till tomorrow or next week.

I noticed there are lots of new people in the last few weeks-- welcome!

nwcgina
11-09-2011, 08:09 AM
Thanks for the advice, Tamikl. I keep telling myself that if I lose one pound a week from here on out I would be extremely happy and successful (yet part of me wants to see a big number...okay, I've only been at it a little over a week and lost almost 5...I don't expect to lose that much per week going forward). I need to map out what losing one pound a week would look like as far as when I would reach my goal. That may help me keep in perspective...thanks for the thoughts!!!

bigdog
11-09-2011, 10:01 AM
Hi BigDog! I have missed you! That is really great you didn't gain on a vacation - around FAMILY especially!! An interesting lesson about moderation, too.

Regarding the scales, I'm coming to the conclusion that I really should weigh at least 3 times a week- if I don't, blow little set-backs all out of proportion and freak myself out OR I simply go into denial and start packing it back on.
I just had a freak out last week because I had gone off program for a few days. I was certain I had gained a ton, but in truth, it was less than a pound when I finally faced it.

I hope you have a good week getting back on program!

it was 30 degreees in the mountains where we were camping and i had two sweatshirts on and big boots most of the time. i told my brother i had lost weight and he started laughing because how could you tell w/ all the clothes i had on?.. he gave me a big hug and said i felt thinner through all the layers. haha!! we actually did have canned green beans and my DH grilled tuna and made crab cakes so that was OP. realized i don't miss macaroni salad, coleslaw or hot dog chili...it was too much...now if someone had bought over mac and cheese...yeah, i would have ate that! :-) what helped me was having cheese, turkey breast, boiled eggs so if i got hungry just ate that. i did pack some protein bars but didn't eat them since i was eating a few brownies over the weekend... w/ the Fitness Pal i track my food in, realized if i'm not MRC OP, at least i know to keep the calories at 1200 or less per day.... we had the big jugs of water w/ a spout so kept filling up my huge water travel cup. the MRC plan is so great! before when i was on WW, it was too flexible and i couldn't keep up w/ the points.
so will prob. wait to weigh in on friday...if i'm driving an hour to the center, i want at least to have a couple pound loss :-) chugging water!!

RaRaF
11-09-2011, 11:02 AM
HI everyone! I just read through the whole November thread, as I haven't been in here since October. :( No, I didn't drop off the face of the earth, I've just lost motivation. Life has gotten in the way and I've been basically gaining and losing the same 5lbs. for about 6 weeks. I'm thinking I just need a break so I can get my head back into it. I'm dealing with lots of stuff right now, and sometimes food is one less thing that i need to think about. My center doesn't want me to take a break because they think I won't come back. *I* think that I just mentally need a break, and after the 1st of the year I'll be back and in the right mindset. I don't know what I'm going to do for sure, but I'm frustrated.

I love reading about all of your successes--it helps motivate me a little, but I also like reading about your trials as well--Not that I like that anyone is having trouble, but it does make me feel less alone.

I DID just get 3 new pairs of jeans in the mail. They really look great on me, but are much lower rise than I'm used to, so I'm not sure how comfortable I'll be in them. It feels good to be able to put on a pair of jeans though, and not feel restricted. :)

patzi
11-09-2011, 11:24 AM
Daily weigh in...
To me that is a personal decision..l have to weigh in daily,and I do take a scale with me if possible. For me, weighing in daily has always kept me on my toes if scale was up, focus as to why, and get it back down.. My friend weighs in only at center , 2 days a week, and that has worked fine for her. I always weigh in same time each morning, 5:30AM when I get up. I do not weigh in until the following morning.
Wishing everyone a great day and great weigh losses.

Patzi

1bighog
11-09-2011, 02:13 PM
Hi, everyone! It's been awhile since I've posted on 3FC and I've never visited this forum, but I decided to try MRC. Today is day 1 of pre-conditioning. It's almost 1pm and all I've done today is obsess over food. I've nearly had my 64 oz of water for the day already because I'm afraid if I don't have something to do with my mouth, I'll eat. :o

I was told that I could have one caffeinated beverage per day, whether it be coffee or a diet soda, etc., but from what I'm reading here that doesn't seem to be true. Any input?

I'm so scared about picking this time of the year to get started. It feels like I am just setting myself up for failure with the holidays around the corner. I thought about waiting, but then I realized that by the beginning of the new year, I could be nearly halfway to my goal if I'd just start now. Sounds pretty good to me!

I go to Food Instruction this Friday and will get my menu plan. I have a lingerie shower to attend Friday night and it's after dinner hours so I will be sure to eat beforehand and just nibble on veggies, but it's the alcohol that will be tempting to me! My counselor suggested that I have a drink with vodka in it if I really wanted to have one and to keep pre-conditioning through the weekend and start my menu on Monday. We'll see.

So, a little about myself here...I am married, I have 4 kids ranging in age from preschool to high school, and I work very part-time (about 6 hours a week.) After I had my fourth baby (which was 5 years ago), I started Weight Watchers and went from 160 to 138. I stopped following WW but kept the weight off for 2 years using portion control and running. 2009 was a very bad year for me personally...just lots of stress, family problems, losing my best friend to cancer, losing my 17 year old dog to cancer, etc. I gained all the weight I had lost back plus more over the next 2 years. I have tried WW and calorie counting over and over again only to derail quickly. It's really discouraging to me to work so hard and only lose 0.5 pound a week, or none. I decided to try MRC for faster results. I'm going to be on the 17 week plan and my goal is to lose 40 pounds, but I'd like to try for closer to 50 pounds.

Oh, and just so you know, my username is not indicative of my self-esteem, lol. It's a reference to where I live...Rzrbackcandi will understand!

camaswa
11-09-2011, 02:50 PM
Hi ladies!

My WI is tomorrow, and I am not nervous or anxious at all--for a change:) Ever since my counselor and I decided to push through November, then introduce Stabilization, I have been much less stressed. I believe I have lost weight this past week. But, I actually feel like I have been experiencing a little mind game with myself, also. It has actually been easier to stay OP being in a mind-set of that if I lose, I lose...if I don't, then I will just get back on the wagon and keep plucking along....I may even push through December, and begin Stabilization after the New Year. A week ago, you would not have heard me say that!!!!!

Quite simply, being happy at the weight you are at makes the journey so much more peaceful...and if there is a loss, it is just that much more of a feeling of success. I don't know if I am making sense...but I just plain feel more optimistic which equates to feeling more motivated:)

WORDS OF WISDOM: For those of you that are just starting this program, try not to be so hard on yourself. Try not to be in a hurry by putting a big number in your mind of what you expect yourself to lose each week, and instead just focus "one day at a time" eating OP, and the weight will come off on its own. Often it is not meeting our personal expectations of ourselves that leave us feeling frustrated and unmotivated. Adjust those so that if you expect a 1lb loss each week, and lose that or more, then you will be so happy and motivated to tackle the next 7 days! Because we are all different, it is wise not to ever compare progress to others...your results are yours....unique to you. Comparing serves no purpose but to discourage. Being realistic and forgiving of yourself doesn't mean you are losing sight of the ultimate prize, just means you will maintain the desire to keep pressing on, rather than to feel defeated which could lead to wanting to give up. This attitude has made a difference for me, and believe me...talking from experience, being hard on yourself isn't the answer to success on this or any weightloss program.

Just like "Bigdog....." If taking a scale with you is what works for you, then by all means...take it! I agree that not checking in on myself could lead to disaster. It is my way of holding myself accountable, and keeps unwanted weight from creeping back up unexpectedly....which none of us would want. My point is do what works for you...The menus are easy..."black & white," but we aren't!!!! This journey will also be a time of self reflection, which may just mean lasting weightloss:)

Hang in there, ladies! I, too, am so grateful for this board and the daily support on it.
Well said, Tami! I should print this out and tape by my scales!

You know, the centers promise 3-5 pounds per week, which is not attainable for most of us, and probably isn't even safe. I think it sets us up to feel like we are failing when we are not. This makes some of us more vulnerable to their sales pitches for unproven supplements. I have had a consultant act like a 2-pound loss was barely good enough. We need to stop being so hard on ourselves !!

Thanks, Tami!

Tamikl
11-09-2011, 03:20 PM
Well said, Tami! I should print this out and tape by my scales!

You know, the centers promise 3-5 pounds per week, which is not attainable for most of us, and probably isn't even safe. I think it sets us up to feel like we are failing when we are not. This makes some of us more vulnerable to their sales pitches for unproven supplements. I have had a consultant act like a 2-pound loss was barely good enough. We need to stop being so hard on ourselves !!

Thanks, Tami!

You are welcome :) I totally agree with you...as I have been told 3-5lbs was attainable. Not consistently, that is for sure!!!!

I had a 2 lb loss today, and am very happy with that :) Heck, I am happy when I don't gain!!! All in perspective!

nwcgina
11-09-2011, 06:06 PM
Welcome, 1bighog. I'm with you in that I had tried (and tried and tried) calorie counting, but was never successful, fell off track easily. I joined MRC to try to have someone keep me accountable. And it has helped:) Okay, so I've just been on it (including preconditioning) 9 days. But I will tell you that the first day of preconditioning (and 2nd) was hard, then it go easier. Now I started the yellow plan and the first day sucked, but 2nd was easy, 3rd not so bad, then just one more day for me:) I figure if I"m paying this much money there is no way in heck I'm eating anything off plan. Like you I work very part-time so money is tight, but we decided it was worth the investment if I stick to it...and I will!! I even had to make the dessert for a women's meeting last night and didn't take a lick while making it nor did I eat any...and it was one of my faves. When I get to maintenance, that's when I can learn how to eat those treats on occasion.

As for the discussion on what a weight loss per week should be...soooo helpful. I did lose 5 lbs my first 9 day...in the past 4 days I "only" lost 1 lb and my consultant/counselor/whatever you call her sounded like that was "just okay". Heck...to be honest...I've never been able to lose 5 lbs in a MONTH. If I lose 1 lb a week from here on out I will reach my goal by mid-May (my 9 year wedding anniversary). The counselor originally told me early to mid Feb and I think that's still her goal...and if that happened, awesome. And I'm sure some weeks I'll see big losses, some none, and I have to be okay with that and not base my self worth on that.

1bighog
11-09-2011, 07:16 PM
Welcome, 1bighog. I'm with you in that I had tried (and tried and tried) calorie counting, but was never successful, fell off track easily. I joined MRC to try to have someone keep me accountable. And it has helped:) Okay, so I've just been on it (including preconditioning) 9 days. But I will tell you that the first day of preconditioning (and 2nd) was hard, then it go easier. Now I started the yellow plan and the first day sucked, but 2nd was easy, 3rd not so bad, then just one more day for me:) I figure if I"m paying this much money there is no way in heck I'm eating anything off plan. Like you I work very part-time so money is tight, but we decided it was worth the investment if I stick to it...and I will!! I even had to make the dessert for a women's meeting last night and didn't take a lick while making it nor did I eat any...and it was one of my faves. When I get to maintenance, that's when I can learn how to eat those treats on occasion.
Thank you, thank you.

I've gotta say--today (1st day of pre-conditioning) was hard! My day is not quite over and I'm about to crack. I foresee an early bedtime so I can just not feel hungry. And I'm not even sure that hunger is what I'm feeling. I don't feel great, that's for sure.

I ate breakfast--45 calorie wheat bread with melted cheese on top and a boiled egg--around 8:00 this morning. I had to go to the grocery store, so after my morning chores, I quickly ate some bagged salad so that I wouldn't be terribly hungry at the store. That was about 10:20. I stuck with my list and the store trip was a success. I fed my son and didn't feel an urge to sneak a bite here and there of his food. At 2:20 I felt hungry, so I made a bigger salad and this time added a boiled egg, some turkey, cucumber slices, cheese, and a huge peach on the side. Oh, by this time I'd already had my 64 oz of water. (I had coffee with my breakfast, too.)

That is the time of day that is the hardest for me. I'm pretty tired from either the work I've around the house, at my job, or running errands, and I've got to prepare myself for kids coming home from school. This is the time of day where I'll grab my 2nd soda of the day and eat some sugary food as well. Didn't do that today. I did lay down for a 20 minute power nap at 4:30...I couldn't take it anymore.

I got up and began to prepare dinner for my family (spaghetti.) It wasn't as torturous as I envisioned, but in the middle of dinner prep, I felt a little dizzy. I drank some more water and grabbed the first thing I saw that would be safe for today--canned tuna. I ate it straight out the can after I drained it. I'm not dizzy anymore, but I don't feel good. I've got some asparagus roasting in the oven right now and that should complete my dinner. Oh, I guess I get to have one more starch/bread and 1 more fruit today.

I'm looking forward to an early bedtime, not because I'm tired, but so I can stop feeling like this. I'm glad to hear each day is better than the last.

bigdog
11-09-2011, 07:47 PM
Well said, Tami! I should print this out and tape by my scales!

You know, the centers promise 3-5 pounds per week, which is not attainable for most of us, and probably isn't even safe. I think it sets us up to feel like we are failing when we are not. This makes some of us more vulnerable to their sales pitches for unproven supplements. I have had a consultant act like a 2-pound loss was barely good enough. We need to stop being so hard on ourselves !!

Thanks, Tami!

Well said and you are exactly right! my doctor told me if i took all the supplements they are pushing, then i would lose the weight faster but once i stopped taking them, i would regain. i'm happy to lose even a pound a week and if it's a half pound that's fine w/ me as long as i'm not gaining! :-) the only time the Center gets excited is when i lose 3 lbs so sometimes when i'm happy about 1.5 or 2 lbs, they'll lecture me and say, what can we do to get you to lose more? blah blah blah, it really demotivates me but i just shake it off and get on these boards and let you guys motivate me! :-)
i guess the counselors really do make money off the supplements so that's their sales pitch...the food combinations are good and i am glad the extra protein is working to help me lose so all good!

bigdog
11-09-2011, 07:53 PM
Thank you, thank you.

I've gotta say--today (1st day of pre-conditioning) was hard! My day is not quite over and I'm about to crack. I foresee an early bedtime so I can just not feel hungry. And I'm not even sure that hunger is what I'm feeling. I don't feel great, that's for sure.

I ate breakfast--45 calorie wheat bread with melted cheese on top and a boiled egg--around 8:00 this morning. I had to go to the grocery store, so after my morning chores, I quickly ate some bagged salad so that I wouldn't be terribly hungry at the store. That was about 10:20. I stuck with my list and the store trip was a success. I fed my son and didn't feel an urge to sneak a bite here and there of his food. At 2:20 I felt hungry, so I made a bigger salad and this time added a boiled egg, some turkey, cucumber slices, cheese, and a huge peach on the side. Oh, by this time I'd already had my 64 oz of water. (I had coffee with my breakfast, too.)

That is the time of day that is the hardest for me. I'm pretty tired from either the work I've around the house, at my job, or running errands, and I've got to prepare myself for kids coming home from school. This is the time of day where I'll grab my 2nd soda of the day and eat some sugary food as well. Didn't do that today. I did lay down for a 20 minute power nap at 4:30...I couldn't take it anymore.

I got up and began to prepare dinner for my family (spaghetti.) It wasn't as torturous as I envisioned, but in the middle of dinner prep, I felt a little dizzy. I drank some more water and grabbed the first thing I saw that would be safe for today--canned tuna. I ate it straight out the can after I drained it. I'm not dizzy anymore, but I don't feel good. I've got some asparagus roasting in the oven right now and that should complete my dinner. Oh, I guess I get to have one more starch/bread and 1 more fruit today.

I'm looking forward to an early bedtime, not because I'm tired, but so I can stop feeling like this. I'm glad to hear each day is better than the last.
are you drinking the HNS's? (protein drinks) those really helped me alot and i never feel hungry. you can have 3 to 4 a day and they really help you lose and keep your energy level up. (i order the Pink Lemonade Protidiet large container or the Syntax Orange protein powder from Diet Direct)
you can order from the Center too...the individual packs are 7 to a box...

1bighog
11-09-2011, 09:20 PM
are you drinking the HNS's? (protein drinks) those really helped me alot and i never feel hungry. you can have 3 to 4 a day and they really help you lose and keep your energy level up. (i order the Pink Lemonade Protidiet large container or the Syntax Orange protein powder from Diet Direct)
you can order from the Center too...the individual packs are 7 to a box...
Not yet. I was told I would get that stuff after my Food Instructional meeting on Friday, along with my menu plan.

nwcgina
11-09-2011, 09:45 PM
When I was on preconditioning the things that helped were a couple of eggs at breakfast and I did "cheat" and have a cheesestick between my noon and evening meals. I still lost 4 lbs on preconditioning. If you are still hungry, keep getting protein & the veggies. I also liked hot tea in the evening...kept the munchies away.

1bighog
11-09-2011, 10:07 PM
When I was on preconditioning the things that helped were a couple of eggs at breakfast and I did "cheat" and have a cheesestick between my noon and evening meals. I still lost 4 lbs on preconditioning. If you are still hungry, keep getting protein & the veggies. I also liked hot tea in the evening...kept the munchies away.
My counselor said I could eat extra, just stick with the pre-conditioning list. But to be honest, my usual diet mostly consists of a lot of starch, carbs, and sugar...all the stuff missing off that darn list! When the afternoon rolled around I was thinking about a hunk of cheese or another boiled egg, but I just didn't want it. I know I don't eat enough protein and I was already tired of the stuff I ate today.

