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post #16 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 04:01 PM
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Re: So, week 2 of 2017, how are your new year diets going?

I've been increasing my daily exercise routine and cutting down on my dinner size. I'm going for a 300-500 calorie deficit per day. I only have a few pounds to lose which should be off in two months so I'm swimsuit ready. I did cheat and have an m&m cookie today and it was delicious.

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P90X3 exercise video: 4-5X week

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Cut dinner size in half (i.e. use a small plate instead of a big plate)

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I set small, easily obtainable goals for myself, so that I can easily manage them.

1- No more French Vanilla Creamer in my coffee whether it's made at home or at 7-11 on the way to work
2- Workout 45 minutes in my home gym at least 3 times per week
3- Go very easy on desserts and sweets in general.

I've failed miserably at all three.
Oh! I feel for you. Maybe start with one at a time, rather than all three at once.
What's with the creamer in your coffee? Don't you like coffee with plain milk? I don't drink coffee, because I don't like it black and I can't have milk. Since I can't have milk the only things I do like are those expensive, sugary creamers, so I stopped drinking coffee. However, back when I was still drinking milk, I stopped taking sugar in my coffee by reducing the amount little by little until I had no sugar in my coffee and it worked. Have you tried anything to make it easier to do this?

When you do workout, what are the factors that come together for you? I find that if I wait to workout, other things get in the way. It has to be one of the first things I do. I don't eat before my workout either. I just get up, brush my teeth, take my supplements with a large glass of water, then exercise. If I deviate from that, chances are that I won't get my workout in.

Is there anything you can do when you have a craving for sweets, like drinking a fruity herbal tea? Sometimes that helps me get it under control. I love apple spice tea.

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Re: So, week 2 of 2017, how are your new year diets going?

Screw diets, I exercise as much as I do so I can eat and enjoy food!!!

Seriously though, instead of doing crazy diets, fn around with your hormones/metabolism, etc... , just make small changes and be consistent. Look at it as more of a lifestyle change and not a diet.
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Screw diets, I exercise as much as I do so I can eat and enjoy food!!!

Seriously though, instead of doing crazy diets, fn around with your hormones/metabolism, etc... , just make small changes and be consistent. Look at it as more of a lifestyle change and not a diet.
I agree. The only way that a "diet" will work is if it's short term and followed by permanent changes. Otherwise, diets are likely to cause more weight gain in the future making matters worse. Learn to eat a healthy diet and stick to it, then you will feel better and your won't put on weight.

Basically stop eating junk. Eat lots of vegetables. Drink enough water. Keep the carbs low. Stop eating/drinking sugar. Be careful about what kinds of fats you eat and eat plenty of good fat. Never eat artificial sweeteners.

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Basically stop eating junk. Eat lots of vegetables. Drink enough water. Keep the carbs low. Stop eating/drinking sugar. Be careful about what kinds of fats you eat and eat plenty of good fat. Never eat artificial sweeteners.
Almost everything I don't do (I drink lots of water!)

On a positive note, I have never drank soda in my life
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What damned diet?

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I am determined to get back into the groove too. So far this year I've done a half hour on the treadmill every day except New Years day and last Saturday
I need some of your discipline!
Odo and I both need to re-evaluate how much work we do compared to exercise. We're both in the same boat when it comes to putting in too many working hours and too few hours for exercise.

I could "cheat" my way a bit by having a really clean and lean diet. I wasn't in awesome shape but I wasn't packing in extra calories, so I'd come out about even. I'd hop on a machine twice a week, not nearly as often as I'm trying to do now. Now it's 6 days a week, either at 5AM in the morning or 4PM in the afternoon, depending on how well I slept the night before. THe other day Odo had to rip me away from my laptop, flip me over his shoulder, and sit my ass on the rowing machine. I tell him he'd better have beach bod by the summer. It's a joke of course... we're hard on each other, but we also accept each other's weaknesses. His is chocolate chip cookies.

