MUFFIY831's SparkPeople Blog MUFFIY831's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Need Advice: Not Hungry is a Thing?? A little background: I am not, nor have I ever been, one of those people who forgets to eat. I plan my days, my life, around food. And, honestly, even more so when I'm focused on my health. OK we can do x, but what will we have for lunch if we do that? What restaurant is nearby and can they feed a vegetarian something other than a plate of cheese pasta topped with cheese with a side of cheese? <BR> <BR> I'm hungry, in general, is what I'm saying. Partially due to my emotional dependence on ... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:04:14 EST Frustrated and In Between Sizes I'm stuck. <BR> <BR> I mean, yes, the scale is a bit stuck at the moment, but I'm working on that part. But, practically speaking, I am stuck between sizes. In EVERYTHING. <BR> <BR> I seem to be: <BR> <BR> A Medium And A Half in shirts <BR> A 33 in bras <BR> An 11 (and not in a junior's department sort of way) in pants <BR> A 6 3/4 in shoes <BR> <BR> Seriously, i feel like nothing ever fits. I'm not sure it'll be any better in 5, 10, 20 pounds, but at least if I'm thinking, 'oh woe is me... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 09:34:38 EST The Proof Is In the Pudding. Or Jeans. Whatever. I'm still up 1.6 pounds from my pre-travel madness weight. It's not that big of a deal, but it annoys me. I'm also hormonal, which isn't helping matters. So this weekend I went shopping and I felt like an utter cow. Udder cow? Anyway, I was feeling pretty terrible about my body but I saw some clothes and decided to try them on figuring it was a terrible idea and of course nothing would fit because I am a cow. <BR> <BR> You know. Typical conversation in my head. :/ <BR> <BR> But you know w... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 14:23:02 EST Buckling Down to Prevent the Slippery Slope I just made my third and final* appointment at the GWU weight management lab. My last DEXA scan and consultation with the RD. I had the first two in a month, but then I started traveling and since that third session doesn't expire I wanted to get through all of the travel and give myself some time to get back on track and see what I can do. So, on 1 September, I'll go back and see officially how it's going. Obviously the scale will be an indicator in the meantime, but as the RD has so rightfu... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:48:41 EST Choo Choo ... Back on the Train I had a rough 3 weeks with too much travel and therefore too much food and booze and not enough routine and exercise. And the scale shows it. <BR> <BR> Overall, it's not that bad. I'm basically up about 2 pounds. But given it takes a month (if I'm lucky) to lose 2 pounds, that's a significant derailment of my efforts. <BR> <BR> I did some things well while i was gone. I had pretty healthy breakfasts (lots of egg whites and protein shakes), I exercised fairly regularly, and I limited my dr... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:46:21 EST Benefits of a Proper Trainer I've been around the block enough times to know the difference between a good trainer and a bad one. I've had bad trainers. The ones who took a 10 hour course and signed on at the local gym who just hand you a weight and call it a day. The ones with a one-size-fits-all mentality. So I'm pretty picky about who I want to work with, and that's why I've been doing the same boot camp program for 3+ years now. It's just that - a PROGRAM. It's not your typical boot camp where it's just running all t... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:33:53 EST My Mysterious Body I am so confused by my body sometimes. I went on a (much longer, granted) vacation and came home up about 3 pounds. One came off, but the scale remained up. Then I left again, only for four days this time, and truly ate horribly, and came home half a pound down from when I left. HUH? <BR> <BR> Body, you so crazy. <BR> <BR> I mean, I'll take it. Don't get me wrong. But what the hell? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I jumped right off that wagon and ate everything I shouldn't in the last four days. I'm... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 12:01:57 EST The Good, The Bad, and the Protein-y. I'm back from vacation and up about a pound and a half. Honestly, I'm good with that as I thought it'd be worse. <BR> <BR> What I did well: <BR> <BR> 1. I did the Grouse Grind! <BR> Length: 2.9 kilometres (1.8 miles) <BR> Elevation Gain: 853 metres (2,800 feet) <BR> Base: 274 metres above sea level (900 feet) <BR> Summit: 1,127 metres (3,700 feet) <BR> Total Stairs: 2,830 <BR> Average Time: On average it takes up to an hour and a half to complete the hike. <BR> <BR> (I did it in 1:3... