I have gotten really good at making good / healthy decisions when I go out for lunch with the girls, or to dinner with my family, but when I go out for 'girl's night' or social events that involve cocktails, I am not a dilligent about my eating.
Thankfully, I am not in a wild party circle of friends, so this only happens about once every 2-3 months, for a birthday celebration or something like that.View Thread
This recipe is called 3, 2, 1 Cake because all you need to remember is "3 tablespoons mix, 2 tablespoons water, 1 minute in the microwave!" INGREDIENTS: 1 box Angel Food Cake Mix 1 box Cake Mix - Any Flavor 2 Tbsp Water Makes 1 serving. DIRECTIONS: · In a Ziploc bag, combine the two cake mixes together and mix well. For each individual cake serving, take out 3 tablespoons of the cake mix combination and mix it with 2 tablespoons of water in a small microwave-safe container. Microwave on high for 1 minute, and you have your own instant individual little cake! · Keep remaining cake mixture stored in the bag and use whenever you feel like a treat! Storage of mix is simple, put it on a shelf. No need to refrigerate, since the mix is dry. · You can top each cake with a dollop of fat free whipped topping and/or some fresh fruit. Try various flavors of cake mix like chocolate, carrot, red velvet, pineapple, lemon, orange, etc. Just remember that one of the mixes HAS to be the angel food mix; the other is your choice.View Thread
I started my quest for health (stealing from Judy!!) on Jan 1st. I am not a typical New Year's resolution-er, but my husband really wanted to start making some changes, so we decided to go for it!
I set short and long term goals at that time. My first goal was to lose 10 pounds from Jan 1- Jan 30, which I nearly achieved. Losing 9.6 pounds in Jan. (I always have a large loss the first month of a weight loss attempt.) My next goal was to lose 5 pounds from Feb 1-Feb 29. I weighed today and had exceeded that goal by 1.4 pounds. At this mornings official weigh in I had lost a total of 16 pounds. This number also happens to represent a full 10% loss of my total weight.
I have a trip planned to go to Costa Rica with a friend at the end of June. My hope is to be swim suit ready by that time!
My March short term goals are to be under 140 pounds by St. Patrick's Day. (I picked that day, because it is mid month.) I will need to lose more than 3 pounds to meet this objective. It is an aggressive goal for me, since historically after the first month my loss slows to about 1 pound a week. So I will need to lose about 1.5 pounds per week to meet my goal.
I would like to lose a total of 6 pounds in the month of March. This would put me within 7 or 8 pounds of my final goals. Those last 8 pounds will be the most difficult based on history. Will likely take me a couple of months to get there.
In order to reach these goals I want to continue eating a balanced diet of lean protein, whole grains (in moderation), fruits, veggies and low fat dairy. Plus I want to add more strength training to the cardio that I do now.
I am losing weight because I need to lose some weight!
I have some specific motivations, such as a vacation in Costa Rica in June in which I will have to trek up a mountain, surf, zip line and be on a beach in a swim suit. That is great motivation when I want to get off the ellipitical after 8 minutes...
I too want to be a good healthy role model for my kids. I want them to see me striving towards good health, not towards an arbitrary number on the scale or a jean size.
I am 42, barrelling towards 43 at top speed, and I want to have the ability to be fit, active and healthy now that I am no longer a spring chicken!
And I just feel better physically, mentally and emotionally when I take the time to take care of myself. To eat right, exercise and lead an active healthy lifestyle...View Thread
I watch Paula Deen all of the time, and the reason I watch is that she is an excellent entertainer. She is a television personality. I have never once made one of her recipes because I have made a decision not to cook or eat the way that she does on her television show.
I take a lot more issue with Rachel Ray's liberal use of the words, "Figure Friendly". But again, it isn't a television personalities job to make sure that I have the tools to decipher what is truly figure friendly or truly healthy.
I am in charge of my own health plan. I need to take full responsibility for making wise decisions for myself. And Amen to you too Abnersmom. It's easy to point fingers at what is causing the obseity epidemic, but they are all just symptoms, not the cause.View Thread
I was diagnosed with Hypothyroid 4 years ago and have been on Synthroid since that time.
My first suggestion is to make sure your medication levels are right on point. My doctor monitored me for a full year before being satisfied that we were on the right dosage.
A couple of other random thoughts are: soy products interfere with Synthroid. Eat or drink soy in moderation. Cows milk also impedes the medication. Do not drink any milk until at least 1 hour after taking your meds. Also, be very dilligent in taking your medication. I take mine at the same time everyday, and I rarely miss a dose. Even 1 or 2 missed doses can cause me to feel crappy.
And finally, you will need to find an eating plan that works well for you. After much trial and error, I was able to determine that by eating an average of 1475 calories per day, exercising 3 times per week at least was key to me being able to lose approximately 1.5 pounds per week.
I am not following any 1 plan, I sort of adopted many different strategies. My goal was to find a plan that I could and would stick to for the rest of my life. For example, I do not subscribe to a low carb diet, but I do watch my carbs, and try to make sure that any bread or grains that I eat have a lot of fiber. I eat frequently during the day, but my mini-meals are more like snacks. I do allow a 'cheat day', where I eat what I want within reason. It helps to resist everyday snacks and treats if I know that there is something special planned for later in the week.
Best of luck. It is possible to lose weight with this condition, you just have to plan!View Thread
If she has not been seen my an endocronologist for her Hashimoto's, I strongly suggest you get her to a good one.
I have hypothyroidism, and I am fortunate to have a fantastic primary care physician that worked with me for over a year to get my meds balanced correctly. I had blood tests every month for the first 6 months, and then every 3 months until the 18 month mark, when my doctor was satisfied that every single one of my symptoms were well under control. She didn't just go by what the levels were, she talked to me, and asked how I felt, and really worked with me until things were right where they should be. Not just on paper (blood work results), but with me physically.
I have a friend that was diagnosed with hypo and her doctor gave her a script and didn't want to see her again for a year. She continues to suffer from symptoms, but the doctor tells her that her levels are within range on the blood tests. I have urged her to go get a second opinion.
I hope you will too. Weigh loss with thyroid issues is a little more difficult, but not impossible as long as the meds are right!
Good luck. I hope you get to the bottom of this frustrating problem for you and your daughters sake~!View Thread
I have been moderately over weight in my life. Never more than 20 pounds outside of a normal bmi, and I can honestly say that my weight battle is bred from my own laziness, lack of attention and lack of motivation.
As other's have said. I think my eating habits are certainly a product of my childhood. Raised in a family that made every meal an event, and had fried meat (fried chicken, fried pork chops, even fried fish!) almost every night, with a potato, (mashed w a stick of butter, or fried again) and all of our veggies except corn on the cob came out of cans and was creamed or cooked in butter. There was bread with EVERY meal and dessert every single night. How I didn't weigh a lot more than I did is a mystery to me.
And although I left my family home, and learned much better eating habits, the other habits die hard. I was rewarded with food, and my impulse is to reward my kids with food. We celebrated with food, so I celebrate with food.
Although, I have my kids convinced that berries topped with whipped cream is a 'reward'!
Now with that said, I have given a lot of thought to the severely obese. (Those that are 150 pounds overweight.) And I genuinely believe that there has to be something underlying to make someone compulsively eat to that extreme. Barring any chemical medical problems, I think that people that are just super morbidly obese with no medical reasons probably should get some councelling. It certainly can't hurt to see if there is something that needs to be addressed or dealt with.
Just my 2 cents. Good post Eliguns! Really made me think!View Thread