FitDay Discussion Boards

FitDay Discussion Boards (https://www.fitday.com/fitness/forums/)
-   Motivation and Support (https://www.fitday.com/fitness/forums/motivation-support/)
-   -   7 Day Motivation 2/1 - 2/7 (https://www.fitday.com/fitness/forums/motivation-support/13359-7-day-motivation-2-1-2-7-a.html)

AZLisaLou 02-01-2016 11:19 AM

7 Day Motivation 2/1 - 2/7
 
Hey all. Who's ready for another week? I've got 1 foot off the fitday wagon, trying to hang on. I didn't log this past week. :( I did ok, not great but certainly not horrible. I'm just getting burnt on the daily grind of having to weigh and measure and calculate every single thing.

Libby, glad to hear you are feeling a bit better.

lildebbieg 02-01-2016 11:41 AM

Hi Lisa :) Thanks for getting us started! I'm ready for another week and determined to keep that scale moving in the right direction. Onward and downward! ;)

ToriD1012 02-01-2016 12:48 PM

Lisa--I fell off the wagon last week and bounced a few times. I'm climbing back on for another week. I too am irritated by having to weigh and log everything, but it's the ONLY thing that works for me. Anyway...

Goals

1--log it all. No exceptions
2--water water WATER
3--lose 1 pound.

Will check back in later.

quinnesec 02-01-2016 01:44 PM

Good morning, ladies!

I stuck to my food and exercise plan religiously last week, and only lost .2 lb.! :mad: So I'm a bit miffed, too. I'm in. Maybe this will be my week.

Yesterday, I made 6 lbs. of hand dipped chocolates for my friends and family for Valentine's Day. (Have to send some in the mail.) There may or may not have been some spoon-licking involved... lol. Time to pack it all up and get it out of the house!

quinnesec 02-01-2016 02:46 PM

Keeping my goals the same because they have been easy to stick to.


Personal Accountability Goal Sheet, Week 4

1. Eat clean; eliminate the 5 "bad foods".
2. Limit diet Coke to one glass per day; ideally zero.
3. Drink 1 glass of tart cherry juice per day.
4. Drink one cup of antioxidant tea per day.
5. Take all vitamins and supplements.
6. 45 minutes of core building per day.
7. Walk 4 times this week; minimum of 45 minutes each day.
8. Stay within calorie limits.
9. Log everything.
10. Continue to very gradually add yoga and flexibility exercises to increase range of motion. (Spine)

libby135 02-01-2016 03:13 PM

Hi all. I'm back for another week and my goal is to lose one pound or more.
My calorie counts have been good but the scale doesn't agree. Maybe I am getting ready to have a big loss again. I have been stuck for a while and it would be nice to see a new number on the scale. Let's all have a good week.

lildebbieg 02-01-2016 03:51 PM

Keeping my goals the same for another week. I plan to keep these goals the same until I see a stall on the scale, then I'll change something. Until then, this is the plan! :)


Weekly Goals and Accountability
64 oz. minimum water daily:
max. 1500 calories per day:
take vitamins daily:
full body workout (W, F & Su):
core workout (Tu, Th & Sa):
cardio (M, Tu, W, Th & Sa):

ToriD1012 02-01-2016 03:55 PM

Just a quick check in while on lunch break. I've logged everything so far, and have already had two bottles of water :eek: I know what we're having for supper, so I'll calculate it when I get home and log as to what I eat. BF and I have decided that the month of February we're only eating what comes from the kitchen. No "do you want pizza", instead of cooking. I foresee a lot of crock pot meals this month LOL We're making weekly menus and following through on them. I'm only grocery shopping once a week instead of picking up things as we need them. We figured out that we spent $1200 in food last month. FOR TWO PEOPLE! We're in desperate need of new furniture and a new car. We can't save for those if we're overspending each month on food. Anyway. That's what's going on with me.

quinn--at least your scale went in the right direction. Mine didn't.

libby--have you tried mixing up your exercise to something different? I'm just wondering if your body has gotten used to a routine.

debbie--good to see you for another week


Has anyone heard from Mike or Hope?

canary52 02-01-2016 03:57 PM

I'm here, Tori.

