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  • Hi, Billie, and welcome to the Community. Good advice from @Springlering62 up there (as usual from her). IME, prolonged success is going to require prolonged changes, and for me that put a premium on finding new habits that I felt I could sustain long term almost on autopilot when life got complicated. I don't know about…
  • Fortunately or unfortunately, the only way to lose weight is to get calorie intake at least a small bit below calorie expenditure. That can be by eating less in calorie terms - though it not need be less in physical volume, with some modified food choices. (I'm a fan of managing weight while eating foods I like, and it…
    in Hello Comment by AnnPT77 August 11
  • Hi, @Billplus4! Just stopping by to say hi & welcome . . . not because I know you from SP, but because I'm a fellow Michigander. I have friends/relatives along the West side - which truly is lovely! - but I'm over kind of in the palm, greater Lansing. I'm also senior (66), and active (rowing - on water when I can, machine…
  • That sounds like a really sensible approach! I've been here on MFP for quite a while (loss then maintenance), and it's hard to see the posts where people are wanting to lose 50 pounds by their wedding in 3 months, or something like that! I lost 50 pounds back in 2015-16, taking just a bit less than a year, a bit faster at…
  • Welcome to the MFP Community! When it comes to advice, I'd start with this: For me, self-disgust wasn't very helpful (though I get why it happens). Getting healthier, including reaching a healthy weight, is a self kindness. It's hard to be kind to something that disgusts me, y'know? Even when I was obese, I could…
  • Welcome back - hope you find the right formula this time! For me, it helped to think of how to make the process relatively easier and more sustainable, rather than trying to drop weight super fast. Have you learned things from what caused you to quit before, that you can use to make a different plan this time, avoid those…
  • Hi, and welcome (back?)! If keto lets you eat the foods you love to eat, it sounds like that can be a long-term successful path for you. Good show! Wishing you much success all the way through to long-term maintenance this time!
  • Well, I did the 2nd day of twofer, but it was pretty easy. This morning, I rowed bow in the quad, the usual 7k-ish bridge-to-bridge. One of the new folks from this year's class came out to row with our morning group for the first time, and we put him in 3 seat, behind stroke. He hadn't been in a quad since the early days…
  • You didn't hurt my feelings, I promise. I'm responsible for my feelings, not you - and I'm pretty resilient, or try to be. I can't think why I would be irritated with you? You're not trolling or mocking or any of those manipulative things. To the bolded: Of course there were obstacles. Think about what I said about me in…
  • If it were me, and I thought I could work out without physically injuring myself, I would work out. I doubt that those deficiencies would be a material injury risk. I'm definitely osteopenic, probably now osteoporotic based on my most recent bone density scans, and I haven't stopped working out. The back and wrist pain . .…
  • There's a way in which I think I can be unhelpful in contexts like this, that is really for me one of my . . . personal survival tactics, emotionally speaking? You have not seen a lot from me saying how hard this all is. I just cannot let myself go there. For me, it's not a healthy place, not a productive place, not a…
  • I have some, but I'm not creative about using it. It's good in scrambled eggs or other eggy things, in fall in squash or pumpkin soup, you can make sage butter to use on things (or steep in decent oil to make flavored oil), steep in vinegar to make sage vinegar (I'd put some garlic in there, too, if it were me), I've made…
  • I assume y'all know there's a web site that warns of the many dangers of DHMO. http://dhmo.org/ There, you can find MSDSes (Material Data Safety Sheets, like for posting in relevant workplaces), an FAQ, press kit, relationship to cancer, obstructionism from the dairy industry (where it's used widely without permits to…
  • I'm glad to hear that. I've been pushing these specific podcast episodes a bit here in the Community because they seem so very applicable and . . . a little mind-bending actually, even though I knew some about aspects of this (like placebo effect) before these episodes. I've thought about posting the links and a summary as…
  • Keep working at "how can be less uncomfortable and still keep me within calorie goal, getting decent nutrition, using foods I like and find practical". You're looking at a path to healthy weight forever, yes? Those new habits need to be sound and solid enough to stick, almost on autopilot, when other parts of life get…
