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Old 06-11-2010, 10:31 AM   #181
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Lins - I agree...peanuts and peanut butter are yummy but SO hard to control. My DH is in Kiwanas and brought home an ENTIRE box of little baggies of peanuts he bought that were left over from their activity...I ate only one (I think) and stuck the rest of the big box away for him to snack on!! I cannot handle it!

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Old 06-11-2010, 12:27 PM   #182
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Several things:

Erin - wow. I'm thrilled for you. You really did far more than maintain with a three pound fat loss!!! Wahoo!

Lins and Debbie - peanuts and peanut butter are so hard for me to control. Even the PB2 is hard for me to control.

Sue, holy cow!! You are a proud member of the EIGHTY pounds lost club?? Oh my gosh, you're doing SO well and you just started in January! I bet you'll be to goal in the next couple weeks.

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Old 06-11-2010, 01:49 PM   #183
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Thanks so much, Ladies!

It's official. I have a nut sensitivity. I can't even drink my almond milk anymore without getting cramps. Major bummer to switch to higher carb soy. Doesn't taste as good to me either.

The lady at Medi today told me my snacks should consist more of higher protein choices if I'm getting as hungry as I am while adding carbs back in. So right now I'm researching very low carb snacks beyond the turkey and cheese sticks she recommended. I was eating stuff like that before but at 1500 calories a day, that's not going to get me very far. She's super duper thin, never been on the program, yet she says she rarely eats over 20g of net carbs a day. Interesting.

I have a question - why is everything based on a 2000 calorie diet when most people are barely burning 1400 a day?
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Old 06-11-2010, 02:28 PM   #184
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I am so excited for you Erin!! You maintained!!! I think I will do what the Medi lady does when I am maintaining - keep my carbs low......
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Erin ~ Congratulations on maintaining so well this week!!!

If you were measured at 1400 calories on the breathing machine (not sure what it is officially called?) That is supposed to be your basal metabolic rate. It does not include any activity beyond sleeping and laying on the sofa.

I found this online at shapefit...

Activity Multiplier
Sedentary = BMR X 1.2 (little or no exercise, desk job)
Lightly active = BMR X 1.375 (light exercise/sports 1-3 days/wk)
Mod. active = BMR X 1.55 (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/wk)
Very active = BMR X 1.725 (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days/wk)
Extr. active = BMR X 1.9 (hard daily exercise/sports & physical job or 2X day training, i.e marathon, contest etc.)

So at a minimum, you need 1400 x 1.2 if you are sedentary to maintain your weight.

Have you tried Hood's Calorie Countdown Milk? They have it the grocery stores near me. The fat free milk has 2g of carbs and 45 calories a cup. Very good & no soy! The chocolate milk is amazing too. I blend a cup of it with ice and a bit of xanthan gum for a thick milkshake!
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Old 06-12-2010, 07:51 AM   #186
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Morning All -
I am coming back to the acute phase and out of maintain land because I was not living the lifestyle and I have slowly gained weight back. Lots of excuses but also lots of understanding. Of course, knowing and doing something in the moment as opposed to figuring out in hind sight is painful but this is part of keeping it honest with myself. So here I am.
I started this program in May of 09 at 195. I had a goal to hit 145 by the end of September and I did. I really had a great summer - focused, energized... My weight went up and down five to seven pounds until the Christmas holiday. After that time, I kept the weight on and started gaining more. I am now at 165 and back to the clinic and right now, back on week one. I try and blame my stressful work environment and current life 'happenings' for the lack of taking care of myself but I know that it is my thinking disorder that makes me fat.
I am writing this for myself - but we don't always hear back from people who fall off - it seems they may just quit writing - so I am here to commit to myself again and share about the program as a way of life. Living in the acute stage of the program was really easy for me. Maintaining it was really hard - I gave myself way too many choices.
So - my maintain friends - I will be back soon - but for now I am living in acute and happy to be here in an honest place.
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Old 06-12-2010, 09:24 AM   #187
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You should be proud of yourself for coming back after 20 pounds and not gaining all 50 of it back. You'll be back down in no time. Thanks for being honest with us so that we can all learn from you. I have heard the maintance is really hard for some people (I know several people in real life), and so I am learning a lot from you guys so that I hopefully can make some changes in my way of thinking about food so that once I hit my goal I will know what I need to do to not gain it back.
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MacualeyCheers to you for coming back and posting. You made the right decision to fix this before you had to start completly over.
I give you a lot of credit!
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Old 06-12-2010, 10:58 AM   #189
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Macauley, you are so very brave and I REALLY am admiring you right now! Good for you for stepping up and getting back into it.

