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Weight Loss NEW Year NEW Us 200-260 lbs Group!!! Apr 02 2011
16:32 (UTC)

Hi everybody!

I've still been struggling.  Forgot to post yesterday.  Still at 183, but happy I didn't have a gain.  I've got tomorrow and Monday off work, so I'm going to try to catch up in here and work on getting myself back on track.  At least i see the sun today!  the weather here is still really getting me down!

Weight Loss I've been eating 2000 calories a day for a while now, do I need to lower it? Mar 26 2011
16:09 (UTC)
Original Post by mstadt:

Original Post by josielynn:

Original Post by mstadt:

Not to be mean or a stickler but muscle does not weight more then fat. A pound weights a pound no matter what it is made of.  However this theory came from the fact that muscle is more dense than fat therefore a pound of muscle takes up less space then a pound of fat.

"[A given volume of] muscle weighs more than [the same volume of] fat."

Nothing wrong with what she wrote.  I think most people can understand what she's implying.  Especially since this (at least at my school) was taught as part of primary and secondary school.

 if that statement were true then a person who has 30lbs of fat on their body they would be the same size as a person who has 30lbs of muscle.

No matter how you choose to weigh it a pound weighs a pound. If you want to talk about volume or mass that is different. However the statement was incorrect.

 No one in this thread said that a pound of muscle weighs more than a pound of fat.  Josie is correct.  A cubic foot of muscle weighs more than a cubic foot of fat.   Muscle is more dense, so, if measured by mass, not weight, it weighs more.  No one compares mass by weight.  That's ridiculous.  If you have a cubic foot of lead, and a cubic foot of feathers, they do not weight the same.  If you compare the Earth to the Moon, they do not weigh the same.  If you put a cubic foot of dragon and a cubic foot of luna moths on a scale, they wouldn't weigh the same either.

You yourself said "If you want to talk about volume".  That's exactly what Josie did.  So why are you saying that statement is incorrect?  Muscle does weigh more than fat, just as lead weighs more than feathers, and dragon weighs more than luna moths.  You don't decide what substance weighs more by comparing a pound of each, that's ridiculous.

Darlena made a very helpful comment, in my opinion.  BMI does not take fat vs muscle into account.  A very toned or muscular person can be at a healthy body fat percentage even though the scale may read a bigger number than they had hoped.


Weight Loss NEW Year NEW Us 200-260 lbs Group!!! Mar 26 2011
05:46 (UTC)

Desired- It is hard to stick to any plan if you can't get into a regular routine due to nutty work schedule.  I hope you find something more stable soon.

I just wanted to share some things I bought at the grocery store yesterday that I'm really pleased with.
Kashi TLC Fruit and Grain bars- Dark chocolate coconut flavor.  OMG these are good!  There's this thick creamy chocolaty layer on top.  Anf it isn't a giant bar, which makes it just right for a snack.  120 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, and 4 grams of fiber.  I think these are my new favorite bar.
I finally found diet soda sweetened with stevia!  I don't drink soda anymore, but every once in a while I just want one.  Nutrasweet and Splenda trigger my migraines, and I just don't think chemical sweeteners are that healthy.  I've been waiting ages for a stevia soda.  Finally found some in the health food section.  One brand I tried was called Zevia, which I bought in cola and black cherry.  The other was Virgil's Zero Root Beer.  All of them are 0 calories, and all tasted good.  The root beer is even low sodium, only 5 mg, but even the Zevia has less sodium that your average diet soda, only 20 mg.  I still don't want to be a daily soda drinker ever again, but it's so nice to have an option for an occasional treat.

Weight Loss OVER 40S, Whats your frustrations? Mar 25 2011
18:12 (UTC)

It's interesting.  I'm not noticing the differences some of the other posters have.  Now, I've always been a big girl, I weighed 175 when I was 16.  It wasn't easy for me to lose weight then and it isn't easy now.  But I do think it is easier for me now at 45 than it was back when I was 16, because I have better knowledge of health and nutrition now.  Back when I was 16, it was all starvation diets and eat salad.  Not an easy or successful way to lose weight.

