LA Weight Loss - Share a days menu Red/Purple plan users..

05-03-2006, 11:01 PM
Hi everyone.. Being the new kid .. I am still finding mny footing in this new program.. would any of you red or purple plans share a day in your life what a menu looks like for you.. one maybe you like or could be it is easy or whatever.. just a sample of Your day's menu.. and state if you are on red plan or purple.. I hope this will really help others out too maybe discover some neat meals or quick fixes.. thanks Kim

05-03-2006, 11:24 PM
Hi Kim --

I'm new to this website too, just lurking here and there, but what a great way to have others give you advise / thoughts on your meals. I started 1/1/06 and down about 26.4 lbs. Its been slow going, and I havnt been that pleased with my center. My first visit was the Monday after new years and the counselor fell asleep during my session; I nearly died and just coughed loudly.

Anyways, I am on Red plus -- no lites -- here is my day

Breakfast: light bread with one ounce cheese / 4 ounces OJ (1 S, 1/2 P, 1 FR)

snack: yogurt (1 D), 6 reduce fat wheat thins

lunch - salad (lettuce, tomatoes & cucumbers) with 4 ounces of thin & trim turkey breast (3 V, 1P)

snack - 6 reduce fat wheat thins (1 S)

dinner - shrimp 7 ounces stirfried with broccolli (1 P, 2 V, 1 FA)

snack - 2 ounces light cheese (1 DA)

late snack - 1 slice bread (1 S), 1 large apple (2 FR)

I might add I work night shift --

I've started to drink more lemon water to try and flush out my system

I tend to use my dairy with 1 yogurt and 2 ounces of RF cheese, and try not to have my breads with my meals at dinner; I cant remember the last time I had rice or a baked potatoe; my center said not to mix them together ..

I've also been doing weights at least 3x a week (well not true weights, I met with a PT from my gym and she put me on a very mini program, but I do weights for my legs and arms, and then ball squats -- its about a 20 minute routine) -- and then the days I do that, I try and do at least 30 minutes of cardio -- the days I dont do weights, I try for at least 20 minutes of cardio -- I know I have to increase it to at least 30, but I was excited tonite when I got my heart rate to 140 for the first time since I started to work out

Very anxious to watch others and please feel free to comment on my day

05-04-2006, 12:06 AM
My favorite red day looks like this: I do red with no lites

1 mini bagel (S)
1 TBS RF peanut butter (1/2 P)
4 oz OJ or other fruit juice (F)

Mid AM - Large granny smith apple (2F)

7 oz grilled chicken (P)
1 pita pocket (S)
1 C steamed veggies (2V) or a salad with lettuce, tomato and cuke

Mid PM -

5 oz grilled beef (P)
1/3 C wild rice (S)
1 C steamed veggies (2V)

Evening - 8 oz FF milk and 7 raw almonds

This is what I would call a "heavy" day - bagels and beef are pretty solid foods and seem to take a little longer to go through my system.... I do a day like this once or twice a week.

05-04-2006, 12:17 AM
Yesterday's Diary - Red Plus - no lites
Breakfast - 3 TBS reduced fat peanut butter (crunchy) on 1 english muffin, toasted, with 1 banana sliced across the top of both halves of muffin.
Lunch - salad (spinach and romaine - 2V) 4 oz roasted chicken breast
Okay - wait... do you want an actual or what is recorded on the journal? LOL So far I am posting actual
Dinner - scallops, butter, spinach salad, fettucine with asparagus and parmesan(posted on recipe thread)
liquid fruit - quite a few (not recorded)
Recorded - strawberries, cheese, apple
recorded 8 glasses of water, drank - @ 130 oz of water

Malibu Kelly, who I dearly love now and help every day in her COD progression, said it was all about exchanges. I never cheat if I exchange. 1 extra protein (excess steak) might equal a dairy and a fat if I need it to. HOWEVER... I must add this disclaimer. I do not recommend any newbie to do this. I tried MK's thoughts at the beginning but I didn't know how my body worked or what it needed to lose weight. I was not as successful. I have been doing LAWL since Jan 24 and have dieted off and on for 19 years. I have taken the best of WW and the best of LAWL and made it work for me. I can travel and I can drink and can still be above the guaranteed 2lbs per week loss without doing ANY of their supplements or products.

