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  • I'll echo shaumom's response and suggest you go get checked out by a physician and get your vitamin levels tested by getting some bloodwork done. Low levels of Vitamin D and other vitamins and minerals can definitely contribute to depression and fatigue. When we are depressed and overly tired our defenses are down and we…
  • A really sweet fruit can do the trick, like red grapes, peach slices sprinkled with some splenda and a dot of whipped cream, mandarin oranges, sugar-free jello or chocolate pudding cups. I'll sometimes have a cup of hot chocolate and a handful of pretzels for that "salty/sweet" taste. The main thing is to measure portions…
  • I have the same thing for breakfast every morning because it is the only thing I've found that keeps me full until lunch. One "Ezekial 4:9" muffin with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter spread on it. The muffin itself has 160 calories, 4 grams of protein and 16 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fiber. The peanut butter adds 190…
  • Those syrups come in sugar free now. Torani makes a variety of caramel, vanilla, hazelnut, even smores flavored syrups with no sugar. A two tablespoon serving has zero calories. You can find them in your grocery store or online on Amazon. I keep a couple of bottles at home and in my desk drawer at work. I can get my…
  • Polaners Grape is the best. I've tried Smuckers too and it is okay, but Polaners has the most "Grapey" flavor. I buy it for my husband who is diabetic but I eat it too. Makes a great PB&J sandwich.
  • I am right there with you. I lost a little over 50 pounds and then MyFitnessPal updated their App and my old phone would no longer let me log in. I lost my logging streak of almost a year without missing a day and I found it harder and harder to log food without the App. I began to allow myself to eat more because "I…
  • I have gone as long as two weeks without losing anything even though my eating and exercise have remained the same. A lot of things can factor in, water retention, salt intake, constipation and even just your body getting stubborn and holding on to every ounce it can for a bit. Keep doing what you were doing when you lost…
  • You received some great ideas here today. Let me add just one. Take a self defense class for women. Not that you need to attack anyone, but the knowledge that you could if you wanted/need to, is empowering. The great thing that they teach you that anyone of any fitness level can achieve is to be vocal, very, very vocal…
  • This right here: "Weight loss takes place in the kitchen" is everything. Thank you for writing this. I too, had to lose weight and give up alcohol because it was killing me. Over-eating and over-drinking went hand in hand for me and I too, had the "the hell with it" mind set about food after having a few drinks.…
  • I'm 59 years old and have lost 45 pounds over the past year and a half without exercise. It's all about measuring (not estimating) your portions, logging EVERY bite of food and beverage you consume and staying in a calorie deficit at least 80% of the time consistently.
  • Regular coffee with cream and sugar from Dunkin Donuts - 190 calories?!!! I could almost have a Snicker's Bar for that many calories!
  • I've had similar issues recently as well. I pinpointed mine to an ingredient in the fruit and nut bars I was eating every day. The ingredient is chicory root fiber, also known as inulin. It is added to a lot of "high fiber" foods and for some people (like me) it causes digestive upset, bloating and gas. Check your foods…
  • For me, it's a learning experience. How many days, for instance, and by how much each day, can I go over before it shows up on the scale? It's also helpful to me to see that little message when you complete your logging for the day that says "If every day was like this day, you would weigh xxx lbs. in five weeks. That's…
  • I've lost 50 pounds over the past year. Yesterday, my next door neighbor asks me "Have you been losing weight?" Over this whole time, only a couple of people have noticed, or if they did, they didn't feel comfortable asking about it. I'm 100% fine with that. When co-workers or friends at a party state for everyone that…
  • Ive been pescatarian for 20 years now. I eat seafood once or twice a week. My favorite is a really well cooked piece of salmon over a green salad with a slightly sweet (aka mango) viniagrette dressing. Of course, boiled shrimp, cold, with cocktail sauce or fish tacos are also great. The rest of the week, I eat vegetarian…
  • Here are some "whys" for you. They are my "whys" but feel free to use them if it helps: Physical exercise and eating more fruits and vegetables means I lower my risk for dementia, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, cancer, etc. later in life. I don't want to work my whole life and then have to be a burden on my family…
  • I get this but I really don't think people really have a realistic idea of when they are "out of willpower". You really have no idea of how strong you really are until you push yourself past whatever your perceived "limits" are. That's the true "awakening" of a human being to their true potential. You don't achieve…
  • You want to know why people gain the weight back? Because they go back to their old way of eating at some point in time. I've gained and lost 100's of pounds in my life. I'm currently losing the 60 pounds I lost 10 years ago and then gained back. I kept it off for two years by working out 3 to 5 times a week and watching…
  • It sounds like you have two very loving and interested grand parents. They see you doing something great and want to be involved, albeit in their own, eccentric way. Pass on the doughnuts, cheese and wine and let them know although you are very grateful for the offer, do they have some fresh veggies or a diet soda instead?…
  • Enter YOUR statistics (height, current weight, current activity level and desired rate of weight loss) into My Fitness Pal and it will give you an estimate of your daily calorie intake needed to meet YOUR weight loss goals. There is no "One Size Fits All" approach to counting calories just as all women are not made the…
  • I give myself "windows" where it's okay to eat fast food, like on the weekends when I'm out with my husband, but during the week, I plan all of my meals, take my lunch to work and eat dinner at home. Friday night is pizza night or we go to a movie and I have popcorn or a soft pretzel. If I know I am going to go out for…
  • It's water weight. Sodium intake effects my weight. I can stay within my calorie goals for the day, have a bowl of Pho at my favorite Vietnamese restaurant and I can literally watch my fingers swell up in the car on the way home after the meal. The next morning, I will typically be up 2 to 3 pounds simply from water…
  • Going over your macro for sodium intake isn't something you can "reverse" but you can change your macro settings to give yourself a higher daily allowance. Go to "Goals" on your profile and then click "Edit" on your micronutrients and you can set your allowances. Sodium may cause you to retain water which may show up as…
  • Pros on plant proteins would be more fiber in your diet, more vitamins and minerals, replenishing your gut bacteria (think beans and fermented soy) and less saturated fat. Plant proteins I like are nut butters and nuts, beans, soy products like tofu, dark green leafy vegetables, etc. You can also choose to include dairy…
  • Wow. I would love to have a friend like that! Keep accepting her gifts. If you don't want the "carby" stuff, you can store it in the pantry if it's a dry good like oatmeal or canned or dry bean. For the vegetables, blanch them (boil for two minutes, then plunge them into ice water) and then put them in a ziploc bag and…
  • Pickle your raw veggies. Let them marinate in some apple cider vinegar and spices of your choice overnight in the fridge. You can add some red pepper flakes for a little kick if you want some heat.
  • Peanut butter filled chocolate and caramel Clif Bar!
  • Ok, you've owned it, now you need to fix it and that means fixing your behavior and your attitude towards food. Forget skinny, go for a healthy weight and understand that ANY weight loss is a WIN. If you only lose 10 pounds and keep it off by changing your eating habits, you have won. Set a realistic goal of say, 1 pound a…
  • Pescatarian here. I tried eating vegan for about six months and decided I didn't want it enough to give up cheese :-). I basically eat what I like, when I feel like it. Although technically, I eat eggs, I only want eggs maybe once a week. I have fish or some other seafood 1 to 2 times per week. The rest of the week, I eat…
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