It will be worth it.

1bighog
11-10-2011, 07:56 AM
Sorry for all the posting! Just need to tell someone that can sympathize.

So I was pretty surprised yesterday that I didn't get a headache from caffeine withdrawal. I only had 1 coffee today and normally I would have that plus 2 sodas. Well, at bedtime I did feel a headache coming on. I didn't take anything because I thought sleep would help, but I woke up today with the headache! Just popped some meds and hoping today will be easier because I'm busier and won't have time to obsess over food!

bigdog
11-10-2011, 09:39 AM
Sorry for all the posting! Just need to tell someone that can sympathize.

So I was pretty surprised yesterday that I didn't get a headache from caffeine withdrawal. I only had 1 coffee today and normally I would have that plus 2 sodas. Well, at bedtime I did feel a headache coming on. I didn't take anything because I thought sleep would help, but I woke up today with the headache! Just popped some meds and hoping today will be easier because I'm busier and won't have time to obsess over food!

post as much as you want! that's what these boards are for... i write a book everytime i post and haven't been kicked off the boards yet..LOL! i got so much wornderful advice from everyone here and food suggestions so i wouldnt be bored.

nwcgina
11-10-2011, 10:01 AM
Vent away. I was drinking about 2 cups of coffee per day before starting, I quit that cold turkey. About 6 days in I did have a small cup because I was really going into withdrawl, but other than that it was good. I did drink Diet Rite (1 can/day) during the deconditioning. I also found Gingerbread Spice decaf tea...with a packet of truvia is a good little treat. I do miss the coffee, not so much physically anymore, but on a cold morning like today it just sounds good.

I haven't really craved high carb foods since starting, but today my "friend" came and now I really am ready to eat all of the kids' halloween candy, bread, anything I can find. I haven't and I won't, but I want to. I may have a HNS chocolate pudding at lunch today if I still have this strong desire (not supposed to start it til tomorrow, but I figure it's better than a snickers).

JenB72
11-10-2011, 10:08 AM
Had to pop in for a moment to say :wave:

You know that wheel I mentioned that I wanted to get off. It sucked me back in.

I got to work Monday morning and at 8:50 am I get a call from my manager. I didn't think a thing of it and said, "What can I help you with?" His reply, "Fly to Michigan."

Excuse me?! After I picked my jaw up off the floor and spent the next couple of hours making travel arrangements, I quickly went home, packed a bag, organized everything for my husband where our munchkin is concerned (laid out clothes, made lunches, etc). Next thing you know, I was on a 3:00 flight to Grand Rapids and didn't get back until last night.

All in all, I did pretty good while I was up there. I did get all my water and most of my HNS in. Took almost all my supplements. While I wasn't able to eat all meals on plan (catered lunches), I did take my F&C Blockers. And...no snacking when I left our supplier's plant. Woohoo for me! :)

I'll catch up on all the posts soon, but just wanted to say that I'm back and it feels good. :)

Tamikl
11-10-2011, 10:34 AM
Vent away. I was drinking about 2 cups of coffee per day before starting, I quit that cold turkey. About 6 days in I did have a small cup because I was really going into withdrawl, but other than that it was good. I did drink Diet Rite (1 can/day) during the deconditioning. I also found Gingerbread Spice decaf tea...with a packet of truvia is a good little treat. I do miss the coffee, not so much physically anymore, but on a cold morning like today it just sounds good.

I haven't really craved high carb foods since starting, but today my "friend" came and now I really am ready to eat all of the kids' halloween candy, bread, anything I can find. I haven't and I won't, but I want to. I may have a HNS chocolate pudding at lunch today if I still have this strong desire (not supposed to start it til tomorrow, but I figure it's better than a snickers).

It is so funny you say that...because yes, the pudding is better than the Snickers...for our overall health, anyway...lol

I had asked MRC if I could eat pumpkin seeds over Halloween...and of course, the answer was NO. My justification for going ahead was the same as yours, since Snicker bars are my weakness! I just so relate :) Hang in there. My little girl insists on making brownies every Friday night...and that has been tough for me:( But, I have figured out how to make some yummy "HNS Creamy treats" that make me feel less deprived. As you go along, you will become more creative with the OP options, and you won't feel so overwhelmed and bored with what you can have. If someone didn't like cheese or eggs, I don't know how they would do this program...If I get hungry during the day, I just grab a protein type snack..but I don't hesitate, because the flip side is likely a poor choice if I let myself get too hungry.

camaswa
11-10-2011, 11:51 AM
It is so funny you say that...because yes, the pudding is better than the Snickers...for our overall health, anyway...lol

I had asked MRC if I could eat pumpkin seeds over Halloween...and of course, the answer was NO. My justification for going ahead was the same as yours, since Snicker bars are my weakness! I just so relate :) Hang in there. My little girl insists on making brownies every Friday night...and that has been tough for me:( But, I have figured out how to make some yummy "HNS Creamy treats" that make me feel less deprived. As you go along, you will become more creative with the OP options, and you won't feel so overwhelmed and bored with what you can have. If someone didn't like cheese or eggs, I don't know how they would do this program...If I get hungry during the day, I just grab a protein type snack..but I don't hesitate, because the flip side is likely a poor choice if I let myself get too hungry.
Good advice from Tami. (as usual!!!). I have blood-sugar issues that make it very hard to go from lunch to dinner without a snack. Even the clear HNS doesn't really help. So if I need an extra creamy, or a couple ounces of protein, I go ahead. The alternative would likely be junk food the moment I walked in the door.

camaswa
11-10-2011, 11:56 AM
Hi, everyone! It's been awhile since I've posted on 3FC and I've never visited this forum, but I decided to try MRC. Today is day 1 of pre-conditioning. It's almost 1pm and all I've done today is obsess over food. I've nearly had my 64 oz of water for the day already because I'm afraid if I don't have something to do with my mouth, I'll eat. :o

I was told that I could have one caffeinated beverage per day, whether it be coffee or a diet soda, etc., but from what I'm reading here that doesn't seem to be true. Any input?

I'm so scared about picking this time of the year to get started. It feels like I am just setting myself up for failure with the holidays around the corner. I thought about waiting, but then I realized that by the beginning of the new year, I could be nearly halfway to my goal if I'd just start now. Sounds pretty good to me!

I go to Food Instruction this Friday and will get my menu plan. I have a lingerie shower to attend Friday night and it's after dinner hours so I will be sure to eat beforehand and just nibble on veggies, but it's the alcohol that will be tempting to me! My counselor suggested that I have a drink with vodka in it if I really wanted to have one and to keep pre-conditioning through the weekend and start my menu on Monday. We'll see.

So, a little about myself here...I am married, I have 4 kids ranging in age from preschool to high school, and I work very part-time (about 6 hours a week.) After I had my fourth baby (which was 5 years ago), I started Weight Watchers and went from 160 to 138. I stopped following WW but kept the weight off for 2 years using portion control and running. 2009 was a very bad year for me personally...just lots of stress, family problems, losing my best friend to cancer, losing my 17 year old dog to cancer, etc. I gained all the weight I had lost back plus more over the next 2 years. I have tried WW and calorie counting over and over again only to derail quickly. It's really discouraging to me to work so hard and only lose 0.5 pound a week, or none. I decided to try MRC for faster results. I'm going to be on the 17 week plan and my goal is to lose 40 pounds, but I'd like to try for closer to 50 pounds.

Oh, and just so you know, my username is not indicative of my self-esteem, lol. It's a reference to where I live...Rzrbackcandi will understand!
See the thread titled Why No Coffee? It turns out that caffeine messes with insulin and the adrenals, and I forget what else when I read that, it did justify the rule. That said, I still have it in the AM. Cutting it out in the day and focusing on water had made me feel so much better, must say! Good luck!

nwcgina
11-10-2011, 01:36 PM
Caffiene dehydrates you (messing with the adrenals)...and when you are on a high protein diet, you are more prone to constipation...made worse if you are dehydrated. So even if you are drinking 64 oz, drinking caffiene with the high protein can make you more likely to be constipated.

Does anyone have preferences for creamies? I know everyone's tastes are different...I already have the pudding and hot chocolate...are any of the other ones good? I figured out how many more HNS's I need to make it through the end of the year...since I only ordered 1 creamy my first round...I want more of those:)

parkers
11-10-2011, 02:37 PM
Hi everybody! I'm new here, but have been reading comments for a couple of months. I really enjoy the forum! I started MRC in late September and have lost 16 lbs. so far. I am on the green menu now and everything has been going pretty well up until the last 2 weeks. I have only lost 1 1/2 lbs. in these past 2 weeks. I will admit that I have had to mishaps, where the food was seasoned with butter at one meal (sirloin and veggies), the 2nd mishap beef (sirloin steak) stew was served that had potatoes and carrots included. But, I did limit myself to the amount of one serving. Could these two off program meals have slowed my progress down that much? So far this week haven't lost any more lbs. I would appreciate any input you might have. Thanks!

kristih6
11-10-2011, 03:39 PM
Great post Tamikl - real good points! Just wanted I needed to read today - have been pretty hard on myself for not putting up huge numbers and still feeling the need to snack at times. I always grab veggies or string cheese and as you said better that then letting myself get to hungry and going for something worse. Thank You :)

ynapier
11-10-2011, 04:47 PM
I have been on MRC since the end of September. So far I have lost 26.5 lbs. I have not gone down a size in my clothes yet. I have a couple of pair of pants that I simple can't keep on any longer but the couple of pair that I have in the next smaller size are too tight. I was wondering how much I have to lose to get to the next smaller size. I really thougth I would be there by now.

PamBlue
11-10-2011, 06:11 PM
Hi everybody! I'm new here, but have been reading comments for a couple of months. I really enjoy the forum! I started MRC in late September and have lost 16 lbs. so far. I am on the green menu now and everything has been going pretty well up until the last 2 weeks. I have only lost 1 1/2 lbs. in these past 2 weeks. I will admit that I have had to mishaps, where the food was seasoned with butter at one meal (sirloin and veggies), the 2nd mishap beef (sirloin steak) stew was served that had potatoes and carrots included. But, I did limit myself to the amount of one serving. Could these two off program meals have slowed my progress down that much? So far this week haven't lost any more lbs. I would appreciate any input you might have. Thanks!

I started about a week after you and lost about 15 lbs, then slowed down these last couple of weeks as well, without cheating. So did a friend of mine who started at the same time. I think it's a natural plateau and will correct itself soon. Just call me Pollyanna. :-) But they did put me on Medi-Quick and a Plateau Buster for four days to kick start it again. I weigh in tomorrow and will see how it worked.

PamBlue
11-10-2011, 06:14 PM
I have been on MRC since the end of September. So far I have lost 26.5 lbs. I have not gone down a size in my clothes yet. I have a couple of pair of pants that I simple can't keep on any longer but the couple of pair that I have in the next smaller size are too tight. I was wondering how much I have to lose to get to the next smaller size. I really thougth I would be there by now.

I don't think there's a set amount. It varies depending on your height and starting weight, and maybe your body type. I'm a lot shorter than you, and a 15 pound loss seems to have taken me down a size in some pants, but not others. I'm apple-shaped and carry most of weight in my middle.

bigdog
11-10-2011, 07:35 PM
i'm at a stand still - haven't gained, but hadn't lost. wonder if the colder weather is making me store fat? like a bear hibernating? :-) i'm still walking every am but thinking i need to exercise in the pm too. i'm also working on stepping up my water intake to see if that will move things along. i have been working late every night and hadn't been drinking water like i should so need to make myself do that. may have to switch also from the cooked veggies back to salads...i'm thinking my French trained Chef of a husband has been putting too much olive oil, etc in the veggies...because they are "too" good. lol! plus i've been eating flank steak more than three times a week. will be having fish tonight....:dancer:

Tamikl
11-10-2011, 10:24 PM
i'm at a stand still - haven't gained, but hadn't lost. wonder if the colder weather is making me store fat? like a bear hibernating? :-) i'm still walking every am but thinking i need to exercise in the pm too. i'm also working on stepping up my water intake to see if that will move things along. i have been working late every night and hadn't been drinking water like i should so need to make myself do that. may have to switch also from the cooked veggies back to salads...i'm thinking my French trained Chef of a husband has been putting too much olive oil, etc in the veggies...because they are "too" good. lol! plus i've been eating flank steak more than three times a week. will be having fish tonight....:dancer:

You are so funny!! Yes, I think the cold weather could have something to do with it! Couldn't be anything we are doing!! LOL

If anything is "too good" to be true or healthy...it likely is :) I always eat fish the night before a WI...don't know if that helps or not?!

Hang in there...you have an awesome sense of humor for all of this, and we all need that!

Tamikl
11-10-2011, 10:27 PM
I have been on MRC since the end of September. So far I have lost 26.5 lbs. I have not gone down a size in my clothes yet. I have a couple of pair of pants that I simple can't keep on any longer but the couple of pair that I have in the next smaller size are too tight. I was wondering how much I have to lose to get to the next smaller size. I really thougth I would be there by now.

That is 26lbs in a month and a half!!! OMGosh!!!!!!!!!!!! Who cares what size pants you wear right now? Could be you are losing in other areas at the moment. Losing weight at this rate, you will be going down in size very soon!! I am a "scale" person, so the # on the scale is my motivator...Yours might be the inches lost.

Relish what is happening! Many people would give a great deal to have the success you have had in such a short time!

Tamikl
11-10-2011, 10:30 PM
Great post Tamikl - real good points! Just wanted I needed to read today - have been pretty hard on myself for not putting up huge numbers and still feeling the need to snack at times. I always grab veggies or string cheese and as you said better that then letting myself get to hungry and going for something worse. Thank You :)

I am glad that my insights have helped you :) My counselor did tell me that it would be better to grab a hard-boiled egg over a cheese stick...but either one is better than other things! Just so long as we have something to grab, right? LOL

Tamikl
11-10-2011, 10:39 PM
Caffiene dehydrates you (messing with the adrenals)...and when you are on a high protein diet, you are more prone to constipation...made worse if you are dehydrated. So even if you are drinking 64 oz, drinking caffiene with the high protein can make you more likely to be constipated.

Does anyone have preferences for creamies? I know everyone's tastes are different...I already have the pudding and hot chocolate...are any of the other ones good? I figured out how many more HNS's I need to make it through the end of the year...since I only ordered 1 creamy my first round...I want more of those:)

The "creamy" options are endless....and they are yummy, and a staple in my personal journey! I look forward to my "one" each day!!

I didn't care much for the chocolate pudding or the cappacino, but I like the vanilla pudding, and there are many things you can do with that. I also like the cocoa..simply to make the brownies with. Lastly, the chocolate crisps are good. They are a quick option. You can mix them, too. I have heard of some making the vanilla pudding and sprinkling the crisps on it. (In this case you only use 1/2 of each packet.) I like the chocolate milkshake...you add ice, vanilla pudding, hot cocoa packet and blend! I save half for another day and freeze it. If you go to the recipe board, there are many ideas! But those are the 3 I keep in my pantry all the time. Oh! The Tomato Basil is considered a "creamy" also...so if you cook with it, that is your creamy for the day. I think it is good.

Have fun with it!

JenB72
11-11-2011, 09:03 AM
Tami, I just noticed you are in the 160's! Congratulations on reaching that milestone. :congrat:

nwcgina
11-11-2011, 09:24 AM
Y-Weight loss and clothes size loss aren't linear...meaning some months you will lose more pounds and not as many inches, the next month maybe the opposite. So there isn't a 20 lbs=1 size....especially considering everyone is a different height and body build. I would rather lose the inches/size, but that isn't as fast, so the scale is motivating me for now.

Made it through my rough "I want to eat everything" day and I only made two concessions: 1 is I had my HNS pudding a day before I was supposed to. The second is I had a really spicy homemade venison chili last night for supper rather than my "regular supper". It was a small bowl with no crackers or anything. The spicy helped fill me with a small serving and I am ready to be back at it strong today and not having the same cravings...and the kids' Halloween candy lived to see another day:) I keep sending some with my hubby to work...it just isn't leaving fast enough.

1bighog
11-11-2011, 10:14 AM
...and the kids' Halloween candy lived to see another day:) I keep sending some with my hubby to work...it just isn't leaving fast enough.
I'm so glad my kids' "good" candy is all gone! :dizzy:

Today is day 3 of pre-condition for me and despite being TOM, I'm down 3 pounds. I'm going to Food Instructional today and anxious to see my meal plan!

Tonight is the dreaded lingerie shower--one of my very good friends is hosting it and was asking my opinion on her menu choices and I just thought, "I'm screwed." However, I woke up today with a better attitude and hoping to get more motivated at the meeting today.

patzi
11-11-2011, 10:58 AM
I had maintenance weigh in today and stayed the same, 5 pounds under goal.. I have decided with Thanksgiving coming up, I will stay close to the green Meta Slim menu, vs. maintenance, so I can enjoy myself on the holiday.. So I will not try anything new and will stay OP .

Congrats to all that lost weight, and congrats to any new comers, in the event I have missed anyone.

Have a wonderful day and remember stay focused, stay OP as it is all worth it.

