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Drive-Thru Diet Doesn't Compute

Friday, April 29, 2011

My daughter and I were looking at an ad for Taco Bell about their promoted "Drive-Thru Diet." The woman featured said she lost 54 pounds in 2 years. The fine print said this was achieved with a 1250-calorie diet. Does this sound right to you?

The calculator site I used said a woman age 35 who is 5 feet tall and weighs 110 pounds needs 1720 calories a day to maintain without exercise. At 500 calories less---the 1250 calories claimed by the ad---she'd have a 3500-calorie deficit in 7 days which should add up to a pound lost most weeks.

Seems like even a petite woman eating 1250 calories would lose a pound per week. We all know that doesn't always work, but TWICE as slow doesn't seem right. Hmmm . . .

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ID_VANDAL 4/30/2011 12:30PM

    I like Nancy's comment - just drive thru.

I really don't like these fast food companies trying to sell a "diet." That's just BS.

Well here's to a successful May for all of us!

Congratulations on 32 years!! That's awesome!



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WATERMELLEN 4/29/2011 10:06PM

    Agree with you about these numbers: but then you have the facts and the tools to figure it out, and the average viewer would not . . .

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JIBBIE49 4/29/2011 8:09PM

    Sounds like she had a LOT of days when she went WAY over the calorie count.

I do give her credit for having gotten off that much in two years. Most people GAIN WEIGHT, so she did well.

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    You are right. It is a bunch of HOG WASH! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 4/29/2011 8:36AM

    I bet her weight loss was slowed by all the chemicals that are contained in fast food!

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NANCY- 4/29/2011 7:57AM

    This just affirms that I should avoid TB and eat healthy.
I should just "Drive-Thru" and not stop.

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MAMASUDS 4/29/2011 2:00AM

    More than likely, the discrepancies will become clear in the details. Usually if it sounds too good to be true, it is. Kind of like the Special K - high carb, low calorie, killing hunger pains diet - you know, torture-me-thin diet. When I look at the calorie count for Taco Bell items, it appears that I would have a hard time feeling satisfied with the small amounts of food that would be included in a 1250 cal diet from there - Not to mention that my bank account would be empty and I wouldn't have any money left to buy new "skinny" clothes.

In short, yep, I don't think they are giving you all the info. But on the other hand, good for her. Glad it worked for her. I hope she is able to maintain and stay healthy.

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Tweaking Goal Weight?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I changed my goal weight from 145 to 140. Here is why.

I am not 5'6" any more; I am closer to 5'5" so at 145 I would still have a BMI of 24.1 and that seems like it's just inside the high end of the healthy range. I would rather have an official goal of BMI 23.3 which is where weighing 140 comes out. (when I first put up this blog I transposed those numbers--eeek!)

I have been finding it very helpful to have short-term goals as advised by many of you. When I lose 3 more pounds and weigh 185, I will be out of the obese range, and I will be elated. Of course getting into the healthy BMI range, even by just a smidge, will be a huge celebration. That will occur at 150 pounds. But I feel better about setting a target for more than just squeaking in.

All through college & early marriage I weighed 125 . . . and I had plenty of padding. So I don't think 140 is excessively thin, to have as a goal weight.

What do you guys think about this? Are there reasons this is not a good idea? I would really like feedback, pro or con. Thanks!

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DIDMIS 4/29/2011 12:19PM

    Hi. Bravo for you. In my personal opinion and through being a weight recorder for TOPS I think when you get closer to your initial goal then you could see if you really need to lose more weight. As Watermellen said, take it 5 pounds at a time. Otherwise you might begin to feel overwhelmed.
I especially liked what BLGIBSON68 said. Please read that again and thanks for that comment. It is exactly true.
You know I always wonder where that inch we lose goes to. emoticon
Probably to the hips and belly. emoticon

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    I think a good weight for you will be determined by experimenting once you get in that range. I think there is going to be your own personal best weight that you will be able to maintain with reasonable eating and exercise. Once we find that "good norm" for ourselves I plan on being vigilant and go into damage control mode if I go over that by 5 pounds.

