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"My Skinny Summer" Weight Loss Journey


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There are lots of guys stuck in a perpetual bulking phase at the gym. They get drunk on the feeling of being bigger and stronger every week. We've all seen them - huge arms, huge chest, huge shoulders and back....and a massive gut.

 

Actually this sounds more like my ex-ex …. right down to the gut too!

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I lost a LOT of weight about 6 years ago. I am 5'3", and I WAS about 200lbs which is a LOT for my height. At my smallest I was 118lbs. I am now around 135.

 

I lost the weight doing a few things: I stopped going to fast food restaurants. I haven't eaten ANYTHING from a McDonalds, KFC, Wendys, Burger King, etc. since 2006. That was a major factor in me gaining so much weight to begin with. Even though I have managed to maintain a stable weight for years, and it probably wouldn't do too much damage, I still don't eat at these places. It's more symbolic than anything else, but it reminds me of why it happened.

 

I cut out pop which was another major factor. People don't tend to realize how many empty calories are in colas and other drinks. They tend to associate calories with food. I occasionally have a coke zero, but for the most part I mainly drink tea and water.

 

The rest of it was not any specific diet, but rather just monitoring my daily caloric intake and cutting down when I started seeing results. I now eat about 1400 calories per day and if I want to lose weight I simply cut it down to about 1000-1200. I eat whatever I like within those boundaries.

 

I even have an app on my phone that helps to track the food I eat and how many calories are in it. It's called "Lose It" and it has really helped. "My fitness pal" is another one, but I didn't like it as much as I don't think it has as many restaurants in it as the lose it app.

 

At the moment I have been happy to maintain the 130-135ish weight, but I think for summer I might go back down to about 120 for the bathing suit season

 

Good luck to everyone!

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Oh I'd like to join up too!

 

I'm vegan already, but over the winter I've gotten pretty lazy about exercise and snacking and drinking too much. I do the green smoothies too and recently cut out wheat (I'm doing gluten-free now)... I want to get back on the Dr. Fuhrman's Nutritrarian program -- it's mostly all fruits, veggies, beans, greens, nuts and seeds. That's what works for me.

 

I don't have a scale but I'll do a waist measurement and see how many inches I have to lose (yikes). I figure I've got a good 15-20 pounds to drop. Also I'm committing to daily workouts on the dreaded NordicTrack.... keeping my eyes open for a kettlebell set!

 

Sharky! Yes, please do .. the more the merrier!

 

OK another diet for me to Google

 

I am going to measure in as well as weigh in.

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Thank you … and to you too. Feel free to jot down your progress on here!

 

I have NEVER been on a calorie controlled diet, it has always been a low-fat diet. I never look to see what calories are on any foods I buy but I always check the fat content. A calorie-controlled diet is worth thinking about. Maybe it will work as a maintenance diet too (once I have reached my target weight).

 

I joined Slimming World a good few years back. Basically you had "green days" and " red days". Both days consist of free foods (foods that you can eat in unlimited quantities). Green days allow unlimited pasta/rice/potatoes but limit your meat intake, whereas Red days allow unlimited lean meat but you have to limit your potatoes/pasta/rice intake.

 

Most fruit and veg is free all the time. If I remember rightly you could also have a certain amount of "healthy" extras in a day too. The diet is centred around NOT ever having to miss out on any food and NEVER having to go hungry. It didn't work for me!!! It does work for some people though!

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I wouldn't be good having to limit meat or rice, since my diet consists of a TON of curry and rice dishes. We practically live off of that

 

As for calorie controlled vs. fat controlled, it really depends on what works for you and your body. I didn't like the idea of eliminating things I could eat (despite the fact that I cut out fast food) so I allow myself whatever I want as long as I can work it in calorie-wise. Some days that means I eat less food than others if I want to have that chocolate bar, etc. It causes me to decide whether I feel the splurge is worth it.

 

Good luck on your journey and I remember I will post my progress here.

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Thank you! I guess I'll share a bit about me.

 

About 7 years ago I had a massive meltdown. I had my first panic attack and it just got worse. I have dealt with anxiety my whole life but this was a new level. I was put on disability. I am still on it. It caused a host of physical problems as well. I used to be an athlete, I never worried about my weight, I was always healthy. Even though the anxiety made me too nervous to exercise, I did gain a ton of weight- I was around 135.

