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June 25, 2012 8:41 PM
People are giving some great feedback.
According to your diary, you are eating way under goal daily as some have stated already.
Eat more.
Eat all those calories in green. No excuses!
Just read up and follow the MFP recommendations; and eat lean meats, low fat dairy, whole grains, nuts, fruits and veggies.
No processed foods, junk foods, sodas or going out to eat.
Simple!
Track your diet and exercises - again simple.
You will do fine if you do this - ALL IS POSSIBLEflowerforyou
Edited by Bobby_Clerici On June 25, 2012 8:45 PM
June 25, 2012 8:43 PM
May i suggest you ditching the gym membership and adding that money to your grocery bill for the month, it would benefit all of your family. And you can do plenty of at home workouts for free. Just look it up on the internet and buy some dvd's. It doesn't have to get boring. Good luck to you:)
  3811884
June 25, 2012 8:44 PM
You have to cut out the pizza and soda. People who are at goal can sneek some in and then burn it off but while you are losing those are no nos. The only person you are cheating on a cheating day is yourself. I know what it is like to feed a crowd on a budget. I have 6 boys and everything is scratch or close to it. If you are short on time and have to grab something make it Subway not pizza.
  23991935
June 25, 2012 8:46 PM
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I can't even begin to afford fish. Where I'm at, one good sized piece (enough to feed 5 people) costs 3 times as much as any other meat. Even a can of Tuna costs as much as a gallon of gas.
Dairy... Well, I'm out of everything except for milk for the baby, so I guess I can cut that for a few weeks and see what it does.
Soda is gone (minus a single root beer on mowing day- about once a month)
Thanks for the different workout ideas. I'll have to see if there are any classes during my regular cardio days.
Thank you for your input and ideas! flowerforyou


If you have an Aldi near you, you can get tuna for around 40 cents a can. At Walmart Tilapia is less than $10 a bag. Tilapia is soooo good! Each piece is about 1.5 servings too so its easy to make 3 and feed 4 people. Watch for sales too. I never get beef of any kind unless its a really good markdown. We only eat meat 4 times a week. The rest is good grains, fruits and veggies. Fruit tends to be cheapest in season or frozen in bulk. Watch for coupons for canned too. There are some things I stock up on when I have a good coupon.
  25104290
June 25, 2012 8:47 PM
to change your macros click MY HOME...click GOALS...scroll down...click CHANGE GOALS..choose custom, click CONTINUE...you will be able to change the percentages.

upping your protein will be a great thing.
and watch the sodium!!!

and i love weight training...you can pick up your kids and squat...i used to do that with mine.
Edited by Jules2Be On June 25, 2012 8:49 PM
June 25, 2012 8:47 PM
Read "New Rules of Lifting for Women". It will help you make sense of the gym and good use of that money. Don't drink sugar. Kudos on the cooking--one of my problems is relying on what's easy way too much. Get serious about learning more. Don't give up because weight loss is slow. Every pound you don't gain is one you don't have to lose! Just keep on hangin' in there until you find the key to the healthy weight you're looking for!
June 25, 2012 8:50 PM
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Eating way too few calories is what got me here trying to track my stuff in the first place. I will try and do more, but sometimes, honestly, there just isn't any more food to HAVE.


You sound like you need to locate a food pantry. Also see if Angel Food has a distributor near you. Sometimes they have really good produce boxes. Also you may qualify for food stamps. I know a lot of people think badly of food stamps but if you NEED them you should get them. It is people who get them just because they can that make it look bad. Also if any of your kids are under 5 look into WIC. They can help a lot with milk, eggs, peanut butter and good cereals. Oh and some cheese last I checked. We stopped going to our pantry and dropped WIC because we no longer needed it. Lets others get what they need.
  25104290
June 25, 2012 8:54 PM
I've got a budget of only $160 a month to feed all 5 of usPlease, if someone could just tell me what the heck is going on here??


are ther no food banks or churches that you can get help from on your food....everything I have read you really need to eat at LEAST 1200 cals a day.....hope you can get some help out there....160 dollars for 5 people, is not enough to feed growing children.....good luck....
June 25, 2012 8:56 PM
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Consider changing your macros (% breakdown of carbs, protien and fat). Your diary shows that you are drinking a lot of calories, and you seem to consume more fat than protien! Switch Non-fat milk for 2%, cut back on the cheese or switch to low fat. Also, don't assume ground turkey is a better option. I had a steak last night that had less fat than the ground turkey! I know shopping on a tight budget is tough. But your entire family will benefit from healthy choices. Good luck!


I was thinking along the same lines.... you seem to be taking in too many carbs and not enough protein...
  24647596
June 25, 2012 9:02 PM
To me the problem is obvious. You are 5' 8.5" and156 lbs. you don't need to lose any more weight. Your body is trying to tell you that.
  16539386
June 25, 2012 9:42 PM
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If you've lost 21 lbs. in 160 days that's about a pound a week on average. That's not a bad loss level, especially for someone (now) at a healthy BMI.


