|Weight Loss||i dont understand how this website works??||May 23 2010
the burn meter is an approximation of how many calories you burn each day. It changes as the day goes on (if you log in at midnight, the large number will be zero, while your little number on the top will be 1830). These numbers are based on the inital information you put in as to height, weight, body type, and lifestyle (sedentary, active, etc). Then, if you input activity (like a workout for 30 minutes where you burn 300 calories), it will take that general 1830 number, subtract whatever you would normally burn in 30 minutes (say 150) and then add in the 300 you actually burned (which would put your daily small number up to 1980).
So, this is just a guide so you can see what your deficit of calories are.
Hope this helps!
|Weight Loss||Slimquick. -- Anyone tried?||Apr 27 2010
I'm with depinamb. I was around when Phen Phen was out. The miracle drug that was making people drop weight like water. I begged and cajoled until my doctor gave me a scrip for them (he kept telling me that while I was overweight, I was healthy and needed to do it the old fashioned way-without pills). Anyway, my mom filled the scrip for me as a birthday gift when I turned about 23. For some reason, I decided that I was going to try one more time to lose weight "the old fashioned way" to prove if I could do it or not. Thank goodness! It was not much later when reports came out of people dying from the use of the pills.
Then this was followed by Herbalife and Hydroxycut (same thing - people were going into cardiac arrest and such).
In any case, I have tried (not in many years) different supplements...the reality is, there is no magic wand. Eat less, exercise, and be healthy. No, it's not easy. Yes it takes longer. But more than likely, you'll be alive at the end of that journey to appreciate your health.
Even if a pill is on the market now (like Phen Phen was), it doesn't mean that in five years they won't have pulled it off the market (or changed the formulation) because someone is dead....God forbid that person is you!
Good luck on your journey to health!
|Weight Loss||Trying to loose 15 pounds by wedding day!||Feb 21 2010
Both girls above had good tips! Lots of water, lean protein and high fiber/low cal foods will help keep you full (salads and veggies).
Eat smaller more frequent meals (I aim for 3 meals of about 300-400 calories a day and 2-3 snacks of 100-150 calories) every 2-3 hours or so.
And yes, don't go below 1200 calories and if you are burning a lot of calories working out, you might need to up it to 1400 or 1500 calories a day.
As your body adjusts to different types of food and smaller portions you will feel more satisfied and less hungry during the day. This takes a week or two and in the meantime, filling up with fiber and water is helpful.
Good luck and hope your wedding day and married life is all you've dreamed it to be!
|Motivation||30 Hour Famine.||Feb 17 2010
Our youth group did this every year. Focus on the cause and the fellowship - it's a lot of fun and knowing you are helping those less fortunate is awesome!
I would eat a little lighter a couple days before or the 30 hours without food will shock your system!
Good luck - hope you raise lots of money! :-)
|Weight Loss||Down 85 lbs now the final 15 are not coming off!!||Nov 23 2009
Great job on the weightloss!
But now, you definitely need to increase your calories. 1200 calories a day would be the BARE minimum you need just for existing and add in working out.
The chart below would be for a 185 lb woman trying to reach 170lbs. This person is 5'5" and 25 years old. (Since I don't know your age/height, I used this as a guide). As you can see - your calories are HORRIBLY low. This is dangerous and will cause your body to begin to slow the weightloss (thinks it is starving - there aren't enough nutrients to fuel the basic function). You need to eat at least 1500-1600 calories!
Your husband will be more happy that you are HEALTHY which you won't be if you continue to starve your body!
These results will help you to know how many calories you need to maintain your current weight, and the number of calories needed per day to achieve your goal weight in a healthy, steady manner.
You need 2167 calories per day to maintain your current weight without exercise.
You need 2103.1 calories per day to reach your goal weight slowly and maintain that weight without exercise.
If you reduce your current caloric intake to 1667 calories per day you will lose one pound per week without exercise.
If you increase your current caloric intake to 2667 calories per day, you will gain one pound per week.
Exercise and Calorie Needs
If you exercise for 30 minutes each day, you may increase your caloric intake to 2405.3 calories per day and still maintain your current weight.
If you exercise for 60 minutes each day, you may increase your caloric intake to 2703.1 calories per day to maintain your current weight.
If you exercise for 30 minutes each day, you will be able to reach your goal weight with 2333.8 calories per day.
If you exercise for 60 minutes each day, you will be able to reach your goal weight with 2622.1 calories per day.
|Foods||Fat-Free Milk vs Soy Milk vs Almond Milk||Nov 23 2009
I think it would be fine. I know you can't always go the other way (replacing normal milk with soy/almond milk) because they don't react the same way in cooking (and as a side note...I once used soy milk in a noodle recipe instead of real milk and it was horrible).