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Re: So, week 2 of 2017, how are your new year diets going?

Once again, a little perspective, I have always struggled with my weight. Big boy my entire life. Watched my mom succumb to the after effects of high weight: Multiple strokes, diabetes, finally an infarction in the bowel. I had two heart attacks and became diabetic. I started my journey in 04, joined Weight Watchers, I asked that they not tell me my weight, because I had stopped looking past 300lbs. 12 years later, with a few hiccups, I am just under 200. Diet is not a short-term thing, it has to lead to changes in lifetime eating habits. I guess what I am saying is yes, starting the diet is a good thing, but the goal is to have meals with good food that is not loaded with empty calories and fat. Weight Watchers calls it lifestyle modification. At 62, I weigh less than I did at my wedding. I have given my beautiful sexy hot wife a new lover, who can keep up with her.
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Diets are fads. One needs to adhere to proper portion sizes and don't deviate if you have to lose weight or maintain your sugar levels, then keep i up. If either of you like to cook there may courses to choose to make. Pre-make the food.

I have diabetes, Type II. I am having very controlled portions. 4-7 oz on protein, 1 to 1 1/2 cup of veggies I try to limit my carbs to 15 gram's compared to our conventional amount of 45 gram's per meal. See a nutritionalist and the American Diabetes Assocition site. That is all you need with exercise of 30 mins three times a week

My sugars are under control. But I do take drugs for it too. I lost some weight. By having my sugars in check, I can eat one cookie, or an egg. I either eat a proper proportioned meal 5 time a day instead of three and a bed time snack. I found this hard to do, but I am motivated at age 52 to keep my feet nerves causing neuropathy getting worse. LYIRICA doesn't work.
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The wife's got me doing a diet called Engine 2 (so called because the guy who came up with it is a firefighter). We're doing a particularly restrictive version of it called the 7-Day Challenge. I'm already vegan, and I'm used to eating a vegan diet. I say this to give some perspective. A vegan diet is something which most people who eat a normal diet would have a hard time adjusting to. For me, it is normal and not much of a problem, but this Engine 2 thing extremely restrictive to me. That's just to show how extreme I think this diet is. I would almost say Engine 2 is as far beyond vegan as vegan is beyond a normal diet.

This is like every negative, unpleasant stereotype of diets rolled into one. It doesn't taste good, doesn't fill you up, a PitA to make meals, a PitA to even figure out what you're allowed to have (so many restrictions/ingredients you have to look out for). And eating out, forget it, unless you want a salad with no dressing or plain steamed vegetables or a naked baked potato.

It is vegan (which as noted above is hard enough), but also prohibits or heavily restricts oil, salt, sugar...basically anything that could possibly make food enjoyable in any way. I half wonder if that is the secret underlying goal, to make you so unenthusiastic about food that you lose weight because you can't stand the thought of another piece of unsalted broccoli cooked only in its own juices.

It's almost over though (as the name says, it's a 7 day challenge). I definitely will not be continuing this diet when the challenge is over, but there are actually a couple of good things I will take away from it.

-I said I was vegan above, but to be honest I'm really only about 90% (100% at home but when eating out there are sometimes no good options). After this, I think sticking to a diet that is merely 100% vegan will be a pleasure
-Since the only salad dressing you are allowed to have is balsamic vinegar (without oil), which I hate, I have learned to make a couple of homemade dressings combining balsamic vinegar with other (Engine 2 approved) ingredients, one of which I actually like so much I think I could see myself not buying store-bought dressings anymore (although I draw the line at bringing my own dressing to restaurants, I will not be one of those people)
-I learned that you can make a delicious pasta sauce by putting various vegetables (I've tried spinach and squash so far) into a blender/food processor along with a little milk (non-dairy of course) or vegetable broth and some spices. Makes sense, I guess that's pretty much what marinara/spaghetti sauce is. But it's so easy, heat up a box of frozen spinach, put in food processor with a very small amount of almond milk, a garlic clove, and a little salt, and you've got a delicious sauce.
-I've lost 8 lbs this week

So how are your diets going?
How is the diet going, Joey? Are you still on it?


