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looking for college weightloss buddies (still open for new members~<3)


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I'm just looking for a couble of new friends and such to talk about to and support each other in our weightloss, Alot of how well I do revolves around how my classes work out so I wanted to find other college student how might be in the same situation.

This will be like a weghtloss group, so please introduce yourself, a little bit of info, like you age, weight, your weighloss goals, name (if you want), and how college effects your weightloss, and then I'm hoping for weigh-in every week, and maybe how the week went for you. :)

I also wanted to go and keep tabs on how everyone in the group is going and then post how much weight the group has lost in total each week :)

so I'll start
My name is Annie, I'm 19 (turning 20 in 14 days), and weigh 252 pounds. and would like to be down to 157 by july 1st?

why July 1st? because in January I'm going to go intern down at disney, until the end of June, and then July first my boyfirned will be flying in from Belgium to visit me (met him when he was a foreign exchange student) so even though he loves me with all this weight (as sees me aon webcam when we talk) I would love for the next time he sees me in person that I be down at my goal weight.

That give me over a year so I can do it :3

As for how college effects my weightloss, I found at time it helps and other times it hurts. Like my first year, instead fo gaining the freshman 15, I lost 30, my classes were scheduled that I could go to my school's gym twice a week for 3 hours and my classes were keeping me from eating out of boredom. Then summer and my third semester I was so busy I had no time for the gym and would up gaining back that 30 plus an extra ten.
This past semester was a bit easier on me though, I was able to squeeze in some gym time, and my boyfriend did his best to keep me motivated and since january I've lost 20 pounds. and that is where I am now. :)

Since I have wuite a while to hit my goal weight, I'm using the next couple of weeks to test different diet styles. so those of you who read can look forward to a few reviews of these diets. :)

kk so again
Starting weight) 272
current weight) 252
goal weight) 157

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Original Post by sarabliss:

Oh my God, swiss is my favorite! This is going to sound really nerdy but I'm so excited to get back to school and have this full month of nothing to do, so I've been compiling a little list of foods I want to make sure I have around, so I'll add that to the list!

ALSO, I got bored at work today and I've been having this itching desire to learn to cook (beyond frying an egg and throwing fish in the oven) so I bought this book off Barnes and Noble's website called The Healthy College Cookbook or something, I'm really excited about it because it has a ton of really quick, really easy recipies that are also good for you, and it's geared toward people our age. It's even got a chapter on how to organize your grocery list and which spices to always have on hand! I told my roommate and she said she's excited to experiment and taste-test with me in our tiny little college kitchen. :)

One last thing, today I walked into work and one of my good friends goes "Hey, you're lookin' mighty skinny today." And he didn't mean "You're usually fat, but today your outfit works." I could tell in his voice that he meant "You're losing weight and I can tell, you look good." So that really made my day. Also, I have collarbones again! Woooo long time no see my friends.

Not nerdy at all haha. I've done that a longggg time ago.

OHHH. I forgot to mention. I think it's Minute Maid that has these juice cartons (like the big one...a quart maybe?) that are 10 cals for like a cup. And they taste good and don't have a diety aftertaste.

One book I recommend is the Hungry Girl ones. I think someone brought it up before but there are some coooool ideas in there for really low cal stuff.

I shopped for dorm stuff yesterday! Since I'm an RA in a single I'm excited to decorate. Also, my room is a showcase room because I'm an RA so it's gotta look cool. I just bought these 3d letters that are actually made out of cardboard and I'm going to paint them and stick them on my walls. I got BERG because that's what our school is called. We go by the Berg so I figured it'd be cute to paint them. I also got this thing that goes over a twin sized bed so it's extra storage without having to attach to walls or anything. I'm exciteddd!

I'll post the list of food I'm getting for college:

  1. Minute Maid Punch
  2. Jif peanut butter
  3. Kim's Magic Pop
  4. Laughing Cow cheese
  5. Fruit of any kind (apples and watermelon and grapes mainly)
  6. Crystal Light to-go packets
  7. Laughing cow light cheese (I'm going to try some other kinds)
  8. Low-carb wheat tortillas
  9. Greek yogurt (never had...want to try)
  10. Salad dressing (I'm carrying it with me to the dining hall!)
  11. Unsweetend Almond Breeze
  12. Turkey slices

I'm not done yet but I'm still adding.