  • No, not difficult. I chose to slow my loss rate as I got closer to goal, then when I reached goal weight to add back calories in smaller increments, like 100 at a time, then watch to see if I was still losing. I did that in part because I know myself: If I added 250 or 500 calories all at once, I'd be tempted to add some…
  • This afternoon, 25 mile bike ride, easy pace (average moving speed 10.9 mph, mostly Z2 and below - only 14' Z3). This evening, 11.5k rowing bow in the double (coached row), mostly Z2/Z3. This, after Sunday off (usual rest day) and yesterday off (weather cancelled rowing). Nicer weather today, at least: More like upper 70s…
  • I'm another skeptic that a plant-based diet is more favorable to health than an omnivorous diet. I've been vegetarian for over 48 years. I don't eat meat. A fully plant based diet is inherently deficient in at least one essential nutrient, vitamin B-12. (Yes, it can be supplemented.) There are other nutrients in which a…
  • Thank you for trusting me enough to answer. That's reasonable, as a personalized approach. (I'm a big fan of customizing weight management tactics to one's own preferences, strengths and limitations, as a generality. Individual humans differing is part of what makes life interesting - and I don't mean that ironically.) For…
  • No, not really. My fitness tracker's just a neutral tool, not really either motivating or demotivating. In what way do you find your Fitbit demotivating, out of curiosity? It sounds like you have a good common-sense plan for getting started. If you feel like the Fitbit doesn't help you . . . well, I'm a big believer in…
  • Really good advice from @Sinisterbarbie1, IMO. I'd add this, on the same theme: With only 15-ish pounds to lose, slow loss is likely to be the most health-promoting approach - like half a pound a week loss, as a goal. I get that we all want to drop weight fast, but doing so increases the possibility of losing lean mass…
  • With little weight to lose, slow loss is likely to be the most health-promoting approach - like half a pound a week loss, as a goal. I get that we all want to drop weight fast, but doing so increases the possibility of losing lean mass alongside body fat, and can increase health risk. The thing is, a slow loss rate will…
  • I'm here for two reasons: 1. To let you know there's a thread here where MFP users discuss and compile a list of strength training programs that have worked for them. It's here: http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10332083/which-lifting-program-is-the-best-for-you/p1 Despite the title, it's not just free weight…
  • It's also only a feature in premium MFP (i.e. paid version), not in free MFP. Users of free MFP won't be able to turn it on. Since the MFP food database is crowd-sourced (entered by regular MFP users), some entries list net carbs in the carbs column, and some list total carbs, depending on labeling laws in the place the…
  • Well . . . there's a lot going on in that neighborhood, metaphorically speaking. I don't think this is truly some new thing. Many people have been conscious of fitting in, wanting to do that, to be cool in the eyes of their social set. It's part of how human societies hang together, I think: Aspiration, wanting to be…
  • TBH, I think this is exactly what the process is: If we were instantly good at it, we might not need the practice? I have the same problems you report (the inside the head ones, I admit not the noisy neighbor ones). Usually, the training is to patiently bring one's attention back to the meditation practice, without making…
  • @yirara, I appreciate that you are reporting on this. I know you've had quite a range of challenges related to this physiological issue, difficult plus puzzling. I hope you'll find some solution or at least improvement via the current route, which at least sounds a little more promising. It is interesting to read how this…
  • In this context, @neanderthin, I'm curious: For how long did you try calorie counting, and wrestle with the experience you describe in the post I quoted? What was the experience like for you, subjectively? I promise, this is not some kind of setup for an attempted "gotcha". It's genuine curiosity. I absolutely know that…
  • Motivation is a limited budget at best. Losing a meaningful amount of weight and increasing fitness are both things that will take quite a long time period. Think about how you can make your path easier, rather than faster. You don't need to revolutionize every part of your eating all at once. You can make gradual…
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