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05-31-2001, 05:31 PM
Hi all! I started a new thread, as the other was getting long. Hope everyone is having a great week!


05-31-2001, 06:57 PM
After having 5 of my 50 lbs creep back up on me I started using dietwatch again on Tuesday this week to track my calories.

My history.

I counted calories for over 6 months starting last August. I averaged around 1400 calories per day. I lost 50 lbs.

I stopped counting calories (tried doing it in my head instead of writing it down). I gained back 5 lbs since February.

I am counting calories again for the summer and trying to get within 10 lbs of my goal weight of 120 lbs. The lbs are not a big deal, it is the tummy I want to get rid of. I am trying for 1400 calories a day and hoping to lose about 8 lbs a month.

Counting calories can be kind of a pain, but it sure does work!

And Mrs. Jim: I applaud your efforts to keep people informed about health information and dieting. I am glad you are here.

06-01-2001, 08:03 AM
Morrigan: Congratulations on the initial weight loss. It is great that you noticed the five pounds and didn't just give up. I use and it is a big help with watching my calories. I usually don't use it on the weekend and I can tell the difference. I enjoy counting calories because it is the simplest way to keep up with what I eat. I have tried programs where you count exchanges, but I don't know when something is a vegetable or a starch or what, so counting calories works for me. Also, re: Mrs. Jim, I think she is a world of information. Although, I think some people get a little offended when she gives good sound advice. We get so desperate sometimes to get that quick fix (miracle pills and juice diets) that we don't want to hear anyone tell us it is not going to work. Go to her web page and you will see than she has figured out what works as she has been on this journey a long time. And I'll take advice from anyone that has lost that much weight and kept it off!

I normally weigh on Monday mornings, but I weighed this morning just for a preview and have a loss. I am not going to report it yet, as I have found I lose weight during the week, but gain some of it back on the weekend. So I am going to try to keep up with my calories this weekend and see if I can keep my loss.

Hope everyone has a successful weekend!!

(199 Independence Day)

06-01-2001, 09:45 AM
Good morning everyone,

I finally made it back to my goal wt., I been working on a few pounds since the holidays!!! Weekends are my downfall, and Mrs Jim had good for advice me, seems like that is a hard time for most of us, not staying in a routine.

Yes Morrigan, it is good to take care of little gains and not let them become big ones. I talk from experience, as I have lost and re gained the same 85 pounds two times before I finally lost it for good seven years ago. You just have to constantly stay on top of things and for me that means journaling and exercising.

Nettie1971, thanks for the new thread and good luck on your weigh-in Monday, I weigh-in on Fridays, maybe that is part of my problem with over indulging on the weekends, if I had to face the scale on Monday mornings I might think twice about overeating on the weekends (or NOT)!!!!

Have a great weekend everyone.


06-01-2001, 09:53 AM
I have tried Weight Watchers a million times only to fail. I would like to give counting calories a shot. I work out 5-6 days a week (I just began this recently), what is a good calorie range for me to work with? I am trying to learn to listen to my body when I'm hungry but I'd like to have a calorie range to be in. Any help would be appreciated-

06-01-2001, 10:10 AM
Try this web site:

You have to scroll down quit a bit, but it is there under CLICK HERE TO CALCULATE YOUR BMR.

Mrs. Jim posted it on another board the other day. I think it works pretty well. You can go to or to keep up with your calories. Or you can write them down. I like the web site because I can look up foods when I don't have a clue how many calories they have.

Good luck and keep posting.


06-05-2001, 11:12 AM
I hope everyone is doing well. I don't know about everyone else, but I can't find where the subscribed threads shortcut is now or if it is gone.

I lost two pounds last week and just added a stationary bike into my workout program.

Hope everyone is having a successful day!

06-05-2001, 12:24 PM
Well, I haven't post here for a bit. I weigh myself in last Friday and only lost 1/2 lb. Only 20Lb of my weight I have lost in total. Now the last few days I have been completely lost of energy. I really hate that feeling. So I bought a herbal vitamin supplement called Pick Me Up! I have not taken it yet cause I feel pretty good this morning. But yesterday and yesterday before that no matter how much sleep I got I have been feeling fatigue and bla:?:

Congrats Nattie1971 on your two pound loss.