I'm reading a book right now called The Beck Diet Solution which is cognitive therapy for dieters basically. Teaches you to think like a thin person naturally instead of a "dieting person who cheats". I have never been obese but sadly, by losing the same 30 lbs over and over I counted up nearly 300 pounds lost in my lifetime. I'm only 38. This cycle of mine has to stop!
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:22 AM   #190
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The beck diet solutions is an awesome book. I've read it before too. I am currently reading. Mindless Eatting, which was one that Medi recommended on my paper a few weeks ago. I have a list of books to read. Another good one was.... At Peace with Food.
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Mccauley

I'm sorry that you were unable to maintain BUT I'm so very proud of you !!!!
It takes a great person to admit that you regained some weight.
I know it's hard to maintain but it takes great strength to admit you need help.
That's what MWL is all about!!!!

YOU CAN lose the weight and keep it off!

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Macauley ~ You know with Medi that you will lose those 20 pounds quickly. You did really well by going back with only 20 pounds to lose. I think many people wouldn't have taken action until they had put all of the weight back on. Kudos.

I put 20 pounds on after losing it on another low carb, low calorie plan. I gained the weight back slowly; literally averaging 1/2 pound per month over 3 years! I figured out that even though I continued eating relatively low carb, my portion sizes and carb counts were too big. I am going to continue to weigh and measure most of my meals to keep myself in check. It is so easy to fall back into old habits. Unfortunately, we always have to be vigilant.
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Erin ~ Congratulations on maintaining so well this week!!!

If you were measured at 1400 calories on the breathing machine (not sure what it is officially called?) That is supposed to be your basal metabolic rate. It does not include any activity beyond sleeping and laying on the sofa.

I found this online at shapefit...

Activity Multiplier
Sedentary = BMR X 1.2 (little or no exercise, desk job)
Lightly active = BMR X 1.375 (light exercise/sports 1-3 days/wk)
Mod. active = BMR X 1.55 (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/wk)
Very active = BMR X 1.725 (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days/wk)
Extr. active = BMR X 1.9 (hard daily exercise/sports & physical job or 2X day training, i.e marathon, contest etc.)

So at a minimum, you need 1400 x 1.2 if you are sedentary to maintain your weight.

Have you tried Hood's Calorie Countdown Milk? They have it the grocery stores near me. The fat free milk has 2g of carbs and 45 calories a cup. Very good & no soy! The chocolate milk is amazing too. I blend a cup of it with ice and a bit of xanthan gum for a thick milkshake!
Thank you so much for this advice, Suzanna. I'm sorry - I thought I had responded earlier but I guess I never hit submit! I had no idea about the calories and was baffled on why they said I could eat up to 1600 calories and maintain. lol

I haven't seen Hood's around here unfortunately but I've read that some wal-marts carry it - although not sure if MY wal-mart does. I did notice that regular soy has less carbs and the same amount of calories according to daily plate. I guess I'm confused on what to get.
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Old 06-12-2010, 04:40 PM   #195
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Question for cooks - what's the difference between xanthan and guar gums?
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Hi All - thanks for the good thoughts - I am happy to be here. So it looks like I will have a new group to head into maintain land with
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Macauley - I've read your posts on the various threads on this site and have always enjoyed your comments. I'm thrilled that you'll be an active participant here. I have so much admiration for you for stepping up and reclaiming your health! And you didn't even let yourself veer off the road - merely hit a speed bump and have gotten back on track. Now THAT'S inspiration!! It truly gave me comfort today to read your posts because I finally GOT that if ANY of us get off track, anywhere along this journey, we will always have the choice to correct it. Thank you.
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Is salsa OK to have?
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I believe that salsa is on a no no in the acute phase. I would actually have to go back and look at my list. However, I think there are a couple of recipes in one of the recipe threads that will satisfy your wish for something like salsa.

Hey there Macauley, my friend! You are such a great gal! With everything going on in your life, I was wondering how you were doing. Maintenance is a hard road, and I struggle with it every day. Journaling is what is keeping me accountable. That and my daily walk. I am so proud of you for being aware of what is up with your body and knowing exactly what to do to resolve the problem. You see? You really did learn the basics. You know exactly what to do. You will lose that weight in no time and be back in maintenance once again.

