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JenB72
12-01-2011, 08:51 AM
Have a great month! Definitely a hard one to stay on plan, but it can be done!!!!

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1bighog
12-01-2011, 09:26 AM
Hey yo! Gonna be a great day! I'm headed off to work in a few minutes and excited because I just got more hours...bad part is that means I'm working two evenings a week and I'm worried about dinner time. There's a fridge there to keep food cool and a microwave to heat it up, but there's just not a lot of time! I'll be working 4pm-9pm on Tuesday & Thursday now. Think I should just do the shakes those nights?

nwcgina
12-01-2011, 09:48 AM
Yeah DECEMBER! If I can make it through this month, the rest will be easy:) (well, easier).

I started Nov 1...so as of today I am down to 172...14 lbs in one month! When I first started and saw people saying they had lost 10+ in a month I never thought it would be me. I had been trying for a year and a half...counting calories, exercise (a lot), and stayed in the same 5 lb range. My body really likes this way of eating. And even if I stay in the same calorie range but eat something off plan, my body revolts by not budging on the scale. The one time I tried to shift the plan a little bit (still staying at the same calories)...I started gaining...and once I got back on track it took me over a week to start seeing it on the scale. But that is a huge learning lesson for me. For myself, I need to stay strictly on plan in this phase. And if I keep at it, by Feb or March I'll hit goal, then as I add in more foods I can add in more exercise.

Jen-I saw that you have a sick little one...no fun! My 3 year old has it too...and I don't feel the greatest...and I really need to not be sick for the next 27 days:) Come Dec 28, I could have a sick day.

1bighog-I also often work through supper...and I don't have access to a fridge/micro. I had asked about doing a replacement at night and the one counselor said no, that you don't get enough nutrients for your supper meal. So I've done tuna (or chicken) and bread with cut up veggies...(usually more tuna than will go on one piece of bread). Other things that do heat up easy and are quick-ish to eat...soups that are OP and the zucchini lasagne (I really liked that). I also made turkey meatloaf muffins that were amazing...I ate them both hot and cold.


Chickadee
12-01-2011, 10:14 AM
Hi all,
So far, so good! I've been at MRC since Nov. 7 and lost 12.5 pounds. I'm giddy, especially since most of the time I've just been on the pre-conditioning menu. I just got my meals-made-easy plan from the nutritionist yesterday. I'm very impressed at how the center was willing to work with my very specific needs. I have a lapband and can't tolerate artificial sweeteners, so I'm a difficult client. Onward!
I hope everyone has a happy, loss-filled month.
Chickadee

bigdog
12-01-2011, 10:35 AM
24 days till Christmas!!! we are sneaking away for Christmas for a romantic long weekend at the beach so i plan on being at least 5 pounds lighter! :-) Trying new recipes this month and planning on taking my HNSs to mix at the many parties ahead. cutting up veggies and keeping in ziplock bags to make sure they are handy to enjoy.
Looking forward to bringing in the New Year a thinner me!

patzi
12-01-2011, 11:19 AM
Relative drinking at parties....
For those on maintenance that can have wine, this is what I do.. I order a wine cooler in a large glass, then when thru with glass ask them to fill it with club soda only and I add a red HNS to it, so it looks like a grenadine type drink... It works and keeps the weight down.. I also take a fat and carb blocker with it.

I have two parties Saturday and Sunday of next week, and that is what I will do. That will be a challenge for sure.

Patzi

faerychic
12-01-2011, 11:48 AM
Hey yo! Gonna be a great day! I'm headed off to work in a few minutes and excited because I just got more hours...bad part is that means I'm working two evenings a week and I'm worried about dinner time. There's a fridge there to keep food cool and a microwave to heat it up, but there's just not a lot of time! I'll be working 4pm-9pm on Tuesday & Thursday now. Think I should just do the shakes those nights?

bighog: I have the same issue of not having a fridge or microwave on the days when I have to go into the office. What I usually do is make a salad with some type of protein and have bread or melba toast on the side. I have one of those small cooler type lunch boxes and put in a small freezer pack (had these left over from the kids!).

Hope everyone has a great December! I know it will be a challenge for me, but I figure if I wasn't on a diet then the damage would be much worse ;)

teacherlady79
12-01-2011, 01:03 PM
Hey yo! Gonna be a great day! I'm headed off to work in a few minutes and excited because I just got more hours...bad part is that means I'm working two evenings a week and I'm worried about dinner time. There's a fridge there to keep food cool and a microwave to heat it up, but there's just not a lot of time! I'll be working 4pm-9pm on Tuesday & Thursday now. Think I should just do the shakes those nights?

1bighog -- It's not technically on plan, but there was one or two Lean Cuisine dinners that I would eat when I was in a pinch. I wouldn't do it more than once a week, though, because of the extra sodium from them... so maybe a shake one night, lean cuisine another? Anyway, the Lean Cuisines I would eat was the steak & portabella mushroom dinner (it comes with broccoli, I think), or the one that is Turkey with green beans (the green beans have dried cranberries with them). Again, not ideal because of the sodium (and I think the portions aren't big enough for the protein & veggie--I never weighed them though), but they're good to have in a pinch so you aren't relying on the bars and shakes too frequently.

One thing I learned with the bars and shakes-- if you do end up using them more than 3x a week, at some point in your weight loss they will cause you to stall. That happened to me (I think after I was about 30 or 50 lbs down), and I had to stop eating so many replacements in order to break through the plateau.

bigdog
12-01-2011, 02:02 PM
Big Hog, you could buy those bag salads and just eat it out of the bag :-) i've done that even on the road on sales calls. just make sure the croutons are 40 cal. or less (2 TB croutons are actually only 25 cal.) or throw away and eat melba toast w/ salad. if you grill some chicken beforehand (great w/ Mrs. dash), cut that up and put on salad. or cottage cheese or boiled eggs... string cheese is good too or just cheese cut up in cubes over the salad...
the shakes would be good too but i've found the bars add too many carbs if eaten more than 3X a week to have a good weight loss... if you are doing the replacement shake, eat some cut up veggies too (celery, green peppers, cucumbers,etc.) i use lite honey dijon dressing (35 cal. for 2TB) Maple Grove Farms, 0 fat, 9g carb, 8 g sugar

been on MRC since August and funny i just realized this week! that about the bars when i started using Livestrong.com to track ...gives percentages and i was going way over the 20% carb percentage for the day....when eating too many bars...

1bighog
12-01-2011, 02:20 PM
I started Nov 1...so as of today I am down to 172...14 lbs in one month! When I first started and saw people saying they had lost 10+ in a month I never thought it would be me. I had been trying for a year and a half...counting calories, exercise (a lot), and stayed in the same 5 lb range. My body really likes this way of eating. And even if I stay in the same calorie range but eat something off plan, my body revolts by not budging on the scale. The one time I tried to shift the plan a little bit (still staying at the same calories)...I started gaining...and once I got back on track it took me over a week to start seeing it on the scale. But that is a huge learning lesson for me. For myself, I need to stay strictly on plan in this phase. And if I keep at it, by Feb or March I'll hit goal, then as I add in more foods I can add in more exercise.
We sound very similar! I did Weight Watchers back in 2007 and had really good success with it...but I was still in my 20s. After gaining a lot of weight, I tried to do WW over and over again, calorie counting, working out 6 days a week for an hour at a time, etc. I could never get more than 5 pounds off! My body really likes Metabolic, too.

Tomorrow will make 3 weeks on Metabolic for me and I'm down 12 pounds as of an hour ago! I'm super stoked because after Thanksgiving, my goal from here on out is 2.5 pounds per week and I didn't think I would meet that this week from being off program last week. I was down 0.5 pounds when I weighed in Tuesday and down 2 pounds when I weighed in today! Still didn't see 160s at MRC (I hit 169.8 butt naked yesterday at home), but I'm down to 170 exactly. :)

Thanks for the advice on dinner, everyone! I think I will do the shake tonight just because I'm so busy today, but I will plan better for next week.

Arumbaugh
12-01-2011, 03:07 PM
Ok so I have my information (Thanks Jen B) and I'm ready to start. I'm actually going to start on Monday 5th cause I have my kids with me this week and there is no working out/eating right with them around. Just some background on me, I'm 31 and have 4 children...a 6 year old and THREE 4 year olds. Yepa, I have triplets and let me tell you, it took a toll on my body. My kids are now all in school, though my trip go only a half day, so I'm planning on hitting the YMCA in the AM and trying to eat right to feel better. I have had problems with my thyroid and Cholesterol since the triplets and God knows I have to be around a long time to raise them correctly :) I look forward to the support and getting to know everyone!

Tamikl
12-01-2011, 04:19 PM
Welcome!! I think you will find our discussions here very helpful! :welcome:

patzi
12-01-2011, 05:04 PM
Arumbaugh

Welcome... This is a wonderful supporting forum.. Wishing you the best in your new challenge. I am on maintenance now.

Patzi

JenB72
12-01-2011, 11:20 PM
1bighog - Congrats on the new job. The ladies have listed a lot of great advice on what to do at night. There are ways around the shakes. Just plan, plan, plan and you will be fine. :)

nwcgina - Congrats on the weight loss! That's awesome! The munchkin is doing so much better today. I think we have finally turned the corner. :)

Chickadee - That's a great weight loss for less than a month. Just stick to the plan and you'll do great!

teacherlady79 - What you said about the bars is so true. It never occured to me until you mentioned it before and when I cut back on them, my weight loss picked up. Thanks for the tip!!!

Arumbaugh - Welcome and glad I could help. :) I have to give you credit for handling a 6 year old and 4 year old triplets. I only have a 2 year old and with her being sick, I called my mom last night and yelled "I want MY mommy!" LOL She offered to come over, but I think it was just saying that that made me feel better. My pregnancy took a toll on me too (hospitalized with severe pre-eclampsia that almost sent me into a coma). I weigh 20 pounds less than when I got pregnant and feel incredible now. It can be done. You just have to stick with it. Good luck!

1bighog
12-02-2011, 08:04 AM
Did the shake last night and it wasn't bad. :) I didn't feel hungry, either. My job is really fun and busy so I didn't have time to concentrate on food and by the time I got home I was pooped. I woke up this morning and went through my morning ritual of crawling out of bed, taking a leak, stripping down to my birthday suit, and stepping on the scale...down a whole 2 pounds from yesterday! 167.8 was the magic number (I'll keep my ticker to my weigh in # at the center, though.)

I had a rough night. My baby (well, my 5 year old baby) came down to my bed around 3 in the morning. Then my dog's stomach was growling so freaking loud that neither of us could go back to sleep. We stayed up until 5 until I decided to move us out into the living room. My dog tried to follow us out but I told her to stay with daddy, lol. Didn't sleep in the living room because the tree was so bright. I had to get up at 6, anyway.

It might just be a two cup coffee kind of day. I'd like to get my house clean (at least the downstairs and laundry done) and my 9 year old girl is having a friend spend the night tonight. I also need to take care of some PTO stuff at my two middle kids' elementary school (I'm the treasurer) so that means you should not see me back on this thread today! ;) Have a great day, everyone!

nwcgina
12-02-2011, 08:07 AM
bighog-it does sound like we are very much the same. I hit 171 this morning! I'm still in a little shock about how good this is working:)

I was sick yesterday so didn't eat much. But feel better today. This whole month is hard with walking into stores and being assaulted by all kinds of goodies, my work schedule is CRAZY with late night games and all day basketball tournaments (I'm always hungry when I get home, too), and of course...the celebrations. I have two Christmas parties this weekend. The first is tonight...my husband's work party. He works for his family's business, so I even helped pick out the menu...but that was back before MRC. But even though there are twice baked potatoes and desserts I can't have, there are several veggie options and some fruit (what is anyone's experience with moving your fruit to the evening for just such occasions?) Tomorrow is the husband's family Christmas...luckily I miss brunch which will be just full of cinnamon rolls (I'm making some easy ones called cowboy rolls to get the ingredients out of the house). For both I plan on having my HNS ready either for a salad dressing or to mix with my diet soda. I will make it through this. I will not take a step back or stall for a week or two just for a cookie:) I will see the 160's by the end of next week!!

Tamikl
12-02-2011, 10:35 AM
Hi ladies!

It is FRIDAY! I am so happy to see this week come to a close :) Fortunately, I don't foresee any real challenges this weekend like some of you have. Those Christmas parties are rough...simply being around all of the goodies is too much for me at times. I do my best to avoid those, and having a husband that is a bit of an "introvert" anyway helps! Try to keep your eyes on the ultimate prize!!

Seems that for me at least, the less hard I try at this diet, the better I seem to do. Seems weird, but I am finding it to be true. I have more success when I randomly get on the scale than when I purposefully get on it every day...don't know if that makes sense or not...lol.

I guess what I am trying to say here is just do your best. Be realistic, but don't aim to be perfect. The weight comes off simply by making good choices. My hubby always tells me that the harder on work on my hair, the worse it looks! At first I got pissed (lol) and then realized that was true, along with many things in my life that I put way too much focus on doing "just right." Sometimes taking it a little easier on ourselves reeps much better results....

Have a great weekend all! Focus on shopping for Christmas presents while chewing gum, and that might get our minds off all those darn goodies out there!! Our mouths will be full and our minds busy!!

patzi
12-02-2011, 10:49 AM
Hi...
I had maintenance weigh in and gained 1/2 pound putting me back to 5 pounds under goal.. It was the peanuts.. I tried them again, and every time I do I gain, so that is a trigger point, so am going to eliminate them 100% from my diet.
I will be careful this week, due to two parties coming up, a week from this Saturday.

If anyone has any OP recipes for the holidays, please share. I try to stay pretty much OP this time of year, so as not to gain.

Wishing everyone a great weigh in and a nice day.

Patzi

bigdog
12-02-2011, 11:39 AM
Happy Friday!!! i found some jeans and some cute Liz Claiborne jackets i haven't been able to get into for two years and they fit!! there was a black skirt in there too, pencil style that i got on but couldn't button so i'm keeping that hanging on the door to try it on again next week...:-)
I agree with all of you that my body loves this way of eating too! i've been trying to lose this weight off and on w/ weight watchers, then tried protein shakes only, etc., tried Atkins for a week!, etc. for a couple years and would lose maybe 3-5 lbs and then gain it back. i look forward to my cinnamon toast or cheese toast in the am w/eggs.. i was down another pound this am!
i did find out when i went back to eating the 8 oz. cut up veggies or salad for lunch and dinner, that helps my weight loss.
in defense of the protein bars, protein snacks, puddings, Syntrax Chocolate Truffle protein mix (all ordered from Diet Direct or Nashua Nutrition website) , snickerdoodle cookies (recipe in Nov. thread), they have prevented me from having a weight gain each week and have helped me lose 22 lbs. i never feel deprived and i am a true chocoholic so for me, has kept me on plan. i've lost every single week at weigh in for 17 weeks, approx. 1/2 to 3 lbs each week. i don't take any supplements at all, but do drink the HNSs (pink lemonade or Choc. truffle , 3/4 scoop 70 cal., 23 g. protein) at least 3 a day. my doctor told me if i took all the supplements MRC recommends, i would lose a little more but would gain once i was off of them. (i have a low tolerance to medicine so can't take all that stuff)
i do limit the bars but thinking back on the days when i ate a bar instead of going thru a drive thru while on the road, feel like it was a better choice!
This diet builds muscle and gets rid of the fat...gotta love that!

also, like someone told me if you have problems w/ getting the water in, just remember you are flushing away fat! how's that for motivation? :-)
hope everyone has a great weekend!!

bigdog
12-02-2011, 11:43 AM
Hi...
I had maintenance weigh in and gained 1/2 pound putting me back to 5 pounds under goal.. It was the peanuts.. I tried them again, and every time I do I gain, so that is a trigger point, so am going to eliminate them 100% from my diet.
I will be careful this week, due to two parties coming up, a week from this Saturday.

If anyone has any OP recipes for the holidays, please share. I try to stay pretty much OP this time of year, so as not to gain.

Wishing everyone a great weigh in and a nice day.

Patzi

Yes, please, i need some new recipes too!! Patzi regarding the peanuts - i love peanut butter and when i asked when i could have it again, they told me when i met goal! my DH eats dry roasted peanuts all the time and i put them in the pantry out of sight when he's finished. i told him to put them in a bowl so i don't have to look at the jar. he also pops popcorn all the time and it drives me wild but i just fix a chocolate truffle shake and try not to strangle him LOL! i do get popcorn only at the movies about once a month but skip dinner and the carb inthe am (not on plan but that's what i do!)
anyway, a couple of time, i've put 3 peanuts (12 calories) in the blender w/ my chocolate shake and it really adds flavor. funny how a little bit of flavor is enough

JenB72
12-02-2011, 01:08 PM
Another pound bites the dust! Even with a sick munchkin, somehow, I lost another pound since Monday. Only 8.5 pounds to go! Oh, and they did my inches on Monday. I'm down 58 inches overall. :yay:

faerychic
12-02-2011, 01:34 PM
Hi everyone-
I must say I enjoy reading everyone's post - they give me encouragement and motivation. I have been a yo-yo dieter for most of my adult life and this go 'round is a bit slower than my previous attemps at weight loss. Could be due to my age or the fact that I am working at home now and don't have to get off my butt except to go to the bathroom or kitchen! I wasn't having much of a loss on the meta-slim plan (plus I was always starving and getting a headache every afternoon) so they switched me to meta-balance last weekend. I am feeling much better, but they tell me to only expect a 1-2 pound loss per week. Heck at my weigh in on Wednesday I was down 1.5 which I am happy with.

Hope you all have a fabulous day!

patzi
12-02-2011, 05:25 PM
Jen...
You are doing so well.. I know how excited you are. You are almost there, and the inches are so impressive.. Good for you.. Pat yourself on the back, as you well deserve it..

fairychic...
1-2 pounds is a good weight loss weekly. I am glad they found a program for you that worked..

Well, today I wore my leggings and a blouse just to hit my butt area and a pair of boots.. I had bought the leggings, but for some reason I was too timid to wear them, but I did, and when I walked in center today, consultant said, you see, I told you, get some tight fitting clothes, as so many of my clothes fit but still were a bit baggy..I NEVER thought I would see the day I could wear leggings.. I wear the same pants for weigh in each time,with a light weight tee, so these leggings are thinner than the light pants I was wearing, and this will work out nicely.. As I have said over and over, the best thing in way of clothes is not wearing a tunic to disguise the fat..I don't have to do that anymore, and anything I went thru on the challenge was sure worth it.
I promise you will feel like a new person when you reach your goal.. It is heavenly.

I hear some of you talking about snacks.. I was on Meta Slim and no snacks allowed . Only snackI could have was an HNS if so desired. Does Meta Balance allow snacks? Just curious.

Patzi

faerychic
12-02-2011, 06:02 PM
Patzi: yes meta balance does allow snacks. I think that is what is keeping me from being hungry and getting hunger headaches. 3 snacks are allowed, one of which can be a bar and the other 2 are an HNS's (one with a dairy and the other with a fruit or fruit juice).

BTW -Congrat's on leggings! I am sure that is a great feeling to be able to wear fitted clothes. I am looking forward to that (hopefully in time for Spring!)

camaswa
12-03-2011, 02:31 AM
Faerychic- I remember you mentioning Metibalance before. Even though I have been in MRC since Sept. and do like the basic concept very much, I get soooo wiped out almost every day by 11 am and again by 4 pm. I really need food more frequently. Sometimes I am shaky and lightheaded, always feeling exhausted. It becomes difficult to stay on plan when I feel so starved. I often end up having something-anything. I tried just an extra clear HNS or 2 but that didn't cut it. I also tried bigger protein servings. But when I really think I need is more frequent meals. Can you tell me more about that plan?

patzi
12-03-2011, 09:09 AM
faerychic..
Thanks for information on snacks and the plan

camaswa...
I was told when I was hungry during Meta Slim, to take a piece of protein with HNS or have 1/2 bar with HNS. Protein used to do it for me.. But, if the program you are on, is not filling for you, I am sure if you tell the center, they will change it so that you are not hungry.. They told my friend who had the same problem, you never should be hungry, and they added and changed things for her on Meta Slim, and my other friend, they switched her over to Meta Balance. Hope this helps you.. By the way, glad to see you posting again. By the way, HNS never filled my hunger.Only when I added a piece of chicken or some protein with it.. Meat protein, not a cheese product.

Last night was a challenge.. Went over a friend's house and she had homemade cheesecake with berry topping and after dinner drinks.. Mercy me.. I did not have any cheese cake, but I did have a brandy and took fat and carb blocker with it. Days past, I could have eaten the whole cheesecake.. Amazing what discipline can do. I don't feel sorry for myself any more if I don't have it , as before I would say poor me, but that does not work, I found it.

Everyone have a wonderful day and try to stay focused.

Patzi

bigdog
12-03-2011, 09:41 AM
Faerychic- I remember you mentioning Metibalance before. Even though I have been in MRC since Sept. and do like the basic concept very much, I get soooo wiped out almost every day by 11 am and again by 4 pm. I really need food more frequently. Sometimes I am shaky and lightheaded, always feeling exhausted. It becomes difficult to stay on plan when I feel so starved. I often end up having something-anything. I tried just an extra clear HNS or 2 but that didn't cut it. I also tried bigger protein servings. But when I really think I need is more frequent meals. Can you tell me more about that plan?

my friend who started me on this program does Metabalance and loves it. she wanted dairy and more fruit in her diet so this works better for her. she successfully lost all her weight 25 lbs. and is now on maintenance. i really miss Greek yogurt and crave more fruit than just the one we are allowed per day. i'll have to check it out too! :-)

faerychic
12-03-2011, 09:55 AM
camaswa: what differs on metabalance from metaslim is that the HNS's are not eaten with your meals - they are your snacks (mid=morning, mid=afternoon, and evening). Snacks are a bar (you can have 1 everyday) or an HNS combined with a dairy, a fruit or fruit juice, or a starch. It really helps being able to eat a bar every afternoon since that was the time I would be so fatigued and hungry. Also, you only get 3 oz. of protein with meals instead of 4 and dairy is included with breakfast (love the addition of dairy - now I can have milk in my coffee)

Not sure yet how the weight loss is going to be on this plan for me but I certainly feel better - less cranky!

bigdog
12-03-2011, 10:57 AM
thanks, faerychic for the info on metabalance. from what i read on the metabolic website, metaslim info says you can lose 3-5 lbs/week and the metabalance is 1 to 2 lbs/week. i'm happy with 1 to 2 lbs a week and keeping it off :-) i was "cheating" and having a protein bar after dinner every evening anyway (instead of chocolate ice cream or brownies!! or both!) and alot of times would add fruit to my HNS so guess i was kind of doing the metabalance anyway (but much happier and more likely to stick w/ that plan!) i was also drinking V-8 sometimes on the road if i couldn't get all my veggies in. Ok, cool, i'm in the honeymoon stage again and can't wait to get started on this plan. thanks!

Does red wine count as a fruit? and how many sprays of spray butter before it's actually a calorie? LOL! kidding. one of my silly dogs sees me spraying butter on my lite wheat bread in the am before i sprinkle cinnamon on so now she has to have spray butter on her dog food in the am. spoiled rotten! my pups have really helped me on this diet though.. DH got me a grilled chicken sandwich from Wendy's yesterday, no mayo! and i gave 3/4 of the bun to them...they are much more active then i am :-) and can afford the carbs...

eb102106
12-03-2011, 12:44 PM
This is my second time joining MRC, and I'm excited to be making a change in my life...again. :) I started preconditioning last Sunday and will start meta-slim tomorrow. I know it's a crazy time of year to start, but I figured, why wait?

Glad to have found you guys. You are so encouraging.

camaswa
12-03-2011, 02:15 PM
eb, it is hard time of year to start, but think how much damage you might do if you werent on plan during this time! I just got back from the grocery and here it is only Dec. 3 with temptations jumping out on every aisle. It actually made me kind of mad! No wonder many people gain so much this time of year. So even if you arent perfect over the next month, you will surely be better off than if you had waited till January 1. We all will be :)

camaswa
12-03-2011, 02:22 PM
I just got back from my weigh-in. down 1 teeny but hard-earned pound. I asked about metabalance and picked up the plan. YOGURT!!!! I stopped at Trader joes on the way home and got some. their Greek non-fat is the best: highest protein i have found. In fact, I compared it to cottage cheese and thought - hey, i could have been eating this all along. It was practically identical. Anyway, I didnt fully decide to switch over, but definitely considering it. there have only been 2 times when I have lost more than 2# per week anyway. For me, I think this may be better. I would not have known about this option if not for this board. Once again, yay, you guys!

Tamikl
12-03-2011, 03:34 PM
Well, we all know that everyone is different :) While one plan may work for one person, it may not work for another, so we need to keep this in mind. When I started Meta-slim, I had times of getting hungry, also. When she told me about Metabalance, I got real excited also....but I stopped losing weight on it. It worked more like a "maintanence" for me I think...

Anyway, it did not work for me. Instead, we came up with a game plan on Meta-Slim that would work for my late morning/late afternoon issues with feeling hungry. This has worked (for me) and I am losing weight....I try having a hard-boiled egg at those times, or a cheese stick, or do my creamy HNS at that time. Also, they have "Jello" and it can feel like you are eating something. There are options to try if you find that a particular menu isn't working for you.

I agree, we don't want to be hungry because that will lead to poor choices:(

I found these "Curb Bites" online that aren't real cheap, but have 24 chocolate covered carmels that are totally sugar free, 30 calories, and 400mg of Hoodia in them that are suppose to help with the hunger. Pretty sure these aren't on plan, but I will have those as a treat...(1 per day) and I think they work with curbing my hunger at times and fill that chocolate craving also. Many of MRC supplements contain "Hoodia" also, so probably an ok option....and low calorie...and did I mention delicious?!? :)

Hang in there, ladies :) Have a great weekend...and remember that once we are in maintenance it will be different, but we are all trying to lose weight right now which is a challenge...but a temporary one. If you come across a menu that seems too good to work...it might just be...for your body anyway I am losing weight eating the way I never did before....that is why it is working.

bigdog
12-03-2011, 05:41 PM
I just got back from my weigh-in. down 1 teeny but hard-earned pound. I asked about metabalance and picked up the plan. YOGURT!!!! I stopped at Trader joes on the way home and got some. their Greek non-fat is the best: highest protein i have found. In fact, I compared it to cottage cheese and thought - hey, i could have been eating this all along. It was practically identical. Anyway, I didnt fully decide to switch over, but definitely considering it. there have only been 2 times when I have lost more than 2# per week anyway. For me, I think this may be better. I would not have known about this option if not for this board. Once again, yay, you guys!

