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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Normally when I eat out since I started on this new lifestyle I make it Subway, or order healthy foods. Today my son really wanted Burger King. While I normally do not go there often, I did today. I only like a couple of their sandwiches, so I got one. After I ate it I felt terrible. I felt really nauseated and tired. It was completely horrible. I have been eating healthy since the beginning of Feb. and have not eaten fast or fried foods. I do not think I'll do that again. When you eat it all of the time you do not notice it. However, after you quit for a time, and then try it, you realize how bad it is for you. It was like I could feel the fat and triglycerides in my stomach, throat, and chest, yuk!!! emoticon

  
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MEADSBAY 3/13/2010 10:53PM

    That's exactly what happened to me!
I also can no longer eat a BIG plate of food, like I used to.
I HATE that stuffed feeling.
It makes me nauseous.
I will never eat that way again.
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TLROYER 3/13/2010 7:08PM

    I agree with you! My stomach cannot handle greasy, fatty foods anymore...not, that I don't crave them at times :)

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HELP!! Nutrition Debate?? Low-carb or low-fat???

Friday, March 12, 2010

I was on the message boards yesterday where I found a controversial dispute. Both had great points that seemed logical. I have been on Spark People for a month and a half. I have stuck to my diet pretty faithfully. I exercise for an hour to an hour and a half 6 days a week, but am not losing weight. I lost 9 pounds my first week, but have since gained that back and have stayed there. I am always always hungry. I was told and read that is because I consume way to many carbs. I am normally within my suggested range on my diet plan though. I am always in my range for fat, calories, and protein. Anyway, the debate was about low-fat versus low-carb dieting. I am starting to think that maybe the low-carb would be better, but do not know how well I could commit to that. Please help as you can find good and bad to both.

  
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SUNSHINES3 3/13/2010 6:55AM

  Hi There

I would really like to comment on this blog from personal experience. I could write a book on dieting...as I have been on every diet you can imagine. Although I did loose weight I would always gain it back....then one day I was advised by PT to try low carb...but because of high cholesterol my doctors were not in agreement for me to try this...so I didn't...then about a year later another PT again suggested that I try this low carb way of eating....so I did... It was one of the best decisions I ever made...Not only did I loose weight BUT I LOWERED MY Cholesterol...no MEDS!!! My doctor was impressed.

I am now going into my second year of keeping it off.

I wish you luck in whatever you decide!






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WILDFLOWER- 3/12/2010 11:12PM

    I personally think that some folks do better on low carbs and some do ok on low fat. However I've learned that in order for me to not feel hungry I NEED to consume protein and as much fiber as possible. I also closely watch my sodium to make sure I have no more than 3000 mg a day. Sodium is in EVERYTHING it seems and it will prevent you from losing weight & can possibly cause you to gain water weight.

I eat eggs, cottage cheese, chicken, turkey, tuna & tofu for my proteins. I get fiber from crackers, Go Lean cereal, veggies, high fiber pasta, oatmeal, bread and burritto skins. When I started with Sparkpeople I was averaging maybe 15 - 20 grams of fiber a day. I slowly increased that to the roughly 40 grams I eat now. The USDA recommends 25 grams a day where as folks in Japan average close to 60 grams a day. Forty works well for me.

I think Ms EWESTCOTT has some good advice - try one out for a couple weeks - record your results and try the other and then compare. What ever you do -- never, ever, ever give up! Keep trying - you'll figure it out. You are worth the effort to do this and you'll feel AWESOME when you get to your goal.




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MEADSBAY 3/12/2010 9:59PM

    The jury is out on this issue and the debate could go on for centuries!
I suggest you do one month (or at least 2-3 weeks) of each-
PERFECTLY-
and then see:
1. which was easier for you
2. which kept you less hungry
3. which helped you lose weight

As far as losing 9 pounds and regaining, first-
AAAUURRGGHH!!!
that must be so depressing!
Did you crash diet?
I know you quit smoking (YAY!)-
are you sure you're not rewarding yourself with food?
That's what my DH did for about 6 months before he realized it - and had gained 25 pounds!!!
Just a thought.
Good luck, my friend.
xoxoxo



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NWCOUNTRYDANCER 3/12/2010 3:58PM

    I have heard you want to watch which types of carbs you are eating and when. If you eat more carbs towards the morning, then your body has time to burn off the sugar that carbs produce. If you eat more protein, then that should fill you up more.

