Who wants to share their open food diary?

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I am not sure if there is a thread of just MFP members who's diaries are open.
I am 5'9 196 I have been following MFP since April and I have logged faithfully I have lost some. But before that I was working out and kept really good track of my food intake with paper and pen.

I am not extremely happy with my loss. I feel I have tried so hard and only have dropped 12 pounds. And this is since January. I am getting discouraged. I have to be 100% honest I never really had to try so hard to lose weight. I used to work full time a very strenuous physical job and kept in shape and didn't need to work out I was literally getting paid to stay in shape while I did my job. It was factory work not a gym or anything like that but it worked for me.

Now I am A SAHM and things are different. I find my self not as active. I let my eating habits slip to what I could afford. What was easy and cheap to make. It all added up to an extra 25 pounds. It makes me so frustrated.

I also know a lot of people having the gastric sleeve and or the by pass surgery. Some of who I was always much smaller than. Just turns out they all have dropped a lot of weigh and are weighing in less than I am. I am struggling to lose and I feel so lousy about it. I am very happy for them but since they are now thinner and feeling good I feel they are judging me. Like hey know you know how we felt kind of thing.

I took a few days off from logging just to maintain and am ready to move forward with my head held high and drop these 25 pounds. I need some ideas fresh ideas for eating. I was adding a lot of cottage cheese, lentils chicken, salmon patties, tuna fish PBJ, toward the end I started to eat crappier. Honestly I was getting burned out.

I was putting a lot of effort in and not seeing results so I got sloppy. :( I was adding in walking and work outs and my scales wouldn't move or would go up. It has been about 5 days I think that I have maintained so, I am hoping for the best if you have a open diary please post here and let me know.

I would love to see how I can change my eating habits to start losing. I was walking 2 miles in the morning and was planning to up it to 4. My work outs were 5 days a week and I mixed them up I found a nice variety and some ranged from 28-50 minutes.

Thanks for taking the time to read this! I appreciate you time and everything this community has to offer!
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  • Caletara
    Caletara Posts: 27 Member
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    My diary is open. Feel free to look! I have an Up24, so I put myself as sedentary and let the Up calculate my calories burned. I tend to treat myself on the weekends-- I go to the mall and walk around for about 5 miles and then eat some sushi. It's expensive but low calorie and high protein. And it feels like cheating even though it's not! I found that totally helps me.

    Have you double checked there is nothing medical holding you back? I struggled to lose weight until I realized (stupidly) that my gluten intolerance was preventing me from losing weight and even helped trigger my Hashimoto's. (maybe i should stop eating it huh?) I also found taking some fish oil or krill oil helped cool the inflammation in my body and helped lose the weight easier.

    I'm not low carb but I do find that keeping my carbs under 150 helps me lose weight and the way I feel. You're bound to slip up. We all do. We're human. Just keep getting back on that horse and don't be too hard on yourself.

    I hope this helped!
  • blue_eyes1978
    blue_eyes1978 Posts: 127 Member
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    Caletara wrote: »
    My diary is open. Feel free to look! I have an Up24, so I put myself as sedentary and let the Up calculate my calories burned. I tend to treat myself on the weekends-- I go to the mall and walk around for about 5 miles and then eat some sushi. It's expensive but low calorie and high protein. And it feels like cheating even though it's not! I found that totally helps me.

    Have you double checked there is nothing medical holding you back? I struggled to lose weight until I realized (stupidly) that my gluten intolerance was preventing me from losing weight and even helped trigger my Hashimoto's. (maybe i should stop eating it huh?) I also found taking some fish oil or krill oil helped cool the inflammation in my body and helped lose the weight easier.

    I'm not low carb but I do find that keeping my carbs under 150 helps me lose weight and the way I feel. You're bound to slip up. We all do. We're human. Just keep getting back on that horse and don't be too hard on yourself.

    I hope this helped!

    Thank you!!