Exercising has certainly improved my energy level.  At 40 and 230 lbs, I was a slug and felt like a zombie.  I have tons more energy now.  If I'm feeling draggy and I go for a short walk, it absolutely perks me up.  It also has made me feel stronger, and improved my breathing.

Now, I hear ya, Sweetpea!  I am peri menopausal, and that is throwing a serious crimp in my style.  Suddenly I'm all moody, getting zits at 45, and feeling like I have some serious PMS all the time.  That does make it harder to keep on track.  I started taking an estoven herbal supplement, and that has helped tons.  But I have to take it every day or I end up back in constant PMS land.

Weight Loss The Reality of Vanity Sizing: I Wear 16's, I Should Wear 22's Mar 25 2011
17:59 (UTC)

Vanity sizing is ridiculous and has gotten way out of hand.  I fit anything between a 14 to a 20 pants depending on what brand it is and where I bought it.  I don't really care what number is on my clothes, I know very well that the "14" worn today is 2 sizes bigger than the "14" I wore in the 1980's.  I just wish there was a standard size!  I go shopping, and I have to take a tape measurer because I cannot know what size I wear, the best I can do is know my wide range of sizes.  It makes me not want to shop at all, it's such a hassle.

Weight Loss Trying to lose...Need tips Mar 25 2011
17:49 (UTC)

I have heard nothing but good things about the Leslie Sansone DVDs.  They are an excellent choice for you.  I also second the recomendation on the water aerobics.  Good workout, but easy on joints and bones.
Don't think that low impact aerobics can't get you where you want to go.  I started at 230, I'm down to 183, and my principle exercise is walking.  If you walk a mile, or run a mile, it burns about the same calories.  Walking just takes a little longer.  You might want to think about bike riding as well, if that isn't too hard on your knees and hips.  An incumbant bike might be easier for you.
Keep in mind that even if your primary exercise is walking, you may need more calories on days where you walk a lot.  At 183, walking between 30 mins to an hour a day, I lose on 1600-1800 cals a day.


Weight Loss NEW Year NEW Us 200-260 lbs Group!!! Mar 25 2011
17:39 (UTC)

Mermaid- I don’t know about the shops in Canada, but here there are different grades of thrift shops.  Places like Salvation Army and Goodwill will have some business clothes, suits, dresses and the like.  How nice they are often depends on what sort of neighborhood they are in or near.  We also have consignment shops for upscale clothing resale.  With the economy the way it is, thrift shops are quite popular.  I know what you mean about shopping.  A while back I went walking in a Mall because the weather was bad.  Usually looking in the windows of the trendy shops depresses me, because a person my size can’t shop there.  During that walk, I kept thinking about how I’m going to be able to shop there too!  Good job on the weight loss, and feel better soon!

Desired- I plan to get a couple new tattoos as well, as part of my rewarding myself.

Nymlee- wow, hon, sounds like you are having strong reactions to that mirena.  You are smart to get it taken out.  I did the deppo shot for 2 years, and I wish I never had.  It was lovely not having a period, but there were too many side effects, some of which I did not get figured out until it had become a serious matter.  I’m all for birth control, but some of the methods are just too messed up.  Hopefully you will be back to yourself soon. Good for you for talking through diet issues with Dustin!  I’m lucky with Brian.  he’ll eat whatever I cook, no matter how healthy, and he doesn’t complain as long as it tastes good.  If he isn’t thrilled about something, he’ll eat some, and then make a pb sandwich. No fuss at all.

Connie- I’ve been doing sort of the same thing.  Exercising, eating all right, but not logging.  I know that when I log I lose more, but after over 2 months of logging, it was driving me a little batty.  I need to get back to it soon.  When you go out, just make the smartest choices you can, and don’t overeat or drink and you’ll be fine.  I don’t drink often.  My standard bar drink when going out with friends has become water with a splash of orange juice.  Looks like a drink, tastes good, and most bartenders will give it to you free, so I just leave a tip.  Good for my budget and my waistline!