Congrats on the 1 lb loss! woo hoo! i'm going tomorrow to get Greek yogurt - it's very high in protein. my sister has lost 36 lbs w/ WW new plan and that is her staple in her diet with the unlimited fruit. i'm looking forward to the additional fruit and yogurt which i have been missing badly! if i don't see a weight loss, then i'll go back to metaslim. but hey, i'll jump on that exercise bike more to have the yogurt!! :-) and more strawberries, blueberries and grapefruit. yum!i didn't gain this weight from having skim milk, fruit or yogurt...it was the carbs, pizza, buffalo wings, unlimited crackers, cheetoes.... :dancer:

camaswa
12-03-2011, 06:37 PM
Tami, those sound like good ideas (the egg or string cheese). I had also thought about just moving 1 ounce of protein from breakfast and lunch to those in-between times, with something like celery or even an HNS. the pure plan says not to move anything around, so i was trying not to, but I do need to try something to even out my energy and blood sugar. You have done really well - an amazing loss: 45 pounds since August?! Wow.

bigdog
12-03-2011, 07:02 PM
Tamiki,
when you mention jello, is that MRC's jello or the sugar free FF jello? i've asked my counselor if i could have some of my protein for a snack in between meals and was told no, that this diet works by combination only and no eating in between. i also asked about SF FF jello and was told no, it wasn't on the plan. i should have asked you guys! way more helpful than my center...and you are successful w/ your weight loss, so it works!

i was also told yesterday by the center that since i don't buy HNSs from them that there is no guarantee of weight loss and my contract is pretty much invalid. no big deal because i saved tons of money ordering from Diet Direct and used my own protein powders and lost weight so all good! just a word of warning, don't tell them you are buying the stuff from somewhere else. i guess they keep track of what you order in your folder, because she looked at the folder and told me she knew i haven't bought anything from them but the Phenatrim (that i didn't use-can't take it) and got suckered into the saliva test. oh well, it is worth it to get the diet plan that works!

faerychic
12-03-2011, 07:50 PM
bigdog - they do keep track of the HSN's & supplements you purchase! I realized that at my weigh in today when the consultant listed off the items I had recently purchased.

So, 1 week on metabalance and I have lost 2.5 pounds. If I can continue with that for a weekly loss I will be a happy loser:p

birdfeet
12-03-2011, 08:00 PM
Tamiki,
when you mention jello, is that MRC's jello or the sugar free FF jello? i've asked my counselor if i could have some of my protein for a snack in between meals and was told no, that this diet works by combination only and no eating in between. i also asked about SF FF jello and was told no, it wasn't on the plan. i should have asked you guys! way more helpful than my center...and you are successful w/ your weight loss, so it works!

i was also told yesterday by the center that since i don't buy HNSs from them that there is no guarantee of weight loss and my contract is pretty much invalid. no big deal because i saved tons of money ordering from Diet Direct and used my own protein powders and lost weight so all good! just a word of warning, don't tell them you are buying the stuff from somewhere else. i guess they keep track of what you order in your folder, because she looked at the folder and told me she knew i haven't bought anything from them but the Phenatrim (that i didn't use-can't take it) and got suckered into the saliva test. oh well, it is worth it to get the diet plan that works!

what did u do with the phenatrim?
They keep telling me wait until I hit my goal then I can read someog the things I have been without. But Have done good so far and hope to continue.

bigdog
12-03-2011, 08:26 PM
bigdog - they do keep track of the HSN's & supplements you purchase! I realized that at my weigh in today when the consultant listed off the items I had recently purchased.

So, 1 week on metabalance and I have lost 2.5 pounds. If I can continue with that for a weekly loss I will be a happy loser:p

way to go!!! i'm really excited to start!! i'm so glad i butted into you and Camaswa's conversation LOL! the greek yogurt will replace the bars i keep sneaking into! and i love fruit. now i can have my 1/2 grapefruit as mid morning snack or mix the strawberries or other frozen fruit w/ the HNS. i have a GE single serve blender so i put the berries, powder and water and blend.
yeah, re: the center, they aren't very happy w/ me because i don't buy anything from them. (they didn't tell me i had to buy them in the beginning and when i attended the food nutrition class a week later, i thought they were going to talk about the food we could eat. the whole class was all about the pills and the selection of HNSs...she described every single one! no discussion about real food. gave everyone an order form and people checked the boxes and she collected credit cards and rang everything up. OMG, i was shocked.) so when i would go in the center, i leave my pocketbook in the car and just weigh in trying to avoid the sales pitch. anyway, it is a great diet and i'm happy w/ it. :-)

bigdog
12-03-2011, 08:33 PM
what did u do with the phenatrim?
They keep telling me wait until I hit my goal then I can read someog the things I have been without. But Have done good so far and hope to continue.

i still have it...maybe i'll try taking it on the weekend or something but can't take it when i'm working...makes me too nervous.. gosh, every time i go in they try to sell me pills. just this past week, i lost .5 lb (was on vacation) and she said i should buy the fat and carb blocker. i've lost 26 inches but she keeps pushing cortitrim - every single time, they suggest pills. never exercise, food suggestions...sorry, don't mean to be negative! it would be the absolute perfect plan if the sales people didn't make commission on the products they sell then i would feel like they really cared about me...
but i have learned alot so i tune out the stuff i don't like...

teacherlady79
12-03-2011, 09:13 PM
Tamiki,
when you mention jello, is that MRC's jello or the sugar free FF jello? i've asked my counselor if i could have some of my protein for a snack in between meals and was told no, that this diet works by combination only and no eating in between. i also asked about SF FF jello and was told no, it wasn't on the plan. i should have asked you guys! way more helpful than my center...and you are successful w/ your weight loss, so it works!



I was told by my center (after I asked because of afternoon hunger) that I could have sugar-free Jello cups, but had to limit to 1 per day (preferably only a couple of times a week, rather than every day.

nwcgina
12-03-2011, 11:23 PM
Hello all. I made it through my two Christmas parties in less than 24 hours...not a single bite of cookies, goodies, bread, potatoes...I did soooo good. It really doesn't matter what the scale says tomorrow, I stayed OP and in the long haul it will help!

I'm doing metaslim & since its working I'm sticking with it (oh, I would loooove some greek yogurt or fruit,,,but I should be to maintenance by spring, I can wait). I do sometimes get hungry between meals, so in the morning between meals I usually have a creamy and in the afternoon I have a clear HNS mixed with diet rite or the walmart flavored sparking water (if I know I won't have time in the afternoon, I do it for lunch).

patzi
12-04-2011, 07:48 AM
Hello all. I made it through my two Christmas parties in less than 24 hours...not a single bite of cookies, goodies, bread, potatoes...I did soooo good. It really doesn't matter what the scale says tomorrow, I stayed OP and in the long haul it will help!

I'm doing metaslim & since its working I'm sticking with it (oh, I would loooove some greek yogurt or fruit,,,but I should be to maintenance by spring, I can wait). I do sometimes get hungry between meals, so in the morning between meals I usually have a creamy and in the afternoon I have a clear HNS mixed with diet rite or the walmart flavored sparking water (if I know I won't have time in the afternoon, I do it for lunch).

Hi
I was on Meta Slim before going on maintenance.. You be proud of yourself for stayng on program for two parties in less than 24 hours.. You did so well, I am happy for you.. I will be going to two parties within two days this coming weekend and plan on not gaining any weight.

You said it does MATTER. That is the key.. You are on target and focused and for that you deserve an applause..


Patzi

camaswa
12-04-2011, 10:19 AM
Argree with Patzi! Getting through those parties OP is a huge accomplishment. What the scale may or may not reflect right away is not the point here. Because you know in the long run it will reflect your determination and good choices you made.

I try and try not to let the scale rule me. It's so easy for that to become our reward - or our punishment - because I have thought it as punishment for being "bad" I would avoid it and go into denial. I am impressed by how Patzi uses it as information to help her learn which foods and behaviors result in gains.

bigdog
12-04-2011, 10:30 AM
Hello all. I made it through my two Christmas parties in less than 24 hours...not a single bite of cookies, goodies, bread, potatoes...I did soooo good. It really doesn't matter what the scale says tomorrow, I stayed OP and in the long haul it will help!

I'm doing metaslim & since its working I'm sticking with it (oh, I would loooove some greek yogurt or fruit,,,but I should be to maintenance by spring, I can wait). I do sometimes get hungry between meals, so in the morning between meals I usually have a creamy and in the afternoon I have a clear HNS mixed with diet rite or the walmart flavored sparking water (if I know I won't have time in the afternoon, I do it for lunch).

that's fantastic Gina! i went to a Christmas party friday night and they had white chili (chicken, northern beans) so had that w/ lots of chopped up green onions. would have been nice of them to have a veggie tray available for me to munch on (haha!) had one small homemade chocolate (very unusual for me - im a chocoholic for real!)
i've been doing this plan since August so ready for a change and a little more variety. but if i stop losing, i'll definitely go back to Metaslim. my friend lost 25 lbs on Metabalance and reached her goal weight, actually is 5 lbs under her goal and has stuck w/ it and kept it off. she travels alot for her job so even more challenging to stick w/ this plan but she has succeeded. i'm going to check w the center also re: the Greek yogurt...it's the same nutritional value as cottage cheese and some brands have an even higher protein count so that's good. Thanks for sharing! it's funny but i'll be at an event and will think about what you guys are posting - that you stayed on plan and i'll be like, i can do this!!! i can have that dessert later after i've reached my goal...if i still want it.

1bighog
12-04-2011, 11:48 AM
This is my second time joining MRC, and I'm excited to be making a change in my life...again. :) I started preconditioning last Sunday and will start meta-slim tomorrow. I know it's a crazy time of year to start, but I figured, why wait? Glad to have found you guys. You are so encouraging.
Welcome! It is a crazy time of year to join but you know what? It's worth it. My sis thought I was bananas for starting 2 weeks before Thanksgiving and I told her, "I could be down 10 pounds by Thanksgiving." And you know what? I WAS! You can do this.


i was also told yesterday by the center that since i don't buy HNSs from them that there is no guarantee of weight loss and my contract is pretty much invalid. no big deal because i saved tons of money ordering from Diet Direct and used my own protein powders and lost weight so all good! just a word of warning, don't tell them you are buying the stuff from somewhere else. i guess they keep track of what you order in your folder, because she looked at the folder and told me she knew i haven't bought anything from them but the Phenatrim (that i didn't use-can't take it) and got suckered into the saliva test. oh well, it is worth it to get the diet plan that works!
It voids your contract if you don't buy from them? Whoa. So what, are they going to tell you not to come back? But yeah, they do keep track.


bigdog - they do keep track of the HSN's & supplements you purchase! I realized that at my weigh in today when the consultant listed off the items I had recently purchased.
They ask me if I need anything while I'm consulting with them and they write it down right there so that they can go to the back and get it.


Hello all. I made it through my two Christmas parties in less than 24 hours...not a single bite of cookies, goodies, bread, potatoes...I did soooo good. It really doesn't matter what the scale says tomorrow, I stayed OP and in the long haul it will help!
You. Are. Amazing. :)


I went a little bonkers this weekend. I ate 4 (!!!!) chocolate chip cookies Friday night. My kids had friends over so I made some and couldn't stay away! Then last night I had 2 glasses of wine...my bf and I get together a weekend before Christmas and I wrap all our presents (I love doing that and she hates it) and she makes all the bows (I suck at bows) and we usually share a couple of bottles. Well, last night we only shared 1 bottle. I seem to be up about a pound, but I'm glad it's not more than that.

patzi
12-04-2011, 11:57 AM
I checked with my center about voiding contract if you do not buy from them. I was told you have to buy the HNS as that is part of the diet.. Anything else many people cannot afford and center has to work with you.

Patzi

bigdog
12-04-2011, 12:22 PM
regarding buying the HNSs from the center, i wasn't told that when i signed the contract. i told the #1 consultant that i would be using my own protein powder (buy it in bulk) and she said that was ok. so when i went to the food instruction class i told her that and #2 consultant said that was incorrect information and she was going to talk to #1. she told me i was supposed to have 4 HNSs a day. i calculated at 5 boxes at $55 (7 per box) that would be $1.57 per HNS x 4 per day $6.29 per day at 30 days - $188.70 per month in addition to the $300 i paid for 17 weeks. they also recommended me buying all the pills- another $100 per month. so i went back to #1 that signed me up and asked if i should discontinue the program and get my money back and she said no that she'd put some notes in my folder so i wouldnt be harassed. so when i go in, i try just to talk to #1 :-) but if #2 gets hold of me, OMG, she'll make comments like..if you took the pills, if you did our vitamins, did our HNSs...blah blah blah.
Anyway, I love this diet and it's been worth every penny because i'm losing weight and feel great! and if they hadn't been so pushy (#2, #3, #4) i would even buy some of the HNSs from them. i've saved tons of money on groceries, eat less! :-), don't buy desserts and all those tv dinners anymore and we don't go out to eat like we used to or eat all the fast food. now my pantry has big bottles of protein powder, different flavors! :-) Protidiet Pink Lemonade (large container)and the Syntrax Chocolate Truffle (3/4 scoop so it's 70 cal) are my daily HNSs. no big deal about the guarantee..just wanted you guys to know not to volunteer that info to the center...

teacherlady79
12-04-2011, 12:48 PM
Not using their HNS voids your contract, but not like a "you can't do the diet anymore" voiding.

The way it was explained when I signed my contract is that the contract is basically a guarantee of a specific amount of weight loss if you follow the diet as described in the contract--to a "T." If you hold up your end of the contract but do not lose the promised amount of weight, you are eligible for free re-enrollments until you do lose the weight.

If your contract is "voided" because you are cheating on the plan, not doing what you're supposed to be/told to be doing, or not using their HNSs, it just means that you can't come back and demand additional free weeks when you don't make your goal at the end of the contract. Regardless, you paid for a service for a period of time, and they will honor that whether you buy their HNS or not.

No big deal, unless you were planning on trying for additional free weeks on the grounds that you did everything perfectly and you still didn't meet your goal.

nwcgina
12-04-2011, 02:33 PM
The only thing that is killing me today that we got FOUR(!) boxes of fannie mae candies for gifts at the 2 parties (one was a work party, one was family but my husband works for his family and my nephew got grandpa and grandma to buy lots of boxes:) I put three of them in our garage freezer and told DH if he wants them to hide them. My question for those on maintenance...when I get to maintenance, will I be able to have a piece of Fannie Mae?? :) I don't want the whole box...I'd go for one chocolate a week. But if I can't have it, they will be regifted (my husband will eat everything but the mint meltaways...my favorite). I'm married to one of those "can eat everything but the kitchen sink and still stay at a healthy weight" guys...luckily he does like to eat fruits and veggies with me and was SOOOOOOOOO supportive this weekend when people were offering to send food home with us he's like "we're not having that at our house". I think he likes his changing wife, though he won't admit it;)

the one thing I did try that I'm not sure is OP is ostrich pate on celery and some other exotic meat pate...my brother in law had been in Madagascar for several months and got it on his way home. Had to try it. Just a bite:) I read the ingredients and it was basically the meat and a little oil.

I'm starting an envelope of "svelte clothing" money (I tend to get money/gift cards from a few different people)...was going to call it "skinny" or "thin" clothes...but neither of those will describe me. I like svelte.

teacherlady79
12-04-2011, 03:01 PM
The only thing that is killing me today that we got FOUR(!) boxes of fannie mae candies for gifts at the 2 parties (one was a work party, one was family but my husband works for his family and my nephew got grandpa and grandma to buy lots of boxes:) I put three of them in our garage freezer and told DH if he wants them to hide them. My question for those on maintenance...when I get to maintenance, will I be able to have a piece of Fannie Mae?? :) I don't want the whole box...I'd go for one chocolate a week. But if I can't have it, they will be regifted (my husband will eat everything but the mint meltaways...my favorite).

Yes, on maintenance I will indulge sometimes. A treat here and there (like a piece of chocolate every week) is fine. You learn that sometimes you have to compensate--whether by cutting something else out or exercising a little more--but it's worth it. :)

This reminded me of last year... I had bought a box of Russell Stover candy for my secretary, and it was a BOGO deal. So, I got the second box and planned to use it for a family gift exchange. Except it didn't make it. I opened up the box of truffles "Just to have one." I ate 4 all at once, and realized I needed to get rid of it. I opened the box, shook the candies into the trash can (so they'd get mixed in with the nasty stuff in the trash) and then smashed the box down on top. I was worried I might try to go back after them if I didn't smash them into the yucky stuff in the trash, lol. I was very proud that--even though I ate 4 of those candies instead of just one--I was able to stop myself and get rid of them.

bigdog
12-04-2011, 04:02 PM
Yes, on maintenance I will indulge sometimes. A treat here and there (like a piece of chocolate every week) is fine. You learn that sometimes you have to compensate--whether by cutting something else out or exercising a little more--but it's worth it. :)

This reminded me of last year... I had bought a box of Russell Stover candy for my secretary, and it was a BOGO deal. So, I got the second box and planned to use it for a family gift exchange. Except it didn't make it. I opened up the box of truffles "Just to have one." I ate 4 all at once, and realized I needed to get rid of it. I opened the box, shook the candies into the trash can (so they'd get mixed in with the nasty stuff in the trash) and then smashed the box down on top. I was worried I might try to go back after them if I didn't smash them into the yucky stuff in the trash, lol. I was very proud that--even though I ate 4 of those candies instead of just one--I was able to stop myself and get rid of them.

that is too funny - i was just telling my DH a story about this friend of mine throwing away a cake she didn't want to be tempted with and because it was on the top of the trash, she still was tempted, so took coffee grounds and threw on top...was still tempted!!! so tied up the bag and threw it in the big super can. i've given cookies, candy, etc. to my neighbors to get it out of the house...this is probably a huge no no, but what about for every 3 lbs you lose, you can have one piece of candy :-) ok, guys don't yell at me!! i usually send my family homemade chocolate from a local candy store but one sister has recently lost 36 lbs and still wearing baggy clothes. her gift will be a tighter pair of pants she can show off in :-)

Gina, my husband used to cook ostrich and emu all the time at this restaurant in VA where they served alot of wild game. it's very lean so actually that's a great choice. the free range veal was excellent (red not white..not sure if they have that in SC) i like your svelte clothing idea...sounds like a great reward plan too...for every pound lost, put some money in the envelope...just for you!
just got back from grocery store and i'm stocked w/ my on plan foods!! yay

Teacherlady, you are right but at the time no. 2 consultant was saying i couldn't do the program at all without buying the HNSs, but we got it straightened out :-) this program has really taught me to read labels. i used to drink Slim Fast or eat Fiber One bars thinking all that stuff was high protein...not at all and they just made me hungry! that's my fave part about this diet, i'm never hungry. but i do wish i could find some better recipes... would love a good recipe for vegetable soup on plan....

i did buy some jello, SF, FF that i'm going to make and put my allowed fruit in it and have for lunch. the jello is only 10 calories, no sugar or carbs... strawberry jello w/ strawberries fixed for tomorrow :-) i've made green jello before and put strawberries in and my DH kept throwing it away thinking it was something that went horribly bad. (it was like purple green color) haha!

nwcgina
12-04-2011, 08:38 PM
teacherlady-Thanks...I'll keep them hidden behind meat and veggies in the garage freezer until I'm on maintenance:) Once I hit my goal weight (or maybe once I get close) I'm going to add back in more working out...training for a 5 K, maybe a 10 K and for sure a sprint triathlon...so I'll put the piece of chocolate on a long run day. I don't mind working out a little more for a little treat...but previous to MRC I did that too much:)

bigdog-It wasn't a "great" soup recipe, but the other day I used the protein chicken boullian, 4 oz cooked chicken breast, and sauteed peppers. Different but I thought it was tasty. It was evening so I crunched up my melba toast and put it in there. This week I'm going to try some other veggies in it...I'm making the family chicken noodle (or it may be turkey noodle).

bigdog
12-04-2011, 08:47 PM
teacherlady-Thanks...I'll keep them hidden behind meat and veggies in the garage freezer until I'm on maintenance:) Once I hit my goal weight (or maybe once I get close) I'm going to add back in more working out...training for a 5 K, maybe a 10 K and for sure a sprint triathlon...so I'll put the piece of chocolate on a long run day. I don't mind working out a little more for a little treat...but previous to MRC I did that too much:)

bigdog-It wasn't a "great" soup recipe, but the other day I used the protein chicken boullian, 4 oz cooked chicken breast, and sauteed peppers. Different but I thought it was tasty. It was evening so I crunched up my melba toast and put it in there. This week I'm going to try some other veggies in it...I'm making the family chicken noodle (or it may be turkey noodle).

thanks, i've done the protein chicken bouillon w/ chicken, green beans, green onions and 1/4 cup kidney beans (for dinner) - i added cayenne pepper and cracked black pepper. it was ok....i couldn't think of what other veggies to add... i bought the protein cream of mushroom soup and tried to eat that w/ just green beans.. yuck! maybe i can add mushrooms and chicken to that w/ green onions.... i do love the protein chicken noodle by itself...

camaswa
12-04-2011, 09:17 PM
To Gina: this week i had a dinner out with my ad agency - they really like to do it up, cocktails, wine, etc. After it was all over they gave me a Christmas present: CHOCOLATES. Beautiful, handmade chocolates, packaged like little jewels. I weaved my way on to the train, where they kept calling my name: Camaswa, we know you want us... and yes, I ate two but when I got to my stop, I tossed the rest in the trash. Sad but true. I looked for a homeless guy to give them to, but for once didnt see any!

nwcgina
12-04-2011, 09:23 PM
camaswa-Sad, but what you had to do. Good for you for doing that!!

Tamikl
12-04-2011, 10:01 PM
Tami, those sound like good ideas (the egg or string cheese). I had also thought about just moving 1 ounce of protein from breakfast and lunch to those in-between times, with something like celery or even an HNS. the pure plan says not to move anything around, so i was trying not to, but I do need to try something to even out my energy and blood sugar. You have done really well - an amazing loss: 45 pounds since August?! Wow.

I have actually been on MRC since May...on this board since August:) The jello I was referring to was MRC's jello HNS. I move food items around too....mainly my fruit from lunch I will have later afternoon to curb appetite tip dinner. I am like you...needed to eat more frequently:)

bigdog
12-04-2011, 10:25 PM
Tis the season for parties and events that are all centered around eating and drinking cocktails! last week, a football party that i skipped that's highlight according to the host was fried shrimp, etc and chocolate cake... Fri.- Downtown was blocked off for party and all the stores were offering free wine and cheese, fudge.., Sat. - Boat parade w/ tailgating parties, today Christmas parade and my friends were drinking champagne and cooking out - and it's the first weekend of DEC!!!! i missed Sat. and Sun. events and people were texting me if i was ok and asking if i was sick... i haven't told anyone i'm on this diet~ taking it day by day! i'll still go out but just realizing how many events i've been to in the past that are centered around food and drink...

teacherlady79
12-04-2011, 11:34 PM
Tis the season for parties and events that are all centered around eating and drinking cocktails! last week, a football party that i skipped that's highlight according to the host was fried shrimp, etc and chocolate cake... Fri.- Downtown was blocked off for party and all the stores were offering free wine and cheese, fudge.., Sat. - Boat parade w/ tailgating parties, today Christmas parade and my friends were drinking champagne and cooking out - and it's the first weekend of DEC!!!! i missed Sat. and Sun. events and people were texting me if i was ok and asking if i was sick... i haven't told anyone i'm on this diet~ taking it day by day! i'll still go out but just realizing how many events i've been to in the past that are centered around food and drink...

Yes, that was a bit difficult for me, as well. I kind of shunned a lot of those things when I was on the diet because I knew I couldn't handle the temptation. But once I went on maintenance, I wanted to go back to being more social.

It's been tough, but I'm learning how to control myself at those things. One thing that helps me is to just stay the heck away from the food. I'll have one glass of wine and maybe a bite of something here or there (usually I ask my husband or a friend to just split something with me, or to get it for themselves and just give me a bite), and then STOP and make sure I move to a different room from the food (if possible). Also, I adjust what I eat the day before and after (usually lower-fat and less carb servings than usual), and try to drink extra water and throw in some extra exercise that week. As my consultant told me when I went on maintenance: "From here on out, you just have to remember 'calorie in, calorie out' in order to keep the weight off."

Also, it really helps when you've lost a lot of weight and everyone notices and makes comments about how great you look, what did you do to lose it, etc. ;) It made me realize that they're now watching what/how much I eat, and it helps me be more conscious of what I'm eating and what it'll do to me.

JenB72
12-05-2011, 07:41 AM
Hey, all! Back in Michigan on business. Hopefully for the last time. I have control over all meals, except lunch. With any luck, they'll offer choices like last time.

Have a great OP day!

bigdog
12-05-2011, 09:45 AM
decided to stick w/ the Meta Slim plan...reading over the Meta Balance again seems like it's too much food (for me) (the calories are approx 1300 MB vs. the approx 1000 on MS) i know my body needs more protein so i don't want to cut that out. i am going to have the Greek Yogurt for a protein though probably w/ lunch mixed with my fruit. and maybe a 1/2 cup for a snack w/ vanilla extract or splenda/cinnamon if i'm really hungry. here's the nutritional value (i couldn't believe it!!! - the protein count is incredible)

Chocani Greek Yogurt Plain Non-fat
8 oz, 140 cal., 0 fat, 105 sodium, carbs 9 g, 0 fiber, sugars 9g, PROTEIN 23G

i also made SF FF Strawberry Jello last night (10 cal) and added strawberries and 1/4 cup Greek yogurt. i make jello according to instructions and then put all in blender to make more of a mousse. instead of a protein bar with 15 g. protein and 25 G. carbs!, i'll have the jello...
not really on plan but i didn't gain this weight from eating jello or a few strawberries - the CARBS did me in... this will wean me off the high carb bars :-)

1bighog
12-05-2011, 11:49 AM
What is the matter with me??? I blew my diet this weekend. Cookies on Friday night, half bottle of wine Saturday night, then last night I went off the edge and made a copycat of Olive Garden's chicken gnocchi soup. At least I did stay on program for all breakfasts and lunches, but I don't understand why I sabotage myself like that. I think it's the weather; I get a little down this time of year and I hate cold weather. We had snow predicted for today and although it didn't come, I just wanted comfort food.

Well, I'm back on track, but I feel...heavy from the weekend. Not weighing in today!!

