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  • KATRENAJKATRENAJ Member Posts: 316 Member Member Posts: 316 Member
    Holly so sorry for your loss. Hang in there chickie. this too will pass. Best wishes and prayers for you
  • skinnyjeanzboundskinnyjeanzbound Member Posts: 3,933 Member Member Posts: 3,933 Member
    Hi guys! Just a quick check-in to say that, as of day 2, keto is going well. There have been donuts and cookies and candy out in our office, and I really haven't even been tempted by them. Tomorrow will be the real test--we have a potluck style get-together after our students' early dismissal. My department has to bring desserts, so I bought a bunch of berries--the only fruit allowed on keto. Wish me luck!! :)

    Name: Karen
    Age: 50
    Height: 5’7"
    Highest Weight: 247
    Current Weight: 196 (7/6/19)

    8/31/19 = 194
    9/7/19 = 196
    9/14/19 = 196
    9/22/19 = 196
    9/28/19 = 195
    10/4/19 = 196
    10/12/19 = 196

    Exercise Challenge Goal:
    Gym visit or run outside 3 times/week
    10/6 - 10/12 = 3/3
    10/13 - 10/19 = 2/3
    10/20 - 10/26 = x/3
    10/27 - 11/2 = x/3
  • raindogmaaraindogmaa Member Posts: 201 Member Member Posts: 201 Member
    Good luck @skinnyjeanzbound !!!! I am trying to get closer to Keto... down to averaging 50-60 grams of carbs a day. Hope to see results soon!
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,186 Member Member Posts: 1,186 Member
    Thursday Truth-
    I’ve been really lazy since this cold MN has set in the last few weeks. I just want to sit under a throw blanket all night.
    @Karen good job on Keto so far and glad festival was fun.
    I have been reading all posts and proud of all the accomplishments everyone has had.
  • skinnyjeanzboundskinnyjeanzbound Member Posts: 3,933 Member Member Posts: 3,933 Member
    @cyndy-- I'm pretty much only eating "keto approved" foods. My only "cheat" is on days when I know I'm going to run, I'm allowing myself a slightly higher carb protein bar (14-16g of carbs) that probably isn't completely keto friendly. The scale immediately dropped 3 pounds--I know it's only water loss due to the diuretic effects of keto, but it was still rewarding to see the lower number. :)

    @holly-- I hear you about the cold. Chicago has also been pretty brisk this week, but we are supposed to get back up into the 60s this weekend. I'm already eyeing another festival in Las Vegas...

    AFM-- So I went to the grocery last night specifically to buy berries for the faculty get together today, and then I forgot them in the fridge. :( On the plus side, I didn't use it as an excuse to eat the other sweets. I ate a few veggies with spinach dip and some cheese; then I ate the dark chocolate and nut protein bar I brought from home. Really proud of myself for passing up on all of the goodies.

    I also already met my gym goal for the week and had my best run yet.

    Name: Karen
    Age: 50
    Height: 5’7"
    Highest Weight: 247
    Current Weight: 196 (7/6/19)

    8/31/19 = 194
    9/7/19 = 196
    9/14/19 = 196
    9/22/19 = 196
    9/28/19 = 195
    10/4/19 = 196
    10/12/19 = 196

    Exercise Challenge Goal:
    Gym visit or run outside 3 times/week
    10/6 - 10/12 = 3/3
    10/13 - 10/19 = 3/3
    10/20 - 10/26 = x/3
    10/27 - 11/2 = x/3
  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Member Posts: 240 Member Member Posts: 240 Member
    Saturday success check-in

    The numbers started moving for me again this week. The goals were a bust, but I succeeded in keeping the calorie count under control (I'm currently navigating the worst of my hormonal "danger zone"). Going to aim for the same goals again over this coming week.

    My goals for last week:
    1) At least 125 g protein intake each day.
    2) Complete walks at least 1 mile and a total of 30+ minutes 6 days a week.
    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
    10/05/19: 230.8
    10/12/19: 231.0
    10/19/19: 226.9
  • skinnyjeanzboundskinnyjeanzbound Member Posts: 3,933 Member Member Posts: 3,933 Member
    @MelodiousMermaid -- That's great that your scale started moving despite not meeting your goals!

    Saturday Success:
    Well I'm on day 5 of what cyndy likes to call "keto light" LOL! Basically, I'm eating keto approved foods, but I haven't really been paying attention to how many net carbs I've been eating (according to an online calculator, I'm allowed 18g). For now, I'm just getting used to the shift, and I ordered keto testing strips so I can start checking to see if I'm in ketosis, and then I will adjust the carb intake based on those results.

