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ARABELLITA Posts: 29
1/18/07 12:38 P

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that's great! if you read the thread you noticed I had the same thing - super hard at first and then all of a sudden way easier. stomach shrinks? I don't know but I like it!

another breakfast idea - something that fills me up for a while is a protein shake. I do a scoop of protein (roughly 110 cals, 22 g protein, 0 fat, 1 carb) plus a 1/2 banana, and some blueberries (or whatever blendable fruit you have laying around) and water. you can also do milk or soymilk, I do water and I think it tastes fine with the banana to make it thicker. it only takes a sec in the blender and it is quite filling.

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1/17/07 9:49 P

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NMGAYA-

Do you like shredded wheat? The Vanilla Creme Shredded wheat is sooooo good and I think has 6-8g. fiber per serving.

Also, instead of warm eggs everyday, sometimes I'll just boil up a half dozen eggs and grab one each morning - quicker than quick!

THUNDERGIRL Posts: 307
1/17/07 6:18 P

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Well ladies, I did well for another day. I think that today will be three days of eating super healthy and tracking and being around my goal. I was surprised, I ate what felt like a super hearty supper of grilled swordfish, potatoes sliced thin, tossed with olive oil and spices and baked and a huge salad with flavorful homemade dressing and I was way within my range!

It is definitely a struggle, just mentally really, but I am going to try to keep going and stick with it for at least a week and see how I am doing.

I adjusted my weight goals to say from 150 to 135 by my 25th birthday which pushes it back a month and all my ranges for nutriets and calories were exactly the same.

I am going to resolve to keep sticking with it. We are going to have to buy more veggies though because we have devoured all the veggies in the house in 4 days and we had done a huge shopping so I am definitely eating more veggies and fruit.

Oh and unfortunately, I hate Kashi Go Lean with a passion. And I am not a morning person so eggs are really out, just the fact that I get up early enough to flat iron my hair is a huge thing for me. But I will keep experimenting and trying. I got some slightly higher calorie Post cereal with grains and nuts and though not quite as healthy, a small amount really held me much better not to mention that I love the way it tastes so a normal portion makes my mouth happy. And happy first thing in the morning is a good thing.





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1/17/07 3:31 P

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Arabelle is definitely right about maybe adjusting your goal weight/date. This program is set up so you lose like a 1lb/week - some goals I've seen (not necessarily in our group) seem SO out of whack to me.

For example 60lbs. in 6 months IS possible, but you're really going to have to work hard and give up a lot more to acheive that, than say if you take a whole year to lose the 60lbs.


That's another reason why I like the small goals. I have mine set at 5lbs. by Feb 9th. I don't feel deprived and it feels do-able. And after my 5lbs if I want to get more aggresive, I can.

ARABELLITA Posts: 29
1/17/07 3:11 P

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I am sorry you are discouraged! I know what you mean about feeling on a diet, I feel exactly the same! Donít worry we'll work this out! One suggestion is that you decide to lose weight more slowly, which should give you more of a calorie count each day. E.g. instead of trying to lose a pound a week, try for a half a pound, which will give you an extra 250 calories a day. (well, extra from a pound a week) Also, what I noticed really help me feel full longer was eating enough fat (and protein). An egg breakfast is perfect for keeping me full for a while. Kashi Go Lean is good too, I think because of all the fiber, but not as good as eggs. Also, I noticed drinking water *with* my meal seems to make me feel full longer. Drinking water without food does not fill me up at all, tho hot tea helps for a few minutes. Another thing is that I've noticed I am just hungrier earlier in the day. So I eat probably most of my calories before 5 pm, and then have a small dinner and I'm good to go. Unless I stay up late. In which case I eat a few walnuts or some cottage cheese and then I'm ok for a while. I think you should eat something when you are hungry, as long as you know it's not just thirst, etc.

hang in there! we'll work this out!
p.s. your ticker is showing current 150

THUNDERGIRL Posts: 307
1/16/07 5:23 P

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Ok, I'm feeling really discouraged too. I really don't want to use their vegetarian meal plans because I feel like I can plan healthy balanced meals that actually incorporate recipes instead of random combinations of foods (cubes of cheese, random vegetables, rice cakes and salsa is not dinner) but I feel like I am just going way over on my carbs and last night I tossed and turned in bed for an hour because I was so hungry. Though I did stay within my calorie limit. My limit is 1200-1500, maybe I need to be eating closer to 1500 and not the 1300 I am shooting for?

Today I am hungry already and I ate breakfast and a really good lunch of brown rice, chipotle black eyed peas and steamed mustard greens AND a snack before lunch and I am starving already. And not just "feeling like snacking" starving, "my stomach is growling and the person next to me in class is looking at me" starving.

