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Old 10-14-2005, 09:38 PM   #1
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It used to be I'd do great at dieting and not so great on exercising or great on exercise, not so great on the dieting. Well, these past couple weeks I've concentrated on BOTH and I'm losing weight easier than ever before (a little more than 2 pounds both weeks). I've only lost a total of 4.4 pounds but I feel really good about it and physically feel pretty darn good too. It's amazing that all along I've known to do both together but I still seem somewhat shocked that it's working! hee hee

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Old 10-15-2005, 12:32 AM   #2
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Way to go!! Sounds like you've figured out a winning plan.
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Old 10-15-2005, 08:02 AM   #3
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Gee, who woulda thunk? Really, congratulations! Keep at it

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Yup . It actually works!

Congrats on bringing the 2 things together!
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Old 10-16-2005, 11:47 PM   #5
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My exact problem. If I exercise, I am STARVING and can't stop thinking about food until I eat somthing truly satiating (carbs and fats). When I keep my calories down to weightloss range, I am so tired. I can't get energy to exercise, and take a lot of naps. (like I'm trying to sleep through my diet ).

I got a treadmill finally...so I'll give it a try, again. <<<sigh>>>
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Congratulations on your weight loss so far! Your post is an inspiration to me because I have been exercising steadily and "watching what I eat" for about six weeks now and have not lost a single pound. In fact, at the beginning I may have gained a pound because I was so hungry from exercising! Now I think I need to pay more attention to what I eat and continue the exercising. Thanks for sharing!
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CoolMom and sf40,

Are you eating enough protein? It's key for the repair of tissue (like after exercise) and takes longer to metabolize than any other nutrient so you feel full longer. Also too many carbs can make some people (including me!) sleepy.
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Way to go and congrats on the weight loss! I know what you mean about not sticking to both. Usually I'm great at the exercise but not so great at the food part. On the flip side, if I have a blah day where I decide not to exercise, I usually intentionally eat less since I know I won't be working off any calories. So far, I haven't managed to stick to both at once...lol. I bet the weight loss would double!

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CoolMom and sf40,

Are you eating enough protein? It's key for the repair of tissue (like after exercise) and takes longer to metabolize than any other nutrient so you feel full longer. Also too many carbs can make some people (including me!) sleepy.

Well, I'm currently not exercising, and on day three of the diet. Yesterday was 25% fat, 59% carbs and 15% protein. I had 21% protein the day before that, when I had eggs for breakfast. I should look up the recommendations.
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CoolMom and sf40,

Are you eating enough protein? It's key for the repair of tissue (like after exercise) and takes longer to metabolize than any other nutrient so you feel full longer. Also too many carbs can make some people (including me!) sleepy.

I think that's my problem. In thinking about what I've been eating for the past six weeks, it's been really carb-heavy. I just started tracking my diet a week ago, and noticed I have a tiny amount of protein at lunch, a normal serving at dinner, and all my snacks are carbs -- I eat a lot of plain yogurt mixed with fruit, fruit smoothies, and oatmeal). When I go grocery shopping next, I plan to include more proteins such as eggs, cottage cheese, and lean meats. Thanks!
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I'll tell ya, SF40, you will be AMAZED at the difference more protein will do for you. I have protein at every single meal and ALL of my (5 - 6) snacks a day are usually protein-based -- cottage cheese (like you said), low fat string cheese, walnuts, almonds, protein shakes, hardboiled eggs, etc. It's a fantastic way to make it from one meal to the next without feeling hungry. Plus, it will help you maintain muscle mass while losing fat -- if you don't eat protein while "dieting" you'll lose fat AND muscle, which is no good cuz muscle is metabolically active and burns calories even when your just sitting around. My trainer wants me to aim for 140 grams of protein a day, but I usually *only* (LOL) make it to 85 - 100 grams.

I should also put in a plug for weight training while I'm at it . I recommend it. HIGHLY.
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Onelasttime - I'm with ya there. I was the same way and finally I'm focusing on both and feel great after only a week of truly trying to stay within my calorie limits and get my exercise daily. I hope this is the last time I embark on this journey.

Good luck to you! Keep it up!
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Thaks for all the advice, sharing and inspiration!! I've found that I used to think "Well, I can eat that because I'm gonna exercise it off later." Never worked. Weigh-in isn't until the end of the week (I can't even peek because I don't own a scale) so we'll see how it's going. I'm still going along with doing BOTH and I feel soooo much better mentally about my weight loss journey this time, more realistic, more lifelong (let's hope). I just love this board....hope you all have a great day.
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I'll tell ya, SF40, you will be AMAZED at the difference more protein will do for you. I have protein at every single meal and ALL of my (5 - 6) snacks a day are usually protein-based -- cottage cheese (like you said), low fat string cheese, walnuts, almonds, protein shakes, hardboiled eggs, etc. It's a fantastic way to make it from one meal to the next without feeling hungry. Plus, it will help you maintain muscle mass while losing fat -- if you don't eat protein while "dieting" you'll lose fat AND muscle, which is no good cuz muscle is metabolically active and burns calories even when your just sitting around. My trainer wants me to aim for 140 grams of protein a day, but I usually *only* (LOL) make it to 85 - 100 grams.

I should also put in a plug for weight training while I'm at it . I recommend it. HIGHLY.

Hey LovesBassets, thanks so much for the advice! I definitely plan to add more protein to my meals and snacks. I am a believer in weight training ... I have been doing resistance training like walking lunges, squats, push ups, bench dips, etc., and while I haven't lost a single pound and my pants are as tight as ever, I am firming up. I guess I had hoped I'd shrink a bit by now. Will add more protein and see if that helps.
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Old 10-19-2005, 05:54 PM   #15
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sf40,

If you're weight training, then you REALLY need lots of protein -- no WONDER you're all pooped out!!!

I'm a protein fanatic, and have been known to write whole novels about it in my posts . Like this one ------> http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/show...765#post965765 which you may be interested in if you have an hour or two of spare reading time . My post/novel is at the bottom of that page.
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