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Title: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on September 06, 2021, 02:36:28 PM
Hi,

I'm heavier than I should be but I am finally starting to do something about it.  With my dr's approval I have started taking Slim Shots and dieting.  I know the Slim Shots aren't magic and to lose the weight I have to make a conscious effort to watch what I eat and really try.

I need help staying motivated and I thought in the spirit of Crowning Glory's Healthy Pony threads instead of making it just a thread about me it could be a thread where we can encourage each other about things. :D


Ponyfan
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on September 06, 2021, 02:51:30 PM
I'm in the same situation, I'm being referred for gastric bypass but I need to lose weight on my own first before I'm approved. I've been dieting for about a week and half and I already feel better :) I'm trying to do high protein/low carb.

I'm also trying to walk more around my apartment (I can't walk far enough to actually walk outside) and my daily goal is over 1000 steps. It's not much, but every little bit helps.

We can do this! :cheer:
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: MouseCardinal on September 06, 2021, 03:02:20 PM
I’m heavier than I need to be too, and it just makes my chronic back pain from a previous injury that much worse. I need to walk more than I have been; 1000 steps would be a good start. Like BlackCurtains said, we can all do this if we stick to it :frolic:
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Minty_Magic on September 06, 2021, 04:38:47 PM
I am also heavier than I should be. I’ve been watching what I eat and exercising more for a few months now. I’m down about 10 pounds from where I was, but it seems like I’ve stagnated the past couple weeks. Ideally I’d like to lose another 10. A community effort would be awesome! :) Healthy Pony really did help when I last participated.

I think I need to incorporate more resistance training into my workouts. I was doing that a couple months ago and seeing results, but lately I’ve been busy and too tired to do any high intensity exercise.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Marshie on September 06, 2021, 04:40:27 PM
Sounds like we’re all in the same boat!
I’ve been doing Noom for the past couple months, and I will admit I’ve had so many slip ups, but I’m down 15lbs! What’s been helping me is eating a TON of fruits and veggies, drinking water, and just trying to be active for 30 minutes a day.

We all got this! I think this thread would be helpful for advice as well as just pushing eachother to our goals!!
 :happy: :happy: :happy:
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on September 07, 2021, 12:58:31 AM
What is everyone having for dinner? I'm making tilapia filets with quinoa.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: MouseCardinal on September 07, 2021, 01:01:14 AM
What is everyone having for dinner? I'm making tilapia filets with quinoa.
I had a sandwich, some grapes, and I’m trying to drink some water. How has everyone’s activity been today? I haven’t walked as much as I need to, but I’m doing my best  :zzz:
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on September 07, 2021, 01:29:20 AM
I was not very active. I have chronic pain and it's bad today. I did some stretches, but that was all.

I'll get some exercise tomorrow since I'm going out for a while.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: MouseCardinal on September 07, 2021, 01:53:17 AM
I was not very active. I have chronic pain and it's bad today. I did some stretches, but that was all.

I'll get some exercise tomorrow since I'm going out for a while.
I can understand that, I’m in the same boat. Hope you feel better ^.^
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on September 07, 2021, 03:21:43 AM
I'm happy that others want to participate. :) I forgot to mention in my original post that anyone that needs help staying motivated for anything is welcome to join in.  It doesn't have to be for weight loss.


I'm trying to drink more water, be more mindful of serving sizes and am going to be replacing my regular Coke with Coke Zero.  I also have some Crystal Light drink mixes I will be using and am going to try Hint Water.  I've had bad luck with flavored water before because most of it tastes terrible to me.   


What is everyone having for dinner? I'm making tilapia filets with quinoa.



I had brisket, potato salad and baked beans but I watched my portion sizes.



I had a sandwich, some grapes, and I’m trying to drink some water. How has everyone’s activity been today? I haven’t walked as much as I need to, but I’m doing my best  :zzz:


I walked a lot today even though I haven't felt well.



Does anyone use a fitness app or tracker?  I use a Fitbit and the Fitbit app.  I just started using the app seriously to count calories.

Ponyfan
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Minty_Magic on September 07, 2021, 05:03:19 AM
Part of my struggle with weight loss is my family’s eating habits. Tonight we had food from a local Mexican restaurant, but I had a really light lunch to buffer the huge dinner. I got a lot of steps in (over 10,000!), but I didn’t do much high intensity exercise. I did run a few flights of stairs at home though.

I’m torn because I like going over to my parent’s house to eat and hang out, but my dad is a big believer in intermittent fasting and can not understand the portions of food he cooks and orders from restaurants is excessive. Especially for those of us who haven’t been starving ourselves all day! My mom is trying to lose weight too, so she’s been pushing for more reasonable portions with me, but it seems like change is only ever temporary. I’d probably have better eating habits if I prepared my own dinners, but I don’t want to hurt my parents feelings. :(

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Does anyone use a fitness app or tracker?  I use a Fitbit and the Fitbit app.  I just started using the app seriously to count calories.

I use a combination of Fitbit and LoseIt to track my weight loss. LoseIt makes it really easy to track the foods I’m eating and calories, and it syncs right in with my Fitbit app too, so I only have to enter the food in one place. I also have the Fitbit scale that tracks my weight, BMI, and body fat%, so I find that helpful in seeing my overall trends rather than just weight.

EDIT: Ponyfan, I see you’re trying to find a good flavored water. I’m not sure if they sell it where you are (it’s made here in AZ), but I am a HUGE fan of Yerbae sparkling water. It’s super sweet, but it has no sugar, no artificial sweeteners, and no calories. All the ingredients are plant based too. :) The only downside is it is caffeinated, so you have to be mindful of that. I’ve found 1 can generally gives me the perfect boost in my day.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on September 07, 2021, 05:16:26 AM
I need to be better about exercising daily.  I've been walking on the treadmill but got out of the habit last winter when I got a cold and then I had a hard time picking it back up and my use fell off completely when my sister's kids were here for Spring Break and again for the summer.  So I'm trying really hard to get back into it and I found that my shoes weren't helping because they were slightly too large and it caused my feet to rub and feel sore when I was trying to run so I've bought new ones and we'll see if these make it better.

I've also been trying to lose weight by watching what I eat and trying to limit sweets but I got out of habit with tracking last Christmas because I wanted to see if I was at a point where I keep the weight loss going without tracking.  While I haven't gained a lot back, I have gained some so I need to be better about tracking it.

It's hard to eat better at home because my mom doesn't want to eat what I cook (probably because it isn't loaded with sugar and salt) but if I don't eat what she cooks she gets offended so I have to be careful about breakfast and lunch (since I eat those at work) so that I can actually eat dinner.  One of these days I'll be able to afford to move out and then I think it will make a big difference, but for now I'm just trying to work out better and try to watch my portions.

Non-exercise goal: I have a bunch of art projects that I've started and I really need to finish them.  I feel like I'm excited to start them but once I get to a certain point I seem to get distracted. So I need to focus and get some things done!
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Flitter on September 07, 2021, 05:46:56 AM
Does anyone use a fitness app or tracker?  I use a Fitbit and the Fitbit app.  I just started using the app seriously to count calories.
I use MyFitnessPal. Using it along with actually weighing and measuring my food with a scale and measuring cups/spoons has really helped for me.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: MouseCardinal on September 07, 2021, 01:00:27 PM
The only app I’ve been using thus far is the Apple Health one to track my steps, but it may be good to use the apps you folks have suggested :happy:
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Taffeta on September 07, 2021, 03:36:46 PM
I don't have a weight loss goal - I actually had the opposite problem growing up as I couldn't put on weight and am finally at a decent weight that the doctors don't give me grief about (mutters about doctors who are obsessed with BMI). But I am very conscious about my diet. My Dad has a hereditary issue where his body can't deal with cholesterol, so he has a very strict diet (his Dad died as a result of it quite young, I never met him, so Dad is very hot on checking saturates and such).

I eat a pretty good diet especially when at home because of growing up with Dad's rules (none of the rest of us are so strict) but I had a pretty bad cake habit in London and also I still probably eat too many unhealthy dessert things. So my resolve through lockdown - especially as I'm 6 months from turning 40, eek - has been to cut back on cakes as much as possible. I've done a really good job actually, and I'm starting to pay more attention on my own account to sugar, saturated fat etc in ingredients as well.

I can't cook (executive function, yay me) so in London I was eating a lot of processed food as well. While here, I'm trying to add more fresh veg to stuff I heat in the microwave, since I can't prepare a meal from scratch. It's helpful having Dad's input on that as well.

But my real goal right now is trying to sort out my academia.

I have major problems with organisation. I love writing but I've been made to feel so horrible by academics over the last year and a half, in most part because they give very patronising advice based on what is often wrong information. I am not pretending that there aren't times my writing has problems. I have serious issues with organisation and structure and pretty much nobody helping me on that at the moment - but it's when someone comes in at you all patronising and then gets all their information wrong that I just lose it.

So instead of trying to write an article, I've been building a website around my knowledge instead. I'm about halfway through the most tedious part of it. I coded it from scratch and I'm quite pleased with its layout, but I really want to get it done and finished so I can email one of the nice people in my field and ask them to look at it.