 

Then after a horrible break up I lost weight and got back to my normal last year of 125. I maintained that. Until recently....

 

In Nov of '13 I went on birth control for the first time in my life. It did cause about 15 lbs of weight gain. It's odd cause I never really fluctuate. I stopped using it (it wasn't the right one for me) and expected the weight to drop off. In Dec '13 I weighed 125. In January with no birth control I weighed 140. This made zero sense to me since nothing had changed for me diet wise, etc. except I started having some really bad stomach issues.

 

My stomach would bloat and swell out and cramp horribly. I have recently been diagnosed with cystitis and endometriosis. They also want me to see a gastro specialist (I guess there is a lot of air trapped hence the bloating) and a bladder specialist (I have frequent uti's).

 

So now I am on the copper T IUD- no hormones. Yet I am gaining more weight. Today I reached an all time life time high of 142. I have no clue what is going on. I hardly consume any calories. I have started to do light exercise- eliptical for abut 20 min 3 times a week- it does nothing.

 

I have no idea what to do. I cannot wear any of my clothes and I am always bloated and cramping and yet they say that is not a cause for weight gain. Could it be elevated cortisol levels from all the stress I am under? (right now my life is at rock bottom but that is another story).

 

I'm tired all the time, suffer from migraines and chronic fatigue. I just want my healthy (well the anxiety part will still be here) body back. How could I jump 15lbs in a month? It wasn't the birth control cause I was already off it. This is so freaky and I am hating myself for so much in my life now (living at home in an abusive environment, not being able to work, new bf who I am scared will leave me, money worries, etc)

 

Any advice?

 

Thank you all

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I wouldn't be good having to limit meat or rice, since my diet consists of a TON of curry and rice dishes. We practically live off of that

 

As for calorie controlled vs. fat controlled, it really depends on what works for you and your body. I didn't like the idea of eliminating things I could eat (despite the fact that I cut out fast food) so I allow myself whatever I want as long as I can work it in calorie-wise. Some days that means I eat less food than others if I want to have that chocolate bar, etc. It causes me to decide whether I feel the splurge is worth it.

 

Good luck on your journey and I remember I will post my progress here.

 

A low fat diet has always worked for me in the past but it would be very hard to stick to it forever (I love rice and pasta too). I can see a calorie-controlled diet working well as a maintenance diet.

 

Wishing you lots of luck too. It will be good to see back you on here!

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Tears - the stress is probably a factor. Add to that, what are the quality of the calories you do consume, and when do you usually eat?

 

Those are a couple of my pitfalls. If I eat a refined carb-heavy diet, even watching calories, the weight refuses to budge. And I'm lethargic and anemic. Blah.

 

I've noticed a gradual increase in energy going veg-heavy and moving most of my calories to the first half of the day. I didn't really notice it so much until last night. Now, bear in mind I've skipped working out for a week.

 

But I went for a mile or so walk with hubby last night. The same walk that would have had me run down and tired by the end only a month or two ago.

 

And it was like a mild warm up. We got home and I was like, "can we go again?" He just looked at me like I'd grown a third head.

 

But it felt GOOD to be able to walk at a fast clip for a mile or so and have it be a breeze!!!

 

I hope you stick with us - keep trying different things, and don't get discouraged by setbacks. They happen. This week I've maintained, but haven't lost a blessed ounce. Between needing to make dozens of phone calls, family meals, and errands, working out fell by the wayside. Some of my eating choices weren't QUITE as excellent. And there was a minor splurge or two in there.

 

So I need to get back on the horse and start plowing ahead again. You can find a way through this - keep working with your doctor for the health issues (endo can make you a bit anemic as well, which would explain some of the excess fatigue) and just do what you physically can to support your system and health. I'd worry less about the scale, in your shoes, and see what you can do about just doing the exercise and healthy eating to support your system so your issues aren't such a major drain on what physical resources you have, for now.

