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Pursuit of Fitness: Week 10
Diet Plans
Posted: June 06, 2011
same same same (sorry for posting late!)
Pursuit of Fitness- Week 9
Diet & Nutrition Tips
Posted: May 29, 2011
lw: 217
tw: 216
1 lb loss
How do/did you give up foods you love?
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: May 22, 2011
Hi Claire

First off - I, too, am a fan of moderation and do believe that it is not a good idea to just stop eating favourite foods. Mostly because I've found in the past that after several weeks or months I end up feeling deprived and the thought that I'm never going to be able to eat _____(fill in food here) for the rest of my life if I want to be thin becomes overwhelming and I end up bingeing on that very food.

That said, I have one particularly high calorie binge food that I have completely removed from my diet. The ONLY time I crave or eat this food is when I'm on an emotional eating binge. I NEVER eat it at any other time, EVER. I would not even sit down to eat it if I wasn't bingeing because I don't actually like it (totally crazy, I know, but that is emotional eating for ya!).

I listened to a podcast a while ago:

In a nutshell - this woman made a deal with herself in order to stop smoking. She had smoked for many many years and every time she tried to quit her resolve would fail and she ended up smoking again. She quit cold turkey and resolved that if she ever smoked again she would give $5,000 of her hard earned money to the KKK. Every time she felt the urge to light up a cigarette, she thought of burning crosses, and lynchings, and all her own work she had done for civil rights and thought of turning over her money to such an organisation. She hasn't smoked since.

There is another website called where you can set up a resolution and donate to various "anti-charities" (pro-life groups, pro-choice groups, left wing groups, right wing groups, groups that campaign for gay marriage, groups that campaign against gay marriage, etc) - just pick who you would LEAST want your money to go to if you fail in your resolve.

I used a variation of this technique in order to remove my binge food completely from my diet. I don't have any money right now so I couldn't resolve to donate to an anti-charity anyway. Even if I had any disposable income, giving it away to an organisation I think is vile would probably still not be enough of an incentive to stick to my resolve. I look after my 2 young children during the day and what I value more than money is my TIME. The 1 - 2 hours of free time I get in the evening after they go to bed is absolutely golden and I would go insane without it. A few weeks ago I resolved that if I ate my binge food (that I don't even enjoy eating!) I would spend 1 hour of my precious free time in the evening ripping up paper/cardboard in the recycling bin. I told my husband about my resolution so that I can be accountable to him, but really, it is up to me to police myself. I know this is not as bad as donating $5,000 to the KKK, but it really does work for me. I have not eaten that binge food just isn't worth the cost.

It's all just a psychological trick but it is working for me. I know there are many positive benefits to myself if I don't binge, but when I'm in a binge mood these all seem so intangible and far off. However, whenever I get the urge to binge and I think about WASTING an hour of my precious time ripping up paper, I realise that the price of bingeing is just too high.

So feel free to come up with your own variation of this. I would say don't try to remove chips from your diet completely (since you do actually like them), just set a strict, but realistic, limit. Maybe start with one serving per day and work down to one every week, but with a severe enough punishment so you won't go over your set limit.

Good luck!
Pursuit of Fitness: Week 8
Diet Plans
Posted: May 22, 2011
lw: 212
tw: 217

gain: 5 lbs!!

ok, so it hasn't been a stellar week, eating wise, but, it hasn't been THAT bad!

5k Challenge 2011!!
Motivation Tips
Posted: May 22, 2011
Did my first 5k race today!


I really wanted to get under 40 minutes.

As for % improvement. I ran 5k for the first time on my own last week - 41 minutes. 3:50/41 x 100% = wonder my legs feel tired.
5k Challenge 2011!!
Motivation Tips
Posted: May 15, 2011
Just ran my first 5k!

My first 5k race is a week from today and I've been off for the last 2 weeks because of a foot injury (from playing basketball in heels...long story). I was worried that my 2 weeks off might have set me back so much that I couldn't run the whole 5k for next week, so I decided to go for it today just to see if I could still run.

Time: 41 minutes (got really s-l-o-w for the last .75 miles)

I currently weigh 212, so I figure this time will only get better as I lose weight.

I started running 10 weeks ago.
Pursuit of Fitness: Week 7
Diet Plans
Posted: May 15, 2011
same same same - 212
Pursuit of Fitness: Week 6
Diet Plans
Posted: May 08, 2011
212 - same same same!
Pursuit of Fitness: Week 5
Diet Plans
Posted: April 29, 2011
LW: 212
TW: 212
no change

(not bad for Easter!)
Can't seem to get rid of this 'all or nothing' attitude!
Motivation Tips
Posted: April 24, 2011
Hi Robyn

I struggle with bingeing too. (and, unfortunately, not just on the weekends).