I know that starches are not my friends.

05-04-2006, 10:45 AM
Sounds great! and yo uall are doing so well.. I can't wait to post my favorite weightloss days menu..

Karen... your menu sounds so good!!! but like you starches mostly processed ones.. = weight gain or no losses;; I really want to be able to incoporate going out and having a drink(what kind of exchange is that?) like the other night DH and I went out..belated anniversary dinner.... 15 years... woo hoo.. anyways.. I had 1/2 a delmonico steak..about 4 oz.. and 1/2 broiled salmon steak.. 3 oz.. and green beans.. no bread... oooh hubby ate those rolls smothered in butter.. but I knew my drink was a trade off adn that margarita was well worth it!! and the scales still showed a loss next day.. yeah!!

Lori.. I tend to do the same thing when a meal seems to work and I like it, just use it a few times a week.. makes it so much easier than wondering, okay now what can I eat..

Sue.. welcome and glad to meet you.. thanks for helping me see everyday peoples eating habits it helps me kind of get an idea..

would love to hear more.. thanks all..Have a great POP day.. Kim

05-04-2006, 11:19 AM
I am on red plus with out the lites so I get 2 1/2 p, 4v, 4f, 4s, 2d, 1fat

Breakfast - mini bagel w/ff cream cheese (1s, .3 C i don't use very much)
1/2 banana OR orange juice 4 oz or fruit leather 1 (f)
either yogurt or milk (d)

nuts (1/2P) (natural no salt or anything)
celery and cream cheese (v .3 c)
raisins or fruit leather (f)

Lunch (usually eaten over a 2-3 hour period)
if working subway turkey sand w/ light mayo vinegar lettuce tomato onion mustard (2s, p, 2v)
or cottage cheese (p)
LS V8 juice 8oz (2V)
and rf wheat thins 12 (2s)
1c mixed frozed berries with splenda (f)S

fruit orange, fruit leather, raisins, sometimes prunes (f)

Steak, shrimp or chicken (p)
salad (however much I need to get all my veggies for the day)
sometimes if I have a starch left I put homemade crutons on my salad


Hope that helps

05-04-2006, 11:54 AM
Here's a pretty typical day for me.

Red, no lites (2-1/2 P, 4V, 3 F, 3 S, 1 D, 1 Fa)

4 oz n/f yogurt (1/2 D)
3/8 cup cottage cheese (1/2 P)
1 apple (1 F)
1/2 cup oatmeal (1 S)

No snack

2 cups lettuce (2 V)
7 oz turkey breast or 8 oz chicken breast (1 P)

rice cake w/ 1 Tbsp R/F cream cheese (1 S, 1 Fa)
plum (1 F)

1 pc lite bread (or pita pocket) (1 S)
1-1/2 cups lettuce with 1/2 tomato (2 V)
1 oz lite cheese (1/2 D)
7 oz turkey breast or 8 oz chicken breast (1 P)

2 cups hot lemon water (1 F)

I know you aren't supposed to "split" dairies, but I have been losing an average of 4 lbs a week this way, so I'm not changing unless it starts to be a problem.

Repo girl
05-05-2006, 01:24 PM
My favorite Red with no lites day looks like this:

B- 1 egg, 1 wedge laughing cow lite cheese, 1 mini bagel

S- Braeburn apple

L- 7 oz 99% lean turkey breast with 1 chopped tomato, seasoned with chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin to make awesome taco meat, 1 oz RF sharp cheddar cheese melted on top. I pour this over lettuce, and squirt it with Minute Maid lime juice and top with FF sour cream. Best taco salad ever.

S- 1 cup frozen rasberries, nuked till hot and juicey. Add a packet or two of splenda, and tear up a toasted pita. Stir it all together, let sit for 5 minutes, top with FF cool whip, viola! Cobbler.

D- 8 oz Grilled chicken breast, 1/2 cup fried red potatoes and onions (fried in Pam), 1 cup cooked broccoli and cauliflower with mortons and garlic powder.

S- 1 orange

Water all day, coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, and sleepytime tea before bed.