Original Post by kikiasumi:

lol sara, my dad is all pestering me about the biking thing cause he thinks it's not safe, but it's a 30 minute bike ride, 40 minutes at most, and I don't want to pay for gas, it's to much gas for what I'm making xD

My friend in Cali was caught by his parents driving more than one kid when he was 16 (you can only have one other person until 16 and a half) and so they made him bike to work. It was like 5 miles but he did it for a whole summer hah.

That seems like a good list so far! Oh man for dorm decor I love love love the website upperclassliving.com. You can order pre-made stuff or design your own. I designed mine around my last name. Pretty inexpensive for how long they last/how cute they are. 

Are you interested in seeing the list I have going so far? 

 

hi everyone! i think i'm going to check in nightly before i go to sleep. i actually check this thread a lot while im at work, but i am never in one place long enough to be able to write an entry (im an intern at a law firm, and paralegals will always email me at random times for odd jobs).

i normally do a daily weigh in...every morning right when i wake up. i heard that you're supposed to weigh in weekly to avoid water weight fluctuations and stuff, but weighing in daily i feel really keeps me in check to work harder, especially if i have binged (which i have no done for the most part for 2.5 weeks!). so i guess i'll check in with my weight daily here also. ive been recording for about 10 days or so:

week 1 (7/11/10-7/17/10): 124.4, 123.8, 124.2, 124.4, 123.0, 123.6, 123.0

week 2 (7/18/10-7/24/10): 123.4, 123.0, 122.6

* new lows in bold, in my written log i get to use a red pen whenever i hit a new low :)

for some reason i felt really bloated today after lunch, and throughout the night, but when i weighed myself, i was fine. i guess my period is coming soon, so it might be some bloating that is starting to occur. i hate being a girl. :(

@ashleebilly - i always mean to take measurements, but i dont have a tape measure. i need to get one. i think it would be def really satisfying to see that inches are coming off. i think my calves have gotten smaller, it used to take not that much effort to make them touch, but now its quite difficult, even with squeezing. as for snax, i love fiber one bars! they taste like dessert to me, and range from 140-160 calories i believe. hummus and vegis also very good. if you get the trader joe's tomato pepper (? i can get back to you on that one-- it's the lowest calorie hummus they have) it's only 30 calories per 2 tablespoons i guess, and so delish. greek yogurt is also a big love of mine! i find that the 0% kind can be kind of sharp though, so i normally stir in some almond or soymilk to take the bite off, and have frozen fruit. mmmm!

@sarabliss - im a management major! how about you? bikrim is a 90 minute type of yoga...and it's in a hot room so you literally get drenched in sweat. i have been doing it for a week or so, and it's quite intense! i feel like im sweating out all my toxins...you're so sweet to be concerned about how much im intaking. im touched that you care (sorry-- so cheesy)! breakfast should be around 300 + lunch...im not sure what kind of bread they choose, but i have them scoop the inside...so its more of just the shell, and even so, i only eat half the sandwich and just finish the bread...so im guessing 150 bread + 60 for cranberry sauce + 20 for the random vegis they put in....and the difficult part is figuring out how much turkey they put in. it's actually roasted turkey, none of the deli meat stuff, but i have no concept as to how much it weighs. i'd say its about 1.5 fist fulls of dark/light mixed meat). 200 (rando guess?) + 150 cal fro yo = 580 for lunch? and then for dinner, 250 ish. 250 + 580 + 300 + (200 so random snax) = 1350 or so? (sorry i basically wrote out my whole thought process). the calculator things you gave me: eat: 1392, burn 2007, lose 1.23lb a week. does this mean im on track? i dont really know how to read it... >. < i'd also love to see the list you have so far! we should all share :)

 

@alisayre - im also in a single next year and im so excited to decorate, but feeling weird cuz me and my roommate are several doors apart from each other, and we were stuck at the hip basically! how big is your room? my room is along the charles river, but theres a lot of trees blocking my view i think since it's only the 3rd floor. looking at your list my favs are the greek yogurt, fruit, almond breeze....omg i love everything...except for kims magic pop cuz i dont know what that is :P haha

Bikrim sounds awesome! I wonder if my gym has any classes I can try before I go back to school... and yeah it sounds like you're doing pretty well! My calculations say to eat 1370 or something but I usually eat closer to 1450. :P And I'm still losing weight so don't be afraid of an extra 100-200 calories!

