Am I doing enough?

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Hello all! I’m in the last 10-15lb range and have been since May. I lost focus after losing the first 15lbs, I like to live with the rule I can eat whatever I want as long as it’s in my calorie range (this could be what is hurting me, along with my lax calorie counting) I eat anywhere from 1200 to 1600 calories. I have started to focus more on workouts again and the last 10-15 lbs and am currently doing 30 min of cardio two times a week and lower body workout on Tuesdays and upper on Thursdays.

Is this enough? What do you suggest? How bad is my diet hurting me?(diary should be open)
My stats: 5’ 1”
SW:145
CW:130
GW:115-120 (depends on how I feel/look)
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  • Krecob
    Krecob Posts: 86 Member
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    No one? Really out of all the people who like to share their opinion on this site....
  • gloriaqzhao
    gloriaqzhao Posts: 40 Member
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    Have you removed refined sugar and refined grain, basically processed food from your diet yet? Your calorie range sounds good, but the food choice also matters. Try to make the good nutritious choices and stay away from empty calories. Also if you want to burn more fat, lengthen the cardio from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
  • jwdieter
    jwdieter Posts: 2,582 Member
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    Hello all! I’m in the last 10-15lb range and have been since May. I lost focus after losing the first 15lbs, I like to live with the rule I can eat whatever I want as long as it’s in my calorie range (this could be what is hurting me, along with my lax calorie counting) I eat anywhere from 1200 to 1600 calories. I have started to focus more on workouts again and the last 10-15 lbs and am currently doing 30 min of cardio two times a week and lower body workout on Tuesdays and upper on Thursdays.

    Is this enough? What do you suggest? How bad is my diet hurting me?(diary should be open)
    My stats: 5’ 1”
    SW:145
    CW:130
    GW:115-120 (depends on how I feel/look)

    Fix the bold. Kinda pointless to review diary and talk about intake if it's probably not accurate anyway.
  • RGv2
    RGv2 Posts: 5,789 Member
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    I'd recommend opening your diary.

    It's probably not what you're eating. If you're in a deficit, you'll lose weight. The issue is most likely your self admitted lax calorie counting.
  • navyrigger46
    navyrigger46 Posts: 1,301 Member
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    Stop being lax with your counting.

    Rigger
  • Krecob
    Krecob Posts: 86 Member
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    By lax calorie counting I mean I do not weigh my food
  • navyrigger46
    navyrigger46 Posts: 1,301 Member
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    By lax calorie counting I mean I do not weigh my food

    You should start.

    Rigger
  • Phildog47
    Phildog47 Posts: 255 Member
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    Hello all! I’m in the last 10-15lb range and have been since May. I lost focus after losing the first 15lbs, I like to live with the rule I can eat whatever I want as long as it’s in my calorie range (this could be what is hurting me, along with my lax calorie counting) I eat anywhere from 1200 to 1600 calories. I have started to focus more on workouts again and the last 10-15 lbs and am currently doing 30 min of cardio two times a week and lower body workout on Tuesdays and upper on Thursdays.

    Is this enough? What do you suggest? How bad is my diet hurting me?(diary should be open)
    My stats: 5’ 1”
    SW:145
    CW:130
    GW:115-120 (depends on how I feel/look)

    Only YOU know that answer.
  • echofm1
    echofm1 Posts: 471 Member
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    By lax calorie counting I mean I do not weigh my food

    The closer you get to your goal weight, the more every bit of food matters to keep you in a deficit. With measuring cups you can have significantly more calories in a serving than you realize. This also applies to fruits and vegetables. What might seem like a medium potato to you might actually be considered large in MFP. At this point it would probably be beneficial to get a scale. They're pretty cheap.
  • Sftballshorty14
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    And that is your problem you have to weigh things and measure things to know exactly what to log it can differ so much. Scales are pretty cheap and its a habit after you start.
  • gmthisfeller
    gmthisfeller Posts: 779 Member
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    By lax calorie counting I mean I do not weigh my food

    Please, open your diary. If you want to add me as a friend to keep it closed to general public that is OK. There is no way to judge how well you do, nor hold you accountable to yourself without more information.

    I am in the last 9 lbs of my journey to go from 209 to 135. There is no secret. I measure and weigh what I consume, and I log it all down to the last crumb.

    I am at 144 and have been for a while, so I upped my running. Increasing your exercising will help. If you are as close as you say, you (like me) do not have a lot of "free fat" to lose. Slow and steady is the way to go. You are a major success so far, so keep it up!
  • Phildog47
    Phildog47 Posts: 255 Member
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    I peeked at your diary and the closest thing I see to a vegetable is an order of tater tots and french fries. Vegetables and protein should be the majority of your diet.
  • cfredz
    cfredz Posts: 292 Member
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    am i crazy or is there puppy chow in your diary? lol
  • Lisa_Rhodes
    Lisa_Rhodes Posts: 263 Member
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    I peeked at your diary and the closest thing I see to a vegetable is an order of tater tots and french fries. Vegetables and protein should be the majority of your diet.

    This. And I'm not sure if you are skipping meals or have some of your diary unfinished, but make sure you log everything and don't skip meals! Less processed foods as well. They can be higher in the sodium area and not help w/ retaining.

    Hope that helps!
  • Holly_Roman_Empire
    Holly_Roman_Empire Posts: 4,440 Member
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    By lax calorie counting I mean I do not weigh my food

    You should.
  • Krecob
    Krecob Posts: 86 Member
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    am i crazy or is there puppy chow in your diary? lol

    Can not resist
  • ereck44
    ereck44 Posts: 1,170 Member
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    Your diary should include more fruit and veggies, especially if you are not weighing. It's okay to include treats in your day but you would feel better and lose weight easier with these nutrient dense and low calorie foods.

    I only have 10 or 11 pounds until I reach my goal and it has worked for me.
  • jwdieter
    jwdieter Posts: 2,582 Member
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    am i crazy or is there puppy chow in your diary? lol

    Can not resist

    To clarify, it's a cereal snack. Not actual dog food.

    Anyway, never meeting protein macro, almost no veg, and eyeballing measurements does not appear to be an effective approach for OP.
  • cfredz
    cfredz Posts: 292 Member
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    am i crazy or is there puppy chow in your diary? lol

    Can not resist

    To clarify, it's a cereal snack. Not actual dog food.

    Anyway, never meeting protein macro, almost no veg, and eyeballing measurements does not appear to be an effective approach for OP.

    Never heard of a cereal called puppy chow.
  • Krecob
    Krecob Posts: 86 Member
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    am i crazy or is there puppy chow in your diary? lol

    Can not resist

    To clarify, it's a cereal snack. Not actual dog food.

    Anyway, never meeting protein macro, almost no veg, and eyeballing measurements does not appear to be an effective approach for OP.

    Never heard of a cereal called puppy chow.
    It's a regional name for what is sometimes also called "Muddy buddies" Chex cereal covered in melted peanut butter and chocolate and then sprinkled with powdered sugar. Looks like dog food, tastes like heaven.

    Dont tell her! She is better off not knowing