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  • misstt3misstt3 Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
    Hello new on this site, just wondering does everyone here just have the original MFP? And is it effective on its own? Or did everyone upgrade to the new and improved
    MFP the site keeps advertising for a monthly free?
  • manderson27manderson27 Posts: 3,410Member Member Posts: 3,410Member Member
    misstt3 wrote: »
    Hello new on this site, just wondering does everyone here just have the original MFP? And is it effective on its own? Or did everyone upgrade to the new and improved
    MFP the site keeps advertising for a monthly free?

    Personally I have never seen a need to have any more than the free site. It gives me all the tools I need to lose weight. But some people prefer a more in depth look at their nutrition and the prime membership gives you that I believe.

    My advice start with the free membership and review your needs after you have been using it for a while.
  • manderson27manderson27 Posts: 3,410Member Member Posts: 3,410Member Member
    Sk7847 wrote: »
    Hey guys! I’m new and can use friends and motivation..dont even know where to start 😔😖🤯

    Start by reading the stickies at the top of the forums.

    Enter your stats, set a reasonable weight loss 1-2lbs per week depending on how much weight you have to lose. Weigh everything you eat on a food scale, log everything as accurately as possible, hit your daily calorie limit, eat back some or all of your excercise calories, once you get into that habit you can then tweak your way of eating as needed to make sure you are getting decent nutrition and that the food you eat is enjoyable and sustainable for you.

    Most importantly take your time, be patient, weight loss is a marathon not a sprint and you will get more sustainable results if you don't try to lose too fast.

    The forums are full of really good information, tips, recipes and advice that will help you on your way.
  • lillyy23lillyy23 Posts: 109Member Member Posts: 109Member Member
    I tried starting Monday and then by the end of the night ruined everything I had toast with butter and chocolate milk I totally craved after eating good and I totally forget why I’m doing this . I need help :(
  • HTX_37HTX_37 Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member
    lillyy23 wrote: »
    I tried starting Monday and then by the end of the night ruined everything I had toast with butter and chocolate milk I totally craved after eating good and I totally forget why I’m doing this . I need help :(

    This is relatable...don't give up though!
  • mumlauramumlaura Posts: 1Member, Premium Member Posts: 1Member, Premium Member
    Hello everyone! 👋

    I'm only day 4 into the app, and still getting my head round it!
    After losing nearly 30lb of weight a while back following sw, I've put nearly half back on 🤦🏼‍♀️
    So now I'm looking at getting healthier, happier and stronger, rather than just dieting! 😊
  • RiderOfWesternRiderOfWestern Posts: 8,194Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium MFP Moderator Posts: 8,194Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium MFP Moderator
    lillyy23 wrote: »
    I tried starting Monday and then by the end of the night ruined everything I had toast with butter and chocolate milk I totally craved after eating good and I totally forget why I’m doing this . I need help :(

    I have been at this for a long time and even though I am in maintenance (I'm maintaining the weight I want), I still do this!
    It isn't about not enjoying the foods you crave so much as it is about learning how to moderate how much you eat.
    That is a slow process and it won't come in a day. Give yourself time.
    Use the tools to track what you eat currently and then work on moderation.
  • RiderOfWesternRiderOfWestern Posts: 8,194Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium MFP Moderator Posts: 8,194Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium MFP Moderator
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    Hope this also helps those coming into the forums for the first time.
  • Kristie_Mac_66Kristie_Mac_66 Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
    Heya this is my day 2 and i am trying to understand about the exercise and adding calories. Can someone explain this to me? I did slimming world and lost 5stone but i am unable to do it now so hoping calorie counting is gonna be better.
  • dwaters1962dwaters1962 Posts: 4Member Member Posts: 4Member Member
    HI
    Been using the app for a little while now but new to forum community. I'm looking for friends here so I don't feel so alone on this journey. I recently had open heart surgery, Sept, 4 2019, and needed a way to track so I can knock some lbs back off. Was overweight before surgery [180ish], came out of the hospital at around 162 and now am back up to 180. I've been roller coasting for several weeks now [lose 2-3 then gain it back] and ready to head down vs back-n-forth. Any advice/help would be appreciated. I know that it is ultimately up to me to do the right thing, eat right, exercise etc... but it would be nice to have some folks to motivate me along cause the fam sure ain't helpin'.