Here is my list thus far:
-Clif Bars
-V8 Splash
-Bananas
-Thomas' Multigrain english muffin
-Mussleman's apple butter
-Sara Lee 90 calorie bread
-Almonds
-Yoplait Light Fat-Free yogurt
-Eggs
-Oscar Mayer Ready-Cooked Bacon
-Quaker Oatmeal-to-Go (Apples with Cinnamon)
-Fat Free Lactaid (milk without lactose since I'm somewhat lactose-intolerant)
-Fiber One Caramel Delight cereal
-Coffeemate Fat Free french vanilla creamer
-Yellow mustard
-Diet Lipton Citrus Green Tea
-Orange Sherbert
-Tilapia filets (you keep 'em in the freezer)
-Baby Spinach Leaves (prebagged salad type)
-Fat-free raspberry vinigarette dessing
-mandarin oranges
-Fat-free tartar sauce
-Tyson pre-cooked chicken strips (grilled)
-Star Kist Light Chunk packets
-Light Laughing Cow swiss cheese

Hi! My name is Jordan and I will be a junior this year as well. I'm about 5'2" and weigh somewhere around 135. My goal is to get more physically fit and healthy (I've never been either lol) and lose somewhere between 15 to 20 pounds in the process (though Calorie Count suggested I get down to 109..???).

Anyways, I'm looking for weight loss buddies as well--someone to stay accountable to and share stories and whatnot with.

This is my first week with Calorie Count so I don't have any progress to report yet. 

I do have a question tho--for those of you that live at home with your parents during the summer, how do you manage to eat healthy? My parents houses are STOCKED with a lot of junk food and almost no veggies. I'm looking for ways to make healthy meals out of what they've got in the pantry but just can't figure out what to do.

Original Post by bodyrok:

Hi! My name is Jordan and I will be a junior this year as well. I'm about 5'2" and weigh somewhere around 135. My goal is to get more physically fit and healthy (I've never been either lol) and lose somewhere between 15 to 20 pounds in the process (though Calorie Count suggested I get down to 109..???).

Anyways, I'm looking for weight loss buddies as well--someone to stay accountable to and share stories and whatnot with.

This is my first week with Calorie Count so I don't have any progress to report yet. 

I do have a question tho--for those of you that live at home with your parents during the summer, how do you manage to eat healthy? My parents houses are STOCKED with a lot of junk food and almost no veggies. I'm looking for ways to make healthy meals out of what they've got in the pantry but just can't figure out what to do.

I made my mom buy me my own stuff so that I could be healthy. I chose only a few things at first so that it wouldnt be too costly but I could eat often. Like the low carb wheat tortillas, the laughing cow cheese, and some turkey. Then I just ate that a lot. I also had my parents stock up on fruit.

Basically, I needed my mom to get on board with my weight loss. She's basically eliminated a lot of the unhealthy purchases she used to make and buys fruit like crazy. My mom and I go through like 3 watermelons a week.

3 watermelons a week?! Wow! lol And congrats for getting your mom on board with it!

Btw, read your post above about dorm decor--that sounds really cute! I can't wait to get back and decorate my room too. =p it's always the most fun part about going back

Laughing Cow Cheese seems to be quite the hit in this forum. Is it THAT good or low calorie or what?

And what part of the country is everyone in? I'm from North Carolina. Anyone else on the east coast?

WOW there is a lot to catch up on! welcome new people!

I love reading all of your grocery lists! Here are some of my tricks for reducing calories and I am a stickler for reading ingredients so most of these are natural options too....

1) Vans light waffles ---No chemicals, really tasty, and 140calories for two!

2) Shreaded wheat cerial- I get the plain kind that 100%wheat with nothing else and then you can add your own fruit (even frozen fruit) to make it tastier if you want.

3) Iced tea- I know they say that fake sugar is okay for you in small quantities but i still try to stay away from it. So i take some loose leaf tea, put it in empty tea bags, and put it in a pitcher with water in the sun for a while. It brews the tea and then you chill it and have a really healthy alternative to water with no added chemicals.

4) High fiber english muffins- can't lose here!