Academia is like an unhealthy relationship for me in that I love it, I know I can do it, and yet am constantly hitting the walls put up by other people. They've made me lose so much confidence in myself since my VIVA, which is annoying. It's especially annoying since I know people whose work is in print with factual mistakes that haven't been called out. But I still want to break those walls down. So that's my goal right now.

I have no idea what post-covid world is going to mean for me, job-wise. But right now this is all I can do.

Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: MouseCardinal on September 07, 2021, 04:20:50 PM
I can't cook (executive function, yay me) so in London I was eating a lot of processed food as well.
I can definitely relate to that. I had a horrible time at school with hardly any means of getting off campus, so I ate way too much processed food. Trying to get myself on a better track now that I'm at home.  :awake:
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on September 07, 2021, 04:57:18 PM
I also just use the Apple wellness app (or whatever it's called) to track my steps but I'm interested in some others. I'll look them up now.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on September 09, 2021, 01:46:14 PM
Well, I am doing a terrible job.

I'm a stress eater and under some big stress right now, so I bought ice cream with all the fixin's and a whole cheesecake. I ate two pieces of cheesecake already. I live alone and hate wasting food so... I'll be eating all of it.

Go me.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: MouseCardinal on September 09, 2021, 02:31:41 PM
Well, I am doing a terrible job.

I'm a stress eater and under some big stress right now, so I bought ice cream with all the fixin's and a whole cheesecake. I ate two pieces of cheesecake already. I live alone and hate wasting food so... I'll be eating all of it.

Go me.
We have slip-ups, it happens. You’re doing the best that you can under stress.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on September 12, 2021, 03:08:06 AM
I had my first weigh in today since i started really trying to watch what I eat and taking the Slim Shots.  I didn't gain but I didn't lose either.  I stayed the same.   I was hoping that I lost some.  The staff at my drs office said most people don't lose the first week they start the shots but will lose the 2nd week.  I'm still waiting for the pills that I'm supposed to take with the shots to arrive.  I was hoping they'd be here today.

My mom bought me a planner yesterday to help me keep track of my weight lose and shots progress.  If I lose or maintain my weight I get a sticker.  She thinks having a visual way to track my progress will help keep me motivated.



Well, I am doing a terrible job.

I'm a stress eater and under some big stress right now, so I bought ice cream with all the fixin's and a whole cheesecake. I ate two pieces of cheesecake already. I live alone and hate wasting food so... I'll be eating all of it.

Go me.


:hug:  I also stress eat sometimes.  The first time I really noticed it was when my mom was in the hospital and I realized I was hungrier than usual and not being satisfied with my normal portion sizes.   




Ponyfan
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Maddie on September 12, 2021, 03:15:32 AM
I understand the pain and could also use some encouragement. I started hiking again with my best friend (ex military and trainer) and he kinda works me pretty hard but I’m trying to keep up. If I can lose the weight I need to drop I’ll be happy.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: MouseCardinal on September 12, 2021, 02:39:01 PM
Best of luck to you!

I went on a very long walk yesterday that was murder on my hip joints, but I did get the steps in.  :satisfied:
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on September 14, 2021, 08:17:12 PM
I'm trying really hard to watch my calories and portion sizes but I'm already hungry and I ate lunch a couple of hours ago.



Ponyfan
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on September 14, 2021, 08:28:40 PM
I had three slices of cheesecake for breakfast.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: MouseCardinal on September 14, 2021, 10:10:52 PM
I'm trying really hard to watch my calories and portion sizes but I'm already hungry and I ate lunch a couple of hours ago.



Ponyfan
I have such a bad time with portion control; I was really gonna eat a meal made for three by myself last night :(
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on September 15, 2021, 04:55:07 PM
I'm trying really hard to watch my calories and portion sizes but I'm already hungry and I ate lunch a couple of hours ago.



Ponyfan
I have such a bad time with portion control; I was really gonna eat a meal made for three by myself last night :(

Yeah, this is a hard one to get right.  A lot of times you look at the calories and think, "Hey, I can have a bowl of cereal because there's only 110 calories in it" without realizing that a serving is half a cup (depending on the cereal--your mileage may vary).  Pretty sure that most bowls hold way more than that so you don't realize how much you're eating unless you measure it out yourself.  The other night my parents made some chicken noodle thing for dinner and made a package for each of us.  There were 2.5 servings in each package.  My mom bought some flavored coffee creamer to pour over fresh peaches (peaches and cream) and was excited to find one that "only" had 5 carbs...per tablepoon, not per cup.  I can't get her to look at portion size, she just looks at how much is in a serving and assumes that her version of a serving is the same as the people that try to make their foods look healthy.

I had my annual physical this morning and my blood pressure was surprisingly good (I have White Coat Syndrome) so now I'm just waiting to see what my blood draw says about my cholesterol and sugar.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Minty_Magic on September 15, 2021, 05:32:19 PM
I also struggle with portion control, one of the holiday gifts my company is offering this year is a food scale. It’s a boring gift but I’m thinking about selecting it….I’m really not good at eyeballing/ measuring things out.

I’ve been really struggling to be active lately. Part of it is that I’m busy, but part of it has also just been a lack of motivation. I enjoy walking, but it’s been too hot to go outside on my lunch breaks. I’ve been going out to the pool instead, but once I hit the water I find myself wanting to lounge instead of swim or jog. I could do some guided exercises inside, but at the same time I really like leaving my house/workspace for those 45 minutes. :huh:
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Flitter on September 15, 2021, 08:49:31 PM
A food scale and measuring cups/spoons are so important if you are trying to watch what you eat, especially with calorie dense things like oils/butter, pasta/rice, meat/cheese & nuts. It can be very difficult to eye these things especially if you aren’t used to portion control and you could be adding hundreds more calories more than you think you are eating. For example, photos like in this article (https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.insider.com/same-dishes-with-less-calories-photos-2018-4%3famp) always shock me because they don’t look that different on the plate but there is such a large calorie difference.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on September 15, 2021, 10:11:32 PM
I had cereal yesterday for breakfast and was surprised how small a serving looked  in the bowl.  I usually fill the bowl up to the top even though  I'm not a big fan of cereal. 

Today I had a  6 in Subway sandwich for lunch even though I really wanted a Footlong.   


Ponyfan
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: MouseCardinal on September 15, 2021, 10:32:47 PM
I had cereal yesterday for breakfast and was surprised how small a serving looked  in the bowl.  I usually fill the bowl up to the top even though  I'm not a big fan of cereal. 

Today I had a  6 in Subway sandwich for lunch even though I really wanted a Footlong.   


Ponyfan
That's good; I tried to have a healthier, non-fried portion of chicken today  :lookround:
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Minty_Magic on September 16, 2021, 07:39:20 AM
A food scale and measuring cups/spoons are so important if you are trying to watch what you eat, especially with calorie dense things like oils/butter, pasta/rice, meat/cheese & nuts. It can be very difficult to eye these things especially if you aren’t used to portion control and you could be adding hundreds more calories more than you think you are eating. For example, photos like in this article (https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.insider.com/same-dishes-with-less-calories-photos-2018-4%3famp) always shock me because they don’t look that different on the plate but there is such a large calorie difference.

Oh wow, this was really insightful, thanks for sharing this! I’ve never even thought about cooking without oil….I guess I may have to give it a try. I’ll be honest and say I’ve never counted the olive oil I use for cooking towards my calorie count, so that could be part of what’s holding me back from losing more weight. I also think I’m guilty of eating too much of the healthy fats. I tend to eat a lot of nuts at a time when I break those out.

Does anyone want to share pictures of the meals they’re proud of? It might help us see that there are good, filling meals to eat while watching your weight. :)

This was my lunch for the day: Full disclosure, Imuse a food subscription service. I am NOT this creative on my own haha!
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It’s a veggie wrap with vegan chorizo, spinach, avocado creama, all on a spinach wrap. I probably should have skipped the root beer but eh, I had a sweet tooth all day I resisted. :P The whole thing was just under 600 calories!
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on September 16, 2021, 12:52:11 PM
Oh, that looks good! I hardly ate yesterday so I woke up really hungry today. I'm trying to decide if I should have a bowl of Cheerios or some lentil and veggie soup.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: MouseCardinal on September 16, 2021, 04:21:19 PM
That does look pretty good  :lovey:
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Starflashbaby on September 16, 2021, 05:56:17 PM
A food scale and measuring cups/spoons are so important if you are trying to watch what you eat, especially with calorie dense things like oils/butter, pasta/rice, meat/cheese & nuts. It can be very difficult to eye these things especially if you aren’t used to portion control and you could be adding hundreds more calories more than you think you are eating. For example, photos like in this article (https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.insider.com/same-dishes-with-less-calories-photos-2018-4%3famp) always shock me because they don’t look that different on the plate but there is such a large calorie difference.

Oh wow, this was really insightful, thanks for sharing this! I’ve never even thought about cooking without oil….I guess I may have to give it a try. I’ll be honest and say I’ve never counted the olive oil I use for cooking towards my calorie count, so that could be part of what’s holding me back from losing more weight. I also think I’m guilty of eating too much of the healthy fats. I tend to eat a lot of nuts at a time when I break those out.

