yeah I'm trying to lose at least 2 pounds a week. I have so many clothes that are too small now and I don't want to buy new ones. I just can't get over how I gained 20 pounds in such a little bit of time. Maybe it has something to do with all those peanut butter bars I baked and ate over the holidays, huh?
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While I don't agonize over every calorie, i have a rough idea of what I'm eating, so I doubt my calorie intake is outrageously high!
It took me 18 months to lose 25 lbs, so, maybe if I'd been more diligent I'd have lost it sooner! But I'm pretty OK w/ where I am and the nutritional side of things!
wow, Eric, that's great that you don't count calories and have a cheat day on weekends. I'm afraid that if I do not count calories I will eat too much, and if I cheat on weekend I usually ruin everything I worked hard for during the week.
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1,537 7/28/11 1:21 P
PS- aside from several cups of straight black coffee a morning, i don't drink anything but water, and on weekends a beer or a couple of glasses of vino. I've become a fan of Michelob Ultra for my 1 or 2 brewskies per week. Wine will usually be 1- 2 glasses to accompany a nice Saturday evening pasta dinner!
And on business trips, i do the "Jared" thing unless there is a mandatory dinner to attend- a Subway sub on whole wheat bread w/ all the lower cal stuff that will fill me up for hours and keep the urge to binge on junk food at bay!
Edit- more typos corrected- oy vey!
Edited by: ERICWS at: 7/28/2011 (13:29)
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1,537 7/28/11 1:18 P
Here's a typical day menu for me. I have no idea what the calorie intake is- maybe someone can figure it out!
Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, banana, black coffee w/o sugar Snack: 2 skim-milk cheese sticks Lunch: turkey wrap on whole weat wrap w/ a slice of reduced fat cheese and mustard, apple, bag of baby carrots, 100-cal bag of pretzels Snack: Handful of peanuts or a protein bar Dinner: Usually chicken or fish, veggie, salad. Once or twice a week the chicken or fish is replaced by a pasta dish (usually an "enhanced" pasta, not whole weat). Once a week or so we'll have a beef. Dessert/Snack: Grapes or watermelon, other seasonal fruit.
Sometimes the breakfast is changed up w/ a bowl of Plain Spoon-Sized Shredded Wheat w/ blueberries or strawberries, or a protein bar.
Keys to my weight loss over the last nearly 2 years have been drastic reduction in "bad eating" snacks, but I admit I am prone to a chip-binge on occasion. Weekends usually present a "cheat day'. Next weekend, for example, we'll have a bbq w/ steaks and shrimp, and a cake for a family birthday, and I will have some!
Edited for typo errors- one of these days I hope I learn how to spell!
yes I'm glad someone agrees with me. I get so sick of all these people trying to make a buck when they know the truth. Calories in versus calories out.
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349 7/28/11 11:20 A
I'm on this "test week" my nutrition coach convinced me to go into. 1000 calories per day, mainly apples, pears, light bread, fish, turkey ham, lettuce, and water. I had slowed down my loss to a normal 2-3 pounds per week (from an initial pound a day loss). She said my numbers were now on the low end of her registered normal distribution (probability language), and she expected a higher loss. I didnīt quite believe her, nevertheless I adjusted to her plan. 24 hrs on this "test" and 2 pounds gone.
Strangely, I don't crave for carbs at all anymore.
And I agree, it all comes down to calories. A 1500 calorie twinkie diet will make you lose pounds... it is actually very simple when you understand it this way.
yeah, I have found it's the best way to go. In the past I found that when I restricted a certain type of food, (carbs for example), I would go so long and then I would eventually give in and start eating what I've been avoiding. I cannot live this way. Not to mention the grumpy beotch I become. So I just eat what I crave, but do not go over 1500 calories. It's working for me. You have to go with what's right for you but I think it all comes down to calories in versus calories out, no matter the source of where it's coming from.
My job is outside service and I send a LOT of time eating on the road. Been doing this for 20 years so there is not much "new" restaurant food and ate tons of fast food because it was cheap and convenient. I have since found alternatives at convenience stores. In or area we have WAWA who makes a Pepper Turkey Bacon Wrap. This has become my lunch of choice. I will also stop at Wendy's and have a large chilli and baked potato.
The secret for me from the beginning has been being faithful and honest to tack everything I put in my mouth. Which in itself has led me to making different choices. Including not skipping breakfast.
Also, has led me to increase my activity. First walking now onto some work at the gym thanks to a broken leg that led to seeking out stationary bike and walking in the pool. This led to "checking out" the exercise equipment and setting up an exercise regiment..
It is a work in progress. So far I have only been in SP for 6 month. But it is doing with I set out to do. Change my lifestyle.
what do you guys menus look like? I'm just nosy, I want to know. I mean, seriously, what does a day worth of eating look like for you? Be honest now, ok. I am losing weight eating whatever I want but staying between 1200-1500 calories per day. I eat doritoes and junk like that everyday, but also some good junk to balance it out.
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