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12/2/10 1:46 P

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I enjoyed readings these ideas. I really really struggle with keeping my cals under 1500. I find it impossible! The one thing that worked for me a while back was planning my daily meals, so I could work in my peanut butter and dark chocolate. I'm not a planner though, so it's difficult.

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8/6/10 11:54 P

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Thanks for the welcome!

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Here's what really seems to work best for me:

My calorie goal range is 1600-1800. I eat 6 times a day. Breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and evening snack. Snacks I keep in the 100 - 150 range - an apple, a cup of yogurt, a fiber granola bar, or cottage cheese, a handful of almonds or walnuts.

Meals are a low fat protein - fish, chicken, turkey or tofu and a BIG helping of veggies - salads or steamed veggies. I greatly limit white carbs like breads, pasta, or rice. I eat sweet potatoes not only because they are mega yummy, but they are nutrient rich and reasonable on the calories. A small bit of Smart Balance margarine and a big shake or two of cinnamon - and YUM YUM.

Basically I make sure when I eat it's got to have either protein or fiber in it. Both of these items help you to feel full. And by eating 6 times a day - not only do you keep hunger pangs away - you keep your metabolism burning too.

What ever you do - don't give up trying to find what works for you - there is some trial and error -- but you'll find your way. Through out this process I would try something for 2 weeks to see how it works - and then tweak things. By documenting your journey - you can see what works, and what doesn't.

I hope that helps. Remember .. never, ever, ever, ever give up!

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8/5/10 9:57 A

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As in all things, practice makes perfect. :) But wait, we're not aiming for perfection. :)

I'm finding that for me, if I *remember* to keep the calorie-dense stuff to small helpings, I do just fine. Problem is, the calorie-dense stuff tends to have all the taste-bud stimulators, so it makes me crave more, more, more. I definitely find that if I pay attention to what I am eating, then I stay within my calorie ranges without much effort - see, I fill up on veggies and THEN eat the meats/breads, when I don't have much tummy room left, no matter what my tastebuds say. :)

It WILL get easier as it becomes a habit, never fear! Go hang out on the "2010 Win" thread on this group, you'll find lots of us debating how easy (or not) it is to stay within calorie limits. :)

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8/4/10 10:08 P

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It seems like my calories are always at the higher end (or over) my range. SparkPeople wants me to have between 1400-1700 which seems somewhat low. I'm trying to eat small portions of high-calorie things and large portions of low-cal things. Hopefully it will get easier as I go?

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6/27/10 9:39 P

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OMG eye candy! There was so much at work today, I almost got whiplash because of one!

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I didn't see a lot of eye candy until the 2nd day, MAYA.

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I'd have gone for the prime rib and wine - who needs cheesecake? (I'd have been looking for eye candy, of course, since that is not fattening. Right? RIGHT????)

Glad you had a good time at the resort!

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I just returned from 3 days away. We were at a resort and I kept the Bodybugg arm band on, to track my calories burned because I'm so used to wearing it.

I decided to not write down the food choices, but to not overdo things. I came back with a mere 0.4 lb gain, which makes me feel good. I had a good time and tried to eat sensibly. This morning, the DH remarked that he "noticed I was being careful without eating like a starving Nigerian child, finishing my cheesecake and 3 wines at one dinner while picking at the prime rib and turning down the dinner rolls".
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I'm taking it as a compliment. It's all true. I ate what I loved and saved calories where I thought I could.

There was a time when I would have eaten much more, telling myself I was on vacation and what I ate wouldn't count.

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6/27/10 1:01 P

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I'm trying not to obsess over my calorie intake while still watching. Does that sound mutually exclusive? I have a pretty good idea what will work, but I still like variety sometimes. I tried not tracking at all one weekend and felt I did OK trusting my gut. But I like the comfort of knowing I'm staying on target.

I know how I can trick myself into going after sweets.

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6/25/10 1:22 P

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My calorie range really fluctuates! Some days I am very close to the bottom and others I am at the top or over. For me, it seems to go in spurts. I will have a few days where I am at the top with maybe 1 over and then I will go 4-5 days or so in the middle or at the bottom. It seems close to what some of my spark friends have refereed to as calorie cycling, but I'm not putting that much thought into it!

They use so many number and calculations to see what they need to eat each day, and I just can't bring myself to complicate my life to that extent!

I have to remind myself, when I feel down about what I have been eating or if the scale says I have gained a pound one day, to keep it simple! I don't want to go off on some complex tangent that will get me mired up when easy things have been working for me!

If anyone wants to see what I eat every day (and there is some crap in there!) my food and exercise trackers are shared!


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6/25/10 11:38 A

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This is my hardest challenge. For now, I'm just happy to be under the high end of my range on any given day. I know I need to creep towards the low end of the range for anything to really happen, but it's just so hard.

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4/29/10 7:54 A

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Thanks, BOO! I do need to remember that I HAVE come a long way, and maintaining (or even hovering) is not such a terrible accomplishment :)

It doesn't matter how slowly you go, only that you don't stop.

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4/28/10 4:14 P

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You've been doing very well with maintenance, CHAR. And you are very close to that other goal that may or may not be the one you like best.

That gives me hope and encouragement for my own future.

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4/28/10 8:17 A

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I know that's one thing I need to work on is my carb/fat/protein ratio. I think I tend to get more (still within my range though) carbs and not enough fat. I'd like to get in more protein though too.

I think my weight loss has stilll stalled, though I haven't weighed myself in quite a while (speaking of which, I think I'll go do that after I finish this post!). But I've been hovering around the same 5 lbs. up and down for about 2 years now. I guess I could just call it maintenance, but I'm not at my goal weight.

