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  • whatsizbucketwhatsizbucket Member Posts: 31 Member Member Posts: 31 Member
    @dustyspal I will keep on working at it. I just have a hard time, I either go over my calories, or it's not enough calories. I enter in my dinner later, because I never know which of my parents are cooking. Then I fill it in when getting ready for dinner. That is the largest hitter on my blood sugar because it seems like I am starving myself waiting for dinner.
  • lpomeroylawlpomeroylaw Member Posts: 5 Member Member Posts: 5 Member
    Thank you allot the support! We can do this, right everyone? I’ll report back. I’m only on day 4. One day at Time!
  • skinnyjeanzboundskinnyjeanzbound Member Posts: 3,933 Member Member Posts: 3,933 Member
    @whatsizbucket -- Welcome!! What is your current plan? Are you shooting for a daily calorie deficit? Trying to meet certain macro levels? Avoiding specific food types? If you share that info, I'm sure there are people in this group who can offer more specific advice. :) In general, I would say try to get enough water and keep within a certain calorie allowance.

    @ipomeroylaw-- Welcome, Lisa! It sounds like you have a really specific plan in the works which is great! I too, struggle with too many carbs/sugars, and I find that trying to limit those types of foods early in the day helps me avoid the cravings. I've also suffered from some injuries that threw me off of my previous exercise regimens. For me, it was shoulder injuries that forced to completely stop lifting weights and for awhile even cardio was difficult because the jarring was too much for my torn labrium. I'm finally healed and back to almost 100% mobility in both shoulders, but they are still pretty weak and my physical therapist says I will always be prone to injury, so I have to take it very slow if I want to get back into lifting. Keep coming back to read posts and I guarantee this community will help you through the tough times.

    @holly-- yes, the the wristbands inspired me to my 2nd gym visit this week yesterday! I'm super excited for this trip and concert!! I love your plan to take your dad on vacation. I'm fortunate that my parents are still healthy, but both are in their late 70s, and my sisters and I have tried to do more quality activities with them--especially with my mom. She loves musicals and the theater, so we've been taking her to shows since it's not really something my dad enjoys. I've been to 3 musicals with her in the past year and a half. :)

    @HazelMayes --nuts are a great suggestion for protein!! I completely forgot about those!

    @happygirlxxx -- Love the broth idea!! I sometimes get cravings for those instant ramen cups, but they are about 200 calories, so I have to plan for them. I may try the bouillon the next time I want ramen soup and see if that does the trick. Glad you have some job prospects--keep us posted!

    @cyndy-- I'm glad you are winning the battle with evening snacking. I'm a night owl and tend to get snackier at night as well. After years of trying to avoid it, I gave up and just save a good chunk of calories for the evening. One trick I use to help tame potential binges is to look at my macros and eat whatever is low. So if I'm low on protein, I eat something like cottage cheese or if I haven't had enough fat, I eat some peanut butter, etc. That seems to help--though admittedly, not always--like when my frenemies Ben and Jerry visit. LOL!

    AFM-- The Margaret Atwood event on Tuesday night was amazing. She's so brilliant and smart and funny! And her new book sounds incredible--I already got my boss to order me a copy for my classroom library, so I can read it first, of course. :wink: Dinner beforehand was also very good. They didn't have the strawberry basil martini on the drink menu, so I tried a passionfruit one instead. It was yummy, but a bit too sweet for my taste. I did my best to log my food, and came out only slightly over my allowance. Of course, it's possible I am off on my estimates, but there's no way for me to be certain, so I'm going to move on.

    Yesterday, I had a really good gym visit. I ran on the treadmill for longer than I have in quite some time. My legs are a bit sore today, but in a good way. I used to run quite regularly and loved it, but I've struggled to get back into it. I'm hoping yesterday was a sign that I'm finally ready to fully commit to training for 5ks again.

    The only real negative healthwise this week, is that I'm seriously lacking sleep. My dog is terrified of storms, and we've had quite a few this week--even a tornado warning yesterday. Anyways, Gunner has woken me up a couple of nights this week, and it's left me physically spent. I'm really looking forward to catching up on some much needed Zzzz's this weekend.