Tamikl
12-05-2011, 12:34 PM
Try not to be too hard on yourself :) I can relate...I think we all can. When we make that mistake, seems easier to just keep screwing up LOL That is why you just get right back on track...like you are doing! "One Day at a Time!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

nwcgina
12-05-2011, 01:53 PM
Today I am HUNGRY!! Had an extra egg at lunch so hopefully that will take care of it. Most days I can stay satisfied, especially if I am busy...but not today. I did do a Jillian Michaels Kettlebell workout this morning, so that could be why.

rachels77
12-05-2011, 02:48 PM
Congrats to everyone on the weight loss! I did okay over Thanksgiving, although I did do Black Friday, which put me at 1 1/2 hours of sleep! Ack! That usually has an impact on me, but I lost 4 lbs. So, I'm down just a little over 40 pounds since August.

You're right on the plan... it does work and, for me, has been fairly easy to follow. I DID have a little piece of my mom's homemade fudge (yummy), but adjusted somewhere else to make sure I was was convered.

I think a big part of it is changing the way I think about food... I didn't realize until this year how much of our family's social activities revolved around food! Also, I noticed just how bad I used to eat... This year, instead of thinking "I CAN'T have that"... I tried to adjust my thinking to "it's not the best for me."

Hopefully this month will go better... We have my birthday, anniversary, and Christmas all in the same week!

Giggles0312
12-05-2011, 04:43 PM
Whew I got my saliva test results back last week and my progesterone was the biggest concern since it was the lowest. Told me I need to get a cream that I would use for about two week. Told them I had to come off something else in order for my to use their recommended product. They suggested MrC6 but want me to stay on the Phentratrim and Corti-Trim (to help deal with my cortisal levels). Any suggestion or notes on this aspect??

Thanks to a recommendation (sorry cant remember you name ;( ) I switch to all concentrates and left the powder behind due to the after taste I could bear any longer!

Any good tips for eating at Mexican resteraunts?? I have a company dinner there in 2 weeks! I appreciate it!

Jennifer

ynapier
12-05-2011, 04:51 PM
I have been feeling pretty crumby lately. I went home early from work Friday and was in bed most of the day Saturday. When I went to WI today I was expecting a large number. It had been a week since I last weighted. Well it was 2 pounds down. I'm happy about it but wanted more. I think Saturday killed me becuase I didn't feel like eating so didn't eat much at all. I didn't get all my water in either. I was about 20 ounces short. I am staying OP this week to reach my Christmas goal of being down 40 pounds.

patzi
12-05-2011, 05:27 PM
Whew I got my saliva test results back last week and my progesterone was the biggest concern since it was the lowest. Told me I need to get a cream that I would use for about two week. Told them I had to come off something else in order for my to use their recommended product. They suggested MrC6 but want me to stay on the Phentratrim and Corti-Trim (to help deal with my cortisal levels). Any suggestion or notes on this aspect??

Thanks to a recommendation (sorry cant remember you name ;( ) I switch to all concentrates and left the powder behind due to the after taste I could bear any longer!

Any good tips for eating at Mexican resteraunts?? I have a company dinner there in 2 weeks! I appreciate it!

Jennifer

Jennifer..
I am a registered nurse, and all I can tell you,MRC consultants are not medical people.. Before I start taking this and that for progesterone, I would call my doctor's office , or GYN if you have one and get their suggestions on this.. Progesterone and cortisol levels to me should be determined by a medical person. Now, this is my own opinion.. Others may disagree with me, but just thought I would bring it up.The choice is yours. I don't want you to think I am interferring , just giving you an opinion.

For Mexican Restaurant... They offer grilled chicken, steak and shrimp. Order your meat on the side with a grilled veggie or salad. At dinner a small side of black beans can be substituted for your bread. When ordering salads omit the
fried tortilla shell.. In general you want to avoid: sour cream, salsa, guacamole, rice, olives and chips..
Example.. Grilled chicken salad, add extra tomatoes, leave off anything not on program, and if at dinner,add black beans..
This is information the I had received from MRC.. Hope this helps you.
Patzi

Giggles0312
12-05-2011, 07:22 PM
Jennifer..
I am a registered nurse, and all I can tell you,MRC consultants are not medical people.. Before I start taking this and that for progesterone, I would call my doctor's office , or GYN if you have one and get their suggestions on this.. Progesterone and cortisol levels to me should be determined by a medical person. Now, this is my own opinion.. Others may disagree with me, but just thought I would bring it up.The choice is yours. I don't want you to think I am interferring , just giving you an opinion.

For Mexican Restaurant... They offer grilled chicken, steak and shrimp. Order your meat on the side with a grilled veggie or salad. At dinner a small side of black beans can be substituted for your bread. When ordering salads omit the
fried tortilla shell.. In general you want to avoid: sour cream, salsa, guacamole, rice, olives and chips..
Example.. Grilled chicken salad, add extra tomatoes, leave off anything not on program, and if at dinner,add black beans..
This is information the I had received from MRC.. Hope this helps you.
Patzi

Patzi,
Thank you very much that helped a lot!! I am gonna stop MRC here soon and not going to add anything until the new year I am going to go in for a full blood work panels to make sure all is good and see what the Dr. says about this weight plan. I like the protein diet mixed with regular food, This is teaching me a better habit and a better way to think about my food habits. Also, thank you for the lovely suggestions on what and how to order the food!!! I appreciate it very much!

Jennifer

teacherlady79
12-05-2011, 10:00 PM
Jennifer..
I am a registered nurse, and all I can tell you,MRC consultants are not medical people.. Before I start taking this and that for progesterone, I would call my doctor's office , or GYN if you have one and get their suggestions on this.. Progesterone and cortisol levels to me should be determined by a medical person. Now, this is my own opinion.. Others may disagree with me, but just thought I would bring it up.The choice is yours. I don't want you to think I am interferring , just giving you an opinion.

For Mexican Restaurant... They offer grilled chicken, steak and shrimp. Order your meat on the side with a grilled veggie or salad. At dinner a small side of black beans can be substituted for your bread. When ordering salads omit the
fried tortilla shell.. In general you want to avoid: sour cream, salsa, guacamole, rice, olives and chips..
Example.. Grilled chicken salad, add extra tomatoes, leave off anything not on program, and if at dinner,add black beans..
This is information the I had received from MRC.. Hope this helps you.
Patzi

Listen to Patzi, she is wise. :)

I avoided all MRC supplements other than the protein drink supplements (until the very end of my plan, I did phentatrim for about 1 month). You can lose the weight without all of their "extras." Not only that, but messing with hormone levels/supplements without a blood test always seemed kinda sketchy to me. I wouldn't trust a saliva test alone, and I certainly wouldn't trust not-medically-trained personnel to read & interpret the tests correctly.

Also, Patzi had good suggestions for the Mexican restaurant. I've also done chicken or steak fajitas minus the onions, or a carne asada plate with salad or veggies instead of rice.

patzi
12-06-2011, 10:29 AM
Hi...
I had maintenance weigh in and lost 1 pound, bringing me to 6 pounds under goal.. I was hoping to do this, as of the two parties I have Fr nite & Sat. If I had not, that would have been ok, also, but have plenty of wiggle room.

I stayed OP with the green menu from Meta Slim.. Green menu is a good one, plenty of food, and it kept me satisfied. I will stay on green menu thru Thursday and see how I do at the two parties.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day and a great weigh in.

Patzi

camaswa
12-06-2011, 11:00 AM
1bighog- that's the million dollar question, isn't it? Why do we sabotage ourselves? I think it Is so important to keep asking. Have you heard of HALT: hungry, angry, lonely, tired? Any of these can push us off program. As can boredom, wanting to fit in, being unassertive about our own needs. It's a big big question.

Ynapier- I will join you: 5 pounds by Christmas! That seems like a great goal, considering the holidays!

I'm on the first day of my biz trip. Did MetaQuick for the travel day and if worked out great. Those shakes are more filling than I had thought they would be. I did have an extra - a bar- simply because I was bored and everyone else was snacking while waiting for the flight. It did make me notice how badly people eat when traveling. You get so tired and bored with the waiting around ...

Today I'm having the shakes and HNSs till dinner. So glad I brought them!

Fluffy in Florida
12-06-2011, 11:50 AM
Patzi,
Thank you very much that helped a lot!! I am gonna stop MRC here soon and not going to add anything until the new year I am going to go in for a full blood work panels to make sure all is good and see what the Dr. says about this weight plan. Jennifer

Good idea on going to the Doc. I did the saliva test (we won't go there as to why lol) and was amazed at the results. Every low etc....buy this cream it will help, the whole nine yards. Went to doc and got the full workup and the test was actually accurate (however would not have added anything until doc told me that) So now I have a script for cream and am changing from premarin to bio-identical hormones. I feel better already but still have some tweeking to do before the levels are right. I'm with Patzi...if I'm taking medicine for stuff like this then the person prescribing the meds is going to have the degree to back it up. Good luck!!

faerychic
12-06-2011, 12:14 PM
camaswa & ynapier: Include me on the 5 pounds lost by Christmas! Maybe this will help me get off my buns to get some exercise. I had planned on walking during my lunch hour but the temperature has been in single digits here the last few days - brrrrr!

Also, what is Meta quick? is this something you do after you eat off plan or a plateau breaker? (I did Slim4life/Slimgenics 4 years ago and the plans are similar - just wondering if MRC has plateau breakers and a "reboot" after eating off plan.

rachels77
12-06-2011, 12:35 PM
Hey, Giggles -

I have eaten a few times at a Mexican restaurant... I always do a clean HNS while everyone is enjoying chips and salsa. I take the fat/carb blocker and then have a grilled chicken taco salad (no sour cream or guacamole or onions). It usually has some green peppers and onions sauteed into the mixture. I also have them add extra tomato and lettuce and take about 1/4 of the taco shell as bread... not ideal, but I'm not a big beans fan.

I'd love to lose 5 lbs by Christmas!

Giggles0312
12-06-2011, 01:39 PM
Hey, Giggles -

I have eaten a few times at a Mexican restaurant... I always do a clean HNS while everyone is enjoying chips and salsa. I take the fat/carb blocker and then have a grilled chicken taco salad (no sour cream or guacamole or onions). It usually has some green peppers and onions sauteed into the mixture. I also have them add extra tomato and lettuce and take about 1/4 of the taco shell as bread... not ideal, but I'm not a big beans fan.

I'd love to lose 5 lbs by Christmas!

Rachels77,

That is a good idea doing the HNS drink while every one is snacking, it will st least occupy my hands for the time! What type of Fat/Carb blockers does every one use? I have seen that mentioned a few times. Also what does everyone use for for a weight tracker program online/phone?

Jennifer:hug:

JenB72
12-06-2011, 03:28 PM
Back from my trip and I stayed 100% OP!!!! I'm actually proud of myself. And, I think this is my last trip for a long time. Woohoo!

Over the weekend, two major things. First, I had to have my wedding rings re-sized...Again! I think in about 10 pounds, I will have to a have a final re-sizing, because they are still a little loose, but the next size down was a bit tight. Second, I bought a couple of fabulous dresses for my "After" pictures. I was almost in tears right there in the dressing room. They were size 8 dresses (Calvin Klein on clearance, no less) and they were a little loose on me! I would have gotten a size six in each, but they didn't have them. I still don't think my brain has caught up with my body, because looking at the dresses, I thought I would have to go back out and get 10's or 12's. They just looked so small. Turns out, I needed 6's. Me?! A 6?! I'm still amazed.

Hang in there, ladies! Just stick with it and you will be at your goal before you know it!

Giggles0312
12-06-2011, 03:35 PM
Back from my trip and I stayed 100% OP!!!! I'm actually proud of myself. And, I think this is my last trip for a long time. Woohoo!

Over the weekend, two major things. First, I had to have my wedding rings re-sized...Again! I think in about 10 pounds, I will have to a have a final re-sizing, because they are still a little loose, but the next size down was a bit tight. Second, I bought a couple of fabulous dresses for my "After" pictures. I was almost in tears right there in the dressing room. They were size 8 dresses (Calvin Klein on clearance, no less) and they were a little loose on me! I would have gotten a size six in each, but they didn't have them. I still don't think my brain has caught up with my body, because looking at the dresses, I thought I would have to go back out and get 10's or 12's. They just looked so small. Turns out, I needed 6's. Me?! A 6?! I'm still amazed.

Hang in there, ladies! Just stick with it and you will be at your goal before you know it!
JenB72,

WOW that is incredible! I am so happy for you! I just hope with the same determination that I can be just as successful as you have become with you size. Congrats!! :)

bigdog
12-06-2011, 04:17 PM
Way TO GO Jen!!! woo hoo! that's fantastic! i think sometimes we don't expect the tremendous change and when it happens are kind of shocked. i am still pulling clothes from the closet that i haven't been able to get in for a few years and i can wear them. i do a little dance in the mirror each time, then run out in the living room and parade in front of my DH, like Looky here! he just laughs and says, looking good, doll! now please move out in front of the TV - haha. he's really proud and i think a little shocked i've stuck w/ it this long :-) i got him on the scales yesterday and he's lost 15 lbs too. but he did eat like 5 tacos last night after he weighed in. (high metabolism!! men suck!) i had 1/2 shell, tons of lettuce and cukes, 4 oz lean beef...
and a Chocolate Truffle HNS for dessert :-)

Jennifer...i use myfitnesspal to track online and love it! they have everything, restaurant meals, our protein bars, shakes, etc. you can customize your daily quotas for the protein, fat, carbs too and it keeps track for you. those guys also have a great blog site and have some pretty good advice...well sometimes! haha i set it at 1100 cal., carb 20% (55g), protein 60% (165g), fat 20% (24g) i guess i figured it out right...

Jen, we want to see your After Pictures!!! and your tiny size 6 new dress!!

camaswa & ynapier - count me in - 5 lbs before Christmas - before i sneak away with my DH and furry children to Florida for holiday! 21 days - 5 lbs. - we can do it!

JenB72
12-06-2011, 04:31 PM
Thanks! The crazy thing was my weight went up by 1/2 pound, but they said it was because I literally just got off a plane. I didn't know that flying causes water retention. It's probably something that everyone but me knew. LOL Anyway, they said, it should all be good by Friday's weigh in and not to stress about it. Quite frankly, knowing I was 100% OP, it was the first time I really didn't give too much credence to the scale. I know I rocked it the past few days. :)

camaswa
12-06-2011, 04:31 PM
JenB - I am on day 2 of a 5 day biz trip. It's getting tedious and there are snacks and candy all over the place. I just poured a cup of tea and stepped out to squirt an HNS in it. I was starting to want the candy till I snuck a peek at my iPhone and saw your message. JenB did it, I thought, so can you. Thats my mantra for the rest of this trip.

How incredible about your dress!!! What was your starting size? Imagine: size 6!

teacherlady79
12-06-2011, 05:59 PM
JenB72-- That is awesome! I do the same thing when I'm shopping, too--I grab sizes that I *think* I should fit into, and it turns out they're too big. That's definitely new for me!


Also what does everyone use for for a weight tracker program online/phone?


I use livestrong.com. I like how I can track everything in one place, it's food database is huge (including restaurants), and the charts/graphs/data it produces is really helpful to look at my patterns of eating + weight loss/gain. Also, it gives me a little pie chart every day that breaks down the % of carbs, fat, and protein I've eaten--which is really helpful in keeping my carb intake in check.

patzi
12-06-2011, 06:42 PM
Jen...
That is just awesome.... I am so happy for you.. You are an inspiration to this group. Isn't it wonderful having rings resized.. I had it done 2x and it felt good each time.. And a size 6, that is just a thrill... And ladies, I agree with Jen.. It is so worth it and you will be at your goal before you know it. Just stick with the program.

Jen... I am in a size 6. Can't believe it but I am, so for this holiday season, I bought myself some new dress clothes for the parties coming up and I will wear one for NY Eve... I am really excited..

Camaswa..
Delighted Jen inspired you. You can do it. I know you can..

Patzi

JenB72
12-06-2011, 09:32 PM
camaswa - Traveling and having so many temptations is anything but easy. I just had to have tunnel vision. Case in point, last night I didn't get to dinner until 9:15. And believe me, that menu was tempting. Then reality kicked in and I slammed it shut. I was not about to blow it so when the waitress came over, I ordered my grilled chicken salad. As for starting size, I was an 18 after my daughter was born.

teacherlady - That is something I guess I'm going to have to deal with for a while. LOL I guess it's a good problem to have. ;)

Patzi - Thank you (and teacherlady too!) for being an inspiration to me. Knowing that others got to maintenance makes me want to get there even more. Less than 10 pounds to go! :)



I'm posting my before (size 18) and "after" (size 6) pics. They went ahead and took the pic today for the contest although I have a few more pounds to go. I'm so excited to see the difference. When you live with it every day, you don't necessarily see the changes as much as when it's a Before & After.

Goneforgood1128
12-06-2011, 09:46 PM
Wow, Jen! You look amazing! Congratulations!

bigdog
12-06-2011, 09:51 PM
Jen, you look incredible and red is definitely your color! this is inspiring to us all!!!!!

teacherlady79
12-06-2011, 10:17 PM
camaswa -
I'm posting my before (size 18) and "after" (size 6) pics. They went ahead and took the pic today for the contest although I have a few more pounds to go. I'm so excited to see the difference. When you live with it every day, you don't necessarily see the changes as much as when it's a Before & After.

Wow, Jen! You look FANTASTIC! The weight loss has also taken about 10 years off of you--you look quite a bit younger, too. Huzzah to you! :)

Tamikl
12-06-2011, 10:21 PM
camaswa - Traveling and having so many temptations is anything but easy. I just had to have tunnel vision. Case in point, last night I didn't get to dinner until 9:15. And believe me, that menu was tempting. Then reality kicked in and I slammed it shut. I was not about to blow it so when the waitress came over, I ordered my grilled chicken salad. As for starting size, I was an 18 after my daughter was born.

teacherlady - That is something I guess I'm going to have to deal with for a while. LOL I guess it's a good problem to have. ;)

Patzi - Thank you (and teacherlady too!) for being an inspiration to me. Knowing that others got to maintenance makes me want to get there even more. Less than 10 pounds to go! :)



I'm posting my before (size 18) and "after" (size 6) pics. They went ahead and took the pic today for the contest although I have a few more pounds to go. I'm so excited to see the difference. When you live with it every day, you don't necessarily see the changes as much as when it's a Before & After.

Absolutely fantastic, Jen! Everyone is right...you are an inspiration to all of us, and should be so very proud of yourself!!! The pictures speak volumes, don't they?! MRC didn't take a pic of me when I first started .....although I have some. I am anxious to see the differences in myself too...When you see yourself everyday, it is hard to see the changes but they are definitely there!!

All I can say to you is awesome...I have my WI tomorrow and am getting down to the wire myself :) Looking forward to starting Stabilization/Maintanence soon like you!

Rocki
12-06-2011, 11:55 PM
I'm still here. Struggling a bit, but here. I browsed through pics so I could post how I looked @ 125-130 (what I got down to when I was working hard @ MRC 3 years ago), and another of where I am today (152). It shows this works, but you have to keep @ it like our awesome maintenance ladies!

Congrats to JenB, you look beautiful in that amazing size 6 red dress!

Way to go to everyone hanging in there right now. I know it can be hard. Keep it up ladies! It is SO worth it!

FYI..The "skinny" picture is me in September of 2008 @ 125lbs, size 0-2 Old Navy Jeans. The current picture is me in August of this year @ 150-155 lbs in my size 12-14 shorts that are one of the few pair that fit me right now b/c I got rid of all my "fat" clothes and got new size 0s, 2s & 4s. So depressing, but motivational right now. I needed to see the difference. I can't figure out how to get the pics on the same page..sorry.

nwcgina
12-07-2011, 07:58 AM
JEN!! You look AMAZING! Very inspirational (especially since I'm having one of those "will I ever get 'there'" weeks).

so yes, it's been one of those weeks. Stayed at exactly the same weight for one week even though I've been strictly OP (even through 2 Christmas parties and huge cravings!). I think my TOM starts today, so that could be why. And I did lose another 1/2 inch around my waist in the past week, so I know that's good...but I had a dream that I stepped on the scale back at my start weight:( And when I look in the mirror I feel like I look exactly the same...even though just 4 days ago I realized how much better I looked...have lost a full clothing size and even got a compliment from my sister in law that never gives out compliments on how I was looking "very slender". So just one of those weeks...tells me I'm not satisfied to stay at this weight (even though this is my previous low since junior high). I just have to stick with it and know it will start dropping again.

I'm in for 5 lbs. before Christmas...with my weight this morning, that would put me around 167. That would be amazing. My lowest ever has been 169 and that was seriously for one day.

1bighog
12-07-2011, 09:59 AM
Jen~love it! Congrats on your hard work; you look fantastic!

Well guys, I weighed in yesterday and was up 1.5 pounds. I've really been struggling with getting my water in for the past several days because it's so cold. And then I realized I haven't pooped (lol!) since before my chicken gnocchi soup incident. And I'm a day or so away from TOM. So I'm trying to take all that into consideration and not get discouraged. Gotta get my water intake back up!

Giggles0312
12-07-2011, 11:02 AM
Congrats Jen, the Dress is beautiful and you compliment the dress so perfectly!

This morning I lost 1/2 a pound! I stopped all the pills for one week to see if I can keep losing weight, I dont want to be on pills if I dont have to. I will soon go to the doctor and see what can be done (if anything is needed) and hopefully RX will be covered.
I keep getting compliments on how I look and it feels good, my size 12 jean are starting to get baggy in the butt and hips so I am working towards a size 10!!! Since I hit 150 this morning my new personal goal is 140 and ultimate goal is 130!! I dont want to be too skinny but a healthy me!! I am hoping I can do this with out the pills that will just save me more money to buy small better fitting clothes!! Keep it going Ladies!! Great motivational site to be a part of!!

Jenni W.

Rocki
12-07-2011, 11:34 AM
1Bighog..Sorry for the gain, but keep your chin up. I'm totally with you on the water intake. It has ALWAYS been my biggest downfall! :( TOM is on his way out for me, so I'm hoping to be on the right track again. Hopefully yours will come and go quickly! :)

And I'm a day or so away from TOM. So I'm trying to take all that into consideration and not get discouraged. Gotta get my water intake back up!

Jenni..Way to go on the 1/2 lb and cool that it was without pills. I can't take all the stuff they recommend. When they ask if I'm taking it I just say yes to everything, even though I'm not..Too many pills and too hard to swallow (literally). We're the same height and weight now and while I know everyone's body (and fashion designer) is different..I'm in a sz 8 Old Navy jean today. I hope you can get those size 10s on very soon. You're well on your way! 130 is an awesome goal. My body really loved 130-135..:) I'd love to "see" 115 but want to be around 120-125 for goal. Keep up the great work!


I keep getting compliments on how I look and it feels good, my size 12 jean are starting to get baggy in the butt and hips so I am working towards a size 10!!! Since I hit 150 this morning my new personal goal is 140 and ultimate goal is 130!!

Jenni W.

I went to the center today and was down a 1/2 lb from last Thursday. I lost 4, gained 1, then lost 1/2. Hoping I'm on the downward trend for good now. I spent a LOT of time with the counselor b/c no one else was there and I took notes and gathered a ton of information for foods, recipes, emotions, everything. It was very helpful. I really do love my center and at least 2 of the ladies there are awesome! They recommended the saliva test which I kind of ignored since I just had a full blood/hormone work up a month ago. I do need some supplies but I'll need to order online for a better price. I'm almost done with my chocolate truffle drink and I know I'll need more hot chocolate and chicken soup.

BIGDOG..What bars do you recommend from DietDirect, and what soup do you get? Just the clear, or the cream of chicken? I need to place another order (more chocolate and possibly a fruit punch or lemonade), but wanted to get some bars and creamy drinks as well.

JenB72
12-07-2011, 12:23 PM
Thank you everyone for the compliments! You are all so sweet!

For those of you that think it's going to be forever until you are near your goal, try not to think in those terms. Take it a day at a time. This journey hasn't been the easiest one. I have had my temptations and trials just like all of you. The trick is, when you fall off the proverbial wagon, you have to pick yourself back up, someway, somehow, and keep on going. This isn't an overnight transformation. I started back at MRC on February 23, 2011. That's 9 months, 14 days. 288 DAYS!!! I had a child in less time than that. ;)

What I'm trying to say is just stick with it. Follow the program and you will see results. It just takes time and commitment. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Losing weight is as much (if not more) of a MENTAL game as it is a physical game. Nothing's overnight, but with the right attitude, before you know it, you will get there.

bigdog
12-07-2011, 12:27 PM
Weighed in today and at 174!!! woo hoo! getting closer to the 160s every day! i'm refocused and am ON PLAN and getting all my water in! i haven't had a protein bar since Sunday and i do think that has really helped w/ the weight loss. i wasn't really using them to replace a meal alot of times and got into a habit of haviing one every night for dessert. now if i want a dessert, i have sugar free fat free jello (10 cal. vs. 180 cal. for bar and no carbs). Reading all of your success stories has remotivated me to continue to lose more weight. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Rocki, i like the chicken noodle the best and can eat by itself. the cream of mushroom by itself is nasty. i think maybe i'll use it to bake chicken or fish in. for the bars, i got the variety pack of Bari wise (but i was abusing them and eating too many). i have the Protidiet Hot Chocolate but i like the Syntrax Choc. Truffle better hot (and love it cold!) mixed w/ left over decaf coffee and ice - just like a mocha chocal. shake) i get the Protidiet Pink Lemonade (large container) - Love it!

nwcgina
12-07-2011, 01:07 PM
Thanks, Jen. I know this is ALL mental for me. I "know" what I need to do...I teach it for crying out loud (well, a similar topic), but my behavior and stick to it-ness is what needs work. i haven't stuck to anything this long ever. Well, the one time I did lose 25 lbs, but I was motivated by wanting to have a better dating life...that motivation is gone now:) I have to remember I was tempted the first day to eat chocolate and didn't do it because I had paid someone a bunch of money. Now the motivation is to hit my goal for ME.

patzi
12-07-2011, 01:16 PM
Jen....
I just saw a picture of you now and you look beautiful and what a shape. Sooooo happy for you, Jen. You worked hard and look at you today.. What a great site to see. Thanks for sharing that with everyone.

Congrats to all those that lost weight, and for those struggling, hang in there, just come on to this forum for motivation. That saved me many times, when I thought I was going to blow it.

Hope everyone has a great day and think thin.