    On Monday, the scale said 197.6 and this morning it was 194.2 (after briefly flickering at 193.8!). Even if my body isn't in ketosis yet, I'm definitely making better choices and eating less calories. On the days when I run, it's almost impossible to eat my net calorie allowance when I can't eat carbs.

    Even though I'm off to a good start and motivated to keep going, I know temptation will come at some point. We have a fall luncheon pot luck planned for October 30th, so I may allow myself some extra carbs that day, and then go straight to the gym after work to burn off the extra glucose in my blood.

    Name: Karen
    Age: 50
    Height: 5’7"
    Highest Weight: 247
    Current Weight: 196 (7/6/19)

    8/31/19 = 194
    9/7/19 = 196
    9/14/19 = 196
    9/22/19 = 196
    9/28/19 = 195
    10/4/19 = 196
    10/12/19 = 196
    10/19/19 = 194

    Exercise Challenge Goal:
    Gym visit or run outside 3 times/week
    10/6 - 10/12 = 3/3
    10/13 - 10/19 = 3/3
    10/20 - 10/26 = x/3
    10/27 - 11/2 = x/3
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,186 Member Member Posts: 1,186 Member
    @karen: congrats on just having veggies at the work gathering. I can’t wait to have that will power.
    @MelodiousMermaid: You got this and you will get back on track.

    AFM:
    I stepped on the scale for the first time since my dad died. I gain 10 pounds. I was slightly mad at myself because I could have stopped eating but I chose not to. However, Riley needs training so today him and I did training. We went to Saint Paul we really don’t hang out there much. We went to 3 different parks and walked a total of 6.35 miles.
  • raindogmaaraindogmaa Member Posts: 201 Member Member Posts: 201 Member
    Hello! It's Keto-Lite Cyndy reporting in from sunny California! Sorry if you are having snow, like in Colorado... we had a heat wave today!

    So Keto-lite plus the intensive workout is starting to do it's magic. I don't know if I can call it magic because it's work... but I think it's working! My weight hasn't dropped a whole lot, but my clothes are fitting so much better. I know that when I start working out, my body takes a little while to adjust. I hope I am at that point.

    @mnwalkingqueen Sending you love and encouragement. This is a tough time for you and I applaud that you are getting out there to train Riley and the St. Paul exercise! Those are steps in the right direction. Keep it up.

    Congrats to @MelodiousMermaid on the great weight loss... and to @skinnyjeanzbound -- you are on it, Girl! Way to go. Will report my weight on Friday when our group weighs and measures.

    Here's to all of you! Keep it going!

  • skinnyjeanzboundskinnyjeanzbound Member Posts: 3,933 Member Member Posts: 3,933 Member
    @holly-- Over 6 miles of walking is amazing!! Glad you are working with Riley on the training--that can be really challenging, but so rewarding when you have a well-trained pup!

    @cyndy-- We aren't quite at the snow stage yet here in Chicago, but it's feeling a lot like autumn--windy, chilly, and some rain. I'm jealous of your heat wave.

    AFM--scale is continuing to show progress and like cyndy, I definitely feel better in my clothes--less puffy and bloated, so everything fits a little better. I've gotten in two workouts at the gym . Tomorrow I'm taking gunner to the doggie salon and myself to the human salon, but I plan to work out afterwards.

    I managed to get most of my grading done during the week, so I can actually spend some time catching up on housework. Not sure if we are doing anything for Halloween. A friend's band is playing Saturday night at a bar we sometimes go to, but it's a bit of a drive, so we will have to see if we feel like making that trek...

    Name: Karen
    Age: 50
    Height: 5’7"
    Highest Weight: 247
    Current Weight: 196 (7/6/19)

    8/31/19 = 194
    9/7/19 = 196
    9/14/19 = 196
    9/22/19 = 196
    9/28/19 = 195
    10/4/19 = 196
    10/12/19 = 196
    10/19/19 = 194

    Exercise Challenge Goal:
    Gym visit or run outside 3 times/week
    10/6 - 10/12 = 3/3
    10/13 - 10/19 = 3/3
    10/20 - 10/26 = 2/3
    10/27 - 11/2 = x/3
    edited October 2019
  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Member Posts: 240 Member Member Posts: 240 Member
    Saturday success check-in

    So I didn't get a chance to give more info on my "no-goal" week last week. It was a close thing. I had one day which went totally off schedule and I decided to compromise and have half a frozen pizza, which shot the protein goal down. The walking goal ended up going down when I had gotten terrible blisters on the back of both feet. No walking for two days due to that. Good news is this week, all systems were go.