    Name: Karen
    Age: 49
    Height: 5’7"
    Highest Weight: 247
    Current Weight: 196 (7/6/19)

    7/6/19 = 196
    7/13/19 =196
    7/20/19 = 194
    7/27/19 = 194
    8/3/19 = 195
    8/10/19 = 195
    8/17/19 = 195
    8/24/19 = 195
    8/31/19 = 194
    9/7/19 = 196

    Exercise Challenge Goal:
    Gym visit or run outside 3 times/week
    9/1-9/7 = 2/3
    9/8-9/14 = 2/3
    9/15=9/21 = x/3
    9/22-9/28 = x/3


  • sweeetypie1sweeetypie1 Member Posts: 107 Member Member Posts: 107 Member
    raindogmaa wrote: »
    Thank you @mnwalkingqueen and @happygirlxxx for the great suggestions. I wrote a post yesterday but I may not have pushed POST REPLY. Anyway... wanted to report in that the first night of the "Battle of the Snack Attack" was not an easy battle... but I won. Whew! I got the munchies seriously... after I had dozed asleep watching TV but did not succumb. Since my stomach was used to all that volume of food at night... she was not happy and I had a terrible night sleep. Last night still had a little trouble sleeping but a successful win in the "Battle of the Snack Attack". That is my current baby step to conquer.... what's your current challenge on this journey of our?

    @raindogmaa I am not a night time snacker but there are occassions when I get hungry just before bed because it's been several hours since dinner. If I must snack, what satisfies me is 1 piece of toast with peanut butter.

    My current challenge is exercise - I hate it and I live with exercise a-holics. It's just never been my thing. I do go for walks but not every day. I know - little steps at at time - but that is my challenge. At least this week I have been getting in some walks since my daughter stated up college (she has cerebral palsy and gets around with a scooter, so I am her ride to and from college). I work from home, so I take my computer and work in the college library while she is in classes. The walk to the library is the only exercise I get - but it's about a 10 minute fast walk each way - but still not enough exercise for the day.

    @whatsizbucket - it's not easy. Ideas - more water, nuts to snack on (if allowed), this time of year here (ohio) we have lots of fresh veggies - lots of farmers markets - try something new, like a zucchini stir fry. I wish you well.

    @lpomeroylaw - Lisa- welcome. I like a smoothie made with 1/2 banana, 4-5 strawberries, light & fit strawberry flavored yogurt (6oz) ice cubes and water. You can add nuts if you want more protein (I use a nutribullet, so the nuts chop up pretty good)

    @happygirlxxx - I used to do the chicken broth also - I forgot about that. When I was much younger and smaller - the company I work for had free cup-of-soup packets (remember those?) and I would make that whenever I was hungry during the work day - kept my weight down. Not a bad idea - watch the sodium though.

    @mnwalkingqueen - so sorry to hear about your dad - praying you make it to the mountains!

    edited September 2019
  • raindogmaaraindogmaa Member Posts: 201 Member Member Posts: 201 Member
    QUOTE FROM @sweeetypie1 "@raindogmaa I am not a night time snacker but there are occassions when I get hungry just before bed because it's been several hours since dinner. If I must snack, what satisfies me is 1 piece of toast with peanut butter." YUMMY! I love that too much. I would not be able to stop at one. But I do LOVE it.
  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Member Posts: 240 Member Member Posts: 240 Member
    Well, here I am still after more than a week. Those who mentioned slow and one thing at a time were right on -- that's the approach I'm taking this time, as any day (and hour/minute) can be a complete and total struggle.

    My current commitments (and successes over the last week):

    - Logged everything that I had for intake (other than prescription meds).
    - Pre-planned the upcoming week by early logging.
    - Have at least 60 oz. water per day.

    Something I am trying to view as a success (logically, I know it is one, but the feels aren't there):

    On Wednesday I went craving crazy. I believe it was hormonally triggered this time (with a side dose of extra-poor sleep due to terrible storms the night before). Went off the rails and got fast food for breakfast (drive thru and brought home), then that didn't even make a dent in the appetite, so started in on chips and dip. That was about to lead to ALL THE THINGS, and honestly might have if my husband wasn't home sick. I could tell he noticed I'd fallen off for the day, but was trying not to say anything about it. It was so incredibly hard to stop, but I did. I needed a small meal in order to take meds in the evening and had a little of the next day's lunch with a few crackers. Just enough to take the meds. Ended at barely over maintenance.

    Thursday I felt like Wednesday morning again, but managed to keep it in check this time by leaving my purchasing methods at home when I took the kiddo to school. It was hard to stick to the plan, but since things were pre-programmed, I stuck with it. Still struggling against wave after wave of craving, but so far holding out. It's exhausting.

    My goals for the upcoming week are:
    1) Have at least 74 grams of protein each day.
    2) Take the dogs for a walk at least 2 days, 20 minutes minimum each time.

    ETA weight stats:
    Restarting weight: 252
    MFP restart weight: 242
    Goal weight: 140

    9/14/19: 240.7
    edited September 2019
  • skinnyjeanzboundskinnyjeanzbound Member Posts: 3,933 Member Member Posts: 3,933 Member
    @MelodiousMermaid -- Those are all great successes! Congrats on sticking with it and coming back here to be accountable to the group.

