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  • raindogmaaraindogmaa Member Posts: 201 Member Member Posts: 201 Member
    @mnwalkingqueen What a sweet photo of you and your papa! I have been there, too... too many times. Cherish these sweet moments, they will carry you through. Much love!

    @neugebauer52 I understand the challenge you have... I have it too... and I succumbed yesterday. There was a container of Pringles left over from lunch. After having such a successful day... I literally brought them to my desk and ate what was left... about half the container. It's like I turn in to Mr. Hyde! I went home and decided not to beat myself up about it, that I could start anew immediately and that is what I am attempting to do. I had a very light supper (caprese salad), 2 dates to calm my sweet tooth and went to bed. Today is a BOT - "Back on Track" day for me. We are all in this together. You are doing great! 90 pounds! Congratulations. Keep up the good work.
  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Member Posts: 242 Member Member Posts: 242 Member
    Last week my goals were:
    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.

    Both goals were met. I had a body scan done and found out that it's likely my lean body mass (muscle in particular) is much higher than the estimation tool I used online indicated (which I consider a sort of win, that I didn't lose it as I went through the worst part of my mental illness episode and related weight gain, and thus have less fat to lose). Based on that, I am upping my protein goal for the coming week.

    The walks were a reluctant, but still earned success. I don't really enjoy walking like I used to for a few reasons, but starting last Wednesday night I sucked it up and went out, and have done so every day for three days (will be four later today). The pups weren't quite sure of what to think of it, but I think they will come to like it.

    Another success is that I decided not to take any maintenance days this week. I allow myself to do this as many days as I need to, but as the cravings hit this week, I was able to stop and make a decision based on my goals. I won't lie though -- it was very hard. There were tears. One of the days I had to just come home and curl up with my computer to read on the forums and look at my progress, and though it didn't feel like "enough" it helped me through enough passing the time.

    My goals for this week:
    1) At least 110 g protein intake each day.
    2) Complete walks at least 1 mile and a total of 20+ minutes 5 days this week.

    My Stats:
    5'1" Female
    Restarting weight: 252
    MFP restart weight: 242.7
    Goal weight: 140... Though I'm wondering if I'll go that low or not- will review body scans as I go to be sure I'm doing well on body fat % and don't go too low.

    9/14/19: 240.7
    9/21/19: 238.8
  • skinnyjeanzboundskinnyjeanzbound Member Posts: 3,933 Member Member Posts: 3,933 Member
    @holly-- love the pic of you and your dad. Even if you can't do the trip, you can spend as much quality time as possible with him. Sending hugs and strength.

    @neugebauer52 -- my trigger is sugar--especially simple sugars in processed foods, so I try to avoid those or eat them later in the day. If I start the day with simple sugars (donuts, muffins, etc.) it's really hard to resist sweets for the rest of the day. That being said, I've been known to go off the rails even if I wait until later in the day to eat sweets.

    @cyndy-- Ugh, I'm also struggling with maintaining control. We had an institute day yesterday which means we are stuck in a room all day doing professional development, and of course someone brought an assortment of cookies to snack on. Needless to say, I gave in and ate several. That wouldn't have been so bad, but I let it open to door to poor choices the rest of the day and ended up way over my calorie allowance. Today was BOT, but I'm still disappointed in myself.

    AFM-- My weight has been back up close to 200 all week and it's making me nuts. I know the number on the scale isn't what's most important, but just a few weeks ago I was so hopeful to break into the 180s. I've been exercising regularly, so I'm going to bite the bullet and go on a stricter nutrition plan when I return from California next week. I'm thinking of going with keto since I've had success with low carb in the past.

    On the plus side, I'm still enjoying running and made my exercise goal again this week.

    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 = 3/3
    9/22-9/28 = x/3
  • leahwirthleahwirth Member Posts: 1 Member Member Posts: 1 Member
    Hello all! Am new to the community portion of MFP. So wonderful to know I'm not alone in my struggle. Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.
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  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,186 Member Member Posts: 1,186 Member
    Hi everyone… I’m just gonna do a quick check in tonight it has been a really stressful week. For those who asked about the trip with my dad it will not be happening for he has less than three months to live he may not even make it a month. My family is very dysfunctional and my mom has kept our dad from us for many years as adults. It is hard to not be mean to her during this time but I can be the bigger person and bite my tongue.
    Me and my sister both let my dad know it was okay if he wanted to go for we made our memories and shared stories this week.
    He is extremely weak and cannot do anything for himself he hasn’t ate all week and drank a few slushy’s here in there. Best wishes to everybody working on goals that you made them. I will check in again later this week.
  • na44na44 Member Posts: 5 Member Member Posts: 5 Member
    @mnwalkingqueen - So sorry to hear of your struggles.