06-05-2001, 08:00 PM
Been so busy today - it's been a great day here! that I didn't get a chance to view the board until now...then saw all your nice words about me on the new page.

Maybe I just like to give too much advice for my own good - gets me in trouble sometimes!

I've been through the diet wringer just like all of you have, spent money that I could ill afford on 'miracle diets' that didn't work. Always ended up blaming myself when the 'miracle' failed. But you know what?? Losing weight shouldn't cost an arm and a leg. In fact, it shouldn't cost anything!! Reducing your caloric intake should save money since you are taking in less food. And take a look in the stores - everyone says that it's more expensive to eat a healthy diet when actually, fruits and veggies are pretty inexpensive (especially if bought in season, rather than out of season). I get a huge bag of frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts for $11 and it lasts me more than a week! The less processed a food is, the better it is for you (for the most part). Baked potatoes? Brown Rice? Very cheap stuff! I love going to the local Farmer's Market here on the weekends - everything is fresh and so inexpensive!

The important thing is to keep track of your portions and what you're putting IN your mouth as well as the calories you're burning...

Enough for now, my break is over! See ya!

06-06-2001, 05:24 PM
Hi everyone,

Just checking to see how all of you are doing?? I am ok, my weight stayed the same this week so I am really glad. Seems I been eating with more restraint this past weekend. I did eat to much at a shower on Sunday but I was saving calories on Sat so it all must of worked out. Counting calories is much easier than points (weight watchers), most things you buy now have them listed and so do many fast food places. I do enjoy the motivation at meetings though. Hope we all stay with our eating plans and keep up the exercise. I have slipped into not doing my arm weight work out the past couple weeks. I am going on a vacation next Wed so when I get back I will restart my program of weights. Do any of you belong to a gym? We just had a YMCA open in our town, no pool or hot tub but they offer exercise classes and weight machines and free weights. I am considering joining but wonder if I would actually use it enough. Your opinions would be appreciated. I was thinking of the Y because it is only 3 miles from my house, I don't want to have to drive 15 miles into town for a nicer facility. By nicer I mean pool, hot tubs etc. I do think the Y has a personal trainer on staff. I sure need to firm this body!! Thanks.


06-08-2001, 08:22 AM
Hi Daytona: I would suggest seeing if they will let you sign up for a month to month contract. If in a month's time you find you really don't use it, then you can cancel. A lot of gyms want you to sign a year to two year contract before you even start working out. The gyms in my area are extreamly expensive, $50 a month for basic membership with joining fees on top of that. It is a big decision to make.

I also find counting calories easy. I just watch my serving sizes and then I don't have to guess anything. From what I hear WW is great for support and I have learned from this board that support is one of the biggest pedictors of success. Personally, for me, it has been the primary reason I am successful this time unlike anytime in the past. As long as you find a plan that works for you, it doesn't matter if it is a combination of a lot of different plans.

Hope everyone has a great, successful weekend!

06-08-2001, 04:31 PM
Happy Friday!!

Thanks for the input Nettie1971, I might hold off joining a gym till fall, we have a pool (if the weather ever warms up) and we go out of town a lot in the summer. The gyms around here are also unaffordable, $80.00 plus just to join plus monthly fees and you still have to pay for any extras you do. That's why I was thinking along the lines of the YMCA. How are you doing with your weight loss? You sure hit the nail on the head with combining a lot of weight loss plans to find one that works for you. I mostly count calories but I go to w/w to keep the mental motivation going. Being I am lifetime I go for free so why not? I lost all but the last 10 pounds of my weight counting calories but the last 10 I lost at w/w so I got my lifetime. Weight watchers has taught me how to keep the wt off, something I could never do prior to joining. You will lose your weight also, it always seems like it takes forever but that is just because you are wanting it so badly. This board is such great support for all of us, usually someone can relate to any problems you may encounter. Well, have a good weekend and I am going to try and stay on my eating plan without too much indulging!! I am also walking in a 5K tomorrow so that will help with the exercise.


06-08-2001, 04:48 PM
I belong to 24 Hour Fitness myself (I've been a member for 7+ years) but if I had kids, I would DEFINITELY consider the YMCA, since they seem to be the only place that's gym-oriented and also caters specifically to families.

