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30lbs to lose... Started AGAIN yesterday (Darn Lockdown Snacking)

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  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 454 Member Member Posts: 454 Member
    suegreg2 wrote: »
    @MommaGemz Several times I’ve been told to track my measurements, rather than just relying on the scale ( which can be a fickle friend!). I have yet to do that, but even though the scale is budging ever so slowly, my clothes fit better. Have you tried that route? And you are very right - this is a lifestyle, not a goal!

    I do measure, however... only on the first of the month. So I have an entire week to wait and see if there are measurement improvements. The water weight is discouraging for sure, but I know that I just need to keep logging and the I will eventually start the downward trend again.

  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 454 Member Member Posts: 454 Member
    Day 44

    Still hanging in there.... and so is the water weight. I know this can't last forever, because I'm eating, measuring and logging for a 750 deficit - I just need to be patient and wait it out.

    I rescheduled my bike days, so I'm not working out on the same day as I run errands. It makes errand days a little less hectic. Today is Friday, so I'm running errands after the kids' home schooling is done. It's grocery day. I already have my meal plan and grocery list completed. The change in bike schedule has immediately felt better and less overwhelming on the days I do.

    Daily Goals:
    Calories - ✅
    Steps - ✅
    Water - ✅

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  • suegreg2suegreg2 Member Posts: 38 Member Member Posts: 38 Member
    @MomnaGemz Stay safe as this hurricane passes through! Our daughter and her family live in Hawaii. Keeping our fingers crossed for their safety, too.
  • thelastnightingalethelastnightingale Member, Premium Posts: 399 Member Member, Premium Posts: 399 Member
    @MommaGemz @suegreg2 I'm not used to hurricane weather living in the UK, so don't quite know how scary it is, but will keep fingers crossed all your loved ones will be fine. :)

    This weekend I reviewed my macros and realised I have been very low in protein for a while, and I wonder if that's been contributing to my tiredness. I panic-bought a box of extremely expensive tiny protein bars (it's about USD 1.20 for each 31g bite) but they have 10g of protein a piece, so I decided the ridiculous price might be worth it.

    I can't say they're amazing, but they're palatable, and I can easily fit them into my allowance to help with my macro goals. Having spent the last 10 weeks getting my calorie allowance down, I'm now turning my attention to the detail. Curious to see what effect this has - after all, this was always about more than just the weight loss. It's about feeling healthier in general.

    Hope everyone has had a good weekend. Here's to a good week ahead. :)
  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 454 Member Member Posts: 454 Member
    @suegreg2 Wishing your daughter and her family the best! All we've had to deal with are brief power outages, which are annoying, but minor.

    @thelastnightingale Try as I might I just never get my protein up to the percentage I'd like it. But I do feel like I've been feeling okay energy-wise the last week or two. What kind did you buy? I look forward to hearing how the change in macro affects your energy 👍
  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 454 Member Member Posts: 454 Member
    Day 46

    This will be a "quickie" because if you've been following along you know that Sunday is.... The Busy Day! I catch up on everything that needs to be finished for the week before Monday starts.

    I did manage to get on the bike today. It was a lighter ride today since I also rode yesterday. I barely got my steps in by the skin of my teeth. Overall I feel super accomplished today and had a really good workout and eating day on top of it!

    FYI - FINALLY broke away from the dreaded 187 the last two days - Hurray!! Checked in at 185.9 this morning 😀

    Daily Goals:
    Calories - ✅
    Bike & Steps - ✅
    Water - ✅

    I changed things up a bit today and actually peeled and cooked some shrimp for dinner tonight. It starred in my "not Fried Rice." It was my daughter's first time trying shrimp and she loved it!

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  • thelastnightingalethelastnightingale Member, Premium Posts: 399 Member Member, Premium Posts: 399 Member
    @MommaGemz It's a British brand called Battle Bites (the name made me laugh), so I doubt you can buy it where you are. However, the principle remains and I shall be your guinea pig nonetheless. ;) I'll let you know if the additional protein makes any difference and whether it's worth trying!