Patzi

camaswa
11-11-2011, 12:01 PM
Bogdog, don't forget that just last week you were on vacation, too. I would suggest using this weekend to buckle down. Fish, lots of water, etc. Plan your meals for the week and keep to your plan. I bet you will soon see a nice drop. I have gone off plan a number of times lately, so this is also my advice to myself!

patzi
11-11-2011, 01:14 PM
camaswa..
On another posting subject you mentioned wanting to make soups without using supplements.. I have never used any supplements on the recipes, or in anythng I ever cooked while on the diet. I always substituted.. If you are not sure what to substitute with, come on this forum and ask, and I am sure one of us can help you.

When I boil veggies, I always keep the broth and put in fridge and use that many times for my base. I use tomatoes lots, and herbs to spice the soup up. One of my favorite spices when I make soup is the Herbs de Provence. Not too sure of spelling, but that is great.. Use any herbs for flavor, even Mrs. Dash. I put leftover chicken in many of my soups. Can you have beans on your diet? If so, you can add the beans in there, also. But don't worry about the supplements, just exchange with something else.

Hope this helps
Patzi

bigdog
11-11-2011, 02:22 PM
Bogdog, don't forget that just last week you were on vacation, too. I would suggest using this weekend to buckle down. Fish, lots of water, etc. Plan your meals for the week and keep to your plan. I bet you will soon see a nice drop. I have gone off plan a number of times lately, so this is also my advice to myself!

i'm debating about driving over (an hour away) to the MRC center to weigh in. i'm down 2 lbs on my scales but prob. on their's nothing. as soon as i got back from vacation, started drinking tons of water, was back OP, eating eggs, cheese, lean meats...did have fish and squash last night.

i meant to ask you guys, does any one take fiber supplements? if so, which ones?
Ok, guess i'm getting in car and driving over....hope i can get a good pee in when i arrive before i get on the scale.!! LOL and TMI!!! :)

rachels77
11-11-2011, 02:43 PM
Hello!

With the creamies, I like the double chocolate pudding... I make it and pop it in the freezer for a fake chocolate ice cream... I also like the cappuccino, but I'm not a big coffee drinker anyway. We also use the creamy chicken with veggies and chicken boulion for cooking...

On the clothes sizing, I've lost 30 pounds and have gone down one to two pants size (20W to 16 now), but some dress pants are still a little tight! Also, I think it may be different, based on your body type, starting weight, and other things...

I don't take fiber, but haven't had a problem with that issue... yet! Although, the Fat/Carb blocker seems to get things "going" for me, if I have to use it before a restarant meal!

Good job on the weight loss guys!

brandy8188
11-11-2011, 03:01 PM
Hi ladies,
Just got back from WI and I'm down a pound. I am .5 away from signing the 20 pound board and 1.5 away from goal. My weigh loss has been slow. I think I'm to an average of 1.14 pounds per week. I don't care. I'd like bigger numbers, but I want to keep it off for good.

I also got headaches at first and I was very tired. After about 2 weeks, that went away. But now my hair seems to be falling out. I'm totally taking my oil, what do you think is going on?

1bighog
11-11-2011, 04:05 PM
i meant to ask you guys, does any one take fiber supplements? if so, which ones?
I do take some, just the Equate Fiber Therapy caplets. It's methylcellulose which is synthetically produced. It works for me, but when I'm out I'll try to find something more natural. I have diverticulosis and need the extra fiber.

I went to Food Instruction today and asked if the extra fiber would be a problem and she asked me how many calories were in it. Well, it's not listed. I assume that means it's miniscule? She said it was probably fine.

I got my menu--yellow! And I was wrong; just when I thought my menu couldn't be worse than pre condition, I got yellow! I'm sure there are worse, but I was really looking forward to something different. It seems I am more restricted now, but they reminded me I would also be drinking the HNS now so I should feel better.

It does make me want to skip the alcohol tonight at the party so that I can get started tomorrow instead of Monday. I figure the sooner I get it over with, the better.

My official weight loss was 3.5 lbs.

camaswa
11-11-2011, 04:07 PM
Just weighed in and am down 3 pounds - halfway to my 30 pound goal. I ca finally see it, too. Although no one else has commented... Oh well. The center went over my saliva test today and tried to sell me a ton of stuff. It is hard to say no, but I did. I told them I will take the results to my naturopath and see what he says.

I'm planning to have a NON-social weekend. Getting meals ready for next week and plenty of exercise. I always feel better when I do that. Have a good weekend, all!

1bighog
11-11-2011, 04:12 PM
Just weighed in and am down 3 pounds - halfway to my 30 pound goal.
:carrot:

nwcgina
11-11-2011, 04:34 PM
1bighog-I just got done with yellow yesterday. Not going to lie, first day is tough, but it did get better...and I was so ready to be on blue today. I did a lot of "heavy" veggies for my salad: cucumbers, green peppers, celery...I don't do so well with lots of lettuce.

camaswa-congrats!! Halfway there!!!!

1bighog
11-11-2011, 04:35 PM
1bighog-I just got done with yellow yesterday. Not going to lie, first day is tough, but it did get better...and I was so ready to be on blue today. I did a lot of "heavy" veggies for my salad: cucumbers, green peppers, celery...I don't do so well with lots of lettuce.
Did you do the olive oil/canola oil dressing? I can't believe those are my only options! I just called and asked if I really couldn't have any of the dressings listed on pre conditioning and they told me they'd prefer if I wait until green to add those.

nwcgina
11-11-2011, 04:43 PM
I did. I actually made a big shaker of it so I didn't have to make it each time...then just tried to have my portion size be small.

Another thing you can do is put cottage cheese (a big carton-16 oz) in a blender/magic bullet with 1/2 pack of the ranch dip mix (just the mix-I like flavor so I'd probably use the whole pack) and then add water to it to make dressing. My sister did that and loved it. I just did the cottage cheese and some dill/garlic/parsley and used it as a dip. you just have to figure out how much cottage cheese of the dip/dressing you are using and figure that as part of your 1/2 cup allowance at noon. At noon I did 1/4 c cottage cheese and 1 oz cheddar cheese...so 1/4 c dip & 1 oz cheddar (I figured since you can do 1/2 cup cottage or 2 oz cheddar I'd just do half of both).

I did use the wishbone spray a few times. I had asked and she said that was okay. I don't like it real great...I liked the oil/vinegar dressing better.

camaswa
11-11-2011, 05:07 PM
Thank you, Patsi! It's definitely soup weather where I live! And like I said, I don't like those soup supplements.

bigdog
11-11-2011, 07:32 PM
I do take some, just the Equate Fiber Therapy caplets. It's methylcellulose which is synthetically produced. It works for me, but when I'm out I'll try to find something more natural. I have diverticulosis and need the extra fiber.

I went to Food Instruction today and asked if the extra fiber would be a problem and she asked me how many calories were in it. Well, it's not listed. I assume that means it's miniscule? She said it was probably fine.

I got my menu--yellow! And I was wrong; just when I thought my menu couldn't be worse than pre condition, I got yellow! I'm sure there are worse, but I was really looking forward to something different. It seems I am more restricted now, but they reminded me I would also be drinking the HNS now so I should feel better.

It does make me want to skip the alcohol tonight at the party so that I can get started tomorrow instead of Monday. I figure the sooner I get it over with, the better.

My official weight loss was 3.5 lbs.

that's fantastic Bighog! definitely drink the HNSs (clear) and the one creamy a day. i have at least 3 to 4 clear and they really keep me full and energized :-) i buy the pink lemonade in the big container from Diet Direct so mix that up in a blender w/ ice or just shake up in my blender bottle... you can do this!

bigdog
11-11-2011, 08:08 PM
I do take some, just the Equate Fiber Therapy caplets. It's methylcellulose which is synthetically produced. It works for me, but when I'm out I'll try to find something more natural. I have diverticulosis and need the extra fiber.

I went to Food Instruction today and asked if the extra fiber would be a problem and she asked me how many calories were in it. Well, it's not listed. I assume that means it's miniscule? She said it was probably fine.

I got my menu--yellow! And I was wrong; just when I thought my menu couldn't be worse than pre condition, I got yellow! I'm sure there are worse, but I was really looking forward to something different. It seems I am more restricted now, but they reminded me I would also be drinking the HNS now so I should feel better.

It does make me want to skip the alcohol tonight at the party so that I can get started tomorrow instead of Monday. I figure the sooner I get it over with, the better.

My official weight loss was 3.5 lbs.

Bogdog, don't forget that just last week you were on vacation, too. I would suggest using this weekend to buckle down. Fish, lots of water, etc. Plan your meals for the week and keep to your plan. I bet you will soon see a nice drop. I have gone off plan a number of times lately, so this is also my advice to myself!

I drove over to the center this afternoon to weigh in, lost a pound! woo hoo! after my 4 day vacation i wasn't sure what the scales were going to register! they also measured me and i've lost a total of 24.5 inches!!! wow, very cool. the counselor said i'm doing fantastic and she was amazed at the inches lost...she did mention that only a couple inches less in my stomach and again suggested Cortitrim but i just ignored that..told her i was PMSing :0 she did a reading and said i've lost fat and today registed water gain. prob all the seasonings my DH is putting on the veggies and the flank steak...we have Mrs. dash so need to use other stuff than the sea salt we use especially before weigh in. so glad i made the hour drive. i have an oyster roast to go to tomorrow but planning on exercising more, drinking tons of water, eating some veggies before we go, and eating some oysters, hot dog w/ no bun, small chili and drinking a couple Vodkas w/ club soda w/ splash of lite cranberry juice. Sunday, i'll have eggs, fish, salad, salad, salad! and drink 1,000 gallons of water on Sunday and Monday to flush the bad stuff out. :-) :dizzy:

bigdog
11-11-2011, 08:55 PM
It is so funny you say that...because yes, the pudding is better than the Snickers...for our overall health, anyway...lol

I had asked MRC if I could eat pumpkin seeds over Halloween...and of course, the answer was NO. My justification for going ahead was the same as yours, since Snicker bars are my weakness! I just so relate :) Hang in there. My little girl insists on making brownies every Friday night...and that has been tough for me:( But, I have figured out how to make some yummy "HNS Creamy treats" that make me feel less deprived. As you go along, you will become more creative with the OP options, and you won't feel so overwhelmed and bored with what you can have. If someone didn't like cheese or eggs, I don't know how they would do this program...If I get hungry during the day, I just grab a protein type snack..but I don't hesitate, because the flip side is likely a poor choice if I let myself get too hungry.

hmmmm....maybe i shouldnt ask them if a low sodium V-8 and cheese stick is ok for lunch on the road then...LOL! or mixing the pink lemonade HNS w/ sugar free margarita mix w/ tequila on vacation is a good idea! ROLOL!!!! i lost 2 lbs on vacation and had protein magaritas!!! :-) i understand being OP but also when i can't, making healthy choices works too!

bigdog
11-12-2011, 09:11 AM
just logged in My Fitness Pal what i'm planning on eating today...and drinking @ the Oyster Roast tonight :-) when i plugged in Bud Lite, 3 beers is 330 cal., i changed that to 3 oz. Vodka and it's 193 cal.

my total calorie count is 945 for the day. i haven't added in any HNSs so i'll probably have 1 or 2 @ 70 cal each. what i like about Fitness Pal, i can track protein, carbs, fat, sodium (you can add what you want to track)
here's what i'm having...
Bfast-
lite wheat bread w/ colby cheese melted on top
1 boiled egg
Decaf.coffee w/ 1 tsp hot cocoa protein mix

Lunch
Tilapia 4 oz
salad w/ lettuce, cukes, green onions
Greek dressing made w/ garlic, seasonings, lemon juice (DH made it)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (thawed) (sometimes i'll add 1 TB lite cool whip -12 cal.)

Dinner
6 oysters steamed
1/2 cup Chili w/ hot sauce
1 hot dog w/out bun
2 or 3 Vodka/Club Soda/Pink Lemonade protein mix or maybe i'll add V-8 and hot sauce to vodka for a Bloody Mary to get my veggies in for dinner :-)

Anyway, that's my plan... i do know i'll drink alot of water tomorrow becuz Alcohol does make me retain water. Planning ahead seems to work for me and i may eat a whole bowl of chili and skip the hot dog (better choice)
i always make White chili @ home (chicken, northern beans, garlic, onions, cayenne, cumin, jalepenos (optional), canned tomatoes w/ green chilies) i add lots of jalepenos and cayenne - i like Heat! :-) but i'm sure they'll have traditional chili.
and i'll ride my exercise bike for 45 minutes today while reading chick lit.
House is a wreck, winter clothes need to come in, summer clothes out! thinking i'll email Mary Poppins and see if she can pop in and lend a sister a hand

bigdog
11-12-2011, 09:22 AM
I did. I actually made a big shaker of it so I didn't have to make it each time...then just tried to have my portion size be small.

Another thing you can do is put cottage cheese (a big carton-16 oz) in a blender/magic bullet with 1/2 pack of the ranch dip mix (just the mix-I like flavor so I'd probably use the whole pack) and then add water to it to make dressing. My sister did that and loved it. I just did the cottage cheese and some dill/garlic/parsley and used it as a dip. you just have to figure out how much cottage cheese of the dip/dressing you are using and figure that as part of your 1/2 cup allowance at noon. At noon I did 1/4 c cottage cheese and 1 oz cheddar cheese...so 1/4 c dip & 1 oz cheddar (I figured since you can do 1/2 cup cottage or 2 oz cheddar I'd just do half of both).

I did use the wishbone spray a few times. I had asked and she said that was okay. I don't like it real great...I liked the oil/vinegar dressing better.

you just reminded me of the cottage cheese dip i can make for Thanksgiving w/ cut up veggies... i'll have to look it up again but i think it's cottage cheese w/ the ranch dressing dry mix...

bigdog
11-12-2011, 09:58 AM
making snickerdoodles this am. this time using chocolate creme pudding mix and the old fashioned oatmeal (last time i used Wonderslim oatmeal)
makes 2 servings.
2 pkgs chocolate creme pudding mix
1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal
2 beaten eggs

usually i mix cinnamon in when i used vanilla creme pudding mix but this time, mixed splenda and cinnamon together and sprinkled on top of some of them. if i had cocoa powder, i'd mix splenda and cocoa and sprinkle on top.
haven't tried yet, but i think w the vanilla, the pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon might be tasty!
mix and drop on cookie pan
bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes. makes about 18 balls (i made them small about 1")
(we are supposed to just have this for breakfast....)
did not realize that old fashioned oats have 5 g. protein! and 4 g. fiber

(these are more like little muffins, not really crunchy like cookies.) the cinnamon/splenda combo sprinkled on top caramalized and made the top a little crunchy :-) will def. serve these as little desserts for Thanksgiving.
will experiment w/ the pumpkin spice and vanilla for next go around

camaswa
11-12-2011, 12:23 PM
I drove over to the center this afternoon to weigh in, lost a pound! woo hoo! after my 4 day vacation i wasn't sure what the scales were going to register! they also measured me and i've lost a total of 24.5 inches!!! wow, very cool. the counselor said i'm doing fantastic and she was amazed at the inches lost...she did mention that only a couple inches less in my stomach and again suggested Cortitrim but i just ignored that..told her i was PMSing :0 she did a reading and said i've lost fat and today registed water gain. prob all the seasonings my DH is putting on the veggies and the flank steak...we have Mrs. dash so need to use other stuff than the sea salt we use especially before weigh in. so glad i made the hour drive. i have an oyster roast to go to tomorrow but planning on exercising more, drinking tons of water, eating some veggies before we go, and eating some oysters, hot dog w/ no bun, small chili and drinking a couple Vodkas w/ club soda w/ splash of lite cranberry juice. Sunday, i'll have eggs, fish, salad, salad, salad! and drink 1,000 gallons of water on Sunday and Monday to flush the bad stuff out. :-) :dizzy:
Bigdog, Yay! That's a lot of inches! I bet you are looking and feeling so much better! I hear you on the sea salt- I love that stuff! My blood pressure is low so I never worried about salt, untill this water retention became obvious. That is probably why weighing everyday made me crazy too.

camaswa
11-12-2011, 12:25 PM
just logged in My Fitness Pal what i'm planning on eating today...and drinking @ the Oyster Roast tonight :-) when i plugged in Bud Lite, 3 beers is 330 cal., i changed that to 3 oz. Vodka and it's 193 cal.

my total calorie count is 945 for the day. i haven't added in any HNSs so i'll probably have 1 or 2 @ 70 cal each. what i like about Fitness Pal, i can track protein, carbs, fat, sodium (you can add what you want to track)
here's what i'm having...
Bfast-
lite wheat bread w/ colby cheese melted on top
1 boiled egg
Decaf.coffee w/ 1 tsp hot cocoa protein mix

Lunch
Tilapia 4 oz
salad w/ lettuce, cukes, green onions
Greek dressing made w/ garlic, seasonings, lemon juice (DH made it)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (thawed) (sometimes i'll add 1 TB lite cool whip -12 cal.)