140 seems low for your height. I'm only 5'2 and 140 is my goal too. Maybe I've set my sights too high but I can figure it out when I get there. Isn't it great to speak of these issues as realities and not hopes and dreams?? They are our reality.

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  Once you get closer and closer to your goal weight it will be more and more difficult to lose. You need to take that into consideration and see where your body naturally wants to rest. BMI figures are generalizations. They cannot take into consideration someone's bone density or other factors that play into weight like muscle composition.

I think it's important to set reasonable goals, but also important to gauge the reasonableness to our own bodies.

Keep up the great work!

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MAMASUDS 4/28/2011 3:50PM

    I think your new goal sounds very reasonable. I too weighed 125 when I got married and don't plan to go below that. Though, I haven't set a goal weight at this point as much as a goal size - Knowing that the waist measurement limit for women in order to avoid diabetes is 35", I prayerfully set my waist goal at 33". The book I am reading promotes praying about your goal weight and waiting for God to give you that number before you set an end-weight goal. I have been praying, but can't say that the Lord has revealed that number to me yet. It was after beginning to pray about the wight goal though that the Lord gave me the inch goal, so I feel quite confident that when I reach that inch goal, I will know "how" the Lord designed me to be.

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GODS_SERENITY 4/28/2011 10:33AM

    I think that is very reasonable for your height. As you get closer to that number you'll know if it's just right or you'll need to tweak it. Your doing great!


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NANCY- 4/28/2011 10:21AM

    I agree with WATERMELLEN.
Once you get to goal your body will let you know.
Also I found by doing yoga and pilates I get closer to being 5'6" again. :)

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MOM-OF-SIX 4/28/2011 9:47AM

    I'm 5'4" and have set an initial goal of 150lbs. I haven't been below 165 since before I met my Brian. I figure I'll get down to 150, then reevaluate a final goal, be it 140 or 125 or something in between.

I'm not sure how the medical community came up with "ideal body weights" but I do know they have been reevaluating IBW lately and possibly adding in an age factor.

Keep setting small goals and keep plugging along. It's taken me 15 months to be down 34 lbs. Slow and steady wins the race!!!

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RUNNINGOMA 4/28/2011 5:56AM

    I think this is reasonable. And, as you get closer to goal, you can always reevaluate if need be.

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JLITT62 4/28/2011 5:24AM

    I have basically set my GW so it just puts me at a healthy BMI (altho that's not the end-all be-all).

Would I like to weigh even less? Sure, but I also know how hard it can be to maintain a lower weight, so I'm going with something I think I can maintain.

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WATERMELLEN 4/27/2011 6:50PM

    You've done so well with your weight loss so far, and I think your reference to BMI is a completely reasonable one -- although of course BMI is not the only measure of appropriate weight.

I like Beck's suggestion to take it 5 pounds at a time -- a goal at a time -- and when you get "close" then to go through the process (where I'm still at, actually) of determining the difference between "lowest achievable weight" and "lowest sustainable weight". It might be 150, it might be 145, it might be 140, it might be another number . . . but the end point of hte process of learning to think like a thin person is one that I haven't been able to "predetermine" yet.

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Pondering an Ironman's Commitment

Monday, April 25, 2011

No, I'm not doing an Ironman competition. But I watched a documentary about a businessman/dad who does these, plus doing a "triple" ---an extreme competition where it's three Ironmans in a row on consecutive days.

To train, this guy works out from 4 to 7 a.m. each day before work. He swims 90 minutes at lunchtime every day. Then he goes home for evening family time.

After setting a record swimming the length of Lake Tahoe twice, 44 miles in 26 hours, he reflected, "I realized that I just lived my dream; I accomplished the thing I set out to do. All those hours of training, all that sacrifice, came down to this."