Add me to the list of those who fell off. Pull me back on and let's get Mike's butt up here.

Mike, where y'at?

ToriD1012 02-01-2016 03:58 PM

Before I forget. I'm making my food log public, just for accountability. When I wonder why the scale went in the wrong direction, y'all can be like "um, maybe it's the chocolate cake" ;)

Here goes nothing...

ToriD1012 - free online diet and fitness journal

ToriD1012 02-01-2016 04:00 PM


Originally Posted by canary52 (Post 120075)
I'm here, Tori.

Add me to the list of those who fell off. Pull me back on and let's get Mike's butt up here.

Mike, where y'at?

Seems like last week was tough on a lot of us. Glad you're in for another week too. I think Mike is face first in the King Cake.:p

episode2011 02-01-2016 04:48 PM

Good morning, folks! I didn't post a lot last week, but it was a few more than the week before, so I guess that's progress. You all are already on page 2 of the thread, so I have some catching up to do:

Lisa: Thanks for getting the thread started! I hear you about the constant weighing and measuring. It's a pain, to be sure.

Debbie: Sounds like a good plan, keeping the strategy the same. If it's working for you, no need to change it.

Tori: $1200 for just food? Perhaps you're calculating in all the household-type stuff in that number? Detergents, cleaners, paper goods? You're very brave to post your logs. I don't think I could do that!

Quinn: I know how you feel with being "good" and not getting the hoped-for payoff. So frustrating. I'm glad you're going to push through it, though. That's the spirit. Side note: I *love* your sense of humor. "...may or may not have been some spoon-licking involved...".

Libby: Fingers crossed for the big drop for you!

Hope: Hi there, Hope! Glad you're here!

As for me, I'll update my stats in my next post.

episode2011 02-01-2016 05:07 PM

So, here's how my last week went:

Strategy for last week, Jan 25-31:
  • Average daily calories: 1350-1450 RESULT: 1270
  • Average sodium: 1400-1500 (and at least 75% potassium to offset) RESULT: 1427 (potassium: 1793, 125% offset)
  • Average daily fiber: at least 25g RESULT: 25g
  • Average daily protein: at least 50g RESULT: 57g
I don't seem to have too much trouble keeping to this schedule, so I'll carry it forward for another week. I've been eating slightly less than my allotted calories for the past two or so weeks, but I'm ok with that. I don't want to add more because I'm not hungry for more. Interestingly, I ended up calorie cycling a bit this week. On Thursday, I was up to nearly 1750 calories (big breakfast AND big dinner)! I cut back to 1200 on Friday to compensate.

Strategy for this week, Feb 1-7:
  • Average daily calories: 1350-1450
  • Average sodium: 1400-1500 (and at least 75% potassium to offset)
  • Average daily fiber: at least 25g
  • Average daily protein: at least 50g

While it's not the Big Drop, overall I'm still pleased with January's progress. 5.25 pounds lost for the month. However, I'm not going to expect that every month. I'll be surprised if I lose more than 3 in February. That's just how this body works.

episode2011 02-01-2016 05:31 PM

Ok, post #3 for today (I'm on a roll -- a sesame-seed roll, perhaps?):

I've decided it's time to cut myself some slack and perhaps give myself a bit more credit. That's a hard thing for me to do. I tend to be fairly critical of myself usually. I have a hard time simply celebrating my accomplishments (I'll usually say "...but I have so much more I need to do!"). I'm far more generous with encouragement, support and cheering for others than I am for myself. Part of it is I usually don't see the things I do for me as being particularly special or worthy of acknowledgement.

But today, I realized how much I've actually lost. I went back and looked at some data from 2004. In January of that year, I was at my all-time highest weight EVAH. Yes, even higher than full-term pregnancy weight and this was YEARS after the baby :eek:! That "baby-weight" excuse didn't fly anymore (didn't stop me from trying to use it, though haha). From that all-time high, I've lost over 75 pounds, in two phases. Phase 1 was January 2004 though mid-2006 (~40 pounds lost). Phase 2 started Sept 2014 and continues through the present (~35 pounds and counting).

Up until now, my Fitday signature only covered Phase 2. I think it's time to acknowledge Phase 1 as well. I need to remember how much I've done. I've updated my signature to reflect the whole journey.