Patzi

bigdog
12-07-2011, 06:43 PM
Jen~love it! Congrats on your hard work; you look fantastic!

Well guys, I weighed in yesterday and was up 1.5 pounds. I've really been struggling with getting my water in for the past several days because it's so cold. And then I realized I haven't pooped (lol!) since before my chicken gnocchi soup incident. And I'm a day or so away from TOM. So I'm trying to take all that into consideration and not get discouraged. Gotta get my water intake back up!

BigHog, alot of times to get my water in if i know i'm having a super busy day is to drink a huge glass first thing in the morning - like even 32 oz. (or 2 bottles) i'm outside sales so do know all the pitstops! :-) my DH laughs because at home, i'll have a bottle of water in each room and always have water in the car. i bet your weight gain is all water. and for the other problem, try that Smooth Tea..it's really good (Walgreens and Walmart has it) or and TOM will def. cause water retention. just stay on plan and after TOM, you'll see a loss. i'll bet ya! :-)

readytobea10
12-07-2011, 06:52 PM
Hi all! I just started MRC 11/25/11 and I am down 7 pounds so far. I purchased the Ketostix to check for ketones and so far i'm negative. Are any of you positive and if so how long did it take you to get there? Thanks :)

Fluffy in Florida
12-07-2011, 08:45 PM
Hi all! I just started MRC 11/25/11 and I am down 7 pounds so far. I purchased the Ketostix to check for ketones and so far i'm negative. Are any of you positive and if so how long did it take you to get there? Thanks :)

I've actually never been positive and talked to people who have been successful on this and never did either.

Giggles0312
12-07-2011, 09:06 PM
Rocki,

Thanks for the encouragement, it is appreciated very much! I havent seen 139 since I joined the Military in 1997!! So this will be interesting when I hit 140 and just see how good I look. I am doing this 1. for my health, 2. for my kids, and 3 forthe trip to the hawaiian islands this summer, I want to look really good in a bathing suit!! I want my hubs to drool! LOL, sorry, he is working overseas and my new figure will surprise him! He only know how much I weight!
Tonights dinner was the VHP drink, I added some frozen strawberries to help the tast ans some splenda. I know fruit is not on my dinner portion! The VHP shakes do not seem very tasty unless I change it up. Any one got some good recipes to share??

JenB72
12-07-2011, 09:21 PM
Hi all! I just started MRC 11/25/11 and I am down 7 pounds so far. I purchased the Ketostix to check for ketones and so far i'm negative. Are any of you positive and if so how long did it take you to get there? Thanks :)

Welcome and congrats on the loss! I'm almost at my goal weight and rarely, if ever, went positive. If I did, it was minimal.

Tonights dinner was the VHP drink, I added some frozen strawberries to help the tast ans some splenda. I know fruit is not on my dinner portion! The VHP shakes do not seem very tasty unless I change it up. Any one got some good recipes to share??

I usually mix my VHP drink with one of the HNS drinks. I've done Wildberry and Orange. It definitely helps the taste, but it does take some getting used to.

nwcgina
12-07-2011, 10:37 PM
Earlier today I thought I was literally starving to death on this diet...my stomach hurt so bad, felt like I was going to pass out, and I was at the mall of all places...nothing I could eat and about an hour from home. I thought "I am going to have to change this." On the way home I realized it wasn't hunger, it was the stomach bug:( This sucks!

teacherlady79
12-07-2011, 10:46 PM
Tonights dinner was the VHP drink, I added some frozen strawberries to help the tast ans some splenda. I know fruit is not on my dinner portion! The VHP shakes do not seem very tasty unless I change it up. Any one got some good recipes to share??

Was this the vanilla VHP shake? Ick. I never could get myself to come close to enjoying that one, even with an HNS added to it. It wasn't terrible with some of that Mio water flavoring in it, though.

The chocolate one was way better, IMO--not as much aftertaste. You have to drink it really cold, though. I usually blended it with water in my magic bullet, then added 1-2 ice cubes and blended again. That makes it cold enough that it's pretty darn good. :)

1bighog
12-08-2011, 09:14 AM
Hi, everyone! I know I haven't been responding to people lately, but I have been reading everyone's posts and I'm thinking of you guys. This week has been crazy busy! I have two very part time jobs; I usually work my first job just a couple of days a month and my second job is only 6 hours a week, but this week I've worked Tuesday morning & evening at job #2, Wednesday morning at job #1, Wednesday evening at job #2, I'm working this morning and tonight a job #2, then job #1 again tomorrow. Oh, did you guys know I also have four kids in 10 sports/activities and I play in a concert band and I have a concert tonight????

Anyway, so I did start my period yesterday and I am terribly crampy today! I do not usually have cramps. This is my first cycle on MRC (well, my first one was while I was in pre condition)...is it a coincidence that I'm crampy or could it be the diet?

Tamikl
12-08-2011, 10:31 AM
Hi ladies!

Well, I had my WI yesteday and was down 2lbs!!!:carrot:

I am really trying to buckle down so that I can give myself permission to start Stabilization by the end of the year....

Anyone out there getting real tired of eggs? Heck!! I don't know what someone on this diet would do if they didn't like eggs...lol I think I need to get more creative with my meals, because I am getting in a rut lately with what I make and it can get old:(

I agree that the chocolate shake is the best..and I add so much ice that it is frothy like a chocolate ICEE..makes it yummier for me:)

I so enjoy reading all of the posts...many of them make me laugh because I so relate!!! So good to have people out there that "get it!"

Have a great day:wave:

patzi
12-08-2011, 10:49 AM
Tamikl...
Congrats on your weigh loss. A good one... I never tired of eggs, as I kept my menu varied as there is plenty of food we are allowed... Are you talking about eggs for breakfast you are tired of? If not, please tell us the meal , and the board will be able to help you replace the egg item.. I am on maintenance, but am on green Meta Slim menu till Monday , my choice due to 2 parties coming up, but this morning had a slice of toast, with cottage cheese on top, sprinkled with cinnamon and stevia for sweetener and put in
microwave till cheese melted. Had an HNS with that, and coffee.
Yesterday, I make these mini egg quiches and bake them, they have spinach , egg beaters, cheese in them and I take two of those with a slice of bread. I also eat 2 turkey sausages with bread for breakfast.. Just to give you some ideas. On the mini quiches, I make and freeze 12 of them and where on maintenance have a minimum of two and sometimes three.

On vanilla shake, I agree Chocolate better, but if you have bought it, add some diet creme soda with it, and if allowed on your program, some of that super chocolate drink that we make the brownies with and some nutmeg and beat it up. Also another idea , if allowed, beat up with strawberries and a tropical fruit HNS or a wildberry one.

Readytobea10...
Great weight loss... I have never been asked to do the Ketostix and if I had I would have refused. This is just a personal thing.. When I signed up they were never mentioned, and somone had said they are in bathroom, and at one weigh in they were indeed in bathroom, but I have never used them in losing weight. Welcome, by the way. Wish you the best in your new challenge. This is a great forum for support so please keep active with us and ask any questions you may have.

It is so difficult to get everyone in and if I have missed anyone that has lost weight or having difficulties, I do apologize..

Everyone have a great day, and great weight loss.

Patzi

Rocki
12-08-2011, 11:43 AM
What are the brownies and the chocolate drink to be added?

Weighed @ home today and was 149.9.. Woohoo..Finally in the 140s again. Super excited. Can't wait to see 139.9, then 129.9! :)

Hope you all are having a great day! Sea World tomorrow night, so I have to plan that out and make sure I have my "stuff" with me :)..

Breakfast party next week, then Christmas (Eve and Day family parties to attend)..then Dec 29 a HS reunion of sorts for the locals or other who are in town. Have to stay strong!

teacherlady79
12-08-2011, 12:06 PM
What are the brownies and the chocolate drink to be added?


The chocolate drink that you can use to make the "brownies" is the Super Chocolate Powder. I think it's meant to replace fruits... NOT to be confused with the nasty-tasting veggie replacement powder! I haven't found this powder on Diet Direct yet, so I think you can only get it from the center...

For the brownie, you mix 1 scoop super chocolate powder with 1 creamy hot cocoa packet, add 1/2 tbsp olive oil and 3 tbsp water. Mix with fork until batter consistency. I press mine into a small plastic container, then microwave for about 30-40 seconds. It comes out just like a gooey-ish brownie that you can eat with a spoon. Yum!

I'm on maintenance, so I eat that every night with a coconut-vanilla yogurt, and that's my dessert. On Metaslim, the brownie would = 1 creamy, 1 fruit, and some of your olive oil allotment for the day.

Hi ladies!
Anyone out there getting real tired of eggs? Heck!! I don't know what someone on this diet would do if they didn't like eggs...lol I think I need to get more creative with my meals, because I am getting in a rut lately with what I make and it can get old:(


I got sick of my breakfast eggs for a while when I was on the plan. It got to the point where I almost had to gag them down. I switched to cottage cheese and a slice of toast for a while, until I got sick of the cottage cheese and went back to eggs, lol. The other thing I would do sometimes is take 2oz of cheddar and 1 slice of 45 cal bread and make a 1/2 grilled cheese (or a tortilla and make a quesadilla), or I'd just eat the cheese with a slice of toast. I LOVE cheese, though, so I thought that was yummy. :)

If it makes you feel any better, I actually look forward to my egg breakfast these days. I'm on maintenance now, but I fry up an egg over easy and put it on an Orowheat Sandwich Thin Mini (50 cal per "bun," and the perfect size for an egg sandwich) with a slice of Sargento low-fat colby jack (torn up to fit on the bread). Quick & easy to make (I start the egg on a med-low heat, then go and get dressed, checking on the egg), and a portable breakfast sandwich! This should work on Metaslim, too, though I'm not sure the Sargento cheese slice is 1 oz--you'd have to check on that and adjust as needed.

geekgirl72
12-08-2011, 02:27 PM
Hi all! I just started MRC 11/25/11 and I am down 7 pounds so far. I purchased the Ketostix to check for ketones and so far i'm negative. Are any of you positive and if so how long did it take you to get there? Thanks :)

They haven't had me test for ketones yet. (I am on day 13). But years and years ago when I did Atkins, I had to be around 20-30 g carbs per day to get in ketosis and I've been tracking my calories since I started MRC and I am getting 60 carbs a day. Way too many for me to go into ketosis.

Also, I have read that drinking a lot of water will make the strips register negative. You could be in ketosis but your water consumptioin could be diluting your urine so much it doesn't show on the strips.

But everyone is different and this is just my personal experience :)

nwcgina
12-08-2011, 03:52 PM
Well, I finally broke my week long plateau...unfortunately it was with the help of the stomach flu:( Anyone had experience with how to get back into eating after having the stomach bug. Today it's still pretty fresh and I don't want ANYTHING that is OP. I'm hoping tomorrow is better. My mom mentioned that her center told her if they got sick like that, that they would extend their contract a week (I'm guessing it messes with your body/after being this sick I'm okay with eating whatever will actually stay down). Thoughts?

ynapier
12-08-2011, 04:24 PM
I finally had a chance to read the post from the last couple of days.

Jen - great pictures, congrats on the weigth loss.

I went to WI today and stayed the same. I was told not to worry too much about it. I was still averaging just under 4 pounds a week. I was not too concerned about it. I have been OP recently and know that it will come. I'm starting to get a little worried about the holiday. We are going to be traveling and I have some great cooks in the family. It's going to be tough to resist. But I will have to remind myself that I will be able to enjoy the treats next year and it's not worth the sabatoge it would do right now. Let's just hope it works!

Tamikl
12-08-2011, 06:16 PM
Thank you for the meal ideas...I love the cheese options in the morning, but then it messes me up at lunch when I love to have cheese with my salad...etc...if only we could have cheese at all meals!!!

Dinners aren't an issue for me...I love trying new recipes out of the cookbook, but I also have my favorites like stuffed peppers :) Love those!

I just need to mix up breakfast/lunch a bit....

Here is a question...when you are on Maintenance, does your eating schedule look much the same as while on the diet in terms of fruit only at lunch, no veggies at breakfast, etc...? Will I be able to have PBJ on Maintenance for lunch? LOL I have really missed those :) Anyways, just wondered...cause I am assuming that not too much is different once on Maintenance, just wondered about those details.

Shoppermom
12-08-2011, 06:39 PM
I never thought I'd say this but I miss salt more than I do sugar or carbs!

I started the program on Nov 14th and I'm doing great.

My center gives you a ketosis dipstick at every visit. I don't think it's an invasion of privacy, I like to see that all my hard work is paying off. And, if it shows you are not in ketosis for some reason they will be able to help get you on track. It's cheaper than me buying them and testing at home :)

Does anyone have a good Quiche recipe they have experimented with? We are doing a family holiday brunch and I'd like to make something that's good for me and that I can share.

Tamikl
12-08-2011, 06:44 PM
Tamikl...
Congrats on your weigh loss. A good one... I never tired of eggs, as I kept my menu varied as there is plenty of food we are allowed... Are you talking about eggs for breakfast you are tired of? If not, please tell us the meal , and the board will be able to help you replace the egg item.. I am on maintenance, but am on green Meta Slim menu till Monday , my choice due to 2 parties coming up, but this morning had a slice of toast, with cottage cheese on top, sprinkled with cinnamon and stevia for sweetener and put in
microwave till cheese melted. Had an HNS with that, and coffee.
Yesterday, I make these mini egg quiches and bake them, they have spinach , egg beaters, cheese in them and I take two of those with a slice of bread. I also eat 2 turkey sausages with bread for breakfast.. Just to give you some ideas. On the mini quiches, I make and freeze 12 of them and where on maintenance have a minimum of two and sometimes three.

On vanilla shake, I agree Chocolate better, but if you have bought it, add some diet creme soda with it, and if allowed on your program, some of that super chocolate drink that we make the brownies with and some nutmeg and beat it up. Also another idea , if allowed, beat up with strawberries and a tropical fruit HNS or a wildberry one.

Readytobea10...
Great weight loss... I have never been asked to do the Ketostix and if I had I would have refused. This is just a personal thing.. When I signed up they were never mentioned, and somone had said they are in bathroom, and at one weigh in they were indeed in bathroom, but I have never used them in losing weight. Welcome, by the way. Wish you the best in your new challenge. This is a great forum for support so please keep active with us and ask any questions you may have.

It is so difficult to get everyone in and if I have missed anyone that has lost weight or having difficulties, I do apologize..

Everyone have a great day, and great weight loss.

Patzi

Patzi...could you share the mini egg quiche recipe with me please?

patzi
12-08-2011, 08:01 PM
Tamikl...
If you are not on maintenance, just adjust recipe to suit your plan. My friend gave this to me a long time ago. May be a South Beach Diet recipe, as that is where she lost her weight.

VEGGIE QUICHE CUPS TO GO( made in a muffin pan)

1 package (10) oz. frozen chopped spinach
3/4cup egg beaters
3/4 cup fat free mozarella cheese
1/4 cup choppled green peppers
1/4cup onion

Defrost spinach and drail well so there is no excess liquid. I squeeze spinach
till no moisture .

Spray muffin pan with Pam or whatever spray you use.

Combine egg beaters , cheese, peppers, onions in a bowl. Mix well.Seasoning is your choice.

Divide evenly among muffin cups.. ( I usually get 10 cups filled), as I like mine
big.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. My oven takes longer than 20 minutes, so check them as cooking.

Tami.... You can use any type of cheese. I use soy cheese,as certain cheeses I sometimes cannot tolerate, and any type of veggies.. If you can't have peppers and onions on plan, used broccoli . Last week I made with cheddar type cheese, vs. mozzarella... I use herbs in there, also for taste.

3 drops of hot pepper sauce may be added to the mix if you like a hot taste.

Many times as I am off to work,I take two of these as I am going out the door, with an HNS & a slice of toast and eat on way. I keep them warm in an insulated small container that I have.

They freeze well.. I make them and freeze them and use as needed.

Hope this helps. If you change recipe around, let me know, so I can try it.
Patzi

camaswa
12-09-2011, 08:13 AM
Oh gosh, this week-long biz trip has not gone so well where the diet is concerned. I have started every day OP and by dinner it's out the window. I mean, I'm still choosing the low-carb things and skipping starches and desserts... But the fat and wine are over the top.
The wine thing has been the biggest downfall. I haven't exercised and just sat all day (or been flying) so I think I craved it more just to unwind. Then I have never been someone to just have one glass. Two minimum... Well, the good news is I'm heading home today. Tomorrow I will just have to get on the scales and face the facts, whatever they may be. This is one lesson from Patzi's posts: if you do face the scales, you learn what foods and actions make you gain and which ones you can get away with.

Rocki
12-09-2011, 08:55 AM
Heading to weigh in..was down to 148.6 on home scale before things got "moving" for me in the digestive area! :) Sorry, TMI..but hoping an even bigger loss will show on center's scale..My home scale is almost exact with theirs, so that's great for me..**ETA** I weighed in @ 148..woohoo..So excited as I haven't been this weight in 3 months, and my lowest this whole year was 146 back in July..

TGIF everyone! Patzi..thanks for that recipe. I'm going to try it today (well, after I get some frozen spinach b/c what I have is sauteed in butter sauce).. Sounds yummy though.

Fluffy in Florida
12-09-2011, 09:29 AM
Well, I finally broke my week long plateau...unfortunately it was with the help of the stomach flu:( Anyone had experience with how to get back into eating after having the stomach bug. Today it's still pretty fresh and I don't want ANYTHING that is OP. I'm hoping tomorrow is better. My mom mentioned that her center told her if they got sick like that, that they would extend their contract a week (I'm guessing it messes with your body/after being this sick I'm okay with eating whatever will actually stay down). Thoughts?

Not sure...I had the same thing a couple weeks ago and gained 1.5lbs which I thought odd. I haven't been able to shake that damn gain either (wi again last night at same damn weight) I didn't get offered another week but maybe your center will be better. I slowly had to get back into it but I wasn't able to eat for 4 days and it lasted 5. Good luck and feel better soon.

patzi
12-09-2011, 10:54 AM
Thank you for the meal ideas...I love the cheese options in the morning, but then it messes me up at lunch when I love to have cheese with my salad...etc...if only we could have cheese at all meals!!!

Dinners aren't an issue for me...I love trying new recipes out of the cookbook, but I also have my favorites like stuffed peppers :) Love those!

I just need to mix up breakfast/lunch a bit....

Here is a question...when you are on Maintenance, does your eating schedule look much the same as while on the diet in terms of fruit only at lunch, no veggies at breakfast, etc...? Will I be able to have PBJ on Maintenance for lunch? LOL I have really missed those :) Anyways, just wondered...cause I am assuming that not too much is different once on Maintenance, just wondered about those details.

On maintenance I have anything I want in moderation.. If it makes me gain weight then I consider it a trigger and don't have it. I do not count calories, but just eat normally.. I never over indulge in anything.. That is the key. Eat in moderation... If you have something, have a normal size amount and see what it does to your weight.. I try new things every week, and let y'all know if it worked or it did not work.

I have a slice of baked oatmeal every afternoon and do take a fat and carb blocker with it if I take a more than larger portion. I find it is best for me to take an HNS with a carb, then do not need a fat and carb blocker, but I like my coffee in afternoon with the baked oatmeal.. Also, when I have baked oatmeal, I do not have the bread at night. It makes me gain. Carbs are a big trigger for me.. I would rather have a good portion of baked oatmeal and have no other bread during the day.

Do you recall I tried the trail mix and gained weight so curbed that one for now. Will try it at a later time and see what happens.

You will find what works for you in maintenance, and I am sure once you have lost the weight, you will eat in moderation, as you will not want to gain the weight back.

Hope this helps you.I forgot to say, I eat healthy. Don't eat any fried foods, fast food , etc. I will have a piece of candy on occasion, will try a piece of pie on occasion, but during week , I do eat very healthy.

Patzi

nwcgina
12-09-2011, 01:13 PM
Thanks, Fluffy:) I'm starting to be able to eat again and for now I'm eating whatever I can stomach...cereal mainly. I figure I need to regain my strength and don't want to associate the good for me foods with feeling so crummy. Hopefully by Sunday I can be back on track.

bigdog
12-09-2011, 01:37 PM
Patzi - yum!!! that recipe is perfect and something i can make ahead so i can grab one on the go. South beach website or books would be a good place to look for decent recipes..high protein low or no carbs...

camaswa - have you not learned anything from me? Wine is a fruit and should be counted as such :-) (newbies, i'm kidding!) it's funny but i don't gain when drinking wine - well, maybe if i drank a whole bottle but my weight gain comes from desserts and too many carbs. it does cause water retention but if i chug a bunch of water the next day, comes right off. even the high fat Boursin and Brie cheese i had last weekend didn't make me gain. i had celery stuffed w/ boursin garlic and herb cheese twice for dinner! i lost 2 more lbs. and the SF FF jello has been a life saver me at it's low 10 calories. has kept me from the protein bars that i was gobbling up like dessert... i added some lite cool whip to the lime jello mixture, whirled it i nthe blender for a delicious dessert for 15 cal. a serving. next week will be cherry ! thank you Bill Cosby! hmm....maybe i'll make jello shooters for the Christmas party this weekend :-)
went to the library and checked out a couple books to get some high protein, low carb recipes... Atkins for Life and a book called 500 low-carb recipes -(Greek Roasted chicken, Zucchini Meat Loaf Italiano, Spring Chicken Soup) and all on plan!

patzi
12-09-2011, 01:58 PM
Camaswa....
You did it, enjoyed it, today is a new day... Get on the scale and see how much damage was done. To get it off, try eating OP for sure, but eat more eggs and fish. When I say eggs, like eggbeaters or egg whites. Or you could do a day of shake and HNS in morning, same for lunch and a regular meal at night..

I had mentioned about wine at parties.. This is what I do and will do tonight and tomorrow, as I have two parties in a row.. I always take a fat and carb blocker when I eat out. For wine, I order a wine cooler in a large glass,and when I am thru ask them to add club soda to it with lots of ice, and then add a red HNS to it, and it looks like you are drinking and it lasts a long time, as a wine cooler is in a large glass.. You can also add one of those kiwi colored HNS and that looks like a drink, also..

On maintenance I allow myself two wines and that is it.. Rest is the HNS mixture.

Hope this helps... But do get on the scale, as if you don't then one starts to play mind games with oneself. You can do it , just stay focused.

Patzi

1bighog
12-09-2011, 02:14 PM
Officially in the 160s! Weighed in at the center today at 169, which is 2.5 pounds down from my last weight in, but only 1 pound net because I gained 1.5 at my last weigh in. Still feelin' pretty good!

patzi
12-09-2011, 02:35 PM
1Bighog..

Great. Happy for you.. I say anything off is a great thing...

Patzi

JenB72
12-09-2011, 03:32 PM
WI at lunch and I lost the 1/2 gain from Tuesday plus another 1/2 pound. I was told the 1/2 gain from Tuesday was because of water retention from flying. So all in all, I'm excited for the pound loss since TTOM started today. I almost forgot about it since I haven't paid attention to the calendar lately. Not too bad. Only 8 pounds to go!

:coolsnow::coolsnow::coolsnow:

ynapier
12-09-2011, 04:38 PM
Bighog - Congratulations on the loss and being in the 160s. Great work!

Tamikl
12-10-2011, 12:55 PM
Tamikl...
If you are not on maintenance, just adjust recipe to suit your plan. My friend gave this to me a long time ago. May be a South Beach Diet recipe, as that is where she lost her weight.

VEGGIE QUICHE CUPS TO GO( made in a muffin pan)

1 package (10) oz. frozen chopped spinach
3/4cup egg beaters
3/4 cup fat free mozarella cheese
1/4 cup choppled green peppers
1/4cup onion

Defrost spinach and drail well so there is no excess liquid. I squeeze spinach
till no moisture .

Spray muffin pan with Pam or whatever spray you use.

Combine egg beaters , cheese, peppers, onions in a bowl. Mix well.Seasoning is your choice.

Divide evenly among muffin cups.. ( I usually get 10 cups filled), as I like mine
big.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. My oven takes longer than 20 minutes, so check them as cooking.

Tami.... You can use any type of cheese. I use soy cheese,as certain cheeses I sometimes cannot tolerate, and any type of veggies.. If you can't have peppers and onions on plan, used broccoli . Last week I made with cheddar type cheese, vs. mozzarella... I use herbs in there, also for taste.

3 drops of hot pepper sauce may be added to the mix if you like a hot taste.

Many times as I am off to work,I take two of these as I am going out the door, with an HNS & a slice of toast and eat on way. I keep them warm in an insulated small container that I have.

They freeze well.. I make them and freeze them and use as needed.

Hope this helps. If you change recipe around, let me know, so I can try it.
Patzi

YUM....Thank you for sharing this recipe, Patzi! I am going to make it!!

patzi
12-10-2011, 04:28 PM
Way to go Bighog!

Patzi, what is baked oatmeal? sounds interesting :-)

Hi...
I put the baked oatmeal on the maintenance forum that Jen started as this is not an OP dessert and should not be eaten by those that have not reached maintenance.

Patzi

bigdog
12-10-2011, 04:53 PM
Hi...
I put the baked oatmeal on the maintenance forum that Jen started as this is not an OP dessert and should not be eaten by those that have not reached maintenance.

Patzi

just saw it on the maintenance forum...way too many ingredients for me to make anyway - i'm more of a 2-3 ingredient recipe kind of gal :-) love the spinach quiche recipe you posted earlier this week - YUM!
thanks for sharing!

camaswa
12-10-2011, 05:04 PM
Five days on the road, business dinners, airplanes, etc and I am down .8 since the morning I left. I am shocked! Look what a guilt trip i do on myself - I did really well. Here's what I learned: wine really IS fruit - no, kidding, just couldn't resist.

I am learning to pay attention. Learning not to go into denial. Learning to face reality. Learning that perfection is not the goal. The goal is progress.

