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    I cut out Coke for a whole year and then this summer started up again while I was travelling. I didn't really enjoy it the same, but it was convenient. When I started working at the school this fall again, they had a vending machine and I've been really tired, so a can or two a day pick me up has started to become my habit, as well as hot chocolate after school. I decided for the new year, that I need to reduce sugar (even though it didn't make any weight difference before), so I've quit Coke and hot chocolate, reducing sugar and dairy a lot. My legs and vocal cords still are swelling up all the time, for no reason, so I figured that since sugar increases water retention and is really bad for you anyway, that's a good place to start.

    My Fitbit Force died and I am eager to get it replaced with the Charge HR, which hasn't come out yet. I find that it's motivating to know how many steps I've gone in the day. With teaching more, I've increased the amount of steps, although it's still under what it should be.

    I think this coming week I'm going to start small with strength training to add a few squats and pushups a day. Not time consuming, but starts to carve out a time for it and a space for that in my head.

    I'm also working on drinking minimum two litres of water a day and taking supplements. I used to do that easily, but I've gotten lazy.

    I'm noticing that the worse I'm doing physically, the less emotional energy I have to tackle anything.
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    I have a love/hate buzzfeed relationship. I liked this article a ton though.

    24 Diagrams To Help You Eat Healthier

    Tons of infographics that keep it simple and sweet and while some are bit inaccurate (like using the ANDI index for charting foods like lettuce and kale and such) none of the info is bad and some of it is pretty awesome. Seeing a visual for pistachios vs walnuts was interesting in and of itself.


    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Man. This weight is coming off SOOOOOOO slowly. I need to remain patient. I lost about 5lbs a month for the first half of last year, then stalled out, now it's moving again but VERY slowly. I have 50+ lbs to go, but better for it to take a long time and be sustainable than go fast and come right back, right? Somebody reassure me.
    Of COURSE it's okay for it to be slow and steady. It's all about what you can do and what you can maintain afterwards. So if your food intake and consumption is powerful and you're just where you want to be, and you're doing what you can exercise wise, then you're golden girl.

    For me, there's always a 'weight loss' phase followed by a 'maintenance' phase.. because when I WAS slightly overweight (25 lbs overweight to be precise) I worked hard on calorie counts.. but the amount I eat to maintain weight is different from the weight loss thing. When it comes to larger amounts of weight, slow and steady wins the race..

    .. but if you're feeling impatient with the program, I'd recommend increasing exercise and mobility vs changing the diet itself. It isn't SO bad to say, "Hey, I want to feel MORE accomplished this month, so I'm going to work out an extra day, or use heavier weights.. Or I'm going to try making my own condiments instead of buying them because they're lower calorie." The program is good and great, but changing things up can make one happy too. It all depends on what works best for you. But I wouldn't feel guilty about wanting to change the program up to be a bit more intense if the only reason is for the intensity and challenge... If it's just to see weight fall off alone, you'll slide down a slippery slope of, "I can do more, I can do better... I can't do enough, I suck, I'm not getting better" reward/punishment traps. The attitude makes the difference.

    For me substitutions were always the way to go and continue to be. Portion control + substitutions = winner winner. I feel full, satisfied, eating what I want each day, and all's well that ends well. For exercise, I like intense training on a daily basis ideally (so I felt great running 3-4 days a week, aerobics twice a week, weight lifting twice a week, and Jillian Michaels work outs 4 days a week), and I'm still struggling with balancing a lack of intensity for the sake of my medical issues with still needing to do SOMETHING to gain muscle mass (I suck at this part so far lol)... But Everyone's different.

    Is it only the weight that annoys you? Or is the slow process feeling boring and dragging along? Because if it's the latter, there are tons of things you can do to make things more exciting (like for me, I like discovering I can make an awesome gravy out of lentils, or brownies out of black beans, and playing with restaurant foods I saw that I liked and looking up similar recipes online instead of splurging there.. Basically new recipes and foods keep me entertained) and keep you enthusiastic.. and if you 'fall back' to 'old habits' those habits are STILL the ones you needed to keep on track and lose weight.. so no big deal.

