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        02-25-2014, 11:25 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    So I need to eat around 1800 calories a day..would it be bad to drop that to 1600?

    I know that it's no one elses responsibility to make me meals or buy me healthy food. It just irks me that my mother will do it for my brother and not me. But whatever.

    I know it's my journey, and I accept that. It's just nice to have someone cheering you on. No one does that for me, in anything. I mean..my mums still irritated I wasn't a cheerleader and didn't go to college to be an attorney and I chose a male dominated field instead.

    I don't like turkey at all, so no turkey sandwiches for me..lol. I'm going to try and get some containers to put a salad in and such too.

    I believe my name is Iseul23 on MFP..I think I'm going to wait until March first to start though, just so I can get all my stuff together.
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        02-25-2014, 11:30 AM
      #12
    Trained
    1600 is good to start. It takes time to see results and you may have to play with it so don't give up.

    Try not to cut any foods out unless you have to. Big dietary cuts cause people to fall off the wagon. If you like chocolate or whatever, restrict how much you eat and make room for it in your intake.

    Calories in < calories out = weight loss

    Since you're eating a lot of fast food you were probably just taking in too many calories. Those meals can easily hit 1000 calories.
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        02-25-2014, 12:13 PM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Iseul    
    So I need to eat around 1800 calories a day..would it be bad to drop that to 1600?

    I know that it's no one elses responsibility to make me meals or buy me healthy food. It just irks me that my mother will do it for my brother and not me. But whatever.

    I know it's my journey, and I accept that. It's just nice to have someone cheering you on. No one does that for me, in anything. I mean..my mums still irritated I wasn't a cheerleader and didn't go to college to be an attorney and I chose a male dominated field instead.

    I don't like turkey at all, so no turkey sandwiches for me..lol. I'm going to try and get some containers to put a salad in and such too.

    I believe my name is Iseul23 on MFP..I think I'm going to wait until March first to start though, just so I can get all my stuff together.
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    Do you like chicken?
         
        02-25-2014, 02:43 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    EXERCISE! It's the best. Not only does it help you tone/lose weight, but it makes you feel good.
    Is a gym membership an option? I have a membership at 24 Hour. I love it. Like you, I have a very busy schedule (at least, when I'm not broken xD) I am a full time student, a full time server, I train and ride my horse 4 days a week, plus I have a full social life. That's why a place that's open 24 hour is best for me: I can go when I get off of work at 10 or 11, or I can wake up at 4 or 5 before school and go. It's a great way to start or finish your day, or anything in between.

    Aside from that, I saw you mentioned ramen... Try to stay away from that. It's very high in sodium.

    Substitute as many drinks as you can handle with water. That alone and you'll start to see a difference.

    Good luck! 8D
         
        02-25-2014, 03:31 PM
      #15
    Foal
    I eat a couple stuffed broccoli chicken muffin things for breakfast @ 230 calories each. I get a cob salad from our office canteen for luncheon, then I eat fruit for dinner. It helped me lose 40lb last fall, and I haven't put any on over this dreary cold winter.

    So find a rountine you can stick with, food you like, and watch the calorie count. It really helps knowing what your intake is.
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        02-25-2014, 03:57 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Lady, I do like chicken.

    So I'll have to keep my mtn dews or brisk teas..I can't drink just water anymore..I use to only have water to drink, and use to drink 8 bottles a day, but it's a chore to drink it now if there's another option, haha. I do still drink water, just not solely water anymore. I drink a lot of coffee too..is coffee bad?

    Zexious, I'm debating on a gym membership at our 24/7 one..But I honestly don't have the energy by the time I get home..and I'd rather not go workout at 2.30 in the morning, LOL. I just don't have enough time in the day to do everything I want to.

    So say I eat the 1600 calories..is it good or bad if I end up working off 1700 or more? Or is that near impossible? XD

    I think last time I uses MFP I was using 1200 calories a day as my goal, and I was burning about 800 with exercise, plus whatever I burn off just doing daily things. Granted, I didn't see any results since I only kept with it for a week, haha.

