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#21 BarefootBride

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    Posted 28 January 2008 - 09:54 AM

    3 lbs is good for just about 3 weeks. You should be losing about .5 - 1 lb a week on average.... thats about 4 lbs a month. So next month you will be down 8 lbs by the end of the month if you lose a lb this week. That is actually good because if you lost too much the chances of you gaining it back even faster....

    #22 ErinB

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      Posted 28 January 2008 - 11:44 AM

      Michelle, You might want to check out sparkpeople.com I have had great success with the online food diary. It keeps track of your calories, fat, protein, etc. I thought I was doing a good job of self monitoring, but really wasn't. There is also a water intake measurement. There is a workout calculator that totals how many calories were burned during your workout. I need to use that page more than I do!

      I find that if I have to write everything down, I don't eat what I know I shouldn't. This was a really bad weekend! Saturday I ate out all 3 meals! I'm scared to enter it because I know it was a million calorie day! LOL

      In 3 weeks I've lost almost 10 pounds, really just by monitoring my foods. Lots of fresh vegetables and low-carb items. I think it was Alyssa that mentioned you need at least 1200 calories to lose weight. I'm in a 1200-1500 range.

      #23 michelle08

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        Posted 28 January 2008 - 12:30 PM

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        Originally Posted by JamaicaBride062108
        Michelle, You might want to check out sparkpeople.com I have had great success with the online food diary. It keeps track of your calories, fat, protein, etc. I thought I was doing a good job of self monitoring, but really wasn't. There is also a water intake measurement. There is a workout calculator that totals how many calories were burned during your workout. I need to use that page more than I do!

        I find that if I have to write everything down, I don't eat what I know I shouldn't. This was a really bad weekend! Saturday I ate out all 3 meals! I'm scared to enter it because I know it was a million calorie day! LOL

        In 3 weeks I've lost almost 10 pounds, really just by monitoring my foods. Lots of fresh vegetables and low-carb items. I think it was Alyssa that mentioned you need at least 1200 calories to lose weight. I'm in a 1200-1500 range.
        Wow congrats on your 10 lbs!!!

        I am doing everything you are doing...I have signed up for sparkpeople but still trying to figure my way through it. I am eating 1200-1400 calories a day, mostly 1200 and I am not eating very many carbs and if so it's in the daytime. I know everyone's body is different...but for the most part on a regular basis when I am not dieting, I eat about the same things as I am eating now...since I have dieted all my life, I always make a conscious effort at least during the week to eat about 1200 calories a day. Whereas some people like my co-worker who was skinny to begin with, lost 20 lbs toward the later part of last year. But she used to eat fast food like 3 meals a day everyday and 2 sodas a day, junk food snacks...I mean she ate like crap and I know from experience that when you eat so bad and then change to eating so good you loose alot faster in the beginning...

        So who knows...I will figure it out and I won't give up...

        #24 foxytv

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          Posted 28 January 2008 - 12:39 PM

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          Wow congrats on your 10 lbs!!!

          I am doing everything you are doing...I have signed up for sparkpeople but still trying to figure my way through it. I am eating 1200-1400 calories a day, mostly 1200 and I am not eating very many carbs and if so it's in the daytime. I know everyone's body is different...but for the most part on a regular basis when I am not dieting, I eat about the same things as I am eating now...since I have dieted all my life, I always make a conscious effort at least during the week to eat about 1200 calories a day. Whereas some people like my co-worker who was skinny to begin with, lost 20 lbs toward the later part of last year. But she used to eat fast food like 3 meals a day everyday and 2 sodas a day, junk food snacks...I mean she ate like crap and I know from experience that when you eat so bad and then change to eating so good you loose alot faster in the beginning...

          So who knows...I will figure it out and I won't give up...
          I know what you mean!

          I could tell a difference in what I FELT like when I cut out sodas and fast food a few years ago. Not as lethargic as I was then. ANd you are right -- changing to good eating habits helps shed the pounds faster.

          I'm reading The Abs Diet for Women and the 12 POwerfoods they suggest you use a lot really aren't bad (except that I don't like peanut butter, lol). So, I am going to give it a shot eating more of the types of things they suggest ... b/c I eat pasta or starches as often as I can and I know that's a big no-no.

          #25 michelle08

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            Posted 28 January 2008 - 01:21 PM

            the abs diet...is that in a little tiny magazine that came out a few months back...I think I have that...I need to pull it up. i remember FI and saying that it sounded good and easy to follow...

            #26 foxytv

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              Posted 28 January 2008 - 01:24 PM

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              Originally Posted by michelle08
              the abs diet...is that in a little tiny magazine that came out a few months back...I think I have that...I need to pull it up. i remember FI and saying that it sounded good and easy to follow...

              Well, the book I bought is a pretty big paperback.

              I will bring it in to work and scan in a few pages with the Powerfoods, etc.

              Here's a link:

              Amazon.com: The Abs Diet for Women: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Belly and Firm Up Your Body for Life: Books: David Zinczenko,Ted Spiker

              #27 newprincessbride

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                Posted 28 January 2008 - 01:27 PM

                Michelle;

                Keep up the "great" work you are doing. I've been struggling myself and I have written positive notes and stuck them up through out the house. I even have some in my office at work. Things like you can do it! It really helps. Especially the notes I have up near the fridge. Like "you know what's going to happen if you eat that"! Whatever diet you do, consistency is the key. The weight and inches will come off. Don't get discouraged. I think I can safely write that we are all in this together and if you do get down, send a thread out.

                Anywho keep your head up. Your going to look great on your WD, no matter what you loose.

                #28 michelle08

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                  Posted 28 January 2008 - 01:30 PM

                  Cool...I found the one I had and it was in prevention magazine a few months back...looks like august. It's the same one essentially. It says absDiet for women flat and firm results in just 3 weeks....the power of 12 and certain ab exercises....

                  #29 foxytv

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                    Posted 28 January 2008 - 01:34 PM

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                    Originally Posted by michelle08
                    Cool...I found the one I had and it was in prevention magazine a few months back...looks like august. It's the same one essentially. It says absDiet for women flat and firm results in just 3 weeks....the power of 12 and certain ab exercises....
                    That sounds about right! So far, I love the book!

                    #30 sohappy

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                      Posted 28 January 2008 - 02:08 PM

                      3 lbs is a great start. You're on track to losing more. Weight loss has been challenging for me. I thought I was eating right but I found out I was eating better for me but it could still use some major changes.

                      I'm a carb addict and I munch a lot at work so I've been advised to drink V-8 (2 servings of veggies in 1 can) i'm not a big fan but i'll do what i have to, I have to cut out cheese unless its cottage cheese.

                      I was snacking on almonds thinking it was healthy its a good fat but its still fat. Chips is my downfall so I'm trying to replace it
                      with carrot sticks and apple slices.

                      I'm eating cereal with skim milk for breakfast.

                      I'm trying not to weight myself on the scale i'm hoping my pants will become loose. I've noticed a little improvement on circuit training over cardio. Are you lifting weights? If you build muscle the scale won't show that but it'll burn calories when you're not even exercising.

                      You're on the right track, it just takes time. Its great that you're able to focus and go to the gym regularly! Its so hard for me.




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