  • stephierue
    stephierue Posts: 110 Member
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    Feel free to look at mine. I find it helpful to look at others & get ideas.
  • Caletara
    Caletara Posts: 27 Member
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    In case it's easier here's the link to my diary. :)myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/Caletara
  • terbusha
    terbusha Posts: 1,483 Member
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    Hi! My diary is open as well. Feel free to check it out :smile:

    I'll just say that you are on the right track. You've dropped 12 lbs. You should be proud of that accomplishment. Are you where you want to be, no. Are you moving in the right direction, yes! It's a journey. Focus on developing healthy behaviors and over time, you'll get to where you want to be. I always think of where I want to be in 10 years from now. Will taking a few more months to get there matter in the long run, not really, but I certainly understand your frustration. That's why I always try to keep the long term perspective. It's taken me 2.5 years to get to where I am now, and I'm ok with that. I think you'll do great. I can tell that you're determined. You've got this! You may just need to optimize your methods.

    I'm happy to help out in any way you need. Just let me know if you need some help :smile:
  • blue_eyes1978
    blue_eyes1978 Posts: 127 Member
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    Caletara wrote: »
    In case it's easier here's the link to my diary. :)myfitnesspal.com/food/diary/Caletara

    Thanks!! The link was a great I appreciate you sharing :)

  • princessbride42
    princessbride42 Posts: 67 Member
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    You're welcome to check out my diary. It's open I think. I am currently at maintenance so someone I go over my goals a little.
  • BWBTrish
    BWBTrish Posts: 2,817 Member
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    But yours is closed to friends...why?
  • Lounmoun
    Lounmoun Posts: 8,423 Member
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    My diary is open and I log every day. I don't have a special diet or medical conditions.
  • mcsyp88
    mcsyp88 Posts: 1 Member
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    My diary should be open... I'll have to check and change it if it isn't.
    With the exception of April and May, I've lost 40 lbs since January. And over 4lbs in the past two days (I got back on track this week).
    I don't feel as if I am starving myself, because if I am hungry I will eat. But I have completely changed my eating habits and what I eat as well.
    I also work out 6 days a week with cardio and core training.
    Drink plenty of water! I cannot stress that enough. I drink a gallon a day of just water.
  • blue_eyes1978
    blue_eyes1978 Posts: 127 Member
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    But yours is closed to friends...why?


    I will figure out and open it :)
  • blue_eyes1978
    blue_eyes1978 Posts: 127 Member
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    It should be open.. now :) I haven't logged in a few days... Any pointers if you view mine I am open minded and would love to have feedback if you see something I should change I am ready to do this! :)
  • sarahlifts
    sarahlifts Posts: 610 Member
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    Mine is open.
  • raelynnsmama52512
    raelynnsmama52512 Posts: 1,184 Member
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    Mine is open again. I haven't been consistent with logging lately, and I'm trying to get back on the right track (for the 50th effing time it seems :unamused: ) but you are more than welcome to add me and take a peek!
  • girlviernes
    girlviernes Posts: 2,402 Member
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    My diary is open. In general, I am very consistent with logging. I had a couple of off weeks in the past month though. However, there are months of good logging. I've also been eating a lot more convenience foods lately so sodium is through the roof, but hitting my macro goals. Generally I'm aiming for 120g of protein a day, no specific fat or carb goal, but I try to keep sugary/starchy carb to 30g or less per meal (this is due to a medical condition, insulin resistance), and fiber above 25g. Macros are about 35% carb, 40% fat, 25% protein.
  • Emilia777
    Emilia777 Posts: 978 Member
    edited June 2015
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    It should be open.. now :) I haven't logged in a few days... Any pointers if you view mine I am open minded and would love to have feedback if you see something I should change I am ready to do this! :)

    Now that you asked, I hope you don’t mind if I share a few thoughts :smile:
    - I would re-assess whether you really need to be at 1200 calories a day: if you could be losing 1lb/week at more than that, that’s what I’d do. There’s no sense in pushing too hard if you don’t have to.
    - Log everything, every day.
    - Use a food scale: 1/2 cup of watermelon? No one knows what that really looks like. Weigh everything you eat, especially fruit, because those calories add up
    - Keep doing the above for as long as it takes to reach your goals

    I know how easy it is to get discouraged, but if you set a higher calorie goal you won’t feel as deprived, it’ll be easier to keep it up for a long time, and you will still see results! Also, keep in mind you will see a lot of weight fluctuations because of water retention/TOM, especially if you’re exercising, and that weight loss is not linear: some weeks you’ll loose consistently, other weeks nothing will happen. This is normal. Don’t let the scale psych you out. It’s all a head game and you have to be strong and confident that you’re doing all the right things and stuff is happening to your body even if you don’t see it. To this end, I’d start taking measurements too and tracking those as well.