The Y in my area (San Mateo County, CA) opened a beautiful facility a few years ago that not only has the latest equipment in their Fitness Center, outstanding classes in all the latest stuff (Boot Camp, Spinning, Pilates), wellness classes, body fat testing, etc. but also has a fitness program specially geared to kids 10 years and older - and we all know that the best way to get fit is to start young and learn to LOVE exercise.

The YMCA's national link is They have a great locator on there as well. If you have children (and even if you don't) I'd definitely give them a look.

BTW, if you want to hear about expensive gyms, one of my co-workers goes to Pacific Athletic Club - $140 a month (I'm scared to find out how much the enrollment fee is). It is a beautiful club though. But...I think I'll stick to my 24 Hour Fitness membership at $24 a month - not to mention the fact that it's a mere 2 blocks from my house! Take care.

06-10-2001, 01:35 PM
I weighed in this morning and am finally down 2 lbs from June 1st. My goal was for 8 lbs a month this summer, but I am happy to have any as poorly as I have been doing. It is funny how losing just a bit can be so motivating for you to do better.

06-11-2001, 07:55 AM
I lost another four pounds last week. Bringing my total loss to date to 30 pounds. I am almost halfway to goal. I had been losing two pounds a week, but jumped to four last week. The only thing I did different last week was added a stationary bike to my workouts. I don't know if that was the kicker or if it was just something that happened. I didn't exercise over the weekend, but still ate sensibly. People are starting to notice that I have lost weight and that feels really good. But not as good as it feels to be in clothes that are falling off of me. Not to mention how healthy exercising makes me feel. I can seriously say, it has been a long time since I felt this good.

Daytona: How did the 5k go? I don't think I am up to that challenge just yet. I agree w/w would be a great place for support, but I work 10+ hours a day and don't get to see my children but for a few hours. With my husband being a stay at home dad, he needs a break and I need to play with them, so w/w would take up too much of my time, as I'm sure a gym would. I have been working out to tapes every weekday evening and with my husbands support and these boards I have been real successful.

Mrs. Jim: You are right about the YMCA's being best for families. For ten extra dollars a month, you can join our local YMCA and get membership to all the YMCA's in the metropolitan area. That would be great fo a family that had the time. We are considering joining after we move in August. (We are staying in the same town, just moving down the street a little.)

Hope everyone has a successful day!!

(199 Independence Day)

06-11-2001, 10:29 AM
Hi everyone,

Way to go Nettie on the 4 pound loss. I can't imagine working 10 hour days and still having time for your family let alone personal time to diet and exercise!! You are an inspriation. Half way to goal is so exciting isn't it? It is so great when people start noticing the loss. The 5k went well, we completed it in 40 minutes, I won first place in my age group. I walk most days with a neighbor for about 45 minutes so walking isn't too much of a challenge for me. If it was a run, they would have to pick me up on a stretcher LOL. Keep up the good job and you will be at goal before the end of summer.

Congrats on the 2 pound loss Morrigan, yes it is so motivating to lose even a small amount let alone 2pounds!!! It just reinforces what you are doing is not for nothing, sometimes it seems like it is when the scale doesn't budge no matter how good you are.

Have you guys read the announcement at the top of the forum? Sounds like the site may not be going much longer. I don't blame the 3FC's at all, nobody could afford that kind of expense month after monthl. Maybe a miracle will happen. It will be sad, because so many people come here for support who other wise may not get much at home.

When you guys sign on have you been getting an error message that says something like an error has occured and do you want to keep running this script? Just wonder if it is the site or my computer!!!

Have a good day.



06-13-2001, 10:19 AM
Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let all of you know I am going on vacation tonight and will be back next Wed the 20th, so have a good week. We are going up to our cabin so it should be a relaxing time.


06-15-2001, 11:13 AM
I lost 2 1/2 Lb's La la la. Feeling so great! not punishing myself on other diets any more. LA LA LA!

I have never felt so good! This calorie counting does work and the best part is I am not punishing myself. I'm not rabbit fooding, I'm not living off these so called meal a bars. I'm getting to know my food, Portions, calories. I'm no longer starving myself. This is great. Where was my head all this time when calorie counting is the cheapest way to go.

I think I'm feeling LIGHTER ON MY FEET!!!!! :dizzy:

I was 257 and as of today I am 232 and feeling better every lost pound on the way!!!!

TSK TSK:s: Have a great weekend y'all!