:carrot:

bigdog
12-10-2011, 05:26 PM
Totally agree, Camaswa,

The goal is progress. Everyone is different, but i'm not going to obsess over every single thing i eat or drink but am going to continue to make the healthiest choices i can make daily. Two business lunches this week w/ my boss and clients - it's just freaking food...it is funny because at my table, they were scarfing down homemade chicken noodle soup, pasta dishes, fresh shrimp salad on homemade bread and i didn't even crave or want any of that... i ate my chef salad w/ lite vinegarette on the side, left the homemade roll and was like no big deal. the Chef came out w/ a homemade chocolate cake for us to try...i had a couple bites - it didn't kill me or send me into Pounds overload land...
the main thing i have learned is that i like being thinner and i like my now flat stomach and not feeling stuffed. it's a good feeling and eating more protein and less carbs makes me feel great!
my girlfriend who motivated me to join MRC travels for her job and when she has a cocktail or two, she cuts out her carbs and fruit for the day. she lost 25 lbs, is under her goal and has kept the weight off.:hat:

faerychic
12-10-2011, 06:51 PM
WARNING....VENTING HERE! I was switched to meta balance 2 weeks ago and this last week I had no loss at all. I am not so bothered about that as much as I am with the counselor I met with on Wednesday. She told me meta balance is meant for people that exercise a lot and since I was not exercising that I should go back to meta slim. I told her my plan was switched due to fatigue, dizziness and migraines that I was having while on meta slim. She told me I just needed to have some super veggie in the afternoons. what? really? Not sure what her goal was, but she certainly made me feel like a failure since I was not able to stick it out on Meta slim. Fortunately she was not at the center today and the counselor I met with reassured me that meta balance was the plan I should stick with. I did have a meltdown on Thursday which probably contributed to not losing this week. I was stuck in a meeting all afternoon on Thursday in a hot room. By the time I left I was STARVING and the HNS I had did not cut it. When I got home I just grabbed whatever was within my reach to eat (tortilla chips, p-nut butter, cheese stick). I think will try and avoid this counselor since she puts me on a bummer when I meet with her. Sorry for the long rant!

Rocki
12-10-2011, 07:31 PM
Will check out that oatmeal recipe when I get to maintenance. Thanks for all your awesome information here Patzi!

On maintenance I have anything I want in moderation..

I have a slice of baked oatmeal every afternoon and do take a fat and carb blocker with it if I take a more than larger portion.

You will find what works for you in maintenance, and I am sure once you have lost the weight, you will eat in moderation, as you will not want to gain the weight back.

Patzi

Woohoo bighog! That's awesome! It's so great to go down into a lower set of pounds! :)

Officially in the 160s! Weighed in at the center today at 169, which is 2.5 pounds down from my last weight in, but only 1 pound net because I gained 1.5 at my last weigh in. Still feelin' pretty good!

Awesome job! Traveling is so hard for me. I did have a McDonald's salad last night instead of junk food @ Sea World, but when we got home my dad had brought over Popeye's chicken..ugh!

Five days on the road, business dinners, airplanes, etc and I am down .8 since the morning I left. I am shocked! Look what a guilt trip i do on myself - I did really well. :carrot:

Sorry to hear about the crappy counselor, but glad that you got it straight with the nice one! :) I really like the 3 at my center. I've been very luck there.

WARNING....VENTING HERE! I was switched to meta balance 2 weeks ago and this last week I had no loss at all. I am not so bothered about that as much as I am with the counselor I met with on Wednesday. I think will try and avoid this counselor since she puts me on a bummer when I meet with her. Sorry for the long rant!

patzi
12-10-2011, 07:53 PM
faerychic...
You are permitted to ask for a counsultant you like and can work with. May times I am waiting my turn, and they come to someone before me and she will say, go ahead I am waiting for so and so.. If there is someone you prefer,, then I would make an appt with that one person and tell the center you want to see only her.. It is done by many in my center.

Hope this will help you. Nothing worse than a consultant making one feel like you describe. Losing weight is a challenge, one does not have to add anything from the center to that.

I was told that if I went on Meta Balance, I would gain, as it was for clients over 200, and I did not fit in that category... I did try it, and lost nothing for 2 weeks and went back to Meta Slim.

Never have to aplogize for ranting.. All of us have done it.. That is what we are here for, to listen and help.

Also, on recipes... I have taken a recipe into the head of the center, and asked her to help me make it OP for MRC without using any of the supplements and they have done that.. Soooo, if you have something you really like and it is not OP, give it a try. I never use any HNS in cooking. I substitute something I use for daily cooking and it has always worked out.
I should not have purchased the cook book as I really never use it.. The center does give out recipes, but again, always substitute HNS and supplements

Patzi

bigdog
12-10-2011, 09:28 PM
faerychic,
The super veggie drink? did she explain the reasoning behind that? (just read in my materials that the super veggie drink keeps you "regular" so guess they are encouraging you to ....well you know :-)
from what i was told from the center, the Metabalance diet is for people that don't mind losing a little slower 1-2 lbs a week and the Metaslim diet is for those that want to lose faster 3-5 lbs. my friend that was on Metabal. just had 20 lbs to lose and she chose that diet because she wanted dairy in her diet. she hardly exercises at all.
if you want more recipes, the Metabolic Research facebook page has some great recipes and some great tips on keeping on track too. there are some links to recipes on this forum too. (much better than the cookbook) i bought the cookbook used on Amazon used...glad i didnt spend more than a couple bucks on it...
Planning ahead is the key to succeed on this program, i boil eggs ahead of time, have cheese cut in cubes, cut up cukes, celery, green peppers and put them in zip lock bags, grill chicken ahead of time. Flank steak is good too. this past week on a sales blitz w/ my boss, i ate cheese toast and a boiled egg in the am, put some frozen blueberries in my pink lemonade HNS powder and water (blender bottle) for mid morn., and had a protein bar in my pocketbook in case i got hungry... i carry some HNS powder in a zip lock at all times to put in water...
if i'm really hungry, i'll grab some extra protein and drink more water.

everyone is different but my weight gain came from too many carbs not protein. not really on the plan but if i can't get my veggies in, i drink V-8..the 35 cal. hasn't stalled my weight loss at all :-)
and Vent as much as you want!! alot of us on the forum have heard all different advice from the consultants....they go to training classes so i'm not sure why there are so many different answers out there! very strange..

nwcgina
12-10-2011, 10:18 PM
Well, I think my tummy is about ready to get OP again. I'm going to give veggies a try tomorrow. Hope I don't get that bug again anytime soon:(

As for consultants...I always call in and get the same gal. If she's not available, I have her call me back. One time I spoke with someone else and was not at all impressed (even though she was the manager)...love having the same consultant cheer me on and keep me accountable. My parents go to a different center and have had several different people and are almost always told something different by different people...like which supplements to use, this that and the other thing. I think if i were going to a center I would be insistent on seeing the same person. At least you would get consistent info.

I'm in my busy season...so lots of packing meals. I have cheese cubes and boiled eggs ready, making turkey meatloaf muffins tomorrow, cutting up veggies...isn't it amazing to be losing in this season of eating??? At work on Friday they told me I looked like I had all the stuffing taken out of me and (lovingly) called me droopy drawers. Just 2 lbs from seeing my lowest weight since junior high!!!

Cassie T
12-10-2011, 11:28 PM
I'm in my busy season...so lots of packing meals. I have cheese cubes and boiled eggs ready, making turkey meatloaf muffins tomorrow, cutting up veggies...isn't it amazing to be losing in this season of eating??? At work on Friday they told me I looked like I had all the stuffing taken out of me and (lovingly) called me droopy drawers. Just 2 lbs from seeing my lowest weight since junior high!!!

Wow!!! I would love to be back at my weight from junior high. Congrats on that. I also love that during this time of cookies, and cakes, and candies, and pies, that I am losing weight. Not as quickly as I wanted, but to be honest..I'm sneaking some cookies (but telling my councilor) but I blame my work (not that I should do that) cause they bake them fresh during my shift. But I pop a piece of sugar free desert gum...apple pie or orange creme pop and I'm good to go...the smell goes away and the craving goes away.

I saw my old co-workers today and it had been 2 weeks. Even though I haven't noticed a big difference except in clothing...they said that I was significantly slimmer. Was so happy I think my smile made the lobby brighter. Have decided to remove my pic from my facebook page so that way when I put up another one when I am considerably lighter...it'll be....wow! Cassie you look fabulous!!!

bigdog
12-11-2011, 08:32 AM
this link is on the "more recipes" thread

MRC recipes http://mrcrecipes.blogspot.com
it has recipes put in categories based on ingredients.

also check out Metabolic Research Center's facebook page...they have some great recipes on there too.

patzi
12-11-2011, 09:19 AM
this link is on the "more recipes" thread

MRC recipes http://mrcrecipes.blogspot.com
it has recipes put in categories based on ingredients.

also check out Metabolic Research Center's facebook page...they have some great recipes on there too.

BIg Dog..
It seems this MRC Recipes blogspot is from 2009, and says under construction, and I signed up to receive updates and have never received any...I have not seen any current recipes put in since 2009.However, the site as is has some great ones. Do I have the current site? I am going to check facebook now for their recipes...
Thanks for info
Patzi

bigdog
12-11-2011, 09:34 AM
BIg Dog..
It seems this MRC Recipes blogspot is from 2009, and says under construction, and I signed up to receive updates and have never received any...I have not seen any current recipes put in since 2009.However, the site as is has some great ones. Do I have the current site? I am going to check facebook now for their recipes...
Thanks for info
Patzi

i had subscribed to the site too and didn't receive anything so just use it as a cookbook :-)
just found this other website when i was looking for the Turkey meatloaf muffins recipe everyone was talking about. Jamie Eason's website

check this out!

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/bbinfo.php?page=Recipes

patzi
12-11-2011, 09:45 AM
Big Dog..
Want to thank you for mentioning Nashua Nutrition.. I ordered from them and was very happy and the samples were on target with MRC.. I received three free samples.. I still take Replacement Shakes and HNS when traveling or after the two parties I went to this weekend.. Talking about that, I got on scale and up two pounds. Have until Tuesday to get some of it off, hopefully all of it. Will do two days of shakes and then if still up stay on green menu, if not go back to full maintenance. I like the replacement shakes with HNS added to it. I enjoyed everything I ate and drank at parties and now back to being OP again . Next party is NY Eve.. I have 6 pounds under goal, so that is making me feel good about it. One thing MRC taught me is it is a way of life, and I don't feel guilty about anything I eat or drink on maintenance. If I gain weight with it, put it aside for another time.

Hope y'all are having a wonderful weekend... I am sipping shakes.. LOL

Patzi

bigdog
12-11-2011, 10:11 AM
Patzi,
even when i get to maintenance, i'll still be drinking some of the protein shakes and MSNs. it's the only way that i can get all the protein in that my body needs. i seem to prefer more vegetarian type meals -i'm not vegetarian but meat is not always appealing to me (i used to eat peanut butter sandwiches on lite bread all the time because i didn't feel like eating meat ). the last couple days, have been eating cottage cheese for my protein for lunch w/ fruit and celery. i'm going to make the turkey meatloaf muffins so i can have something easy to grab and eat on the run.
i love the protein shakes...that's my "dessert"
have a great Sunday! i really need to get it in gear and get some Christmas shopping done, then get ready for Christmas party at the Sailing Club- usually lots of salads and we're taking smoked salmon so should be ok :-) hoping they have champagne! we always toast the Sunset at the club!

faerychic
12-11-2011, 10:52 AM
faerychic...
You are permitted to ask for a counsultant you like and can work with. May times I am waiting my turn, and they come to someone before me and she will say, go ahead I am waiting for so and so.. If there is someone you prefer,, then I would make an appt with that one person and tell the center you want to see only her.. It is done by many in my center.


thanks Patzi - I think in the future I will avoid this counselor as it is not the first time she has given me a hard time.

bigdog - thanks for the tip on the facebook recipes. I do have the MRC cookbook (waste of money) especially since a lot of the recipes call for HNS's which I cannot use with meals on Metabalance (HNS are used for snacks). I realize my weight loss will be slower but at least I am having fewer migraines on the meta balance plan. The counselor I met with yesterday was very encouraging and said to stick with it and would come up with something else for me if meta balance doesn't work. hmmmm...... maybe I should take the super veggie as I do have issues with constipation!

As for my meltdown...........I think I was just looking for an excuse to eat some junk food since I was feeling down as a result of my meeting with the bad counselor. I did have plenty of on plan food I could have eaten. I have to remind myself that food is not going to make me feel better when I am on a downer.

I appreciate everyone's input and am glad to have this forum for venting and encouragement!

bigdog
12-11-2011, 11:07 AM
faerychic, if you are constipated (TMI!! LOL!) don't you love this forum? buy the smooth move tea. (Walgreens, Walmart - can order online) drink it the night before. it's so good! (i heard that veggie drink is awful and you have to actually hold your nose to drink it!) that's prob. the main reason you're not showing a weight loss. also are you wearing light clothes when weighing in? i keep the lightest weight shorts and shirt that i have in my car so i'm not disappointed by a heavier clothes gain. i run into the b-room at the center, pee and change into my light clothes. if i could get naked i would! i don't even wear my usual padded bra! (TMI, for sure!!)
At the center one week after a vacation i lost 1 pound. the consultant that weighed me in started lecturing me and saying what can we do to help you, blah, blah and acting like i was this big fat failure. made me want to give up and i went out to eat that night not caring to stay on plan. i was happy w/ that 1 pound loss and they made me feel awful. then i remembered i'm doing this for me and refused to let them make me feel that way and got back on plan.
you can do this :-)

Cassie, the sugar free dessert gum is a great idea - getting some today!

Patzi, as always, you give better advice and tips than the center - Thank You! (you should be a counselor!)

Droopy pants Gina -too funny! last time i was at the Club (where i'm going tonight) a couple people asked me if had been eating and one asked me if i was on the grapefruit diet! (not sure where that came from?) LOL they kept telling me to eat, eat, eat... dang food pushers!!! i told them i ate before i came - hee hee

1bighog
12-11-2011, 12:06 PM
Oh my stars. I went out with my boss and a coworker Friday night. First of all, you know it's either going to be a really good night or a really bad night when your boss tells you not to wear anything with your work logo on it. I literally crawled home that night (or actually, the next morning) at 3:30 am and when I woke up, I was face down and fully dressed down to my boots.

Anyway, I'm sick of the same breakfast every morning...slice of bread & cheddar cheese under the broiler with a boiled egg...so this morning I decided to make recipe out of the MRC cookbook. I saw quite a few that I thought looked good but I'm running low on groceries so I decided to make the Snickerdoodle cookie. It's disgusting. Has anyone had this? Wondering what I did wrong. It's very rubbery and it just doesn't taste good. It calls for oatmeal and I know I'm not supposed to use instant. I had old-fashioned and quick oats in my pantry and I used the old-fashioned. Everything else seemed so simple--beaten eggs, cinnamon, artificial sweetener, vanilla pudding supplement--not sure where I went wrong.

bigdog
12-11-2011, 12:20 PM
bighog - wahahahahaha!!! too funny re: Night out ! for the snickerdoddles, when i made them it tasted like egg baked oatmeal so i started using just egg whites and they came out a little crispier... also before i ate them, i put in the broiler to crisp them up. i also sprinkled cinnamon and splenda on top before putting in broiler... i am still looking for that perfect MRC cookie - i want crunch!!!

i had turkey sausage w/ my egg this am for some variety and cinnamon toast... i also like mozzarella cheese mixed with my scrambled egg in the am so it's not so eggy....i microwave in a mug.... good on half of a lite english muffin too (tastes like egg mcmuffin open face..)

All- remember me swearing off protein bars.?..well forgot i ordered a bunch of pure protein bars from Amazon when i was ordering some CDs so they came in friday... great price BTW, $7.55 for box of 6...but dang, my weight loss is at a stall because here i go again, eating one or two a day. i've now put them in my car so i can't just reach in the pantry and grab one.
also, the other night, my DH (Chef) bought home a box of homemade cookies, i was like, you need to put them in your car and don't keep them in the house. he's like, they are for me. i told him i didn't care if they were in the house and i would eat them. so he says, no you won't, you have willpower. i was like, no i don't I WILL eat them...no power. he hid them and i did look for them and gave up! he's the type of person if we had a box of chocolate, he would expect it still to be there a month later. me, i would think about that box of chocolate every minute until it was gone!!!!

nwcgina
12-11-2011, 01:44 PM
Wow!!! but I blame my work (not that I should do that) cause they bake them fresh during my shift. But I pop a piece of sugar free desert gum...apple pie or orange creme pop and I'm good to go...the smell goes away and the craving goes away.


We joke that when people start at our work place we need to weigh them when they start, we guarantee they'll gain 10 in a year...constant potlucks, patients bringing goodies, esp this time of year. I could use a little extra money right now but am not going to work extra because there is so much good stuff there and it wouldn't help me! Then they joked I lost the weight because I was no longer working very much...it does help to not be around the stuff.

Making the Jamie Eason turkey meatloaf muffins again today. yum, they are good:) Stomach still not up to everything, but good enough to be fully OP.

Cassie T
12-11-2011, 03:20 PM
also, the other night, my DH (Chef) bought home a box of homemade cookies, i was like, you need to put them in your car and don't keep them in the house. he's like, they are for me. i told him i didn't care if they were in the house and i would eat them. so he says, no you won't, you have willpower. i was like, no i don't I WILL eat them...no power. he hid them and i did look for them and gave up! he's the type of person if we had a box of chocolate, he would expect it still to be there a month later. me, i would think about that box of chocolate every minute until it was gone!!!!


Bwahahahaha....this is soooo much like my husband and I! In fact, after I read this, I read it to my husband and he goes...wow! That is us! I think maybe this might be his eye opener that the candy he has stashed in his desk should be moved cause I know exactly where it is. Thanks ladies for the laughs today...I really needed them!:D

camaswa
12-11-2011, 03:21 PM
1bighog - what a riot about your Friday night! hey, it happens.... And I didnt like the snickerdoodle either. I gave up on weirdly concocted recipes, they just seem like lame substitutes for the real thing. I have some ground turkey, so today I will try that mini-meatloaf for the week ahead. That one sounds really good.

Gina- you really sound like you have had a rough go with that stomach flu. Bummer.

and Bigdog, i have the same kind of husband- he actually buys stuff then FORGETS it. It is amazing and maddening. We have the same deal: he has to keep his candy bars in his car. But he works from home and likes things such as chips and cookies at lunch. Sometimes he actually puts them in his desk drawer. Sad but true.

do you ever wonder what happens to the people who post regularly then just disappear? I wonder about Razorback Candi, who lost like 100 pounds. And tdkTara. (something like that) Her posts were so intelligent. I just love it when I feel like I know people and can share in their successes. And I am finding i miss them when they stop posting.

My goal for this week coming up is to keep my head down and eat really clean. I'm lucky i got through this last week without a gain, but if I am going to make 5 pounds in December, this is the week to make progress. My daughter comes home from college on the 18th and will want all the foods she has missed. For one thing, we LOVE the peppermint bark from William Sonoma, and it is hard to imagine not continuing that tradition. Its funny how important traditions are to kids. As for me, a drop of peppermint in hot choc HNS would be fine. I also put sugar free egg nog flavor in a vanilla creamy - not bad!

Have a good week all. Keep your heads down!

bigdog
12-11-2011, 09:07 PM
i was just thinking the same thing -what the heck is going on w Razorback and some of the other people that used to post here? wondering if they dropped off program, or what they are doing now? would love to have some status updates. my DH keeps eating all my cottage cheese so bought two containers today! leaving the Christmas party tonight, he had to drive by Sonic and get his fast food fix.... i got home and had some cherry fat free sugar free jello :-) i started out at the party w/ a cajun bloody mary, then champagne and then red wine. i'm thinking i'm not going to be feeling too good tomorrow....LOL! i had super tight black jeans on and a tight fitted sweater - to avoid overeating!!! it worked and everyone was like Wow! i pretty much just had a bite of what iwanted to taste and that was it.

:-)

i bought the dessert sugar free gum today - yum!!! key lime and chocolate mint - it's really good and you can blow bubbles with it too!! i'm thinking all the chewing would at least burn some calories , right? :-)

nwcgina
12-11-2011, 10:33 PM
Okay...this is too funny since we've been talking about it. Our hiding place for goodies this time of year has become the garage freezer...I still know the stuff is there, but you have to go outside in the cold, so thus, not real tempting...and outta site, mostly outta mind. DH & kids bought Christmas cookies at a fundraiser yesterday and hid them there. I went to check them out because i'm doing a cookie exchange (not for me to eat, I'll end up giving them away) and wanted to see what they would still like to have...I open the freezer and there's a full Pizza Hut pizza sitting in the freezer! What?? I knew my husband got it when he helped with a youth thing tonight, and it was so sweet that he hid it there since that is what I miss more than chocolate...pizza! But it made me laugh.

Went shopping tonight and tried on size L (was XL and 1X previous to this)...they fit...but I could tell within 5 more lbs it would be too big!! So I didn't buy. I'll wait. Bought some cute black boots instead. What a great feeling. Makes missing most of my holiday favorites worth it. Like camaswa, I've been having a few feelings of "am I really not going to have _________ this year??" Oy! One day at a time. The 24th in the evening will be hard...and the 26th shopping with my sister...other than those days I just may make it through this.

teacherlady79
12-11-2011, 11:47 PM
I've been having a few feelings of "am I really not going to have _________ this year??" Oy! One day at a time. The 24th in the evening will be hard...and the 26th shopping with my sister...other than those days I just may make it through this.

Hang in there! I went through the same thing last year, but then I would remind myself that if I stuck with the diet plan and lost the weight, then I only had to give up _______ for one holiday season. I'm looking forward to being able to have some of my favorite treats this year that I missed last year... just in a lot more moderation.

Just tell yourself that none of your favorite treats goes away forever, just for right now. ;)

Rocki
12-12-2011, 08:32 AM
Happy Monday everyone.

I hope everyone is doing great and glad that the stomach bug has gone for everyone (can't imagine, that is SO horrible).. We've had major allergy issues here for weeks (hubby, both girls, and I all have bad allergies)..ugh.

I was up this AM but had steak & 2 stuffed mushrooms yesterday. I try not to eat beef too much on the plan b/c it's so dense it makes me gain or stall slightly. I did try to make the stuffed mushrooms as OP as I could, but when I figured that out with the other veggies, I was really over on my amount. I had spaghetti squash with a spray of butter and garlic salt and it was pretty good. I bought a huge bottle of the fiber tablets @ Wal-Mart and they have been working pretty well for me to "keep things moving" :).

Here's a recipe I tried yesterday. It's my own version of a "Mock Tuna Noodle Casserole".
1 can tuna
4 oz cooked broccoli cut up
1/2 pkg of HNS Chicken Soup (clear)
garlic and onion seasonings
40 cal tortilla cut into strips
1/2 oz cheese

I cooked broccoli alone first (just to warm), and also cooked the tuna mixed with tortillas, soup and seasonings to warm. Then added broccoli and cooked some more. Oh, yea. I added the cheese at the end to melt on top. It wasn't the best, but it was a decent, very light, totally OP meal. I think I could do this a few times a week for lunch. I know having tuna is a good way to help lose. Way better than beef.

I also made the "Rockin Eggnog" recipe from the center. I know a bunch of you don't like to cook with the HNS or use their recipes, but I really enjoyed this one. I didn't have any more Vanilla Creamy pudding so I used a caramel one I got online (ProtiDiet I think, same nutritional values as MRC's stuff). I took the packet of pudding, 6 oz water, 4 ice cubes, 1 tsp rum extract, and dash of nutmeg. Blended until smooth and add another dash of nutmeg and it was really good. I would add a bit more rum extract (real would be better :)), but overall it was a great treat.

Bigdog..did you post all your recipe links on the MRC Recipe page as well? I think I'm going to try the mini turkey meatloaf and the quiche recipe that Patzi posted this week. I need something new. I totally know what you mean about weighing in and not even wearing your padded bra! :) When it's warm (most of the time here), and when I'm a bit lighter I wear gym shorts and one of those shelf-bra tanks from Gap. I'm big chested and those don't hold me up too well, but I'll wear them to weigh-in b/c I figure my bra weighs 1/2 a lb or so! :) Right now I still wear gym shorts and a light t-shirt to weigh in.. I even take off hair bands, clips, jewelry, etc. :)

nwcgina
12-12-2011, 09:25 AM
Thanks, teacherlady. I've been telling myself that and totally wasn't tempted at Thanksgiving, but maybe its because I've been at it a little longer now and I'm feeling a little weak:) I think if I stay OP for the next 2 weeks and see the scale move, that will be my biggest motivation.

bigdog
12-12-2011, 09:53 AM
Rocki, great recipes!! i'm making the turkey meatloaf muffins today and buying the spinach for the quiche both sound wonderful! another fave we cook at least one time a week is the ground turkey or lean ground beef tacos - i use 3/4 hard shell and pile on the shredded lettuce and green onions and put the seasoned meat (3 oz) and shredded 1 oz cheese on top... and salsa. my DH loves it! he of course eats like 4 or more of them (not far he has a high metabolism!!)

faerychic
12-12-2011, 12:32 PM
Woke up with another migraine this morning....... This is the 3rd one I have had since last Thursday. Makes it tough to stay on plan since I usually get nauseous. I am beginning to wonder if the HNS's have anything to do with it!

BIGDOG -you are getting so close to your goal! How exciting .... your goal is very similar to mine and we're the same height. If you're like me you probably carry your weight well.......people ususally cannot believe I weigh as much as I do (I am big boned....really!)

Hope everyone has a great Monday :)

patzi
12-12-2011, 01:16 PM
[QUOTE=faerychic;4136104]Woke up with another migraine this morning....... This is the 3rd one I have had since last Thursday. Makes it tough to stay on plan since I usually get nauseous. I am beginning to wonder if the HNS's have anything to do with it!

I have migraines, and I have never been bothered by the gel type HNS, however the powdered ones have artifical alcohol sugars I believe, or something like that, forgot what the center had told me, so I cannot drink the powdered ones as sometimes they will trigger a migraine..
Patzi

Rocki
12-12-2011, 01:40 PM
I made the quiches. How do I know how much I can have? I forgot to add some seasoning, so it's a bit bland, but smells delicious! :) I was able to get 15 mini muffins out of it. I used 1 whole egg, 1/2 cup egg whites, 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 10 oz spinach. I figured it out per quiche, but still not sure :)..

27 calories
1 carb
1.26g fat
3.13 protein

I guess to get all my veggies I would have to eat 6.6 of them. That would be 20g protein and 6g carbs, 8.3g fat and 178 calories (that seems like a lot, but that would be my whole lunch).. Sorry for all the posting/rambling..just trying to be on program :)

patzi
12-12-2011, 03:57 PM
I made the quiches. How do I know how much I can have? I forgot to add some seasoning, so it's a bit bland, but smells delicious! :) I was able to get 15 mini muffins out of it. I used 1 whole egg, 1/2 cup egg whites, 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 10 oz spinach. I figured it out per quiche, but still not sure :)..

