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bigdog 11-25-2011 10:31 PM

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Originally Posted by teacherlady79 (Post 4119308)
Elizabeth,
I still use them. I use the concentrated drink ones sometimes after a particularly hard cardio workout (about 1x a week, but not every week), and I usually have a cocoa every evening (I mix it with the super chocolate powder & microwave it to make a brownie) as my dessert--to keep me from snacking/craving sweets in the evenings.

I think they're a good supplement to have around and certainly won't hurt us to use sometimes. :)

just curious but why do they cut them out in Maintenance? are they bad for us long term?

teacherlady79 11-25-2011 10:49 PM

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Originally Posted by bigdog (Post 4119322)
just curious but why do they cut them out in Maintenance? are they bad for us long term?

I think it's more that they just don't want us to be dependent upon them, since one of the selling points of the program is to teach us how to live "normally" (i.e., minus a bunch of supplements or weird foods) while being able to maintain the loss.

I was told at my center that having my cocoa packet for dessert every night was fine--that most people actually continue to have 1 a day or so in maintenance, just because they like it.

ETA: Also, thanks for posting the fluff recipe, BigDog! It looks really yummy, and I can make it for me and my sister for tomorrow (my sister worked yesterday, brother works today, so we're doing our T-day tomorrow), as my sister is still dieting on MRC. :)

LisaK190 11-26-2011 08:20 PM

Hello All!

Gosh, it feels like forever since I've visited this site. I went on stabilization/maintenance in June. Although I haven't been back to the center since July, I have kept my weight down. Early October my employer did a wellness assessment (3rd in two years) where they do fasting blood, cardio & strength testing. I was within 3 lbs of my goal weight. And my test results were incredible .. in fact, out of 90 employees, I was in the top 5 percent of the healthiest employees. Sweet!

No problem exercising. I have unfortunately started snacking at night and about 5 lbs up from the goal weight. I need to re-commit to MRC green menu to get this weight off.

So good to see Natalie and Patzi still hanging around this site. Congrats to both of you for successfully maintaining! Candi, Wow, 100 lbs .. Amazing!

bigdog 11-27-2011 08:54 AM

can someone email me the Maintenance menu? gabcrab at embarqmail dot com
thks

patzi 11-27-2011 10:36 AM

Big Dog....
I threw out my maintenance menu, as I was not counting any calories and I told the center that. I knew what maintenance was, and I just made it fit me and my lifestyle... I still take the hot chocolate at night. Center said no problem with that... I did read the maintenance menu, though, but can't recall what it is.. I just added more to what my stabilization was in everything, and it has worked for me,unless I over indulge, and weight comes back..

Did you look on the forums, it may be there where it says menus? I am sure the center will let you look at one if you like..

Sorry I could not help you. If you are close to maintenance, the center may let you have one, depending on what consultant you speak with.

Patzi

bigdog 11-27-2011 11:06 AM

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Originally Posted by patzi (Post 4120354)
Big Dog....
I threw out my maintenance menu, as I was not counting any calories and I told the center that. I knew what maintenance was, and I just made it fit me and my lifestyle... I still take the hot chocolate at night. Center said no problem with that... I did read the maintenance menu, though, but can't recall what it is.. I just added more to what my stabilization was in everything, and it has worked for me,unless I over indulge, and weight comes back..

Did you look on the forums, it may be there where it says menus? I am sure the center will let you look at one if you like..

Sorry I could not help you. If you are close to maintenance, the center may let you have one, depending on what consultant you speak with.

Patzi

i'll check it out. i was just curious on what it was like how many calories per day, how much protein, carbs, fat, etc.? does anyone know the total calories for the green menu? i know someone had mentioned 1,000 calories but couldn't find the post...
i log in everything on myfitnesspal online and when im on the road, on my blackberry. love it! but of course w/ the MRC diet, my protein is very high and the carbs way below what they require. i'd love to know with the MRC diet, what the totals are supposed to be for protein, carbs, sugar, fat, etc.

i stick to the printed out plan for MRC but easier to log online for me.

if anyone has that info, please share it with me if you can.

Thanks and Happy Sunday!

patzi 11-27-2011 05:44 PM

Big Dog...
Was thinking about maintenance and forgot to tell you, each person is given a different calorie intake depending what their goal weight is.. Mine was 1200. Have no idea if I eat that many,more, not sure, as I said I do not count .
My friend was given 1500 calories and my other friend 1400 calories. None of us goes by the calorie count. Not another friend was given 1500 calories and she logs everything in to something online. That works well for her. Whatever one does is fine, as long as it works..