Dairy Fairy
05-05-2006, 01:49 PM
Sue. you are shorting yourself on your breakfast. 1 oz rf cheese is 1/4 protein on red, not half. Somebody correct me if I am wrong, but I am all about getting what you are due :lol:

Dairy Fairy
05-05-2006, 01:50 PM
Lori, you did it too, I think. I think on red 1 tbsp pb= 1/3 protein, not 1/2

05-05-2006, 01:57 PM
2 oz RF cheese = 1 dairy on Red

But, 3T RF p-nut butter = 1P.

Dairy, you were 1/2 right :)

Dairy Fairy
05-05-2006, 02:00 PM
She said 1 oz cheese was half a PROTEIN, not half dairy. I think red has 4 oz cheese as 1 protein, therefore wouldn't 1 oz be 1/4 protein?

Repo girl
05-05-2006, 02:14 PM
Dairy- You are right about the cheese, wrong about the PB. One red 4 0z of cheese= 1 protein.

05-05-2006, 02:17 PM
No, she's right about the PB 3tbl=1P

Can't chime in on the cheese as a protein since my center still won't let me do it . . .

Repo girl
05-05-2006, 02:20 PM
My center says that 3 T of PB= 1 protein, but a half a protein of PB is only 1 T. Doesn't makes sense, though.

05-05-2006, 02:20 PM
Ahhhhh! LAWL math. Of course! (slaps forehead) . . .

Repo girl
05-05-2006, 02:22 PM
Hahahaha! Love the forehead!

Dairy Fairy
05-05-2006, 02:51 PM
Nah, I am right about everything...if I could only get DH to believe it.

Yeah, and I am not buying 1TBSP of pb =1/2 protein on red. They may have told you to do it, but it's idiotic. That can affect your calories by a LOT if you are a big pb lover.

This fuzzy math is giving me a headache!

05-05-2006, 02:55 PM
Purple Plan (No lites)
One of my favorite days:

4 oz Dannon Yogurt (1/2 D)
12 Strawberries, 1 c Raspberries or sm Peach (F) (This depends on the flavor of yogurt, as I put them in the yogurt)

Mid AM: Sm. Peach, Berries or 1/2 Pear (F)

Lunch: Chicken Breast (P) or Lean Cusine Lean Pocket Ultra (P,S)
1 C lettuce (V)
1 Stalk Celery (V)
1 1/2 TBSP Fat Free 1000 Dressing (1 1/2 C)

Mid PM: Fruit of some sort (F) & 1/2 C Jello (C)

Dinner: 2 Bocca Burgers on 1/2 Hoagy Roll (P,S) with 1 Tsp Mustard
1 C Broccoli (2V) (Or some other veggie)
1 tsp Butter (Fa)

Evening Snack: Fruit (F) & 1 String Cheeze (Mozzarella Lite) (1/2 D)

I also like to do Egg Salad/Tuna at lunch with 2 eggs (the other used at breakfast) and I LOVE the Broccoli Beef Recepie from the LA Cookbook. ;)

Of course when I do the Egg Salad or tuna I use 1 tbsp Lite Mayo as my fat.

Repo girl
05-05-2006, 02:58 PM
I know, I agree with you. And what is wrong with DH? You are a genius!

05-05-2006, 02:58 PM
Nah, I am right about everything...if I could only get DH to believe it.

Yeah, and I am not buying 1TBSP of pb =1/2 protein on red. They may have told you to do it, but it's idiotic. That can affect your calories by a LOT if you are a big pb lover.

This fuzzy math is giving me a headache!

If you get YOUR DH to believe it, PLEASE share your secret with me... LOL Mine can be SUCH a PITB. ;) He think's HE'S right about everything...

05-05-2006, 03:03 PM
Yes, my COD told me 1 TBS of PB was half a protien. Same as 1 egg is half a protien... it's somehow easier for the trolls to do the math if you don't have halfs. So.... I measure a "scoop" of PB and call it 1/2P. I think if one were weighing and measuring accurately, the 1.5 TBS would be a half protien...

I don't really get the whole crossover thing - 2oz cheese is a dairy, but 4 oz is a protien....

Same with soy milk - 1 C is a dairy, but 2 C is a protien....

I also looked at labels and my FF milk has more protien than my 8th Continent soy milk... 10 more calories, and a little less [edited to read less sodium instead of more] sodium. What is better about soy protien than milk protien? Why can't I count 2 C of FF milk as a protien? I would love to sit down with a large glass of ice cold milk with my dinner one night!