27 calories
1 carb
1.26g fat
3.13 protein

I guess to get all my veggies I would have to eat 6.6 of them. That would be 20g protein and 6g carbs, 8.3g fat and 178 calories (that seems like a lot, but that would be my whole lunch).. Sorry for all the posting/rambling..just trying to be on program :)

Rocki..
Anytime I tried a new recipe, I took it to the center when I weighed in, and they would figure out how much I could have to stay OP. I would do that vs. guessing, if you really want to stay OP.. 6 seems like a lot, but not sure which program you are on. Take your data, carb, protein data with you when you take the recipe to the center.. I was always OP while losing weight so had them do the work and they did not mind at all.

Patzi

patzi
12-12-2011, 04:02 PM
Spinach Casserole....

I put this recipe on Maintainers site.. If not on maintenance, take the recipe with you to the center and they will sub or figure it out.

I may have posted it previously, but can't recall.

Patzi

bigdog
12-12-2011, 11:16 PM
Woke up with another migraine this morning....... This is the 3rd one I have had since last Thursday. Makes it tough to stay on plan since I usually get nauseous. I am beginning to wonder if the HNS's have anything to do with it!

BIGDOG -you are getting so close to your goal! How exciting .... your goal is very similar to mine and we're the same height. If you're like me you probably carry your weight well.......people ususally cannot believe I weigh as much as I do (I am big boned....really!)

Hope everyone has a great Monday :)

if it's the artificial sweetner in the HNSs, try the Syntrax Natural Nectar powders for your HNSs (can order online) check out this link (http://www.healthcentral.com/migraine/triggers-29502-5.html)

i'm more pear shaped and wear alot of black so can hide my weight pretty well. when i weigh in once a year @ for my yearly exam, the nurse always looks at me and says Wow as she moves the lever over - i laugh and say yeah, it's all muscle. HA (not true) i wear heels too all the time mainly because i have a hard time walking in flat shoes LOL! i am getting close but seems like the last 10 or 15 lbs. is the hardest and i really need to work at being focused. i'll reread my materials and pretend it's the first day of the diet to get recharged. i've lost and gained the same 25 lbs over and over with Wt. Watchers. i hope to keep it off this time (love this program). starting out this time is the most i have ever weighed and it snuck up on me.
vacation day today and had lunch and dinner out - smoked chicken w/ collard greens and apples for lunch....Dinner was petite sirloin and broccoli and small portion of bread (40 cal). took food home from both restaurants! that i'll eat tomorrow. Christmas shopping today so didn't get all my water in though...
wore the tight jeans again today and it really did keep me from overeating...the jeans have a tummy control panel in them - pretty cool because i seriously could not eat another bite w/ them on! prob. should buy a couple more pairs and wear them all through Christmas!

bigdog
12-12-2011, 11:30 PM
I made the quiches. How do I know how much I can have? I forgot to add some seasoning, so it's a bit bland, but smells delicious! :) I was able to get 15 mini muffins out of it. I used 1 whole egg, 1/2 cup egg whites, 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 10 oz spinach. I figured it out per quiche, but still not sure :)..

27 calories
1 carb
1.26g fat
3.13 protein

I guess to get all my veggies I would have to eat 6.6 of them. That would be 20g protein and 6g carbs, 8.3g fat and 178 calories (that seems like a lot, but that would be my whole lunch).. Sorry for all the posting/rambling..just trying to be on program :)

not an educated quess, but i would think this is close to 3 servings for the 15 muffins... then add a little more veggies to your lunch or dinner.... or have your center figure it out :-) you could prob. email them the recipe...and they can give you their answer (you're paying them for the counseling, so go for it!)

nwcgina
12-13-2011, 08:13 AM
Morning all! Yesterday was a day when I just wanted to eat and eat (didn't) and was ready to give up. Just hungry...and frustrated because I know I'm not eating enough to do the heavy running I want to do. I'm willing to wait about 2 more months before I start running again, at which point I'll have to move to metabalance (or I could be very close to hitting stabilization). Signed up for a warrior dash in June so I need to be ready for that...3.1 mile race through field and forrest with lost of obstacles along the way.

But today I stepped on the scale and its still going down so I'm reminding myself it is worth it and once I hit March 1, even if I'm not fully to my goal, I will be very close and can ask the center about changing my plan so I can start running and lifting heavy again. So trying to stick to just walking, body weight training, pilates, and yoga. I was 170.0...I was thinking I should go sweat .1 lb off just to see 169, but I will wait:)

JenB72
12-13-2011, 09:15 AM
Good Morning! I've had a very rough few days and as a result, I gained a pound at WI yesterday. :( In a nutshell, we thought we may have to put my cat to sleep last Saturday. She was diagnosed three weeks ago with Pancreatitis and had become dehydrated. The doctor admitted her and was going for a third round of IV fluids. So I spent the last three days crying my eyes out because she is my first pet...ever and the doctor said it may not work. To make matters worse, she was a Christmas present so to have it happen now is just awful. Luckily, she responded well to IV fluids, but the doctor cautioned me she is terminal. At this point, it could be a week or a few months. It just depends on how she does at home.

So, I didn't eat much or drink much or take many of my supplements because I lost my appetite. Then, at Sunday dinner there was Italian bread, so I started eating that. Bad move. So, just so I don't have to think about eating breakfast or lunch, I'm doing Meta-Quick this week. I don't want to have to force myself to eat and then get hungry and eat the wrong things. It's just one of those rare times I'm doing this to help me mentally rather than physically.

Sorry to ramble on. I'm just going to keep praying for a miracle.

Rocki
12-13-2011, 09:20 AM
Very sorry Jen! My hubby & I had brother and sister kitties who we loved so much. The boy had feline leukemia and we had to have him put to sleep @ 10 years old. The girl was 18 and we just lost her this year. It's very hard b/c they're like our babies. I'll be thinking about you and hoping for your miracle!
Good Morning! I've had a very rough few days and as a result, I gained a pound at WI yesterday. :( In a nutshell, we thought we may have to put my cat to sleep last Saturday. She was diagnosed three weeks ago with Pancreatitis and had become dehydrated. The doctor admitted her and was going for a third round of IV fluids. So I spent the last three days crying my eyes out because she is my first pet...ever and the doctor said it may not work. To make matters worse, she was a Christmas present so to have it happen now is just awful. Luckily, she responded well to IV fluids, but the doctor cautioned me she is terminal. At this point, it could be a week or a few months. It just depends on how she does at home.

So, I didn't eat much or drink much or take many of my supplements because I lost my appetite. Then, at Sunday dinner there was Italian bread, so I started eating that. Bad move. So, just so I don't have to think about eating breakfast or lunch, I'm doing Meta-Quick this week. I don't want to have to force myself to eat and then get hungry and eat the wrong things. It's just one of those rare times I'm doing this to help me mentally rather than physically.

Sorry to ramble on. I'm just going to keep praying for a miracle.

ynapier
12-13-2011, 09:32 AM
Jen - sorry you are going through this difficult time with your cat. Rocki is right, they are like kids. Enjoy the time you have left with her and cherish all the wonderful memories you have made.
The weight will come off and you will be at goal very soon. Keep up the good work.

patzi
12-13-2011, 10:47 AM
So sorry Jen.. I will pray for a miracle also.. Have been where you are right now and I know what it feels like. And never think you are rambling on, as we are here for you at any time.. I have done the Meta Quick one full week when I had a family emergency, and it worked well for me .

I had maintenance weigh in after the two parties and gained one pound, which is fine by me, as you recall I took an extra pound off intentionally before the parties that made me 6 pounds under goal. Well, today I am 5 pounds under goal.. I will go back to my maintenance eating now, until closer to New Year's Eve... Will report Friday weigh in if I add anything else new to my diet. I love that I have made it to maintenance.. There is nothing I cannot eat in moderation.. So, I am missing nothing,unless it is a trigger for me.

So many people have opted out getting weighed in during the holidays. Center said this happens every year.. People have lost all this weight and doing well, and want to take this holiday time to just get off program and eat and drink whatever they want, and they come back in January and have gained most of the weight back.. This to me is so sad... Some people go away and that is different, but this to me is just an excuse not to diet.. But again, this is only my opinion. Center this month has been almost vacant compared to a full waiting room.

Wishing you all a great weigh in week.

I hope Candi is ok.. She had so much on her plate and was doing so well.

Patzi

nwcgina
12-13-2011, 11:27 AM
Jen-sorry about what you are going through.

Patzi-I don't go to a center (I call in), but I was guessing right now is pretty scarce but come January it will be packed...I sometimes work at a fitness center (and definitely workout there)...right now it's free reign over any of the equipment...come January everything is packed! (Come March it is back to a little more vacant). That mindset means its not a lifestyle change. I love hearing how you are doing maintenance...enjoying most foods, using the metaslim plan to get back on track, and back to your maintenance eating. Can't wait to get there...my goal is March 1 to get there!

Taking my too big clothes to consignment tomorrow. I have a tote full. I figure I am NOT going back to that size and the one I'm in now will be too big in about another month. Some really cute stuff in there that I hate to get rid of...but I"m not going to wear it again and can use the money to get something else nice.

faerychic
12-13-2011, 12:40 PM
i'm more pear shaped and wear alot of black so can hide my weight pretty well. when i weigh in once a year @ for my yearly exam, the nurse always looks at me and says Wow as she moves the lever over - i laugh and say yeah, it's all muscle. HA (not true) i wear heels too all the time mainly because i have a hard time walking in flat shoes LOL! i am getting close but seems like the last 10 or 15 lbs. is the hardest and i really need to work at being focused. i'll reread my materials and pretend it's the first day of the diet to get recharged. i've lost and gained the same 25 lbs over and over with Wt. Watchers. i hope to keep it off this time (love this program). starting out this time is the most i have ever weighed and it snuck up on me.

@bigdog......this sounds like you are describing me! Never used to be a pear shape until I got into my 40's - then my waist went bye-bye. Wear black always, lost and regained the same 25 pounds SEVERAL times (WW, So. Beach, Slimgenics, Fat Flush, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem - this is over a 25 year period!) I don't wear heals anymore though, switched to dansko's or clog type shoes.

@Patzi........it's great that you keep posting here now that you are in maintenance. I find it very inspirational. I have lost and regained weight so many times and reading your posts reminds me that it is a lifetime change. That I can manage maintenace - I just need to be mindful if what I am eating and not go back to bad eating habits.

I just did 4 days of metaquick (not sure I can handle more than that!). I am going in today to get weighed and keeping my fingers crossed that the number on the scale has moved in a downward direction!

As for dieting during the holidays - I am actually happy that I decided to start before the holidays, that way I won't gain like I usually do. I am committed to go to the center twice a week, even if I have eaten off plan. I figure I still need to face the music and get back on track.

ynapier
12-13-2011, 02:23 PM
I just went to WI and was down another 3 pounds. :D That means I'm 2 pounds away from my Christmas goal of a total of 40 pounds lost since I started. I also tried on clothes and was fitting into a 14 which was shocking to me. I have been wearing mostly the same clothes since the beginning and they are 18s. As long as the pants don't fall off I have been wearing them. I don't want to spend a lot on clothes when I'm only half way to my goal. I think I'm going to have to get a couple of pairs of work pants though. I had a coworker tell me last week that I was wearing saggy butt pants. :)

:rudolph:

patzi
12-13-2011, 02:54 PM
I just went to WI and was down another 3 pounds. :D That means I'm 2 pounds away from my Christmas goal of a total of 40 pounds lost since I started. I also tried on clothes and was fitting into a 14 which was shocking to me. I have been wearing mostly the same clothes since the beginning and they are 18s. As long as the pants don't fall off I have been wearing them. I don't want to spend a lot on clothes when I'm only half way to my goal. I think I'm going to have to get a couple of pairs of work pants though. I had a coworker tell me last week that I was wearing saggy butt pants. :)

:rudolph:

I am so happy for you.. What a great feeling, eh ? Be proud of yourself, you deserve an applause...You will make your goal.. You are on the right track.

Patzi

nwcgina
12-13-2011, 03:21 PM
Way to go, Y!! You will totally make your goal of 40 by Christmas!

1bighog
12-13-2011, 03:24 PM
Hey, everyone! I'm feelin' fabulous and skinny today but I didn't make it to my usual Tuesday morning weigh in because I had a dentist appointment. I'm going to try to go once I pick up a couple of kids from school.

Jen, sorry about your cat.

darcy75
12-13-2011, 04:28 PM
I am new to MRC and went through my pre-conditioning last week which was really hard at first but got better toward the end of the week even though I was traveling. I officially started my first week yesterday and I feel ridiculously full today. I could barely eat my entire lunch. I felt like I was going to throw up after eating that much. I am also really bloated and gassy. I am drinking all my water but wondering if I am retaining a ton of water for some reason and that's what's causing this problem. I am just wondering if anyone else had this problem when they first started and what to do to make this feeling go away. I am eating more on this diet than I did before I started, but I am eating better food. I used to skip breakfast and/or lunch every day. If I was busy in the eve's I'd sometimes skip dinner too or grab something from fast food or snack when I got home after the kids went to bed. All really bad habits I KNOW!!! I'm trying my best to see this through to the end and would love some feedback.

Thanks,
Darcy

nwcgina
12-13-2011, 05:48 PM
Welcome, Darcy.

It depends on what food plan you are on and how quickly your body is adjusting to more water, etc. i was on the meta slim yellow to start and I was always hungry. If you are eating more veggies than you were accustomed to, that can cause bloating/gas.

camaswa
12-13-2011, 08:35 PM
Wow! I haven't been here much of late and am impressed with how well people are doing. In body AND mind. So inspiring. I only have a minute (on the train) but wanted to say that I am actually surprised how much I like a MetaQuick day or two now and then. I feel much more satisfied that I thought I would. The trick is I have to be really busy. At home, I probably wouldnt stick to it. I don't think it is really affecting my loss, however. I've been going off at night. But that's another story. Today I have been 100 percent on plan and there are turkey meatloafs waiting at home. My train stop is next...

Cassie T
12-13-2011, 08:53 PM
So it's the first day back at work since I got the suggestion of chewing sugar free gum to help with the temptations. It really did help with the smell of cookies baking, but it sure as heck didn't help me with their chicken and dumplings. All I can say is it was a kinda seperate thing. It had steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots (no carrots for me) and then you put the sauce and dumplings on top. Had a smallish scoop of the dumpling part and a medium size of the veg. It was soooo good, but the kicker was the buttermilk biscuit that I was just going to eat half of the top...yea...it's all gone. I really need to kick up my weight loss, but I keep going off plan and I can see how it affects me. I did lose 2 pounds this WI, but I was hoping to hit my first milestone. Still workin on the ten!!

teacherlady79
12-13-2011, 08:56 PM
I am new to MRC and went through my pre-conditioning last week which was really hard at first but got better toward the end of the week even though I was traveling. I officially started my first week yesterday and I feel ridiculously full today. I could barely eat my entire lunch. I felt like I was going to throw up after eating that much. I am also really bloated and gassy. I am drinking all my water but wondering if I am retaining a ton of water for some reason and that's what's causing this problem. I am just wondering if anyone else had this problem when they first started and what to do to make this feeling go away. I am eating more on this diet than I did before I started, but I am eating better food. I used to skip breakfast and/or lunch every day. If I was busy in the eve's I'd sometimes skip dinner too or grab something from fast food or snack when I got home after the kids went to bed. All really bad habits I KNOW!!! I'm trying my best to see this through to the end and would love some feedback.

Thanks,
Darcy

Hi Darcy!
If I remember correctly, you're eating 6 oz of protein and 4 oz (cooked) veggies at lunch and dinner, right?

I struggled to eat all of my food, too, when I first started (and I used to skip breakfast all the time before I joined MRC). I think part of it was because even though I used to eat a lot in one sitting at times in the past, it was usually all carbs--which don't make you feel as full. The veggies fill you up, and the protein keeps you feeling full and not hungry for a longer period of time.

Eventually you'll get used to the amounts of food and be able to eat it all. Just try to eat as close to all of it as you can, and soon you'll be able to eat it all.

The gas and bloat is totally because of the addition of vegetables to your diet. Veggies and fruit = lots of natural fiber. Fiber sweeps our intestinal tracts clean and--when your body isn't used to it--causes gas, bloat, and more frequent bowel movements. It took a few weeks, but once my body got used to the extra fiber, the gas and bloat went away.

Also, traveling usually causes water retention. When I got back from our 10-day trip to Alaska last June, I weighed in as having gained 3 lbs. About 3 days later, I was back down the 3 lbs, as it was water weight.

bigdog
12-13-2011, 09:21 PM
Jen, sorry to hear about your cat. our first GSD that we rescued was disagnosed w/ pancretitis after she got into our trashcan and ate all kinds of crap...they had her on IVs for a few days then she was ok...it was a misdiagnosis - hope it's the same for you!

Faerychick - i have lots of heels but love my Danskos!! especially the sandals in the summer - they have small platforms but sooo comfortable. i'm in sales so always "walking the streets!" i bought some of the leopard clogs this year - my dad in law says they look like bedroom shoes :-)
i had to buy a cute brown sweater to go w/ them

ynapier - way to go on the weight loss!!! woo hoo!!

Camaswa - DH grilled some chicken tonight - i was ready to make the turkey meatloaves - guess i'll wait till tomorrow. worked late as usual so glad he felt like cooking and also made a huge salad. YAY! when i attempt to cook, he'll be like ..what are you doing? :-) wait till he sees the little meat muffins...

Funny Story. had some LL bean cargo pants on this am walking the dogs and they almost fell off!!! they were dragging the ground and i kept tripping on the dang things!! so donating them to Goodwill - they slowed down my walk trying to keep them up! haha

patzi
12-13-2011, 10:20 PM
originally posted by BigDog..
Funny Story. had some LL bean cargo pants on this am walking the dogs and they almost fell off!!! they were dragging the ground and i kept tripping on the dang things!! so donating them to Goodwill - they slowed down my walk trying to keep them up! haha
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I LOVE this... It is ok they slowed your walk down, look at the weight you lost for them to do this..

Giving them away is such a good thing, as that is from another time, and this is now... Be proud of where you are, even if you pants are falling down. LOL.
Great story.

Patzi

nwcgina
12-13-2011, 10:33 PM
Today was killer...Christmas gathering tonight and there were cheesecakes, brownies, and a cookie exchange...and guess who got sent home with the extra?? They got put out in the freezer for DH to take treats to work. But I didn't eat a darn one...not a single bite, not even of the cheesecake.

Then I went to a pampered chef party because I wanted to get a good cutting knife for my veggies...and forgot that there would be a ton of food. i just stayed away from the table, but it was killing me as I had already said no to the cheesecake. Since I had just been at another party I said "oh, I'm already full"...but was kinda busted since someone else had also been at the previous party and noticed I hadn't eaten there either. Just enjoyed my decaf tea, but inside was dying for something...

so I got home wanting to figure out if I could make some kind of a cookie or something with an HNS...settled for spagetti squash with splenda and cinnamon. What is my life coming to? Spagetti squash to replace cheesecake??? I just have to keep saying "it will be worth it, it will be worth it, it will be worth it..."

It will, right?

Rocki
12-13-2011, 11:41 PM
Great job, and YES..it WILL! :)



so I got home wanting to figure out if I could make some kind of a cookie or something with an HNS...settled for spagetti squash with splenda and cinnamon. What is my life coming to? Spagetti squash to replace cheesecake??? I just have to keep saying "it will be worth it, it will be worth it, it will be worth it..."

It will, right?

Cassie T
12-13-2011, 11:57 PM
I just have to say I wish I had the will power that some of you ladies have. So far I haven't really been tempted with anything too harsh in this holiday season, but we're having Christmas at my grandfathers on the 25th and I am helping to cook and bake for that. So I just pray for the strength to chew my gum and not nibble and sample.

JenB72
12-14-2011, 08:53 AM
Thank you all for the kind words. She's hanging in there and so am I. As of this morning, I was down to 147.6. Weigh in tomorrow. Then come Friday at 5 pm, I'm on vacation until January 3. Woohoo!

bigdog
12-14-2011, 09:29 AM
Gina, it is worth it!!! when i joined in August, i took it day by day and am amazed at how well this plan works. i was just thinking how much i love my cinnamon toast every morning - i savor every bite! wonder if this is how thin people think every day? like, i sure am enjoying this celery stalk - yummy!!! :-)
now that i've lost weight, my friends really watch everything i eat!!

i will have to confess...at the last Christmas party, i did really well w/ the food part (i did taste the cheese cake but skipped the carb for b-fast and fruit for lunch to allow for a couple bites) but i overdid the cocktails and felt like crap the next day. i've always been a light weight but w/ eating less and drinking too much - ugh! i need to always keep a wine glass or glass of water w/ me at all times at parties. that was just stupid planning on my part. i'm finally back to the 174 on my ticker and the party was this past Sunday. when i was going to the gym, the trainer would tell me that i did great work days, 5 days a week working out, eating right but would undo my efforts on the weekend! sad but true. another party coming up and i'll be carrying my own glass in filled w/ water and lemon. i'm taking some vodka and diet tonic water too but it will be super heavy on the tonic water! i can do this!!!! maybe i'll just have water - i may surprise myself. will be wearing my tummy control tight black jeans for sure - if i overeat or overdrink in those, it kills my stomach! :-) have a great week everyone!

P.S. this morning i woke up and told myself...I WILL BE ON PLAN TODAY!

1bighog
12-14-2011, 09:31 AM
So I did make it to weigh in yesterday and the scale did not reflect how fabulous I was feeling...I was down a whopping 0.5 pounds. The counselor I saw suggested the All Day Weight Loss supplement for me but I declined. My crawl-out-of-bed-empty-my-bladder-get-naked weight was 166 this morning, though! That was really encouraging. I feel like I've been in the upper 160s a little too long.

nwcgina
12-14-2011, 09:54 AM
I just have to say I wish I had the will power that some of you ladies have. So far I haven't really been tempted with anything too harsh in this holiday season, but we're having Christmas at my grandfathers on the 25th and I am helping to cook and bake for that. So I just pray for the strength to chew my gum and not nibble and sample.

This time of year is hard...I've really had to decide I"m NOT going to eat certain things, not just "hope" that I don't. The mindset change is amazing. for the most part, the key is just keeping the stuff I can't eat out of the house, not going into a convenience store, etc. This time of year is harder with the get togethers. I took the easy way out and bought already cut out sugar cookies for the kids to decorate...didn't want to go through all the work and not be able to eat them, or the chance of nibbling.

Another suggestion I have is to set yourself a (non-food) reward for not engaging in holiday goodies. This spring I was trying to cut out sweets, so I went 8 weeks without. If I did it, I was allowing myself money to buy new sandals. If I ate sweets, I was going to wear my same old sandals that summer. It was motivation when I saw something I wanted to eat...I would think "old crappy sandals, or new fun sandals"...I stuck to it-and bought 2 pair:)

Today is my last "party" until the 24th. The 24th we'll be with my family which is traditionally a trigger, but my parents are also doing MRC so are coming up with things that are OP...like turkey smokies in walden farms bbq sauce, veggie tray, OP chili, etc. But my bigger issue is the next 8 days I sit at basketball games all night (anywhere from 3-8 games a day) and I plan on packing my own meal rather than eat in the hospitality room, coming up with items that don't look too crazy when I'm eating them on the bench between games. Was thinking a piece of chicken in a wrap with some veggies or maybe just getting some protein bars. I know they say don't do them for supper, but I may just need to. Especially as sometimes I get busy and don't really have time to eat, but don't want to get famished.

I saw the 160's today...okay, barely, but I'm there and not going back. 1 lb to my lowest EVER!

patzi
12-14-2011, 10:38 AM
nwcgina

From someone that went thru the tough times and made it to maintenance, it is worth it more than I can say. I would not have changed a thing I did during losing weight.. Be proud of yourself, you have great will power, and that is a great achievement.. It is difficult to stay OP , but it can be done and at the end you will be glad you did.. Proud of you, so please be proud of yourself, as you deserve it.

Patzi

bigdog
12-14-2011, 10:38 AM
So I did make it to weigh in yesterday and the scale did not reflect how fabulous I was feeling...I was down a whopping 0.5 pounds. The counselor I saw suggested the All Day Weight Loss supplement for me but I declined. My crawl-out-of-bed-empty-my-bladder-get-naked weight was 166 this morning, though! That was really encouraging. I feel like I've been in the upper 160s a little too long.

i love this program but hate that MRC's solution to everything is to push more pills!! i've lost alot of inches all over but a little less in my stomach - instead of saying, hey Big Dog, do some sit ups or drink more water! or ask the question...are you pmsing? oh,no, it was you need to do the Internal Cleanse and take the Corti Trim... i tune them out when they push pills and get the heck out of there!
just make sure you have the lightest clothes possible to weigh in (it does make a difference) if i exercise alot in the am before weigh in, it can reflect 2 lbs more!

Rocki
12-14-2011, 12:06 PM
Happy Hump Day Everyone! I was down 1lb @ weigh in yesterday and down another 1lb today..147.8 I think. I think that's just 1/10 of a lb more than my lowest weight of the year. Super excited to be going towards the 130s again. I bought some quinoa and have had it as a dessert and really enjoyed it. I did the spinach quiches yesterday and those are better reheated in my opinion. I'm making the turkey meatloaf tonight. I'm feeling so much better knowing I'm eating right.

What do you all do if you skip a meal? I skipped breakfast (not intentionally) this morning and then had the quiches and my quinoa for lunch. Should I add a fruit as well? That way I'll have had 1 fruit and 2 starches (if I do one with dinner) for the day?

Jen..glad to hear you're hanging in, and great job on the weight loss!

Patzi..as ever, you are an awesome encouragement everyday! I love reading your posts.

Bigdog..where did you get the skinny, tummy tightening jeans? I need some of those. I have some of the tummy panel tank tops (I got @ Sam's Club) and they really make me think twice about eating too much (or moving too much for that matter) :)

Cassie..You can DO this! It's hard. It's much harder for some to stay OP than others. I understand, really. I have no willpower, but somehow I'm doing it right again! It's a LOT of self-help/talk. That is for sure. You have to constantly be in your head telling yourself you can do it, and what NOT to cave into! :)

Bighog..WOOHOO on the 160s! That is SO awesome! Keep it up!