5) Oatmeal- Rather than buying instant oatmeal with stuff added to it I get non-instant steel cut oats. I admit that it IS a pain in the ass to make, so what I do is I make a big batch at once and then I portion it out for a few days, that way I don't have to make a single serving every time since it takes about a half hour. Then a REALLY great thing to add is a caramelized banana. You literally just fry a banana on a pan for a few seconds with a little cooking spray and all the natural sugars sort of surface so its all gooey and sweet and amazing, and then you don't have to add sugar or honey or anything!

6) Greek yogurt- I really hate yogurt, so i mix it with a bunch of frozen fruit or make a smoothie and I do like it better than regular yogurt. All the brands are pretty much the same but make sure that whatever yogurt you buy it says "contains live and active cultures" because if it doesn't say that it won't have all of the healthy bacteria that is so good for your digestive system.

Those some of my faves but I have been getting really into food lately. It's so fun.

Aj- I am really sorry that you have been binging! Maybe before you go to work you should make sure that you are full. Also paying for everything was a good suggestion. Also they did a study that in rats sugar was just as addicitve as cocaine to them! You may have a sort of sugar addiction (either in the form of real sugar or refined carbs). Maybe reading about this more can help you get suggestions about what to do.

I feel like i've been gone for like 5 yrs reading all these posts! ha, so much to catch up on.

first! hello new people!

annie-  i'm getting to to walk my moms' friend's dog (haha confusing) for thw two weeks i'm home. everymorning for about 30 mins (or until the dog gets tired) i've been alternating run/walk, but since it's like 1000 degrees outside in texas, even at 7:30am we can't run too much or she gets wayy to hot. it's awesome! i love dogs, but we've been a cat family since i can remember, and rabbits too, but that was a long time ago. so getting to play with a dog for 30mins a day is super fun for me! in short, i love dog walking!

on low cal snacks:

  1. sugar free jello: 10 cals per cup
  2. sugar free gummy bears: (my weakness.. i love all things gummy.) 85 cals for about 17 bears
  3. light string cheese: 60 cals per stick
  4. babybel cheese: 35 cals per little round
  5. oatmeal: i put honey in it or a few raisens and crushed almonds for sweetness.
  6. sugar free popsicles: HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, they are addicting: 15 cals per pop.
  7. pickles: but, SO much sodium...
  8. fruit: of any kind, i'm a fan of grapes, i could seriously eat a pound of grapes in a week, no problem.

on cake: i worked at a rollerskating rink for 5 years, and we did ALOT of parties. so there would always be leftover cake, or the parents would give us cake, or the employees would have a birthday and our boss would bring us a cake. it was freaking cake central. i still love cake, now i just substitute the oild for applesauce. it bakes the same, i think it makes it more moist... then top it wit ha light whipped topping, and fruit. or just fruit. YUM~ and almost guilt free! win! but kudos to you on keeping away from that stuff, i woudn't havethe will power.. haha :)  

Original Post by ordinarydaysx:

 

hi everyone! i think i'm going to check in nightly before i go to sleep. i actually check this thread a lot while im at work, but i am never in one place long enough to be able to write an entry (im an intern at a law firm, and paralegals will always email me at random times for odd jobs).

i normally do a daily weigh in...every morning right when i wake up. i heard that you're supposed to weigh in weekly to avoid water weight fluctuations and stuff, but weighing in daily i feel really keeps me in check to work harder, especially if i have binged (which i have no done for the most part for 2.5 weeks!). so i guess i'll check in with my weight daily here also. ive been recording for about 10 days or so:

week 1 (7/11/10-7/17/10): 124.4, 123.8, 124.2, 124.4, 123.0, 123.6, 123.0

week 2 (7/18/10-7/24/10): 123.4, 123.0, 122.6

* new lows in bold, in my written log i get to use a red pen whenever i hit a new low :)

for some reason i felt really bloated today after lunch, and throughout the night, but when i weighed myself, i was fine. i guess my period is coming soon, so it might be some bloating that is starting to occur. i hate being a girl. :(

@ashleebilly - i always mean to take measurements, but i dont have a tape measure. i need to get one. i think it would be def really satisfying to see that inches are coming off. i think my calves have gotten smaller, it used to take not that much effort to make them touch, but now its quite difficult, even with squeezing. as for snax, i love fiber one bars! they taste like dessert to me, and range from 140-160 calories i believe. hummus and vegis also very good. if you get the trader joe's tomato pepper (? i can get back to you on that one-- it's the lowest calorie hummus they have) it's only 30 calories per 2 tablespoons i guess, and so delish. greek yogurt is also a big love of mine! i find that the 0% kind can be kind of sharp though, so i normally stir in some almond or soymilk to take the bite off, and have frozen fruit. mmmm!