    If you're happy, and its just the weight, rest assured you're probably doing fine.
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    Yeah, I'm not really bored with the process, just frustrated that the weight itself is coming off so slowly. I think I do need to up my activity, though. Some days it's pretty good, but other days I'm shockingly sedentary. I can add something to those days. I don't really think I can cut my calories any more without risking a reactive binge. I do think I can cook more at home and do some substitutions, as you say, but I actually find I stay fuller if I stick with the "real deal" (e.g. full-fat dairy, et. al.) and get enough protein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fidelia View Post
    I cut out Coke for a whole year and then this summer started up again while I was travelling. I didn't really enjoy it the same, but it was convenient. When I started working at the school this fall again, they had a vending machine and I've been really tired, so a can or two a day pick me up has started to become my habit, as well as hot chocolate after school. I decided for the new year, that I need to reduce sugar (even though it didn't make any weight difference before), so I've quit Coke and hot chocolate, reducing sugar and dairy a lot.
    Yeah unfortunately sugar is really easy to burn off so reducing it won't necessarily help with the weight loss department. It does do a plethora of benefits, like reduce inflammation reactions and such, but weight loss is a simple calories in, calories out ratio. If you are consuming more calories than you are spending, you just won't lose weight no matter how healthy the foods are that you're eating. Now some foods burn more readily than others, and that affects it, but the simplest easiest way to look at it is the in/out ratio. Your body doesn't really care why those calories increase or reduce, or which kinds there are (for the purposes of weight loss or gain), it just adjusts as needed. (example: Beorn's weight loss due to being sick vs Ivy's slow-and-steady method.. and the principle of the body holding onto calories if it isn't fed regularly.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Yeah, I'm not really bored with the process, just frustrated that the weight itself is coming off so slowly. I think I do need to up my activity, though. Some days it's pretty good, but other days I'm shockingly sedentary. I can add something to those days. I don't really think I can cut my calories any more without risking a reactive binge. I do think I can cook more at home and do some substitutions, as you say, but I actually find I stay fuller if I stick with the "real deal" (e.g. full-fat dairy, et. al.) and get enough protein.
    No binging please! Sedentary can be mixed up all kinds of ways, from stretching during commercial breaks using old-lady-chair stretches (my favorite) to full on TV-show workouts: 43 Workouts That Allow You To Watch An Ungodly Amount Of Television etc. etc. (hint: if those work outs are super intense you can reduce them.. or change the move entirely. I always tell my mom never be afraid to change the work out on the DVD.. they can't see you or tell you it's wrong. She started out with P90X just walking in place for 20-30 minutes broken up over an hour. 6 months later, she could do 3 sit ups.)

    I tend to stick to the real deal foods when they star the show (i.e. I think tofu burgers are stupid for example, and nothing replaces a sausage, or bacon, or butter on toast) but switch out the little things that can make a serious difference (like using sour cream on a burger instead of mayo, cauliflower fried rice when I'm eating stir-fry and orange chicken, using chia-seed jelly instead of sugary jams, or gravy on mashed potatoes since I use hot sauce and ungodly amounts of lime no matter what kind of gravy it is, or oven-frying meat instead of pan-frying it). It's the sort of thing I jive with well enough. Sometimes they suck (i.e. nearly half of the entire cooking-yourself-thin cookbook ) but when they do well (like boiling chicken wings in salty water, patting them dry, then cooking them high heat on a non-stick aluminum foil flipping halfway through so they come out just as crispy as fried without any added ingredients) I replace them entirely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    Man. This weight is coming off SOOOOOOO slowly. I need to remain patient. I lost about 5lbs a month for the first half of last year, then stalled out, now it's moving again but VERY slowly. I have 50+ lbs to go, but better for it to take a long time and be sustainable than go fast and come right back, right? Somebody reassure me.
    Yes... absolutely.
    I'm stalled out too, but at least I'm not gaining.

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    Checking in for the past week...
    I did my ab crunches every morning and I did my video workout all 3 days,
    but on one of the days, I was trying to hurry, didn't use a chair to balance with and burned out my legs half way through,
    so I only did half the workout.