    Saturday Success:
    I managed to get in my 3 workouts despite having quite a bit of grading this week. I also caught up on some sleep by napping after school Friday and sleeping for over 9 hours last night. I have terrible insomnia, so sleeping for more than 5 or 6 hours at a time is rare for me. I feel a lot better today after the extra Zzzzs. :smile:

    Since so many people are discussing how they manage snack attacks and keeping to calorie goals, I started thinking about my favorite snacks when I'm low on calories. Watermelon is one of my favorites, but any kind of fruit comes in handy when I want something sweet. I also recently rediscovered fudgsicles--did you know they are only 40 calories each? They are useful if I want chocolate, but don't have enough calories for Halo Top. I also really like microwave popcorn--I keep the 100 calorie smartpop kettle corn on hand to satisfy salty and sweet cravings all at once.

    Name: Karen
    Age: 49
    Height: 5’7"
    Highest Weight: 247
    Current Weight: 196 (7/6/19)

    7/6/19 = 196
    7/13/19 =196
    7/20/19 = 194
    7/27/19 = 194
    8/3/19 = 195
    8/10/19 = 195
    8/17/19 = 195
    8/24/19 = 195
    8/31/19 = 194
    9/7/19 = 196
    9/14/19 = 196

    Exercise Challenge Goal:
    Gym visit or run outside 3 times/week
    9/1-9/7 = 2/3
    9/8-9/14 = 3/3
    9/15=9/21 = x/3
    9/22-9/28 = x/3
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,186 Member Member Posts: 1,186 Member
    Happy Saturday 🙂
    I have been celebrating birthdays all weekend. I did however do sit ups daily from Sunday- Thursday last week.
    Doctor told my day we have to take our trip Thanksgiving or before so visiting him and my mom tomorrow to try an plan it.
  • cjbrummetcjbrummet Member Posts: 66 Member Member Posts: 66 Member
    Hello everyone,
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    Sorry I haven't been here much. You know how it gets when both home and work keep you busy. I have been prepping to do the 5K Heart walk, it was yesterday. I met my friends there and we had fun but I have a confession. During the walk there is a point where you make a decision to turn left to walk one mile or go straight to do the 5K. My friends and I were chatting and following the crowd when I noticed another group of people a few blocks away. We turned the wrong way. We all looked at each other and busted out laughing, because earlier I had made the joke that I wished Cheryl had brought her dog so we would only have to do the mile. They didn't want to try and get on the other course because it was already getting hot so we just did the mile. As we continue the course we get to the point where the 5K course joins back with the mile course and they have a sign that says 3 miles. We stopped and took a picture as if we did the longer course.

    I was little disappointed I didn't do it but I am not going to beat myself up over not going through. It was accidental and I had fun with my friends which is the most important thing. I think I will find a 5K to sign up for that is not going to be as crowded as this was and have it be a run not a walk. I want to be able to run it. I want to find a running group so I can have that support and obligation that I have to go to. I have often said I don't need someone to run beside me I need someone to meet with so I don't cancel and not go running.

    I went to the movies last night and saw Brittany Runs A Marathon. It was good. It touched on all the things I have felt and made me realize that everyone has issues, just mine show on the outside. I really reccommend it especially to those of us that are just starting to exercise. The character started with small goals, I am going to run one block and gradually grew from there. Running a marathon has always been on my bucket list but I have never done anything towards it. Honestly I have only run a 5K once and did a 10K Mud run twice but that was alot of walking not running. I would like to make the small goal of running a 5K. Then maybe increase my goals as I go along.
    edited September 2019
  • cjbrummetcjbrummet Member Posts: 66 Member Member Posts: 66 Member
    So here are my stats for the challenge. I have gone over on calories several times and I have eaten stuff that is not good for me so my weight this last week has been going up and down. I need to be more consistent. I can do this.