Does anyone want to share pictures of the meals they’re proud of? It might help us see that there are good, filling meals to eat while watching your weight. :)

This was my lunch for the day: Full disclosure, Imuse a food subscription service. I am NOT this creative on my own haha!
Sorry but you are not allowed to view spoiler contents.
It’s a veggie wrap with vegan chorizo, spinach, avocado creama, all on a spinach wrap. I probably should have skipped the root beer but eh, I had a sweet tooth all day I resisted. :P The whole thing was just under 600 calories!

Wow That was insightful Flitter! Thanks for sharing.
Minty Magic That looks so healthy and so delicious!

I think I'll join this group too... I'm looking to lose weight and get more active too. I've been trying to get used to Intermittent Fasting by skipping breakfast but so far it has not worked... so I'm thinking of skipping lunch too and seeing where that leads me and eating dinner before 8:00pm.
to be more active I have to just do some exercise routine in the morning after I get up and maybe in the afternoon...

there is an app that I use called Myfitnesspall app and it works great in counting calories... its free for that or you can sign up to it and there is tones of other things you can do on it like count your macro's and exercise routines.
It can sinc with your fitbit. the problem for me is motivation....


Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: MouseCardinal on September 17, 2021, 01:26:58 PM
I feel like fasting wouldn't be too hard for me, but I keep seeing a bunch of conflicting methods of safely doing it  :huh:
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on September 17, 2021, 05:30:29 PM
I think fasting would be bad for me, with my gastroparesis and hypoglycemia. In fact, several years ago when I was regularly going to a gym I found I was actually eating more food. It was very small portions throughout the day, including some meal replacers (Myoplex lite) and I was still losing weight. The big difference was I had a real appetite and got hungry, whereas when I wasn't working out and like now, I eat because I think I should, not necessarily because I'm hungry. I don't get hungry very often. I figure it'd because I'm not burning off the calories.

So with that in mind, I've been eating small portions of lots of things all day instead of two or three bigger meals. My back is still messed up so I can't exercise like I want. Even doing arm curls puts too much strain on my back (my posture is not good). But overall, I'm feeling better. I'm not bloated like usual and my head seems clearer. Still eating emotionally right now though.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: MouseCardinal on September 17, 2021, 07:39:24 PM
My posture is notoriously horrible and my back injury doesn't help, haha. Glad you're feeling at least a little better. :enthralled:
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Minty_Magic on September 17, 2021, 08:18:55 PM
Thanks for the kind words on the meal everyone! :)

My dad is a huge believer in intermittent fasting. I did it for a while, and I guess I do still do it to some degree now. I skip breakfast and only eat lunch and dinner. I’m not usually ever hungry when I wake up. I think there are different intervals you can choose too. I might fall under 12 on/12 off for my schedule.

My dad is extreme though, he only eats one a meal a day which causes a lot of frustration for us with dinner. He’s the primary cook of the family, and since he’s been starving himself all day, the portions are insane. Even when we order food, he orders WAY too much for everyone to eat. For example last night we had burritos he made. He believes that all store bought tortillas are “too small” for burritos and drives 30 minutes out of his way to get these massive, like 12” tortillas that can only be bought at a small shop that makes tortillas by hand. Whenever we complain about his portions he just brushes it off and says if we fasted too we wouldn’t have to worry about counting calories.

It doesn’t seem healthy to have only one meal a day, but idk he’s been doing it for close to 3 years now and he gets the best check ups of any of us. We think the only reason it works for him is he’s possibly the only person on earth who has the willpower to keep that kind of diet up. :lol:
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Starflashbaby on September 18, 2021, 12:00:24 AM
I think fasting would be bad for me, with my gastroparesis and hypoglycemia. In fact, several years ago when I was regularly going to a gym I found I was actually eating more food. It was very small portions throughout the day, including some meal replacers (Myoplex lite) and I was still losing weight. The big difference was I had a real appetite and got hungry, whereas when I wasn't working out and like now, I eat because I think I should, not necessarily because I'm hungry. I don't get hungry very often. I figure it'd because I'm not burning off the calories.

So with that in mind, I've been eating small portions of lots of things all day instead of two or three bigger meals. My back is still messed up so I can't exercise like I want. Even doing arm curls puts too much strain on my back (my posture is not good). But overall, I'm feeling better. I'm not bloated like usual and my head seems clearer. Still eating emotionally right now though.

Good point!
if you exercise what you take in your going to lose weight because muscle needs food or protein. that's why there are whey or protein shakes for those who exercise. oh and your metabolism rises so you can eat more and still lose the weight.
BlackCurtains what if you tried Physical Therapy for your back so you can get back to normal and not hurt all the time?
My moms Physical Therapist said to me, "If it hurts Use it!" I'm now signing up for Physical Therapy Also...

I feel like fasting wouldn't be too hard for me, but I keep seeing a bunch of conflicting methods of safely doing it  :huh:
Warning! Intermittent Fasting Is NOT for Everyone and you must seek your Doctor's Advice Before Starting.
In order for Intermittent Fasting to work, You must get up at an reasonable time in the morning if your going to fast breakfast. 5am-9am basically you can not sleep through your fasting hours its cheating and it don't work. some how your body puts itself into Hibernating Mode... We don't want to be put into Hibernating Mode. I don't know whole lot about Hibernation Mode but I know it happens. there is an app for intermittent fasting tells you when your fasting and when your eating.

I think fasting would be bad for me, with my gastroparesis and hypoglycemia. In fact, several years ago when I was regularly going to a gym I found I was actually eating more food. It was very small portions throughout the day, including some meal replacers (Myoplex lite) and I was still losing weight. The big difference was I had a real appetite and got hungry, whereas when I wasn't working out and like now, I eat because I think I should, not necessarily because I'm hungry. I don't get hungry very often. I figure it'd because I'm not burning off the calories.

So with that in mind, I've been eating small portions of lots of things all day instead of two or three bigger meals. My back is still messed up so I can't exercise like I want. Even doing arm curls puts too much strain on my back (my posture is not good). But overall, I'm feeling better. I'm not bloated like usual and my head seems clearer. Still eating emotionally right now though.


I have an idea for you if you'd like to here it... get the MyFitnessPal App. use the free version. it will help you count your calories by adding the food in to the slots everyday and you can even set a calorie goal & a weight loss goal.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on September 18, 2021, 12:56:31 AM
BlackCurtains what if you tried Physical Therapy for your back so you can get back to normal and not hurt all the time? My moms Physical Therapist said to me, "If it hurts Use it!" I'm now signing up for Physical Therapy Also...

I need to find out what is wrong first with an MRI. Then I can see a specialist and they can hook me up with more referrals to other services. I did have PT for my back a couple of years ago and it helped a lot. Sometimes the therapy consisted of an intense massage which was great!
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on September 18, 2021, 08:19:18 PM
I'm giving the My Fitness Pal app a try.  I haven't been able to sync it to my Fitbit yet but I don't really mind logging my food in to 2 apps.

My supplement that I'm supposed to use with the Slim Shots arrived today.  They were delayed due to the pharmacy being short staffed. 

I had blood drawn last week and yesterday my drs office called and said that I needed to meet with the dr today.  He told me that my fasting glucose and my A1C levels show that I'm a pre-diabetic.  He's concerned but thinks I can get it down to a more normal level by losing weight and watching what I eat.   He told me I need to cut back on carbs and sugary beverages. He said Coke Zeroes are okay since they don't have sugar.


I'm already at/over my calorie count for today.  I went out to eat after my drs appointment.  I'm skipping lunch though so that should save some calories.

My dr also recommended intermittent fasting but due to my work schedule (I usually have to get up at 5:30 am for work) I'm not sure that it's a viable option for me. 

I lost a pound this week.  :cheer:

Ponyfan 
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on September 19, 2021, 06:18:56 PM
Woohoo Ponyfan! :cheer:

I weighed myself today out of curiosity. My scale is off by 7 lbs but it was showing that I've lost 9 lbs in 3 weeks. I get weighed again at my doctor on the 27th, so I'll see if my scale is correct. IF that's true, that's good considering I haven't been watching what I eat for the past 6 days. I ate a whole 8 slice cheesecake and a quart and a half of ice cream, plus two medium pizzas in the last week. The rest of what I've eaten has been normal stuff with regular portions.

Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on September 20, 2021, 09:35:31 PM
Thank you Black Curtains.  I hope I'll lose another pound this week too.

I'm stressed about my A1C being so high.   I have no one to blame but myself for it happening because I wasn't watching how many Cokes I was drinking a day and now I feel really guilty about it.   :redface:

I know I can get it back down but  I have to make major changes for that to happen.


Ponyfan
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on September 20, 2021, 10:56:03 PM
If you are wanting to cut down on soda, I have a tip. It only works if you drink from the can though because you can cheat by using ice. Anyway, allow yourself a certain number a day and only put those in the fridge. I drink two sodas a day, so there is only ever two cold and ready to drink. Before going to bed, I stick another two in for the next day.