@sarabliss - im a management major! how about you? bikrim is a 90 minute type of yoga...and it's in a hot room so you literally get drenched in sweat. i have been doing it for a week or so, and it's quite intense! i feel like im sweating out all my toxins...you're so sweet to be concerned about how much im intaking. im touched that you care (sorry-- so cheesy)! breakfast should be around 300 + lunch...im not sure what kind of bread they choose, but i have them scoop the inside...so its more of just the shell, and even so, i only eat half the sandwich and just finish the bread...so im guessing 150 bread + 60 for cranberry sauce + 20 for the random vegis they put in....and the difficult part is figuring out how much turkey they put in. it's actually roasted turkey, none of the deli meat stuff, but i have no concept as to how much it weighs. i'd say its about 1.5 fist fulls of dark/light mixed meat). 200 (rando guess?) + 150 cal fro yo = 580 for lunch? and then for dinner, 250 ish. 250 + 580 + 300 + (200 so random snax) = 1350 or so? (sorry i basically wrote out my whole thought process). the calculator things you gave me: eat: 1392, burn 2007, lose 1.23lb a week. does this mean im on track? i dont really know how to read it... >. < i'd also love to see the list you have so far! we should all share :)

 

@alisayre - im also in a single next year and im so excited to decorate, but feeling weird cuz me and my roommate are several doors apart from each other, and we were stuck at the hip basically! how big is your room? my room is along the charles river, but theres a lot of trees blocking my view i think since it's only the 3rd floor. looking at your list my favs are the greek yogurt, fruit, almond breeze....omg i love everything...except for kims magic pop cuz i dont know what that is :P haha

My room is 7 feet wide by 14 feet long. It's really weird hahaha.

I'm living in a single because I'm an RA but it's going to be nice having my own room. This way I have privacy but I can hang out at other friend's dorms. I also like the privacy since I'm so busy and I don't have to worry about bothering another person.

Original Post by sarabliss:

Bikrim sounds awesome! I wonder if my gym has any classes I can try before I go back to school... and yeah it sounds like you're doing pretty well! My calculations say to eat 1370 or something but I usually eat closer to 1450. :P And I'm still losing weight so don't be afraid of an extra 100-200 calories!

Here is my list thus far:
-Clif Bars
-V8 Splash
-Bananas
-Thomas' Multigrain english muffin
-Mussleman's apple butter
-Sara Lee 90 calorie bread
-Almonds
-Yoplait Light Fat-Free yogurt
-Eggs
-Oscar Mayer Ready-Cooked Bacon
-Quaker Oatmeal-to-Go (Apples with Cinnamon)
-Fat Free Lactaid (milk without lactose since I'm somewhat lactose-intolerant)
-Fiber One Caramel Delight cereal
-Coffeemate Fat Free french vanilla creamer
-Yellow mustard
-Diet Lipton Citrus Green Tea
-Orange Sherbert
-Tilapia filets (you keep 'em in the freezer)
-Baby Spinach Leaves (prebagged salad type)
-Fat-free raspberry vinigarette dessing
-mandarin oranges
-Fat-free tartar sauce
-Tyson pre-cooked chicken strips (grilled)
-Star Kist Light Chunk packets
-Light Laughing Cow swiss cheese

It's easier just to quote individually hah. 

What is apple butter? I think I've had it before but in like drink form?

Lactaid is good! I went through a summer where I didn't eat dairy because I was getting sick to my stomach. I'm lactose-intolerant to a degree but I just put up with it now. That milk honestly tastes like MILK. It's better than soy in my opinion.

I don't have a freezer unfortunately. Mine doesn't stay frozen really. Otherwise I'd have a lot more things haha. 

Original Post by bodyrok:

3 watermelons a week?! Wow! lol And congrats for getting your mom on board with it!