...but I still have so much more I need to do... :p

gypsyjoy 02-01-2016 06:00 PM

Hi All,
Keeping goals the same this week. Really didn't follow through very well last week. :( Water intake was a miss and went over in calories. :rolleyes: However, it is a new week AND a new month so it's onward and downward.

Goals for the week:
1. Drink 60 ounces of water daily
2. Workout at least 150 minutes a week
3. Log foods keeping macros in mind
4. Stay between 1000-1200 calories

AZLisaLou 02-01-2016 06:46 PM

Epi, that is soooooo wonderful! 75 lbs is a gigantic accomplishment. You absolutely should be so proud of yourself. woot woot!!!

01gt4.6 02-01-2016 07:38 PM

Today has been one of those days! I have been busier than a one legged man in a butt kicking contest. The house is getting so close and now it's crunch time for getting TV, internet, phone/fax service set up. The internet seems to be the issue at my new house. Too much to get into right now and I'm too busy but I've been working on that part for almost a week. I finally found a service, not what I was wanting, seeing that I work from home, but I didn't have many options. I may end up having to chance cell phone carriers too. It's been nonstop. I've also been having to get my driveway figured out and get numerous quotes for 24 tons of limestone.:eek:

We had family in town for the parades so this weekend has been bad. King cake, fried seafood, more king cake, we ate out A LOT! I'm not getting on the scale!

I finally had a chance to breathe, not really. I had to take time out from work (which I'm behind on) to check in.


Originally Posted by ToriD1012 (Post 120074)

Has anyone heard from Mike or Hope?

:(


Originally Posted by canary52 (Post 120075)
I'm here, Tori.

Add me to the list of those who fell off. Pull me back on and let's get Mike's butt up here.

Mike, where y'at?

I've been all over the place, going crazy!


Originally Posted by episode2011 (Post 120081)
Ok, post #3 for today (I'm on a roll -- a sesame-seed roll, perhaps?):

I've decided it's time to cut myself some slack and perhaps give myself a bit more credit. That's a hard thing for me to do. I tend to be fairly critical of myself usually. I have a hard time simply celebrating my accomplishments (I'll usually say "...but I have so much more I need to do!"). I'm far more generous with encouragement, support and cheering for others than I am for myself. Part of it is I usually don't see the things I do for me as being particularly special or worthy of acknowledgement.

But today, I realized how much I've actually lost. I went back and looked at some data from 2004. In January of that year, I was at my all-time highest weight EVAH. Yes, even higher than full-term pregnancy weight and this was YEARS after the baby :eek:! That "baby-weight" excuse didn't fly anymore (didn't stop me from trying to use it, though haha). From that all-time high, I've lost over 75 pounds, in two phases. Phase 1 was January 2004 though mid-2006 (~40 pounds lost). Phase 2 started Sept 2014 and continues through the present (~35 pounds and counting).

Up until now, my Fitday signature only covered Phase 2. I think it's time to acknowledge Phase 1 as well. I need to remember how much I've done. I've updated my signature to reflect the whole journey.

...but I still have so much more I need to do... :p

Big congrats on your loss!!

everyone else that I didn't address, I apologize. I will try to get to everyone tomorrow!!

ToriD1012 02-01-2016 10:45 PM

Supper is finished, I've calculated it all, weighed my portions and logged it. I'll clean the kitchen after BF wakes and eats. The dogs have been walked, everyone did their "business" and they've also been fed. I need to put a clothes in the dryer and fold the ones coming out of the dryer. Sigh...

libby135 02-01-2016 11:20 PM

Hi all. I wasn't happy with only 2.5 pounds lost in January so I am going to make some changes which I hope will help.

