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Old 01-12-2011, 09:54 AM   #121  
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Thanks for all of the Birthday ideas, ladies! I think I should be able to limit my cravings that day. I know we are going out to a Japanese Steakhouse for dinner that night, and other than probably a ridiculous amount of salt, the meal should be ok. I'll just have to make sure to drink lots and lots of water (and skip the rice!) I'm not a HUGE cake eater (ice cream is actually my downfall..) so I shouldn't have too many issues with that.

And, if all else fails, Saturday is a NEW DAY!
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Thanks for all of the Birthday ideas, ladies! I think I should be able to limit my cravings that day. I know we are going out to a Japanese Steakhouse for dinner that night, and other than probably a ridiculous amount of salt, the meal should be ok. I'll just have to make sure to drink lots and lots of water (and skip the rice!) I'm not a HUGE cake eater (ice cream is actually my downfall..) so I shouldn't have too many issues with that.

And, if all else fails, Saturday is a NEW DAY!
If you are trying to stay 100% on plan it might be a good idea to call them and ask questions about the menu or even take the menu to your center and ask them for help. I did that over christmas and between my center and calling I was able to stay on plan and didn't look like an idiot when trying to order infront of everyone. It was very empowering. (I would check to see how they cook things. Do they cook with oil? Is there a part of the grill they could cook dry (or using pam spray)? Do they add butter to whatever you want to cook? Soy sauce is not on plan either, so maybe the veggies could be cooked dry too.)

Hope you have a great birthday!

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Can anyone tell me the importance of the Fish Oils and why they suggest we take them along with being on the plan?

Do they help boost weight loss or anything associated with weight or is it just the nutrients. They seem to never give me a CLEAR answer why....
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:40 PM   #124  
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Can anyone tell me the importance of the Fish Oils and why they suggest we take them along with being on the plan?

Do they help boost weight loss or anything associated with weight or is it just the nutrients. They seem to never give me a CLEAR answer why....
Glammy, check out the "Fish Oil Question" thread. Someone asked this, and Joy2MeNU posted this response:

Higher doses of omega 3's foster weight loss, as I pointed out in an earlier reference by Dr. Barry Sears.

http://journal.crossfit.com/2009/08/...reArticleTitle

"Studies have proven that high concentrations of fish oil can be used to dramatically reduce inflammation, resulting in weight loss, improved blood chemistry and better overall health. More clinical research has shown that fatty acids, even when used to supplement a very poor diet, can help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, MS, bipolar depression, ADHD, chronic pain and Alzheimer’s—all because fish oils reduce inflammation."
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:05 PM   #125  
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Can anyone tell me the importance of the Fish Oils and why they suggest we take them along with being on the plan?

Do they help boost weight loss or anything associated with weight or is it just the nutrients. They seem to never give me a CLEAR answer why....
I just asked this question yesterday. My consultant told me that the main reason is because you have almost completely cut out all fats from your diet. Your body still needs essential fatty acids to help with digestion. They also help with your skin (elasticity especially!) I was told if I am irregular that I should up my EFA's. I wasn't sure why some people were taking up to six a day. I have only been taking three. So, although they don't actually boost weight loss, they are very important.
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:12 PM   #126  
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The great thing about food that is cooked right in front of you is that you can pretty much tell them directly how to cook it, which is why I chose a Japanese steakhouse. A lean beef filet with a whole bunch of veggies is pretty much a "planstravaganza" It's hard to eat 100% on plan when not at home anyway, especially on a special occasion. If I get too much salt, or a little oil it's not going to ruin my weight loss journey.
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It is FREEZING here today! I had to go to campus today...and the walk up the hill to my building got my heart pumping just from walking in the cold! I zumba-ed when I got home...and we got a new dog last night, so I've also been walking him a bit today. I think I got a good hour of workout in already!

I am going to a class at the center tonight...and will weigh in tonight. Hoping for a loss!
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The great thing about food that is cooked right in front of you is that you can pretty much tell them directly how to cook it, which is why I chose a Japanese steakhouse. A lean beef filet with a whole bunch of veggies is pretty much a "planstravaganza" It's hard to eat 100% on plan when not at home anyway, especially on a special occasion. If I get too much salt, or a little oil it's not going to ruin my weight loss journey.
When I go to restaurants, I always tell the server that I am on a special diet where I have to restrict my intake of salt and fats. I have only had one tell me that they could not adjust the cooking to meet my needs. There is no shame in letting them know exactly what you need.
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:21 AM   #129  
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Teacher Lady...

What program are you on? If Meta Slim, that is what I am on, and I will bring the subject up of quinoa and edaname to the person at the center tomorrow.I was never told that and it was never added to my menu.
That would be such a treat. I make hubby a grain every night, brown rice, millet, quinoa, and would be nice to be able to eat the quinoa when I make it.
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Restaurants...
When I go to a different restaurant, I always call the restaurant first, and ask to speak with the manager.Tell them I am on a special diet, and when I get to the restaurant, all is ok.I usually am told to ask for a special person when coming in, or I tell the server that the manager knows my food is to be prepared in whatever I tell them. I have had to send food back, as veggies come ladled in butter, but all in all,I not a problem.I travel in business and have no problem with special preparation . If staying overnight in a hotel,I call the hotel prior to flying. People in general are wonderful. I stayed at a hotel that did not have a restaurant, just a small coffee shop with sandwiches, and when we had a meeting, I was able to have something delivered from a local restaurant,as the hotel owner called for me.

