What a wonderful story of weight loss you have already had, so you definitely know that it can happen again! I actually wouldn't be surprised if it is easier this time around, since your body has adapted before.
I'm confused where you read that you should be taking in 1400 calories, though? The only way to loose weight is to be burning more calories than you are consuming, so I would think that your 1050-1200 intake is a good thing! You might consider checking out the WebMD Food & Fitness Planner to get more information on your personal goal.
BTW, I love that you are doing this for yourself as well as to set a good example for your children. As parents, we must stress the importance of diet and exercise to our little ones, but if we don't show them that it is important to us, then why would they ever care or listen? Good job, mama!! Please keep us posted. View Thread
When there is no time for preparing the healthy meal that we would like, it is easy to resort to something that is prepackaged and not so beneficial to our diet and health. The WebMD 10 Tips for Fast Cooking gave me some great ideas for preparing myself for those spur of the moment type days.
I know that a few of the members prepare meals and freeze them for the week ahead to avoid the last-minute frozen pizza dinner.
Please share any helpful hints or go-to recipes that you use to make your healthy last minute meal? View Thread
I'm sorry to hear about your problems with chronic back pain, but stretching and exercise should actually help in the long run. Here are two great WebMD articles to help you with ideas of different exercises, how to approach them and how they should hopefully help. You do have to really focus your diet and control your portions to get the weight off as well. How would you describe an average day for you?
It is great that you are keeping track of your daily diet and watching out for bad carbs and sugar. I would suggest adding more vegetables to your diet and still trying to reduce your carbohydrates. Whole grain pasta is better than regular, but 6 cups of pasta is still 1260 calories and 246 g carbohydrates for the day. Maybe next time you cook spaghetti add a salad to reduce your pasta intake or instead of a peanut butter sandwich, have carrots or a banana with peanut butter. You might also want to try writing down the food group an caloric content of the item next to your foods in the daily journal to keep you on track.
What matters is that you are ready to learn more about your diet and work to make your body healthy and happy! Great job and you can do this! View Thread