Drink more liquids eg. water, tea, and limit juice to one glass: M-Y
Calorie limit 800 - 1100: M-Y
Treadmill walking 20 or more minutes daily: M-Y
Lose one pound or more each week:

I will increase my exercise as it gets easier. Let's all have a good month.

quinnesec 02-01-2016 11:40 PM


Originally Posted by ToriD1012 (Post 120074)
Just a quick check in while on lunch break. I've logged everything so far, and have already had two bottles of water :eek: I know what we're having for supper, so I'll calculate it when I get home and log as to what I eat. BF and I have decided that the month of February we're only eating what comes from the kitchen. No "do you want pizza", instead of cooking. I foresee a lot of crock pot meals this month LOL We're making weekly menus and following through on them. I'm only grocery shopping once a week instead of picking up things as we need them. We figured out that we spent $1200 in food last month. FOR TWO PEOPLE! We're in desperate need of new furniture and a new car. We can't save for those if we're overspending each month on food. Anyway. That's what's going on with me.

quinn--at least your scale went in the right direction. Mine didn't.

libby--have you tried mixing up your exercise to something different? I'm just wondering if your body has gotten used to a routine.

debbie--good to see you for another week


Has anyone heard from Mike or Hope?

Wow! I thought I spent a lot! For two, we spend about $500/month on groceries and probably another $150 eating out. (The grocery bill includes all of our toiletries, and miscellaneous household items, too.) I don't buy a lot of meat, though. We're pretty close to being vegetarians.

Epi

Congratulations! You inspire us all! You should be very proud of your accomplishment! :)

quinnesec 02-01-2016 11:47 PM

Well, I got my 2 mile walk in today because we have 5-10" of snow coming in for tomorrow, which means I'm not going anywhere. lol I also mailed around 4 of the 6 lbs. of chocolates out to my daughter in college, which means there are still 2 lbs. of assorted chocolatey goodness calling my name in the fridge. (This is why I can't have fattening stuff in the house AT ALL! =)

I made grilled portabella burgers with homemade sweet potato fries and fresh fruit for supper, one of my favorites. =)

quinnesec 02-02-2016 01:22 PM

I'm up and at 'em early today, trying to beat the storm coming in. I have until noon, and then I'll be snowbound for a couple of days. :mad: The days are getting longer and we had a nice thaw over the weekend, but the snow that we lost will be replaced by 10-12" of new stuff today. **sigh** I'm SO ready for spring!

Got on the scale today, and I am STILL stuck on the same number that I've seen for the past 2 weeks. So disappointing. But, I will not cave in and I will not give up. 10 pounds to go. It's coming off much slower this time than any other attempt in the past, even walking 2 miles a day. My body has to let it go sooner or later, right?? Going to try increasing my water intake. For some reason, that usually gets the scale to start moving for me.


Personal Accountability Goal Sheet, Week 4

1. Eat clean; eliminate the 5 "bad foods". Y
2. Limit diet Coke to one glass per day; ideally zero. 0
3. Drink 1 glass of tart cherry juice per day. Y
4. Drink one cup of antioxidant tea per day. Y
5. Take all vitamins and supplements. Y
6. 45 minutes of core building per day. Y
7. Walk 4 times this week; minimum of 45 minutes each day. Y
8. Stay within calorie limits. Y
9. Log everything. Y
10. Continue to very gradually add yoga and flexibility exercises to increase range of motion. (Spine) Y

libby135 02-02-2016 02:55 PM

Hi all. Now that I am over the flu I want to push my self to be more active and lose this weight. Yesterday was a good start because I kept my calories under 1000, drank more fluids and exercised for 25 minutes. I have my supper menu
logged and have roughly 350 more calories to play with today. I went back and read the posts from last week and saw that I was not the only one struggling. I hope that we all do better this week.
Debbie, My sweater is a varigated beige and blue which should look good with
dark washed denims. I can picture myself in size 5 skinny leg jeans and a white blouse and my sweater coat in the spring of 2017. I am also growing my hair so it should be shoulder length by then. It's good to have dreams but better to have them come true.

01gt4.6 02-02-2016 03:40 PM


Originally Posted by quinnesec (Post 120105)
I'm up and at 'em early today, trying to beat the storm coming in. I have until noon, and then I'll be snowbound for a couple of days. :mad: The days are getting longer and we had a nice thaw over the weekend, but the snow that we lost will be replaced by 10-12" of new stuff today. **sigh** I'm SO ready for spring!

Got on the scale today, and I am STILL stuck on the same number that I've seen for the past 2 weeks. So disappointing. But, I will not cave in and I will not give up. 10 pounds to go. It's coming off much slower this time than any other attempt in the past, even walking 2 miles a day. My body has to let it go sooner or later, right?? Going to try increasing my water intake. For some reason, that usually gets the scale to start moving for me.


