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11/7/2019
Topic:
What do you do for fun?

kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
Topic: What do you do for fun?
I like the brain training apps on my phone, they are fun and helpful at the same time. Lumosity is the best one I've found.
I'm a bit of a tech geek as well, so tinkering around in my computer or playing with a Raspberry Pi are things I often do, really fun stuff!
11/7/2019
Topic:
Winter Blues!

kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
Topic: Winter Blues!
I don't like winter much either. I have to spend more on heating, everything is too bright when it snows and I just hate being cold.
There's not much I do to keep spirits up, just gotta get on with life and wait for the best season, spring!
11/7/2019
Topic:
Baked Chicken Tacos

kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
Topic: Baked Chicken Tacos
You have no idea how much I love tacos, these look really nice although I do prefer beef over chicken.
Here's another taco recipe which I will attempt to make soon: https://www.kimscravings.com/clean-eating-mexican-taco-meat/
Kim's Cravings has a lot of amazing recipes, by the way.
11/7/2019
Topic:
Tea Vs Coffee

kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
Topic: Tea Vs Coffee
Both can be beneficial. Coffee is great for stress but can be unhealthy when loaded with sugar, cream, milk, and soon.
Tea is one of the best things to drink, and not just green tea. Black tea is every bit as good for you, if not better.
11/7/2019
Topic:
Should I give up coffee?

kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
Topic: Should I give up coffee?
I wouldn't cut out coffee, no. It's actually beneficial and does help with weight loss as long as you don't drink too much. 1 or 2 cups a day is fine.
That said, I'd get rid of the creamer and use less or no sugar. If you don't enjoy it that way, perhaps find another hot drink to enjoy. Tea is amazing as well, black or with a splash of milk. So many varieties to explore as well.
11/7/2019
Topic:
Is chili a good weight loss food?

kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
Sure, nothing wrong with chili at all. Try not to have so much rice and it'll be no problem at all.
Most meals are okay as long as you don't overdo it on calories, carbs, etc.
11/7/2019
Topic:
Picky Eaters

kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
Topic: Picky Eaters
You might not like trying new foods, but nothing is actually stopping you. If you see some fruit or vegetable at the store you've never tried, just buy it and see. I never knew how nice cranberries were, but I made a point to buy things I haven't eaten before. So stick to simple stuff like fruits and vegetables, if you like them you can try making more out of them.
11/7/2019
Topic:
Fast Food

kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
Topic: Fast Food
Yeah I do, but nowhere near as much as I used to.
I really like Arbys, they aren't as bad as other fast food places and you get a really nice amount of meat. I've set a limit of once a month although I have sometimes had it twice, woops!
11/7/2019
Topic:
Alternatives to sugary drinks

kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
Good points by Sandra. So many believe that sugar is bad but it's not, you need sugar! It's far better than the artificial sweeteners.
As for sugary alternatives, I also love smoothies. Definitely recommend buying a blender and experimenting with different fruits and vegetables. I also like tea (not iced) and coconut water.
11/7/2019
Topic:
Finally just getting serious!

kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
That's really good. Progress doesn't have to mean weight loss, feeling happier and healthier as you do is just as good.
I agree with your decision too, soda is no good and tea is amazing. So many people don't drink enough water either, I never used to like it actually, but once you get rid of the sweet soda tooth, it's nowhere near as bad.
11/7/2019
Topic:
Does happiness play a role with starting a diet?

kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
It's important to enjoy what you eat, at least for me. My first attempt didn't go so well because I tried to cut out all junk and eat healthy foods that I don't like very much. When I cut out bad foods gradually and found healthier options, that worked better for me.
I suggest getting into cooking, it can be really fun and then when you really start to broaden your horizons with more food.
11/7/2019
Topic:
Hello from Nevada!

kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
kvn1
kvn1
Posts: 12
Topic: Hello from Nevada!
I just joined, glad to be here!
I'm right in the middle of my weight loss journey. I started at 245, currently at 218, hoping to reach 175. Looking for ways to push myself further with exercise and eat even better.
See you all around the forum!
11/6/2019
Topic:
Stair climbing challenge?

EllyWeese
EllyWeese
Posts: 13
I read about this on Instagram. I guess you can do this if you have a flight of stairs which is usually like 12 steps I think.

You go up and down them for one count and then do this 50 times. So you will go up them 50 times and down them 50 times. You do this every day for 30 days and supposedly it shrinks and tightens your butt and helps get rid of cellulite.
Has anyone tried this? How many calories would this burn?
11/6/2019
Topic:
Use olive or coconut oil ONLY!

EllyWeese
EllyWeese
Posts: 13
sandra wrote:
The problem I have with olive oil is that it adds flavor to the food. I really, really do not like the taste of olive oil and I go nuts every time my husband tries to reach for the olive oil when he's making something in the oven. Absolute no-go for me.

Do you have any idea if sunflower oil is extremely bad? Or would it be ok? I know it's not particularly healthy because, well, it's oil, but still.



Sunflower from seeds or nuts is normally fine in small amounts and not used regularly. From what I read, olive oil and coconut oil are the best options. You can get unflavored coconut oil as well.
11/6/2019
Topic:
Baked Chicken Tacos

EllyWeese
EllyWeese
Posts: 13
EllyWeese
EllyWeese
Posts: 13
Topic: Baked Chicken Tacos
I included the ingredients list with the video of how to make them. My sister made these last week and they are great for taco lovers. Only 210 calories per taco.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup onion (minced)
  • 2 cups cooked chicken (shredded)
  • 1 cup black beans (optional)
  • 1 cup salsa (or diced tomatoes)
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 12 taco shells (hard)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (cheddar or any melting cheese)
  • cilantro (to garnish)

11/6/2019
Topic:
High calorie shake ideas?

EllyWeese
EllyWeese
Posts: 13
A lot of people use ice cream and peanut butter for calorie filler. You can also use protein powder.

Here are some high-calorie recipes to give you some ideas: https://www.muscleandyouth.com/homemade-weight-gain-shake-recipes/
11/6/2019
Topic:
I can't figure out what I did!

EllyWeese
EllyWeese
Posts: 13
Back in 2013, I managed to lose some weight without trying. By the end of 2014, I was about 150 or so pounds which was down from nearly 180, so I lost 30 pounds roughly without trying.

I think back and can't figure out what I did differently. I was not eating differently. I wasn't much more active than I am now. I don't get it.
11/6/2019
Topic:
Does happiness play a role with starting a diet?

EllyWeese
EllyWeese
Posts: 13
I feel like most people start a diet or weight loss program feeling awful and if you feel awful going in, it ends up making it harder to stick to.

What do you all think?
11/6/2019
Topic:
Should I start by raising calories?

EllyWeese
EllyWeese
Posts: 13
MaybeMonday wrote:
I can just look at food long enough and gain weight lol

Like Nick mentioned, eat more calories and don't focus on healthy eating right now. Just work on getting some fat gain so you can start turning it into muscle.



Same here! haha I feel like I can just think about food and I gain a pound. I know someone who was thin her whole life and wasn't able to put on weight until after her pregnancy. The doctor believes this was down to hormones.
11/6/2019
Topic:
How will you track calories on the go?

EllyWeese
EllyWeese
Posts: 13
Unless there is an app for the site, I will likely just write it down on paper and keep it with my pocket planner. I am not sure if I would have room in my bag for another full notebook.