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Losing Weight Hard When Exercise Wipes You Out

I am no "beginner" when it comes to losing weight.  I've lost 140 pounds before and kept it off for 7 yrs until the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue "blessed" my life....I know to eat right and that eating many times a day is important, how to balance my meals out with proteins, carbs etc...what I don't know how to do is lose weight WITHOUT exercising.  Exercise is key to not losing muscle tone when losing weight as well as boosting the metabolism.

Metabolism is a key factor for me....I have none.  My endocrine system doesn't exist and has shut down for various medical reasons.  What this means is, it's harder for me to lose anything when there is no metabolism so I have to work twice as hard as the next person to get rid of the weight and once again that would mean to exercise.

I have lost 7 pounds of the 30 I need to lose what I gained since being sick and I started April 10 which is good.  Nothing to sneeze at.  I exercise when my body allows it and right now that is about 2 days a week 30  min. each time.  If I push it past that I generally end up in bed for several days in a row with what is known as post-exertional malaise and that sucks.  Sometimes I can do 3 days a week IF I am lucky.  I know if I could exercise like my pre-illness days my weight would be coming off faster.

Yes, losing weight slower helps keep it off longer.  I am aware of this.  That really isn't my point, just frustrated.  I keep to my 1200 calorie regimen on my days when I am not able to exercise and when I do, I eat some of the calories back as needed but not all of them, only because I'm full.   If I eat something that is not the best food choice I don't beat myself up, call myself bad or whatever.  Just dust myself off and get back on track the next day.

I will go walking etc...when I have the energy and on those days I do it.  Between pain and the fatigue I have to run with the good days and do what I can lol....When I do exercise I use my Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds DVD's since I can no longer do Curves (which I swear by and miss)...

So, without exercising this will take longer than "normal" and means I have to be more patient

Primavera Italian Herb Chicken 291 Calories per Serving

I LOVE to cook and bake and since I am watching what I eat and keeping to my daily caloric goals all the dishes I create or my old recipes are now run through the MFP nutrional calculator to get a break down of calories, carbs, fat, protien and fiber (since those are the things I track.  You can take this recipe and calulcate it yourself if you are using different options.  Also, I weight out foods on a scale.

I made this last night and we thought it was divine!  Nothing tastes low calorie about it!  Just of course you have to watch your servings.


Jamie's Primavera Italian Herb Chicken  Serves 4 (4 oz servings)

Calories (291) Carbs (10) Fat (16) Protien (27) Fiber 1

What You Need

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast

1  10 oz. container Philadelphia Italian Herb and Cheese Cooking Creme

1/2 cup cut up green bell pepper in bite size pieces

1/2 cup cut up red bell pepper in bite size pieces

1/2 cup cut up spanish onions in bite size pieces

1/2 cup sliced fresh white mushrooms

1 cup of broccoli florets

1/2 teaspoon italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon onion powder (not salt)

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (not salt)

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil (I always use STAR extra light in flavor oilive oil)

1 tablespoon Kraft Romano cheese


Prep Ahead

1.  Cut chicken into cubes (chicken is easiest to cut up when partially frozen) and place in medium size container or bowl

2.  Add italian seasonng, onion and garlic powder, salt and pepper, mix well, cover and refrigerate a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.  This lets all the seasoning soak well into the meat and makes it very flavorful.

3.  In another bowl add your chopped peppers, onions and broccoli, cover and set aside until ready to use.


1.  In medium size non-stick skillet heat olive oil and saute chicken on medium to medium high heat for about 5-7 minutes or until done.

2.  Add vegetables, cover and cook for about 3-4 minutes (depends on how you like your vegetables, we like ours crisper) Stir once a minute.

3.  Add the whole container of cooking creme, stir until well blended and bubbly

4.  Sprinkle in romano cheese, stir and serve.

I chose my side dish with this a nice garden salad and homemade low calorie and low fat ranch while I made my husband brown rice and peas.



Leslie Sansone: Calorie Burn Per Mile

So I have been trying to find out how to log my exercise with my Leslie Sansone DVD/Walk.  I wrote to the staff of LS and here is the response I received today via email I hope this helps all who use her DVD's for exercise to log here on MFP.



HI Jamie,
Our Walks are basically low-impact aerobics!  If you are interested, Leslie wrote a blog on calorie
burn!  Here's the link:

Thank you so much for choosing Walk!  Have a great day,

The Walk at Home Team

---------- Original Message -----------
From: "jamievolner@To:
Sent: Sun, 8 May 2011 21:55:38 +0000
Subject: General Support req: (Jamie Volner  #18624)

> Jamie Volner just requested help with General Support.
>  What can we help you with?
>  General Support
>  Tell us how we can help you
>  I use the 5 Mile Fat Burning DVD and log my exercise at
> however I am not sure if I should log it (for
> calorie burn count) as walking at a brisk pace, aerobics low impact
> (and I do the boost at the end too) can you help me on how to log my
> exercise so I get the correct caloric burn please? Thanks so much!
>  Name  Jamie Volner  Email  jamievolner@

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