Hi, everyone. Busy day yesterday and didn't have time to log on. Going to daughter's house today so I probably won't be able to check back in until tonight. Yesterday I did fine, but no formal exercise. Same goals as always.
Wishing everyone a great day.
Age 68, 5 feet tall
Highest weight ever in the fall of 2010 246 lbs.
FitDay starting weight 1/17/2011 240 lbs.
Weight 8/14/2014 lowest in a long time 224.2
Weight 9/23/2014 doctor visit 233
Easter Challenge Goal 220 Weight 1/26/15 236.8
Robingen, logging is the only way it works for me. I'm hoping that coming here every day will keep me on track. I did very well when I had to show food logs to the dietician. Until I realized she had very serious food issues of her own and told my doctor I wouldn't go back to her. (At our third visit I asked her for strategies for dining out with friends with whom you might not want to share that you are dieting. She went off onto this wild rant about how I had to explain to them that they were all going to die young from bad food choices and that I didn't want to join them in the grave.)
Mel-Mc: I hear you! I went to a dietician, twice, in 2002. The first visit she gave me nutrition materials and told me to write down what I ate. The second visit, I told her I had found FitDay, that she could view my log on her computer, and she didn't need to calculate the nutrition info because Fitday already did that. Then ... I fixed her computer. She told me I was doing well, that I owed her $ 100(!) and that I should come back next week. As if... Long story short, I lost some weight, quit Fitday, gained it back, and rejoined in 2010. Hoping not to re-gain this time.
There may be some who can find a good dietitian they can work with (thinking of you Mern!), or need the 'throw money at the problem' approach. But by and large I think dietitians: meh. Then I don't have an 'analyst' either...
Last edited by dmartz; 07-09-2013 at 01:40 PM.
Would go in for the abstinence challenge, but I know that I'd fail this coming Friday night. So, I'm rooting from the stands.
Also, got a Fitbit, a fancy pedometer [ehem, "Activity Tracker"]. The wristband model. So far, I like that it records your sleep pattern if you wear it to bed. Will try it out for a week or two and will report back other impressions.
1.) Be pleased with my calories - M: I should be pleased because it wasn't bad at all, but I'm annoyed I couldn't do better
2.) Drink 64 oz water/day - M: N
M: Gym - Done
T: Run 4 miles
Th: Run 4 miles
Su: Run 6 miles
4.) Make a lot of headway on this paper - M: meh
I'm sure there are wonderful dieticians out there, but I'm not including any of the three I saw. The first was the one I referenced above who I'm guessing has food and body image issues that she is acting out on her clients, the second was burned out and didn't care, and the third was enthusiastic but clueless. At least numbers two and three weren't actively bad. The first dietician is so negative and fatphobic that I fear for her patients. She just pissed me off but others might believe her negative comments.
Example: She asked me what my goal weight was. I told her I didn't have a clue as medical professionals had given me goals ranging from 110 to 170. She pursed her lips at me, looked me up and down and said "I'm writing down 170, but it will only be dumb luck if you get that low." Yeah, way to encourage your clients.
Second visit, one month later, I presented her with a completely filled out food log, staying under the calorie target 90% of the time, and having a 12lb weight loss. She hissed at me, "You people (yup, I'm a subspecies) NEVER fill these things out. I was supposed to lecture you on the importance of the food log. What am I supposed to talk to you about now?"
The only reason I didn't report her was that the hospital shuffled her off somewhere else and I figured they knew all about her. I later found out they put her back in her old position within a few months.
Wow, Mel, that's awful! A few years ago, I was really struggling to wrangle my diabetes into line (I'm type 1, diagnosed about 17 years ago) and I saw a nutritionist who was like basically part nutritionist, part therapist for me. She was really encouraging without catering to my bad attitude (which I totally had regarding food.) I was there for diabetes, but she really helped me in all areas of my eating.
I've seen a nutritionist recently who is very nice, but I have a hard time with her because I have very strict goals for my blood sugars, and she thinks I'm too strict. That's fine, but if I'm going to pay someone to help me with my food management, I need them to be on board with me, you know?
Had to go for fasting bloodwork this morning. I have deep veins and it took 3 people (a total of 5 pokes) to get 2 vials of blood. It's a rule that they are only allowed to try twice and then they have to get someone else. They gave me a heat pack and a glass of water. UGH!! Thankfully I don't have to fast for kidney specialist.
I go to a dietican every 6 months. They are nice people (there is also nurse too) but we don't really have anything to talk about since I know--eat healthy (watch carbs), exercise and drink water. The last time I went she didn't even look at the food log. I told them I had lost weight and the nurse said "oh, how did you do that?" Not "good for you". I really wish Drs and dieticans focused more on healthy eating than taking a pill.
I am really struggling with setting goals this week. I don't really want to wait til Sunday to weigh in again, I am only 2 pounds from my goal weight, I'm pretty sure that waiting til Sunday is going to drive me crazy. I think I'll weigh everyday til I see the magic number.
Mel-Mc, Renewed soul, Claire.......the weight loss, see logging and posting really supports you
Because I am traveling this week:
1. At least one work out while away
2. Weekly deficit over 3000
3. Make healthy food choices while away.
4. At least 5 bags of stuff to leave the house this week, charity, garbage, whatever.
Today I walked 2 miles and I would like to have another walking challenge if anyone is in.
Good luck to you alcohol abstainers!
It really does. I'm back up a few pounds, but since I've been pretty good on the calorie front, I think it's related to *ahem* other things this week.
Age 25, Height 5'7"
Goal 250 lbs by 03/26/14
Start date: 02/11/14
Start weight: 262.2 lbs.
Current weight: 260.8 lbs.