I use a few little tricks to try to keep things in control. One is that I allow myself to "start over" right now as opposed to waiting until the next morning (or waiting until Monday). Even when I totally blow it, this provides some damage control and helps me feel a bit more positive so that I can get over the setback and get back on track quickly. Instead of "Oh man, I've totally blown my diet, might as well eat another cookie", it's "Oh man, I've totally blown my diet. I'm going to back away from the cupboard and go for a quick walk and when I come back I'm going to eat the nice healthy supper I planned instead of falling into a vat of chocolate because I feel guilty that I've blown my diet".

The other thing I try to do mid-binge is follow little rules I set for myself:

I just mindlessly ate 5 cookies that I hadn't budgeted the calories for. I feel totally miserable and really want to say "oh f*ck it" eat 5 more and I don't care how fat I get. This is when I put a rule in: before I eat another cookie I have to eat 3 cups of celery. After I eat the celery, then I can eat one more cookie. If I want another cookie, then I have to eat another 3 cups of celery first, etc. I've never made it as far as eating 6 cups of celery.

There are certainly some problems with this method of stopping a binge but it has a few things going for it. For one, it can turn what would have been a huge binge into a smaller binge.

I look forward to other people's ideas and suggestions. Bingeing is a huge problem for me. Watching what I eat is such a mind game and so frustrating. I work hard several days in a row and am doing really well and then I get into this weird bingeing frame of mind where I don't care how hard I've worked or what kind of damage I'm doing to my body, I just want to eat and eat and eat. After the binge I feel rotten and angry that I gave in and I want to learn how to stop bingeing, but during the binge all I care about is eating. It's totally insane.
Pursuit of Fitness: Week 4
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: April 22, 2011
LW: 215
TW: 212

Loss: 3
starting running and I am overwieght
traineo Feedback
Posted: April 18, 2011
This is how I started running
cool running

I'm on week 7 and going strong.

One other tip is avoid running on sidewalks and pavement if you can. Try to run on softer surfaces: treadmill, track, field, pathway, trail etc. This should help preserve your joints a bit while you are trying to lose weight. I have a friend who is my running guru and she says that all the guys she knows who are still running in their 70s never run on pavement.

Don't run 2 days in a row until you are a good 12 weeks in and your body is accustomed to the exercise.

Good luck and happy running!
Pursuit of Fitness- Week 3
Diet Plans
Posted: April 15, 2011
LW: 213
TW: 215
Gain: 2

Yesterday morning's weigh in was 211! I almost posted it too, but want to stick with Friday as weigh in day.
traineo Feedback
Posted: April 11, 2011
Well, the Fat2Fit guys might say, yes, too much too quickly. Their rule is maximum 1% per week, but I think they also say that it may be a bit higher in the first couple of weeks.

I think it really depends on what you are doing. Are you eating at least 1.2x your BMR? Is what you are doing sustainable? Are you changing your lifestyle or are you on a diet?

I saw the huge loss you posted in the week 3 challenge and felt a bit concerned. I'm sure you've worked hard for that loss and I don't want to pee in your cornflakes, but usually slow and steady is the way to go for permanent fatloss. However, if you are making steady, sustainable changes you may just find that your rate of weightloss is very high for a few weeks and then slows down a bit.

If you are eating enough, then I would be proud of that great loss and wouldn't worry about it, but please please please please whatever you do, don't get discouraged if your rate of weightloss slows down over the next few weeks.
What's the Hold up?
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: April 10, 2011
What will you do when you reach your goal and are so proud of your new body and want to show off to all your friends and relatives?

Are you going to invite people over and whip out the scale and step on it so they see how much you weigh now? No, of course not! You are going to wear a fabulous new outfit in size _ (whatever that may be) and everyone will tell you how great you look.

The scale is but one tool in the weightloss arsenal. Other tools include:
- body fat percentage
- measurements
- clothing size
- various fitness metrics: how fast/far you can run or cycle, how much weight you can lift, how far you can bend over to touch your toes without your belly getting in the way, etc etc etc

If all of the other tools say you are making progress, then you ARE making progress. The scale will catch up (or not) but it doesn't really matter on its own.

Ignore your scale for now. If you really want to measure something, take measurements and keep an eye on your body fat percentage.

It sounds like you are doing great.

