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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Since I gave up sugary, processed and just plain bad-for-food, I've found that I just don't eat enough! I know I'm not getting enough protein and there are days when I can't even get my caloric content up to 800!! I know this isn't good and it's going to slow down my weight loss. When I wake up in the morning I'm weak!

I don't eat red meat at all and my protein comes mostly from poultry and dairy.

I know I could be headed for disaster if this continues because no one can sustain a lifestyle of eating so little without consequences!!!

Does anyone have any ideas????

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YANKSGIRL1 2/26/2008 11:49PM

    Good luck! I have the same issues. How sickening is that? We don't eat enough and yet gained weight. Does not seem fair does it?
Do you like peanut butter, nuts, soy, . . . there are some great articles about protein through this site. I had looked up that before myself soon after I first joined and realized how little protein I eat.
I try to eat cheese and yogurt. ALSO, I have Special K's protein water mixes. I mix them pretty weak and I get my water more that way too. There is some sugar in that though. Kashi cereals have quite a bit of protein, not sure if that is bad food though for you.

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L.I.L.MOMMY 2/26/2008 12:58PM

    Seems as though Ramona covered everything. Also have you incorporated beans , fish/shellfish into your diet...good sources of protein. Also check out the sparkpeople recipes for ideas, it's a great resource.

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_RAMONA 2/26/2008 11:32AM

    Hi! Good job cleaning up your nutritional house!

There are lots of things that can boost your calories - fruits high in calories include bananas & avocados, add whole grain carbs (oatmeal), 1% milk, yogurt, nuts and seeds, protein shakes are good (made with protein powder and your own ingredients - milk, yogurt, frozen fruit - the shake mixes and meal replacement shakes can be high in calories and sugar).

Here are some SparkLinks you can look at for ideas, too!

"Some people have problems eating enough calories when they try to avoid dietary fat—especially by always choosing low-fat or non-fat versions of common foods. So try to find some good sources of "healthy fats" (the monounsaturated fat in nuts, olive and canola oils, avocados, etc.), and foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids, like flax seed, salmon, or tuna. The following articles will help you boost your overall calorie intake and choose healthy fats to add to your meals and snacks:

Nutrition Reference Guide: Fats and Oils

Calorie-Boosting Tips

The Mega Benefits of Omega-3's

I eat a really clean diet and I have no trouble getting my calories in. Feel free to take a look at my food log if you'd like. It might give you some ideas.

Keep going! You're doing great!

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PAGEROKS 2/26/2008 10:33AM

    Eggs, nut butters (peanuts/almond), beans, pork tenderloin, fish (salmon), and soy are all good sources of protein. Eggs are high fat so you may want to look at other sources but once in a while are good. Make sure your getting your serving of fruit/veggies as you can eat a good bit without adversely effecting your numbers. I hope this helps.

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GIRLINMOTION 2/26/2008 8:56AM

    Protein can come from natural peanut butter (no sugar) and other nuts. You can increase your fruit and veggies. If you don't have more calories you will just be defeating yourself because your body thinks it is starving and that is not good for your organs.

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5 lbs in 3 weeks, not to shabby!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

I made it through. This week wasn't easy but I made it. I actually went out twice, my boyfriend was over for most of the week so eating and exercising according to "plan" was really a challenge. I didn't want to be challenged so early into my lifestyle change but there wasn't anything I could nor wanted to do about it.

Today I finished my third week and had a one pound drop. Not huge but not a gain either. I am really REALLY ok with it. That makes a total of 5 lbs. I wish I could "complain" that things were to big on me but that just hasn't happened yet. Although now, I no longer fear the washer/dryer. If I wash something, it will fit after the dryer.

So, I am starting my 4th week today. Wow, that went fast. I'm stronger, healthier and looking forward to the new/old me!

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L.I.L.MOMMY 2/26/2008 12:19PM

    Oh how I miss the days when the scale would's so motivating....that's a pretty good weight loss for three weeks...way to go!

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SUGARSHOCK 2/25/2008 11:39PM

    hello again my 1st spark friend....that's really good for 3 weeks. think of how easily you'll be able to do all the things you love to do,and have all the guys breaking their necks to turn their heads and see just what you've achieved by determination,persistence, and the love of life it's self.....don't be a stranger, treat everyday as if there is no tomorrow......then treat tomorrow the same as today...don't let it slip away....{SUGARSHOCK}

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BARCINTL 2/25/2008 6:14AM

    5lbs in 3 weeks--I'd kill for that loss these days! That's almost 87 lbs a year...nothing to sneeze at!

You're doing great and looking great and I'm proud of you.

