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Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
« Reply #45 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 - 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.


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Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
« Reply #46 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:

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 :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...

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thats a really neat water bottle.

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Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
« Reply #47 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. 

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Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
« Reply #48 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.
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Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
« Reply #49 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.
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Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
« Reply #50 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.


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Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
« Reply #51 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.
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Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
« Reply #52 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.   


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Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
« Reply #53 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.
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« Reply #54 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.


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Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
« Reply #55 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:
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Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
« Reply #56 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. :)
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Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
« Reply #57 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. 
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Re: Let's help motivate each other to reach our goals
« Reply #58 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.

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« Reply #59 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!

 

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