    Congratulations on breaking 187! :smiley:

    The not fried rice looks great. What's the trick with the 'not'? Which reminds me, I've been meaning to make chow mein for ages. Will have a look in the store cupboard and maybe give that a go this week.
  • suegreg2suegreg2 Member Posts: 38 Member Member Posts: 38 Member
    @MommaGemz Congratulations on breaking 187! I'm STUCK there for a couple of weeks now. I think I need to cut back on carbs. Last weekend really threw me off and I always have a difficult time getting back on track.

    Oh my - that dinner looks delicious! I was thinking of making a shrimp dish for dinner today. I usually make it with tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, peppers, and onions, served over farfelle pasta. Since we just had pasta last night, I think I'll try your dish. (Minus the rice, for me. 😡)

    @thelastnightingale My nutritionist told me to focus on lots of low-fat protein and cut the carbs. I really miss cereal, though. Have you found any good high-protein cereals? I tried Kashi Go-lean, but it really is like eating twigs - LOL!

  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 454 Member Member Posts: 454 Member
    @thelastnightingale Usually when I make fried rice I actually combine everything and fry it in a pan with some oil. This time I cook everything separately (so I can weigh out each component), but I skip the pan and just stir it up in my bowl with some soy sauce and sriracha :D Tastes JUST the same and with less fat and less work to prepare! Good luck on the protein trials!

    @suegreg2 You can do it! It can be difficult to get back in the swing of things, for sure. I started drinking even more water to try to release some of the water I was retaining and it seems to have worked. I really 'should' have minused the rice for me as well. My body not react to it well, but it is so, so yummy. 😭 Maybe I should try Orzo pasta instead of rice?? Pasta doesn't seem to irritate my system like rice does.
  • thelastnightingalethelastnightingale Member, Premium Posts: 399 Member Member, Premium Posts: 399 Member
    @suegreg2 It's always difficult getting back on track, but you know you can do it. :) Push through!

    I haven't found any good high protein cereals either - I looked up Kashi Go-lean and can well believe it tastes like twigs... :lol: I'm focussing on the few foods I do like that have a decent protein content: eggs, low-fat cheese, veggie sausages and chocolate protein bars. I'm planning to teach myself how to make tarka dahl as I reckon something that lentil-y is bound to help.

    @MommaGemz Today I hit my protein goal for what must be the first time ever! I definitely felt less hungry eating so much protein, which is positive, but my fitness tracker tells me I'm just as exhausted as I always am, and I've struggled to concentrate today. Well, it's only day one of the experiment, Rome wasn't built in a day, but I have a sneaky suspicion I'm going to need to work on something else as well. Will keep going and reassess once I've been at this for long enough to have any meaningful data.

    I love orzo, but then again, I love all pasta, so am slightly biased. :)
  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 454 Member Member Posts: 454 Member
    Day 47

    The rice and soy sauce worked their 'magic' on me last night and I woke up feeling a little bloated. I really, really just need to break-up with rice for good. It does not agree with me. However, I'm still well under the dreaded 187, so I'm not worried. I drank some Ginger tea to help relieve the tummy issues and it helped ease the discomfort.

    It was a Monday and felt like a Monday. Not bad, but I didn't have much motivation. Luckily, because of pre-logging, all I had to do was follow my day of eating as written. I managed to squeak in my steps. I foresee an early bedtime for me tonight!

    I am realllly looking forward to my next take-out lunch, but I want to wait until August. Once a month should be a good "treat" to have take-out from whatever place I want and not log it.

    Daily Goals:
    Calories - ✅
    Steps - ✅
    Water - ✅

    Anyone else using Happy Scale? Here's the latest snapshot of my previous 30 days!

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  • thelastnightingalethelastnightingale Member, Premium Posts: 399 Member Member, Premium Posts: 399 Member
    Gosh, this is exciting... you know how when menstruating women live in the same house for long enough, their cycles sync and they all have periods at the same time?

    Maybe there's a similar rule for women on the same thread and weight loss. :lol: My weight has been up and down this week but only just started to move down. I'm predicting a small loss tomorrow (my weekly weigh in day) but a loss nonetheless rather than a small gain, which is how the week originally started.

