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  • @msalicia07-Like I said- it's all individual and how and where you carry weight. I think I just was a little obsessed with seeing a number on the scale - more so to see if I could actually see it than anything else. When I look back and photos of my…
  • I'm 53 now. When I was 21 I weighed 117. Losing 55 pounds a few years ago got me down to 125 and I found that brought out a lot of wrinkles in my face and neck. I wasn't even thinking of the health benefits of carrying a little extra weight as menti…
  • This resonates with me so much. I joined MFP for real in 2014, lost 55 pounds over the course of a year and a half through careful calorie counting, and did an okay job of maintenance until the fall of 2018 when a huge amount of stress hit my life a…
  • Sweet pickles for something sweet with a little bit of crunch. Air popped popcorn for a high fiber low calorie snack. A banana is always good if you're craving something sweet as it's high in natural sugar. Puffed rice chips flavored with caramel is…
  • I have a recumbent trike and take it on 15-20 mile rides whenever I can.
  • If you like music and dance, zumba is a fun workout. There are a lot of free workouts on YouTube. Congrats on losing 11 pounds!
  • I see that I am not alone! Way back in 2006 I went on a very very restrictive diet- The Hilton Head Metabolism diet and lost about 20 pounds over a summer. Then of course once I went off of that gained about 5-8 pounds right off the bat and kept gai…
  • You can add me! I started several times on here about 9 years ago, then for real in 2014. Lost 55 pounds over a year and a half. Maintained it for the most part for about two years and then had a very very stressful year and put on 20 pounds. This p…
  • Never stopped cycling actually. My husband and I bought recumbent trikes a few years ago and we live close to several rail/trails. They are much safer and the trikes make long rides much easier. He used to be a competitive cyclist in college but aft…
  • Definitely gained about 8 pounds since it all started. Back on track now. Sad thing is that I got back to my January 1 weight (lost about 8 in January/February) then promptly gained it all back. Too close to the refrigerator working from home. :(
  • I'm right there with you. I was doing very well in January and then about early February lost all motivation and haven't been motivated since. And the stay at home thing has NOT helped at all. I am trying to get out and exercise as much as possible,…
  • Kind of the same for me. I miscalculated a meal and realized I was over my calories but I was still very hungry, which made me a bit annoyed, so I ate a few more things and went over by another 300-400, so not a total binge, but didn't stay under my…
  • * Drink water * Start small- change one habit and once you get used to that, add another. * Prep veggies once a week to quickly throw on a wrap or salads; rotisserie chicken works well for that too * To keep you feeling full for longer- choose high …
  • I have found that if I want to indulge I best do it at the beginning of the week and never the day before a weigh in, because inevitably the food will be high in sodium which of course causes water weight gain (and most restaurant foods have a lot o…
  • Ballet is one of the activities/sports most commonly associated with eating disorders because there is so much pressure to be thin and the whole aesthetic of someone being that super slim ballerina is what they have in mind when they envision themse…
  • I know it's hard with the schedule of a busy teenager, but maybe having dinners with her will help you monitor what and how much she's eating. You can even explore some vegan recipes together and make some things for the family that everyone would l…
  • Just not going too long between meals and not over-exercising, which leads to overeating. Eating a banana right before stopping at the gym on my way home keeps me from turning into an eating monster when I get home, and planning meals at dinner also…
  • I'd say if it's not a trigger for you to keep drinking it- just plan it into your total calories for the day and allow yourself that drink in the evening. If you can't stop at one- just don't keep it in the house. My triggers are sweets that are bit…
  • Another thing nobody tells you - how incredibly easy it is to put the weight back on. It's like it misses you so it flies back on your body and gives you a big squishy hug!!!
  • I am here and I hear you!! I worked hard, logged and tracked everything for a year and a half, went from 180 to 12 125 from summer 2014 to March 2016. Then slowly over the course of a couple of years gained about 12 pounds but was still in a healthy…
  • I feel like I'm addicted to water lol. I've craved water - no ice and it has to be COLD out of the refrigerator and in a glass glass - ever since I breastfed my first child.
  • I hear you. Sometimes I'm not really even hungry, just wanting to munch on something sweet. I try to buy those mini ice cream sandwiches and save some calories for them, because they have good portion control and I know I'll only eat one and it's mu…
  • Feel like I've been on again, off again for a year now. Doesn't seem to last more than 2-3 weeks before stress and life take over. Hope to maintain throughout holiday season and then be back at it serious in January because I know that I won't be ab…
  • Get back to my goal weight by the end of May. Ride my trike 1000 miles before the end of the warm season. Find a balance of being able to enjoy some treats every now and then while maintaining my weight because I'm either being strict and losing or …
  • I've been relapsing and restarting for the past year or so! Last year a lot of things happened at my job that caused a LOT of stress and I am definitely a stress eater! Made my goal of losing 55 pounds in spring of 2016, and maintained for a couple …
  • Pringles, cookies, anything chocolate. I love ice cream and find that I can buy the ice cream mini sandwiches and make those fit into my daily calories. But if there's a can of Pringles in the house OR cookies- store bought or homemade- I'm done for…
  • I'm also 5'4" and totally can relate to your struggle of balance. In summer of 2014 after years of on and off diets, losing 10-15 pounds, gaining it back plus more, I finally clicked with MFP and over the course of 1 1/2 years lost 55 pounds and tho…
  • Friendsgiving radio on Pandora is also a good one.
  • I echo this. Was very thin all my life growing up, could eat whatever I wanted and even lost just about all of the baby weight after two pregnancies. Didn't start to gain until my mid-late 30s and because it was only about 10 pounds a year it was ve…
  • I'm lucky to live 5 minutes from where I work, but some days there are meetings, I have been drama coach for years, you get it. You just have to make it a priority. If I was an hour away I would work out near school and then drive home. We also have…