    I had a big drop on Monday morning, so it was nice to see the scale move. However, I started strength training again this week (Stronglifts 5x5), and now have stalled since. I'm certain this is due to new workout water retention, since my electrolytes have been stable and I've been good with the macros this week. A tad frustrating to not see more results as things are going (by the numbers I should've hit my first 20 down since starting MFP), but I'm sure I'm losing fat (since the numbers say so), and that's what counts in the end.

    In thinking about things more, I'm changing the previous goals to a baseline now (tweaked protein up by 5 grams). I think this is a maintainable set of goals throughout the month, and if I hit extra-rocky days with the depression/anxiety, I think I need to allow myself to only do the minimum, and have that minimum be quite doable. I'm making a set of "Gold Goals" ("Going for the gold"), which I will aim to meet when I am able.

    Overall, this last week (starting on Monday) was very good. After the hormone shift, I had a burst of energy and actually even had a brief time where I felt "OK". Perhaps this will increase over time. I tried a few tweaks to the menu to get a bit more flavor/warm meals, and overall it was a success. I will be trying a new recipe for lunch today and find myself looking forward to it.

    My baseline goals:
    1) At least 130 g protein intake each day.
    2) Complete walks at least 1 mile and a total of 30+ minutes 6 days a week.
    3) Keep at least two days ahead in pre-planning the food diary.

    Gold Goals:
    1) Complete Stronglifts 5x5 workouts at least 2 times per week (ideally 3).
    2) Walk a total of at least 5 miles per day, except one day of rest (<2 miles).
    3) Find at least one new recipe/food combination to try each week.

    My Stats:
    5'1" Female
    Restarting weight: 252
    MFP restart weight: 242.7
    Goal weight: Originally set it at 140, but that is likely to change.

    To track/adjust goal weight, I 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 (< or = to 25%) with good strength and stamina, wherever it is that I end on the scale. It seems as though a realistic range might be 144-167 based on the feedback I've gotten.

    09/14/19: 240.7
    09/21/19: 238.8
    09/28/19: 234.6
    10/05/19: 230.8
    10/12/19: 231.0
    10/19/19: 226.9
    10/26/19: 223.8
  • dustyspaldustyspal Member Posts: 634 Member Member Posts: 634 Member
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  • skinnyjeanzboundskinnyjeanzbound Member Posts: 3,933 Member Member Posts: 3,933 Member
    @dustyspal -- Thanks!

    @MelodiousMermaid -- Sounds like you have a solid plan to work toward your goals! I did Strongllifts 5x5 years ago and loved it. It really helped me drop weight and firm and tone my body. Unfortunately, I experienced a frozen shoulder and tore my labrium (NOT related to the lifting) and had to stop lifting weights altogether. Once that healed, I started again and my other shoulder froze (again, not due to lifting). During my second shoulder PT, I started doing a bit of lifting as part of my rehab, but not anything heavy. I really miss it, and once I have better mobility, I plan to start again.

    Saturday Success:
    My weight continues to go down on the keto-light plan. Even though I'm not keeping my carbs super low, my daily percentage of calories from carbs has gone from a 40-50% range to a 15-25% range. More importantly, I'm not hungry and my overall calorie intake has been lower than before.

    I was unsuccessful at completing my exercise goal this week because my hairdresser had to move my appointment to later in the day. Screwed up my whole plan to go to the gym afterwards and it's raining, so I couldn't run outside. Even worse, the cold, rainy weather is making me crave some warm comfort food, but I ate pork and roasted asparagus instead.

    Name: Karen
    Age: 50
    Height: 5’7"
    Highest Weight: 247
    Current Weight: 196 (7/6/19)

    8/31/19 = 194
    9/7/19 = 196
    9/14/19 = 196
    9/22/19 = 196
    9/28/19 = 195
    10/4/19 = 196
    10/12/19 = 196
    10/19/19 = 194
    10/26/19 = 192

    Exercise Challenge Goal:
    Gym visit or run outside 3 times/week
    10/6 - 10/12 = 3/3
    10/13 - 10/19 = 3/3
    10/20 - 10/26 = 2/3
    10/27 - 11/2 = x/3
  • raindogmaaraindogmaa Member Posts: 201 Member Member Posts: 201 Member
    Hello My Friends!