Btw, read your post above about dorm decor--that sounds really cute! I can't wait to get back and decorate my room too. =p it's always the most fun part about going back

Laughing Cow Cheese seems to be quite the hit in this forum. Is it THAT good or low calorie or what?

And what part of the country is everyone in? I'm from North Carolina. Anyone else on the east coast?

It's good and it's spreadable cheese. The Laughing Cow Light brand are 35 calories for a wedge which is pretty great for cheese. cheese can be really high cal and these are spreadable which makes it really nice.

I'm from northwest Ohio! It's a boring place haha.

Hi Jordan! Welcome to the group. Our stats are pretty close so I'd love to swap experiences / exercises / advice with you. Luckily (or maybe not so luckily) my parents both struggle with weight loss as well so there's always some sort of new fad diet food rotating through the kitchen (and I ask her to re-buy the ones that are actually nutritious and tasty haha). As for the part of the country I'm in, I'm from St. Louis but I go to school in St. Augustine, FL, so I'm east coast 8 months a year! Haha.

Grace - I miss waffles. :( So thanks for the suggestion! And I ALWAYS read about Greek yogurt on this website, what the hell is the difference in taste and such?

Robyn - I need to get popsicles FOR SURE, especially when I go back down to Florida for school. And that applesauce instead of oil idea is so smart! And sounds like it would taste better too!

Ali - Apple butter is like... well, sort of like what you'd use as a replacement for grape jam or strawberry jam, it's just more of a creamy consistency. It's delish. I put it on my english muffins. Yeah I don't like the taste of soy milk and I actually think I have a mild allergy to it to be honest. 

Original Post by sarabliss:

Hi Jordan! Welcome to the group. Our stats are pretty close so I'd love to swap experiences / exercises / advice with you. Luckily (or maybe not so luckily) my parents both struggle with weight loss as well so there's always some sort of new fad diet food rotating through the kitchen (and I ask her to re-buy the ones that are actually nutritious and tasty haha). As for the part of the country I'm in, I'm from St. Louis but I go to school in St. Augustine, FL, so I'm east coast 8 months a year! Haha.

Grace - I miss waffles. :( So thanks for the suggestion! And I ALWAYS read about Greek yogurt on this website, what the hell is the difference in taste and such?

Robyn - I need to get popsicles FOR SURE, especially when I go back down to Florida for school. And that applesauce instead of oil idea is so smart! And sounds like it would taste better too!

Ali - Apple butter is like... well, sort of like what you'd use as a replacement for grape jam or strawberry jam, it's just more of a creamy consistency. It's delish. I put it on my english muffins. Yeah I don't like the taste of soy milk and I actually think I have a mild allergy to it to be honest. 

People say its a little more bitter, and I guess it might be because they don't add sugar to it. But the big difference is texturally its much thicker and creamier tasting. I like this a lot because it's nice to mix stuff into so it doesn't just feel like i put some fruit in some weird creamy soup. I dunno I just really hate yogurt and this makes it a little better haha.

Ice pops sound so good right now, It's so hot and I have no AC except for my bedroom! I might make some home made ones I'll let you all know how it goes

 

sara-did you know that everyone is actually slightly lactose intolerant? I think it's interesting because that's why so many people get stomachaches. Being more than a little lactose intolerant isn't fun at all! My mom bought me those pills too to break down lactose. And apparently yogurt doesn't have lactose in it because bacteria breaks it down.

 

Really? That's crazy. Yeah the pills were a pain so I decided to just portion things so it didn't make me sick, ex: no giant bowls of ice cream haha which is good for a lot of reasons... but yeah I always wondered about yogurt because I love it and I never feel upset from it!

I think apple butter is really good but we must buy the fattening kind because its uber sweet. I think its kind of molasses-y.

I'm gonna have to check out the cheese now =]  it sounds good.

I had no idea everybody is a little lactose intolerant--that's really interesting! And while Im not lactose intolerant, one of my former bfs was. The company lactaid sells their own 'milk' I think, if you want to check that out. But if portion control works for you, I think I would just stick to that. That milk probably tastes pretty awful.

Do you guys eat Greek yogurt just plain or do you make it into some sort of dip? I found it to have a weird aftertaste when I tried to eat it like regular yogurt--I was expecting a sweet sort of yogurt but it was more 'savory' (if that makes sense)

And one of my favorite snacks that I don't think is too bad calorie-wise is sliced tomatoes with balsamic vinegar. 