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I should also note I started tracking my calorie intake- and I barely hit 1000. Also the test I did where I didn't eat for two days and no weight was lost and my stomach remained bloated was odd. In the past if that happened my stomach would get really flat and go back in. I can't figure this out.

 

Tears - the stress is probably a factor. Add to that, what are the quality of the calories you do consume, and when do you usually eat?

 

Those are a couple of my pitfalls. If I eat a refined carb-heavy diet, even watching calories, the weight refuses to budge. And I'm lethargic and anemic. Blah.

 

I hope you stick with us - keep trying different things, and don't get discouraged by setbacks. They happen. This week I've maintained, but haven't lost a blessed ounce.

 

You can find a way through this - keep working with your doctor for the health issues (endo can make you a bit anemic as well, which would explain some of the excess fatigue) and just do what you physically can to support your system and health. I'd worry less about the scale, in your shoes, and see what you can do about just doing the exercise and healthy eating to support your system so your issues aren't such a major drain on what physical resources you have, for now.

 

Ditto this ^^. Stress is most likely a factor. I also agree that the quality of your food may have something to do with it, depending on what you are eating of course.

 

Could the endometriosis be causing the bloating too? Hopefully the gastro specialist will be able to give you some answers.

 

Sending you hugs, Tearsbegone.

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The only thing is I have always been stressed out so I can't really use that as the culprit right now, not to mention it happened in a month. My calories are good and I eat small frequent meals throughout the day. I'm anemic as well because I am vegetarian. I also have always had ZERO energy since the anxiety hit. The chronic fatigue is to blame for that.

 

Congrats on your mile walk! That's awesome. I wish I could do that. I get migraines from even the lightest exercise.

 

I am so down today- I can't figure out this weight thing and how I gained so much so fast when I hardly eat!

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Ditto this ^^. Stress is most likely a factor. I also agree that the quality of your food may have something to do with it, depending on what you are eating of course.

 

Could the endometriosis be causing the bloating too? Hopefully the gastro specialist will be able to give you some answers.

 

Sending you hugs, Tearsbegone.

 

I've always been stressed over the years so I don't think that is it. Something has to be causing the bloating. They didn't think it was the endo but more air trapped in my gasto track. Again though air doesn't weigh anything so they couldn't understand how could could gain so much so fast. I have to think this medical related.

 

I just feel so ugly and down.

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Healthy bfest and lunch ideas for a vegetarian?

 

Tons!! I had a great day for weight loss yesterday, here's what I had:

 

Breakfast: 2 quarts spicy chocolate shake made from: 2 frozen bananas, 1 orange, 2 cups water, 3 cups spinach, 2 Tbs raw cacao, chunk of raw ginger and sprinkle cayenne, blended up -- yum!!

 

Lunch: Huge mega salad with romaine, spinach, mushrooms, cukes, grated beet and carrot, dumped in 1 can black beans and topped with a creamy lite vegan ranch dressing made from blending: 2 handfuls raw cashews, 1/2 cup water, splash vinegar, splash agave, 2 tsp onion powder, 1 Tbsp dill, 1 clove garlic, 1 tsp salt. Delish!!!

 

I was so full I skipped dinner.

 

Two sandwich fillings that even non-vegetarians like:

 

Chickpea "tuna" salad and tofu "egg" salad..... these are staples, I can send you the recipes if you don't have them already! I don't eat them on bread, though -- instead I make a big bowl and eat it wrapped in romaine leaves or add them on top of a salad.

 

Breakfast today will be another smoothie -- I'm thinking of chocolate/peanut butter. Lunch will be split pea soup I made up in the crockpot overnight (I add liquid smoke to give it that smokey "ham" flavor without meat).

 

Also check out link removed for tons of vegetarian recipes, I love it!

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I've always been stressed over the years so I don't think that is it. Something has to be causing the bloating. They didn't think it was the endo but more air trapped in my gasto track. Again though air doesn't weigh anything so they couldn't understand how could could gain so much so fast. I have to think this medical related.

 

I just feel so ugly and down.

 

Tears, you don't need to look like a supermodel to be beautiful!

 

I hope the gastro specialist has some answers for you though. It couldn't be some kind of food intolerance could it?

 

As mesemene said, all you can do for the moment is support your system and your health in the best way possible.