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2 more lbs gone!!!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Woohoo!!! Another two down which makes 4 lbs in two weeks. I couldn't be happier. Next week is going to be a challenge. I have a lot of work to do and it's hard to eat when I'm working so I am going to have to bring healthy, low calories things with me to munch on during the day.

In addition, my boyfriend is coming to spend the week with me. My children are going to CA with their dad and I have the entire week to myself. We haven't seen each other in several months because of circumstances, but he was my rock when I thought I had breast cancer. He will be supportive but he likes meals and loves for me to bake for him (I did promise).

I am going to take one day at a time. I have told him my goals and I will get through this.

Yay!!! 4 down!!!

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BLUECHEESE1 2/21/2008 11:34PM

    It's not easy.. but it is good. :) don't give up.

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BARCINTL 2/18/2008 5:08PM

    You look great--those 4 lbs have made a difference, especially in your face!

I told you--don't let cooking for your boyfriend be a torture for you--cook things you don't like, like banana cupcakes. I'm sure he'll understand; after all, who would want to put their girlfriend through that kind of torture?

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DIANNEYME 2/18/2008 1:18PM

    Congratulations, Gayle! Great work!! Just take it one day at a time - you can do this!



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MOVEWOO 2/17/2008 12:43PM

    congrats on the wait lost. For your boyfriend, invite him in to cook with you a find a new healthy recipe you both would enjoy, it'll turn the heat up in more ways then one...

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I bought my last large!!!!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

It has been very hard for me these last few years. I have gained a ridiculous amount of weight. Most of it was from stress. Health concerns and a divorce just put me over the top.

Now that I am here, I am ready to be the person I always was. Never in my life did I think I would buy size "large". I have always been petite. I can even remember walking into a store once and the woman who ran it said to me, "I'm sorry, we don't have clothes small enough for you here."

I may never hear that again and that's really OK. I just never again want to buy anything large.

Once this weight is off, it's STAYING off. You can count on it!

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CHRISTIFIT 2/16/2008 6:40PM

    I am glad I could offer you some inspiration! You too can get back into those clothes in your closet - from here on out just refuse to BUY any more clothes. You will get so sick of wearing the same things and feeling yourself bulge out of the ones you have that you will have no other choice but to work harder at whatever diet/exercise/health plan you are doing :) ! Best of luck to you, you can DO THIS!!

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YANKSGIRL1 2/16/2008 1:36PM

    UGH. I understand your thinking all too well. I used to wear a size 4 and weighed usually 95-105 pounds. Due to health problems and a car accident with additional physical issues - I am now overweight. I went from wearing an XS to L or even XL myself. It is so disgusting and difficult to accept. What is more messed up is that when I was that size 4 person that weighed 95 pounds, I thought I was heavy!! We are way too tough on ourselves and have to try to love ourselves the way we are - but I know I want to get into even a size 6 pair of Levis soooo badly I can almost taste it!! I want to enter a 5,7,9 store again and just realize I could fit in the clothes there again! I will be fine if I never get back into a size 0 b/c I was probably unhealthy then but a 6 - a 6 would be soooo NICE!!

You seem like such a nice person. I really wish you well with meeting your goals. Remember stress is often not our friend and that will only hinder any goals.

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BARCINTL 2/15/2008 10:47AM

    Well, considering the hard work you've put in over the last two weeks, both with diet *and* exercise, you're off to a flying start. Now we just have to get you "cleared" so you can start doing weights with me on Sundays :)

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JENNA2007CANADA 2/14/2008 5:57PM

    Yay you! You go girl - if you run fast enough that lost weight will never be able to catch you again - that's my theory and I'm gonna stick with it!

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Making it easier

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Today we had a 2 hour delay because of the snow. My daughter, age almost 17 decided she didn't want to in to school. Since they are off next week for Presidents week I said it was ok (she is a straight A student). So, she decided she was going to help me today and asked what she could do. She the volunteered to go grocery shopping for me.

This was great. We made out a list of what I needed and off she went. She came back with all the things on the list and little else. No temptation, no decisions about calories, no feeling deprived because I couldn't have something.

I can't tell you how great that was. I have the food I need to keep on track and no temptations that are calling to me. She thought it was fun until I asked her how she would like to do it every week for decades. Not so much fun anymore!!

So, I made it my business to get on the treadmill again today. Haven't missed a day yet. Still hate it, but still doing it!

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GAYLLYNNE 2/13/2008 7:04PM

    You know, naming it is a good idea. Think I will name it something I really dislike...hmmmmmmmm

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JENNA2007CANADA 2/13/2008 7:03PM

    Good for you for working around temptations and for getting on the treadmill despite hating the thing - have you given it a name? Maybe that will help (grin, grin, grin). Jenna

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