LA Weight Loss - New to LAWL
07-31-2006, 08:59 PM
Hello, i've been reading the posts on here for about an hour and realized this is the perfect community for me. I just started LAWL yesterday (sunday) i'm finding the first two days to be torturous (i start the red plan tomorrow).. i dont like meat too much and they ran out of TO so they said to eat cantaloupe instead, which im not liking. plus im having caffeine withdrawals and am feeling nauseous.. i wait to get some carbs in me!!!!! Anyway, i have quite a bit of weight to lose, so i was wondering if you guys could tell me a little about your experiences, how much weight you've lost in what time period, etc. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all!
07-31-2006, 09:21 PM
Hello! Welcome to the boards. Don't worry, you will feel better soon. You do go through some carb withdrawal, but the reason for TO is to get rid of those cravings. In a few days from now you are going to say "Holy cow, I feel so much better without all of those carbs!" Tons more energy, I promise. Take a look at the vegetarian protein section when you get your book. You should be able to find some things that you like. I have been on LAWL for 11 months, and I am down 64 lbs and 12 pant sizes. It is a great feeling. I have about 25 lbs to go, and it is much slower than in the beginning, but it is coming off slowly but surely. Good luck at your weigh in!!
07-31-2006, 10:40 PM
BBCake - Welcome to LAWL. I cannot believe your COD was out of Take Off - I actually really enjoyed the juice and if you read the newbie thread, there are other options out there that others have used. I can't stand cantalope, so I would not have been a happy camper the first two days.
Plus, I was able to have 2 small cups of coffee during TO. I guess every center is a bit different.
But, hang in there...you're halfway home and Katie is correct -- Take Off will help with the carb cravings. The program is great and it works. Well, it works if you follow it!!
08-01-2006, 08:25 AM
Welcome miss bbcake--it gets much better after the initial shock--I promise. The easiest way to handle so much of this is to plan, plan, plan. I usually put my whole day in my diary in the morning then I know exactly what I am doing. If I know we are eating out I put it in early so I can plan the rest of the day around it. Everyone is different so don't get hung up on the 2 lbs per week or you may get disappointed down the road. Depending on how much you have to lose you could lose more or less than that--whatever the case--stick with it. I lost about 30 between Christmas and the end of May and have just sort of held on throughout the summer (my own fault) and went from a 14 to a 10 in jeans. Good luck--you can do this--there are too many success stories around here to think it doesn't work.
Katie--HOLY COW!!! I had no idea. I knew you had lost the 64 pounds but 12 sizes?!? Are those single numbers like 18 to 6? Or doubles? I guess I count them in doubles (ie, I lost 2 sizes) so I am curious as to how others count them. That's amazing.
Welcome! I'm on my 4th week of the program. I'm loving it, something finally "clicked." I know I'm all gung-ho.....but it's really working! I feel like the incredible shrinking woman!! I'm down 12 pounds!
I try to eat 3 meals with my lite bars and fruit in between as snacks. It helps to spread it out over the day to keep me from getting hungry.
I'm on the gold program. 2 P(4oz), 3 V(1/2 c. cooked/ 1 c. raw), 3 F, 2 S, 1 D, 1 F & 2 Lites. From what I gather some programs have larger portions of protein etc..
Take Off...we recently discussed replacing LAWL TO with Knudsen's Morning Blend Juice (avail. at Whole Foods for less than $4.00 - LAWL TO juice is $25!)
You can do it!!
"Never give up on a dream just because of the length of time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway."
08-01-2006, 09:25 AM
Welcome miss bbcake!
I've been on program for just over 4 months, and have only lost 20 pounds. The program works, if you follow it.
08-01-2006, 10:24 AM
Sherry--not ONLY!!! 20 pounds is great!!
08-01-2006, 10:37 AM
Lea Ann - Thanks. 20 pounds is great, and I have only myself to blame for not being further along! :) I should be at my halfway point by now. It's just too hard for me, when I'm home all the time. I was better POP when I was in school all day. Come September, the weight will start falling off again, I'm sure, but that just sets me back.
08-01-2006, 11:07 AM
thanks for sharing guys! i already feel a little bit better today, i had an LA light first thing when i woke up and i feel soo much better than yesterday. I suppose its just going to take a little bit of getting used to. I already feel lighter though.. probably because im not bloated from over eating!
08-01-2006, 11:16 AM
Sherry--if it's any consolation I should have gone to stabilization in May!! Again, my own fault, but I have enjoyed the summer and now it's time to get back on track. I am just happy I haven't gained more than 1-2 pounds. I really think it will be easier when school starts back up. You are doing great--just think where you started.
Miss bbcake--you will feel better each day as all the "bad" stuff leaves the body. I was shocked at how much better I felt--I didn't even realize I didn't feel great until I started this. I need a lot less sleep and I haven't had my nightly Rolaids since the first of the year!!
08-01-2006, 11:21 AM
that would be so nice.. i sleep so much and feel exhausted during the day! I cant wait to have energy.. then i can start working out.. when you guys say you enjoyed the summer, does that mean you didnt follow your plan at all, or just not as strictly. I would like to have a free day every once in a while, i happen to love love love french fries!
08-01-2006, 11:25 AM
Misss BB - Look at your carb cravers menu for a burger and fries option! Also, you can make some yummy baked fries at home with a potato and some spices and some pam spray. You will find your new favorite healthy foods becoming things you can't live without.
08-01-2006, 12:06 PM
Lea Ann- I have gone from a 20 to an 8 in pants, also a size 2X to a size medium in tops and jammies.