Crazy- one slip up won’t hurt you.  Stop feeding the guilt!  Just get back to making some healthier choices and you’ll be fine!  OMG!  I was stuck at 185 too, and guess what I saw this morning?  183!  We’re weight loss twins! :D

Queen- 220 sounds like a perfect goal for the next 12 weeks.  And yes, vanity sizing is very bad.  I see women who now wear a “12” that would have been a 16 15 years ago.  Some stores and brands are worse than others.  Vanity sizing, and the fact that I know can fit into pants anywhere between a 14 and a 20, depending on what brand I buy and where I bought them, really pisses me off.  Why can’t women’s clothes just be done by waist size like men’s clothes!  Then I would know what the heck size I wear!

Me- stepped on the scale today, worried because I’m almost starting my TOM, and expecting to see 185, or worse.  And I see 183.  Yay me!  After several weeks stuck at 185, that was such a relief!
SW: 203 
LW: 185
CW: 183
Total loss- 20 pounds! 

Weight Loss NEW Year NEW Us 200-260 lbs Group!!! Mar 23 2011
15:25 (UTC)

That's actually something I would like to know from all of you:

How do you celebrate your milestones and successes? What are your 'gifts' to yourself for being good? How are you recognizing your accomplishments?



 Clothes mostly.  I love getting clothes that fit and are smaller.  Especially pants.  I hate wearing pants that are too big.  I don't want to buy new clothes every 10 pounds though, so I love hitting the thrift stores.  I hit one yesterday.  Bought a pair of capri pants.  They say size 16, and they fit.  Yay for me!

Weight Loss NEW Year NEW Us 200-260 lbs Group!!! Mar 22 2011
16:09 (UTC)

Hi again!  I was just catching up a little.  Went back a few pages on the messages. 

Connie- good job getting to the gym!  Finances are still tight with Brian and me, but as of this Thursday, we are officially caught up.  Now I have to decide if I want to get a gym membership again, or wait until Fall.  During the summer, I usually go outside for exercise, so I might just want to wait.  Yay for the 2 lbs gone!  I do get SAD.  And it's been so rainy and grey here. 

Mirian- Good job on the walking!  I’ve been using the nice weather to get out to some parks and do some hiking.  It’s been lovely.

Mermaid- Yoga is awesome!  And I don’t care if it’s a calorie burner or not, it’s good for the body and mind.  It’s not all about the weight loss, it’s about getting healthier, and Yoga is great for that.  Good for you!  And great job getting to the gym.  You rock!

Desired- glad you are feeling better.  Being sick sucks!

Crazy- Yay for hitting the 20 lbs gone mark!  That is an awesome milestone!  One more pound and I’ll be joining you :)

Queen- yay for the job, even if it is at McD’s.  Hey, a job’s a job.  I work at a therapeutic home for at risk kids, and the food there is every bit as bad as fast food.  You’ve got a good plan, pack lots of snacks and take a healthy lunch and you’ll be fine.  And I hear you about Subway.  Subway’s only a healthy option if you choose the right things.  Yay for the PE classes!  Sounds like fun!

Nymlee- yay for another pound gone!  I really admire your marathon goal.  Running is not my think, but I’ve been thinking I’d like to walk a marathon someday.

Weight Loss NEW Year NEW Us 200-260 lbs Group!!! Mar 22 2011
15:40 (UTC)

Hi everybody!  Sorry I've been awol lately.  I've been busy, and a little blue as well.  I think all the rain here was getting to me.  Now that we are finally getting some sunny days, I'm starting to perk up again.  Spring allergies have kicked in. Tongue out  But it's worth it.  I love Spring!  I've been doing ok, but not brilliant.  I've been exercising nearly daily.  I've been eating too much crap.  Not a lot portion wise, but too much junk.  I was also starting to get discouraged by the scale.  Eating junk wasn't helping that, I'm sure.  But I did finally break the 185 barrier, and hit 184, so that rocks.  I'm not going to make it to my 180 goal, but at least I'm under my original goal.  Now I'm going to have to figure out a goal for the next leg.  I'm thinking 170 might be a good place for me to start.    I'll try to get caught up, and get back in the swing of posting.  I don't do as well when I'm not talking to you guys!