Personal Accountability Goal Sheet, Week 4

1. Eat clean; eliminate the 5 "bad foods". Y
2. Limit diet Coke to one glass per day; ideally zero. 0
3. Drink 1 glass of tart cherry juice per day. Y
4. Drink one cup of antioxidant tea per day. Y
5. Take all vitamins and supplements. Y
6. 45 minutes of core building per day. Y
7. Walk 4 times this week; minimum of 45 minutes each day. Y
8. Stay within calorie limits. Y
9. Log everything. Y
10. Continue to very gradually add yoga and flexibility exercises to increase range of motion. (Spine) Y

That sounds like a blizzard to me. We had a blizzard a couple years ago, I think it was around an inch.:D

lildebbieg 02-02-2016 03:58 PM


Originally Posted by libby135 (Post 120106)
Hi all. Now that I am over the flu I want to push my self to be more active and lose this weight. Yesterday was a good start because I kept my calories under 1000, drank more fluids and exercised for 25 minutes. I have my supper menu
logged and have roughly 350 more calories to play with today. I went back and read the posts from last week and saw that I was not the only one struggling. I hope that we all do better this week.
Debbie, My sweater is a varigated beige and blue which should look good with
dark washed denims. I can picture myself in size 5 skinny leg jeans and a white blouse and my sweater coat in the spring of 2017. I am also growing my hair so it should be shoulder length by then. It's good to have dreams but better to have them come true.

Sounds like a nice outfit :) Yes dreams are good....making them come true all the better! Are you dropping calories and adding in exercise....or just adding in exercise?

lildebbieg 02-02-2016 04:01 PM

On track again this week :)

Weekly Goals and Accountability
64 oz. minimum water daily: M - y
max. 1500 calories per day: M - y
take vitamins daily: M - y
full body workout (W, F & Su):
core workout (M, Th & Sa): M - y
cardio (M, Tu, W, Th & Sa): M - y

episode2011 02-02-2016 04:58 PM

Woot woot! I'm posting two days in a row!

Gypsy: How have the macros been working for you? Do you find them easy to meet?

Lisa, Mike, Quinn: Thanks! The loss has been soooooo gradual (over 12 years), it's hard to realize that it happened. I honestly don't remember my 2004 body. I mean, I know I HAD one, but I don't remember much of what it felt like living in it.

Mike: Do you find building a home fun? I absolutely adore the building process. Have only done it twice but I'd LOVE to do it again. Sadly, my checkbook refuses to cooperate. I'm going to have to research this King Cake. Aside from these forums, I've never heard of it. Obviously, it's De. Li. Cious.

Tori: You do keep busy!

Libby: Don't be discouraged. You lost nearly 30 pounds in 4 months. That's phenomenal! A slight slowdown in January is probably just that. A slight slowdown. You're doing incredibly well. Heck, 2.5 is my typical month (I'm a sloooooow loser :D). So glad to hear you're feeling better. That, too, could have had an impact on your weight loss. The body does weird things when systems are out-of-whack.

Quinn: Color me jealous. I LOVE snow and we haven't gotten any. I'd be more than happy to take some of that off your hands :D. Sadly, I think we're just getting more rain. I, too, have noticed that the days getting longer. With regard to that chocolate, will it deteriorate if you freeze it? Perhaps if you have to wait the additional time for it to thaw, you'll be less likely to grab-and-go.

Debbie: Great start to the week! Keep up the good work!

As for me, nothing out of the ordinary. Oh wait, yes. I saw that I had extra calories available yesterday and, instead of simply calling it a win, I indulged in an extra "daily decadence" during those late-night hours. I didn't really need it and having extra didn't feel or taste any better than having just the one. Oh well, at least it didn't push me over my daily limit. Did it, logged it, done.

We're heading into mid-week, folks! Keep on pushing!

episode2011 02-03-2016 01:33 AM

Wow...

Did you all have as much trouble with the site today as I did? Although I wasn't explicitly F O R B I D D E N (like I was a few days ago), I couldn't use the forums. I could access my logs, but every time I checked the forums, it was read-only because I wasn't "logged in". But I WAS, because I could update my food log.

