100 lb. Club - I couldn't live without [[insert best thing that helps you lose]]

Goddess Jessica
01-13-2014, 07:17 PM
I couldn't live without MyFitnessPal. Before MFP, I was a terrible (TERRIBLE) tracker and couldn't be bothered with food journaling. Now I see it as a valuable tool and I love tracking my exercise. Cost: Free.

I also have the expensive Withings scale (that emails me things about how well I am acheiving my goal). I love being able to run reports on my weight between periods of time. But I am not sure it was worth the price.

I LOVE the 7-minute workout app. It's a great workout that you can do at home with just a step/chair and a wall. I do several in a row when I have time. It's really well-written (from a UX point of view) and it's FREE.

What about you? What have you downloaded, bought, etc that you love in your weight loss journey?

01-13-2014, 08:40 PM
Steel-cut oats! I make oatmeal in the crockpot and portion out for breakfast for the week. Very satisfying and keeps me full until lunch.

01-13-2014, 08:56 PM
Scales. I need to know what's going on with my weight from day to day. It motivates me, even when it goes up.

Looking back, i think the thing that has made such a difference to my weightloss experiences was back in 2005 when i bought The CSIROS Total WellBeing Diet book. It makes weightloss a positive experience, not a painful one.

Not only did it show me how to eat better with diversity and so on. It motivated me to update my knowledge of nutrition, giving me quite a few of the basic essentials and from there i went and learnt more about how calories are burned up via the glycogen process. It taught me about how to calculate my daily calorie needs and how to cut that back to enough to lose weight. And taught how to do it without having to track each calorie, i.e. just to know approximately how much is the right amount to eat.

This has stood me in good stead all this time. I just fine tune what i'm doing each time and hope that i will be able to transition to long term healthy eating and cure myself of all my bad eating habits for the long term. After the first time, I don't follow the meal plans in the book because a) i'm not a meat eater, and b) they don't expect you to follow the plans - its just to give you the ideas and c)following such delicious diet plans to the letter is too expensive.

Wine: I like a glass of wine (a cupful) in the late afternoon. It serves to tide me over til dinner an hour or so later and it doesn't fuel an appetite or binge and its naughty but a lot safer than lollies, cake, ice-cream etc.

01-13-2014, 10:08 PM
My fitness journal. :write: I bought a weekly planner and use it to record my food, exercise, supplements, weekly weight, appointments, and various other events. I'm on my second book now and it's been an enormous part of my success ever since my reboot in March of 2012. :)

01-14-2014, 12:49 AM
Wow, I love My Fitness Pal too. One of the things it does is talk to my Fitbit!!!!

So I track calories in My Fitness Pal and movement with my Fitbit. The two things share information though, so My Fitness Pal tells Fitbit what I've eaten and the Fitbit tells my Fitness Pal if I need to adjust my calories for the day. It's so cooooooool!!!!!!!

01-14-2014, 11:58 AM
I like FitnessPal too. I just started using it! It is pretty easy to use, too!

01-14-2014, 12:05 PM
My fitbit! I always hit over 10,000 steps with it. Keeps me accountable.

01-14-2014, 12:26 PM
I could not do without my food scale. I simply can not judge food portions by eye.

01-14-2014, 12:28 PM
I wouldn't have gotten this far without the book Eat Right 4 Your Type. It has helped me soooo much!!

Also MyFitnessPal is a god-send! I didn't use it when I did my re-gain and I know that was a huge part of the problem.

But mostly, I couldn't do this weight loss journey without the wonderful support of my fellow chicks!! This site has been the biggest help by far!!! :hug:

01-14-2014, 12:30 PM
These forums.

I don't follow any particular plan, I just try to control my portions and do a bit of exercise, and the only thing that helps me hold myself accountable is coming here everyday. I see so many of you who are working hard and doing well, that it gives me the motivation to go on even during the bad days.

01-14-2014, 01:52 PM
I use a free online calorie tracker, and that helps immensely. I'm also someone that HAS to use a scale all the time, or I'll delude myself into progress that isn't there.

the Mark's Daily Apple blog has been invaluable to me. There's so much good (and verifiable) information about WHY food does what it does to the body. He breaks down all the science and makes it easy to understand how I got where I am.

01-14-2014, 02:16 PM
Tons and tons of measuring cups. :D I own 3 sets of measuring cups and several sets of spoons and other tools as well. Gotta watch those portions.

01-14-2014, 02:59 PM
My Coach who believed in me and inspired me to reach my goal!


01-14-2014, 07:27 PM
I concur with MFP and Fitbit - I love that they work together and the monitoring on both costs nothing!


BTW - if anyone is adding friends on MFP, feel free to add me: PghCLTGal

01-14-2014, 07:36 PM
These forums.

I don't follow any particular plan, I just try to control my portions and do a bit of exercise, and the only thing that helps me hold myself accountable is coming here everyday. I see so many of you who are working hard and doing well, that it gives me the motivation to go on even during the bad days.

I'm with you on this!

I agree 100%

01-14-2014, 09:42 PM
...canned fish. I can't believe it took me so long to find. It does it all. Weight loss. Maintenance (just eat more). Protein. Omega 3s. Vitamins. Minerals. Iron. Low calorie. And fits all budgets. From a dollar can of sardines and kippers up to my favorites...$11/can of jumbo lump crab or smoked sturgeon.