I know my protein, during stabilization was 6 oz. vs. 4. There are times I am sure I eat 8 oz. but it does not make me gain. The other, do not know.

Patzi

Tamikl 11-27-2011 06:03 PM

Hi Bigdog....I think that the MRC foundation is made up of 60% protein, 20% carbs, and 20% fat??? They told me in the beginning 60/20/20. Hope this helps!

bigdog 11-27-2011 07:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Tamikl (Post 4120719)
Hi Bigdog....I think that the MRC foundation is made up of 60% protein, 20% carbs, and 20% fat??? They told me in the beginning 60/20/20. Hope this helps!

thanks, Tamiki,

i just saw that on a blog of Katie's that i found when googling Metabolic Research Ctr...

wouldn't it be cool if when we hit our allotment of carbs and fat for the day, that our body would sound out a warning signal and say, ENOUGH! but you can have more protein LOL!!! or say hop on exercise bike 30 minutes and you can have a glass of wine and still lose this week! ding ding ding!

bigdog 11-27-2011 07:17 PM

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Originally Posted by patzi (Post 4120697)
Big Dog...
Was thinking about maintenance and forgot to tell you, each person is given a different calorie intake depending what their goal weight is.. Mine was 1200. Have no idea if I eat that many,more, not sure, as I said I do not count .
My friend was given 1500 calories and my other friend 1400 calories. None of us goes by the calorie count. Not another friend was given 1500 calories and she logs everything in to something online. That works well for her. Whatever one does is fine, as long as it works..

I know my protein, during stabilization was 6 oz. vs. 4. There are times I am sure I eat 8 oz. but it does not make me gain. The other, do not know.

Patzi

good to know, thks. i do know w/ me, if i went over on protein would not gain, but if i go over on carbs i definitely will! that's how i got to MRC to start with, almost everything i ate was carbs which made me hungry for more carbs. that's why i love this diet, i'm not hungry like i used to be w/ other diets. sometimes it will be after 2pm and i realize i hadn't eaten lunch. The HNSs really keep me from getting hungry. right before dinner is usually when i get hungry (prob. because i'm so busy at work during the day, not thinking about food)

teacherlady79 11-28-2011 02:57 PM

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Originally Posted by bigdog (Post 4120771)
thanks, Tamiki,

i just saw that on a blog of Katie's that i found when googling Metabolic Research Ctr...

wouldn't it be cool if when we hit our allotment of carbs and fat for the day, that our body would sound out a warning signal and say, ENOUGH! but you can have more protein LOL!!! or say hop on exercise bike 30 minutes and you can have a glass of wine and still lose this week! ding ding ding!

LOL! I would pay big bucks to have my body programmed to do this. ;)

I use Livestrong.com-- because I find it easier to log my food and exercise online, too. My maintenance menu was for 1500 calories (I may end up going up to 1800 calories if I stick with the running--I'm still losing, albeit much more slowly, and they don't want to me to lose too much. But if I back off the running this winter, I won't need to adjust my calorie intake...

Anyway, the livestrong website calculates out your totals for your food intake on sodium, protein, carbs, etc. but it also gives a pie chart to show what percentage of my calories that day are from carbs, protein, and fat. THAT has been extremely helpful for me--after every meal I input my foods, and I look at the pie chart to see if my next meal needs to be a little more carb-heavy or protein-heavy to balance out. Really helpful with meal planning and maintenance/losing, I think!

bigdog 11-28-2011 05:56 PM

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Originally Posted by teacherlady79 (Post 4121601)
LOL! I would pay big bucks to have my body programmed to do this. ;)

I use Livestrong.com-- because I find it easier to log my food and exercise online, too. My maintenance menu was for 1500 calories (I may end up going up to 1800 calories if I stick with the running--I'm still losing, albeit much more slowly, and they don't want to me to lose too much. But if I back off the running this winter, I won't need to adjust my calorie intake...