Plus, when I looked at the time-stamp on my last post, it said 5:58pm. Um, I made that post at about 12:30 or so, and when I was checking, the current time was about 3-something. In other words, 5:58 hadn't happened yet. Was I posting from the future...? :eek:

And I noticed that after my "future" post, there were no others. None. It was as if I broke the internet. Or, at the very least, I broke Fitday.

Definitely something wonky going on.

Anyway, seems to be working now. For the moment. Fingers crossed, it'll last. Hurry up, y'all and check in!

AZLisaLou 02-03-2016 02:44 AM

epi, I was having problems getting on the forums today too. Just got on after trying all day. Like you I could see everything on my logs and stuff but was not logged in on the forums. Very frustrating.

Hope you all are doing well. I'm kind of taking it easy on myself. A friend of mine suggested maybe taking a week off or taking it a little easier on myself and then resetting my calories next week to see if it jumpstarts my system or anything for me. I really need to exercise, I know it. I just have a hard time committing and sticking to it. I'm pretty lazy, I'll admit it. I'm getting closer to my rock bottom though where I think I can see a better outlook on the horizon. I'm trying to hang in there. I haven't logged for a couple days, but my weight is maintaining, so I guess I'm not doing too badly yet.

libby135 02-03-2016 03:13 AM

I had a good day today.

Drink more liquids eg. water, tea, and limit juice to one glass: M-Y T-Y
Calorie limit 800 - 1100: M-Y T-Y
Treadmill walking 20 or more minutes daily: M-Y T-Y
Lose one pound or more each week:

I will increase my exercise as it gets easier. Let's all have a good month.

ToriD1012 02-03-2016 03:43 AM

Glad I wasn't the only one having trouble with the forums. I had a pretty good Monday and Tuesday. I'm at work now (yay third shift) and have logged everything that I brought to work with me.

I can't remember who asked, but that $1200 was just in food. Groceries and a few restaurants. No personal hygiene items, no paper goods, or cleaners. We get all of that at SAMs and it comes up "household" on the breakdown. So far so good. We've both done really well with the menu. I bought groceries yesterday and spent $100. That seems like it'll be perfect. We planned the menu before I shopped, so that helped. I'll take the current sales ad home so we can plan next week's before I shop again.

Anyway. Back to work.

lildebbieg 02-03-2016 02:02 PM

Good morning all :) This morning I pulled out the measuring tape and body fat scale to get a sense of my accomplishments for the past 2 weeks (I normally do this if I start feeling like I'm not making progress....in my opinion, it's good to have other ways of monitoring success that don't involve the scale number). In 12 days, I've lost 2.1 lbs. on the scale....but to my astonishment, 1 lost 2.2 lbs. of fat and gained .1 lb. of muscle!! This proves that by lifting heavy, even while in a caloric deficit, I can lose mostly fat and possibly maintain or even gain some muscle!! This is really exciting to me! I've lifted weights in the past, but never lifted as heavy as I am right now. On top of all that, I really enjoy the exercise that I've been doing! I promised myself that whatever changes I make this time around, I will only make changes that I feel I can do for the rest of my life....and so far, I've stuck to my conviction.

Weekly Goals and Accountability
64 oz. minimum water daily: M - y, T - y
max. 1500 calories per day: M - y, T - y
take vitamins daily: M - y, T - y
full body workout (W, F & Su): W - y
core workout (M, Th & Sa): M - y
cardio (M, Tu, W, Th & Sa): M - y, T - y, W - y

lildebbieg 02-03-2016 02:11 PM

Tori - That's a good plan to plan your meals ahead and buy only the groceries needed. I need to do that more often!

Libby - Good job getting in some time on the treadmill. I'm sure that will keep the scale moving!! Just be sure to only add in the exercise...don't drop your calories lower than you have been eating in the past few months. Just by adding in the walking, that may be enough to get the scale moving...don't do both if you don't need to...right!

Lisa - I think taking a break from dieting can be helpful (smart friend ;) )

Epixi - I too wasn't able to log in yesterday. Someday's, Fitday is very wonky for sure! I never said...congrats on the weight lost!! Very impressive and motivating!!