    I sit in front of the tv at night and all I want to do is eat.
    I think that's why I'm not losing weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INTJMom View Post
    Checking in for the past week...
    I did my ab crunches every morning and I did my video workout all 3 days,
    but on one of the days, I was trying to hurry, didn't use a chair to balance with and burned out my legs half way through,
    so I only did half the workout.

    I sit in front of the tv at night and all I want to do is eat.
    I think that's why I'm not losing weight.
    Are you eating enough throughout the day? I got SUPER used to two BIG meals while on vacation (aka tons of snacking in the morning and a huge dinner later) and I'm having to re-adjust to eating a little bit every few hours right now.
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    -Last week was hard to fit exercising in. How bout you @Oaky ?

    -Been doing good with the water

    -Haven't juiced at all. Have to probably wait on that, which im sad about.

    -Not too bad on the salad...just havent brought it to work yet
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    here's how to lose weight with a heavy work schedule.

    After you work...you go straight to bike. On bike you do 40-60 minutes...very slowly while listening to audio tapes or whatever...I did it listening to audio tapes for a big test. it helped...sometimes i would switch to music. I kept my ass on the bike for 40 minutes....once I did two hours....you have to really enjoy sweating...coconut oil for the long sits help too...you know...for those butt sores.

    Now, after doing that for 1-6 months...you should have lost enough wait to start running. Start with 1 mile a day, at 15-20 minutes then go to the bike...you keep doing this.

    Do pushups and lots of work for your core in the meantime. Do not lift weights until you can run 1 mile. If you cannot run a mile you should not be lifting weights for reasons far to numerous to mention but mostly becauas eyou do not have the body unity to perform the exercises properly.

    Pushups, and ab work...whatever ab work you want to do...I recommend finding an athlete or person you admire who is fit and watching them train their abs...

    Core strength is the most important thing...it is what gives you energy for everything else. If I skip my core strength...I can't squirt out a 4 mile run...I have to reduce it to a slow 2-3 miles...amkes a big big difference.

    As for diet....instead of counting calories and sugar just stop eating fast foods, period. No more fast food, ever...unless it's a chicken sandwhich and it's not fried. Eat rice, bananas, apples, oranges.....potatoes...don't worry about carbs if you are doing 40-60 minutes on the bike at least 4-6 times a week...you will need the carbs.

    The point of it all is this...

    no more fast food, ever for the rest of you rlife. This is a lifestyle change....after you stop eating fast food to maybe a frequency of once or twice a month you have been a success.

    Your family will hate you...and you will be lonely...when I gave up pizza I gave up 50% of all outings as in this city people like to eat lots of pizza and drink beer.

    None of that now...if you are over 25 and your new years resolution is to lose weight...you rnew years resolution should be modified to live healthily.

    Eat juicy oranges
    Eat juicy apples
    Eat banans with a table of honey and peanut butter...
    make sweet potatoes with dark chocolate melted on top...

    No more processed food...it's all lean meats...

    Once you lost weight to a level of running three fifteen minute miles...that's 45 minutes of running go ahead and eat more liberally...if you can't run cause you have messed up legs just do it all on a bike by adding resistance...and if your bum hurts from biking go on the eliptical....but always go 40 minutes and four to six times.

    Here's a tip...once the ball gets going...you will really like it...and on a saturday you might go two hours on the bike...and take a day off or something...hell go ten minutes do ten pushups and do that for forty minutes...

    just do it for more than 40 or 40 on the dot...no less....4 times a week for months....

    it will be easy if you eat the right carbs....and build a healthy calorie deficit instead of going no carbs and eating a bunch of crazy meat sandwhiches or something....without rice or some carbs you won't have an effective workout....you will just go in there like a zombie and never really get fitter...maybe lose some weight but in the long run...you will be back where you started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Urarienev View Post
    -Last week was hard to fit exercising in. How bout you @Oaky ?
    Didn't fit in much exercise the past week also. Was living in a more solitude manner but didn't utilise it for improving my physical health. I'm picking myself up on that though at the moment so hopefully a more healthy week this time.

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