06-20-2001, 01:41 PM
Hi everyone,

Looks like everyone must be busy, not much acitivity on this thread while I was gone. I had a nice relaxing vacation, and managed to eat in my calorie range most of the time. Of course I did have a few days I went over but the extra walking must of helped cause I still weigh the same as when I left!! I am so glad.
Fiestyfilly and Nettie are doing good, how about everybody else?

Have a great day.


06-20-2001, 07:14 PM
Hi Calorie Counters:

I picked up a good idea over on the support page. Start a streak of good eating today. Count today as day one and count how many days you can go eating with in your calorie range and getting in all your exercise.

Today is good day #3 for me and I have lost 2 lbs since last week -- putting me back down to 154. It feels really good to see results from hard work. Give it a try.

06-22-2001, 11:28 AM
Hello calorie counters,

I'm new to this website (as of a week ago), and I'm new to the calorie counters board. Is this our primary board for calorie counting?

You know I keep trying all of these different diets only to come back to calorie counting. I just can't seem to eat the right combinations or divide up my points appropriately over a day. I tried Sugar Busters last week, and I really liked the suggestions to eat whole grains and generally less refined food. I just can't stick with something like that long term. Sometimes I want a piece of cake from white flour! I congradulate anyone that can follow a defined program as you have tremendous willpower.

Anyway, I was successful last month losing 5 pounds primarily counting calories. I have 45-50 lbs to go, so you will be seeing me around. I plan to add exercise on my orbitrek to my routine next week which should help. I'm also going to check out fitday and dietwatch which so many have recommended. Feel free to email or give me tips anytime.


06-22-2001, 01:17 PM
Welcome m2mk!

I post here with the calories counters and on other threads on the support page too. I lost over 50 lbs by counting calories and have gained a few of those back -- so I had to start counting again. Right now I am using dietwatch to track my calories and I am challanging myself to "streaks" to see how many days I can go with good eating and exercing. Right now I am on Day 1 again since yesterday was kind of ugly (2600 calories - wine and bar nuts can really add up :( ).

06-22-2001, 06:09 PM
Hello again calorie counters,

When it is the end of the day, you have run out of calories (ie. you are over your respectable limit), but have not eaten dinner and are famished, what do you do? This is where I mess up!

Also, I'm 5 foot 2 inches and weigh 175. I'd like to lose around 50 lbs. What caloric level should I start with? I am going to start exercising 3 days a week starting next week. Thanks.


06-22-2001, 07:44 PM
Hi everyone,

The time away was great!! I even stayed the same with my weight so it was wonderful. How are all of you doing?

Welcome Mom2mykids, if I were you I would write down what you typicaly eat in a day now and see where you are at with calories then go from there. I am 5'2 and I maintain on 1400 cal a day average. I started out eating 2500 plus. Maybe you could cut back 500 cal a day and see what happens. Just remember it takes a 3500 cal deficet to lose one pound!! Somehow that doesn't seem fair does it?? As far as exercise, I walk most days of the week for 1 hour. I used to lift weights for the arm flab, but now that summer is here it has fell by the way LOL.

Good idea Morrigan, sometimes you stay on track better if you challenge yourself and see how long you can go with out a slip up.

I'll check back tomorrow.


06-22-2001, 11:49 PM
I am 5'2" and I weigh 153 lbs. I started dieting at 200 lbs. I averaged around 1400 calories a day and did a 20-40 minute workout 3-5 days a week. I lost 50 lbs in about 6 months. Right now I can lose about 1 lb a week if I stick to 1400 calories. I used to be able to lose 2 lbs a week at that level.

It is nice to have other people the same hieght to compare to. It is hard to accept that being petite means we don't get to eat as much as our taller friends.

06-23-2001, 05:43 PM
Lost another two pounds by Friday but I bet I will blow it this weekend. Having Taco soup over the weekend and boy I tell ya it is loaded with meat and I don't care how much lean meat you use in it,It isn't lean enough. This is one weekend for it to be ate and off the menu. I'm just a sucker for spiecy foods and this is one food I lose control over. Guess I'll see if I will be paying for it by the next following Friday.