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How is the diet going, Joey? Are you still on it?
Not on the Engine 2 diet. The part I was on, the 7 day challenge, was more restrictive than the regular Engine 2, I think it's just meant to kickstart the regular version by being so restrictive that when you get to the regular version it seems less harsh.

I have managed to stay 100% vegan so far (that's a cakewalk after the 7 day challenge), and I've also been exercising 6 days a week (I used to do that but have been slacking off since around October). Don't know if I'm just out of shape or if my age is getting to me, I used to run 3 miles every other day but now I have trouble finishing that distance without stopping to walk for a short distance to catch my breath.

I'm also still making my own salad dressing. It's so good! Even if it wasn't more healthy I'd probably keep making it.

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I try not to make drastic changes as they tend not to be sustainable but have made a few moves in the right direction - I now avoid sugar, wheat, baked goods etc. but will have some once a week, maybe. I feel much better since kicking sugar. I won't lie, I still crave it like crazy, but I used to eat it so much, looking for that fix, and it never completely satisfied me. This is my attempt to limit to the really good stuff - if I bake cookies with my kid, I will have one with him.

It seems to be paying off - I have lost about 10 pounds in the last 6 months. Thinking of it more as a marathon, instead of a sprint. I have more to lose, but I am healthy, and happy.

Making a lot more spiralized noodles lately with a special peeler I bought - zucchini, sweet potato, carrots, you name it. They in no way resemble actual, delicious, pasta, but I actually quite like the zucchini, especially if you top it with a tasty homemade bolognese sauce.

Since I get free lunch at work, I eat it, but limit the carbs, like removing the bun if it is a sandwich, and getting a double salad. We always get fruit, which is good.

Making vegetables and fruit a priority for my son and myself is expensive, but we don't tend to buy snack foods, so it balances out.
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I am determined to lose the last 22 pounds I have left to get me to my weight goal of 145 pounds. I follow a plan designed for me by my nutritionist.I eat high lean protein, low carbs and tons of veggies and fruits and very little if non at all refinded sugar. I also run on my treadmill 30 minutes everyday. So far I lost 4 pounds since the 8th, that's when i really started to get serious about this again.

After my 70 pounds weight loss last year, I am really looking forward to getting back down to the weight I was pre kids, well almost the same weight, I use to weight 120 pounds but at 5'9" I was very thin back then.
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Not on the Engine 2 diet. The part I was on, the 7 day challenge, was more restrictive than the regular Engine 2, I think it's just meant to kickstart the regular version by being so restrictive that when you get to the regular version it seems less harsh.

I have managed to stay 100% vegan so far (that's a cakewalk after the 7 day challenge), and I've also been exercising 6 days a week (I used to do that but have been slacking off since around October). Don't know if I'm just out of shape or if my age is getting to me, I used to run 3 miles every other day but now I have trouble finishing that distance without stopping to walk for a short distance to catch my breath.

I'm also still making my own salad dressing. It's so good! Even if it wasn't more healthy I'd probably keep making it.
Good for you, Joey! That is a very powerful diet you are on!

Do you mind sharing the salad dressing? Is it the 3-2-1 dressing?

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Good for you, Joey! That is a very powerful diet you are on!

Do you mind sharing the salad dressing? Is it the 3-2-1 dressing?
They call it "Beam Me Up, Scottie" Dressing for some reason. Official recipe is 3 parts balsamic vinegar, 2 parts mustard (yellow, brown, spicy, whatever you prefer), 1 part sweetener (honey, maple syrup, or agave), and a little water to thin it out. I'm not a huge vinegar fan so I adjust it to 2 parts vinegar.

Several others from the book that I want to try also.

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