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  • @chicbuc I feel ya, sistah. LA is a process, not just for ourselves but for our playmates as well. My first LA step was limiting adult beverages to weekends only. At the time, it was a difficult adjustment. I had to leave the kitchen after dinner and hang out in a place where I didn't normally eat or drink, like in our…
  • Wow! 3 pages of comments already. I'm struggling to keep up with this motivating group! I'll just apologize in advance if my comments feel a little out of synch or delayed. :D Really inspiring thoughts to start the month -- thanks to all for who shared thoughts and get well soon to those under the weather. I can identify…
  • Strictly speaking of fat loss, no, you are not in a plateau. It is common for loss to slow as you lose. If you have eaten at a consistent calorie level, and your body weight has decreased (hence your TDEE has decreased), your net deficit has also decreased. Totally normal and healthy. Speaking of lean gains, I have to…
  • Love this comment. If it were me, I would shoot for 0.5lb/week as your goal. Your BMI is low, so it is going to be slow if you want to conserve the muscle you have. Yes, scale fluctuation makes it hard to see progress. Very true. You have to be patient, but op -- you obviously have patience! Well done so far, BTW. My BMI…
  • Hi, LA friends. I have not been a good LA companion this month. Nor have I been good at accountability. Kudos to all you who have! I've caught up with all your posts and can identify with a lot that is going on in the group. I have been really checked out -- first 3 weeks out of state and last week absolutely submerged in…
  • Me, too. I had a mid-40's career change and when my weight crept up 5lb (not uncommon), my usual way of losing 5lb didn't work. I wondered if it was age related metabolism change. Ha! It wasn't. As soon as I realized my new less active job gave me a smaller calorie budget and adjusted for that, the math worked as expected.…
  • QFT with added emphasis that it's not just OK to eat for enjoyment, but we SHOULD eat for enjoyment, with the proviso as @Paperpudding has stated - as long as overall nutrition is ok and within appropriate calorie range. @Theoldguy1 OP is maintaining, so likely has more than 1200-1500 cal to work with. Nonetheless, I'm…
  • Catching up on all the great posts. #1 fave post is @itladyee 's grandbaby news. I totally would have danced and cried in that parking lot. How cute that GS is excited to be a big brother! There ate a bunch of cute books for only kids expecting a sib. What good insights from newish posters @SparkSpringtime69, @NonnieDoiron…
  • Hi, all! The first 2 months of 2024 saw tons tons more travel than normal (some fun, some sad), and I'm now in NM for the month. Haven't been checking in but still working on moderation. Alas, I am right where I've been for a long time now -- pretty consistent with weekday abstinence and pretty inconsistent with weekend…
  • @Michieb I'm glad you shared your internist story. It's inspiring. I feel vicarious pride for you. Good going. @itladyee Whoah... that's a lot of temptation for one day. I hear ya'! But man, you had great self awareness of what was going on and you capped all-or-nothing it at one day. It may have deviated from your plan,…
  • @globalhiker "W" for the jeans! Also "Yes" to chocolate! But what is this "...in the beginning" business? I was really tempted last night (night before travel, DH having drinks) and I managed with the aid of my old friend chocolate. Also that "cake too sweet" thing has never happened to me. I have never left frosting on my…
  • @ScienceofTeaching Waiting for medical news... that's the worst! You have all my sympathy. Hoping you get the best news that is realistically possible. As for drinking, less is less. I'm not sure if it is an aging thing (or it is something I only noticed when I quit drinking weeknights), but I have noticed that alcohol…
  • These are all really good points. I do remember that now that you mention it.