06-25-2001, 04:23 PM
Has anyone tried WW and felt that Calorie counting was better for them? What differences have you found? I have been following WW for 2 weeks, I had a bad weekend and I'm back on the wagon today. I exercise 5 days a week. If calorie wise, WW gives a point for about 50 calories, at about 27 points I'm eating 1350 calories. It just seems low to me. I can basically follow it but wonder sometimes if I need to go that low. I have seen so many other articles and books and things that say I can/should have more to lose. I'm sorry, I guess I'm just confused. Any help would be appreciated.

06-25-2001, 06:17 PM
I have had success with both WW and counting calories. I have lost 50+ lbs both ways. (WW first, gained it back, now losing counting calories.) I prefer and do better at coming here for support and counting calories than paying someone $600 a year to weigh me. If I was having this conversation with a first time dieter, I would send them to WW for all the good info on nutrition. If you know all that stuff and just need to do it, I would say count calories.

My main criticism of WW is that for me it allows to much freedom. I would use almost all of my points on dairy products and starches and have no meat, fruit or fat. Actually I can do OK with the WW Personal Selection plan which requires a certain amount from each food group. But give me free riegn and I fail.

I use dietwatch (fitday is good too) for counting calories. The reason I am sold on it is because of the green happy faces for good nutrition. I can see as I go how many calories, fat, fiber, carbs, protien, A, C, Calcium, and Iron I have each day when I type in my food. This helps me adjust for a balanced diet and not to eat too much of one thing.

The other benefit to WW is what you pay the money for. Weighing in in front of someone holds you accountable. I get around that by logging into challange threads here at 3FC and posting my weight as I go.

Also the leader makes a difference. We have a great leader at noon and a really crappy leader (puts people down) in the evening. They have both been leaders for 20+ years and aren't going anywhere. I can't make the noon meetings and I don't like weighing in with the evening leader so that cuts out WW totally from me. All that said, I will probably rejion when I get 5 lbs from goal just so I can get my lifetime pin.

06-25-2001, 06:22 PM

What is your suggestion to how many calories I should have? I have so much conflicting information, I'm not sure what to believe.

I agree with your statement about too much freedom. I am following the points but I'm so concerned with staying under points and banking for the weekend, I'm not focusing on eating healthier. My own problem I know but I'm looking for a little change. I would like to give calorie counting a shot.

06-25-2001, 11:12 PM
Your suggested calories are based on your hieght, weight, and activity level. It would be hard to suggest something without knowing those factors.

We should ask Mrs. Jim for help since she always has handy a good list of websites with the info.

I agree about the conflicting info. I started at 5'2" (obviously that didn't change) and a little over 200 lbs. My calories per day recomendation from one website to the next varied from 1200 to 2500 - a huge margin. The thing about 1200 is that you lose about 2-4 lbs a week. The downside is that it is so low you can't keep it up long term. For me if I eat 2000 calories I don't lose weight. My best suggestion (if you are planning on doing this long term) would be to pick a number, 1400, 1800, 2000... whatever. Stick with it for a month. Don't count the first week and don't count the TOM week. Then see how many lbs you lost per week at the calorie level you chose. Lower it by 200 calories if you want to lose faster. Up it by a few if you are pretty happy with your loss.

There are just so many factors involved. A lb is about 3500 calories, so theoretically if you cut 500 calories a day out of your diet you would lose a lb a week. Conversly, if you burned an extra 500 calories a day you would lose a lb a week. I realize as I am babbling on here that I still haven't answered your question. I guess I would go to a website like dietwatch or fitday, look at their reccomendation and go a bit lower than they suggest.

Als0 - the 1350 calories for WW is misleading because veggies are free there. You could easily eat 4-500 calories in veggies if you eat them like I do.

06-25-2001, 11:28 PM
So you're looking to figure out how many calories you should have a day???

Well, I think what you need to do is figure out your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). I'm going to post a link here:

This is part of a rather lengthy (but VERY informative regarding Body for Life) article - the BMR calculator is in the section link above. Just scroll down until you get to where it says "Click HERE to Calculate your BMR" and you'll be tossed into a JavaScript page. I would suggest reading at least that section of this webpage as well - a lot of great info there!

Later you guys! You can always catch me on the BFL boards with Susanje!!!

06-26-2001, 12:06 AM
There are two pretty good tools at ivillage that don't require you to know your body fat.

Try and click on daily caloric requirement. This will tell you how much you need to eat to maintain. (I find that this is a little over for me.)

