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KFWOHLFORD SparkPoints: (3,013)
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10/7/13 2:56 P

Hmmmm. Thanks for your advice, but I have trouble believing I was eating that many extra calories a day. I think it may be partly related to some of the medications I'm on, and the fact that I mostly stopped exercising except for once a week.

I don't normally cook veggies with oil, I use nonstick spray, and I always measure out my nuts and only have a serving of them (plus I mostly just eat less-fattening nuts like cashews and pistachios).

I'm definitely gonna pay attention to calories from drinks, but I don't drink soda and when I have something other than water, it's juice not-from-concentrate or iced tea without much sugar, like Honest Tea.

I want to try drinking nothing but water, unsweetened soymilk, and unsweetened tea and iced tea when I start back 100% with this. (I'm practicing tracking again, and I'll try pushing up my exercise when I'm on vacation later this week, but I'm officially starting back with this on October 14th).

NIRERIN Posts: 14,297
10/7/13 7:28 A

if you put on thirty pounds in a year, that breaks down to eating 287 cals more than you needed everyday. so those generous portions of oil and frequent baked goods could easily be what made up those extra 300 cals. but you should also notice that it means that you're pretty close to where you want to be, so you don't need to change too much. measuring out your fats and slightly cutting back on them could easily take out half of that number. and measure and track the baked goods. you may find it works better to make mini muffins instead of texas sized muffins and you can have two little ones and be just as satisfied as having the big one. and it may be that you always need to be a little more mindful of those particular items. so while being meticulous with measuring your kale isn't going to do much for you, the oil that you put on it would be worthwhile to track.
and if you do want to keep not skimping, make it your goal to burn more calories. if you start burning 50-100 cals more a day, that takes away between 1/6 and 1/3 of that overage. now as you age that overage is going to creep up a little [about ten cals a day for every year you get older. so next year you would burn about ten cals less a day than you did this year. two years from now it would be 20 cals a day less than this year and so forth].

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10/6/13 11:48 P

In addition to staying within nutritional guidelines, I also think it is important to be active for at least 30 minutes each day.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (253,554)
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10/6/13 9:03 P

I suggest that you start this with baby steps again. I reached my goal nearly 3 years ago. I STILL weigh ALL of my food for increased accuracy, and enter it all into the Nutrition Tracker, to ensure that I stay there. It is really easy for those serving sizes to gradually increase, otherwise!

Good luck, and take care,

10/6/13 7:30 P

Welcome Back!

How's your protein intake?
Getting 60 grams a day?

Your SP Registered Dietitian

KFWOHLFORD SparkPoints: (3,013)
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10/6/13 7:13 P

Well, I'm back here. I reached my goal weight about a year ago, and then I gained most of it back. Now my goal is modest, I just want to lose 30 lbs by next August, should be do-able.

Does anyone have tips for starting over again? Any advice?

Basically my diet is fairly healthy, I'm vegetarian and eat enough fruits and vegetables, but I haven't been skimping on fats or homemade desserts. I like to bake. And I'm on a couple of medications that are associated with weight gain.

So, time to start tracking the food again. And consider joining a gym. I really like to swim, but I'm not sure if I can fit swimming into my schedule 3 times a week. We'll see how it goes.

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