Dinner
6 oysters steamed
1/2 cup Chili w/ hot sauce
1 hot dog w/out bun
2 or 3 Vodka/Club Soda/Pink Lemonade protein mix or maybe i'll add V-8 and hot sauce to vodka for a Bloody Mary to get my veggies in for dinner :-)

Anyway, that's my plan... i do know i'll drink alot of water tomorrow becuz Alcohol does make me retain water. Planning ahead seems to work for me and i may eat a whole bowl of chili and skip the hot dog (better choice)
i always make White chili @ home (chicken, northern beans, garlic, onions, cayenne, cumin, jalepenos (optional), canned tomatoes w/ green chilies) i add lots of jalepenos and cayenne - i like Heat! :-) but i'm sure they'll have traditional chili.
and i'll ride my exercise bike for 45 minutes today while reading chick lit.
House is a wreck, winter clothes need to come in, summer clothes out! thinking i'll email Mary Poppins and see if she can pop in and lend a sister a hand
Impressed with your plan! You go!

bigdog
11-12-2011, 12:59 PM
Bigdog, Yay! That's a lot of inches! I bet you are looking and feeling so much better! I hear you on the sea salt- I love that stuff! My blood pressure is low so I never worried about salt, untill this water retention became obvious. That is probably why weighing everyday made me crazy too.

hey, you're down to 175 - way to go!! that's what i'm aiming for next week- i'll catch up to you soon! :-) just downloaded some pics of the camping trip...a little thinner even under all the layers of sweatshirts but need to lose more, more, more! my DH is pretty happy too...he's lost weight too! he's 6'3" and full of muscle (hmmm...isn't that a song?) got into some jeans he hasn't worn in awhile... i was hoping he wouldn't lose so when i'm with him, i look smaller...haha!

bigdog
11-12-2011, 01:05 PM
Bigdog, Yay! That's a lot of inches! I bet you are looking and feeling so much better! I hear you on the sea salt- I love that stuff! My blood pressure is low so I never worried about salt, untill this water retention became obvious. That is probably why weighing everyday made me crazy too.

my blood pressure is low too so i don't worry unless it's weigh in day... i really don't have any health problems except for excess weight and can't fit into clothes! but my parents had high blood pressure, mom had diabetes so hoping to avoid that stuff as i get older... my DH has high cholestrol and high blood pressure but not overweight....before this diet, i ate mostly carbs so guess that kept everything low but my weight. my DH eats more meat...so this is helping him having more fish, chicken, lean meats...

bigdog
11-12-2011, 04:48 PM
this is from Discoverjoy that was posted in October thread. i think it needs to be repeated :-) so here goes...

Originally Posted by discoverjoy

you have to mentally separate yourself from the diet and the salespeople selling stuff to keep the diet going and make a living. It's two different things.

The diet is actually incredibly good for us. The food is good and nutritious and our bodies are happy bodies.

The salespeople are greedy sometimes, so you have to be firm, and then let them know that you are aware of what they have and you will let them know when you are ready to try something new or different.

I, personally, can't do this diet without my supplements. The supplements make it exciting for me. I look forward to my semi-frozen chocolate pudding balls and my chicken soup with my salad.

I am excited about the creativity required to eat healthy, not get bored and still lose weight.

It is definitely a huge challenge not to get sucked back in to the rest of our country's way of eating...The American diet sucks. It makes you miserable and puts you in a perpetually dieting/binging situation.

This girl is fighting back. I'm fighting for it and I'll never quit! EVER!

Mrc is the best nutrition/weight loss plan I've ever done. It works the absolute best, but requires a lot of perserverence. Something I have trouble with.

Go get em' today ladies....

WOOOHOO

patzi
11-12-2011, 06:27 PM
I was at out of town at for a business meeting this morning, and they bring food in and I will not eat any of what they offer, so I brought a bar and an HNS for my lunch.. Well.... You ladies that order from Diet Direct, if you have not tried the peanut butter and jelly protein bar you are missing something. It is very very good... Filling also. One guy said to me, you are not still dieting , and I said yup, and went on to another subject.. There is always that one that will bring it up, but it does not bother me.

Patzi

ggoddess
11-12-2011, 06:39 PM
To bigdog and camaswa......looks like we're pretty close in height, weight and goal weight. I started in mid-August at 192 and today at home weigh-in I was 174. Haven't seen those numbers in a while. My clothes feel ever so much better! It also appears we have similar off program choices. For example tonight is the Oregon/Stanford game....I'm a huge Duck fan.....so I will be indulging in vodka and seltzer water. I also work out a lot so I make sure I plan a good workout session if I'm going to have a healthy cheat or two. :-) It seems to be working okay. I'm losing each week, slowly but surely, and that was always my goal. 3-5 pounds per week was never realistic for my lifestyle.
I also find it a bit humorous when I show my food log and they call me on small things like a couple carrots or salmon for lunch (too much fat for lunch they say......really? A few carrots and salmon? If they only knew........anyway, it is a great program and it has definitely worked for me. Like you say, it's OUR journey, not theirs and we have to do what's best and what works for us.
Sounds like you both have it figured out and are doing great. Congrats! Bigdog....Enjoy the oysters...yumm! I see a chicken wing in my future. It is game day after all!

1bighog
11-12-2011, 07:24 PM
I did it! I stayed strong at the party last night and I did not stray from the pre condition menu! It was hard when I was there, but on my way home I was so proud of myself and realized I didn't miss anything by not having a piece of cake or alcohol. And it paid off because according to my scale, I was down another TWO pounds! Makes 6 pounds down (I did weigh naked this morning which I haven't done the other times I've weighed.)

I went ahead and started the yellow menu today and it hasn't been bad at all! I would have liked more variety, but the HNS drinks helped SO much and I did not feel hungry once today.

nwcgina
11-12-2011, 09:15 PM
Good job, Bighog

My inlaws invited us for a campfire tonight...so I took my veggies, mother in law had the bread, and ended up having a hot dog instead of my chicken (on the bread with mustard of course)...but did stay away from the smores. It kinda sucked at the time, but now that home I'm glad that I didn't cave. In my stage right now, I just need to stay focused and on track. There will be time for me in the future to venture into some small treats, but for now...its working and I'm not going to sabatoge myself like I usually do.

Shoppermom
11-12-2011, 09:27 PM
Just joined today and this is my first post. Not sure if this is really where it goes....

I'm really excited and start preconditioning on Monday. I broke down and bought everything except the multi-vitamin. I just want to give it 100% and get back to "ME"!

I love this forum and all the info. You are all very inspiring!

Amy

bigdog
11-12-2011, 09:47 PM
I was at out of town at for a business meeting this morning, and they bring food in and I will not eat any of what they offer, so I brought a bar and an HNS for my lunch.. Well.... You ladies that order from Diet Direct, if you have not tried the peanut butter and jelly protein bar you are missing something. It is very very good... Filling also. One guy said to me, you are not still dieting , and I said yup, and went on to another subject.. There is always that one that will bring it up, but it does not bother me.

Patzi

haven't tried that one but love the chocolate caramel wonderslim bar! and chocolate peanut butter... i'm always on the road and will have a bar for lunch and keeps me filled up (to avoid fast food!)
just got back from the oyster roast, had oysters and they actually had grilled chicken and collard greens so had that and skipped the red rice, mac n cheese, corn bread and choc. cake! one of my friends was like, arent u going to eat? i was kind of picking at the food.. then she said, you've lost weight, do you eat anything? she asked if i was on a grapefruit diet, i thought that was funny. i did have a few beers, lite beer but am really full! so will have to do damage control and drink tons of water :-) it's so nice to be in control though w the food.

1bighog
11-12-2011, 09:58 PM
It kinda sucked at the time, but now that home I'm glad that I didn't cave.
Exactly how I felt last night. :) We are better for it.

ynapier
11-13-2011, 10:57 AM
Thanks for the advice on the clothes. I feel better since I got it out. That's the great thing about this forum.

Bigdog - let me know if you have any luck with Mary Poppins. I need her to visit Arkansas also. :)

bigdog
11-13-2011, 12:21 PM
Thanks for the advice on the clothes. I feel better since I got it out. That's the great thing about this forum.

Bigdog - let me know if you have any luck with Mary Poppins. I need her to visit Arkansas also. :)

she hasnt arrived...if she does, she'll be here at least a week!! it's terrible that we havent put our summer clothes away and bought in the winter clothes...i guess we are in denial and refuse to believe Fall is here! it feels like 80 on the deck so think i'll hang out and read some chick lit! LOL the dogs are already snoozing in the sun. just bought an early Christmas present - GE Single Serve Blender (upon recommendations from this forum) planning on a Vanilla Creme strawberry shake for lunch! yum!

Tamikl
11-13-2011, 01:47 PM
Hi Ladies!

Well, I don't know what has gotten into me, but I decorated my house for Christmas yesterday! I guess I am looking forward to it this year!:tree:

I am being weird about my clothes lately....most don't fit me anymore, so I have been picking up an item here or there...but not getting rid of the others!? I don't understand why I am doubting myself by keeping them. That is obviously what I am doing, because I truly don't plan to ever fit into any of them again...I can't help but to get so discouraged when I hear of others who gain it all back...yet I am me, and it doesn't mean I am personally doomed to such a fate. It is my decision how I handle my weight going forward...and I know this, while at the same time, I hold onto my big clothes? What is the psychology in that? LOL

By the way, is the "Stabilization" class a celebration type gathering or just a simple class? Just curious.

Well, thanks for letting me vent...I always appreciate any insights from you all into feelings I am experiencing.

Have a nice Sunday....I plan on having "Blackened Salmon" over a big salad for dinner tonight! Sounds yummy to me!!! Sorta salty...but I will drink LOTS of water:)

Tamikl
11-13-2011, 01:53 PM
this is from Discoverjoy that was posted in October thread. i think it needs to be repeated :-) so here goes...

Originally Posted by discoverjoy

you have to mentally separate yourself from the diet and the salespeople selling stuff to keep the diet going and make a living. It's two different things.

The diet is actually incredibly good for us. The food is good and nutritious and our bodies are happy bodies.

The salespeople are greedy sometimes, so you have to be firm, and then let them know that you are aware of what they have and you will let them know when you are ready to try something new or different.

I, personally, can't do this diet without my supplements. The supplements make it exciting for me. I look forward to my semi-frozen chocolate pudding balls and my chicken soup with my salad.

I am excited about the creativity required to eat healthy, not get bored and still lose weight.

It is definitely a huge challenge not to get sucked back in to the rest of our country's way of eating...The American diet sucks. It makes you miserable and puts you in a perpetually dieting/binging situation.

This girl is fighting back. I'm fighting for it and I'll never quit! EVER!

Mrc is the best nutrition/weight loss plan I've ever done. It works the absolute best, but requires a lot of perserverence. Something I have trouble with.

Go get em' today ladies....

WOOOHOO

That is awesome, and very well said! Not sure how I ever missed that back in October?!?! Her motivation is to be admired for sure. So glad she shared this, and you reposted it! Thanks!

JenB72
11-13-2011, 02:10 PM
Shoppermom - Welcome! You are in the right place. Give the supplements you bought a try and if you find that some don't work as well for you as others, you are under no obligtion to buy them again. What we've learned here is that while some supplements work great for some people, they don't work as well for others. This forum will provide great morale support. Hope to see you here often!

Tami - Must be something in the air. I can't wait for Christmas either. I haven't decorated yet, but that is coming very soon.

patzi
11-13-2011, 02:22 PM
Welcome Shoppermom. Wish you the best on your new challenge.. This diet does work .

Bigdog..
Have tried both bars you mention and they are delcious.

Do you have any idea what the following replaces in MRC. I was given them by a friend.Bari Wise Wild Berry Drink(plus other flavors that are available). It says high protein fruit drink. Protein is 15 gr. and fat is 0. I thought it would be a drink similar to the powdered HNS drinks.. All you do is add water to it.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day. It is beautiful weather here in the south ..

Patzi

steelergirl
11-13-2011, 03:06 PM
Hi guys. I am new to this site. I was hoping that I could get a copy of the pdf file with the different MRC menus and instructions. I'm looking to make tomorrow the start of the rest of my life.:)

email me at steelergirl at att dot net. I will appreciate anything you can send.

bigdog
11-13-2011, 03:26 PM
Welcome Shoppermom. Wish you the best on your new challenge.. This diet does work .

Bigdog..
Have tried both bars you mention and they are delcious.

Do you have any idea what the following replaces in MRC. I was given them by a friend.Bari Wise Wild Berry Drink(plus other flavors that are available). It says high protein fruit drink. Protein is 15 gr. and fat is 0. I thought it would be a drink similar to the powdered HNS drinks.. All you do is add water to it.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day. It is beautiful weather here in the south ..

Patzi

the Bari Wise is exactly what MRC sells...clear HNS...lucky you! wish someone would give me some :-) i buy Protidiet from Diet Direct and it's the same as MRC sells (Bari Wise is the same too)

bigdog
11-13-2011, 03:41 PM
Welcome Shoppermom. Wish you the best on your new challenge.. This diet does work .

Bigdog..
Have tried both bars you mention and they are delcious.

Do you have any idea what the following replaces in MRC. I was given them by a friend.Bari Wise Wild Berry Drink(plus other flavors that are available). It says high protein fruit drink. Protein is 15 gr. and fat is 0. I thought it would be a drink similar to the powdered HNS drinks.. All you do is add water to it.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day. It is beautiful weather here in the south ..

Patzi

i'm in shorts and tank top - it is soooo hot on the deck...i took all the winter clothes and put on hangers out on the deck. the good news is that ALL FIT!!! yippee yay! last night at the Oyster Roast, it was 40 degrees and was all bundled up w/ hat and boots around the bon fire crazy weather in SC.

bigdog
11-13-2011, 03:49 PM
Hi Ladies!

Well, I don't know what has gotten into me, but I decorated my house for Christmas yesterday! I guess I am looking forward to it this year!:tree:

I am being weird about my clothes lately....most don't fit me anymore, so I have been picking up an item here or there...but not getting rid of the others!? I don't understand why I am doubting myself by keeping them. That is obviously what I am doing, because I truly don't plan to ever fit into any of them again...I can't help but to get so discouraged when I hear of others who gain it all back...yet I am me, and it doesn't mean I am personally doomed to such a fate. It is my decision how I handle my weight going forward...and I know this, while at the same time, I hold onto my big clothes? What is the psychology in that? LOL

By the way, is the "Stabilization" class a celebration type gathering or just a simple class? Just curious.

Well, thanks for letting me vent...I always appreciate any insights from you all into feelings I am experiencing.

Have a nice Sunday....I plan on having "Blackened Salmon" over a big salad for dinner tonight! Sounds yummy to me!!! Sorta salty...but I will drink LOTS of water:)

there is one house down the block that is already decorated! our house always looks like National Lampoons Christmas show! my DH puts those blow up reindeer, santas, elves etc on the boat and camper and in front of our house and we don't even have kids! my parents used to decorate like that so he does it for me...so sweet.

Re: the Clothes, i would get them altered if you like them. i hate to buy clothes myself plus i like loose stuff except for jeans and i like them tight! plus if you can find someone to alter stuff, you can get it to fit exactly the way you want them...nip in the waist or wherever you want to show off your new figure :-) when my mom lost alot of weight and this may sound crazy, she threw everything in the washer, washed on hot and dried on hot to shrink them! i actually suggested it to her and it worked on alot of her cotton and other washable stuff! can you tell i'm thrifty?

skinnyfarmer12
11-13-2011, 03:58 PM
Finished preconditioning and down 8 lb.. YES!!! On day 3 of meta slim plus menu. Just figured out today that I can't have bread with lunch and can't have fruit with dinner. That blew my mind at first but I'm okay. Glad to read all the positive stuff on this blog. Thanks for sharing and wish me luck as I head in to week three.

camaswa
11-13-2011, 04:20 PM
Finished preconditioning and down 8 lb.. YES!!! On day 3 of meta slim plus menu. Just figured out today that I can't have bread with lunch and can't have fruit with dinner. That blew my mind at first but I'm okay. Glad to read all the positive stuff on this blog. Thanks for sharing and wish me luck as I head in to week three.
good luck, Skinnyfarmer! The rules like when you can have fruit/bread can seem really crazy and you will find lots of posts about that on these boards. But the people who follow it the closest do seem to have the fastest loss, so I guess there is a method to the madness. Cant wait to watch your progress.

camaswa
11-13-2011, 04:27 PM
there is one house down the block that is already decorated! our house always looks like National Lampoons Christmas show! my DH puts those blow up reindeer, santas, elves etc on the boat and camper and in front of our house and we don't even have kids! my parents used to decorate like that so he does it for me...so sweet.

Re: the Clothes, i would get them altered if you like them. i hate to buy clothes myself plus i like loose stuff except for jeans and i like them tight! plus if you can find someone to alter stuff, you can get it to fit exactly the way you want them...nip in the waist or wherever you want to show off your new figure :-) when my mom lost alot of weight and this may sound crazy, she threw everything in the washer, washed on hot and dried on hot to shrink them! i actually suggested it to her and it worked on alot of her cotton and other washable stuff! can you tell i'm thrifty?
I am thinking about having some stuff altered too. I've never done that but i used to be addicted to the show What Not To Wear, and they ALWAYS talked about the importance of that. I have a larger waist (read: no waist) and smaller hips so my pants never fit right. They bag and droop in the butt, but if they were smaller, they wouldnt close at the top. It makes me crazy. When I am closer to goal, I think i will give tailoring a shot with the more expensive work clothes. Anyone else ever watch that show? ("Shut the front door!") It was inspiring because a lot of the women were not perfectly shaped, to put it mildly, but they always came out looking so much better.

bigdog
11-13-2011, 04:58 PM
the Bari Wise is exactly what MRC sells...clear HNS...lucky you! wish someone would give me some :-) i buy Protidiet from Diet Direct and it's the same as MRC sells (Bari Wise is the same too)

Patzi,
here's the nutritional info for Bari Wise drinks. if anyone has the MRC nutritional info for their clear HNSs, please post. i have never bought them but can check w/ a friend. she had compared Protidiet products to MRC and said they were the same. (i buy the large container of Protidiet Pink Lemonade and Syntax Nectar Orange) and don't buy the individual packets. if you buy the box w/ 7 servings, they are 5 for $55 at the center and $10.99/box from Diet Direct or Nashua. they do have sales $1.00 off sometimes...
WILD BERRY
Serving Size: 1 Packet

Supplement Facts: (Per Serving/% Daily Value)
Calories: 70, Protein: 15 grams (30%), Total Fat: 0 grams (0%), Saturated Fat: 0 grams, Trans Fat: 0 grams, Cholesterol: 10 mg (1%), Sodium: 15 mg (0%), Potassium: 120 mg (3%), Total Carbohydrates: 2 grams (0%), Dietary Fiber: 0 grams, Sugars: 0 grams.