Eat before an early morning run
Exercise & Training Tips
Posted: April 10, 2011
I usually eat about 1/2 cup of yogurt and 1/2 a banana when I wake up and feel fine with that in my tummy as long as I've waited about 10 minutes between eating and running. If I eat more than that (or anything heavier than that) then I have to wait longer before starting to run.
6 weeks in to P90X
Before & After Gallery
Posted: April 10, 2011
Looking good!

The most obvious change is your chest and belly. I agree with Donna that you have a more defined jaw. I also see that your back, forearms and calves look leaner too.

This is a lot of change for a 12.4 lb weight difference. Keep up the good work!!
Pursuit of Fitness- Week 2
Diet Plans
Posted: April 08, 2011
LW: 215
TW: 213
Loss: 2

I'm aiming for 1 lb/week and last week I was in the orange so this week's 2 lbs puts me back on schedule. :up:
Stimulators - apple vinegar, psylium, carnithin, inulin, pu-erh tea... any experience?
Diet & Nutrition Tips
Posted: April 07, 2011

This works SO WELL I lost like 20 POUNDS in 1 WEEK!!!!!! It's totally painless!!! and FREE!!!!

First you have to focus on your goal and I mean REALLY FOCUS. How much weight do you WANT to LOSE? Next part is WHERE do you WANT to LOSE FAT from? Is it your


Now THIS PART IS KEY: while you are FOCUSING you need to grab a CAT and rub it on the part of your body that you want to LOSE FAT from. REMEMBER TO FOCUS!!!****For best results do this while standing on ONE LEG. (It doesn't matter what colour cat you use, but I've found that tabbies work best). REPEAT DAILY for 1 WEEK and feel the FAT MELT OFF!!!!!!


Ok, sorry Susana but I couldn't resist. How's that for a placebo?
new ideas
Healthy Recipes & Treats
Posted: April 06, 2011
I find this recipe tastes good hot or cold. I usually serve it up on pasta but it is good on its own or you could try it on spaghetti squash.

Tuna Sauce
2 cans tuna
3 carrots
1 green pepper
1 onion
3 cloves of garlic
1 can of tomatoes

Chop everything up into bite sized chunks. Fry onion and garlic (use non-stick cookware or a squirt of spray oil). If it gets to dry add a bit of water (unless you are not concerned with calories and fat, then add a glug of olive oil). Chuck in all the veggies and canned tomatoes and saute for about 7 minutes. Mix in tuna. Continue sauteing until the veggies are as cooked as you want them to be (I like them still fairly crunchy). Season with pepper, thyme, basil and oregano and serve.

4 large servings - 120 calories/serving

When I feed this to my skinny children and hubby I usually drizzle theirs with a bit of olive oil to add some more fat and calories.

I like this recipe because while I like the texture of tuna I really hate the taste and smell of it. The tomatoes and herbs remove the fishy taste of the tuna. I also like this because it is a cheap dish to make.

If you want more protein, just add more tuna. Fresh tomatoes work well too, but I'm usually in a hurry.
New Member. New mom. Stress Eater
Introduce yourself!
Posted: April 05, 2011
Hi Nicole


First off, give yourself some credit. It sounds like you are going through a lot right now.

Second, I'm a stay at home mom with 2 kids (and living in a new country and without a car) and know well the boredom and stress eating you describe. No magic solutions for you, just some empathy.
What the heck HAPPENED?!
Diet & Nutrition Tips
Posted: April 02, 2011
@ Iris - from what I've heard all bets are off when it comes to gastric bypass. All I know is that really wacky things can happen to your metabolism after the surgery (but this is totally anecdotal - I don't know what the science has to say).

I listened to an interview recently with a guy who'd had gastric bypass. He lost about 100 lbs in less than 9 months (which still put him a ways from his goal) and then slowly gained back 40 lbs all the while eating tiny amounts (around 1100 cals/day). Yikes! According to the numbers there is NO WAY a 280+ lb guy should be able to gain weight eating 1100 cals even if he was in a coma.

I certainly don't mean to discourage you though! You may just have to work a bit harder to find out what is going to work for you to keep the weight off. Are you on any gastric bypass boards? You can also look up pubmed and see what the research says about longterm weightloss with gastric bypass.

@lightfoot - thanks for the tip. What BMR calculator do you use?
A day with Audra
Off-Topic & General Chat
Posted: April 02, 2011
ok, gotta ask....

100 cal for an egg?

My egg carton says 70, my calorie counting book says 63, the new eggs I just bought say 80, one of my online calorie sites says 90....I never really know how to count eggs.