Also try "what is your magic number for weight loss.

There is a whole lot of good info about diet and nutrition at the ivillage site. Check it out.

I took the quiz and it suggested 1400 calories for me - which is right on target.

06-26-2001, 08:59 AM
Hi everyone! I've been lurking here for a while and I think I posted something weeks ago, but I'm back this time on a regular basis. After floundering around with my weight loss efforts, I am really here to do it this time. I keep going back and forth from sensible ol/ calorie counting to very low carb/high protein plans and I just can't stick to low carb diets. In a nutshell, I haven't lost anything because I have this strange mindset that if I'm not in "diet" mode, I'm in "stuff-your-face-with-everything-you-see-before-you-go-on-a-diet-again" mode.

Anyhow, I am going to set my calorie limit to no more than 1,400 and no less than 1,200. I am really fond of Slim Fast shakes and bars so I think I will use them often.

I am happy to be here and have learned a lot from just reading all of your posts! Keep 'em coming! :dizzy:

Have a super day!!!!!!!

Takin' It 5 lbs. at a time
227.5/ 222.5

06-26-2001, 10:00 AM
Thanks for your help. I am 178 lbs and 5'7. I'm going to start at 1400 and see what happens. My problem is that some days I don't feel like eating all of that and some I will be hungrier. I'm going to try and listen to my body and take it from there.

Actually, I've been having problems with my jaw (I think my wisdom teeth need to be pulled) anyway, I can hardly open my mouth. It's Slimfast through a straw today. Maybe that will be a good jumpstart.

06-26-2001, 03:14 PM
My entire flirt with slimfast consisted of buying a box of peanut crunch bars and eating all 6 of them in two days. They are fortified butterfingers. They are now x'd off as a danger food that I do not purchase.

06-26-2001, 03:20 PM
Funny you should mention that. I had it for Breakfast and proceeded to binge for the whole morningk. That didn't get me very far. I did go on the Slimfast website (I have been trying to find one for calorie suggestions for my height and weight) anyway, you can enter your weight and it tells you how many calories you need to eat to lose 1 and 2 lbs. At my current weight it said I should start with 1670 for a two pound loss a week. I workout 5 days a week so I'm going to stick with that being my top range and see what happens. I know that it doesn't take exercise in to consideration so we'll see.

By the way, thanks for all of your advice. It's nice to have some support when trying something you are unsure of.


06-27-2001, 09:48 AM
Hi all. I realized I haven't been here in weeks! I'm still counting calories and exercising and doing very well. Well, I didn't exercise for about a week there, because I was on a medication that was making me nauseous. But I'm back on track with that too. I finally made it under 200 pounds and am estatic. I have lost 36 pounds so far, but still refuse to buy new clothes. First of all, I don't like to shop. Second, I don't want to buy something I am only going to wear a short period of time. I may try a thrift shop so I don't have to pay a fortune for "new" clothes.

Anyway, I just wanted to stop by and say hi. I hope everyone is doing well!


06-27-2001, 10:21 AM
Hi Nettie,

You are doing so swesome! It seems like those numbers just keep going down, down, and down every week! How long has it taken to lose the weight you've lost so far? It seems like it has happened very quickly!! I emailed you about your weight loss plan and even visited the Food Log page at that you directed me to, but it's not functioning anymore! :?:

Thank you,

06-27-2001, 12:07 PM

Thanks for the kind words. :) I started "Learning how to eat again" on April 23rd. I just started by cutting out sausage biscuit (sp) combos every morning and eating half of what I normally ate. Then my husband pitched in by cooking healthy meals with no added fat. We used to use one of those tubs of "butter" in a week. Now it sits in the back of the fridge and I can't remember the last time I saw it out. I cut out all soda and tea (we sweatened our tea with lots of sugar). I only drink water now.

All of that lead to counting calories. It looked like the most sensible thing to do and has been a big help. I don't log my food in on the weekends but still journal on paper to remind me what I have eaten that day. I set a goal of 1400 to 1600 calories a day. I very seldom eat even 1400. I just can't eat that much anymore. The longer I do this, the more I learn. I'm sure I don't have the most balanced diet I could, but it is working, I am healthy and I am successful for the first time in my life. Here is the link to my fitday site, I hope it works:

Good luck to you. You can PM me or email me anytime you need to.