Vitamins & Minerals: (% Daily Value/Per Serving)
Calcium (10%)

Ingredients:
Hydrolyzed Gelatin, Whey Protein Concentrate, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Natural Color, Potassium Citrate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Aspartame*, Artificial Flavors. *PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE

here's MRC's version (thanks Gina!)
MRC Mixed Berry HNS (clear)
WILD BERRY
Serving Size: 1 Packet

Supplement Facts: (Per Serving/% Daily Value)
Calories: 70, Protein: 15 grams, Total Fat: 0 grams, Saturated Fat: 0 grams, Trans Fat: 0 grams, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 5 mg, Potassium: 10 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 3 grams, Dietary Fiber: 2 grams, Sugars: 2 grams.

Vitamins & Minerals: (% Daily Value/Per Serving)
None noted

Ingredients:
Hydrolyzed Gelatin, water, polydextrose, fructose, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate to preserve freshness, sucralose, red #40

bigdog
11-13-2011, 05:07 PM
I am thinking about having some stuff altered too. I've never done that but i used to be addicted to the show What Not To Wear, and they ALWAYS talked about the importance of that. I have a larger waist (read: no waist) and smaller hips so my pants never fit right. They bag and droop in the butt, but if they were smaller, they wouldnt close at the top. It makes me crazy. When I am closer to goal, I think i will give tailoring a shot with the more expensive work clothes. Anyone else ever watch that show? ("Shut the front door!") It was inspiring because a lot of the women were not perfectly shaped, to put it mildly, but they always came out looking so much better.

i should watch it more! used to watch it. i dress out of the box as my customers tell me - the funkier the better! i wear alot of black and one of my coworkers told me one time she was going to submit my name to that show...i look over and she had these granny clothes on (she's 29) and scuffed brown boots...i was like Really? LOL! i would never tell someone that but it just made me wear even funkier stuff just to get her goat! haha my big purchase last year was suede over the knee boots - hoochy mama boots! i love them but they are **** to get off. my DH has to pull them off for me!

nwcgina
11-13-2011, 05:21 PM
MRC Mixed Berry HNS (clear)
WILD BERRY
Serving Size: 1 Packet

Supplement Facts: (Per Serving/% Daily Value)
Calories: 70, Protein: 15 grams, Total Fat: 0 grams, Saturated Fat: 0 grams, Trans Fat: 0 grams, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 5 mg, Potassium: 10 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 3 grams, Dietary Fiber: 2 grams, Sugars: 2 grams.

Vitamins & Minerals: (% Daily Value/Per Serving)
None noted

Ingredients:
Hydrolyzed Gelatin, water, polydextrose, fructose, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate to preserve freshness, sucralose, red #40

nwcgina
11-13-2011, 05:23 PM
I actually bought protein powder (one of the bodybuilder kinds) at Walmart for if I need more than 2 HNS's per day...much cheaper and I like the flavor (chocolate peanut butter). It has the same nutritional info for a 1/2 scoop and costs about $.50 per serving versus almost $1.50 per serving of the MRC stuff. I like the MRC stuff, but my budget doesn't:)

bigdog
11-13-2011, 05:36 PM
I actually bought protein powder (one of the bodybuilder kinds) at Walmart for if I need more than 2 HNS's per day...much cheaper and I like the flavor (chocolate peanut butter). It has the same nutritional info for a 1/2 scoop and costs about $.50 per serving versus almost $1.50 per serving of the MRC stuff. I like the MRC stuff, but my budget doesn't:)

Chocolate Peanut butter? YUM!!! i miss peanut butter more than anything! when i first started this diet and went from precond...to yellow to green, i was like where's the peanut butter? they said, in 17 weeks when you make your goal! i bought the French Vanilla Creme from Walmart and it's excellent. what brand?

nwcgina
11-13-2011, 06:08 PM
Body Fortess Super Advanced Whey Protein ($14.97 for a container) I also saw they had a cookies and cream flavor. Maybe next time I'll get that.

I also like the Whey Protein Plus Elite Series (that one is like $18)...chocolate flavor or vanilla flavor.

Protein powders vary a lot so you have to watch them. (nutritional content)

my2girls
11-13-2011, 06:46 PM
Hi all,
I joined MRC on 11-1 and am down 8 lbs. I am excited to share our experiences.

ynapier
11-13-2011, 07:35 PM
I also use the body fortress protein powder from Walmart. I like the vanilla. I mix crystal light with it if I want a different flavor. Vanilla is the only flavor that I have tried because I don't like chocolate. My husband thinks I'm crazy for that one. :)

bigdog
11-13-2011, 08:06 PM
Body Fortess Super Advanced Whey Protein ($14.97 for a container) I also saw they had a cookies and cream flavor. Maybe next time I'll get that.

I also like the Whey Protein Plus Elite Series (that one is like $18)...chocolate flavor or vanilla flavor.

Protein powders vary a lot so you have to watch them. (nutritional content)

i'll check that out tomorrow...i like to try new flavors so i don't get bored. i got the GE single blender and it whips up the shakes like magic...it's so cool and easier to clean than my big blender. figured i'd get myself an early Christmas present :-) i love chocolate and usually mix in my decaf coffee to make it even more chocolately...

birdfeet
11-13-2011, 08:40 PM
I found a post or what ever on clothing exchange. The poeple are exchanging clothes they need to get rid of. I am with you. Getting rid of all big clothes.like it better in the smaller ones. cant wait till I get to goal and start that procedure. Have lost 51 1/2 so far since June. Have about that to go.

birdfeet
11-13-2011, 08:48 PM
I found a post or what ever on clothing exchange. The poeple are exchanging clothes they need to get rid of. I am with you. Getting rid of all big clothes.like it better in the smaller ones. cant wait till I get to goal and start that procedure. Have lost 51 1/2 so far since June. Have about that to go.

bigdog
11-13-2011, 08:49 PM
i'll check that out tomorrow...i like to try new flavors so i don't get bored. i got the GE single blender and it whips up the shakes like magic...it's so cool and easier to clean than my big blender. figured i'd get myself an early Christmas present :-) i love chocolate and usually mix in my decaf coffee to make it even more chocolately...


Nutrition Facts for Body Fortress Protein Powder (looks pretty good and have good reviews.) $14.99 from Walmart.. (2 lbs)
Serving Size
1 scoop (30.0 g)


Amount Per Serving

Calories
110

Calories from Fat
14

% Daily Value*

Total Fat
1.5g

2%

Saturated Fat
1.0g

5%

Trans Fat
0.0g

Cholesterol
35mg

12%

Sodium
55mg

2%

Total Carbohydrates
1.0g

0%

Sugars
1.0g


Protein
23.0g


Vitamin A 0%



Vitamin C 0%



Calcium 15%



Iron 0%






* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

birdfeet
11-13-2011, 08:51 PM
nwcgina,thanks a million for the info. I will try one out and see what happens. Also on peanut butter. I found a lady who uses powdered PB. It tastes like peanut butter ans she too was a huge pb fan. A lot less calories and probably no fat. But she sya you mix it with water.

bigdog
11-13-2011, 08:58 PM
I found a post or what ever on clothing exchange. The poeple are exchanging clothes they need to get rid of. I am with you. Getting rid of all big clothes.like it better in the smaller ones. cant wait till I get to goal and start that procedure. Have lost 51 1/2 so far since June. Have about that to go.

some of my friends love to go to thrift shops and get some good finds when they are between sizes or just like to shop bargains. new clothes are great rewards and motivating too to get to a smaller size. i'm just getting into clothes i haven't been able to wear for a year so am excited about "shopping" in my own closets for now :-) seriously, i think i have 3 different sizes going on in the closet!! so i even have stuff to wear when i get more weight off!

nwcgina
11-13-2011, 10:10 PM
So you can tell by the nutrition facts on the body fortress, you use a little under the full scoop to be at the same 70 calories equal to an HNS. The chocolate PB I have is 130 calories per scoop, so I use just over 1/2 a scoop with about 4 oz of water (I like it strong).

bigdog
11-13-2011, 10:47 PM
So you can tell by the nutrition facts on the body fortress, you use a little under the full scoop to be at the same 70 calories equal to an HNS. The chocolate PB I have is 130 calories per scoop, so I use just over 1/2 a scoop with about 4 oz of water (I like it strong).

plus it has way more protein which is great! 23 g vs. the 15 or 16 for clear HNSs.... i try to get in at least 3-4 HNSs a day so i could just add more ice and water and a little less of the powder. or maybe you could add diet Dr. Pepper or Diet Rite and make like a mock ice cream float? didn't someone mention a diet chocolate soda drink? i mix diet sprite w/ the vanilla or the diet orange soda w/ vanilla - it's so good especially using a blender so it's all frothy :-) i'd also like to try some of the extracts like coconut and banana - add no calories but taste...

skinnyfarmer12
11-14-2011, 09:23 AM
Thanks camaswa! Looking forward to more info on this board.

nwcgina
11-14-2011, 09:55 AM
You could add it to a diet soda...I did that with my grape HNS yesterday to see if it would taste like a real Dr. Pepper (added it to Diet Rite)...didn't taste like Dr. Pepper, but did taste good. I may try the chocolate today...though I think pure chocolate would be better than the chocolate PB...but choc PB with banana extract...now that sounds awesome.

bigdog
11-14-2011, 10:11 AM
You could add it to a diet soda...I did that with my grape HNS yesterday to see if it would taste like a real Dr. Pepper (added it to Diet Rite)...didn't taste like Dr. Pepper, but did taste good. I may try the chocolate today...though I think pure chocolate would be better than the chocolate PB...but choc PB with banana extract...now that sounds awesome.

wish i could figure out how to make choc. pbutter cookies from the protein powder! i'll have to google and see what i can come up with :-) i tried to make the snickerdoodles using protein powder instead of the pudding mix and they were so disgusting!!!!! eggy and tastes like sawdust! bleah. i am cooking challenged so still trying! (my DH is a chef)

Chickadee
11-14-2011, 10:45 AM
Hi,
I'm new to MRC, but not to diets or 3FC (although I haven't been here in ages!) Over the last year, I've regained about 20 pounds from my lapband surgery in 2004 and am uncomfortable. I'm on day 3 of the first week and down 6.5 pounds since preconditioning. I think this is a plan I can follow, but I feel very weak. Is that something any of you have experienced? Any ideas on how to make that go away?
Thanks and nice to meet you!
Chickadee

nwcgina
11-14-2011, 12:56 PM
I felt weak during my first week when I was on yellow. I think my body has adjusted. Getting in the HNS drinks does help.

1bighog
11-14-2011, 04:15 PM
Hi,
I'm new to MRC, but not to diets or 3FC (although I haven't been here in ages!) Over the last year, I've regained about 20 pounds from my lapband surgery in 2004 and am uncomfortable. I'm on day 3 of the first week and down 6.5 pounds since preconditioning. I think this is a plan I can follow, but I feel very weak. Is that something any of you have experienced? Any ideas on how to make that go away?
Thanks and nice to meet you!
Chickadee

I felt weak during my first week when I was on yellow. I think my body has adjusted. Getting in the HNS drinks does help.

I felt weak and dizzy when I was preconditioning. My first menu was (is) yellow and with the addition of the HNS drinks, I feel great. Have you started taking any yet? How many? I'm just on day 3 of yellow and I get two a day, but I can have two more if I need. Day 1 & 2 I only needed the two, but today I'm going to have an extra.

Chickadee
11-14-2011, 04:50 PM
Thanks for your replies. I'm on the beige menu and am supposed to have 3 HNS a day, so I have been. I have the option to do two more if I want, but I haven't. Mostly because I am very, very sensitive to artificial sweeteners and have to dilute stuff quite a bit. Maybe I should try more? I'll give it a shot and see if it helps.
I'm so glad I found this forum!

nwcgina
11-14-2011, 06:32 PM
Been having those moments where I love, love, love how I'm eating...but then those BAM! moments where I miss things like cupcakes and pizza. Sigh. But put a tbsp of tomato sauce on my chicken to try to satisfy the craving. Now if I could come up with a fake cupcake...

Rocki
11-14-2011, 06:43 PM
I really want to catch up but don't have time to read everything. I hope you all had an awesome weekend. I wondered if any of you have played around with mixing this diet with a more Atkins type plan. I'm not advocating it, or saying it's good or bad. I just want to know if you've tried it, and what have you seen? I'm REALLY bad at sticking to anything lately. I get hungry (even after all my HNSs for the day, including creamies)..I *try* not to cheat, but am not always successful. I was really hungry today and had sausage for breakfast (one patty) instead of egg, then I had a cheese stick @ dinner along with my chicken. THEN..I had a flax seed muffin (one minute muffin many people eat on Atkins). I had them made up from last time I tried that diet and I needed something other than more protein. I had my HNS but also had the muffin. I'll see, over the next day or two, what the damage is.

I know many of you have been saying you'll add in an extra protein, but is it always an "approved" protein? And what do you think about mixing the other proteins in? Good, bad, indifferent..what's your opinion (whether scientific, or just personal)?? Thanks everyone!

Oh, I do want to add that I am down from 159-154.4. Tuesday will be one week on the plan.

camaswa
11-14-2011, 07:12 PM
Rocki,
The consutants are adamant that you shouldnt try to take ideas from other plans. But, like you, I sometimes feel so hungry. I dont get the people who say they never feel hungry on MRC! It would seem to me that because this is a ketogenic diet, you should keep your extras to protein. I dont know about those muffins. Maybe a protein shake would be better and the volume would help you feel full?

bigdog
11-14-2011, 07:39 PM
I really want to catch up but don't have time to read everything. I hope you all had an awesome weekend. I wondered if any of you have played around with mixing this diet with a more Atkins type plan. I'm not advocating it, or saying it's good or bad. I just want to know if you've tried it, and what have you seen? I'm REALLY bad at sticking to anything lately. I get hungry (even after all my HNSs for the day, including creamies)..I *try* not to cheat, but am not always successful. I was really hungry today and had sausage for breakfast (one patty) instead of egg, then I had a cheese stick @ dinner along with my chicken. THEN..I had a flax seed muffin (one minute muffin many people eat on Atkins). I had them made up from last time I tried that diet and I needed something other than more protein. I had my HNS but also had the muffin. I'll see, over the next day or two, what the damage is.

I know many of you have been saying you'll add in an extra protein, but is it always an "approved" protein? And what do you think about mixing the other proteins in? Good, bad, indifferent..what's your opinion (whether scientific, or just personal)?? Thanks everyone!

Oh, I do want to add that I am down from 159-154.4. Tuesday will be one week on the plan.

great weight loss! i agree w/ Camaswa...if i get really hungry, i'll stick to more protein (cube of cheese or slice of turkey breast or boiled egg.) or will take a couple bites of a protein bar... if i feel like i haven't had a big enough salad for lunch or dinner, i'll drink a low sodium V-8 or another HNS. don't think we r supposed to drink V-8 but if i'm on the road, i'll have a V-8 and cheese for lunch. figured that's better than McDonalds! this morning, i woke up and told myself i was sticking to the plan, i've paid alot of money, have been successful so far so told myself to stop playing around~ :-) day 1, let's see what tomorrow is going to bring ~

bigdog
11-14-2011, 08:21 PM
just tried one today...ran out of my Diet Direct supply of wonderslim bars..($10.99 for 7 bars) .

bought them at Publix 3 for $4 (prob. cheaper at Walmart) ... 180 cal., 4.5 fat, 20 G. protein, 2 G sugar.. Chocolate Deluxe. they were out of Peanut Caramel... but the Chocolate is fudgy delish! more protein - yay!

compared to Wonderslim bars (which i think are compared to MRC choc. bars)
Wonderslim CHOCOLATE
Serving Size: 1 Bar

Supplement Facts: (Per Serving/% Daily Value)
Calories: 150, Protein: 10 grams (20%), Total Fat: 4.5 grams (7%), Saturated Fat: 3 grams (15%), Trans Fat: 0 grams, Cholesterol: Less than 5mg (1%), Sodium: 70 mg (3%), Potassium: 40 mg (1%), Total Carbohydrates: 21 grams (6%), Dietary Fiber: 4 grams (16%), Sugars: 13 grams.

if someone has the nutritional info for the MRC bars, please share :-)

nwcgina
11-14-2011, 09:05 PM
Are these the meal replacement bars?

Re: the decision to use "non approved" protein (or other items). I am so new to it that I am really trying to stick to the plan (except using my own protein powder for my 3rd HNS of the day)...because at this point I would have no idea what to let in and what to keep out. If I am hungry I usually grab a colby cheese stick or protein drink. But I know there are situations where I'll have to choose what is "best available" which may not be the "best choice in the world."

