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  • You can make and freeze healthy foods, its about portion control. If you are picky, you can make a pasta sauce full of veggies (including spinach) then blitz it so there are no "yucky bits", you can pre-make breakfast wraps with eggs, sausage, mushrooms or whatever you like, wrap in cling film and freeze, things like…
  • I nearly lost my dentist after she had the nerve to offer me "injectable beauty"! Listen lady, it took a lot of effort to get those cheekbones back, I'm not having them filled up with podge!
  • Sadly it seems to be out of stock at the moment :'( :D Exercising twice a day is just not achieving the same activity level as working normally, roll on September!
  • I've been in maintenance for several years (oh OK, I'm a few quarantine pounds up, but still not what I was! I'm working on it! :s ) but what always annoyed me at first was people saying "I wish I could lose weight! What did you do?" Apparently "move more, eat less" wasn't the answer they were looking for, but given we…
  • I have a Garmin watch which I deliberately don't sync with MFP. Insteda, when I go for a walk I start the watch and then when I get home use the time and distance to work out what speed I have walked - it can vary from 3.5mph to as low as 2mph, depending how much shopping I am carrying, whether I'm with my (tall, young)…
  • Try measuring as well as weighing - when I was near the end I found that my weight was not shifting but as I got fitter the measurements went down.
  • Try a different exercise - new class, different exercise routines on different days. Maybe up your calories a bit to give your body something to work on (like priming a pump)
  • Surely you sit down for your sewing and handicrafts? I used to do lots of scrapbooking but I've cut that back and increased exercise - walking or swimming would probably be helpful for you (no hills or stairs if your knee is bad). I also have bad knees and a dodgy hip, I've recently had to buy knee sleeves so i can keep up…
  • I've always used my exercise calories both when losing and during the 6 years I've been maintaining. I do use a fitness tracker to make sure I am logging walks at the right speed (its easy to ever-estimate, especially if its hot or you are going uphill!). I don't always eat all the calories on the day they are earned, but…
  • I reached a point where the scales didn't move but the inches did keep coming down. Now I'm in maintenance I rarely weigh myself, I just keep measuring (about every 2 weeks) and if the numbers go up I hop on the scales and eat at a deficit til everything is back where it should be. I eat all my cardio calories (not…
  • Walking is good, see if there are any classes like zumba gold near you (though you look a bit young for that!). Or try some low impact workout DVDs - Rosemary Conley is good as she always has a low impact option -and TBH even the high impact one is not massive! You could also see if there are any "sitting" classes, which…
  • Log everything - all foods and drinks (even those you feel guilty about), plus all DELIBERATE exercise - exercise classes, long walks/runs/cycles , exercise DVD sessions (but be realistic about whether you were walking fast, exercising vigorously etc). Use those scales for liquids as well - you'd be surprised how much…
  • There are no substitutes. I log everything - maybe I go over my calories for a couple of days, but it takes more than a couple of days to pile on as many lbs as I've lost over a longer period. I still have mince pies, but one at a time rather than two, for example. I try and fit in as much exercise as I can, but it is…
  • I eat back exercise calories, including those for food preparation (making bread and rolling pastry, not putting a tray of something ready made in the oven!), mowing/raking lawn and housework - anything that gets me a bit sweatier than I would be just ambling about the house. I've been on maintenance since November 2013…
  • If you are using a bought mix it won't really be any healthier than Haribo (unless its a sugar free mix). If you make them from fruit puree and gelatine, then they will be missing the artificial colourings, flavourings and preservatives. But equally they might not last long without preservatives.
  • I always log - if I can't find exactly what I've had I pick the nearest thing. I know its not as accurate as when I'm at home with my scale but it helps me be mindful. I also won't finish something if its not delicious - not worth the calories. I continue to log my exercise as well - mainly walking, but sometimes there's a…
  • Low protein may make you feel hungrier and therefore more likely to accidentally eat the wrong things (or too much of something). Can you eat eggs on a meat free day?
  • That too ;) I've only done WW using my mum's discarded WW guidelinesas I don't need to pay someone to tell me I eat too much.
  • See your doctor. There are plenty of people older and heavier than you lifting - did you work out a programme with a trainer or just wing it?
  • I've lost weight with WW in the past but always put it back and more, as it takes me too low calorie to be sustainable longer term, so once I reached goal the bad habits came back too quickly (and "free foods" can be dangerous!). Whereas on MFP I've lost weight and kept (most of) it off for over 5 years - occasionally a…
  • Of course I get tired of it. But I know I have very little self-control, so unless I log for example "2 jaffa cakes", then I can easily eat 4, scarfe down a packet of crisps when I don't have the calories to spare, etc etc. I'm not tired enough of logging calories to under my hard work and get fat again because I can't…
  • Fitbits can over-estimate calorie burn by up to 40% according to Which? reports, so keep an eye on it. That's why I don't sync my tracker to MFP, just add it separately
  • When I started losing weight walking was all I did - to and from work (15 mins each way) then 1/2 hour at lunchtime. I would eat back my exercise calories mostly, or save some for the weekend. The important thing is being accurate with logging - not over-estimating your walking speed, and weighing/measuring all your food…
  • As others have said, weighing is essential - especially for hard to estimate things like pasta. NEVER use a cup or an entry on the website which says "average portion", "1/4 of recipe"(unless you also have that recipe). Also vary your exercise - different things on different days, try a new routine. But I think the bottom…
  • Yes. yes it is. But you must weigh and measure accurately using grams/ml - never cups, average portion etc.
  • Alcohol is not necessary for nutrition, so that is calories you can easily give up. Also it does tempt you to naughty snacks because they go so nicely with a nice chilled glass! However, the bottom line is calories in-calories out, so if you replace alcohol with sugary drinks or even fruit juice then you won't see much…
  • Harold and Maud - sorry if its already been said
  • I would never use a cup as a measurement whatever, use a food scale. No point obsessing over 10 calories if you're not going to weigh accurately - I had some quite big grapes today which filled the pot I use for work in only 70g, whereas if I have smaller grapes it can fit 100g or more.
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