I am not a huge snacker, I can stay away from sweets, looking back my problem with eating is that I eat when I am hungry and I feel like I am just always hungry! Or at least I am hungry frequently. I don't like feeling empty, I get distracted by my stomach when it is not full and I can't concentrate. Why am I so hungry? Will I ever be less hungry?

I haven't changed how I eat a huge amount, definitely eating less than I was off this plan, but now I'm hungry and cranky and I really feel like I'm on a diet. And I don't want to feel like I am dieting and deprived which is how I feel now. I feel like I am caught in what I always do when I try to clean up my eating habits completely, get stuck at a cross roads asking myself do I want to take the hard road or do I want to accept myself the way I am and stay in the stasis I have been in for several years now. I want to make the change but I feel like it is so hard. Is it this hard for everyone? Ugh, I need some motivation or something.

Oh - and the stupid ticker is wrong. I am right here at 150 because I am just starting, definitely not to 148 yet. I can't get it to go back up!

Edited by: THUNDERGIRL at: 1/16/2007 (17:24)




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1/16/07 2:02 P

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oy, i spent the weekend in nashville with some wonderful friends who planned every activity around food. luckily, i didn't gain any, but i sure as shootin' didn't lose any. it was a great weekend, but now i'm afraid that it's put me off schedule for my goal...

oh well. the barbecue was damn good...

"That's why we call it a struggle/ You're supposed to sweat"


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1/16/07 10:46 A

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Yay!
It can be a bit of a shock at first, when I start trying to eat better my first thought is always "But I'll never get to eat chicken wings again!" haha. But you learn to incoporate things and balance things out.



ARABELLITA Posts: 29
1/16/07 12:27 A

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ok today was way easy too! And my fiber is actually less than the first two days. maybe it was all in my head...? anyway, I'm feeling really positive about this now! I can do this!!

ARABELLITA Posts: 29
1/15/07 1:02 P

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thanks for the encouragement. yesterday I managed to stay under the calorie count (I think it helps that I didn't get up till almost 11 am!) and I felt full! I was even able to eat three carefully measured cups of popcorn when we watched a movie!

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1/14/07 2:27 P

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You're taking small steps to get where you want to be - Don't feel bad if you don't follow the program 100% right away! Its easier to incorporate small changes to your lifestyle than try to change it all at once.

ARABELLITA Posts: 29
1/14/07 2:21 P

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ok giving it time. and will munch on celery (without the cream cheese!) today for snacks. I am also going to adjust my goal - lengthen the time frame. I changed it to losing 3 pounds by 2/15 and it gave me fewer calories. I'll change that to 2 pounds. I'd rather lose more slowly, but lose, then get discouraged because I keep "failing".

Unfortunately, I have not worked out yet (maybe today is the day though!) so I am really screwed. Well, at least I am now going the right direction, right? because I am definitely eating less than I was before. I'll adjust the workout and see what it gives me for calories.

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1/14/07 10:55 A

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Give it time!!

Sometimes it just takes time to work out what combinations of food will keep you full and within your calories. Sometimes old food we thought were ok, are actually higher in somethings than we thought (some vegetarian options like fake meat are higher in carbs than the real thing because they're made with soy, for example.)


Plus, be really honest about your activity level. You might WANT to work out 4x week, but if you're really only doing 1-2/week, set your plan at 1-2/x week - it'll adjust your calories a bit (although, I guess maybe they'd go down in your case so that wouldn't help much) but still....


Keep lots of fruits and veggies on hand and ready to eat and keep up on your water. I find that when I drink caffiene, it makes me hungrier.


Seriously though, give it more time! You just need to make some adjustments.

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1/14/07 8:04 A

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If I were you I'd snack on low calorie foods that are high in fiber. Raw carrots or celery, for instance. It's virtually impossible to eat a significant amount of calories in celery, and it keeps the stomach occupied for a while.

Apart from that I have no advice. I stay under every day easily, but then screw it up by drinking 300 calories worth of wine. Now THAT's embarassing...

"Option paralysis: The tendency, when given unlimited choices, to make none." (Douglas Coupland, Generation X)
ARABELLITA Posts: 29
1/14/07 3:23 A

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Ok so day 1 (Friday) went ok, but by 9 pm I was *starving* so I had a small small handful of walnuts. because they have omega 3s and they're good for you and all that. Well they also have 200 calories - putting me over for the day. Today I tried so freaking hard, but again, hungry too early, small snack of chik'n nuggets - again over.

I am drinking a lot of water! I am eating a lot of fiber! (I'm tracking it, and I'm above the RDA both days) I feel like I'll have to go seriously hungry to make this diet work. help!

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