Tuesday, May 5, 2009

In Response ...

I started this out as a comment on Teri's post, but it got long and I wanted to share it with all of you too. So, here ya go:

I know it is discouraging - I have so been there. Starving myself and working hard and getting nothing in return ... I was there in November! But then I saw on Biggest Loser where Bob's team was just not losing so he looked at their food diaries and saw that they were actually eating too little. Yes, eat healthy foods, but give your body something to burn or it will start to store it up.

I know it SEEMS like that would be counterproductive but it isn't. Your body burns the "fresh" stuff first and then goes for the stored stuff. If it doesn't have enough fresh it just stores. You need protein and complex carbs to fuel your body as well as nourish it.

I am taking that lesson to heart this time and it is working. The LA Weightloss stuff I am doing uses real food that I buy at the store and prepare myself, the portions are measured out and proportioned correctly (with a food diary to keep track) and they satisfy without leaving me stuffed. Even working out it is just enough! I would be more than happy to share - I can make copies of everything and get them to anyone who wants them.

Teri, measure yourself and keep that track that way - it can be a truer test than the scale. I do both, because even if I hit a plateau with the weight the measurements remind me that I am losing.

I hope that this is helpful and not preachy.
I love y'all and we are in this together ... that is why we have this blog - to lift each other up and help each other carry on!
I don't know about y'all, but I know I NEED this!


  1. Okay, here is my typical diet.

    1/2 cup cottage cheese
    Whole grain english muffin (1/2 tsp butter)
    4 or 5 strawberries

    2 strips of beef jerky
    1 pear

    1 cup Spanish rice (Brown rice, taco flavored ground turkey, tomatos, green pepper, onion.)

    1 celery stalk
    1 carrot

    1/2 grilled boneless, skinless, chicken breast (Like 3-4 oz.)
    Grilled asparagus
    2 small redskin potatoes

    Fruit smoothie
    (Strawberry, mango, banana, yogurt, ice, milk.)

    Drinking a ton of water. Some milk. Some unsweetened iced tea. No soft drinks. No coffee. No alcohol.

    So, you can see that I am eating PLENTY of food and they are pretty good food choices. Of course this is a typical menu, but not what I eat every day. Sometimes it is whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce, sometimes it is a turkey burger with a whole grain bun...but I am getting plenty of grains with protein and not too much fat. (I'm cooking food in EVOO.)

    I am just putting into practice what I just learned in my nutrition class.

  2. Did I just see the words beef jerky??? Made me laugh.

  3. I know Fran! 97% fat free and I can eat it on the fly. I'm trying to eat snacks that count. Believe it or not the black pepper flavored walmart brand is pretty good. Tons of protein and low fat. Not the most feminine snack, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!

  4. How much sodium does it have though?

  5. My nutrition calculator recommends that I consume no more that 2300 mg of sodium/day. Beef jerky has about 590 mg/serving. It also has only 80 calories and a whopping 14g of protein. It is a pretty healthy, low cal, high protein snack. I don't eat much processed food and add very little salt to what I cook, so I'm well within the sodium requirements.

    I just looked up roasted turkey breast lunchmeat as a comparison. It has 45 cal and 9g of protein and 470mg of sodium -per slice. If I were to have turkey breast I would not just eat one slice...I would probably roll up at least 2.

    I don't know. But I'm not worried about it. I'm doing just fine.