    ALL - This is my first MFP post in about...10 years. I'm finally ready to lose my 100 lbs. It just feels different this time. I am open to the idea of being involved in the community, but I can be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of people and posts. I would like my efforts to be meaningful for me and for those I am in contact with. I think I am mostly looking for a team. A small group of people who become important to each other and who can really commit to the team. I'm not even sure if this is a good place to post this request, but it seemed like the thread that might most likely fit what I was looking for. I'm not sure the best way to accomplish this or if anyone is interested. Let me know. I am even thinking perhaps we take the small group off of the MFP to texting or some other form of contact that is a little more personal.

    A few things about me -

    * 38, female, Utah
    * 5'6", 246 lbs
    * Goal is: 145 lbs-150lbs-ish
    * I work as an accountant at a University.
    * I'm going to school for my Master's at night.
    * Married, 1 teenage stepson lives with us 100% of the time.
    * 1 Golden Retriver/Irish Setter mix
    * I love food, cooking, gardening.
    * I like to spend time in the mountains.
    * I am striving to track all my meals.
    * Weights - MWF
    * Bike/Elliptical - TuTh
    * Long Walk & Yoga - SatSu
    * I can't weigh-in every week. It creates disordered eating behaviors.
    * Weigh-in every 6 weeks.
    * No firm date to finish my weight loss, but within 3 years when I am finished with my Master's seems nice.
    edited September 2019
  • skinnyjeanzboundskinnyjeanzbound Member Posts: 3,933 Member Member Posts: 3,933 Member
    @na44 -- Welcome! This thread is a great place to come for support and motivation. My starting height/weight were very close to yours when I joined MFP in 2011. I lost 60 lbs over the first 3 couple of years, maintained for a few years, then gained back a little bit due to some shoulder issues that interfered with my exercise routine. I'm now stuck about 10-15 lbs above my lowest weight. My current goal is to get back into the 180s and then work towards moving beyond that.

    AFM-- Scale was back down to 195 this morning, so I'm feeling a lot better about the work I've been putting in at the gym. I realized yesterday that I would need to work out MTW since I have a meeting Thursday and need to pack for CA on Friday. So excited about my trip!!!

    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
    9/22/19 = 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 = 3/3
    9/22-9/28 = 2/3
  • sweeetypie1sweeetypie1 Member Posts: 107 Member Member Posts: 107 Member
    Great to see new faces again every time I log in. I haven't lost any weight for a few weeks even though I'm tracking. Sometime I go over my calorie limit - I guess I just need to really suffer (I mean be strict :) So I thought I'd try the low carb way of eating - I have to be careful with the diabetes but so far it's been ok. Only two days in so no change on the scale yet. We'll see how this goes. I still need to get some more exercise in. I just wanted to be one of those people who cut calories and lose weight and then start to exercise - I guess I'm not one of them! lol. It's got to be a combination for me.

    Hubby and I are going on a 2 day hiking trip next week, so that will be me more exercise. I'm really looking forward to it. Maybe that will jump start the weight loss. We hiked all the time when we were dating, then got married, kids and jobs later we've become indoor people. We both miss being outdoors and now the kids are grown so we've been trying to do more outdoors. We live in Ohio so hiking in the Fall is BEAUTIFUL. I'll let you know how it goes.
  • dustyspaldustyspal Member Posts: 639 Member Member Posts: 639 Member
    @sweeetypie1. Hope you have fun. I love hiking too, but we haven't been for awhil, either. Hopefully once.fall starts " falling" we will get out there, too. We're in PA so when the leaves turn we spend !it's time in the mountains.
  • raindogmaaraindogmaa Member Posts: 201 Member Member Posts: 201 Member
    Greetings everybody! Happy Friday. Well... I have fallen off the wagon and gained back my little loss +1. I am trying not to let it get me down and just taking it one good decision at a time. I keep forgetting to Stop, Drop and Meditate! Last weekend it started with the Dodger Game. Kinda lost my mind with all the goodies... then the weekend was a blur. I wasn't very mindful. So come Monday.... well we have all been there. Hoping to break that pattern this weekend. I have to remember that I was successful last year this time. I am trying to figure out what it was that I did different. Really hoping I can do better this weekend. Wish me luck!