Also, drinking more water will help too. I bought a couple of these - 32oz water bottles (https://www.amazon.com/Pogo-BPA-Free-Plastic-Water-Bottle/dp/B00WH2NIOO/ref=sxin_14_ac_d_rm?ac_md=0-0-d2F0ZXIgYm90dGxl-ac_d_rm_rm_rm&cv_ct_cx=water%2Bbottle&dchild=1&keywords=water%2Bbottle&pd_rd_i=B00WH2NKRO&pd_rd_r=8554625d-b1b4-4ade-aa04-3bf720967aae&pd_rd_w=N6Bti&pd_rd_wg=0sW37&pf_rd_p=c41d1f6c-956c-4fe2-8019-1663b7e1dd23&pf_rd_r=WAQ7X8TEFEJG5S09XMCZ&qid=1632174628&sr=1-1-12d4272d-8adb-4121-8624-135149aa9081&th=1&psc=1) - and love them. Having them really makes me drink more water. I rotate having one in the fridge so I can always have cold water.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on September 21, 2021, 12:35:08 AM
I'll try to remember to post a recipe for No-Crust Pizza when I get home.  I found it in a DASH Diet book and I really like it.  I usually make it up and then eat it during the week.  It makes 6-8 servings depending on how you divvy it out but I also think it's filling so I don't eat too much of it at a time. 

Got my blood test results back from my physical.  Everything looks good! :whew: Cholesterol is good, kidneys are working and they said the A1C test "came back negative" (so no diabetes) which is good because it runs in my family.  (It all runs in my family on both sides: cancer, high cholesterol, heart issues, diabetes, obesity, addiction, mental illness...the whole shebang so the longer I stave it off the happier I am!)

ETA: I also bought a new water bottle this weekend.  It was invented by someone locally (I go to church with his uncle) but it has a thing in the lid that lets you put in flavoring and then there's a switch to turn on and off the flavor so you can go back and forth between plain water and flavor.  You can buy the flavors they make (they have some yummy ones) or you can just go to the store and buy the ones available on the shelf (like Mio or Kool-Aid or Crystal Light).  I bought the one they list as pink (in person it looks more lavender) but here's a picture of the clear bottle/lid so you can see what it does.
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They're also backwash-proof so if your kids get them, they won't leave floaties in your water!  They said you can just get the lid and it will fit on other bottles but the bottle I got is also really well insulated so ice lasts a long time.  If you're trying to drink more water this might help because you can get 0 Calorie and sugar-free flavors and the switch lets you control how much flavor you get, so you can turn it up (for lots) or down (for just a bit) depending on what you want to taste.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Flitter on September 21, 2021, 12:45:56 AM
Minty_Maigc & Starflashbaby, lad you found the article helpful!

If you are wanting to cut down on soda, I have a tip. It only works if you drink from the can though because you can cheat by using ice. Anyway, allow yourself a certain number a day and only put those in the fridge. I drink two sodas a day, so there is only ever two cold and ready to drink. Before going to bed, I stick another two in for the next day.

Also, drinking more water will help too. I bought a couple of these - 32oz water bottles (https://www.amazon.com/Pogo-BPA-Free-Plastic-Water-Bottle/dp/B00WH2NIOO/ref=sxin_14_ac_d_rm?ac_md=0-0-d2F0ZXIgYm90dGxl-ac_d_rm_rm_rm&cv_ct_cx=water%2Bbottle&dchild=1&keywords=water%2Bbottle&pd_rd_i=B00WH2NKRO&pd_rd_r=8554625d-b1b4-4ade-aa04-3bf720967aae&pd_rd_w=N6Bti&pd_rd_wg=0sW37&pf_rd_p=c41d1f6c-956c-4fe2-8019-1663b7e1dd23&pf_rd_r=WAQ7X8TEFEJG5S09XMCZ&qid=1632174628&sr=1-1-12d4272d-8adb-4121-8624-135149aa9081&th=1&psc=1) - and love them. Having them really makes me drink more water. I rotate having one in the fridge so I can always have cold water.

I find it best to just not have it in the house, myself, because I know if it's in there I'll eat/drink whatever the thing I'm trying to moderate is. No self control. I now replace fizzy drinks with carbonated mineral water. I started with mineral water mixed 1/2 & 1/2 with juice and now have mineral water only, sometimes with a slice of lime or lemon if I'm having a craving.

Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Starflashbaby on September 23, 2021, 03:07:21 AM
I'm giving the My Fitness Pal app a try.  I haven't been able to sync it to my Fitbit yet but I don't really mind logging my food in to 2 apps.

My supplement that I'm supposed to use with the Slim Shots arrived today.  They were delayed due to the pharmacy being short staffed. 

I had blood drawn last week and yesterday my drs office called and said that I needed to meet with the dr today.  He told me that my fasting glucose and my A1C levels show that I'm a pre-diabetic.  He's concerned but thinks I can get it down to a more normal level by losing weight and watching what I eat.   He told me I need to cut back on carbs and sugary beverages. He said Coke Zeroes are okay since they don't have sugar.


I'm already at/over my calorie count for today.  I went out to eat after my drs appointment.  I'm skipping lunch though so that should save some calories.

My dr also recommended intermittent fasting but due to my work schedule (I usually have to get up at 5:30 am for work) I'm not sure that it's a viable option for me. 

I lost a pound this week.  :cheer:

Ponyfan 


 :happy: Way To Go Ponyfan!!!! Congrats!!!  :happy: Don't be discouraged if you gained that pound back though, we all fluctuate in weight during the day!!! So Keep Moving forward!!!! :cheer:

its been a few days since I last said something on this post sorry for the delay... I will have to explain everything in another off topic post   :frolic: But I'm more motivated then ever!

How do you like the Myfitnesspal app? there is so much you can do from it. you can add recipies and it will remember them for the next time. scan in food that you buy from the store.  :biggrin:

I'm so glad your doc approved you for intermittent fasting! I'm not a pro at it yet but there is an app out there that tells you when your fasting and when not to fast and when to drink water while fasting. I'll have to find the name of that one for you... only problem with that app you have to reset it each week. It says you can buy into the app with for a coach, but you don't have to do that.

Oh you get up at 5.30am you don't necessarily have to fast breakfast... you can fast dinner or lunch. some people fast breakfast and lunch then have small dinner at the end of their day.

any way of switching to a diet soda? no sugar no calories. my moms diet trition said she can have all the diet soda she can drink.

BlackCurtains what if you tried Physical Therapy for your back so you can get back to normal and not hurt all the time? My moms Physical Therapist said to me, "If it hurts Use it!" I'm now signing up for Physical Therapy Also...

I need to find out what is wrong first with an MRI. Then I can see a specialist and they can hook me up with more referrals to other services. I did have PT for my back a couple of years ago and it helped a lot. Sometimes the therapy consisted of an intense massage which was great!

Yes that makes more sense than jumping back into PT...

Pokeyonekenobie
My sister says that my family is a walking time bomb because we have so many different genetic problems. like you listed but then there is degenerative disk and that is in the spine and neck.  :cry:

thats a really neat water bottle.

Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on September 26, 2021, 03:46:50 PM
Those are neat water bottles BlackCurtains and Pokeyonekenobie.  Right now I'm using a Bubba insulated bottle at work and a Built 20 oz insulated tumbler at home.  I like the water bottles that have the marks on them to show you how much water you're drinking but I don't have one of those though. 

I lost 2 pounds this week. :cheer:  :cheer:  I've lost 3 pounds since I started to seriously watch what I eat. 

I drank most of the regular Pepsi that I had so I am starting to take Coke Zero to work for lunch.  It still tastes a little funny to me because I'm used to how regular Coke tastes but it does save a lot of calories.  I'm not sure how much of it I can drink.  My dr said it was okay to drink them but my mom says I can't have an unlimited amount of them.  Maybe she just means that I should make sure I'm drinking water and not just Coke Zero. 


I like the My Fitness Pal app but I'm still getting used to it.  I'm a little confused how some of the calorie counts can be a little different for the same item but I figure that it's better to overestimate calories than to underestimate them. 

Ponyfan

Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Minty_Magic on September 26, 2021, 04:57:22 PM
Congrats on the weight loss Ponyfan, that is awesome news! :)

I have been off track he past few days. I went camping over the weekend and I overestimated how much exercise I thought I would be getting, and thus how much food I could eat. I went disgustingly over my allotted calorie amounts for the past 2 days. On the upside though, I just weighed myself and I seem to weigh the same amount as when I left, so hopefully I have not set myself too far back from my goal! I’m down about 10 pounds from when I started keeping track back in July, so I have about another 10 pounds I’d like to lose.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on September 26, 2021, 05:32:29 PM
Go Ponyfan :cheer: :D


I get weighed at my doctor's tomorrow. Unfortunately, since I hurt my back, I haven't been walking like I wanted to. I talked to the dietician and she didn't tell me anything new but she said she's sending me a packet in the mail that has exercises for sitting down among other things. She also said there would be something about portion control and how the Food Pyramid I grew up with is out of date and there will be the new one in the packet. I think I've seen it online a few times.

I've been eating well though after my depression binge wore off. I got groceries yesterday and didn't order any ice cream or cheesecake or anything else I shouldn't be eating :cheer: I did get BBQ potato chips to eat with sandwiches but that was all.

I've been super thirsty the last few says. It's either from my temporary medicine for my back or because the humidity is lower than usual. So I've been drinking more water and cold brew coffee.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on September 28, 2021, 10:06:53 PM
Thank you Minty Magic and Black Curtains. 

I think I'll probably gain this week though.  There is a lot going on at home right now and I'm already over my calorie limit for the day.  If I gain though I will keep trying.


