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When focusing on fruits and veggies...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I started this focus a couple of weeks ago. Not focusing on it made me gain weight, then keep a certain weight range. I was up 10 pounds from my recent lowest weight to the recent high. I have been hovering around 180.

Focusing on getting fruits and veggies above any other food is creating a feeling of fulness with automatic lower calories since fruits and veggies have fewer calories than any other food per serving that I could have.

Since I started a couple of weeks ago, I'm down 2 pounds, bring my total back to 52 pounds lost. I suppose some people could be impressed that I maintained the 50 pound loss (within 4 pounds) for the last 9 months, since I lost it in the first 9 months I started this.

Tracking everything worked really well for the first 50 pounds, but I just can't keep on doing it for myself. I don't want to be attached to the tracker for the rest of my life, so I'm trying to do this without tracking every little bite. I know what portion sizes look like now and have an approximate for the calorie counts of everything since I've been doing this so long. Doing the switch did not go well at first, I did say I gained back 10 pounds. Now I've settled back out of the eat everything in sight because it's not being written down phase and I'm just not as hungry anymore.

The weird thing is that I didn't really feel fat at 230, it wasn't comfortable, but I wasn't as disgusted by it as I probably should have, but now when I'm over 180, I get upset with myself. I don't see myself as fat under 180, but get above it and I see myself as bloated and big. I'm hoping that I stop looking pregnant (I'm surprised no one has ever said anything, I think I look 6 months pregnant still) by minimizing my belly region, it really looks like a pregnant belly since 2 kids stretched it out that way. I'm not sure why 180 is the magic number right now, it probably will change when I hit the next zero. It's strange how the numbers affect me more now than the did over 200.

I'm glad that this refocus has gotten my back on track, and it's easier now than it might have been a year ago. That's what I like about this site, it gives you options. Don't want to track every little bite? Just add more fruits and veggies! Then stop when full... that's the biggest issue, stopping when I'm full when there's still a couple of strawberries on my plate. Yum!

I may be losing slower than I did to begin with, but I have less to lose and it's harder in general to lose just a few pounds than 50. As long as the trend line is going in the right direction, it's still progress. Maybe I'll see another half pound or more next week?

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    I think you've got the right idea.
    I went to a conference in April where one of the speakers talked about calorie density and that if you focus your eating on foods that have less than 400 calories per pound (fruits, vegetables, plant starches) your can't help but lose weight.
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    I'm in the 230's now, and I hear you about looking pregnant. I'm feeling better in my clothes, but standing in front of the mirror after taking a shower, I just have a hard time seeing the weight loss.
    1681 days ago
    Losing 50 is great. I hope you can figure out how to keep it off without being tied to the tracker if that is what you want.

    1681 days ago
    Focusing on healthy foods is definitely critical to success! I tried just tracking the fruits & veggies when I hit goal and after a 5 lb weight gain, decided that I need to continue tracking everything for a while. I do want to get back to not spending time logging every single bite. Maybe I'll set that as a September goal. :D
    1681 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
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    1682 days ago
    Good for you! It's always best to focus on one thing at a time.

    I think I'll be tied to the tracker for some time still. It keeps me focused. I'm still learning portion control. I just recently went to Europe and I can safely say, I now know what portions are, unlike here. They don't overfeed you there! Also I didn't even see overweight people anywhere until I was in the airport waiting for the plane to go back to the U.S. Suddenly overweight and obese people everywhere. It was very strange.

    Today I'm definitely celebrating Ferris Bueller's Day Off Day. I'm taking it easy. It's going to be 100 again today. It's not even summer yet. Help!


    1682 days ago
  • 3G1RLS4ME
    ive been feeling the same way im glad im not the only one we can lose this weight together right :)
    1682 days ago
    Congratulations on your success with your new strategy! I think fruits and veggies are great, and I also am trying to eat healthier without tracking every bite. emoticon
    1682 days ago
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