  • If I recall correctly (it's been a minute), Annie Grace takes a pretty experimental attitude towards the endeavor. There's a lot of reflection, so you're going to learn a lot about your thought patters and associations regardless of how much you abstain. The day I drank in the experiment was maybe a light bulb moment when…
  • @lbpfahler Good point about different sleep responses in different people. I know it is not the norm, but I think sleep better with alcohol, and I attribute it to DH sleeping sounds not disturbing me as much. Not a reason to drink, for sure, just another illustration of variability between people and situations. 2 glasses…
  • Wow this thread moves fast! Great reading everyone's thoughts and observations. I so agree with this. Changing behaviors, at least speaking for myself, take planning and effort. They don't just happen. Also, @Michieb125 I think you are the one who spoke of going to bed a little earlier on an AF night, and I find that's…
  • @forestdweller1 hugs to you for the stress and worry over MIL. I really sympathize. I have 3 octogenarians local. One of them (the oldest!) is totally rational and prudent. The other two are dangerous to themselves and are offended by well meaning offers of help. I get the "You have nothing to worry about" (usually…
  • @Pokey4321 Adding my condolences to you about your dad. What a lovely thing to be able to say, that you and your sisters are comforted by how he lived. It's truly a beautiful reflection, and I hope my kids feel that way someday (far in the future :D ) Eased back into ST this week, emphasis on "ease," and yet the DOMS is…
  • Another vote for what @ddsb1111 said. You folks working 10-12hr/day jobs on your feet may not need more activity at all. Figure out your TDEE (several threads on how) and eat at the deficit for the appropriate rate of fat loss for your situation (other threads on that). Good luck and thank you for the important jobs you do!
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  • Happy 2024, all! @Michieb125 I really like how you framed that re: taking stock of what went well and what didn't to make those little course corrections (or total turnarounds!) to put life on a heading to a good place. In 2023, what went well for me: maintained my weight with a lot less mental effort what didn't: also put…
  • @MissMay Whew - a good ending on that one and thought provoking reflection. I hope you got that task that was weighing on you completed and are walking a little lighter today.
  • @Michieb125 Jesse Owens nailed that. Profoundly true. And inevitable :D Thanks for sharing it. @globalhiker Thanks for sharing your thoughts, too. I agree the best part of the thread is the honesty. DH and I celebrate both our birthdays, xmas, NYE and our anniversary in a 3 week span that started yesterday with my…
  • @MissMay That looks fantastic. I will look for that, too. Thank you very much for the condolences. I decorated our tree today, and my friend gave me so many ornaments and things in my home. Lots of reminders of happier times. @Michieb125 I totally get you on the family drama. You sound super aware and astute of all the…
  • Thank you very much. Wisdom and peace are exactly the things to get through this smoothly. Thank you, and thank you to @globalhiker , too.
  • Damn. You guys who have your shopping done and decor up are putting me to shame. Somber week. A long, long time friend died suddenly Friday. Her affairs are a bit of a mess. 20 years ago I accepted her request to be her executor, then 5 years ago I resigned. I really anguished about it back then, we talked, I wrote a…
  • @lmlmrn Thank you for sharing that reflection. At war with self... feeling successful 5% of the time... all that resonates. Without any changes to the underlying facts, reframing how to think about those facts can make a positive difference. I appreciate your perspective a lot. Thanks also @Michieb125 & @globalhiker for…
  • Ho ho ho! Happy December, everyone. My 2023 goal was to maintain my weight with a little less effort, or said another way to walk a little lighter with respect to food/alcohol/exercise habits. There have been positives and negatives to loosening up a bit. I have maintained my 5lb maintenance range all year, mostly in the…
  • So great hearing about everyone's holiday (even @MissMay's working holiday, but it sounded like a really fun recovery!). How did I miss @Womona's birthday? Belated happy wishes to you! You guys--all of you-- are doing fantastic with the various forms of less... it's really inspirational! Loved the holiday. All the…
  • Patience will be your strongest ally in weight loss. It takes several weeks (at least one full cycle if you are menstruating) to observe your own personal water weight fluctuation pattern. Weigh daily, naked, first thing in the morning after using the restroom. If you want to experiment, drink a glass of water and weigh…
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