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  • I have never really thought about what foods make me feel energized. I will say that when I eat some raw veggies or fruit, I feel "full" without eating a lot and I find that I can last until dinner. I eat lunch and then a small snack of veggies and dip or a piece of fruit after lunch and I can keep going until dinner with…
  • I've been on this weight loss journey for over 7 years and that is how long I have been logging here on MFP ... for several years, a healthy, balanced diet with exercise and following CICO worked. I lost over 50 pounds and then maintained for quite a while. Then perimenopause hit with full force and all the above no longer…
  • I was a child of the 1980s and went to school in a small town with a strong German and Czech ancestry. The lunch ladies made lunches homemade virtually every day - homemade gravies, yeast rolls, cobbler, fresh vegetables, etc. I remember in high school a few of our lunch ladies grilled the burgers outside on a grill! As…
  • My family had a large garden growing up and I was expected to partake of its bounty. I didn't like half the stuff we grew and it became a battleground and I was not allowed to leave the table until I ate at least half of my vegetables. Of course, my parents were not the best chefs when it came to vegetables either. It…
  • I am not well-versed in solar yet but hubby and I are researching building our own system as it is cheaper overall vs. a complete system. With that said, I am unsure of the cost of a do it yourself built system but he said if we had one that could power our house with AC, it would take about 12 years for the system to pay…
  • Investing in myself and working with a personal trainer for several years was worth it. Invest at least a few months as by that time, you should have a good understanding of proper use of all equipment at the gym and proper form of exercises that you can carry with you once you decide to go solo. My biggest thing was…
  • People who leave their crap everywhere - a towel hanging on the elliptical, a water bottle on the weight bench, shoes, socks, etc. anywhere!
  • As someone who is watching her carbs, I was ticked to see I was consuming 8g extra in carbs due to two different gummy supplements. As soon as I finish them, I will be going back to capsules ... *sigh*
  • I understand where you are coming from! I see these foods and recipes right here on MFP! I ignore all of it unless it looks really good and then I try and figure out how it can work for my eating plan. For instance, the overnight oats ... oats are good for you but high in calories and carbs so I make half portions around…
  • I started taking Nature's Way/Enzymatic Therapy brand of AM/PM Perimenopause Formula ... I found it at my local Whole Foods as well as Amazon. It took about a week but I started noticing a difference. My hot flashes are greatly reduced and I can sleep with my huggie pillow again without sweating. Here is the copied…
  • I found the Hasfit channel on Youtube where I have found such variety of Tabata, HIIT, low impact, etc. that they show not only in intense movement but also modified moves if you are not quite up to the intensity. I have not repeated a workout yet. If I am having a good day, I do the more intense options and not so good…
  • I appreciate it ... I try not to dwell too much on it but I have such cool clothes from losing and maintaining for years and now not being able to fit into half of it! So frustrating that I have to buy pants a size up just to accommodate my belly!
  • I am just so tired of working hard all the time, especially with my aches and pains, just to maintain where I am. I am hungry all the time so it is all I can do to just stay in maintenance. And actually, I set up MFP where if I "0" out on my calories, I should technically lose half a pound a week. Well, I usually leave…
  • I found the HasFit channel on Youtube that has great exercise videos from using body weight to hand weights to exercise bands and more. I have found the videos easy to follow and they offer modified moves when you are not quite up to a full movement ... I work up a sweat and feel challenged and have noticed that when I use…
  • This right here! I get bored easily and will slack off if I don't mix things up. Over the last 5 years, I have created exercise cards outlining exercises for each body part as well as compound movements, cardio options, etc. The day before my workouts, I will do a "mix and match" and plan my workout out in advance! That…
  • I am so stuck on my coffee that I created a "recipe" for myself ... I always bring two travel mugs' worth to work with me (solo office and no communal coffee station) doctored with almond milk 1 tsp of coconut sugar and the rest monk fruit ... I also will mix cold coffee with my vanilla protein powder for workouts. While…
  • Nope ... reducing sugar is not what helped me lose 4 pounds of inflammation ... it was finally having a period! Crap ...
  • I am heading into year 48 and have likely in perimenopause almost 2 years ... with this past year really feeling it. The good news is that experimenting with natural supplements, I have found a good combo (for now) that works for my night sweats and hot flashes. The bad news is that inflammation weight is terrible. I…
  • Well, with my new eating plan of just reducing sugar (I am not worrying about the natural stuff in my fruit) as well as upping protein and ensuring I have a calorie deficit, I lost 4 pounds of inflammation weight in one week! I went from busting out of my jeans to being about to zip them up. I am on week two now and I am…
  • I don't pre-log BUT 5 days a week I am firmly entrenched in routine. When I purchase snacks like beanitos or veggie straws, I portion out the entire bag in advance in little ziploc snack bags. I will pre-bag my salads for lunch ... for spontaneity, I will choose a different tuna flavor each day or a slice or two of turkey.…
  • I have gained over 20 pounds in a year after successfully maintaining a weight loss for 3 years. Perimenopause decided to come full force with the night sweats, muscle and joint pain, etc. I can probably say that 5 pounds of it is muscle as I have been weight training for over a year now and my strength has grown quite a…
  • Various forms of squats. I hate the squat machine at the gym and regular old squats are boring so I do moves like slamming a weighted ball to the ground between my feet and then squat to pick up, rinse and repeat. The heavier the ball, the more you can work your triceps too! Oh and kettlebell swings between the legs as you…
  • I gave up and now train alone after my trainer abandoned me after 4.5 years of twice a week workouts. (He moved to a new gym without telling me but claims he did-ugh) He gave me the tools to work and now I can do it solo .. my 20 year old son started recently since his college has a formal gym (degree training for students…
  • P.S. Prepare in advance! I keep a few packets of flavored tuna in my office drawer as well as no sugar beef jerky and peanut butter and I always buy portable fruit and veggies (apples and carrots are great and don't need refrigeration if you are in the AC). That way, if I am running late for work, I still have something…
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