Ponyfan
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on September 29, 2021, 10:35:38 PM
It's okay to slip up :) Don't be hard on yourself. I hope things improve for you :hug:

My doctor weighed me and I don't know where I got 9lbs from, I've actually lost 2lbs. I guess that's not bad for a month of stress and emotionally eating. At least I didn't gain! I tried to recalibrate my own scale but it's still 7 pounds off.

I started making smoothies again, mostly fruit since I can't keep veggies very well (I have "green bags" which help keep it fresh but I still don't use them fast enough). My favorite mix is bananas, mixed berries, some peanut butter and cocoa nibs with whatever milk I have on hand. I'd really like to try oat milk, but my Walmart doesn't carry any. I could probably get it at Publix.

I've had a chocolate craving lately but I'm just eating a couple small handfuls of dark M&Ms before I go to bed and that's been satisfying.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on October 03, 2021, 03:36:21 AM
Thanks BlackCurtains.  I know that I will gain some weeks and lose others but I'm really trying to watch what I eat and how many calories I consume.  I didn't  drink enough water today.  I've been pretty good about drinking it but it seemed like every time I was going to fill my tumbler up with ice water something else came up.   

Congrats on losing 2 pounds. :cheer:   I lost another pound this week even though I thought I was going to gain.

I got some Pepsi Zero today.  I also tried some of the Hint water I bought but it didn't taste good.  It was supposed to taste like watermelon but to me it tasted like water with a watermelon aftertaste.  I'll finish the bottles I bought though. 

Today was the last day of the Fair and we went out there for a bit.  I got a large Diet Coke but only drank a little of it and we all shared a large bag of Fair food and brought about 1/3 of the bag back home with us.   


Ponyfan
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on October 07, 2021, 10:05:35 AM
I'm fighting an awful craving for ice cream :( The little voice in my head is very convincing. I keep thinking, I don't need to buy a whole quart with chocolate fudge and whipped cream, I can just get something small. But then I think, something small is just going to make the craving worse. Then I think, get a quart but only eat a little bit at a time. And that seems to be the one that's winning... but then, it makes me want to buy chocolate fudge and whipped cream too because if I'm eating the whole quart (even if it's not in two sittings) I might as well go the whole way. So then I think, just get something small...

I'm trapped in a food loop! :yikes:

edit: I ended up getting two Ben & Jerry's. They're small. But there is two of them. So I think it will curb my craving and I won't feel deprived since I got two different flavors, and B&Js is of much, much better quality than the quart size ice cream I'd buy. So. I think I found a middle ground.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on October 09, 2021, 08:58:24 PM
I lost another pound this week.  :cheer:  I thought I lost 6 pounds but it's 5.  I wasn't very good at tracking this week although I did try to watch my portion sizes most of the time.

I'm glad the Ben and Jerry's helped salsify your craving. Yesterday work catered an ice cream truck and I was a little nervous about the calorie count.   The ice cream was actually low carb and was very good.  It's the first time I've had low carb ice cream. 

I've been craving nuts lately. I usually don't eat a lot of them but there's a small can of almonds that are sitting on the kitchen table that I've been eating.  I've been eating a serving at a time when I do eat them.


Ponyfan
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Starflashbaby on October 10, 2021, 02:05:49 AM
 :happy: Awesome job at the weight loss Ponyfan!!!!
I eat one main meal a day but I have small fillers during the day to keep me from being hungry. I have to stop eating the fillers like candy or pot pies if I'm going to do Intermittent Fasting. I wonder what other diets there are...
Anyone know?
I also have to take time and count my calories every day.
Hmm what time do you count your calories... my mom gets mad at me when she sees me on my phone.   :huh:
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Minty_Magic on October 10, 2021, 06:32:26 PM
Wow Ponyfan, you are rocking it! Congrats on the weight loss! :)

Starflashbaby, I’m admittedly not the best about tracking my calories consistently through the day, but I try and enter them  evoke or after every meal so I don’t forget what I actually ate. Sometimes though I forget and I’m logging everything at the end of my day. Sometimes my parents get annoyed that I keep close tabs on my calorie intake like that, but I’ve let them know I have to do it so I can stay on track. It’s easier for me to overeat if I don’t log it all.

I haven’t lost anymore weight, but I’m not gaining either, so I guess that’s okay. I’m pretty consistently coming in under my calorie goal for the day, so at this point I think I need to work on getting more active, I’ve been pretty bad about exercising lately. I recently got my blood work done and was told every thing was normal and my cholesterol was quote, “excellent” so I’m happy about that! I’m always worried I eat too much sugar and sodium.

I’m also feeling a little more empowered because I found a sugar free soda I really like! The Zevia brand has no artificial sweeteners and no sugar. I did some reading up on it to be safe and it sounds like it’s a pretty neutral drink health wise. It doesn’t offer any nutritional benefit, but there have been no negative effects associated with drinking it, so yay for guilt free soda! Finding a natural sugar alternative I actually like has also inspired me to try some new sugar free recipients. Turns out Stevia is really hard to bake with, but I found a monk fruit blend on Amazon that appears to be mostly natural and has 0 calories, so I’m going to experiment with that and see if I can make some tasty treats I don’t have to feel guilty about. :)
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Starflashbaby on October 12, 2021, 01:49:33 AM
Wow Ponyfan, you are rocking it! Congrats on the weight loss! :)

Starflashbaby, I’m admittedly not the best about tracking my calories consistently through the day, but I try and enter them  evoke or after every meal so I don’t forget what I actually ate. Sometimes though I forget and I’m logging everything at the end of my day. Sometimes my parents get annoyed that I keep close tabs on my calorie intake like that, but I’ve let them know I have to do it so I can stay on track. It’s easier for me to overeat if I don’t log it all.

I haven’t lost anymore weight, but I’m not gaining either, so I guess that’s okay. I’m pretty consistently coming in under my calorie goal for the day, so at this point I think I need to work on getting more active, I’ve been pretty bad about exercising lately. I recently got my blood work done and was told every thing was normal and my cholesterol was quote, “excellent” so I’m happy about that! I’m always worried I eat too much sugar and sodium.

I’m also feeling a little more empowered because I found a sugar free soda I really like! The Zevia brand has no artificial sweeteners and no sugar. I did some reading up on it to be safe and it sounds like it’s a pretty neutral drink health wise. It doesn’t offer any nutritional benefit, but there have been no negative effects associated with drinking it, so yay for guilt free soda! Finding a natural sugar alternative I actually like has also inspired me to try some new sugar free recipients. Turns out Stevia is really hard to bake with, but I found a monk fruit blend on Amazon that appears to be mostly natural and has 0 calories, so I’m going to experiment with that and see if I can make some tasty treats I don’t have to feel guilty about. :)

I'll have to try harder to enter in my calories after I'm done responding to this I will enter them   ^.^
I'm stuck in the same boat not losing any weight but I haven't gained any eaither. I know if I enter my calories for the first 2 weeks I can see what I'm eating wrong and or sleeping too long could be the problem  :blush:
But then I can see if I have to add exercises and what kind into my daily life. I'm supposed to start a fitness journey on my Instagram but I haven't got the yet :blush:
Let me know how that fruit blend from Amazon works please. Thanks in Advance. 
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on October 12, 2021, 01:53:29 PM
Go Ponyfan :cheer:

Ah, I'm losing track. I was using My Fitness Pal everyday and then I tapered off. I was also being really good about portion control but that has also waned. I'm not very good at developing new habits.

My back is much better and I can walk around again. I walked my rent check across the street to drop it off and only had to rest for a minute or two before I headed back. Now if I can just remember to walk around my apartment throughout the day and hit my 1000 step goal.

Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on October 12, 2021, 05:34:29 PM
I've been teaching myself resin pouring recently.  I have used a UV resin with some success and I have managed to make my own molds that look like they will be awesome.  Now I just need to make time to try 2-part resin.  Then I can experiment even more!
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Starflashbaby on October 12, 2021, 11:13:38 PM
Go Ponyfan :cheer:

Ah, I'm losing track. I was using My Fitness Pal everyday and then I tapered off. I was also being really good about portion control but that has also waned. I'm not very good at developing new habits.

My back is much better and I can walk around again. I walked my rent check across the street to drop it off and only had to rest for a minute or two before I headed back. Now if I can just remember to walk around my apartment throughout the day and hit my 1000 step goal.
:cheer: :happy: :frolic: I'm so Happy for you BlackCurtains!!!  :cheer:

I've been teaching myself resin pouring recently.  I have used a UV resin with some success and I have managed to make my own molds that look like they will be awesome.  Now I just need to make time to try 2-part resin.  Then I can experiment even more!
Hey Pokeyonekenobie
What is resin pouring? :what:

I forgot to enter what I ate yesterday but the thing is if you remember you can go back and enter it. I had pizza at pizza ranch... and after my main meal I had fried ice-cream. today I didn't eat anything yet and its 5pm now.
 
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Zargata on October 13, 2021, 01:59:55 AM
Can I join?  :cry:

So I started to faint, without warning. This started almost 2 years ago. Plus I was very over weight. So yeah, not exactly in the best of shape.

So I decided to work on me and to do what I could to improve. Then the pandemic hit, and I had no choice but to focus on me~!