But for other recipes using almond/soy milk as an ingredient, it is likely that its main purpose is moisture. With that, you're probably fine replacing it with FF milk.
I cook a lot and cater on the side and I wouldn't think twice (meaning: I would do it) about subbing alternative milks with real milk.
|Motivation||I've lost 15lbs :]||Nov 22 2009
Awesome. Congrats! Slow and steady wins the race - the best way to keep it off forever is to take it off slowly. Keep up the great work!
|Foods||Turkey....Bag it?||Nov 21 2009
Brine it and then use the Reynolds bag. Comes out perfect, juicy, and beautifully browned every time (and takes less time). Never tried a paper bag - I have a habit of catching things on fire so that probably wouldn't be a good idea for me to try. :-)
|Foods||What do you do with the yolk?||Nov 14 2009
I mostly eat just whites (but do occassionally through a whole egg in for fun...love egg yolk). I freeze the yolks (put them in a freezer container and then pop the yolk). When they thaw, they are a bit of a wierd texture, but perfect for baking. Or I give them to my uncle when he wants to make Hollandaise sauce.
|Motivation||Lose 175lbs: Check! Maintain Weightloss for 2 years: Check!||Nov 14 2009
You're a rockstar! Congrats on the weight loss - and keeping it off (often the hardest part!)! You look fantastic!
|Foods||Food Survey:)||Nov 01 2009
Favorite Thing to Mix with Chocolate Chips: Dough? lol
Favorite Fruit: Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple, plums, apricots (do I really have to pick just one? Can't do it!)
Nutella or Peanut Butter: Depends on what I'm using it for.
Favorite Vegetable: If I answered this, it would start looking like the fruit answer above. I pretty much love ALL veggies.
Cream Cheese or Butter: See nutella answer (depends!)
Chips Ahoy or Oreo: Gross - neither.
Favorite Type of Pancake (plain, blueberry, chocolate chip, etc): My grandpa's homemade pancakes with wheatgerm. Heaven on a plate.
Favorite Food to Waste Calories On: The milk I use in my coffee.
Favorite Halloween Candy: None
Hot Chocolate or Apple Cider: Usually cider
Favorite Type of Cereal: Unhealthy - fruity pebbles and cookie crisp. Healthy - trader joe's fiber cereal. Hot - cream of rice.
Hot Dogs or Bratwurst: Italian sausage. :-)
Favorite Type of Chip: Any kind of jalapeno kettle chip or cheddar/sour cream ruffles.
Favorite Flavor and Brand of Ice Cream: Cold Stone: Sweat cream, chocolate with fresh raspberries....or sweat cream, chocolate, with banana's and caramel.
Worst Binge or High Calorie Food (that you love): French fries...try to avoid them because if I see them, I have no self control. :-)
|Weight Loss||No time for exercise, does studying burn calories?||Oct 26 2009
I'm in law school which has required WAY more work than any of my 2 undergrad programs (I have 2 bachelor's degrees)...and even with an insane workload in law school - I make the time to exercise. (I don't have the time either.) You will feel better, it helps ease stress, and helps brain function. I frequently take a textbook and read it while on the elliptical (although I have to say, trying to highlight while on the machines is not easy). LOL
I also tried going a semester without exercising and gained 10 lbs (stress eating). Exercising helps me get better sleep too.
Not to sound like a commercial or anything but...JUST DO IT.
If you make time to study, you can make time to exercise.
|Motivation||My Weight Loss Journey (Time Lapse Video!)||Oct 17 2009
Awesome! Congrats on the weight loss. You are in inspiration. Good luck on your run tomorrow!!!
|Foods||Which food can you not stop eating once you started...||Oct 16 2009
I'm with heatherparks. Chips and salsa. I make homemade fresh salsa, and no matter how hot it is, I can't stop. My new trick is to make cucmber slices with salt and use them in place of the chip. You get the crunch, the salt, and the salsa flavor and it's a pretty good substitute.
Also, any kind of jalapeno kettle chips. I once ate an entire bag of hoppin' jalapeno crunch tators (back when they still made them) and I got the worst earache! lol
And then there are french fries...I skip all fast food places because I can't bring myself not to order the largest fry order possible and then eat the entire thing. I can't even tell you the last time I had a french fry....
|Motivation||Biggest Loser in the office?||Sep 07 2009
I did it at two work places and it worked well each time. And both places, we weighed in together so no one could lie. At one place, there were about 10 of us doing it. Our HR lady had the scale. We'd go in and weigh in and she would keep the weight logs. We all kicked in 20 bucks and the contest went for three months. We started walking together at lunch. At the end, the top 3 people who had lost the most weight split the money $100 for first place, $60 for second place, and $40 for 3rd place. It was fun. I won second place.