I did get a South Beach and Body for Life cookbook at the library. I figured that they are both a lower carbohydrate/high protein eating plan, I may be able to find some interesting meals that fit within the MRC plan. Especially need some soup ideas that don't use the HNS's...I want to find recipes I will continue to use even when I dno't buy the HNS's anymore.

bigdog
11-14-2011, 11:40 PM
Are these the meal replacement bars?

Re: the decision to use "non approved" protein (or other items). I am so new to it that I am really trying to stick to the plan (except using my own protein powder for my 3rd HNS of the day)...because at this point I would have no idea what to let in and what to keep out. If I am hungry I usually grab a colby cheese stick or protein drink. But I know there are situations where I'll have to choose what is "best available" which may not be the "best choice in the world."

I did get a South Beach and Body for Life cookbook at the library. I figured that they are both a lower carbohydrate/high protein eating plan, I may be able to find some interesting meals that fit within the MRC plan. Especially need some soup ideas that don't use the HNS's...I want to find recipes I will continue to use even when I dno't buy the HNS's anymore.

i've checked out the Jilliam Michaels (i think it's the right name) :-) it's late and i shouldbe in bed! book and have looked at the South Beach cookbook too because i like to have more choices too :-) have you bought the MRC cookbook? i ordered a used copy from Amazon. instead of the HNS supplements, i'll use chicken broth or just canned tomatoes or sauce...
alot of times w/ the protein bars, i'll either use it as a meal replacement or eat my veggies and a bar for a meal. or divide it up and eat a little bit at a time when i'm craving chocolate... they are great on road trips! my DH usually won't eat breakfast and wont stop to eat lunch until late so i'll do a protein shake or bar on the road.

i have always used my own protein powder for the HNSs :-) check out the link MRC recipes and the link more recipes....lots of great recipes so you don't get bored. i love the vanilla protein mix w/ diet orange soda!

bigdog
11-14-2011, 11:59 PM
I really want to catch up but don't have time to read everything. I hope you all had an awesome weekend. I wondered if any of you have played around with mixing this diet with a more Atkins type plan. I'm not advocating it, or saying it's good or bad. I just want to know if you've tried it, and what have you seen? I'm REALLY bad at sticking to anything lately. I get hungry (even after all my HNSs for the day, including creamies)..I *try* not to cheat, but am not always successful. I was really hungry today and had sausage for breakfast (one patty) instead of egg, then I had a cheese stick @ dinner along with my chicken. THEN..I had a flax seed muffin (one minute muffin many people eat on Atkins). I had them made up from last time I tried that diet and I needed something other than more protein. I had my HNS but also had the muffin. I'll see, over the next day or two, what the damage is.

I know many of you have been saying you'll add in an extra protein, but is it always an "approved" protein? And what do you think about mixing the other proteins in? Good, bad, indifferent..what's your opinion (whether scientific, or just personal)?? Thanks everyone!

Oh, I do want to add that I am down from 159-154.4. Tuesday will be one week on the plan.

hey, Rocki, just googled the one minute muffin....very low carb so sounds like it was a really good choice.
here's the recipe for others if you want to try it...i was reading that some people substituted almond flour for flax and some didnt use butter at all. guess we could use spray butter? Flax meal would be more fiber, i would think...

1-Minute Muffin
1/4 cup Flax Meal
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 packet Splenda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Egg
1-2 teaspoons Butter

1.5 Carbs

Mix the dry ingredients in a large coffee cup. Add egg and butter; mix well. Microwave for 50-seconds to 1-minute. Muffin pops right out

link to other low carb recipes...

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lo...recipes-menus/

nwcgina
11-15-2011, 08:10 AM
I will continue to look at the recipes on this board for ideas, too! I'm going to try some turkey meatloaf muffins from Jamie Eason's website (I'm sure there are similar meatloaf recipes either in MRC or the other). 2 "muffins" would replace a starch and the 4 oz of meat at either breakfast or supper. I think they'll be great for when I start into the busy basketball season and often don't have time to make a good supper (and used to rely on pizza...)

Rocki
11-15-2011, 10:26 AM
Thanks bigdog.. I know it's not on program, but yes, it is VERY low carb and the flax is good for digestion I believe (fiber). I just needed something more than my melba toasts, and that did the trick. I still lost this AM, so that's a good thing!

Rocki
11-15-2011, 10:31 AM
So, I had blood drawn two weeks ago and had the follow up appointment today. Basically, I need to lose weight. Duh..I knew that! :) But this just hit it home, that it's what I HAVE to do to be healthy. I'm 5'2", 154 lbs now (158 when I had the blood drawn). Here are my stats. I'm posting here so in two months when I have it again we can all see the difference.

Hemoglobin 11.4 (anemic)
Glucose 85 (actually normal, I was so glad about this)
Cholesterol 203 (just above normal, glad it wasn't worse)
LDL 127 (doc says anything under 130 is good, but lab paperwork says under 100, so that's what I'll aim for)
Iron saturation 9 (way low, s/be 15-55)..
Blood pressure was 144/90

Doc gave me RX for a water pill b/c of my blood pressure, also said I need to take an iron pill for the anemia (I've been anemic my whole life basically)

She went back in my history and could see where I was down around 133lbs and my BP was just fine and cholesterol was better as well.

So, I have to stick to this for real! I have to get this weight off and keep it off. I don't want to keep having these issues.

Thanks for reading if you've gotten this far! :) Thanks for all the support and help here!

nwcgina
11-15-2011, 10:36 AM
Rocki-My bloodwork was a little bit of a motivation for me. All of mine was good except my HDLs were too low. So once I get to a healthier weight I'm going to have it redrawn to see if it made a difference. It's a good motivator.

Tamikl
11-15-2011, 10:43 AM
Good morning, ladies!

Well, I have my WI tomorrow, and I am doing the Stabilization class Thursday night. This way, at any point that I am ready, we can start that process. Apparently you must take the class first :)

I am still feeling motivated to lose at the moment, but when I hit times of total burn out is when I need another option. At that time, we will "bank" my remaining weeks, and proceed with weight loss at a later date. This works for me, anyway! In fact, I think that just knowing that is what is working...my motivation to stay on the losing track is back because I feel like I am not stuck there, which can feel overwhelming...as well all know:)

I really am not having a lot of anxiety over the holidays and the eating aspect. I have a plan to definitely make sure my appetite is "curbed" somehow before dinners, drink and HNS during, and do a Meta Quick the follwoing day :0 We will see if this helps...and may have to tweek it a bit for Christmas!

My new favorite treat in the afternoons is that "Super Fruit Drink" (chocolate) from MRC, mixed with a fiber HNS from MRC. This tastes like chocolate covered cherries, ladies....and it has benefits! Try it! Best part is it is totally OP!!! LOL

Well, have a great day...fish for me tonight...always what I have the night before a WI...but I eat "Swai" fish. Don't know if you all have tried it...it isn't on the menu, but because it is a white fish, and calories are similar to tilapia, they have approved it for me....it is good and sold at Wal-mart!

Rocki
11-15-2011, 10:50 AM
Way to go Tami. Great idea on the maintenance. I hope that works out great for you. And cool that you have a plan for the holidays. We're going out to eat for Thanksgiving, so that will be easier for me b/c we won't have leftovers in the house. For Christmas we're having ham and big dinner probably, but like you I can get on Meta-Quik the next day and hopefully get any gain back off right away!

Congrats on your awesome losses to date!

Good morning, ladies!

Well, I have my WI tomorrow, and I am doing the Stabilization class Thursday night. This way, at any point that I am ready, we can start that process. Apparently you must take the class first :)

I am still feeling motivated to lose at the moment, but when I hit times of total burn out is when I need another option. At that time, we will "bank" my remaining weeks, and proceed with weight loss at a later date. This works for me, anyway! In fact, I think that just knowing that is what is working...my motivation to stay on the losing track is back because I feel like I am not stuck there, which can feel overwhelming...as well all know:)

I really am not having a lot of anxiety over the holidays and the eating aspect. I have a plan to definitely make sure my appetite is "curbed" somehow before dinners, drink and HNS during, and do a Meta Quick the follwoing day :0 We will see if this helps...and may have to tweek it a bit for Christmas!

My new favorite treat in the afternoons is that "Super Fruit Drink" (chocolate) from MRC, mixed with a fiber HNS from MRC. This tastes like chocolate covered cherries, ladies....and it has benefits! Try it! Best part is it is totally OP!!! LOL

Well, have a great day...fish for me tonight...always what I have the night before a WI...but I eat "Swai" fish. Don't know if you all have tried it...it isn't on the menu, but because it is a white fish, and calories are similar to tilapia, they have approved it for me....it is good and sold at Wal-mart!

patzi
11-15-2011, 11:45 AM
I had my maintenance weigh in today and stayed the same, still 5 pounds under goal.. This week I did experiment.

The following veggies usually make me gain weight, but tried them as I intend in eating them during the holiday.

I love roasted veggies, so I roasted, sweet potato, hard winter squash, onions with herb de provence seasoning, sprinkled with some olive oil and soy pamesan cheese, no salt and pepper.. Needless to say, they were delicious and I had a good serving, and more and I did not gain with them, so I am so happy with that trial.

Wishing all a great weigh in and remember stay OP and stay focused, that will get you to maintenance.

Patzi

parkers
11-15-2011, 02:06 PM
Hey everybody...I've been out of town (and off program) due to a death in the family. I'm really worried about my WI this week. :( But, I did the best I could considering the circumstances. Does anyone know if Low Sodium Chicken Broth is ok? I really crave soups this time of year and I really don't want to buy anymore of the supplements than I have too. Also, the center I attend is offering a Carb & Fat Blocker, Corti-Trim and Super Veggie special for the holiday's. Not sure about the price, but have any you taken these supplements and do you think they are worth it. I'm super concerned about the holiday's because the company I work for receives lots of food from customers. Thanks for your input and have a happy WI this week!

patzi
11-15-2011, 02:07 PM
Hi...
I never mixed recipes from another diet while losing, but what I did was take a recipe and if I was not sure how to make it MRC, I would take it into center and they would help me. They knew I never used their supplements when cooking. They would tell me how to substitute to make it OP.

Patzi

bigdog
11-15-2011, 07:27 PM
So, I had blood drawn two weeks ago and had the follow up appointment today. Basically, I need to lose weight. Duh..I knew that! :) But this just hit it home, that it's what I HAVE to do to be healthy. I'm 5'2", 154 lbs now (158 when I had the blood drawn). Here are my stats. I'm posting here so in two months when I have it again we can all see the difference.

Hemoglobin 11.4 (anemic)
Glucose 85 (actually normal, I was so glad about this)
Cholesterol 203 (just above normal, glad it wasn't worse)
LDL 127 (doc says anything under 130 is good, but lab paperwork says under 100, so that's what I'll aim for)
Iron saturation 9 (way low, s/be 15-55)..
Blood pressure was 144/90

Doc gave me RX for a water pill b/c of my blood pressure, also said I need to take an iron pill for the anemia (I've been anemic my whole life basically)

She went back in my history and could see where I was down around 133lbs and my BP was just fine and cholesterol was better as well.

So, I have to stick to this for real! I have to get this weight off and keep it off. I don't want to keep having these issues.

Thanks for reading if you've gotten this far! :) Thanks for all the support and help here!

i've always been anemic too but i think this diet w/ all the protein has been great for me! i'll have to get the details for my bloodwork...i get all that done every year and they just mail me a card and say all good! but i want details. this has really helped w/ my low blood sugar, i don't get jittery anymore and crash like i did w/ all the carbs before. so glad i found MRC!

bigdog
11-15-2011, 07:41 PM
Way to go Tami. Great idea on the maintenance. I hope that works out great for you. And cool that you have a plan for the holidays. We're going out to eat for Thanksgiving, so that will be easier for me b/c we won't have leftovers in the house. For Christmas we're having ham and big dinner probably, but like you I can get on Meta-Quik the next day and hopefully get any gain back off right away!

Congrats on your awesome losses to date!

thks for sharing (Tami and Rocki) just had Mahi mahi w/ salad...i even got excited about the radishes! haha, i'm a nerd. and last night was tacos made w/ ground turkey and tons of lettuce :-) - 1 corn tortilla (hard shell) - afterwards i read i was only supposed to have half...:-( i did skip the melba toast tonite...i know i'm not supposed to do that! trying to make up for the extra 1/2 of corn chip i had last night...
For Thanksgiving, fried cajun turkey (i'll take the skin off), broccoli souffle, cranberry orange relish...sweet potato casserole (my absolute favorite!!) i think i'll walk the dogs an extra few miles so i can have that ! also fixing a veggie tray for appetizer...

Christmas, we may sneak away for some RVing (shhh...don't tell the family!) and will have steamed seafood!!!

bigdog
11-15-2011, 07:45 PM
Hi...
I never mixed recipes from another diet while losing, but what I did was take a recipe and if I was not sure how to make it MRC, I would take it into center and they would help me. They knew I never used their supplements when cooking. They would tell me how to substitute to make it OP.

Patzi

jealous!!! that you have such great counselors! one of the ladies i seem to get stuck w/ tells me she mainly takes all the supplements and eats what she wants. she always seems very wired too like that girl on the Dexatrim commercial...YIKES!

nwcgina
11-15-2011, 09:59 PM
Patzi-thanks for the encouragement to stay OP. I want to learn how to cook with spices and know how to use veggies more...I've always been a sauce person...love my sauces...and since most of them are not healthy looking for other ways to make my food exciting...and to know how to cook/prepare veggies beyond just microwaving a bag of broccoli or cutting up green peppers. Any veggie soups I've made in the past mainly have corn, carrots, potatoes...so lots of learning and experimenting with new recipes here.

bigdog-oh the half tortilla...I was darn excited this morning (just started green) that I could have tortillas...and at first I was like "I'm really only going to eat half??" but once I wrapped it around my egg and cheese it was satisfying and super yummy. Tomorrow...chicken tacos.

Curious to start hearing how everyone is going to deal with Thanksgiving Day...I have the MRC menu for that day, but I don't think it's really practical for me to make and take my own dressing, dessert, etc to my in-laws. I know if I ask or volunteer I can make sure veggies are prepped how I want them, white turkey is a no brainer...but the rest of the meal...ideas are welcome!

bigdog
11-15-2011, 11:23 PM
I had my maintenance weigh in today and stayed the same, still 5 pounds under goal.. This week I did experiment.

The following veggies usually make me gain weight, but tried them as I intend in eating them during the holiday.

I love roasted veggies, so I roasted, sweet potato, hard winter squash, onions with herb de provence seasoning, sprinkled with some olive oil and soy pamesan cheese, no salt and pepper.. Needless to say, they were delicious and I had a good serving, and more and I did not gain with them, so I am so happy with that trial.

Wishing all a great weigh in and remember stay OP and stay focused, that will get you to maintenance.

Patzi

copying this recipe!! yum! the one thing i really do miss is sweet potatoes and can't wait till i'm on maintenance so i can have them again. thks for sharing!

bigdog
11-15-2011, 11:25 PM
Patzi-thanks for the encouragement to stay OP. I want to learn how to cook with spices and know how to use veggies more...I've always been a sauce person...love my sauces...and since most of them are not healthy looking for other ways to make my food exciting...and to know how to cook/prepare veggies beyond just microwaving a bag of broccoli or cutting up green peppers. Any veggie soups I've made in the past mainly have corn, carrots, potatoes...so lots of learning and experimenting with new recipes here.

bigdog-oh the half tortilla...I was darn excited this morning (just started green) that I could have tortillas...and at first I was like "I'm really only going to eat half??" but once I wrapped it around my egg and cheese it was satisfying and super yummy. Tomorrow...chicken tacos.

Curious to start hearing how everyone is going to deal with Thanksgiving Day...I have the MRC menu for that day, but I don't think it's really practical for me to make and take my own dressing, dessert, etc to my in-laws. I know if I ask or volunteer I can make sure veggies are prepped how I want them, white turkey is a no brainer...but the rest of the meal...ideas are welcome!

i'm going to ask my center for the MRC thanksgiving menu - wonder if they'll email it to me! :-) i guess i'll have to weigh in this week to get it! usually what i do is take a small corn tortilla which is about 50 cal. and put that on the plate, then add the 4 oz meat and pile on the lettuce and green onions, then a bit of salsa. but the hard shells looked soooo innocent and had two. i looked up cal. and they are 50 apiece so next time will just have one :-)

birdfeet
11-16-2011, 12:16 AM
Had maiantenance weigh in today and lost 1 pound I gained last week. That is what I wanted to do , thus bringing me down to 5 pounds under goal.

I did do the Medi Quick Wednesday and Thursday, and am glad I am off of it, as it messed my stomach up royally. I ate a meal at night that was OP.Usually I would just go back to green menu if I wanted to lose, but for some reason this time I did not. So.... now, back to maintenance.

Wishing everyone a great weigh in and congrats to all those that lost and I welcome all the newbies... Wishing you the best.

Y'all have a great day.
Patzi

what is the medi quick? Have heard it before and was mentioned to go on it for awhile but no explpantaion.