    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
    Se[t 27 - 190

    Week (+/-) = +3
    Since Re-Start = 31
    Since First start = 60
  • dustyspaldustyspal Member Posts: 639 Member Member Posts: 639 Member
    @leahwirth welcome. Sorry I missed your post earlier. You're certainly not the only one. I actually have about 120 pounds to lose. I hope I get there. I've been at it (this time around) since July 24 and have been doing well so far. If you need some encouragement, you've come the right place. Posting on these boards has kept me on track. Hope to see you around.
  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Member Posts: 242 Member Member Posts: 242 Member
    Saturday success check-in

    First, I want to say thank you to those who read/comment and help me feel some accountability. I know I haven't been the best beacon of sunshine (feel more like Eeyore), but I am still working on things. I suppose still working is an NSV, right?

    My goals for last week:
    1) At least 110 g protein intake each day.
    2) Complete walks at least 1 mile and a total of 20+ minutes 5 days this week.

    I succeeded on #2. Got 6 days for #1. I think I will keep these goals for this coming week, but add one more goal:
    3) Keep at least two days ahead in pre-planning the food diary.

    My Stats:
    5'1" Female
    Restarting weight: 252
    MFP restart weight: 242.7
    Goal weight: Originally set it at 140, though I'm wondering if I'll go that low or not- will review body scans periodically as I go to be sure I'm doing well on body fat % and don't start to lose muscle mass. My goal is to be at a healthy body fat percentage with good strength and stamina, wherever it is that I end on the scale.

    9/14/19: 240.7
    9/21/19: 238.8
    9/28/19: 234.6
  • raindogmaaraindogmaa Member Posts: 201 Member Member Posts: 201 Member
    @MelodiousMermaid Wow... great progress! You are steadily losing weight! Way to go! AFM... I am not dropping again yet, but my NSV is that I had a successful weekend. I stayed on the eating healthy path and got plenty of exercise. It's the first weekend in MONTHS -- so maybe this will start my MoJo. I know I'm starting out Monday strong... so here goes!
  • KATRENAJKATRENAJ Member Posts: 316 Member Member Posts: 316 Member
    I have been in the hospital with an e coli infection and the dietician asked me not to have a weight loss frame of mind until I got better. I have to say the food they served me at hospital was not as healthy as I eat at home. Too many carbs and processed foods. I'm happy to be home and glad that I maintained my weight loss. Tomorrow is the last of my meds and back on the mediterraneum diet for me. This diet not only helps with weight loss, it is good for the brain and staves off aging, and it helps the skin due to the fish meals.

    Also starting two classes tomorrow, First is write your own Memoir and the second is The secrets of handwriting (analysis)

    I was sworn in last week my partner and I have been assigned a case of two little girls who are currently in a group home. Their Mother is in jail and their father is not in the picture. I pray I am able to help them in the most effective way. My first goal is to find a loving foster home for them which is superior to a group home.

    I also am going back to water aerobics. The only way forward is to move forward and I am anxious to do so.

    lisa, if you send me your email address I can share some meditations with you that helped me cut way back on binge eating. I occasionally slip, but for the most part, prayer and meditation have gotten me under control

    Katrena



  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,186 Member Member Posts: 1,186 Member
    Sorry been silent lately but been reading posts. I have struggled with food and my anger. My dad started final stage of death per hospice nurse visit today. My anger comes from having a highly disfunctional family that annoys me.
    Congrats to all of us in the struggle to be healthier.
  • dustyspaldustyspal Member Posts: 639 Member Member Posts: 639 Member
    @mnwalkingqueen my thoughts are with you at this difficult time. You can only control your thoughts and actions, so hopefully others won't place more of a burden on you. Take things one day at a time and be strong.
  • skinnyjeanzboundskinnyjeanzbound Member Posts: 3,933 Member Member Posts: 3,933 Member
    @holly-- I'm so sorry you have to go through the pain of losing your father while navigating those rocky relationships. I don't know if you recall that my husband's mother and brother are also highly dysfunctional, so I can certainly sympathize. For now, he just doesn't have any contact with them, but I dread a situation similar to yours when we will be forced to associate with them again. I don't have any sage advice, but is it possible to try to spend time with your dad when other family members aren't around to avoid their toxicity? Stay strong, friend, and please know we are all here if you need to vent.