    This time I'm going to do it though..I want to be able to wear my tight shirts and tuck my school shirt in and not worry about chub showing, hahah.
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        02-26-2014, 08:18 AM
      #17
    Green Broke
    I wish you luck.....especially w/still drinking the sodas & bottled tea. In addition to sugar there could be some hidden sodium, too. Making too drastic a cut in calories may lead to feeling deprived, so the diet goes out the window at that point. If you read the nutrition information on a cheese slice-you may find it is 85% -to 98% fat, plus you are adding Miracle Whip-check out the fat, & sugar on that. Then look at mustard-might be a better exchange. Good things to add to your sandwich-tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, onion-nice fresh veggies-add moistness & crunch & flavor. Instead of Mc D's-do you have a subway? A 6" sandwich, w/coffee, no chips, or cookies isn't too awful. Keep in mind if you do get down to 175, you will still be about 40# over the charted weight for your height. But you'll definetly be feeling much better joint-wise,& will be more likely to enjoy tucking in your shirts! Good luck to you-the battle of the bulge is never-ending-I've just lost 5 pounds & have 20 more to go-it's really hard when you're in your 60's!
         
        02-26-2014, 09:22 AM
      #18
    Trained
    If you're going with MFP you need to eat back most of your calories from working out. If you don't you will starve your body. Eat back 80% of your workout calories and see how that goes. You don't want to drop too low in calories and stunt your progress. It's why you gave up last time - it's not sustainable.

    Don't try to race to lose weight. The pounds don't come off as easily as they go on and you will discourage yourself. Think of it more like upgrading your lifestyle and the weight loss is a perk.

    If you have to drink soda or canned tea, drink diet or count the calories. A can of soda looks a lot less appealing when you notice it's 150 cals per can :) just cutting the drinks to low call or zero cal drinks can cause you to lose a few pounds.
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        02-26-2014, 10:06 AM
      #19
    Green Broke
    Cacow, I know I'm still over my charted weight. If I lost down to my charted weight I'd be skin and bones. That's what I was trying to say with my bone size..I'm not average in the bone department, I have thicker bones and I have quite a bit of muscle weight as well. 175# should give me a relatively flat stomach and thinner thighs.

    I also don't eat mustard..just looking at it makes me sick..bleh.I'm not too fond on the sodas, but I like my bottle of brisk tea (which is 140cal per liter with 75mg of sodium and 11g of sugar). Aside from the tea (I switched to it instead of mtn dew) I usually only drink coffee and water. I have a sweet tea from mcdonalds every couple of weeks, so I'm going to cut out all mcdonalds. Maybe I'll try subway..they have some $2 deal going on for the next two months or so I think according to my brother.
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        02-26-2014, 10:24 AM
      #20
    Yearling
    I watched my husband pack on the pounds for 10 years of our marriage, he would lose weight, then gain it back, and he suffered from horrible headaches. Then on accident he discovered he is sensitive to gluten. When he stopped eating bread, pasta, cereal and all things made with wheat he lost over 60lbs; he went from a size 38 to a 32 in less then a year and now the 32 is almost to big. He did not exercise and the pounds just melted away by changing his diet. I am not saying you may have a sensitivity to gluten I am only pointing out that the permanent diet change caused my husband to lose weight. Anyway I prepare all our meals from scratch my husband only eats vegetables, fruits and proteins. He takes his lunch to work usually leftovers, if we don't have any leftovers he will take vegetables and lunch meat.

    Soup is easy to make on the weekend or whenever you have time and then use it for lunch through the week. Beans and rice, brown rice is healthier is a good meal you can add some cheese, lettuce and sour cream to make it more interesting. I also make a lot of stir fry type meals, heavy on the veggies and a little meat goes a long way in a stir fry again over brown rice. Casseroles are easy to make and save well.

    For snacks look to carrots, celery, apples, air popped popcorn they transport easily and you have to chew them a lot so you feel like your eating more. Add some protein to your snacks cheese, peanut butter, hummus within serving size are all good choices. Stay away from gateway foods like chips, pretzels, cookies the things that are hard to eat just one of. As for fat free and low fat dairy we do not eat low fat anything in our house the lower the fat the more processed it is. Your body needs some fat to function properly, we just eat in moderation and stay away from hydrogenated fats, and mono and di-glycerides. Drink lots of water. Once you get used to making your own meals you will find the processed food you once liked no longer tastes good, and is incredibly artificial tasting and salty. Good luck.
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