Anyway, the livestrong website calculates out your totals for your food intake on sodium, protein, carbs, etc. but it also gives a pie chart to show what percentage of my calories that day are from carbs, protein, and fat. THAT has been extremely helpful for me--after every meal I input my foods, and I look at the pie chart to see if my next meal needs to be a little more carb-heavy or protein-heavy to balance out. Really helpful with meal planning and maintenance/losing, I think!

thanks Teacher lady!! this is exactly what i was looking for! i like myfitnesspal but it won't give me percentages and now knowing that i need to be 60 %protein, 20% carb 20% fat, that would be great to have that calculated. i'll check it out! what i do like about the online journal (at least w/ fitnesspal) it calculates protein, fat, carbs, sodium for restaurants and fast food meals. and even tv dinners, etc.

for example, i knew we were going to Applebees this weekend, so i plugged some of the menu items in to see which would be a better choice..could not believe that innocent grilled chicken salad was calorie overload!!! when you see the actual numbers, it really makes you think twice about eating some of that stuff. i got the hamburger quesidilla for lunch (over 1,000 cal) but just ate the hamburger and part of the quesidilla and salsa. got broccoli instead of fries but still TOO much. (compared to what i usually eat) should have ordered something else or eat half of the burger w/ 1/4 of the tortilla... i just had a salad for dinner, no carbs w/ grilled fish. and jumped on my exercise bike last night too even though i walked in the am. and had another HNS...

teacherlady79 11-28-2011 09:23 PM

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Originally Posted by bigdog (Post 4121795)
thanks Teacher lady!! this is exactly what i was looking for! i like myfitnesspal but it won't give me percentages and now knowing that i need to be 60 %protein, 20% carb 20% fat, that would be great to have that calculated. i'll check it out! what i do like about the online journal (at least w/ fitnesspal) it calculates protein, fat, carbs, sodium for restaurants and fast food meals. and even tv dinners, etc.

Livestrong.com does this too! What a lifesaver--and a bit of an eye opener, lol.

I also like the way it charts weight loss/gain. You can input your weight losses/gains and look at a line graph of them over a period of time, and then overlay your "net" daily calories (total caloric intake after subtracting calories burned from the exercise you input), so you can look for correlations and patterns between calorie intake and weight gain/loss.

For example, when I put on a couple of pounds, I'll look at the chart with the weight & calories and figure out "oh, if I eat X many calories without exercise for X number of days (or days in a row or whatever) then I gain." Or, if I need to lose a couple of pounds, I'll look at the chart around the last couple times I lost, and see if there's any calorie/exercise patterns that seem to help (which I've discovered there are for me--If I have a relatively high-cal day and then immediately have a low-cal couple of days with exercise, then I will have a pretty good weight drop).

You can also plug in a recipe and it will calculate the totals of calories, protein, fat, fiber, carb, etc. Very helpful!

I love this program! I've only used the free version, but it does more than enough for what I need! :)

bigdog 11-28-2011 11:52 PM

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Originally Posted by teacherlady79 (Post 4121991)
Livestrong.com does this too! What a lifesaver--and a bit of an eye opener, lol.

I also like the way it charts weight loss/gain. You can input your weight losses/gains and look at a line graph of them over a period of time, and then overlay your "net" daily calories (total caloric intake after subtracting calories burned from the exercise you input), so you can look for correlations and patterns between calorie intake and weight gain/loss.

For example, when I put on a couple of pounds, I'll look at the chart with the weight & calories and figure out "oh, if I eat X many calories without exercise for X number of days (or days in a row or whatever) then I gain." Or, if I need to lose a couple of pounds, I'll look at the chart around the last couple times I lost, and see if there's any calorie/exercise patterns that seem to help (which I've discovered there are for me--If I have a relatively high-cal day and then immediately have a low-cal couple of days with exercise, then I will have a pretty good weight drop).

You can also plug in a recipe and it will calculate the totals of calories, protein, fat, fiber, carb, etc. Very helpful!