06-29-2001, 07:55 PM
I have been eating around 1700 calories a day for 2 weeks now and have hardly lost any weight (1lb in 2 weeeks). So today I am dropping the calories down to between 1200 and 1400 for the next two weeks. I'll check in in a few weeks and tell you all how the results are. I have had a few people suggest I up my activity instead - but I am still recouperating from knee surgery and I can't do anything high intensity. So since burning an extra 500 calories a day is out, I am going to cut them out.
Nettie: I checked out your fit day page, what is tilapia, fish?

07-02-2001, 05:42 PM
Hi All,

Morrigan: I responded to your email, too. For everyone else that is wondering, talipia fish is a very mild white fish. It is low in fat and the fat is has is the "good" fat. We love it blackened, but I'm sure it is great other ways, too. It is a farm raised fish. We had to find something else we could eat besides catfish. Which I love, but just needed a change.

I wish I could say all is going well, but it isn't. My husband accidentally broke our scales last week (I think it was devine intervention). So I don't know if I have lost any weight or not. Don't really care at this point. I am still watching what I eat, but I am unable to exercise anymore. My cardiologist made me stop exercising, put me on a medicine that makes me so tired I feel like I am moving in slow motion, AND he says I need a diffibrulator "installed". I'm still a little in shock and little in denial. I knew my heart would get worse, but not this soon. Now that the Vice President had the surgery last weekend, everyone thinks it's no big deal. Love the VP, but give me a break! There is atleast a two week driving restriction after the surgery. I guess if I could get my limo driver to take me to work, I would be ok. Opps, venting again. Anyway, no exercising is going to slow down my weight loss, but I will still get there. I'm going to try Yoga this week. It will probably be good for mind and body.

Forgive me if this is a bad read, no time to proofread and spell-check. Hope everyone has a great day!


07-08-2001, 02:09 AM
Hello everyone!

I've been reading your posts and have decided to start counting calories. Thanks to the information I've found here I'm using to keep me honest. So far so good, but it's only been a week. Anyway, it's nice to meet you all and look forward to learning more about you.

07-08-2001, 12:57 PM
Welcome leighhop!
I have been using dietwatch for several years - but it was only a year ago that I started writing things down every day. Keeping that up can be difficult at times (like on the 4th of July I had over 4000 calories which dietwatch showed as a theoretically .580 lb gain YIKES!) However, writing things down on dietwatch is what keeps me honest about what I am eating. I also really like the green happy faces for good nutrition.

07-18-2001, 01:44 PM
Yoooo-hoooo? Anyone here anymore? Where's Nettie, Morrigan, and Mrs. Jim?
How are things going, guys?


07-18-2001, 08:28 PM
You can usually catch me on the Body for Life board!!!

Hope to see ya there!

And BTW, things are going GREAT!!! Check out my new photos on my website!!! I'm so jazzed!

07-18-2001, 09:09 PM
I loved your website, Karen. My eyesight was a little fuzzy when I saw it (didn't have my glasses on)...... is it me, or does your husband resemble Christopher Reeve? Superman!!

:) Jennifer

07-19-2001, 12:09 PM
I am still here - But nobody was really posting - so I have been over on the support thread mostly. I started counting calories again on June 18th and have lost 6 lbs. I still have a long way to go - but it feels really good eating right and exercising. I started lifting weights last weekend and have gone every other day since Saturday.

07-19-2001, 01:14 PM
I have been visiting this site off and on since the start of my 'lifestyle change' last March but I rarely post. I keep checking up on this string of posts so I figured I may as well introduce myself and maybe get involved a little more.
My name is Christine, and I'm 26. My highest weigt was 195 lbs but my official 'start weight' for my diet was 192. As of today I am down to 165 lbs and moving slooooooowly downward.
I have been counting calories from the beginning and I aim for under 1600 a day (although I'm beginning to think that is too much now that I've lost 27 lbs and thats why the weight loss is suddenly moving so slowly). It is my plan to drop to 1500 max and hopefully revitalize my progress!
Just hoping to get some motivational help because I'm getting to the point where many seem to fail .. when things start slowing down and you don't see the same progress you were! But I'm not willing to give up.. this time its for real and I will reach my goal, no matter how long it may take to get there!


07-22-2001, 03:20 PM
Hi everyone!