    Yay to @skinnyjeanzbound for the success on the keto-lite! I know it works for me if I stick to it. Fingers Crossed I believe I am on a good path to break this little up-down trend. For the first time on a Monday I weigh less than I did on Friday. That's a big deal for me!

    Again, hats off to @MelodiousMermaid for being so great at setting goals and making progress. Your focus is admirable.

    AFM: I wanted to share something. I re-started my WL journey last September. I downloaded an app call Happy Scale where I enter my weight daily and it gives me an idea of how much I've lost or gained. Keeps me on track. I decided to look at last October's graph. One year ago today... I was 205.7. Looking at that makes me feel better about my decision to really take this on. I am going to attempt to show you last years graph... fingers crossed. If it does post... the green line is what I weighed the previous month. I am happy and wanted to share this with you all. Our goals are possible, our dreams are attainable.

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    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
    Sept 24 - 190.7 Yikes again!
    Oct 2 - 189.5
    Oct 9 - 191.0 Bummer!
    Oct 17 - 187.9 Yay
    Oct 28 - 186.7

    Week (+/-) = -1.2
    Since Re-Start = 34.3
    Since First start = 63.3

  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,186 Member Member Posts: 1,186 Member


    @Cyndy- The graph you shared is great.
    @MelodiousMermaid- You always have such a through plan in place. Very impressed.
    @Karen- Congrats on the success you are having with cutting carbs. I understand hthe cold weather issue, for me cold makes me want to stay inside.

    Tuesday Update-
    I have worked out yesterday and today. I also did 2 mins on the sit up machine yesterday which was about 80-90 sit ups. I am working on going from 4 20 oz diet sodas a day to 1 20 oz a day.
  • skinnyjeanzboundskinnyjeanzbound Member Posts: 3,933 Member Member Posts: 3,933 Member
    @holly-- great job with the workouts!. I used to be a Diet Coke junkie, but I cut it cold turkey about 10 or 12 years ago by switching to fresh brewed iced tea. Still get the caffeine without all of the other yucky stuff. Now I only drink diet coke on special occasions or as part of a cocktail. :)

    @cyndy--thanks for sharing the graph. I tried to look up the app in the google play store, but I couldn't find it. Maybe it's only available to iPhone users? That's great that you had a loss over the weekend!! Go you!!

    AFM-- Yesterday, we had a planned potluck at work. Lots of yummy goodies, and I did partake in some very carb heavy foods, but it was planned, and I still managed to come in close to my calorie goal. Today there were lots of leftovers plus bags of candy (at work and at home). I managed to avoid all of the treats at work except for the homemade cornbread ( I had 2 pieces! :blush: ), but I'm still pretty proud that I haven't touched a piece of candy other than keto-friendly dark chocolate. My husband made pizza for dinner which is our Halloween tradition, but tomorrow I will be back to only low carb foods until Thanksgiving. :)

    I've also not gotten to the gym all week. Sunday I wasn't feeling well, Monday and Tuesday I had meetings that went until 6 pm, and Wed. I decided to rake leaves as my exercise which seems silly since those leaf piles are now covered in 3 inches of snow. LOL

    Name: Karen
    Age: 50
    Height: 5’7"
    Highest Weight: 247
    Current Weight: 196 (7/6/19)

    8/31/19 = 194
    9/7/19 = 196
    9/14/19 = 196
    9/22/19 = 196
    9/28/19 = 195
    10/4/19 = 196
    10/12/19 = 196
    10/19/19 = 194
    10/26/19 = 192

    Exercise Challenge Goal:
    Gym visit or run outside 3 times/week
    10/6 - 10/12 = 3/3
    10/13 - 10/19 = 3/3
    10/20 - 10/26 = 2/3
    10/27 - 11/2 = 1/3
  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Member Posts: 240 Member Member Posts: 240 Member
    Saturday check-in

    First, thank you to dustyspal, Karen, Cyndy, and Holly for your kind words and encouragement.

    This last week was pretty good overall, though tougher toward the end. I have chronic pain, periodic flare-ups, and such, but this last week a variety of foot pains just about took me down. I finally went into a specialty shop on Friday and found out that I need a specific type of support in my shoes and may or may not need custom orthotics to go with them. We're trying the shoes for 2-3 weeks before moving on to evaluate further needs, since it'll take a fair bit of walking to correct my gait and get used to the very different support in these shoes. I revised my gold walking goal to bring it to a more reasonable level to allow myself the ability to heal and adjust.