05-05-2006, 04:14 PM
I got started, a few years ago, getting recipes from the Arcamax chef (it's an online subscription thing). Anyway, at the end of each recipe newsletter, he has a blurb "From the Arcamax chef" about different things going on in his life. He calls his wife She Who Must Be Obeyed, or She for short. I joked with DH about this, and now.... I am She. It comes in handy, ALOT! I even got a bag tag from my son's hockey team that has my name "She" on it.

A typical response around my house is like this "Of course I'm right, honey, I am She." That usually ends all discussion!

05-05-2006, 04:30 PM
nope-no new plan books here . . . unless they're holding out on me. It's been probably a month since I asked about it . . .

Repo girl
05-05-2006, 04:33 PM
My center does not have them either.

05-05-2006, 04:39 PM
I think mine is dated 2005-I'm not sure what you mean about limited starches and proteins . . . . I can only have 6 eggs/week . . . .and they tell me not to eat minibagels every day-I still do of course;)

05-05-2006, 04:48 PM
This is the closest center and I find it a pain to get to as it is . . . .I'm not too worried about it. I can count cheese as a protein if I want to and just not record it as such. Unless I'm in the mood to argue with them . . . . I don't know whether I'll buy any more weight loss weeks either, we'll see . . .

05-05-2006, 05:14 PM
how would I count my milk in coffee?? is that allowed(hope, hope) I use 1 pkt splenda and about 1/8 c of milk with my cup.. 1/8 of a dairy?? oh also any of you use stevia? is it any better than splenda?? thanks,Kim

05-05-2006, 05:25 PM
does cream cheese count as a cheese? thanks.. kim

05-05-2006, 05:34 PM
Could someone tell me the differnce between red and red+, i'm on red and am wishing for more veggies, less starch and protein. I do the lites, and did this same program 12 years ago under the name quick weight loss, i was very successful with the bars included, but seem to be off to a slower start. I exercise way mor than I did then, and of course i have passed the big 4-0. I usually get my starch as 2 oatmeals in a day, and bag the 3rd one. I've only been at it 2 weeks and lost 8, I know I shouldn't gripe, but it has been a SLLLLOOOOW week, only 1/2#.

05-05-2006, 05:41 PM
Red plus adds a dairy, a starch and a fruit. You really should stick to the plan as written, you're weight loss may slow if you're not getting enough calories.

05-05-2006, 05:51 PM
I did notice that eating restaurant salads wasn't near enough protein, and that is why I think I slid back, + the sodium. I'm toughing out red, I'd like to figure out calories in and calories burned, but I feel like I am too anal about it all already.... (

05-05-2006, 06:03 PM
FF Cream cheese 1tbsp= condiment

Regular Cream Cheese 1tbsp= Fat

05-06-2006, 01:18 AM
thank you milca! I use the 1/3 less fat.. so I will count it as 1/2 a fat... or should I count some as dairy some as a fat.. hmmm.. sorry but this new plan is like an erector set to me just yet??? Kim

05-06-2006, 01:20 AM
I couldn't help myself I have gone 8 days no sugar and very limited carbs.. I ate micro butter popcorn (1 and 1/2 c) and 1 and 1/2 cp reeses peanut butter ice cream w/ choc syrup... may the scales be merciful ... back on track tomorrow.. night! Kim

05-06-2006, 11:29 AM
well alas they were NOT!! and I was really swollen today.. probably all the salt and I did not get in all my water.. on a field trip afraid to drink too much..LOL Kim

05-06-2006, 07:40 PM
About the new plans....Juliemarie, I don't understand this, I really think your centers and mine (Oklahoma) are the same franchise. Anyway the new plans don't look any different on the outside, but their are changes. I'm thinkin' they don't realize they're still using the old kits. These have been out for a while. If you're not getting anywhere w/them, ask them if they will just call the dietician or the other center, so you can alert the rest of us that all of our centers are crazy wrong, because they have different plans...yah!! Ask the COD if she will help you call all the centers and let them know they're wrong. She's gonna feel like an a##. They should listen to their clients maybe? Good Luck

Repo girl
05-06-2006, 08:27 PM
Slimkim- Drink some hot water with a lemon squeezed into it. You will lose that extra water in no time!!