Gina..good luck with all the games and keeping your cooler stocked with stuff you can have. I'm sure it will be tough, but you know you can do it! The bars are great if there's nothing else and it's easier for you. That's way better than fast food and junk from the mini-mart.

darcy75
12-14-2011, 01:25 PM
Thanks Gina and Teacherlady for the feedback yesterday. My counselor at WI last night said the exact same thing! I am feeling a little less miserable today and I was down 3lbs at WI yesterday. That's great, considering I had a rough pre-conditioning week.

Have a good day everyone!

Rocki
12-14-2011, 01:35 PM
Way to go Darcy! Awesome Job!
Thanks Gina and Teacherlady for the feedback yesterday. My counselor at WI last night said the exact same thing! I am feeling a little less miserable today and I was down 3lbs at WI yesterday. That's great, considering I had a rough pre-conditioning week.

Have a good day everyone!

patzi
12-14-2011, 02:07 PM
Weigh in clothes...
I found two weeks ago in Target some very no weight leggings for $8.99. They are great to weigh in.. I bought a couple of pairs as I wear same clothes to weigh in. A light weight bottom and a lightweight cotton tee. I bought a new pair of legging jeans since I lost the weight, I am experimenting with new clothes here and there, but when I had them weighed in at center they were a pound, so do not wear them.. They said they were willing to take off a pound of I wore them, but to me, that becomes too complicated, if I don't have the same consultant each week.

When it is cold here in the south, wear same light clothes and put a jacket over it and then take a heavy sweater to work to wear over the tee.. I have this all figured out.. LOL



Patzi

1bighog
12-14-2011, 04:00 PM
A few weeks ago I asked what everyone else did about WI clothes...I had not been wearing the same outfit but one week I posted a 1.5 pound gain and I was wearing jeans, so I vowed never to do that again. Once a week I weigh in on my way to work so I wear a t-shirt and some type of workout bottoms, sometimes capris, sometimes pants, but they are all lightweight. (I work in a gymnastics center so I can get away with this outfit, lol) :)

camaswa
12-14-2011, 04:18 PM
Hey Gina! I saw the -60's this AM too! Just barely: 169.4! One bit of extra car s or salt today and I probably won't see it again tomorrow, so that's motivating ! Isn't it exciting to move down a 10# notch? I was in the 190s when I started. I always weigh 2# more ar the Center, so I don't know if I will make that 20# board this Friday or not. It would be great.

BigDog, I am SO like you- I will eat great but drink instead. Talk about beating myself up... I actually declined a party this weekend because it will be a rowdy one and I just don't want to be around it. It's an Ugly Sweater party, if you can imagine! Probably will be lots of laughs but I need to hibernate after last week and in advance of the next one. At least I'm learning not to try to do everything.

Usually I don't get on the scales once during the holidays. I kind of wonder how much I typically gain. I have always eaten all the goodies that came in. And drank all the high-cal cocktails. Even if I don't make the 5 pounds by Christmas, I know I'm better off for being on program most of the time.

Tamikl
12-14-2011, 06:10 PM
Well, I was up 2lbs today at my WI. In all of the 6 months OP I have never gained weight:( This has been hard...but I have only myself to blame. I see through looking at my food journal all of the mistakes I have made, and I feel like a child because it is almost like I pushed a little this past week just to see what I could get away with....not a good idea. To top it all off, I am headed to Vegas this weekend with my daughter and husband, and sure don't feel like I have much room where dining is concerned. This will be a challenge.

I agree that while we may not be perfect this time of year, we are certainly better off trying to stay OP most of the time rather than like in years past when I really didn't pay attention.

Well ladies...don't take your weightloss nor your efforts for granted...today taught me that forever I will have to pay attention and be careful. The weight can and will come right back on otherwise :)

My plan is to get over this bump in the road and press on......while trying not to beat myself up too much in the meantime:(

bigdog
12-14-2011, 06:36 PM
Rocki, the jeans are "Hannah" i got them at Burke's Outlet...didn't realize they had the tummy control but was looking for black jeans - very cheap! it's hit or miss - this outlet shopping but my girlfriends and i have fun finding fun clothes there. i also got a pair of these zebra fur pajamas! i think i'll wear them at the beach campground over Christmas when i'm walking the dogs. HA HA! i want to thank you again for telling me about the Chocolate Truffle protein powder...yum!

Camaswa - you saw the 160's!!! i would be doing a total happy dance!!!! that's very motivating!!
looking back...i was totally out of control for about a year before i joined MRC - what was i thinking? butter popcorn every night, chocolate, all the stuff i would never think about eating all the time! wasn't worried about gaining weight, then my sister posted all those "fat" photos of me and i was like, Holy Cow! who is that? so glad i'm back in control - it feels great. the more healthy substitutes i find to forever replace the bad choices, the better off i'll be. this is a lifestyle change not a diet to me. i'll continue to go out but just not as much and if i do, i'm going to have to stick to drink, water, water, drink! i know what to do, just need to do it!

Tamiki - i see a gain if i eat extra carbs or go off plan, like in a day! i'm thinking when i get to maintenance, i'm just going to have to increase my exercise to allow those extra events or food that i may want to add to my plan. i see a stall or slight gain if i don't get all my water in that day..

it does suck that it's so easy to gain and harder to lose! but at least w/ this plan, i'm finally losing.

Way to go Darcy and Big Hog on the weight loss!!

Thanks Patzi and everyone else for sharing even more tips on how to stay on plan :-)

bigdog
12-14-2011, 08:28 PM
i log everything i eat online (and track exercise) and trying to figure out what to set MY Fitness Pro totals at. right now i have it set at 1,055 Cal, 165 g. protein and 55 g. carb, 24 g. fat... not sure if that's correct.

i've heard the MRC plan is 60 % protein, 20 % fat and 20 % carbs....

i must be tired! i can't figure this out.... help?!

camaswa
12-14-2011, 08:39 PM
Tamiki- that must have been tough to see a 2# gain. I feel for you. Try to see it as simply information. Now you know what you can't do. In the scheme of things, this is just a little blip. Las Vegas has great restaurants! Think seafood, salad, veggies. Have fun

patzi
12-15-2011, 07:39 AM
Tamikl posted...
.Well ladies...don't take your weightloss nor your efforts for granted...today taught me that forever I will have to pay attention and be careful. The weight can and will come right back on otherwise .

Tami, you have it figured out.. If you mess around with your weight challenge then you will never get stabization right, and maintenance will be a failure.. I saw two of my friends start MRC same time I did,go off program whenever it suited them,made excuses why it was ok,as it MRC was desgined just for them, and when they got to maintenance could not make it.. Soooo, you know what you have to do ,so go on to today. You will be fine and will make it. Please do not beat yourself up.. No need for that. You came to a great realization, and that is the KEY...

Camaswa... Congratulations for seeing the 160's.Happy for you.

Darcy & Big Hog.. Congrats on loss.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day and a great weight loss.

Patzi

nwcgina
12-15-2011, 07:56 AM
I survived another Christmas party yesterday (will they ever end??:)) I didn't eat OP...and someone even brought some roasted venison so I got to have something different but OP. Ahhhh! Feels good. Scale stayed @ 169.8...am so afraid I'll see the 170's again. Got rid of a whole tote of clothes at consignment yesterday...that way I don't have them to fall back on and hopefully I'll have a few dollars to be able to buy clothes when I get down to the next size.

bigdog
12-15-2011, 09:32 AM
weigh in and another pound lost!!! woo hoo! might even reach the 160's before Christmas :-) Stayed ON PLAN for 2 days and no protein bars! ((i'm usually OP but will maybe add a couple things that aren't on plan) amazing that if i stay on plan that the pounds drop off...Yippee Yay!! yum, this boiled egg and cheese toast sure is good!

teacherlady79
12-15-2011, 09:48 AM
Hi Ladies! I posted this in the maintainer's thread, but wanted to get your help/opinions, too:

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

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

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

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

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

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


ETA: Gastronomical Rex was my husband's suggestion. I like it and think it;s kind of funny, but I'm not sure if it's too much of a mouthful or if it makes it sound like I'm eating dinosaurs rather than that I'm a "Cuisine King," LOL.

bigdog
12-15-2011, 09:57 AM
[QUOTE=teacherlady79;4138888]Hi Ladies! I posted this in the maintainer's thread, but wanted to get your help/opinions, too:

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


Great idea!! Cooking Skinny by Teacherlady (successful MRC loser)

include MRC somewhere because when people do a search of MRC, they will be able to find your very helpful suggestions and you know we all need help !! :-) to stay on plan. the variety of food and meals that is suggested on this forum is the ONLY reason i've been successful. make sure you let us all know what you decide on!

nwcgina
12-15-2011, 10:00 AM
Teacherlady-I think it sounds like a great idea. i like the first (7 parts full) and the last one (teacherlady's test kitchen)...it's hard to come up with a good blog name. The content is really most important, but you also feel like you want to start with something good that encompases what the blog is about...Look forward to reading it no matter what you name it:)

patzi
12-15-2011, 10:28 AM
Natalie..
This idea of a blog is a wonderful idea... So glad to hear this .

Patzi

patzi
12-15-2011, 10:42 AM
I have a great sucess story for everyone... A friend of mine just made maintenance with 4 pounds under goal, She was 210 pounds when she started and today she is 140, making it a 70 pound loss... There is something more to tell that makes the weight loss special.. She is off all diabetes medication and off high blood pressure medication.. I think this is just a spectacular accomplishment. Just had to share this. She is so excited about buying her skinny outfit for New Years Eve. She really worked this program and stayed OP the complete time, and I am so happy for her that she made it. A new person, indeed.
Patzi

camaswa
12-15-2011, 11:37 AM
weigh in and another pound lost!!! woo hoo! might even reach the 160's before Christmas :-) Stayed ON PLAN for 2 days and no protein bars! ((i'm usually OP but will maybe add a couple things that aren't on plan) amazing that if i stay on plan that the pounds drop off...Yippee Yay!! yum, this boiled egg and cheese toast sure is good!
Hey BigDog, I think your post is actually proving what Patzi is saying! I really need to take that to heart. Yay on your pound!

Chickadee
12-15-2011, 12:03 PM
Hi everyone
I don't post much, but just wanted to say how helpful reading everyone's posts is to me. I agree that this time of year is hard, but as so many people have pointed out, it's way better to be on track this time of year than gaining weight to worry about later. I work in a school and have been given quite a few mugs filled with chocolates and baked goods. I haven't touched any of it, in part thanks to reading this thread!
As we said in the '70s, keep on truckin'!
Chickadee

faerychic
12-15-2011, 12:42 PM
Hi everyone
I don't post much, but just wanted to say how helpful reading everyone's posts is to me. I agree that this time of year is hard, but as so many people have pointed out, it's way better to be on track this time of year than gaining weight to worry about later. I work in a school and have been given quite a few mugs filled with chocolates and baked goods. I haven't touched any of it, in part thanks to reading this thread!
As we said in the '70s, keep on truckin'!
Chickadee

Right on Chickadee! :D

I was going to say basically same thing....coming here to read everyone post has helped tremendously with keeping me on track. I am not losing as fast as others and still doing meta balance, but I am able to stick to it and am feeling good. I was actually down 1.5 pounds when I weighed in on Tuesday. I met with the counselor that signed me up whom I really like and I feel she understand me needs. She mentioned the possiblity of switching to meta protein if my weight loss stalls. I made a appointment to see her again on Saturday. I like the idead of meeting with the same person each time I go in so I don't have to re-hash my struggles each time (plus I there is one counselor that I don't care for - just wants to push the pills).

patzi
12-15-2011, 01:56 PM
Originally Posted by Chickadee

Hi everyone
I don't post much, but just wanted to say how helpful reading everyone's posts is to me. I agree that this time of year is hard, but as so many people have pointed out, it's way better to be on track this time of year than gaining weight to worry about later. I work in a school and have been given quite a few mugs filled with chocolates and baked goods. I haven't touched any of it, in part thanks to reading this thread!
As we said in the '70s, keep on truckin'!
Chickadee

Hi..
Want to say, good work, not touching any of the goodies... Be proud of yourself for the discipline, and it will all pay off at the end. I just told one of my empoyees to get away from me with the Christmas candy before I hurt him.LOL. So now they are in back having all the goodies, candy, cupcakes and you know all that "stuff". There was a party at one of the shops in center here, and they went while I stayed put.
Nice hearing from you Chickadee and please post more often..

Patzi

JenB72
12-15-2011, 02:03 PM
I needed some good news this week and I got some today. First, my cat is hanging in there. I know her time is short, but I'm going to do everything I can to help her and live with no regrets that I didn't try it all.

Next, I can now say I weigh less than I did on my wedding day! I don't know what made me do it, but I weighed myself on my wedding day so I would always know what that number was...147. At my weigh in today, I was down to 145.5.

Oh, yeah, and they asked me to be in a local tv commerical for MRC. ;)

patzi
12-15-2011, 02:38 PM
I needed some good news this week and I got some today. First, my cat is hanging in there. I know her time is short, but I'm going to do everything I can to help her and live with no regrets that I didn't try it all.

Next, I can now say I weigh less than I did on my wedding day! I don't know what made me do it, but I weighed myself on my wedding day so I would always know what that number was...147. At my weigh in today, I was down to 145.5.

Oh, yeah, and they asked me to be in a local tv commerical for MRC. ;)

Jen...
Glad about the kitty... and my goodness, look at you at 145.5.. That is such an accomplishment.. I am so proud of you and what an honor to do the local TV commercial.. You will be an asset to MRC for sure.. Be happy and be proud of yourself. What an inspiration to this group.
Patzi

skinnyfarmer12
12-15-2011, 02:42 PM
Awesome!!!to JenB72

darcy75
12-15-2011, 05:50 PM
I have two holiday parties this weekend but am feeling confident I'll be ok. I just have to remind myself of the bigger (or in this case, smaller) picture. :)

WI this afternoon was down 3 from Tuesday. Mostly water weight I am sure but moving in the right direction.

Teacherlady - FWIW.....Natalie's Nibbles is cute and catchy but I like Cooking Skinny best. Plus, it will generate better results in organic search. If you're looking to make some part-time income with the blog, Cooking Skinny would be the best selection. I also like bigdog's idea of adding 'by Teacherladay (successful MRC client)'. If you add that to the title, it will help increase your relevancy in search engines for MRC recipes.

Cassie T
12-15-2011, 07:33 PM
Teacherlady....I love this idea of yours about blogging about your food and recipies. I actually loved the idea of calling it seven parts full. Please make sure once you have this blog up and running to post a link here so we all can read it. I am dying for more recipies that are fun easy and fabulous. And don't require the supplements from the center. I also agree with Big Dog you should put in a tag line about MRC and your weightloss...that way its searchable.

BurlingtonLady
12-15-2011, 07:33 PM
Hi, I'm new. I've been on the MRC plan for 4-1/2 weeks now and have only lost 9 lbs, but spent $1279.95 (no wonder I'm having a hard time paying my bills). Every time I go to the center they tell me I need another product to get better weight loss. My finances have had it and I've about had it too. I've stayed on program faithfully. Any advice out there. I'm thinking the so-called protein drinks have too much sugar (under the caption of fructose - but as an RN I know that the body doesn't distinguish. Sugar is sugar and the calories are the calories. I'm desperate. Sorry this is such a downer, but I'm at wit's end.

bigdog
12-15-2011, 09:05 PM
Fantastic, Jen!!! can't wait to see you on TV! i bet it is so much fun buying new clothes - you look incredible!~

Burlingtonlady - just tell them you can't buy anything else and make sure you get every penny worth! find a consultant you like, show them your food journal and get them to help you w/ your weight loss. ask them for advice on everything and congrats on the 9 lb. loss!!! i lost an average of 1 to 2 lbs a week (Metaslim) and was happy with that..lost 3 lbs a week a few times but not the norm for me. .i didnt take any of the supplements, just the HNSs... since you already bought the supplements, i would use them..
Good luck!

teacherlady79
12-15-2011, 09:17 PM
Hi, I'm new. I've been on the MRC plan for 4-1/2 weeks now and have only lost 9 lbs, but spent $1279.95 (no wonder I'm having a hard time paying my bills). Every time I go to the center they tell me I need another product to get better weight loss. My finances have had it and I've about had it too. I've stayed on program faithfully. Any advice out there. I'm thinking the so-called protein drinks have too much sugar (under the caption of fructose - but as an RN I know that the body doesn't distinguish. Sugar is sugar and the calories are the calories. I'm desperate. Sorry this is such a downer, but I'm at wit's end.

Hi BurlingtonLady-- and welcome!

First, let me start off by saying that 9 lbs in approx 1 month is actually very good for this plan, and it sounds like you're actually doing a very good job following the plan. If you want to lose more weight quickly, it starts to get unhealthy and more difficult to maintain.

Secondly, let me say that THIS PLAN WORKS. I am proof of that. I lost 70lbs in 9 months, and then lost another 12lbs over 3-4 months of my maintenance (while I was trying to find a balance between gaining and losing). HOWEVER, I am not a big supporter of all the supplements they sell (sometimes in a very pushy way). They are overpriced, may/may not work, and may even be dangerous for some people to take. While I lost the majority my weight, I did it with the menu plan, the protein drinks, and my own multi-vitamin and fish oil supplement. The last month or so of my plan I stalled out for a while, so I did take the phentatrim supplement and it seemed to help me lose the last 10lbs so I could go on maintenance. But other than that, I was supplement free. The plan works without the supplements, but the center makes more money off of selling them, I think, than anything else. It's frustrating, because it's a good plan, but I also understand that it's a business, too.

That being said, don't take any supplements you don't want to. You seem to be doing well on the program with your weight loss--stick around with this community and the menu plan, and re-evaluate in a month or so. Make sure you give it a solid chance to prove that it works. If the consultants continue to try to sell you supplements, just tell them "I'm broke," or "Maybe next paycheck," or "Let me see how I do for another week or two, and then maybe I"ll try that," or "NO. NO NO NO NO." ;) Usually my first couple of reasons were sufficient, but there was one consultant with whom I had to be extremely firm. Also, if there's any particular consultant(s) who are extra-pushy with selling the supplements, then just try to find one who isn't and request them for your weigh-ins. You don't have to weigh-in with anyone you don't feel comfortable with.

I hope you will stick with the program a little longer, as well as stick around this board. We're all very supportive and full of ideas and suggestions--and I wouldn't have survived 9 months on plan if it weren't for these ladies!

Good luck!

Teacherlady....I love this idea of yours about blogging about your food and recipies. I actually loved the idea of calling it seven parts full. Please make sure once you have this blog up and running to post a link here so we all can read it. I am dying for more recipies that are fun easy and fabulous.

I will absolutely post the link once I get it up and running! Right now it's a 3-way tie between 7 Parts Full, My Own Taste, and Cooking Skinny. Also, my husband threw in a new one: String Beans and Skinny Jeans! ;) Hopefully I'll make up my mind by this weekend.

camaswa
12-15-2011, 11:14 PM
Oh, I love String beans and Skinny Jeans, Teacherlady!!

And Burlingtonlady, if you spend some time scrolling through these MRC threads, you will see many, many posts on the topic of the supplements and how hard some centers push them. Stay stong! It could get outrageously expensive and you really can do it without all that. I'm sure you know that what really counts is the protein. And a decent vitamin. You're doing great! Any more than 2-3 per week and you risk muscle loss, which you DON'T want to have happen. Keep coming to the boards!

nwcgina
12-16-2011, 08:26 AM
Jen-that is awesome. You are doing so great...and soon to be local celebrity:)

I am down to my lowest weight EVER! I know in 5th grade I was 110 and by high school I was 190, so somewhere in the middle school years I passed through the 160's. I saw 168 today...half way there in less than 2 months. Unbelievable. I'm noticing a few unhealthy things...like when I got home at 10 last night I hadn't had supper and was really tempted to just not eat. I knew that was an unhealthy road to start traveling down. I also had to go buy new bras yesterday as I noticed the girls were not as happy:o I'm waiting until I'm at my goal weight and can maintain it before I splurge and buy some expensive ones. I want to hit 167 before we leave for our trip next week and if I can maintain through the trip, that would be awesome.

OH! And last January I set 3 goals (not resolutions, goals). 1. Pay off our debt by the end of the year (looks like we will do it). 2. Run the Warrior Dash in June (did it, loved it, doing it again this coming year). 3. Weigh 170 or below. I had them posted at my desk at work. When I quit in August I threw the paper away as I had not lost any in 8 months so I figured I wouldn't get there...and wow! I got there:carrot:

Hi, I'm new. I've been on the MRC plan for 4-1/2 weeks now and have only lost 9 lbs, but spent $1279.95 (no wonder I'm having a hard time paying my bills). Every time I go to the center they tell me I need another product to get better weight loss. My finances have had it and I've about had it too. I've stayed on program faithfully. Any advice out there. I'm thinking the so-called protein drinks have too much sugar (under the caption of fructose - but as an RN I know that the body doesn't distinguish. Sugar is sugar and the calories are the calories. I'm desperate. Sorry this is such a downer, but I'm at wit's end.

I agree that's a lot of money. You do have to start saying "no" to the supplements. My mom is running into the same thing, everytime she goes they get her to buy something else with the promise it will help her lose faster. Then the next time she goes the next counselor will tell her something different, ask her why she's taking "THAT" and switch her to something else. I told her she needs to find one counselor she likes and stick with it. From the start I told them I didn't know if I could do the diet b/c of the money...and all they've ever asked me to buy is the HNS. They highly recommend a multi-vitamin and fish oil, but she was perfectly fine with me using my own. I also started using a B complex to try and help with energy and hunger.

As for the fructose...yes, all sugars are basically treated the same in your body. And this diet doesn't fully cut out sugars...you get fructose in the fruit you eat. But the HNS are mainly protein...but your body does need some carbohydrate to use the protein properly. Don't be afraid to use your medical knowledge to ask questions and be a little cynical so you make sure you are getting good answers for "why".

Rocki
12-16-2011, 11:09 AM
Awesome job on the 160s Gina! Feels good. Scale stayed @ 169.8...am so afraid I'll see the 170's again.

Woohoo bigdog..You're welcome on the chocolate truffle. I just ordered another bottle (went through mine super fast). I have a big package from DD being delivered today. Super excited. I love to get their stuff. I ordered the Twisted Cherry in place of the Fuzzy Navel..we shall see but it was delayed and won't be here 'til Monday.

weigh in and another pound lost!!! woo hoo! might even reach the 160's before Christmas :-)

So sorry about the gain Tami, but at least you learned from it. I don't relish the fact that I have to eat this way forever, but I DO enjoy thinking about how great I'll look & feel all the time. I know this is a lifestyle change and I lost focus of that last time I did the plan (3 years ago). I'm totally committed this time to making this a forever change. You'll be able to splurge occasionally, but we'll have to always be careful and mindful of what we eat. You're doing great. Keep it up!
Well, I was up 2lbs today at my WI. In all of the 6 months OP I have never gained weight:( This has been hard.

Love the Seven Parts Full (only b/c you told us what it meant).. :) I will definitely check out your blog when it's up and running. LOVE new ideas.

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

Awesome job for your friend Patzi! That is so wonderful to hear. I hope she does great on maintenance. So amazing that she's off all those meds. My dad is diabetic and was just put on another pill b/c his fasting sugar was 168 last week. I keep trying to tell him to eat right and he doesn't listen. I worry for him and hope I can help.

I have a great sucess story for everyone... A friend of mine just made maintenance with 4 pounds under goal, She was 210 pounds when she started and today she is 140, making it a 70 pound loss...
Patzi

Way to go Jen! Glad to hear about your kitty and so awesome to be at a lower weight than a past milestone in your life! It's funny how we remember those kinds of things. I was around the same weight as you when I got married :). And OMG..so cool about the commercial. Are you going to do it? That would be so great. You could post a link for us if you do it! :)


Next, I can now say I weigh less than I did on my wedding day! I don't know what made me do it, but I weighed myself on my wedding day so I would always know what that number was...147. At my weigh in today, I was down to 145.5.

Oh, yeah, and they asked me to be in a local tv commerical for MRC. ;)

Cassie T
12-16-2011, 11:21 AM
BurlingtonLady:

I know how you feel. My center is almost all pushy sales ladies, but my consultant was told on my consultation that I am working Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (pay off all the debt) and this didn't really fit in the budget. My contract money was several gifts of christmas money from several people and the HNS' would be hard enough purchasing. Cher really does a good job...I think this would help...here's how much it cost...check and see if you can but we understand if you cant. Everybody else is right that you don't want to lose more than 10 lbs a month or you risk losing muscle weight, also find a councilor you like and let them in on the fact your on a budget. Make it quite clear that its your way or the highway. You always have the option to do call in's. I'm not too sure how that works, but you can weigh yourself at home and call it in. They can pressure you all they like over the phone, but your not going right by the cash register on your way out....Hang in there...we're all here to help.

TeacherLady...your husband is so creative...I actually think I like his new suggestion the best! I would totally read a blog called string beans and skinny jeans.

Keep it up ladies!!! I go in for my weigh in in about an hour...I have 1 lb to hit before my first milestone. (FINALLY!!!) And it's been a little less than a month. Had a good night last night at work...no cookies, no chilli con carne with fritos...just had my two chicken breasts. One with sugar free mandarin oranges and one with hungry girl foldit flat out sliders. I've gotten really sick of my vegetables lately so I haven't cooked any in two days. I know that is completely bad of me, but I only know how to steam frozen vegetables in my pans I have and I don't know how to cook squash or any of the other veggies we can have and I love. Need some good veggie recipies ladies!!! HELP! Gotta go my puppy Punky Brewster is jumping on me...that's a lets play mama! Hope everybody has a great day full of success staying OP and losing weight!

Rocki
12-16-2011, 11:25 AM
Personal Update..I hate to mix it all together b/c I like to post to people individually too. :)

I weighed in today @ 146 (down 1.5 more from Tuesday). Super excited as I had a holiday breakfast yesterday and managed to do pretty well with it.

I have a ton of stuff coming from Diet Direct today and I'm very happy about that b/c (unlike a lot of people) I really like to use the proteins to cook with. I can do it without, but it makes it easier for me to get them all in. I like to get 3-4 a day and I'm not a big fan of just drinking them. This way I cook with them, or have a pudding or chocolate drink and I can get my 3-4 per day. I ordered a Twisted Cherry supplement that will be here Monday. Can't wait to try it. I hope it's better than the Fuzzy Navel.

I had a great long talk with my center manager today (SHE IS AWESOME). She looked up restaurant menus for me for all the places I'll be going to for different holiday get togethers over the next week. She helped me pick out stuff and I'm so glad b/c I was really worried about what I would eat at these places. Since she does this all the time she was able to give me a TON of great options.