Perfectly portioned. Keeps for years. Cooked. Nutritional information right on the side of the can (rarely disappoints).

And best of all, yummy.

Steel oats for breakfast (they are a close second Slimjem) with a can of kippers and 3-5 cans of fish mixed with a salad for lunch and I am good to go.

Today, was kippers for breakfast, smoked salmon, jumbo lump crab and baby prawns for lunch.

Tomorrow, will be kippers for breakfast and (most probably) smoked sprats, clams and cockles for lunch.

Goddess Jessica
01-15-2014, 12:59 AM
Wine: I like a glass of wine (a cupful) in the late afternoon. It serves to tide me over til dinner an hour or so later and it doesn't fuel an appetite or binge and its naughty but a lot safer than lollies, cake, ice-cream etc.

Oh that's brilliant. I use it for the after-the-baby-is-in-bed-and-I-want-to-eat-a-tub-of-ice-cream time.

I can't believe I forgot the FitBit! Yes! That's awesome.

01-15-2014, 02:24 AM
My fitbit. Cause I couldn't find it. I really needed the MFP exercise calories today too. It makes me want to take the stairs.

01-15-2014, 08:09 PM
Leslie Sansone, keeps me moving when the snow is on the ground!

01-21-2014, 04:11 PM
Can't live without/couldn't have done it without:

coming to 3FC every day, maybe not posting but reading for sure!

steel cut oats! I went from having a McDonald's coffee & muffin every morning for breakfast at work, to making a big pot of oatmeal on Sunday night and putting it into 5 small mason jars with walnuts & cranberries and taking 1 to work every day

my HULA HOOP!!!!! I didn't find it til I was at goal, but it's helped me maintain and to be happy and foolish :)

01-21-2014, 04:44 PM
I really like cheese sticks. Cheese was the one thing I absolutely could not part with, and the 80 calorie servings help with portion control immensely.

01-23-2014, 11:30 AM
These are awesome tips here guys! I am a newbie to this site and threads like this are super helpful. I am using my fitness pal for my tracker this time instead of spending a tonne of money on weight watchers or some other plan. I am going to have to make use of my iphone for apps for exercise, what an awesome idea :)

01-26-2014, 08:09 AM
I couldn't do/have done without the following tools:

- my calorie counting app (I use one called Tap n Track),
- my food scale (I travel a lot and still never go anywhere without it).
- 3FC (I always do better when I log in regularly and read all you motivated folks).
- my Fitbit (makes me get up and walk around more).
- my HRM (those calorie burn estimates motivate me to work harder or longer like nothing else).

Food wise, I couldn't do without veggies. Whether stirfried or raw in salads, they help me bulk up my meals for limited calories like nothing else. My little half cup of basmati rice can be 2 cups of food with some stirfried cabbage, carrot, zucchini and peppers. Or a large lettuce, carrot, cabbage, celery, radish salad can add some tasty volume to a small meal with low-cal dressing. Added bonus, they keep you regular which can be an issue when you're dieting/cutting back on food quantities.

01-26-2014, 09:19 AM
I couldn't do without...

- Honestly...biggest thing is my family.
They have challenged me, encouraged me, pushed me, loved me, accepted me, and understood me more than anyone else in the world. When I was eating and gaining weight I would yell and fight with them...wanting to be left alone to be miserable and eat...but they never gave up on me...even to today. There's no WAY I'd be where I am today (active, healthy, alive, and going strong) without them. Definitely "something" I could never live without.

2. My food scale. When I'm hungry, tired, grumpy, or even happy there's NO WAY I'd be able to accurately judge how much I should really eat. Weight it, eat it...satisfied and still on goal. :)

3. My dog and my fitness/workout buddy...haha! When I don't wanna run or I'm tired or I'm just not feeling it...they are there to kick my butt and tell me it's not a choice...and not only are we going to work out...we are going to *kill it*!!! Yup LOL

01-26-2014, 10:56 AM
IanG I LOVE KIPPERS! I am with you on a good canned fish. lol.

These are all great points! Mine are right in line.
1. Support from my friends and family. I am a chatty Cathy and bing around people that are cool enough to listen and even seem INTERESTED is so great.

2. Weight Watchers and 3fc: It has all the things I need. Accountability, technology, freedom, and support.

3. My Polar HRM. It cost a pretty penny, but it's beautiful and I use it everytime I workout.

01-26-2014, 11:28 AM
I couldn't live without:

-my bf, who kicks me up the arse when I want to eat badly
-3FC, which helps because it's inspiring to read other peoples success stories and see how far you've all come. It basically keeps me going.

Food wise, couldn't live without toast and crisps. Healthy food wise, can't do without All-Bran and hummus.

01-26-2014, 04:49 PM
Vegetables. Let's hear it for (virtually) calorie-free fibre!

01-26-2014, 06:21 PM
My weight loss tracker I created on Excel. I enter all my info there, calories eaten, bmr and exercise calories burned, then I have a calculation to track the projected weight loss. It's mostly accurate and makes me accountable.

I just installed the my fitness partner app, want to see why people love it so much :)

01-26-2014, 07:43 PM
if anyone wants to add me on myfitness my username is charitymarie413