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  • Ok thanks! Nevermind I won't do it. Still would love to add friends who are beginning to run, who are encouraging.
  • Hi, Melanie, thanks for the warning! I've never had knee issues so this never crossed my mind! I'm working with a trainer, though, so hopefully she has my best interests at heart.
  • Hi, Shelby! Congratulations! I'm a November due date, too. I can completely sympathize with everything you said. I often feel like pregnancy is one long endurance test for moms, not just physically but also psychologically! My only comment would be to try to not worry about the weight gain, try not to let it get you down.…
  • Early January is a great time to have a baby! Congratulations! January 6th is my son's birthday. And by the time the weather was nice, I wasn't as "postpartum" and it felt great getting out and about! I hope you have a great pregnancy. As far as mfp settings, I think everyone does their own thing. There's no official…
  • I can relate. I wept in the kitchen yesterday while I loaded the dishwasher, convinced I was going to miscarry soon. I have absolutely no reason to think that, I already had a normal sonogram, and I'm 12 weeks tomorrow. It's hormones! I hope we both get happy coming into our second trimester...
  • Emergen-C packets and airborne tablets.
  • That's a cool way of saying that. Or my husband has said, "eating less is so liberating". That's a funny way of saying it, too- because you'd think that eating less is restrictive. But I get that feeling. It's like, I'm liberated from my "slavery" of over-eating. Just want to add a tiny devil's advocate though, it's so…
  • I can so relate! For me it's a combination of letting myself get too too hungry, and also being alone. I never eat like that with others. Can you keep a high protein, high fat snack handy to eat a half hour before you get home? And have a friend over for dinner, or chat on the phone? Sorry if these sound lame.
  • I definitely get flu-like symptoms when I overexert. I've never tried googling it, I just take a hot bath and ibuprofen. Do you enjoy stretching? That gives me GREAT relief. For four months I used to live in a small town with my 4 young children and no car, and after each day of walking all around with one in a carrier,…
  • It's just an estimate, in my opinion, so closest description. I usually estimate on low side for exercise. By the way, I only log out-of-the-ordinary exercise. So lugging groceries up the steps once a week, vacuuming, walking to and from locations, definitely burn calories, but I don't log them as exercise. What do others…
  • OP- congratulations! And great question, I've always wondered that!!!
  • She sounds like a good friend. I like truth-tellers. You are a beautiful person to give of yourself so completely. And taking time for yourself and "recharging your batteries" is part of your gift of self. We're here for you! Thank you for sharing your story!
  • Ladies, I'm feeling discouraged! Yesterday I ate an entire bag of Doritos. This is the old me. Sad but true... not out of the ordinary action for my past self. I really thought that old me was gone! But yesterday proved that not much has changed. I need to shake it off and start fresh! But pregnancy makes it hard.…
  • "Brat" diet is what I've always been told for following stomach virus... bananas, rice, applesauce, toast. I think it's just gentle on stomach for digesting. But once you're normal appetite returns, go back to normal! Get well soon!
  • Walking! (But this is coming from someone with no disc issues...so I can't speak for that!) but if I keep up my walking, my back is strengthened! If I skip a few days, I start to feel that familiar unpleasant twinge...
  • Posting here so as to follow kind posts! I have just a tiny thought to contribute: all our efforts, frustrations, successes, sweat and tears shed in order to lose weight really do all count for nothing if we don't live with kindness for others. Does heaven depend upon a fit figure? Or a kind soul?
  • As far as "drinking your sugar" (i.e., how you fix up your coffee), I recommend going cold-turkey, and just switch to black coffee. You'll get used to it! And soon the idea of sugar and cream in your coffee will seem unappealing. This is my experience at least. Good luck on reducing your sugar intake! And best wishes on…
  • Great suggestions! I will add my salvation, which is hot herbal tea. It really suppresses my hunger. But may I be the jerk and share, that really I've found hunger to be a part of eating at a deficit? I'm not talking about weakness, extreme deficit, not eating enough. I'm talking about eating 100 calories lower than…
  • In what way does it help you? I'm thinking that since you meditate specifically after dinner, does it allow you to digest and feel satisfied, and so therefore, help you stay at your calorie goal?
  • Yes! I can totally relate to your predicament! I've often felt so so frustrated by this concept. Thanks for posting this and for all the awesome ideas people responded. I hate exercise anyways, and then add to it the fact that I'm RAVENOUS because of it, forget it!!! But the alternative is not an option, either! Just feels…
  • What's wrong with cream of wheat? I always thought of that as an excellent, healthy, iron rich food. Good: almost no processed food. My mom cooked lots of new recipes all the time from scratch and with whole ingredients. Bad: I was a picky eater and refused to eat it and would sneak to the convenience store and buy candy.…
  • Yes I can relate to your description of weakness while exercising, but not specifically to pregnancy. When I'm calorically deprived, and I work out, it's an awful feeling for me. But I started making a protein shake before workouts and it totally solved that problem! Do you use protein powder? I won't use the whole serving…
  • I could've written this post. I can so identify with everything you said. (Except ADHD). I really really struggle with the total obsession with food. While I'm eating, I'm already thinking about my next meal/snack. And it's so sad to me to count calories. These are lame suggestions, but I find that hot herbal tea will help…
  • Not alone. It's the pits. But I just want to point out, you probably look waaay better than you realize! We have a way of viewing ourselves with criticism. My vote is, hold your head up high and just try to enjoy yourself poolside this summer!
  • Oh my goodness, yes it took us all day! From 7am until 7pm. Lots of breaks, lots of sunscreen! I'm sure we were exhausted but looking back at it, now 3 years ago, I only have glowing memories! Haha!
  • That's my FAVORITE game to play... dumb! It gets me through countless interactions with my inlaws. "Oh, really? Oh interesting! Oh I didn't know that!" Omg they must think I'm an idiot
  • For cooking with pulp, you could make veggie soup. I also made quick breads/muffins replacing whatever produce (banana, carrot, zucchini) recipe called for with the pulp. You could also compost the pulp. Or if you don't compost, you could dig a hole right in your yard or garden and bury pulp. You might even have volunteer…
  • Everyone gave such great advise! I feel the same way, uncomfortable in a swimsuit! But I love the beach. Once I visited the northeastern coast (Portland, Oregon) and it was cool in July. I wore jeans and a sweater. I thought, this is my kind of beach!!!! I'd move there in a heartbeat!
  • Great news! I just had an ultrasound (I'm 8 weeks and super paranoid about losing the pregnancy), and there's a baby, and a perfect heartbeat! I'm so relieved! It's almost like I'm finding out I'm pregnant today! Now the chance of miscarriage is way reduced. Also, I've only gained 1 pound in last 3 weeks, so I feel happy…
  • I would guess the bike could be adjusted better for your frame. Can you lower the seat? Or bring handlebars closer? Also I've read in these forums that the shoes could be causing numbness, if they're tied too tightly? Numbness is annoying, but normal, it's just a temporary lack of circulation. I'm not saying ignore it, but…
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