    @katrena-- glad you are home again and on the mend. I love Mediterranean foods and plan to incorporate a lot of them when I start keto next week.

    @cyndy-- I'm sure it feels good to be back on track. You've got this!

    @MelodiousMermaid -- Wow, that protein intake is impressive! I often set a nutrition goal of 100g of protein/day, and that is a huge struggle for me. Do you use protein powders? What tips do you have for meeting that goal?


    :heart: @Everyone--It's October!!! Any ideas for a new monthly challenge?? :heart:

    AFM--I'm back from California and Ohana Fest. My sister and I had a great time! I didn't even try to track calories, but I didn't overdo it with food or drinks, and we certainly got plenty of exercise walking (close to 20K steps/day, so I'm not worried about a gain.

    I was planning to start keto upon my return, but I still have quite a few healthy, but higher carb snacks, plus, I won't be able to go grocery shopping until this weekend. That being said, it makes sense to use up some of those foods this week, so they don't tempt me, and start fresh next Sunday or Monday. I still plan to stay within my calorie allowance this week, just not starting keto yet.

    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
    9/22/19 = 196
    9/28/19 = 195

    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 = 3/3
    9/22-9/28 = 3/3
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,186 Member Member Posts: 1,186 Member
    Dear friends old and new. My dad passed away yesterday and I fell back into old habits. I ended up at buffet lastnight stuffing my face til I could barely waddle out. I have always been a comfort eater but thought I was getting better at it now realize got way more work to do.
  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Member Posts: 242 Member Member Posts: 242 Member
    @skinnyjeanzbound

    Thank you. I'm attempting to get my protein count higher as I've read that aiming for 1 gram of protein per pound of lean body mass (LBM) is a good target for weight loss periods to minimize loss of muscle mass. A recent scan I had done of myself showed a result of 124 pounds of LBM, hence the adjustment I've made (going to up my daily goal to 125 g after I am consistent at meeting the current goal).

    Feel free to look at my food diary if you wish (I don't know that it's terribly interesting at this point as I'm still trying to experiment/search and find combinations that give me variety). In short, I pre-plan my meals based around lean protein sources. My primary ones are boneless, skinless chicken breast, canned tuna (skipjack), egg whites, fat free cheese, and fat free plain Greek yogurt. I round this out with other lean fish, 96/4 lean ground beef, pork chops, and lean beef roast or steak cuts for variety.

    From there, I will supplement with some protein powder if needed for convenience/ease (especially "not hungry" moments and outings) and occasionally for something sweet -- sometimes I use a half serving in a full glass of water as "chocolate/vanilla milk" or combine a half or full serving of the drink powder with half or a full serving of yogurt to get a pudding-like food (a full serving of powder and a full serving of the yogurt I use comes out to a whopping 47 grams of protein -- though the calorie count is higher than something like egg whites or chicken, so I'm not doing that very much now).

    When I start to get close to goal, I try to round this out with leafy greens, asparagus, broccoli, and other low-cal veggies, several of which give an extra little kick into the protein count. If I'm reasonably close to where I want to be at that point, but want a little more protein in the count, I have another drink mix that's not quite as calorie efficient when comparing protein to overall calories. It is, however, more of a meal replacement type drink so I'll put one of those in. I have to admit I'm not overly crazy about this particular drink as it's not built as a "sweet on its own" deal, but a little bit of this or that added in and it's not terrible.

    Sorry that's a bit long. I'll try to summarize in case it's a TLDR...
    1) Structure each day around lean protein sources as much as possible.
    2) Add protein powder here or there if needed for an unusually busy day or to throw something sweet in that counts well toward the total.
    3) Get to know your veggies, and choose lower-cal ones that also contribute to your protein intake.
    4) For a smaller, yet easy, bump, add in a meal replacement drink that's calorie controlled within what you're comfortable with.
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