I love this program! I've only used the free version, but it does more than enough for what I need! :)

excellent!! now that i know the ratio, the 60/20/20 i can doubleck the percentages...just calculated today and it came out to 56% protein, 16% fat and 24% carbs....(that was a hushpuppy instead of melba toast!!) pretty cool! thanks again :-)

birdfeet 11-30-2011 12:29 AM

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Originally Posted by bigdog (Post 4120776)
good to know, thks. i do know w/ me, if i went over on protein would not gain, but if i go over on carbs i definitely will! that's how i got to MRC to start with, almost everything i ate was carbs which made me hungry for more carbs. that's why i love this diet, i'm not hungry like i used to be w/ other diets. sometimes it will be after 2pm and i realize i hadn't eaten lunch. The HNSs really keep me from getting hungry. right before dinner is usually when i get hungry (prob. because i'm so busy at work during the day, not thinking about food)

do you know the amount of calories that mrc has the people on before stabilation/maintenance? PLease let me know..Thanks
[email protected]

bigdog 11-30-2011 02:51 PM

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Originally Posted by birdfeet (Post 4123461)
do you know the amount of calories that mrc has the people on before stabilation/maintenance? PLease let me know..Thanks
[email protected]

i went to the center today for the dreaded weigh in, i lost .5 and was happy w/ that! (not a gain, yay!) anyway i asked what the daily calorie count was for MRC and she said she didn't know and said it wasn't about the calories but about the chemical combinations of foods on plan. i asked her if it was 1200 and she said probably below because for alot of people, maintenance is 1200... i did read somewhere that the yellow menu was 800 cal. but not sure.

teacherlady79 11-30-2011 07:18 PM

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Originally Posted by bigdog (Post 4124116)
i went to the center today for the dreaded weigh in, i lost .5 and was happy w/ that! (not a gain, yay!) anyway i asked what the daily calorie count was for MRC and she said she didn't know and said it wasn't about the calories but about the chemical combinations of foods on plan. i asked her if it was 1200 and she said probably below because for alot of people, maintenance is 1200... i did read somewhere that the yellow menu was 800 cal. but not sure.

Yeah, I think I calculated once that my green menu, with 3 protein supplements, was about 900-1000 calories. It'll vary a little bit each day based on how lean the proteins are that you eat (bison = more calories than tilapia, for example).

patzi 12-10-2011 05:36 PM

Baked Oatmeal Recipe

2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, or to your liking( I use 1/8 due to salt content)
1/2 tsp. salt I omit this if using baking powder.
1 cup fat free skim milk( I use soy milk, no sugar)
1/2 cup Egg beaters
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup splenda... I use agave nectar for sweetener
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 tbs. cinnamon
Fruit of your choice... Where there is applesauce, I usually add 1 cup of
blueberries, or more chunks of apples, or cranberries

Combine wet ingredients and add dry ingredients

Bake in sprayed 8 inches square pan for 35-40 minutes. Check after
35 minutes.

Refrigerates well, freezes well... Good cold, warm..
Makes a quick take with you breakfast on the run.

Good with mashed bananas, pumpkin, the choice is endless.

Enjoy,
Patzi

patzi 12-12-2011 05:08 PM

SPINACH CASSEROLE
1 pkg. frozen spinach, thawed, chopped and well drained
16 oz. fat free cottage cheese
1 cup shredded fat free cheddar cheese( or cheese of your choice)
1/2 cup egg substitute

Mix all together and then bake in a square pan , sprayed with Pam or whatever spray you use for 1 hour on 350 degrees... Ovens vary, so may take longer or less.

Cut into 4 servings. Can be cut into 6 if you so desire..
Freezes well. I cut to 4 servings and many times this is my breakfast with some toast or whatever...

Other veggies of your choice can be used. My friend roasts red peppers and puts them in, but I don't like any peppers, so do not do that.
You can season with a herb, or Dash, or your choice.

This is another run out the door for me ...This is not my original recipe, really don't know who to give credit to on this. I do believe it originates from South Beach Diet, but again I am guessing.

Patzi

teacherlady79 12-12-2011 09:14 PM

THIS IS DELICIOUS, Y'ALL!

http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/spec...ried-tomatoes/

I'm not a huge spaghetti squash (or any squash, really) fan--I'll eat it, but I don't love it--but this is very yummy!

I followed the recipe almost exactly the first time, but made these adjustments the second time:
+Added just under 1 tbsp crushed red pepper when I added the peas and cheese.
+Increased the sun-dried tomatoes to about 1/2 cup (chopped)

Also, I used Kitchen Basics unsalted chicken cooking stock instead of chicken broth (got it from my Kroger store): http://www.kitchenbasics.net/display...41&pp=16&ppp=3

Finally, I used just under 1lb of chicken tenders, and I just sauteed them in the pan with a little bit of Pam (because it's been too cold outside to grill!).