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Come on spring.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wow, what a walk in the fresh air can do for you. It has been so cold and snowy here, that other than shoveling, I haven't really been out much. Today is sunny and about 35 degrees. Our driveway is about a half mile long. So I walked down to get the mail. Boy does it do good to get some fresh air and sunshine. I love my Wii and other exercises, but walking outside looking around at the beautiful scenery is awesome. Between that little walk and my tomato plants are really growing in here, I really have spring fever. I can't wait to be outside all day to garden, do lawn work, swim, walk, and just be outside. Just thought I would share as it has been a long, hard winter. Even states that normally don't get snow got it this year.

  


Step in the right direction, hooray!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I quit smoking on February 1st. Then I started on here a few days later. In the past I went back to smoking because of weight gain. Last time I quit for a little over a year. I gained 40 lbs. so I started back smoking. This time I am bound and determined to not gain weight, and to hopefully lose it.
Every time I have tried to lose weight I feel deprived, and go back to normal eating. This time I decided to allow myself to indulge once a week. I pick a day to eat things I use to that are not so healthy, like pizza, ramen noodle soup with cheese, chips, those things. I still watch calories that day, but enjoy some favorites within moderation. Today I decided to have my ramen noodle chicken flavor. I put nacho cheese in it. I use to love it, but today it tasted horrible! I know they are extremely high in sodium, but today it tasted like I was just eating salt. I couldn't eat it like I use to. I felt like a fat pig. This is good. Every time I quit smoking foods start to taste salty to me. This time it is even worse, which is good.
I think my tastes are changing as a result of following this program. That is good because that will help me succeed. I want this forever so this is a huge step in the right direction! After reading the Spark, I know it is okay to have bad days without feeling guilty, that is huge for me. I can do this. Not relapse in smoking or in my new healthy lifestyle!!!

  
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MEADSBAY 2/18/2010 8:36PM

    WOW!
You go, girl!
I am so proud of you and your amazing journey to better health.
I quit years ago- and my DH quit a year and a half ago- after 35 years.
He is so glad he did it.
I've NEVER heard anyone say they regretted it!
xoxo
elizabeth
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BEXTERCOX2 2/18/2010 2:44PM

    Hooray for you quitting smoking!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon I agree with Beartifix...the taste buds are trainable! You are doing great and should be very proud of yourself!!!!! Happy Day!

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BEARTIFIX 2/18/2010 1:14PM

  Congrats! You are dealing with two major addictions: nicotine and food. That's a lot to deal with. Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration.
I also noticed that my favorite bad foods no longer taste that good. I think I trained my taste buds to appreciate the wholesome stuff. It makes a difference.

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FOSSE_OF_LOVE 2/18/2010 12:33PM

    Talk about a double wammy...congratulations on realizing its not black or white, all or nothing. We can have anything we want just not in the mass quantity we are so used to having. Great job and keep it going...you so deserve it and more.

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MRPLATSON 2/18/2010 12:33PM

    Great! Stay focused and say no to cravings.
I quit smoking 2 years ago, sure I still think about it from time to time but I've learned to say 'no' and move on, much like the Double Bacon Cheese Burgers I used to love so much at Burger King ... I'm sure if I ate one right now I'd throw up after two bites.

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Action step-goals

Monday, February 15, 2010

My short-term goals:

1) Exercise at least 15 minutes a day.
2) Drink 8 glasses of water.
3) Track all foods and drinks.
4) Get at least 6 hours of good sleep per night.

Medium-term goals:

1) Lose 20 - 25 lbs. by May 15th to look better in swimsuit.
2) Lose additional 10 lbs. by June 20th for graduation.
3) Find a job by the end of summer.
4) Enroll back into school by September 1st to get BA.

Long-term goals:

1) Be back to my healthy normal weight(145) by New Years day.
2) Maintain healthy weight through healthy eating and exercise.
3) Create new goals.
4) Graduate from school with my BA.
5) Get CPA license.

  
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BEXTERCOX2 2/17/2010 2:10PM

    Great Goals!! Also congrats on going back to school! That takes a lot of determination, especially with kids. Not only CAN you do it...you ARE doing it!!!!!! Good for you!
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MEADSBAY 2/17/2010 10:16AM

    Excellent goals!
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CAJUNGANNY 2/16/2010 5:12AM

    you did a great job in setting goals. I like the format also. emoticon

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DORYTHEFISH 2/15/2010 5:14PM

    You have great goals and have given yourself some realitic time frames ! You will getthere - stay consistant and ignore that scale :-) emoticon

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BEARTIFIX 2/15/2010 5:13PM

  You can do it! Just take baby steps (day by day) and you will get there. Wishing you good luck! emoticon

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