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Gosh Jo - you brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for your support - I have always felt like you have been there for me. I will do it, for sure.
Thanks Lea - I do think that it is important for people to know this isn't a quick fix - rather a lifestyle change - and that even though we may get off on the wrong road there is always the option to get back on track.
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I used salsa. It's 10 calories and 1 carb per 2T of my particular brand. Read labels and make sure there's not sugar in the ingredient list. You could also use the jalapeño flavored Tabasco.

I'm in heaven. Just bought designer jeans I LOVE and felt so pretty shopping and trying things on that the sales guy picked out for me. A 20 something guy told me I looked hot! (hubby got a little jealous even lol)! Then I tried on a size 4 dress and it fit perfectly!!
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Hey Macauley,

There is no shame in going back to the acute phase. Think of it as a reinforcement of the principles that you know work. Going back to the clinic for the accountability will put you right back on track and you will be back with us in maintain land sooner than you think.

I know you have what it takes. This is just a small speed bump on the road of life.

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Ugh I learned my lesson. I had my first "off Medi" weekend. Not totally but enough. Friday night we went out to eat at a fancy Cuban 100+ yr old restraunt. I ate chicken and avoided the rice and beans, and did have 1/2 glass of Sangria. The chicken had some kind of sauce on it but not a lot so I didn't worry much about it. Then last night I went to a party at a friends house. We were told what to bring (they told me fruit salad), and I asked me friend (she knows I'm on medi) said that someone was bringing grilled chicken. So I figured I would eat that and a few bites of my fruit salad. Well the lady who was supose to bring the chicken couldn't come (babysitter problem), so their was not meat their except for some summer sausage. So I had a few peices of that and some cheese (high fat cheese), and then I did drink a sugar free, 1 Carb maragrita. Well the combination of all that "junk" made me sooooo sick. I literally threw up in the bathroom at the party and I still don't feel good today. I have gone totally back to week one today because I can't stomach anything else. I was still in ketosis this morning which is a good thing, but I have learned my lesson about eatting junky food. I usually have medi food in my purse but since I was expecting chicken I didn't take it with me. From now I will always have almonds or something in my purse. YUCK!!!

I am going to go on a nice slow but LONG walk tonight to hopefully get all that junk out of my system.
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OMG, soooooooooooo tired. 22 exams Friday, 12 Saturday, and 17 so far today and I am still on call until 7am Monday. I may just fall over and croak. I can make it. At least I'm off tomorrow.

On a happy note: I hit a plateau last week and stayed at 176 for 6 days. This morning I woke up and I was down a half pound. Any loss I'll take. Very happy.

ARGH!!! My phone just rang and back off to the hospital I go. I may drop from exhaustion. *sigh*
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Stick with it Shelley - We knew it would be a tough weekend at work for you. Imagine how much easier it will be to reach over people and do sonos when you are smaller? And just think of how much more often you're pushing that machine down the hall this weekend? Hey, you're getting PAID to do an extra workout! (I'm trying to help, I know it may sound lame.... )
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Thanks Debbie, I just want to make it through tonight and the psycho ob/gyn who happens to be on call.

I do feel a little better, that wasn't too lame!!!
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morning all.... i had a busy BUSY weekend but it was great. My daughters birthday was Saturday and I didnt stop moving till about 7pm last night. My boyfriend was out of town so I was so intent on staying busy so I wouldnt be upset, and it really helped.

Food was good, I journaled in my phone because I forgot to bring my book home from ork. Im getting an iphone soon... anyone have any suggestions for a calorie tracking app?

Heres to a better week, and to no tears and minimal frustration. Im going to try Zumba with my mom tomorrow
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Livestrong (i.e. Daily Plate) is the BEST tracker! It syncs up to your computer so you can do both under one account. Love it!!!

Zumba sounds like so much fun! They have it at the gym I work out at and I've always wanted to try but I feel ridiculous in those classes sometimes. lol I'm not very good at following directions. :P
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Well I have decided that I wasn't sick because of the junk I ate, but something must have not agreed with me. I was sick all day yesterday. I ended up eatting a few carbs (saltine crackers) because I needed to eat something but the thought of eatting meat or cheese made me even sicker. So I ate a few crackers, and then later had a few almonds. I didn't make it to 500 calories but it was because I was sick. And I never even took my appetite suppresant or my fat burner. I am feeling better today but I still don't feel like eatting anything yet. It's even hard to drink water (although I am doing that). Ugh! I hate being sick.
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