So I started with 5 squats. I was sore for a week. Seriously. Anyway, I kept working at it, I kept with it till I was working out just a little everyday. Then I got Ring Fit and used that a few times a week. Then I started going to gym...then a yoga class...and now I am here.

A year later I currently work out 2 hours collectively a week. I do Ring Fit twice weekly, I have an hour yoga class, and I go to the gym every week. I also walk on my off days. I am currently down a size in my pants and I haven't fainted in a few months. My goal is continue and keep at it. I feel I have things to share and would love to share what has worked for me and what hasn't.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: SunPony on October 13, 2021, 05:07:21 AM
I don't know if anyone will find this useful, but awhile ago I switched to a low-saturated-fat diet to help with a disease I have, and I shed some significant pounds.  I was aiming for ~3 grams of saturated fat each day (but no limit for fish), which is tough, so it probably ended up like 3-6 on a given day.  Didn't change much else about my lifestyle or diet.  I managed this by only buying food once every other week through the grocery store online order system - it was easier to avoid temptations this way when I wasn't walking right by them in the store or driving right by fast food places!  It is hardest when eating with other people who just...want to give me a cheese plate, lol. 

Currently I'm actually trying to gain weight back, per my doctor, but it is so difficult on this diet.  :huh:  So if you are trying to lose weight maybe it would be helpful for you? 

I know there is recent research saying that we shouldn't worry about fats so much as sugars, and also things saying it is just # of calories, and so on, I just wanted to share my personal experience with cutting saturated fats, specifically.   

Overall I really learned that change can be very hard!  New habits are very hard to form!  I'm also kind of trying to stop biting my nails and it is...very difficult.  If anyone has tips for that, either things to do, or ways to motivate myself, I would love to hear them (other than the bitter-tasting stuff, I bite right through that).  Part of the problem is I don't really see a point in stopping.   :huh:  But I still kind of want to, ya know?
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on October 13, 2021, 05:20:46 AM
Welcome, Zargata!  Join us... :zombie:

I've been teaching myself resin pouring recently.  I have used a UV resin with some success and I have managed to make my own molds that look like they will be awesome.  Now I just need to make time to try 2-part resin.  Then I can experiment even more!
Hey Pokeyonekenobie
What is resin pouring? :what:

People make lots of things with resin.  Some people make jewelry, some people make statues, some people make coasters.  There are a bunch of things you can make with it.  Epoxy Resin is the most popular, and it comes in 2 parts that you mix together and then you pour it into a mold and let it cure, usually for at least 24 hours. If you don't mix it properly, it won't cure and there's nothing you can do but scrap the piece and start over.  If you stir too vigorously or don't pour carefully, you'll end up with bubbles in your piece.  When it's done curing you can pop it out of the mold and you have a resin piece.  UV Resin requires UV light to set up, so I use a small UV lamp but you can also use sunlight to cure it.  The UV lamp makes it set up in a matter of minutes and is commonly used for smaller things like jewelry.

My friend makes jewelry, keychains, and jewelry boxes with her resin.  My sister makes tumblers and boxes. I'm going to do "Nerd" crafts.  For example, the molds that I made this week are the 16 Pokémon Oreos (I went through 9 packages of Pokémon Oreos to find the best ones to use) and I plan to make the resin Oreos into coasters and try a few other things with them.
 
You can find videos on how to do it on YouTube (that's what I've been watching a TON of).  I prepped my molds tonight.  If I can find the time I want to try pouring resin into the molds tomorrow after work.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on October 14, 2021, 01:45:06 PM
I was very sore yesterday from doing household stuff the day before. Today I did stretching (and got A LOT of cramps in my muscles), some self resistance (is this a term?) arm curls and leg lifts. I'm sore again, especially my legs, but it felt good. I usually stretch every day but keep it basic. I put a little more effort in today and focused on my back. I think I should do this everyday, or at least 6 times a week. It was easy and I did it in bed.

Since I forgot about non-fitness goals until Pokey posted, I'm going to add in my current art goal :) I'm making a custom pony to honor/represent my sister who I lost a month ago. Today I want to start sculpting. I need to make a base and then lots of tiny sea shells. I also need to dig around in the craft closet and find my sand.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on October 14, 2021, 02:21:24 PM
Thank you everyone.  :)   It hasn't been easy but I've been trying really hard.   It still surprises me what a difference switching to zero calorie Cokes and watching my portion sizes has made.  I had no idea how many calories I was actually taking in.  I wanted some chips the other day and was shocked when I found out that a serving of that kind of chips is only 6.  Between my mom and I we could eat a whole bag together.

Some days I'm really good about tracking and other days not so much.  Even on the days I don't track I usually try to watch my portion sizes. 

I need to organize my desk/office area.  I was doing really good working on it a little at a time and then worked picked up and I haven't started working on it again. 

I also have several things that I want to open and debox but at the moment all of the sit either in my closet or room waiting for that to happen.


Ponyfan
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Minty_Magic on October 16, 2021, 05:04:24 AM
Welcome to the thread Zaragata! We’d love to hear your tips on what worked well. :) Squats are a great exercise, I really need to get back into doing them. I was being faithful with them during the summer, but then after starting school again my schedule got thrown off a bit.

Thanks for the tip on the saturated fat SunPony! That is probably something I should pay attention to in the foods I eat. I watch sugar, sodium, and calories pretty closely, but fat is one I’ve always been lax with.

Starflashbaby, I know you asked for an update on baking with the Monk Fruit blend I got from Amazon. I whipped up a batch of vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies last night and it seems like it’s a great replacement for sugar!
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The recipe DID have Molasses in it, so I think I need to try another batch of just regular chocolate chip cookies to make sure the monk fruit blend is adding the sweetness and not the molasses. ;) Still, I’m extremely pleased with how this batch of cookies turned out, my mom tried one and said she thought it was even sweeter than a “normal” cookie! You can substitute it cup for cup unlike stevia, and the texture of the cookies were not impacted by the substitute. The only weird thing I noticed is the brown sugar blend has a….cold? Aftertaste? I don’t exactly know how to describe it, it’s minty…but with no mint flavor. Once blended with all the other ingredients though the aftertaste isn’t nearly as strong.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on October 16, 2021, 06:27:42 PM
I lost 2 pounds this week.  :cheer:  I'm down 7 pounds total.   I was a little worried because we had tailgate food yesterday at work and most of it was stuff that people had made so there was no way to know the calorie counts.  I ended up eating one soft taco with meat and queso, one extra flour tortilla and 2 mini roll sandwiches.   

I had to buy a belt because my jeans are starting to become really lose around the waist. 

I bought some magazine organizers and a file organizer this week.


Welcome Zargata. :)

Ponyfan
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on October 17, 2021, 04:23:11 PM
Woohoo go Ponyfan :cheer:

I haven't really eaten anything in two days because I think I'm having a gastritis flare-up. Yesterday, I had half a turkey and cheese sandwich and today I'll eat the other half, but I'm not hungry at all right now. I skipped my coffee yesterday and today and have just been drinking water. Usually, I would take Alka-Seltzer but I can't because of my newest medicine. It sucks because I took Alka-Selzer a lot and have a bunch of it.

Tuesday is my consultation with the bariatric surgeon. I haven't weighed myself so I don't know if I've lost or gained. They'll probably weigh me there.

I started on my custom :) I made the base for her and today I'll be sculpting.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on October 18, 2021, 04:36:43 PM
My weight has started to creep up again so I'm going to start calorie tracking again this week. I'd stopped tracking to see if I could continue to lose without it but apparently I need to be a little more conscientious of what I eat. I'd like to get it under control before it becomes a problem health-wise, considering that weight is one of the lovely genetic issues I get to contend with.  On the tracking app I'm using it lets you set a weight goal and then tells you how many calories to eat to get there (and it won't let you set it so low that you lose too much too fast, which is good) so I'm going to see if I can get to my weight goal by next September.

Non-weight goal: Clean my room/workspace this week so I can do some crafting this weekend!
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on October 18, 2021, 05:15:31 PM
On the tracking app I'm using it lets you set a weight goal and then tells you how many calories to eat to get there

What app is that? Is it free? I can't deal with all the ads and locked features on My Fitness Pal and don't want to pay for it, so I've been looking at others.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on October 18, 2021, 07:01:34 PM
On the tracking app I'm using it lets you set a weight goal and then tells you how many calories to eat to get there

What app is that? Is it free? I can't deal with all the ads and locked features on My Fitness Pal and don't want to pay for it, so I've been looking at others.

It's called My Net Diary (it has a picture of a green apple with a measuring tape around it) and I just use the free version.  There is a version you can pay for but the free one works for what I need it to do.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Starflashbaby on October 19, 2021, 09:56:44 PM
 Yes, Welcome to the Thread Zargata & SunPony!!

People make lots of things with resin.  Some people make jewelry, some people make statues, some people make coasters.  There are a bunch of things you can make with it.  Epoxy Resin is the most popular, and it comes in 2 parts that you mix together and then you pour it into a mold and let it cure, usually for at least 24 hours. If you don't mix it properly, it won't cure and there's nothing you can do but scrap the piece and start over.  If you stir too vigorously or don't pour carefully, you'll end up with bubbles in your piece.  When it's done curing you can pop it out of the mold and you have a resin piece.  UV Resin requires UV light to set up, so I use a small UV lamp but you can also use sunlight to cure it.  The UV lamp makes it set up in a matter of minutes and is commonly used for smaller things like jewelry.