Also, my center does not have the super chocolate fruit replacement (they don't carry it anymore) and she said that I could use the chocolate pudding instead. I'm trying to figure out how to make that brownie you all talk about! Suggestions please.

Cassie T
12-16-2011, 11:35 AM
Okay ladies...I hear Rocki and BigDog talk about protein drinks from Diet Direct, so is it just any protein drink will do for a HNS or does it have to have some specifications. Cause I am looking for stuff I can use while cooking..that way I don't have to do yours and mine anymore. (Also it helps get my husband a little weight loss too.) Plus, the boxes of HNS from the center are ridiculous!!!! When I have the money I try for the ten for 100, but who really has $100 laying around every month at exactly the right time for this? Not I!!! I'd still get my cocoa from there but that's about it.

Also, don't know if anyone has shared this yet, but my centers Manager shared a great additive to the cocoa that's totally on plan (as long as its once per day) and you can still feel like your getting your starbucks. Take a Nescafe Instant Coffee packet...play around with them find some you like..their the to-go packets and it's a mocha. For me coffee has always been too strong, gives me a stomach ache so I really had to be jonesing for some caffeine before I would get some, but this is fabulous...smells really strong like coffee, but is really super chocolatey. Almost don't taste the coffee. Last week I was at the store and they had dark roast, french roast, and just regular instant...I think to change it up I may try the french roast. Hope this was helpful to someone!

1bighog
12-16-2011, 01:10 PM
1.5 down today! 2 lbs down for the week. Just shy of my goal (which is 2.5 lbs for the week) but I'm pretty proud of myself. Down 15 total now.

I've been thinking a lot about my ultimate goal. My MRC goal weight is 140 but my ultimate is 130. The lowest adult-post-four-babies weight I've ever been is 138 and I felt great there but felt I could lose 5 more pounds. I was a size 4. Since, then I've had a breast reduction, permanently removing 3 more pounds, and then I'd like to lose a few more for leeway. But I'm not sure I really want to be smaller than a size 4. I'm not tall and I'm not small framed, either. I've got big breasts (well, not so big anymore!) and big hips and I really do like my shape without extra weight on it. How did you all decide what your goal weight should be?

Rocki
12-16-2011, 01:38 PM
They have WonderSlim, ProtiDiet, and BariWise drinks on their site. I'm pretty sure any of those are okay. As long as they don't have extra starch in them (pasta, oatmeal, and such). I really think some of them are made @ the same plant b/c they're exactly the same packaging, just the name is different on the box. Double check the nutritional values. They're boxes go on sale for $9.99 sometimes, which isn't cheap, BUT there's always a coupon code that is 10-20% and they are stackable. For example, I spent around $180 but got to use one code that was $15 and one that was $16 off. So that brought my total back to 150 and I got a TON of stuff. I got bars, 2 jars of protein mix, soups, and puddings.



Okay ladies...I hear Rocki and BigDog talk about protein drinks from Diet Direct, so is it just any protein drink will do for a HNS or does it have to have some specifications. Cause I am looking for stuff I can use while cooking..that way I don't have to do yours and mine anymore. (Also it helps get my husband a little weight loss too.) Plus, the boxes of HNS from the center are ridiculous!!!! When I have the money I try for the ten for 100, but who really has $100 laying around every month at exactly the right time for this? Not I!!! I'd still get my cocoa from there but that's about it.

Also, don't know if anyone has shared this yet, but my centers Manager shared a great additive to the cocoa that's totally on plan (as long as its once per day) and you can still feel like your getting your starbucks. Take a Nescafe Instant Coffee packet...play around with them find some you like..their the to-go packets and it's a mocha. For me coffee has always been too strong, gives me a stomach ache so I really had to be jonesing for some caffeine before I would get some, but this is fabulous...smells really strong like coffee, but is really super chocolatey. Almost don't taste the coffee. Last week I was at the store and they had dark roast, french roast, and just regular instant...I think to change it up I may try the french roast. Hope this was helpful to someone!

nwcgina
12-16-2011, 01:40 PM
Cassie-like you, we are following Dave Ramsey's babysteps...should complete step #2 this month!! It has been a long road, which is part of the reason it was a hard decision to do MRC since we live on such a tight budget. I used some birthday money and clothing money for the sign up fee. I upped our grocery budget by $120 per month as that is about how much it is for me to have 3 HNS's per day (some days I do, some I don't). And if I factored in what I was saving since I'm not hitting the vending machine, drive thru, etc, I'm sure its more like $80 more a month. But DH and I both decided it was worth it and the time was now. He has been so supportive. I'm keeping all my MRC receipts so if I feel like I want to back slide I'll just look at the money I spent, that's motivating for me. I haven't used diet direct, others have so they would be more helpful. If you want to try a different protein supplement, it needs to have very close to the same calorie/carb/protein/fat amounts. I do use a cheap walmart (Body Fortress) kind that for half a scoop is the same as one HNS. It's nice when I need a break...and something I would use once i"m done with MRC.

1bighog-I honestly had no idea where to set my goal. I am at my lowest now, so I have no idea what any other weight will be like. I don't even know size wise where I will feel most comfortable. I want it to be a weight I can maintain with healthy eating and exercise (I like to exercise, already looking forward to training for some races this summer). A healthy BMI for me is 145, but I did a calculation using my body fat to see what weight would be healthy for me at a given body fat...and that came up with 161. So I just kinda guessed at 150. If I get there I definitely would want to stabilize a while before trying to lose any more. I may want to stabilize at 155...I honestly just don't know:) Size wise I'm shooting for 10's and medium tops, but that's all still just a guess.

teacherlady79
12-16-2011, 01:44 PM
How did you all decide what your goal weight should be?

I based mine on what I thought I could maintain, remembering back to the last time I was this weight.

My MRC goal was initially 191. They told me we could re-evaluate that and I could go lower once I got close to that weight.

At first, I set my personal goal weight at 195. The last time I weighed 190 I felt great--I had lost the 40lbs I put on during college, was exercising and physically fit, and liked how I looked--even though I still felt I could lose another 10lbs or so. However, that was also when I was new to teaching, and once the school year started (I lost the weight during the summer before my 2nd year of teaching), I found it REALLY hard to maintain. It was hard to fit in the exercise after work (I'm not a morning person) with all the grading, extra-curriculars/supervising, and helping students that I had to do. Also, schools--like hospitals--are really hard to eat healthy in, as you never have time to have a decent meal and everyone brings lots of unhealthy treats to snack on. Gradually, my weight crept back up.

This time, Once I hit 190 (by accident--it was after our Alaskan vacation where we were very active and eating lots of fresh fish and crab, so I lost 5 pounds) and I realized it wouldn't be that difficult to lose a few more pounds...so I did. I got down to 187 and (and the start of the school year) thought, "That's cool. I'll try to stay here." Then I started training for a 5K and got down to 180lbs.

I am a size 14, I still have flabby upper arms and upper thighs, and I still have a gut. I could probably get rid of that if I lost another 10-20lbs (and would probably be down to a size 10 or 8). But I've been maintaining right at 180lbs since the start of November, and I'm happy here. I'm very fit (yoga 2-3x/week, running 2-3x/week) and can still indulge here and there, and THAT is what my goal has always been. If I *happen* to lose more weight during my yoga certification attempt or training for a 10K next spring, great! But I am comfortable and feel good where I am and am very happy with the lifestyle I have right now.

This was a very long answer to your question, but I hope it helps!

nwcgina
12-16-2011, 02:13 PM
And whoever asked about prepping veggies. Here are a few things I do:

Have cut up green peppers, tomatoes, spinach, cukes, celery...the ones I like all ready to put in a salad. I can then also sautee the pepeprs, spinach, or celery as part of a recipe.

Veggies I sautee in a pan with a little olive oil (or can roast in the oven): peppers, zucchini, summer squash, green onion, spinach (I don't like that as much), green beans.

I try to have broccoli that is steamable in the bag on hand if all else fails:)

Spaghetti squash has been my newest try...I cut in half (not an easy task), bake it in the oven at 350 for 45ish minutes (you can also do it in a crockpot), then use a fork to take it out of the shell. It should be stringy like spaghetti. Some people then use it like a noodle in a pasta dish or soup. I like just to put a little ICINB spray with either salt and pepper or splenda & cinnamon. My newest love. After I cooked it I put it in 4oz portions...I think I had 7 or 8 from one squash.

Kbobs are another creative way to prepare veggies with protein.

Cassie T
12-16-2011, 02:28 PM
1bighog...I have a question. When you started is about my weight range. I started at 270 and that was down from what I originally weighed at the first of the year at almost 300. (Not a good moment for me.) But now your at 177 which is the range I want to get to. How long have you been working the program? How much did you exercise? Did you take any supplements? Did you stick completely on plan?

My 1st month anniversary will be on the 20th and after my weigh in today I am still hovering at 261. I can't get the last pesky pound to come off. But I have had my OP moments. The sweets still mess me up or eating a "bite" of an off plan food. And I don't really exercise more than what I normally do. I used to think I had a sedentary lifestyle, but it was pointed out to me the other day that anyone in the hotel industry doesn't have a sedentary lifestyle. When your at work for 75% of the time your walking, running, or doing something that keeps you active. But, if that's my normal than I want to add other stuff in. I just kinda feel like a failure right now. (It's not a really good day...maintained at my weigh in, no loss. Found out my dad had a heart attack this morning and I may not be able to get out of work to go be with him in the hospital.) I am proud of myself for losing the 9 pounds I have, but I kinda wanted it to go a little faster.


NWCGina...Dave Ramsey is my hero!!!! I really think if my husband and I hadn't started this plan, we'd be divorced, broke, and homeless. We're still working on babystep #2. But the end is in sight...if we get gazelle intense it'll be a year, if we continue on just budgeting it'll be two-three years. He says he's gonna get gazelle intense and than it never materializes. It's great to know that someone else is out there working the steps and doing MRC too...I don't feel like I'm cheating the steps so much now. (Thanks for the veggie prep!!! I asked and that helps alot!)

Sorry for the rant ladies...it's just been one of those weeks.

1bighog
12-16-2011, 02:58 PM
1bighog...I have a question. When you started is about my weight range. I started at 270 and that was down from what I originally weighed at the first of the year at almost 300. (Not a good moment for me.) But now your at 177 which is the range I want to get to. How long have you been working the program? How much did you exercise? Did you take any supplements? Did you stick completely on plan?
Hey, Cassie! I've been on MRC for exactly 5 weeks now and I'm down 15 pounds. I lost most the weight during pre-condition and the first week; I lost 8 pounds then.

I have not exercised AT ALL. I do have 4 kids and a 2 story house and I rarely sit, but no formal exercise program. I actually do like working out and plan to start up at the end of the month...I plan for it to be a big part of maintenance for me, but for now I'm scared that it will just make me hungry.

I take a few supplements. I take the multivitamin and krill. I also got a bottle of MSM because I bought a starter pack that came with something else that I didn't want and they let me trade it out. I bought Fat & Carb blocker because I planned on going off program during Thanksgiving week due to traveling and all, but I don't take it very often.

I was super strict with the program in the first few weeks and that's when I saw the most benefit, obviously. I have cheated the past couple of weekends and while I have still posted a loss, it's not as much as it used to be.

Also, I just want to point out that you are half a foot taller than I am! :) I'd look freaking amazing at my current weight and your height (probably even too thin!) :D

patzi
12-16-2011, 07:28 PM
I have posted the fat -fighting pancake recipe on the maintenance forum.
Take a look see, if you are on stabilization you may be able to have this.
Not sure.. I know there are programs that are different than the Meta Slim I was on.

Patzi

kimmermarie19
12-16-2011, 11:23 PM
Hi all! I joined MRC in Feb 2010, and by May, I had lost 30 lbs. I loved the plan and felt great.....THEN we went on vacation to Louisiana for my DH's best friend's wedding. It kind of all went down hill from there. I slowly went more and more off plan and eventually gained all the weight back plus a few lbs. I am excited to start back today, but nervous about doing it on my own. I know it is well worth the money, but since I have all the tools, I can't bring myself to spend all that money again. I just have to have the will power to do it...no matter if I go in to WI or do it at home. I am also excited to try the 100% Any Whey Protein as my HNS.

MRC is a great program, and I am hoping it works for me the second time around!

:carrot:

bigdog
12-17-2011, 10:17 AM
Good Morning!

i survived last night's Christmas party and had planned ahead :-) i took a bottle of diet tonic water w/ me, had a little bit of vodka for the first drink w/ lemons and limes and then refilled w/ tonic water the rest of the night. they had diet cranberry juice so added a splash of that to a couple of drinks.
i did sample some homemade turtle candy but mostly stuck to the cut up fruit, celery and cheese. they had ham biscuits and spinach dip, etc. and did have a bite but it was so rich and nasty to me (YAY!) i really like to eat "clean" now. i did have my tight jeans on. :-) to avoid overindulging. i noticed people getting louder and louder -(as they drank more) i was like wow, hadn't noticed that before LOL!
next is a Sunday Dinner Brunch w/ the inlaws @ the Country Club - guess i'll pile up on the veggies and seafood and just have one small dessert. i'm planning on drinking 4 HNSs tomorrow and no carb for b-fast and no fruit for lunch. i'll have to have wine - it's a necessity to survive the inlaws.:hat: i'll jump on my exercise bike for a few days besides walking to burn that off!

Regarding ordering from Diet Direct and Nashua, i get the Protidiet Pink Lemonade (clear HNS) and Hot Cocoa creamy HNS) Large Containers. i also like Syntrax choc. truffle and am going to try the lemonade. i've also bought Walmart vanilla protein powder - the Protidiet and Bariwise is the same cal and protein (15g) as MRC HNSs. The Syntrax brand is 100 cal. so i use less than one scoop. (has 23 g. protein)- the bars are a little cheaper too. wish they had more of the Protidiet flavors in the large containers...
i have alot of the pudding/shakes left and trying to find some cookie recipes to use them in. i can't get them to set like reg. pudding...some of the shakes are too sweet. i do like the Strawberry yogurt shake...

Rocki-- did you like the Syntrax Cherry?

Also, not really on plan but i've been making SF jello and having that for dessert daily. it's 10 cal and no sugar. has weaned me off the protein bars which i was eating like candy!
Diet Direct is offering free shipping!

eb102106
12-17-2011, 12:23 PM
Also, don't know if anyone has shared this yet, but my centers Manager shared a great additive to the cocoa that's totally on plan (as long as its once per day) and you can still feel like your getting your starbucks. Take a Nescafe Instant Coffee packet...play around with them find some you like..their the to-go packets and it's a mocha. For me coffee has always been too strong, gives me a stomach ache so I really had to be jonesing for some caffeine before I would get some, but this is fabulous...smells really strong like coffee, but is really super chocolatey. Almost don't taste the coffee. Last week I was at the store and they had dark roast, french roast, and just regular instant...I think to change it up I may try the french roast. Hope this was helpful to someone!

Cassie T: Do you add the cocoa to the Nescafé? Is this the Hot Cocoa creamy HNS they sell at the center or another cocoa? I am so excited about this. I miss my Starbucks terribly. :coffee: Thanks for the info!

bigdog
12-17-2011, 12:35 PM
Cassie T: Do you add the cocoa to the Nescafé? Is this the Hot Cocoa creamy HNS they sell at the center or another cocoa? I am so excited about this. I miss my Starbucks terribly. :coffee: Thanks for the info!

sounds wonderful! i mix the Cocoa HNS to my lite coffee every day - it's so good! i also mix a little cold left over coffee w/ the vanilla or chocolate protein shakes - mocha is always good!

bigdog
12-17-2011, 12:40 PM
Hi all! I joined MRC in Feb 2010, and by May, I had lost 30 lbs. I loved the plan and felt great.....THEN we went on vacation to Louisiana for my DH's best friend's wedding. It kind of all went down hill from there. I slowly went more and more off plan and eventually gained all the weight back plus a few lbs. I am excited to start back today, but nervous about doing it on my own. I know it is well worth the money, but since I have all the tools, I can't bring myself to spend all that money again. I just have to have the will power to do it...no matter if I go in to WI or do it at home. I am also excited to try the 100% Any Whey Protein as my HNS.

MRC is a great program, and I am hoping it works for me the second time around!

:carrot:

you can do it! you have the plan and just post your weight loss on this forum (like a virtual weigh in). it's funny but as soon as i lose, i immediately run to the computer and change my ticker :-) i like seeing that number getting lower and lower and it's motivating to me! i feel like i'm accountable to the ladies on this forum (they have wonderful advice and tips on losing) they are super cheerleaders! :cheer3::cheer2:

eb102106
12-17-2011, 01:36 PM
sounds wonderful! i mix the Cocoa HNS to my lite coffee every day - it's so good! i also mix a little cold left over coffee w/ the vanilla or chocolate protein shakes - mocha is always good!

So, it's ok to have some caffeine on the plan? Or should I be looking for decaf? Do you use Nescafé or something else?

bigdog
12-17-2011, 01:46 PM
So, it's ok to have some caffeine on the plan? Or should I be looking for decaf? Do you use Nescafé or something else?

i brew my coffee and use Folgers Lite (1/2 the caffeine) one consultant at my center said that was ok if i drink just one cup. i've read on this forum that alot of the centers are now allowing one cup of coffee a day... i personally can't drink more than that because it makes me jittery then i want to eat some carbs :-) in the evening though, i'll add a little left over coffee to my vanilla or choc. protein shake..

Cassie T
12-17-2011, 01:48 PM
eb102106 I use the HNS Cocoa and mix one of the on-the-go packets of Nescafe instant coffee. They really didn't tell me caffeine was off plan, but that could have been because I didn't really have alot of caffeine to start with. I normally make the cocoa first and make sure it's mixed up really really good...sometimes it's hard to do. And then I add the packet of instant coffee and mix again. Adding just a small amount of water helps it dissolve and get the rest of the cocoa that's clumping on top. I also make sure I have a smallish coffee mug. Normally ones that come with dish sets are the best because their about 8-10 oz. These are the ones I use. Pour the cocoa in the mug...heat the kettle...pour in water pretty darn full...and stir like crazy...by the time the cocoa is starting to mix the water will go down a little less than 1/3 of the way down...pour in the coffee packet...add a bit more water and stir. The cocoa makes a foamy top and chocolatey flavor...the coffee gives me a caffeine kick that helps me jump start my day so I get an exercise in the morning and than do some house work and than go to work till 11 pm.

bigdog
12-17-2011, 02:12 PM
eb102106 I use the HNS Cocoa and mix one of the on-the-go packets of Nescafe instant coffee. They really didn't tell me caffeine was off plan, but that could have been because I didn't really have alot of caffeine to start with. I normally make the cocoa first and make sure it's mixed up really really good...sometimes it's hard to do. And then I add the packet of instant coffee and mix again. Adding just a small amount of water helps it dissolve and get the rest of the cocoa that's clumping on top. I also make sure I have a smallish coffee mug. Normally ones that come with dish sets are the best because their about 8-10 oz. These are the ones I use. Pour the cocoa in the mug...heat the kettle...pour in water pretty darn full...and stir like crazy...by the time the cocoa is starting to mix the water will go down a little less than 1/3 of the way down...pour in the coffee packet...add a bit more water and stir. The cocoa makes a foamy top and chocolatey flavor...the coffee gives me a caffeine kick that helps me jump start my day so I get an exercise in the morning and than do some house work and than go to work till 11 pm.

try stirring it with a fork instead of a spoon. for some crazy reason, it works better :-)

camaswa
12-17-2011, 02:14 PM
Good Morning!

i survived last night's Christmas party and had planned ahead :-) i took a bottle of diet tonic water w/ me, had a little bit of vodka for the first drink w/ lemons and limes and then refilled w/ tonic water the rest of the night. they had diet cranberry juice so added a splash of that to a couple of drinks.
i did sample some homemade turtle candy but mostly stuck to the cut up fruit, celery and cheese. they had ham biscuits and spinach dip, etc. and did have a bite but it was so rich and nasty to me (YAY!) i really like to eat "clean" now. i did have my tight jeans on. :-) to avoid overindulging. i noticed people getting louder and louder -(as they drank more) i was like wow, hadn't noticed that before LOL!
next is a Sunday Dinner Brunch w/ the inlaws @ the Country Club - guess i'll pile up on the veggies and seafood and just have one small dessert. i'm planning on drinking 4 HNSs tomorrow and no carb for b-fast and no fruit for lunch. i'll have to have wine - it's a necessity to survive the inlaws.:hat: i'll jump on my exercise bike for a few days besides walking to burn that off!

Regarding ordering from Diet Direct and Nashua, i get the Protidiet Pink Lemonade (clear HNS) and Hot Cocoa creamy HNS) Large Containers. i also like Syntrax choc. truffle and am going to try the lemonade. i've also bought Walmart vanilla protein powder - the Protidiet and Bariwise is the same cal and protein (15g) as MRC HNSs. The Syntrax brand is 100 cal. so i use less than one scoop. (has 23 g. protein)- the bars are a little cheaper too. wish they had more of the Protidiet flavors in the large containers...
i have alot of the pudding/shakes left and trying to find some cookie recipes to use them in. i can't get them to set like reg. pudding...some of the shakes are too sweet. i do like the Strawberry yogurt shake...

Rocki-- did you like the Syntrax Cherry?

Also, not really on plan but i've been making SF jello and having that for dessert daily. it's 10 cal and no sugar. has weaned me off the protein bars which i was eating like candy!
Diet Direct is offering free shipping!
That is great how you handled the country club party, Bigdog! and Im sure you felt good this morning too! I only have one more party then it will quiet down for me. That is just a happy hour with my immediate work team, at a brewery - boo. I will have one cocktail of some low- carb kind, not beer, that's for sure. The food will be crappy bar food, which doesnt really even tempt me. I will have a creamy HNS in decaf right before I go.

I have been having one just before my long (1 hr) bus or train commute home each day. It has really been helping me not go so low I eat the front door.

And that reminds me - at The Vitamin Shoppe I found single serving packets of that Choc Truffle protein some here have been raving about - OMG - so good, and no carbs at all! Im buying the giant size for sure.

I had another teeny loss this week - just one pound again. But given that I traveled all last week, had a big dinner party, then such a busy week this week that I didnt even get a menu planned or the right provisions bought, I am happy. And on my scales, buck naked after peeing, I have been under 170 for 3 days in a row. Today was 169 point nada. Now my next goal is to see that at the center weigh in!

Rocki
12-17-2011, 04:50 PM
bigdog..the cherry should be here Monday. I DID use my wildberry concentrate in club soda last night @ my company get together (per Patzi's advice) :).. I had 2 wine spritzers first though..I had my fish tacos and was completely on plan with food, but I had the wine and a whiskey sour. I was only up .1 this morning, so hopefully that will hold as I've been totally OP today. Going to German restaurant tomorrow (yuck) and will probably have a chicken salad b/c there's nothing else on their menu for me (maybe turkey club w/out bread)..

bigdog
12-17-2011, 05:30 PM
that's excellent Camaswa!!! i noticed your ticker was at 171 today - woo hoo! 169 is the real number though -
when i go to the center to weigh, i make sure i don't have any water except to take my vitamins and sometimes don't eat because i want a good weigh in...wish i could weigh in before my sales meeting at 8:45 because i'm dying for water during the meeting... i love the chocolate truffle powder - no apartarme (sp) and since i'm lactose intolerant, it works great as the creamy too! i need to get my order in today if i'm going to get before Christmas..we are headed to the beach for the holiday. i can't wait! maybe i'll get the roadside lemonade to mix w/ my tequila for my carb free margaritas :-)

The Sunday buffet is tomorrow at the Club - i usually check out the chocolate fountain and desserts first but guess i'll fill up on fresh seafood which i love and allow for a small piece of cheesecake,

Company Christmas party Wed. and it's all centered around food -i think on the menu i saw collard greens but w/ ham hocks.... then my husband's boss gave him 4 boxes of gourmet triple chocolate popcorn...WTH??? i hope he eats it up quickly.
i've been passing out gifts for my customers (choc. covered peanuts, yogurt covered pnuts, candied pecans) and haven't snagged any! one bag was torn and i had a couple then put in a tin and left them at the party last night.

Pray for me please!!!!!!! i'm thinking....once on the lips, forever on the hips!!!

1bighog
12-17-2011, 06:48 PM
Weekend is nearly half over and I've done well! I've cheated the past two weekends and I really want to have a good one. I am actually really tempted to cheat right now but I don't have any goodies in the house!

My sis-in-law just flew in for a visit. She's staying with her other brother until my kids are out of school because my high school daughter really needs to spend this time studying for her finals, but once Wednesday is here she'll stay with us for about a week...which means not only do I get to make myself a special meal (I usually eat dinner out of the MRC cookbook) AND make dinner for the rest of my family, now I'll also be preparing vegetarian meals for her! Yay me. It really shouldn't be too hard, it's just annoying.

Another thought--does anyone have their blood pressure checked at weigh in? Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. It's higher at the center than it is at the doctor's office. Just before I started MRC, I had a health scare so I was in the doctor quite a bit for the previous month and registered a normal BP reading every time (120something/70something), but at MRC it's been higher. My lowest MRC reading so far was yesterday and it was 115/90something, which seems like a really weird reading.

chelljo71
12-17-2011, 08:42 PM
Hello Ladies, I'm fairly new to this and I really enjoy reading the posts and all of the interesting info you guys share,with that being said my first 12 days were really tough, but I did manage to lose 6 pounds total. I am determined to finish this race.

eb102106
12-17-2011, 08:50 PM
bigdog and Cassie T - Thanks so much for the info. I'm so excited to try this! Like I said, I was a Starbucks girl and miss it terribly. I also already love the hot cocoa supplement, so this sounds perfect. Woohoo! :carrot:

nwcgina
12-17-2011, 11:54 PM
I survived 8 basketball games (13 hours) today and stayed OP...actually probably didn't eat enough. And made sure I grabbed a new water bottle each game so I was fully hydrated (I just sit there in case someone gets hurt, so it's not like I was actually DOING much).

As for the question of caffeine...my center told me no, my parents center told them 1-2 cups of coffee a day is fine. Most of the time I try to go decaf coffee & diet soda, but some days (like today), I'll have the real stuff (that way I really get the "benefit" of the caffeine). Caffeine can dehydrate you, so I always drink extra water.

Hoping to get 1 more lb off before Wed and then maintain for the following week...we travel 600+ miles each way to see my family at Christmas...I always eat when I travel, always eat at my family. But I have been making it through some rough working days the past week, so I should make it!