Are you eating ostrich eggs? How did you decide on 100 calories?
What the heck HAPPENED?!
Diet & Nutrition Tips
Posted: April 02, 2011
Why June 1st?

Losing 40 lbs in 3 months is achievable for some people (though certainly not healthy) but losing 40 lbs in 3 months and then maintaining that weightloss for life is, well, I'd say bordering on the impossible.

I'd urge you to examine your motivation for weightloss and reconsider your timeline. If you need to drop 40 lbs in order to have some kind of life-saving surgery or to be eligible to emigrate to New Zealand then, hey, go for it. Otherwise, what is likely to happen is that you will continue to starve yourself down to 185 and then a year from now you will be back here weighing in at 230 or 240 lbs and wanting to get down to 185 lbs by June 1st.

The other thing that really really sucks about the starvation method of losing weight is losing that precious muscle mass. When you get down to 185 instead of being able to eat the same amount of calories an average 185 lb, 5'11" guy would eat to maintain his weight, you will have to eat less - probably about what a 160 lb guy would eat in order to maintain. I don't know about you, but I loooove food. I sure as hell don't want to have to eat like a 100 lb woman once I get down to my goal weight just to maintain my weightloss.

Plugging in the numbers you gave on the Fat2Fit BMR calculator: your current BMR is 2078 calories. (for age I put in 30 again - your BMR will be higher if you are younger). If you lead a sedentary life you could eat a totally painless 2299 calories per day and eventually reach your goal weight of 185 (though it may take a while - maybe as long as a year). Add some activity in there and you'll reach your goal a lot faster.
What the heck HAPPENED?!
Diet & Nutrition Tips
Posted: April 02, 2011
oh, and, no, you didn't gain 4 lbs of fat overnight - it's water and glycogen - your muscles are desperate to hold onto.
What the heck HAPPENED?!
Diet & Nutrition Tips
Posted: April 02, 2011
I'm seconding Audra's verdict.

You are eating way too few calories.

According to your profile you are 5'11". I don't know how old you are or how much you weigh, but just playing around with the BMR calculator on Fat2Fit here are some numbers I plugged in:

I put in Male, aged 30, 5'11", current weight 200 lbs and goal weight 100 lbs (though at 100 lbs you'd probably be dead) - the number of calories you should eat in order to reach a goal weight of 100 lbs is.....

- 1664 calories at a sedentary level

And this is 164 calories MORE than the most you eat on a given day!!

So what does this mean? You are eating WAY under your BMR, your body is in starvation mode and thinks there is a famine and you have been losing lean muscle mass.

To get your body out of starvation mode go calculate your BMR and eat at least 1.2xBMR for the next month (and, yes, you will gain weight). Hit the weights at the gym or find something heavy to carry up and down stairs to try to start regaining some muscle mass. Practice excellent nutrition (lots of protein for rebuilding those muscles!).

Hang in there!!!

1 Year 100 Pounds
Before & After Gallery
Posted: April 01, 2011
What a transformation! Good for you!
Deena's Day to Day
Motivation Tips
Posted: April 01, 2011
okay, so ups and downs today....

- no loss on the scale
- massive binge this afternoon aaaarrrrrggggh! how to stop with the whole emotional eating?!?!?!? help help help!

- on Week 5 of Couch25k....I ran for *drum roll please* 20 minutes. I have never before in my life run for 20 minutes. 4 weeks ago I thought I was going to die when I tried running for 3 minutes. This is, well, very very big for me.

Diet & Nutrition Tips
Posted: April 01, 2011
I count them because I count everything, but they don't add up to much.

For example: Last week I started making a fridge salad. It is a salad I made up ahead of time to have ready in the fridge and I eat 2 cups of before lunch and supper (it's got everything imaginable in it: lettuce, carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, sugar snap peas, celery, green beans, cabbage, etc). When I made it I added up all the calories of all the ingredients and then I measured out the number of 2 cup servings it contained and divided the total calories by that number. It works out to about 43 calories for 2 cups (which is a HUGE plateful of salad).

I have a friend on Weight Watchers and I know they don't count their veggies. I say just do what works for you.
Hello Traineo!
Introduce yourself!
Posted: April 01, 2011
Hi Lee


Small changes are the way to go. You can fail a diet but you can't fail a lifestyle.

I'm totally with you with the baking/sweet tooth issue! On the plus side though - if you are into cooking your own food and when you are ready to start counting calories, you will be able to tailor your food so that it can fit into your own calorie allowance (and home cooked food tastes so much better).