My friend makes jewelry, keychains, and jewelry boxes with her resin.  My sister makes tumblers and boxes. I'm going to do "Nerd" crafts.  For example, the molds that I made this week are the 16 Pokémon Oreos (I went through 9 packages of Pokémon Oreos to find the best ones to use) and I plan to make the resin Oreos into coasters and try a few other things with them.
 
You can find videos on how to do it on YouTube (that's what I've been watching a TON of).  I prepped my molds tonight.  If I can find the time I want to try pouring resin into the molds tomorrow after work.

Is it like Aves Apoxie sculpt? Sounds Fun!!

Starflashbaby, I know you asked for an update on baking with the Monk Fruit blend I got from Amazon. I whipped up a batch of vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies last night and it seems like it’s a great replacement for sugar!
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The recipe DID have Molasses in it, so I think I need to try another batch of just regular chocolate chip cookies to make sure the monk fruit blend is adding the sweetness and not the molasses. ;) Still, I’m extremely pleased with how this batch of cookies turned out, my mom tried one and said she thought it was even sweeter than a “normal” cookie! You can substitute it cup for cup unlike stevia, and the texture of the cookies were not impacted by the substitute. The only weird thing I noticed is the brown sugar blend has a….cold? Aftertaste? I don’t exactly know how to describe it, it’s minty…but with no mint flavor. Once blended with all the other ingredients though the aftertaste isn’t nearly as strong.

Oooooh Sounds delicious! yes let me know what happens! of course no rush...

 :happy: Awesome Job Ponyfan!

Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on October 20, 2021, 12:15:16 AM

People make lots of things with resin.  Some people make jewelry, some people make statues, some people make coasters.  There are a bunch of things you can make with it.  Epoxy Resin is the most popular, and it comes in 2 parts that you mix together and then you pour it into a mold and let it cure, usually for at least 24 hours. If you don't mix it properly, it won't cure and there's nothing you can do but scrap the piece and start over.  If you stir too vigorously or don't pour carefully, you'll end up with bubbles in your piece.  When it's done curing you can pop it out of the mold and you have a resin piece.  UV Resin requires UV light to set up, so I use a small UV lamp but you can also use sunlight to cure it.  The UV lamp makes it set up in a matter of minutes and is commonly used for smaller things like jewelry.

My friend makes jewelry, keychains, and jewelry boxes with her resin.  My sister makes tumblers and boxes. I'm going to do "Nerd" crafts.  For example, the molds that I made this week are the 16 Pokémon Oreos (I went through 9 packages of Pokémon Oreos to find the best ones to use) and I plan to make the resin Oreos into coasters and try a few other things with them.
 
You can find videos on how to do it on YouTube (that's what I've been watching a TON of).  I prepped my molds tonight.  If I can find the time I want to try pouring resin into the molds tomorrow after work.

Is it like Aves Apoxie sculpt? Sounds Fun!!


Not quite.  According to the internet Apoxie Sculpt is like a mix between clay and resin.  The resin that I'm playing with starts out as a liquid and has to be poured into a mold.  You can't really mold it on its own.  The resin is also affected by temperature and humidity so since it's been raining I haven't wanted to do too much with it just yet.  Maybe later in the week I'll get a chance to try something.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on October 20, 2021, 12:47:14 AM
It's called My Net Diary (it has a picture of a green apple with a measuring tape around it) and I just use the free version.  There is a version you can pay for but the free one works for what I need it to do.

Thank you! I like this one a lot better than My Fitness Pal already.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on October 23, 2021, 08:02:50 PM
I lost another 2 pounds.  :cheer: I'm down 9 pounds in 8 weeks.   

I need to get back to tracking more faithfully than I have been lately.  Even when I don't use an app to track I try to watch my portion sizes and kind of track it in my head.   I'm using the free version of My Fitness Pal right now but My Net Diary sounds like a good app too.


Ponyfan



Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on October 28, 2021, 07:36:11 PM
I have decided I need to go through my stuff again. It's so hard not moving every 2 years anymore.  I've been buying a lot of craft supplies and realized that I have a ton of other supplies that I no longer need or intend to use so I'm going to have to do a purge.  I think I'm also going to downsize my MLPs.  I will definitely keep my G1s, as they were my childhood ponies but I'm just not as attached to the other gens.  I boxed up my G3s a couple of years ago with the intent to rehome them and then didn't do it because there was too much snow, and then I tore my ACL and couldn't walk and then COVID hit so they're still boxed up in the closet.  I have a ton of G4 duplicates that I'd set aside for customs but I just don't think I'll have the time to do that many so I'll be going through those and only keeping the ones that I have a definite design for.  So now I have to decide if I want to donate them to local charities or do a giveaway on here or something.  I'm leaning towards the giveaway so that I won't be tempted to re-buy them if I find them "in the wild" at the thrift stores I donated them to. :lol:  I think with the G4s I might make up boxes of the Mane six with all their accessories (if I can identify them as being specific to that pony).  So I'll have a Fluttershy box and a Rainbow Dash box, etc.  Not sure when, exactly, I'll get this stuff done but I plan to work on it on Sundays since that's the day I'll have the most time to dedicate to it.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on October 30, 2021, 07:05:36 PM
I hope your downsizing goes well, Pokeonekenobie. 

I gained a pound this week.  It's the first time I've gained since I started dieting and taking the Slim Shots.  I'm sure I can lose it again though.


Ponyfan
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on October 31, 2021, 10:27:31 PM
Thanks, Ponyfan.  I'm a little bit stuck just because I'm not entirely sure what to do with all these ponies.  I don't know if I ought to offer them up for sale or put them in boxes and do a mystery box giveaway.  There are a ton of the mane 6, so unless someone has an army they'd like to contribute to, I'm not sure anyone wants them.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Starflashbaby on November 01, 2021, 07:49:29 PM

People make lots of things with resin.  Some people make jewelry, some people make statues, some people make coasters.  There are a bunch of things you can make with it.  Epoxy Resin is the most popular, and it comes in 2 parts that you mix together and then you pour it into a mold and let it cure, usually for at least 24 hours. If you don't mix it properly, it won't cure and there's nothing you can do but scrap the piece and start over.  If you stir too vigorously or don't pour carefully, you'll end up with bubbles in your piece.  When it's done curing you can pop it out of the mold and you have a resin piece.  UV Resin requires UV light to set up, so I use a small UV lamp but you can also use sunlight to cure it.  The UV lamp makes it set up in a matter of minutes and is commonly used for smaller things like jewelry.

My friend makes jewelry, keychains, and jewelry boxes with her resin.  My sister makes tumblers and boxes. I'm going to do "Nerd" crafts.  For example, the molds that I made this week are the 16 Pokémon Oreos (I went through 9 packages of Pokémon Oreos to find the best ones to use) and I plan to make the resin Oreos into coasters and try a few other things with them.
 
You can find videos on how to do it on YouTube (that's what I've been watching a TON of).  I prepped my molds tonight.  If I can find the time I want to try pouring resin into the molds tomorrow after work.

Is it like Aves Apoxie sculpt? Sounds Fun!!


Not quite.  According to the internet Apoxie Sculpt is like a mix between clay and resin.  The resin that I'm playing with starts out as a liquid and has to be poured into a mold.  You can't really mold it on its own.  The resin is also affected by temperature and humidity so since it's been raining I haven't wanted to do too much with it just yet.  Maybe later in the week I'll get a chance to try something.

Thank you Pokeyonekenobie for Explaining that too me  :biggrin: Still sounds fun :D

I lost another 2 pounds.  :cheer: I'm down 9 pounds in 8 weeks.   

I need to get back to tracking more faithfully than I have been lately.  Even when I don't use an app to track I try to watch my portion sizes and kind of track it in my head.   I'm using the free version of My Fitness Pal right now but My Net Diary sounds like a good app too.
Ponyfan

I gained a pound this week.  It's the first time I've gained since I started dieting and taking the Slim Shots.  I'm sure I can lose it again though.


Ponyfan

Your still doing very well Ponyfan don't let 1 pound get you down. Your down 9ibs in 8 weeks and on the 9th week you gained 1 so your still technically down 8 pounds from your original weight YOUR DOING FANTASTIC!!! KEEP IT UP!! :cheer:
we will all have our ups and downs when we go through weight loss... I have been staying the same between 306 and 300 so hopefully I can keep it off this next time I go down.

I have Fantastic Article for those who want to lose weight.
https://www.goodto.com/wellbeing/diets-exercise/what-is-calorie-how-many-lose-weigt-425557
its kind of a long article but its very informal for counting calories and how many you should eat to lose weight.
I'll go through the sum of it but You should read it for yourself...
It starts explaining what a calorie is and you need to burn 3,500 Calories just to burn 1 pound of fat. so in that you need to eat 500 or 1,000 calories less everyday in order to lose weight. it will show you how much calories you eat in a day how many it takes to stay the same. it will go through how active you are so if your a very active person, your an 1.9 on the activity scale and that will be measured in as well. or if your a couch potato or Sedentary like me 1.4 (Light activity and moderate activity is also calculated)
I'll Do mine first
for an example and this is just part of the article there is more tipps with in the article on Calorie counting.
 