YUM! Very MRC-maintenance friendly!

patzi 12-13-2011 01:25 PM

teacherlady... It was GREAT seeing recipes for maintenance.. Thanks for sharing. I love spaghetti squash, and last night had it and tried your recipe. Delicious...
Patzi

teacherlady79 12-15-2011 10:47 AM

Okay, ladies, I need some help in the creativity department.

I want to start a food/recipe blog, but I can't come up with a title that isn't weird, lame, trite, or already being used.

I have had so many friends, family, and new acquaintances ask me how I lost the weight... and now they're all asking me how I'm keeping it off, what I'm eating, etc. I had 2 friends tell me (after I posted the spaghetti squash recipe on facebook with my changes) that I should start a food/recipe/healthy eating blog. I think I want to do it. :)

I may eventually incorporate exercise information into it, too (more like, "what am I doing now for exercise" updates), but it's going to start just being a food blog. Some of the food ideas/recipes I put up will be my own creations, but many will come from other food blogs I have followed or recipes I have found and adjusted, so I would link to the originals and then include my adjustments (usually to make it healthier or yummier).

Help! Several of my friends suggested "Natalie's Nibbles" (my name is Natalie) but I hate that. It's cutesy, and I am most definitely not a cutesy or girlie person.

Here are a few that I'm considering (I don't like them all, but I'm keeping them on the list of possibilities since they aren't already being used by someone else):

Seven Parts Full ---Based on Chinese dietary adage: eat only until you are '7 parts full' (70 percent full).
My Own Taste -- with this quote as the tagline: When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste. ~Laiko Bahrs
Cooking Skinny
Delicious Flavor
A Bite to Eat
Grab a Bite
On a Silver Platter
Healthier Taste
Gastronomical Rex
Taste Tester
Taste Test
Teacherlady's Test Kitchen

patzi 12-16-2011 08:34 PM

Hi...
I had posted this recipe before, but now that I am on maintenance and experimenting to see what I can eat and not gain, thought I would repost it.

My friend gave me this from a diet she is on..

FAT -FIGHTING PANCAKE.

I double this if I am hungry

1 egg white
2 tbsp.oat bran
2 tbs. fat -free plain Greek Yogurt
1 tsp.Splenda( I use liquid Stevia)

Beat egg white till foamy.
In separate bowl, combine oat bran, Greek Yogurt and sweetener.
Mix with egg white
Cook in non stick pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Flip and cook 5
minutes more...

I drizzle a HNS over it, like the grape or wildberry, gel HNS for a syrup.

Since on maintenance I had some smoked salmon with it this morning and last week had some turkey bacon with it..

Patzi

teacherlady79 12-18-2011 11:40 AM

Here's the rough draft version of my food blog:
http://stringbeansandskinnyjeans.blogspot.com/

I decided to go with the title String Beans & Skinny Jeans, as the ladies on two different discussion boards (MRC and an infertility board I'm on) voted more heavily for that one. :)

I put up my first post last night, and I also have an "about" section, a My Story section (for my weight loss journey), and a fitness section. I still need to add pictures to my fitness section...(I was thinking of getting a picture of me running and another of me doing yoga).

I'm still calling this my "rough draft" version, because I wanted to run it by a few people and then make any final tweaks before announcing it open to the world.

Let me know what you think!

Natalie

bigdog 12-18-2011 12:09 PM

love your blog and the name is perfect!!!! :-)

patzi 12-18-2011 04:28 PM

Natalie...
I LOVE the blog and the name is great...

Patzi

JenB72 03-26-2012 02:38 PM

Even though I started this thread, I never felt like I should post here (that's just me) because I wasn't at my goal. Today, I can see, I feel like I've earned that right. ;)

JenB72 03-27-2012 12:59 PM

Going through my week one stabilization menu, I really wanted to have the Fat-Free Graham crackers since I haven't had them so long. Only problem was I couldn't find them at two different groceries stores. Is there someplace special I should be looking for them at?

teacherlady79 03-27-2012 11:34 PM

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Originally Posted by JenB72 (Post 4268057)
Even though I started this thread, I never felt like I should post here (that's just me) because I wasn't at my goal. Today, I can see, I feel like I've earned that right. ;)

Yay yay yay! Congratulations!

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Originally Posted by JenB72 (Post 4269375)
Going through my week one stabilization menu, I really wanted to have the Fat-Free Graham crackers since I haven't had them so long. Only problem was I couldn't find them at two different groceries stores. Is there someplace special I should be looking for them at?