    The strength training is going well, I believe. I completed three workouts this week. Bummer, Karen, that you had to let it go -- I find it to be a satisfying workout. Oh yeah, and that water weight prediction I was talking about last week? It was spot on. Monday morning was a huge drop, and it's pretty well been flat all week again. Not sure if hormone water weight will cause a jump or just hold on to what's there in the next couple of weeks. That will be interesting to see.

    I decided to increase protein again, from 130g to 150g per day. My check-in scans on Monday indicated that I might have had a mild muscle mass loss (very small, but still a loss). One of my primary goals throughout my weight loss journey is to not lose it if it can be at all avoided. Therefore, more protein, and I'm also trying breaking it up into smaller bits throughout the day (4-5 intake times). For the few days I've tried it so far, it is OK, though I am going to play around with what I have and when I have it to see if I can somehow feel a bit more satisfied appetite-wise at night without dipping too much further into the calorie bank.

    Menu planning has gone OK, but I do have to say I hope I have a few more successes with new recipes/food combinations going forward, because the couple that have been successful recently have really left me wanting more (in a good way)! I now have a curry-inspired chicken combination that I enjoy on its own, and could probably add to a base of several different veggies. SO good. I also have a honey sesame tuna with pak choi (bok choy) dinner that I find to be pretty satisfying too (would be better with a tuna steak instead of canned tuna, but the budget is what it is). If you're a menu peeper, I've got both programmed for Monday (breakfast and lunch) with a new omelette combination that I'm going to try for supper.

    Unfortunately, I can feel the hormones shifting again. In its own way, I am thankful that getting my eating regimen under control and losing some of the excess weight has at least made the calendar predictable when it comes to that stuff. Two weeks and a couple of days and I should be back to game-on mode. Hopefully I'll be able to continue to stave off the unnecessary cravings and fight the mental wars at least as well as I have this month and last month. I wouldn't say I'm doing great overall, but I've been able to fight through a lot better than in the past, and I'm getting more "blips" of normalcy (a good thing).

    [TL;DR]
    So with that, I'll summarize - made last week's baseline goals, and missed last week's Gold Goals by 0.8 and 1 mile yesterday and today respectively, so pretty good, circumstances considered. Goals are adjusted accordingly and seem to be where I need to be at, both mentally and physically.

    My baseline goals:
    1) At least 150 g protein intake each day.
    2) Complete walks at least 1 mile and a total of 30+ minutes 6 days a week.
    3) Keep at least two days ahead in pre-planning the food diary.

    Gold Goals:
    1) Complete Stronglifts 5x5 workouts at least 2 times per week (ideally 3).
    2) Walk a total of at least 4 miles per day (but no more than 4 miles at a time), except one day of rest (0-2 miles).
    3) Find at least one new recipe/food combination to try each week.

    My Stats:
    5'1" Female
    Restarting weight: 252
    MFP restart weight: 242.7
    Goal weight: Originally set it at 140, but that is likely to change.
    My healthy body fat percentage is forecasted to start at 155 lbs currently, based on scans done 10/28/19.

    To track/adjust goal weight, I 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 (< or = to 25%) with good strength and stamina, wherever it is that I end on the scale. It seems as though a realistic range might be 144-167 based on the feedback I've gotten.

    09/14/19: 240.7
    09/21/19: 238.8
    09/28/19: 234.6
    10/05/19: 230.8
    10/12/19: 231.0
    10/19/19: 226.9
    10/26/19: 223.8
    11/01/19: 219.6
  • dustyspaldustyspal Member Posts: 634 Member Member Posts: 634 Member
    @MelodiousMermaid. Here's to your new goals. I know you'll do well. Let us know if you find any good recipes.
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,186 Member Member Posts: 1,186 Member


    @Karen- Congrats on losing the diet coke cravings. Diet Coke and fast food are my biggest downfalls. I’m trying to find a substitute for Diet Coke. I eat a lot of popcorn and I’ve tried lots of other things but I seem to only be able to drink soda with popcorn. good job avoiding the candy. And raking leaves that’s a good work out 😉

    @MelodiousMermaid- Hope your healing goes well. Changing your goals for walking is good idea. Great job on meal planning. I definitely need to get way better at that.

    Saturday Update:
    I went to gym Monday ,Tuessdy. Raked leaves Wed. Lazy Thur and Fri.
    Today I help my mom with funeral prep so lots of emotional eating. I also found out today I really need to get to doctor 3rd time in a year my blood pressure is very high 159/110. It’s probably all the fast food and stress.
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