Have a great day all! :)

libby135 02-03-2016 02:52 PM

Hi all. I had the same problem with the site that every one else did. Just before going to bed I decided to try logging on once more and it worked. Today will be the same as Monday and Tuesday with treadmill walking and calories under 1100. Water is still a problem because cold water in winter is not appealing. I have been drinking tea through out the day just to keep warm and hydrated. The scale is inching down slowly and I may have a pound loss by next Monday if I don't do something stupid on the week end. My knitting keeps me from snacking in the evening. Last night DH made buttered popcorn. The smell was enough to make me gain weight but I didn't have any.
I hope we all have a good week.

episode2011 02-03-2016 03:07 PM

Debbie: That is, indeed, excellent news! You are so right; it's very helpful to have an alternate to the scale to measure progress. By the same token, 2 pounds in 12 days would be heaven for me! I'm generally lucky to do that in a month! I agree with you on making you can stick with for the long run. To paraphrase Mike from a few weeks ago, that is key. I'm glad you found heavy lifting!

------------------------

Sooooo let's talk salad. For me, it's Today's Rant :D:

I've been trying to incorporate more salad into my eating plan lately. But I gotta tell ya, salads require far more work than they give back in Happiness. All the washing, rinsing, drying, chopping/tearing. It takes a good half hour to prep, and perhaps 5-6 minutes to eat. Not a good return on time investment. It wouldn't be so bad if the payoff was oh so scrumptious (think cake, cookies, chili... yum!) but, come on. It's salad. At best, salad rates a 60-65 on my Food Happiness scale.

Salad is not cost-effective when preparing it for one. It's pretty much impossible to purchase ingredients for just one salad. For example, I really only need 3-4 lettuce leaves and a cup of spinach, but I'm forced to buy much more than that. So I'm either forced to eat salad every day for 4-5 days in a row, or toss a lot of it out. It wouldn't be so bad if I could make a big batch and freeze it but salad doesn't cooperate the way cookies and cake do.

I don't trust bagged salad. When they first starting appearing on store shelves (what was that, 25 years ago?) I thought they were a good idea and a possible solution to my salad problems. However, I noticed a few things. There always seem to be rotten/slimy pieces in them. The Romaine lettuce tends include mostly spines (the parts i normally toss out when preparing on my own). Most importantly, I don't trust that they've been properly washed. Not even the ones that claim to be "triple-washed".

I don't do salad bars anymore, either. I used to be a big salad bar aficionado, but over the years, the more I thought about them, the less appealing they became. I realized there's no way to know how many people have touched the utensils (and more importantly, what their hygiene practices are), whether the utensils have been put back with the handles touching the ingredients, how many people have sneezed or coughed over the bar...

((Side note: I don't do buffets anymore, either, which is a shame because I used to love Chinese buffet))

Pre-made salads cost an arm and a leg. $4-6 each. That's too much. And most of them include ingredients I don't particularly like (read: cheese, loads and loads of cheese). Have you ever tried to pick shredded cheese out of a salad? Mission impossible.

So, yeah, salad and I are on a "probably-should-have" basis. I don't eat it because I love it. I eat it because I "probably should". Chances are, I'll probably have one tonight. But it won't make me Happy :).

Ok, Rant over :). What are your thoughts on salad? Love it? Or "leaf" it (haha I made a salad joke)?

episode2011 02-03-2016 03:34 PM

Lisa: Taking a break can be really refreshing. Thinking about diet/nutrition all the time can be taxing and, in my opinion, can be counter-productive. Cut yourself some slack. You've earned it.

Tori: Good luck with the menu-planning!

Libby: I hear you about water. I can't drink cold water at all. It has to be room temperature. Like you, I've been incorporating more tea. Tea I can do all day long, but water, not so much. With regard to buttered popcorn, it's diabolical, isn't it? The smell (oh, so good!) goes throughout the house and lingers for hours. I'm sure it was tough to resist!

