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4/27/19 12:33 P

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I need to change my workout regularly because I get bored and discouraged when I do the same type of workout for three months in a row.

I like doing short intensive workouts because it is easier for me psychologically.

I keep rewarding myself for hard work I do.

I also noticed that one cheat day (I eat what I want) in a week is good for both: my body and my mind. I can lower my body fat and don't have to say goodbye to sweets I like.

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4/13/19 2:48 P

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4/12/19 11:36 A

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I just want to say that we should always throw things out there because what works for some won't for others, but it just might.

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3/30/19 9:41 A

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I am not sure if this will work for you, but I figured I would throw it out there because I like junkier stuff too. I made a little rule for myself that if I was going to eat junk then I was going to pair it with something good for me (the adult version of my mom making me try one bite of new things and things I didn't like when I was growing up, and encouraging me to do it early on so that I was left with the taste of what I like in my mouth). So if I wanted nachos, I would have nachos, but I would also have a serving of carrots, sometimes with hot sauce. Or I would make proper nachos as a meal, which I mean chips, beans, lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, salsa a hefty and proper meal that had a serving or two of vegetables in it. If I was lazy and relying on a Lipton side for dinner, I was dumping in some frozen vegetables (started with maybe one serving of frozen per bag, worked my way up over the years to a half cup of vegetables and a half cup of the boxed/bagged food, often with a half cup of beans thrown in as well). It's another variation of the have salad with your pizza advice, but I made sure that I made it easy to enforce. I kept ready to eat things like baby carrots on hand so that I did not have to peel and wash regular carrots. I kept multiple bags of frozen vegetables on hand because you can heat up a serving in the microwave in under two minutes. I made it stupid easy because I could then easily talk myself into making my junkier choice slightly better. I planned ahead by looking at the junkier options that I liked, noting where they were lacking (often protein and fiber) and where they were excessive (often sodium) and planning options in advance that would help in the lacking areas and excess areas. Adding extra vegetables and beans to a boxed mix can double the protein and fiber and cut the sodium in half. Adding zucchini to a pasta dish can cut the calories and you still get all the flavor in the sauce. Having your egg/chicken/tuna/chickpea salad open faced or on a salad or stuffed in into a tomato or roasted pepper or zucchini cup/boat is an easy adjustment. Heck, potato salad would be pretty tasty in most of those as well. Switching to vinegar based coleslaw and potato salad instead of mayo based is an option. Pick the thing that you want the most and work it in. And keep in mind that today you might want to work in a 600 calorie Starbucks drink, but Monday you might want to work in fried chicken. A veggie omelet and three bean salad might work better on the Starbucks day while steamed spring rolls might work better on fried chicken day. Your diet isn't written in stone and the most difficult thing to work out is what is complementary and works for you because there are thousands of options out there.

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3/27/19 8:36 A

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You make some good points. I do tend to measure by weight, even if I log by volume. Usually, the volume and gram servings are listed, so I measure on my trusty scale. The avocados probably do have a lot of variance. I may start weighing them and logging the grams.

I do track my workouts- I've been really bad about going in the last month. I walk to work every day, so there's something, but I don't log that unless I take the long way around.

If I'm honest, there are things not on my tracker- mostly late night snacks. I should drop my calorie range, but first I want to get the snacking under control. I'm eating good stuff, I just REALLY want that bad stuff too.

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3/26/19 8:13 P



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I had a look at your Nutrition Tracker going back to end of Feb. Generally I don't see any problems, but it doesn't include how much exercise you do, which CAN make a difference. (that's o.k. I don't include that on mine, either LOL!)

The thought struck me as I was reading yours is that we are similar in what we eat. When I was referred to a Registered Dietitian after being on SP for a while and not seeing any results apart from gradually gaining, my Dietitian put me on 1400 calories NO range (a *slight* calorie drop from what I was doing), after having had a good look at my Nutrition Tracker printouts.

Have you thought about still eating what you are, but slightly dropping your calories? My average calories to maintain is 1620 daily.

My weightloss was slow but very steady.Some months I lost weight but no even a lb. But a loss is a loss. I am now 27kg down (nearly 60lb) and have been maintaining for a few years. I still weigh all of my food and enter it into the Nutrition tracker to ensure that I stay there.

One thing I noticed with your food entries, i.e. Grapefruit; Avocado; Grapes; - you use the measurement of 1 (or 1/2; 1/4) fruit. Avocados particularly vary considerably AND are fairly high in calorie and the same with Grapefruit. You could be eating more calories than you think! Dried Cherries and Walnuts you have per (portion of) cup measurement. I feel you would be better weighing them, too because that could make a significant difference to your calorie consumption report. Grapes are another that is included by number of grapes. I have tried a few times with things like nuts, grapes and cherries comparing the calories of number I ate with the calories of the weight of them. There can be a big difference there, too!

As a result, apart from crackers or slice of bread or pre-cut cheese slices, I weigh all of my food because it is more accurate.

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3/26/19 9:22 A

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". Back in 2007-8 I used it and lost 40 lbs. Since regained it all."
So it works for you.... great!


SparkPeople is not a diet you do until you reach goal weight then stop doing. It is for the rest of your life.
So you stopped when you reached goal?

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3/26/19 8:25 A

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I've done Sparkpeople for years. Back in 2007-8 I used it and lost 40 lbs. Since regained it all. I use the tracker (I think it's setup so you can see). I drink a lot of water, err on the side of lower carb, higher protein, good fat and lots of fiber (as much as my tum can stand).

Edited by: BUUKWORM14 at: 3/26/2019 (08:25)
Height: 5' 11"
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Lowest weight: 185

Trying to recuperate from deep depression and the 40lb gain that accompanied it. Every day is a struggle.


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3/26/19 6:05 A

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I agree that maybe you can try SparkPeople. Have you set up your nutrition tracker and used it? Try it for a few weeks and see where you are. Based on what you learn, you can set up some small goals like increasing water and eating more fruits and vegetables.

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3/25/19 5:26 P

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Since you are on the SparkPeople site, why not try things their way?

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
~ Randy Pausch

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."
~ Art Turock

"We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good."
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3/25/19 11:21 A

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I am having a seriously hard time with this. I keep trying different things to focus my eating on the "right" things- I did Whole30 last year, lost 12 pounds in the process, then another 5, maintaining what I'd learned. Then, it all went downhill with the holidays. I tried W30 again in January and totally failed (partially because I got a nasty cold, partially because my head isn't in it). I've tried different things- I know myself well enough to know I deal well with some kind of structure. I don't need Gluten Free or Paleo, but an established meal plan (like the ones here), so I'm forced to plan and not rely on quick fixes like pasta.

The problem is what's worked in the past is no longer working and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I feel my clothes getting tighter, I see my face getting rounder and I'm not happy.

Height: 5' 11"
Highest weight: 248
Lowest weight: 185

Trying to recuperate from deep depression and the 40lb gain that accompanied it. Every day is a struggle.


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