Do you mind if I join your thread? I really want to lose some weight before I start college in September and I've found that counting calories is the only thing that really works for me. I'm currently at 181 lbs. (I'm 5'6") and I'd like to get to 170 or less before school starts.

I started doing the Zone four weeks ago and lost 6 lbs. the first two weeks but then gained 2.5 lbs. back over the last two weeks because I started cheating. I've been posting over on the Zone thread but I'd like to post here too because I'm going to be doing a combination of Zoning and counting calories. The Zone makes me feel good but I still need the control of tracking EVERY bite that goes in my mouth.

So I'm going to try to stick to around 1200 calories a day (this is a good level for me to lose weight because my metabolism is like a snail).

I'd love to get your support and hopefully some of your determination and motivation will rub off on me!


07-22-2001, 08:58 PM
glad to see you here donnaK

I am trying for 1200 calories a day too. At 1400 I lose about 1 lb every 1-2 weeks, but I am greedy and want to lose faster, so I am dropping down to 1200 for awhile. I also recently started weight lifting. I have read all sorts of amazing things about it - like that you continue to burn calories for 90 minutes after you finish - that sounds good to me.

I have never tried the zone. I try to eat a balance diet that included carbs-protien-fiber etc... I don't plan that by meal, but by the day.

07-27-2001, 11:36 AM
Up and down up and down. The last four weeks I either have gain a pound lost a pound the next week gain the same pound (1 lb) back then lose it.

I think I finely have plaaatued!
I lost around 30LB so far. Came from 257 LB to well around 230LB. My weight the past four weeks has been 229 one week, 230 the next week, 229 the follwing week 230 the next

I been keeping my calore count around 1,500 and an occassional 1,700. Tho over the spring time I kept it down aroun 1,200 1,300 so I guess I sent my body into shock, other then that. I was doing alot of walking in the spring time/early summer. but here lately its just been way to hot to go walking. Texas like an oven:devil:
But then again I have no excuse cause I could go swimming in my backyard but have not done that. but I figure keeping the calorie count way under 2,000 cal. would do. Oh well, bottom line is. Excersie is just to important! You really can't do with out it. Tho, I thought it would help a little keeping the calories down.:^:

07-27-2001, 09:14 PM
I am plateauing right there with you. Since 6/18 I have averaged 1697 calories a day and 359 burned exercising per day. It seems good. But I have only lost 4 lbs and 3 of those came off by 6/22. So really I have been dieting for a month and doing pretty well and I am totally stuck at the same few lbs. I am trying to lower my calories a bit (to between 1200 and 1400 (but not over) and am having the hardest time cutting out those last few calories. I am at 1322 today it is 5 pm and I am planning on going out tonight. That is going to mean water for me - not alcohol. And the thing is, I really like alcohol.

No I shouldn't be complaining too much. I averaged 1400 calories a day for 6 months and lost 50 lbs last year. I know if I can just get my calories down there again that I will be able to do it.

07-29-2001, 01:21 PM
Ok, today I am starting yet again another calorie counting diet. I keep going on for a day and falling off for a month. Yikes.

Here it goes, I weigh 238 and I am 5'8". Today I am doing 1800 calories. I vary between 1600 all the way up to 2200. We shall see how it goes.

I also have fallen off the exercise wagon big time. So need to start that again too.

Will post more later,
Glad to find you guys.


07-31-2001, 10:14 AM
Hi fellow calorie counters,

I belong to a weight loss group called tops. In their book it tells you how many calories it takes to lose wt, but it is real strange that it is a different amount for those of us who have dieted before and lost wt. I will tell you what the book says: To maintain your wt if you have never dieted before requires 2200 calories a day, if you are obese now 3000 a day and when you lose your weight 1600 calories to maintain it. What a difference ugh? I am just wondering if the same applies to losing wt? If because we have dieted before that we won't lose on the normal amt of calories someone else can eat and lose. It sure seems to me that you should be able to lose wt without excessive exercising when you need to lose more than 20 pounds. I count calories myself and stay about 1400 to maintain my goal wt. I to go up and down a couple pounds in the month depending what time of the month it is. Just wondered if anyone else heard about this info. The title of the book is The Choice Is Yours, and it is based of the food exchange system, kinda like weight watchers. Have a good day everyone.