Weight Loss How did you get past your plateau? Mar 12 2011
17:38 (UTC)
Original Post by fabby40:

5'4" Starting weight was 200 - now at 160. I'm currently not tracking calories but I have been cutting portion sizes. And I'm not exercising.

 If you stopped tracking calories and exercising, it probably isn't a plateau.  It's so easy to end up eating at maintenance when one isn't logging or exercising.  Try logging for a week, and getting a little exercise, and see what happens.

Weight Loss JOIN ME - March 6, 2011 - 15 pounds in 10 weeks Mar 12 2011
17:21 (UTC)

Forgot to post yeaterday.  Came in at 1823, which is a tad high, but had more exercise yesterday, so still ended up with a -857 deficit.  My weight loss has still stalled though.  Not looking forward to the weigh in tomorrow.  I know an occasional stall is to be expected as the body adjusts to new habits, and I'm in month 3 of my journey, but stalls still suck!

Weight Loss NEW Year NEW Us 200-260 lbs Group!!! Mar 12 2011
17:17 (UTC)

Crazy- way to rock the weight loss!  Hello 20 pounds gone!

QueenSheba- almost 2 lbs gone!  You rock!

Desired- sounds like the changes to your plan are working well.  Keep it up!

Connie- you should see a loss with that plan, but there are so many variables, as desired said.  You could also hit a stall, as I seem to have.  So just keep being healthy and don’t fret about short term goals.  This is a marathon we are running, not a sprint.

Weight Loss NEW Year NEW Us 200-260 lbs Group!!! Mar 11 2011
16:32 (UTC)

Mermaid- I love those!  I haven't done the banana one, but I've done the apple and the jello.  Here's one I made up that I want to add. 

Faux Peach Cobbler

Lighter version of the traditional dessert.

 Ingredients (Makes 1 serving)
28 g  angel food cake (one slice)
2 oz  light vanilla yogurt
1/4 c  canned peaches juice pack
1/4 t  cinnamon
1 packet  sweetener

1. Slice angelfood cake in two pieces and place in the bottom of a bowl.
2. Spoon Yogurt over cake.
3. Heat peaches with a little of the juice and cinnamon in microwave, and pour over cake/yogurt. 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 11 serving (148.3 g)   
Amount Per Serving
Calories 138
Calories from Fat 33
Total Fat 0.3g
Saturated Fat 0.0g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 2mg
Sodium 242mg
Total Carbohydrates 30.5g
Dietary Fiber 1.5g
Sugars 11.4g
Protein 4.1g 

Vitamin A 10% • Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 12% • Iron 2%

Weight Loss NEW Year NEW Us 200-260 lbs Group!!! Mar 11 2011
16:01 (UTC)

Mermaid- Thanks!  No sore joints and muscles for me.  I get exercise every day, but I don't work out like a fiend.  Sure, I might have the occasional sore muscle, but I work out within my fitness level.  Most of my exercise is walking, jogging on my mini trampoline, and lifting hand weights.  I do best with moderate daily exercise rather than occasional gung ho workouts.  But I'm proud of my five days in a row this week, because last week I used TOM as an excuse to be a lazy slug.  After 8 weeks of moderate daily exercise, I did nothing last week.  Not cool! 

Mirian, good plan on the cutting sweets.  I bet you'll see a loss next week.

Me, bah humbug!  I had a good week.  Not a super fantastic week, but a good one.  What's my scale tell me today?  185.  For the second week in a row it's 185.  :p  Why does 185 always haunt me!  Oh, I know if I keep at it the weight will eventually go, but it's very discouraging.  And technically I'm down about half a pound, but I personally don't like doing decimal points.  It makes me too obsessive.  Well, my plan for next week is to keep my cals in the 1600-1800 range (who knows, maybe my body isn't used to the small decrease yet, I was doing 1700-1900 until this past week.) and to bump my daily exercise up from 30 minutes to the 45-60 range.  One way or another I'm going to have a loss next week!