I've sort of made my peace with that - maybe I'm just meant to be 145 and not 135, and I'm okay with that, but I'm still not happy with my jiggle.

I know cutting carbs and increasing my protein, as well as stepping up my strength training, will help with that...I just need to get ON IT and DO IT. I'm still exercising nearly every day and making healthy choices 80% of the time, but obviously it's not enough anymore emoticon

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4/27/10 8:31 A

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Wow, you guys have really thought a lot about this! I know that time is coming for me... I'm taking a mental vacation this week, then I'm going to have a serious discussion with my EAT goal and see what we can agree upon.

Right now I'm losing a pound per week, and that's fine, but I'd like to see two per week. I'm still a big girl, and I have plenty of room to make some downward adjustments. When I get smaller and my BMR is lower, I know that I will have to be content with slower losses. I know that I can do this without feeling like I'm starving all of the time.

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4/17/10 12:44 A

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The way you look at food now may be your "new" normal, WILDFLOWER. Sounds pretty tasty to me. I am loving all that can be done with ground turkey, too. I also like tofu in recipes. I had never used either before.

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4/16/10 10:31 P

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Yeah - you could call it hobbit food. :) I'm getting close to my goal & I'm trying to imagine what it's like to eat a "normal" amount of food. I've been eating like this & losing weight for the past 16 months. It's turned into something of a crack like habit.I wonder if I'll ever look at food the same way again ...

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4/16/10 9:19 P

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Way to eat like a hobbit, wildflower!

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4/16/10 7:58 P

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Over the past couple months I average 49% carbs, 26% fat & 25% protein. Included in that is an average daily intake of 36 grams of fiber. I make sure that what ever I'm eating offers protein and/or fiber. I'm really rarely hungry. I eat 3 meals & 3 snacks a day. And I average around 1500 calories a day. Every 10 days or so I bump up the calories to around 2100 for the day. I find this occasional spike of calories jump starts my metabolism when it seems to be slowing down.

My carbs are primarily vegetables, fruit, whole grain crackers & bread. My proteins are tofu, chicken breast, tuna, and a lot of ground turkey. I've been really enjoying different spices on a turkey burger - YUM!

It took me a little bit to find out what worked for me. This really take a little bit of experimentation & a lot of patience - but don't give up! You'll find what works for you.



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My most satisfying food percentage breaks down into 45/35/20, carb/pro/fat. I don't know if I'm balanced, an oxidizer or the other thing you mentioned, DOC. I've discovered this by trial and error. Interesting that it's close to the 40/30/30 that you both find successful. I think SP's recommendation is 55/20/25, c/p/f. I find myself happier with more protein.

I wear the BodyBugg, another version of your GoWearFit, 4REAL. I aim for an average daily deficit of 500 or better. Nice to have the exercise calculated for me.

Here's my basic plan of what keeps me from feeling too hungry or having cravings.

Breakfasts--cereals, fruit, milk (also like toast with melted cheese and a piece of fruit), clif bars, coffee--300 to 350

Lunches--Two favorites: PBJ's on whole wheat, sometimes with banana slices. Carrots to crunch on. Tuna, tomato and Hidden Valley Light.--300 to 350.

Dinners--tossed salads, lo-cal dressings, steamed
veggies, broiled meat, poultry or fish (love my George Foreman grill). I use a lot of ground turkey and rotisserie chicken, too.---450 to 500

2 snacks (one in afternoon, another in evening)--clif bars, fruits, milkshakes (with skim milk) or tortillas with salsa--I try to keep each snack between 100 and 200 (or close to it).

Total: usually between 1500 and 1600.

On days when I indulge in gooey stuff or booze (2 or 3 wines or a big margarita), I have smaller amounts of the basics, and I actually feel more hungry on those days, probably because I don't have an many veggies. I like the feeling of "volume" that veggies give me--like I've eaten lots.

If the numbers get above my range these days (when I'm on a roll and protective of my average daily deficit), I add more exercise. If I have an occasional 200-cal deficit day, I will do a few days of enough exercise to have 1,000-cal deficit days, so that my average doesn't suffer. Today, my average deficit for 49 days is 791 (enough for 1.5 lbs of loss per week).


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I also try to eat 40/30/30 every time I eat (which is the basis of the Zone diet) and eat 6 times a day. When I do that, I'm much less likely to go over my range. I wear a GoWear Fit that tells me how many calories I'm burning on a given day. If I'm burning a lot, I'll add more food to adjust. My goal it to keep the calorie deficit to about 500 calories a day.

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On the 2010 board, we have been sharing some ideas on what helps us keep within our recommended calorie range.

I never before was able to eat under 1800 calories without feeling like I was starving, and often 1800 was a stretch. I really thought that going under 1600 couldn't be done safely without feeling STARVING.

I have only this calendar year been able to feel good on fewer calories, even under 1500. I decided before my surgery to use the Jillian Michaels "Making the Cut" plan. She includes a quiz to determine your so-called metabolic type, fast or balanced or slow oxidizer. I was balanced. She recommended nutrient balance of 40% carb/30% protein/30% fat for this type. I used her meal plans and recipes for a few weeks until I figured out what worked about it for me. The key for me is to make sure there is a lean protein with every meal, choose lower carb options when possible, and don't worry TOO much about fat.

For breakfast I have Kashi Go-Lean, or a smoothie with protein powder, or a hardboiled egg and reduced fat cheese on a multi-grain english muffin.
Lunch is usually a sandwich on a Tortilla Factory wrap or a salad with fish or chicken.
Snack is Wasa crackers with Laughing Cow, or 1/4 cup nuts, plus a fruit.
Dinner I make for the family, and I take a small bit of carb, and load up on veggies.

I stopped tracking when I got the hang of it and I am working hard on recognizing hunger signals.

What works for you?

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