Debbie: Thanks! Much appreciated!

lildebbieg 02-03-2016 05:52 PM

Epixi - I too am a slow loser. I can lose 1 pound per week, but that's only if I keep the calories in check and exercise for approx. 60 minutes a day. If I don't exercise, I won't lose a single pound! It's all about the exercise for me...good thing I like it ;) As for salads....looooove them! I make 4 large Greek salads on Sundays and eat them throughout the week. It's my go to lunch if I'm not eating a homemade soup/stew. I do agree though, buying veggies for one is difficult. I'm the only person in my home who eats veggies, so I have to be strategic about what I buy or some of it will go to waste. Living in Canada, veggies are really expensive all year round, but especially in the winter months. I'll be damned if I'm going to buy veggies and the throw them away so I make sure to incorporate them into at least 2 meals per day and if I snack during the work day, it always includes veggies.

Libby - I looooooove popcorn and have it at least 5 times a week....no joke!! I make air popped popcorn and doctor it up with a little spray of olive oil (so the toppings will stick) and then sprinkle on parmesan cheese, onion powder, salt and pepper. I feels like an indulgence for a mere 150 calories for a big bowl, keeps me on track and not feeling deprived. :)

quinnesec 02-03-2016 07:11 PM

Crazy busy day, but I just wanted to check in quickly. Everything is going fine and the storm is over. Now, it's all about the clean up. Hope it's one of the last big ones of the year!


Personal Accountability Goal Sheet, Week 4

1. Eat clean; eliminate the 5 "bad foods". Y, Y
2. Limit diet Coke to one glass per day; ideally zero. 0, 1
3. Drink 1 glass of tart cherry juice per day. Y, Y
4. Drink one cup of antioxidant tea per day. Y, 2
5. Take all vitamins and supplements. Y, Y
6. 45 minutes of core building per day. Y, Y
7. Walk 4 times this week; minimum of 45 minutes each day. Y, Y
8. Stay within calorie limits. Y, 35 calories over
9. Log everything. Y, Y
10. Continue to very gradually add yoga and flexibility exercises to increase range of motion. (Spine) Y, Y

libby135 02-03-2016 09:38 PM

I had another good day today.

Drink more liquids eg. water, tea, and limit juice to one glass: M-Y T-Y W-Y
Calorie limit 800 - 1100: M-Y T-Y W-Y
Treadmill walking 20 or more minutes daily: M-Y T-Y W-Y
Lose one pound or more each week:

I got bored on the treadmill so I increased the speed and walked fast for 21 minutes. By spring I should be able to walk 5K.

AZLisaLou 02-03-2016 10:22 PM

I'm getting my fat ass off the sofa and bed today and walking around the block with the dog. It will be a small victory for me.

Having a crock pot dinner tonight called Sticky Hawaiian Chicken. It's got A LOT of sodium, so I'm expecting the scale to reflect it, but it's really not an unhealthy dinner. The sauce has: soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, hoisin sauce, crushed pineapple, apricot jam, red pepper flakes and garlic. I'll sprinkle on some sesame seeds and serve it over rice. I should have bought broccoli, but sadly I didn't so no veggies tonight.

Speaking of grocery shopping, for a family of 5 my budget is $180/week (including toiletries, kitchen supplies, etc). We have chicken 2-3 nights, maybe beef or pork one of those instead, and then some less expensive nearly vegetarian dinners to keep the budget lower the rest of the week. I make a weekly dinner menu plan, with all the ingredients I need and then on the other half of the paper write down all the other stuff we need for the week, including a few snacks. It really does help to pre-plan the dinners for the week. Then each night, depending on how much time I have, I pick one of the dinners off the list that fits in to our schedule. I put the menu on the refrigerator for reference, or I will forget what I bought stuff for. lol

Epi, I'm with Debbie and love salads. I have them for lunch sometimes and I love making different kinds for dinners. They do take a lot of prep, but are there ingredients you like in yours that you can prep once and put them in plastic bags or containers for a quick go-to another day? Unlike you, I'm all for prepackaged. I like baby spinach, and after I open the bag I put the rest in a large ziploc and it keeps for the rest of the week. What kinds of things do you like in your salads?

Debbie, I like your popcorn idea. We don't have an air popper though. I'll have to look into one for the future. That's such excellent news about your fat loss and muscle gain! You're really rockin on the exercise!!!

I hope everyone is doing well, feeling good, motivated, etc. Onward and downward!


All times are GMT. The time now is 03:18 AM.


Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.