The other place I did it was just three of us. Again, we all weighed in together. We pitched in $20 each month on weigh in day. The first month there was a tie for first so instead of getting $30 back and then putting in another $20, we just left the money in. At the end, there was $120 in the pot. I won first place and got $80 and the runner up got $40 (essentially got their money back). I lost about 12 lbs in the 2 months we did it, and was able to keep it off. Plus, it was great accountability at work...instead of snacking on junk food, we were all encouraging each other to stick with it.
You should definitely try it. At least, both of my experiences with it were positive. And the built in support and accountability were great. And winning a few bucks was awesome too. :-)
|Recipes||Popcorn ideas?||Jul 12 2009
For a sweet treat, I give it a few sprays of I can't believe it's not butter and then sprinkle it with cinnamon and splenda. Yum.
For a salty treat, I use the spray, and then throw on pico de gallo seasoning (chile and lemon flavor), or grated parmesan. Equally yum.
Enjoy trying all these combinations people have shared!
|Foods||Paula Deen....holy lard-a-mole!||May 06 2009
I LOVE Paula...and her boys! I think she is adorable. I think I've only made one of her recipes (blueberry dumplings), but I can still enjoy her show! It's like Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa), her stuff is often loaded with sugar, butter, and cream, but there are a lot of idea you can get on the food network and then make a healthier version.
Paula went from being an extreme agoraphobic (sp?) to being an incredibly succesful restaurant owner, and TV personality, and she loves herself as she is. I think she should be admired for what she has accomplished. If you don't want to cook with a stick of butter...don't! But stop criticizing someone for doing so! Not everyone in the USA is fat and eating something on occassion that is a bit less then healthy isn't going to kill anyone. And deep fried lasagna really isn't any worse than a burger and fries...or two slices of thick crust pizza...or the millions of other things we ALL have ingested in our lifetimes.
It's so easy to point a finger at others rather than take responsibility for ourselves. In that veign I say, "You go Paula! You make me laugh and you are a true joy to watch."
|Weight Loss||Short girls (5'4" and under) with a significant amount of weight to lose! (40+)||Jan 29 2009
Hello my lovely ladies -
Looks like almost everyone had a pretty good week.
And finally - here I am on a wednesday for weigh in. :-)
After 3 weeks of no movement...
Last week - 255.8
This week - 252.8
Lynners - I think everyone knows this already...but I am in law school (that's my career for now). I've been working with at-risk teens for about 15 years and am going to law school to be a juvenile advocate (don't know where exactly...maybe dependancy, maybe delinquency...we'll have to see where I land).
Follow your dreams. Who ever thought I'd be going back to school...law school at that...at the age of 34. But it's a dream come true and I am soooo glad I did it.
|Weight Loss||Short girls (5'4" and under) with a significant amount of weight to lose! (40+)||Jan 26 2009
My weekend hasn't been horribly successful either...but I wasn't logging so I am not sure what my actual counts were. But the worst part is - I didn't get to the gym which is ruining the streak I was on. Grrrr.
Anyway, tomorrow is a new day.
pbear -- can you resend the link to the podcasts for the C25K thing? I got new batteries for the mp3 player so I am ready to download away!
Hope you all have a wildly successful week!
|Weight Loss||Short girls (5'4" and under) with a significant amount of weight to lose! (40+)||Jan 14 2009
I reiterate lynners advice. Any craft/fabric store will have tape measures.
And I'm excited to finally weigh in on a wednesday morning!
So...before Christmas I was about 248.8
After Christmas/new years I've been sitting at 256.4 (GRRRRRRRRR).
This morning - 255.4
A loss of 1.0
I'll take it but I was hoping for more. Although I am retaining water badly for some reason (right now my ankles are a full 1/4 inch bigger around than usual!!!) so I'm hoping that stops and I have a better number next week.
Regardless of what the scale says - I am thrilled that I have done all of my scheduled workouts since I started back to school last week. That is an accomplishment all in itself.
Pbear - thanks for the links for the podcast! I do have an mp3 player (although I am a bit dumb in using it). I'll definitely try that. Yesterday it was kind of dumb trying to remember where I was in my counts and what time I was supposed to stop running or start running again...etc. Oh and congrats on the loss this week!
FOr those of you with a loss this week - congrats! Keep up the great work.
Everyone else - keep your chin up. Remember its a marathon - not a sprint!
Hope you all have a great day!
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