    Edited to add: I’d also try to eat a bit more protein than 60g/day (one guideline is 0.8g/lb), because that helps hold on to your lean body mass: you want to lose fat, not muscle :smile: . Resistance training is also great for this: any kind of weight lifting would only do you good in the weight loss process. In terms of exercise, I would also eat back only about half my exercise calories, because those burns tend to be overestimated.
  • IAmAPearl
    IAmAPearl Posts: 35 Member
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    Mine's also open to everyone.
    I log mostly every weekday, and am trying to get used to logging on the weekends too. :/
    I'm a SAHM with 3 kids, and they all eat what I eat and make.
  • blue_eyes1978
    blue_eyes1978 Posts: 127 Member
    edited June 2015
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    Emilia777 wrote: »
    It should be open.. now :) I haven't logged in a few days... Any pointers if you view mine I am open minded and would love to have feedback if you see something I should change I am ready to do this! :)

    Now that you asked, I hope you don’t mind if I share a few thoughts :smile:
    - I would re-assess whether you really need to be at 1200 calories a day: if you could be losing 1lb/week at more than that, that’s what I’d do. There’s no sense in pushing too hard if you don’t have to.
    - Log everything, every day.
    - Use a food scale: 1/2 cup of watermelon? No one knows what that really looks like. Weigh everything you eat, especially fruit, because those calories add up
    - Keep doing the above for as long as it takes to reach your goals

    I know how easy it is to get discouraged, but if you set a higher calorie goal you won’t feel as deprived, it’ll be easier to keep it up for a long time, and you will still see results! Also, keep in mind you will see a lot of weight fluctuations because of water retention/TOM, especially if you’re exercising, and that weight loss is not linear: some weeks you’ll loose consistently, other weeks nothing will happen. This is normal. Don’t let the scale psych you out. It’s all a head game and you have to be strong and confident that you’re doing all the right things and stuff is happening to your body even if you don’t see it. To this end, I’d start taking measurements too and tracking those as well.

    Edited to add: I’d also try to eat a bit more protein than 60g/day (one guideline is 0.8g/lb), because that helps hold on to your lean body mass: you want to lose fat, not muscle :smile: . Resistance training is also great for this: any kind of weight lifting would only do you good in the weight loss process. In terms of exercise, I would also eat back only about half my exercise calories, because those burns tend to be overestimated.


    Thanks so much I will start using the scale now more often. :) I have wondered if my not weighing migh have ben hindering my weigh loss. I will have to change my settings I was at 2070 and recently changed my settings to sedentary is when the 1200 calories started, I log my exercises and my see where I can eat more. So I might change to lose less per week and see where it puts my calorie in take. I will add more protein also. I love salmon patties so I will look forward to those changes. I really appreciate everything. :)
  • Emilia777
    Emilia777 Posts: 978 Member
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    Sounds like you’re right on track :smile: . Speaking from experience, I started with 1200 calories, hated my life, increased that to 1400 and felt a lot better. Still lost plenty of weight! There is a middle ground. Salmon patties sound yummy! Best of luck, I have the utmost confidence that you will succeed :smile:
  • blue_eyes1978
    blue_eyes1978 Posts: 127 Member
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    Thanks so much just hearing some one tell me that makes me feel good!!
    I honestly haven't told anyone really close to me how hard I am trying, because I don't want them to make me feel worse than I make myself feel when I don't succeed. Not sure they would but they would try and make me feel ok with the skin I'm in and I have been trying to be ok with it for too long. The time is now to make it change. :) So thank you again. I look forward to this long journey and I feel very confident right now :)