    Thanks,
    David
    edited January 11
  • dwaters1962dwaters1962 Posts: 4Member Member Posts: 4Member Member
    :)
    edited January 11
  • melissabaloughmelissabalough Posts: 1Member, Premium Member Posts: 1Member, Premium Member
    Happy Saturday! I'm on day 5 and doing well - just need to up my movement. I was a long time WW user, and tracking dipped me into some disordered eating patterns and thoughts. So I am nervous to get back into it. I've been using another program to diet deprogram, but I've gained 40 pounds and my back is killing me. I need to lose some fat off my frame. I am trying to up my water intake, vegetable intake, and daily movement to start. And eventually to balance my meals so that they are satisfying and I'm not starving for the next one - which is when I break down and make choices that aren't aligned with my fat loss goals. Any advice or thoughts from longer-term users would be greatly appreciated.
  • Bg52deBg52de Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
    Hello - Day one and I've gone over by 19 calories but all things considered I think that's pretty good :smile:
    hi whats your daily intake of calories my first day i went over to im not stressing im taking it in as a learning curve ive always just ate what i want to good luck :)
  • taniwha836taniwha836 Posts: 3Member, Premium Member Posts: 3Member, Premium Member
    Hi hi... newbie here or noon as you call it... looking for inspiration and motivation from the vets on here... am in Edinburgh Scotland... ps HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Posts: 4,431Member Member Posts: 4,431Member Member
    Heya this is my day 2 and i am trying to understand about the exercise and adding calories. Can someone explain this to me? I did slimming world and lost 5stone but i am unable to do it now so hoping calorie counting is gonna be better.

    Your calorie goal assumes you will not exercise (even if you told MFP you plan to), so when you exercise you log it and eat the calories back. Depending on the exercise it can overestimate cals, so many recommend eating back only 50-75% at first (you can modify the calories from the exercise when you log it) and then assessing results after a few weeks.
    edited January 12
  • RCPVRCPV Posts: 360Member Member Posts: 360Member Member
    lemurcat2 wrote: »
    Heya this is my day 2 and i am trying to understand about the exercise and adding calories. Can someone explain this to me? I did slimming world and lost 5stone but i am unable to do it now so hoping calorie counting is gonna be better.

    Your calorie goal assumes you will not exercise (even if you told MFP you plan to), so when you exercise you log it and eat the calories back. Depending on the exercise it can overestimate cals, so many recommend eating back only 50-75% at first (you can modify the calories from the exercise when you log it) and then assessing results after a few weeks.

    Thank you. I've wondered about this too and you've explained it very clearly. :)
  • aliceire01aliceire01 Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member
    Day 1... feeling motivated already 💃
  • myplace2roammyplace2roam Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
    Hi, Everyone

    I am new here-day one. I have about 100 lbs to lose, several roadblocks to weight loss, and no idea why I'm gaining the weight. I could really use some support. It's very frustrating to be gaining weight monthly when you eat as little as I do.

    I have psoriatic arthritis that went misdiagnosed for a decade, so movement is difficult for me (I realize that contributes to the weight gain), even sometimes near impossible. I have physical therapy exercises I'm supposed to do every day, and I do when I'm able. Otherwise, it is difficult for me to even walk without a cane.

    About a year and a half ago, I had a serious medical emergency that put me in the hospital for 3 days and revealed some health issues I was unaware of. I now take numerous medications for High blood pressure, depression, psoriatic arthritis, and a couple more. Any or all of these could be partly responsible for the weight gain.

    I have done food diaries several times (both before and after finding out about the health issues), and am starting a new one here now, and it always shows I'm eating less than 1500 calories a day without trying. I am using this app, and being brutally honest about every morsel and sip, to try to find out if I'm secretly getting calories without realizing it.
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