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  • There's a setting for turning that off, but it's only available in the premium version of MFP. You can un-sync your tracker and accomplish almost the same arithmetic if you don't have premium MFP. Why don't you want the calories adjusted? Fast loss isn't necessarily a good plan, and if you asked for the loss rate you want…
  • It's been an interesting weekend. I crunched my car (and someone else's) late afternoon Friday, which left me discombobulated. I did do a 60+3' stationary bike ride later in the evening, thinking it would help burn off some of the fight or flight hormones, which did help, but I still got literally zero minutes of sleep…
  • That sounds like a great plan, @BCLadybug888! Very smart. I feel like sometimes new people here think they need to follow some externally endorsed plan, maybe a named diet of some kind . . . but I think personalizing tactics to our own preferences, strengths, limitations and lifestyle is a key success factor. Fingers…
    in 60 yrs and up Comment by AnnPT77 1:26AM
  • Hi, Lori, and welcome - from a fellow Michigander, age 68. I admit I don't know much about heart issues, but I admire that you're taking the reins to improve your own health. I'm kind of sub-par on the MFP friend side of things (more of a Community forum gal, I guess). But I wanted to stop by your thread and welcome you to…
  • Hi, Denise! I second Margaret's suggestion. There's also a 50+ group, only lightly active, but it seems to be picking up a bit lately. You could help it pick up. ;) https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/group/100593-over-50-group I'm 68, F, too. I lost around 50 pounds using MFP at age 59-60, now hanging around long term…
    in New Comment by AnnPT77 April 14
  • What are you doing wrong? Possibly nothing . . . except not giving the process enough time to work. Changing our eating patterns and increasing exercise/activity can increase water retention temporarily (for health-promoting reasons) and mask fat loss on the scale. I'd suggest sticking with a starting regimen - eating and…
  • If fat loss is the goal, reduced calories is the direct route. But 17 days isn't long enough to have a clear picture. When we increase exercise (or even do new types), we tend to retain a little more water in our bodies for muscle repair. That can mask fat loss on the scale for a couple of weeks or more. On top of that,…
  • I'm ovo-lacto vegetarian, so I do eat dairy foods, including a fair amount of skim milk (hot, in my coffee), cottage cheese, and nonfat Greek yogurt (that latter both as a regular food with berries/oatmeal and such, but also as a sour cream or mayo substitute in some cases). I use certain other calorie-efficient cheeses I…
  • A thing to ask yourself about the "lose weight fast" people is whether they reach goal weight, and then stay there long term. I don't know about you, but that long term is what I want for myself. Sometimes a moderate loss rate that's reasonably easy can get a person to goal weight in less calendar time than fast loss that…
  • In the places that say that, what's their reasoning that's of concern to you? Flying can be physically stressful (immobility, water retention, dehydration, etc.), so I personally wouldn't plan an intense workout of any type right after a flight, and would be guided by how I felt to decide whether to work out at all.
  • YeahBut . . . cooking makes some nutrients more bioavailable, so there are tradeoffs. However, I assume most people are going to cook the frozen ones, so that's a wash in canned vs. frozen. (I agree with the post about raw/salad veg tasting better fresh, in most cases. :D There are canned and cooked frozen ones I use in…
    in Vegetables Comment by AnnPT77 April 14
  • I concur that it's the calories that matter for weight loss. Nutrition is about health, energy level, appetite, and other things (some of which can affect weight loss indirectly). But if you're persistently low on protein (compared to the MFP default goal), that's worth chipping away at improving. Eating too little protein…
  • Bottom line, weight (fat) is about the calories directly. Sure, nutrition is important generically. Ditto for exercise. But calories are the key for weight loss. Nutrition and exercise can have indirect effects through energy level or fatigue, or through appetite. The direct mechanism is still calories. Get your personal…
  • Can't recall if we've mentioned this on this thread or not, but you may see a water weight jump from the long flight home. If weight is up at first, don't panic. Give it a couple of weeks, maybe even up to a month, for that to resolve before assuming there's fat regain.