No no. 42lbs in 370 days. I've got 21 left to go.


If you started at MFP at 177 lbs. and that was 160 days ago and you're now at 156, that's 21 lbs. in about 23 weeks. I must be misunderstanding.
June 25, 2012 9:48 PM
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Forgive me if these have already been suggested, but I don't have a moment to read through the thread and I really want to help:

1) NEVER drink soda. Just never. Don't. Ever.
2) Cereal makes just as good (if not better) an"instant" dinner as pizza. Even better if it's old-fashioned oatmeal. Only takes 5 minutes, you control the sugar and there's NO fat or sodium in there. Do your kids and yourself a favor and NEVER bring home a pizza. Just never. Don't. Ever.
3) Get yourself a 32-oz, refillable water bottle and keep it with you at all times. Drink. Refill. Drink. Refill. Drink. Refill. Try not to float away.
4) Log EVERYTHING you put in your mouth. No cheating. Not even a bite! If you think it's too small to log, it's too small to bother putting in your mouth. No excuses.

Honestly, you will see a difference if you do the above. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!


This is great advice! Soda (we call it pop here in Michigan) is so loaded with sugars especially Mountain Dew. I have the hardest time with this! I am addicted to pop! Pepsi is my downfall. I don't think that substituting it with diet is a good idea either because the sweeteners in those drinks are hazardous to your health. Just drink water or fat free milk. If you do drink any juice make sure it is 100% juice but even then juice is full of sugar too! Just try not to drink your calories at all. (This coming from someone who loves Pepsi) I am trying my hardest not to drink it. I have been doing ok. Hang in there and good luck!
Edited by bpetlock On June 25, 2012 9:51 PM
  18558709
June 25, 2012 9:50 PM
Rold Gold - Pretzel Sticks, 2 oz (53 sticks)
Mountain Dew

^^ This is why.

I know it's alright to cheat a nit, but once you get closer to goal, you plateu and cheating makes is worse.
  23226464
June 25, 2012 9:55 PM
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Cheese is expensive and unhealthy and it looks like you have a lot of that. Cut out some cheese.


NOOOO! Don't take my cheese!!! I can't live without cheese!!! sad
June 25, 2012 9:59 PM
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1) NEVER drink soda. Just never. Don't. Ever.



Agreed. Soda is the worst possible waste of calories I can think of.
June 25, 2012 10:02 PM
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I can't even begin to afford fish. Where I'm at, one good sized piece (enough to feed 5 people) costs 3 times as much as any other meat. Even a can of Tuna costs as much as a gallon of gas.

What does it cost for a fishing license? If you live near lakes, it's time to take up the greatest hobby ever invented.
  13964211
June 25, 2012 10:08 PM
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Please be gentle, but I need some help figuring out what is WRONG!?

I've been on my journey to a smaller me for a year officially and on MFP for 160 of those days (as of this morning). My malfunction goes like this:

I started MfP at 177lbs
After the initial weight drop associated with keeping track of what I'm actually doing (tracking calories/exercise/water) I can't seem to drop but 1lb every 6th week?! noway

On average (minus a few gym bans thanks to my youngest) I spend 5 days a week at the gym for at LEAST an hour doing various activities. I use the treadmills, the elliptical, walk the track (I'm working on running, but I have a short leg, so I still fall down a LOT), I pick things up and put them down.... You get the idea.
I try to eat as best I can (minus some pizza here and there when there just really ISN'T any time to cook). I avoid soda most of the time (Root beer is my weakness and I KNOW I downed 2 mountain dews in one day, but it was hot and the water was only lukewarm vs. the ice cold soda). I've got a budget of only $160 a month to feed all 5 of us, so I make mostly everything I can from scratch. So, yeah. The foods not ALWAYS the best, but I try.
I track my water and I must admit, the first few times I saw how MUCH it was, I was afraid I might drown in my sleep, but I'm over that little scare laugh

How on EARTH am I only losing 1lb every 6th week?!?!

I'm 5'8.5"
CW: 156
Loss goal per week set at 1lb because I've got 20 some lbs left to drop.

I (think) I have opened my diary to MFP.
Please, if someone could just tell me what the heck is going on here???
Pretty please? flowerforyou


You're getting so much good advice. There was a comment about dairy, I do agree with trying to eliminate or limit dairy. It isn't good for everyone - some 60% of adults are lactose intolerant and many don't even know it. This isn't even an illness, it's just that after mammals are weaned, it's natural in many people to stop producing the enzyme to digest milk. They (and this was me) just walk around not losing weight and feeling bloated sometimes and not really knowing why. Dairy is pushed so hard in the US but actually for calcium, (unless you have a nut allergy) almond milk has almost half the US RDA in one serving and other great nutrition. It does have less protein, though.