Hmmm. I've always found them at my regular grocery stores here in Omaha (HyVee and Kroger).

JenB72 03-28-2012 10:45 AM

Thanks, Natalie!!!! We don't have those stores here. Our two big ones are Publix & Winn-Dixie. Neither had it. I think there may be a Harris Teeter in the area. I'll also look for them at Target and Wal-Mart supercenters. Amazon didn't even have them and I thought they had everything. ;) I decided to add in the animal crackers instead. Yummy! Those are good. LOL Since I run at least 3 times a week, I decided to do my extra startch on those days after the run. Yesterday went well and I was actually down 0.2 pounds according to my scale. We'll try them again today and see what happens. If all is well, Multi-Grain Cheerios are my next add-in. Oh how I have missed those. In a way, this is fun, but I'm also scared of gaining weight. Then I saw you post about being 25 pounds under and it calmed me down some. Thank you for that!

nwcgina 03-30-2012 11:46 PM

Just read an interesting research article about weight loss maintenance. The link is below, but a few habits that have been shown successful maintainers follow:
1. Eating a consistent eating patterns between the week and weekend and over holidays
2. Eating breakfast everyday
3. Low calorie, low fat
4. High levels of exercise (about an hour a day of moderate activity i.e. walking)
5. Self-monitoring weight (daily or weekly) and correcting immediately

Other interesting info in the article. I figure any helpful info for this step of the journey is great. I had a couple days of "up"weight due to TTOM and kinda freaked. But it's back down just with the hormone changes. Phew.

http://www.ajcn.org/content/82/1/222S.full

teacherlady79 03-31-2012 10:29 PM

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Originally Posted by JenB72 (Post 4270737)
In a way, this is fun, but I'm also scared of gaining weight. Then I saw you post about being 25 pounds under and it calmed me down some. Thank you for that!

Jen, I felt the exact same way when I started stabilization and maintenance. I was scared to death I would gain. I have to say, though, that maintenance has been mostly pretty darn easy. Like Patzi has said before, with regular weigh-ins, you just keep track of any gains and immediately take action.

One huge reason I've been so successful on maintenance, I think, is because I implemented a strong exercise program for myself while still dieting. One of the big letdowns when starting maintenance was not seeing any losses on the scale (after being so conditioned to see progress on the scale every week), so I started creating fitness goals for myself to focus on, and I think that has kept me committed and able to focus on eating to fuel my body.

Keep up the running (or whatever else suits your fancy) as much as you can, and you'll be fine. :) I do the same as you--my splurges and "extras" are usually on days when I've gone running, so I feel like I truly know that those calories have definitely been burned. :)

JenB72 04-03-2012 04:23 PM

Well, things are going very well. Somehow I lost 2.5 pounds in my first week of Stabilization. I'm blown away by that and don't expect it to keep up, but I love having some buffer room.

Gina, that was a great article and gives me motivation to stick with this. All the things they mentioned are habits I've been creating over the past year, so that's encouraging. Please feel free to share anything else you think may help.

Natalie, I just checked out your blog and saw your latest picture. You look wonderful! Congrats!!! I'm definitely going to try to keep up with the running. The summer is always my downfall, so I need to figure out how to keep it up in the extreme heat. I'm not a morning person whatsoever, so that's out. It's still in the high 80's after dark, but I may have to endure it and see. I'll just take it a day at a time. I've got my sights set on a Disney 1/2 marathon in November. I'm very excited about that so hopefully having something to work towards will keep me motivated.

nwcgina 04-03-2012 11:07 PM

So I'm officially off stabilization and on maintenance. We figured my calories...with my weight and activity level the # she came up with was 1900. (I'd come up with the same number...or even up to 2200 based on some formulas). So we decided since I'd like to lose about 1 more lb to go with 1500 for now...and if I feel like I'm still hungry I have a little wiggle room (especially if I had a hard workout and I'm more hungry). She also encouraged me to experiment with one meal a week that is a little higher calorie-wise (or what I call a treat). 2 weeks ago I tried pizza and over did it. I was scared to try it again, but I used her tips (have a big salad first, lots of water) and I stuck with 1 piece and since I kept my overall calories for the day in the right range, I was down .5 this week. I'm using MFP to track (I like it, I know some don't track calories, but it keeps me honest...otherwise my hand starts finding the animal cookies).