Hmmm . . . I guess I'll try to get in a couple of cardio sessions this week before I start complaining or wimping out!

P.S. At the end, his wife tells the camera, "You realize this is just a steppingstone to a larger goal . . . "

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ID_VANDAL 4/27/2011 2:41PM

    I have the highest respect for people who can train and train and train for something like the Ironman or really any athletic event and then execute on it.

I think we all need to start treating ourselves like we are training for a life changing event because, in fact, we are!!



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    He is extreme in his goals and committment; the mindset of a champion.

We only need to accept and commit to a fraction of that to develop good habits. Why do we resist the way we do? Ahhh, one of the mysteries of life.

In the words of Nike and Beck, Just Do It.

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WATERMELLEN 4/25/2011 8:57AM

    Wow!! That's commitment, for sure.

And helps me think about (sustaining) my own (lesser) level of commitment!

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NANCY- 4/25/2011 8:01AM

    It is all about your goal... What do you want.
If you truly want it, you MAKE it happen.
Schedule it.
Commit to it.
He shows us it can be done.

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JLITT62 4/25/2011 5:10AM

    To each their own!

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MAMASUDS 4/25/2011 3:03AM

    so, when did they say that he sleeps? I bet his wife is the one who deserves the medal. Ha! Cardio, cardio, here we come!

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    Oh, my goodness! I hope he has time for a LIFE after all that! LOL I'm tired just thinking about walking out his DOOR! emoticon emoticon

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Clinging to the Red Line

Thursday, April 21, 2011

When you track your weight, do you click "See Report" ?

For so long, I didn't. I lived in my old neighborhood of avoidance & denial---now it's been razed for new construction.

Today that graph gives me a slender red thread of hope, a little strand of science to hold on to when emotions buffet.

I have officially lost 35 pounds. My response to this today is nervousness and self-doubt. I have lost that much four times in ten years, only to regain.

I shall fight fear with fact and with faith. Actually, in both instances, my FAITH is inFACTS, in solidly grounded truth.

Visible fact: the red line of my goal graph and the blue line of my weight loss look like twin lanes of a country road. The report SAYS I am ON TRACK to get to a healthy weight early in 2012. So I refuse to entertain the teasing tension. The fact is, I'm doing okay. Stick to the facts.

Invisible fact: the Omnipotent One, the merciful Creator, has promised to come to my aid when I call to Him. His command is, Do not fear. Each issue of my life is safe in His keeping, whether glad or painful or steep. A number is just a number, a measurement in God's orderly universe. Stick to the facts.

So I keep going back to click the button and look at that thin red line. I may feel bogged down, but I'm doing okay.

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NANCY- 4/22/2011 2:14PM

    I believe in you. You have the faith and determination to get to your goal. Your journey, no matter how bumpy, will move forward. As you stated the old neighborhood is gone and you are creating a new you.

on 35 pounds that have gone missing.
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Keep on Sparking!!!!

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BETTA13 4/21/2011 11:47PM

    Great words! It's been awhile since I've looked at that myself. You've encouraged me to check it out and to keep pushing through the obstacles.

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WATERMELLEN 4/21/2011 9:51PM

    The graphs are so helpful: a visual reminder that we're "on the path".

You are doing great. Yes you are!! Nervousness and self-doubt are a normal part of the process, so just nod slightly at them and keep jogging on past . . .

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    Red, green, yellow or purple...As long as those roads are leading in the right direction you are using the right map. You are not lost. You know where you are going. You are not taking side trips. You may need to stop and rest awhile (Motel 6, the light is on) but then when you are recharged, you get back on the road. Some drive faster than others on these roads but that is not always wise. Go at the rate of speed that gets you to your final destination in one piece.