Fluffy in Florida
11-16-2011, 08:49 AM
BigdogLaBandita (i'm at work and i'm guessing at the spelling) makes a wheat tortilla that is 40 calories, perfect size for me anyway and not cutting. When you look at the label you just have to make sure to read carefully because it say serving size 2 instead of the normal 1 which almost every single one of them says lol. I almost missed it. They are supper soft like regular ones unlike most other wheat tortillas.

As far as Thanksgiving goes:
I'm making the cranberry orange relish
Berry cobbler
white turkey
cauliflower
bread

I know everything that goes into how mom makes veggies etc (thankfully she likes her food with no added salt in any fashion, so it is all natural)

And if I'm being honest I will have a small amount of potatoes and stuffing...but other than that I am sticking close to program. I will make enough of the relish to go around but also bought the kind my husband and the rest of the family likes incase they just don't like what I make.

Thankfully my entire family is now on the support train (husband always has been). I've eaten with them a lot since I've started and they get what is on my menu. I hope/wish everybody else is as luck! If not, hang in there, this may be a tough holiday but you will make it through. If you eat something you didn't think you would don't beat yourself up. In the surviving the holiday class I took the other day the counselor kept repeating ...THIS IS YOUR PROGRAM AND YOU CAN CHOOSE TO DO WHAT YOU WANT. If I choose to eat the potatoes and stuffing it is my choice and I will make it right after. I'm not going to be mad at myself or anything. We can all do this, we have all taken the first step by even starting this program. We can't let one holiday derail us. It's a one meal holiday and if we remember that (say no to the leftovers...unless it's white meat turkey) we will all do great!!
Good luck and enjoy Thanksgiving...don't stress it because stress will make it worse. :) :happ3::turkey:[

JenB72
11-16-2011, 09:46 AM
Rocki - The blood work was drastically different after being on this program for a while. My cholesterol was down to about 140 and I've went from 11 blood pressure pills a day (preeclampsia) to 3 at the moment. I visit my cardiologist in December and will most likely be taken off more. Hang tough and you will see results.

Tami - I'm so happy for you. It seems like you are controlling your program instead of the other way around. It's a great feeling, isn't it?!

Patzi - Thanks for continuing to inspire everyone and giving tips on how to stay OP. Your words of encouragement go a long way around here! :)

Parkers - I am so sorry about the death in your family. :hug: I've taken all three and love them. They have made a difference for me. F&C Blockers are a must when eating out. I notice when I don't take them, there is a slight uptick in the scale. The Corti-Trim has definitely helped with my pregnancy belly. Dare I say, it's getting flatter. :yay: As for the Super Veggie, I mix that in a HNS and let's just say it helps keep me regular. To me they are worth it, but that's just me.

bigdog - Definitely get a copy of your blood work. You are legally entitled to a copy of it.

nwcgina -When I did Thanksgiving before OP (pre-baby), I actually hit my goal weight during the holidays. It sooo wasn't easy, but the results were worth it. For Thanksgiving, I brought my scale to my relatives, weighed out 4 oz. of turkey, had 4 oz of green beans, and brought a slice of lo cal bread. I treated it like any other day. For me, it was a day of being thankful for being with family and spending time with them, rather than all the food. I'm praying I can maintain that mentality this time too.

birdfeet - Meta-Quick is basically a plateau buster. If I had to say it was anything, I'd say it was like Slim-Fast. You have a protein shake for breakfast, a protein shake for lunch, and then your normal OP dinner. You can also sub a protein bar for the shake, but they have only half the protein that a shake does. Also, you can't do it for more than 7 days in a month. Hope that helps.

Fluffy in Florida - I'm so happy for you that your family is supporting you! And thank you for your great thoughts on the holidays. It's something we all need to keep in mind! :D

Have a great OP day everyone!!!! :happ3:

ynapier
11-16-2011, 11:31 AM
Jen - What are the active ingredients in the Corti-trim? I have been thinking about adding it to lose more inches. I have the child birth tummy also.

I went to WI yesterday wans was down another 2 pounds. I woudl really like to be down as close to 40 as posisble by Christmas. I'm 1.5 away from 30 so I'm thinking I can make this by the end of November. Then I would have about 3 weeks to make the other 10 before Christmas.

JenB72
11-16-2011, 12:27 PM
Jen - What are the active ingredients in the Corti-trim? I have been thinking about adding it to lose more inches. I have the child birth tummy also.

I went to WI yesterday wans was down another 2 pounds. I woudl really like to be down as close to 40 as posisble by Christmas. I'm 1.5 away from 30 so I'm thinking I can make this by the end of November. Then I would have about 3 weeks to make the other 10 before Christmas.

My bottle's at home so I'll let you know tonight. Congrats on your 2 pounds! I think if you stay disciplined, 40 by the end of the year is totally doable.

bigdog
11-16-2011, 12:28 PM
BigdogLaBandita (i'm at work and i'm guessing at the spelling) makes a wheat tortilla that is 40 calories, perfect size for me anyway and not cutting. When you look at the label you just have to make sure to read carefully because it say serving size 2 instead of the normal 1 which almost every single one of them says lol. I almost missed it. They are supper soft like regular ones unlike most other wheat tortillas.

As far as Thanksgiving goes:
I'm making the cranberry orange relish
Berry cobbler
white turkey
cauliflower
bread

I know everything that goes into how mom makes veggies etc (thankfully she likes her food with no added salt in any fashion, so it is all natural)

And if I'm being honest I will have a small amount of potatoes and stuffing...but other than that I am sticking close to program. I will make enough of the relish to go around but also bought the kind my husband and the rest of the family likes incase they just don't like what I make.

Thankfully my entire family is now on the support train (husband always has been). I've eaten with them a lot since I've started and they get what is on my menu. I hope/wish everybody else is as luck! If not, hang in there, this may be a tough holiday but you will make it through. If you eat something you didn't think you would don't beat yourself up. In the surviving the holiday class I took the other day the counselor kept repeating ...THIS IS YOUR PROGRAM AND YOU CAN CHOOSE TO DO WHAT YOU WANT. If I choose to eat the potatoes and stuffing it is my choice and I will make it right after. I'm not going to be mad at myself or anything. We can all do this, we have all taken the first step by even starting this program. We can't let one holiday derail us. It's a one meal holiday and if we remember that (say no to the leftovers...unless it's white meat turkey) we will all do great!!
Good luck and enjoy Thanksgiving...don't stress it because stress will make it worse. :) :happ3::turkey:[

Thanks for the suggestion, i'll ck those out. lately we've been getting the Taco box that has the shells and tortillas in the box..For Thanksgiving...Wear really tight pants then you can't eat very much!!! LOL! also, if you guys are like me being on the MRC diet, you'll feel kind of sick if you're eating alot and it's rich food. eat really slow (i was a slow eater anyway) and pile the veggies on your plate. i know i'm going to eat the sweet potatoes (not OP) so i'll eat less of the other stuff. and also remember this, most important. This is NOT YOUR LAST MEAL... you can eat any of this food at another time so don't feel like if you don't get it ALL in that you'll never have it available again. and Thanksgiving should be about family getting together (or friends) and not really about food. and there will be leftovers that will fit into our plan in small quantities :-)

blissfulmommy
11-16-2011, 12:40 PM
I will continue to look at the recipes on this board for ideas, too! I'm going to try some turkey meatloaf muffins from Jamie Eason's website (I'm sure there are similar meatloaf recipes either in MRC or the other). 2 "muffins" would replace a starch and the 4 oz of meat at either breakfast or supper. I think they'll be great for when I start into the busy basketball season and often don't have time to make a good supper (and used to rely on pizza...)

I love Jamie Eason!! She is so awesome and love her recipes also. I am planning on starting her 12-wk program this spring after I get a little more weight off. She is such an inspiration and promotes real food rather than package diet foods.:carrot:

parkers
11-16-2011, 01:52 PM
Thanks Patzi, I was just thinking maybe veggies, chicken and broth for a soup, but I'll ask at my next WI.

Jen, thanks for the info. I think I'm going to purchase the special. I'm going to need all the help I can get over the holiday.

nwcgina
11-16-2011, 02:22 PM
I keep telling myself its a holiDAY (although already walking into the store I can tell the pre-Christmas time will be hard...it just shouts sugary treats that have always been part of my tradition...). I just need to be intentional and reflect on the progress I have made...and that overindulging will not help me meet my goals...and at this point for me (I'm only 2 weeks in...I'll be about 3 1/2 by then), that a bite of certain things may make me prone to going crazy. Today I sliced an apple, put ICINB spray, splenda, and cinnamon...delicious. Think I'll make that in a pie pan for Thanksgiving dessert, green beans (sauteed), turkey...that would be a "normal" lunch. My consultant told me that with the MRC menu for that day, you use both of your starches at noon (if you use their recipes) and none for breakfast or supper. I looooove dressing...so I may end up making that to take (although it feels odd)...and probably some deviled eggs & veggie tray for pre-meal snack.

Fluffy in Florida
11-16-2011, 02:32 PM
Thanks for the suggestion, i'll ck those out. lately we've been getting the Taco box that has the shells and tortillas in the box..For Thanksgiving...Wear really tight pants then you can't eat very much!!! LOL! also, if you guys are like me being on the MRC diet, you'll feel kind of sick if you're eating alot and it's rich food. eat really slow (i was a slow eater anyway) and pile the veggies on your plate. i know i'm going to eat the sweet potatoes (not OP) so i'll eat less of the other stuff. and also remember this, most important. This is NOT YOUR LAST MEAL... you can eat any of this food at another time so don't feel like if you don't get it ALL in that you'll never have it available again. and Thanksgiving should be about family getting together (or friends) and not really about food. and there will be leftovers that will fit into our plan in small quantities :-)

Hope you find them and like them. Walmart never has the wheat ones so I get mine at Publix. (don't know if you have one of those)
After eating 6oz of turkey there won't be much room left for anything else :)

patzi
11-16-2011, 02:37 PM
Bigdog..
I think the sweet potatoes are on stabilization, before maintenance, but not sure.Sometimes I roast eggplant, with other veggies and that is so good. I use Italian type herbs for that, oregano, basil, etc.

Congrats to all that lost weigh, welcome to all the new comers.. Stay OP. That is the trick.

On Medi Quick... When you take a shake, or a bar, you also take an HNS.
Regular meal at night.. I think you can take 4 HNS or 3 and 1 creamy, but again would have to look at my sheet.

Soups you can use a nice chicken broth where you strain off the fat, use the chicken and veggies that are on your program.. I use veggie broth lots, that I make from veggies and herbs.. This weekend I made a chicken soup and froze it.. Chicken broth, chicken cut up,canned tomatoes, no salt, veggies, and oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, no salt and pepper.Use the veggies that are on your program sheet. If you are allowed pasta, take your portion and add to soup when heating up. Pasta is a trigger for me, so seldom do this.

One of the meals I make and freeze is the mini turkey meatloaf.. I put it into muffin pan, make twelve of them, and when I have nothing in mind for lunch take two ( now on Maintenance I take 3) for lunch with a leftover veggie from supper or a huge salad & a fruit. They are really delicious. I put veggies in the meatloaf mixture , very small diced, and it keeps it moist. I bake these in the oven.

Patzi

nwcgina
11-16-2011, 03:09 PM
Patzi-that sounds the same as the turkey meatloaf muffin recipe I found...glad to hear that they are going to work (I hate trying something and then it totally is a bomb).

JenB72
11-16-2011, 03:43 PM
On Medi Quick... When you take a shake, or a bar, you also take an HNS.
Regular meal at night.. I think you can take 4 HNS or 3 and 1 creamy, but again would have to look at my sheet.

You're exactly right, Patzi. You can either do 4 clears or 3 clears & 1 creamy.

birdfeet
11-16-2011, 04:15 PM
Jens, hopefully you can get this info to more people than I. Just got the email from Providnce and it gives steps how to get though the Holidays and not gain.
providence.org

bigdog
11-16-2011, 04:52 PM
Hope you find them and like them. Walmart never has the wheat ones so I get mine at Publix. (don't know if you have one of those)
After eating 6oz of turkey there won't be much room left for anything else :)

love Publix! they have a great selection of lean beef, ground turkey, etc. and everyone is sooooo nice. plus they have free fresh coffee when you walk in... Decaf and caf.. Publix also had the Pure Protein bars on sale 3 for $4 :-)

bigdog
11-16-2011, 04:53 PM
Jens, hopefully you can get this info to more people than I. Just got the email from Providnce and it gives steps how to get though the Holidays and not gain.
providence.org

can you cut and paste the info - i'd love to see it!

bigdog
11-16-2011, 04:54 PM
Patzi-that sounds the same as the turkey meatloaf muffin recipe I found...glad to hear that they are going to work (I hate trying something and then it totally is a bomb).

can you share the recipe? i love meatloaf!!! thks

bigdog
11-16-2011, 05:00 PM
Bigdog..
I think the sweet potatoes are on stabilization, before maintenance, but not sure.Sometimes I roast eggplant, with other veggies and that is so good. I use Italian type herbs for that, oregano, basil, etc.

Congrats to all that lost weigh, welcome to all the new comers.. Stay OP. That is the trick.

On Medi Quick... When you take a shake, or a bar, you also take an HNS.
Regular meal at night.. I think you can take 4 HNS or 3 and 1 creamy, but again would have to look at my sheet.

Soups you can use a nice chicken broth where you strain off the fat, use the chicken and veggies that are on your program.. I use veggie broth lots, that I make from veggies and herbs.. This weekend I made a chicken soup and froze it.. Chicken broth, chicken cut up,canned tomatoes, no salt, veggies, and oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, no salt and pepper.Use the veggies that are on your program sheet. If you are allowed pasta, take your portion and add to soup when heating up. Pasta is a trigger for me, so seldom do this.

One of the meals I make and freeze is the mini turkey meatloaf.. I put it into muffin pan, make twelve of them, and when I have nothing in mind for lunch take two ( now on Maintenance I take 3) for lunch with a leftover veggie from supper or a huge salad & a fruit. They are really delicious. I put veggies in the meatloaf mixture , very small diced, and it keeps it moist. I bake these in the oven.

Patzi

i can wait for the sweet potatoes...i'd rather lose the weight! i will have a couple bites for T-giving though and that's it! i'm discovering some really good foods that promote weight loss so am happy w/ that. discovered old fashioned oatmeal yesterday - it's really good and nutty! why was i eating instant all those years? and fresh veggies! don't think i can go back to canned unless it's an emergency!

Tamikl
11-16-2011, 06:14 PM
Well heck....I maintained today :( I was hoping to have a loss, but reflecting back and looking at my food journal, I understand why. I am probably lucky that I maintained. I was OP most of the past week, but it sure doesn't take much to change the course a bit, does it? I guess we need those reality checks occasionally.

I go to my "Stabilization" class tomorrow night. It is out of town for me, so the hubby is going, and we will celebrate:) I am going strong for at least another month, then plan to move into Stabilization. I think I am ready....This disappointment with expecting a loss every single week for 6 months and not always getting one is rough on me....even though it is me that controls it all.

So...keep up the great work all! Sounds like many of you have a plan for the holiday meal, and that is the first step to success! Bigdog is right when she says that that meal isn't our last, either...so we don't have to eat like it is :) Love it...

Thank you, Jen, for ALL of your positive strokes and comments to each of us individually on this board. Means a bunch to me!!!!

patzi
11-16-2011, 08:06 PM
Bigdog... Here is my turkey and veggie meatloaf in muffin pan

Before maintenance, I used whatever veggies were on my list and omitted the onion. Yesterday I made it with the trinity frozen mix of onions, peppers and onions, vs. the bagged dry broccoli cole slaw. I believe the slaw is OP, and that is what you should use and omit onion.For ketchup, I used tomato blended to make a sauce before hitting maintenance.
This recipe came from cooking channel.

Ingredients..
1 small onion
1 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey.
3 cups bagged dry broccoli cole slaw,roughly chopped
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 tsp. no salt
1/2 cup fat free liquid egg substitute
1/4 cup, plus 3 tbs. ketchup
bread crumbs to bind( made with bread on program).. I now use Panko plain
I just eyeball the bread crumbs

Heat oven to 350 degrees F

Using box grater, grate the onion into a large bowl. Add turkey,broccoli cole slaw,oats, garlic powder, no salt, egg substitute and 1/4 ketchup.. Stir until
thoroughly mixed.

Spray 12 cup muffin pan with Pam or any non stick spray. Evenly distribute
turkey -veggie mixture among the muffin cups , and top each with a teaspoon of ketchup if so desired. ( this is the three tablespoons of ketchup)

Bake in oven until firm with lightly browned edges.. My oven takes 35 minutes.
Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

I do not like the ketchup on top ,so omit it. On my turkey mixture, I use the medium fat one. I do not use the .5 lean as it is terrible and comes out so dry. Choice is yours which one you prefer.

Hope you enjoy it.
Patzi

nwcgina
11-16-2011, 09:05 PM
Here is the recipe from Jamie's website...I think the only thing I need to leave out is the onion. Plan on making these up this weekend. It's very similar to patzi's. Maybe I'll make a tin of each:)

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins.

Calories: 80
Fats: 2 grams
Carbs: 4 grams
Protein: 11 grams
Ingredients:

2 lbs ground turkey (or chicken)
3 egg whites
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dry yellow mustard
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp chipotle pepper spice
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp garlic powder (2 cloves minced)
1 small onion (finely chopped)
2 celery stalks (finely chopped)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Spray muffin pan with canola or olive oil.

