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  • I've noticed that since starting IF, I'm just, well, not hungry. That's crazy for me, since I am a notorious grazer. If food is available, it should be in my stomach. :D I'm not sure about you guys, but if that's the case for you too, it's probably where the caloric deficit is coming from. I'm also becoming full much…
  • Hear me out! The salty anchovies and the sweet pineapple balance each other out, though this is best done on a thinner crust pizza because pineapple doesn't work as well on really doughy crusts. Then the roasted red pepper mellows it all out. :)
  • My experience aligns more closely with the OP's. My family didn't have much money and though we split the food as evenly as we could, I was often either still hungry after I'd finished my portion, or my dad/sister/mom would be eating their snack and I'd be hungry earlier than expected. So that I didn't feel guilty about…
  • Anchovies are all that is good in this world. I will eat anchovies with/on/in just about anything. Grilled cheese? With marinara and anchovies. Pasta? Anchovies. Pizza? Give me pineapple, roasted red peppers, and anchovies please.
  • To be honest, I don't sweat it. I generally eat a bit more in the winter, and exercise a bit less. Even in the house I am frigid, so I'm certainly not going outside unless I need to tend the sheep or shovel. The spike in activity when spring and summer come around make up for it. Generally speaking I only gain 8-10lbs…
  • It's really frustrating! I watch what I eat and count most of the time to maintain, and everyone IRL says it's eating disorder behavior and that I'm "naturally thin" and can eat whatever I want. We end up getting into full-blown arguments about it. :( I'm a healthy weight. I'm 5'5" and bounce back and forth between…
  • Thank you for your further suggestions. I am definitely going to put it to good use (especially the fiber and veggies part!). With all of you echoing each other about the fiber, I can see that it is definitely important, and dried beans are a good staple food. Maybe it will also help to alleviate my consistently…
  • My regular exercise comes from work around the farm, so some days are more active than others. I'd like to be able to maintain at sedentary level, so that I can adjust according to my activity that day instead of overshooting my calorie intake and then trying to make it up at the end of the day. Thank you all for your…
  • Some days, my Fitbit gives me 500-600 extra calories. Normally it only gives me about 200 more by the end of the day. If I go over my calorie allowance, I usually spend a couple hours before bed on the exercise bike while I do computer work. Great tip about the bread in the freezer! I do indeed make noodles & pretzels as…
  • Great idea, Shannonkk. :) That would also stretch the roast longer. Bread is kind of a toss-up since fresh bread goes bad so quickly, but hopefully when the dry winter air comes that won't be so much of an issue. I live in rural ME, so those prices should be similar, Kimny72. I'll take a look next time I go to the store.…
  • :p Beef is not the norm for me. Because it is so expensive, it's more of a monthly treat (buy one roast and split amongst several meals) but I get what you mean about the calorie-dense foods. To be completely honest (and I feel very silly), I've never purchased frozen vegetables. I've always eaten fresh or home-canned. Do…
  • That sounds like a good idea. I could probably transition to drinking it with just sugar, and eventually black (or not at all). The coffee was a gift, so once it is gone, I will likely not drink it anymore. Peanut butter also seems like a good way to avoid calories, and I don't need to be buying it anyway. Surely just…
  • Hey guys, it seems like some of you may be reading my tone incorrectly. Please understand that I am not offended or being defensive. I am just honestly perplexed and not sure what I can do within my means. I know it is done, I'm just not sure how. I do wear a fitbit to track my steps, which is why I put in sedentary. My…
  • The breakfast you just described would cost as much as a dinner, not accounting for needing to feed the rest of my family. I can make a whole loaf of bread for the cost of 3 cups of flour, 2 tsp of yeast (purchased in 1lb increments for $5), and water. Other ingredients are added when I have extra. Jellies are already in…
  • I am glad to hear that number doesn't seem abnormally low! Breakfast was 641 calories: My bread recipe is 276 calories for 2 slices, Peanut butter is 190 calories for a serving, Coffee jelly is 32 calories, and a brewed 12 fl oz mug of coffee w/ 1 tbsp of sugar and 1 tbsp of non-dairy creamer is 143 calories Lunch was 820…
  • Same here. I'm at my goal weight, eating maintenance, and absolutely freezing all the time, even when active. :( I'm completely miserable. I can forget being hungry, thirsty, or needing to use the restroom, but I can never forget that I am cold. This summer, I felt hot maybe 2-4 days. My fiancé runs hot, which makes it…
  • Thank you for the advice. :) I'll give that a try!
  • I try, but he tells me that I am skinny enough already and that if I worry about it I'll give myself an eating disorder. I don't want to push the issue, because he weighs 250lbs more than me and I don't want him to feel bad about himself. :( I'd honestly just prefer to be on the lower end of my healthy bodyweight range, so…
  • I had some issues with this, too. When I got my very first outbreak of cold sores, the pain was too terrible that I simply could not eat for a week. Getting liquids down was a serious challenge, but I managed it. As probably happened with you, I lost a lost of weight, and was down to 102lbs. Within a month after getting…
  • Thank you. :) Should I give a day's rest between sessions, or just a day's rest in the middle of the week?