When you get there, you are moving in. You are not going to drive backwards on the road that got you there. You are going to relish and enjoy that new place. That Oz. emoticon

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MAMASUDS 4/21/2011 4:07PM

    The fact is, you are doing far better than just okay! What a blessing to be on track and trucking along. So glad you are able to experience this. God is so good to us.

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LILLYPILLY24 4/21/2011 1:47PM

    Oh yes, you are most definitely doing MORE than ok. I LOVE this blog. You are clinging in faith to both science and the one who created that science ... and He created you.

You have shared part of your journey, but in so doing you have given me another building block for mine. I need to write out your invisible fact in my journal. Yes, a resounding YES. I read, see and imbibe the truth of this fact. I accept and embrace it in FAITH. Dear friend, you have written guided by the H. Sprt today, at least for me. Thank you.


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Thrill of Mistaken Identity

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My neighbor telephoned to explain that no one heard the doorbell when we stopped by their house. She said, "When I looked out the window, I saw your daughter walking away from the porch, but I didn't get outside in time to talk to her."

Hee hee!! It wasn't my daughter! It was I! I was the one walking away from their porch! Can you believe it?! Someone mistook ME for a healthy-BMI person! Yes, it was through the window; yes, it was from a distance. But it tells me I'm getting there. I'm getting closer.

Spark support, straight talk from the Beck Diet Solution, and the Scripture's truth of who I am as a beloved child of God . . . all this has helped me stand tall and walk with confidence. Working out has given me a youthful stride.

I'm actually 5 pounds away from getting out of the obese category, but I'm already breaking free in my head!

Today my neighbor did not see me as a fat person. I'm starting to seize that vision myself!!

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MAMASUDS 4/21/2011 4:05PM

    'What a wonderfully encouraging phone call! Woo Hoo!

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NCURTIS10 4/21/2011 3:37PM

    That is fantastic!
That is definitely a moment to remember! emoticon emoticon

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RUNNINGOMA 4/21/2011 1:43PM

    How very wonderful and encouraging! emoticon

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SUNRISE14 4/21/2011 12:27PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonwould love to have you on my team called GOD ANSWERS PRAYER ! We need prayer warriors . Basically we pray for the team to put Christ first everyday and then to make the wise choices to get our weight under control and be healthier and happy ! Remember me in prayer that God will use this team to glorify what he can do in our lives ! emoticon

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CINDYHOUGHTON 4/21/2011 10:51AM

    haha what a wonderful surprise.

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FITJANE 4/21/2011 10:32AM

    Fantastic! It sure helps to get such positive feedback when you are on this long slow road!

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DRAWNTHISWAY 4/21/2011 10:31AM

    That is a wonderful compliment!

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    Oh, now THAT is emoticon!!! Way to GO! You must have really enjoyed that! I know I would! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon How wonderful for you!! Let this positive energy carry you through the Easter meals and temptations. You have momentum now, good juices flowing.

So are you going back to hug your neighbor??

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JUNEBUGG02 4/21/2011 9:56AM

  Yay! That's a boost to the self esteem!

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NANCY- 4/21/2011 9:24AM

I would write this down on a memory card to be able savor the feeling again later.
What a wonderful event.

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BLUESKY_321 4/21/2011 5:55AM

    Congratulations! What a wonderful event!!!

These are the moments that help us along - giving us that extra belief that we CAN do this ... we WILL do this!

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BLESSEDMAZARS 4/21/2011 12:23AM

    What a wonderful feeling! I am SO happy for you! Keep up the awesome job!

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SUSANMOMOF6 4/20/2011 11:55PM

    How exciting and wonderful. Stride with pride...He is yours and you are His. Hold your head up high. I'll rejoice when you move from obese to overweight. I've got 16 pounds to get there-never thought I'd be excited about being called overweight! emoticon Blessing in Him,

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ELLENSUN 4/20/2011 11:18PM

    Most excellent!!! You are fearfully and wonderfully made!

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TEMPERANCE88 4/20/2011 11:14PM

    Woo hoo!!!! Awesome!

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