    Nice work, all of us! :) Let's keep this collective trend going as long as we can! :smiley:

    This is only day two of The Great Protein Experiment. I'm not sure it's having any effect on my tiredness (but it's still early days), but I definitely feel fuller. Apparently not all calories are equal. I'm eating my allowance as planned, so no change there, but I don't feel any hunger between mealtimes. If you're fighting hunger pangs or looking to reduce your calories (I can't cut mine any further as I'm already at the lower end of what is acceptable), I think it's definitely worth seeing if you can up your protein.
  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 454 Member Member Posts: 454 Member
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    Congratulations on our successes @suegreg2 and @thelastnightingale !! Those stagnant times can be so hard on the morale, but then progress happens again and YAY!! My motivation is back in full swing! I had a giant "dip" on Sunday then crept up a little yesterday and today, but it's well below my weigh-in weight for last week, so I am still pleased.

    You have given me the idea to switch out one of my regular carb snacks for a high protein Greek Yogurt. There is still a little carb, but it's definitely more protein in the day and some added probiotics - Bonus!
  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 454 Member Member Posts: 454 Member
    Day 48

    I feel like the heat and humidity of the Texas summer are going to leave me feeling semi-permanently bloated until the Fall. Ugh. That's not really until October. Two more months of this blazing heat and unbearable humidity... blahhhhh

    Sunday was a huge "loss" day, but I've been creeping up. This tends to happen a big drop, then a subsequent "rebalancing." I'm still down for this week so I still feel pretty good. Lackluster session on the bike today, but I know I don't need to be gung-ho every single exercise day.

    I had a happy accident this week. I lost my written meal plan that I usually post of the fridge door to remind me what to cook for the evening. It had been bugging me trying to remember what I might have had planned, so I went into my food diary and pre-logged dinners for the week. Then when I open the menu for the day - viola! The dinner is already listed there for me. I'm definitely going to keep doing this because it reduces work during the week. Bonus!

    Daily Goals:
    Calories - ✅
    Bike & Steps - ✅
    Water - ✅

    Somehow just seeing this chart each day is uplifting even if the individual day wasn't a "loss"

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  • suegreg2suegreg2 Member Posts: 38 Member Member Posts: 38 Member
    I think I sabotage myself! Today, I swam for 2+ hours. I was famished when I got out of the pool. Just then, SIL called, so we talked. As we talked, I aimlessly ate ALL of the snacks left over from yesterday. And they didn't even taste good! I think I need a couple of mental reset days - protein drinks!
  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 454 Member Member Posts: 454 Member
    Day 49

    For some reason I'm not feeling really well today. I'm tired and feeling a bit dehydrated. I did my best to get my steps in while still trying to take it easy today. My mood was low as well and the cravings were BAD. I really, really wanted to throw in the towel and go get beef fajitas with ALL the good stuff, including chips and queso. But... I did not. I half-heartedly ate my planned meals.

    The family has decided to take a vacation next week. It's a staycation, because we can't go anywhere, but we all decided we need a break from jobs and home schooling for a week. I am looking forward to this sooooo much because I can't remember the last time I got to relax for more than an hour. I am the type of personality that feels the need to be productive and busy during the days. I have 4 books that I have been wanting to read. But what this means for me is that I have to work a little harder this week to set up my small business to run next week with minimal attention. Today through Friday I'll be trying to pre-work, so that Friday night the Staycation can begin!

    Daily Goals:
    Calories - ✅
    Steps - ✅
    Water - ✅

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  • nicoleismenicoleisme Member Posts: 113 Member Member Posts: 113 Member
    Great job so far! When you can’t get your steps in you could try a standing workstation! They help burn calories and are better overall too.
  • suegreg2suegreg2 Member Posts: 38 Member Member Posts: 38 Member
    @MommaGemz Great idea! It might be just what you need, physically and mentally. You go full-steam everyday. Plan some major relaxation time for everybody. Have fun!
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