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  • Google YAYOG (You Are Your Own Gym).
    in Body weight Comment by jody664 June 2013
  • OMG, I am so glad you are okay! I had a similar thought during the Boston Marathon bombings. I want to be strong so that if I'm ever in that situation, I can actually help people. Again, very very glad you are okay!
  • Good job! When I first started with the C25K program, I couldn't even run 30 seconds. Be proud of yoursef!!
  • Sara, feel free to lock this thread. Also wanted to report that I got my @$$ back in the gym yesterday after almost a week off. Ironically it was one of my best workouts yet! I had a ton of energy and felt fantastic. Maybe I needed the week off. Or maybe the additional calories gave me a burst of energy. Either way, I was…
  • As others have said, you can eat ANY food as long as it fits your macros and calorie goals. Take a look at the links JenniferShoo posted. They will give you a better idea of what everyone means. Shadow2Soul also gave you some really good info.
  • I can only tell you what has worked for me. "Dieting" does not. Deprivation does not. What has worked for me: *Eating less than I burn each day. *Focusing more on whole foods and not eating a lot of pre-packaged stuff. *Cooking at home more. *Eating out less. *Packing a healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks for work, so I'm…
  • Very well said! Thank you! :drinker:
  • Me! I'm probably in the minority, but that was my PRIMARY reason for staying fat. I don't want the catcalls and men hitting on me. Scares the *kitten* out of me. (See my story above for why.) I get what you are saying......most women would feel awesome getting hit on and getting catcalls. But not all of us. Some of us have…
  • One of my friends who is a bodybuilder calls it a "re-feed" day. Another term I've heard is a "mental health day" or a "mental health meal." Whatever you decide to call it, enjoy it! I honestly think food should be enjoyed. :smile:
  • I have been thinking of sharing my (whole) story on the forums for some time, and reading this thread prompted me to "let it all out." LOL This is why I got fat: When I was 12, a family friend began molesting me. It was a difficult time in my family. I lost both of my grandfathers within 6 months of each other. My parents…
  • I'm not a teacher, but I pack my lunch (and breakfast and snacks) every day. I bought a soft-sided cooler with a couple of ice packs, so I know the food will stay cool. Here is what a typical lunch bag looks like: Breakfast: *Coffee *Yogurt *Fruit Snack #1: *Nuts Lunch: *Leftovers from dinner the night before *Carrots or…
  • OK, that makes sense. I'll gradually up it to 1900 and report back. Thanks again for your help.
  • I agree with everyone about diets.......they are short-term and don't work in the end. Here are the things that have worked for me: * Eating whole foods as much as possible. Limit the amount of prepackaged foods you eat. * But don't deprive yourself of everything yummy. It's okay to have a piece of birthday cake…
    in Which Diet? Comment by jody664 June 2013
  • My story is similar to yours. I'd already lost some weight, maybe 25 lb, when I was diagnosed. It was totally unexpected. But I started Synthroid about 9 months ago, and things have gone well since then. I haven't noticed a huge change in my metabolism. I was losing at a fairly good pace before the meds and now am probably…
  • Thanks for your response, Sara. Since I'm wanting to switch to eating a constant amount as opposed to eating back my exercise calories, would I add 300 to my "base" amount (1200 + 300 = 1500) or should I add it to what I've been averaging (the last 4 weeks, my average has been 1688, so roughly 1600 + 300 = 1900)? Actually…
  • Just popping in to add an update. This past week has been particularly challenging. Work has been super crazy. And I've had a family situation that's taken a lot of my time. Because of that, I haven't worked out since Monday and I had several high calorie days, one of which I didn't even fully log. I know was way over on…
  • The weirdest comment I had was from my boss. She and I have been friends for years and we both used to work at another organization. She had watched my weight loss and was always complimentary of it. I was meeting some of our former coworkers for drinks one night and my boss wasn't able to go. The next day, she was asking…
  • ^^This has been my experience too. I like the ease of use of MFP, particularly the app. But the SP community is a lot more supportive and a lot less snarky than the MFP forum.
  • 5'0" here. Age 47. Started at 200+ lb and am now at 155 lb. When I started losing last year, I did a lot of cardio. Took a break through winter of last year, but started again in April working with a personal trainer who has me doing Olympic lifts (deadlifts, squats, overhead press, etc). Last year doing a lot of cardio, I…
  • Wow, that menu looks awesome! I'd have a hard time choosing. Italian is one of my favorites. I absolute love Eggplant Parmesan so that would probably be my first choice. With an appetizer (any of them!), the Facci wedge salad, a great bottle of red wine, and (although I didn't see desserts listed) tiramisu to top off the…
  • I was lifting with a male friend of mine for the first time. We were using the Smith machine and doing squats. I'd done my first set, we added weights for his set, then deloaded again for mine. I got one squat done and knew I had to pass gas. So I just stood there for a moment. He finally said, "Everything okay? You were…
  • Yep, I definitely got bit by the Iron Bug. LOL. If you would have told me a year ago that I would enjoy lifting weights, I would have thought you were crazy. I'll await your calorie advice. Thanks again.
  • Thanks for the advice, SideSteel. You're right......it's what I see in the mirror that matters, not some arbitrary number on either a scale or body fat estimator. Good to remember. I do understand this will be a lot of work, but I think I've almost found a workable program and eating plan for myself, something I can live…
  • Hi Sara and SideSteel, First, an update......I adjusted my MFP settings to 1300 and have been eating that + plus exercise calories for a few days now. It's certainly helped with the hunger, and I'm thinking of adding another 100 calories maybe next week. I may even try eating an even number and stop eating back exercise…
  • I loved your video, particularly you deadlifting and squatting outside! You've made an amazing transformation. And those are some serious guns you're sporting now! :happy: Congrats! Very inspirational.
  • There was a trainer at my old gym who used to weigh over 300 lb. He was far from perfect.....still had maybe another 20 lb to go, but if you had a lot of weight to lose and were new to exercising, he was your man. He had been there, done that, and knew how to motivate people. A lot of his clients had success in losing 100+…
  • Wow, awesome article. I just started lifting this year, and I'm 47. I hope I'm still lifting at 82.
  • I know my HRM I had to set it up with my age, height, weight, etc. Not sure which HRM you are using. Did yours require you to enter your stats when you started using it? If so, I would say the HRM is more accurate. I know my gym's ellipticals don't require you to enter your stats, so they are seldom correct.
  • I like Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard too, particularly the Vanilla Ice Cream flavor. Throw in a few frozen berries and some yogurt or cottage cheese, and you've got a great tasting "milk shake."
  • Thank you, Sara. I'll give it a try. I think you're right.....I can afford an extra 300 calories. Although I'm looking forward to getting to my goal weight, I've change my focus from that to getting fit and lifting. If I continue to lose inches, I'll be a happy camper. :happy: Thanks for responding. I really appreciate you…
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