08-01-2006, 02:14 PM
Katie--whew--that makes me feel better! That is awesome by the way. I am pretty sure I will never wear an 8 in jeans!
miss bbcake--I was not POP throughout the summer--tried but didn't always care.
08-01-2006, 08:08 PM
miss bbcake - I try too to stay POP for the summer, but it doesn't always work out that way. (Not enough willpower on my part). HOWEVER, one thing I have noticed, even if I'm not completely POP, my eating habits have, and are continuing, to change! I am more conscious about what I put into my mouth, I'm not eating junk food every day, I do try for the healthier options, sometimes unintentionally. It does get better and easier!
Part of my problem is not eating all of my food. Even though I know I need to eat it all in order to lose, I'm not that hungry in this heat, and therefore, have not been eating everything like I should.
Make sure you eat everything of all the groups, and you will be fine! :)
08-01-2006, 08:12 PM
Hi Miss BBCake and WELCOME! :-)
It's so strange to hear that a COD ran out of TO Juice! TO is kind of rough, but you'll be so excited when you do that weigh in! And then when you start your first week on the plan, it seems heavenly to add real food back in! (Especially with the LA Lite bars! If you like sweets, they're really good.)
I agree with what the other chicks said about how good you'll feel after just a short time on the plan! The program is really good. It's balanced healthy food that you can buy at your grocery store, so you'll really be able to teach yourself better eating habits.
Don't know how much you've been able to read about the program, but heads up -- at the end of your first week, the COD will give you a sales pitch to buy all the Lites you need for the entire program. There's a discount, but it's still pretty high for one fell swoop. If you want to do the Lites, you can do it on a pay as you go basis. If you don't want to do the Lites, they will bump you up to the next higher plan (Red Plus) and you get more food options. Just so you're prepared.... :-)
All the best to you!!
08-02-2006, 12:08 AM
how long did it take you guys to lose? I have some bad news.. my first day on the red plan and i already went off. We had dinner out and i opted for a chicken caesar roll up with fries. i think im hopeless...
08-02-2006, 12:09 AM
oh, i'm definately not liking the la lites.. they tast like cardboard with hardened chocolate syrup on them
08-02-2006, 07:48 AM
Miss BB - OK... time to take a step back and think about why you want to lose weight. We need to accept that certain foods just don't exist for us right now. They will, during maintenance, but right now you need to focus on giving your body the fuel it needs.
As for the lites - I didn't like any of the ones in my sample box. I ended up buying a lot of caramel and chocolate coconut and smores. I would tell your COD that you are not buying the bulk purchase right away, try a few different kinds, and if you still don't like them, either try some of the Lunas, Kashi Crunchy or Pria Complete. If you still don't like the bars, tell the COD so that they can put you on an all food plan.
Stay strong, and we will be here for you.
08-02-2006, 09:18 AM
miss bbcake--it varies for eveyone--mostly depends on how much you have to lose. I lost 9 pounds in the first month, and 29 in 5 months. 38 pounds is my goal so if you have more, and you follow the plan, you will lose a lot more, a lot faster--there are gals here who have certainly lost a lot more than me in a shorter time frame.
If you don't like the bars don't eat them--they can't make you. Either go to an all food plan or bars from the store--you have lots of choices. There are plenty of gals here that do the bars successfully and just as many who are on all food and doing just as great, so you just have to do what works for you. Good luck.
08-02-2006, 12:32 PM
Miss bbcake- I've been on the plan for 7 months and was on "hold" for one month. So in 6 months of weight loss, I have lost a total of 54 lbs. and 22 1/2" inches. I started out at a tight 24W and have gone down to a 20W in pants and an XL in tops. Yea, my bottom 1/2 is holding on to all that weight.
Give it a few weeks and then try those fries again. You will probably find that you will end up with a tummy ache from all the grease. If I have any now, it's just snatching a couple from DH when we go out to eat.
08-02-2006, 12:46 PM
I'm also pretty new to the program. I've only found that I like the honey nougat and caramel bars. You might try the "shakes" with some fruit and ice blended in. It's not too bad. Two things that have saved me are yogurt and frozen blueberries. Someone on one of these threads suggested the frozen blueberries and I was pleasantly surprised at how good they are. You can have 3/4 of a cup on the plan, but I have 1/4 cup straight from the freezer three times throughout the day. They're best for me when they have thawed just a little. I also each the yogurt with 7 almonds chopped up and one pack of splenda. You might try these if you aren't already. They really have helped me through the first week and a half.
08-02-2006, 01:00 PM
Ooh... Patty, the yogurt with the almonds sounds yummy. I will have to try that!
08-02-2006, 01:34 PM
Frozen grapes and frozen fresh pineapple are yummy too. So good when it's so hot out!! I also like to freeze my fruit that I am going to make smoothies with, that way I don't have to use ice.
08-02-2006, 01:37 PM
Cassie - I never liked eating yogurt until I tried this. The Splenda gives the sweetness and almonds the crunch. I always need crunchy things. I think this is why I don't care for the creamy lite bars. I did, however, microwave one of the creamy ones the other night and it was pretty good. I think it was the chocolate crunch. Are you aware of any creative ways to get the bars in without just eating them out of the package? They're going to get old pretty soon. I'm really glad I only purchased a small amount up front.
08-02-2006, 01:46 PM
Patty- you can also use the powdered lites. Here is a thread where we talked about different things to do with them
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I also buy a few luna bars and Kashi go lean bars just for a change of pace instead of eating the lites all the time.
08-02-2006, 02:08 PM
Thanks, There were one or two I'll try. Still being pretty new to the plan, I haven't branched out too much yet on creating meals. I seem to be eating individual things.