 

Sara-I'd love to swap advice/exercises/experiences! My family is a little overweight as well. And for the past two years my step mom has been trying this organic something diet on and off. Last year she was doing some sort of colon cleanse thing where she couldn't even use things that weren't organic--like hand soap, body wash, shampoo, etc. That's crap. Honestly, gimicky diets like that piss me off.** With most stuff it doesn't matter whether its organic or not (dried spices for instance) Anyways, while she does this organic diet some the only 'diet' food we really have around is salad lettuce and frozen chicken and fish. Which is good and healthy but there isn't a lot of variety. Pretty much everything we buy is canned or processed--no produce. And I have several younger step-siblings so I won't be successfully petitioning for a change in the grocery list anytime soon =p (not saying that means I can't make healthier choices myself--I can and will)

**just as a note: I think eating less PROCESSED foods is a good idea but I don't think it matters all that much from a WEIGHT perspective whether its organic or not. Eating more vegetables and 'real' foods, I feel, is the way to go.

And lucky you for getting to study in Florida! I bet that's awesome!

122.2 weigh in today! woohoo!! i woke up dehydrated though, it's been like that for a the past few days. bikrim takes a lot out of me...but if i drink too much water before i sleep i always need to wake up to use the restroom in the middle of the night...which i HATE. because it takes me 30min of half sleeping to convince myself that i can't hold it in. im so lazy. i love my sleep.

im another lactose intolerant girl! well, when i was little, i used to be, so i drank a lot of soymilk. i can eat all the ice cream i want though! and my tolerance has gotten a lot better so that i can drink milk/eat cheese, i just need to make sure not too much. i love silk soymilk...im addicted to that stuff. especially the very vanilla and chocolate flavors, but i try to stick to original or light, cuz it's the least calories.

does anyone know if drinking coffee is ok? or what kind of effect coffee has on the system? i love my 4 shots of espresso with 1/2 a cup of soymilk, and a pump of agave (gotta love those coffee machines at work!) over ice and a tea bag (i know, strange combo). im hoping all that caffeine isnt too bad for my system.

also, do any of you guys give yourselves a cheat day? how does it affect your guy's weight if you do? i havent had one in almost three weeks when i officially started this diet (had been exercising before but not recording and being super serious) and im afraid that one day will completely throw my hard work off. im also having trouble deciding what i would want to eat if i could have a cheat day since i would feel quite guilty...

Jordan, I agree about cutting out processed foods. It's called clean eating and there's a lot of people making that transition. I'd love to eat clean but a lot of the time I don't have the time or resources with work, etc. but I'm going to try to buy a lot less packaged foods so I just won't have any. Also, my roommates and I decided to save money we're only going to buy what we each eat and put our names on everything, which is VERY GOOD because that way I know the foods I've been eating won't disappear to quickly and ALSO it means I can't snack on their junk! Haha. But yeah I loveeee going to school in Florida. It was a leap of faith since it's so far from home, but best decision ever. And about Lactaid milk that's what I drink and it's really not bad especially since it's usually in/with stuff (I don't just drink glasses of milk) so you can't even tell the difference. Plus, I haven't had real milk in about 12 years so I don't even have a taste to compare it to anymore.

Ordinary, (CC?), congratulations! I know what you mean about peeing in the middle of the night haha. Coffee can actually be good for boosting your metabolism (it also reduces the risk of Alzheimer's when you're older by keeping your brain alert and stimulated). It's best to drink coffee black though because if you use too much cream and sugar the caffeine is put to work trying to process the carbs and sugars and is wasted. I just have black coffee with 1 tbsp Coffeemate Fat-Free French Vanilla liquid creamer. Mmm. :)

I don't have a set cheat day, like Sundays, or something, but I do have days (special occasions) that I allow myself something out of the ordinary, like it's rare that I go out and party with my friends during the summer (school is a whole different story!) so when I do I allow myself a couple light beers, and on my birthday I ate a whole bunch haha and I also ate a lot during my grandma's wake/funeral because it sort of let me avoid the sadness of the whole thing. :/ I've noticed it makes me retain water and go up in weight a couple days but if I go right back to my regimen it goes away. I think you have to eat 2,000-3,000 calories ABOVE your suggested amount to gain a pound, or something like that. 

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