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Tons!! I had a great day for weight loss yesterday

 

Well done! I love my smoothies when I'm on a diet. My daughter and I found some lovely smoothie recipes online not so long ago and we made a note of them. We didn't stick to the smoothie diet though. It was more of an experiment at the time.

 

Thanks for the recipe.

 

If anyone else has any tried and tested healthy recipes, feel free to share them ;-)

 

I am aiming to start the day with scrambled eggs (don't know whether to just use the whites of the egg or to include the yolks too) and some grilled tomatoes. I may have a smoothie for lunch. Not sure about tea tonight but I found this recipe that I will prepare tonight for tomorrow (the beans need soaking overnight).

 

LOW FAT BEAN SALAD

 

1 x (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained

1 x (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained

1 x (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas, drained

1 cup frozen corn, thawed

1 red bell pepper, finely chopped

1 celery, finely chopped

2 green onions, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

3 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper

 

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, making sure to rise the canned beans well.

2. Refrigerate overnight, stirring occasionally (not sure I will get up during the night to stir the beans ha ha).

 

You can add your own choice of beans.

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Yum -- great site!

 

A perfect weight loss day for me would be: 1 smoothie, 1 huge salad, 1 huge bowl of bean/veggie soup..... perfect, when I can do it hahahaaa! But I'll try to stick to this regimen for now, until I meet my goal

 

Be sure to post how that bean salad turns out -- it looks GOOD.

 

I'm still getting over this horrible cold I've had for a week now and I just don't feel strong enough to start working out yet. I want to start this weekend, though.

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My current fave salad:

 

Mixed spring greens (romaine, baby spinach, arugula, baby kale) tossed with just a tsp of pomegranate vinaigrette. Toss on some dried cranberries, about a tablespoon of crushed glazed pecan pieces, and 1/2 tsp parmesan. Top with chicken, tuna, or veggie patty. Add in some apple pieces for crunch if desired. Really filling, tasty, and yummy, and high in nutrition value for the calories.

 

My staple wraps:

 

Large tortilla, 12 oz raw mushrooms, couple tablespoons green onion, 1 THIN slice cheese, 1 veggie burger of choice. I'm currently hooked on Gardenburgers and Litestyle grillers.

 

I saute the mushrooms in a little olive oil or butter, sprinkling with a bit of garlic and sea salt. Add the green onion in at the end, keep it in just long enough to get that vibrant green color.

 

Heat and cut the patty in half. Lay lengthwise (with some overlap) on the tortilla. Cut the cheese in 1/2 and lay lengthwise over the patty. Dump on the sauteed onion/mushroom concoction. Fold into a burrito (pull up sides gently until filling is in a rectangle shape. Fold in the "ends" and bring the bottom over the "ends." Tuck in bottom edge under the top, manipulating the ends to stay tucked, until it's a neat roll.) Throw in the same pan, grill about 3 mins per side, until lightly brown. Cut in half - makes 2 entree servings.

 

I usually have a big handful of baby carrots, 1/2 apple, and maybe some squash on the side with these. VERY filling, tasty, great burger sub. Could probably use turkey bacon or bacon substitute for bacon cheeseburger if missing that flavor - and the mushrooms are a GREAT "meaty" filler.

 

The other one I've been doing is the chickpea burger (falafel) with kale and spinach and homemade guacamole for a "spread." Also very filling and tasty.

 

I'm actually in the habit now of eating one of the wraps and a LOT of veggies and my fruit serving in the morning for breakfast, since it's my largest meal of the day.

 

Chicken broth with fresh veggies added is one of my nighttime staples - light for the evening. I imagine a good vegetable soup would work just as well.

 

And I snack on baby carrots and celery throughout the day.

 

((All this is making me hungry, and I can't eat til after my carpal surgery today! Ugh! LOL...))

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Yum!!! You need to move into my house and cook for me.

 

I'm also a big believer in eating the most early in the day. Ideally, I'm not even hungry for dinner and just have a smoothie or skip it entirely.

 

Would you kindy post your falafel recipe? I haven't made these from scratch and I'd like to give it a shot.

 

GOOD LUCK with your surgery!!!

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