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:53:22 EST Sometimes Slow & Steady is Really F%$@ing Annoying. Let's start with the good news. <BR> <BR> I lost 3.6 pounds in the last 4 weeks after this new diet change. My efforts haven't been perfect, but I've really cleaned up a lot of my habits lately, and I'm feeling really good overall. There's definitely been a learning curve, too, and weeks 3-4 were much closer to perfect than weeks 1-2. <BR> <BR> I went back to the RD for my 4-week follow-up and on their scale, I only lost 2.5 pounds. That was a little disappointing, but a loss is a loss is... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:39:17 EST In The Groove ... Mostly I go back to my new RD for a 4-week checkup on Thursday. I shared yesterday that I've managed to lose 3.6 pounds this month which is a holy miracle, so I suppose that means something is working. Digging into my handy stats via the app, I realize: <BR> <BR> Average calories: 1572/day. Goal: 1500. Not terrible, but I could do better here. <BR> <BR> Average protein: 118.84/day. Goal: 134. Again, SO MUCH MORE than it used to be, but not quite up to the goal line. The last *week*, though, I've ... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:25:28 EST My Weird Brain ... But a GREAT WEEKEND! So, a few things happened over the weekend that make me think I might be slightly crazy. But for once in a good way? hahaha <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1. The scale has been stuck for two+ weeks. Welcome to my world. But I got on the scale Saturday morning and it was miraculously down 1.5 pounds. WHAT? YAY! I try not to weigh myself every day because I'll just drive myself bonkers, but I got on the scale Sun... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:39:06 EST June Commitments Thing one: I have 15 days until I leave for vacation. (Yay!) <BR> <BR> Thing two: I have been going over my calories way too many days lately. <BR> <BR> Therefore, I have 15 days to GET MY ACT TOGETHER. Honestly, I can do anything for 15 days. <BR> <BR> Pre-Vacation Commitments - June 1-16: <BR> a. Under 1500 calories. <BR> b. 130+ grams of protein per day. <BR> c. 5 classes per week. <BR> d. 2 weeknight extras (strength/running/biking/step/whatever) per week. <BR> e. Long runs (4-6 mi... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 10:29:26 EST Memory Lane Yesterday, I shared that I'm officially (by 0.2 pounds, but whatever) the smallest I've ever been. I was trying to think back to when I might have been this size growing up and my best guess is somewhere around 5th grade. That seems crazy, doesn't it? <BR> <BR> I was always a chubby kid and just got bigger and bigger over the years, but there are a few points that stick out where I remember specific outfits. (For reference, I'm currently wearing a pretty solid 12 petite.) <BR> <BR> Age 11.... Tue, 23 May 2017 10:49:19 EST SQUEEEEEE! Adios Plateau, Hello Lowest Weight SO FAR. OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG you guys! This morning I officially weighed in the lowest I have ever been. Well, since approximately 5th grade or so?? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A few months ago, my old Registered Dietician (RD) upped my protein significantly. After an 8 week plateau, I finally lost a pound. I mean, yay progress, but not exactly the speed I was hoping for. <BR> <BR> Last Thursday, I did a bunch of metab... Mon, 22 May 2017 11:30:53 EST Meatless Meathead A few months ago, I decided to go to a Registered Dietician for some diet help. Part of the reason I went was because they offered metabolism testing and I wanted to know my resting metabolic rate (RMR). I've been operating on the assumption it's freakishly slow and that's why it's so freaking hard to lose weight. Well, she was nice and she had some suggestions for my diet, increasing my protein to about 80 grams per day, which is a LOT for a vegetarian. But, long story short, she kept refusi... Fri, 19 May 2017 18:04:43 EST There's A Dent In My Fat Roll. I Love It. This definitely falls into the TMI category, but since I presume: <BR> <BR> 1. 97% of the people on this site are women, and <BR> 2. 50+% of the women also have fat rolls, and <BR> 3. 100% of us are on the weight loss struggle bus ... <BR> <BR> I am sharing my non-scale victory. <BR> <BR> i have a fat roll. OK, I have several. But one in particular on my stomach. It's been there basically my whole life, and while I may not necessarily embrace it, it's something i've come to terms with. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:27:46 EST Meal Preppin Like a Boss Went to the farmer's market and the grocery store this weekend and am ready to tackle the week. <BR> <BR> Breakfast Options: <BR> Yogurt/Granola <BR> Eggs/Toast <BR> Protein Shake/Fruit <BR> Protein Bar/Fruit <BR> <BR> Lunch Options: <BR> Leftovers (see dinner) <BR> Salad & Burrito <BR> Chickpea (mock tuna) salad sandwich on 5 seed bread & fruit or pretzels <BR> <BR> Dinner Options: <BR> Roasted Veggie Enchilada Casserole (OMG SO GOOD) <BR> Egg Roll in a Bowl (haven't made it yet) <BR> F... Mon, 15 May 2017 09:46:54 EST Bad Attitude, But I Went Some days my heart just isn't in class in the morning. I've been really sore since Monday -- everywhere, really, but particularly in my butt. I almost slept in this morning, but eventually got my sore butt out of bed and headed in. <BR> <BR> Trainer: Good morning, how are you today? <BR> <BR> Me: Everything hurts and I hate you. <BR> <BR> Trainer: What hurts? Upper body? Lower body? <BR> <BR> Me: Yes. <BR> <BR> Trainer: Which is worse? <BR> <BR> Me: Lower body. <BR> <BR> Trainer: ... Wed, 10 May 2017 09:36:27 EST So!Many!Vegetables! Last night I made a delicious dinner that was enormous and also really low in calories. <BR> <BR> I just sautéed: <BR> <BR> Onion (1 small) <BR> Garlic (2 cloves) <BR> Mushrooms (8oz package, chopped) <BR> Broccoli (2 cups, microsteamed for 1.5 minutes before adding) <BR> Bok Choy (2 cups) <BR> <BR> in a little olive oil, added 2T of store-bought veggie stir-fry sauce, and served over 1/2 cup of leftover rice. <BR> <BR> It was a *giant* plate full of food, and SO GOOD. And start to finis... Tue, 9 May 2017 11:07:10 EST Lessons from the road I went to Orlando for a couple of days to celebrate my niece's college graduation. GO HER! I tried to stay on track as much as possible. Things I learned: <BR> <BR> 1. Adding eggs back into the diet has made breakfast SO. MUCH. EASIER. Most places we went I could get eggs and toast or an egg beater scramble. Keeps the protein high and the calories lower. One place we went had calorie counts on the menu which is both good and bad. The crazy stuffed french toast sure sounded good until I saw ... Mon, 8 May 2017 10:23:52 EST Regrouping. WITH SCIENCE. OK, my last post was kind of a downer. I get it. But I am better. I've decided to ditch my RD in favor of someone who will work with me. I did some research and found the GW Weight Management and Human Performance Lab just 10 minutes away from my house. They have a program called the Starting Line that includes: <BR> <BR> "... a DXA scan for body composition, an RMR for metabolism and a meeting with us <BR> to design your nutrition plan. We use the metabolism to create a calorie goal and the... Tue, 2 May 2017 15:38:49 EST A 90-Day Check-in (Warning: Downer!) I recently passed a 90 day login streak. I've been pretty frustrated because the scale is not moving. So this morning when I checked in and saw that it's day 93, I figured I'd go look back three months and see all my fantastic progress and feel better because hey slow and steady is good and I'm just focusing too much on the current plateau and certainly the numbers will look good over three months. <BR> <BR> 2.2 pounds. <BR> <BR> I've lost two freaking pounds in three months. Mon, 1 May 2017 08:58:44 EST I Miss Running. Whaaaaat? I haven't been running much. I trained for the 10-miler and then my foot hurt and then the weather's been bad and blah blah blah. <BR> <BR> This morning I found myself thinking of running this weekend and came to the realization that I miss running. <BR> <BR> WHO AM I AND WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH MEGAN?! <BR> <BR> But, it's true. I miss it. And so this weekend I will go for a run. Friday and Saturday are crazy busy but Sunday I should be able to get out for a nice long run. And I'm looking... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:36:44 EST Laziness Works In My Favor For Once! I went out at lunch time to run a couple of errands. I had my lunch already planned and even logged, but I found myself contemplating all the restaurants around said errands and what I could get. <BR> <BR> But. <BR> <BR> It's raining. And the ones that sounded the best were slightly out of the way. <BR> <BR> And it's raining. <BR> <BR> And I don't eat anything from a drive-thru because I have this weird thing about insisting on eating real food. ;) <BR> <BR> And who wants to get out... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:09:57 EST Protein Protein Protein My protein quest (ha!) continues. I'm still obsessed with my Quest chocolate milkshake protein, and my friend let me try this Syntrax fruit protein powder that I liked so I ordered the sampler of all their flavors. They seriously taste like Kool-Aid. Today's choice is grape. I got a blender bottle and so I sit here at my desk sipping my protein Kool-Aid. :) <BR> <BR> The Syntrax is heavily marketed to people who have had bariatric surgery, like my friend. I ordered the sampler on Amazon and ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:38:33 EST Spring Cleaning ... The House and The Diet Yesterday I talked about some small changes I've been making. Today I'm looking at more high protein vegetarian recipes to mix up the rotation a bit. I just found these Greek Yogurt Oatmeal pancakes that look good so I will try them this weekend. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pe-detail.asp?recipe=2697296 </link> <BR> <BR> Other suggestions are welcome! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to make today a lighter calorie day. I've been frustrated with the slow pace on the sc... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:55:06 EST Making Small Changes Not much new to report, but I'm making some small changes to my diet to, I hope, continue the extremely slow but forward progress. <BR> <BR> 1. Smart Water. <BR> <BR> I've always been pretty good about drinking my water (about 100 oz per day), but I've gone back to what my old trainer called Smart Water - adding cucumber slices, 1/4 lemon, mint leaves, and a chunk of ginger. <BR> <BR> * Ginger is chiefly known as an anti-inflammatory agent, nausea reliever and digestive aid. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:34:00 EST The Big Tire If you've been around me for awhile, you know I kinda love flipping tires. See: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lery_enlarge.asp?id=5479444# </link> <BR> <BR> I feel like an utter badass (the one above was a fitness challenge so was far from the biggest tire I've ever tackled). I feel strong. I feel powerful. <BR> <BR> Today, Jake rolled out the two big tires for class and I got all excited. But he put them right next to each other in the far corner of the room... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:50:26 EST Frustrated. The scale is still stuck. To give myself credit, it did budge 0.2 pounds down, but OH MY GOD WHY IS THIS TAKING SO LONG? I am doing the right things. I am eating right. I am exercising. I am drinking sh*t tons of water. I'm still not back where I was before my work trip 10 days ago. I do think there's a hormonal factor at work right now, but good lord this is frustrating. <BR> <BR> I know I have to just keep plugging along. That it will happen. I've all but given up hope of reaching my 10-p... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:27:14 EST I *REFUSE* Got back from a work trip with the scale up, which I expected. But, honestly, I also expected it to go back down pretty quickly once I was back home and in the swing of things. Well, it's now Thursday and the scale has refused to budge. It even crept up a bit. <BR> <BR> I WILL NOT LET THIS STAND. <BR> <BR> I have been pretty hungry this week, so over, but close, to my calorie range. I'm going to have to buckle down and do a few low calorie days. I'm shooting for under 1300 at least today ... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 10:44:45 EST Back At It (Again) I knew Chicago would be tough on the scale, and sure enough I came home 5 pounds heavier. It's amazing how easy it is to gain weight. Three of them came off pretty much right away so water/travel/whatever. <BR> <BR> But, I'm still up 2ish pounds, which may not sound like a ton, but that's basically a month's worth of work for me. I'm determined to get it done, of course, and am hoping it'll be faster than another whole month. <BR> <BR> Getting back into the swing of things is always so ha... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:35:41 EST **CRUSHED IT!!*** Yesterday was the Cherry Blossom 10-miler in DC. My longest race in over 5 years. Early this year, once I knew I was in via the lottery process, I set a goal time of 2 hours. That's a 12 minute mile. That's doable, but fast for me, especially at longer distances. <BR> <BR> I trained for it, but not particularly hard. My training runs tended to hover around a 12:30/mile. But, hey, as long as I beat the sweep bus, that's all that matters, I reassured myself. <BR> <BR> The last few races I'v... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 09:23:39 EST Why Is This So Hard? First, let me give myself some credit. This week has actually been much better than a lot of work trips I've taken. <BR> <BR> Things I've Done Well This Week: <BR> - Exercise every single morning <BR> - Limited booze <BR> - Skipped some snack breaks <BR> - Healthy breakfast in the room <BR> <BR> Buuuuuuuuuuuut. I'm still way over on calories. When I see food, I eat it. I just can't seem to stop myself. Greek yogurt and granola in my room. Yay! Healthy start! But then I go down to the meet... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:38:35 EST The Fitness Challenge Jake sent me the regular workouts for class all this week, but today's was lots of suicides and some partner stuff, neither of which was possible in the hotel gym. So I went back to Tom's tried and true 5-4-3-2-1 Fitness Challenge <BR> <BR> 500 Jumping Jacks <BR> 400 Squats <BR> 300 Push-ups <BR> 200 Sit-ups <BR> 100 Burpees <BR> <BR> You're supposed to do it in about 50 minutes. Normally in class I don't quite finish but I wasn't time constrained today so i did the WHOLE THING in right abo... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:23:31 EST Workouts Jake sent me the workouts for the week so I am muddling through them. This is today's list. <img src=""> Kinda not the same without my friends to complain to loudly the whole time. :) Definitely going over on calories but trying to offset the damage with exercise a bit. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:56:46 EST A Good Start in Chicago Got to Chicago yesterday afternoon and will be here for the week. I'm off to a good start. My trainer sent me the week's worth of workouts and I did the first one this morning. (Side note: It's not the same when you don't have your friends there to complain about it with!) <BR> <BR> I'm also really happy that they provide an empty fridge in the room (so many hotels now have these weighted sensors so you can't even move the existing contents without being charged. They make me angry.) so I w... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:09:51 EST The Chicago Diet Test I tend to keep my weight loss efforts under wraps with most people in real life. Maybe because of this deeply rooted fear of gaining it all back. But, this time around, I've been a little more open about it. Instead of "oh, you know, a few pounds" when someone notices, I proudly proclaim "22 pounds and counting!" Maybe that's a good sign?? <BR> <BR> 22 pounds in, people *are* noticing. People I don't really talk to that much, or see very often, see me and immediately make a comment. It's ve... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:14:58 EST I Am Overweight!!! Yay!!! You guys! Wonderful surprise on the scale this morning tells me on the BMI scale I am officially overweight and not obese. This is fantastic!!!!! Last time I was here was over two years ago. This time I am going to make it stick. I am not done losing yet and I am determined to lose another 10 pounds by July. And keep them off. For reals this time. Seriously. Yay for overweight!!!! Sun, 19 Mar 2017 08:58:52 EST Perspective: Two Years, No Progress? Lots of Progress? Huh. So the last time I weighed this little was about two years ago. So I've either made zero progress or I've made TONS of progress. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This graph tells me lots of things. <BR> <BR> 1. GOOD GOD I HAVE BEEN HERE A LONG TIME. Doing the same thing, with varying levels of commitment and therefore varying levels of success. <BR> <BR> 2. I have been here before. Apparently every two ... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:08:50 EST I hate roller coasters. 172.6 171.4 170.2 172.8 171.8 171.0 These are all the weights I've been over the last two weeks. I suppose I should be happy from day 1 to day 14 is a 1.6 pound loss. That is huge for me, honestly. But still this yo-yoing is driving me nuts. Back to the RD tomorrow to assess these last two weeks. I think we will do the metabolic testing tomorrow too. I'm really curious to see if my metabolism is as slow as I think it is. I know I need to focus on the overall downward trend. After all, tw... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:53:01 EST Surprise! Daily Visualization Realization On SparkCoach, today started out with this: <BR> <BR> "Let’s start off with a quick visualization exercise. Spend 30 seconds visualizing one of your most important goals. See yourself reaching this goal. What will you feel like? How will this change your life?" <BR> <BR> I have said for years that my goal is to go to the beach and be in a bathing suit and be comfortable. I've never said I have to be super skinny or turn heads or knock anyone out, but I want to be comfortable in my own skin... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:28:25 EST Healthy Sounding Is Not Always Healthy. Last night, I had dinner with friends. Being the good little girl that I am, I looked up the menu online in the afternoon and picked out what I thought would be the best, lowest calorie option. A side salad and tomato soup. Simple, easy, delicious, low calorie. Right? <BR> <BR> WRONG. <BR> <BR> When i got there, I opened the menu and noticed it actually had calorie counts, which were not present online. The salad had 450 calories. (whaaaaat? I guess it was the dressing and the pumpkin see... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 09:24:57 EST Adios 14, Hola 12! What a great weekend! <BR> <BR> I went shopping and bought two pairs of jeans. Now, I think shopping for jeans is worse than anything else on the planet. I'd rather buy bathing suits than jeans, it's that bad. But I managed to find two pairs. One at Old Navy and the other at Banana Republic. It's not lost on me that they're the same company. Of course both pairs are a bit too long, even though they're labeled short/petite, but it's entirely unrealistic of me to think anything else is possib... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 09:50:48 EST Whoa. So it IS working. Picture Proof! <img src=""> Huh. So 20 pounds really does show. I really didn't see it at 10 (middle) but at 20 pounds the difference from right to left is significant enough even I can see it. Yay!! Sun, 5 Mar 2017 15:26:07 EST Spaghetti Squash Lasagna My first ever spaghetti squash, turned into my first ever spaghetti squash lasagna. I am very excited about this!!! <BR> <BR> Best of all, I can have 1/4 of this entire thing for 270 calories?!?! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Update: it's really tasty but also very watery. Need to use less sauce and maybe squeeze the water out of the squash?? Sat, 4 Mar 2017 19:35:00 EST Plannin' & Preppin' Workwise, I'm having serious motivational challenges. So I spent the morning reviewing saved recipes and the kitchen supplies, then I took off at 11AM and headed to Target and Wegman's. Hey, why not? :) <BR> <BR> I'll spend tonight cooking and chopping and cleaning and so forth to prepare for the week. I know I can't do this every Friday (if I want to keep paying bills, that is), but I think this will help me keep my weekends a little more on track as I often find myself eating out or overi... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 13:19:42 EST Yesterday's Non-Scale Victory I have a shirt that's been in the closet for years and I have worn it at all sorts of weights. Sometimes, I've felt compelled to wear one of those spanx tanks under it, but I've worn it anyway. It's one of those 3/4 sleeve shirts with the roll-up sleeves that you can button up at the elbow. When I'm at my heaviest, I damn near feel like it's going to cut off circulation to my arms because the sleeves can get really tight. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I decided to wear the shirt. Not only did I not ... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 11:05:00 EST Feeling Dedicated Like a million other people, I have ups and downs in the motivation department. I know if I track my calories and watch what I eat (and drink) and exercise regularly I feel better, I have a better chance of losing weight, etc. <BR> <BR> But IT IS EXHAUSTING. <BR> <BR> Sometimes i get really mad that I will never be one of those people who can just ... not care. Not worry. Not obsess over every little thing. It seems entirely unfair that I can do 97% of the right things and still gain weigh... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 11:12:36 EST Meeting with the Dietician - Hello Calorie Cycling! Yesterday, I had my first meeting with a registered dietician. I didn't really know what to expect, after having a bad experience with a nutritionist several years ago. I liked her. She didn't say anything that blew my mind, but I think she offered some solid advice and I've got a new(ish) plan in place. <BR> <BR> Overall, I'm doing the right things. She likes my level of exercise, my calorie tracking, my eating every 2-3 hours, my overall healthy diet, my water consumption. <BR> <BR> She... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:13:17 EST Erased From History <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Before I go to my first appointment with a registered dietitian, I thought I'd reflect a little on my weight loss history. This is my go-to "before" photo and is already here on Spark, taken in 2001. But I've just realized ... <BR> <BR> The reason this is my go-to photo is because it's literally the only one I have of me before 2004. I have photos from pre-2004, but they are of other people... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:21:56 EST