After calculating my BMR in the article --->2099.95 calories then times x 1.4 (Which is my Activity Number) = 2,939.93 then Minus - 1,000 cal per day to get 1,939.93 calories to get as my goal. if i want to lose 2 ibs of weight each week. I rounded it too 1,600 calories as my goal in myfitnesspal app
i think it gives me a great visual overall about calories.
so let me know if its helpful or not.

https://www.goodto.com/wellbeing/burn-calories-without-trying-68231
& this was in it too as a side article... about how many calories it takes to do everyday work.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on November 03, 2021, 08:38:16 PM
So I asked one of the ladies I work with if she thought her girls would like some ponies.  And she said that they'd love some.  Then I asked another co-worker if her kids wanted some and she said sure!  Then I asked another co-worker if her son would like some ponies and she said, "I know my husband would like it if my son liked ponies."  I had no idea he was a fan.  So basically all my G4s (except the few I am keeping) are going to go to my co-workers' kids or nieces.  That makes me happy because they are toys and should be enjoyed as such instead of sitting in boxes under my bed and in the closet.  Most of them are Mane 6 variations so I don't feel too bad about dumping them on my co-workers. 

My G3 ponies, on the other hand, are still boxed up from 2017, when I was going to do a giveaway and then the weather was too bad to go to the post office, and then I tore my ACL and then Covid hit so I'll probably still do a giveaway on the arena for those.  But I need to clear out things so that I can get to them first...
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Starflashbaby on November 05, 2021, 06:20:32 PM
Pokeonekenobie
I'm glad you found homes for the G4s :biggrin: I hope the G3s goes just as smoothly!

As for my Goals
I'm doing pretty good lately getting up earlier than usual. I'm now adding what I eat into the myfitnesspal app again. I think I lost 6 ibs from the last time I went to the doctors office. It was 300 instead of 306 this time. So maybe when I go to the dr.s office again today I'll be under 300 crossing my fingers.
Edit...
I did not go to the doctor today...
Anyways
I have some motivation to lose weight 1 to fit in smaller clothes and 2 to fit in Municipal brand name. 3 to live longer and 4 to feel healthy in general. 
Id like to make a fitness journey for Instagram (for fun) but I'm a shy person so I don't know how else to do this. Im not good at making videos.  Hmmm any ideas on how to do a fitness journey...
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on November 06, 2021, 01:39:59 PM
You can take pictures? Not just before and after but take them as you go. It will be fun to look back on when you lose the weight :) If you want to share your journey you could include what types of exercise you're doing, what you've been eating, tips and tricks you find along the way. You could make a rewards jar where you put some money in for every pound you lose, or for every week you exercise most days, or whatever. And when you've collected enough, buy something special for yourself :)


As far as my goals, I've been eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is coffee and a smoothie made with frozen bananas and mixed berries with 2% dairy milk or unsweetened almond milk, whichever I have on hand. Lunch is a cheese and turkey sandwich on multigrain whole grain bread. I keep dinner very light, a bowl of Cherrios or steamed green beans or lentil soup. I did order a pizza this week but it will be the only one this month. I also bought a pack of Java chip Oreos because I wanted to try them (I have to try everything coffee flavored :lol) and they only had a family sized pack. I only eat two every night so it's going to last me a very long time.

My art goals are going great! I spent yesterday sculpting and I've already rehaired my current custom. It will be a while before it's finished because it has a lot of sculpting but I do plan to finish it. The memorial pony for my sister needs sand and I have to order some before I can continue work on it. I shelved my Halloween custom for right now, since I missed the deadline and am way more excited to work on my current projects. I'll pick it back up later and just have it be a creepy custom.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on November 06, 2021, 03:11:02 PM
I gained another pound this week.  :(  I'm still down 7 pounds from where I started but I was hoping I would lose the pound I gained last week this week.



Ponyfan
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on November 08, 2021, 06:39:35 AM
I think I've finally managed to sort my G4s.  It's going to take me all week to get them into work in my car so I can give them to my co-workers.  Once I clear them out I can see what kind of space I really have and can rearrange my stuff to make crafting a bit easier.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Pokeyonekenobie on November 12, 2021, 05:33:59 PM
My G4s have all been pawned off delivered to their new homes.  My co-workers were very excited and one of them is like "I don't want to give these to my daughters, I want to play with them." My other co-worker couldn't get her kids to go to bed the night she got her stuff because they wanted to play with them.  So they'll be loved.  Now I just have to figure out how to rearrange the new space I have to be useable for me.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on November 12, 2021, 05:51:56 PM
Good work, Pokeyonekenobie :)

--

My most current goal is finishing my sculpture before the 14th. I'm painting it right now. It's gotten hard to handle though, it has spikey bits and it's heavy.

Nutrition goals? Ehh I've been doing pretty good except for today. I woke up really hungry and had a breakfast bar, but that didn't do much. I gave in and ordered lunch from Burger King. I got an extra sandwich for later and that will probably be all I eat for today.

How about money goals? I need to STOP spending right now. I bought a bunch of xmas presents and I have very little left (the BK order didn't help). I need to pay for Walmart+ which is $98 and I have that and like 45 left over. For the rest of the month. But I can't see what I would need to buy actually. I'm well stocked on food and household essentials. So maybe it won't be so bad.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on November 13, 2021, 11:27:32 PM
@Pokeyonekenobie.  I'm happy that you were able to send your extra G4s to loving homes.


@BlackCurtains.  I need to watch my spending right now too.  I.

I lost 6 pounds this week.  :shocked:  I was so surprised that I thought the scale must be wrong so the drs office had me step off the scale and then back on and the number was the same.

Ponyfan
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Starflashbaby on November 14, 2021, 12:55:25 AM
That's an Awesome Idea BlackCurtains! I Love it! That's what I'll do for my Instagram account then!

BlackCurtains - I'm glad your Art Goals are going well too! I too need to stop spending or slow down. I have to buy one more Christmas gift and I'm done with that. 

pokeonekenobie - congratulations on getting the G4s new homes!

Ponyfan - that's 13ibs total!!! Congratulations too!
 
Nutrition wise I didn't do so well this week I didn't log in my meals cause I was eating more sweets and I didn't want tho see how bad I was really doing. This week will be different! I'll keep logging my intake on the app no matter what and I'll do more to watch what I eat. And I'll start that fitness journey! Yay I'm so excited!!!

Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on November 14, 2021, 01:41:27 PM
I'm glad you liked it!

Ponyfan - Wow! Your metabolism must be up. That's good :) You can get to a point where your metabolism burns calories while you aren't even doing anything (I wish I had that :P )

My sculpture is done and sent into the event and I was able to make a second craft for another event yesterday! Now I can continue working on my pony customs after I give my hands a break.

My immediate goal for today is to houseclean. While I've been working on my art stuff I've neglected the kitchen and bathroom. I have a bunch of boxes to break down too. Time to put on some coffee and get to work!
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on November 22, 2021, 05:01:55 PM
BlackCurtains  I'm glad you were able to complete your projects. 

I gained a pound this week.



Ponyfan
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on November 23, 2021, 01:15:34 PM
Thank you! :) My sculpture won second place :D

I was weighed at my doctor yesterday and I've gained 2 lbs in a month. I'm kind of surprised because as far as I remember I haven't eaten much junk food. I ordered a pizza at the beginning of the month but that was the only one. For the last week or so I haven't been hungry at all. The day before yesterday I didn't eat anything. I'm considering getting some Slim Fast. In the past I've lost 60lbs on Slim Fast, twice. Not back to back unfortunately.

I haven't started back on my pony customs yet, maybe today.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on November 24, 2021, 08:19:10 PM
I'm not doing good this week with food.  Having a lot of fast food around doesn't help.  With the holiday tomorrow I've decided not to worry about portions and just enjoy the food.  I can get back on track after Thanksgiving.


Ponyfan
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Marshie on November 25, 2021, 01:27:34 AM
I really fell off my progress since I last post a WHILE ago on this thread. I just stopped eating as well as I had been (drinking water, more veggies and fruits, more fries and deep fried things, etc) but I did a weigh in the other day and, even though I gained back about 5 pounds, I am still at a lower weight then when I started! Obviously with Thanksgiving in the States tomorrow, it's going to be a STRUGGLE but I plan on starting back up on my health journey next week!
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: BlackCurtains on November 25, 2021, 12:00:53 PM
I'm going to have to add things to my diet, or eat them more often because I have iron anemia. It's kind of weird, because earlier this year, after 14 years, I started eating meat again. Only certain kinds, mainly turkey and beef. And meat is supposed to be the best for iron, so it must be super low. My freezer is already stuffed so I'm going to have to eat what's in there and then get frozen veggies, broccoli and green beans. I have canned beans and lentils already, just need to eat them more often. 

On the art side of things, I want to make something for my mom for xmas. It's something she's asked for for a few years. I think I should do it this year. You never know when it will be the last opportunity you have to do something special for someone.
Title: Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
Post by: Ponyfan on November 27, 2021, 07:18:50 PM
I gained a pound.  That's not too bad considering that I haven't been watching what I eat as well as I should have since Thursday.



Ponyfan
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