  • I eat more than 25g at some meals (25g is perhaps more the "ideal minimum" vs. "ideal quantity"). I eat protein snacks (maybe only a little protein, 5-10g, but some and it adds up). Sometimes I even eat more than 3 meals (calorically smaller ones than when I eat 2-3, of course). Like I said, I'm usually at 120ish grams as…
  • Of course it won't be easy every second: It isn't easy for anyone of any age to profoundly change habits. But with determination and commitment on your side, I'm betting you can surprise yourself with how much progress you make in the next weeks and months, let alone years. Too much in our culture paints aging as a…
  • Was the entire 2 pounds gained on the earlier trip fat (stuck around semi-permanently), or partly water retention (dropped off over a couple of weeks to a month after without special intervention)? Eating in unusual patterns, flying or long drives: Those are things that increase water retention. It's realistic to expect a…
  • What they've said above is my experience: It's a less lively overall lifestyle than when I was younger (job, hobbies, home chores, social life not just exercise), plus the gradual loss of fitness (so less muscle, flexibility) making it less fun/easy to move so the unconscious tendency is to move even less. It's not…
    in Menopause Comment by AnnPT77 April 14
  • I don't think calorie needs differ with the drugs . What seems to differ in those who are helped by the drugs - based on discussion here - is more the internal "food noise" in one's head, the cravings, appetite - as you say. Those who are succeeding find it easier to stick with the right calories that are needed for weight…
  • It's a common thing to not be able to see changes in our own self . . . until lots of time passes, and it sinks in. We may see our internalized long-term self-image in the mirror, not register the change. For some, photos are clearer evidence, but not universally. In the Success Stories section, there's a "before and after…
  • I've thought about a new bike, something maybe a little lighter/faster than my old Trek hybrid. LBS says maybe a comfort gravel bike would suit. It's tempting, but I know I also will need a new laptop soon, plus a bunch of major home repairs/improvements, (I might be able to do some of those myself, but some not quickly or…
  • Yes, but at low volume. I see you found the "general chat" thread. That and the "photos from outdoor exercise" thread (which doesn't confine itself to that topic) seem to be the most active ones. However, the group seems to be picking up a little lately. If you'd like there to be an active over 50 group, post on the group…
  • In that case, I think it's a "contact support" issue. You can reach them via the Help function in MFP. That's truly bizarre.
  • Don't give up then, either. I mean, give up the writing part if you like, but don't give up on all the wonderful changes of habit you're working out to reach a healthy weight and improved fitness. You're worth that investment, and it will improve your quality of life on that front, at least. I'm sorry your work is being…
  • Yeah, but Lansing area. And pretty much all I do with buddies is row (boats, in season). I'm not gym-y, nor a runner. Still, greetings to a fellow 'gander! GH is a nice area - I have relatives over there, and y'all have some nice trails for running, biking, etc. . . . and of course the big lake. :)
    in Michigan Comment by AnnPT77 April 12
  • It's not super unusual to lose a good bit at first, then stall for a couple of weeks. Usually, it's that a new eating pattern triggers a water weight drop at first, then water retention re-balances, and the extra water masks ongoing fat loss on the scale for a while. You're at 10 pounds down over 6 weeks, so averaging over…
  • There's an "automatic meal planner" at this site: https://www.eatthismuch.com/ (I don't work for them or get compensated in any way for posting the link.) I don't know if it does what you want. Its basic function is to provide daily meal plans with recipes for various dietary styles at a user-selected calorie level and…
    in Custom diet Comment by AnnPT77 April 12
  • Maybe try logging what you're eating now, and see how it stacks up in calories and nutrition? There really aren't magical diet foods or - despite what the blogosphere claims - "superfoods". Eat foods you enjoy that add up to the right number of calories, keep you mostly full and happy, and give you reasonable nutrition, on…
  • Cooler and rainy today, plus I spent the daylight hours working on getting my (bleep) income taxes done (myself, not accountant), so back to stationary bike. My body was running hot today for some reason, so while sticking with the 60'+3' Z2 workout, I could only manage 87W average and still hit 97% Z2. Oh, well.
  • Hello, and welcome! I'm a cancer survivor, too - different type, though, stage III locally advanced breast cancer. If MFP and calorie counting suit you, it can be a great way to manage body weight, IME. (I'm heading into year 8 of maintaining a healthy weight, after just under a year of loss from obese to healthy weight,…
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