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I agree with both Tammy and Janet. Depriving yourself just works against you. The second I think "I'm on a diet" it's the second I head for the fatty foods. I pretty much eat everything, but in moderation. It's all about lifestyle change. You start eating healthy and all of a sudden you crave fruits and veggies!

Sarah, I never asked... what is "slow" results for you? Don't forget that healthy weight loss is only a couple of pounds per week.
That is so true- I think diet and I only think of what I can't have and then want it more.
I kinda described my "slow" results to Janet above, but it seems like every time I diet and exercise (and this is not very frequent!), I lost 2-3 lbs, then gain it all back plus more, even though I'm still exercising and eating good. Until our vacation last week, I had been doing Body For Life, by the book, all the weight training and cardio, and had lost only 6 lbs in 8 weeks. I must just still be eating too much, either that or BFL just doesn't work for me!

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Sarah, I totally know what you mean about it creeping up on you! It's especially hard when you are in a good relationship and the "happy pounds" creep on because you are feeling comfortable and secure. I tell Andrew he needs to just break up with me for 2 months -- long enough to lose 10 lbs -- and then take me back, haha!

 

I also know what you mean about how boys can eat anything and not gain, and so they are such a bad influence. I always thought that because I ate about 1/2 as much as FI, I was doing okay. But no, I probably only need to eat 1/3 as much! It's so frustrating! Do you have a girlfriend out there who can be a workout/weight loss buddy? Luckily, you have lots of time to get real results!

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the girls have given you awesome tips...for me, i really had to write down what i ate because i claimed to be starving myself, but in reality, when wrote everything down i was eating dessert with EVERY meal! that is so bad.

 

so i started keeping small snacks to help curb the munchies...obvious one: carrot sticks, fruit, yummy veggies like jicama.

 

i also got these small dark chocolate wafers (the size of quarter) from wholefoods and would allow myself 1 in the afternoon.

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Sarah,

 

Are you sure it wasn't just muscle weight? I weight about 5 lbs more now but am about 2 sizes smaller. Muscle is much heavier than fat. (I know you know all this, but you know...) Did you notice any difference in how your clothes fit when you were doing the Body for Life really strictly? I try to rarely use a scale... I seriously don't need another form of body scrutiny! I use how my clothes fit as motivation. If I slack, the first place it goes is to my tummy and you can see the ugly side fat. :)

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Hey Sarah

 

I've never tried the Body For Life program, so I don't know what kind of cardio is involved. But I am one of those people who cannot stand to go to the gym- much less run on the treadmill for 45 minutes. I get bored.

The only class I can do is Spin Class. It totally kicks my butt and its fun. You should try it. I guarantee you'll shed some pounds.

 

I am also a total believer in the Adkins diet. I know a lot of people say its bad. But it totally works. I lost something like 15 pounds when I was on it. You have to be very dedicated though.

 

Karla V

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the girls have given you awesome tips...for me, i really had to write down what i ate because i claimed to be starving myself, but in reality, when wrote everything down i was eating dessert with EVERY meal! that is so bad.

so i started keeping small snacks to help curb the munchies...obvious one: carrot sticks, fruit, yummy veggies like jicama.

i also got these small dark chocolate wafers (the size of quarter) from wholefoods and would allow myself 1 in the afternoon.
Tammy, you were cracking me up on the cupcake thread when you said you had cupcakes and your hubby caught you with packets in the car. It's so true though, there's all these little things that you never account for. I was guilty of the cookie dough every evening.

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Actually it is quiet possible that your gaining muscle, if that's the case your clothes should feel a little loose even if you don't weight anything different.

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TammyM, Tammy host, KarlaV, Karla, and Janet

Thanks for all your comments so far. I'm sure some of what I was gaining was muscle weight, although my jeans fit about the same (maybe a little looser). I think I just get frustrated when I see the scale go up so I throw in the towel and eat a whole bag of chips! I do think the suggestion of keeping track of EVERYTHING I eat is a great one. Except for when I was doing Body for Life (and I was only allowed to eat very specific foods), I think I do so much of "just one chip" here, and "only 1/2 cookie" there that I end up eating an extra 1000 calories a day, now that I think about what I actually ate today. My problem is that I have all really skinny friends that seriously do not do very much to maintain it. They are more active than me and work out moderately, but eat worse than I do. I also just moved to a new area and started a new job, so I'm just making friends in the area.

Thanks for all the suggestions so far- I think I have a lot of work to do in simply changing the way I eat and paying attention to the little things. And Karla, great advice about the scale- not weighing myself is such a novel concept! I weigh myself every single morning and I think that it is doing more harm than good.

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Tammy, you were cracking me up on the cupcake thread when you said you had cupcakes and your hubby caught you with packets in the car. It's so true though, there's all these little things that you never account for. I was guilty of the cookie dough every evening.
it was so pathetic...i was eating cupcakes at lunch then every night i had an apple turnover and hagaan dazz icecream at like 10pm. so BAD!

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