The only thing I would add is to check your fiber. The going recommendation is something like 25 grams per day, and processed carbs (white rice, white flour, white pasta etc) won't give you nearly enough. I know many people say carbs are bad but the whole grain/nuts/seeds kinda carbs will keep your system moving and help you lose weight :)
  24525389
June 25, 2012 10:11 PM
Looking back over the past week in your food diary, I don't see much of any fruits and vegetables showing up. Are you eating fruits and veggies and not logging them? If yes, start logging them now. Do you weight / measure all your foods, and use the recipe builder function on the website for home cooked meals? If you're estimating or always trying to find something close enough in the MFP database, good chance you're off by a good bit on how much you are actually eating.

As for the fruits and veg; if you're not eating much of any you really need to start incorporating them into your diet on a regular basis. Raw fruits and veggies are pretty much always relatively low in calories, high in fiber and packed full of vitamins and minerals your body needs to function at it's best.

Given the amount you're working out, I do think you're not netting enough calories. Make sure you log your exercise as accurately as possible and maybe try eating back those exercise calories. A lot of people (myself included) have found that upping your calories even by only 200-300 a day will help your body break through a plateau.

Your weight loss over those 370 equates to 0.8 lbs per week average. That's really not bad for a full year average.
  15336376
June 25, 2012 10:15 PM
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Eat more.



I'm really trying to. Where I'm at now (eating as close to my goal calories as budget allows) is a HUGE improvement all by itself. I used to only eat one meal a day and it wasn't ever very much.
I want to thank you for your suggestions.
I'll work on trying to find more greens for less greenbacks laugh
June 25, 2012 10:18 PM
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to change your macros click MY HOME...click GOALS...scroll down...click CHANGE GOALS..choose custom, click CONTINUE...you will be able to change the percentages.

upping your protein will be a great thing.
and watch the sodium!!!

and i love weight training...you can pick up your kids and squat...i used to do that with mine.


Thank you!! flowerforyou

And I play lots of pick up and put down games with the smallest (he's 45lbs). Not sure if they'd really "count" as exercise since I usually do them every day for a good 30-45 minutes laugh
June 25, 2012 10:23 PM
It appears that almost every day you are going over on your sodium intake. Perhaps you are retaining a lot of water? Try to cut back on the salt a bit. Good luck and great job so far!
  22496226
June 25, 2012 10:25 PM
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QUOTE:


Eat more.



I'm really trying to. Where I'm at now (eating as close to my goal calories as budget allows) is a HUGE improvement all by itself. I used to only eat one meal a day and it wasn't ever very much.
I want to thank you for your suggestions.
I'll work on trying to find more greens for less greenbacks laugh


It's hard on a budget. I know from experience. Just trade the money that you spend on pop (soda) for healthier options. A six pack of pop here in michigan costs about $5 That could buy you some extra veggies or fruits depending on if that's accurate where you are at. Good luck to you!
  18558709
June 25, 2012 10:27 PM
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Eating way too few calories is what got me here trying to track my stuff in the first place. I will try and do more, but sometimes, honestly, there just isn't any more food to HAVE.


You sound like you need to locate a food pantry. Also see if Angel Food has a distributor near you. Sometimes they have really good produce boxes. Also you may qualify for food stamps. I know a lot of people think badly of food stamps but if you NEED them you should get them. It is people who get them just because they can that make it look bad. Also if any of your kids are under 5 look into WIC. They can help a lot with milk, eggs, peanut butter and good cereals. Oh and some cheese last I checked. We stopped going to our pantry and dropped WIC because we no longer needed it. Lets others get what they need.


Sadly, I qualify for nothing in the way of food stamps or any other assistance from the state. My husband brings home $40 to much to get anything. I tried. Sat all day in their office while they were handing "money" over like it was going out of style to people that were bragging on bringing in almost double what we do (I don't have a job right now. Can NOT afford daycare and just don't qualify for assistance to help pay for it ohwell ). Though they DID tell me they'd be MORE than willing to "hook me up" if I would leave my husband noway grumble noway
Same goes for the WIC office.
Local food banks require a copy of you latest power bill so they can "verify" what income you said you had to pay your bills with.
But thanks for the ideas. flowerforyou
June 25, 2012 10:30 PM
Are you eating enough calories??

Are you weighing your foods? If not the calories you are using will be wrong.

Keep drinking lots of water.
  2639362
June 25, 2012 10:30 PM
Drop all soda and pizza. It is amazing how much those "occasionally" add up. If you have a tight food budget they are expensive and you don't need them. Spend that in better quality foods. Water is much cheaper and you'll feel a lot better on $20 worth of veggies than $20 of soda pizza.

Do you do intense cardio? Intervals on the eliptical would be great. Go really really fast for 30 secs, easy for a minute, repeat 5 times. You really gotta sweat hard and get that heart rate up.

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