    Name: Catherine
    Age: 53
    Height: 5’3"
    Highest Weight: 264
    Starting Weight: 222.8
    Current Weight: 217.2 (9/14)

    8/26/19 - 222.8
    8/31/19 - 218.4
    9/7/19 - 216.4
    9/14/19 - 217.2

    weight loss: -5.6 lbs

    Exercise Challenge:
    9/1-9/7 = 2 of 3
    9/8-9/14 = 3 of 3
    9/15-9/21 =
    9/22-9/28
    edited September 2019
  • Seibert_ScottSeibert_Scott Member Posts: 7 Member Member Posts: 7 Member
    Help!! IDK what is going on. I've been on MFP for about 6 weeks. My calories are down 3500 each week and I've gained 2 pounds overall. I don't understand. This is insane. I've done MFP in the past and it's worked well, but IDK what has changed. This is the most frustrating point in my life. I'm the heaviest I've ever been and I hate it and myself. I'm extremely frustrated with losing weight. I should be down at least 6 pounds, but here I am with a weight gain. It makes no sense. HELP!!
    edited September 2019
  • dabbers18dabbers18 Member, Premium Posts: 23 Member Member, Premium Posts: 23 Member
    Hi I'm Fiona, 54 years young, married, grandmother to 2 beautiful boys and a gorgeous 8day girl. Need to loose a lot which is very daunting. I live in uk with hubby, my dog Barney, cats Diablo, Banshee, Bob and Doris along with my tropical fish. Yes I love animals. Xx
  • dustyspaldustyspal Member Posts: 632 Member Member Posts: 632 Member
    @Seibert_Scott I've been there. A few weeks ago, I was.seeing zero losses.and gains. But I was determined to get through it. I stayed on my plan - nothing fance, just lower calories and tracking everything. Then, whoosh, 10 pounds in one week. I don't know why it happens, but it all works out in the end. Even these last two days have been gains, .4 yesterday and .2 today, but it will drop again, I'm certain. Just don't quit.👍
  • dustyspaldustyspal Member Posts: 632 Member Member Posts: 632 Member
    dabbers18 wrote: »
    Hi I'm Fiona, 54 years young, married, grandmother to 2 beautiful boys and a gorgeous 8day girl. Need to loose a lot which is very daunting. I live in uk with hubby, my dog Barney, cats Diablo, Banshee, Bob and Doris along with my tropical fish. Yes I love animals. Xx

    Hi @dabbers18 . I, too, love my pets. Current count: 4 🐕 and 8 🐟. I also have a husband 👨.
  • skinnyjeanzboundskinnyjeanzbound Member Posts: 3,933 Member Member Posts: 3,933 Member
    @dustyspal -- Glad you didn't forget the husband! LOL

    @fiona-- welcome! Yes, it can be daunting, but every little bit toward your goal makes a difference. I try to view it in 10 lb increments--that way I feel success sooner and the goals seem more realistic. :)

    @Seibert_Scott -- Yes what dusty said! Sometimes our bodies hold onto the weight for weird reasons. If I know I'm truly meeting my calorie deficit (weighing portion, logging every bite and sip), then I just try to keep at it. Personally, I tend to gain when I don't get enough sleep or if I start a new exercise routine. It can be frustrating, but don't give up!

    @catherine-- congrats on completing your run. Even if it wasn't the full 5k, you still showed up and did more than the folks sitting home on the couch. I had a similar experience last spring. A friend and I signed up for a Shamrock 5k and the weather was terrible--cold and rainy. The course was two laps, but we were soaking wet and freezing, so we headed inside to the post-race party after just one lap. It happens, and like you said, it's more important that you went and had fun. I know there are a lot of Turkey trots in our area for Thanksgiving. Maybe you can find one of those and sign up with some friends. I do one every year--it helps me enjoy my Thanksgiving dinner guilt-free. :)

    @holly-- great job with the sit ups! I hope you and your dad are able to get your trip all planned.

    Sunday Share:
    I used to really love running--I started after joining MFP in 2011 and really enjoyed the challenge of improving my pace and endurance. Then I hurt my shoulder and couldn't really run due to the jarring. Once the shoulder improved enough to run again, I started again, but I was 10 lbs heavier, and a lot slower, Over the past 2 years I've continued to run sporadically, but I couldn't find the joy in it. I'm happy to say, over the past 2 weeks, I've really started to enjoy it again. I can't wait to get back to the gym to see if I can improve upon the previous run--it's been a very long time since I've felt this way. I'm not sure what's changed, but I'm happy with this shift in my outlook. Really looking forward to running my turkey trot this Thanksgiving. :)

    Name: Karen
    Age: 49
    Height: 5’7"
    Highest Weight: 247
    Current Weight: 196 (7/6/19)

    7/6/19 = 196
    7/13/19 =196
    7/20/19 = 194
    7/27/19 = 194
    8/3/19 = 195
    8/10/19 = 195
    8/17/19 = 195
    8/24/19 = 195
    8/31/19 = 194
    9/7/19 = 196
    9/14/19 = 196

    Exercise Challenge Goal:
    Gym visit or run outside 3 times/week
    9/1-9/7 = 2/3
    9/8-9/14 = 3/3
    9/15=9/21 = 1/3
    9/22-9/28 = x/3
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,186 Member Member Posts: 1,186 Member
    [email protected] So proud of you for not beating yourself up about the mistake. Looks like you had fun with your friends that counts also. You got the eating goal also 😉

    @Fiona- lots of pet lovers here 🙂. The amount to lose doesn’t seem to bad with small goals along the way.