Mix all your ingredients together in one large bowl.

Roll the mixture into balls and place in muffin pan. Muffins should be about the size of a racquetball.

Bake for 40 minutes.

Makes 12 muffins.

Serving Size:
2 muffins

bigdog
11-16-2011, 10:11 PM
Thanks Patzi and Gina,
both recipes look great! i'll definitely make these this weekend...i love to have stuff ready so i can just heat it up...i just read an article online on tips on adding more veggies to all dishes and suggested cutting up broccoli, celery, green peppers, etc. very small and adding to almost everything :-) i remember my DH talking about his mom adding celery to spaghetti all the time, i guess that was to add some veggies.. Thanks again!

1bighog
11-16-2011, 11:21 PM
Hi, everyone! It's been a few days...

Did a WI on Tuesday and was down 7lbs total (in less than a week!) Got my blue menu for days 5-10 (today was day 5.)

I volunteered all day at my two middle kids' school today and a teacher I see frequently asked me if I'd lost some weight. I was elated that someone noticed!!! (Then a classmate of my son asked if I was having a baby...guess I wore that shirt with a little too much confidence today!)

I got the MRC brownie recipe and tried it tonight. I was scared to try it because it seems I have kicked my chocolate/sugar/starch habit and I thought this might kick start a craving, but I am relieved to say I thought it was disgusting. :) I won't be making it again.

nwcgina
11-17-2011, 08:21 AM
Morning everyone. I've been doing good...but I can tell today will be a tough one. Just found out my good friend had complications during pregnancy and is fighting for her life on a respirator. I'm consumed with thoughts and prayers for her. And I'm an emotional eater. Right now I don't want to eat, but I should...and as the day goes on my tendency is to grab for food when I'm sad and stressed. So remembering to stick with the plan and know that food is not going to make her well. Times like this make everything else pale in comparison.

JenB72
11-17-2011, 10:25 AM
Jen - What are the active ingredients in the Corti-trim? I have been thinking about adding it to lose more inches. I have the child birth tummy also.

Here's what the bottle says:

Vitamin C - 100 mg
Calcium (Carbonate) - 150 mg
Chromium Picolinate - 50 mcg
Corti-Trim Proprietary Blend -150 mg (Magnolia (Bark), Beta Sitosterol (Phytosterols 90%), L-Theanine)
Corti-Regulator Proprietary Blend - 125 mg (Green Tea Leaf Ext., Bitter Orange)
Corti-trol Proprietary Blend - 16.5 mg (Banaba (Lagestroemia Speciosa), Vanadyl Sulfate)


can you cut and paste the info - i'd love to see it!

Hopefully this is the right list. :)

10 ways to watch your weight over the holidays

The holidays are upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to change into your elastic pants. This year, consider changing your approach to holiday eating and exercise, instead. With a little planning, you can wallow in the season without the weight gain. Here are 10 tips to see you through the holidays.

Eat, drink and be merry – in moderation
1. Eat your fruits and vegetables first: Make a deal with yourself – promise to eat your daily fruits (1-1/2 to 2 cups) and vegetables (2 to 3 cups) before you indulge in seasonal sweets and treats. Fruits and vegetables fill you up with high-quality, low-calorie nutrition. If there’s any room leftover, go ahead and have that treat – you’ve earned it.

2. Dine before you dash: Before you head out to a party, eat a hearty, healthy snack. With your hunger satisfied, you’ll be less tempted to overindulge in high-calorie party food.

3. Remember – location, location, location: Position yourself far from the buffet table, and focus less on the food and more on the people you came to see. When you do eat, linger longer at the beautiful fruit and vegetable platters.

4. Savor slowly: Allow yourself a few special sweets and appetizers at holiday parties, but be selective, eat them slowly and enjoy them fully.

5. Plan your potluck: When you are invited to a potluck, bring something healthy and low in calories that you’ll enjoy eating.

6. Limit the liquor: Beer, wine and cocktails pour on the calories fast, so limit yourself to a drink or two when you go out. Between – or instead of – alcoholic drinks, try sparkling water with a splash of cranberry juice and a slice of orange.

7. Say “no, please,” or freeze: Let well-meaning friends and relatives know that you are working on your weight, and ask them to reduce the size of their usual, sweet gifts. If you can’t do that, then tuck their fudge and fruitcakes into your freezer to enjoy now and then, instead of all now.

Fit in some fitness

8. Walk to shop: Do your holiday shopping in places designed for walking. If you go to a mall, park far away (as if you had a choice) and walk the mall a few times before you start your shopping.

9. Get creative with indoor exercise: Find a place to jump rope on your lunch hour, or walk up and down the stairs several times every couple of hours. Even 10 minutes of aerobic exercise is better than nothing.

10. Celebrate the season – get out in it: Instead of inviting people over to eat, invite them out for an afternoon of hiking, snowshoeing, skating, skiing or sledding, or plan an evening walk to look at all the neighborhood lights. ’Tis the season – get out in it!

ynapier
11-17-2011, 04:49 PM
Jen - Thanks for the info. I also like the tips for watching yoru weight during the holidays. They will come in very handy. :)

nwcgina
11-17-2011, 09:45 PM
Made it through this long day without going OP. My friend is (miraculously) still alive and they will begin taking her off the respirator soon. Besides her getting better, it was awesome to know I could stick with this even when life got crazy and plans for the day were thrown out the window. WI is tomorrow...since I am doing the at-home program I have the advantage of always being able to weigh at the same time (right after getting up).

Excited to try some new recipes like the meatloafs this weekend.

Tamikl
11-17-2011, 10:41 PM
Hi ladies!

Went through the "Stabilization" class tonight, and it was really neat. Very informative, then they played this "celebration" music and we all had a picture taken together, then wrote on an individual balloon that we later let go of outside. It was a fun experience. I cried letting my balloon go...sort of an emotional time for me. I still can't believe sometimes that I have lost 42 lbs...for me, that is a HUGE accomplishment.
We had 14 people at the class, and the total weight lost between all of us was 800lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There were some very inspiring people there, and it was just awesome to be around them all. I thrive on support, so identifying directly with others doing MRC was way cool :)

Most of us still have a few pounds we would like to lose....but the new challenge is closer! Awesome feeling :)

Well, off to bed now...taking this "All Day Weight Loss" has the before bed pills that seem to knock me out. I kinda like it after a long day! Bedtime is my favorite time :)

Good luck to all!

bigdog
11-17-2011, 10:41 PM
Here's what the bottle says:

Vitamin C - 100 mg
Calcium (Carbonate) - 150 mg
Chromium Picolinate - 50 mcg
Corti-Trim Proprietary Blend -150 mg (Magnolia (Bark), Beta Sitosterol (Phytosterols 90%), L-Theanine)
Corti-Regulator Proprietary Blend - 125 mg (Green Tea Leaf Ext., Bitter Orange)
Corti-trol Proprietary Blend - 16.5 mg (Banaba (Lagestroemia Speciosa), Vanadyl Sulfate)




Hopefully this is the right list. :)

10 ways to watch your weight over the holidays

The holidays are upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to change into your elastic pants. This year, consider changing your approach to holiday eating and exercise, instead. With a little planning, you can wallow in the season without the weight gain. Here are 10 tips to see you through the holidays.

Eat, drink and be merry – in moderation
1. Eat your fruits and vegetables first: Make a deal with yourself – promise to eat your daily fruits (1-1/2 to 2 cups) and vegetables (2 to 3 cups) before you indulge in seasonal sweets and treats. Fruits and vegetables fill you up with high-quality, low-calorie nutrition. If there’s any room leftover, go ahead and have that treat – you’ve earned it.

2. Dine before you dash: Before you head out to a party, eat a hearty, healthy snack. With your hunger satisfied, you’ll be less tempted to overindulge in high-calorie party food.

3. Remember – location, location, location: Position yourself far from the buffet table, and focus less on the food and more on the people you came to see. When you do eat, linger longer at the beautiful fruit and vegetable platters.

4. Savor slowly: Allow yourself a few special sweets and appetizers at holiday parties, but be selective, eat them slowly and enjoy them fully.

5. Plan your potluck: When you are invited to a potluck, bring something healthy and low in calories that you’ll enjoy eating.

6. Limit the liquor: Beer, wine and cocktails pour on the calories fast, so limit yourself to a drink or two when you go out. Between – or instead of – alcoholic drinks, try sparkling water with a splash of cranberry juice and a slice of orange.

7. Say “no, please,” or freeze: Let well-meaning friends and relatives know that you are working on your weight, and ask them to reduce the size of their usual, sweet gifts. If you can’t do that, then tuck their fudge and fruitcakes into your freezer to enjoy now and then, instead of all now.

Fit in some fitness

8. Walk to shop: Do your holiday shopping in places designed for walking. If you go to a mall, park far away (as if you had a choice) and walk the mall a few times before you start your shopping.

9. Get creative with indoor exercise: Find a place to jump rope on your lunch hour, or walk up and down the stairs several times every couple of hours. Even 10 minutes of aerobic exercise is better than nothing.

10. Celebrate the season – get out in it: Instead of inviting people over to eat, invite them out for an afternoon of hiking, snowshoeing, skating, skiing or sledding, or plan an evening walk to look at all the neighborhood lights. ’Tis the season – get out in it!

thanks! this is great advice :-) i'm headed to my center tomorrow...i hope they are giving this out to everyone... this really is a lifestyle change and not just a diet so advice like this is great to help us face the challenges we have w/ family gatherings, holidays, etc. Right on time!

bigdog
11-17-2011, 10:50 PM
Made it through this long day without going OP. My friend is (miraculously) still alive and they will begin taking her off the respirator soon. Besides her getting better, it was awesome to know I could stick with this even when life got crazy and plans for the day were thrown out the window. WI is tomorrow...since I am doing the at-home program I have the advantage of always being able to weigh at the same time (right after getting up).

Excited to try some new recipes like the meatloafs this weekend.
Prayers for your friend and a speedy recovery... good luck on your weigh in!

nwcgina
11-18-2011, 03:00 AM
Tami-that is awesome that you have lost 42 lbs! You sound like you are at a healthy place mentally...pushing through a bit more then taking time to embrace the person you have become! You will know when you are ready to take on the rest:)

I spent a lot of time yesterday with friends I hadn't seen in a month or longer...and obviously it wasn't a "social" gathering, but a few did comment that I was looking really good (I was just in an long sleeve t and jeans that have become too big).

JenB72
11-18-2011, 08:46 AM
nwcgina - I'm sorry to hear about your friend. My prayers are with her and her family. Hang in there. :hug:

Tami - Congrats on going through the stabilization class! I know it must be such a relief for you. Just take things one day at a time and you will do great!

Bigdog -Actually, I didn't get those tips from MRC. It was from a website that birdfeet suggested. You are right, though. They are great tips. Hopefully MRC will publish something similar.

Have a great day everyone! :thanks2:

patzi
11-18-2011, 10:52 AM
Hi....
I weighed in today and lost 1/2 pound, putting me 5 1/2 pounds under goal.
I tried the following this week.

Applesauce Nut bread. This is not an OP item for those who are losing. I had a slice each day with an HNS. Remember, when eating carbs, have a protein with it..

I was asked to speak at a maintenance meeting they are going to have. I declined speaking, but said I would answer any questions.. No one should have a problem with maintenance if they have been OP on losing weight, and not cheated thru it. There is nothing you cannot eat on maintenace, but if you do, have a slice, not the whole thing, one candy, not the whole box, etc.. That is the key.. Everything in moderation.

I did take the Cortitrim and MRC 6 or whatever it is called while losing weight, and the Cortitrum does help with making belly smaller for sure. I see that was brought up. I take none of that since hitting Maintenance.

Wishing y'all a great weigh in and remember staying OP is the trick.

Patzi

ynapier
11-18-2011, 11:27 AM
Tami - Way to go on the stabilization party. That is wonderful. I love the idea of the balloons. Those pounds aren't coming back. :D

I have WI today and am hoping the my skinny feeling from yesterday translates into a loss on the scales. I'm 1.5 away from signing the 30 pound board. Hopefully today will be the day.

JenB72
11-18-2011, 11:41 AM
Patzi - Great job! You are absolutely right about the cheating. I still struggle with that from time to time, but like to think I'm getting better. :)


I just got an MRC e-mail with these tips. I hope they help everyone. :)

Those who are not monitoring their weight gain 6-16 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year's. Below are some great tips for getting through the holidays:

Plan ahead. Preparation is the key to success. Think ahead, prepare meals in advance and write out shopping lists. If you have the things you need to be successful, the program will feel much easier, and you will not find yourself “stuck” without choices.

Drink water. Water helps you stay well hydrated, satisfied and in balance, and keeps your hands busy. Much of the time we think we are hungry; we are truly thirsty — so try quenching your thirst first.

Use your HNS. High Nutrient Supplements (protein drinks) will be your best friend this holiday season. They satisfy your appetite, taste great and help you overcome cravings. Mix your HNS with a fizzy soda like Diet Sprite and presto — you have mock cocktail!

Keep a food sheet. Now more than ever your food sheet will help keep you on track. The food sheet holds you accountable, and can often be your “silent helper.” After all, if you don’t want to write it down, you probably won’t eat it.

Visualize. Begin thinking about what it looks like to be in control this year. What choices will you make at the holiday party or family dinner? Be as descriptive as possible — what are you wearing, how do you feel, how do you handle feeders with confidence.

Journal. If you face the upcoming season with some dread or tension, journaling is a great way to help you process your feelings and manage your emotions.

Get support. Support can come in many forms — friends, family, co-workers and the MRC team. Be sure to weigh-in at least twice per week — you need plenty of support during the holidays. Tell your support team that you plan to stay on track and lose weight this month, and ask them to help you. Also, make a MRC wish list, detailing the HNS flavors, herbs and
vitamins that your family and friends can give as gifts.

Say "no." Graciously decline foods offered that are not on your program. Simply say, “No, thank you” or “Thank you, maybe later.” This is usually enough to get feeders off your back.

Cook. When you are invited to a holiday party, offer to bring something that is on your program. Everyone will love the Spinach Artichoke Casserole (on page 116 of the MRC Cookbook), and you will know you have what you need to stay on program.

Exercise. Don't stay in all day sitting or lying down. Exercise also helps to relieve stress, gives us a moment to think and gain perspective, and keeps us in touch with our body. Clients say when they start their day with exercise, it becomes much harder to deviate, because they don’t want to undo their hard work.

Set Goals. How many pounds do you want to lose this month? What size do you want to be in on New Year’s Eve? Keep your eye on the prize — you can do it!

Rocki
11-18-2011, 12:55 PM
TGIF everyone! I hope you're all doing well today. I went away on Tuesday/Wednesday and cheated (not the whole time, but bad at a couple of meals). I'm still paying for it. So, for everyone thinking that ice cream or lasagna looks good..Remember, it will take several days to get the weight back off! UGH! I was down to 154.1 before we left and am still only back to 154.3 today. Trying to figure out what to have for lunch b/c I'm bored with the food and I'm really not even hungry to be honest.. I really wish I was so wishy washy!

Has anyone had veggie burgers (Boca or Morning Star) while on this diet? If so, how do you count them? Would you add a little more protein and skip the veggie, or do half the veggie?

NWCGINA..I'm glad to hear that your friend is doing better. How very scary for her and her family.

Patzi..as always, you have such great motivational posts :)

Sorry I don't have responses to all, but I have to get back to work. Have a great weekend everyone! Stay focused and on plan. Next week will probably be tough for many of us.

patzi
11-18-2011, 01:41 PM
Tami...
Congratulations are sure in order... I am so happy for you. If you need any help please feel free to ask.. Be proud of yourself, you deserve the praise.

Rocki..
I have had the veggie burgers many times, but have eaten them on an all veggie day.
My consultant told me to eat them on a day when I followed the vegetarian diet for all meals.. Center does have a vegetarian diet. I did that on occasion, as I just became tired of all the protein. I make my hubby stuffed peppers with the boca crumbles and he loves them. He likes a veggie day here and there. He is not on MRC

Patzi

Rocki
11-18-2011, 02:12 PM
So Patzi,
What else would you eat on a veggie day? What would a sample menu be for all 3 meals? I ended up having a chicken MorningStar veggie burger along with a cottage cheese/HNS creamy/blackberry smoothy. I didn't have any more veggies, but I added the cottage cheese to get around 23 grams of protein for the meal (chicken breast 4oz is 30 grams from what I've read).

Tami...
Congratulations are sure in order... I am so happy for you. If you need any help please feel free to ask.. Be proud of yourself, you deserve the praise.

Rocki..
I have had the veggie burgers many times, but have eaten them on an all veggie day.
My consultant told me to eat them on a day when I followed the vegetarian diet for all meals.. Center does have a vegetarian diet. I did that on occasion, as I just became tired of all the protein. I make my hubby stuffed peppers with the boca crumbles and he loves them. He likes a veggie day here and there. He is not on MRC

Patzi

nwcgina
11-18-2011, 02:45 PM
WI today...down to 174.6! (Started @ 183 on 10/31...so 8.4 lbs in 18 days...I'm stoked). I honestly can't believe each time I step on the scale that I continue to lose! I have NEVER been able to do that. I've been sticking OP even with the stress...and it has paid off. I keep the creamies for days when I really "need" a chocolate fix since I didn't order many to begin with since I didn't know I could have them so soon. Hoping I can stretch the 6 I have until the end of the month.