Hopes this helps anyone relative eating out.

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Teacher Lady...

What program are you on? If Meta Slim, that is what I am on, and I will bring the subject up of quinoa and edaname to the person at the center tomorrow.I was never told that and it was never added to my menu.
That would be such a treat. I make hubby a grain every night, brown rice, millet, quinoa, and would be nice to be able to eat the quinoa when I make it.
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1/4 cup cooked quinoa and 1/4 cup cooked edamame are on my menu (not written in but actually printed). So they must have updated the menus after you received yours. I'm on Meta-Slim and received my menu in December.
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Teacher Lady...

What program are you on? If Meta Slim, that is what I am on, and I will bring the subject up of quinoa and edaname to the person at the center tomorrow.I was never told that and it was never added to my menu.
That would be such a treat. I make hubby a grain every night, brown rice, millet, quinoa, and would be nice to be able to eat the quinoa when I make it.
Thanks..
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Patzi,
I started on the Metaslim Plus level 2 (white sheet), then switched to Metaslim Plus (beige sheet) after I dropped under 250lbs. Like I said, my center hand-wrote those two items onto my plan sheet under "Starches."
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For restaurants and work events, I have found that just saying that I'm on a special diet "for health reasons" makes people respond a lot more positively. Then, instead of treating me like I'm just being a b*tchy picky eater, they make more of an effort to make sure my food is prepared (or something is ordered in for me) the way I can eat.
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So I'm having this issue with myself...

I am thrilled about having lost weight (about 22 pounds so far and same in inches) and I love that when I'm standing still, I can set my hand on my hip and be pleasantly surprised each time at how "skinny" I feel. People have noticed and asked "what are you doing?? No really, what are you doing?" and I am so grateful and thankful to have found a program that worked (and rather quickly). So here is my frustration...I still have a little ways to go - I originally thought I should lose 35-40 pounds (back down to college-ish weight). I've lost just over half of my goal and I have found that I am losing more in certain areas than others, of course, but I am starting to look kinda funky.

My boobs shrunk (and Thank God - I was tired of hauling them around) and now my getto booty is shrinking (again, YAY!). My belly and waist have gone down too and an inch here and there as well. What I am finding now is this.... I think I'm losing too much boobs and booty. My curves are going away and I'm kinda sad about it. I woud like to loose a little more in my middle section and definitely in my thighs but I look like someone who used to have muscle (as I did) and now I'm all flab and no tone. I think that maybe instead of continueing to lose pounds, I need to tone what I have!?!

Has anyone else run into this? You lost the weight now you're flabby and without much shape? I think it's definitely time to hit the gym, just worried about staying on plan, hitting the gym and losing too much (wow, did that really just come out of my head/mouth?!). Help!

Thanks everyone
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So I'm having this issue with myself...

I am thrilled about having lost weight (about 22 pounds so far and same in inches) and I love that when I'm standing still, I can set my hand on my hip and be pleasantly surprised each time at how "skinny" I feel. People have noticed and asked "what are you doing?? No really, what are you doing?" and I am so grateful and thankful to have found a program that worked (and rather quickly). So here is my frustration...I still have a little ways to go - I originally thought I should lose 35-40 pounds (back down to college-ish weight). I've lost just over half of my goal and I have found that I am losing more in certain areas than others, of course, but I am starting to look kinda funky.

My boobs shrunk (and Thank God - I was tired of hauling them around) and now my getto booty is shrinking (again, YAY!). My belly and waist have gone down too and an inch here and there as well. What I am finding now is this.... I think I'm losing too much boobs and booty. My curves are going away and I'm kinda sad about it. I woud like to loose a little more in my middle section and definitely in my thighs but I look like someone who used to have muscle (as I did) and now I'm all flab and no tone. I think that maybe instead of continueing to lose pounds, I need to tone what I have!?!

Has anyone else run into this? You lost the weight now you're flabby and without much shape? I think it's definitely time to hit the gym, just worried about staying on plan, hitting the gym and losing too much (wow, did that really just come out of my head/mouth?!). Help!

Thanks everyone
This hasn't been too much of an issue for me yet, but I've been doing yoga almost all along. After I lost the first 10 lbs or so, I was worried about losing and just looking flabby, but I didn't want to lift weights and either bulk up or stall out on losing because I was burning too many calories. So, I opted for yoga--and it has been a lifesaver! I think it has really been the reason why I don't look all "uneven" and funky. I've lost quite a bit of weight in my butt and thighs, but instead of looking flat or flabby (I have a flat butt, so sad), I look tighter and toned.

I would highly suggest yoga, as it's a workout that is really kind to your body (not high impact), but still works on strength A LOT.
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