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  • I've always stored bacon grease in a jar by the stove. I use it pretty frequently, but even when I don't (like it sits out for a week or more without use), I've never had it go rancid. My mom and grandmother did this, too, and we mostly lived in the South (high temps in the summer, limited a/c because it was expensive) and…
  • If you like Coke Zero, I can't tell any difference between it and Caffeine Free Coke Zero. I sometimes add sugar free vanilla or cherry syrup, too :)
  • That initial drop is likely due to water weight and there could be a ton of reasons why you haven't yet experienced it. It could be that you're holding onto fluids because it's TOM, or around ovulation. Have you increased you workouts since you've been logging?
  • I've been a sporadic MFP user for years, but didn't get serious about it until Feb 2017, after spending two years going through a series of surgeries including one that had a six months strict no lower body impact recovery time. I overate so much during that period and barely did any exercise; I went to the gym the day my…
  • I haven't made on in years, but my favorite trick was to substitute ~half of the corn syrup (in my grandmother's recipe) with molasses. It's still really, really sweet, so if that's not you thing you'd hate it, but the molasses gave it more depth of flavor. I also tend to overload it with pecans, so it's not just a single…
  • I ALWAYS reduce the sugar in pies - my favorites to make in the summer are rustic style galletes, which is just me slicing whatever fresh fruit I have that's about to turn, folding up the edges of a pie crust around the fruit, and baking it on parchment paper (no pie plate). I *might* sprinkle a little sugar on the top or…
  • Cilantro is the actual devil's weed and is poison
  • I edited my last post, but didn't finish until after your response above. The 5lbs could be inflammation or water weight after the hikes if it goes down in the next few days. It's tough to say. Your numbers *should* be having you lose weight if your measuring is accurate (and it looks like it is). Are you on any medication…
    in HELP. Comment by DamieBird August 2017
  • Is it possible that you're just already at the weight that you need to be? If you're not losing, conventional wisdom would say that means that you're in maintenance overall. Not saying that it's the most likely, as you seem to be pretty good for logging on the days that you do so, but are you perhaps subconsciously eating…
    in HELP. Comment by DamieBird August 2017
  • *BRB, going to the store to find this* Tillamook is at least 1/3 of the reason that I moved back to the West Coast ;)
  • You seriously can't find a full fat ice cream? Talenti, Ben and Jerry's, Haggen Daaz, etc., aren't known for being low fat . . .? I believe that you have difficulty finding a full fat FroYo, since FroYo seems to have been basically invented in response to people being afraid of fat.
  • I really just wonder at the people who think that it's *easy* to live on minimum wage. It's been 20 years since I was working minimum wage trying to get by, but since the cost of living in the US has risen much higher than the minimum wage has (and we have expenses now like cell phones and internet - which I consider…
  • Wait - this was your SUPERVISOR?!?! I missed that, if you mentioned it earlier. Is she in a contest with Michael Scott for worst boss ever?! That's way past inappropriate and she definitely needs some more training about interpersonal communication, as well as How Not to be an *kitten*. I'd seriously consider reporting her…
  • The entire premise of what you just said is incorrect.
  • The body does often store water after any change to diet or exercise, and eventually it will come off. Starvation mode is a myth, though. That just doesn't happen. You're right on the mark with weight loss slowing down as you go on, but it may not be a steady rate of 2lbs/week. There is a lot of great information in the…
  • You may want to read through this thread - it will answer most of your questions http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10569458/why-eating-too-little-calories-is-a-bad-idea/p1 Edit: TL;DR version - eating low calories for a sustained time period causes lots of unpleasant side effects. If you want to enjoy your…
  • Exercise is awesome and I totally put in treadmill time to help with a deficit, but you're likely overestimating your calories burned. It would take nearly 900 calories burned per session to get lose a pound in four workouts. For reference, I burn ~800 when I run for an hour at an average 11:20 pace at CW (180 lbs).…
  • I'm a tap water enthusiast, but if I HAVE to buy water, I like Fiji. I won't buy anything from Nestle, ever.
  • I second (third? forth?) that learning what accurate portion sizes are over time makes it easier to estimate portions when you're out at social events. If I'm at an event with food, I try to get all of my food on a plate in the beginning and take a picture. I don't add or take away anything over the event if at all…
  • Weighing day to day is useful for noticing normal fluctuations and overall trends. What it is NOT useful for is determining fat loss. You may have gained "weight" in the form of water retention, food in your system, etc., but 200 calories on one day DID NOT MAKE YOU GAIN FAT. That will literally never happen. If you want…
  • Assuming that ~5 pounds is likely to be water weight, the math works out to a 1050ish deficit over the 40 days. That's going to get VERY difficult to maintain at her ht/wt going forward. OP- you started off very aggressively (which is fine) but please take note that as you get smaller, it will be more and more difficult…
  • You literally just had several people give you great explanations and reasons for 1) why not to panic at a seeming stall and 2) why eating too few calories is bad and you immediately respond that you "might try to reduce" your calories even more. If you're planning on disregarding advice, why ask for it?
  • Now, I just really want cake, lol
  • I've tried adjusting calories on non-workout days and it's just too hard for me, lol. I like TDEE because it allows me to track by the week, not the day. I pretty much eat the same amount day to day, or at least try to get an average for the week in a sane range. I keep a fairly detailed excel tracker with data, and since…
  • I have a question about this. I normally average in the range of 14k step a day, but that includes my runs 4 times/wk. I occasionally lift weight or do some other type of workout, but 90% of it is only running or walking at steep incline. Outside of the gym, I get probably about 3-4k steps/day. Considering that I'm burning…
  • Take the total weight of chia seed that you used to make it (like if it was x-number of tbsp., measure out that amount as an estimate and weigh it in grams) and the total amount of almond milk and add them to the recipe builder function. That will tell you how many calories per serving. It will be an estimate this time,…
  • . . . . . they're still taxed in the US :/
  • Honest assessment is that your diet isn't as well balanced as you think it is :/. I think that you're on the right track, and I totally understand that you want to maintain the weight that you've worked so hard to lose. May I suggest that you try to re-frame your thinking? Look at this as a long term process. When you up…
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