    @Seibert_Scott- I usually gain cause I go over one of macros. But there are many reasons like others stated just stay with what your doing and it will even out.

    @Karen- I am glad you have found joy again for running. My dad’s not as healthy as he was a month ago he now needs home health nurse, so we may not be able to do the trip. He is gonna check with his regular doctor on Tuesday.

    Sunday Share:

    My name is Holly living in Minneapolis MN born and raised MN woman. I am on this journey for the 3rd time but never giving up. Just baby steps or somedays even a crawl 🙂. I hate the cold I am a heat person so I should move right...but my house was super cheap and it is hard to beat what I pay but maybe one day. Walking is my jam but not speed walking just leisure pace walking taking things in around me.
  • raindogmaaraindogmaa Member Posts: 201 Member Member Posts: 201 Member
    @MelodiousMermaid You are doing a great job of being mindful! That in itself is a non-scale victory. I know the battle is hard, but the rewards are great! I am sure if you keep it up, you will start to get the "feels."

    @cjbrummet I applaud you for training for the 5K Heart Walk! I'm sure the next 5k... when you do the entire 5K... will be a nice victory for you! Great photo! I really want to see Brittney Runs a Marathon -- glad you enjoyed it!

    @skinnyjeanzbound Man, I wish I loved running but I never have! I like going to the gym and doing the elliptical and I enjoy hiking when I'm in better shape. I participate in one 5K each year to help raise funds for pancreatic cancer research. It's in February... I should probably start training now! I only ran the whole thing once and that was when I weighed in the 170s... so maybeeeeeee.......

    @Seibert_Scott Hang in there, Buddy! When that happens to me, or when I am on a looooong plateau (like NOW!) I try and really focus on the non-scale victories. Like today, I'm wearing a pair of slacks that feel too loose and should probably be donated. But I really like the feeling that they feel baggy - reminds me that I've lost inches.

    @dabbers18 Welcome, Fiona! Where in the UK are you from? I have a trip planned in June to visit London and tour around Ireland with my brothers and their families. I cannot wait!

    AFM -- The evening battles with the Snack Monster are still difficult but not as difficult as the first 2 nights. The STOP DROP and ROLL visual really helped me! LOL! I did allow myself to get some chocolate bark with almonds over the weekend and kept it in the freezer for a little night time treat, as long as it didn't become a problem. When it started to be come a problem... I got rid of it. Non-Scale Victory. But the scale victory I hope to claim soon is to break this very long plateau. I am two pounds down from last week... hope it keeps up.

    Name: Cyndy
    Age: 62
    Height: 5’3"
    Highest Weight: (Oct 15, 2004) 250
    Re-Start Weight (Sept 1, 2018): 221
    Goal Weight 140

    Jun 5 184.8
    Jun 19 186.95
    Jun 29 186.36
    Jul 02 187.8
    Jul 16 188.7
    July 22 187.0
    July 23 187
    Aug 6 189 - Back from Colo celebrations
    Aug 12 - 188.8 .2 down... I'll take it.
    Aug 17 - 187.6
    Sept 3 - 190!!! Yikes
    Sept 10 - 189
    Sept 17 - 187

    Week (+/-) = -2
    Since Re-Start = 34
    Since First start = 63
  • neugebauer52neugebauer52 Member Posts: 1,115 Member Member Posts: 1,115 Member
    The community comments might be the strongest motivation for me. Realizing that I am not the only one who is sometimes struggling on the long road towards a healthier life. Realizing that in so many ways I am lucky - by now I can walk much better and longer distances, I have learned about "trigger foods", learned about nutrition, macros, a healthier lifestyle. Portion control is still not good and don't let me start with an open packet of cookies....At the moment it's ginger biscuits - as long as I don't see them, as long as they are in some cupboard, in a closed container I am fine. But if they are just sitting there, smiling at me, calling me - that's another story. After 20 cookies or so I still don't understand why I had to eat them all within minutes. Another 600 or 800 or 1000 empty calories wasted... (535 days on my journey, about 40 kg - 90 pounds down and lots more weight to lose.)
  • dustyspaldustyspal Member Posts: 632 Member Member Posts: 632 Member
    @mnwalkingqueen i've been where you are and I know what you are going through. It's hard to see loved ones suffering.
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