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  • Black coffee with 1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen peptides stirred in
  • I actually think the sugar addiction argument has improved on MFP. When I joined in 2014, it was an absolute land mine and people came down HARD on anyone using the words "sugar addiction." I have always been adverse to asking questions here because of blowhards who beat you over the head when things aren't worded…
  • A couple things I do at night, when I am prone to eat absolutely everything and blow the calorie goal to smithereens: if I have to CHEW something, carrot and celery sticks are great. They can take a while to eat, which is all to the good. For feeling fidgety, I will play with a rubber band. (I am also trying to conquer a…
  • OP, you DO know how to do it [lose weight.] Set up your calorie goal in such a way that you aren't super restricted with your eating. Lose weight slowly. There's no finish line -- which is different from reaching a goal. When your goal is reached, you KEEP your new healthier eating habits and do not return to habits that…
  • As far as Halloween candy goes, opt out of Halloween. Kids are unhealthy enough these days. If you want to participate, at least buy candy that you hate. Remember Jerry Seinfeld's take on circus peanuts? I think he used them as doorstops, lol. I sympathize with you, OP, as far as a monster sweet tooth is concerned. For me,…
  • Whether this is a discussion of same foods every day or not, I will say that when I stick to my core recipes and foods for which I know the calorie counts, I tend to "do better" overall with eating, i.e., hit the calorie goal without going over the cliff. (And what is wrong with the recipe builder these days? It is nearly…
  • Thanks @cwolfman13 - makes perfect sense. Funny you mention HIIT. That label has been slapped on many a home workout DVD -- hardly the elite athlete crowd!! (I know I'm not, but hey, any exercise is good exercise, especially when it's consistent.)
  • Twizzlers and chocolate. (You didn't say we have to be particularly proud of it :D )
  • @BartBVanBockstaele I very much agree with your assessment that weight loss is not complicated, but definitely NOT "not hard." Your spreadsheets sound impressive, but I confess that I'm nowhere close to that level of tracking. I also don't have much extra weight to contend with, so I don't weigh myself and prefer to track…
  • I tend to agree that a doctor isn't the be-all, end-all of nutrition advice. I've learned about nutrition predominantly from this website. Long time reader of the forums, and the forums have helped to dispel much misinformation around "dieting" and weight loss. (The most refreshing information ever: you can eat whatever…
  • @33gail33 I totally agree about the being obsessed aspect. How did it happen? Protein was never a concern in my (fairly) recent past, but you start reading some nutrition boards and protein is the holy grail, not to be trifled with. I'm glad to read your post that 60-75g is enough. I'd like to stop worrying about it as…
  • I had my best (vegetarian) protein day ever yesterday and I was still short. It's ridiculous!! Sometimes I just have to not pay attention to that macro because I find it discouraging. I don't eat hard boiled eggs or yogurt. I have found these new(er) protein bars at Aldi, called Elevation High Protein Bar, for a whopping…
  • To take a page from glassyo's book, how about taking the chocolate Whoppers and putting them on the burger Whopper and taking a big bite? Two birds with one stone...but then you'll have to conquer cigars.
  • You could try interrupting the ritual, by eating more at lunch or by being somewhere after work until it's nearly dinner time. Also, it may be worth it to have cut up vegetables in the fridge ready to grab. I know that sometimes I'm eating simply for the act, and not necessarily hunger...I can swap baby carrots for candy…
  • Hi Reenie, for me it's two things: stubborn and rebellious. I'm stubborn because I won't weigh myself (always assume the number is going to disappoint, so I go by clothes fit) and I'm rebellious because late at night I get this unwelcome attitude of "I don't care, I'm eating it." ("It": crackers, chocolate, cheese, candy,…
  • Actual meals work better for me than snacking. I always have this nutty idea that just a couple crackers and a string cheese will do the trick, low calorie, voila. Not so fast. I am hungry again much sooner than if I ate 1.5 cups homemade vegetable chili with 2 T. cheddar, 1 T. sour cream and some sliced green onions…
  • If you want to hold yourself accountable for the extra calories, just go back into the day's food log and add them. You'll get the "red number warning" for going over when you total out (if you do total out, I often don't) and sometimes that can encourage people to hit the target more closely the next day. If you don't…
  • Roast them! So delicious. Just toss uniformly cut vegetables with a little olive oil, season with salt and pepper and roast in a 400 oven, shaking the pan midway through, for 20-30 minutes. A bit of char on them is fine. This was a complete game changer for my husband with Brussels sprouts - he was forced to eat them as a…
  • People have reported relief from leg cramps at night by putting a bar of soap under the bottom sheet at the end of the bed. Even if doctors consider it placebo effect, if it helps, it helps! You could try that, or at least look up some articles about it.
  • I don't have any corner button on my Recipes page that allows for sorting. And what a drag -- I have to slog through 13 pages of recipes to find what I want. I am on a laptop with the latest edition of Firefox browser.
  • I like to top my avocado toast with lightly salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) from Aldi. Lime, salt and pepper are a must for the avocado.
  • There are a zillion dresses out there. Seriously. Don't put yourself through this. All those clothes we've bought in the past to "fit into someday" are what keep Goodwill running, lol.
  • I relate to your post. I have the knowledge, so that's some power. Just coming off vacation I now have to get back on the straight & narrow, and I don't want to at all. Deficit, deficit. Ugh. I believe that it has to start in the mind and go from there - so I wish you resolve, discipline to log accurately, tenacity,…
  • My MIL has been losing and gaining the same 30 pounds in as many years with WW. And forking over money to them all the while.
  • Did you get the Special K bars out of the trash?!
  • Regarding fear of leaving a comfort zone (I relate) you can trade for a new comfort zone. Try something and keep doing it for a while. You will soon not miss the old ways. Make your changes small so that you can stay with them. It's amazing how you will look back and not ever want to be in that original comfort zone.
  • I just want to congratulate you on quitting smoking. I understand the travails of slow/no weight loss -- it is maddeningly frustrating. But as the wise old saying goes, give it time. Maybe relax a bit on the scale stress and enjoy your ever-increasing health and wellness!
  • I'd go premium if they made the recipe building feature better...able to organize recipes (like a cookbook) and keep instructions. But it doesn't seem to be a feature of premium, so I pass.
  • Not sure I understand the question, but you'll be pleased to find a really comprehensive database of foods here. Any recipes that you make at home can be put into the recipe builder and nutrition calculated per serving.
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