But I had really liked the consistency of my meals on the MRC plan and felt like when the whole supermarket was opened to me....even though I followed Patzi's idea of trying one thing at a time...I was overwhelmed. So I got a little OCD and for each meal of the day (breakfast, am snack, lunch, pm snack) made a list of food combos for each of those meals that equal about the same calories (within 10) and fat/carb/proteins. So breakfast and lunch are around 300 calories, about 200 calories for the snacks, leaving me about 500 for supper...which is usually a meat, protein, and veggies. So far it's working for me...although when I'm being really active I need at least 1600 or I'm overly hungry.

patzi 04-03-2012 11:53 PM

Jen and Gina....
Welcome to the Maintenance Board..

Jen, how wonderful you lost more weight on stabilization.

Gina.. You have it worked out for you, and that is what counts. I have some carb, protein combos I am experimenting with that are working great for me..
I learn from everyone's experience.

I agree with Jen, Natalie, you look fantastic and I love your blog.

It is so nice to have this board growing and I thank Jen for starting it awhile ago.

Patzi

JenB72 04-04-2012 12:26 PM

Gina - I think I may go back to MFP when I start maintenance and have to track the calories until I get the hang of this. I like your plan with coming up with a calorie based meal plan. My biggest fears are too much freedom and always being hungry. I probably won't do it forever, just until I know my good habits are sticking.

Patzi - Thanks! I actually went back to the first page for some tips starting my week 1 stabilizaton. It's nice to have that here because evenutally, they could get lost in our monthly threads. Hopefully as time goes on, more ladies will be hitting their goals and joing us. :)

It's been rather stressful the past couple of days, with going back and forth to the hospital to see my brother, his wife, and the new baby. 60 miles round trip. We're all pulling together though. Unfortunately, I ran out of the house this morning without my breakfast. Luckily, I had to stop by the gas station and found a 2 oz. cheddar cheese stick. Already have fruit here at work, so no harm done. Lunch is in my fridge, so it appears I'm all set. :)

nwcgina 04-04-2012 12:40 PM

Jen-that's what I'm hoping. that coming up with my go to meals and eventually I won't have to track every calorie...but I will probably always have to write it down. It also helps me see that when I'm hungry...hey, I haven't eaten enough calories or maybe it's because I've burned too many calories or maybe if my calories are right I will realize it's just craving. My good way to tell...when I think I'm hungry I ask myself if I would eat a chicken breast. If I would, I'm truly hungry. If not, I'm most likely just craving.

I printed out my before and after pictures and posted them on my fridge to remind myself of why I need to keep making good choices. If i would post pictures of fitness models I know I'll never get there and dont' really want to...but seeing my before and after reminds me of where I never want to go back to and why I keep doing what I keep doing.

Tamikl 04-04-2012 10:49 PM

Hello ladies!! I love that there are a few of us now in Maintenance!! Yeah for us!! Lord knows it was quite the ride getting here...and now that I am here, I am really liking it. At first I felt so overwhelmed, but I am now going on my 4th week in a row with a consistent WI number on the scale!! I think I have hit my plateau!! Lol

I am not counting calories. I sort of have an idea when it comes to my meals whether or not I am in a safe calorie range or If I need to buckle down due to a higher calorie meal on any given day. I guess it is safe to say I am having success with winging it...while being conscious of all I have learned OP. If the scale goes up, I look back at my journal...and I weight every morning...which may seem excessive e to some, but keeps me focused:)

I am so glad I have u all to check in with..keep up the great work ladies!!

nwcgina 04-05-2012 10:14 AM

Trying to plan my Sunday meal already...I think it just just going to be DH and the kids. This is my first holiday on maintenance. I'm thinking ham, spinach salad, a roll, maybe corn...and then I'm going to make a healthier jello cake. A white cake mix with a can of diet soda baked. Then poked and dump sugar free jello over it and use cool whip free all over the top. If cut into 12 pieces (that's a really big piece) it's about 200 calories. Thinking it will be something the family will like and if balanced out the rest of the day should be an okay meal.

Tamikl 04-05-2012 11:31 AM

Hey Gina! Will you share that recipe with us? That sounds yummy!

FYI: I was told at my WI yesterday...anything BUT ham on Easter:( For what it is worth:)


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