Motivation The frustrations of a night Nurse Mar 11 2011
07:38 (UTC)

I too had to adjust to a very different schedule.  After decades as a 9-5er, I now work second shift.  It took time to adjust, but I did.  I work 3-11.  I sleep later, eat breakfast and get some exercise before work, eat lunch at work, and eat dinner after.  It is certainly going to be harder for you working 12 hour shifts.  Do you work 5 days a week, or 4?  You could concentrate on healthy eating on work days, and do longer workouts on your days off.  Do you have any down time during your shift?  I work with at risk kids, and have some down time after kids are asleep and paperwork is done.  I often have a nice walk around the unit.  It may not be fancy, but it's good exercise.

Weight Loss Is Chipotle really that bad? Mar 11 2011
07:31 (UTC)
Original Post by acaceres612:

I suggest getting the tacos or the salad, as some people have suggested.

I love chipotle too!!!!  I think the key to long term healthy living is to not give up eating all the restaurants and foods you love, but to make educated healthy choices about it.

 ^^^^This.  I find that I can eat at nearly any restaurant if I do my homework, plan ahead, and make smart choices.

Weight Loss NEW Year NEW Us 200-260 lbs Group!!! Mar 11 2011
07:15 (UTC)

Welcome Nicole!  Sounds like you have a great plan in place.  There are lots of healthy kid friendly meal ideas on the internet.  Maybe you can find something healthy to cook for both you and the daycare kids.  Serving healthy food and snacks might even be a selling point for the business.  I know that my health conscious friend has a terrible time finding places to take care of her kids where they aren’t fed junk all day.  I have found that groups like this are best for support.  Heath buddies in real life come and go, and most fall off the wagon.

crazy- yay for the new elliptical bike!  Boo for the foot problems!  I hope it heals soon!  I got a great pair of shoes at  They are UK Gear.  One of the things I like best about them is plenty of toe room, so I know what you are talking about!

I had a good day today.  Cals came in at 1681, well within my 1600-1800 range.  I exercised for the 5th day in a row.  Big improvement from my slacker ways of last week.  I’m still all nervous about the weigh in tomorrow though.  My scale has been all over the place this week.

Weight Loss JOIN ME - March 6, 2011 - 15 pounds in 10 weeks Mar 11 2011
07:04 (UTC)

Leronia- great job on the workout!  I’d send you some sunshine if I could, but it’s been rainy and gloomy here in Louisville.  Seems like it’s raining everywhere!

MissNix- I agree.  We are all awesome!

Ellie-  Too few calories make it hard to get the nutrition your body needs, and puts you in danger of metabolism slow don’t and a big weight loss stall.  So consider it carefully.  I certainly am not advising eating more junk food to make up the difference.  But nuts, especially peanuts and almonds are a healthy way to increase calories without adding much bulk.  And they’ve both been shown to promote weight loss.  Sounds like you are doing well.  Keep it up!  I think 140 is a very sensible goal, and doable too.  I am also 5’8” and I’m aiming for 150.  Oh and you can hit any reply button on any post.  Just use the quote button if you want to reply to a particular post.

Great job Natbug!  Fingers crossed that you get cleared to run.

I had another good day.  Cals came in at 1681, right in my 1600-1800 range.  I had a 30 minute walk.  Still not kicking the exercise yet, but that makes day 5 of exercising every day, so I’m on the right track.

Motivation to stay on track Mar 10 2011
17:22 (UTC)

For me, the only thing that works is to build healthy habits.  The more you get into the habit of making helathy choices, the easier it is to do.  It's also important to get right back on track after a slip up or planned treat.  It's not the perfect people who win this race, it's the ones you jump right back into it after a slip up.

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